Analysis: Hulu’s ‘The Patient’ has just the cure for your streaming woes

I’m not quite ready to give up my sandals just yet, but I will gladly spend more time indoors — there’s so much to watch and listen to, after all.

So count me in for new Hulu series “The Patient” in which Carell stars as a therapist whose patient (played by Domhnall Gleeson) takes him hostage, confesses to being a serial killer and demands to be cured of his homicidal ways.

Sounds easy enough, right?

It’s streaming on Hulu now.

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 3

From left, the animated characters Beckett Mariner, Brad Boimler and D'Vana Tendi in a scene from season 3 of "Star Trek: Lower Decks."

I love how, after all these years, there is still more of the “Star Trek” universe to explore.

In this animated series, the support crew of the starship USS Cerritos have their stories told. Season 3 finds the ship impounded and the crew seeking justice for their captain, as well as engaged in all sorts of other interplanetary hijinks.

Sci-fi, comedy and animation make for an entertaining trio.

The first two episodes of the new season are streaming on Paramount+.

‘The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family’

From left: Elizabeth McCafferty and Rafaëlle Cohen as sisters Mary and Anne Boleyn in a scene from "The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family."

Long-time Tudorphile over here, so this new PBS series is right up my alley.

A three-part historical documentary, “The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family” charts the meteoric rise — and equally seismic fall — of the Boleyn family in Tudor England.

Of course, Anne Boleyn was one of Henry VIII’s wives — the second wife, but first to lose her head, literally. But she was not the only Boleyn to have charmed the King; PBS describes the series as “a thrilling story of love, sex, betrayal and obsession played out in a Tudor court rife with gossip, backstabbing rivalries and intrigue.”

Yes, please!

The first episode is available to stream on, and the PBS Video app.

Two things to listen to

The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! by Megadeth

James LoMenzo, Dave Mustaine, and Kiko Loureiro of Megadeth perform on stage during a concert in Austin, Texas on August 20, 2021.

Thrash metal heavyweights Megadeth has a way with album titles and their latest is no exception.

“The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” is their latest record and no, it’s not about the pandemic.

“This one was inspired by another virus, the Plague,” the band’s frontman Dave Mustaine told Louder, explaining that the record grew from, among other timely inspirations, “the actual facts … how it was a disease that was communicable via the rats and the fleas, and how that whole thing happened.”

If anyone can rock to that, it’s Megadeth.

The album is out now.

‘Yungblud’ by Yungblud

Yungblud performs at Terminal 5 on February 11 in New York City.
Singer/songwriter Yungblud’s third album is self-titled because, as he wrote on Instagram in May, “Everything up to this moment has been a complete explosion of uncensored expression, where I just told the truth and sang about what I felt in that exact moment.” (Back in 2018, the artist’s first EP was also self-titled.)

“The difference here is that I have thought and felt this record so deeply,’ he wrote. “I went to a part of myself that I didn’t know was there.”

The album is also out now.

One thing to talk about

From left: Janelle Brown, Meri Brown, Kody Brown and Christine Brown from "Sister Wives" attend an event at the Tropicana Las Vegas on April 13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

My mom is a big fan of TLC’s reality series “Sister Wives,” so consequently I have been kept up to date on its star Kody Brown and his family. (TLC is also owned by CNN’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery.)

His former wife Christine Brown recently spoke with People about ending their relationship — and walking away from plural marriage.

“I get to live life for me,” the 50-year-old said. “My whole world has changed, and every single cell in my body is happier.”

One of the most interesting things to me about “Sister Wives” was the concept of multiple women sharing the same husband and blending their families. Well it turns out that Brown, who shares six children with her now ex, lost interest in that kind of life.

“I started thinking maybe this isn’t working for me,” she said. “And then I stopped believing in polygamy. I realized I didn’t really want to live it anymore. I didn’t like sharing a husband or feeling like I wasn’t important.”

The importance of finding what makes you happy can’t be overstated. Best of luck to her.

Something to sip on

Solange Knowles attends the inaugural Lena Horne Prize gala at Town Hall on February 28, 2020 in New York City.

I love this time for Solange Knowles.

The multi-talented, multi-hyphenate creative is getting her art out there more than ever before.

Not only has she become the first Black woman to compose a score for the New York City Ballet, but she also recently released “In Past Pupils and Smiles,” a 188-page monograph based on a performance piece she debuted at the Venice Bienniale in 2019.
According to Vogue, the book “includes behind-the-scenes and live-performance photography and conversations with and writings by collaborators like co-curator Aaron Cezar, musician Greg Bryant, costume designer Kyle Luu, and hairstylist Virginie ‘Gin’ Moreira, among others.”

“Documentation with still photography has always been really important,” she told the publication. “For this work to be able to live on, to be archived, and shared throughout history, I actually had us redo this performance without an audience to capture how the energy force of the performance shifted.”

Being the younger sister of Beyoncé can’t be easy, so I am thrilled to see Knowles carving her own legacy in the arts.

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