We arrived home Friday afternoon after a marathon drive home from Naples. Along the way we stopped in Charleston, SC for two nights. We stayed at a lovely hotel on the harbour which offered free afternoon tea, free wine and cheese and free milk and cookies at bedtime. We spent our time there walking the town, and dining at restaurants we had failed to get reservations at our previous two visits to Charleston. Snob (slightly north of Broad) was lovely, warm and had fabulous food. Husk (rated the #1 restaurant in Charleston) was a little off-putting with impossibly complicated food and very, very slow service. We spent our last night in the US at a suburb of Pittsburgh called Southpointe and did our last bit of outlet shopping in Grove City, PA. We had a visit with my mother yesterday and then celebrated Easter with George’s family in Port Perry yesterday and will be having dinner tonight with our daughter-in-law and very good friends at our golf club. Our two boys are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars in Orlando and will return home later today. In the meantime, although I watched TV very little this past week, here are some recommendations for the week to come:
Today’s must see viewing
These are the items I’m recording today on Sunday madness:
CBS Sunday Morning (my weekly Zen moment)
Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN where Zakaria explains world events.
Face the Nation on CBS features great panel discussions of world events.
Reliable Sources on CNN features journalists discussion current events.
State of the Union on CNN features Jake Tapper leading a discussion of current events.
Call the Midwife on PBS is a heartwarming British drama series.
Home Fires on PBS is another heartwarming British drama series.
The Leftovers on HBO Canada returns for its third head scratching season in a post Apocalyptic world.
American Crime is a searing drama on ABC that continues its sad tale of a failing furniture business in NC, struggling farm owners, immigrant farmworkers living in harrowing conditions, young people being sold into modern day slavery as sex professionals, and the social service and justice systems that tries to deal with the fallout from all of the above.
Wolf Hall returns to PBS with its history of the times of Henry VIII.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO Canada deals comedically with current events.
The White Princess on Superchannel in Canada is the series premiere of a sequel to “The White Queen” and chronicles the power grab among the women vying for the English throne adapted from a Philippa Gregory historical novel.
Feud: Bette and Joan on FX continues the feud between the great screen legends as they work on Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte.
Girls on HBO Canada airs its series finale tonight.
Veep on HBO Canada has its Season 6 premiere. Selina tries to secure her legacy one year after losing the presidency.
The Kennedys – After Camelot on Bravo details the life of Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination in this mini-series.
Guerrilla with Idris Elba and Frieda Pinto debuts tonight on HBO Canada (Showtime in the US). Here’s what the NY Post has to say about it:
Billions (HBO Canada and Showtime US) The cat and mouse game continues.
Later this Week
Better Call Saul Monday on AMC is rerunning its Season 3 premiere. jimmy and Chuck’s relationship deteriorates; Kim feels the pressure of running her own firm; and Mike investigates the note left on his car. The suspense is slowly building…
The Americans Tuesday on FX shows Paige becoming more enmeshed in her parents’ world, Philip and Elizabeth’s honeytraps take surprising turns.
Fargo Wednesday on FX has its Season 3 premiere. A petty sibling rivalry between two brothers escalates and brings chaos to a small Minnesotan community. Ewan McGregor plays twins!!
Under the Radar
Well, even though I didn’t get to watch much TV this week as we were actually out on the road, I did find out that one of my favourite subversive shows from the US is available here on Netflix – Riverdale. If you haven’t discovered this disarmingly funny and intriguing show about the dark secrets of a seemingly idyllic American town, take the opportunity to binge this season’s episodes. Can’t wait to catch up.
I did actually binge on demand yesterday catching the whole first season run of Mary Kills People on Global. Quite enjoyed this suspense series about a doctor who assists patients in end of life decisions. Filmed in Toronto, part of the fun of this very Canadian show is spotting the shooting locations.
I have been streaming The Good Fight (sequel to The Good Wife) online and have been enjoying the continuing legal machinations of Diane and her band of lawyers. Many of the same characters from the original series continue their roles.
Catastrophe I watched the last episode of this Britcom series’ Season 3 and continue to be amazed and amused by the story’s bawdy twists and turns.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS returns this week with new shows. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy is on the air this week, but I’m unclear as to whether the show is still in reruns.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on Comedy is airing this Wednesday at 10:30, but I’m not sure if it’s a new episode.
We have returned to glorious spring weather – blue skies and sun. Our Toronto golf club is open for business this week, so we will be swinging golf clubs at the range. Our fitness group is celebrating spring with a neighbourhood walk in the Thorncrest Village area on Easter Monday. I’ll head back to our regular class on Wednesday. We will drive north on Thursday to check on our Thornbury house and head for the golf course there. We are going to see a show at the Gayety Theatre in Collingwood on Friday night that features one of The Nylons (Micah Barnes) in a musical review called New York Stories. It’s a bit of culture shock to be back (kind of nice not to be worrying about Mr. Trump’s next move 24/7), and we’re getting to know our condo again. Enjoy this beautiful weather wherever you are.