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Title: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 10, 2019, 04:18:26 PM
Have at it.

Saw the pilot for Deadly Class on Syfy. Maybe worth a watch for the 80's new wave soundtrack, that's about it. 

It's not horrible, it's just not good.  Usually I'm okay with this since I'm not looking for classic HoF type TV on those shows.  There's special effects, actions, and lots of killing and a few decent pop culture moments and I don't really have to pay attention to it.  You just put it on while practicing guitar or dorking around on the web.  Sometimes you need low effort TV.

The only thing is, it's tough to make even a modest investment in SyFy shows because they all seem to get cancelled pretty quickly.  Like I appreciate the effort scyfy puts in to give the shows a big budget for all the stuntwork and special effects, but it means unless the shows are super, super popular (which they won't be) it won't last more than a season.  Or sometimes they do, but it's like then they keep bringing in new writers or new plots or whatever to try and get it to take off and it just sort of limps along for 4 years not really going anywhere.

I watched The Masked Singer.  The show would be more interesting if the judges weren't idiots.  All they do is repeat the obvious and then make same random wild-ass guess.  (masked guy:  I play sports.  judge:  He must be some kind of athlete.  Oooh I know.  It's Babe Ruth!)

You've got Ken Jeong who pretty much is knowingly being stupid, except that people take him seriously and plus this is probably not the right venue for him.  You've got Robin Thicke and Pussycat Dolls chick who tbf actually bring some knowledge to the show except who gives a fuck about Robin Thicke and Pussycat Dolls chick?  Yes, they actually have first-hand knowledge about some singers and they can judge people's skills but 1) On this show it's not hard and 2) It's not like they're really experts.  They're just better than two people who are famous for being ignorant (one for show, and one who really is just that stupid).

Also, I watched that and The Voice somehow back-to-back.  I know like 1/3 of the songs.  I'm not saying it's the show's problem.  It's me.  I have somehow totally lost touch with pop culture.  But regardless of whose fault it is, it takes away my enjoyment.  Also what's up with the drummer for The Voice?  I'm sure that dude is incredible at drums because you have to try out for that and it's a high paying, high-profile gig.  But he sucks.  He's always out-of-time.  Which okay, you can be like well he doesn't get to rehearse with all these people and sometimes it's the singer who starts going faster or slower. 

But he also has a tendency to get lost in the song as well.  Like he'll start playing a fill in the middle of a line.  Do we even need a fill? It's a singing competition.  And not to harsh on the guy because I'm sure it must be way harder than it looks but I fucks up the show.  Like they had this one chick who got dinged because the judges were like "Well, you have a nice voice and great range and we're pretty sure you can really sing but to be honest you kind of missed a few notes and I think you lacked confidence and it dragged down the performance."  Well of course she lacked confidence.  It's hard to go for it when you don't know what the drummer is on the same page as you, and when he's playing a jazzy eight swing feel when you're trying to do a ballad it'll throw you off.

Killing Eve.  I guess technically a 2018 show.  Yeah, not feeling it. None of the characters or their motivations make any sense.  Which works okay for the chick who is supposed to be kind of psycho but not for anyone else.  Sandra Oh is a great choice for her role, which seems to mostly require her to look worried and confused.  Which is her permanent natural expression.  I think she's probably a pretty good actress not being given much to work with here, but I'm just saying that even if she were a shitty actress, she'd still be good at that role.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on January 13, 2019, 07:15:49 PM
the haunting of hill house - netflix;

started watching this; fairly compelling plot lines with the supernatural, kinda reminds me of lost with the questions being asked and the cliff hangers. much better than lost with answering questions and tying up loose ends. good acting and some nice tension/scary scenes. one episode was very kubrickian reminding me of the shining. we're at episode 8/10. enjoying it so far. will update when we finish.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 13, 2019, 10:41:52 PM
is netflix now considered a TV show? Never showed up on my TV. I'm not being sarcastic, I just don't get how people are watching all these shows on netflix, hulu, prime plus, etc. Do you watch it on your computer or cell? Just asking.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 14, 2019, 12:22:38 AM
I have a Roku player attached to my TV (via HDMI). I can watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google, PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CW, BritBox, and probably many others. Right now I'm binge watching Brooklyn 99 from Hulu.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: dirk on January 14, 2019, 07:07:48 AM
Besides Roku you also have things like Amazon/Apple TV. And any of the newer smart TVs come with apps built in to watch the major services. And you can use any of the gaming consoles to watch as well.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 14, 2019, 09:42:03 AM
is netflix now considered a TV show?
I would say they are considered a premium TV network, like HBO or Showtime. Shows you can watch by paying for their service.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 14, 2019, 10:43:11 AM
The streaming apps are built right in to my DVR, so it's literally no different than watching cable.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2019, 10:51:35 AM
We got a new cable box last month and they have a Netflix channel built into it. You still have to have the account, but yes, it's in the cable box.

Also, we have a "Smart TV" which really just means it connects to the internet. And we could watch Netflix that way as there is an app for it. We don't use it because we don't like the user interface.

However, the way we usually watch Netflix is through my Playstation4, which we've been doing for years.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 14, 2019, 11:49:19 AM
Yeah, nowadays it is less a question of whether you can watch Netflix but rather HOW.

If you have a TV less than 10 years old, it probably has Netflix built in.  Newer cable boxes also have Netflix built in.  Or you can get Roku or Amaxon TV, which also has Netflix.

The various layers can be confusing.  Like my dad has Amazon TV, which he uses for Sling because he cut the cord.  He could make his life easier by just always setting the TV to the Amazon input but for some reason this confuses him.  So he watches Netflix and YouTube from his TV.  Then if he wants to watch cable channels, he has to switch his input to Amazon.  And then because Sling dies not get local channels, if he wants to watch local channels, he has to switch his source to his antenna.  It's maddening to try and Dutch what you want on his TV.

For me, I have a Roku box.  And I have youtube.tv.  So I never have to switch inputs on my TV. 
I watch all oldschool local and cable TV from YouTube TV.  If I want to watch Netflix, I have to switch apps to Netflix.  But at least the Netfkux app is still within the Roku ecosystem. 

The cell phone analogy is that I have to switch apps on my cellphone, when it would be nice if there was some meta-app that could host all the other apps inside it.  But for my dad, it's like  he actually switches phones.

It's a matter of convenience.  Like I used to have Hulu live, but I switched to youtube.tv even though it meant losing Hulu just because youtube.tv's interface is so much better.  And before that, I had Sling but I switched because Sling did not have local TV so I had to switch inputs and plus my reception was not good.  I also had PSVue for awhile even though I do not have a playstation but they also did not have local channels.  When Hulu Live and youtube.tv started getting local channels, that was a game changer for cord cutters.

Nowadays, TVs are coming out with Anazon or roku built into the TV and roku or Amazon remotes instead of separate TV remotes.  So you don't need to purchase a separate box.

But I pretty much watch TV anywhere nowadays.  Youtube.tv and Netflix both have phone apps so if I am not at my house, I can watch anything I would normally watch whether live or recorded on my phone or tablet.  Netflix actually lets you download and store content on your phone now.  So if I have a flight, I will download a couple of movies or the next 5 episodes if a series and watch them on the plane without needing internet.

Nowadays, so much of the best TV is on Netflix and Amazon Prime and Hulu are string as well.  It really doesn't make that much sense to keep cable.  Because you would have to pay for those channels outside of cable anyway.   $40 gets you the local channels plus all the cable channels you would likely watch.  And even Hulu, if you go with Hulu Live.

Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on January 14, 2019, 06:02:45 PM
since i've just started to watch netflix (i'm very late to the game), i've been using the app through my apple tv. i might be able to watch direct tv through the appleTv as well, not sure about that.

what i did figure out, is that when watching anything through the appleTv i can send the audio output through my HomePod and get much better sound than what the tv speakers provide. thinking about getting another one to put on the other side of the sofa to get stereo sound.

with you folks so tech savvy, and direcTv rates going up later this month, i may have to consider cutting the cord as well. if i could get the basic channels i like, plus local (PBS is a must) i might have to.

direcTv is crazy expensive. i dropped from the $142 a month to the $119 package. i get a $60 a month rebate from costco so it's not as bad as it sounds, but still.... when i called to drop my package, the person also gave me a $10 rebate after i said times are tough and i just don't use the extra channels enough to justify paying the extra money. they must know the streaming services are cutting into their profits and they have themselves way over priced. my promotional deal runs out in september and if they don't give me the same type of deal, they can pick up all of their stuff; i'll go cordless as well.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 14, 2019, 10:21:44 PM
One nice thing about streaming is how simple it is.

You just pay month to month, and you can cancel anytime (though they may charge you the rest of the month).  And you can sign up online or through your tv and you get it right away.  Just download the app and enter your login and password and you are set.  No having to wait for the cable guy.  Most of them will give you a free trial, so you can sign up, see how you like it, and then cancel before they start charging you. 

What is a little annoying is they all offer slightly different packages.  Youíll get the major channels with any of them, but if you really like sports some have more regional channels.  Also, depending on your market, you may or may not be able to get local stations.

I finally switched when I moved.  Verizon wanted me to set up two appointmentsó one for my WiFi and one for cable.  And then for the cable package, they did not count me as a new customer so I could net get their promo deals.  But they also cancelled my discounted package.  So I had to sign up for the ripoff regular deal that no one pays.  I told them that they were basically forcing me to go streaming, the sales guy pretty much agreed.  Then of course, right after I cancelled they were mailing and calling me every day with all these promo offers.  Same thing happened to my dad.

I know people still on cable and their reasoning is that basically they are getting a deal from the cable company and so their bill is not much more than streaming.  But itís still more.  For a bunch of channels you donít watch.  And also, do you really want to go through the thing where every year your promo deal runs out and you call five times until you find a rep who will give you another deal?

If PBS is a must for you though, you are SOL.  You can use the PBS app on Appletv with or without a streaming service, but you cannot get live programming. Thatís free.  Most member stations will offer PBS passport which gives you on-demand access to the big, national PBS programs if you donate $50 or so.  But you canít get live streaming, which means none of the small community access kind of stuff.  I donít think itís intentional, just that the little PBS stations donít have the resources to make it happen, or the audiences that would force the streaming services to work something out.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 14, 2019, 10:51:55 PM
Honestly, much of this is way, way over my head.

I was on DirecTV for many years (2001-20016 or so), but when that got too expensive, I switched to Spectrum, bundling my TV and internet, and I have to say, I couldn't be happier. Not only did I save a lot of money, when I did that switch, I got the "gold" TV package, which gives me, literally, every single TV channel that is out there, including HBO, Showtime, etc. (all of which is On Demand), and crucially for me all the imaginable sports channels, and all of them in HD.

But of course that doesn't include netflix, hulu, prime amazon, or whatever. To be honest, it doesn't bother me one bit. I mean, how much can one watch? I am already overwhelmed with what Spectrum is offering.

I fully realize that this is an "ol' man's perspective" but I am quite happy with it.

Same with the way music is being made available these days. Am I interested in Apple's $9.99 monthly streaming service? No. I like to listen to music on CDs on my stereo system. Not interested in listening to it in ear-buds or whatever.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 15, 2019, 01:57:15 AM
Cord cutting and Netflix are kind of two different things.

Netflix is just like HBO.  Where I am, the choices are Xfinity and Fios and Netflix is built into their cable boxes.  So, you can just subscribe to Netflix like you would HBO.  Itís $11 a month and it is HD, and everything on Netflix is on demand by default.

As for streaming, I donít get it because I want more channels.  I get it because I want LESS channels.  For $40, I get all the channels I want and none of the ones I donít.  Every channel has an app now.  So if I wanted to get Starz, HBO, Showtime, NFL and MLB Network and shitty regional sports networks like I would with cable, I could.  It would end up costing me the same amount as cable, though.  Thatís why I dropped cable.  I didnít want to pay for extra channels I do not need.  Or a set top box, regulatory fees and set top box/DVR just to get th the channels I do want. Itísa Cost saving measure, not a more TV measure.

Hulu is mostly the mediocre Handmaids Tale and on demand acccess to old TV shows.  I can live without it, which is why I ditched Hulu Live.  Amazon Prime has some decent movies every now and again and some okay shows.  I get Amazon Prime for the shipping and other things so Amazon Prime TV is essentially free to me.  Otherwise I could easily live without that as well.

But Netflix I could not live without.  If I were in a money pinch I would probably drop everything EXCEPT Netflix.  Itís what I watch probably 75% of the time, at least.  Itís right up there with HBO as far as their original programming dominating critics lists.  But they have more movies and quirky stuff not intended for mass appeal but are interesting if you are into music or comedy or whatever. 

HBO is the only channel I wish I had, but donít.  I just want to save some money and I like Netflix more.  But Iím constantly toying with the idea of getting HBO and dropping my other tv indulgence, which is NBC Premier League.  Especially since NBC Premier League gets simultaneously more expensive and shittier every year.



Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 15, 2019, 07:23:12 AM
youtube.tv definitely has a good interface, probably the best of any streaming service I've seen.  But they don't have Food Network or HGTV, so I can't get it.

I got hulu, the "basic" plan not the "with live TV" plan when it was on Black Friday sale for 99 cents a month for 12 months.  I will probably drop it at the end of that period.

I agree on Netflix being irreplaceable.  I have Amazon Prime more for the free shipping because it is my go-to for random stuff.  Need a charging cable?  Need a textbook?  Need a cat toy?  And then on top of that, they have a lot of good movies on Prime, and a lot of original shows that I am not a huge fan of.

I got HBO a while back for the last season of THE LEFTOVERS, and haven't canceled it... it's had enough value for me to continue on.  Very good original shows, and stuff to catch up on... even older movies when you get in the mood.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2019, 10:35:13 AM
For us it's a little different: we looked at what Spectrum is charging us, and we looked at what channels we wanted, and then priced out our options. We felt that the costs were less to keep the Spectrum cable service rather than "cut the cord." But it's close. And it's frankly because my wife really likes flipping through channels. I think she'd be fine flipping through just Netflix or Amazon Prime, but we haven't reached that yet.

For us, it's ~$65/month for the internet. So we'd still have to pay that. So the TV we're paying is really only about $65 on whatever year-long deal we're on right now, including Showtime and HBO. So if we cut the cord and signed up for HBO, plus whatever SlingTV or youtube.tv or other streaming options, we'd have to keep the costs less than $65 per month and we couldn't find a way to do that which was better value for our watching habits as they stand right now.

We really like HBO so don't want to cancel that, but even if we decide to do so, we're still waiting for the last season of Game of Thrones. So there's that, too.


*We're not cutting Netflix, obviously
*We have Amazon Prime because of shipping, so the streaming stuff was free to us, too
(same as you folks, I guess)



Separately, I really do want to cut-the-cord because of the obvious reasons but also because I'm so sad/mad at ESPN for how shitty they became since, oh, 2013 or so. They used to be awesome and then I realized how manipulative and boring they were. I would enjoy knowing that they are losing money because another person cut the cord.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 15, 2019, 11:56:06 AM
The thing that gets me with cable is they charge you like $12 for the equipment rental, $12 for "DVR service," $10 for local tv channels, $10 for RSN, plus taxes.  And none of that is included in their advertised price.

So the hidden fees alone add up to one month of streaming. 
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 16, 2019, 10:43:46 AM
Ugh don't get me started on equipment rental.  We bought a TiVo box a year or two ago to get away from the 12 year old and severely out of date DVR that Time Warner was charging us $10 a month for.  I mean, we all know that there were hard drive capacity increases between 2004 and 2016, right?  So I went to take the thing back and they said... well, you can turn this in, but your price will go up.  What?  Oh yeah, its part of your package price.  But it's listed as a line item on the bill.  Smoke and mirrors apparently.  So what we ended up doing was taking a plain old cable box, which is now sitting on my shelf and my fees went down $8 a month (never mind that my bill is more every month than the month before somehow). 

So, Spectrum, or whatever they're called now, is ostensibly paying me $8 a month to store a cable box for them.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 19, 2019, 02:53:59 PM
The Killer Mike show on Netflix is hilarious.  And actually somewhat thought provoking.  I suspect itís going to offend some people, but itís definitely somewhat tongue in cheek. 
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on January 19, 2019, 03:20:56 PM
the haunting of hill house - netflix;

started watching this; fairly compelling plot lines with the supernatural, kinda reminds me of lost with the questions being asked and the cliff hangers. much better than lost with answering questions and tying up loose ends. good acting and some nice tension/scary scenes. one episode was very kubrickian reminding me of the shining. we're at episode 8/10. enjoying it so far. will update when we finish.

finished the 10 episodes last night. satisfying finish. most questions answered - to be fair, i think i missed some of the closure. i did enjoy watching the show, and it's a mini series so it's all wrapped up.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2019, 04:23:55 PM
It's based on the Shirley Jackson novel (somewhat). If you really enjoyed it but you want more, you can read the book.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on January 19, 2019, 05:13:21 PM
It's based on the Shirley Jackson novel (somewhat). If you really enjoyed it but you want more, you can read the book.

thanks! i think the girlfriend has ordered it from the library! she said it's relatively short, under 300 pages?
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: trixi on January 19, 2019, 05:24:52 PM
The show takes liberties with the story.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on January 22, 2019, 12:37:33 PM

But Netflix I could not live without.  If I were in a money pinch I would probably drop everything EXCEPT Netflix.  Itís what I watch probably 75% of the time, at least.  Itís right up there with HBO as far as their original programming dominating critics lists.  But they have more movies and quirky stuff not intended for mass appeal but are interesting if you are into music or comedy or whatever. 


x2

Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 27, 2019, 05:33:29 PM
Anyone else watching the new BBC Earth documentary series "Dynasties"? It's hosted and narrated by David Attenborough (of course!). If you love Planet Earth and its various sequels and spinoffs, you will not want to miss this. New episodes airing on BBC America on Saturdays 9 om.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2019, 10:49:09 AM
Thanks for the tip. I'd love to watch that when it's on streaming.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 03, 2019, 06:04:55 PM
Netflix's Russian Doll is awesome, as is Natasha Lyonne in it.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 04, 2019, 10:20:32 AM
The jokes about the Broadway show "Cats" in the last season of Kimmy Schmidt are fantastic.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on February 05, 2019, 07:29:36 AM
Netflix's Russian Doll is awesome, as is Natasha Lyonne in it.

AGREED.  I'd love to see how they make a Season 2 out of this, but hopefully they won't.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 19, 2019, 02:44:03 PM
Started on Umbrella Academy last night.  I'm about 3/4 into the second episode.

There's something off about it that I can't put my finger on.  It's an interesting premise, the effects are good, I like Ellen Page.  I haven't read the comics, but it definitely has a kind of comics feel that I dig.

And yet I find it very easy to turn this off, and even watching it my attention wanders.  I think it's the pacing/plot development.  I don't care enough about any of these people yet to want them to save the world or care about their fights.  So, I'm just hoping they're going to start bringing in a lot more backstory soon.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 19, 2019, 02:54:32 PM
Netflix's Russian Doll is awesome, as is Natasha Lyonne in it.

AGREED.  I'd love to see how they make a Season 2 out of this, but hopefully they won't.

Oooh, we watched this too. I liked Natasha Lyonne, but I found her hardcore "New Yorker" accent grating. In truth, I find that grating no matter who is speaking it, so this isn't about her. It's more about - why did they insist on that? It was very off putting for us.

That being said, we were otherwise happily invested in it. I loved that it was only 8 episodes, and I loved that they were only 22ish minutes. My kind of show!
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: dirk on February 19, 2019, 04:31:21 PM
Started on Umbrella Academy last night.  I'm about 3/4 into the second episode.

There's something off about it that I can't put my finger on.  It's an interesting premise, the effects are good, I like Ellen Page.  I haven't read the comics, but it definitely has a kind of comics feel that I dig.

And yet I find it very easy to turn this off, and even watching it my attention wanders.  I think it's the pacing/plot development.  I don't care enough about any of these people yet to want them to save the world or care about their fights.  So, I'm just hoping they're going to start bringing in a lot more backstory soon.
That's interesting, as I felt the opposite way. I also had never read the comic, but it kept my attention very well, and I am one to usually wander easily. I did the whole thing in a weekend and really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 20, 2019, 12:14:46 AM
Started on Umbrella Academy last night.  I'm about 3/4 into the second episode.

There's something off about it that I can't put my finger on.  It's an interesting premise, the effects are good, I like Ellen Page.  I haven't read the comics, but it definitely has a kind of comics feel that I dig.

And yet I find it very easy to turn this off, and even watching it my attention wanders.  I think it's the pacing/plot development.  I don't care enough about any of these people yet to want them to save the world or care about their fights.  So, I'm just hoping they're going to start bringing in a lot more backstory soon.
That's interesting, as I felt the opposite way. I also had never read the comic, but it kept my attention very well, and I am one to usually wander easily. I did the whole thing in a weekend and really enjoyed it.

Yeah, Iím into it now.  Third episode had a lot of character development/revelation and fixed my issues.  Been binge watching it tonight and enjoying it a lot.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 20, 2019, 12:42:00 AM
Netflix's Russian Doll is awesome, as is Natasha Lyonne in it.

AGREED.  I'd love to see how they make a Season 2 out of this, but hopefully they won't.

Oooh, we watched this too. I liked Natasha Lyonne, but I found her hardcore "New Yorker" accent grating. In truth, I find that grating no matter who is speaking it, so this isn't about her. It's more about - why did they insist on that? It was very off putting for us.

That being said, we were otherwise happily invested in it. I loved that it was only 8 episodes, and I loved that they were only 22ish minutes. My kind of show!

Isnít Natasha Lyonne one of the three writers and producers of the show?  So I guess she insisted she talk that way.

Although really, I think she just talks that way. Sheís from New York.  Iím not saying she canít write a period piece and maybe do a fine British accent, maybe she can.  But it would be more of a stretch/insistence for her as a writer (which she says drew on her own experiences as a druggie in NY) to NOT have it in New York and talk like that.

Itís more odd maybe that no one else had a New York accent.  Yes I know NY is a busy metropolitan area with all sorts of people, but her character was not particularly cosmopolitan yet hung out with those types.  I mean, how is Michael Rapaport not in this other than maybe it would be awkward?

I thought it was okay, but I wasnít as into it as the critics seem to be.  I donít want a second season not because the first season was so perfect but more because it had so many flaws that would have been exposed if it went any longer.

The tone is very inconsistent.  It goes from Groundhog Day comedy to trippy sci-fi ish drama to near-rear jerker.  We never really know what is happening in the afterlife or why we should particularly care, but for one season, itís enough just for it to be kinda trippy and keep us entertained.

The way to go two or more seasons would have been to explore more of why this was happening to them, and how they work on ways to stop it and why stopping it is necessary.  But we never get into all that, and by the end it doesnít matter.  Itís a little harsh maybe to criticize that as a flaw.  But it was paced for one season, which means you necessarily give up some things as a trade-off for others.  Canít go back and try to redo it now.

I give it a solid B/B+.  It was entertaining enough but I was at no poin like, enthralled by it nor was it ever thought-provoking enough to where Iíve been thinking about it afterwards.  I have no particular interest in seeing more or seeing it ever again, biput I did enjoy it once which is cool.





Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2019, 11:14:28 AM
Netflix's Russian Doll is awesome, as is Natasha Lyonne in it.

AGREED.  I'd love to see how they make a Season 2 out of this, but hopefully they won't.

Oooh, we watched this too. I liked Natasha Lyonne, but I found her hardcore "New Yorker" accent grating. In truth, I find that grating no matter who is speaking it, so this isn't about her. It's more about - why did they insist on that? It was very off putting for us.

That being said, we were otherwise happily invested in it. I loved that it was only 8 episodes, and I loved that they were only 22ish minutes. My kind of show!
Itís more odd maybe that no one else had a New York accent.  Yes I know NY is a busy metropolitan area with all sorts of people, but her character was not particularly cosmopolitan yet hung out with those types. 

There's so much New York out there that we all have different experiences here, but I can say from my experience that it's very normal to not have other New York accents around. The accent still exists, but I suspect it is more in some of the blue collars professions, or out on Long Island, or just somewhere else. When I run across it in person it's usually very notable because it's fairly rare.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on February 20, 2019, 04:21:13 PM
Isnít Natasha Lyonne one of the three writers and producers of the show?  So I guess she insisted she talk that way.

Although really, I think she just talks that way. Sheís from New York. 

This is it.  She just talks this way.  If you hear any of her media appearances, this is not a "put on" accent.

She's a goddamn delight.

I give it an 8/10.  The tonal shifts were a bit jarring at times, but that's part of what made it fun.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 21, 2019, 12:44:34 AM
I like Natasha Lyonne okay.  She pretty much always plays the same character but itís a good one. 

She makes extremely poor personal life choices, though.  First the drugs and now Fred Armisen.

8/10 seems pretty fair to me.  Agree that the tonal shifts were part of what made it fun, but also what would make it hard to do another season.  The only thing that bugged me about the show was

What was the deal with things disappearing?  Iím fine with that being just sort of trippy and no explanation as to why it happened.  But I kinda need to know why the protagonists cared that it happened.  Like I could totally see how if you were married or had kids it would be terrible to see them disappear.  But kinda the whole point was that neither of those two were very happy with their lives or the people they surrounded themselves with.  They had already isolated themselves and checked out emotionally were just going through the motions.  And yet, they were growing fond of each other.  So what would be so bad from their perspective about everyone disappearing and leaving just the two of them alone, and finally free?
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on February 21, 2019, 06:47:36 AM
She makes extremely poor personal life choices, though.  First the drugs and now Fred Armisen.

HA!  I thought the same thing when I heard about Fred Armisen.  I thought he was a well known relationship douchebag, but I guess not well known enough.

Also, I hate that I know those kinds of things about Fred Armisen, why should I care.

Finally, on Fred Armisen, I remember seeing some behind-the-scenes documentary about PORTLANDIA, and how Carrie was talking about Fred like they were in love, I guess not romantically... but it was still creepy.  He's just a creepy dysfunctional guy.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 21, 2019, 09:33:15 AM
What was the deal with things disappearing?

I thought it achieved two things:
1) it made the characters start to panic and not think that they were stuck repeating forever so that they would finally get their act together
2) it gave them a sense of finality when everything reappeared. This allowed them and the viewer to know that this was the last one...or their last try....or that maybe they would actually die if they didn't get this one right...etc.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 25, 2019, 03:19:13 PM
Finished Umbrella Academy this weekend.

I quite enjoyed it, but it was very graphic novel in feel.  It had a very definite style to it, from the story-telling to the costumes and set design.

Which to me, personally means they probably did a good job.  But I also think it's going to have trouble appealing to a wider audience.  I think most people when they see a comic/super-hero thing they just want to see cool special effects and some good guys kick ass on bad guys.  Not a deeper thing with lots of emo/young teen drama stuff about family, personal relationships and philosophical ruminations on the meaning of life.
 
I guess the same could be said for Deadly Class, except Deadly Class is boring me to tears.  I have two recorded episodes in still to watch but I think I'm done.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on March 05, 2019, 07:23:46 AM
LOSERS on Netflix.

8 documentary half hours with animation that helps tell the story about famous (and not-so-famous) sports losers.  And only about half are American, the others are worldwide.

HIGHLY recommended.  Mostly lighthearted, and not really a downer at all, and certainly not having fun at anyone's expense.  Can't imagine it being done any better than this.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 05, 2019, 11:37:23 AM
Yeah, Losers was good.

My only minor complaint about it is that I would regard very few of the athletes as "losers."  And not because the series painted them in a different light.  I just wouldn't ever consider them losers in the first place. 

Like being the 2nd best or 10th best in the world at a sport is not being a loser, ever.  And then a lot of them competed in individual sports, where I think you get even more leeway.  You have no responsibility to your teammates.  So if you want to compete without being a super-asshole, or you want to do backflips and quads instead of waving your arms gracefully, that's entirely up to you.  You maybe don't get a medal, but who cares?  I look at it like a lot of times you are good at a sport that doesn't actually exist, so you're competing in the closest thing to that instead.

Maybe Jack Ryan was the one guy who I might consider a "loser."  Maybe van de Velde, although even then I'd still lean towards he had a particularly bad performance at a very inopportune time.

Anyway, it was still a really entertaining series.  I just consider it more like good 30 for 30 episodes.  Interesting insights into some interesting people, but no much of an expose into the notion of "loser."
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on March 11, 2019, 09:14:47 AM
Yeah, Losers was good.

My only minor complaint about it is that I would regard very few of the athletes as "losers."  And not because the series painted them in a different light.  I just wouldn't ever consider them losers in the first place.

I suppose, but it was mainly about people who failed at the highest level of their sport.  Surya Bonaly was something like a 5 time European champion, but she never won a gold medal so she qualifies.  I certainly think they were playing fast and loose with "loser", but to use as a backdrop to tell really interesting stories, it works. 

Like the curling guys, none of them were losers really.  But it was about how they reacted to losing.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on April 08, 2019, 03:53:43 PM
Anyone else watching the second season of The OA on Netflix? We are only a few episodes into the new season and whoa.

Part of me feels as though I am getting suckered into something that is going to end up being a Lost-type letdown, but damn, what a ride so far.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on April 08, 2019, 04:07:49 PM
We are 7/8ths through Hanna on Amazon Prime. I love it. So good. Not a lot to discuss, but they were true to the movie in a lot of ways while also making it their own thing.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 09, 2019, 11:27:47 AM
Anyone else watching the second season of The OA on Netflix? We are only a few episodes into the new season and whoa.

Part of me feels as though I am getting suckered into something that is going to end up being a Lost-type letdown, but damn, what a ride so far.

Based on his Facebook post, I got the impression that CR hated it.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on April 09, 2019, 03:48:17 PM
Ha! That's because

1. He forgot he'd watched the first season and couldn't remember what was going on
2. He is busy doing Facebook posts instead of watching
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: c-lando on April 11, 2019, 09:44:34 AM
Ha! That's because

1. He forgot he'd watched the first season and couldn't remember what was going on
2. He is busy doing Facebook posts instead of watching

SHAAAAAAAAAAAADE.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 12, 2019, 11:32:45 AM
Ha! That's because

1. He forgot he'd watched the first season and couldn't remember what was going on
2. He is busy doing Facebook posts instead of watching

Well, this is helpful, because this would totally be me.  I can't follow anything anymore.  I never could remember what the hell happened in a show from one season to the next, but the phone fiddling really sent me over the rails.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 12, 2019, 08:24:55 PM
Ha! That's because

1. He forgot he'd watched the first season and couldn't remember what was going on
2. He is busy doing Facebook posts instead of watching

So WE watched the whole of the 2nd season and still had no real clue WTF was going on. After it jumped the octopus I deemed it nonsense personified.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on May 29, 2019, 01:40:58 PM
Watched "Unauthorized Bash Brothers" last night.

It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect.

For 3 or 5 minutes it's just your typical Lonely Island/SNL short and it works just fine.  There's a few solid dick jokes, who doesn't like white guy B-Boy Beastie Boys rap (even if the production is clearly not late 80's), a couple of sight gags.  haha Andy Samburg looks nothing like Jose Conseco, but what a funny wig.  That's a solid package for a short bit.

For maybe another 10 minutes, there's a level of absurdist humor to it.  There is no way they could possibly stretch that  material out this long, but it's kind of fun to see them try.  And fail.  And knowing they are failing so just going to absurd lengths to get any sort of laugh.  You've moved from laughing with them to laughing at them, but at least you're still laughing.  And they're in on the joke.  They know it sucks.

