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Abbott Elementary Is For The Culture

They’re calling it “The Black Office.” If you haven’t already tuned into Abbott Elementary, then you are truly missing out on what already has the potential to be one of the greatest shows of the 2020s. A work-place comedy where a group of teachers are brought together in a Philadelphia Public School, these teachers are determined to help their students succeed with a few obstacles along the way. While that might be a bold statement considering the fact that we are only a few episodes in, we feel extremely confident in that statement for a couple of reasons.

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The first is cultural impact, and the primary word here is Twitter. Yes, Twitter. In the age of social media, how well a show does correlates with the conversation it generates on Twitter. The first show we saw this with was Scandal in the early 2010s. The ups, downs, twists, and turns were all heavily discussed and debated on the platform, with the series biggest fans calling themselves “The Gladiators.”

We wound up seeing this phenomenon again two years later when How To Get Away With Murder joined the ABC lineup alongside Scandal, and with future series such as Empire, Power, and Insecure. When a show has the ability to get the people going, you know that you have a heavy hitter on your hands.

And that’s what makes Abbott Elementary so different.

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All of those shows listed above had something in common—an element of drama. Thrilling, unexpected moments. Times where you would become downright enraged with certain characters and their awful decision making (I.E. Tariq St. Patrick and Molly Carter), but with Abbott Elementary that isn’t the case (at least so far). The series is nothing but laughter. Extreme laughter. Thinking about it when you wake up the next day laughter. 

Created by Quinta Brunson, the show stars Brunson as a second grade teacher at Abbott Elementary. Tyler James Williams, Janelle Williams, Chris Perfetti, Lisa Ann Walter, and Sheryl Lee Ralph also star, and the teachers band together for the greater good of the students. The pilot debuted in December to much fanfare, and that fanfare has increased with every episode thus far.

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The storylines have been captivating, the chemistry between has been amazing, each actor brings a different layer of depth to the show, and of course the show is hilarious.

Trust us when we say if you aren’t tuning in weekly, then you are missing out greatly.

You can catch Abbott Elementary on Tuesdays at 9pm EST on ABC, and streaming apps such as Hulu.

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ONE37pm Has A Conversation With “1883” Star LaMonica Garrett

From Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, “1883” is the prequel to the critically acclaimed mega-hit Yellowstone, and follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains towards the last bastion of untamed America. Yellowstone stars a very talented cast including LaMonica Garrett, who shines as Thomas, a cowboy, a former enslaved person, and an American Civil War Vet – serving as a Buffalo Soldier (African American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier) in the war. 

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Garrett is now a Pinkerton Agent and has joined the journey to Montana as the right-hand man to fellow cowboy and war vet Shea Brennan (Sam Elliott) who is leading the group on their travels. A little background about the Pinkerton Agency, historically the agency (which was founded in the 1850s), was the largest private law enforcement organization in the world at the height of its power and was one of the first agencies of its kind to hire people of color and women.

It was also notorious for serving at the behest of massive companies, who used them as strike busters when employees would

1883 premiered on December 19, 2021, and will resume production this month. Garrett also has his hands full with the upcoming thriller drama series The Terminal List for Amazon, where he stars opposite Chris Pratt as Commander Fox, a strong institutionalist who never loses sight of the greater mission. With 1883 off to a hot start, and The Terminal List slated for debut this year, Garrett has a lot to look forward to. We spoke to the actor last week about his success.

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LaMonica Garrett

ONE37pm: Congratulations on the 1883 role! How was it auditioning for the project?

Garrett: It was unique! There were a lot of auditions that had to be done on tape because of the pandemic, which is rare because auditions for roles like these are typically conducted in person. I was fortunate enough to get the job, and actually had to attend cowboy camp for five straight months! It was funny because I only packed a bag for like a few weeks, but I ended up needing months full of stuff. I was underprepared, but it was great. Cowboy camp was fun!

ONE37pm: Are you guys still in production?

Garrett: We’re still going! We’re back on January 2nd to finish up. We’re starting to see the light.

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ONE37pm: How was it filming 1883? Especially through the course of this pandemic.

Garrett: Well, 95% of the show was shot outside with elements in 100% humidity in Texas. It was 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. It was really an aggressive schedule, but we’ve been able to get it done!

ONE37pm: You also have another show that you recently completed called The Terminal List, could you talk to us a little more about that?

Garrett: I actually found out that I got 1883 on the last day of filming The Terminal List in Puerto Rico. It was right up my alley as far as action, and working with Chris Pratt was an amazing experience. I’ve been blessed to work on two big projects pretty much back to back.

ONE37pm: Final Question. What are your plans for the holiday and new year?

Garrett: I’m going to be staying home with the family. I’ve missed the last six months with them, and I want spending more time at home to be a priority. I would love my next project to be something that is in L.A., but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. It’s going to be hard to top 1883 and The Terminal List

You can keep up with Garrett and all of his latest updates via Instagram.

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The Best TV Shows of 2021, According to ONE37pm’s Editors

As the years roll by and TV continues to look toward streaming as the way of the future, it is no surprise that the best shows of 2021 could be found not on cable but on your favorite streaming services.

2021 was truly a year of variety for TV as the best series ranged from straight-up dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies to episodic and mind-bending superhero adventures.

2020 forced a pivot as many series saw their premieres postponed and production suspended due to the pandemic, but this year saw television rebound in a big way. We saw the returns of powerhouse programs like Succession and Ted Lasso and the premieres of acclaimed limited series like White Lotus and WandaVision.

It was an excellent year for television, and there are plenty of shows to enjoy. Here are ONE37pm’s picks for the best TV shows of 2021.

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‘Insecure’

This final season of Insecure was a story of celebration. A bit bittersweet because it marked the end of a show that captivated us for five years but was still very much celebratory. When we were first introduced to Issa Dee (portrayed by Issa Rae) in 2016, she was a young woman in her late 20s, still trying to find herself and figure her life out. Her relationship with her long-time boyfriend, Lawrence Walker (Jay Ellis), was stagnant and seemingly headed in the wrong direction. She was working dead-end jobs and even experiencing growing pains within her friendships.

Insecure, however, didn’t just tell the story of Issa; it also chronicled the respective journeys of those friendships, including best friend Molly Carter (portrayed by Yvonne Orji) and Lawrence, whose relationship with Issa culminated with the two going their separate ways (which happened multiple times).

Through the years, we saw each character grow and encounter obstacles, challenges, and situations that were very much relatable and identifiable—particularly in the African American community. Five years later, it was finally time for the end, because as they say, it’s always better to go out on top than to leave on a stagnant note. That’s exactly what this final season of Insecure did.

While we won’t spoil it, this last season gave us all the answers we needed while providing us with the usual funny, anticlimactic, and even dramatic moments that we’ve become accustomed to. There was even some controversy sprinkled in at the beginning of the season.

