How to Get Away with Murder: Shark Jumpers Anonymous (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in April and in May 2018, our remaining panel of CPU! enthusiasts who enjoy getting away with murder – Kristen, Krista, and Eddie – continue a new interview-style feature on CPU! entitled “Shark Jumpers’ Anonymous,” in which panelists – and about to be former-panelists – explain why they are making leaps and bounds over predatory fish (or like trees and leaving).  Answering a script of questions, panelists explain why they have stopped watching a particular show – which, in this case, is How to Get Away with Murder.  If you have not watched any of HTGAWM, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

Do you want CPU! to continue covering How to Get Away with Murder on the podcast?  If so, volunteer to be a panelist!  We are a podcast by the people for the people, or, for specifically the Couch Potatoes who wish to unite with us.  If you would like to join this panel (and bring a friend, as we need at least two to revive it), message us via Facebook or Twitter, via our website (couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com), or via email at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com.  Where ever you may be in the world, we are able to connect with you – via video conferencing or phone conferencing – or, if you want to submit a written review of the show, send it along!

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PODCAST! – Shark Jumpers Anonymous: “How to Get Away with Murder” (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Interviewer: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who:  “How to Get Away with Murder” is currently on hiatus but is a drama that airs on ABC, fall/winter Thursdays at 10:00 PM.

What: “How to Get Away with Murder,” a drama featuring Viola Davis (The Help) as a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, along with a select group of an elite five of her students chosen to be interns at her law firm, becomes entwined in a murder plot.

SYNOPSIS

Annalise Keating (Davis) is a prominent criminal defense attorney and a law professor at Middleton University in Philadelphia. She selects five students to intern at her firm: Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch, the Harry Potter films), Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry), and Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza). They work with Annalise’s employees, Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber) and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil), an associate lawyer.  All players become increasingly involved, peripherally or directly, in the primary murder plot of the season.

When: Season Four aired on ABC from September 28, 2017, to March 15, 2018.

Where: The action is set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

CPU! started reviewing, in podcast format, How to Get Away with Murder from the beginning!  To catch up on prior CPU! episodes or to wrap your ahead around the progress of this Shonda Rimes produced legal thriller to date, cop to our handy links below:

Season One

Season Two
 

Season Three

Unfortunately, coverage of How to Get Away with Murder on the podcast is about to go the way of the dodo.  The remaining panelists – Kristen, Krista, and Eddie – find themselves at a Fonzie-inspired crossroads: an inability and sheer lack of desire to proceed forward in watching this Shondaland mainstay.  As such, though they visited the Water Cooler in the past to talk about a show they once loved, and were even excited enough to rotate moderating duties among them, they now elected to continue a new interview-style feature on CPU! entitled “Shark Jumpers Anonymous,” in which panelists – and about to be former-panelists – explain why they are making leaps and bounds over predatory fish (or like trees and leaving).  Answering a script of questions, the panelists explain why they have stopped watching the show in question, namely HTGAWM.

If you love this show – never fear.  You can join CPU! as a panelist, for this and for other shows.  Scroll down to “Looking Ahead” for the details!

In the meantime, give this latest CPU! episode a listen and see if you agree or disagree with the panel’s spicy thoughts.  The interviews were recorded in April and in May 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of all seasons of HTGAWM. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, CPU! takes a First Look while Looking Back at a show that could have been eligible for another new feature in the works (“Canceled Corner”) but which was blessed with a surprising amount of interested panelists willing to talk about it – and to complain that it was canceled three years after the fact.  The show in question is Battle Creek, and the panelists convening at the Water Cooler have some surprisingly passionate opinions.  Stay tuned!

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

Lingering Questions

1) Will Laurel carry her baby to term?  Will we learn more about her father?

