Hi, friends. This week absolutely kicked my butt. Wherever you're reading this, I hope you're peacefully transitioning into the weekend.
We are getting closer to the spring / summer return of so many excellent shows. Set your DVR for:
- Tuesday, May 4 - Real Housewives of New York City returns to Bravo and the trailer looks bananas! I continue to miss Bethenny Frankel as part of the cast, but the Ramona-coaster keeps things interesting.
- Tuesday, May 4 - This is also the day that Netflix released the second season of Selena. If you didn't watch the first batch, do that now so you're ready to go. It's great, trust me!
- Thursday, May 6 - Million Dollar Listing New York City returns to our screens. Despite being bi-coastal now, Fredrik Eklund is still considered part of this cast, alongside Ryan Serhant, Steve Gold and a new female broker!
- Wednesday, May 19 - Rounding out the Bravo TV trifecta is the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kyle Richards' sister, Kathy Hilton, joins this season and I can't wait to see their dynamic. We'll also witness the downfall of Erika Jayne.
- Wednesday, May 26 - The Bold Type comes back to Freeform (formerly ABC Family). It's about three best friends who work at a magazine, based on Cosmopolitan. It's smart, funny and socially conscious.
- Friday, June 18 - Have you watched the Spanish high school drama Elite on Netflix? It's like Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars, set in Spain. Season four is coming in mid-June, so catch up now ahead of the premiere.
I only have one recommendation this week because I loved it so much that I fell down the rabbit hole and watched more episodes than I care to admit.
1. The Durrells in Corfu (Amazon) - Two of best gal pals recommended this show and last weekend I decided to give it a try. It's a British show that originally aired as part of Masterpiece on PBS.
Keeley Hawes stars as Louisa Durrell, a widow and mother of four children - Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry. Her family miserable in England, so they decide to relocate to the island of Corfu in Greece.
Let me begin by saying, if you have been missing international travel, the views of the crystal clear water, the Mediterranean style homes, the fresh fish in town - all of it will scratch your wanderlust itch.
As Louisa, Hawes is equal parts doting and disastrous. Though well intentioned, she isn't able to provide for her family in any real way. Her voice sounds exactly like Julie Andrews, which is both delightful and distracting.
Her oldest son, Larry, is played by Josh O'Connor, who you likely recognize as Prince Charles in The Crown on Netflix. In this show, Larry is an aspiring writer who gets little respect from his family. Despite his crabby attitude, he attracts many women.
The two middle children, Leslie and Margo, are a bit of a bore. It's the youngest child, Gerry, who's my favorite. He has a passion for animals and begins his own zoo in the family's backyard with everything from pelicans to otters to bats.
Each episode is one hour long. There are six episodes per season and four seasons currently available on Amazon.
Pack your (virtual) bags and head to Corfu!
Next week I'll be back with a fresh round of suggestions. Enjoy the weekend.