April 19, 2019

Netflix Just Dropped These CW Shows & You Need To Watch

Look, we get it. You're busy! It can be hard to keep up with shows that air on a week-to-week basis. Fortunately, Netflix has you covered.

Sure, you may have binged all of the worthy Netflix originals of the season already, from season 2 of The OA to British comedy Sex Education, but did you know that Netflix is also your go-to stop for CW content? Shortly after the finales of these shows aired on their home network, the entire seasons dropped on Netflix. Sure, these CW shows may not have been created for binging originally, but what's stopping you from zooming through all these episodes in a single weekend?

The answer, of course, is nothing. Now, the only thing on your agenda is deciding which CW shows you're going to start with. Here's what's on Netflix right now.

Legacies, Season 1

Imagine if Harry Potter and Gossip Girl had a baby: That baby would be Legacies, the latest installment in The Vampire Diaries franchise, and a very worthy successor to its first spin-off, The Originals. The series follows Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), a "Tribrid" teen who must navigate first loves, jealous frenemies, and a mythical monster-of-the-week while attending the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.

All American, Season 1

Based on the life of real football player Spencer Paysinger, this CW show follows Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), a Crenshaw-raised quarterback who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills by Coach Baker (Taye Diggs), a man who has a secret past with Spencer's mom Grace (Karimah Westbrook). It has all the soapy, sun-soaked love triangles of The CW's 90210 with the heart of Friday Night Lights.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Seasons 1-4

Musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend just ended, which means now is the perfect time to catch up on the love life of Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom). Season 4 just dropped on The CW, so come for the songs, stay for a revamped Greg (now played by Skylar Astin). Will Rebecca end up with Greg, or is there a bigger surprise in store here?

Black Lightning, Seasons 1-2

In this universe, high school principals have enough time in their day to moonlight as masked vigilantes. Season 2 of the series just hit Netflix. When Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) learns his daughter was kidnapped by a gang, he decides to slip back on the superhero persona he left behind years ago.

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Michelle Williams & Her Husband Have Reportedly Split

Less than a year after her secret summer wedding, Michelle Williams and musician Phil Elverum have split. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the two amicably separated earlier this year, but reps for the actress did not immediately respond to Refinery29's request for comment.

When Williams revealed her marriage to Vanity Fair back in July 2018, she told the outlet that she was originally hesitant to say anything because "the Internet's an asshole," but later confirmed her marriage, saying she "never gave up on love."

Williams welcomed her daughter with the late Heath Ledger, Matilda, back in 2005, and spoke about the benefit of her relationship with Elverum on her family.

"I always say to Matilda, 'Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes,'" she continued. "Obviously, I've never once in my life talked about a relationship, but Phil isn't anyone else. And that's worth something. Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. I work to be free inside of the moment. I parent to let Matilda feel free to be herself, and I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free."

Neither Williams nor Elverum have spoken publicly about the split, and it's unlikely they will considering the previously private nature of their relationship.

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Who Does Spencer End Up With On All American?

Every good teen drama has at least one epic love triangle. The CW's sports-centric drama All American is therefore an overachiever: It has so many intersecting love triangles that they've converged into a love pentagon.

If you're currently binging the CW series on Netflix — or just want a refresh now that the show is awaiting its season 2 renewal — allow me to explain just what the heck happened this season between Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), Olivia Baker (Samantha Logan), and the other players in this complicated web.

In the first episode of All American, Crenshaw raised Spencer — a teen with immense football talent — is invited to play for Beverly Hills High School by Coach Baker (Taye Diggs). Spencer moves into the Bakers house, where he lives alongside his football coach's kids, Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) and Olivia Baker.

Olivia, who is sober after spending time in rehab, quickly becomes smitten with Spencer, even though Spencer has his eye on someone else: Layla Keating (Greta Onieogou), Olivia's former best friend. Unfortunately for Spence, Layla is dating Asher Adams (Cody Christian), a rival football player on Spencer's new team.

Sooooo here's where things get particularly complex. During one particularly chaotic night when Olivia was drunk and high — long before Spencer came to Beverly Hills — Olivia and Asher hooked up behind Layla's back. It's the reason that Olivia really cut ties with Layla: She simply couldn't deal with the guilt from sleeping with her best friend's boyfriend.

Spencer and Layla need to break up already so Spencer and Olivia can be a thing. https://t.co/kxEyHZTn8s

— d r e a a (@AceeItBabes) April 5, 2019

All this drama comes to the surface over season 1 of All American, and Layla and Asher breakup — leading to Spencer and Layla finally getting together. Obviously, this hurts Olivia, even though she eventually casually dates Chris (Spence Moore II), a friend of Spencer's and Crenshaw football player. However, as Layla and Spencer date, it becomes clear that Asher may have real feelings for Olivia.

It’s a weird pentagon right now. Chris-Olivia—spencer-Leila-Asher-Olivia again.

