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Netflix Thriller “The Society” is a Perfectly Suspenseful Summertime Binge

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With the temp heading towards triple digits, staying out of the heat is quickly becoming out top priority. Lucky for us, Netflix has our backs with fresh new content. Our favorite streaming service recently released a trailer for their new suspenseful thriller, “The Society,”. TBH, it’s giving us major chills.

“The Society” is an eerie drama about a group of teens who find themselves mysteriously transported to a bizarre imitation of their affluent hometown.

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While the place looks like home, there’s one big difference: their parents and every other citizen are nowhere to be found. Besides being electronically cut-off from the outside world, the teens find they’re also trapped by a dangerous forest surrounding the surreal town; baring them from escape.

The surprise isolation results in a bunch of young adults alone together with no supervision. What could possibly go wrong?

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Sure, there’s plenty of partying at first but the fun only lasts so long. In an effort to get things back to normal, some members of the group work to build a new community based on rules and order. However, not everyone is down to return to civilization. Left to their own devices, the group teeters between maintaining their society and devolving into chaos.

The plot might sound a bit familiar to you if you’re a fan of classic literature.

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With its themes of civilization versus anarchy, “The Society” is a modern retelling of the 1950’s William Golding masterpiece “Lord of the Flies.” However, this chilling series goes even darker than the esteemed novel. Instead of bloodthirsty preteen boys, sexy intrigue and dynamic power struggles are the focus of the Netflix Original series.

The suspenseful imagery in the trailer for “The Society” creates more questions than it answers.

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Where did the parents go? Who’s working against New Ham’s success? What’s going on in that mysterious forest? Will mayhem win out or will their new society persevere?

It’s these questions that “The Society” showrunner Christopher Keyser says drive the intrigue of this series.

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“It’s a long term mystery that needs to be teased out over time,” Keyser shared with IndieWire. “It’s a many-layered question.”

He continued, “That’s going to get stretched out over the course of the series because the answer — the ultimate answer, the fullness of it — you wouldn’t want known until close to the end.”

Keyser — whose TV credits include “Party of Five” and “Tyrant” — has been working for several years to get this show made. Before Netflix picked it up, Showtime was eyeing “The Society” but passed. They were concerned about the challenges of working with a young cast.

However, it’s the cast that really makes the series shine.

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Besides intrigue and aprehension, “The Society” features an ensemble cast of 18 up and coming stars that bring life to the troubled teens. Kathryn Newton of “Detective Pikachu” fame plays Allie — the new society’s reluctant leader and peacemaker.

Actor Toby Wallace plays Campbell, Allie’s adversary. It’s Campbell who causes most of the turmoil in New Ham purely for chaos’ sake. The role is Wallace’s first in American but the Australian actor is a household name with tweens in his home country.

Though set in an upper class Connecticut community, “The Society” isn’t lacking in Latinx representation. José Julián of “Shameless” plays Gordie, a bright teen set on solving the mystery surrounding New Ham. In what’s being regarded at his breakout role, Emilio Garcia-Sanchez portrays jock Jason. You might recognize him from his time on “Criminal Minds.”

Though the series has only been available for a few weeks, there’s already talk of a Season 2.

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Netflix usually decides the fate of their Original Series after they take a few months to gauge viewer reactions. Still, initial reception has been very positive for the thriller. Showrunner Keyser feels confident as to where “The Society” leaves off at the end of Season 1.

 “I kind of like to think that we’re at the end of the beginning,” Keyser explained to IndieWire. “If we’re lucky, we’ll get to tell it all the way through.”

The mysteries “The Society” Season 1 left behind have our fingers crossed for news of a Season 2 asap. In the meantime, the series is now streaming on Netflix for all of our binging and re-binging summertime needs.

The Netflix Production Of Selena Finally Cast Abraham And Abraham Jr.

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The Netflix Production Of Selena Finally Cast Abraham And Abraham Jr.

We’ve been there every step of the way. From the announcement late last year that Netflix and the Quintanilla’s would be teaming up to bring us the official coming-of-age story of Selena to the audition process of the series, to the casting of Selena herself. It’s been thrilling just to experience the process because that means we’re that much closer to filming the actual show. Now we have two more additions to the series. 

Actors Ricardo Chavira and Gabriel Chavarria will be playing the roles of Abraham senior and Abraham Jr. — Selena’s father and brother. 

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Deadline is reporting that actors Ricardo Chavira and Gabriel Chavarria have been cast in the “Selena: The Series” — which is also been referred to as “the official story of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla.” If you’re wondering why Netflix isn’t announcing any of the actors that are being cast in the project, it’s because they are keeping hush about it entirely, which we find a little strange.

Why won’t Netflix officially announce this news, considering it is their project? We’re going to assume that they don’t want to commit to any of these actors. For example, what if the actors don’t reflect what the Quintanillas want? They can change them at any point, but the thing is, that could happen regardless if Netflix made it official or not. It’s all a little bizarre. It’s also quite noticeable that the actors aren’t saying a thing about it on social media either. 

