Last night we celebrated Oktoberfest with some friends (6 of us socially distanced) and ended the evening around our fire pit with s’mores and hot beverages. Tonight the Emmy awards air on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and I’m including a link of what to watch for as they are a Covid era awards show so there will be lots of Zoom appearances by presenters and winners. Here are some more recommendations for you:
*Emmy Awards Airs tonight at 8 pm on ABC.
What to Watch For at the 2020 Emmy Awards
The Boys (Season 2, 8 episodes) This wild ride of a show takes place in a world where a corrupt organization promotes a group of superheroes who are created by a lab drug. The most subversive look at superheroes you will ever see. Darkly funny and violent. Probably not for everyone.
Apple TV Plus
Ted Lasso (12 episodes) Follows US American football coach Ted Lasso as he heads to the UK to manage a struggling London soccer team in the top flight of English football. Stars Jason Sudeikis as the unfailingly optimistic and very endearing lead character in this charming fish out of water story.
Offspring (from Australia, 86 episodes) The story of the impossible loves of 30-something obstetrician Nina Proudman and her fabulously messy family. Warning: I resisted watching this very charming show until last week and ended up watching the first 15 episodes almost without a break. It is extremely addictive and will end up taking over your life (unless you have a shred of self-discipline). I love this show!
PS I’m up to Season 5, Episode 10 as of this writing. So life affirming with no gratuitous violence, unbearable suspense, horrific monsters, etc. OK, there are some annoying characters (I find Billie insufferable), however, they are balanced out by more likeable characters.
Criminal: UK ( Season 2, 4 episodes) A cat-and-mouse drama, which focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects. The stories take place within the confines of a police interview suite. Suspenseful in a way that will require your complete concentration. A show that has to be watched and listened to very carefully. Put down that phone or iPad!
The Devil All the Time (2 h 18 m) Stars Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Haley Bennett, Riley Keough, Sebastian Stan, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Jason Clarke, Douglas Hodge. Sinister characters converge around a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a postwar backwoods town in West Virginia teeming with corruption and brutality. Hmmm… unrelentingly violent and full of vile characters. All 2 hrs and 18 m of it. A slow burn to nowhere… I watched it for the amazing cast. Mostly Brits and Australians doing passable Southern accents. I’m still shaking my head over this one.
Down with Love (1 h 41 m) In 1962 New York City, love blossoms between a playboy journalist and a feminist advice author. This film was released in 2003 and stars Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellweger, David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Paulson, Rachel Dratch, and Tony Randall (sadly he died the following year at 84). It is an affectionate spoof of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson films where very chaste love is depicted in a technicolor swirl of gorgeous period fashions. It has a bit of an edge to it as it takes place just prior to the women’s movement and makes some very ironic comments on the battle of the sexes. I watched it as Bill Maher had McGregor on his show last week and mentioned that he and his mother were big fans of the film. Very cute, but perhaps overly long for a spoof.
Lovecraft Country (10 episodes) A young African-American travels across the US in the 1950’s in search of his missing father. Stars Courtney B. Vance and Michael Kenneth Williams. Amazing special effects and totally batshit crazy!
Raised by Wolves (10 episodes) Androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious planet. Loving this mysterious world!
*Why Women Kill (11 episodes) an anthology series the follows three women in different decades all living in the same house, as they deal with infidelity and betrayals in their marriages. Stars Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jack Davenport, Reid Scott, Alicia Coppola. Very cute series in the mode of Dangerous Housewives from the creative team led by Marc Cherry.
Okay, I’m just going to confess that sometimes, when I just have a 1/2 hour or so to fill, I tune into one of the following shows on HGTV. I find them fascinating and relaxing! I often fast forward through the woes of home renovations for the real estate segments and the final reveal. Can’t wait for the season returns of Home Town and Love it or List it (used to be Toronto, but is now in the Carolinas). Some other favourites include:
Love it or List It Vancouver
House Hunters International
Comedians on Couches watching House Hunters
Flip or Flop
Masters of Flip
CBS Sunday Morning This gentle newsmagazine has been airing every Sunday morning for over 40 years. Informative and inspiring, it is my weekly Zen moment.
Many of the late night comics (Colbert, Noah, Kimmel, Samantha Bee, John Oliver) are back from holidays. I have been keeping up with Seth Meyers on YouTube. Bill Maher has returned to Friday nights and has just had his first two episodes with a socially distanced studio audience. Next week more of the hosts will be back in their studios.
We are preparing to have an afternoon fireside chat with some friends whom we haven’t seen since Covid began. The week will bring a combination of golf, hiking and some visiting with friends having a mini vacation in the area. George and his partner are in the final Men’s Matchplay competition at our golf club, so hopefully, there will be some celebrating to be done. In the meantime, have a wonderful week wherever you are and enjoy the following life affirming video: