Yellowstone / The Morning Show / and some sports’ crap

Yellowstone The Morning Show
BobLee
August07/ 2020

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August 7, 2020

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Yellowstone / The Morning Show / and some sports crap.

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I’m fine … SaidWhatMedia is fine … Blondie, Kid, Pastor Danny, ReRe YaYa & Baby Danny ALL FINE. I am firmly resolved to return to Weekly Insightful Commentaries both here and over at SaidWhat.

“America” is – alas – still perched precariously on The Edge of The Abyss.  Thats not likely to change in my lifetime or many of yours’.  I am returning aggressively to “more frequent” postings despite my inability to do much about that yucky “America on The Edge of The Abyss” Thing.  Oh well …

We were in St Louis several weeks ago for Blondie’s niece’s wedding.  Blondie found a six-bedroom AirBnB near St Louis’ Forest Park that served as HQ for incoming Family as well as our TeamWisconsin.  10-12 of us under one roof for a long weekend.  Two of the 10-12 had various levels of COVID-paranoia but no one has/had any symptoms.  Not a one.

First time Blondie or I had flown in PandemicAmerica … flights were full since many flights have been cancelled.  Charlotte Airport at about 60% busy … St Louis Airport maybe 25% busy.  The normally busy streets of St Louis were also eerily quiet …

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Small World Story:  We learned that there is a two-degree separation between Blondie’s Family and “the couple in St Louis  with the AK-47 versus the BLM Terrorists”.   Surely you read about THAT.   We rode by the scene of the “stand-off” incident … like everyone else who visits St Louis these days.

Check that one off the Lookey-loo bucket list.

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BREAKING NEWS… Mike Fox Retires as UNC Baseball Coach …

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Our recent decision to “cut the cable” and go to all-streaming services has been VERY successful.  Wish we had done it sooner.  Unlimited choices of movies and documentaries 24 hours/day at 40% of the $$$ of cable.   I strongly recommend anyone to “do it”.  Not a complicated process at all.

We have Apple TV > HULU > Prime > Netflix > CuriosityStream > AcornTV.  For less than $80/month.

Two series I am recommending are YELLOWSTONE and The Morning Show.

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YELLOWSTONE is a throwback to “DALLAS” and “DYNASTY” in that it revolves around a sorta dysfunctional family – The Duttons – headed by patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) … his two sons and sorta skanky daughter Beth.  It is a modern-day “Western” where things “get Western” pretty often and pretty easily.

It is midway thru Season 3.  You really need to start with Season 1 / Episode 1 to figure out Whos Who.  The series is on a cable channel and on Prime and Hulu.  In Season 1 you think John Dutton is a JR Ewing-type conniving bad guy, but he’s not.  He is a throwback to the no-nonsense cattle ranchers of the 1880s… in 2020.   He is determined to protect his ranch against all comers … government … evil developers … Indian Reservation … et al.

The fictional Dutton Ranch (i.e. “Yellowstone”) is “the largest privately-owned ranch in America”.  It is adjacent to Yellowstone Park in Montana.  The scenery in the show is AWESOME.

The central characters are a combination of likable and not-so-likable.  Except for Yellowstone The Morning howEVERYBODY Loves “Rip”.  “Rip Wheeler” played by Cole Hauser is the Ranch Foreman and a sorta kinda adopted 3rd son of John Dutton.

“Rip” IS The Marlboro Man in his boots, jeans, ranch jacket and brown stetson and aviators.  Rip personifies “Cowboy Cool”.  Rip is in charge of the dozen or so ranch hands.    When John Dutton needs something done… a mite shady or otherwise… he calls on Rip.  It gets done.  Rip knows “where the bodies are buried” ’cause Rip buried most of’em.

There have been numerable “memorable scenes”. #1 was towards the end of Season 2 – Beth & The Western Dress Shop – you’ll know it when you see it.  #2 is around Episode 3 of Season 3 … Rip & The Bunkhouse Boys versus The Biker Gang.

Rip reminds me of Woodrow Call in Lonesome Dove.  You REALLY do not want to get him mad.

Did I mention that John Dutton has a “friends with benefits” thing going with the she-Governor of Montana?  He does.

YELLOWSTONE … Watch It.  It WILL be on the final exam.

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The Morning Show is a 10-episode series on Apple-TV.  It might be available elsewhere.  It is a fictional version of The Matt Lauer / Today Show Sex Scandal.

Steve Carell plays Mitch Kessler – “the Matt Lauer character”.  Jennifer Aniston plays Alex Levy – “the Katie Couric character”.  Reese Witherspoon plays Carell’s replacement when he is fired.  Her nickname is an X-rated Hoot.Yellowstone The Morning Show

It is a combination of Lauer’s sexual shenanigans and the whole #MeToo movement.  The show begins with Carell’s firing and then its all about “the cover-up” and “who knew what and why it was tolerated”.

You know me… I was expecting a bunch of Hollywood Liberal Crap with overt political bias.  There really isn’t any “politics” in it at all.  If there was, I would never recommend it.  A behind-the-scenes look at how a TV show like that is produced is fascinating … the super-egos … the corporate BS, et al.   I assume it is an accurate portrayal.  Quite a back-stabbing world.

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A central character is “Corey Ellison” – Head of the network’s News Division” – played by actor Billy Crudup.  According to “The Boz” my go-to-guy on such matters – Billy Crudup is a late 80s UNCCH alum and “DKE”.

If you can find The Morning Show … Watch It.

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It’s been over two weeks in whatever The NBA and MLB are doing.  The sum total of my watching as been ten minutes of The NBA between “two teams of black guys and Euros running up and down throwing up 3s and dunking”.  Those ten minutes were forced…

We were at dinner with friends at a toney Raleigh country club and my seat was facing a big screen.  I have watched basketball for many decades and it finally occurred to me that watching The NBA is like watching NASCAR … you watch for ten minutes and you’ve seen it all.  Yes, they are incredible athletes but all it is is throwing up 3s and dunking.

