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…

What I’ve been watching…

So I finished episode 10 of House of Cards last night.  This was the episode where the Underwoods received the dual nomination at the convention.  Now, I love this show, but this is preposterous on so many levels.  One could say the show has now jumped the shark.    I’ve been loving Claire’s rise throughout the series to become a true partner with her husband in their political schemes.  However, this is too much.  I’m willing to suspend my disbelief for the enjoyment of a show (Homeland I’m looking at you) but this puts me over the edge.  It’s totally unbelievable that a person with absolutely no political experience would be considered for VP.  The show gave us no explanation for this monumental ascension.  I have three episodes left which I’ll certainly watch but at this point, I’m skeptical.

I do hope the Underwoods get their comeuppance and that’s where this is all leading.  I’m suspicious of Tom the writer bedding Claire and I think he’s on the Conways’ payroll.  I’m hoping that will torpedo this whole Underwood campaign, though it seems that nothing stops them.  The show itself is a marvel and I love the cinematography.  Doug Stamper is still my favorite followed by Remy.  It looks like poor Remy is going to become entangled in the Underwood web yet again.

I’ll check back in once I finish the season.  Hope to do so this weekend so I can get to Bosch!

I don’t usually write about Shameless but I’m compelled to this week.  I think this season has been the funniest so far.  The scene this week where Frank went into the barber shop and came out with cornrows, with the rap music in the background, tore me up.  I detest William H. Macy’s character in this show but he is on fire this season.

As for Billions, I’m still not into Giamatti’s overacting and refuse to believe that anyone that unattractive could land Maggie Siff.  Claire Underwood as VP is more believable!  He looks like a stuck pig (yes I am superficial).  I was skeptical about Damien Lewis playing the hedge fund guy but he is terrific.  I loved the punch out and his “Worth it!”, especially when someone memed it on youtube.  I also couldn’t believe that the jackass father would drink and then get behind the wheel with a bunch of kids in the car.  Do people really do that in society?  Call me naive.

Better Call Saul is really great this season.  I love the Mike Ermentraut storyline.  I was wrong though, because I thought Nacho wanted him to get rid of someone higher up the food chain, i.e. Gus Fring.  I suspect that’s to come, if they can get Giancarlo Esposito back (shhh, that’s my birthday wish).

I’ve been listening to the official podcast after each episode, which is pretty cool.  Apparently, Mike was almost not a character in Breaking Bad.  Bob Odenkirk was unavailable for a scene in season two so they introduced Mike instead.  He was so well-received that the producers decided to keep him on.  Glad they did!

I have to give a mention to Hap and Leonard, my new favorite show.  I will say I only started watching it because Michael Kenneth Williams is in it.  The chemistry between all of the characters is a lot of fun and Michael is great in this role.  Apparently, the show is based on a book series.  There are only three episodes left of this season so we’ll see what happens.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading.

What I’ve been watching…