Analysis: The new season of ‘Big Shot’ finds the ball in John Stamos’ court


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When fall is in full swing, it’s all about sports at my house.

Like clockwork, my husband always takes control of the TV “You know what time it is!”

Sundays are for college football and Mondays are for pro football; so I’m free to join one of our other TVs and enjoy my uninterrupted viewing time.

But thanks to John Stamos, I’m now more of a basketball fan, which brings us to what to watch this week.

‘Big Shot’ Season 2

Go Stamos is back as the coach of a high school basketball team at an elite private girls’ school.

His character is still hot-tempered, but in the second season of the show his team is now in a different division and… *gasps* – the boys have arrived in Westbrook.

Stamos is supported in this sports drama by actresses Yvette Nicole Brown and Jessalyn Gilsig, among others; It’s exactly what you’d expect from a series co-created by David E. Kelley.

“Big Shot” is streaming on Disney+.

‘Observer’

(From left) Luke David Blumm Carter Brannock, Isabel Marie Gravitt Ellie Brannock, Bobby Cannavale Dean Brannock, Naomi Watts Nora Brannock.

Ryan Murphy lives to scare us.

This time, it’s with “The Watcher,” based on a terrifying true story: a family buys their dream home, only to discover they’re haunted by someone obsessed with the house, and they.

In real life, the family never fully settled in after being terrorized by threatening letters and sold the property at a loss in 2019, five years after buying it.

But you won’t have to wait that long to see the dramatized version of their story, as “The Watcher” is streaming on Netflix.

‘The End of Halloween’

Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Laurie Strode

Let’s continue with the scary, because of course it’s the month of Halloween.

Poor Laurie Strode. The iconic “final girl” played by Jamie Lee Curtis has spent decades trying to escape the clutches of serial killer Michael Myers in the “Halloween” film franchise.

But as the title of the new film suggests, Curtis insists this will be his character’s last outing in the costumed killer.

“Now I have to cut it short and let it live on in the minds and hearts of the fans who supported it,” Curtis told Entertainment Weekly.

So does this mean Michael ends up killing Laurie? “Halloween Ends” is now live on the Peacock and in theaters.

Kim Kardashian appears

In a new true-crime podcast series, reality star/entrepreneur/criminal justice advocate Kim Kardashian highlights Kevin Keith’s 1994 triple-homicide conviction in Ohio, as well as the tireless work she and her family have done since then to prove his innocence.

“Sharing stories of people who aren’t just on a rap page will help put people at ease and help them understand where someone is coming from,” Kardashian told The Hollywood Reporter. “Usually, you don’t hear the other side.”

Love it or hate it, Kardashian is using her massive platform to bring attention to those she believes have been wronged.

“Kim Kardashian’s The System: The Case of Kevin Keith” is live on Spotify.

Katy Perry attends the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2 in New York City.

Speaking of platforms, “American Idol” judge Katy Perry is using hers to help people rediscover the magic of the late Elizabeth Taylor with the “Elizabeth the First” podcast, which explores the movie star as an original influencer.

“I am inspired by her courageous activism, her constant leadership in business moves, and through it all, her uncompromising way of loving — all things I try to live out in my own life,” Perry said in a statement.

Taylor, who died in 2011 at the age of 79, is a timeless icon, and I love seeing her celebrated like this.

“Elizabeth the First” is live on Apple.

Comedian Ariel Elias speaks in an October 10 interview with CNN.

By now, you’ve probably heard the story of comedian Ariel Elias throwing a beer can while performing on stage. It’s a reminder that no matter how civil our society has become, it’s all about how you handle what life throws at you.

Elias was doing stand-up recently at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, when an audience member started asking him if he voted for President Joe Biden.

“I wasn’t talking about politics,” Elias told CNN. “He felt like he was looking for a fight.”

The champion was kicked out of the club, but the man sitting next to him threw a can of beer at Elias. He landed hard on a wall near where he was performing.

Instead of exploding or turning the other cheek, Elias took a sip of his remaining strength. That reaction and his decision to end his set has won him praise.

Madonna has shared a TikTok video that has sparked controversy among some of her followers.

Let me start by saying that I am a Madonna fan.

The singer got quite a few people talking this week when he shared a TikTok video in which he thought he might come out as gay.

Others complained that the star, who has always been a supporter of LGBTQ rights, was “queer-baiting”, along with wider criticism of Madonna taking to TikTok at her age.

Madonna isn’t a fan of people pointing out her age (see the New York Times magazine take on it in 2019), and the entertainment industry is notoriously ageist.

However, it can be difficult for older celebrities to strike a tone that feels right on social media. Some of them, like Dionne Warwick on Twitter, have dominated; others may cringe.

Madonna doesn’t have to disappear—I doubt she ever can—but she’ll probably always be judged by some because her decision to live life on her own terms is juvenile.

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