And then after that, it's just kind of like "Oh wait.  This is what they always do."  This Bash Brothers concept could just as easily be George Bush or Princess Diana or anything else because in the end all they have is a few clever rhymes and some dick jokes and there is no reason to watch a half hour that is really just broken down into five videos which are exactly the same as the other half dozen videos they've done.

I will never not enjoy seeing Haim, Maya Rudolph or Sia in a guest appearance in a funny music video.  So there's that.  I wonder though, do people know that's Haim?  Like were they ever popular enough that people recognize them, know who they are, and therefore find it funny that they'd be in a stupidsilly video?  Or do they just think they are extras, or "oh yeah, I guess they got Haim because they work cheap and could use the money."
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on May 29, 2019, 01:54:15 PM
I watched CASTLE ROCK a couple of weeks ago.  I didn't know Melanie Lynskey was in it, probably would've watched it RIGHT AWAY had I known.

I felt like there was a lot of potential with the concept, but I also felt like the central conceit of the season was a supernatural mishmash that didn't make a ton of sense.  I would probably watch a 2nd season if we get Lynskey on board.  Not sure if that would be happening considering the conclusion.  Short of that, not sure about continuing.

Also finally finished the 3rd season of BASKETS.  The season wore on my nerves a bit, the scenes with Galifianakis as the crazy out-of-control twin that were supposed to be confrontational gonzo comedy just grated really bad.  By the time we got to the end of the season, I literally felt like I had seen this arc in a previous season already.  But the cliffhanger will bring me back.  I actually think the central Chip clown guy, Martha, and the mom are really solid characters. 
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on May 29, 2019, 05:18:41 PM
They are doing a Season 2 of Castle Rock.  Lizzie Caplan is going to play Anne Wilkes the crazy nurse from Misery.  Also Elsie Fisher and Tim Robins are in it.  Melanie Lynskey is not in it as far as I know, although she may make a guest appearance.

The idea behind the series is that each season will be showcase a different character/story of what happens to someone in the town.  But I think they screwed that up by the ending being such a mess. 

To me the way it should work is you tell unrelated horror stores only involving a small amount of paranormal/supernatural shit.  And then gradually over the course of seasons, people start to put together the story of what is happening in Castle Rock.

But the way the first season went, they told us what happened in Castle Rock.  There's some sort of reality portal and it fucks people up.  Maybe there's a specific malevolent force behind it or maybe it's just a fucked up thing that just exists.

But either way, it doesn't really matter.  People are going to go to Castle Rock, and then something bad will happen in Castle Rock because that's what happens.  We already know everyone who goes there is screwed.  The exact sequence of events that result is not very interesting once we know the ending is assured.  The suspense is doubly killed by using characters from the actual books.

I already know what happens to Annie Wilkes.  I already know she's inherently already a somewhat evil/crazy person, and then that evil/craziness is supplemented by the thing in Castle Rock and she kidnaps a writer, etc.  I'm not really that interested in exploring exactly how much she is crazy or how much is Castle Rock or whatever.  Not only that but I feel like it's no-win, plot-wise.  To the extent the force of Castle Rock is making her that way, it makes Wilkes a much less scary and compelling figure because she's not really doing anything.  To the extent that it's all Wilkes, it makes the series less compelling because it makes the thing in Castle Rock not as powerful.

If there was some way I felt like the evil in Castle Rock could be defeated or that the things that happen there mattered in anyway, then I could keep watching.  But apparently there isn't.  There's some bad shit there that is apparently beyond our understanding.  So I'm not feeling any desire to try and understand it, which then means I really don't need to watch the show.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 03, 2019, 10:02:07 AM
Never finished the first season of Castle Rock.  We never got to a point where we thought it was bad, we just watch too many other things and it dropped off after a while.  The next season sounds intriguing, but sounds like the first one went off the rails.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on June 03, 2019, 11:39:20 AM
blood and treasure on cbs seems to be fun through the first two episodes. jewell of the nile, meets indiana jones.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: c-lando on June 03, 2019, 12:21:35 PM
blood and treasure on cbs seems to be fun through the first two episodes. jewell of the nile, meets indiana jones.

Oh, WOW! I had no interest in starting this but I might have to after reading your description. THANKS!
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on June 04, 2019, 09:59:46 AM
CHERNOBYL

Really really good.  Jared Harris is killing it on TV right now, between this and the criminally underwatched THE TERROR.  If you still never saw THE TERROR, I think it just came to Hulu.  It is perhaps a tad overlong, but it is maybe even more brutal than CHERNOBYL was, and that includes the scene with the dude that pretty much had no skin left.

Also, Stellan Skarsgard looks like the Dad from Frasier in this.  While it was odd to have the whole cast speak English, it actually helps the show overall I think.  The odder choice was probably to have the cast speak English, but leave certain very small portions of it in untranslated Russian, or using Cyrillic for all written language.

This also had some of the best period design/attention to detail of any show I've seen.  I looked at pictures from the actual Chernobyl, and it is almost indistinguishable.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on June 05, 2019, 07:51:55 AM
WHEN THEY SEE US

Brutal.  Almost like 4 self-contained movies, all with their own aspect of the story.  There is stellar acting throughout, but none approaches the level of Jharrel Jerome.  He is the only one of the actors who plays both the teenage and adult versions of the Central Park 5, and I am not kidding when I say that I thought it was a totally different guy.  So much so that during the final credits roll, I rewound to see if I missed the guy who played Korey as an adult, and then had to go online when I thought they had clearly left him out of the credits, or maybe it was some uncredited star.  Nope, same guy.

Duvernay's oeuvre is overwrought social commentary (witness SELMA and the surprisingly moving 13TH), and this certainly fits the bill.  But I think that what all 3 of these films have in common is that the heightened melodrama is more than earned by the stakes.  No doubt some creative license has been taken here to perhaps brighten up these kids' lives and ratchet up the mustache-twirling from law enforcement... but make no mistake, what happened here was railroading and evil. 

After I finished it Monday night, I thought I wouldn't see a better series than CHERNOBYL this year.  I was wrong.  See this.





Side note:

Between this and a recent listen of SERIAL podcast season 3, is there any fucking wonder why people of color have absolutely zero faith in the justice system?  Yeah, both of these are great pieces of storytelling.  Trump notwithstanding, god damn are things in the justice system fucked up.  Cops and the state just bend facts to their will and get people convicted often despite the evidence just because they think that whoever is dangerous and needs to be put away.  Sure, maybe they didn't do THIS crime, but they'll do one soon enough, so might as well just put them away.

