WATCH | The Romanoffs
Watch five minutes of this Amazon original series, and you’ll be hooked for the next three episodes, then ready for the next to air. Matthew Weiner, producer of “Mad Men,” is the genius behind this new series, which tells the stories of people who believe they’re descendants of a Russian royal family murdered in 1918. Filmed on three different continents, each hour-long episode unfolds with unpredictability. The acting is top-notch, with familiar faces Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Aaron Eckhart, Amanda Peet and Diane Lane, to name a few. Viewers will have to wait and see whether all eight episodes of season one intertwine. New episodes air on Fridays, with the season finale Nov. 23.
COLOR | “This Annoying Life”
It’s an adult coloring book, and normally we wouldn’t go near one of these things unless we were having a level 10 meltdown and ran out of booze … BUT this book is really clever. “This Annoying Life” by Oslo David nails the problems of the first world — squeaky new shoes, exploding smoothie blenders, lost eye contacts on an overly complicated tile floor and “no signal” on movie night. It even pokes fun at itself with some coloring jokes. It’s slightly calming to know that the rest of the world is just as irritated by the little things. Let’s be petty together.
LISTEN | Robyn “Honey”
Just out on iTunes, Rolling Stone was quick to give the album 4.5 stars out of 5 and described it as “disco’s healing ecstasy.” Robyn mixes pop and club music with choruses and a relaxed beat. It’s modern, lyrical and bound to have an emotional connection. There are enthralling hits like “Missing U,” “Honey” and “Ever Again.”