The bags are packed…

Well, we will be starting our drive north in less than 48 hours.  I have played my last golf game (a lifetime best score in Bonita Springs with good friends), played my last game of Mahjong (actually winning a hand for a change), attended my last fitness classes (celebrating afterward with our wonderful instructor and the Tues/Thurs regulars), eaten our last 5th Avenue dinner (at Molto’s, a great Italian spot), and attended our last Treviso Bay dinner party (with our neighbours who also happen to be part of the Thornbury crowd), and attended our last Book Club (discussing the wonderful A Man Called Ove with a group of lovely ladies).  My bags are packed and the last load of laundry is in the machine. I’m going to miss our friends here but I am looking forward to seeing family and friends in the North.  Our first stop on our trip home will be a visit in the W. Palm Beach area with two of my cousins, followed by two nights in Charleston, SC and then back to Toronto.  I won’t be watching much TV over the next week, but for those of you who can catch some shows, here are some recommendations:

On the big screen

I saw the film Frantz at the Toronto International Film Festival and it is getting its release now.  Loved it and recommend it highly.  Here’s what the Globe and Mail had to say about it:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/film-reviews/in-frantz-director-francois-ozon-weaves-a-compelling-tale-of-tragedy-and-grief/article34616920/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

New Debuts and Returning Programs

John Doyle in the Globe and Mail has some recommendations for April viewing:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/john-doyle-online-and-on-tv-april-is-the-coolest-month/article34560607/

The NYTimes also has some suggestions for April viewing:

The NYTimes isn’t letting me insert an operable link, so find this article in their watching section in Arts and take a look. They list the new show Brockmire (debuts April 5 on IFC), Better Call Saul (returns April 10 on AMC), Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (debuts April 14 on Netflix), The Leftovers (returns April 16 on HBO), Fargo (returns April 19 on FX), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (debuts April 22, on HBO), Great News (debuts April 25 on NBC), The Handmaid’s Tale (debuts April 26 on HULU), Dear White People (debuts April 28, on Netflix), and American Gods (debuts April 30 on Starz).

Shows I’m Catching Up With

Last night’s SNL had a fabulous segment with Alec Baldwin playing Bill O’Reilly and Trump in the same sketch!  His O’Reilly is truly a masterpiece of makeup and impersonation.  Watch it here on You Tube!

As usual I have been keeping track of the news on The Late Show on CBS with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show on Comedy with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal on TBS with Samantha Bee, Vice on HBO and CNN the rest of the time (especially Fareed Zakaria GPS).  

The Late Late Show on CBS with James Corden has had its share of musical delights,  so I’ll share its wonderful Beauty and the Beast Crosswalk edition with you:

Late Night with Seth Meyers has had some wonderful “A Closer Look” Segments this past news week:

And a couple of days earlier:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO tonight should be required viewing!

My Sunday morning ritual includes watching CBS Sunday Morning while I write this blog and this morning is no exception as “The Money Issue” is being aired.  Not one of my favourite themes of theirs, but it forces me to leave politics aside for the moment and catch up with some business trends.

Sunday Craziness

The Daily Beast has an article about the female-centred nature of much Sunday viewing that I found interesting:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/03/big-little-lies-feud-girls-was-sunday-the-best-female-driven-night-of-tv-ever.html?via=newsletter&source=DDAfternoon

Sunday has definitely become a day of must-watch viewing.  Today’s schedule of news shows should be interesting because of the recent US involvement in the Syrian conflict.  Here’s a summary of my PVR recordings for today:

Meet the Press (NBC 10 am): guests to include Nikki Haley, Lindsey Graham, Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine and a roundtable discussion with journalists.

Fareed Zakaria GPS (CNN 10 am):  topics include Trump’s decision re Syria; Iran; Chinese Presidential visit to Mar-a-Lago.

Face the Nation (CBS 10:30 am): guests include Rex Tillerson; John McCain; Tom Donilon; intelligence analyst Michael Morell and an assortment of journalists.

60 Minutes (CBS 7 pm): topics include addictive smartphone apps; Chobani and refugees; Japanese baseball.

Call the Midwife (PBS 8pm) is heartwarming British drama.

Homeland (Showtime 9 pm) is entitled America First and is the season finale where pieces fall into place.

Home Fires (PBS 9 pm) is another heartwarming British drama set in 1940 when divorce and marital infidelity were actually causes of scandal.

Girls (HBO 10 pm) has its series finale.

Billions (Showtime 10 pm) continues the cat and mouse game between Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

American Crime (ABC 10 pm) tells its searing story of human trafficking and migrant labour.

Feud: Bette and Joan (FX 10 pm) continues to showcase Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon in the legendary feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

Into the Badlands (AMC 10 pm) is martial arts madness in a land of feuds between barons.

The Arrangement (E!10 pm) is a naughty show that is really about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Scientology.

Crashing (HBO 10:30 pm) continues to tell the touchingly poignant story of a would-be stand-up comedian in NYC and the people in his life.

Last Week Tonight (HBO 11:03 pm) John Oliver covers news, politics and current events in a scathingly humorous and intelligent way.

Closing Words

OK folks, I will have my work cut out for me just catching up with today’s programs before we leave at the crack of dawn on Tuesday morning, and I haven’t even packed my toiletries or cleaned out my cupboards and fridge yet.  Have fun this week wherever you are, and I will summarize our road trip next weekend when I have recovered from Easter Dinner with our family.  Now back to work for me!!!

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