|Billions ~ my new favourite programme|
Last week I caught up with The Walking Dead, which I thought was one of the best 'seasons' so far. Rick, Rick, you should have known the die was cast when you started getting over confident about your ability to protect your community... so who do you think Negan killed? I don't think it was one of the main characters at all, but perhaps Eugene or Rosita. We'll see!
|It's never not a good time for a picture of Norman Reedus|
I've also just finished watching the first series of BILLIONS. I LOVED it! I adore Damian Lewis anyway, having lusted after him throughout the first three series of Homeland, but he's even better as Bobby Axelrod, brilliant yet corrupt billionaire. Very clever of the writers to make him likeable, and a dedicated family man, rather than a philanderer, I think, and (to me, anyway), he's the baddie you want to win, even more so than JR Ewing, my all time favourite baddie-I-loved. Paul Giamatti is terrific as his arch enemy, US Attorney Chuck Rhoades, but....
|Malin Akerman, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff and Paul Giamatti|
...one thing that has occurred to me is how Maggie Siff (Wendy Rhoades) might be feeling about her TV husbands. Like, "how come in my previous main role I got to fake having sex with Charlie Hunnam, but now...."
|Charlie Hunnam vs Paul Giamatti ~ there's really no comparison|
Last night I watched the first six episodes of Outsiders, a Kentucky based thriller about a community of hillbilly mountain men whose home is threatened by a ruthless development company who want to blow up the mountain to extract the coal within. It's great, starring David Morse as a particularly objectionable redneck, and Opie (Ryan Hurst) from Sons of Anarchy. Talking of JR Ewing, we've already cast David Morse's character Foster as JR, 'Opie' as Bobby, and Foster's mum as the all powerful Miss Ellie :)
|Ryan Hurst might need to cut his hair if he doesn't want to be typecast...!|
....and let us not forget the hunk of gorgeousness that is Joe Anderson, as Asa Farrell! My husband said he expects to see him on my desktop any day now (a position currently held by Bobby Axelrod). Those arms, those arms...
|Joe Anderson ~ one for the ladies|
I've also watched the first couple of episodes (okay, I can't always wait for the whole series!) of Marcella on ITV ~ serial killer thriller starring Anna Friel as a slightly barmy cop. A role played better by Claire Danes in Homeland, I think, but I do like this series. My only complain is this: THE COAT. Throughout, Anna Friel wears this furry hooded parka affair, which is seriously getting on my nerves now that I've noticed it. My question is this: if it is cold enough for such a coat, why does she never do it up? Okay, I know, I need to get out more...
Three and a half stars
|Anna Friel as Marcella, in The Coat of Irritation|
Oh yes, and if anyone hasn't seen Better Call Saul, because they think it has to be rubbish after Breaking Bad - it's not, it's great. The second series in particular. Bob Odenkirk and the guy who plays Mike whose name escapes me are brilliant, and it's every bit as funny and cleverly plotted as BB.
Four and a half stars
Now.... how do I get through the next nine months to a year before the next series of Billions??? Aha ~ Vinyl will finish soon (I couldn't resist seeing the first episode!), and then there's series 4 of The Americans, and....