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ALPHA HOUSE (Amazon)
Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s political parody convenes its second session with guest stars like The West Wing’s Janel Moloney (as a gun-nut Senator) and The Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment (as a cable-news journo) joining John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Matt Malloy and Clark Johnson as a houseful of GOP congressmen. And — oh yes — Bill Murray is back, along with Trudeau’s real-life wife Jane Pauley, in the season’s opening scene. If you want to live in a world where Wanda Sykes chairs a Senate committee, Alpha House is the show for you. It’s like House of Cards, but funny.
SERIOUSLY DISTRACTED (PopSugar/Above Average)
Amy Sedaris, who’s also hilarious as a closeted gay Mormon congressman’s wife on Alpha House, headlines this new comedy series from Lorne Michaels’ YouTube channel Above Average. She plays JD LeGrand, head of an NYC PR firm. Expect pop-culture in-jokes about Shonda Rhimes, Instagram and Tinder, which JD joins in Episode 2. Anybody who craved a second helping of Sedaris’ hysterically shallow showbiz insider in Chef will eat this one up.
WYATT CENAC: BROOKLYN (Netflix)
More than just your average standup special, this 68-minute concert from Daily Show alum Cenac — filmed at the titular borough’s Union Hall — mixes puppetry and animation with monologues. Topics include why he doesn’t need a doorman (“I feel pretty confident in my door-opening abilities”), his childhood memories of visiting his grandmother in Crown Heights (“at that point in Brooklyn, if you wanted something that was small-batch and artisanal, it was just drugs”) and his local mayonnaise store (“it’s the most cartoonish, stereotypical image of gentrification I’ve ever seen… it’s downright racist to white people!”).
MY HERO (AOL)
Executive producer Zoe Saldana shares the story of her mother, who raised three kids singlehandedly in the Dominican Republic, and surprises her with a party in this new docu-series. Among the other celebrities paying tribute to their real-life inspirations: Julianne Hough, Maria Menounos, Michelle Monaghan, and Nick Cannon. Cue Mariah Carey’s “Hero” — or maybe not, in Nick’s case.
WE THE ECONOMY (Amazon, Netflix, Funny or Die, etc.)
Billed as “20 short films you can’t afford to miss,” this series—available on more than 50 digital, cable, mobile and theatrical platforms — enlists directors like Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and Adam McKay (Anchorman) to explain economic issues in five minutes or less. Watch for appearances by Patton Oswalt, Susie Essman, Adrian Grenier and more. And it’s all free. What a deal!
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. His work has also been published in the New York Times, Vulture.com, Fast Company, New York Daily News, Digital Spy, DuJour Magazine, the Sundance Channel’s website and RogerEbert.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.