While the show might be over, it highlighted what can truly be done in the world of television when simply given a chance to showcase your talents.

Jael Rucker, Editorial Writer

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‘The Morning Show’

Set in New York City, The Morning Show gives us a storyline with pace, and if you are someone as impatient as me, it’s bearable.

Following the behind the scenes drama and politics of a morning broadcast TV show, I’ll note, yes, it sometimes loses itself in overly battered cliches, but Jennifer Aniston and the rest of the cast kill their performances, so it’s worth your time.

Adam Lovick, Channel Manager and Content Creator

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‘The Last O.G.’

I simply adore Tracy Morgan. This man got me to sit through painfully unfunny episodes of Saturday Night Live back in the day, and he thoroughly convinced me of his sharp wit once I watched his stand-up specials. I figured since he was getting his own show on TBS, it wouldn’t allow him to put forth his true self and instead showcase a more neutered version of his brand of comedy.

I’m glad those fears never came to fruition because The Last O.G. has continually turned out a quality half an hour of pure hilarity based in my home of NYC.

Season four kept the show’s good streak going with great episodes that delved into deeply emotional topics and more light-hearted developments. The episode that delved into Tray helping out the father of his student’s incoming baby hit me pretty hard. But I damn sure laughed loud enough to piss off my landlord during the episode that saw Tray’s kids explore their first forays into the worlds of love and sex.

Tiffany Haddish’s absence from this season hasn’t hurt the show whatsoever, thankfully. The Last O.G. is an easy watch every Tuesday night, and I can’t wait to see how Tray’s relationships further develop next season. I really hope he and the homies get to kickstart a new food truck venture real soon!

Elton Jones, Gaming Editor

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‘I Think You Should Leave’

To an extent, Tim Robinson’s sketch comedy show I Think You Should Leave fits within the larger tradition of comedies of manners—a modern update of Much Ado About Nothing or Pride and Prejudice if you will.

To a much greater extent, though, it’s about body after body busting out of shit wood and hitting pavement.

Building on the excellent and widely-memed first season, ITYSL’s sophomore effort captures the magical realism of other people’s neuroses. More, it cements itself as the most riotous thing on TV. Over the course of six breathless episodes, Robinson mines the milieu of regular life—local commercials, courtrooms, diners—and ratchets these experiences into their most absurd possible form.

Whereas other comedies have succumbed to the vibe-killing gravity of reality, ITYSL is the rare show that allows itself to simply be funny; actual politics are immaterial when the politics of eating a hot dog at work are so fraught. Here is a febrile vision of a world where our worst impulses are transformed into high comedy, where tables are corn, steaks are sloppy and enemies (who are named Jamie Taco, naturally) can be defeated by a wife’s love. A cosmic gumbo, indeed.

Jack Tien-Dana, Sports Editor

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Curb Your Enthusiasm just wrapped up its potential last season. However, despite all of this, comedic genius Larry David keeps finding scenarios where he can display his absurd outlook on society and dissect situations that you wouldn’t normally think of. We enter each season of the show wondering how he is going to make it fresh and relatable, and he’s outdone himself yet again.

Whether it’s breaking social norms like sitting in the middle of a dinner table or simply waiting to ask for thousands of dollars from an early onset dementia patient, Larry stays true to himself and cares less and less into his later years. It’s one of the best comedy shows ever, and it’s still pretty, pretty, prettayyyy good.

Martino Puccio, Proper Football Producer and Content Creator

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‘The Great’

I’ve talked about how underrated The Great is on here before, a show that deserves much more widespread attention. Often, when someone says a show or movie is called a “period piece,” it’s code for “it takes place in the Victorian era,” and this show is no different.

Set in Imperial Russia, The Great follows Catherine the Great as she seeks to usurp the throne from her husband, Peter.

What sets The Great apart from other shows and movies like this is its strict adherence to being ahistorical. It might follow real characters, but very little of what unfolds on screen actually happened in real life. The result is a hilarious romp through history that is able to transition seamlessly into a drama that helps nail down its emotional beats.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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‘Ted Lasso’

After season one of Ted Lasso became such a surprising global phenomenon—given that the world was in the middle of a pandemic and needed something like this show to boost our spirits—fan anticipation for season two was incredibly high.

Thankfully, the show was up to the task of not just meeting those expectations but surpassing them as well. Season two examines Ted’s recurring issues with panic attacks and anxiety, providing a glimpse into what in his past has driven him to become the person he is today.

Some fans lamented the creators’ decision to take some of the episodes on a darker, more serious, path but the show never lost touch with what makes it so special: Its heart.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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‘Mare of Easttown’

When it premiered Mare of Easttown flew under the radar, but thanks in no small part to Kate Winslet’s towering performance and the power of social media, quickly became a summer hit.

As the weeks went by and the mystery continued to deepen, viewers began to appreciate it as not just a “detective” show but a fascinating examination of small-town dynamics and the impact of one’s decisions and how they echo across generations.

Plus, it’s pretty damn funny too.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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‘WandaVision’

Marvel Studios’ first entry in its Disney+ line of shows, WandaVision was something almost entirely new for the MCU. It was a trippy, mind-bending juggling act of different genres, settings, and thematic elements. It was almost an entirely different show every week as it raced through the different eras of Television from the 1950s up to the modern day.

Following the Avengers Wanda Maximoff and Vision as they, seemingly, live out an idyllic existence in the suburbs, it soon becomes clear that something dark and sinister is afoot and nothing is as it seems.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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‘For All Mankind’

Alternate history shows tend to gravitate towards large, bombastic events like World War II (what if the Nazis won?!), or the Civil War.

In For All Mankind, the world is surprised to learn that the United States was not the first country to land on the moon but the Soviet Union actually beat them to the punch.

What follows is an incredibly interesting take on the Space Race, as it never actually ends, and technology is forced to keep pace with both sides’ space ambitions. As a result, things like video conferencing, electric cars, and cell phones are commonplace by the 1980s.

People are also living on the moon in full-fledged space habitats, and what’s cooler than that?

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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https://tv.apple.com/us/show/for-all-mankind/umc.cmc.6wsi780sz5tdbqcf11k76mkp7
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‘Loki’

It was a great year for Marvel fans everywhere as they were treated to five different TV series on Disney+ and four feature films. Out of all the releases on television, Loki was arguably the best one.

Loki, the God of Mischief, was already a fan favorite despite being one of the franchise’s biggest villains. Even though he was actually killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, he returns here in a prequel series, and this show picks up in the aftermath of his escape from custody at the end of The Avengers, which was actually shown in Avengers: Endgame.

It’s a little confusing, I know.

