Hunted | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:

Sam is espionage operative for “Byzantium” a private intelligence agency. She survives an attempt on her life, which she strongly suspects was orchestrated by members of the company she works for. After recovering and returning to active duty, not knowing who tried to kill her or whom to trust. It becomes evident that the attempt on her life is tied into a horrific event from her childhood.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:
This spy-mystery-thriller is kind of like a watered down version of the Showtime Series, Homeland, and I didn’t really like the first episode. It seemed a bit too unbelievable and totally over the top. But, since I have a personal rule: ‘any new show gets at least two episodes’ I stuck with it. And man I’m glad I did! Once I decided to suspend reality, I was able to get on board with the plot.

The eight-episode series centers on Sam Hunter – who works for a private intelligence agency. She’s like the female version of James Bond, or better yet, Jason Bourne. It starts out in Tangiers where she survives an attempt on her life and is left for dead. After hiding out in Scotland and self-training she returns London, with no explanation. She is assigned to infiltrate a ruthless criminal, Jack Turner, and goes undercover as a nanny inside their house. She needs to find out who tried to kill her, but she doesn’t know whom she can trust. There are frequent flashbacks to her childhood when she witnessed her mother’s death and her subsequent kidnapping. It takes all eight episodes to figure out how her past is connected to her current assignment.

Filmed on location in Tangiers, Scotland and London, gives depth to the series. It’s also action packed with loads of fight scenes, chases, and crazy combat! If you like spy thrillers and are willing to believe a woman can be just as bad-ass as a man, then you should enjoy this show as much as I did. And I am totally looking forward to Season Two!

* Recommend 3/5

 

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Good Girls Revolt | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:
Inspired by true events, the series follows a group of young female researchers in 1969 at ‘News of the Week,’ as they embark on their revolution journey for equality in the workplace. One small step becomes one big movement that sparks change and upends marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships.

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My Commentary:

First of all, I love anything ‘Period Piece’ so when a show like this comes along – set in 1969/1970 – I HAD to check it out. After just one episode I fell completely in love with every single character.

This is sort of like the series ‘Mad Men’ in that it deals with women issues of that generation in the workplace. Except it’s not about advertising. It’s about a News magazine. The music, the clothes, the makeup, the hair, and the jewelry are incredibly FABULOUS. The set is also perfection. You are literally transported back in time. From the vending machines, phones, typewriters, and old Taxi’s, the scenery make the series feel genuinely authentic.

The main character, Patti Robinson, is full of fire and gusto. She’s a rebel, beat-nick, hippie – passionate about her job, yet desperately wants to be more than just a researcher. She wants to become a reporter. But the magazine doesn’t allow women writers. Still, Patti busts her ass – using her resources and connections, even catches a secret midnight flight to California, to cover the story of the violence at the Altamont Festival. However, that story will NEVER credit HER work. This aspect of the job infuriates Patti which immediately causes her to form a deep connection with fellow researcher, Nora Ephron. Yes, THE NORA EPHRON who is all about fighting for women’s rights and introduces Patti to a black, pregnant, ACLU lawyer, named Eleanor Holmes Norton. There’s also an aspiring novelist, Cindy, who works in the newsroom before she is supposed to settle down and have a family, or will she finally discover herself and completely change her life path? And lastly, Jane Hollander, the proper lady expected of women in the sixties, resistant to any type of metamorphosis, at least, at first.

These women are fantastic. The cast is CRAZY good. It’s incredible to watch them come of age, so to speak. The challenges and changes they make in their personal lives and for society as a whole. I’m sure ANYONE who actually grew up during this time will also appreciate this series.

 

But here’s what I don’t understand.

Amazon decided to CANCEL this series.

Um.

Seriously, Amazon? WTF. You’re wrong.

  • Good Girls Revolt creator, Dana Calvo, says Amazon didn’t care about the show, Amazon disagrees.

I REALLY hope ‘The Revolution’ will be televised elsewhere, as THR also reports. ABC, Freeform, USA Network, Bravo and Hulu are all eyeing the series for a second season. Yes, please! Whoever picks this series up I will be there to watch!

 

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Sneaky Pete | Test-Pilot Episode| Amazon Prime

Synopsis:

Freshly released from prison, Marius, played by, Giovanni Ribisi, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. After realizing he can’t go home, Marius moves in with Pete’s estranged and unsuspecting family, quickly wriggling into the family’s bail bond business. He’s a criminal taking down other criminals. But maybe, in the process, he will discover the family life he’s never had and always wanted.