— Amanda (@aeostuni) December 8, 2018

Oh, the drama — and we didn't even touch on the fact that, at the end of the season, it's revealed that it's possible Olivia and Spencer share a brother (Jalyn Hall) who may be the product of Spencer's mom's affair with Coach Baker.

For the record...this was me during that Maury level revelation. Cause now I can fully ship Olivia & Spencer without feeling like we’re watching Game of Thrones instead 😂🙌🏽#AllAmerican @CWAllAmerican pic.twitter.com/V52nn6yhzZ

— Çhrįśtįńå (@HeartofWords) November 15, 2018

So where will this love pentagon go? We'll have to wait until the (not yet official) season 2 to see how these dynamics will shift. Whatever happens — it'll be drama.

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April 18, 2019

Is Riverdale’s Long-Awaited Zombie Apocalypse Finally Happening?

After three seasons with plot points that include a killer game of "Gryphons and Gargoyles," multiple murderous dads, and one teenage fight club, it's clear that there's no insane place that Riverdale won't go. That's why, when zombies invaded Riverdale this Wednesday, we really shouldn't have been too shocked. Is the long-awaited apocalypse nigh?

Eh, maybe not — but it does give Afterlife With Archie QUICK DESCRIPTION OF WTF THIS IS FOR NON-ARCHIE READERS fans something to talk about.

On Wednesday's episode "Jawbreaker," Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and his newly-appointed town sheriff father F.P. (Skeet Ulrich) discover that there are zombies running amuck in their small town. Well, not zombies, exactly: Just Riverdale folk hopped up on a special brand of fizzle rocks that makes them act a lot like zombies.

No one is eating faces (yet) but the people consumed by fizzle rocks strain "G" do turn into growling, aggressive, mouth-foaming monsters, which is almost as bad. They also, apparently, don't care very much about their own personal safety: For some reason, these laced fizzle rocks cause people to slam their heads against anything they can find, over and over again. Yikes.

This plot point could be an homage to a different work from the Archie Comics universe. Before he was the Riverdale showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the alternate universe-set Afterlife With Archie comics, about a zombie apocalypse that comes to Riverdale. In the comics, it's Jughead's just risen-from-the-grave pup, Hotdog, who spreads the zombie plague.

Some fans were convinced that Riverdale was going with the zombie thing way back in season 1, when the deceased Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines) appeared to sister Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) in all his half-dead glory. Back in 2017, Aguirre-Sacasa also teased that bringing in the supernatural wouldn't be completely out of the realm of possibility.

"When Greg Berlanti — who of course is the godfather of all these shows and my boss — and I were talking about possibly doing Afterlife with Archie, or introducing the character of Sabrina, I said, 'Yeah, but we can’t just suddenly have magic and supernatural elements on the show,' and Greg, without missing a beat, said, 'Of course you can.' I was like, 'Wait! Yeah, we can,'" Aguirre-Sacasa revealed to Entertainment Weekly.

Sister show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which streams on Netflix, features plenty of characters rising from the grave, but so far Riverdale has stayed about as grounded a show that made Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) a teen speakeasy owner can be. Could this fizzle rocks situation officially plunge Riverdale into the supernatural realm? Stay tuned.

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Riverdale Season 3, Episode 18 Recap: The 6 Wildest Moments Of “Jawbreaker”

“You locked your mom in Dilton’s bunker.” Those are now the most Riverdale words to ever Riverdale. For a moment earlier in this, the third season of the CW’s teen fever dream soap, I believed “The Gargoyles are mixing it up with the Poisons and the Farmies ” would forever hold that title, but I was wrong. Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) very calmly surmising that his girlfriend Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) had trapped her mother Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick) in the G&G-Sex Bunker in the woods with Wednesday’s all-new episode “Jawbreaker” more than deserves than honor. Alice Cooper was handcuffed to the bed her daughter, her ex-boyfriend’s son, the hunky neighbor kid (KJ Apa), her daughter’s best friend (Camila Mendes), and her daughter’s other best friend (Casey Cott) have all had sex in over season 3.

And, with that brand new Riverdale twist, everyone’s favorite mob-drug-serial killer-cult-boxing(????)-speakeasy young adult drama rights its formerly slightly shaky ship. “Jawbreaker,” continues the momentum of previous solid episode “The Raid” to stand as one of the best episodes of the season. Riverdale is back!

So, let’s get down to the most bonkers moments of the episode and try to unravel them. They’re in no particular order, because Riverdale excels in the chaos.

Zombies? (Aka, Archie may have murdered a guy)

There is a third terrible drug in Riverdale and it is called G, which criminals believe stands for “Gargoyle.” In a town where there have been, at a minimum, three Gargoyle Kings, that is a fair assumption. Unlike the MDMA-like jingle jangle or the crystal meth-ish fizzle rocks, G turns people into foaming-at-the-mouth, catatonic monsters. Or, say, zombies. The zombie storyline of Riverdale ’s comic inspiration has dogged the series since its beginning; G presents an exciting, appropriately twisted take on Archie Comics’ Afterlife With Archie title.

