Busy week, but a few recommendations anyway….

It was a great week for catching up with my fitness ladies, book group, mahjong group, and my lady golfers on Tues., Thurs., and Fridays. What a glorious weekend we just had!!!  For a refreshing change the weather was gorgeous, and sunny with blue skies.  We attended a retirement party for a dear friend in Toronto, did a very fun car rally for the charity Hope Air in Collingwood, and then I had the great pleasure of attending a baby shower for the daughter of a longtime friend in Toronto.  Truly, not much TV got watched this week, but I have a few warnings and recommendations as follows:

Dirty Dancing Remake Alert

A remake of this 1987 film aired on CTV (ABC in the US) this past week.  Although it will be available on demand, my warning is be afraid, very afraid of catching up with this one.  If you fondly remember Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, you are in for a disappointment with this lacklustre and pointless recasting.  The new leads (Abigail Bresling and Colt Prattes) are sadly lacking in charisma and there is absolutely no chemistry between them. Unfortunately, Breslin is really not much of a dancer and even in the final scene where she leaps into her partner’s arms, the choreography is so simplified to match her skill level, that it is actually unintentionally funny. It was a very bad idea to remake this, and once seen, it cannot be unseen.

Twin Peaks Sequel Alert

The two-hour premiere of this returning series aired last Sunday night on HBO (Showtime in the US).  It is even more batshit crazy than the original and that’s saying a lot.  I have always had an inexplicable liking for Kyle McLachlan, who has always had an otherworldly look about him.  The new series picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.  Full of incredibly creepy images, the sequel is almost totally inscrutable in its first two hours.  There are dopplegangers, mysterious people in boxes, people on oxygen, etc.  TV has come a long way in 25 years, with mysterious apparitions almost becoming the norm.  Lost, Mr. Robot, Legend, Fargo, and True Detective (to name a few) all have fantasy and fever dream aspects to them.  TV has gone a little nuts in the past few seasons, and Twin Peaks is at the forefront of nuttiness!  Watch if you dare.

Some upcoming series debuts and returns….

Animal Kingdom returns to Bravo soon!

This great series (adapted from the terrific Australian film made in 2010 which starred the unforgettable Ben Mendelsohn who has since made Bloodline so memorable) returns for its second season on May 30 on TNT in the US if you can access that.  Otherwise, it will have its Canadian return on Bravo later this season. It stars Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of a California crime family.  The action begins when her 17-year-old grandson moves in with her and the rest of the Cody clan after his mother dies of a heroin overdose.  Great performances from Scott Speedman as the lieutenant to his mom, and Shawn Hatosy as the loose cannon son with a prison record and psychiatric issues.  Barkin is terrifying as a grandma who thrives on controlling every aspect of her children’s lives and work.

Still Star-Crossed

This new series which is a sequel to Romeo and Juliet from Shonda Rimes will debut on ABC on May 29 at 10 pm. I have given up on every Shondaland production I’ve ever watched (Gray’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, The Catch, etc.) however, I do love costumes and British accents, so you never know!

World of Dance

This dance competition show debuts on May 30 at 10 pm on NBC.  Jennifer Lopez is one of the judges.  I currently do not watch any reality show competitions, but I did have a soft spot for So you Think You can Dance, so you never know!

Fear the Walking Dead

Season 2 returns to AMC on June 4. For zombie lovers only.

Nightcap

This comedy about a fictitious late-night TV show returns on June 7 at 8 pm on Pop in the US.  Real life guests include Julianna Margulies, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore. I think you are going to have to download or stream this one in Canada.

Queen of the South

This cartel drama returns to USA in the US (Showcase in Canada) on June 8.

Younger

I love this comedy series (starring Sutton Foster) which returns for its 4th season on June 28 (TVLand in the US) It will be available on E in Canada at a later date .  It is about a 40ish woman who passes herself off as a millennial in order to get a job in publishing.

 

Netflix Alerts

Master of None has returned with Aziz Ansari and I have found this second season to be even more enjoyable than the first.  I love the Italian flavour of his Modena experiences (the first episode is a charming parody of Vittorio De Sica’s neorealism classic, The Bicycle Thief).  It’s addictive, so be careful.  I’m up to episode 8!

