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…

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…

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!

Weekend update