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50+ Shows For All 50 States and D.C.



50+ Shows For All 50 States and D.C.

With so much content out there now to binge through and enjoy, it’s getting easier to find a television series that well-represents where you’re from. Here, we’ve put together a list of the top shows set in each of the 50 United States of America (and Washington D.C.), all to remind you of the little joys of home. From dramas and genre shows to animation and TV classics, this list has a little something for everybody and everywhere!

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Alabama – Hart of Dixie

When New York doctor Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) accepts an offer to join a medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama, her life changes forever. If Hart of Dixie sounds like the plot of a Hallmark Christmas movie to you, this CW series is not all that far off (though it takes Zoe and Wade much longer to seal the deal than an hour and a half). With plenty of drama, laughs, and will-they-won’t-they tension, this one will make you fawn over the Deep South. Hart of Dixie is a comedy-drama that manages to be a truly heartfelt escape to a place and time that, for all the drama and sexual tension, feels much simpler. Don’t let its CW roots fool you, there’s more to this show than meets the eye.

Where to Watch: IMDb TV

Alaska – The Great North


An animated sitcom in the same style as Bob’s Burgers (and with many of the same familiar voice talents), The Great North follows the wacky adventures of a single dad named Beef Tobin (Nick Offerman) and his incredibly odd kids as they navigate life in the Alaskan wilderness. This one can be really strange, but that’s part of its everlasting charm. The Great North is full of laughs and even more heart as the Tobin family’s strange customs often clash with those around them, who vary from “pretty normal” to “even more insane”. Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, and Will Forte are the true highlights of this series, which pushes the boundaries on Alaskan satire and Fox Animation humor.

Where to Watch: Hulu

Arizona – The Magnificent Seven

Nothing says American quite like a classic Western, and nothing better represents Arizona’s colorful history than The Magnificent Seven. Based on the 1960 film of the same name, this short-lived series starred Terminator/Aliens legend, Michael Biehn, as the infamous gunslinger, Chris Larabee, alongside six other men, including a few played by Eric Close, Ron Pearlman, and Robert Vaughn. While this Emmy award-winning series only spanned two seasons, it still managed to leave its mark. The hour and a half pilot episode serves as a semi-retelling of the original film (with some twists) as the seven gunslingers fight against a group of ex-Confederate soldiers for the livelihood of a small Seminole tribe. There’s enough action and suspense in this one to keep you hoping for more.

Where to Watch: The Roku Channel


Arkansas – True Detective

Arkansas might not be the first state to come to mind when you think of True Detective, but it was certainly part of series creator Nick Pizzolatto‘s original plan. While the first season of this anthology series (starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey) was set in Louisiana, the original plan was to shoot in Arkansas. It wouldn’t be until Season 3 that True Detective would head back to its roots, following Arkansas State Police detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) as he investigates a crime in the Ozarks involving two missing children. Set over three separate time periods, the third season returns the series to form and consistently delivers, with Ali giving one of the greatest performances of his career.

Where to Watch: HBO Max

California – Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel

Nothing says “Sunny California” quite like the fictional Sunnydale, the setting for the iconic Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While Cali might not be equipped with blood-sucking vampires (just the money-sucking kind), Buffy and Angel do their best to exemplify the California and L.A. lifestyles. If you haven’t checked out these pop culture icons by now, 2022’s as good a time as any! Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz both shine as Buffy, a vampire slayer, and Angel, an ensouled vampire, respectively. They’re two star-crossed lovers with their own distinct paths towards defeating the forces of evil. Between the high (and sharp) stakes, tortured romances, and witty banter, both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are exciting shows that are well worth your time.


Where to Watch: Amazon Prime and Hulu

After a suspended lawyer (Joel McHale) is forced to enroll in a community college with an eccentric staff and even stranger classmates, his life is completely turned upside down. While the Colorado setting might not affect Community in the slightest, this beloved cult-classic series (#sixseasonsandamovie) is possibly the wackiest show on this list, full of pop culture references and character drama for days. Between paintball wars, pillow forts, Dungeons & Dragons tournaments, Nicholas Cage impressions, and all the other insanities of Greendale Community College, there is just so much to love about Community. Plus, it has a phenomenal cast that also includes Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Brie, Yvette Nichole Brown, Ken Jeong, and Jim Rash. If that doesn’t sell you on Greendale, nothing will!

