As with any Ryan Murphy show, the season finale of “The Politician” took a big swing, jumping ahead in time three years in order to set up a brand new reality for Season 2. With the introduction of Judith Light and Bette Midler’s characters, and the final revelation that Ben Platt’s Payton Hobart will be mounting a campaign for New York State Senator, Murphy once again proved that anything is possible in his universe. Series regular Lucy Boynton, who plays school mean girl Astrid, put it succinctly: “You know [Season 2 is] gonna be so different from Season 1. It has to be, it's Ryan.”
Just how different the second season of the soapy political drama will be is yet to be seen, but judging from the shenanigans in Season 1, Murphy will continue to push the envelope. Though we’re told actual details are being kept as mum as those for a Marvel movie, the cast members of Netflix’s popular teen dramedy have their own hopes for their characters — not to mention everyone else’s. Will Payton and Alice’s fraught romance last? Will James and McAffee become more than mere henchman? How long will we have to wait to see Judith Light and Ben Platt duke it out on the debate stage, with Bette Midler biting her nails backstage?
During a recent slate of in-person interviews, much of the main cast shared their hopes for Season 2 of “The Politician.”
Ben Platt Payton Hobart:
“Obviously Season 2 will follow that election and I'm really excited to go toe to toe with Judith [Light]. I would hope that it would continue to explore this larger question of authenticity and feigned authenticity. When [Payton] is getting involved now in the real world of politics and we don't have sort of the cover of, like, a high school sheen, how does that battle then manifest as far as how much can you get away with curating your image? I'm sure there'll also be lots of hot article [inspiration] – the way there has been in the first season with gun control and voter fraud and all of that.”
“I would love to see what a ‘hehy’ actual human relationship might do for Payton, like a romantic one. Both of his romantic relationships in Season 1 are obviously very fraught for different reasons. One is very wrapped up in the tactic and one is no longer alive, so to see how an actual steady romantic relationship might pull him in either direction — of like blind ambition, sacrificing that, or leaning into the empathy and authenticity — would be interesting.”
“Because Infinity is so smart and she is a survivor and she is a product of her victim of her environment, I'd be really interested to see what she morphs into. And if there is some semblance of awareness that comes to play. I think at the present there's not a ton of awareness.”
Lucy Boynton Astrid Sloan:
“I'm excited to see her actually be her, because I think the majority of Season 1 we see her as this constructed version of herself. She has cast herself as the school mean girl, but then that starts to break down. We only really see her beginning to enter that new questioning of who she actually is and what she stands for. So I'll be interested to see what she's actually like. But also hope that while she's working that out you do get incremental moments of old Astrid and new Astrid.”
“I hope they all stick around. I'm excited to see how differently they'll interact. Especially in this new political sphere, as we see at the end of Season 1, the game will definitely change. High school rules don't apply anymore, so to see how they adapt to that will be really interesting.”
“I wanna see what’s going on behind the scenes with James a little bit. I wanna see what his relationship with Alice is in Season 2, like what comes up between the two of them, because they haven't seen each other in a long time. James is so connected to Payton that I'm curious to see, even when the time passes and they're in college together, does he become a little more independent?”
“He's also kind of one of the grounded keepers of Payton. If Payton is the big, wild, flashy personality, James is the ultimate sidekick, and maybe part of his identity is just being the best support he can be in order to make this thing happen.”
There's comedy and then there's dark comedy. The two genres share a few traits — you're guaranteed some laugh-out-loud moments, a few slapstick scenes and plenty of physical humor — but a dark comedy doesn't shy away from the tough, gruesome, eyebrow-raising elements of life. If anything, a dark comedy takes those awkward, macabre, tension-filled moments and mines humor from them. Sure, you'll watch these films below and constantly question, “Should I be laughing at this?” but that's really half the fun.
Here are the 10 best dark comedies currently streaming on Netflix that deserve a place in your queue.
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Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Danny Boyle's black comedy crime film has become a cult classic and made it on plenty of “best movies” lists over the years. Ewan McGregor plays Mark Renton, an unemployed heroin addict, who shares a flat with his equally unimpressive friends, Spud, Sick Boy, Franco, and Tommy. The group parties together constantly, doing drugs, getting into fights, and committing petty crimes before Renton attempts to get clean only to return home to make a drug deal that could set him up with a clean slate. It's darkly comedic, with some ridiculous twists thrown in, but the core of the story is surprisingly emotional.
