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JOE DIRT 2: BEAUTIFUL LOSER (Crackle)
David Spade returns in a sequel to his 2001 cult-favorite trailer-trash comedy. This time, the titular mullet-head is married to his sweetheart Brandy (Brittany Daniel) but gets sucked back to 1965 by a twister. Watch for Christopher Walken doing a riff on his Jersey Boys mobster, Spade’s Rules of Engagement co-star Patrick Warburton as a biker and his fellow SNL alum Dennis Miller reprising his role as Joe’s buddy. As Joe himself says, “It doesn’t get no gooder than this.”
HUDSON VALLEY BALLERS (Above Average)
Two more SNL veterans, writers Paula Pell and James Anderson, return for a second season of their sitcom on Lorne Michaels’ Above Average YouTube channel as well as Lexus’ LStudio.com. Pell and Anderson play themselves, former SNL scribes with no sexual chemistry (he’s gay) who decide to open a bed-and-brunch in upstate New York. Cameos include SNL-ers past and present Rachel Dratch and Cecily Strong as well as frequent host Paul Rudd and Girls’ Adam Driver. Not to be confused with Dwayne Johnson’s new HBO sitcom Ballers, which features more bald guys and naked women.
BOJACK HORSEMAN (Netflix)
The second season of the outrageous animated comedy features even more horseplay as Will Arnett’s equine ex-sitcom star basks in the attention given his just-released tell-all memoir. Returning voices include Alison Brie as Bojack’s ghostwriter, Amy Sedaris as his agent and Aaron Paul as his layabout roommate. Lisa Kudrow joins the cast as Wanda Pierce, Bojack’s barn-owl girlfriend, who’s just awakened from a 30-year coma to become a network TV exec. Sounds about right.
Deadpan stand-up Tig Notaro deals with issues that are no laughing matter — like the death of her mother and her own breast-cancer diagnosis — in this moving documentary. Other comics like Bill Burr, Ed Helms and Sarah Silverman testify to Notaro’s talent, but it’s the footage of her act, in which she incorporates her real-life pain, that truly proves her genius.
EAST LOS HIGH: SEASON 3 (Netflix)
The Latino teen soap returns for more stories of sex, dance and drama. Camila (Vanessa Vasquez) deals with her dark past while trying to shield her loved ones, and Ceci (Danielle Vega) recruits new members for the Bomb Squad dance crew. Pop star Christina Milian turns up as a record exec, and Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace) plays the mother of a new Bomb Squad heart-throb.
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.