Weekend update

So I started watching “The Staircase” last night and I’m already hooked.  It’s free on demand through March 16 (Sundance).  Apparently, it’s similar to Making a Murderer which everyone is obsessing over right now (remember I watched that the weekend it came out).  I’m only through episode one so far but I don’t believe the victim sustained those injuries and generated that amount of blood by falling down the steps.  Otherwise, I’m keeping an open mind.

American Crime is fantastic again this season.  I adore Regina King and also Felicity Huffman and I am loving the role changes for them this time around.  I was trying to figure out what Regina King’s job is with that cool office she has.  Lawyer?  Finance?  General asskicker?  I feel sorry for the guy who ran after her car.  It looks like he’ll be in a world of hurt soon.

I also like that the show isn’t following a traditional trajectory of male/female rape along racial lines.  Everyone is fair game here and that’s refreshing, considering the pc that’s infected this country of late.

I’m looking forward to watching Billions, Baskets, and London Spy this week.  I’m not a huge Paul Giamatti fan but I really like Damian Lewis and the woman who plays Giamatti’s wife.  It seems like it will be pretty over the top so I won’t be watching for any substantive stock market insight.  Just a fun guilty pleasure show.

Not sure about Baskets, but I like Zach G. (won’t even try to spell it).  The concept of the show is bizarre but I hope he can make it work.  I’m also curious to see how funny he is now that he’s skinnier.

I don’t know much about London Spy but I’m all about the British imports.  How can you not love that accent?  I’ll give the first episode a shot and see how I feel.

Lots of great tv and documentaries on the docket for the first half of 2016.  Bosch returns to Amazon Prime March 4.  I suppose Amazon chose that date to compete directly with the release of House of Cards on the same date.  I can’t say I’m dying to watch House of Cards like I was in prior seasons.  I just wasn’t that into the last season.  I’ll still be watching though.

House of Lies is back April 10.  I think this will be the last season since Kristen Bell has another show starting soon.

Better Call Saul is back February 15.  I’m really looking forward to that since it’s been off for almost a year.

And last but not least, GAME OF THRONES is back April 24.  Can’t wait!

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Weekend update

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!