New TV series and movies to watch in September: The Politician, Between Two Ferns, and A Black Lady Sketch Show
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Tagline: "We promise to promise you everything."
Cast: Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange
Premise: The show revolves around Payton, a young man with lofty dreams to become President of the United States of America since childhood. The first season sees him exploring the most treacherous political landscape: high school. Each season will revolve around Payton and his various political campaigns.
Trivia: Barbara Streisand was originally meant to take on Jessica Lange's character, but she turned down the role to work on her 2018 album Walls instead.
First impression: Since Veep ended, we have been in dire need of a quirky political drama — that's where The Politician steps in. It is highly reminiscent of Veep's wit, and with Ryan Murphy's stellar track record, we're sure that it's going to be a fun ride.
What the Internet is saying: "I want Ben Platt to punch my face."
Release date: It premieres 27 September on Netflix.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
Tagline: "Featuring: Celebrities You've Heard Of"
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell
Premise: The quirky road trip movie — which is a meta extension of the original series — takes place after Galifianakis's star dream was killed when Will Ferrel uploaded the series to Funny Or Die, turning Galifianakis into a viral laughing stock. The cast decides to conduct a string of high-profile interviews to restore his repuation. Here's the catch — the entire "road trip" was improvised.
Trivia: For those unfamiliar with the series, Galifianakis had the opportunity to interview former US President Barack Obama in 2014. The former President appeared on the show to promote the Affordable Healthcare Act.
First impression: We were sold just by the on-set images, including one with Galifianakis dragging one of his ferns across the road. Director Scott Aukerman revealed that they set up a public access station and filmed the movie just like a documentary. There's no doubt that the movie will be full of awkward and improvised moments.
What the Internet is saying: "I would love to see him interview Kanye West. That would be epic."
Release date: It premieres 20 September on Netflix.
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Tagline: "Women on a role"
Cast: Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, and Quinta Brunson
Premise: From a parody of Romeo and Juliet to a shady take on an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting, A Black Lady Sketch Show is a 30-minute sketch comedy that drops sassy one-liners and pointed commentary on black culture.
Trivia: Nicole Byer, Angela Bassett, Laverne Cox, and Kelly Rowland make guest appearances throughout the series.
First impression: A Black Lady Sketch Show delivers the same amount of wittiness as the Key & Peele show, along with the endearing slapstick of stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle — but with 10 times the girl power.
What the Internet is saying: "This is incredible. These women are a comedic forces to be reckoned with. So amazing!"
Release date: New episodes air at 11pm on Friday on HBO.
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