Search Party | Season One | TBS

 

Synopsis:

A dark comedy about four twenty-somethings entangled in a mystery when a former college acquaintance goes missing.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

I absolutely adore the main character, Dory, played by Alia Shawkat, mostly because I’ve loved her since her role on Arrested Development. But in this series, she’s much more awkward and totally desperate to find her purpose in life – especially when her old college friend shows up on a Missing Persons flyer.

Dory is convinced something terrible happened but refuses to believe Chantal is dead. Dory wrangles three friends to help find Chantal. These four self-absorbed, clueless, millennials come together to help search for Chantal. On their quest, the find themselves dealing with pseudo intellectuals, private investigators, wannabe artists, and even a cult!

The series consists of 10 episodes but they’re only a half-hour long. And because this series isn’t super heavy, or crazy intense, it’s very easy to watch the entire season in one day. Like I did.

I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s definitely a doozie! They ended the season properly, but left the door slightly open for another season. And I truly hope there will be another season.

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The Kettering Incident | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:

Doctor Anna Macy finds herself inexplicably linked to the disappearance of two girls, fifteen years apart.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

Filmed in Tasmania – an island state of the Commonwealth of Australia – Anna Macy is a highly-regarded doctor, working at a hospital in London, suffering from headaches and frequent memory lapses. After one of her black-outs, she wakes up back in her hometown, Kettering. She left the town 15 years prior, after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, Gillian. Upon her return, another girl goes missing, forcing Anna to search for the truth about both missing girls.

I am a HUGE fan of Australian television, so I went into this with high hopes. The first seven episodes are truly phenomenal. Gripping. Chilling. Mind-bending. I loved those seven episodes so much that I went back and re-watched them with My Love so that he wouldn’t miss out.

And then? The season finale?

SHIT. THE. BED.

Absolutely, THE WORST finale, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Worse than The Sopranos. Worse than Dexter.

In fact I was FURIOUS I had wasted sooooo much time on a series that completely dropped the ball and screwed the viewers out of something that could have been incredible. And, they left way too many loose ends. I was left with more questions than answers.

Apparently, according to this article:

Kettering Incident Season 2 Cancelled? Worst Finale Episode Ever?

I’m not the only one who feels this way. Moreover, as of now, there will NOT be another season. So viewers are left hanging, forever.

So, if you have 8 hours to waste, only to be sorely disappointed, then knock yourself out. Otherwise, sadly, this show is an epic fail. Don’t waste your time.

 

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From Wikipedia:

The Kettering Incident is an Australian television drama series screening on Foxtel’s showcase channel in Australia on 4 July 2016] It is created by Victoria Madden and Vincent Sheehan, produced by Porchlight Films and Sweet Potato Films and written by Victoria Madden, Louise Fox, Cate Shortland and Andrew Knight.

Fortitude | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:
Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

Okay, so, the first ½ hour of the first episode is SLOW.AS.FUCK.
I mean, holy shit slow.
SLOW. SLOW. SLOW.

But then, one night, home alone, sleepless, and raging with PMS – I forced myself to get past that dreadful ½ hour and almost out of NOWHERE the show completely explodes and takes off. And once it takes off, it hits the ground running, and doesn’t stop.

Fortitude is a British psychological thriller. Similar to shows such as: Top of the Lake, or The Killing. The scenery is absolutely incredible. Most was filmed on location in Iceland. And if anyone reading this knows me, you know I love all things snowy, icy, and freezing.

A mysterious discovery, by two kids, could potentially derail big plans for the glacier hotel – much needed boost to the local economy. And people are suddenly, brutally, murdered. An affair, shady law enforcement, and an infectious disease are destroying life on the island. Who lives? Who dies? Who’s doing the killing? What’s making the polar bears act so crazy? Why won’t the mainland help them? And what is with the pig in the hyperbaric chamber?

I’m not going to lie. This show is REALLY graphic. Like up close and personal graphic. There were scenes I watched covering my eyes with my hands – peeking through my fingers – hoping the camera would pan to another scene, and yet, I couldn’t look away.

Emmy Award Winning, Stanley Tucci, is one of my all-time favorite actors from movies such as: The Hunger Games, and, The Devil Wears Prada. So when he appears, in the second episode, as the main detective person, I was thrilled! I was not familiar with any of the other actors with the exception of, Nicholas Pinnock, who played the asshole-cheating-husband on the Netflix Series: Marcella. And I think I only recognized him, because he played the role of the asshole-cheating-husband in this series too!

The season is 12 episodes – each lasting one hour. And if you believe in karma, you’ll love the season finale.

I am not sure if it’s going to air in the United States, on any venue, but I am reading reports season two is set to premiere in January 2017.

“Now we have official confirmation that Fortitude season 2 is in the works and is expected to premiere sometime in January, 2017.”  …. Continue reading HERE with spoilers.

I can’t wait!

* Highly recommend

  • Not suitable for children.

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Black Mirror | Season Three | Netflix:

Synopsis:
Anthology series. Displaying the dark side of life and the scary side of technology.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

This show is OFF.THE.CHAIN. It’s way outside of my normal scope of television viewing. I’ve never been into anything remotely Sci-Fi. But, this isn’t really Sci-Fi in the traditional sense. Touted by Stephen King as, “terrifying, funny, intelligent” and “like this generations, Twilight Zone.” And that is completely accurate. It’s definitely mind-fucking, twisted, and intensely disturbing. You’ve been warned.

Season Three consists of six episodes – one hour each – but what’s interesting is that you don’t need to ‘binge-watch’ because none of the episodes intersect with each other. Each episode stands on it’s own. Some of those episodes really make you think and stick with you for days.

Without giving too much away, because I loathe when other people post spoilers, I will just list my favorite episodes of this season.

Episode 2  – Playtest
Episode 3 –  Shut Up and Dance
Episode 6 – Hated in the Nation

 

What are YOUR favorite episodes this season?

 

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Goliath | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:
A disgraced lawyer, now ambulance chaser, gets a case that could bring him redemption or at least revenge on the firm that expelled him.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

From the creators David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro comes an Amazon Prime Original, Goliath, and it was FANTASTIC!

Billy Bob Thornton plays the main character, Billy McBride, a washed-up, once rock-star lawyer, with alcoholic tendencies. And he’s never been better! Love me some Billy Bob! I found myself yelling at the television routing for him.

William Hurt, as Donald Cooperman, the other co-founder of the law-firm, spends most of his time in a darkened room, nursing his half-burnt face and clicking on an annoying signaling device. This mofo is the villain of the series and holy fucking creepy. Like, seriously? I got the heebeejeebees every time he was on screen!

I totally fell IN LOVE with Nina Arianda as Billy’s co-chair, Patty. I didn’t really like her in the first episode, but then, omg, total girl crush! Michelle McBride, Billy’s ex-wife, played by Maria Bello also had me at, “Hello.” And lastly, Molly Parker as Callie Senate, Billy’s rival in the courtroom, played the perfect Cunty McCuntbag, because I totally hated her. Like I was supposed to.

Over eight episodes the series tells the story of one case. From the moment it falls into Billy’s lap through the crazy court battle between him and Donald Cooperman.

I found myself totally engaged from the opening scene. I stayed completely hooked every episode. And the finale left me wanting even more! The whole series is kind of a throw back to 90’s television, like The Practice, only way better.

 

Highly recommend!

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RHNJ | Season Seven | BRAVOTV

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So… Um…

This whole season has been filled with ‘Holy Shit’ moments. Between Teresa coming home from “camp” to her and Melissa finally forming a true union, to Jacqueline acting completely out of character and quite frankly crazy – my jaw has been on the floor. ON. THE. FLOOR. This has been one of my favorite seasons. Except for the season when Teresa flipped tables, almost punched Any Cohen, and Danielle Staub was all the rage.

However the saddest, yet most touching episode this season, had to be episode 14:
The Importance of Being Family.”
Teresa struggles to stay strong as she says goodbye to her husband, Joe, who begins his 41-month prison sentence.
[We all know the drama surrounding Teresa & Joe Giudice.If you don’t? Click HERE.]

