LOS ANGELES - JAN 12: Rita Moreno arrives for the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, CA

Janelle Monae’s Homecoming

Based on the podcast of the same name, the Amazon sci-fi series Homecoming takes place in a secret government facility that runs tests on American soldiers with an experimental PTSD therapy. Season one of the hit show starred Julia Roberts, but season two will be all about Janelle Monae. Although the details are more or less under wraps, it’s known that Monae’s character will have nearly complete memory loss, a person who doesn’t know her own identity. This, in turn, leads her to the Homecoming Initiative, and the discovery of nefarious goings on within the program. The only first season returnees known at the moment are Hong Chau (Downsizing) and Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk), but that’s not to say that other regulars like Sissy Spacek, Bobby Cannavale, and perhaps even Roberts, won’t be involved. If you’d like that mystery solved, you can tune into Amazon Prime on May 22.

 

One Day at a Time turns ’toon

Pop TV’s series One Day at a Time, like so many other projects, came to an abrupt production standstill in mid-March, with about half of the season’s episodes wrapped. What to do? Scrap the season? Wait it out until production picks up again? Or… turn it into a cartoon! Well, that’s what’s going to happen for at least one upcoming special episode – due to air later this spring – where the beloved and queer inclusive sitcom becomes entirely ’tooned. The cast – Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Stephen Tobolowsky, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz, alongside some as-yet-unnamed special guest stars – will record their vocal performances, the action will be created by animators, and we will be the grateful recipients. The episode is apparently election-themed (Remember that? There is one happening this year allegedly.) because in early March that thing you were already exhausted by now feels, in early May, like a welcome reprieve from constantly wondering if that guy who jogged by you too closely without a mask is an asymptomatic carrier. Stay inside and watch this show, folks!

 

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