What follows is a series of adventures that finds Loki traversing time and space tracking down “variants” of himself across the multiverse. Tom Hiddleston is spectacular in his return to the role of Loki and makes a great duo along with MCU newcomer Owen Wilson.

With season two already greenlit, let’s just say that we’re counting down the minutes until we get to watch the next episode.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/en-gb/series/loki/6pARMvILBGzF
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‘Succession’

Through recapping this series for a few months, it probably comes as no surprise that Succession is on my roundup of the best TV shows of the year. After being starved of a new season for almost two years due to COVID, Season 3’s arrival in October reignited the collective love (and need) we all had for the show.

Having been left on quite the cliffhanger at the end of Season 2 as Kendall defamed his father, Season 3 was bound to have a rocky plot as a family divide was imminent. And unsurprisingly, the series lived up to its expectations and maybe even exceeded them.

While the show is incredible, the discussion surrounding it following each episode is almost as great as Succession itself. Given its major popularity, you can find Twitter users gathering on the site as if it were a town square, spewing every niche Roman and Gerri theory under the sun.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

Watch on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GWukCJAq-nIuHwwEAAAB4
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‘The White Lotus’

In a way, it felt like The White Lotus fell right out of the sky given the lack of anticipation for it, but all of a sudden, every single person on Twitter was watching it, so I basically had to.

Coming off Mare of Easttown, we were in desperate need of another mystery, and The White Lotus took its place, albeit in a much less serious way. We’re given knowledge at the very beginning of the first episode that a death occurs at The White Lotus hotel in Hawaii, and the entire series is explaining what happened in the week leading up to it. It follows a family, a couple, a single woman, and the staff as they make their way through the week.

Jennifer Coolidge’s performance of Tanya alone was enough to win me over, as she portrayed a very odd woman who becomes obsessed with the massage therapist at the hotel. And then there was, of course, Armond (Murray Bartlett), the hotel’s erratic leader who steals drugs from a pair of underage guests. Overall, the show is an extremely chaotic mix of both characters and events with a soundtrack that’s bizarrely amazing, as well.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

Watch on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GYLD3_ArixL1sggEAAAHk
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‘Work In Progress’

It’s almost nice that Work In Progress isn’t as huge as it should be, as it might be the best-kept secret on television. The show follows Abby, portrayed by Abby McEnany, as a fictionalized version of herself, who deals with anxiety, depression, and works at an office where she hates her boss. The series begins with her having a long-winded conversation with her therapist about almonds (more on that later), but after finishing, she realizes that her therapist has died in session.

Now, about the almonds.

After “this bitch at work” (her boss, Susan) gifts Abby a massive can of almonds in an effort to help her lose weight, it pushes her over the edge. Abby decides to line up all 180 almonds on her counter at home and throws out one each day. She has decided that if she reaches the last almond and is still unhappy with her life, she’ll kill herself.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

Watch on SHOWTIME
https://www.sho.com/work-in-progress
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‘Yellowjackets’

Though the series isn’t even over yet, Yellowjackets has already earned its place on this list with its genre-defying storyline and an incredible cast. Following a team of high school soccer players after they are stranded in a forest after their plane crashes, the show also flips back to their lives 20 years after the crash.

While the entire cast is outstanding, Juliette Lewis is an obvious standout: her performance as Natalie establishes herself as a true force among the other former soccer players without her even having to say a word. Though much different from the character of Natalie, Misty (Christina Ricci) offers an extremely unhinged flip side, as the two are forced to work together to solve an entirely new problem in the present day.

As a whole, the story is a genre mashup, combining murder-mystery, drama, comedy, and horror, as there have been both extremely sinister scenes along with laugh-out-loud moments. Somehow the show is able to balance all of them flawlessly into a show that I’m dreading the finale of. The upside, however, is that it was just given the green light for a second season.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

Watch on SHOWTIME
https://www.sho.com/yellowjackets
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‘PEN15’

While I’d much prefer this show to never stop creating new episodes, Season 2, Part 2 was the exact way that the show should’ve ended. And though the pair of Maya (Maya Erskine) and Anna (Anna Konkle) did a fair amount of growing up in this latest season, they both sort of came to the conclusion that they’re still not adults—and that maybe it’s nicer that way for now.

While it seems like the idea of having two thirty-year-olds pass off as middle schoolers might not work out, PEN15 genuinely makes you forget that Erskine and Konkle aren’t actually that age in real life. The insane chemistry between the two on top of the deep understanding of niche middle school moments puts this show over the top. This show is seriously “my actual rainbow gel pen in a sea of blue and black writing utensils.”

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/pen15-8c87035d-2b10-4b10-a233-ca5b3597145d
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‘Only Murders in the Building’

With the unlikely trio of Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez bringing in a wide variety of viewers, Only Murders in the Building was a hit from the get-go. When a resident in their apartment building dies by suicide, Oliver (Short), Charles (Martin), and Mabel (Gomez) join heads to start a podcast and try to prove that it was not a suicide, but instead, a murder.

Though the three were relative strangers to each other, once they realized that they were obsessed with the same true-crime podcast, their relationship was able to fully form. Almost every episode left off on some sort of cliffhanger, which made waiting around for each week’s episode that much harder.

The most enjoyable part of the show is simply just watching the three of them interact with each other. I can’t even explain what exactly it is between them that is so hard to take my eyes off of, but the three of them together are just magic.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

Watch on Hulu
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Everything You Need to Know About Corite, A Brand New Music Platform To Watch

The music industry is one that is constantly evolving, and fan-funded record label Corite is a new unique spin on artist and fan interactions, and mega-producer, Rico Love (who has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Pop Smoke, and more) has partnered with the company to release his latest project Rico Love Presents, which will consist of six up-and-coming artists releasing separate 3-track EPs. Rico Love Presents will also launch Corite’s blockchain platform and see the release of exclusive NFTs tied to the project.

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This in turn will allow greater creative freedom for artists on their projects and helps create a deeper relationship with fans, who receive payouts on streaming revenue based on the amount of money they contributed upfront to the project. Corite will also handle distribution to DSPs and marketing for the artists.

We spoke with Corite Founder and CEO Mattias Tengblad, as well as Rico Love, and his artist WifeyBaby to learn more about Corite, and their plans for 2022 and beyond.

Corite
Corite

ONE37pm: Great to connect with you Mattias! How did you develop the concept of Corite?

Tengblad: It all started with the concept of Corite being a global distribution product that is a necessity for all artists. Corite focuses on the power of the fans, and it is essentially a fan-funded record label. Something that I realized during my time working in esports is just how important fans can be when it comes to success in that area, and how it was something that could be applied to the music industry. So much of the industry is about using streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, but there is no real communication with fans, and this is something that we feel makes Corite different for middle-class musicians.

