Ridiculous is just about everyone’s consensus (see: The New York Timesand The AV Club) when it comes to HBO’s
new miniseries, The Young Pope,
starring Jude Law as Pope Pius XIII, who is not only the youngest leader of the
Catholic Church, but also the first American. While director Paolo Sorrentino’s
farce verges on camp and indulges a juvenile sense of humor (Diane Keaton’s Sister
Mary owns a T-shirt that reads “I’m a Virgin, But This Is an Old Shirt”), Law
keeps it balanced with a delicious performance -- and we’re still intrigued by
Greenlanders that appear later in series.
The Young Pope
airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and full episodes are available on HBO Go and HBO
may have tricked us into watching this new Bravo reality series, but we’re not
mad at it. The show, which follows nine people vacationing in Montauk for
the summer, promises to heat up our cold winter nights with plenty of romance and drama. Will any of our nine newest
friends find love over the summer or just party harder than the last? We’ll
have to watch to find out.
In the middle of all the pomp and circumstance of awards season
-- ahem, the Academy Awards and Golden Globes -- comes the People’s Choice
Awards, which brings together fans’ favorites among music, film and TV. Hosting this year’s ceremony is Joel McHale. And while
we’re excited to see who wins, we’re most pumped about Fifth Harmony’s first
performance as a quartet following the departure of Camila Cabello.
The People’s Choice Awards will air live on Wednesday, Jan. 18,
starting at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Director M. Night Shyamalan is back -- for real, he’s, like, really back -- with Split, a darkly funny psychological thriller about a man (James
McAvoy) with 24 personalities who kidnaps three unsuspecting girls, including The Witch breakout Anya Taylor-Joy. The
new film follows the director’s well-received horror movie The Visit, which saw him make a welcome return to the genre after a
seven-year gap to direct decidedly un-Shyamalan projects.
No, we’re not entirely sure why Lifetime thought it would be
a good idea to remake the Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey classic, Beaches, for a millennial TV audience,
but they did and we can’t help but be intrigued. Idina Menzel and Nia Long take
over the lead roles, with Menzel even rerecording Midler’s cover of “Wing
Beneath My Wings.” Whatever happens, we’ll be watching because its Lifetime -- and
you never truly know what you’re going to get.