11 May 2020 Playlist: Joy Heist Begins

Ray Bradbury & Kirk Douglas, hanging out. Drinking coffee.

So what is this? Well, since the world pretty much sucks right now, we all need something to take our minds off of it. So this is pretty much what you would find on something like Need Coffee TV. We could probably stream this madness if we weren’t so damn lazy. But why bother when we can just put together a playlist of goodness to share?

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Headsup: Let’s Talk About Sets, Baby!

Madam Secretary Complete SeriesMadam Secretary stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined secretary of state who drives international diplomacy and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returned to public life at the request of President Conrad Dalton, who values McCord’s political leanings, deep knowledge of the Middle East, flair for languages and ability to not just think outside the box, but not even acknowledge there is a box. McCord’s team includes her chief of staff, Jay Whitman; policy advisor, Kat Sandoval; speechwriter, Matt Mahoney; press coordinator, Daisy Grant; and charming assistant, Blake Moran. As McCord debates third-world problems, confronts issues related to her decision to run for president, finesses foreign dignitaries at work and does battle with the president’s combative chief of staff, Russell Jackson, that’s just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband, theology-professor-turned-intelligence-operative Henry, and their three children, where “politics” and “compromise” take on new meaning.” — from CBS

As fans wave goodbye to the show that gave us great writing, an unforgettably strong and capable female lead, and the real-life romance between Téa Leoni and Tim Daly, Madam Secretary: The Final Season and Madam Secretary: The Complete Series are both now out on DVD. Bonus features on the final season are limited to deleted scenes, so if you’re big on extras, consider going for the complete series set, which boasts over four hours of special features (including featurettes, episode commentary, pilot episodes of other CBS favorites such as The Good Fight, Bull, and The Affair, a set tour, deleted and extended scenes, a making-of special, and more). On Amazon you can grab the final season DVD for $24.88 and the complete series set for $51.92 (which considering it has all six seasons plus the aforementioned extras is a fairly good deal).

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Headsup: Country Music, Commandments, and the Cold War

Disclaimer : Warner Brothers Home Entertainment asks that we note it provided a free copy of “Superman: Red Son” and “Titans: The Complete Second Season”.  The opinions I share are my own.

Affair Complete Series“Life leads us into temptation as the Golden Globe-winning drama The Affair chronicles what happens when happily married father Noah Solloway crosses paths with young, married waitress Alison Lockhart. The story of their tumultuous affair is told from multiple perspectives, allowing a unique view of the relationship from each character’s vantage point. Between restless lives and reckless choices, Noah and Alison’s actions have lifelong effects, especially on their respective spouses, Helen and Cole. Academy Award winner Anna Paquin offers a glimpse into the inevitable consequences of these events as Alison’s grown-up daughter. Amidst the backdrop of an ongoing murder investigation, their journey unfolds over fie provocative seasons – altering the future of two families forever.” — from CBS

The Affair: The Complete Series is now out in a DVD box set, which presents all five seasons of the show and over eighty minutes of extras.  Bonus features include character profiles, an in-depth look at Montauk as a backdrop for the series, a storytelling breakdown by executive producer Sarah Treem, thoughts from cast and crew, and more. Fans can grab the DVD set on Amazon for $43.95, a pretty fair price considering that getting the digital versions of each season are priced at around $20 each.

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It’s Culture Time With Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins shirtless painting

If you haven’t seen Henry Rollins do one of his live spoken word shows (read: borderline stand-up) or, more recently, his photo slideshow presentation, then you might not know what a bastion of funny-as-hell erudition he is. Take a moment to enjoy these two entries from Funny or Die. First, he gets shirtless with the Shirtless Painter for a discussion about…damn near everything. Then, he deconstructs Oh, The Places You’ll Go! in a manner that is probably different from any other way you’ve ever heard it read. Classic cultural insanity. Enjoy.

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