The Good, The Bad And The Ugly About Amazon’s New Series BACK STABBER


Overall, ‘Back Stabber’ is a must watch this summer; whether it’s to watch and take notes on what not to do, or to admire its core message of acceptance, the creator’s extreme dedication or it’s somewhat low budget feel to the show.

Regardless of why you watch it, you will walk away with multiple impacting messages fed to you, openly gay creator Ryan Zamo said, “I’ve always been an advocate for acceptance, equality and embracing those that are different, not just in LGBT but acceptance of race, religion, sex etc. I wrote the show around these ideals, not by throwing it in your face, but making viewers fall in love with the characters and their relationships to each other.” With the wide span of characters in ‘Back Stabber’ coming from all different walks of life, the show does successfully project the idea that we should see people for who they are, not what they are.

-Message of acceptance and embracing each other: GOOD!

In general, the plot and writing is on point, it’s down to earth and definitely follows it advertised message of acceptance, anti-bullying and embracing everyone for who they are. As the season goes on, you can tell a lot of thought went into the writing, Zamo said the biggest influence on his writing came from the NBC show ‘The Blacklist’. Being an influence on his writing, it makes sense that ‘Back Stabber’ has not stop twists, tons of drama, and some hot guys fighting. And throughout Season 1 of the new amazon show, you can see the spots inspired by The Blacklist, like its ability to tie in [what you would think are irrelevant at the time] unanswered moments in previous episodes, that turn out to be bombshell plot twists later on.

- Overall writing and story- GOOD!
- Hot guys- GOOD!

The new series was said to be created 7 years ago by Ryan Zamo in film school, and he fought to create the series because of its message and his advocacy for anti-bullying and acceptance. So last year, Zamo decided to produce the entire series himself after having no interest from anyone else to do so. And, with no budget, season 1 premiered last weekend with a final production value of less than $2,000.

- Determination and aspirations: GOOD!
- Low budget- Good and Bad!

However, doing every role in post-production himself, the show is a bit rough through episodes 1 and 2 [These 2 episodes combined are the original 1-hour pilot, and got split when the show decided to go half hour instead.] Like most shows, you can tell production value jumped after the pilot [now ep 1 and ep 2], Ryan said, “Again, we had no budget, and wanted it to look great! So, instead of eating for 3 weeks, we spent all of our money on nicer equipment. We used it, and returned before the 30-day policy was up. We also added additional equipment starting on episode 6… when we realized how good of an idea it was. It was rough giving it back, we loved the new equipment, but we seriously needed to switch it up from ramon noodles.”

- episodes 1 and 2- UGLY!
- ep 3 through 11- GOOD!
- Ramon noodles- meh. Depends on the day.

Overall though, I realized after re-binging the full season for the second time, that if you watch it for its entertainment value you will love it. Sit back and enjoy it, if you watch it hoping to catch its flaws, you’ll pull your hair out until episode 6.

I’m glad I did my research on the show, or else I would have stopped watching after the first or second episode, which I think many who wrote reviews on Amazon did…. since their comments about low budget nightmares cannot be applied after episode 3. And lastly, it’s supporting a great cause and does have a powerful message that the world needs to hear, accept everyone and embrace the difference!

Overall: Amazons’ new series ‘Back Stabber’- GOOD!

AQUARIUS Sneak Peek: Shafe Falls Ill and Emma Lives it Up


On this week’s episode of AQUARIUS the focus is, as always, split between the lives of the detectives and those in Manson’s camp. In Detective Hodiak’s world, one of his best detectives has fallen ill. Shafe claims he has a fever and, while she’s upset about his work as a police officer and its effects on his health (and the white population), Kristin continues to take care of him. The two also have a brief romantic reminiscence about how they met, when Shafe came home from deployment sick and Kristin took care of him.

Meanwhile, Emma finds herself living the good life. Instead of eating out of dumpsters (as she remembers all too well), she is fine dining with Dennis as he explains that her voice is good enough to meet with his record producer friend. While out at the restaurant, Emma runs into her mother. This tense interaction includes her mother commenting on the passing of Emma’s seventeenth birthday, the new house the Karns have moved into, and how there is still a bedroom in it for Emma should she return home. Unfortunately, a sad smile and an introduction to Dennis is all that Mrs. Karn gets from her daughter before they leave.

Catch an all new episode of AQUARIUS tonight (June 30) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC!

On TV Tonight: Thursday June 30, 2016


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ABC Battle Bots Greatest Hits Match Game (R)
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) Life in Pieces (R) Big Brother Code Black (R)
CW DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (R) Beauty and the Beast
FOX Bones (R) Home Free Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (FX)
NBC US Olympic Trials: Swimming Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge Aquarius
MISC Thirteen (BBC America)
Queen of the South (USA)

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TALLULAH: Netflix Releases Trailer for New Film Starring Ellen Page


In TALLULAH, a new Netflix original film, Lu (Ellen Page) is a vagabond. She lives hand-to-mouth and is fiercely independent, but she’s also struggling. She attempts to reach out to the mother of an old boyfriend who stole all of her money, Margo (Allison Janney), but is rebuffed when Margo thinks she’s just looking for a handout.

Then one day she’s mistaken for a housekeeper in a swanky hotel by a woman who also happens to be a horrible mother. Seeing how neglectful this woman is of her child, Lu “rescues” the baby and spirits her away to Margo, who believes that she is the grandmother of this child.