ANSWER (from Wikipedia): Laurel deduces that her father, Jorge Castillo, is responsible for Wes’ murder and hatches a scheme to steal incriminating evidence from his law firm with the help of Michaela, Oliver, Frank, and Asher. During the data heist, their classmate, Simon (Behzad Dabu), accidentally shoots himself with Laurel’s gun, leading to Asher’s arrest, and Laurel goes into premature labor after being accidentally struck by Frank. Annalise successfully saves the baby; however, Jorge claims custody of his grandchild by submitting evidence of Laurel’s past addictions and history of mental illness to a judge.

2) Will all of the remaining Keating 5 survive next season?

ANSWER: The Keating Four (minus Wes) live to get away with murder another season.

3) Will the show get better?  Will the show return to its roots?  Or, is it locked into its current style?

ANSWER: In answer to the first question, the panel says, “No!”  In answer to the second question, the panel says, “No!”  In answer to the third question, the panel says, “The style changes so much, we are struggling with the show and jumping the shark.”  More or less.

4) Will we ever see the characters in school again?  Will Connor continue to spiral out of control?

ANSWER: According to panelist Eddie, the characters, if they are seen in school, are only seen in Annalise’s class, which is a particular frustration for him and part of the reason why he was motivated to “jump the shark.” Without watching it, there does not seem to be any indication that Season Four focused particularly on the character of Connor or on his perceived deterioration much.

PARTING SHOTS

The remaining HTGAWM panelists previously rated the third season rather poorly, noting the writing to be unfocused and inconsistent in quality, the pace to be slow to the point of drudgery, and the characters to be making uncharacteristic choices, another symptom of possible writing struggles indicative of declining quality.  As a result, these same three panelists – notably the three who started the panel – previously contemplated “jumping the shark.”  In this episode, they render the contemplation a reality; in fact, one panelist could not bring herself to watch any of the fourth season, while the other two panelists at least gave continuing on with the series the old college try, though all eventually gave up in light of other, higher priority television offerings out there.  In fact, our departing panelists lauded an original storytelling format underlying a remarkable first season that was far superior to any of the seasons that followed, the successful cast performances, and the quality production elements.  Yet, as the panelists also note, the writers failed to deliver a story with some level of consistency, particularly in character development; the directors failed to deliver consistent pacing; and the show took a risk by killing off a major – and well-liked – character without providing a satisfactory set of circumstances and/or explanations for the “bold” choice.  As a result, no panelist is left standing as the show heads into Season 5…unless new panelists, including a new moderator, join.  Care to be one of them?

LOOKING AHEAD

HTGAWM was renewed for a fifth season and is expected to return in fall 2018, though no premiere date has yet been announced.  Because the entire panel “jumped the shark,” CPU! will not return to the Water Cooler to discuss How to Get Away with Murder again….unless…

Dear Viewer/Listener:

Do you want CPU! to continue covering HTGAWM on the podcast?  If so, volunteer to be a panelist!  We are a podcast by the people for the people, or, for specifically the Couch Potatoes who wish to unite with us.  If you would like to join this panel (and bring a couple of friends, as we need at least three panelists to revive it, one of whom must willingly moderate the panel), message us via Facebook or Twitter, via our website (couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com), or via email at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com.  Where ever you may be in the world, we are able to connect with you – via video conferencing or phone conferencing – or, if you want to submit a written review of the show, send it along!  In the meantime, CPU! will maintain surface coverage of goings-on in HTGAWM’s universe, including reporting renewals or cancellations, until the series ends.  Stay tuned!

Broadchurch, Series 3 and Series Review (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in April 2018, our panel of some of our most frequent CPU! voices – including Moderator Kylie, Kristen, Nick, Hilary, Kyle, and Krista – are Around the Water Cooler and discussing Series Three of British mystery/crime drama Broadchurch as well as Looking Back at the series as a whole. If you have not watched any of Broadchurch, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

PODCAST! – Around the Water Cooler and Looking Back at “Broadchurch,” the Season/Series 3 Recap and Series Review (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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THE SPECS:

Who:  “Broadchurch” is a British television crime drama, which aired for three seasons from 2013 to 2017 on iTV in the United Kingdom and on BBC America in the United States.

