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Playing House Canceled at USA After 3 Seasons

Playing House has sadly been evicted. The USA Network comedy from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair has been canceled after three seasons.The project from Universal Cable Productions premiered in April 2014. USA Network and Universal Cable Productions want to thank Jessica, Lennon and the entire cast and crew of Playing House for being amazing partners for three incredible, hilarious seasons, the network said. It was an honor and privilege to be part of this best friendship. Once a Jammer, always a Jammer.   ...Read More...

Playing House Star Jessica St Clair on Returning to a Hospital Bed to Shoot Cancer Scene

If you experienced a range of emotions during Season 3 of USAs Playing House, youre not alone. Creators and stars Jessica St. Clair (Emma Crawford) and Lennon Parham (Maggie Caruso) spoke to TheWrap about the recently concluded season of their comedy, which aired its finale on TV earlier this month after the entire run was made available for streaming in June. This season featured Emmas cancer diagnosis in a storyline that mirrored St. Clairs real-life battle with the disease. And as might be expected, filming the hospital scenes brought back tough memories for the actress, who first discussed the illness in May on social media.   ...Read More... //

Weekend Binge Guide: August 2017

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Playing House See all reviews for Playing House Playing House is the second comedy created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, whose Best Friends Forever also was a bingeworthy pick — and for good reason. This duo knows how to sell a joke! And more importantly, how to marry wacky comedy with heartfelt emotion. In this USA Network series, which recently concluded its third season, the women play childhood friends who come to each other's aid and create their own quirky, loving family. It's a series that started strong and has gotten even better as it's progressed, culminating in a particularly touching Season 3 storyline. In addition to Upright Citizens Brigade vets Parham and St. Clair, the cast includes Keegan-Michael Key, serving goofball sex appeal; Lindsay Sloane, whose Bird Bones is a delight; and Zach Woods, who is on all the shows.   If you want to cry:   Broadchurch See all reviews for Broadchurch With Doctor Who recently announcing that its next Time Lord will be played by Jodie Whittaker, it's the perfect time to binge one of her best series. (Incidentally, the show has several other major Who connections, including David Tennant as the lead investigator and Arthur Darvill as the town priest.) Broadchurch is about a small community that is ripped apart when a local boy's dead body is discovered on the beach. It's the kind of town where everyone knows everyone, so the reality of a killer living among them leads to some dark moments. Tennant and Olivia Colman play the detectives in charge of the investigation, which twists through the town, making residents — and viewers — scrutinize many suspects. When the killer is revealed, the reactions from the key players are absolutely gut-wrenching.   If you want to scream:   The Strain See all reviews for  The Strain This fun, slightly campy, over-the-top vampire thriller was brought to the small screen by a trio of creative heavyweights. Carlton Cuse, who won a couple of Emmys for his work on Lost , runs the show alongside co-executive producers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who co-wrote the best-selling trilogy on which this creepy series is based. The action begins with the delightfully named Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his Centers for Disease Control team called in to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that began on a plane that landed in New York under very mysterious circumstances. The strain, it turns out, is an ancient form of vampirism. But it's easy to guess how well that theory goes over. Stoll is excellent, but David Bradley is the real scene-stealer as TV's most badass pawnbroker.   If you want to think:   The Handmaid's Tale See all reviews for  The Handmaid's Tale There's a lot of "important TV" right now, but Hulu's chilling adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel hits like a punch in the gut. The series begins in the present in the new theocratic republic of Gilead, where Offred (of Fred), one of the world's few remaining fertile women, must suppress her inner rebel to survive as a handmaid (basically a "two-legged womb") to an influential commander. As the season progresses, there are powerful flashbacks detailing how women's rights slowly were stripped away in the leadup to the full coup by the Gilead administration. The show recently was nominated for 13 Emmys, including acting nods for Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel. From the performances to the soundtrack to the direction, everything about this series works. It's must-see TV. p { text­align: justify; }

Why Playing House's Cancer Story Is So Unusually Well Done

Its the rare cancer story thats more interested in how to deal with cancer as a crisis of friendship and the self than it is in the cancer itself.  ...Read More... //

Playing House's Emotional Cancer Storyline Is More Than a Sob Story

  [Warning: The following contains spoilers for the third season of Playing House . Read at your own risk.] From the moment it premiered, the heartwarming USA series Playing House has mixed humor and honest, heartfelt emotion to tell a story about the long-lasting bonds of female friendship, and how ...  ...Read More...   //

'Playing House' Creators Talk Season 4 Plans and Series' Future

Co-creators and stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham discuss what they have in mind for a potential fourth season and the comedy's long-term future.   ...Read More... //

Playing House: The Hilarious Story Behind That Warm Banana, Halved

  Sometimes, there's a moment on TV that you know you will never forget. The kind of moment that you will quote and reference for years to come. The kind of moment that will make you laugh every single goddamn time you think about it, no matter how long it's been since you've actually watched the ....Read More... //

This Tina Turner Drag Performance From Playing House Is Simply the Best

This season of Playing House, the USA Network comedy created by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, is special for many reasons, including the clip below. In addition to a... ......Read More... //

Playing House Season 3: Why You Need to Watch

Playing House Season 3: Why You Need to Watch   ...Read More... //

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; }