 

Trailer:

  • SPECIAL NOTES = Via Wikipedia:

In November 2014, CBS gave a production commitment to Sneaky Pete.[3] And a formal pilot for the show, shot in New York, in March.[4] In May, CBS decided to pass.

Later, it was reported the pilot might move to cable networks, with many expressing interest.[6] In June, it was reported that Amazon was in negotiations to pick up the show with some tweaking and possible minor re-shoots before being made available to the viewers.[7]

The pilot was released on Amazon on August 7, 2015 – and after viewer votes – was ordered to series on September 2015.[8] The latest news regarding the release of episode 2 and the rest of the series appears to indicate that Amazon will have shows available in January 2017. [9]


My Commentary:

So, I watched S01|E01 without knowing ANY of the information above. Didn’t watch a trailer. Didn’t Google. I went into this series completely blind.

And loved it.

I loved the premise, the actors, the writing, the whole nine.

And then?

Bryan CranstonWalter White, of Breaking Bad – appeared.

And then?

I almost died.
Legit.
Almost. Died.

And then, while reading the credits, I discovered David Shore AND Bryan Cranston wrote, produced, and directed this series.

STFU.

Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

And then, I finally ‘Googled’ to discovered the information above!

And then …. * head explodes *

And now???

I’m anxiously awaiting Amazon to release the whole season.

YES, PLEASE!

 

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Fleabag | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:

A six-part comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

Normally, I give any/all shows at least one full episode. If they have potential, two full episodes. But, if I’m not hooked by then? I’m out.

There have also been times when I’ve REALLY tried to FORCE myself to like a show, like: Game Of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and, Boardwalk Empire which I’ve dedicated two whole seasons before giving up, running away, and never looking back.

This show does not fall into either of those categories.

Sadly, I did NOT make it past the first six minutes. I have NO IDEA what tragedy the main character is trying to come to terms with and I have no idea if this show has the potential to be amazing – because I couldn’t last long enough.

And here’s why….

1. Usually, I enjoy random commentary [where the lead speaks to the camera as though the other characters aren’t even there]. But what I couldn’t handle was the incessant commentary. And by incessant, I literally mean every.two.seconds. To the point where you can’t even watch a five-second-scene without listening to the girl pontificate about what we’re already watching with our own eyes!!! Beyond overkill. No thank you.

2. We all know sex sells and it’s even necessary for certain plot lines; and I am not a prude, but I’m not really a big fan of sex scenes. In fact, seven years ago, I almost quit watching Shameless because there was way too much sex and not enough story lines. However, sex scenes, for a good reason: love, passion, heartache, heartbreak, ect… = TOTALLY AWESOME! * As long as it’s NOT just for ratings. And as long as it’s not just for shock value.

Within 30 seconds of this show, not only is the main character a blabbering, pontificating, windbag, she takes it up the ass from a booty-call. Which I guess might be the TRUE definition of a “booty-call” – merely for shock value, or, simply to make the already ‘trying-too-hard’ show seem intriguing.

And that’s just not my bag. And it’s not how to captivate MY personal interests.
Shit, I’d rather just watch porn. With less talking!

Although, the critics totally disagree with me [see below], and you might too.

So, if you’re into excessive explanations and watching ‘G-Rated’ drunk, lousy, anal sex? Have it at!

With so much else to watch and write about, I truly don’t have the time for this nonsense.

NEXT!!

 

  • Do NOT Recommend.

Via Wikipedia:

Fleabag is a six-part British comedy television series set in London. It was produced by Two Brothers Pictures for digital channel BBC Three[1] and in a co-production agreement with Amazon Studios.[2] The show premiered on 21 July 2016.[3] Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as the main character, Fleabag, a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London.

Fleabag has received positive reviews. Metacritic gave it an 88 score,[10] with Emily Nussbaum from The New Yorker calling it “a precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting fable about one single woman’s existence.”[11] Mo Ryan at Variety calls it scathingly funny.[12] Mike Hale in The New York Times praises the show for its “restless, almost feral energy and its slap-in-the-face attitude.”[13] Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter sees the show as “heralding a very distinctive new voice on television.”[14] And Alan Sepinwall from HitFix describes the show as “something achingly beautiful.”[15]


 

 

 

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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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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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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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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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