Day: July 10, 2020

“The Nest” brings subtlety and venom

“The Nest” (shown here) arrives Monday (July 13) on Acorn, giving us one of those couples we can all envy.
Rich, smart and attractive, they live in a gorgeous, waterfront home near Glasgow. And then … well, then they meet a woman who has a mysterious past and nothing to lose.
Parts of that plot could describe many movies. This could be “Chloe” with Amanda Seyfried or “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” with Rebecca De Mornay or countless others. Storytellers love to start with perfection, then stir things up.
But “The Nest” has the advantage of time and detail. It’s a five-hour story – the first two hours debut Monday on – with the time to provide depth to each character, while spinning them through fresh detours. Read more…

Best-bets for July 12: Two seasons end; two more will soon

1) “Snowpiercer” season-finale, 9 and 9:58 p.m., TNT. As the current heat wave grips much of the country, here’s the exact opposite: The temperature outside is minus-122 Celsius, which is worse than it sounds; in Fahrenheit, we’re told, that’s minus-188, People are safe only as the train keeps moving. But inside the train, Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly (shown here) battle for control. And outside, there are potent new forces. It’s a tautly crafted finale, but don’t expect an ending. Mostly, this propels us to next season. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for July 13: Old country, new Peacock

1) “CMA Best of Fest,” 8-11 p.m. today, ABC. Some of TV’s best summer moments come when ABC has music fron Nashville’s CMA Fest. This year’s festival was canceled, but the show goes on, with Luke Bryan hosting. He’ll do new music, as will Darius Rucker; others will be shown during 16 previous years. We’ll get newer stars (Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini) and A-list veterans – Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood (shown here), Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambrt, Keith Urban, more. Read more…