Back of the Net(flix)

24 hours after the release of the trailer for its exclusive ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’, it’s clear that Netflix is the future of TV. Sure, Sky has ‘Fortitude’ coming up and all the HBO shows, not to mention Amazon coming up from behind with their own streaming service (and a commitment to movie production with their new film studio plans), but Netflix’s 2015 schedule of new and returning shows is a reminder that  we are in safe hands. For a small fee, of course.

better call saul

As well as ‘Saul’, which seems set to be a wisecracking companion piece to Heisenberg’s straight-up crack, there is a slew of streamable telly treats coming our way. New ‘House of Cards’ in Feb and ‘Orange is the New Black’ in summer have come to be expected now, but no less cherished; meanwhile, the increasingly eclectic mix of genres looks set to continue with dark US family drama ‘Bloodlines’ approaching in March, mere weeks after ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, Tina Fey’s irrepressibly bouncy-looking new NY sitcom.

Fey’s new show looks unashamedly girly (more ‘Mean Girls’ than ’30 Rock’ perhaps?) and Netflix’s penchant for girl power shows looks set to continue with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in ‘Grace and Frankie’, which may be a gamble but a potential surprise hit if NF’s track record is anything to go by. And, of course, there’s movie-inspired mayhem from ‘Matrix’ minds, the Wachowskis, with their new original series ‘Sense8’ and the first in a promised run of Marvel off-shoots with a ‘Daredevil’ reboot come April. And I get the sense this is still just scratching the surface of a potent TV revolution – bring it on, Netflix!

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Pink Wednesday

happy birthday mean girls

Raise your hand if you LOVE ‘Mean Girls’. Well, duh! The eighties had ‘Heathers’, the nineties had ‘Clueless’ but the Lindsay Lohan noughties generation had ‘Mean Girls’ – and today the so-fetch teen pic classic celebrates its 10th birthday!

Feeling old? LiLo surely feels a bit worse, so ignore advancing age and settle down on this Pink Wednesday (because we wear pink on Wednesdays, okay?!) to revel in the sassy, snarky 10 year-old meanie. Tina Fey’s one-liners stand up as well as anything from ’30 Rock’ so crack on (say crack again) and enjoy – making out with a hot dog during = entirely optional.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You go, Glen Coco!!