DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (2016)

Designated Survivor

Creators: David Guggenheim

Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto

During the annual State of the Union speech, one member of the administration is chosen to stay behind at a safe location in case an attack wipes out the rest of the government. This has never happened so the writers said to themselves what if?

Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is the outgoing Secretary of Housing and Urban Development but disaster strikes, Tom is quickly sworn in as leader of the states and yes there are people who thinks he can do the job others not so much. Seth Wright (Kal Penn), a speech writer that does not think the new guy has what it takes. Nor do any of the military leaders and is understandable here the military people wants to find out who did this to the country and strike but the new guy thinks we should make sure who did this then strike. So there is going to be conflict here. Yes it is an intelligent script here and works well. Tom here is not military he wants the people who did that behind bars but he has to make sure who did it. He is the brain of this investigation, the military the muscle. The thing is the show is moving a little quickly I am not sure if it is a good idea but it is still watchable. the cast however is just fine Natascha McElhone  as Tom’s wife, Alex, Italia Ricci  as Tom’s aide, Emily, Adan Canto  as the new president’s, well, tutor seems appropriate though isn’t entirely accurate, Aaron, LaMonica Garrett  as a Secret Service agent, Mike, and Maggie Q  as an FBI agent, Hannah. voila have fun.

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CALIFORNICATION (2007 – 2014)

Californication

Creator: Tom Kapinos

Cast: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

Hank Moody (David Duchovny) was a famous writer wrote a successful book that run into a movie, than suddenly nothing for years. He lost his love of his life, they broke up of which he has a 13 years old daughter going on 30. He has this let’s say little problem he is a self-loathing, drug , boozing , cigarette smoking, womanizing somewhat loser bad boy image that he can’t shake off well it is addictive to top it all off he wants to get back with his ex. His agent wants him to write an other book, and his daughter wants him to grow up, yeah! that is going to happen.

Here is a series that single out the woman. It is targeted for men of course. It bust with cliché but who cares it is fun to watch. Here is somehow a ‘à something man who somehow went off the deep end went into a boozing screwing women and doing a line of coke on a hooker’s ass Hank is having fun and does not care too much about anything else. It is well written and so well acted, the casting is perfect this series could not be better. David Duchovny and Natascha McElhone give the Hank/Karen relationship some sense of love complete with flirtation, frustration,yelling at each other and unwilling attraction. Also there is moody as a father who lacks of emotional stability. He is trying to get his ex girlfriend back but keeps enmeshing it up. This series in noy for kids by the way obviously. The show is raw and shocking, while still being moving and engaging and it is not for everybody, but it is a good time. they did take risks on this one even the actors it is not easy to be in bed with an actress and you are going to do this and that , they really pushed the envelope to the limit. It all came to an end but you can get it on DVD and watch over again.

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CALIFORNICATION (2007 – )

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Creator: Tom Kapinos.

Cast: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler.

A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother. In the mean time he is a sex addict, who uses drug and possibly an alcoholic trying to get to write an other book after the success of his first one. Good luck with that one buddy.

Great series but most women are not going to like that one however most man will. In this series you will experience Dark sarcasm, Big egos, cigarettes, booze, drugs, and defeatism so fasten you seat belt and enjoy the ride. Here it is you have a writer who is New York has a big success on his first book that turned into a movie and made a lot of money. Then has writer’s block losing the relationship with his girlfriend and daughter and ends up in Los Angeles for a new start. on the top of that he is trying to re candle the relationship with his girlfriend and daughter.  Here is the thing Duchovny went into treatment because he was a sex addict. life imitate arts. There is some raunchy moments in this series and you might be offended but on the other hand for some people won’t be. This show is not for kids it is an adult humor and sarcasms. It is a wild ride of self loathing  and what better to do it in Los Angeles. Duchovny character goes downhill from there and his escapade are escalating  at a speed of a elevator that is going down. His daughter has growing up quickly as she see threw him. Hank is trying to be a father to her but with his self loathing drug and alcohol consumption is figures out that it is not easy nor trying to get back to his girlfriend.

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