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Rob Delaney, who’s been justly dubbed “the funniest man on Twitter,” co-writes and co-stars in this Anglo-American comedy series about a U.S. tourist who accidentally impregnates a woman (co-writer Sharon Horgan) while on a business trip to the U.K. While the premise sounds similar to Knocked Up, the series is even sharper — and dirtier. In short, it’s pretty much the opposite of a catastrophe.
ANOTHER PERIOD (Hulu)
Downton Abbey meets Keeping Up with the Kardashaians in this wild mash-up spoof that’s put its first episode up for preview on Hulu ahead of its June 23 premiere on Comedy Central. Co-creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome star as rich sisters in 1902 Rhode Island who are determined to become famous by any means necessary (or unnecessary). Watch for appearances by Criminal Minds escapee Paget Brewster, Parenthood alum Jason Ritter and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, who brings new meaning to “bodice ripper.”
Scream and Charmed alum Rose McGowan makes her directorial debut with this haunting short film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and just made its debut on YouTube. Tara Barr (God Bless America) stars as a teen who comes of age all-too-quickly in the early ‘60s. McGowan shows a sure hand as a filmmaker; this could be the Dawn of a whole new career for her.
POLDARK (Acorn TV)
If PBS’ just-debuted Masterpiece reboot doesn’t cut it for you, check out the original 1970’s drama based on Winston Graham’s novels about Captain Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis, who also appears in the new version as a clergyman), an 18th century Englishman who finds love and adventure in the Cornwall countryside. Keep your eyes peeled for a young Trudie Styler — now better known as Mrs. Sting.
DR. DIMENSIONPANTS (Hulu)
From SpongeBob SquarePants to the Captain Underpants books, pants are a staple of children’s entertainment. Now along comes this Canadian cartoon about an average kid, Kyle Lipton, who becomes a superhero whenever he puts on his DimensionPants. Oh, and did we mention his sidekick, Phillip, is unicorn? You won’t find any one-horned horses in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, will you?
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.