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HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Is The Spanish-Language And Comedy-Horror Show That Will Have Your Head Spinning And Heart Full

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The launch of HBO’s much-anticipated series “Los Espookys” is almost officially here. The half-hour comedy series, created by Ana Fabrega and SNL alumni Fred Armisen and Julio Torres, has been on our radar ever since first reports of the series being picked up by HBO came through last year. Fans of horror, comedy, and Latin American identity have been waiting with bated breath for the series that has been described as following a group of friends who make a business out of their love for horror by providing it to those who need it.

Finally, after a year of excitedly waiting, the series – which follows a group of friends who make a business out of their love for horror by providing it to those who need it – is here! The show premieres tonight, June 14th.

HBO’s “Los Espookys” is expected to be the show of the summer.

 The comedy, which has already piqued online enthusiasm, has been called “delightfully weird,” “charmingly spooky” and “ wonderfully peculiar” by critics.

Set in an unnamed Latin American country, similar to Mexico, the show tells the story of a group of four oddball friends who launch a horror-productions company together. Individually, they all juggle the typical Latino concerns including family obligations and financial issues.

The show has a small cast, but critics say collectively they are packed with might.

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Brazilian actor Bernardo Velasco (of “Belaventura”) heads up the cast as Renaldo, the group’s leader who is also obsessed with gory makeup. There’s also Andrés (Julio Torres) who is the heir to a chocolate empire, and Ursula, a dental assistant played by Cassandra Ciangherotti. The show’s co-creator, Ana Fabrega, also stars in the show as Tati, a woman who holds a laundry list of odd jobs.

The bilingual six-episode series relies on Spanish subtitles and slang.

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While the show has yet to make its premiere (don’t forget to tune in tonight!) it’s trailer is a huge indicator of the direction mainstream networks are taking when it comes to television: English-only isn’t a thing anymore.

Thanks to shows like “Jane the Virgin,” “One Day at a Time,” and “Vida” American television is changing. The groundbreaking series, all of which strongly feature Spanish subtitles and the various cultures that make up Latin American cultures have slowly but surely exposed U.S. television viewers to the various nuances of Latinidad. All of this, while also providing Latinos with a chance to experience the shows they grew up watching from their own cultural point of view. “Los Espookys,” with its zany tone and pre-premiere buzz proves it will be no different.

Watch the trailer below.

Los Espookys premieres this Friday June 14 on HBO.

Cast Of Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Intervenes On New Cast Member’s Behalf After Online Trolls Get Out Of Control

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Cast Of Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Intervenes On New Cast Member’s Behalf After Online Trolls Get Out Of Control

13 Reasons Why: Season 3 Kiss Scene!!! Grace Saif and Clay Jensen

Grace Saif deleted her Instagram after “13 Reasons Why” fans bullied her relentlessly. Fans of the show didn’t like the new character Ani, who is played by Saif, and misplaced that hatred by harassing her on social media. Saif’s bullying comes in the wake of aggressive “stan culture,” particularly aimed at women and women of color. 

When misogyny and anti-blackness mixes, we call that misogynoir and many felt Saif has become victim to it. While there is a lot to say about fans who cannot separate the actress from her character, it is much easier for fans to characterize a black woman as unlikeable.

Why don’t “13 Reasons Why” fans like Grace Saif? [*Spoilers Ahead*]

Season 3 introduced viewers to Saif’s Ani Achola, who is a new student at Liberty High School and the omniscient narrator. Fans did not find Ani’s character convincing but this was largely due to plot holes. Viewers didn’t understand how a new girl at school knew so much about students at Liberty, and they weren’t sold on her storyline regarding Bryce’s death.

Rather than crediting the writers for a lackluster season, they targeted Saif on social media and accused her of ruining the show. 

Grace deletes Instagram and makes Twitter private.

The online abuse became so difficult she decided to cut off the source. While we won’t be sharing many of the harassing Tweets and comments on social media because why share that hatred, they so ubiquitous you’ve probably already seen a few in your feed.

There’s a long history of harassing women actresses on social media. 

Daisy Ridley who plays Rey in the latest Star Wars reboot deleted all her accounts and said she would never return to social media due to misogynist bullying in 2017. Meanwhile, her Star Wars co-star Kelly Marie Tran faced a similar fate after experiencing anti-Asian and misogynist bullying in 2018. 

Women who are a part of a series with a rabid fanbase tend to be larger targets of bullying and if they are women of color or queer it is so much worse. In July, Candice Patton who portrays Iris West on The Flash experienced so much racist bullying by fans who can’t deal with Barry Allen having a black wife, her co-star Grant Gustin had to step in to shut things down

But the rest of us aren’t putting up with bullying.

