For our second edition of our WWW (What We’re Watching) List our Creative Director and Founder, Erin Galey, shares her favorite binge-worthy TV Shows from Showtime’s steamy Masters of Sex to her geeky guilty pleasure AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Make room on your DVR!
Masters of Sex – I had never heard of the real life Masters & Johnson before this show, and I am fascinated by the concept. It’s a bit like Mad Men but not as slow, and offers a slice of life portrait of a unique time period in midwestern America. Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen are electrifying together on set. Master’s and Johnson’s character’s sum it up best in this season’s pilot in a scene with a reporter:
Dr. Masters: “What Mrs. Johnson means is that our work is based on empirical evidence…So the idea that we timed this [book] release to capitalize on the sexual revolution as some kind of ploy…is…”
Virginia Johnson: “Mr. Buckland – we are the sexual revolution.”
Mr. Robot – interesting new USA series making a lot of waves. Have only got through the pilot, so I can’t comment on much other than it’s an interesting setup, the lead actor Rami Malek has a unique look and character approach, and it’s nice to see Christian Slater in a tv series again.
Homeland Season 5 (Premiered Oct. 4th) – Been glued to watching Claire Danes vs. the next round of terrorists. Paying special attention this season as one of our directors, Anya Leta, has been working closely on the show since March as head producer Meredith Steinhem’s right hand. Go In The Flicker! Although I didn’t like the ending to season 4 (was far too drawn out and too “safe”), this season offers a great update to the storyline, sending Carrie Mathieson in a brave new direction. Parenthood, stable relationships… That was nice for a second, but we all knew she’d be back fighting terrorists at some point. We’ve all been waiting for her and Quinn to finally get it on, so, here’s to hoping this season finally gives us what we’re looking for! So far I’m very pleased the storytelling is relying less on Claire portraying Carrie’s neuroses and more on what it has always done best – pure, well-executed games of cat & mouse that always end on cliffhangers and leave us wanting more.
Halt & Catch Fire – This show is a serious guilty pleasure. So many things to love: the slice of life of a 1980’s period drama set in Dallas’ hacker community/tech industry – Texas Instruments! IBM! It’s Silicon Valley 30 years ago with cowboy hats and a lot of brawn; the costumes, the hair, the sets; Lee Pace’s megalomaniacal “Joe Macmillan,” Mackenzie Davis’ neurotic-but-genius-hacker-turned-entrepreneur “Cameron Howe” … Some people like the zombie soap opera The Walking Dead, some people like juicy hacker melodrama, what can I say…. bring on the binary code.