Three Hot Shows You Could/Should Be Watching
We know there's just too much damn content out there for you to keep track of, so we've gathered some recommendations for you.
On Becoming a God in Central Florida -- (Showtime) Kirsten Dunst is absolutely riveting in her latest dark comedy/drama, set in 1992, about Krystal, a financially struggling wife and new mom who holds down a minimum wage job at a water park and who becomes increasingly entangled in a complex pyramid scheme. The company's called "Fam," a take-off on Amway, and its cult-like machinations are absurdly hilarious. If you're a fan of Fargo, Dead to Me or Killing Eve, this should float your boat. So far there's just one female director, and a bunch of male producers, but with Dunst as the central character, it's got a true feminist bent.
Mindhunter (Netflix) -- I know I'm late to the party for this Netflix drama, but the second season was just released, and thankfully, it's not too difficult to pick up mid-stream. Yes, this is another in a growing series of handsomely-produced crime dramas about serial killers. But it has the added bonus of Anna Torv (Fringe) as the closeted-at-work lesbian boss of the FBI's recently-formed Behavioral Science Unit, and David Fincher (Se7en) as a producer-director. Plus, this season -- set circa 1980 -- tackles the Atlanta Child Murders (along with a continuing investigation of BTK), which is always a tale worth telling. Jonathan Groff is somewhat miscast in the weird genius role, but the drama's undeniably engrossing.
They've also got at least a few women on their writing staff, including Liz Hannah (who wrote the hit comedy The Long Shot).
BH90210 (Fox) -- Believe me, no one is more surprised than I am that I absolutely adore this show -- but its wonderfully twisted meta-satire really speaks to me, and gives the show an extra layer of complication/comedy that stans of any long-running TV series will no doubt appreciate. The original cast plays outsize versions of themselves (Tori's married with a million kids, Shannen Doherty is an out-there animal rescuer, Gabrielle Carteris is the president of SAG, Jason Priestly's a director) who reunite at a fan convention and decide to star in a reboot.
The series itself then follows the actors' behind-the-scenes attempts to get the show off the ground -- complete with network meetings, where they find their ex-co-star Christine Elise, who's now a TV exec. Then, on top of that, there's an additional layer of throwback drama -- each of the original six has a 90210-esque personal romantic storyline, along with a stalker that's setting fire to sets and such. Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth are co-creators of this craziness, which you can find at Fox OnDemand. (And yes, Tori's barn animals do make an appearance.)