TV: A slow week with only two premiers: Jane the Virgin and the Durrells in Corfu.

 

Premiers:

Jane the Virgin (CW)

Jane the Virgin returned this week picking up from last season’s cliffhanger that left Michael in critical condition after Rose shot him. This of course happened just minutes before he and Jane were going to consummate their marriage and the title of the show would have to be changed. We are kept in suspense throughout the premier as to Michael’s fate but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the other plots. Will Petra overcome her paralysis and do something to her evil twin who has taken her place? What will Jane’s mother do about being pregnant after a one-night stand? Will Jane and Rafael have a new dynamic and continue to more away from their love triangle? Where did Rose take Louisa?  Although I have never seen a real Telenovela, this one seems to have all the drama and plot twists of the best of them.

It is wonderful to have Jane and company back in my life after spending all summer binging Seasons 1 and 2. Given the ratings, I’m not optimistic for another year so I’m just going to sit back and enjoy this weekly escapist hour of fun with all of it’s heart, great characters and plot twists.

The Durrells in Corfu (PBS – Masterpiece Theater)

The Durrells in Corfu premiered last weekend as a new 6 episode series on Masterpiece. It won’t stretch your intellect but it is a wonderful little show about a widow and her four children who relocate from England to the Greek island of Corfu in the 1930s. Her children range in age from the oldest boy 21 (an aspiring writer), to the youngest boy of about 10 who his mother calls “different” and who cares mostly about animals. In between are Leslie and Margo who don’t do much of anything. The family is destitute and have heard that life is cheap on the island so make the trek and land up with a house that is falling apart, has no electricity but is situated on the ocean with magnificent views.

I’m going to enjoy following this quirky family for the next 5 weeks. The scenery is lovely, the humor engaging and the relationships enjoyable. The show will lift your spirits and make you want to book passage on the next ship to Greece.

Shows I bagged this week because I’m watching too much TV and these either are going to get cancelled anyway (No Tomorrow); I’ve lost interest in (Gotham) or the show is fine but it’s just not engaging me (Insecure and Pitch). 

Gotham (Fox)

No Tomorrow (CW)

Insecure (HBO)

Pitch (FOX)

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