Archive for the ‘Comfort Food’ Category

The Great British Baking Show Returns to PBS for a Fourth Season of Merriment in the Kitchen (PBS)

June 2, 2017

Hell yeah this summer’s going to be delicious! PBS just announced Season 4 of The British Baking Show beginning June 16. From PBS,

PBS announced today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW will return for a fourth season on June 16, 2017, airing Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). This upcoming season is the BBC’s most recent season, which received the highest-ever viewership for the series. PBS also announced it has committed to a fifth season of the series that has previously aired on the BBC.

Read the full article on PBS.

The Fosters: Season 4

May 22, 2017

The Fosters continues its reign as Queen and Queen of family drama. That’s Queen Stef and Queen Lena, partners in love and life to five teenaged children – biological and adopted. Season 4 of this Freeform drama continues the chaotic lives of the Adams-Fosters family. I joked in a previous post that the show isn’t really performing unless at least three of the kids are having simultaneous disasters. But honestly, that’s the way it’s felt this season. And not in a stupid way. In a realistic way of what a household might be like with five hormonal teenagers. There are certainly moments I thank the Universe I never procreated and watching this show is one of them. Fun escapist drama as long as I don’t have to clean up their mess. Luckily they have two great Moms to do most of the cleaning up. Bravo to this beautiful and loving show for paving the way as it has for the past four seasons. Looking forward to Season Five premiering this summer on. 4 out of 5.

Of course any season with an appearance of Brandon Quinn as the twins biological Dad Gabe is always welcome, especially if he’s shirtless.

That Gay Episode: ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ Comes Out Of The Closet (Decider)

May 9, 2017

Photos: HULU ; Illustration: Dillen phelps; from Decider

Brett White over at Decider continues the series, That Gay Episode this time focusing on the famous Mary Tyler Moore episode where Phyllis finds out her brother is gay. From Decider,

Gay people worry about how they’re perceived — not for vanity reasons, but survival reasons. The period of a gay person’s life — be they minutes, months or years — between acknowledging their queer identity and proudly flying a rainbow flag are a nonstop internal Q(ueer) & A session.”Do they know I’m gay?” “Wait, does this make me seem gay?” “When do I tell them I’m gay?” It’s hard to express who you now know you are when you’re dealing with people whose perceptions of you run back decades.

These are the issues at the heart of The Mary Tyler Moore Show‘s 1973 episode “My Brother’s Keeper.” Unlike Cheers‘ “The Boys in the Bar,” which tackled machismo and gay panic by making half the cast straight-up homophobes, “My Brother’s Keeper” saved its big gay reveal for the very end. To get all meta, this is a gay episode that literally plays it straight for 24 of its 25 minutes.

Read the full article.
Read Kenneth in the 212’s blog post about how this episode and other quintessential queer moments on television personally affected him.

Shetland: Seasons 1-3

April 17, 2017

Blew through the first three seasons of Shetland on Netflix. If you love police procedurals, murder mysteries, and U.K television add Shetland to your must watch list. The writing, acting and directing are solid. The Scottish scenery is gorgeous. I grew to love each of the main characters due to wonderful performances from Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell, and Steven Robertson. Guest stars in season three included a number of my favorite character actors Ciarán Hinds, Anna Chancellor, and Archie Panjabi (yes, Kalinda!). Adapted from books by Ann Cleeves, Shetland provides comfort food for those of us who need our murder mysteries spiced with some sexy accents. FYI, these are small town Scottish accents so best to keep the wee sub-titles on, aye? The wrap-up on Season 3 felt a bit awkward to me. But not enough to tarnish the series. I’m going with a 4 out of 5.

‘Downton Abbey’ movie will begin filming at ‘the end of this year’ (Cultbox)

April 14, 2017

Amazing news for Downton fans! From Cultbox,

It looks production is finally gearing up for the long-awaited Downton Abbey film.

Rumours surrounding the movie have been going around for over a year now, with a production source announcing in January that “the financing ducks are being lined up very nicely.”

…Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes previously explained the reasons behind the delay: “The thing about Downton is we have a lot of running characters and we really do need them for the movie, so you can imagine at the end of the show they all shot off into shows on Broadway, series in LA, things on television… and they somehow have to gradually be coaxed back into the fold.”

Read the full article on Cultbox.
Stream every episode of Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime.
Buy the DVD or Blu-ray box set on Amazon.



Treme: Season 4 (take 2)

April 3, 2017

The final season of Treme brings all the stories together in one big love fest. Such honest, real characters. Click below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review of Treme: Season 4.

Ab Fab on Netflix!

April 2, 2017

Absolutely Fabulous – the series is streaming now on Netflix. Seasons 1-4 and the 2002 Christmas Special: Gay are available to Netflix subscribers. What’s your next binge?

Home Fires: Season 2

March 28, 2017

I love the British period drama Home Fires. I don’t hear many people talking about it. I think it’s one of the best series produced recently. That makes it a sleeper hit for me. Season 2 continues the complicated stories of a small town in England during World War II told from women’s perspectives. I particularly like what the writers did with Teresa, the lesbian character. Especially her scenes with the female pilot. They didn’t sugar coat nor did they sensationalize the need for many people to seek out opposite sexed partners in order to fit in during this time period. I absolutely adore Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and my heart breaks as I cheer for Pat to break the literal bonds she’s imprisoned in. Wasn’t seeing that cliff hanger coming during the final episode that’s for sure. Home Fires is the kind of series I could watch again and enjoy immensely. 5 out of 5 for the excellently produced series.

Downton Abbey: Season 4 (take three)

March 16, 2017

Lovely watching Downton Abbey: Season 4 a third time. Major costume drama comfort food for cold and snowy March nights. Click on the image for Reel Charlie’s updated review.

Grr Argh

March 10, 2017

Happy Anniversary to Buffy the Vampire Slayer who turns 20 today.

My favorite episode is Hush. What’s yours?

Hat tip to NPR. Second hat tip to my dear friend Alex who continues to see this show as his all-time favorite.

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