The announcement that Regé-Jean Page has left Bridgerton and won’t be in Bridgerton Season 2, has upset fans all over the world, with many saying they may not be bothered to watch the next season if he’s not in it. Numerous fans posted on social media about how they felt.
rip to simon basset the duke of hastings, he’s not dead he’s just not in season 2 😔😔 pic.twitter.com/Xq61AUW3XD— M 🌙 (@m_bee4) April 2, 2021
There’s been a lot of rumours circulating about why Page left and he himself posted on Instagram saying “… it’s all been beyond anything I could have imagined.”
But now there’s some saying Page left because of creative differences between himself and the executive producer, Shonda Rhimes and her team. Apparently Page wasn’t happy with what was planned for his character in Season 2 which would have kept him as part of the action but not the focal point.
Meanwhile, some of us are hoping Page could return at some point – after all the show is based on an eight-novel series by Julia Quinn. But it seems Page has already moved on with news he’s signed on to the new Dungeons & Dragons movie and Netflix’s The Gray Man, co-starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.
Meanwhile, Season 2 of will bring in Anthony’s love interest, Kate Sharma, played by Simone Ashley, but that’s all the good news we have so far. Season 2 looks set to be released sometime in 2022.
Bridgerton (Season 1) is streaming now on Netflix…
Season 7 – the last season – of Younger is now streaming on Stan
In Younger, Season 7, Liza is a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the highly competitive publishing industry. Now she has to make sure no one discovers her secret.
From the creator of Sex And The City – Darren Starr – and based on Pamela Redmond Satran novels of the same name, Younger’s frank and open portrayal of female friendship exploration into modern sex makes it the adult show for the young at heart… and anyone who has ever lied about their age.
Tony award-winning Broadway star, Sutton Foster, plays down-on-her-luck Liza Miller, a recently divorced 40-year-old mother who has to support herself and her daughter who is studying in India, after her ex-husband’s gambling addiction left them with nothing.
Desperate to kick-start her life again and get a job in publishing, she is inspired by a chance meeting to lie about her age – and lands a gig as a 26-year old assistant to Diana Trout (Miriam Shor), at the publishing firm Empirical Press. Luckily, it’s rude to ask a young lady’s age, so Liza works in stealth mode, her workmates oblivious to her deceit.
Spanners fly from every direction as Liza desperately tries to fit in amongst the beautiful young things, while also getting entangled in a love triangle between magnetic millennial Josh (Nico Tortorella) and the eager-to-please, easy-on-the-eyes senior editor at Empirical Press, Charles Brooks (Peter Hermann).
Other staffers at the publishers include Kelsey Peters (Hillary Duff), a confident and ambitious editor who’s actually 26-years-old, and aforementioned Shor in the role of Liza’s temperamental boss. Younger’s MVP, however, is the acerbic-tongued Entourage star, Debi Mazar, who plays Liza’s best friend and roommate Maggie Amato.
This show is relevant to us today and whether you find yourself barracking for Team Josh or Team Charles, you could end up slightly addicted to this romantic comedy.
Season 7 of Younger is now streaming on Stan…
High Fidelity Season 1 streams on Disney+ from May 7th
Some of us remember 2000’s High Fidelity. It was the movie that brought Nick Hornby’s 1995 book to life, staying true to its spirit and tone. It made John Cusack a household name helped launch the career of Jack Black.
Twenty years on and its tale of a lovelorn, struggling record store owner has been given a different spin for a new generation. So now High Fidelity Season 1 brings this tale into the era of smartphones, dating apps and vinyl’s revival.
We meet Rob who still isn’t sure if she’s ready to date. We’re privy to her first nights back on the scene and with the same direct-to-camera addresses, hip soundtrack (the first episode showcases a Dexys Midnight Runners classic) and smart dialogue that made the movie so good, we’re hooked.
Writers Sarah Kucserka and Veronica West’s benefit greatly from Kravitz’s (Mad Max: Fury Road) charisma and a scene-stealing turn from Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite is My Name) as Rob’s high-spirited employee Cherise.
It’s a relief to report this series is as interesting and understated as the original. This is one to enjoy.
High Fidelity Season 1 streams on Disney+ from May 7th…
Taika Waitit, Kylie and Danni Minogue are the first guests for RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under
Yes, it’s the Minogue sisters and Academy Award winner, Taika Waititi – the first celebrities to be announced as appearing in the local version of the global hit franchise RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, premiering on the 1st May on Stan.
Kylie said: “I’m SO excited to finally be a part of RuPaul’s Drag Race for the first series Down Under. It’s such an iconic show and I can’t wait to watch the contestants perform their hearts out to win the title of Down Under’s first Drag Superstar!”