The Lobster 2015
Run Time: 119 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in this dark, absurdist comedy about a man searching for love under some very strange circumstances. Farrell plays David, a man whose wife recently left him. David is sent to a hotel where he's told he must find a mate within 45 days or be turned into an animal. While there, David witnesses strange rituals and must follow strict rules in order to find love, but it's not until he ventures into the woods, where the “loners” live, that he pairs up with a woman Weisz, who may be his soulmate. It's weird, eccentric, and the perfect Farrell-starring vehicle.
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Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Heathers was a vicious counterpoint to the John Hughes '80s teen flicks. Where Hughes found the magic in high school, Heathers dwelled on its hell, subverting high-school politics and making a punchline of teenage suicide “Don't do it!”. It's a deranged Breakfast Club, twisted and turned inside out and layered in scathing satire and school violence that might not sit as well in a post-Columbine world, even if the spirit of Heathers continues to resonate. For younger viewers who have always wondered what the big deal about Christian Slater was, Heathers should provide all the answers.
The Land of Steady Habits 2018
Run Time: 98 min | IMDb: 6.2/10
Ben Mendelsohn, Connie Britton, and Edie Falco star in this American drama about a dysfunctional family and the tragic events that bring them together. Mendelsohn plays Anders Hill, an ex-finance guy who struggles to adapt to retired life, especially since he's still pining for his ex-wife Helene Falco. Their son Preston Thomas Mann is a recovering addict whose sobriety is in limbo. Over the course of a couple family gatherings, secrets come to light, a death hits close to home, and Anders must figure out how to move on from the life he thought he'd have.
Burn After Reading 2008
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 7/10
Burn After Reading is for people who like their comedy unapologetically mean. Pitch black and filled with irredeemable idiots, Burn After Reading features Brad Pitt as the opportunistic himbo Chad, who accidentally acquires the sensitive memoirs of a CIA agent, and George Clooney as the inept and unscrupulous U.S. Marshall, who is trying to retrieve it. While these two morons may be at the center of the film, scene-stealing supporting performances from Frances McDormand and John Malkovich really elevate this to one of the Coens' funniest and best films to date.
Life After Beth 2014
Run Time: 89 min, IMDb: 5.6/10
Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan star in this horror comedy about a guy named Zach mourning the loss of his girlfriend, only to discover she's come back to life. Plaza stars as Beth, the dead girl revived, who begin exhibiting strange behavior, eventually going into full-blown zombie mode while her devoted boyfriend Zach DeHaan tries to manage her mood swings and her pesky craving for human flesh. John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon play Beth's parents, who hilariously try to cover-up their daughter's current undead state, and though things go off the rails in the final third, watching Plaza play a moody, angst-ridden walking corpse is one hell of a good time.
Other People 2016
Run Time: 97 min | IMDb: 6.7/10
There's a lot going on in the dramedy Other People. Most of the action centers on Jesse Plemmons' David, a 29-year-old gay man returning home to a conservative, religious household. Then there's the subplot, David's coming home because his mother a brilliant Molly Shannon has cancer. On top of that, David is trying to reconcile with his father, a man who refuses to accept his son's sexuality even though it's been 10 years since he came out of the closet. Of course, Shannon can be counted on to bring the laughs, even as a woman who's resigned herself to an early grave, and Plemmons is awkward and endearing as a young man searching for his place in the world. Most of the comedy is mined from pretty sh*tty circumstances, but there's a lot of heart to this one.
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil 2010
Run Time: 88 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
This indie comedy has quickly become a cult classic, turning familiar scary movie tropes on their heads in bloody and hilarious ways. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine star as two bumbling-yet-well-meaning hillbillies who get pulled into a nightmare scenario when a group of horny coeds, who they think are trying to kill them. In a series of events that escalate in violence, Tucker and Dale try to do the right thing while managing to stay alive in the process. As one of the best horror comedies, it's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by those looking for off-the-beaten-path hilarity.
The Polka King 2017
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 5.9/10
Jack Black stars in this quirky comedy about the leader of a polka band who finds himself in trouble with the law after running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. Black plays Jan Lewans, an immigrant working hard to pursue the American dream, performing with dancing bears, delivering pizzas, and swindling unsuspecting investors out of their money. Jenny Slate plays Jan's wife, a beauty pageant contestant, but Black is the real star of the show, proving his comedic chops with this eccentrically memorable turn.
