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DAREDEVIL SEASON 2 (Netflix)
Between Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, superhero battles are all the rage these days, and Marvel’s streaming drama beats them both to the punch with a second season that pits Charlie Cox’s blind Matt Murdock against a pair of comic-book anti-heroes: the Punisher (The Walking Dead casualty Jon Bernthal) and Elektra Natchios (Gods of Egypt survivor Élodie Yung). Of course, some of your old favorites from Season 1 also return, including Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson, Elden Henson and Vincent D'Onofrio as Kingpin. Oh, and watch for Carrie-Ann Moss, crossing over from Marvel’s Jessica Jones, as Jeri Hogarth.
PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY (Netflix)
Paul Reubens may be 63 now, but his alter ego Pee-wee Herman remains forever young at heart. In his first new film since 1988’s Big Top Pee-Wee, the overgrown man-child takes his first trip outside Fairville, at the urging of a handsome stranger (Joe Manganiello). On the road, he runs into a trio of female bank robbers (Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat, Jessica Pohly, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz) as well as a farmer with nine daughters, all of whom want to marry Pee-wee! But what would Miss Yvonne say?
CATASTROPHE SEASON 2 (Amazon)
The Trans-Atlantic comedy series starring creator-writer Sharon Horgan and “Funniest Man on Twitter” Rob Delaney as an Irishwoman and a Yank whose fling leads to marriage and a baby returns for a second season of outrageous humor. In it, Rob loses his job and Sharon suffers from post-partum depression, so of course, it’s the perfect time to have another baby. And as if these two weren’t funny enough on their own, Carrie Fisher reprises her role as Rob’s mom. Help them, Princess Leia, you’re their only hope!
BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIES (SeeSo)
NBC Universal’s new streaming service rolls out a parody of Bravo’s big-bucks real-estate shows starring Paul F. Tompkins (former host of Best Week Ever) as Dean Rosedragon, the cutthroat owner of L.A.’s hottest real-estate firm. Among the comics who pop up in this semi-scripted comedy are Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Gillian Jacobs, Patton Oswalt, Jason Mantzoukas, “Weird Al” Yankovic and more. SeeSo also offers a slew of new stand-up shows, including Big Jay Oakerson’s What’s Your F@%ing Deal?! (in which comics like Colin Quinn, Andy Kindler and Hannibal Buress bust on audience members), and the competition New York’s Funniest, co-hosted by Michael Che and Leslie Jones. Wait, aren’t they New York’s Funniest?
MOON SHOT (YouTube)
J.J. Abrams has successfully rebooted Star Wars and Star Trek, and now he’s trying to relaunch the space race. Along with Orlando von Einsiedel, Abrams exec-produces this series of nine short films documenting some of the teams competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. With a payoff of $30 million, the contest pits teams of entrepreneurs against one another to see which one most helps the cause of affordable lunar travel in the not-too-distant future. My money’s on Ralph Kramden: To the moon!
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.