First Impressions: January Pilots – Part 1: Grown-ish & Alone Together

Along with september and october, January is the month in which TV shows come back from their holiday hiatus.

Tv series start again, new pilots air and the spring/summer season begins.

Today, I’m reviewing two pilots: “Grown-ish”, ABC’s “Black-ish” spin-off that follows Zoey as she embarks on her journey through college and “Alone Together”, a FREEFORM series produced by The Lonely Island.


“Grown-ish”

I like Black-ish. I enjoy how it tackles problems in our society, especially for African-Americans and minorities. Is it funny? Not really. Is it fun to watch? Yes!

I saw this amazing interview of Yara Shahidi on “The Daily Show” and it made me want to check out her show.

The two episodes that aired are good. It’s all about life in college, becoming an adult, facing your responsibilities and more.

But it was too ridiculous, too much about social status, relationships, gossiping… Too girly for my taste.

I appreciated the different points of view of the characters, but the series itself was too shiny and too immature. I am sure it will tackle important issues and I’ll definitely be watching those specific episodes.

The only adjective that comes to mind is “nice”. Very similar to black-ish. If I ever have nothing to see, I’ll probably watch that. Or if I feel like watching something light and breezy. (That Brooklyn Nine Nine Quote!!!! 😉😉😉)

What I like about it, is the diversity that the show represents. Good job, Grown-ish!

“Grown-ish” airs on Wednesdays at 8/7c on FreeForm



“Alone Together”

I hadn’t heard about it until I was looking at some article about Andy Samberg and I saw that him and the other two guys in The Lonely Island (Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) are producing the show.

Obviously, I had to check it out.

It’s about two friends, a woman and a man, trying to navigate their lives in “the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles” and their platonic relationship.

What drew me to the show (aside from Andy Samberg) was the fact that it was specified that the relationship dynamic between the two characters is strictly platonic. YES! As much as I love romantic comedies, it’s refreshing hearing a show with a female/male relationship that doesn’t involve romantic feelings and sex. At least between them.

I wanted to like this. I really did. But it needs a lot of work. The acting isn’t that good. Especially Benji Aflalo and Esther Povitsky. They star in the show and they also produce it but there is something missing.

He has the facial range of emotion of Kit Harrington, so completely non-existent. Some of the jokes were good but the delivery sucked.

It is an interesting commentary on LA’s shallowness and appearance-obsessed culture, but it lacked a lot of ingredients to make it good.

“Alone Together” airs Wednesdays at 8:30pm/7:30c on Freeform.



I am quite disappointed by both shows. I was hoping for something new and innovative but to me, it feels like they should both be in the “work-shop” fase.

I am truly hoping that they’ll get better.

6/10 to Grown-ish and a 5.5/10 to Alone Together.

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My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

I’ve talked a little bit about my interest in American Politics in the past 2 years and a half. And I don’t even live in America.

Something else you need to know about me: I love American talk shows. I LOOOOOVE THEM.

So when Netflix sent me a notification about David Letterman’s new show, I couldn’t wait to see it.

“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” is an hour-long talk show in which David interviews celebrities and activists.

Season one contains 6 episodes and they will be released one at a time every month.

And I was so excited about his first guest: the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama.

The interview spanned between his first day not in office, his upbringing, education, his family and more serious topics like Congressman John Lewis, importance of the March in Selma in 1965 and the attacks on US democracy.

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avid also spoke directly with John Lewis and they crossed the same bridge he crossed with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to peacefully protest against segregation and to get the right to vote for African-americans.

I absolutely loved it. It was educational, moving and incredibly inspiring.

At times, it was a little bit weird: I had the sensation that the focus wasn’t solely on President Obama, but it also felt like a celebration of David Letterman and of his comeback to TV.

Aside from this detail, it was a great interview.

One of the things I appreciated the most was the lack of mention of President Trump’s name and of his despicable administration and their actions.

A fantastic interview, a throwback into his presidency and a reminder for every one of what a real president acts like. It made me remember what an interesting, intelligent and inspiring man he is.

Other guests will be: George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.



