If you weren't binge watching the third season of "House of Cards," you missed out on quite a bit. Luckily, if you'd rather nosh on something a little less serious, you should just start the first season of the new Netflix original comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Why? Because it's hilarious, and it stars the delightful Ellie Kemper ("The Office," "Bridesmaids").
Also, if you're aching to get rid of your cable box but hold back because you like HBO, you may be in luck because the cable network will be launching HBO Now early next month to coincide with the season 5 premiere of "Game of Thrones." You'll just have to own an Apple product first.
Plus, Netflix has released the long-awaited trailer for Marvel's "Daredevil," and it looks so much better than the 2003 disaster starring Ben Affleck. Oh, and "The Walking Dead" companion series has already been picked up for a second season. I wanted to add more zombies to my TV diet anyways, so that's great news to me.
So, take a break from binge watching, and read on:
1. Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is worth binging
Do you have a Netflix account? Do you love comedy? Do you love binge watching? If you answered yes to all three of those questions, then you must watch "Unbreakable Kimmy Schdmidt." That's not a request. It's a demand. Over the last couple of days, and with no regrets whatsoever, I've set homework and other life responsibilities to the side to watch the entire first season, which just launched in its entirety to stream on March 6.
In the series premiere of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," which comes from "30 Rock" veterans Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, a SWAT raid frees Kimmy and three other women – nicknamed "the mole women" – from an underground bunker where they've been trapped for 15 years by an insane doomsday cult preacher (amusingly played by a famous actor who I won't spoil here if you haven't gotten that far yet).
When she's finally rescued – now at the age of 29 – Kimmy's not fearful. Rather, she's filled with optimism and is delighted about every aspect of non-bunker life, including eating gummy candy for dinner. Rather than moving back to her hometown in Indiana, she decides to break away from her "mole woman" label and live in New York City.
Kemper's goofy, deliriously charming Kimmy leads a set of other lovable losers. Her roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess) is an aging gay black man with dreams of superstardom on Broadway. Jane Krakowski appears as Kimmy's employer, the narcissistic Jacqueline Vorhees, who is even more vain and neurotic as her "30 Rock" character Jenna Maroney, and Carol Kane plays Kimmy's eccentric and mysterious landlord Lillian.
Knowing the talent behind the show, it should come as no surprise at all that the show is funny. I mean very, very funny. Kemper, who played the zany Erin on NBC's "The Office," is perfect as Kimmy, a woman who still needs to catch up with not only the pop culture she has missed out on while living in the underground bunker, but also other social cues.
Even while she plays catch up, she remains wise and, well, unbreakable when posed with an issue like getting her money stolen or having to deal with Jacqueline's crazy demands. She's insanely charming, delivering lines with more than a shed of on-point comedic timing and brilliance. It's quite aware from the very first episode that Kemper is more than capable of leading a show. As it stands now, she's the lead of the funniest show not on television.
By the way, I dare you to not have the theme song stuck in your head after a few episodes in.
2. HBO Now partners with Apple with exclusivity deal just in time for "Game of Thrones" season 5 premiere
Late last year, HBO announced that it was planning to offer a stand alone streaming service, which made everyone wishing to cut cable out of their lives and toss their cable boxes into a trash bin jump with absolute glee.
No one knew when it would become available, how much the monthly subscription fee would be or if there are going to be any catches. Now Variety reports that the service, now known as HBO Now, will be available starting in April to coincide with the season 5 premiere of "Game of Thrones," and it'll cost $14.99 per month (which still beats paying an arm and a leg every month for an actual cable subscription). Here's the catch, however: Subscribers will be able to enjoy HBO Now only if they have an Apple TV, iPad or iPhone.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler broke the news at Monday's Apple’s press event. "All you need to get HBO Now is a broadband connection and an Apple device," said Plepler. "When you subscribe to HBO NOW, you will have access to all our acclaimed original programming – past, present and future – as well as our unmatched lineup of Hollywood blockbusters."
