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!

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I’m back!

Fall tv I’m looking forward to….

Summer’s winding down so prime tv season is upon us.  It was a great summer here but it’s time to get back to the grind.  Here are the shows I’m looking forward to, in no particular order:

1.Homeland, October 4 – So I think we left off with Quinn going off on a dangerous mission because he thought Carrie dissed him?  Last season was way better than the previous one.  Let’s hope that trend continues this year.  I still think Saul is the mole even though everyone thinks I’m crazy.  We’ll see how that goes.

2.Walking Dead, October 11 – I’m not in love with Fear TWD though I’ll soldier through it to see if it gets better.  The problem is that I hate most of the characters.  As for the original juggernaut, I’m looking forward to its return, though not as much as I have in previous years.  Part of it is that the story has started to run its course for me.  Another part of it is that I can’t stand Rick anymore and he needs to go.  Kind of like how I feel about Cersei Lannister.  I’m thrilled that Morgan is back and I hope he brings a different dynamic to the show.  More importantly, he better not get chomped!

3.The Good Wife, October 4 – I wasn’t happy with last season since there was way too much focus on Alicia’s clearly doomed run for office.  I don’t even remember where the show left off, and I don’t even care to refresh my memory.  I’m hoping to start over with a clean slate this season, and that the show returns to its former glory.  Less Cary and more Michael J. Fox please.

4.The Profit, November 3 – This is a show I think everyone should watch, young and old.  It’s such a great window into what it really means to have your own business, including the unglamorous side of it.  Marcus Lemonis is a no-nonsense businessman and he seems to be really invested in helping the people in the show, even though some of them are loathsome individuals who don’t deserve it.  I’m glad CNBC is giving him more seasons on air.

That’s all for now.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t add a postscript to last week’s post on what I watched this summer.  I neglected to mention unReal, which was one of my favorite shows this year.  Shiri Appleby has been one of my faves since her days on Roswell.  She is terrific on this show as is Constance Zimmer.  The show is really smart and I can’t wait to see where it goes next season.  Thanks for reading!

Fall tv I’m looking forward to….