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Title: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 29, 2016, 06:38:19 PM
Hello and welcome back to all TV viewers! 8) 

This discussion will include anything and everything that's available on TV today . .  regular Broadcast programs, cable shows, Premium channels, On Demand, plus Netflix and Amazon streaming.  This also includes all of the movie channels, and Turner Classics. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on March 29, 2016, 07:11:43 PM
mark
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 29, 2016, 07:32:04 PM
Hi maryz - Good to see you here!  (I just now saw your "mark" in Library Bookshelf, also.) :)
I hope all of our former TV viewers and posters will be joining us again soon.  I plan to send an email tonight to Tomereader, in case she doesn't know we're back.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on March 29, 2016, 08:57:13 PM
Hi Marilyn
Just letting you and other members I have fund this Television board.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 29, 2016, 11:38:46 PM
Marking my spot.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on March 30, 2016, 11:15:25 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 30, 2016, 04:23:20 PM
Hello, and welcome back to Callie, phyllis and Kelly!  Let us hear about any of your recent TV favorites?

Most of our viewing has been Sharks Hockey, or catching up on Netflix with Longmire and House of Cards.  Both very good shows. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: dapphne on March 30, 2016, 04:57:21 PM
 :crazy2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on March 30, 2016, 07:08:51 PM
Hi Sandy

Or is that Dapphne :)

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Radioman34 on March 30, 2016, 11:14:54 PM
Marking my spot. I haven't been very active since my surgery with tv watching at a minimum. I even missed Downton Abbey final season.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on March 31, 2016, 07:43:02 AM
Hi Everyone
I needs new television :)

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 31, 2016, 10:36:53 AM
I"m trying not to "binge watch" the newest season of House of Cards, but it's hard to resist.  I want to, but I also want to string it out as long as possible.  So far I've managed to control myself, and have only watched through episode #4.   Tonight #5, and Friday night, back to Longmire

I've heard that Game of Thrones returns in April, so that will be a new treat to look forward to.  Also Homeland should be returning soon as well.

Has anyone watched the HBO series Girls?  That's a good one to binge watch, because the episodes are only a half hour long.  I haven't seen any of the shows from this latest season at all, (started in January, and is now finished), so I also have that to look forward to. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 31, 2016, 01:16:46 PM
Just marking my spot.  Don looks like he put a good new Avatar in.
I lost mine so have to figure out how I did it long time ago.
Not good at retaining things these day.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on March 31, 2016, 01:35:16 PM
 :crazy2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 02, 2016, 04:52:41 AM
Jane, if you need resizing a picture or cropping it for an avatar, I can help you.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 02, 2016, 12:32:19 PM
Has Gloria deAngel signed into S&F yet?  I hope she returns here to the Television discussion.  She and I were the two watchers of HGTV.  Does anyone else like any of those home and garden shows?  My favorites were Love It or List It, and [/i]Fixer Upper[/i], (The married couple from Waco, TX.) I still like them, but getting kinda tired of every house ending up the same after it's remodeled.   Also, I was sorry to see LoveIt/List It, move from their Canadian location in Toronto, to South Carolina. :(

We now are more devoted to House Hunters, Island Life, and Beach Front Bargain Hunt.  Anyone else  watch that channel?

I haven't looked to see what's on tonight?  If there are no good movies on TCM or the movie channels, we will continue on with the new season of House of CardsSo good!  As  mentioned before, we're still moving through 5 seasons of Longmire.  I think we're in the middle of the third season now.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 02, 2016, 04:27:33 PM
She is back on S&F but has changed her name to Lindancer (her spelling).  You might look her up in the Members list and send her a Personal Message telling here that  you would like to have her back here.

I have watched HGTV some but not as often as I used to.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 03, 2016, 03:50:42 AM
is House of Cards based on a novel?  That name rings a bell.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 03, 2016, 07:34:38 AM
It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs.

I saw the British version many years ago on PBS.  Ian Richardson played the lead and was deliciously evil.  I have watched the Kevin Spacey version and it is well done, but I find that it depresses me so I space my viewing out into small doses.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Joy on April 03, 2016, 07:54:06 AM
I don't think I have ever looked at this discussion board, although I have been around for a long time.

I am a big TV watcher. I can always find something to watch.

I love the Hallmark channel and the Hallmark movie channel.  And, I like HGTV, also.  I used to love the Travel Channel, but they really don't show that many travel shows anymore.  I used to like the one that Samantha Brown did when she traveled all over the world showing so many interesting places.  Now they have a lot of food shows, and other shows, not that related to travel.  They used to do the "Best of" series.   Beaches, amusement parks, roller coasters, etc.

My TV goes pretty much at least 18-20 hours a day.  Sometimes, it is just for the noise.  I like CNN also. 

I have the Game channel and like Family Feud and several others. 

I like to watch the local news, also.  I usually will leave Jimmy Fallon on, after the local news, but don't really think he is all that funny. I miss David Letterman and Jay Leno. 

Will try to remember to check back here from time to time. 

Joy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 08:10:05 AM
Hi Phyllis
I prefer the original House of Cards.

Ian Richardson was superb and you have it right with deliciously evil.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 08:11:19 AM
Hi Joy
I think on average my TV is in about 3-4 hours a day.  Never on when company is in.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Joy on April 03, 2016, 10:31:08 AM
Hi ! back to you, Kelly.

Since I don't  have much company, my  TV and computer are my entertainment. 

But, I do agree, it is very rude to keep the TV on when you have company. Also, when I am talking on the phone, I hate to hear TV in the background.

Joy


Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 03, 2016, 10:51:27 AM
I am not a fan of TV and watch maybe 1  or 2 hours a week, usually Discovery or National Geographic.
Of course when there are "hot" local news, it is different :(
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 03, 2016, 11:11:06 AM
During the week,   i am still hooked on
"Soaps"...  Young and the Restless and
The Bold and the Beautiful.    And keep
a brief check up on General Hospital and
Days of our Lives.   

I keep these on,  but usually they are
in the back ground,  while I  am playing
on my computer..   

I never ever just sit and watch TV.   
It is just there,  like an old friend,
keeping me company and while I w***
around the home and sit at my desk.     

I also have the police scanner on, 
as I mentioned before. 

Never know when something cool
is going on in the city  that want
to be aware of.       

So I am always up and checking
out my windows to the world to
see what's happen on the
"Street of Portland Maine, 
in the Arts  District"... 

Sandy
:crazy2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 03, 2016, 11:36:48 AM
Joy - Welcome to the TV discussion! :)  I hope you check in often, and let us know what you are watching or any shows that you liked or disliked.  I know many people who live alone, and always have their TV playing in the background - whether they're watching it or not.  My youngest daughter lives alone, and always turns her TV on as soon as she comes home from work.  She just likes the "company", and keeps her from getting lonely.

sandy - A big welcome to you too!  I meant to say something the other day when I saw you post in here.  So glad you have joined us.  I saw a post from you on another discussion, that you are also a big fan of House of Cards?  I've never seen the British version, so have no comparison.  I'll just say that I think Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are fabulous! :o  I can't get enough of the show, and trying hard not to "binge watch" the remaining shows from this new season.  I don't want it to be over for another year!

bubble - do you ever watch movies on your TV?  BEsides Netflix, we get the Comcast Premium Package, so we also have all the movie channels, and dozens of others that I haven't even looked at.

phyll - I agree that "Cards" can be depressing. You can't help wondering if the Washington political scene is anything like it is shown on this show. If so . . . . . very scary!     
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 12:02:48 PM
Hi Joy
I cannot listen to a phone conversation if the television is in.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 03, 2016, 12:14:27 PM
Thanks for the welcome Marilyn...

I have binge watched  "House of Cards" on
Netflix,   TWICE  so far.    And will probably
go through all four seasons one more time
before the next one come out.    (At least
season Four)  so I will be ready for the
next one.       :idiot2:

I can't help it,  I  just love it!

I also loved "Grace and Frankie"   and "BloodLine"..
both on Netflix.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 03, 2016, 12:33:04 PM
Quotephyll - I agree that "Cards" can be depressing. You can't help wondering if the Washington political scene is anything like it is shown on this show. If so . . . . . very scary!     

I have wondered the same thing.  I think it is best that we don't really know.  Probably be even scarier!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 03, 2016, 12:46:54 PM
I'm back in here too with my "notify" button pressed!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 12:51:37 PM
Hi Sandy
Try watching the original UK House of Cards!

Absolutely brilliant

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Joy on April 03, 2016, 01:07:20 PM
Thanks, Marilyn for the welcome.  I don't know why I have been so lax in not paying attention to this board.  Between the Internet and the television, I pay a lot, but I consider that my entertainment.  I don't need a whole lot of "things" anymore and I don't go out that much anymore, so I don't feel like I am wasting my money.

Sandy, I watched Days of Our Lives from the very beginning. Years and years.  For some reason,  a couple years ago, I kind of lost interest and now when it comes on,  I can't make heads or tails out of it.  I see that Stefano keeps re-appearing and don't know any of the young family members anymore.  And, I also see that Patch has shown up again and Julie and her husband.  They are some of the ones who have been around since the beginning, almost.   Lots of new faces.  Since I stopped watching it, I am not interested in any others.

I cannot get interested in any of the British shows. I just have a hard time understanding the British dialect. 

I also like the History and Discovery Channels.  I don't get National Geographic anymore.  They change the package deals every once in a while. 

Joy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 03, 2016, 01:34:08 PM
The soaps kill people off and
bring them back all the time...
No rhyme or reason to it.     
I use the TV  as a "companion" so that I can
turn off or at at will!   :2funny:

I will get around to watching the
British House of Cards soon.     
I just have to remember that they
are two completely different shows
and enjoy each one  (US and British)
for its own very special content.

Sandy
:crazy2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 03, 2016, 05:57:19 PM
Hi Tome!  So glad you're back here in Television Today, as well as all the other Leisure Activities boards!  Let us know what you've been watching over the past week??

Joy - We also pay a lot for our full TV package, plus Netflix and Amazon Streaming. Like you, we only go out on special occasions,  and we don't travel anywhere anymore, where we have to stay overnight.  So TV is our main entertainment also.  Besides all the movies and channels like HBO, Showtime, et al, our Comcast package also has a lot of sports programming that we don't get on regular broadcast or basic cable.  I don't care about sports, (except for during the Olympics), but my husband likes hockey, baseball, and college football.

We have a hard time understanding British or Australian accents too, so we are dependent on closed captioning. In fact we are dependent on cc for ALL of the shows we watch. 

sandy - I'm so happy to see someone else who watched Bloodline!  I thought it was excellent, and was totally stunned at the end of season one. What an ending! :o  I haven't heard if the show will continue on, but I don't see how they can make it work, without Danny?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 03, 2016, 06:13:26 PM
Marilyn
Bloodline was great...
I am sure that they will work
around danny having died.

Probably by flash backs to
the past (that we missed the
first time around)

Hopefully it will be back to
continue the Bloodline saga!

Right now I am on Season 1 Epi 10 of
"Being Human"  (US Version) !

Fun!

Sandy
:crazy2:

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 07:05:14 PM
Hi Joy
I watch some of the American dramas and comedies.

But for the same reason you say about the English accents.  I cannot always enjoy the American programmes because of the regional accents in America.

Though I can understand the Australian accents regarding television programmes.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 07:07:25 PM
Hi Marilyne
I find as I said to Joy some American accents hard to understand. But I don't with Canadian accents and as I said Australian accents.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 04, 2016, 04:15:19 AM
no Kelly, I much prefer books and letting my imagination work on how the people there look.

Also I find sitting in front of that screen more tiring than being with a book in hand.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 07:11:30 AM
Hi Bubble
You have a good point. 

I do like to read books, but mostly history books.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 04, 2016, 10:15:00 AM
I don't know what I would do without  books or without knitting.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 11:07:33 AM
Hi Bubble
I only tried to knit once!

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 04, 2016, 11:48:42 AM
Maybe try carpet making with latch crochet.  Many males like to do that.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 04, 2016, 12:13:21 PM
Did all who follow it watch the opening last night of the new. "Call the Midwife" ? Was good.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 01:57:15 PM
Hi Bubble
My hands won't let me do that.

The mind is willing, the hands sadly won't.


Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 04, 2016, 01:58:30 PM
pity :(
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 02:22:46 PM
Hi Bubble
Millions worse than me.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 04, 2016, 11:30:49 PM
The Saturday Night Movie on PBS this past weekend, was Sense and Sensibility, from 1995.  This film version of the Jane Austen book, is especially good - starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman. Sometimes the same movie plays on PBS channels across the country, so I'm hoping that some of you also watched it? 

JeanneP - I forgot all about Call the Midwife, so missed it Sunday night.  Fortunately, I can catch up On Demand! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 05, 2016, 01:31:20 AM
Jane Austen books are usually quite good on films.  Pity I cannot watch this one here :(
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 05, 2016, 07:06:26 AM
Hi Everyone
I watched on catch up last night Father Brown, very good.

But I read the there was a film called Father Brown, starring Sir Alec Guiness.  I must look to see if it is on DVD.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 05, 2016, 08:43:43 AM
Unfortunately, our local PBS does not have a "Saturday Night Move".  I would have watched Sense and Sensibility for the umpteenth time!   ;D 

Alan Rickman was one of my favorite actors.  Had a wonderful voice and was so much fun to watch as Snape in the Harry Potter films.  It is sad to think that we will see no more new movies by him but I can still enjoy the old ones when I come across them.

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 05, 2016, 12:14:30 PM
Hi Phyllis
I liked Alan Rickman in 'Robin Prince of Thieves'.

In which he played the Sheriif of Nottingham, part of the Robin Hood story

Kelly 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 05, 2016, 04:16:24 PM
He played so many different kinds of parts, Kelly, and played them all well.  He was a wonderful character actor.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 05, 2016, 06:54:48 PM
Hi phyllis

Indeed he was.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 06, 2016, 01:59:42 AM
Alan Rickman - I do not remember the name, so went to see his picture.  Looks very familiar.  Did he do any of the series on TV?  he reminds me a little of Jack in 3 is company.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 06, 2016, 10:18:15 AM
I think he did some work on tv but mostly he was a movie and play actor.  Do you agree, Kelly?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 06, 2016, 11:17:08 AM
phyllis -  Along with Sense and Sensibility, I'm also a fan of  the many different versions of Pride and Prejudice.  My favorite is the most recent movie, starring Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen.  I would dearly love to see the 1940 movie of P&P, starring Greer Garson as Elizabeth, and Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy.  I'm sure it must play on Turner Classics, but so far I haven't seen it listed? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 06, 2016, 12:07:50 PM
Hi Phyllis
As far as I know Alan Rickman was  mostly in films.

kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on April 06, 2016, 06:46:23 PM
Marilyne, some time this past winter, TCM had the Pride and Prejudice film made in 1940 with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier--it was not on prime time as I recall, but I think on an early Sunday afternoon.  Garson was lovely and Olivier was a bit hammy, IMO.  However, just being able to watch it was a real treat.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 06, 2016, 06:58:44 PM
Hi Sue
Lord Olivier is thought to be the finest English actor there has been.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on April 06, 2016, 09:43:46 PM
I mostly watch HGTV , DIY , some PBS.   HISTory ans SCIence at times. We have loads to pick from.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 07, 2016, 02:58:04 AM
There are not enough hours in the day for watching all that and also be on the computer.  And when to do some reading?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 07, 2016, 05:47:03 AM
Hi Everyone
I find I am using the computer more for keeping  up with UK and world news.  Television is more than ever 'reality' programme based and more about celebrities.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 07, 2016, 08:38:36 AM
I had to resort to Netflix last night.  How can mainstream TV be soooooo bad!  I watched (again) the first episode of Death Comes to Pemberley adapted from a book by P.D. James and continues on with Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.  Very enjoyable.

I'm sorry, Kelly, but I never cared for Lawrence Olivier.  I think Britain has other Shakespearian and classical actors that are, or were, much better than he was.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 07, 2016, 09:04:15 AM
Hi Phyllis
I think we can agree to disagree about Lord Olivier

I saw a TV film about Henry the Eighth a few years ago. It was very good. 

Henry was played by Ray Winstone who most people would think cannot play Shakespeare because of his London 'Cockney'
accent.

But he was superb.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on April 07, 2016, 09:15:56 AM
Last night I watched a PBS program about an archealogist's (sp?) search for sites where Vikings lived - beginning with their first "forays" into Europe and ending with a site in Newfoundland. Very interesting!
I would have loved going on a "dig" in my younger days.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 07, 2016, 09:23:31 AM
Hi CallieK
The Vikings occupied the Isle of Man for over four hundred years!

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on April 07, 2016, 09:29:31 AM
Hi, Kelly,   The Isle of Man wasn't mentioned in the program - but, knowing how many places Vikings lived in the British Isles, I'm not surprised.  They were an amazing people.
This program emphasized their culture - particularly their skill at making iron tools - rather than all the cruelty. 

Do you know about the Jorvik museum in York?   I feel very fortunate to have seen that.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 07, 2016, 11:07:58 AM
I agree with SCF Sue and phyllis, in that Olivier seemed to overact and become a bit "hammy" at times. (Wuthering Heights comes to mind). 
For me, the greatest British actor was Richard Burton! In both classical and modern, he was fabulous.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 07, 2016, 01:31:29 PM
Hi CallieOK
I think the programme missed out on important history regarding the Isle of Man,  as their  'time' here was as long or longer than other countries they set foot in.

So much history of the Vikings.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 07, 2016, 01:35:11 PM
Hi Mrilyne
Looks like I am the only fan of Lord Olivier.

Makes me wonder why he is so revered here by countless people including those who visit the UK theatres.

I like Richard Burton, his voice is probably the best speaking voice I have heard.  However, most performances he gives are usually in a Shakespearian delivery.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 09, 2016, 03:41:03 PM
As I mentioned before, the PBS Saturday night movie last week was Sense and Sensibility, which I really enjoyed. Tonight, the movie is Sleepless in Seattle.  It was good, but I've seen it a couple of times, and have no desire to watch it once again.  Lots to choose from on Netflix, and all other channels On Demand, so I'm sure I'll find something.  If anyone has any suggestions, let me know?   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 09, 2016, 06:40:20 PM
Sleepless in Seattle

:)

Now kelly is being silly!

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Jeanne Lee on April 09, 2016, 07:47:57 PM
I'll be glued to the public TV station tomorrow evening.  Starting at 8:00 with Home Fires; 9:00 Call the Midwife; 10:00 Grantchester.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on April 09, 2016, 08:42:44 PM
Jeanne Lee, thanks for reminding me about Grantchester this evening.  I'm watching a Hallmark movie now, but it'll have its happy ending in time for the Granchester program.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 10, 2016, 04:25:07 PM
They were showing the snow in Ohio at little while back today. Awful.  We are having the worse Rain storm but at least don't have to shovel it. Very cold though.

Had planned to go and see a movie on the big screen but not a chance of doing that. But anyway we do have some good TV to look forward to tonight.  Call the Midwife. so far it has been good . I also enjoying Grantchester.  Its not Chief Inspector Morse. (My favourite) but its good.
We don't seem to get Home Fires.  I think at 6pm something showing Father Brown but not his show.  Now I can't stand to watch 'Selfridges" We had one of their stores in My city of Manchester up until the Mid 1940. then it sold and became Lewis's. Along the way I believe even Sears of the US bought it.  I worked in one store that we competed with them for awhile in my teens.  Marshall and Snellgroves.  Nicer store.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 10, 2016, 11:13:51 PM
I read the discussion in Norm's Bait and Tackle, this morning, on the HBO documentary/biography on the life of Gloria Vanderbilt.  It was made with, and partially narrated by her son, news anchor and reporter, Anderson Cooper.

Well, I could hardly wait to turn on my TV, which I did, and went directly to HBO On Demand.  It was there, and I sat right down and watched the entire show.  I cannot RAVE enough about this program!  I was so impressed with Gloria herself, (now 92 years old), and also impressed with her loving son, Anderson.  Gloria, is soft spoken, intelligent, and articulate - besides being still beautiful, and busy with her art projects. 

What an incredible life she has led, with four marriages, four sons, and of course her chaotic childhood, when she was dubbed, "The Poor Little Rich Girl".
It was especially moving at the end of the show, when they talked about the suicide of Carter, her third son and Anderson's brother.  The entire show is a good example of top quality television programming.  I wish you could all see it. 

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on April 11, 2016, 12:03:46 AM
Marilyne,  I saw the documentary on HBO this afternoon - thanks to MaryPage, who mentioned that it was being rebroadcast.  I agree with everything you said.  Outstanding program.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 11, 2016, 09:48:39 AM
How did you like Call the midwife last night? Was a time there where I got a few tears dropping.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 11, 2016, 10:51:16 AM
I forgot to watch Call the Midwife.  I'll have to pick it up on Demand, if I can.

I watched the first Outlander of the season.  I liked it but was confused about some of it and her jumping back to the 20th century.  I'll have to watch it again to see if I missed something.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 11, 2016, 02:55:22 PM
Yesterday, DH and I watched "The Spy Who Came in From The Cold" with Richard Burton.
The movie, IMHO, was like most all of LeCarre's books, so confusing, you don't know who's who and who isn't, (which spy novels use a lot) But his are simply confusing.  I had read The Spy Who...many years ago, and can't say I understood it then!  Went to the movies last year and saw a remake of one of LeCarre's books, and was confused right up to/through the end.  Forget which one it was.  May post title later.
It was "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy".  Good acting.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on April 11, 2016, 07:59:02 PM
I've watched Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy several times.  I like it.  I forgot all about Grantchester.  Maybe I can find it on PBS on Apple TV.  They are usually available for about a week, I think.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 11, 2016, 11:51:44 PM
Tome - Same problem here with The Spy Who Came in From Cold.  I read the book when it was a best seller, and was totally confused as to agents, double agents - bad guys, good guys, etc.  So when the movie came out, I thought that would clear things up for me. Not!  I spent the whole two hours trying to figure out what was happening and why?  Then came that ending! :o   Oh well, it was nice looking at Richard Burton - one of my all time favorite actors!  I've never seen or read Tinker, Tailor, etc. I may add it to my library reading list.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 19, 2016, 02:58:40 PM
We lost another great person Sunday.  Doris Roberts passed away.  Remember her well from
"Everybody loves Raymond" so good it it.

November 4, 1925  d. April 17, 2016
Actress. Often cast in roles of motherly figures, notably of Italian origin, she will be fondly remembered for playing 'Marie Barone' in the TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996 to 2005). Born Doris May Green, to a Russian-Jewish mother, Doris caught the acting bug at an early age and first performed during a production while in kindergarden. Her father abandoned her family prior to her teenage years and following her mother's remarrying, she took her stepfather's last name Roberts. A
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 20, 2016, 12:25:08 AM
JeanneP - Thank you for posting about the passing of Doris Roberts.  She was a versatile character actress, and appeared in hundreds of TV shows, starting in the 1950's.  She had parts in all types of shows, from comedy sit-coms, to police, courtroom and family dramas. When you look at the list of her credits on IMDb, it is remarkable to see how much she has worked over such a long span of time. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 20, 2016, 07:07:35 AM
Hi Everyone
Not sure whether it was mentioned here, but not long ago one half of a UK comedy double act passed away.

He was Ronnie Corbett of the Two Ronnies, the other Ronnie was Ronnie Barker who passed away 2005.

Kell
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 20, 2016, 08:17:43 AM
Never heard of them but then I am not a big fan of TV except for those wonderful British period series such us Upstairs Downstairs, or The Forsyte Saga.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 20, 2016, 11:43:39 AM
Great comedians and sadly missed
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 20, 2016, 12:14:12 PM
Here the new generation does not seem to be as good or as convincing
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 20, 2016, 12:49:21 PM
For a small monthy fee,  I just
subscribe to  Acorn TV 
https://www.acorn.tv (https://www.acorn.tv)  <---- Click here to see it
Which is all British TV...
 
Very exciting ..  Check it out!
Sandy
:crazy2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 20, 2016, 01:08:48 PM
Hi Everyone
Sad news from the UK as one of the great comedians of the past thirty to forty years 'Victoria Wood' has died aged sixty two years.

She will be sadly missed RIP Victoria.

Kevin
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 26, 2016, 11:43:58 AM
I started watching the new season of Game of Thrones, on Sunday night.  Has anyone else been following it over the years?  A good fantasy drama, with interesting characters, and outlandish situations! Fun to watch, if you just sit back and enjoy,  and try not to be to be too critical of some of the preposterous storylines.  That's the whole point of fantasy and science fiction! :D
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 26, 2016, 01:02:20 PM
Hi Marilyne
I prefer History programmes.

Fantasy programmes are just that fantasy, I rather the ups and downs of real life.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 26, 2016, 03:06:06 PM
Kelly - We pay quite a bit for the premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Encore, etc., so we like to sample most of the programs that are available to us. We only get interested in a very few of the ongoing series.  Neither AJ or  I have ever been big fans of fantasy, (We've never read the Harry Potter books, or seen any of the movies), but seemed like all of our friends and relatives liked Game of Thrones, so we went to On Demand and watched the first couple of seasons, and then started following it. Now we are hooked! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 26, 2016, 03:49:45 PM
Hi Marilyne
I think there is too much reality television nowadays and celebrity based programmes.  And comedians are ruder than they used to be and don't tell jokes, but stories that usually have swear words in them.

As for fantasy as I said I rather programmes that deal with history or about what's happens in real life these days. 

I notice on quizzes on the BBC the younger people do not know much about history of the UK or the world.  But can tell you about television, modern music and who is dating who in the film industry!!

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 26, 2016, 04:05:27 PM
Kelly - that is NOT the type of reality programming that I was talking about when I said I prefer reality to fantasy!  What I meant was, "Game of Thrones" or "Harry Potter" , are fantasy entertainment, available on the Premium Channels.  Shows like "Homeland" (drama involving agents in the Middle East), "Boardwalk Empire",  "True Detective", "Newsroom", et al, are shows I can relate to.  Fictional, but about people coping with events and situations in their lives.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 26, 2016, 04:11:20 PM
Hi Marilyne
I did know what you meant, I was just saying what I and others find is a change from television from years ago.

Not an improvement, so much so that the lelevision here is only in about a few hours a day.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 26, 2016, 04:42:55 PM
Kelly - Sorry! I misunderstood you. I agree with you 100% on the so called "Reality" based TV programming. 
The day I find myself watching The Kardashians, will be the day I know I've slipped into senility! :crazy2:

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 26, 2016, 06:08:55 PM
Television Today is quickly becoming
history,   at least in my family. 

I am the only one who watches "TV"...  My
kids and grand kids stream movies and shows
on their I phones or I pads.   They don't
bother with standard commercial TV  or "Cable"..

Apparently it is just us "Old Birds"  who
got hook on the tube from the beginning back
in the 1900's ....   Now at the begining of the
21st century,  most young people have moved
on ....   

Funny,  eh?

I am sure that I will eventually move on
to streaming myself.      Just not right away.

I am from the TV Junkie Generation!       
Sandy
:idiot2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 26, 2016, 06:39:18 PM
I never watched Games of thrones but the Library have the prev. Seasons on DvD now so will watch it that way.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on April 26, 2016, 07:15:18 PM
Sandy, I do some streaming, i.e., Netflix and Amazon.  But I watch those programs on my TV.  I don't want to watch things on the little screens of my laptop, iPad, or (absolutely not) my phone.  Maybe it is an age thing, though. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 26, 2016, 07:22:31 PM
Yes,  Maryz,  me too..   

I play everything I watch from Netflix and Prime,
on my larger flat screen TV.    That i will
never get rid of !

It is the paid for cable tv box that my family doesn't
have.      They have some huge hdtv screens to
for their streaming pleasure!
:thumbup: 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 26, 2016, 10:02:57 PM
Hi Marilyne
Never watched 'The Kardashians'.   

I agree with you we will have slipped into senility if we watched that programme.

kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 26, 2016, 10:05:21 PM
Hi Sandy
I think many people are giving most of todays television a miss.

As I said reality TV, celebrity based programmes and repeat programmes.

Kelly

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 26, 2016, 10:18:14 PM
I'm another one who can't imagine watching a movie, or anything else on an iPhone, tablet, or even my desktop computer.  Not my idea of comfort . . . especially if you have a perfectly good TV. 

Besides the premium channels and TCM, we also have Netflix and Amazon streaming.  Once you start watching entire shows and movies without commercials, it's really hard to go back to network programming or basic cable.  However, there are always news stories I want to see on the news channels like CNN.  I don't think I could give that up.  Lots of news on the computer all the time, but I like to see it happening and hear people talking about it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 27, 2016, 10:16:39 AM
Hi Marilyne
Do you think we watch too much television?

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 27, 2016, 10:17:26 AM
By the way

Fastyr Mie Marilyne

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 27, 2016, 07:02:46 PM
Kelly - we don't turn the TV on at all during the day, unless there is a breaking news story, or some event of interest like a parade, ball game, etc.  We start watching at precisely 5:00 pm (creatures of habit!), when the local news comes on, and then keep it on, until about 11:00 pm.  If AJ has a hockey game to watch, I will usually go to the smaller TV in the bedroom, or just do computer stuff.  I don't think that's "too much" TV watching, but others might think so?  What about you?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 27, 2016, 07:24:00 PM
Hi Marilyne
The television tonight was on for 45 minutes.

On average maybe three hours a day, someday less.

kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 29, 2016, 06:46:44 PM
I'm wondering if anyone else watched the show Longmire?  It originally ran for four seasons on AMC, and is now on Netflix streaming.  We've been watching it, and liking it, and just finished the final Season . . #4.  Unfortunately, the different storylines were not wrapped up.  Lots of situations were left unresolved. I'm curious if there are others who feel disappointed also?  Does anyone know if it will be returning?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 29, 2016, 07:03:04 PM
I google it and "Longmire will return to Netflix for Season 5.”

Not sure just when  but if you google around you will
find it.

I also get very very attached to Series !
Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 29, 2016, 07:36:18 PM
Thank you Sandy!  It's good to know that there will be a Season #5.  I become very fond of some of the characters on the series shows, and I want to see their situations resolved, one way or the other.  I was lukewarm on "Longmire" at first, but I really grew to love the show, once I became acquainted with all the characters. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 29, 2016, 07:54:55 PM
Now you have peeked my
curiosity...    I may give it a try ... 
(until it grabs me!)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on April 29, 2016, 08:02:03 PM
I love Longmire - TV and the books.  I haven't watched any of the new ones yet.  We watched all the ones on cable.  But I subscribed to Netflix primarily to watch Longmire.  I started back at the beginning and, with rationing, I'm just about to finish Season 1. Glad to know there's still more out there for me to watch.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 30, 2016, 08:25:04 AM
I like Longmire very much.  It was a slow starter with me but I grew to like it more and more.  The actor that plays Longmire is unknown to me but I think he does a very good job with the part.  I'm looking forward to season 5 and hope it comes back soon.

I watched A Star is Born with Judy Garland and James Mason last night.  Kind of enjoyed it but, gosh, it was really dated. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 30, 2016, 08:33:36 AM
Hi Everyone
What is Longmire?

Must be an American programme

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on April 30, 2016, 08:51:47 AM
Kelly, yes, it's an American program based on a series of books by Craig Johnson.  The protagonist, Walt Longmire, is the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, in today's world.  You can find lots about the books and the series on various web sites.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Kelly on April 30, 2016, 09:27:09 AM
Hi Maryz
It seems to have a good write up by the TV critics.

I doubt we will see it on the UK channels.

I did like Roots when it was shown in the UK.

Kelly
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 30, 2016, 07:23:21 PM
I'm really pleased that so many of you also like Longmire! :) I don't recall where I heard about the show, or who recommended it, but it must have been in this discussion?  I've never read the books, but now I would like to.

I love Walt's honorable and taciturn personality . . . a man of few words, but lots of integrity and determination.   Henry Standing Bear, is probably my favorite.  I didn't like him all that much at first, but he grew on me over the course of the first season. The actor who plays Jacob Night Horse, looked so familiar to me, but I couldn't place him?  Finally I saw his name in the credits, and recognized it from a daytime soap, about thirty+ years ago!  Much older obviously, but still looks the same.

All the other characters are excellent as well.  Overall, a good quality show. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 30, 2016, 07:29:30 PM
In my f2f Mystery Club, we started with the first Longmire book, and it just avalanched from there.  AS soon as a TV series was announced, we could barely wait.  We have been loyal fans, of books and TV ever since.  When they switched from AMC to Netflix, we all were kind of upset.  But I have managed to get the DVD's from Netflix, up to the last season.  It is a quality show, and I am a great fan of ensemble TV, movies.  Remember the great ensemble cast of The West Wing?  Wow!!!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 30, 2016, 07:31:43 PM
I think there should be an Ensemble Award at the Oscars.  A current movie, "Spotlight"
would have qualified.  Has anyone seen it?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 30, 2016, 08:14:07 PM
I haven't seen Spotlight,  but I am going to when I can   stream it.   

What a Tragedy... and heart breaker. 

But I do want to see it.

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 30, 2016, 09:21:53 PM
I hadn't heard of Longmire. I don't watch much T.V. So just checked my library. DVD and they have all the seasons have checked out first 2.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on May 01, 2016, 06:00:50 AM
Quotefans will be hoping for another cutting edge season of Longmire when Season 5 premieres on Netflix in September
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2916453/longmire-season-5-premiere-date-six-months-out-as-filming-begins-in-new-mexico

Found an article about Longmire and apparently they have started filming for Season 5.  Sept. is a long time away but something to look forward to.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 03, 2016, 12:50:59 AM
Phyllis, thanks for the information on the upcoming season of Longmire. September seems like a long way off, but we all know how quickly the months fly by.     

We've started watching the brand new season of Game of Thrones.  Only two shows so far . . . good, but not great.  After following many episodic TV dramas over the years, I do think that most shows tend to start going downhill after four or five seasons. The writers seem to run out of ideas or maybe they start losing interest?   The show is adapted from a series of fantasy novels called, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. 

I'm looking forward to Spotlight, and hope to see it over this coming weekend.  I'm sure I can watch it On Demand, for a hefty price, but maybe I can get it at Redbox for $1.50?   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 09, 2016, 03:58:49 PM
Mostly hockey playing on our TV this past week, because the San Jose Sharks, are in the midst of the playoffs.  I will often sit down toward the end of a game, and watch the last five minutes or so, but I rarely sit through a whole game.  Usually I find something to watch on the other TV, or I just do computer stuff.  Saturday night, I watched the weekly PBS movie, which was Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, 1939, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur. 

I was pretty shocked to see that the underlying theme of the story, was about the political corruption in Washington, and how politicians are manipulated by money and greed!  Just goes to show that things have not changed in the past 75 years!  I suspect that PBS purposely choose that movie, to make a point during this turbulent election year.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on May 10, 2016, 07:45:06 AM
That was one of my favorite movies and I liked everything that Jimmy Stewart did.  I agree that not much has changed.  Disheartening, isn't it?  But, our nation has survived so I guess we just keep hoping that continues to be the case in spite of what the politicians do.....or don't do.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 14, 2016, 02:29:42 PM
The movie tonight on my PBS channel is The Philadelphia Story, 1940, starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart.  I saw it recently on Turner, so I won't watch it again so soon.  It's a good romantic comedy, and I think those of you who have it playing on your PBS channel tonight would enjoy it.  As I mentioned, last week was Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which might be on some of your local channels tonight?   I remember that the PBS Saturday Night Movie selection, plays on different weekends, across the country.

No hockey game tonight, so we may watch The Imitation Game, on our free On Demand movies.  I haven't checked to see if Spotlight is playing, but if so I would very much like to see it.

I've been wondering if any of you have watched the British drama series, River?  It's available on Netflix, and consists of only six episodes.  We watched #one a couple of nights ago, and thought it was very good, and very different. Pretty heavy stuff, but excellent acting.  The main character of Detective John River, is played by Stellan Skarsgard.  I've seen him in other British shows, but can't remember what they were?  I'll have to look him up on IMDb. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on May 15, 2016, 10:13:06 AM
I have watched a couple in the "River" series.  It is different but is well acted like you said.  I've also watched Series one of "Hinterland" a Welsh show which was redone for English audiences.  I found it rather depressing and didn't continue with Series 2.  I've been watching less TV and trying to read more.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 16, 2016, 12:23:39 PM
FlaJean - We've still only watched the first episode in the River, series, but are looking forward to the rest of them.  I was impressed with #1, so hope that the remaining five are just as good. 

Saturday night we watched the movie, The Imitation Game.  I can surely see why it was nominated for so many Academy Awards.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good drama, based on a true story.  The same applies to The Theory of Everything, the life of Stephen Hawking.  Both films are playing on my free On Demand movies. 

Does anyone else besides me like the old Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy musicals?  The stories are so corny, but the music, costumes and scenery are fun the see and listen to.  I watched Maytime, on TCM a couple of days ago, ("Sweetheard, Sweetheart, Sweetheart"!), and found it to be very relaxing.  My favorite is Naughty Marietta, so I'm hoping it will come up soon and I can record it for future viewing. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on May 18, 2016, 11:57:39 AM
I have just finished watching 6 tv episodes of " Undercover...." staring a brilliant actress " Sophie Okonedo, personally I think she should win an Oscar or the tv equivalent for the part she played...the other brilliant actor was Adrian Lester playing her hubby.....I found it at times a tad complicated to follow, also a few flashbacks but, I got the gist of the story......I did read up it is coming to America some time this year after its aired on our tv.....Just want to say I fully enjoyed it....Link to story, plot, including trailer, bottom of the page.........

http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/trailer-new-bbc1-america-drama-series-undercover-starring-sophie-okonedo-adrian-lester-20160312
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on May 18, 2016, 12:40:11 PM
Jackie.  That will be a series worth Watching. Will see if it comes over here.  Seems like all we have now is Police shows.  Not had one with a cast of Black players. Time will tell if we get it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 18, 2016, 12:53:56 PM
Jackie - I really like Sophie Okonedo.  Her acting has impressed me in the two movies that I've seen her in.  My favorite was her role as the retarded sister, in The Secret Life of Bees.  All of the women were wonderful in that film, but she was outstanding.  I also saw her in Hotel Rwanda , and she was good in that one as well.  I'll be looking forward to watching Undercover, when it comes to the US.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on May 18, 2016, 01:20:13 PM
Marilyne, first time I ever watched her, never heard of her, nor seen her before but...I thought her acting was brillant, both her changeble positions as a family and her career....

Jeanne P, perhaps your UK friends have watched it, maybe you will get some feedback from them.....
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on May 18, 2016, 02:51:01 PM
That sounds very promising, Jackie.  I'm looking forward to it. 

I have been watching the Aaron Sorkin HBO series, "Newsroom", on Amazon Prime and I think it is the best TV I've seen for a long while.  Sorkin's rapid dialog is a little hard to follow sometimes but, as Jackie said, I get the gist of it.  Good acting from Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, and I even like Jane Fonda in this one.  Dev Patel is in it also plus a bunch of other young actors who are excellent.  I'm coming to the next to the last episode of the 2nd season.  Unfortunately, it only ran for 3 seasons.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on May 18, 2016, 03:05:42 PM
Phyliss, "Newsroom" was one of the better TV series of late.  I was devastated when it finished its run, 3 seasons.  And once again, I have to comment on "ensemble acting".
A show with this many characters, but each doing their role proud!  Reminiscent of "The West Wing" which IMHO was the best TV Series ever.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on May 18, 2016, 04:57:43 PM
We didn't have HBO during the Newsroom but I saw the first series on my daughter's HBO.  I really liked it.  I hope I can find Series 2 & 3.  It has been several years since I watched Series 1.  I also loved "The West Wing".
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on May 18, 2016, 05:16:09 PM
I watched "Newsroom" on On Demand (I think) or it may have been on DVDs from the library or from Netflix.  It is an exceptional series, and I recommend it highly!  I don't have HBO either.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on May 18, 2016, 05:27:25 PM
The West Wing,  all Seven seasons is now showing on NetFlix... 

The Newsroom,  all three seasons is now showing on
Amazon Prime.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 22, 2016, 12:08:01 PM
Is anyone else in the midst of watching Game of Thrones? This season has been good so far, but I have to confess that I wish it were the last of the series.  I like the show, but I feel it has gone on long enough, and time to bring all the various stories to a logical, (or illogical), conclusion.  Of course the show is adapted from a book, so I suppose there is a conclusion out there somewhere?

Some series shows seem to end at exactly the right time, whereas others go on too long, and then have a unsatisfactory ending. Boardwalk Empire was the perfect example of "unsatisfactory".  I loved that show so much, but the last season was terrible. House of Cards, seemed to drag a little this past season, with lots of unrealistic story lines.  Others end abruptly, before all loose ends are tied up, like Treme

Anyway . . . coming back this week on Netflix, is Bloodline. I thought the first season was excellent, but can't imagine what they could possibly do, or how they could go on without the character of Danny?? 

Now I'm hooked on the British series, River.  Only six episodes, and that's supposed to be all.  I hope they stick with it, and do not go into a second season.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Radioman34 on May 22, 2016, 12:37:24 PM
Marilyne I'm a Game Of Thrones fanatic, and unlike you I hope it never ends. :D

As far a story line goes, the book is still a work in progress; GRR Marin is still writing it.  The tv series, however, has actually caught up with all of the books, and the story is now being written by tv writers.  This may account for any nuanced alterations that may have been detected, although I have found the transition to be quite seamless.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on May 23, 2016, 12:10:05 PM
Marilyne, is "TheRiver" a streaming Netflix series?  Is it Masterpiece?  BBC?  Does BBCAmerica have it?  I'm interested but can't seem to find it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 23, 2016, 12:41:01 PM
Tome - River, is on my streaming Netflix. It originally played as a series in the UK, but I don't know if it was on BBC?  There are only six episodes, and as far as I know there aren't any more being produced?  We've seen five of them, and will watch the final one Tuesday night. (Hockey finals on TV tonight).

Don - I am also a big Game of Thrones fan, although I do hate to see a series run long after the original script is finished . . . or in this case, after the book has been completed. (I didn't know that GRR Martin was still writing it!)  I thought last night's episode seemed to be a bit scattered?  Only about five minutes spent on each one of the stories. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on May 23, 2016, 12:57:15 PM
Regarding Bloodline Season 2    (hooray)..
I do believe  that they are
going to utilize Danny by using dreams
and flashbacks....  Plus they probably
have tons of film on the floor that they
can use..

I do believe that the character "Danny"
is not going away very soon.   

I am really looking forward to
this next Season.

Sandy
:coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on May 23, 2016, 01:06:54 PM
Plus... Big Brother 18
is returning on June 22.. 

It is on three times a week,  and I
follow it.    Meaning I "tune in" each
night and listen in for a while.   
Especially when someone is getting
booted off.     

For me it is entertaining to follow along
and watch  to see how silly and foolish
it is...  but I am hooked on it and have
watched just about every season. 
Partly because Summertime most of the
good shows that I like go on hiatus,
so Big Brother is a good filler.     (a few
minutes of it a night) .... 

(Summertime "fun for the feeble minded?" ..
:uglystupid2:

Sandy
:coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on May 23, 2016, 01:30:29 PM
Marilyne, well, I found out the mistake I was making.  The name of the series is "River" not The River.  River is the guy's name obviously.  It will be available on DVD from Netflix and I put it in my queue for when it comes out.   

Since my hockey team didn't make it, I guess I can say  "Go Sharks" if that's your team!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 23, 2016, 01:53:33 PM
Sandy - tell us about Big Brother?  Is it a late night TV show, or a radio program?  Sounds interesting.  I used to listen to late night radio talk shows in the long ago, but haven't gotten hooked on anything in recent years.   
As for Bloodline, I thought all the actors were excellent - just that Danny seemed to be the major character in that first season.  However, I know I'll like season #2, (with or without Danny), and I'm looking forward to it next weekend! :thumbup:

Tome - Yes, the San Jose Sharks!  First major league pro team we've ever had in SJ, and hoping they win the Stanley Cup.

If you like psychological drama, you will enjoy "River".  When you get your DVD's, be sure to turn on the closed captioning.  Both AJ and I have a hard time with the British accents, so cc is a must!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on May 23, 2016, 01:58:01 PM
"Big Brother" is one of those awful "reality shows", much worse than "Survivor". THe only reality show I watch, not even regularly, is The Amazing Race.  I love to see the countries the contestants get to go to, and the culture of those areas, with the contestants having to perform a skill relative to that country.  There is all the back-stabbing and "playing" of the different teams but nowhere on the level of Survivor.  To me, IMHO, Big Brother is just another effort to see how many of the contestants can hop into the sack with the others.  But, to each his own.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on May 23, 2016, 03:21:05 PM

Big Brother is on cbs  at 8 or 9  pm  EST
three days a week. 

Click below to see:

http://bigbrothernetwork.com/big-brother-18-2016-cbs/

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 25, 2016, 12:28:52 PM
We watched the final episode of River, last night, and I have to repeat myself once again . . . I love this series!  I'm sure I'll watch it again, especially the last episode, where all the loose ends are finally resolved.  However, AJ and I were not in total agreement, as to the ending . . . which is why I need to see it again. 
I highly recommend this show, but only if you like psychological drama.  It is not particularly violent at all.  The characters are all likable, and the story is about as unusual a one, as you will ever encounter!  Stellan Skarsgard, is my new favorite actor. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on May 25, 2016, 02:04:38 PM
Marilyne, I only watched one and part of another one because my husband just didn't care for it at all.  I'm going back and look at it from the beginning.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on May 25, 2016, 03:47:09 PM
I watched the first episode of River, Marilyne.  I'm reserving judgment until I can look at more of it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 26, 2016, 01:43:00 PM
phyll, Jean and others - River is definitely not your standard detective show, and I don't expect that most viewers will care much for it.  For me, it was refreshingly different, with flawed characters and a unique story. I've never seen anything like it on TV, but I'm sincerely hoping that they do NOT continue on, and make it an ongoing series.  That would ruin the the uniqueness, IMO.

I tend get overly enthusiastic about movies and TV shows that I especially like, and I go on and on with praise and recommendations. ::) ::) However, I try to keep in mind that we all have differing reactions to shows, and to the actors who bring the characters to life. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on May 26, 2016, 04:33:06 PM
This show "River" I think I would like it. Can't get it on my TV but bet will be on DVD this year.

Storyline

A hardened, yet psychologically vulnerable, Swedish-born police detective in London struggles to deal with having witnessed the murder of his detective partner. He must come to terms with the loss whilst investigating her murder, helped (and sometimes hindered) by what he calls 'manifests' - the ghosts of both victims and criminals, including the shade of his partner.


I is strange that over the past 2 years, both in UK and US they are bringing in Detectives that are Swedish.  Looks like "River maybe a short 6 show one.  If accepted though they will make more .
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on May 27, 2016, 12:39:21 PM
Season Two of Bloodline is
now on Netflix .....     

I am already on Episode 3!

:wave2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 27, 2016, 01:36:25 PM
Sandy - I'll watch the first episode of Bloodline tomorrow night. (Saturday).  I'd watch it tonight, but the TV with Netflix will be busy with the Hockey finals.

Yesterday AJ went to dinner with retired buddies, so I had the TV to myself.  I binge watched about four episodes of the HBO show, Girls.  I'm not recommending it, as it's pretty raunchy, but I like it anyway.  I'm fascinated by the characters and their lives in NYC. I get a kick out of Lena Dunham, who directs, produces, and stars as the main character, Hannah.  All other actors are excellent, and the storyline is "over the top", to put it mildly! :o  It's a show about young 20 somethings, and I'm sure that's the audience they are after..  Hard to believe that young people really live that way in NYC?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 28, 2016, 01:00:01 PM
Lots of inspirational war movies featured on Turner (TCM), for Memorial Weekend.  They are all World War II oriented, but not nearly as graphic and violent as the "war" movies made today. Some are comedies, and others are strictly dramas. Here are just a few of the classics that will be playing the next couple of days

The Guns of Navarone:  Gregory Peck, David Niven
From Here to Eternity:  Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster
Mister Roberts:  Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon
The Caine Mutiny:  Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson,
Bridge on the River Kwai:  William Holden,  Alec Guinness
They Were Expendable:  John Wayne, Donna Reed
The Best Years of Our Lives: Dan Andrews, Fredric March

Plus lots of other classics - too many to mention. I like all of the movies listed, and plan to watch as many as I can fit into my days and nights.  If I had to choose a favorite, it would be The Best Years of Our Lives.  As most of you know, it takes place after the War, and is about three returning service men and their families - played by Dana Andrews, Frederick March  and Harold Russell - the young soldier who actually did lose his hands fighting in WWII. This is a wonderful Americana story, and considered to be the best movie ever produced about the aftermath of the War, and those who became known later as, The Greatest Generation.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on June 03, 2016, 03:55:10 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone...

I have just started re watching "Six Feet Under" on
HBO   NOW... 

I spent years hooked on this and cried like a baby
when it was over.     

First Season, First Episode, 
all the tears came back.   

It is going to be great reliving it
all over again!

Sandy
:'( :'(
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 04, 2016, 11:30:52 AM
Last night we watched the first episode of the new version of Roots, on The History Channel.  I usually don't like remakes of old movies or TV shows, because they never live up to the original . . . but this one is the exception to that rule!  It's very well done, and the acting is perfection!  We've only seen the first two hours, but both of us are looking forward to the entire series. 

I'm not a big fan of most of the historical style shows that have played on THC, but they really went for high quality this time! We watched it On Demand, and were happy to discover that we could fast forward through the commercials!  So that is a definite plus!! :) 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on June 04, 2016, 11:38:15 AM
I watched and recorded all four nights...   I also like
to record them so as to fast forward through the
commercials.   

IMHO,  this latest Roots was very well done.
Excellent. 

Sandy
:coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on June 04, 2016, 11:51:52 AM
Since moving here, we have been so busy settling in I haven't watched much TV or done much reading.  Things have settled down and I found HBOGO on my Apple TV.  I watched the 2nd and 3rd Newsroom series (which had a terrific ending), The Man from Uncle, and The Intern, both movies good and no commercials.  Now I'm relaxing with a good book. 

Marilyne, I read about the new "Roots" and it is given good reviews.  I haven't checked out the On Demand yet.  Our TV is off more than on.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on June 04, 2016, 02:05:21 PM
I forgot to remind you, Marilyn, if you watch the LBJ movie, the language is terrible, which I had heard that he was fond of using!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on June 04, 2016, 10:13:13 PM
I watched the LBJ movie and the language is terrible, but the movie is well done and really kept my interest.  I think Lady Bird must have been a saint.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on June 04, 2016, 10:24:16 PM
Tome, thanks for reminding me about "All the Way".  I got it free on On Demand. What a tour de force!  It was excellent.  I grew up in Texas and remember LBJ well.  Cranston was amazing in the part. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on June 04, 2016, 10:54:09 PM
Cranston looked just like LBJ!  Uncanny!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on June 05, 2016, 04:01:23 PM
My Public TV is doing the Pledging again . They just did it the whole month of April in May. So nothing on PBS for a few weeks now. Lots of shows have gone off the reg. Chanel also so looks like lots of reading and a few DVD for me.
Perfect day here today. 78 deg. lots cooler.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 06, 2016, 05:58:54 PM
JeanneP - While you're waiting for PBS to get back to business,  take a look at the new Roots, on The History Channel. I've only seen about three hours of the show, but find it to be just as compelling as the original.

I have lots of saved movies on my DVR, so I usually can dredge up something if nothing sounds good on my channel selection.  There are probably some good movies today on Turner, honoring D-Day - the 6th of June.  I wonder how many of us remember June 6, 1944?  I remember it well, and feel bad that there was no mention in my newspaper today. I guess when our generation dies off, there will be nobody to actually remember, so it will just be a footnote in history. :(
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on June 06, 2016, 07:33:32 PM
I don't have the History Channel and so will have to wait for the new Roots to come out on DVD. Will not be long. My library will have it as soon as it does.  I use my DVD player as much as the Reg. TV.  Can't stand the Commercials most shows have now.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 12, 2016, 12:18:52 AM
Tonight we watched a couple of episodes of Bloodline, on Netflix.  So far, Season #2 is better than I was expecting it to be.  Is anyone else following it, besides Sandy and me? 
If anyone has any recommendations for other good series shows on Netflix or Amazon, please let us know? 

I meant to record the movie Giant, today on TCM, but forgot all about it.  It's one of the oldies that I never tire of watching over and over again.  A great movie, with excellent performances by Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on June 12, 2016, 11:21:46 AM
We've been watching Crossing Lines on Netflix.  It is a little too violent at times but does have some interesting themes.  I really prefer a TV series where the characters are not so intense and there is a little leaven worked into the situation or dialogue.  I guess that is why I enjoyed Midsummer Murders.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 13, 2016, 05:01:35 PM
Jean - Thanks for the tip on the Netflix show, Crossing Lines.  We will probably give it a look some night this week. 

Has anyone watched Orange is the New Black?  Dil likes it, and recommends it to me, but not to AJ.  Apparently our son didn't like it enough to stick with it, but she thinks it's great.  I only know that the story takes place in a minimum security women's prison, but is not violent or controversial. Definitely a "chick flick". 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on June 14, 2016, 05:41:27 PM
Just not going out in the 94 deg. weather today. fixed a nice meal and put in the  Movie. "The Dove Keepers" Lasted 4 hours. 2 DVD.  I could now take a nap but to late in the Day.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 18, 2016, 01:47:10 PM
Now that hockey season is over, (Sharks lost :'(), I'm getting back to some regular TV viewing. The last couple of nights we've been trying to catch up on movies and shows that we have recorded on the DVR.  Also, lots of good stuff on Netflix!

Sandy - in case you look in?  I didn't think I'd like season #2 of Bloodline, without Danny, but it's just as good as season #1.  Some flashbacks, plus the new characters, are keeping him in the story.  I'm feeling very sorry for Meg, and wondering what is to become of Kevin? Not to mention poor old Mom (Sissy Spacek), who seems ready for a nervous breakdown! :yikes:

Lots of good shows playing now on Amazon. Love and Friendship, adapted from the book by Jane Austen, sounds good.  Also, Doctor Thorne, a series written by Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey.  Looks like another good British period drama. :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on June 18, 2016, 02:39:57 PM
I've been binge watching Suits on Amazon Prime.  I started with the first episode of Season 1 and last night I watched Episodes 2 and 3 of Season 3.  Sunday night our PBS station will air the first episode of Endeavour Morse (new) so at least that is something to look forward to.  And then, there is the US Open golf and I've had that on for most of the day today.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 19, 2016, 01:29:01 PM
There are so many series shows and  TV movies on Amazon and Netflix now, that it's almost overwhelming.  How can the writers come up with so many different ideas?  But they do, and they're all good, and very watchable. (And  addicting!)

Phyll - I didn't see Suits listed, but will look for it.  Bloodline, (Netflix), is a fabulous family drama, and I highly recommend it.  The acting is wonderful, and the story is great.  Easy to catch up on, for anyone who is interested in this show . . . only two seasons so far.   

I guess I was the only one on this board who liked River?  I enjoyed it enough to watch it again in the future, if there is nothing else playing. 

Those of you who have Amazon . . . did anybody else ever watch Mozart in the Jungle?  Another unique series, that held my attention for a long time.  However, I lost interest as it moved through the episodes. Too much of an "over the top" story for me, when the new orchestra conductor came on the scene.  My husband liked it better than I did.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on June 19, 2016, 03:10:06 PM
I, and my son, liked Mozart in the Jungle very much.  I enjoyed the interplay between the various orchestra members and always enjoy Bernadette Peters.  I was sorry when it ended with the third season.  I haven't heard that there will be any more episodes made.
Quotefrom Wikipedia: The series stars Gael García Bernal as Rodrigo, a character based on conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
This particularly interested me because I have seen Dudamel conduct (on PBS) and am amazed that he uses no music...he has memorized every note and orchestral section.  He is really fascinating to watch.  Of course, I think you can guess that I'm a nut about classical/symphonic music.

I am still bingeing on Suits.  And, also watched the most recent episode of Outlander.  Culloden is looming ever closer.  I tried both Bloodline and River.  I didn't think I would like to continue with them but may try again.  Often something I don't like at first will be enjoyable, or interesting, if I go back to it later.  And sometimes my first opinion remains the same.... ;)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 19, 2016, 04:39:11 PM
Phyll . . . call me clueless!  I didn't realize that the character of Rodrigo, was based on a real conductor!  That does make the entire story more interesting.  I liked Rodrigo, but some of his antics, and those of the people close to him, were a little too much for me. For instance, his ex wife was totally unbelievable.

My husband has played in many orchestras and bands over the years, so he was interested in that aspect of the show . . all the "goings on" behind the scenes! LOL  Now that I know more about the show, I'll definitely give it another look.


Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 25, 2016, 11:27:10 AM
Here Ye, Hear Ye!  Anyone out there watching anything on television that's worth mentioning? (good or bad).

We're still in our usual rut . . . local and world news between 5 and 6, and then an hour or so of HGTV.  After that we settle down to watch something on Netflix, Amazon, TCM or On Demand. If there's nothing that sounds interesting to me, then I'll do other things, and AJ will watch The Western Channel, American Hero's or Velocity.(All about cars!) He's also a big fan of "American Pickers" on History.

We'll watch the final episode of season 2 of  "Bloodline" tonight.  It's an excellent drama on Netflix steaming, but not for those who want something light.  It's a heavy family drama!

Still keeping up with "Game of Thrones", but I'm getting tired of this once- a-year routine.  All of the good shows do that now, and I'm not fond of the concept. Ten or twelve shows, and then when the season is over, then you must wait for approximately a year before it returns and continues on with the story.   Sometimes they even go over a year.  I just read that "Homeland", one of my favorites, starring Claire Danes, isn't returning until January, 2017!  That will be an 18 month break!   

   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on June 25, 2016, 12:33:38 PM
Nothing on TV, but I did go to the movies - saw "The Free State of Jones", with Matthew McConaughey.  Pretty good - based on a true story from the Civil War, one I hadn't heard about before.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 25, 2016, 04:02:14 PM
maryz - Good to see you posting. :)  I've seen promo ads for "The Free State of Jones", and it looks like something I will enjoy.  Matthew McConaughey, is an excellent actor, and has done a great job in every movie or TV show that I've seen him in.  If you haven't seen "True Detective", it's worth watching.  A short series that only had one season.  It originally played on HBO, but now I think it's available on Netflix or Amazon??
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on June 25, 2016, 06:40:32 PM
Marilyne , thanks for the recommendation - I'll look for that.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on June 26, 2016, 10:49:29 AM
Marilyne, we have one of those Apple TV (similar to Roku) and it has HBOGO. It has series and movies.  I'm going to look for True Detectives.  That sounds like something we would like (especially my husband).  We stopped watching Crossing Lines.  It got more and more far fetched and nothing to lighten up the story.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 26, 2016, 12:25:01 PM
FlaJean and maryz - I have to warn you that True Detective is a dark drama.  Not so much violence, but just the story itself.  I was very impressed with both Matthew McConaughey, and Woody Harrelson, who play the two detectives.  The whole cast was incredible, as far as the acting was concerned.  I sometimes marvel at how many wonderful actors there are out there.  Most I have never heard of. 

Nothing on TV is as dark and dramatic as Bloodline!  Last night we watched the final episode from Season #2, and I felt truly depressed when it was over. Usually script writers give you something to hang on to, in hopes of a satisfactory conclusion for at least some of the characters.  Not so with Bloodline.  The best word to describe the story, is hopeless. :(
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on June 26, 2016, 12:39:06 PM
Hubby and I just watched "Can-Can" from 1953.  Wow, was everyone so young back then?  Beautiful color, I'm sure they recolorized it. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 26, 2016, 02:39:27 PM
Tome - Can-Can, is a fun musical, as are all the happy and colorful musicals from the 1940's and '50's.  I was scrolling through TCM the other day, and came across an old Betty Grable musical called Song of the Islands, from 1942. Silly as they are, I like those old forgotten musicals, especially anything having to do with Hawaii. 

I was struck by the beauty and clarity of the Technicolor!  I doubt that that old relic of a movie has been recolorized, because it was not a major production, and not one of Betty's best.  It was silly, but entertaining . . . starring Victor Mature, as Betty's love interest, Thomas Mitchell as her father, (Scarlett's father in GWTW), and Jack Oakie, as the comedy relief.  I especially enjoyed seeing the real Hilo Hattie!!  She sang and danced to the Hawaiian song, "The Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai".

Sometimes we need to watch a mindless, attractive movie, to take our mind off of all the serious stuff.  Definitely not a waste of time. :) 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on June 26, 2016, 04:16:39 PM
Oh! I loved those Old movies that Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour made where they were living on the South Sea Islands . Bamboo Huts. The sea. Beach, Me in a Sarong.
Use to dream of going to one. Did make Hawaii a few years ago.  Was a little to commercial. Spoiled my dream.

Goodness, I think I am hearing Thunder in the Distance. Hope we get some rain.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on June 26, 2016, 04:45:22 PM
I looked up True Detectives - it was on Amazon, and even with Prime, there was a charge for the season.  So, at least for now, I'll have to skip it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on June 28, 2016, 12:06:23 PM
Did anyone else watch the new/old game shows on ABC Sunday night?    I really enjoyed "Pyramid" and liked "Celebrity Family Feud" pretty well - although that grinning silly MC annoys me.   Didn't stay with "Match Game" because some of the questions were almost pornographic.
Rosie O'Donnell was on "Pyramid" and seems to be a Regular on "Match Game".  She did well on both shows - and seemed to be the only celeb with any sense on "Match Game".

I don't care for the mysteries most of you like, so I'm glad to have some summer replacements for the dramas - although some of them aren't returning.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 28, 2016, 01:03:45 PM
Callie - I didn't know about the return of the old game shows, in a new format!  Sounds very entertaining. I wonder if "Hollywood Squares" will be featured? 

maryz - I agree with you on not wanting to pay for something on Amazon, when you aren't sure if you will like it or not. "True Detective" will eventually be free on one of the many different viewing options.  It's available On Demand now, but you have to subscribe to HBO to see it.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on June 28, 2016, 01:37:52 PM
I again. Different. I just can't stand to watch the Game shows along with things like. The Bachelor and then the one with the women choosing. Now this current one all the men are in love with her.  I do watch wheel of Fortune. Have for years. I am quite good on that. Doubt would be good on the show with the buzzer. The Millionaire I can watch. Law and Order I stick with also. Big on the Cooking shows and most Masterpiece Theatre.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on June 28, 2016, 04:53:10 PM
JeanneP,  these Game Shows are new ABC Sunday night shows.  The "old familiar" format is basically the same as it was back in the 60's/early 70's.  Wish I could remember who the emcees were back then but all I can come up with is "Gene" for "Match Game" and "Allen/Alan" (maybe) for "Pyramid".  I can mentally "see" the one who did "Family Feud" but no name at all.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 28, 2016, 05:10:00 PM
 Callie - the original host of Family Feud was Richard Dawson.  I remember that  he kissed all the ladies, on every show! :-*
I think the "Gene" on Match Game, was Gene Rayburn?? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on June 28, 2016, 05:28:28 PM
Marilyne, I think you are right for both.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on June 30, 2016, 12:17:38 AM
Wasn't the "Alan" who hosted " Pyramid" married to Betty White?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on June 30, 2016, 01:33:10 AM
Allen Ludden was the host of some game show and was married to Betty White.  I don't know about Pyramid.  You'll have to check IMDb.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on June 30, 2016, 09:38:06 AM
Maryz,   BINGO!  Allen Ludden is who I was thinking of - but could NOT come up with that last name!!!  Thank you  :bow:   :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on July 01, 2016, 10:13:08 AM
Actress OLivia deHaviland is 100 years old today, July 1, 2016(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/domas_bucket/encrypted-tbn3.gstatic_zpszjyk0cou.jpg)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 01, 2016, 11:38:10 AM
Thank you Chia, for posting a 100th birthday photo of the lovely Olivia de Haviland.  Her most memorable movie was Gone With The Wind, where she won the Best Supporting Actress award, playing the role of Melanie Wilkes. She is the last living actor from that great film. Other notable roles were The Heiress, (Best Actress Award), The Snake Pit, To Each His Own, and many more.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: junee on July 01, 2016, 02:06:55 PM
Great photo of Olivia de Haviland. One of the wonderful actresses of the past and doesn't she look great for that age.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on July 02, 2016, 01:17:16 PM
Junee..I am not sure if that photo is that current of Ms. deHaviland ;)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 02, 2016, 05:17:07 PM
I was looking for something to watch last night, and scrolled through the list of hundreds of shows and series available on Netflix.  I finally settled on a British series that I had never heard of, titled Inspector Morse.  We watched an episode, and liked it enough that we plan on watching more. 

This morning I Googled the show, and was surprised to see that it was shown here in the US, on the PBS Mystery Series, between 1988 and 2002.  I'm surprised that we never saw it back than, but I'm sure that some of you probably did?  I could tell by the absence of cell phones and computers, that the show was older than most series we now get on Netflix and Amazon.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 02, 2016, 05:34:36 PM
Marilyne.  Insp. Morse. shows on Will Master Theatre was on for years. Everyones favourite. You can get all the DVD at your Library.  Now we are running a New  Series 4 on WILL on Sundays nights at 8. PM seems to be every other Sunday. They are Called "Endeaver" starts with Morse as a young man just starting out. Very Good also.  I love them because I know Oxford Area well and the shows are  made on the streets and the University . That is what is good about a lot of British Shows. There are a few going where I know all the areas as close to my growing up area.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 03, 2016, 12:53:23 AM
Tonight, we watched the first show in a new detective series, now playing on Amazon, called Bosch.  This first season was adapted from three of Michael Connelly’s novels: City of Bones, Echo Park, and The Concrete Blonde. I've never read any of Connelly's books, but AJ likes them, so we decided to give the show a look. 

It was okay, but a little too graphic and dark for my taste.  I prefer the show we watched last night -Inspector Morse - so we'll likely follow both shows for now.

After "Bosch" was over, we switched over to TCM, and watched the movie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  It was fun and entertaining, as usual!  I like Russ Tamblyn, Howard Keel and Jane Powell. 

JeanneP - the show Endeavor sounds good.  I'll definitely take a look at it. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 03, 2016, 12:38:11 PM
I watched Inspector Morse when it was on PBS years ago but also recently watched it again on Netflix.  After Inspector Morse series ceased, the series was continued with his Sargeant "Robbie" Lewis, the Inspector Lewis series which is also on Netflix.  PBS is coming out with the very last and new Inspector Lewis episodes in August, I think.

Marilyne, the only way I can look at series that are considered "dark" is if there is occasional levity to release the tension.  But maybe if there is some lightness the series isn't considered "dark"?  I can read books that I would never be able to see in a movie because the visuals impact me too much.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on July 03, 2016, 01:09:45 PM
I am watching True Detective on HBOGO,
Suits (from the beginning) on Amazon,  and
Hemlock Grove on Netflix. 

I have finished watching season 2 of Bloodline... 
"Suits" is not dark,   (yet) but all the rest are but none
are so dark and very funny and extremely interesting,  as
Six Feet Under,  which I am already re watching all five
seasons of ...   

I am am never without something good to watch in between
my regular shows and sometimes a golf tournament,
or two.

Sandy
:wave2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 03, 2016, 02:59:11 PM
I stuck with watching Series 2 of "Six feet Under" last night or at least 3 of the 5 disc. (3hrs) I still have 2 and then I have Series 3 of it. Would be another 6 hours. Don't know if I will carry on with Series 4.  Getting sort of old.  Never had any show where the F word is used so much. At first one could get use to it but now sort of over done.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 03, 2016, 11:56:50 PM
Interesting, that so many of us who post in this discussion, do most of our TV watching on Netflix, Amazon, HBOGO or On Demand. Kind of makes you wonder if commercial broadcast shows will some day be completely phased out?  I guess that could never happen, because of constantly changing world news events, political stuff and local news.  There will always be channels like CNN, MSNBC and Fox.  However, I don't see much of a future for ABC, CBS and NBC.

I'm going to watch another episode of Bosch, tonight, and then will continue on with Ray Donovan.  Has anyone besides me, watched that series over the years? (Showtime).  It's not my favorite, but I'm hooked!  I very much like Jon Voight! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on July 04, 2016, 08:50:42 AM
I read an article online yesterday, Marilyne, that was about cable TV is dying.  I watch some sports events on cable/commercial TV but now mostly watch subscription TV such as Netflix, Amazon (prime), Acorn (British shows), HBO, etc.  Most of commercial TV seems to cater only to much younger audiences that like shows that I just can't care for.  I am even giving serious thought to dropping Time Warner and its inflated cost. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 04, 2016, 01:15:14 PM
Marilyn.  Oh! I think those regular shows will stay on just as long. I for one never go to the ones you have to pay for. I think that cable cost enough without out the others. Most of what show will sooner or later come out in DVD and can then watch by getting them at the Library.
Can then watch all at one time without a series once a week.  I am just not a big TV watcher and so all the regulars get me by.  Commercials however do drive you crazy
I have friends paying up to $180 a month for TV . Now saying they will go up another 20%
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on July 04, 2016, 07:49:16 PM
"Now saying they will go up another 20% " ---  What will the market bear?

But it's not surprising. Take a good complete look at your Service providers bill.  Read all those little things that have nothing to do with your actual service.  Politicians try to hide their fees/charges/taxes/ sur-charges/ other/  by "hiding" them in service charges.

The politically popular $15 / hr minimum wage will drive all wages up proportionately, and that will be passed on to all  - including retirees with fixed income. Not all retirees get COL increases.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 05, 2016, 01:27:58 PM
Looked like all regular programming on local channels was kind of suspended, probably due to the Holiday.  There were a few "new" shows, but really, who would watch some of them?  I did like the "Houdini & Doyle" series, which was only a few episodes long, and last night was the "Finale".  Don't know for sure if that signals it won't be coming back. I think I missed the first episode but caught allthe rest.  During the day yesterday, we kind of watched old stuff from our Dish:  The Firm; No Way Out and then late, we switched back and forth to the various Fireworks displays; NY, Boston and one locally here in Big D.   Then about 11:00, it was as if God was laughing at we poor mortals, a massive thunderstorm came through with lightning to surpass fireworks shows and thunder that boomed so loud and so often,  it would nearly shake one out of bed!  Then the rain came in torrents, hopefully to put out any residual embers/sparks from anyone setting off Illegal fireworks in the general area.  Rain finally stopped about 2:00 AM and by then I was wide awake.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 05, 2016, 02:39:38 PM
Tome - Please send some of that torrential rain to California!  The last we had was in April or May, and was nothing but a "trace".  The drought goes on, in spite of El Nino! 

I haven't seen any of the TV shows you mentioned, however, I do remember watching "The Firm" and "No Way Out", many long years ago.  Both good movies, and worth seeing again.  I missed all the July 4th hoop-la, on TV last night. Daughter #2 was here for dinner and lots of talk, so I didn't do any TV watching at all.  Hubby saw some of the show from DC, but only toward the end.  My favorite 4th of July movie, Yankee Doodle Dandy, was on TCM last night, but I recorded it in advance, so will watch it today.  An iconic classic movie, with James Cagney, doing his fabulous dance routine to that All American song - "Yankee Doodle Dandy"!

Sunday I watched another movie on Turner, that I really enjoyed . . . Anchors Aweigh, starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.  It's the film that is well known for the charming sequence showing Kelly, dancing with the cartoon mouse. (I think it was "Jerry", from the Tom and Jerry Cartoons?)  Anyway, it was fascinating to watch the dance, remembering that this was 1945, long before computers.  Now they do such computer animation all the time, but back then, the mouse had to be drawn by hand, (every move), and somehow filmed into the dance with Kelly.  Very innovative and flawlessly done.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 05, 2016, 04:51:42 PM
Well, we hadn't had any "real rain" in over a week, only trace, which only made it more humid and didn't water any grass or flowers.  We are due for upper 90's all week long, with only minimal chance of rain near the end of the week, but not likely for our specific area.  It is so bloomin' hot!  You walk out the front door, and it feels like something hit you on the head.  I should be used to Texas July's but now in my older age, it just doesn't sit well with me.  When I was a kid, you could play out in this heat all day, and never even notice. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 05, 2016, 05:56:13 PM
When we lived in Maryland we saw Yankee Doodle Dandy in a local playhouse (like a  theater in the round).  The lead playing Cagney's part was terrific.  When he did that dance against the barrel, it was amazing.  It was on our side so I got a really good view.  That tour group was professional and I enjoyed it so much.  I've seen the movie many times and never tire of seeing it.

We watched A Capitol Fourth as usual and then turned to the New York Macy's program which was also good.  They had the Singing Sargeants and the show was very patriotic.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 08, 2016, 11:22:50 AM
Tome - I'm thinking about you this morning, and mourning the tragic events that occurred in Dallas, last night.  So much sadness and turmoil there, and in other parts of our country as well.  I hope you check in, and let us know that everyone in your family is safe. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 08, 2016, 01:39:26 PM
Thank you, Marilyne, and we are all safe.  We would not have even thought that something like this would happen here, especially in the context of a peaceful protest, but those things do tend to bring out a few of the nutcases.  They would have done it anyway, but when so many Police were in one spot, they took advantage of that opportunity.  I daresay, it might happen in one of the cities where other police shootings occurred, but I certainly hope not.  There is an all-faith prayer service being held in Thanksgiving Square in downtown Dallas as I speak.  Very moving, and I would hope it touches the hearts of any who might hold grievances against Police or members of other races.  Everyone please say a prayer for peace and understanding.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 08, 2016, 02:20:47 PM
I would have thought of it happening more in Houston.  Family use to live Dallas and I loved it there. Now this was in the 80s. Now Houston. I don't really care for there.  They keep on me to move which I said maybe I would do after retirement.  Doubt it now.  I would have moved to Dallas willingly.  But can see that place is changing also.  Don't know where I would like to move now.  Just stay Illinois I guess. I do love it here.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 09, 2016, 11:24:55 AM
Tome - The tragedy in Dallas, makes me wonder what our world will be like in ten or twenty years?  I won't be here to see it, but I worry for our children and grands.  Is there any hope for peace in the future?  I don't think so . . . just too much fear and hate and mistrust.  How can it ever be resolved?  Well, for now, things seem to have calmed down . . . until the next domestic or terrorist attack.  Just a new way of life now I guess?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 09, 2016, 06:15:47 PM
Marilyne, "This too will pass".  We forget sometimes our history.  It was much, much worse in the 60s and 70s with the awful riots, etc.  If you remember, there were even police marksmen stationed on various rooftops in some of our big cities, especially in D.C.  Let's just hope and pray we don't go back to that.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on July 09, 2016, 06:30:01 PM
I agree....
The 60's and 70's were terrible
years.   With our young people  (my age) getting
drafted and being sent to Viet Nam...  With two
Kennedy's being assassinated,  as well as Martin
Luther King.     

I never thought that we would get over those
years... But we did get through it and now my
kids and grand kids have no idea how terribly
wrong things can go sometimes.


I am watching on TV  "Dave" ... a movie
with Kevin Kline and Sigorney Weaver...
One of my favorites that I have to watch
every time it comes on!!!   

I can't even count the number of times
that I have watched it.   And I still
love it. 

Have a good weekend,  everyone!

Sandy
:coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on July 09, 2016, 08:29:26 PM
TCM showed the 1958 movie "The Long Hot Summer" with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.  Nice way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 10, 2016, 12:57:50 AM
Callie - I love that movie, The Long Hot Summer.  Missed it this time around, but I'll catch it the next time it plays on TCM.  Paul Newman, was at his peak of charm and "handsomeness"! :love: 

Sandy and FlaJean - Oh yes, I remember the 60's and 70's well. How could we, who were there, ever forget the shock and anguish of those years? Things were wild and crazy here in California too. I don't recall marksmen with guns anywhere in the state, but maybe I've forgotten?  At UC Berkeley and of course in San Francisco, there was a protest of some kind going on all the time.  I had bumper stickers on my car that read - "War is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things", and "Make Love, Not War!"

