In this new six-part docs-series, Oscar and Grammy Award-winning producer and artist Mark Ronson explores the intersection of technology and musical innovation with his heroes and fellow hitmakers – including Paul McCartney, DJ Premier, Charli XCX, Dave Grohl and Questlove.Each episode of “Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson” will follow Ronson as he uncovers the untold stories behind music creation and the lengths producers and creators are willing to go to find the perfect sound.
At the end of each episode, Ronson will create and unveil a unique piece of original music using groundbreaking technology and techniques including reverb, synth, autotune, drum machines, sampling and distortion. All six episodes are premiering today!
Jonathan - "Peacock, NBC's foray into streaming, has had a mixed launch, with the planned launch during the Olympics last year being softened when they were moved and slightly confusing subscription tiers meaning some great content was overshadowed. Among several great comedies on the service is this brilliant show from Meredith Scardino. Scardino hails from SNL, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the show is also produced by 30 Rock showrunners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. This should give you an idea of what to expect.
The show centres on former 90s girl group 'Girls5eva' ("Gonna be famous 5eva / Cuz forever’s too short / Gonna be famous 3gether / Cuz that’s one more than together,"), who are thrust back into the limelight when they are sampled in a track by 'Lil Stinker'. After another taste of fame they decide to regroup and make a comeback. It's not as hard as they think of course, as they all have different lives now and they're even down to four after one of the members died swimming off the edge of an infinity pool.
The jokes come thick and fast ("Her shoe line is, like, number one in China, and they have the most feet", "It has been an entire Zendaya since you have recorded music.") and are delivered by a cast on the absolute top of their game. Comedy legends Paula Pell and Busey Philips are joined by Sara Bareilles and Renée Elise Goldsberry who match them joke for joke in impressive style. The TL;DR of this is, if you loved 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, this will fill the whole they will have left in your comedy heart.
James - "Atypical tells the story of Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a teenage boy with autism on a journey of self-discovery, who begins to explore independence from his family. His family are also dealing with their own issues all whilst trying to see things from Sam’s perspective. The show deals with many big themes such as relationships, death, sexuality and finding your place in the world, it does so in a very delicate way and this is down to the excellent writing and brilliant performances from Gilchrist, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Rapaport, Brigette Lundy-Paine and the rest of the supporting cast.
This fourth and final season wraps up the show’s various storylines in a satisfying way and matures alongside its main character while still retaining its charm and sweet nature.
Much like Ted Lasso, Atypical is a show that doesn’t rely on mean-spirited comedy to make you laugh and at only 4 seasons, is well worth your time."
Devon - "All things old are new again. One of the big trends in the move to streaming TV is the use of nostalgia to hook people in to a monthly subscription. Paramount+ has used this strategy aggressively since launching last year, and one of the products of that strategy is this new incarnation of the classic Nickelodeon show led by Miranda Cosgrove.
Three of the four main cast members (Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, and Nathan Kress) are back, with some of the minor characters from the original series sprinkled in as guest stars from the time to time. New to the cast are Laci Mosley as Carly’s roommate Harper and Jaidyn Triplett as Freddy’s daughter Millicent. Notably absent are original star Jenette McCurdy, who is no longer acting, and original producer Dan Schneider, who parted ways with Nickelodeon a few years back.
I grew up watching the original iCarly on cable TV, so I’m right in the target audience for this revival series. It’s definitely geared towards the audience of the original show, with storylines and humor more appropriate for adults than children. I’ve found it quite fun to catch up with these characters nearly a decade later and see what their lives are like. The show is very easy viewing, with episodes under 30 minutes and packed full of laughs. I was afraid the show’s sense of humor might not land as well with a different team behind the scenes and an older audience, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far.
If you enjoyed the original iCarly as a kid and are ready for a trip down memory lane, or if you’re just looking for a quirky comedy to zone out to, give this new series a try. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it."
Jonathan, ScreenTimes’ Contributing Editor has been lucky enough to work on Apple products his whole life, ever since his Dad brought home a Mac Performa aged 11 (him, not his Dad). Apple is just engrained in his life, especially nowadays, as a graphic designer. His nerdy enthusiasm for Apple is only matched by his love of TV and film. Whether a buzz-worthy new show or blockbuster, a small cult show or an indie film, he’ll watch it. So Apple TV meets right in the middle of that Venn diagram! He also writes on his personal site, smallbites.me. He lives in London and is writing his own bio in the third person.