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Weekly Update – Books, Shows & Films

Well, it’s Monday again, so it’s time for another update on my reading and viewing activities, but unfortunately I don’t have that much to write about this week. ☹️
So, this will be a short one, but regardless, let’s get started:

What I’ve read, what I’m currently reading & what I’ve added to my TBR pile:

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Life has been rather busy and I haven’t been able to read anything this week, but I have added a book to my TBR pile: Prey by Michael Crichton.

Prey is about an experiment gone wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles has escaped from the laboratory and the cloud is intelligent and learns from experience. It has been programmed as a predator and humans are the prey.
This isn’t exactly out of my comfort zone, but it isn’t at the center of it either, so I’m curious to see if I’ll like it or not.

What I’ve watched, what I’m currently watching & what I’ve added to my watchlist:

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I’ve been so busy I haven’t even been able to watch Cheers this week (*gasp*), but I did manage to watch last week’s watchlist addition Beau every night though.

Beau is the new late night talkshow on Dutch tv, hosted by Beau van Erven Dorens. The previous late night talkshows on RTL didn’t work very well (the ratings were low and critics weren’t crazy about the shows), so all eyes were on Beau this first week.
In the last update I wrote that I thought he could make this work and after having watched the first five shows, I think I was right. Sure, a lot of things could be improved, but that’s okay. It’s only his first week. He still needs to get comfortable and find out what works and what doesn’t, but that’ll come.
I must say that some years ago I didn’t like Beau at all, but in recent years I’ve done a 180 and I’ve developed a bit of a weakness for him. He’s just always himself. Honest, funny, and slightly rebellious. And he can get away with a lot because people tend to be quite taken with him.
Doing a song about his new show was risky and took a lot of guts, but it was brilliant in its humour and self-mockery. His sweetness and charm shone through in his interview with two elderly ladies (one of whom seemed to be developing a tiny crush on him and it was the cutest thing) and walking out of the studio to go to a pub nearby and talk to critic Angela de Jong about his first week and what could be improved was a classic Beau thing to do.
I think that with his rebellious and charismatic personality he could become a sort of Dutch Craig Ferguson and instead of creating a talkshow that’s just like all the others he could kick against the system and create something unique and brilliant. When Craig hosted the Late Late Show he had a robot skeleton sidekick (Geoff) and a pantomime horse (Secretariat). He tore up his cards before every interview and didn’t make his guests talk about stuff they’d already talked about a million times before. Craig was one of a kind and although I understand his decision to stop, I will mourn the loss of that delightfully weird talkshow forever. (If you’ve got some time on your hands, do yourself a favour and watch some clips of Craig’s Late Late Show on YouTube, like his interviews with Kristen Bell, Hugh Laurie, Paula Deen, William Shatner, Shirley Manson, Robin Williams, etc., or one of his musical cold opens (I’d strongly recommend the Britney Spears, Fatboy Slim, Dead Man Fall, and Michael Franti ones)).
But anyway, I digress. What I’m trying to say is that I think Beau van Erven Dorens could create a talkshow just as quirky and unique as Craig Ferguson did. Maybe throw in a hint of Graham Norton’s style too.

Besides Beau I also watched the second episode of Taboe, a show in which comedian Philippe Geubels tries to find the limits of comedy while taking a trip with people who are disabled, suffering from an illness, or being discriminated against.
This week’s episode featured four terminally ill people and I was impressed with Geubels’ interviews and humour and the guests’ stories. It’s a very good show and I’d strongly recommend it.

That’s it for this week’s update. See you next time!

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