The Hamilton Spectator

On the beat: New drama ‘The Girls on the Bus’ campaigns on Max

- By Raye Smith


“The Girls on the Bus” - Season 1

Head out on the campaign trail with the new drama series “The Girls on the Bus,” premiering Thursday, March 14, on Crave. A series adaptation of the bestsellin­g book “Chasing Hillary,” by writer and journalist Amy Chozick, and inspired by Chozick’s experience­s as a political reporter on the campaign bus with multiple presidenti­al candidates, the series centres around Sadie McCarthy (Melissa Benoist, “Supergirl”), a journalist who risks everything for a shot at covering a presidenti­al candidate for a paper of record. Joining the candidate’s bus, Sadie bonds with three fellow female journalist­s — Grace (Carla Gugino, “Watchmen,” 2009), Lola (Natasha Behnam, “Mayans M.C.”) and Kimberlyn (Christina Elmore, “Insecure”) — who, though starting out as competitor­s, quickly become a found family within the mayhem. Along the way, the series dives into each woman’s unique reporting style and personalit­y as they work from the front row of one of the world’s wildest political arenas. Created for television by Chozick and Julie Plec (“The Originals”), “The Girls on the Bus” also stars Brandon Scott (“Dead to Me”), Griffin Dunne (“This Is Us”), Mark Consuelos (“Riverdale”), Scott Foley (“Scandal”), Adam Kaplan (“The Big Leap”), Rose Jackson Smith (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Hettienne Park (“Hannibal”).

WHAT’S NEW ON PARAMOUNT+ “Little Wing” (2024)

Inspired by The New Yorker article by Susan Orlean about the world of pigeon racing, the heartwarmi­ng new coming-of-age drama film, “Little Wing,” premieres Wednesday, March 13, on Paramount+. Reeling from her parents’ divorce, teenager Kaitlyn (Brooklynn Prince, “Home Before Dark”) has enough on her plate without adding the impending loss of her home on the top. In a bid to solve her mother’s financial woes, Kaitlyn attempts to steal a valuable bird, but instead she stumbles into an unlikely bond with the bird’s owner, Jaan (Brian Cox, “Succession”), along with a new outlook

on life. From Awesomenes­s, “Little Wing” is written by John Gatins (“Coach Carter,” 2005) and directed by Dean Israelite (“Are You Afraid of the Dark?”). The film also stars Kelly Reilly (“Yellowston­e”), Che Tafari (“Me Time,” 2022), Trinity Jo-Li Bliss (“Avatar: The Way of Water,” 2022), Jeanine Jackson (“The Last Champion,” 2020), Ina Chang (“Z Nation”), Parker Hall (“Trinkets”), Lowell Deo (“Project Earth”), Erik Levi (“Fire on the Ridge,” 2020) and new talent Simon Khan.

WHAT’S NEW ON PRIME VIDEO “Invincible” - Season 2, Part 2

Choose your own destiny with the adult animated series “Invincible,” when Part 2 of the series’ second season premieres Thursday, March 14, on Prime Video. New episodes stream weekly on Thursdays. Based on the groundbrea­king comic book by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley, the series follows the story of Mark Grayson (voiced by Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”), an 18-year-old who is just like every other guy his age — except for his famous superhero father, Omni-Man (voiced by J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash,” 2014), and his own budding powers of flight, super strength and invincibil­ity.

As he steps out of his father’s once-great shadow and settles into his own skin, Mark begins to realize his father’s legacy may not be quite so “super” after all. In Season 2, Mark, still reeling from his father’s betrayal in Season 1, “struggles to rebuild his life as he faces a host of new threats, all while battling his greatest fear — that he might become his father without even knowing it” (per Prime Video). The series’ all-star voice cast includes Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”), Grey DeLisle (“The Loud House”), Chris Diamantopo­ulos (“The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse”), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), Jason Mantzoukas (“Big Mouth”), Ross Marquand (“The Walking Dead”), Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”), Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek,” 2009), Andrew Rannells (“Big Mouth”), Kevin Michael Richardson (“Lilo & Stitch,” 2002), Melise (“The Shannara Chronicles”), Max Burkholder (“Parenthood”), Mark Hamill (“Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” 1977) and Seth Rogen (“Platonic”).

 ?? ?? Melissa Benoist, Carla Gugino, Christina Elmore and Natasha Behnam star in “The Girls on the Bus”
Melissa Benoist, Carla Gugino, Christina Elmore and Natasha Behnam star in “The Girls on the Bus”

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