Earlier this week I finished the Showtime show “I’m Dying Up Here”. It was a period piece set in 1970′s Los Angeles based on the world of stand up comics. I would call it semi-biographical though most of the characters are fictitious in nature.  There is an appearance of Richard Pryor, mentions of George Carlin and the Johnny Carson show is a staple/goal of the comics in the show, but the characters are created. 

If you like comics, or period pieces, then you’ll like it. If not, then you might find a better use of your time. It’s funny, well written and has its dark spots. It certainly has it’s dark spots.

Heading into the show I only knew of 3 of the main actors. Clark Duke (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), and Jake Lacy (The Office) to a point. I knew the face at least from being “new Jim” on “The Office”.



Jon Voight as “Mickey Donovan” from the Showtime show “Ray Donovan.

Season 5 of “Ray Donovan” returns to Showtime tonight. It has some twists right off the bat. 

Lili Simmons  with a surprise appearance, half-naked on Mulholland Drive causing a wreck. Interesting.

I finally, watched the Dean Smith documentary on Showtime. There wasn’t a whole lot that was extremely fresh to me since, I’m from North Carolina and have followed the Tarheels since I was a little guy. It was interesting seeing many of his former teammates share intimate stories and only reinforce my thoughts of the man and coach he was.

The Lawrence Taylor documentary was both interesting and yet a bit sad.

This guy had all the talent in the world and is likely the best defensive player the NFL has ever seen. Maybe the drugs helped make him that way, a lot like the bottle helped Hemingway become Hemingway, he alluded to that at one point. 

I had a high school football coach that played with Taylor at Carolina and he had a few stories he would share and while he was likely on beer/alcohol at that point he still had a wild streak. 

Last night I finished watching season 3 of “The Affair”, which is broadcast on Showtime. I could have sworn that I’ve mentioned that show on here before, but I don’t see a tag for it. 

It’s a fairly unique show. It’s basically an hour long but it is split into two chapters. The basis of any given episode is about two characters and the first half will show things and tell a story from one perspective, the second half will show things and tell the story from the other person’s perspective. I’ve compared it to a couple having an argument and then turning to their best friend to rant and rave about said argument with each one offering their own slant/spin on said argument.

Some of the stuff is repetitive with events happen the same exact way but even then they are shown from a different camera angle more times than not, but there is normally a different viewpoint on certain aspects. I once had an English professor that said “The only way your viewpoint on a story/poem is wrong is if it’s bullshit, meaning you didn’t read it.”  He added, “Otherwise who is to question what you felt the author meant and as long as I can tell you read the work, I won’t grade on your interpretation, but if I think you are bullshitting me, you will get an F, beacuse you can’t bullshit a bullshitter.”  He was pretty unique himself. 

Another example was that Noah(Dominic West) was in Paris with his current girlfriend(a married French professor that was visiting the US), and the first part of the show was from her perspective and it showed the pair running into two of her friends and the three women speaking in French(with subtitles). Later on the second part, it showed them running into the women and this time they spoke in French, but in this case their were no subtitles, and I took it to mean that from his perspective he had very little clue of what they were actually saying since he isn’t fluent in French. 

It’s just a neat way to approach a show. I think it would be a neat way for an author to approach a pair of books as well. The same story written from various perspectives, say husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.  

I will say season three went a little bat shit crazy and was somewhat all over the place, with Noah being released from jail and adjusting to demons and a pain pill dependency that makes you question what was in his mind and what was reality.  I’ll likely watch through the 3 seasons again at some point soon, but season 3 was all over the place with the chain of events.

I watched the pilot to “Riverdale”, the CW show that is a modernization of the the “Archie” comics. Now, I flipped through a few as a kid and saw some of the cartoons, but I don’t know know about those storylines to know how close or how different this is. I’m sure there are some new characters, and some that are missing. 

With the direction they went with a murder/cover up, Archie sleeping with Ms. Grundy(I think that was her name),  then it’s safe to say CW won’t do it justice and it should have found a home on HBO/Showtime/Amazon/Netflix. 

The initial episode was interesting, it just seems like one of those that will be lacking due to being on network TV.