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Schmigadoon! pulls out all the stops for season two finale [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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The Schmigadoon! season two finale was great. Will we get a season three?
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ musical comedy Schmigadoon! wraps its second season with an action-packed episode this week entitled “Over and Done.” Josh and Melissa are being held captive, and unless some unlikely people decide to change their ways and recover from past wounds, they’ll be killed or married — or both!

It’s a lovely little wrap to the big-hearted show’s second season.

The Big Door Prize is (almost) all about Izzy this week [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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As usual, Izzy (played by Crystal Fox) just can't stand not being the center of attention.
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TV+ ReviewThe Big Door Prize focuses on the prickly mayor of Deerfield this week. The Apple TV+ show, about a small town interrupted in a big way by a machine that’s supposed to be capable of telling people’s futures, digs deep into the hidden feelings among Deerfield’s citizenry.

The episode, entitled “Izzy,” proves very affecting.

Jealousy and leaks fuel this week’s Ted Lasso [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


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Ted (played by Jason Sudeikis, center) gets to spend some quality time with his son, Henry (Gus Turner, right) and Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) this week.
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TV+ ReviewTed Lasso finds almost everyone in a rut this week. Keeley is a wreck after leaked footage of her reaches the internet, and it may have even worse consequences than she fears. Ted thinks his wife is going to get engaged to someone else — and he’s not handling it well.

The thornier-than-usual episode, entitled “We’ll Never Have Paris,” still comes with the usual gallon of sentimentality we expect from the most popular show on Apple TV+.

Our Schmigadoon! heroes find success in Schmicago [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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Cecily Strong makes a strong showing this week on Schmigadoon!
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ musical comedy Schmigadoon! finds love in all the wrong places this week. Melissa goes from nobody to somebody, and Josh finds his calling as a spiritual leader, which is the last thing they need right now.

In their quest to make things right in Schmicago, they tangle things up worse than ever — and they clearly don’t have a clean exit strategy. The episode, entitled “Famous as Hell,” is a rousing chapter of the Schmigadoon! saga.

Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen are hilarious disasters in trailer for Apple TV+ comedy Platonic


Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen are hilarious disasters in Apple TV+ comedy 'Platonic' trailer
New comedy series Platonic starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen premieres on Apple TV+ in May.
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Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen play a pair of friends having dual midlife crises in Platonic, a comedy series coming to Apple TV+ in May.

The Platonic trailer, released Wednesday, shows just how funny but destructive their friendship can be.

Ted Lasso takes a stab at Total Football [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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Ted has a plan!
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TV+ Review Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ show dipped in positivity and marinated in feculence, sketches a few days in a few of its characters’ lives this week.

Ted, Beard and Roy attempt Total Football. Sam is hounded by the political climate. Keeley needs to learn when to say when, and Jamie has a breakthrough. An otherwise very strong episode of the biggest hit on Apple TV+ is undercut by the series’ usual foibles in the episode, entitled “The Strings That Bind Us.”

Giorgio blows it big time on The Big Door Prize [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Blowhard restaurateur Giorgio (played by Josh Segarra) can't get his mind off Cass.
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TV+ Review The Big Door Prize throws a gala this week in an emotional installment of the Apple TV+ show about a town upended by an apparently psychic machine.

Cass gives herself a huge project, and only Giorgio seems to be on her wavelength about its relative importance. Meanwhile, Dusty gets high, Father Reuben gets jealous, and Izzy goes on the warpath in a very successful episode, entitled “Giorgio.”

Schmigadoon searches for a happy escape [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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A happy ending is the key to getting out of Schmicago.
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TV+ ReviewThis week on Apple TV+ musical comedy fantasia Schmigadoon!, Melissa and Paul try to leave Schmicago but learn that nothing is ever easy in a musical. The two lost lovers must figure out a way to sew a little harmony in their new digs. However, these people aren’t just garden-variety sad — they’re deranged and miserable.

This is going to be harder than they think. It’s also quite entertaining, thanks to a handful of great musical numbers in the episode, entitled “Something Real.”

There’s a new sheriff in town this week on The Big Door Prize [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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When you pull the "Sheriff" card from the Morpho machine, things can get wild.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ sci-fi comedy The Big Door Prize, about a machine that reads people’s potential and possibly their future, takes a hard look this week at a character who’s maybe hardest to like among the ensemble.

Beau goes on the hunt for a cheater. Giorgio continues his quest to best Dusty. Trina has a terrible realization. And Jacob bears the brunt of it all, as usual. The episode, entitled “Beau,” serves up quite a good showing from the cast and writers. It’s one of the season’s best yet.

Ted Lasso takes a revealing trip to Amsterdam [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


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Ted gets high and ponders Sunflowers this week on Ted Lasso.
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TV+ ReviewTed Lasso, the Apple TV+ show about a feel-good soccer coach who’s having a feel-bad time, takes a trip to Amsterdam this week. After another crushing loss, everyone sets out on their own adventures for a night on the town.

Rebecca meets a most charming man in an uncharming location. Ted and Beard trip on their trip. Roy and Jamie share some secrets over a bike ride. And the rest of the team can’t pick a way to unwind. It’s a revealing little jaunt for this crew and a mostly very entertaining outing.