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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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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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So, how ’bout those Emmys, huh? I was going to write a quick post about my thoughts on the Emmys 2014, and Seth Meyers’ completely competent, but boring and stiff turn as host in the grand tradition of Late Night Hosts before him. But I feel like after reading this Michelle Collins recap http://vnty.fr/1rBzYUg anything that I could write would be reductive. Suffice it to say Meyers did what Meyers always does, plays the straight man to funnier comedians like Billy Eichner (the best part of Monday night), Beyonce Amy Poehler, and Andy Samberg.But I’d like to make a suggestion to The Televison Academy and future winners of Emmys going forward: Follow John Larroquette’s Example.
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Season 4 of AMC’s The Killing premiered last week, not on AMC, but on Netflix. After AMC put Detectives Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) out of their misery for the second time, Netflix resurrected the stylish, rain-soaked series for a truncated fourth season. When the show first debuted, the ‘Who Killed Rosie Larson?” mystery, the dark tone and morose subject matter gave it a kind of “Twin Peaks’ vibe I really liked. Around the halfway point of Season 1 though, the grief-porn aspects of the show started to wear a little thin and were a real drag on any momentum the storyline might’ve had. I mainly tuned in to Season 2 for the conclusion of the mystery. When Season 3 debuted I gave Linden and Holder another chance. The show actually got better but still relied on red herrings and Linden and Holder’s tendency toward complete and utter incompetence to solve another mystery. Mild Spoilers Ahead!

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