Super Bowl Llll is baked, and so are all the ‘old man’ jokes lobbed at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The latest Super Bowl tried the patience of many, as the game played out in a defensive display with the Patriots finally putting up a touchdown towards the end of the game. Punters ruled and field goals made up 9 of the total points scored by both teams. This was one of the quirkiest Super Bowls ever, and if you compare it to the first, you’ll see just how this match has evolved over time. For starters, competing media
Episode 1 of the limited TNT series I Am the Night begins with Fauna Hodel’s search for her roots. The series is based on the real Fauna Hodel’s memoir One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel. Fauna’s search sparks fascinating questions. Is she white? Black? Biracial? There’s a more sinister turn to her story, however, and that turn involves one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in true crime.
The limited series I Am the Night resurrects a legendary murder still unsolved more than 70 years after it happened. For decades after Elizabeth Short (‘The Black Dahlia’) was tortured, murdered, and mutilated, her case was used to frighten many a young female whose ambitions included show business. In the South, her case captured just as much attention as it did in the rest of the country. This series sets itself apart from other film and TV coverage of the case, though. The book it’s based on is written by someone with personal ties to a suspect.
Lots of us watched ‘The Cosby Show’ with our family, and we loved it. The Huxtable family was all-American. The messaging was pro-family. So when I saw news trending recently about actor Geoffrey Owens, I wondered what it was about. I found a brouhaha going, with a story Fox News did at the center.
I think it was the creepy trailer that first intrigued me about the film I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday. Then there was the Big Brother factor. Every time I wrote about the film I imagined an algorithm flagging me because of the title, specifically, the “I” in the title. As the premiere date nears, an exchange with one of the film’s producers led me to ponder a question. Will this film blow your mind?
If you were addicted to the HBO series Deadwood, welcome to the club. If you were left hanging and disappointed when the series stopped without closure after three seasons, welcome to that club too. News is breaking that should cause us to rejoice. The Deadwood jig is not up. It’s back on, but not all our wishes are being granted.
Paramount Network will take on competitors such as FX with new programming like the series Yellowstone starring film legend Kevin Costner. Costner stars in and served as a producer for the series. Paramount has had a long winding journey since its founding in the early 1980s as The Nashville Network, morphing from country music and Southern culture to WWE, Spike TV, and most recently to the series Waco. The latter was a recounting of the federal government’s disastrous raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993.
Warning: Spoilers ahead. Don’t read this if you haven’t seen the finale and don’t want to know what happens. Last night, I actually arranged my evening around a TV show. I’ve followed The Americans fairly loyally since the first episode. Sometimes the series got bogged down in navel gazing, but overall it was a very entertaining narrative about Russia, Gorbachev, Reagan, the FBI, and the KGB. I tuned in at 10 p.m. to FX, expecting a strong finish. Instead, it was one giant snoozefest.
I have trouble with TV. Right now, every time I hit a new channel, it’s all about the royal wedding, crime, or psycho chefs. There’s not much I can sit through these days. I have too many books lying around and they’re a lot more interesting. That said, I do have a few shows I like to watch. Two of the features I do watch are among the most popular shows in the US and the UK.
Are you watching the series Trust on FX? The series recounts the story of John Paul Getty III who was kidnapped in Italy when he was only 16. Some of us are old enough to remember the news coverage about the kidnapping of an heir whose grandfather was one of the richest men in the world. While the kidnapping is the focus of the series, what’s not as well known is that one of the most influential image galleries in the world was co-founded by Getty III’s brother Mark.