What: “Broadchurch” was created and written by Chris Chibnall and focuses, at least initially, on the death of an 11-year-old boy and the impact of grief, mutual suspicion, and media attention on the surrounding town.

SYNOPSIS

Series One focuses on the search for the boy, Danny Latimer’s, murderer by detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). The second series primarily focuses on two plot strands: the trial of Joe Miller and the reopening of the Sandbrook case, a case Hardy failed to properly solve, which brings him unwanted notoriety throughout the investigation of the Broadchurch murder. Series Three is set three years after the events of Series Two and follows the rape of a local woman.

When: Series Three originally aired on iTV in Great Britain from February 27 to April 17, 2017, and on BBC America in the United States from June 28 to August 16, 2017.

Where: In Broadchurch, the action takes place primarily in the fictional town of Broadchurch, in the county of Dorset, in the South of England, on the scenic Jurassic Coast and in surrounding areas, such as the county courthouse. Series Two does travel to the fictional town of Sandbrook, as David Tennant’s character, Alec Hardy, investigates a case from his past.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!  Of course, for the female members of the panel (Chief Couch Potato and moderator Kylie included), the primary reason was: David Tennant, David Tennant, David Tennant.  The male members of the panel sighed with moderate contempt and resignation at this revelation.  To them, we said, “Oh well!”  Just look at the man, for heaven’s sake:

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David Tennant: Perhaps the primary reason why the female panelists started watching Broadchurch

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

CPU! previously covered Series 1 and 2 of Broadchurch on the podcast as well as compared and contrasted the relative (de)merits of American remake Gracepoint.  To listen to that worthy analysis, from early in the CPU! annals (and out of the vault), click the embedded link below:

Broadchurch, Series 1 and 2, and Gracepoint, Season 1

Our now undoubtedly famous Broadchurch panel, with some of our most frequent panelists – namely Kristen, Nick, Krista, Hilary, and Kyle – have returned to the Water Cooler to engage in a heady, topical discussion about the mystery of Broadchurch Series 3, which could not be timelier or more relevant to current events.  We also, of course, spend ample time admiring David Tennant.  At least, the female members of the panel do.  As we did in our last episode, all of the panelists have quite a bit to say about this stirring and intense mystery, which they see as largely successful, despite the fact that the show (still) did not find American audiences quite as readily.  We also spend some time briefly looking back at the show as a whole and comparing all of the series, including how they made us feel and think as ready and willing viewers.  As always, it’s a deeply analytical discussion about the success of the show and the story, as well as the effects each had on each of the panelists.

This particular episode was recorded in April 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of all seasons of the British drama. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, our Stranger Things panel will finally return to the Water Cooler after a one-year hiatus to discuss and to digest the spooky, mind flaying second season of the acclaimed Netflix series.  It’s a lively discussion – and it’s better late than never!  Stay tuned!

Old Questions

1)  Will Joe Miller somehow return to Broadchurch, despite his banishment by the other residents of the town?  Kylie predicts that he will try to come back and to acquit himself in the town’s eyes because he has convinced himself, on the strength of his legal defense, that he is truly innocent.

ANSWER: Joe does not return to the town itself but returns to the series, when Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan) seeks him out in his new home in a nearby coastal town.  Mark continues to struggle with his grief over Danny’s murder and to nurse a vendetta, wanting “justice” for Danny by ensuring punishment of Joe.  Though he tries to convince Beth (Jodie Whittaker) and the rest of the family to consider initiating a civil trial, given the failure of the criminal trial to convict Joe, they prove reluctant.  So, he takes matters into his own hands and finds Joe himself, with the very real intent to kill him, if he will not turn himself in properly.  Listen to the episode for details.

