Here’s a roundup of a few new shows and returning seasons of older shows that are binge worthy this summer, and a few question marks. In the “must see” category though is BBC’s Killing Eve starring the terrific Sandra Oh. And if you’re heading to the movies, Mama Mia 2 is a fun and entertaining summer fun.
Mama Mia 2
A great summer feel good movie. We love it as much as the first one. Scenery is just beautiful, plus some familiar and some not so familiar ABBA tunes. The young cast who plays Donna, her pals and the three dads, are beautiful and very talented. And then there’s Cher and Andy Garcia – in a wink wink nod to Moonstruck. Cher, whom we have always been huge fans of, has had so much work done nothing on her face moves, even when she is singing. She looks like a plastic mannequin. Prepare to bring tissues too, for the teary eyed ending.
Killing Eve (BBC on Demand)
OMG. This new spy thriller series stars the amazing Sandra Oh (Eve). It’s an on the edge of your seat thriller with twists and turns we did not see. Can’t wait for season 2.
Eve is a bored, whip-smart security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfil her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle, is a talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. These two fierce women, equally obsessed with each other, will go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse, toppling the typical spy-action thriller.
The Affair (Showtime) Season 4
This is a series we’ve had an on and off relationship with. But it’s on again. Season one with it’s “he said/she said” format, was interesting. Then it got tiring, and none of the characters were likeable. But it was kind of like a train wreck, and since we had already invested time in it, we continued to watch, but just about gave up after season 3. BUT, season 4 is riveting. And as always, the acting is terrific even when we didn’t like it. Worth watching.
July 26. Orange is the New Black- Season 6
This was a favorite of ours for the first four seasons, although we long ago got tired of self-absorbed Piper. But last season we couldn’t past the first two episodes of the prison riot. Although according to Vanity Fair, season 6 – where Piper and her mates have ended up in a maximum security prison, is worth the bumps to get to the end.
August 21 – Ozark – Season 2 – Netflix
If you haven’t seen this series, hurry and watch season 1 on Netflix so you’ll be ready for Season 2. This very dark gritty comedy/drama produced, directed by and starring Justin Bateman, who is great, and the always terrific Laura Linney. The series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrde’s fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.
Better Call Saul Season 4 – AMA August 6th (and Netflix too)
We love this Breaking Bad spinoff starring the terrific Bob Odenkirk that goes back in time to introduce Jimmy McGill. You may know him better as Saul Goodman, Walter White’s slippery, resourceful lawyer in Breaking Bad. When first we meet him it is a few years before he meets Walter White. He is a struggling lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He mostly defends small-time crooks and represents people in civil liability claims. His brother, Charles “Chuck” McGill, is a senior partner at a prestigious Albuquerque law firm but hasn’t left his house for several months due to a strange affliction. Jimmy is supporting him through bringing him groceries and the like. Jimmy has a dark, pre-lawyer past, being a small-time fraudster in Chicago before moving to Albuquerque to start over and work with at his brother’s firm. We also meet Mike Ehrmantraut, ex-cop now working as a toll booth attendant at the courthouse parking lot. We see how Jimmy and Mike’s stories converge and how Jimmy slowly becomes the Saul Goodman we know from Breaking Bad.