The BBC may not have renewed The Hour for season three, but we have written the show a love letter anyway. If you haven’t seen it yet, here are 6 excuses to get you started.

Our hearts are broken, and BBC Two is to blame. The cause? BBC’s terrible decision not to renew The Hour, their brilliant period newsroom drama, despite being originally planned as three seasons. They dug the knife deep in an official statement that said “We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through.” Obviously they didn’t love it enough. Some fans have reacted by petitioning for a third season, but sorry BBC, we couldn’t hear you through our river of tears.

1. It’s ‘The Newsroom’ meets ‘Mad Men’


The Hour is a dream combination between Mad Men glamour and The Newsroom drama. Imagine Aaron Sorkin’s fast-paced team transported to London and running around in beautifully tailored suits, high-waisted trousers and perfectly fitted dresses. Like in any good period piece, the clothes themselves were almost like another character. But they didn’t overshadow the brilliant dialogue or twisting plots, instead it was a witty mash-up of two things we adore, but (kind of) better. Yes, we went there.

2. Ben Whishaw being a perfect human


There is no argument that the beautiful Ben Whishaw is the key to this show. Did we say beautiful? Oh, you caught us. He delighted in Skyfall as nerdy hipster Q and made us fall in love as the poet John Keats in Bright Star, but this was his perfect role. He won our hearts as intelligent and idealistic reporter Freddie Lyon, who would absolutely risk everything to get the story. But Freddie was more than a reporter, he was a best friend and a competitor, he was charming, manipulative and endearing. And he spent a lot of time drinking copious amounts of tea and whiskey. What’s not to love?

3. Brilliant acting from the rest of the cast


Don’t let our extreme love of Ben Whishaw put you off, he had to really fight to stand out in such a wonderful cast. Romola Garai (The Crimson Petal and the White) and Dominic West (The Wire) made up the rest of this talented trio. Garai was resplendent as tough newswoman but social sweetheart Bel, while West brought depth to news anchor Hector who could have been completely one note. The supporting cast was equally brilliant, although the standout for us was Anna Chancellor as the fiercely wonderful Lix Storm. Not to mention, The Hour is a who’s who of British drama, you’ll be on IMDb with the rest of us wondering where you have seen them all before.

4. Storylines that pull no punches


Sure, each episode contained it’s own story, but not at the expense of the overall season-long narratives – and there were multiple. News stories don’t come and disappear in real life, and they didn’t in The Hour. Both seasons reflected the political and social climate of the period, while illustrating real relationships between this tight knit group of people. The Bel and Freddie friendship was heartbreaking and hilarious, but it felt like the kind you could have in your own life (preferably with Ben Whishaw). Every character was necessary to the story, and with all of the twists and turns, what are you waiting for?

5. A perfect period setting


The level of detail that has gone into this show is amazing. From the clothes to the lighting and the set design, you will truly feel like you have been transported to a news studio in 1950s London. When you watch, check out the newspaper cuttings that paper Freddie’s corner of the office, or the dull haze of smoke that permeates almost every scene. Every decision is deliberate, and as with any good show, it is so good that you don’t really notice it – you just accept that this is the time period you are in. But take a closer look next time, and you will be amazed.

6. There are only 12 episodes. Yes, 12.


This is both a positive and negative to us. Because hey, we have already watched all 12 episodes and we now know that no more are coming. But to you, new viewer, see this as a challenge you can meet. You’re not agreeing to watch five seasons of Merlin, or ten seasons of Friends. 12 hour-long episodes are completely achievable, some of our staffers watch more TV than that in a single week. And don’t be put off by the sudden dropping of the show, yes we would have loved three seasons, but we believe the two they gave us were wrapped up pretty well (once you recover from the soul-destroying realization that it is over, which we haven’t yet).

And more

We could keep expounding on our deep heartfelt love for The Hour, but while you are probably getting excited thinking “Wow, this sounds great and also this cast is highly attractive,” we have just reminded ourselves that it is all over. Thanks a lot BBC. So hurry up and watch this wonderfully crafted television show so that you can have an enriched life, but a destroyed soul.

So for now, you’ll just have to excuse us.



Will you be watching ‘The Hour’?

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21