You may remember Ricardo Chavira as Carlos Solis in “Desperate Housewives.”

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Yes, he played Eva Longoria’s husband! He’s also had a slew of roles since including on “Burn Notice,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” and “Jane the Virgen.” 

Chavira, who tweets regularly, has yet to comment on his new role. There’s also no information about the series on Imdb.com, at least not about the actors. 

Gabriel Chavarria will play Selena’s brother. Most recently he starred in the USA Network/Syfy series “The Purge.”

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Chavarria could also be seen in “East Los High” as Jacob Aguilar, the film “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and as Danny in the movie “Lowriders.” He’s also staying mum on the topic as well. 

Last month, it was also announced that Christian Serratos from “The Walking Dead” was cast in the title role of Selena.

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Netflix, the Quintanillas, and Serratos, of course, is you guessed it, remaining tight-lipped about the topic. So all of this information is based on unnamed sources. 

The only “official” word about this project came last year from Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla.

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Suzette released the following statement last year: “Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel a great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.” 

As far as Netflix is concerned, all we have is this trailer. *Sigh*.

There’s no information as to when the series will be released but it probably won’t be anytime soon if we’re getting information released this late in the game. However, we’re going to throw out another theory, so bear with us. According to E! News, the series is set to begin shooting next month in Mexico. We’re thinking this marketing strategy is building up in this manner because of Telemundo’s release of “El Secreto de Selena.” 

The family is very much against that series, so what a better way to distract from that show — which continues to air on Sundays — than to release more information at a slow pace and keep the conversation going on this Netflix series. Remember, we still haven’t heard who will be cast in the role of Selena’s mom or Selena’s sister. We’re certain as that information is known the big reveal or some huge announcement will happen thereafter. Maybe around the holidays. And, yes, we’ve been thinking about this a lot. But mark our words: this is all a big marketing ploy and we’re loving every second of it. 

READ: Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

Eva Longoria Is Being Called Out For Dragging Former ‘Housewives’ Actors And Defending Felicity Huffman

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Eva Longoria Is Being Called Out For Dragging Former ‘Housewives’ Actors And Defending Felicity Huffman

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Earlier this year, a major college admission scandal was exposed and at the center of it was actress Felicity Huffman. Huffman was found guilty of mail fraud for paying $15,000 to increase her daughter’s SAT scores. As of now, she awaits sentencing but is expected to be given at least a month in prison for her crime.

However, before the judge announces her sentence, celebrity friends and loved ones have sent in letters of support for Huffman, asking for leniency.

Among the letters was a testimonial from her “Desperate Housewives” co-star, Eva Longoria, and it revealed some major onset drama.

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In the letter, Longoria called Huffman her “good friend” and recalled how welcoming the actress was to the Latina, who was new to Hollywood at the time. She also recalled her first table read where Huffman offered support to her co-star after seeing her “alone, scared, and unsure of where to go and what to do.”

Additionally, Longoria revealed that she was bullied on set by another actress. Though she didn’t divulge who the bully was, “Desperate Housewives” was plagued by drama and tension between the cast and had rumors of a feud between Teri Hatcher and the rest of the actors.

Longoria wrote, “I dreaded the days I had to go to work with that person because it was pure torture.”

In the letter, Longoria revealed that the bullying didn’t stop until Huffman intervened.

“Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone,” the actress said in the letter.

The letter also revealed other ways that Huffman supported Longoria during their time at “Desperate Housewives.”

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It was also revealed that Longoria was being paid less than her co-stars. According to the letter, it was Huffman’s idea to pursue renegotiations as a group so they could reach a fair conclusion.

“That did not go over too well with the others,” Longoria explained. “But Felicity stood up for me, saying it was fair because the success of the show depended on all of us, not one of us. The fight lasted weeks, but Felicity held strong and convinced everyone this was the right thing to do.”

The letter also revealed that Huffman was the only co-star that supported Longoria’s charities and special projects.

“[The other women] were all usually too busy to help, except Felicity,” she wrote. “I can’t tell you how many times she was the only one who would physically show up to help me with kids with cancer, or children with special needs.”

Though Longoria’s letter comes from a place of friendship, not everyone appreciated the actress’ support of Huffman.

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Some Twitter users pointed out that Longoria’s letter shouldn’t circumvent the justice system and that Huffman’s punishment shouldn’t be lessened just because of the words of her friends and family.

Other’s mentioned the injustice that was perpetrated against a deserving student because of Huffman’s actions.

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In order to get her daughter into college, Huffman took a position from a deserving student who didn’t have the privilege of a parent who would buy their acceptance. Character witnesses from Huffman’s friends and family don’t negate the wrong she did to this student.

Overall, we don’t know if Longoria’s letter will help with leniency, but a lot of us still appreciate that “Desperate Housewives” tea she spilled.

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This whole college admission scandal has the makings of a novela and we’ll be sure to keep following the drama.

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