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Title: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 28, 2009, 04:27:51 PM
The humor of The Wire is severely underrated and overlooked.  Just afraid that talk of how serious the series often is will scare people away.  It's not The Corner.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 28, 2009, 05:42:37 PM
I agree, it is often very funny.

BTW, is The Corner good? I liked the book, but the miniseries seemed kind of hammy.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Clovis8 on November 28, 2009, 05:51:29 PM
I agree The Wire is very funny at times. It's pretty much perfection in every way. Name a topic and it perfected it. It's really that simple.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 28, 2009, 06:18:20 PM
BTW, is The Corner good? I liked the book, but the miniseries seemed kind of hammy.

It's good with some first-rate moments.  It's not hammy, but the storytelling device is corny.  If it weren't for that and Sean Nelson, I'd have given it an A-.  The material is too pressing (and the treatment of the characters is humane) for me to give it anything below a B.
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Post by: mañana on November 28, 2009, 08:06:53 PM
Cool, I'll check it out. Did you read the book?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 28, 2009, 09:06:23 PM
Yup.  It's one of the greatest things I've ever read.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: exskiman on November 28, 2009, 09:25:23 PM
Funny you guys should be talking about it thats exactly what I am reading right now (though with my schedule right now I'll be luck to finish it by the new year). I love love love love love love love (greatest tv series ever!!!) The Wire but have not yet seen The Corner. Have you guys read Homicide? What an amazing book (if you like The Corner especially). If you have read both, which is better in your opinion?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on November 28, 2009, 10:19:19 PM
Did you know that the same guy (http://www.kennethjohnson.us/) created V, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation, and The Bionic Woman?  I didn't.

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 28, 2009, 10:21:04 PM
And he directed Short Circuit 2!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on November 28, 2009, 10:22:40 PM
And he directed Short Circuit 2!

More input!

(To his credit, he didn't write it.)

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 29, 2009, 12:20:49 AM
Have you guys read Homicide? What an amazing book (if you like The Corner especially). If you have read both, which is better in your opinion?

Homicide is also one of the greatest things I've ever read.  I like The Corner better.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on November 29, 2009, 10:57:37 AM
Joseph Harnell - The Lonely Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGA1wEpG3C0#normal)
Best TV theme ever?

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 29, 2009, 02:20:34 PM
My favorite tv theme song of all time is Friday Night Lights.


Okay, a question:

What would you choose to watch in most situations: a championship game of your favorite professional sport or a film that you love?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 29, 2009, 02:21:39 PM
a championship game of your favorite professional sport
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 29, 2009, 02:22:29 PM
a championship game of your favorite professional sport

Me, too.  I wish I was a pro athlete.  :'(
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on November 29, 2009, 02:22:56 PM
a championship game of your favorite professional sport
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on November 29, 2009, 02:47:31 PM
a championship game of your favorite professional sport

I was always way into sports. Film has come only of late.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 29, 2009, 02:54:14 PM
I can watch a film I love whenever I want, but it's not everyday that the Twins are in the Series.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on November 29, 2009, 02:58:58 PM
I can watch a film I love whenever I want, but it's not everyday that the Twins are in the Series.

very very true. For any team I mean, that wasn't a shot at the Twins. I mean these games are live too, and like you said, you can watch a film pretty much whenever.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: roujin on November 29, 2009, 03:06:29 PM
I would only not watch the film if Colombia or Nacional was playing.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 29, 2009, 04:08:35 PM
I can watch a film I love whenever I want, but it's not everyday that the Twins are in the Series.
very very true. For any team I mean, that wasn't a shot at the Twins. I mean these games are live too, and like you said, you can watch a film pretty much whenever.
Here's to a Reds v Twins Fall Classic in 2010.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on November 30, 2009, 03:49:38 AM
If I want to start watching Battlestar Gallactica, do I start with episode 1.1, or is there a movie that comes first?

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on November 30, 2009, 04:31:02 AM
The Season 1 DVD starts with the miniseries.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on November 30, 2009, 11:35:02 PM
My favorite tv theme song of all time is Friday Night Lights.


Okay, a question:

What would you choose to watch in most situations: a championship game of your favorite professional sport or a film that you love?

Considering the fact that my favorite teams are rarely in a championship game these days, I'd go with the film more often than not.  Unless it's a particularly compelling match-up.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on November 30, 2009, 11:38:30 PM
What would you choose to watch in most situations: a championship game of your favorite professional sport or a film that you love?

If it's rewatching for both, then the film.  If it's watching the first time for both, then the game.  If I've seen one before, then the one I haven't seen yet.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on December 01, 2009, 06:22:27 AM
The second season of Picket Fences better be better than the first, or its Emmy win over the first season of NYPD Blue will be ever more of a traveshamockery than it looks on paper.  Can Don Cheadle really make that much of a difference?

By the way, the first season of Picket Fences also won the Emmy for Best Dramatic Series, beating out Homefront, I'll Fly Away, Law & Order, and Northern Exposure.  Wtf are Homefront and I'll Fly Away?

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on December 01, 2009, 09:50:31 AM
No clue, but traveshamockery is my favorite new word. Thanks!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 01, 2009, 10:04:13 AM
I'll Fly Away
Critically acclaimed but short-lived show set during the Civil Rights Movement. Created by the guys who made Northern Exposure, but this one isn't zany. I saw about 5 minutes of it once, it didn't grab me. Sam Waterston stars as a southern lawyer, I've always assumed he was playing an Atticus Finch type.

Homefront
Critically acclaimed but short-lived show set during the Second World War. I've never seen it and had only heard of it from reading Kyle Chandler's IMDB page a couple months ago.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on December 01, 2009, 10:39:31 AM
I'll Fly Away
Critically acclaimed but short-lived show set during the Civil Rights Movement. Created by the guys that made Northern Exposure, but this one isn't zany.

I would watch a zany show about the Civil Rights Movement.  Too bad UPN isn't around anymore.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 01, 2009, 10:42:33 AM
 :D
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Holly Harry on December 01, 2009, 12:22:00 PM
There's a show called "Steven Segal: Lawman" starting tommorow on A&E.

Yes, Steven Segal is also apparently a cop. And there is a show. Called. "Steven Segal: Lawman". Starting tommorw.

It is a show following Steven Segal around as he is policing. If this is not the greatest thing ever to grace television, it will be a letdown.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on December 01, 2009, 12:23:54 PM
Anyone watched Legend of the Seeker? I watched the 1st two episodes, I'm not very impressed but I like fantasy a lot. Just wondering if I should give up now or keep at it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on December 01, 2009, 12:39:09 PM
Anyone watched Legend of the Seeker? I watched the 1st two episodes, I'm not very impressed but I like fantasy a lot. Just wondering if I should give up now or keep at it.

I'd definitely say to keep with it, I like the show a lot. I will admit it's a bit "blah" for lack of a better term for the first six or so episodes, but after that it turns into a nice old fashioned fantasy romp a lot like Hercules or Xena, except for this time with overt sexual deviancy themes.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on December 01, 2009, 12:46:01 PM
There's a show called "Steven Segal: Lawman" starting tommorow on A&E.

Yes, Steven Segal is also apparently a cop. And there is a show. Called. "Steven Segal: Lawman". Starting tommorw.

It is a show following Steven Segal around as he is policing. If this is not the greatest thing ever to grace television, it will be a letdown.

The billboards and commercials have been cracking me up for a while now.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Holly Harry on December 01, 2009, 12:54:38 PM
There's a show called "Steven Segal: Lawman" starting tommorow on A&E.

Yes, Steven Segal is also apparently a cop. And there is a show. Called. "Steven Segal: Lawman". Starting tommorw.

It is a show following Steven Segal around as he is policing. If this is not the greatest thing ever to grace television, it will be a letdown.

The billboards and commercials have been cracking me up for a while now.

I just became aware of it. The commercial was glorious.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 01, 2009, 02:11:25 PM
The complete series DVD set of Homicide: Life on the Streets is on sale for only $60 at Amazon!  That's 7 seasons and over 110 episodes.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 01, 2009, 02:27:25 PM
Homicide is like Judy Blume, and Law and Order is like Beverly Cleary.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on December 01, 2009, 02:29:56 PM
The complete series DVD set of Homicide: Life on the Streets is on sale for only $60 at Amazon!  That's 7 seasons and over 110 episodes.

Nice, Barnes & Noble had a similar one day deal last week that I missed out on.  Wish there was a way to cut out that last season though.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on December 01, 2009, 02:52:49 PM
Anyone watched Legend of the Seeker? I watched the 1st two episodes, I'm not very impressed but I like fantasy a lot. Just wondering if I should give up now or keep at it.

I'd definitely say to keep with it, I like the show a lot. I will admit it's a bit "blah" for lack of a better term for the first six or so episodes, but after that it turns into a nice old fashioned fantasy romp a lot like Hercules or Xena, except for this time with overt sexual deviancy themes.

Okay, I'll keep watching it for a while. *smile* thanks.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 01, 2009, 03:50:32 PM
Homicide is like Judy Blume, and Law and Order is like Beverly Cleary.

I've read neither of those authors' works; thus, I don't get it. :-[
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on December 01, 2009, 04:01:34 PM
Homicide is like Judy Blume, and Law and Order is like Beverly Cleary.

I've read neither of those authors' works; thus, I don't get it. :-[

Are You There God? It's Me, Verite

and

Beezus and Verite
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on December 01, 2009, 06:42:54 PM
Homicide is like Judy Blume, and Law and Order is like Beverly Cleary.

I prefer Homicide and Beverly Cleary, so I'm confused.

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 01, 2009, 07:11:28 PM
Homicide is like Judy Blume, and Law and Order is like Beverly Cleary.
I've read neither of those authors' works; thus, I don't get it. :-[
It's a meaningless and nonsensical reference to this (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=6964.msg366553#msg366553).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Colleen on December 01, 2009, 07:34:19 PM
I'll Fly Away
Critically acclaimed but short-lived show set during the Civil Rights Movement. Created by the guys who made Northern Exposure, but this one isn't zany. I saw about 5 minutes of it once, it didn't grab me. Sam Waterston stars as a southern lawyer, I've always assumed he was playing an Atticus Finch type.

That's pretty much what it was, but much more focused on the African American "help" that the kids in Mockingbird just wondered about.  I think PBS financed some more episodes of it; I know it ran on our local PBS station for years, it seems.

Homefront

Critically acclaimed but short-lived show set during the Second World War. I've never seen it and had only heard of it from reading Kyle Chandler's IMDB page a couple months ago.

I really liked it.  I think it was just a little before its time and would have done better a few years later when all the Greatest Generation stuff was in full swing.  I remember watching it and liking it.  The only part I remembered for sure was that one of the characters had married an Italian woman who moved to the hometown where the series took place, and his family didn't really like her.  She was a concentration camp survivor--I remember her keeping the tattoo hidden.  That's about the only part that really stuck with me.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 01, 2009, 09:19:53 PM
Homicide is like Judy Blume, and Law and Order is like Beverly Cleary.
I've read neither of those authors' works; thus, I don't get it. :-[
It's a meaningless and nonsensical reference to this (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=6964.msg366553#msg366553).

Okay.  Cool.  So Blume's work is comparatively heftier/more serious than Cleary's?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 01, 2009, 11:26:01 PM
I'm not sure it makes that much sense. Mostly just silliness.  :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on December 07, 2009, 01:48:12 AM
Posting a David Janssen vs. Bill Bixby vs. Michael Landon poll and having that poll be both popular and closely contested.

Scott Bakula could be in there, too, maybe.  Who else?

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on December 07, 2009, 03:38:40 AM
David Janssen vs. Bill Bixby vs. Michael Landon

None of them lived to see 60.  :-\

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 08, 2009, 12:39:05 AM
(http://i48.tinypic.com/xgmr1g.jpg)
How do you know you're really rich? 'Cause you use a remote control to open the front door even though you're standing next to it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on December 11, 2009, 06:26:23 AM
Did anyone watch Brick City (http://www.amazon.com/Brick-City-Mayor-Cory-Booker/dp/B002OIMVOE) when it aired?  If not, can someone rent it and tell me if it's as good as I imagine?

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 11, 2009, 12:55:01 PM
Wow, I've never heard of that. Sounds good.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on December 12, 2009, 03:10:26 AM
Wow, I've never heard of that. Sounds good.
Clearly you should watch more Colbert (http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/247479/september-14-2009/cory-booker).

Have you seen Street Fight (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457496/), by the way?  (It's good.)

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 12, 2009, 03:17:28 AM
Clearly you should watch more Colbert (http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/247479/september-14-2009/cory-booker).
Comedy Central is blocking my hockey loving ass from viewing that clip.

Have you seen Street Fight (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457496/), by the way?  (It's good.)
Yep (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=4678.msg169548#msg169548). I liked it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 12, 2009, 05:27:17 PM
Finally saw James Franco on General Hospital.  I wish I watched his other episodes.  Totally awesome.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 12, 2009, 10:25:36 PM
James Franco on General Hospital
What the what?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 12, 2009, 10:29:25 PM
James Franco on General Hospital.
What the what?

Is General Hospital's official site accessible in Canada?  If so, go there now.  It's real and sublime.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 12, 2009, 10:39:51 PM
I can't wait until tomorrow when The Thick of It finale is online. I'm so excited!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 12, 2009, 11:13:39 PM
James Franco on General Hospital.
What the what?
Is General Hospital's official site accessible in Canada?  If so, go there now.  It's real and sublime.
Urgh, I'm blocked.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on December 13, 2009, 06:22:24 AM
Oops, I thought everybody knew about that.  Sorry, matt!

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on December 13, 2009, 06:06:33 PM
Oops, I thought everybody knew about that.  Sorry, matt!

pixote

Don't worry, I didn't know about it either.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: exskiman on December 15, 2009, 09:55:19 PM
Have you seen Street Fight (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457496/), by the way?  (It's good.)
Yep (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=4678.msg169548#msg169548). I liked it.
I watched it a few years back on Netflix Instant...really, really good. Glad someone else has seen it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 17, 2009, 12:39:58 AM
I don't know if anybody else has been watching SNL this season (and I don't blame you if you haven't), but I tell ya, for all the money in the world I could not tell Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad apart.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on December 17, 2009, 12:42:10 AM
Assuming this doesn't help

(http://joyhog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Nasim-Pedrad-Jenny-Slate.png)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 17, 2009, 12:43:49 AM
I think that's Jenny on the left, but in sketches, when they have wigs and costumes on, it's totally impossible.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on December 17, 2009, 09:37:53 PM
or 35 years now, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” has been leading the way when it comes to Christmas specials.  Ever since this Rankin/Bass production first premiered on NBC in December of 1964, year after year, “Rudolph” has consistently occupied the top spot.  Ratings-wise, that is.

But last week, all that changed. Disney's "Prep and Landing” become the highest rated holiday show of the season.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 17, 2009, 10:30:43 PM
“Rudolph” has consistently occupied the top spot.  Ratings-wise, that is.
I would have thought Charlie Brown or The Grinch would get better ratings.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StarCarly on December 19, 2009, 08:32:03 PM
I think that's Jenny on the left, but in sketches, when they have wigs and costumes on, it's totally impossible.

Good, its not just me.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on December 20, 2009, 10:12:11 AM
With its six-episode first season, The Practice seeemed like a decently good show about how a small law firm operates.  But it's thrown all that away in the second season, focusing instead on just big, stupid cases and ignoring all the more interesting details of the firm's day-to-day operations.  Does it ever get better again (I'm through 2.4, I think)?  And why does Hulu have it partially categorized as Horror and Suspense?  Does it go all Twin Peaks at some point?  (I seem to remember hearing something about that.  "The twist you'll never see coming!"  "See what everyone will be talking about tomorrow morning!")

I watched a random episode of Boston Legal a few weeks back, and it was pretty good (Spader's character was down in Texas fighting the death penalty).  Was that an aberration, or is that a pretty good show?

Free Earl Williams!

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on December 20, 2009, 10:49:14 AM
I've seen all of Boston Legal and enjoyed it (season 1 is a bit of a mess). It's sort of repetitive, the quirkiness can be totally annoying and I think Shatner doesn't really contribute much after season 3 but whatever, it's fun to watch the good guys going up against great evils. Spader has quite a few good speeches.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 20, 2009, 11:22:15 AM
I think that's Jenny on the left, but in sketches, when they have wigs and costumes on, it's totally impossible.
Good, its not just me.
It definitely is not.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: exskiman on December 20, 2009, 11:22:56 AM
Yeah, Boston Legal is a really fun show, though at some point (somewhere into season 4 I believe) it just becomes Kelley (not all that subtly) screaming his political views about 7 times an episode which just got annoying (not that I necessarily disagree with his views but it all becomes a bit too much). However overall its a good show with good performances across the board, especially Shader (I meant to write Spader but I rather like Shader (or Shatder or Spatner...if I had a do over I'd go with Spatner)).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on December 20, 2009, 05:31:58 PM
Yeah, Boston Legal is a really fun show, though at some point (somewhere into season 4 I believe) it just becomes Kelley (not all that subtly) screaming his political views about 7 times an episode which just got annoying (not that I necessarily disagree with his views but it all becomes a bit too much). However overall its a good show with good performances across the board, especially Shader (I meant to write Spader but I rather like Shader (or Shatder or Spatner...if I had a do over I'd go with Spatner)).

Yes, to all this and still I watch it.  I like the characters who populate the show, even though some change season to season. The writers can write quirky very well and make the relationships believable when really they aren't.  Also the casting is excellent all through the series.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: alexarch on December 20, 2009, 06:27:49 PM
I object to the title of this thread because it sets up a false equivalency between TV and sports.

That, and I'm feeling ornery right now.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on December 23, 2009, 08:21:45 AM
Michael Schumacher back in Formula 1. I remember when I was a kid who knew nothing about racing, NASCAR, Formula 1, or any other type, I still knew who Michael Schumacher was. The greatest living driver in the world.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on March 10, 2010, 05:59:35 PM
Cliff and Lilith should have been given a spin-off.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on March 15, 2010, 11:19:28 AM
Something like Extras lasts for only 7 1/2 hours, right? But The Pacific is gonna be 10 or 11 hours. Yet The Pacific counts as a mini-series while Extras has two seasons and a movie. Strange.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ¡Keith! on March 15, 2010, 11:24:52 AM
Something like Extras lasts for only 7 1/2 hours, right? But The Pacific is gonna be 10 or 11 hours. Yet The Pacific counts as a mini-series while Extras has two seasons and a movie. Strange.

they measure TV in the metric system
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on March 15, 2010, 11:58:53 AM
Actually, they call it 'Series 1+2' in UK land, not season. Can anyone explain to me what the difference is between Series and Season?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on March 15, 2010, 12:39:36 PM
Something like Extras lasts for only 7 1/2 hours, right? But The Pacific is gonna be 10 or 11 hours. Yet The Pacific counts as a mini-series while Extras has two seasons and a movie. Strange.
I don't think the term mini-series is used all that much in British TV. It's only when those shows (e.g. Prime Suspect) get imported to North American TV do they get called a mini-series. But something like The Pacific is American made and is a format separate from regular dramas that are created with the hope that they'll run for a long time, so the format is called a mini-series.

Can anyone explain to me what the difference is between Series and Season?
In American TV series refers to the program title, so Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, or The West Wing would be examples of series. Season in American TV would be the separate cycles of production, which usually runs from the fall to the spring. In UK TV they call a cycle of production a series. The hope with American TV is that the show will get strong enough ratings and the network will keep ordering new seasons, while UK TV tends to do a limited number of series (my observation anyway, others might know to the contrary).   
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StarCarly on March 15, 2010, 10:00:33 PM

Can anyone explain to me what the difference is between Series and Season?
In American TV series refers to the program title, so Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, or The West Wing would be examples of series. Season in American TV would be the separate cycles of production, which usually runs from the fall to the spring. In UK TV they call a cycle of production a series. The hope with American TV is that the show will get strong enough ratings and the network will keep ordering new seasons, while UK TV tends to do a limited number of series (my observation anyway, others might know to the contrary).   

I always wonder what is printed on British DVD covers. Like in America you can buy Seinfeld: The Complete Series that would include all 9 seasons. What would you call that in the UK?
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Post by: mañana on March 15, 2010, 10:06:23 PM
Looks like they're using series how we use season. At amazon.co.uk, the complete set is described as Series 1-9 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seinfeld-1-9-Complete-DVD-Jerry/dp/B002DNDMU2/ref=sr_tr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1268708594&sr=8-1).
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Post by: Tequila on March 15, 2010, 10:19:57 PM
In American TV series refers to the program title, so Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, or The West Wing would be examples of series. Season in American TV would be the separate cycles of production, which usually runs from the fall to the spring. In UK TV they call a cycle of production a series. The hope with American TV is that the show will get strong enough ratings and the network will keep ordering new seasons, while UK TV tends to do a limited number of series (my observation anyway, others might know to the contrary).   
Thanks for that! I find it interesting too that those 'series' blocks usually are far shorter than any given US season (less than ten episodes). A way to maintain quality, maybe?


Can anyone explain to me what the difference is between Series and Season?
In American TV series refers to the program title, so Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, or The West Wing would be examples of series. Season in American TV would be the separate cycles of production, which usually runs from the fall to the spring. In UK TV they call a cycle of production a series. The hope with American TV is that the show will get strong enough ratings and the network will keep ordering new seasons, while UK TV tends to do a limited number of series (my observation anyway, others might know to the contrary).   

I always wonder what is printed on British DVD covers.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518HQ5A0QML._SL500_AA240_.jpg)
Complete + Series x-xx seems to be the formula, but they keep the 'season' for single season boxes, I think.
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Post by: smirnoff on March 18, 2010, 12:54:46 PM
I was watching Deep Space 9 last night and noticed this...

(http://i39.tinypic.com/2usu15e.jpg)

There's no denying it's a home bread making machine. And what's even funnier is that they stick Odo in there!  :D

Gotta love low budget effects, eh?
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Post by: 1SO on March 18, 2010, 01:22:29 PM
Do you know about the Star Wars character who runs with an ice cream machine? (http://hypebeast.com/forum/showthread.php?t=99707)
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Post by: smirnoff on March 18, 2010, 01:31:56 PM
Lol, that's awesome. Maybe it was an homage then.  :)
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Post by: Corndog on March 23, 2010, 10:15:40 PM
Does anyone else play Streak for the Cash on ESPN? I got my streak up to 11 with the Blackhawks winning tonight. It's the best I've done so far.
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Post by: Bondo on March 27, 2010, 10:18:46 AM
So I watched the first seven episodes of the Showtime show Nurse Jackie last night. It was fun enough but definitely had a few things that made me hit my head against the wall. First, echoing House she's got a pain killer problem...apparently we demand that in our medical professionals these days. Second, initially they had one male nurse character and not really to my surprise, he was gay. I like good gay characters in TV and the movies but it seemed a bit too neat and a furtherance of the "murse" stereotype. My dismay increased when they introduced a second male nurse (or maybe an orderly?) who was also gay. Naturally the male doctors are straight as an arrow though.
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Post by: jbissell on March 27, 2010, 12:31:58 PM
Does anyone else play Streak for the Cash on ESPN? I got my streak up to 11 with the Blackhawks winning tonight. It's the best I've done so far.

I used to play it all the time but kinda forgot about it. Wish I had started up again during the tournament. My best is 9.
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Post by: jbissell on March 27, 2010, 01:03:03 PM
I'm so glad they're finally cancelling 24. The last couple of seasons it's become a show I don't even enjoy very much but can't stop watching out of habit/"I've stuck with it this long".
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Post by: Tequila on March 27, 2010, 01:23:58 PM
There's always the feature film.
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Post by: jbissell on March 27, 2010, 01:35:54 PM
There's always the feature film.

I'd still be interested in a film (hopefully R-rated) and am curious to see if they drop the real-time format. And if it is set after this season, or takes places earlier so they could work Tony back into it.
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Post by: mañana on March 27, 2010, 02:46:44 PM
She reports to ME, & she reports to Toby
I never missed Mandy.
I agree she was pretty much the only character I never really liked.
They had the right idea. Josh is good with a woman to spar with, but Moira Kelly always kinda bugged me. They later got it right with Marlee Matlin and Mary-Louise Parker.

I'm so glad they're finally cancelling 24. The last couple of seasons it's become a show I don't even enjoy very much but can't stop watching out of habit/"I've stuck with it this long".
I've never seen more than a few minutes of it. I'm curious about it 'cause of Mary Lynn Rajskub, but it just seems like such a big commitment.
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Post by: jbissell on March 27, 2010, 03:00:07 PM
She reports to ME, & she reports to Toby
I never missed Mandy.
I agree she was pretty much the only character I never really liked.
They had the right idea. Josh is good with a woman to spar with, but Moira Kelly always kinda bugged me. They later got it right with Marlee Matlin and Mary-Louise Parker.

I'm so glad they're finally cancelling 24. The last couple of seasons it's become a show I don't even enjoy very much but can't stop watching out of habit/"I've stuck with it this long".
I've never seen more than a few minutes of it. I'm curious about it 'cause of Mary Lynn Rajskub, but it just seems like such a big commitment.

I would imagine if you just picked one season to watch without seeing any others it would be fine. When you've watched all the other seasons and they keep recycling most of the plots, then it gets tiresome. I still think Jack and Chloe are very good, it's all the other characters and subplots that tend to drag the quality down.
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Post by: Tequila on March 27, 2010, 03:05:03 PM
Nina Myers was wicked awesome. And I'm pretty sure Dennis Haysbert was the inspiration for Obama.
And I agree with jbissell, it's a show where you can't miss an episode but can leave out entire seasons. And you should, 6 sucks.
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Post by: sdedalus on March 27, 2010, 05:23:36 PM
They later got it right with Marlee Matlin and Mary-Louise Parker.

Mary-Louise Parker is always the right choice.
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Post by: tinyholidays on March 27, 2010, 06:43:01 PM
They later got it right with Marlee Matlin and Mary-Louise Parker.

Mary-Louise Parker is always the right choice.

Yes. And not just because I feel weak and sweaty while watching her.
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Post by: mañana on March 27, 2010, 07:02:18 PM
Who's pumped about Treme?
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Post by: sdedalus on March 27, 2010, 07:55:53 PM
Everyone with a TV and pulse?
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Post by: mañana on March 27, 2010, 09:09:31 PM
 :D
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Post by: StarCarly on April 01, 2010, 12:23:56 PM
Is anyone else watching Parenthood?
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Post by: Bondo on April 01, 2010, 01:12:57 PM
Is anyone else watching Parenthood?

I am.

When I was seeing the teaser previews during the Olympics I was tempted to break out my Arrested Development referencing and say "wow, egg is kind of hot." They definitely "plain"ed her up for AD.
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Post by: sdedalus on April 01, 2010, 01:24:16 PM
Her?
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Post by: Bondo on April 01, 2010, 01:30:47 PM
Who?
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Post by: Junior on April 01, 2010, 02:00:52 PM
I like that Cera gets to fight her in Scott Pilgrim.
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Post by: mañana on April 01, 2010, 03:47:48 PM
Her?
She must be funny or something.
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Post by: Monty on April 05, 2010, 11:54:19 AM
'The Pacific', the new Hanks-Spielberg exec produced mini series starts tonight in the UK.
Has anybody been watching this series and would they recomend it.
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Post by: sdedalus on April 05, 2010, 01:07:49 PM
The first four episodes have aired here and it's very good.  A lot of negative comparisons to Band of Brothers have been made, of course, but that's an awfully high standard to hold a show to.
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Post by: Tequila on April 05, 2010, 01:16:25 PM
What are the negative comparisons about?
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Post by: sdedalus on April 05, 2010, 01:19:42 PM
It takes a different approach to characterization.  BoB started with the unit in training and allowed you to slowly get to know most of the key figures before throwing them into combat.  The Pacific throws you in from the first two episodes, then slows down over the next two.  It's disorienting at first, but I think it'll work over the series as a whole.
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Post by: smirnoff on April 07, 2010, 02:00:53 PM
I've only watched part one so far, but sdedalus pretty much covered my only complaint. It's not serious, and I'm sure by the end of the series I'll have forgotten all about it.
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 07, 2010, 09:56:32 PM
I'm really enjoying Justified. Loved the Chinatown joke in the second ep.
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Post by: jbissell on April 08, 2010, 01:38:19 AM
I'm really enjoying Justified. Loved the Chinatown joke in the second ep.

I don't think it's quite been able to match the greatness of the pilot but so far it's a very entertaining show. Olyphant is terrific.

Also, ferris should watch the newest episode with guest star Alan Ruck.
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Post by: Verite on April 09, 2010, 04:37:54 PM
Well, Treme is premiering on Sunday.  My ranking of the current tv dramas I'm watching right now:

1. The Pacific









2. Breaking Bad




3. Justified











4. Lost
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 18, 2010, 06:33:27 PM
I am watching Sports Night and it is causing me some consternation. I cannot decide if Aaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon is the greatest TV writer of all time.
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Post by: Bill Thompson on April 18, 2010, 06:41:19 PM
I am watching Sports Night and it is causing me some consternation. I cannot decide if Aaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon is the greatest TV writer of all time.

Larry David wants to know who these fools are that you claim to be occupying his throne?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 18, 2010, 06:44:35 PM
Victorious is trending upwards, while Good Luck Charlie appears to be dead on arrival. With Sonny entering Season 2, and continuing to remain as good as the second half of season one, Disney still has some fire power, but Hannah is ending early next year, Wizards is already in Season 3 of 4, and JONAS still sucks. Obviously Suite Life On Deck is the wild card because if Dylan and Cole stay with Disney longer, while the Big Three girls get older and branch out to other endeavors, hope still exists, but with iCarly developing into a fairly interesting show and with Victorious just starting, and starting strong, Nick may be close to making a play to overtake Disney in terms of quality live action programing.

Will be interesting to continue following this drama along into the future.
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 18, 2010, 06:48:12 PM
I am watching Sports Night and it is causing me some consternation. I cannot decide if Aaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon is the greatest TV writer of all time.

Larry David wants to know who these fools are that you claim to be occupying his throne?

I was just talking with my girlfriend about this and she mentioned him and David Simon.

I think we might need a poll. :D
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 18, 2010, 11:59:09 PM
I cant stop watching Sports Night. It is so good and amazing how many storylines and techniques were reused in The West Wing.
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 20, 2010, 09:25:53 PM
Sports Night The Cutman Cometh is one of the best half hours of TV ever.
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Post by: Corndog on April 26, 2010, 10:12:56 PM
There is no team more romantic (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/romantic) than the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Please to use definition #4a
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Post by: tinyholidays on April 29, 2010, 08:25:31 PM
I maybe need to stop watching so much Dexter. I keep thinking that someone is sneaking up behind me.  :o
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 29, 2010, 08:38:48 PM
I maybe need to stop watching so much Dexter. I keep thinking that someone is sneaking up behind me.  :o

Best opening credits of a show ever hey?
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Post by: tinyholidays on April 29, 2010, 08:53:50 PM
I maybe need to stop watching so much Dexter. I keep thinking that someone is sneaking up behind me.  :o

Best opening credits of a show ever hey?

They're pretty good, but Deadwood wins this title for me.

Deadwood opening credits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B909njPoX7k#)
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Post by: Bill Thompson on April 29, 2010, 08:59:18 PM
Deadwood is indeed choice, but I'm more partial to the opening of Carnivale,

Carnivale intro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNRs0Z61gu4#)
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Post by: tinyholidays on April 29, 2010, 09:17:41 PM
Nice choice, Bill. I should bump up Carnivale on my queue. I watched a disc of it right before getting active on the forum, and then movies took over. Dexter is conveniently on Instant.

But I noticed that the Carnivale credits have no breasts. Deadwood has breasts. Just sayin.

I've also noticed that most of the location conceit premium cable dramas have very similar opening credit sequences and songs. Someone alert the string musicians!

The Tudors Opening Credits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntQOSkd3j_I#)

Rome Intro - 16:9 Widescreen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Q-PSWYwls#)

Being aware of this has kind of sullied opening credits for me.  :-\

The other option is the with vocals. (See The Sopranos, The Wire, True Blood).
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Post by: mañana on April 29, 2010, 09:19:06 PM
Taxi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzhwx8aOO0A#)
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 29, 2010, 09:23:00 PM
I dont think Matt has seen a TV made in the last two decades.
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Post by: mañana on April 29, 2010, 11:06:42 PM
I dont think Matt has seen a TV made in the last two decades.
:)
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Post by: Katebo on April 29, 2010, 11:57:12 PM
Anyone catch Tennant and Stewart's Hamlet on PBS the other night? Thoughts?
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Post by: smirnoff on April 30, 2010, 06:09:20 AM
Xmen cartoon, the opening credits were wicked :)

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Post by: Emiliana on April 30, 2010, 07:31:18 AM
Anyone catch Tennant and Stewart's Hamlet on PBS the other night? Thoughts?

I have it sitting here on DVD, as yet unwatched. For some reason, the idea of Tennant as Hamlet doesn't excite me very much, which is probably why I haven't watched it yet. What's your verdict, thumbs up or down?
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Post by: Katebo on April 30, 2010, 08:55:22 AM
There are some pretty great performances, not just from Tennant and Stewart. It's been quite a while since I studied the text, so I can't speak to the accuracy/authenticity (apparently they trimmed the "To be or not to be" soliloquy. Why anyone would do that is beyond me). Also, I was making a cheesecake, so I kept having to get up and check things, so I wasn't able to give the whole performance my full attention. It was still pretty darn good though, I'd say.
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Post by: Clovis8 on May 01, 2010, 06:07:05 PM
Freaks and Geeks.

(http://mswiley2508.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/cast-of-freaks-and-geeks-freaks-and-geeks-52367_1024_831.jpg)

Easily the best teen comedy/dramas ever on TV and one of the best shows period. It is infused with that great combination of childish humor and real heart Apatow has become famous for. The now famous Apatow troupe are great as the burnouts.

The finale was near perfect. Not a real ending, because these kids have their whole lives ahead of them, but a nice rebirth.

Grade: A
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Post by: Bondo on May 01, 2010, 06:21:05 PM
/filmcast was talking about Party Down saying it was good. They were mistaken. A lot of these actors may be good in other stuff, but this is such an ill-suited venue as they are all such a bunch of goofs and incompetents that they would be fired or the catering company gone out of business. The show seems to be laughing at itself too much, which is good I suppose since I certainly wasn't.

Next up Spartacus, probably so I can appreciate Rome more. If only Netflix instant had TV shows from better channels than Starz.
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Post by: Bill Thompson on May 01, 2010, 06:24:25 PM
/filmcast was talking about Party Down saying it was good. They were mistaken. A lot of these actors may be good in other stuff, but this is such an ill-suited venue as they are all such a bunch of goofs and incompetents that they would be fired or the catering company gone out of business. The show seems to be laughing at itself too much, which is good I suppose since I certainly wasn't.

Party Down is great, like really great. And, I think you need to explore the world a little more if you honestly believe that catering company would go out of business or those people would be fired. The service industry is full of people like them and companies like that, they do the bare minimum, make their money, hate their jobs, screw around a lot, and still have a job to go to the next day.
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Post by: sdedalus on May 01, 2010, 09:10:58 PM
Party Down is one of the best shows on television.

On rewatching it, I really think Jennifer Coolidge was terrific replacing Jane Lynch in the last episode of Season One.  Megan Mullally has big shoes to fill.
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Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on May 01, 2010, 09:37:33 PM
Not only is Part Down great, but it gets Ten Bonus points for employing Martin Starr.
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Post by: jbissell on May 01, 2010, 09:54:10 PM
I'd like to echo all of the Party Down love.
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Post by: exskiman on May 01, 2010, 11:11:34 PM
So you all are saying....I should check it out?
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Post by: oneaprilday on May 02, 2010, 12:43:31 AM
I maybe need to stop watching so much Dexter. I keep thinking that someone is sneaking up behind me.  :o
I had to stop watching it for a while. I was getting the same feeling.
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Post by: mañana on May 03, 2010, 06:01:11 PM
Re: Party Down

I've seen it 3 times and it hasn't hooked me yet. I'll keep trying 'cause it seems like something I'd like.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 10, 2010, 09:34:34 AM
Victorious is pretty strong in the early half of the season, so hopefully this show sticks around for a while. The cast is pretty okay and the writing is good enough. Most of the actors look older, which is odd because all the other Nick/Disney shows tend to get younger looking actors. Actually, even before this one they went after really young actresses to headline a few of their shows.

Really hoping for a Nancy Drew sequel now though because Daniella Monet looks way different while Emma can still probably pass for a few years younger than she is, so I'd like to see the two of them side by side on screen. Actually, I think this may be the first time I have seen Monet in a role that doesn't try and make her look way young. I don't know how great of an actress she is, but she is way pretty.
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Post by: mañana on June 04, 2010, 01:24:17 AM
It should be a rule that every TV drama has Kevin Tighe on for at least one episode.
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Post by: pixote on June 05, 2010, 09:53:13 AM
I love a French Open champion that won the final by beating — in straight sets — the very player who knocked her out the previous year — also in straight sets — in the first round.  Awesome.

Schiavone!

pixote
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Post by: Clovis8 on June 14, 2010, 12:20:37 AM
I am half way through season one of Veronica Mars and 3 eps into Mad Men. Both are pretty awesome so far.
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Post by: tinyholidays on June 14, 2010, 12:32:25 AM
I am half way through season one of Veronica Mars and 3 eps into Mad Men. Both are pretty awesome so far.

Eep! You're making me bite my nails over here, Clovis! More detailed reaction needed! (Also - glad you're enjoying them.)
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Post by: Clovis8 on June 14, 2010, 12:49:33 AM
I am half way through season one of Veronica Mars and 3 eps into Mad Men. Both are pretty awesome so far.

Eep! You're making me bite my nails over here, Clovis! More detailed reaction needed! (Also - glad you're enjoying them.)

Hard to have much of a reaction yet its too early. The set design and costumes are amazing. I cant tell if draper is a good guy or pure scum yet. I also love that the daughter from The West Wing is on it.
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Post by: 'Noke on June 14, 2010, 07:51:44 AM
Boardwalk Empire - Preview #3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StkrCTZPS-c#)
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Post by: mañana on June 14, 2010, 01:21:07 PM
Boardwalk Empire
I can't wait.

I am half way through season one of Veronica Mars and 3 eps into Mad Men. Both are pretty awesome so far.
I kinda gave up on both of those, although I do plan on getting back into Mad Men eventually.
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Post by: jbissell on June 14, 2010, 03:27:21 PM
I am half way through season one of Veronica Mars and 3 eps into Mad Men. Both are pretty awesome so far.
I kinda gave up on both of those, although I do plan on getting back into Mad Men eventually.

They're both great, but I think we've already had this discussion.
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Post by: mañana on June 14, 2010, 03:28:25 PM
Yep, we did.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 02, 2010, 08:35:27 AM
Samurai Jack is terrible.
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Post by: Fugee on July 02, 2010, 11:43:37 AM
Re: Party Down

I've seen it 3 times and it hasn't hooked me yet. I'll keep trying 'cause it seems like something I'd like.

Do keep at it, I feel like it's only been getting better!

Also, just caught up on Dexter. What a way to finish the season! Ritaaa :(
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Post by: Bondo on July 10, 2010, 12:28:41 AM
Watched the first episode of The Real L Word. I was never really able to get into The L Word as it all was a bit contrived. The Real L Word does feel a little more authentic, though naturally still with almost across the board beautiful women (though no one near as divine as Shane from the fiction series). Anyway, to think I thought I was a social retard when it comes to the man-woman stuff, I am completely at sea here as to why big emotional moments happen when they do or understanding why people are behaving in a certain way. Maybe I can handle gay men...bring on The Real Queer (As) Folk.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 12, 2010, 10:21:20 PM
My Dad is watching the Breaking Bad Pilot. We haven't watched a show together in a while. Probably season 1 of Sarah Connor Chronicles. Maybe we'll watch this one together.

So do you people watch shows with anyone else or is your TV viewing a solitary experience?
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Post by: mañana on July 12, 2010, 10:35:45 PM
So do you people watch shows with anyone else or is your TV viewing a solitary experience?
Depends on the show. I usually like to have a batch of both new and classic shows that I'm going through with my gf, but I often have a couple going that she's not interested in. It's always nice to have a TV buddy when possible. Back when it was still on, Sunday night meant going to mom's to watch The Sopranos with her.
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Post by: StarCarly on July 13, 2010, 12:16:38 AM
I love watching new shows with people. I got my parents into The Office and 30 Rock. New Boyfriend and I are going through NewsRadio together, and soon I'll be starting him on Friends from the beginning. Its really hard for me to start a new show without someone in the room encouraging me. Too much of a time commitment.
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Post by: sdedalus on July 13, 2010, 12:20:10 AM
Most of the TV I watch is with my wife.  Except for sports.
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Post by: tinyholidays on July 13, 2010, 12:21:41 AM
I love watching comedies and trashy shows with other people. When I lived in Atlanta, my friends and I had a weekly meet-up that revolved around whatever reality show was out that we could all agree on (mostly Project Runway).

And I basically force people to watch Arrested Development and Strangers with Candy with me. It's like programming a friend with all the information that they will need to be a friend.

Dramas, though, I hardly ever watch with someone. I'll watch an episode of Mad Men with my dad off of his dvr, but only after I've already seen it myself. Mad Men is serious business, y'all. It requires my devout concentration. I never watched The Wire with anyone either.
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Post by: smirnoff on July 15, 2010, 08:01:16 PM
And I basically force people to watch Strangers with Candy with me.

If that's not what friends are for then I don't know what is. Man, I miss that show. The shit Jerry said just killed me.

Jerri Blank: Shazam. Look. Drake Rogers. Mmm, he makes me all puffy down there. I'd love to tame his blue vein swayback throbber.
Tammi Littlenut: What do you mean, Jerri?
Jerri Blank: Take him backstage behind the meat curtain, know what I mean? I'm talkin' about pounding out the veal.
Tammi Littlenut: Are you thinking about having sex already?
Jerri Blank: Does a pimp carry a razor?
Tammi Littlenut: I don't know...
Jerri Blank: Trust me, they all do.

(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/econs/lol.gif)
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Post by: tinyholidays on July 15, 2010, 08:23:40 PM
And I basically force people to watch Strangers with Candy with me.

If that's not what friends are for then I don't know what is. Man, I miss that show. The shit Jerry said just killed me.

Jerri Blank: Shazam. Look. Drake Rogers. Mmm, he makes me all puffy down there. I'd love to tame his blue vein swayback throbber.
Tammi Littlenut: What do you mean, Jerri?
Jerri Blank: Take him backstage behind the meat curtain, know what I mean? I'm talkin' about pounding out the veal.
Tammi Littlenut: Are you thinking about having sex already?
Jerri Blank: Does a pimp carry a razor?
Tammi Littlenut: I don't know...
Jerri Blank: Trust me, they all do.

(http://noffload.net/uploader/files/1/econs/lol.gif)

"Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!"

Ok, "The Virgin Jerri" is actually my favorite episode of SwC, smirnoff.

"You got 15 minutes to shove some pie down that hole of yours, then it's camper time!"

(Also, I haven't been home for more than 20 minutes for the past 3 days, but I saw Tremors last night, and it was so awesome I almost cried, and I need you to come to Seattle and see this with me when they screen it next month:

Gymkata movie trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mkl9rtttog#)

Because seriously.)
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Post by: smirnoff on July 15, 2010, 09:04:05 PM
So glad to hear Tremors didn't disappoint! woo-f**king-hoo! (pardon my french)

God, Gymkata looks absurdelicious! Man, Seattle must be such a wicked place, they screen movies like this and Tremors. *sigh*
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Post by: Bondo on July 16, 2010, 05:19:10 PM
Ellen Page was on Leno last night, talking about all this eco-living sort of stuff and deepening my affection. But Leno...every time I see him it makes me wonder more how he ever got work. He is just sleazy and unfunny. He had a few different sort of moments where he'd tell a joke that amounted to flirting with Ellen and you could tell she was a little discomforted by it.

But yeah, Leno isn't good.
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Post by: smirnoff on July 23, 2010, 03:21:00 PM
Mythbusters rant. I used to enjoy this show and then they went and dumbed it down. I swear, even if they were testing the myth that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" they would find a way to finish it with C4. Another f*cking explosion at the same f*cking bomb range they are always at, with the same f*cking retired fbi guy setting it up. It's such shame. The show used to be scientific and thorough to the point of being boring... that's when it was interesting. That's when it had integrity. Now it's just a stage for Adam to act like a moron and Keri, Grant and Tory to high five each other. And why, after every commercial, do they have to recap EVERYTHING that already happened? Literally, they spend half the show recapping shit.

I haven't watched the show in years now, but I'm still bitter about how great it started out and how ridiculous it become.


SNL needs to rip this show a new one.
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Post by: ferris on July 23, 2010, 03:34:12 PM
Ellen Page was on Leno last night, talking about all this eco-living sort of stuff and deepening my affection. But Leno...every time I see him it makes me wonder more how he ever got work. He is just sleazy and unfunny. He had a few different sort of moments where he'd tell a joke that amounted to flirting with Ellen and you could tell she was a little discomforted by it.

But yeah, Leno isn't good.

I turned off Leno for good the first night the "dancing Ito's" made an appearance. (guys dressed as Judge Ito from the OJ trail)
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Post by: jbissell on July 23, 2010, 07:48:42 PM
Ellen Page was on Leno last night, talking about all this eco-living sort of stuff and deepening my affection. But Leno...every time I see him it makes me wonder more how he ever got work. He is just sleazy and unfunny. He had a few different sort of moments where he'd tell a joke that amounted to flirting with Ellen and you could tell she was a little discomforted by it.

But yeah, Leno isn't good.

I turned off Leno for good the first night the "dancing Ito's" made an appearance. (guys dressed as Judge Ito from the OJ trail)

The dancing Itos were a seminal influence on my sense of humor.



Seminal means awful, right?
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Post by: smirnoff on August 05, 2010, 10:40:40 AM
6 episodes into Firefly now. I'm happy to report that even though I watch it in bed as the last thing do for the day it keeps me awake until the end of each episode.

a few observations:
-heh, sometimes you can tell what kind of budget this show had.
-I'm enjoying the cowboys-in-space style
-6 eps in, the characters are really starting to come into their own now.
-Genuine laughs to be had. The dialogue is sharp and often surprises me with cleverness.
-I thought the show would be more River-centric and less episodic (not a complaint, just sayin')
-feels like I'm in for a lot of surprises, which is fun
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Post by: Kazaam on August 05, 2010, 11:19:07 AM
So, I finally started to sit down and watch Arrested Development.

I'm about 8 episodes into the 1st season and it's fantastic. I'm upset that it took me so long to start watching!

I've also developed man-crushes on Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor thanks to the show  :D
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Post by: Fugee on August 05, 2010, 11:22:33 AM
SNL needs to rip this show a new one.

But if they did it, it'd just be outrageously unfunny and we'd all feel bad having watched it.
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Post by: Mike Shutt on August 16, 2010, 04:20:20 PM
The legendary film criticism show At The Movies ended this past weekend. Thoughts?
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Post by: mañana on August 16, 2010, 04:23:24 PM
It sucks.
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Post by: sdedalus on August 16, 2010, 04:30:16 PM
(http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/theendofcinema/theCritic.jpg)
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 16, 2010, 04:56:13 PM
What's At the Movies?
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Post by: 1SO on August 16, 2010, 06:05:54 PM
I have 1 thumb up and 1 thumb down.
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Post by: Beavermoose on August 16, 2010, 10:36:39 PM
I loved the period a few years ago when it was Roeper and guest reviewers, but the show was overall pretty useless now that we have the internet.
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Post by: smirnoff on August 18, 2010, 11:23:40 AM
So I finished Firefly. Loved it. I know it got cancelled but damn... talk about a abrupt.
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Post by: mañana on August 19, 2010, 01:52:16 PM
Moved this over to a TV thread.

Yeah, well, he's (David Brent) kind of a dick in that and we all know I don't like unlikable protagonists.
Do you like Extras, Bondo?
Yes, quite a bit.

I think Gervais' Extras character is considerably less likable than David Brent. I very much like Extras, but I think the Andy character has a self-righteous superiority, my least favourite aspects of Gervais' persona. David Brent on the other hand, despite his many flaws, has this hopeless desire to be liked/accepted, so his cluelessness/buffoonery/cruelty always feels connected to a sad and empathetic desperation. In Extras, Ricky plays more of a straight man, and he observes much of the shenanigans from a detached and judgmental point of view and feels superior to it all, which in terms of the character, I find far less likable. Long story short, I just thought it was interesting that The Office turned you off because you thought the character was a dick, when I think his Extras character is way less sympathetic. Not arguing with you or anything, just thought it was interesting.
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Post by: Junior on August 19, 2010, 02:18:53 PM
I would agree with you Mr. Tomorrow about Extras up until the Christmas special. I totally cried when he broke down in the BB house. It's the ultimate in niceness and caring about others.
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Post by: mañana on August 19, 2010, 02:36:22 PM
I would agree with you Mr. Tomorrow about Extras up until the Christmas special. I totally cried when he broke down in the BB house. It's the ultimate in niceness and caring about others.
Yep, a beautiful moment. Maggie in her new smaller flat and earning money by cleaning set to that Kate Bush song set's you up big time for Andy's on air apology. But still, over the course of the series, Andy's dickish.
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Post by: Bondo on August 19, 2010, 04:00:52 PM
I certainly agree that his Extras character isn't likable either. I think we shouldn't get carried away in attributing the entire enjoyment of the series on that one trait. Extras has so much revolve around the cameos each week which removes some of the focus. So this compensates for my concerns about Gervais. I'm trying to decide what my experience with the US version of the Office says about the UK version. Early seasons, the ones I like better, are the ones more in line with the british one. I would say Carrell plays the part less abrasively than Gervais does (maybe stupider as well?)
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Post by: Verite on August 19, 2010, 04:18:56 PM
I find Michael Scott more unlikable and abrasive than David Brent.
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Post by: jbissell on August 20, 2010, 09:32:06 AM
I find Michael Scott more unlikable and abrasive than David Brent.

I think this has been very noticeable the last few seasons.
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Post by: Bondo on August 20, 2010, 09:43:43 AM
I find Michael Scott more unlikable and abrasive than David Brent.

I think this has been very noticeable the last few seasons.

I gave up in the middle of season 3.
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Post by: jbissell on August 20, 2010, 09:57:29 AM
Funny, this week's AVQ&A is all about discomfort comedy (http://www.avclub.com/articles/discomfort-comedy-we-can-and-cant-take,44340/)
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Post by: Bondo on August 20, 2010, 10:56:26 AM
Funny, this week's AVQ&A is all about discomfort comedy (http://www.avclub.com/articles/discomfort-comedy-we-can-and-cant-take,44340/)

That does clarify a little. I didn't like Borat/Bruno (I hate pranks and that sort of lying and deception more generally, no matter how much the person might deserve it) and though I like Louis C.K. well enough, I've been a bit mystified by the love his new show is getting. I gave up after about four episodes. I guess I'm just not made for discomfort comedy.
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Post by: Verite on August 20, 2010, 04:42:15 PM
I find Michael Scott more unlikable and abrasive than David Brent.

I think this has been very noticeable the last few seasons.

I felt that way from the beginning of the series.
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Post by: StarCarly on August 20, 2010, 09:20:54 PM
Funny, this week's AVQ&A is all about discomfort comedy (http://www.avclub.com/articles/discomfort-comedy-we-can-and-cant-take,44340/)

That does clarify a little. I didn't like Borat/Bruno (I hate pranks and that sort of lying and deception more generally, no matter how much the person might deserve it) and though I like Louis C.K. well enough, I've been a bit mystified by the love his new show is getting. I gave up after about four episodes. I guess I'm just not made for discomfort comedy.

