TELL’EM B: RED BAND SOCIETY REVIEW BY BRITTNEY W.

“I don’t like FOX’s new show, Red Band Society,” said no one EVER. Critics give the show a lot of flack because it’s unconventional, but it’s damn hard not to enjoy it. Unorthodox? Absolutely! But the fact that there is NOTHING like it happening anywhere else on television adds to the show’s charm. With all the repetitive themes on TV nowadays, Red Band Society is a much-needed breath of fresh air. If you’re like me, and so tired of the witches, werewolves, vampires, FBI agents, and all these damn medieval royal houses killing each other; RBS is the show for you.

 

I have to start out by saying that I had no real intention of tuning into this show because I’m not a big fan of FOX. (They’ve canceled every show I’ve ever liked after 1 or 2 season, except for GLEE.) However, Youtube.com did a great job shoving ads for the show down my throat as I checked out a Chris Brown video mix while doing some fall cleaning.  After every 2 videos there was a placement showing the highlights of the show, so I felt like I had already seen it. But, when 9 o’clock rolled around I turned to FOX and let me tell you, I was a glad I made that choice.

Set in SoCal near the Mexican border, the show follows the adventures of 6 youths of varying ages and ailments during their stay at a teaching hospital with long term care.

Red Band Society features a well-rounded cast of  Hollywood newbies and vets. Oscar award winner Octavia Spencer from The Help leads the cast as edgy Nurse Jackson. Her morning barista would fittingly refer to as the “Scary Bitch.” Type cast as the “angry black woman,” Spencer does a great job as the no-nonsense head nurse that tries to keep the teens’ mischief to a minimum.  The show’s eye candy comes in the form of Dr. McDreamy II- excuse me, *cough cough* Dr. McAndrew, played by Dave Annable best known for his roles on ABC shows 666 Park Avenue and Brothers and Sisters.

 

The main focus of the show are the sick teens who actually wear the Red Bands- Charlie, Leo, Jordi, Dash, Emma, and Kara; played by: Griffin Gluck, Charlie Rowe, Nolan Sotillo, Astro, Ciara Bravo, and Zoe Levin. Collectively, the teen cast has a wide variety of experience which includes minor features in films like Echo, Pirate Radio, The Way Way  Back, and Just Go With It, as well as voice acting performances in several children’s’ movies. Though they had prior minor features, the cast has major potential based on their performances in the show’s pilot last night.

 

Narrated by its youngest character Charlie, who is in a coma, we look on as the group tries to stay positive amongst their bad health. Though ill, they still manage to do normal teenage stuff, like go for joy rides, try to purchase beer and weed on the low, and have parties. The group shows us how to find a balance in life and take the good with the bad.

One of the many motivating one-liners from the pilot was a message from Charlie to Leo during his big surgery. – Luck isn’t getting what you want. It’s surviving what you don’t want.” Let that settle in for a minute. It’s a very touching statement that each of us can apply to our own lives.

In my opinion the true power of the show lies in the fact that, though there are differences present within the characters, they all have a common thread. Each of them is doing their best to survive despite the odds. As on lookers into their lives, we can’t help but appreciate our own lives, no matter how good or bad.

The tale of these teens is seen as source of inspiration for us to face our fears, find our true selves, and claim our place in the crazy world in which we live. And YES, this was all made apparent in the VERY FIRST EPISODE!!

Humorous, brilliantly written and chock full of life lessons, FOX definitely has a winner with Red Band Society. Though critics may have their gripes with the show, it’s going to be hard to get rid of this one. With Emmy award winning Margaret Nagle as the creator and the living legend Steven Spielberg as producer, this proactive dramedy has lots of promise. I’m looking forward to tuning in each week to see how the group is coming along.

The hospital, its staff, and its red band-wearing patients, are giving up a much-needed dose of hope, inspiration, and refreshment for all of us in TV Land. Be sure to tune in and jump on the “Red Band –Wagon” and #bandtogether Wednesday nights at 9pm on FOX.

 

TELL THEM B! : BLACK JESUS REVIEW

By: Brittney Werts

Don’t Call It A Come Back

Even If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks I’m sure you’re still aware of the much anticipated and discussed arrival of Black Jesus. Last night at 11pm EST on Cartoon Network, Aaron McGruder made his return to late night television and stepped back into the spotlight of controversy. No stranger to ruffling feathers, self proclaimed “troubled maker” McGruder has taken his biggest strides to push envelopes and people’s buttons with the premiere of his newest satire- Black Jesus.

McGruders depictions of not only a modern day Jesus, but that of one of color is sure to make a few eyes roll. Trust me, that’s surely his intention. He did it for years with his series “The Boondocks”  on Adult Swim and is quite good at, so let that man live. His newest satirical creation will make you think about very rarely disscussed but prevalent, issues of race and religion in America.

Over 2000 years ago you could’ve caught him on the Mount of Olives performing miracles and pastoring to his 12 desciples. Nowadays, Black Jesus is “smoking, chilling, and drinking” in Southwest Compton with his homies. From turning water into “Yack”, being the getaway driver in a drug deal gone awry,  and offering up compassion, understanding and love for all man kind, Black Jesus does it all.

The premiere left me wanting more and wishing it was more than just 30 minutes. I can’t wait to see what happens in episode 2 when Black Jesus scouts out an area for a community garden on the wrong side of town.

Chock full of hilarious one liners, wacky situations, and a decent cast, the show as a whole is actually decent and tastefully done. If you don’t have an appreciation for tongue and cheek innuendo, or a sense of humor in general, please pray for one. If you’d rather turn your nose up, than enjoy the show, don’t worry,  Black Jesus, “still loves your b*tch a$$ by default.”

Tune in to catch Black Jesus in all his  controversial glory Thursday nights at 11pm on the Cartoon Network.

THE EXES ARE COMING: ITS ATLANTA’S TURN TO EX IT OUT

Vh1‘s new reality series Atlanta Exes is set to premiere on Monday August 18th at 9:30pm.

As we all know Vh1 started the Exes series with the Hollywood Exes, but the Atlanta Exes are bring a whole new level of drama. The show will follow Tameka Raymond R&B superstar Usher’s ex-wife, Monyetta Shaw  R&B singer Neyo’s ex-fiancee, Christina Johnson pop star Cee-lo Green‘s ex-wife, Torrei Hart comedian Kevin Hart‘s ex-wife and Sheree Buchanan NFL player Ray Buchanan‘s ex-wife. All of the ladies are carrying so much pain from their previous relationships.

After watching the trailer it looks like the show is going to make Tameka Raymond the villian. Which is in poor taste in my opinion. The woman lost her marriage, her son passed away and then the final blow was her two boys being taken away from her. I think she has been through enough. But I guess she knew what she signed up for.

WHAT’S TRENDING: SHARKNADO 2 IS A HIT

 

The very unique and bizarre Syfy movie Sharknado 2 has gotten the attention of over 3.9 million viewers. Folks also went crazy on twitter.  Sharknado 2

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English: Syfy Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

was the trending topic, when the sequel aired on Wednesday. The SyFy channel has said that their were 1 billion tweets created about Sharknado 2.

Well who would have though a shark storm, would get so much attention.

CHICKEN ANYONE: THE WINGMEN COME TO OWN

Who loves chicken? I DO! Well Oprah is adding a new culinary show to her OWN network. Ladies and gentlemen are you ready to eat with the WINGMEN. The South Carolina best friends Corey and Ramone run a mobile chicken spot 2 Fat 2 Fly. This ain’t no ordinary chicken wing. These guys have taken the chicken wing and stuffed it with many edible delights. Although these two strapping young men have a delicious chicken wing on their hands, their business has not reached the height of success they hoped for. We will get to see the Wingmen continue to follow their dreams and take their business to another level.

WINGMEN premieres on OWN August 16th @ 10pm.

MUSIC TO MY EARS: DAFT PUNK ARE HEADED TO TV

Music geniuses Daft Punk are currently working on a BBC TV documentary. We really don’t know much about the music duo besides they make great music and they wear helmets. Their identities are pretty mysterious. The producers behind the documentary promises to give us an intimate view of Daft Punk’s artistic side.

No word on if the documentary will ever give us an up close and personal view of their personal lives. I highly doubt it thou. This group has gone through great lengths to keep their lives private. They freaking wear helmets. I would be totally surprised if they did on-camera interviews without their helmets. That is if they do any interviews at all.

THIS IS GOING TO KNOCK YOU OUT: MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES

When you think of a cartoon series, do you every think of Mike Tyson? Me neither.

Well the saying the impossible is possible surely applies to this story. Former boxer Mike Tyson’s brand is now adding a cartoon to the mix. Adult Swim presents Mike Tyson’s Mysteries. Mike and hos team solve odd ball mysteries. It’s like the A-team but better. Mike team consist of a talking pigeon, his adopted Korean daughter and a ghost from a different time period. It makes no sense, but that the great thing about it. The story line is so bizarre. How could you not watch this?

In the trailer their is a scene where Mike sings a song called I ain’t got time for bird sex. With that being said I have to watch this show, seriously.

Also Mike Tyson has also expressed his interest in Jamie Fox playing him in the Mike Tyson Biopic. Jamie can definitely pull this off. Do it Jamie!!!!!