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Primetime Picks… 10/18/19

Oct 18 Posted by in Features | Comments

Today Amazon has release all eight episodes of the new original series Modern Love from writer/director/producer John Carney (Once, Sing Street). The romantic anthology series is based on a New York Times column of the same name, with each star-studded episode telling a different romantic tale about someone finding love in New York City. However, not all of these stories are the typical boy-meets-girl type of tale. The idea of “love” varies from tale to tale. The first season’s all-star cast includes Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, John Slattery, Brandon Victor Dixon, Catherine Keener, Julia Garner, Andy García, Cristin Milioti, Olivia Cooke, Andrew Scott, Shea Whigham, Gary Carr, Sofia Boutella, and John Gallagher Jr.

I checked out the first two episodes and was pleasantly surprised by how incredibly well done this series is. The first episode finds a single young woman (Cristin Milioti, How I Met Your Mother) dating under the watchful eye of her doorman, who is like a father figure to her. While the second episode finds a reporter (Catherine Keener) and a successful dating site owner (Dev Patel) each reflecting on second chances with their lost loves, but their stories take very different paths. Each episode feels fresh and different, but with the same general tone that provides a nice blend of drama, romance and humor. While each episode is only 30 minutes long, they are so densely packed and detailed, that afterwards you feel like you’ve just watched a feature film. The characters are well defined and developed, and each episode tells a complete story. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen of the show so far and look forward to checking out the remaining six episodes, especially given the amazing cast list!

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording Looking for Alaska, Living with Yourself, American Housewife, Fresh Off the Boat, The Blacklist, and Van Helsing.

For additional suggestions on what to check out tonight, including new episodes of Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-0, check out the If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/18/19 post at TVisMyPacifier.com.