Hello from lovely San Francisco! Work sends me to some nice cities sometimes, and while this isn't a hotel I'd plan to visit again (sorry, Radisson), I do welcome the opportunity to sit down and enjoy television premiere week on the major networks. Here's what's on my mind, pop culture wise:
1. Undercovers from J.J. Abrams. Currently playing on my TV, and halfway through the pilot episode. First, the man who created Lost, one of the most spine-tinglingly great shows ever made, is pretty much a genius, so this show already has a lot going for it. Second, what a fun premise! Two married former spies are running a catering business, having a nice but unexciting life, when they get pulled back into active duty to find a missing friend. You get world-wide travel, attractive people in exciting situations with a taste of danger, and how refreshing that it's about an already committed couple who clearly still love and enjoy each other. You so rarely see that in movies or TV -- the journey often seems to end when they get married. And for an especially great third, the lead actors are both black and it's not a big deal. A major show with a lot of money behind it anchored by two charismatic leads who happen to be minorities not usually given major roles in primetime: extremely cool.
3. The novel One Day by David Nicholls, now in paperback. My love of all things British continues with this laugh out loud funny, moving, and altogether engrossing book. College students Dexter and Emma meet on the night of their graduation, and although they don't initially seem like natural friends, the relationship continues and each chapter revisits them on the same date for two decades. True to life in the way we don't always progress in the straight line we envisioned, and how random chance can have such enormous impact.