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In this edition of TV Bits:Showtime has changed the schedule of Black Monday and two other shows. Watch a trailer for Billions season 5. The Crown was able to beat the coronavirus and wrap early. Star Trek: Short Treks coming to Blu-ray in June. ESPN is airing an encore presentation of O.J.: Made in America.
The coronavirus scare is causing many TV shows to shut down production, which means several things are going to be delayed. Showtime was planning on debuting two episodes of Black Monday season 2 a week, but since the second season hasn’t had a chance to wrap yet, they’re changing things up. Instead, they’ll premiere one episode per week beginning March 22, and continuing through Sunday, April 12. Meanwhile, two of their new documentary shows, Outcry and Love Fraud, are moving to a later date this year.
One upcoming Showtime season that did manage to wrap is Billions season 5, which now has a trailer. In this season, “Bobby Axelrod Damian Lewis and Chuck Rhoades Paul Giamatti see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince Corey Stoll poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney. Taylor Mason Asia Kate Dillon is forced back to Axe Capital, where they must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades Maggie Siff reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. This season, the struggle for power becomes a struggle for survival, and all characters must adapt or risk extinction. Margulies will play Catherine Brant, an Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author.” The new season debuts on Sunday, May 3.
While many shows are being forced to halt production, Netflix’s The Crown was able to get ahead of the curve and wrap filming on season 4 early. EW says the show, which was shooting in the U.K., rushed through the last of its production to finish a day early, ensuring that the series wouldn’t have to shut down, and that the new season would arrive on Netflix sometime this year. Season 4 is going to be the second-to-last season of the show, with season 5 concluding the saga of Quen Elizabeth II’s reign so far.
Star Trek: Short Treks is headed to Blu-ray. For the first time ever, all nine CBS All Access shorts are being compiled into one collection, due out on Blu-ray and DVD June 2. The shorts include “Runaway”, “Calypso”, “The Brightest Star”, “The Escape Artist”, “Q&A”, “The Trouble with Edward”, “Ask Not”, “Ephraim & Dot”, and “The Girl Who Made the Stars.” The following special features are...
Content! It’s all about content! And if you’re already running out of things to watch at home, CBS All Access is here to help. The streaming subscription service was already offering up a free trial for 30 days, but since it looks like we’re going to be social distancing for at least another month, they’ve extended the trial period for another 30 days. That means you can get a 60-day CBS All Access free trial right now, giving you plenty of time to binge The Twilight Zone reboot and more.
Mashable called our attention to the 60-day CBS All Access free trial. All you have to do is head over to the streaming service’s website, and when you go to checkout, use the promo code GIFT and sign up for a one-month free trial. Once your account is created, then go into your account settings and in the “Subscription & Billing” area you can put in the ENJOY promo code to add another free month.
With two months of CBS All Access, you’ll have plenty of time to stream as much Star Trek as you please. They have everything from Star Trek: The Animated Series to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Plus, you’ll find the CBS All Access exclusives Star Trek Discovery and Star Trek: Picard available there too. If you’re wondering where the original Star Trek series from 1966 is streaming, you’ll have to head to Hulu or Amazon Prime.
That’s not all the sci-fi offerings CBS All Access has. You can also find both the original iteration of The Twilight Zone and the reboot of the anthology series from executive producer Jordan Peele. Our review painted a complimentary portrait of the modern spin on the classic series, so now’s the time to check it out.
All you crime procedural fans out there will get plenty of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS, including the spin-offs NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles, and CSI: Miami. There’s also both the original and new versions of MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0.
Reality show junkies can get their fix with tons of episodes of Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race. Even though Big Brother might hit a little too close to home for everyone stuck at home, the other two shows will be therapeutic for those who are desperate for a change of scenery.
But if you’re not interested in any of those contemporary shows, there are plenty of classics available too, including I Love Lucy, Magnum P.I. Mission: Impossible, Family Ties, Gunsmoke, Taxi, and Perry Mason.
The only way to figure out what you want to watch from CBS All Access is to sign up for that free channel. So enjoy!...
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: