Analysis: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is getting a new season

Gone are the days when you had to wait week after week for new episodes of a hit series. Yes, streaming is king, but the success of shows like “Abbott Elementary” is proof that there’s still love for networks.

Personally, I like having both options. Speaking of which, let’s jump right into what’s available now.

Dystopian dramas might be hitting a little too close to home these days, but the new season of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is eagerly awaited by many.

After a tumultuous fourth season, the series picks up with June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) struggling to redefine her purpose – and still scrambling to reunite with her daughter, Hannah – and Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) trying to gain fame outside of Gilead. .

The first two episodes of Season 5 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” are now streaming on Hulu.

‘Atlanta’ Season 4

I love and hate that the final season of “Atlanta” is here.

If you watched the show’s third season earlier this year, you either loved it or hated it. For me, the brilliance of creator and star Donald Glover shone through, despite the action mostly moving to Europe and being interspersed with a number of seemingly unrelated vignette-style episodes.

Season four returns to both a more traditional storytelling style and the town that gave the series its name. But don’t expect Glover to hold no surprises, because that’s totally his style.

The first two episodes of season four of “Atlanta” begin airing on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT and will be available on Friday Hulu.

‘Love is Blind: After the Altar’ Season 2

The main cast of season 2 of "love is blind"  is pictured during the show's reunion episode alongside hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey (front row, center).

The Pod Squad is back!

Almost Every ‘Love Is Blind’ Season 2 Cast Returns for an ‘After the Altar’ miniseries to catch up on life, love – and some interpersonal conflict, of course.

According to the trailer, things are tense for some and hopeful for others. (Not too much, though, given recent reports that the two couples who said “yes” in the main season finale have gone their separate ways.) What else would you expect from a series in which people decide at the altar if they are going to get married or not?

It starts streaming Friday on Netflix.

Two things to listen to

Born Pink by Blackpink

(L to R) BLACKPINK's Lisa, Jisoo, Jennie and Rosé attend the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28 in Newark, New Jersey.
Despite the incredible success of groups like BTS in recent years, K-Pop has never been just boys’ game.

A good example are Blackpink’s “K-Pop Queens”, who are widely regarded as the biggest girl group in the world right now, having broken records and boundaries across Asia and the United States.

Blackpink’s second album, “Born Pink”, follows a recent performance at the VMAs, a 2020 collaboration with Lady Gaga and the Netflix documentary “Blackpink: Light Up the Sky.” Obviously, the group is a force to be reckoned with.

“Born Pink” is now available.

“The Hardest Part” by Noah Cyrus

Noah Cyrus performs at the party

It’s not always easy being the little sister of a star who has long excelled in the same industry as you.

But Noah Cyrus, 22, seems determined to make her own mark as a singer, regardless of the success of her older brother Miley.

Not that his family isn’t considered, though.

In April, her mother, Tish Cyrus, filed for divorce from her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, after more than 28 years of marriage, and their separation served as inspiration for her new music.
In a statement on the single “Every Beginning Ends” from her new album, “The Hardest Part,” Cyrus said that she and indie rock band collaborator Ben Gibbard Death Cab for Cutie “was about past relationships, failed relationships, relationships from our parents, and relationships that lasted forever.”

“The Hardest Part” is also out now.

Something to talk about

Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson as Randal Graves in a scene from

Raise your hand if you’re old enough to remember when “Clerks” came out.

It was 1994, and Kevin Smith’s low-budget comedy about a day in the life of two small-town New Jersey store clerks quickly became a cult classic.

Nearly 30 years later, Smith revisits themes from the original film and its 2006 sequel. “Clerks III” presents a meta twist on its predecessors by focusing on the filmmaking of its characters in the film and highlights the life experiences that come with both advancing age and – in her case – surviving a major heart attack.

The filmmaker pays homage to that last part in particular by having a main character go through a similar near-death experience. The ironic mix of nostalgia and growth is really what adulthood is all about, and I for one am happy to see Smith return to the story that launched his career.

Sometimes a quick look back makes the prospect all the more enjoyable.

something to sip

Queen Elizabeth II attends a state banquet at the Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava, Slovakia, on the first day of a tour of the country October 23, 2008.
Count me among the many people watching “The Crown” on Netflix since the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II.

In fact, it’s a rewatch for me. I’ve been diving into anything and everything related to Queen Elizabeth since news of her passing broke last week. I have long considered myself an Anglophile and I have to admit that his death made me more emotional than expected.

Whatever your opinion of the royal family, there’s no denying that Her Majesty was the epitome of doing her duty. His unwavering devotion to the crown seemed to date back to a time many of us don’t even recognize anymore.

The grace with which Queen Elizabeth reigned will probably never be seen again.

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