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Weekend Binge Guide: February 2018

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel See all reviews for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel You might have been bummed that we only got 4 new episodes of Gilmore Girls on Netflix in 2016, but then one year later, Amy Sherman Palladino (and her husband Daniel Palladino) brought us something arguably better: 8 episodes of brand new series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime. Maisel is instantly identifiable as a Palladino show. Lead character Midge Maisel (played perfectly by Rachel Brosnahan) even shares some similarities with Lorelai Gilmore in that she has wealthy, overbearing parents (although they are now very Jewish instead of very WASPy) and is forced to find her own way after an unexpected series of events - primarily, her husband dumps her. It's also full of snappy dialogue and lots of humor. Humor is actually the main focus of the series as it finds Midge exploring her recently realized talent at stand-up comedy. This is especially unique in that the show takes place in the late 1950s, where female comedians (especially ones who curse like Sarah Silverman) are few and far between. Winning 2 Golden Globe Awards and already renewed for a second season, these first 8 episodes are a delightful binge that will satisfy you, but leave you excited for what's to come.   If you want to scream:   The Night Of See all reviews for The Night Of America became obsessed with true-crime everything in late 2014 when the podcast Serial came out (and went viral). Then, in 2015, there were 2 more true-crime slam dunks: The Jinx and Making a Murderer . The Night Of was released in the summer of 2016, and while this miniseries was *not* a true story - it still likely owes a lot of its success to those other programs. Based on a British show - Criminal Justice - The Night Of looks at the case of Nasir "Naz" Khan, played by Riz Ahmed, a Pakistani-American student accused of murdering a young woman in New York. John Turturro co-stars as the lawyer convinced of his innocence who is trying to exonerate him. Similar to those other programs, The Night Of is very much a look at the criminal justice system in America, and how being the wrong race and having some bad luck (know that Naz does make an infuriating number of bad decisions) can destroy a whole lot of lives. The show debuted to pretty much universal acclaim and received multiple awards. While as of now it remains a one season wonder, there's rumored interest in bringing the series back for another season with the right story.   If you want to cry:   Brothers & Sisters See all reviews for Brothers & Sisters Before everyone got in their weekly cry watching This Is Us , there was Parenthood . Before Parenthood , there was Brothers and Sisters . Brothers and Sisters is an ensemble drama that ran on ABC from 2006-2010 for over 100 episodes that like its two successors, focused both on a group of siblings and their parents (or, parent, as the show kicks off with patriarch William Walker passing away). The show contained a large cast of talented actors and actresses including Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Balthazar Getty, Matthew Rhys, and Dave Annable as the siblings, and the flawless Sally Field as their mother. Like any good family drama, the family faced all sorts of issues with their finances and relationships, and as the show progressed, the family expanded in multiple ways. One of these ways is that - and this isn't a spoiler, as it's revealed in the pilot - William had a twenty year affair (and also embezzled the family company's money) which resulted in an additional half-sibling that the family never knew about previously. Similarly to why This Is Us shines now, Brothers and Sisters was a rare family drama with compelling characters in a sea of procedurals and reality shows.   If you want to think:   UnREAL See all reviews for UnREAL We haven't had any new UnREAL since August 2016, but at long last the show is returning for a third season at the end of the month. That means that if the show is new to you, it is the perfect time to catch up on seasons one and two! UnREAL is a dark satire of the reality TV world - specifically one that looks a whole lot like ABC's The Bachelor . The series focuses on the producers of reality series Everlasting , and everything they do behind the scenes to psychologically manipulate the contestants to create an entertaining show; there's pretty much no boundaries, to the point of straight-up evil. Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby star as the master puppeteers and central relationship of the show (Appleby is the protégée, Rachel), and both are excellent. UnREAL is easily the best series that Lifetime has ever aired (although Season 2 was decidedly weaker than Season 1, even with the brilliant move of casting a black suitor, beating ABC to the punch), and with such a lengthy hiatus, it will be interesting to see what they come up with for the next installment. Make sure you're caught up by then!   div.post p { text-­align: justify; }

Brothers & Sisters Alum Sarah Jane Morris Welcomes Baby Girl

  Sarah Jane Morris has given birth to a baby girl, the Brothers & Sisters alum announced on Twitter Tuesday. "Happy to share the good news...   //www.tvguide.com/News/Sarah-Jane-Morris-Baby-1077289.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Brothers & Sisters' Luke MacFarlane to Guest on Beauty and the Beast

Brothers & Sisters alum Luke MacFarlane will guest-star on CW's new series Beauty and the Beast , TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Loosely based on the 1987 CBS series about an ADA and a noble man-beast who make a connection, the updated love story stars Smallville 's Kristin Kreuk as Catherine Chandler, a cop who intersects with Vincent Keller ( Jay Ryan ), who was turned into a beast after a faulty military experiment. Read More... //www.tvguide.com/News/Beauty-Beast-CW-Luke-MacFarlane-1050451.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Brothers & Sisters: Why We?ll Miss The Walkers

With US TV enthralled by procedurals and talent shows, a story about the lives of a large family doesn’t fit genre trends, but that’s precisely what helped Brothers & Sisters find a grateful, faithful audience. When the show began in 2006 it resembled a lighter Six Feet Under (featuring Rachel Griffiths, a family with secrets and the...   //www.tv.com/story/26043.html

'Brothers & Sisters' Gilles Marini says goodbye: 'I will miss my friends'

