Oh my goodness! There are some great shows returning and new ones arriving this week!!
Bloodline returns for 10 episodes for its second season on Fri May 27. If you haven’t watched the first season yet, get ready to be glued to your screen for 13 episodes. Set in the Florida Keys, this noir series exposes the dark family secrets behind the Rayburn family. Starring Kyle Chandler and Sissy Spacek, Australian actor, Ben Mendelson stole the first season with his deeply unsettling portrayal of black sheep son, Danny. Apparently, he haunts season 2 as well. Get ready for suspense and intrigue in a picture perfect Florida resort town.
Streaming on Amazon Prime (or find it on the Internet)
Dr. Thorne (produced by Julian Fellowes writer/producer of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park for Britain’s ITV from the Anthony Trollope novel) tells the story of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr. Thorne, and her relationship with the family at the nearby Greshamsbury Park estate. If you are longing for period costumes and English accents (how we miss Downton Abbey), this may be the 3-part miniseries for you and debuts on May 20.
Preacher debuts tonight on AMC. Starring Dominic Cooper, it tells the story of a preacher who enlists the help of a vampire to find God after a supernatural event at his church. OK, I know most people aren’t as keen on vampires as I am, but this Seth Rogen produced series looks to be right up my True Blood missing alley.
All the Way debuted on Saturday. This original HBO film tells the story of Lyndon B. Johnson as he becomes the President of the US in the chaotic aftermath of JFK’s assassination and spends his first year in office working to quickly pass the Civil Rights Act.
Tyrant is returning for its third season in July, so if you haven’t been watching it, you have a month to catch up with seasons 1 & 2. It tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation and it’s addictive. Adam Rayner is fabulously charismatic as the lead character Bassam “Barry” al-Fayeed, the LA paediatrician who becomes embroiled in the politics of his home country.
Comedy Special Fundraiser on NBC
Red Nose Day (adapted from the British fund raiser) comes to NBC on May 26. Host Craig Ferguson brings together Jack Black, Ellen De Generes, Paul Rudd, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Key & Peele, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, etc. The fundraiser is intended to help lift kids out of poverty and is sponsored by Walgreens. It has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years, and in the UK, has become a cultural phenomenon.
My regular addictions
Sunday night is my crazy time. I have to remember to record/watch an incredible number of shows that I love:
Game of Thrones (HBO), Fear the Walking Dead (AMC), Call the Midwife (PBS), Wallander (PBS), Veep (HBO), Silicon Valley (HBO), Sensitive Skin (HBO), Penny Dreadful (HBO), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) and, as of tonight, Preacher (AMC). All I can say, is Sunday is a battleground, created by TV Networks who play with us and throw more good programming at us in one night than most people would ever watch in a week. Why do they do this to us???!!!
I will miss The Good Wife on Sundays but look forward to Brain Dead from Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. Billed as a comic thriller, the series is set in the world of Washington, DC politics. It follows a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer getting her first job in DC and discovering two things: The government has stopped working, and something mysterious is happening to a growing number of Congressmen and Hill staffers. It premieres on June 13 (CBS)!!
Monday night, programming slows down to a much more manageable level as I watch very little reality TV and settle in to enjoy Gotham and Houdini & Doyle (Fox )and then Turn: America’s Spies (AMC).
Wednesdays, I even have to remind myself to watch the wondrously suspenseful The Americans (FX) as I keep forgetting to watch this show because I am usually watching deliciously soapy Nashville (ABC), and recording sad but compelling Underground (about the underground railroad) (Bravo). Sadly, Nashville has been cancelled and is looking for a new home. Hopefully, Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon will pick it up. What will I do without worrying about Deacon, Rayna, Avery, Juliette, etc.? I will miss them and T-Bone Burnett’s music. Guilty pleasure admission: Arrow (the CW). I have no excuse for loving this mask wearing deeply flawed super hero with amazing archery and martial arts skills.
Thursday, don’t forget to watch the Red Nose Day special and it looks like Doc Martin (PBS) has ended its most recent season as it begins reruns (which is great as I missed the first show of the season). I love this gentle Bitcom about a doctor with no people skills in an eccentric village in Cornwall. Delightful! The Path (Showcase) tells the very dark story of a cult in New York State. Very haunting.
Fridays, I am so going to miss Grimm (NBC monster of the week show) and Banshee (HBO bat shit crazy series about a crime infested town in Pennsylvania) as both shows had their finales last Friday. Fortunately, hunky Kiwi Banshee star Antony Starr is going to star in a new series American Gothic (CBS) about a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer, threatens to tear the family apart. Fortunately Real Time with Bill Maher is still on (HBO).
Saturdays I have been enjoying our local PBS lineup: Father Brown, Vera and the most recent episodes of Foyle’s War. All three are British mysteries and I find them very soothing. Perfect for recording and saving for sleepy afternoons.
As I usually write this blog while watching CBS Sunday Morning, I must mention some of my other regular comedy and current affairs favourites: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy), The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS), Nova, Nature and Frontline (all PBS), 60 Minutes (CBS), The Fifth Estate (CBC – always available ON Demand).
It’s a gorgeous sunny day in Thornbury and I’m looking forward to continuing my gardening duties here (not too strenuous, but soil must be relocated before I can continue dropping my store bought urns into my own containers). Looking forward to the week ahead which features a golf clinic and some scheduled games. Spring appears to have finally sprung here so get out there and enjoy it!!