It's enough to make a guy want to go back to law school, seriously.  I'm too old for that shit, but I found myself mentally despairing at the end of this show, and really found that there isn't much I can do about any of this, and that didn't help my frame of mind.  It's that affecting.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on June 05, 2019, 09:14:46 AM
Thanks for the recommend on When They See Us. I'll have CR add it to our queue because we both absolutely LOVED Chernobyl and if you reckon this is even better ... wow.

We've just started Good Omens tho, so it may take awhile to get to it.

Also, did anyone watch the 1969 series? ABC did a crap job of promoting it and we'd have never heard about it if a friend hadn't recommended it to us. So if you haven't watched it, add it to your watch list.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on June 05, 2019, 09:27:12 AM
Thanks for the recommend on When They See Us. I'll have CR add it to our queue because we both absolutely LOVED Chernobyl and if you reckon this is even better ... wow.

We've just started Good Omens tho, so it may take awhile to get to it.

Also, did anyone watch the 1969 series? ABC did a crap job of promoting it and we'd have never heard about it if a friend hadn't recommended it to us. So if you haven't watched it, add it to your watch list.

I will warn you specifically that there are certain parts of this that reminded me of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, not necessarily in content or tone, but certainly in style and length of scene.  Duvernay is not afraid of sticking uncomfortably with a scene.  I thought it worked then and it works here, but I know that CR didn't fancy that film so much, so this is a YMMV situation.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: foolsgold on June 06, 2019, 09:43:57 AM
Watched "Unauthorized Bash Brothers" last night.

It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect.

As a Reds fan, this work was complete garbage.  They completely ignored the 1990 WS when the Reds swept their andro-asses.  I don't know what happened to a commitment to telling the whole story with journalistic integrity in parody visual poems, but this is a highly biased work by two A's apologists. 
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: c-lando on June 06, 2019, 01:08:24 PM
CHERNOBYL

Really really good.  Jared Harris is killing it on TV right now, between this and the criminally underwatched THE TERROR.  If you still never saw THE TERROR, I think it just came to Hulu.  It is perhaps a tad overlong, but it is maybe even more brutal than CHERNOBYL was, and that includes the scene with the dude that pretty much had no skin left.

Also, Stellan Skarsgard looks like the Dad from Frasier in this.  While it was odd to have the whole cast speak English, it actually helps the show overall I think.  The odder choice was probably to have the cast speak English, but leave certain very small portions of it in untranslated Russian, or using Cyrillic for all written language.

This also had some of the best period design/attention to detail of any show I've seen.  I looked at pictures from the actual Chernobyl, and it is almost indistinguishable.

foolsgold, I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but from what I hear, you should NOT let the missus watch this. Things happen to some animals and you don't have enough Xanax in the world for that.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on June 06, 2019, 01:14:19 PM
foolsgold, I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but from what I hear, you should NOT let the missus watch this. Things happen to some animals and you don't have enough Xanax in the world for that.

It's a main element of episode 4.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on June 06, 2019, 01:43:59 PM
CHERNOBYL

Really really good.  Jared Harris is killing it on TV right now, between this and the criminally underwatched THE TERROR. 

Don't forget that Jared Harris attended a Community Board meeting I presented at (his topic was before mine, so he left before I presented) a few years back. So you guys are like 2 very tenuous connections to Jared Harris!
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on June 06, 2019, 02:13:09 PM
Don't forget that Jared Harris attended a Community Board meeting I presented at (his topic was before mine, so he left before I presented) a few years back. So you guys are like 2 very tenuous connections to Jared Harris!

I just assumed he lived in Britain.

In looking him up, he is the son of legendary actor Richard Harris.  More stuff I didn't know.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2019, 09:12:30 AM
And his lady friend loves Indian Food. More stuff you didn't know.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on June 11, 2019, 07:11:02 AM
BLACK MIRROR S5

Diminishing returns throughout this season, ending with the Miley Cyrus episode, where I feel like they went for a Short Circuit / semi-comedic ep that kinda doesn't work.  Even their bad episodes I still enjoy watching though, so hopefully Brooker will make some more at some point.  The ending to Episode 2 also bothered me, on a couple of levels.  But the amazingness of episode 1 makes up for both of the others, very worth it.

GOOD OMENS

Michael Sheen is amazing in this.  David Tennant is doing his best "Bill Nighy in LOVE ACTUALLY" impression, which was so spot on I really couldn't stop thinking "why didn't they just get Bill Nighy for this role"?  Maybe he's too old.  Anyway...

I found the resolution somewhat anti-climactic.  There were sort of 2 resolutions, and the final one ends up being more satisfying, which I imagine is what they were going for.  But I just spent a week watching CHERNOBYL and WHEN THEY SEE US, so I almost feel like I wasn't quite ready to bounce back to light entertainment.  I kept waiting for it to get super dark.  I'm not joking, episode 4 of 6 something happens along the lines of a love story / romance, and I FINALLY thought to myself "oh, so this whole series is supposed to be sort of twee and optimistic."  That lack of understanding of what the tone was probably killed the enjoyment somewhat for me, although it was mainly worth it to watch Sheen play the pinky-raised Felix to Tennant's supernatural Oscar.

Also, the constant "signpost" animation that was shuttling you from time-to-time and place-to-place felt really basic cable to me.  It bothered me much more than it should've.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 11, 2019, 11:33:14 AM
Anybody want to share their HBO password?  I want to watch Chernobyl really badly.

Has anybody else here been watching What We Do In The Shadows?  If anybody has mentioned it I don't remember.  Man, just so well done.  Each episode is laugh out loud funny from beginning to end.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on June 11, 2019, 02:00:54 PM
We completely love What We Do In The Shadows. Those guys are amazingly funny, and the season did a fantastic continuing to build.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on June 14, 2019, 12:23:21 PM
Watched "Unauthorized Bash Brothers" last night.

It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect.

For 3 or 5 minutes it's just your typical Lonely Island/SNL short and it works just fine.  There's a few solid dick jokes, who doesn't like white guy B-Boy Beastie Boys rap (even if the production is clearly not late 80's), a couple of sight gags.  haha Andy Samburg looks nothing like Jose Conseco, but what a funny wig.  That's a solid package for a short bit.

For maybe another 10 minutes, there's a level of absurdist humor to it.  There is no way they could possibly stretch that  material out this long, but it's kind of fun to see them try.  And fail.  And knowing they are failing so just going to absurd lengths to get any sort of laugh.  You've moved from laughing with them to laughing at them, but at least you're still laughing.  And they're in on the joke.  They know it sucks.

