Is anybody else tuning in to HBO's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency? It's based on books by Alexander McCall Smith, whom I hadn't heard of before the series, but am strongly considering becoming acquainted with. I'm DVRing it and have only watched the first episode so far. I am SO in love. This makes me nervous, because the last HBO series I absolutely fell in love with was canceled after only one awesome season...and not even because of poor ratings, but because the creatives behind Tell Me You Love Me didn't know where to take it next. So disappointing. Hope springs that they'll eventually return though. But, back to the subject...
Since I watched it on DVR, I got to rewind the closing credits for my toddler to watch. African artwork comes to life in an animated recap of the episode set to African music. He loves it! The episode was peppered with cultural displays of traditional singing and dancing. That and the fact that it was filmed on location in Africa was enough to get me hooked. The set just makes me want to be there. Not go there, but be there. After watching the first episode of this newest series, I'm hoping that NOLDA settles in for a nice long stay on HBO.
I'm looking forward to many Sunday nights with my DVR and a cup of tea...bush tea if I can find some.
Surprising (and wonderful) things about cameos and actors in the new series:
1. Idris Elba. He played a bad guy and was nabbed by authorities at the end, but the storyline could easily be revisited in future episodes...we hope. If I ever thought he couldn't be more sexy than he is speaking with his own English accent (which we're so rarely treated with)? Lord, Idris with an African accent had me clutching my pearls.
2. Jill Scott's acting is amazing! If you saw her during her stint as Donna on Girlfriends, you know why this is a surprise. I guess it took a change of scenery for her to tap in to some serious acting talent. Seriously, she takes on the accent and mannerisms of a Botswana native and looks and sounds so natural! If I didn't know who she was, I'd swear she was from there. Of course, I have no experience listening to people from Botswana, but I've read that she nails it.
3. Anika Noni Rose! Yay! I had no idea she would be on the show. She plays Jill's character's secretary and is the perfect measure of comic relief in this drama.
4. It's rated PG! For a Sunday Night show on HBO, I say amen. Amen HBO.