#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 31 to Saturday, April 6, 2019

Behold all the seasons and shows I’ve missed for various nonsensical reasons giving me another opportunity via another season. It remains to be “seen” if I’ll watch. That’s the nice thing about tv…you often get a second chance even if you don’t deserve it.

Sunday, March 31
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series, Netflix

Barry: Season 2 (10 p.m.) HBO
Gratefully Barry returns for Season 2 which is impressive since so few people watched Season 1 (is it considered irony when a show about a hitman isn’t a hit?). The dark show is so much fun: it’s got real violence and it’s got real comedy (it’s that weird tone in we’re currently seeing in tv shows like Atlanta and Orville). Bonus? Fonzie is in it and he’s incredible. Highly recommend this show: especially since Bill Hader is a fine nerd like all of us.

Smell Ya Later: SMILF. Frankie Shaw’s show ends its run after two seasons. (10:30 p.m.) Showtime

Monday, April 1
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (9 p.m.) CW
I Am Richard Pryor, Crave
ULTRAMAN: Season 1, Netflix
All The President’s Men, Netflix
Punk (10 p.m.) Epix (Nirvana, Religion, Green Day and L7, etc., on the conclusion of the four-part docu-series)

The Twilight Zone, CBS All Access
In Toronto this third Twilight Zone reboot will air on Thursday April 4 (not April 1st!!) on City TV at 9pm. It’ll be a 2-hour premiere: Nightmare at 30,000 Feet (which can’t improve on the original! Nightmare At 20,000 Feet is Richard Matheson, Richard Donner and Rod Serling. Jordan Peele can’t surpass that. It’s Impossible. We all know this because Nightmare was remade in the 80s. So you wanna do it again? Why?) & The Comedian with Kumail Nanjiani. We’ll see. I’ve been through these reboots before…plus the movie and while they’ve all been “submitted for your approval” none of em have a lingering hold on pop culture like Serling’s original scintillating vision (which you can happily still enjoy on Space!).

Tuesday, April 2
Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, Netflix
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (8 p.m.) PBS (Kehinde Wiley, yo!)

The Last O.G.: Season 2 (10:30 p.m.) TBS
Let’s stick with tv shows that were surprisingly renewed Alex. Did anybody watch the first season of The Last O.G.? Did you? I honestly meant to get around to it: Tracy Morgan is hilarious but I…ah took a nap. Truly I spend my days mystified at what gets renewed; surprised at what’s cancelled.

Wednesday, April 3
Suzzanna: Buried Alive, Netflix

Brockmire: Season 3 (10 p.m.) IFC
Brockmire
got up to season 3?! Granted this is a baseball-themed comedy and baseball is America’s pastime still season three? If you noticed a pattern here…I dig Hank Azaria (dude’s still killing it on The Simpsons!) and I had good intentions to watch the show but I…ah went out for brunch. 3 seasons is too deep; might be too late for me but save yourselves.

Thursday, April 4
Unspeakable (9 p.m.) SundanceTV
In The Dark: Season 1 (9 p.m.) The CW

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger: Season 2 (8 p.m.) Freeform
Cloak & Dagger did not live up to its name people clearly discovered it and enjoyed it. That’s good news for these “Runaways.” I had positive intentions to watch the show but I…ah went out to pick up a pastrami sandwich and I missed the whole season. I’m gonna try again with Season 2.

Friday, April 5
Warrior: Season 1 (10 p.m.) Cinemax
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2, Netflix
Into the Dark: I’m Just Fucking With You, Hulu
The Tick: Season 2, Amazon Prime Video
Unicorn Store, Netflix
Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas: Season 2 (11 p.m.) HBO
I Love You, America, Season 1-2, Crave

Doom Patrol: Season 1 (9 p.m.) Space
I enjoyed Doom Patrol‘s appearance in Titans. Like Titans Doom Patrol first appeared on the DC Universe streaming service. (We’re supposed to be getting Swamp Thing later this year and I cannot wait for that.) However in a weird quirk of streaming and rights and other online nonsense Doom Patrol is airing in Canada on Space and Crave. And James Bond is public domain here. I don’t understand what’s happening anymore. So rather than figure all that out let’s just watch Doom Patrol and call it a day.

