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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: SEASON 3 (Netflix)
The prison dramedy’s best season so far — by far — brings back Laura Prepon’s Alex full-time and adds inked Aussie Ruby Rose as the inmate who comes between her and Taylor Schilling’s Piper. The action really heats up in episode 9 (directed by ex-Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy!) and the tenth episode welcomes back Pablo Schreiber’s now-clean-shaven “Porn Stache,” whose mother is played by no less than Mary Steenburgen. Other standout guest stars include standup Mike Birbiglia as a corporate lackey assigned to cut costs at Litchfield and Fringe vet Blair Brown as a Paula Deen/Martha Stewart hybrid who’s headed for the big house. And it all ends with a certain soaring anthem by Foreigner. You want to know what love is? Then binge on Season 3 of OITNB.
THE STRAIN (Hulu)
The bad-dream team of Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro and Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse join forces with novelist Chuck Hogan for this addictive shocker about a vampirism virus. House of Cards’ Corey Stoll and his trusty hairpiece leads the motley crew trying to stamp it out, which also includes Alias alum Mia Maestro as his former mistress and Game of Thrones survivor David Bradley as a fearless (and seemingly ageless) vampire hunter. Sink your teeth into the first season before FX rolls out the second one next month.
B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY (Netflix)
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this 2012 documentary about blues legend Riley “B.B.” King, who recently passed away, features vintage concert footage as well as testimonials from the likes of Bono, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr and Bruce Willis. But the real star, of course, is Lucille, B.B.’s beloved guitar, and his booming voice, which will continue to echo for many decades after his death.
ACCUSED (Acorn TV)
It’s Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean as you’ve never seen him before: in drag! Shortly after Ned Stark’s untimely demise, the rough-and-tumble actor came back in this British drama co-written by Cracker creator Jimmy McGovern about an English teacher who cross-dresses at night and begins a deadly affair with a married man, played by Stephen Graham, aka Boardwalk Empire’s Al Capone. If you’ve ever wondered what Mr. Bean would look like as Ms. Bean, here’s your chance to find out.
FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE (TruTV.com)
Trying to steal some of the sketch-comedy thunder away from Amy Schumer and Key & Peele, this New York City troupe has released a video they hope will go viral in advance of their second-season premiere next month. The Dark McKnight imagines what would happen if Batman passed away — and passed on his cloak to smooth R&B singer Brian McKnight. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson’s Joker, “Just wait’ll they get a load of him!”
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