Funny though, how the passing of time can soften your memories.  Now when I think of those two decades, it's like the lyrics to that Barbra Streisand song:  "Misty, water colored memories, of The Way We Were".
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on July 10, 2016, 09:10:55 AM
"Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."  Unfortunately, I have lived long enough to see the terrible times repeated often.  Each generation believes their "terrible" time is the worst of all.

I watched a second episode of "River" last night but, Marilyne, I don't think I'll watch any more.  I know you liked it but it just doesn't seem to be for me.  I also watched the last episode of this season of "Outlander" and liked it a lot.  But, I know that others here might not like it nearly as much.  We all have different tastes.  Next Wed. is the first episode of the 6th season of "Suits" on USA channel.  I am looking forward to that.  When I started watching that show I wasn't sure I would like it but I got hooked.   ;)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 10, 2016, 11:30:46 AM
Phyllis - I think I'm going to like Suits, and plan on starting Season 1, ASAP.  I'm so tired of the endless TV series that feature detectives, psychopaths, murders, spies, chases, violence, et al. I'm looking for a good story, that has none of these elements. 

My favorite show of all time is Mad Men, for that very reason.  Anyone of you out there who wants to see a quality drama, about life in the 1960's, "MM" is the show for you.  (All seasons now playing on Netflix.) You will love the characters, both the men and the women.  Because we were around during those turbulent times, we can relate to the events, as they unfold during that decade of change.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on July 10, 2016, 02:19:07 PM
Thanks for reminding me about "Mad Men", Marilyne.  I'll start it tomorrow.  I think it is rather similar to "Suits" except it is set in Advertising rather than the Legal profession.  Sounds so good.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 10, 2016, 04:01:09 PM
I watched Mad Men. for about 3 seasons and then I thought it got Repetitious. I didn't know who was sleeping with who. it was all drinking and so I never did watch the Last of the series.

Did it come out that Don was not who he was supposed to be? Had taken another soldiers  ID.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 10, 2016, 06:07:06 PM
Tonight we will finish watching the first season of Bosch, on Amazon.  That's the series adapted from the books by Michael Connelly.  AJ likes it a lot, but as I mentioned before, I'm getting burnt out on cops and violence and psycho killers.  I'm happy to see this season end, and don't know if I'll be up for Season II.  We will start watching Suits, on Tuesday night. Looking forward to it! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 11, 2016, 12:07:19 PM
We started watching the Olympic trials last night on NBC, and stayed with it until 11:00 O'clock. The Track and Field was coming from Oregon, but the Women's Gymnastics were happening right here in my home turf - San Jose.  This was the first I've seen of this year's gymnastics team, and I must say, that they are better than ever!  It will be a tough competition with lots of exciting drama when they get to Rio. :cheer: 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 11, 2016, 01:38:32 PM
I watched the Women's Gymnastics finals.  Didn't see all of it, I was over on PBS watching "Endeavor", season finale.  Our team is fantastic, and what's so great, the ones who didn't make the cut are so young, and so talented, that the 2020 Olympics should find them on the team. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 14, 2016, 11:53:22 AM
Phyl - I hope you give Mad Men a chance.  Once you get to know all the different characters, you will get caught up in their 1960's lives.  My favorite from the beginning, was Peggy, but once I got to know the personalities of all the characters, I liked each and every one.   

We haven't started watching Suits yet. One more left to see in the first season of Bosch, which we will probably watch tonight.  I'm not sure if I want to follow through with more of Bosch, but AJ likes the show and wants to move right into Season #2.  It's a little too violent and depressing for me, what with serial killers, missing children, etc. Not my favorite genre of TV show.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Radioman34 on July 14, 2016, 01:08:04 PM
I was going through the Game Of Thrones withdrawal symptoms on Sunday and checked out what replaced it. It's an 8-week crime series entitled The Night Of. I almost turned it off, but stuck with it and now I am hooked. It was fascinating to observe the dehumanizing and humiliating process that suspects endure when brought to the police headquarters. Like you, Marilyne I tire of these shows of violence and bloodshed  and I'm hoping we've seen all of it in the first episode and the story will focus on the apprehension of the perpetrator.

I started with episode one of Suits last night. Credibility is a bit of an issue here with the acceptance of person who has not graduated from a law school becoming  an associate in a major law firm.  But I will stick with it for a few episodes.  The main problem when it comes to  viewing network shows, as this one is, is that they compare  badly with the Netflix, HBO productions which are not bound by the same restrictions: language, graphic violence, sexuality etc as are network productions.  Whether this is good or bad I guess is a personal assessment, but it unquestionably is evident in the finished product.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on July 14, 2016, 02:57:24 PM
It's fine with me that there are still some boundaries left, Don, though not many, IMO, even on network TV.  Yes, you must suspend a lot of belief with Suits but it still is entertaining, if you do not expect reality.  But, then, is Game of Thrones any more logical or real than any of the modern shows?  It is fantasy, isn't it, and that is what I expect when I watch those kinds of TV shows.  I think we might find reality pretty uninteresting.  After all, reality is what we live everyday and I'm afraid my reality is pretty dull.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 14, 2016, 04:52:07 PM
Phyll - after reading Don's post regarding some differences in Network TV and the many cable channels, I wanted to say yet another word in favor of Mad Men.  (Yes, I am slightly prejudiced when it comes to that show!) ::)  Being as it originally played on AMC, there were no four letter words, or graphic sex.  Plenty of bedroom scenes, but nothing that was revealing.  I hadn't really noticed the lack of four letter words when I first viewed the series, and I think the reason is that in the decade in which the show takes place - 1960 to 1970, people didn't use the vulgar language that they use today. The habit of constantly using, or hearing, the "F" word, hadn't started yet . . . and of course it was totally unacceptable in mixed company! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 18, 2016, 12:10:13 PM
Helloooo out there! :hello:  Not much TV or movie viewing to talk about in recent weeks, unless you count the news channels, with the constant barrage of violence and sadness. It's hard to find a show that I want to sit and concentrate on, so I've mostly been watching the mindless house hunting and remodeling shows on HGTV.  They've all become very predictable, (the remodeling ones), but there are a few where I like the people/couple involved in the make-over, so I watch anyway.  AJ has been zoning out on baseball, or American Pickers.  He also likes the car programs on Velocity. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 18, 2016, 12:27:49 PM
I think AJ and my hubby would make great friends.  They could sit and watch "PIckers"; Velocity (Mecum and Barrett-Jackson auctions), which we watched shows with "redeeming social value"- - LOL.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 19, 2016, 12:08:04 PM
Tome - occasionally I'll sit down and watch Chasing Classic Cars, with the soft spoken, white haired Wayne, doing the bidding and buying!  I do like him . . . probably because he has an autistic adult daughter who is sometimes on the show with him.  She reminds me of my granddaughter.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 20, 2016, 12:45:31 PM
We lost another Great man yesterday. 81 not that old anymore but he had lots of problems health wise. I remember Throat Cancer and Colon . Just say here was Stroke .
Birth:    Nov. 13, 1934
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
Death:    Jul. 19, 2016
Burbank
Los Angeles County
California, USA

American Producer, Director, Writer and Actor. Marshall was responsible for creating such iconic television sitcoms such as 'Happy Days', 'Laverne and Shirley', 'The Odd Couple' and 'Mork and Mindy'. Born Garry Kent Maschiarelli, he graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and began his career as a joke writer for comedians including Joey Bishop, then worked on the writing staff of 'The Tonight Show With Jack Paar'. In 1970, he created a television adaptation of Neil Simon's play 'The Odd Couple' for ABC. The successful sitcom drew several Emmy nominations over the course of its five seasons. Television hits followed soon after. 'Happy Days' became the number one rated television show during the late 1970s. After 'Happy Days' Marshall created spin-off shows 'Laverne & Shirley' starring his sister Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, and 'Mork & Mindy', which jump started Robin Williams' career. Marshall would go on to direct several blockbuster films, including 'Beaches' (1988), 'Pretty Woman' (1990) and 'The Princess Diaries' (2001). Marshall died from complications of pneumonia following a stroke. (bio by: Louis M.)

Burial:
Unknown
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 20, 2016, 03:34:02 PM
Thank you JeanneP, for the interesting obituary on Garry Marshall.  He wrote and produced many favorite old TV shows of the past. His sister, Penny Marshall, was in quite a few of his shows.  I remember that my youngest daughter loved Laverne and Shirley.  She had two pet hamsters at the time, that she named Lenny and Squiggy. :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 20, 2016, 06:04:51 PM
I finely watch the 6 hour 1st series of " Grace and Frankie" I liked it. Will wait now for the Library to get Series 2.. I don't use the Demand and things on TV.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Radioman34 on July 21, 2016, 11:54:09 AM
It`s always a bit of a surprise when I see a character that I have become almost attached to in one series suddenly appear in another series in a completely different kind of role.

Ygrette, from the Game Of Thrones showed up as a police detective in Luther and Lady Edith from Downton Abbey appeared in the role of a recklessly irresponsible university student in Marcella. Until you get used to seeing them in these new parts it`s hard to separate them from the old ones.
Both those series are on Netflix and are excellent programmes, but also very intense.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 21, 2016, 12:27:48 PM
Don - I'm glad you mentioned Marcella.  I was scrolling through Netflix last night, and considered giving it a look-see, but decided to try something else instead.  I hadn't heard about it, but just now read some reviews, and it sounds good! (Besides, "Lady Edith" was one of my favorite characters on  Downton Abbey!) :) 

Yes, it is fun to spot a familiar face on a TV show, and then it finally dawns on you as to who it is, or who it was, on another show.  The character named Tormund, on Game of Thrones, is "starring" in a commercial that I've seen a number of times. Now can't remember what it's for?  ::) He's the Wildling, with the red hair and bushy red beard. 

Also, Emilia Clarke, "Mother of Dragons", is the star of a very popular movie, called Me Before You. I have read that the actor who plays Littlefinger, does a lot of Books On Tape, readings or narrations.  I'll bet he's really good, with that soft persuasive voice of his! LOL       
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 21, 2016, 01:24:15 PM
It's also interesting when you see actors that you can't quite place and then realize you remember them from a much older production when they were younger.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 21, 2016, 01:54:55 PM
Last night we watched Season #1, Episode #1, of Blue Bloods. We both like Tom Selleck, so I'm sure we'll follow through with that series.  We haven't watched all of the Jesse Stone episodes yet, and they're also available on Netflix. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Radioman34 on July 21, 2016, 02:21:20 PM
Marillyne, be forewarned that Marcella is graphically violent and has a psychological edge that could be unsettling to some folks
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 21, 2016, 03:36:15 PM
I was watching an episode of MI-5 last night, and one of the characters, like Don says, is someone you recognize, but it takes a bit to figure.  Lo and behold, the young fellow who plays the lead part on the broadcast TV series "Scorpion" was in MI-5, playing the "bad guy".  Well, I guess he's a bad guy, kind of hard to tell the good guys, from the moles, from the bad spies, LOL.  Almost like a LeCarre novel.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 22, 2016, 12:10:25 AM
Thanks for the warning Don!  I think I will pass on Marcella for now.  I've had my fill of TV violence and sociopathic personalities!  We did start watching Bosch last week, and it was about yet another police detective, discovering buried bodies and chasing down the psycho perpetrators!  Sound familiar?? :P  I have to admit it was a good story and great acting, but I'm not going to continue on with the series.  My husband liked it, and will watch the next season. (Adapted from Michael Connelly's novels.)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 22, 2016, 02:55:23 PM
HI Marilyne, thanks for posting the other day.  You know that old saying:  "The older I get, the behinder I get" That's me! I guess it took me since March to find you.  Now I am happy to be back with my friends.

The ony comment I have time for to day, is about the new game shows.  I still watch the old game shows, love Match Game.  I was happy to see  the games were coming back, tried to watch Match Game the other night, and did not find it funny at all.  Maybe it is just my age (92)

Thanks again, Marilyne for helping me find my way
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on July 22, 2016, 02:57:33 PM
Lindancer,  I agree wholeheartedly about the new Match Game!   I will try to watch Family Feud but really don't like the emcee and think the questions are vulgar.  Pyramid, however, is pretty good.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 22, 2016, 08:27:33 PM
Callie, I will give Pyramid a try.  I guess I was so disappointed in the new Match Game, I thought is just plain nasy.  I use to like to play along and give silly answers. Betty White was on all those shows, and still going strong.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 23, 2016, 12:01:23 PM
Gloria de - Welcome back!  Good to have you with us again. :) I was thinking of you last week while watching Turner Classic Movies, Naughty Marietta, my favorite of the Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy musicals.  I recorded it this time, so that I can listen to them sing, "Ah Sweet Mystery of Life At Last I've Found You". :smitten:  I just love that old song. It reminds me of my mother, who also loved it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 23, 2016, 12:28:26 PM
Marilyne, glad to be back,  Yes I love the old songs, and I do go back a long ways.  I still have a song book of the Gay Ninetys.  My GM knew Lillian Russell.  She like to sing After The Ball is Over.
Gloriade (deAngel)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 24, 2016, 04:42:53 PM
Some excellent oldies playing on TCM this weekend and next week.  Sorry I missed The White Cliffs of Dover this morning.  I would have recorded it if I'd realized it was playing.  A good war story, of life on the home front.

Tomorrow afternoon, is another one that I plan to record - Maureen O'Hara and Tyrone Power in The Long Gray Line.  This is a good family saga about a West Point.  After that one, is the great WWII story, The Caine Mutiny. A wonderful movie, that I never tire of watching.  It was deserving of all the Oscars it received in 1955. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 28, 2016, 11:06:07 AM
The past couple of days, my Netflix and Amazon streaming, have both stalled and unable to load a program, etc.  We've tried the "unplug and plug" routine, so must be our Wifi?? Anyway, I have been watching mostly HGTV House Hunters, or Big Sky Country, on the bedroom TV,  and hubby has been watching Pickers and Pawn Stars, and other shows on History and Discovery Channels.  Nothing we want to see playing on TCM, or On Demand, so hope we can get the wifi straightened out today??

We're still getting those IRS scam calls! The ringing phone woke me up at 6:00 this morning, and it was the recorded IRS message. Needless to say, I was extremely annoyed. >:(  I wish something could be done about those calls, but apparently they are coming from foreign countries? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 28, 2016, 11:11:34 AM
Marilyne, I also watch a lot of HGTV and of course both Halmarks.  Lately I have not seen anything on TMC that I wanted to watch.  Generally that has always been my favorite.  I do watch the old Johnny Carson show
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on July 28, 2016, 11:59:25 AM
Marilyne, my smart TV does that fairly often.  It usually means that either Amazon or Netflix is updating and will take anywhere from a few minutes to several minutes to complete their update before they start up.  It's aggravating to have to wait but I suppose they have to update their libraries from time to time.  I don't think it has anything to do with your Wi-Fi.  When I check my Wi-Fi connection it always says it is connected. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 28, 2016, 12:02:03 PM
Gloria - I get so fed up with the couples on the house hunter/remodeling  types of shows who want everything "updated"!  They walk into a perfectly good kitchen or bathroom, and the first thing they say is "Oh no - this needs updating"!  They always want to get rid of tile and replace it with granite, and get all new stainless steel appliances. So the new kitchens and bathrooms end up exactly alike - cold and industrial looking.  I guess that's the popular style for young couples today.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 28, 2016, 12:12:41 PM
Phyll - We don't have a smart TV.  We get our streaming through the Blue Ray player.  That's probably why we have these periodic glitches?  We'll probably end up getting a smart TV, but for now, we love the clear bright picture on this set, so we aren't yet ready for a new one.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 31, 2016, 05:10:30 PM
Looks like our Netflix and Amazon are back, after some all day work by son and husband.  Seems like it was the wifi connection, but I don't understand why or how?

Our son recommended a lot of shows that they've been watching on the streaming channels.  To name a few:  Shameless, with William H. Macy, The Man in the High Castle, and Luther.  So we will probably give those a look-see sometime this week. 

Tonight we'll be watching one of our long time favorites on HBO - Ray Donovan. I've had mixed feelings about that one over the past couple of years, but overall, it's an excellent drama.  Liev Schreiber, as the title character, and Jon Voight, as his father, have both been nominated for Emmy Awards, in the past. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 06, 2016, 11:42:19 AM
The 2016 Olympics, will be on our watch list for the next couple of weeks.  We both enjoy all the events, and look forward to "the show" every two years.  Last night we watched the opening ceremony from Rio, and thought it was good, but as usual, was overlong.  It began here at 7:30, but to avoid the L-o-n-g commercial breaks, we started recording, and didn't begin watching until 8:30.  This allows us to fast forward through the commercials, and made viewing more consistent and enjoyable throughout the whole evening. 

Let the Games Begin! 
:wave2:
 
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Post by: phyllis on August 06, 2016, 03:55:35 PM
Marilyne,  I was surprised to find that the commercials on the Olympics were new, creative, and for the most part enjoyable.  Much better quality than we have to endure incessantly on the Superbowl.  And I thought the opening ceremonies were very well done.  I liked them much better than the opening show the French put on a few years ago.  I thought that one was just plain weird!  It is when the Parade of Nations starts that it gets long and boring.  After the U.S. made their entrance I went to bed.   ;D
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Post by: Tomereader1 on August 06, 2016, 04:01:01 PM
Well, I thought the opening ceremonies were B O R I N G.
Mainly because there was no narration, and how were we to determine what any of it meant?  I turned it off during the indigenous peoples part, and went back a bit later to see the US team enter the stadium, then turned it off completely. I hope the closing ceremonies will be better.
I don't think anybody can beat the Beijing opening/closing/ or the U.K ones.
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Post by: FlaJean on August 06, 2016, 04:34:13 PM
I think the Beijing opening is the best Ive ever seen, but I enjoyed last night's opening.  There was some naration last night and interesting tidbits about various participates.  I enjoy seeing the different countries but went to bed before it was over.
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Post by: CallieOK on August 06, 2016, 04:39:01 PM
I agree with Tomereader.   I turned it off during that opening whateveritwas with all the square blue things waving around on the field - turned it back on to watch the parade of countries - got bored - went back to reading and turned it on again just in time to see the USA come in......"sort of".  Most of that seemed to be various angled shots of Michael Phelps.
After that, I turned it off completely.   :sleepy:
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Post by: Marilyne on August 06, 2016, 05:10:41 PM
I've never been a fan of the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics. I wish the host country didn't feel like they had to put on a big extravaganza every time.  I would much prefer a simple greeting from the officials of the host country, followed by the Parade of Nations, and finally the lighting of the torch.   

As for the commercials . . . it's a controversial subject in this household! ::) LOL  My husband will not watch a commercial of any kind, and always puts the remote on mute, when one comes on. When watching a hockey game, (or any game) he starts recording, and in about an hour, begins to watch.  That way, he can scroll past the commercials for the entire game

There are some commercials that I like and want to see, such as Geico, Jack-in-the Box, or Progressive Insurance, (featuring Flo.)  So if I'm alert, and can grab the remote fast enough, I can occasionally watch one! :knuppel2:   
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Post by: JeanneP on August 06, 2016, 06:22:13 PM
Marilyne.  You just need to have 2 remotes.  I use Comcast and seems that everytime they come out they say the remotes need changing. Now have 3 new ones.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 07, 2016, 03:37:53 PM
I'm a huge Olympic enthusiast, so I'll be spending most of my TV viewing time in Rio, for the next two weeks.  I have my favorite sports and my favorite contenders, but I enjoy watching just about everything. (except for boxing.)  I'm hoping to find and watch the sailboat racing, which comes along later this week. My cousin's granddaughter, has a bf who will be sailing in one of them - not sure of the class of sailboat?  I'll find out more when I talk to my cuz tonight. The young man's name is Caleb Paine, so if any of you hear him mentioned, let me know.

I was surfing through the various Olympic channels yesterday, and came upon one of the bicycle races . . . ordinarily something that doesn't interest me at all.  But, just watching any sport for a few minutes, can grab me, because I always pick a favorite, and it's usually the underdog, or someone from a country who has never won Gold.  I was rooting for Poland, for that reason, but he came in second, and Belgium won first.  It's fun to listen to what the commentators have to say about every event.

It's fun and good for us, to watch as much as possible, and pick our favorite athletes to root for in every sport.  It takes our minds off of all the bad things going on in the US, and throughout the world, and makes us concentrate on the good stuff, for two pleasant weeks! :thumbup: 

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Post by: Tomereader1 on August 07, 2016, 04:42:34 PM
I like swimming, mens and womens, diving, equestrian, beach volleyball, indoor volleyball, gymnastics of all kinds. I was rooting for the Brazilian men's gymnastic team yesterday, they were so stoked, maybe some of them will make the finals! 
Too many events for me to watch even part of them!
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Post by: Lindancer on August 07, 2016, 05:20:55 PM
I like the swiming, of course I cannot wait for the golf.
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Post by: FlaJean on August 07, 2016, 08:30:25 PM
The Chinese synchronized women's dive team was terrific.
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Post by: phyllis on August 08, 2016, 06:42:20 AM
I watched for most of the day yesterday.  Nearly all sports interest me but I did get a little tired of the women's gymnastics.  They are very good but it just didn't keep my interest.  The cycling is always interesting....and a little scary.  They push themselves to the limit and beyond.  I love watching the scenery as they pass through.  I thought the Brazilian scenery was very interesting and it is a part of the world that I know very little about.  I watch La Tour de France every year, partly for the race but mostly to see the beautiful French countryside.    :)

Marilyne, I'm wishing Caleb Paine good sailing.  Do you ever watch the Americas Cup races?  I enjoyed them very much when they raced on San Francisco Bay.  Such a beautiful sport.


  I'm hoping that we will see some of the golf, too, Gloria de.  It is a shame that some of the top golfers in the world decided to not go to the Olympics because of the Zika virus scare.  But, many others are going to be there and it should be good.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 08, 2016, 01:53:43 PM
Gymnastics doesn't interest me as much as it used it.  I think the reason is that it doesn't have that graceful, artistic beauty that it used to have?  The girls now are strictly muscular athletes, and gymnastics is all about flips and twists and jolts. It looks so harsh and stressful to young developing bodies.   I would never want my daughter to be a gymnast.

Phyll - I also watched the women's bicycle race yesterday, and felt the same way you did about observing the terrain.  First the beaches and those attractive modern apartment buildings and hotels along the Copacabana, and then up the winding roads and into the rain forest.  A beautiful sight to see.  It was marred, however, when the bicyclist from the Netherlands, crashed and fell.  I was watching at that moment, and was really quite shaken to see her lying unconscious by the roadside.  Fortunately she is going to be okay.  I read this morning, that she spent the night in the hospital in intensive care, but was released this morning.  She "tweeted" that she was anxious to get back on the bike!  Olympic athletes are so strong and determined!

I haven't yet found out when or even IF, the sailing events will be shown on TV?  I can imagine that it would be extremely difficult to get TV cameras out on the water to film the many sailboats.  They will probably show the boats as they come into the dock - first, second and third. 
Phyll - We were very interested in the America's Cup race, that was held last summer in San Francisco.  The event didn't get the publicity the sponsors were hoping for, so there was sparse turnout.  I don't know when or where it will be held next? 

We watched the swimming last night, and of course were cheering for all the Americans, who did well.  I was very tired last night and wanted to go to bed, but stayed up to see Michael Phelps in the relay.  He looked great, as usual!

I haven't yet seen Beach Volleyball, to cheer for my long time favorite athlete, Kerri Walsh-Jennings.  I just love to watch her, as well as all the beach volleyball players from every country. I have a special love for volley ball, but especially when played on the sand, at the beach itself.  I grew up in Long Beach - Southern CA, and played beach volleyball by the hour, all summer long.  Of course it was much different back then - co-ed, with as many players who wanted to join in.  Strictly for fun.   

Everyone who is watching the Olympics . . . please keep us posted on what you're watching, and on what you like best, or what you like least. :) 
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Post by: JeanneP on August 08, 2016, 03:12:19 PM
Don't those marks on Michael Phelps body look awful. I had to Google to see what they were.  Guess they are like glass Suction cups that does something to the Blood going to the Muscles . Never use to see such bodies that these swimmers now have. swimmers use to be thin. Now like wrestlers. Girls about the same. Gymnastics got Muscles now also. Use to be the cheated and took Steroids to get the build. Get caught now.

I don't like VolleyBall. Can't understand why they go into those Group hugs every few minutes.
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Post by: phyllis on August 08, 2016, 03:32:10 PM
Marilyne, the 2017 America's Cup will be held in one of the most beautiful places I've been to.....Bermuda.  Here is a link to the schedule, if you are interested.

http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2015/08/09/americas-cup-program-revealed-for-2017-in-bermuda/
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Post by: Marilyne on August 10, 2016, 12:28:18 PM
phyllis - Both my husband and son love sailing and sailboats, so I'm sure they'll be following the 2017 America's Cup, from Bermuda.  We're disappointed that Olympic sailing is not being covered, as we had hoped.  Caleb, came in 7th in the qualifying event for the Finn class of sailboats.  This was yesterday, in a group of about fifteen boats, so I guess he will be sailing in the finals??  Unfortunately, we haven't been able to watch or even find any of the races on TV, but we've been following the results online. 
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Post by: Tomereader1 on August 10, 2016, 12:36:53 PM
Marilyne, can you "stream" NBCOlympics.com?  Think you could probably find some sailing there.   The Events Schedule in my paper indicates Sailing runs from August 8-18 though no specific  times listed.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 10, 2016, 10:33:26 PM
Tome - thanks for the streaming suggestion, but now looks like we'll finally be able to see some sailing events starting tomorrow morning, (Thursday), between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, PDT. Too bad the scheduling isn't more specific on the class of sailboat, but it will be fun to watch, whatever it is.

Tonight I'm looking forward to the Women's Beach Volleyball, with Kerry Walsh-Jennings and partner. It's raining in Rio, so looks like it will probably be wet and wild, on the outdoor sand vollyball court! :D
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Post by: Marilyne on August 15, 2016, 12:01:17 PM
Some interesting news from my cousin on the Finn sailing event. Caleb came in 4th in the first race, but then the sailor from Bosnia, accused Caleb of "cutting him off".  (Whatever that means?)  So Caleb was disqualified, but immediately filed a complaint.  The Olympic Sailing Committee looked at all the media/camera coverage, which showed that Caleb wasn't sailing anywhere near the Bosnia boat, and couldn't possibly have interfered in any way.  So Caleb was reinstated and got his #4 position, which he still holds. There is a possibility he could do even better in the final race, and maybe even get a bronze medal.  Of course we are all rooting for him! :thumbup:
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Post by: Lindancer on August 15, 2016, 12:36:47 PM
Marilyn, rooting for your cousin also. I was happy to see we got a metal in golf yesterday. that is what I watched.
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Post by: phyllis on August 15, 2016, 02:36:31 PM
Marilyne, I thought you might be interested in these articles, if you haven't already seen them.

http://www.ussailing.org/rio-2016-sailing-team-usa-battles-the-conditions-on-day-2/

http://www.ussailing.org/rio-2016-sailing-team-usa-clinches-finn-and-nacra-17-medal-race-berths-470s-stay-consistent/

Caleb is a very accomplished sailor.  I'm wishing him luck in the finals of the Finn sailing class race.  It looks like they will be sailing the finals tomorrow, 8/16/16.  Wish I could see it on TV but can't find a schedule for it.....at least, not yet.
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Post by: JeanneP on August 15, 2016, 02:59:02 PM
Marilyn.  Seems like they are getting quite a few of the Eastern Europeans complaining about things in a few of the Meets going on. Such as Russians. etc. hate to not win in anything they do.  Their Gov. sponsor them all I think and most probable not to happy with them if they don't come in for one of the medals. Years ago some of the young ones always seemed like they were scared if they lost.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 15, 2016, 04:26:10 PM
phyllis - Thank you SO MUCH, for the links to the sailing web sites! Good information and beautiful photos! I'm sending them on to all family members who are having a hard time finding anything online.  So, the race for Silver and Bronze will be tomorrow, and looks like Caleb has a chance at one or the other. It also looks like the Croatian sailor is a few points ahead.

JeanneP - Yes, I have heard that Russia and other Eastern European  countries, are under a lot of political pressure to win every event they enter.  That is likely why so many teams take a chance with "doping", as they did again this year. I feel sorry for the athletes, because they have to follow orders from their coaches, even when it's something illegal.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 16, 2016, 07:34:37 PM
Caleb Paine won the Bronze Medal in Finn Class, Olympic Sailboat Racing! :thumbup:
:congrats:
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Post by: Tomereader1 on August 16, 2016, 07:47:48 PM
Hurrah, Caleb!
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Post by: JeanneP on August 16, 2016, 10:31:24 PM
Marilyne.  Who I bet he is feeling so good.  Now is that it, no more races in this Olympics ?.
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Post by: phyllis on August 17, 2016, 08:39:20 AM
Marilyne, I'm so pleased for Caleb and for his family and friends.  I had to be out all day yesterday and couldn't look for the sailing results so thank you letting us know the results.  Our American Olympians are doing so well.  Making us all proud.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 17, 2016, 12:04:01 PM
phyll, Tome and Jeanne . . . thanks for following the sailboat races and cheering for Caleb! He has been preparing for this event since he was a young teen, and now that it has finally happened, he will finish college, and he and Lindsay, my cousin's granddaughter, plan to be married sometime next year.  They are both 27 years old now. I will keep you all posted on what happens in the future.  The entire family is thrilled to have an Olympic winner in our midst! :thumbup:
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Post by: JeanneP on August 17, 2016, 12:57:08 PM
Hope he carries  on with his sailing. Enters more challenges.

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Post by: FlaJean on August 17, 2016, 07:51:49 PM
Marilyne, that is really exciting!
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Post by: Marilyne on August 18, 2016, 12:40:41 PM
I'm still following some of the Olympic events, but I have to admit I'm beginning to get slightly burnt out on many of them.  Seems that the things I want to see are only shown in short snippets, or not at all.  I'm totally tired of the track and field races, and would like to see more of the Decathlon, but they only show a short segment of one person, doing one thing. (like pole vault, etc.) then it's back to the races! 

Another thing I love to watch is an event called Rhythmic Gymnastics.  The women dance and do gymnastic moves to music, while twirling a long ribbon or a hoop or large ball.  The idea is to keep the hoop, ribbon or ball moving in time to the dance, never allowing it to touch the ground.  The girls are dressed in attractive outfits, kind of like what the figure skaters wear.  It's beautiful to watch, and almost kind of hypnotic!  I'm hoping to see it again this year, but just a few days left and I haven't seen or heard any mention of it?
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Post by: Tomereader1 on August 18, 2016, 01:02:44 PM
Marilyne, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Aug. 19th-21st. There you go!

I never could find the "Sailing"  on any of my channels, so missed out.  There's supposed to be some coverage today, the 18th, but who knows what channel.  I go thru all of them, NBCSN, MSNBC, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, Bravo did Tennis, and Golf Channel did the golf.  I realize that the TV networks want to focus on the USA Teams but, truthfully I like to see other countries given some more attention, i.e. Jamaica.  They do focus on China's competitors during swimming/diving.   I missed all the Archery, which I like pretty well, and the Shooting, which occurred first week. I wish someone would put out an information booklet about the "bones" of the Olympic format:  Who and how is it determined "when" each event is to occur?  How many athletes can each team have? So many questions occur to me, and no answers at my fingertips.  Guess I could Google all that, but it would take up a lot of time.
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Post by: FlaJean on August 18, 2016, 01:22:00 PM
Our athletes have been terrific this year but am disappointed with this year's TV coverage.  I love the diving and could only find one short segment.  The swimming was well covered but I don't care to see any more volley ball any time in the near future.  NBC expects you to download their app and stream it, I suppose, to see what you're interested in.  I'm not that interested.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 18, 2016, 02:55:34 PM
FlaJean - Although I do like both beach and indoor volleyball, I'm tired of it too.  Mostly tired of the endless track and field races.  I don't think it's fair that our professional basketball players, are allowed to make up the USA team. Of course there are no countries that can possibly measure up, so I don't bother watching it at all.  Even if it's true that the American players are "taking it easy" on the other teams, there is still no real contest.

Tome - Thanks for the info on the Rhythmic Gymnastics.  Now I know the dates, but unfortunately, that doesn't mean they will show the event on  any of the channels.  I agree that it would be nice to see some of the sports like Archery, Equestrian, and of course I was disappointed not to see the Finn sailing. (Nor did they show the medal ceremony). My husband likes the shooting events, especially the one where the competitors run a certain number of laps around the track, and then pick up the rifle and shoot at five targets?  I think it's called a biathlon?   So far he hasn't been able to find it.
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Post by: FlaJean on August 19, 2016, 12:10:11 AM
I saw the equestrian finals.   France took gold, US took Silver.  I think Germany took  bronze.  I did enjoy that.
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Post by: JeanneP on August 19, 2016, 02:03:53 PM
FlaJean.  Now I was wanting to see them. Which station have you been watching.?
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Post by: maryz on August 19, 2016, 03:08:51 PM
I guess I'm one of the few who like track-and-field.  I really only like the events that are measured by time, distance, or score.  I like regular gymnastics, but not so much the others that are judged on style or concept or opinions of judges.  I'd watch more of things like discus, high jump, long jump, etc.  Obviously, I'm in the minority since those events are rarely seen. 
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Post by: Marilyne on August 19, 2016, 06:04:28 PM
maryz - I would love to see more of the Decathlon competition, but they only showed a couple of the American finalists competing at the very end of the event. The young man who won the Gold in shot-put, was incredible!  I also like the long jump and especially the pole vault!  Too bad they didn't show all of the competitors. 

The Women's Gymnastics, used to be my favorite, but I haven't cared for it as much in recent years.  I'm drawn to the Rhythmic Gymnastics, because I now prefer that artistic, elegant, graceful style compared to the tough, jolting, flipping style of regular gymnastics. Also, like you, I don't care for the scoring by seated judges. (Same in figure skating.)

What do you all think about the Ryan Lochte scandal??
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Post by: maryz on August 19, 2016, 07:01:23 PM
Super-charged, super-stressed, high-level athletes - suddenly released from the pressure - lets down, drinks too much, and lies after getting into trouble.  Stupid, stupid!  Criminal, no.
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Post by: FlaJean on August 19, 2016, 10:46:24 PM
JeanneP, I don't remember but must have been CNBC or MSNBC.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 20, 2016, 12:42:09 AM
maryz - I agree with you on the Ryan Lockne situation. An incredibly stupid thing for him to do, but certainly not a criminal action. It's really kind of sad for him, I think. He's been swimming in the shadow of Michael Phelps for the past four Olympic games, and he's good, but never as good as Phelps, and apparently has never received the media coverage for his accomplishments that he wanted. 

He has done some bizarre things to get the attention of the press! I remember at the London Games, he had some sort of braces applied to his front teeth that sparkled, and I think they were red, white & blue?  This Olympics he appeared with his hair dyed that strange white/gray color. Harmless attention getting stuff . . . but it looks like he went too far in embellishing the story of what actually happened at the Rio gas station, and is now trying to blame it on the "language barrier", and the fact that he had had too much to drink.   Regardless of how it turns out, he will lose his sponsors and endorsements, and will likely be barred from any more competitive swim meets. 
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Post by: Jeanne Lee on August 20, 2016, 01:02:59 AM
It seems to me that destruction of someone else's property is considered a criminal act.  He should certainly be required to fully repair the damage.  He is an example of the "ugly American" tourist.  He and his companions do not set a good example for the young people who look up to them.
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Post by: phyllis on August 20, 2016, 07:32:59 AM
He not only shamed himself and his Olympic participation but, worst of all, in my opinion, he shamed his country.  Really stupid and adolescent behavior.
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Post by: maryz on August 20, 2016, 08:35:43 AM
I didn't mean he should get off scott-free or without consequences, just that it wasn't malicious or with premeditation.  Definitely there should be consequences and he should pay reparations.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 20, 2016, 01:53:14 PM
I didn't realize that Ryan Lochte is 32 years old! He has never had a real job, but has spent his entire life traveling and competing in swimming meets all over the world, as have all of the elite swimmers.  So now, if he loses his endorsements and sponsors, (and he probably will), he will eventually have to get a job!
"Would you like fries with that"?  ;D 
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Post by: JeanneP on August 20, 2016, 02:42:36 PM
"The Ugly American Tourists" Why is it that reputation seems to follow all over the world. Its sad because it is just a few. It doesn't see to be as bad as it use to be. Most other tourists now have the same money if not more and so Tossing dollars around doesn't work. That young man was like they use to be back when. Just showing off. To bad. going to cost him which it should.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 21, 2016, 05:02:41 PM
Today is the last day of the Summer Olympics, so I plan to catch up on a few things that I recorded (Rhythmic Gymnastics), and then we will probably watch the closing ceremonies tonight.  I'm not fond of opening or closing ceremonies, but I usually do watch. It will be four years before the summer games roll around again, so might as well take in the entire show! :) 

Then it's back to the usual TV shows and movies once again.  I'm way behind on lots of my favorites, so will have some catching up to do On Demand.

Oh - I almost forgot to mention!!  Tomorrow night, Aug. 22, be sure to watch or record a brand new movie on the Hallmark Channel, Wild Oats, starring Shirley Maclaine, Jessica Lange, and Demi Moore, plus some older actors that we remember from the past - Judd Hirsch, and Howard Hesseman.  It's supposed to be a good comedy.
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Post by: Lindancer on August 21, 2016, 05:19:55 PM
Marilyne, He was old enough to know better, not a teen.

I will try to remember to watch  Wild Oats, I lkie all the Hallmark shows.

I will watch the Olympics to night.  I watched a little this morning.
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Post by: maryz on August 21, 2016, 06:40:35 PM
Marilyne, I don't find "Wild Oats" listed on the Hallmark Channel or the Hallmark Movie Channel on my Comcast/Xfinity.  Is there another Hallmark Channel?
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Post by: Marilyne on August 21, 2016, 07:24:06 PM
maryz and Gloria de - It looks like Shirley MacLaine herself, got the channels wrong! LOL! it's playing tomorrow night on the Lifetime Channel.  The only reason I happened to know about Wild Oats, is because Shirley M., is my Facebook friend, and she posted a message this morning about the upcoming movie, and said it was to be on Hallmark.  Well, even the star herself can be wrong! :D  ::)  I looked on IMDb, and saw that it is definitely on Lifetime.  It is playing here at 10:00 PM, PST.  It will likely be on earlier in other time zones?
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Post by: maryz on August 21, 2016, 08:14:31 PM
Thanks, Marilyne! However, looking on Hallmark did get me to a couple of Jesse Stone programs tonight.  Thanks.
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Post by: FlaJean on August 22, 2016, 11:31:41 AM
I like the Jesse Stone movies with Tom Selleck.  I read somewhere that he is going to make several more.
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Post by: CallieOK on August 22, 2016, 12:19:47 PM
Marilyn,  thanks for the "heads up" about the Shirley MacLaine movie. Sounds like a good one.
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Post by: Lindancer on August 22, 2016, 02:54:48 PM
I did watch the closeing ceremonies last night, like them better then the opeing.  I must say these were very colorful.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 22, 2016, 04:07:02 PM
Gloria de - The movie Wild Oats is playing tonight on the Lifetime channel, NOT the Hallmark Channel! It was a mistake in posting on Facebook by Shirley Maclaine. She corrected it this morning.   It is playing here on the West Coast, at 10:00 tonight, but we're having company, so I won't be able to watch it.  However, I already have my DVR set to record!  :)
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Post by: Sandy on August 22, 2016, 04:43:53 PM
I just set my DVR to record it, too..
It is on late here and I didn't get
much sleep last night,  so the DVR should do
the job.

Thanks,
Sandy
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Post by: Lindancer on August 22, 2016, 07:32:55 PM
Marilyn, thanks for letting me know about Wild Oats.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on August 23, 2016, 03:26:51 AM
Keep an eye open for series 5 of " Great Canal Journeys, " with Timothy West and Prunella Scales....series 5 has just started on our tvs.....First episode last week was Venice, think next episode is the Netherlands....It is a real pleasure seeing this married couple travelling together, where their love for each other just shines through....The people they meet along the way, often taking in a theatre, where they can show off their past acting skills.........
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Post by: Lindancer on August 23, 2016, 01:45:17 PM
Jackie to night I am going to start watching Better Late then Never. Quote: Four pop culture Titans tour Asia. Hilarity ensues. Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw. Tour on a bus.  Think I will give it a try.  Need to watch something light.  Sounds like a differtn combination.
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Post by: FlaJean on August 23, 2016, 02:16:38 PM
Both of those sound good.
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Post by: JeanneP on August 23, 2016, 07:49:32 PM
I have not seen "The great Canal Journeys" Showing over here. I will like it when it comes. Always loved watching the Barges on the Canals up in North UK.
After it being covered over for past 80 years in my Home town of Rochdale lancs. This year after years of work our Canal is now open again. Cant wait to get back and see it. Be able now to use barges again going for miles

did you read this on Timothy West and Prunella Scales.

Fawlty Towers actress Prunella Scales is suffering from a “sort of Alzheimer’s”, her husband Timothy West discloses  He has quite a article about it on the Internet right now.  Been married for 50 years.
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Post by: JeanneP on August 23, 2016, 08:09:49 PM
Oh! good. I found I can bring up all the "Great Canal Journeys" with them here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zRI7xwN_mU
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on August 24, 2016, 05:03:22 AM
Jeanne P......
.......as you follow through with the episodes, her memory loss is mentioned by her hubby on a few occasions as mild but....as she quite often states, her memory still allows her to remember how to make hubby a cup of tea, ( you see him show a faint and pleasing smile, ) work the locks, and she still has a great memory of reciting her old lines, sometimes in unison with Timothy.....

....as a youngster, also as a young teen mother, I would often take a trip to Cassiobury Park in Watford ( Hertfordshire ) and walk to the bridge and watch the canal barges go through...something my mom also used to do with me....
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Post by: Marilyne on August 24, 2016, 12:06:12 PM
Jackie and Jeanne - Great Canal Journeys sounds like a show that both my husband and I will like.  I'll be watching for it to be shown on my PBS. (Or is is now playing on BBC?)  I remember when Fawlty Towers, was on TV, but I didn't watch it on a regular basis, so I'm not familiar with Prunella Scales and Timothy West.  I'd like to see them, as I can relate to any couple who has been married for over 50 years! :thumbup:     
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Post by: maryz on August 24, 2016, 03:38:11 PM
I started to watch "Better Late Than Never" on Monday night, thinking it was fiction.  But I turned it off almost immediately when it turned out to be one of those stupid so-called "reality" things, done just for the set-up situations.  Not for me.  A waste of good talent, IMO. 
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Post by: Sandy on August 24, 2016, 03:49:09 PM
"Better late then Never" ... 

I was very disappointed.   The four actors are
incredibly talented bunch of old guys.     IMHO,
this show was a waste... 

Too much running around and noise.    It turned me
right off.    I did not know that it was suppose to
be a "reality" show.    I thought that it was
just terrible writing,  for four tremendously talented
men.      What a waste of  talent.

I couldn't relax and watch it,  so I shut it off and stopped
recording it.

Sandy
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Post by: CallieOK on August 24, 2016, 05:35:38 PM
I was suspicious when I saw who would be on "Better Late Than Never".   I lasted about 5 minutes!
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Post by: JeanneP on August 24, 2016, 06:12:19 PM
Really Enjoyed watching some of the "Canal Journeys" Specially Number 2 as they did the "Rochdale Canal one.  Went through my Home town showing all the surounding Villages.  Got really homesick.
I don't know how she handles those locks. They are hard. He must not be able to do that heavy work.
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Post by: JeanneP on August 24, 2016, 06:15:52 PM
Forgot to say.  I just finished a good book. I like books that go through many generations of Women. I know that a few others on here like them also.

Never heard of these Authors before. Its fiction but 3 women wrote it. it is called. The Forgotten Room" Goes from 1892 to 1945.  I really enjoyed it.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 24, 2016, 06:23:30 PM
I guess I'm the only one who has watched Wild Oats?  I recorded it Monday night, and just got around to watching it this afternoon. The story itself was pretty much like that of all movies in recent years that feature older (elderly?), women and men.   

Usually it's Shirley Maclaine, who plays the kookie, sexy old lady, but this time it was Jessica Lange, who takes on that role. (She overacted like crazy, IMO.) Shirley herself, played it pretty straight, as a recent widow, who collects her late husband's insurance. Problem being that the insurance company accidently sends her a check for $5 Million, instead of $50 Thousand.   

Shirley and best friend, Jessica L, then head for a vacation in the Canary Islands.  All sorts of fun and games happen, involving a whole bunch of character actors. (all oldsters.) 
Demi Moore, plays Shirley's daughter, which is a small role, with very little dialogue. 

There were a few funny moments, mainly the ongoing gag of Shirley's former high school students, recognizing her as their 10th grade teacher.  Overall a somewhat entertaining movie, but very forgettable. You have to hand it to Shirley Maclaine though - she is 82 years old, and continues to get plenty of work in movies, and does a good job with every character she plays.
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Post by: Lindancer on August 24, 2016, 08:04:30 PM
I have to say, I was disappointed in Better Late then Never, I understood it would be like a travel show touringAsia.  got a good review, so that is why I watched.  I did stay with it about half hour and turn it off, Went back to HallMark
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Post by: maryz on August 26, 2016, 10:33:41 PM
Marilyne, I finally watched "Wild Oats".  Definitely predictable, but fun.  I loved all the wrinkles and age spots on Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange.  And, since there was no cast listed at the beginning, I loved finding John Clees in it.  Even more fun was trying to identify the main playing the insurance detective - and finally realizing it was Howard Hesseman - my favorite Dr. Johnny Fever from WKRP in Cincinnati.  Glad I watched it and thanks to you for recommending it.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 27, 2016, 12:38:44 PM
maryz - Glad you also enjoyed Wild Oats.  It's certainly not going to win any Academy Awards, but it was entertaining, and fun to see some of the older actors.  Like you, I didn't recognize Howard Hesseman, at first either!  It took me half way into the movie to realize that the insurance investigator was him!  Another older actor who was on the IMDb cast list, was Judd Hirsch? (Remember him in Taxi?)  His part must have been cut, because I didn't see him at all, or maybe just didn't recognize him? 
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Post by: maryz on August 27, 2016, 02:43:23 PM
Marilyne, I recognized Hesseman more for his voice than his appearance.  I don't remember anyone who could be Judd Hirsch - and IMDb doesn't list his character's name.  Hmmmm
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Post by: JeanneP on August 28, 2016, 03:52:15 PM
I missed the film when it was on down town months ago. Picked it up at the library and watched it last night.  I liked it a lot. Try not to miss anything that has Helen Mirren in. called "Women in Gold"  Get it and watch if you can. the young man was very good also. And it was made in Austria I believe . Nice to see the area
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Post by: FlaJean on August 28, 2016, 09:13:05 PM
JeanneP, we rented Woman in Gold several months ago.  Larry and I both really enjoyed it.  I would like to see it again.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 29, 2016, 03:28:01 PM
Woman in Gold, is available on my free On Demand movies.  I will definitely put it on my watch list.  I also like Helen Mirren, and have enjoyed all of her films over the years. 

The oldies on TCM are the only movies I've watched in a long time.  Last week I saw Saturday Night Fever, from 1977, with John Travolta.  I thought it was even better now, than I did when I saw it back then.  Definitely a period piece, about what a segment of life was like in Brooklyn, in the '70's.  I always liked Disco music, and especially the Bee Gee's, so really enjoyed the songs and the dancing.  Travolta was so cute when he was a young man . . . I also liked him in Grease
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Post by: Tomereader1 on August 29, 2016, 05:17:27 PM
Actor Gene Wilder has passed, age 83.
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Post by: Marilyne on August 29, 2016, 07:51:00 PM
Sorry to hear about the passing of Gene Wilder. I saw most of his movies, and liked them all. He had a unique comedy style. 
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Post by: FlaJean on August 30, 2016, 01:15:16 PM
Marilyne, I always liked the Bee Gees, too.  John Travolta has a nice house in Marion County Florida where we used to live.  He can fly his big plane right to his house.  We could hear his big plane flying low over our area in the middle of the night when he was coming in from one of his trips.  We didn't have many planes flying over us in that area so would say "there's John Travolta".
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Post by: Marilyne on September 02, 2016, 12:30:06 AM
We've been watching a very unusual series on Amazon, called The Man in the High Castle.  I'm sure some of you have probably seen it?  It's a science fiction story, based on the novel of the same name, by Philip K. Dick.  The story is an  "alternative history of the world, in which the Axis powers, (Japan and Nazi Germany), won WWII".  It's about what life would have been like in the USA, with many Americans in the Resistance movement.   It takes place in 1962. 

So far we've watched three episodes, and it's been a real thriller so far!  AJ likes it better than I do, but I like it enough to keep watching.  The main thing I like about it, is that it's totally different from anything I've ever seen!  The set decoration and photography is excellent.
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Post by: phyllis on September 02, 2016, 09:17:00 AM
I've thought about that one, Marilyne, but then always pass on to something else.  I'll go back and try it on your recommendation.  I watched "The Magic of Belle Isle" with Morgan Freeman on Netflix the other evening.  A delightful, gentle story with Morgan Freeman and directed by Rob Reiner. 
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Post by: Tomereader1 on September 02, 2016, 11:33:31 AM
Oh, yes.  "the Magic of Belle Isle" is wonderful!  I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it.  I've watched it several times, and even once had it "locked" on my DVR, but had to retrieve some space.  I've watched one episode of Man in the High Castle.  Just no time lately to catch up and finish it. 
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Post by: Marilyne on September 02, 2016, 12:58:36 PM
Phyll and Tome - The Magic of Belle Isle, sounds like a good one.  I've been looking for something to watch that's a total departure from murder, mayhem, detectives, cops and and psychopaths!  I love drama, but I'm really starting to rebel against all of the same old familiar characters that seem to show up in every detective story. 

AJ's favorite is Bosch. (Amazon)  I like it okay, but like Blue Bloods, and other police dramas, the stories are always predictable. I think that's why I'm liking The Man in the High Castle . . . very unusual story, with plenty of intrigue, but not so easy to figure out what's going to happen. 

FlaJean - I think you and Larry might like it also.  One thing that got my attention right away, is the show's theme song "Edelweiss", played during the opening credits. 
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Post by: FlaJean on September 02, 2016, 10:58:47 PM
We'll have to take a look at that, Marilyne.  Getting desperate finding something new.
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Post by: maryz on September 03, 2016, 10:30:48 PM
I just watched an interesting documentary on Netflix called "The Search for General Tso".  It's about the development of Chinese restaurants in the US - based sort of on finding out about the dish called General Tso's Chicken.  If you have Netflix, give it a look.
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Post by: phyllis on September 04, 2016, 07:58:20 AM
maryz, that sounds interesting.  Tom and I used to eat at a nice Chinese restaurant close to us.  He always ordered General Tso's chicken and I ordered Kung Pao chicken.  The first time I tried it I made the mistake of eating one of those little red peppers.....I never did that again!!!  My gosh, those things are hot!

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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on September 04, 2016, 09:28:26 AM
I set the tv recorder to watch " Schindler's List " a few days ago....I sat and watched it through yesterday assuming I had watched it before several years ago, only I guess I hadn't, just caught glimpses of scenes....Well I found it hard to watch, oh I watched it all without turning my head completely away, but, I still found many scenes to be shocking, some that came out the blue, such as the game of shooting anyone who stood in the way as a target, and the reasons they gave just before shooting some of them......and the tossing and burning of the bodies......what a harrowing, yet realistic scenes of history, still hard to come to turns this was not fiction but factual reality......Oskar Schindler made a valuable difference to the next generation of Polish-Jewish, and the next generation that followed....
As hard going as this film is, I think everyone should watch it, and pray, that history never ever repeats itself like this again...I believe we should all be aware of the atrocities that took place.....
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Post by: Sandy on September 04, 2016, 10:12:34 AM
Quote from: maryz on September 03, 2016, 10:30:48 PM
I just watched an interesting documentary on Netflix called "The Search for General Tso".  It's about the development of Chinese restaurants in the US - based sort of on finding out about the dish called General Tso's Chicken.  If you have Netflix, give it a look.

I watching "General Tso's Chicken"  now and I
have to shut it off because my belly is aching for some....   

:banghead:

Sandy
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Post by: maryz on September 04, 2016, 11:28:04 AM
It made me hungry, too, Sandy!
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Post by: FlaJean on September 04, 2016, 12:00:14 PM
I agree, Jackie.  It was difficult to watch and to realize how very cruel people can be.  Six million innocent people.  There was also the terrible genocide of the Tutsi people in Rwanda in the 90s.  One million people.
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Post by: Marilyne on September 04, 2016, 12:19:42 PM
I'm definitely going to "Search for General Tso" today, and find out what it's all about?  Sounds like a very enjoyable Netflix story/documentary to watch. :)

Jackie - Shindler's List is a powerful true story, and surely did deserve all of the awards that it received.  Another movie, along the same lines, is Sophie's Choice, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.  The story takes place in the 1950's, after the War, but there are many flashbacks of Sophie's memories of the Holocaust. It's available at most libraries, and also On Demand.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on September 04, 2016, 01:01:42 PM
Another tough film to watch, and I know I have seen it a couple of times through the years is...." The Killing Fields..." Again another fact based story of  atrocities..... This time it is about a couple of camera journalists who sneak out to the world footage of what is going on in Khmer Rouge, Cambodia....up to 2 million deaths of Cambodians....nearly a quarter of the then countries population....while they risk their own lives whilst doing this....
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Post by: maryz on September 04, 2016, 01:11:17 PM
Vanilla, I've not watched The Killing Fields, but I have been to Cambodia and heard about and seen some of the areas involved. I hadn't thought about this movie, but it's one I think I need to watch.  Thanks for mentioning it.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on September 04, 2016, 01:32:56 PM
Maryz.....I dont know if that will make it easier or harder to watch, to have actually stood in parts of the area where it took place.....
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Post by: maryz on September 04, 2016, 03:37:03 PM
Probably harder.   I just checked - Netflix doesn't have it on streaming.  I'll have to check elsewhere.
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Post by: JeanneP on September 04, 2016, 08:32:36 PM
As usual. Public Television has taken over for the past 3 weeks. All weekend has been "Dalton Abbey" or repeats of Series of other shows. We have 4 stations and they are Pledging on the all.
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Post by: Sandy on September 07, 2016, 06:19:38 PM
I have been watching "Halt and Catch Fire" on AMC  ...

The series is set in the Silicon Prairie of Texas,
starting in 1983, and depicts a fictionalized
insider's view of the personal computer revolution.

It is in its third season.   

I happened to start programming computers
back in the late 80's...   at the end of the
beginning of the "computer revolution" ...

I like this program perhaps only because
I am so familiar with that business,  and
find those that really worked at
the beginning were real mavericks!

Way out of my league,   as I was just
very fortunate to get into the programming
business (Coding,  as it is called today)
which allowed me enough money to raise
my family.     

(I was only ever a "worker bee"...   :crazy2: )

Today,  opportunities like what I had
are few and far between.    I am sure
glad that I am not trying to be a single
parent of four children in today's
world...

Anyhow,  I am really enjoying
"Halt and Catch Fire"   on AMC 

Sandy
:tup:
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Post by: Tomereader1 on September 07, 2016, 06:33:09 PM
I watched and enjoyed the first two seasons, but have not gotten into this 3rd season. 
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Post by: Sandy on September 07, 2016, 06:44:29 PM
I highly recommend watching it, 
since you also enjoyed the first two seasons ...  it is
continuing to keep my interest.   

I also loved "Mad Men"   which
"According to the show's pilot, the phrase
"Mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves!

My only little taste of watching the history
of my lifetime  re-visited.    ( I was too
young to be a part of that,  but
really envy people who where )

Sandy
:coolsmiley:
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Post by: Marilyne on September 08, 2016, 10:51:08 AM
Sandy - I'm glad you also liked Mad Men.  I'm a huge fan, and have watched the whole series twice so far. (Plan to watch it again!)  The decade of the 1960's changed everything, and "MM" documented each and every important event.  I loved all the characters!  Peggy Olson, (Elisabeth Moss), was my favorite.  She had some unforgettable scenes over the course of the show.  I don't know if she ever won an Emmy Award, but I hope so?  I could go raving on and on, but will spare you.  Just saying . . . that "MM" is my favorite series/show of all time! :thumbup:
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Post by: JeanneP on September 08, 2016, 01:16:35 PM
On Mad Men. I think i need to start out watching again from Series 1. I don't know which I missed seeing.  The library have all the DVD I think by now. I like the time it was. The 1960s.  I remember wearing lots of the same outfits. Thought I was chic then. Would feel awful in them now. I remember there was a lot of Smoking and drinking in those days. Also I worked in jobs like that and also a lot of Hanky Panky went on..   Now I think that Don was the only one who got a award.
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Post by: JeanneP on September 10, 2016, 07:53:32 PM
Well Sad thing happened. So hard to give up  Tradition.  Saturday night at 6pm  30 years watching Lawrance Welk shows.  They have gone. Left Public Tel.  Many sad people around here. Retirement places put a letter to the Editor about it today. What will they do?
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Post by: Marilyne on September 11, 2016, 12:09:50 AM
Jeanne - The Lawrence Welk Show, is always a favorite, with those who remember and miss the old music. It hasn't been shown on our PBS channels here, for many years.  You were fortunate to have enjoyed it for a much longer time. 

Tonight we watched a bunch of HGTV episodes of Tiny Houses.  Amazing to me that people want to live in those small cramped spaces, and sleep in the lofts where your head is only about a foot from the ceiling!  I would last about five minutes in one of those cramped sleeping lofts! :yikes:

Then we switched to Amazon, and continued on with the series, The Man in the High Castle.  We watched episode #8 tonight, so only have two more to go to complete this season.  I like it more than I thought I would, and will be looking forward to more, coming up in a few months. Very exciting, and definitely not the same old/same old!
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Post by: CallieOK on September 11, 2016, 11:02:45 AM
Hooray!    Masterpiece Classic and Indian Summers, Season Two both begin tonight on my PBS station.

Marilyne,  I agree about those tiny houses - particularly when there are two people living in one.
I understand the loft beds are popular among young people living in cramped apartments.  I'd sleep on the floor!!!!
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Post by: Marilyne on September 11, 2016, 12:44:15 PM
Good morning Callie:  Thanks for the reminder about Indian Summers, returning tonight on PBS.  I checked my listings, and see that it isn't on here until 10:00 PM, so I plan to catch it later in the week, On Demand.

I think the "Tiny Homes", are just a trendy thing right now, but the concept won't last over time.  As you said, it would be doable for a single person, but many of these buyers are couples, with a child and a big dog! No bathtub, no closets, and no kitchen appliances except a microwave and a fridge that's small enough to fit into a drawer!
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Post by: Sandy on September 11, 2016, 12:59:08 PM
What really galls me on "Tiny Homes" is when more
the one person chooses to live in one.     Especially when
"families" decide to  buy one and cram their family with 2 or 3
kid, into such a small space.   

My daughter Kelly would love to have one when
the kids are gone.   (Just enough space for ONE)

************************

I am watching "One Mississippi"  on Amazon
right now. 

It is "This semi-autobiographical dark comedy starring Tig Notaro follows her as she returns to her hometown after the sudden death of her mother.

Still reeling from her own declining health problems, Tig struggles to find her footing with the loss of the one person in her life who understood her. All while dealing with her clingy girlfriend and her dysfunctional family

**********

This is one that started slower then I like but after
a few episodes,  I really got to like it,  a lot!

Sandy
:granny2:
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Post by: JeanneP on September 12, 2016, 01:37:53 PM
I just could not get to like Watching "Indian Summers"  I really did enjoy watching "Churchill Secret" Last night. Acting was so fantastic. He took of Churchill like was watching the real person.  Now him having that stroke. In all the years I followed Churchill life I never know about that 3 month time.  Really was kept a secret.
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Post by: FlaJean on September 12, 2016, 02:45:19 PM
JeanneP, I also really enjoyed Churchill's Secret, good acting and so interesting.  I just couldn't get into Indian Summers either.  I'm sure it is a good program but it just didn't interest me at all.
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Post by: Marilyne on September 12, 2016, 02:54:56 PM
Jeanne - Churchill's Secret sounds good.  Here in the US, we were great admirer's of Churchill.

I'm looking forward to the new season of Dancing With The Stars, which starts tonight. They have an interesting selection of celebrities this time, who will be fun to watch . . . former Texas Governor Rick Perry, as well as the now infamous Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte.  Also, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, and Maureen McCormack, who played Marsha, so many years ago, on "The Brady Bunch".  Is anyone else going to join me this season?? :)
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Post by: Tomereader1 on September 12, 2016, 03:03:19 PM
Naturally I DVR'd "Churchill's Secret" and also "Indian Summers".   I had watched the series previously, and in my opinion, if you had not watched before, it probably would not be an interesting viewing experience. I'm going to have to make some time to actually "watch" some of the series I have DVR'd, as I'm running out of room again!
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Post by: Sandy on September 12, 2016, 03:03:54 PM
I normally do not watch dancing with the stars,
but I might tune in tonight to see the first show.

Next week many of the new September shows will be
starting..   That should be fun trying to determine which
ones I am going to want to see.
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Post by: CallieOK on September 12, 2016, 03:26:09 PM
I really enjoyed "Churchill's Secret" - particularly the "behind the scenes" comments that followed.  Interesting that the nurse who looked after him was the only fictional character.
However,  I only lasted about 10 minutes into "Indian Summers".  Looks as if this series will be too bloody for my tastes.

Marilyne,  I'll join you for DWTS tonight. Wonder if Ryan Lochte was booked before or after the Olympics?

Sandy, my dvr is going to be busy in the coming weeks - 'specially on Sunday nights.  Sometimes, I have to look for a later re-broadcast to record because I can't record two shows and watch a third one at the same time.  Don't have ti-vo - or whatever that's called.
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Post by: Lindancer on September 12, 2016, 04:52:48 PM
Marilyne, I also will be watching DWTS, I will be watching The women  from Taxie, I cannot think of her name,   I met her when we went into the city, and saw the old Jack Ford and Alley morning show., many years ago.  Sara Fergerson was also on the show that day,  she gave us all a comera. I think Marilyn H. gave us a cookbook. I still cannot think of her full name.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 12, 2016, 05:41:53 PM
The gal from Taxi is
Marilu Henner ....   She also has one of
those minds that  can remember everything...

(I am glad that I do not have one of those!!!)
:crazy2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 12, 2016, 05:44:04 PM
Thanks, Sandy, I did have the MH right.  this old 92 year old brain is not what it use to be.  I need all the help I can get.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 12, 2016, 05:53:56 PM
All I did was Google  "IMDB Taxi"
and up popped her name. 

IMDB = "Internet Movie Data Base"   and
gives  most information on the cast and characters
of Movies and TV shows.     

I use it all the time to "REMEMBER"... 
:thinking:
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Post by: Marilyne on September 13, 2016, 11:47:10 AM
Lots of unexpected excitement on DWTS last night! A group of people were there to protest against Ryan Lochte being a contestant on the show.  They were wearing T-shirts that said something like, "No Lochte", with a red line through the name.  Two guys stormed the stage and tried to attack him, but security was quick, and stopped them.  Everyone looked shocked, and shaken up. 

I felt bad for Lochte.  I seems that nobody forgives anymore. When someone makes a bad mistake in judgment, or does something stupid when drunk, most people want the MAXIMUM punishment possible. They want the person to pay, pay, pay, forever. They never forgive. :(  No second chances - even when the person has never done anything before to warrant such hatred.   

Anyway, I thought it was a good show, and everyone did a decent job of dancing. The "little person" was pretty brave to get out there with all those perfect bodies. i really admire her. 

Also - I was impressed with Rick Perry!  Who knew, that the man had such a great personality!  I never really paid any attention to him when he was one of the many hopeful presidential candidates. 
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Post by: Lindancer on September 13, 2016, 02:09:18 PM
Marilyne, I agree with everything your wrote. I think we all have made some mistakes in life, but we grown from them. Of course he did make a big one, and is going to suffer from it the rest of his life. I also was a nice suprise with Rick Perry. Otherwise it was a good show.
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Post by: phyllis on September 13, 2016, 03:42:30 PM
If he had only damaged himself it would be different but his lies involved his friends and team mates.  And he not only shamed them but the entire American Olympic delegation, and his country, and his family, and many more.  I'm sorry but it is difficult to forgive that so soon and then applaud him on a TV show.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on September 13, 2016, 03:56:06 PM
I still wonder if he was booked before the Olympics and DWTS couldn't get out of the contract.

Otherwise,  good show!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 13, 2016, 04:01:43 PM
One way to protest Lochte,
is to simply not vote for him.   

Case closed.

Good for Lochte for allowing us this opportunity
to vote for him or against him,   if we choose to do
so.   

Protest votes are very common in this country. 
And this is the season for them!   
:-\

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Post by: Tomereader1 on September 13, 2016, 08:27:48 PM
For all the "Mad Men"  fans, AMC.com is running the entire series from the beginning.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 14, 2016, 12:27:45 AM
Thanks Tome - I hope others will enjoy my all time favorite! :)  If you have Netflix, you can "binge-watch" all seven seasons with no commercials!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 15, 2016, 02:17:18 PM
There's a good article in today's paper, on The Light Between Oceans, which is opening here tomorrow.  I loved the book, and hope to see the movie while it's playing in theaters.  According to this short review, it's a great adaptation of the book, and is already being touted as an Academy Award contender.  The article also talked about how very few good solid dramas are being produced by the movie companies now, and those that are, are usually adapted from books.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on September 15, 2016, 05:34:00 PM
I loved the book and also the movie was in town last week but only showed at the 7pm and 9pm shows. So I am hoping that the Art Theatre here will show it soon. If a movie does well at the big theater then they will pick it up. Otherwise will wait and the Library will get the DVD
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on September 16, 2016, 07:47:34 AM
I got an email from Netflix today. Longmire, Season 5, starts on Friday, Sept. 23.  I'm looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 16, 2016, 12:33:57 PM
I also got the email from Netflix, about the return of Longmire.  I'm looking forward to it, but wondering how long the break has been?  We only discovered Longmire last winter, so I don't know when the original series started or ended?  Just curious, so I'll know what to expect as far as the aging of the characters is concerned! ::)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 17, 2016, 10:20:00 PM
Lots of college football on TV today. AJ likes the college games, so he's been switching back and forth all day. Stanford and USC are playing right now - but so is The World Cup of Hockey!  In this house, hockey takes precedence over every other sport, so he's watching that at the moment. 

In less than an hour, I plan to retire to the bedroom, and watch From Here to Eternity, on my local PBS channel.    It's one of my favorite movies, so I never miss a chance to see it!  I hope that some of you also have it on your PBS channel, and will enjoy it along with me. :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on September 22, 2016, 09:07:53 PM
For those of you who watch QVC, I can recommend this.  The chef/developer of MacaRollin' is my nephew.

Wednesday September 28th between 7PM and 9PM on "In the Kitchen with David" we will be debuting our (my recipe) Mac and Cheese in four varieties:
1.Classic Mac
2.Buffalo Chicken Mac
3.Philly Cheese Steak Mac
4. Loaded Potato Mac
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on September 22, 2016, 09:19:17 PM
Mary.  I watch a lot of cooking on TV. Love to see that one but never seen it advertised. What station is in on?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on September 22, 2016, 10:06:08 PM
Jeanne, it's on QVC - one of the shopping channels.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 22, 2016, 10:26:53 PM
maryz - That's exciting news!  I will definitely be watching QVC, in anticipation of seeing your nephew's show!  Mac and cheese, is one of our favorites, so I'm always looking for new and different recipes.  Philly Cheese Steak Mac, sounds delicious.  I'm going to check the time it will be shown here in the west, and record the two hours, in case I miss it.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 23, 2016, 10:56:34 AM
This is in reference to a posting about the "Yahoo" mess. Speaking of technology glitches:  Tuesday our TV was working great, Wednesday evening we turned it on, and the little green light was just flashing on the TV, the Dish  receiver lights were on, and I could see TV on the bedroom TV.
Thought my surge protector had gone completely out, put the plug into the wall socket instead, and rcd. TV but with strange channel numbers.  Couldn't access the Dish service. Finally called Dish (they take a long time but can usually talk you thru a problem).  The nice gentleman (from another country) talked me thru, step by step, into "reprogramming" my Remote control. (lots of steps!!) but got 'er done in maybe 20-25 minutes of following instructions.  Had our viewing pleasure back!  Told the hubby, he could probably get along well without me, but take his TV away, and he is distraught, to say the least.
Phew.  If I can remember the steps the guy took me thru in case that ever happens again with the remote...
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 23, 2016, 03:45:05 PM
Tome - Glad you got your Dish TV, up and running again.  No matter what kind of service we might have, there will be an occasional glitch in the system.  With the Comcast cable, it's usually a matter of getting down on your hands and knees, and unplugging and then re-plugging the cable connection.  It's a real pain, in more ways than one. :P

Longmire, returns tonight on Netflix!  We plan to watch only the first episode, and string the rest of them out over the next couple of weeks.  It's hard not to "binge watch"! :D 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on September 23, 2016, 03:47:56 PM
Maryz  Now will he be the one demonstrating it. Don't watch QVC but will watch it if I can remember. What is it selling.  The Pans or is is just a cooking show?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on September 23, 2016, 04:08:38 PM
Jeanne, my nephew won't be the one on camera.  He's the chef, and they are his recipes.  His business partner will be the one on camera.  I have no idea how QVC works.  I've never watched it, or any of the shopping channels.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on September 24, 2016, 05:57:14 PM
I don't find those shopping channels good entertainment but will watch anything that has to do with Cooking.....
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 24, 2016, 06:13:00 PM
Did anyone watch Designated Survivor with Kiefer Sutherland. I did, I think I will watch it next week and see how it goes. the only other show I watch is DWTS.  Other wise it is back to HallMark
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 25, 2016, 02:15:53 PM
Gloria de - I read that Hallmark will be showing a whole new series of Christmas movies this year.  I'll be looking forward to watching some of those.  I love a happy ending on any Christmas story or movie.

We watched the first episode of the new Longmire, on Friday night.  I thought it was pretty good, and the characters all looked about the same.  After five years, I thought some of them might have aged a bit, but the only two who looked slightly older, were Vic, and Henry "Standing Bear".

Last night AJ was watching the Stanford/UCLA game, so I retired to the bedroom once again, and watched the PBS Saturday Night movie,  The Bridge On the River Kwai. What a great movie it was!  So deserving of it's many Academy Awards. Last Saturday I saw, From Here to Eternity, which was equally as good.  They sure don't make quality films anymore, like those two winners. 

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on September 25, 2016, 02:44:37 PM
Not one thing for me to watch on my TV tonight. Don't care for what Public Tel. Showing.  I have Cable but don't buy into as many channels as some of you here on S and F. Have on.  Not really a big TV person.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 25, 2016, 03:21:33 PM
JeanneP, I also have cable but I have to get the extra, because I want the golf channel. I love golf and was able to play until 3 years ago when my walking and breathing got so bad. Otherwise I pretty much stick to the two HallMarks, HGTV, antenaTV etc. I also watch GMA and of course GH (soap) which I have been watching from day one.

Marilyne, I am trying the one with Kiefer Sutherland on Tuesday.  This morning I enjoyed CBS This Morning, it was very good the whole program was about Charles Osgood, who just retired.
I also like happy endings.  Of course not always in the real world, but in my dream land it is.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 25, 2016, 05:01:27 PM
As an update to my TV problem of the other day: worked great for one day.  Next day, tried to turn it on, and TV just would not come on.  Tried the on-line Chat with Dish, and that person was totally unable to walk me thru a fix., nothing worked.  Next day, I hauled out my Smart Samsung TV which I'd had in the back bedroom for about a year, still in box, waiting on daughter to help me hook it up. She's a whiz at electronics!  She came Saturday, and after an all-day moving out of VHS tapes and other junk that had collected on my entertainment center, we got the old TV moved out, the new one hooked up, and wow, does it have an awesome picture, and all the Smart goodies, Amazon, Netflix, etc.  Only one problem, well two actually, my Sound System won't hook up to it, and the DVD player doesn't have HDMI to hook up to it.  Gotta get a new DVD player.  The sound system has either not enough or too many of the cables that hook into the TV.  May have to get a new one of those too!  But hey, the Dish still works.  Now to do some shopping for electronics!  I think I need to ask somebody over in the forum for electronics to coach me on some of the wording for choosing a DVD player.  Wish me luck!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 25, 2016, 05:29:58 PM
Hooray Tomereader!  I'm really impressed that you and your daughter, got nearly everything straightened out and put together!  Yes, I think the folks in the electronics forums can not only help you with a DVD player, but also with your TV sound system.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 26, 2016, 02:42:24 PM
Jeanne - There are lots of good shows on your cable channels that you might enjoy.  If you don't like commercials on either network or the cable channels, you can record the show on your VCR, watch it later, and scroll through the commercials.

A strange thing happened to our TV last night.  The color went out, or I should say - the color went bad!  All of a sudden, skin tones are a mustard yellow, and other colors are there, but not right.  Everything looks very dark and unnatural. Both regular TV, and Netflix/Amazon streaming are affected.  Does this sound familiar to anyone? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 26, 2016, 04:32:02 PM
I forgot to mention The Great Debate, tonight on TV! I wasn't going to watch, because I dislike all the media hoopla, but I think it would be wise to take a look. It really annoys me that the press is calling it "The entertainment event of the year"!  It should be serious and thoughtful, but I'm afraid it will be mean and accusatory, on both sides. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on September 26, 2016, 05:47:46 PM
Marilyne,  I feel the same way about the Debate.  I'll probably turn on closed captioning and mute the sound.  Remains to be seen how long I last.
The debate begins at 8:00 CDT and the tv guide says DWTS will be on at 7:00 for an hour instead of the usual two.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 26, 2016, 07:11:45 PM
Callie - The debate beings here at 6:00 PDT, so should be finished by 8:00, when DWTS starts.

Our power was out for almost two hours . . . just now came back on.  Not a good day for it, as the outside temp was exactly 101 degrees when it went out!  The house heated up quickly, without the AC, as you can imagine. :P  It may likely go out again, before the debate, since I'm sure the system is overloaded in this heat.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 27, 2016, 02:19:47 PM
We watched the debate, and were both underwhelmed. That's probably all I'd better say about that subject. ::)  I was tired of sitting, when it was finally over, so I didn't feel like two hours of DWTS.  I'll catch it this afternoon, I hope.

#2 daughter went to see the movie Sully, over the weekend, and was quite impressed. I looked in the paper this morning to see where it was playing, and noticed that The Light Between Oceans is already gone!!  I'm surprised, as I thought it was an excellent book, and figured it would make a good movie . . . but obviously, nobody in this area gave it a chance.  I think it only played in theaters here for two weeks?  The only good thing, is that it will show up On Demand, fairly soon - and I plan to watch it as soon as it does.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 27, 2016, 04:04:36 PM
Hope you didn't have any power problems again Marilyne.
We got that lovely cold front they were blathering about, yesterday our high was roughly 70, it showed to be a little bit cooler on my front porch, but we had a nice breeze.  It's not awfully hot today, 77 degrees. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on September 27, 2016, 06:56:51 PM
I watched the debate for about 25 minutes--but couldn't take anymore of it.  Too much posturing, arguing, and not enough pertinent points.  This election year has been the most disturbing of almost any since I was able to vote.  And I wasn't able until 1972 because we were not able to register in my husband's home state of Alabama until then.  He was still on active duty then and that year Navy, Army, and other services were permitted to register by mail in their home states for the first time that year by mail (at least that was the first time we were able to register).

