It is no secret that HBO is synonymous with compelling characters. Two of the premium channel’s mid-year shows just aired their finales in consecutive weeks. Both series, Insecure and Ballers, induced major character shifts this year. Only Insecure succeeded in stretching its plot well, but both changes are examples of HBO’s unique storytelling.
The 2018-19 television season is finally getting into full swing. Many network, cable, and streaming TV shows debut or return in late August and September. Some will not survive October. Others will feed our weekly viewing habits. To create a guide for some of the TV you might like to check out, I narrowed down the wealth of programs and listed the shows that I will be watching this fall.
When looking at the “meh” summer box office, I thought of the TV shows that I binged over the past few months. It was a reminder of how much great TV there is. In many respects, television has surpassed the movie theater as the home of the best entertainment.
There are finally some True Detective developments that hint at an awesome new season. HBO’s anthology crime series had already announced that Mahershala Ali was the lead edition to its new cast. Just in time for the finale of Sharp Objects, HBO gave a first glimpse at the series by dropping a new trailer for Season 3 of True Detective.
I just binged my way through the first season of HBO’s Insecure. I had heard good things about the show. I did not anticipate how much I would love Insecure’s soundtrack. It took me forever to get through the first season because I keep googling the music in every episode. One song from the series blew me away: 1500 or Nothin’s “Girl.
HBO has a knack for including great music as a companion to their original programming. Dating back to The Sopranos, the title sequences and closing credits of an HBO show have often been a source of discovery for different types of music. The song from the closing credits of Barry’s first episode was HBO’s most recent nugget: Class Actress’s “Journal of Ardency.”
If you are a music fan of virtually any popular music from the last 40 years, HBO’s The Defiant Ones is for you. The four-episode series is a powerful examination of the rise and success of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, two of the record industry’s most influential figures. The documentary also incorporates each man’s... Continue Reading →
It is a scene as familiar as some good gabagool or the dirty toll booth on the Jersey Turnpike. Tony Soprano walks into Holsten’s diner and sifts through the songs on the jukebox. He selects Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and sits in a booth. The mafioso hunches over a menu and the camera flashes to... Continue Reading →
When HBO's VEEP began its sixth season, the political comedy was in uncharted waters. Season five had ended as President Selina Meyer left office following a disastrous election that tested the electoral college. Midway through its current run it is apparent that VEEP has reinvented itself and continues to be one of television's funniest shows. VEEP is at its best when irrelevancy... Continue Reading →