Category Archives: Television

Deception and Instinct

ABC premiered a new show a week and a half ago: Deception. It’s about an illusionist Cameron Black (above) who gets into solving crimes. I love the illusions and the guy who plays Cameron is quite good looking. Here is a good synopsis of the show:

Superstar Las Vegas magician Cameron Black’s career may have been ruined by scandal, but he’s found another place to put his skills of deception, influence and illusion to use: the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As a consulting illusionist, Cameron uses every trick at his disposal — inventing new ones as necessary — to help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals and solve crimes that seem to defy all explanation. In doing so, he while feeds his ego by staging the biggest illusions of his career.

Deception airs Sunday nights on ABC at 10 pm Eastern.

Talking about new shows, there is another new show on Sunday nights at 8 pm Eastern on CBS called Instinct. This show stars out actor Alan Cumming who plays the first leading gay man in a network drama. Here is a synopsis of Instinct:

Dr. Dylan Reinhart is a former CIA operative who’s created a quieter life for himself as a professor and author of a best-selling book on abnormal behavior. When tenacious and resourceful NYPD detective Lizzie Needham approaches him to help her solve a serial killer case, he taps into his old skill set and reaches out to a CIA friend who has access to invaluable top-secret intelligence. As Dylan gets lured back into the adrenaline filled world of law enforcement, he and Lizzie realize that, together, they make the perfect team.

Both shows are well worth checking out. They are currently my favorite shows.


Monday Is Here Again

I almost forgot to write a post for today. I’d spent the evening watching the Netflix series Altered Carbon, which is a really gritty and gruesome series. I don’t know why I keep watching it, but I’m hooked on it now and only have a few more episodes to watch. Did anyone watch the Oscars last night? I obviously didn’t, but did see some of the outfits on Twitter. I keep thinking to myself: what was Adam Rippon thinking with that outfit? I guess we all have our styles. One person commented, “When you have to go to the Academy Awards at 8 and the Eagle at 11.” If you haven’t seen it, here’s the outfit:


Adam Rippon

I love this picture of Adam and Gus. Both are so handsome. Adam did fabulous last night, though his score did not reflect it like it should have. Here is one more Adam and Gus pic.

Also, last night was the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery. Wow! What an episode. Like so many of the episodes this season, it was jam packed with action. Also, it had a surprise ending that I’m not sure anyone saw coming.


Altered Carbon

Last night I watched episode one of the Netflix show Altered Carbon. The series takes place over 350 years in the future, in the year 2384. In the future, people’s consciousnesses are contained in “stacks”, storage devices attached to the back of a person’s neck. Physical bodies are turned into “sleeves”, mere disposable vessels. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), a violent mercenary, wakes up 250 years after his sleeve is killed, and he is given the choice to either spend the rest of his life in prison for his crimes, or help solve the murder of the wealthiest man in the world (James Purefoy). The first episode consists of Kovacs trying to navigate this new world, and deciding whether he will help solve the murder. I may not have understood everything that went on, but overall, I enjoyed the episode.

I would have probably watched two episodes, but I walked into the kitchen only to realize that Isabella was out of food. Why doesn’t she tell me these things? So I had to run out and get her some cat food. That took up just enough time that I couldn’t watch a second episode.


Super Bowl

It really didn’t matter to me who won, the Patriots or the Eagles. I’m not a fan of either. I probably lean more toward the Eagles because I like their QB Nick Foles, and I don’t like the Patriot QB Tom Brady. No matter who plays, many of us still watch the game because we want to see the commercials. If you watched it for the commercials, what was your favorite?


Drummond and Paget

Have any of you been watching Victoria on PBS’s Masterpiece? If you’ve seen the whole season, please don’t give away any spoilers for those who are in the USA and haven’t seen it. In Season 2 of Victoria, Prime Minister Robert Peel’s Private Secretary Edward Drummond, played by Leo Suter and Chief Equerry to Queen Victoria, Alfred Paget, played by Jordan Waller are having flirtations. It’s been quite adorable, the looks they give each other and the playful skinny dipping they did in Sunday night’s episode. Of course homosexuality was a crime in Victorian Britain, and the 1840s is long before homosexuality was even a word or understood as it is today. It’s been fun to watch Drummond and Paget though, especially Suter/Drummond who is absolutely gorgeous.

The problem is that the match-up is quite improbable. In real life the two would have never known each other and Drummond was at least 30 years Paget’s senior. There is absolutely no evidence that either of the two were homosexual. If they were, we would never know because of the secretiveness of such relationships. However the improbability, it makes for good fantasy and lovely television. I can’t wait to see how the drama unfolds for the rest of the season.

By the way, I did not watch the State of the Union Address last night. I can’t stand to hear that asshole speak. Furthermore, I hate SOTU speeches. They are always written for pauses in the speech so that the president’s party can go apeshit clapping. It’s always ridiculous no matter which party is giving the speech, and given that this asshole can only lie, show his incompetence, and be misogynistic, it’s just not worth my time.


Guilty Pleasure

I have to admit something. I have a new guilty pleasure. I’m really loving the new remake of Dynasty on The CW. It’s just a fun catty show to watch. I never watched the original Dynasty, but I like the new one.

The reboot updates several factors from the 1980s original, including moving the setting from Denver, Colorado to Atlanta, Georgia; making Steven’s homosexuality a nonissue to Blake; and changing gold digger Sammy Jo from a woman to a gay man. Patrick said, “We knew in our version—2017—we wanted Steven’s conflict with Blake to be not about him being gay, but about him being liberal.” Additionally, in the new series, Blake’s fiancée is Hispanic, and both chauffeur Michael Culhane and the Colby family are African-American.


Game of Thrones

If you’ve not seen the season finale, read no further. I have to say that through most of the finale, I was somewhat underwhelmed, but the ending really got my attention. Cersei proved to be as devious as ever, but probably the stupidest person in the series. I have little doubt that she will get hers in the end. As with every great scene this season, the dragons proved to be the show stopper. The show proved that a dead dragon makes a very deadly enemy. Now we wait and wait for the next and final season. I’ve heard it could be up to two years away.


Broadchurch 


I've gotten hooked on a new-to-me television series, Broadchurch. It's a great British mystery series. Once you've seen a few episodes, you'll be hooked. I'm currently watching season two on Netflix, but you can catch all three seasons, including what's aired of the third season on the BBC America app. I have a Roku TV that I love and BBC America is one of the app channels that you can access and watch shows on demand. Anyway, here's a teaser for the series:

When the corpse of an 11-year-old British boy, Danny Latimer, is found bloodied and dirty on an idyllic beach, a small Dorset community becomes the focus of a police investigation and media madness. Out-of-town Detective Inspector Alec Hardy gets the point position over Detective Sgt. Ellie Miller — who feels the job should have been hers. Now she must engage in an efficient working relationship with taciturn Hardy. Slowly, more members of the community of Broadchurch are drawn into the investigation, with a telephone engineer drawing great attention when he admits to a special connection to the case. While dealing with so much unwelcome attention, Danny's family tries to cope with its grief. When a suspect is named and charged, the ensuing trial sees the defendant promising to expose more of the townspeople's secrets.

Thanks, Susan, for talking me into watching this show.


Game of Thrones

If you have not watched the latest episode, read no further. There may be spoilers ahead.

Holy hell, last night was intense. The attack on King's Landing/The Loot Train with the dragon was marvelous. No wonder there was no preview description before the episode.

Each previous episode has left me feeling down. The defeat of the Greyjoys and the Dornish, then the defeat of the Tyrells, ending with Lady Olenna's death. They left you feeling helpless, but last nights episode gives you hope.


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