What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'Hamilton's America,' The Room Where It's Happening podcast
Watch this weekend
SEASON PREMIERE: Black Mirror, midnight, Netflix: Charlie Brooker's outstanding U.K. anthology series is back with six episodes. Each episode is a standalone story delving into the complexities and paranoia surrounding modern culture's obsession with technology. Never heard of Black Mirror? The previous seasons are available on Netflix, and we recommend Be Right Back, Fifteen Million Merits and White Christmas.
SERIES PREMIERE: Midnight Diner, midnight, Netflix: The small eatery Meshiya is only open from midnight to 7 a.m. Though it has a small menu, customers flock to Meshiya for the Master's food and conversations.
SPECIAL: Hamilton's America, 8 p.m., PBS: Great Performances follows young, scrappy and hungry Lin-Manuel Miranda's phenomenon Hamilton. Though never a president, Alexander Hamilton was instrumental in shaping the United States. Miranda's Broadway smash hit brought the man on the $10 to the forefront of our pop culture some 200 years later. This is a chance to be in the room where it happens with interviews with presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.
SEASON PREMIERE: The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m., CW: The final season premiere of the CW's hit vampire drama. We are already tearing up, thinking about saying goodbye to Damon Salvatore.
Movie: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 8 p.m., TCM: The 1941 version of Robert Louis Stevenson's story about a scientist whose experimental elixir turns him into an evil alter ego. Starring Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman.
SEASON PREMIERE: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, 9 p.m.: Becca finally got what she moved to West Covina for: Josh Chan. But is he what she really wants?
SERIES PREMIERE: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, 8 p.m., BBC America: Based on a Douglas Adams novel of the same name, the show follows time-traveling detective Dirk Gently, his sidekick, Todd, and an adorable corgi.
Jaws marathon, 8 p.m., TCM: Jaws and Jaws 2 showcase a monstrous great white shark that terrorizes the summer resort town of Amity.
SEASON PREMIERE: The Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC: Someone is going to die by being beaten with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire by Negan. Rick Grimes has never looked so terrified. Also, there will be zombies, maybe.
The Talking Dead, 10 p.m., AMC: Host Chris Hardwick gives diehard Walking Dead fans a safe space to grieve together after a bloody season premiere.
The Room Where It's Happening
By now, you've probably read Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: The Revolution. You've also probably listened to the Hamilton soundtrack a hundred times over and can rap all the words to Cabinet Battles #1 and #2. And if you're part of the lucky group who have actually seen the play in New York City, don't talk to us.
If all of that is still not enough Hamilton, give The Room Where It's Happening a listen.
Hosts Travon Free and Mike Drucker explore a song from the Broadway smash hit week by week with special guests, actors from the show, celebrity superfans and Chernow himself.
In the second episode, Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth talks about her love for My Shot, the timelessness of Hamilton and why it's such a pop culture phenomenon and her secret goal of making a rap opera.
In later episodes, the hosts have Hamilton actors Jasmine Cephas Jones (Maria Reynolds/Peggy Schuyler) and Anthony Ramos (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton) on to talk about their experiences performing in one of the greatest musicals of all time.
You'll be helpless listening to Jones' beautiful voice and in tears laughing listening to Ramos talking about being 24 playing a 9-year-old.
With their guests, the hosts dissect lyrics and discuss what some of these powerful lines mean to them. They also encourage listeners to call in and tell them the reasons they love Hamilton, their favorite songs and how they felt the first time they heard or saw the play.
The best way to listen to this is under your own vine and fig tree with a moment alone in the shade . . . or, you know, in the car during a break from your regularly scheduled Hamilton soundtrack binge.
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and earwolf.com.
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