Hmm...I don't see how Louie fits in with the discomfort comedy. He says inappropriate things in kind of surreal settings that are obviously fictionalized.  Curb is in the same vein. Both shows make me laugh because they contain actors saying things that normal people would never say. I have much more trouble watching Borat (which is still the funniest movie I have ever seen in a theater....but I will never watch it again) or even things like Candid Camera. I don't like seeing real people made uncomfortable for comedy.
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Post by: Beavermoose on August 21, 2010, 12:33:14 AM
Curb is way worse than Louie in that regard. I had a lot of trouble watching Curb when I started. Louie, not so much.
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Post by: jbissell on August 21, 2010, 01:14:35 AM
and though I like Louis C.K. well enough, I've been a bit mystified by the love his new show is getting. I gave up after about four episodes.

I often have that feeling after reading your posts  :D
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Post by: tinyholidays on August 21, 2010, 10:56:41 AM
and though I like Louis C.K. well enough, I've been a bit mystified by the love his new show is getting. I gave up after about four episodes.

I often have that feeling after reading your posts  :D


This is jbizz's equivalent to a Your Mom/Face comeback.  :D
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Post by: mañana on August 23, 2010, 06:11:48 PM
I can't bring myself to watch any of those Showtime dramedies. I'm not yet sure if this means I'm a big sexist or not.
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Post by: Bondo on August 23, 2010, 06:14:08 PM
I can't bring myself to watch any of those Showtime dramedies. I'm not yet sure if this means I'm a big sexist or not.

What, Weeds/The Big C? I gave up on Weeds at some point in season 3 (and stopped watching some point in season 4). The Big C stars an age appropriate character delivery device...which now that I think about it is probably a sexist way to describe a woman.
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Post by: mañana on August 23, 2010, 06:22:28 PM
What, Weeds/The Big C?
Yeah, and Tara and Jackie.
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Post by: Bondo on August 23, 2010, 06:37:47 PM
What, Weeds/The Big C?
Yeah, and Tara and Jackie.

Didn't like what I watched of Tara (first disc I think)...Jackie is fairly enjoyable though. Seen the first two seasons of that.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 23, 2010, 06:41:38 PM
The ads for The Big C make me so sick.
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Post by: mañana on August 23, 2010, 11:20:14 PM
The ads for The Big C make me so sick.
I haven't seen any of those. It could be great for all I know but whether it's fair or not, Weeds and Tara have made me suspicious of all Showtime shows staring a brand name leading lady.
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Post by: jbissell on August 23, 2010, 11:48:22 PM
The ads for The Big C make me so sick.
I haven't seen any of those. It could be great for all I know but whether it's fair or not, Weeds and Tara have made me suspicious of all Showtime shows staring a brand name leading lady.

Me too. I quit Weeds halfway through Season 4 (like right before they got to Mexico I think). Watched a couple episodes of Tara and didn't care for it at all. Nothing about The Big C or Nurse Jackie leads me to believe I need to bother with them.
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Post by: mañana on August 24, 2010, 12:20:48 PM
Nothing about The Big C or Nurse Jackie leads me to believe I need to bother with them.
Yeah, although I always feel like I shouldn't be ignoring these shows because I do like the stars. Even Linney.

I quit Weeds halfway through Season 4 (like right before they got to Mexico I think).
I never made it through season 1, which is long before everybody started hating it. In fact the ridiculousness that it is now almost appeals to me more than the quirky suburban thing it was originally...almost.



In the last few months I've revisited seasons 1, 2, 4, and (part of) 6 of The Sopranos. I now don't think The Wire is as far ahead of it as I would have said before recently re-watching these episodes.
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Post by: jbissell on August 24, 2010, 12:43:11 PM
I quit Weeds halfway through Season 4 (like right before they got to Mexico I think).
I never made it through season 1, which is long before everybody started hating it. In fact the ridiculousness that it is now almost appeals to me more than the quirky suburban thing it was originally...almost.

I thought Romany Malco leaving the show pretty much marked its downturn. Also, Nancy is so unbelievably unlikeable at this point, her charm just doesn't work for me. Season 3 had a pretty funny cameo by PFT as a super-religious health teacher. More importantly, Breaking Bad came along.
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Post by: mañana on August 24, 2010, 01:51:33 PM
Season 3 had a pretty funny cameo by PFT as a super-religious health teacher.
I might have to track that down.
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Post by: Bill Thompson on August 26, 2010, 03:34:56 PM
So, I had never watched much Hannah Montana. But, now with my girlfriend having a four year old daughter I watched a few eps the other day. Yes, it is an awful show, but that goes without saying. However, I never realized how scary Miley Cyrus' voice is, it's very deep and manly, like scary manly.
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Post by: Verite on August 26, 2010, 06:29:51 PM
(http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Galleries/Imported/ShowPix/Jonathan/imagesA_M/mr-belvedere.jpg)

(http://www.skooldays.com/images/sa1507.jpg)

(http://images.tvrage.com/shows/4/3783.jpg)

(http://www.stopmikelupica.com/images/Hang%20Time.jpg)

The last pic was supposed to be the cast of City Guys but I can't link to images and I'm too lazy to tinypic it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0147757/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0147757/)

I miss these shows except for Mr. Belvedere which I just felt like posting.  Only that and California Dreams (YES!) is on DVD.  For shame, NBC.  For shame.
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Post by: mañana on August 26, 2010, 06:36:26 PM
Other than Kelly Packard and the awesome theme song, I thought California Dreams was crazy boring.

Bob Uecker was great on Mr. Belvedere.
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Post by: Verite on August 26, 2010, 07:02:55 PM
Other than Kelly Packard and the awesome theme song, I thought California Dreams was crazy boring.

I laughed a lot because it was pretty mediocre and often worse.
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Post by: jbissell on August 26, 2010, 07:29:52 PM
Other than Kelly Packard and the awesome theme song, I thought California Dreams was crazy boring.

I laughed a lot because it was pretty mediocre and often worse.

You must have been excited when Fallon had that reunion earlier this year.
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Post by: mañana on August 27, 2010, 01:42:58 AM
Other than Kelly Packard and the awesome theme song, I thought California Dreams was crazy boring.
I laughed a lot because it was pretty mediocre and often worse.
I was a tad too young to enjoy it ironically.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 29, 2010, 06:04:24 PM
Let's make it official. Been many years in the making (since before Zoey 101!), Daniella Monet new celebrity crush.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Fugee on September 03, 2010, 07:06:11 PM
So, I had never watched much Hannah Montana. But, now with my girlfriend having a four year old daughter I watched a few eps the other day. Yes, it is an awful show, but that goes without saying. However, I never realized how scary Miley Cyrus' voice is, it's very deep and manly, like scary manly.

She has some kind of lisp, right? It always sounded like it when I heard her talk, but I tend to stay away from those channels.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on September 04, 2010, 07:59:07 PM
So, I had never watched much Hannah Montana. But, now with my girlfriend having a four year old daughter I watched a few eps the other day. Yes, it is an awful show, but that goes without saying. However, I never realized how scary Miley Cyrus' voice is, it's very deep and manly, like scary manly.

She has some kind of lisp, right? It always sounded like it when I heard her talk, but I tend to stay away from those channels.

Hmmm, not sure. I also didn't stick around long enough to hear much more. DisneyXD has Phineas and Ferb on and luckily she much prefers that so we switched channels. Would a lisp explain a young girl, she's what 16-18, having such a deep and manly voice?
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Post by: Bondo on September 04, 2010, 09:41:06 PM
I'm kind of  ::) about the whole voice thing being referred to as "scary manly." It's a little sexy in the sense that often it is what is unique about someone that is most appealing. Why should women have to be slighted if they differ in this or that way from some "ideal."
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on September 05, 2010, 01:30:08 PM
I'm kind of  ::) about the whole voice thing being referred to as "scary manly." It's a little sexy in the sense that often it is what is unique about someone that is most appealing. Why should women have to be slighted if they differ in this or that way from some "ideal."

I don't adhere to any ideal, but if your voice is gruff and manly, then it is gruff and manly, and that is a scary trait in a woman.
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Post by: Beavermoose on September 05, 2010, 02:45:58 PM
I'm kind of  ::) about the whole voice thing being referred to as "scary manly." It's a little sexy in the sense that often it is what is unique about someone that is most appealing. Why should women have to be slighted if they differ in this or that way from some "ideal."

I don't adhere to any ideal, but if your voice is gruff and manly, then it is gruff and manly, and that is a scary trait in a woman.

Austin Powers "that's a man baby" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOIEGz7o_s#)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 06, 2010, 01:50:56 PM
With the impending departure of Michael Scott The Office should not be pursuing Harvey Keitel for the replacement boss (http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-office-now-considering-replacing-steve-carell,44778/); instead, they should take a The Thick of It approach and have a new boss take over the Scranton Branch each season. 1SO, pitch it! Beat Armando before The Thick of It adaptation hits the shores! Undercut the market!
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Post by: Junior on September 06, 2010, 05:55:57 PM
Harvey is almost as good as Al Swearengen.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Fugee on September 07, 2010, 02:55:09 PM
With the impending departure of Michael Scott The Office should not be pursuing Harvey Keitel for the replacement boss (http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-office-now-considering-replacing-steve-carell,44778/); instead, they should take a The Thick of It approach and have a new boss take over the Scranton Branch each season. 1SO, pitch it! Beat Armando before The Thick of It adaptation hits the shores! Undercut the market!

Or they could just stop filming The Office and do a Pam+Jim spinoff show since that seems to be the only thing it's about anymore.

Edit: Maybe I'm just too bitter. Perhaps a new boss every year would refresh the show!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on September 07, 2010, 03:04:02 PM
With the impending departure of Michael Scott The Office should not be pursuing Harvey Keitel for the replacement boss (http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-office-now-considering-replacing-steve-carell,44778/); instead, they should take a The Thick of It approach and have a new boss take over the Scranton Branch each season. 1SO, pitch it! Beat Armando before The Thick of It adaptation hits the shores! Undercut the market!

Or they could just stop filming The Office and do a Pam+Jim spinoff show since that seems to be the only thing it's about anymore.

Edit: Maybe I'm just too bitter. Perhaps a new boss every year would refresh the show!

They had a couple of episodes focused on Pam & Jim last year, no different than any other seasons, so I don't get this often cited criticism.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on September 09, 2010, 08:52:21 AM
Ok...  so How I Met Your Mother....about once every three episodes there is something genuinely pretty dang funny.  The rest of the time my wife and I complain about how ridiculously bland Robin and Ted are.
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Post by: ferris on September 09, 2010, 08:54:44 AM
People who are fans of Jeopardy will find it no surprise that Pat Sajak and Jane Curtin are among the most learned celebrities in Hollywood.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 09, 2010, 03:24:58 PM
I think I'm done with TV for a while. I think I'm gonna go back to watching TV on DVD when I have the free time as opposed to carving out time for TV every week.
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Post by: Beavermoose on September 09, 2010, 03:49:25 PM
I think I'm done with TV for a while. I think I'm gonna go back to watching TV on DVD when I have the free time as opposed to carving out time for TV every week.

Who needs TV when you have the internet.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 09, 2010, 04:14:35 PM
I don't believe in torrenting and streaming TV after the fact is one of the most frustrating things on the internet.
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Post by: jbissell on September 09, 2010, 05:33:37 PM
I don't believe in torrenting

But it's your friend!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Fugee on September 09, 2010, 06:11:15 PM
With the impending departure of Michael Scott The Office should not be pursuing Harvey Keitel for the replacement boss (http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-office-now-considering-replacing-steve-carell,44778/); instead, they should take a The Thick of It approach and have a new boss take over the Scranton Branch each season. 1SO, pitch it! Beat Armando before The Thick of It adaptation hits the shores! Undercut the market!

Or they could just stop filming The Office and do a Pam+Jim spinoff show since that seems to be the only thing it's about anymore.

Edit: Maybe I'm just too bitter. Perhaps a new boss every year would refresh the show!

They had a couple of episodes focused on Pam & Jim last year, no different than any other seasons, so I don't get this often cited criticism.

Well, I feel like there was nearly an entire season dedicated to their whole relationship leading up to their marriage, and though it is perhaps less about them at times, I always got the feeling they were dedicating a certain amount of minutes each episode to the couple. Then again, maybe it just got less funny and I'm using this as a way to account for that fact.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on September 21, 2010, 01:57:38 AM
The new Fall schedule is about to start in the US. As a Brit what are the new shows I should be looking out for.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 21, 2010, 02:16:17 AM
You mean other than Boardwalk Empire?

No idea.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: michael x on September 21, 2010, 02:21:35 AM
The pilot for Lone Star got an "A" at AV Club (http://www.avclub.com/articles/pilot,45161). Didn't see it myself, so I can't comment.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on September 21, 2010, 08:15:34 AM
The new Fall schedule is about to start in the US. As a Brit what are the new shows I should be looking out for.


Nothing sounds interesting to me, and that includes Boardwalk Empire, because anything done by Scorsese post-Goodfellas isn't worth much effort in seeing. Wait for it o DVD, that's what I'm doing, and none of the other shows sound all that interesting to be honest.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on September 21, 2010, 09:12:38 AM
The new Fall schedule is about to start in the US. As a Brit what are the new shows I should be looking out for.


Nothing sounds interesting to me, and that includes Boardwalk Empire, because anything done by Scorsese post-Goodfellas isn't worth much effort in seeing. Wait for it o DVD, that's what I'm doing, and none of the other shows sound all that interesting to be honest.

Scorcese is just executive producer. Terrence Winter is responsible for writing some of the best episodes of The Sopranos.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on September 21, 2010, 09:15:29 AM
The new Fall schedule is about to start in the US. As a Brit what are the new shows I should be looking out for.


Nothing sounds interesting to me, and that includes Boardwalk Empire, because anything done by Scorsese post-Goodfellas isn't worth much effort in seeing. Wait for it o DVD, that's what I'm doing, and none of the other shows sound all that interesting to be honest.

Scorcese is just executive producer. Terrence Winter is responsible for writing some of the best episodes of The Sopranos.

Still doesn't do much for me, I liked The Sopranos but never found it to be amazing TV, like so many others did.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 21, 2010, 01:46:00 PM
Yea, I'm sitting out this season of TV.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on September 21, 2010, 02:02:57 PM
The new Fall schedule is about to start in the US. As a Brit what are the new shows I should be looking out for.


Nothing sounds interesting to me, and that includes Boardwalk Empire, because anything done by Scorsese post-Goodfellas isn't worth much effort in seeing. Wait for it o DVD, that's what I'm doing, and none of the other shows sound all that interesting to be honest.

Scorcese is just executive producer. Terrence Winter is responsible for writing some of the best episodes of The Sopranos.

Still doesn't do much for me, I liked The Sopranos but never found it to be amazing TV, like so many others did.

So I'm looking at 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Lone Star' then. 'The Event' has got thrashed by FroHam, so I shall be giving that a miss. I don't need another 'FlashForward' debacle like last year. Otherwise it looks like 'House' and a few returning series then. I still haven't got round to watching 'Treme' yet.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 21, 2010, 02:20:22 PM
Terriers is off to a pretty good start.

As for the rest of the new shows, I'll be checking out some pilots this week.

Treme is amazing.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on September 21, 2010, 02:26:06 PM
The new Fall schedule is about to start in the US. As a Brit what are the new shows I should be looking out for.
Boardwalk Empire for sure. Other than that I'm waiting to hear the buzz before I bother investigating myself.

Have you seen Louie? It aired over the summer and is great.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on September 21, 2010, 03:52:47 PM
I bet the new Hawaii Five-0 is awesome.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on September 21, 2010, 03:57:15 PM
I bet the new Hawaii Five-0 is awesome.

It's nothing spectacular but it is fun. Good action and good chemistry.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on September 21, 2010, 04:55:59 PM
I'm going to check out the first episode of Blue Blood, even though I doubt it'll be good.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 21, 2010, 05:35:11 PM
I bet the new Hawaii Five-0 is awesome.

Tivoed.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 21, 2010, 09:17:13 PM
Halfway through, it's very CBS.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on September 22, 2010, 09:53:49 AM
Anyone watch Running Wilde?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 22, 2010, 12:53:25 PM
Tivoed.

Watched Lone Star and it might be alright.  Better than the Hawaii 5-0 pilot, but I'm not sold yet.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StarCarly on September 22, 2010, 09:03:25 PM
Anyone watch Running Wilde?

Yeah. I'll give it a couple more episodes. We all owe it to Hurwitz to keep this one on the air for awhile.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FroHam X on September 22, 2010, 09:11:38 PM
Anyone watch Running Wilde?

Yeah. I'll give it a couple more episodes. We all owe it to Hurwitz to keep this one on the air for awhile.

Nobody owes Hurwitz anything unless he makes an Arrested Development movie, in which case we all owe him the price of a movie ticket and our butts in the seats. He got three seasons out of a show that was lucky to get a full order for one in the first place.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on September 22, 2010, 11:33:28 PM
I liked Running Wilde. It's not AD right now, but it's funny. "I'll go get my thing," is a great line and Peter Sera-I-played-Darth-Maul was super funny.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on September 23, 2010, 05:23:47 AM
ESPN 30 For 30: One Night In Vegas.

Another impressive documentary in this series, following on from 'The Two Escobars', 'Straight Outta LA' and 'Jordan Rides The Bus'. This one follows the friendship between boxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac, upto Tyson's fight in Vegas September 1996 and the drive by shooting which would eventually claim Tupac's life. It features interviews with Tyson himself and a slightly incoherent (isn't he always), but well tailored Mickey Rourke.

Hopefully 'Winning Time: Reggie Vs The Knicks' will be shown soon.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on September 23, 2010, 09:31:05 AM
Anyone watch Running Wilde?

Yeah. I'll give it a couple more episodes. We all owe it to Hurwitz to keep this one on the air for awhile.

I don't know. That last show he did, the animated one, was an unbelievable piece of shit, made more painful by the fact that I loved almost every one of the voice actors. I'm also probably in the minority of people that love Arrested but really am not excited about a potential movie.

I liked Running Wilde. It's not AD right now, but it's funny. "I'll go get my thing," is a great line and Peter Sera-I-played-Darth-Maul was super funny.

I love Will Arnett, but Peter Serafinowicz is one of the funniest people on Earth. He deserves to have a big following in the US.

ESPN 30 For 30: One Night In Vegas.

Another impressive documentary in this series, following on from 'The Two Escobars', 'Straight Outta LA' and 'Jordan Rides The Bus'. This one follows the friendship between boxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac, upto Tyson's fight in Vegas September 1996 and the drive by shooting which would eventually claim Tupac's life. It features interviews with Tyson himself and a slightly incoherent (isn't he always), but well tailored Mickey Rourke.

Thought this one was pretty disappointing. I liked the comic book approach but I feel like it really could've gone so much deeper exploring the link between the two. Also wasn't a fan of the spoken word dudes.

Who's pumped for Outsourced tonight?!?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on September 23, 2010, 09:35:02 AM
I just wanted to mention - Shawn the Sheep is awesome

Shaun The Sheep - Life's A Treat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtfb4m6xGCA#ws)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on September 23, 2010, 12:30:24 PM
ESPN 30 For 30: One Night In Vegas.

Another impressive documentary in this series, following on from 'The Two Escobars', 'Straight Outta LA' and 'Jordan Rides The Bus'. This one follows the friendship between boxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac, upto Tyson's fight in Vegas September 1996 and the drive by shooting which would eventually claim Tupac's life. It features interviews with Tyson himself and a slightly incoherent (isn't he always), but well tailored Mickey Rourke.

Thought this one was pretty disappointing. I liked the comic book approach but I feel like it really could've gone so much deeper exploring the link between the two. Also wasn't a fan of the spoken word dudes.

Who's pumped for Outsourced tonight?!?

That was my one thought. I could have/should have been 90 minutes, rather than 60 minutes or so.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on September 23, 2010, 12:33:54 PM
Who's pumped for Outsourced tonight?!?
I miss Duke Silver already.  :'(
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Lil Slugger on September 23, 2010, 12:45:28 PM
I just wanted to mention - Shawn the Sheep is awesome

Shaun The Sheep - Life's A Treat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtfb4m6xGCA#ws)

I hadn't actualy seen that video before, thanks for posting it! It's not often enough you get a great family tv show that references Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

-

The Karl Pilkington's "An Idiot Abroad" is finaly on tonight, if this is anything less than the best show ever it's going to be a disapointment.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on September 23, 2010, 12:58:01 PM
Who's pumped for Outsourced tonight?!?
I miss Duke Silver already.  :'(

You know, I complained a lot about the show based solely on its premise. Then last week I actually saw a few clips and it was maybe even a little worse than I expected. Hopefully it's a fast failure.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 23, 2010, 01:05:04 PM
Who's pumped for Outsourced tonight?!?
I miss Duke Silver already.  :'(

You know, I complained a lot about the show based solely on its premise. Then last week I actually saw a few clips and it was maybe even a little worse than I expected. Hopefully it's a fast failure.

I won't be watching it for fear that my tivo would be counted as a viewer.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 23, 2010, 01:07:36 PM
ESPN 30 For 30: One Night In Vegas.

Another impressive documentary in this series, following on from 'The Two Escobars', 'Straight Outta LA' and 'Jordan Rides The Bus'. This one follows the friendship between boxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac, upto Tyson's fight in Vegas September 1996 and the drive by shooting which would eventually claim Tupac's life. It features interviews with Tyson himself and a slightly incoherent (isn't he always), but well tailored Mickey Rourke.

I was pretty disappointed in all of those, actually.  Two Escobars because of the filmmaking (they inexplicably stretched 4:3 footage to 16:9, making everyone look fat), it was so hard to watch I didn't even finish it.  The Chris Evert/Martina Navratilova one was unintentionally hilarious.

The Birth of Big Air is the only one I've liked for awhile.  But Winning Time is one of the best.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on September 23, 2010, 01:29:00 PM
You know, I complained a lot about the show based solely on its premise. Then last week I actually saw a few clips and it was maybe even a little worse than I expected. Hopefully it's a fast failure.
I haven't seen any clips so I'll give it a shot, but I'm not expecting much. Although I believe this is the first show of his own creation, Ken Kwapis has worked on enough great shows to earn 22 minutes of my time.

I won't be watching it for fear that my tivo would be counted as a viewer.
:D
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on September 23, 2010, 01:47:05 PM
You know, I complained a lot about the show based solely on its premise. Then last week I actually saw a few clips and it was maybe even a little worse than I expected. Hopefully it's a fast failure.
I haven't seen any clips so I'll give it a shot, but I'm not expecting much. Although I believe this is the first show of his own creation, Ken Kwapis has worked on enough great shows to earn 22 minutes of my time.

I won't be watching it for fear that my tivo would be counted as a viewer.
:D

At least NBC was kind enough to put it at 8:30 so I don't have to worry about accidentally watching some of it before a show I actually like.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 23, 2010, 02:40:04 PM
I liked Running Wilde. It's not AD right now, but it's funny. "I'll go get my thing," is a great line and Peter Sera-I-played-Darth-Maul was super funny.

Agreed. It was really uneven, I felt, but there is a bunch of potential there. Also, best part was when Wilde was in the limo and the Puddle narrator said "he realized he had made a huge mistake."
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 23, 2010, 03:48:11 PM
Sorry, NBC comedy night, we must part this season.  :'(
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on September 23, 2010, 03:52:00 PM
Sorry, NBC comedy night, we must part this season.  :'(
You're over Donaghy?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 23, 2010, 03:52:54 PM
I'm over TV.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: michael x on September 23, 2010, 04:56:38 PM
ESPN 30 For 30: One Night In Vegas.

Another impressive documentary in this series, following on from 'The Two Escobars', 'Straight Outta LA' and 'Jordan Rides The Bus'. This one follows the friendship between boxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac, upto Tyson's fight in Vegas September 1996 and the drive by shooting which would eventually claim Tupac's life. It features interviews with Tyson himself and a slightly incoherent (isn't he always), but well tailored Mickey Rourke.

I was pretty disappointed in all of those, actually.  Two Escobars because of the filmmaking (they inexplicably stretched 4:3 footage to 16:9, making everyone look fat), it was so hard to watch I didn't even finish it.  The Chris Evert/Martina Navratilova one was unintentionally hilarious.

The Birth of Big Air is the only one I've liked for awhile.  But Winning Time is one of the best.


Weird about the Two Escobars. I watched it on a 4:3 screen by chance and found it excellent. I've missed a lot of these, but Winning Time is the only other one that stands out so far.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on September 23, 2010, 05:09:52 PM
I'm over TV.

Sorry, but that's just CINECAST!ing dumb.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on September 23, 2010, 05:12:11 PM
I'm over TV.

Sorry, but that's just CINECAST!ing dumb.

I'm kind of the same way, but I think my reasons may be different. School and work are taking up so much of my time now that I can't afford to add any new shows to my rotation. So for the time being I will stick with the shows that show up on a weekly basis in my Hulu queue, and as they end/get canceled my TV watching will slowly drop to zero. I basically have to choose between movies or TV due to time constraints and I'm picking movies.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on September 23, 2010, 05:15:22 PM
I'm over TV.

Sorry, but that's just CINECAST!ing dumb.

I'm kind of the same way, but I think my reasons may be different. School and work are taking up so much of my time now that I can't afford to add any new shows to my rotation. So for the time being I will stick with the shows that show up on a weekly basis in my Hulu queue, and as they end/get canceled my TV watching will slowly drop to zero. I basically have to choose between movies or TV due to time constraints and I'm picking movies.

Oh I get the time thing, and outside of Boardwalk Empire, there's not a single new show I'm interested in. I just took Sam's phrasing to mean that TV isn't very good/worthwhile.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 24, 2010, 09:57:31 AM
I'm over TV.

Sorry, but that's just CINECAST!ing dumb.
I just would rather spend that time elsewhere right now.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: THATguy on September 28, 2010, 11:12:09 AM
Is there enough interest here for an Eastbound and Down topic?  Hilarious way to start the season.  Danny McBride's masturbation face might be the funniest thing I've seen in months.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on September 28, 2010, 12:31:00 PM
Is there enough interest here for an Eastbound and Down topic?  Hilarious way to start the season.  Danny McBride's masturbation face might be the funniest thing I've seen in months.

Love it. Make it happen.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on September 28, 2010, 12:34:52 PM
I haven't started into season 2 yet but I will eventually, go for it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on October 04, 2010, 02:27:39 PM
Last night I saw my first episode of The Cleveland Show. Wow. Horrendous.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 05, 2010, 04:18:46 PM
Sadly, I think I'm done with TV. I just can't fit it into my schedule, I have about 12 episodes expiring from Hulu within the next two weeks an not a moment to get to them.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on October 05, 2010, 06:39:31 PM
Here's a really great interview with Mitch Hurwitz (http://www.avclub.com/articles/mitch-hurwitz,45886/), the Arrested Development/Running Wilde guy. As if I had to tell you that.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Mike Shutt on October 06, 2010, 09:00:17 PM
I am proud of myself for getting off of TV. Probably haven't watched a regular show in 6 moths or so. Woo hoo!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 06, 2010, 11:10:03 PM
I'm getting there. Slowly weaning myself off but it's hard to not watch Community.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on October 07, 2010, 12:30:20 AM
I proudly cut myself off from forms of art all the time!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on October 08, 2010, 03:04:40 PM
The new Whiteboard episode finds me and my friends talking about NCAA football and basketball, the MLB, NBA and NFL. And there is arguing. Enjoy! (http://thewhiteboardpodcast.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/episode-003-part-2-top-10-sports-leagues-5-to-1/)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 08, 2010, 03:09:26 PM
The new Whiteboard episode finds me and my friends talking about NCAA football and basketball, the MLB, NBA and NFL. And there is arguing. Enjoy! (http://thewhiteboardpodcast.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/episode-003-part-2-top-10-sports-leagues-5-to-1/)

The lack of NHL talk is disturbing...  :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on October 08, 2010, 03:14:11 PM
See the previous episode where we also talk about soccer and tennis and golf and NASCAR. Hooray! (http://thewhiteboardpodcast.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/episode-003-part-1-top-10-sports-leagues-10-to-6/)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on October 10, 2010, 11:34:00 PM
Should I watch Homicide: Life on the Street before attempting to trawl through The Wire?

It's not necessary.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on October 10, 2010, 11:40:02 PM
Should I watch Homicide: Life on the Street before attempting to trawl through The Wire?

It's not necessary.

Not necessary, but definitely worth watching, except for the last season or two.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on October 11, 2010, 01:20:27 PM
I agree, flieger, it's been good. From the snobby resentment of Michael C to Tim Gunn calling out Gretchen in front of everybody, this has definitely been a strong season.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on October 11, 2010, 01:23:04 PM
I thought no one except Craig Ferguson was still watching this?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on October 11, 2010, 01:41:35 PM
I agree, flieger, it's been good. From the snobby resentment of Michael C to Tim Gunn calling out Gretchen in front of everybody, this has definitely been a strong season.

I stopped watching a few seasons ago, but did anyone watch Tim Gunn's "It Gets Better" video? Really good.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: michael x on October 11, 2010, 01:42:09 PM
It's been interesting to see a 90 minute version of PR - though I can't believe how, even with an extra 30 minutes, Tim Gunn still gets so truncated. Is it me, or have more commercial and ready-to-wear designers been picked this season? The show seems to be moving away from a focus on the actual design and designers' pov, and towards what you find in every other reality show.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on October 11, 2010, 01:46:11 PM
but did anyone watch Tim Gunn's "It Gets Better" video? Really good.
I hadn't seen that, just looked it up. He's a mensch.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on October 12, 2010, 11:17:39 PM
After a so so episode last week, this week's Running Wilde had me in stitches. It was hilarious. The whole party scene was fantastic.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on October 13, 2010, 08:52:19 AM
After a so so episode last week, this week's Running Wilde had me in stitches. It was hilarious. The whole party scene was fantastic.

It's been scientifically proven that Andy Richter makes everything better. I hope Fox doesn't pull the plug soon, I think it's getting better every week.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StarCarly on October 13, 2010, 05:27:02 PM
Anyone else watch the BBC show The IT Crowd? Boyfriend and I randomly borrowed the DVDs from some friends and we can't get enough of it. It's almost Arrested- or Seinfeld-esqe in the ways the situations all compound themselves upon each other. Really hilarious laugh-out-loud stuff.

(BBC lighting drives me NUTS though. Are light bulbs too expensive over there?)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 'Noke on October 13, 2010, 05:32:19 PM
I don't watch TV that doesn't have Don Draper in it anymore, but my friends are crazy about it. The small bits I've seen are pretty good.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: roujin on October 13, 2010, 08:23:39 PM
Not funny.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StarCarly on October 14, 2010, 12:15:15 AM
Objectively wrong. I just discovered its on Instant. yay.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 14, 2010, 02:38:32 PM
After a so so episode last week, this week's Running Wilde had me in stitches. It was hilarious. The whole party scene was fantastic.

It's been scientifically proven that Andy Richter makes everything better. I hope Fox doesn't pull the plug soon, I think it's getting better every week.

Only seen episode one. I'll play catch up soon, I reckon.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: verbALs on October 24, 2010, 07:58:42 AM
Michael Winterbottom has filmed a six part comedy reuniting Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, in roles very similar to those they played in A Cock & Bull Story. Whilst AC&BS may not have been to everyone's taste (I liked it didn't love it) the best bits were the Coogan/Brydon banter, the closing credits have them both trying to out-Pacino each other- I did love that. It's called The Trip.

Winerbottom made a film version that showed at Toronto apparently. This is the 6 part tv version.

It is BBC so it'll either finally escape the licence fee jail eventually or maybe BBC iplayer is available everywhere.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on October 25, 2010, 08:46:20 AM
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is back on? I'm six episodes behind? :groans:

They've been solid, but not classic episodes.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: roujin on October 25, 2010, 10:02:06 AM
Finished season 5 the other day. So good.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on October 25, 2010, 11:12:59 AM
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is back on? I'm six episodes behind? :groans:
They've been solid, but not classic episodes.
I thought this week's was pretty great. Mac's mom and dog were awesome.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on October 25, 2010, 05:10:23 PM
Anyone else kind of hate Peter King? I'd so much rather read Stewart Mandel these days.

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 28, 2010, 04:27:53 PM
Bored to Death and Eastbound and Down picked up for third seasons (http://www.screened.com/news/bored-to-death-and-eastbound-down-renewed-for-another-season/1137/).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on November 01, 2010, 05:02:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E39PO0NTRlo&feature=player_embedded#at=20 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E39PO0NTRlo&feature=player_embedded#at=20)
Saturday Night Live - Back 2 the Future Parody part 2 [HQ] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHElwqpcsRw&feature=player_embedded#ws)
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Post by: mañana on November 01, 2010, 06:15:02 PM
Hader's Alda is so good.
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Post by: ¡Keith! on November 02, 2010, 08:55:05 AM
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs937.snc4/75049_462990517200_725127200_5939102_4379382_n.jpg)
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 02, 2010, 11:20:03 AM
Yes!

But only with the stipulation that he can't kill Kaylee.  ;)
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 05, 2010, 02:24:42 PM
HBO getting a kind of, sort of, tangential Tropic Thunder television series (http://www.screened.com/news/tropic-thunder-team-goes-totally-full-tilt-all-out-documental/1183/).
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Post by: smirnoff on November 17, 2010, 07:20:43 AM
(http://www.ordersatellitenow.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/The-Pillars-of-the-Earth.jpg)

Did anyone watch this? If so, how was it?
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Post by: Bondo on November 17, 2010, 08:27:14 AM
(http://www.ordersatellitenow.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/The-Pillars-of-the-Earth.jpg)

Did anyone watch this? If so, how was it?

It was fine, nothing memorable though.
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Post by: smirnoff on November 17, 2010, 09:18:45 AM
Okay. That's kind of the vibe I got from the trailer. Oh well.
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Post by: sdedalus on December 03, 2010, 06:29:57 PM
AMC is rerunning all three seasons of Breaking Bad in back-to-back episodes starting Wednesday.  I'll be catching up.
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Post by: 1SO on December 12, 2010, 01:20:21 AM
Last year, ABC Family's "Prep & Landing" became one of the best holiday television specials I'd ever seen. (It's where my Avatar comes from.) Grade: A

They're preparing a new 30min adventure for next year.  In the meantime, this week was the premiere of the 6min short "Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa".  It was so soul-crusingly blah.  Not horrible, but not funny and with none of the greatness from the 1st special. Grade: D
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Post by: Monty on January 03, 2011, 05:27:07 PM
Sky to launch Sky Atlantic in February. It plans to show programmes from US' HBO station.
It will include new series such as 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Treme', as well as classic TV shows such as 'The Wire' and 'The Sopranos'.

Well that's my tv planning sorted.
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Post by: Tequila on January 05, 2011, 10:38:07 AM
100 Most-Viewed Sporting Events of 2010 on Broadcast (http://www.sportsmediawatch.net/2010/12/2010-numbers-game-broadcast.html).
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Post by: ¡Keith! on January 05, 2011, 11:59:30 AM
americans. love. football.

Bit surprised only one baseball listing and at 97th.

11 Eagles games made the list!  Wonder why they don't include cable on the list?
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Post by: mañana on January 07, 2011, 01:04:57 PM
I had a hard time getting through my first episode of In Treatment. Should I try again?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on January 07, 2011, 01:19:28 PM
You could try another patient.
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Post by: Bondo on January 07, 2011, 01:26:15 PM
You could try another patient.

That's what I did...watched all the episodes focused on Mia Wasikowska and ended up not sticking with any of the rest.
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Post by: mañana on January 07, 2011, 01:29:12 PM
The one I saw was Debra Winger.
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Post by: Tequila on January 07, 2011, 01:31:48 PM
Which means you're watching season 3. Go back to the beginning!
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Post by: mañana on January 07, 2011, 01:33:39 PM
But season 3 is the one that's free on my sister's VOD.  :)
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Post by: Monty on January 07, 2011, 03:43:53 PM
Which means you're watching season 3. Go back to the beginning!

They've only shown season one in the UK. Hopefully the new station Sky Atlantic will be showing seasons two and three.
In season one, the Mia Wasikowska and Melissa George episodes were the best ones I thought.


You could try another patient.

Oh you should watch the patient at the end of the week. He's really CINECASTed up.
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Post by: sdedalus on January 07, 2011, 03:50:52 PM
AMC is rerunning all three seasons of Breaking Bad in back-to-back episodes starting Wednesday.  I'll be catching up.

Three episodes into season 2 and the show is really good. 

But it's no Mad Men.
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Post by: smirnoff on January 07, 2011, 03:51:01 PM
I watched episode 1 of Pillars of the Earth. It's okay. A bit clean though, the costumes and sets. Doesn't have that lived in feel. Also none of the show really wowed me at any time. Just a bit bland really. Still, I think I'll probably watch the 7 remaining episodes.
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Post by: Bondo on January 07, 2011, 03:53:52 PM
I think Pillars of the Earth needed more Skye Bennett, she's adorable.
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Post by: smirnoff on January 07, 2011, 03:58:05 PM
Yeah she's quite good. :)

Also this Rufus Sewell guy is one cool sob. Why haven't I seen him in more stuff?
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Post by: mañana on January 07, 2011, 04:40:11 PM
AMC is rerunning all three seasons of Breaking Bad in back-to-back episodes starting Wednesday.  I'll be catching up.
Three episodes into season 2 and the show is really good. 
Season 3 is even better.
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Post by: Tequila on January 07, 2011, 04:44:14 PM
...but still no cigar.
(http://i52.tinypic.com/fabqrb.jpg)
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 07, 2011, 04:49:38 PM
AMC is rerunning all three seasons of Breaking Bad in back-to-back episodes starting Wednesday.  I'll be catching up.
Three episodes into season 2 and the show is really good. 
Season 3 is even better.
I need to see Season 3, waiting for the bluray to come out.
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Post by: Bondo on January 07, 2011, 04:50:11 PM
Also this Rufus Sewell guy is one cool sob. Why haven't I seen him in more stuff?

Yeah, I'm a fan. He played Ali Baba in the great 2000 TV version of Arabian Nights. I need to dictate that sometime.
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Post by: Tequila on January 07, 2011, 04:55:08 PM
Zen: Vendetta [BBC TV]

BBC's new feature length mini-series. Starring Rufus Sewell as detective Aurielo Zen and Caterina Murino as his assistant. First things first. It's set in Rome, the majority of the characters are Italian (and Italian speakers), however all the dialogue is in English and some done in regional accents. This was both confusing and annoying. At first I thought they were English detectives working in Rome as some undercover plot. Then we come to the plot, 'dumb as nuts', I would described it. The finale involves a woman, who I shall describe as feral, who earlier in the story was barely capable of using a cigarette lighter, turns out to be a crack shot with a gun, saving Zen in the process.

The saving grace of this programme is the setting, Rome looks wonderful both from aerial and street level scenes.
Will I be watching the next episode...probably just for Rome and Caterina Murino, both wonderful sights, ahem.



He's also trying to act in Dark City.
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Post by: mañana on January 07, 2011, 05:01:13 PM
But it's no Mad Men.
...but still no cigar.
(http://i52.tinypic.com/fabqrb.jpg)
Although you're both wrong, be sure to vote (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=8288.0).
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 07, 2011, 05:07:45 PM
I still need to see Madmen.
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Post by: Emiliana on January 12, 2011, 04:20:24 PM
Also this Rufus Sewell guy is one cool sob. Why haven't I seen him in more stuff?

I am strangely fascinated by Rufus Sewell... Check out some of his other TV stuff - I especially love him in Shakespeare ReTold: The Taming of the Shrew and as Charles II.
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Post by: Mosca on January 12, 2011, 04:23:50 PM
Also this Rufus Sewell guy is one cool sob. Why haven't I seen him in more stuff?

I am strangely fascinated by Rufus Sewell... Check out some of his other TV stuff - I especially love him in Shakespeare ReTold: The Taming of the Shrew and as Charles II.
It's the EYES...
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Post by: smirnoff on January 12, 2011, 05:16:59 PM
I am strangely fascinated by Rufus Sewell... Check out some of his other TV stuff - I especially love him in Shakespeare ReTold: The Taming of the Shrew and as Charles II.

Sweet,  it's all available on youtube ;D
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Post by: smirnoff on January 12, 2011, 07:40:31 PM
Well I finished this series today, finally. It took a long time but I really enjoyed it. It became better throughout, the way TV shows do when you when become attached to the characters. The production value was quite high, and that went a long way to sucking me in. It's too bad the series didn't continue on to a more definite conclusion. It sounds like the cost of making these film was quite high and so, despite the obvious switch to blue screen backdrops in the last two films, they had to call it quits. :(

The stars of the series are the adventures, the characters and the details of shipboard life. Maybe it romanticizes life on the ocean, but damn if it doesn't make you want to go back in time and join the British navy. There's some tremendous characters that come and go through this series, Pellew, Styles, Matthews, and of course Hornblower himself. The acting throughout is generally pretty decent, but once you come to love the characters it doesn't really matter.

I know rambler has read the series (he had it on his best books list). I wonder if he's watched this, and what he thought of it? If the tv show was this good I can't only imagine how great the books are. I wonder how they compare to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey–Maturin series.

Anyways, Horatio Hornblower was very much worthwhile. :)
(http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/6827/hornte7.jpg)
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Post by: Tequila on January 12, 2011, 07:58:43 PM
Maybe it romanticizes life on the ocean, but damn if it doesn't make you want to go back in time and join the British navy. and finish Flotsam & Jetsam: A Sailor's Marathon.
:)
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Post by: smirnoff on January 12, 2011, 08:10:02 PM
It's one of my new years resolutions! Believe it or not I have half a page written for White Squall already. :)
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Post by: Tequila on January 12, 2011, 08:24:31 PM
That's why you are my favorite filmspotter.
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Post by: rambler on January 12, 2011, 09:30:03 PM
Well I finished this series today, finally. It took a long time but I really enjoyed it. It became better throughout, the way TV shows do when you when become attached to the characters. The production value was quite high, and that went a long way to sucking me in. It's too bad the series didn't continue on to a more definite conclusion. It sounds like the cost of making these film was quite high and so, despite the obvious switch to blue screen backdrops in the last two films, they had to call it quits. :(

The stars of the series are the adventures, the characters and the details of shipboard life. Maybe it romanticizes life on the ocean, but damn if it doesn't make you want to go back in time and join the British navy. There's some tremendous characters that come and go through this series, Pellew, Styles, Matthews, and of course Hornblower himself. The acting throughout is generally pretty decent, but once you come to love the characters it doesn't really matter.

I know rambler has read the series (he had it on his best books list). I wonder if he's watched this, and what he thought of it? If the tv show was this good I can't only imagine how great the books are. I wonder how they compare to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey–Maturin series.

Anyways, Horatio Hornblower was very much worthwhile. :)

I haven't had any contact with this series since it first aired, and looking at it I discovered that I wasn't even aware of the last 2 episodes, so thanks for the tip.

The 6 that I've seen are all taken from the first two books in the series, and since the first book is short stories you can imagine that there is a lot of manipulation to bring them in to mini-series format. But they capture the heart of the series; the characters and the practical details.

I was very impressed as well with the production value on display, particularly considering how difficult much of this setting must have been to recreate.

I'm going to track this down, it's been too long since I've seen them. Other than that I can't say it better than Hemingway:
"I recommend C.S.Forester to everyone literate I know,"

PS.
Film & TV connections:
Gene Roddenberry credits the Hornblower Novels as inspiring Star Trek, he was intrigued by both the dynamics of the relationships as well as the concept of a Captain out of contact with home for months making decisions that would impact his society as a whole.
In my opinion Picard matches the character of Hornblower most, and many direct references are made throughout TNG to his being a fan of the time period and Admiral Nelson (whom C.S.Forester was himself inspired by).
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Post by: smirnoff on January 12, 2011, 09:59:59 PM
Having watched TNG in its entirety not too long ago I can definitely see Forester's impact :)

Thanks rambler!
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Post by: mañana on January 12, 2011, 10:10:17 PM
The Wire has no dream-sequences. This makes it superior to The Sopranos.
Heh, everybody picks on the dream-sequences. Some of them are really tedious, but a couple of them are pretty great, I remember really liking 5.11, and the Kevin Finnerty stuff in season 6.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 12, 2011, 10:33:29 PM
I wear the cheese, the cheese does not wear me.
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Post by: Junior on January 14, 2011, 04:02:52 PM
Human Planet - Web exclusive series trailer - BBC One (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HiUMlOz4UQ#ws)
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Post by: Emiliana on January 14, 2011, 08:55:53 PM
@ smirnoff: I'm a little late on this, but I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the Hornblower series!

I read all the books right after watching the series because I wanted more - the nautical language was challenging at first, but I got completely addicted and plowed through them in no time. I can totally see you enjoying them as well.

No idea, though, how they compare to the Aubrey novels as I have never read any of those.
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Post by: Tequila on January 14, 2011, 09:02:53 PM
For the Aubrey novels, there's this:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QM4v%2ByOqL.jpg)
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Post by: smirnoff on January 14, 2011, 09:19:41 PM
@ smirnoff: I'm a little late on this, but I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the Hornblower series!

I read all the books right after watching the series because I wanted more - the nautical language was challenging at first, but I got completely addicted and plowed through them in no time. I can totally see you enjoying them as well.

That sounds fantastic, Em! I dig discovering new terminology, and who doesn't like a good series. :) Thanks for the reply.


@Tequila, wow that makes the Aubrey series sound daunting if there's companions like that!
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Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on January 14, 2011, 09:46:13 PM
Well I finished this series today, finally. It took a long time but I really enjoyed it. It became better throughout, the way TV shows do when you when become attached to the characters. The production value was quite high, and that went a long way to sucking me in. It's too bad the series didn't continue on to a more definite conclusion. It sounds like the cost of making these film was quite high and so, despite the obvious switch to blue screen backdrops in the last two films, they had to call it quits. :(

The stars of the series are the adventures, the characters and the details of shipboard life. Maybe it romanticizes life on the ocean, but damn if it doesn't make you want to go back in time and join the British navy. There's some tremendous characters that come and go through this series, Pellew, Styles, Matthews, and of course Hornblower himself. The acting throughout is generally pretty decent, but once you come to love the characters it doesn't really matter.

I know rambler has read the series (he had it on his best books list). I wonder if he's watched this, and what he thought of it? If the tv show was this good I can't only imagine how great the books are. I wonder how they compare to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey–Maturin series.

Anyways, Horatio Hornblower was very much worthwhile. :)
(http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/6827/hornte7.jpg)

I've read the first three books and own this series.  My father has read each of the books at least three times.  As you can imagine they're his favorite things to read.  He still pines over the fact that he can't find some of the unofficial short stories to get into it more.

We as a family enjoyed the films when I was younger and its what brought my father to read the books.  He now complains when we watch the films that they lack all those little details and nuances he loves so dearly from the books, and I agree with him that some of the changes they made from book to screen seem arbitrary as often they didn't change things from big and expensive to small and manageable.  Actually it seems to be the opposite.   But its still a great series and it does a good job of capturing the spirit of adventure on the high seas!
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Post by: smirnoff on January 14, 2011, 10:14:34 PM
Here here! It's great that read that the books and tv series continue to be enjoyed in your family. I never would've guessed that so many forum members would have a history with Hornblower in some for or other. It's been great to hear about. The only reason I came across it was doing research for my sailor's marathon. Happy accident really. :)
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Post by: smirnoff on January 14, 2011, 10:22:47 PM
I've been eyeballing this series.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51MJ67G4J4L.jpg)
A buddy turned me on to it after I turned HIM onto Hornblower.

I love Sean Bean, and it feels like if I liked Hornblower I'd probably like this too. Anyone familiar with it?

Look at this complete set from amazon! Geek overload!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510HEMC0FWL.jpg)

If it was blu-ray I think I might actually cough up the 250$!  :D
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 14, 2011, 10:33:12 PM
O man, I read a couple of those books. Didn't realize they became a TV series.
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Post by: Tequila on January 14, 2011, 10:42:39 PM
Déjà-vu? (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=2630.msg502043#msg502043)

O man, I read a couple of those books. Didn't realize they became a TV series.
Yes, yes you did.
Wow, they made a show out of those books? Cool. I'll have to check those out.
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Post by: smirnoff on January 14, 2011, 10:48:08 PM
Oh yeah. This coversation already happened :D

You have a pixote-like memory for old posts, Tequila. That's exactly what I needed though, so thanks :)
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Post by: Tequila on January 14, 2011, 10:57:59 PM
I also recommended it back in 2007 in the Fantasic Four Silver Surfer thread, but I can forgive you for not remembering that. :P

Anyway, I'm glad you've decided to check it out. I pretty much love it, even though it's mostly the same every episode :)
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Post by: mañana on January 18, 2011, 10:58:08 PM
The best win of the night has to be Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory. He has created one of the funniest and best characters in TV history with Sheldon.
I feel like he's doing Lithgow on 3rd Rock from the Sun.
except way funnier.
Except not funny at all, and nowhere near as funny, complex, endearing, real, or unique as Abed from Community.
It's been forced on me by numerous family members lately, and I'm now willing to concede that the TBBT is solid-ish in a middling kind of way.
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Post by: Junior on January 20, 2011, 03:11:00 PM
Words cannot describe how excited I am for tonight. New Community, 30 Rock, The Office and PARKS AND REC! Woo!
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Post by: mañana on January 21, 2011, 02:05:45 PM
RE: Studio 60 discussion in the movie thread

I gave up after the episode where Nate Corddry's parents had never heard of "Who's on First?", so terrible. I'm looking forward to checking the whole series out on DVD just so I have specific things to cite when explaining to Clovis and iK! how wrong they are.  :)
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Post by: mañana on January 21, 2011, 02:11:20 PM
She bugged the heck out me.
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Post by: Junior on January 21, 2011, 02:12:49 PM
I liked it. I like vindictive TV watching better.
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Post by: Bill Thompson on January 21, 2011, 05:36:40 PM
RE: Studio 60 discussion in the movie thread

I gave up after the episode where Nate Corddry's parents had never heard of "Who's on First?", so terrible. I'm looking forward to checking the whole series out on DVD just so I have specific things to cite when explaining to Clovis and iK! how wrong they are.  :)

I couldn't stand The West Wing, I honestly thought it was some of the worst writing I had ever heard in a TV series. But, I decided to give Sorkin a second chance with Studio 60 and I found that to be even worse than TWW, so Sorkin and I don't get along I guess.
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Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on January 21, 2011, 05:57:26 PM
West Wing is among my favorite TV shows, so this makes sense.

I finished watching Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy today.  It was great.  Not the ground breaking or transcendent experience the The Singing Detective yielded, but very good nonetheless.

This Mini-Series stars Alec Guinness as a semi-retired high ranking official in The Circus, the most top secret and elite of all British Cold War Intelligence centers.  When some operations go south, the head of The Circus discovers that there is a mole among their the other top members of the organization.  When an operation to capture a Czech general results in a British Spy being captured it is up to Guinness's George Smiley to come out of retirement and secretly root out the mole.

This is a take no prisoners teleplay, and I mean that in regards to the audience.  If you're not going to pay close attention to long scenes of actors sitting in cramped white walled rooms talking about things we don't understand, even through the little context we are given, you'll be left behind.  I reminded me a lot of the Wire, where the writers don't care if you get it or not, if you put in the time and effort you'll be rewarded ten fold. 

There are seven episodes each running roughly 50 minutes and by episode 5 I was still wondering if I was going to wrap my head around everything.  But when each episode would end and I'd start the next there was a little recap of sorts.   They would replay the final scene of the previous episode, but often from different angles to refresh your memory.  I found that each time I'd be able to list everything I knew, though that didn't mean that I had a grasp on the big pictures.  Which is brilliant because neither do Smiley and his crew.  You need that one piece of the puzzle in order to step back and fully untangle all the threads of evidence.  And when it comes, its still not a "Eureka!" moment, as only Smiley is an intelligent enough man to really figure it out.  It also helps that his character was an intelligence officer for decades and was able to use a lifetime of knowledge to see the master plan in its entirety.

Of course Alec Guinness shines as the cool and resourceful George Smiley.  His performance was so good I spent a lot of time wondering if he were the actual mole and just using the opportunity to gaze at secret documents as a final play before fully defecting.