Let me know your thoughts about it!

Georgia

Lily James

I fell in love with Lily as soon as I saw her in “Downton Abbey” and I’ve been following her work ever since.

She is such a lovely, funny and adorable person! In Cinderella she was so good and I can’t wait to see her in “Baby Driver”!

Her style is always very sophisticated, classy and at the same time innovative.

I love her grungy looks when she wears a super bold dark eyeshadow and a nude lipstick.

It’s her trademark look and I love it.

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Lily at the MET GALA 2017
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Lily at “Baby Driver” ‘s LA Premiere

Another one of my favourite looks she wore is this winged liner with a silvery eyeshadow and a soft pink lipstick.

It’s so simple and yet bold. It suits her so much. Even if usually her go-to colour tone is warm, she can pull off cool-toned shades too.

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But that doesn’t mean she can wear an amazing bold lipstick like in this picture from the Cinderella London Premiere.

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So yeah, I love Lily.

I hope you like this post and let me know your favourite look of hers.

xxx

Georgia

Suits Season 7A Finale Freakout (I know, I’m 4 months late)

Disclaimer! This post contains strong language and spoilers for all seasons of Suits.

It has been almost  four months since the “Suits” summer finale, and I am still not okay. I am baffled and at the same time over the moon about what happened in episode 710.

I’ve been very sceptical about this season, I was expecting something entirely different from the finale of season six, where we see Harvey and Donna holding hands at the end and Mike been finally accepted into the bar association. Although Jessica left of the show last season, she continued to appear throughout this 7A, and I couldn’t be more excited. I adore the whole cast, but she is truly magnificent. A badass black woman in power. I love her.

But without much further do… let’s talk about the thing every single person in the suits fandom is talking about: the kiss.

I was expecting something along the lines of this, since the title of the episode is “Donna”. I wasn’t ready for how amazing and mind-blowing it was.

And I thought they weren’t going to leave it in the last 30 seconds of the show but this is what they did. I waited the entire episode for something to happen between Harvey and Donna and it didn’t. The countdown for the following show had already begun and I was sure they weren’t going to show anything else but when Louis made that speech about him and Sheila, taking advantage of the opportunity and actually expressing his feelings for her, I knew something was going to happen.

Producer Aaron Korsh has always been sceptical about Donna and Harvey together as a couple he said multiple times, but I don’t care. The entire storyline with Dr Agard becoming Harvey’s girlfriend after being his therapist was just bullshit. Everybody knows it. But if this is what is necessary for Harvey to comprehend the extent of his feelings for Donna, I’m not complaining.

Well, I am complaining because it has ruined half a season, one of my favourite character’s personality, the awesomeness of the show which has become a joke and the overall vibe of the show. Am I angry? FUCK YEAH.

I don’t care (but I soooo do) what he has to go through to finally be in and happy relationship, but I believe he has to end up with Donna.

Mike said it in 613 with this amazing exchange:

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COME ON!!!!

There are fantastic episodes such as “the other time”, and multiple others where you see the deep affection that Harvey has for Donna and vice versa.

Before, when she was the secretary, them being together it didn’t make a lot of sense because there was still this disparity.

Now she is COO of Pearson Specter Litt, she makes decisions about the firm and she counts as much as Harvey and Louis. They are equals. He’s not her boss any more, she’s not his secretary. They have a shot of being together in a Jane Eyre sort of thing.

I’ve heard stupid comments and theories about sexual harassment, Donna kissing Harvey without his consent and some bullshit like that. To the people wandering around telling this bullshit I say one thing. Fuck off. You don’t deserve Suits.

Now I’m just waiting for the announcement of 7B and they’re taking their sweet time!

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you probably know that Meghan Markle is engaged with Prince Harry and therefore leaving the show. The network announced her departure but they still haven’t said anything about the premiere date of 7B.

Also, still no word on whether Patrick J Adams is leaving as well and if there will be a season 8.

Please, USA Network. Don’t leave us hanging. TELL US SOMETHING.

I leave you with the gif of the kiss because it’s AMAZING.

You’re welcome.

xxx

Georgia