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on September 28, 2016, 06:56:17 PM
The light between Oceans was only on for a few days here also. Not even a week.

Yesterday I went to see. "Bridget Jones Baby" Is is cute. goes over 2 hours though.
This one theatre has put millions into it this year. Seats like lounge chairs. Even rock. Only thing is now place to put a drink between seats.

Gotten cold here today. Needed a jacket.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 28, 2016, 11:03:54 PM
Watching "Designated Survivor" tonight...

I think that it is going to be good,  and a
bit scarey.

As we never,  ever  know, now
do we??

Sandy
:eek:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 29, 2016, 06:54:16 AM
Designated Survivor is really looking like a great show!  I missed the very first episode.  Maybe they'll show it again soon. Or I might be able to get it on the computer.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 29, 2016, 12:48:39 PM
I also watched Designated Survivor, last night. so far I thought it interesting and differnt.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 29, 2016, 11:04:00 PM
Designated Survivor looks to be the best of the new TV shows.  I haven't seen it yet, but will watch it tomorrow night or over the weekend.  Anyone who has On Demand, can scroll to Network Channels, and then to ABC, and then to "DS".

I recorded the show featuring the mac and cheese recipes from maryz's nephew, but haven't watched it yet either. Our cable has been out of whack for the past couple of days, and we've lost our color!  The shows are all there, but I don't want to watch anything in this strange sepia tone that we now have. Mainly yellow, gray, a dull pink, and all black background.  Anyway, the Cable Guy is coming in the morning, so I hope it's something he can fix?  :-\
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on September 30, 2016, 06:26:34 AM
I ordered some of the mac & cheese (expensive, but looks good).  The segment starts at 7:40 (40 minutes into the first hour), if you don't want to watch the whole thing.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 30, 2016, 12:14:42 PM
Marilyne, I hope your TV problem is something that can be fixed.  As I posted earlier, I had to go to my new TV that I had gotten on sale roughly a year ago and still had in the box!  The new Smart TV's are at a good price, but will probably get cheaper as we approach the Christmas sales. I sure hated to see my old JVC go by the wayside.  I guess it might possibly be "fixable", but it would more than likely come at a price where I could buy a new TV!  Good luck to you. 

Yes, that Designated Survivor show is gonna be on my regularly scheduled viewing.  So much of the rest of the new shows are just tripe.  On the TV ads, they are saying that "Bull" is the #1 new TV drama, and I can't reconcile that with just one episode having been shown.  I gave it a second chance with Epi #2, but didn't get that much better IMHO. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 30, 2016, 01:06:53 PM

"Bull" :   The character  "Dr. Jason Bull"
Played by Michael Weatherly  is
definitely different then the  character
that Michael played on NCIS:  "Tony DiNozzo".   

I loved the character "Tony" on NCIS 
and still like The character "Bull"...   

But they are very different characters, 
IMHO.

I admire Michael Weatherly's   ability
to play this very different role after
his  very successful run as "Tony" on NCIS.   

I like Bull, and will continue to watch, 
until I don't ...
:coolsmiley:

Sandy 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 01, 2016, 05:15:17 PM
maryz - I watched "In the Kitchen with David" this afternoon, so finally got to see the Macarollin' presentation, and all the recipes!  Wow, they were delicious looking. Can't decide which one looked the best to me . . . maybe the Philly Cheese Steak??  I know you are proud of your nephew, and I'm sure he has a great future ahead of him! :thumbup:
(Oh, and also - that Flapper Pie at the beginning of the program sure did look good!)   

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on October 01, 2016, 11:29:09 PM
Thanks, marilyne. I hope it's a success for him
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 02, 2016, 03:12:48 PM
What I missed that cooking show again. Didn't watch that channel only one other time.  Mary let me know if it will be shown again. As it was a hour different for me.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 05, 2016, 06:32:45 PM
Anyone still watching DWTS?  So many conflicts here, that I have only caught portions of the show, the past two weeks.  However, I did see most of the dancers on Monday night, but then missed Tuesday.  I was kinda surprised that "Babyface", was eliminated.  I thought he was a pretty good dancer.  The other one, "Vanilla Ice", was not nearly as good, so I wasn't surprised to see him go. 

It's pretty obvious, that gymnast Laurie Hernandez is going to be the winner. She sure is cute, and is an excellent dancer.   The little gal, Terra Jolie, is doing very well.  It must be extremely hard for her to do those dance moves.     
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 11, 2016, 12:16:28 PM

Its warming up now today. Not in the mood to stay home. So making choices. There are 2 movies on I want to see.  Birth of a Nation and The Girl on the train.
think will be Birth of a nation first.  And if still in the mood will pop into the next one The girl on the Train  Take a bottle water, Banana and candy Bar.  Dinner I have in the freezer.
I am so tired of the Politics on TV . Can't wait for it to be over. Never have I seen such goings on with picking a President ever since I came into the country.

I have never voted. Meant to on Clinton and then Obama. but still not registered and would not do it this year for sure.
Did I see a Priest on yesterday telling Catholics that if they did not feel right voting for Pres. Can just leave that spot blank. Vote for who they want in others running for office. Not to feel guilty.  Maybe they should allow the President now in to stay for awhile longer.  Doubt he wants to.  What must the rest of the world be thinking on this.?

Need to take my new glasses back also. Not working for me on the Reading part.

Thats my day.....

Mary.  I hope you knee Operation goes well.  Then I can let my daughter settle on a time and get hers done.  She keeps putting it off.

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on October 11, 2016, 03:55:20 PM
JeanneP, I read a review of Girl on the Train that said it was scary.  Will look forward to hear what you think.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 12, 2016, 11:59:33 AM
JeanneP - I'm interested to hear what you have to say about both Birth of a Nation, and The Girl On the Train?  I've read reviews on both, and they have been mixed.  I think that many of our friends here in this discussion, read Train, and thought the book was very good.  I only read about a quarter of the book, but that was enough for me to know that it wasn't my style.  I didn't like it at all, and thought it was similar to Gone Girl, which I also disliked.

However, Train was a best seller, so I'm sure it was made into a very exciting movie.  Most of the movies coming to theaters now, will be the Academy Award nominees, so both of those may be contenders!  I think it's interesting that the movie companies release all the franchise/sequel/Disney type films throughout the Spring and Summer, because those are the ones that make money.  The ones that win the Oscars are the smaller films that nobody goes to see!   I still feel bad that The Light Between Oceans, was a box office bomb, and only lasted a couple of weeks in theaters.  I'm looking forward to it appearing On Demand. 



Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 12, 2016, 12:19:14 PM
Marilyne, did you ever get your TV fixed?  I don't remember if you posted about that, or not?
I'm with you about the book "Gone Girl", I didn't like it at all. IMHO, the movie rather "helped it out".  Though it was not a favorite of mine either.  I read "Girl on a Train" and also did not care for it.  The movie may lend something to it, but I doubt I'll spend money to see it in theatre.  Maybe when it comes to DVD.  My movie-going friend (reviewer) recently saw "Hell or High Water" with Jeff Bridges and said it was excellent.  Bet your hubby would enjoy it!
I'm having fun with our new SmartTV, watching Bosch, Longmire, and want to get back into House of Cards (preferably after our political mayhem is finished in November!! LOL)
Hoping all our friends in Florida/Carolina are safe.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 12, 2016, 01:31:57 PM
Hi Tome:  With your permission, I'm posting your review of The Girl On the Train.  It's a good review, and I think many in this discussion will enjoy reading it, especially now that the book has been made into a popular movie. I loved the line, "Let them stew in their own stagnated half lives". That mirrors my opinion on all the characters! ::)

Here is Tomereader's review:

BOOK REVIEW â€" 9-3-15

At or near the top of the NYT Best Seller List for several weeks, “The Girl On The Train” by Paula Hawkins seemed to be a shoo-in for my next favorite thriller.  One of the cover blurbs did give me pause when it made a vague comparison to “Gone Girl”.  But what could go wrong when a young woman travelling on a commuter train every day spots a couple on their deck and in their back garden.  She gives them names and fantasizes about their lives,   while her life couldn’t be less perfect.  Nor the lives of those, once or soon to be, close to her.

The narration switches between our commuter Rachel; the female half of the “perfect” couple, Megan, and the woman who has effectively usurped Rachel’s life and happiness, Anna.  No wonder then that Rachel is suffering from depression and alcoholism with accompanying blackouts.

While I waded through the first 51 pages, knowing something had to “happen”, the author is intent on weaving back-stories into the narration, exposing the characters, warts and all, until the reader’s “who really cares about these people” sets in and it becomes do or die…finish the book and find out who done it, or slam the covers closed and let them stew in their own stagnated half-lives.  I finished the book.

jm



Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 12, 2016, 02:20:18 PM
Thanks for posting that for me!

TV's are getting so cheap, and probably will be cheaper getting close to Christmas shopping season.  Wish I could say the same about computers!  They seem to stay the same price, or go down a bit, then back up again. (I don't see that Macs ever seem to go down!
My problem with installing that new TV of mine, the DVD player (which works great) can't be connected due to either the type of connection, or lack of plug in spaces for the box.  Now I have to buy a new DVD player, guess I will opt for a BluRay.  Am waiting for the stores to start "pre-holiday sale" on this item.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 12, 2016, 03:22:10 PM
Now I read "Girl on the Train" last year.  Wasn't my best read. So will see the movie and maybe get a few answers from it.

Gosh. they said nice and sunny but I hear the rain on my windows.  Weather men...

.I don't think they know any more than we do.

Did you see where Donald Trump told people to make sure that they went out and voted NOVEMBER 28.  should have said the 8th.  Now the TV making fun of that.I saw where the Not happy Republican Party people are saying that Trump should pull out and allow the man who he picked for Vice President should take his chances.



Can't make up my mind what to do today. For sure not housework. I thought that it wasn't going  to warm out but not bad. Talked my Yard grass cutting man into cutting down the big Hosta's. They really need thinning out although they do fill up the whole area in Summer.

I know I need to take some DVD back to the library. I have gotten into the habit again now of going out to see movies on the Big screen. And boy are they big. We have some big movie Theatres here in town. Each showing about 10 different one . Seat so large and Plush. Some serving beer and wine and snacks now. I sneak my own in in my purse.  I go to the 1:30pm shows and usually just about 8 people in the whole place.
I saw "Bridget Jones Baby" last week so cute.  This week so far I have been to "Birth of A nation" About the slave uprising of Matt Turner.  True Story. Read the book of about 20 years ago its good. I enjoyed the movie but it is showing the cruelty back then. Makes you wonder what kind of white people were living in the South back then. Owning all these slaves but did not seem to be Well Educated themselves. Just owned land. Grew crops and made money by not paying people to work for them.   The men would really like this movie I think. I know they liked the book.

  Still want to see "The Girl on the Train". Sort of a strange Book. Want to see what the movie like.


Went and changed those new glasses I got last week.  I just use for reading but Doctor gave me a new prescription to  add a little to distance for driving.  Not ever kept glasses on only when reading. I didn't like the ones last week so they are making a new pair a little different.  Will give them a try. This time just a Bifocal not the 3 way.

I am trying to set up the Texting on my mobile phone also. I don't even want to use it but seems soon one will have to have it on as now seems its all businesses and everything else are saying. We will text you. And you have to have a 5 digit to allow this. To change you Password on some it was that they would call your phone number but now they want to Text one which I can't do on my Mobile phone. I also did not have my Voice mail set up right. Got to work on this.
Now it is really storming so looks like will be stuck in the house anyway. so can play




Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 12, 2016, 04:07:00 PM
JeanneP - thanks for the report on Birth of a Nation.  sounds like a good historical movie.  Now I hope you go to see Girl On The Train, and tell us what you think of that one?  It looks like both Tomereader and I, will wait  for it to show up on TV.

My cell phone isn't good for texting either . . . but I can see that the whole world is going in that direction, so I will very likely go along with the masses, and get a smart phone before long. ::)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Jeanne Lee on October 12, 2016, 04:41:12 PM
I refuse to text on my phone.  I have a basic flip phone that is set up for voice calls only and anything else, including incoming or outgoing text, and voice mail costs just to look at it.  So I don't. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 12, 2016, 05:19:29 PM
JeanneLee.  I didn't realize until the other day that we were charged for Voice Mail. or it uses minutes which is the same thing.  I took the Text messaging off even though it only added $3 to the bill. But then I found out for the time I was playing trying to get it to work it had already cost me $1.75.  No wonder people say that even though they have 1000 min on their phones with they children always on them one said it cost them a additional $75 one month. I am glad I still have my home line. not going to leave the Mobile turned on only when in the car.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 18, 2016, 02:15:21 PM
Not much TV viewing going on here.  I missed DWTS last night, so will watch it OD, while I'm eating lunch this afternoon.  The show is too predictable this season, with too much phony stuff going on.  I do like a a few of the couples, so will watch from here on out, just to see them dance.

Hockey season has started, so that takes care of about three evenings a week in prime time. If there is a show that I really want to see, AJ will record the game and watch it later.  He is not devoted to other sports shown on TV, except college football, so I really can't complain.

After an hour of news in the early evening, we usually watch one hour of HGTV every night . . . favorites being Beachfront or Lakefront Bargain Hunt, and Fixer Upper, with Chip and Joanna.  They seem like such a genuinely nice couple, and I love to see their four children!
Does anyone else watch that show? 

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 18, 2016, 02:33:15 PM
Marilyn, I am still watching DWTS, I think I know who will win. My husband was a big hockey fan, Everyone in a while he would go in to see the Islanders play. He even had his own Islander shirt he would wear.  I do watch HGTV in the morning, it is called Create TV in the morning, and I like the travel shows.   I have been to so many of the places they show.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 18, 2016, 02:39:27 PM
JeanneLee, thinking about you.  I do not text either.

JeanneP, I have not been to a movie in years.  I watch the HallMark stations, TCM, but have not cared for much they have been showing lately.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 18, 2016, 06:09:58 PM
Has anyone started watching this TV show "Timeless"? I was looking forward to it. Watched 2 but will not watch anymore. Awful.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 19, 2016, 12:34:53 PM
Actually, I have been enjoying "Timeless".  Yes, a bit far-fetched, but different and a bit of fun.  The best new show on TV, IMHO, is "This Is Us".  It takes a bit of time (at least it did for me) to figure out what the premise is, but it is terrifically well-acted, good ensemble cast, and a story line (lines) that speak to various issues of our times; i.e. race, women's issues, obesity, family.  May I recommend this TV show to all here?  It airs Tuesday nights, 8:PM on NBC.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 19, 2016, 04:38:07 PM
I am enjoying "This is Us" also. covers a few things. Not understood where that white family got the little black son from.  Now another show has where it is the same thing. White women had triplets. one died at birth and a coloured baby was abandoned from its mother dying. The took the baby home with them. Can't remember which show it is now. Not a big TV watcher so will have to look for it again.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 19, 2016, 04:48:04 PM
That's the show "This Is Us".  The little black boy was left at a fire station, and when the third of the white lady's babies didn't make it, the doctor suggested that they take him. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 19, 2016, 05:39:10 PM
But you mean in the 2 weeks it has been on he went from a new baby to a 6  year old. The first one I saw she just could not be close to this new baby when she brought it home. Now didn't she still have two along with it.? But she now shows having a heavy set little girl. another boy and then the coloured boy.  Maybe it was on last season and the first one I saw last week was just showing what happened.  This is where I lose myself when I dont watch TV much
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 19, 2016, 05:44:53 PM
That's what is so hard to keep up with...They utilize lots of "flashbacks".  The grown man who has just found his father, is the little boy.  And it wasn't on last season.  It is a new show.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 19, 2016, 07:11:23 PM
Timeless, hmmm? I'm confused already, and I haven't even seen the show! ::)  There are so many shows playing now on all the channels, plus HBO, Showtime, etc., and now we even have Netflix and Amazon streaming to check out. It's overwhelming!

I did see a show on the USA Channel, that's equally as weird, called Falling Water.  It's all about dreams, and people having a dream that they believe really happened. I think so anyway, but not sure?  I didn't care much for it, so doubt that I'll keep watching.

Tonight we'll be watching the final Presidential debate. :yikes: Only a couple of more weeks, and this miserable election will be over! :-[     
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 19, 2016, 07:41:46 PM
Marilyn, have you seen "This Is Us"?  Like I said, on NBC.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 19, 2016, 08:10:01 PM
Boy. Now I am confused.  You say that the grown man who just found his father. I am not in the same show. In the one with the White mum. White father. one boy, one girl and the the black boy.  But the one who just found his father is sort of Rich, Black , married to a Black lady. Seems we have 2 shows going here. going to have to watch better next week.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 19, 2016, 08:28:12 PM
No, Jeanne, we are watching the same show!
White mother, white father, 1 white son, 1 white daughter (sort of heavy), 1 black son (adopted at birth to replace their triplet that died at birth).  The Rich, black guy, married to a black wife is the "adopted black baby"---now grown up!  (They have two little blackdaughters)  He located his biological father, who is currently living with them, but is very ill. Get the "flashback" part of the story yet??
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 19, 2016, 11:38:06 PM
Tome - No I haven't seen This is Us.  I have a difficult time seeing anything on broadcast TV, because AJ will not watch a "story" style show that is interrupted by commercials.  He is OK with commercials on a show like Pickers, or a sports event like a hockey game, because that doesn't involve following a specific story line. He'd rather wait for the dramatic show, detective show, et al, to show up on Amazon or Netflix, so he can watch it without interruptions.  However, no reason why I can't watch This is Us by myself on the bedroom TV, and I will plan to do that next week. :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 20, 2016, 01:36:41 PM
Now is that white son and the heavy daughter suppose to be 2 of what was triplets?
I will watch it closer next time on. No problems following flashbacks in books but this on TV. needs figuring out some.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 20, 2016, 01:45:42 PM
You can find the prev. shows here on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5555260/ for  "This is Us" Explains a little if you havn't watch the first 2.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 20, 2016, 01:50:51 PM
Yes, Jeanne, the white son and heavy daughter are two of the triplets!  As I mentioned in my very first post It takes a bit of time (at least it did for me) to figure out what the premise is, [/u]
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 23, 2016, 09:09:30 PM
If anyone is watching the show on Masterpiece Theatre. tonight. On the Family who went from UK to live in Corfu.  Take a good look and see if you think that the lady who is the Mother in it is a Older Judy who played for years on "As time goes bye"

Bet Mary will know. Think she follows all the Public Television Shows.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on October 23, 2016, 09:39:24 PM

Moira Brooker  played Judith in
     As Time Goes By..

Keeley Hawes  plays Louisa Durrell in
  the The Durrells in Corfu
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on October 23, 2016, 10:18:14 PM
What do those of you who are watching Dorrells In Corfu think about the characters?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on October 24, 2016, 11:07:10 AM
Quote from: CallieOK on October 23, 2016, 10:18:14 PM
What do those of you who are watching Dorrells In Corfu think about the characters?

I like the fact that at the beginning  they
were not defined (other then their actions) but as the series goes on,  we are find out more about each one,  and what we may have thought of them first,  may not necessarily be
true as the series matures ..   

I really love this series !
Sandy
:coffee:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on October 24, 2016, 11:43:39 AM
QuoteWhat do those of you who are watching Dorrells In Corfu think about the characters?

Quirky, interesting, puzzling, but find they each have a depth that is slowly being revealed.  Lawrence Durrell was one of my favorite writers.  I read the Alexandria Quartet a very long time ago.  I honestly don't remember it much now but do remember that I was engrossed by it at the time.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 24, 2016, 02:11:09 PM
For some reason my TV and Internet kept going in and out as the Show was on last night.  Lasted about hour and half.  I have Comcast. Don't know if it was their problem but seems O.K Now.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 26, 2016, 06:13:37 PM
Now did anyone watch that TV show last night. What is the name of it. "This is us" or something like that. I have tried 3 times but don't think I will bother seeing it again. To me its Awful.  Not only that it has more commercials in the hour show than any I have ever watched. I started counting. Was over 20 commercials. Then I times it was 8 min. of show then 5 to 7 min. for commercials. I finely did figure the story line at the end showing where some of them came from. Even that was crazy. Had the mother and father and the male twin skinny and the daughter weight at about 350 lbs. Never happen in a twin.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 26, 2016, 11:10:38 PM
JeanneP - I wanted to see This Is Us, so watched it On Demand.  Silly me - I thought I could scroll through the commercials, as I have in the past, but you can't scroll through anymore for anything on Broadcast TV. (Meaning, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox). I have NEVER seen so many commercials!  At first I was annoyed, and then infuriated, because they break up the continuity of the show.  I finally just gave it up, and turned it off. In my opinion, I think the major broadcast networks, are cutting their own throats, (so to speak) by doubling down on commercials. 

So the only network show I watch now, is DWTS, and when this season is over, not sure if I'll continue on with the next one.  The regular cable shows (like HGTV, History), have plenty of commercials too, but not so many in a row! No wonder people are willing to pay for the Premium channels like HBO, Showtime, etc., or the streaming channels like Netflix and Amazon!

Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now!  ::)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 27, 2016, 01:58:09 PM
Marilyne  Now I don't think that show "This is us" is worth putting up with all the commercials .Surprise me if it gets renewed. I have Comcast for my TV and Internet but just have the Min. Chanel's. Not a big TV watcher. Mostly PBS.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 06, 2016, 05:34:27 PM
I'm falling far behind in my TV viewing!  I had planned to watch all the PBS Sunday shows, On Demand, but haven't done it yet.  I've also neglected other favorites on other channels, but will catch up eventually!

Have any of you seen anything that you'd like to recommend on either Netflix or Amazon? I know that The Man in the High Castle, will be returning in early December.  I'm looking forward to that one for sure!  Is anyone else following it? 

Won't it be a relief when the election is over, and we can watch the news channels, and see programs that aren't political?  I'm saddened to see on Facebook, how people are arguing and insulting each other over the two opposing candidates!  I hope people will regain their sense of humor, and sense of perspective, when the election is finally over.  Right now, both are seriously lacking when it comes to anything political.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on November 08, 2016, 11:46:02 AM
We're watching the new Netflix series"Crown" about the life of the present Queen of England.  It is really interesting to see this young woman of 25 become queen with so little preparation.  Her father died at a fairly young age of 56 years.  It shows her as she is learning and growing in experience.  Now she is 90 years old and a remarkable woman.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on November 09, 2016, 12:57:53 PM
Well now it is over. I was surprised in a way that he won. We saw the worst of him, now lets see  what he can do.  I think all people were not happy with the choice they had but just had to pick one.
He now has his chance to prove himself. Will he be all Talk or Action. Like Jeanne says. Should be a interesting 4 years ahead.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on November 10, 2016, 08:08:55 AM
I'm watching The Crown, too, and enjoying it.  I have to keep telling myself that the fictionalized part of it is something that just fills out the known facts.  How could a writer, or writers, know what went on in personal conversations between the people in the royal family and/or with the government leaders of that time?  John Lithgow is doing a good job as Churchill and the production is very lavish.  I loved seeing the north Scotland coast in the episode where the Queen Mum was looking at the castle and thinking of buying it.  100 pounds?  Unbelievable!  My husband and I had a wonderful trip across the "top" of Scotland.  It is a stark and beautiful area with very few people living there.  Or, at least that was the case when we were there in 1980.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 10, 2016, 10:33:34 AM
FlaJean & Phyllis - I'm anxious to see The Crown. Sounds like a good quality show about Queen Elizabeth.  I've seen a few documentaries over the years about the Royal Family, and have always been fascinated with the life she is required to live.  Also there was that excellent movie, The Queen, starring Helen Mirren. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 10, 2016, 04:45:34 PM
Not TV here, but I just got back from seeing "A Man Called Ove".  Maybe some of you have read the book.  I haven't gotten the book yet (long wait on library request list), but the movie is Superb.   It has some depressing scenes, but the acting is wonderful. The man who plays Ove...Wow.  But there is this actress who is Middle Eastern, who almost carries the movie as soon as she first appears.  I will look up her name and let you know.  The movie is in Swedish with subtitles.  Bound to be nominated for Best Foreign Film next year!  The actress is Bahar Pars, born in Shiraz, Iran.  (she's beautiful too!)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 10, 2016, 11:43:21 PM
Tome - Good to see you checking in.  I hadn't heard of A Man Called Ove, until now.  I'll look for the book at my library, but will probably have to wait for the movie to come to On Demand.  Seems that these excellent foreign films, only play for a short time in local theaters, and then go straight to DVD and TV.  It's too bad, but there doesn't seem to be an audience anymore for serious drama or foreign films.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 11, 2016, 11:39:48 AM
Strangely enough, this movie has been in its original theatre run for about 3 weeks now.  My "movie pal" said the only difference in the book/movie is that one character had a bigger part in the book.   She had already seen it once, and said she wouldn't rest until I went to see it!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 11, 2016, 12:38:42 PM
Tome - Friday is the day when our newspaper runs a full page of theater listings, from here in the San Jose area, all the way up almost to San Francisco.  This would be about 50 plus theaters, most of them being the huge complexes with up to 15 different auditoriums in each theater.  Out of curiosity, I sat down with the paper, and was disappointed to see that the same four or five films are playing in all of these hundreds of venues.  Number one movie playing everywhere, at all times is Doctor Strange - followed by Jack Reacher, Trolls, and Inferno. (Never heard of any of them?)  I scrolled through to see if I could find A Man Called Ove, and I did see that it is playing at only ONE theater, which is located in Palo Alto. (about midway between here and San Fran).  People here in Silicon Valley just won't support a good drama or a foreign film with subtitles. :(
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 11, 2016, 01:51:44 PM
* I had started a post, but "disappeared" it.  I'll try again.  I must say the "people in Silicon Valley who won't support a good drama or a foreign film with subtitles" are really missing out.  I know following subtitles is difficult when you are trying to "hear" the dialogue.    I can give two examples of foreign movies that I saw quite awhile back, that were released in the US with US stars and English dialogue: (1)  "Mostly Martha" - in German, released here as "No Reservations" with Catherine-Zeta Jones (was actually a good movie). (2) "Shall We Dance" - in Japanese, black&white; released here with Richard Gere and not nearly as good as that Japanese original.  I'm sure there are more, but my brain is not hitting on all 8 cylinders this A.M.
Has anyone here seen these "originals"?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 11, 2016, 02:01:58 PM
I think "Dr. Strange" might attract viewers because it stars Benedict Cumberbatch!  "Inferno" is the latest rendition of Dan Brown's oeuvre (DaVinci Code, Angels&Demons, The Lost Symbol, Inferno.  It is not going well at the boxoffice or with film critics.  Same with "Jack Reacher".  I love the mystery/thriller books about him, but the movies starring Tom Cruise are a bit more than I can take, as I feel he doesn't fit the part of Reacher at all.  So they cover it up with lots of action segments (somewhat overblown in my estimation!)  Enough of my blather.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on November 11, 2016, 02:18:29 PM
I am not watching any movies, but I am enjoying DWTS this years. Can not believe its already down to the finals,

Of course HallMark has there Christmas shows, I am looking forward to some of the new ones. I have not cared for some of the movies on the Turner Channel. I use to watch it all the time.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on November 11, 2016, 07:39:04 PM
TomeReader, I agree with you 100% about Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.  I am a big fan of Jack Reacher--and Tom Cruise is NOT HIM, in my opinion.  Jack Reacher is a big guy, tough, honest (well, T.C. is probably honest), and doesn't take much guff from anyone.  Jack is not handsome, but is a moral, upright good guy.  Somebody tall, craggy, and a bit gruff would better portray him.

SCFSue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 11, 2016, 11:51:23 PM
Amen to that, SFSue!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on November 12, 2016, 05:43:43 PM
Should not say this but. I can't stand Tom Cruise. Never go to see him in anything. It is just something about him.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 13, 2016, 12:20:50 AM
Tome - Thanks for bringing me up to date on the movies I mentioned.  I was totally clueless on all three of them! Doctor Strange, sounded to me like your basic horror movie, but if it stars Benedict Cumberbatch, it's probably very good.  I saw him in, The Imitation Game, and thought he was wonderful, and deserving of the many awards he received.

Also, I had no idea that Inferno, was adapted from a Dan Brown book.  I was thinking in terms of, The Towering Inferno! :D LOL!   I did like The DaVinci Code, both book and movie, but I haven't read any of the other books by DB. 

As for Tom Cruise, in Jack Reacher.  I will definitely pass on that one.  Not my style of movie at all, and I don't care for Tom Cruise either.  When he was younger, I liked his movies . . . especially Rainman, Magnolia, and Jerry Maguire.  After that, Scientology took over his life, and that really soured me on him. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on November 13, 2016, 01:43:27 PM
Good Afternoon...

I  am watching The Danish Girl
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2016/04/14/the-tragic-true-story-behind-the-danish-girl/

via my Roku.       

I have be practicing being with out cable tv,
as my goal is to cut the cord in a couple of
weeks.     So I am daily backing off from it. 
With hopes that I can be free of it 
altogether soon.   

The Danish Girl is an Awesome Film
and I am tickled that I can see it
here at home.

I now stream thru my computer and
I am using Roku .....  between the two
along with Netflix,  Amazon,  and CBS All Access...    I think that I am going to do fine.

But the hardest thing for me to do is to
actually unplug my cable box and
return it to Time Warner Cable.

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 15, 2016, 01:02:35 PM
Gwen Ifil  1955 ~ 2016

So sorry to hear about the passing of journalist,Gwen Ifil.  I've watched her for at least 30 years, on the many different networks where she has worked.  I'll miss her on the PBS News Hour, and also as a calm moderator for the Presidential debates.  She was only 61, which seems so very young to me now. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on November 15, 2016, 08:49:52 PM
Marilyne, I also have missed Gwen's absence from PBS during her illness and so very sad that she has died.  I watch the PBS news daily and she was  such a great correspondent.  I've missed her also during the 30 minute program which follows the news on Friday evenings.  The tribute PBS paid to her last night was so poignant--her colleagues did a wonderful job of memorializing her with beautiful memories. 
SCF Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on November 16, 2016, 06:26:52 PM
Yes. she was good. So young and looked so healthy. We are loosing quite a few of the people who we have watched on TV over the Years.  Even our local stations. Now being replaced here with very young people. Right out of University.  I suppose as they now just read everything off their IPads they don't need lots of Experience
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on November 23, 2016, 12:19:59 PM
This is just a reminder: On Thanksgiving evening, November 24 at 8 p.m. on PBS is  a remake of  the wonderful, Anne of Green Gables...with Martin Sheen playing the part of Matthew Cuthbert  originally played by the late Richard Farnsworth.
It should be a wonderful evening...
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on November 23, 2016, 12:28:45 PM
Did anybody watch the finale of DWTS?   Personally, I thought it could have been condensed into an hour without all the extra "glitz".
I agreed with the judges that any one of the 3 finalists could have won.  Wonder how close the viewer voting was?

Chia,  thanks for the reminder about Anne of Green Gables.   I visited that house when in Nova Scotia and will be mentally "placing" the scenes in the tv show.

I'm wondering if my granddaughter who moved to NYC a couple of months ago is going to try and see the Macy's parade in person.  She's about 20 minutes by subway from the parade area but may decide (wisely, IMO) that the crowds will make the trip to/from unmanageable.     I didn't know the parade route is only 1 1/2 miles long. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on November 23, 2016, 01:34:56 PM
Chia. That is one of my favourite books and movies.  I don't see it listed on our PBS station though. Never seen it with him.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on November 23, 2016, 04:23:58 PM
When I reported about Anne of Green Gables I did not realize that it would be up to local PBS stations to  present the show... Luckily, there are 3  PBS stations in my viewing area, and one of them will definitely be showing Anne etc. I hope you won't be too disappointed if your station does not show it...or angry at me for reporting its showing  on Thanksgiving night... :-[
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on November 23, 2016, 04:57:38 PM
It's listed in my PBS schedule booklet.  Hope I remember to set the recording because I'm not sure I'll be home in time for the start.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 23, 2016, 05:05:19 PM
Callie - Daughter, granddaughter and I watched Monday night DWTS.  Tuesday night, as you said, too much GLITZ!  I dislike that type of "entertainment", so we watched other stuff until the last half hour, since we only cared about seeing who won the Mirror Ball Trophy.   Certainly no surprise that Laurie Hernandez won, but I was happy that she did.  Not only was she a good dancer, but she came across as a very sweet girl with a great personality.  I also liked the race car driver (Can't think of his name?), but figured he would come in second to Laurie.

Chia - Thanks for telling us about Anne of Green Gables.  I haven't looked yet to see if it will be playing on one of my two PBS channels.  I hope so.  That would be a nice ending to the Thanksgiving weekend.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on November 23, 2016, 07:06:12 PM
I also watched both nights of DWTS and also this morning on GMA I thought this year was one of the best, with DWTS. The last 3 were very good, so were some of the rest of the dancers

Thanks Chia, I will look up the program.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on November 23, 2016, 07:30:14 PM
Good. I found that Anne of GG. will show on our Station Thursday at 7pm until 10:30pm
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 25, 2016, 01:25:04 PM
Florence Henderson - Feb. 24, 1934~Nov. 24, 2016

I was surprised and saddened, to see  that Florence Henderson, died of heart failure yesterday, at the age of 82.  She had a small part on DWTS this season, and was often spotted in the audience as well.  She always looked youthful and healthy.

About ten years ago, I made a list of all the celebrities who were born in the year 1934, because that was the year I was born.  It was interesting to me that since I made that list, not a single one of them had died.  It seemed like it must have been a healthy year in which to be born.  Now, Florence, is the first one to go, and I'm sure the others will slowly follow.

The others on the 1934 list, are:
Shirley Jones, Shirley Maclaine, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Louise Fletcher, Barbara Eden, Alan Arkin, Richard Chamberlain, Russ Tamblyn, George Segal, Pat Boone, Dwayne Hickman (Dobie Gillis), Tina Louise, Frankie Valli, Gloria Steinam, Hank Aaron and Wilford Brimley.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on November 25, 2016, 02:06:42 PM
I was also surprised to see that Florence Henderson had died.  Of course,  "heart failure" can cover quite a few particulars, so it might have been something sudden and unexpected.

Interesting list, Marilyne.  I was born in 1935.  Found a list of 48 celebrities - 17 of whom have died.  Not all of the ones listed were from the entertainment world, but among the ones who were and are still living are:  Julie Andrews, Woody Allen, Jerry Lee Lewis, Donald Sutherland, Johnny Mathis, Robert Conrad, Diahann Carroll, Bobby Vinton, and Judd Hirsch.

Did you see Derrick Hough dancing in a feature number during the Macy's parade?  Looks as if he has a "featured role" in the ensemble of the upcoming special of "Hairspray".   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on November 25, 2016, 03:21:34 PM
I too am sorry of  the death of Florence Henderson. I remember her  appearing  in many Broadway musicals and had wonderful singing and acting abilities and appeared a lot on the late night talk shows because she was so charming and always added to those particular shows with her presence.

Of course she was a success on the Brady bunch, but I for one never cared for that type of program.

Incidentally, to change the subject for a bit: I did not enjoy last night's presentation of Anne of Green Gables..Compared to the version starring Megan Fellows, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth.it fell very short to say the least
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on November 25, 2016, 04:37:39 PM
I was disappointed in Anne of GG. also. Not as good as previous people I saw doing it. Specially the other little girl seemed more fitting for Anne.   In our paper it showed playing for 3 and half hours but only played for 2. I thought would show her growing up.  After that Downton Abbey came on and is running all weekend now showing all 6 seasons and Pledging every 20 min. it seems.  I won't bother watching. I saw all the originals.  Takes off a lot of shows I do watch
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 25, 2016, 10:59:46 PM
I remember seeing Florence Henderson, for the first time, around the holiday season in late 1960.  She was a guest on The Today Show, when Dave Garroway was the host.  At that time, she was starring in the Broadway musical "Fanny", and she was also expecting a baby, the same month I was expecting one - March, 1961. I recall being very impressed that she was still performing on stage every night! 

Callie - Another name to add to your 1935 list, is Steve Lawrence.  I've always liked him a lot, and somewhere around here, I have an album called "Steve and Edie", where he and his wife Edie Gorme sing some great songs together. I've read that he has become a recluse, since Edie died a few years ago. 

Chia - Yes,  Florence Henderson was in a number of musicals back in the 60's, besides "Fanny".  She replaced Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music", for one.  I'm sure there will be lots of interesting articles about her in the next couple of days, that will list all her credits. 

JeanneP and Chia -
Sounds like "Anne of Green Gables" was not the greatest?  If neither of you liked it, then I probably won't bother to watch it on demand.  I have such a large number of shows I want to watch that are either on demand, or recorded, that it's a relief to cross one off! ::)

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on November 25, 2016, 11:03:39 PM
Marilyne,  wonder why Steve Lawrence wasn't listed?  He and Edie were favorites of mine.

Chia and Jeanne,  I didn't like "Anne.....", either.  The only word I can think of to describe it is "contrived".  Hated those fake freckles on her face.  I almost counted to see if there were the same number in every close-up.

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on November 26, 2016, 12:01:29 PM
Now in her Obit. It did not showFlorence Henderson having children. Wonder what happened if pregnant in the 1960s?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 26, 2016, 01:30:31 PM
Jeanne - Florence Henderson had four children, two boys and two girls. If you look her up on IMDb or Wikepedia, I think it gives names and dates.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on November 26, 2016, 07:25:54 PM
Marilyne.
I just go into "Find a Grave" daily as it is on my desktop. They are good at giving names same day they die but will have more in there in a couple of days on her Obit. I would think.  Just has the name of her husband right now.
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Post by: Marilyne on November 27, 2016, 02:01:17 PM
Callie - I was looking at my 1934 list this morning, and realized that quite a few are still working.  Both Shirley's - Maclaine and Jones, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.  Alan Arkin and Russ Tamblyn, are both in upcoming TV dramas.  Florence Henderson will also be seen in a couple of TV series, and a movie, that were already completed.  I haven't heard anything about Richard Chamberlain in years, or any of the others?  I think Pat Boone may have a theater in Branson?

I have seen the promo's for "Hairspray", featuring Derrick and Julianne Hough.  They probably won't be on the next season of DWTS. 
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Post by: SCFSue on November 27, 2016, 05:19:23 PM
I think Richard Chamberlain might have died a number of years ago.  Maybe you might be able to Google him.

Sue
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Post by: FlaJean on November 27, 2016, 05:29:21 PM
(George) Richard Chamberlain is still alive according to Wikipedia.  He did some sort of show in 2015 about his life, I believe.
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Post by: JeanneP on November 27, 2016, 08:55:41 PM
Remember how we all loved in in "the Thorn Birds". I saw him on TV talk show last year. Looks like he had a lot of face work done and like all the men that have plastic surgery They did a terrible job. Lot of talk about it so doubt we see him again.
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Post by: Sandy on November 28, 2016, 12:09:38 PM


Like us,  he is not a spring chicken
any longer....    I like him and think that he is a very good man:

http://www.richardchamberlain.net/chambo3/641
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Post by: JeanneP on November 28, 2016, 12:54:47 PM
I remember seeing his home where he lived in Hawaii. Nice. Never saw him though.
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Post by: Marilyne on November 28, 2016, 12:56:57 PM
Sandy - Thank you for posting the web site about Richard Chamberlain!  Wow, he still looks great, I think! Natural aging looks good on him!. Nice to see that he's participating in some worthwhile charitable projects.  I like that photo of him with Don Murray and Tab Hunter . . . three of my favorite actors from out of the past! 
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Post by: JeanneP on November 29, 2016, 02:01:52 PM
Looks like another horrible Plane wreck in Brazil. Whole sport team died. Wasn't it in Brazil where another full Soccer team lost lives in a Plane crash into a mountain.
Seem like if things going to happen it is always in the Christmas season.
Thank goodness that was not worse in Ohio University.
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Post by: Chia on November 29, 2016, 09:50:42 PM
JeanneP...Regarding the other sport team in a crash, it was actually the Uraguayan Rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes...There were many stories about that crash where those who survived, had to eat the flesh of those who did not to ward off starvation

I was prompted to read about Richard Chamberlain and whose story was very interesting regarding his deciding to come out of the closet after so many years of hiding the fact that he was gay..
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Post by: Tomereader1 on November 30, 2016, 04:36:03 PM
I just have to say that "The Crown" is the most beautiful thing I have seen on TV or movies.  The cast is sublime.  I think "David" was a snake in the grass even before he abdicated, no respect for family, traditions, England in general.  I was brought to tears several times when Elizabeth realized her lack of education, and at the Coronation when she was anointed.  And who could not feel the pressures, from all directions, even (especially, I thought) from Phillip.  The powers that be expected her to be only a "figure head" that could be manipulated and molded to suit their ideas and quest for power.  I think the entire cast should each be given an Emmy.  I am halfway through, (I understand there are 10 episodes in this first season) and I've finished 5.  To those who might quibble with the "history" involved, I'm sure we're getting some of it right, maybe some of it wrong, but IMHO, who cares...as entertainment, this is SUBLIME!
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Post by: Marilyne on November 30, 2016, 07:10:16 PM
Tome - You wrote a excellent review on The Crown.  Now I'm more anxious than ever to see it! Maybe tonight we can watch the first episode, before the hockey game starts.  The game starts at 7:30, but AJ doesn't mind recording the first hour on the DVR, so he can scan through the commercials.  I'll report in tomorrow, and let you know how I liked it.
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Post by: joyous on November 30, 2016, 07:32:52 PM
please tell me what channel  THE CROWN airs on.  I don't  see it listed.
JOY
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Post by: JeanneP on November 30, 2016, 07:56:56 PM
Chia. Yes I remember the story about the crash in the 1950s .We also had one of my cities Soccer team " Manchester United" die in plane crash in Germany in the 1950s also. Thank goodness . no Cannibalism needed there.

Sat reading about the Fires in Gatlinburg. My family love going there at this time of year.  Watch the Dolly Pardon   show on TV tonight. Not the same one that was on Last year.
It was known for years. Far back as the Thornbirds that he was gay.  Still didn't make me not drool over him. Look different now as had to much done to the face.
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Post by: maryz on November 30, 2016, 09:10:18 PM
Joyous - The Crown is only available through Netflix. 
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Post by: Tomereader1 on November 30, 2016, 09:20:13 PM
joyous, if you have a Smart TV, you can get Netflix on there if you have a Netflix account (thru the mail DVDs)
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Post by: SCFSue on November 30, 2016, 09:42:12 PM
When I saw the promotional ads for "The Crown" I thought mistakenly that it was to be about the first "Queen Elizabeth" so I didn't watch it.  However when the present Queen was crowned, I was in high school and stayed up all night listening to the radio of the big event.  She has certainly done a good job as Queen and now as Queen "Mother" and "Grandmother".  I'm sorry I missed the program.

Sue (SCF)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on November 30, 2016, 09:48:22 PM
SCFSue, The Crown is on anytime you want to watch it on Netflix.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on November 30, 2016, 09:54:43 PM
Thanks, Mary.  I don't know if I get Netflix, but I'll check it out.

Sue
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Post by: maryz on December 01, 2016, 09:59:54 AM
Sue, you have to subscribe to it separately, and unless you have a "smart TV" or Roku box or something similar, you'd have to watch it on your computer.  It's not a cable channel.  And Netflix is a monthly subscription service.  I don't know if The Crown is available to get from them on DVD or just streaming.  You'd have to check their web site to be sure.  I subscribe ($15/month) because of the movies that are available and now so much original programming (Longmire, etc.).  I have a Roku box that brings it into my TV.
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Post by: FlaJean on December 01, 2016, 11:09:53 AM
Netflix just went up in price for us.  It is $10.75 a month and well worth it.  We only get the streaming Netflix --no DVDs.  We watch Netflix on our Apple TV box, although we do have a smart TV and could watch it without the box.  Last night we watched that old movie "To Catch a Thief" with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.  Love that movie.
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Post by: phyllis on December 01, 2016, 11:18:16 AM
I don't know what I would do without Netflix.  I get it streaming on my smart TV and end up watching it a lot because mainstream TV is so bad.  Watched Benedict Cumberbatch last nightt in The Imitation Game about Alan Turing and the Enigma machine during WW II.  Interesting historically and Cumberbatch was good in it.
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Post by: Marilyne on December 01, 2016, 12:05:03 PM
We watched the first episode of The Crown, last night, and both of us thought it was an excellent hour!  I'm so looking forward to seeing the entire series. 

Jared Harris, the actor who played King George, is one of my recent favorites. He had a memorable part in Mad Men, that left a lasting impression on me.  I thought he was very good as the dying King.  The actor who plays Prince Philip, is also very good, and John Lithgow, is perfect as Churchill! 

Tome - Thanks for reminding us.  I was planning to watch, but had forgotten about it, what with all the activity around Thanksgiving, and getting ready for Christmas.

I also have the Roku stick, in order to get Netflix streaming. We are hoping to get a smart TV, after the first of the year.  Washing machine comes first! ::)
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Post by: Radioman34 on December 01, 2016, 12:07:55 PM
I certainly endorse the accolades for the Crown. I'm terrible with names so I can't recall who plays what part. John Lithgow is the exception and he does an outstanding portrayal of Churchill. Elizabeth's father, George 6th, is played by the actor who was the suicidal English executive officer in Mad Men. He plays the foul-mouthed king effectivey, but underplays the stammer which afflicted him severely. The role of young Elizabeth is quite remarkable. Her vocal nuances bear an uncanny likeness to the present queen, and I'm sure that if I did a blind hearing test I would have a problem distinguishing between the actor and the real one. This definitely worth watching.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on December 01, 2016, 01:25:19 PM
I have just watched
all 10 episodes of The Crown  and
loved it.    I hope that they do
another season or two or three...

I am sure that there is plenty
of history to bring out.    Oh how
the Crown has changed through the
out the years...   Should be very
interesting to follow that through
until the end.   (if they in fact continue with this series)

Sandy
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Post by: Tomereader1 on December 01, 2016, 03:45:06 PM
I believe that one of the reasons The Queen and Diana did not get along, was Diana's propensity to be in the spotlight (of sorts), and this was something that had always been drummed into Elizabeth, and she felt that way about her sister, Margaret.  The monarchy did NOT do or say anything that would paint them in a "celebrity" status.  Those of you who have not seen Episode 5 will note this especially.  Oh, don't let me get started here because I love this program so much and could just rattle on.  :smitten: I don't know how many seasons this will run, but we have to remember Elizabeth has ruled for 60+ years, and there must be many stories to be told! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 04, 2016, 12:44:38 PM
No time for serious TV watching the past couple of nights, so tonight I can relax and watch Episode #3 of The Crown. I remember a number of things dealing with the Royal Family, that were in the news back in the 50's.  The romance between Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend, made big headlines back then, and I'm interested in how it plays out in the next couple of episodes. 

Another thing I remember, was the lavish Coronation ceremony, when Elizabeth was crowned Queen. The TV picture was of course, in black and white, and very poor quality, but we didn't know any better back then. That summer, I went on a short vacation with my parents to British Columbia. I recall that the city of Victoria, was decorated in honor of the Coronation, with beautiful colored photos everywhere of the new queen, as well as souvenirs of all kinds.  I was probably a bit too young (18) to really appreciate the scope and the significance.   I might have some old photos that we took while there, and if I find them, I'll post them.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on December 04, 2016, 06:26:36 PM
I remember the Royal Wedding as still in UK.  They have both made us Proud. A good match and good to see then still together. He must be about 92 now.

I see that "Anne of Green Gables" is on again tonight. Wonder if it is a second Series or just what was on Last Week.  I don't get "The Crown.  No TV when the Queen was married but I do have a full VCR of the Charles and Dianna one.  it was pretty big. Such a waste but at least got 2 good sons out of it.  Think the eldest will make a good King and I like the wife he picked.
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Post by: JeanneP on December 05, 2016, 02:29:21 PM
"Anne of Green Gables" was a repeat of last weeks. PBS are pledging on every station. Don't know who would be sending money. Everything on are repeats. Even the one I watch for the cooking shows are doing the pledge in there. Again all old shows. People are going to stop following them soon.
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Post by: JeanneP on December 05, 2016, 02:33:27 PM
Last night I watch on DVD the number 4 and 5 disc of the BBC show "The Cazalets" Have looked to see if I could find any more Series. Doesn't seem to be. The WW2 1942 was the date they were in then.  Wonder if was just cancelled. It did go back to Made in 2001 I think.  Wasn't bad. I would have carried on watching.
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Post by: Marilyne on December 06, 2016, 03:46:45 PM
So far I've watched four episodes of The Crown, and still enjoying every minute.  I hope that all of you have a chance to see this wonderful series. :thumbup:

Other than that, I haven't seen anything worth mentioning.  Mostly just "vegging out" in front of the TV, staring at CNN, HGTV, or Nat Geo.  I haven't watched anything on TCM, because no movies on lately that interest me.  However, soon they will play all the old Christmas classics, like It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and many others that I love watching every year.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on December 06, 2016, 05:01:54 PM
I recently  "cut the cord"
on most of cable TV.   (Huge monthly/yearly savings)  ... $150 a month savings. 

I kept local channels  (ABC, CBS,  NBC, ION, CSPAN,  PBS and OWN..  (cost about $15
a month  for these "Local Stations" 

I now get everything else that I want thru Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime.   Also on  YouTube...   

I absolutely love it.

I feel like  a free Woman!!!

Sandy

     
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on December 06, 2016, 05:41:58 PM
Sandy. Now what are your using for you Internet? I just have the basic TV with Comcast that is $15.95 but it is the Internet that is so high now. That is where they just added another $25plus . Got to figure out as it is not worth the price I pay now to them.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 06, 2016, 06:12:43 PM
Sandy - I admire your determination to "cut the cord"!  I'm sure it's saving you a bundle every month, but you still have plenty to watch on Netflix, Amazon, and the others.  I don't think I'd be able to do it.  I'm a news junkie, so I would miss all of those channels the most.  I especially like to compare how the different news channels cover a big event. (like the election, and now the new administration.)  For me, it's fun to watch CNN, Fox, MSNBC, Fox Business, and see how differently they each cover the same story.  The wide variety of guests and panel discussions, is what I enjoy most. (Often referred to as, "the talking heads".) LOL 

Jeanne - I'll have to take a close look at my cable bill, and see exactly how much I pay for internet.  We have the Comcast package, that includes full TV cable, internet and land line phone.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on December 06, 2016, 10:55:13 PM
I had to keep Time Warner (now "Spectrum")
because theirs is the only
internet service that I  can get ... So through them I pay for internet service and starter cable... 

I use Roku to connect to my time warner, neflix, hulu,  amazon   and other services that I subscribe to.   

The cable news stations can be reached through a service called "Sling"..
(I choose not to subscribe to that)   

I have chosen to give up cable news for now....
As I am absolutely disgusted with 24/7 crappy
cable news.   

I can stay current without be
hounded via the news stations that Roku
offers and don't have to listen any  more to
the "bull" that is offered up via cable news,  Fox,CNN, and MSNBC....
(I was addicted to them for years... and particularly like Rachel and Lawrence O' ) 

Between Roku and the internet I can  get the
drift of whats happening around the world...
And  that is a whole lot more than I
ever got off from those cable news stations.

Since I cut the full cable services,  my brain
has stopped hurting and I sleep better !
(giggle) ...

I researched and took a long time to make
the cut ... As I live alone,  I have
complete control of my TV,  so I don't have to consider others.       

My children do not subscribe to cable either.
The younger generation learned  a long time
ago that good internet service gives them all
they need via their telephones.

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 07, 2016, 01:45:01 PM
Sandy - I get burnt out on the cable news too.  After the election, I swore off completely, but it didn't last long.  Now, watching all the various appointments unfolding, as well as the basic chaos, is addicting all over again. 
Back in my distant past, I majored in journalism in college, and then worked for a couple of newspapers.  I loved the pressure of deadlines! Getting the story, asking the questions, writing it up and moving on to the next one. This was print journalism of course, not television.  Things have changed a lot since then!  (understatement of the day!) LOL!
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Post by: JeanneP on December 08, 2016, 08:37:46 PM

Very quiet in S and F today.  Think I am in to stay for a few days now. Just hope the car starts next time need it.  New Battery a few months ago but it needs running on such cold days.
Saw snow flurries coming down. Good time to prepare to stay indoors for days.
Have lots of letters to write and put into the few cards I send out. Mostly New Year Cards.

Got lots of movies and books from the library. Started on one with 5 discs covering the whole Series. So good. I had never heard of it. Its Australian. (A place to call Home). the name of it. One disc last for 4 hour. I couldn't make myself turn it off to go to bed. Must have been Midnight.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on December 08, 2016, 08:43:07 PM
did  anyone watch Hairspray live.  I tried one hour and that was enough
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Post by: Marilyne on December 08, 2016, 11:14:38 PM
Gloria de - I've seen three productions of Hairspray, over the years, and that was more than enough for me.  I usually like all musicals, but I really don't care for Hairspray, so I didn't watch the live TV version. 

JeanneP - Looks like you're all settled in and prepared for the weekend.  I saw on the news tonight, that it's going to be a cold one for all of you folks in the Midwest.  Stay home and stay warm.   
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Post by: CallieOK on December 08, 2016, 11:23:54 PM
Gloria de, Not my favorite show but I watched it all.  I thought individual performances were good but the production in general was awful!  I guess they plan to do this sort of thing every year.  Ads said next year will be "Bye Bye Birdie".
I prefer to watch musical theater on a real stage.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 12, 2016, 03:28:33 PM
Last night we watched episode #9 of The Crown, so only one more to go.  I'm going to be so sorry to see this series end!  They have stuck with historical facts, (as far as I remember them), and each actor has done an excellent job!  I have a few favorites, that I will maybe mention, after I've seen the final show.  I very much hope that there will be more of this series in the near future.
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Post by: CallieOK on December 12, 2016, 04:47:26 PM
We will get "Sherlock" and "Victoria" in January and "To Walk Invisible-The Bronte Sisters" in March. In May, we'll get   "The hit Broadway show King Charles III, starring Tim Pigott-Smith" and  "Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt in Dark Angel, a new drama following Mary Ann Cotton--Britain's first female serial killer". 
Sweet little Anna as a serial killer?  Say it isn't so!!!!  :o  :)
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Post by: Marilyne on December 12, 2016, 10:23:41 PM
Callie - what a great bunch of shows to look forward to in 2017! To Walk Invisible-The Bronte Sisters, sounds especially good.  Like you, I can't imagine the sweet and faithful "Anna", as a serial killer! :yikes:

Hubby went to a retirement dinner tonight, so I had my choice of TV shows to watch.  I picked Meet Me in St. Louis, on TCM.  I've seen it many times over the years, and always enjoy it.  I needed a "feel good" movie tonight, and it certainly qualifies as one! :)
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Post by: Marilyne on December 14, 2016, 06:56:23 PM
We finished watching The Crown, last night, and now I can hardly wait for Season #2.  This show is a beautiful example of the high quality of TV programming, that is available to us now, on Netflix and Amazon. I hope that all of you who read this discussion, will have a chance to see this show.

All actors did a wonderful job of portraying the real members of the Royal Family, as well as Churchill, Anthony Eden, and all of the many people who worked for the Royal's. As I mentioned before, I remember most of the events that were depicted on the show, and I would say that the writers definitely stuck closely to the facts. 

The final scene was so well done.  Poor Margaret, betrayed . . . and Philip, feeling resentful and trapped. In fact, they were all trapped, including Elizabeth herself.  Still, she managed to impart that cool composure.  She was, and is, and amazing woman. 
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Post by: FlaJean on December 14, 2016, 07:48:22 PM
Has anyone seen the movie 'Sully" with Tom Hanks playing Sully.  I tried to rent it last night but ITunes Store won't start renting until the 20th.  Looking forward to seeing it.

A funny thing happened to us.  We rented Bridge of Spies.  This nice voice constantly told us everything that was happening.  I told my husband it was driving me crazy and something must be wrong with the movie.  I looked at the settings and somehow had changed the captioning to voice.  It is a nice feature if you can't see well but it bothered me.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 16, 2016, 12:31:32 AM
FlaJean - I'm laughing about the voice narration, on the movie Bridge of Spies!  It happens sometimes when you rent a DVD, and accidently push the wrong button.  It happened to us once, and I reacted like you did, and kept asking AJ to turn it off. He was puzzled and thought for some reason it was supposed to be that way, and that "the voice" was part of the movie.  We finally figured it out, and never made that mistake again! ;D

We haven't seen Sully, as yet, but plan to watch it On Demand.  My husband is a big admirer of the real Sully, and is looking forward to the movie.

Tonight we watched one of the old classic Christmas movies on TCM - Christmas In Connecticut, 1945, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet.  It's a typical 1940's comedy.  Very predictable, but fun to watch.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 17, 2016, 04:52:38 PM
I'm disappointed that my three favorite Christmas movies, are apparently not being shown on TCM.  Instead, they're repeating the same movies next week, that were just shown this week . . .  Meet Me in St Louis, Christmas in Conn., and The Shop Around the Corner.  Just watched them, so I don't want to see them again so soon. 
My three favorites that are not listed, are It's A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street.

I suspect that the missing three are available On Demand, and not for free? Could be that some are playing on Netflix or Amazon, so I'll take a look there. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on December 17, 2016, 05:43:10 PM
Marilyne, "White Christmas" is listed in my tv schedule tonight on AMC - 9:00 p.m. CDT.  The 1984 version of "A Christmas Carol" is on AMC at 7:00 p.m.

"It's A Wonderful Life" has been on several channels in the past couple of weeks but I haven't seen "Miracle on 34th Street" listed.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 18, 2016, 02:55:32 PM
Callie - thanks for telling me about White Christmas, on AMC.  I recorded it last night, and will watch it sometime this week. 
I rarely check AMC or other commercial channels, because hubby won't watch a movie that is interrupted. ::) ::)  I can watch WC myself, or if he wants to see it, we can scroll through the commercials.
I did check, and saw that It's Wonderful Life, is playing On Demand, but it's a pay for view. :-\ 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on December 18, 2016, 04:01:45 PM
Scrolling through commercials is, IMO, the best thing about recording on the commercial channels.  So glad you were able to record WC.

Wish I'd known a couple of weeks ago that you hadn't found "It's a Wonderful Life".  It was on a couple of commercial channels.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on December 18, 2016, 05:17:41 PM
I watched Going My Way last night and then The Bishops Wife. To day I watched Glen Ford and Betty Davis I can not think of the name, but she was Apple Annie, right now I am to  tired and lazy to go look up the name.

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on December 19, 2016, 08:32:18 AM
Marilyne, I refuse to watch anything that is "pay per view".  I pay more than enough to TWC just to get the channels that I want and refuse to pay even more for a movie on top of that...particularly one that is as old as It's a Wonderful Life.  And I feel the same way about Amazon Prime.  I pay enough just for the membership fee...I refuse to pay extra for the movies. 

Our PBS station had the Part 2 episode of The Hollow Crown on last night.  A trilogy of Shakespeare's history plays.  Well acted, well staged, but I didn't care for Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Richard III.  He made him look like a "half-wit".  Something I feel fairly certain that the real Richard was not.  Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes on PBS, also, is a good actor but sometimes indulges in "over" acting and was downright "hammy" in Part 2, IMO.   :)  Some reviews say that his portrayal in Part 3 is much better and gives it a big "thumbs up".  I'm looking forward to that.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 19, 2016, 12:13:00 PM
I'm falling behind on my TV viewing, and will have to catch up after the New Year.

I haven't seen, The Hollow Crown, but sounds like a series I will eventually enjoy.  (I think my two PBS channels are still doing "pledge week", but I'm not sure?)  I saw Benedict Cumberbatch, in The Imitation Game, and thought he was very good.  I think he might have won the Oscar that year, over Idris Elba? (How quickly we forget!) ::)

Gloria de - I also like Going My Way.  Bing Crosby, was truly a good actor, as well as having that beautiful voice. My favorite is The Bell's of St Mary's, where he once again plays Father O'Malley.  I love the ending, when they sing the title song.  It always brings tears to my eyes.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on December 19, 2016, 03:03:09 PM
Good Afternoon....

Well "The Man in the High Castle" is starting it's second season on Amazon...   

I have not seen the first season,  but I thought that today would be a good day to start watching that.       

I have heard that it is very,  very good.  It is
about  " A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war. "

How things can change when our history
takes a sharp different approach to a life style
that we have been very use to. 

(Kinda creepy ...   but of course,  we all know that this could never happen to us )
:thinking:    :'(

So that is what will keep me occupied for a while. 

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 19, 2016, 03:58:09 PM
Sandy - I hope you like The Man in the High Castle? I really liked it, and I'm looking forward to the new season. It did take me a couple of episodes to get all the  characters straight.  I didn't think I would care for the premise of this series - the Alternate Universe, or "what if"?  However, 
I'm old enough to remember WWII, and even though I was a little girl, I worried a LOT about what would happen if our enemies won the war.  that's what prompted me to watch it, and I'm glad I did.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on December 19, 2016, 04:17:23 PM
I didn't think that I would like it either...  But now I do think that it is an important series for me to watch... 

I never think that our lives are going to change,   but now I wonder....    So I think that this is an important series for me to become familiar with.

So sayeth the words of Bob Dylan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVUDdQS2UxA

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 19, 2016, 05:21:29 PM
Since this is "Television Today", I'd like to add a quick note
to anyone planning to buy or receive a new TV for Christmas.  I purchased a SmartTV and I love it.  But, heed this, a lot of the ads for TV's are specifying "LED TV", at very, very low prices.  That does NOT mean it is a SmartTV.  If it an LED with SmartTV, the ad will say so in the information about the TV.  I just nearly bought an extra, smaller screen TV for the bedroom, but quickly caught onto the fact that it was NOT a SmartTV.  If you don't need or want the Smart applications, some of the TV prices, even some larger (40") screens are very well priced this holiday shopping season.  Just wanted to put this SmartTV info here in a buyer beware effort. 
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Post by: Marilyne on December 20, 2016, 12:39:40 PM
I looked at my Comcast On Demand, for Christmas movies, and did find most of them!   For anyone who is interested . . . when you go to OD, you'll see an icon that says, Holiday Moviethon.  When you click on it, all the movies are listed.  Some are free, and others are Pay-per-view.

The free ones are Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas in Connecticut, A Christmas Story, (That's the one about Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder BB gun). It's a Wonderful Life, is a pay-per-view, as is Holiday Inn. A more recent one, is The Family Stone, which I think is pretty good. It's classed as a "dramedy".(comedy and drama.)  A good cast of stars . . . Diane Keaton, Craig T Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Claire Danes. 

Tome - Thanks for the info on the Smart TV vs. the LED TV.  We're planning to buy a smart TV after the first of the year, so I appreciate your input on the subject.   
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on December 20, 2016, 03:31:56 PM
Don't know whether you have it too but the first of our two part Christmas special started last night of...." Last Tango In Halifax..." with Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, same original actors.... I recorded last nights episode, so will watch the two when undisturbed and in my own time...Links....second link, " trailer " might not work for America...


http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-12-20/meet-the-cast-of-last-tango-in-halifax


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8nHZPBE0Ps
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Post by: Marilyne on December 20, 2016, 06:15:36 PM
Jackie - Thanks for posting about the Last Tango in Halafax, Christmas special.  The link didn't come up for me, but I'll check my PBS channels, and see if it's playing here?

I'm still thinking about the old Christmas movies from the 1940's.  :)  I saw one listed that I had forgotten, and if it's On Demand, I will definitely watch it.  It's called Remember the Night, 1940, and stars Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, and Sterling Holloway.  A couple of years ago, Chia, (one of our S&F members), told me about the movie, and I watched and really enjoyed it. 

There is one sequence that I know you will all like.  Barbara S. playing the piano, and Sterling Holloway, singing the song, "When You Come To the End of a Perfect Day".  Yes, that's the same Sterling Holloway, who did so many voiceovers for the Disney films. (Winnie the Pooh, Kaa the Snake, and the Cheshire Cat, as well as many others.  His tenor voice is quite unique, and this song is beautiful.  Here it is on YouTube. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F391_23ysbU   
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Post by: JeanneP on December 20, 2016, 08:29:37 PM
We have only got to Series 3 here for "Last Tango In Halifax" It ended with the talk of going to Australia for a visit. Can't wait for No4. Doubt we see anything of their Christmas show.

Also love watching "Mrs Browns Boys" Can get series 7 now on Utune. They have a christmas one on.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on December 21, 2016, 02:21:27 AM
JEANNE P.....
....maybe it will come around in time for next Christmas.....

...as for Mrs Browns Boys, think that is an acquired taste, like Marmite," you either love it or hate it..." if you can take the bad language....but I do laugh at the wit of Brendan O'Carroll playing the part as a woman, and some of the messes he-she gets herself into.........


MARILYNE...
....it was only a 40 second trailer, it didn't show much....
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Post by: JeanneP on December 21, 2016, 01:52:41 PM
Yes. One can only take a little of Mrs Browns boys but he is so funny. So use to hearing bad language in Movies and from the Teenagers here anymore that have to tune it out.
Now has Last Tango 4 already been on you TV?   At the end of Season I know that the one Gay partner who got pregnant got killed but I thought that the baby was O.K and came to live with them. Didnt seem to show it in the last series
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Post by: CallieOK on December 24, 2016, 01:38:33 PM
Marilyne,  "Heads Up" !!     "It's A Wonderful Life" is listed on NBC tonight in my newspaper tv guide.
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Post by: Marilyne on December 24, 2016, 02:04:37 PM
Thanks again Callie!  I'll record and watch, as I did with "White Christmas".  I saw that IAWL was playing On Demand, and I think on Amazon, but both were pay-per-view. :( 

I finally bought the DVD of "The Lemon Drop Kid", starring Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, and lots of character actors from that era.  It's a Damon Runyon story, along the lines of his "Guys and Dolls". The song "Silver Bells" was introduced in this movie.  I mention it every year, but no one seems to remember it?  Unfortunately, it's never shown on TV anymore.
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Post by: CallieOK on December 24, 2016, 03:03:58 PM
Marilyne,  How interesting about the Bob Hope movie.  I vaguely remember one with that title - but didn't remember anything about the story.
I wish there were more Bob Hope movies being shown.  Guess he was too subtle for the "Wham! Bang! Shock!" that passes for humor today .

Son/dil gave me Netflix on my t.v. for Christmas. Haven't had time to watch anything or do much searching, but  I'm looking forward to some "binge" watching during January and February.  Planning to start with "The Crown" and have also put "A Year With The Gilmore Girls' on my list.

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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on December 24, 2016, 03:14:53 PM
Marilyne.....
...hope this is bringing back good memories.....I remember this film but haven't seen it for a long time.....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNwGVgfkcgI
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Post by: SCFSue on December 24, 2016, 04:13:28 PM
Vanilla-Jackie, thanks for the youtube clip with Bob Hope and ? (I just looked at this and forgot the female's name!)

SCFSue
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Post by: Marilyne on December 25, 2016, 12:05:31 PM
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Lots of holiday movies on last night, but we had the TV Yule Log burning all evening, accompanied by all the familiar Christmas carols.  We had a houseful of people, so it was nice to have the log burning, and the music playing in the background. We recorded It's a Wonderful Life, and will watch it tonight. Today we'll be going to our son's house for dinner.  It will be fun to visit with our dil's family, as well as the grandkids and many of their friends.

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful Christmas Day!
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Post by: JeanneP on December 25, 2016, 12:10:17 PM
Don't forget that they are showing ( The widwives) Cristmas show on tv tonight. Some may need to tape .
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Post by: Lindancer on December 25, 2016, 02:27:03 PM
would you believe I just finished watching Heidi, it Shirley Temple all day. This is the first year I  did not see the 1947 Miracle  On 34th St. I found it on HBO, which I do not have. I plan later to watch my tape of One Special Night, it is one of my favorite with James Garner and Julie Andrews Everyone of my neighbors have gone out, so it is very quite around here. Merry Christmas to all my friends in here.
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Post by: Marilyne on December 25, 2016, 03:06:19 PM
Gloria de - Merry Christmas to you too!  I also missed "Miracle on 34th Street".  It didn't play on TCM this year. 

Jackie - Thanks for that YouTube video of Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell.  As I mentioned, I finally bought the DVD of "The Lemon Drop Kid".  It's such an cute and cleverly done movie, I think.  I don't know why it's never shown on any of our channels, either free or pay?  The song, "Silver Bells", is played a lot on all radio and TV music stations. 
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Post by: JeanneP on December 25, 2016, 09:22:46 PM
Was poring down all day so just stayed and talked to most family on phone.

Some good public television on today.
One I didn't know had been made.
(Pollyanna) my favouritebook when really young. I even got a few tears watching it.
Had the Midwifes on but phone wrang at the start. Watched last 15 min.

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Post by: maryz on December 25, 2016, 10:01:18 PM
I watched what is supposed to be the last episode of "Longmire" on Netflix this afternoon.  AAARRGGGHHHH!  I can only hope the powers-that-be change their minds and continue with another season.

I've started watching "Medici" - only one episode so far, but it looks interesting.
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Post by: maryz on December 26, 2016, 01:14:31 PM
After a friend enlightened me, and I checked google, I'm happy to report that there will be a Season 6 of Longmire, starting sometime next year.  Don't look it up, though, unless you want to read some spoilers.
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Post by: Marilyne on December 26, 2016, 11:58:46 PM
mary - Thanks for the information on Longmire.  I really do like all of the actors, and the characters that they play. I'm hoping to do something about our color, before I watch any of the new seasons of any show on Netflix or Amazon.

Our regular cable channels and Premium channels are fine, but as soon s we switch to Netflix or Amazon, the color becomes cloudy, mostly brown, and lacking in clarity. My husband isn't bothered by it, so I guess it's up to me to contact Netflix and see what can be done?

Does anyone else have poor color quality on those two channels?
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Post by: maryz on December 27, 2016, 09:02:08 AM
Not an issue for me, Marilyne - but I watch them through a Roku box, if that makes any difference.
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Post by: FlaJean on December 27, 2016, 10:27:52 AM
I watch them thru an Apple TV box and see no difference in color.  I had watched the first two Longmire series sometime ago and have just started series 3.  Am also watching the Swedish version of Wallender which is really different (and much better IMO) than the English version.  The captions are nice and large so no problem following along.
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Post by: Sandy on December 27, 2016, 04:27:56 PM
Not sure if I mention it,  but I am watching "Twin Peaks" on Showtime. 
2 seasons of it.    As showtime is going to offer 18 more new episodes of it in a few weeks.

Twin Peaks is awesome..   And one of the first series offered to us back in the Early 90's..

Sandy
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Post by: Marilyne on December 27, 2016, 11:12:13 PM
mary - you said you have the Roku box?  I wonder if that's the same as what I have . . . which is the Roku stick? 
FlaJean - Maybe we should look into the Apple box?  So many options out there, but I have a feeling we will have to be making some changes.
I would just as soon buy a new "smart" TV, but it seems a shame, when our picture is clear and beautiful for every channel except Netflix and Amazon. 

Sandy - I remember really liking the original Twin Peaks, from the early 1990's.  Lots of quirky characters! For some reason, the only character I remember was a woman named, "The Log Lady", who carried a small log around with her wherever she went. :crazy2:  I know I'll like watching those shows once again, as well as the brand new season.     
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Post by: Sandy on December 28, 2016, 04:14:09 PM
I didn't watch the original Twin Peaks,  but I am certainly enjoying the reruns on ShowTime.     And I am looking forward to the 2017 version of it,  when it comes out in a few months.   

I am also watching the Black List from the beginning on Netflix...

I have found plenty to keep me occupied since
I unplugged from cable (except the starter package)...   

Never again will I spend/waste my time on Politics and Current Events.   

I choose to live in the land of "Denial"....
And I am  a much happier person,  because of
it. 

Sandy
:D
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Post by: Marilyne on December 28, 2016, 11:25:58 PM
I was genuinely shocked to see that Debbie Reynolds died today - just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Apparently she had a stroke, while planning the memorial service for Carrie.

Those of us who are seniors, remember Debbie, from her movies in the 1950's and into the 60's.  Her best, IMO, was Singin' In the Rain, with Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. A great movie musical, that I never tire of watching.  Who will ever forget the scandal, when Eddie Fisher divorced her for Elizabeth Taylor! 
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Post by: FlaJean on December 29, 2016, 11:42:28 AM
I also think Debbie Reynold's best movie was Singing in the Rain.  I didn't realize how accomplished Carrie Fisher was as a writer.  I always just thought of her in connection to Star Wars.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 06, 2017, 12:17:44 AM
Monday I watched the Rose Parade, and it was gorgeous as ever!  The HGTV channel does a great job of showing the parade, with very little chit-chat, and no commercials!  Then came a couple of bowl games, and other games this week as well. I'm not a big football fan, so usually do something else, or go to the bedroom TV and watch PBS or HGTV. (No Premium channels or Netflix on that set.)   Yesterday I watched the old Alfred Hitchcock movie, Shadow of a Doubt, 1943, on Turner.  It was good, but not as good as the later Hitchcock's, like Vertigo or North By Northwest

Has anyone seen any of the newer movies on TV or in a theater?  My daughter went to see the new musical, LaLa Land, and was crazy about it!  She was so enthusiastic, that I actually think I might go to see it!  Maybe next week?  :-\
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Post by: FlaJean on January 06, 2017, 10:38:13 AM
The last movie we saw was "Sully" and it was outstanding.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 06, 2017, 12:12:25 PM
Jean - Thanks for reminding me about Sully!  I can't believe I had forgotten all about it.  I didn't see it listed on the movies, but I was probably only looking at the free ones. We will gladly pay the $$$'s to see it.  Still much cheaper than we would pay to go to a theater . . . and a lot more comfortable too!  :)
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Post by: Lindancer on January 06, 2017, 01:42:05 PM
Marilyn, I also enjoyed The rose Parade, on HGTV, which in the morning here in NY is called Create TV I like the travel shows and This Old House
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Post by: Marilyne on January 07, 2017, 01:17:11 PM
Gloria de - I watch HGTV a lot.  There is always some program on that interests me.  I like some of the home make-over shows, but not all of them.  My favorite is Fixer-Upper, with Chip and Joanna.  I used to like Love it or List it, but it seems to have changed lately, and is not as good.  I don't care for The Property Brothers.  I do like all of the shows where a couple chooses between three houses - especially the ones in beach towns along the different coastlines of the USA.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 13, 2017, 12:10:52 PM
I haven't started on any of the new TV shows or continuing series on Netflix or Amazon.  I'm looking forward to The Man in the High Castle, so hope to start watching it this weekend.  Also, Homeland will begin it's final season later this month.  I've been a faithful viewer for all the years it's been on, but like most series shows, there's too long of a wait between seasons, so you tend to lose interest and go to other shows.
Sandy - If you're looking in here today, you might consider giving Homeland a look.  All seasons are available on Showtime.  Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, and Damian Lewis are wonderful.  If you watch the first season, you will be hooked!

Cleopatra, is playing tonight on Turner. They always use the word "lavish" to describe this movie, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison.  I get a kick out of watching it, because I remember the scandal associated with the production . . .  when Liz, dumped husband Eddie Fisher, in favor of Richard Burton.

Tonight on  PBS, Great Performances, will be showing Bel Canto, The Opera, based,on the best seller book by Ann Patchett.  Those of us who read and liked the book, might enjoy seeing this musical production.

"The opera tells the gripping contemporary story of the 126 day hostage crisis at the Japanese Ambassador's house  in Lima Peru, in 1996-97. Like the novel, the opera explores the tensions and unexpected alliances between the terrorists and their hostages." 
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Post by: Tomereader1 on January 13, 2017, 01:36:43 PM
Marilyne, I will be DVR'ing "Bel Canto - The Opera".  I hope they do a good job of it.  The book has to be one of my all-time favorites, and one that I have read and re-read many times (at last count, I think five).  This was the book that got me interested in reading novels by Ann Patchett.
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Post by: Sandy on January 13, 2017, 01:59:52 PM
Quote from: Marilyne on January 13, 2017, 12:10:52 PM
Sandy - If you're looking in here today, you might consider giving Homeland a look.  All seasons are available on Showtime.  Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, and Damian Lewis are wonderful.  If you watch the first season, you will be hooked!

Marilyne   I am watching homeland and am waiting for the rest of this series.   

I like it very much,  but it is sooooo dark  and I suppose this realism  is  hard for anyone to watch.     But like you,  I am hooked.     

I am also hooked on "The Affair"  which has just restarted....  Unfortunately,  they are spending too much time on Noah this time and I am hoping that soon will change.     It is getting kinda creepy (IMHO)  but I did enjoy prior seasons,  so I am hoping for the best.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 13, 2017, 02:25:56 PM
Sandy - "The Affair" is one that I haven't watched.  It originally played on Sunday night at the same time as "Downton Abbey", and I chose to watch DA instead. Now I can watch it any time I want, which I will probably do, now that you've reminded me! :)

Another one that I got hooked on, was/is, "Girls".  At first I thought I could never relate to that generation of young women living in today's Brooklyn . . . but I watched a couple, and was fascinated by the whole lifestyle!  Lena Dunham - creator/writer/star, is unbelievable, but I guess that is actually her real life personality! LOL  Very entertaining!

Tome:  I'm going to DVR "Bel Canto", tonight too. AJ just now went to the library, and I asked him to pick up a copy of the book, so I can review it before watching the opera.  He also read and liked the book, so plans on watching with me.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 21, 2017, 02:12:31 PM
The Inauguration: An American political drama - unfolding right before our eyes!  News junkie that I am, I was glued to the TV all day yesterday. Very important, for us to see what plans the new administration has for our future.  It doesn't matter which side of the fence you are on, or what party you support - the pendulum will swing back in the other direction in due time.  It's amazing how quickly four years fly by. 

I stuck with CBS most of the day, because I do like Scott Pelley, and his team of reporters. They seem "middle of the road" to me - not as slanted in either direction as the other news channels.  We also watched the luncheon, parade, and clear into the evening hours, for the inaugural balls.  Now . . . to sit back and see what happens next? :dontknow: 
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Post by: Lindancer on January 21, 2017, 03:10:57 PM
Marilyne, I guess most every one was watching the inauguration yesterday. I had a 1PM doctors appointment in the middle of it.

Tomorrow night I will again watch Victoria.
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Post by: CallieOK on January 21, 2017, 03:36:05 PM
I'm still watching "Monarch of the Glen" on Netflix.  Next up is Episode 3 of the 2nd season.  I'm enjoying it - particularly the feisty antics of the "old laird" and his pal Kilwilly - but I'm getting a bit weary of Archy's obsession with Justine!

Did I read somewhere that "Call The Midwife" begins a new season tomorrow night?     
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Post by: Marilyne on January 21, 2017, 05:24:40 PM
Gloria de - I haven't seen Victoria, as yet. there is so much to choose from every night, that I lose track! Maybe tonight I'll check On Demand, and start catching up!

Callie -  I never watched Monarch of the Glen, so maybe it's time for me to take a look on Netflix.  I didn't realize it was playing there.  So many shows - so little time! ::)

I haven't seen a movie in a long time, so maybe i'll find something to watch this afternoon?  So cold and miserable here today, that staying home for another day sounds good to me.  I was going to the store, but think I'll make do with what I have here, for dinner.   
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Post by: Marilyne on January 22, 2017, 12:46:19 PM
We watched the movie, Bridge of Spies, last night.  It was excellent, and true to the real circumstances during the Cold War. It made my husband and I realize that our generation, is the last one to actually remember the Francis Gary Powers/U2 incident, in 1960. 

So many serious things of worldly importance  that happened in the 40's, 50's and '60's, that we remember - and when we're gone, there will be no one left who can say where they were, and what they were doing on Dec. 7, 1941, or  VE Day, VJ Day, and all of the important days that followed.  I can remember the radioactive cloud that drifted over Southern California, following an atom bomb testing in the Mojave desert! :yikes:  Time marches on . . .
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Post by: Sandy on January 22, 2017, 04:36:07 PM
I have been hooked the last couple of weeks on Eight seasons of "Dexter" on Showtime.           

I love this series....  (dark as it may be)...  :crazy: :eek:
 
I am going to miss it.  (I am in the sixth season right now)
Sandy
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Post by: Marilyne on January 23, 2017, 11:07:08 PM
Sandy - Dexter, is another series that I've heard much about, but have never seen! It gives me a nice secure feeling, knowing that there are still lots of shows out there that I haven't seen, but will be waiting for me, when or if I choose to watch them! :thumbup:

Sunday night, we watched the PBS Civil War drama, Mercy Street.  This show was the first in Season #2, and it was pretty good. (They crammed a bit too much into one hour.) 
After that, came the second episode of this season's Homeland.  I really liked it,  much more than I did last week. A very tense storyline, with appearances by all the regulars . . . Quinn, Saul, Dar, and even Max, from the very first season! 
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Post by: Sandy on January 24, 2017, 03:43:08 PM
Dexter is not for  everyone...  But I particularly enjoy the actors and even though the story is  a bit bazaar, I am enjoying it very much,  the second time around.   

For me it is well worth the time that I have spent re watching all Eight Seasons.     

Sandy
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Post by: FlaJean on January 24, 2017, 04:54:39 PM
Watched Ghost Writer on Netflix.  It was a movie by Roman Polanski about an ex British Prime Minister.  Apparently it had reference to Blair and his close association with US and the Iraq War.  Larry and I enjoyed the movie.  I didn't care for the ending but it was realistic for the movie.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 25, 2017, 12:00:58 PM
Not a good day for me today, so I'm going to spend my time with a book and/or the TV.  I just looked at the TCM schedule, and see that Doctor Zhivago, is playing this afternoon at 1:30.  Always in my Top Ten list of favorites, so I'll look forward to watching it once again. 

FlaJean - I don't remember ever hearing about Ghost Writer?  I tend to like movies that are about an actual event in history, which is why I liked Bridge of Spies.  I realize that they fictionalize some of the characters and of course the dialogue, but still . . . the situation actually occurred, which makes it all the more interesting to me. 
Doctor Zhivago, is a good example too.  A fictional story, that starts at the beginning of the Russian Revolution, and follows through to near the end, when the Soviet Union was formed.  The story is so romantic and realistic!  I learn something every time I watch it.     
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Post by: Tomereader1 on January 25, 2017, 12:18:40 PM
I'm assuming that the "Ghost Writer" refers to the novel "Ghost" by Robert Harris.   The original ghostwriter has died under questionable circumstances. The new ghost writer arrives to finish the memoir of a former British Prime Minister.
The book is very good, tense and well-written.  A movie was made of it, and I felt it stayed within the parameters of the novel.  The ending comes as somewhat of a shock, both book and movie.  Well worth your time, especially if you are a connisseur of mysteries/thrillers.  I recommend.
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Post by: Lindancer on January 25, 2017, 12:29:20 PM
Marilyne, and the great music score for Dr. Z
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Post by: Marilyne on January 25, 2017, 03:28:28 PM
So sorry to hear that Mary Tyler Moore, has died. Not much on the news as yet, but I'm sure there will be lots of tributes to her long career in television and the movies. She was 80 years old. 
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Post by: JeanneP on January 25, 2017, 08:04:42 PM
Seems like her first husband just passed a few months ago.  I really liked her show. I think she had been a diabetic for many years.
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Post by: Tomereader1 on January 26, 2017, 11:38:10 AM
My bad...the movie title is "The Ghost Writer".  The book title is "The Ghost".  I pulled it up on Netflix last night and rewatched.  Still good.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 26, 2017, 11:49:33 AM
I had forgotten that Doctor Zhivago, is three and a half hours long!  Every minute is worth watching! There is an intermission half way through it, so I recorded it from the point, and will watch the second half this afternoon.  It is certainly an important movie, which explains the Russian Revolution, and the havoc it created for the entire country.  The story and the acting by all the main characters is something that I never tire of watching.

Tome and Jean - I don't recall ever hearing about Ghost Writer, but it also sounds like another good historical movie.  It must be based on facts, if it's about Tony Blair, being as he is still alive?
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Post by: Tomereader1 on January 26, 2017, 02:56:24 PM
Not sure it's "about" Tony Blair.  They may have used segments of his life before and during his tenure as Prime Minister.  Doesn't seem to me to be "about" a real person, especially Blair.  He may have done stuff that we, in the U.S., were not especially aware of.  But...who knows.  To me it's just entertainment.  Read the book first, and then decide about seeing the movie.
Marilyne, I too, loved Dr. Zhivago.  It is a beautifully crafted movie.   Let's all raise our voices and sing "Somewhere My Love"!   
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Post by: Marilyne on January 26, 2017, 10:43:22 PM
Gloria de - Yes! The soundtrack from Doctor Zhivago, is gorgeous.  The theme music for a movie, can add just the right touch.

I watched the second half this afternoon, and loved every minute of it.  It's a shame that they don't make big epic movies anymore.  The kind that tell a wonderful story against the backdrop of an important historical event.  Others films along the same lines would be, Ryan's Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia, From Here to Eternity, and of course . . . Gone With The Wind
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Post by: CallieOK on January 27, 2017, 12:18:01 AM
Let's all raise our voices and sing "Somewhere My Love"!       I'll waltz while everybody else sings.   ;D
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Post by: FlaJean on January 27, 2017, 12:22:31 AM
Marilyne and Tome, This was in Wikipedia about the author of Ghost Writer and where I saw the reference to Tony Blair.

Harris was an early and enthusiastic backer of British Prime Minister Tony Blair (a personal acquaintance) and a donor to New Labour, but the war in Iraq blunted his enthusiasm.[2] "We had our ups and downs, but we didn't really fall out until the invasion of Iraq, which made no sense to me," Harris has said.[3]

In 2007, after Blair resigned, Harris dropped his other work to write The Ghost. The title refers both to a professional ghostwriter, whose lengthy memorandum forms the novel, and to his immediate predecessor who, as the action opens, has just drowned in gruesome and mysterious circumstances.

The dead man has been ghosting the autobiography of a recently unseated British prime minister called Adam Lang, a thinly veiled version of Blair.[4] The fictional counterpart of Cherie Blair is depicted as a sinister manipulator of her husband. Harris told The Guardian before publication: "The day this appears a writ might come through the door. But I would doubt it, knowing him."[5]
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Post by: Marilyne on January 27, 2017, 12:41:47 AM
Callie - I'll stand and clap, while you waltz and Tome sings! ;D I have the world's worst singing voice. :-[

FlaJean - Thanks for the explanation on "Ghost Writer".  It sounds like an excellent book, and I plan to check the library and see if they have a copy. 
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Post by: Sandy on January 27, 2017, 10:25:14 AM
I watched the ghost writer yesterday  (movie)   and it was very interesting.  Thanks for recommending it . 

Sandy
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Post by: CallieOK on January 27, 2017, 04:55:06 PM
Just added Ghostwriter to my Netflix list, Between additions there and to my e- book borrowing list, I have enough "entertainment" for the rest of the year!
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Post by: Chia on January 28, 2017, 12:49:12 PM
(http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/domas_bucket/barbara-hale-dead-perry-mason_zpsqocxpxxa.jpg) Barbara Hale has died. She was in her 90's and played the role of Della Street in the TV series of old
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Post by: JeanneP on January 28, 2017, 01:16:26 PM
Yes, I really enjoyed watching her with Ray Burr in that show.  They still have them on daily here.
I am amazed as to how fast the have put together 2 hour long shows on Mary Tyler Moore.  Showing her life.  I wish that the one Friday would not have shown her in 2015. She looked so sick. You could tell that her eyesight had gone. She had all the women with her from the Mary Tyler show and all were older yet looked so good.  She was a beautiful women would have like to have remembered here that way.  Why does Television want to show the bad parts.
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Post by: JeanneP on January 28, 2017, 01:19:38 PM
Notice that Mike Conners died yesterday also.  It seems like all the ones we watch are just going so fast now.  hard for us to believe as they still show so many of their shows almost daily on about 3 of our TV Cable sights.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 28, 2017, 01:49:37 PM
Chia - Thanks for posting about the death of Barbara Hale.  I remember her from Perry Mason, but also from the movies that she made during the 1940's. I often see her on TCM, in movies from that era.  She was also in lots of other TV shows during the 50's and 60's. 
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Post by: Marilyne on January 28, 2017, 02:07:28 PM
Yet another important movie star has died! John Hurt, who was still very active in both British and American films.  He was 77 years.  Hurt was best known for starring in The Elephant Man, Alien, and most recently, in the Harry Potter films.  He was also in lots of TV series, one being Dr. Who.
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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 01, 2017, 04:18:35 PM
I have noticed that a lot of "older" movie, and especially ones from UK don't "always" have CC.  Marilyne, you mentioned at one point that you were thinking on getting a new TV.  Well, if you are, don't go into a BestBuy store, because it will knock your socks right off.  The displays of the TV's (3D, OLED, 4K, curved screen, etc.) will make you want to buy one right there!  I stopped in yesterday to ask some questions of their "Geek Squad" personnel, about hooking up my DVD player.  Just walking thru I wanted to shell out the big bucks for a set that would take up my entire living room wall.  Hah, hah.  Wouldn't do that, but oh, my, the beauty of the picture on those things!!!
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Post by: Marilyne on February 01, 2017, 06:39:35 PM
Tome - As a matter of fact, I've been planning a trip to Best Buy!  It's the only place (that I know of) where you can still buy a clock radio, and I need one!  My bedside radio has stopped working, and I really miss the ability to listen to music or talk - especially when I can't sleep at night. 

I'll try to convince AJ to come along with me, and then we can visit the TV section and take a look at those gorgeous new sets.  As you know, I've been complaining about the color quality on Netflix and Amazon for some time now, and I think it's time to upgrade!! :thumbup:
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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 01, 2017, 08:07:53 PM
There was a puff-piece on our evening news about what you don't want to get if you're buying a new TV. 
3-D is now passe,  curved screen sets didn't sell as expected, and so will probably be discontinued near future;
HDR is something that may be around awhile, 4K limits what you are able to play on the TV (via discs), so it may be on the wane also. 
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Post by: Sandy on February 02, 2017, 02:08:00 PM
What I remember about Dr. Zhivago,  was that it was a long, long,  movie....  and love story... that was just thrilling at the time.   

IMHO, Dr. Zhivago  is the type of movie that needs the Big Screen for me to really appreciate it.       And some really creative editing could make the movie much more enjoyable today,  by cutting it down to 2 and a half hours vs the old 4 hour flick that seemed to go on and on for ever.   

I loved Omar Sharif, Julie Christie and Geraldine Chaplin, 
and remember how I felt watching this movie  when I was
a very recently married young women of 22 years old.   

Back when "being in love" consumed my whole spirit. 
And I felt that all when watching Dr. Zhivago  on the Big Screen.

Sandy
   
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Post by: Marilyne on February 02, 2017, 05:38:59 PM
Sandy - I agree, that Doctor Z, is best viewed on a full screen in a theater, which is where I first saw it back in 1965 or 66. The good part about watching it at home on my HD set, is that I can have closed captioning, which I need!  Also, the screens on most TV's are large enough now, to get the full effect of any movie. 

As for the 3 hour and 20 minute length, I don't see how they could edit anything out, and have it be as great as it still is??  The story covers the time period between World War I and the end of the Bolshevik Revolution. It would be like editing out a large segment of, Gone With the Wind, so it wouldn't be as long.  Both GWTW and Dr. Z, were adapted from books, that cover a span of many years. I would hate to see anything cut out of either one.

I saw a review online that I agree with, as to why it's an important movie. Here is an excerpt.

"Doctor Zhivago, is a film whose like we will not see again. This was one of the last gasps of true epic film making, a story of human beings set against a vast historical panorama, made without any computer-generated images and featuring only people to keep your interest, with not a space alien or hobbit in sight. Who can believe now that there was a time when that was sufficient?"
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Post by: Marilyne on February 05, 2017, 03:36:16 PM
Today is the yearly event, that everyone looks forward to (except me), The Super Bowl! Someone on one of the other discussions called it "The Stupid Bowl". ha ha ;D   I like to complain about it, but actually, anything that brings that much pleasure to so many millions of people, has to be good! Right? :-\

Anyway, I'll watch The Puppy Bowl, per usual, or anything else I can find on my bedroom TV.  Not a big selection, as that set doesn't get the good movie channels,  or Netflix/Amazon.  I just hope the game is over by the time Homeland comes on. 
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Post by: CallieOK on February 05, 2017, 04:03:49 PM
It amazes me how all the networks are conceding to the Super Bowl by airing reruns or movies tonight.
Fortunately,  our PBS station will have the 3rd episode of "Victoria" followed by the 3rd episode of  a "docu-drama" about Henry VIII and his wives.  (Might be the 4th, since I see it's about the last three of them.)
I'm into season 4 of "Monarch of the Glen" on Netflix so that's a possibility, too.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 05, 2017, 04:42:53 PM
Callie - As soon as I saw your message, I turned on the TV to take a look at my channel guide.  Sure enough, Homeland, is NOT on tonight, except for repeat broadcasts! You are correct . . . all channels are catering to the Super Bowl! :tickedoff:  I haven't been following Victoria, but I do like Mercy Street, so I'll check and see if it's playing on PBS tonight . . . and there's always HGTV or TCM!

Did you happen to watch Switched at Birth, this past week?  Very disappointing I thought. This is the final season, so I was hoping it would be good, but now I'm not sure if I'll continue to watch. 
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Post by: CallieOK on February 05, 2017, 04:56:05 PM
Marilyne,  NO - I did not notice that Switched At Birth was on last week!   :'(
What night and what channel, please?   I remember how the last series ended.   Did the first episode explain why the girls suddenly left.......wherever they were?
Oh, I am disappointed to have missed the first one.

Mercy Street is on my PBS station tonight - just before Victoria.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 05, 2017, 05:46:28 PM
Callie - I was reminded by my daughter, that Switched at Birth, was returning this past Tuesday night.  I didn't watch it then, but I did watch it On Demand, yesterday afternoon.

The final show last season ended with an emergency phone call, that Bay and Daphne needed to return home immediately?  They were in China . . . I don't remember why they went?  Anyway, after a few ridiculous, unrelated side stories, they returned home.

I think that possibly the original screenwriters must have left long ago, and a bunch of new ones are trying to patch together a plausible finish to the show?  It has to get better, because it can't get any worse!

You can see it On Demand, or on your computer.  Do you have Netflix or Amazon??  My daughter thinks that this entire season is available on one of those, but I haven't looked??  Oh another thing . . . the cable channel that it's playing on, used to be called ABC Family, but is now called Freeform.
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Post by: CallieOK on February 05, 2017, 07:03:23 PM
Marilyne, Thanks for more information.

Seasons 1-4 are the only ones I currently have on Netflix.  I don't have Amazon.

Freeform is listed in my newspaper tv guide but I didn't realize it had been ABC family so probably skimmed right over the listings last week.  I have set my DVR to record this Tuesday's episode.
Probably won't take long for me to catch up.  Ha!
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Post by: SCFSue on February 05, 2017, 09:53:35 PM
I just turned off my TV following a very favorite movie on TCM, "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.  Very satisfying and more important, IMHO, than the Super Bowl!

Now I'm heading off to bed with a good book.
SCF Sue
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Post by: Marilyne on February 06, 2017, 11:54:02 AM
Sue - Yes, there is always something worthwhile on TCM.  If a good movie comes on at a time that I can't watch, I click the little red dot on my remote, and record it to watch at another time.  Needless to say, I have lots of movies recorded that I haven't had a chance to see yet. ::) Casablanca, is one of about a dozen of my favorites, that I never tire of watching.

Callie - check your channel guide, and see if a repeat of last week's Switched, will be shown before the current show?  They used to do that, in case you had missed the previous week.
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Post by: junee on February 06, 2017, 06:07:43 PM
Marilyne.  Casablanca is also one of my longtime favourites and fortunate to have the DVD .
Lost count of how many times I have seen it.  All the actors are so great.
Now, I have found that movie ..Oceans.... "On Demand" and a price. Not sure what that means but willing to,pay the price if I can view it at my choice of time?

At present am chasing Dr Zhivago as aboutbtime I viewed that one again.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 06, 2017, 11:15:06 PM
junee - Be sure to put on your closed captions, if you watch Doctor Zhivago.  With all those Russian names, and all the different accents, it's almost impossible to understand the dialogue.  You really need cc, to get the full enjoyment out of that movie!

I would also need it for, The Light Between Oceans, because I find it hard to understand the Australian accent, but I'm sure it won't be a problem for you. :)  I also have a hard time hearing plain old American English, in certain movies, so I just automatically turn on the cc for any movie. 
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Post by: Radioman34 on February 07, 2017, 10:48:30 AM
Mention of Light Between Oceans just caught my eye as I was scrolling past. I just finished reading the book yesterday and found it to be a very moving and satisfactory novel.
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Post by: CallieOK on February 08, 2017, 02:10:57 PM
After just one episode of the new season, I do believe I have "aged out" of watching "Switched At Birth"!!   Not a single one of the story lines interested me.
Oh, well.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 08, 2017, 03:09:07 PM
Callie - I agree!  It seems that the writers are very much into making social/political statements, the past couple of seasons.  (Remember the incident between Bay and Tank?) If you didn't watch the first episode this season, you might not realize what Daphne's boyfriend did to "offend" people.  Anyway, I'm getting tired of the PC element in so many of the network or cable shows.

I will continue to watch, because as I mentioned a few years ago, my daughter opened an SAB group on Facebook.  The majority of people who post comments are actually deaf, so it's interesting to read what they have to say about the storyline of the show and the characters. 

Last night they didn't feature Emmett, as they did the first show, where he was diagnosed with clinical depression.  That could develop into something interesting . . . or not?  :-\
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Post by: CallieOK on February 08, 2017, 04:34:41 PM
Marilyne,  my station didn't rebroadcast the first episode before the one last night, but the review showed what Mingo had done to "offend".
Didn't know about Emmett.  I can't remember if he's still in....was it California?
I could do without Bay's real mother (can't think of her name) going back to college and turning into a "Cougar"!
The actor who plays Tank looks as if he lost a lot of weight.

I'll probably continue to watch - but may have my crossword puzzle handy, just in case.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 08, 2017, 07:06:19 PM
Callie - Yes, it was a little annoying that Regina, had to resort to becoming a "cougar"! ::)  I guess they have to keep up with the trends! LOL   Another trend that I'm not fond of is tattoo's.  I wish they hadn't turned Bay into a tattoo artist, but I'm sure that most people would disagree with me. 

The boyfriend with Bay, wasn't Tank, it was Travis.  Tank was the big guy, that Bay had her problem with, a couple of seasons ago.  He may be back again, because the writers are looking for a happy ending for everyone, being as this is the last season. 
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Post by: CallieOK on February 08, 2017, 08:11:40 PM
Oh, yes, now I remember Tank.    Well....Tank and Travis start with the same letter.  LOL
Must have been having an Intellectual Interlude  ;). 

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Post by: Marilyne on February 15, 2017, 11:28:43 PM
Callie - So here we are a week later, and another episode of SAB has come to pass!  I recorded it last night, but haven't watched it yet.  I'm in no big rush to see it, but I do plan to watch it on one of these upcoming rainy afternoons. (Four of them in a row, starting tomorrow.)

It doesn't look like anyone has seen anything worthy of mentioning? I've been watching all the usual things on HGTV, TCM, and a couple of the Premium Channels. Netflix and Amazon are still not looking good, colorwise, so I'll have to catch up on all those good programs at some time in the future.  Oh yes, I did watch the Grammy Awards Show on Sunday night.  Not because I'm a fan of today's style of popular music, but because our son, dil and granddaughter were there, along with other members of dil's family.  Her brother is one of the producers of the show, so he gets tickets for them every year. 
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on February 16, 2017, 02:27:43 AM
I am enjoying a new tv series, they got the Idea from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel...This series is called  " The Good karma Hospital, we have only had two episodes so far but it is looking to be a winner...

Also starting is another new series of The Real Marigold Hotel ( series two, ) but with a different group of famous faces, I will let you know if they meet up to the expectations of the last group...I guess like everything, if these series go down well over here, they will work their way over to you...

I did watch the Christmas one but only four of the first series eight were in it, and I didn't much go on this one, especially the vulgar Miriam Margolyes, with her constant, with every chance she got of doing " fa*t's " words, who seemed to take over the show...

New cast...Bill Oddie, actress Amanda Barrie, snooker champion Dennis Taylor, entertainer Lionel Blair, TV personality Rustie Lee, This Morning’s Doctor Miriam Stoppard, Paul Nicholas from ‘80s sitcom Just Good Friends, and singer Sheila Ferguson...

Links to programmes...


http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-02-12/meet-the-cast-of-the-good-karma-hospital

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/02/15/real-marigold-hotel-gentle-decidedly-winning-series-2-review/

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Post by: Marilyne on February 16, 2017, 11:17:18 PM
Jackie - those two new TV shows sound very good!  I saw the Marigold Hotel movies, and enjoyed them . . . especially the first one.  Of course, if they're starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, how could it be anything but good?  I'll be looking forward to seeing The Good Karma Hospital, and also The Real Marigold Hotel, #2.  I don't recognize the name Miriam Margolyes, but will be on the lookout for her, to see what she is like. 
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Post by: Marilyne on February 21, 2017, 03:26:26 PM
We watched a couple of movies on TCM this week.  One was the Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1956, starring James Stewart, Doris Day, and a bunch of good character actors. The assassin, played by Austrian actor, Reggie Nalder, was wonderful. Not much dialogue, but his face says it all! :yikes:

We also saw, The Bad and the Beautiful, 1952, starring Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner.  Not one of my favorite films, as I've never been a big fan of Douglas. However, he's one of the few stars from the "Golden Era" of movies who is still living, at age 100!  Also, Doris Day is still alive, and lives not far from me, in Carmel, CA.  She is in her 90's, and still active in animal rescue activities. 
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on February 22, 2017, 01:53:38 AM
I am sure I have posted this before but, two films which Lana Turner had her best and most memorable performances in, were, " Imitation of Life " and " Madame X..." seen both films a few times and could still watch again if they came back onto our tvs...both were sure tearjerkers....
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Post by: FlaJean on February 22, 2017, 12:18:00 PM
I watched The Man Who Knew Too Much not long ago.  Like that one.  The other night Larry and I started watching The Third Man.  After 20 minutes we both decided ---bad idea.  Awful film in my opinion.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 22, 2017, 06:47:49 PM
FlaJean - Maybe you didn't give The Third Man enough time?   It's one of my Top Ten favorite movies of all time, and I will always watch it, whenever it plays on TCM.  I loved it from the first time I saw in in 1949, and all the many times since. However, I do understand that we don't all like the same things!  The old saying, "Different strokes for different folks", applies here!  :D

Last night we watched a movie on MGM, called Triumph of the Spirit, from 1989.  It was a Holocaust story, that takes place in Auchwitz, but has a bit of a different twist.  For one thing, it was based on a true story, about a young athlete from Greece, who had won an Olympic medal for boxing, in 1936.  He and his father and brother were all incarcerated in Auchwitz.  His character was played by Willem Dafoe, and also starred James Edward Olmos and Robert Loggia.  I don't know who the female actresses were?  Anyway - not a cheerful movie, as you can well imagine. 
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on February 23, 2017, 12:36:18 AM
Three episodes into " The Good Karma Hospital " and I am thoroughly enjoying it on the tv....

MARILYNE...sadly not many true stories are happy, its the reality though of the film that's gripping...not a film I dont recollect ever seeing...
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Post by: FlaJean on February 23, 2017, 10:56:34 AM
Marilyne, I was watching the movie with my husband or I would have given it more time.  I'll give it another look when he is out working in the yard. 😊  The storyline sounded interesting to me but it was too slow for Larry.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 23, 2017, 12:10:19 PM
FlaJean - The Third Man, was adapted from the book, by Graham Greene. He also wrote, "The Power and the Glory", "Our Man in Havana", and many more.  I've never read it, which seems odd, considering the movie is, and always will be, on my Top Ten.  I'll have to remedy that ASAP, and put in a request at the library!  The only G Greene books I can remember reading, are Travels With My Aunt, and The End of the Affair.  Both were made into movies.
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Post by: JeanneP on February 24, 2017, 06:06:16 PM
Just got back from seeing the Movie "Lion"  Fantastic. I cried all the way through.

WAs at 2pm but place full.   Mostly all people with silver hair.  I sit way up in the top so can look down.  Soon will be 2 more good movies out.  "The Zookeepers Wife"
I have the LP book ordered.  And one called.  "British Kingdom" Something like that.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 25, 2017, 01:52:11 PM
For those of you who like classic black/white movies - tune in tonight to your local PBS channel, and watch Laura.  This 1944, film noir drama has it all . . . mystery, intrigue, clever plot and wonderful performances by Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Vincent Price and Clifton Webb. It's playing on most of your PBS channels across the country at either 8:00 or 9:00 O'clock. I'll be watching!  :thumbup:
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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 25, 2017, 06:05:30 PM
A made-for-TV movie, in 8 or l0 episodes, based on a book "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarity, premiered the other night and I DVR'd it. Tried watching last night (it was late) couldn't figure out what I was watching, so started again today.  Still couldn't figure out where we were going with it.  Stars N. Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Begins with what looks like a Police investigation, but we don't know who got killed, or who might've done it.  Then we segue into the lives of over-privileged Malibu housewives/families. One lady, who is new, doesn't seem to fit in, which is a mystery in itself.  Well, I'm lost, it's not giving us enough of any one group or family to point us in some direction.  Duh.  I'm just lost.  Maybe I'll give it one more episode. 
'Big Little Lies' Author Liane Moriarty on HBO Adaptation ...
time.com/4673242/big-little-lies-author-liane-moriarty-interview
Liane Moriarty's head is still spinning from attending the recent red carpet premiere of Big Little Lies, the miniseries based on her 2014 novel of the ... ???'Big Little Lies' Author Liane Moriarty on HBO Adaptation ...
time.com/4673242/big-little-lies-author-liane-moriarty-interview
Liane Moriarty's head is still spinning from attending the recent red carpet premiere of Big Little Lies, the miniseries based on her 2014 novel of the ...
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Post by: CallieOK on February 25, 2017, 07:23:46 PM
Tomereader,  I had read "Big Little Lies" and didn't understand the first episode of the tv series, either. I thought the book centered on the woman who moved into the community and her back story - not the ditzy one.

However, it seems to me that the first episode of any series always tries to set up story lines for multiple characters.  So I'll give it another shot or two, also.


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Post by: Lindancer on February 25, 2017, 08:30:46 PM
I have been watching Roots, on and off all day.  It was on Sundance
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Post by: Marilyne on February 25, 2017, 10:53:03 PM
Gloria de - Have you been watching the new version of "Roots" from last year, or the original series from the 1970's? We watched the new one, and thought it was very good. I'd like to see the old original show, just to compare the two.

Tome and Callie - Thanks for letting us know about "Big Little Lies".  It sounds like it was a bit confusing, but likely they were just trying to cram too much into one hour??  Those series shows tend to do that . . . jump from one character to another, and then back again, while you're still trying to figure out what just happened! The cast is certainly top notch!! I'll start watching it some night next week.  I looked it up online, and saw this review that I think might help to explain things from the first episode?  I'm going to save it and read it over again before I watch the show. 
Oh, and I must comment . . . that picture of Nicole Kidman that accompanies the review . . . what a humongous wig she appears to be wearing!!  She couldn't possibly have that much hair, could she?? :-\
http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/big-little-lies-production-and-performances-elevat-250627
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Post by: FlaJean on February 26, 2017, 02:37:59 PM
Marilyne, Laura is one of my favorites.  I've watched it twice in the last year on Netflix.
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Post by: Lindancer on February 26, 2017, 04:44:22 PM
Marilyne, I watched the original I think 1977. I did not realize so many famous actors were in it. No I have not seen the new version. It is also on to day.  Yesterday it went well into the late evening, that why I watched it on and off, after the first 3 hours.  Also to day I was just going around the dial, when I found a program about James Island in SC, being changed to Kunta Kinte. All his ancestors were there for the ceremonies
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Post by: Lindancer on February 26, 2017, 04:51:10 PM
I am back to correct the James Is. In on the Gambia River. Not SC
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Post by: Marilyne on February 26, 2017, 05:07:13 PM
Tonight is the yearly Academy Awards show.  I watch it faithfully, even though I haven't seen any of the movies that are nominated for Oscars this year.  Sometimes the show is entertaining, and other times, not so much . . . but I always hang in there to the bitter end.   

I think Gloria de and Callie, are the only others besides me, who tune into this yearly Hollywood love fest?  I only hope that the winners don't go into a political rant, when they get in front of the microphone to accept their awards.  ::)
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Post by: Marilyne on February 26, 2017, 05:18:39 PM
Gloria - I didn't see your message.  You must have posted it while I was writing mine.  The original "Roots" did have lots of stars in the leading roles, and I don't think the new version did?  The only one I recognized was Forest Whitaker, who played Fiddler.  I'd like to see the original show again. 
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Post by: CallieOK on February 26, 2017, 07:07:40 PM
Marilyne,  :)  at your comment about those of us who watch the Oscars.   I've seen "La La Land" and the one for which Meryl Streep is nominated (although I can never remember the 3 names in the title "Florence ......   .......").  I think that character would have been much more difficult to play than the one from 'La La Land" - even for Meryl Streep. 

However, I shall have my mute button handy in case she - or anyone else - goes into a political diatribe with their acceptance speech!

I'm recording the second episode of " Big Little Lies", which comes in the middle of the Oscars show.
.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on February 26, 2017, 08:48:47 PM
I am now watching ,  the Oscars on my Kindle and posting to you on the computer . In other words I am enjoying all these inventions.
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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 27, 2017, 10:28:46 AM
Oh, Marilyne, you know that I watch the "hollywood love fest" every year.  The only one of the movies nominated that I have seen was Florence Foster Jenkins with Streep.
(Didn't you just love Kimmel's "dis" on Streep?)  I was confused about why he picked on Matt Damon so much. It wasn't nearly as funny as the shorter bit on Streep.  Some of the dresses were gorgeous, some would look good hanging at Goodwill!  And did we set a record on how many boobs were shining?  My sentiment is:  If boobs are all you have going for you, hang it up baby! One of Kimmels funniest lines was the one about the losers going to the trouble of taping their dress to their boobs (can't quote it exactly! but that's close).
Can anyone tell me why the guys tuxedo trousers are all so awfully baggy at the hem?  I've noticed this before, and am still puzzled.
The Best Picture Mixup was really something...but I didn't see it...as soon as Faye Dunaway finished saying La La Land, I turned off the TV.

I especially loved the montage where they showed all the winners from the past accepting their Oscars, actresses and actors. Just goes to show how quickly we forget...I didn't even remember last years Best Actress winner. Last years Best Actor was my sweetie from "Bridge of Spies" (also from "Wolf Hall") with the dreamy eyes. Loved his little porkpie hat!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on February 27, 2017, 10:40:22 AM
And the speeches:  most were without "vitriol" yet some had a political bent. The most elegant and touching was
Viola Davis' accepting her Supporting Actress award.  I was almost crying with her.

And last, but not least, I thought/felt that Kimmel was particularly Boring.  He had a couple bright spots, (read "funny") but all in all, his hosting just seemed to "drag".  Now that's just MHO, and I'm sure some of you loved him!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on February 27, 2017, 12:17:05 PM
 Impressions of The Oscars Show:  Kimmel was less outspoken than I expected him to be, Viola Davis' speech was very classy,  Meryl Streep's behavior in general was ridiculous and Emma Stone did not deserve to win Best Actress.

I realize some kind of activity is needed while sets are being changed, etc. The reactions of the audience when the treat bags tumbled down were fun to see but the "stunt" with the tour bus people was totally unnecessary.

Robin Roberts did well as  a Red Carpet interviewer.

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 27, 2017, 12:40:38 PM
Tome - I love your review of the Oscars!  Sorry I didn't mention you, as one of the very few members here who watch the awards.  Of course I remember that you're one of the few movie lovers who post in this forum!.  In fact I'm impressed that both you and Callie are the only two who still attend movies in an actual theater!   I was in my "pre-Oscar grumbling mood", over the fact that so few seniors are interested in the awards, or in any movies - old or new.  Hard for me to relate, because I look forward to and enjoy the awards, every year.   

The fiasco at the end of the show, was total chaos!  When Beatty and Dunaway came out to announce the winner, I thought he, (Warren), looked totally confused, or "out to lunch", as the saying goes.  So when it all came down, I figured it was somehow his fault for handing Faye the wrong card. But, apparently it was a mixup with the envelopes??  We'll probably never know, but heads are going to fly.  I really felt sorry for the "Moonlight" people.  By the time they excepted the award, all the energy and excitement had gone out of the show, and they didn't get the attention that they deserved. 

The best part of the show for me, was the arrival, and the stunned reaction of the tour bus group!  At first I thought . . . Oh no, this is a big mistake!  but I was wrong . . . they were perfect, not only funny, but they added some reality or contrast, to  all the glitz and glamour.  An incredible raggedy bunch of movie star worhippers, as I have ever seen.  The couple from Chicago looked to be right out of Central Casting. 

As for the dresses!  Has there ever been so much sparkle and glitter at the Oscars?  Who knew there were that many metallic fabrics?  Gold, silver, sparkling beads and sequins were everywhere.  That must be the fashion trend of the year.  some were lovely and understated, but others were overdone and (as always) showing way too much skin! 

I could go on and on, naming individual favorites, but I've already written a book!  I hope we hear from Callie and Gloria, as well as anyone else out there who watched the show? :thumbup:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 27, 2017, 12:48:12 PM
Callie - I just now saw your message.  I think we were posting at the same time.  I agree with you on all points, except that I did think the tour bus group was a funny touch -if only to show the total contrast between the "elite and the common folk".  ::)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on February 27, 2017, 12:56:52 PM
Marilyne,  I was a bit "snarky" about the tour group segment.  While I agree with you that it was fun to watch  (and that the Chicago couple were a hoot), it did add to the show's length.
I just read a news story saying there are two cards prepared for each presentation - one on either side of the stage.  I think Faye Dunaway walked out carrying the card so she may have been handed the wrong one as she came on.
I don't remember which presenter on which side had come out with the Best Actress card.

One would think Batty or Dunaway would have noticed Emma Stone's name on the card and realized it wasn't the one for Best Picture.   However, it was pretty obvious that the show was running waaaay longer than it should have and the final awards were being rushed.

Warren Beatty always looks as if he's out..."somewhere", IMO.    ;)

A few friends and I will go to the smaller movie house in the suburb where we live - but none of us can manage the ones in the malls any more.  Fortunately, the local theater has quite a few first-run movies. 

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on February 27, 2017, 01:12:11 PM
I stayed up and watched the Academy Awards.... 

When Beatty and Dunaway  came on,  I thought wow,  he is really out of it... 

Well he wasn't and they gave him the wrong card...   

I can understand just how confusing that must have been for him.   He realized that there was a problem, so he stepped back (which made him look like a dunce) ...  but "stuff happens" sometimes,  and I understand just how confusing it must have been for him...     

They gave  him the wrong card ...
And made him and Dunaway  look foolish, 
but they owned up to the mistake and apologized ...   which changed everything,  as far as I was concerned.

IMHO,  that was a pretty bad mistake,  as far as mistakes go,  but I certainly do not blame
Beatty and Dunaway,  now that the truth has come out.     

Such is life when the Academy Awards screw up!   

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on February 27, 2017, 02:12:23 PM
I'm not one to hunt up stories on things like the Academy Awards goof - but news items I've seen on my internet opening page this morning have all commented on how gracious and civil the actors from both movies were to each other on stage.
Fine examples of behavior in an awkward situation, IMO.

Onward and Upward!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 27, 2017, 02:24:29 PM
Callie, the stories about the Oscar goof have been on my Google news/home page all morning as well.  It's good to see that both sides are being nice about it. 

Sandy - I'm glad that you also watched the show. It must have been pushing close to midnight, in your time zone?? 
Warren Beatty did look to be very confused, when he first walked out.  I looked him up, and see that he's 79 years old, so would be expected.  His sister Shirley, who is 82, seemed more at home.  She's still doing movies, so is likely more at ease in front of the crowds and lights.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on February 27, 2017, 05:06:05 PM
I too watched the awards from beginning to end..Had not seen any of the pictures but certainly heard a lot about them.. I for one am a Jimmy Kimmel fan after watching him entertain at an Annual White House Correspondents Dinner  where the President of the United States is present..and lo and behold I read this morning that President Trump will not be at that annual show this year...So sad he has such a thin skin..Things moved along as fast as they could and again, I thought Jimmy Kimmel's delivery of the jokes prepared were in good enough taste to satisfy me..I thought the presenters dresses were lovely and unless I dropped off, did not notice any low cut gowns to comment about..and I also enjoyed seeing candy dropped from the ceiling...and it seemed the crowd did also..I am sure that every year someone tries to think up something not done before, and this year was the year that the bus full of tourists happened..It seemed like a good idea, but I think it fell apart when apparently lots of the passengers had cell phones and knew  where they were  going...but....good try...Whether I am still here next year is the mystery of the ages, but for sure that the Academy Award show will be here for Marilyne and others to enjoy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 27, 2017, 06:52:06 PM
Chia - Good to see you here again, and to read your comments/opinion of the Academy Awards. I hope you return often, and tell us what you think of various TV shows or movies that you've seen. 

I hadn't seen much of Jimmy Kimmel, until last night's show, but I thought he was as good, or better than some of the former Oscar hosts.

Quote from: Chia on February 27, 2017, 05:06:05 PM
"Whether I am still here next year is the mystery of the ages, but for sure that the Academy Award show will be here for Marilyne and others to enjoy"
It is "the mystery of the ages", Chia, but I'm betting that you and I will be here next year, as well as everyone else who posts in this discussion! Hold that thought! :thumbup: 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Jeanne Lee on February 28, 2017, 10:47:53 AM
I haven't been to a movie in almost 40 years.  And it's even longer than that since I bothered to watch the Oscars (or other awards).   :D 

Who/what is Jimmy Kimmel?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on February 28, 2017, 12:18:42 PM
Kimmel is late night TV comedian, along the lines of Johnny Carson's show.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on February 28, 2017, 12:21:18 PM
I still prefer to watch the good Movies That I know I will enjoy, on the big Screen.
You would not recognize the theaters now. Screen so big. colour good. sounds and very comfortable seats. One of our seats like you lounger at home.  Can get a beer or cocktail
I if you wish.  Can get food out in the front area. Not bring into Theatre
I saw "Lion" there last week.  And waiting now for "The zookeepers Wife" and "British Kingdom" to come on.  Each of the Theaters can show 14 movies at same times. Nt a cheap time out for families anymore but they do have a senior price during the day
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on February 28, 2017, 12:23:40 PM
I don't think that any of them on now can come up to "Johnny Carson" was just something about him.  I didn't care for David Letterman at all
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 28, 2017, 12:51:28 PM
Jeanne Lee - Glad you stopped by this morning!  Maybe we can inspire you to watch some movies on your TV?  Lots to see, and I'm sure someone in here can give you suggestions as to some good ones that you might like. 

As Tomereader said, Jimmy Kimmel has a late night, live TV talk show.  I've only seen it a couple of times, and would watch more, but it comes on too late for me.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on February 28, 2017, 01:55:11 PM
Good afternoon,on a bright sunny day, on Long Island,NY

Yesterday, I came in to post my review, wrote a long one, got to the last word, and pushed the wrong button and it was gone. I will try again to day, most likely not as long.
I stayed up and watched the whole show. I thought Jimmy K. was  a very good clean host. the first time in a few years I really enjoyed the show. Of course in my thoughts no one can top Bob Hope or Johnny C. With those thoughts my age is showing (93) Most of the gowns were beautiful this year, I don't really care for the plunging neck lines to the waist, but of course this is a new day and age. I wonder how the person talking to the star, keeps there eyes from traveling.
I did not care for some of the hair dues. One looked like a fright wig, another, looked like she came out of the shower etc.Most were beautiful.
I agree, I thought both sides handle the mix up very gracious. there are some people in this world, that should take a lesson from those actors and actresses.  Of course this post is only and old ladies opinion :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Jeanne Lee on February 28, 2017, 03:58:58 PM
Marilyn, I haven't even seen any current movies advertised that I would be the least bit interested in seeing.  No, I take hat back...  the one with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith I might watch when it comes on TV  But most of them today are too full of violence, drugs and foul language for my taste.  I do watch some of the old ones on the antenna channels - METV, GetTV, ThisTV....  I saw Citizen Kane a couple of months ago and a couple of other real oldies, still in black & white.  Nothing today can measure up IMO.   :) 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on February 28, 2017, 10:54:57 PM
In with the good late nite show people I would like to add Steve Allen, who I believe started the "Late Nite Show" thing.  Then there also was Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams (a bit more slapstick).

They just don't make em like they used too.  :(
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 28, 2017, 11:19:43 PM
Rick - I'm in agreement with you on Steve Allen!  He set the standard for all the Tonight Show hosts that followed.

The first late night show I remember, was in the 1950's when I was in high school.  It was called Broadway Open House, and the host was a guy named Jerry Lester.  Very slapstick, but very funny.  He often featured a tall blond young woman named Dagmar.  Does anyone remember that show?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on February 28, 2017, 11:40:12 PM
Quote from: Marilyne on February 28, 2017, 11:19:43 PM
Rick - I'm in agreement with you on Steve Allen!  He set the standard for all the Tonight Show hosts that followed.

The first late night show I remember, was in the 1950's when I was in high school.  It was called Broadway Open House, and the host was a guy named Jerry Lester.  Very slapstick, but very funny.  He often featured a tall blond young woman named Dagmar.  Does anyone remember that show?
I don't remember that particular show but I do remember Dagmar.  I always was waiting to see just what new thing Steve Allen had awaiting us.  Man in the street, rooftop stunts, weird people --- always something new and interesting.  I also remember his piano thing, where he would create a song or piece of music from a few notes from a spectator.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on March 01, 2017, 12:27:43 AM
Like you I dont go on the comedies of today, what they call " stand up " comedy, not a patch on the clean cut comedies of our day, sadly most of those entertainers have now departed from us, it is all a new breed of talent-less comics we get on our tv's today...

Some of the comics I am referring to, to name just a few, which some are still with us, are the likes of...

Les Dawson
Ken Dodd
Tommy Cooper
Charlie Drake
Bruce Forsyth
Dickie Henderson
Max Miller
Morecambe and Wise...Erick Morecambe and Ernie wise
Des O'Connor
Tommy Trinder
Max Wall
Charlie Williams
Jimmy Edwards
Tony Hancock
Roy Hudd
Spike Milligan
Harry Secombe
The Two Ronnies...Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett...
Mike and Bernie Winters
Norman Wisdom
Harry Worth
Hylda Baker
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on March 01, 2017, 10:05:23 AM
I tend not to live in the past.... but do enjoy remembering  shows,  actors,  comic and/or classical or method actors of all sexes.       

I know what I like when I see it,  and am constantly surprised by the number of very talented people that I run into as I watch shows from Netfix, Amazon Com,  Showtime etc.      YouTube also streams many, many programs that I can not get on my simplified version of Cable.     

And if I am in the mood for shows of the past,  they are all out there too,  just waiting to be streamed... 

I sure am lucky to have so much available  to choose from....  These keep me from ever getting bored. 

I value my "Roku" which consolidates the shows that I enjoy
and depend on. 

Have a great day,  everyone!
Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on March 01, 2017, 11:06:54 AM
I dont think I was ever a lover of going to the cinema but, if I remember right, and judging by when the film was released, I did go to the cinema to watch " Grow your Own..." around nine years ago....then again a few years later it was shown on our tv....Yes the title says it all...it was about an allotment but, classed as a comedy but with a serious story attached to it...the basis of the story if no one has seen the film is based around a group of refugees but, mainly it is focused on one male traumatised refugee who working on the allotment is gradually brought out of his shell, and the fight to keep part of the allotment from being sold......Link to trailer of the short film.....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ffYWrpwZ70
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 01, 2017, 02:49:23 PM
Gloria de - I'm glad you enjoyed  the Oscar show too.  I agree with you, that no one can ever top Bob Hope or Johnny Carson. 
I saw your message in Soda Shoppe, that your grandson is now walking with a cane!  I'm so happy for him and for your daughter in law too. I'm sure he will continue to improve, and some day, he will be able to walk without the cane!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 01, 2017, 03:18:15 PM
It's always surprised me, that so few of the seniors here in S&F, and others that I know in person, are not at all interested in the movies.  They've always been a part of my life, since I was about three years old, and my mother took me to see "Snow White".  Then came "The Wizard of Oz", and lots of comedies starring Bob Hope & Bing Crosby, or Abbott & Costello, or musicals with Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney.  I think the first drama I ever saw was "Reap The Wild Wind", with John Wayne. It made a big impression on me, and to this day, I will watch it when it plays on TCM.

During my elementary school days, I went to the Saturday afternoon matinee every week, with girlfriends or neighbors. It was what everyone that I knew did, back in the 1940's. So I guess I absorbed a large variety of movies over the years, and they definitely set the background for my love of movies to this day.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on March 02, 2017, 09:15:18 PM
I just read 3 reviews of a program to be shown this coming Sunday on FX named Feud starring great actresses, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange portraying  Bette Davis and Joan Crawford..It seems all the reviewers agreed on gushing terms what a great story this is and will be followed by others about these 2 actresses...
I must make a note on my calendar to check it out...now also to check if I have the FX channel...
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 02, 2017, 11:19:15 PM
Chia - Thanks for the tip on the upcoming FX show!  Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, are both great actresses, and I'm sure they will do a good job of portraying Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.  Like you, I'm going to have to do some research, and see if I can find the FX channel? :-\
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on March 03, 2017, 12:11:39 PM
Good afternoon, on a windy March, yesterday the wind gust got up to 50

Marilyne, I also grew up with movies as part of my life. They cost a whole fifteen cents.  Every Sat. when I was a kid was spent in the movies, 2 movies, a short, comedy plus on weekends a serial I remember one was Flash Gordon. I was living in Charleston when they made Reap the Wild Wind, and they had to cover the streets on the Battery with sand and dirt. As for Snow White with took Dennis to see it, he was also 3, when the witch came on he started to run up the aisle.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 05, 2017, 04:05:04 PM
My parents began taking me to Shirley Temple movies when I was still young enough to think she was actually in town staying at the hotel and wanted to go play with her.

In Elementary School,  I sometimes spent Saturday with a friend whose parents owned a department store in our small home town.  She and I would see a "Western" movie at the Pix theatre in the morning - have lunch at the store - and see a "Jungle" movie at the Thompson theatre in the afternoon.

The balcony of the Thompson wasn't restricted seating but it was well-known that it was Teen Territory.  I only remember seeing adults there one time - when some parents were checking up on their daughter (no, they weren't mine.  ;D )

I will be glued to the television in the morning (Monday) and have the DVR going because my granddaughter is going to be on the Rachael Ray show!
She lives in New York and had gone to see the RR show several weeks ago.  The audience was asked if there was anyone who had never had their ears pierced and would be willing to have it done on the show.  She was the only one who put up her hand - and went back to the studio the next week to tape the segment.

It will be part of a "Never Have I Ever..." theme show tomorrow (Monday, March 6) and, from the picture she posted on Facebook, I guess it will actually be done on stage.

The RR show comes on at different times in different areas, but if you care to and are able to watch..... you can say, "I know that girl's grandmother"!  :)

 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 05, 2017, 04:12:32 PM
Gloria de - I forgot to mention the Jeanette McDonald/Nelson Eddy movies!  I must have seen those musicals when I was very young, because I remember some of them now, when I see them on TCM. I also remember my mother singing,  "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life At Last I've found Thee", in a false soprano. ;D

I'm not surprised that the wicked witch in Snow White, scared Dennis, and he wanted to get out of there!  My mother told me that lots of the children in the theater started crying when the witch came on the screen, and that I hid under the seat. LOL!  I don't remember it at all.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on March 05, 2017, 04:19:04 PM
Marilyn, I think I saw all of Jeanette Mc. movies.  Just last Sunday I watched her in SAn Francisco, with Clark Gable. Had not seen that in years. The earth quake scenes for amazing for that day and age.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 05, 2017, 06:25:35 PM
Callie.  I will be sure to turn on RR show tomorrow.  Comes on her at 3pm.  I was afraid to get my ears pierced also. Would not have put up my hand. I know I was about 45 years old when I did get them done.  Now I would like to have them with another hole higher so could leave small diamonds
in. Lots of friends have that.
I have had the same earrings in for past 30 years now. Same for the gold chain I wear. Never take them off.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on March 06, 2017, 05:33:39 PM
Well...I found the FX channel that presented the ongoing series Duet...starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange playing Joan Crawford and Bette Davis about the  successful movie they  made together, "What ever happened to Baby Jane"...and all the back stabbing and rivalry between these 2 divas..
The movie was in black and white and very scary but interesting and it won all kinds of awards at that time.. When it comes to awards in the future, You can bet that actresses Lange and Sarandan will win their share of consideration as they both played their prospective roles so well.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 06, 2017, 05:52:54 PM
Chia,  I also thought Lange and Sarandon did excellent jobs with their roles as Crawford and Davis.  Is this an on-going series or a mini-series?

Jeanne, the lady who did Ellen's ear-piercing was a physician's assistant and called it "minor surgery".    Her mom and I picked up on signs she was nervous - but she seemed to have fun.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 06, 2017, 08:45:48 PM
Now I thought she was at ease. Having fun being on TV.  Where did she get her Red hair from. She is cute. Bubbly.  is she taking care of her ears.  Both my girls did not get them done the right way.  went to the mall.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 06, 2017, 09:02:01 PM
Jeanne, only those who know her well would have picked up on the nervousness. which was probably more in anticipation of being stuck with a needle.   I'm sure she was very happy with the numbing cream!  Much better than the ice cube of yore.
She has a degree in musical theater so is comfortable on stage and in front of an audience - although she is more comfortable dancing and/or playing a role and would prefer not to be in the spotlight all by herself.
  Her red hair comes from her two grandfathers' Irish ancestry.  Her sister is the only brunette in their immediate family; her other grandmother and I say she inherited our genes.  :)

I asked her recently how her ears were doing and she said, "Great".   I'm sure she's doing whatever she was told about taking care of them.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 07, 2017, 11:35:12 AM
Callie - I recorded the RR show yesterday, and have been looking forward to seeing Ellen's NYC television debut! It came on here at 3:00 pm.  We had company all afternoon and for dinner, so this is the first chance I've had to see it. I'm going to pour myself a fresh cup of coffee, and take a look right now.  Back later! :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 07, 2017, 12:14:47 PM
Marilyne,  she is the last segment on the show - if you prefer to FF through all the other stuff.   ;)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on March 07, 2017, 01:21:19 PM
Rachel did a beautiful and delicious looking butternut squash & Penne dish w/prosciutto, that you could almost smell thru the TV! 
I did see the pierced ear segment...hope she enjoys her
ear-bling!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 07, 2017, 01:22:00 PM
Callie - Ellen is adorable, and seemed very relaxed for her NYC Television debut!  I didn't notice that she even winced or gritted her teeth during the piercing.  Everything was so professional and sanitary . . . a far cry from the days of yore! 

It was the first time I'd ever seen the Rachael Ray show, and I did watch the whole thing. (FF through the commercials).  I'm not much of a cook, so I never watch the cooking shows on TV, but this one had lots of other fun things to watch.  The Butternut Penne pasta dish looked delicious, but I doubt I will be making it any time soon! ::)

I hope this will be a start for Ellen, and that she will soon be in the chorus line of a Broadway show.  (Maybe "Hamilton"?) :yes:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 07, 2017, 05:29:26 PM
Marilyne,  thank you for the kind words.  Ellen is classified as a "Dancer Who Can Sing".  Between her college graduation (May, 2015) and her move to NYC (September 2016) she was a "featured dancer" (she said this meant she had at least 2 lines of dialog  :) ) in 7 productions in OKC and Tulsa community theaters. She also played Bebe in "Chorus Line".
Now, she would be happy to be in the Ensemble of ANY production - in NYC or elsewhere - but she wants to be paid.

The butternut squash penne pasta dish did look delicious!  Here's a link to the recipe on the Rachael Ray web site.   http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipes/24438_penne_with_brown_butter_and_squash_sauce_and_crispy_prosciutto/ (http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipes/24438_penne_with_brown_butter_and_squash_sauce_and_crispy_prosciutto/)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 07, 2017, 11:55:43 PM
Tonight I watched Feud:Bette and Joan.  I thought it was very good, thanks to Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange . . . both great actresses.
I thought that Susan S looked a lot like Bette Davis, in some of the shots. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the series.  I wonder how many episodes there will be?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on March 13, 2017, 01:19:03 PM
Hi Marilyne..

I knew there was to be another program of Feud starring Susan Serandon and Jessica Lange Sunday night but there were so many commercials that I decided that I was not going to watch it any more...I know that commercials pay the bills but not presenting the series as PBS would have done by getting rid of commercials at the beginning of the program with no other interruptions, really ruined the program for me and really don't think that I will continue to watch it in spite of the great performances given by Lange and Sarandon...
But I have the advantage of knowing how everything finally turned out..
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on March 13, 2017, 01:25:19 PM
Chia, I feel like you do about the commercials.  That's why I record many shows like that - then I can fast-forward through all the commercials.   ;)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 13, 2017, 01:46:00 PM
Chia - I also hate to sit through commercials, so I either record ahead on my DVR, as maryz said, or I watch later On Demand.  Sometimes OD will not allow you to scroll through commercials, however, you can with this particular show! ("Feud")  I forgot to record it last week, so had to watch episode #1 On Demand.  Much to my relief, I could scroll through the commercials!  :thumbup:  I did remember to record it last night, so will probably watch it later in the week.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on March 13, 2017, 03:03:09 PM
Darn, I forgot it both nights.  I even forgot what channel it is on??  My TV weekly guide didn't "feature" it this week, so I didn't even think about it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 13, 2017, 04:19:39 PM
I forgot to record "Feud" last night but have discovered the FX  (not Fox) network is rebroadcasting the episode at 1:00 a.m. tonight/tomorrow?  CDT.   Recorder set for that one.

Tome - you might check to see if it's the same in your area (allowing for time difference).
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 14, 2017, 12:00:29 AM
Even PBS is bad now.pledging has Now been  going  on now all the time.cutting into shows.

All the reg. Shows on the other channels are running twice as many

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on March 16, 2017, 05:30:02 AM
Our first series ( no mention yet of any future series but definitely can make way for more ) of The Good Karma Hospital, and have to say, the episodes were fantastically brilliant from the first to the last, which sadly had just shown its final episode over the weekend ...I do hope it reaches your end at a later date, if so, I can thoroughly recommend a tv programme not to be missed...I truly cant say any negatives about it...
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 16, 2017, 11:12:40 AM
Hi Jackie - Your mention again of  "The Good Karma Hospital", has my curiosity up! I checked Google, plus IMDb, but couldn't see when, or if, it's scheduled to play here in the US.  Most sites give it good reviews, so I will be looking forward to watching it.  I see that it's playing on a channel called ITV, which we don't get.  The only channel we get from the UK is BBC.  Some British shows, like "Downton Abbey", "As Time Goes By", et al,  are shown here on our PBS Channels.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on March 16, 2017, 12:58:53 PM
MARILYNE...
...I too done a check to see if it was going to be shown on American tv, and cant seem to find anything saying yes.....I also done another check and have now found out we will be seeing an episode 2, not sure when it will get aired...

Also done a check on Amazon.uk, ( nothing showing on Amazon.com ) and found the DVD available but sadly only zone-region 2, so maybe not compatible with your zone-region 1.... Although I do have an old Peggy Cappy yoga DVD that was your zone 1, that after a little fiddling on my old, not this computer, I managed to change the two zones over, so I could get to watch the video, and it worked perfect at the time.....
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 16, 2017, 04:03:57 PM
I watched the movie Manchester By The Sea, and thought it was excellent.  Casey Affleck won the Oscar this year for Best Actor, and I agree with the experts, that he deserved the award.  If you don't like dark and depressing movies, then it would be best to pass this one by.  It's heavy drama all the way, with a very sad and compelling story. if anyone has seen it, be sure to comment here - I'm really interested in what any of you think about the movie?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on March 18, 2017, 11:59:21 AM
Just a reminder: a week from tomorrow, March 26, PBS starts a new series about the Bronte Sisters..and is supposed to start at 9 p.m. my time, Eastern Time..
It will be interesting to watch a series about 3 sisters whose works are known all around the world yet little is known about them...
I have every intention of watching..
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on March 18, 2017, 12:20:39 PM
Can't find anything I like on Netflix that I haven't seen several times so started watching West Wing.  Hadn't seen it since it was originally on TV way back when?  I had forgotten how good it is.  Much, much better than House Of Cards which I gave up on after Series I.

Chia, the series on PBS about the Bronte sisters sounds good.  Looking forward to it.  Glad you mentioned it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 18, 2017, 07:20:50 PM
Now I think they did the "Bronte Sisters" a few year ago.  They are still going the pledging on on all 3 of the PbS stations.  So many things being repeated
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 18, 2017, 11:21:35 PM
Chia - thanks for telling us about the PBS program about the Bronte Sisters.  I wonder if it's brand new, or if maybe it's a repeat of the old series?? 

FlaJean - We haven't watched any of the new shows on Netflix either.  There are many that I would like to see, but our color is still dark and blurry on both Netflix and Amazon.  Our cable company is saying that the reason for the poor color, is that the signal isn't coming in here as it should, because of the mountains??  If  that's true, then why was it perfect for the first three years?? :-\
We did like House of Cards, so I'll be looking forward to seeing it when we finally get a decent picture.

The Premium Channels are perfect, so we still have plenty to watch on HBO and Showtime.  Game of Thrones returns next month! :D
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on March 19, 2017, 08:08:01 AM
This version was made in 2016 according to IMDB.   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5594080/

I will definitely watch.  My husband and I visited Haworth and the Bronte house on a typical dark and  misty day in Yorkshire.  I was impressed at how dreary the area was and could easily understand how the Bronte's stories always had a dark side to them.  It must have been oppressive to all these talented siblings to have to live in such a (to me) depressing place. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 19, 2017, 11:16:27 AM
phyllis - Thank you for letting us know that the TV series on the Bronte Sisters, is a brand new one!  I will definitely be watching, one week from tonight, March 26th.  I looked at your IMDb link, and it looks like it will be a good one.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on March 19, 2017, 12:16:29 PM
It was on our tv screen end of last December, ( To Walk Invisible, The Bronte Sisters,) but I never got to watch it...
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on March 20, 2017, 08:43:13 PM
My memory is not great anymore, but didn't the Bronte sisters also have a brooding brother who was also an accomplished writer?  Or perhaps one of the characters in the Bronte's writing was about a brooding male brother--imaginative or not?

SCFSue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 21, 2017, 06:28:53 PM
Phyllis.  Now I love the Haworth area and it is not that far from the area I grew up in UK.  So true  On dark rainy day that part of Yorkshire is dreary.  My family had a small home in Haworth used in the Summer Months and the Bronte Home was just around the corner.  To bad you did not get up into the Lake District in the Summer time. Now it is usually nice when I get back over there and always spend time in the area. I miss the Moors and all the villages up in the area.  Walked all over the area growing up.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on March 22, 2017, 09:02:48 AM
JeanneP, we did get to the Lake District and I loved it.  Drove through it...took the ferry across Windermere...stopped and toured Beatrix Potter's house (loved that!) and stayed in Keswick.  That whole area is so beautiful and, other than the day in Haworth, the weather was sunny and beautiful.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 22, 2017, 12:45:46 PM
Phyllis.
My youngest daughter has been going back to UK with me last few time. She loves going up into the Lake District. Has some granddaughters now an so last time we were at the Beatrix Potter house she bought the whole set of children's tea sets a lots of books for them.
I would like to live up in that area in the summer times.
Don't know if I could handle driving a car up in that area now.  roads so narrow. Also getting more crowded all the time.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on March 24, 2017, 08:15:29 PM
Guess everyone is bingeing on basketball this week.  I used to love to watch the Women's Playoffs, but haven't gotten into it this year.  I would always root for Tennessee, or one of the Texas teams, but failing that, I was a Connecticut fan!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on March 25, 2017, 02:45:13 PM
Tomereader, I'm waiting AGAIN! for someone to beat UConn, but unfortunately I don't think that will happen.  He's able to get the best recruits in the nation and although there are some other good teams, like my Alma Mater, the U. of South Carolina, I'm pretty sure UConn will prevail.  He has his picks of the best of the best every year.  Who wouldn't want to play for the perpetual #1 team?!  NOT FAIR!

SCFSue

P.S. the announcers for the women's finals are mostly UConn grads--sounds like nepotism to me!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 26, 2017, 12:18:37 PM
We watched the PBS Saturday Night Movie last night, which was the original version of The Manchurian Candidate, starring Angela Lansbury, Frank Sinatra, Lawrence Harvey and Janet Leigh.  What a great movie . . . a real thought provoking thriller!  I think the PBS movie plays on most channels across the country, so I'm hoping that some of you also watched it? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 26, 2017, 01:39:21 PM
I may try finding the Manchurian at my library. Been years since I saw it and so forgotten what it was about. good actors in it. Has to be good
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on March 26, 2017, 03:13:50 PM
This is just a reminder: The presentation "To Walk Invisible about the Bronte Sisters " is tonight on PBS eastern time at 9 p.m.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on March 26, 2017, 03:14:54 PM
Remember that they re-made "Manchurian Candidate" a couple of years ago with Denzel Washington.  In my opinion,the original was the better of the two!  (Which is mostly the case with re-makes!)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 26, 2017, 03:34:01 PM
Tome - I rarely ever watch a remake of any of the old movies.  They're never even close to being as good as the original, and they're almost always box office bombs.

The remake of Manchurian starring Meryl Streep as the mother, was a flop.  As great of an actress as Streep is, I'm sure she didn't live up to the performance by Angela Lansbury!  Another remake that I refused to see, was True Grit. I like Jeff Bridges, but the role of Rooster Cogburn, belongs to John Wayne!     
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on March 26, 2017, 11:43:39 PM
I just watched the story about the Bronte Sisters on PBS tonight and I can only say,  with my very limited hearing,  the expressions on those actors' faces,  was  that more easier to figure out what was going on.. I thought the play was wonderful and all the actors were very professional..For some reason, I had no difficulty in understanding the actor who played the role of the Father..The actor playing the part of the Brother was also very good in a most difficult part (I thought)...The scenery was fantastic and done only as English producers do so well,,I am glad that I stuck with it for the 2 hours...
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Joy on March 27, 2017, 10:49:54 AM
Wondering if anyone watches the Hallmark Series "When Calls the Heart" ?

It is not one of my favorite series of Hallmark movies.  I had a hard time getting into the story when it first started.  However, last night I only caught a little bit near the end.   Wondering why Jack had to leave?   But, he did propose to the girl (can't remember her name) . So, I guess the story might be getting better.

My favorite was the series made from the Debbie Macomber's books.  None have been that good since.

Joy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 27, 2017, 11:00:31 AM
I just had to quit on The Bronte. Knew I wouldn't enjoy it for 2 hours or future.
Being from the area the scenery was good. Remember the dark dreary weather.  Not quite the same anymore. The house still the same.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 27, 2017, 11:16:49 AM
Chia - My hearing is also very poor.  Some shows on TV I can hear better than others, but I always use Closed Captioning, for any play, movie, or live performance.  The words showing at the bottom of the screen, somehow helps me to actually hear the spoken dialogue. My husband has the same problem.  We automatically turn on CC for all of the above.

Joye - I haven't watched the Hallmark series,  When calls the Heart, but my daughter and gr-daughter have been following it.  I like Debbie Macomber's books, so I'd like to see that series.  I'll have to look On Demand, and see if it's still listed? 

JeanneP - Why did you not care for the, The Bronte Sisters? What didn't you like about it?  I didn't see it last night, but I recorded it, so hope to watch it today.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 27, 2017, 11:34:45 AM
Joy,  I only watched a few episodes of "When Calls The Heart" - for several reasons.  One being that it conflicts with a couple of other shows I like to watch on Sunday nights.  I could record it but the other reason is that the characters, particularly the women. look much too modern for the time in which the story is set.  Hard to explain why other than their hair dos and something about the way they behave.
I did enjoy the Debbie MaComber series - except for Andie McDowell's portrayal of the judge.  Much too "sweet" for the way I read the character in the books.  Also got annoyed at the way she tossed her hair in every episode of one season - and her insipid giggle in another season.
Maybe I'm just too picky!!!

I recorded the Bronte sisters show last night because there were conflicts with other shows being thrown off schedule by severe weather reports.   
No bad weather here but large hail and a couple of small tornadoes happened within the viewing area of the local stations.

Marilyne,  I also use CC but my tv isn't set up to get it on Netflix.  Even my techie dil can't get it to work.  So I watch Netflix on my Tablet, where I can get the CC.

Did anyone watch the first episode of DWTS last week?   Charo is going to be way past annoying but Mr. T. is much better behaved than I expected.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on March 27, 2017, 11:44:11 AM
The Bronte's was just OK, IMO.  I wondered why soooo much of the story was about Branwell since he was the least productive, or well-known, of the 4.  I suppose because of his alcoholism he was the most interesting as far as telling the story was concerned.  The 3 sisters led pretty dull lives, it seems, but then women in that time weren't encouraged to do anything other than to take care of the house and the men in the family.  Quite a lot has changed since we were there, except for the dreary weather.  That apparently hasn't changed.  ;)

I rely totally on CC and if it isn't available then I have to turn away because I can't understand enough of the dialogue to even follow the plot line.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on March 27, 2017, 12:40:18 PM
Do any of you remember the long ago story of the Bronte's in black and white?  I think Laurence Olivier played the part of the moody brother.  Very good presentation in black and white--and the moors were gorgeous! 

SCFSue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 28, 2017, 12:05:01 PM
Yes, I remember the original PBS show about the Bronte's . . . must have been at least 40 or more years ago?  I tried looking it up online, but didn't find anything.  I haven't watched episode #1 of the new series as yet.  I have so many things recorded, and trying to go through them one by one. 

Callie - did you give up on Switched At Birth?  I'm still recording and watching, but only because this is the last season, and I want to see how everything ends up.  So far, the writers are sticking with heavy duty PC story lines, and not much about wrapping up loose ends.  Yesterday afternoon I watched the "return" of Angelo, and the baptism story of Toby and Lily's baby.  Every week it's another story on acceptance, tolerance, forgiveness, etc. ::) 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 28, 2017, 12:24:40 PM
Marilyne,  yes, I'm sticking with Switched at Birth -  for the same reason you are.   I was ready to give it up after the first two episodes until I learned that the series is ending.

Unless Charo is kicked off DWTS next week,  I may not finish watching it.  She is disgusting and totally out of control.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 28, 2017, 02:19:40 PM
Callie - I decided at the end of last season, that I was through with DWTS!  That fake protest against Ryan Lochte, was the last straw for me. It was so obvious and ridiculous.  They don't need to stage phony stunts like that, to keep viewers, and they lost me instead.  Anyway, I heard from my daughter that Charo is acting "totally weird", so I will watch it on demand, just to see what she's doing? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on March 28, 2017, 03:23:22 PM
When I saw that Charro was going to be on the show, I decided right then I was not going to watch it.  Same with Mr. T.   They get so many "no-names" anymore that it is not even fun. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 28, 2017, 04:24:59 PM
After Charo's time on last night's show,  the guard who had dealt with the Lochte incident was introduced as one who would "protect us from Charo".   I didn't see if he had to "help" her off the ballroom floor.
IMO,  she should be forbidden to compete again.
Mr. T. can't dance worth a lick but his conversations and attitude are surprisingly sensible.

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on March 28, 2017, 05:55:18 PM
About the Brontes:  I suggested that Laurence Oliver  might have played the Bronte Brother--however, I have a much worn Movie and Video guide from 1999.  He did not play in the "Brontes" as I remembered, but starred in Wuthering Heights in 1939 as the "tortured Heathcliff" forever in love with the ethereal Cathy who was played by Merle Oberon.  I've seen that several times on late night TBS.  An excellent movie!

Sue (SCF)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 29, 2017, 12:23:14 PM
I just thought that the Bronte's on Sunday night was boring.  I do remember the old Black and white movie of about 40 years back. Think I may have the tape.
I must have liked it as I held on.  Still love Black and white movies.

We read so much on them in School in the UK.  I now go back once in awhile and read the books we had to read.  Lots can't be found now.  Can get them from the University Library at any time.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 29, 2017, 12:30:25 PM
O.K Jane.  Stop sending your Iowa weather over to us. Say storms are heading this way from you.  Will cool us now a lot.
I just watched a old Wuthering Hights black and white the other day.  How different the acting is today. Wonder what it would be like if they made a new one in Tech. colour now using the new modern.  Just would not be able to get the dark dreary feeling shown on the old one.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on March 29, 2017, 01:37:23 PM
I am watching DWTS Callie, but Charo has to go, she gave me a headach Monday. Grabbing the mike, was uncalled for, and her screaming. She did  was not to bad in the dance.  Mr. T surprised me, as he was so soft spoken.  bad dancer.

Marilyn, I use cc, but also TV ears. I love them, you can even turn the TV off, and still her the station. I have then with all my TV sets. Much better then earphones.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 29, 2017, 02:19:16 PM
Gloria de & Callie - I agree that Charo, won't last much longer on DWTS.  I watched it yesterday On Demand, and she was super annoying. She's always been extremely hyper and unpredictable, but has gotten worse in her old age. 

Speaking of her age, she says she is only 66 years old, (born in 1951), but according to her Spanish birth certificate, she was actually born in 1941, making her 76 years old. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 29, 2017, 03:01:46 PM
At least, Charo was one of the two in jeopardy - and I'd have to agree that the guy from SNL was the worst dancer.  I saw the x-ray of his spine in his introductory remarks and am surprised he agreed to compete at all, having had his neck broken like he did.

Don't know why - but I always thought that Mr. T the person was much different from Mr. T. the personality. 

Marilyne,  have you watched last night's episode of Switched At Birth yet?   I thought the story lines were trite.  If that's the best the writers can come up with, it's no wonder that - as the ad said,  'there's one more episode until the series finale".

Is anyone watching "Designated Survivor?  It's on ABC tonight at 9:00 CDT.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on March 29, 2017, 03:06:58 PM
You betcha, Callie!  Love that Designated Survivor!  I even turned my daughter on to it, and she binged all the episodes last week...could hardly wait till this week's epi.
She catches these on HULU the day after the program airs. That's how she managed to "binge watch"!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 29, 2017, 03:07:57 PM
 :thumbup:   I've already set my DVR - in case I forget to watch the time.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 30, 2017, 12:04:13 AM
Callie - I haven't seen Tuesday night's "Switched At Birth" yet.  I'll watch it Friday afternoon.  This final season is a disappointment, but because I've followed the show for years, I'll hang in there for the last few episodes.  As you said, it's been trite and predictable, so far this season. Not at all realistic, like it once was.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on March 30, 2017, 06:18:20 PM
I see Charo is threatening to quite, if she does not get a better score. Is she kidding! As I said yesterday, with her screaming, she gave me a headache.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 02, 2017, 02:29:50 PM
finely. It was beautiful here yesterday and not to bad today. Maybe get a walk in. The weather sure makes a difference to my personality. I ran all over town yesterday. Such energy.  Came home and took a nap at 4:30. Big mistake. Awake most the night. Going to not even sit down today.
Some good TV on Public TV tonight.  Covers the whole 3 hours.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 07, 2017, 12:53:19 PM
Looks like Charo got eliminated on DWTS this week.  I've been meaning to watch the show On Demand, so I could see her reaction, but haven't as yet.  Anyone who saw it on Monday night, let me know?  I've been reading really nice things about Mr.T.  Sounds like he's a genuinely funny guy, and very likable.

I missed all the Sunday night PBS shows this week, so have a lot of catching up to do.  I guess I'm the only one in this forum who watches Homeland, with Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin?  We've been following it for years, and love the show.  Radioman used to watch it, but because he's been in Israel, I doubt that he's seen this season?  Which reminds me, Homeland was originally an Israeli TV drama, so most of the action takes place in the Middle East. (Not so much this year, but in all past years.)

Other than that, it's been NHL Hockey playoffs, most nights, which is why I've fallen behind on most shows I usually watch.  I'll catch up eventually!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on April 07, 2017, 01:00:14 PM
Marilyne,  yes, thank goodness, Charo was eliminated.    In her introductory remarks,  A producer asked her partner if it was hard to control her - and he said,  "Yes".  She "almost" apologized for her behavior .....but not quite. 
She did grab the mike for a few final remarks but I muted them.   I think they were a bit more "subdued". 

Mr. T. is just delightful!  He really is a "gentle giant".

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 07, 2017, 01:58:43 PM
Thanks Callie - I'm also glad Charo is gone . . . she was obviously uncontrollable.  I wonder if she only turns on that hyper personality when she's in front of a camera or microphone, or if she is actually like that all the time?  It would be exhausting to keep that up 24/7.  I've been meaning to look her up online, and find out if she's married, any children?? Wikipedia, here I come!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on April 07, 2017, 02:03:58 PM
Good afternoon, no rain, but cool and cloudy. Waiting for my nephew from PA. He and his wife plan to spend the night.

Marilyne, I saw DWTS Monday night, and they must have cumbed  Chero down  as she went quietly no grabbing the milk.I have never seen anyone as rude as she was last week. She mad a lasting impression on the show.I must say, her dancing was better then Mr T, and that why she said he should go before her.  He seems like such a gentleman. I think that surprised every one
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 07, 2017, 02:49:23 PM
Gloria - Looks like we're all in agreement on Charo, being eliminated!

I looked her biography up on Wikipedia, and was surprised to see that back in the 70's and 80's, she was a guest star on all of the popular shows from the era - The Love Boat, Ed Sullivan, and all the many talk shows. She must have been better behaved back then?

There has always been ongoing controversy about her age.  She has given various different dates of birth over the years, but has now settled on 1951 . . . which would mean she was only 15, when she married Xavier Cugat in 1966.  Her actual official birth certificate from Spain, says she was born in 1941.

After she divorced Cugat, she married Kjell Rasten, and is still married to him.  They had one child, a son, who now plays drums in a heavy metal rock band.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 07, 2017, 02:52:45 PM
QuoteI guess I'm the only one in this forum who watches Homeland, with Claire Danes   (Carrie) and Mandy Patinkin (Saul) 

Marilyne,   I also have been watching Homeland,  on and off for years.     I watch it for a while then lay off then go back and watch it again.     I can watch all episodes on Showtime.   It is very interesting,  but hard for me to watch and believe  (but I do)  and just let's me realize that there is so much more going on in this world then
I  know,  understand or have been privy to...    I am now down to watching it one episode a week,  which is a little bit easier for me to ingest.    I keep thinking that this is the last season,  but maybe not....   time will tell.

International intrigue and politics is hard to understand and difficult for me to watch.    But I am glad that I have kept up with Homeland...   For me it is extremely eye opening. 

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 07, 2017, 04:16:13 PM
Quote
Marilyne,  I also have been watching Homeland,  on and off for years.     I watch it for a while then lay off then go back and watch it again.     I can watch all episodes on Showtime.   It is very interesting,  but hard for me to watch and believe  (but I do)  and just let's me realize that there is so much more going on in this world then
I  know,  understand or have been privy to...    I am now down to watching it one episode a week,  which is a little bit easier for me to ingest.    I keep thinking that this is the last season,  but maybe not....   time will tell.

International intrigue and politics is hard to understand and difficult for me to watch.    But I am glad that I have kept up with Homeland...   For me it is extremely eye opening. 
Sandy

Sandy - I know exactly what you mean, and I feel the same way.  "Homeland" has opened my eyes too, and made me aware of  how much is going on in the world, and how totally clueless we are.  Not only the turmoil in the entire Middle East, but now we also have North Korea.  Hard to watch Homeland some nights, when you know that a lot of that drama and intrigue, is actually happening - right now! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 07, 2017, 10:29:21 PM
I know that Charo was putting on a act. She is a very smart women.  Has to be in her 70 now as I have been following her for at least 50 years.  She is on of the Worlds Best Spanish Guitar players. Studied under the Best in Spain from being a child. True she did marry Gugat when 15.  He was the one who had her doing crazy things when young. Good business women. Worth 9 Million dollars she made her self. Been married to her second husband for years.  So tiny. looks just like she did at 18 years old. She still plays in some big places and a big following in Classical Music. I love listening to her.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 12, 2017, 02:23:06 PM
JeanneP - You haven't posted a message in any of the forums for a number of days?  I hope you're okay?

Sandy - Sunday night I watched the final Homeland of this season.  I was disappointed, in that I thought it was a little "over the top", and the ending was not at all realistic.  If you saw it, I'm interested in knowing what you think? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on April 12, 2017, 02:54:01 PM
Is Homeland on Netflix?

I don't care how smart or fabulously talented Charo is or how successful she was/is....her behavior on DWTS was absolutely rude, crude and unprofessional!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 12, 2017, 04:40:08 PM
Callie - "Homeland" is not available on Netflix, and I don't think it's on Amazon either?  If you have Showtime on your Premium Package, you can watch all five seasons On Demand.

I'm in agreement with you when it comes to Charo.  Her hyper, attention grabbing routine, might have been cute when she was young, but now that she's in her 70's, it doesn't work anymore.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 12, 2017, 10:48:39 PM
Trying to get a little work done on the outside as the weather warming up.  I never watch DWTS so never did see Charo.  I think that maybe she could have that problem that lots of Children seem to be taking drug for now.  Just overactive.  True it looks bad when you are in your 70s.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on April 13, 2017, 08:30:25 AM
I subscribe to Showtime, which carries Homeland, through Amazon Prime.  It is cheaper than subscribing through my provider (Time Warner/Spectrum).  My dil told me about being able to do that so I switched both Showtime and Starz premium channel subscriptions to Amazon. 

I haven't watched the final episode yet but will soon.  I have been a little disappointed with Homeland this season....I think when Carrie got away from CIA involvement it became less interesting to me.  I am rather surprised that there will be two(?) more seasons to come but perhaps the writers/directors/producers will return to their original formula. I hope so. And, I wouldn't mind if the part of the female president-elect would just go away.   ::)  I don't think the actress who plays the part is particularly good. 
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Post by: Marilyne on April 13, 2017, 01:52:12 PM
phyll - Your subscription to Showtime through Amazon, sounds much less expensive than my Comcast premium channels!  We were trying to lower our monthly bill, so we dropped Starz, from our premiums, but it doesn't make that big of a difference.  I'll look into getting Showtime through Amazon, as we already have Prime. 

I agree that Homeland, was a lot better, when Carrie was a CIA officer, working in the Middle East. This season has been a bit too preposterous for me to swallow, what with all the intrigue happening with Quinn, shoot outs, explosions, and of course the newly elected president.  That part has been so unrealistic.  Also, I'm getting fed up with Dar, popping up all over the place and causing trouble.  As if the POTUS would put up with those threats!  Not enough of Saul, this season . . . he's my favorite!   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on April 13, 2017, 04:59:22 PM
Quote from: Marilyne on April 12, 2017, 02:23:06 PM

Sandy - Sunday night I watched the final Homeland of this season.  I was disappointed, in that I thought it was a little "over the top", and the ending was not at all realistic.  If you saw it, I'm interested in knowing what you think?

    Regarding Homeland Finale...
Marilyne:
The president (Elizabeth Keen) turning against everyone...

Quinn dying ...   


This seasons finale was sad with Quinn dying ... 
during the big escape.... 
I do find them actually escaping a little hard to fathom.   

Then six weeks later,   Keane survives and becomes the President,  then apparently turns on everyone who helped her survive the assassination  attempt.     

At first Carrie is with Keane,  but apparently her bi-polar
problem is back and she is in manic mode..  Keane offers Carrie Senior Advisor to the President with office next to her.   (reminds me of Bannon). 

Dar is behind bars... Saul is free but with very little access to Carrie.   Dar thinks the President is un American. 

Carrie passes her inspection with human services
about her daughter Frannie.   And can get a court date right away...         (even with a man in the basement)

The man in the cellar?  Sleeping it off. Max  wakes up after only a few minutes..  that was unbelievable because he hadn't been "sleeping it off" for very long.   (Being hung over usually takes a lot longer to get over,  if I remember correctly ( giggle))

Carrie finds Quinn's pictures...  showing how much he loved her?

Saul is getting arrested as well as   everyone else now,
  for the attempted assassination.. And Carrie is no longer
the Presidents best friend  and is being escorted out of the building (Why not arrested too?)   

I  Wonder when Trump is going to have Bannon escorted out of the White House?  ...    (Just a thought,  sorry!) 

And "That's all Folks" ...   

I can't follow all the nuances that are presented. 
But I suppose next Season we will find out  more.

(As far as "believable goes" ...  I would not believe that
our own "Presidential Story"  is very believable,  either.. 
But so it is as it is. )   

It will be a while before we will know "What's up Next" .. 

I am glad that I have kept up with this  (some what)  and looking forward to  next Season. 

I don't have any great insight into Homeland... but I am no longer surprised at the twists and turns... That part seems very believable to me,  now.     I think that they change the story as it goes along,  to reflect our real life political stories.    Good,  Bad or Indifferent...   

That's Life!   :coolsmiley:

Sandy
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Post by: Marilyne on April 13, 2017, 06:28:56 PM
Sandy - You gave a perfect summary of the final episode! I love your comments, and feel the same way.  The evil expression on Elizabeth Keen's face in the final shot, was scary indeed!  I also noted the quick recovery of the drunken Max, who was staggering around the basement, and suddenly became stone sober, and was comforting the crying Carrie.

Also, the radio talk show guy (can't think of his name?), that I guess is supposed to be a take-off on Rush Limbaugh??  Max broke the rule of taking his cell phone into the building, but apparently nothing happened except that he was kicked out and then proceeded to get drunk? 

Anyway, I'm going to watch the final episode again, and try to figure out exactly what happened, and fill in the missing pieces.  I'm hoping Carrie's sister comes home from her sabbatical in Europe by next season, so Frannie can be taken out of harms way, and Carrie can get back to the Middle East!
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Post by: Tomereader1 on April 15, 2017, 06:42:21 PM
Marilyne, hubby and I have been bingeing "The Man in the High Castle".  We're in Season 2, and I hadn't played any of it for several weeks.  I notice that Bosch will be returning to Amazon on April 21st.  I need to get the book "Man in the High Castle" from my library, so I can see what happens.  It will be a spoiler for sure, but I must get a handle on where this is going.
Have you been watching "The Son" on AMC?  I missed an episode, so I think I can catch up tonight.
Have a blessed Easter everyone!
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Post by: Marilyne on April 16, 2017, 11:28:09 AM
Tome - We watched Season #1, of The Man In the High Castle, and were looking forward to #2.  However, we're still having a hard time getting a clear picture on Amazon. No one seems to know why our transmission is poor, as all other channels are fine?   

I haven't seen The Son on AMC, but have heard it is good.  AJ has been watching, The Young Pope, on HBO. He likes it a lot, but I haven't seen it. Also, I haven't yet watched the final season of Girls!  I've fallen far behind on most shows, but I'll catch up eventually!       
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on April 16, 2017, 04:25:52 PM
Happy Easter to all'

I just plan to watch DWTS to morrow night. I was sorry to see MrT go, but he really could not dance, but seem like such a lovely man.  I do not know what I expected.  this week I think is Disney, so that should be good.  I have no idea, who will go this week.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Jeanne Lee on April 16, 2017, 10:16:32 PM
Sunday is my favorite night on PBS, with Call the Midwife, Home Fires, and Wolf Hall all in a row!  Can't get much better!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on April 17, 2017, 12:17:45 AM
Jeanne Lee,  I heartily agree about PBS on Sunday nights - except I'm recording Wolf Hall because I'm watching Feud, a mini-series on one of the Fox stations about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, that comes on at the same time. 

Susan Sarandon is doing a marvelous job as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange is believable as Joan Crawford.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 17, 2017, 02:13:18 PM
Callie, don't know about your TV line up, but "Feud" is broadcast several times in a row...had one last nite at 12:30 (or this morning, lol).  You could have watched Wolf Hall and DVR'd Feud.  I have three episodes of that one lined up to watch.  I also DVR'd Home Fires and Midwife. You wouldn't believe how many episodes of that one I have in line to be watched.  Runnin' outta room on my DVR!
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Post by: Marilyne on April 17, 2017, 02:38:35 PM
Tome - I'm also running out of room on my DVR . . .  mostly taken up by movies that I can't resist recording from TCM or other channels.  Most of the series shows on the premium channels or PBS, I wait and watch On Demand. Easier than having the DVR cluttered with so much, that I can watch any time OD. However, I'll have to start keeping a list, so that I don't forget some of the shows I want to eventually see.  Last night I missed all of the PBS shows, because I wanted to watch the, "Tribute to the Bee Gee's", on CBS.  I like their music, and never miss a chance to listen to their hits. 

The NHL Stanley Cup playoff games have started, so the living room TV will be in use most nights.  I don't think the Sharks will last long this season. :(

Callie - Did you watch the final episode of "Switched at Birth"?  I haven't seen it yet, but judging from what I have read online, it was a big disappointment.  I plan to watch it anyway, since I've followed the story from the beginning, and would like to see the ending. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 17, 2017, 02:47:12 PM
I DVR'd my PBS shows, and watched The BeeGees special.
Love their music!  If it's played on a Muszak in some store, look out...I will be Dancin' right down the aisles.  If my daughter is with me, she will be too!  I was not to fond of the "soul" take on some of the songs by some of the guest "stars".  The lady with the fur coat and the bare feet...too much.  The John Legend/Stevie Wonder duet was great though. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on April 17, 2017, 03:37:49 PM
Tome - Glad you joined me in watching the Tribute to the Bee Gee's.  I never tire of listening to their music.  My favorite is  "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart". :'(    I had to call my older daughter to be sure and watch, because she was right in the thick of Disco Fever, in the mid to late 1970's.  She had the 45 record of "How Deep Is Your Love", and I remember she played it non stop for what seemed like months!  We all saw and  liked "Saturday Night Fever", and I still watch it, every time it plays on TCM.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on April 17, 2017, 04:25:58 PM
Tome,   I kinda "pick and choose" which shows to record.  I can record two at a time - but can't watch a third one at the same time.   Madam Secretary often conflicts with Wolf Hall and Feud, because it's delayed by a sports event.  So I usually watch it and record the other two.

I saw all of the original Wolf Hall episodes and decided to record these so I could "binge watch".   ;)
Reruns of the series on King Henry's six wives began last night and I'm recording them for the same reason.

I, too, love the Bee Gee music but decided I didn't really want to watch other interpretations of it.  Wouldn't have mattered, though,  because severe weather reports pre-empted most of the program.   I think it was broadcast on a "sister station" but I didn't try to figure it all out.

Marilyne,  I did watch the final episode of SAB. It was kinda trite but wound up the various plot stories so "they all lived happily ever after"....or, at least, until/unless somebody decides to revive things.   ;D

Who's going to leave DWTS tonight?
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Post by: maryz on April 17, 2017, 04:30:46 PM
Just a random post here, I record a lot of programs, but unlike a lot of y'all, I watch programs on PBS (no commercials) and record the network/cable ones.  Then I can fast forward through the commercials.   :2funny:
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Post by: Marilyne on April 17, 2017, 05:03:29 PM
maryz - We like "random posts"! ;D  Feel free to post anything at any time.  I saw your message about the Henrietta Lacks story last week, and will be looking forward to watching it.

I use On Demand, much more than I use the DVR. You can get absolutely everything OD, but you can't skip through the commercials on the  Broadcast or cable shows.  As you said maryz, those are best recorded on the DVR, so you don't have to sit through the endless commercials.

Callie - I caught up with last weeks DWTS, and was sorry to see Mr.T get eliminated, but he couldn't dance worth a darn. As i mentioned above, we have hockey finals going on every night here, so I'll record DWTS on the DVR. 
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Post by: Tomereader1 on April 17, 2017, 05:44:28 PM
We all sound so "techie" here relating our DVR'ing and On
Demand-ing,  our picking and choosing.  We just ooze selectivity. Let's hear it for us Seniors!  I'd be watching the Stanley Cup playoffs, but once again, I don't have a dog in that hunt! Maybe I'll cheer for the Sharks!
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Post by: CallieOK on April 17, 2017, 06:13:45 PM
 ;D    :thumbup:
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Post by: Marilyne on April 19, 2017, 03:17:08 PM
Callie - I watched the Switched At Birth series finale yesterday, and thought it was well done.  Compared to the rest of the episodes from this season, it was by far the best. They did a reasonable job of wrapping up the various stories, except for Bay.  She was left alone to pursue her "career" as a tattoo artist. :idiot2: Oh well, it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it! LOL

Tome and Gloria de - I tuned into HGTV right after dinner, (before hockey), and saw the new version of Fixer Upper.  Chip and Johanna are following in the footsteps of most of the other shows on HGTV, and starting to do "house flipping".  I guess that's the style of show that viewers like best??  I preferred their old foremat, but I suppose they got tired of doing the same old thing for so many years.  Their older daughter, Ella, seemed uncomfortable, as Joanna's "assistant".
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Post by: Sandy on April 27, 2017, 04:03:46 PM
I have just started watching season 1 of "24" on Amazon....

"In 24 hours -- Each hour a separate episode -- Counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer must stop a political crisis, while maintaining a balance with his family life."      It is going to be a long time watching 8 seasons ....  but I am looking forward to it. 

Sandy
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Post by: Marilyne on April 27, 2017, 07:03:20 PM
The Light Between Oceans - I've been wanting to see this movie for a long time, so finally rented and watched it today.  I liked the book a lot, but I was disappointed in the movie.  It wasn't bad, it was just very slow and maudlin. Not a lot of dialogue, like in the book.  I thought the first hour dragged along too slowly.  Then it picked up and got much better, but still left much to be desired. They stuck with the story fairly well, except for a few things. Like any other movie made from a book - they have to leave out a lot, because of time constraints.

Junee - I'm wondering if you ever watched it, and if so, what you thought of it?  The lighthouse itself, and the surrounding ocean scenery was gorgeous.  The houses and clothing and people, all had the authentic look of the early 1920's. The actors were all excellent!  The movie was just a bit too hopeless and depressing, but of course the book was too.
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Post by: junee on April 27, 2017, 08:04:26 PM
Marilyne
Yes I did finally get the movie and you said it all.  Was disappointing after reading the book.
I never do know which to do first read or see.
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Post by: JeanneP on April 28, 2017, 11:48:27 AM
I usually like the books better but the other day I watched the DVD on "Water for Elephants" Liked it better than the book.
Last night I watched. "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" on DVD. Preferred the Book. So good to have choice..
I am all out of DVDs and Books and so, even though rain coming I had better head over to the library.  Going to be a Cold Wet Weekend for us.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on April 30, 2017, 06:25:22 PM
A great night for PBS from 6pm on to 10pm 4 good shows. After 4 days of heavy storms. flooding in lot of the city.  I will just relax further and hope tomorrow I am more active. Did not get much walking in over the last 4 days.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 07, 2017, 04:28:46 PM
 It's in between seasons on all my favorite shows, so I've been spending most of my time watching HGTV, with all their many house hunting or remodeling programs.  AJ is watching hockey every night, even though the San Jose Sharks, are no longer in the playoffs. 

We did tune in to watch the first episode of a new series on STARZ, called American Gods, adapted from the book by Neil Gaiman.  A weird, fantasy style story, full of computer animation, ridiculous characters and evil circumstances.  After about 40 minutes, both of us had had enough, and we turned it off.  AJ was expecting to like it, because the star, Ian McShane, ("Deadwood"), is one of his favorites.  He was disappointed, and so was I . . . there was something creepy/crawly (disgusting!) about the whole show, which probably means it will be a hit!  ::)  ::)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on May 07, 2017, 04:44:35 PM
My TV Weekly magazine did something I had not seen it do before:  They posted a complete list of all the shows that are coming to their "Season Finales", and the dates the Finale airs.  Can you believe?  Give me some shows and I will send you the dates, okay?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 09, 2017, 11:56:15 PM
Last night we watched the Oscar nominated movie, Sully, starring Tom Hanks.  I'm sure you all remember when Capt. Chesley Sullivan, made an incredible emergency landing on the Hudson River, in the middle of January?  The press called it, "The Miracle On The Hudson". 

I wasn't enthusiastic about watching it, but AJ has been anxious to see it. He's been  a big admirer of Sully, ever since he pulled off that amazing landing, and wanted to know more, and to see how it was presented on screen.  It didn't take me long to get into the story, and start liking it!  It was a great movie, and very realistic.  Tom Hanks, was perfect as Sully, and the scenes of the crash and rescue were excellent.  I was glad I watched it, and would recommend it to one and all. 

If you have HBO, it's now available for free, and is also
On Demand. 
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Post by: FlaJean on May 10, 2017, 11:50:14 AM
Marilyne, Sully was an excellent movie.  I agree Tom Hanks did a great job.  He also did a great job on Bridge of  Spies, another excellent movie.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 10, 2017, 11:56:01 PM
FlaJean - I agree with you, Bridge of Spieswas another excellent movie.  Tom Hanks is such a versatile actor, and is especially good at playing real people, as in "Spies" and "Sully".  Another true story was, Captain Phillips, where he played the captain of the cargo ship that was taken over by pirates, off the coast of Africa.
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Post by: CallieOK on May 11, 2017, 11:22:22 PM
Marilyne,  thank you so much for mentioning that the movie "Sully" was on HBO.  I don't see that schedule and keep forgetting to check and see what's being shown.
After reading your comment, I did a channel search and recorded it.  Watched it tonight and was fascinated!
Thanks again.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 12, 2017, 12:51:43 PM
Callie - I'm glad you enjoyed "Sully", as much as FlaJean and I did.  It's a pleasure to see a good quality movie, about truly decent people.  I hope others who look into this discussion, will like it too.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on May 17, 2017, 05:42:19 PM
Still in the 80s here but very windy. Trying to put the house in order but took a break. I just watched the movie. "A Man Called OVE" what a great on. I am still on the library list for the book. It can't beat the movie.  I don't care much for Subtitles. )This Swedish. But after 10 min. you don't even notice. Yes. you do get a few tears every so often.  Now back to the sweeper.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 20, 2017, 03:41:44 PM
If you have HBO, there is a new show on tonight (Saturday) called The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer.  it's about the rise and fall of Bernie Madoff, who pulled off the biggest Wall Street swindle of all time. Sounds like a fascinating story, of how he got away with it for years, and his wife and adult children knew nothing about what he was doing.  The review says that DeNiro is amazing as Madoff, and even looks like him.  Michelle Pfeiffer plays his unsuspecting wife.  I think it looks like its going to be an excellent drama, and I plan to watch it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on May 20, 2017, 06:14:35 PM
And HBO is free for a few days, too.  I have it set up to record.  Last year (I don't remember the network or service), there was a special called (I think) Madoff, starring Richard Dreyfus.  It was wonderful.  I hope this one is as good.
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Post by: FlaJean on May 20, 2017, 06:15:10 PM
Marilyne, that sounds interesting.  I'm going to look on the HBO schedule and see when it shows here.
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Post by: Marilyne on May 22, 2017, 07:11:40 PM
I thought that the HBO drama, The Wizard of Lies, was television at its finest. The depiction of a true American tragedy, brought about by sheer greed on the part of Bernie Madoff.  After the show was over, I was so affected, that I went directly to the computer, and looked up web sites on Bernie, his two sons, and his wife, just so I could learn more.  I'm wondering how the rest of you liked the show?  Please give us some feedback?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on May 23, 2017, 11:22:29 AM
Marilyne, I agree that it was television at its finest and it affected me also.  I think the part that touched me the most was when his son (during his cancer treatments) spoke to the college class.  I was left with the feeling that Bernie was sorry only because it all fell apart and easing his own conscience by blaming others for being greedy.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 23, 2017, 11:08:03 PM
FlaJean - I'm glad you liked The Wizard of Lies, as much as I did.  We seem to be on the same wave length lately, as far as TV shows and movies are concerned! :)
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Post by: Marilyne on June 08, 2017, 03:02:49 PM
A couple of nights ago, we watched the highly acclaimed and much nominated movie, La La Land.  It was good . . . very entertaining, with likable characters, no bad guys, and lots of nice music.  It's a pleasant and enjoyable movie all around.  Nothing negative to say about it, except for a few minor things that were done on purpose . . .  like the fact that it was a musical, yet the main characters couldn't dance or sing.  They were so sweet and sincere, that you really didn't care. A refreshing change of pace, compared to most of today's movies. 

I haven't watched any of the new shows or continuing series on TV, as yet, but will soon be getting back to House of Cards, and all the others that I've followed that I've followed over the years. We did watch the first episode of the new, Twin Peaks, and laughed all the way through it.  :idiot2:  We couldn't figure if it was meant to be funny, or whether the preposterous events in the show were supposed to be taken seriously??  Either way, I doubt that we follow it.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 14, 2017, 05:31:17 PM
Is anyone a fan of HGTV's Fixer Upper?  I am, and so is my husband. :)  An interesting article on line today, on how Chip and Joanna Gaines, have transformed the city of Waco, Texas, into a tourist attraction.  I'd love to be one of the Waco tourists!  Looks like such fun, if you enjoy the show as much as we do.  See the link below:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/f0b4554b-19e9-345f-8376-0f2c1c8917d7/ss_i-traveled-to-waco%2C-texas-to.html
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 17, 2017, 12:42:22 AM
Well - looks like I'm the only fan of HGTV's Fixer Upper. :(

Moving right along . . . tonight we watched an old Alfred Hitchcock movie, titled Rope, from 1948.  It's the only Hitchcock movie that I had never seen, and as is true of all of his films - very well done, with lots of suspense.  I liked it.  James Stewart, Farley Granger and others.  It was more like watching a stage play.  The entire movie takes place in one room, with a cast of only seven actors.
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Post by: Tomereader1 on June 17, 2017, 10:08:41 AM
Hey Marilyne, I like FixerUpper!  In fact, of any of the "fixer" shows, that is the only one I will watch with any regularity.  I found it much too easy to get hooked on that type of show, as it is with cooking shows, for me.
I think I gain 10 lbs. everytime I watch a cooking/food show.  I like "The Best Thing I Ever Ate".
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 17, 2017, 12:28:09 PM
Hi Tome - Glad you are in agreement with me on Fixer Upper.  I thought the article on how Chip and Joanna had changed Waco, was fascinating.  I'd love to visit The Silo's, and also tour the city itself, but unfortunately, that won't be happening. 

I don't cook much anymore, so I'm not familiar with any of the newer cooking shows. I used to love to watch any show that dealt with New Orleans style cooking.  Remember Emeril?? :D  I've never seen, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, but it sounds like fun to watch.
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Post by: Tomereader1 on June 17, 2017, 01:54:47 PM
Best Thing I Ever Ate, showcases the various cooking show hosts, visiting places where they've eaten something awsome/delicious.  They show some stuff I might not like to eat, but mostly it's stuff I would love to
have one serving of!  Various CHOCOLATE goodies, wild sandwiches, etc.  Yumm!  I'm getting hungry.

They say it takes standing in line for hours to get tickets to the Silos in Waco, TX.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 30, 2017, 12:49:07 PM
I hope you're all looking forward to a busy or a relaxing 4th of July?  The days of picnics, beach parties or neighborhood gatherings, are long gone here.  It used to be my second favorite holiday, (Christmas being #1), but now it's just another summer day. 

Not much TV viewing here lately.  Mostly we've been watching old movies on TCM, or HGTV shows.  Yesterday I started watching the final season of the HBO show, Girls. It aired in January of this year, but is available On Demand. (As are the first five seasons.) It's an unusual comedy/drama, written by, and starring, the controversial Lena Dunham.  I found the series to be a fascinating look at the young 20 something girls of today. Could it be that they really live outrageous lives like that in NYC? :o  Anyway, it's definitely not for everyone . . . lots of sex.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on June 30, 2017, 01:42:03 PM
Marilyn, I am looking forward to watching the 4th. concerts. I like to watch feel good shows.  Nothing depressing, I guess that goes with my age of 93. I do not have anymore mudpie friends left.

I am looking forward also to see Sully.  I do not have any premium channels.  I would like to see La La Land, I use to like the old time musicals. I do watch HGTV programs.

With my morning coffee, I watch GMA.
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Post by: SCFSue on June 30, 2017, 02:30:08 PM
I will watch some of the Independence Day concerts, but at 9:00 p.m., I will take a chair out onto my driveway and hopefully see some the cities' fireworks which will start shooting into the air.  I'm about a mile and a half up the hill from the high school football stadium where the fireworks will be launched.   When my youngest grandsons came to visit me for the month of June, we tried a few times to go to a parking lot near the stadium, but the view wasn't as good as here at home and the traffic getting down there and back was pretty heavy.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on June 30, 2017, 02:51:53 PM
I just found the series "gIRLS".
which I had started to watch a few years ago..   

So I am going to try to go to the end this time.   
It is different but also very well written.   By the star
of the movie, Lena Dunham for which she received
two Golden Globes and six Emmy nominations. In 2010,
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 02, 2017, 12:32:10 PM
Sandy - I'm enjoying the final season of Girls, so far.  When it's all over, I plan to go back and watch a few of the episodes from other seasons that I liked the best.  My very favorite was in Season #4, I think?  It featured Hannah's grandmother, mother, aunts and cousin.  Not only was it very funny, but there were so many true things in that episode that I could relate to. When I locate the name and number of that particular episode, I'll let you know.  I think you'll like it too.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 02, 2017, 01:24:04 PM
I had never heard of "Girls" but see the Library has 4 seasons. I just ordered no 1 and 2 to see if I like it.
Spent 12 hours last 3 days watching "The Affair". I had not seen that either. Got hooked on it so watches season 1 and 2 . A waiting list for Season 3.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on July 02, 2017, 03:47:11 PM
My daughter just told me about having watched - live - the races from Epsom Downs in England.  She loved getting to see all the races, not just one, and the horses and the ladies in all their finery.  And even the Queen, since she attended every day.  Of course, with the time difference, they were on early in the morning.  This was a couple of weeks ago.  She thinks they were broadcast on MSNSN (MSN Sports Network).  In any case, they might show reruns sometime or you might be able to find them On Demand.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 03, 2017, 11:34:17 AM
Maryz - Thanks for telling us about the Epsom Downs races in England.  I'll see if it's available On Demand.  I love to watch events in England, where the Royal Family attends in all their finery!  Those hats are fun to see.  Reminds me of my favorite scene in My Fair Lady, at the Ascot Races?  All spectators dressed in black and white.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on July 03, 2017, 03:22:47 PM
I've never attended a horse race in England, but did go to a wonderful steeple chase race (actually races) in Ireland.  It was a chilly drizzly day there, but all the lovely young Irish ladies were dressed in colorful dresses and huge hats (which I'd priced in Dublin at 200 pounds and higher) with no coat, jacket or wrap.  The temperature couldn't have been higher than low 40's!  Many of the young men attending were above the bleachers in a bar watching a soccer match between Ireland and some other country and not watching the races at all.  They were drinking beer, cheering and yelling.  They had on winter jackets!

Afterwards, we toured the stables at a nearby horse farm where many of the horses were stabled. Despite the drizzle, we enjoyed the spectacle and the races, too.  We had gone down to the rail for a couple of races and were approached by 2 Irish gentlemen about our ages.  They said, "I say, are ye Yanks?" and then what brings you to Ireland?  My husband said , "her mother was a Carney".  One of the men piped up with "me mither-in-law is a Carney (which I'm sure she spelled Kearney).  We didn't find any connections, but enjoyed the chat!

Ireland is a beautiful Emerald green all seasons of the year.  It's one of my favorite places to visit.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 03, 2017, 03:32:35 PM
I was always around horses in my teens and later as Family were breeders, Did the shows and trainers. Went to most of the big shows but enjoyed the small one more. Always enjoyed watching the Jumpers. My mothers husband bred, trained and sold some to people in the USA many went into Kentucky.

My elder brother was the last one and he passed away a few year ago.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 10, 2017, 12:25:15 PM
I thought I left a message here about the 4th of July TV specials and movies, but I don't see it, so  I guess I didn't click on the Post box?  I can't believe that was almost a week ago!  Time goes by so quickly, that sometimes it's almost shocking.  Summer is half over all ready. :o

As for television . . . not much on, except for reruns, and movies that I've recorded on my DVR.  We've mostly been watching the shows on HGTV, and the movies on Turner.  I've been catching up on the final season of Girls, but haven't found it as funny and fresh as the earlier seasons.  I've only seen about four of the final ten shows, so maybe it will get better??

Do any of you have a favorite HGTV show?  I like Fixer Upper the best, but I still watch a lot of the House Hunter style of show, where the couple looks at three or four houses, and then chooses one to buy.  My favorites are the ones that take place at the beach side cities, or on the many islands that are located in the USA. 

Does anyone have any viewing suggestions?  I'm pretty much open to anything that sounds  interesting, and I have most of the available channels.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 10, 2017, 01:15:26 PM
Marilyne, I watch a lot of COZ and antenna TV. I still enjoy watching Johnny Carson, comes on at 10PM and 2MA. to night Lauren Bacall is on.  the other night was a show from 1978 with Lucy Ball.

Of course I still watch Murder She Wrote, even though I know the story.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 10, 2017, 01:56:09 PM
I've been catching up on my DVR'd programs. 
The machine only had 7 hours left for HD recording, although many hours if I want to record in SD.  I had the entire season of "Genius" about Einstein, so over two or three nights, hubby and I watched those.  Still have about l/2 an hour of that finale.  It was an excellent series, very informative, and so well acted.  Geoffrey Rush in anything is great acting!  IMHO.  Watched the first episode of "Feud" about BettyDavis/JoanCrawford feud.  DVR'd the rest, and am catching up one episode at a time.  Boy that was some "war" between 2 Hollywood stars.  I think Sarandon's role was much better than Jessica Lange's, in that she was more believable as Davis than Lange as Crawford.

Still have "To Walk Invisible" about the Bronte sisters to watch.  Also, "King Charles III" on Masterpiece, just 2 hrs
worth of recording.  We've been watching the Sunday night PBS shows, "My Mother and Other Strangers"; "Grantchester" and "Tennison" prequel to the "Prime Suspect" series.  You can tell we've just been staying out of the heat 90+ with heat indexes in the 100's.  Poor old A/C unit keeps plugging away, PTL it will keep on till end of Summer. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 11, 2017, 11:25:48 AM
Gloria de - I looked to see if I get the COZ channel, and I do!  However, I don't have Antenna TV.  I'd especially like to see some of the old Johnny Carson shows, as well as Carol Burnett, and The Rockford Files.  Three of my favorites.  I'll take a better look, and see if I can find a listing.

Tome - Thanks for some great suggestions. You've given me a lot of ideas.  I had forgotten about the Genius/Einstein, series, but I'm sure it's available On Demand. I know my husband would like that one. I like Geoffrey Rush, and have enjoyed all of his movies over the years.  One of my favorites is Frida, where he plays Leon Trotsky.  All actors did an excellent job in that film.  I don't recall if Salma Hayek, was nominated for an Oscar that year, but she certainly should have been.  If you haven't seen it, I'm sure It's available On Demand.  As with any film where the actors speak with foreign accents, be sure to turn on the closed captions!   If you don't, you miss a lot of dialogue.

It sounds like you're enjoying, Feud?  We watched only one episode, and were not too impressed.  I expected to like it, because I'm a big fan of "old Hollywood", but it just didn't grab me at all.  Maybe I should give it another look?   The PBS shows sound good too.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 11, 2017, 11:44:21 AM
There are two seasons of "Dr. Blakes Mysteries" on Netflix which we enjoyed.  This is the description found on the Internet.  We are just hoping Netflix picks up more of the series.  Although the end did stop at a good place.
"Accompanied by haunting memories of his service time in World War II, Dr Lucian Blake returns home to Australia after 30 years to take over his deceased father's medical practice. As he deals with his own personal loss and changed by his war experiences, the wry, personable doctor performs his other role as police surgeon with gusto. His unconventional and unpredictable manner unnerve some, but it becomes clear Dr Blake is ahead of his time in his use of forensic science, and in his own understanding of the human heart, to help solve murder mysteries in the country town of Ballarat."
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on July 11, 2017, 12:14:49 PM
I am going to start to watch Dr. Blakes Mysteries on netflix.

I particularly like Aussie Films (if that is what one calls them)... 
perhaps because I can understand them better.   :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 11, 2017, 12:47:25 PM
Marilyne, when I watched the 1st episode of "Feud", I also was not impressed.  Didn't think it would be something I would care to watch 7 more episode of.  However, giving shows a second chance, usually gets me to a real decision.
So, I DVR'd Epi#2 and watched it later, I thought maybe there would be some interesting stuff, so I just DVR'd the entire series.  Like I said, watching one episode at a time, at my leisure, helped me get into it.  I just loved seeing so many of today's stars portraying people in that Holly-
wood era, and hearing the off-the-wall stories/behind the scenes finagling/back-stabbing.  The actors gave good performances. (I must say here, that I have ALWAYS intensely disliked Joan Crawford so Lange's portrayal did not help me with that one iota!)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 11, 2017, 11:43:46 PM
Tonight we watched West Side Story, for the umteenth time!  I didn't intend to watch it, but it's an easy one to get caught up in.  It isn't my favorite musical, but it's definitely one of the greats!  Speaking of musicals, a couple of weeks ago, son and dil went to San Francisco to see Hamilton.  They were very impressed, and loved every minute of it.  Dil said that all the hype is definitely deserved!  I didn't ask them what they paid for tickets, but I've heard that for this SF production, prices start at $450,and go up to over $1,000. :yikes:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 12, 2017, 08:39:12 PM
Sandy, hope you enjoy the Dr. Blake series as much as we did.  Another series we enjoyed a lot was Murdock's Mysteries (Canadian series) starring Yannick Bisson. They have many of the series but disappointed that I never got the last couple that showed  Murdock marrying the coronor Dr. Ogden.  I think they are on Acorn but we decided not to join it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on July 13, 2017, 12:15:11 PM
I found "Murdock's Mysteries " on Acorn...   
And have started watching the series and episodes.   

I also just finished the Boardwalk Empire series.   This was
really good,  except I was disappointed in the ending... 

Since "Crime does not pay",  then the ending was entirely realistic.

Living back in the 20's was and exciting and very dangerous
time.  My parents were teenagers then and not so much
involved in the politics of that time.

I liked this series, very much.
Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 13, 2017, 12:40:31 PM
Sandy - I liked Boardwalk Empire a lot.  One of my top favorites of all the series I've watched.  Like you, I was disappointed in the ending.  It seemed rushed and incomplete. I thought Nucky and Margaret would end up together, but that would have been too trite, I guess. It looked like Margaret went on to have an affair with Jos. Kennedy? I surely did like Steve Buscemi,  in this starring role.  Other characters that stand out in my memory were James/Jimmy, Chalky, and Richard.  Interesting characters and excellent actors.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on July 13, 2017, 06:54:39 PM
This afternoon I watched "Snowden" on showtime.. 

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

Certainly a movie that made me think about "whistleblowers",   how they are treated and
the service that they perform in our democracy.     

Eye opening,  to say the least.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on July 13, 2017, 07:22:52 PM
Marilyne, I watched West Side Story last night also and enjoyed it immensely, plus shed some tears.  What a sad and tragic story of prejudice and hatred.  Afterwards I continued to watch on TCM and thoroughly enjoyed the Shakespeare play--the one with Denzel Washington as the commander of troops (Much Ado about Nothing) and have already forgotten the other actors, almost all famous.  Also on Wednesday night I watched the broadcast of "Will" which I think may be the first of a series on TNT about young Will Shakespeare and his start as a play wright.  Another excellent program.

SCFSue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on July 16, 2017, 11:04:17 AM
I finally got to see The Wizard of Lies - the Bernie Madoff story with Robert de Niro.  (HBO had a free weekend, including On Demand).  It was wonderfully done - albeit of a terrible event.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 16, 2017, 01:31:02 PM
Sandy, I haven't seen Snowden but I did watch Citizen 4 which is the documentary by Laura Poitras.  It won a lot of documentary awards and I think objective in its presentation.  Whether or not one agrees with what Snowden did, it is very interesting how it all came about and filmed as the aftermath was happening with the real people involved.  It is well worth watching.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 16, 2017, 02:34:29 PM
Sandy - We watched Snowden last night.  I thought it was very informative and interesting.  I still need a lot of things explained to me?  Fascinating stuff, but hard to understand some of what happened?

maryz - Glad you had a chance to see The Wizard of Lies. It was very well done, and I imagine it will receive lots of Emmy nominations.  Lots of good TV programs now available about real people.  Besides Wizard, there is Feud- Bette Davis & Joan Crawford, Genius- Einstein, Snowden, and To Walk Invisible- the Bronte sisters.

FlaJean - I had not heard of Citizen 4, but I'll read up on it, and probably add it to my "watch list".  Maybe it will clear up some things that I didn't fully understand in Snowden.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on July 16, 2017, 04:23:02 PM

Citizenfour:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4044364/

I haven't watched it yet.....  but soon.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 17, 2017, 12:43:09 PM
Watched "Snowden" on Saturday.  It was very good, and enlightening (IMHO).  The young actor did a terrific job in the role. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 17, 2017, 01:21:04 PM
Dr. Zhivago  is on to night, have not seen it in a few years.  LOve the music.  I even watched some of the Christmas shows ??? on Hallmark last night.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 17, 2017, 01:40:17 PM
Gloria de - Doctor Zhivago is in my Top Ten favorite movies, and one that I never tire of watching over and over again.  I have the DVD, but also have it on my DVR recorder, which is good, because I won't be able to watch it on TCM tonight. :) There are some scenes in the film, that are so spectacular, I look forward to them every time I watch it.

Tome - The actor who played "Snowden", is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  He's been in movies since he was a child . . . comes from a show biz family.  I've only seen him in one other movie, 500 Days of Summer, with Zoey Deschanel.  That was a very entertaining film.  If you've never seen it, I would recommend it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 17, 2017, 02:05:20 PM
Marilyne, I will be watching on my 42' inch screen this time, should make a difference.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 19, 2017, 12:09:58 AM
Gloria de - How did you like Doctor Z,on your bigger screen?  I missed it last night, but I have it recorded, so maybe this coming weekend I'll enjoy it all over again!  :thumbup:

Tonight I didn't feel like a movie or anything long, so just watched a bunch of HGTV shows.  We saw Fixer Upper, which was a brand new one.  Chip and Joanna's four adorable kids are looking much older. Then we saw two all new episodes of House Hunters, and that was enough TV for me.  AJ is now watching the Western Channel, and I'm going to get caught up on answering emails.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 19, 2017, 07:15:33 PM
After watching Dr.Z, it would be hard for me to go back to my 24inch one in the bedroom.   When my husband bought me this new very large screen for my birthday one year, I was not happy with him.  I kept saying why did you buy such a large screen.  Now I cannot imagine watching my main show on anything else.   I do watch my bedroom TV 20 years old. when i go to bed at 11 and read.  I can still play my VCRs on it also it holds DVDs, which I play in the middle of the night.  I have the whole set of Dr. Quinn, Northern Exposure, Benson  etc.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 24, 2017, 02:03:19 PM
Is anyone else following the long running TV series, Game of Thrones?  I've never cared for fantasy style books or movies, but somehow I got hooked on GOT!  In spite of the witches, dragons and sword fights, I'm devoted to this show. ::) 

Like any other TV series, you become fond of certain characters, and must find out what's going to happen to your favorites!  Last night was episode #2 in this new season #7.  I'm hoping someone else in here is watching, so we can commiserate on some of the latest happenings??  In the past, I think Phyll was following the show, but she hasn't posted in here in a long time?   

The show is adapted from the series of books by George RR Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 30, 2017, 02:15:22 PM
Last night we watched the Oscar nominated WWII movie, Hacksaw Ridge.  I was not looking forward to it, but it turned out to be better than I expected.  It's the true story of a young man, Desmond Doss, who is a conscientious objector, but joins the Army to work as a combat medic.  Most of the movie is about him trying to gain acceptance as a noncombatant, and all the obstacles he faced.   Only the last half hour takes place on Hacksaw Ridge, which is a famous WWII battle between the Americans and the Japanese.  At the end of the movie, it showed real interviews with Desmond Doss, who died in 2006.  He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

My husband is anxious to see the British war movie, Dunkirk, that's playing in theaters right now.  Because it will be a long time before it is available on DVD or TV, we may go to see it.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on July 31, 2017, 06:06:09 PM
Now Dunkirk is already out on DVD. My Library have it and already has a 27 people with name on order. I am going to go and see it tomorrow. My TV not big enough to enjoy. Most of family seen it and say so good.  Made over 29 Million Dollars over opening weekend.  I know quite a lot about the thing happening and just want to see if they stay to it right.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 01, 2017, 04:01:45 PM
JeanneP - I read online, that Dunkirk would not available on DVD or Netflix, until November?  Maybe the people on your library wait list are just lining up for the eventual release?  I hope you have a chance to see it in a theater before then?  I plan to go some day next week. 

Tonight we plan to watch another movie, out of the many that we have recorded.  I don't know what it will be yet, but I can take my pick out of about twenty! :D A couple of them are oldies like A Place in the Sun, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which both sound good to me at the moment.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on August 01, 2017, 09:27:35 PM
I did go to see Dunkirk today. It is very loud . They did a good job in researching but it really does not have anything else in the film other than the showing of the air fighting and the evacuation. Hardly a word spoken. I was thinking that there would be a little more showing of other things that happened at that time.
Now the DVD is out. Library do have it. Also can be bought at Barnes and Noble and I suppose Amazon have it.  It is $15 now but it will be cheap after a month or so. Now a big DVD seller. To loud to be played on a Home TV. Needs a big screen. Don't see Netflix even getting many orders to show it.  Needs a Theatre Screen.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 02, 2017, 12:21:07 AM
Jeanne - I was wrong . . . the DVD has been released.  I wonder why they released the DVD only a week after the movie opened in theaters?  Could be because it's a British movie, and has already been playing in the UK for a number of months? 
Well, I guess now I'll just wait for it to show up on Netflix, which should be soon! :) 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 07, 2017, 04:08:18 PM
Last night's episode of Game of Thrones, was a good one . . . very exciting! Other than that, I haven't watched much TV in the past week. 

We're still kind of zoning out on the HGTV house hunter style of shows.  Something about them is really habit forming.  We like the ones where the people are looking for a house or condo, on or near a beach.  There are now about ten different shows featuring beachfront or lakefront living.

A new and different HGTV show that has recently started, is called My Lottery Dream Home.  It's another reality show about people buying a home, but these are lucky people who have won at least a million dollars or more in one of the American lotteries!  The thing I like about the show, is that the buyers are just ordinary people, who suddenly hit it big!  They seem genuinely grateful and don't go after anything lavish or extreme.  It's an entertaining show that also rings true, IMO.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 11, 2017, 05:38:13 PM
Until They Sail - 1957:  I was surfing through the schedule of TCM movies, and noticed this one playing at the impossible hour of 3:00 am. I recorded it, just because I saw that Paul Newman, was the male star.  I think this was one of his first movies, and one that I had never seen and don't recall ever hearing about?

Last night we watched it, and I really liked it a lot.  It's a good love story, that takes place in New Zealand, during WWII. Joan Fontaine, Jean Simmons, Piper Laurie, and Sandra Dee, play four NZ sisters, who are coping by themselves, as the War progresses.  Two are married, and two aren't, but all the men are in Europe, serving in the War.  Then, an American Marine/Navy base is opened in NZ, and of course, that's when all the drama starts! :love:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 12, 2017, 10:38:34 AM
Hey, Marilyne, I just found the Lottery Dream HOme show, and we watched two or three episodes.  The guy is fun!
I'll try not to get hooked on this show, as I used to with some of the older ones.  We have this goofy channel on our DISH programming, called PIXL.  It has shows like the Hallmark shows.  "Chic Flicks", corny but kind of fun.
We've watched dozens!  To you get PIXL on Demand or any of your other channels?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 12, 2017, 01:59:32 PM
Tome - Glad you like My Lottery Dream Home.  It's a different concept from the usual run of HGTV programming.  I also get a kick out of David, and I enjoy "meeting" the lottery winners.  They seem so real, compared to the house hunting couples on the other shows.  It's nice to see people who are truly appreciative and grateful.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on August 12, 2017, 07:48:35 PM
Marilyne

OH! wish library had that "Till we Sail". think I remember it. They don't have it. Bet it was just out Before things went to DVD type. Library get rid of all the VCR 2 years ago.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on August 12, 2017, 07:55:08 PM
It looks like Until we sail. was 1957. Amazon now say a demand for the new DVD now it. It was on VCR in Black and white. Now in Colour. $17.99 Will see if Library will buy it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 13, 2017, 04:11:25 PM
JeanneP - You can go to your On Demand, to the "search" option.  Then spell out the words Until We Sail, and you will probably find the movie available to watch any time you want to see it.  Sometimes the cable company charges $2.99 for the oldies, and sometimes they are free.  If a movie has been shown on TCM, it will be available to watch. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on August 13, 2017, 04:59:20 PM
The movie Until They Sail is available On Demand - from TCM, free until 8-16-17.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on August 14, 2017, 06:27:00 PM
I just have the Cheapest TV on the Cable. Never have tried using On Demand. Will see if I can do it.  I need to go talk to Cable anyway. Internet and my WiFi Ipad just working to slow.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 19, 2017, 03:38:02 PM
I read an interesting article in the entertainment section of my newspaper, about the overabundance of movies and series shows that are now, or soon will be, available from the internet giants -  Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Hulu and Google.  They are literally taking over television viewing, and are now competing with each other, to try to produce the most and the best, as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, the regular old network and cable channels can't possibly compete on an even field anymore.  The Silicon Valley internet companies have so much money, that they can afford the best writers and the best actors.  According to this article, HBO, Showtime and the other movie channels, are struggling to keep up, and will probably not do well with their Fall lineup of shows.  It will be interesting to see how it all turns out. :-\
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 19, 2017, 04:12:14 PM
While realizing this is "summertime" and TV shows are all in re-runs, there hasn't been a whole lot of new programming on Netflix, Amazon.  I don't get Hulu, my daughter uses it, and likes it.   I watch a lot of the British shows that run on Netflix/Amazon.  Great acting!  My book club (the Mystery one) that met last Thursday, got to talking about the actors/actresses on these Brit
programs, the quality of those shows, and I think most of our members watch Netflix/Amazon exclusively.  The local TV channels are re-running re-runs (lol)! PBS is in its familiar Pledge mode, and even the Brit mysteries on there, are on hiatus.  BBCA showed the final episode of Broadchurch on Weds or Thurs.    I'm going back and watching the early seasons of Grantchester.  Umm, that Vicar is so good looking! Some of the stuff being previewed on Network TV just looks terrible. I can hardly wait till "This is Us" returns.  I grew bored with The Black List and Blind Spot, although I enjoyed the 1st couple seasons.  Can still live with NCIS (original one). A lot of the PBS shows won't premier until 2018.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on August 19, 2017, 04:35:16 PM
I just loved "Grantchester" saw the last show a week ago. Wish they would do more of it but doubt they do.hard to show him leaving the Church but that is the only way . He really is a looker. Not seen him in anything else. Going to have to Google and see if he is any movies. I have always enjoyed watching Robeson Greene in lots of things.  I know That James Norton was in the Soap in UK. Eastenders. I use to watch that for years but not seen for awhile.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 19, 2017, 07:49:13 PM
Jeanne, I think Grantchester will be back.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on August 20, 2017, 02:04:12 PM
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQwbPwsfvqLlOYOqo6falmHUBoSBuYVgdkgJp6qnYN6C3tssngl)    Jerry Lewis Entertainer dead at age 91
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on August 20, 2017, 04:12:44 PM
I didn't realize he was that old. I didn't care for his humor but many did.

Now I have found 4 DVD at the library that James Norton is in.  One is a new. "Lady Chatterles Lover". Should be entertaining.Wonder if in colour. Just came out in 2015.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 20, 2017, 04:58:59 PM
Oh dear, another entertainment icon is gone!

Jerry Lewis today,
Dick Gregory yesterday,
Glen Campbell last week
Sam Shepard the week before

I liked them all, and remember them well. 
May they all Rest in Peace.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on September 06, 2017, 11:26:21 AM
Last night we watched an oldie---"The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" with Ingrid Bergman and Curt Jurgens.  It's a long movie but a really good one.  I've always liked both those actors.  Curt Jurgens was  excellent in the movie "The Enemy Below" with Robert Mitchum.  I don't usually like those type of movies but that one was really good.  Watching that movie last night reminded of what good actors they were.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on September 06, 2017, 06:03:08 PM
Now I remember that movie. The inn of TSH . Long time ago. See if library have it. Maybe was out on just vcr.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 06, 2017, 08:30:11 PM
Good evening still raining here.

FlaJean, I am watching that storm also. Thanks for asking about Jess, he is doing lot better,  A little over a year ago the doctors said he would never walk again, but now he can use a can.  They did a miracle with there treatments, in that Orland Hospital.  A few months ago I also watch the that Inn movie.  I know I sound old, but they just do not make them like they use too.   Also the actors were great.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 07, 2017, 12:08:09 AM
I didn't see that The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, was playing this week.  It's been about 40 years since I saw it, and I'd love to see it again. I'll look for it on "Search", and see if it's available. Tonight, I recorded On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever, starring Barbra Streisand and Ives Montand. (TCM). I think the date was 1970?  I remember see it in a theater back then, and thought it was quite good, and very thought provoking. I'll probably watch it tomorrow night. 

I mentioned in another discussion, that the new season of Dancing With the Stars, will be starting in about a week.  One of the "stars" this time, will be Drew Scott, of The Property Brothers.  Although that's one of the shows on HGTV that I don't watch, I have seen him and his twin brother on other shows.  He was very good hosting the Rose Parade, last New Years Day.  I haven't watched DWTS for a couple of seasons, but I think I'll give it a look this time around. 

Gloria de - I'm glad that Jess is doing so well!  I hope that some day, he will be able to throw away the cane, and walk on his own. 

FlaJean - I hope your grandson is also doing well?  I've read very encouraging things about the immunotherapy.
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Post by: FlaJean on September 07, 2017, 11:42:22 AM
Marilyne, I watched the movie on Netflix.  It was inspiring.  Also watched "the great gatsby" with Robert Redford, Mia Farrow and Sam Waterston.  It was not inspiring but left me with the same feelings as Nick when he talks of the decadent actions of that society.  I think the remake with DiCaprio is probably much more exciting but I guess the story line still ends the same.  I saw the trailer of the remake.
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Post by: Lindancer on September 07, 2017, 01:14:07 PM
Marilyne, i will be watching DWTS, when it starts.  This year I know none of the dancers except one of the twins.  I thought last year was one of there best.  that is the only TV new TV show I watch.  Other wise it is the old timers for this old timer.  When i can not sleep, I like a good comedy.
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Post by: JeanneP on September 07, 2017, 03:09:44 PM
The Library does have "Inn of Sixth Happiness" will be on the shelf for me. It is over 40 years old. Wonder if the DVD will be Black and White.
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Post by: CallieOK on September 07, 2017, 03:18:34 PM
I missed the announcement.  Who are the Stars on the new season of DWTS?

I don't usually watch "America's Got Talent" but began doing so when our newspaper told about a 13-year-old Oklahoma ventriloquist being chosen for the live broadcast auditions. One of the judges at her live audition sent her immediately to the performance competition and, now, she has been voted into the Finals (in 2 weeks).
Hooray for the local gal (she's from a small town not far from where I live).
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Post by: JeanneP on September 07, 2017, 06:37:47 PM
Remind me to watch that.I never really watch "America got Talent" but a Ventriloquist are my favourite things to watch. She must be good. There are very few people that can do it good.
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Post by: CallieOK on September 07, 2017, 07:05:10 PM
Jeanne, "America's Got Talent" is on ABC -  Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 CDT.  Darcy won't be on again for two weeks.  Another semi-final round is next week.
She is amazing.  In addition to being a great ventriloquist, she has a sassy sense of humor and wonderful singing voice After a humorous conversation - usually directed at one of the judges -the puppets always break into song.   
And she's only 13!!!!
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Post by: Marilyne on September 07, 2017, 11:55:02 PM
That sounds good . . . I'm also going to watch "America's Got Talent"!
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Post by: CallieOK on September 08, 2017, 09:44:10 AM
The ones who made it to the Finals this week are all good performers - no "shrieking" singers.  I predict the comedian will win because the Grand Prize is a gig in Las Vegas and he fits that kind of performing.
As good as Darcy is,  I can't see her performing in Las Vegas.....at least for a few years.

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Post by: Lindancer on September 08, 2017, 11:23:16 AM
Callie, I saw the list in the paper yesterday, but not one I ever heard of was on it except for Drew Scott, from HGTV.
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Post by: Marilyne on September 08, 2017, 12:30:52 PM
Gloria de & Callie - I just now looked at the list of stars, and besides Drew Scott, the only name I recognize is Debbie Gibson.  She was a popular young singer in the 1980's, when my daughter was in high school.  The only reason I remember her, is because lots of people thought that she and my daughter looked alike. For that reason, I'm curious to see what she looks like now??  If there is still a resemblance??  Other than Debbie & Drew, the other names are meaningless to me . . . never heard of any of them.
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Post by: CallieOK on September 08, 2017, 01:30:42 PM
Gloria de and Marilyne,  that's o.k.  I can wait.  :thumbup:

For those thinking about watching "America's Got Talent" - be aware that the emcee, Tara Banks, is majorly annoying.  I keep my remote handy.  ;)
Darcy will not appear again for two weeks.  Next week's show is the second round of the semi-finals.
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Post by: JeanneP on September 08, 2017, 08:46:37 PM
callie.
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Post by: FlaJean on September 19, 2017, 03:48:15 PM
Finally watched "Hidden Figures" on HBO Go.  Really enjoyed it.  There are two more movies on HBO that I want to watch ---- "Jackie" and "La La Land".  My daughter watched both.  She found "Jackie" sad.
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Post by: CallieOK on September 19, 2017, 04:14:58 PM
Although I saw "La La Land" in a movie theater,  I recorded it on Sunday in case I forget to watch on Thursday night.  Also set to record "Hidden Figures".

Re:  earlier posts..... The Finals of "America's Got Talent" are tonight (7:00 CDT) on ABC.   Darcie Lynn, the 13- year-old Oklahoma ventriloquist, will be performing.  Two other "kids" are also in the Finals.
I can't see any of them doing a show in Las Vegas (one of the prizes) so am betting the winner will either be the comedian or the dance group that uses Day-Glo flashes of light on their costumes (I'm sure that isn't what it's called - but that's the best description I can come up with  :uglystupid2:  ;) ).
Winner will be announced tomorrow night.

Did anyone watch the premiere of DWTS last night?   Not sure I like only one judge commenting on the dancers.  Mark Ballast (sp?) is back.   Interesting to have Max and Peta (married) dancing with a "star" married  couple (can't remember their names)  I think Max and the other wife are better than Peta/other husband.
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Post by: Sandy on September 19, 2017, 05:58:42 PM
I just watched "Hidden Figures" 
(The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.)  and it was Awesome!
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Post by: CallieOK on September 20, 2017, 10:11:18 PM
I surely was mistaken about "America's Got Talent"!!1  It came down to the two youngest performers and........ TA DA.....our Oklahoma ventriloquist took the prize!!!!
I will admit that, after seeing her performance tonight with a long-time Vegas ventriloquist,  I think she can hold her own in a show there.




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Post by: Marilyne on September 21, 2017, 12:47:05 PM
Callie - I recorded "America's Got Talent", but haven't watched it yet. I'm anxious to see the twelve year old ventriloquist.

I did watch DWTS, and I do think it's going to be a good season! I'm not a big fan of "The Property Brothers", but both Drew and Jonathan have cute and funny personalities. I think Drew will be a good candidate.  The older woman from "Shark Tank", seems interesting.  I've heard of her, but have never watched that show?  The guy from "Hamilton" was good, and will probably be a finalist. 

The only other one that I'm familiar with is Debbie Gibson.  When my youngest daughter was in high school, Debbie was at the peak of her popularity.  Everyone used to tell Sandy, (my dau), that she "looked just like Debbie Gibson".  Naturally I was curious to get a good look at her.  Still a definite resemblance  . . . the same nose, blond hair and body size.   I do think that the Lyme disease, has taken a toll on Debbie. She didn't look healthy.

Anyway,  I think I'll definitely be following the show this season. 
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Post by: Lindancer on September 21, 2017, 01:06:45 PM
Marilyn, Watched DWTS I have seen every show since the beginning. I think last year was one of my favorites. Drew is the only one I recognized. So far I do not have a favorite.
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Post by: CallieOK on September 21, 2017, 01:49:51 PM
Marilyne,  I thought the AGT Finale was a good show.   The finalists performed with the guest stars - very entertaining.  Watch for a surprise guest from DWTS.    (Still found Tyra Banks annoying, however)
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Post by: SCFSue on September 21, 2017, 08:03:30 PM
I'm watching the PBS series on the Vietnam War.  My late husband was the Ordnance Officer on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga out of San Diego (where I lived with our 3 children during his 2 years of duty in the South China Sea--off shore of Saigon and other areas of Vietnam).  What a terrible war that was and it didn't end well for the allies. 

The Ticonderoga, like all the other carriers out there, had to stand down for maintenance in the Philippines for maintenance of about 3 weeks.  I was able to fly out and meet him there (along with his C.O.'s wife) and travel a week and a half  in the Philippines and then another 5 days in Hong Kong and Kowloon.  An Army wife whose husband was in Vietnam  stayed with my children.  She was a friend at my church in San Diego.

It was a tough two years for us and him, too.
Sue
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Post by: Marilyne on September 21, 2017, 11:44:52 PM
SCFSue - We watched the first episode of The Vietnam War, last night, and the second episode tonight.  What an excellent documentary it is!  I'm enjoying it so much, and learning so much that I didn't know, or didn't remember.  I can't believe I was a married woman with two children in the early 1960's, and yet I was pretty much clueless, as to what was going over there, and why it was happening. I'm so glad this documentary has been produced by Ken Burns.  He does such a thorough job of researching hs subject, and presenting the facts. 

It certainly was a tough time for you, with your husband over there for two years, and you here with three children.  I can imagine that the military wives gave each other a lot of help and support.  My husband was drafted into the Army after college, and just a few months after we got married. It was an easy two years for us, because he was in the 72nd Army Band, so we spent the two years in Washington and California. 

We will watch the third episode of The Vietnam War tomorrow night, and the other two over the weekend. 
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Post by: SCFSue on September 22, 2017, 02:17:55 PM
Marilyne, my husband attended the U. of South Carolina on a U.S. Navy scholarship--and had to serve in the Navy for at least 8-10 years to pay back the Navy for his scholarship, text books, uniforms, etc.  We married the day after we both graduated from Carolina.  We had saved $200 and bought a 1938 Dodge Coupe which had good tires.  We got into our car after our wedding at my Aunt and Uncle's home.  We drove through South Carolina and stopped overnight someplace in North Carolina.  On Sunday a.m. we drove into Norfolk, VA, found an apartment (which cost our remaining savings for one month's rent).  On Monday a.m.  he went down to the Naval Base in Norfolk, called me on the telephone and told me to bring his uniforms down.  The ship he was stationed on had to go out to see by 10:00 and wouldn't be back until Friday.  As the most junior officer aboard, he had the overnight duty on Saturday and didn't come home until Sunday morning after the Sunday crew checked in.

It was a tough start, but we both loved Navy life and he stayed in until he retired after 20 years of active duty.  Our 2 oldest were born during 2 of his deployments--one to Iceland and the other Newfoundland.  He didn't see either until they were about 6 months old.  Our youngest was born at Ft. Ord Army hospital in California.  He was attending the Naval Post-Graduate school for his Master's degree.  When he received that late in 1966, we moved to San Diego where he was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Ticonderoga--and it soon after deployed to the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam for 2 years.

So far in the PBS special, there is not much about the crews on the aircraft carriers who prepared the bombs and kept the fighter planes in readiness to fly into Vietnam.  He was in charge of the crews who got the bombs up  to the flight deck and onto the planes which had to drop them in Vietnam.  It was a terrible war and many did not come back--and those who did will probably never be the same, especially if they were captured by the North Vietnamese.

Sue
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Post by: Marilyne on September 24, 2017, 11:53:25 PM
SCFSue - The second half of The Vietnam War, series started tonight.  We recorded it, and will start watching it on Tuesday.  The first half was excellent, I thought.  I had forgotten so much, but it's all coming back to me now.  I'm interested in see more about the POW's this week.  I remember when they came home, and walked off the plane, one by one.  A very emotional scene, that Im sure will be shown on the final episode this week.
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Post by: SCFSue on September 25, 2017, 05:13:55 PM
It was a terrible, senseless war as far as America was concerned--and far too many of our young service people were either maimed for life or killed.  It was a very sad time for America--and although I disliked all the protesting as my husband was out there (1967-69), I could understand the reluctance of many to go.

I am watching each program and thinking I'll soon see a Naval officer we knew.  So far, mostly Army personnel who were on the ground there.  Very, very sad!

Sue

Sue
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Post by: JeanneP on September 25, 2017, 06:40:39 PM
I am sure he is doing a good job putting that together. (smart man) . Enjoyed some of his others.  Not going to watch the one though. I never did understand that war. Why was it started. US as far as I know no interest there. I had not lived in US here long when it started. I thought  that it was under the French Flag.  Then they decided to just up and leave and next you see US moving in.  What would we have gotten from owning it had the US won.  If France thought no point in staying must not have had any prospect.
43000 Men lost in it. No war was declared Country to Country. and so the young men came back home like they should be ashamed . Treated awful. Many Viet people came over here . Same to be good works and never see any  problems with them. They stick to themselves and work hard.   Their country seem to be doing O.K running themselves.  I think that many men who were there are not finding this TV Program to their liking.
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Post by: Marilyne on September 27, 2017, 06:40:46 PM
I'm feeling bad that Debbie Gibson, got eliminated last night on DWTS.  I thought she was a good dancer, but the judges gave her low scores, and she likely didn't get many viewer votes. Probably nobody else remembers her from the 1980's?   The other elimination, Barbara, was not a good dancer.  She was obviously the requisite senior citizen for this season.  Usually they keep the seniors on for at least two weeks, but not this time. 

Is it just my imagination, or are there more dancers this season than in the past?  Not sure who I'll be rooting for?  I like Drew Scott, and the violinist.  Can't remember her name?  Nobody else has grabbed my attention yet. 
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Post by: angelface555 on September 29, 2017, 05:59:25 PM

Well, I bit the bullet so to speak, but unfortunately, it bit back. Everyone is probably well aware and familiar with my not having had a television since 1997. That television was a 19" color TV by Magnavox that took two people to move. I had in the past tried free trials of Hulu and of Netflix but didn't even watch more than one show so nixed those ideas.

Anyway, a woman had recently moved her disabled mother into a third-floor apartment only to have her mother fall ill and she had to move her to a nursing home where the mother died suddenly. To make a long story short, the daughter had one month to vacate her mother's apartment so as to not incur additional fees. So all furniture and accessories were priced to move quickly. I went with others to "just look."

I purchased the smaller of three TVs and a small television stand for eighty bucks and was assured by one of the security people that it worked great. I was surprised at how light it was and there was only a screen, remote and of course the rolling stand. I did wonder why someone would need THREE TVs in a one bedroom apartment. But I have three Kindles and two computers so have no room to judge.

Back to the bite back; I got it home, plugged it in, tried the remote and got an onscreen message that says no signal! It turns out and everyone thought I already knew, that you need to go out and buy a box that unscrambles the signal! Who knew? Before, I just plugged it in. So now, anyone have any advice for me? 

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Post by: maryz on September 29, 2017, 06:14:27 PM
Find out from your building what cable company supplies your building, call them, and set up an account.  Unfortunately, you probably won't be able to get anything without a cable hookup - so no "free" TV anymore. 
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Post by: angelface555 on September 29, 2017, 07:42:06 PM
Thanks for the help, Maryz. There are three separate companies you may use here.
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Post by: maryz on September 29, 2017, 09:32:13 PM
Good luck, angelface.  I've been using Comcast for the two years I've lived here (also in a retirement facility).  It wouldn't have been my first choice, but I must say I have had no complaints in that time - a few glitches, but nothing that wouldn't be expected from any company.  It's basically a crap shoot.   ;)
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Post by: angelface555 on September 29, 2017, 10:52:06 PM
We have three, Alaska Communications, GCI which is an Alaskan part of AT&T or Verizon I believe. There are also two dish companies and an antenna you can buy that gives you about 30 channels. A far cry from when you just plugged it in and were good. I'll have to wait until next week.

Now, since I haven't seen television since 1997, what's good? I don't like blood, gore or violence and I don't like reality shows or dumb sitcoms, part of the reason for the earlier tv giveaway.  I remember my dad who died in 1995, had A&E which I liked and the History channel. Marilyn, from here told me about a house and cooking channel that she likes. HGTV or something similar. I really am a newbie to all of this.
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Post by: Marilyne on September 29, 2017, 11:35:44 PM
Patricia - you need to get hooked up to the cable ASAP.  Ask your neighbors what cable service is available to the residents there.   Most cable companies have live people on duty, 24/7.  They will answer any questions that you have.  Likely they won't come out to hook you up until next week, but you can get all the information before then. 

You said you haven't had a TV since 1997?  So much has changed since then in the way of programming!  It will take you a while to sort through all the selections that you will now have.  We are here to help you, if we possibly can! :)
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Post by: angelface555 on September 29, 2017, 11:51:59 PM
Marilyne, I just listed what we have here in my previous post other than a satellite company which like the two dish companies will not work on this multi-unit building. I'm going to call the remaining companies tomorrow. I do not know if my internet company also supplies cable. I know they don't have phones.

The last time I watched TV was a month after American Idol began. No, that show came much later. I remember all the shows had more reruns than new shows and it was also the year I believe Survivor and all those cop shows began.  Other than all the reruns, I don't really recall. I have seen some television at people's houses or on Youtube.

I do have a Roku that I received for signing up with my internet company. It is said to be able to connect to your TV to show your computer screen on the TV's flat screen. I do have that still in the box and it has instructions!

This is all new to me. I come from the era of "Bad boys, what ya gonna do," from Cops to 2017 so this may take me a bit. It's a good thing I no longer have to get up and go to work! I do and I will appreciate any and all help and pointers!
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Post by: maryz on September 30, 2017, 09:17:29 AM
Patricia - there is so much available out there, you'll be overwhelmed at first. IMO, a lot of it is not worth watch.  Personally, I like the police procedurals (NCIS, etc.), but not too much blood and gore. ;D  I don't like the "reality" shows. You'll probably find a lot on your PBS station - some great programming there.  If the system you choose has On Demand, there is a lot available there, too.  I have a Roku box.  Through that, I find some great movies and original series on Netflix.  I also have access to Amazon Prime (through a daughter's account), and there is some good stuff there, too.  You really just have to browse.  Personally, I find it easier to browse on the computer (laptop, handheld - whatever you choose), than on the TV.  It's going to be quite a learning experience for you.  ;)
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Post by: Tomereader1 on September 30, 2017, 03:34:10 PM
A&E is not what it once was!  Nor is the History Channel.  History has some good programs.  National Geographic has, sporadically, some good shows.  PBS is always a winner.
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Post by: Marilyne on September 30, 2017, 03:46:06 PM
Patricia - Seems that we all have our favorite TV shows, and everyone has their own idea as to what it good, bad, etc.   Some I have in common with members who post here, but others that I really like, no one else here has ever watched.  As maryz said, the huge selection of shows is overwhelming, and it would take years to sample everything! Most people tend to stick to certain favorite channels and programs, and aren't interested in trying new shows.  I've noticed in reading other discussions here in S&F, that a lot of folks watch nothing but re-runs of their old favorites. 

There are so many new things to see, that I rarely succumb, to old TV shows that I've seen before. However, that's not true then it comes to my favorite movies!  I've lost count of how many times I've watched Doctor Zhivago and Out of Africa, or older movies like The Best Years of Our LivesFrom Here to Eternity, and all of the Alfred Hitchcock films. 

As for the so called "Reality shows" . . . there are two or three different categories.  A large number of the HGTV shows would be considered "reality", because they feature real people remodeling their homes, or real people looking at different homes to purchase in specific areas of the US, or in other countries.  ("Buying Alaska", was a show that I mentioned to you, that's shown on HGTV.). Another type of reality would be what The History Channel, has turned into.  No History there anymore!  Now it's mostly half hour or one hour shows geared strictly to men, like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Mountain Men, Swamp People and lots more. ::)  Then there is totally pointless reality, like The Kardashian's?  I've never figured out why that show is still around after so many, many years? I don't know anyone who watches it, (or admits to watching it).  I did see one episode, and I was truly bored silly. IMO, a totally pointless and ridiculous waste of time.

I hope others will check here and tell you what they watch and give you some suggestions?  I'll return at another time, and tell you what my personal favorites are.   
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Post by: angelface555 on September 30, 2017, 05:44:51 PM
Thanks everyone for all of the input. I know of the Kardashians because they actually appear on hard news and also am aware that all but one or two are now pregnant so it must be ratings week or sweep? And when I worked at Sears, their clothing was sold through Sears and was a very bad quality back then. Unfinished seams, threads not turned off and interfacings crooked. Leggings with holes and loose threads sold for over $100.00 with cheap jewelry beginning about $80.00 and folks were stealing it!?!

What I remember was Rick Dees and another man filming their way thru Europe while Hyacinth and As Time Goes By with Dame Judi Dench was shown. Oh and a story about a British clothing store with a typical British humor. Then on History, there were great shows about WWII that often showed campaigns on the maps. One time I saw a well-done documentary about Kennedy and PT 109. A&E had mysteries if I recall.

My dad moved in with me for five months before we realized he needed more specialized care, but in the meantime, he brought his cable along, almost 24/7. What I hated was his addiction to several horrible talk shows. I can see if you watched those often you would get a very skewed idea of humanity. I actually saw the show on Jenny? Where the guy confessed his love to some idiot and the idiot's fragile manhood was so threatened that he got a gun and murdered the poor sap who loved him. I imagine that show got quite the rating boost!  :'(

Anyway, I do like documentaries, British mysteries and the shows like "All creatures great and small." I may not have all the names right. I do like craft shows and cooking even if I can't do crafts. My sister spent a couple of decades rehabbing and I love to look at photos of houses for sale online so would probably like the HGTV?

I absolutely loved Dean Martin's show, Carol Burnet, and Tim Conway. I didn't think Lucille Ball was that great as she simply followed the same repeated formula. And remember all those great Christmas shows with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, George Gobel And Sammy Davis Junior? Do they have any of that still? Oh, and dad liked a country variety show with three sisters but I don't remember their names.

Here is a great clip with Ted Knight, Tim Conway, and Dean Martin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBm-vmAifco
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Post by: Lindancer on September 30, 2017, 07:55:10 PM
Patricia, I will put my two cents in also. First you have to remember my age going on 94!! I think Marilyne put it really down.  Life is great cause we all have are own ideas, what we like. I do watch reruns  a lot Murder She Wrote, I still watch at 11, I watch the old Old Johnny Carson shows, ED Sullivans just started a few weeks ago,
Dick VanDyke eic. Carol Burnett coms on every night etc.  I do not watch any new show except DWTS.  I love The Two Hallmarks and of course HGTV.  I watch GMA every day and after that a travel show, as they do a lot of places I have been. The next time I turn the TV on is at 3, I confess I have watched Gen Hosp. from day one. I then come back to the radio and listen to that till I go to bed at 10 and read and watch some TV, I guess this is more then you wanted to know about my habits. This is the best post to write all of thisI think.
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Post by: FlaJean on October 01, 2017, 02:57:34 PM
I like documentaries and British mysteries also.  I loved All Creatures Great and Small.  I had read the book and the TV program was just as good.  I’m not a big movie fan.  Am very picky when it comes to movies.  I tried watching La La Land the other night.  I lasted about 25 minutes and turned it off.
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Post by: angelface555 on October 01, 2017, 03:45:48 PM
I don't know any of the new stuff. I used to love variety shows and someone told me that they were no longer around. Yesterday, someone here was talking about this Honey Boo-Boo and all I could think of was the little girl who was murdered and also what are these children going to have once they hit puberty and may no longer be money makers for their families and stand-ins for their mothers'? I suppose I'm cynical.

I am having bouts of buyers remorse and only really know what I see on YouTube and that is the late shows with Seth Meyers or Steven Colbert and yes, many wildlife cams and animal rescues....shhh... yes, I'm one of those.....
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Post by: Marilyne on October 01, 2017, 04:36:58 PM
Patricia- I think you'll find your own personal TV niche, just like we all have done.  Start out watching just a couple of channels per day, and eventually something will interest you and you'll want to see more.  The old shows you mentioned on PBS, (the ongoing comedies like, "As Time Goes By"), are no longer playing, but this is the era of watching whatever you want, so I'm sure you could find many of them now, On Demand. 

PBS is a good place for you to start, with their regular programming.  The nighttime lineup has a variety of comedies, mysteries, and historical dramas - as well as documentaries and music. I think you might enjoy "Downton Abbey", a historical drama that starts at about the time of WWI, and goes up into the '30's.  It's finished now, but is easy to get on Demand.  PBS still has a Pledge Drive, about every six weeks, as they have aways done.  During that time, regular programming stops, and they feature more travel documentaries like Rick Steves.

Sad to say, that variety shows are long gone. :(  My favorites were Carol Burnett and Andy Williams.  I especially enjoyed Andy's Christmas show every year.
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Post by: Jeanne Lee on October 01, 2017, 04:40:24 PM
Just a quick note - "As Time Goes By" is still showing on my PBS channels.  Over and over again, but I still enjoy watching.   ;D
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on October 01, 2017, 05:42:39 PM
It’s still showing on our PBS channel too.  Watched it yesterdayâ€"still funny.
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Post by: angelface555 on October 01, 2017, 06:19:20 PM
I thought On Demand from what was said here in this forum, was a cable station? Or is PBS now also considered a cable station?

The lady, here in my building, who spends hours watching her TV only to break for the offered noon meal and the 2 PM mail call, is a fan of these children's pageants and told us all about this Honey BooBoo character which I find amazing as her mother evidently feeds her child a cocktail of a high-powered mixed energy and soda drinks before each appearance and that some of these children commonly have botox injections! And this is good? Isn't this illegal?

I agree I think I'll stick with PBS until I learn more. How about mysteries? Any good ones where you try to guess all the twists and turns? I really can't remember anything I was watching back in the late nineties other than the reruns.

American Idol started in 2011 because their first finale was about the same time as the Twin Towers horrific tragedy. NCIS started in 2003. A friend tells me it must have been the Homicide franchise or Hill Street Blues I remember. I know America's most wanted and Cops started in 1988 because they were on when I visited my dad.

It all starts next week or the next when I start with the cheaper antenna while I debate further expenditures and my budget.

Edit: Many of the old shows and variety shows are on YouTube.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 01, 2017, 07:35:22 PM
FlaJean - Good to know I'm not the only one who didn't like "LaLa Land".  I had watched the Academy Awards, where LLL won most of the Oscars, and I had been listening to my younger daughter raving over it for months.  As soon as the DVD was released, she brought me a copy.  After all that hype, I was expecting something really special, but instead, I had to force myself to stick with it to the very end. A big disappointment. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 01, 2017, 11:33:53 PM
Patricia- 
I'm wondering why you need an antenna?  is it necessary to have one in the area where you live?  All apartments, condos, and senior living facilities here have cable available to tenants, if they want it.

On Demand, is a feature that's already loaded into your remote.  When you push that button, you can see what shows are available to you, or you can do an alphabetical search there, if you're looking for something specific. When you get hooked up to cable or satellite, or whatever you decide to get, be sure that they give you a written guide (menu),so you can see an overview of all the channels that you get. 

I know . . . Too Much Information being thrown at you!!  I promise to remain silent, unless you ask a specific question. :-X 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: angelface555 on October 02, 2017, 12:21:59 AM
From what I learned here in the building was that you can get rabbit ears or another type of antenna at Walmart for five to ten dollars for around 30 channels. Or you can go with something called Sling, I did get their phone number, and they can set you up with about 100 channels. Or you can go the cable route or Direct TV route.

Another thing I learned that interested me is Friskies brand has several free and low-cost apps for a tablet, phone or kindle for your cat. These feature birds, mice, goldfish or spiders. You can use Roku which I have, to hook them up to your television screen. I wonder how Farrah would react to that?


So many companies, 43!

I'm bombarded with too much information!

Sling TV

https://www.sling.com/content/sling-tv/en/offers/twobutton.html?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: angelface555 on October 02, 2017, 01:11:36 AM
Most people in the building have GCI or Sling

Here is what GCI offers and I don't know half of what they're talking about so how can I make a choice?

Smart TV Lineup starts at 39. and up

https://www.gci.com/tv/lineup/smart

Plus TV Lineup starts at 79. and up

https://www.gci.com/tv/lineup/plus

Total TV Lineup, starts at 99. and includes streaming...

https://www.gci.com/tv/lineup/total

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Joy on October 02, 2017, 08:46:05 AM
Patricia,  I am sure you are getting overwhelmed by all the suggestions from everyone.   You will have to take your time and sort through it all.

I am sure you will find some very enjoyable shows that you will enjoy watching.

I am disappointed in a lot of the older shows that have changed so much.  I used to love the Travel Channel, as they would actually show so many interesting places to travel to.  I used to travel all over the world and never leave my recliner.  Sandra Brown used to have some wonderful travel shows showing all different kinds of venues to travel to,.  But, now they are really dumb shows, that is in my opinion.  I really miss the old TRavel channel shows.

There are several channels that do carry the old comedy shows that you mentioned.  You will just have to surf around to find the shows that you really want to watch.  Have Fun!!!

Joy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on October 02, 2017, 12:09:47 PM
Joy, I agree with you about the Travel channel.  I used to enjoy it.  Entertainment channel has changed too.  They used to have some good British mysteries but no more.  Also HGTV has changed a lot.  I liked some of their redecorating programs but now it is so different.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on October 02, 2017, 12:37:10 PM
I watch NBC news at 5:30, then local news on our local NBC channel at 6:00, then go to PBS for more in depth coverage.  The PBS is a one hour program. 

I am a fan of lots of PBS programs.  I watched their entire coverage of The Vietnam War--sad, but interesting--and what a waste of lives, the country, etc.  My late husband was serving as the Ordnance Officer on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga from '67-'69 and I lived in San Diego with our 3 sons and our dog Murphy.  Bob had to fly into Saigon regularly to pick up supplies, take messages to the Naval Command there, etc.  It was a horrible time for the Vietnamese, both South and North and the countryside was literally destroyed.  Other military widow friends here didn't watch it.

Poldark returned to PBS last night.  I loved this show in the 70's and am enjoying the new version with younger actors.  The man playing Poldark then is now playing a judge in this version.  I think Winston Graham wrote the series a long time ago.

I like the new PBS show Doc Martin, but some of my friends don't.  Do any of you watch it?

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on October 02, 2017, 12:51:23 PM
Sue, Doc Martin isn't a new show - it's been on for at least 5  or so years.  I guess it's just started showing in your market.  If you get On Demand, you can probably find a lot of episodes there.  ;)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 02, 2017, 03:38:12 PM
I agree that most of the the cable channels have morphed into something different from what they originally were.  Besides The History Channel, an good example is Animal Planet.  I used to really enjoy that channel - loved watching the shows about animal rescue, and the series called Meerkat Manor, was incredible. (I'm still blown away as to how they did that filming.)  Now, the top show on Animal Planet is something called, Pit Bulls and Parolees. ??? There are lots of channels now, that I've never even looked at, like Spike, Tru, Oprah Winfrey Network, and others. Oprah's channel is probably very good . . . I can't imagine that she would allow her name on anything that isn't top quality.  Has anyone seen it?

Sue - I liked The Vietnam War series so very much. Certainly the best documentary that I've seen on TV, in many years. I learned so much that I didn't know before, or just refreshed my memory on different people and politics of the time. I remember the anti-war demonstrations, but had forgotten the extreme violence.  Sad to say, that I don’t know of anyone else who watched it besides my husband and myself.  I know that none of my three adult children watched it.  it's a shame because the old saying, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", seems to be coming true in today's world.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: angelface555 on October 02, 2017, 03:51:21 PM
I am literally turned off by all the sketchy info of what is offered for my area. There isn't enough information to be able to make a valid choice. So I will probably go with the antenna for now. I do not watch sports, have Pandora jazz on the PC so wouldn't need six to nine music channels on the TV.

For the news, I have notifications turned on for Euronews, BBC, Washington Post and The New York Times.

I've watched several episodes of Masterpiece Theater on Youtube and on British sites.

I have not watched the series on Vietnam for obvious reasons but if it had been available I probably wouldn't.  My first husband came back damaged from the war as he was trained to go out alone as a fighter and an assassin and the training broke him inside. The last I heard, he has been missing out somewhere in the woods out west for decades if still living.

My second husband had three brothers killed in Nam and he was sent home as the last surviving son. He felt made worthless by that decision and his parents deifying his brothers made that worse and alienated him from his family. That war was wrong on so many levels.

The offerings shown by Infinity by Comcast, Time Warner and 43 others such as GCI expect you to be familiar with the shows offered. I am not and it is really confusing. Why so many music channels on a TV for example! I don't want to spend my money and be locked into spending it for a specific amount of time perhaps foolishly. The ones I've spoken to in my building watch hours of television and rarely do anything else.

The reason I didn't purchase a TV and take advantage of that cable offer thrown in with the Internet in  2005 or 2006 holds true today. So much dreck involved with a few gems thrown in. How to know before you buy? What I am reading here in this forum, helps so much and I am grateful, but I'm beginning to realize that I felt for the poor woman caught up in her mother's death and acted rashly.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on October 02, 2017, 04:17:52 PM
Patricia, I just read a past Consumer Report (August 2017), and the lead article is about "Cutting the Cord", i.e. getting rid of cable.  I'm happy with what I have, but did look through it.  There are a number of suggestions of ways to get more specialized service, gauged to what YOU really want.  I'd recommend checking that out before making a decision.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: angelface555 on October 02, 2017, 04:59:43 PM
Thanks, Mary, I know they post the report on YouTube as well as at their site so I'll go look it up.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on October 03, 2017, 10:28:49 AM
Regarding the series on Vietnam..... 

My brain is so inundated with devastating news about our
government at this time,  that I have no room or
inclination to re live the Viet Nam Era.....

I hate  terrorism and war talk about North Korea
and the Middle East.. 

At 74,  I choose to be very selective about what news
programs that I subject myself to .... MSNBC is my choice
and I am very selective about the time I spend
watching called "news" ----  "fake or real" 
Personally I believe that all our "news" is fake, and
twisted to reflect the political leanings of what ever
station one choses to watch.

I think that this has been going on for years and years,
back to when JFK got elected (for me) and before that
for older people,  who lived through WWII...   

I could go on and on but I shall not,  as this is not
the place for controversial discussions... 
I have said enough, probably more then enough....  sorry!  :'(

I pray for the people  who's lives have been
destroyed by hurricanes and mad,  crazy, lunatic gun
owners  who believe murdering innocents is an acceptable
fom of protest. 

I hope that today can be a better day for all those
personally affected by these disasters.

I love tv and have mine on daily ...  It is  my human
connection.   I also have Roku with a Spectrum cable
connection for tv and internet.   

I have HBO NOW,  Acorn (british and austrailian movies and series),
NetFlix,  Amazon Prime,,  show time, and starz..   

I run everything through Roku which is connected to spectrum cable.
I can pick and choose what cable stations I want and can
cancel them anytime I want. (they go month to month,  so I
can add and cancel at will to keep the cost of my entertainment,
with in my budget)   

Life is good
:crazy2:

Sandy 
:smiley6600:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on October 03, 2017, 12:54:43 PM
Well said, Sandy.  I watched the first episode and it is a well done documentary.  My husband was on an ammo ship in the war zone and I was raising a family on my own.  I really don’t want to relive a bad war.  At 81 years I’ll stick with casting my vote and hope it’s being counted.  I’m counting on you Mr. Mueller.

I looked at “Spotlight” on Starz for the second time.  A really good movie on a sad topic.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 03, 2017, 01:19:07 PM
Good afternoon, started out cool and sunny, but now clouds are rolling in.

Sandy I agree with everything you wrote. At 93 I have seen so much, that I do not want to live through the sad years.  I think when i first got married we had practically nothing, but we were so happy, just listening to the radio programs all day.  Oct.12th we would have been married 72 years.  My only special channel I pay extra for is the golf one, which I enjoy, as I was a golf nut, even played with colored ball in light snow.
I watch GMA, and do not watch news shows at night.  Still listen to a lot of radio, they are still playing my music.

Went to the breathing doctor Friday, he said I should use the oxygen at night, but only if I think I need it during the day. But now if I use the oxygen a lot I get nose bleeds.

Jenny, I just read in Sunday paper, that it is against the law in NYS to keep a snapping turtle..
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on October 05, 2017, 11:57:06 AM
My daughter used to buy lots of DVD movies but started streaming instead.  So when she changed her entertainment center last year, she gave us about 150 and kept just a few.  Larry put them up in our office closet and there they have been sitting.  With all the repeat bad news (same news over and over) I’ve been lookin at the selection.  Some we wouldn’t care to watch but we have looked at a few the last couple of days.  A couple we have watched are “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Munich”.  Not great movies but interesting.  I notice she has a few oldies like “Rear Window” which I’ve seen several times but enjoy each time I see it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 05, 2017, 03:54:13 PM
Just finished watching "Our Souls at Night" on Netflix, starring Redford and Fonda.
Somehow parts of it did not seem familiar, (I read the book and liked it).  I may have to do a re-read to see where the differences might lie (maybe in my head, LOL). It is a very  "quiet", slow moving movie (as befits the characters and subject matter).  If anyone else has seen it, give me your thoughts!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on October 05, 2017, 05:36:32 PM
Tome,  "Our Souls At Night" is on my Netflix List but I haven't had time to watch it, yet.  I've also read the book - and the others by the same author set in the same small town on the Colorado prairie. 
I'm familiar with the area and hope they haven't moved it somewhere more "glamorous".
The "cosmetically enhanced" Redford and Fonda don't fit my mental picture of the characters, either,  but I'm willing to give it a chance.
Now if I could just find that elusive "Round Tuit".   ::)    Too many t.v. shows starting new seasons.

Speaking of.....I didn't watch the first season of "This Is Us" but, after watching the first episode of the new season, I think I'm going to like it.
Title: Angelface
Post by: RAMMEL on October 05, 2017, 07:45:22 PM
Some more "overload" ---

I do believe that if you currently have an internet connection you should be able to get that ROKU to stream some stuff to your TV even without a "TV Hookup".  It goes from your internet source thru the ROKU to the TV.  So dig out the ROKU and read  (for sure there are some fine instructions   ???  ).

It would be likely that whoever provides your current internet service also can provide a TV signal (for $).  It would probably be cheaper to get all your services from one provider.

Newer TVs are equipped to receive digital signals and there are likely some being transmitted over the air. A digital antenna, much smaller than the old antennas, could possibly be set up in your apartment in or near a window.  Check with some neighbors who might know
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Radioman34 on October 05, 2017, 11:09:45 PM
Our Souls At Night:  I have read the book and saw the movie and in my humble assessment the book provided a moving story of two lonely seniors who find love and comfort in each other's company, only to have that setting shattered by the cruel, self-serving interests of the widow's son.  In short, a well written novel that portrayed the sorrow and conflict of a woman who was forced into a "Sophie's Choice" that would affect the rest of her life.
The movie, on the other hand, did not portray that inner turmoil. It did not portray the confrontation between the mother and son and those two omissions diminished greatly the emotional impact those circumstances demanded.
I read the book first and I'm glad I did, but at the conclusion of the movie I felt as if I had been short-changed.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on October 06, 2017, 11:31:24 AM
I watched Souls At Night last night.  Will change my opinion about Redford and Fonda; they did well with the characters they portrayed, although I think the movie was a vehicle to show off their fit figures and good looks.

Don, I agree with your views.  However, I think the movie was meant for those who haven't read the book and don't know the details. I also think the screenwriters had to cobble some things together to keep the story from wandering back and forth. There were subtle dialog and scenic "hints" about the conflict with the kids that one who had read the book might catch but one who had not read it would have to pay close attention to make the connections. I didn't realize some of them until later.
I could have done without the long sequences of driving on the prairie and through the mountains - but I wonder if that was symbolic.   Empty prairie:  loneliness.....Narrow mountain roads:  becoming closer.

However,  good movie and I enjoyed it.

Haruf wrote other novels set in Holt (a fictional town but towns mentioned in the books indicate it would be located way out on the Colorado plains east of Greeley/northeast of Denver.

Trilogy is:  Plainsong,  Eventide and Benediction  They all center around two or three characters with others being brought into the story. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 06, 2017, 12:11:35 PM
Callie, for this movie, Redford and Fonda were NOT cosmetically enhanced, Redford his wrinkled self and Fonda with a long, semi-gray wig, and looking so much like her father, Henry Fonda, and not like her glamorous persona.  (I was glad they didn't try to make them look anything but what they were supposed to be...older folks). I think Radioman has the best review of the movie, and like me, enjoyed the book so much more.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 06, 2017, 12:35:22 PM
Callie, Tome and Don - Thank you for your thoughtful reviews of Our Souls At Night.  I'm looking forward to watching it, but it will be a few days or weeks . . . not sure?  As I've mentioned before, both my Netflix & Amazon, have lost picture quality in the past couple of months. It's frustrating to watch anything on streaming, so I will continue to try to figure it out.  I would like to get the full effect of the movie, since I enjoyed the book so much.  I was also disappointed with the choice of Redford/Fonda, for the main characters, but I believe they are both excellent actors, so hope I will like them in this movie. 

Callie - As you know, I'm also a huge fan of Haruf's trilogy - Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction.  Wonderful books for all ages.  I highly recommend all three!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on October 06, 2017, 03:30:01 PM
Tome,  I agree - except for the many rear shots of their slim trim figures.   ;)  (I know:  picky , picky, picky!  ::) )

I liked the movie very much and thought it emphasized the relationship between the two older people very very well.
Marilyne,  I think you'll like it a lot!

I watched it on my Tablet because my t.v. won't do Closed Captioning on Netflix (don't know why).   I had a lot of trouble seeing the night scenes and realized after the fact that I should have lightened my screen.
So, this morning,  I did that and rewatched the scenes I'd had trouble seeing.
Enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time as I did the first time.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 06, 2017, 03:35:39 PM
I would judge it to be one of those movies we like to go back and watch again, at least once...if not to see what we had missed...then to get more into their characters.
I thought Fonda was a "hoot" ;D when she asked him to "sleep with her" and he looked like someone had hit him with a brick!!!  His lack of response ??? was priceless!  Don't want to give away too much here!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on October 06, 2017, 03:42:24 PM
His reactions to several things were hilarious!  Good acting!!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 09, 2017, 07:51:16 PM
Marilyne, are you all okay where the wildfires are burning?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 09, 2017, 10:27:00 PM
Tome - Fortunately, we aren't in the fire area this time, but lots of my relatives live in and around Santa Rosa, which was hard hit.  They are all safe, with no damage to their homes.  It's hard to breathe outside, with all the smoke and ash in the air, so I stayed in the house most of the day.  Thanks for your concern! :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: NitaH on October 10, 2017, 04:07:38 PM
I'm an avid PBS fan too.  I don't have cable, but get about 10 channels through the air , PBS being one. Also streaming with the Roku. What I miss at regular scheduled times I catch later.

I would never go back to cable.  I have Amazon Prime, so have their channel. My grandson lets  me use his Netflix. Roku gives me access to more news channels than I'll ever watch. P!us all of the old movie channels.

Sort of overkill for someone like me who is very particular about what I watch. Unless it's a nature show. :)










Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 10, 2017, 05:23:53 PM
Marilyne, I'm so glad you all are safe and out-of-the-woods (so to speak!)  And the same for your relatives.  I get so concerned when my S&F and Sr. Learn peeps are in areas suffering floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, etc.  God Bless us Every One!

Got that new TV yet?  Was Netflix able to address the problem you are having with their broadcasts?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 20, 2017, 12:36:08 AM
I've seen two excellent movies this week:
The first one was, A Dog's Purpose.  I had never heard of it, and it sounded sad to me, and I wasn't in any frame of mind to watch a sad animal movie. My daughter had seen it and was crazy about it, and badgered me until I finally watched it. I was so glad that I did!!  Any of you who have ever owned a dog, will really love this film!  Yes, there were some sad parts, but overall it was inspirational and uplifting. 
The theme or premise of the story is, "A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners." 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1753383/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The second movie I watched today, and have seen before, and I love it.  It's one of those films that nobody saw, when it was released in 2000, and I have still yet to find anyone, except for myself, who has ever seen it?  You Can Count on Me, starring Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick.  It has everything ... drama, humor, wonderful characters, and a great story.  I think you will all like this movie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203230/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_44

Both movies are playing On Demand. You Can Count On Me, was free, on my Comcast.  I paid $4.99 for A Dogs Purpose, because it's a new film. (2016) It was worth every penny! I'm sure it will be free before long. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on October 20, 2017, 12:59:03 PM
Marilyne, I made a note of those movies.  I’m not really a movie person and mostly enjoy the old movies occasionally.  But my husband enjoys a good movie but has seen all all the good ones several times.  ;). He’ll probably look for them on iTunes.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 20, 2017, 02:39:15 PM
Jean - Not sure if your husband will like either of those?  I watched them when AJ was busy working on the car or away for a few hours, so I don't know what his reaction would be?  The two main characters in You Can Count on Me, are a brother and sister - both adults.   A Dog's Purpose, follows the same dog through four different lives and families. It's not real sad or sentimental or overly sweet.  It made me think about the possibility of former lives/future lives, etc.  Not something I do or I don't believe in, but it's a comforting thought! :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on October 29, 2017, 09:26:27 PM
I watch very little television so I was pleased that there was an incentive to watch when I noted  PBS was showing the old musical, "She Love Me"..I did manage to view it with its wonderful cast, music,  costumes and no commercials or interruptions...I just  thought I would pass on the information that it still can be viewed until November 3...In case you  want to watch a thoroughly wonderful program,  here is the address..For some reason,  PBS has blocked all TV's outside the USA.       
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/loves-full-episode/7510/ 
Prepare for a very entertaining  show..For added information,  this musical was taken from an old black and white film "The Shop Around The Corner" starring James Steward and Margaret Sullavan
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 30, 2017, 11:50:18 AM
Chia - Good to see you posting here. :) Thanks for the information on the musical, She Loves Me.  I didn't realize that it's now playing on PBS, but will definitely take a look.  Both my husband I love musicals, so it will be a pleasant evening for us.

I haven't been watching much TV in the past few weeks, so I have to start catching up on new and old programming.  Tonight will be DWTS.  I'm lukewarm on this season, but will stick with it, to see who comes out the winner. (Easy to predict at this point in the season.)

I think I'm the only one on this discussion who watches the long running series, Ray Donavan?  Last night was the season finale, and I would sure like to know what others thought about the ending?  I'll probably find answers and opinions on line?  It was a surrealistic and sad finale.  Although not announced as such, I think maybe it was the end of the series?   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 30, 2017, 12:59:17 PM
Bubble.  You are really into Halloween now.  Loving all the graphics. Wish we had the ghost ones of all the people still in S and F.   Bet you grandson wishing they had Halloween there.  Just let him dress up. You can do it also. Start a new trend is Israel.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 30, 2017, 01:15:10 PM
Marilyne, I plan to watch DWTS, I really do not have a favorite this year. I know none of the them. EXcept, the one from GHTV. Other wise I listen to the radio, until I go to bed, then I put the TV on and also read. I am enjoying Hallmark right now.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: so_P_bubble on October 30, 2017, 01:35:41 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on October 30, 2017, 12:59:17 PM
Bubble.  You are really into Halloween now.  Loving all the graphics. Wish we had the ghost ones of all the people still in S and F.   Bet you grandson wishing they had Halloween there.  Just let him dress up. You can do it also. Start a new trend is Israel.

I wanted to do much more, but could not find good photos of all :( With photos from everyone I could do a great graphic for Christmas. Is that a loud enough hint?   ;)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on October 30, 2017, 09:24:13 PM
Bubble
That would be good. Each hanging on a branch of a tree. I envy all you that are good with graphics.
I will have to go back and see. Did I see Don as a ghost. You already have last years Santa picture.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 31, 2017, 12:21:46 AM
JeanneP - I was starting to get worried about you.  Thought maybe you had gone to Texas for a visit? Good to see you back.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 31, 2017, 01:31:08 PM
Marilyne, I was not happy with the ending of DWTS ended last night, and you could see the judges were not also.  Only my thought, but I do think the wrong people went home.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 31, 2017, 02:12:59 PM
Gloria - AJ wanted to watch a hockey game last night, so I recorded DWTS.  I'm going to watch it this afternoon after lunch.  I'll let you know what I think.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 31, 2017, 05:26:50 PM
Gloria de - I just watched DWTS, and I didn't like the ending at all!  I don't think they've ever done that before??  It looked to me like it was decided ahead of time, because I noticed that the judges gave those couples the lowest scores, and I thought they were just as good as all the others? 

I thought the group dance to, Phantom of the Opera, was really good.  They must have put in many hours of practice to be so perfect! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 31, 2017, 09:11:39 PM
MARILYNE
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 31, 2017, 09:14:37 PM
Marilyne, I am not a happy camper with that show right now.  I also did not see the couples onGMA to day.  I agree with you that grouple dance was fantastic .  I could watch it again.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 07, 2017, 03:17:31 PM
Gloria de - Sorry to see Terrell and Cheryl go last night on DWTS.  I'm surprised that Drew Scott has lasted this long, but I know that The Property Brothers, is a very popular show.  That's one HGTV show that I never watch.  It's not on at the times that I'm watching, so I don't know much about it.  One of the brothers did the Rose Parade commentary last New Years Day, and I thought he was very good.  I don't know if that was Drew or Jonathan?

I'm guessing that Victoria and Lindsay will be the finalists??  They usually don't have two women, so it might be one of those two, and Drew Scott?  Anyway, I'm not happy with this season, for a number of reasons.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 10, 2017, 12:01:10 PM
This post is not about TV, but movies; well, A movie.  Anyone here remember an old movie with Clifton Webb (now that's a name out of our pasts!) where he was like a
"nanny" and treated all his chores with militaristic precision (can't stop thinking about how he did steps on how to take a shower!  I guess I could go look this up on ImDb, but I want to stir up memories here for a bit!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 10, 2017, 12:07:59 PM
Oh I looked it up anyway (my bad)  it was one of the Mr Belvedere films- - "Sitting Pretty" made in 1948.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 10, 2017, 02:42:08 PM
Tome - I remember Clifton Webb, and the Mr. Belvedere series of movies . . . but when I try to visualize Clifton Webb, I see Jonathan Harris, who played Dr. Smith, on Lost in Space!   I'll have to check out pictures of them both, and see if they are look-a-likes?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on November 10, 2017, 03:06:29 PM
Clifton Webb also played the villain on the great movie, Laura.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 10, 2017, 04:06:18 PM
maryz - Thank you . . . now I'm seeing the difference in the two actors.  Clifton Webb was wonderful in "Laura", and was in a couple of other film noir movies as well.  Jonathan Harris, was mostly a TV actor, and did a variety of roles besides Dr. Smith. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on November 10, 2017, 08:33:57 PM
One of his best is “The Man Who Never Was.  I watched that again in the last several months on Netflix.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on November 11, 2017, 01:26:56 PM
Marilyne, you know that old saying "the older I get the behinder, I get" Well that is me, but forgive me as I am in a couple of months, I will be 94.  I did watch DWTS this week, I too, thought Drew would have gone long ago, and I like him, he and his brother seem like nice people.  People mag. had a nice write up on him, a while back.  DWTS is also a popularity contest. Over the years some good dancers have gone off, because of it. It is the only new show I still watch.Cozi, TVOne and the HallMark TV is what I watch mostly. If I am not listening to the radio.  Remember radio.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on November 11, 2017, 09:18:21 PM
I remember Radio and think that I enjoyed listening to some of the old soap opera's back then than I do now. Always like the mysteries when just had to listen.  Its for sure that the music was better. Unless I play my own tapes the rest on radio not worth listening. Can't understand the words at all and so loud.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 11, 2017, 11:31:20 PM
I used to have the radio on all day, and most of the night, until just a couple of years ago. Then all the local stations in San Jose and San Francisco, were bought by big nationwide companies, and the old shows that I liked with local hosts, were cancelled.  Now there is really nothing of interest to listen to anymore, except for music.  I especially miss the night time talk programs.  They were great for poor sleepers, like me, who find it hard to wind down at night, and "turn off" the cares of the day. They gave me something to concentrate on, and helped me to relax.  Lots of good music stations on all night, but it's not the same as live voices.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on November 12, 2017, 11:17:16 AM
Marilyne, talk radio at night reminded me of “Sleepless in Seattle” when Jonah called into the talk-radio program to find his dad a new wife.  Then Sam gets on the phone and talks about his feelings.  Do they still have those talk-radio programs that are not political?  We used to listen to them when we were driving at night taking our daughter back to college.  Years ago!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 12, 2017, 12:41:05 PM
Jean - Yes, the kind of radio programming I liked at night, was more like "Sleepless in Seattle".  A wide variety of subjects, and no politics.  Local shows, as well as cross country.  There was one that was nationwide, called "Night Owls", that I really enjoyed.  People would call in from across the US, as well as Canada, and talk about all sorts of things.  That was at least 30 years ago, and of course is no longer on.  There was another that came later, but can't remember what the show was called?  it was hosted by Art Bell, from a radio station in Nevada.  It was mostly about conspiracy theories, and extra-terrestrials! LOL  People would call in with all sorts of crazy stuff, like how they were kidnapped by aliens in a space ship, etc. :yikes:  It was totally bizarre, but fun to listen to. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on November 12, 2017, 03:32:58 PM
Marilyne, Would you believe I use to listen to the station that talked about all the people that were here from outer space. I also enjoyed the other talk shows, not political ones.  the station  I listen too, all night sometimes is WLNG, from Sag harbor,NY  I listen to Sat.Night Hop. which still plays my music and a lot of their other shows. Some of the announcers have been on for 30 or 40 years. It is also all local news.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on November 13, 2017, 10:26:12 AM
I listen to a local PBS radio station from breakfast time through supper.  Then I turn on the TV for the local and PBS evening news.  I've been upset the past 2 Sundays as my Spectrum TV has muddled up the PBS Sunday evening programs and now I'm 2 weeks behind on Poldark!

SCFSue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 16, 2017, 10:55:45 AM
We've been watching mostly old movies on TCM, or the free ones on our premium channels.  I record lots of them, so if there is nothing of interest on any of the channels, we pick a movie. Last night we watched The Racket, starring Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and a whole lot of good character actors that show up in most of the old movies from the 40's and 50's.  The Racket was your typical good cop, (Mitchum) going up against bad racket boss, (Ryan).  The most fun to watch, was William Conrad, as a good/bad detective.  Remember him?  A short heavy set man, who played both the villain, and the cop, in lots of films and long running TV shows.  He was The Fat Man, on that old radio drama, who stepped on the scale, at the beginning of each episode.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on November 16, 2017, 12:31:24 PM
Marilyn, I was so disappointed with DWTS, as the couple I wanted to win were sent home Victoria and Val.  But she still proved that she could dance when they thought she would never walk again. They even called her parents on the floor, which I thought was nice.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 16, 2017, 02:50:39 PM
Gloria - I agree about Victoria and Val.  I thought she was very good and graceful, in spite of her handicap.  I think Lindsey will be the winner.  Definitely not Drew!  I like him, but he isn't the best dancer.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 17, 2017, 04:37:40 PM
No hockey game tonight, so I hope to find a movie to watch that we will both enjoy.  Nothing good playing on TCM, but I do have one recorded that we might watch . . . Calling Northside, 777, with James Stewart.  I've never seen a movie of his that I didn't like, so this is probably a good one.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on November 19, 2017, 04:12:21 PM
I was also sorry to see Victoria and Val leave DWTS.   I think Jordan will win.

I'm recording my Sunday night shows because there's a "casual concert" at my church.  "Poldark" and "The Collection" episodes are both Season Finales. Guess there won't be any new series until "next year".
Don't mean to sound like a Grinch,  but I do get a little weary of Christmas programming for 6-8 weeks.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Radioman34 on November 19, 2017, 05:19:21 PM
One of my favourite shows from the 60s was the Twilight Zone; as a matter of fact I still watch it today in black and white. So you can imagine my delight to read that this programme is being brought back to life, possibly mid-2018.  I hope I'm not disappointed.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 21, 2017, 12:17:48 PM
Was everyone pleased with the DWTS  "send home" last night.  It was the first time I had watched the show this season.  I was impressed with Drew, but all four couples were "awesome".  The routines were excellent too.  I don't much care for all the group dancing in the background that they are using this season (maybe last season too, I didn't watch).  Did anyone spot "Jenna" in one group, she was previously on So You Think You Can Dance.  She was one of my favorite performers, both as contestant and as an "All-Star" on SYTYCD.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 21, 2017, 01:49:44 PM
Tome - I like Drew better than I used to, when I only knew him from "The Property Brothers".  He seems like a really nice guy, and I hated to see him eliminated. I hope the winner will be Lindsay.  My daughter and granddaughter are here for the week, and are big fans of DWTS, so we will all be watching tonight.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on November 21, 2017, 02:58:31 PM
Tome, the strobe  light they are using I do not like. My favorite was sent home last week. Drew got so far I was hope he would be here for to night. Now I am for the violin player.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on November 21, 2017, 04:17:30 PM
I must be the only one who thinks Jordan will win.  It will be close!!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 22, 2017, 06:19:10 PM
Callie - you were correct!  Jordan won, and Lindsay was runner up.  They were both very good.  We didn't watch the whole show last night. I don't care for the holiday shows, when they have pop singers, dancers, et al, that have nothing to do with the show or with the season. 

Back in the "olden days", I used to like to watch the various television Christmas specials, every year. The Andy Williams Christmas Show, was my favorite, and also, the Bob Hope Christmas Special.  Sonny and Cher also had one, and I think Carol Burnett?  Times have changed, and variety shows are long gone.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryc on November 23, 2017, 09:11:22 AM
Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   I noticed that the movie The Christmas Train will be on Hallmark this Saturday Nov.25.    I enjoyed the book and hope the movie will be as good.  ;)   I'm not a follower of  David Baldacci but did like this book and also another he wrote called Wish You Well. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on November 23, 2017, 12:49:22 PM
I just finished watching the Macy's parade Something I look forward to every year, Now the dog show is on.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 30, 2017, 01:57:35 PM
We now have a new "Smart" TV, so I'll be able to catch up again to lots of my favorite programs on Netflix and Amazon.  I'll be looking forward to the second season of the British drama, The Crown.  I thought the actress who played Queen Elizabeth was wonderful, as was the actor who did such great job as  Prince Phillip.  John Lithgow, deserves all those awards for his portrayal of Winston Churchill.

I am also anxious to watch Our Souls At Night.  I loved the book by Kent Haruf, and although I was disappointed in the casting of the main characters, I am curious to see how it turned out.  I have heard very little about it from anyone?  It's been a while since it's been mentioned in here, so bring  me up to date on what any of you thought about this show?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on November 30, 2017, 03:24:05 PM
Marilyne,  I highly recommend "Our Souls At Night".  I had also read the book by Kent Haruf and agree that the casting did not fit my idea of a couple living "out in the boonies" of northeastern Colorado.
However, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford each portrayed their characters very very well.

The only disagreements I had were RR looking more like a "slicked up city dude" than the guys he met for coffee - and with the gown JF is wearing when they go dancing at the hotel in Denver.  I cannot imagine her character having an outfit like that - or even buying one after she got to The City.

Oh well,  I suppose "they" had to show off JF's slim trim figure "at her age" and RR probably wouldn't look like a "good ole country boy" if they did hide his hairdo under a dirty baseball cap and not "light" him well.   ::)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on November 30, 2017, 07:52:07 PM
Callie and maryc - This afternoon, I watched The Christmas Train, recorded from the Hallmark channel. The color was gorgeous, on my new TV set! I thought the movie was better than most that I've watched on Hallmark.  I might get the book at the library, and see if I like it.  I'm not fond of David Baldacci, but have read a few of his novels over the years that I liked. 

Callie - Tonight I hope to start watching Our Souls at Night.  Thanks for the great review!  I've read a few comments on line, mostly about how the makeup department had a hard time trying to make JF look 70 years old! ha ha  She's had a ton of cosmetic surgery over the years, which she readily admits to.   In reality, she will turn 80 this month. (born December 1937)

Speaking of aging actresses.. . I received an email today, from the DDAF - Doris Day Animal Foundation.  It was about a fundraiser, to be held in Carmel, in March, 2018.  The March date will be Doris Day's 96th birthday!  It will also be the 50th anniversary of her last movie, With Six You Get Eggroll, which they will be shown at the event.  It didn't say whether Doris herself will be there?  I have heard that she shows up at most of the fundraisers for her foundation, so she will likely put in an appearance if she is able to.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryc on November 30, 2017, 08:18:48 PM
Callie and Marilyne,   I'm smiling at the conversation about Our Souls at Night.  I thought that JF really "turned out" quite glamorous for her evening in the city.  I suppose I'm pretty back country but couldn't imagine such a drastic change of wardrobe.  That would be one of those dresses that you wear once then hang it in the closet forever, me thinks!   The other thing that had me thinking was why she didn't warm him up with a few dinner invites before she popped the big question....at least get on a first name basis.   :)

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryc on November 30, 2017, 09:02:22 PM
Marilyn, When you are looking at David Baldacci's books take a peak at one called Wish You Well.  I think you might like that one.  I did and it is not his usual style.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 01, 2017, 11:34:32 AM
Back on October 5th posts, three of us members, talked about "Our Souls At NIght"
Don had the very best review!  Among Don's other talents (music, acting & Santa)
he has an excellent writing style!  He should write a book, about all the things he's done in his life (hear that, Don?)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 01, 2017, 01:26:25 PM
Our Souls At Night:  I watched it, and liked it a lot!  Both RR and JF did a good job with the characters, I thought.   They stayed with the story reasonably well, but did skip over a few details that I thought were important. However, screen writers always have to pare down a story, to make a movie fit into a specific time frame.

I thought RR looked his age, which I think is about 82?  His face and eyes definitely show his age.   I think that in the book they were both  supposed to be 70 or 72 - don’t remember exactly?  Jane looked like a young 70, but as I mentioned yesterday, she will actually be turning 80 the end of this month.   Her long, thick, wavy hair was lovely, but was pretty unrealistic I thought . . . and with all of her cosmetic surgery, she must have also had something done to her upper arms?  None of that hanging flab, that most of us contend with!     I noticed that she was in sleeveless blouses a lot, to show off those arms!

mary - I agree that her proposal to RR, would have been more real, if she had come over and invited him to dinner first!  Then, tell him what she had in mind!  They seemed to not know each other at all. When he answered the door, he called her Mrs. Moore!  The men at the morning breakfast, looked very typical of what you see at coffee shops everywhere in small or medium size towns.  My dad used to meet a bunch of “regulars”, every morning at the coffee shop near him. 

Tome - Thanks for referring me back to the messages in early October.  I remember reading them, but had forgotten what everyone had to say.

I plan to get the book at the library, and read it again.  I think the ending was changed somewhat?  Her son was just as hateful in the movie as he was in the book!  However, the movie hhelped to explain why he was so bitter.

I'm curious as to whether the movie made any money for Netflix or the producers?   I remember that there was just a little promotion before it opened on Netflix, and then nothing more was said about it?  I'll have to look at some reviews online?  Seems to me it would be of little interest to any viewers under age 65?  I can't imagine any of my three adult children watching it - much less my grandchildren! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 10, 2017, 10:44:39 AM
We started watching The Crown, Season 2, a couple of night’s ago.  I think it’s excellent, and AJ is enjoying it too.  So far we’ve only seen two episodes, but they were both very good. Those British actors are so good!   Is anyone else watching it? 

Other than that, I haven’t seen much to comment on, except for the usual HGTV shows.  Some good, and others not so good.  At last, they are showing some new episode of House Hunters, Fixer Upper, a and others. It's getting so that we can't tell whether we've watched a show already or not?  They are all beginning to look the same.  All buyers want exactly the same things! ::) 

AJ has mostly been watching Hockey.  The Sharks are starting to do a little better.  It's still early in the season, so here's hoping it will be a good season for them?  Last night was family night at the Sharks game, and our son, dil, and two grands were there.  We looked for them when the camera panned the arena a couple of times, but didn't see them . . . had to be satisfied with a Facebook photo that they posted. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on December 10, 2017, 11:43:55 AM
Marilyne, we watched the first two episodes last night of The Crown.  I agree it is excellent.  Will probably watch another one or two episodes today.  There is so little that I really enjoy on TV that we will watch it gradually and not binge watch like so many people do.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on December 10, 2017, 02:50:48 PM
For you viewers of THE CROWN:  Have you ever seen a portrait of the original Queen Elizabeth?     Portraits of Queen Elizabeth depict her as a very determined woman who was extraordinarily intelligent, but not particularly beautiful.  Just wondering.  The pictures I see of the young woman portraying Elizabeth the First show a very beautiful Elizabeth.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 10, 2017, 03:45:42 PM
SCFSue - The Netflix program, The Crown, is about Queen Elizabeth, II, (The Second), who is  still the reigning monarch, at the age of 91.  The British actress who plays her, actually looks very much like Queen Elizabeth, looked when she was a young wife and mother.  The time frame of the series is now up into the 1950's.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on December 11, 2017, 01:27:14 PM
Marilyne, thanks for the correction/update.  I just assumed it was Elizabeth I.  I do remember when Elizabeth II was crowned as I stayed up during the night to listen to that on the radio.  I was in the 8th or 9th grade at that time.  I haven't been following the current program as I don't use Netflix.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on December 11, 2017, 01:46:15 PM
Good afternoon, still quite cold.  of course it is Dec.

I was Miracle of 34th Street last night, the one made in 1947, the year my son was born. I had not seen it in a couple of years, but sure did enjoy it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 12, 2017, 12:27:14 AM
Gloria - I missed Miracle on 34th Street, but I think I can get it on my Netflix or Amazon?  Also I want to see It's a Wonderful Life, and a couple of my other Christmas favorites.

FlaJean - Tonight we watched The Crown episode of Princess Margaret's meeting with Anthony Armstrong-Jones.  It was good, but I wonder how much "literary license" they took with that story?  If true, he was quite the sexy ladies man!   

We've been watching just one episode every night, just to make it last longer.  Last night we saw the one dealing with Prince Philip on his infamous tour!  I remember when that happened, and there were all the rumors of infidelity, etc.  I had forgotten all about it though, it's been so long ago.  It is really interesting, knowing they are now 91 and 95, and still married.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on December 14, 2017, 04:02:43 PM
I am loving The Crown and have already binge
watched all of season two.   

I may even rewatch these first two series in order to absorb the
story  and nuances...

Usually find the second time around I discover what I have missed out on
the first showing.

My short term memory is not what it used to be,  but I suspect
that since I am 74,  that is not that unusual. 

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on December 14, 2017, 05:31:09 PM
Im also enjoying the crown.  Finished Margaret’s big wedding and on to the next episode.  Taking it slowly.  I’ll probably wait a couple of months and watch both series again.  I have forgotten so much of the first series and will probably forget the second by that time.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 15, 2017, 12:21:54 PM
Sandy - Good to see that you're also enjoying The Crown.  It's a great series, and from what I've read about it, all incidents are based on facts.  It is a British series, so with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and others in the Royal family still living, I believe they would have to pretty much stick with the truth??

FlaJean - We watched Margaret's wedding last night.  The story of Anthony Armstrong-Jones, is certainly colorful, to say the least. :o  I remember all the news stories about her relationship with Peter Townsend, but don't recall reading anything about AA-J at the time, except that he was a photographer.

I'm so impressed with all the actors who play the secondary characters in the show.  My favorite is the actor who plays Tommy.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on December 15, 2017, 06:54:32 PM
I also like the actor who plays Tommy.  I was really surprised about Antony Armstrong-Jones.  My memory of reading about their courtship and marriage at the time left such a different impression.  My favorite episode so far is #6 when she puts her Uncle in his deserved place.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on December 16, 2017, 12:29:18 PM
I was surprised at how much the actress in The Crown resembles Queen Elizabeth at her age in the episode.  Even the gown is an exact copy of the gown she wore.  An interesting article about how factual the series is to reality except the series perhaps sugar coat real life a bit.  "They say" that Queen Elizabeth is enjoying the series.

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Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on December 16, 2017, 12:54:47 PM
Marilyne, I just saw in the morning paper, that Miracle on 34th St. and White Christmas will be on AMC to night .  Also Sunday and 1:15 and Thursday at 8. that is Miracle.  I plan on watching the Bishops Wife with Gary Grant on sunday.  TCM will also have WC
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Post by: Marilyne on December 16, 2017, 01:35:37 PM
FlaJean - That old photo of Queen Elizabeth, definitely DOES look like the actress, Claire Foy!  We watched the "Kennedy" episode last night.  I thought it was very good, but I didn't care for the actress who played Jackie.  The costume designers did a great job of copying the blue dress!  Did you like the dress?  I thought it seemed that it didn't fit her too well . . . too tight maybe?  I agree that the the episode where she sent her Uncle away, was excellent.  Those real photos of the Duke of Windsor, with Hitler and all the Nazi brass, were pretty amazing! 

Gloria - thanks for the reminder that "Miracle" and "White Christmas", will be on tonight.  I plan on recording them, so I can skip the commercials.  I've noticed that "It's a Wonderful Life", doesn't seem to be playing on any channel this year.  I looked at the On Demand movies to see if I could rent it,  but it was only available to buy!!  Maybe I can find it on Netflix or Amazon?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on December 16, 2017, 03:59:27 PM
I'm behind the rest of you in watching episodes of Crown - but am enjoying it very much.
Glad to see this picture of the Queen because I was questioning the opinions that the actress looks like her.  I see more of a resemblance here.

Thought I would have serious withdrawal issues earlier today.  All of a sudden, I had zero internet access on pc and Tablet (no e-books from library  :tissue:) PLUS both t.v.s were out.  Two hours later,  Cox tech was just about to get a former teacher's "irate customer" speech when everything came back on.  Whew!!!!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 18, 2017, 04:45:02 PM
Callie - Good to hear that you are also watching The Crown.  I hope I didn't say anything to spoil any of the upcoming episodes for you?  I mistakenly thought that only FlaJean, Sandy and I were following this series, but I should have known better than to talk about the content of the show! 

Is anyone else watching the Hallmark Christmas movies?  Since The Christmas Train, the only other one I've seen is The Christmas Cottage.  I know that all Hallmark movies are predictable, but "Cottage", was predictable within the first three minutes, and never wavered for almost two hours! :P Boring is an apt description of that particular story.  I have two more recorded that I will likely watch in the next couple of days, Christmas in the City, and The Christmas Homecoming.  My  daughter recommended those two . . . especially "City",which is her favorite. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on December 18, 2017, 05:07:27 PM
Marilyne, oh, no - you didn't spoil anything,   I usually see a synopsis of each episode on Netflix before I start watching so.....Talk away!! 

I was disappointed in the first new episode of "Last Tango In Halifax".  Sounds as if the writers really had to hunt to come up with a story line.   According to my local PBS magazine, there are only two episodes in this series.  Might be enough for me.

I also watched the first rerun leading up to the new season of "Victoria".  Either I missed it the first time around or I've had a major Intellectual Interlude (or both!) because I didn't remember the details.
I'm looking forward to the new season.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 20, 2017, 06:33:44 PM
Sorry to say that last night we finished watching The Crown.  Season #2 ended way too soon, even though we limited ourselves to only one episode per day.  I thought there were twelve episodes altogether, but turned out there were only ten.  Now I suppose we will wait another year or longer for Season #3.  I plan to follow Sandy's lead, and watch the entire series over again, as there are some things that I want to understand better.   

There is a new show on Netflix, that has received wonderful reviews in our newspaper, and from all the online critics.  It’s called Godless, and is a Western drama, that takes place in New Mexico,in 1884.  One of the stars is Michelle Dockery, the actress who played Mary, in Downton Abbey.  It also stars Jeff Daniels, an actor I like a lot.  He has played all kinds of good and bad characters in movies, and always does a great job.  We plan to start watching it tonight. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 20, 2017, 11:20:05 PM
I watched a couple episodes of "Godless" and it is gory, raw and totally R rated, IMO.
It is however good viewing.  Dockery is excellent, and Daniels in this villanous role is superb.  (I hate to see him being "bad guy").  You may need to close your eyes at some scenes.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on December 21, 2017, 01:42:31 PM
Tome - we watched the first episode of "Godless" last night.  I felt like I was watching a David Lynch production . . . all the weird people, and no explanation for anything.  AJ liked it better than I did, and plans to continue watching.  Not sure if I will or not?  If you can convince me that it gets better, I may change my mind. :-\  As for the acting . . . everyone was so stoic and stone faced! Too many miserable people, and no one was even remotely likable.  I agree with you, in that I didn't care for Jeff Daniels in the bad-guy role.  FINALLY, at the end, Sam Waterston appeared, and talked a lot and explained the situation.  I still didn't understand exactly why?  Maybe I should listen to Waterston again?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 21, 2017, 02:03:46 PM
Also, between the 2 or so episodes I've watched, they kind of switch back-and-forth between what happened previously, and what's happening now...or what we think is "now".  I've been putting off going back to watch more episodes.  Watching Season 6 of Longmire, and frankly, I think they've kind of gone "off the rails" with storyline, in more than one episode.  I guess I ought to ask if you and AJ watch or have watched the Longmire series? 
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Post by: Marilyne on December 28, 2017, 01:56:09 PM
TCM, has a bunch of old musicals playing today and tonight.  I plan to record The Dolly Sisters, 1944, starring Betty Grable and June Haver.  I remember going to the Saturday matinee with friends, and sitting through that movie two times!  We all loved Betty Grable, in those days, because she was the favorite pin-up girl for the GI's during WWII. John Payne is the leading man, and sings the popular song, "I Can't Begin to Tell You".  Lots of music and dancing and the usual predictable plot! LOL   Also, playing later on TCM, is On the Town, with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.  It's always mentioned as one of the best musicals of that era.  Some wonderful dancing and great songs like,  "New York, New York It's A Wonderful Town . . . the Bronx is up and the Battery's Down".

I have a big stash of movies on my DVR, so we will have a lot to choose from on New Years Eve.  Neither of us is a big fan of the live show from Times Square, or any of the shows from other places.  They always have singers, bands and entertainers that we've never heard of, and don't really care to see or hear.   

Tome - I agree totally, about Longmire.  I really liked the first three or four seasons, but have not enjoyed the recent ones.  For me, the show took a downward turn, when they "killed off" Branch. That whole story line, was ridiculous IMO.  After that,  I watched the beginning of the next season, but it lost interest and have not looked at it since.  I do like all the actors - especially Lou Diamond Phillips.
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Post by: maryc on December 28, 2017, 07:00:21 PM
Last evening we watched the movie Brooklyn.  It was made from the book written by Colm Toibin.   Some of us here read that sometime during the past year.   It was a pretty good story and a good change from the Christmas romances.   There were also a handful of old musicals on but when I saw that title,   I wanted to check it out.    Al hasn't felt well for about a week so he doesn't sit up to see a movie through to 10pm these days.    Finally today we got lab results and a script for an infection that has been making him feel just done in.
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Post by: Lindancer on December 28, 2017, 07:41:40 PM
Marilyn, I agree with you about Time Square, but years ago I would watch, when I recognized the songs they were playing, then they would show what was going on, on the West coast. Of course I go back to Guy Lombardo.  In the summer, we would go to the plays at Jones Beach, He would always come in in his speed boat to start the plays, After the play, we would go to the tent and dance to his music.
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Post by: Marilyne on December 28, 2017, 11:25:09 PM
mary - good to see you posting in this folder!  I'm sorry that your Al, hasn't been feeling well this week. Maybe Christmas, and all the activities and people, really wore him out?  I know it took a toll on me this year, and I haven't recovered yet. 

I thought the movie "Brooklyn", was very good. I loved the book, and was afraid that they would change things around for the movie, as they often do.  However, I think they followed the story quite well. I would like to watch it again, and would also like to read the book again.

Gloria de - I remember the Guy Lombardo New Years Eve Party!  I looked forward to it every year, and wish I could see it again.  Too bad they don't have old reruns of his New Years shows, but I'm afraid nobody would watch them, except for those of us who are old enough to remember him.
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Post by: FlaJean on December 29, 2017, 12:35:48 PM
I’m another fan of the Guy Lombardo New Year’s Eve.  I don’t really enjoy any of the New Year’s Eve programming anymore.  It is all just foreign to me.  It will probably be movies for us too.

Mary, hope Al starts feeling better and you too Marilyne.
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Post by: maryc on December 29, 2017, 03:57:41 PM
Time Square on New Years Eve has no attraction for me either.    Especially now with so many bad things happening in crowds.   I know that the Mayor of NY and Gov.  have both urged people to go on as usual but it isn't my cup of tea.    With the extremely cold weather we are having here in the east it will be a very very cold place to be this year as well. Besides the music and dancing are as FlJean said like something foreign.   We like to tune into the Buffalo station at midnight.   They have a family party for the evening and fireworks at midnight.  It is fun to see the fireworks going off over  sights that we recognize.  Without Guy Lombardo,  the festivities just don't seem the same.

Gloria,  I can just imagine you out there dancing to his music.   What wonderful memories! 
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Post by: Lindancer on December 29, 2017, 07:05:15 PM
I think I have to explain to anyone about the Joan's Beach Theater, years ago, famous stars would play in the shows.  the difference was it was and outdoor stadium, with the state aways out on the bay.  When the did some plays they incorped the water in the acts, like the
Sound of Music instead of a car chase they use boats going round and round.  thats why Guy L. would come up in his boat to open the shows. Of course, as of all good things, that has ended and now they do this generation shows with the music I do not understand. ALSO they can go get alcohol drinks, which was not allowed till after the play.  My age is really showing.
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Post by: Marilyne on December 30, 2017, 12:07:02 AM
Gloria - It must have been fun, to watch a performance at The Jones Beach Theater.  I don't think I've ever heard of a stage that is set out on the water.  Just thinking about the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, playing Auld Lang Syne at midnight, brings back lots of wonderful memories!

mary - Your Buffalo New Years Eve show, sounds much better than Times Square, or any of the others.  It would be so much more enjoyable and personal, to see a show from a city that you're familiar with.  Everything has to be such a big extravaganza now!  I guess the younger generation loves that sort of entertainment, and that's the audience that the sponsors are trying to attract.
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Post by: maryc on December 30, 2017, 03:24:56 PM
Gloria,  Your Jones Beach venue for shows and concerts reminds me of our Earl Brydges Artpark.   It was built in the '70 as a summer theater and a state park.   In the early years the shows were wonderful as were the concerts.    Over the years it has had less and less of good quality shows in the theater  and more and more of outdoor concerts aimed at the younger audience.    Now there is a large outdoor stage and viewing area that attracts large and not so nice crowds.  During the times since these concerts started there has been a constant struggle with policing the folks who frequent the place.   The admission is so cheap ($5. per car) and some park other places in the Village and in getting back to their transportation after the concert,  some wander in various stages of sobriety throughout private yards etc.  It is hard to understand how a State Park can be put to this use.
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Post by: Marilyne on December 31, 2017, 12:08:43 PM
mary - Last night on the news, they showed lots of pictures of Niagara Falls . . . all frozen over!  It was an amazing sight to see.  Do you plan to go, and take a look this year?  If so, please post a photo!

It's hard for me to understand the people who go to Times Square, and stand, for endless hours, just waiting for midnight and for the ball to drop.  I guess the majority are young people in their teens, twenties and thirties? I hope people don't bring their children? That would be dangerous. The thing I always wonder, and I know others do too, is how to manage if you have to use the bathroom?  They say there are no Porta-Potties available, and no way to get out, once you get in. It doesn't sound like much fun to me . . . more like an ordeal that must be endured! :idiot2:
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Post by: Marilyne on January 07, 2018, 05:40:13 PM
I'll be watching The Golden Globe Awards tonight, starting here in the West, at 5:00 PM.  It's shown live from Beverly Hills, which is why it starts so early here.  Viewers on the East Coast will see it at 8:00, and those in between at 6:00 and 7:00.  I watch most of the awards shows, and enjoy hearing the monologue, as well as the comments by the presenters and winners.  I haven't seen any of the movies that are up for awards this year, however I have seen lots of the TV shows that have been nominated.
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Post by: FlaJean on January 23, 2018, 12:56:47 PM
Marilyne, Starz has a new series called Counterpart.  It is different.   J.K. Simmons plays two characters (himself and his counterpart). 
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Post by: Lindancer on January 23, 2018, 01:06:11 PM
I am again watching Victoria, on sunday nights on PBS, I am enjoying it very much.
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Post by: JeanneP on January 23, 2018, 02:36:24 PM
I though that the Victoria program where repeats and I had watched the first time. However I did watch the whole 3 hours Sunday and some of it seemed to be new. Either that or my memory going bad. I enjoyed it.  Same with the "Midwives" Some seems to be repeats and other had things added to them.
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Post by: maryz on January 23, 2018, 03:03:13 PM
Jeanne, PBS did show last year's episodes of Victoria before they started the new season's episodes.  They have shown two or three episodes of Season 2 so far.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 23, 2018, 04:41:43 PM
I haven't seen Victoria, but I'm sure I can eventually watch it On Demand.  There are so many shows and series and movies that I want to see, that I likely won't live long enough to see them all! The problem being that HBO, Netflix and Amazon, keep adding new shows all the time, so the list of "must see", gets longer and longer.

FlaJean - Counterpart, sounds good.  I like J.K. Simmons, and have seen many of his movies and TV shows. (and commercials!) LOL!  We have Starz, as part of our Comcast bundle, so that means I'll be able to get it On Demand, in the future.   Have you watched The Man in the High Castle, on Amazon?  We're watching it right now, and both of us really like it.  A unique story, adapted from the 1962 novel by Philip Dick.
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Post by: JeanneP on January 23, 2018, 06:46:06 PM
MaryZ. I thought that the 2nd season of Victoria was starting middle of February. It has been running for the past 3 Sundays here. Mostly on from 7pm to 10pm past 2 weeks. Some of it. like the birth of 2nd baby seems new but yet other things seem to be repeated. Maybe they are meaning to do that to keep people that did not watch No. 1 can figure out what happened prior.  Our Public TV will also put it on late on another night during the week. . I can't follow the station half the time. Still they ask for people to call in donation amounts all the way through all the Masterpiece shows . Use to be twice a year but now they will put a commercial on during anything.
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Post by: maryz on January 23, 2018, 07:55:14 PM
Jeanne, the first episode Season 2 of Victoria (2 hours) was broadcast 14 January. It ends when she finds she is pregnant with the second child. The second episode was broadcast last Sunday (the 21st).  I record them to watch later, and I haven't watched it yet.
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Post by: FlaJean on January 24, 2018, 09:02:35 AM
 Marilyne, We don’t have Amazon.  We use Apple TV and I notice it has Amazon but, of course, like Netflix it has a charge.  We’ve never paid for Amazon Prime as we order very little and usually what we order is free postage.  Starz and HBO are part of our Cox cable package.
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Post by: JeanneP on January 25, 2018, 12:59:54 PM
MaryZ.  Now on Victoria last sunday night. She gave birth to the 2nd baby . A boy.  Than parts of 1st season kept coming in. Lasted 3 hours.  I notice that there is a 8pm to 10 pm on a station tonight.  I would say it is a repeat of last Sunday. Will be back on on Sunday so will have to see what it shows. With all these shows such as "Downton Abbey " and Victoria. The just show over and over and keep pledging in them. I don't give anymore. Most of the shows on PBS have run for years. on Sunday night. Gotten Stale.
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Post by: FlaJean on January 28, 2018, 06:31:08 PM
I don’t watch a lot of movies because so many are full of guns,etc.  We just put up two bird feeders in the backyard and have been enjoying watching the birds flying in and out.  Our daughter suggested we look at “The Big Year” with Steve Martin.   We really enjoyed it and it had a good ending.

This is the blurb from the Internet:  “Three men find that they have come to a turning point. Stu (Steve Martin) faces a late-life crisis, Kenny (Owen Wilson) is in the grip of a midlife crisis, and Brad (Jack Black) is wallowing in a no-life crisis. Determined to kick-start their stagnant lives, Stu, Kenny and Brad decide to enter a prestigious contest. During the course of one calendar year, the three friendly rivals criss-cross North America in a quest to count more species of birds than anyone else.”
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Post by: Sandy on January 28, 2018, 06:54:50 PM
Giggle  ! 

(I don't get it)

Sandy :D
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Post by: SCFSue on January 28, 2018, 09:59:53 PM
Sandy, any movie with Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black has to be hilarious!  I think Owen Wilson and some other actor were in a true story about some bird watchers who were trying to find the highest number of unusual birds in North America--which had some hilarious scenes, too!  I think it might be the same movie Fla Jean is talking about.  My book club read the book which I think was named The Big Year.

Sue
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Post by: FlaJean on January 28, 2018, 11:02:46 PM
Sue, I believe the movie did say in the beginning it was a true story.  It isn’t a hilarious movie.  It has some funny moments but it has some touching moments too.
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Post by: Marilyne on January 29, 2018, 11:25:43 PM
FlaJean - I'm definitely ready for a film like The Big Year!  I've been watching too many bleak and hopeless movies and TV shows lately.  It's time to see something that will put a smile on my face!  Also it helps that Steve Martin is one of my all time favorites.  I've never seen him in anything that I didn't like - even the dramatic serious stuff.  I also like Jack Black, and have enjoyed all of his movies that I've seem . . . Bernie is my favorite.  I've only seen Owen Wilson in one movie, and he was very good.  It was a Woody Allen film.  I remember that it took place in Paris, but I can't remember the title?
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Post by: Sandy on January 30, 2018, 12:21:04 PM
"Midnight in Paris"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605783/?ref_=nm_knf_t4
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Post by: Tomereader1 on January 30, 2018, 03:08:03 PM
Oh, Marilyne, why am I not surprised that you liked the movie "Bernie"?  'Cause we like a lot of the same stuff.  Of course, being a Texan, that movie was a real riot for us, the interviews with some real back country Texans, laugh out loud!  I also like Jack in "The Holiday" with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. Have you seen that one?  I love it.  Watch it every time it comes on and even have the DVD. (overkill?)  Is "The Big Year" on Netflix or Amazon?  There are so many new series on TV now, my DVR is down to 7 1/2 hours.  Trying to watch a couple hours worth each day to get it back up to normal (whatever that is).  DVR'd "The Alienist" which you would not like it is dark, gruesome, violent.  Acted well!  Also, "Counterpart", "Knightfall".  And I DVRd the 3 hour presentation of the opera, Norma with one of my favorite sopranos.  Oh, well, get 'em watched sometime.  Plus, I've been bingeing on some of the Netflix originals.  Whew!
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Post by: Marilyne on February 01, 2018, 10:52:56 AM
Tome - Good to see you checking in.  I'm glad someone else saw Bernie, and liked it as much as I did.  I originally watched it to see Shirley MacLaine, but Jack Black was the star!  I remember recommending it in this discussion, but I don't think anyone ever commented on watching it at the time.  It's interesting (puzzling) how so many good quality movies slip through the cracks, because nobody knows about them.  Until now, I had never heard of The Holiday or The Big Year.

Have you seen any of this years Oscar nominated films?  We haven't seen any so far, but will most likely watch Dunkirk, since it is playing on our HBO.  Daughter Sandy, saw The Color of Water, and is anxious for me to see it. She loved it.  In the past I used to make a point of going to the movie theater to see a couple of the nominated films, but I don't think I'm going to make it this year.

As for TV viewing, we're now watching Season #2, of The Man in the High Castle.  It's an intriguing story and I recommend it to anyone who has Amazon.  Other than that . . . hockey season is in full swing, so you know what that means! ::)  Go Sharks!!
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Post by: JeanneP on February 01, 2018, 07:46:03 PM
I checked library on line tody with a list for new movies out this month. Call Me By your name. Forever my Girl, The Shape of Water and Paddington 2.  They have them ordered already. couple have a long waiting list but it moves fast. You only get them for a week .
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Post by: Marilyne on February 01, 2018, 11:33:25 PM
JeanneP - I'm going to check my library, and find out if they will be getting any of those movies this month.  If so, I'll put my name on the wait list for The Shape of Water.  (I see I got the title wrong in my last message, and called it, "The Color of Water".) ::)

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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 02, 2018, 02:21:05 PM
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/3f9608623d45bbad7ea866eb0/files/f576523c-4cbe-4990-a867-ee633e8eebf2/February_At_a_Glance_6_2.pdf

Marilyne, I know you are a TCM/old movie buff, and here is at least part of their salute to the Oscars.  The february calendar shows the dates and titles of the movies that will be showing under the various Oscar categories.  Hope this comes through all right.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 02, 2018, 04:10:39 PM
Tome - Thanks for the reminder.  I'll bookmark that link, and refer to it all month.  For starters, I plan to record three of the movies playing this weekend . . . Bound For Glory, Zorba the Greek, and Black Narcissus. :)
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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 02, 2018, 05:02:37 PM
Happy Viewing/Recording!!!
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Post by: Marilyne on February 04, 2018, 04:31:51 PM
Our Comcast cable went out yesterday, but only on the two TV sets.  Internet and phone connections are fine.  Needless to say, hubby is panicky that he may miss the Super Bowl! :yikes: Comcast has promised that they will have someone here before time for the game, (4:00 PM here), so I hope they are right.  I don't like or watch the Super Bowl, so it matters not to me, although I usually like to see The Puppy Bowl, on the other TV.

No regular TV last night, but we have both Netflix and Amazon, so we had plenty to choose from. I've been wanting to see The Polka King, playing on Netflix, so that's what we watched.  It's a brand new two hour movie, starring Jack Black, and a great supporting cast. True story of Jan Lewan, the "Polka King" from Pennsylvania, who took advantage of his elderly fans, with an elaborate Ponzi scene.  I looked him up today, and found out that the story stuck with true facts.  All of the reviews I read were favorable, and enthusiastic.  Who knew that Jack Black could sing! He did a great job as Jan Lewan. Both AJ and I enjoyed it, but did not like it as much as we liked Bernie.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 11, 2018, 04:43:54 PM
Anyone else here watching the Olympics?  The last Winter and Summer Olympics, we had quite a few members here who were enthusiastic viewers, and were rooting for certain people or certain sports, so I'm hoping we hear from all of you who are interested in these games.  My favorites for Winter, are all of the ice events, that are held in the various indoor ice arenas.  The speed skating and short track skating is very exciting, and fun to pick a skater from the US, or another country, to root for. 

Figure skating is my favorite, whether it's Ice Dancing, Pairs, or the individual skaters. I always feel so sorry for the person or the couple, who falls during a performance, but I admire the fact that they get right up and continue on.  I guess the Luge, is considered an ice sport?   I watched it yesterday, and thought it was very exciting and scary!  They go so incredibly fast on that ice track. Then of course there is Ice Hockey . . . my husband's favorite sport.  He'll probably watch as many games as possible over the next two weeks, and I will follow the USA men's and women's teams.

I'm not fond of the snow sports, so I probably won't watch much of those.  AJ likes them - especially the Skiing events and the Biathlon, so along with hockey, he will be doing a lot of TV viewing.  It's a good thing we have two TV's! :)
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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 11, 2018, 05:03:43 PM
Marilyne, I am an "Olympics Freak", love both Summer and Winter.  Especially love the Winter for the Ice Skating.  I'm trying to watch as much as possible, it's on several channels with different events, so it's hard to do.  I watched the SkiAthlon yesterday and was rooting for the only american woman in the race, but she finished 7th I think.  Gave it her all.  Hard to beat those Scandinavians though.  I like the Downhill Skiing, the snowboards where they do all the incredible jumps/flips.  I love the SkiJumping , but I don't know when that comes on.  I'm sure  I will watch some of the ice hockey too.  I root for the USA but love to see the underdog win any medal, countries who don't have snow/ice at all!
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Post by: Marilyne on February 12, 2018, 11:12:53 AM
Tome - Yes, I remember that you were one our posters during the Summer Olympics, in 2016. Glad you're following this year, as well.  As I said, I especially like all the events that happen on ICE!  The various races are thrilling, and of course, the many figure skating competitions.

I also root for the underdog, and like to see someone new win any of the competitions.  I have mixed feelings about the athletes who return time and time again, and continue to rack up the medals and publicity.  I'm thinking . . . please, give someone else a chance to shine!!  Then I remember that this consumes their lives - that this is what they do, and what they will always do.  They usually have no other career to fall back on.

I watched the men's luge on Saturday, and was hoping that the American, Chris Mazdzer, would win a medal.  Then I missed the finals for that event, but when I saw he had won the Silver, I was really happy for him . . . and for his enthusiastic mother!

I got a kick out of the 17 year old boy who won the Snowboarding Gold Medal.  I watched the medal ceremony, and he looked totally stunned! "Where am I, and what am I doing on this podium? :o
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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 12, 2018, 01:26:05 PM
And on the Figure Skating, I cheer for the skater/s that perform the most beautiful and touching program, especially like that little Russian girl (15 yrs. old) NOT the favorite.  Her program last night in the Team competition was totally awesome!  Her costume, music, choreography and performance, WOW.  Not overloaded with a bunch of jumps  but unlike the other performers she did all her jumps at the end of her program, using the first 2 minutes to show what skating is all about!!  I always feel so sorry for the Italian gal, she skates wonderfully, but jumps just seem to blow her mind...either misses entirely or alters the number of them..single axel instead of double, etc.  She is 31 years old, and this will probably be her last competition, at least in Olympics.  I'd love for the US ladies to medal, but I am far too enthralled with the Russians! Don't know which US male skater I would prefer,but I'm already tired of the tall, gay guy who has done beaucoup interviews, which seems overkill to me.  He can skate though!
Oh, on another subject entirely, movies, there is a sweet little movie titled "Everything, Everything" which my daughter and I watched Saturday.  Kind of Hallmark-ish, and not an offensive moment in it.  It was a book first,  (I didn't get to read it, a Young Adult book). Just a recommendation for those of us who like this type of movie.
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Post by: Marilyne on February 13, 2018, 12:25:28 PM
Tome - Never thought it would happen, but I've become a bit burnt out on the figure skating.  I think this new "Team" competition has kind of pushed it over the top for me.  I liked it better the old way, when we just had the individual skaters from all countries, the ice dancers, and the pairs. Ice dancing has been my favorite for a a long time - ever since that likable British couple dominated in the 1990's. (Torvall and Dean?)

Last night we watched the women's luge, and the ski jump   As I mentioned before, hubby likes the Biathlon.  Talk about exhausting - it wears me out to watch that one! I'm fascinated by curling . . . a sport that is apparently very popular in the Midwest and Canada, but I don't think it's played anywhere else in the USA? 
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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 13, 2018, 01:24:17 PM
Marilyne, the "regular" skating competition will occur as follows:
Tonight - Pairs, Short Program
Weds. - Pairs Finals
Thurs. - Mens - Short Program
Friday - Mens - Medals
There will be other ice skating from Sunday thru Thursday following week.
A note on the Curling:  Last winter olympics some of our local radio personalities were so intrigued by it, they formed a team, found a coach, did practices, etc.  I don't think they ever got off the ground in any competition.  And it just seemed to die out, didn't even hear them talk about it this Olympics.  It was so funny, they were totally wound up about it.  Being Texas, we don't have a lot to offer in the way of ice skating facilities.  Our Stars hockey team plays at the big AA venue, there is a smaller rink that the kids hockey players use, but I doubt they set up for curling.
I am enjoying everything that I manage to find, but there are several stations, most on cable/satellite, but it is so piecemeal, you never get to see "all" of anything really.  NBC is doing pretty good in their coverage every night.  I do miss Bob Costas hosting though.
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Post by: CallieOK on February 13, 2018, 02:58:33 PM
I've tried to watch some of the Olympics but just can't get interested this year.   I hadn't read about the Team thing. What that's all about?  Another attempt to "make everybody feel good about themselves"?  <sigh>

I've been watching two PBS series - Victoria on Masterpiece and  Penelope Keith At Her Majesty's Service.   In this one, the actress from "To The Manor Born" tours various locations connected with The Royals.  I've particularly enjoyed the behind-the-scenes tour of Windsor Castle and one of the Royal Yacht.
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Post by: Lindancer on February 13, 2018, 06:31:31 PM
Callie, I have not watched to much of the Olympics. I think I like the indoor the best,  I don't feel so cold :)
I am watching Victoria, what night is P?K her Majesty serv.? Sounds like one I would enjoy.
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Post by: CallieOK on February 13, 2018, 11:00:31 PM
 Gloria, PK...Her Majesty's Service is broadcast on my PBS station on Saturday night at 8:00 (CDT) and rebroadcast on Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. (CDT).  There are four episodes in the series.  The second one was about Windsor Castle and was broadcast here last weekend.

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Post by: Marilyne on February 14, 2018, 07:02:32 PM
Callie & Gloria - I haven't seen "Her Majesty's Service" yet, but plan to watch it after the Olympics are over.  It will be waiting for me, On Demand, along with the new season of the series, "Homeland". Other than those two, I'm not missing much regular programming. Its refreshing, every two years, to take a break from my usual TV shows and movies, and step into the world of the Olympic Games.  I’m enjoying it a lot this year, because I was getting bored with the HGTV shows that I watch, and have recently finished most of the continuing series that I follow.

Last night we watched Shaun White, win his Gold Medal in snowboard, after a twelve year break from competition.  Almost immediately, a woman came forward and accused him of sexual harassment in the past, so that may force him to give up his Gold Medal?  I didn’t hear the details, so don’t know how long ago this occurred, or how credible it sounded?

Then we watched the Women's Luge, and saw USA competitor, Emily Sweeney, suffer a horrendous crash in her final run. It looked bad, but apparently she was okay after a trip to the hospital.  We ended the evening by watching the Pairs Figure Skating short program.  Interesting to see the couple from North Korea. They were very good I thought, but ended in 11th position. The winners of the pairs short program were #1, China: #2, Russia: #3, Canada (not sure?)
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Post by: Tomereader1 on February 15, 2018, 02:18:52 PM
#1 Germany; #2 China; #3 Canada.
Germany had the highest point count ever.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 16, 2018, 04:32:27 PM
Tome- Too many men skaters last night!  I think they should have had an earlier elimination, and only shown the skaters from the last group.  We wanted to see Nathan Chen, but got too restless and tired of waiting, an recorded the rest. (Can you tell that I'm an impatient person? ha ha)  Then we watched the Skeleton, and the women's downhill skiing.  Came back to skating later and saw Chen's disastrous performance. I felt so bad for him, coming in 17th, when he was predicted to get the Gold Medal. I think the media hypes the favorite athletes way too much. The same thing happened to Michaela Shriffrin of the USA.  They've been talking non-stop all week about how she was slated to win all the skiing events that she entered.  It didn't happen. :( 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 20, 2018, 11:59:40 AM
Almost finished with Olympic Figure Skating! Ice Dancing, my favorite skating event ended last night, with the Canadian couple winning the Gold.  France won silver, and the USA's brother and sister team, won Bronze.  It was a pleasure to watch all the couples who performed, and to me, they all looked like winners.  I favor the ice dancing over all other figure skating events, because it does not involve any “jumps”.  Today starts the Women’s Individual Skate, which is the most popular with viewers. 

I used to love watching the women, but now I almost dread it.  Reason being that both the individual men and women’s events has changed over the years, and have morphed into . . . which skater can do the best and highest jumps.  The doubles, triples and quads, is what it’s all about now.  I don’t like to see them jump, because about half or three quarters of the skaters fall at least once, and often fall many times. I find it an unpleasant viewing experience now.  I'm all tensed up, just waiting for the triple or quad, and the inevitable fall.

Not sure,  but we may opt out of the Women's individual, and watch the other events instead.  I do like the fast moving speed skating, and the short track.  The Luge, Skeleton and Bobsled are thrilling and fun.  I’m getting tired of all the downhill skiing, but I do like it - in small doses.  Curling is interesting to watch, but seems to be shown at odd hours here.  We have learned to record the events we like, especially if there are two playing at the same time.  Oh yes, my husband loves Hockey, so he has been watching lots of the games.  I will take a look, but don’t have the patience for watching a complete game.  I hope that others here are also enjoying the Winter Olympics?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on February 20, 2018, 12:23:29 PM
Marilyne, I agree with you about the skating.  The ice dancing is also my favorite.  I also get very tense with all the jumps in the figure skating.  I prefer the Peggy Fleming style.  I had forgotten that the 1961 skating team had gotten killed in an airplane crash.  Peggy Fleming’s coach was killed in that crash.  The crash was in Belgium.  The team was on its way to Prague.  Peggy Fleming was just 12 when this happened.

Just curious if anyone has seen the movie “I, Tonya”.

I used to be glued to TV during Olympics, but somehow I haven’t kept up with the Olympics as much this time.  I can’t seem to get on their schedule.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on February 20, 2018, 01:21:49 PM
Good afternoon
Marilyn, I also like the ice dancing, and my husband would have been watching all the hockey. Last night I watch the rescued dog show, it was different, but I did enjoy it.

Jean, I had front row seats in the old Madison Sq. Gardens many years ago to see Sonia Henie (spel) ice skate.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on February 20, 2018, 07:03:18 PM
Gloria, that must have been a real treat.  I’ve seen a few of her old movies.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 25, 2018, 05:28:06 PM
Gloria de - My favorite Sonja Henie movie, is Sun Valley Serenade, from l941.  It plays on TCM a couple of times a year, and is really worth watching.  It's a comedy, with some great music from that era.  Besides being a champion ice skater, Sonja, is a very good comedienne!  Others in the cast, are John Payne, Joan Davis, Milton Berle (long before his TV show!) and Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.  Some classic Glenn Miller hits are played . . . At Last, Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, and a cute number called The Kiss Polka.  The best one, is Dorothy Dandridge and the Nicholas brothers, dancing and singing to Chattanooga Choo Choo.

FlaJean - My daughter saw the movie, I, Tonya, and she liked it.  I don't think it was a big box office draw. She said there were only a few people in the theater when she went.  It will probably be available soon, On Demand.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on February 25, 2018, 07:41:56 PM
Just a reminder, assuming it has been mentioned before.

There are loads of free Movies and Vid stuff available from Amazon if you have Amazon Prime. The newer vintage TV sets with "Smart TV" can get this stuff directly (I believe from an internet router wit WiFi capability).It also can play Youtube directly.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on February 25, 2018, 07:53:11 PM
Thanks Marilyn, for telling me about that movie, I will watch for it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on February 28, 2018, 03:10:37 PM
Gloria & Tome - Will you be joining me for the Academy Awards on Sunday night ?? :) I think you two are the only ones who watch every year, besides me?  I still remain faithful to the show, even though I have rarely seen any of the movies that have been nominated.  It's still fun to see all of the celebrities, and watch the short clips of all the top movies.  I hope to watch one nominated movie On Demand, before the show.  Not sure what's available, but I'm willing to pay $5.00 to see something really good for a change.

We started watching the new season of Homeland, the past couple of days.  I think this is Season #7, but not sure? We've seen two episodes, and so far I'm a little disappointed.  The main character, Claire Danes, works as a CIA agent, here and in the Middle East.  The past couple of seasons have taken place in the USA and looks like this one will be here also. I preferred the ones that took place in the Middle East.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on February 28, 2018, 05:49:41 PM
Marilyne, you know I will be treading the red carpet for the show!  See ya' there!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on February 28, 2018, 08:19:21 PM
Marilyne, yes I do plan to watch, although I know few of the actors anymore.  I have not seen any of the movies, but do enjoy the red carpet. did I tell you I watched on TV a couple of weeks ago The Russians are Coming. Some parts of it I laugh out loud. after all the news, I need something light
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 01, 2018, 12:23:09 PM
Gloria & Tome - The Academy Awards show starts at 5:00 PM, here in California.  I plan to look at some of the Red Carpet talk earlier, but at five, I will start recording the show, while we watch the news for an hour.  Then I'll be able to scroll through the commercials.  It helps to do that, so the show runs smoothly, with not so many interruptions.  We also did that for the Olympics, and it made for pleasant viewing. 

Callie -  Now that I'm thinking back over the years, I remember that you were also an Oscar Awards watcher??  I hope you'll be joining us this year, and that maybe you have seen at least one of the nominated movies? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on March 01, 2018, 05:12:39 PM
Marilyne,  haven't seen any of the movies but plan to watch the "main show" and the Red Carpet part....if I remember.

My PBS station has begun several weeks of "fund-raising" programs.  There are a few "premiers" scattered here and there.  "The Young Hyacinth" is one of them - about the early life of that character in "Keeping Up Appearances".   It's being broadcast at 11:30 p.m. (of all times!!!!) so I have the recorder set.

Off to polish my tiara and press my gown.   See you at the "theatah"    :party2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 01, 2018, 05:32:07 PM
Callie - I finally saw one of the AA nominated movies! Last night we watched Dunkirk.  It was not my choice, but hubby is a WWII buff, and has been anxious to see it.  He was very disappointed, and I was very confused! ???  It was the oddest war movie I have ever seen.  I can't believe that it has been nominated for Best Picture.  No chance it will get the Oscar, IMO.  Maybe will win for cinematography, but that's as close as it will come. 

Next movie choice is mine, and it will probably be Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, starring Francis McDormand.  She's a great actress, and I love to watch her in anything.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 03, 2018, 06:18:14 PM
Last night we watched, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  I knew it would be good, but it was even better than I expected.  Lots of award worthy acting!  Frances McDormand should win Best Actress, and two of the nominees for supporting actor are very deserving as well.  Either Woody Harrelson or Sam Rockwell will likely get that award.

I’m looking forward to the AA show, especially now that I've seen two movies, and have a few actors to root for . . . or not, in the case of Dunkirk.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Chia on March 07, 2018, 01:53:03 PM
Marilyne I am a bit late in my comment, but just wanted to put my 2 cents in about the Academy Award Program..I am another who watch it every year without seeing too many of the pictures nominated..I did not see any of the pictures that were up for awards this year, but I was aware of all that was written about those pictures and their casts ..Ever since I saw Frances McDormand in Fargo, I have been a fan of hers. And when  watching more movies, she played a variety of roles..which I suppose a real actor is supposed to be able to do.
But I stayed up to the bitter end.
I give the producers of the show credit for wanting to make this current program  entertaining  in as little time as possible..I personally think they did with the selection of  Jimmy Kimmel as Master of Ceremonies..not an easy task... but...all in all, I thought it made the mark compared to other years....and I noted that not one critic agreed with me...Such is Life...
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on March 07, 2018, 02:42:19 PM
Marilyn and Chia, I am surprise there are not more comments about the Academy Awards


Again, I am surprise to see not as many people watching this year. I for one in general thought it was smoothly run show, better them some years.  Of course this is my thoughts.  I thought most of the dresses were very nice, some I wondered how they set down in them some  slinky and others had so much material and one had a large bow or fold, that seem to be in her face. But still they were lovely and not over sexy I also thought Jimmy  Kimmel, did very well, as it was a rough year to make comments.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 07, 2018, 04:03:46 PM
Chia & Gloria - I always watch, and enjoy the Academy Awards every year.  Some years are better than others, and I do think this year was one of the better ones.  The show doesn't seem as long for me, as it does for the two of you, because it starts earlier here.   Because it is live, it starts here in California, at 5:00 o'clock, so this year it was over before 9:00.  You folks on the East coast started at 8:00, so it was almost midnight by the time it was over

This year, for a change, I had actually seen three of the nominated films, so that made it even more interesting for me.  My favorite movie won for Best Actress - Five Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  I really like Frances McDormand, and she was so deserving. I also liked Jimmy Kimmel, and thought he did a good job.  The women's dresses were beautiful I thought - not as revealing, as in past years. 

There are very few members here in S&F, who watch any of the awards shows. That's been the case, all the way back to Senior Net.  I also watch the Emmy Awards every year, and the Golden Globes.  I don't care much for the Grammy Awards, because I don't like today's popular music.  However, I do watch every year anyway, because my son and his wife attend the show.  Her brother is one of the producers of the Grammy's, so they get tickets every year.  I always look for them when the camera pans the audience, but I've never seen them. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: joyous on March 07, 2018, 07:16:41 PM

A movie is  shown every night downstairs in the large Activities room.  Tonight will
be Keys of the Kingdom. I would to see it  again(it is an old one)but I cannot cope
with the UNCOMFORTABLE chairs in there.
JOY
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on March 08, 2018, 10:56:31 AM
Hi Joyous:  Joy, my advice is take a cushion to sit on!  Just joking--and I hope you are feeling well.  I've missed you in Bosom Buddies!

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on March 08, 2018, 03:45:51 PM
Joy, be sure to tell your management and/or activities director that the chairs are uncomfortable.  Maybe they can bring in some others, or at least think about replacing them at some point.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on March 08, 2018, 07:24:41 PM
People bring pillows to the senior center, when they play bingo or cards
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on March 10, 2018, 12:21:24 PM
Half hour documentary produced for the BBC in 1992 that has proven to be very popular from its first broadcast, and continues to attract interest from across the world in 2018...Margaret Gallagher from Belcoo, Co Fermanagh, N. Ireland, enjoys her rural lifestyle, living without modern amenities...

And I bet she is one of the healthiest people around, as in lifestyle - location.... in health, mind and spirit...She has a much healthier glow than her UK based sister...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=lRL9iIN3R8s 

   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 10, 2018, 02:55:38 PM
Jackie - thanks for posting the documentary about Margaret Gallagher's life in Northern
Ireland.  It caught my interest, and I watched it through to the end.  Unfortunately, I had a hard time with the Irish accent, and missed a lot of the things she said.  I would like to see it on a TV screen, with closed captioning, so I could understand everything better.  At the end, it shows the picture of a young man, and Margaret saying that she hoped he would return, and live out his life there.  Was he her son?  If so, I wonder why she left that part out of the telling of her life history? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on March 10, 2018, 05:33:09 PM
Jackie, I really enjoyed that documentary.  I could understand most of what Margaret said.  For not having a school education, she is certainly an intelligent woman.  Her sister moved to England to earn a living and help the family.  Margaret said there were times when her sister’s income in England kept the family going.

Marilyne, that young man is her sister’s son.  Apparently her sister, husband and son live in England but hope to retire in Northern Ireland close to her sister, but she said she wants a modern house and has become used to modern ways of doing things.  Margaret is leaving the house to her nephew (Kieran?) and hopes he will take care of it even if he doesn’t live there, and she believes he will.  Margaret hopes she can live out her life in that house.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 10, 2018, 05:55:10 PM
Jackie.  Really enjoyed watching that Video. I loved visiting Ireland. What a spot to own a cottage in.  Doubt I could stand that much peace and quiet for all the time but would for when in the mood to be alone. Use to see areas like that . We have them in UK also. That one has really been taken care of . It must be on the Tourist to see list.  Now I would need a few more modern conveniences . Can get by not seeing people but not going to get water. Wonder what it is like in the winter months.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on March 10, 2018, 06:07:52 PM


Thank you Jeanne P-FlaJean and Marilyne for taking the time to watch the half hour footage...
...she is living proof that we could live a life without the luxury of appliances,...it was done in the past...She- Margaret, is living the life she chooses, and is perfectly happy in living it....
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 10, 2018, 06:26:55 PM
Just went back and watched the 2nd part of that video. Must be 20 years later. She looks pretty healthy yet. Think some modernization has been done. Camera sort of picked up a modern cook stove and car. Now I think I would be O.K.living there. LOng as I could head into town.  I remember my grandmothers Cottage. It has water but no Electric or gas. had flag floors like that . It was still there last time I went by 8 years ago. Had to be from the late 1700s. Funny how my house was close to it. all family lived where could see each others homes but all had been knocked down and a new Estate built there. Didn't like seeing that. They had put all modern conveniences into the Old cottages in the area so now they sell for so much money.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on March 12, 2018, 11:52:20 AM
Vanilla Jackie, were you the person who recommended this video?  It is gorgeous and what a beautiful story!  I have visited Ireland 4 times--my maternal ancestors came to America from Ireland in the early 1700's.  My mother's maiden name was Carney--once when my husband and I were at a race track in Ireland, some Irish gentlemen approached us--said "Say, are ye yanks!  and What brought you to Ireland?"  My husband replied that my mother was a Carney--and one said "Oh, me mither-in-law was a Carney (Kearney--in their language)!  We had a nice chat and enjoyed the races, too.

It was outside, very chilly, and was the kind where the horses were inside a railing and racing across the turf.  We had stopped in Dublin prior to reaching the racing area some miles away.  I'd looked at lovely large brimmed ladies hats which cost $200 pounds!  At the races there were many young ladies dressed in lovely spring dresses (no wraps of any kind despite the cold) with brand new beautiful hats!  I'll never forget our day at the races!

Jeanne, if it weren't for my children here, I'd love to spend 3 months every year in Ireland.  People are so friendly and welcoming there.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on March 12, 2018, 12:27:06 PM
Sue...
...yes it was me, :) I borrowed it from a posting member of my UK site...
Strange to hear of your Irish day at the races...for most of my working career was cashiering and taking bets on the horses...Do you remember the famous hat lady...Gertrude Shilling, she wore outstanding hats to the Royal Ascot Races...

I have been glued to the tv for the last couple of hours...The Commonwealth Day Service...all the Royals attended apart from Prince Philip who has now retired from duty...I of course got up from my sofa and stood to attention as they played our National Anthem, ( yes even I could do that with my MS ) but he who shall remain nameless sat down all through it stuffing his face with his mid- day snack...even if he hadn't been eating he still would have stayed seated... ::)

Link...Gertrude Ethel T Shilling, socialite, born March 3 1910; died October 13 1999...
Some of her head turning hats...



http://www.davidshilling.com/gertrudes.html

http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/gertrude-shilling-wearing-outrageous-hat.html
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 12, 2018, 09:42:36 PM
Sue. Ireland is one of my favourite places also. I am sorry now that I didn't just buy a small cottage years ago in the Lake District area . North of Uk. I would be spending half my years there now. I love the small villages up there. Maybe will try and get over again this year. I just can't stand Airline travel anymore. Not like it was. Messing with luggage now would be the thing. I will never pack as much as in the past. Half of thing never get worn.
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Post by: SCFSue on March 13, 2018, 02:02:18 PM
Jeanne, one thing I've learned from traveling is how to survive with only one carry-on bag.  I used to wear one pair of dark slacks and put another in the bag, plus undies, and about 5 washable tops.  Also added a lightweight rain jacket and a folding umbrella and a second pair of shoes in case my shoes got wet.  Not need to wait for checked luggage and had laundry packets which would take care of undies in a bathroom sink!  My carry-on-bag could be stowed overhead in the airplane if I turned it sideways and that left room for other people's bags.  I also carried a large "better back bag" which had room for a change of undies, my meds, and cosmetic bag.  Plus a bottle of water.  Very easy way to travel!

I'd like to go back to Ireland to spend 2 or 3 months there in the summer, plus visit other places nearby like Wales where I've never visited--but my sons won't agree to me traveling alone.  My youngest son's wife called me yesterday and is coming up here from New Orleans on the 30th.  We're going up to Birmingham for the weekend with her oldest son who is a junior this year at Birmingham Southern University (on full scholarship!--His younger brother is on scholarship at LSU as a freshman).  That's probably as far as I'll get as far as travel goes this year.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 13, 2018, 03:27:29 PM
Sue.  I think I would be better now with my packing. I always took so much because  I dressed up a lot when over.Shoes were my worst things as I use to think to have a purse and shoes to each outfit.  Never wore slacks until the last few trips. Now for last 2 trip people over there have gotten like in the US. Pants. Jeans, Tops all very casual. Now don't bother with the places where can't go into if not wearing right dress and men suits. Was fine when got there as always stayed with parent, family and no problem with luggage other than me in the US Airports. I think I left Jeans and warm jackets and sweaters at my cousins house last time over. So packing next time will be light .
Now Wales border is within  a hour drive from my area. I went in often. Love the place.  My youngest daughter has gone back with me last 2 trips. She wanted to see Wales and all the Castles. then we took 2 of my grandsons with us time before it. Spent a lot of time down in London then. They liked up North better though.
Granddaughter Just this past summer took her 9 year old son and he loved London. Didn't want to leave. they never got up North. Now she is going to take the 6 year old twins over.  Her Husband there about once a month as his company owned by British. She ties it into when he is over there. Now I will no longer go over to Europe. Glad I got to see most of it before all changed. I don't ever go down to London anymore. We just take the train down for the day. fact don't visit the big cities.
I went by ship 4 times in early  years. "Cunard"

' and get things from them all the time. I am tempted now to do it that way. Prices not that much higher than Airfare. I don't want to even think of going Coach air anymore. Business class worth the extra dollars. Will see how the year goes.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 15, 2018, 02:19:11 PM
I can't seem to drum up any interest in the many (too many!) series shows that are on Netflix, Amazon and the Premium channels like HBO and Showtime.    Last month we finished the second season of The Man in the High Castle, and are looking forward to season #3.  We are also anticipating the return of Game of Thrones, which is supposed to be in April? The only show we are watching right now on a weekly basis, is Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin.  Other than that, most of my TV viewing lately has been the HGTV home shows.

I did see a wonderful movie a couple of days ago, that I would like to recommend to everyone . . . especially those who have daughters!  It's called Lady Bird, and was nominated for lots of Academy Awards.  It won the Golden Globe award for Best Picture, I think.  Anyway, it's a worthwhile film, and an enjoyable way to spend two hours.  I think you will all like it as much as I did.  The actress who plays the title roll, is the same one who was the star of the movie Brooklyn, that a lot of us saw last year and liked. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on March 15, 2018, 05:40:50 PM
I haven't watched "Homeland" since season Two.  This year, I understand, it has quite "gone off the rails".  Tried to watch the first episode, but neither hubby or I could get into it, or figure it out.    I'm watching on TNT, "The Alienist".  It was an award-winning book by Caleb Carr, and I've checked out the book to see if the movie treatment is sticking to the story...It Is!  It is rather gory(both book and TV) the TV series has wonderful ensemble cast, so I'm enjoying it.  Several new Netflix series coming up soon.  Hope I can get thru all the ones I am semi-bingeing on!

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on March 16, 2018, 12:10:24 PM
Marilyne, I’m glad you mentioned “Lady Bird”.  Sounds like a movie Larry and I would both enjoy.  iTunes has it for rent.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on March 16, 2018, 07:29:49 PM
To day I am back from almost a week stay, in the hospital, so I did not get to see many shows that I like, as the TV is very limited to what you can see. Had another heart attack Sat. feeling better.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on March 16, 2018, 08:31:56 PM
Take care of yourself!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on March 16, 2018, 09:44:38 PM
Funny,  I am watching "Homeland"
on Showtime,  and I am liking it better
then before! 

Also I am watching "The Looming Tower" on
Hulu ...   

(Tracing the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, it takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. ")

With all that is going on in  our Government
these days  (I will not elaborate),  as this is
not the place for that,  I am
finding both of these shows very interesting,
compelling and a bit frightening but I
can't stop  watching them.

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 17, 2018, 12:42:58 AM
Gloria de - Sorry you had a heart attack, but great to see that you are okay, and back home again!  :thumbup:  Your nephew Keith, is such a nice young man. He kept us informed every day, on how you were doing. 

Sandy -  I'm really liking this season of  "Homeland" - better than the last one.  I have high hopes for Kerry and Dante! :love:  "The Looming Tower" sounds good.  I'm not sure if I get Hulu, but will check again.  I wanted to see "A Handmaid's Tale", playing on Hulu, but could never figure out how to get it?

FlaJean - I hope you like "Lady Bird", as much as I did.  AJ went to a Sharks hockey game that night, so he didn't see it.  I'm curious as to whether Larry will like it or not? 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on March 17, 2018, 11:12:50 AM
If you have not already signed up for hulu,  you
can get a free weeks trial to see how you like it... 
and during that free week get the whole first
season of A Handmaids Tale.

I like that we can sign up for channels
like showtime, cinemax, hbo,  hulu etc  and
can see them one month at a time and cancel
when we want to ...   I am on Roku so I often
sign up for them via Roku.   Where I control
what special stations that I want to watch,
whenever I want to watch them.   

Hulu is a great station that I stay on.

Once I finish watching  "The Looming Tower" ,  I
am going to have to watch it again....  each time
finding out more and more about the "story"
behind it.     My memory is giving me fits
ever since I suffered a number of strokes 5
years ago....  so it behooves me to re watch
stories that  contain a lot of information... 

(Oh woe is me)..  any how,  at least I have the
time now to re watch whatever I want,
as many times as I want to.   :idiot2:

Sandy

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on March 17, 2018, 10:01:26 PM
I need to find something on my TV to enjoy. Seems to be bad this last few months. Even some of the new shows not worth watching.
Now I have never looking into such as HULU. I have Comcast but not all it offers.  How does HULU work. How to sign up?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on March 18, 2018, 01:26:04 PM
I think go to Hulu.com and it will let you sign up.  You get a few days/weeks free, and then it's $7.95 a month (I think-don't have my bill handy)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 20, 2018, 01:18:00 PM
Tome and Sandy - Thanks for the information on Hulu.  I think I'll wait a bit before signing in for my free trial.  I already know that I'm going to like it, so would probably want to subscribe! ::) Not a good idea, since I already pay enough, for my Comcast Premium channels, plus Netflix and Amazon.  I still have plenty to watch and catch up with on all channels, so don't really need more at this time.

Over the weekend we watched Mudbound, a movie that was nominated for a number of Academy Awards.  It was excellent, with superb acting by everyone in the cast.  However, it was an extremely depressing and hopeless story.  It takes place in Mississippi, in the 1940's.  Shocking scenes of racial prejudice, with a horrific Ku Klux Klan scene, that will stay with me for a long, long time. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on March 24, 2018, 01:08:55 PM
Last night we started watching a new Netflix series called, Seven Seconds.. It's about a police coverup, following the accidental death of a black teenage boy.  It certainly held my interest, and the acting was excellent, but I'm not sure whether I will stick with it or not?  I'm getting burnt out on sad, hopeless drama's.  I tried watching the Netflix series, Narcos, but after one episode, I was done!  Takes place in Colombia, with drugs being brought into the US, abuse of women, sociopathic men, even animal abuse. It was extremely depressing.  Not sure about "Seven Seconds", but I'll probably watch another episode and see how it goes.

My dil, recommended another Netflix show called Sneaky Pete?  I haven't looked it up yet, so I don't know what it's about?  Seems like with all the hundreds of shows and series on TV to choose from, I should be able to find something that I really like?  I did enjoy all of the Oscar nominated movies that I watched - especially Lady Bird, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  As I mentioned before, I didn't care much for Get Out!, but it was entertaining in a weird sort of way. :o The only nominated movie I haven't seen yet is, The Shape of Water.
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Post by: JeanneP on March 24, 2018, 01:46:37 PM
I just saw "The Face of Water" A strange film.Would not have wanted to have paid the $8.00 to see it. It keeps your interest for the hour and 45 minutes but at the end still wonder what is was about. Yet it won awards. Maybe just me. You see it and let us know. As a actress the women was good.....
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Post by: Tomereader1 on March 24, 2018, 06:23:41 PM
The Shape of Water. Can't wait to see it.  I think its already out on DVD.
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Post by: Marilyne on April 01, 2018, 12:07:14 PM
Happy Easter, to all of my television and movie loving friends!

Gloria de - Tomereader - CallieOK - MarsGal - Sandy - FlaJean - SCFSue - JeanneP - VanillaJackie - maryc - Maryz,  and all others who look in or leave messages here in the Television/Movie Forum!  Please continue to join us here, and tell us about TV shows that you like or don't like, and old and new movies that you've watched.
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Post by: phyllis on April 02, 2018, 08:05:10 AM
I watched Jesus Christ, Superstar last night and was surprised that I rather liked it even though the rock style is 'way past my era.  Not sure about the casting of Alice Cooper as Herod but thought it was interesting.  The man who played Judas was especially good in that part.  I thought the costumes for the Jewish elders were a little strange.  To me it looked like something out of "The  Matrix" movie.  Did anyone else here watch?
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Post by: Marilyne on April 02, 2018, 10:36:37 AM
Hi Phyllis - YES, I watched Jesus Christ Super Star!  I had mixed feelings about the presentation, but overall, it was very entertaining, and I liked it.  The screaming and yelling from the audience was a little distracting, and I had a hard time with the dialogue.  We turned the closed captions on, which helped, but they were a couple of beats behind the action - speaking or singing.

I agree that the man who played Judas, was excellent. I like John Legend, and thought he was good in the title role.  Both my husband and I thought Alice Cooper stole the show, with that ragtime version of his song.  Whether we like him or not, he does have a lot of charisma!

I had forgotten that Andrew Lloyd Webber was only 21, when he wrote "Jesus Christ Superstar".  I'll have to look him up and see how old he is now? 
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Post by: FlaJean on April 02, 2018, 12:00:27 PM
Larry and I watched “Easter Parade” with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland on Turner Classic Movies.  I didn’t realize “Jesus Christ Super Star” was on or I would have watched it.  I’ve never seen it, but sure would like to.
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Post by: JeanneP on April 02, 2018, 12:02:32 PM
Now I have been to see "Jesus Christ Superstar" in the Theatre 4 times. Have the Original on record and dvd. Have most of the Lloyd Webber shows. (He Was 70 years old in March). Along with not liking that way and the commercials that ran every 15 minutes I just could not sit and watch it. Notice that the main player was wearing modern Tennis shoes along with A sweat shirt type jacket on. Surprises me that Lloyd Webber did it. I thing it was Live and just for American TV. I saw the same type of thing done to another favourite of mine that I have again seen 5 times and got the original Opera. that was "Carmen" done in English. Had to leave that.
They need to leave all these good Theatre shows the way originally done. Not be Jazzing them up for TV.
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Post by: Tomereader1 on April 02, 2018, 01:45:30 PM
I think that "they" are jazzing up the musicals and opera in order to reach a wider, and younger, audience.  I saw JC,S live, back when it was "new"  (what? 45 yrs ago?)  The cast wore clothing that was, for the most part, as people were dressing then, so this presentation was not something all that new.  I DVR'd it, since it was 3 hours, and now I can go back and watch, fastforwarding thru the commercials.
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Post by: Lindancer on April 02, 2018, 02:41:42 PM
Marilyne, I watched the last half, just hard for me to get use to the setting was Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (saw that in the review) It was hard to get use to the modern dress.   It is hard for this 94 old brain to except some things.  The reviews were very good in the morning paper.  you don't   see many live shows.  Alice Cooper is not a young rock star, like he use to be.  He seem well received.  I had read they were going to use the audience for the sound of the crowds.

Jeanne, I also saw JCS a couple of time with my son. The first time was on Broadway, then the next was Gateway, summer theater, they also did and excellent performance, beautiful customs and of course Jesus look like paintings we see of him Most of the opera Ilike, just not the screaming part. Of course they are playing for a different generation.    Of course, this is all my own opinion.
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Post by: JeanneP on April 02, 2018, 07:56:22 PM
Yes, it is sad that now they say they have to do what the young people want to listen to and see.  So sad that they will never listen to the music, Songs. See the type of shows we did years ago. Hear the big bands play are recognize the words they are singing. No romantic words anymore. I sure don't know how young couples get romantic to the music I hear them listening to.  Even TV shows so different. Nothing to cheer people up.  At least we still get some things from such as "Masterpiece theatre" once in awhile. And can still enjoy a book. That is something that I don't see most of my young people reading. But we can see find something we enjoy.
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Post by: phyllis on April 04, 2018, 07:53:08 AM
Weber wrote JCS to adapt an age old story to modern times and we were in the rock era when he wrote it.  I think it is a production that can always make a nice transition to each modern age and taste but still tells the same timeless story of the last days of Jesus on earth. 

I found the audience noise distracting, too, but understand they wanted to use it as part of the crowd scenes.  I was very impressed with the staging of the Crucifixion.  The studio where the production took place must be enormous.

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Post by: SCFSue on April 04, 2018, 09:56:28 AM
If you enjoy Big Band music and have a PBS radio station, there is a one hour program on my local PBS station on Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m.  The disc jockey/host plays 40's dance tunes and gives a brief talk prior to playing them about the musicians, composers, etc.  I'm usually in my P.J.'s by that time and I spend a pleasant evening dancing (alone!) in my bedroom during this program.  Good exercise, too!  Check your local PBS station to see if it carries it--and old reruns of Marian McPartland Piano Jazz follows that program.  She died about 5-10 years ago.

Sue

Sue
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Post by: JeanneP on April 04, 2018, 12:11:02 PM
Sue. Good to hear. Will try to find that station. Isn't cute how we we just dance when we hear those 40s 50s tunes. That should be good exercise for you leg.Has it improved a lot?
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Post by: RAMMEL on April 04, 2018, 01:42:48 PM
SCFSue  ---

What are the Call Letters of that PBS station?  Maybe I can find something available on-line.
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Post by: SCFSue on April 04, 2018, 11:07:30 PM
Rammel, my PBS radio station is located at Troy University south of Auburn where I live.  The station is run by Troy State students and is on daily from 7:00 a.m.  through the late night hours.  The station number is 89.9.  Columbus, Georgia, which is not far from Auburn also has a radio station in the low 80's--don't remember their station number, but sometimes I can get it on my radio.  The Troy station runs PBS news programs all day long and has music in the late evenings.  Perhaps if you have station numbers in the 80's you may have a similar station.

Sue
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Post by: Marilyne on April 06, 2018, 01:00:49 AM
Sue and Rammel - I don't get any good music programs like that on either of my PBS radio stations . . . however, I do have a great music channel that I get on my computer, and usually have it on every evening when I'm sitting here and winding down from the day.  It's called Swing Street Radio, and they play nothing but 1930's, 40's and 50's music.  No commercials or promotions of an kind - just straight music.  (On weeknights only, between nine and ten, they play a one hour old radio show, which I don’t listen to. Tonight was Boston Blackie.)   
Here's what it says on their internet home page . . .
"Swing Street Radio plays America’s best music from the Golden Age of Popular music, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Tune in to Swing Street Radio at home or at the office via the internet, or anywhere on the go, via our mobile app! Just click on our logo at the left, or listen on your favorite player by clicking any of the player links below:" Those player links are, iTunes, Windows Media, Quicktime, and a couple of others.
http://swingstreetradio.org/listen-live-and-requests/
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Post by: SCFSue on April 06, 2018, 10:33:37 AM
Thank you, Marilyne.  I'll see if I can find it on my radio.

Sue
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Post by: CallieOK on April 06, 2018, 03:27:35 PM
Marilyne,  I only saw California stations listed on the Swing Street Radio link.  Do you know if they have affiliates in other states - like Oklahoma?
Edit:  Never mind.  Did a Google search and every link to SSR had "missing-Oklahoma" underneath the info.  Oh, well!

Oklahoma's 14-year-old ventriloquist, Darcy Lynn Farmer (America's Got Talent winner), will be a guest on "Little Big Shots" this Sunday.  Her very first t.v. appearance  was on "Little Big Shots" when she was 11.  Will be interesting to see how she has matured.
She lives in a small community not far from where I live.  Am amazed we'd never heard more about her until she began to move up on "....Talent".

I'm enjoying the new season of "Call The Midwife" but I could do with a few less segments showing the birthing process.

My PBS station isn't showing anything very interesting since their last "fundathon". 
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Post by: JeanneP on April 06, 2018, 07:05:08 PM
Most of the PBS radio stations tie into the Local University station if you have a big one pretty close area. Same with such a Masterpiece Theatre. Done all show at the same time. Ours plays mostly Classical now. Which I like but would like to hear some from back in the 50s to 70s.
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Post by: CallieOK on April 06, 2018, 07:43:36 PM
Jeanne,   our local university has a good PBS station but it, too, only plays classical.  Like you, I would like from the 40's and 50's (MY 50's - as in BE <Before Elvis>  ;D)
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Post by: Marilyne on April 07, 2018, 12:00:49 AM
Callie - I agree 100% . . . BE! 
Popular music changed drastically with Elvis, and steadily got worse over the years, until we now have Rap and Hip-Hop! :yikes: Take me back to the 30's, 40's and early 50's!
So sorry you can't get Swing Street Radio, on your computer.  They just played "The White Cliffs of Dover", by Vera Lynn, and now, "Cherokee", by Charley Barnett.  A wide variety of hits.

JeanneP - Lots of colleges/universities, have oldies radio stations. I wonder why that is?  Swing Street Radio, broadcasts out of San Francisco State U, I think?
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Post by: SCFSue on April 07, 2018, 12:23:10 PM
I have Spectrum TV and they have about 20-25 music stations of all genre's.  When there is nothing I want to watch on TV, I turn to their channel 948 which is classical music.  Sometimes if I feel like dancing by myself, I turn to their 40's and 50's pop music channels.  Very little TV programming appeals to me, although I do have a few favorites.

Sue
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Post by: CallieOK on April 07, 2018, 12:30:47 PM
I also have music channels on the tv but I don't really like "background" music unless I'm doing a lot of baking, etc. in the kitchen.  Don't ever have the car radio on, either.

"To Each His Own".......which was one of my favorite songs "back in the day".   ( Having an Intellectual Interlude and can't remember who recorded it.   :crazy2:)
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Post by: FlaJean on April 07, 2018, 12:41:26 PM
I love the big band era but I also like Elvis!  The Beatles have some beautiful music.  I’m a fan of Petula Clark.  I don’t care for hip hop and not really fond of most country, although I enjoyed square dancing a lot.  I got rid of all the old vinyl records.  Never thought they would be collectibles.
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Post by: SCFSue on April 07, 2018, 12:54:32 PM
My husband and I attended U. of South Carolina during the 50's.  We loved to dance and he was an officer in the Intra-Fraternity Council.  Twice a year they paid Big Bands to play at Fraternity Dances.  We were photographed standing at the bandstand when Tommy Dorsey was playing favorite 40's tunes.  Bob especially loved Glenn Miller and I still have his Glenn Miller limited edition album.  I think my sons may sell it when I pass on to "hopefully" my reward, but they might haggle over it!

After Bob retired, we joined the small local "country" club in our town.  They often had dances and the kids I'd taught in high school didn't really dance (this was the 70's).  They just sort of stood there and waved their arms in the air.  Some of the girls asked us to give dance lessons, but by that time Bob had his first bout of cancer and didn't feel up to it.  We still preferred big band dance tunes from the 40's--although we were college students in the mid-50's.

Sue
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Post by: CallieOK on April 07, 2018, 12:58:39 PM
Sue,  I graduated from high school in 1953.  We jitterbugged to the Big Band sound and then learned the Shag by watching the first "American Bandstand" programs.
I remember Marge and Gower Champion performing at OU when I was in college.  Harry Belafonte appeared with them - with second billing; we'd never heard of him.   :)
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Post by: JeanneP on April 07, 2018, 01:17:58 PM
We had all the big bands US bands playing in the UK during the war. Played in all the big dance halls. I got to see many of them s had a big US base close. Had Bob hope and many stars. I remember seeing Glenn Miller playing just before his plane went down.
We must have 20 music stations on our radios but only 2 where you can understand  what they're saying .i just buy the CDs of what I like.
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Post by: Marilyne on April 07, 2018, 02:48:25 PM
My husband and I also met in college . . . in a social dance class, that we were required to take for a PE requirement. We became a couple, shortly thereafter, and the rest is history! :D  Lots of dancing going on at that time, at fraternity and sorority events,  both formal and casual, plus home parties, outdoor dance pavilions, and lovely indoor ballrooms.  It was a rare weekend, that didn't include dancing of some sort. AJ paid his way through college by playing in dance bands around town, and doing the musical arrangements for various bands. So for years, our lives revolved around pop music.

Later, when he was drafted into the Army, he was placed in the 72nd Army band, and stationed at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, CA. The band members all "moonlighted" on weekends, and substituted in dance bands all around the Los Angeles area.  AJ played in the Les Brown band, a couple of times during our time there.(as a sub of course)  It was great military duty, and I loved it there. Wonderful place to live, wonderful friends, wonderful music!  Looking back, I think that the Army years, were some of our happiest years.   
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Post by: RAMMEL on April 08, 2018, 09:30:30 PM
Marilyne,
That plays nice on Windows Media Player.
I also set it up on a program I have ( MPC-HC ) for quick access. You can Google MPC-SC.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on April 09, 2018, 05:45:49 AM
Are we in video clips or the tv room, I am not too sure? ;) but...
...this is for Marilyne...and anyone else who appreciates a good rendition and fun piece of jazz music...If this doesn't put a smile on everyones face, I dont know what will...Link...
...Les BROWN & His Orchestra " Dance Of Renown " 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2nX2aDJcug
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Post by: SCFSue on April 09, 2018, 09:52:53 AM
Thanks, Vanilla Jackie.  Nice trip down memory lane!

Sue
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Post by: Marilyne on April 10, 2018, 04:37:13 PM
The only new show that I’ve watched recently, is Roseanne, and it’s much better than I thought it would be. It’s like Roseanne Barr and John Goodman have been in a time capsule for the past 20 years, and have suddenly popped out again!    Whether you like her personally or not, she really is funny. I could relate to some of the conversations, and laughed out loud at a couple of her comments.  The supporting cast is mostly the same, which makes the whole idea more believable.
Has anybody else watched it? 
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Post by: JeanneP on April 10, 2018, 06:54:43 PM
Watched the first one but missed last week. I think it worth watching. She sure looks better now than in the old one.
On tonight at 7pm here.
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Post by: Marilyne on April 12, 2018, 01:35:48 PM
Vanilla-Jackie!  Sorry I neglected to mention how much I enjoyed the video/music of Les Brown! I also enjoyed reading that bit of history that preceded the video.  I'm sure you know, but in case you don't - Doris Day, is still alive and lives not far from me here in Northern California.  She is celebrating her 97th birthday in May!  She is still active in dog and cat rescue.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on April 12, 2018, 04:26:41 PM
Marilyne...
...no, I ddint know she was a neighbour of yours... :thumbup: what a marvellous achievement to be still actively caring for dogs and cats at her age...
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Post by: Marilyne on April 16, 2018, 11:07:28 AM
I'm still watching Roseanne on Tuesday nights.  Like most sit-coms, it's silly, but I have to admit that there are some things about the adult daughters, that do hit home! LOL ::)

Other than that show, the only other one that I'm still following, is Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin.  I know I've asked over the years, but I guess I'm the only one in this discussion who has ever watched it?  Game of Thrones, returns again in May.  Dungeons & Dragons style Fantasy, is usually not something that interests me, but AJ and I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning.  The only complaint I have with it, as well as Homeland, and other series, is that after a run of 10 or 12 shows, you have to wait a full year for more.  That's unacceptable, and I will not get involved with any more series on HBO or Showtime, as soon as these two have reached their final season.

I would like to recommend an old movie, that I recorded off of TCM a couple of weeks ago.  It's called Dear Heart, from 1964, and stars Glenn Ford, Geraldine Page, and Angela Lansbury.   It's a warm and sweet romantic comedy, and I do think you all would really enjoy it.  I think you can get it On Demand, or in your free movies? 
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Post by: Marilyne on April 23, 2018, 07:34:55 PM
Does anyone else like to watch the HGTV show, Fixer Upper, with Chip and Joanna?  I saw a brand new one a couple of nights ago that was really good, and a departure from the usual home renovations that they are famous for.  Now they seem to be focused on large scale improvements, all around the city of Waco.

First they bought The Silo's, and put in a bakery, and a number of other boutique style shops.  After that, they did a Bed and Breakfast Inn.  Now they’ve purchased a large old restaurant, that looks to be on a busy corner in town. They remodeled the whole interior, and added outdoor patio seating, play area, gift shop, etc.  Of course, when they were finished, it was absolutely gorgeous!  It showed the grand opening, with people lined up to get in.  I'm sure it will be a success, as everything they touch, turns to gold.   

I understand that Joanna is expecting another baby, (#5), so it will be interesting to see if she slows down a little, or is able to continue on with the show and the remodeling projects?
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Post by: Lindancer on April 23, 2018, 08:02:35 PM
Marilyne, I seem to watch less TV, now that the days are getting longer. I spend more time in the sun room.  I put the TV on when I go to bed about 11 and watch till 1  also read.  I watch the new Hallmark a lot, it is 189 on Long Island  I still watch some HG
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Post by: RAMMEL on April 23, 2018, 08:48:49 PM
Quote from: Marilyne on April 23, 2018, 07:34:55 PM
Does anyone else like to watch the HGTV show, Fixer Upper, with Chip and Joanna?  ....................................................
I watch it fairly regularly.  I like a few of the "Fix-It-Up" shows.  Then there are some I don't care for - as my son would say, "contrived".

Once in a while I watch "First Time Flippers".  I see it more as a comedy than instructional.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on April 24, 2018, 02:16:27 AM
I am a devoted fan of our long running ( 1960 ) Coronation Street (UK soap, ) but oh how it has changed, and not for the better...now has story lines of rape, brutal murders, lesbians and gays which we now get the intimate kissing scenes...now if the likes of Ena Sharples and Annie Walker were still alive, I am sure they would be turning in their grave to see how it is now...It has far too many actors and story lines, some dragging on before other stories are finished...Sadly it was known for its humour, which kept this soap at the number one spot, it is now going down in the ratings...Guess like most everything, the writers and producers are gearing this to the young...and forgetting us older viewers who have watched this from its early days when it was just centred around the street and the pub...
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Post by: Marilyne on April 24, 2018, 11:07:09 AM
Rick - I agree with your son, that most of the shows on HGTV, are "contrived"! 
A couple goes to look at three houses, and you can count on the same familiar scenario: #1: The kitchen is never good enough, and always needs complete remodeling and updating. #2: Any and all carpet must be removed and replaced with hardwood floors. #3: Walls have to be removed to achieve "open concept" between the kitchen and living area.  etc. etc. etc.   Nonetheless, my husband and I get a kick out of these buyers, and we like to watch these shows for an hour or two in the early evening.  Our favorites are the Beachfront or Lakefront shows.  Also the, Log Cabin Living, is interesting.

Jackie - I've heard about Coronation Street, and it's popularity throughout the UK.  We had a few long running "soaps", but seems that most have all disappeared, in favor of the celebrity talk shows that are shown in the afternoon.  It started with Oprah, and now the most popular one is, Ellen.  Although I like both Oprah and Ellen, I've never cared for that style of show, with the  live audience screaming and clapping, and the endless parade of famous celebrity guests.  There are a few soaps left that are shown every morning, like Days of Our Lives.  I've never been able to sit and watch a show in the morning, so I haven't seen that one, or the morning talk shows like The Today Show, or Good Morning America.   My TV viewing takes place in the early evening, and up to about 11:00 PM.  Occasionally I'll watch a movie in the afternoon. 
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Post by: FlaJean on April 24, 2018, 12:10:07 PM
I like “This Old House” on PBS.  I just don’t care for HGTV anymore.  They show the same stuff hour after hour and they are pretty much scripted.  We have Apple TV (similar to Roku) and have recently subscribed to Acorn (6.99 a month) and have found a lot of programs that we like that were once on regular TV.  Neither of us are binge watchers so just watch one or two a day.  And, anyway, all the stories we have watched are concluded in about 44 minutes (no commercials always a bonus).
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Post by: Lindancer on April 24, 2018, 02:23:56 PM
Jean and Marilyne I use to watch house Hunters regularly but as you say it is the same thing.  When we bought our first house in 1957, cost $12.000 and was a fixer upper, The kitchen sold us, cheerful 5 window, old fashion sink and store.. The first
christmas, I was upstairs washing dishes in the bathroom. My husband did all the work. by the way we had a coal furnace, which I never could keep going.  So the kitchen and new oil burner was the first things we did. The kitchen was 18X18, 30 years later we were still happy with our counter and kitchen.  I had so many happy memories in that house, It was old when we bought it seaweed was in the walls for insulation. It was on 3 acres my son got married in the orchard.

Jackie, I Had heard of CornationSt.  I have watched General Hospital for 55 years, and as you say, they try to have up to the minute thymes which some people want. I watch to relax.  If I want upsetting new I can read the paper
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Post by: Lindancer on April 24, 2018, 02:28:26 PM
Jean, I meant to say my husband and I use to watch This Old House.  My son was a big fan of I think his first name was Norm, forgot his last, who use to be on theshow. A lot of the show was done in Mass, years ago and Mark lived on Cape Cod
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Post by: Marilyne on April 24, 2018, 03:48:03 PM
Gloria de - Where was your first house located?  I've never heard of seaweed used for insulation, but I can imagine that it would work very well.  We used to watch the original This Old House, many years ago.  I didn't realize it was still on.

We get a kick out of House Hunters, and the way they follow the same pattern on every show.  Husband wants a Ranch style house, and wife wants a Craftsman.  So they see three different houses, but in the end, they always agree on the same house. We know it wouldn't be that easy in real life!  ha ha!   
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Post by: Lindancer on April 24, 2018, 05:14:44 PM
Marilyne Often wonder how many of those marriages lasted when they could not agree on anything
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Post by: Lindancer on April 24, 2018, 05:21:08 PM
Marilyne, I forgot to say, our house was in Southampton,NY the property had a huge barn, corncrib and a one room house when we bought it. We maedthat into a building my husband use to pour all the molds, when I went into teaching ceramics.  Sorry you just ask one question and I gave you a story
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Post by: Marilyne on May 10, 2018, 02:56:36 PM
Not much TV or movie talk happening in here??  I've been sidelined by the hockey finals, but now that the Sharks are no longer contenders, I'll be watching a lot more TV. 

The only program of note that we've watched in the past couple of weeks is, The Pacific, a WWII series that is available on Netflix.  There are 10 episodes, and that's it.  I know that most of you don't like War stories, but as I've grown older I've become a real fan of any movie or TV show that takes place during those years and right after.

As I said before in this discussion, (or maybe it was another one here in S&F?), I feel like our generation is the last one, who was alive during the War years, and who remember what it was like from the Homefront.  My dad served in the Navy during the war, so lots of the events on the remote islands in The Pacific, have real meaning to me.  I was school age during The War, so old enough to remember a lot.  This particular series was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, so it's high quality and well documented.
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Post by: Tomereader1 on May 15, 2018, 03:37:39 PM
As far as TV goes, I have an affinity for British/UK series.  Their actors look and seem like "real" people; downplay of the "glamour" ladies, except in supporting roles, and the men, with a few exceptions ("Grantchester), are real. I know that very few of you here care for deep, dark, nowhere near "cozy" mysteries.  PBS/Masterpiece Mystery have run several episodes of "The Unforgotten" it is a Police Procedural/Mystery whose leading character reminds me a good deal of Mirren's 'Jane Tennison'.  Thorough, doggedly persistent but not without empathy.
She was in a British series that ran on Netflix ("River") which was also a detective/mystery, really quirky though!  If The Unforgotten comes on again, or with episodes, those of you who like that type thing, be sure and catch it.  Each "case" is about 2 or 3 episodes, that last one was over Sunday.  Don't know if there are to be more.  My husband likes it so much, he asks me on Monday, when's that "detective program" going to be on?
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Post by: Tomereader1 on May 15, 2018, 03:39:40 PM
P.S.  I sometimes think that, other than Marilyne and myself, nobody watches TV and cares to talk about it anymore!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 15, 2018, 04:53:08 PM
Tome - I wonder if River is still available on Netflix?  I'll take a look, and if it's still there, we will very likely check it out.  We mostly watch shows on Netflix, Amazon, or the Premium Channels like HBO and Showtime.   We also watch a lot of movies, and have seen all of the Oscar winners, except for The Shape of Water, which I hope to watch soon.   Did you ever see Mudbound?  Free movie on either Netflix or Amazon.  I thought it was great. 

I do think that there are a few who post here, who are fond of all of the PBs shows.  I don't follow them like I used to, but I did take a look at Little Women, this past Sunday.  It was mentioned in the Library Bookshelf folder today, and I'm in agreement with what Callie and maryc, had to say . . . disappointing! It's a story that didn't need to be remade yet again!  I loved the 1949 version with June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret O'Brien, which is still fun to watch when it plays on TCM. 

As for the network TV shows - Roseanne, is the only one that we're still following.  I can't explain why, but I get a kick out of Roseanne Barr!  Laurie Metcalf, the gal who plays her sister, is great, as well as John Goodwin, and the two daughters.

Yes, we do still "veg out" on the HGTV shows such as House Hunters, Lakefront Bargain Hunt, Fixer Upper - etc., etc, etc!!  They are staged, of course, but fun to sit and laugh or criticize some of those couples who are choosing between three houses!  Why do they NEVER pick the house I like best?? :D
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on May 15, 2018, 05:23:39 PM
I'm not watching much on t.v. or Netflix. 
I guess I'm burned out on themes of police, lawyers, politicians (Madam Secretary, Designated Survivor), competitions (The Voice, American Idol, DWTS),  HGTV and the like.

The current DWTS series has only lasted 4 weeks - with 3 couples being eliminated each time. Finals are next week.  I haven't watched the entire show every week but have usually caught the last 30 minutes or so.  However, it's becoming the "same old same old", too.
 
I/we enjoyed the long-ago 30 minute sit-coms but I just haven't gotten "into" the current ones.

I have never rented a movie although there are 3 On Demand that I might watch....some time.

Maybe I need an attitude adjustment.    :crazy2:

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on May 15, 2018, 07:45:50 PM
Callie, I think I am through with DWTS, last night just seem to rushed, and I could care less, who wins.  I guess I will be watching the wedding.  I like HGTV.   Lately I just enjoy light movies, with happy endings.  I can watch the new if I want something serous.  Of course I still watch Murder She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder. Know the by hart.  I just saw The Russian are coming a couple of months ago, and I think that is one of the funniest and feel good movies I have seen.  Very old. I guess at 94  what  ever makes me happy :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on May 15, 2018, 07:49:55 PM
Yes, I did watch Mudbound.  Very well done.  But also, depressing.  I'll check Netflix for you to see about "River".  I DVR'd Little Women.  I haven't watched ANY of DWTS, no one "star" appealed to me, maybe Mirai, but she's gone now.  I have the DVD of
"The Shape of Water"..was gonna watch with my daughter on Mother's day, but she wanted something silly and happy, so we watchedHallmark Channel.
Callie, I just love Madam Secretary, and also, Designated Survivor (which has kind of gone off the rails in MHO). Was good in the beginning.  I'm not into the "reality shows".  I'd like the Voice if the singers were mostly singers and not screamers!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on May 15, 2018, 09:47:14 PM
Lindancer,  I completely agree about "whatever makes you (us) happy"!!

Tomereader,  On Sunday nights.  I usually start with "Call The Midwife" (now watching "Little Women"), then Hallmark for "The Good Witch" (I like some syrupy  ;)) and ending with "Madam Secretary".  Sometimes, I watch "Masterpiece Theater" and record "The Good Witch" but haven't been too interested in MT recently.

One show I've watched every week this Spring is PBS' "Live At Lincoln Center" on Friday nights.  It's a series of what I call "recitals" by various Broadway performers who may have leading or supporting roles in shows but don't do big tours, etc.

I saw a commercial for "Game Night" starting pretty soon but I don't remember what night and can't recall what channel.   "Family Feud" and "$10,000 Pyramid" are two of the shows and I think there were one or two others mentioned (maybe the one with Alec Baldwin?).   I really enjoyed "....Pyramid" the last time it was on but didn't care for the mc on "....Feud" and thought the other one (whose title I will remember as soon as I leave the computer  :P) was stupid.

I'm usually outside until "dark-thirty" in the summer  (between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. around here) and am then ready to take a shower and read an e-book.

I've never watched daytime t.v. so can't comment on any of those shows.


Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 15, 2018, 11:51:15 PM
Tome - I guess we were wrong.  Everybody still watches TV, but just forgot to let us know! ;D

I didn't even take a look at DWTS this season.  I just couldn't generate any enthusiasm for the "stars", and even the pro dancers weren't the usual ones that I recognize.  They say that every TV show runs its course, and I think DWTS has come to the end of the course!  They hit their peak about 4 or 5 years ago, and it's been a steady decline since then. 

There are still some old favorites that refuse to die, like Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and Family Feud, but maybe they have survived because they're games, and not comedies, dramas or reality shows?

Gloria de - Like you, I always get a laugh from The Russians are Coming,  no matter how many times I see.  Another one that I still get a kick out of is, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.  Both cycle through TCM a couple of times a year.

Callie - Live at Lincoln Center, sounds like a show that both AJ and I will enjoy.  We love Broadway,  or movie musicals.

Tome - Tonight I looked up River on Netflix, and realized that we watched it a couple of years ago, and liked it a lot! (I thought that title sounded familiar!)  I remember recommending it in this discussion. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: phyllis on May 16, 2018, 07:10:56 AM
I am still watching TV, Marilyne, in the evenings, but hardly ever watch mainstream TV.  I spend a lot of time cruising Netflix, On Demand, Amazon Prime, and a couple of premium channels (Starz and HBO). 

I just finished watching a short series (on Netflix) based on a book by William Golding, To The Ends of the Earth, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and several very good British actors.  It was good in spite of the fact that I always think Cumberbatch is over-acting.  But, I felt he over-acted as Sherlock, too, and still I always enjoy watching him.   ;)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_the_Ends_of_the_Earth_(TV_series)

"River" is still on but somehow I was turned off by the idea of his "ghost" partner.  I'll have to try it again....perhaps I've changed my attitude. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on May 16, 2018, 11:16:58 AM
Cumberbatch is now starring in a D-R-A-A-A-M-A on Showtime, titled "Patrick Melrose" about a man who was obviously abused and traumatized by his father (upperclass, pretentious BORE). The young man is now a drug addict, headed for the rock bottom all addicts eventually hit.  Talk about an actor "chewing the scenery"! But I guess what else would you expect?  I don't know if I could handle a second episode of this. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on May 16, 2018, 11:37:48 AM
Phyliss, yes "River" was somewhat strange, but kept my attention and interest.  The "ghost partner" is the lady who stars in "The Unforgotten" which I mentioned. A great role, and she gives it 110%.
"Live At Lincoln Center" is a terrific one hour musical programme, featuring Broadway Musical stars.  You might have heard their names, or not, but they are talented.  They sing in that "hear them in the back row of the balcony" style, which is sometimes grating on the ear.  (think Ethel Merman)!  We've watched three so far, and because it is so "different" from what usually airs, it is very enjoyable.  Each singer has their small band on stage with them, with a panoramic view of a bit of nighttime New York, thru the glass window.

I'm still a "Jeopardy" nut, and as we get two episodes each evening (one from the previous year) then one (I guess it's live) current.  I even like the "old" Password with Allen Ludden!  Weren't those prize amounts a "hoot"? 
Once the announcement comes out about who will be a "star" on DWTS, I decide right then whether I will watch it, or not.  Lately, mostly Not.  It should have ended about year 10.  It's well past its prime now.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on May 16, 2018, 11:45:41 AM
I agree about DWTS having "run its course". 

Tomereader, thank you for the wonderful description of the Live at Lincoln Center programs.  I couldn't come up with the words.
Did you see the one in which the singer's husband sang a few numbers with her - and was the actor who plays a supporting role on "Madam Secretary"?   I didn't catch his name in the credits of either show.

Since I seem to be having a few "Intellectual Interludes" with detailed facts this morning - I'd better concentrate on Domestic Duties.  TTYL

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 16, 2018, 11:50:15 AM
Phyllis - so good to have you back with us!  Give River, another chance.  At first I was reluctant, but it quickly grows on you, and you come to really care about River, and his chaotic life.  I thought the concept of his "partner", was very well done.
I don't know if you had a personal connection to WWII, but whether you did or not, The Pacific, is an excellent drama, and based on a true story, written by one of the survivors.  Another series that I liked a lot, is The Man in the High Castle.  It's playing on Amazon. 
Also, a movie on Netflix -  Mudbound.  It was nominated for a number of awards, in all categories, but I don't think it was a winner? I will definitely take a look at To the Ends of the Earth
 

Tome - I read about Patrick Melrose, and decided to pass on that one. I don't care for stories dealing with drugs or drug addicts.  I agree, that Cumberbach is an excellent actor, but does tend to "chew the scenery".  The Cumberbach series that Phyllis recommended, sounds good.  I'll take a look at it tonight.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on May 16, 2018, 12:03:53 PM
Yes, Callie, I saw the one with the singer's husband and their very sweet duet.  I immediately recognized him from Madame Secretary.  About "Madam Secretary"; I think that show is absolutely tremendous.  The acting ensemble makes me remember the awesome "West Wing" series (which I have the full set on DVD).  I think Secy. of State rivals the perils of the POTUS in some ways.  Wouldn't want that job either.  I'm so proud of Tea Leone, who does such a great job; and who knew she could really give some depth to a role.  You know, some actors/actresses
(yes I still use that outdated, non-PC word) can surprise you when a role comes along that really gives them an opportunity to utilize their acting talents.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on May 16, 2018, 02:16:40 PM
Tomereader,  completely agree with your opinion of "Madam Secretary".  I like the way her family is worked into the story, too.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on May 16, 2018, 08:18:54 PM
Callie, I am going to check out Live at Lincoln Center. The last time I was there was many years ago with my son to see the Nut Cracker.  He bought me the angel  for the top of my tree, that I will never part with.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on May 16, 2018, 11:40:08 PM
 Lindancer,  Live At Lincoln Center is broadcast on my PBS station on Friday night at 8:00 CDT.   The performances are in a small theater - more like a recital than a concert.  So far, it's always been a soloist accompanied by a combo - not an orchestra..  I'm enjoying the programs very much.
My granddaughter has gone to The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center every year since she moved to NYC - sometimes by herself if she can't find anyone to go with her.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on May 17, 2018, 10:39:51 AM
I'm also a fan of Live at Lincoln Center.  It's broadcast here on PBS on Friday nights at 9:00 p.m.  It's a great way to end an evening!

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on May 17, 2018, 02:52:37 PM
I contribute to the local PBS station so get a monthly "magazine" with articles about the programs and a schedule for the month ahead.
"Live At Lincoln Center" is not scheduled for the rest of May.  No indication if there will be re-runs or a new season.
This week is something on the royal wedding and there's an opera something-or-other listed for next week.

I already have my recorder set for the 3:30 a.m. beginning of The Royal Wedding on Saturday.  I am not a morning person so the whole thing may be over before I get around to watching anything.  However, I'll be able to fast-forward through the "speechifying" by commentators.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on May 17, 2018, 03:37:26 PM
Since we subscribed to Acorn, we have been looking at all the British shows.  I especially like “ Vera”, a detective that is short, plump and takes no guffâ€"refreshing for a change.  We use the sub-titles so we don’t miss anything.  😁
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 17, 2018, 04:13:59 PM
Callie - My older daughter is a "Royal Watcher", and plans to stay up all night to watch the wedding!  I'm not that anxious . . .  but I will definitely record it to view at a later time.  I'm amazed at the sideshow going on, with Meghan Markle's father!  What a jerk!  She must be embarrassed, but appears to be unruffled over the whole fiasco.  I wonder who will give her away?

I saw an ABC website on my news page today that was titled,  Meghan Markle: Six reasons why she divides people â€" even Americans.  Interesting reading, as I didn't know most of this information.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-17/meghan-markle-american-tv-actresses-prince-harry-windsor-castle/9766742
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on May 18, 2018, 10:13:16 AM
I was in junior high school when the present Queen Elizabeth was married.  I stayed up all night listening to the radio with the coverage of the wedding.  I can't remember the month/date of the wedding, but I think it was during the summer.

Sue

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 18, 2018, 01:53:58 PM
Sue - I also remember the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and also the Coronation of Queen E, around 1953 I think?  I hope that you watched the Amazon series, The Crown? Very well done and authentic, with excellent actors. 
I also watched the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, and then Prince William and Catherine. (Now titled Dutchess of Cambridge, I think?)  I do plan to record the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and will watch it tomorrow.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 25, 2018, 01:29:02 PM
I watched a good movie on Netflix last night . . . Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner.  I thought it was a new series, and didn't realize it was a movie, until we started watching it.  The description of the story sounded a lot like Longmire, so I thought it was going to be similar.  It takes place in Wyoming, and much of the story happens on an Indian reservation there.  Some of the cast is American Indian, also.  It's a mystery/thriller/action type movie, based on a true story.  At first I was ready to turn it off and find something else, but AJ wanted to see it, so I decided to stay and watch.  I was glad I did, as it is a good story and only got better as things were explained along the way.  I would definitely recommend it as an excellent quality film.  However, there is one scene that is violent and hard to watch, but it explains and resolves the whole situation. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on May 26, 2018, 12:20:12 PM
I was looking for something on Netflix last nigh and ended up watching Father Brown.  I’ll look for that movie.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 26, 2018, 02:06:03 PM
FlaJean - I don't know if you'll like Wind River, or not?  I hesitate to recommend movies or shows that contain violence of any kind.  It's hard to find a new TV series show, or a new movie, that doesn't contain graphic sex, drugs or violence.  That's just the way the screenwriters and producers make them now, because I guess that's what people want to see . . . or expect to see?? I didn't think Wind River, was nearly as bad as some. 

I prefer a good old fashioned drama, like Our Souls At Night, with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, but there aren't many of those being made anymore.  I also like the two movies I've watched, starring Jack Black .. . Bernie, and The Polka King.  Both true stories about real people, with some humor as well as an interesting story.  The problem is that people don't want to watch movies like that, and consider them boring. Consequently,  they don't make money for the producers.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on May 28, 2018, 09:52:12 AM
If you prefer movies from a different era, do you have access to Turner Classic Movies?  It is shown 24 hours on my TCM movie channel.  I've spent the weekend watching old WWII films--and they were all great stories of a difficult time in the world, especially for Americans.  Of course, the Good Guys (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps) won out in the end.  The one about Pearl Harbor had actual film from the invasion by Japan and was particularly difficult to watch.  I was 4 years old (I think that's what I remember) and was spending Sunday afternoon at my grandmother's home when President Roosevelt came on the radio with his "A Day of Infamy" speech.

I'm glad that we made peace with Japan following the war.   Our dearest friends from the military were Japanese Americans who spent the war years in camps in Utah (or perhaps another western state) because they had been born and lived in California during the war years.  I didn't even know that had happened until I met Jeanne and Gordon (a medal of Honor winner) in Monterey when both Gordon and Bob were attending the U. S. Navy Postgraduate school there.  Afterwards Bob was assigned to the U.S.S. Ticonderoga for a 2 year tour off the coast of Vietnam and Gordon also had Vietnamese duty, just don't remember where.  Both of our Guys are now deceased.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on May 28, 2018, 12:50:19 PM
SCFSue - I either watched, or recorded all of the Turner Classic Movies, that were shown over this Memorial Weekend.  My favorite one, and probably my favorite movie of all time, is The Best
Years of Our Lives
.  I never tire of watching it.  My other favorites are They Were Expendable, and From Here to Eternity.  All three are unforgettable dramas of the War years, and post war. 

Last night we watched Stage Door Canteen, which was just a little bit of "fluff", but kind of fun to see, as a sort of grainy looking period piece.  The clothes, the dancing, the Big Bands, et al.  We recorded the one you mentioned about Pearl Harbor, and plan to watch it tonight. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on May 28, 2018, 01:25:42 PM
Marilyne and SCFSue I enjoyed all those war movies you mention.  A lot of our famous actors did there part also

I was in the movies ar the Navy Yard, SC. They stopped the movie to make the announcement about Pearl Harbor first I thought about my friend Ken who was a sailor on the Arizona. Then I came home to tell my mother. We did not turn the radio off for 24 hours. (of course no TV) Ken did go down with his ship
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 18, 2018, 02:52:39 PM
It's been a while since anyone posted in here??  Not a lot going on as far as TV programming is concerned.  Mostly we have been watching old movies on TCM, or recent ones On Demand or those that we have recorded in the past.  Last week we watched Gone With the Wind, that we had recorded off of TCM a few weeks ago.  Of course we have seen it many times over the years, but never tire of it.  A wonderful movie, adapted from an even more wonderful book!  No matter how many times I watch it, I always see something new, or I'm reminded of a historical fact from the Civil War years that I had forgotten, or didn't know about.  The acting by everyone in the cast, is perfection, especially when you realize that the film will be 80 years old, next year in 2019! 

Does anyone have any series or movies to recommend, that are playing on HBO, Showtime, Amazon or Netflix?   We scroll through the dozens of listings, but can't seem to find anything that looks good us.  I am interested in most shows, except for anything that features drug addicts and drug smuggling, psychopathic killers, evil people who abuse women or children, etc. I like a good drama, but I want it to be about people who I can relate to.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on June 18, 2018, 04:12:23 PM
I don't have one thing to suggest, Marilyne.  Even our PBS station is having reruns - and probably dunning us for donations.  I haven't checked.

The 30-minute game shows have begun again on ABC - Sunday nights.  However,  I can't take an hour of Steve Harvey or even 5 minutes of Alec Baldwin.  Do like the guy on $10,000 pyramid but the guests all seem to be loud and brash.
(Picky, picky, picky ??  ;D)

I could probably quote the script from "Gone With The Wind"!  :) Can't remember how many years it's been since I discovered the script almost exactly follows the dialog in the book.   A real Classic!

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on June 18, 2018, 05:55:48 PM
Marilyne, I saw GWTW in Charleston,SC the first week it came out. I think it is good they play it so often.  Ido not think much of the Civil War is taught in the schools. Most of the  books I read are Anti Bellum.  I read and interesting article Sunday, about growing up years ago you learned about the generation before yo u from your elders. now no one seems to ask question about the life Mom and Dad had before they married.  I remember my grandmother lived with us and she always was telling tales of the Gay Nighties, the great blizzard of 1888 etc, she knew Diamond Jim and Lillian russell. I loved to listen to her.

Callie, I can not get with these new game shows, but I enjoy the game shows. I still watch them It is funny and not funny how they were always smoking.  Gary More is never without a cigarette. 
sorry folks just got carried away
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on June 18, 2018, 10:04:41 PM
We’ve been watching several interesting dramas on Acorn.  One we just finished was “Acceptable Risk” set in Ireland.  (A good drama without a lot of bad language and people jumping in and out of bed.)  We watched Hamish McBeth which was funny at times but not silly.  We hated sending it end.  For us Acorn has been a real bargain got 6.99 a month.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on June 18, 2018, 10:40:19 PM
There are quite a few novels/mysteries about Hamish McBeth that I have enjoyed.  No bad language, good plots, and an interesting look into life in a small town.  Hamish usually catches the crooks, too, so satisfactory endings.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on June 19, 2018, 11:54:24 AM
I just love using
bad language
(when no one is around'
    but me, naturally!)

I especially like to use it
aimed at the politicians  in the news
and government these days... 
:baaa: :baaa:

Yup....   
Four or five flaming adjectives 
(while I am screaming and
tearing my  hair out!) ,
settle me right down
while I hurry to switch channels to
something that pleases my sensibilities!
:D ;)

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 21, 2018, 07:46:54 PM
FlaJean - We don't have Acorn, but might get it in the future.  We already have the Premium Channels, plus Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and a bunch of others, so we should be able to find plenty to watch. ::)  Do you have the Paramount Channel?  There is a new series that started this week on that channel, called Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner.  We would like to see it, but have no idea how to get Paramount, or maybe we already have it?  I Googled it, and found out it used to be called Spike, but we don't have that one either?

We still haven't found any TV series that we want to follow, so mostly we've been watching movies.  Last night we saw Across the Pacific, an oldie from 1942, starring Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet and Mary Astor. The same trio from The Maltese Falcon. The only one missing was Peter Lorre.  Bogart was his usual wise cracking self, and Greenstreet, as always, was devious and deceptive.  We had never heard of this movie, so were hesitant, but we really liked it.  We have a bunch of movies on our DVR, so we're going to watch another one tonight.  Probably will be either Showboat, or Giant.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on June 22, 2018, 10:26:10 AM
I'm a fan of Turner Classic movies--and last night enjoyed a rerun of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers".  It's a funny, colorful movie with a happy ending--just the carefree kind of movie with lots of dancing, singing, and a good plot that I like.  Did anyone else see it?

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: maryz on June 22, 2018, 12:13:25 PM
Somebody mentioned the other day about Singin' in the Rain being on TCM.  That's my favorite musical, so I hurried to turn it on.  Unfortunately, I missed the Donald O'Connor number (Make 'em Laugh - also my favorite), but I do love it all.  And then I watched An American in Paris, Show Boat, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, and have Kiss Me Kate recorded to watch this weekend.  I DO love the old MGM musicals (especially the ones based on Broadway shows).  Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on June 22, 2018, 02:29:15 PM
Sue, I like the turner channel, I also enjoyed watching 7 brides, also like the Unsinkable Molly Brown, I think the same actors. I do not know how many times I have watched Show Boat, I also have a record with all the music.  Years ago I saw it on Broadway we were in the 7th row center, which was perfect . When curtain call came, the man next to me said  I have to stand up and clap, as that was his daughter that day filling in for Julie

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on June 22, 2018, 10:00:32 PM
FWIW -
Take a look at  http://www.tcm.com/  and/or  http://www.tcm.com/watchtcm
Lots of good or interesting stuff at the TCM site but I don't know if you must subscribe. My wife had a sub to the printed edition but they discontinued that

If you have a newer laptup (or puter) with HDMI jacks you should be able to stream it to a TV with HDMI inputs. There are also other services to get it to the TV.

I like some of the old B&W movies on TCM
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on June 22, 2018, 11:54:06 PM
We have TCM on the TV and I like the older movies.  One of my favorites is North by Northwest and I try to watch every time they show it.  I also like the few minutes between the movies when they discuss the actors and why they were chosen to star in the upcoming movies, etc.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 23, 2018, 12:34:48 AM
Tonight we watched a movie I recorded from TCM . . . Showboat, with Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and other greats from the past.  The music is beautiful, and the story was ahead of it's time.  An excellent musical, adapted from the book by Edna Ferber.  Words and music by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on June 25, 2018, 11:04:20 PM
"North by Northwest" - That's one I would watch again.  I'm not usually a big movie fan but I did like North by Northwest and would watch again. My wife and son are more fan like than I.
Watched "Suddenly" again recently and enjoyed it. 
Shadow of a Doubt is an often watched movie here.  We found what we consider an inconsistency in it.
Strange that I'm not a movie buff because my dad worked at a theater and was manager for a while. I had access at any time.  My older brother would sit there and watch a "double feature" twice through.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on June 26, 2018, 12:05:10 AM
I’m not a big movie fan.  Lately we’ve been watching a sort of police procedural series named “Vera”.  Vera is a different kind of police detectiveâ€"she is short and plump and doesn’t take any guff from anyone.  The plots are really interesting without showing a lot of sex and gory stuff. (I have a weak stomach).  It is set in Scotland.

I do like a movies based on real events if done well.  I’ve watched “Bridge of Spies” a couple of times  and also enjoyed “Sully”.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on June 26, 2018, 08:24:05 AM
Rammel, tell me more about "Suddenly".  I don't recall that title.  Also, I "Shadow of a Doubt" the Hitchcock film?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on June 26, 2018, 01:36:16 PM
I like Diagnosis,   Murder, Murder she Wrote of course I know the ending :) To night I plan to watch My Fair Lady, for the 100th time. I am waiting for Dave to come back on, that is one movie that I enjoyed. I cannot believe it is now on pay TV. I guess I am going to have yo pay for Miracle on the Hudson, it also is on pay for view
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 26, 2018, 03:53:47 PM
Gloria de - Thanks for reminding me that My Fair Lady is playing tonight.  Since we are three hours behind you, it starts here at 5:00.  That's too early for me, so I'll record it.  I already have Bye Bye Birdie, recorded for later tonight.  That's one of my favorite musicals. I love to watch Paul Lynde, singing "Kids!". ;D

Last night we watched Endeavor.  I couldn't understand the British accents at all, so had to rely on closed captioning. I'm not a big fan of mystery stories, so I wasn't very enthusiastic about it.  AJ liked it more than I did, so I'll probably give it another look next Sunday.  Often, when I get to know the characters in a series, I start to like it more and more.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on June 26, 2018, 08:06:54 PM
Quote from: Tomereader1 on June 26, 2018, 08:24:05 AM
Rammel, tell me more about "Suddenly".  I don't recall that title.  Also, I "Shadow of a Doubt" the Hitchcock film?
Tome -
"Suddenly", the name of the Town where the story took place, was about an attempt to shoot a President. This town was to be the place when the train made a stop. Sinatra was in it.   It involves a local family and holds ones interest. Can't say too much lest someone decides to watch it.
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Post by: SCFSue on June 27, 2018, 11:09:20 AM
Last night I stayed up late to watch 2 movies on TCM.  The first was My Fair Lady and the second was The Music Man.  I enjoyed both, but The Music Man is my favorite!

I am a fan of Endeavor and his now retired captain.  I also watched a rerun of the Poldark series on PBS on Sunday.  It was one of the first episodes after Poldark had married his maid, Demelza.  I watched the original series in the 70's.  The actor who played Poldark in that series is now the prominent judge who jailed Poldark recently (but of course, Ross managed to get out of jail quickly!).
These shows are reruns of the new Poldark series.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on June 28, 2018, 03:28:10 PM
Sue - The Music Man, is also one of my three favorite musicals, along with Bye Bye Birdie, and Oklahoma.  There are also three movie musicals I love to watch that were not adapted from Broadway . . . Yankee Doodle DandyState Fair, and Singin' in the Rain.  Yankee Doodle, always plays on TCM around the 4th of July, so I hope to see it next week.

I haven't watched anything of interest, so far this week.  Nothing we wanted to see, so we mostly just watched the home buying shows on HGTV, American Pickers, and also some shows on the the Science and Discovery Channels. 
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Post by: SCFSue on June 28, 2018, 05:59:14 PM
Marilyne, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Singin' in the Rain have been on TCM in the last month also including My Fair Lady and The Music Man on the same evening (after the first two).  I stayed up really late that night to watch both movies!

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 02, 2018, 04:19:06 PM
Yankee Doodle Dandy, will be playing again on TCM, on July 4th.  It will play here on the West Coast at 5:00 pm, which mean you folks in the East can see it at 8:00 PM, prime time!  It will be followed by the musical, 1776.  That's one that I've watched a few times over the years, but I don't really care for it.  I must be missing something, as I know that most of you here in S&F like it a lot.  I'll give it another try this year. 

After that, comes a WW2 musical from 1944, called Four Jills in a Jeep.  This is a cute oldie, that features Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra, along with a string of Hollywood stars from that era . . . Dick Haymes, Alice Faye, Betty Grable, and dozens of others who were popular during the War years.  I think it's a fun movie, and I enjoy watching it when it's on.  Lots of popular songs from that era, like “You’ll Never Know”, “You’re in the Army Now”, and many others.  It doesn’t come on until late here, so I’ll record it and watch it on the 5th.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 02, 2018, 08:08:46 PM
Marilyne, I was married in 1945, so those songs mean a lot to me
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on July 05, 2018, 11:07:32 AM
I was 8 years old in 1945, but I knew lots of popular tunes.  On Saturdays, my Dad's never married female cousin lived with our grandmother as my sisters and I did.  She was a beautician who only worked half days on Saturdays (forgive me if I've mentioned this before).  I was the oldest and my next sister was only 20 months younger.  So on Saturdays, we walked to town to her beauty shop and when she was finished she walked with us to the news stand which was only a few blocks away.  She bought each of us a comic book (Archie, Donald Duck and other Disney comics) and also an orange or green rough paper pamphlet that had the lyrics of all the hit parade tunes.  We listened to the Hit Parade on the radio and knew and sang all the lyrics to every tune they played. 

We also started singing in church choirs when we were very young.  I continued to sing in choirs after High School and College, especially in Navy towns where my husband was stationed.  After he died in 2002, I moved to Auburn in 2004 and only sang once in the choir at my new church.  It was on a special Sunday in the summer when the female vocalists sang.  The following Sunday, the male choir members also sang alone.  Now I just sing in my seat in the congregation.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 05, 2018, 01:22:16 PM
Hi Gloria and Sue - Yesterday was filled with lots of good memories of past 4th of July's.  Now I remember mostly, by watching the movies that play every year.  We love "Yankee Doodle Dandy", even though it's pretty corny in lots of the dialogue. (Father's bedside death scene in particular). Nonetheless, it's a wonderful movie, and from what I have read, it's an accurate depiction of George M. Cohan's life. I look forward to the stage scene where Cagney sings and dances his famous dance, to Yankee Doodle Dandy.  After that was over, we switched to "The Capital Fourth", and enjoyed all that live music and celebration. 

I recorded lots of other movies that were playing on TCM and other channels, so I'll have plenty to watch for a while.  Tonight I hope to see, "Four Jills in a Jeep", which is a fun Wartime movie. I haven't seen it in a couple of years, so don't remember anything except for the good 1940's music by lots of singers from that era. The four Jills are played by Carol Landis, Kay Francis, Martha Raye and Mitzi Mayfair.  I don't remember ever hearing of Mitzi, except for this movie?

Did anyone watch "Holiday Inn", on TCM?  They play it every year also, because of that wonderful Firecracker Dance" by Fred Astaire. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 05, 2018, 01:38:13 PM
When we lived in Maryland we used to go to live theater in Columbia MD not far from where we lived.  One of the plays was “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and the Star was a professional and did that dance the same as Cagney.  It was a great performance.  Another play we enjoyed so much was “Fiddler on the Roof”.  They usually had some national professionals as well as local actors and all the performances were so good. There is something really special about live theater.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 12, 2018, 06:06:35 PM
Looks like it's been a week since I posted here!  Wish I could say that I've been busy doing all sorts of fun and exciting things, instead of just the usual. . . but I'm afraid it's been the same old stuff.  Nothing very interesting in sight either. 

Jean - Your mention of the dancer in the live theater version of Yankee Doodle Dandy being just as good as James Cagney, reminded me of something similar. Our youngest daughter was in a local theater production of The Music Man, when she was about fourteen.  We were wondering how the actor who played Professor Harold Hill, could possibly pull off that famous Robert Preston rendition of, "Ya Got Trouble".  It was the show stopper number, in both the Broadway show and the movie.  Well, the actor in this local production was fabulous -  never missed a beat, and was every bit as good as Preston himself!   He got a standing ovation, and definitely deserved it.

Nothing much to talk about as far as TV is concerned.  We did watch the TCM movie, Four Jills in a Jeep.  It was a disappointment, but entertaining, because of all the vintage stars who were in it.  I wouldn't watch it again, however.  We haven't watched any movies this week, and nothing much on Netflix or Amazon.  Seems like I'm getting extremely hard to please, when I comes to TV?  Well, lots of new stuff starting up in August and September.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 21, 2018, 05:31:54 PM
Has anyone seen any TV shows (or movies) lately, that are worth watching?  I've sampled a lot of shows this summer, but haven't been enthusiastic about any of them. Last night we decided to watch Sharp Objects, the new miniseries that just started on HBO.  I like Amy Adams, and because she was starring in it, along with Patricia Clarkson, I figured it had to be good.  We watched episode #1 last night, and it was sad, morbid, creepy and depressing. :(   Amy Adams, never smiled once through the entire hour, which gives you an idea of the mood of the story.  I didn’t realize that Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, also wrote the book Sharp Objects, from which this series was adapted.  If I had known, I wouldn’t have watched it, being as I hated Gone Girl.  Seems that in recent years,  everyone likes dark and creepy thrillers, featuring psychopaths.  I don’t . . . just not my style.

So does anyone have any recommendations?  Being as I have HBO, plus Netflix and Amazon, I can often see shows from regular broadcast TV, that I missed the first time around.  I'm interested in the series, Southern Charm, that's been playing for years on Bravo.  Has anyone seen it?  When it appears on HBO or one of the others, without commercials, I plan to watch it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 21, 2018, 07:06:24 PM
Marilyne, and anyone else interested, if you have Amazon Prime, there are two series which are imminently watchable.  "The Last Post" set in Adan (Aden) with the British Army, c. 1965.  Be sure and put the CC on, though it's not as hard to understand as some British-made series.  It has some violence (war time), some sex, but excellent story lines.  "The Heat of the Sun" set in Kenya, very good series. (Not to be confused with another movie more recent called Heat of the Sun).  Both movies have few episodes (I think about 6) so you can binge watch without being tied up forever.  Let me know if any of you watch, and how you felt about the two series.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 21, 2018, 07:44:00 PM
Hi Tome!  Good to see you posting. Thanks for recommending the two Netflix shows.  I'll probably pick one of them to watch tonight, and will let you know tomorrow what I think.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 21, 2018, 07:46:37 PM
They are Amazon Prime, not netflix.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 21, 2018, 09:56:28 PM
I try not to watch any sad shows. This last month we got a new TV Station. Yes TV.  It shows a lot of old shows, I watched Sonny and Cher the other night also at 10PM on Sunday they show the Old Johnny Cash show.
I always watch GMA, the Create TV and a few of the old game shows and one soap GH for over 50 years Of course at night I watch Turner channel, or one of the 3 Hallmarks. Of course a lot of golf. I do pay extra forthe golf channel At 94 I do not enjoy the new programs
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 22, 2018, 10:30:38 AM
Tome: we watched episode #1 of The Last Post, and both us liked it a lot!  Finally, a show with some substance and some history!  The acting was great, and the story was different.  I liked it right away which is a good sign.  I've always leaned toward books and movies that are based on a true event, or that take place during an important or changing time in history.  I'm looking forward to this whole series.  Thanks so much for the tip! :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on July 22, 2018, 11:57:15 AM
Quote from: Marilyne on July 21, 2018, 05:31:54 PMI missed the first time around.  I'm interested in the series, Southern Charm, that's been playing for years on Bravo.  Has anyone seen it?  When it appears on HBO or one of the others, without commercials, I plan to watch it.

I just added Bravo Now to my Roku  (free if you have a cable account that
carries Bravo) ......   And started watching "Southern Charm", 
which I wasn't sure that I would like,  but it is pretty interesting... and I
intend to watch from Year 1,  Episode 1.... 

Being from New England,  I don't often relate to
stories from the south...   But I think that I am going
to enjoy this one.     

Plus I think that Bravo Now  probably has a lot more good series
for me to watch..

Thanks Marilyn ....    I will try to make a list of
shows that I like on Netflix,  Prime and hulu etc...   
The list will be long,  and not necessarily for everyone, 
but I do enjoy them.       :knuppel2:   :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 22, 2018, 01:01:16 PM
Sandy, thanks for the Southern Charm suggestion.  My Cox cable has Bravo so I can check it out thru my Apple TV (similar to Roku).  I didn’t realize that Bravo had series.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on July 22, 2018, 02:17:23 PM
I don't watch daytime TV anymore, although I was once a fan of the long running soap, Days of our Lives.  Now I spend the afternoon reading library books and when I run out of them before my son takes me to the library on Friday, I reread a favorite or two.  I did happen to turn on TV one day recently to see the weather channel as we were expecting some rough weather and decided to check out "Days".  It has the same characters and pretty much the same plots, so I won't be looking at that any time soon!

Sue
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Post by: Tomereader1 on July 22, 2018, 02:39:20 PM
Marilyne, I'm so very glad you liked #1 of The Last Post.  Of the two series I mentioned, this one was my favorite, but Heat of the Sun is very, very good too.
I love books and/or movies/TV that deal with different periods in History, as all of us didn't get a really good indoctrination about history in other countries.

Enjoy!
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Post by: Marilyne on July 22, 2018, 04:15:07 PM
Thank you all for responding! 

Gloria - Those old variety shows from the 70's and 80's, are fun to watch.  I used to like Sonny and Cher, and would like to take another look after so many years.  I remember the beautiful gowns that Cher wore on that show.  Two others that I liked at that time, were The Andy Williams Show, and The Carol Burnett Show.

Sandy - I have Roku, so I'll add Bravo Now, and see if I can get Southern Charm. I had never heard of the show, but was scrolling through the cable channels, and happened upon it and started watching it.  I saw the one new episode, and liked it enough that I did some research online, and was surprised at how long it's been playing.  It looks to be all about relationships between a group of friends who have know each other all their lives.  The setting is Savannah, which is a place I've always wanted to visit. 

SCFSue - I don't watch daytime TV either, but I do enjoy relaxing with it in the evening.  AJ and I are usually following a series together, but there are others that he likes and watches, that have too much violence for me.  We both like Turner Classic Movies, so we can always turn to that channel, or watch some of the classic movies we have recorded on our DVR from Turner.

Jean - If you have Amazon, you and Larry might also like the show that Tomereader recommended, The Last Post.  It's a British series, of six episodes, so isn't overly long and drawn out.  As Tome said, be sure to turn on your closed captioning, as the Brit accents are sometimes are to understand.

Tome - I'll keep you posted on the show.  We'll most likely finish it by next weekend.  Then we'll start Heat of the Sun.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 22, 2018, 04:27:16 PM
Marrilyne, I am going to try and watch Johnny Cash to night and listed after hime Sonny & Cher, then later the old Merv Griffin show.I will try for a while to see how they go  Saw Johnny Carson the other night with Frank Sinatra  Those show bring back old memories. We now get antenna TV and Coz. which show old .old shows
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 22, 2018, 08:15:28 PM
Marilyne, I don’t have Amazon.  It does sound interesting.  Maybe Acorn will eventually pick it up and I can watch it.
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Post by: CallieOK on July 22, 2018, 08:30:09 PM
Thanks for the info on Southern CharmI have Bravo and notice that two episodes are on tonight.  I'm recording them in case I'm not paying attention to the time.
Neither one is marked as a "new episode".  Are there currently reruns being shown?

Could someone give me a run-down on the general story line?

I've been to Savannah several times on tours and loved it.

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 23, 2018, 12:28:14 PM
I turned Bravo on last nite, guide said "Southern Charm" and it was a bunch of folks sitting on couches, discussing breast feeding, or not. LIke a talk show.  Is this an actual show?  Didn't have anything about Savannah. Or any storyline.  One gal sitting there with her "Obviously Augmented Boobs" trying to escape from her dress.  If this is the show "Southern Charm", y'all can have it.
What?????
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on July 23, 2018, 01:14:32 PM
Same here, Tomereader.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 23, 2018, 01:27:54 PM
I haven’t seen any episodes of Southern Charm yet, but plan on checking it out soon with the first series by streaming it on my Apple TV.  Just finished a couple of series on Acorn and looking for something new while watching Pie in the Sky now and then.  I am so tired of the Food Network which shows mostly Guy and Diner shows or reruns, and HGTV constant reruns.

It’s too hot to do much outside and I am sure looking forward to autumn.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 23, 2018, 01:34:14 PM
Callie and Tome - I must have seen an episode from another season?  It featured two  different couples - both in their early thirties.  One couple went to a lovely old park in Savannah, and were playing bocce ball, and just talking.  You could see the horse-drawn carriages going by in the background.  Also the camera scanned the statues in the park and I'm pretty sure one of them was the statue of the girl from, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"?  I think the series has evolved over the years, from when this group of friends were in college, until now, they're in there 30's, and unmarried.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on July 23, 2018, 03:33:22 PM
Many seasons of "Southern Charm" are on
"Bravo Now" which I get on my Roku....   They just talk about life in Savannah  and relationships along the way... 

I am not really interested in this so I  haven't watched many episodes.        (like lifestyles of the rich and famous) 

There are many many episodes over many many years.   

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on July 23, 2018, 08:00:02 PM
Just a "for what it's worth".

Lately I've noticed that the TV Guide (on the TV) has errors, especially for the PBS stations.  Could this have been the "Southern Charm" problem?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 23, 2018, 08:05:37 PM
This was the Guide in my TV Weekly, and I tried it again today, and it still had "chat" going on (this one was more like Jerry Springer without the fights!)  And my Dish network Guide showed it as "Southern Charm" so unless everything has run amok, I don't see myself becoming a fan of this "so-called show". 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on July 23, 2018, 09:07:16 PM
There were re-run episodes of "Southern Charm" during the afternoon so the "cast party" must have been something extra.
Sounds as if they're trying to copy the popular show "Friends".   IMO, it isn't working!
Not interested.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 24, 2018, 09:47:38 AM
Me too, Callie.  Rather spend an hour reading!
There is so much absolute "junk" on cable (Dish) nowadays.  Everything is "reality shows",  with zero reality.  I think back to when A&E had such good programming and even the History Channel seems to have gone down the tubes.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on July 24, 2018, 10:08:02 AM
I don't turn my TV on anymore in the daytime.  Just too much time wasted on silly and useless programs, IMO.  My favorite activity is reading and my son takes me to the library every Friday so that I can get plenty of books for the following week.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 24, 2018, 11:57:59 AM
I agree with you all, on the quality of daytime TV programming.  At night, it's not good either, on most of the old standard "free" channels like NBC, CBS and ABC. This is why cable, premium channels like HBO, and new programming like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, have taken over.  The monthly cost is minimal, and you don't have to sit through long and repetitious commercial breaks.  I just don't have the patience anymore. 

The main thing that I rely on, is movies!  When all else fails, there are always good movies to be found.  I'm not fond of most of the recent ones, but the Academy Award nominated films are worth watching. 

TCM, (Turner Classic Movies), is my mainstay!  Both my husband I enjoy watching most of what is shown on that channel. The old musicals from MGM or 20th Century Fox, are entertaining and feature all of the talented singer and dancers from generations past.  The Westerns and the war movies with John Wayne are really good.

The Alfred Hitchcock dramas are timeless!  I never get tired of watching James Stewart in Vertigo, Rear Window, or The Man Who Knew Too Much . . . or Cary Grant, in North By Northwest!   Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Vivien Leigh, and Clark Gable are all still there for us to enjoy!  If you don't have TCM, it's worth the extra money! 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 24, 2018, 12:44:12 PM
I enjoy TCMâ€"even the black and white “Thin Man” movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy.  There have been some good recent movies such as: Bridge of Spies, Sully, and The Post.  I’m not really a big movie fan so I don’t bother with most of the recent movies.  I prefer a movie based on a real event that follows the facts as much as possible.  Dead Poet’s Society was a really good movie with Robin William’s outstanding performance.  I didn’t realize until recently that it was based on real events.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on July 24, 2018, 12:52:03 PM
I stop watching old movies when I can quote the script.   :D

There are 3 movies available "for rent" on my cable right now that I'd like to see but I can't seem to manage watching an entire movie without falling asleep.
Age?  Oh, surely not!!!   :2funny:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 24, 2018, 02:14:07 PM
Dave, is and old movie use to be free, now they want  $4 to rent  When I went to watch it.???? I enjoyed the clean humor in it.  One scene was a little risque, if you moved your eye :2funny:
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Post by: so_P_bubble on July 25, 2018, 11:06:02 AM

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Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 25, 2018, 01:45:58 PM
Gloria - I also like the movie Dave, starring Kevin Kline. He is one of my favorite actors. He's been in so many wonderful films over the years, both comedies and dramas.
A Fish Called Wanda, is a hilarious comedy.  Sophies Choice is a drama, and he was fabulous in that one.  Others that I liked a lot, are Grand Canyon, which is also a drama, but with lots of comedy as well. He was also in two musicals, where he sang.  One was The Pirates of Penzance, and the other one was De-Lovely, which is the life of Cole Porter. He played Cole, and sang a lot of those classic songs.  I thought it was wonderful, but not many people have ever seen it.  If you get a chance to see it, I think you'll like it, and also "Grand Canyon".   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 25, 2018, 02:59:46 PM
Thanks Marilyne, I will lookfor Grand Canyon
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on July 25, 2018, 03:56:48 PM
I love "Dave"...  and watch it
every opportunity that I get....     

Sandy
:crazy2:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 25, 2018, 06:08:56 PM
Marilyne, "DeLovely" is in my DVD collection (but I bet you knew that!)  I just love "Dave".  "A Fish Called Wanda" makes me laugh till tears come.  "Sophie's Choice" was such a wonderful book, and the movie was excellent too.  Grand Canyon,  I can take it or leave it.  He was also in a comedy called "In and Out", which was also a lot of fun!  He gave an excellent performance in "the Big Chill".
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 25, 2018, 06:36:36 PM
Tome - Looks we're both Kevin Kline fans!  I also have the DVD of "De-Lovely", and the CD as well.  I used to listen to the CD a lot, but unfortunately I no longer own a player that works, so can't play any of my soundtrack CD's. :(

I wish you would take another look at "Grand Canyon"?  An extremely thought provoking movie, IMO.  In hopes that it will encourage you, I'm sending you this excellent review by Roger Ebert!
https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/grand-canyon-1992
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 25, 2018, 08:14:41 PM
Okay, I am encouraged, Marilyne.  I will see if I can find it on Netflix or Hulu, and give it a close watching.  I liked Ebert's review.  Always liked Ebert's take on movies.

You should be able to play the CD on your computer, or your DVD player.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 26, 2018, 02:45:58 PM
Tome - Tonight we'll be watching the final episode of The Last Post!  I hate to see it end, but so glad that you recommended it.  For any of you who have Amazon, this show is high quality TV viewing!  We'll probably take a look at The Heat of the Sun, sometime over the weekend. 

Unfortunately I can't listen to CD's on this computer.  I could on my old iMac, but not on this new one.   The DVD player is in the living room, which is a long way off from anywhere that I would be wanting to listen.  I especially like listening to CD's here at the computer or when I go to bed at night.  I'll have to check, and see if they even sell CD players anymore?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on July 26, 2018, 06:22:32 PM
Marilyne, you can buy an Apple CD/DVD attachment for your Apple computer.  When we bought a MacBook Pro laptop last year we bought the CD/DVD attachment.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 27, 2018, 03:19:45 PM
Marilyne, my movie buff bestie has recommended another movie, which I watched last night.  Title:  "Leonie", a Japanese made film (in English however) starring Emily Mortimer, who is excellent in the role.  She plays the mother of half-Japanese artist and sculptor, Isamu Noguchi.  I had never heard of him, but obviously he was very popular and important in the art/sculpture world in the 30's/40's.  (I intend to Google him later on today)  At the end of the movie, they show several of his sculpture pieces (though not very close-up or clearly) and he also designed buildings.  Good, good movie, more of a chick flick, but perhaps AJ will enjoy it too.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 27, 2018, 04:21:20 PM
Tome - Last night we watched the final episode of The Last Post, and I want to thank you for recommending it.  Excellent viewing!  I will save Leonie, for watching in the future, as I have a few others in my line-up to see first.  Unusual, to actually have a good choice of movies or series to watch for a change.  The show that started immediately after "Last Post", looked good, and we almost started watching, but decided to wait until tonight.  I can't recall the name of it right now, but it stars Benedict Cumberbach. (sp?)

FlaJean - I think you and Larry will really like The Last Post.  I remember that you lived in Morocco, in the 1960's, so you would be able to relate to the British Army families, stationed in Yemen, in 1965.  An excellent series we thought.

Thanks for the tip on the Apple CD attachment for my computer.  I'm planning to order some things from Amazon today, so I'll see if they have it, and what the cost would be.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 30, 2018, 06:34:59 PM
My Northern California friend here:  Are you okay?  Let us know if you can communicate.
Tomereader1
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on July 30, 2018, 07:12:48 PM
Hi Tome - Are you referring to the massive wildfires?  If so, never fear.  All is well in my foothill community . . . at the moment anyway. I live a few blocks from downtown, with plenty of pavement and sidewalks, etc.  However, there are also lots of eucalyptus and tall pine trees, both of which are known to catch a spark if a fire is close and the wind is right. Look for an email from me.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on July 31, 2018, 11:39:42 AM
Marilyne, I'm glad to hear you are OK and hope you stay that way.  Those fires look voracious and there is so much destruction in California.  I pray that the fires will be extinguished soon.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on July 31, 2018, 02:04:35 PM
Marilyne I am also glad to see you posting.  Did someone say fire and water. This past year fire and water has done a lot of harm t us.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 02, 2018, 12:28:40 PM
Last night we watched the old movie The Searchers, starring John Wayne. I know that most of you have seen it in the past, but if not, it's a good Western story about two men who spend five years searching for their niece/sister, who was captured by Indians. The time Fram is the late 1860's, after the Civil War.  It's very good, but it's not my favorite John Wayne movie.  I guess my fav would be True Grit, followed by They Were Expendable.

Our DVR is almost full, mostly with movies . . . so we plan to either watch or delete them over the next week or so.  Mostly they're old favorites from the past, but a few new ones on there as well.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on August 02, 2018, 09:27:27 PM
Coming Friday, August 10th on Netflix.. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  I read the book and liked it but I think the movie is going to be even better.  From the trailer it looks interesting.  It is set in 1940s.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on August 02, 2018, 10:25:05 PM
FlaJean, thanks for the "heads up".  I liked the book, too - and will be SO glad to have something on Netflix that I think I'll actually enjoy watching.  Haven't seen anything there that sounded interesting in a long time.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 03, 2018, 11:10:08 AM
Jean - I'm also looking forward to watching The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, on Netflix.  The book was very good, and I think it will make an enjoyable movie.

Callie - Like you, I'm disappointed in the selection of shows on Netflix, in recent months. I think we have too many programs to choose from now on too many different networks and channels, and only a very few of them seem to interest me. We also have the Premium Channels like HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc., and now Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.  It's overwhelming when I slowly scroll through the hundreds of available shows, and see nothing listed that I want to watch. 

Some of the series shows that I liked this past year were, The Crown, The Pacific, The Man in the High Castle, and The Last Post.  Of the movies available on Netflix, I enjoyed Our Souls at Night, Mudbound, and a couple of the Jack Black movies, for a little humor.  I haven't yet seen, A Handmaids Tale, but I do plan to watch it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on August 03, 2018, 07:47:53 PM
Today I watched a documentary about Penn Station in NYC.  Held my attention for the whole thing.

It was streamed from Amazon.  I have a Sharp Smart Tv which allows viewing from several sources and Amazon is one (with a Prime account).  I think you can do it to your computer also. Do a search for - penn station -. One of the "hits" should be  "The Rise And Fall Of Penn Station".   Select it and enjoy.

This might be a link to it on the computer -
https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-alias%3Dprime-instant-video&field-keywords=the+rise+and+fall+of+penn+station&sprefix=the+rise+and+fall+of%2Cprime-instant-video%2C172&crid=3LCWYTY0J6HT8
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on August 03, 2018, 08:50:53 PM
Rammel, that reminds me that years ago I went on a tour of Grand Central Station, when Jackie Kennedy.  wanted to restore it. After that we went to the Waldorf for High Tea  Those were my fun days :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 04, 2018, 02:49:55 PM
Rick & Gloria - There is also a fascinating documentary about Grand Central Station, that used to play on, The History Channel, a long time ago.  It was so good, that I watched it a number of times.  They had photos of the early years of the building of Grand Central, and what it looked like when it was in it's heyday!  The footage from the War years, was wonderful . . . seeing the massive crowds of people moving through the station, many of them in military uniforms.  It also showed the different trains, coming and going from across the country, and secret underground tracks, for special VIP use.   

Then it showed the downfall of the station, when it fell on hard times over the years.  The photos of the neglect and deterioration were shocking.  Homeless people living there, and trashing the interior, etc.  There were plans to demolish it at that time, but Jackie Kennedy and others stepped in with plans for the complete renovation.   I hope this documentary is still out there, and maybe is shown on other channels?  I would love to see it again.  I would especially like to know what it looks like now?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on August 05, 2018, 12:15:34 PM
As a high school graduation gift, I took my oldest grandson to NYC when he was on his spring break during his senior year.  We did all the touristy things there, but one of his favorites was going to Grand Central Station.  There was so much activity and so many people it was almost overwhelming.  He lives in New Orleans when he is not in college and thought it was a great place.  Two years later, his younger brother didn't want to go there and I was disappointed!

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on August 05, 2018, 02:49:39 PM
When I was still working I had to go to NYC for meetings once in a while.  I went by train that went to Grand Central and it was always during the commuting hour(s).  I was always fascinated by the amount of human movement through the terminal.  The main lobby reminded me of an ant farm.  If one was able to watch it from above it would look like ant farm - and no one ever ran into someone else - amazing.
     Another observation was that if a drop of rain fell there would immediately be someone selling umbrellas.  Seemed like they just came out of nowhere.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 06, 2018, 12:22:25 PM
The documentary I mentioned about Grand Central, played on PBS, not on The History Channel.  So there is a possibility that it can be found On Demand by going to PBS archive selections.  It's worth watching.  That reminds me - all my thinking about that documentary, made me remember an old radio program, that was on on Saturday morning after "Let's Pretend". The voice of the announcer would intone, "Grand - Central - Station", as if he were speaking over a loud speaker system.  Anyway, that was the name of the program, "Grand Central Station".  Does anyone else remember it, or "Let's Pretend"?
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on August 06, 2018, 12:26:52 PM
Marilyne, I remember Let Pretend, Last night I watched Desk Set, of course it was a fun and relaxing movie.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on August 06, 2018, 05:22:02 PM
Marilyne and Lindancer,  I loved "Let's Pretend"!  I would line my dolls up in front of the radio and give each an animal cracker and myself some juice.  Then "we" listened to the program.  (Of course, you know who ate the crackers!   ;D )
Does anyone remember Phil Spitalny (sp?) And His All Girl Orchestra on Sunday nights?  (How did we know they were all female?)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: angelface555 on August 06, 2018, 06:04:22 PM
I was just passing through and had to Google;

https://travsd.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/phil-spitalny-and-his-all-girl-orchestra/

https://www.google.com/search?q=PBS+G+rand+Central+Documentry&oq=PBS+G+rand+Central+Documentry&aqs=chrome..69i57j33.22924j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

http://laingsburgnews.com/from-the-archives-carl-m-veith-social-gatherings-and-radio-p415-99.htm
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on August 06, 2018, 09:41:12 PM
Patricia....and I even spelled it right!!!!    :thumbup:   A vague memory popped up after I looked at the link; I remembered seeing that picture...somewhere.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 07, 2018, 12:27:48 AM
Thank you Patricia!  I really enjoyed looking at all three websites!  I don't remember the name Phil Spitalny, but I definitely remember, The Hour of Charm Orchestra!  There was also another all girl band at that time that I recall - The Ida Ray Hutton orchestra. 

I never missed Let's Pretend, on Saturday mornings.  My brother and I would sit on the floor, close to the big console radio, and sing along with the "Cream of Wheat" theme song!  Brings back wonderful memories. :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 08, 2018, 07:56:39 PM
Marilyne, tonight on TCM, three straight Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy movies!!!

Did you get an email from me the other day?  My computer bottomed out, and I don't think anyone got emails from me, or sent any to me.   Actually, it wasn't the computer, but the Wireless Router, which wouldnt let me get on-line.  Phone company had to come fix me!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 09, 2018, 10:52:57 AM
Tome - No, I didn't get an email from you!  I guess it's lost out there somewhere in cyberspace?  Send again!

We watched a new show on AMC this week, called Lodge 49.  Sort of a light comedy, with a bunch of odd-ball characters and implausible situations.  We sat through the one hour opener, but not sure we'll stick with it??  Seems that the writers are trying too hard to be quirky and clever.  Did anyone else see it?   

Other than that, nothing much that's worth commenting on.  AJ watched the TMC movie, Fat Man and Little Boy, last night.  The names refer to the two atomic bombs, dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that ended WWII.  It starred Paul Newman, and looked to be pretty good, but I didn't feel like watching it. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 10, 2018, 01:10:22 PM
Tome - Just letting you know that I got your email, and I answered it . . . so if you don't get my response, you'll know the problem still exists.

I did record a couple of the Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy operetta movies, this week.  I watched New Moon yesterday, and I loved it!  Yes, the story itself is corny, and is very much like most of the "Mac & Eddy" movies from the 1930's . . . but the music is absolutely beautiful.  The Victor Herbert songs in this one were "Stouthearted Men", "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise", and "Lover Come Back to Me".

I hope to watch Naughty Marietta, this afternoon.  This operetta features the music of Sigmund Romberg.  Two of my favorites are "I'm Falling in Love With Someone", and, "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life", at last I've found thee.     
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on August 10, 2018, 02:17:23 PM
Marilyne, I love all the movies with J. McDonald.

Tuesday night I watched the Castaways, I never watch any of the new TV. I will not watch next week, just could not get interest with any of the lost. They kept talking about being lonely, I know it is a TVshow. but a camera man was right in their face. I guess Ido not have any imagination for a show like that , what do they call them?  Reality
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 12, 2018, 10:43:18 PM
Marilyne, the movie of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" is now showing on Netflix.  It is a very good movie.  I couldn't remember if they stuck to the story line of the book, since it's been a couple of years since I read it, and also read it in my f2f book club, but I think it was pretty close.  Exceptionally well done, nothing X-rated or objectionable.  I think all here who enjoy a good movie, will enjoy this one, and if you read the book...even better!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on August 14, 2018, 12:11:28 PM
Tome, glad you mentioned the Guernsey Literary movie on Netflix.  Netflix was supposed to add it to my list when it became available but I haven’t even gone into Netflix for a week or more.  I loved the book and hope the movie is as good.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 14, 2018, 12:57:44 PM
FlaJean, "Guernsey" is well worth your time to watch it.  Good cast, excellent acting, all-around great movie.  Do watch it.  It is streaming now on Netflix.
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 14, 2018, 02:28:26 PM
Tome - I loved the book, so I'm looking forward to seeing the "Guernsey" movie on Netflix.  Like you, it's been years since I read it, so if they don't follow the story exactly, I probably won't notice.  I just remember really enjoying it.   I most likely won't watch it until the weekend, since I have stuff going on every evening until then. 

I haven't really seen anything else this past week, except for the "Mac & Eddy" movies.  I love that term! :D  After doing some research online, I discovered that that is the term fans of Jeanette/Nelson use when talking about them.  I hadn't realize that there was such a large following of fans!  I did discover that when you go to On Demand, you can scroll down to the section that says Networks, and then go to TCM, and view the free list of movies that are available. (Besides the ones that are playing on the regular daily schedule.)  TCM lists all of the Mac & Eddy film that were produced, so I had a good time viewing my favorites.  So far I haven't seen the one where he plays a Canadian Mountie, but lots of people seem to love it.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on August 15, 2018, 06:43:17 PM
Now Guernsey and Jersey were the first 2 Islands that the Germans moved into at the start of WW2. England fastly sent many Small boats to try and get some people off them. The Germans let some of the mothers and Children leave but then started shooting at the boats. None of the Men let leave. Many of the people were then sent to my town and I made many friends until 1946. These Island very popular for holidays from UK and many English Retired there. Now back popular. 2 of my friends left their Husbands on the Island . The Red cross found out they had been shipped into Germany to work in Camps. They did then get back to UK in 1946. People in US.  do not realize just how close that the Germans got to UK. Those islands the closest. UK then tried getting children in UK out to Canada. Bothered me as my youngest brother was only 5. I was to old to be on the list. Had to stop doing it as one Ship of children got torpedoed of coast of Ireland.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on August 16, 2018, 11:19:11 AM
Jeanne, I'm so sorry that you and your family had to suffer through the terrible tragedy of WWII.  I'm glad you survived.  War is terrible as we all know, but even though we read about it here in America, it was hard to realize how bad it was.  I was 6 when Pearl Harbor was bombed--I think it was a Sunday.  We'd come home from church and were listening to the news when President Roosevelt came on the radio with his famous "This day will live in infamy speech".  I also remember the day that Japan surrendered as it was about 4:00 in the afternoon.  Our grandmother got us dressed and we walked up to town to attend a prayer service of Thanksgiving for the end of the war.   I was about 8 years old then.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 16, 2018, 12:12:36 PM
JeanneP = thanks for the information on Guernsey and Jersey.  I didn't realize that any  English territory had been occupied by Germany during the War.  it wasn't until I read the book, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society".  Now I'm anxious to see the movie, and will probably watch it this weekend.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 24, 2018, 10:57:22 AM
After a long summer, of not much to choose from on TV, looks like lots of new and returning shows are available now! :thumbup: 

Tome, recommended "The Darkest Hour", a movie playing on Netflix, about Winston Churchill, and the British entry into WWII.  I haven't seen it yet, but hope to watch it tonight.  Another WWII movie, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", is also playing on Netflix. (As discussed in recent posts here.)  After we watch those two movies, we plan to start on the series "Ozark".  Season #2 has started, but we haven't seen Season #1 yet, so will start watching it soon.  Our son & dil, really like that show and keep asking if we've seen it, so we'll give it a look sometime over the weekend. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on August 24, 2018, 11:12:40 AM
I watched "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" last night.  Enjoyed it very much!! I had read the book. One of the main characters is played by Penelope ? , who starred in the "Last Tango In Halifax" series.

Haven't really had time to take a look at any other new Netflix offerings.  Looking forward to those mentioned here.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 25, 2018, 11:20:51 AM
The Darkest Hour: a wonderful movie!  We watched it last night, and enjoyed it very much.  Gary Oldman, received the Oscar for Best Actor, and it was definitely deserved.  The entire cast was excellent.  I thought it was going to be a bit boring, but it wasn't at all.
Tome - Thank you for recommending it. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 25, 2018, 01:14:56 PM
Marilyne, as regards "Ozark", my General f2f Book club has only one man, we call him our fearless leader, as he was instrumental in getting the Club together and has been active all these years.  We tend to devote the last ten or fifteen minutes of the Club's meeting to each of us mentioning a Netflix/Amazon movie that we enjoyed.  He has been trying to get us to watch "Ozark" since it began.  I guess I will give Season 1 a try, and see if I like it.  I have so many that I have started, and tend to watch one or two episodes, then move on to another in my Watch List.  I'll catch up on all of them eventually.  Did anyone here watch, or care to watch, the Stephen King series "Castle Rock"?   Sissy Spacek is in it.  It is pure "Stephen King": mystery, psychological and all that jazz.  Marilyne, I know this is not your cuppa tea .Maybe some here might be King fans.  I think it's on Hulu, so I don't know how many subscribe to that.  That's the same channel that has "The Handmaid's Tale".
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 26, 2018, 12:12:34 PM
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: we watched it last night and liked it a lot! I was struck with the realization that when you watch British movies or TV shows, you will see the same actors over and over again . . . and they are all so good!  The main character in "Guernsey", is Lily James, who played Juliet.  I had seen her just the night before in, the Darkest Hour.  I looked her up, and found out that she was also in Downton Abbey, playing Rose, the middle daughter.

Callie - as you mentioned, another of the main characters in "Guernsey", was  Penelope Wilton, who played Isabel Crawley, in Downton Abbey, and was also in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  She is such a versatile actress!  Others,  I recognized from Game of Thrones, and other TV shows.

Tome - Next on the watch list, is Ozark.  Since your book club friend recommended it, maybe you'll watch it too?  You're correct - I'm not a big Stephen King fan, although I do like some of his "gentler" books and movies.  I loved Stand By Me, and The Shawshank Redemption.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: JeanneP on August 26, 2018, 05:49:49 PM
I just got through watch the last of the Series on Chief Insp. Alan Banks. A british one I had missed over the years. Went through 5 series. Each DvD was about 2 and 1/2 hours. Fantastic. So sad that they have now ended.
I don't have all the stations on TV where can bring these BBC shows up. I can usually just go into my library under. BBC and amazing how soon the Library get the DVD. Need to look into it and nothing seems to be worth watching on regular TV anymore.  Looks like there could be a few good ones starting Sept. and Oct.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on August 26, 2018, 07:27:32 PM
I’ve seen “Shawshank Redemption”. Several times.  I didn’t realize that was written by Stephen King.  I always associate him with those wayout scary stories.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on August 27, 2018, 09:53:50 AM
Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite films.  I watch it every time it comes on.  I haven't seen it recently, though.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on August 27, 2018, 11:31:38 PM
Neil Simon, playwright, screenwriter, and TV comedy writer, died yesterday in New York City, at the age of 91.  Most of his plays became Broadway hits, and then were later made into award winning movies.  He is most famous for The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Goodbye Girl, Barefoot in the Park, and many, many others.  Two of my favorites are Lost in Yonkers, and Cinderella Liberty.  All of his movies play often, on Turner Classics.  I'm sure TCM, will be doing a retrospective on him in the next week or so, and will be playing most of his movies.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 02, 2018, 12:34:47 PM
Has anyone else taken a look at the Netflix series, Ozark?  We started watching Season #1, last week, and I'm not sure if I'll stick with it or not. AJ likes it, but I'm tired of this same recycled old plot . . . innocent nice guy gets mixed up with a drug cartel, that escalates out of control with violent killings, threats, FBI involvement, evil gangs from Mexico or Central America, etc., etc., etc.

This "nice guy", (Jason Batemen), literally takes the money and runs. Quickly leaves Chicago, and moves with this wife (Laura Linney), to the Lake of the Ozark, Missouri, where he begins money laundering the $8 million   This involves dealing with plenty of redneck characters, sociopathic women, lurking FBI men in disguise, and one wise crotchety old man.

The thing that really annoys me, is that when they ran off to Missouri, they took their two precocious children with them . . . a boy about 13, and a girl, 15.  Not believable at all!  If you took the money and were being chased by a violent drug cartel, would you take your children with you?? :yikes:  I think not!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 02, 2018, 02:53:07 PM
I've been off-line since 8/31.  Squirrels chewed through some of my outside wiring, totally destroying my Broadband, so I couldn't get on-line, watch Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, do searches on my Kindle, and my Ring doorbell didn't work either!  What a mess up.  A.T&T did schedule appt for today, and he got me all patched up and working. (I guess till the squirrels come back!)  I don't know how he patched it, I can't see anything really, but it's up high near the eave of the house.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 02, 2018, 04:25:03 PM
We have a squirrel problem here too.  They seem to have multiplied, now that we no longer have a cat.  Not that he ever chased or caught one, but I think his presence on the deck and around the back yard, always kept them at a distance.   I didn't realize squirrels could do so much damage to outside wiring!  Good that you're all fixed now, and can get back to the computer, as well as some serious TV watching! :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 02, 2018, 08:26:07 PM
I watched the first season of Ozark,
and have been waiting patiently for the second season...

Yes,  there are a lot of unconventional
things happening here.... 

I absolutlely love this series,  and have not
been disappointed watching the second season.

The characters are flawed.  But I find much of
humanity is also.   

Here we get right inside a number of families...
Which is unusual,  because I believe that 
in real life, we don't usually get that close
and up front and personal, to most other
people that we encounter....

I may think that I know what is going on
inside my neighbors home...   but do I really? 

Most likely,  NOT. 

I am looking foward to season three.  :thumbup:

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 10, 2018, 06:38:12 PM
Sandy - Tonight we'll be watching the final episode of Season #1 of Ozark. I'm really liking it now, and glad that I stuck with it. I know I was ultra critical of the first episode, but from then on, I started liking it!  Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, are always good, in any movie or TV show that I've seen them in, so it figures that I would like this if I gave it a chance.   I can't get over the fabulous actors in this show! 

In fact, I'm aways impressed with the high quality of acting in all the Netflix shows, and also on Amazon and in the HBO and Showtime series.  There is so much talent out there!  Now there are plenty of shows being produced all the time, so gives lots of actors the chance that they never had in the past.
 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on September 10, 2018, 07:44:08 PM
Marilyne, do you....or anyone... watch "The amazing Mrs. Maisel" on Amazon?'
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 10, 2018, 09:05:12 PM
I tried, Callie.  But I just could't get into it.  The guy in my f2f book group highly recomended it,, he and his wife love it. Not for me, at this time, maybe later.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on September 10, 2018, 10:40:52 PM
Tome,  reason I asked is that my granddaughter, who lives in NYC, was hired as an Extra for one episode of "....Mrs. Maisel".
  Don't know much about her experience but she told her Mom she had to wear a cone bra, a girdle and crinoline petticoats.  I don't know when it's supposed to be aired.
However,  I don't have Amazon so probably won't get to see her.  Of course, she could be in the back row of a crowd and/or the scene(s) she's in could end up on the cutting room floor.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 11, 2018, 06:15:49 PM
I watched Random Harvest last night for the hundredth time. I love the old corney shows I guess. I can relax with them after reading the news!
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 11, 2018, 07:07:47 PM
Callie - The Amazing Mrs. Maisel, is one that I'd never heard of . . . but now that I have, I'll make a point of watching it.  Let us know when your granddaughter will be on the show, so we can make sure to catch that episode.

I do like some of the programming on Amazon, but can't think of anything now except for the series, The Man in the High Castle, that we both like a lot.  I think Bosch, is on that channel?  I don't care for it, but AJ watches it. It's adapted from the books by Michael Connelly, which he likes, but I don't.

Gloria de - I didn't see Random Harvest, yesterday, but I probably watch the movies on TCM, more than anything else on television.  Like you, I find them to be very soothing, and sometimes filled with memories!  The musicals are wonderful . . . they don't make them like that anymore!  The dramas are great and the comedies are usually fun to watch.   
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on September 13, 2018, 10:05:08 AM
Marilyne, Harry Bosch is one of my favorite detectives.  He is now retired and working part-time on closed cases that were never solved.  His daughter is now in college and an excellent student.  Her mother died (I think in some nefarious murder scheme--but don't really remember).  She didn't tell Bosch about his daughter until the child was 10 or 11 years old.  The daughter and Harry are very close now.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 13, 2018, 10:13:35 AM
I am watching the series
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" now  on
Amazon Prime.   

I absolutely adore it.  I find it interesting,  light hearted, 
with the best music.....  so many great songs from
the 40's and 50's...   As well as the styles.   Especially the
hats  and clothes..   

I recommend it, highly!

Sandy
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 13, 2018, 03:05:39 PM
Sandy - Thanks for more information on "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".  I was planning to take a look, in hopes of seeing Callie's granddaughter . . . but now I have even more reasons to be interested.  My favorite music is from the 40's and 50's, and I love the clothes, shoes, hats, etc.  I remember it all, and never miss an opportunity to revisit my former life! :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on September 13, 2018, 05:32:37 PM
IF the scene doesn't get cut, Ellen will be in the season finale.  She told her Mom she's in a scene in a diner.  She has red hair but told her Mom she's wearing a hat.  Maybe I'll know more by the time that episode comes on.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 16, 2018, 08:58:19 PM
Tonite is Episode 2 of The Miniaturist on PBS.  Starts in 3 minutes.  I loved the lst episode. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on September 17, 2018, 10:04:01 AM
I'm watching The Miniaturist, TomeReader1, but it is pretty grim.  I am going to look for the book when I go to the library on Friday.  I just found a 2 year old book club notice of recommended books which were to be discussed and The Miniaturist was on it.  That was the year I had a bad fall from a ladder and was in 3 different hospitals for treatment and therapy.  I'm glad I didn't live in the era of the Miniaturist!

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 17, 2018, 10:50:08 AM
Quote from: Marilyne on September 13, 2018, 03:05:39 PM
Sandy - Thanks for more information on "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".  I was planning to take a look, in hopes of seeing Callie's granddaughter . . . but now I have even more reasons to be interested.  My favorite music is from the 40's and 50's, and I love the clothes, shoes, hats, etc.  I remember it all, and never miss an opportunity to revisit my former life! :)

I think that you will really enjoy this ...  I am loving it and it was before my time (born in 1943)  I am looking forward to the next season, should there be one.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 19, 2018, 04:36:15 PM
Callie - Looks like your grand-daughter lucked out, by getting a small part in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!  As I'm sure you know, the show won more Emmy Awards, than any other nominated show. :thumbup:

I can understand why it's so popular . . . A unique plot, truly funny dialogue, and great characters.  I think Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Midge, (Mrs Maisel), is "marvelous", and deserves the award for Best Actress in a Comedy.  AJ likes Tony Shalhoub, ("Abe"). We both remember him from his years of playing Monk.  Kevin Pollak, who plays the other father, "Moishe", is hilarious. 

Anyone who has Amazon Prime, can access the Amazon Channel.  I highly recommend it - not only this show, but many others as well.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on September 19, 2018, 05:31:39 PM
Marilyne,  she's in rehearsals now for a community theater production of Cabaret - performances over three weekends in October.  So I haven't tried to visit with her about her "extra" experience.
From what her mom says,  I suspect that, if you don't catch her red hair in the background, you won't know you've seen her in "....Mrs. Maisel".   ;)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 23, 2018, 05:32:56 PM
Callie - I haven't come to the end of season #1 of Mrs. Maisel,  so I haven't seen your granddaughter yet.  We're following three or four different series right now, and we change back and forth. (sometimes a movie is added). We don't like to "binge watch" a series, so try to space the episodes out over time.

We finished season #1 of Ozark, about a week ago, but haven't started on Season #2 yet.  By the end of the season, I was liking it better than I did at first, but find many of the storylines, a bit "hard to swallow".  However, it is good, with some excellent acting by all the characters. 

I see that Game of Thrones, is returning in November.  We've followed it for years, and will continue to do so.  However, I hope that this season is the final one.  The same applies to both Homeland, and Ray Donovan, which return in October.  Both of those were excellent shows, but have run out of credible stories.  However, I'm fond of some of the characters in the shows, so will watch, and hopes that we can bid them farewell in 2018.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on September 23, 2018, 07:22:54 PM
Marilyne, she will be in the finale of Season 2 and, from what I've read on-line, I'm not sure it's begun airing. Information said there will "probably" be 8 episodes.

I started watching the series "Anne with an E" on Netflix but keep getting distracted.   I think it's the new season of "Anne of Green Gables".
Now I see that the premiere of "Anne of Green Gables Fire and Dew" will begin...oops!.... in about 10 minutes on my PBS station.  In this series, she goes away to school.
Better get to the t.v. and see what happens.......

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on September 24, 2018, 12:37:47 PM
Marilyne and Callie, I watched an episode of "Anne of Green Cables" last night on my PBS station.  Anne is a young lady now and the handy man played by (famous actor whose name I've forgotten!) died in this episode.  She has come home now and is teaching at a local school.  Anne looks far too young to be a teacher (IMO!).  It's an interesting story, though.  I read Anne of Green Gables in the original version when I was a pre-teen.  My grandmother owned the first book and my sisters and I lived with her when we were young.  I liked the novel and enjoyed this version, although Anne didn't meet my expectations.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on September 24, 2018, 12:45:36 PM
I still have a very old Anne of Green Gables book that is falling apart.  The original version of Anne that were televised many years ago on PBS were just wonderful.  It spoiled me and I didn’t think the new Anne fit the part at all.  I watched the first episodes on Netflix but didn’t bother with the second group of episodes.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on September 24, 2018, 02:16:16 PM
Sue, that's the one I watched and I agree about Anne (and Gilbert) looking way too young to be teachers - even "back in their day".
I am watching the second season of Netflix episodes.  I prefer the character portrayals on this one.
I'm sure I must have read "Anne of Green Gables" when I was young - but I'm equally sure I never pictured her (or her friends) as "nicey-nice" as they are in the PBS series or the Netflix series.

I visited the "Green Gables" homestead while on a tour of Nova Scotia; looks the same as the outside scenes in the shows.
  After the tour of the house/barn/etc.,  our tour guide (wearing an "Anne" straw hat with red braids attached) served Raspberry Cordial to the group - but it didn't have the same effect it had on Anne and her girlfriends!  ;D
We also saw a Charlottetown theater production of a musical based on the story.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 24, 2018, 02:34:40 PM
Like Green Gables original, The Secret Garden was my first book, I saw the first TV Movie and it was good, followed the story, but then they kept adding to the end, was like a new story. Saw it in a summer playhouse and it was down right awful. We were told all the people dressed in gray were dead people. I do not remember any dead people in the original, except the mother. It was my favorite childhood book,  2 years  ago my DIL gave me a new copy for Christmas
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on September 25, 2018, 10:18:13 AM
It's amazing that so many of us can remember favorite books from the past.  I wish I had the copy of Anne of Green Gables that first belonged to my grandmother.  I'd love to reread the original. 

Do any of you follow the new program about books on PBS?  I don't remember the name of the program, but PBS is promoting reading of many classics and I have read a lot of them, but there are many on the list I've not read.

Lately I've been reading Naval novels set during the Napoleonic Wars.  Dewey Lambdin is the author of the ones I'm currently reading.  The main character is a rogue--but interesting and he has some good points.  However, he is a married man with a nice family--but is still a womanizer when away from home.  You might find this part discomfiting, but in the end, he usually comes back around to being a good family man.

I also like novels by C.S. Harris who is a female who lives in New Orleans.  She writes about characters who live in London following the wars with France during Napoleon's reign. 

I think being a lifelong reader is such a joy.  I'm happy to say that my sons all in their 50's and approaching 60 still like to read.  However, the oldest is a Dean at SIUE and doesn't seem to have the time for recreational reading now.

Happy Reading. Every Buddy!
Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 25, 2018, 10:49:39 AM
Sue, my sons both like to read. My mother took me to the library at and early age, of course at my age 94 you made up something to play with, listen to the radio or would read.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 25, 2018, 02:17:08 PM
Reading books was a huge part of my childhood, and I was fortunate to live near a city library with a large children's section, so I always had access to books.  I also had an aunt and uncle, who gave me a present of a book every birthday and Christmas . . . so I accumulated a nice library of my own, that consisted of many children's classics.  Some of them I read over and over again, and I still love them. 

I especially remember loving Heidi, by Johanna Spyri.  I day-dreamed of being Heidi, and what it would be like, living in the Swiss Alps, with a grandfather like, The Alm Uncle.  I also fantasized a lot about being Becky Thatcher, in Tom Sawyer, or Mary, in The Secret Garden
I still do the same thing when I read fiction . . . I relate to one of the characters, and live the story through her (or his) eyes. 

If I get started naming my favorite fictional characters from childhood, I'll be writing all day, so I'm hoping that some of you will tell us about your favorites from childhood fiction?  I can see that many of you liked Anne, from Anne of Green Gables.  I can't believe that I missed reading that series when I was young, but somehow I did!  I do remember my older daughter reading them, and I still have an old copy of Anne of Avonlea here, that my mother gave her in the late 1960's.  Maybe I'll read it now . . . it's never too late! :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on September 26, 2018, 10:38:05 AM
My New Orleans grandsons used to spend the month of June with me and July with their other grandmother when they were pre-school and early elementary age because both parents worked daily and they couldn't afford sitters.  The boys had to return to school in early August, so that worked out for their parents.  I usually tried to take them on a road trip of at least a week, so we saw lots of new and different things while traveling.  Now both of them are in college on scholarships and the oldest will graduate in June from Birmingham Southern U. here in Alabama.  He hasn't mentioned to me what he will do after that--maybe he'll go on to graduate school if he gets a grant or scholarship.  The younger one is on scholarship at LSU (Louisiana State University) not far from their home in the New Orleans area.  He was a sophomore this year and wants to teach mathematics when he graduates.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on September 26, 2018, 11:35:50 AM
Marilyne,  I was reading before I started to school - probably because I sat with my Dad while he read to me and learned to follow the words.  I still have the story book from which he read.

I also have the set of A. A. Milne books (all the "Pooh" books plus two of poems) and  "The Story of Dr. Doolittle" I was given as a child.  I gave my matched set of "Little Women",  "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys" to the granddaughter who is a "reader".

   I have one of the many Nancy Drew mysteries I loved - plus an autographed copy of Frances Parkinson Keyes'  "Once On Esplanade" that my aunt sent me while she was living in Louisiana.  Not sure but this may have been the only novel FPK wrote for "young people".
Have never quite forgiven my Mother (not really  ;)) for giving away my entire set of Bobbsey Twin books to a younger friend.  She and I still see each other occasionally and I still tease her about giving them back; she always says "when I clean out the attic....".

Sue,  I took each of my 3 grandchildren to an Intergenerational Elderhostel the summer after their 9th birthday.  They are siblings and fairly close in age so this was a very special one-on-one time for us.  They are now "20-somethings" and scattered across the country.

I now read e-books I can get on loan from the OKC Metro Library.  Started trying to keep a data base of ones I read and suspect I may be getting to the list limit and will have to start a second one.

In the meantime - did anyone watch the new season of DWTS that started Monday night?  The contestants are pretty good but I'm a little weary of the same old program format.   Now they're starting a Junior DWTS series but I really don't like seeing children prancing around like that.

Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 26, 2018, 12:08:36 PM
At 94 I still love to read, I have lost most of my hearing, but God forbid I lose my sight and cannot read.  Iuse to play my organ, but now never, the computer took its place

Callie, yes I still watch DWTS. I seem to have lost a little interest, now it seems to be the skinny one who can wiggle against a more mature group, I guess it sounds again like my age talking :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 26, 2018, 12:10:55 PM
Callie - I also learned to read before I went to school.  Those of us who had a parent or grandparent who read books to us on a regular basis, learned to follow the words on the page, as they were being read. I can remember the actual day that I realized I could read the book myself!  It was a revelation, that amazed me at the time.  From then on, I was a reader. :)

I decided not to watch this season DWTS, so didn't tune in on Monday night.  I didn't know who any of the stars were, except for Mary Lou Renton. As you said, the format of the show is getting pretty worn and tired.  I think they're having a hard time getting "star" contestants that anyone has ever heard of or cares about watching.

Sue - Looks like your two grandsons are doing very well.  My youngest grandchild - Jessica, graduated from LSU last June. (2017) She's a native Californian, but she quickly learned to love Louisiana, and had a wonderful four years there.  She graduated with a degree in Human Resources, and is now living in San Francisco, and has a great job working for one of the Silicon Valley tech companies. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 26, 2018, 12:26:05 PM
Both my Mother and Father were
avid readers...  In fact,  everyone in the family
seemed to always have their face in a book...   

Good way to escape,  (I guess).. better
then having to communicate with each other,
when we didn't seem to have too much
in common except the love of books.. 

Sandy
:D
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on September 26, 2018, 01:17:22 PM

as I wrote before my mother got me a library card early in life and I read good books, BUT about 10 I started reading True Story, Modern Romance I am not sure my mother rekizedit,she did leave them laying around.  They were a little education, but I think I still turned out OK ;)

I knew John S from the Dukes and seeing him on Hallmark the gymnast also I remember . Teaching as to be hard on the both of them. I cannot seewhere they can go with choreography, if he has to hold on to her all the time







Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on September 26, 2018, 11:16:52 PM
When my grandsons were still spending June with me, I bought most of the Harry Potter books which Alex loved, but Nic preferred his computer--which I found appalling.  He is still very into that and doesn't read as much recreationally as I'd like, but as my sons tell me, "different strokes for different folks!".  My oldest son who is a Dean at SIUE in Illinois reads a lot for his job, but not so much for entertainment any more.  However, Tim the middle son who lives in the next town to mine reads a lot as does Jon, our youngest who is the father of Alex and Nic. 

Tim takes me Kroger shopping, the library, and out to lunch on Fridays as he is self employed and saves that time for me.  He has pointed out some of his favorite authors and I am beginning to enjoy the ones he likes, too.

Enough blathering for this evening.  Have a nice evening and enjoy whatever you might be reading now.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Sandy on September 27, 2018, 08:16:24 AM
I did most of my reading the first 50
years of my life,  until I got introduced to computers.

Then my reading switched over to the computer.   
When I lost much of my vision five years ago,  I
turned my "reading" with my eyes over
to"listening"  with my ears.   

I have already spoken about how very
different those two experiences are,  so I won't
elaborate.   

I do still visually read on my computer, but in
a much limited way....     

It is all good.  At least I am still in touch
and feel connected ...   I hope that I can maintain
my visiual and auditory abilities as my life
matures..   

Sandy 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on September 27, 2018, 12:25:22 PM
Sandy - Great that you're still enjoying reading, even though you've had to make  some adjustments.  My eyes are dependent on about 10 different pairs of glasses that are scattered around the house . . . reading, computer, TV, driving, and general distant viewing.  Sunglasses to go outside, even for brief periods, are a must. Needless to say, I get all of these glasses mixed up and I'm constantly searching throughout the house for the right pair for the correct usage!  ::)

My husband has all the same eye problems, but different corrections, so when I say that every flat surface in our house is covered with eyeglasses, I'm not exaggerating.  Well, I know we are fortunate that we can still read, drive, enjoy TV and get around, so I try not to complain.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 14, 2018, 11:59:07 AM
Movies I watched this week, that I think you all would enjoy:

Last night we watched a TCM comedy from 1943, The More the Merrier, Starring Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn and Joel McCrea.  I get a kick out of this oldie, and usually watch it whenever it rolls around on Turner.  One of those movies, that's referred to as a “screwball comedy” . . . along the lines of  It happened One Night.  If you get a chance to see it, it will make you feel good, and you will enjoy the lighthearted story, as well as the cute 1940’s clothes worn by Jean Arthur.

Other old movies I've watched recently are:  Lost in Yonkers, 1993, a Neil Simon Broadway play, that was made into this wonderful film.  Lots of Oscar nominations here, and all well deserved.  It takes place in Yonkers, during the War Years. The two lead women in the movie, also starred in the Tony Award winning play . . .  the stern mother, and the semi-retarded adult daughter.  The two young teen boys were marvelous. And Richard Dreyfuss was very good. Highly recommended!

If you like Film Noir style movies from the late 1940’s, Where The Sidewalk Ends, is a good one.  Directed by Otto Preminger, It stars Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney and many actors who became stars in later years - Craig Stevens, Karl Malden,and others.  The musical soundtrack is good - mostly classical music by Mozart and Beethoven.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: RAMMEL on October 14, 2018, 08:26:32 PM
Quote from: Marilyne on October 14, 2018, 11:59:07 AM
Movies I watched this week, that I think you all would enjoy:

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Other old movies I've watched recently are:  Lost in Yonkers, 1993, a Neil Simon Broadway play, that was made into this wonderful film.  Lots of Oscar nominations here, and all well deserved.  It takes place in Yonkers, during the War Years. The two lead women in the movie, also starred in the Tony Award winning play . . .  the stern mother, and the semi-retarded adult daughter.  The two young teen boys were marvelous. And Richard Dreyfuss was very good. Highly recommended!

"It takes place in Yonkers"  My home town, but the film was not made here. Probably too many changes since the story line date.  In recent years there have been some movies shot here.

This afternoon we watched one we have watched several times before.  "The Best Years Of Our Lives".
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 15, 2018, 12:29:23 AM
Rick - The Best Years of Lives, is a masterpiece.  A powerful movie that I never tire of watching.  Don't you wish that the ideals, values and morals of that era, still existed today?

I remember you saying that Yonkers, was your home town. Do you remember how it looked in 1942?  I'm wondering if it looked anything at all like it did in, Lost in Yonkers?  I turned eight years old in '42, and I do have a pretty good memory of the small town I grew up in, and what it looked like then.  Unrecognizable now, from what it was then.
Title: Marilyne
Post by: RAMMEL on October 15, 2018, 12:57:02 AM
I also was that age in 1942.  I concluded a long time ago that we were the same age. While I recall a lot about Yonkers during those "war years" I can't sat that the movie had a likeness.  I never watched "Lost In Yonkers". Don't know why, but maybe because I live here and see the real thing.  I recall the producer saying the City he chose looked more like his perceived image.

A funny thought is that my dad worked in and managed a local theater.  I had access but never an enthusiastic movie watcher. However, my brother (older) would sit through a two feature movie more than once.

Quote from: Marilyne on October 15, 2018, 12:29:23 AM
Rick - The Best Years of Lives, is a masterpiece.  A powerful movie that I never tire of watching.  Don't you wish that the ideals, values and morals of that era, still existed today?

I remember you saying that Yonkers, was your home town. Do you remember how it looked in 1942?  I'm wondering if it looked anything at all like it did in, Lost in Yonkers?  I turned eight years old in '42, and I do have a pretty good memory of the small town I grew up in, and what it looked like then.  Unrecognizable now, from what it was then.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 15, 2018, 02:42:48 PM
Maryline, I am a little older the you, I was married in 1945.

Every Saturday we would go to the candy store, next to the theater and buy 5cents worth of candy. Go to the movie for 10 cents see News of the Day, comedy, being Sat. we saw a serial and a double feature.
The theater was called the Garnarda. it was Spanish style inside. I saw my first talkie there, Ramona with Dolores Del Rio and most times I cannot remember yesterday :)
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 15, 2018, 04:10:49 PM
Gloria de - I remember that our movie theater, (we called it the "picture show"), also showed the newsreel, a cartoon, a double feature, and Previews of Coming Attractions. I loved those previews!  We also had a serial at the Saturday matinee.  The serial was usually a Western, but I can also remember Prince Valiant.

Rick - I would have been in blissful Heaven, if my dad had been manager of a  theater! I loved the movies then, and I love them still!  I do like the oldies much more than I do the new stuff.  It's been a long time since I've seen a brand new move, that I felt was anywhere near as good as, "The Best Years of Our Lives", or "The Third Man" or "GWTW".  I think you'll like "Lost in Yonkers".  Next time I see it playing on TCM, I'll let you know ahead of time, and you can record it on your DVR. 
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 15, 2018, 06:28:21 PM
Hi again, I remember Flash Gordon, but most were westerns
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on October 16, 2018, 09:50:26 AM
When I was a young girl in St. Albans, WVa, the Saturday matinee was geared toward children.  I had 2 younger sisters and for 10 cents each, I took them to the Saturday matinees.  We also had 15 cents extra to get an ice cream cone at the local pharmacy next door to the theater.  The cones there were 5 cents each and were very large scoops.  I'll never forget being kicked out of the theater with my youngest sister during the Pinocchio movie.  When Pinocchio was swallowed by the whale, she started to cry (in very loud wails) and the usher came to our seats and made me take her outside where we sat on the curb until the movie was over and our middle sister came out.  Then I took both of the sisters to the drug store for our ice cream.  Not a fun time for me!

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on October 16, 2018, 10:36:29 AM
Sue...
...is that St Albans in Hertfordshire UK? if so we could have been neighbours...I grew up in Watford, next town...Ok, just noticed there is one in Vermont too... :-[
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 16, 2018, 02:48:43 PM
Sue, I have a similar story we took Dennis for the first time to a movie, it was Snow White, when the witch came on. He took off running up the aisle with his father after him. I guess he was about 4













Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on October 17, 2018, 11:23:11 AM
Vanilla-Jackie, my St. Albans is a 15,000 residential bedroom community about 12 miles southwest of Charleston, West Virginia.  It was named by one of the founding fathers who moved there from St. Albans, Vermont, in the early 1800's.  And I'm assuming the people there probably came from England first!

I was traveling in several Latin America countries in the late 80's.  I wore my SAHS (St. Albans High School) billed hat to keep the sun off my face.  One of the couples was from England.  She asked me if I'd graduated from St. Albans High School--and I had to explain to her that MY St. Albans was just a small town in West Virginia.  I think I dropped down her list of people she wanted to know!

I no longer am able to travel alone, so I guess I'll miss visiting the St. Albans in Hertfordshire.

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on October 17, 2018, 01:49:34 PM
Sue,  I had a similar experience on a tour of France.   My married name is the same as that of a former president of Duke University.  One of the tour group was a stereotypical older Southern Lady and, at one point, she said,  "Honey, who were your people?"    When I said my husband was not related to the president of Duke, she didn't say  "Well, bless your heart" but her reply of "Oh...." came close.    ;D

re:  t.v. shows....    Trying to "keep up with the times"   I've started watching "This Is Us" and "A Million Little Things".   <sigh>  I'm just not geared to these sorts of story lines.  I keep wanting to say,  "Oh, for heaven's sakes......grow up!!!!!"
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 17, 2018, 03:39:18 PM
Callie - I only watched the first episode, season #1, of This Is Us.  It's the one where the young couple has triplets, and only two survive, so they adopt a third baby.  Then the story fast forwards to when they are all adults.  I thought it was an interesting concept, and I intended to watch more episodes, but I never did. Too many shows to choose from!  What with regular network shows, Premium channels, Netflix and Amazon, it's truly overwhelming.  I tend to turn to TCM, where I know can relax and relate.   I record a lot of those movies, so I always have a couple that I can watch. Also, the mind numbing, HGTV shows are always there.  Yes, they're all alike, but there's something about them that keeps me watching?  I complain a lot, when a young millennial couple wants to tear down, ("gut job"), a perfectly decent kitchen or bathroom! :tickedoff:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: CallieOK on October 17, 2018, 04:11:27 PM
Marilyne,  I only started watching "This Is Us" in the middle of last season so I don't know the entire back story of each couple.  This week's episode was "How Jack Became Jack"  (character died in a house fire at the end of last season but has been in flashbacks of every episode this Fall) and was all about his time in Vietnam.  I didn't stick with it.
Too many e-books to read.

I haven't found anything interesting on Netflix this Fall.  Tried "Ozark", "The Ranch" and "Longmire" and just couldn't stay interested.   Getting picky in my old age??  Nahhhh.   :2funny:
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on October 19, 2018, 10:46:16 AM
I had a delightful evening last night as TCM had another repeat of one of my favorite movies.  "Singin' in the Rain" is one of my favorite feel good movies.  The nice girl gets the guy and the witchy starlet gets the shaft!  I love the music, the dancing, singing, etc.  What's not to like--except the yucky starlet! (who actually did a really good job of being a B***h!)

Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 19, 2018, 11:04:35 AM
Sue - I didn't check TCM yesterday, or I would have recorded Singin' In the Rain, on my DVR!  You're right, that's it's a happy and energetic musical, that is such fun to watch!  Definitely a classic, that I never get tired of.  Another musical that I've watched over and over through the years, is the original State Fair.  Music by Rogers and Hammerstein, and starring Jeanne Crain, Dick Haymes and Dana Andrews.  Great songs, and a happy ending.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: FlaJean on October 19, 2018, 12:29:55 PM
Yesterday watched “Message in a Bottle” with Robin Wright, Kevin Costner and Paul Newman.  I just didn’t really enjoy the movie.  The main thing, I guess, is I never felt a connection to the characters and the ending was sad.  I do like a good ending in that type of movie.
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Lindancer on October 19, 2018, 02:40:59 PM
Sue, I also enjoyed Singing IN The Rain

Jean, with all that's going on in the world, I like to lose myself in happy movies and good endings
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: SCFSue on October 20, 2018, 10:22:15 AM
I was glad to watch "Singing in the Rain" again.  Today, however, is football, football, football!  Our Auburn Tigers are in a slump and not doing well, but I will watch most of the game which will start on ESPN at 11:00. 

Enjoy your Saturday activities, my friends!
Sue
Title: Re: Television Today
Post by: Marilyne on October 22, 2018, 03:31:54 PM
Last night we watched the movie, Chappaquiddick, now playing on Netflix.  I thought it was excellent, and that it presented the facts as we remember them, plus a lot of other things that were kept secret, that we didn’t know about back then.

For anyone who likes to watch a true story, about a famous person, you will enjoy this as much as we did.  It doesn’t matter what your political party is, watch this, and you will see how politicians, their aids, and their close friends, handle and cover up a serious incident.  This story makes you realize how people in power, can twist a situation in their favor, be forgiven, and continue on in their elected position for the rest of their lives.

It made me stop and think about how long ago it was that this occurred . . . 1969.  I was in my early 30's at the time, so the only ones who actually remember it now, are those of us born in the 1920's, 1930's and early 1940's.  That's a small percentage of the population!

Anyway, it's an excellent film, and I highly recommend it - playing on Netflix and probably other streaming channels.
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Post by: Tomereader1 on October 22, 2018, 07:45:57 PM
Marilyne, I watched Chappaquidick also.  I also thought it was done pretty well. 

At the end of my f2f book club meetings, someone usually recommends something from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or even regular TV.  Our fearless leader said he and his wife had totally enjoyed watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  I told him I had tried, but couldn't get into it.  Last night, after having gotten tired of watching my UK/Ireland/Scotland detective stories, I decided to go back and give MMM another try.  Was I ever glad I did!  Aside from the too "salty/dirty" language, it was a total riot.  The clothes of the era, backgrounded by wonderful music  and the terrific Jewish humor, all wrapped up in a stellar ensemble cast was ( I can only think "awesome").  The Mrs. Maisel actress certainly deserved her Emmy. And I think all the other cast members deserved an Emmy too.  Especially "susie" and Tony Shaloub. I remember some of you talking about this show earlier.  Now I'm on your side about it!
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Post by: Sandy on October 23, 2018, 07:43:25 AM
I enjoy "Acorn TV" 
"800 words",   
"A Place to call home",   
"Rake "
"Janet King", 
"East of Everything" ...
for just a few. 

I particularly love the series and shows
from Australia.      I can understand them better,
as they seem to speak "English" with an accent that
is similar ( via my ears) to American English.

Acorn TV comes pretty cheap to at less the $6
a month for me  here on Roku.   

I loved " Mrs. Maisel"   and might watch it again,
soon.    I have a habit of repeating shows that I enjoy
and seem to enjoy them again the second or third
time around.    (Funny) 

"Chappaquiddick"  always brings sadness to my eyes.. 

It is such a stark reminder of all of the things
that we do not know,  and even if we do know,
choose not to remember  when making our
political choices..    But I also believe
that it is not only in Politics that we
might choose to forgive and forget,
or choose sometimes to remember and never
forgive or forget especially in  in our own
personal lives. 

I guess that is very much a part of our
very human nature.    :knuppel2:

And so it goes, here in the land of Denial...
(Not a river in Egypt!!)

Sandy
:smitten:
 
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Post by: Marilyne on October 23, 2018, 12:05:53 PM
Sandy -  Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my post about  Chappaquiddick. Very well said!  Interesting how most incidents from so long ago, both personal and political, are still there, stored away in our memory banks, just waiting to be dredged up.  The old song, The Way We Were, says so much about all those, "misty water colored memories", from so long ago.   
Ah yes, the land of denial and regret . . . I know it well.

Tome -  Happy to hear that you took another look at Mrs. Maisel, and now you're liking it! :thumbup:  It's so refreshing to have a comedy to enjoy on TV.  Most of the series shows are so dark/. Those dramas, along with the actual news stories, can really be depressing.   
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on October 26, 2018, 03:21:26 PM
Watched this tv interview this morning...I just wanted to give this lady a hug...she taught me much more about life in such a short few minutes...A truly Inspirational and wonderful lady...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8MttWAj9bg
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Post by: Lindancer on October 26, 2018, 08:18:57 PM
Jackie thanks for posting the lady was very interesting
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on October 27, 2018, 02:10:55 AM
Gloria - deAngel...wasn't she just...didn't she have a wonderful attitude...She is now a psychologist...
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Post by: Marilyne on November 02, 2018, 05:38:09 PM
Jackie - I just watched and listened to the interview, and as you said, it was extremely inspirational.  It always amazes when I hear people speak who were in Auschwitz, and the other camps . . . that they never gave up hope.  As she said, it was her spirit that could not be broken.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on November 03, 2018, 04:24:29 AM
Just shows that she is a far better person than all those that were behind those terrible atrocities will ever be...I cant for the life of me imagine what those people ( The Jews ) must have went through at their mercy...they were just monsters...
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Post by: JeanneP on November 03, 2018, 02:09:09 PM
And yet very few of the people that were involved running the camps were brought to trial. It took thousand of people working in them all during the war. Most said were forced to do it. All together over 14 million died . But prior to that time millions died the same way during the Armenian Holocaust by Turkey. Not much done about that also. Most people never heard about that one. Wonder what will come next.
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Post by: SCFSue on November 06, 2018, 11:05:39 AM
I've seen an article that some of the top Nazi's went to South American countries and were granted asylum.  I can't remember which, but think Brazil was one.

Sue
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Post by: Marilyne on November 06, 2018, 01:30:21 PM
Sue - hundreds of Nazi officers went to Argentina, at the end of WWII, and remained until they died there, many years later of natural causes.  A few were found by Jewish authorities, and arrested and brought back to Israel to stand trial for War Crimes.  The most famous one who was captured in Argentina, and was tried in Israel, was Adolph Eichmann.  He was found guilty, and was executed by hanging.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on November 07, 2018, 07:15:43 AM
Its that time of year again....This is the time all your American Christmas films are shown on our UK channel 5 in the afternoons and I am a real sucker for watching them...Oh I dont care if they are make-believe - " Romantic Fantasy, " I get so much enjoyment in watching them, even if I watched many this time last year, and the year before...They seem to be showing two per day...the one I have just finished watching is " Journey Back to Christmas..." a time warped journey of course with a happy ending...
I have recorded all for this week and will watch the ones that appeal to me, the ones that show the real old fashioned Christmas...
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Post by: Lindancer on November 07, 2018, 06:39:47 PM
Jackie, if they are HallMark movies, most ohem are feel good shows. In this serious word. I enjoy watching fantasy and light movies,  I have had enough tragedy in my life, I sure do not want to watch more.
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Post by: Vanilla-Jackie on November 08, 2018, 02:32:27 AM