I strongly recommend this to the Spy Film fans among you, but again, this film more accurately reflects Cold War espionage.  There isn't much gun play, and when there is its not glamorous or exciting.  The real work is done sifting through files, connecting the dots by finding them in operations of the past and secret orders.  All while navigating the personal politics of office life amped up 1000x through the setting of an Intelligence Office.

Grade A-
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Post by: Tequila on January 21, 2011, 06:05:50 PM
Yeah, that one is pretty good. Will you watch Smiley's People as well?
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Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on January 21, 2011, 06:28:38 PM
Yeah.  I haven't gotten it yet, but I liked Guinness's Smiley and the format so much that I want more of it.
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Post by: sdedalus on January 21, 2011, 08:15:14 PM
West Wing is among my favorite TV shows, so this makes sense.

I don't know, I've liked everything Sorkin has done except Studio 60.
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Post by: 1SO on January 21, 2011, 08:51:18 PM
Studio 60, Charlie Wilson's War and his play The Farnsworth Invention will be known as Sorkin's dark period.
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Post by: Tequila on January 21, 2011, 09:19:05 PM
It was inevitable after his white years came to such a dramatic close.
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Post by: jbissell on January 21, 2011, 09:46:04 PM
It was inevitable after his white years came to such a dramatic close.

Coke joke?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on January 21, 2011, 10:17:26 PM
Tired joke from a tired person.
I'm gonna get some sleep now.
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Post by: ¡Keith! on January 23, 2011, 03:02:54 AM
Undressed>Skins.
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Post by: roujin on January 23, 2011, 10:00:58 AM
Ha. Undressed was definitely funnier.
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Post by: Bondo on January 23, 2011, 12:32:48 PM
The US version of Skins is an abomination. It is making me love even the lesser seasons of the UK version more.
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Post by: jbissell on January 27, 2011, 10:42:58 AM
Just a reminder that the wonderful Archer returns for Season 2 on FX tonight.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 29, 2011, 04:25:45 PM
Just a reminder that the wonderful Archer returns for Season 2 on FX tonight.

Great Episode!

Sorkin teams up with HBO (http://www.hitfix.com/articles/hbo-sends-aaron-sorkin-drama-to-pilot)
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Post by: jbissell on January 29, 2011, 04:29:28 PM
Nick Kroll's 1-hour Comedy Central special premieres tonight. Should be great.
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Post by: worm@work on January 29, 2011, 04:35:22 PM
Yep. I wasn't really aware of him till I watched him on The League. But what really clinched it for me was his CDR appearances.
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Post by: Fugee on February 01, 2011, 01:21:02 AM
Chain watching Skins is severely time consuming. I don't know if I'll get anything done... ever
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Post by: jbissell on February 01, 2011, 08:49:47 AM
Yep. I wasn't really aware of him till I watched him on The League. But what really clinched it for me was his CDR appearances.

El Chupacabra is my favorite of his characters because I worked in a warehouse during my high school summers where I was pretty much the only English speaker and I'd have to listen to the Hispanic morning shows. It's pretty much dead on. Bobby Bottleservice is also pretty great, especially the fact that he seems to have been embraced by a lot of the meatheads that he's directly mocking.
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Post by: mañana on February 01, 2011, 09:50:18 AM
Fabrice Fabrice was great on last week's CDR radio.
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Post by: worm@work on February 01, 2011, 09:59:40 AM
Yeah, that was a fun episode. I liked what he did with that special too.
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Post by: Junior on February 01, 2011, 10:04:36 AM
The special was great. I'd watch anything and everything with Bobby Bottleservice in it.
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Post by: jbissell on February 01, 2011, 10:58:07 AM
The special was great. I'd watch anything and everything with Bobby Bottleservice in it.

I love that he actually hosted a party at a Vegas club over the weekend as Bobby.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 01, 2011, 11:00:37 PM
Chain watching Skins is severely time consuming. I don't know if I'll get anything done... ever

We are in the same boat!
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Post by: StudentOFilm on February 02, 2011, 09:08:16 PM
Anyone planning on watching The Chicago Code on FOX from Shawn Ryan (The Shield) this upcoming Monday?
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Post by: jbissell on February 02, 2011, 09:33:23 PM
Anyone planning on watching The Chicago Code on FOX from Shawn Ryan (The Shield) this upcoming Monday?

The commercials give me the impression that it won't be very good, but it has a good pedigree and I've seen some solid reviews so I may check it out.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on February 03, 2011, 12:53:32 AM
IIRC, they advertised The Shield as typical procedural, and the show kind of started out that way before Ryan and co. got the hang of it.
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Post by: Fugee on February 03, 2011, 02:16:29 AM
Nostalgia time?
Toonami Opening (Tom 1) [1080p HD] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4R3cr8-OdU&feature=related#ws)
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Post by: Bill Thompson on February 03, 2011, 07:28:53 AM
Ha, I watched Toonami every day when I got home from high school/college, can't remember which...
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Post by: Fugee on February 07, 2011, 11:45:58 AM
Truly legendary, I miss that stuff. However, they'd probably be showing things like Naruto these days... probably better it's over.

I'm unsure about the second generation of Skins kids. Compared to the first Gen... >.>
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 07, 2011, 12:38:16 PM
I'm only two episodes in, but so far it's great.
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Post by: Fugee on February 07, 2011, 02:01:23 PM
I'm only two episodes in, but so far it's great.

I think I've watched two as well, but I find effy a poor substitute for her big brother, and Cook is plain annoying. All about Gareth Gone Bad however
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 07, 2011, 02:09:44 PM
Ah, that's why he looked familiar.

I will post thoughts in the Skins thread after I finish laundry and do a bit more reading for classes.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 07, 2011, 04:54:08 PM
Instead of watching current TV, I've started going back and watching Pushing Daisies. Enjoying it a lot, but I think it's a bit too narrated at moments.
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Post by: Junior on February 07, 2011, 05:05:20 PM
Pushing Daisies is a favorite of mine. It's not perfect but it is super great.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 07, 2011, 05:34:17 PM
Ah, that's why he looked familiar.

I will post thoughts in the Skins thread after I finish laundry and do a bit more reading for classes.

And it's up! (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=7442.msg568452#msg568452)
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Post by: StudentOFilm on February 07, 2011, 08:19:20 PM
Pushing Daisies was good. I remembered really enjoying the casting.
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Post by: Junior on February 07, 2011, 09:08:46 PM
I watched the first episode of The Chicago Code. It was really good. Not a typical police drama.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on February 08, 2011, 03:13:49 AM
I liked it as well. Should've known better than to doubt Ryan.

I love how I'm reading reviews that say it wasn't as good as The Shield. Internet people can be stupid. This was the premiere episode... The Shield's first episode wasn't something to run ape-*** about. It grew with time and matured to be something fantastic. I hope TCC can do the same. It was gritty, energetic, and well scripted.

The cast was good too. Jason Clarke was always enjoyable on Brotherhood and I've enjoyed Jennifer Beals from time to time (really liked her in Devil in a Blue Dress). Delroy Lindo was also really good, I've seen him in a few things, but this seems like the biggest role he's had in a while.
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Post by: smirnoff on March 02, 2011, 08:11:52 AM
Got started on Boardwalk Empire last night. This seems like a show I can get into. :)
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Post by: Junior on March 10, 2011, 01:27:33 PM
This is pretty genius. And I will likely watch some of it. (http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/03/10/teennick-goes-retro-with-90s-programming-exclusive/)
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Post by: jbissell on March 10, 2011, 01:44:54 PM
This is pretty genius. And I will likely watch some of it. (http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/03/10/teennick-goes-retro-with-90s-programming-exclusive/)

I don't care about the rest of those shows, but Pete & Pete still holds up.
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Post by: Fugee on March 10, 2011, 01:45:23 PM
This is pretty genius. And I will likely watch some of it. (http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/03/10/teennick-goes-retro-with-90s-programming-exclusive/)

Finally! Been waiting for them to do this for ages. Who loves Orange Soda?
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Post by: Bondo on March 10, 2011, 01:54:02 PM
This is pretty genius. And I will likely watch some of it. (http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/03/10/teennick-goes-retro-with-90s-programming-exclusive/)

Gonna be awkward watching Clarissa having had a crush on her back when it was age appropriate to do so.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 10, 2011, 03:12:07 PM
There was a good write up over at the TV Club about Clarissa Explains It All.
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Post by: 1SO on March 14, 2011, 12:57:28 AM
Watching "The Black Swan" episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. (Season 7) So far this is one of my favorite episodes of the series. The tombstone ("Past Away") and the shot of the swan feathers exploding when Larry hits it are hilarious.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on March 15, 2011, 08:36:34 PM
David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, and Netflix present House of Cards (http://www.deadline.com/2011/03/netflix-to-enter-original-programming-with-mega-deal-for-david-fincher-kevin-spacey-drama-series-house-of-cards/)
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Post by: Junior on March 17, 2011, 03:53:23 PM
The Office, Parks and Rec, and Community all get another season. HOORAY! (http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/nbc-renews-the-office-parks-and-recreation-and-community)
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Post by: mañana on March 17, 2011, 04:10:03 PM
But what about Outsourced??!!
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Post by: 1SO on March 17, 2011, 05:51:58 PM
 :D
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 17, 2011, 10:27:56 PM
Hope it's a full season of Parks. Still. Dank.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on March 18, 2011, 03:04:15 PM
So, as boring as network TV often ends up being, anyone have an hopes for pilot season? These are the ones I'd like to see get picked up...

Taken from TV Guide.

Quote from: StudentOFilm
17th Precinct (NBC)
Creator- Ron Moore
Starring- Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Eamonn Walker, Stockard Channing
Plot- A supernatural police drama set in the fictional town of Excelsior.

Alcatraz (FOX)- ALREADY PICKED UP!
Creator- Liz Sarnoff
Producer- J.J. Abrams
Starring- Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nara, Santiago Cabrera, Robert Forster
Plot- A cop (Jones) and a team of FBI agents track down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day after disappearing 30 years earlier.

Exit Strategy (FOX)
Creator- Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
Starring- Ethan Hawke, Megan Dodds, Tom Sizemore
Plot- Follows the leader of a CIA extraction team (Hawkes).

Persons of Interest (CBS)
Created by Jonathan Nolan
Produced by J.J. Abrams
Starring- Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson
Plot- A presumed dead CIA agent (Caviezel) is recruited by a billionaire (Emerson) to catch violent criminals in New York City.

Prime Suspect (NBC)
Producer- Peter Berg
Starring- Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Kirk Acevedo, Brian F. O'Byrne
Plot- An adaptation of the British series centers on a tough female detective (Bello) who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct dominated by men.

Reconstruction (NBC)
Creator- Josh Brand
Starring- Martin Henderson, Robert Knepper, Emma Bell, Rachelle Lefevre
Plot- In the aftermath of the Cilv War, a soldier (Henderson) crosses the country and settles in a complicated town where he is welcomed as its savior, whether he likes it or not.

REM (NBC)
Creator- Kyle Killen
Producer- Howard Gordon
Starring- Jason Isaacs, Wilmer Valderrama, B.D. Wong
Plot- A police detective (Isaacs) who's involved in a traumatic car accident wakes up in two fractured realities.

Special Investigations LA (NBC)
Creator- Stephen Gaghan
Starring- Jimmy Smits, Madchen Amick, Noah Emmerich, Danny Pino, Matthew Levy
Plot- A look at Los Angeles through multiple perspectives including law enforcement, the justice system, city hall, and the criminal underworld.

Terra Nova (FOX)- ALREADY PICKED UP! (technically it just keeps getting pushed back)
Creator- Peter Cherin
Producer- Steven Spielberg
Starring- Jason O'Mara, Stephen Lang, Allison Miller, Mido Hamada
Plot- An action-adventure that follows a family back to prehistoric Earth as they try to save humanity.

Wonder Woman (NBC)
Producer- David E. Kelley
Starring- Adrianne Palicki, Elizabeth Hurley, Cary Elwes
Plot- In this remake of the 1970s series, vigilante superhero Wonder Woman (Palicki) juggles two other identities, Diana Themyscira, a shrewd corporate executive and Diana Prince, an assistant at Themyscira Industries.
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Post by: sdedalus on March 18, 2011, 03:42:17 PM
Oooo . . .cop shows!
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Post by: StudentOFilm on March 18, 2011, 06:38:08 PM
Oooo . . .cop shows!

My guilty pleasure.

The day CBS stops airing them is the day the asteroid hits.
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Post by: 'Noke on March 18, 2011, 07:50:50 PM
I'm starting to question the point of adapting British shows to American audiences. The Office I get....it was short lived in Britain, and the characters display a very different (ie. less edgy) dynamic. But shameless and Skins are still going somewhat strong as British shows. Surely there could be more of a backing by channels in the US  instead of adapting them? I mean, should we start adapting your shows? Imagine friends in Birminghamshire, or Mad Men in Cork.

[/rant about media I don't know very much about]
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Post by: Totoro on March 20, 2011, 10:37:02 PM
Archer is fantastic!!!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 20, 2011, 10:45:44 PM
I'm starting to question the point of adapting British shows to American audiences. The Office I get....it was short lived in Britain, and the characters display a very different (ie. less edgy) dynamic. But shameless and Skins are still going somewhat strong as British shows. Surely there could be more of a backing by channels in the US  instead of adapting them? I mean, should we start adapting your shows? Imagine friends in Birminghamshire, or Mad Men in Cork.

[/rant about media I don't know very much about]

I haven't watched either of the versions of Shameless, but I started both skins around the same time. The US one, in many ways, is going through the same problems that The Office had in season 1, but as of late it has started to find its own voice and is handling different experiences in different ways. I guess it would be better to see the channels do something new, but some new faces are getting work and it's not another reality series so I can't blame MTV for adapting it.

Archer is fantastic!!!

Never not true. Glad others are loving the show.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on March 22, 2011, 07:13:20 PM
It was announced today that Syfy's new show Alphas is set to premiere in July starring David Strathairn with Jack Bender (Lost) directing the pilot.

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Syfy-2011-Schedule-1030998.aspx (http://www.tvguide.com/News/Syfy-2011-Schedule-1030998.aspx)

I find it hard to go wrong with at the very least watching Strathairn on a weekly basis.
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 05, 2011, 08:02:17 PM
AMCs The Killing might be the best looking TV show ever and dare I say it, could it be as good as Breaking Bad!
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Post by: FroHam X on April 05, 2011, 08:03:07 PM
Well, why don't you post that in The Killing thread? (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=9928.0)
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 05, 2011, 08:05:48 PM
Well, why don't you post that in The Killing thread? (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=9928.0)

Gotta watch ep two first.
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Post by: FroHam X on April 05, 2011, 08:20:28 PM
Oh yeah. You definitely gotta. I actually thought the two episodes flowed into each other extremely well. Makes me think the show would best be watched on Blu-ray, though I suppose most shows are best watched that way these days.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 06, 2011, 02:05:32 PM
The timer has started. One year, some change, and counting down. Good bye, 30 Rock (http://www.screened.com/news/alec-baldwin-30-rock-will-end-next-year/2028/).

Or not (http://www.avclub.com/articles/update-alec-baldwin-says-the-world-of-30-rock-will,54184/).

Still, it's not like 30 ROCK has been pulling in the numbers, and if Baldwin departs that will leave some sort of hole. NBC's Thursday night line up is floundering, the show's going in to its seventh season, and would anyone really be surprised if it shut down shop? I suppose it still wins writing awards, but awards alone aren't going to make up for rating, right?
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Post by: StudentOFilm on April 07, 2011, 05:06:03 PM
New Showtime series (http://www.tvguide.com/News/Showtime-Homeland-House-1031563.aspx)

House of Lies starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell
Homeland starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin
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Post by: Monty on April 11, 2011, 01:51:38 PM
Erm. The Kennedys, this mini-series has just started in the UK. Is it worth watching? and no spoilers please ;)
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Post by: mañana on April 11, 2011, 01:55:40 PM
The buzz is not positive, at all.
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Post by: Junior on April 12, 2011, 07:25:50 PM
Damn, The Chicago Code is really good.
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Post by: Clovis8 on April 12, 2011, 07:49:17 PM
Damn, The Chicago Code is really good.

No doubt.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on April 12, 2011, 11:23:34 PM
Damn, The Chicago Code is really good.

No doubt.

I'm also finding it very entertaining. Delroy Lindo is charismatically sinister.
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Post by: Fugee on April 13, 2011, 12:38:16 PM
For those that have watched the show, is The Walking Dead essentially sticking to the comic's plot? I've been reading that forever and I was hoping they might do something different with the t.v. show. That, and I can't decide between Mad Men or TWD
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Post by: FroHam X on April 13, 2011, 12:41:15 PM
The Walking Dead has not been sticking to the comic. But if those are your two options definitely do Mad Men.
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Post by: mañana on April 13, 2011, 03:33:01 PM
PBS has never released An American Family on DVD.
Woot (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/04/pbs-so-cal-to-run-marathon-of-landmark-an-american-family.html).
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Post by: smirnoff on April 13, 2011, 03:46:22 PM
And he spake a prophecy unto the gentiles saying, "Let there dvds". And there were dvds.

Matthew 2:33
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Post by: mañana on April 13, 2011, 03:49:44 PM
Heh. Or at least a re-broadcast. I'll take that too.  :)
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Post by: Bill Thompson on April 13, 2011, 07:01:08 PM
The Walking Dead has not been sticking to the comic. But if those are your two options definitely do Mad Men.

Go with The Walking Dead.
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Post by: FroHam X on April 13, 2011, 07:45:06 PM
Bill, have you seen Mad Men? Because The Walking Dead has had a lot of problems, meanwhile Mad Men is very easily one of the top two or three dramas on TV, and probably one of the best dramas ever on TV. For all the hubbub over the pilot of Walking Dead, there was not a better episode of TV in 2010 than The Suitcase from Mad Men.
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Post by: smirnoff on April 13, 2011, 07:51:27 PM
I never got past episode 3 of Mad Men. Just wasn't into it. Didn't like John Hamm's character, and everyone else was just gee-golly suits and skirts.
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Post by: Bill Thompson on April 13, 2011, 08:04:57 PM
Bill, have you seen Mad Men? Because The Walking Dead has had a lot of problems, meanwhile Mad Men is very easily one of the top two or three dramas on TV, and probably one of the best dramas ever on TV. For all the hubbub over the pilot of Walking Dead, there was not a better episode of TV in 2010 than The Suitcase from Mad Men.

Nope, the idea of it doesn't interest me that much. Maybe I'll get around to it some day, we'll see. Love The Walking Dead though, it's ear perfect B horror mixed with pulp and comic book storytelling.
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Post by: Junior on April 13, 2011, 08:18:44 PM
Alternately, there's only 6 episodes of The Walking Dead and there's four seasons (right?) of Mad Men. It's easier to catch up with The Walking Dead now and it is returning sooner than Mad Men which won't come back until 2012, I think. You could probably do both and be caught up with both before they start new episodes.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 13, 2011, 08:29:00 PM
Taking a break from Scream 2 to say: Junior is correct. Only 6 episodes of Walking Dead, so just knock that out quickly and then move on the Mad Men.
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Post by: tinyholidays on April 13, 2011, 08:38:19 PM
there was not a better episode of TV in 2010 than The Suitcase from Mad Men.

Hear, hear!
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Post by: Verite on April 13, 2011, 09:07:50 PM
there was not a better episode of TV in 2010 than The Suitcase from Mad Men.

I rank the penultimate episode of The Pacific and the season finale of Treme ahead of The Suitcase.  And I was tempted to be colorful and also put Breaking Bad's I.F.T. ahead because of the title, but I just can't.
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Post by: mañana on April 13, 2011, 10:08:01 PM
I never got past episode 3 of Mad Men. Just wasn't into it. Didn't like John Hamm's character, and everyone else was just gee-golly suits and skirts.
I halfheartedly watched until part way through season 2. I still keep saying I'm going to try again but it's pretty low on my list.
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Post by: FroHam X on April 13, 2011, 10:24:17 PM
there was not a better episode of TV in 2010 than The Suitcase from Mad Men.

I rank the penultimate episode of The Pacific and the season finale of Treme ahead of The Suitcase.  And I was tempted to be colorful and also put Breaking Bad's I.F.T. ahead because of the title, but I just can't.

I didn't watch either The Pacific or Treme, but I personally thought The Suitcase was better than any movie released in 2010, so there's that.

Either way, The Walking Dead is very good, but Mad Men is on a whole different level. Anybody who isn't watching it owes it to himself to give it a try (and giving it a try means watching at least 4-6 episodes).
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Post by: Bondo on April 13, 2011, 10:56:03 PM
I watched the first two episodes of Walking Dead...it was bad. I watched the first disc in the first season of Mad Men, it was mediocre. TV is lame. Movies FTW!
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Post by: FroHam X on April 13, 2011, 10:56:31 PM
Bondo, you're lame :'(
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 13, 2011, 11:00:51 PM
First episode of Walking Dead was pretty lame.
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Post by: smirnoff on April 14, 2011, 09:24:41 AM
It had it's good bits and bad. I certainly wasn't all the way sold after watching it, but by the end of the season I had warmed up to the show enough that I'm super excited about continuing on. The scene where he ends up in the tank was WOW.
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Post by: jbissell on April 14, 2011, 09:30:55 AM
I watched the first disc in the first season of Mad Men, it was mediocre. TV is lame. Movies FTW!

I can understand people not getting into Mad Men based on the first couple episodes, but I'd say the show has gotten 1000x better since halfway through the first season.
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Post by: smirnoff on April 14, 2011, 09:39:16 AM
I watched the first disc in the first season of Mad Men, it was mediocre. TV is lame. Movies FTW!

I can understand people not getting into Mad Men based on the first couple episodes

I can remember it established the characters, Don Draper slept with somebody, somebody else bought someone some rye... I guess what was missing for me was some sort of direction, or major conflict. It just seemed like a bunch of people living out there lives with nothing pressing going on. :-\

For me though the problem was probably too high of expectations and not much patience. I can't draw any conclusions from what little I saw (it wouldn't be fair)... but at the same time I don't know if I'll ever bother with it again given how much stuff is out there to be watched already.
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Post by: Fugee on April 14, 2011, 11:29:01 AM
Well, I went ahead and bought the first season of TWD on Blu-Ray and then I'll go on to Mad Men from there. Thanks for the advice guys! My screenwriting class seems similarly enthusiastic about Mad Men, so it's a must-watch thanks to both of ya
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Post by: FroHam X on April 14, 2011, 11:56:36 AM
Patience is a virtue with Mad Men, especially during Season 1. At the beginning a lot of what keeps you there is the style, but by the end of the season you realise you've formed connections with these characters and that there actually have been a lot of conflicts boiling to the surface.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 22, 2011, 07:42:38 PM
Enjoy those two episodes of The Paul Reiser Show? Me either. Which is good, because that's all we are seeing as it has gotten the axe (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbc-cancels-paul-reiser-show-181565).

That didn't take long.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on April 23, 2011, 01:34:03 PM
Getting caught up on some Filmspotters favorites this afternoon...

Justified- fun episode where Raylan tries to help Winona with the stolen evidence all while a trial is being held downstairs (Stephen Root was hilarious)

Office- garage sale episode, the ending was fantastic

Parks and Recreation- camping trip... this has my favorite cast on TV at the moment
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Post by: StudentOFilm on April 23, 2011, 03:10:24 PM
And I can add a Fringe ep. to that list where Olivia in the alternate universe is kidnapped.
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Post by: Fugee on April 25, 2011, 12:15:04 PM
It had it's good bits and bad. I certainly wasn't all the way sold after watching it, but by the end of the season I had warmed up to the show enough that I'm super excited about continuing on. The scene where he ends up in the tank was WOW.

Aye, it was a pretty cool pilot but there were a few things I didn't care for. It did manage, however, to get my girlfriend interested in marathoning the rest of the season with me so that's always good.
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Post by: smirnoff on April 25, 2011, 01:05:33 PM
It's got some strong emotional moments, tense action, unique scenarios, and gives you the feeling the best is yet to come (which keeps you watching :)).
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Post by: Fugee on April 25, 2011, 01:06:53 PM
It's got some strong emotional moments, tense action, unique scenarios, and gives you the feeling the best is yet to come (which keeps you watching :)).
Total agree. The tank scene was really, REALLY awesome. I actually paused and rewound it in order to peep the timing. Seriously cool.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on April 25, 2011, 09:10:17 PM
I'm also a huge fan of the show.

I've been reading the comic since late 2003. Hopefully the success of the first season will get more people to check that out.
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Post by: smirnoff on April 25, 2011, 09:31:02 PM
I'm also a huge fan of the show.

I've been reading the comic since late 2003. Hopefully the success of the first season will get more people to check that out.

How did you not go crazy waiting for each new edition?!

I'm in that position now. Read through the series in a matter of weeks recently and now I'm hanging... waiting. It's hard.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on April 25, 2011, 10:05:15 PM
I'm also a huge fan of the show.

I've been reading the comic since late 2003. Hopefully the success of the first season will get more people to check that out.

How did you not go crazy waiting for each new edition?!

I'm in that position now. Read through the series in a matter of weeks recently and now I'm hanging... waiting. It's hard.

I read it monthly.
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Post by: Fugee on April 26, 2011, 01:48:21 AM
They confused me when they put out that TWD Weekly too, and I mistakenly bought the first issue thinking they'd switched to a Spider-Man inspired release style. Thank god they're still doing the normal book.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on May 03, 2011, 09:24:01 PM
Hell on Wheels (http://www.amctv.com/amc-news/videos/amcs-first-look-at-hell-on-wheels)

New series from AMC. Starring Colm Meaney and Common!
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 28, 2011, 02:14:53 PM
I decided I'm gonna catch up on a TV show. Which one should I watch first Doctor Who (David Tennant) or the new Battlestar Galactica?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 28, 2011, 04:07:08 PM
Twin Peaks! It's all on Instant Watch! But of the two BSG, I guess.

Also, I was listening to Neutral Milk Hotel while driving today and realized I can't listen to them any more without thinking of Parks and Rec.
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Post by: tinyholidays on May 28, 2011, 04:45:59 PM
I was just watching Twin Peaks earlier while writing my FEB review! Ahh so happy to have it conveniently back on instant. Never leave us again, Twin Peaks.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 28, 2011, 06:03:38 PM
Fire, walk with me.
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Post by: sdedalus on May 28, 2011, 06:08:46 PM
Doctor Who!
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Post by: Junior on May 28, 2011, 10:34:13 PM
Doctor Who!

I answered on twitter, but this.
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Post by: smirnoff on May 29, 2011, 12:35:20 AM
Anyone tried watching this Camelot show?
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Post by: mañana on June 06, 2011, 08:32:42 AM
[noembed]A little excessively saccharine for sure, though it suits how cornball the show is. He never topped the simple elegance of Winnie's Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhBfguw0PC4).[/noembed]
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Post by: StudentOFilm on June 06, 2011, 01:06:43 PM
1st Critic's Choice Awards nominees (given by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association)

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
Friday Night Lights
Fringe
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Justified
The Killing
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Anna Torv (Fringe)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Shawn Hatosy (Southland)
John Noble (Fringe)
Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire)
John Slattery (Mad Men)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Archer
The Big Bang Theory
Community
Glee
Louie
The Middle
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Joel McHale (Community)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Ed O'Neill (Modern Family)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Busy Philipps (Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Sofía Vergara (Modern Family)

BEST REALITY SERIES
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Hoarders
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Sister Wives
Undercover Boss

BEST REALITY SERIES — COMPETITION
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

BEST TALK SHOW
Chelsea Lately
The Daily Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Oprah Winfrey Show
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Post by: smirnoff on June 06, 2011, 01:08:30 PM
Dinklage got short-changed!
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Post by: Junior on June 06, 2011, 01:41:45 PM
Yeah, no acting nods for GoT seems really wrong. Mark Addy is also great.
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Post by: ses on June 06, 2011, 01:57:29 PM
Justified!
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Post by: verbALs on June 06, 2011, 02:14:44 PM
There's a BBC series currently on. If you can access BBC iPlayer I would recommend it. Its called The Shadow Line. The cast is a strength - Chewie Ejiofor, Chris Eccleston, Leslie Sharp, Stephen Rea and Rafe Spall playing a loose cannon crime boss. It's a weird Tinker Tailor/ cop show hybrid. Glad the BBC have gone back to auteur style drama.
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Post by: Monty on June 06, 2011, 03:35:14 PM
There's a BBC series currently on. If you can access BBC iPlayer I would recommend it. Its called The Shadow Line. The cast is a strength - Chewie Ejiofor, Chris Eccleston, Leslie Sharp, Stephen Rea and Rafe Spall playing a loose cannon crime boss. It's a weird Tinker Tailor/ cop show hybrid. Glad the BBC have gone back to auteur style drama.

I shall give it a whirl. Sounds similar to Luther, which was on the beeb last year and the Thorne series on Sky from last year as well. Thing is I'm a sucker for a good cop show. I liked Dalziel and Pascoe, remember them.
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Post by: 'Noke on June 07, 2011, 06:27:15 AM
Its called The Shadow Line. The cast is a strength - Chewie Ejiofor, .

Sold. I'll try to watch it tonight.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 07, 2011, 09:14:16 AM
Kind of disappointed that Benjamin wasn't nominated for Archer, but I guess that's not a huge surprise. The amount of supporting nominations for Modern Family, especially over P&R and Community, is both baffling and undeserved.
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Post by: Jared on June 08, 2011, 01:21:25 PM
The Bill Simmons site opens today. I havent really enjoyed reading his stuff as much recently (his "voice of the fan" has been replaced with the "voice of the arguably most famous sportswriter in the world", to a detrement) but think this project could be a serious revitalization of the stuff I used to love.

Klosterman and Gladwell as frequent contributors ought to be a lot of fun too.

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Post by: StudentOFilm on June 13, 2011, 02:58:22 PM
Television Critics Association nominees (different from the previous critics organization on the previous page)

Individual Achievement in Drama
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Louis C.K. (Louis)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Jon Stewart (The Daily Show)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise (HBO)
Restrepo (National Geographic Channel)
60 Minutes (CBS)
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
30 for 30 (ESPN)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
Amazing Race (CBS)
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel)
Survivor (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)
Top Chef: All Stars (Bravo)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
A Children’s Garden of Poetry (HBO)
iCarly (Nickelodeon)
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon)
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (The Hub)
Sesame Street (PBS)
Yo Gabba Gabba (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Terriers
The Killing
Walking Dead

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
Cineme Verite
Downton Abbey: Masterpiece
Mildred Pierce
Sherlock: Masterpiece
Too Big to Fail

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
Justified
Mad Men
The Good Wife

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Community
Louie
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Raising Hope

Career Achievement Award
Steven Bochco
Dick Ebersol
Cloris Leachman
David Letterman
William Shatner
Oprah Winfrey

Heritage Award
All in the Family
Freaks and Geeks
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Twin Peaks

Program of the Year
Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
Justified
Parks and Recreation
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Post by: Junior on June 13, 2011, 03:08:18 PM
Those are all good.
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Post by: sdedalus on June 15, 2011, 11:13:32 PM
My Top 24 Shows of the 2010-11 TV Season:

1. Mad Men
2. Parks & Recreation
3. Treme
4. Community
5. Louie
6. Justified
7. Terriers
8. Archer
9.  Game of Thrones
10. The Daily Show
11. Boardwalk Empire
12. Top Chef
13. 30 Rock
14. The Colbert Report
15. Bored to Death
16. Sports Show
17. True Blood
18. Modern Family
19. The Office
20. Friday Night Lights
21. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
22. The Simpsons
23. Saturday Night Live
24. The Walking Dead
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 15, 2011, 11:22:24 PM
It's kinda disgusting that you've watched that much TV. Looks like I was right to avoid The Walking Dead.
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Post by: sdedalus on June 15, 2011, 11:45:23 PM
Gotta watch something between movies and sporting events.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 15, 2011, 11:48:26 PM
I'd just watch more movies.
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Post by: 1SO on June 15, 2011, 11:49:49 PM
That's great. And everything seems to be in the right order. I hope a few more people post their lists.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 15, 2011, 11:50:29 PM
1. Community
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Post by: Junior on June 15, 2011, 11:51:45 PM
Sam, if I put The Walking Dead at number 1 would you reconsider? It's not, for me, but it's damn good.
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Post by: sdedalus on June 15, 2011, 11:52:59 PM
It's not terrible by any means.  I wouldn't have watched the whole season if it was.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 15, 2011, 11:54:39 PM
Sam, if I put The Walking Dead at number 1 would you reconsider? It's not, for me, but it's damn good.

Nope. I've little interest in zombies in general. Just gave it a chance because I heard people who shared my sentiment of not liking zombies who dug the comic. Watched the pilot and it was terrible. Don't have an interest in watching anymore. Got shows that are better to catch up on, like Breaking Bad season 3, which comes out on bluray soon.
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Post by: mañana on June 15, 2011, 11:58:45 PM
10  Portlandia
9   The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
8   Eastbound & Down
7   Friday Night Lights
6   30 Rock
5   Treme
4   Curb
3   Breaking Bad
2   Parks and Rec
1   Louie

Looking forward to catching up with Justified, Terriers, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy, and Childrens Hospital.
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Post by: sdedalus on June 16, 2011, 12:00:13 AM
I didn't count Breaking Bad, which technically did not have a season during the 10-11 season.
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Post by: Junior on June 16, 2011, 12:00:28 AM
Sam, if I put The Walking Dead at number 1 would you reconsider? It's not, for me, but it's damn good.

Nope. I've little interest in zombies in general. Just gave it a chance because I heard people who shared my sentiment of not liking zombies who dug the comic. Watched the pilot and it was terrible. Don't have an interest in watching anymore. Got shows that are better to catch up on, like Breaking Bad season 3, which comes out on bluray soon.

Ok, that's fine. I just get a little angry when somebody writes off a thing based on only one other person. It seems silly.
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Post by: mañana on June 16, 2011, 12:02:16 AM
I didn't count Breaking Bad, which technically did not have a season during the 10-11 season.
Oh, what's the official period for the season?
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Post by: Junior on June 16, 2011, 12:04:34 AM
1. Game of Thrones
2. Parks and Recreation
3. Community
4. Futurama
5. Doctor Who
6. The Walking Dead
7. Louie
8. 30 Rock
9. Modern Family
10. The Daily Show
11. The Office

I like them all. GoT is the best TV.
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Post by: Bondo on June 16, 2011, 12:15:45 AM
1. Community
2. The Daily Show
3. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
4. Nurse Jackie

I think that's everything I watched in the past year. I tried Louie and Walking Dead but neither took.
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Post by: sdedalus on June 16, 2011, 12:16:39 AM
I didn't count Breaking Bad, which technically did not have a season during the 10-11 season.
Oh, what's the official period for the season?

June to June, I think.  With some allowance for shows that run into June (like Game of Thrones).  Breaking Bad ended before June 2010 and won't start again for a few more weeks in 2011, so it won't be eligible for this year's Emmys, for example.
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Post by: sdedalus on June 16, 2011, 12:17:23 AM

5. Doctor Who

I knew I was forgetting something obvious!
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Post by: sdedalus on June 16, 2011, 12:17:58 AM
My Top 24 Shows of the 2010-11 TV Season:

1. Mad Men
2. Parks & Recreation
3. Treme
4. Community
5. Louie
6. Justified
7. Terriers
8. Archer
9.  Game of Thrones
10. The Daily Show
11. Doctor Who
12. Boardwalk Empire
13. Top Chef
14. 30 Rock
15. The Colbert Report
16. Futurama
17. Bored to Death
18. Sports Show
19. True Blood
20. Modern Family
21. The Office
22. Friday Night Lights
23. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
24. The Simpsons
25. Saturday Night Live
26. The Walking Dead

Revised!
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Post by: Junior on June 16, 2011, 12:28:43 AM
The problem with Doctor Who is that it's half of season 5 and half of season 6. They're both great but it's weird.
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Post by: sdedalus on June 16, 2011, 12:57:53 AM
I think only the second Matt Smith season counts.  The first Matt Smith would be in the 09-10 season.  But that second season is only half a season long, the second half of it will be part of the 11-12 TV season.
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Post by: Junior on June 16, 2011, 01:22:03 AM
So what you're saying is wibbly wobbly, timey wimey. Got it.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on June 16, 2011, 12:32:56 PM
Funny, I also came up with 24 shows-

1. Boardwalk Empire
2. Mad Men
3. Justified
4. Sons of Anarchy
5. Game of Thrones
6. The Killing
7. Fringe
8. The Walking Dead
9. Treme
10. Parks and Recreation
11. Friday Night Lights
12. Eastbound and Down
13. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
14. Shameless
15. Community
16. Episodes
17. Southland
18. United States of Tara
19. The Big C
20. Nurse Jackie
21. Weeds
22. The Office
23. 30 Rock
24. Modern Family
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Post by: StudentOFilm on June 16, 2011, 11:58:57 PM
Darren Aronofsky to direct Michael Chabon's Hobgoblin. (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118038704)
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Post by: 1SO on June 17, 2011, 12:00:43 AM
If I had a nickel for every article titled "Darren Aronofsky to direct...".
I'll believe it when there's a trailer.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on June 17, 2011, 12:07:06 AM
If I had a nickel for every article titled "Darren Aronofsky to direct...".
I'll believe it when there's a trailer.

Yeah, but if you actually read most of those articles, they always say he is rumored, in consideration, etc. IIRC when I read it earlier today, this article said he signed the deal. Then again, it's only a pilot so it might not get picked up.
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Post by: sdedalus on June 17, 2011, 01:41:33 PM
Watched the last season of Cougar Town over the last couple of days.  Not bad at all, reminded me of Coupling more than anything else.  But more laid back and middle aged.  Also, Courtney Cox looks like an alien.

New list, adding also Sherlock:

1. Mad Men
2. Parks & Recreation
3. Treme
4. Community
5. Louie
6. Justified
7. Terriers
8. Archer
9.  Game of Thrones
10. The Daily Show
11. Doctor Who
12. Boardwalk Empire
13. Sherlock
14. Top Chef
15. 30 Rock
16. The Colbert Report
17. Futurama
18. Cougar Town
19. Bored to Death
20. Sports Show
21. True Blood
22. Modern Family
23. The Office
24. Friday Night Lights
25. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
26. The Simpsons
27. Saturday Night Live
28. The Walking Dead
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Post by: Bondo on June 17, 2011, 01:51:56 PM
Watched the last season of Cougar Town over the last couple of days.  Not bad at all, reminded me of Coupling more than anything else.  But more laid back and middle aged.  Also, Courtney Cox looks like an alien.

Great, now I have to watch this. Thanks a lot :P
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Post by: Junior on June 17, 2011, 01:53:07 PM
SHERLOCK! Totally forgot about that. It'd be near the top 5, probably. That middle episode hurts it a bit.
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Post by: sdedalus on June 17, 2011, 03:15:06 PM
Watched the last season of Cougar Town over the last couple of days.  Not bad at all, reminded me of Coupling more than anything else.  But more laid back and middle aged.  Also, Courtney Cox looks like an alien.

Great, now I have to watch this. Thanks a lot :P

To be clear, it's not nearly as brilliant as that show.  But it does have the same kind of vibe.
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Post by: mañana on June 22, 2011, 02:37:44 PM
I didn't count Breaking Bad, which technically did not have a season during the 10-11 season.
Oh, what's the official period for the season?
June to June, I think.  With some allowance for shows that run into June (like Game of Thrones).  Breaking Bad ended before June 2010 and won't start again for a few more weeks in 2011, so it won't be eligible for this year's Emmys, for example.
Stupid Emmys. Excluding BB, I guess I'll push everything behind it up and put Mildred at 10.
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Post by: Totoro on June 28, 2011, 06:36:33 AM
Revisiting Daria with The Complete Series. So good.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 28, 2011, 09:09:30 AM
FLY hopes to do the same within the year.

There's a teaser trailer for Season 2 of Boardwalk Empire online, but I don't have the link right now.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 30, 2011, 07:42:40 AM
Top 10 Television Programs of the 2010-2011 Season (So Far):


1. Friday Night Lights - Season 5 (NBC/DirecTV)

2. Justified - Season 2 (FX)

3. Boardwalk Empire - Season 1 (HBO)

4. Louie - Season 1 (FX)

5. Game of Thrones - Season 1 (HBO)

6. Community - Season 2 (NBC)

7. The Killing - Season 1 (AMC)

8. Parks & Recreation - Season 2 (NBC)

9. The Walking Dead - Season 1 (AMC)

10. Terriers - Season 1 (FX)
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Post by: sdedalus on June 30, 2011, 12:50:45 PM
The Killing?  Seriously?

I thought everyone agreed to hate that show now.
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Post by: Solid Blake on June 30, 2011, 01:11:27 PM
The Killing?  Seriously?

I thought everyone agreed to hate that show now.

I can forgive the season finale, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the first season.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on July 05, 2011, 10:20:56 AM
Aaron Sorkin's More As This Story Develops has quite a cast- Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn, Josh Pence, Dev Patel, etc.
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Post by: sdedalus on July 05, 2011, 10:36:34 AM
Waterston + Sorkin?  Will the monologues ever end??
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Post by: StudentOFilm on July 06, 2011, 01:02:05 AM
Waterston + Sorkin?  Will the monologues ever end??

 8)

I haven't been reading much about who is getting what roles, but I can see Waterston being the equivalent of Robert Duvall in Network.
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Post by: jswysin on July 07, 2011, 12:46:42 PM
Great

Mad Men
Community
Game of Thrones
Justified

Very Good

Louie
Sherlock
Boardwalk Empire
Parks and Recreation (season 2)

Good

Modern Family
30 Rock
The Office

Poor

True Blood (still watching)
The Walking Dead (still watching)
The Killing (no more)
Glee (no more)
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Post by: tinyholidays on July 07, 2011, 02:51:07 PM
Seeing Louie just under Great gets me riled up. I must really love Louie. New episode tonight!
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 14, 2011, 12:11:06 PM
I don't understand this Sponge Squarepants thing. Is this absurdest humor or some thinly veiled metaphor for childhood issues? Satire? Social commentary? Silly mindless entertainment? I don't see how this show could engage anyone. It's just grating to me and I don't understand it at all. Even as a kid, I couldn't endure the show.
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Post by: Bondo on July 14, 2011, 12:14:14 PM
It provides the valuable service of teaching kids how to bully. >:( So mean-spirited.
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Post by: Fugee on July 14, 2011, 12:38:21 PM
I was bamboozled by the older kids' enjoyment of Spongebob. I cannot stand that shit, yet I think most of my friends enjoyed how outrageous and obnoxious it was.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on July 14, 2011, 09:39:07 PM
Follow Kurt Sutter on Twitter. His Emmy jokes are very profane and funny.
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Post by: Tequila on July 16, 2011, 02:47:38 PM
Has anyone checked out Wilfred, original (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0899203/) or recent FX remake (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1703925/)? Funny?
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Post by: sdedalus on July 16, 2011, 02:50:02 PM
Been watching the FX version.  It's not bad.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 19, 2011, 09:45:39 AM
Has anyone checked out Wilfred, original (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0899203/) or recent FX remake (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1703925/)? Funny?

Once I find the original one in full I'll be getting started on that and then moving on to the FX one.
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Post by: mañana on July 22, 2011, 08:32:51 AM
Even with the Harry Dean Stanton factor, I dropped that one pretty early. I should try again?
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Post by: jbissell on July 22, 2011, 10:01:23 AM
Even with the Harry Dean Stanton factor, I dropped that one pretty early. I should try again?

Me too. It never really clicked with me.
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Post by: Clovis8 on July 22, 2011, 04:49:24 PM
Yep Big Love was really great. Touching, funny, and insightful about the supposed religious tolerance inherent in the US.
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Post by: Verite on July 22, 2011, 05:24:23 PM
Even with the Harry Dean Stanton factor, I dropped that one pretty early. I should try again?

Me too. It never really clicked with me.

Not just Harry Dean Stanton, though. Grace Zabriskie, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, plus the core ensemble: all amazing... and it's damn funny.

I only watched Season 1 because of my thing for Jeanne Tripplehorn who is odd-attractive IMO and, of course, HDS.  First season didn't really hook me until the last two or three episodes. Continued to watch and it's Paxton's best work of his career.  I'd rank it as a second tier HBO series.  Didn't engage me enough as The Wire, The Sopranos, and Deadwood do.  Ginnifer Goodwin looks like a young old lady.
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Post by: sdedalus on July 22, 2011, 06:04:09 PM
I quit halfway through season two.  My wife watched the whole thing though and likes it.
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Post by: mañana on July 23, 2011, 07:24:06 PM
a second tier HBO series.
How many tiers do you have to go down before you get to John from Cincinnati?

I've never actually seen it.
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Post by: sdedalus on July 23, 2011, 07:36:58 PM
That show was great.
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Post by: Tim on July 23, 2011, 08:49:10 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/29/Jersey_yellow.svg/200px-Jersey_yellow.svg.png)
 :P   ;D
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Post by: mañana on July 23, 2011, 09:17:12 PM
That show was great.
Milch apologist.  :)
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Post by: pixote on July 31, 2011, 11:42:29 PM
Medium
I've made it through to like the second episode of season two, but I'm just about ready to give up on it. The show really seems to have gone downhill after its initial three or four episodes. The storylines don't seem very well though out (Numb3rs is shockingly better in that regard). It drives me crazy that Allison never makes the logical assumption about what her visions mean (until well after the viewer does); and I hate hate hate that, even though Allison's yet to be wrong about almost anything, the DA and cop still dismiss her every notion and treat her like a quackjob.

Mad Men
Four episodes in and vaguely interested. Mainly digging the representation of early 60s sex roles. I sort of cringe whenever Vincent Kartheiser is on screen. He reminds me of a high school freshman trying to play an adult role in the fall play. (ohhhhhhhhhhh! Angel! That's where I know him from. Been driving me crazy.)

American Ninja Warrior
Set up a series recording for this tonight. Just because.

Dawson's Creek
Started season two tonight. Every episode not enlivened by a drinking game continues to be a struggle.

Glee Project
Haven't caught up with tonight's episode yet but still loving this show.

pixote
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Post by: sdedalus on July 31, 2011, 11:52:48 PM
That's pretty much Kartheiser's character for the first season or so.  He's gone from someone I just hated to being one of my favorite characters.
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Post by: Totoro on August 05, 2011, 01:47:16 AM
Sex & the City is actually very funny and smartly written.





...





Oh, CINECAST! - Am I gay now?!
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Post by: roujin on August 05, 2011, 09:22:55 AM
Yes, obviously.
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Post by: jbissell on August 05, 2011, 09:31:28 AM
Sex & the City is actually very funny and smartly written.


...

Oh, CINECAST! - Am I gay now?!

No, just wrong.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on August 05, 2011, 10:20:30 AM
jbizz is such a Miranda.
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Post by: jbissell on August 05, 2011, 12:19:35 PM
jbizz is such a Miranda.

I'm very confident in my dislike of the show. Unfortunately, I've seen probably 80% of the episodes.
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Post by: Solid Blake on August 08, 2011, 04:51:13 PM
Black Dynamite: The Animated Series, Pilot Episode: http://video.adultswim.com/black-dynamite/black-dynamite-the-pilot.html
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: enzobot24 on August 12, 2011, 08:21:31 AM
Mad Men
Four episodes in and vaguely interested. Mainly digging the representation of early 60s sex roles. I sort of cringe whenever Vincent Kartheiser is on screen. He reminds me of a high school freshman trying to play an adult role in the fall play.

Isn't that the point? In season 1, Pete Campbell is an entitled jerk--fresh out of college/frat boy life.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Totoro on August 14, 2011, 02:50:17 AM
Seven episodes into Mad Men. The screen crackles with a despicable intensity. All of the actors deliver and I'm really digging Vincent Kartheiser as Pete. I don't see how one could dislike him? He's very much the "trying to be older" type. He has an inferiority complex and would probably be a better match with Peggy than with his current wife. He desperately wants to be like Don, but who doesn't in this show? Speaking of which, Mr. Draper is a devil. Cold hearted. I simultaneously felt disgust and pity for him in the climax of 5G. This is definitely one of the finest creations of television ever to grace the small screen.  The directors that were chosen to do these last seven episodes have the tightest grip on the material; not a single moment is wasted and every actor lives in the character they're performing as. I wonder if I'll ever see a stronger television drama.
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Post by: Katebo on August 17, 2011, 02:00:42 AM
Normally I wouldn't double post, or pimp my blog in this thread at all, but I wrote an article about 10 memorable TV scores (http://www.soundonsight.org/10-memorable-tv-scores/) and would love to hear what some of the Filmspotting TV fans think. Check it out if you're interested.
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Post by: Clovis8 on August 17, 2011, 07:16:48 AM
Normally I wouldn't double post, or pimp my blog in this thread at all, but I wrote an article about 10 memorable TV scores (http://www.soundonsight.org/10-memorable-tv-scores/) and would love to hear what some of the Filmspotting TV fans think. Check it out if you're interested.

Nice list but The West Wing is a glaring omission IMO.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 17, 2011, 09:09:03 AM
Normally I wouldn't double post, or pimp my blog in this thread at all, but I wrote an article about 10 memorable TV scores (http://www.soundonsight.org/10-memorable-tv-scores/) and would love to hear what some of the Filmspotting TV fans think. Check it out if you're interested.
Some good scores on there to be sure. I'd have Lost on my list, personally.
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Post by: Lobby on August 17, 2011, 09:29:53 AM
Oh, don’t get me started on thinking about scores and signatures. Now I’ll never get it out of my head….

There’s so much nostalgia connected to those songs. I think my love for them only increases as the years go buy.

Two quick examples that pop up in my head:

Against the Wind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEodr7PSZF4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEodr7PSZF4)
Rich Man Poor Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zagG8BxiXYI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zagG8BxiXYI)

Hm... thinking about it, it may be the signature I'm fond of rather than the score. Still... some TV nostalgia is never wrong. :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on August 17, 2011, 10:38:19 AM
Clovis- Yeah, The West Wing is great. For whatever reason, only the theme song pops into my head when I think of the show, but it's very possible that I just need to rewatch. Gotta love a nice sweeping horn/string section. It makes anything feel insti-heroic.

Sam- I went with Alias over LOST, but I wouldn't argue with anyone who wanted to switch them out. Gotta love Giacchino.

Lobby- I had a hard time coming up with older shows that were notable for their score, not just their theme song. I'm sure I missed a couple obvious ones. The only older shows I could come up with were Victory at Sea (a 50's documentary featuring incredible orchestration- it was one of the first TV soundtracks released, I think), and the two older shows actually on the list, neither of which is my particular cup of tea. I'll check out the links- see if I can't educate myself some more about TV before the 90s. Thanks! And no, TV nostalgia is never wrong. :D
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on August 17, 2011, 10:47:02 AM
The orchestra for West Wing's Season 1 finale is as good as movie scores get.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on August 17, 2011, 10:00:56 PM
I hate cable channels when it comes to DVD releases. They take forever (and usually it is so they can coincide with the new season).
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Post by: StudentOFilm on August 25, 2011, 12:29:10 AM
I figured I'd post some Emmy wishes now that the nominees have been announced and the ceremony is nearing...

