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DONALD TRUMP’S THE ART OF THE DEAL: THE MOVIE (FunnyorDie)
And you thought Johnny Depp was scary as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. He nails The Donald’s every vulgar mannerism in this 50-minute spoof of the bombastic billionaire’s autobiography. Depp’s far from the only famous face (even though his is buried under prosthetics): also watch for Patton Oswalt as Trump’s casino rival Merv Griffin, Ron Howard as himself (he introduces the supposedly lost ‘80s TV movie), his Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler as former New York City Ed Koch, Casual’s Michaela Watkins as Ivana, and ALF as himself. In a word, it’s HYOOOOGE!
James Franco stars in this eight-part adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel, and there’s even more star power behind the camera, as the miniseries is excecutive-produced by none other than J.J. Abrams. Like Lost, this one’s a mind-bender, as Franco’s present-day high-school teacher finds a portal that allows him to time-travel back to the '60s and attempt to thwart the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel and Grey’s Anatomy vet T.R. Knight co-star.
BATES MOTEL: SEASON 3 (Netflix)
Another Lost alum, Carlton Cuse, executive-produces this Psycho spin-off, which returns for its penultimate fourth season on A&E next month. Before that happens, catch up on the bloody terrifying exploits of young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his Mother (Vera Farmiga), before he killed her and kept her in the basement. Also watch for Lost’s Nestor Carbonell, The Shield’s Kenny Johnson, Mad Men’s Kevin Rahm and The Blair Witch Project’s Joshua Leonard.
THEY’RE REAL & THEY’RE SPECTACULAR: SEINFELD SUPER FANS AND THE SUMMER OF GEORGE (Hulu)
Call it much ado about Nothing: This documentary follows a group of Seinfeld’s most ardent devotees as they compete in the ultimate trivia quiz. (Not coincidentally, the complete series of Seinfeld is now streaming exclusively on Hulu.) Held in August 2015 in New York City—of course!—the “Summer of George” event tests the contestants on such questions as “Jerry states that Newman is a mystery wrapped in what?” And if you don’t know the answer, no soup for you! (Answer: a twinkie.)
LIBERTY OF LONDON (Acorn TV)
Narrated by Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter), this docu-series takes viewers behind the scenes at London’s iconic 130-year-old department store as a new American owner tries to drag it into the 21st century. For fans of the PBS drama Mr. Selfridge, this is like a modern-day equivalent, only without Jeremy Piven. All seven episodes of the series are now streaming on Acorn TV, which seems appropriate for a show about a half-timber store built out of old battleships.
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.