Tuesday TV Talk

Oh my god guys, I actually remembered to post this week! It’s a Fourth of July miracle!

So here we are, in the dregs of summer when pretty much nothing new is on. My big TV endeavor recently has been binge rewatching all of Brooklyn 99 which is criminally under appreciated show. Seriously Emmy voters, you nominate literally every man from Modern Family, which hasn’t been good for 6 season and yet you give Brooklyn 99 nothing? Rude.

As is my nature, now that Andy Samberg is my new celebrity crush, I have been singularly and obsessively watching all his videos that exist on YouTube. So if I write in the comments later about getting evicted, it’s because my neighbors took action after hearing Motherlover 59 times on repeat this weekend. Whoops?

The only other thing I have been watching is The Girlfriend Experience, which is on Starz and very good. It started out a little slow but definitely picked up in the middle. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s about a law student in Chicago who becomes an escort. It vacillates between being an in-depth character study and thriller. As I’m sure you would guess that a show about an escort on a paid network, it has a lot of sex, so fair warning. I have to give a lot of credit though because it’s one of the only shows on TV that is both written by and has a substantial number of episodes directed by a woman. I don’t think Starz gets enough credit as a network for having some really amazing shows with interesting, varied and complex female characters (I honestly think that Spartacus was one of the best shows on television for how it depicted women). However, the Chris Albrecht (the head of Starz) is was fired from HBO for beating the shit out of girlfriend and choking a (female) subordinate, so my love and support of Starz causes me a lot of inner turmoil.

That’s it for this week! Is anyone watching anything good? Are you all surprised that I remembered to write something up this week? How do I rectify my love for Starz with the fact that Chris Albrecht beats women? Sound off in the comments below!

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30 Responses to Tuesday TV Talk

  1. catweazle says:

    I watched the entire new season of OITNB over the weekend and I really enjoyed it up until the last two episodes. SPOILERS AHEAD! I was able to ignore the somewhat over-the-top hammering home of the topical themes throughout the season for the most part because at least they were tackling important issues but killing Poussey was just too much. I get what they were trying to do but reinforcing that Poussey was the best and giving her a girlfriend only to kill her off is way too much like fridging (not to mention the large number of lesbians who have been killed off on TV shows in the last year). Honestly the whole thing reminded me of Crash because it was so emotionally manipulative, plus the whole “the only guard who was actually not a complete sociopath ends up being the one killing an innocent inmate” thing was soooo Ryan Philippe killing Larenz Tate! You’re better than this, show!

    • I have a lot of feelings about that ending, most of them very bad! I do agree that I get what they were trying to do and I know that shows have to kill characters we love in order to get the emotional response from the audience but at the same time, there are a LOT of shows that I like that I feel made the mistake of killing off amazing characters for drama and then really suffer for it in later season because they’re left with characters that no one loves.

      • catweazle says:

        The thing is, I think killing off a character was a good idea for the culmination of the season but it bugged me the way they set it up. As though we wouldn’t feel sad and outraged about it if it wasn’t a character we loved. Give your audience a little credit, show! It would have been better if it had been someone like Blanca or Red or Pennsatucky.

        • Yeah, but I know they specifically wanted to do a black character because it was a direct Black Lives Matters storyline. Honestly, I wish they had killed Suzanne instead because I think that could have brought up a really interesting point about how police and prison is so often used to deal with mental health problems because there is nowhere for people to get the help they need and they end up incarcerated with guards who are not properly trained.

        • catweazle says:

          That’s a good point. No way would they kill off Suzanne what with Uzo winning Emmys and shit though.

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    Starz has had a few shows I’ve liked – Party Down, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and the ballet mini series. What I HATE about that channel is how they play the same advertisement over and over and over and over. That song for the most recent season of Black Sails was like nails on a chalkboard.

  3. collin0truckasaurus says:

    I have been watching Orange is the New Black and UnReal and some other stuff.
    I wanted to watch The Girlfriend Experience but didn’t think I had Starz…I just tried to log in and turns out I do! So now I’ll watch that!

  4. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I watched season 2 of Damages this weekend because my life is very exciting! lol. I preferred season 1, but season 2 had its moments.

    I’m starting to think I should cancel Netflix because I had a number of projects to work on over the weekend, and I did almost none of them.

  5. FRQ says:

    I started watching OJ:Made In America over the weekend. It’s long as shit, but really interesting. If you liked the FX program, this series goes much deeper before (and presumably after) the trial, and does a great job touching on different themes, even when they jump around chronologically throughout his life. I’m three episodes in, but given that they are Sherlock-length episodes, it might take me another week to finish.

  6. flanny says:

    Thanks to I believe Trix and Cass’ recommendations, I started Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix this weekend. It’s very enjoyable and I laugh a lot, and I also luuuuuuv her hair. I also finished up Grace and Frankie on Friday, which is also super funny AND I love Lily Tomlin’s hair. Please, lord in heaven, just let me be Lily Tomlin when I grow up.

  7. Simon Spidermonk says:

    If you like Andy Samberg (or laughter) (or joy) you should check out Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Lonely Island should make all the movies. Okay, that was a bit hyperbolic, but you get the idea. It was good.

    • catweazle says:

      That movie was definitely fun! It managed to be funny and crass without being offensive AND it passed the Catweazle Test (the one pair of boobs showed on screen was followed by a penis). Another good Samberg joint is that Cuckoo show which is on Netflix. I think it was the first thing he did after SNL? Anyway it’s a BBC show where he’s a hippie who marries a British lady while she’s doing a gap year in Thailand and they move in with her family.

    • I tried to see that like 3 times this weekend and it never panned out because all my friends are lame. I might go see it by myself today after work like a cool person though.

  8. martinmegz says:

    I’m still into Happy Endings on Hulu when there’s nothing on. And I’m watching Big Brother, sue me okay? What else is there to watch in the summer???

  9. I spent the weekend marathoning past seasons The Great British Bake Off, and I regret nothing.

  10. Kate says:

    Preacher! Very strange but with good characters. It’s on AMC.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      I’m still watching that one even though it’s a little all over the place. It’s a lot of fun.

  11. Commentatrix says:

    How do you feel about Flesh and Bone on Starz? It was so my jam! I loved the campiness mixed with darkness on that show. GFX was hit or miss for me (I hated the last episode), and I didn’t know going into it that Riley Keough is Elvis’s granddaughter, but now that I know that I can appreciate that she looks just like a Presley.

  12. Commentatrix says:

    I started binge watching GOT and I can testify that this is the best way to watch that show. It’s cool because hindsight gives so much more context to all the bits of exposition sprinkled throughout the show that meant nothing to me the first time I watched it, but on the other hand, is the ptsd (I used lower case to prove to you guys that I have real respeck for the real condition) of reliving all the dying worth it?

    • Commentatrix says:

      P.S. I watched the premieres of both The Night Of and Roadies, which were very good and annoying as fuck, respectively. I’ve also been watching Outcast like 2 episodes at a time during daylight hours here and there, when my curiosity gets the better of me after swearing the whole thing off yet again. It’s so scary! But the summer is so long and there’s not much to watch 😦 Looking forward to Mr. Robot and Suits returning soon.

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