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Like Jonas on "Dark," take a deep dive into Eclectic Pop's past with an assortment of TV reviews. Click on the pic to travel through the wormhole!


Top 5 Best TV Shows Streaming on Netflix - Plus, a Pair of Not-on-Netflix Bonus Picks

Need a new TV show to binge watch and wondering which ones on Netflix are worth checking out the most? Eclectic Pop has narrowed down the best Netflix has to offer from from their original programming to those outside of the original realm and came up with this selection of the Top 5...

#5: "Bloodline" (Netflix)

It takes a handful of episodes to heat up and when it does, “Bloodline” positively explodes. In Netflix’s original series, a family’s picturesque resort becomes a battleground for old grudges, buried secrets and shocking revelations. Igniting all of the action is an outcast brother (Ben Mendelsohn) who returns to the family fold with mysterious intentions.

Has he come back to make peace or wage war? The answer to that question and all that it implies makes for one stellar string of closing episodes. Ben Mendelshon’s performance as the roguish Danny rates as one of the best of 2015 and it is worth tuning in to see why. [Image by Netflix]

#4: "Reign" (The CW)

No TV marathon would be complete without a costume drama to devour. The CW’s exquisite series began as a guilty pleasure before developing into one of TV’s most underrated gems. It tells the highly fictionalized account of Mary Queen of Scots' formative years as she falls in love with a prince (Toby Regbo) and fights to protect her claim to the throne.

Anchored by the commanding lead performances of actresses Adelaide Kane as the likeable Mary and Megan Fellows as the conniving Catherine De Medici; “Reign” rules supreme as a compelling drama armed with equally satisfying comedic savvy. For those wondering where they can get a fix of the young adult drama that once dominated the network (i.e. “One Tree Hill” and “Gossip Girl”); “Reign” is the answer, proving that soapy machinations are not restricted to modern times. [Image by The CW]

#3: "Narcos" (Netflix)

It takes about two episodes for Netflix’s ambitious freshman series to set the hook and once it is in, you are a goner. “Narcos” chronicles the unbelievable true story of how the notorious Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) rose to prominence as a drug lord in Columbia. As far as quality goes, “Narcos” is Netflix’s most creatively consistent venture.

Where its other series have experienced peaks and valleys in quality, “Narcos” is relentlessly enthralling throughout its entire run. The credit for most of the series’ draw lies with Moura’s complex portrayal of Escobar as a fully realized individual, both as a brutal criminal mastermind and a compassionate paternal figure to his family. A wholly immersive experience that brings a shocking chapter of history into riveting life; “Narcos” is a remarkable piece of television. [Image by Netflix]

Movie Review: 'Tis the Season for Love' (2015)

Sarah Lancaster stars as a struggling actress hoping for her big break on Broadway when a trip to her hometown for Christmas opens the door to an alternative path in life. For Beth (Lancaster), returning home does not mean she immediately falls back into the arms of the one who got away (he’s already married and has a kid).

Movie Review: '12 Gifts of Christmas' (2015)

By and large, Hallmark Channel’s movies are known for their adorable sense of innocence and whimsical fun, and in the “12 Gifts of Christmas,” those themes are exquisitely brought to life. This smile-inducing installment in the ever-popular “Countdown to Christmas” franchise is a winner.

Movie Review: 'A Christmas Detour' (2015)

Candace Cameron Bure stars as an uptight writer, who is heading to spend Christmas with her fiancĂ© and meet her soon-to-be in-laws for the first time. Of course, things can never be that simple or we would not have a movie to watch. So that means Bure’s Paige finds her New York-bound plane ride thwarted by a blizzard.

#RKC Presents Eclectic Selection #8: The Complete Playlist

This Friday (Dec 18), a brand new playlist will premiere on #RKC. 35 songs will comprise the latest Eclectic Selection line-up.  A sprinkling of Christmas music previously played favorites and a few new picks will be among the selections, sending the year off in melodic surrender. Below you will find the complete playlist (in order of airplay), the artist, the song and the social media links for you to connect with the featured artists further.

Let's Talk About: 'Wicked City' -- The Anatomy of a Cancellation and The Rise of Anthology Series

Just based on the premise, it sounded dead on arrival but that didn't stop ABC from giving “Wicked City” the green light. It's understandable that network television is more willing than ever to take chances on programming that years ago would've never made it past a pitch meeting. They're competing against cable and streaming networks that have few content limits they’re not willing to venture past.

Even if those limits are a bit like a glass ceiling. There's only so far an audience is willing to let you push things and the creators of these edgy series know that. It's like manners at a dinner table. People can theoretically behave however they'd wish. It's the unspoken rules that keep them within certain boundaries. Likewise there is an etiquette show's feel obliged to abide by for mainstream viewers.

This brings us to "Wicked City" and the rather envelope pushing premise that featured a serial killer in a leading role, his psychopathic cohort as his love interest and a morally duplicitous cop as their foil. Right off the bat "Wicked City" didn't offer up any characters to really care about. In the television landscape's ever increasing focus on "grey" characters, "Wicked City" chose to focus on protagonists and antagonists that couldn't even pass for checkered. It's tough to recruit viewers to check out a show without a single character worth rooting for.

One explanation for why there might've been such a cache of bleak characterizations is that "Wicked City" wasn't counting on selling viewers on these characters because they weren't central to the long-term life of the series. These characters were temporary. ABC planned "Wicked City" as an anthology series, though it was never strongly promoted as one.

That lack of knowledge could’ve cost the series potential viewers who might have been intrigued to know they were investing their time in a series that would have a beginning, middle and end storyline that exclusively included these characters. After this season, the series would've switch gears a la "True Detective" or "American Horror Story" and start over with a completely new cast, setting etc.

The good news with the anthology set-up for TV fans is that they will typically get a complete story because what an anthology basically equals is a renewable mini-series. The network typically goes in giving the go-ahead for a "full season" order (which is normally around 10 episodes) and with most of those being produced before it goes on the air, it's in the network's interest to go ahead and air them, despite whatever happens with the ratings.

Movie Review: 'Krampus' (2015)

“Krampus” is an odd movie, which owes most of its idiosyncrasy to its attempt at merging two incredibly disparate genres with distinctly opposing tones: the genial, family friendly nature of Christmas movies and the disorienting mayhem of horror. In “Krampus”, the outcome of these hot and cold genres colliding is a thunderstorm of filmmaking.

TV Rundown: Nov 16 - 22: 'The Blacklist' Signs Off, 'Reign' Moves Forward - Plus, Reactions to 'The Last Kingdom' & 'Vampire Diaries'

The Blacklist signed off on the fall portion of its third season’s 2015 run with an episode that took several unexpected detours, the most significant being Red’s abduction at the hands of a gang of highway bandits who attempted to barter him for a hefty payoff. Not seeing the mechanics of how on earth Red was taken by a band of hooligans as inept as the ones depicted, made the storyline difficult to buy into.

Plus, who would’ve expected that after 8 episodes spent with Liz and Red on the run evading federal authorities, their undoing would be a caravan of crazies? It’s unclear if it was the jarring nature of their introduction or just the set up to begin with, that made the plot twist hard to accept.