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Weekend Binge Guide: April 2017

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Best Friends Forever See all reviews for Best Friends Forever Alas, this gem of a sitcom was too good for this world. But the nearly perfect six-episode run is the ideal binge. From the equally subversive and sweet minds of real-life besties Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, the show kicks off with Len convincing a soon-to-be divorced Jess to move back to Brooklyn to figure out her next move. There's a bit of a three's-company situation with the women and Lennon's live-in boyfriend (an excellent Luka Jones), a will-they-or-won't-they vibe with old friend and neighborhood bar owner Rav (Stephen Schneider), and some serious sass from the young neighbor with an old soul, Queenetta (Daija Owens). They're all fantastic. But this show rests on the leading ladies' shoulders. If you've seen their current USA comedy Playing House , you'll recognize the mix of heart and laughs.   If you want to cry:   This Is Us See all reviews for This Is Us If you've been living under a rock, you're probably very dirty. Jump in the shower, have a nice meal, and then strap yourself in for the TV season's twistiest new show. The entire first season has aired, so it really is time to watch this remarkable ensemble series, starring GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE MANDY MOORE, king of television daddies Milo Ventimiglia, and one of the best actors working in TV today, Sterling K. Brown. This is one of the very few shows that not only lived up to the early hype (which began as soon as its trailer was released), but surpassed it. Even more surprisingly, it's one of broadcast network TV's increasingly rare ratings winners, pulling an Empire by improving each week. So really, give in and tune in, because it's the real deal. Just make sure you have a tissue or three on hand.   If you want to scream:   National Treasure See all reviews for  National Treasure This four-part U.K. series examines the impact of a beloved comedy star being accused of sexual misconduct earlier in his legendary career. Robbie Coltrane plays Paul Finchley, a "national treasure" whose life is turned upside down when he is arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in 1993. Soon, several other women come forward. Coltrane, a multiple BAFTA winner in the '90s for his work in Cracker , is perhaps best known in the U.S. for playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. He's exceptional here, causing viewers to question his guilt until the end; Julie Walters also is superb in a very challenging role. The series draws inspiration from the wide-reaching scandal involving Jimmy Savile, but clearly will remind American viewers of Bill Cosby's woes, making it feel depressingly raw and familiar to all.   If you want to think:   Born This Way See all reviews for  Born This Way In the first minute, we watch Steven and Sean in a bar enjoying a couple of beers and talking about dating. Playfully egging each other on, they ask the woman next to them if she's single. She's sitting with her boyfriend, she replies good-naturedly. "OK, this is awkward," Sean says, smiling. And some viewers might think this reality show about young people with Down Syndrome could be awkward to watch. After all, it comes from Bunim-Murray Productions, the people behind The Real World and Keeping Up With the Kardashians . Given that producers manipulate situations and that editors wield considerable power over how a person is portrayed, there was concern that this could be an exploitative mess. The result, however, is a heartwarming, inspirational, humorous, and thought-provoking look at the reality of life with DS.   div.post p { text­align: justify; }

Watch a Sneak Peek of the Best Friends Forever Finale

Rumor is Lennon and Jessica might end up on USA. U-S-A! U-S-A! //www.vulture.com/2012/06/finale-of-best-friends-forever.html

‘Are You There Chelsea?’, ‘Awake’, ‘Bent’, ‘Best Friends Forever’ and ‘Harry’s Law’ Cancelled by NBC

Amid the flurry of renewals and cancellation  announced earlier in the week  by all of the major networks, NBC quietly passed out a handful of pink slips to some of their current programming. The casualties include the sitcoms  Are You There Chelsea ?  that starred Laura Prepon in the adaptation of the Chelsea  Handler book;  Bent , the overlooked comedy that starred Amanda Peet and David Walton and  Best Friends Forever , the little-seen laugher that starred Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. [Source:  TV Line ] Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/05/14/are-you-there-chelsea-awake-bent-best-friends-forever-and-harrys-law-cancelled-by-nbc/  

NBC Shelfs ‘Best Friends Forever’

