2. Downward Dog (ABC)
This might not come as that big of a surprise: I like this show. For the record: I'm not typically fond of, or amused by, talking dogs (or talking babies or any other talking animal, for that matter), but it's a necessary evil here. Downward Dog is the story of Nan (Allison Tolman of Fargo), a single gal living her day-to-day with her loyal, yet lonely and sometimes high maintenance, dog Martin -- as narrated from Martin's perspective. It's funny; it's sweet; sometimes it's sad. It's sounds weird to say, but it's enlightening.
Oh, and my favorite part: "Martin" is played by Ned, a homeless dog who was in a Chicago shelter for more a year before being adopted into his forever home and eventually became an actor. To celebrate the series premiere of DD on May 17, ABC paid for all adoptions at Ned's shelter (PAWS Chicago) for the day. Awwww!
Downward Dog airs Tuesday at 8pm et. Catch up on episodes 1 and 2 on Hulu or ABC's app.
3. Swedish Dishcloths
As you've probably noticed, sometimes I struggle to find items for these lists that aren't TV related. I know, it's a problem. But, friends, here's a good one: Swedish dishcloths. Made of a blend of cotton and cellulose, Swedish dishcloths can replace yucky kitchen sponges and a lot of your paper towel usage as well. The original Swedish dishcloth material was invented by a Swedish engineer in 1949 and have been used in Swedish kitchens ever since. How am I just discovering these now??
Bottom line: they work. They rinse out clean and hang dry; each cloth lasts a long time; and they don't smell. Most of them even come in pretty designs. There are lots of places to buy them but Amazon is your best bet. Click here or here for a couple of sets I like.
4. Mommy Dead and Dearest (HBO Documentary)
If you're a fan of true crime (e.g. Dateline, 20/20, creepy crime podcasts), you may have already heard the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the mother and daughter who struggled with Gypsy Rose's many health issues with the loyal support (both emotional and financial) of their Missouri community. Then Dee Dee was murdered and the truth came out about what was really going on.
I can't tell you any more the doc without spoiling it. But just know it's bizarre, sad and sick - and you won't be able to take your eyes off it. Learn more here.
5. Chris Cornell
Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave. This was the soundtrack of my formative years. Another amazing talent gone way too soon. Nothing compares 2 U, Chris.