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Kidding is an endearing quirky show
February 9th, 2020 under Jim Carrey, Showtime. [ Comments: none ]


Tonight is the Oscars, but there is no one to root for this year and no host to tie the show together. Therefore, I want to watch something else where I can root for the lead. Showtime is giving us that at 10p with the second season premiere of Kidding starring Jim Carrey as Mr. Pickles.

Mr. Pickles is a kids’ television host with the innocence of Mr. Rogers. While his onscreen persona is perfect, his life is falling apart around him. His father (Frank Langella), who is the EP, is drunk with power. So much so, Jeff (Carey) finally fires him. His sister, Didi (Catherine Keener), is going through a divorce as her brother. Jeff’s wife, Jill (Judy Greer), has moved on with Peter (Justin Kirk). Jeff is not ready to move on, so what happens when he hits Peter with his car.

Now that you are caught up with season one, it is time for season two. Jill comes out and tries everything to save her boyfriend. She tells Jeff to pick up the body and they drive to the hospital. Peter’s life hangs in the balance and only a liver transplant will save him. Will he get one in time?

Meanwhile, Didi is dealing with the ramifications of her divorce. Her gay ex-husband wants full custody of their daughter. Then when he doesn’t get that, he takes something from Didi that is just as important.

She has been busy trying to get Mr. Pickles back on the air. While they wait, the siblings come up with a toy to keep Mr. Pickles alive. Mr. Pickles is living on in the international versions of his character. That is until one of them gets killed over something Jeff said. Now there is a rebellion against him. It seems like everything is going against him. Will he be able to get his life back?

As the season goes on, Ariana Grande plays a fairy. We get to see how Mr. Pickles was born and how he met Jill. The best of the season comes from a mostly musical episode that will make you smile.

Actually, the whole series will make you smile. There is something so lovable about this dramedy. There is nothing else like it on television, and how often can you say that. Instead of watching that snooty awards show, watch a refreshing show every Sunday at 10p after the final season of Homeland.

Plus, who doesn’t love Jim Carrey when he is at his best. This show is him at his best.

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Even Ray Donovan can’t fix this
February 4th, 2020 under Liev Schreiber, Showtime. [ Comments: none ]


Last month, Ray Donovan aired its season finale. Since them, Liev Schreiber implored people to let Showtime know they want an eighth one. Did his begging work? Sadly, it did not. The network announced today, “After seven incredible seasons, Ray Donovan has concluded its run on Showtime. We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note.”

Even though the network does not say this, I betcha a penny, they give it a sendoff film. It seems weird that they did not give it a final season like Homeland and Shameless, so at least they should get a telemovie. Don’t you agree?

Now that Showtime has three hours of programming to fill, wouldn’t it be nice if they revived Queer As Folk or Dexter? Dexter needs to make up for that sh!tty finale.

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Shameless and Homeland will say goodbye on Showtime this year
January 13th, 2020 under Showtime. [ Comments: 1 ]


We already knew that Homeland is ending its run this season, and today Showtime announced that Shameless will be doing the same beginning this summer. Although the news is not that surprising. I mean after Emma Rossum left, it felt like that was going to be the end of the show.

While that is Shameless, what about Homeland? Its final season debuts on February 9th, and we are getting our first look at what we can expect Carrie to go through. If the trailer is not enough to tell you what is happening, here is how Showtime describes it, “Carrie Mathison (Clair Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured – which is a problem for Saul (Mandy Patinkin), now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner (Beau Bridges). The top priority of Warner’s young administration is an end to the ‘forever war’ in Afghanistan, and Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations. But Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies – and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé can provide. Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion’s den – one last time.”

Who else thinks the series ends with them both getting killed? If it doesn’t, then that is how it should be. No happy endings for them.

Shows endings is a sad thing. However, there is some good news. The L Word: Generation Q will be back for a second season. So there is that!

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There is something that Showtime wants to know about Duran Duran
December 10th, 2019 under Duran Duran, Showtime. [ Comments: 3 ]


There is a New Wave coming to Showtime on December 27th, and you are not going to want to miss it. The network is going to air documentaries about two of England’s biggest New Wave bands from the ’80s, New Order and Duran Duran.

The night starts off at 8p, where we will learn how New Order is reinventing themselves after almost 40 years together. Since I saw them in concert and they sucked, I really don’t care about them. That and if it was about how they went from Joy Division to New Order after singer Ian Curtis committed suicide, then I would be more interested. To me, that is more interesting.

Who is always interesting is Duran Duran. Their doc will focus on their rise to fame in the ’80s and how they defined MTV with racy music videos. It also includes interviews with Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor, who are not related. Also not related is original band member Andy Taylor and he will also not be seen in the hour-long special. What we will see is never-before-seen videos of their lives behind the scenes throughout their career that is still going strong after almost 40 years.

Since we will all still be exhausted from Christmas, what better way to relax then watch these docs.

Oh, and I have seen D2 in several concerts, and only one of their shows sucked. Which was the first time I saw them, and yet I went back for more. The other concerts were a blast, even though I once embarrassed myself in front of Le Bon before they went on. Long story.

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The L Word has evolved with Generation Q
December 8th, 2019 under Jennifer Beals, Showtime. [ Comments: none ]


The L Word took Showtime by storm in 2004. Sadly, like all good things, it came to end in 2009. However, like a fine wine, it is back tonight at 10p, and it has aged very well.

Generation Q includes the shows original stars Jennifer Beal, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey. A lot has happened to them in the last 10 years and they have grown up.

Bette (Beals) is raising a daughter and she is running to be mayor of Los Angeles. She meets with Dani Núñez (Arienne Mandi), an exec who can Bette money for her campaign. When Bette does not like what she stands for, she opts not to work with her.

Sophie (Rosanny Zayas) does not reject Dani because the two of them are dating, and things are getting serious between the two ladies. Sophie works for Alice (Hailey), who is now a television star. Alice has found love with Nat (Stephanie Allynne), a woman with two children.

Shane is back from Paris, is she ready to date every available woman in LA again? Not if Finley (Jacqueline Toboni) can have her way. Finley is a younger version of Shane, which is why she idolizes her so much.

Unlike the first time around, where it was about friendship, partying and dating, this time, it is about friendship and settling down. Maybe it is because I have grown up a lot in the last decade, but I prefer this version of the show.

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