Prodigal Son star Frank Harts
Streaming service: Hulu
Premiere date: March 18, 2020
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt, Huang Lu, Joshua Jackson, Jesse Williams, Britt Robertson, AnnaSophia Robb, and Matthew Barnes
What to expect: Based on Celeste Ng’s acclaimed novel of the same name, Little Fires Everywhere follows two women who become intertwined in a formidable mystery. Mia Warren is a single mother with a devious past and Elena Richardson is the vision of suburban perfection. What lies underneath their facade is far wilder than one could ever imagine. Taking place in the suburbs of Ohio, Little Fires Everywhere is a meditation on motherhood, adoption, and lies we tell ourselves to ease the pain.
Why it will rock your world: This clash of matriarchs is one to watch. While Elena is a local journalist and stickler for following the rules, Mia is an opposing force who is ready to threaten the order of the little town she’s moved to. Little Fires Everywhere not only fronts a talented cast of actors, but its source material is nothing short of prestigious. The fast-paced, emotionally jam packed miniseries will leave you at the edge of your seat. Just when you think you have the mystery all figured out, think again.
Streaming service: FX and Hulu
Premiere date: April 15, 2020
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, Roberta Colindrez, James Marsden, Sarah Paulson, John Slattery, Tracey Ullman, and Elizabeth Banks
What to expect:Mrs. America is a true telling of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and the many different women who partook in it. Phyllis Schlafly, a staunch conservative firebrand, unleashed relentless backlash against the progressive movement but her ideology was met with defiance though the voices of second-wave feminists such as Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus. Mrs. America tells their stories as well and explores how the culture wars of the ’70s created one of the most wrought battlegrounds in American history. The miniseries will also showcase the rise of the Moral Majority and how it irrevocably altered the politics in the United States.
Why it will rock your world: Apart from the insanely talented cast, Mrs. America is a feminist political drama for the ages. Not only is it more relevant than ever, considering the country’s political and social climate, but it also delicately peels back the layers of second-wave feminism. While we all the know the Equal Rights Amendment never passed, few know the precise details of what truly impeded its success. This is the tale untold of the paradigm shifting moment in history. Don’t be surprised if Mrs. America wins all the Emmys in 2020.
Roberta will be guest starring in Season Two of HBO’s THE DEUCE, and can also be seen as a series regular on Starz’ VIDA.
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Pernell Walker in “The Deuce,” Season 1, Episode 8, “My Name Is Ruby”
Roberta Colindrez in “I love Dick,” Season 1, Episode 5, “A Short History of Weird Girls”
Sometimes an episode title says it all. The Season 1 finale of “The Deuce” wasn’t a solo hour dedicated to Ruby (Pernell Walker), a prostitute who calls herself “Thunder Thighs” and had been struggling to compete with the new police-protected, mob-built brothels. Vincent (James Franco) and Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) played as big a role as ever, as did the rest of David Simon and George Pellecanos’ stellar ensemble.
But the ending brought it all together, and not just the episode arc about realities separated by class, but the season as a whole. “The Deuce” features quite a few graphic scenes of women being abused or taken advantage of, and it consistently drives home both why this keeps happening and how America institutionalizes discrimination. “My Name Is Ruby” forces the mirror back on its audience in compelling fashion. For a period piece with plenty of modern parallels, it’s easy to get caught up in the series’ relevance. The finale puts a human face on the issues. It gives them a name. And it’s a name that won’t soon be forgotten.
“I Love Dick,” as a series, had its fascinating moments, but Episode 5, “A Short History of Weird Girls,” was perhaps the most impactful installment overall. A series of vignettes spotlighting the show’s female energy serves as a complete breakout from the main series, but invokes the show’s fascination with legendary female artists. It pays tribute to creators who had come before while also developing the women of the series beyond (the always awesome) Kathryn Hahn. “A Short History of Weird Girls,” on its own, is a fascinating experiment. But it’s also a vital part of one of 2017’s most intriguing series.