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May 16, 2017

What have you been watching? Including American Gods, Master of None, Lucifer and The Americans

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It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently and your chance to recommend anything you've been watching.

That flood of new shows I was expected? Hasn't shown up. Hmmm. Wonder why. Anyway, we're still on a Tuesday because Sunday is still quite full, plus Upfronts week coverage took a bit of work to put together yesterday.

That means it's time to look at the regulars, including the latest episodes of American Gods, The Americans, Doctor Who, The Flash, Great News, The Handmaid's Tale, Lucifer and Silicon Valley. Netflix also released season two of Master of None on Friday and I've watched… an episode of it. So I can talk about that, at least, after the jump. See you in a mo. 

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News: Quantico renewed; Scream Queens cancelled; Tennant/Piper Doctor Who reunion; + more

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Internet TV

International TV

  • Kandyse McClure joins Syfy (US)/Netflix's Ghost Wars
  • MGM developing: adaptation of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon spy novels

Audio plays

  • David Tennant, Billie Piper and Camille Coduri to reunite for Big Finish's Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures - Volume 2

UK TV show casting

New UK TV shows

US TV

US TV show casting

  • John Hannah, Alan Tudyk, Amanda Walsh et al join BBC America's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
  • Cameron Scoggins promoted to regular on CMT's Nashville
  • Adam Goldberg and Spencer Grammer to recur on Epix's Graves
  • Jessica Meraz and Lourdes Benedicto join TNT's Major Crimes

New US TV show

New US TV show casting

May 9, 2017

What have you been watching? Including Dear White People, Great News, Doctor Who and Silicon Valley

Posted on May 9, 2017 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently and your chance to recommend anything you've been watching.

Slightly later than normal this week thanks to everyone and their auntie suddenly thinking Sunday nights are the best time to broadcast TV shows. Monday nights? Not so much, so here we are on Tuesday, perhaps for a little time, perhaps for one week only.

Earlier this week, I reviewed the first episode of American Gods (US: Starz; UK: Amazon) and the first three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale (US: Hulu; UK: Amazon). But time and time wait for no man, not even me, so I'll be reviewing the second and fourth episodes of those two respective shows after the jump, along with the usual regulars: The Americans, Doctor Who, The Flash, Great News, Lucifer and Silicon Valley.

But I did try to watch something else as well. Albeit a tad unsuccessfully.

Dear White People (Netflix)
Follow-up TV series to the massively successful movie that explores the modern day nuances and mores of race, class, race again, sex and race (again). Set on a modern day US Ivy League college campus, it looks at what happens when a humour magazine organises a black-face Halloween party. The 'Dear White People' of the title is the name of a college radio show run by Logan Browning (Powers, Hit The Floor) in which she tries to explain to white people what they're doing might be racist, while they in turn phone in to explain to her how racist she's being.

And that's all I got.

The first 10 minutes were actually quite funny - astute critiques of what forms racism can take in an age in which accusing someone of racism is seemingly worse than their actually being racist, as well as insights into how racism changes depending on the classes of both those being racist and those targeted, and even how what constitutes racism can vary from one person to another.

I'd like to have carried on watching, but then came a point where I realised I literally had no idea what people were saying. The words didn't mean anything to me. I am old and white and British, and the cast are predominantly young and black and American, and I simply couldn't understand their lexicon and references, or when I did, it was five to 10 seconds after the line had been delivered.

What I caught was very good, though, so I may come back to it - with the subtitles turned on and tablet in hand set to the Urban Dictionary so I can work out what's going on and maybe learn a little, too.

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