The top 5 shows on CBS All Access
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
- The Twilight Zone
- Under the Dome
- The Good Fight
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Hoping to compete with already entrenched services like Sundance Now, Amazon Prime, AcornTV and Shudder, CBS All Access Canada has hit the ground running with a solid library of TV shows. Admittedly, what we have here isn’t the most current content going, at least when compared to Netflix and the like. That said, I’ve found CBS AAC to be quite the goldmine for golden oldies…
When improv actor and comic Stephen Colbert left his “The Colbert Report” character behind The Late Show franchise was reborn in style in the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York. Boasting one of the most annoying and/or amusing Donald Trump voice impressions in modern media, Colbert routinely skewers current events and hosts exclusive interviews with the most famous actors, athletes, politicians, comics, artists and musicians in entertainment today. Even better, joining Colbert is his bandleader, Julliard-trained Jon Batiste, and house band Stay Human.
Even though I went into this series skeptical, being a diehard fan of Sherlock and Benadryl Cucumberthatch in general, Elementary still managed to win me over. What we have here is yet another modern-day reimagining of the world’s greatest detective, but with a number of key twists on the formula. Firstly, the Watson in this crime-solving duo is played by a no-nonsense Lucy Liu, and this Holmes has been lured across the pond from Scotland Yard to come solve the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Regardless of these rearrangements of premise, Elementary delivers some cracking whodunnit mysteries that are on par with the best brain teasers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
About as oldie as oldies can get, but still a goodie. The Twilight Zone is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and/or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist. And I’m willing to bet that many modern audiences who watch it today will find themselves quite familiar with the source material here, thanks to the many spoofs done of The Twilight Zone by The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror halloween specials (and Futurama’s superb “The Scary Door” segments).
Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, Under the Dome is the strange tale of Chester’s Mill, a small Maine town that becomes utterly encapsulated by a colossal, transparent and seemingly indestructible dome. Completely cut off from the outside world, thanks to no Internet access, mobile coverage or radio signals, this sleepy town becomes a powder-keg of violence when old grudges are stirred up by an increasing lack of resources. Can the world’s military find a way to break in before everything turns to hell? Likewise, can a handful of switched on curious dome-folk discover the origin and purpose of their imprisonment?
Sadly, a lot of spin-off shows aren’t worth the price of the paper their scripts are written on – The Good Fight is an exception. Continuing roughly one year after The Good Wife wrapped up, an enormous financial scam has sullied the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell, while simultaneously erasing the fortune of her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart. Ousted from her law firm, now called “Lockhart, Deckler, Gussman, Lee, Lyman, Gilbert, Lurie, Kagan, Tannebaum & Associates”, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s preeminent law firms in an effort to make both a comeback and a difference in the world.
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