No temptation at all to watch MLB.  I’ve gone cold turkey and don’t miss it one bit.  I cashed in my MLB.TV subscription.

Lots of “I’m Done” Harumphing on social media about “boycotting The NFL” if/when it starts up.  We’ll see how / if that manifests itself when the time comes.

Most of the “I’m Done” Harumphing is coming from Baby Boomers who have been the core of NFL / NBA / MLB / NASCAR fans for 30-40 years … BUT that 55+ demographics is no longer Madison Avenue’s Primo Target.

Will the BLM Urban Terrorists  – obscenity screaming ANTIFA Terrorists – Transgenders – and “generally pissed-off about everything” junior millennials with their worthless degrees fill the viewer void for fans?  I guess we’ll find out.  Huh?  I’m pretty sure the “guilt-ridden-about-being-white” millennial moms are NOT going to save The NFL.

FWIW … I still doubt there will be Big Time College Football this Fall.  If that is the case … you “boosters” better be ready to cash in your retirement accounts to keep “your school’s” Athletic Departments in business.

Me?  I got 25 audible books sitting in My Queue … and at least that many movies and documentaries in My Watch List to stream.  I’m set.

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former96heel
former96heel
3 months ago

Interesting sports demo point about those guilt ridden millennial moms: those are exactly the same demo that make up the marginal fan. Everyone knows them. They are the loudest Panther supporters when they go 15-1, or in Raleigh get really into hockey when the Canes win a Cup. 15 years ago, they went to one Nascar race and were hooked. That group’s taste is fluid, but the TV contracts always follow that demo one step too late. It isn’t always moms, but the age group is always the same. Once that marginal group sinks their teeth in, the investors better… Read more »

former96heel
former96heel
3 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

I am only anecdotal, but I will never go back to the old corporate office environment. 6 months in, and I have never been more productive, or happy with work…and that’s with school age children here. Once school goes back in 26 days, I will be able to really crank out work. I will, once allowed, go back to the office when needed, to be seen, to train, to be trained, and to stay in touch, but my office can be repurposed for all I care. What does that affect? My commute is zero, my gas bill is minimal, my… Read more »

Rob
Rob
3 months ago
Reply to  former96heel

My Wife took a full time WFH job just prior to the shut down, and we are loving that lifestyle. Can’t imagine what we would have done otherwise with our Son being home the entire spring and summer. The best companies were already perfecting the WFH model even prior to COVID.
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To Bob’s point, I do think the major conventions will survive. People need vacations, and that’s really all those conferences are. An excuse to go to New Orleans, Disney, San Diego etc.. and have your company pay for most of the expenses.

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
3 months ago

On Hulu, Season 1 of Das Boot is now playing. It is a decent show. Characters are multi-dimensional. The Gestapo guy is not a cardboard Major Hochstetter from Hogan’s Heroes. Likewise, the American expat Maquis leader is not all flowers and freedom. I enjoyed watching it.

Doug
Doug
3 months ago

“We have Apple TV > HULU > Prime > Netflix > CuriosityStream > AcornTV. For less than $80/month.”
Does that include your internet connection cost with your ISP?

Rob
Rob
3 months ago

I reached the point that I was doling out $130 per month to Direct TV with no premium channels included. When they took away the American Heroes channel and were going to force me to pay even more for it, I cut the cord. Now I carry Amazon, Netflix, and basic Hulu for less than $35 per month. There are ENDLESS quality options available at that price point. As far as most recommended shows, you all should try out the Narcos and Peaky Blinders Netflix series if you like gangster stuff. Anything Ken Burns makes is gold as far as… Read more »

Rob
Rob
3 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

Amazon has an interesting docuseries out now called the Last Narco, that supposedly tells the real story of Kiki Camarena’s death. They claim the CIA was actually hands-on involved with his murder, and that some of his DEA colleagues were complicit. Apparently some of his colleagues were receiving huge cash payouts from the Cartel and were worried because Kiki refused to take the money. Hard to trust anything Amazon floats out there in these highly politicized times, but it was interesting nonetheless. . You’ll love Peaky Blinders, its great that they focus on England’s second city for a change rather… Read more »

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Queen City
Queen City
3 months ago

Out of curiosity I tuned into an NBA game only to see freedom pass the ball to equality who had their shot blocked by say her name. If you like playoff hockey the NHL is pretty fun to watch. I find it ironic that the vast majority of sports journalists and TV pundits are all advocating for sports to shut down while cord cutting is starting to accelerate.
Agree 100% on Yellowstone.

RowdyBlueTarHeeler
RowdyBlueTarHeeler
3 months ago

re MLB plenty of room on the Braves’ bandwagon…

HokieJay
HokieJay
3 months ago

A reminder to be sure and include “The Last Samurai” and “Hidalgo” on your movies to watch list. “You can thank me when you see me Josey Wales.” – Jay

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Rurh
3 months ago

Have seen Episodes 1&2 of Yellowstone and loved it. Will look for season 3. Now that I am on streaming (thanks to you and Blondie) I will look for season 3. Currently watching Criminal Minds, really good. Can be a little gruesome but acting superb. By the way I am so glad to know all the family is ok. I was getting really concerned and about to call. Would have called last week but time zone difference, makes a big difference as I usually don’t stop “running” until 11:00 PM your time. As for major league anything, there will be… Read more »

ENC1
ENC1
3 months ago

Heard great reviews/info about Yellowstone so need to watch. I also have watched very little MLB & NBA hoping college football does happen but who knows. Really like the 10 conference games the ACC is hoping to have this season.

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