The Too Much TV Roundup- July 7th

Kind of a short list today, but it is what it is.

1) Breeders (FX/Hulu)

English Audio Description: No

Pretty much, this show is at the top of my :I’m going to one day figure out how to force all Emmy voters to watch this program” list. Emmy voters are worse than the Academy, because they have fewer precursor awards letting them know what movies everyone is watching. So it’s up to the individual campaigns to convince people to watch their show. And, that doesn’t happen, which is why last year, most of the cast of Ted Lasso received nominations, or The Handmaid’s Tale, or Succession, or the SNL cast members. They stick with what they know, and it’s incredibly hard for a new show to break through, unless there is a ton of hype. So, for a low key fX comedy in its third season, there is zero chance for a surprise nomination. But Breeders is likely the best show you aren’t watching.

Episode Grade: A

2) Night Sky (Amazon)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

It takes a solid show to get me to keep watching once the axe has been dropped. I was only 2 episodes in when Amazon was like “No, fuck you, you don’t get nice things.” And then cancelled Night Sky. So no more of this batty sci fi drama. Which is a shame, because it’s so freaking weird. And, while they’re always great, JK Simmons and Sissy Spacek are still great. In the third episode, we get a bit more of a feel for Jude, as well as that other family that also has “the stars’ under their property. Plus, another person discovers the secret, and I’m sure he’s going to be super obnoxious about it.

Episode Grade: A

3) All Rise (OWN)

English Audio Description: No

The mouthy 16 year old broke into someone’s house for a tick tock challenge (gave up on fighting spell check on that one), and we were supposed to feel sorry for her because she was trying to get likes and follows on social media to earn money to support her sister’s skating dreams and this is so what is wrong with America. Who is sponsoring social media accounts that break into homes? And in the other main case of the week, left over from last week, I’m pretty sure we just let a serial killer back on the street, however, it showed how frustrating the process was, because Luke absolutely did show reasonable doubt.

Episode Grade: A-

4) Star Trek Strange Worlds (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description: Yes

I want to stick with this show, because there’s a blind guy. I also want to go ahead and stop watching, because I know what happens in episode 8.

Episode Grade: B

5) We Own This City (HBO/ HBo MAX)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

It’s not The Wire, in case anyone was wondering. It feels like it wants to be, but I will say that in this murky wandering plot structure is Jon Bernthal giving a rather solid performance. he could make this show really pop by the end. His episode of The premise was the most memorable. He’s consistently standing out as an actor to me, and it’s getting to be about that time when we start giving him roles where he can finally get his due.

Episode Grade: B

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