I wrote this blog while sitting in the Court House on University Ave. waiting to be called for jury duty, so if I seem a bit blue in the writing of this, I was feeling incarcerated in a huge room of very unhappy people. However, they released us about 2 pm, and I fled happily to the subway and scampered home feeling suddenly as free as a bird.
If we had been allowed to take pictures, I would have inserted a picture of our 300 strong jury pool. That is, 300 of the most bored, irritated people I have ever seen. And we were only on the first day of 5 days of mandatory attendance. They were processing the poor souls who requested exemptions for the first three hours we were there. As this is my third summons this year (I was successful in obtaining 2 previous deferrals over the last year) I buckled down to serve my time here thereby earning an exemption for the next three years. We can now leave for Florida in one week as planned! No trials of the century for me, thank goodness.
Now, as for some viewing recommendations:
On the Big Screen
Viceroy’s House stars Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson (The Fall, X Files) as Lord and Lady Mountbatten presiding over the partition and granting of independence to India. Superb! Period costumes and British accents. I was in heaven!
Mindhunter is an 11 part miniseries that debuted this past weekend. Starring Jonathan Groff (Jesse from Glee), as a founding member of the Behavioural Science Unit of the FBI, this totally engaging series charts the rise of criminal profiling in a fascinating way. We watched the whole thing in one wknd. Fabulous!
Dynasty is back and now available on Netflix. Somehow less fabulous (I guess I do miss those shoulder pads), and updated for our times, Stephen Carrington is now totally out of the closet, Sammy Jo (formerly played by Heather Locklear) is now a gay man, Cristal is now Latina, etc. First episode has already featured a cat fight, yet somehow, I doubt I will stay with this one.
Riverdale is also now available on both the CW and Netflix. I love this dark take on Archie Andrews and his high school crew. More sex and murder than there was in the very wholesome comics. This is a savage social satire with witty writing and the aforesaid sex and murders.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with my father is a delightful miniseries about a stand up comedian travelling with his stuffy father around Southeast Asia for 5 weeks.
This is Us continues to unravel this tale of family. I still find it maudlin, but I will watch season 2 until I find out what all the fuss is about.
Berlin Station has returned for Season 2 on Epix and can also be seen on Superchannel in Canada. Still brooding and murky!
Streaming/CBS All Access
Star Trek: Discovery has been rebooted as a prequel and I love watching Jason Isaacs as the latest captain. Great ensemble cast featuring Sonequa Martin-Green from The Walking Dead.
Ray Donovan wound up its most recent season last night. This was a challenging season as it dealt with Abby’s death and the impact on the family. Even darker than the preceding seasons.
Last Week tonight with John Oliver aired a new show last night. His major target was Equifax and I did find it tedious.
Designated Survivor (Wednesdays at 10) is incredibly silly and inane, but I can’t look away. It’s one of the few series that paints its leading character as a truly good man played by Kiefer Sutherland.
Saturday Night Live (Saturday nights at 11:30) with host Kumail Nanjani was terrific this past weekend. Nanjani was great in every sketch and his monologue on racism was very funny. Alec Baldwin opened the show as Trump. I don’t think he’s nearly as funny as The President Show‘s Anthony Atamaniuk.
The Brave is a new show that has been airing on NBC on Monday nights at 10. It’s one of the many shows this year that is unabashedly patriotic and features special forces operatives executing different missions each week. Full disclosure: it features Mike Vogel who previously starred in the ludicrous Under the Dome and he’s awfully easy on the eyes! I have enjoyed the first 3 episodes of this show, so we shall see if it continues to hold my attention.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert starts repeats this week.
The President Show has shifted its time slot on the schedule and now airs at 10 pm on Wed.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee should have a new show on Wednesday night at 10:30.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has new shows Mon – Thurs at 11.
Jim Jeffries has new show Tuesday at 10:30.
People of Earth is a very funny show about survivors of Alien Abductions who join a support group on Tues at 10.
Poldark continues its romantic epic saga of 18th Century Cornwall on Sunday nights at 9 pm.
The news is full of Harvey Weinstein sexual assault charges. Apparently, someone is trying to revive sexual assault charges against Mr. Trump. Should be an interesting week. The trees are glorious and the forecast this week is for increasingly warm weather, so enjoy this lovely autumn wherever you are.