LOS ANGELES – Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counterculture classic “Easy Rider,” has died. His family said in a statement that Fonda died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.
The uproarious and totally addictive drama series about the devilish members of a media empire family launches its highly anticipated second season. It picks up right where we left off with Logan Roy’s (Brian Cox) eldest son, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), having been involved in a Chappaquiddick-like car accident that left his passenger dead.
Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for Aug. 4-10.
Now that she’s moved on from being ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” Hannah Brown is looking to the future.
Cheyenne Jackson landed a helluva role in “Descendants 3”: Hades. The musical productions in the franchise have all featured characters based on Disney characters, and, in Jackson’s case, the inspiration is the underworld’s wicked ruler as introduced in the animated film “Hercules.” The actor, best-known for his work on “American Horror Story,” took the inspiration and added his own devilish spin.
DON’T MISS: “Jane the Virgin” – The time has come to bid a sad farewell to the beloved telenovela that left its mark on television and its many devoted fans. In the series finale, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) are finally getting ready for their big day. Meanwhile, Rafael’s desire to help Jane’s writing dream lands him in trouble. Also, Xo (Andrea Navedo) and Rogelio (Jaime Camil) must inform the family about their decision and not everyone takes it well, and Petra (Yael Grobglas) struggles with her emotions. The finale follows an hourlong celebratory special (8 p.m.) that includes interviews with the show’s cast members. (9 p.m. Wednesday, The CW). Other bets
Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for July 21-27.
In the latest season of “Stranger Things,” the newly opened Starcourt Mall captivates the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. The Starcourt offers everything a Midwestern consumer in 1985 could ask for and then some: a Jazzercise, an Orange Julius and, oh yeah, a portal to the Upside Down controlled by the Russian military.
Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for July 7-13
“Stranger Things” is both a longing and an ode to a mishmash of ingredients: John Carpenter, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Freddy Krueger, Rambo, the Terminator, the aliens of LV-426, the video arcades, the adolescent pining, the ASCII angst. You can practically bathe in it, secure and cocooned. What’s difficult, however, is to be fully entertained by it.
Also new in the streaming universe: “The Loudest Voice” with Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes and the complete “Veronica Mars.”
Kaley Cuoco is making a big move after wrapping 12 seasons with “The Big Bang Theory,” with a production deal that includes a drama series
Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for June 30-July 6
DON’T MISS: “Apollo 11” – Television is about to unleash a barrage of specials commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing (July 20, 1969). None figure to be quite like this immersive, feature-length documentary that captures the tense, exhilarating days and hours surrounding the “one giant leap for mankind.” Primarily comprised from newly discovered 70mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of audio recordings, the film offers viewers a you-are-there experience as it whisks them along for the ride to the lunar surface and back. (6 p.m. Sunday, CNN). Other bets
’Jeopardy!’ champion James Holzhauer is a big winner in television ratings, too.
Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for June 9-15.
James Holzhauer, the unflappable “Jeopardy!” champion who has brought in more than $2 million in winnings, was poised to beat Ken Jennings’ record haul.
Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for June 2-8.
When David Milch’s searing Western left the air after three seasons in 2006, it was denied a proper ending. Now, 13 years later, the show’s frustrated fans finally get the closure they craved with a film that reunites us with saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and others as they gather to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood.