Over the past year our resident TV expert Kevin Joseph has written about his fave Netflix Originals: inspiring entrepreneurship in Girlboss, The Crown’s razzle dazzle, frightening tech trends in Black Mirror and Marvel superhero-loving Luke Cage.
One month ago while relaxing on the beach in Thailand I received an email from Netflix Canada’s PR team. They asked if dobbernationLOVES would be interested in filming a promo video that would highlight our favourite Netflix Originals. You betcha!
The Netflix team gave me total creative control in dreaming up the concept: set, props, mood, snacks, guests and the overall editing style for the series. I wanted the show to really speak to what dobbernationLOVES is all about so we had a set designed to look like my apartment – indigenous masks and world map grace the walls ya’ll!
I love hosting dinner parties in my petite apartment in Toronto so ordered local faves from Mill Street Brewery and La Cubana. I invited some of my fave media babes to join me at the table for a finger-licking-good chit chat. We had a gay old time slurping craft beer and munching on spicy empanada.
Jonathan Morton Schuster from MTV/LOGO’s 1 Girl 5 Gays acted as the show’s friendly host. He crafted a list of hilarious questions relating to our favourite Netflix shows, entertaining a cute choir of local media mavens: OG blogger Casie Stewart from This is My Life, fashion qween Nelia Belkova from Style Blog and family travel guru Amanda Blakley from The Adventures of Atticus.
dobbernationLOVES Netflix Dinner Party is a seven part Youtube series. Tune in this week as we launch a new clip each morning, offering up the latest gossip on our Netflix faves Stranger Things, Riverdale, Grace and Frankie, The Crown, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Orange is the New Black and Santa Clarita Diet.
The Crown follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Dinner dialogue: if you were the Queen and you had to plan a royal wedding who would be on your guest list?
In Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City. Dinner dialogue: if you were trapped in a bunker for 10 years what is the first thing you would do when you got out?
In Orange is the New Black, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her thirties is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend. Dinner dialogue: why would you go to prison?
In Santa Clarita Diet Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are married real estate agents dealing with a serious zombie problem. Dinner dialogue: if your boyfriend turned into a zombie and he was on a murder rampage how would you kill him?
In Grace and Frankie, Type A personality Grace (Jane Fonda) and creative hippy Frankie (Lily Tomlin) become roommates after their two husbands announce they are gay. Dinner dialogue: If you designed your own vibrator what would it look like and what would you call it?
In Stranger Things, when a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl. Dinner dialogue: have you ever experienced paranormal activity?
In Riverdale, Archie and his friends navigate the troubled waters of sex, romance, school and family while becoming entangled in a dark mystery. Dinner dialogue: Are you a Betty or Veronica?