October 2017 Fall Premiere

In a couple of days it will be October and this can only mean one thing: another round of amazing tv show premieres.

And this months is just as good as September. I am still so upset that in the last post I forgot to add BBC’s “Doctor Foster”. I saw it trending on the date of its release (September 5th) and I didn’t know it was coming back for a second season so early. I was truly devastated.

This month 7 shows come back and I cannot wait.

Without much further ado, let’s get into it!

October 3rd: BLACK-ISH

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I started watching this comedy this year, despite it being in its 3rd season. I enjoy it. I love that they talk about social issues in an accessible was to everyone. Season 3 episode 12 is probably the best. It’s about the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election. So incredible. Highly recommend it.

Anyway, it’s about a black familiy living in California and dealing with everyday life. Dre and Bow live with their 4 children and Dre’s parents. Who are completely crazy. Last season ended with Bow having their 5th child and I am really looking forward to see what’s going to happen to the Johnson’s next.

What I like about it, is not really the comedy. I don’t find it that funny, but it’s a show that helps white people understand black culture and at the same time, it portrays the normal black family living, with some of the same issues as everybody else.

What compelled me to go on with it, was the social component. They talk about race, sexism, education, culture and also a lot of stupid thing. If you are interested in a light-hearted comedy that you can watch while you do laundry (like I do), I definitely recommend it.

Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC



October 5th: SCANDAL

Scandal PosterAnother ABC show! This time produced and created by… Shonda Rhimes! The Queen of ABC dramas! This 7th will be Scandal’s last season and I haven’t watched it since season 5. Frankly, I don’t remember anything past season 3.

At one point it got too ridiculous, like Grey’s Anatomy. But with Grey’s, I am loyal to it. I liked Scandal. I bingewatched it while I was sick a couple of years ago but then I was interested in other things and I let go of it.

I might catch up on it or watch it “Bones Style”, watching the first episode of the season, the cliffhanger one in the middle and then the last 3 of the season. With this method you will have an overall knowledge of what happened. Who gives a shit about the rest.

(P.S. My app says I’m missing 28 episodes. I though they were more, so not too bad.)

Thursdays at 9/8C on ABC



October 11th: MR ROBOT

Mr Robot PosterThis show is crazy. So incredibly well made! Last season it left us all hanging, not knowing what was going to happen to Elliot and Mr Robot.

What I love most about the show is the directing. The subject in the frame is always off-centred. It gives a mysterious and documentary-like vibe and I adore it.

And can we PLEASE talk about Rami Malek? He is adorable and super talented. His performance is brilliant. Absolutely magnificent.

A warning, if you watch it and don’t understand anything, don’t worry. Nobody does. I recommended it to my cousing and he was so confused by it.

Nonetheless, it is a beautifully crafted series, another incredibly product of USA Network and I adore it.

Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA Network



OCTOBER 13th: JANE THE VIRGIN

My friend recommended this show to me a couple of months ago. I had had it in my “to watch” list since season 1, but I had forgoten about it.

This show is the best. It’s like an amazingly well-done parody of a spanish telenovela. Absolutely spectacular. The show is about Jane, a young aspiring writer who gets artificially inseminated. But as the title suggests, she is a virgin.

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Her baby daddy? Handsome hotel owner Rafael. *wink wink*

The show is one absurdity after the other. Completely crazy. Visions, dreams, twin siblings, secret mothers, a drug lord, telenovelas, crazy fathers, evil stepmothers and more. It’s crazy. And I love it. I can’t wait to see what season 4 has in store for us!

Fridays at 9/8c on THE CW



OCTOBER 14th: DIRK GENTLY’s HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY

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I buddy-watched this show with my best friend and it was ridiculous. It wasn’t really my cup of tea at the beginning but I was so curious to see what was going to happen that in the end I really liked it.

It’s like a mix between Doctor Who and Sherlock. Dirk Gently is a reeeeeeeaaaaaally weird bloke who solves “holistic” crimes. He meets Todd Brotzman and he quickly becomes his reluctant and skeptical assistant. There is a psychopath, a girl who barks, an adorable corgi, time travel and an absurd friendship between a girl who kills everyone she meets and an electrician she decided to kidnap.

Completely mental. It’s a collaboration between the BBC and Netflix. Starring Samuel Barnett as Dirk and Elijah Wood as Todd, the show is utterly crazy. And incredibly funny. Can’t wait for the absurdity of season 2!

Saturdays at 9PM on BBC America



OCTOBER 15th: GOOD BEHAVIOR

Good Behavior PosterThis is probably the show I am most excited about. I discovered this serie last year, shortly after it came out.

Good Behavior is about Letty, a thief with a lot of drug and alcohol problems who has a dangerous encounter with a hit man named Javier. This show is so good. Really really good. I was obsessed with it last year. I watched it twice. consecutively. I wrote an unbelievably long review gushing about how much I love it.

I saw the trailer for this next instalment and it was INCREDIBLE. Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto have an explosive chemistry. This is probably one of the best shows I’ve seen in 2016. And if you follow this blog, you know I watch A LOT of TV.

I highly recommend it. It’s sexy, full of passion, anger, issues but also recovery and survival. I have been wanting to watch it again for quite some time.

Sundays at 9/8c on TNT



OCTOBER 27th: STRANGER THINGS

Mine is quite an unpopular opinion, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Stranger Things. Sure, very well constructed and acted, but not something I could really really like.

My sister watched it the other day and really really liked it. Even though I wasn’t sure it would be something she would enjoy. Weird…

Anyway, to me it was overhyped. It’s a good show, don’t get me wrong. I love the details about the old horror movies from the 80s, the music, the clothes and some of the plot. But it’s too sci-fi. (says the girl who watches Doctor Who). But it is! I finished it because I wanted to see what was going to happen. That’s it.

The kid’s performances are magnificent. It’s probably worth watching for them.

I’ll be seeing it with my sister, probably.

October 27th on Netflix.



I hope you found some new show to watch! Let me know which one of your shows are coming back! I’d love to discover new series!

xxx

Georgia

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5 Stand-up Comedy Specials on Netflix You Should Watch

Before signing up to Netflix, I wasn’t really into Stand-up comedy. I had seen a couple of them, but I’d never thought I would find them funny.

But as soon as I realized that there were A LOT of specials on Netflix, I started watching.

Some of them have been bad, comedy that I did not enjoy. At All. But I have found some gems. I love when comedy makes you think and gives you a better understanding of other people’s point of view. That is what I look for. Not some stupid specials only about sex and unnecessary vulgarity. I’m not condemning it, bear in mind. If you read my posts you know I don’t hold back the swear words. But sometimes, it is just redundant.

That being said, I love a good and liberating curse word. But let’s get into the specials!!!

  • Trevor Noah: “Afraid Of The Dark”

Trevor Noah Afraid of the darkI didn’t watch “The Daily Show” when Jon Stewart was on. I wasn’t that interested in US politics and comedy that much, but after seeing Trevor on Stephen Colbert or James Corden, I decided to look back at past episodes and I became a huge fan of the show. I read Trevor’s book “Born a Crime” probably one of the best books I have read in a long time and when I saw he had a special on Netflix I just knew I would love it.

And I did. Trevor’s comedy style is social related. He talks about his life, being born from a black mother and white father in South Africa during the Apartheid years and feeling like he didn’t fit anywhere. His insights are wonderful and intelligent.

ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND IT.

  • Hasan Minhaj: “Homecoming King”

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I LOVE HIM. I think his comedic style is great. I love the metaphors, the stories and the voice he is giving to muslim minorities. His stand-up is all about growing up as a Muslim, race, marriage, love, parents and more. Hasan has been a correspondent for the Daily Show since 2014 and his field pieces are always funny and thought-provoking. He delivers a esthetically beautiful and incredibly profound one and a half performance and I really cannot recommend it enough.

Just like all the other artists, he deals with social issues, forcing you to think about the problems he is talking about.

His speech at the “White House correspondents’ Dinner” is one of the best EVER. I strongly urge you to watch it. AMAZING. (Two other remarkable speeches are Seth Meyer‘s and Cecily Strong‘s.)

  • Aziz Ansari “Live At MGS”

AzizAziz was probably the first comedian I ever saw on stand up special of. And I completely fell in love with him. I read his book “Modern Romance” which I adore, and I think he has a very fun and approachable style to his performance. He talks about relationships, dating in this technological age and about a lot other topics.

He did two specials on Netflix, “Buried Alive” and “Live at Madison Square Garden” and whenever I feel a bit down and I actually need a pick me up, I put Aziz on and enjoy the ride!

  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

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After the first 5 minutes, I knew that this special was going to be one of my favourites. John Mulaney is amazing. If you are familiar with NBC’s “Saturday Night Live!”, you probably know we was a writer there and he co-created the character Stefon will Bill Hader. Stefon is supposed to give advice on the best places to visit in NYC and he can’t do it. He talks about weird places, strange people and more!

Anyway, John’s boyish looks and nice manners are exactly what I was looking for. He talks about marriage, being a catholic, meeting Bill Clinton and so on. He is so fun and I had an amazing time watching the special. Highly recommend it!

  • Cristela Alonzo: Lower classy

91c7833e10ab0fad12ab324f8fdb8561fde95e81I haven’t had the best experience watching female comedians. I adore Michelle Wolf on the Daily Show and I am sure there are a lot of great female comedians, but the ones that I have seen didn’t blow my mind.

