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LARRY GAYE: RENEGADE MALE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (Hulu)
In the spirit of Airplane! comes this high-flying farce starring Royal Pains’ Mark Feuerstein as a real royal pain — a clueless buffoon of an airline steward who’s pitted against a fembot (Rebecca Romjin) that could eliminate his job. The ridiculously impressive supporting cast includes Stanley Tucci, Molly Shannon, Taye Diggs, Seinfeld vets Jason Alexander and Patrick Warburton, Community’ alum Danny Pudi, Glee grad Jayma Mays, Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (no relation to Larry Gaye) and Henry Winkler — aka Feuerstein’s Royal Pains dad. What, you thought I was going to say Fonzie? Surely you can’t be serious! And no, I won’t stop calling you Shirley.
THE AMAZING GAYL PILE: SEASONS 2 AND 3 (Seeso)
Gayl Pile — no relation to Larry Gaye — is a man with a mission: to become a home shopping network star. Morgan Waters, who executive produces this sitcom along with co-star Brooks Gray, plays Gayl, and among the guest stars are The League’s Paul Scheer as a guy who tries to recruit Gayl as the new face of the “A” (for Asexual) community, The Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson, 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer and Jon Hamm as the voice of Gayle’s high-tech home security system. And you know you’re in good hands with Hamm.
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE QUICHE OF DEATH (Acorn TV)
Ugly Betty and Extras co-star Ashley Jensen takes the title role in this feature-length pilot for a TV sereis based on M.C. Beaton’s popular humorous mystery novels. Agatha Raisin is a high-powered London PR exec who retires and seeks a simpler life in a small village, only to stumble onto the murder of the local quiche contest’s judge. If you can’t get enough Raisin, the eight-episode first season will be available on Acorn starting August 8.
Allison Janney plays a different kind of Mom in this dramedy, the latest original film from Netflix. She’s lost track of her grown son, and his homeless girlfriend (Juno’s Ellen Page) shows up on her doorstep with a baby. Janney’s character assumes it’s her granddaughter, but the vagabond actually kidnapped the infant from a negligent mom (Tammy Blanchard). Needlesss to say, it’s complicated. The cast also boasts Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, The Good Wife’s John Benjamin Hickey, and Uzo “Crazy Eyes” Aduba, who previously worked with writer-director Sian Heder on Orange is the New Black.
MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC — SEASON 6, PART 1 (Netflix)
Calling all Bronies! Princesses Twilight Sparkle and Celestia are back, along with Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and, of course, Pinkie Pie. The sixth season opens with the two-parter “The Crystalling,” about a magical ceremony honoring the birth of Princess Cadance and Shining Armor’s foal. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Season 6, “Stranger Than Fiction,” featuring the voice of the great Patton Oswalt as an avid fanboy named Quibble Pants. Quibble Pants!
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. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.