Couch Potato Digest – Snoop Dogg, Olympic ‘Porn’ and summer shows to stream

Welcome to your weekly round-up of telly news. Due to an important occasion coming soon to this very blog (stay tuned blog fans!) I’ve decided that I need to help you, dear readers, be better informed about topics in telly, not just reviews but hot-off-the-press news to enrich your telly watching. The great, the grizzly and the down-right dodgy, for you to digest in your cosy couch cocoon.

This week – The Olympics, Snoop Dogg, and the Guardian’s pick of summer tv shows…

  • Martha Stewart (American celebrity chef and ex-felon) Snoop Dogg (American celebrity rapper and law and order botherer) have been brought together to co-present VH1’s new unscripted series Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party. What? Apparently the never-knew-we-needed-them duo will throw a joint dinner party each episode with surprise celebrity guests. Queue loads of jokes about Martha baking or getting baked. And if Snoop is in charge of getting dinner sorted, can we all now claim that ordering takeaway pizza is the exact same thing as throwing a fancy dinner party? A full series has been commissioned. Many people are predicting there will be no series 2.
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Brownies with green – but of course

 

  • The Olympics is very watchable, making you care about sports you never even think about once every four years. Smutty types with their minds in the murky bottom of the oddly green pool are saying that the on-screen scores for the men’s Olympic diving are making the sport look like unconventional porn. If you can watch the whole diving event without a raised eyebrow or a snigger then you are a better person than me. Of course, the highlight of this accidental genre actually came in London 2012:
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If bronze in 2012 was this satisfying, how much better does gold and silver feel?

Rio 2016 is fine, but London 2012 was better at everything, even not-porn.

 

  • The Guardian has a list to make you feel guilty for not watching or smug if you are already watching these telly triumphs – 10 best tv shows to stream this summer. No surprise that Stranger Things tops the list and they’re right when they say it’s the “buzziest show of the year”. All I know is that it’s made for (and probably by) people who love 80’s movies. Although I was born in the 80’s I’m of the opinion that the decade pretty much sucked. I’ve been putting off watching it in case it’s heavy on nostalgia and movie references that I won’t get. I will give it a try because the trailer makes it look like a dark and nasty Stephen King thriller (sleepy small town, missing kid, supernatural goings-on), but I’ll probably be right out of my depth looking to Mr H for his extensive reference repertoire. Intelligent tv is the best kind, of course, but it shouldn’t sit in silos – it should still be enjoyable for the masses however you might feel about the 80’s.

 

  • And in big screen news David Brent: Life on the Road is in cinemas this week. Ricky Gervais’s tv ‘ledge’ has left The Office and made the jump to the big screen. No I will not be watching it. I can’t think of anything more awful than Ricky’s irritating face 70 ft high and his screeching laugh in Dolby Digital surround sound. Even though people love and really miss the original show which, ended 12 years ago, critics are split on their verdict. Never mind Dave – I’m sure there’s an office somewhere that’ll have you back.

 

 

 

Author: sarahhamstera

Mum always warned me watching too much tv would give me square eyes - let's find out if that's true! TV reviewer at https://deadpixeltest.wordpress.com/ Birmingham, UK

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