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LILYHAMMER: SEASON 3 (Netflix)
Steven Van Zandt returns as mobster Frank Tagliano, who’s living under the assumed identity of Giovanni “Johnny” Henriksen in Lillehammer, Norway. But is the town big enough for Frank and another relocated gangster, played by Rhys Coiro (Entourage’s mad director, Billy Walsh)? The dark comedy’s action relocates temporarily to Rio, where Frank and his friend Torgeir (Trond Fausa) try to get taxi driver Roar (Steinar Sagen) out of a legal jam involving his Internet bride. Sounds like things are really heating up in Lillyhammer…
PLAYING IT FORWARD (Crackle)
Produced by Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan, this concert series stages surprise street performances by some of the music world’s biggest acts, raising money for the artists’ favorite charities in the process. This time, it’s Las Vegas’ indie-rock monsters Imagine Dragons, who unleash their new single, “I Bet My Life” (from their forthcoming second album), to a crowd of amazed fans outside the Bellagio in Sin City. Crackle donated $100,000 to music programs at four Vegas schools, including the one Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds attended. Imagine that!
THE LEAGUE: SEASONS 1-5 (Hulu)
You don’t have to be a fantasy football player to get a kick out of FX’s sitcom about six friends who butt heads over their imaginary gridiron franchises, among other stumbling blocks. The cast includes mumblecore auteur Mark Duplass and Nick Kroll (Kroll’s Show), and among the guests have been Seth Rogen (as pornographer “Dirty Randy”!), Ray Liotta, Keegan-Michael Key, Will Forte, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Goldblum, Robert Wagner, Brooklyn Decker, Timothy Olyphant, Bob Odenkirk, Snoop Dog, Lizzy Caplan, Chad Ochocinco, Jerry Jones, JJ Watt and Terry Bradshaw. Now that’s an all-star team.
THE CLINIC: SEASONS 1-2 (Acorn)
Like an Irish Grey’s Anatomy, this 2003-2009 medical drama concerns the affairs of the heart between the residents of Dublin’s Clarence Street Clinic, like the estranged husband-and-wife owners, a sex-and-drug addicted plastic surgeon, an adulterous physiotherapist, an obsessive receptionist and a boozing counselor. Watch for a pre-Bridesmaids Chris O’Dowd as a Clinic-ian who’s faced with a moral dilemma when his terminally ill grandma asks for his help in ending her life.
WOLFBLOOD: SEASON 2 (Netflix)
It’s Teen Wolf with a British accent. Created by Debbie Moon(!), this UK fantasy series follows 14-year-old Maddy (Aimee Kelly), who’s leading a double life as a high-schooler and a werewolf. Wait, there’s a difference? In Season 2, Leona Vaughn joins the cast as Jana, another member of the pack who was eventually given her own spin-off, Jana Bites. We hear that one’s a real howler.
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.