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Primetime Picks… 2/21/19

Feb 21 Posted by in Features | Comments

Tonight Pop TV kicks off the new 6-episode dramedy Flack. The series follows Robyn (Anna Paquin, True Blood), an American living in London, working at a PR firm that specializes in crisis management for wealthy celebrities. When a high profile client is caught doing something bad by the media, it is her job to help these indiscretions go away quickly and quietly. While Robyn makes a living helping other people fix their lives, her own life is a bit of a mess, thanks to her self-sabotaging ways. Her sister, Ruth (Genevieve Angelson, Good Girls Revolt), has a much more quiet and normal life, with a husband and 2 kids, but she often lives vicariously through her sister’s wild adventures.

The PR firm is run by the sharp-witted, though a little off-beat, Caroline (Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda), who spends most of the premiere trying to pass as a lesbian. Robyn’s co-worker/best friend is Eve (Lydia Wilson, Black Mirror), a wild, foul-mouthed single gal who’s a bit of a diva and fashion snob. And new to the firm is intern Melody (Rebecca Benson, Game of Thrones), who is eager and excited to help, but a little naive. The series also stars Arinzé Kene (Crazyhead), Marc Warren (The Good Wife), and Rufus Jones (Episodes).

I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere, which immediately throws the viewer right into the craziness of Robyn’s work, and then does a nice job of exploring the characters and establishing their roles and storylines. The series is fun and fast-paced, and finds a nice blend of humor, character development and ongoing drama mixed with the client-of-the-week storyline. This show doesn’t feel like a typical Pop TV series—it is higher caliber and feels more like premium cable with a slightly British slant. I like that it is only 6 episodes, so it isn’t a huge time commitment—I definitely plan to keep watching.

In tonight’s premiere, “Episode 1”, Robyn must kill off the latest of many one-night-stand stories circulating in the tabloids about every “housewife’s favorite” celebrity chef, Anthony Henderson (Max Beesley), before the public is exposed to his womanizer tendencies.

Tonight I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Fam, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace, Gotham, The Orville, and The Other Two.

For additional suggestions on what to check out tonight, including The Big Bang Theory, check out the If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/21/19 post at TVisMyPacifier.com.