Here is the nominee list on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/63rd_Primetime_Emmy_Awards)

Drama- Boardwalk Empire
Actor- Jon Hamm (Mad Men) for The Suitcase
Actress- Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) for The Suitcase
Supporting Actor- Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) for Baelor
Supporting Actress- Margo Martindale (Justified) for Brothers Keeper
Guest Actor- Jeremy Davies (Justified) for Reckoning
Guest Actress- Joan Cusack (Shameless) for Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father
Writing- Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) for The Suitcase
Directing- Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire) for Boardwalk Empire Pilot

Comedy- Parks and Recreation
Actor- Steve Carell (The Office) for Goodbye Michael
Actress- Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) for Flu Season
Supporting Actor- Ty Burrell (Modern Family) for Good Cop Bad Dog
Supporting Actress- Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) for Slow Down Your Neighbors
Guest Actor- Matt Damon (30 Rock) for Double-Edged Sword
Guest Actress- Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope) for Don't Vote for this Episode
Writing- Greg Daniels (The Office) for Goodbye Michael
Directing- Beth McCarthy (30 Rock) for Live Show

Miniseries/TV Movie- Mildred Pierce
Actor- Edgar Ramirez (Carlos)
Actress- Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)
Supporting Actor- Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce)
Supporting Actress- Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce)
Writing- Todd Haynes and Jon Raymond (Mildred Pierce)
Directing- Todd Haynes (Mildred Pierce)
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Post by: Junior on August 26, 2011, 03:24:19 PM
If Peter Dinklage doesn't win best supporting actor somebody's going to be very sorry.
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Post by: Clovis8 on September 08, 2011, 06:57:31 PM
Aaron Sorkin's new tv series about the behind the scenes life at a CNN-like channel just got green lit. I cannot wait!

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Post by: AAAutin on September 08, 2011, 07:30:03 PM
NEWS NIGHT! THE LEFT WING! STUDIO B WITH SHEPARD SMITH! (Oh, wait...)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on September 08, 2011, 11:10:03 PM
Aaron Sorkin's new tv series about the behind the scenes life at a CNN-like channel just got green lit. I cannot wait!

Well, it can't possibly be worse than Studio 60, right?  Right?
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Post by: Clovis8 on September 08, 2011, 11:22:52 PM
Aaron Sorkin's new tv series about the behind the scenes life at a CNN-like channel just got green lit. I cannot wait!

Well, it can't possibly be worse than Studio 60, right?  Right?

Studio 60 was great.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on September 09, 2011, 01:19:23 AM
More As This Story Develops has a great cast. I also hope they keep the title.
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Post by: sdedalus on September 09, 2011, 01:40:29 AM
Awkward. is really good.  Believe it or not.  My So-Called Life in the Easy A world.
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Post by: Bill Thompson on September 09, 2011, 07:18:14 AM


Well, it can't possibly be worse than Studio 60, right?  Right?

I find it hard to believe he could ever write anything worse than that, then again I've found just about all of his TV writing to be of the garbage variety.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 10, 2011, 08:17:14 AM
Awkward. is really good.  Believe it or not.  My So-Called Life in the Easy A world.

I don't know what that last part means as much, but I did not like Easy A much at all. Regardless, I casually watched Awkward. since it premiered because one of the guys on skins (US) suggested I follow some girls from the show on Twitter back in March or something. I felt like it always had its moments, sometimes working as a comedy and occasionally working as a drama, but never together. At the very least, it was never nearly as annoying/irritating as a show with that premise, made for MTV, and with the tone it uses should have been, which is why I kept watching. However, the episode that just aired on Tuesday was easily the best of the run so far and it's already become a show I have to watch now. Such a fantastic episode that blended comedy and drama really well. One of my surprises of the summer for sure. So yeah, dank that other people are watching it, and I hope it stays around beyond its second season.

Additionally, I wish MTV had renewed skins (US) because I did like that better.

Additionally additionally, Tamara is fantastic!
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Post by: mañana on September 10, 2011, 12:34:10 PM
Does Kenny vs. Spenny get any better, or is the pretty much at the same level for its entire run?
If you've seen 1 or 2, you've seen them all.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on September 11, 2011, 05:35:53 PM
Creative Arts Emmy winners (http://www.goldderby.com/television/news/1882/emmys-2011-complete-list-of-creative-arts-winners.html)
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Post by: Verite on September 12, 2011, 12:39:46 PM
Didn't know that Rob McElhenney actually gained 50 pounds for Season 7 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  I saw a tv spot and thought it was just a fat suit and makeup.  LOL.  Can't wait for the premiere.
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Post by: jbissell on September 12, 2011, 01:23:35 PM
Didn't know that Rob McElhenney actually gained 50 pounds for Season 7 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  I saw a tv spot and thought it was just a fat suit and makeup.  LOL.  Can't wait for the premiere.

Yes! I love that his reasoning was simply that it would be funny if Mac got fat.
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Post by: Verite on September 12, 2011, 01:49:16 PM
That reasoning alone is hilarious.  I was dying listening to Howerton on WTF talking about it and its relation to Mac's fascination with mass.  I want to see fat Mac do his martial arts moves.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Solid Blake on September 12, 2011, 02:14:44 PM
Breaking Bad: Seasons 1-3 are now available on Netflix Instant Streaming (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Breaking_Bad/70143836?trkid=496624).
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Post by: Junior on September 12, 2011, 02:43:59 PM
Breaking Bad: Seasons 1-3 are now available on Netflix Instant Streaming (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Breaking_Bad/70143836?trkid=496624).

HOORAY!
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Post by: tinyholidays on September 12, 2011, 02:48:02 PM
 :'( Not in Canada.  :'(
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Post by: StudentOFilm on September 12, 2011, 03:42:10 PM
Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) trying to bring Hannibal Lecter to TV. (http://www.deadline.com/2011/09/gaumont-launches-u-s-based-division-run-by-katie-oconnell-sets-projects-from-bryan-fuller-and-michael-hirst/)

Quote from: TVLine
The potential series would explore the early relationship between the famed psychiatrist and his young patient, an FBI criminal profiler who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.
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Post by: ferris on September 13, 2011, 03:27:47 PM
After a dozen years of DirecTV I switched to Comcast (well...xfinity) today.  I guess they have streaming.  Sounds like it's just enough to be a gateway drug to their pay-per-view streaming...anyone have any experience with it?  Recommendations?
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Post by: Bill Thompson on September 13, 2011, 03:30:33 PM
After a dozen years of DirecTV I switched to Comcast (well...xfinity) today.  I guess they have streaming.  Sounds like it's just enough to be a gateway drug to their pay-per-view streaming...anyone have any experience with it?  Recommendations?

Why the switch Jeff? I've had Comcast for years now and I desperately want to get away from them, I believe ses does as well.
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Post by: jbissell on September 13, 2011, 05:26:55 PM
After a dozen years of DirecTV I switched to Comcast (well...xfinity) today.  I guess they have streaming.  Sounds like it's just enough to be a gateway drug to their pay-per-view streaming...anyone have any experience with it?  Recommendations?

Why the switch Jeff? I've had Comcast for years now and I desperately want to get away from them, I believe ses does as well.

I had AT&T U-Verse for a few years before I moved to the city this spring and was left with Comcast as my only choice. Comcast definitely beats U-Verse when it comes to free on demand programming (which I rarely watch) but they're so damn expensive. I personally haven't had any bad experiences with Comcast (fingers crossed), but I know plenty of people that have and I definitely wouldn't use them if I had a choice.
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Post by: ferris on September 13, 2011, 06:49:24 PM
After a dozen years of DirecTV I switched to Comcast (well...xfinity) today.  I guess they have streaming.  Sounds like it's just enough to be a gateway drug to their pay-per-view streaming...anyone have any experience with it?  Recommendations?

Why the switch Jeff? I've had Comcast for years now and I desperately want to get away from them, I believe ses does as well.

I had AT&T U-Verse for a few years before I moved to the city this spring and was left with Comcast as my only choice. Comcast definitely beats U-Verse when it comes to free on demand programming (which I rarely watch) but they're so damn expensive. I personally haven't had any bad experiences with Comcast (fingers crossed), but I know plenty of people that have and I definitely wouldn't use them if I had a choice.

A bunch of reasons, mostly because going cable saves a ton of money because phone, internet and TV go through one company.  Before, I had Qwest for internet and DirecTV.  Each had it's pricing steadily increase over the past few years.  Together it is over $200 month right now.  Comcast offered $125 / month.    As I'm sure you well aware, the industry is completely geared toward stealing each other's customers through hot introductory offers.  I'm not the least bit surprised you're leaving.  In two years I will be too.  I'm sure of it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on September 14, 2011, 06:15:50 PM
After a dozen years of DirecTV I switched to Comcast (well...xfinity) today.  I guess they have streaming.  Sounds like it's just enough to be a gateway drug to their pay-per-view streaming...anyone have any experience with it?  Recommendations?

Why the switch Jeff? I've had Comcast for years now and I desperately want to get away from them, I believe ses does as well.

I had AT&T U-Verse for a few years before I moved to the city this spring and was left with Comcast as my only choice. Comcast definitely beats U-Verse when it comes to free on demand programming (which I rarely watch) but they're so damn expensive. I personally haven't had any bad experiences with Comcast (fingers crossed), but I know plenty of people that have and I definitely wouldn't use them if I had a choice.

A bunch of reasons, mostly because going cable saves a ton of money because phone, internet and TV go through one company.  Before, I had Qwest for internet and DirecTV.  Each had it's pricing steadily increase over the past few years.  Together it is over $200 month right now.  Comcast offered $125 / month.    As I'm sure you well aware, the industry is completely geared toward stealing each other's customers through hot introductory offers.  I'm not the least bit surprised you're leaving.  In two years I will be too.  I'm sure of it.


Wow it's starting to dawn on me why people hate Comcast.  First, their utter insistence that I have to see every channel ever known to man in my channel listing when in fact I care about maybe 35 channels tops.  They have no earthly clue how a Favorites list is supposed to work.  I don't know who was more embarressed, me or my 15 year old when he scrolled by the title "Anal Midget Fantasies" while looking for ESPN.  HELP ME TIVO!
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Post by: MartinTeller on September 14, 2011, 06:33:11 PM
I believe "Anal Midget Fantasies" has moved to ESPN.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on September 14, 2011, 06:37:17 PM
In all seriousness, anyone know of any hardware or hacks that are out there to block some of these superflous channels.  I have one of the newer Motorolla DVRs
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on September 14, 2011, 06:38:05 PM
I believe "Anal Midget Fantasies" has moved to ESPN.

:D   There's a Doug Flutie joke here somewhere...
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on September 14, 2011, 10:56:56 PM
Up All Night- Loved it.
Free Agents- Hated it.
Still have to see Ringer.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 15, 2011, 07:44:29 AM
Looking forward to Up All Night, and not just because it's my life right now.

Written at 5:45 am on 90 minutes of sleep.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 15, 2011, 08:13:12 AM
Indeed!

We did watch the pilot of The New Girl, which looks to be potentially entertaining in a Cougartown kinda way.  The fact that it stars Damon Wayans Jr makes me feel old, though.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on September 15, 2011, 08:16:39 AM
The fact that it stars Damon Wayans Jr makes me feel old, though.
He's only on the pilot, if that makes you feel better.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on September 15, 2011, 09:58:16 AM
I wondered about that.  I couldn't remember which show he bailed on because another pilot got picked up.

He was good.  My wife's favorite part of the pilot.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on September 17, 2011, 08:48:36 AM
Chimichangas in a garbage bag, Tiger Woods, Don Cheadle, Dennis' face at being called "baby dick," "tight like dick skin," Mac's injections.  LMAO.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on September 17, 2011, 12:56:51 PM
If 'cuse and Pitt get out of the Big East it will be a sad day for basketball. CINECAST! football.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on September 17, 2011, 08:25:44 PM
A heads up for those that aren't sure if they want to watch the Emmys. The Lonely Island (Samberg, Taccone, and Schaffer) will be performing at the Emmys and so far Ed Helms, Maya Rudolph, and John Stamos are confirmed to be a part of the performance. As well as a mystery guest (Akon? Michael Bolton?).

Of course, I'm sure it'll be online.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on September 18, 2011, 09:13:32 PM
Emmy Awards (completely updated)

Drama Series- Mad Men
Drama Actor- Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Drama Actress- Juliana Margulies (The Good Wife)
Drama Supporting Actor- Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Drama Supporting Actress- Margo Martindale (Justified)
Drama Guest Actor- Paul McCrane (Harry's Law)
Drama Guest Actress- Loretta Devine (Grey's Anatomy)
Drama Writing- Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights)
Drama Directing- Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire)

Comedy Series- Modern Family
Comedy Actor- Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Comedy Actress- Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly)
Comedy Supporting Actor- Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Comedy Supporting Actress- Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Comedy Guest Actor- Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live)
Comedy Guest Actress- Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee)
Comedy Writing- Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman (Modern Family)
Comedy Directing- Michael Allan Spiller (Modern Family)

Miniseries/TV Movie- Downton Abbey
Miniseries/TV Movie Actor- Barry Pepper (The Kennedys)
Miniseries/TV Movie Actress- Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)
Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Actor- Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce)
Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Actress- Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Miniseries/TV Movie Writing- Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey)
Miniseries/TV Movie Directing- Brian Percival (Downton Abbey)

Variety Series- The Daily Show
Variety Writing- The Daily Show
Variety Directing- Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)
Animated Series- Futurama
Reality Series- Deadliest Catch
Reality Competition Series- The Amazing Race
Reality Competition Host- Jeff Probst (Survivor)
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Post by: AAAutin on September 18, 2011, 09:32:00 PM
Drama Supporting Actor- Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Drama Supporting Actress- Margo Martindale (Justified)

Nice.
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Post by: mañana on September 19, 2011, 08:00:43 AM
Coach!
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Post by: jbissell on September 19, 2011, 11:00:56 AM
Coach!

I thought for sure Hamm would win, but I'm glad FNL got some recognition last night.
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Post by: ses on September 19, 2011, 11:01:24 AM
I was pulling for Olyphant
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Post by: jbissell on September 19, 2011, 11:08:14 AM
I was pulling for Olyphant

That category was absolutely stacked (though I no longer watch House and have only watched a season of Dexter), even without Cranston.

I was very pleased that Margo Martindale won.

Also, Modern Family can't be that funny.
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Post by: jim brown on September 20, 2011, 01:07:26 PM
I was pulling for Olyphant

That category was absolutely stacked (though I no longer watch House and have only watched a season of Dexter), even without Cranston.

I was very pleased that Margo Martindale won.

Also, Modern Family can't be that funny.

It is exceptionally funny.  Well-deserved wins.
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Post by: Junior on September 20, 2011, 01:11:23 PM
Modern Family is really good. It probably shouldn't have had EVERY adult actor nominated, though. Why not do that for Parks and Rec or Community? Or, better yet, pick one from each show and spread the love. When there are four MF nominees in one category there is something wrong.

And don't get me started on Community not getting a directing nod. The bottle episode, the D+D episode, the paintball episodes...
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Post by: jim brown on September 20, 2011, 01:35:51 PM
Modern Family is really good. It probably shouldn't have had EVERY adult actor nominated, though. Why not do that for Parks and Rec or Community? Or, better yet, pick one from each show and spread the love. When there are four MF nominees in one category there is something wrong.

And don't get me started on Community not getting a directing nod. The bottle episode, the D+D episode, the paintball episodes...

Could not agree more, Junior.  I would throw the Pulp Fiction/Dinner with Andre episode into that mix as well. 

Interesting how both Parks and Rec started out with very weak first seasons but went on to become incredibly strong shows.  I heard Up All Night had a lackluster first episode, but if NBC continues to nurture their Thursday night comedies instead of abandoning them, I'll keep an eye on it.
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Post by: mañana on September 20, 2011, 01:54:43 PM
Watched Coach's win on YouTube at lunch, he forgot to thank Mrs. Coach. He must regret that.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 20, 2011, 08:40:29 PM
The Up All Night first episode was good. I also know people who seem to like the 2 Broke Girls pilot, but I haven't watched it yet. Kat Dennings is a girl I like, CBS comedies are a thing I don't.

Also, I detest Modern Family.
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Post by: jim brown on September 20, 2011, 08:52:50 PM
I accidentally watched 2 Broke Girls.  As unimaginative, crude and unfunny as I find Two and a Half Men.

I do find Kat Dennings somewhat appealing, however.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 20, 2011, 08:57:38 PM
I was one of the 28 million who watched The Kutch last night. That was the first time I watched that show. It's not very good; however, seeing The Kutch is always fantastic!
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Post by: jim brown on September 20, 2011, 09:12:48 PM
I was one of the 28 million who watched The Kutch last night. That was the first time I watched that show. It's not very good; however, seeing The Kutch is always fantastic!

I caught it as well - first time I saw a whole episode.  Not as awful as the ones with Crackity Sheen but, as you said, not very good.
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Post by: sdedalus on September 20, 2011, 11:00:27 PM
2 Broke Girls wasn't too bad.  Laugh tracks are weird though.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 20, 2011, 11:02:43 PM
2 Broke Girls wasn't too bad.  Laugh tracks are weird though.

That's my biggest concern, I don't know if I can get around it. I mean a lot of the Disney shows use them, as do the Nick shows, but those parts always get to me. Yuck.

Awkward. was great tonight.
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Post by: sdedalus on September 20, 2011, 11:09:11 PM
I can't remember the last show I regularly watched that used a laugh track.  Might have been Friends.  Never noticed how weird it was til it was gone.

We're a few episodes behind with Awkward.  Gonna catch up tomorrow.
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Post by: jbissell on September 21, 2011, 12:26:01 AM
I accidentally watched 2 Broke Girls.  As unimaginative, crude and unfunny as I find Two and a Half Men.

From the mind of Whitney Cummings! (reason for me not to watch it)
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Post by: ferris on September 21, 2011, 01:02:12 AM
I was one of the 28 million who watched The Kutch last night.

and another book just drank hemlock and died
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Post by: Katebo on September 21, 2011, 01:03:18 AM
Quick note- Coach did remember to thank Mrs. Coach, but unfortunately he didn't remember until they'd already turned off his mic. :'(

Also, I've been catching all of these pilots (and 2.5 Men) for my TV podcast (http://www.soundonsight.org/the-televerse-episode-3-spotlight-on-breaking-bad-and-newsradio-talk-with-paul-goebel/) and yowza. *shudder* Though 2 Broke Girls looks like Shakespeare compared to H8R.
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Post by: mañana on September 21, 2011, 08:37:03 AM
Laugh tracks are indeed weird (is it in Annie Hall or Manhattan that Woody calls it immoral?), but the sound of a live studio audience can be great. See I Love Lucy, All in the Family, Seinfeld...etc. If something is really funny, it doesn't have to be sweetened by a track, though I suppose even those great shows probably cheated on occasion.

VanDerWerff recomends 2 Broke Girls. I'll give it a shot, but I don't expect much.

Though I don't watch any currently airing ones, I maintain a new great multi-camera comedy - with a live audience - could be around the corner. Lucky Louie was an attempt to work in that form, and the results were mixed but interesting. The multi-form is not inherently unfunny, it's just that since Larry Sanders or so, the convention had been that "good" TV comedy is single-camera and sans laugh of any sort. But trends change.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 21, 2011, 08:49:47 AM
I accidentally watched 2 Broke Girls.  As unimaginative, crude and unfunny as I find Two and a Half Men.

From the mind of Whitney Cummings! (reason for me not to watch it)

Is this that sassy girl from that Whitney show? That show seems insufferable.

I was one of the 28 million who watched The Kutch last night.

and another book just drank hemlock and died

Was it a vision, or a waking dream?

VanDerWerff recomends 2 Broke Girls.

Yeah, that's why I want to check it out as well.
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Post by: jbissell on September 21, 2011, 10:36:02 AM
I accidentally watched 2 Broke Girls.  As unimaginative, crude and unfunny as I find Two and a Half Men.

From the mind of Whitney Cummings! (reason for me not to watch it)

Is this that sassy girl from that Whitney show? That show seems insufferable.

Yes, she's starring in that one and producing (and writing? I don't remember) 2 Broke Girls. She's been on the last few Comedy Central Roasts and I really don't care for her. Everything I've heard from her is of the "if I say filthy things really loud, because I'm a lady people will find it shocking & hilarious" variety.
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Post by: jim brown on September 21, 2011, 11:26:52 AM
Yes, she's starring in that one and producing (and writing? I don't remember) 2 Broke Girls. She's been on the last few Comedy Central Roasts and I really don't care for her. Everything I've heard from her is of the "if I say filthy things really loud, because I'm a lady people will find it shocking & hilarious" variety.

Yes - something already done by Sarah Silverman.  Except, of course, that Sarah Silverman is (was?) funny.
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Post by: Jared on September 21, 2011, 12:00:17 PM
So is this New Girl show that Im not going to watch the same as that My Boys show from like 5 years ago that I didnt watch?
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Post by: Corndog on September 21, 2011, 12:08:40 PM
Never watched My Boys, but probably some similarities. I watched it last night and thought it had potential. Zooey Deschanel has to try really really hard for me to not love her, so I will probably stay hooked as long as she is on it. She plays a girl who moves in with some guys. They set it up like she responded to an ad for a roommate on craigslist that made it sound like girls, and then she moves in anyway, despite her realizing they're guys and the guys realizing she's a girl.
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Post by: Tequila on September 22, 2011, 09:52:40 AM
Yes, it's exactly that.
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Post by: Totoro on September 24, 2011, 02:36:19 AM
I love Jesse Tyler Ferguson on Modern Family. His character is so endearing.
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Post by: Katebo on September 24, 2011, 03:40:05 AM
So is this New Girl show that Im not going to watch the same as that My Boys show from like 5 years ago that I didnt watch?

Yes and no. It's basically the Mirror Universe doppelganger. I really liked My Boys because of the laid back vibe of the show, how funny the guys are (particularly the standups- Jamie Kaler, Michael Bunin, and Jim Gaffigan), and its Chicago setting. New Girl has the same premise (girl hangs out with a bunch of guys and her one girl friend), but is uber girly/"adorkable". It's the same show, but in one its filtered through the Zooey Deschanel persona, and in the other, you have Betsy Thomas' influence (main character is a sportswriter, their idea of fun is drinking a few beers and watching the game).

I'd personally much, much rather spend time with Thomas than Deschanel, so I strongly prefer My Boys. If the "quirky" thing is more your speed, you'd probably prefer New Girl. Then again, I seem to be the only person who didn't find the pilot funny, so YMMV. I'll take My Boys' douchebag intervention (http://www.myspace.com/video/my-boys/the-first-ever-televised-douchebag-intervention/13522136) over New Girl's douchebag jar every day of the week.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on September 25, 2011, 02:41:15 PM
I liked New Girl. Started to watch 2 Broke Girls and couldn't finish it despite my Kat Dennings obsession.

Person of Interest was cool, but not the strongest pilot.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on September 26, 2011, 09:21:38 PM
Didn't really think much of Terra Nova. It has some promise, but I don't know- I feel like I'm immediately biased towards something if it's a drama pilot (especially sci-fi/fantasy) on a network. Like I can't get out of my head how crappy some of them were compared to those from HBO/FX/AMC/Showtime so I just find myself already having such low expectations.

Anyways, it has a nice story to it, just nothing all that complex compared to what I'm used to seeing. Then again, this mostly introduced everything so I'll give it another chance. I just don't see anything that risky about it (something that I keep hearing in the press about how much of a risk it is... a financial one I guess is what they mean).
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Post by: Junior on September 26, 2011, 09:28:16 PM
I liked Terra Nova enough. A fun time. The later dino scene worked quite well. I think there were puppets in that one...
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Post by: sdedalus on September 26, 2011, 11:34:01 PM
Man, Pan Am really fetishizes those uniforms, doesn't it?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 26, 2011, 11:36:43 PM
Was it any good? I like Christina Ricci a lot. Like a whole lot.
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Post by: sdedalus on September 27, 2011, 02:50:54 AM
A whole lot of exposition and everything is pretty overblown.  But it's definitely pretty to look at (The West Wing's Thomas Schlamme directed).  Terra Nova was much the same.  Pilots are like that though.  I'm gonna keep watching them for awhile at least.
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Post by: jim brown on September 27, 2011, 04:35:32 PM
The wife and I stumbled across The Playboy Club (an accident) and watched for a couple of minutes (a mistake), during which one of the characters announced that he got his "club key" from Abe Froman. 

That actually gave me a bit of a chuckle.
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Post by: Bondo on September 27, 2011, 04:57:37 PM
Two points on Person of Interest:

I'm pretty sure the way Jim Caviezel looks at the start of this show is probably just how they found him when the casting director came calling.

Interesting choice by Emerson to play his character as stiff necked and limping. Unless that is just Emerson, that character choice could get a bit tiresome.

As to the show, it has some things of interest but it does look like it'll just be one of those every week a new case with minimal seasonal arcs type of thing that CBS does so well. Hopefully Jonathan Nolan has something up his sleeve.
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Post by: Katebo on September 27, 2011, 05:04:40 PM
My co-host and I reviewed all the pilots and many of the premieres this week on our podcast (http://www.soundonsight.org/the-televerse-4-spotlight-on-breaking-bad-and-middleman-talk-with-alyssa-boehm/) (except Person of Interest. We forgot it somehow. Kinda tells you what we think of it.) Mostly, lots of meh, Revenge was a pleasant surprise, as was Pan Am, and we love Parks and Rec. A lot.
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Post by: AAAutin on September 27, 2011, 05:05:04 PM
I'm pretty sure the way Jim Caviezel looks at the start of this show is probably just how they found him when the casting director came calling.

He spends the entire pilot nailed to a cross?!
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Post by: Bondo on September 27, 2011, 05:06:49 PM
You forgot to review it for the podcast or you forgot to watch it? Because those have different implications about what you think about it. ;)
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Post by: Katebo on September 27, 2011, 11:01:55 PM
lol. Watched it, forgot to add it to the list when I was putting together my notes. In my defense, I did remember the other 30 shows. Unfortunately, in some cases (*cough* Charlie's Angels *cough*).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 27, 2011, 11:27:55 PM
The Awkward. season finale was of high quality. The show is pretty great.
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Post by: Katebo on September 27, 2011, 11:58:48 PM
I keep hearing good things- what's it about?
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Post by: roujin on September 28, 2011, 12:02:07 AM
Portrait of a FLY as a Teenage Girl?
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Post by: sdedalus on September 28, 2011, 12:19:28 AM
Awkward. is really good.  Believe it or not.  My So-Called Life in the Easy A world.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 28, 2011, 09:14:01 AM
Word to both of those, though I haven't seen My So-Called Life. It's about high school, but not real high school, dramatic high school where people talk all crazy, the good girl gets both of the guys, parties are hard, colors pop, and basically every is a silly cartoon character until the show slowly begins to reveal (most of the time) that these are actual people.

So great.
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Post by: jim brown on September 28, 2011, 08:37:12 PM
Family Matters is off to a strong start this season.
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Post by: mañana on September 29, 2011, 03:04:55 PM
I watched the Pan Am pilot. The sequences before the title card were really pleasantly light. Once the plane took off, I had a hard time paying attention. She’s a spy?  ???
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Post by: Verite on September 29, 2011, 04:02:24 PM
I love this so much:

(http://i.huffpost.com/gen/356173/thumbs/s-LARRY-MERCHANT-MAYWEATHER-large.jpg)
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Post by: mañana on October 01, 2011, 01:08:35 AM
I find Daniel a little smug.
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Post by: mañana on October 01, 2011, 01:24:04 PM
New Girl is like Cougar Town with Zooey trying her best to be Liz Lemon.
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Post by: ferris on October 02, 2011, 12:42:33 AM
My brother-in-law works on the new Charlie's Angels.  He lives in Pittsburgh, but spent a lot of the last six months living away from his family working in Florida on the first howevermany episodes.  We're not sure whether to root for this to succeeed.  The film business in Pittsburgh has been up and down over the last 10 years, but has all but dried up now.  If the series is a success, he'll be able to continue to bring in some much-needed income but have to continue to live away from the family.  If it's a HUGE success they'll have to start to consider moving to Florida....not something they're really keen on doing. 

Anyone think of Force Fox Five anytime there's an ad on for this?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 02, 2011, 04:19:58 PM
Arrested Development!  :D :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D

EDIT: Here's a link (http://www.screened.com/news/arrested-development-returning-for-one-more-season-and-a-movie/2958/)
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Post by: Katebo on October 02, 2011, 07:23:41 PM
:D :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D
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Post by: jswysin on October 02, 2011, 08:23:10 PM
Arrested Development!  :D :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D

I just blue myself.
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Post by: mañana on October 03, 2011, 08:37:49 AM
Late-season Charles in Charge was at the vanguard of the light entertainment postmodern movement.
Interesting. So you're suggesting the Powell years were more daring than the original Pembroke era? I have one minor quibble with you assertion; Nicole Eggert was certainly no social construct, she was adorable in a manner than was absolute and unchanging.

Even within the expected parameters of child-acting, Michael Fishman was just plain awful.
Ha, and he gets worse as the series goes on. Different actor in the original pilot, he had to have been better.
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Post by: ferris on October 03, 2011, 09:27:05 AM
Arrested Development!  :D :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D

I just blue myself.

Well wouldn't this be just some kinda awesome?!
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 03, 2011, 11:53:24 AM
I'm guessing they found some funding in the banana stand.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on October 03, 2011, 06:33:38 PM
What's the verdict on Showtime's Homeland? It had quite an amount of positive buzz from critics, but I still haven't seen it (might be a while until I do), but did any of you guys catch it? Most importantly, is it or will it be worthy of its own thread?

And even if it sucks, as AAAustin pointed out- PATINKIN!
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Post by: sdedalus on October 03, 2011, 06:41:02 PM
Don't get Showtime.
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Post by: Katebo on October 03, 2011, 11:28:47 PM
I already posted this in the Homeland thread, but in case anyone isn't checking that thread, Homeland is definitely the best new show this season. The cast is great, the pilot is very strong (only one plotline I'm a little leery of), and it the storyline has a lot of potential to grow over the season. You should absolutely check it out if you can. The pilot's up on Showtime's website, for those of us stateside, at least.
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Post by: mañana on October 04, 2011, 09:19:33 AM
The Powell years got increasingly crazier and self-aware, right?
No doubt a major influence on It's Garry Shandling's Show, season 4 of Seinfeld, and Louie.
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Post by: Monty on October 04, 2011, 01:46:20 PM
Watched the pilot for Terra Nova today. I must say it didn't really make an impression on me.
Are there any new must see American shows I should be looking out for this season.
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Post by: ferris on October 04, 2011, 01:57:02 PM
Watched the pilot for Terra Nova today. I must say it didn't really make an impression on me.
Are there any new must see American shows I should be looking out for this season.

I passed by the TV as my wife was watching episode two.  Seems like they lifted 5 characters from Lost and three from Avatar and threw them in the middle of Jurassic Park.  And like every new show, they have one actor who was hired specifically for his ability to do 350 crunches before every scene.   ::)
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Post by: sdedalus on October 04, 2011, 02:08:02 PM
Watched the pilot for Terra Nova today. I must say it didn't really make an impression on me.
Are there any new must see American shows I should be looking out for this season.

Not really.  Some good shows, but nothing really earth-shattering.  At least not yet.
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Post by: AAAutin on October 04, 2011, 07:18:42 PM
The pilot's up on Showtime's website, for those of us stateside, at least.

The censored version is also up on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za9hEyxHSBA&feature=sh_e_top&list=SL?tag=side-20) (legitimately).
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Post by: StudentOFilm on October 04, 2011, 11:26:28 PM
Are there any new must see American shows I should be looking out for this season.

As far as cable is concerned, the only new show that I liked was Homeland (check out that thread for some more info).

Here was an entry I did for my blog trying to answer that question now that I've seen the first round of fall pilots from networks.

Quote from: me
Network TV rarely tends to have anything worth watching with the exception of a few comedies. I'm being slightly snobbish with that comment, but I'm speaking from "the top down." By this, I mean that with channels such as AMC, FX, HBO, and Showtime having such a high quality of programming, very little measures up from ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. I just finished my viewing of all the new network pilots. I realize that shows can grow, but generally speaking the shows with a good pilot usually (and there are notable exceptions) turn out to be worth your time. Sorry for another entry in the format of a list, but I'd be here until November typing out of my specific thoughts on each one (and little blurbs won't do the good or even bad ones justice). So here they are and I am being generous to adjust for those that don't look "top down" as I do.

ABC
Watch- Revenge
Don't watch- Charlie's Angels, Pan Am, Suburgatory
Still coming this fall- Last Man Standing, Man Up, Once Upon a Time
Still coming this winter- Apartment 23, GCB, Missing, The River, Scandal, Work It

CBS
Watch- A Gifted Man, Person of Interest
Too soon to tell- 2 Broke Girls, Unforgettable
Don't watch- How to Be a Gentleman
Still coming this winter- The 2-2

CW
Watch- Ringer
Don't watch- H8R, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle

FOX
Watch- New Girl
Too soon to tell- Terra Nova
Still coming this fall- Allen Gregory, I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Still coming this winter- Alcatraz, The Finder, Little in Common, Napoleon Dynamite, Touch

NBC
Watch- Up All Night
Too soon to tell- Prime Suspect
Don't watch- Free Agents, The Playboy Club, Whitney
Still coming this fall- Grimm
Still coming this winter- Are You There Vodka It's Me Chelsea, Awake, Bent, Best Friends Forever, The Firm, Smash, Who's Still Standing?

I'll update in November and again in January or February.
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Post by: mañana on October 05, 2011, 10:44:01 AM
Both great theme songs, that's for dang sure.
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Post by: 'Noke on October 05, 2011, 03:44:53 PM
I've only ever heard of The Gary Shandling Show because of James Murphy. True story.
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Post by: Totoro on October 06, 2011, 12:19:04 AM
Jessica Lange is HAMMING. IT. UP. on AHS.
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Post by: jim brown on October 06, 2011, 01:12:22 AM
Jessica Lange is HAMMING. IT. UP. on AHS.

It is awful.
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Post by: 1SO on October 06, 2011, 09:46:18 AM
15 years later and they're still ripping off the opening credits of Se7en (http://www.hulu.com/watch/285794/american-horror-story-opening-credits).
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Post by: sdedalus on October 06, 2011, 03:17:43 PM
You mean 50 years later they're still ripping off Stan Brakhage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cur2P5Ym3Yw&feature=related)?
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Post by: Verite on October 06, 2011, 04:04:16 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QNy8XDqrL.jpg)

My Idris Elba man crush is in full effect.
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Post by: Monty on October 07, 2011, 08:22:48 AM
CW
Watch- Ringer

Seen the first two episodes. I was three-quarters way through the 2nd episode and thought it's ambling along quite nicely as one of those assuming someone's identity type shows, then there's a twist I didn't see coming, now I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on October 07, 2011, 08:31:49 AM
You mean 50 years later they're still ripping off Stan Brakhage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cur2P5Ym3Yw&feature=related)?

Chances they've seen Se7en>Chances they've seen Brakhage.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on October 07, 2011, 09:39:55 AM
Yes. But I get the point that the people who did the credits for Se7en probably saw Brakhage.

Only they did a much better job. That was awful.  and it went on forever.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on October 07, 2011, 10:24:07 AM
I thought we had decided as a community of film snobs that fast cuts were of the devil and clearly all talented filmmakers have super long shots exclusively? Isn't that why Nolan is a terrible filmmaker?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 07, 2011, 10:31:24 AM
Nolan is a terrible film maker because he has no grasp on anything resembling human emotion. Though I guess that's mostly why he's a bad writer. I suppose the disorienting cuts, poorly executed action sequences, and generally poor mise-en-scene make him a bad technical filmmaker as well, yes.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on October 07, 2011, 10:46:16 AM
No, Nolan is a "terrible" filmmaker because people like to be hyperbolic and contrarian.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jim brown on October 07, 2011, 10:59:22 AM
No, Nolan is a "terrible" filmmaker because people like to be hyperbolic and contrarian.

Agreed.  I might not love everything he does, but I'm always interested in what his next project is going to be. 
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on October 07, 2011, 04:34:57 PM
I don't want to start a thread for it, but am I the only one on here who watches and, yes, likes, Supernatural?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on October 07, 2011, 04:50:47 PM
I think I watched the first three or four seasons. Got caught up with wherever it was at the time and didn't want to watch real-time. So I'll get back to it sometime. Fun stuff.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jim brown on October 07, 2011, 05:05:53 PM
Always sorry I missed the boat on Supernatural.  I'm afraid there's enough back-story I don't know that will keep me from enjoying it now.  I believe I was choosing between this and Reaper at the time and went with Ray Wise.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on October 07, 2011, 08:43:44 PM
Understandable. I liked Reaper- Wise absolutely made it worth watching. As for Supernatural, there's a lot of backstory. You probably could hump in now, but it would spoil lots of great reveals. I'd say catch up on DVD some time.
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Post by: sdedalus on October 08, 2011, 12:19:11 AM
It's totally worthy of the Espenson legacy.
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Post by: sdedalus on October 08, 2011, 12:52:46 AM
Never seen it.  I would, but it's not instantly watchable.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on October 10, 2011, 12:56:44 PM
Just watched the second episode for Terra Nova. Still not feeling it, gonna give up on this show me thinks.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on October 13, 2011, 10:20:51 AM
Work of Art: Next Great Artist started last night. It's a show that is at once preposterous and smart. There are some genuinely good arts created under extraordinarily silly premises. Check it out. Also, there's a contestant named The Sucklord.

This AV Club review is phenomenal and gets to the reason why the show works. (http://www.avclub.com/articles/kitsch-me-if-you-can,63139/)
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Post by: Solid Blake on October 17, 2011, 08:46:43 PM
What's up with this dude showing up on every show as of late?

(http://ucbcomedy.cachefly.net/ucbcomedy/img/talent/1296/normal.jpg)
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Post by: AAAutin on October 17, 2011, 09:12:45 PM
That's just Todd being Todd.
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Post by: Totoro on October 18, 2011, 05:39:30 AM
No offense, Todd.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on October 20, 2011, 03:33:32 AM
The ferris household is still catching up on back episodes of Top Gear on BBC America.  I love when they rip on American cars.  It cracks me up
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Solid Blake on October 20, 2011, 12:47:13 PM
There have been very few moments on television that have moved me emotionally, and this was one of them: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-20-2001/september-11--2001
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Post by: Katebo on October 20, 2011, 01:53:27 PM
Powerful stuff. I can't imagine what that time was like for New Yorkers. I had a vague awareness, in high school in the Chicago suburbs, I remember that day, and that week, very specifically, but I had no idea of what it meant. This has to be one of the most visceral and truthful responses at the time that I've seen.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jim brown on October 26, 2011, 12:54:52 PM
The 1980s Ken Wahl series Wiseguy is being remade (http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/tvbizwire/2011/10/critically-acclaimed-1980s-dra.php).  I never saw the original, but heard great things about it.  Early Kevin Spacey.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on October 26, 2011, 07:28:41 PM
Looks like I'll be spending some time with Gossip Girl since it's on Netflix Instant now.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 26, 2011, 07:30:00 PM
Looks like I'll be spending some time with Gossip Girl since it's on Netflix Instant now.

No way! Forget Mad Men and Twin Peaks, I know what I'm watching too!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jim brown on October 26, 2011, 07:34:35 PM
Looks like I'll be spending some time with Gossip Girl since it's on Netflix Instant now.

No way! Forget Mad Men and Twin Peaks, I know what I'm watching too!

Never forget Twin Peaks!

#neverforget
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 28, 2011, 08:10:00 AM
This is a post that is pertinent to all people who love television. It concerns the greatest 45 minutes of TV ever produced, written, directed, edited, aired, and whatever else. I implore you to give it a read (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=10497.msg636399#msg636399)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Totoro on October 31, 2011, 12:51:01 AM
Christina Ricci is adorable and incredibly sexy in Pan Am.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 02, 2011, 08:36:39 PM
Lovin' Free Agents (UK).  First time watching.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on November 03, 2011, 02:25:10 AM
Yeah, that as good.  The lead actor is also the star of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, the pilot of which is online, easy to find, and easily my most anticipated new series.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 03, 2011, 08:45:23 AM
I've been meaning to check that one out.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jim brown on November 03, 2011, 10:58:33 PM
I have been hating on, but consistently watching, American Horror Story, but the Halloween Part 2 episode has launched this series into full-on crazy, tv-trash-heaven.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on November 04, 2011, 11:18:52 AM
One week into fan voting on The X-Factor and I'm already pissed off.

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Totoro on November 04, 2011, 06:01:29 PM
I have been hating on, but consistently watching, American Horror Story, but the Halloween Part 2 episode has launched this series into full-on crazy, tv-trash-heaven.

As if we don't have enough trash tv as it is.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jim brown on November 04, 2011, 06:15:06 PM
I have been hating on, but consistently watching, American Horror Story, but the Halloween Part 2 episode has launched this series into full-on crazy, tv-trash-heaven.

As if we don't have enough trash tv as it is.

Agreed, but this just became my kind of trash.  :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on November 04, 2011, 09:34:02 PM
This season of Survivor is one of the best I've ever seen. The most recent episode was Jawesome.
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Post by: Corndog on November 04, 2011, 09:40:09 PM
This season of Survivor is one of the best I've ever seen. The most recent episode was Jawesome.

Couldn't agree more. Fantastic stuff going down in the South Pacific.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Clovis8 on November 04, 2011, 09:58:32 PM
Cochrane rules all.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 04, 2011, 11:29:56 PM
I have been hating on, but consistently watching, American Horror Story, but the Halloween Part 2 episode has launched this series into full-on crazy, tv-trash-heaven.
Only watched the pilot, it was great fun.

One week into fan voting on The X-Factor and I'm already pissed off.
I've been trying my best not to watch this.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Jared on November 06, 2011, 10:26:44 PM
Alabama only getting bumped down to 3 seems remarkably unfair. They lost at home to LSU, whereas Oregon lost to them on a nuetral field and dropped like 9 spots.

what a stupid system. I watch so much less college football than I would if they had a playoff.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on November 06, 2011, 10:29:07 PM
At least they are still ahead of Boise, though I disagree Stanford not jumping them. I would be even more flabbergasted however if Standford beats Oregon next week and doesn't jump them then.

Now let's see if my ploy to get Bill to come back and argue that point works.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on November 06, 2011, 11:09:07 PM
I have been hating on, but consistently watching, American Horror Story, but the Halloween Part 2 episode has launched this series into full-on crazy, tv-trash-heaven.

That's what happens when you take a iffy show with potential and have Tim Minear write an episode for you.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 07, 2011, 05:05:36 PM
Anyone watched Hell on Wheels on AMC?

I really enjoyed Page Eight which had a stellar cast (Judy F*ckin' Davis, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz) and wonderful cinematography by Martin Ruhe!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on November 07, 2011, 05:20:57 PM
I watched Hell on Wheels.  I'd say it had potential, but it seems a bit like The Walking Dead trying to masquerade as Deadwood.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 07, 2011, 05:54:56 PM
I didn't watch but I do plan to check it out. Sepinwall and Fienberg kept criticizing it for not being as good as Deadwood, which seems pretty unfair.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on November 07, 2011, 06:03:21 PM
I had a lot of problems with it and won't be checking it out again. It's not terrible, just annoying (to me, at least). (For example, the main character had slaves, but freed them after learning the error of his ways from his Northern wife. Very convenient.)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on November 07, 2011, 06:28:16 PM
I don't really see the problem with that.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on November 07, 2011, 08:42:43 PM
but it seems a bit like The Walking Dead trying to masquerade as Deadwood.

I'd say it's closer to DEADWOOD, by way of (early) BOARDWALK EMPIRE, with a hint of JUSTIFIED...all shot like a credit card commercial.

A pretty disappointing pilot, especially for a show I've been eagerly anticipating for at least a year now. I might give it another episode or two, but man...
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 07, 2011, 08:49:07 PM
I seem to say this every week I get caught up, but I'll do it in a different thread this time. Boardwalk Empire is damn good and continues to impress me on a weekly basis.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on November 07, 2011, 08:55:49 PM
Boardwalk Empire is damn good and continues to impress me on a weekly basis.

If you had told me a year ago that BOARDWALK EMPIRE was going to get this good, I would have laughed at you. Much like I did during this past season of BREAKING BAD, I keep waiting for the dip, but it never comes. This show is really hitting its stride right now.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on November 08, 2011, 09:15:26 AM
House is actually good this season! Funny!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 08, 2011, 11:04:17 AM
I really enjoyed Page Eight which had a stellar cast (Judy F*ckin' Davis, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz) and wonderful cinematography by Martin Ruhe!

To those interested, it's available to watch online over at PBS' Masterpiece site here (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch/index.html).

PBS Masterpiece Classic, Mystery, and Contemporary have been great this year.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sandy on November 09, 2011, 10:41:35 AM
I really enjoyed Page Eight which had a stellar cast (Judy F*ckin' Davis, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz) and wonderful cinematography by Martin Ruhe!

To those interested, it's available to watch online over at PBS' Masterpiece site here (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch/index.html).

PBS Masterpiece Classic, Mystery, and Contemporary have been great this year.

Thank you Verite. I abandoned my homework and housework and enjoyed every moment of it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 09, 2011, 04:18:43 PM
To those interested, it's available to watch online over at PBS' Masterpiece site here (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch/index.html).

PBS Masterpiece Classic, Mystery, and Contemporary have been great this year.

Thank you Verite. I abandoned my homework and housework and enjoyed every moment of it.

Yes!  So glad you watched it and enjoyed!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 19, 2011, 11:00:57 AM
Hey, do you like Arrested Development? Do you like Netflix? Do you like streaming? Hope you like all three because that's how the new episodes are being exclusively released (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/arrested-development-be-resurrected-by-263790).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on November 19, 2011, 11:10:14 AM
Now Netflix needs to expand into Korea, not just the Western Hemisphere so I can keep it going.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 20, 2011, 07:00:15 AM
Fandom is a trip: the young woman on crutches storming the field as time runs out for the Baylor-Oklahoma game.  LMFAO.  Watch clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEJUiDhmHco#t=0m06s).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 20, 2011, 07:45:51 PM
Yea, my school is full of crazy people.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 21, 2011, 09:03:18 PM
Anyone watched Bourdain's new food/travel series The Layover?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on November 21, 2011, 11:32:52 PM
Singapore food/travel eps are always great.  Really diggin' it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jim brown on November 22, 2011, 03:23:27 PM
This joke has more subtlety than I would ever credit Jimmy Fallon with.  Oh yeah, that's because his bandleader made it. (http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/tvbizwire/2011/11/jimmy-fallons-band-gives-miche.php)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on November 22, 2011, 03:30:43 PM
Worst-case scenario? The Roots get kicked off the show.

Best-case scenario? The Roots get kicked off the show.

Either way, The Roots win.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jim brown on November 22, 2011, 03:36:52 PM
I miss Jack Paar.  ???
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on November 22, 2011, 04:07:30 PM
Anyone watched Bourdain's new food/travel series The Layover?

I didn't even know he had a new show. I assume it's not as off the beaten path as No Reservations?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 26, 2011, 02:05:38 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b1/2011_Grey_Cup.svg)

Swaggerville!
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Post by: smirnoff on November 26, 2011, 06:51:14 PM
If Buck doesn't get hurt tying up his shoes or something they may have a chance...
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on November 26, 2011, 07:19:39 PM
How dare you!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on December 04, 2011, 02:19:52 PM
How many seasons can Glee run before they have to build in a learning disability sub-plot for the entire glee squad to explain why they are still in high school?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on December 04, 2011, 02:38:42 PM
I believe they'll take the Friday Night Lights approach and graduate some of the characters.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: edgar00 on December 06, 2011, 10:33:11 AM
Just finished season 1 of Rome. Quite enjoyed it. I'll watch season 2 in the coming days.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 06, 2011, 03:30:09 PM
Has anyone here seen the Australian crime series Underbelly?  The DVDs came out here today, and I'm very curious about the series.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on December 06, 2011, 11:38:34 PM
Haven't seen Underbelly, but Rome is a favorite- definitely underappreciated. Enjoy season 2, edgar!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on December 07, 2011, 12:56:17 AM
Ditto about Rome. Ray Stevenson is phenomenal in that role.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tim on December 07, 2011, 02:09:57 AM

The complete box set of arrested development (well complete until they start making it again) is on sale for $60. I haven't actually seen it yet. Did it ever screen here? Should I just buy it while it is on sale?

Underbelly is dull.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on December 07, 2011, 02:13:42 AM
Buy it. No questions asked.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mousterpiece on December 07, 2011, 09:41:30 AM

The complete box set of arrested development (well complete until they start making it again) is on sale for $60. I haven't actually seen it yet. Did it ever screen here? Should I just buy it while it is on sale?

You haven't seen Arrested Development yet? COME ON!

(Yes, buy it.)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 07, 2011, 11:26:35 AM
Ditto about Rome. Ray Stevenson is phenomenal in that role.

Polly Walker's Atia is my favorite performance in Rome.  Maybe top 10 tv character of all time.



re: Underbelly

Yeah, I saw some clips on YouTube and ninemsn and it looked mediocre at best. 
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on December 07, 2011, 11:39:50 AM
$60.

Seems a bit steep. But you shan't be disappointed.

Polly Walker's Atia is my favorite performance in Rome.

There lies an old Bondo/AAA debate: he's all about the Kerry Condon, while I'm more a Polly Walker man.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 12, 2011, 09:27:50 PM
This No Reservations Christmas ep is one of the strangest things I've ever seen.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on December 13, 2011, 05:42:27 PM
Bill Forsythe enters into Boardwalk Empire at some point? Okay now I'm interested again...
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on December 13, 2011, 05:55:46 PM
Polly Walker's Atia is my favorite performance in Rome.

There lies an old Bondo/AAA debate: he's all about the Kerry Condon, while I'm more a Polly Walker man.

I'm not ever sure I was arguing about which performance is better (Walker has a far jucier role, though Kevin McKidd is my favorite from that series, loves me a stoic Scot).

Oh, and hello television thread.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 13, 2011, 06:09:27 PM
This No Reservations Christmas ep is one of the strangest things I've ever seen.
Nothing says yuletide cheer like cooking octopus with Christopher Walken.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mousterpiece on December 13, 2011, 06:18:56 PM
Bill Forsythe enters into Boardwalk Empire at some point? Okay now I'm interested again...

He becomes a much more important character than I would've thought. He's good, though!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on December 13, 2011, 06:27:36 PM
I'm not ever sure I was arguing about which performance is better

Heh, I know. By the way, Kerry Condon looks great on LUCK, with mid-length red hair.

Bill Forsythe enters into Boardwalk Empire at some point?

Almost unrecognizable...and awesome.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on December 16, 2011, 09:00:14 AM
This No Reservations Christmas ep is one of the strangest things I've ever seen.
Nothing says yuletide cheer like cooking octopus with Christopher Walken.

Needed more F'ed Up!

The Samantha Brown stuff was pretty good though.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Totoro on December 22, 2011, 03:29:09 PM
NBC believes they need more female driven comedy TV series. What they don't realize is that Gillian Jacobs and Allison Brie are the two funniest women on TV in the show Community. Both shows - Are You There Chelsea? and Whitney look horribly unfunny, but through the use of the laugh track, we're supposed to believe they're HILARIOUS. Gillian and Allison don't need a laugh track - it comes natural. Please, NBC, realize the grave error you're doing by ignoring Community and promoting these two duds. Annie and Britta aren't define by a man, but by their own neuroses like the best of great female comedy TV performances such as Elaine & yeah, I'll say it, Samantha. Keep Community, cancel Whitney and Are You There Chelsea? Thank you.

Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on December 22, 2011, 03:38:35 PM
Umm, where's the love for Yvette Nicole Brown?

Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 22, 2011, 03:52:54 PM
There are funny ladies out there, I just can't think of very many exclusive female comedians who I car for at all. Generally the women on Community are not my favorite characters, I've always found Silverman insufferable, and Roseanne is terribad. So yeah, I'm not sure who I'm forgetting about in the TV funny lady cannon. The Seinfeld girl, I guess, she was okay on Curb.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on December 22, 2011, 04:34:18 PM
Wait, are we talking funny female characters or funny women? The two are seemingly being confused here.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 22, 2011, 04:37:05 PM
Yeah, I reckon that's a good point too. I just assumed with what little I've seen of Whitney and what little I know of that other show there's a supposition that the two leads are just 'playing themselves' as the case may be.

I can think of a good number of funny female characters, even if the number of female comedians I can think of is scarce.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on December 22, 2011, 04:42:03 PM
Well, I could give you a list of funny female stand-ups, but their transition into television generally involves writing (or performing sketch), not starring in lead roles.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 22, 2011, 04:45:27 PM
There are funny ladies out there, I just can't think of very many exclusive female comedians who I car for at all.