When the rumors of a "Brothers & Sisters" cancelation was reaching an intense level, star Gilles Marini, who played Luc, spoke with Zap2it about his hopes for the show's renewal. That served as a rallying cry as fans waited for the official word to come down from ABC.Reportedly, some last minute negotiations to bring back the show began, which we're told our article did influence at least in some small part. But, fans got their answer when ABC officially announced on Friday (May 13) that the show would not be returning for a sixth season.Marini tells us he had just landed in New York City when his wife called and broke the news to him. And now he's closing the circle with Zap2it readers."Even if we understand that the show took [its] natural course and that already ABC gave it a great run," Marini tells Zap2it. "It's always hard to realize that you are not... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/brothers-sisters-gilles-marini-says-goodbye-i-will-miss-my-friends.html

Has Your Favorite TV Show Been Canceled? A Guide to What the Networks Axed

Last week was a whirlwind for TV reporters. If you're just catching up, we've got some tough news for you: a lot of shows have been canceled. Like, a lot . But to save you the hassle of having to frantically Google all of your favorite shows, we've got one (big) list here of every show that every network canceled. Now don't blame us -- we're just the messengers -- but also don't go into some deep TV-related depression over this news. Even if shows you adore have been axed, there's also a ton of awesome new shows getting picked up for next season as we speak. Just prepare yourself, because what you're about to see is ugly. In truth, a lot of the shows deserved it, and cancellations were expected, but there are a few sad ones. So without further ado, our complete list of canceled TV shows, updated in real time as news breaks. Click over for the full list here: //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/16/canceled-tv-shows-2011/

'Brothers & Sisters' canceled: 10 things we'll miss about the Walkers

There's something inhumane about networks announcing mass cancelations all at once. It sort of denies the viewer a chance to mourn each and every show that's killed the same way we watched them -- one at a time and with our undivided attention. So now that the execs have gone home with blood on their hands, we finally have a moment to really think about the loss of one of our favorite shows, ABC's "Brothers & Sisters."As we mentioned in our finale article, there are a few reasons to believe that the series that defined family dysfunction could have gone on. But, if it ended with that episode (as we now know it does) and the series was truly about surviving the sins of William Walker, then that chapter can now be closed. That doesn't mean we won't miss the things that "Brothers & Sisters" did so well. So, allow us to reflect on 10 things we'll miss... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/brothers-sisters-canceled-10-things-well-miss-about-the-walkers.html

BROTHERS & SISTERS, V, NO ORDINARY FAMILY, OFF THE MAP, DETROIT 1-8-7, and MR. SUNSHINE Cancelled

And bad news keep coming today. ABC has cancelled six of its shows including  BROTHERS & SISTERS ,  V ,  NO ORDINARY FAMILY , OFF THE MAP , DETROIT 1-8-7 , and  MR. SUNSHINE according to TVLine . Yikes, that hurts! So that season finale of  Brothers & Sisters  last Sunday, turns out it was the series  finale. Oh and yeah I guess we’ll never find out if Tyler  really died in  V . Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/05/13/brothers-sisters-v-no-ordinary-family-off-the-map-detroit-1-8-7-and-mr-sunshine-cancelled/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

TV Ratings: '60 Minutes' with President Obama propels CBS to win Sunday

Fast national ratings for Sunday, May 8, 2011."60 Minutes" was the big winner for Sunday night with 13.8 million viewers, followed by "CSI: Miami" and "Desperate Housewives," both at roughly 9.7 million viewers. CBS won the night with an average of 10.3 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/8 share in households. ABC was second (7.8 million, 4.8/8), NBC was third at 6.2 million, 3.9/7 and FOX was fourth at 4.4 million and a 2.5/4.CBS also took the 18-49 demo, with a 2.3, followed by ABC and FOX (tie, 2.1) and NBC at a 2.0. Sunday hour by hour: 7 p.m. CBS: "60 Minutes" (13.8 million, 8.4/17) ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.4 million, 3.5/7) NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (3.9 million, 2.6/5) FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (2.3 million, 1.4/3) /"American Dad" (3.3 million, 1.9/4) 18-49 leader: "60 Minutes" (2.3) 8 p.m. CBS: "Amazing Race" (9.0 million, 5.1/9) ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (7.99 million, 4.6/8) NBC: "America's... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/tv-ratings-60-minutes-with-president-obama-propels-cbs-to-win-sunday.html

'Brothers & Sisters' Marion Ross on Ida's death: 'I wanted to have my croaking scene'

Marion Ross is one of America's classic TV moms, but "Brothers & Sisters" fans most recently knew her as the very opinionated Ida Holden, Saul (played by Ron Rifkin) and Nora's (Sally Field) mother, who the siblings did not have a great relationship with.We had a chance to speak with the star about her role on the ABC show while she was promoting The Hub TV channel's "Mom-A-Thon with Mrs. C," in which they'll air six episodes of her classic sitcom, "Happy Days," back-to-back on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 6) from 9 p.m. to Midnight ET.'I love Sally Field," Ross tells Zap2it of her TV daughter. "[And] Saul needed to tell me that he was gay," she says of her character's storyline. "Because he said he never told his mother."Ida was abruptly killed off earlier this season, though Saul (and Nora, for that matter) had unfinished business with their mother. And she tells us she really wishes... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/brothers-sisters-marion-ross-on-idas-death-i-wanted-to-have-my-croaking-scene.html