5 Things to Gush About: May 20-26

Five things I'm digging this week.
Suranne Jones in Gentleman Jack

“Tootsie” on GMA: This looks a hoot. I loved the film, of course, and was a little skeptical of a Broadway adaptation since most people don’t know how big soap operas once were. But sounds like they’ve fixed the relevancy problems and they’ve got a terrific lead in Santino Fontana from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”.

“Booksmart”: This looks great, like a female version of Superbad. There is a connection cast-wise in that one of the stars, Beanie Feldstein, is Jonah Hill’s little sister. It’s about booksmart girls (Beanie and Kaitlyn Dever) about to graduate from high school who realize they’ve studied too much and partied too little, so try to pack four years of fun into one night. Starts Friday.

Gentleman Jack”: Starring the incomparable Suranne Jones, one of the world’s best actresses. She’s become a big star in the U.K. but not here yet, although you may have seen her in “Doctor Foster”. “Gentleman Jack” on HBO is unlike anything you’ve seen but we’d expect nothing less from creator Sally Wainwright (“Happy Valley”, “Last Tango in Halifax”). Set in 1832, it’s the true story about a woman who shocks everyone by doing what a man would do and making no apologies; the most delicious part is her courting an heiress to be her wife.

Howard Jones “Transform”: Yes, Howard Jones from the ’80s is back with a new album and it’s great, from what I’ve heard so far. Jones has “No One to Blame” for continuing to create and giving us new music like the cool new single “The One to Love You”, a collaboration with electronic artist BT. If you get the inclination, check out his excellent album from 2005 called “Revolution of the Heart”.

Saturday Night Live” – Pete Buttigieg: Last night’s SNL finale had a “View” sketch with Paul Rudd as Pete Buttigieg. A bit of a shambles but the real Mayor Pete must be flattered he and his husband have made Saturday Night Live.

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