Same old, same old end of summer programs got you in a cable funk?
Me, too, so I decided to share a few of our favorite shows and series with you to catch on demand if you haven’t seen them yet. These suggestions should hold your interest in TV just until your fave shows start up again.
Both of the recent OJ Simpson films are spectacular and highly recommend.
#1. "O.J.: Made in America" will give you the chills with its laser-like insight on race relations in America beginning with the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and the subsequent senseless beating of trucker Reginald Denny after the jury’s verdict was announced in the Rodney King beating trial. These events take us by storm - all the way up to what went wrong in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, detailing how and why O.J. really got off.
All I can say is, O.J. had it made. He transcended race and was truly America’s Golden Boy, everyone’s hero . . . until . . .
“It is the defining cultural tale of modern America - a saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. And two decades after its unforgettable climax, it continues to fascinate, polarize, and even, yes, develop new chapters. Now, the producers of ESPN's award-winning "30 for 30" have made it the subject of their first documentary-event and most ambitious project yet. From Peabody and Emmy-award winning director Ezra Edelman, it's "O.J.: Made in America".
This is a documentary, not fiction. A powerfully haunting must see. Trust me.
In my humble opinion, the damn glove didn't fit because it shrunk from being soaked in Nicole’s and Ron Goldman’s blood. And then there’s the rubber glove O.J. wore when trying it on in court. Well, that sealed the deal.
You will weep when you see how and why O.J. was acquitted. You will weep for Nicole and Ron Goldman – the true victims in this media circus. You will weep when you see Nicole, ever the beautiful, blonde angel even in death. And Ron Goldman, a sweet, innocent guy in the wrong place at the wrong time . . .
This is an excellent movie version of the O.J. Simpson murders and subsequent trial. A real eye-opener, superbly scripted and acted. Heartbreaking to see exactly when each of O.J.’s closest confidantes began to realize he was lying and truly guilty of Nicole and Ron’s murders. Even Marcia Clark endorsed the accuracy of the facts in this film.
Available on Amazon and IMDB.
#3. “Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty” was a smash!
I always loved Rachel Hunter from the first time I saw her in “Vogue” way back when we were all teens. She is one of the true, original “Super Models” of our day.
I love gorgeously good travelogues where you escape to “visit” exotic locales through another’s eyes and learn some interesting things along the way.
Rachel’s personality and beauty really shine through the screen.
Two of my favorite episodes in this series were Rachel’s visit to Icaria, an island off Greece where some of the world’s oldest, healthiest people live. She gives us an up close and personal peek into their longevity lifestyle. If they have Wi-Fi there, I’d move!
My next favorite episode of Rachel’s is her visit to Fiji, an archipelago of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific. Who hasn’t always wanted to go to Fiji? This episode will whet your appetite for exotic travel and I’ll bet you’re packing your bags before the final credits roll!
While there, Rachel takes us on a tour of Pure Fiji, a local company that helps generate revenue to support the indigenous people of the country. It was very interesting to find out the importance of Dilo nut oil for their organic beauty and holistic healing products whose popularity is sweeping the globe.
The Pure Fiji Body Butter with Guava Infusion is incredible. It leaves my skin and feet soft and ready for anything. I’m very hard on my tootsies with all the daily walking I try to do, so this product is a Godsend.
And if you STILL want to escape into a hair-on-fire, edge-of-your-seat series, tune into Sunday’s nights main man, Ray Donovan.
While not quite as anxiety-inducing as Breaking Bad, all the heart-pounding, hair-brained schemes and circumstances that Ray lets himself be sucked into are mind blowing. Just when you think it can’t get any worse – it does. Like Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan keeps coming at you. Sometimes I just can’t take the sheer suspense of it all so I watch some scenes through my fingers.
In all fairness, I have to say Ray started the season off with a big bang, but IMHO fell rather short the second episode . . . like The Soprano’s often did – one week they were searing, coming at you with the force and fury of a forest fire, the next week they could be just – Meh . . . but on the whole, The Soprano’s kept us on the edge of our seats for a lot of years. Ray Donovan is guaranteed to do the same.
BTW, the third episode of Ray Donovan this season kicked itself back into high-octane gear and it’s been full speed ahead, terrifically tense ever since. I thought I was going to have a heart attack watching one week’s story unfold. Personally, I’d love to bitch-slap that damn Mickey, Ray’s egregiously dysfunctional dad. What a major F-Up that dude is.
If you’re still looking for more thrills and escapism, binge watch Breaking Bad if you missed it on its first go-round like I did. Well worth the time investment.
And, of course, Downton Abby never fails to intrigue and enchant. I still have to watch the first three seasons because I came to this series at the start of season four.
Tell us what you think of our recommendations and also what are some of your very favorite TV series, movies and documentaries.
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