January Pilots – Part 3

Here we are with part 3 of my January Pilots!

I’ve had a blast watching these pilots. Some have been great and some have left me disappointed, but nonetheless it’s been exciting.

GLOW

Glow has been on Netflix since June 23rd 2017 and I had little to no interest in watching it. My best friend recommended it to me and so I followed her advice. I was intrigued by it.

Glow is a fictionalized and romanticized version of the 80s female wrestling circuit, called “The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling”.

Starring Alison Brie, Berry Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young and Marc Maron the show is quite dark and raw for a comedy.

I am very conflicted about it. I don’t have an opinion on it. I can’t figure out if I like it or not. I can’t seem to understand if it is good or not. It’s driving me crazy.


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I tried watching it a long time ago but it wasn’t the right moment. I didn’t get the comedy and pilots are always treaky.

When I finished the first episode I had no doubts: IT IS AMAZING.

It’s a comedy about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans loosely based on her “Saturday Night Live” experience. It also stars Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit and Jane Krakowski. There are so many celebrities cameos that will make your jaw drop.

It’s VERY VERY VERY loosely based on her SNL life and her relationship with Lorne Michaels, who created SNL and is an executive producer on the show.

I already liked Tina Fey from her SNL career (her Sarah Palin impression is LEGENDARY) and her simply being alive is a godsend but after watching the show I realized she is my idol and role model. I love her.

I read her book last year but didn’t appreciate it enough. So now it’s in my Amazon basket, ready to be bought.

The show is so clever, original and funny. I am basically Liz Lemon. I love her (and obviously Tina). Another amazing characteristic: the platonic friendship between Liz and Jack. I adored it!!! So glad they didn’t turn it into a romance!!

And the music!! Tina’s husband Jeff Richmond composed the soundtrack of the show and it’s fantastic!

I’m trying to end the post but I keep thinking of more unbelievably amazing feature!

Anyway, I highly recommend it. It’s stupid, fantastic, idiotic, clever, magical and the live shows are hilarious.



The End! I really enjoyed writing these mini-review about the shows I’ve watched.

Let me know what you’ve thought of them!

xxx

Georgia

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January Pilots – Part 2

This was supposed to be a single post, but then I realised I watched so many pilots!

I love pilots. They have to capture the audience’s attention and get us interested in watching the following episodes. It’s so confusing: you don’t know the characters, you don’t understand what’s going on and you’re trying to figure out if the show it’s actually good or just garbage.

So here are my first impressions!

The Good Place

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I don’t understand why it took me so long to start warching this show. It’s produced and created by Michael Schur. A television GOD! You might have heard of some of his projects: The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine Nine… COMEDY PERFECTION!

The Good Place is about a woman (Kristen Bell) who finds herself in the afterlife and tries to figure out what it means to be good.

It’s such an interesting concept! Kristen Bell’s character Eleonor arrives at the Good Place, a perfect town overseen by its architect Michael. She meets her neighbours, her supposed soul-mate and Janice, the Good Place’s personal assistant.

It’s so peculiar, weird, funny, magical and more.

I already love it! Micheal Schur, you did it again, you amazing genius.

The Good Place season 2 finale airs Feb 1st at 8:30/7:30c on NBC



The Resident

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I’ve watched quite a lot of medical dramas in the past and I enjoy them. So when I saw that the great Emily Vancamp was starring in a new show, I knew that I had to watch it.

Starring Matt Czuchry as the arrogant bad boy Doctor, Manish Dayal as his new and ambitious Devin Pravesh and Emily Vancamp as Nic the Nurse.

It’s about ethic, hospital rivalry and it gives an insight on the ugly and manipulative side of the health care system.

I was expecting something more. They sidelined Emily Vancamp as a background character and love interest, the driven and skilled minority doctor (the Cristina Yang of the situation), the old doctor that doesn’t want to retire (Dr. Webber in season 6) and the careless, arrogant, fearless jeans-wearing doctor (TC from NBC’s The Night Shift).

Something that drove crazy while watching “The Resident”, was seeing Matt Czuchry’s Dr. Hawkings displaying Jess Mariano’s characteristics: Logan Huntzberger with Jess’s personality? It confused the hell out of me. It totally messed with me. I still have to wrap my mind around it.

I like it. I’ll probably keep watching.

The Resident airs on Mondays at 9/8c on FOX



Let me know your opinions on these shows! I’d love to discuss!

xxx

Georgia

January Pilots – Part 1

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.

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