Sum­mer six-pack

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - FRONT PAGE -

WITH the “of­fi­cial” prime-time sea­son of­fi­cially be­hind us for an­other year, it’s time for TV watch­ers in this of­ten frosty part of the world to turn off the ol’ boob tube, take a deep breath and head out­side into the too-brief sum­mer sun­shine. Or, at least, it would be, if this were 2006. But we’re liv­ing in the age of Net­flix, Shomi and Crave TV and year-round stream­ing con­tent, so there’s re­ally no rea­son for any­one to make that haz­ardous-to-your-health stroll out into the sun­burn-risk zone, is there? Se­ri­ously, fel­low couch spuds, we’ve got a whole lot of catch­ing up to do, and the fall TV sea­son is only a few weeks away.

In this new monthly fea­ture — to which we’ve at­tached the too-cute-for-words ti­tle Life Is But a Stream — we’re go­ing take a quick look at some of the note­wor­thy ti­tles avail­able on the afore­men­tioned stream­ing­con­tent ser­vices, and of­fer up a few sug­ges­tions of shows that might be wor­thy of a few marathon view­ings as the sum­mer months zip past.

Un­less you’re a hard­core binge-watcher, it’s likely your stream­ing-ser­vice loy­alty lies with one, maybe two, of the ser­vices cur­rently avail­able in Canada. But we’ll dig though the ros­ters of all three ser­vices in search of shows that might pro­vide some warm-weather TV-watch­ing fun.

To get Life Is But a Stream started, here are six to sam­ple dur­ing the sum­mer of ’16: Orange Is the New Black (Net­flix) — Se­ri­ous stream­ers and com­mit­ted seek­ers of the best TV fare, re­gard­less of plat­form, will al­ready have seen this, but the loom­ing ar­rival of the se­ries’ fourth sea­son (June 17) makes this a per­fect time for new­bies to the binge-watch­ing trend to get them­selves cur­rent with the se­ries that has be­come, with the pos­si­ble ex­cep­tion of House of Cards, Net­flix’s most suc­cess­ful orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion.

AMA­ZON STU­DIOS

Mark Con­sue­los (from left), John Good­man, Matt Mal­loy and Clark John­son in Al­pha House.

PAUL SCHIRALDI / NET­FLIX

Tay­lor Schilling (left) and Uzo Aduba in Orange Is the New Black.

BRAD OSWALD

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