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime and Hulu


Connecticut – Gilmore Girls

For a lot of people, when they think of Connecticut, the small town of Stars Hollow is what immediately comes to mind. Gilmore Girls follows a thirtysomething single mother, Lorelai (Lauren Graham), and her teenage daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel), as they navigate their messy lives through sarcastic banter and pop-culture references. If you haven’t seen this one, it’s a delightful must-watch! The repartee between Lorelai and Rory alone is worth a viewing, and even if the recent Netflix revival failed to meet everyone’s expectations (we don’t have to speak of it), the original series is a classic that you’ll cherish forever, and immediately begin bingeing again once you finish.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Delaware – Steven Universe

Set in the fictional town of Beach City, Delmarva (which is largely in Delaware), Steven Universe follows a young half-human/half-Gem boy named Steven (Zach Callison) as he and the Crystal Gems fight to protect Earth from their own kind. There’s so much colorful action and suspense in this kids series that you’ll become easily entranced. The series’ epic science-fiction/fantasy worldbuilding and vast mythology make Steve Universe one of the rare Cartoon Network shows to go above and beyond. While The First State might not have the biggest role in this animated series, it’s cool to know that it’s where Steven hails from.

Where to Watch: HBO Max, Hulu, and Cartoon Network


Florida – Burn Notice

Probably one of your dad’s favorite shows, Burn Notice follows a recently disavowed US spy named Michael Westen (Jefferey Donovan) who decides to use his special ops training to help the people of Miami alongside his ex-girlfriend, Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), and old friend, Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell). If you love the Florida sun and want to watch a great crime procedural with some interesting characters, you’ve come to the right place. Burn Notice is a lot of fun and holds a unique combination of individual stories focused on Michael’s current clients and the initial series plotline revolving around the reason he was burned in the first place. If spy movies are your thing, then this espionage action drama is the show for you!

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime and Hulu

Georgia – Atlanta

Donald Glover’s groundbreaking comedy-drama series, Atlanta, centers around college dropout and music manager, Earnest “Earn” Marks (Glover), and rapper, Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), as they navigate the rap scene in Atlanta, Georgia. As Earn tries to redeem himself in the eyes of those he loves, this surreal comedy spends its time exploring different social, economic, and racial divides, as well as issues in the entertainment industry (namely, “Teddy Perkins”). The series, which has been renewed through season four, also stars Lakeith Stanfield as Paper Boi’s right-hand man and Zazie Beetz as Van, Earn’s on-and-off-again girlfriend and the mother to his daughter.


Where to Watch: Hulu

Hawai’i – Hawaii Five-0

A reboot of the original series which ran from 1968-1980, this Hawaii Five-0 ran for ten whole seasons and also took place in the same universe as the recent Magnum P.I. and MacGyver reboots. The series follows Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a former Navy SEAL, after he returns home to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder, only to head up the Five-0 Task Force. McGarrett serves alongside Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), and a host of others as they investigate crimes of kidnapping, murder, terrorism, and more with full immunity and means. This action police procedural is a lot of fun with exciting characters and stories that will keep you coming back for more.

Where to Watch: Paramount+


Idaho – Wayward Pines

Before The Duffer Brothers created Stranger Things and before M. Night Shyamalan‘s recent renaissance, Wayward Pines asks the chilling question “who shall inherit the earth?” Based on the novels by Blake Crouch, the first season of this series follows Secret Service Agent, Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), a man on the hunt for a pair of missing agents in the mysterious, small Idaho town. Soon, Burke learns that he might not be able to leave Wayward Pines alive… The second season is even more strange as it’s set in the year 4032, where Wayward Pines is a much different place, and it sort of dips away from what made the first season great. Nevertheless, Wayward Pines is a must-see for you mystery/science-fiction nuts out there.

Where to Watch: Hulu and IMDb TV

Illinois – One Chicago (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, Chicago Justice)

Possibly one of the most successful television franchises out there, Dick Wolf‘s One Chicago follows the men and women of Chicago, Illinois who risk their lives as firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, and legal professionals. The franchise began with the original hit Chicago Fire and quickly multiplied with Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and the very short-lived Chicago Justice. Each series offers its own unique take on the Windy City and the people that these heroes serve. It may not represent all of Illinois, but it certainly covers the most populated part of The Prarie State. While covering all of them might be a bit of a cheat, each series has something unique for everyone and reminds us that we are stronger together.


