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Weekend Binge Guide: July 2016

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Difficult People See all reviews for Difficult People If you like your TV comedies extra snarky, you'll love Julie Klausner's sharp, prickly, funny Difficult People , which returns to Hulu July 12. Throughout Season 1's eight episodes, Klausner proves she has acting chops to match her writing prowess, Billy Eichner shows off his range, James Urbaniak finds the nuance in what could be a clichéd boyfriend role, and Andrea Martin demonstrates why she's the MVP of virtually everything she's in. The title of this show is no joke: Most of these people are not just difficult, but terrible. When they're not half-heartedly trying to get their acting and comedy careers off the ground, the characters of Julie and Billy roam New York City mercilessly excoriating every poor rube who crosses their path. But there's a real warmth to their friendship that (just) keeps the pair — and the show — from crossing the line into truly unlikeable territory. This is modern-day cringe-comedy at its finest.   If you want to cry:   Time of Death See all reviews for Time of Death Death on TV is nothing new, but real human mortality? We don't love seeing that. That's why this 2013 Showtime docuseries is so powerful. Cameras follow terminally ill people, ages 19 to 78, as they fight to extend their lives, say goodbye to family members, and in several cases, take their final breath. Each episode captures in unflinching detail the story of one new person in addition to one family whose story is told throughout the six-part series. In Episode 2, former grief counselor Lenore explains why she wanted to participate: "We live in a death-denying culture and I don't want it to be that way; I want my life to have made some difference." While all of their stories are deeply poignant, viewers spend the most time with Maria, a mother of three whose story is the messiest — and the most moving.   If you want to scream:   American Horror Story: Asylum See all reviews for  American Horror Story Either you like the strange mix of pitch-black camp and gory violence that Ryan Murphy and co. inject into every AHS season or you don't. It's the kind of show even ardent fans mock (especially during the fifth installment, starring — like it or not — Golden Globe-winning actress Lady Gaga). But when it's good, it's wickedly clever. Season 2 is truly insane. The 13 episodes feature a flurry of WTF moments: everything from aliens and demon-possessed teens to mad scientists and Anne Frank. But it stands out for me as the best of the AHS seasons for one reason: Sarah Paulson. As her Lana Winters lives through nightmare after nightmare, she becomes one of the Murphy universe's most sympathetic characters and Paulson delivers a truly complete performance very much deserving of the Emmy nomination she received.   If you want to think:   Chef's Table See all reviews for  Chef's Table Netflix's gorgeous six-part series invites viewers into the kitchens and lives of world-renowned chefs. It's food porn, yes, but it's also part travel show and part TED Talk. Especially this season, with a trio of subjects who share the desire to increase the prestige of their national cuisines. Indian Gaggan Anand, Brazilian Alex Atala, and Mexican Enrique Olvera use their screen time to lead cameras away from their fancy restaurants. Anand, who's based in Bangkok, gathers ingredients from throughout his native India, Atala heads deep into the Amazon to focus on sustainability, and Olvera shares his love of Oaxaca, where the mole that has become the signature dish at his Michelin-starred Mexico City restaurant originates. The man pulling everything together is David Gelb ( Jiro Dreams of Sushi ) who gets these chefs to open up in surprising ways, almost always sharing a moment of failure that pushed them toward greatness.   div.post p { text­align: justify; }

American Horror Story: Let's Try to Figure Out All the Connections Between Seasons

Now that Freak Show has taken its final bow, the biggest questions going forward have to do with what Season 5 will entail, and how the show might continue to reveal and prominently feature connections between its individual chapters.  Read More... //www.tv.com/shows/american-horror-story/community/post/american-horror-story-lets-try-to-figure-out-all-the-connections-between-seasons-142178721460/

'American Horror Story: Coven' releases four new images

Get a look at the four new, creepy posters for "American Horror Story: Coven." //www.hitfix.com/starr-raving/american-horror-story-coven-releases-four-new-images