What do you think of Maria Bamford and Kathleen Madigan?  I love them.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 22, 2011, 04:56:44 PM
Not familiar with Bamford, and have never been one for Madigan.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on December 22, 2011, 05:00:48 PM
Bamford is fantastic, but it would take a really specific show to highlight her talent.  You couldn't just drop her into any sitcom as a regular.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on December 22, 2011, 05:10:31 PM
Yeah, I love me some Bammer. Does anyone remember the show she had on Super Deluxe?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on December 22, 2011, 09:35:39 PM
Maria is the best and nicest person there is. Obviously her voice work is fantastic. I thought she was pretty great on the episode of Sarah Silverman Program where she was the weirdo mayor.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on December 30, 2011, 03:46:05 PM
 :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on January 01, 2012, 07:45:40 PM
Rob Schneider has a sitcom starting up. Community is in hiatus. And one wonders why I don't respect television.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mousterpiece on January 01, 2012, 08:32:49 PM
But it has an upside-down exclamation point! That's awesome, right?

(I once saw Schneider at a company holiday party, performing "stand-up," which I put in quotes because it was as bad as you'd think. Not a party I'll soon forget.)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on January 01, 2012, 10:09:46 PM
But it has an upside-down exclamation point! That's awesome, right?
Heh, yeah, he stole ¡Keith!'s act.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 06, 2012, 09:43:24 AM
Time to do some clean up, friends.

First order of business is looking forward to the future, but also the present. Tonight the second season of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret airs on IFC. This and Archer compete for the title of the funniest show on television for me, and the story telling device of having each episode reveal more and more about how exactly Todd finds himself public enemy number one. Every episode starts with a judge reading off more and more charges filed against him. There's also a great sustained, layered narrative with a ton of callback jokes and foreshadowing that make for a surprisingly well constructed comedy. Obviously, David Cross is fantastic as Todd Margaret, watching him lie is something magical, and Will Arnett as Todd's boss curses so well it rivals even Malcolm Tucker at points. Also, the first season (only 6 episodes, 30 minutes each) is all on Netflix Instant right now! Catch up and watch this show, please!

Moving on, we think about the MTV. Awkward. surprised the shit out of me this past fall. Seriously, I had to throw those pants away, just couldn't get them clean. Now I just want them back. The next best thing is a new show called I Just Want My Pants Back, which starts up on February 2nd. I imagine it's just going to be the one hour episode that they aired after the MTV VMA's in August or whenever. It was a pretty great pilot, presenting it as kind of the indie/hipster version of Skins (their, sadly, scrapped version that would/should be starting back up again right now if MTV didn't have their own heads up their ass). It was funny, and indie, and though it will be hard to live up to Awkward., there is reason to be excited. Watch it, friends!

That Luck show starts back up on HBO at the end of the month too, and that new Don Cheadle thing happens on Showtime on Sunday, but whatever, we already know about those and have reason to believe that at least the former will be excellent based on that one time pilot airing thing.

But that brings us to the saddest news of all. 2007 was a great year for film, in fact my favorite film of all time (There Will Be Blood) was released in 2007. But something else happened that year, something magical. Wizards of Waverly Place started. Selena Gomez and David Henrie, equally incredible talents, came on the scene as Disney ushered in its latest golden age. Tonight it all comes to a close at 8 on Disney Channel. The overarching story, which child will win the Wizard Competition and keep their powers, wraps up and we all move on from there. The assumption, given the family's history alluded to in past episodes, that Justin will win and give up his powers so Max, who needs them most, can have them. But in the movie Alex actually beat Justin, so that could happen as well. All of these episodes are on Netflix Instant as well, but if you wanted to catch up in time it's probably too late. The big thing is, with Selena departing, Disney's pillars (Miley, Selena, the Sprouse twins, and even Demi to a lesser extent) are gone. This is truly the end, and it's sad.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on January 06, 2012, 10:51:57 AM
Time to do some clean up, friends.

Am I--Am I being let go?

Also, the first season (only 6 episodes, 30 minutes each) is all on Netflix Instant right now!

Nice. Thanks for the heads-up! (Even if you are a heartless tyrant with no regard for the well-being of those who toil beneath him.)

This is truly the end, and it's sad.

Wait, wait! I was just kidding about that whole "tyrant" thing. (Unless I don't get to keep my job--in which case, I totally wasn't.)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on January 06, 2012, 03:04:01 PM
Todd Margaret is definitely worth a watch. Also, Portlandia starts up again tonight.

And, for enjoyable shows on stations you don't watch, Billy on the Street on Fuse make me laugh quite a bit.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on January 06, 2012, 03:15:18 PM
Also, Portlandia starts up again tonight.

The first season of which is also on NWI. It's a quick burn, too: I watched it all in one sitting. But, uh, I don't think I'll be coming back for seconds.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on January 06, 2012, 04:01:34 PM
I'll be back for seconds for sure.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on January 06, 2012, 04:16:58 PM
I'll be back for seconds for sure.

Only if they sweeten the tandoor with a little more Kumail Nanjiani spice. Mmm, naan!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on January 06, 2012, 04:23:15 PM
I'm going to try out the Portlandia and Todd Margaret premieres. Not particularly excited, particularly as I really don't think Portlandia's for me (thought the s1 bits from it that I saw were not even remotely funny), but I'm gonna give it a shot.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on January 06, 2012, 04:27:29 PM
I liked S1 of Portlandia, but like all sketch shows, it's very hit-or-miss.  Even Mr. Show had a few clunkers.

I watched 3 episodes of Todd Margaret and didn't like it much.  It feels like the whole joke is right there in the title.  It doesn't really get funny, just repetitively awkward.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on January 06, 2012, 04:34:28 PM
Even Mr. Show had a few clunkers.

Blasphemy!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 06, 2012, 05:31:51 PM
I watched 3 episodes of Todd Margaret and didn't like it much.  It feels like the whole joke is right there in the title.  It doesn't really get funny, just repetitively awkward.

Partially, but that's also what makes it so great. It's like a comedy of errors in the way it builds! It's simultaneously easy to sympathize with Todd while also abhorring everything he perpetuates and stands for, same with Arnett's character. And the whole plot line with Dave being a puppet master presents so many interesting possibilities!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 06, 2012, 10:11:41 PM
Wizards of Waverly Place really hit home with its finale, and was a really fitting end to what is, in all likelihood, the true end of Disney Channel's overlooked Golden Age of television. It's a show that started when I started college, and as I prepare to finish it concludes as well, which kind of seems fitting.

I wrote my thoughts about it, and some brief thoughts on Disney Channel as a whole (http://processedgrass.blogspot.com/2012/01/final-farewells-thoughts-about.html), so check it out if you want. I mention in there that this is a very selfish post, just a way for me to spew out some emotional reactions to the finale and send what was truly a groundbreaking series off properly.

A great end to a great show.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jim brown on January 06, 2012, 11:10:45 PM
Even Mr. Show had a few clunkers.

Such blasphemy will not go unpunished.  You do realise this, don't you?

DON'T YOU???? (http://youtu.be/w-EhpnOxN4Q?t=2m40s)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on January 07, 2012, 07:06:40 PM
Shameless, House of Lies, Californication on Sundays.... Showtime is going to be broadcasting a lot of sex. Not even counting their softcore porn that probably comes on after these shows.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on January 10, 2012, 11:17:43 PM
I'll be back for seconds for sure.
Only if they sweeten the tandoor with a little more Kumail Nanjiani spice. Mmm, naan!
He was great in the season two premiere.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Antares on January 12, 2012, 08:28:48 AM
Jim Rome 'leaving' ESPN...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/more/01/11/jim.rome.espn.cbs.ap/index.html?eref=si_more (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/more/01/11/jim.rome.espn.cbs.ap/index.html?eref=si_more)

Sounds more like ESPN wanted him to leave. When you get 'demoted' to ESPN2 and your show is placed after Dan LeBatard's disastrously horrible show, you have to know that the network doesn't want you or your painfully phony, street cred mojo anymore. I'd sometimes watch this show and it would make me nauseous listening to him ghetto talk to his guests. He'll wind up doing sports talk radio in some lesser radio market somewhere eventually. I mean, who watches CBS SportsNet anyway?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on January 12, 2012, 12:00:41 PM
Jim Rome 'leaving' ESPN...

I mean, who watches CBS SportsNet anyway?

Unfortunately, it sounds like he'll be popping up in their NFL/March Madness coverage, which will make it more difficult for me to ignore him.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Antares on January 12, 2012, 12:29:40 PM
Jim Rome 'leaving' ESPN...

I mean, who watches CBS SportsNet anyway?

Unfortunately, it sounds like he'll be popping up in their NFL/March Madness coverage, which will make it more difficult for me to ignore him.

I guarantee that within a couple of years, they'll shit can his ass too.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on January 12, 2012, 01:52:44 PM
Jim Rome 'leaving' ESPN...

I mean, who watches CBS SportsNet anyway?

Unfortunately, it sounds like he'll be popping up in their NFL/March Madness coverage, which will make it more difficult for me to ignore him.

I guarantee that within a couple of years, they'll shit can his ass too.

But that means I have to acknowledge him for a couple years, when for the last couple years I've been able to forget he exists at all.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on January 13, 2012, 04:04:35 PM
But that means I have to acknowledge him for a couple years, when for the last couple years I've been able to forget he exists at all.

So I guess Jim Everett ranks high on your fave athletes list?   :D
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on January 13, 2012, 04:41:04 PM
Jim Everett

I'm pretty sure he prefers to be called "Chris."
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on January 13, 2012, 06:28:59 PM
Upcoming HBO premieres announced...

Game of Thrones season 2- April 1
Lena Dunham's Girls series premiere- April 15
Armando Iannucci's Veep series premiere starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss- April 22

Also, new film from Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Recount) titled Game Change, based on the novel, premieres March 10. Starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain, and Woody Harrelson.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on January 13, 2012, 08:08:25 PM
*Jim overturns AAA's table and pushes AAA off of his chair*
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 13, 2012, 08:47:36 PM
Armando Iannucci's Veep series premiere starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss- April 22

Until they announced these dates earlier I didn't know this was coming, but I'm so excited! He tweeted that there's more The Thick Of It Coming soon too.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on January 13, 2012, 11:41:11 PM
Armando Iannucci's Veep series premiere starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss- April 22

Until they announced these dates earlier I didn't know this was coming, but I'm so excited! He tweeted that there's more The Thick Of It Coming soon too.

Tony Hale is also a regular on Veep!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 20, 2012, 10:19:19 AM
I can't wait for that show.

I also couldn't wait for Archer last night, which was great. What I hadn't realized until reading through comments on the AV Club review of the episode was that apparently each season of Archer uses a film poster to frame its characters. I don't know much about spy and action films though, so I'm going to need some help with this season's reference since no one on AV Club replied with an answer either. For reference, here is season 1's poster and the film it is based on:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61W-tjqAFHL._SX500_.jpg)

(http://www.firstshowing.net/img2/BondPoster-LetDie-vert.jpg)

And here's season 2:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Kou5XbpaL._SX500_.jpg)

(http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lnj34mOf1c1qdn8veo1_500.jpg)

And finally, here's the season 3 poster thing, but I'm not sure which film poster it is playing on:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41vxjO8YY8L._SX500_.jpg)

Anyone have any ideas?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on January 21, 2012, 10:58:19 PM
4 episodes into Downton Abbey. Excellent. It's often compared to Gosford Park, but the writing is much funnier and the direction much more lively. I present as evidence Maggie Smith vs. a swivel chair (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2bfYw1B_Ww).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on January 22, 2012, 09:07:21 PM
Up All Night > Community
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mousterpiece on January 22, 2012, 09:21:13 PM
A.) That is the basis for the Unpopular TV Opinions post, right?

B.) Despite being single-camera NBC shows, I'd say that's comparing apples and oranges. The tone and jokes of those shows are so different, whether or not you find them funny.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on January 22, 2012, 09:35:20 PM
A.  :)

B. One replaced the other on the schedule, is the only reason I compared them. And to be sassy.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mousterpiece on January 22, 2012, 09:45:11 PM
It sure was sassy, I'll give you that.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on January 31, 2012, 11:25:58 PM
How To Make it in America reminds me of those Village Voice sidebar slideshows you'd see while reading the latest Hoberman. Ergo, I'll keep watching it, with appropriate self-loathing.

It's ok to admit you're just watching it to see Lake Bell topless. We won't think any less of you.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on February 01, 2012, 11:57:41 AM
It's ok to admit you're just watching it to see Lake Bell topless. We won't think any less of you.

Ooo... haven't got to that bit yet.  8)

Considering I saw that particular clip in the fall, I'm guessing you'll have to wait until season 2.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 02, 2012, 09:34:46 PM
Friendly reminder:

I Just Want My Pants Back starts up on MTV tonight at 11 pm EST.

Also, at 12 am EST on [adultswim] Delocated starts its third season.

And Archer tonight was incredible.

Fantastic night for television, and I still need to catch up on the NBC comedies from tonight.

Oh yeah, and I also finished the fourth episode of Mad Men, which continues to be pretty great. Such great character building so far. Still get taken out of the world each time I see Cole Phelps in a shot.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: shuabert on February 02, 2012, 11:11:44 PM


Oh yeah, and I also finished the fourth episode of Mad Men, which continues to be pretty great. Such great character building so far. Still get taken out of the world each time I see Cole Phelps in a shot.

You should have watched  Mad Men first.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 02, 2012, 11:22:44 PM
No Community? Okay, I'll be over here watching movies.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on February 02, 2012, 11:26:51 PM
Showtime's Sunday shows have all been renewed- Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on February 03, 2012, 12:26:29 AM
Is anyone watching The Vampire Diaries? I just caught up with it and am finding it a lot of fun, but I'm having trouble finding anybody else who's watching.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: shuabert on February 03, 2012, 12:40:35 AM
Is anyone watching The Vampire Diaries? I just caught up with it and am finding it a lot of fun, but I'm having trouble finding anybody else who's watching.

It's in the queue.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 03, 2012, 08:09:27 AM
And Archer tonight was incredible.

More to the point, when is it not?

I agree, and think alongside Todd Margaret (#TeamMargaret), that it's the funniest show/best comedy on the old picture box. I was struck by how great, even compared to the other episodes, though especially the other season 3 episodes, it was last night.

Also, Delocated was fantastic. I think the 30 minute format will work really well for that show.

Showtime's Sunday shows have all been renewed- Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication.

I have enjoyed House of Lies, at times, so far. Jean Ralphio needs more work, so I can support this choice.



Oh yeah, and I also finished the fourth episode of Mad Men, which continues to be pretty great. Such great character building so far. Still get taken out of the world each time I see Cole Phelps in a shot.

You should have watched  Mad Men first.

Eh, watched Community before and Brie hasn't taken me out yet, though I reckon she only has been in one episode so far, certainly not in the same way Detective Cole Phelps has (also, though I am loving Mad Men so far, LA Noire is better). Even seeing Brie first on Hannah Montana, it never took me out of Community or MM.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on February 03, 2012, 02:07:33 PM
And Archer tonight was incredible.

More to the point, when is it not?

I agree, and think alongside Todd Margaret (#TeamMargaret), that it's the funniest show/best comedy on the old picture box. I was struck by how great, even compared to the other episodes, though especially the other season 3 episodes, it was last night.

Also, Delocated was fantastic. I think the 30 minute format will work really well for that show.

Season 2 was 30 min. so it's already been proven that the longer format works well for the show.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 03, 2012, 02:41:21 PM
That's right, not sure why I thought season 2 was still 15. [as] instincts, I reckon.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on February 05, 2012, 11:33:38 AM
Announced earlier this week that Sons of Anarchy will definitely conclude with season six (season 5 begins this fall).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on February 05, 2012, 10:13:32 PM
Super Bowl/commercial Facebook statuses from my friends. Apologize for any drunken insensitivity

"Though I'm all about the Ferris Bueler referances, I'm concerned that they let Matthew Broderick behind a wheel again."

"I too used to have a private system of ziplines in the City. Leno stole that too."

"Evidently, if a creepy Hobbit dumps sparkly stuff on you, Motley Crue and all that is man will become reality. Yes. Make it happen, Frodo"

"If the Giants win, I will watch Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos to honor their victory. Also, nachos."

"Does anyone know what channel the Super Bowl moved to? Apparently someone hijacked the broadcast and a creature of some sort is singing on a stage of men in togas."
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 10, 2012, 10:10:29 PM
Todd Margaret, you were a national hero and you shall (I must assume that was a series finale) be missed.

(http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/david-cross-todd-margaret-s2.jpg)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 15, 2012, 02:59:24 PM
Friendly reminder:

I Just Want My Pants Back starts up on MTV tonight at 11 pm EST.

This is so much better than Skins (US)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 15, 2012, 07:48:59 PM
Friendly reminder:

I Just Want My Pants Back starts up on MTV tonight at 11 pm EST.

This is so much better than Skins (US)

I put them on similar levels, I like the characters in Skins (US) better, but what Pants does better (and what SUS did a terrible job of) is developing a sense of place. Still don't/can't believe that show took place in Baltimore, seemed more like filler area blahsville. I enjoy both, and prefer Skins proper to both as well. But Pants is still young, still room to grow, potentially challenge Awkward. for MTV's finest program. Look forward to taking the journey.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on February 15, 2012, 09:59:31 PM
Episode 1 of Survivor does not look promising at all. Unlike last season which was perhaps the best of the series so far, all of the people here seem annoying, and I hated how I really didn't get to know any of them. I can just see it going badly this season.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 15, 2012, 11:20:16 PM
Friendly reminder:

I Just Want My Pants Back starts up on MTV tonight at 11 pm EST.

This is so much better than Skins (US)

I put them on similar levels, I like the characters in Skins (US) better, but what Pants does better (and what SUS did a terrible job of) is developing a sense of place. Still don't/can't believe that show took place in Baltimore, seemed more like filler area blahsville. I enjoy both, and prefer Skins proper to both as well. But Pants is still young, still room to grow, potentially challenge Awkward. for MTV's finest program. Look forward to taking the journey.

Pants doesn't have the "attempting to push the envelope" thing burdening every episode so it can just let the characters and the plot lines evolve in a realistic fashion.  SUS kept trying to be outrageous for its own self aggrandizement, resulting in numbing boredom. The vibe here is Friends/HIMYM/Jonathan Silverman's The Single Guy - but with better looking people well, no Aniston, snappier dialogue, and hipsters.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 16, 2012, 07:35:53 AM
It does have hipsters.

I don't think Skins US ever tried to push the envelope, and for the most part it was a fairly tame show even by MTV standards as, with only one major exception, most of the explicit stuff was kept off camera. It made all the boycotting of the show by parents groups, to me, all the more baffling. Certainly it was much more tame than the first series of the British show. The problem was, I imagine, that the kids there were supposed to be playing teenagers on the cusp of adulthood (so obviously they were still pure, innocent, and had no idea what any of these illegal substances or devious sexual acts were because teenagers don't think about those sorts of things), while Pants presents us with independent adults.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on February 21, 2012, 08:44:38 AM
(http://i41.tinypic.com/yzc08.png)

“Sister Maya, was this an act of malice?”
“No, Brother West. It was an act of whimsy.”


 ;D
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on February 21, 2012, 11:21:06 AM
That was a fantastic episode and that was a brilliant sketch.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on February 21, 2012, 11:31:27 AM
Yep, good stuff. This  (http://i41.tinypic.com/4qsolj.jpg) was nice too.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on February 21, 2012, 03:02:29 PM
Community returns March 15th (http://www.avclub.com/articles/community-will-return-on-march-15,69712/). Sam can turn his tv on again.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 21, 2012, 03:13:15 PM
Oh happy days!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 21, 2012, 09:04:32 PM
Unfortunately Parks is going on another month long hiatus. Shit is weak.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on March 02, 2012, 05:41:22 PM
Good news for people who like jelly, cheese, and/or puppies...and FLY. (http://www.avclub.com/articles/loiter-squad,70283/)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on March 16, 2012, 01:01:42 PM
Great read.  F*ck, this might've derailed my meticulously set up movie/tv watching queue:
The Family Hour: An Oral History of The Sopranos (http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2012/04/sopranos-oral-history)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 26, 2012, 12:37:47 PM
As a companion piece  to last night's Mad Men this piece that uses NSFW language (and possibly photographs if you don't want to see Megan do that cleaning thing in her undergarments) is a great article that asks all the 'hard hitting questions' about the Maddest of Men (http://www.hipsterrunoff.com/2012/03/why-mad-men-high-end-honky-ass-white-people.html).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 30, 2012, 02:08:43 PM
Not having PBS kind of sucks. I was reading some AV Club interview with that lady from The X-Files. Apparently she's going to be in an adaptation of Great Expectations that I won't be able to watch. It airs this Sunday and next Sunday. Not sure if it's a two part thing, though I guess it is. Whatever, I can't see it anyhow.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 01, 2012, 09:19:09 AM
As is usual yearly tradition, FLY was completely boned by [adultswim] [via April Fool's Day]. Usually they have just been showing favorite motion picture The Room, and apparently that's how they started shit last night. I don't know, I went to sleep at 11 because I forgot it was April Fool's Day today and I was super tired. Either way, turned out they pulled a complete switch-a-roo and actually aired a rebooted version of Toonami.

Now I don't know how many people know of/remember Toonami, but at one point in time it was pretty much 'the shit'. They slightly re-did TOM again, and they even brought back the voice actor, Steve Blum, to do the voice work for new bumps, introductions, and even a review of video game Mass Effect 3, which FLY is slowly playing when he can, but won't have time to finish before they CINECAST! up the ending, I guess, so I'll have to do the thing where I don't download the update and just play that shit offline because I want to experience it the way the artists intended not the way that some internet jokers feel they deserve because it didn't jive with their vision. The series sucks anyway, who cares if the ending didn't leave you completely satisfied? If you want to be an artist, be an artist, but critique other artists with actual facts, not feelings. Emotions have no place in valid, worthwhile conversation.

Anyway...missing this shit kind of pissed me off. They even aired an episode of Tenchi Muyo!! I need to buy that shit on DVD. Other shows they aired last night include Dragon Ball Z, Big O, Trigun, Blue Submarine #6, and Yu Yu Hakusho. [adultswim] constantly catches fire for showing poor anime, and it may be worthwhile for them to make this a permanent thing before they either acquire better properties or simply ditch anime entirely as they have threatened in the past.

We shall see. I'll post more later probably. Still upset I missed this.
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Post by: Verite on April 10, 2012, 08:33:20 PM
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Perfectly blending the stylized postapocalyptic look and feel of Mad Max with the teen angst of Degrassi, New Zealand’s The Tribe is one of the most remarkable series to ever hit the airwaves.

Hmmm. flieger? Anyone watched it?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 16, 2012, 08:02:26 PM
Now I still have a ton of catching up to do since I mostly missed the entirety of the first season, but I'm thinking about placing Check It Out up there among best comedies on TV.

I guess my top five would go a little something like this now that Eastbound is done:

1. Archer
2. Parks and Rec
3. Check It Out
4. Louie
5. Community
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Post by: Junior on April 16, 2012, 08:06:32 PM
Only missing Adventure Time.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 16, 2012, 08:28:37 PM
Aside from the visuals, that show is terrible. Regular Show, on the other hand, is definitely number 6 on this list.
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Post by: jbissell on April 17, 2012, 02:35:52 PM
Now I still have a ton of catching up to do since I mostly missed the entirety of the first season, but I'm thinking about placing Check It Out up there among best comedies on TV.

Check It Out is so, so good.

Have you watched Eagleheart? I think it's pretty high up there, though I do love every show on your list (still need to finish Archer season 3, only watch the Burt Reynolds episode)
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 17, 2012, 03:10:47 PM
Need to watch that and catch up on the latest season and a half of Childrens Hospital. The latest Eaglehart isn't up OnDemand yet, I don't think. Haven't checked for a few days. Need to track down the last episode of Delocated as well since COmcast never put it OnDemand and then took the entire show down. [as] live action has been pretty great. Need to watch The Heart, She Holler in full as well.
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Post by: jbissell on April 17, 2012, 03:35:07 PM
Need to watch The Heart, She Holler in full as well.

I watched the first episode when it aired but still haven't gotten around to finishing it. It seemed like it would be a taxing, though potentially rewarding, watch.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 17, 2012, 07:39:02 PM
I saw a couple of the middle ones and they were definitely crazy, I hope to check it out in the future.
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Post by: Verite on April 18, 2012, 09:05:29 PM
Mekhi Phifer on Psych's Let's Doo-Wop It Again episode damn near strained my abs from making me laugh so hard. 
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Post by: shuabert on April 18, 2012, 09:36:33 PM
The Mrs. and I just finished watching the entirety of The X-Files on Netflix. What am I going to do with my life now that I've run out of episodes?  :o
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Post by: 1SO on April 18, 2012, 09:40:14 PM
Watch a show that has an ending. Like Lost or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Post by: Junior on April 18, 2012, 10:26:51 PM
Deep Space 9!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 19, 2012, 08:30:56 AM
I thought about/am thinking about watching The X-Files after I get through HBO stuff. We'll see.
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Post by: jim brown on April 19, 2012, 08:02:50 PM
Watch a show that has an ending. Like Lost or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Been re-watching Buffy with my daughter.  Grrrrl power.
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Post by: shuabert on April 19, 2012, 08:31:04 PM
Watch a show that has an ending. Like Lost or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I have. Those are two of my favourite shows and I own both series.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 23, 2012, 04:35:21 PM
Caught wind that last night's Check It Out! was actually the season finale. It was, as has been this case with this season, another great episode even if the laughs were a little lighter than in episodes past, but after just getting on board with everything I'm sad to see Little Stevie go! Doctor, doctor, give me the news!

How is Loiter Squad a ten episode season and Dr. Brule only gets six? That's life!
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Post by: jbissell on April 24, 2012, 10:36:17 AM
Season 2 was a great success. I hope there's a Season 3 at some point. I would also like a DVD collection.
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Post by: Junior on April 26, 2012, 09:06:32 PM
Great night for the NBC comedies. Loved the 30 Rock live show, loved the L&O Community (and the theme song!), loved the speech at the end of Parks and Rec.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 26, 2012, 09:21:00 PM
30 Rock live show

They did that again? Didn't it completely bomb last year? I watched about 10 minutes of that one and, despite already strongly disliking that show, found it completely unbearable.

Can't wait to catch up with Comm and P&R next year.
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Post by: Junior on April 26, 2012, 09:39:18 PM
They did. I liked last years episode but I think this one was a lot better. A few good mini-sketches about old tv shows and an amazing Jon Hamm appearance.
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Post by: 1SO on April 26, 2012, 11:16:29 PM
Watched the first 3 episodes of the British comedy series Spy on Hulu+. Tim is in a custody battle with his ex-wife, when he quits his job. He applies for a job as a civil servant doing data entry, but discovers during the job interview that he has been offered a job as a trainee spy for MI5.

Really funny stuff. Like Simon Pegg with Edgar Wright funny. Fast dialogue that reminds me of His Girl Friday.

Boss: Check out my taser. 50,000 volts, thank you very much. Don't you just wanna sink that charge into someone?
Tim: Only if the use of force is reasonable.
Boss: But who's to say if it is reasonable?
Tim: The courts.
Boss: Or is it us?
Tim: No, it's the courts.
Boss: It's a grey area.
Tim: Not really.
Boss: But as long as we have fun, eh? Am I right or am I right?
Tim: Legally, you're not right.
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Post by: jbissell on April 27, 2012, 09:40:04 AM
They did. I liked last years episode but I think this one was a lot better. A few good mini-sketches about old tv shows and an amazing Jon Hamm appearance.

It felt more like SNL starring 30 Rock characters, which I don't mean as a perjorative because I thought it was a more sensible framing for a live show. It was also really funny.
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Post by: Totoro on May 01, 2012, 02:53:00 AM
Catching up with Archer. Midway through season 2 right now. This show is like CRACK. So addicting. Also, HILARIOUS. As Fly would say, it is pretty high on the dankometer.




Sorry about that.
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Post by: Katebo on May 01, 2012, 07:12:09 AM
Yeah, Archer's pretty amazing. Definitely the most reliable comedy (for getting laughs) when it's on the air.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 01, 2012, 08:35:00 AM
Archer is in the 5 funniest, I think.

And, inspired use, though FLY may have went with ultra mega dank.
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Post by: jim brown on May 03, 2012, 05:59:59 PM
My son got me into Archer.  It is truly one of the wittiest things on TV at the moment.  Brilliant.
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Post by: Verite on May 03, 2012, 06:07:25 PM
H. Jon Benjamin's voice is brilliant.  I wish I could do Archer's voice, man.  Dunno, I think Archer's in my holy trinity of tv comedies now.  (Not counting The Office UK and Freaks and Geeks as comedies.)

EDIT: Nah, nevermind.  I forgot about Louie which means I'll have to include The Office and Freaks and Geeks.
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Post by: Katebo on May 03, 2012, 11:29:47 PM
Speaking of H. Jon Benjamin, Bob's Burgers is also fantastic, though it takes a bit to adjust to hearing the voice of Archer coming out of Bob's face.
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Post by: mañana on May 03, 2012, 11:33:27 PM
He'll always be Ben Katz to me.
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Post by: MartinTeller on May 03, 2012, 11:59:21 PM
He'll always be Ben Katz to me.

A boy, a bike, a heart so pure
A mom, a dad, and a little stuffed bull
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Post by: jbissell on May 07, 2012, 01:33:46 PM
I saw Jon Benjamin's live show last week and it was even more glorious than expected. He's the best.
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Post by: AAAutin on May 07, 2012, 07:25:07 PM
How'd he get the van on stage?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 07, 2012, 10:24:37 PM
That was a good tv program.
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Post by: jim brown on May 07, 2012, 11:10:11 PM
I love the fact that Tosh.0 references all the bygone Comedy Central shows that preceded his.  I used to think it was with total snark and derision, but I've seen him give shout-outs to people I'm pretty sure he's friends with.
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Post by: jbissell on May 08, 2012, 02:34:09 PM
The Between Two Ferns special on Sunday was so CINECAST!ing funny. Especially the gag reel at the end. When Zach sat down on that toilet, I couldn't breathe I was laughing so damn hard.
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Post by: mañana on May 08, 2012, 02:47:43 PM
The Between Two Ferns special
That's a thing?!
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Post by: jbissell on May 08, 2012, 05:34:22 PM
The Between Two Ferns special
That's a thing?!

It was on before the Comedy Awards on Sunday. Basically a Barbara Walter's type special with Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, and Sir Richard Branson. Definitely worth a watch if you like the web episodes.
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Post by: mañana on May 08, 2012, 07:24:28 PM
Cool, I'm gonna check out the Zach thing. But I'm boycotting the Comedy Awards because of the NNF snub.
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Post by: mañana on May 10, 2012, 05:49:24 PM
I'm Alan Partridge, Series 1
Coogan = (http://i.imgur.com/7MMBn.gif)

The Larry Sanders Show, 4.16
This episode pulls off a pretty remarkable trick; it’s the usual backstage showbiz satire but in the final minutes of the episode they create an actual classic, on-air moment within the show within the show. TLSS can certainly be cynical, but at this moment you get a sense of how reverential Shandling is of the late-night comedy format, as corny as it may be. Extra points for k.d. land and Scott Thompson talking curling and Chatelaine. 

Modern Family, something from the current season
This has gone from pleasantly middling to borderline awful. Julie Bowen is the least capable comic performer on TV.

The PJs, 1.1 – 1.3
It’s not racist if Larry Wilmore says it isn’t, obviously. The running HUD jokes are good.

Roseanne, Season 1 –Season 5 (122 episodes)
The first four seasons are superb. With Becky’s departure at the very beginning of 5, the series is still strong but the golden age is definitely over.

Spaced, 1.1-1.2
Borderline unwatchable.

Suburgatory, 1.1
I feel like if something is labeled a satire, for some folks that means it’s inherently smart. Watching one episode is admittedly not a fair measure, but this felt really tired. If I ever watch it again, it’ll be to see if Sisto actually does it with his daughter.
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Post by: jbissell on May 10, 2012, 06:01:55 PM
I'm Alan Partridge, Series 1
Coogan = (http://i.imgur.com/7MMBn.gif)

First time?
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Post by: Verite on May 10, 2012, 06:03:21 PM
Spaced, 1.1-1.2
Borderline unwatchable.

I was pretty meh on the series but kept on watching because so many people whose opinion mostly align with mine were so high on it.  It wasn't until episode 6 Epiphanies when I continued on, happily.  I didn't go on to episode 7; I rewatched 6 instead then I went on to 7.  The ending of episode 3 is all time classic IMO.  The series is annoyingly visually unappealing throughout the entire run, though.
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Post by: mañana on May 10, 2012, 06:05:25 PM
First time?
Yep.

The series is annoyingly visually unappealing throughout the entire run, though.
That is certainly my impression from the first 2.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on May 10, 2012, 06:26:18 PM
Though I hope you do see episode 6 and the ending of episode 3, I definitely won't begrudge you for not continuing past epi 2.  As a whole, I don't consider the series must-see.
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Post by: Junior on May 10, 2012, 06:28:07 PM
Spaced is great, if ugly.
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Post by: AAAutin on May 10, 2012, 08:23:01 PM
I'm Alan Partridge, Series 1
Coogan = (http://i.imgur.com/7MMBn.gif)

Have you seen KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108828/)? (It's great.)
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Post by: roujin on May 10, 2012, 10:28:10 PM
Spaced, 1.1-1.2
Borderline unwatchable.

Word.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on May 11, 2012, 09:09:53 AM
I'm Alan Partridge, Series 1
Coogan = (http://i.imgur.com/7MMBn.gif)
Have you seen KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108828/)? (It's great.)
Not yet.

Though I hope you do see episode 6 and the ending of episode 3, I definitely won't begrudge you for not continuing past epi 2.  As a whole, I don't consider the series must-see.
I might give it another shot or two. I guess my biggest problem isn't that's it's terrible to look at, it's that I didn't think it was funny.
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Post by: jbissell on May 11, 2012, 11:43:19 AM
I'm Alan Partridge, Series 1
Coogan = (http://i.imgur.com/7MMBn.gif)
Have you seen KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108828/)? (It's great.)
Not yet.

Coogan can do no wrong in my book. The Steve Coogan Collection with most of his shows is one of the best DVDs I own. Saxondale is also well worth your time. I got the Alan Partridge audiobook, I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan recently and can't wait to listen.
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Post by: Verite on May 11, 2012, 04:14:09 PM
I guess my biggest problem isn't that's it's terrible to look at, it's that I didn't think it was funny.

Neither did I for a while.  The geek/nerd stuff wasn't what made me laugh, though.  It was other stuff.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 11, 2012, 06:53:27 PM
I think we all should just take some time to appreciate that Whitney will be back for a second season [via 2 Broke vibes]
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Post by: StudentOFilm on May 13, 2012, 01:16:59 AM
Only new network shows that caught my eye were- Hannibal, Revolution, The Following, Last Resort, and Arrow (because I'm Green Arrow-obsessed). I'll check out those pilots.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on May 13, 2012, 05:16:15 PM
Only new network shows that caught my eye were- Hannibal, Revolution, The Following, Last Resort, and Arrow (because I'm Green Arrow-obsessed). I'll check out those pilots.

I can add Elementary and Vegas to the list.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 17, 2012, 07:36:42 PM
Big CINECAST!ing news in the world of TV today.

First up is that, after a successful April 1st on [as] that I totally effing missed, the Toonami brand is coming back for the first (second, I guess) time on [as]. This begins on May 26th, theoretically at midnight, which would technically be May 27th on the East Coast time. Either way, it's CINECAST!ing dank if they show some mother CINECAST!ing Tenchi (preferably Universe, but I'll take what I get).

Next up in the world of [as] is the news that excellent animated program The Boondocks is coming back for a fourth season after what has probably been a 3-5 year break. So that's CINECAST!ing dank because that show is super dank. No date, but whatevs, it's CINECAST!ing happening!

Presumably after Aqua Teen Hunger Force spinoff Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 effing tanked (in actuality it was also CINECAST!ing DANK as it always is), a second attempt at a spinoff series is happening at some point in June. This new program will be called Aqua Something You Know Whatever and will hopefully have a new theme song. I'm not sure when the date is, all I have is the tagline: [ It's The Same Exact Show As It's Never Been Before Only Just Like It Used To Be But Now Different. ].

In non-TV news, but still [as] news, pick up/listen to on Spotify the new Killer Mike album produced by El-P and titled R.A.P Music. It's out now on Williams Street Records and, in a year packed with great hip hop, it might be the dankest of the dank (it's not, but it's still super dank).

And, not really news but more of a reminder, new Abso-Lutely program The Eric Andre Show starts up this Sunday on [as] at 12:30 EST following a new (presumably continuation of last week's brief cliff-hanger) episode of Metalocalypse at 12:15. I'm not sure if it will be super dank or not, I need to learn to like T&EASGJ, but I don't think they are going to be on this one anyway. I loved season 2 of CIO!WDSB though, so hopefully TEAS follows in that tradition of making Sundays still be the effing dankest night on television because I watch GoT and then MM and then just wait for M and now TEAS before catching a re-run of season 2 of CIO!WDSB and then wake up and watch V and G in that order since that's how they air after GoT and it doesn't matter which one is better that's how it's meant to tonally slide in.

So yeah, big CINECAST!ing (dank) day!
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Post by: sdedalus on May 17, 2012, 10:05:50 PM
Oh come on.  You're just making those names up.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 17, 2012, 10:15:40 PM
Which names ???
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on May 17, 2012, 10:53:44 PM
All of them.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 18, 2012, 07:53:56 AM
No way, all totally real! This is exciting news!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 21, 2012, 10:05:04 PM
More CINECAST!ing [as] news, and this my friends may be the greatest news of them all.

Today [via Twitter] Dino Stamatopoulos was really dropping the fire. Though most people should know him as the mind behind the single greatest season of television ever (Moral Orel Season 3, by the way), or even the man who brought Mary Shelley's Frankenhole to life on [as], I assume in reality many here will know Dino for his work on formerly popular NBC comedy program Community in the role of Starburns. Here are the choicest of his tweets, which filled me with the most beautiful of all hopes. For a brief moment the world was a decent place, not a cynical pit of Hell.

Quote
BEFOREL OREL – A Moral Orel special that sheds light on the origin of Orel’s religious nature and the birth of Shapey. Coming to [as] soon.

Followed a few hours later by this beautiful piece of information that elevates it all to another level of unfathomable hope and greatness the likes of which hasn't been seen since 2008 Obama (except actually, possibly real!):

Quote
"Beforel Orel" (Moral Orel special) is a half hour episode which could turn into a series if it does high enough ratings. More info later.

This could be the beginning of something bigger, something incredible, something the world collectively needs! I will post a bunch of Moral Orel stuff tomorrow for those who want to play catch up but don't have the time to watch a bunch of 11 minute episodes that culminate in the greatest season of television ever made.
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Post by: mañana on May 21, 2012, 10:12:25 PM
(http://i46.tinypic.com/erbny9.png)

 :'(
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Post by: Junior on May 21, 2012, 10:14:01 PM
(http://i46.tinypic.com/erbny9.png)

 :'(

Yeah, that was nice. It was a pretty good episode, too.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on May 21, 2012, 10:16:34 PM
Yeah, that was nice.
She's a rainbow, Jr.

It was a pretty good episode, too.
No standout sketches, but Mick's charm was a win.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on May 22, 2012, 06:20:49 AM
Speaking of H. Jon Benjamin, Bob's Burgers is also fantastic, though it takes a bit to adjust to hearing the voice of Archer coming out of Bob's face.

Thanks for the recommendation.  I've heard good stuff about it and will definitely catch up on Netflix Instant.

Currently revisiting Albert Brooks on Weeds.  And tried out the first 20 minutes of Lilyhammer.  Not digging it so far.  Only thing that I like is the location shooting.  I can see myself continuing just for that.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 22, 2012, 08:34:09 AM
People, that Moral Orel news is great! #ThreeSeasonsAndASpecial ! Or, even better, #ThreeSeasonsAndASpecialAndMaybeANewSeries !

I didn't think that SNL episode was anything special, or very funny for that matter. It wasn't hard to feel for Wiig though during her send off. That said, it's for the best she leaves since she was mostly overbearing and irritating each time she was trotted out this season. I wonder if she'll host next season or if they'll wait a few years.
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Post by: mañana on May 22, 2012, 08:46:06 AM
She probably should have left a year or two ago, but the farewell was a lovely moment nonetheless.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on May 22, 2012, 10:08:40 AM
Speaking of H. Jon Benjamin,

...he just parked his van on Netflix Watch Instantly (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Jon_Benjamin_Has_a_Van/70236500?trkid=2361637).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 22, 2012, 10:21:33 AM
Oh yes! I'll be watching the Hell out of that again today!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on May 22, 2012, 10:32:15 AM
AAA-tested, FLY-approved.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on May 22, 2012, 11:42:48 AM
I will watch that.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on May 25, 2012, 04:28:37 PM
GQ sat down with Matthew Weiner (MAD MEN), Vince Gilligan (BREAKING BAD), and David Milch (DEADWOOD) to discuss their time in television. (http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201206/roundtable-discussion-matthew-weiner-vince-gilligan-david-milch?currentPage=1)
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Post by: verbALs on May 26, 2012, 06:08:55 PM
Congratulations to Sweden on winning the Eurovision song Contest.

I was defeated, you won the war.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on May 26, 2012, 06:14:45 PM
Congratulations to Sweden on winning the Eurovision song Contest.

I just think your trying to sweet talk Lobby ;)
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Post by: Lobby on May 27, 2012, 02:40:01 PM
Thanks :)

While this kind of disco music generally isn't my favorite cup of tea, being more of a rock girl myself, I still thought that she was in a class of her own in that competition.

I haven't watched it for ten years at least, but by circumstances spending the night watching this at a friend's house while staying away from home was the best option. I decided to go all in for it, putting grades on everyone of the 26 in the competition.

Actually UK got a pretty good rating from me. I thought the old man had some charms. Sadly enough that wasn't something that the rest of Europe agreed on...

Curious fact: Ten of the songs that participated had been written by Swedes. I guess the Eurovision is a pretty big thing here.

And for non EU-people, here's a link to the song that brought Sweden to a glorious victory:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfo-8z86x80

Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on May 29, 2012, 09:44:40 PM
Hatfields & McCoys - Episode 1

Just so so (so far).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 01, 2012, 09:29:04 PM
Should be stated that Netflix Instant Watch is now streaming the complete (of all that have been made up to this point anyway) series of the fantastic program My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I'm only 11 episodes in to the first season, but it's super dank.

As of now I go:

1. Fluttershy
2. Twilight Sparkle
3. Pinkie Pie
4. Rarity
5. Rainbow Dash
6. Apple Jack
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on June 02, 2012, 12:20:58 AM
My daughters have been watching that obsessively. I can't stand what little I've seen and I keep trying to shunt them over to something like Phineas and Ferb (which they like a lot, too, and, better, I think is great). Somehow though, they can't stay away from the thrill of the "cutie mark." (Heaven help me.)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Totoro on June 02, 2012, 12:22:50 AM
I am watching Hemingway and Gellhorn. It is... kind of bad, but watchable.

Edit: Okay, this film just got hilariously bad.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 02, 2012, 07:55:30 AM
There's a beauty in the sincerity and character consistency of MLP:FiM that puts the phoniness of Phineas and Ferb to shame.

(http://thelifecinematic.com/board/images/smilies/snob.gif)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on June 04, 2012, 09:01:00 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VvhDTp7WL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Gonna watch this tonight.  It's on Netflix Instant.  Heard some good stuff about it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Fugee on June 04, 2012, 08:03:46 PM
Finally hopping on the Community train. "Modern Warfare" was probably my favorite episode so far, reminding me a lot of the Always Sunny Die Hard episode.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on June 10, 2012, 04:03:24 PM
Interview with Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Howard Gordon (Homeland), Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), and Veena Sud (The Killing).

Spoilers of course.

From THR (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/thr-drama-showrunner-walking-dead-332460#4)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on June 13, 2012, 10:20:37 PM
Kickin' it with the rents waiting for Dallas lol.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on June 22, 2012, 10:49:03 AM
Who else is getting pumped to hate The Newsroom?  :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 22, 2012, 01:17:18 PM
I will watch that show. I hope it's good.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on June 22, 2012, 08:54:56 PM
Who else is getting pumped to hate The Newsroom?  :)

Sepinwall called it smug and self-righteous, but said he would watch more of it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on June 22, 2012, 10:11:07 PM
My hopes are high and my expectations low.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 23, 2012, 02:20:35 PM
This is odd, I thought the previews (aside from whatever dose of Munn is forced in to the show) have been pretty good. I haven't seen Sorkin's other work (aside from Social Network and Moneyball) but does he generally cause so much alarm/reason to not get excited?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on June 23, 2012, 02:32:11 PM
Has The Newsroom started in the US yet. It's getting a lot of promotion in the UK along with The Veep, both series are to scheduled to start in July. Ain't Sorkin just doing the same thing here, that he did with Studio 60 (which I liked), but everybody else on the forum seem to hate?
Is The Veep worth watching by the way, or is it The Thick Of It for a US audience?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 23, 2012, 02:38:47 PM
I think Veep, despite having some similarities in terms of how Iannucci plots events and writes dialogue, is different enough from TToI. Either way, both are incredibly funny shows that occasionally feel tonally similar but also can feel a lot different. There's no direct Tucker character though, which some people seem to really hate. I think the more it goes along, the less the show even feels like it needs a Tucker~esque character anyhow.

The Newsroom starts in the US on Sunday.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdb_1970 on June 23, 2012, 02:45:03 PM
After hearing John Powers' (Fresh Air) well-articulated review of Newsroom, I'm going to pass.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on June 23, 2012, 03:21:34 PM
I've had Treme season 2 sitting here for over a week, I can't seem to bring myself to watch it.  I had mixed feelings about season 1 (mostly enjoyed it, but the Zahn character was dumb, all the "New Orleans is the greatest, most magical place in the universe" shit annoyed me).  Anyone got thoughts on the 2nd season?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on June 23, 2012, 03:22:37 PM
does he generally cause so much alarm/reason to not get excited?

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/18/Studio60.jpg)

 :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on June 23, 2012, 03:49:56 PM
I've had Treme season 2 sitting here for over a week, I can't seem to bring myself to watch it.  I had mixed feelings about season 1 (mostly enjoyed it, but the Zahn character was dumb, all the "New Orleans is the greatest, most magical place in the universe" shit annoyed me).  Anyone got thoughts on the 2nd season?

Loved it.  But I also didn't have any problems with Season 1.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 24, 2012, 10:38:32 PM
A few brief thoughts on The Newsroom.

1. Cool seeing Pill. I know a lot of people liked her in SPvtW, but I didn't think she had much to do. Cool seeing her do more here.

2. Glad to see that Mottola (a guy a like) was charged with setting the aesthetic for the series. At times I felt like he was being too generic in what seems to be his first non-Adventureland steps in to drama, but the scene where they were putting together the BP story was great.

3. The musical cues were really bad.

4. Seems like a lot of the relationship dynamics are incredibly generic, so I hope that they put interesting spins on them or branch off in interesting directions. Or perhaps not focus on them as much as the news making process.

5. Both Will and Mackenzie are played by people I have seen multiple times before but can't remember them in those other roles for the life of me. Specifically I have seen a ton of the work that Mortimer is, but I am blanking completely on any of her characters.

6. So do we assume one of these characters is a mouthpiece for Sorkin, or is that irrelevant? Regardless, I found myself in 100% agreement with Will's breakdown speech at the very beginning that got him in trouble (even with the musical cues ruining the end). So maybe that makes me a bad person or something. I love the USA.

7. I'll probably watch the rest of the season, also glad to see Munn not in (or marginalized since I think she was news reporting in the background at one point) this episode. That should be a trend.

I'll ponder it more, maybe.

EDIT: 8. I haven't watched any episodes of House, but for some reason Will seems to remind me of what I have heard/imagine Dr. House to be like on that show.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: SeanGather on June 25, 2012, 07:20:03 AM
Alan Partridge is back on TV tonight! In the UK, Sky Atlantic, 9pm, it's Alan's guided tour of Norwich. Can't wait.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 26, 2012, 04:09:47 PM
Don't let Louie, the official season premiere but in actuality the second season's second episode of Wilfred, that new Charlie Sheen thing, or that new Russel Brand thing fool you. The most important show comes back this Thursday!

That's right! Awkward. is back!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Katebo on June 26, 2012, 05:57:24 PM
I had so much fun with Awkward. last year. I remember surprisingly little about it now, but I'm thinking that's because I mega-mainlined it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 26, 2012, 06:22:50 PM
MTV has been running marathons over the past few weeks every so often. It's even better than I remember. Tamara and Val are super dank. I never gave Rickards enough credit either, she does a pretty damn fine job as Jenna.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on June 28, 2012, 11:54:34 PM
A few brief thoughts on The Newsroom.

1. Cool seeing Pill. I know a lot of people liked her in SPvtW, but I didn't think she had much to do. Cool seeing her do more here.

2. Glad to see that Mottola (a guy a like) was charged with setting the aesthetic for the series. At times I felt like he was being too generic in what seems to be his first non-Adventureland steps in to drama, but the scene where they were putting together the BP story was great.

3. The musical cues were really bad.

4. Seems like a lot of the relationship dynamics are incredibly generic, so I hope that they put interesting spins on them or branch off in interesting directions. Or perhaps not focus on them as much as the news making process.

5. Both Will and Mackenzie are played by people I have seen multiple times before but can't remember them in those other roles for the life of me. Specifically I have seen a ton of the work that Mortimer is, but I am blanking completely on any of her characters.

6. So do we assume one of these characters is a mouthpiece for Sorkin, or is that irrelevant? Regardless, I found myself in 100% agreement with Will's breakdown speech at the very beginning that got him in trouble (even with the musical cues ruining the end). So maybe that makes me a bad person or something. I love the USA.

7. I'll probably watch the rest of the season, also glad to see Munn not in (or marginalized since I think she was news reporting in the background at one point) this episode. That should be a trend.

I'll ponder it more, maybe.

EDIT: 8. I haven't watched any episodes of House, but for some reason Will seems to remind me of what I have heard/imagine Dr. House to be like on that show.

I will continue to watch - yep Sorkin panders to his audience/base but for me he makes all the right points and I enjoy his discussion of the problems with American media today.
I enjoy listening to his dialogue/exposition because of its addicting meter. It does have it's own rhythm.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 29, 2012, 02:43:24 PM
FX breaking cable records [via America's inability to get over Charlie Sheen] (http://www.avclub.com/articles/charlie-sheens-anger-management-scores-record-numb,81993/).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 30, 2012, 10:13:59 AM
It should be noted somewhere that, despite still being in a bit of a rough patch, Disney Channel seems to be finding its feet again after the losses of Miley, Demi, and Selena.

After a solid first season the second season (so far) of A.N.T Farm has been absolutely killing it. It's even taking the time to tell a few extended episode arcs, following in the footsteps of WoWP and TSLOD before it. Additionally, despite Phineas and Ferb being a complete abomination and an all around terrible show, and with Fish Hooks (likely since I stopped watching) continuing to be terrible, one would imagine Disney's cartoons are not worth considering.

Would be wrong though as new series Gravity Falls (at least the first ep I watched earlier this week) seems super dank. It channels, not a dark sadly but with a bit more bite than live action (step-)sister show My Babysitter's A Vampire, some of the things that made So Weird a great program. A few hints of Invader ZIM as well.

Long live Disney Channel!

EDIT: Here's a great AV Club review of the first two episodes from before/last night (http://www.avclub.com/articles/gravity-falls,81994/). The debut scored a B+, for what that's worth. It also implied that P&F is a good show though, so maybe that's a bit of a wash. Either way, dank show!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 03, 2012, 02:30:06 PM
Happy America, world! Kenny mother CINECAST!ing Powers is coming back for another 8 episodes (http://www.avclub.com/articles/hbo-will-get-its-fourth-season-of-eastbound-and-do,82067/).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on July 11, 2012, 09:02:36 PM
Season 8 of Curb Your Enthusiasm was another high quality one IMO.  I'll have to go over the Producers season (s4) and season 1, but as of now, I have season 8 ranked above those two.

Highlights:
-smh-lol @ Larry's method of determining a man's integrity
-The Sting 2
-"I'm still at the same e-mail, 'IhateLarry.'"
-Larry Buckner
-Fred Melamed's psychiatrist & patient confidentiality.  I can imagine, "I have a patient who can't perform in the bedroom...I won't say who he is...but he co-created Seinfeld with Jerry Seinfeld."
-Leon wearing a beret
-Larry speaking French!
and...

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/cye/5-1.jpg) (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/cye/10.jpg) (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/cye/16.jpg)

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/cye/17.jpg) (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/cye/19.jpg) (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/cye/21.jpg)



Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 13, 2012, 08:46:52 AM
PSA: That animated Black Dynamite show starts this Sunday (the 15th) on [adultswim] at 11:30 EST. Should be dank. Loved that film, hope the show is just as great.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on July 16, 2012, 01:17:56 PM
Suburgatory, 1.1
I feel like if something is labeled a satire, for some folks that means it’s inherently smart. Watching one episode is admittedly not a fair measure, but this felt really tired. If I ever watch it again, it’ll be to see if Sisto actually does it with his daughter.

I remember watching this pilot and thinking that its comic view of the suburbs would have seemed dated even in like 1978. I can only assume the writers have lived in LA all their lives.

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 16, 2012, 03:40:38 PM
I think there is a guy on that show (younger, I believe) who was a contestant (or not, I guess the women were contestants and he was a prize, though I reckon both were the prize depending on perspective) on The Choice. In other news, I watched the first season of The Choice. I like that show, feel free to judge accordingly.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on July 17, 2012, 07:22:05 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YP82V.jpg)
If only Matt the Movie Watcher were here.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 17, 2012, 08:57:59 PM
SbtB was so dank.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on July 18, 2012, 08:31:24 PM
I'm bored so EMMY PREDICTIONS TIME!!!! ("will most likely be nominated", instead of "should be...")

DRAMA SERIES
-Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
-Breaking Bad (AMC)
-Game of Thrones (HBO)
-The Good Wife (CBS)
-Homeland (Showtime)
-Mad Men (AMC)

DRAMA ACTOR
-Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
-Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
-Kelsey Grammer (Boss)
-Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
-Damian Lewis (Homeland)
-Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

DRAMA ACTRESS
-Glenn Close (Damages)
-Claire Danes (Homeland)
-Mireille Enos (The Killing)
-Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
-Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
-Emmy Rossum (Shameless)

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
-Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
-Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
-Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad)
-Walton Goggins (Justified)
-Joel Kinnaman (The Killing)
-Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
-Rose Byrne (Damages)
-Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
-Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
-Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
-Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
-Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

COMEDY SERIES
-30 Rock (NBC)
-The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
-Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
-Girls (HBO)
-Modern Family (ABC)
-Parks and Recreation (NBC)

COMEDY ACTOR
-Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
-Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
-Louis C.K. (Louie)
-Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
-Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
-Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

COMEDY ACTRESS
-Laura Dern (Enlightened)
-Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)
-Lena Dunham (Girls)
-Tina Fey (30 Rock)
-Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
-Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
-Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
-Max Greenfield (New Girl)
-Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory)
-Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
-Ed O'Neill (Modern Family)
-Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
-Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
-Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
-Jane Lynch (Glee)
-Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
-Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
-Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)

MINISERIES/TV MOVIE
-American Horror Story (FX)
-Game Change (HBO)
-Hatfields & McCoys (History)
-Hemingway & Gelhorn (HBO)
-The Hour (BBC)
-Page Eight (CBS)

Note that BBC/PBS chose to sumbit Downton Abbey in Drama Series while FX opted to submit Horror Story in Miniseries. It'd be nice to see Sons of Anarchy, Community, or Sherlock get some love come tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on July 19, 2012, 10:57:28 AM
DRAMA SERIES
-The Good Wife (CBS)

Pfft! That show's on a network!

COMEDY SERIES
-30 Rock (NBC)
-The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
-Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
-Girls (HBO)
-Modern Family (ABC)
-Parks and Recreation (NBC)

I'm disappointed that you were right about New Girl not getting nominated here.

Of course, the biggest snub was the total absence of Glee Project. Stupid Emmys.

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 25, 2012, 06:28:16 PM
I'm not posting a link, so this time my word is as good as it gets.

That said, excellent program Awkward. will be returning for a third season on MTV next year with an order of 20 episodes, which far eclipses both seasons one and two. Season two is currently airing and has been mighty dank, you all should watch it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on July 26, 2012, 07:15:40 PM
Pfft! That show's on a network!
The Emmys are the new CableACE Awards.

-Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
There is no justice.

Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on July 27, 2012, 08:34:12 AM
Season 1 of several top TV series (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=xs_gb_AHBFQN5QF8M6?ie=UTF8&docId=1000819681&pf_rd_p=441937901&pf_rd_s=right-1&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=20&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=16H4WKC606EE3CQ3NHWQ) is available from Amazon today only for low prices.  I bought Extras, Season 1 for $3.99 to watch on my Fire.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on July 31, 2012, 08:43:55 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/YP82V.jpg)
If only Matt the Movie Watcher were here.
:)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Totoro on August 06, 2012, 12:14:46 AM
Half of the reason that I just got Hulu + was because I wanted to catch up on season 3 Archer so imagine my disappointment when I learned that FX didn't give Hulu permission to have season 3. I was trying to be a legitimate consumer here, but now FX is pushing me to do things that I don't agree with to watch the damn show. I am very disappointed.

-Suburgatory sucks.
-Curb Your Enthusiasm is the best show on HBO. Are they doing another season?

Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on August 06, 2012, 12:17:56 AM
Just wait till you go looking for all those Criterion Collection films.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 07, 2012, 09:41:36 AM
(http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/07/23/perodictable%20%284%29.jpg)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 14, 2012, 02:55:11 PM
Just getting like super excited and everything!

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8r9x3ZRiN1qzxj7vo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on August 15, 2012, 06:14:15 PM
Whoa, this sounds like the best program ever!

Link (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qvrcj)

Next episode: THATCHING!

Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on August 15, 2012, 08:46:23 PM
Anyone here watch Hell on Wheels on AMC? I just picked it up. Not the greatest show ever but really solid and pretty entertaining. I love the whole western expansion era of us history. The whole transcontinental railroad bit fits well in the tv western style. Interested to see where it goes in the second season.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on August 17, 2012, 04:25:09 PM
I like Hell on Wheels. I do have to agree that certain moments bored me/felt dull/were unecessary, but there is enough going on with the characters to keep me interested. The show looks beautiful too; the art direction is absolutely amazing.

What I like about TV the most is the chance to see such "new" acting talent. Whether it be Anson Mount or Jon Hamm or just having a show that can spotlight how damn good actors are who I'm familiar with but had not seen in such a capacity like Timothy Olyphant or Peter Dinklage. Not bashing Malcolm in the Middle (because it's awesome), but if someone had said years ago that Bryan Cranston would be delivering the most profound work of the year on TV, I'd have probably rolled my eyes.

Also, Boss season 2 starts tonight! I watched season 1 a month ago, pretty good. Gus Van Sant even directed the pilot.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on August 18, 2012, 09:31:50 PM
Just learned that Melanie Lynskey has been married to Liam McPoyle since 2007.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on August 19, 2012, 10:47:28 PM
Anyone DVR the Sunday premiere of BBC America's original series Copper?  Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street) are executive producers.

Series Trailers (http://www.bbcamerica.com/copper/videos/?vTag=Trailer)

Alan Sepinwall's review of the premiere (http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-with-copper-the-homicide-team-goes-back-to-1864-new-york).

Quote from: Sepinwall
And when I hear that Fontana and Levinson's cop show is set in New York in 1864, I pay attention. The period is a familiar one from Westerns and Civil War stories, but in terms of what was happening back in the northeast — and also what urban policework was like in this long-ago period — it's ground that's only occasionally been trod.

[...]And, indeed, Fontana and Rokos' script has a lot of fun playing with our expectations of contemporary cop dramas by showing how things would have worked in the mid-19th century.[...]The series was originally developed at AMC five years ago, and Fontana and Rokos expanded their original pilot script into a two-part story to better allow them to introduce the characters and this world.

[...]"Copper" is very much a work in progress, but it's a work in progress from a creative team whose track record all but demands investing the time to see what it becomes. Fontana isn't infallible (even in the cop show realm, his short-lived UPN series "The Beat," starring a young Mark Ruffalo, was more noble experiment than compelling drama), but the pieces are certainly here for him to do something special down the road.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on August 19, 2012, 10:58:54 PM
Very similar to Gangs of New York from what I saw (first 5 minutes). I'll catch up if it turns into something great.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on August 28, 2012, 09:57:13 PM
Does anyone happen to know where online you could get a list of all the Emmy submissions for the upcoming ceremony. I can't seem to find a site I visited a few months ago where there was a list of all the categories and then it showed each of the names with a picture.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on August 29, 2012, 12:18:47 PM
Charlie Sheen's Anger Management Receives 90-Episode Renewal from FX (http://tvline.com/2012/08/29/anger-management-renewed/)
Uhm..okay.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on August 31, 2012, 09:43:40 AM
I'm a few episodes into season three of Breaking Bad and so far I'm finding it to be probably the best TV show I've ever seen.

Anyone have a good suggestion for a podcast that started in the first 3 seasons?  I'm finding quite a few podcasts but I'm having difficulty finding episodes that go back that far...
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on August 31, 2012, 09:49:39 AM
One of the Battleship Pretension guys hosts a weekly TV review show... it's been around for a while. Not sure if that specific enough for you or not. I wish I couldn't remember the name of it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on August 31, 2012, 10:01:46 AM
(http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/07/23/perodictable%20%284%29.jpg)

Cool!  (although stuff like this makes me wish I wasn't color blind!)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on August 31, 2012, 10:47:57 AM
I wish I could remember the name of it.

PREVIOUSLY ON, I believe.

Anyone have a good suggestion for a podcast that started in the first 3 seasons?

BREAKING BAD INSIDER!
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Post by: Totoro on September 01, 2012, 12:40:25 AM
The New Normal is CINECAST!ing awful.

The Mindy Project is CINECAST!ing awesome.

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Post by: Devil on September 01, 2012, 09:49:53 AM
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BREAKING BAD INSIDER!

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Seconded, love this podcast. Funny and informative from the cast and crew of the show.

I also like Breaking Good, but it started in the fourth season I believe
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Post by: mañana on September 06, 2012, 09:35:13 PM
Andy Dyck on NewsRadio. Wow.
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Post by: pixote on September 08, 2012, 03:33:02 AM
Discovering that The West Wing is available to stream from Amazon Prime has not been a boon to my plan to sleep early.

Oh, crap, they have NYPD Blue, too.  :-\

pixote
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Post by: pixote on September 26, 2012, 01:32:37 AM
Am I drunk, or was Janusz Kaminski the director of photography for the pilot of The Mindy Project?

It's possible these things aren't mutually exclusive.

pixote
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Post by: 1SO on September 26, 2012, 07:05:47 AM
It was Vilmos Zsigmond
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Post by: pixote on September 26, 2012, 10:51:59 AM
It was Vilmos Zsigmond

Oh, the Close Encounters guy, not the War of the Worlds guy. Okay, that makes slightly more sense, even though it's still crazy.

pixote
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Post by: 1SO on September 26, 2012, 11:12:01 AM
I know. I worked that show. Was more excited about Richard Schiff.


Conversation I had with Schiff about 5 takes into cueing him for a scene.

Me: I feel very superfluous at this point. 

Richard: Why? Because your job is only to take care of me?

Me: You didn't even look at me for the last cue.

Richard: That's how good you are. I can feel when you want me to go. 

Me: It's telepathy. 

Richard: Well I wouldn't go anywhere. I might just stay here to CINECAST! you over. 
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Post by: StudentOFilm on October 02, 2012, 07:15:26 PM
Would anyone recommend the Netflix series Lilyhammer?
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Post by: AAAutin on October 02, 2012, 07:45:30 PM
Would anyone recommend the Netflix series Lilyhammer?

If you think you can handle an entire series centered around a Silvio Dante clone and his wacky/bloody shark-out-of-water misadventures, sure. Otherwise, you might want to skip it. 
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Post by: Totoro on October 03, 2012, 03:11:11 AM
I love Archer so much.


Halfway through season 3.  ;D
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Post by: Totoro on October 14, 2012, 03:15:22 AM
(http://d22zlbw5ff7yk5.cloudfront.net/images/cm-26173-15078dd870dd6f.gif)
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Post by: Tequila on October 15, 2012, 08:27:26 PM
Wanted to finally start watching Moonlighting and ended up downloading the wrong show. 'Moonlight' was a short-lived 2007 show about Vampires with a weirdo all-star cast containing Alex O'Loughlin (now the lead in Hawaii 5-0), Sophia Myles (coming off the Underworld films) and Shannyn Sossamon, produced by Joel Silver. I was genuinely intrigued, mostly because I couldn't tell at all how old that show was.  I've encountered that phenomenon before with HDTV (the World Cup final 2002 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h0weIy1Gco) looks amazing in what must've been fairly primitive HDTV technology at the time). Anyone else have that problem?
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Post by: ses on October 17, 2012, 07:38:20 PM
Flipping through my TV, I see Vanessa Cosby and Meadow Soprano on the same show, weird.
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Post by: mañana on October 17, 2012, 08:11:29 PM
Worlds colliding!
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Post by: AAAutin on October 17, 2012, 08:30:09 PM
Worlds colliding!

Families warring! Jell-O everywhere!
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Post by: MartinTeller on October 22, 2012, 05:17:07 PM
The US DVD preorder of "The Thick Of It" seasons 1-3 seems to be gone on Amazon, it now says "Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available."  Sigh.  Maybe it's a good thing and they're delaying it to include season 4.  I'm not holding my breath.

In other random TV thoughts, it recently occurred to me how many of the sitcoms I grew up with focused on single parents: Alice, One Day at a Time, Silver Spoons, Diff'rent Strokes, Kate & Allie, Gimme a Break, Partridge Family, Andy Griffith, Courtship of Eddie's Father, What's Happening, Benson, Who's the Boss.
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Post by: Verite on November 01, 2012, 10:36:21 PM
Last night before going to sleep:

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/fg_3/1.jpg) (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/fg_3/2.jpg)

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Post by: sdedalus on November 01, 2012, 10:47:26 PM
I just finished rewatching that whole series.  It's so so good.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 12, 2012, 07:15:19 PM
So, been watching Freaks and Geeks. in episode 9, I forget what it's called, but it's where Sam becomes the mascot, I'm not going crazy, that kid who broke his arm and was originally the mascot is totally The Beef, right?
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Post by: mañana on November 12, 2012, 07:35:43 PM
Yep.
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Post by: Corndog on November 12, 2012, 09:19:58 PM
I too was taken aback. (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=6956.msg703187#msg703187)
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Post by: jbissell on November 14, 2012, 11:13:45 AM
Last night before going to sleep: Freaks & Geeks

My favorite episode of my favorite show.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 27, 2012, 09:05:00 PM
The greatest news ever. Cannot wait to watch what will hopefully one of TV's greatest shows once more (http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/62438/danielle-fishel-and-ben-savage-announce-involvement-in-boy-meets-world-spin-off-break-tumblr-and-twitter-respectively[/url).
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Post by: AAAutin on November 27, 2012, 09:27:17 PM
The greatest news ever. Cannot wait to watch what will hopefully one of TV's greatest shows once more (http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/62438/danielle-fishel-and-ben-savage-announce-involvement-in-boy-meets-world-spin-off-break-tumblr-and-twitter-respectively[/url).

Is it too much to hope for Mr. Feeny to return in a musical number about saltpeter?
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Post by: Junior on November 28, 2012, 02:42:33 PM
Maybe the funniest thing I've seen on TV this year, from New Girl:

"What I'll do is, I'll go outside, and get the paper, shake the neighbor's hand.

Then what I'll do is I'll tie a bow on it, cause it's birthday time...then get on stage and collect my Oscar, say Thank You to the people, Thank You to the people, then get back down off stage and into the sharing circle...right down there in the sharing circle, and then.....SPIKE THE VOLLEYBALL.

What I like to do is, I like to arrive at the bridge, meet the troll, and then answer his riddles...3, and then what we're doing is we're dancing, we're gonna dance for a while, dance until we can't dance anymore, can't dance ANYMORE...then....everybody...gets... A CHURRO."
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Post by: verbALs on November 28, 2012, 02:51:54 PM
FEENY!!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 28, 2012, 09:02:58 PM
The greatest news ever. Cannot wait to watch what will hopefully one of TV's greatest shows once more (http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/62438/danielle-fishel-and-ben-savage-announce-involvement-in-boy-meets-world-spin-off-break-tumblr-and-twitter-respectively[/url).

Is it too much to hope for Mr. Feeny to return in a musical number about saltpeter?

We can only hope, we can only hope.
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Post by: ¡Keith! on November 29, 2012, 04:36:08 PM
The greatest news ever. Cannot wait to watch what will hopefully one of TV's greatest shows once more (http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/62438/danielle-fishel-and-ben-savage-announce-involvement-in-boy-meets-world-spin-off-break-tumblr-and-twitter-respectively[/url).

Is it too much to hope for Mr. Feeny to return in a musical number about saltpeter?

We can only hope, we can only hope.

Rider Strong seems to have matured into a hipster douche! (inevitable?)

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-rider-strong-girl-meets-world-234400687.html
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Post by: AAAutin on November 29, 2012, 05:42:00 PM
Rider Strong seems to have matured into a hipster douche! (inevitable?)

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-rider-strong-girl-meets-world-234400687.html

Classy statement, I thought.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 29, 2012, 08:54:32 PM
The Shawn in Spain stays mainly on the train.
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Post by: Totoro on December 02, 2012, 08:13:20 PM
Okay.

Adventure Time & Regular Show.

I am officially a fan. These two shows are AWESOME. They are now in my top 10 best shows currently on television.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 02, 2012, 08:37:39 PM
Agree for 1/2 of that. Go Regular Show!
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Post by: Junior on December 02, 2012, 09:13:04 PM
Adventure Time is great. Super great. Don't care for Regular Show, though.
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Post by: Melvil on December 02, 2012, 09:15:47 PM
Yeah, Adventure Time is just joyously awesome! I haven't watched Regular Show yet, but the advertising I've seen for it turns me away a bit.
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Post by: ses on December 13, 2012, 06:34:24 PM
Should I start watching Park and Recreation?
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Post by: worm@work on December 13, 2012, 06:36:01 PM
Should I start watching Park and Recreation?
Definitely and pls don't give up till you finish S2 as well. They're still finding their feet in S1 and S2 is when the show gets really great. It's one of my favorite TV shows currently running.
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Post by: sdedalus on December 13, 2012, 06:49:44 PM
What she said.
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Post by: MartinTeller on December 13, 2012, 06:54:45 PM
What she and he said.
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Post by: Junior on December 13, 2012, 07:15:39 PM
I think it's the best show on TV as well.
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Post by: ses on December 13, 2012, 07:24:34 PM
Excellent.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 13, 2012, 08:18:58 PM
It's no Community, but it's pretty good.
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Post by: mañana on December 14, 2012, 10:33:13 AM
An Oral History of Freaks and Geeks (http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/01/freaks-and-geeks-oral-history)
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Post by: Totoro on December 14, 2012, 09:12:21 PM
Blade Runner reference in Regular Show.

Yes, it's good.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 14, 2012, 09:17:40 PM
Regular Show is the shit.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on December 18, 2012, 01:30:20 AM
I thought I posted this, but I couldn't find it. Trailer for new Showtime shows. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC1eWcE8cTo)

"Ray Donovan" starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight & "Masters of Sex" starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan
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Post by: AAAutin on December 18, 2012, 10:47:05 AM
"Ray Donovan" starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight & "Masters of Sex" starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan

I saw "sex" and "Lizzy Caplan" and almost passed out.

RAY DONOVAN didn't really interest me until Jon Voight showed up. Watching him go at it with Schreiber should be fun, as will yukking it up at Elliott Gould's (presumably) cantankerous disposition.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on December 24, 2012, 12:35:55 AM
I agree. Masters of Sex looks very interesting (Sheen and Caplan are an interesting pairing that looks like it'll work) while Ray Donovan seems kind of conventional... but I also have the sense that it could be the kind of show that as its season goes on, things become more complex between all the characters and stories so that it builds to something memorable.

It's always nice to see Jon Voight in something that isn't Bratz: The Movie or Karate Dog.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 31, 2012, 03:07:03 PM
An article about how fashion functions in Freaks and Geeks. (http://www.curatormagazine.com/nick-olson/freaks-geeks-and-subverting-the-politics-of-fashion/)

I've read some of this guys thoughts on films. I believe I linked his Tree of Life analysis on the boards. He's pretty good.
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Post by: mañana on December 31, 2012, 03:18:58 PM
It has always bothered me how a lot of the wardrobe, particularly for the freaks, is not period. The band shirts totally don't look like 1980.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 12, 2013, 01:44:07 AM
I started watching Deep Space Nine. I remember not watching this much as a kid because I didn't like how much of the cast which was made up of aliens. Now, I really like it, possibly more than TOS and TNG. The characters and their relationships are more complex and the consistency of place so far has allowed for the stories to feel more related. Only at the beginning of season two, and from what I've heard it only gets better from here. Looking forward to it!
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Post by: Junior on January 12, 2013, 08:56:44 AM
Yup, it is all awesome.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 23, 2013, 02:12:36 PM
I hate it's all a dream/simulation or it's a parallel dimension episodes of TV. Prompted by DS9, but it applies to a lot of sci-fi shows.

And yes, before you ask, I do hate the Dopplegangland episode of Buffy.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 23, 2013, 02:25:12 PM
And yes, before you ask, I do hate the Dopplegangland episode of Buffy.

But what about a brief Buffy reunion for a brand new alternate universe episode titled "Dopplegangnamstyle?"
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Post by: Junior on January 23, 2013, 02:28:19 PM
The best thing about the DS9 alternate universe episodes is the OtherKira, that's some great stuff and fantastic acting.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 23, 2013, 03:45:18 PM
No, not really. I really like Kira, but Nana Visitor isn't that great of an actress.
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Post by: Junior on January 23, 2013, 03:59:28 PM
Just wait. She gets better and the writers figure out how to use her.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 26, 2013, 08:06:57 AM
The Super Dudeplass Bros. (big shoutsouts to Filmspotting Forum user dudeplass for making me aware of this play on words) getting an HBO pilot/potential series (http://www.avclub.com/articles/hbo-has-greenlit-togetherness-a-pilot-from-mark-an,91627/).
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Post by: StudentOFilm on January 30, 2013, 10:27:46 PM
Conceptual teaser for HBO Films "Phil Spector" written/directed by David Mamet and starring Al Pacino as Phil Spector and Helen Mirren as his lawyer. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PrRNiMCU50&list=UUVTQuK2CaWaTgSsoNkn5AiQ&index=1) I'll post this in the trailers thread as well.

Just go type "Al Pacino Phil Spector" into Google images and have fun. I'm pretty sure there's a Creative Arts Emmy for hairstyling that these people will be winning.
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Post by: george96 on February 03, 2013, 02:42:41 PM
Has anyone seen this 2010 Starz original "Gravity" starring Kristen Ritter with Ving Rhames? It's kind of a terrible trainwreck, but three episodes in, I can't look away. It has my attention.
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Post by: verbALs on February 03, 2013, 04:14:31 PM
Brian Cox right now;

1. "Atoms are 99.9999999999999 empty space. You are all vast and empty."

2. Sometimes electrons behave like waves. Sometimes they behave like particles. (wave/particle duality)

3. Electrons like to set up standing (stationary) waves and settle into those waves in an atom. Electrons avoid each other, so they set up at different levels in the atom. For the same reason we don't fall through the floor. We float above the floor.

4. It's likely that you could jump to another point in the universe. It would just take a length of time much longer than the age of the universe for it to become likely.

5. There are old dead stars the size of the earth, that are made of pure diamond. There's one only ten light years away (about only 3,000 years of travel away).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 03, 2013, 04:31:42 PM
So it's been out for like two days now, right? Should I be checking out House of Cards or is it 'bad Fincher?'
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Post by: george96 on February 03, 2013, 04:50:18 PM
I think it's terrific. Go for it.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 03, 2013, 04:58:56 PM
Okay, will watch the pilot sometime this week.
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Post by: jbissell on February 06, 2013, 06:30:30 PM
Delocated series finale on March 7 (http://www.avclub.com/articles/delocated,92142/)

Disappointing but it should be great.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 06, 2013, 06:34:13 PM
FLY may cry  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Saw this mentioned like a month ago on an [as] bump, but was hoping it was mislabeled and just meant a final season rather than a one-off special thing not unlike "Beforel Orel" but I can't wait anyway. I've been re-watching season 3 lately and it's great. Who needs cool shoes when you have such a cool dad?
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Post by: AAAutin on February 11, 2013, 06:10:05 PM
COMEDY BANG! BANG! is now up on NWI. (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70269429?strkid=485426988_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70269429) (As is its IFC cohort, BUNK.)
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Post by: 1SO on February 17, 2013, 12:17:04 PM
I'm very late to the party, what are the general feelings towards Lazy Sunday 2 (http://www.hulu.com/watch/363327)? Like any sequel, we're dealing with diminishing returns, however this is pretty cool. Not as good as "The Real Natalie Portman" but almost worthy as a follow up to the original Samberg/Parnell Masterpiece. It's biggest problem is standing in the shadow of greatness.
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Post by: ArmenianScientist on February 20, 2013, 01:09:20 PM
The Color Wheel's director/writer/star Alex Ross Perry is developing an HBO Show (http://www.indiewire.com/article/television/exclusive-spirit-nominee-alex-ross-perry-discusses-new-hbo-project-the-traditions-his-next-feature-and-life-after-the-color-wheel)

Looks like HBO is trying this whole Lena Dunham thing again, except this time with a way more talented person. If The Color Wheel is any indication, whatever ARP is developing won't be as broadly accessible as Girls.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 21, 2013, 08:28:08 AM
Girls, the best show on TV Armo. Get wit it!
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Post by: roujin on February 21, 2013, 11:56:30 AM
Barely watchable.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 21, 2013, 12:11:03 PM
All that exploitative nudity. (http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/images/smilies/snob.gif)
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Post by: pixote on February 21, 2013, 01:08:41 PM
An Oral History of Freaks and Geeks (http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/01/freaks-and-geeks-oral-history)

Thanks for that link! Really enjoyed reading it.

pixote
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Post by: Verite on March 06, 2013, 01:41:16 PM
I need more Amita Ramanujan.
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Post by: ses on March 06, 2013, 06:55:12 PM
Anybody watched Parade's End?  Is it worth watching?  Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, I'm intrigued. 
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Post by: oneaprilday on March 06, 2013, 08:40:36 PM
Anybody watched Parade's End?  Is it worth watching?  Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, I'm intrigued.
And some episodes written by Tom Stoppard, too, and also, directed by Susanna White (I really loved the Bleak House and Jane Eyre mini-series she directed) - definitely intrigued. I set it to record a few days ago, so I'll give the first episode a shot, anyway!
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Post by: ses on March 06, 2013, 08:48:47 PM
Anybody watched Parade's End?  Is it worth watching?  Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, I'm intrigued.
And some episodes written by Tom Stoppard, too, and also, directed by Susanna White (I really loved the Bleak House and Jane Eyre mini-series she directed) - definitely intrigued. I set it to record a few days ago, so I'll give the first episode a shot, anyway!

Let me know when you watch it!
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Post by: oneaprilday on March 06, 2013, 08:52:47 PM
Will do!

(Have been sidetracked by Enlightened, which is soooo good!, lately though, and also, BSG, which is as addictive as everyone says it is.)
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Post by: goodguy on March 06, 2013, 08:58:39 PM
Anybody watched Parade's End?  Is it worth watching?  Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, I'm intrigued.

I did mention a couple of times that it is pretty fantastic.
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Post by: oneaprilday on March 06, 2013, 09:54:52 PM
Sorry I missed that, goodguy! I've been pretty absent (not by choice) from the forums lately and have been very out of touch. :(

But if Parade's End has your good opinion - I can't wait to check it out!
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Post by: ses on March 06, 2013, 09:56:57 PM
Anybody watched Parade's End?  Is it worth watching?  Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, I'm intrigued.

I did mention a couple of times that it is pretty fantastic.

Sorry, I missed that as well.  I will have to check it out.
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Post by: saltine on March 06, 2013, 10:03:12 PM
I recently watched Part 1. It was a bit slow to start but got more interesting toward the end.  BC is as delightful as ever.  RH didn't have a big role in P1 but I can see a greater presence for her character in the future.   The writing (dialog) is very good.  I'll certainly watch more.
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Post by: oneaprilday on March 07, 2013, 12:28:26 AM
That sounds good! And yes, I'd expect the writing (dialogue) to be good, with Stoppard at the helm.

Just listening now to the interview with Stoppard on the The Treatment - really fascinating. And apparently, I've been missing out, in not have read any Ford Madox Ford - that I can remember. (Graham Greene was a fan? Sign me up!).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Emiliana on March 07, 2013, 04:09:15 AM
Stoppard, Cumberbatch, Hall and Susanna White, the director of Bleak House, all doing a thing together? I need to see this, like, yesterday!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 07, 2013, 09:08:20 AM
PSA: the series finale of Delocated happens tonight at 12:30 EST on [aduiltswim]. There will be tears, and they will me mine  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on March 07, 2013, 09:46:31 AM
Stoppard, Cumberbatch, Hall and Susanna White, the director of Bleak House, all doing a thing together? I need to see this, like, yesterday!
I know! Me, too!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: don s. on March 08, 2013, 01:20:22 AM
"Dog and Oven" is quite possibly the silliest thing I've ever seen on "The Daily Show." Highly recommended.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on March 13, 2013, 06:27:56 PM
Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars Movie Project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-project).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: goodguy on March 13, 2013, 07:42:15 PM
Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars Movie Project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-project).

I really liked the show, but given that this is and remains a Warner property, I find the campaign more than a little disgusting.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on March 16, 2013, 09:09:39 PM
Just learned that Zuleikha Robinson is in Homeland  :-*
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on March 21, 2013, 02:30:41 PM
This news is a couple days old, but new to me:  HBO will not be renewing Enlightened (http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/hbo-turns-off-enlightened-1200326144/). :(


But I suppose I can be thankful for two perfect seasons. Definitely a DVD set I will be owning.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on March 21, 2013, 06:31:07 PM
Trailer for AMC's Low Winter Sun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTFKglwGwcY).

Adapted from the British TV series of the same name and starring Mark Strong (who was also in the original) and Lennie James. Adapted by Chris Mundy (Criminal Minds) and the pilot directed by Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 30, 2013, 07:47:45 AM
Thought we had a thread for MTV's Awkward., but I can't find it. Just to let everyone know season three starts on April 16th!

EDIT: The first two seasons are on Instant Watch as well.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on March 31, 2013, 07:34:27 PM
The Walking Dead ends, Game of Thrones begins, Justified ends, Mad Men begins, The Americans continues on....

Me loving that cable TV. Dead, Justified, and Americans have been all top notch IMHO.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 31, 2013, 07:40:28 PM
Guess I should try catching up on The Americans more. Stopped about three episodes ago after it continued to severely disappoint.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on April 02, 2013, 06:27:03 PM
Non-Netflix users- House of Cards will be getting a DVD. Sellers are listing it for a release in June.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on April 09, 2013, 12:04:05 AM
The BBC is making Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell into a 7 hour long miniseries (7 hourlong episodes). Very excited.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 09, 2013, 09:15:44 AM
Same. Glad they went for a miniseries instead of a movie.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 16, 2013, 08:48:13 AM
Thought we had a thread for MTV's Awkward., but I can't find it. Just to let everyone know season three starts on April 16th!

EDIT: The first two seasons are on Instant Watch as well.

Still could have sworn we had a thread for this show. It's back tonight in a one hour season debut!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on April 20, 2013, 06:17:52 AM
Binged on pilots today:

Hemlock Grove (Netflix): Eli Roth's new Netflix Original show...unspeakably bad that manages to put a mocking Twilight joke in the first episode, yet I wouldn't find it very plausible to think this is actually better than Twilight.

Zombieland (Amazon): Enjoyable enough but the quality of the comedy is a bit too broad for my tastes. The Abigail Breslin stand-in here looks like a tween version of my ex-girlfriend, so there's that.

Alpha House (Amazon): The most promising of today's quarry, a political satire starring John Goodman as one of four Republican Senators living in a house together in DC (this is based on a real house). Nothing overwhelming but the cast is strong enough and the material plentiful enough to likely carry it through.

Browsers (Amazon): Hey, look, a proper musical that unlike Smash probably won't rely on covers of pop songs to maximize music downloads. Unfortunately it strives to be so hip and with pop culture or all that stuff that it just makes me feel extremely old.

The Onion Presents: The News (Amazon): I actually have seen The Onion: The Movie and it was almost not bad. I had hoped the presence of Jeffrey Tambor would be a sign of class but nope, this was actually the most unbearable of the day's viewing.

So yeah, watching TV is a mistake. Back to movies.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on April 20, 2013, 07:42:51 PM
Yeah, I like ALPHA HOUSE a lot (title notwithstanding). I hope it goes to series.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 21, 2013, 07:40:13 AM
Liked the second episode of Hemlock Grove a bit more, feel like the first episode should have just been two hour long ones combined. I need to make a spoiler thread so I can talk about how CINECAST!ing dank that part at the end of ep 2 is.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 21, 2013, 06:30:11 PM
Apparently the TV Club shit all over Hemlock Grove. I'm three eps deep and there are some strange aspects to it, but some that I also find endearing. But also a ton I find frustrating, but not frustrating enough that I'll stop watching. The third episode had this line which, after a bit of poking around, seems to have sent the internet aflutter: "That woman is what she says she is like a Mexican hates fireworks.”

It's a dumb line, but I'm on board for more of that!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: george96 on April 21, 2013, 07:26:42 PM
I'm going to sit this one out. It didn't really interest me in the first place, and the A.V. Club's review was long and frustrated enough to make me want to avoid it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on April 21, 2013, 09:19:22 PM
The last episode of Hannibal really brought the crazy!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on April 27, 2013, 12:33:55 AM
Black Mirror. UK miniseries in its second season. 3 episodes a season, each of them self contained sci-fi concepts/stories that have to do with some kind of screen. The first two are very clever and do some interesting things with their ideas. Well shot and acted also, especially the second episode with a strong, mostly silent central performance. Check it out.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 27, 2013, 07:02:40 AM
Is it like a British Twilight Zone, or more hard sci-fi stuff?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on April 27, 2013, 08:38:56 AM
So far it's all real world with a tweak, so maybe even less sci fi than The Twilight Zone.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 10, 2013, 10:02:00 AM
Wow, it didn't take SNL long to get Wiig back. It's like she never even left, or something. No teary goodbyes, no twirling ballerinas.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 11, 2013, 05:45:00 PM
Has anyone watched that Maron show? It kind of sucks.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on May 11, 2013, 06:50:43 PM
I watched the first episode and thought it was meh, but I'm gonna keep with it for a while.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: roujin on May 11, 2013, 07:12:57 PM
They cancelled Happy Endings is nothing sacred
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on May 11, 2013, 07:14:53 PM
I watched the first episode and thought it was meh, but I'm gonna keep with it for a while.
Same.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdedalus on May 11, 2013, 07:38:15 PM
They cancelled Happy Endings is nothing sacred

Supposedly it'll move to cable like COUGARTOWN did.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on May 11, 2013, 09:11:11 PM
Has anyone watched that Maron show? It kind of sucks.

I thought the second episode was better than the first, but the jokes really aren't hitting for me at all. The timing seems way off: down, languid, flat. But at least Kellerman and Leary delivered; and I'm hoping Judd Hirsch will swoop in next week with some real energy.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 11, 2013, 09:24:37 PM
Yeah, I'll watch a few more episodes. I need to stop hoping it will be like an alternative to Curb though, I guess.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: george96 on May 12, 2013, 02:42:11 PM
Seth Meyers will host Late Night.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on May 12, 2013, 02:59:52 PM
Mulaney for Weekend Update, please.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on May 12, 2013, 03:13:34 PM
Mulaney for Weekend Update, please.

I'd like that.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: george96 on May 12, 2013, 04:06:47 PM
I agree. He'll need a co-host, though. I miss the days of the duos at the desk.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on May 12, 2013, 05:09:34 PM
Why Jimmy Pardo does not have a late night talk show is beyond me.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 12, 2013, 06:00:39 PM
I guess Seth Meyers is a step up from Fallon, but not by much.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on May 12, 2013, 08:34:07 PM
Mulaney for Weekend Update, please.
I'd like that.
I think his stand-up is great, but I don't know if he makes sense to take over Update. He did a couple desk pieces a while ago and I remember them kind of stinking.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on May 13, 2013, 02:20:08 AM
He did a couple desk pieces a while ago and I remember them kind of stinking.

It's always weird to see a child sitting at a grown-up's desk.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on May 13, 2013, 10:12:36 AM
Why Jimmy Pardo does not have a late night talk show is beyond me.

Well he had the tiny talk show on Comedy Bang Bang last season. I wish Pardo was getting the show that Pete Holmes is getting.

Mulaney for Weekend Update, please.
I'd like that.
I think his stand-up is great, but I don't know if he makes sense to take over Update. He did a couple desk pieces a while ago and I remember them kind of stinking.

I only remember seeing one of them and thought it was pretty good.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 13, 2013, 10:49:27 AM
Is anyone watching Inside Amy Schumer? First two episodes were pretty funny. Glaser killed it in episode two.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on May 14, 2013, 12:10:51 AM
Verite, oad and I are enjoying Rectify on Sundance.  I've seen all 6 episodes and it's the best thing I've seen on TV in quite awhile.  Verite has started a thread for it (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=12217.msg732087#msg732087) but there are spoilers in the thread so I'm posting about it here to try to draw your viewership.

The series has been renewed for 10 eps next season, but the 6 eps available now provide closure for everything going on this first season of the series.

Please watch it.  It's great!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on May 14, 2013, 10:20:17 AM
Verite, oad and I are enjoying Rectify on Sundance.  I've seen all 6 episodes and it's the best thing I've seen on TV in quite awhile.  . . .

Please watch it.  It's great!
Heartily concur!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on May 14, 2013, 08:10:25 PM
I wish Pardo was getting the show that Pete Holmes is getting.
Yeah, what the f-ck, Conan? Boo.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on May 14, 2013, 08:22:15 PM
I wish Pardo was getting the show that Pete Holmes is getting.

Can't wait for the episode in which he interviews the dead opossum about its thoughts on the afterlife.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on May 15, 2013, 12:58:52 AM
Full Agents of Shield Trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3T-evQZiQo)

Thoughts?


CON:
I don't like that this is present day with Coulson not dead. The show hasn't even started and I'm already dealing with people being able to survive anything.
PRO:
Love seeing Clark Gregg get to stretch his character out. Plus, Ming-Na Wen is a great addition.


CON:
"I Should carry a shield?"
PRO:
The other Whedon touches: Fitz/Simmons and the whole exchange with "Is one of them the easy way?"
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on May 15, 2013, 06:12:27 PM
Is anyone watching Inside Amy Schumer? First two episodes were pretty funny. Glaser killed it in episode two.

That's the only episode I've watched so far because I knew Glaser was in it. I liked it enough that I'll check out a few more episodes, but she's pretty hit or miss.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 16, 2013, 09:22:35 AM
This past week's episode was pretty weak. Needs more Glaser.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on May 16, 2013, 05:12:44 PM
Just watched the first episode. Kinda liked the format, didn't really laugh. I'll stick with it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on May 16, 2013, 07:39:28 PM
Enough good bits in the first two episodes for me to keep with it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 22, 2013, 11:56:57 AM
Critic's Choice make the right choice in the eternal battle between Adam and Alex (http://www.avclub.com/articles/critics-choice-tv-awards-are-big-fans-of-hbo-and-f,98066/).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on May 25, 2013, 08:47:08 PM
Has anyone watched that Maron show? It kind of sucks.

It's getting better! (Judd Hirsch! Bobcat! Evelyn Waugh!)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on May 25, 2013, 10:13:10 PM
Watched the first ep if Top of the Lake. Weird. Good. Intriguing.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on May 25, 2013, 11:04:29 PM
Watched the first ep if Top of the Lake. Weird. Good. Intriguing.
Yay!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Totoro on May 29, 2013, 04:57:18 PM
Bob's Burgers is actually pretty good.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 29, 2013, 05:29:47 PM
Bob's Burgers is actually pretty good.

Some have called it the best animated program currently on television (those people probably haven't seen Gravity Falls enough though).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on June 05, 2013, 02:11:59 AM
I finished the 9 eps of HBO's Luck today.  Even though the series was cut short, I'd still recommend those 9 episodes as worthy of watching.   One storyline was left dangling a bit, but this is a rich series of stories and many came to a satisfactory end.  The filming technique for the horse race sequences was devised by Michael Mann and they are beyond compare with any I've ever seen.  For that alone, it deserves viewing consideration.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 05, 2013, 09:37:57 AM
Yes, people definitely should. Aside from Girls, Luck was the best season of television in 2012, according to FLY's master list (http://processedgrass.blogspot.com/2013/01/best-tv-shows-2012.html).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 06, 2013, 09:12:27 PM
General reminder: at 12 EST on [adultswim] tonight "The Greatest Event In Television History" airs. It's not the same one as last year's "The Greatest Event In Television History" that was a fifteen minute special on the channel where Adam Scott and Jon Hamm did a shot by shot recreation of the introduction to Simon & Simon. Don't know what will happen on tonight's thirty minute installment, but it will involve Adam Scott and Amy Poehler doing something.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 07, 2013, 10:29:04 AM
General reminder: at 12 EST on [adultswim] tonight "The Greatest Event In Television History" airs. It's not the same one as last year's "The Greatest Event In Television History" that was a fifteen minute special on the channel where Adam Scott and Jon Hamm did a shot by shot recreation of the introduction to Simon & Simon. Don't know what will happen on tonight's thirty minute installment, but it will involve Adam Scott and Amy Poehler doing something.

This was pretty good, but I liked the first one a bit more. It was also strange that they blocked out 30 minutes for this one because it really could have been fifteen. It ended up being about seventeen minutes until an extended post credits sequence with Nick Kroll happened. It was funny, but you know, it got my hopes up a bit too high.

Great call backs to jokes in the first (though few rivaled the greatness of the first special's), and I would definitely be down for a yearly special where Adam Scott and some other person recreates the title sequence from some 80's show. He and Poehler did the opening from Hart to Hart last night. It's really fun to see their recreation at the very end followed by the original title sequences over the credits. They do a Hell of a job.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 21, 2013, 08:37:18 AM
Wilfred started season three last night with a two episode premiere. It was quite good, that show has one of the most refreshing tones on television. I thought we had a thread for it, but I couldn't find it, so yeah, watch Wilfred.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on June 21, 2013, 12:38:06 PM
(http://i43.tinypic.com/2illea0.jpg)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on June 22, 2013, 08:51:15 PM
Wilfred started season three last night with a two episode premiere.

Not bad; though, I worry how much longer this show can sustain its crazy-guy-talks-to-anthropomorphized-dog premise.

(http://i43.tinypic.com/2illea0.jpg)

Don't stop beli
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sandy on June 28, 2013, 01:03:51 PM
My oldest son is in search of a series that he can get through Amazon Prime. He just finished:

Deep Space Nine and
Eureka

He has seen the other Star Trek series and Psych. What are some of your favorites, where an 8 year old can be in the room? :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on June 28, 2013, 01:08:56 PM
Friday Night Lights?  (Lots of talk of teen sex, but it's network tv so nothing too over the top.)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on June 29, 2013, 06:02:52 PM
My oldest son is in search of a series that he can get through Amazon Prime. He just finished:

Deep Space Nine and
Eureka

He has seen the other Star Trek series and Psych. What are some of your favorites, where an 8 year old can be in the room? :)

Malcolm in the Middle!!!  They only have Season 1, though.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 29, 2013, 06:07:05 PM
If he hasn't seen it yet, and isn't "too cool" to watch cartoons, Avatar: The Last Airbender is great for all ages.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on July 01, 2013, 03:37:59 PM
Did anyone check out Ray Donovan?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on July 01, 2013, 03:43:45 PM
I did.  He's a fixer.  He's damaged.  His family life is a mess.  Also there are some accents, supposed to be Boston, but oh my so not.

The pilot had a lot to do with introducing all the characters.

It'll slot in for the summer.  I hope it grabs my attention soon.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sandy on July 01, 2013, 03:54:25 PM
Thanks saltine, Verite and Sam. :) I'll send on your recommendations. While he's trying to decide, he's been immersed in the latest season of MythBusters.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jswysin on July 02, 2013, 11:28:06 PM
Just completed the first seasons of Orphan Black, Rectify, and In the Flesh.  Highly recommend all three. 

Has anyone else seen In the Flesh?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on July 03, 2013, 12:10:23 AM
Just completed the first seasons of Orphan Black, Rectify, and In the Flesh.  Highly recommend all three. 

Has anyone else seen In the Flesh?

Hope you chime in over at the Rectify thread ( link (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=12217.0) ).  OAD and saltine had a great discussion in there after Episode 5 aired.  Been meaning to post a reply, but haven't gotten to it yet :(

Since there are only three episodes, I'll try to catch up with In the Flesh soon.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on July 07, 2013, 12:04:01 AM
The CBS adaptation of Stephen King's Under the Dome is actually pretty good. It's going to be 13 episodes long unless it's a big hit and becomes a series. That's where the potential problem comes in as the book only takes place over 8 days and has a pretty definitive ending. But as for the actual show, they have some good actors including a great turn from Dean Norris (Breaking Bad). And the team behind it is pretty great: Brian K. Vaughn, Jack Bender, and a pilot directed by Niels Arden Oplev of the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Also nice, the cast a good looking guy as one of the whacko characters. Accurate to the story, but not a common occurrence on broadcast TV, much less CBS.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Devil on July 07, 2013, 12:08:27 AM
I've been reading the Saga comic books by Brian K. Vaughn, If he's involved in something that's enough to pique my interest.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on July 07, 2013, 12:12:39 AM
He's really great at episodic storytelling, that's for sure. He's a credited writer on all the episodes and has a created by credit as well. I think it's the first for him.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on July 07, 2013, 07:46:54 PM
I did.  He's a fixer.  He's damaged.  His family life is a mess.

Fixer fix thyself, eh?

The pilot had a lot to do with introducing all the characters.

And what a cast portraying said characters! Schreiber, Voight, Steven Bauer (as an Israeli!), Elliott Gould, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok. I also like seeing Los Angeles shot differently than the ways in which I've grown accustomed. Otherwise, I find the pilot to be a bit of a mixed bag (sans bat).

Also there are some accents, supposed to be Boston, but oh my so not.

Well, sometimes. (They come and go.)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on July 07, 2013, 07:55:02 PM
He's a fixer.  He's damaged.  His family life is a mess.
Fixer fix thyself, eh?
Vocational irony narrative!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on July 07, 2013, 07:57:14 PM
Vocational irony narrative!

Very much so. (Government bureaucrat govern thy pompadour.)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on July 09, 2013, 07:26:46 PM
 :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on July 10, 2013, 09:18:56 AM
I'm also sticking with Under the Dome because I'm a huge BKV fan. That being said, there are a few plotlines I hope get moving- the captive girl, the siezures... perhaps I've just been spoiled by premium cable but the shows feels a little too tame at times. Like it's holding back just to fill up the time with scenes of unimportance.

Anyone else plan on catching FX's The Bridge?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: AAAutin on July 10, 2013, 11:15:37 AM
Anyone else plan on catching FX's The Bridge?

For sure. Premieres tonight, yeah?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on July 10, 2013, 11:19:04 AM
Anyone else plan on catching FX's The Bridge?

For sure. Premieres tonight, yeah?

It's not a rerun.  It's not a reality show.  I'll watch.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on July 14, 2013, 11:07:29 PM
First 3 episodes of Orange is the New Black were very good. A nice subversion of the "everyone in prison is either evil or wrongly convicted" things that generally happen in stories like the one being told here. Also, I really like the use of flashbacks for the side characters as well as the main character. It's a pretty well done device.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on July 16, 2013, 05:00:38 PM
Anyone else plan on catching FX's The Bridge?

For sure. Premieres tonight, yeah?

It's not a rerun.  It's not a reality show.  I'll watch.

Buffalo Bill!
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Post by: jbissell on July 16, 2013, 05:02:06 PM
First 3 episodes of Orange is the New Black were very good. A nice subversion of the "everyone in prison is either evil or wrongly convicted" things that generally happen in stories like the one being told here. Also, I really like the use of flashbacks for the side characters as well as the main character. It's a pretty well done device.

I've been hearing enough good things about this that I'm going to have to check it out. I'm still skeptical because I was not a fan of the last few seasons of Weeds (or at least the chunks I could sit through).
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Post by: Junior on July 16, 2013, 05:42:14 PM
Never watched Weeds. A lot of the reviews I read expressed negative opinions towards the end of Weeds.
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Post by: jdc on July 16, 2013, 09:05:12 PM
Anybody watch a British show called Black Mirror?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mirror_(TV_series)

Black Mirror is a British television drama series created by Charlie Brooker. The series is produced by Zeppotron for Endemol. Regarding the programme's content and structure, Brooker noted, "each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they're all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy."[1]

Just watched 2 random episodes (there is no need to watch in any particular order) and thought it was quite unique.  It certainly sparked a lot of discussion with the wife on how much you really want to know.
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Post by: Junior on July 16, 2013, 09:42:33 PM
I've watched all released episodes. Pretty good overall, with a few standouts (White Bear, in particular). I hope it keeps going for a while, even in 3 episode bursts.
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Post by: AAAutin on July 16, 2013, 11:42:44 PM
Buffalo Bill!

Finally got his cowboy hat. (I hope it's not made out of human skin.)

Never watched Weeds.

You should watch the first few seasons. There's a big shift at the close of the third season, and that's where I'd recommend you stop.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on July 17, 2013, 12:54:21 AM
First 3 episodes of Orange is the New Black were very good. A nice subversion of the "everyone in prison is either evil or wrongly convicted" things that generally happen in stories like the one being told here. Also, I really like the use of flashbacks for the side characters as well as the main character. It's a pretty well done device.

Just finished episode 4 myself and I agree with everything you said. The series just feels fresh, unique, and its a lot of fun. I finished the past few episodes with a smile on my face, which when I think about most movies/shows about prisons, that doesn't tend to happen much. I really like how diverse and different each character feels. And a Starfleet captain is playing the prison chef!

I got a huge kick out of the librarian in ep. 4's few lines about Harry Potter/Ulysses.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 17, 2013, 01:15:55 PM
Finished Top Of The Lake. Thematically I liked how it approached things, and visually it was a marvel, but it wasn't until episodes six and seven that the pacing really started to work for me completely. I get why it's paced the way it is, there's supposed to be this sense of exhaustion to mirror Robin's struggles and frustrations while on the case, but much like in something like The Thin Red Line that makes use of similar tactics it's tough for me to completely embrace. Still, really liked the miniseries.
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Post by: Junior on July 21, 2013, 12:26:08 AM
The scared straight scene in ep 10 of Orange is the New Black might be one of the funniest scenes of the year.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on July 23, 2013, 01:46:17 PM
The scared straight scene in ep 10 of Orange is the New Black might be one of the funniest scenes of the year.

That was great.