Where to Watch: Peacock (all except for Chicago Justice, which is not available on streaming)

Indiana – Stranger Things

Nothing says Indiana in today’s pop culture quite like Stranger Things (though Parks and Recreation would come pretty close). This science-fiction/horror nostalgia-fest bleeds the 1980s in a loveable and engaging way that has swept the hearts and minds of fans everywhere into the Upside Down. The Duffer Brothers’ first big break takes a lot of its cues from the successful works of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King as it throws the pre-teens and teenagers of small-town Hawkins, Indiana into a vast, multi-dimensional government conspiracy/cover-up all while trying to find their missing friend. If you haven’t seen Stranger Things yet, you’re a little late to the party but there’s still time before the long-anticipated fourth season airs this spring. And seriously, give it a shot, it’s one of the best streaming shows in the business!

Where to Watch: Netflix


Iowa – Damnation

A Depression-era television epic, Damnation might’ve been incredibly short-lived, but it had a lot to say in a little bit of time. This epic saga was once described by series creator, Tony Tost, as being “1/3 Clint Eastwood, 1/3 John Steinbeck, 1/3 James Ellroy“, meaning that they took all the best parts of a Western and tossed them into Grapes of Wrath. The series itself follows a Marxist preacher (Killian Scott) and a cowboy strike-breaker (Logan Marshall-Green) on opposite sides as they both attempt to control a farmer’s strike in the early 1930s. What might sound like a boring politically-fueled sermon actually plays out more like an explosively bloody showdown of ideals that turns the town of Holden, Iowa, and the rest of the American heartland, upside down. Don’t miss this one!

Where to Watch: Netflix

Kansas – Smallville

Set in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, this Superman prequel follows a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) as he struggles with his developing powers, his love for Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk), his friendship with Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), and his destiny to become the Man of Steel. All modern superhero television series’ owe a debt of gratitude to Smallville, which blazed the trail for super-powered genre shows after ten powerful seasons.

Although the series makes its fair share of deviations from the traditional DC Comics, Clark uses his high school and young adult years to grow into the hero that he was always meant to be. If Superman has never been all that relatable to you, then Smallville will make you feel every success and heartbreak that Clark would ever face, proving that the Man of Steel isn’t just some ultra-powerful force for good, but a man with his own dreams, goals, and romantic aspirations who just wants to be like everyone else.


Where to Watch: Hulu

Kentucky – Justified

A strange blend of crime drama with an Old Western feel, Justified follows Deputy U.S. Marshal, Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), as he is reassigned from Miami to his poor, rural home in the coal mining parts of Eastern Kentucky. Based on the short stories of Elmore Leonard (whose stories would also be the basis for 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T), Justified is one of those shows that isn’t quite like anything else. From Raylan’s distinct cowboy hat to his rivalry with the charismatic Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), this critically-acclaimed six-season series does its best to show Raylan’s struggle between his duties as a lawman and his desire to be anything but his outlaw father. The series primarily takes place in Harlan County but is also occasionally set in Lexington, balancing the rural and urban landscapes well.

Where to Watch: Hulu


Louisiana – True Blood

The sensual HBO series True Blood garnered quite the following over its seven seasons, and that was, in large part, due to the vampire series’ quaint small-town Louisiana setting. Based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels, True Blood follows a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) who falls in love with a vampire named Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) after a synthetic blood product named “Tru Blood” was released, allowing vampires to “come out of the coffin” and rejoin society. The series also covers the vampire’s struggles for equal rights and assimilation as anti-vampire activists fight to maintain their power. It’s a really strange and complex series, but it’s driven by Sookie and Bill’s relationship and Sookie’s own struggles with intimacy.

Where to Watch: HBO Max and HBO Now

Maine – Once Upon a Time

While Stephen King’s novels might be the first things to come to mind when one thinks of Maine, another thing might be the fairy tales presented in the series, Once Upon A Time. Set primarily in the town of Storybrooke, Once alternates between stories set in the “real world” and the fantastical. We follow Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), as she fights to break the curse of the Evil Queen, Regina (Lana Parrilla), and restore the memories of Storybrooke’s fairy tale residents. As the show continues, more and more Disney characters arrive in the live-action narrative, and Once Upon a Time becomes a bigger show than the creators could have ever dreamed of. There’s a lot to love about Once and its eternal optimism is only one of them!