Saturday, April 6
Sickboy (9 p.m.) Fuse

2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament: The Final Four face off with the winners set to meet in the championship game on April 8. 3 and 5:30 p.m. CBS
The 2019 Zion Williamson sweepstakes is coming to an end. Even if Duke didn’t make it this far or is not the winner Zion is always going to be a winner because he’s going to sign some big fat checks. March Madness is a fantastic trailer for upcoming NBA seasons what kind of players we can expect. Especially these tight games towards the end of the tournament: they help us all get a better sense of the players. March Madness is a fantastic appetizer before the NBA Playoffs start on April 13th the real season. So let’s do this thing yo!

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#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 31 to Saturday, April 6, 2019

Behold all the seasons and shows I’ve missed for various nonsensical reasons giving me another opportunity via another season. It remains to be “seen” if I’ll watch. That’s the nice thing about tv…you often get a second chance even if you don’t deserve it.

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#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 31 to Saturday, April 6, 2019

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Behold all the seasons and shows I’ve missed for various nonsensical reasons giving me another opportunity via another season. It remains to be “seen” if I’ll watch. That’s the nice thing about tv…you often get a second chance even if you don’t deserve it.

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Trial By Trailer: Including….Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.

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Netflix Is 45 Not

How much credit should we give Netflix or rather their machine learning algorithm?

The widely anticipated Stranger Things 3 trailer dropped on March 20 which instantly opens with Mötley Crüe’s Home Sweet Home.

And then their Crüe biopic The Dirt followed on March 22. Boom!

A meta commercial within a trailer or just a coincidence?

The result: “Motley Crue’s “The Dirt” Soundtrack Earns #1 On US iTunes Sales Chart”

Netflix probably had the Mötley Crüe music rights cleared since they hadda clear the rights for The Dirt: so may as well double dip for Stranger Things knowing EVERYBODY would watch the Stranger Things trailer.

I point this out because many people have been overlooking how Netflix is operating.

It’s pretty impressive: HBO is in big trouble.

Netflix is still considered to be a “new HBO” but that’s not correct. This is a different sport: like when Michael Jordan retired from The Bulls to play baseball. 45 is not 23.

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Netflix Is 45 Not 23

How much credit should we give Netflix or rather their machine learning algorithm?

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Getting Dirty With The Dirt

As the Saints of Los Angeles Mötley Crüe warrants a documentary however for now The Dirt their biopic on Netflix is Straight Outta Compton for White People. (I haven’t see Bohemian Rhapsody…haven’t been on airplane for a bit…maybe when it’s on Netflix?)

The Dirt (while a deeply flawed movie…it’s not even good in parts) is a disheartening symbol of how sanitized and sterilized our pop culture has become. And is becoming! Remember when rock n roll (and comedy!!) were dangerous? Those were good times. Sigh.

We lived through Disco Demolition Night, Disco Sucks, “Kids In Satan’s Service,” The 1995 Source awards, East Coast-West Coast beef, Ruthless Records, Tipper Gore’s Parental Advisory label, 2 Live Crew and far more.

Hell we spun records backwards for “Amazing Stories.”

This wasn’t just pop culture these were our greatest weapons: we could openly declare war against vampiric teachers determined to leach out our individuality. 8:30 to 3:30 Monday to Friday was The Slow Death: the state approved euthanasia program for all children.

There had to be a better life than fearing The Permanent Record; there had to be joy and fun and creativity.

Oh and how we found it: MTV made more sense that any teacher ever could. It offered a far more compelling vision.

Rock ‘n’ Roll instantly mugged math robbing it of any value; while rap easily eclipsed the tattered books peddled in English.

It no longer made sense…nor was it responsible to follow the slow status quo escalator to the designated retirement and death. The stairs were gonna be work but so damn worth it…you know many flights it takes to get to the top? I’d much rather do that work than do your work.

Even if I don’t make it…it’s still a better life than anything school ever had to offer. My heart is my guidance counsellor.