The Informant! 2009
Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 6.5/10
Matt Damon stars in this comedy-crime flick from Steven Soderbergh playing an in-over-his-head whistleblower during the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the mid-90s. Based on a true story, Damon stars as Mark Whitacre, an executive at Archer Daniels Midland who informs the FBI that his company is price-fixing a chemical used in the commercial livestock industry. He spends years gathering evidence in order to bring the criminals down, but, in a shocking turn of events, his bipolar disorder and increasing paranoia implicate him in a much larger embezzlement scheme. Most of the movie is Damon losing his sh*t over increasingly random events, which is as fun to watch as it sounds.
Just hours after the Monday fast national ratings revealed a strong return for All American, the CW has ordered 3 additional episodes, bringing the drama’s second season to 16 episodes.
That matches All American‘s freshman order and is considered a full season as fewer and fewer broadcast series do the traditional 22-episode cycles these days. All American joins Fox newbie Prodigal Son in receiving a back order this fall.
Following exposure of All American’s first season on Netflix, its Season 2 debut last night logged a series-high viewership 926,000 and the show's best Live+Same Day 18-49 rating since November 28, 2018 0.3. Versus its series debut last fall, All American was up by 35% in viewers, 95% in adults 18-34 0.3 and 66% in adults 18-49. And that was with All American opening the night versus having a lead-in, Riverdale, last fall. All American was also up dramatically from its March finale, by 72% in viewers, 198% in 18-34, and 154% in 18-49.
The return of All American finds Spencer James Daniel Ezra, now a football State Champion, with a tough decision to make. Does he stay in Beverly Hills and play for Coach Billy Baker Taye Diggs? Or does he move back home to South LA, reunite with his mother, Grace Karimah Westbrook, brother, Dillon Jalyn Hall, and play for his father, Corey Chad Coleman — the new head coach for the South Crenshaw Chargers?
Co-starring on the show are Cody Christian, Greta Onieogou, Monét Mazur, Michael Evans Behling, Samantha Logan and Bre-Z.
All American is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Nkechi Okoro Carroll, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and John A. Norris.
It’s the natural order of things: the world ends, the teens party. So many apocalyptic shows and movies take a dour approach to the end of the world, but Netflix’s upcoming apocalyptic comedy Daybreak imagines teens as the only ones unaffected by a zombie plague that renders all the adults brain-dead monsters. So naturally, they’re going to party it up and play with some cool swords. Watch the official Daybreak trailer below.
They survived the end of the world. I say they party. At least, that’s what the teens of Greendale, California say in the official Daybreak trailer released by Netflix. Based on Brian Ralph’s 2011 comic of the same name, Daybreak is described as “an art-house take on the classic zombie genre.” But as seen in the trailer, there’s something a little more Zombieland-meets-Ryan Murphy in this quippy, sarcastic adaptation of Daybreak. The series follows a slacker Colin Ford who must find his “own tribe” to search for the girl of his dreams while navigating the same cliques that dominated high school — except now they’re all dressed like they saw no other apocalypse movies except Mad Max: Fury Road.
The show stars Colin Ford Under the Dome, We Bought a Zoo, Alyvia Alyn Lind The Young and the Restless, Future Man, Austin Crute Booksmart, Sophie Simnett, Gregory Kasyan, Krysta Rodriguez, Jeanté Godlock, Cody Kearsley, and Matthew Broderick. Brad Peyton, who directed the Dwayne Johnson action films San Andreas and Rampage, directs several episodes of Daybreak.
Here is the synopsis for Daybreak:
High school isn’t the end of the world… until it is. In this post-apocalyptic, genre-bending series, the city of Glendale, California is populated by marauding gangs of jocks, gamers, the 4-H Club, and other fearsome tribes who are kicking a** as they fight to survive in the wake of a nuclear blast on the night of Homecoming…ugh. Following an eclectic group of survivors, as they navigate this strange and treacherous world, DAYBREAK is part samurai saga, part endearing coming-of-age story, and part Battle Royale. This Generation A series A for Apocalypse! Get it? is rated TV-MA.
Daybreak premieres on Netflix on October 24, 2019.
When All American was still in limbo after finishing its modestly rated 16-episode first season on the CW and before securing a Season 2 renewal, its Season 1 launched on Netflix, drawing strong young viewership reminiscent of Riverdale's Season 1 performance on the streamer.