And then after that, it's just kind of like "Oh wait.  This is what they always do."  This Bash Brothers concept could just as easily be George Bush or Princess Diana or anything else because in the end all they have is a few clever rhymes and some dick jokes and there is no reason to watch a half hour that is really just broken down into five videos which are exactly the same as the other half dozen videos they've done.

I will never not enjoy seeing Haim, Maya Rudolph or Sia in a guest appearance in a funny music video.  So there's that.  I wonder though, do people know that's Haim?  Like were they ever popular enough that people recognize them, know who they are, and therefore find it funny that they'd be in a stupidsilly video?  Or do they just think they are extras, or "oh yeah, I guess they got Haim because they work cheap and could use the money."

I found the whole watch worth it for:

"Shake 4 halves of butt."
"That's phrased weird."
"It's not weird at all.  I said, shake 4 halves of butt, shake 4 halves of butt."
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on June 14, 2019, 03:40:15 PM
Sterling K. Brown in the Sia costume was pretty good. 

I mean, I enjoyed it. I just think it would have been better as five SNL shorts where the chunks would have been more digestible and it would have been fun anticipating what the next one would be.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Chris on June 15, 2019, 12:43:05 AM
"Alexa, play some hot garbage."

It actually works. ;)
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: va-vacious on June 21, 2019, 08:09:43 PM
I've binged Fleabag on Prime over the course of two nights. 2 seasons, 6 eps each, 30 minute episodes. Season 1 was very good, season two even better.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on July 16, 2019, 08:55:48 AM
kingdom on netflix! feudal korea? political intrigue? beautifully filmed? and zombies? hell yes.

well done 6 episode season, renewed for another 6 episodes. i loved it! recommend it!
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on July 19, 2019, 06:35:25 PM
Anyone else watching Years and Years on HBO?

The show is a 6-part series about an ordinary British family - two brothers and two sisters, their spouses, children and grandmother - that begins in 2019 and propels the characters 15 years forward into an unstable world.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: euro60 on July 25, 2019, 01:53:57 PM
MK, I gave "Years and Years" a try, and couldn't get into it... Doesn't mean that is not a good show. It simply wasn't for me.

Speaking of HBO, any else watching the summer series on true crime documentaries? All simply outstanding.

Just this week, there was the 2 part "Who Killed Garrett Phillips?". Absolutely amazing.

Last week, there was the 2 part "Behind Closed Doors", about a shocking double-murder in India.

And earlier on there was the 2 part "I Love You, Now Die".  Must-see TV!

The previews of the upcoming documentaries all look very promising too.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 27, 2019, 11:02:56 PM
Holey Moley cracks me up. The commentators are the best part.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2019, 11:15:14 AM
I know we are a few months behind, but we just finished "Chernobyl" and holy smokes I can't believe how amazing that was. Wow. Just wow. If you haven't watched....do.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: euro60 on September 09, 2019, 05:17:47 PM
I know we are a few months behind, but we just finished "Chernobyl" and holy smokes I can't believe how amazing that was. Wow. Just wow. If you haven't watched....do.
Yes, loved it too.

If you haven't watched "Our Boys" (10 part TV series on HBO), do yourself a favor and check it out. Absolutely outstanding as well.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Dan on September 10, 2019, 03:17:39 PM
OOF, that one looks a little heavy for me. I'll consider it (thanks for the rec) but I'm not sure.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: va-vacious on September 11, 2019, 10:57:29 PM
anyone watching Fleabag? I've thoroughly enjoyed both seasons.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: foolsgold on September 12, 2019, 07:18:00 AM
I thought Fleabag was some of the best TV I've seen in a long time.  It's rare that a show can make me laugh uncontrollably, squirm in discomfort, and bawl my eyes out all in on sitting.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on September 17, 2019, 12:19:24 PM
I finished up the first two seasons of MINDHUNTER yesterday.  Good enough, the guy that plays Tench especially.  I find the characters of the uptight guy and the scholar lady as being just a little off in their characterizations.  Not sure if it is the acting or the writing or what.  I will probably come back for season 3, assuming there is one and they are going somewhere with the Kansas storyline.

I thought the storyline with the Tench child was also not my favorite from this season, but the rest was quite good.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on September 18, 2019, 11:40:50 AM
The thing with Tench's son is so stupid.  I get that it adds a needed element of personal family drama to the show but I mean, there were thousands of ways they could have done that.

It's too bad, because I really like the Tench character and Holt McCallany does an incredible job, IMO.  The other two leads I really don't care about that much.

I don't know.  I'll probably hang in there for another season but the kid thing has more-or-less ruined what was shaping up to be solid show with upside.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: euro60 on September 18, 2019, 12:07:55 PM
Anyone watching the latest Ken Burns mini-series documentary "Country Music" on PBS? Now 3 nights in the bag (out of 8 two hour episodes). I absolutely love this stuff, even though as such I'm not into country music at all. But the series is so well made and obviously meticulously researched.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Butter on September 18, 2019, 02:00:43 PM
The thing with Tench's son is so stupid.  I get that it adds a needed element of personal family drama to the show but I mean, there were thousands of ways they could have done that.

It's too bad, because I really like the Tench character and Holt McCallany does an incredible job, IMO.  The other two leads I really don't care about that much.

I don't know.  I'll probably hang in there for another season but the kid thing has more-or-less ruined what was shaping up to be solid show with upside.

It's like "everyone gets a personal life storyline so that you can see how hard this was on their personal lives".  I get it.  I just don't care.  And the Tench son thing was really really stupid.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Paco on September 18, 2019, 04:32:43 PM
Anyone watching the latest Ken Burns mini-series documentary "Country Music" on PBS? Now 3 nights in the bag (out of 8 two hour episodes). I absolutely love this stuff, even though as such I'm not into country music at all. But the series is so well made and obviously meticulously researched.

Yeah, I've been waiting for it to come on and have been watching with great interest. Even as a student of traditional country music, blues and folk, I think it's fantastic. For those who don't know about the roots of country music, it's a great introduction.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 22, 2019, 08:17:23 PM
Growing up outside of Nashville, I probably picked up more of country music history through osmosis than people who group up elsewhere. I've also watched specials on PBS over the years on individual performers. But I am still enjoying the show, and I do lots of trying to figure out which part of Nashville the photo from 40-70 years ago was taken.

Definitely going to keep this one on the DVR for awhile.
Title: Re: New TV shows in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on September 23, 2019, 09:20:32 AM
Definitely a great documentary. Loving it.