ONE37pm: Rico Love is the first project with his latest effort  Rico Love Presents. How has that been working with him?

Tengblad: It’s been such a beautiful project with Rico. He has this independent mindset, and he helps a lot of his artists with his knowledge and confidence. The album is going to have 18 songs with three different artists, and we’re just getting started! We’re working on developing the next level of Corite which is going to include an NFT blockchain feature. NFT’s are the newest buzzword, and we started learning about them a year ago. It’s going to be the best technology for artists and fans.

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ONE37pm: What do we have to look forward to in the future when it comes to Corite?

Tengblad: Well as just mentioned, we are going to be doing a lot in the NFT space, and the goal is for every artist to have an NFT for each song and digital merchandise. We are also going to have fan-powered tokens as rewards for different types of activities as a play-to-earn for certain avenues in the music industry. Corite is going to evolve a lot in the future, and we are going to be launching feature by feature. We have a lot of great artists and projects, and the vision is growing bigger. We are building a platform for storytelling, and we are doing that mostly for independent artists.

We also had the opportunity to speak with Rico Love and his artist WifeyBaby about being a part of the Corite team.

Rico Love
Rico Love

ONE37pm: Congratulations on joining the Corite team! You have such a storied career in the music industry. What attracted you the most about Corite?

Rico Love: I think the concept of Corite is extremely innovative in terms of the relationship between fans and artists. There’s a lot of partnerships and funding, and Corite presents the opportunity to get paid as a fan. We actually reached out to the Corite team because we felt it was an incredible platform that provides innovative ways to break artists.

ONE37pm: WifeyBaby, how has it been being an artist on the Corite platform?

WifeyBaby: It’s been very exciting having a team around you that allows you the opportunity to just focus on doing the work. I’ve grown a lot since becoming a part of Corite, and again that goes back to having people around me that takes care of everything so I can just focus on being an artist.

ONE37pm: What do you guys think of the NFT space and what Corite is doing in that regard?

Rico Love: I’m still in the process of learning and understanding the Crypto space myself so that way I can better educate my artists. I look at it as a long-term investment, and a new cool thing to do that everyone is going to use. It’s brilliant, and I’m learning, absorbing, and filtering all of the information I learn so that way I can pass it down.

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ONE37pm: What’s the horizon for 2022?

Rico Love: 2022 is going to be incredible! We’ve got two new records on the way, and right now we are gearing up to do a campaign which we are super excited about. WifeyBaby is from Atlanta, and not only is she one of the hardest working artists in the world, she is also my hardest working artist. She understands the grind and I’m proud of that.

For more on Corite be sure to check out their official website and follow them on Instagram.

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Culture Movies/TV

Celebrating 20 Years of ‘Ocean’s Eleven’

It’s not the movie’s first scene, but it is perhaps the one that lets the audience know the exact tone of Ocean’s Eleven.

A conversation between two of the slickest and suavest actors of a generation, Brad Pitt and George Clooney, discussing how and why they are planning to rob a trio of Las Vegas casinos. 

Pitt’s character Rusty simply asks “why do this?” with Clooney responding: “Because yesterday I walked out of the joint after losing four years of my life, and you’re cold-decking Teen Beat cover boys…Because the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes, the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, and then you take the house.”

It’s a line that sticks with you, “the house always wins,” not only because of how cool it sounds but because of how confidently Clooney’s character, Danny Ocean, delivers it.

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While Rusty may still be a little apprehensive about Danny’s plan, the audience is immediately on board. We came to see a cool heist movie, and dammit, we’re going to get one.

There is a reason that Ocean’s Eleven is considered one of, if not the greatest heist film of all time. In a genre that is either deadly serious in films like The Town, Inside Man, and Heat, or campier, such as in Point BreakOcean’s Eleven carved itself out a place just for itself.

It might be the direction of Steven Soderbergh, the performances of its ensemble cast, how the heist is laid out and executed, or some amalgam of all those; something about Ocean’s Eleven just makes it stand out among all the rest.

This is a movie with inherent rewatchability (I’ve honestly lost count of how many times I’ve watched it), probably because it’s so much damn fun. None of us are criminals, but the crew in Ocean’s Eleven sure makes being a thief look pretty cool, don’t they?

If you’ve ever been to a casino, chances are you’ve looked around and thought, even just for a second, “what if I pulled a heist here?” The glowing lights of the slot machines, the chatter of gamblers and blackjack dealers, and the loud commotion that emanates from the sportsbooks all play a part in the allure of any casino heist film.

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One of the most important parts of any heist movie is the “building the crew” montage, and Ocean’s Eleven‘s version is not just a testament to Soderbergh’s editing and direction but also a quick highlight of why these actors all work so well together.

This is a film that features eight Academy Award winners or nominees and multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winners or nominees. While the movie was made before some of them received those honors, their talent was always there and is on full display here.

The cast’s differing acting styles could easily tower over one another, but somehow, they all seem to mesh together perfectly. Clooney and Pitt are the seasoned vets; Matt Damon is the new guy; Carl Reiner is the retired thief who gets pulled in for one last job; Elliott Gould is the financier with a vendetta, and so on.

Andy Garcia’s Terry Benedict is the perfect foil to the coolness of the heist crew. He’s the uptight and ruthless casino owner who, naturally, has taken to dating Ocean’s ex-wife, Julia Roberts’s character Tess.

While this might seem a cliche on the surface, it succeeds in adding another layer, thanks in no small part to the cast’s performances.

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Of all the great moments and scenes in Ocean’s Eleven, the one that still hits the hardest is the fountain scene. The film is a lighthearted heist comedy of sorts for most of its two-hour runtime, but the fountain scene is silently emotional.

The guys have just successfully finished the heist—the first of its kind in Las Vegas history if Reuben is to be believed—and ten of them stand in silence, looking at the fountains of the Bellagio. Danny has just been arrested once again, perhaps a part of the plan all along, and is thus absent.

As Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” plays, the camera pans across all their faces admiring, and in some ways mocking, the casino they just robbed. They don’t say a word to one another but just walk away from the scene one by one until Carl Reiner’s character Saul is left standing alone. He looks up, smiles, takes a deep breath, and leaves, possibly asking himself if that was indeed his last job.

Given that the movie spawned two sequels, we as an audience know that not to be true, but for a moment, we’re asking the same question Saul is.

The scene is much more emotional now that Reiner and Bernie Mac have passed away. Reiner being the final one to walk away is oddly poetic given the real-life circumstances.

It’s hard to imagine a fourth film being made without the two of them, not to mention the idea of getting this many A-listers together again sounds impossible too.

It was doubtful that a fourth movie would be made, and this is only further compounded by the fact that Danny Ocean is now dead, as was revealed in the spinoff film Ocean’s 8.

