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Playing House Season 3: Why You Need to Watch

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The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of June 19, 2017

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   The Mist (Series Premiere) Thursday at 10 p.m. on Spike Why: If you loved Stephen King's 1980 novella, or the 2007 big-screen adaptation, or the video game series inspired by the story, or — you get it. For a 130-page book, The Mist has influenced a lot of creative folks. And now it's Christian Torpe's turn. His new series is very much rooted in King's work, but he's reimagined the story for a modern TV audience. It's sort of a horror piece, with a bit of a zombie vibe. But really, it's about fear. And while there are monsters and they provide some truly gruesome moments, the scariest monsters are the people (duh). Speaking of, we're introduced to a dozen key characters, each with their own baggage, during the pilot. Among them: a 16-year-old who's just told her parents she was raped by a jock, her gay friend, a sheriff's deputy, an amnesiac soldier, and the town conspiracy theorist. And then the titular character, the mist, makes itself known. And things get... complicated. Prepare to talk about: Those insects; the excellent cinematography; Frances Conroy continuing to perfect the mysterious and creepy old lady vibe.   GLOW (Series Premiere) Friday at 3 a.m. on Netflix Why: If you like Orange Is the New Black , you will like Jenji Kohan's new Netflix show. The two series share several similarities: using a male-dominated TV universe to tell women's stories, employing a wonderfully diverse cast, balancing silly moments and emotional ones. And as was the case in the first season of OITNB , the audience finds its way into this strange, unfamiliar world via a sympathetic character. Alison Brie plays Ruth, a struggling actress in mid-'80s Los Angeles, where casting directors don't know what to do with her. Desperate for work, Ruth responds to an open call for what turns out to be a low-budget cable show about a women's wrestling league ( Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling ). With the period outfits and wrestling antics, the show has its over-the-top moments. But it's grounded by emotional, nuanced performances from Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Kate Nash, Chris Lowell, and comedian Marc Maron as the bitter but passionate director. Prepare to talk about: The real GLOW , which actually ran for four years in the '80s; how the team behind the scenes is as women-dominated as the cast; the show's ability to present and then deconstruct stereotypes, a Kohan specialty.   Playing House (Season Premiere) Friday at 11 p.m. on USA Network Why: At long last, Jammers. They're back! This is one of those victims of Peak TV, an excellent show that has gotten lost in the noise of prestige dramas, bloody battle sequences, and gently funny "comedies." Playing House is the second sitcom created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair (whose Best Friends Forever will forever be on my personal canceled-too-soon list). They play childhood friends who come to each other's aid and create their own quirky, loving family. Season 2 ended with a cliffhanger involving will-they-or-won't-they couple Emma (St. Clair) and Mark (Keegan-Michael Key, serving goofball sex appeal). The new season sees that storyline play out. Maggie (Parham) also finds romance with a Mr. Darcy-type coworker. And the duo tackles St. Clair's real-life cancer diagnosis, leading to the kind of comically emotional moments Playing House is so good at pulling off. Prepare to talk about: Bosephus: the man, the myth, the legend; how adept the show is at meshing the real and the wacky; how fun it is to watch to best friends try to crack each other up.   T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He low-key stans for Bird Bones. Follow him on Twitter . p { text-align: justify; }

5 Reasons We Love Watching: 'Playing House'

Playing House is the second comedy created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair (whose Best Friends Forever will forever be on my personal canceled-too-soon list). They play childhood friends who come to each other's aid and create their own quirky, loving family. The show is smart, funny, and full of heart, but it's not exactly a runaway success. It's both a victim of Peak TV — getting lost in the noise of prestige dramas, bloody battle sequences, and gently funny "comedies" — and a beneficiary of this era's insatiable hunger for more content. It's the little show that could, never receiving the respect it deserves, even from its own network, but surviving thanks to its loyal (and social media-savvy) fans and the winning personalities of its co-creators and leading ladies. If you need more persuading, here are five reasons why you should check out Playing House , airing on USA Network . 5. Bosephus and Jandana! Maggie’s alter ego, Bosephus, is described as a "rusty circus roustabout." He appears from time to time with his main lady, Jandana, usually to help someone get out of a jam. They are total relationship goals.       4. Everyone in the cast, from Maggie's creepy brother (Zach Woods) to frenemy Bird Bones (Lindsay Sloane) to the OB/GYN (guest star Larry Wilmore), is bringing it.         3. Rising above all the others, however, is Keegan-Michael Key as Mark Rodriguez, delivering heat, charm, and laughs.         2. From lingo to nutrition, Parham and St. Clair are teaching us everything we need to know to live our best lives.       1. With all due respect to Amy and Tina, Jess and Len are television's real BFFs.         div.reason h3 { clear: both; padding-top: 30px; } div.reason img { float: left; width: 400px; } div.reason img.grid { float: left; width: 315px; } div.reason p { clear: both; }

How Playing House's Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham Conquered Cancer Together--And Made Comedy Out of It

There's nothing funny about cancer, but for Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, the stars and creators of Playing House, writing it into their USA Network comedy series made sense. Even if... ...Read More...

Playing House: Stars Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair On Emotional Real-Life Cancer Storyline ATX

Playing House stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair are not shy about incorporating real-life experiences into their USA comedy and a scary cancer diagnosis is no exception. St. Clair, in an essay for Stand Up To Cancer, revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2015, and in theupcoming season, her character Emma will also be dealing with the same issue and undergo the same treatment that she did. During a Q&A session today at the ATX Television ...Read More....

Hey, Jammers: See the First Teaser for Season 3 of Playing House

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Playing House's Jessica St. Clair Shares Cancer Battle, Reveals Her Character Will Also Be Diagnosed in Season 3

The upcoming third season of USA Networks Playing House will be the most personal one yet for star Jessica St. Clair. In a heartfelt essay for Stand Up To Cancer, the actress on Tuesday revealed that shewas diagnosed withstage 2b estrogen positive breast cancer in 2015, which she beat through surgery and chemotherapy. Whats more, []

Suits, Playing House, The Sinner Get Summer Premiere Dates at USA

USA Network has unveiled itssummer programming schedule, including the return of a few old favorites and a hotly anticipated premiere. The hit legal drama Suitskicks off its seventh season on Wednesday, July 12, with its landmark 100th episode set to air on August 30. Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clairs buddy sitcom Playing Housefinally returns.

Playing House Pair Answers Fashion Q With Game of Thrones Logic WATCH

Yes, we know youd like a Season 3 premiere announcement date,Playing Housefans. (So would we!) This is not that. But in the meantime, how about listening to stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair invoke Brienne of Tarth while fielding a seemingly unrelated wardrobe query? In the exclusive, just-for-fun videoreleased ahead of the USA Network []

Watch Bosephus and Jandana Celebrate the Return of Playing House Season 3 With Their Own Reality Show

Time to bust out your crawdaddy crawl. ...