I am always so behind in such things. I never watch TV live and rely so heavily on word-of-mouth from my friends, that it's hard to be excited about something until I know it's good. But we all know there is no guarantee in that either. If I haven't watched it, how will I know it's good?
There are people who know my tastes really well and I take their suggestions and I go back to them and say "Why the hell would you think I would like that?" There are other people (specifically on this network) who's taste I respect, but have fallen short in my own enjoyment. Lee Hutchison tries to throw all of his non-blockbusters at me and tells me "Yew an the Girl will rilly like this wee film." He has yet to hit the mark but God bless him, he keeps on trying and I love him for it. I also love Matt Rushing who has stopped recommending things to me because he has said that there is no logic to my tastes. I'm not arguing with that in the least. I like what I like and some of you come every week to find out why or why not. I appreciate that a great deal and it's quite humbling that you're even reading this right now.
Who am I? Well, I'm a nerd like you. Here are my two recommendations for this Fall.
House of Cards will not last forever and nor should it. I'd be happy if we only got one more season out of that show. But some day it will end and we will move on as a nation and mourn. This show, The Crown, could lessen the blow. I have not been this excited for an upcoming show since the debut of Frank Underwood's rise to the Presidency.
"The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne....a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan's masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen's private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace....the leaders of an empire await."
Political dramas fascinate me, especially those based on real events and real people. I was raised on tales of the monarchy across the pond and my mom is the biggest anglophile you could ever meet. She's passed that onto me and no matter how you feel about this leader, she has made a huge impact on the world. I believe I read somewhere that each season will cover a decade of her rule. Get a Netflix subscription and find out November 4th.
*Side note: Using Tron Legacy music in the trailer punches this up that much more for me.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Not exactly a "new" show, but it's been a long time coming to get new content with these characters. I don't care who you are or where you come from. I've seen people of all races, genders, faiths, and backgrounds fall in love with Gilmore Girls. I love it unabashedly and there is even a travel poster of Stars Hallow (the fictional town in which they reside) adorning my wall as I type this. We have 7 (6 of them amazing) seasons that delve deep into this unique mother-daughter relationship. The fast dialogue and even faster pop culture references will keep you on your toes and keep you paying attention.
The creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, left the show at the end of the 6th season. Thankfully, she and her husband, Daniel, will be back to hurl at us quips about coffee and Paul Anka. The revival will be broken up into four 90-minute movies that each represent a season in these strong and interesting women's lives. I'm intrigued to see how this format works and if it is successful, we could see more like it coming our way.
Make sure to look for this on November 25th.