However, another entry into the franchise wouldn’t be unwelcome. After all, what is any good heist film if it doesn’t have at least one character coming back for “one last job?”.

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ONE37pm’s Favorite Films of 2021 (So Far)

2021 has been a very strange year. As we began to emerge on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, people started returning to sporting events, concerts, and movie theaters.

It was an interesting year for the film industry as we saw some studios, such as Warner Brothers, elect to go the streaming route—dropping their new releases on HBO Max at the same time as theaters—with others sticking to strictly theater-only showings.

While it’s been a weird year, it’s also been a pretty great one for movies with a variety of different films taking center stage as must-see releases. Two of ONE37pm’s resident movie buffs, myself and Bo Templin, decided to do a deep dive into what movies we loved in 2021 so far and which we are still most excited about as the year wraps up.

They got together at ONE37pm’s New York office and broke down the movies they loved and why they did.

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The guys have a good variety of takes when it comes to films, and if you’re a comic book movie or sci-fi buff, you’re bound to agree with a lot of their picks.

But Bo and I were not the only members of the ONE37pm team to take a closer look at which films they loved in 2021. Elizabeth Pagano, ONE37pm’s Movie and TV Editorial Resident, also compiled a list of her favorite movies this year, and you’ll want to check these movies out if you have not done so already.

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5. ‘Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry’

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4. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

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3. ‘Summer of Soul’

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2. ‘Nomadland’

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1. ‘Spencer’

You might not have thought of 2021 as a great year for films, but trust us when we say that all of the movies listed in this video and article are more than worth a watch.

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Sean Wotherspoon Is Bringing “Late Lunch” To NTWRK

Style legend and world-renowned designer Sean Wotherspoon is adding yet another accomplishment to his incredibly impressive resume. The icon has teamed up with premier livestream shopping platform NTWRK to launch Late Lunch, a 3-in-1 merchandise collection, shoppable show and charity partnership bringing his many years of expertise to life in a different way.

Wotherspoon is the designer of theNike Air Max 1/97, the winning design of Air Max Day 2018, which was originally redesigned by combining an Air Max 97 upper with an Air Max 1 outsole and midsole, with the multicolor, corduroy upper inspired by vintage Nike hats, co-founder of the vintage boutique store Round Two in partnership with Chris Russow, and host of the autobiographical “Round Two The Show” YouTube web series which has amassed over 300,000 active channel subscribers.

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Sean Wotherspoon

Wotherspoon has also designed for big named brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Disney, and recently partnered with Vespa Primavera for the 150 Sean Wotherspoon scooter.

Late Lunchis a new lifestyle brand, original series and social initiative that lives exclusively on the NTWRK app, and will be accompanied by a monthly episode which will feature candid conversations between Wotherspoon and iconic figures from the fashion, hip hop and sneaker industries as well as a collection of exclusive merchandise from his lifestyle brand—also named Late Lunch. 

We spoke with Wotherspoon about his partnership with NTWRK, and what to expect in the future.

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ONE37pm: Congrats on the NTWRK partnership. How did this come to be?

Wotherspoon: I’ve been really impressed with all of the things NTWRK has been doing, and I’ve been friends with CEO Aaron Levant for a long time. Watching them grow has been inspiring, and they are such a great team. I’m really excited about this partnership. We are starting brand new with a concept called Late Lunch, which is something that I have actually been working on for the past four or five years. It was previously a side project and now with NTWRK I’m hoping it will grow into a dream brand.

ONE37pm: How did you develop the concept of Late Lunch?

Wotherspoon: The idea of Late Lunch happened when I was working at Round Two which I absolutely loved. So many people and celebrities were coming by the store, and I would be so busy that I wouldn’t be able to eat lunch until late. It kind of turned into a thing, and I thought it was cool because late lunch is sort of like a lifestyle for people who are always on the grind because eating is an afterthought. I started branding Late Lunch and putting it on things, and it just grew from there.

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ONE37pm: How has Late Lunch evolved into what you are doing now with NTWRK?

Wotherspoon: Again it’s been a dream, and we actually just started teasing our next item which is going to be an alarm clock. We’ve really wanted to start stepping into the home goods realm which is very exciting. This has been such a fun and lucky experience because this doesn’t feel like a job at all. It’s actually like a vacation! We’re also spreading plant-based knowledge, and we’re going to be donating vegan meals to schools and communities.

We’ve already donated a few hundred meals which we are proud of. Aside from that, Late Lunch is also going to be a show, and we actually just did an interview with Ben Baller! There’s going to be more of that going forward as we are going to be diving more into original series.

We’re also going to be doing cross country trips that focus on world travel and interviewing different designers and people in streetwear. It’s going to be sick as we expand the brand!

ONE37pm: Do plan on integrating sneakers into Late Lunch? Or will you keep it separate?

Wotherspoon: I would like to keep Late Lunch separate from sneakers. I really want for it to be everything else except sneakers, like those weird tape dispensers from 1964. I do so much with sneakers already, so I would like to keep the two separate for sure.

ONE37pm: Where do you see Late Lunch five years from now?

Wotherspoon: I see Late Lunch donating $100 million to charities, becoming one of your favorite talk shows, and our home goods line expanding!

Be sure to keep up with Sean, NTWRK, and Late Lunch on Instagram, and follow their updates via the official Late Lunch website.

ABOUT NTWRK 

Named one of Fast Company’s “Brands That Matter” and “Most Innovative Companies” as well as Ad Age’s “Hottest Brands,” NTWRK is the premier North American livestream shopping platform where “entertainment meets e-commerce” (Forbes). Built on a digitally-innovative model of daily product drops, livestream shopping festivals, and exclusive partnerships with world-renowned brands and creators, NTWRK has fostered an organic global community of artists and fans since its launch in 2018. Under the motto “Shop, Watch, Connect” NTWRK provides a curated digital shopping experience that resonates with Gen-Z and millennial consumers.

For more information on NTWRK or Late Lunch, please contact ntwrk@shorefiremedia.com  

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The 25 Best Thanksgiving Episodes of TV

Thanksgiving can sometimes be a bit of a forgotten holiday in the realm of television, given that it’s sandwiched between two other major holidays (Halloween and Christmas) that tend to be given a larger spotlight on the screen. Though there aren’t nearly as many Thanksgiving specials as there are for Christmas, there are still quite a few episodes to revisit in time for the holiday. These next 25 include old-school cartoons, classic sitcoms, comedies, and a few dramas that are perfect for the season.

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1. “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is practically required viewing each year as it set the gold standard for Thanksgiving specials back in 1973. In this special, the Peanuts group holds a Thanksgiving dinner in Charlie Brown’s backyard with Snoopy and Woodstock cooking up a storm to create a perfectly-imperfect Thanksgiving.

