Consider this your classic accidental-spy sitcom in the same vein as NBC’s Chuck. The protagonist, an affable but unmotivated computer store employee, decides to quit his job to pursue new opportunities to better support his son and divorced wife. But when he discovers the standard “computing exam” given to him at a job center was actually an exam for MI-5, the chaps at the secret agency are so chuffed that they decide to keep him around for spy activities. Realistic? Nah. But positively delightful? Obviously! … [Read more...] about The Best British Spy Shows to Stream Right Now
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7 seasons, 1997–2003)David Boreanaz (Angel) and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase)Season 3, episode 22, “Graduation” (with several crossover returns from Boreanaz later in the show, though none from Carpenter)After being stabbed through the heart on his way to 1998’s best approximation of a hell dimension in the season-two finale, Buffy’s ensouled vampire paramour Angel mysteriously returned to Sunnydale for season three. Per usual, Angel spent much of the season brooding over his crimes. After lending a hand in a fight against the mayor in the season finale, he announced that he was heading off to Los Angeles to strike out on his own. In the same season, popular rich girl Cordelia revealed that (a) her SAT grades were actually pretty great, and (b) her father had committed tax fraud. Instead of going to college, she also left for L.A. to pursue a career as an actress.Boreanaz and Carpenter left Buffy to join Angel, a noir-toned … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?
Was there anything in my life — my actual life, the part not lived on the carpet in front of a TV set — to contradict this? Not yet, but my world was changing. The great cratering of New York City was now at its most dire — it was the era of overflowing trash cans, of sidewalks full of dog turds, of garbage men on strike and blaring horns and headlines about financial default (“New York City Is Now Dead” stories are not an invention of 2020), of graffiti-covered subway cars and mimeographed notes sent home from school about how to teach your children to protect themselves against muggers. I was still too young for some of the movies — The French Connection, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three — that reinforced the national image of New York as an ill-tempered hell where everyone was sweating just to get through the day. But my father took me to a couple of long-forgotten cut-rate versions of those films — Cops and Robbers and Law & … [Read more...] about Real-Life Cops, and Me
Britax Römer B-AGILE double buggy Proving that two seats doesn't have to mean twice the expense, the Britax Römer is suitable from birth to four years, with lay-flat seat units, an option to use as a travel system and easy steering. While some side-by-side prams and pushchairs can be bulky, this will fit through a standard doorway and folds down for easy storage too. … [Read more...] about 9 best prams & double prams for your baby 2020: including brands loved by Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle & Zara Tindall
This month, they are also launching a reporting infrastructure initiative called the Accountability Reporting Network, in which the network will hire three dedicated reporters based in Louisiana, Texas, and the Ohio-Pennsylvania natural gas corridor to track environment regulation rollbacks by federal and state governments. The initiative came of something they had started noticing at the outset of the pandemic. “At the time, the Republicans were saying that the Democrats were going to use COVID to try to push radical climate policy — and I was like, ‘Have you met Nancy Pelosi?’” Westervelt said. “So that must mean that, actually, the fossil fuel companies were going to push policy, which of course they did, and we found that it was primarily happening at the state level.” The state of the local news business being what it is, there was a high chance that those rollbacks would take place without much notice, and so the Critical Frequency team … [Read more...] about The Strange Case of Oprah’s Old Interviews