TV Line  is reporting that the NBC network has pulled their new comedy  Best Friends Forever  from there Wednesday night lineup after airing just a total of four episodes. The series that stars Lennon Parham ( Childrens Hospital , Accidentally on Purpose) and Jessica St. Clair (She’s Out of My League,Bridesmaids ), failed to capture decent ratings with a low 3.9 million viewers before declining to 2.65 million in its latest episode. Parham, who is also executive producer of the show, has since tweeted the disappointing news of their expected cancellation by the network. "BFF Fans: Wanted to let you know that our show is being taken off the air until the summer. Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap…. Jessica St. Clair and I CANNOT thank you enough for the love and support of our little show. You guys are truly the best." Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/05/01/nbc-shelfs-best-friends-forever/  

Best Friends Forever (NBC) “Single And Lovin It ” Episode 4

Best Friends Forever  "Single And Lovin It " Episode 4 airs Wednesday April 25 on NBC (8:30-9 p.m. ET) Synopsis:  Jessica (Jessica St. Clair) gets back into the dating game  after receiving a Facebook message from a former crush. However, after things go awry, she takes sage advice from Rav (Stephen Schneider) and ends up at an unusual frat party. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/04/25/best-friends-forever-nbc-single-and-lovin-it-episode-4/  

Best Friends Forever (NBC) “Put a Pin In It” Episode 3

Best Friends Forever  "Put a Pin In It" Episode 3 airs Wednesday April 18 on NBC (8:30-9 p.m. ET) Synopsis:  Lennon (Lennon Parham) goes the extra mile to create a wonderful surprise gift for Joe’s (Luka Jones) dad’s (guest star J.K. Simmons) upcoming retirement  party. However, it’s Marilyn (guest star Mimi Kennedy), Luka’s mom, that Lennon is most worried about pleasing. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/04/18/best-friends-forever-nbc-put-a-pin-in-it-episode-3/  

Best Friends Forever Exclusive Sneak Peek: Jessica Butt-Dials Her Ex!

Butt-dialing affects millions of people every day. But when that call goes to your estranged husband whom you haven't seen since he Fed-Ex-ed you divorce papers? That's a whole different tune. On Wednesday's episode of Best Friends Forever (8:30/7:30c on NBC), the recently dumped Jessica ( Jessica St. Clair ) finally appears to be getting back to her old cheerful self after weeks of nonstop crying and seven-hour baths. But just as Jessica and Lennon ( Lennon Parham ) start... //www.tvguide.com/News/Best-Friends-Forever-Sneak-Peek-1045831.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Best Friends Forever: What Happens When You Have to Share Your BFF?

Art imitates life on the new NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever , which was co-created, written and stars best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham . "Lennon and I spend, like, 12 hours a day together, more than I have spent with any man or woman," St. Clair told reporters recently on set. "I would say this is the healthiest relationship I've ever been in." That friendship is the basis for the comedy, which debuts Wednesday. Three years after getting married and moving 3,000 miles away, Jessica (St. Clair) moves back in with her best friend and longtime roommate Lennon (Parham) when she is served divorce papers.  Jessica is startled to see she has been replaced, sort of, by Lennon's live-in boyfriend, Joe ( Luka Jones ).  "This show is really about what do you do when you have to share your friend for the first time," St. Clair says, "which is kind of a hard thing for women because all through your 20s you are each other's No. 1, and then this guy comes in and ruins everything." //www.tvguide.com/News/Best-Friends-Forever-Preview-1045586.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Best Friends Forever (NBC) “It’s Raining Friends” Episode 2

Best Friends Forever  "It’s Raining Friends" Episode 2  airs Wednesday  April 11 on NBC (8:30-9 p.m. ET) Synopsis :  Jessica (Jessica St. Clair) deals with the repercussions of butt-dialing her estranged husband Peter (guest star, Reid Scott) a few days before what would be their three-year anniversary. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/04/11/best-friends-forever-nbc-its-raining-friends-episode-2/  

Best Friends Forever (NBC) “Pilot” Episode 1

Best Friends Forever  "Pilot" Episode 1  premieres Wednesday April 4 on NBC (8:30-9 p.m. ET) Synopsis:  When Jessica (Jessica St. Clair, "Bridesmaids") is overnighted divorce papers, her best friend Lennon (Lennon Parham, "Accidentally on Purpose") convinces her to return home to Brooklyn and back into the apartment  they used to share . Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/04/04/best-friends-forever-nbc-pilot-episode-1/