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A reason to get Amazon Prime, a reason to not believe Baldwin

This is what I'm thinking:

* I've seen the future of Amazon Prime shows and it is from 60 years ago.

Amazon allows its Amazon Prime subscribers to give their opinion on the pilots it produces before deciding whether to commission them into series.

My favorite new pilot, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," was rewarded by all the positive reviews by being given two seasons of episodes.

However, it didn't say how many episodes there will be per season.

It has been my experience that many people who use Amazon Prime to buy all the things it sells don't realize they are entitled to stream Amazon Prime series for free.

My advice: Learn how as soon as possible to watch the pilot of this series from the creator of "Gilmore Girls," American Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino.

Set in New York City in 1958, the plot of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" has some similarities to the life of Roseanne Barr, a former housewife who became a famous standup comedian before becoming a TV star.

Rachel Brosnahan (Rachel Posner in "House of Cards") stars as Mrs. Maisel, a Jewish wife and mother of two who accidentally becomes a standup comedian after her less talented husband (Michael Zegen of "Boardwalk Empire") leaves her to pursue a comedic career that he is less suited for than his wife.

The pilot was clever, funny and adorable. I could see the series running for several seasons. No air date has been set, but Amazon said it plans "to bring it to customers soon."

Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") plays Mrs. Maisel's father ad Marin Hinkle ("Two and a Half Men") plays her mother.

The pilot is available for all Amazon Prime members at According to Amazon, it received a customer rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 92 percent 5 star reviews.

* Occasionally, I decide it is time to "visit" all the channels on cable to see if anything is new that I might be interested in.

On a recent evening, I headed to Channel 1000, an On Demand channel. It has been awhile since I've looked at the channel so I don't know if the format is something new from Spectrum, which recently took over Time Warner Cable, or if it started with TWC. But I love how the channel highlights all the programming available in separate categories of movies, television networks, premium channels and kids channels. They are all packaged like the covers of videos.

* I put "visit" in quotes in the above night because I recently learned the word can be used in a misleading way. A Travel Channel release advised me that famous chef and food writer Andrew Zimmern was going to visit Buffalo for a Tuesday episode of "Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations." Then I was told by a Travel Channel publicist that Zimmern didn't come here in person but provides commentary about Buffalo food. Anyone visiting a dictionary knows that definition doesn't wash. It is the equivalent of saying you sample food without eating anything.

*Remember when Alec Baldwin said he didn't plan on impersonating President Trump on "Saturday Night Live" much longer? I found that comment as believable as much of what the president often tweets. And Baldwin was at it again in the opening of "SNL" two nights ago dealing with the battle between son-in-law Jared Kushner (played by a mute Jimmy Fallon) and adviser Steve Bannon. I don't see Baldwin fulfilling his campaign vow to stop being Trump any time soon.



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