TV Recap: Dietland – Results Not Typical …

Dietland
“Tender Belly” (Episode 102)
June 4, 2018

Part two of the two hour series premiere of Dietland, “Tender Belly” introduces us to Verena Baptist – the author of Dietland (the book on the show) and daughter of the famous weight loss Baptists.   Make sure you read our recap and review of Episode 1 here.   If you’re interested in a good discussion of the issues and themes being raised by Dietland, definitely check out our hour long TVTalk discussion with Jen Ponton (Rubi); it was an emotional and impactful hour of frank talk.

As Plum deals with the fallout of her decision to email the “Dear Kitty” contact list to Julia, all of our characters settle into their roles and we learn more about where each of them are coming from. Except Dominic. Other than a sweet tooth, we know shit about that guy so far.

Time to get into the episode, read our recap & review of “Tender Belly” … after the jump (beware of Spoilers)!

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What To Watch – Monday, June 11, 2018

There is a reason to watch TV on Mondays this Summer and that reason is Dietland.  Make sure you’re caught up with our recaps of the premiere here and then jump into the show.  You won’t be sorry.   Also on, new So You Think You Can Dance, the penultimate episode of Supergirl, and a new fascinating series on ID, People Magazine Investigates: Cults. 

Joy Nash as Plum – Dietland _ Season 1, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Patrick Harbron/AMC

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TV Recap: Dietland – I Am A Unicorn. I Am A Goddess …

Dietland
“Pilot” (Episode 101)
June 4, 2018

Dietland, based on the 2015 book by Sarai Walker of the same name, is an indictment of our culture and how we allow … no, how we have encouraged and institutionalized the persistent bullying of women and even more so, overweight women.

Through Plum Kettle’s journey, the newest AMC series seeks to shine a hot white spotlight on all of the ways we have stigmatized and beaten down an entire section of our population, and in no uncertain terms, says, Enough.

Its time to fight back and so you have a choice to make … be part of the solution or get the fuck out of the way. Dietland — the show we need now.  Our recap and review of the Pilot is after the jump (spoilers ahead).

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What To Watch – Friday, June 8, 2018

Its Fireball Friday which can only mean one thing?!? You need to tune into TV Talk (https://somanyshows.com/sms-on-air) at 9/8c where I will be co-hosting all of the hijinx and shenanigans!  You DO NOT want to miss tonight’s show.

Elsewhere, Phenoms, Live PD, The Last 24, The Dead Files and Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition are all new.  Fridays in the Summer are rough.  See you on TV Talk!

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TV Recap: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – We Have To Stop Meeting Like This …

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
“Suicide Sprints” (Episode 102)
June 7, 2018

We are back with episode two of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger and this one, which premiered back to back with the Pilot, continues to fill in the story of our teenage superheroes and their life struggles and backgrounds. This isn’t a CW Arrow-verse show, there are no superhero costumes yet … we are taking our time getting to know Tandy and Tyrone as people – flawed people (especially Tandy) – who they are, what their lives are like, what their powers are, and how they work.

Before you read tonight’s recap, make sure you know everything happened with our recap from last week here!

Once you’re ready, catch up with our recap and review …. after the jump (spoilers ahead – be warned)!

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TV Recap: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – The Light Between Us …

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
“First Light” (Episode 101)
June 7, 2018

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, airing on Freeform, is the newest Marvel TV series to hit the airwaves. Based on the comic books created by Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan, and following in the footsteps of the most recent installment in the Marvel TV-verse, Hulu’s Runaways, Cloak & Dagger focuses on young superheroes just learning about, and simultaneously coming to grips with, the magnitude of their power.

Comic books shows have a mixed history when it comes to the quality of their storytelling and acting. So far, based on the first two episodes, Cloak & Dagger seems to be avoiding both of these deadly pitfalls.  With a deliberate pacing that is in no hurry to rush our protagonists into spandex costumes and emotionally charged and believable turns by leads, Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt, Cloak & Dagger is coming out of the gate with a confidence that screams, “we know what we’re doing, sit back and enjoy the ride we are going to give you.” And so far, I am inclined to agree.  Check out the recap of the Pilot episode (Spoilers Warning!) … After the jump!!

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What To Watch – Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tonight features the premiere of one of the Summer shows Pop Culture Mike is most excited about, Cloak and Dagger (in back to back episodes) on Freeform.  Otherwise, check out Real Genius at 10pm (especially if you’ve never seen this totally 80’s movie).

The best thing for you to check out tonight is Jay and Mike’s TV Talk discussion with Jen Ponton (Dietland)on the new show and its impact in our culture.  Follow the link below and tune in at 9pm (ET)!

Dietland’s Jen Ponton Joins TV Talk!

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TV Recap: Reverie – “Go In, Get Her, Get Out”

Reverie
“Bond. Jane Bond” (Episode 102)
June 6, 2018

Apertus.

At the end of episode one we left with having Mara seen her niece Brynn at the end of the hallway in her apartment for a split second. So I bet you are wondering if Mara will see more of Brynn and if she will be able to help more of the users who are stuck. Well, I could spoil the entire episode and tell you now or we can dive right into the recap. You’ve been warned. spoilers ahead.

(Photo by: NBC)

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What To Watch – Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wednesday nights are the best nights for fantastic TV. Unfortunately, its ALL stacked at 10pm. Our Top Pick To Watch Tonight is Reverie (catch up on our recap of last week’s episode here) but we’re also checking out Colony AND Six – DVR don’t fail us now!

Earlier in the night, we play with dinosaurs on American Ninja Warrior and listen to the “fucking donkeys” on MasterChef. But really, its all about getting to 10pm.

REVERIE — “Bond. Jane Bond” Episode 102 — Pictured: (l-r) Ahna O’Reilly as Rachel Kauffmann, Sarah Shahi as Mara Kint — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

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What To Watch – Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Summer TV is here. That means lots of wacky game show and reality shows like Beat Shazam, America’s Got Talent and World of Dance. Thankfully, we have a quality  season premiere tonight with the return of HUMANS, on AMC.  Try and get caught up and with this sci-fi drama, its completely engrossing! Also, new Legion!

Most importantly, on Twitter, we’ll be live tweeting our next installment of the LOST Series re-watch with episode 7, “The Moth” (a Charlie episode)!  Follow me on Twitter (@Popcultureview) and tweet along with us! We have to go back!

Photo: ABC

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