Watch on Apple TV
https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/a-charlie-brown-thanksgiving/umc.cmc.7grdgbjdq3tiy37f4dc3yeyms
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2. “Friends”: ‘The One Where Ross Got High’

With too many Friends Thanksgiving episodes to choose from, narrowing it down to one was a tough call. But ultimately, ‘The One Where Ross Got High’ took the crown, with the Gellers coming to town and Rachel making a complete mess of the Thanksgiving dessert. On top of that, an old dispute is settled when Ross realizes why his parents had always disliked Chandler over the years.

Watch on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GXdbR_gOXWJuAuwEAACVH
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3. “Seinfeld”: ‘The Mom and Pop Store’

With a few different subplots going on here, including the iconic pairing of Mom and Pop stealing Jerry’s sneakers, this episode of Seinfeld has a lot going on around Thanksgiving. One of the main plots, though, involves Jerry figuring out whether he’s invited to Tim Whatley’s Thanksgiving party.

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70153373
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4. “Gilmore Girls”: ‘A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving’

This season 3 episode of Gilmore Girls follows Lorelai and Rory as they navigate the four Thanksgivings that they agreed on attending. Their first stop is at the Kim’s for some tofurkey, and then Sookie’s, where Jackson has decided last-minute to deep fry his turkey. The pair then head over to Luke’s for a meal at his diner, and finally, they end their night at Richard and Emily’s—a much different vibe from that of the rest of their day.

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70155618
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5. “The Simpsons”: ‘Bart vs. Thanksgiving’

An absolute classic Simpsons episode overall, ‘Bart vs. Thanksgiving’ revolves around a dispute between Bart and Lisa on Thanksgiving regarding how much space Lisa’s elaborate centerpiece is taking up. After the centerpiece ends up being burnt in the fireplace, Bart is punished, but instead of taking his punishment, he decides to run away instead.

Watch on Disney Plus
https://www.disneyplus.com/series/the-simpsons/3ZoBZ52QHb4x
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6. “Bob’s Burgers”: ‘Turkey in a Can’

Bob’s Burgers has had quite a few top-notch Thanksgiving episodes, and ‘Turkey in a Can’ is definitely at the top of that list. Bob’s Thanksgiving Day turkeys somehow keep ending up in the toilet each morning as it sits for it’s three-day-brine as part of an intricate recipe. Although everyone in the family denies sabotaging his turkey, Bob is still skeptical and devotes his time to figuring out who keeps putting his turkey in the toilet.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/bobs-burgers-fdeb1018-4472-442f-ba94-fb087cdea069
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7. “Modern Family”: ‘Punkin Chunkin’

This episode of Modern Family revolves around Cam’s “punkin chunkin” story, which is basically just a memory of when he and his friends slingshotted a pumpkin across the football field back in high school. However, Mitch and the other family members are sick of Cam’s story, which leads to some conflict within the family, as Cam feels like he’s not being taken seriously. Aside from the story, chaos breaks out in getting prepared for Thanksgiving dinner, with Manny creating an awful centerpiece and Haley and Alex denting their mother’s car door.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/modern-family-883c414c-34a3-4fcc-b50a-0ad5a184c977
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8. “Family Guy”: ‘Turkey Guys’

After Lois realizes that Brian and Peter ate the turkey for Thanksgiving the night before, she sends them out to replace it, but there’s only one turkey left in a store that’s over 50 miles away. After crashing the Prius on the way back from picking up the turkey, the two find various insane ways to get back home.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/family-guy-3c3c0f8b-7366-4d15-88ab-18050285978e
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9. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”: ‘The Gang Squashes Their Beefs’

With everyone having different plans for the perfect Thanksgiving, the group decides to instead join together on the big day to air all of their grievances and put an end to their various conflicts. Because not everyone is as excited as Dennis and Mac are to squash their beefs, different stand-offs occur, delaying and muddling the beef-squashing process.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-2171423f-3326-4dfa-b193-b40494e60109
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/fX6bQkiu8JI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. “Cheers”: ‘Thanksgiving Orphans'”,”buttonTextWatch on Hulu”,”buttonUrlhttps://www.hulu.com/series/cheers-6db3756a-27a8-4c55-a285-c695e28fd977</div>
10. “Cheers”: ‘Thanksgiving Orphans’

Carla hosts Thanksgiving dinner for the crew with some frozen food and a turkey that’s taking way too long to cook, with Norm taking over the kitchen duties. The whole meal ends up being a pretty lifeless gathering until a food fight breaks out between the bunch.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/cheers-6db3756a-27a8-4c55-a285-c695e28fd977
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11. “Insecure”: ‘Lowkey Thankful’

Issa and her brother, Ahmal, decide to ditch their usual Thanksgiving plans and do it their own way this year. At the same time, Molly goes back to her parents’ house for the holidays, where she’s obsessively questioned about her dating life. Lawrence instead goes to a Friendsgiving that ends up being more awkward than initially expected.

Watch on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GV7xdwg1cosPDWwEAAABT
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12. “Will & Grace”: ‘Moveable Feast’

Although Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack all decide to have Thanksgiving together, they also each need to visit their family for a quick hour during the day. The situation brings the crew to many different locations throughout the day, but most notably to Stan’s prison cell.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/will-grace-1998-4294fbac-7b85-4efd-aae0-49f1270e64b5
13. “As Told By Ginger”: ‘Ten Chairs’
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/as-told-by-ginger/video/ateM488PIPMtfIcrW0zlCjxUrI_yPSAw/as-told-by-ginger-ten-chairs/
Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/as-told-by-ginger/video/ateM488PIPMtfIcrW0zlCjxUrI_yPSAw/as-told-by-ginger-ten-chairs/

When Ginger decides to give up the last of the 10 remaining seats at the dining room table to her father, it upsets her brother, Charles. If the gathering wasn’t already ruined enough by this, Charles teams up with Hoodsey to buy a turkey and set it free, which causes even more chaos on Thanksgiving.