 

Bloodline has returned for it’s third and last season.  The steamy Florida Keys make the perfect setting for this noir tale of a family of adult siblings who find that their past secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep of a brother returns home.

House of Cards will return on May 30 for its 5th season. Frank and Claire Underwood will stop at nothing to achieve their political ambitions.  Murder, blackmail, and manipulations of every kind fuel their revenge plots.  You must watch this season to see how the writers will be able to keep the level of mayhem on this series competitive with the real life events that are unfolding in the Trump presidency.

Other Shows I like

I am a huge fan of Better Call Saul (AMC), The Americans (FX) and Fargo (FX).  These series are all dark and suspenseful, so possibly not for everyone.  I love the intricate plotting and the surprising twists and turns of these continuing stories.  The plots are layered and nuanced and generally unpredictable.  Great performances and great writing.

I’m also enjoying Genius (National Geographic) a biography of Albert Einstein; The Handmaid’s Tale (Bravo) which is Margaret Atwood’s dark dystopian view of the future;  Harlots (Superchannel) a British miniseries about two competing brothels in 1763 London; Veep (HBO) a delightful political comedy; Silicon Valley (HBO) a delightful comedy about tech geniuses; The Leftovers (HBO) is the very sad tale about the Rapture and the pain that is felt by those who are left behind; The White Princess  (Superchannel) tells the story behind the rise of the House of Tudor and is an adaptation of a Philippa Gregory historical novel.

Current Events

I find that political satirists provide the most palatable version of the news these days, so I’m hooked on Last Week Tonight on HBO Sundays with John Oliver; The Daily Show on Comedy Mon – Thurs with Trevor Noah; The Late Show on CBS Mon – Fri with Stephen Colbert; Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal on Comedy Wednesdays; Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO on Fridays. For my moment of Zen, I always try to catch CBS Sunday Morning (which airs on CBS every Sunday morning at 9 am).  It’s a gentle way to spend a Sunday morning reflecting on popular culture in the most relaxing way.

Parting Words

We have some very good friends from Pinehurst, NC joining us for their very first trip to Canada next week.  We’re going to tour Toronto with them, take them to Stratford for a theatre getaway and introduce them to life on Georgian Bay.  Really looking forward to introducing these two Americans to Canada!  Have a wonderful week wherever you are and fingers crossed, we will have many more sunny days from now on.

 

 

 

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A little of this, a little of that….

Well, it’s been a great week.  Got to play three rounds of golf in TO and in Thornbury.  Made it to a live theatre production in Collingwood, and of course, caught up on a bit of TV viewing.  Here are my recommendations:

Live on Stage

Theatre Collingwood at the Gayety Theatre has kicked off its Summer Theatre Festival with a production of Sexy Laundry, a two character play from Theatre Orangeville.  This comedy is about married life after 25 years of ups and downs. Great performances by the two actors and a very engaging evening of entertainment that is both amusing and poignant.

Streaming

Hap and Leonard is a swamp noir tv series that originates on Sundance in the US.  The first two seasons (16 episodes) have aired and I must highly recommend this series.  Set in the late 1980’s, Hap and Leonard is a darkly comic tale of two friends who have overcome tragic beginnings and have ended up becoming entangled in crimes they didn’t commit.  Great performances from James Purefoy as Hap and Michael Kenneth Williams as Leonard.

Brockmire is a comedy series from IFC and stars Hank Azaria as a famed major league baseball announcer who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown live on the air after discovering his beloved wife’s serial infidelity .  He decides to reclaim his career and love life in a small town a decade later. This is hilariously raunchy stuff for adults only!

Netflix

Master of None starring Aziz Ansari has returned for its second season of episodes loosely based on Ansari’s real life.  In the latest episodes, Dev (Ansari) is living in Modena (Italy) and his adventures continue.

Bloodline will return for its third season on May 26!  According to IMDB, John faces the real situation. He is caught and tells all real stories to the police.  Kevin escapes and may never be back. Meg stays in low profile, but is still haunted by the bad karma.  The mafia starts interrupting John’s family.  Can’t wait!! I love this dark and dangerous tale of family secrets in the Florida Keys.