Taystee and Poussey are hilarious in every scene. From one-liners ("Planet Earth bitches!") to speeches (the fried-chicken political platform), their rapport tends to steal most scenes.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 24, 2013, 09:04:36 AM
I finished that yesterday. Aside from the first couple of episodes I really liked the first season a pretty great deal. There's just so much to the characters, and I'm glad that very few are just there to fill the world out. Though, I mean, I guess the world itself is pretty crazy as well since it's ostensibly a 'real' place but the show also highlights how it's removed from reality. Like a fishbowl, to quote Larry's dad (who plays this guy?). Oh yeah, Jason Biggs is the shit because he's Jason Biggs. The two most engaging performances were probably the largest ones in Suzanne and Tiffany. Woman who plays Piper is something else in that role as well though, really sells all the stuff that bubbles under the surface and I mean that's kind of the most interesting part of Piper's character. Can't wait for the next season, I loved how this one ended (spoiler thread?). I like the potential future plot points that have been set up as well in regard to that woman who works under the warden but apparently above Capputo.
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Post by: AAAutin on July 24, 2013, 12:23:20 PM
Larry's dad (who plays this guy?).

Todd Susman (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0839881/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 24, 2013, 01:09:31 PM
Thanks, guy looks familiar but going through his credits I still don't know where I've seen him (even if I have heard him in many games, apparently).
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Post by: AAAutin on July 24, 2013, 01:15:34 PM
guy looks familiar

Very much so. (I'm thinking commercials.)

By the way, here's the real Larry's NEW YORK TIMES article (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/fashion/28Love.html?pagewanted=all&_r=3&).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 24, 2013, 01:24:47 PM
guy looks familiar

Very much so. (I'm thinking commercials.)

By the way, here's the real Larry's NEW YORK TIMES article (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/fashion/28Love.html?pagewanted=all&_r=3&).

Of interest, I didn't realize this show was based on people IRL.

EDIT: A memoir, huh? I knew they gained popularity in recent years. Perhaps I should read this in a Game of Thrones~esque manner to prepare myself for upcoming seasons, knowing who will chop off whom's head, watching each episode that Netflix dumps all at once shaking my head wondering why it can't be as good as the book.
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Post by: AAAutin on July 24, 2013, 01:28:08 PM
Of interest, I didn't realize this show was based on people IRL.

It's loosely based on this memoir (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6314763-orange-is-the-new-black?ac=1).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 24, 2013, 01:37:02 PM
 ;D @ this part: "I mean, come on, an international drug ring? Didn’t see that one coming."

I guess this bodes well for Jason Biggs's potential involvement in future seasons (things that also bode well for Jason Biggs's involvement in future seasons is that he's Jason Biggs and realistically what else can he actually have to do except maybe make another American Pie film but hopefully not).
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Post by: MartinTeller on July 26, 2013, 01:35:37 PM
I just checked to see who the new gal on NTSF:SD:SUV is and... um, holy crap, I might have to start watching Doctor Who. Unbelievably gorgeous.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 26, 2013, 04:23:03 PM
Watch the mid 2000s stuff first. It's leagues better.
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Post by: saltine on August 06, 2013, 09:16:47 AM
New mini-series starting on BBC America on Aug 7 @ 10pm Eastern

BBC AMERICA’S "BROADCHURCH" (http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/grief-destroys-a-small-town-in-bbc-americas-devastating-broadchurch)
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 08, 2013, 11:33:39 AM
New mini-series starting on BBC America on Aug 7 @ 10pm Eastern

BBC AMERICA’S "BROADCHURCH" (http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/grief-destroys-a-small-town-in-bbc-americas-devastating-broadchurch)
Good first ep. Gonna keep watching!
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Post by: saltine on August 08, 2013, 12:44:07 PM
According to some critics who've seen the whole series, it's worth-watching throughout the series; and, although the first one is very slow, they aren't all so slowly paced.  Also it's not paced like The Killing where every episode is a probable killer built up then shot down.

I plan to watch it all.
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 08, 2013, 01:40:45 PM

I plan to watch it all.
Right there with you!
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Post by: AAAutin on August 20, 2013, 10:16:28 AM
Has anyone seen LOVE/HATE, the Irish gangster series starring Aidan Gillen? (Netflix just put it up (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70277774?strkid=1484741789_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70277774).)
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Post by: AAAutin on August 21, 2013, 10:26:16 AM
Orange is the New New Black (http://bookriot.com/2013/08/21/orange-is-the-new-black-the-most-important-difference-between-book-and-tv-show/): Kit Steinkellner on the differences between the series and the source material, a reverse Bechdel Test, and Old Navy prison jackets.
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Post by: pixote on August 26, 2013, 12:37:27 PM
(I associate British television with awful editing.)

I tried to get into Luther the other night, but the editing of the first five minutes was too off-putting. Couldn't do it.

pixote
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Post by: 1SO on August 26, 2013, 01:16:15 PM
It is horrible, but thankfully it's confined to that opening.
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Post by: 1SO on August 29, 2013, 01:02:02 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/gjVTarn.jpg)
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Post by: AAAutin on August 29, 2013, 01:23:39 AM
Ha! Netflix (accidentally) gets political. I can only imagine how big their "Racial Stereotypes In Hollywood" section is going to be...
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Post by: pixote on September 01, 2013, 05:20:21 PM
Junior and StudentOFilm, are you guys still watching Under the Dome? I just finished the pilot and am wavering about whether to continue. The subplots about the captive girl and the missing husband have me doubting whether this miniseries is going to focus on the aspects of the situation that are actually interesting.

pixote
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Post by: Junior on September 01, 2013, 06:15:06 PM
Yes. They resolve those two plots only to focus on even dumber things. Its an entertaining watch but not a good one.
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Post by: pixote on September 01, 2013, 06:29:41 PM
Ha, thanks. Just finished the second episode. My last.

pixote
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Post by: Junior on September 01, 2013, 06:31:26 PM
Probably a good decision.
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Post by: Melvil on September 01, 2013, 06:54:25 PM
I stopped reading the book for the same reason. The story completely wasted the interesting concept in order to focus on incredibly dumb plots. :P
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Post by: Junior on September 01, 2013, 08:09:00 PM
I actually liked the book quite a bit. It's King, and the ending is dumb, but I like it.


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Post by: StudentOFilm on September 05, 2013, 11:41:41 PM
Re- Under the Dome

I'm just sticking it out to see how the first season ends, but I doubt I'll watch season 2 unless something truly spectacular happens. Honestly, it's the stuff with the two kids. The acting on their part (Mackenzie Lintz moreso than Colin Ford) is awful and especially since they seem to be trying to solve the problem of the dome, I'd rather have the fictional sci-fi stuff be explained in a believable fasion.

Oh, and what a horrible way to misuse the very talented Natalie Zea (see Justified). She was bascially a cartoon villain.

Edit: And yes, this originally started as a miniseries, but that apparently changed at some point because a second season was announced. So I'm going to take a wild guess and say that the dome will still be there and people will be under it.
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Post by: AAAutin on September 06, 2013, 08:24:10 PM
"It's not a rose, it's a brose."

THE LEAGUE is back!
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 07, 2013, 08:01:10 AM
That episode was great. Rafi, Dirty Randy, and JJ Watt! Go Texans!
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Post by: Junior on September 08, 2013, 07:30:22 PM
Broadchurch is a show riddled with cliches and still pretty fantastic thanks to great performances by nearly everybody in the entire cast.
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Post by: AAAutin on September 08, 2013, 07:42:55 PM
Broadchurch is a show riddled with cliches

And apparently with misogyny, as well. Would it have killed them to title it "Convent" or, hell, even "Nunnery"? I mean, Broadchurch. Really.
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Post by: Junior on September 16, 2013, 09:11:00 PM
Sleepy Hollow is pretty fun. Headless horseman? Boring. Headless horseman wielding an assault rifle, a time travelling member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Awesome.
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Post by: Junior on September 25, 2013, 04:31:39 PM
New Season of TV Rundown Part 1

Sleepy Hollow (2 episodes) It's easier now to see how the show will (hopefully) run for a long time. The patented Fringe formula of part monster of the week and part serialized plot is in full effect. Some genuinely creepy images and scares help to sell the whole thing. Still goofy as all get out, but it uses that as a weapon in its arsenal. When a character is reanimated after a neck snapping, he's asked over and over again what's up with his neck. The time travel stuff is good in small doses and great when Ichabod goes nuts at a 10 percent tax on a donut after the war he played a part in (Revolutionary, if you're not up on your alterna-history) was fought over a 2 percent tax. Funny stuff.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2 episodes) I was predisposed to liking this as it comes from the people behind the still-great Parks and Rec. There's some carryover as the series is generally focused on "nice" humor. It's mostly goofy stuff but there's not often a mean spirit behind the jokes and when there is it's from Chelsea Peretti, who's great in the Donna role. The real star, though, is Andre Braugher and his dry deliveries. He's really great at reigning in Andy Samberg's wackiness and the two play off each other well. Already better than The Office or Parks and Rec's first seasons.

New Girl (2 episodes) Following a spectacular second season will be tough for New Girl but I have faith in the writers and the actors to pull it off. The revitalized Nick Miller is a treat to watch and both of these episodes have given Winston some great things to play. Wacky to the extreme, but with real emotions underneath. I'm all in. (Except for Schmidt's current story. I know it will conclude soon. The two girls thing is just too done. Still, a 2/3rds scale replica of Don Draper's office isn't a bad thing).

Survivor (1 episode) Really enjoy the idea of the blood-vs.-water thing. Having half the people be returning and the other half their "loved ones" is a good way of expediting the opening episode where we spend a little time with the returnees and more with their "sig-oth"s some of whom are insane. And really, has Gervase not learned how to swim in the 13 years since his stint on the first season of the show? Really?

I think that's everything that has come out so far. Still looking forward to The Michael J. Fox Show and catching up on Agents of SHIELD. And Parks and Rec, of course. Anything you guys are liking?
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Post by: saltine on September 25, 2013, 05:45:15 PM
Trophy Wife is worth a watch (hate the title though).
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 26, 2013, 10:27:22 AM
Last night's episode of The League titled, simply, "Rafi and Dirty Randy" is the single funniest half hour of television from this year thus far.
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Post by: roujin on September 26, 2013, 11:13:39 AM
Goddamn it, I have to watch this now.
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Post by: Tequila on October 03, 2013, 01:15:14 PM
Sleepy Hollow is pretty fun. Headless horseman? Boring. Headless horseman wielding an assault rifle, a time travelling member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Awesome.
Gets a 2nd season. (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=109742)
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Post by: Junior on October 03, 2013, 01:33:48 PM
Sweet. It's continuing to be goofy/scary fun.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 03, 2013, 02:21:24 PM
Sad news, bros. Wilfred (US) is being put down after next year's fourth season on FXX.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 10, 2013, 08:49:21 AM
Haven't watched it yet, but evidently I'll be watching American Horror Story for the first time this season. #TeamEmma!
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Post by: Junior on October 10, 2013, 11:57:06 AM
She's pretty good. I'm a sucker for people with animal heads, in that they are probably the scariest thing I can think of, so the beginning with Bates going nuts really worked for me.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 10, 2013, 02:59:46 PM
Dank, will probably watch the first episode over the weekend.

I watched The Jimmy Kimmel Show for the first time since its very first episode last night because Kanye was going to be on. The show was at its best when Kimmel just stopped talking and let Kanye spit some hard truths. That guy is definitely one of America's greatest artists, and honestly one of the greatest artists of all time. He said it last night and he is right, Kanye is a creative genius.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 13, 2013, 07:24:23 PM
Just watched that first episode of AHS:C. As expected, #TeamEmma was great. I will watch more of this show.
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Post by: oneaprilday on November 12, 2013, 04:43:01 PM
Anyone else watching The Returned (http://www.sundancechannel.com/series/the-returned)? After hearing the Slate Culture Gabfest discussion, I decided to catch the second episode when it aired on Sundance - and then promptly caught up with the first on iTunes.

Really loving it so far. Beautifully atmospheric and gorgeously shot. Superb cast.
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Post by: Junior on November 12, 2013, 04:50:46 PM
I've downloaded it. I've heard very good things. Sundance is doing good stuff (or importing it).
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Post by: oneaprilday on November 13, 2013, 01:09:45 AM
Cool. Looking forward to hearing what you think! And agreed about Sundance - some great shows in the last year or so, egs. Top of the Lake and Rectify.
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Post by: mañana on November 17, 2013, 05:11:52 PM
David Blaine, Kanye West, Katy Perry, and Woody Allen. Sure, why not?
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 18, 2013, 09:05:17 AM
When did/does this happen. K. West, hot shit!
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Post by: mañana on November 20, 2013, 09:49:20 PM
I'm not sure when it airs. Soon, I think.
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Post by: oneaprilday on November 25, 2013, 12:07:33 PM
Anyone else catch Getting On (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2342652/combined) on HBO last night?

I liked it quite a bit and will most likely keep watching, but I also saw in the end credits that it's based on a BBC series of the same name (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1468773/combined) (the title, in retrospect, does seem much more British than American!), and now, I'm much more curious to see the original, which is supposed to be great, than in continuing with the American version.

Has anyone else seen/liked the UK version? And how can I get a hold of it?
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Post by: Verite on November 26, 2013, 06:39:07 PM
I really like some of the Malcolm McDowell & James Earl Jones commercials for Sprint.  The Facebook friend requests, the email, and lost in the store ones are great.
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Post by: mañana on November 26, 2013, 07:01:52 PM
Has anyone else seen/liked the UK version? And how can I get a hold of it?
I've been trying to track it down too.
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Post by: oneaprilday on November 26, 2013, 07:53:49 PM
Has anyone else seen/liked the UK version? And how can I get a hold of it?
I've been trying to track it down too.
Let me know if you have any success!
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 03, 2013, 10:56:07 PM
Not sure what I'm addicted to more, watching THE WIRE or writing about THE WIRE. I've already written over 3000 words on THE WIRE and I've not even written about the last 4 episodes of season one.
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Post by: ses on December 19, 2013, 11:08:25 AM
Anyone else catch Getting On (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2342652/combined) on HBO last night?

I liked it quite a bit and will most likely keep watching, but I also saw in the end credits that it's based on a BBC series of the same name (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1468773/combined) (the title, in retrospect, does seem much more British than American!), and now, I'm much more curious to see the original, which is supposed to be great, than in continuing with the American version.

Has anyone else seen/liked the UK version? And how can I get a hold of it?

I've been recording this, but haven't watched it yet.  Did you hear the Slate Culture Gabfest review of the show, they didn't seem to be fans, bu they said that the Slate's TV critic liked it.
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Post by: oneaprilday on December 20, 2013, 02:39:11 AM
Anyone else catch Getting On (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2342652/combined) on HBO last night?

I liked it quite a bit and will most likely keep watching, but I also saw in the end credits that it's based on a BBC series of the same name (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1468773/combined) (the title, in retrospect, does seem much more British than American!), and now, I'm much more curious to see the original, which is supposed to be great, than in continuing with the American version.

Has anyone else seen/liked the UK version? And how can I get a hold of it?

I've been recording this, but haven't watched it yet.  Did you hear the Slate Culture Gabfest review of the show, they didn't seem to be fans, bu they said that the Slate's TV critic liked it.
I heard the review - so disappointing, primarily because I expect better of them in terms of reviews. They weren't really reviewing the show itself, I didn't think, but rather punishing it for not being the show they expected it to be; essentially, they didn't really assess the show on its own terms. I commented on the Slate Facebook thread (https://www.facebook.com/Culturefest?ref=stream) (scroll down to Dec. 4) if you want to see my more specific complaints about what they said in their review; I also commented on what I appreciate about the show. It's not perfect TV, but I think it's really quite good.

I hope you do check out Getting On - I'd love to hear what you think!
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Post by: mañana on December 20, 2013, 09:33:20 AM
I haven't seen Getting On, so I don't know if I like it or not, but I often find the Gabfest tends to not do TV very well. I guess to be fair it can be hard to understand a show based on 1 or 2 episodes, particularly the first 1 or 2, but in general Steve and Dana tend to be pretty disengaged when it comes to TV segments.
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Post by: ses on December 20, 2013, 09:47:17 AM
Anyone else catch Getting On (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2342652/combined) on HBO last night?

I liked it quite a bit and will most likely keep watching, but I also saw in the end credits that it's based on a BBC series of the same name (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1468773/combined) (the title, in retrospect, does seem much more British than American!), and now, I'm much more curious to see the original, which is supposed to be great, than in continuing with the American version.

Has anyone else seen/liked the UK version? And how can I get a hold of it?

I've been recording this, but haven't watched it yet.  Did you hear the Slate Culture Gabfest review of the show, they didn't seem to be fans, bu they said that the Slate's TV critic liked it.
I heard the review - so disappointing, primarily because I expect better of them in terms of reviews. They weren't really reviewing the show itself, I didn't think, but rather punishing it for not being the show they expected it to be; essentially, they didn't really assess the show on its own terms. I commented on the Slate Facebook thread (https://www.facebook.com/Culturefest?ref=stream) (scroll down to Dec. 4) if you want to see my more specific complaints about what they said in their review; I also commented on what I appreciate about the show. It's not perfect TV, but I think it's really quite good.

I hope you do check out Getting On - I'd love to hear what you think!

I agree, they seemed to have expectations about what the show would be, and they were reviewing the fact that it didn't live up to those expectations, and it seemed like they pulled an audio clip from the show that probably doesn't represent the show well. I will definitely let you know once I get a chance to watch it. 

I haven't seen Getting On, so I don't know if I like it or not, but I often find the Gabfest tends to not do TV very well. I guess to be fair it can be hard to understand a show based on 1 or 2 episodes, particularly the first 1 or 2, but in general Steve and Dana tend to be pretty disengaged when it comes to TV segments.

Yeah, it must be hard to review something in that manner.  I always try to give a show some time to find its footing.  There are some shows (like Orange is the New Black) that they really liked, but yes, for the most part it does seem that way, Matt.
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Post by: Verite on December 20, 2013, 12:10:57 PM
Anyone else watching The Returned (http://www.sundancechannel.com/series/the-returned)? After hearing the Slate Culture Gabfest discussion, I decided to catch the second episode when it aired on Sundance - and then promptly caught up with the first on iTunes.

Really loving it so far. Beautifully atmospheric and gorgeously shot. Superb cast.

Was irritated that it wasn't available on Sundance On Demand but then I learned of the marathons throughout December.  Last marathon is airing this Sunday, I finally can catch up with it  8)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on December 20, 2013, 12:16:32 PM
I haven't seen Getting On, so I don't know if I like it or not, but I often find the Gabfest tends to not do TV very well. I guess to be fair it can be hard to understand a show based on 1 or 2 episodes, particularly the first 1 or 2, but in general Steve and Dana tend to be pretty disengaged when it comes to TV segments.

Yeah, it must be hard to review something in that manner.  I always try to give a show some time to find its footing.  There are some shows (like Orange is the New Black) that they really liked, but yes, for the most part it does seem that way, Matt.
Yes, good point, Matt. I've often wished they'd do a follow-up segment on some of the shows they've reviewed once a season is finished - if they've watched the whole season, that is.


Anyone else watching The Returned (http://www.sundancechannel.com/series/the-returned)? After hearing the Slate Culture Gabfest discussion, I decided to catch the second episode when it aired on Sundance - and then promptly caught up with the first on iTunes.

Really loving it so far. Beautifully atmospheric and gorgeously shot. Superb cast.

Was irritated that it wasn't available on Sundance On Demand but then I learned of the marathons throughout December.  Last marathon is airing this Sunday, I finally can catch up with it  8)
Yay! Looking forward to hearing what you think! I have the last ep/season finale on my DVR - hoping to get a chance to watch tonight.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on December 20, 2013, 09:25:51 PM
We are currently watching The Returned.  I heard on Hitfix podcast that even though it doesn't end after this season, it has an emotionally satisfying ending, but it doesn't solve anything.

Victor is a creepy kid; but, more than that, do you think he's representative of anything? He is the zombie that has returned more than once.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on December 21, 2013, 12:59:09 AM
We are currently watching The Returned.  I heard on Hitfix podcast that even though it doesn't end after this season, it has an emotionally satisfying ending, but it doesn't solve anything.

Victor is a creepy kid; but, more than that, do you think he's representative of anything? He is the zombie that has returned more than once.
Yeah, I don't think there's a way everything could be answered/wrapped up (still need to finish the last ep!), but I've been hoping there would be something that would offer some kind of closure.

I've been thinking, too, Victor seems significant - the part of the last ep I've seen has made me wonder all the more about him.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 04, 2014, 12:46:10 PM
There you have it, FLY's favorite TV shows from 2013 and all the shows he watched ranked (http://processedgrass.blogspot.com/2014/01/best-tv-2013.html).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on January 04, 2014, 01:46:40 PM
While I disagree with the placement, it's refreshing to read one of these lists that does not include Breaking Bad.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on January 08, 2014, 05:25:53 PM
I noticed both Edwardian Farm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c_QgLCJlyc&list=PLvHGjTduWM35c7s6Aae6UNJ_JnXYvC9tv#noembed) and Victorian Farm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eaQr7JJ1ms&list=PLFnr4t5RkJy_c3e6-YKfR6z0seRK0dHHr#noembed) are available on Youtube. Such great series if you're into that sort of thing!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sandy on January 08, 2014, 06:50:22 PM
Bookmarked!

I've got them sitting right next to Mastercrafts. Now, to find time to delve in.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 14, 2014, 12:41:23 PM
Big Mike! John Hawkes! Charlie Kaufman! (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/michael-cera-john-hawkes-to-star-in-charlie-kaufmans-fx-pilot-how-and-why-20140114)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on January 16, 2014, 01:48:58 PM
Big Mike! John Hawkes! Charlie Kaufman! (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/michael-cera-john-hawkes-to-star-in-charlie-kaufmans-fx-pilot-how-and-why-20140114)

now I know why the fates brought me back to the forums today
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 16, 2014, 02:12:06 PM
Howdy ferris, good to see you, glad that Michael Cera could bring you back, we are on each other's team.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on January 22, 2014, 05:01:25 PM
Eagleheart: Paradise Rising = The Best

Also, burned through most of Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, which lived up to its name.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: don s. on January 22, 2014, 08:08:16 PM
I've caught only a smattering of the latest season of "Eagleheart" (last one I saw: the town where the shoe-shine boys were banned), but it's one of the nuttiest things I've ever seen on Adult Swim, and THAT'S REALLY SAYING SOMETHING.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 22, 2014, 08:21:04 PM
I would recommend season two rather than season three/the movie because Gelman is so fantastic in the show, but his role is so minimal in the third season that it loses so much. It's still good, but season two is way better.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on February 19, 2014, 10:32:44 PM
Is there not a Downton Abbey thread? My girlfriend and I just started watching it, into series two now, and are liking it quite a bit. Who else watches it?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on February 19, 2014, 10:57:27 PM
I watched the first 3 seasons. (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=9542.msg715768#msg715768) Enjoyed it, but Season 1 is the best and Mrs. 1SO and I lost interest in continuing. (Easier to explain once you've caught up.)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on February 19, 2014, 11:29:56 PM
I still watch Downton Abbey, but it has fallen to the bottom of my watchlist.  It was a very good show for two seasons.  Not the fall from grace that Homeland took, but still disappointing.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on March 11, 2014, 10:22:45 AM
The Returned...it is very good. Best thing I've seen since Orange is the New Black.

Maybe I'll turn to Downton Abbey S4 if it is still on the PBS site but meh.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on April 03, 2014, 04:12:59 PM
Top 10 reasons David Letterman is retiring

10. Cabin Boy 2 will take up too much of his time
9. Leno wants the job
8. Buttafuco

etc...
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on April 15, 2014, 03:05:21 PM
Do yourself a favor and watch Review because Andy Daly is a goddamn national treasure.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: roujin on April 15, 2014, 03:50:49 PM
have you kids seen my camping powder?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 15, 2014, 08:10:36 PM
Do yourself a favor and watch Review because Andy Daly is a goddamn national treasure.

That show is quite funny. I only am saddened there won't be room for Mantzoks in the future.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: verbALs on April 17, 2014, 02:23:05 AM
I have oldkid especially in mind for this, you don't need to be an "insider" to get it. Tom Hollander as "Rev", with Olivia Colman as his wife.......that should be enough(?).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OHnbvhT8x0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OHnbvhT8x0)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGfsd03KZAQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGfsd03KZAQ)

The latest series is on the BBC at the moment.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on April 22, 2014, 05:51:22 PM
Should be a better version on Youtube soon as NBC's player sucks, but here's a first look at NBC's Crossbones created/written by Neil Cross (Luther), directed by David Slade (Awake, Hannibal), and starring John Malkovich.

http://www.slashfilm.com/crossbones-trailer/
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 23, 2014, 12:05:41 PM
HBO and Amazon Prime make a deal (http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/23/hbo-amazon/).

Shows to go live May 21st.

Man, there's quite a bit I'd love to see on there.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on April 23, 2014, 05:56:00 PM

Meg Ryan to Lend Voice to ‘How I Met Your Dad’
 (http://www.imdb.com/news/ni57112869/)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on April 23, 2014, 07:30:22 PM
HBO and Amazon Prime make a deal (http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/23/hbo-amazon/).

Shows to go live May 21st.

Man, there's quite a bit I'd love to see on there.
If only for Enlightened and Parade's End, yay!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: JakeIsntFake on April 27, 2014, 08:39:48 PM
Is anyone else confused about the Taco Bell commercial where everyone says that their name is Ronald McDonald?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 27, 2014, 08:45:59 PM
Yea, that one perplexed me as well. Even moreso because I saw it in a movie theater.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Devil on April 28, 2014, 10:23:05 AM
All it really did was make me think about Mcdonalds  :P
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on April 28, 2014, 04:19:20 PM
According to commercials, it's incredibly acceptible to show up to the most crowded and crazy party with Taco Bell and/or KFC.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on April 28, 2014, 04:20:36 PM
Errol Morris directed those.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Devil on April 28, 2014, 04:23:03 PM
According to commercials, it's incredibly acceptible to show up to the most crowded and crazy party with Taco Bell and/or KFC.

That's something I've always wanted to do.

"Alright everyone I brought a bucket of chicken! Lets kick out the jams!!"
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on April 28, 2014, 05:29:23 PM
That's better than Jeffrey Tambor eating all my Sabra Hummus.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on April 29, 2014, 09:49:21 AM
First “Stephen Colbert” and now Ferguson - the Letterman retirement has now triggered the loss of both of the two best current late night hosts.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on April 29, 2014, 05:51:29 PM
http://time.com/79590/donald-sterling-kareem-abdul-jabbar-racism/
This, pretty much.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on April 29, 2014, 09:33:41 PM
He's a smart dude.
Title: Penny Dreadful
Post by: philip918 on April 30, 2014, 08:48:24 PM
Showtime posted the first episode online. Can't say I'll be holding my breath for the next one. The production looks good and there's a stellar cast, but all the characters are so glum. Every one of them is playing the exact same note. World-weary, dark secrets weighing on them, haven't smiled in god know's how long. Ugh. It just got really, really monotonous.

The character dynamics and central mystery aren't all that compelling either.

It's also basically The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen without calling itself that (much like ABC made Once Upon a Time and NBC made Grimm based off the comic Fables), so that just seems a bit icky as well.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on April 30, 2014, 10:02:24 PM
Michael McKean joins Better Call Saul cast (currently confirmed are previous Breaking Bad stars Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks)...

http://tvline.com/2014/04/30/better-call-saul-season-1-cast-michael-mckean/
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on May 02, 2014, 10:20:10 PM
Do yourself a favor and watch Review because Andy Daly is a goddamn national treasure.
This

have you kids seen my camping powder?
haha
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on May 05, 2014, 03:23:59 PM
Orange Is the New Black has been renewed for Season 3 already (http://mashable.com/2014/05/05/netflix-orange-is-the-new-black-season-3/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on May 05, 2014, 09:27:44 PM
Created by Bruno Heller (Rome) and starring Benjamin McKenzie (Southland) and Donal Logue (Terriers).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d1zpt6k5OI
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 05, 2014, 10:11:23 PM
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhh.

John Doman opens his mouth and makes everyone else look silly in comparison.

Also pretty sure according to Year One, Gordon transfers into Gotham much later in life. Not that DC cares about continuity at this point.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: george96 on May 06, 2014, 07:45:44 PM
Empire, Fox's hip-hop drama, and that Casey Wilson-David Caspe Happy Endings follow-up over at NBC were both picked up today.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 06, 2014, 07:52:09 PM
Empire, Fox's hip-hop drama, and that Casey Wilson-David Caspe Happy Endings follow-up over at NBC were both picked up today.

I read that as Happy Endings has been picked up for a new season.

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2cgol1h.jpg)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on May 06, 2014, 08:11:53 PM
I'm interested in what Terence Howard/Lee Daniels/Danny Strong can showcase in Empire. I'll try out the pilot.

NBC also okayed a show that is basically The Americans for network TV. Not that complaining about this is anything new but so much for originality.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on May 06, 2014, 11:15:42 PM
Gotham looks kinda awful.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: george96 on May 06, 2014, 11:53:47 PM
I'm interested in what Terence Howard/Lee Daniels/Danny Strong can showcase in Empire. I'll try out the pilot.

As am I. I'm glad Fox decided to try something different (even though the names involved make it not so much of a risk).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on May 08, 2014, 11:12:01 PM
Network shows mostly disappoint me, but I'm half-cautious, half-optimistic about some of them (mostly because of the talent)...

CBS has Battle Creek. Directed by Bryan Singer, written by Vince Gilligan and David Shore. Problem is it could wind up just being a regular cop show.

FOX has Empire. Directed by Lee Daniels, written by Danny Strong, and starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Problem is it could end up feeling simplified and watered down like many serialized network dramas.

ABC has The Whispers (an alien-invasion story with a pilot by Mark Romanek), American Crime (racially charged drama written/directed by John Ridley), and The Club (upstairs/downstairs country club drama which had David O. Russell involved, but he left after the pilot). Same potential problem I mentioned with Empire.

Then, there were a bunch of shows okayed that are based on comics. That means next year for comic book fans...
ABC- Agents of SHIELD S2, Agent Carter
CW- Arrow S3, Flash, iZombie
FOX- Gotham
NBC- Constantine
AMC- The Walking Dead S5
Netflix- Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist

That's 12 series based on comics given the greenlight over the course of the 2014-2015 season with some probably coming in Fall 2015. Quality-wise, it didn't work in film when it felt like every comic property started getting a feature in the early-mid '00s. I'm curious to see if this explodes or implodes on the TV companies.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on May 10, 2014, 09:04:52 AM
Larry Wilmore to replace Colbert at Comedy Central (http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/05/the-daily-shows-larry-whitmore-to-replace-stephen.html)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: george96 on May 11, 2014, 09:27:17 AM
I'm interested in seeing if all those new comic shows are more successful than Agents was this year.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 22, 2014, 05:06:18 PM
Star Trek: TNG sure has a lot of crazy-looking clothes (http://io9.com/the-most-outrageous-fashions-of-star-trek-tng-seasons-1580197859).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on May 23, 2014, 06:39:51 PM
Wow, that's an epic post. Great avatar fodder in there too. :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 23, 2014, 08:32:55 PM
I've only watched the first episode because I've been away but I'm so happy 24 is back. It was my favourite show growing up. I really enjoyed the first episode.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: JakeIsntFake on May 28, 2014, 04:39:12 PM
Will my innocent 15-year old mind be disturbed if I watch Orange is the New Black? Or Oz, while we're at it?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on May 28, 2014, 04:41:13 PM
Probably not the former, potentially the latter.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on May 28, 2014, 05:01:08 PM
OitNB:
There are lesbians, so can you take it?  That's about it though, as far as I can remember.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: JakeIsntFake on May 28, 2014, 05:32:02 PM
OitNB:
There are lesbians, so can you take it?  That's about it though, as far as I can remember.

Yeah, but on the IMDB parents guide thing for it, it says graphic nudity and rape or something like that...so I guess if you don't remember that than it's not that bad.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on May 28, 2014, 05:34:57 PM
I don't like to see rape but what I saw last season didn't put my eyes out, if that helps.  It's R-rated. that's for sure.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on May 28, 2014, 06:27:38 PM
The nudity I remember is basically people showering. I didn't think it was a big deal.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on May 28, 2014, 06:59:13 PM
In my humble opinion, one could be 15 or 25 and Oz is still going to be one of the most disturbing shows you watch regardless of age.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: JakeIsntFake on May 28, 2014, 07:25:51 PM
K, so Oz is crossed off my list. Ok, I think I'll probably start watching OINB soon.  :) Thanks!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jdc on May 29, 2014, 12:54:02 AM
K, so Oz is crossed off my list. Ok, I think I'll probably start watching OINB soon.  :) Thanks!

Now have to add OZ to my list.  I don't really remember very much in OitNB that may damage you too badly..Not had a chance to get around to the second season yet
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on May 29, 2014, 11:10:10 PM
The first episode of Halt and Catch Fire was made available online. I really loved it; something that's right up my alley. I look forward to watching it again come Sunday night.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: don s. on May 30, 2014, 06:33:13 PM
K, so Oz is crossed off my list. Ok, I think I'll probably start watching OINB soon.  :) Thanks!

Now have to add OZ to my list.  I don't really remember very much in OitNB that may damage you too badly..Not had a chance to get around to the second season yet

I never made it past episode 1 of "Orange is the New Black" and so cannot comment on its rape content, but "Oz" is rapetacular!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 30, 2014, 09:26:15 PM
Just finished watching the last episode of Manhunt (I believe it's called Lone Target in the US). It's about an ex Navy Seal trying to evade and escape an elite tracking force of different countries. There's always the question of what's real and what's not but it's a good watch. The Navy Seal, Joel Lambert is a really likeable guy. He would be perfect for playing Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell movie if he had the acting chops. I hope they make a second season.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on June 06, 2014, 03:43:00 PM
Michael Gambon will be in HBO's Casual Vacancy miniseries (he previously appeared in adaptations of Rowling's Harry Potter) based on J.K. Rowling's novel.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on June 06, 2014, 03:52:43 PM
I should probably read that...I did mostly like The Cuckoo's Calling (which is now going to be a whole big series).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on June 13, 2014, 02:52:14 PM
My possible next job.

(http://i.imgur.com/WU9QbI6.jpg)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on June 13, 2014, 02:54:51 PM
My guess is Hannibal. Do they know that you're not in your right mind about that show?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on June 15, 2014, 09:51:13 PM
I don't know what it is with me and TV these days. Ever since Game of Thrones S1, Boardwalk Empire S2, and The Walking Dead S2... I just feel like every character can and will die and when it happens I just shrug it off and go "figures" so I'm no longer shocked.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 16, 2014, 07:42:49 AM
Death comes to all.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on June 18, 2014, 01:12:07 PM
24 Season 5 had the single most shocking death of a character I didn't think would/could die, that I've ever experienced.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 18, 2014, 02:48:46 PM
I remember.  :'(
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 18, 2014, 04:15:44 PM
That is by far my favourite season of 24.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on June 18, 2014, 05:47:43 PM
It's the best for sure.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on June 18, 2014, 06:04:09 PM
I agree.

I am enjoying the current season though. It's tough to come back from so much time off, I feel like I've lost the strong emotional connection I had with all characters, but it's still a good show.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on June 18, 2014, 06:34:43 PM
TV is amazing now. There are dozen's of shows that are HUGELY popular that I don't even have the foggiest idea what they are about.

I keep hearing Hannibal. Couldn't tell you anything about it.

Amazing times, or I'm in a cave.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: sdb_1970 on June 18, 2014, 07:30:12 PM
I have been a loyal iPhone customer for years.  But I have to owe up to my own dark impulses - if I ever meet the person who is responsible for the new 5s ad campaign featuring "Go you chicken fat, go!", I'm not sure I will be able to refrain from punching him or her in the face.  I have never been more annoyed by an ad in my four decades on this planet.  [venting complete]
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 18, 2014, 09:52:11 PM
I agree.

I am enjoying the current season though. It's tough to come back from so much time off, I feel like I've lost the strong emotional connection I had with all characters, but it's still a good show.

I'm enjoying it. I was super excited during the first episode because Jack was back and kicking ass. After that though it feels like they've just gone back to the well. Using the same tropes and cliches from the past 8 seasons. After this long though, all you need is to connect to the characters and it doesn't matter. Which i do.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on June 23, 2014, 09:39:33 PM
Last night's episode of Halt and Catch Fire was the best so far and I thought really elevated the series to stand alongside the early season episodes of other well regarded television of the moment. Now if more episodes of the show could be like this one...
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 25, 2014, 10:04:40 PM
The return of Wilfred was pretty fantastic. Really looking forward to the final season.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jdc on June 26, 2014, 12:52:49 AM
I have this in my Netflix queue but couldn't remember why I put it there, must have been from you somehow.  Not started to watch it though
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on June 26, 2014, 09:47:02 PM
Mini-rant-

What is Howard Gordon's deal with really annoying children? 24, Homeland, and now Tyrant? Was he a big fan of Jake Lloyd in Star Wars Episode I or something? Okay these characters have families, but jeez, what annoying little whiners.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 29, 2014, 07:04:59 PM
Money in the Bank Ladder Match Championship Match!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on July 09, 2014, 09:05:37 PM
Been binging on Fringe lately.
I am totally loving it. Well written, great sense of humor. Walter Bishop is one of my new tv faves.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on July 10, 2014, 01:30:20 AM
I could never get into Fringe. Anna Torv wasn't a strong enough lead.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jbissell on July 10, 2014, 08:32:26 AM
Don't forget that Nathan For You is back on Tuesday nights to cure your summer boredom.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 10, 2014, 08:36:00 AM
First two episodes have been good, not sure if I'm going to stay a week ahead of things or watch as they air.
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Post by: tinyholidays on July 10, 2014, 09:57:56 AM
Emmy nominations are out this morning, and I know there are bigger deal things, but my husband's Adventure Time episode ("Be More") was nominated, and I am so excited.
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Post by: Junior on July 10, 2014, 10:07:52 AM
That's so awesome. I also love that episode!
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 10, 2014, 10:11:07 AM
Woo! That's awesome!
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Post by: jbissell on July 10, 2014, 11:09:23 AM
Emmy nominations are out this morning, and I know there are bigger deal things, but my husband's Adventure Time episode ("Be More") was nominated, and I am so excited.

I really need to start watching it.
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Post by: Junior on July 10, 2014, 11:10:04 AM
You do, it's really fun.
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Post by: tinyholidays on July 10, 2014, 11:15:28 AM
It's made by really funny people, jb. I think you'd dig it. Don't start with season 1 though. Took a season to get its legs.
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Post by: mañana on July 10, 2014, 11:28:48 AM
Very cool.
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Post by: jbissell on July 10, 2014, 11:41:42 AM
It's made by really funny people, jb. I think you'd dig it. Don't start with season 1 though. Took a season to get its legs.

I know! Pendleton seemed super great when I briefly met him at MFC
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Post by: oneaprilday on July 10, 2014, 12:29:43 PM
Emmy nominations are out this morning, and I know there are bigger deal things, but my husband's Adventure Time episode ("Be More") was nominated, and I am so excited.
Nice!
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Post by: jdc on July 11, 2014, 10:13:26 PM
Caught up the last season of Californication on my recent trip to the US.  It is pretty much more of the same each season but always like the choice of music they use.  Love this version of Nothing Else Matters from Lissie...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ia9N9MdSa0
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Post by: ses on September 03, 2014, 12:07:20 PM
So, I watched the first season of The Bridge on FX, and I liked it.  I started the second season, and I'm 3 episodes in, and it's doing nothing for me.  Does anyone watch it?  Should I stick it out?
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Post by: Verite on September 03, 2014, 12:52:51 PM
Anyone watching The Honorable Woman on Sundance and Intruders on BBC America?  How are they?

http://www.sundance.tv/series/the-honorable-woman
http://www.bbcamerica.com/intruders/
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Post by: Junior on September 03, 2014, 12:53:42 PM
I'm gonna give The Intruders another week or so before I start on it, but I'm interested.
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Post by: oneaprilday on September 03, 2014, 01:39:22 PM
I'm gonna give The Intruders another week or so before I start on it, but I'm interested.
Same.
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Post by: goodguy on September 17, 2014, 04:08:34 PM
Apparently, Bryan Fuller had a little time to go back to his pre-Hannibal self and write this space thingy pilot, which Syfy turned into a TV movie. High Moon is goofy fun with ninjas and dinosaurs on the moon and maybe a third of it is in subtitled Russian. Better than any of the blockbusters you might see in the cinema this year.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on November 03, 2014, 08:54:25 PM
Gotham is a lot of fun. I love the tone, the performances. Nothing too spectacular but easily one of the most inventive network crime dramas I've seen in a while. Worth sticking with (it probably watches better as a binge).
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Post by: ses on November 06, 2014, 04:46:12 PM
Anybody watch The Game on BBC America?  How was it?
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Post by: Monty on November 06, 2014, 04:59:15 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/321Uw5k.jpg)

 ;D
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Post by: saltine on November 08, 2014, 10:02:49 PM
Anybody watch The Game on BBC America?  How was it?

I would be watching it...if I could get subtitles turned on. 
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Post by: oneaprilday on November 15, 2014, 02:10:13 PM
Anyone else see Olive Kitteridge?

It's a 4 part (4 hours total) miniseries on HBO, directed by Lisa Cholodenko, based on a book (a book of loosely connected short stories I didn't care for at all as a whole - though elements of it and certain stories were brilliant), starring Francis McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and with a super supporting cast, including Peter Mullan, Rosemary DeWitt, Zoe Kazan, Bill Murray, among others.  The series centers on the life and people in a small town in Maine and sort of circles around McDormand and Jenkins' characters though also exploring the lives of others in the town.

I've been able to see only the first two parts - and I'm absolutely loving it: nuanced, complex characters all-round and beautifully layered examinations of relationships; so much of what is underneath the surface of things - people saying one thing and meaning or feeling another - is just beautifully communicated.

And McDormand, in particular - I can't say enough about how genius she is in the role.

Though I haven't finished it - it's worth it just for the first two hours. Highly recommend! Here's hoping the final two hours will be as good as the first . . .
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Post by: smirnoff on November 15, 2014, 03:56:33 PM
Thanks for mentioning it.
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Post by: oneaprilday on November 15, 2014, 04:08:22 PM
Welcome! :)
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Post by: saltine on November 15, 2014, 04:41:34 PM
oad...Really glad to hear you are endorsing the mini-series even though you didn't love the book because my lack of affection for the book has stalled my watching of the mini-series even though I love the cast.  So, now I'll dive in.
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Post by: oneaprilday on November 15, 2014, 05:49:41 PM
Yep, that was exactly my hesitation. I started watching only because a friend of mine, who also had problems with the book, recommended the series - I'm so glad she did! Looking forward to hearing what you think. :)
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Post by: Junior on November 17, 2014, 01:08:28 PM
I really want to check that one out. Perhaps this weekend.

The Newsroom has been really great these first two episodes of the condensed 6 episode final season. If only it was this good the whole time...
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Post by: verbALs on December 03, 2014, 04:40:50 AM
BBC Radio 4 yesterday;

A half hour of people talking about what the song "There is a Light That Nevers Goes Out" by The Smiths, means to them.

Later the same day; a book review show discussing Jim Thompson's "The Getaway"- it's deep
characterisation, it's brutal realism in the examination of criminal minds and its, frankly bizarre, "scifi" ending.

Radio bliss.
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Post by: Sandy on December 03, 2014, 08:43:27 AM
I could spend a half hour talking about what that song means to me. :)


Have you read The Getaway verbALs? What do you think of the allegory ending?
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Post by: verbALs on December 03, 2014, 09:07:30 AM
I didn't think it was an allegory, but a practical solution to the problem criminals woud have; a place to go when you have nowhere to go but also a paradise for these people which becomes a very fitting hell. Thompsonian justice.
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Post by: Sandy on December 03, 2014, 09:21:15 AM
I see. Yes, Thompsonian justice.

Would you consider the underwater cave, lean-to and boat ride to be metaphors for death, decomposing and the descent to hell?
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Post by: verbALs on December 03, 2014, 10:50:12 AM
Blimey I don't remember it that well.  :o The show put me in the mood for a re-read. As they mentioned the film is a very weak version of the book.
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Post by: ses on December 03, 2014, 10:52:20 AM
I've have watched the first two episodes of The Game on BBC America.  Good Cold War Era spy thriller so far, but not spectacular.  It's only six episodes, so I will stick with it.  It's tense, and the second episode had a good ending.

I've recorded Olive Kitteredge, so I will be watching that soon.
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Post by: oneaprilday on December 03, 2014, 11:03:13 AM
I've recorded Olive Kitteredge, so I will be watching that soon.
Woo!
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Post by: Sandy on December 03, 2014, 03:15:25 PM
Blimey I don't remember it that well.  :o The show put me in the mood for a re-read. As they mentioned the film is a very weak version of the book.

:D

I wish I could use Blimey in my vocabulary! If I tried to use it, others would look at me and say, "uh, no." I'm not cool enough for that word! If you do re-read The Getaway, I'd be interested in your fresh take on it.
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Post by: Bondo on December 04, 2014, 12:15:54 AM
Today's been the epicenter of Black Mirror promotion.

That first episode is pretty terrible. Guess it's a good thing the episodes stand alone.

It's not that there aren't a few interesting ideas at play, but the politics of it is profoundly idiotic. One line: "We do not negotiate with terrorists." I simply don't buy the political calculations being offered.
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Post by: Junior on December 04, 2014, 10:19:36 AM
I like that one more for Rory Kinnear's fantastic performance than the story of it. I do agree that it went too silly for me to fully buy into it.
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Post by: Bondo on December 05, 2014, 11:36:25 AM
Black Mirror S1E2

Now that's more like it. This episode is probably in the top-10 things I've seen this year. It takes microtransactions and creates a world around it that at first seems benevolent enough with incentives (it wouldn't be the worst thing to have a direct financial incentive for wellness efforts) but increasingly is revealed as a trap of commodification, where freedom, individuality and even peace and quiet are something to be purchased. It has a particularly devastating critique of the objectification of women, sold by a couple really great reaction shots. The only hesitation I have is I feel like the film's dramatic climax puts itself in a corner, in some way creating the need to deliver a profound bit of dialogue that the writers couldn't actually create. It finds a rhetorical way around it, but in terms of effectiveness, that doesn't entirely work. Still, great world building and thematic heft.
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Post by: philip918 on December 05, 2014, 07:02:09 PM
It's not that there aren't a few interesting ideas at play, but the politics of it is profoundly idiotic. One line: "We do not negotiate with terrorists." I simply don't buy the political calculations being offered.

This episode really got under my skin and I didn't continue with the series. But the passage you cite, I think shows it's a real send-up of Britain's love for the royal family - the fervor over the princess being kidnapped, etc. I mean, this is the darkest of dark comedies.
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Post by: Bondo on December 05, 2014, 07:25:58 PM
Hmm, that is an interesting interpretation of what they are going for with the story. Doesn't make me love it, but at least it might overcome my objection.

Hope my review of episode 2 makes you perhaps rethink abandoning the series.
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Post by: Bondo on December 05, 2014, 09:22:59 PM
Black Mirror S1E3

Why does sci-fi always have to show the science going wrong? This is a perfectly reasonable exploration of how perfect memory might lead us down a very bad rabbit hole. But I've tired of jealousy stories, though that's not a great argument against. It does decent things.

Still, I kind of want just a happy story about how awesome this tech would be. Yes, I would indulge in memories of past relationships. Though this premise also sets itself up for Eternal Sunshine decisions of memory deletion...but that can be good and bad...wouldn't we love to be able to lose some of our most embarrassing moments. Those that no one else thinks about but we linger on as if that is what people focus on about us? Or are those memories/experiences essential for growth? Another thing worth considering.
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Post by: Junior on December 05, 2014, 10:33:25 PM
Black Mirror won't be happy go lucky about tech. I share your sent I met about that kind of thing overall, but in the case of Black Mirror it is so well done that I don't mind the pessimism.
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Post by: jdc on December 07, 2014, 09:33:54 AM
Black Mirror S1E3

Why does sci-fi always have to show the science going wrong? This is a perfectly reasonable exploration of how perfect memory might lead us down a very bad rabbit hole. But I've tired of jealousy stories, though that's not a great argument against. It does decent things.

Still, I kind of want just a happy story about how awesome this tech would be. Yes, I would indulge in memories of past relationships. Though this premise also sets itself up for Eternal Sunshine decisions of memory deletion...but that can be good and bad...wouldn't we love to be able to lose some of our most embarrassing moments. Those that no one else thinks about but we linger on as if that is what people focus on about us? Or are those memories/experiences essential for growth? Another thing worth considering.

It would be hard to make it convincing if it was about how such technology turned into something of growth given the idea of the technology. i just couldn't image how it would be good.   While it gives people perfect memory it also gives an interesting perspective how how people misread their memories even if they have a perfect viewpoint after the fact.  Let alone having other people access to your memories or point of view.  This was the best episode to me but would be the last thing I would want to have be reality.

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Post by: Beavermoose on December 11, 2014, 11:06:44 PM
Are any of these shows worth watching, and if so which ones are the most worth.

The 100
The Affair
American Horror Story
The Americans
Black-ish
Bojack Horseman
Brickleberry
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Enlisted
Fargo
Happy Valley
Hostages
How to Get Away with Murder
Jane the Virgin
Masters of Sex
The Musketeers
Outlander
Penny Dreadful
Rectify
Review
Rick and Morty
Selfie
Transparent
You're the Worst
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Post by: Junior on December 11, 2014, 11:11:27 PM
I can vouch for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fargo, Penny Dreadful, Rectify, and Review. All of those would be in my top 10 or so currently airing shows. Fargo is the best of the list.
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Post by: Bondo on December 11, 2014, 11:13:54 PM
For those I've seen I'd rank it:

Happy Valley
Masters of Sex
Transparent
BoJack Horseman
American Horror Story
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 11, 2014, 11:53:33 PM
American Horror Story has #TeamEmma, and even FLY doesn't watch it.
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Post by: goodguy on December 12, 2014, 12:30:29 AM
The Affair - Glimpses of a great show, especially early on, then more and more wasted potential.
American Horror Story - Mostly trash. Season 2 Asylum is the only one worth giving a try.
The Americans - Pretty okay-ish entertainment.
Fargo - Gave up after pilot.
Masters of Sex - Meh. Trudged through the first season, then gave up.
Penny Dreadful - Dreadful, really. But Eva Green.
Rectify - This is the only must-see from the list.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on December 12, 2014, 12:51:46 AM
The Americans and Fargo are worth watching.
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Post by: mañana on December 12, 2014, 10:11:25 AM
The Americans, Fargo, and Review are all good. I liked Rectify but had a hard time embracing it in a big way.
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Post by: jswysin on December 12, 2014, 10:13:46 AM
I'd vouch for these.  The Americans, particularly its second season, which may be the best show I've watched this year, is at the top for me but the rest are great as well. 

The Americans
Fargo
Rectify
Review
Rick and Morty
Transparent
You're the Worst
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Post by: Bondo on December 12, 2014, 10:47:11 AM
What is becoming clear is not enough people have watched Happy Valley. Six Episodes!
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Post by: pixote on February 09, 2015, 12:50:14 PM
I just now learned that they're bring back The Odd Couple, with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. This could be the greatest thing ever. Or it could air on CBS.

pixote
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Post by: StudentOFilm on February 10, 2015, 07:07:36 PM
I personally like...

