OK, for those of you who worry about me watching way too much TV, I have to confess, I haven’t had much screen time the last week or so. It’s been idyllic weather for golfing, lying around the pool, searching for home furnishings for our new condo, heading off to medical appointments, and non-stop entertaining in Thornbury. We were delighted to host our first cousins’ reunion for my children and their cousins on my side of the family. We had 10 people sleep over with us and entertained 15 for lunch yesterday. We forced our guests to float down the Beaver River in life preservers and we had a campfire that featured s’mores, singing to excellent guitar accompaniment and a lively game of movie trivia. There was much frolicking in the pool and hot tub. As for TV, I managed to keep up with a few favourites, recorded a few shows and caught a new BBC series that debuted on CBC last week.
Here are my recommendations:
Weiner is a documentary that examines the disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign amid today’s political landscape. It was made with the full cooperation of Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin. It is astonishing in its portrait of this very flawed man who seems powerless to overcome his addiction to sexting. Huma Abedin is a woman of mystery who seems extremely unhappy standing by his side. Why these two would cooperate with the filmmakers of this documentary is unfathomable. As of today’s news, Weiner has disgraced himself again by sexting with a female admirer while his 5-year-old son slept in the bed beside him. His self-destructive streak knows no bounds. He has lost his wife (who has announced that their marriage is over), his son, his home, and his job (full-time house husband) in one fell swoop.
On the Broadcast Networks
Follow the Money is the Danish series about an energy company that is being investigated for corrupt practices by the police. Intrigue abounds!
Undercover debuted on CBC last Monday and can be streamed on CBC.ca. A lawyer returns to Britain to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions. She begins to suspect that everything she knew about the man she has been married to for the past 20 years is a lie. Intrigue abounds!
Four in the Morning debuted this past Friday at 9 pm. and is available for streaming on CBC.ca. It’s an unconventional comedy spiked with a touch of magical realism. The show follows four friends in their twenties as they navigate life at the unpredictable, emotional, but illuminative hour of 4 a.m. Dealing with themes of lie and death, love and heartbreak, friendship and betrayal, it’s a series about self-discovery, disappointment, and clawing after dreams that always feel out of reach.
Mr. Robot I haven’t given up on this puzzling show yet. Last week’s episode was strange and didn’t feature either Rami Malek or Christian Slater. It was Carly Chaikin’s episode and it showed just how tough she is.
Still hanging in with Suits, which is now too ridiculous to believe. Enjoyed the first episode of Queen of the South about an emerging female cartel leader.
Tyrant is limping along as Barry becomes as terrible a tyrant as his brother Jamal was before him. Ludicrous doesn’t begin to describe this silly series set in the mythical middle eastern country of Abbudin.
You’re the Worst, a comedy about mismatched LA hipsters, is one of the funniest shows on TV and I have eagerly awaited its return. This Wednesday night, in the third season premiere, Jimmy and Gretchen adjust to life after saying “I love you;” Edgar and Dorothy have sexual problems; and Lindsay and Paul start a new hobby.
Both Brain Dead and American Gothic were watchable summer replacement shows.
Both Ray Donovan and The Night of reached their conclusions. Ray Donovan‘s with a big question mark for next season and The Night of with a sad, but not unexpected conclusion.
On the political comedy front
Bill Maher, John Oliver, Samantha Bee and Trevor Noah have all been on holiday. I haven’t managed to catch any Stephen Colbert this past week, and the astonishing reality of the Trump/Hillary contest continues, with Trump reversing his stand on immigration somewhat.
The phrase “we’d better get packing” has taken on a new reality for me. Movers have to be hired, possessions have to be sifted through and packed, elevators have to be reserved, etc. It’s all systems go for our September closing date on the new condo. Pray for me!! We have a couple of weddings in the next two weeks and I must fight my natural tendency to channel surf and peruse Netflix and streaming options. I also have to finish my somewhat stultifying book group selection (Stranger than we can Imagine: An Alternative History of the 20th Century by John Higgs) for a Sept. deadline.