Dannii said: “I got to have a cheeky ‘Untucked’ chat with the girls on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Season 1. They had come straight from the runway challenge so it was exciting and tense all at the same time, not knowing who was going to have to lip sync for their life!”
RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will premiere at 4pm on the 1st May on Stan with new episodes weekly…
Previous seasons of the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise are available to stream now on Stan.
Celebrate Earth Month by watching Earth Moods on Disney+
Did you know 31 per cent of the earth is covered by forests? Or that 71 per cent of the earth is covered by water? Did you know that there are 8.7 million different kinds of living creatures on this planet?
Disney+ has many titles from Disney, Disneynature and National Geographic that will show you so much about the literal magic of Mother Earth – it’s amazing!
One favourite is Earth Moods – a visual and soundscape experience which takes you on the ultimate retreat to an array of colorful and calming corners of the world.
You’ll travel to blue glaciers, arid deserts, lush rainforests and pulsating metropolises. With an original score produced by Neil Davidge, known for “Massive Attack” as well as collaborations with Snoop Dogg and David Bowie, each “mood” gives you an opportunity to relax and reset as the sound of music and the natural world washes over you.
Or watch Secrets of the Whales on Disney+
The newest addition to Disney+ will be Secrets of the Whales, from National Geographic which premiered on Earth Day on April 22nd this week.
The series plunges viewers deep within the epicenter of whale culture to experience the communication skills and intricate social structures of five different whale species: orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals and sperm whales. Filmed over three years in 24 locations, we learn that whales are far more complex and more like us than ever imagined.
Earth Moods and Secrets of the Whales are both streaming now on Disney+
Australia’s Food Bowl with Stefano de Pieri is streaming on SBS
Take a tantalising trip into Australia’s biggest food bowl with Stefano de Pieri. This new series – Australia’s Food Bowl with Stefano de Pieri – will premiere on SBS Food on Thursday May 27th at 7.30pm.
Celebrated Italian cook, Stefano de Pieri, makes a welcome return to television with this brand-new series. The popular restaurateur takes us on an insightful field trip to explore one of Australia’s most productive regions, the Murray-Darling River Basin, a river community he’s called home for the last 30 years.
It’s been over two decades since de Pieri enchanted audiences with the hugely popular A Gondola on the Murray, giving viewers here and internationally a glimpse of his beloved hometown of Mildura, in regional Victoria.
Now, he has new passions to share and people to meet in this 10-part series. He explores the connection between the food producer and the consumer – and the relationship between food and where it comes from.
Born in Treviso, near Venice, de Pieri migrated to Australia in 1974 and made Mildura his home in 1991. On this fact-finding food tour, he uncovers the beauty and richness of the area, its community and how it’s evolving.
We meet Australia’s most successful olive oil producer who shares why this golden liquid is the best and purest of all thanks to the region’s Mediterranean-like climate. An essential item in any kitchen, it’s also the hero ingredient of the classic Italian Spaghetti Aglio e Olio which Stefano prepares al fresco in the olive groves.
Our largest freshwater fish, the Murray Cod, is native to the rivers of Australia’s food bowl and steeped in the rich Indigenous history of the region. Barkindji elder, Peter Peterson, shares the ancient creation story of the giant ponde (Cod) that created the Murray River before Stefano’s former apprentices, local Indigenous women Tamara Peterson and Whitney Kirby, prepare a delicious smoked cod recipe by the banks of the famous tributary.
The Darling River is part of one of the largest river systems in the world and an essential part of life for farmers. Stefano meets Rachel Strachan, a sheep farmer and former citrus grower who has seen the water levels drop down to nothing at her property. After authorities release water from Menindee Lakes, the family see water run down the river for the first time in three years. To celebrate, Stefano cooks up a meal of Mutton, prepared consciously to mark the hard times the River folk have endured.
Presenter and series co-creator, Stefano de Pieri, says: “The area to the north west of Victoria, where the Murray meets the Darling River, is one of the most productive areas in Australia. It is a veritable food bowl. In this series, I will introduce you to this river community, from this region’s First Nations people, to farmers and food producers, and explore the relationship between food and the environment. And of course, I’ll create some beautiful and simple dishes that celebrate our region. I can’t wait for you all to indulge in this fabulous feast for the senses.”
Josh Martin, SBS Commissioning Editor for Food, says: “It’s wonderful to have Stefano de Pieri back on our screens in this beautifully shot series which is both informative and entertaining. Fans of A Gondola on the Murray will delight in seeing again the warmth and passion Stefano exudes for great food and quality produce, but no doubt he’ll win over a new generation of fans as he explores important issues such as how to cook and eat sustainably and the challenges our farmers face to put food on our table.”
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