2017 has seen some MAJOR moments in television and television news this year. The ever changing shift from traditional television to streaming, the emergence of new and exciting television shows, the gut-wrenching news of some of our favorite shows coming to an end, we have all seen it all so far.
After taking off the fall season for star Kerry Washington’s second pregnancy, ABC drama Scandal returned with a BANG! Picking up right where it left off at the end of its 5th season, Scandal introduced us to new twists and turns all while turning the show on its head. The very short 6th season also included Scandal’s 100th episode, showcasing what Olivia’s world would have been like had she not made the same decisions as she had on the show. Toward the end of the season, rumors began to spread that the 7th season of Scandal would be the last. Shonda Rimes, creator and show runner, later confirmed that the next season of Scandal will be the last season of the political drama. To all my gladiators out there, here’s to a summer of binge-watching and stocking up on popcorn and wine!
This harrowing drama follows the life of OfRed, a handmaid striped from her normal life and forced to live as a servant and surrogate to one of the leaders of the new revolution. In the world of The Handmaid’s Tale, women have been completely stripped of their rights and have to follow the every command of their husband. Most women cannot conceive a child naturally, which is where the need for handmaids stems. Women that are forced to become handmaids have given birth in the recent years of overwhelming infertility. The journey this show embarks is unlike any other story before it. The Handmaid’s Tale’s first season is available for streaming now on Hulu.
This controversial show follows the lives of several African American students at a predominantly white institution and the trials and tribulations they face on a daily basis. While this show was met with harsh criticism, stating the show was reverse racism; many people that watched the Netflix show see the value in show’s message. The show is more of a letter from African Americans to white people that may be confused about why certain things cannot be said about African Americans, why certain things affect us in way they will never affect you and to put a spotlight on the different paths set up by this country for African Americans. Dear White People now streaming on Netflix.
This shocking Netflix original took the world by storm! Following the journey of Clay, a young high schooler that discovers 13 tapes with all the reasons why his friend and fellow classmate Hannah Baker committed suicide. This show has seen its fair share of criticism from media outlets, parent groups, and schools for its all-too-real depiction of suicide and the ideas it could bring to the forefront of a struggling child’s mind. With a cast of almost all newcomers, 13 Reasons Why is definitely worth the watch!
This fiery drama sheds light on a very difficult topic in today’s society, police brutality. Sanaa Latham leads this duo of detectives trying to get to the bottom of what is really happening in this small town in the south. Thinking they are only dealing with a cop shooting an unarmed teenager, they quickly find out there is so much more to this small town than meets the eye. This limited series originally aired on Fox but is now available for streaming on Hulu.
MTV expanded their movie awards to include television and became the first televised award show to have non-gendered categories. MTV made a huge decision to break down the walls of gender when it comes to awarding a performance in a body work, simplfying caterogires like “Best Male in an Action Film” and “Best Female in an Action Film” to “Best Actor in an action film” with both male and female nominees vying for the title. It will be interesting to see if other award shows follow in MTV’s footsteps or if they stick to the traditional award show format.
2017 has been a MAJOR year for diversity in television! The emergence of streaming has allowed for more content to be made, which is giving stories from various backgrounds a space to be told. We now have new shows like Handmaids Tale, Dear White People, Shots Fired to go with shows that have already been on the air such as Insecure, Jane The Virgin and Black-ish. Not only have we been seeing diversity in but we have also seen major changes in the nominees for Award season as well!
While this has been a big year for television, it’s been the year of movies so far! Stay tuned next week for the last installment of my Halfway Through Series and be sure to check out the first two installments covering all things pop culture and some of the biggest moves in music so far!
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