Winter is coming, but here’s what’s hot on streaming services in April – CNET

 

Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper

 

School holidays, autumn weather, the Anzac Day long weekend — there are plenty of reasons to stay in and stream your entertainment in April, and the streaming services are delivering.

Source: Winter is coming, but here’s what’s hot on streaming services in April – CNET

As usual, I’m going to highlight the things that I think are worth consuming in April, but click on the link for the new list. Just a note: due to time differences, season 6 of Game of Thrones airs on Mondays on Foxtel, and this year it premieres on ANZAC Day! How will it go? Which will get more views, the football or Game of Thrones? (I know it’ll be the football, but I can dream, right?) I’ve updated this to include dates.

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Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Thirty-Eight”

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Gina Rodriguez and Yael Groblas. Image courtesy of The CW

We need to talk about Petra.

This is one of the best episodes Jane the Virgin has ever done. There’s so much good in this episode in everything that involves Jane and Michael’s wedding, and the house and the biblical stuff (I really loved Jane 38:5). The flood, the smiting, the Fall, it’s all great. And just as it’s wonderful that Rogelio gets his crew to build the set of the Villanueva house for Jane’s wedding, Petra steals the episode. At the start of the show, Petra was a trophy wife having an affair with her husband’s best friend, and holding out for the prenup. She tried to get pregnant to save her marriage, because despite everything she still loved Rafael. The writers have done a fantastic job writing Petra, but Yael Groblas gives the character such warmth. Petra could have been a one note character, but she’s so much more than what she seems. Now she has nearly everything she wanted, and she’s going to leave it all behind. Petra doesn’t think she’s fit to be a mother, but the fact that she bought Jane and Michael their dream house (they’re renting it and have no idea Petra owns it), is all the proof she needs that she could be a wonderful mother. She just doesn’t believe that she can be.

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The Vicar of Dibley Easter Special: “The Easter Bunny”

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Dawn French. Image courtesy of the BBC.

Geraldine: This is the awful moment in which I tell you that the Easter Bunny absolutely and totally does not exist at all.

Alice: Well maybe not where you come from. But here, we’ve got our very own proper Easter Bunny.

This blog post starts with the fact that I’ve been hiding something from all of you. At the beginning of February I started listening to Teavescast, one of my new favourite television podcasts. They watch an episode of television a week and then talk about it, and it’s great. Last week they watched the Easter episode of The Adventures of Lano and Woodley, titled “The Easter Story.” First of all, The Adventures of Lano and Woodley is a fantastic show and you should watch it. I remember going to Lano and Woodley’s farewell show, and it was truly fantastic. Frank Woodley was also one of my favourite guests on Spicks and Specks. Then once you’ve watched that, you can listen to Teavescast. The other thing that happened is that this inspired to watch and review an Easter episode myself, and I chose The Vicar of Dibley. This isn’t a show that I watched on a regular basis, but I remember watching this one, and I was in stitches. So I decided that “The Easter Bunny” would be the subject of this post.

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Podcast Review: Beautiful/Anonymous with Chris Gethard

I started watching The Chris Gethard Show in late 2013 when I was finishing up my Masters degree. After spending 8-9 hours studying in the library, I was too exhausted to study at home in the evening, so I would watch at least two episodes of TCGS a night. It was exactly what I needed in the evening. TCGS  is funny, but Chris was also open about his depression, and they weren’t afraid to have serious discussions. It was also a live call-in show, and the interaction between the cast and the audience, which is what made the show truly special. The show’s transition from Public Access to cable meant that the format was changed slightly as it was shortened to a half-hour instead of an hour. There weren’t as many calls, which was a shame, but the new season (which begins filming next week) has gone back to an hour-long show. Produced by Earwolf, Beautiful/Anonymous, or Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People reminds me of what TCGS was like on public access. Chris Gethard talks to someone for an hour about anything he wants. He’s not allowed to hang up until after an hour, but the caller can hang up at any time.

Beautiful/Anonymous premiered this week, and at the time I’m writing this, there have been two episodes. Because of the way iTunes works, I’ve listened to the second episode, and it was fantastic. I love hearing people’s stories, and the person Geth spoke to for the second episode was fascinating. He called to tell the story of how he managed to get a passport in less than a week, but they ended up having a 40 minute tangent about the caller’s religion. I’m not going to tell you what it is, because you should listen to it. Chris is a great listener, and his desire to know more about this particular religion came from a place of curiosity rather than anything else. I normally take some time to make my mind up about a podcast, but I was sold after one episode. It’s great. If you’re a fan of This American Life or Dear Hank & John, this is definitely worth a listen.

OPINION: More Habibs is good for Australian Television | @Channel9 — DeciderTV

Image courtesty of Nine Entertainment

Source: OPINION: More Habibs is good for Australian Television | @Channel9 — DeciderTV

I wrote this! One of the reasons I’ve been taking some time off from the blog is so that I can work on pieces for publication. The first season of Here Come the Habibs finishes tonight, and last week Channel 9 renewed it for a second season. I wrote about how the renewal is good for Australian television. Hopefully its success will lead to more scripted comedies and dramas on commercial free to air. Anyway, go and read the article.

What I’ve been up to.

It’s a long weekend, so even though it’s Monday night, I keep thinking it’s Sunday. It’s been over a week since I posted anything, but there are some things I’ve been working on as well. I haven’t watched any of the new Netflix shows, but I am looking forward to the return of Daredevil this Friday. I have been keeping up with Jane the Virgin and Better Call Saul (iZombie went on hiatus the same week I did), and I’m trying my hardest to keep up with The 100, but it’s on at the same time as everything else (Wednesday night), so I keep forgetting to record it. I watched North and South on Netflix with my mum, and my next decision is whether to watch Luther or Master of None with her.

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‘Mad Max’ Costume Designer Jenny Beavan on Her Oscar Win: “I Don’t Mind in the Least If They Didn’t Clap” – Hollywood Reporter

Part 4 in a Series about Mad Max: Fury Road at the Academy Awards. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Source: ‘Mad Max’ Costume Designer Jenny Beavan on Her Oscar Win: “I Don’t Mind in the Least If They Didn’t Clap” – Hollywood Reporter

Jenny Beavan is better than all of us. This article in The Hollywood Reporter states that Inarritu did clap, but his reaction was delayed. This whole issue has been blown out of proportion (including by me), and I’ve learned a lot from it. About 10 days ago I wrote that I was going to be stepping back from the blog for a month or two. Personally it’s been a huge relief, but I don’t know if I would have written about this issue so passionately if I felt I had to. I didn’t write a review of Fury Road when I first saw it, but it turns out it had a greater impact on me than I’d realised. I got to look at the issue from a number of different perspectives and made up a bizarre conspiracy theory about Tom Hardy’s disdain for Beavan based on that metal thing he had to wear. Now we come to what Jenny Beavan has to say on the whole thing, which is presented in full in the THR article. The person whose opinion matters most is hers – if she’s not offended, I won’t be either (although I still have absolutely zero desire to see The Revenant).

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