Monday July 29, 2013

After declaring that I don't binge watch just last week, I binge watched Orange Is The New Black .  Absolute home run.  Entertaining, different, interesting.  If you're a Netflix subscriber, you should be watching this show.  Both Jodie Foster and Andrew McCarthy directed episodes.  Not that you'll tune in for that, but I thought it was interesting enough to pass along.

Here's a recent interview that Vulture  did with the show's star Taylor Schilling.  Here's a snippet:

Have you binge-watched anything on Netflix? Orange, maybe?

No. No, no, no, I can’t. I’ve seen the first episodes. I’m really proud of the show, but my head is already in next season. I can’t quite go back and mess around with that. I’m already in what we’re about to start shooting next week.

I also caught an episode of Naked and Afraid  on Discovery Channel.  Very interesting concept, but it didn't deliver in my opinion.  To summarize, "[e]ach week, a new pair of complete and total strangers - one man and one woman - will find themselves stranded in and, quite literally, exposed to some of the world's most extreme weather environments. Each duo will be left high and dry with no food, no water...and no clothes. They must survive on their own for a full 21 days, with nothing but one personal item each and the knowledge that the only prize is their pride and sense of accomplishment."

Sounds interesting, right?  Maybe it's not all that well produced.  Maybe the stakes aren't high enough because they don't get anything for making it the full 21 days or maybe just 2 random people fighting the wild is boring.  Whatever it is, there are a lot of people who have been ranting and raving about this show.  I just don't get it. 

I've been somewhat disappointed with Royal Pains  this season.  They've had some decent cameos (e.g., Entourage's  Perry Reeves last week), but the story lines have gotten stale.  The whole Boris story doesn't keep my interest, and Evan's plight for a seat on the City Council is getting boring.  Hopefully they turn it around quickly here.  In the event you disagree and want more of Evan on the campaign trail, click here.

Aaron Paul made a surprise appearance on a celebrity tour bus.  He'll be back in our lives on Sundays imminently. 

Here are 18 movies Buzzfeed  says you can watch on your own computer instead of wasting time with the garbage playing in theaters.  Paraphrasing their words, not mine.

Parenthood  fans, click here for 5 "teases" for the upcoming season.  For example, "[t]o reflect real life, the show will jump ahead nearly nine months from where Season 4 left off, which means Jasmine and Crosby are parents to a new baby."

 Christina Aguilera shed some POUNDS.

NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt thinks The Walking Dead  is an anomaly??

I'm on the fence with The Bridge .  Not thrilled with the acting, the story is moving a bit too slowly and it's not sucking me in.  I think I will give it 1 or 2 more to see if it turns a corner, and if not, I'm out.

CNBC is adding a reality show about sports betting to its prime time block.  Money Talks explores the world of handicapper Steve Stevens, whose clients take nerve-wracking risks with big money. Series premieres Tuesday, September 10 at 10p.