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Although nothing compares to the vote to maybe think about starting to think about impeachment hearings. Or tonight’s Democrat debate.

Drink when anyone says “soul of our country” and “who we are”.

 

It is also pretty exciting when Dr. Husband’s twice-weekly alternate side parking routine includes a visit from a typical Upper West Side couple, Steven & Kate, shlepping their old dog down the street for a walk. But. Hey. They do live on our block.

 

First ObamaFlick Scores

If American Factory is any indication of Barack & Michelle’s talent for choosing great content, then they could have their own Network.

This first choice is a documentary about a Chinese glass company that takes over a moth-balled auto factory in Dayton, Ohio. The stories of both Americans who want to welcome the company for its jobs and the Chinese management and workers who come with it is astoundingly intimate. Access is based on trust of the local filmmakers through the ups and downs of a foreign entity taking over a community workplace.

A willingness to bond with each other’s cultures turns to a clash. Resolution is never complete nor easy. This is a must-see brilliant view of life in middle America and working-class China. Global realities. Bravo.

Phoebe Phenom

Phoebe Waller-Bridge. A 34-year old Brit who has conjured the most unique television series phenomenons. Her Killing Eve a sociopathic edgy thriller. And. Just finished FleaBag. Her genius writing only eclipsed by her acting in the lead role as … Claire’s sister?

Quirky doesn’t begin to capture her characters. Sui generis. Villanelle. Fleabag. Not easy to watch. Yet. Can’t stop. All. Like nothing else.

Fresh Noms

Emmy nominations have some new names. The usual retread suspects. VEEP and Game of Thrones. Yes. But. This year’s additions include hilarious Anthony Carrigan, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara. Yay. Jodie Comer finally gets her due as Sandra Oh’s better half. And. The two best shows on television. Schitt’s Creek & Succession.

Look for newcomers Maya Hawke the only good Stranger Thing and Sharp Object’s Eliza Scanlen on next year’s list.

Revivals

Tonys the best TV show. Actual talent on display from old classics Oklahoma or Kiss Me Kate. James Corden. Who new? He was great.

Big Little Lies. Season 2. Abusive husband replaced by abusive mother-in-law. Of course. Celeste takes the bait. Evil and dark, Meryl Streep is even better in the role than I’d predicted. Real. Resonates.

Rory woke up and commanded Canada’s course. Welcome back.