What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'The Crown' on Netflix, Queens of England podcast
Watch this weekend
Even the world of television knows the country is just days away from electing our next president. Small screen offerings this weekend are sparse, save for a few movies, the winding down of fall seasons and Netflix's debut of its Queen Elizabeth II biopic series The Crown. A deep dive into Elizabeth's early reign might be the thing to get your mind off our election for a few hours. Open your eyes and think of England.
SERIES PREMIERE: The Crown, midnight, Netflix: Starring Claire Foy, the 10-part, rumored $100 million series begins before George VI's death in 1952 and features the lavishly-shot scene of Elizabeth's wedding to Prince Philip (Matt Smith). Trailers for The Crown tease Foy's Elizabeth in almost shock at her ascension to the throne and her fiercely correcting her husband, Philip, after he asks if she's his wife or his queen. "I am both, and a strong male would be able to kneel to both," she tells him.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, 9 p.m., CW: Rebecca becomes torn between two men once again, and best friend Paula struggles to make a big decision.
The Exorcist, 9 p.m., Fox: The story of Casey's possession goes public, throwing the Rance family and Father Tomas into the spotlight.
Movie: Girl in the Box, 10 p.m., Lifetime: Another airing of the Lifetime dramatization of a young woman who was abducted by a couple after hitchhiking. She was held captive for seven years, during which she was tortured and turned into a live-in slave.
Movie: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 7 p.m., TNT: Thorin, his band of dwarves, hobbit Bilbo Baggins and wizard Gandalf continue their crusade to take back the mountain from the dragon Smaug.
Special: Unfinished Business: The Essential Hillary Clinton, 8 p.m., CNN: The public and personal life of Hillary Clinton is examined, delving into her runs as first lady, senator and secretary of state.
400 Days, 9 p.m., Syfy: Four astronauts go through a 400-day simulated space mission to test the psychological effects. They have to end the mission early, but find that Earth has changed since they've been gone.
Special: All Business: The Essential Donald Trump, 10 p.m., CNN: An examination of Donald Trump, the challenges he's overcome and the controversies that follow him.
The Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC: Now that we've had some comic relief from the bloody premiere, we can focus on the absurdity of the Kingdom and Ezekiel's pet tiger.
Westworld, 9 p.m., HBO: Spend all the time you want making fan theories and trying to guess who is real and who is a Host. None of us really know what's going on in Westworld, but we love every second of it.
Special: Nostradamus: Election 2016, 10 p.m., History: A look at whether Nostradamus actually predicted the craziness of this year's election and its outcome.
Queens of England Podcast
You know what goes great with the premiere of The Crown on Netflix? A podcast all about the medieval queens of England.
Starting with Matilda of Flanders in the 11th century, Queens of England Podcast takes listeners through the lives of the Middle Ages queens and their kings, children and the lands they ruled.
It delves into the paths that led them to the crown and the legacies they established that changed the way England was ruled.
There are so many Matildas, Eleanors, Isabellas, Henrys and Williams that it can be hard to keep track of who's related to whom. Who knows how the royal families kept track of it all hundreds of years ago.
But the host keeps everything in line smoothly, saying full names of royal family members and clarifying who he's talking about when necessary.
This is definitely a niche podcast. Listening to 35 episodes about the medieval queens of England isn't for everyone.
At the beginning of the podcast, the host promised it would only cover medieval queens. He broke his promise and is currently working on extending the episodes to include the Tudors, Stuarts, Hanovers and possibly the house of Windsor, which is the current royal family.
Some of my favorite episodes are the supplemental ones, delving into what it means to be a medieval queen. And there's a very interesting episode comparing the royalty in Game of Thrones to Middle Ages queens.
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and queensofenglandpodcast.com.
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