Showing posts from January, 2020

'Everything's Gonna Be Okay': The First Great TV Show of 2020

Freeform, the network formerly known as ABC Family, which was the network formerly known as Fox Family ( for those of you born before 2000 ), has gradually rebranded itself as an aspirational (and more importantly, inclusive) entertainment entity for Gen Z ever since coming out in 2016 with a whole new look and name. Back then, it was announced that it would establish a focus on "becomers," a group ABC Family President Tom Ascheim had tried to describe by explaining, "The most important question that young people ask themselves as they're going from high school to their thirties is, 'Who am I becoming?' So we call the life stage 'becoming' and the people going through it Becomers." And therein lies  Everything's Gonna Be Okay , which effortlessly slides into those network brand pillars by centering on a group of very likable and relatable "Becomers."  EGBOK  is a tender, funny, and unapologetically awkward comedy, the likes of

The First Great Pop Song of 2020: MOBS's "I'll Be Back"

The Australian group MOBS just dropped their latest throwback pop track, "I'll Be Back," and it's a love song -- wait for it -- inspired by The Terminator . The cover for the single  even echoes the key art for the 1984 sci-fi thriller. And while the chorus uses the iconic catchphrase originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger's non-stop killing machine, the lyrics appear to take on a romantic perspective from the film's hero, Sgt. Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn. MOBS is no stranger to infusing pop cultural homages with irresistible hooks. Last month, they released "Find Another You ," written from the perspective of a character from a certain 90s teen rom-com (okay, it's She's All That ), and earlier in 2019 they delivered  "Say Anything," an emotional nod to the John Cusack film of the same name, and "Growing Up," a stellar, synth-and-sax-filled number inspired by 1987's The Lost Boys . With "I'll