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COMMUNITY (Yahoo Screen)
Well, they promised us six seasons and a movie—now they just need to deliver the movie. The cult sitcom’s sixth season has started out rolling two new episodes a week every Tuesday on Yahoo. A few things have changed: Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Buzz (Jonathan Banks) are gone, replaced by Paget Brewster, who’s better suited to surreal comedy than she ever was to Criminal Minds as a new antagonist to the study group, and Keith David (who previously narrated Community’s pillows-and-blankets Civil War parody) as an inventor who promises “I have a brain the size of Jupiter—I’m nobody’s fourth Ghostbuster!” Plus: Martin Mull and Lesley Ann Warren, perfectly cast as the ex-hippie parents of Britta (Gillian Jacobs). Go, Greendale!
MAD MEN: SEASON 7, PART 1 (Netflix)
It’s been a long goodbye for Don Draper and Co., with these eight episodes that first aired on AMC last summer, and eight more starting to air on April 5. But having seen the midseason opener, I can tell you it was worth the wait, so if you’ve fallen behind on the series, it’s time to binge and catch up. Among the highlights of the farewell’s first half: Robert Morse’s swan song, which reminds us of his roots starring in the big-screen musical version of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Which could be a good title for *Mad Men,“ come to think of it.
Not to be confused with Sidney Sheldon’s potboiler—which was made into a 1979 film starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara and James Mason—the latest twisty thriller from the creators of Damages boasts an equally impressive cast. Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard star as members of a Florida Keys family with a dark past and a murky future, especially after the black-sheep son (the always-supercreepy Ben Mendehlson) comes back to town. If it’s still cold where you live (or even if it isn’t), settle in for 13 episodes of this steamy mystery, because once you start watching, you won’t be able to stop.
The new streaming service for Comic Con fans premieres its first film, starring none other than Hercules himself—no, not Eddie Murphy, Kevin Sorbo! He flexes his acting muscles as a Wizard mentor whose protege (Melanie Stone) assembles a team of heroes to fight evil. And if you like the first chapter of the trilogy, the other two movies in the franchise, The Darkspore and The Necromancer will be released on CONtv later this year.
MY OWN MAN (Netflix)
Edward Norton produces and appears in this documentary about a 40-year-old filmmaker (David Sampliner) who’s about to have his first child—a son—and decides to try and become a man, at least in his disapproving dad’s eyes. From a mishap at shooting ranges to a tearful breakdown in a manhood circle, My Own Man may have you laughing at David, even as you identify with his personal plight.
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, Entertainment Weekly, Emmy Magazine, Vulture and TheMid.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.