So Emotional: Saying No to Fear, but Yes to Tears

by T. Mack

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Many of my friends enjoy watching films and television shows that engage the fear center of their brains. They enjoy being scared, creeped out, and terrified by the the images and suggestions on the screen. From It and Halloween to American Horror Story and The Haunting of Hill House, these folks enjoy the adrenaline rush that fear brings. They actually get irritated if the film or TV show doesn’t scare them as sufficiently as they hoped it would when it began. For the record, I am not one of those wacky, fear-chasing people. Continue reading

Geek News: “This Is Us” Receives 3-Year Renewal!

by T. Mack

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This is Us finished its third season on NBC just a few weeks ago. Earlier this month, the network renewed the series for another three years! While this kind of renewal is not totally unprecedented, it is a bit unusual for a series as young as this one. It’s also not necessarily typical for an hour-long drama. Usually, we see multi-year renewals like this given to half-hour shows that have had very long life-spans. Think The Simpsons, South Park, or Big Bang Theory. Even when these types of renewals go to lengthier, hour-long shows, they are typically those that have been around for many years, proving their staying power and longevity over the long haul. Consider shows like Law & Order and CSI. This kind of renewal this early in the series’ life shows NBC’s absolute confidence in this show.

Though unusual, this news is definitely good news for fans of the show. It means they can look forward to at least three more seasons of emotional angst and teary Tuesday nights. If you haven’t yet checked out This is Us, now seems like the perfect time to jump on the hype train and find out what all the fuss is about. Apparently, you can rest assured that if you love it, you’ve got at least three more years to strap in and enjoy the ride.