House of Cards will return for its fifth season on May 30. It will be fascinating to see how this political drama deals with the political spectacle that is simultaneously unfolding in reality.  Season 5 will begin with President Underwood in the midst of a re-election campaign, his ever-formidable wife Claire at this side.  The biggest obstruction on the road to a second term is Frank’s sordid past, which is dangerously close to being exposed for the world to see amid a maelstrom of controversies and accusations.

Jamaica Inn comes to Netflix from the BBC and stars Jessica Brown  Findlay (the doomed Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey).  Set on the Yorkshire Moors, this dark and brooding mystery is based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel.  A young woman moves in with her aunt and uncle and soon discovers unsavoury happenings in her new home.  I lasted through 2 episodes of this murky 3 episode miniseries.

Norm McDonald Hitler’s Dog, Gossip and Trickery is a 1 hour comedy special currently available on Netflix. I realized about 20 minutes in, that I really like Norm McDonald in small doses.  An hour is simply too much!

John Doyle gives the new Netflix true crime series The Keepers a rave review:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/john-doyle-netflixs-new-true-crime-series-the-keepers-is-an-unsettling-stunner/article35010727/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

The Telegram (UK) gives some Netflix recommendations:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/on-demand/0/the-best-tv-shows-on-netflix-uk2/

Other Debuts

Animal Kingdom  is a dark and brooding suspense series set in a Southern California beach town where a crime family is headed up by a most ungrandmotherly Ellen Barkin.  The second series of 12 episodes is set to debut on May 30 on Bravo in Canada.  If you haven’t caught up with season 1 yet, I can’t encourage you strongly enough to find it.

The Wizard of Lies premiered last night on Sat May 20 on HBO.  A chronicle of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, which defrauded his clients of billions of dollars. Stars include Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Hank Azaria.

Twin Peaks the noir masterpiece originally directed by David Lynch will return after 26 years on May 21 on TMN in Canada.

Dark Angel will debut on PBS Masterpiece on Sunday May 21. It is a two-part drama shown in its entirety and is about the Victorian serial killer Mary Cotton (played by Anna from Downton Abbey – Joanne Froggatt).

Shows I’m Still Keeping up with

Genius is an 11 episode miniseries biography of Albert Einstein both as a young man and the wiry haired genius who went on to solve the secrets of the universe.  On National Geographic and Showcase in Canada.

The Handmaid’s Tale from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel is an 11 episode miniseries airing on Bravo in Canada.

Harlots is an 8 episode miniseries from Britain’s ITV that is airing on Superchannel in Canada.  Starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sibyl on Downton Abbey).  It is about the war between two competing brothels in London during the 18th century. For adults only!

Call the Midwife is the heartwarming PBS series that is now in its sixth season.  Get out your hankies of this wonderful series that chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s.

Veep is an acerbic comedy series now in its sixth season on HBO.  One year after losing the presidency, Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) attempt to secure her legacy.  Created by Armando Iannucci (comic genius behind Alan Partridge, In the Loop, The Thick of It, etc.), the show is brilliant in its no holds barred skewering of political life.

Silicon Valley is now in it fourth season on HBO. The guys struggle to find funding for Pied Piper’s video chat app.  A lovable group of nerds dealing with the cut throat wheeling and dealing of SV.

The Leftovers is in its third and final season on HBO. Will there be a second apocalyptic catastrophe?

The only way I can watch the news these days…

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver continues to entertain as John Oliver brings his persona to this weekly news satire program on HBO on Sunday nights.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs nightly on Comedy Mon-Thurs.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs Mon – Fri on CBS.

Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal airs Wednesdays on Comedy.

Real Time with Bill Maher airs Fridays on HBO.

CBS Sunday Morning airs Sunday mornings and its personal interest pieces, interviews with actors, political figures, athletes, musicians, etc. keeps me sane and inspired. This morning’s episode on Amsterdam was sublime.

The Best Shows you Should Be Watching

Better Call Saul is the prequel to Breaking Bad on AMC.
The Americans is in its fifth season on FX.  Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government.  Very timely…

Fargo is in its third season on FX.  Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota.  Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, ND.

