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Random Missives From TV LAND

I may not be writing as often but that doesn’t mean I’m not watching television. In fact, sometimes watching some of my favorite shows is one of my most enjoyable activities. Look forward to FX’s The Americans and still watching Red Widow and my other faves like The Good Wife. But right now some of the newer shows have grabbed my attention.

I love BBC’s Orphan Black. The pilot was one of the best I’ve watched and I couldn’t wait to see the next episode. Even with the sci fi element, the story is so gripping, watching Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) take over someone else’s identity. I kind of wish there weren’t so many other clones as she’s enough to keep me watching.

I was also riveted to Top of the Lake on the Sundance Channel. As bleak as it was I forgot time as it was so gripping…maybe it was the landscape or the twists and turns that weren’t all predictable, and even though I knew who Tui’s child’s father was it all along that really wasn’t what I was focused on…I love Jane Campion and she knows how to tell a story but Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) showed just how great she is and that she could anchor a drama. Her relationship with Johnno (Thomas M. Wright) was so sensual and raw and real but al along it seemed doomed somehow. Even before the secret was revealed. There was little sentimentality here and I really liked that as that’s what Americans can over do sometimes. To all showrunners and creators out there…more…more….more.

Watching Mad Men, one of my favorite shows, but the first three episodes are much less interesting to me than in previous seasons. Not big on the flashbacks of Don when he was younger…he’s a jerk really so don’t try to tell us now why he’s like that. Interesting moments of course…but not as compelling.

I’m really looking forward to Sunday night’s documentary All the President’s Men Revisited, a new documentary made by Robert Redford about the Watergate scandal and featuring material from the book and the film of the same name, which he starred in with Dustin Hoffman. I loved the film directed by the late Alan J. Pakula and the inside look at a newsroom.  As a young woman, I became enthralled with Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post and the late Katherine Graham, a former publisher of the once most prestigious newspaper.

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See First Season of Homeland, The Emmy Winner for Outstanding Drama Series

As Homeland gears up for its second season, which begins on Sunday, September 30, Showtime will air the entire first season on Saturday, September 29. I watched the first season marathon style over a weekend but even if you don’t have that kind of time, definitely tape it and watch it when you can because it’s a powerful, gripping drama.

This past Sunday Homeland won big at the Emmy Awards, with honors to lead actors Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, the writers and the big one — Outstanding Drama series. All well deserved and definitely the show to finally knock Mad Men off its long standing lock on this category. Don’t get me wrong. I love Mad Men and last season was one of its strongest. I also really hoped that Jon Hamm would win the best acting honor that has eluded him…. but he didn’t and now he’ll have to wait another year. I’m glad that if it didn’t go to Hamm that it went to Lewis who’s great in the role. It’s also great to see Showtime in this category, too. I’ve watched the network for years with The Tudors, Dexter, The Big C andEpisodes, and they’ve definitely made inroads into HBO’s monoply on dramas and comdies being nominated for an Emmy, as host Jimmy Kimmel noted.

 

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