Day: November 1, 2021

Best-bets for Nov. 3: Strong dramas from fact or fiction

1) “Dopesick,” any time, Hulu. As the sixth (of eight) episode begins, coal country has been shattered by OxyContin. An earnest doctor (Michael Keaton) has lost his license and is in rehab; his young patient (Kaitlyn Dever) is deeply addicted. Some federal officials in Virginia face resistance from the Purdue Pharma drug company and indifference from Department of Justice leaders. It’s s stunning episode, including great work from Keaton, Dever and (as an intense drug official, shown here) Rosario Dawson. Read more…

Sunshine slaying? Not in this “Dexter” mini-series

Dexter Morgan has never been your standard serial killer. For one thing, he tries to only kill bad people; he considers himself a hero … albeit a pained one.
For another, he’s been doing that in the blue-sky beauty of Miami. All of that changes, however, with “Dexter: New Blood,” the 10 week mini-series that debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 7) on Showtime.
The new setting (Shelburne Falls, Mass., posing as upstate New York) is “undeniably beautiful,” said producer Clyde Phillips. It also has lots of trees and space … the standard serial-killer turf. Read more…

It’s a Golden Month for real-life mini-series

TV has had its Golden Ages and Clunker Ages and everything in between.
But let’s tighten the focus: Right now – November, 2021 – is the Golden Age of mini-series based on important news events. That encompasses:
– “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on FX, concluding Nov. 9; and
– “Dopesick” (shown here with Rosario awson), streaming Wednesdays on Hulu, concluding Nov. 17. Read more…