Streaming Video Weekend: Tina Fey’s New Show Is A Must See

Netflix released a brand new comedy series from 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. I have watched the program and all I can to tell you is say hello to your new favorite show: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

The show  stars Ellie Kemper in the title role as a doomsday cult member eager to start her life in New York City. With the help of her whimsical new roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess) and her WASP-y boss Mrs. Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), Kimmy is in for the ride of her life as she not only learns the Big Apple but catches up on what she’s missed for the last fifteen years. All thirteen episodes are now available to stream only on Netflix,

Another new item on Netflix worthy of your time is the movie Bitter Moon.” Think Fifty Shades of Grey, but maybe a little even a little more interesting. It is a twisted sadistic tale from Roman Polanski starring his wife Emmanuelle Seigner opposite Peter Coyote and featuring a supporting cast of Kristin Scott Thomas and a baby-faced Hugh Grant. Aboard a cruise ship, Nigel (Grant) and Fiona (Thomas), meet the bizarre Mimi (Seigner) and her wheelchair-bound, pimp-like husband, Oscar (Coyote). Captivated by their enigmatic relationship — so unlike his vanilla, boring marriage to Fiona — Nigel becomes entranced with not just Mimi’s haunting beauty but by Oscar’s retelling of their roller-coaster relationship in explicit detail. What starts as a slow build becomes an intense tale of lust, passion, wild sex, heartbreak, sadism, and control; all recanted to Nigel through Oscar’s graphic flashbacks.

Clearly a family film, okay maybe not a normal family. We will move on to a bit more mainstream, but also quite interesting.

Amazon Prime Instant Video is offering just what the world needs, another cop show, right? That’s how I felt when I first heard the news that Amazon gave detective drama, “Bosch,” a ten episode order, especially in the wake of the groundbreaking success that their Golden Globe-winning comedy, Transparent, had. But CLEARLY  the program is a cut above most cop shows and should be on your watch list.

The story, which is based on the popular series of pulpy novels by author Michael Connelly, goes a little something like this. Brazen LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch (played by Titus Welliver) is on trial for shooting a civilian and allegedly planting a gun at the crime scene. Amidst the trial, Bosch is handed a cold case involving a serial killer who prayed on young boys nearly 25 years ago and could still be at large. After learning of the brutal abuse one boy in particular suffered, Bosch is forced to confront his inner demons stemming from a horrific childhood.

Amazon are adding plenty of new movies today with one that I recommend you checkout.Listen Up Philip” (2014): Jason Schwartzman is Philip, a talented writer bogged down with the creative block of being stuck in his own head. Quirky, clever, and beautifully written, if early Woody Allen met a Wes Anderson tale. Also starring Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss and Krysten Ritter. Available for rental now. Stream for free with Prime on starting today.

Hulu Plus features the return of the great Fox program The Following, starring Kevin Bacon. If you are not up to speed on this outstanding program then do a little binge watching. If you don’t have the time let me help you get ready for season three, Bacon’s character, Ryan Hardy was able to successfully capture his arch-nemesis, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). You know those psychopathic twins? Their names were Mark and Luke Grey, and their mother was a scheming cult leader named Lily Gray (Connie Nielson). Ashmore’s Mike Weston killed Lily Gray because she killed his father. Then, Jessica Stroup’s Max Hardy shot one of the twins, Luke, during a shootout. So, it seems like the good guys won the day, but not without consequences. Mark Grey is on the lam and Max and Mike’s romantic relationship is strained.

HBO GO offers a super documentary ‘Citizenfour‘ (2014) the Oscar-winning documentary about government whistleblower Edward Snowden and the NSA leaks. The movie sheds light on controversial breaches of privacy against U.S. citizens. Directed by Laura Poitras, who flew to Hong Kong on a whim after receiving encrypted emails from Snowden, the film documents the beginning and heart of the scandal and leaves it up for you to decide what it means to be a traitor or a patriot.

Quick hits….

Sling TV – Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead from AMC and college basketball tournaments on ESPN.

Crackle – New movies to the channel: “Nurse Betty” and “Year One,” are both good bets if have not seen them.

Tubi-TV – They have plenty of Star Trek programming as they pay tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy.

Viewster – Tons of great content with plenty of international TV shows and you must watch “Fate/stay night,” Anime that is worthy of your attention.  

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.