Back from hiatus…

Sorry for the long hiatus, readers.  It’s been a busy few weeks here in reality.  However, I did have time over the last week to get back to tv watching.  I just had to write a quick post on my new favorite show “Happy Valley”.  I’ve had this show on my list for a while, since it was mentioned on a podcast I like called “Real Crime Profile”.

The real star of the show is Sarah Lancashire, a British actress who you would recognize if you saw her.  She plays a middle-aged granny to an 8 year old boy.  She’s also a sergeant in the police force of a small town somewhere in England.  The boy is the progeny of her 18 year old daughter, who committed suicide shortly after he was born, allegedly because the boy’s father raped her.

The show revolves around several ongoing crimes and granny’s involvement, both professionally and personally, with the perpetrators and victims.  I don’t want to give anything away but I literally couldn’t stop watching.

It’s only two seasons of six episodes each, so I was able to watch it pretty quickly. You’ll also recognize Siobhan Finneran, O’Brien from Downton Abbey, and Kevin Doyle, Molesley from same, as major characters.

It does take some time to get used to the accents but it’s worth the wait.  Check it out on netflix.

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Back from hiatus…

I’m back!

Hiatus/vacation is officially over.  It’s good to be back to reality I guess.  I was intent on posting over the break but I needed to unplug.  I also intended to do a “best of 2015” list of something or other but those have been done to death so I figured who cares.  I’m all about looking ahead, not in the past.

Anyway, lots to discuss today.  If you follow me on twitter, I broke up with both The Good Wife and Downton Abbey this week.  I don’t do new year’s resolutions, rather, I set goals, and one of my goals for 2016 was to reduce my screen time by focusing only on shows that I really enjoy.  Sorry but GW and DA don’t cut it for me anymore.  I was one of the original Downton watchers on PBS from the beginning when no one else watched because it was set in “olden times” and there were accents.  Then of course everyone jumped on the Downton bandwagon and the show went downhill.  I still love the Dowager Countess but not enough to overcome the boring ass tribulations of Bates/Anna, etc.

As for GW, the season started off with a lot of promise, setting up a battle between Eli and Margo Martindale.  However, Margo’s talent has been wasted this season and I’m tired of waiting for something to happen.

Psyched for the Golden Globes tomorrow night.  I would love it if Game of Thrones won for best show but I have a feeling Mr. Robot will win.  Don’t get me wrong I loved Mr. Robot but it’s no GOT.  I wouldn’t mind if Narcos won either but Mr. Robot for me was a little too niche to win overall.

I started watching an interesting show on Discovery this week called “The Killing Fields”.  It’s a true story following a cold case investigation of an 18  year old murder in Louisiana.  It reminds me of “The First 48” without the annoying narrator.  I’m intrigued so far and convinced that the owner of the dive bar knows more than he’s saying.

The first episode of American Crime this week was also intriguing.  It’s strange to see the actors playing different roles this season but so far I like it.  Regina King is always great as is Felicity Huffman.  I like this show because it addresses race in an intelligent way and also in ways that don’t sensationalize it (yes I’m talking about you members of the media!).

That’s what’s going on here today.  I’m working on my next post about “Making a Murderer”, which I hope to have up soon.  I will note that I watched it the weekend it was released, weeks before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon.  Am I a trendsetter or what?

One last thing, I finally listened to season one of Serial.  I knew in the first 10 minutes of episode one that he did it!

I’m back!