 

I cried when Teresa came home and hugged her four daughters for the first time as a free woman. But NOTHING made me cry harder than watching Milania, the 3rd daughter, say saying goodbye to her father.

Poor Milania! I actually feel bad watching her pain, on camera.

However, Teresa’s brother, Joe, stepping up to the plate? MOST EXCELLENT! Warmed my whole heart. Yay family!

Also?

Holler @ Melissa! Way to be an awesome Sister-In-Law. Cannot wait to go shopping in her store! In fact, I already have a full-cart online.

Now …

Normally, I don’t like new cast members. It usually takes me a year or two to get used to them. But, I totally love me some Dolores & Siggy. These two have been a FABULOUS edition to the show.

I just don’t understand why they couldn’t see how immature Jacqueline behaved?

I don’t know if Jacqueline needs to change her meds. Or, get ON meds. Or see a hormonal specialist. Because she was NOT okay. And she hasn’t been ‘okay’ ALL SEASON.

Oh,

AND WHO THE FUCK INVITED KIM D?
TO ANYTHING?
EVER?
FOR ANY EPISODE?

Anyone who says they’re friends with Melissa OR Teresa, has NO BUSINESS hanging with that cunt-bag-lying-coke-whore-white-trash-piece-of-shit, Kim D.

No.

Wrong.

 

 

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Crisis In Six Scenes | Season One | Amazon Prime:

If you don’t like Woody Allen, kindly walk away.
And keep your vicious comments to yourself.
I will not engage.
Good TV is good TV.
The End.

 

Synopsis:
A comedy that takes place in the 1960’s during turbulent times in the United States and a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down.

 

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

Warnings:

1. Opening scene begins with credits, so, no, you’re not doing it wrong.
You didn’t miss anything. No need to restart/rewind. Like I did. TWICE.

2. Also? If you’re over the age of 30? Do not be distracted by Max Casella, as the barber. Because holy shit, he got old. But so did we.

3. Lastly? Miley Cyrus. I’ve only recently started liking Miley since the newest season of, The Voice, NBC. And she did not disappoint.

*** *** ***

I had high hopes, mostly because I love Woody Allen – as an artist, a director, and a writer. And even though I wasn’t completely engaged, I also wasn’t completely disappointed. I watched all six episodes in one sitting, probably because they’re only 25 minutes long and it took less than three hours of my life. Plus, there were truly laughable moments – just not enough laughable moments to keep me ‘hooked’ unconditionally.

And here’s why…

I thought the writing for Miley’s character, Lennie Dale, was unrealistic. She’s supposed to be a radical, people. Not a literary professor. Woody basically plays himself, as Sidney J. Munsinger, a typical neurotic hermit – which has been done to death – and done much better by Larry David.  I think the only reason I kept watching was because of Elaine May, playing the role of Kay Munsinger. However, I can’t figure out if I Ioved her in this particular role, or if I just love her because of  ‘Small Time Crooks’ one of my all time favorite movies. The second she opens her mouth, I immediately start laughing.

On the other hand, if you’re over the age of 50, you might have a much different viewing experience watching this series. And I have to admit the finale had me in stitches. Doubled over, holding my stomach, laughing.

In any event, IMHO, this series is more of a “filler” show – yanno, like, when you have NOTHING else to watch.

 

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TV MASTER LIST – ALL SHOWS – ON ALL VENUES

MASTER LIST – ALL THINGS TV ON ALL VENUES
* This list is constantly updated – especially after I’ve discovered a new show.
* I’ve either already watched, or am currently watching, all of the shows listed below.
* x = watched.
* o = am currently watching.
* 🙂  = watched, reviewed, AND, blog posted. Just click on the title of the show and you’ll be taken directly to the official trailer and/or my personal review.
* Any suggestions / recommendations, not already listed, are welcome in the comment section of this post, so I can add them to my ‘to be watched’ queue.

 

netflix-older-logoNETFLIX
🙂 – Breaking Bad
🙂 – Dexter
🙂 – The Killing
x – Derek
x – Mad Men
x – Parenthood
x – Nurse Jackie
x – Weeds
🙂 – Arrested Development
🙂 – Scrubs
x – Orange Is The New Black
x – House of Cards
o – Better Call Saul
x – Wentworth
x – Broadchurch
x – Marcella
x – The Fall
x – Narcos
x – Bloodline
x – Making of a Murderer
x – Stranger Things
x – The Fear of 13
x – Grace & Frankie
o – Last Chance U
o – Run
🙂 – Black Mirror

 

amazon-instant-video-logoAMAZON PRIME
x – Transparent
x – Mad Dogs
🙂 – The Kettering Incident
x – The Missing
x – Fortitude
🙂 – Crisis in 6 Scenes
🙂 – Goliath
o – American Gothic
o – Sneaky Pete

 

 

hbo-logoHBO & HBO-GO
x – Six Feet Under
x – Curb Your Enthusiasm
x – The Newsroom
x – True Detective
x – The Leftovers
x – Game Of Thrones
x – The Night Of
o – Divorce

 

 

showtime-networkSHOWTIME & SHOWTIME-ANYTIME
o – Shameless
o – House Of Lies
x – Homeland
x – Ray Donovan
o – The Affair
x – Billions
o – Westworld

 

 

NETWORK TV
o – How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
o – Designated Survivor (ABC)
o – Scandal (ABC)
o – Conviction (ABC)
o – The Family (ABC)
o – This Is Us (NBC)
o – Timeless (NBC)
o – Superstore (NBC)
o – The Voice (NBC)
o – Brooklyn 99 (FOX)
x – So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
o – Bull (CBS)

 

CABLE TV
x – Suits (USA)
x – Search Party (TBS)
o – Eyewitnesses (USA)
o – American Horror Story (FX)
o – Real Housewives (BRAVO)
o – Below Deck (BRAVO)
o – Southern Charm (BRAVO)
o – Million Dollar Listing (BRAVO)
o – Ladies of London (BRAVO)
o – People Magazine Investigates (IDTV)
o – 80’s Deadly Decade (IDTV)
o – Better Call Saul (AMC)

 

*********   QUEUE   *********
The Crown – Netflix
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Peaky Blinders – Netflix
Daredevil – Netflix
Damages – Netflix
LilyHammer – Netflix
Jessica Jones – Netflix
Happy Valley – Netflix
Wallander – Netflix
Blunt Talk – Starz
Fargo – FX/HULU/Amazon Prime
Good Girls Revolt – Amazon Prime
Bosch – Amazon Prime
* Good Behavior – TNT
* Shooter – USA
Better Things – FX
The Good Place – NBC
Secrets & Lies – ABC
The Killing Season A&E


I do NOT write spoilers when reviewing a new series or covering an entire season. Because that’s just rude. I’m only here to give you an over-view peppered with my personal opinions. The only time I will include spoilers are when I’m writing a re-cap: for one particular episode of one particular series. And, you will have fair warning when doing so.

That is all.
Carry on.

 

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HELLO … IT’S ME …

HELLO

IT’S ME

AND I’M STILL ADDICTED TO WATCHING TOO MUCH TV …

 

It’s been a while.

Yeah.

Like, a really long while.

Whatevs.

 

I’m not going to waste anyone’s time with details, excuses, or dramatic re-enactments explaining my disappearance. Aint nobody got time for that. This isn’t an episode of Snapped.

However?

And, luckily for y’all…

My undying love – for all things television – has NOT been compromised.

not. even. a. little.

In fact – during my unexplained absence – my love affair with TV has grown even stronger.

 

 

With the newest viewing options; from cable and networks providing ondemand capabilities – to Smart TV’s and RoKu apps, such as: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime?

I’ve inevitably developed a sixth-sense.

For real, people.

I’ve been given a gift. Finding the most awesome television shows, ever.

Some people read fortunes, see the dead, or communicate with the other side. Other people provide stock options, develop retirement plans, or figure out super fancy shit with money. Some people learn. Some people teach. Some people have degrees. And some people just flip burgers or mop floors.

I am not any of those people.

I’m just a television junkie. Committed to all things TV since 1974.

 

 

And I am here to give you the inside info.

  1. I’ll let you know when something is worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you the reasons why.
  1. I’ll let you know when something is NOT worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you those reasons why.

 

Why?

Because I’m nice like that.

 

 

On the other hand?

I am NOT going to research facts, or spend hours perusing IMBD, or spend one second looking up Rotten Tomato or other notable Critic Scores. I am NOT going to read reviews before, during, or after – watching any show, on any venue, ever.

This is just an unbiased and un-researched television junkie’s blog.

That. Is. All.

 

So…

Brew some coffee, or pour yourself a cocktail, and let’s watch worthy TV, together, again!

Hope y’all enjoy my recommendations, as much as I enjoy watching these shows.

 

* PS: Suggestions are ALWAYS welcome, usually on my Facebook account. Except for anything SyFy and/or History. NO. Because, BORING. Denied.
FYI: I favor crime/suspense/murder/mystery – on any & all venues. And then I will lean on: Comedy, HGTV, IDTV, BRAVOTV, or even Reality TV, when desperate.

 

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Dexter – The 8th and Final Season

 

Sadly, this summer, two of my all time favorite shows, will come to an end.

The series finales – for both Breaking Bad and Dexter – are highly anticipated.

Showtime confirmed season eight would be Dexter‘s last April, following nearly a year of question marks surrounding the show’s future.

“This ending has been planned for a couple of years, and every few months or so I kicked the tires and said, ‘Are you sure you want to end? Are you sure you want to go?'” Nevins said. “But they had a story in mind, and [showrunner] Scott [Buck] and Sara and Michael and [EP] John [Goldwyn] stuck to their guns, and they’re doing the end that they wanted to do. And this is the beginning of the end.”

With less than a week from ‘Dexter”s final season premiere, “A Beautiful Day,” why wait until this coming Sunday for a sneak peek at the Showtime serial killer’s eighth year?

 

 


Via Wikipedia

Dexter is an American television crime drama mystery series that aired on Showtime from October 1, 2006, to September 22, 2013.[1] Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a forensic technician specializing in blood spatter pattern analysis for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department, who leads a secret parallel life as a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system. The show’s first season was derived from the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004), the first of the Dexter series novels by Jeff Lindsay. It was adapted for television by screenwriter James Manos, Jr., who wrote the first episode. Subsequent seasons evolved independently of Lindsay’s works.

In February 2008, reruns (edited down to a TV-14 rating) began to air on CBS, although the reruns on CBS ended after one run of the first season. The series has enjoyed mostly positive reviews throughout its run and popularity, including four consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series starting in season two. Season four aired its season finale on December 13, 2009, to a record-breaking audience of 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched original series episode ever on Showtime at that time.[2][3]

In April 2013, Showtime announced that season eight would be the final season of Dexter.[4] The season-eight premiere was the most watched Dexter episode with more than 3 million viewers total for all airings that night.[5] The original broadcast of the series finale—shown at 9 pm on September 22, 2013—drew 2.8 million viewers, the largest overall audience in Showtime’s history.

Dexter was nominated for 23 Primetime Emmy Awards, in the category of Outstanding Drama Series four times in a row, from 2008 to 2011, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (for Michael C. Hall) five times in a row, from 2008 to 2012. It has also been nominated for nine Golden Globe Awards (winning two), seven Screen Actors Guild Awards and received a Peabody Award in 2007.[44]

On December 14, 2006, Michael C. Hall was nominated for a Golden Globe Award at the 64th Golden Globe Awards. In 2008, the show was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for its second season (Showtime’s first ever drama to be nominated for the award), and its star for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. It won neither, losing to Mad Men and Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston.[45] In 2010, Hall and John Lithgow, in their respective categories, won a Golden Globe for their performances, on the same night, for their work in season four.