Where to Watch: Disney+

Maryland – Hannibal

Based on the characters of Thomas Harris‘s novels, Hannibal followers a younger Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI criminal profiler, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), the only man who can truly understand him. This psychological horror-thriller puts Lector in the driver’s seat of Graham’s life after Graham’s superior, Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), recommends psychological evaluation. Lector, who lives over two hours away from Graham in Maryland, slowly begins to manipulate the FBI agent into becoming a killer, just like him, fascinated by his ability to empathize with killers. Despite being canceled after its third season, Hannibal garnered its own cult-following that has remained strong in the years since.

Where to Watch: Hulu


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After Driving Again And More, Britney Spears Shares Her Latest Taste Of Post-Conservatorship Freedom




After Driving Again And More, Britney Spears Shares Her Latest Taste Of Post-Conservatorship Freedom

They say it’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary, and that’s likely particularly true if you’ve been denied access to those things for an extended period of time. After Britney Spears was released from the conservatorship she’d been under, the singer has been reintroducing herself to some of life’s simple pleasures. Last summer Spears was super pumped about regaining the freedom to drive, and in January the “Toxic” singer documented drinking her first glass of wine in over a decade. The newlywed continued to celebrate the post-conservatorship life by sharing her first trip to a bar.

Fans of the former pop singer are accustomed to seeing Britney Spears dancing and twirling and modeling different outfits at her and Sam Asghari’s new home. However, the “Toxic” singer took her followers on an exciting field trip, in which she and her assistant patronized a local drinking establishment. She shared her trip — and a sarcastic remark — on Instagram:

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As she and her assistant Victoria Asher apparently enjoyed a drink and an app, Britney Spears couldn’t help but throw a little shade at her family, remarking that she was “so so grateful” for not being allowed to have a cocktail for the 13 years after her father Jamie Spears took control of her life. In fact, the 40-year-old said in her post this is her first time to partake in such an adventure. In the video, she shared:

This is my first time at a bar. First time. I feel so fancy, and I feel so sophisticated.

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How ‘Yellowjackets’ Stars Survived Hollywood




How ‘Yellowjackets’ Stars Survived Hollywood

Sure, they may have eaten a person back in the day. But there are some things the grown women of Yellowjackets just wouldn’t do. On this, the actresses who play them — Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis, Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci — agree, as they gather in a backyard in L.A.’s Topanga Canyon in late July, just a few weeks before they start filming the second season of their breakout show.

The Showtime survival thriller, created and executive produced by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, earned seven Emmy nominations, including outstanding drama series and acting nominations for Lynskey and Ricci. The Yellowjackets storyline alternates between 1996 and the present day as it follows members of a high school girls soccer team whose plane crashes and strands them for 19 months in the wilderness, where they resort to cannibalism to survive.

Part of the show’s nostalgic appeal relies on its casting of these actresses, three of whom audiences knew as young women for their slyly offbeat roles in films like The Addams Family (Ricci), Cape Fear (Lewis) and Heavenly Creatures (Lynskey), to play the crash survivors as adults. In this conversation with THR, Cypress, Lewis, Lynskey and Ricci disclose their ’90s regrets, share what it means when you call an actress “quirky” and reveal how survival bonds women — including in the trenches of Hollywood.

Who here knew each other before the show?

MELANIE LYNSKEY (Points to Christina Ricci.) We knew each other a little bit. I went to a Nick Cave concert by myself, and Christina came up and —


CHRISTINA RICCI I was very excited to see you.

LYNSKEY So excited. We were having a lovely chat, and then she’s like, “Are you here by yourself?” She’s the coolest person of all time, and I was intimidated. I just felt embarrassed to say, “I’ve come to a concert by myself.” I was like 24 or something.

RICCI I was impressed because I couldn’t go anywhere by myself.

LYNSKEY I also went to see Clay Aiken by myself because nobody would come with me.

It’s surprising that none of you had worked together over the years.

JULIETTE LEWIS It’s wild when you’ve been around so long, and you sort of have a kindred connection to people. There’s certain actors you’re like, “Mmm, we’re not of the same tree,” and then there’s other actors you’re like, “Oh, yeah. We have some roots.”


Juliette, Melanie and Christina, all three of your Wikipedia entries say some version of, “Often plays quirky or offbeat characters.” What do those words mean to you?

LEWIS Real people, specific and unpredictable.