Assorted Reading on Media

As I am an unapologetic Anglophile, I thought you might enjoy reading about the best British tv series:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/best-british-tv-shows-time/

Closing Words

Looking forward to my upcoming Book Group discussion (My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout), listening to A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles on Audible.com (tells the story of a Russian aristocrat living under house arrest in a luxury hotel for 30 years), just finished A House Full of Daughters by Juliet Nicolson (memoir about seven generations of Juliet Nicolson’s literary family).  Despite the dire weather predictions of rain for the next 5 days, I am looking forward to a couple of games of golf and the retirement party of a dear friend.  We will be attending a charity car rally next weekend in Collingwood, so cross your fingers for me as most of my friends know how hopelessly directionally challenged I am.  Have a wonderful week regardless of your plans.  If it rains, stay in and read or goodness knows, there are plenty of good programs available for watching!

What a week!

We spent three days in NYC last week.  We saw three wonderful plays (School of Rock, Present Laughter and Waitress).  Each play was totally enjoyable in its own way.  School of Rock is the stage adaptation by Andrew Lloyd Webber of the movie starring Jack Black.  Great energy and tunes.  Terrific performances by the child musicians as well as an incredible performance by Eric Petersen in the lead role.  How he does what he does for 8 shows a week is mystifying!  Present Laughter starred Kevin Kline in the classic Noel Coward comedy.  He is incredibly charismatic and hilariously funny as a physical comedian.  Our final show was Waitress written by Sarah Bareilles and she also stars in the show.  This touching musical is a wonderful adaptation of the original film.  A small town waitress dreams of running her own coffee shop.  While in NYC we did two great walking tours (Upper West Side and Lower East Side, went to the Fricke Museum, shopped till we dropped and went to great restaurants (Becco, Cafe Un, Deux, Trois, and Barbetta), all in the theatre district natch.  We stayed at The Iroquois Hotel.  We had previously stayed there in 1975 on our very first trip to NYC together.  It was a fleabag hotel then and is now one of NYC’s top boutique hotels.  On 44th St. between 5th and 6th it’s perfectly located in the midtown theatre district. If you get a chance to visit NYC, I highly recommend it.

It’s been a tough week to catch up with my recordings, but here are some of the shows I recommend.

 

Debuts

Charles III  debuts on PBS tonight.  It hypothesizes what the reign of Prince Charles might be like if his mother ever retires.
Berlin Station will debut later this month on Superchannel.  I watched it earlier this year in the US.  It is murky Berlin espionage at its most challenging.  Richard Armitage stars!

I’m Still Keeping up with…

Genius on National Geographic Channel. Great biography of Alfred Einstein.
The Handmaid’s Tale on Bravo.  This dark dystopian tale about the future is tough to watch.
Harlot on Superchannel is a terrific tale of brothel life in 1763 London.

The White Princess is a television adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s novel about the rise of the House of Tudor on Superchannel.

Billions season finale on HBO came to a close last Sunday with a face off between Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.
Call the Midwife and Home Fires are Sunday night’s most heartwarming shows on PBS.
Veep is a dark look at US politics on HBO.
Silicon Valley is a whimsical comedy about tech life on HBO.

The Leftovers is the saddest show on TV.  The aftermath of the Rapture continues on HBO.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a joyous review of the week on HBO on Sunday nights.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah skewers the political scene Mon-Thurs on Comedy.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert pokes fun at current events Mon-Fri on CBS.

Better Call Saul is the Breaking Bad prequel that is alternately heart breaking and darkly comedic on AMC
The Americans comes to a suspenseful conclusion on FX.
Fargo continues its noirish tale of midwestern bloodbaths on FX.

Great News is a very silly NBC comedy starring the wonderful Andrea Martin.
Gotham is a silly crime show on Fox showing the rise of Batman and all the villains.
Arrow is a superhero series about a dishy guy who’s awfully good with a bow and arrow on the CW.
The 100 is about attractive young people lost in space on the CW.

Streaming

Hap and Leonard began its third season on Sundance.  A great story about a mismatched odd couple in Texas in the late 1980’s starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams.  This show is addictive and has been described as swamp noir.  There are alligators!  I binged on 8 episodes of Season 1 this past weekend, and Season 3 has just begun!