'American Horror Story: Coven': New artwork will have you on pins and needles

Just a few days ago, "American Horror Story: Coven" gave us the first promo to actually feature cast members -- sending fans into a frenzy over the upcoming witch-themed season. On Friday (Sept. 13), FX released new artwork for the highly-anticipated third round of Ryan Murphy's creepfest, and while they don't feature any cast members, they certainly strike a tone.Returning to the imagery from one of the early teasers, both posters find their subject on pins and needles -- quite literally. Clearly, this pinning imagery is important to the season, or it wouldn't factor so heavily into the promo material. But what could it mean?Is the pinning some sort of punishment at the school for witches? Or could it be the work of some other malevolent force? One thing's for sure: We can't wait to find out."American Horror Story: Coven" premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/american-horror-story-coven-new-artwork-will-have-you-on-pins-and-needles.html

'American Horror Story: Coven': Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and more in newest promo

"American Horror Story: Coven" has released a new promo for its upcoming season and this one is giving us a glimpse of the cast members -- so far we've only seen creepy things like burning witches, coffins and ssssssnakes. Evan Peters is inside the school for witches, with Sarah Paulson welcoming in a new batch of students, including Taissa Farmiga. Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are clearly in some sort of authoritarian roles. There's also a creepy cow-headed man thing on the front porch. Because this is "American Horror Story" and of course there is."AHS: Coven" premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/american-horror-story-coven-evan-peters-taissa-farmiga-and-more-in-newest-promo.html

'American Horror Story' Taps Danny Huston to Join 'Coven'

He'll play the love interest for Jessica Lange on the third season of the FX anthology.            //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/b5jc20Tb3xg/story01.htm

'American Horror Story: Coven': 'Coffin' puts someone 6 feet under

"American Horror Story: Coven" is ramping up the teases in the month or so before it premieres on FX. We've seen "Detention" and heard a wonderfully creepy version of "House of the Rising Sun," plus we've seen this nightmare-inducing poster. Now we have "Coffin," where a dirty woman rests inside a coffin that presumably lies under six feet of dirt. Creepy. Do you suppose that's some kind of punishment meted out at the school for witches that has been teased as the focus for Season 3 of AHS?Everyone's favorite horror show returns to FX on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/american-horror-story-coven-coffin-puts-someone-6-feet-under.html

'American Horror Story: Asylum's Zachary Quinto: Before the Emmys, 'So NoTORIous'

His villainous turn as Dr. Thresdson in FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum" may have earned Zachary Quinto his first Emmy nomination, but for a certain subset of his fan base, he'll always be remembered for a character with a strange-sounding name. (Hint: It begins with an "S.")No, not Sylar. We're talking about Sasan, Tori Spelling's Iranian-American gay best friend on VH1's 2006 comedy "So NoTORIous."Welcome to Before They Were Emmy Nominees. Each Tuesday and Wednesday between now and the Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, we're going to look back at some early and obscure roles of a few of this year's acting nominees. (See Zap2it's Before They Were Nominees photo gallery.)"So NoTORIous," created by Spelling alongside Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler ("Reba," the new showrunners on MTV's "Awkward"), was loosely based on the "Beverly Hills, 90210" star's life. Quinto's Sasan accompanied the fictional Tori on her many adventures, while hiding his openly-gay lifestyle from his... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/american-horror-story-asylums-zachary-quinto-before-the-emmys-so-notorious.html

'American Horror Story: Coven' gets a premiere date and new teaser

The 13-episode "American Horror Story: Coven" will premiere on Wednesday, October 9 and will run through January 2014.   Read More... //www.hitfix.com/news/american-horror-story-coven-gets-a-premiere-date-and-new-teaser

'American Horror Story: Coven' premieres Oct. 9 on FX

FX has set a premiere date for the upcoming third season of "American Horror Story," subtitled "Coven" and featuring lots of witchy women, headlined by Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett. The miniseries is currently filming in New Orleans and will run for 13 weeks, ending in January 2014 and the premiere announcement teases this storyline:Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/american-horror-story-coven-premieres-oct-9-on-fx.html