Do you ever get in a rut? I sure am. Being I had a week of vacation in July…then had almost two weeks off in August due to my exposure to Covid, I’ve listened to so many audiobooks. The series I am watching has come to an end. I’m just tired of it all.
My audiobooks have gotten to be a little more like background noise and not something I am engaged in…so. I decided to change things up a bit. I’ve been listening to podcasts.
I like true crime so much of what I’ve been listening to is true crime. Counter-Clock is one I really have enjoyed. This takes one crime and over the course of 10 or so episodes, it dissects the crime. If you are listening to this one make sure to start with season one episode one as the stories later connect.
I’ve not been watching a lot of television but I have been watching some for an episode each night. The show that has most of my attention…
Here’s a synopsis of the show:
“As a lower-level cabinet member, Tom Kirkman never imagined something would happen that would catapult him to the oval office. When a devastating attack on the night of the State of the Union address claims the lives of the president and most of the Cabinet, the Housing and Urban Development secretary — who was named the designated survivor in case of such an event — finds himself promoted to leader of the free world. Suddenly thrust into his new position of power, Kirkman struggles to keep the country from dissolving into chaos and must adjust to his new normal, unaware of what fresh horrors may await the United States.”
The show was originally on regular television through ABC. It was two seasons…then Netflix bought it and filmed another season. I’m on season two as I write and I really love it. It drew me in and I’m hooked.
There are three seasons totally and they can be seen through Netflix.
Here is the trailer:
The lead of the show looked so familiar to me. I finally had to look him up. I was so surprised it was Keifer Southerland. I remember him from my teenage movie-going. It was great to reconnect with his work.
I haven’t had much television or stitching time, but when I did, I hit a couple of awesome shows I have to tell you about.
Are you a PBS fan? Are you a WWII fan? If you are, you must watch Atlantic Crossing.
The show starts as WWII is erupting. It focuses on the royal family from Norway. Here is the synopsis:
“A princess steals the heart of the president of the United States in an epic drama based on the World War II relationship of Franklin Roosevelt and Norwegian Crown Princess Martha. Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex and the City) stars as Roosevelt, opposite Swedish star Sofia Helin (The Bridge) as the beautiful Martha, who flees the Nazis with her three young children and lives under Roosevelt’s protection. The eight-part series co-stars Tobias Santelmann as Crown Prince Olav and Harriet Sansom Harris as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.”
If you go to PBS’s website they do a Fact/Fiction page for each episode and I’ve been enjoying that. I’ve found myself looking up history online too. I know that once I do that, I’ve found a show that has me hooked. I HIGHLY recommend it. It is currently playing on PBS.
I rented a movie. I rarely do that but am so glad I did. I streamed it through Amazon. You can find the movie HERE. I saw a preview of the movie and knew immediatly, if I were going to the theatre I would have like to see this so, I rented it. The movie is Six Minutes to Midnight. Judi Dench is in it so I had to give it a try.
The story is based on real events. I found the movie very interesting and it was a big treat for me to rent a movie.
Here is the synopsis:
“Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher there sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm. But the authorities believe he is the problem.”
I didn’t use to ever watch television but now I do. It all came about as I started cross-stitching again. I can say that about 5 of the seven nights a week, I end up watching at least an hour’s worth.
Most of what I watch comes from Netflix lately but I did branch out and get PBS and I’m so glad I did. One of the reasons is that I really wanted to see the movie Elizabeth is Missing.
The show is based on a book of the same name by Emma Healey. I had read the book some time ago and reviewed it on the blog. Find that review HERE. I really enjoyed the book and wanted to see the movie. I figured if it was a Masterpiece selection and I liked the book, it was bound to be good, and it was.
Here is what Masterpiece said about the show:
“Returning to television for the first time in nearly three decades, two-time Academy Award®–winner Glenda Jackson stars as a woman desperately trying to solve two mysteries as she declines ever deeper into dementia, in Elizabeth Is Missing, an adaptation of Emma Healey’s acclaimed novel.
Playing feisty grandmother Maud Horsham, who lives alone despite early-stage Alzheimer’s, Jackson is joined by Maggie Steed as Maud’s only friend, Elizabeth, who ominously goes missing, leading to one of the mysteries at the heart of the drama. Helen Behan plays Maud’s dutiful daughter, Helen, and Nell Williams is Maud’s doting granddaughter, Katy.”