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SNEAKY PETE (Amazon)
Bryan Cranston is back on TV as co-writer, exec producer and guest star in this new dramedy, which CBS passed on as a pilot and Amazon has now put up for viewer feedback with the possibility of picking it up to series. It bears similarities to Cinemax’s soon-to-conclude Banshee, as an ex-con (Giovanni Ribisi) poses as his still-incarcerated cellmate and ingratiates himself into the lives of the prisoner’s long-lost relatives, including the great Margo Martindale and Peter Gerety as his grandparents, proprietors of the family’s bail-bonds business. As Ribisi uses his con-man skills to help the family track down bad guys, the show plays as a kind of Breaking Good. But Cranston is most definitely bad — and great — as the crime boss determined to track down Ribisi and make him pay his considerable debts. In other words, Cranston is still the one who knocks.
It’s another Amazon pilot that’s seeking to win the affections of viewers, this one about the legendary lover of the 18th century. Diego Luna plays the title role — coincidentally, his costar in 2001’s sex romp Y Tu Mama Tambien, Gael Garcia Bernal, stars on another Amazon show, the orchestral farce Mozart in the Jungle. This one’s equally explicit, as Casanova escapes jail in Venice and heads to France to work as a spy determined to seduce the King’s mistress. But she’s far from his only conquest. As Steve Martin once said of a Las Vegas revue in one of his early stand-up albums: “I’ll bet there’s 57 tits up there!”
DIFFICULT PEOPLE (Hulu)
The screamingly funny Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner headline this new sitcom as horribly judgmental yet undeniably hilarious New Yorkers trying and failing to break into big-time show business. Exec-produced by Amy Poehler, it features cameos by such SNL-ers as Kate McKinnon, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Martin Short. But the real scene stealer is Short’s fellow SCTV alum Andrea Martin as Klausner’s deliriously insensitive hypnotist/shrink mother. Klausner and Eichner are admirably unafraid to name names in their insults, so watch out R. Kelly, Blue Ivy, Chelsea Handler, and Daniel Tosh — and that’s in the pilot alone. New episodes stream each Wednesday, and we can’t wait to see more.
CLUB DE CUERVOS: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
Think of it as a soccer Ballers. Or Footballers, as they’d call it in Mexico. Netflix’s first Spanish-language series follows a family of Mexican billionaires at war over their beloved team after the patriarch dies, leaving his two children — and his pregnant alleged mistress— to battle it out over control of the franchise. It shoots for a provocative blend of telenovela drama and outrageous comedy and scores. In short: GOOOOAAALLL!
THE NEXT STEP: SEASON 2 (Hulu)
It might look like a reality show, but this Canadian series is actually a scripted drama about a group of teens who attend the Next Step Dance Studio and take part in a series of competitions. In the second season, the regional championships are coming up, so the A-Troupe really needs to step it up. See what we did there?
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.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.