2) Series/season three is said to be focused around a sexual assault in the town.  Will the perpetrator be one of the characters we already know?  Or, will it be someone totally different?

ANSWER: The victim and perpetrators are new characters to the show and to the viewer.  Since we spend considerable time discussing both in the episode, you should just listen to it.

RECOMMENDATION & PARTING SHOTS

Our panel continues to recommend Broadchurch to fans of British television generally, fans of mystery and crime procedural shows, and fans of David Tennant.  Though Broadchurch remains moody, tonally dark, and extremely intense, and emotionally preparing oneself to watch this show may be necessary, the panel also universally agreed that Broadchurch Series Three is one of the better seasons (better than the second, not as good as the first). In any event, the panel continues to praise the entire show highly, noting it to be well-written, well-performed, well-shot, and well-directed and encourages anyone interested in high quality television to give it a look-see.

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

Broadchurch has officially ended.  The entire series is currently available to stream on Netflix. Did you watch Broadchurch?  Let us know in the comments, and tell us what you thought of any or all of its three seasons – or series if you’re British!  And stay tuned! Though our Broadchurch coverage is primarily done, don’t be surprised if the show makes an appearance or two in coming discussions, from time to time, as, after all, CPU! continues to expand our panel formats in new and exciting ways.

In the meantime, from our Broadchurch panel and David Tennant sister-wife commune (and the men who scorn it) to you, thank you for listening to our ongoing Broadchurch series, which now officially comes to a close.  To discover other shows discussed by CPU!, check here.  For now, we bid you adieu!

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Production still for Broadchurch, Series 3

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The Broadchurch Panel! (top, left to right, Nick, Kyle, Hilary; bottom, left to right, Krista, Kristen)

Grace and Frankie, Seasons 3-4: Part Two of the “Catching Up on Grace and Frankie” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in March 2018, our panel of CPU! veterans – moderator Kylie, Kristen, Krista, Amie, and Samantha – convenes for the second time around the CPU! Water Cooler to discuss the third and fourth seasons of a quirky comedy about growing old (and growing up) gracefully, i.e. Grace and Frankie, in this, Part Two of our two-part “Catching Up on Grace and Frankie” Miniseries.  As always, if you have not watched any of Grace and Frankie, be aware that there are, most definitely, MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

PODCAST! – Streaming Originals & Around the Water Cooler: “Grace and Frankie” – Recapping Seasons 3 and 4; Part Two of CPU!’s “Catching Up on Grace and Frankie” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Grace and Frankie” is a comedy-drama web television and Netflix original series, always available on Netflix.

What:  “Grace and Frankie,” created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the title roles of Grace and Frankie, two unlikely friends who are brought together after their husbands announce that they are in love and plan to get married. Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael, and Baron Vaughn co-star in supporting roles.

SYNOPSIS

The series follows Grace (Fonda), a retired cosmetics mogul, and Frankie (Tomlin), a hippie art teacher, whose husbands, Robert (Sheen) and Sol (Waterston), are successful divorce lawyers in San Diego.  Grace and Frankie’s lives are turned upside down when Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. Now, the women, who have never particularly liked each other, are forced to live together and must learn to unite and to cope with difficulties in their new lives as 70-something divorcees.

When: The third season of the series was released in its entirety to the Netflix streaming library on March 24, 2017, and the fourth season was released in its entirety to Netflix on January 19, 2018, each with a total of thirteen episodes.

Where: The action is set primarily in San Diego, California, and surrounding communities.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!

How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)

To listen to Part One of this miniseries, covering the first two seasons of Grace and Frankie, click on the link embedded below:

Grace and Frankie, Seasons 1 and 2

By popular request, though notably by frequent CPU! panelists and viewers unlikely to be in the intended target audience for this quirky comedy-drama, Grace and Frankie has become a new show panel at the CPU! Water Cooler. Tonight’s episode is the second part of a two-part miniseries in which CPU! gets caught up on this show, which premiered on Netflix in 2015.

