Marisa LaScala is a writer covering entertainment and pop culture. Her work has appeared in PopMatters, the Condé Nast Traveler, the Hairpin, xoJane, and Time Out New York. She is one of the few people who prefers the pleasure-delaying anticipation of a weekly TV show to the immediate gratification of binge-watching.

Olympians Are Bringing Gold To The VMAs

The worst thing about the Olympics is how temporary they are. It's like a sleepaway-camp friendship: We just spent a compressed amount of time with the Olympic athletes, getting to know them. We found out who was genuinely nice (Simone Biles, we…
By Marisa LaScala

Isabel Bueso From 'My Last Days' Is Inspirational

Justin Baldoni may be best known as one of the stars of Jane the Virgin, but his passion project, My Last Days, couldn't be more different. The docu-series, which airs from August 17 to August 19 on the CW, focuses on normal people who have been…
By Marisa LaScala

Kat Lazo From 'My Last Days' Is A Do-Gooder

If we're lucky — and many of us are — we don't have to deal with terminal illness in our lives, either for ourselves or with a family member. But terrible diagnoses strike, and illness becomes a part of daily life. The CW is focusing on how some…
By Marisa LaScala

Rio Doesn't Have A Huge Time Difference From Us

Last time the summer Olympics rolled around, the Games took place in London — with a five-hour time difference between it and the East Coast of the states. Sports fans could be forgiven for not wanting to watch the games live, since they didn't…
By Marisa LaScala

'Last Chance U' Should Get Another Chance

The Olympics may be soaking up most of the attention at the moment, but it's not the only sports event vying for your time. On July 29, Netflix released Last Chance U, a six-part docuseries about the football program at East Mississippi Community…
By Marisa LaScala

How To Tell If You Should Watch 'The Night Of'

Living in the era of Peak TV can be exhausting. There's just too many prestigious shows to watch, and not enough time, bandwith, or DVR space to watch them all. It used to be that summer was the season to recharge, with nothing too heavy on TV — it…
By Marisa LaScala

The Original 'Degrassi' Characters Are Doing A Lot

The biggest problem high school-set shows have is figuring out what to do when its characters can no longer believably be in high school. Do they all go off to college together? Do they all stay in town and not go off to college? Those options are…
By Marisa LaScala

'Marco Polo' Season 3 Isn't A Sure Thing

If trailers are to be believed, it looks like there's a lot in store for Marco Polo when Season 2 hits Netflix on July 1. Kublai Khan conscripts Polo to the order of the Mongol Knights. Michelle Yeoh joins the cast in a recurring role as a…
By Marisa LaScala

Samaria Smith Is Not Just LL Cool J's Daughter

If boy bands and reality shows have one thing in common, it's that somebody always wants to break out of the pack and embark on a solo career. Such is the case with EJ Johnson, son of NBA star Magic Johnson and star of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.…
By Marisa LaScala

Who Is Steph Mendoza? In One Word: Fabulous.

It's always cool when you can witness the moment that someone gets their big breakout. On the BET's new series, F in Fabulous, which premieres on June 28, four people are looking to make it big in the world of entertainment and fashion: Kamie…
By Marisa LaScala

The 'Roadies Band' Has Some Tough Acts To Follow

It seems like director Camerone Crowe is trying to recapture some of that Almost Famous magic with his new behind-the-scenes-of-a-rock-band series, Roadies, which premieres on Showtime on June 26. This time, instead of "band aids," the series…
By Marisa LaScala

We'll Still Need 'Veep' After The Election

In this day and age, with this crazy election cycle sucking up all of the newstime air, it seems like we need Veep more than ever. It provides some much needed political catharsis. So it seems like a cruel twist of fate that the show is airing its…
By Marisa LaScala

Meet TV's Newest Megachurch On 'Greenleaf'

Oprah's back! She's acting again! According to the OWN Network, Oprah 's role on Greeleaf will be her first recurring scripted television role in two decades. (It's not clear if they mean her recurring role on 1990's Brewster's Place, or her…
By Marisa LaScala

O.J. Simpson Regrets His Affairs

When people talk about O.J. Simpson, they're usually talking about Nicole Brown Simpson, the Bronco chase, or the "trial of the century." It makes sense: The trial in which Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman was…
By Marisa LaScala

Where Is O.J. Simpson's First Wife Now?

After more than two decades, the O.J. Simpson trial has proved that it really was the "Trial of the Century." We're still talking about it, possibly now more than ever. The events of the trial were dredged up all over again when FX aired its…
By Marisa LaScala

'Mary Poppins Returns' Is Still Far Off

As much as we want Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to stay playing the "10-dollar founding father" forever, he's obviously going to move on and do other things. (I mean, it's not like any of us can get Hamilton tickets anyway.) One of his…
By Marisa LaScala

Here's When A 'Hamilton' Film Could Happen

While everyone has their own opinions about Broadway shows, there's one thing that everyone can agree on: It's too damn hard to get tickets to Hamilton. Regular tickets are booked months in advance, and are hard to snag. The re-sale tickets are…
By Marisa LaScala

'There Goes The Motherhood' Season 2 Should Happen

I can't fully explain how conflicted I feel about an "exclusive" motherhood group. On the one hand, all moms need a circle of support, and they deserve to find one without outside judgement. On the other, there's just something icky about treating a…
By Marisa LaScala

'Preacher' Should Faithfully Adapt Cassidy's Story

I must admit that, even though I had the entire comic run of Preacher at my disposal thanks to a husband who was a devoted fan, I quit reading it about a quarter of the way through. Even though I knew intellectually it was really good, I just didn't…
By Marisa LaScala

'Peaky Blinders' Borrows From Real History

After you watch Peaky Blinders, it's natural to compare the show to Boardwalk Empire. Both series take place in similar time periods, and they both focus right on the border between criminal activity and public life. Boardwalk Empire was based on a…
By Marisa LaScala