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OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (July 2020)

With Hollywood production being sideswiped by the coronavirus pandemic, it was a wild spring for the TV world. And there’s still not much clarity as we swing into the summer season. But the shows must go on — most of them, anyway — so here is our annual list of summer premiere dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows. It covers more than 150 broadcast, cable and streaming series bowing through August 31 in various dayparts but does not include specials or movies.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: July 06, 2020 at 06:23 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: movies, music, off-topic, television, whatever else belongs under the rubric of 'popular culture'

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   1. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: July 01, 2020 at 12:42 AM (#5960510)
In the world of ghost-runners-and-universal-DH baseball, television's place as the true national pastime has never been more clear.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: July 06, 2020 at 09:39 AM (#5961254)
Ennio Morricone has died.

The final standoff scene of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is my favorite movie music moment of all time.
   3. Morty Causa Posted: July 06, 2020 at 08:19 PM (#5961369)

Saw the movie when it came out only because Fonda was in it. Surprisingly, it was entertaining. Morricone provided a good score.
   4. mathesond Posted: July 11, 2020 at 06:05 PM (#5962340)
The other day my wife and I decided to check out Warrior Nun on Netflix, simply because of the name. And yeah, once again a teenage girl will have to save the world, but 3 episodes in it's silly, if forgettable, fun.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 11, 2020 at 06:57 PM (#5962345)
A few weeks ago, the video for Assassin by Fearless Flyers started showing up in my news feed being shared by a bunch of musician friends. That was my gateway to Vulfpeck and the cult of Joe Dart. Now I'm incredibly disappointed in my musician friends for not setting me hip to Vulf any sooner than this.
   6. mathesond Posted: July 23, 2020 at 08:53 AM (#5964887)
I am enjoying the new Dream Wife album. They were probably my favourite live band in 2018.
   7. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 23, 2020 at 09:17 AM (#5964893)
Last fall or winter I picked up a copy of The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway in our building's laundry room/book exchange (people leave books and household bric-a-brac they no longer want for others to appropriate). Finally got around to reading it...and reading it again. Wonderful book. Then I find that "Harkaway" is just a pen name, his real last name is Cornwell and his father, David, is a fairly well-known writer.

If you have a taste for comic, post-apocolyptic sci-fi romances written in gorgeously ornate prose, I highly recommend Cornwell fils.
   8. mathesond Posted: July 29, 2020 at 01:59 PM (#5966674)
Thanks for the recommendation, H&U, I've added it to my library hold list. I'm 6th in line, and the Toronto system has 2 copies, so I figure it'll get to me around the time autumn arrives.
   9. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 29, 2020 at 02:49 PM (#5966684)
I finished season one of "Fleabag". What am I missing? It was fine, but nothing earth-shattering.

   10. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 29, 2020 at 02:58 PM (#5966687)
mathesond, hope you like it. I've also read his 2nd & 3rd novels, Angelmaker and Tigerman and would recommend them as well. Just picked up his 4th novel, Gnomon from the library today.
   11. mathesond Posted: July 29, 2020 at 03:21 PM (#5966695)
Votto, I liked Season 1 of Fleabag, and really liked season 2. But, that was a year or so ago, so who knows how my tastes have changed?
   12. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 29, 2020 at 03:55 PM (#5966707)
I think Season 2 received significant acclaim, and I do plan to watch it. The 20-25 minute episodes are nice.

Despite being stuck at home, I'm behind pace for my goal of reading 50 books this year.
   13. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: July 29, 2020 at 09:27 PM (#5966784)
I'm reading my 65th. Have watched very few movies, not surprisingly.

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