LYNSKEY I remember I got cast in a movie when I was like 21, and the description of the character before I auditioned was “Blah, blah, blah, the beautiful girl who sits next to him in school.” Then, at the table read, it had been changed to “Blah, blah, blah, cute and quirky.” I was like, “You don’t need to change it. Just keep it …” They’re like, “We better change this description or people will be like, wrong actress.” So, sometimes it feels … I don’t know. I never liked that word, “quirky.”

RICCI When you say that all of us had this description, that to me speaks to a past time, when, if you weren’t the leading-lady ingenue then you were quirky and offbeat. All right, so there’s two groups for actresses? In a way, I’m fine with being in the category I’m in because what it means to me is that I have made an effort in my career to do things that I feel like I haven’t seen before. So, in some ways, I like it. In other ways, I’m like, “Ugh.” It’s a little dismissive. A little cute and dismissive.

LEWIS We come from the ’90s where, when I had blond hair, I was the pretty airhead, and then I dyed my hair dark, and I was the wisecracking, sarcastic girl. But yeah, I think it’s really neat that we’ve all carved this path of range and specificity.

Isn’t another term for that “character actor”?


RICCI But “character actress” used to be something they used to describe an ugly woman.


RICCI Back in the late ’90s, my agents were always like, “We have to be so careful you don’t become a character actress. If we’re not careful, you’re going to end up just like Jennifer Jason Leigh.” I was like, “I like her.” They were so afraid of me not being a leading lady, of me not being sexually attractive to people. It was really the last thing I ever wanted, was for anyone to be attracted to me.

LEWIS My dad was a character actor. So to me, it was something that was super noble. It was a world of adventure and not limiting. I rebelled against the system, the PR system of being in some bizarre idea of beauty. I really revolted against that, for better or for worse. Crying in a bathroom at a photo shoot, like, “I won’t come out.” They want these doe-eyed looks. That’s for sure what I didn’t do in pictures, so I always looked slightly insane, which I prefer over, like, “Do you want to fuck me?”

Tawny, what was your sense of what the expectations were for you when you were starting out?

CYPRESS I’ve had a different row to hoe. I’ve spent my whole career doing shitty roles of the sassy one on the side. Honestly, growing up as an actor, I wanted to be an ingenue.


LEWIS Isn’t that funny? And I wanted to be sassy and opinionated.

CYPRESS I couldn’t be an ingenue. I just couldn’t. It’s just not in me, you know? I was never presented with those roles, ever, and I was like, “Oh, OK. That’s not who I am.” I sort of, growing older, have embraced my Jersey side, and I am who I am, and this is what you get.

LYNSKEY I started calling myself a character actor in interviews when I was really young because I think it was reclaiming the term or something. I think I just was like, “That’s what I am.” My agents had all that kind of intensity around it, too. I remember when I did Coyote Ugly

RICCI Oh my God, you got a piece in that? I went up for that, and I didn’t get it.

CYPRESS I did too.

LYNSKEY I played the best friend from Jersey. But the scrutiny that was on Piper [Perabo], who’s one of the coolest, smartest women, just the way people were talking about her body, talking about her appearance, focusing on what she was eating. All the girls had this regimen they had to go on. It was ridiculous. I was already starving myself and as thin as I could possibly be for this body, and I was still a [size] four. That was already people putting a lot of Spanx on me in wardrobe fittings and being very disappointed when they saw me, the costume designer being like, “Nobody told me there would be girls like you.” Really intense feedback about my physicality, my body, people doing my makeup and being like, “I’m just going to help you out by giving you a bit more of a jawline and stuff.” Just the feedback was constantly like, “You’re not beautiful. You’re not beautiful.” In your early 20s, so much of it is about beauty, and how people respond to you, and do people want to fuck you? Do people think you’re their best friend? Even the best friend thing, I started to be like, “I don’t want to do that too many times.”


Did you have to unlearn anything that people tried to teach you when you were starting out?

LEWIS I had developed such a survival mechanism to protect my autonomy, sort of, “You don’t own me. You don’t tell me my value. Only I do.” I was extremely self-critical — it still happens — of my work. It’s almost like a defense mechanism that no one could talk shit about me more than I can. There’s all these things that are wrapped up in how to survive a system. That’s what I’m unlearning today — to be softer. This is a really remarkable industry to be a part of. I feel honored to be a part of it and what it gave me, but I do still hold on to what it took from me in my youth.

