A Black Lady Sketch Show Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy

The exact particulars of the apocalypse are unclear—what caused the disaster; what precise form, or forms, the fury took—and all that we, the viewers, know of what happened is that it’s referred to as The Event and that Earth’s remaining survivors are four black women. Fortunately, post-Armageddon life comes with delightful upsides."We don't have any mediocre white men getting promoted over us," one points out. "We don't have Sally Mae calling us all the time like I'm fucking her man," adds another. The scene, which jolts and spellbinds with the affecting draw of a Last Poets cipher, is just one of several fluorescent currents from HBO’s dynamic and dynamite six-episode series A Black Lady Sketch Show, which debuts tonight on …

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Good day! Welcome to a new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. We're still in a bit of a post-Comic-Con slump, but that doesn't mean no stories are breaking in the world of entertainment. Like, for example, Los Espookys is coming back, and Jennifer Lawrence might be joining a mob (movie). Here we go! Los Espookys to Get Paid to Haunt HBO for Second Season Today in Good News For People Who Like Scary News, HBO announced this week that it's renewing Los Espookys for a second season. No word yet on when the oddball comedy, led by Portlandia's Fred Armisen, will return, but it will no doubt be full of strange delights. Jennifer Lawrence to Play a …

HBOs Los Espookys explores the dark side of Scooby Doo

Los EspookysThe Chile-filmed The pilot is soapy and absurd, and a bit adjacent to ATX Television FestivalScooby DooSNLFrom just the pilot we dont get much of a sense of what life is like in an everyday way, besides the undercurrent of Catholicism. The series actually doesnt feel like its from any specific time period until it gets to the scenes shot in L.A. Velasco andCiangherotti come from more dramatic acting backgrounds, so it balances out the shows jokes and gags. For example, there’s a bit about Charles Boingo, the owner of airport wifi, or even a sight gag involving Tati spinning a fan as a form of employment. Only the pilot was screened, but the second episode, The Inheritance Scare, …

Watchmen trailer: HBO reveals first look at superhero series

The network hopes to follow the end of Game of Thrones with another blockbuster series, an adaptation of the cult graphic novel The final Game of Thrones episodes might be bringing HBO record ratings but they are also the last gasps of the networks biggest show, leaving a rather worrisome hole in need of filling. While projects within the same universe are in development, HBO is hoping that a swifter replacement might be found in the shape of Watchmen. The graphic novel, previously adapted for the big screen in 2009 by Zack Snyder, has been reimagined for the small screen by Damon Lindelof, whose shows include Lost and The Leftovers. The newly released trailer showcases a dark, anarchic tone and …

Game of Thrones Marketing Is Out for BloodMine

On the first Friday of SXSW, a warm, sunny afternoon in Austin, I walked up to a large hangar across from a half-built luxury condo. A line snaked down the block, all hopeful visitors to one of the festival’s many “experientials.” This one was meant to gin up excitement for Game of Thrones’ final season premiere, on April 14. As a devoted watcher of the show, I couldn’t resist the invitation to the “immersive activation.” Especially because it had a novel twist that felt like catnip for the press: At the event, put on by HBO and the American Red Cross, guests could donate blood and then “walk in the steps of the characters who bled and relive their sacrifices …