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COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE (Crackle)
Jerry Seinfeld roars back with Season 6 of his Acura-sponsored series of Web shorts, and his first guest is—get out!—former Seinfeld co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus. They quickly fall back into rhythm, finishing each other’s sentences and cracking each other up as they discuss Hitler, the Real Housewives and the proper way to call someone an asshole (behind their backs). Other funny folks going for a spin with Jerry this season will include Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Harvey.
The strangers-with-mysterious connections has been done before, with varying degrees of success ranging from Lost to Touch. But it’s never been trippier than in this sprawling new series from sci-fi masterminds the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. Eight people from around the globe—including a transgendered San Francisco blogger, a closeted Mexican movie star and a straight-shooting Chicago cop—begin to have visions of each other’s lives, and of a suicidal angel (Daryl Hannah, an old hand at fantasy from Splash and Blade Runner). It doesn’t make a lot of sense at first, but if you stick with it, you’ll find yourself sucked in.
LADY CHATTERLEY (Acorn TV)
Women in Love director Ken Russell adapted another of D.H. Lawrence’s notorious novels, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, as a four-part British miniseries in 1993, and it’s long been out of circulation until now. Nip/Tuck’s Joely Richardson stars as the titular repressed wife who begins a scandalous affair with a groundskeeper, played by Sean Bean, long before he lost his head on Game of Thrones.
THE NERDIST: SEASON 1-2 (Hulu)
If you can’t get enough of Chris Hardwick on Comedy Central’s @Midnight, check out this 2011-2013 talk show he did for BBC America about all things geek-centric. Guests include Nathan Fillion, Eliza Dushku, Jon Hamm, Buzz Aldrin, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and not one, but two, Doctors Who: Matt Smith and David Tennant. Nerdgasm!
BECOMING US (Hulu)
The hardest-working man in show business, Ryan Seacrest, executive-produces this reality show about a father who’s undergoing gender-reassignment surgery and the effect it has on his family. No, it’s not the Caitlyn Jenner show—although Seacrest’s producing that one for E! This one’s on ABC Family and centers on a teenage boy whose girlfriend went through the same scenario with her own father. Forget the Kardashians: It’s impossible to keep up with Seacrest!
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.