View from the Couch

Naked and Not-So Afraid 

Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez   “I was like, my God, what am I doing? What choices could I have made better? You know?”   Picture this: It’s 2013, and Jacksonville native Frank Eytcheson takes up his favorite spot on the couch and reaches for the remote. Surfing through the endless channels, he ends up on Discovery Channel for the world premiere of “Naked and Afraid,” a reality TV show in which male and female contestants challenge their survival abilities in nature — while in the buff. After watching the first 20 minutes, the only thing he could …

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TV Reviews: ‘Succession,’ ‘Barry’ and ‘Ted Lasso’

Words by Harry Moore   In an interesting turn of fate, or more likely in a bid to beat the deadline for Emmy eligibility, three of the most acclaimed and discussed series of recent years are making their final farewells and going off the air within the same week. Each show has been a stalwart of the streaming era and a flagship for their respective services, but they differ greatly in their aims and executions. With “Succession,” power in modern capitalism is examined through a privileged and conniving family who sit at the head of a media empire, perpetually double-cross …

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Top 4 TV Series of 2022

Best of the year Top 4 TV Series of 2022 Words by Harry Moore  4) We Own This City          David Simon and George Pelecanos’ miniseries charts the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force, revealing the extent of the unit’s excessive corruption set against the backdrop of citywide protests following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was killed while in police custody in 2015. Told through a non-linear structure, where the internal affairs investigation unfolds into flashbacks that detail the moblike behavior of these police officers whose actions had a major …

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November Entertainment Go-To Guide 2021

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What To Watch in September 2020

EU’s Kellie Abrahamson has done the research on what’s streaming in September 2020 and is worthy of your screen time. Netflix Back to the Future trilogy (September 1) Great Scott! After a long, long spring and summer full of lockdowns and uncertainty, who wouldn’t want to go back in time for a few hours and get away from it all? These classic time traveling tales are the perfect nostalgia-laden antidote for the COVID blues. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (September 4) Based on the truly twisted 2016 debut novel by Ian Reid and directed by the incredible Charlie Kaufman, this …

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