So, before you cut cable of your life completely and toss your cable box into a trash bin, make sure first to see if you have the necessary Apple products so you can use HBO Now. If not, well, it's back to using your friend's HBO Go password, at least for three months. According to IGN, HBO Now's exclusivity deal with Apple has an expiration date. An HBO spokesperson has confirmed that it will last for three months.
HBO is also in talks with other partners to bring the app to even more customers. The exclusivity deal with Apple covers digital distribution only. That means that HBO's other partners, like Time Warner, could offer the service to their subscribers. No deals have yet been finalized yet. Let's just hope that once the three month exclusivity deal runs out, HBO Now will follow the same path as Netflix and Hulu and will become available on multiple platforms and consoles.
Whatever you plan on doing, whether it's using a friend's HBO Go password or subscribing to HBO Now once it becomes available, don't waste any time doing so, because the fifth season of "Game of Thrones" premieres on April 12. By the way, have you seen the latest trailer for the "Game of Thrones"? It's insane.
3. Netflix premieres the long-awaited trailer for "Daredevil"
Netflix has finally released the first full trailer for Marvel’s "Daredevil," the first of the street-hero series starring Charlie Cox ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Theory of Everything") as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio (as Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin), Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Marvel character, the show'll focus on Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a boy but given extraordinary senses. By day, he is a New York City lawyer fighting injustice; by night, he roams the streets of Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil.
Luckily for us, this looks nothing like the atrocious 2003 film "Daredevil" starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner (the memories of that movie still haunt me to this day). This time around, this looks like it'll be a little gritty and entertaining. Plus, it looks like D'Onofrio is going to kill it as the Kingpin. I can't wait to binge watch this.
The 13-episode, one-hour series will debut April 10 in all territories where Netflix is available. The streaming service, under its deal with Disney and Marvel, also has three other live-action adventure series in the works: "A.K.A. Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage." All four series will lead up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s "The Defenders."
4. AMC picks up untitled "The Walking Dead" spin-off for season 2
With "Better Call Saul" proving that spin-offs of AMC's most popular shows can hold their own, the channel is already showing that it's confident in "The Walking Dead" companion series, which is currently set to premiere later this summer in August with six episodes (mirroring the six episode first season of "The Walking Dead"). Months before the first episode has even aired yet, the channel has picked up the series for a second season, showing its confidence even more blatantly.
If you recall, "Better Call Saul" was similarly picked up for a second season before the first episode was aired. This is clearly a smart business move, as this "Walking Dead" companion series will surely attract viewers of the original show, which is only has three remaining episodes in its fifth season. If AMC is able to attract even a portion of "Walking Dead" viewers, it only means that picking up the spin-off for a second season is only the right, and smart, thing to do. Also, as a "Walking Dead" fan myself, the series will serve as a nice placement holder until October comes around for new episodes of "The Walking Dead."
Along with the announcement of a second season, AMC has also released a few images from the series which shows its two leads, Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens, in dangerous situations as all hell is breaking loose. As you'll notice right away, this won't be taking place in rural, heavily wooded areas like much of "The Walking Dead" takes place. This time around, the show will show more of the initial chaos on the opposite side of the country in L.A., a time before Rick Grimes wakes up in the hospital in season one.
The good news is that talent behind the show we already love will be creative forces behind this as well. "The Walking Dead" executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert will also serve as executive producers on the companion series, and Dave Erickson, who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will act as executive producer and showrunner. Knowing this, the show will hopefully have a similar vibe – and zombie carnage.
Colton Dunham's passion for movies began back as far as he can remember. Before he reached double digits in age, he stayed up on Saturday nights and watched numerous classic horror movies with his grandfather. Eventually, he branched out to other genres and the passion grew to what it is today.
Only this time, he's writing about his response to each movie he sees, whether it's a review for a website, or a short, 140-character review on Twitter. When he's not inside of a movie theater, at home binge watching a television show, or bragging that he's a published author, he's pursuing to keep movies a huge part of his life, whether it's as a journalist/critic or, ahem, a screenwriter.