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As promised, a couple of political comments to start the week:

First, I heard a couple of people mention this last week, but after seeing some clips, Secretary of State Kerry’s face…does appear to be…a lot…smoother?  OK.

Also, one of my first bosses in this town, Alec Baldwin, is apparently going to be joining the MSNBC crew with his own show.  If you anything about that man at all, you know that is a perfect match.  If it’s just a televised version of his podcast (Here’s the Thing), then I don’t know how the TV show will NOT succeed.

Moving on…

I’m in one of those ‘Working 8 Days a Week’ stages (probably until I’m safely on the next rung of the ladder), but thanks to On Demand I was able to watch the 4 episodes that made up this year’s series (British term) of ‘Luther’, starring Idris Elba.  If you like cerebral dramas (and you probably do if you we have similar tastes) then you need to check out this show.  The only reason I can think of you that you may not know about it or hear as much about it is because it’s not an American show; it’s a product of the BBC.  You don’t have to have watched the earlier seasons to enjoy where the story is at now (so it’s not ‘Breaking Bad’ for example), but of course there are details and story turns that you’ll get more from if you’ve watched the whole series.

Apparently Idris as Mandela is really good too.  I…will be the cynical one here as far as all the brothers doing good work getting recognition come Oscar time (Forrest in ‘the Butler’, Mike Jordan in ‘Fruitvale, Chewy in ’12 Years a Slave’).  We’ll have plenty of time to talk about all that before the year is out.  But if the system is catching on that stories with three dimensional black leads can be critically respected AND profitable, then that’s a huge step forward we can all celebrate.

See, I was trying to stay off the soapbox.  Ah well.  Start your week off right.

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