Day: October 4, 2022

Loretta and “Kevin” and a changing world

Two unrelated events recently washed past me, somehow tying together.
One was the death of Loretta Lynn (shown here), who died today (Oct. 4) at 90, peacefully in her bed. She wrote and sang great country stories … and lived a greater one. Try to catch the wonderful movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and/or PBS’ “American Masters” portrait of Lynn. Both tell how she became a wife at 13, a mother at 14, a grandmother at 31 — while emerging as a Nashville star.
(Only recently. that legend was modified. The real numbers, apparently, were 16, 17 and 34; three years were subtracted, adding to the mystique.)
And the other, oddly, was “Kevin Can F Himself.” I was watching a screener of the season-finale, which airs at 9 p.m. Monday (Oct. 10) on AMC. Read more…

Best-bets for Oct. 6: TV’s best (maybe) drama debuts

1) “Alaska Daily” debut, 10 p.m., ABC. This could become the next great broadcast-network drama. The opener is pretty good; next week’s hour – extending these stories and adding a new one –is superb. Tom McCarthy won an Oscar for his “Spotlight” script, based on a real newspaper investigation; now another real newspapers probe is the root here. Hilary Swank (shown here, right), a double Oscar-winner, plays a star reporter, taking her tarnished career to Anchorage. Read more…