Rainy-weekend TV

Hi All,

Happy Friday! It’s going to be a bit of a slow weekend here in Ontario with the weather forecast, but I’m ok with that. I’m loving The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties. It’s the French reality show about a family who runs a luxury real estate firm. All I want to do is curl up and watch it all day. 

In all honesty, I’ll probably watch a little bit of TV tonight and go to bed early. I was up at 5:00 a.m. this morning taking an Albert sustainable production training course. If you work in creative production or editorial (news), I cannot recommend the training enough.

Anyways, I’ve got to get back to my GMAT study schedule so let’s get to it!

Things to watch this week:

There are lots of things to watch today which is good because it’s supposed to rain all weekend so I’ve got you covered.

Let’s start with today’s Crave offerings. I’ve been waiting for the streaming premiere of The Witches. This is the Anne Hathaway remake with Octavia Spencer. There were some valid criticisms of this movie when it first came out, but I love this story and I’m excited to just relax and enjoy. Check out the trailer here.

Also on Crave is a three-part documentary series called Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell. You know this is going to be wild. I’m equally fascinated and repulsed by the whole thing so it will really depend on my mood if I watch this, but if you’re following this story, this will be of interest to you. Watch the trailer here.

Today on Disney+ we’ve also got two things of note. First, Wolfgang, a documentary about chef Wolfgang Puck. I think it looks stunning. It’s made by the director who did Jiro Dreams of Sushi so it would be stunning. Highly recommend checking this out if you are into food docs. Take a look at the trailer here.

Second, the first episode of The Mysterious Benedict Society is out today. This is a mystery adventure series based on a kids book series. It looks perfect for middle-grade kids (aged 8-12) but still looks lots of fun for everyone. Watch the trailer here.

On Netflix today we’ve got Sex/Life. This is a steamy drama about a love triangle. If that sounds like something for you — check out the trailer here.

On Saturday I’ve got a niche sports doc for all you speed swimming fans. The Fast Lane is a doc about the Canadian swimming team with a special focus on Penny Oleksiak. I’m so excited to watch this. I love swimming and it’s one of the things I miss the most about pre-pandemic life. So if I can’t swim, at least I can watch this on Gem. I don’t have a trailer for you — but here’s the link to watch it.

Also on Saturday, Netflix has a new French documentary about fashion designer Olivier Roustein called Wonder Boy. Again there is no trailer online, but if you head to Netflix’s coming soon page you can check it out.

On Monday, Crave has a soccer documentary called The Holy Game. It’s about the “world cup of soccer for priests.” Yup. Lots of sports drama mixed with the Catholic church. Fascinating. Watch the trailer here.

On Thursday, I’ve got two things worth noting. First, a Swedish teen drama called Young Royals. Check out the trailer here.

Lastly, on Crave, we’ve got Steven Soderbergh’snew movie No Sudden Move. It has a massive cast, but I love Don Cheadle, Jon Hamm, and Kieran Culkin. Watch the trailer here.

PLUS — congrats to any Habs fans out there. I’m very jealous, but at this point I think they should give Carey Price the cup immediately. I’m on the Price bandwagon. I can’t cheer for the Habs but I’m cheering for Price. We’ll find out who they face off against in the finals tonight: you can watch game seven of the New York Islanders vs Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at 8:00 p.m. Then the final series kicks off on Monday.

Other things to check out:

Obviously I’ve got to start with the Britney Spears trial. This is huge news for so many reasons, but the Coles Notes on the situation is that she has been under a conservatorship for more than a decade and she wants out. This week the public finally got to hear her speak about the situation and it’s awful. If you want to read her words, this is the full transcript of her testimony. But I’m going to point you in the direction of Stacey Lee Kong’sFriday Things. She goes into the situation in depth in a very thoughtful way.

Now after that news and a lot of the other news this week, if you need a pick-me-up, check out Miley Cyrus’s cover of Cher’s “Believe.” It is pure joy.

Ed Sheeran has a new song out called “Bad Habits”. I hate it. So sorry it’s not for me. It sounds completely different from his old stuff and I’m not into it. I’d love to know what you think.

I’ve had so many conversations over the last few weeks about Bo Burnham. He’s brilliant and everywhere right now, but for those of you who missed his rise to the top of the zeitgeist, Netflix UK did a great career overview.We got TWO beautiful AD tours this week. Tyrese Gibson’s Atlanta mansion and Cara Delevingne’s L.A. play house. Both are stunning in their own ways. Very different but I’m into both of them for different reasons.

There is a long profile on Scooter Braun in Variety this week. He’s not my favourite person in the media industry but he is very interesting. Read that here.

Joshua Bassett is trying really hard to get out of Olivia’s shadow. His most recent effort is this long profile in GQ. It’s fascinating to me.

Conan O'Brien has signed off late night. Watch his goodbye here.

I’ve got the trailer of all trailers for you… have you heard about Netflix’s Sexy Beasts? I have no words. Let’s just say it’s giving me the confidence to pitch my wacky ideas.

In industry news, DGC President Warren P. Sonoda wrote an excellent op-ed in the Toronto Star about the importance of Bill C-10. I’d highly recommend reading it.

The big news in my little bubble is that they are finally making The Idea of You into a movie. This was one of my favourite books last year so I’m thrilled. Gabrielle Union has had the rights for a while, but Anne Hawathay is now involved and will be starring. If you’ve read this book let me know — I have casting thoughts and would love to discuss.

Have a great weekend,


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