Ultimately, our requesting CPU! faithful continue to regard Grace and Frankie as a charming comedy about growing old gracefully – but also about growing up gracefully – in these, our modern times.  In this episode, our panelists – Kristen, Krista, Amie, and Samantha – reflect on and recap the third and fourth seasons of Grace and Frankie, reacting to the growing cadre of quirky characters and the seemingly impossible situations in which they find themselves.  From new loves to new heartaches, from death to birth, from yam lube to vibrators, our panel reacts to it all.

This episode was recorded in March 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the third and fourth seasons. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, our The 100 panel returns to the Water Cooler, though, unfortunately for fans of the show, not with good news, as CPU! launches the pilot episode of its “Shark Jumpers Anonymous” series.  What does it mean if a show is featured as part of that series?  Well…we’ll leave you to guess for now, but the title reference…’tis no good, people, ’tis no good.  Stay tuned!

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

1) Did Nick (Peter Gallagher) buy the beach house?  If he did not buy the beach house, who did?
2) Will Grace and Frankie get the beach house back?
3) What will the fallout be with the kids, since they all conspired against the women, their mothers?  What was Robert and Sol’s reaction – or what will it be – when they found/find out?
4) Where did Nick go?  Does he know that Grace checked into a retirement community?
5) Will Brianna save Say Grace and gain some of her mother’s approval, as panelist Krista predicts?

6) Will Jacob (Ernie Hudson) return to Frankie somehow, as many of the panelists hope

7) Why does Mallory continue to allow Coyote to park his tiny home in front of her house?  Will Mallory and Coyote couple up?  Will the show offer up more back story for this troubled pair other than Coyote’s drunken blackout night?

8) What will RuPaul’s new character, who panelist Kristen describes in the episode, mean to the story next season?

RECOMMENDATION

Grace and Frankie is recommended overall by our CPU! panel to fans of the actors in the cast, particularly of Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston, and to people who sincerely like to laugh.  Some of the panel cautions, however, that with frank discussion about lube (and later vibrators) as well as some salty language coming from these septuagenarians, not every potential viewer might find the show funny or be copacetic with the vernacular utilized therein.   Also, the panel generally praises the comedic performances of the four main actors and the writing while agreeing that there are better episodes than others; in fact, the panel voices a variety of reactions to the supporting characters, namely the four actors playing the grown up children of the couples in question.  It’s important to note, though, that the panel almost universally believed that the show improves each season, meaning that the third and fourth seasons were considered better than the first two.  In any event, our panel universally had great fun watching this series and believes that most with an open sense of humor will have fun watching it too.

LOOKING AHEAD

Netflix released the fourth season of Grace and Frankie on January 19, 2018, and has renewed the show for a fifth season, though no tentative release date has yet been announced by the streaming giant.  Most pundits expect the show to return in 2019, in keeping with its traditional once per year release pattern, which is when our CPU! Grace and Frankie panel will also, most likely, return to the Water Cooler for the purpose of chatting about Season Five.  Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the website, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes regarding Grace and Frankie as well as new episodes for all of our podcast panels!  And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  Thank you! 🙂

Grace and Frankie, Seasons 1-2: Part One of the “Catching Up on Grace and Frankie” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in March 2018, our panel of CPU! veterans – moderator Kylie, Kristen, Krista, Amie, and Samantha – convenes for the first time around the CPU! Water Cooler to discuss the first two seasons of a quirky comedy about growing old (and growing up) gracefully, i.e. Grace and Frankie, in this, Part One of our two-part “Catching Up on Grace and Frankie” Miniseries.  As always, if you have not watched any of Grace and Frankie, be aware that there are, most definitely, MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

ADVISORY: Due to discussion of concepts like yam lube, we do make frank (but scientific) references to genitalia in this episode.  It’s the world of the show, people.

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington