HACKS – Review by Susan Granger

With 32 nominations and 3 Emmys, the second season of Hacks fulfills its promise as a comic examination of female friendship.
The series picks up where it left off – as stand-up comedy legend Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) recovers from bombing in her final Las Vegas performance, losing her long-time residency at the glitzy Palmetto Casino. “It’s not my town anymore,” she sadly admits, acknowledging the rapidly-shifting entertainment landscape.

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HACKS SEASON 2 – Review by Martha K Baker

The writing in Season 2 is just as sharp as in the mother series. When Ava asks Deborah how many stalkers she actually has, Deborah fires back: “Living?” Ava and Deborah develop into characters who mesh more often than they abrade. They talk sex. One sues and one teaches the other to float. They laugh at each other’s lines. Or not. The subplots introduce strong storylines, including Ava’s burden of her father’s ashes and, at the fair, Deborah’s finding a woman she’d betrayed years before.

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HACKS – Review by Susan Granger

Jean Smart plays Deborah Vance, a legendary stand-up comedienne who is struggling to retain her Las Vegas residency. Much to her dismay, the casino CEO (Christopher McDonald) tells her that she has to work with Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder), a 25 year-old Los Angeles TV comedy writer with a very different approach to crafting humor.

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MARE OF EASTTOWN – Review by Susan Granger

New season = new series to stream. Kate Winslet stars as an exhauted detective in this compelling seven-episode HBO mystery set in a small, working-class town in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Life isn’t easy for Mare Sheehan (Winslet), who is desperately trying to solve a perplexing murder case revolving a teenage girl found sprawled in a creek deep in the woods. Townspeople are wondering whether this grim discovery has anything to do with another young girl-gone-missing a year ago.

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SENIOR MOMENT – Review by Susan Granger

Hard to believe but William Shatner turned 90 on March 22nd – and in this mildly amusing rom-com, he’s still as flirty and frisky as ever. Set in Palm Springs, California, the plot revolves around Victor Martin (Shatner), a retired NASA test pilot, who loves to cruise around the desert oasis in his pristine, eye-catching ‘50s Porsche 356 Continental, often accompanied by his best friend Sal (Christopher Lloyd).

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SENIOR MOMENT – Review by Carol Cling

True to its title, this genial exercise in audience-pleasing never rises above its modest expectations. Then again, like its golden-age protagonists, it doesn’t have much to prove. Take former Air Force and NASA flyboy Maj. Victor Martin (trusty, blustery William Shatner). His days in the cockpit may be over, but he’s never lost his zest for piloting sports cars and ogling bikini-clad babes.

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