Closing Words

After getting back to Thornbury this weekend, George and I participated in the men’s and women’s opening events at our golf club.  Because I am such a high handicap golfer I had the great good fortune to be matched up with three wonderful players and we came in third!!!  Unbelievable for me.  The best possible way to play golf (well for me anyhow).  Today we had Mother’s Day visits with our 93 and 98-year-old mothers and my children are going to bring Thai food over for dinner.  A great day for counting our blessings that we still have our mothers in our lives and we are able to celebrate these events with our own children.  A beloved niece called from Costa Rica to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day, so life is very good.  Enjoy the week, whatever you may have planned.

 

I can’t believe I watched the whole thing…

Well, this week has been one of a deluge of biblical proportions. We decided to head up to Thornbury to make sure there was no water damage due to the incessant rains.  As I write this on Sunday morning, there is a possibility of snow flurries in the forecast.  Thankfully, our sump pump has been working nonstop and our home is warm and dry.  The weather has been most conducive to cocooning and I have been bingeing on Netflix for much of this weekend.  My recommendations follow:

Amazon Prime Video Alert!!!

I was astonished to find out last week, that my Amazon TV app works in Canada!!

American Gods is a bizarre series starring Ian McShane which debuted this past week. It is about a recently released ex-convict named Shadow who meets a mysterious man who calls himself “Wednesday” and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow’s life and past. It’s going to take a while to figure this one out.

For those of you considering joining Amazon Prime so that you can access their video library of original content, here’s just a sampling of their titles:

Patriot  (espionage miniseries)

Tom Clancey’s Ghost Recon (suspense miniseries)

Goliath (legal miniseries)

The Night Manager (seriously, if you missed it on AMC, catch it here!)  Tom Hiddleston  and Hugh Laurie star in this terrific suspense series.

Sneaky Pete (Giovanni Ribisi and Bryan Cranston star in this suspense miniseries).

Fleabag (comedy miniseries from the UK)

Mozart in the Jungle (Gael Garcia Bernal stars as the maestro of a NYC symphony orchestra in this comedic miniseries)

Transparent (Jeffrey Tambor stars in this groundbreaking and heartbreaking miniseries about a transexual male transitioning to female in his 60’s)

I could go on, but the above is just a sampling of their original content that is worth watching.

Netflix

Dickensian is a 13-part series from the BBC.  I must confess that I managed to watch all 13 episodes this weekend!! I have a weakness for British costume dramas and this one is tailor-made for watching on a rainy day.  It’s a mashup of all of Dickens’ novels.  Characters from Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Bleak House, The Old Curiosity Shop, and A Christmas Carol all mix and mingle in what is essentially a murder mystery. Great British character actors abound, led by Stephen Rea, Peter Firth, Anton Lesser, etc. Make yourself a cup of tea,  turn on the fireplace, wrap yourself in an afghan and enjoy this one.

The Last Kingdom is a 16 part series that chronicles the rise of England under Alfred the Great.  A BBC co-production with Netflix, the 8 episode second season is currently available.  If you like hunky Danes fighting AngloSaxons circa 800-900 AD, you will love this.  The main protagonist is a fictional character who is part Saxon and Dane who is struggling to claim his birthright.  Played by Alexander Dreymon who grew up in France, Switzerland and the US, he is a fantastically romantic leading man.  I managed to finishing watching all 8 episodes of season 2 this past weekend!

Bravo

The Handmaid’s Tale is the latest adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel about a woman forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. If you like your futuristic tales dark and terrifying, this miniseries is for you! Great performances from Elizabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, etc.

If you didn’t manage to catch Hugh Laurie in the Hulu series Chance, it begins airing tonight directly following The Handmaid’s Tale.  This terrific suspense series is about a forensic psychiatrist who gets involved in a noirish relationship with a femme fatale.  Here’s what John Doyle had to say about it:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/john-doyle-hugh-laurie-is-very-good-as-another-flawed-doctor-in-chance/article34906274/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

 

Superchannel

Harlots is a production from Britain’s ITV. Set in London 1763, it tells the tale of rival brothel owners.  Full of naked women and men, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but so far, I have found it fascinating. Here’s what John Doyle had to say about it in the Globe:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/john-doyle-harlots-is-vigorously-bawdy-from-the-female-perspective/article34881555/

CBC/On Demand

After catching up with the marvellous and delightful series Anne last weekend (which I binged on in its entirety), I caught the first couple of episodes of Bellevue. This 8-episode miniseries is a mystery set in a small blue-collar town with a dark secret.  Kind of a Canadian Twin Peaks.  It stars Anna Paquin, Shawn Doyle and Allen Leech (Tom from Downton Abbey!!!). Seriously dark and very murky, I actually had trouble seeing my screen as so much of the series is filmed at night.  This one requires real perseverance.

