Amazon Prime Video gives fans a chance to pick what shows should be on the streaming service
Amazon Prime Video wants is into their annual new “pilot season,” and there are a couple of shows that you should checkout. I highly recommend “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” is a well written and well-acted show. The show is centered around Miriam “Midge” Maisel’s (Rachel Brosnahan) who has a fairy tale life as a 1950s Manhattan wife and mother. But she decides that after her husband leaves her she makes a bold choice to try her hand at stand-up comedy.
The pilot’s excellent cast includes Michael Zegen (“Boardwalk Empire”), Alex Borstein (“MADtv”), Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), and Marin Hinkle (“Two and a Half Men”).
Well worth the time and it is a great period dramedy and personally I hope to see this show become part of the Amazon Prime Video family.
“The Legend of Master Legend,” is the other pilot that I think is a sure bet to make the Amazon list. It is a very quirky comedy with a plot that will allow the show in a number of different directions.
Frank Lafount (John Hawkes), hits the streets of Las Vegas as low-budget superhero Master Legend. The funny part of the show is that the main character, Frank has to balance his deep sense of justice with the burdens of actual life and disapproval from his family.
The pilot also stars Dawnn Lewis (“Major Crimes”), Shea Whigham (“Boardwalk Empire”), and newcomer Anjelika Washington. If you like Transparent, Argo and other comedies that are funny with a bit of wackiness, then you will love this show.
Over at Hulu they are making news with their new series “Harlots,“ a highly anticipated new period melodrama. It in London 1793 when two of the top brothels choose to go to war with each other.
Samantha Morton plays Margaret Wells, a madam attempting to move up in her world, out of her low-rent Covent Garden digs into a new, bigger, brighter house in fashionable Soho. In this British co-production “Harlots,” created by women (Alison Newman and Moira Buffini), with a female writing staff, the sex is anything but sexy.
“Harlots,” appears determined to delve into thornier issues of consent, sexual slavery, and the desperate measures women had (and have) to take in order to advance in the world — or even just to sidestep the strange demands of powerful men.
For fans of historical drama, “Harlots” is delightful because of the details that other shows shy away from. Let’s just put it this way a Jane Austen adaptation, which would take place in the same era, could not possibly tell you what it was like to be in a SoHo brothel. That is why “Harlots,” is getting such press, because there is no sugar coating this show, that said it remains very entertaining.
Here is what is going on with the rest of streaming video this week.
Netflix continues their massive original content initiative with flicks like Win It All and original series including The Get Down, Dear White People, and Bill Nye Saves the World.
HBO Go is stocking up with recent theatrical releases like Suicide Squad and War Dogs, so cozy up at home and relish in the fact that you don’t have to fight crowds to see these big budget flicks.
Lastly, there is Acorn TV has some wonderful U.K. delights starting with a number of outstanding British miniseries. I suggest that you start with The Great Train Robbery starring (Beauty and the Beast) star Luke Evans, he does a great job in this entertaining series.