Review: Blood and Water

Blood and Water is Netflix second effort with South African content after the success of Queen Sono. This time they chose to go with characters younger in age set in a posh high school. They scored plenty of drama with the decision.

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Review: Sweet Magnolias

Sweet Magnolias is indeed a sweet series on Netflix. It’s a portrait of a golden world where everyone gets along, everyone goes to church, the teenagers are only mildly rebellious, and friends last forever.

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Review: Dublin Murders

Dublin Murders is an Irish mystery series on STARZ. The 8 episode drama is based on two novels by Tana French, who worked with series creator Sarah Phelps in writing the episodes.

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Review: Homecoming, season 2

Homecoming never really found its way in season 2. The best thing about it was Janelle Monáe as a strong-minded, powerful woman who gets her memory erased by a dose of the drug made in the Geist company. Janelle Monáe took hold of her character and made her real.

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Thoughts on the First Episode of Hightown

Starz advertised a deal I could not refuse in conjunction with the new series Hightown. I’m interested in Hightown because I’ll probably never make it to Cape Cod or Provincetown, and this story is set there. Ever since I memorized all the words to Patti Page’s “Old Cape Cod” as a kid, I’ve wanted to see that area.

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Interactive Fun with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend is a new interactive game/adventure. If you know the Kimmy Schmidt franchise and like the characters, you’ll probably have fun fooling around with this.

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Review: The Great

The Great is a rowdy and ribald comedy based very loosely on the story of Catherine the Great of Russia. It bills itself as “an occasionally true story.” There really was a Catherine the Great of Russia. Stop there. That was the true part.

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Review: Into the Night, season 1

Into the Night is a Belgian sci-fi thriller. It’s a nail-biting thrill ride with one of the best cliffhangers at the end of the season I’ve ever seen. It’s mostly in French with some English, Russian, and Arabic in the mix.

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Dear Networks, Please Renew These Shows

I’m not worried about the big hits like Killing Eve and Dead to Me getting renewed. It’s the smaller shows I suggest should be renewed.

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Review: The Eddy

The Eddy has a different language. That language is jazz. The story is told in jazz. Jack Thorne wrote a story about a struggling jazz club in Paris called The Eddy. He added personal drama and a suspenseful mystery. He got Damien Chazelle to produce it and direct the first couple of episodes. The series is a mystery told with music.

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