As the neglectful mother gets the police involved in her child’s disappearance and the cops start to track the baby down, Lu and Margo realize they can build a little family of their own. But can it survive the lies that Lu has told?

TALLULAH streams on Netflix beginning on July 29.

Tonight on AMERICAN GOTHIC: Planning Mitchell’s Funeral and Digging Into the Past

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Tragedy has struck the Hawthorne family on AMERICAN GOTHIC, although none of the kids know that the Hawthorne matriarch, Madeline, is responsible for the death of their father.

The siblings are reeling from the overnight death of their father and Alison wants to start planning their father’s funeral right away. But Tessa needs some answers first concerning the silver bells they found and her father’s past. She wants to show Brady one of the bells to see if they’re real and connected to the old case, but Alison is adamantly against it. And Cam just wants to distance himself from it.

When they go back to the storage shed to look at their father’s things, they find the box of bells missing. Madeline appears and declares that the bells are gone. She explains that their father had an obsession with true crime and then drops a bombshell, although it doesn’t necessarily point to him being the killer. Or….is she lying? Tessa starts to get suspicious when more facts come to light.

Meanwhile, there’s inter-family squabbles when Garrett announces that he wants to speak at Mitchell’s funeral. Alison, naturally, doesn’t think a wild card like him should be speaking at all, lest he somehow damage their father’s reputation.

And as the police investigation into the Silver Bells Killer heats up after the recent discovery of the belt, Brady is sent to collect Mitchell’s DNA to rule him out as a suspect (since he was supervising the concrete pouring the day the belt was placed in it). But Madeline is in a desperate rush to cover up her own crime, so that might prove to be difficult.

Don’t miss an all new episode of AMERICAN GOTHIC tonight (June 29) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

GAME OF THRONES: HBO Confirms Jon Snow’s Parentage

GAME OF THRONES fans either felt blown away or vindicated in the recent season finale when the show seemed to tell viewers that Jon Snow wasn’t actually Ned Stark’s bastard son. Instead, Bran’s vision of the past revealed that Ned’s sister, Lyanna, was actually Jon’s mother. His father? Well, that was technically up to debate, although she did seem to whisper to Ned that he needed to hide the baby or Robert (Baratheon, we presume) would kill the boy. Then the baby’s face slowly morphed into Jon’s adult face in the present.

The popular theory was that Jon’s father was actually Rhaegar Targaryen, long-dead brother of Daenerys (and Viserys, who died in season 1). Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna, who had been promised to Robert Baratheon, and spirited her away. Young Ned found his sister in the Tower of Joy in Dorne and fought his way to her, arriving just in time to speak to her before she died following childbirth. Fans also suspect that Rhaegar didn’t kidnap Lyanna and rape her, but that the pair were actually in love.

Jon, of course, doesn’t know anything about his true parentage yet. But given the fact that he’s Dany’s nephew, it’s possible he has more of a claim to the Iron Throne now. Will the battle for the Iron Throne actually come down to two Targaryens?

GAME OF THRONES will return for its seventh season in 2017.


Photo from HBO’s Making Game Of Thrones blog



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HBO is bringing four of its shows to San Diego Comic-Con in July: GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY, VICE PRINCIPALS and OUTCAST.

Below is information on the four panels.

Thursday, July 21

The SILICON VALLEY panel at the Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom at 4:00 p.m. will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dan Snierson. Panelists include: co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge, executive producer Alec Berg and cast members Thomas Middleditch (Richard), Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh), Zach Woods (Jared), Martin Starr (Gilfoyle) and Amanda Crew (Monica). Autograph signing is Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22

The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 2:15 p.m. will be moderated by Rob McElhenney. Panelists include: executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, director Michael Sapochnik and cast members (in alphabetical order) John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hemptstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (The Waif), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 23

The panel for the new series VICE PRINCIPALS will be in the Horton Grand Theater at2:30 p.m. and will be moderated by the Nerdist Podcast’s Matt Mira. Panelists include: creators and executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and cast member Walton Goggins (Lee Russell), who co-stars with McBride (Neal Gamby.) Autograph signing is at 6:00 p.m.

The panel for OUTCAST, the Robert Kirkman series based on the Skybound/Image comic produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS), will be in Room 6BCF at 5:15 p.m. and will be moderated by Scott Aukerman. Panelists include: creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, showrunner and executive producer Chris Black and cast members Patrick Fugit (Kyle Barnes), Philip Glenister (Reverend Anderson), Wrenn Schmidt (Megan Holter), Reg E. Cathey (Chief Giles) and Brent Spiner (Sidney). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.

The autograph signings will take place in the Warner Bros. booth #4545. Warner Bros. follows Comic-Con’s ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. All ticket drawings and wristband distributions will take place in the morning of the day of the specific signing at the Sails Pavilion floor, between Ballroom 20 and Rooms 6A, 6BCF and 6DE.

On TV Tonight: Wednesday June 29, 2016


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ABC The Middle (R) The Goldbergs (R) Modern Family (R) Blackish (R) Fresh Off the Boat (R) The Real O’Neals (R)
CBS Big Brother Criminal Minds (R) American Gothic
CW Arrow (R) Supernatural (R)
FOX MasterChef Wayward Pines
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming The Night Shift
MISC Young & Hungry/Baby Daddy (8:30PM Freeform) Maron (IFC) Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons (HBO)
Greenleaf (OWN)
Royal Pains (USA)
Another Period (Comedy)
Lopez/The Soul Man (TVLand)

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