Friday, March 13, 2015

New on TV March 2015

Schitt's Creek (2015) ✭✭✭✭½

My gosh this show is freaking funny. Now showing on POP TV (available on satellite, select cable systems and this Canadian production stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara as a mega-wealthy couple who lose it all, and end up flat broke in a small backwater town. The show makes good use of Levy and O'Hara's well documented comedic chemistry, but the revelation here is Levy's real life son Daniel, who is absolutely brilliant as a 30ish neurotic metrosexual. Schitt's Creek is scream, do give it a try.

Barnwood Builders (2014) ✭✭✭✭

Have you ever seen an old, abandoned log cabin out in field somewhere and thought to yourself, "Somebody should move that and restore it"? Well contractor Mark Bowe and his burly crew do just that every week on Barnwood Builders, a reality show now playing on GAC. In each episode Bowe and company locate, painstakingly dismantle, haul and reassemble a historic structure for a delighted new owner. Not every project goes smoothly, and there are a lot surprising items - and critters - hiding in those dusty hand hewn beams, but the guys get through it with hard work, determination and humorous good ol' boy bonhomie.

House of Cards Season 3 (2015)

Unless you've been hiding in one of those log cabins, you know that season 3 of the hit Netflix original production is now available to stream. I haven't had a chance to wade through it yet, but the reviews on Netflix are all over the place, with the negative notices sounding like jilted lovers who've gotten a raw deal. I hope they haven't screwed up this terrific show. If you've seen it, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

You Bet Your Life (1950) ✭✭✭✭✭

Everything old is new again with JLTV's nightly airings of the classic Groucho Marx quiz show. The program must be in public domain - several times over - by now, and it looks like some product of a lost civilization. Yet Groucho is still witty as hell, and the interplay between him and the ultra-square George Fenneman is a thing to behold. I've probably seen every episode 3 or 4 times over the years. Don't care, they just get funnier every time.

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