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Entertainment Essentials: September 21, 2018

CREDIT: NEON; Michele K. Short/Netflix; Mitch Haaseth/ABC

Every Friday, NewsCult Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Malone recommends the entertainment essentials of the week – at least three, often more, and usually at least one cinematic and at least one televisual, but it could be ANY combination.

1. Movie: Assassination Nation (Theatrically Nationwide) – “You asked for it, America,” says Assassination Nation‘s tagline. To which you, the viewer, might respond, “Did we, though?” The town of Salem is overrun by an unhinged need for vengeance after just about everyone’s secrets are revealed by a massive data hack. Even if a request for this film was never explicitly made, it’s not hard to think that it was implied, considering the era of trolling and scapegoating we live in. The result is about as stylized as you’d expect, and more thoughtful than you might have guessed.

2. TV: Maniac Season 1 (September 21 on Netflix) Superbad buds Jonah Hill and Emma Stone re-team for this Netflix limited series created by novelist Patrick Somerville with direction from future James Bond helmer Cary Fukunaga. The two play participants in a pharmaceutical trial that promises to result in all sorts of mind-bending. Among the many reasons to get excited are the relatively short run times, with no episode longer than 47 minutes and even a couple clocking in under a half hour.

3. TV: Single Parents Season Premiere (September 26 on ABC) – The Fall TV season really starts in earnest the last week of September, and the premiere that I’m most looking forward to (in very on-brand fashion) is Single Parents, the latest addition to ABC’s Wednesday sitcom lineup. This vision of widowed and divorced moms and dads of school-age kids making a go of it in the dating world comes to us courtesy of Liz Meriwether, who has spent much of the past decade giving us the great gift of New Girl. Taran Killam, Brad Garrett, and Leighton Meester are among the single parents of Single Parents, and this show better not be cancelled anytime soon, because it ought to be illegal to prematurely cancel anything starring Leighton Meester.

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