Watch on Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/as-told-by-ginger/video/ateM488PIPMtfIcrW0zlCjxUrI_yPSAw/as-told-by-ginger-ten-chairs/
14. “Friday Night Lights”: ‘Thanksgiving’
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1564135/mediaviewer/rm2882667776/
2012 NBC Universal, Inc.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1564135/mediaviewer/rm2882667776/

Season 4 of Friday Night Lights wraps up with both a classic Thanksgiving Day football game between the Dillon Panthers and the East Dillon Lions and a Thanksgiving dinner back at the Taylor’s. On top of that, Matt finally returns from Chicago, a timely surprise for Julie and Landry.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/friday-night-lights-55525c91-d5af-48cd-8553-7b5bc32e9862
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Os-nxq8XyZA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. “Everybody Hates Chris”: ‘Everybody Hates Thanksgiving'”,”buttonTextWatch on Hulu”,”buttonUrlhttps://www.hulu.com/series/everybody-hates-chris-0ba56027-5779-4ffa-b4ff-56bbd83d65e5</div>
15. “Everybody Hates Chris”: ‘Everybody Hates Thanksgiving’

When Julius’ more-successful younger brother comes over for Thanksgiving, it throws quite the monkey wrench into things. This gets him into a fit of making sure that every last thing at Thanksgiving is absolutely perfect for his brother.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/everybody-hates-chris-0ba56027-5779-4ffa-b4ff-56bbd83d65e5
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/jziWWARbG30″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. “Hey Arnold!”: ‘Arnold’s Thanksgiving'”,”buttonTextWatch on Hulu”,”buttonUrlhttps://www.hulu.com/series/hey-arnold-a4a06e0c-c4d8-4b34-a55e-a28c57ecc429</div>
16. “Hey Arnold!”: ‘Arnold’s Thanksgiving’

Unable to have a real Thanksgiving because his grandmother celebrates the Fourth of July on the same day, Arnold wants to find a way to celebrate the holiday in a more real way. Helga is in the same boat, as she’s upset with her family because they don’t like the centerpiece that she made. When the two run into each other after leaving their homes, they decide to create a new tradition on Thanksgiving.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/hey-arnold-a4a06e0c-c4d8-4b34-a55e-a28c57ecc429
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17. “The Good Wife”: ‘A Defense of Marriage’

It’s hard to fit Thanksgiving into an episode of The Good Wife given its intricate plot twists and fast-paced nature, but in ‘A Defense of Marriage,’ the show was able to pull it off. Whenever Stockard Channing guest stars as Alicia’s mother, Veronica, it’s bound to be a great episode. Just in time for the holiday, Veronica needs her son, Owen (Dallas Roberts) to perjure himself in a case concerning her will.

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https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/the_good_wife/video/NnaVlVIiHjCe47xJ_2mdqYQ4n9Q8bIT5/the-good-wife-a-defense-of-marriage/
18. “The King of Queens”: ‘Thanks, Man’
https://www.tbs.com/shows/the-king-of-queens/season-6/episode-9/thanks-man
TBS
https://www.tbs.com/shows/the-king-of-queens/season-6/episode-9/thanks-man

This Thanksgiving episode of The King of Queens involves a stranger, played by Nick Offerman, who shows up at Doug and Carrie’s door on Thanksgiving, claiming that his car broke down. Doug calls out Carrie for being suspicious of the man, who he has just invited in for Thanksgiving. They decide to have him wait outside instead, but when it starts to get cold, they feel guilty and invite him back in.

Watch on Peacock
https://www.peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/the-king-of-queens/8979760515297072112/seasons/6/episodes/thanks-man-episode-9/865f22f7-c91b-37da-80c9-427146fa13c0
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19. “Rugrats”: ‘The Turkey Who Came to Dinner’

While this episode isn’t as fast-paced as other episodes of the Rugrats, it’s a must-see to get into the Thanksgiving spirit with its classic themes of the season and a grocery-store ambush. While the kids have a fairly calm day in learning about the history of Thanksgiving, the parents argue over various dinner details, including whether or not to put mustard on the turkey.

Watch on Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/rugrats/video/5kC3SnI1jc8xtUfi8J14mTKYnLJfp64B/rugrats-the-turkey-who-came-to-dinner/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/XXzhfiUtXU4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. “Two and a Half Men”: ‘Merry Thanksgiving'”,”buttonTextWatch on Peacock”,”buttonUrlhttps://www.peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/two-and-a-half-men/5932152507239380112/seasons/1/episodes/merry-thanksgiving-episode-10/b728e859-0b60-3fe4-a8fd-0c9bd1deb043</div>
20. “Two and a Half Men”: ‘Merry Thanksgiving’

Charlie hosts Thanksgiving at his home, inviting his mother, Evelyn, Jake’s grandparents, and a few other guests over for dinner. Being that this is Two and a Half Men and that nothing ever goes right for Charlie, the whole Thanksgiving meal ends up being chaotic with a few guests making surprising announcements at the dinner table.

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https://www.peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/two-and-a-half-men/5932152507239380112/seasons/1/episodes/merry-thanksgiving-episode-10/b728e859-0b60-3fe4-a8fd-0c9bd1deb043
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21. “Full House”: ‘The Miracle of Thanksgiving’

An early episode of the show, ‘The Miracle of Thanksgiving’ follows the Tanner family as they navigate their first Thanksgiving without their mother. Although it’s a chaotic day with pumpkin pies being smashed and attempting to cook a frozen turkey, everything comes to a head when family members stop and think about who’s not at the table this year.

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https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GYS_I_wTdDa6NwwEAAAAC
22. “The Wild Thornberrys”: ‘Family Tradition’
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/the-wild-thornberrys/video/ljTpmDQpUxn1Q_TL0aw9EipqzwNo_ytf/the-wild-thornberrys-family-tradition/
Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/the-wild-thornberrys/video/ljTpmDQpUxn1Q_TL0aw9EipqzwNo_ytf/the-wild-thornberrys-family-tradition/

After their grandma invites them to her home in the U.S. for Thanksgiving, the Thornberrys have to decide whether or not they want to split up celebrating the holiday from different locations. Since Nigel and Marianne need to stay in Madagascar to get footage of wildlife, this leaves it up to the kids to decide where they want to celebrate.

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https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/the-wild-thornberrys/video/ljTpmDQpUxn1Q_TL0aw9EipqzwNo_ytf/the-wild-thornberrys-family-tradition/
23. “Orange is the New Black”: ‘F***sgiving’
https://www.amazon.com/Orange-New-Black-Season-1/dp/B00X5FZQZ6
Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Orange-New-Black-Season-1/dp/B00X5FZQZ6

An early episode as it’s in Season 1, Piper is still new to prison and accidentally ends up getting herself into solitary confinement, which stings even more given the fact that Larry was going to visit her. Oh, and the moldy food didn’t help, either.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70242311
24. “CatDog”: ‘Talking Turkey’
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/catdog/video/XuiAlwnmAt3hHUT8_4jcQbA01oajyPuU/catdog-talking-turkey/
Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/catdog/video/XuiAlwnmAt3hHUT8_4jcQbA01oajyPuU/catdog-talking-turkey/

When a turkey named Walt befriends Cat and Dog, he asks them to hide him from Rancid and the others because Thanksgiving is coming up. Cat and Dog rush around their house with Walt attempting to find a good hiding place, but end up putting him in places that aren’t fit for a hiding turkey, like the oven.