 

HBO

Billions has its season finale tonight.

Veep continues with Julia Louis Dreyfus playing a former president who is obsessed with securing her legacy.

Silicon Valley continues its story of techies trying to survive in the jungle that is known as Silicon Valley.

The Leftovers is one of the saddest series ever made about the aftereffects of The Rapture.  Now we’re in Australia!

 

PBS

Call the Midwife and Home Fires are two of the most heartwarming British nostalgia series ever made.  If you are home on Sunday evenings, make yourself a cup of tea, get cosy in front of the fire, and grab a hankie.

ABC

American Crime aired the last episode of Season 3 last week.  This series is dark and  disturbing as it follows 3 different crimes in each season. Great performances from its repertory cast featuring Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King, Lili Taylor, etc.  Very challenging tv, but worth pursuing.  You can catch the first two seasons on Netflix.

AMC

Better Call Saul is continuing its second season prequel of events leading up to Breaking Bad.  Bob Odenkirk is alternately tragic and hilarious as the ne’er do well lawyer with a self-destructive streak.  Great cast of character actors includes Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito and many others in supporting roles.

FX

The Americans is in its fifth season of unbearable suspense during the Cold War days of the 1980’s. Very timely now that there is so much focus on Putin and his influence in today’s cold war.
Fargo is in its third season of completely independent storytelling (each season tells a different story, completely independent from the original film).  This season follows a twisted sibling rivalry that leads to murder, mobsters and cutthroat competitive bridge in a small Midwestern town.  Ewan McGregor heads up a terrific cast that includes Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbarg. Intrigue abounds!

NBC

Great News is a completely silly sitcom starring the great Andrea Martin in her first leading role in a series.  She is the only reason to watch this often lame comedy series.

Fox

Gotham has returned from hiatus with tales of a young Batman and all the supporting players and villains.  I have a soft spot for Benjamin Mackenzie as the young Jim Gordon.

The CW

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as a superhero who is awfully good with a bow and arrow.  He has all the charisma that Jeremy Renner lacked in the Avengers series.  Very silly stuff, but obviously, I am not the only one (well perhaps the only adult female) who is watching it as it is in its fifth season!
The 100 is in its 4th season and it  follows impossibly attractive young people who are lost in space.

Comic Relief

Stephen Colbert is dancing on the edge these days with his anger against
Trump and that is making for great ratings for him on The Late Show (CBS); Trevor Noah leads his comedic attacks on The Daily Show Mon-Thurs on Comedy; Samantha Bee attacks on Wednesday on Full Frontal on Comedy; Bill Maher attacks Fridays with Real Time on HBO; John Oliver attacks Sundays on Last Week Tonight on HBO.  I also record new episodes of Saturday Night Live on NBC and watch it when I am in need of a comic fix. All in all, I find these series so much easier to watch than CNN.

Zen Moment

I record CBS Sunday Morning and watch it at a moment when I need spiritual soothing.  I also record Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN and watch it for his lucid explanations of world affairs.

Closing Words

Do not despair because of our cold rainy weather in the north;  surely all this rain must be a harbinger of flowers and green grass to come.  Enjoy the season for its respite from endless snow in the north and heat and humidity if you are still in Fthe south.  Drive safely wherever you are, and take a few moments to relax and reflect on how grateful we should be to live in a land where we are lucky enough to take our freedoms and privileges for granted.  We enjoy wonderful health care and a civility of public discourse that many of our neighbours do not have.  Count your blessings! We are off to NYC this week to see some art, and of course, some theatre.  We have tickets for Kevin Kline in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter.  We’ll be heading to the half-price ticket wicket in Times Square to see what else we can find. Enjoy the week, wherever you are.