What I’ve been watching…

Bosch Season 3 (Amazon Prime) – I’m only about halfway through but so far, this season is great.  I’m also starting the Bosch books from the beginning, though I think I read some of them back in the 90s.  This season is supposed to be a combination of two of the early books.  There’s a lot going on – a serial killer in Koreatown, the murder of a Vietnam vet, the murder of a young woman, and the murder of one of Bosch’s former nemesis.

My favorite characters are still J. Edgar and Irving, probably because they were both on The Wire.

Gomorrah Season 2 (Sundance, Wednesdays) – Sundance just aired the first four episodes of season 2 these past 2 weeks.  That means there’s only 4 weeks left, which makes me want to savor every single second of this delectable show.

I didn’t watch the Sopranos, but the consensus on twitter is that Gomorrah makes that show look like The Brady Bunch.  Spoiler alert!  Ciro killed his own wife, and the show then killed off my favorite character, Salvatore Conti, by slitting his throat in a church.  Great stuff, but I wish Conti was still alive.  I loved the religious imagery in his apartment juxtaposed with his brutality.  He will be missed!

Louis C.K. Seasons 1 – 4 (Netflix) – So how did I not start watching this guy until now?  He is hilarious!  He’s like a raunchy Seinfeld.  I’m now on season 4 which is getting super serious.  I don’t love the storyline with the foreign woman so hopefully that’s done for good.  I can’t wait to watch his comedy specials when I finish the show.  I also loved seeing Allan Havey in one of the episodes.

Billions Season 2 (Showtime, Sundays) – I think this season is better than the first, which is saying a lot.  The penultimate episode this week was terrific.  I totally didn’t see that twist coming, which is a sure sign of great writing.  I hate the fact that Rhoades won this round, especially since poor Ira was a pawn and the ultimate loser in his little game.  And Rhoades is a sucker if the thinks that Axelrod won’t crush him when it counts.  We’ll see.

Better Call Saul Season 3 (AMC, Mondays) – I’m not sure where they’re going this season but I can’t wait to find out.  I wonder if they’ll get to the part where Mike does start working for Fring?

What I’ve been watching…

2016 Wrap Up Report

We’re about to embark on another year so instead of coming up with “resolutions” I’ll never keep, I decided to do a year end wrap up:

Best book:  “River of Doubt” by Candice Millard.  Lots of great books this year but this was my favorite by far.  Waiting for Ms. Millard to come out with a new book in 2017.

Best new tv show:  Tie between “Happy Valley” and “Gomorrah”.  Two totally different shows but I just can’t decide between them.

Best tv season:  “Game of Thrones” – ’nuff said.  Honorable mention:  “Better Call Saul”.

Best line:  “What’s the point of having fuck you money if you never say fuck you?” – Billions.

Best song:  I am so not qualified to judge this but I find Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” oddly addictive.

Biggest surprise:  Hillary Clinton lost the election.

Most upsetting celebrity death:  Tie between George Michael and Prince.

Show I broke up with permanently:  The Walking Dead.

Best podcast:  “In the Dark”.

Best documentary:  “OJ Simpson:  Made in America”.

 

 

 

 

2016 Wrap Up Report

What I’m watching…

I decided to check out a few network premieres this week so I wanted to share my thoughts with you.  Those of you who follow me regularly know I detest network shows because they’re sanitized claptrap, unlike the brave stuff HBO and other cable networks are doing.  There is definitely claptrap but I liked the three shows I watched (so far):

1.Designated Survivor.  I’ll watch pretty much anything with Kiefer Sutherland.  Even when 24 went off the rails in its later seasons, he kept the show watchable.  I was ready to give up on Designated Survivor after the first 40 minutes, but the last few minutes left me wanting more.  I’m not sure I’ll stick with this long-term, but it is due to be dvr’ed this week.  There’s definitely claptrap potential with this show, so I’ll be closely monitoring.  I will say that I can’t stand the actress who plays the first lady.  Also, the show is treading dangerously close to “Homeland” territory with the annoying kids.  B+

2.Lethal Weapon.  Look, the only reason I watched this is because I really like Damon Wayans.  I have to say I was pretty impressed, probably due to low expectations.  The show itself looks pretty, and the two lead actors have a great rapport.  There’s also claptrap potential here, plus the formula of the show may get old quickly.  B+

3.Pitch.  I would have loved this pilot, if the last 60 seconds were omitted.  Claptrap alert, claptrap alert!  If this show was on cable, it wouldn’t include a dead dad to keep our attention.  There was so much to love about this pilot and it definitely has potential.  The lead actress and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are terrific.  A-

4.Gomorrah.  I think we’re towards the end of the first season being aired in the USA on Sundance.  It’s getting really good now.  I believe the last segment will air on Wednesday.  I then have to look for the second season somewhere.  My guess is that Daniele’s brother will team up with Ciro to go after Conte, since he doesn’t know that Ciro was the one responsible for his brother’s death.  I think he believes that Gennaro gave the order, and Ciro simply followed the order and had Daniele carry it out.  We’ll see.

5.Mr. Robot.  I have nothing to say about the season finale except that I have no earthly idea what is going on.  I’ll still continue to watch though.  Sam Esmail is a genius.

DVR alert:  Poldark tonight at 8 on PBS;  Shameless back on Showtime 10/2;  Class Divide on HBO on 10/3

Netflix alert:  Longmire Season 5 – now!

What I’m watching…

What I’m watching…

Although it’s summer, there’s a lot of good tv on right now.  You just have to know where to look.  Here’s what I’m watching:

1.Gomorrah on Sundance.  I’ve been waiting for this gritty Neapolitan crime family drama to come to the US for a while.  Thanks Sundance!  Season 1 is currently airing two episodes at a time on Wednesday nights.  I’ve only seen the first two episodes but I’m already hooked.  There are subtitles but you soon forget you’re even reading them because the scenery is so complex – a combination of the beautiful landscapes of Naples and the down and dirty of impoverished neighborhoods and gangsters.

My theory is that Ciro was the informant and the phone number he burned at the end of episode 2 was for his contact at the police.  Now that he has to run things while the boss is in prison, and the boss’s son is on life support, he can’t be the informant anymore.

2.Mr. Robot on USA.  OK, I’ll admit, I have no earthly idea what all is going on with this show right now.  Who is the Dark Army?  Why is it not aligned with Darlene and her group?  Where is Titus Welliver?  Why is his wife being protected by a guy who appears to be police?  You know what, I don’t care.  The show is a lot of fun, especially the recent episode that started with the 80s theme.  It really brought me back to those 80s sitcoms with their simplistic storylines where all problems were happily resolved by the end.  TV ain’t like that no more, and boy am I glad (what would we have to write about?).

3.Ray Donovan on Showtime.  I won’t say much about Ray Donovan this season as I am bored to tears.  Jon Voight is the ONLY reason I’m still watching.  I think I’m breaking up with RD after this season.  Sorry Liev, just too much emotional and Donovan family crap distracting from the interesting stuff.

4.The Night Of on HBO.  This sleeper of a show has finally woken viewers up and now appears to be getting a lot of press.  I bet it will do well in DVD, iTunes,etc. sales in future.  The season finale is tonight.  My prediction is that Naz will be acquitted, he’ll be killed in prison before his release, and the viewer will be shown at the end what really happened, via the surveillance camera inside of the deer head on the victim’s wall.

Personally, I think Naz committed the crime.  Not with any pre-meditation or necessarily intent, I think he went apeshit from the drugs and alcohol, and his subconscious broke him out of his good boy, immigrant son mold to do something so uncharacteristic.  Just a theory folks, I could be dead wrong.  Shout out to Michael K. Williams for another stellar performance.  You’ll always be Omar to me.

Happy watching!

What I’m watching…

Must see tv coming up (at least according to me)…

Orange is the New Black returned Friday (Netflix)

Queen of the South premieres on Thursday, June 23 (USA)

Thirteen premieres on Thursday, June 23 (BBC America)

Ray Donovan returns next Sunday, June 26 (Showtime)

Marcella premieres on July 1 (Netflix)

Mr. Robot returns July 13 (USA)

Doc and Darryl premieres July 14 (ESPN)

Ballers returns July 17 (HBO)

The Profit returns August 23 (CNBC)

Gomorrah premieres August 24 (Sundance)

Churchill’s Secret premieres September 15 (PBS)

And I hear Homeland has been delayed to January, still researching why

 

Must see tv coming up (at least according to me)…