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There’s over two dozen new shows premiering this fall, not counting new and returning shows on cable and Amazon/Hulu/Netflix. That’s a ridiculous amount, and many won’t even make it till the end of the season. Some look really, really good (Gotham) and some are already circling the dreaded hiatus designation (Red Band Society, The Mysteries of Laura). That’s all fine and good, but which shows am I the most excited about? Glad you asked!
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How you doin? My favorite show to watch while on the treadmill, and by favorite I mean only, is The Wendy Williams Show. Season 6 of Wendy kicked off on Monday with a very welcome Hot Topics show, dedicated to Wendy’s take on celebrity news stories. Since Wendy has been on vacation for the last six weeks, there was a lot to catch up on.
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Over the weekend I watched Mission Blue, a new documentary on Netflix from the producers of The Cove. It offers a fascinating look at world renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle and her efforts to shed light on the destruction of the world’s oceans. Its a sobering look at her one-woman crusade against overfishing and big oil and to establish “hope spots” around the world.
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The season finale of HBO’s The Leftovers aired last night, answering some of the most nagging questions I had about the show and leaving just enough mystery to tempt me to tune in next season. As I pointed out in my initial Leftovers post, the slow pace and tone of the show frustrated me and though I never quit watching, I came close. After the jump, let’s look at the 10 questions The Leftover answered last night (Spoilers Ahead, obviously).
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I’m devastated by Joan Rivers passing. She’s such a giant in her industry and consummate entertainer who’s been on television in one way or another since I began watching TV. Whether it was her guest-hosting The Tonight Show as Johnny Carson’s fill-in, the host of her own ill-fated late night talk show on FOX, center square on Hollywood Squares, all the way up to her anchoring E’s Fashion Police. Rivers left us with a staggering amount of work, most of it available online. But there’s perhaps no more better look at the legacy she leaves behind than the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which I watched again over the weekend on Netflix.
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Motown the Musical is playing throughout September at The Orpheum Theatre and over Labor Day I went and saw the production. Growing up in the 70s, of course I was aware of Motown, Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. But I didn’t know about the rich history of the label that was started by a failed boxer, Berry Gordy, which the show is determined to tell you. This is Berry Gordy’s world, and we are here to get his side of the story.
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Lifetime aired the long-awaited Unauthorized Saved By The Bell movie last night and it was spectacular. Fans of camp television had plenty to indulge in this complete travesty. Even though Lifetime stripped out all the fucking salacious details from Diamond’s book Behind The Bell, on which this movie is based, it still managed to be over the top, in the best way possible. So basically the KidzBop version of SBTB. What they did keep was Diamond’s smug tone and “Hollywood? More like HollyWIERD, amiright?” tone. There wasn’t a lot here, but what was here was glorious!
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