TV Sept. 12-14: Undone, Chef Show, Chelsea Handler, The Ranch, Tall Girl, Unbelievable, Happy Valley

Hello my cherished reader. How about a cup of tea and some TV? I’ve been watching too many Brit series. But really, can there be too many Brit series? Although Happy Valley is not at all happy. But more on that later.

Thursday Sept. 12

Have a nap. Friday is a big TV day.

Friday Sept. 13

You had me at “Bob Odenkirk” but then doubled down with “From the producers of Bojack Horseman.” I’m pretty sure Undone, new on Amazon Prime, will be my next fave new series. “In this imaginative new adult animated series, a young woman awakens after a car crash to find that, for her, time no longer follows a straight line. Can she harness this quirk to find out the truth about her father’s death and possibly save him? Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk star in the Amazon Original series.”

The Chef Show: Volume 2 (new to Netflix): “Cooking is a journey. And making a meal is about more than just food. It’s about appreciating friends, family and tradition. An opportunity to come together. To learn, to share and to celebrate different flavors, cultures and people. In The Chef Show actor/director Jon Favreau and award-winning Chef Roy Choi reunite after their critically acclaimed film Chef to embark on a new adventure. The two friends experiment with their favorite recipes and techniques, baking, cooking, exploring and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and culinary world.”

She’s back and she’s asking more uncomfortable questions. Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea (new on Netflix) “In this documentary, Chelsea Handler explores how white privilege impacts American culture — and the ways it’s benefited her own life and career.”

They’re back too! The Ranch: Part 7 (new on Netflix) “While Colt (Ashton Kutcher) tries to reconcile with Abby (Elisha Cuthbert), Beau (Sam Elliott) navigates the challenges of aging and Luke (Dax Shepard) seeks his family’s forgiveness.”

How’s the weather up there? My brother and his sons are all skyscraper tall (like lean over and dunk tall). I’ve never asked them about the weather. Mostly because they’d toss me like a rag doll, but I’m doing it here, because I can, for Tall Girl (new movie on Netflix): “Jodi (Ava Michelle) has always been the tallest girl in school — and she’s always been uncomfortable with it. After slouching her way through life for 16 years and being made fun of by classmates, Jodi meets Stig (Luke Eisner), a seemingly perfect Swedish foreign exchange student who’s even taller than she is. Jodi’s new crush turns her world upside down and throws her into a surprising love triangle, but with the help of her two best friends (Griffin Gluck, Anjelika Washington) as well as her beauty queen sister Harper (Sabrina Carpenter), Jodi comes to realize that she’s far more than her insecurities about her appearance have led her to believe. TALL GIRL, director Nzingha Stewart’s first feature film, is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story about finding the confidence to stop slouching and stand tall.”


Unbelievable (new on Netflix) is a series that will be hard to watch but asks a critical question: What is the cost of not taking victims seriously? “Based on real events, a teen reports and eventually recants her reported rape, while two female detectives, states away, investigate evidence that could reveal the truth.” Merritt Wever and Toni Collette star.

Binge this bitches! Uh you’re right. Too much. OK but this is exciting. If you’ve ever wanted to binge all 11 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and four of Drag Race All Stars (on Crave), Friday is the first day of the rest of your life. “Category is: fiercest reality competition television series! Produced by World of Wonder, the 2018 Emmy®-winning series RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE joins the world’s most famous drag queen and three-time Emmy winner, RuPaul, on a mission to find, “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” With RuPaul as host, mentor, and head judge in addition to guest judges including Michelle Visage, Santino_Rice, and Ross Matthews, each episode contestants must impress the panel in lip sync, runway, and comedy competitions. With 11 successful seasons and multiple spin off series including RUPAUL’s DRAG RACE ALL STARS, which gives former contestants a shot at Drag Race Hall of Fame, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE continues to make history.”

Saturday Sept. 14

It’s not happy but it is damn good: Occasionally people ask me what TV to watch, which is lovely, but I do enjoy when someone tells me what to watch as good d2tv fan Brenda did the other day. Happy Valley, she said. Oh yeah, I replied, it’s been on my list for a while. Especially since I loved Sarah Lancashire as the fancy Caroline in Last Tango in Halifax (which is on Amazon Prime, btw). I will say the accents were such a slog that I finally resorted to English subtitles, but the story… Well, two six-hour seasons in two nights. Thank God there’s so little life to get in the way of my TV! In Happy Valley, Lancashire plays Catherine Cawood, police woman, “granny” to a cute wee lad, sister to an addict, and a grieving mother. This being a crime series, nasty things happen. It gets a bit Murder She Wrote when every single development comes through Cawood, but I didn’t mind that suspension of disbelief because the characters are all so damn well drawn (thank you Sally Wainwright and hello ghosts of Downton Abbey!). The thriller elements are not too shabby either. Good use of your weekend. Oh and Season 3 is coming, and with Lancashire, just not yet.

Fancy a movie? Or two? CBC’s Gem features two Canadian films: Into Invisible Light (Drama, 2018, directed by Shelagh Carter) “Supported by the CBC Films fund for female and diverse filmmakers . An isolated person by nature, recent widow Helena Grayson (Jennifer Dale) has been living a life she feels she has not earned, but never had the courage to address. Confronted by odd directives from her late husband’s estate, she is inspired to reawaken a long-buried desire to write, finding herself unexpectedly drawn into a passionate affair with an old flame. And Maudie (Drama/Biography, 2016, directed by Aisling Walsh) “Based on a true story, MAUDIE is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.”

See you Sunday then?

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