Given what you all experienced coming into the industry, do you feel at all protective of the younger actresses who play the younger versions of your characters?

LYNSKEY (Begins to cry.) So much. I feel very protective. At the beginning of production, I sent them all an email, and I just was like, “Whatever you need, if you need a voice, if you need someone to go to the producers for you, whatever you need,” and they were kind of like, “Cool. Thanks.” They’re fine.

CYPRESS Totally fine. Jas [Jasmin Savoy Brown] was a boss on set. She’s like, “This is how we’re doing my hair. This is what we’re doing.”

RICCI They’re very much of a different generation.


CYPRESS I am protective of Jas in the fact that she is so sexually positive, which I love. She has taught me so much, just knowing her as a person. But I’m like a mama bear to her, or a big sister. I’m like, “What are you putting online right now?” She’s like, “Whatever. Whatever. This is life, man. I love myself.” I’m protective, but I’m also in awe of her, you know?

LEWIS But there is a thing I always want to say to young people: Cultivate other interests deeply so that you’re not getting all your life’s blood from this industry, or your self-worth.

Is there anything you miss about the ’90s?

LYNSKEY I have a lot of love letters from the ’90s.

RICCI Someone used to fax me love letters when he was on tour. I did not save them. I throw everything out. I had a specific thing when I was a child, that we would be punished by the things that we loved being destroyed. My husband, who is a much healthier individual, has gone back and found all my old magazine covers on Etsy because he thinks it’s horrible that I never saved them. As a child, I learned that this is going to be taken from me, so why save it anyway?

LYNSKEY That’s heartbreaking. Well, I saved everything because I’m basically an emotional hoarder. I have this literal suitcase, an old-fashioned suitcase.


RICCI This is very dark, but I would just like to go back to that age and do it over again and not make so many fucking mistakes. Honestly, I regret so much.

CYPRESS Me too. One thousand percent.

LEWIS Me too.

RICCI I’d like to go back to 1996 and be like, “All right … we had a practice run. It went OK, but it wasn’t really as great as we wanted it to be. We’re going to do this again.” People who are like, “I have no regrets.” What fucking magic life did you live?

LEWIS Where they go, “I don’t regret anything because that led up to this moment.” Really? The thing that could’ve put my dad in an early grave, I fucking regret it. Yes. I was very scary as a young teenage person.

CYPRESS Yeah. I hurt a lot of people growing up, and I wish that I didn’t. I was going through my memory box. It was my great-great-grandmother’s she brought over from Hungary. It’s huge, and it’s filled to the brim with everything from my life. I came across a note from high school. It was my first gay friend, and it broke my heart because he was like, “I want to thank you for not talking to me anymore and just cutting me off the way that you did. It made it hurt less.” I literally was crying, and I had to call him and be like, “I just came across this note, and I’m so sorry that I was that person to you.” When I think back, I think how wonderful our relationship was, but I was a shit, you know? I would definitely do so many things differently.


LEWIS I’ve had those moments where I turned into … Because I’ve been bullied, but when I was 11 and got in a fight with a girl, I was mean [the same way] how a girl was mean to me. I was really vicious.

LYNSKEY I think people without regrets are narcissists. I think they’re lying to themselves.

RICCI Denial is the only way to get up that river.

What did you all feel when you learned that Roe v. Wade was overturned?

RICCI It’s really horrible to be told so plainly what your value is.

LEWIS I wish the two factions can talk, like, “Hey, what do you do with a bad situation, poverty and drug addiction, and rape?” You have to have an option that is salvageable or is sustainable for the survival of a person, a woman who’s living.


CYPRESS I don’t really give a shit what your reason to have an abortion is. It’s your fucking body. I don’t really fucking care. You don’t want to be a mom, right? That’s your fucking decision. Look, we can put morals on it and say, “Well, only when you’re raped, or only if it’s …” It’s like no, dude. It’s either in or out. We’re either telling women what to do with their bodies or we let them have their own choice. I am of the mind, choice. I’m not going to judge you for making that decision.

LYNSKEY And there seems to be this general lack of compassion and empathy that’s just growing and growing. There’s so much hatred, and people are unable to look at another person’s life and go, “Oh, you know, that’s an untenable situation,” or even, “That’s a difficult situation.” There’s no grace given to anybody else. There’s no empathy. You don’t get to make decisions for somebody else. You don’t know what’s right for them.

