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When we last left Homeland, Carrie was pregnant with Nick Brody’s love child, while said congressman/terrorist was being punished hanged in the middle of a public square? Or was he still drying out from heroin addiciton? I don’t even know, because my Showtime subscription ran out in the middle of the season and I had given up on this show after 2 seasons of pulpy romance smattered with occasionally thrilling CIA exploits. Not that any of that matters, because Homeland’s showrunners have taken Brody’s exit as an opportunity to refocus the show back on the CIA.
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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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