Until I found Cristela Alonzo. In her special, she talks about Latino and Mexican stereotypes, being raised by her tough mother and more. Instead of the sex-based kind of comedy, she talked about social issues, experiences from her own life and more. I really enjoyed her special and I’ll definitely keep an eye on her for any future gigs.



I would love to know if you had any recommendations for comedy specials, please let me know! I’m always looking for new comedians!

xxx

Georgia

 

I did it!

I passed my english exam.

I’ve literally just found out! I ran to my mom sobbing and mumbling: “I passed the exam! I got a 28/30!”

After that, I stood there for 10 minutes sheding litres and litres of tears. My mom and I talked some more, about my uni life and the choices I have to make in the next months.

Aside from that, I texted my friend to meet me saturday for our traditional celebratory smoothie and I am trying to be more positive. Tomorrow I’m supposed to go to a class and it’s killing me. I have to attend this one, because it’s about poetry in the 16th Century. SO BORING. I’m not really interested in that. I was hoping in more victorian books.

Today I’m going to pay my fee and go for a driving lesson. Despite my numbness regarding everything, I am tying to survive.

 

69th Primetime Emmy Awards 2017

So, the Emmys happened exactly a week ago and as I expected, it was

THE BEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR

Writing this post took me ages!

I watched the red carpet on the E! News YouTube page and I wanted to watch the actual show on TV, but here it wasn’t transmitted with the original audio, and so I had to find an online streaming service. Why didn’t you allow foreign broadcast networks to have the original audio, CBS? I don’t care about the commentators opinions, I want to listen to the Emmys with the original audio.

Aside from this, it was fantastic. Last year I posted my thoughts on the shows and on the Emmys but this year I decided to simply write down my predictions and then make a post about it.

I guessed correctly quite a few winners, especially in the main categories and I’m so thrilled the people that I had picked actually won the award. But I got both of outstanding drama and outstanding comedy wrong. I was aware that maybe my picks were not the most popular and were not the one so we’re going to win, but I chose them anyway I really wanted “The Crown” and “Master of None” to win.

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I’m thrilled that Nicole Kidman won lead actress in a mini series because her performance in “Big Little Lies” was mesmerising. I’m not a huge fan of Nicole, I don’t think I have ever seen a movie with her, which is quite unusual if I think about it.

Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and the SNL Family deserved the recognition they got for their amazing work and the political satire.

I’m extremely glad that “Master of None“‘s Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won the Emmy for outstanding writing a comedy series because the episode “Thanksgiving” was fantastic and that they decided to reward black LGBTQ actress and writer. And can we talk about Sterling K Brown winning outstanding lead actor in a drama? He totally deserved it! The first black man since 1998!

Absolutely ecstatic for Donald Glover, Riz Ahmed and obviously my favourite comedian/journalist John Oliver, who decided out of the blue to thank Oprah in his speech for not reason at all. I knew he was going to win the outstanding variety talk serie, but I was so surprised and so happy when he did. He is always hilarious and wonderful.

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The only prizes I wasn’t too keen on, were Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep. I watched season 1-2 and 6 but it’s not my cup of tea. And I have similar feelings about “The Handmaid’s Tale”. I read the book and liked the first few episodes. I’ll probably finish it, but I liked “The Crown” better. But what these shows reflected the political climate we are it.

This year, the shows were more political than eve, from describing the horrible conditions of the criminal justice system to domestic abuse to a dystopian society when women prisoners and stripped of all their rights in order to become sex slaves. This is what I love about television, the fact that it brings a different reality into your life, reality that you wouldn’t know anything about if it weren’t for TV. Shows like “Atlanta“, “Master of None”, “The Night Of” bring diversity and something unknown to you. They allow you to see a world, often a broken and unfair world that’s miles away from you. But if you don’t see it, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Everything this year has been incredibly political, with electing Donald Trump in the White House, with his signing of discriminating and racially biased presidential decree, “Liberal” Hollywood felt like it was necessary to shine a light on those issues the president is desperately trying to avoid. AND THEY WERE RIGHT.

Something that caused a lot of controversy was Sean Spicer’s appearance. If you’re not familiar with him, he is Donald Trump’s former press secretary and he delivered his famous line about the size of Trump’s crowd at his inauguration. I literally screamed when I saw him. My initial reaction was basically Anna Chlumsky’s:

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Some people said Stephen shouldn’t have shone a light on him. He lied and deceived the american people and now it feels like he is being rewarded and being made more “lovable” and cartoon-ish. They are probably right, but just from an entertainment point of view… it was golden.

Aside from this, I had the time of my life watching it, I think Stephen Colbert did an amazing job, especially his opening monologue. He was funny, provocative, unapologetic and… he’s just the best!

Have you seen the Emmys? Are you happy with the winners? Who did you think was snubbed?

 

Xxx

Georgia