The Affair
The Americans
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fargo
Masters of Sex
Penny Dreadful
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Post by: Monty on February 11, 2015, 03:23:43 AM
Jon Stewart to leave The Daily Show after surprise announcement (http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/feb/11/jon-stewart-to-leave-daily-show)

As Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show, where next for late-night laughs? (http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/feb/11/as-john-stewart-leaves-the-daily-show-where-next-for-late-night-laughs)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KM_kGxVUJw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KM_kGxVUJw)

Great show. It's a blow for Comedy Central losing Colbert and Stewart within months. I can imagine Stewart seeing Colbert and Oliver go and do their own thing. And him having directed 'Rosewater' last year might have led him to this decision, that said seventeen years is a long time.
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Post by: Bondo on February 21, 2015, 10:29:15 PM
In the next week Amazon Prime gets S2 of Orphan Black and Hannibal and Netflix drops S3 of House of Cards. Guess I know what I'll be watching for the next month.
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Post by: philip918 on February 21, 2015, 11:17:07 PM
Awesome. Season 2 of Hannibal is simply amazing. And Orphan Black remains a ton of fun in its second season.
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Post by: Antares on March 05, 2015, 10:01:13 PM
My wife and I had just finished watching The Book Thief and when I switched off the on demand, it happened to be on CBS. I caught about two minutes of Matthew Perry in a new version of The Odd Couple. Tony Randall and Jack Klugman must be spinning in their graves.
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Post by: Corndog on March 09, 2015, 02:42:47 PM
For those March Madness fans out there, I have renewed our Filmspotting tournament challenge from last year. We only had a few participants last year, so hopefully we can get a few more. It is on Yahoo and information can be found as follows:

Group ID#: 33218
Password: filmspotting

Just go to https://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/group/33218/join?key= (https://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/group/33218/join?key=). If you don't have a Yahoo account, unfortunately you will have to sign up for one. Hopefully we get a good group this year and we can have some fun with it! Nothing more frustrating or fun as watching your bracket fall apart from upsets upon upsets during March!
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Post by: Melvil on March 10, 2015, 12:21:21 PM
I was looking forward to being able to legally subscribe to HBO for this season of Game of Thrones, and then Apple and it's warehouses full of money had to come and ruin it with an exclusivity deal. Major booo! Guess I'm mooching off friends again.
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Post by: Bondo on March 10, 2015, 12:52:43 PM
I guess I'm not sure $15/month would be worth it for me over the long term even if it wasn't Apple-locked (not sure if my Mac computer, which I can plug into my TV, would suffice of if it'd only be on my iPhone). At best I'd sign up for 1-2 months and binge everything and then cancel and then repeat every 6 or 12 months.
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Post by: Melvil on March 10, 2015, 01:02:27 PM
Yeah, I agree. It seems like they priced it very specifically not to take a major chunk out of their existing cable subscriber base (I think I heard HBO through cable averages around $12/mo), but paying for it here and there when there's something you want to watch seems perfectly reasonable.
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Post by: ses on March 10, 2015, 04:30:55 PM
I have HBO through direct TV and it's about $18 per month.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 15, 2015, 07:56:51 PM
Speaking of HBO, did anyone watch The Jinx? It was really good, though I guess IRL spoilers for the last episode that I missed prior to it airing anyway, and now I reckon I ought to watch that Friendmans thing.
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Post by: jbissell on March 16, 2015, 10:12:05 AM
Speaking of HBO, did anyone watch The Jinx? It was really good, though I guess IRL spoilers for the last episode that I missed prior to it airing anyway, and now I reckon I ought to watch that Friendmans thing.

Loved it, even though Jarecki looks like he has a side job as an extreme magician.
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Post by: saltine on March 16, 2015, 08:38:27 PM
Speaking of HBO, did anyone watch The Jinx? It was really good, though I guess IRL spoilers for the last episode that I missed prior to it airing anyway, and now I reckon I ought to watch that Friendmans thing.

Loved it, even though Jarecki looks like he has a side job as an extreme magician.

Loved it, and so glad we were there listening for the big reveal when it happens, instead of getting in on it after the fact or second-hand. 

We sat in silence, speechless, when he uttered that last sentence

It was maybe the most perfect TV moment I've have ever experienced.
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Post by: ses on March 18, 2015, 02:35:24 PM
Speaking of HBO, did anyone watch The Jinx? It was really good, though I guess IRL spoilers for the last episode that I missed prior to it airing anyway, and now I reckon I ought to watch that Friendmans thing.

Loved it, even though Jarecki looks like he has a side job as an extreme magician.

Loved it, and so glad we were there listening for the big reveal when it happens, instead of getting in on it after the fact or second-hand. 

We sat in silence, speechless, when he uttered that last sentence

It was maybe the most perfect TV moment I've have ever experienced.

It was pretty amazing.  I just sat there with my hand over my mouth.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on March 26, 2015, 03:02:05 AM
6 episodes into season 2 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Loving the show. It's a fun 20 minutes.
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Post by: goodguy on March 27, 2015, 09:22:55 PM
Why didn't anybody tell me how good Black Sails is? I've been binging it for the last few days and I'm enjoying it immensely.
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Post by: smirnoff on March 27, 2015, 11:24:41 PM
Now I want to try it!
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Post by: saltine on March 28, 2015, 12:10:05 AM
Looked it up and Black Sails seems like a series John and I would enjoy.  Thx for mentioning it here.
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Post by: Beavermoose on March 29, 2015, 05:33:18 AM
Produced by Platinum Dunes... ::)
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Post by: Bondo on March 29, 2015, 09:43:58 AM
Started watching Garfunkel and Oates, which was just added to Netflix Instant. Really enjoying it.
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Post by: goodguy on March 29, 2015, 01:19:08 PM
Produced by Platinum Dunes... ::)

Yeah, "produced by Michael Bay" and running on Starz were the main reasons I didn't pay attention to it earlier. Don't make the same mistake.  :)
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Post by: colonel_mexico on March 29, 2015, 08:48:20 PM
Started watching Garfunkel and Oates, which was just added to Netflix Instant. Really enjoying it.

Quite, the season is pretty funny
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Post by: Bondo on May 10, 2015, 02:05:09 AM
So it looks like the annual crushing of Canadian hopes vis a vis the Stanley Cup is well under way. Also, no NHL thread so I guess the forum isn't too big on that? And yet people watch basketball.

*continues only watching soccer and roller derby*
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Post by: jdc on May 10, 2015, 05:52:17 AM
So it looks like the annual crushing of Canadian hopes vis a vis the Stanley Cup is well under way. Also, no NHL thread so I guess the forum isn't too big on that? And yet people watch basketball.

*continues only watching soccer and roller derby*

Does anybody subscribe to services like NHL or NFL live?  I am thinking of subscribing in the next season but due to the game timings, I really can't watch them live.  But if they give me access to watch the games the following day or two then I will consider it since it is quite easy for me not to know any scores unless I make an effort to check
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Post by: Monty on May 10, 2015, 08:09:42 AM
Does anybody subscribe to services like NHL or NFL live?  I am thinking of subscribing in the next season but due to the game timings, I really can't watch them live.  But if they give me access to watch the games the following day or two then I will consider it since it is quite easy for me not to know any scores unless I make an effort to check

If the NHL or NFL is anything like football, I'm sure there are plenty of forums or sites where you can watch the games at your leisure.  Cough, cough torrents.

Yesterday due to silly UK restrictions, No live football to be shown on Saturdays between 2.45pm and 5.15pm. I watched the first fifteen minutes of the Barca game on a live stream on the laptop cast to the TV :)

Google Chrome actually has an extension for streaming of live football matches.
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Post by: verbALs on May 10, 2015, 08:40:15 AM
The silly restriction that means the club closest to me had a home attendance of over 11,000 last month. That's a club playing non-league football; the 5th tier of the English game. Average attendance close to 7,000.

Those big attendances mean that televised games shown around the world benefit from incredible atmosphere instead of being played in polite silence. Something worth preserving. Time for that incredible live support to be helped by that incredible injection of money from televised deals by ticket prices being lowered.
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Post by: mañana on May 10, 2015, 08:36:43 PM
Also, no NHL thread
http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=1916.0
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jdc on May 10, 2015, 09:02:10 PM
Does anybody subscribe to services like NHL or NFL live?  I am thinking of subscribing in the next season but due to the game timings, I really can't watch them live.  But if they give me access to watch the games the following day or two then I will consider it since it is quite easy for me not to know any scores unless I make an effort to check

If the NHL or NFL is anything like football, I'm sure there are plenty of forums or sites where you can watch the games at your leisure.  Cough, cough torrents.

Yesterday due to silly UK restrictions, No live football to be shown on Saturdays between 2.45pm and 5.15pm. I watched the first fifteen minutes of the Barca game on a live stream on the laptop cast to the TV :)

Google Chrome actually has an extension for streaming of live football matches.

I think the NFL is extremely protective of this so not sure there is a lot to find.  Ideally though, I would like you to get home from work on Monday and be able to play the games (NFL) that happened Sunday without doing the prereq of finding and retrieving them.  That is usually my one day where I have a good chance to be able to watch and enjoy.  Tuesday and Thursdays are conference call nights, Wednesday is a mid-week after work drink catchup with a friend. 
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Totoro on June 09, 2015, 02:28:41 AM
TOGETHERNESS - is it good? I'm going to give it a shot.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on June 09, 2015, 09:49:34 PM
I liked it quite a bit.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on June 10, 2015, 10:58:33 AM
It kind of baffles me that The Simpsons is still an active show. I feel like the last time I actively watched the show was half of its life-span ago, and even then it was mostly watching reruns from the first handful of seasons. Who is the audience now? Is the show always gaining new fans? Are people who were alive and watching in 1990 still watching?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on June 10, 2015, 11:14:19 AM
My dad still watches it every week.  I wonder if it's mostly out of habit by now, but I assume he still enjoys it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on June 10, 2015, 11:17:07 AM
A co-worker of mine (younger than me by a few years) mentioned to me the other day that she stills watches it every week, and that blew my mind. I'm pretty sure I haven't seen a new episode since 2004, and even by then there had been a couple years of only watching sporadically out of habit. 

Ratings  (http://www.ew.com/article/2014/04/28/the-simpsons-ratings-low) are lower than ever but still high enough in the 'demo', apparently.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Jared on June 10, 2015, 11:21:25 AM
Id like to catch up with it all eventually. Im probably up to around 2003 or so. I probably watched all those episodes in the first 6 or 7 seasons a dozen times each when I was growing up. I also like the Dana Gould era, when I think most people started jumping off the ship.

I was just amazed that with the recent news that Harry Shearer was leaving, its really the first time a principal voice actor of major major characters has left the show. 26 years and they've all stuck around.

Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ses on June 10, 2015, 12:19:05 PM
I pretty much watch it every week because it's one of the few shows my husband will watch with me.  We catch re-runs on FXX every once in a while.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 10, 2015, 07:53:46 PM
I watch a lot of the first 10 seasons. Foxtel in Australia has 3 hours of The Simpsons every Saturday and Sunday so I've watched a lot of that over time. I've seen maybe 5 episodes of the last 5 years.

What annoys me is how they just came and revealed 2 things will be happening on the show in the next season. They're obviously trying to attract more viewers for it but i wish they just kept it a secret and made it a surprise.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jdc on June 10, 2015, 08:58:06 PM
I watched every week plus all the re-runs that would air daily in syndication for probably the first 10 or 11 seasons but stopped watching after that.  I tried to watch a couple of episodes on Hulu of the later seasons a couple of years ago but just couldn't get into it.  I don't know any friends that watch it anymore that use to watch it pretty much daily during University days
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on June 11, 2015, 05:02:27 PM
I just adore Ellie Kemper in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ferris on June 11, 2015, 05:46:12 PM
It kind of baffles me that The Simpsons is still an active show. I feel like the last time I actively watched the show was half of its life-span ago, and even then it was mostly watching reruns from the first handful of seasons. Who is the audience now? Is the show always gaining new fans? Are people who were alive and watching in 1990 still watching?

I watched the Simpsons shorts on the Tracy Ulman show.  I stopped watching in '98 I think.  Season 1 and 2 are still great though
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on July 07, 2015, 04:19:09 AM
Anyone watching Deutschland 83 on Sundance TV?  Got the first 3 epis recorded.  Gonna try and catch up before the 4th airs this week.

Rectify returns this week, too.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on July 07, 2015, 07:54:42 AM
RECTIFY!

Report back on Deutschland 83, please.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on July 12, 2015, 02:04:46 PM
What a great weekend of sport :)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZCPTeFj.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/3bLXi0g.png)

(http://i.imgur.com/jpxi8GA.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/07dLKfj.jpg)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on July 22, 2015, 06:19:49 AM
Does anyone know of any good documentaries about the earth? The formation, evolution, timeline.. etc.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on July 22, 2015, 08:56:05 AM
BBC's Planet Earth is good, but maybe too much wildlife and too little evolution for you.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jdc on July 22, 2015, 09:44:16 AM
Does anyone know of any good documentaries about the earth? The formation, evolution, timeline.. etc.

History of the Earth?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQm6N60bneo
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Beavermoose on July 22, 2015, 09:49:45 AM
Does anyone know of any good documentaries about the earth? The formation, evolution, timeline.. etc.

COSMOS! Go watch that right now!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on July 22, 2015, 05:06:10 PM
Does anyone know of any good documentaries about the earth? The formation, evolution, timeline.. etc.

COSMOS! Go watch that right now!

Is that Cosmos: A Personal Voyage?

Does anyone know of any good documentaries about the earth? The formation, evolution, timeline.. etc.

History of the Earth?

Thanks. I'll give it a watch.

BBC's Planet Earth is good, but maybe too much wildlife and too little evolution for you.

I thought there was a BBC one around. I'll take a look.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Beavermoose on July 23, 2015, 07:10:55 AM
Is that Cosmos: A Personal Voyage?

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on July 23, 2015, 08:26:00 AM
Is that Cosmos: A Personal Voyage?

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Ah, that one looks much more appealing than a 1980's version.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jdc on July 23, 2015, 10:58:47 AM
Another on Youtube but not watched this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57merteLsBc
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ses on August 18, 2015, 01:45:17 PM
Has anyone seen Show Me a Hero on HBO?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 16, 2016, 05:39:06 PM
Suddenly thought of this classic show while thinking about anthology horror movies:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghu3_77SCqw

God, that show used to give me the creeps with its opening. The fan-made remake opening you see above wasn't too shabby either, although the 'thumping' metal music was a little bit annoying. It does make me want to see a reboot of the TV show though - or at least another 'Twilight Zone'-ish TV series like Black Mirror.

By the way, here's the original opening for comparison. Okay, okay, I've always wanted to say this... ahem. Submitted for the approval of the Filmspotting community, I call this series, *toss sand into the fire* "Are You Afraid of the Dark":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pBBLN0w7NY
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on March 16, 2016, 07:37:57 PM
This was probably the beginning of my horror fandom. Loved it. My strongest memory comes from an episode where a boarding school has an Invasion of the Body Snatchers thing going on. Terrified me.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 17, 2016, 02:29:31 PM
I just renewed my Singapore Netflix subscription because I heard the second season of Daredevil might be on it. I hope I won't regret my decision; the list (and more importantly, the quality and selection) of programs on Netflix Singapore was less than satisfactory, which led to my cancellation in the first place. And god, the price for HD subscription is quite expensive; $13.98 for HD and $16.98 for Ultra HD. I'm greedy for the best definition, so I went for the 17 dollars package... but I just hope spending almost 20 bucks on the Singapore version of the network is worth it. They didn't have the second season for Penny Dreadful, for example, but I'm hoping that won't be the same case with Daredevil.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jdc on March 17, 2016, 05:14:51 PM
I just renewed my Singapore Netflix subscription because I heard the second season of Daredevil might be on it. I hope I won't regret my decision; the list (and more importantly, the quality and selection) of programs on Netflix Singapore was less than satisfactory, which led to my cancellation in the first place. And god, the price for HD subscription is quite expensive; $13.98 for HD and $16.98 for Ultra HD. I'm greedy for the best definition, so I went for the 17 dollars package... but I just hope spending almost 20 bucks on the Singapore version of the network is worth it. They didn't have the second season for Penny Dreadful, for example, but I'm hoping that won't be the same case with Daredevil.

HD is 1080 and Ultra HD on Netflix is 4K.  I am not sure it is worth it unless you are watching in a 4K TV.  Not sure how many computers can do that resolution but even if they do I am not sure it really makes a difference on a small screen. 

I haven't tried SG version of Netflix.  I was enjoying the US version but now it doesn't work so will be cancelling soon.  Will probably take a break from Netflix for a while as I have enough stuff to watch
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 17, 2016, 11:42:45 PM
HD is 1080 and Ultra HD on Netflix is 4K.  I am not sure it is worth it unless you are watching in a 4K TV.  Not sure how many computers can do that resolution but even if they do I am not sure it really makes a difference on a small screen. 

I haven't tried SG version of Netflix.  I was enjoying the US version but now it doesn't work so will be cancelling soon.  Will probably take a break from Netflix for a while as I have enough stuff to watch

Ahhhh crap. I've already paid for the subscription fee........ Dammit. Oh well. It's three bucks lost, but at least I've learned something. My iMac is a 2560x1440p screen, so I guess that at least counts for something, even if it's only 360 pixels more.... Ugh, wish I would have known sooner about this technical stuff.

Also, don't bother with the SG version. I'm very sure any TV show the SG version has, the US version already has it. The SG version is playing catch-up with buying all the licenses for the shows.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 18, 2016, 09:16:47 AM
I've decided to hold off on reviewing Daredevil Season 2 episode-by-episode. Unlike OUAT and Grimm, I feel that both Daredevil and Jessica Jones were intentionally paced out through the 13 episodes. Episode one of S2 wasn't really spectacular when I look at its own lonesome, but in the big picture, it provides the necessary character development and shouldn't be judged on its own.

All I can say is... looks like Marvel has done it again. Hah. It's no Jessica Jones, of course, but it's satisfactory. I got a feeling that this is going to be my favorite TV series for some time (and I don't usually have a favorite TV series at all). Gonna savor this series bit by bit, watching it in between OUAT and Grimm as opposed to binge-watching it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ses on March 19, 2016, 07:14:12 PM
I never really thought one way or the other about Amanda Peet's acting ability, but she's pretty fantastic in Togetherness.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: philip918 on March 19, 2016, 07:30:16 PM
I never really thought one way or the other about Amanda Peet's acting ability, but she's pretty fantastic in Togetherness.

She is fantastic. I liked her in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as well. That show... not so much.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on March 19, 2016, 07:42:28 PM
I never really thought one way or the other about Amanda Peet's acting ability, but she's pretty fantastic in Togetherness.

She is fantastic. I liked her in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as well. That show... not so much.

I also liked her on 'Studio 60', I also liked the show as well...each to their own. I haven't seen 'Togetherness' though.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on March 19, 2016, 09:02:19 PM
I never really thought one way or the other about Amanda Peet's acting ability, but she's pretty fantastic in Togetherness.
She's great! Togetherness is great, too.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ses on March 19, 2016, 10:11:58 PM
I never really thought one way or the other about Amanda Peet's acting ability, but she's pretty fantastic in Togetherness.
She's great! Togetherness is great, too.

It really is.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 26, 2016, 08:17:44 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX-BCKutDh0

As annoying as some of them can be, there's something that gets me excited when a dramatic recap sets the mood at the beginning of an episode.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Jeff Schroeck on March 26, 2016, 08:43:25 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX-BCKutDh0

As annoying as some of them can be, there's something that gets me excited when a dramatic recap sets the mood at the beginning of an episode.

I thought that Twin Peaks started with a fake "previously on" which I thought was a brilliant way to speed through the exposition. I was disappointed to realize that there was a pilot that wasn't included in the box set.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on March 29, 2016, 11:55:14 AM
Back when I watched television like a heathen, waiting a week between episodes, watching at a specific time and date on a specific channel, watching ads...I never remembered being particularly lost by a show, even when returning from a summer break. Granted, television in that age was much more episodic with only broad season/series arcs, so there wasn't much to keep up on.

Now we are in the age of binge-watching, and that has morphed how series are designed to make much denser season arcs. This works okay either binged as a whole or even week to week like HBO displays them. What it doesn't manage as well is returning for a season after a year off. I just watched Happy Valley and it handled this reasonably well because while there were connections to the first season's story, you only really needed a few key things refreshed to dive right in and then move on with the new primary focus. Just starting into The Revenants and I'm completely at sea. Even though I loved the first season, I remember so little about the actual plot. Hannibal is another show where the gap between season 1 and 2 basically crushed my ability to get back into things (if for mood if not for plot).

Anybody else have this problem?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 29, 2016, 02:36:07 PM
Considering that I actually force myself to wait a long time before I watch a new season, no. :P On a lot of shows, they like to set the new season "one year later" or "eleven months later", so it would throw me off a little if I just watch the new season immediately.

Now, as to whether if I have the problem of remembering the story, yeah, I definitely recognize the problem. It helps when the new season recaps the previous season (as most American serials do), but even then, there are intricate little details that you sometimes forget. And it's not just different seasons. With Les Revenants, sometimes, I'm forced to remember the details between different episodes if I don't binge-watch them because each episode contains so much complexity.

An interesting note is that I'd often encountered this problem not just with live action serials, but with anime as well. With the complexity of some anime, it can also get a bit jarring to step into a new season not remembering the previous one.

I guess a good solution is to read up the Wikipedia notes to help jog your memory. Or search YouTube for the various clips from the previous season to catch up.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: goodguy on March 29, 2016, 11:27:51 PM
Well, with Les revenants the gap was pretty big (2 years), so it seems not too strange feeling a bit lost. Since there were only 8 episodes, and since it was one of the few outstanding TV experiences for me, I chose to rewatch the first season before I started the second one. The downside of that approach might have been that I judged S2 too harshly with the excellence of S1 fresh in my mind.

Funny side note: Binge-watching those two seasons of Les revenants caused a strange case of tunnel vision for me. I started with Jessica Jones afterwards, and when the lawyer popped up, I thought, great, I didn't know Clotilde Hesme was on that show too. After a while I noticed of course that it wasn't Clotilde Hesme, but I couldn't for the live of me remember the name of the actual actress, and I had to consult IMDb to remind me that it was Carry-Anne Moss I was looking at.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on March 30, 2016, 10:04:02 AM
Is anyone planning on watching Hulu's The Path? I probably won't get to it for a while since it's on Hulu, but I'm curious to hear reactions from this forum.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Totoro on April 06, 2016, 05:38:59 PM
ANIMANIACS is on Netflix.

Goodbye y'all.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ses on April 07, 2016, 01:32:22 PM
ANIMANIACS is on Netflix.

Goodbye y'all.

Heeeelllllloooooooo Nurse!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on April 15, 2016, 01:08:43 PM
New episodes on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are now on Netflix.
Binge watching to commence in:
5...4...3...2...1
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Jared on April 24, 2016, 02:03:32 PM
Does the El Rey network edit films for tv or is it closer to an HBO type thing?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on May 19, 2016, 11:14:11 PM
I should very much like to lie in bed and have Eva Green sit at the foot of my bed and tell me stories.
I could listen to her talk for days...
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on May 19, 2016, 11:24:32 PM
Jane The Virgin S2 and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S1 had a thing on iTunes "For Your Consideration" where it appeared they were giving away the seasons for free. I "purchased" them but only downloaded the first couple episodes because I don't have that kind of hard drive space. Retroactively they decided it was only meant to be a few episodes so now they aren't letting me download any others. This is very sad and arguably kind of unethical.

Anyway, Still love Jane The Virgin and will continue watching it when S2 comes to Netflix. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is cool in concept, but a bit grating in practice. The fact that Greg is way more interesting/better looking than Josh is probably beside the point (she's crazy) but might be a problem going forward. Not sure I'm gonna make finishing that a priority.

Mr. Robot S1 comes to Amazon Prime in June, so that is pretty exciting. Been meaning to catch up on that.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on June 20, 2016, 12:00:43 PM
Only 3 Seasons of Penny Dreadful (http://nerdi.st/28IyxgO) - there will not be a fourth.
I am seriously bummed about that.
It is/was one of the most underrated shows on TV.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on June 20, 2016, 12:53:23 PM
Only 3 Seasons of Penny Dreadful (http://nerdi.st/28IyxgO) - there will not be a fourth.
I am seriously bummed about that.
It is/was one of the most underrated shows on TV.

I feel like them (Showtime) not advertising it was the final season, made the ending work so much better. I felt the same way about The Knick finale (although Cinemax is now looking to do more). Unfortunate for those binging it after the fact, they might be expecting a sense of finality to it all ahead of time.

The show's been one of my favorites and would sit somewhere in my top 10 of each year. Everything about it was sublime, but Eva Green's work is certainly a high point.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: philip918 on June 20, 2016, 12:55:12 PM
Only 3 Seasons of Penny Dreadful (http://nerdi.st/28IyxgO) - there will not be a fourth.
I am seriously bummed about that.
It is/was one of the most underrated shows on TV.

Did it get better after the first season? I wasn't hooked by the storytelling. Eva Green was really the only thing I liked about it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on June 20, 2016, 01:08:29 PM
Only 3 Seasons of Penny Dreadful (http://nerdi.st/28IyxgO) - there will not be a fourth.
I am seriously bummed about that.
It is/was one of the most underrated shows on TV.

Sad to hear about this, currently one of my favourite shows on TV. 'Penny Dreadful', 'Hannibal' and 'The Knick' all quality TV shows, sadly stopped before time...it would seem!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on July 07, 2016, 02:57:25 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8mDwvGM2PA

I needed Google's assistance to identify the singer in the above commercial.

This probably says a lot about me.

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on July 07, 2016, 01:44:02 PM
Jon Bon Jovi
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on August 18, 2016, 06:27:26 PM
I was at pub trivia last night, and the final round question was to name ten of the top twelve network shows (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CW) in total viewers for the 2015-16 season. I don't think their answers were correct (Family Guy and American Idol still as top twelve shows?), but I haven't followed tv ratings lately, so the answers were surprising either way. How many can you guess?

1.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS)   
2.  NCIS (CBS)                 
3.  Empire (FOX)               
4.  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)     
5.  The X-Files (FOX)           
6.  Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
7.  The Voice (NBC)             
8.  Blue Bloods (CBS)           
9.  Little Big Shots (NBC)     
10. Madam Secretary (CBS)       
11. 60 Minutes (CBS)           
12. Criminal Minds (CBS)       
--------------------------------
13. Scorpion (CBS)             
14. American Idol (FOX)         
15. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)       
16. The Blacklist (NBC)         
17. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)     
18. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)         
19. Survivor (CBS)             
20. The Good Wife (CBS)         


(Source) (http://deadline.com/2016/05/tv-season-2015-2016-series-rankings-shows-full-list-1201763189/)

NOTE: I'm not counting sports broadcasts, and shows airing on multiple nights only count once.

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Tequila on August 18, 2016, 06:48:08 PM
I would've gotten most of the dramas and sitcoms but am fairly clueless with regards to reality shows and news programs - those simply don't travel to us. Considering the increased emphasis on long story arcs in TV, the list seems pretty old fashioned.
Also, one of those networks does not have a single show in the top 20?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on August 18, 2016, 06:50:38 PM
Also, one of those networks does not have a single show in the top 20 100?

Fixed your post, haha. The CW is a little niche, really targeting the 11-29 demographic, I'd say.

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: philip918 on August 18, 2016, 08:01:11 PM
I swear CBS ratings are entirely fueled by elderly people who still have a TV set from the 70's or 80's and no cable. That and shut-ins who have died with their TV on and no one has found them yet.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on August 18, 2016, 08:43:11 PM
I swear CBS ratings are entirely fueled by elderly people who still have a TV set from the 70's or 80's and no cable. That and shut-ins who have died with their TV on and no one has found them yet.

But then who's changing the channel away from CBS when its better shows come on?

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on August 18, 2016, 11:57:56 PM
This is a fun quiz. My first guess is it will be at least 2/3 CBS procedurals I'm only vaguely aware of. Will come back to this.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on August 19, 2016, 02:46:31 AM
I knew NCIS was in the top few. I didn't realize the 2 spinoffs were so high though.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on August 19, 2016, 07:22:02 AM
I had no idea Grey's Anatomy was still on. And what the hell is Little Big Shots?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on August 23, 2016, 08:38:56 AM
What's the best tv intro out there at the moment? I think my vote goes to The Americans.

https://youtu.be/ge2R5ndS11E#no
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: philip918 on August 23, 2016, 12:12:42 PM
Can't think of anything that tops The Americans. I like Rectify and Game of Thrones for the music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQCM-fg7o3g#no
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on August 24, 2016, 02:36:19 AM
Is anyone here watching Halt and Catch Fire? 
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on August 24, 2016, 09:50:41 AM
Is anyone here watching Halt and Catch Fire?

*Raises hand*

It's my favorite of the current dramas.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on August 26, 2016, 07:50:17 PM
I just finished season 1 of IFC's Documentary Now with Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. I loved just hearing the idea of it and I loved the actual show.

I don't know if everyone here would necessarily find it funny, but I have to imagine just about every one of us Filmspotters would find something to appreciate about it. What a show.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Clovis8 on August 26, 2016, 08:05:47 PM
Is anyone here watching Halt and Catch Fire?

I watched season one but didn't continue for some reason.  I liked it too.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on August 27, 2016, 02:55:42 AM
Is anyone here watching Halt and Catch Fire?

I watched season one but didn't continue for some reason.  I liked it too.

And, reviewers are saying that the second season, though a departure from Season 1, is much better.  We are 3 eps in to S1 and having a bit of a struggle to stay interested, but I want to finish it to see S2.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ses on August 29, 2016, 04:09:45 PM
Any big X-files fans out there? 

When the series was on, I was in my teens, and I caught episodes here and there, but I was never an avid watcher.  I'm about 10 episodes into the first season now, and I'm finding it hit and miss.  Some episodes are great, and some are just downright awful.  I'm wondering if the whole series is like this or if it finds a rhythm later on.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on August 29, 2016, 05:46:57 PM
It finds a rhythm starting with the Finale of Season 1.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ses on August 29, 2016, 06:44:38 PM
Good to hear.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: philip918 on August 29, 2016, 07:19:51 PM
Yeah, seasons two through five are excellent. Still some big swings in quality from time to time, but how could there not be some weaker episodes when they were cranking out 22 to 25 a year? Even then I can't think of very many episodes where I wasn't at the very least entertained.

If you can't devote too much time to viewing, I found this helpful: http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/tt0106179
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on August 30, 2016, 10:45:57 PM
Will come back to this.

My basic strategy is to try to remember shows people in the office lunchroom and my mom have talked about.

1. The Voice
2. NCIS
3. NCIS: Los Angeles
4. Criminal Minds
5. The Big Bang Theory
6. Mentalist
7. Dancing with the Stars
8. NCIS: Other American City, Possibly in the Southwest
9. Hawaii Five-O (that still on?)
10. The Walking Dead

EDIT: (looks at answers) 60 Minutes is still a hit?!         
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 01, 2016, 03:45:29 PM
(http://cdn-s3.si.com/s3fs-public/styles/marquee_large_2x/public/2016/12/01/isiah-thomas-michael-jordan-crying-photo.jpeg?itok=RH8Yfosi)

;D
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on December 01, 2016, 09:34:17 PM
Any big X-files fans out there? 

When the series was on, I was in my teens, and I caught episodes here and there, but I was never an avid watcher.  I'm about 10 episodes into the first season now, and I'm finding it hit and miss.  Some episodes are great, and some are just downright awful.  I'm wondering if the whole series is like this or if it finds a rhythm later on.

Exactly my experience ses. One of the few shows we would all gather around the tv for growing up. Went through season 1 a few months back and it was a bit of a slog.

The wider story arc is established in such drips and drabs.... but I guess that was just the way tv was back then. The fact it had a wider arc at all was rare enough. But yea, I found episode to episode it was rather hit and miss. I was more intrigued whenever it was establishing recurring characters like the Lone Gunmen, skinner, cancer man, etc,  than I was in most of their cases.

I think perhaps it is a series quite unsuited to being watched marathon style. You become too aware of the episode formula, and the ever-damp weather, and the general sameness. Had a limited myself to one episode a week I think I might've enjoyed it more than I did plowing throw one episode a night.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on December 02, 2016, 06:05:16 PM
Westworld
Anthony Hopkins' face after Clementine pointed the gun at him. LMAO! Brilliant.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on December 03, 2016, 11:15:26 AM
Westworld
Anthony Hopkins' face after Clementine pointed the gun at him. LMAO! Brilliant.

He's been amazing. Emmy worthy for sure. Nice to see he's still got it.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on December 16, 2016, 09:47:32 AM
Two weeks in a row, AV Club spoiled the Top Chef results on the FRONT PAGE of their site. Grrrr. The teaser for your Top Chef episode review does not have to be "An unlikely vegetable has a fan favorite packing their knives on Top Chef". Come on, guys.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Monty on January 08, 2017, 06:19:40 AM
Made a list of all the TV Shows I've watched in 2016, assembled into some order of greatness.
Fleabag is in the planner, I still haven't got round to watching that show yet.

Gomorrah (Season Two, Sky Atlantic)
Narcos (Seasons One-Two, Netflix)
Stranger Things (Season One, Netflix)
Mr. Robot (Season One, USA Network)
Westworld (Season One, HBO/Sky Atlantic)
The Americans (Season Four, FX Networks)
The Living And The Dead (Season One, BBC)
House of Cards (Seasons One-Three, Netflix)
Better Call Saul (Season Two, AMC/Netflix)
War And Peace (Season One, BBC)
The Night Manager (Season One, BBC)
Peaky Blinders (Season Three, BBC)
The Knick (Season Two, Cinemax/Sky Atlantic)
Penny Dreadful (Season Three, Showtime/Sky Atlantic)
The Night Of (Season One, HBO/Sky Atlantic)
11.22.63 (Season One, Hulu/Fox)
Silicon Valley (Season Three, HBO/Sky Atlantic)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season Three, HBO/Sky Atlantic)
Billions (Season One, Showtime/Sky Atlantic)
Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge (Season Two, Sky)
Elementary (Season Four, CBS/Sky Atlantic)
Limitless (Season One, CBS/Sky Atlantic)
Shetland (Season Three, BBC)
Aquarius (Season Two, NBC/Sky Atlantic)
Luke Cage (Season One, Netflix)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on January 08, 2017, 05:34:35 PM
Just finished Season 1 of Broadchurch. Between this and watching The Night Manager a few months ago, I'm prepared to declare Olivia Colman the best actress working today.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: ses on January 08, 2017, 05:40:31 PM
Just finished Season 1 of Broadchurch. Between this and watching The Night Manager a few months ago, I'm prepared to declare Olivia Colman the best actress working today.

This.  :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on January 08, 2017, 07:29:15 PM
Have you seen Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley. 1SO? 
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Solid Blake on January 08, 2017, 07:57:27 PM
Favorite TV Shows of 2016:
1. Atlanta (FX)
2. High Maintenance (HBO)
3. Stranger Things (Netflix)
4. The Grand Tour (Amazon)
5. Man Seeking Woman (FXX)
6. The Night Of (HBO)
7. Last Chance U (Netflix)
8. Black Mirror (Netflix)
9. Son of Zorn (Fox)
10. Westworld (HBO)

*2016's 2015 Show of the Year: Fargo (FX)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on January 08, 2017, 08:39:44 PM
Have you seen Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley. 1SO?
I looked up her IMDB and I haven't seen a thing she's in.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on January 08, 2017, 09:37:27 PM
Happy Valley as well as Last Tango in Halifax.  I like both of these performances, but the story of Happy Valley is so gripping I'd have to rank it higher.

I really like Olivia Colman, but I didn't much like Broadchurch.  She is great in The Night Manager.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on January 08, 2017, 11:10:21 PM
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin? is the best stand-up special I've seen in a while. Superb.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: goodguy on January 09, 2017, 09:13:48 AM
Ranked list of new and returning 2016 TV Shows:

New TV Shows in 2016:

The OA (Netflix)
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America, Netflix)
The Young Pope (Sky Atlantic, HBO)
Westworld (HBO)
Good Girls Revolt (Amazon)
Travelers (Showcase CA, Netflix)
The Get Down (Netflix)
Class (BBC)
Crazyhead (E4 UK)
The Night Manager (BBC)
Lucifer (Fox)
Limitless (CBS)
Animal Kingdom (TNT)
The Girlfriend Experience (Starz)
Wynonna Earp (Syfy)
Lucky Man (Sky One)
Pretty bad: Preacher, The Expanse, The Magicians, The Crown, Hooten & the Lady
Worst: Stranger Things
Pilot or a couple of episodes only: Angie Tribeca, Colony, Fleabag, Luke Cage, Outsiders, Quarry, Queen of the South, Timeless, Trepalium, Vinyl

TV Shows returning in 2016:

Black Sails S3 (Starz)
Rectify S4 (Sundance)
The Fall S3 (BBC)
Halt and Catch Fire S3 (AMC)
Okay: Banshee S4, Outlander S2, Orphan Black S4, Gravity Falls S2, Dark Matter S2, The Americans S4, Game of Thrones S6, iZombie S2, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life S1, Elementary S4, Black Mirror S3, Killjoys S2, Person of Interest S5
Poor: Penny Dreadful S3, Daredevil S2, Agent Carter S2, Mr. Robot S2
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Terrazine on January 10, 2017, 10:39:42 PM
I've been in the mood for ancient prehistory for the past month, so I've been watching documentaries about prehistoric life spanning from the Cenozoic era to the famous Mesozoic to the Paleozoic one. Okay, so for the most parts, it was the "Walking with..." series, but there was also "Planet Dinosaur", an amazing-looking production since the Walking with series.

Now I'm up to life after the prehistory and I'm watching docs about early human life, from ancient Greece to Egypt and so on. Currently I'm finishing up this doc called "The Incredible Human Journey" talking about humans travelling out of Africa, our cradle of life. After that, I'll be exploring the book of Exodus and other biblical wonders. Quite a journey for me indeed.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on January 12, 2017, 02:41:59 AM
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin? is the best stand-up special I've seen in a while. Superb.

Thanks, MT, it was superb.  I never would have found it without your post.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on January 12, 2017, 08:31:12 AM
I also watched that because of MT's mention. The part I related to most was being a mind whore for people in relationships. :)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on January 12, 2017, 10:00:36 AM
Yay, glad you liked it! I've always liked Kirkman, but this is best work I've heard from her. I can't recall a single clunker in the whole set.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on January 12, 2017, 11:56:50 AM
Now I'm going to backdate to the other special on Netflix and the two e-audiobooks that hopefully the library will add.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on January 12, 2017, 01:00:31 PM
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin? is the best stand-up special I've seen in a while. Superb.

Thanks, MT, it was superb.  I never would have found it without your post.
Just watched it the other day, too. And, yeah, it's great!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on January 12, 2017, 03:29:59 PM
Kirkman has a podcast as well.  I haven't listened yet but I did download an episode so it's waiting for me.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on January 12, 2017, 04:14:13 PM
I listened to a couple of episodes way back, but it didn't really work for me. I should try it again. I always loved her spot on Paul F. Tompkins podcast (it was my favorite part of his show!).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: MartinTeller on January 12, 2017, 04:25:23 PM
I liked the podcast at first but I found it easy to drop when I needed to lighten my podcast load. Single-person podcasts in general aren't a great idea.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on January 12, 2017, 04:32:44 PM
I liked the podcast at first but I found it easy to drop when I needed to listen my podcast load. Single-person podcasts in general aren't a great idea.
Yes, I don't think the solo podcast works very well. (Trying to think of one I do like that's just one person?)
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Teproc on January 12, 2017, 04:36:50 PM
It works when it's heavily scripted : history podcasts for example, like the Mike Duncan ones (The History of Rome, Revolutions).
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: oneaprilday on January 12, 2017, 04:38:40 PM
Yes, good point. Or something like Karina Longworth's You Must Remember This.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on January 12, 2017, 07:57:01 PM
I'm not totally into Black Mirror but I have liked a few eps in the past.
Which eps of S3 are the best and not disgusting in content?

Nosedive
Playtest
Shut Up and Dance
San Junipero
Man Against Fire
Hated in the Nation
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 12, 2017, 07:58:27 PM
Man Against Fire and Nosedive are my two votes.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StarCarly on January 12, 2017, 08:45:48 PM
I vote San Junipero and Shut Up and Dance.

but Black Mirror is notoriously divisive on the best episodes. They're all above-average television.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 12, 2017, 08:57:48 PM
Yea, I think no one agrees on which episodes are good and bad.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on January 12, 2017, 09:14:04 PM
San Junipero and Hated in the Nation are both very good and not gross. Shut Up And Dance definitely gets a bit grosser.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: 1SO on January 12, 2017, 09:29:24 PM
San Junipero meets both criteria.
Shut Up and Dance wins the "disgusting in content" award, though it's also one of the most thought-provoking episodes.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on January 12, 2017, 09:51:35 PM
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin? is the best stand-up special I've seen in a while. Superb.
Thanks, MT, it was superb.  I never would have found it without your post.
Just watched it the other day, too. And, yeah, it's great!
I was impressed she had a new special so soon after her last one. 

Kirkman has a podcast as well.  I haven't listened yet but I did download an episode so it's waiting for me.
She's always a really good Never Not Funny guest.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on January 12, 2017, 09:55:47 PM
So, I watched Nosedive.  It was good but predictable at the end.  I liked seeing James Norton for his brief role.

Watching San Junipero now.

At this point in my life, I don't intentionally watch anything gross or disgusting.  So, thanks to all for the recommendations and warnings. 
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on January 12, 2017, 09:56:40 PM
Is Jen K the NNF guest who has the tooth brushing daily ritual?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on January 12, 2017, 10:00:04 PM
Oh, Mackenzie Davis, love her!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 24, 2017, 02:52:07 AM
Did anyone watch season 2 of The Man In The High Castle?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on January 24, 2017, 07:03:54 AM
I hear it isn't good?

I'm in the midst of Transparent S3 and for me it continues to lose whatever real verve it had in the first season. It's to the point where I'd say Alpha House is my favorite Amazon show, followed by Betas. I have not watched a lot of Amazon shows however.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: mañana on January 24, 2017, 06:48:04 PM
Is Jen K the NNF guest who has the tooth brushing daily ritual?
I don't think so, but I'm not as regular an NNF listener as I once was.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 25, 2017, 12:22:07 AM
I hear it isn't good?

It's at least on par with season 1. I enjoyed it. It did get boring in parts but it had high points.

It feels weird rooting for a Nazi.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on January 25, 2017, 12:47:23 AM
I didn't like the pilot so I never moved on.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on January 28, 2017, 08:00:16 PM
Nadal v. Federer in Australian Open final tonight.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: pixote on January 28, 2017, 08:04:21 PM
Nadal v. Federer in Australian Open final tonight.

Worth staying up for!

pixote
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: jdc on January 29, 2017, 08:34:01 AM
Nadal v. Federer in Australian Open final tonight.

As somebody that use to play tennis a few times a week, I should really pay more attention to what is going on. 
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 30, 2017, 05:37:01 AM
https://youtu.be/c996ra7Wqn0

I don't usually like speeches like this during award shows but i liked this one.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Corndog on January 30, 2017, 07:13:12 AM
If only for Winona Ryder's myriad of reactions.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on January 30, 2017, 08:14:06 AM
Haha, yeah, that was distracting me.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on January 30, 2017, 08:30:18 PM
My mother saw the faces Ryder was making and asked "Is that what happens when you come back from the Upside Down?"
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StarCarly on February 02, 2017, 08:08:14 PM
OJ Simpson American Crime is streaming on Netflix starting today. It is very entertaining, and a casting nerd's dream!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 03, 2017, 05:38:14 PM
Nadal v. Federer in Australian Open final tonight.

Do the balls got he other way down there?
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on February 06, 2017, 01:20:46 PM
Life events have forced me to conclude that Sense8 is my favorite TV show by an even larger margin than previously thought.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 07, 2017, 04:42:43 AM
The way you phrase it it sounds like a tragedy.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Bondo on February 07, 2017, 07:34:28 AM
On the contrary, life is full of wonder.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on February 17, 2017, 12:54:35 PM
Just waiting for the new season of The Americans...


...that is all.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: saltine on February 17, 2017, 02:45:01 PM
I think they're busy at the moment.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/r7sm8o.jpg)

"We saw your ad and we're here at Mar-a-Lago to apply for the waiter positions."
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Junior on February 17, 2017, 03:16:58 PM
This is just as fun as I hoped it would be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK7y7POw0yA
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StarCarly on February 17, 2017, 04:59:22 PM
I just very recently got addicted to Mbmbam. Seeing them in human form as opposed to just voices is freaking me out. But in a good way.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: The Deer Hunter on February 23, 2017, 08:00:59 AM
Finished The People v. O. J. Simpson last night. Fantastic show. One of the best I've seen in the last year.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Solid Blake on February 23, 2017, 12:02:59 PM
Finished The People v. O. J. Simpson last night. Fantastic show. One of the best I've seen in the last year.

Since when has FX become the holy mecca of great television programs? Just think about it:

American Crime Story
Fargo
The Americans
Atlanta
You're The Worst
LEGION
Taboo
Louie

... that's a real murderer's row, right there.




Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on February 23, 2017, 02:31:21 PM
I've always placed them on par with the type of programming from HBO and over the past 5-10 years the same could be said of Showtime and AMC and now even Netflix in terms of placing a high standard on quality (in comparison to say network television). I'd say with the release of The Shield in 2002, they really kicked open the door in terms of what you can put on non-premium cable. That being said they are certainly enjoying the most success over the past few years.

I really like- The Shield, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Thief, The Riches, Damages, Archer, Justified, Louie, Terriers, Lights Out, The Americans, Fargo, Married, You're the Worst, Man Seeking Women, Baskets, American Crime Story, Atlanta, Better Things, Taboo, and Legion

Shows that had strong spots but either were inconsistent or went off the deep end would include for me- Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Sons of Anarcy, American Horror Story, Wilfred, and The Bridge
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on February 24, 2017, 01:05:50 AM
Sons! Did it go off the deep end for you? Aw man, I never stopped enjoying that show.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 24, 2017, 04:56:15 AM
Nip/Tuck was a trainwreck from Season 1. Or maybe 2. Very early in any case.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on February 24, 2017, 07:23:19 AM
I liked the first 3 or so seasons of Nip/Tuck. It certainly wasn't the most involving show, at times a guilty pleasure, but the characters of McNamara and Troy were so watchable. Then it almost became a self-parody.

Sons of Anarchy took a while for me to even like. I had a hard time caring much for the characters early on, but by season 4 I was really into it. Then some episodes (especially the 90 minute ones) just missed the mark for me with the writing being so on the nose (I think Sutter took the Shakespeare comparisons a little too far). That being said, whenever an important or defining episode happened like character departures or changes in power, the show always executed them so well that I was drawn back in. I also enjoyed the final season immensely and felt it was one of the most undervalued acting ensembles on TV. A friend kept telling me to stick with it so I'm happy I didn't stop watching.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 24, 2017, 07:37:23 AM
I am done waiting our for seasons for a show to be good. I barely have time to watch the shows I do like.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Solid Blake on February 24, 2017, 09:18:02 AM
I was the polar opposite with SoA, with the first season being my favorite and the latter seasons getting more silly as time went on, with the titular "sons" becoming more G.I. Joe-like when the bullets start flying.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: StudentOFilm on February 25, 2017, 12:20:15 AM
If a show is inconsistent but still has some high points, I'll stick with it. That's ultimately what happened with Sons for me.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: smirnoff on February 25, 2017, 01:33:01 AM
A couple of the finales in particular really wow'd me.... others less so, but what can you do.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: karlwinslow on March 05, 2017, 07:22:02 PM
I've always placed them on par with the type of programming from HBO and over the past 5-10 years the same could be said of Showtime and AMC and now even Netflix in terms of placing a high standard on quality (in comparison to say network television). I'd say with the release of The Shield in 2002, they really kicked open the door in terms of what you can put on non-premium cable. That being said they are certainly enjoying the most success over the past few years.

I really like- The Shield, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Thief, The Riches, Damages, Archer, Justified, Louie, Terriers, Lights Out, The Americans, Fargo, Married, You're the Worst, Man Seeking Women, Baskets, American Crime Story, Atlanta, Better Things, Taboo, and Legion

Shows that had strong spots but either were inconsistent or went off the deep end would include for me- Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Sons of Anarcy, American Horror Story, Wilfred, and The Bridge

terriers. dang. wish that was still on.
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Verite on March 07, 2017, 05:14:38 AM
Season 5.  The Americans.  Tonight!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Terrazine on March 12, 2017, 01:08:25 AM
I've been catching up with the Pokemon anime for the past several months. Right now, I'm so glad I'm almost done with Pokemon Best Wishes. It was so bad. What a total mess.

...But, thankfully, I have Pokemon XY to look forward to. It's hailed by many fans as the return to quality. Ash actually wins this time! And in the Pokemon League, he... well, that's spoiler territory. :P But damn, I can't wait!
Title: Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
Post by: Terrazine on March 12, 2017, 12:27:26 PM
On the Subject of Pokemon Dub vs. Original Audio...
With XY's rerun coming soon on my channel, I decided to see what I could look forward to. Pokemon had a rich history of excellent music back then. Who could forget the iconic "I wanna be the very best" theme song? Even non-Pokemon fans were sure to recognize those lyrics. Unfortunately, as soon as Pokemon DP came along, the audio department of Pokemon drastically dropped in quality, including its opening themes. What happened? Two words.

Budget Cutting - 4Kids vs. TPCi
Some time around the end of Pokemon Advanced Battle, I quickly noticed a trend of really mediocre opening themes popping up that didn't feel as energetic or even professional. After doing a bit of digging recently, I found out that there was a change of management when the rights to Pokemon were bought over by TPCi (or "The Pokémon Company International") from 4Kids.

Now, 4Kids was nowhere perfect in terms of anime dubbing, but its work on Pokemon was undeniably decent, with catchy theme songs I could've sung to even at the age of 30. The voice acting was noticeably more dynamic and engaging too compared to the mellow and monotonous "acting" replacements. Luckily, before I had realized the drop in quality, I had already switched to the original Japanese version of the show several years ago and never looked back.

Dub vs. Original
The quality was noticeably sharper and more professional, even when compared to the 4Kids dub. You could tell easily that it was made by people who love the material and put heart into creating these things, especially the long-time voice actress who had been playing Satoshi (or Ash in the dub)'s voice since season one, Matsumoto Rica. Not only did she voice the main character for so long, she even lent vocals to the opening themes too! Talk about dedication!

To let you see what I mean, here's a clip showcasing the difference between the two versions of the show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS-u1rVFoYU

Did you catch that? That sense of urgency and intensity in the original audio? Not just in terms of the voice actress' emotional depth, but also the dramatic rock music playing in the background as opposed to... some very soft, barely audible jingle, probably ripped from Walmart. Don't get me wrong, I'll defend an American product any day - if it is good. Unfortunately, the results speak for themselves.

But it wasn't all bad for the dubs. Like I said, 4Kids had a solid line-up of opening themes back then, including my favorite one from Advanced Challenge, "This Dream":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRRPIj5-ZdE

Just listen to THAT! Imagine listening to that on a Saturday morning, and not just as a ten year old. That kind of engaging tune that work you up to an exciting adventure ahead in the episode is the perfect kind of theme for an intense battling show like Pokemon, and it's been missing since Pokemon DP, as exemplified below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhsPaA8fUKY

I honestly don't know where to start with that corny opening talking about hopes and dreams and friendship. Where's the excitement we used to hear about? Think back to Johto League Champions and Master Quest. Think of not just the lyrics, but also how the melody conveyed those lyrics. "Born to be a winner! Johto! Born to be the very best!" God, that opening ("Born to Be A Winner" from season four) still gets to my inner ten year old self. That's a song with impact, and it is my opinion that the Pokemon dub has lost that punch with TPC's management. It's gone soft.

The Future of Pokemon...
So where does that leave us in the future? Just the original Japanese animation, unfortunately. To be blunt, even the Japanese side of things had dropped in quality in terms of quality and memorable themes. Best Wishes probably had the most forgettable themes of all series IMO. I haven't listened to the Japanese XY openings yet because I wanted to save the surprise, but I really hope to be humming some catchy Pokemon tune again the next time I'm watching. Because let's face it - it was one of the best parts about Pokemon.