Is there a place for TV and film in that conversation?

CYPRESS I mean, that’s what TV and film do. That’s what art is. On Yellowjackets, let’s talk about Shauna’s baby in the woods, you know? Yeah. I think we have a lot of room to speak on this subject, and I hope we do.

Did anybody have their kids on set for season one?

LYNSKEY (Points to Ricci.) We did.


RICCI And I was pregnant. I didn’t tell anyone but these ladies that I was pregnant for six months. When we started, I was six weeks pregnant. It was difficult. There were so many times where I was like, “Ooh, when they find out I’m pregnant, and they made me sit in this smoky room all day. When they realize that they made me stand for eight hours, and I’m pregnant, and I have this horrible sciatica, and it’s 100 degrees, oh, they’re going to feel so bad.” They didn’t feel bad at all. But anyway, it was fine. In fact, it would’ve been helpful if I was playing a more emotional character because I can give a real good performance when I’m pregnant, real emo.

How would you finish the sentence, “Yellowjackets is really about …”?



CYPRESS Friendship.

RICCI Haunting, the way trauma haunts you. The way you can never escape. The way it twists people in different ways.


LEWIS Aberrant survival tactics.

We know that these characters have done a bunch of aberrant things, as you say, including cannibalism. But do you have in your mind an idea that, “OK, she may have eaten another human being, but she would never do this“?

RICCI I know when they confront me because I’m like, “OK, she wouldn’t do that.” Misty wouldn’t drink that drink. Originally, in the script, she was drinking a Brandy Alexander, and I said, “No, Misty would drink a chocolate martini.” I have rules and stuff for her in my head, and they do conflict with the writers sometimes. I don’t think she actually is interested in men, at all. I think she does it because she’s bored, or because she thinks that’s what she’s supposed to do. Then, she’s also realized that she can have a lot of fun trying to trick them into having sex with her when they don’t want to. It’s like men will kind of know that you don’t want to have sex with them, but if they can get you to have sex with them, they won.

LEWIS It’s a power thing.

RICCI Misty’s way of doing it is through this really horrible manipulation, making him feel guilty and having sex with her while feeling guilty, which would be a terrible experience.

When you have a different perspective on your character than the writers, what do you do?


RICCI That’s part of the thing with TV that I’ve learned now, being involved in a production but not being one of the EPs, so you aren’t a part of creating what people do. “OK, they wrote this scene. I have to play this scene. If she was in this situation, how the fuck would she be in this situation, and why would she be?” Then, you don’t have to tell other people what you come up with. They can find out about it later when you do press.

Does anybody else have a line in their mind that their character wouldn’t cross?

LYNSKEY I had one. There was something written into a script where I was going on a date with my lover, and they had me going into my daughter’s bedroom and taking her underwear, which was just not practical because I wouldn’t fit it. She’s little. But also, ew. I think there was something, apparently, somewhere, people liked the thing in the pilot where I’m masturbating in my daughter’s bedroom. I was like, “Can that just be an isolated incident? I don’t want it to be a theme.” So I just was like, “I don’t want to do that.” They were great about it.

LEWIS It comes, I think, with experience and respect, that they appreciate if you have a point of view. I have an “anything goes” stamp on me, which they all know. But I have strong ideas, especially about my trajectory in midlife. I’ve looked at Natural Born Killers recently, and I’m like, “Jesus.” Thank goodness I had a partner like Woody Harrelson, but it is so sexual. No one forced me into that. I was a young nihilist who didn’t give a fuck, and I felt comfortable with Woody, and I liked the material. But nowadays, I’m very particular. So, they had written a sex scene, and I was like, “I don’t know. I don’t know that she even gets off. I don’t know that she even can have orgasms.” That’s how deep I went. So it was more like, is she doing something to get something? At the end of the day, I just didn’t even think she fucks, sorry to be so graphic, at this juncture that you saw in season one. I think she might’ve had relationships with all of them in the wilderness. I don’t know if they’re going to write it, but that’s what I’d like to think of Natalie.

LYNSKEY That’s what I think too.

RICCI What? I never thought of that. Who would they be making out with? I guess each other.


The finale hints that there may be additional Yellowjackets who survived into adulthood. Have actors been cast for those roles?

