TV’s Sexy Shows come again
"Crazy Ex Girlfriend" to "The Girlfriend Experience"
It’s October. Summer is officially done, which means the time to “Netflix and chill” is over. ‘Tis the season for snuggling up on the couch, watching live television, or Hulu the next day, or whatever app you prefer…and chill.
There’s a veritable mountain of returning shows for viewers to consume, and here are some of PROVOKR’S personal favorites:
The CW took a while to get off the ground, but it’s quickly become the hottest network of hip shows for every demographic. For those into action/adventure, they’re the first and best destination for cool superhero shows like The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and the upcoming Black Lightning.
On top of its male-targeted programming, the youth-oriented network is also home to a number of off-kilter romantic comedies, such as Jane the Virgin and, our favorite, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Rachel Bloom created and stars in the musical comedy about a woman who quits her cushy east coast job to move to West Covina, California to chase a boy from her high school days. She may or may not be suffering from a complete mental breakdown (she totally is!), but the show is charming, hilarious, and heartfelt. Simply put, it’s the most joyously whimsical thing on TV.
Few thought that a dark and gritty reboot of Archie Comics would ever amount to anything worthwhile. After all, Archie is fun and wholesome and played songs like Sugar Sugar. Regardless, Riverdale came out of nowhere to shock, surprise, and entertain on so many levels. It’s a soap in the vein of Dynasty at its most trashy (Dynasty, by the way, is another show being rebooted on The CW), but it’s also a sincere teen show about high school issues…plus it’s got Game of Thrones-style incest, so there’s something for everybody!
Clearly Riverdale is a totally bonkers show, and we can’t stop watching. At this point, to call it a “guilty pleasure” would be a disservice to its scientific balance of crass, sass, and art. It’s like Archie meets 90210 meets David Lynch meets a thick tablet of expensive ecstacy that glows in the dark, and we love it.
2017 is a divisive time, full of political turmoil, presidential tweets, and the ever-present threat of worldwide nuclear war. However, one thing never changes: Shondra Rhimes will always be there for us. She gives us all the sex and drama we crave, between Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and – our favorite – Scandal.
After a long and arduous Thursday, full of work and responsibility, there’s nothing like coming home, loosening our collars, putting our feet up, and watching the inimitable Kerry Washington have sex with the President Grant, who’s played up as something of a Republican version of JFK.
Sadly, this seventh season of Scandal (debuting October 5 on ABC), will be the series’ last. And while we hate to see the show pack up its bags and head to the great syndicated cable network in the sky, it will be a pleasure to savor every moment of its final set of episodes.
For a somewhat more male-oriented action series which happens to feature a badass female lead and palpable sexual tension, look no further than Blindspot. Jaimie Alexander has already proven her ass-kicking ability with her turn as Lady Sif in Marvel‘s Thor movies (look forward to part three, Ragnarok, on November 3), and now she gets a whole series to show off her skills at fighting, gunplay, and just a little foreplay.
Alexander plays “Jane Doe,” an amnesiac woman with a body full of tattoos and a particular set of combat skills, though by this point in the series, the character’s past as an African child soldier has already been unearthed. As solid as Jaimie is in the lead role, she’s also backed by a sterling selection of supporting characters, including Sullivan Stapleton (hot off his role as a shirtless hunk in the bloody sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire) as the FBI agent assigned to watch her, and Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us) as the cute-as-a-button FBI analyst who helps guide the plot along with perky panache.
Blindspot returns for its third season premiere October 27 on NBC.
The Girlfriend Experience
The Girlfriend Experience first started out as an experimental drama film by acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, featuring porn star Sasha Grey as a high-class escort living her life and doing her job in the time leading up to the 2008 presidential election. It’s an intense and intimate look at rich New York business culture and the commodification of people.
The 2009 film was adapted into a series on edgy cable network Starz in 2016, with Riley Keough in the lead role. While the show is coming back for a second season, it will have an all-new cast, including Anna Friel (Marcella), Louisa Krause (Billions), and Carmen Ejogo (Alien: Covenant). Essentially a reboot, season 2 of The Girlfriend Experience retains the same behind-the-scenes talent of Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz (with Soderbergh credited as a producer), but tells a brand new story within the culture of its unique corner of the sex industry.
The Girlfriend Experience: Season 2 premieres November 5 on Starz.
What more is there to say about Empire that hasn’t already been screamed from the mountaintops? The returning champion of deliciously juicy soap opera shenanigans is back for its fourth season, and it hasn’t lost a step. The show that featured Chris Rock as an understated cannibal and Marisa Tomei as a gold-plated venture capitalist is only just getting started, and they kicked things off with a bang, in the form of a crossover with Fox‘s other music-themed drama, Star.
No other show can keep up Empire‘s breakneck pace of absurdly over-the-top drama. Lesbian love triangles, ruthless hitmen, and more (did we mention Chris Rock as a fu*king cannibal?!) would be beyond the pale on any other show. For Empire? That’s just Wednesdays, baby.