Saif’s co-star Timothy Granaderos Jr., who plays Monty de la Cruz, spoke out against the ongoing harassment and encouraged fans to chill out. 

“Hey Y’all, just a reminder. Whether or not you support, like, or love, a character in our fictional tv show—please remember that there is a talented and beautiful actor/actress bringing those scripted words to life,” Granaderos Jr. wrote on Instagram. “One of the underlining themes in our show is to take care of each other. I’ve seen some pretty nasty things being said online, concerning the introduction of a new character. Y’all are passionate & we love you for that, but PLEASE PLEASE try to be kind and respect the work of the talented actress/actor behind the character. Love y’all & keep taking care of each other.”

Anne Winters who plays Chloe Rice told People the backlash against Ani was unwarranted. “Ani is amazing, Grace who plays Ani is like the sweetest girl ever. I really loved her character this season,” she said. 

Fans on social media showed support for Grace Saif.

“I stand with grace saif. so now people’s reason for abusing another BW is for being so bomb at her job she convincingly plays a multi-layered, complex character? we cannot win. you haters can duck out. grace keep shining we got you boo,” tweeted @JazleeJones.

Oh, the irony…

“I wasn’t really rocking w Ani in #13ReasonsWhy but I find it cruel how y’all bullied this woman until she deleted all her accounts! It’s just a show guys. Hell yeah her character was annoying but y’all forget that this shit isn’t real @gracesaif I hope you’re doing fine,” one fan wrote.

And this whole thing is ironic because the series “13 Reasons Why” aims to address difficult issues including bullying. 

Many felt that fans missed the entire point of the series by harassing Saif.

“The irony here… it stinks. First you 13RW fans fight against bullying. Now you (not everyone) are bullying an actress who played someone you didn’t like. I’ve seen Ani and most of all Grace Saif receive more hate than Bryce and Justin Prentice. You guys are disgusting,” another fan pointed out.  

However, the Netflix show, whose main demographic is teens, has come under fire multiple times, for glamourizing behaviors on the show like suicide and sexual assault rather than examining or condemning them, by psychologists and mental health experts. 

Whether the show is good or not has nothing to do with Grace Saif. Stop the misogynoir! 

Disney’s New ‘High School Musical’ Series Will Be A Guaranteed Hit For ‘Arrested Development’ And ‘Glee’ Fans

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Disney’s New ‘High School Musical’ Series Will Be A Guaranteed Hit For ‘Arrested Development’ And ‘Glee’ Fans

If there’s one thing we pretty sure Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ seems to definitely be leaning into its nostalgia and remakes. From a live-action version of “Lady And The Tramp” starring Afro-Latina queen Tessa Thompson to a “Lizzie McGuire” reboot. That’s why it’s no surprise that the new service is planning to debut its much-anticipated service with a new series based on one of their most successful Disney Chanel franchises to date: High School Musical.

The trailer for the new series was released on Friday and has already racked up over 1 million views.

“High School Musical: The Musical” series released its first trailer and it’s already taking us back.

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The new series gets real meta real quick in the trailer. Set 15 years after the release of the first High School Musical movie, “High School Musical: The Musical” follows a group of high schoolers, who study at the same high school in the series, as they set out to put on a theatrical rendition of the original film. That means, stay with me, while we won’t see Vanessa Hudgens or Zac Effron in their original roles of Gabriella and Troy, we will see others take on their roles as they depict them on stage.

Got that?

This moment from the new trailer explains what’s going on pretty well:

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“When I heard that the high school where High School Musical was shot had never staged production of High School Musical: The Musical, I was shocked, inspired, and triggered as a millennial,” an East High drama teacher says in the trailer before setting out to pull off a show that will bring all kinds of backstage drama to the forefront of the new series.

As the new cast of characters prepares for a first-time production of High School Musical: The Musical at East High, there’s all kinds of drama behind the scenes.

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The series follows Ricky, Joshua Bassett, as he takes on the role of Troy while attempting to win back his ex-girlfriend Nini, Olivia Rodrigo, who plays Gabriella for the school’s theatrical play.

What’s more, the trailer high lights that the new series will take on a “mockumentary format” (think: “Arrested Development” or “Parks And Recreation”)

The new series is set to debut on Disney+ on November 12 which marks the same day as the new steaming platforms launch. Old and new fans of the OG movies will get to binge 10 episodes. So rest your feet and voices, you’re gonna need a lot of moves in your back pocket for this one!

Check out the trailer below: