new and noteworthy tv: 8/28-9/3

I took a break from some of my streaming options to cull some of the misc backlog. Broadchurch, Humans, Orphan Black, Tennison… check. Although I guess I did stream a little Defenders which suffers from much of the issues of previous Marvel stories, though Jessica Jones still keeps it interesting.

  • US Open (ESPN/2) – First rounds play starts Monday
  • Narcos (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – I lost interest in this in the first season.

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vancouver

Every so often you just need to get out of town. And July ended up being a good time to visit the lovely Vancouver. Flight from SFO to YVR is just a little over two hours and with an opt to hop in a cab it was a relatively quick jaunt to the lovely Burrard Hotel. Hotel pick was based on a Travel and Leisure posting and it ended up being a great location and home base. The city is quite walkable, up Burrard, past Robson shopping, along the Sydney opera house-esque Canada Place, and then a lay of the land with a trip up the Vancouver Lookout at Harbor Centre Tower; a pretty touristy stop but great views and lots of info on various parts of the city. Then a stroll through Gastown which is just a small hood that’s an interesting mix of touristy and boutiquey (did I mention the US/CAD was good?). Not quite ready for dinner Pourhouse was the perfect stop for enjoying the 1900s speakeasy vibe, listening to Sunday night live music, and a beverage and a snack. Later a taxi ride over to West for a delicious dinner, there was fish, there was pasta, it was good.

The next day started with a walk down to the adorable water taxis that take you the stone’s throw over to Granville Island. It’s basically a perma farmer’s market, restaurant, and shop area which makes for a lovely snack and stroll. After a break to do a beer tasting at Granville Island Brewing Taproom a stroll up to catch what I had heard was great fish and chips at Go Fish, sadly a reminder to check hours because it was closed on Monday. Alas there is good food to be found elsewhere, back heading over to Yaletown and the Homer Street Cafe for a fantastic rotisserie chicken, perfect sides, and a seat at the bar for some pleasant conversation and Vancouver tips from the staff. Later a tour through the Vancouver Art Gallery for a look at impressive Monet and photography exhibits and a stroll down Robson with a little shopping. Since we’re making this all about food this night brought Blue Water Cafe for a very good, very seafood dinner.

Apparently a trip to Vancouver is not complete without a trip for breakfast to Cafe Medina so get ready to wait in line for a worthwhile waffle with a selected topping, I went classic chocolate, a lavender latte, and you know I had eggs. After a little walk/shop around Yaletown, a trip over to Stanley Park and a visit to the aquarium which had quite a selection of lots of good water critters. One could spend days in Stanley Park, there’s a seawall that surrounds it that’s about 9k making for a perfect bike trip (note it’s one way only). Or one can take the internal route via car or taxi checking out sites and then make a stop at The Sylvia Hotel bar and restaurant on your way out for a cocktail and I heard from someone that they make a mean burger. No burger for me because I was saving up my meal to visit the most upscale of my dinner stops yet, Hawksworth, a la carte or tasting menu, everything I had was delicious and a little bit interesting.

A free shuttle makes a trip up to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for a tour of their major sites: the suspension bridge, the treetops adventure, and the cliff walk. While getting there early to minimize the crowds is helpful, even with the throngs of people it was an impressive setup getting great views of the beautiful rainforest. Then an afternoon lunch stop at Fish Counter for some fish and chips, very low frills counter order but the selection of fish options and fresh and tastiness was well worth it. The area right around there on Main Street also makes for a decent stroll of a few cute shops. And surprisingly that evening getting a little tired of fish Lupo Restaurant for a little Italian food would fit the bill, it was a quaint set up and the food was solid if not extraordinary.

Last full day started with a visit to the Willow Stream Spa in the Fairmont Pacific Rim which was absolutely decadent (I’ll follow up with a spa de da post). Time for more fish, so sushi at Miku Restaurant, the Premium sushi sampler was a great way to get a taste of their signature styles of Aburi and oshi. And another brief circuit ’round Gas Town (I had forgotten to look at the actual gas clock last time I was there, not significant but every 15 it gives a go) and a stop at Vancouver Urban Winery (which was actually a little further than I’d recommend walking for a break spot). Last official dinner dinner stop at the Royal Dinette which although named Vancouver Magazine’s Best New Restaurant was a bit of a letdown. Super cute and I liked the idea of the menu options but both app and main felt a little unbalanced. Fortunately one more meal to be had, an indulgent breakfast at Jam Cafe (there was a wait here as well) before heading home well fed and relaxed!

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10 years!

Time flies when you’re busy watching television. And busy I have been. It was ten years ago today that I posted my first post. It was sort of a whim to see if this was something that made sense, and something has compelled me to keep sitting down week after week (with only a few exceptions). Though the content has morphed over time the ‘new and noteworthy tv’ has been the bread and butter that has kept me consistent. And with so much new TV it’s still something that just gives me a beat to make sure I’m not missing anything new, though even I miss a few things. But don’t get me wrong I’ll keep dabbling with various other entertainment and lifestyle items. Another ten years? We’ll see, but for now keep staying tuned!

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new and noteworthy tv: 8/21-8/27

I used to relish the downtime of summer but now realizing that with the way things are going I’m going to have to make another series of cuts if I’m doing things like watching The Defenders while having a backlog of quality shows.

  • Disjointed (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – Kathy Bates take to comedy in Chuck Lorre’s latest of a new found cannabis dispensary.
  • The Tick (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – I still think of Patrick Warburton as the tick but will give this new version a go.
  • Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day (ABC) Sunday, 11am – Marking the start of the US Open.

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new and noteworthy tv: 8/14-8/20

Still moving along on The Wire and Deadwood and have a little catch up on some of the other summer fare.

  • CMA Fest (ABC) Wednesday, 8pm – Country music stars perform.
  • Marlon (NBC) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 9pm – The latest Wayans intro to the sitcom world.
  • Project Runway (Life) Season Premiere, Thursday, 8pm – Another season of hopefuls, and I’m just a season or so behind.
  • The Defenders (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – I’ve had mixed emotions about each of the individual series but I’m cautiously optimistic that there will be enough Jessica Jones to make it intriguing.

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new and noteworthy tv: 8/7-8/13

Added Ozark to the current streaming series watches. Also caught up enough to pass on a few of the latest summer additions, The Guest Book, What Would Diplo Do?, Loaded, Midnight Texas, Hooten and the Lady, Somewhere Between, Will, Salvation, I’m Sorry, Tales, The Mist, and Still Star Crossed, and maybe I’ll check one more of Manhunt (I also meant to check out another Snowfall but somehow never recorded it).

  • Difficult People (Hulu) Season Premiere, Tuesday – I’m still no go on Hulu but folks reportedly are amused by this snarky comedy with Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner.
  • Mr. Mercedes (Aud) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 8pm – So apparently the Audience Network which I don’t think I’ve ever heard of is available through Directtv and AT&T U-verse, based on Stephen King’s book where a demented killer taunts a retired police detective.
  • Swedish Dicks (Pop) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 8pm – A new comedy about an ex-stuntman and a Swedish DJ who look to solve some wacky crimes.
  • Weekend Update: Summer Edition (NBC) Season Premiere, Thursday, 9pm – There’s just too much to mock.
  • Atypical (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – A coming-of-age story about mother and autistic son, maybe.
  • Orphan Black (BBCA) Series Finale, Saturday, 10pm – I will be sad to see the amazing Tatiana Maslany hang up her clone cap.
  • Teen Choice (Fox) Sunday, 8pm – You know the coveted awards we’ve all been waiting to see.
  • Get Shorty (Epix) Series Premiere, Sunday, 10pm – Based in part of the Elmore Leonard novel hitman becomes movie producer, worth a look for those who get Epix.

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new and noteworthy tv: 7/31-8/6

So there was a bit of a delay this week due to some technical difficulties. Next week I’ll shoot for a restart but in case you might be missing anything here are some of the noteworthy.

  • Surviving Escobar (Net) Series Premiere, Tuesday – The life of Pablo from the moment he decides to surrender based on a book, eh wasn’t that into Narcos.
  • Manhunt: Unabomber (Disc) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 9pm – Paul Bettany takes a run as the unabomber as the series focuses on the FBI profiler tracks him, maybe.
  • The Lowe Files (A&E) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – I don’t normally point out reality but Rob Lowe and kids checking out the spooky somehow couldn’t resist a nod (I think I read that he once saw Bigfoot).
  • The Sinner (USA) Miniseries Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – Jessica Biel is at least supposed to be good in this whydunnit after she randomly stabs some guy on the beach.
  • The Guest Book (TBS) Series Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – Another riff on a new tale in a hotel this one tells new stories of a rental cabin in a reportedly amusing way.
  • What Would Diplo Do? (Vice) Series Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – James Van Der Beek has done a few nice turns so I’m intrigued by his spin as EDM DJ.
  • Comrade Detective (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Hard to know what to make of this cop show comedy set in 80’s Romania in Romanian with English dubbed over by Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Wet Hot American Summer (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – Much of the celeb cast return for a ‘reunion’ episode where they revisit the camp counselors, probably only worthy for those who truly enjoyed the first rounds.
  • Sharknado 5 (Syfy) Sunday, 8pm – Yep they’re still doing these.
  • Ray Donovan (Show) Season Premiere, Sunday, 9pm – Not that anyone who watches this show needs a reminder but it’s back.

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new and noteworthy tv: 7/24-7/30

A few more summer additions, worth a look or not, I’m still making slow progress with The Wire.

  • Midnight, Texas (NBC) Series Premiere, Monday, 10pm – Traveling psychic settles in a weird town, doesn’t look promising.
  • Somewhere Between (ABC) Series Premiere, Monday 10pm – A local news producer helps track down a serial killer by reliving the week prior to killings.
  • People of Earth (TBS) Season Premiere, Monday, 10:30pm – I thought the first season of this was totally charming though its unique slant of space alien abductee group might have been initially off-putting.
  • The Last Tycoon (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Kelsey Grammer and Matt Bomer star in this drama about legendary film mogul in 1930s Hollywood.
  • Room 104 (HBO) Series Premiere, Friday, 11:30 – Latest from the Duplass brothers, tells a different story each week from a room in a motel chain.

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new and noteworthy tv: 7/17-7/23

A little Wimbledon this weekend has challenged my catch up but I’m still making some progress.

  • Loaded (AMC) Series Premiere, Monday, 10pm – A dramedy where tech entrepreneurs get lots of dough from selling out might be worth a look.
  • Last Chance U (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – Docuseries dives back in to follow a Mississippi junior college program.
  • Ozark (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – Jason Bateman and Laura Linney play a couple who move their family to escape a drug lord, I’ll check them out in anything.
  • Phelps vs Shark (Disc) Sunday, 8pm – I’m not really sure how this works but Michael Phelps is swimming against a shark for Shark Week.
  • Tour de France (NBCSN) Sunday, 7:30am – Wrapping it up on the Champs-Elysees.

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new and noteworthy tv: 7/10-7/16

I am managing to winnow down the backlog…

  • Will (TNT) Series Premiere, Monday, 9pm – I’m always skeptical of fictionalized accounts of historical peeps and not so much of a Shakespeare fan to find that angle of interest.
  • The Hollywood Puppet Sh!t Show (Fuse) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10:30 – Tue stories told by celebrities and acted out by marionettes?
  • ESPYS (ABC) Wednesday, 8pm – Peyton Manning hosts.
  • Salvation (CBS) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 9pm – An asteroid is coming to earth and science, tech, and government get involved and yes conspiracy abounds, this doesn’t look good but maybe good enough summer fare.
  • I’m Sorry (Tru) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – Haven’t heard anything about this new what I think is Mom comedy.
  • Odd Mom Out (Bravo) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – I stumbled on this in a later run and was amused by the hipster Mom mingling with the circles of her husband’s wealthy family.
  • Hooten & The Lady (CW) Series Premiere, Thursday, 9pm – This lost treasure hunter series looks like a bad Indiana Jones spoof.
  • Friends From College (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – A couple returns to a circle of friends from college and sounds like it might be more awkward cringe than comedy.
  • Remember Me (PBS) Series Premiere, Sunday, 10pm – Death in an assisted living facility kicks off this newest mystery.
  • Wimbledon (ESPN) Saturday/Sunday, 6am – Men’s and Women’s Finals.

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