The exposure helped Riverdale score series high ratings in its Season 2 premiere on the CW. Now All American is experiencing a similar bump, with its Season 2 debut logging a series high viewership 926,000 and the show's best L+SD 18-49 rating since 11/28/18 0.3. Versus its series debut last fall, All American was up by 35% in viewers, 95% in adults 18-34 .3 and 66% in adults 18-49. And that was with All American opening the night vs. having a lead-in, Riverdale, last fall. All American was also up dramatically from its March finale, by 72% in viewers, 198% in 18-34 and 154% in 18-49.
At 9 PM, Black Lightning's season 3 premiere 0.3; 900,000 also saw a bump from its March finale 7% in viewers, 48% in 18-34 and 34% in a18-49 while slipping a notch from its Season 2 opener last fall.
On the heels of scoring the first full-season order for a new series this fall, Fox's Prodigal Son 0.9, 3.8 million took its first week-to-week L+SD ratings dip but was still way above the other freshmen on Monday in 18-49. At 8 PM, 9-1-1 1.6, 7.1 million held steady, ranking as the No.1 broadcast program of the night in the demo and leading Fox to a nightly 18-49 victory, edging NBC 1.3 vs. 1.2.
NBC's average could be adjusted down because of an NFL preemption. Currently, The Voice 1.5, 8.7 million and Bluff City Law 0.7, 4.1 million are down a notch from the fast nationals last Monday and even with the finals. They could end up again down a tenth week-to-week when the finals are released later today. We will update the story when they become available. NBC is currently running No.1 for the night in total viewers and likely will retain the title in the finals.
CBS' The Neighborhood 0.8, 5.5 million ticked down in the demo and total viewers. Freshmen Bob Hearts Abishola 0.7, 5.3 million and All Rise 0.6, 5.2 million were steady in the demo while dropping a few eyeballs. At 10 PM, Bull 0.6, 6 million was even in 18-49 and added a few viewers vs. last week.
ABC's Dancing With the Stars 0.8, 6.4 million and The Good Doctor 0.9, 5.6 million were both on par in the demo, with the medical drama, a major delayed viewing gainer, slipping to a L+SD viewership low.
Alex Lewis was just a teenager when he endured a terrible motorcycle accident that put him in a coma and wiped his memory in the process. When he finally awoke, the young Brit knew only one thing: his twin brother’s name. He didn’t even know his own name, but he recognized his beloved sibling Marcus, and that was enough to help guide him back to apparent normalcy. Aided by his loving brother and an attentive mother though, noticeably enough, a not-exactly-enthused father, Alex was able to reconstruct his life, from learning the basics like how to brush his teeth or ride a bike, to boning up on a seemingly happy family history, as explained by Marcus.
It wasn’t true. At least, it wasn’t true to Marcus, who strove to build a history for his brother that neatly cut away the bad stuff and allowed him the kind of happiness and freedom that Marcus, still cognizant of their family’s traumas, could not banish from his own life. Segmented into three acts, Ed Perkins’ documentary about the Lewis brothers, “Tell Me Who I Am,” unspools the secrets and lies that bind the two together over the course of decades. Eventually, of course, Marcus’ lies are revealed, but that’s only a small portion of a compelling and emotional story about familial bonds and the reach of trauma.
Per the film’s official synopsis, “When 18-year-old Alex Lewis wakes up from a coma after surviving a motorcycle accident, the world is not one he remembers. He has forgotten everything. His home. His parents. He can't even remember his own name. The only thing he does know is that the person sitting next to him is his identical twin brother, Marcus. Alex relies on Marcus to give him his memory back; to tell him who he is. But the idyllic childhood Marcus paints for his twin conceals a dark family secret. Now, after decades of hiding the painful realities of their past, Alex and Marcus go on an extraordinary journey together to face the truth and finally discover who Alex really is.”
Directed by Academy Award nominee Perkins, the film is billed as “a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful voyage that explores the blurred boundaries of memory and reality, and the emotional bonds that allow us to survive.” “Tell Me Who I Am” was an Official Selection of the 2019 Telluride Film Festival, recently screened at the BFI London Film Festival, and will next show at this month’s Hamptons International Film Festival.
Netflix will release the film on its global streaming platform on October 18. Check out the first trailer for “Tell Me Who I Am” here.