Marcus Lemonis’ “The Partner”

Marcus Lemonis of “The Profit” has a new series on CNBC called “The Partner”.  I really want to love this show but two episodes in, the jury’s still out for me.  The concept is good – Marcus is looking for someone to be his business partner and to help him shoulder the load of work he’s taken on via “The Profit”.

I love Marcus Lemonis’ “The Profit” and the concepts of “people, process, product” that he promotes.  It’s clear that he takes this seriously and it carries over into “The Partner”.

On paper, the candidate’s credentials were very impressive.  However, their credentials aren’t necessarily translating to their actions.  I’m sure this is in part due to the presence of the cameras, as well as the enormous time crunch.

I was particularly disappointed in Chuck Brewer, who was “fired” this week.  I predicted that he and Peilin Pratt were the candidates to beat during the first episode.  However, he displayed no personality and his personal branding campaign was weak.  It was definitely the right decision to fire him this week.

Erin Cobb is a great candidate but something about his personality rubs me the wrong way.  Perhaps he’s a bit overconfident?  I really like Peilin and I think she’ll be in the final two.  I’m also biased in her favor because I love candy (she and her husband have an online candy business)!

I suspect that Marcus will keep the non-profit candidate Julianna Reed for a while because she’s the underdog.  She’s definitely impressed me more as time goes by, but I’m still skeptical that she has the gravitas to be the partner.

I believe this series only has three more episodes so I intend to stick with it.  I’m curious to hear your thoughts on it.

Marcus Lemonis’ “The Partner”

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)…

What I’m watching

So I’m now working on season two of “The Knick”.  Shout out to my co-worker who recommended it.  I was hesitant to watch because of the creepy medical stuff but it’s a great show.  Clive Owen plays the Jon Hamm character and I loathe him almost as much as I loathed Don Draper.

The show is set in 1900 and it’s an interesting overview of the times from the perspectives of progress, race, gender, etc.  My favorite characters are Algernon, Sister Harriet, and Lucy.  My favorite storyline so far was the woman with syphilis and how they dealt with her disfigurement.  I’ll report back once I finish season two.

We have to talk about Billions.  Just loving this show as a guilty pleasure.  Damien Lewis is great as is Maggie Siff.  I also love the father of the US Attorney.  Paul Giamatti is overacting his role and I wish he would tone it down.  He’s too short and fat to be jumping around and carrying on in order to command respect.  It comes off as ridiculous.  I think this season is only ten episodes but it’s been renewed for a second season already.

I loved the Metallica episode last week.  I knew when Axe was telling his friend about letting go of loser stocks he meant letting go of loser friends, which is exactly what he did. I would never want to be that rich because then you never truly know who has your best interests in mind.  I’d be happy with $10 million!

I was so glad to hear that Marcus Lemonis of “The Profit” is doing well with that show and will be on a new show called “The Partner”.  He has a nice demeanor and he conducts business in a way that everyone could benefit from watching.

What I’m watching

Weekend wrap-up

I’m still processing what really happened on Homeland this week. I remarked to my fellow watcher towards the end that it was a boring episode, then the proverbial shit hit the fan. Is Saul involved? Does he know? Is he behind it? Is the redhead using him to orchestrate her plan/s? Loyal readers know that I have believed that Saul is the mole from the very beginning of the show, because what better twist could there be? It didn’t all seem to fit together until now, assuming he’s involved. He did look shocked when the plane blew up but of course that could have been fake.

Is redhead working for the Russians? Israelis? Both? None? Many questions and I need a Carrie pushpin wall to keep track of all of the players and stories. Now I’m thinking maybe During is involved and is seeking retribution on the Israelis for something but that doesn’t make sense, at least not yet.

Did anyone else think Carrie’s “disguise” was terrible? Her facial features are way too recognizable. She needs something better than a Mia Farrow wig to hide herself. Colored contacts at least!

So glad that The Profit is back! Marcus Lemonis for president. I’m not an animal person but the concept of Bentley’s Bakery is a great one, especially since pet products are hot right now. These owners were probably one of the nicest set of owners we’ve seen on this show, with truly good intentions that went a little bit off track. Fortunately, they listened to Marcus’ advice and it appears they’re doing well. I chuckled when I realized that the show aired right after the RNC debate on economics, thinking that Americans could learn more about economics from Marcus than they ever would from any politician.

Speaking of what was called a debate but was simply a travesty, CNBC ought to be ashamed. I’m a libertarian so I have no dog in this fight but the moderators had such an obvious agenda it was painful to watch. How does a question like what is your weakness help anyone assess a candidate’s plans for the economy? I was glad it ended up backfiring on the network as their talking heads lost control early on and looked just plain silly. I’m not a fan of Ted Cruz but I respected his calling them out on it. It was clear that the network and/or the moderators were more interested in furthering their own agenda and making names for themselves. FAIL!

Weekend wrap-up

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….