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https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/catdog/video/XuiAlwnmAt3hHUT8_4jcQbA01oajyPuU/catdog-talking-turkey/
25. “Parenthood”: ‘Happy Thanksgiving’
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1641092/mediaviewer/rm334070784/
NBC Universal
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1641092/mediaviewer/rm334070784/

The Bravermans go all out for Thanksgiving, with an astonishing number of varying pies, a jam-packed dinner table, and their annual football game. Amber and Haddie almost switch roles in this episode, as Haddie ends up leaving Thanksgiving early to meet up with Alex and with Amber devoting her entire day to helping out her grandma, Camille.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/parenthood-511ca004-708b-40ee-b679-0db060694abc
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A Conversation With Power Book II: Ghost Star LaToya Tonodeo

Emerging actress LaToya Tonodeo in Power Book II: Ghost, the spin-off series to the STARZ original drama Power. Portraying Diana Tejada, the daughter of Mary J. Blige’s character, this season will see Tonodeo taking her character to new heights as she tries to take over the family business from her mother. Tonodeo’s previous credits include recurring roles in the SONY/CRACKLE crime drama The Oath and FREEFORM’s romance drama The Fosters, where she portrayed the role of Ashley.

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A rising young Hollywood star, Tonodeo has a bright future ahead of her, and we spoke with the actress ahead of the Season 2 premiere which returns on November 21st.

LaToya Tonodeo

ONE37pm: How is this character different from any other character you have portrayed?

Tonodeo: My role as Diana is different because my character is a regular character, and there are so many different layers to dissect in terms of her art and journey. She’s book smart, but she’s also street smart. I get to play with her a lot.

ONE37pm: Obviously we saw the impact Power had on the internet and social media, and the same interest is being drummed up with Power Book II: Ghost. What does that mean to you to be a part of something this special?

Tonodeo: It feels amazing! It’s kind of funny because everybody was super bummed about Ghost dying in Power, and there were a lot of people saying that they would never watch the show again. From the first episode we have really proved people wrong, and I feel like we’re doing it for the culture!

ONE37pm: Now you are going to have a pretty big character development arc this season. What more can you tell us?

Tonodeo: Diana is growing and maturing. She’s elevating and shredding that innocence because she was really up underneath her mother’s thumb in Season 1. She’s growing and so am I. I feel like I can use some of the things that have happened to me, and apply them to her because art imitates real life.

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ONE37pm: What are your passions outside of acting?

Tonodeo: I love to write, but more than anything I want to continue to help with the homeless situation here in Los Angeles which is where I am based. L.A. has a serious problem. I’m working with RedEye Inc at the Watts Empowerment Center and we’re excited to be working on this because there was already an issue with homelessness, but now it has gotten worse with COVID and people are on the street or sleeping in their cars. I’m really looking forward to being able to help.

In addition to writing, I’m also heavily into skin care and beauty. I’m interested in a lot of things!

ONE37pm: Last but not least. Anything else you are working on that you can share with us right now?

Tonodeo: Right now I’m just really focused on Ghosts. I’m also really excited to be off for the holidays and I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family. 

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‘The Wheel of Time’ Stretches Itself Too Thin to Deliver Anything Memorable

When you’re talking about adapting a beloved series of books into a television series or a movie, meeting fan expectations is of critical importance. While those fan reactions won’t sink a show entirely, they certainly impact how the general audience may receive the product.

Fans of The Wheel of Time book series have been eagerly awaiting the TV adaption from Prime Video when it was announced back in 2017. It’s a beloved fantasy franchise with rich lore, characters, and themes that rival many of its contemporaries like Game of Thrones.

Unfortunately for fans of the books, this television adaption lacks any substance that the books did, and the show suffers as a result.

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The Wheel of Time follows Moiraine, a member of the Aes Sedai, a powerful organization of women who can use magic. She takes a group of five young people on a journey around the world, believing one of them might be the reincarnation of the Dragon, a powerful individual prophesied to either save the world or destroy it,” Prime Video’s description reads.

The lore of The Wheel of Time is the foundation that the entire franchise is built on. Gaining a complete understanding of it is critical to the success of any fantasy franchise such as this one.

It almost sounds silly to say, but in the case of The Wheel of Time, they dug into the lore too quickly. Rather than slowly entering the world, the writing team chose to dive in headfirst, almost expecting the audience to know the backstory already.

Speaking as someone just being introduced to The Wheel of Time, the lack of exposition serves as a significant hindrance to embracing the world and getting invested in the characters. People tend to decry exposition-heavy episodes, but they are written into shows for a reason. Without at least one episode that delves further into where we are and why we should care, it’s hard to be concerned about what happens.

Names, locations, organizations, and events fly by without much explanation, and it’s difficult to keep pace without much clarification of their importance.

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Unfortunately, one of the show’s other shortcomings is the acting. Much of this falls on lackluster writing, but some of the actors, especially the leads, fail to leave a memorable impression. Many of the cast members are young and do not have a lengthy filmography, which does lend a sense of believability to the characters’ youthfulness. Still, the lack of experience shows throughout the series’ initial run.

Rosamund Pike, who plays Moiraine, leads the cast and her performance is as good as any she’s put on before. She proves herself more than up to the task of carrying the weight of the show on her shoulders.

Much like the world that The Wheel of Time is set in, where the women of the Aes Sedai are among the very best and most powerful, it is the women of the cast who are the standouts.

Zoe Robbins, who plays Nynaeve al’Meara, is the most impressive amongst the newcomers. She is intense, passionate, and vulnerable all at the same time, portraying a character that has been thrust into a world she is still attempting to fully understand.

Another standout is Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere, one of the characters who could potentially be the long-lost Dragon. Much like Robbins’ character, she is slowly discovering her talent for magical abilities, and the scenes in which those powers manifest are some of the most memorable in the series.

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One of the show’s biggest and most glaring shortcomings are the effects, notably the CGI. For a show that, by some reports, has a budget that approaches nearly $90 million, the CGI is among the worst put to screen in the past decade.

Usually, this would not detract from my grading of a show, but some of the CGI would immediately take me out of scenes because it was that jarring. The monsters look like they have not been fully rendered; the magic (shown as white and black wisps of energy) looks fairly cheap and hastily put together.

Other than the CGI, the sets and costumes leave a lot to be desired. Perhaps it’s unfair to compare this to a show as massive as Game of Thrones, but even in the first season of Thrones (which had a much smaller budget than The Wheel of Time), the sets and CGI looked much better.

With so much of the show reliant on these effects, The Wheel of Time takes a serious hit in terms of overall quality because of this lack of polish.

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The Wheel of Time could prove to be an enormous success for Prime Video, as it’s clear that they do have a desire to make it work. However, it has certainly gotten off to a rocky start, but it is capable of recovering by the season’s end.

It’s a franchise that has a ton of potential to be something great, let’s hope they can get there.