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Best Bets (at home) this Weekend (March 13-15)

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The cast of characters of "Better Call Saul" include, left to right, Patrick Fabian, Rhea Seeborn, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Micheal Mando, Giancarlo Esposito and Tony Dalton. (Photo by James Minchin/AMC)

The Bay Area is a hub of artistic expression, attracting artists, writers and musicians from around the globe to live, work and create. We highlight some of the offerings here

 

• “Better Call Saul” (AMC): Now in its 5th season and airing on Monday nights, this dark comedy series spun off the unforgettable “Breaking Bad” megahit follows wily lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) as he transforms himself into the morally conflicted Saul Goodman. (It’s all good, man!) https://youtu.be/quC2GkURViU


• “The Crown” (Netflix): We bid fond farewell to the incredibly talented Claire Foy as the young Queen Elizabeth II in seasons 1 and 2 and greeted with gratitude her equally gifted replacement, Olivia Colman, as the monarch in midlife, in the recently completed season 3. This riveting series on the triumphs and trials of the royal Windsors will be introducing Princess Diana in season 4, which has reportedly just wrapped. https://youtu.be/vLXYfgpqb8A


The Showtime hit “Homeland” stars Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin. (Photo by Stephan Rabold/Showtime)

• “Homeland” (Showtime): The troubled but brilliant CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is still struggling, now in Afghanistan, to ferret out the threats to our nation in the eighth and final season of this spy thriller, airing on Sunday nights. And she still has Mandy Patinkin’s character Saul Berenson on her side — most of the time. https://youtu.be/mXFZ4fEPRJ8


• “Schitt’s Creek” (Netflix): Now in its sixth and final season, this hilarious sitcom from Canada revolves around the formerly stinking rich Rose family, booted out of their palatial spread and forced by their new state of poverty to take up residence in a seedy motel in the series-title town. Produced by and starring Canadian actor Eugene Levy and his son Dan, the show also features comic actors Catherine O’Hara and Chris Elliot in sidesplitting roles. https://youtu.be/W0uWS6CnC2o


Sean Bridgers and Chris O’Dowd in a scene from the “Get Shorty” series. (Photo courtesy of MGM)

• “Get Shorty” (Epix, with season 1 available on Netflix): Fans are waiting to find out if MGM’s Epix channel will renew for a fourth season this very clever and funny adaptation of the short story by Elmore Leonard about two low-level thugs (Chris O’Dowd and Sean Bridgers) trying to escape their criminal pasts by producing movies in Hollywood. It’s much better than the 1995 movie version starring John Travolta, and Ray Romano is priceless in his droll role as a semi-washed-up film producer. https://youtu.be/U-3gjXz_HJk