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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SPOOFS (YouTube)
As if there already weren’t enough laughs in the unintentionally hysterical movie, wags across the Internet are whipping up their own parodies of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey’s hurts-so-good antics. Most notably, Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer makes the most awkward passes imaginable in a sendup of the infamous elevator scene, and Steve Buscemi embodies Grey in a recut trailer dubbed “Fifty Shades of Buscemi.” As Christian himself says in the movie, that’s 50 shades of fucked-up!
NEW WORLDS (Acorn TV)
For anyone who didn’t see enough of Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades—and you get to see almost all of him—there’s more of him to be had in this four-part British period piece. He stars as a heroic outlaw colonist revolting against King Charles II during the English Civil War of the 1680’s. And unlike the awful American accent he does as Christian Grey, the Irish actor gets to use a brogue that’s not too distant from his own.
Based on the best-selling novels by Michael Connelly (who serves as an executive producer alongside The Wire’s Eric Overmyer), this riveting detective drama casts Titus Welliver (Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy) in his long-overdue first major lead role as the LAPD’s Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch. In the 10-episode first season, Bosch stands trial for a questionable shooting while investigating a cold case that might involve a slippery serial killer (Jason Gedrick). The City of Angels it depicts may be hellish, but for fans of hard-boiled crime stories, Bosch is sheer heaven.
#CANDIDLY NICOLE (AOL)
Nicole Richie returns with the second half of the sophomore season of her Web series. This time around, she learns how to be a spy with the help of comedian Paul Scheer and takes her dad, Lionel Richie, to an alternative healer for a session of acupuncture and cupping. Hello!
THAT’S RACIST WITH MIKE EPPS (AOL)
The edgy stand-up/actor, who’ll soon be seen in the title role of a Richard Pryor biopic, engages in some politically, racially, and ethnically incorrect humor of his own as he explores stereotypes about Jews, Asians, Muslims and more via man and woman-on-the-street interviews. Plus, he seeks the answer to that eternal question: Can white men jump?
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, New York Daily News, Vulture, and Digital Spy. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.*