Drugs that make people zombies? That’s as Riverdale as a wholesome, milkshake-slinging dinner that’s actually a front for a speakeasy/gambling den run by a teen socialite.

The G outbreak eventually makes its way to through Riverdale High School and into Archie’s inexplicably still-going boxing storyline. Archie’s adult boxing rival Randy Ronson (Darcy Hinds) gulps down some G before fighting Red. Of course, Randy is a monster in the ring and nearly kills our hero. However, Archie bobs and weaves away from Randy’s brute strength long enough to land a knockout punch. This would be something to celebrate until everyone realizes Randy isn’t getting up after the hit.

It seems obvious the G killed Randy — rather than Archie — and Archiekins’ punches simply didn’t help the situation. I will bribe Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to keep Archie from yet another murder trial.

Veronica & Archie’s Teen Fighting PSA

The comic highlight of “Jawbreaker” is Archie and Veronica’s appearance on Alice’s local news show. The pair arrive to promote the opening of the El Royale boxing gym, a space gifted to Archie by Hiram Lodge (Mark Conseulous) as reparations for the countless times the mob boss tried to kill his daughter’s (now ex) boyfriend. Though Archie and Veronica are broken up, the teen business titan becomes the El Royale’s sponsor with “Jawbreaker.”

Imagine turning on your television and seeing a pair of 16-year-olds very seriously shilling for the boxing gym they own — and offering to train you as well! And then one of the teens demanding to fight a grizzled 30something-year-old man on live TV. Live life with the unblinking confidence of Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge (whose plan works, for the record).

Betty’s Crime Gloves

Betty shows up to the new Farm headquarters — formerly the Sisters Of Quiet Mercy Nightmare Convent — to try to talk some sense into her cult programmed mother. Betty is wearing a pair of long black leather-ish gloves. Immediately, one should recognize the accessories as Crime Gloves. No one just wears gloves like that around. Not unless they have a nefarious scheme afoot. A scheme like taking your mom to a gravestone you faked, trying to convince her your dead brother really is dead, and, when that doesn’t work, chloroforming her in the car (hence, the gloves), and then handcuffing her to your sex bed in a dead nerd’s woodland bunker.

Or, as we can now call that long list of crimes, The Betty Cooper. The Dilton Doiley Sex Bunker And G&G Den can officially been renamed the the Dilton Doiley Sex Bunker, G&G Den, And Parent Prison (DDSBGGDPP for short).

At least a deeply broken Alice is allowed to leave the DDSBGGDPP once Betty hears her mother’s awful Farm testimony about her daughter. This leads Betty to yet another conversation with Edgar Evernever (Chad Michael Murray, the newest hot dad of Riverdale), who convinces the teen detective the Farm is the only way Alice can heal. So, Betty hands Alice off to Evelyn (Zoé De Grand Maison).

Of course, this show of good faith isn’t actually a show of good faith by Betty. Instead, she’s getting sneakier. With Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) fully in the Farm’s thrall, Betty deploys Miss Bombshell’s girlfriend Toni (Vanessa Morgan), as a secret double agent. At least Toni looks great in Farm-approved all white ensembles.

Riverdale gets a sexy, sexy new set

The beginning of “Jawbreaker” features Veronica honing in on fellow mob teen Elio’s (Julian Haig) trip to a sauna. That means Riverdale spent money making a sauna set. That also means the series will likely have to return to the sauna for budgetary reasons (see: all the ways the bunker has evolved over season 3). Everyone please start taking bets on which Riverteen will get it on in the steam room first.

J.B., The Unwitting Damsel In Distress

Jughead’s little sister Jellybean “J.B.” Jones (Trinity Likins), the youngest major Riverdale cast member, hasn’t really been given anything to do beside smirk alongside her crime queenpin mom Gladys (Gina Gershon). That is until now, because she started wearing giant elf ears and hanging out with Ricky DeSantos (Nico Bustamante), the child who stabbed Archie. Ricky kidnaps J.B. as part of the “real” Gargoyle King’s latest, biggest scheme. Now, Jughead and dad F.P. (Skeet Ulrich) must save her with next week’s ominously titled “Fear the Reaper.”

No matter what happens, with one strange, over-the-top kidnapping in the books, J.B. if officially a true Riverkid.

Archie’s Bear Scar Returns

Speaking of Archie being stabbed by a child, the ghost of Red’s other baffling attacker, the bear, returns in “Jawbreaker” in the form of his mauling scar. It appears multiple times throughout the hour, including during Archie’s weigh-in and subsequent boxing match. I, like Riverdale, hope we never forget: Archie got attacked by a bear.

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