Freedom is more fun than fundamentalism.

As flawed as it is…may The Dirt be inspiration for the kids trapped in school who (for now!) hafta tolerate the cheap kitsch morality of Twitter: a pious pissing contest where everybody loses out…most especially Our Pop Culture. Status Quo Status is still status I suppose. Eh…good for you. For the rest of us…the few of us…the brave and the bold:

“It begins with us, not with politicians, the experts or the teachers but with us. With you and with me.” And that’s the real dirt.

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Getting Dirty With The Dirt

As the Saints of Los Angeles Mötley Crüe warrants a documentary however for now The Dirt their biopic on Netflix is Straight Outta Compton for White People. (I haven’t see Bohemian Rhapsody…haven’t been on airplane for a bit…maybe when it’s on Netflix?)

The Dirt (while a deeply flawed movie…it’s not even good in parts) is a disheartening symbol of how sanitized and sterilized our pop culture has become. And is becoming! Remember when rock n roll (and comedy!!) were dangerous? Those were good times. Sigh.

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#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 24 to Saturday, March 30, 2019

This is one of those weeks where “we’re in the golden era of television” is a hard sell. Still undaunted I’ve found some television worthy of your VCR.

Sunday, March 24
Into the Badlands: Season 4 (10 p.m.) AMC

I ain’t going Into the Badlands on AMC so I got nothing. Maybe watch March Madness? There’s a Duke game on.

Monday, March 25
Women, War & Peace (9 p.m.) PBS
Jesus: His Life (8 p.m.) History
Punk (10 p.m.) Epix
One Nation Under Stress (9 p.m.) HBO

Hillary Clinton instantly lost with her deplorables comment; it wasn’t that she said it: it’s that she fully believed it. So fired. HBO’s latest documentary One Nation Under Stress documents many of their struggles which culminates in suicide and of course…rage. Like what did you think was gonna happen?! I point this out not as an indictment rather as an opportunity for radical ideas like Basic Income. Think of the comic books you could buy with that money…which will reduce stress and make you life better. So here we are…with this incredible opportunity to galvanize change. Now What?

Tuesday, March 26
Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid, Netflix

I dunno who or what a Nate Bargatze so I’ll give this 10 or 15 minutes. Make me laugh clown…make me laugh.

Wednesday, March 27
What We Do in the Shadows: Season 1 (10 p.m.) FX
Happy!: Season 2 (10 p.m.) Syfy

You’ll be Happy! to know I…never finished Season 1. In the world of tv streaming…sometimes you finished a season so quickly and you’re impatiently awaiting the next one. Other times the next season shows up so “quick.” This feels quick…the last episode aired on January 31, 2018. Throwing this on the list; I wanna finish this show just not sure when. Which is just…sad!

Thursday, March 28
Play ball! It’s opening day for Major League Baseball: the Dodgers are hosting the Diamondbacks and the Angels take on the A’s. (1 p.m.) ESPN

A random observation? I don’t watch baseball…I can’t name a Toronto Blue Jays player. I can’t name any baseball players really…which is not a good sign. You have a marketing issue when the general public can’t name your superstars. I know somebody signed a big contract recently…he plays for a team with a red colour in their logo? Really I’m just posting this to say…I like hotdogs.

Friday, March 29
Santa Clarita Diet: Season 3, Netflix
Osmosis, Netflix
Traitors, Netflix
Hanna: Season 1, Amazon Prime Video
The Highwaymen, Netflix

Alright: Triple Frontier is a Dolly Parton bust. It’s terrible. Word on the street is out.

So let’s try this again shall we?

The Highwaymen has outlaws, gangsters and tommy guns. This should be good…this should be ruckus.

Saturday, March 30
Nothing! Let’s see where we’re at with March Madness! Or…it is Saturday so go out there and shake your Money Maker! (Though maybe look up in Urban Dictionary just what exactly is a Money Maker?)

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#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 24 to Saturday, March 30

This is one of those weeks where “we’re in the golden era of television” is a hard sell. Still undaunted I’ve found some television worthy of your VCR.

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