As the year winds down and we all look forward to the holidays, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon give us a few more new seasons to make sure we binge during our time off. As if we’re all caught up on the rest of the year’s streaming shows. Return to Fuller House and Mozart in the Jungle just in time for the holidays, and discover the new Hulu original series Shut Eye this month.
Fuller House: Season 2 – December 9 on Netflix
The sequel to TGIF’s Full House was a rousing success, giving the now grown-up fans of Full House nostalgic feels and teaching a new group of kids that family matters. (Hey, Family Matters. Maybe they can bring Urkel back too!)
Season one of Fuller House left DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) making an empowered choice to remain single, rather than choosing one of her male suitors Mike or Steve. Bure said there was an even more practical reason for this choice.
“Well, I mean, listen, you can’t in your first season, first 10 episodes, really choose someone,” Bure said. “It would probably lose the point of the show which is D.J. needs some help and that’s why her sister and best friend move into the house.”
That’s a good point. Fuller House season two promises to bring back more classic Full House characters to complicate DJ’s life. The theme will remain family.
“Also, she is widowed only for a year,” Bure said. “I think it was a good choice for her. It’s better to explore the relationships and go through the pains of being widowed and experience those things emotionally and with your kids and go through the stories than to just get right back into a new relationship.”
Stephanie (Jodi Sweetin) and Kimmy (Andrea Barber) will also continue dating making it an even Fuller House. “That’s why I love that we’re a female driven show with three female characters,” Bure said. “We all have different love lives. We all have different personalities and the way we go about doing life. I think our show represents many different people out there. I think you can watch it and you’ll relate to at least one of the characters, so the diversity that way within the relationships is a good thing.”
Shut Eye – Premieres Dec. 7
Hulu has really been stepping up the original series game. In their newest, Shut Eye, Jeffrey Donovan plays a sham psychic who ends up developing some legitimate psychic powers. This greatly complicates his relationships with the underground crime scene, not to mention his own clients.
“I researched a lot, not necessarily going into palm readers or psychics and things like that,” Donovan said. “I wanted to meet and talk with mentalists. I want to know how mentalists that they developed actually a scientific skill of reading someone or we introduce the words ‘cold reading,’ but it’s known in this world, of being able to, when you walk through the room, the way you even just walk into the room, I assess who you are. I assess from your clothes to your accent to your vernacular to all of those things as down to a science. So I really wanted to research that, because that’s what Charlie preys on. He preys with his ability on the victim to understand what their weakness is and then preys upon that.”
Doing his research, Donovan was surprised to learn that the targets for psychics weren’t always who you think. “They’re mostly educated,” Donovan said. “They’re mostly white collar. They’re college educated. That’s who’s being frauded out of money, which makes sense, because the poor and uneducated don’t have a lot of money to steal from. So you have really smart, educated people walking in with $5 and then they’re bilked for a half a million. I found that fascinating, who can tap into that weakness in the educated and the smart and the learned. So I wanted to investigate that role and what else it created.”
Mozart In The Jungle: Season 3 – December 9
Amazon’s original series set in the world of classical symphony orchestras is expanding from New York City to Venice, Italy in its third season. As the conductor Rodrigo, Gael Garcia Bernal got to shoot his portions in Venice.
“I have to say it was super nice to be in Venice,” Bernal said. “I mean, it’s the most incredible city. It’s very wet, of course, and because it’s so warm as well, we were all really wet all the time. So it added to the magical moisture of music.”
The famous tenor Placido Domingo also guest stars this season.
“Plácido Domingo, I mean, as you might expect, he’s a person that has been very present in my life, as a Mexican in a Spanish speaking world,” Bernal said. “He’s one of the legends of opera. It was a long time ago that I think I, in an interview, sort of mentioned, well, it would be great to work with Plácido Domingo. Of course, it would be fantastic. I’ve got to say that Plácido Domingo, I mean, it’s no surprise for everyone, but he’s a fantastic actor as well. He’s incredible. He would improvise, an we did the scene in Spanish, and a little bit in English and a little bit in Italian. We would just work like that. And that’s the language of professional musicians. They just speak every single language, and they can improvise, and they can come up with anything, and they can go up and start to sing anything at any moment. It was blended. I think it’s going to go to our grandchildren, that we’re going tell them that one day we were in Venice, and Plácido Domingo, we saw him come and arrive with us singing Mozart, ‘Là ci darem la mano.’ I’m sort of paraphrasing, because I cannot remember the title very well.”