LEWIS Wait, Melanie, didn’t you say that on our chain, that someone we like is cast to be … (At this point there is meaningful eye contact among the four women.)

RICCI We don’t know for sure. That’s what we’ve heard was close to happening.

LYNSKEY We don’t know anything.

On season one, you were making this show under the radar. Now there’s so much fan speculation. Does that change the way you approach the work?

RICCI There’s more pressure going into season two.


CYPRESS Have you guys also had that feeling of like, “Can I do this? Is it going to be good, the second season? Am I going to fuck this character up?”

LYNSKEY I have those fears.

RICCI Me too, but because TV is so fast, and you have so little time with the information, the process of talking about the show afterward helps you to evolve your take on your character. To understand things that were intended with the character that maybe weren’t clear originally because you get to hear the EPs talk about it. I’m going to make changes in the next season based on what I have come to realize through all this talking.

Like what?

RICCI Well, that’s a secret.

How much do you want to know about the path that your character is on?


CYPRESS Fuck, I want to know everything. I sit there, and when I think about the show, I think, “What the fuck are they going to do with this character?” There’s so many different parts to her right now. The dog thing. She’s now a senator. There may be an old love coming back, you know? I’m like, “How are they going to do this?” I just want to know.

LYNSKEY Now you’re a full-time dog killer.

RICCI I didn’t even know that you were supposed to be the one that killed the dog.


RICCI I thought, “Oh, well maybe somebody broke in.”

LYNSKEY That could still be, right?


CYPRESS Wait, give me more to think about.

So you don’t go to the writers and say, “To be clear, did I kill the dog?”

CYPRESS Oh, we do. They just say, “Mmm.”

RICCI “We don’t know.”

CYPRESS But they do know.

RICCI I don’t think they’re trying to control us with no information or anything. Sometimes, they don’t want to commit to something that hasn’t been necessarily set in stone. I do find it frustrating to not know, and we’re never able to know fully. I have decided to learn how to function with knowing nothing.


Interview edited for length and clarity.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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James Gunn Addresses Peacemaker Future Amid Batgirl Cancelation




James Gunn Addresses Peacemaker Future Amid Batgirl Cancelation

Shockwaves from Warner Bros.’s cancelation of Batgirl have had many fans questioning the possibility of other DC-connected projects following suit. Amid outcries from fans of Batgirl, Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser, and even Snyderverse fans who are always eager to picket Warner Bros., Peacemaker fans started asking James Gunn whether there was any possibility that his DC work was going to suffer amid the company’s cost-cutting exercise. Ironically, considering the history that led James Gunn to work with DCEU characters, it seems that the director and his shows are the only ones who are “safe.”

What seems like a lifetime ago, James Gunn was all set to start work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Disney and Marvel Studios when some old Twitter posts led to him being unceremoniously sacked. By the time Disney backtracked on their firing, Gunn was already committed to directing The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., which is why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has taken so long to arrive. Now, during all the chaos at Warner Bros., it appears that Gunn is not worried at all about the second season of Peacemaker getting the ax. When asked if the show was safe, Gunn simply replied:


“Yes, guys, calm down.”

That is a relief for fans of the small sub-universe Gunn is building inside the DCEU, which along with The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, is set to include at least another unannounced project and be linked to the Amanda Waller series that is in development. At least that side of the franchise doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

Related: Peacemaker: Will More Suicide Squad Members Appear in Season 2?

Is Warner Bros. Still Planning on Rebooting The DCEU?

There have been rumors of a “soft-reboot” coming to the DCEU for a long time, and while it seems at times like Warner Bros. is heading in that direction, they have constantly denied any such intention. During San Diego Comic-Con, the entire focus of the Warner Bros. live-action DC panel was on Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Both of these movies have their small links to the wider DCEU, and once again, Warner Bros. seemed to be causing confusion by including a Justice League montage within the Shazam sequel while at the same time professing that they are not revisiting that particular DCEU set up in any way.

One thing clear from Dwayne Johnson’s appearance at SDCC is that he believes that Black Adam is setting the tone for a new DCEU, and based on everything else that is happening, he could be right. While there is no way of telling exactly where the franchise will be heading beyond The Flash in 2023, with new additional entries like Wonder Woman 3 constantly being stuck in limbo, it has been made clear that some big changes are being made in regards to the DCEU and fans will be hoping that those changes bring some kind of consistency to the franchise before it ends up crashing down around itself.


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