I had a really great week this week. I hope you all did too. Personally, work was great (we had lots of fun segments), I scored a personal best on the GMAT when it mattered, and I watched some really great TV.
I’m into the new season of the American Love Island (premiered on Wednesday), I’ve been loving all the sports happening right now, and I’m excited to start the new Big Brother.
But none of it has been as good as Young Royals.
I just finished the show last nightand I cannot stop thinking about it. I’ll write up a blog about it for next week, but let’s put it this way — I need season two immediately. I am obsessed and I will only be talking about Young Royals for the next few months. If you’ve seen this show please send me an email because I have a lot of thoughts.
Anyways, I’m just really riding some good vibes and I’m hoping to carry this energy into next week and beyond.
Let’s get to it because we’ve got some fun new shows to get excited about.
Things to watch this week:
Totally missed that one of my all-time favourite movies, The Grand Seduction, is now on Netflix. This is an English remake of a French-Canadian classic and stars all your favs from 22 Minutes and Tim Riggins himself, Taylor Kitsch. It’s a joy.
On Netflix today, I’ll be bingeing Atypical. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. This is the fourth and final season and I’m equally thrilled to get new episodes and devastated this is the end. If you’re watching this show send me an email and we can cry about it together. Watch the trailer here.
Also on Netflix today is the thirrd season of Virgin River. This is not my favourite show (I couldn’t get into season one) but I know a lot of you love it so I’m thrilled you get a new season. Check out the trailer here.
On Disney+ for those of you who want to pay for Premier Access, the newest Marvel film, Black Widow, is out today. This is Scarlett Johansson’s big project but she’s making news this week for another reason… apparently she and Colin Jost are expecting their first kid! Watch the Black Widow trailer here.
On Gem, I’m really looking forward to the new New Zealand drama Head High. It’s a six-part series about a rugby team. It looks like a lot of fun. Check out the trailer here.
Gem has also launched their “Get Ready For Tokyo 2020!” Collection. There are lots of options here including sports and Olympic docs like Sports on Fire, and a bunch of shows about Japan or from Japan. I’m particularly interested in watching the Japanese remake of Suits — but the options here are vast.
On Sunday, there is only one thing to watch: England vs. Italy in the Euro Finals. Here in Canada, you can watch it on TSN at 3:00 p.m.
I’ve been hearing a lot of great buzz about The White Lotus, a new HBO show. The general premise of the show is that it follows the staff and guests at a tropical vacation resort over the course of a week. It has a killer cast (hello, Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon) and looks very funny. I’m super curious about this one. It’s following a weekly release schedule on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on Crave. Watch the trailer here.
On Tuesday, Netflix has a self-titled three-part doc about tennis pro Naomi Osaka. She’s a really interesting person and player, and this feels like a look into her life on her terms. Check out the trailer here.
On Wednesday we say goodbye to Loki as it has its season finale. I know a lot of you loved this one so I hope the finale is everything you want it to be and more.
Finally, on Thursday we’ve got Never Have I Ever season two on Netflix. I loved this show so much when it first came out and I’m thrilled it’s back. Watch the trailer here.
Other things to check out:
For all you Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fans out there, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd were on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and it was a very fun time. Watch part one here and part two here and try not to smile. It’s impossible. The fun and joy in these videos is contagious.
I have a lot of love for the Arkells and their new song is great. “One Thing That I Know” just feels like a song that needs to be performed live. It’s got great energy and I’m very into it. I bounced along listening to it on my way home from my GMAT and it really contributed to my great mood. Listen to it here.
There is a new BTS video for “Permission to Dance” and it’s a bop. Highly recommend checking that out here.
I listened to a fantastic episode of the podcast How I Built This with Guy Razthis week. This is a 10/10 podcast most weeks, but the episode with Ava DuVernay on her company ARRAY is phenomenal. Listen to that here if you want some inspiration/motivation to take over the world.
Lastly, the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee was as endearing as ever, but winner Zaila Avant-garde made history. Read about her and the bee here.
Have a great weekend,
📝📝📝 This newsletter was graciously edited by Emma Sakamoto 📝📝📝
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