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TV Show Review – Wolf Hall

TV Show Review – Wolf Hall

April 05, 2015

Rating:  4 (out of 5). Wolf Hall is the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels about the rise of Thomas Cromwell during King Henry VIII’s reign. The six-part miniseries will be shown every Sunday, starting April 5, at 10 p.m. on PBS. The Wall Street Journal says, “‘Wolf Hall’ is extraordinary drama, blended with the history of Henry VIII’s court and the dawn of the Protestant Reformation in England.”

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TV Show Review – Working the Engels

TV Show Review – Working the Engels

July 10, 2014

Rating:  2 (out of 5).  NBC’s new show “Working the Engels” features a dysfunctional family whose father just recently died. They inherited his law firm along with his $200,000 in debts, and now need to take over his law practice. The problem is there is only one person in the family who can practice law. The critics are not fans of this one.

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TV Show Review – Worricker: Turks & Caicos

TV Show Review – Worricker: Turks & Caicos

November 09, 2014

Rating:  4 (out of 5).  “Worricker:  Turks & Caicos,” part of PBS’ Masterpiece Contemporary and the latest episode in “The Worricker Trilogy,”  starts out with  MI5 spy Worricker hiding out on the Carribean island after standing up to Alex Beasley, the prime minister. It doesn’t take long, however, for CIA agent played by Christopher Walken to come and back Worricker back into the world of espionage.  The critics were impressed with Nighy’s performance and enjoyed the episode.

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TV Show Review – You, Me and the Apocalypse

TV Show Review – You, Me and the Apocalypse

January 28, 2016

NBC’s You, Me and the Apocalypse, a quirky new series with three intersecting stories about people preparing for the end of life as they know it, starts 34 days before an asteroid is supposed to hit the Earth, and stars Mathew Baynton as Jamie, a husband who has been mourning the disappearance of his wife for the past seven years. It also stars Megan Mullally as a convicted white supremacist, Jenna Fischer as a librarian in jail for hacking, and Rob Lowe as a priest.  Mostly positive reviews for this limited series, particularly if you like “wacky” TV.

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TV Show Review – You’re the Worst

TV Show Review – You’re the Worst

July 17, 2014

Rating:  4 (out of 5).  FX’s new comedy, You’re the Worst, is about self-absorbed writer Jimmy Shive-Overly who meets PR rep Gretchen Cutler at a wedding, and despite their personalities, they try to be in a relationship with each other.  

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TV Show Review – Z Nation

TV Show Review – Z Nation

September 12, 2014

Rating:  2 (out of 5).  SyFy’s new zombie series “Z Nation” follows Mark Hammond as he escorts a package across the country to California. The package is actually a man who is the only person to ever survive a zombie bite, and Hammond has to get him to a lab where a vaccine can be created from his antibodies to make immunizations for a zombie virus that is spreading.. The critics, for the most part, are not fans of this series though Forbes does state that the show “has a high level of entertainment value.”

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TV Show Review – Z:  The Beginning of Everything

TV Show Review – Z: The Beginning of Everything

January 27, 2017

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  In Amazon’s Z: The Beginning of Everything Christina Ricci plays Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, a flapper, dancer, and artist in 1918 Montgomery Alabama. The series tells the story of the legendary romance and marriage between  Zelda and novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, from Zelda’s point of view. The critics were mixed with this one with The Boston Herald saying that Ricci “delivers the best work of her career” while The San Francisco Chronicle called Ricci’s performance “abominable.” 

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TV Show Review – Zoo

TV Show Review – Zoo

June 30, 2015

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  CBS’s new drama Zoo stars James Wolk as Dr. Jackson Oz, a conservationist who travels to Africa to work as he tries to escape the memories of his deceased father. The show is based on the book by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge about animals staging a rebellion after realizing that they don’t have to be dominated by humans. The critics are calling this a light summer watch. They want the scare factor to be higher, but they loved Wolk in his role.

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