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Title: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: whigsgeek on August 15, 2008, 07:47:15 PM
WOW. Mark-Paul Gosselaar has an unfortunate new hairdo in the ads for his new series, "Raising the Bar," on TNT. I almost didn't recognize him.
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Post by: Bronzetree on September 03, 2008, 11:23:34 PM
Sons of Anarchy was a bit disappointing, but I did make two observations about Katey Sagal (the former Peg Bundy):

1) She is 100% the best thing about this show. She plays one nasty bitch, and does it well. Very pleasantly surprised by her in this role.

2) At 54, she's still goddamned hot.

Otherwise, the script was clunky, the story a bit borrowed, and the characters way too aesthetically pleasing considering the premise.

Oh, and Sprague Grayden is mentioned in the cast credits, but I can't recall seeing her at all.
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Post by: MissKitty on September 04, 2008, 08:39:23 AM
Does taking Wyeth-manufactured menopause drugs render you as unrecognizable as celebrity spokeswoman Cheryl Ladd?

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Post by: va-vacious on September 17, 2008, 08:39:44 PM
Tony Romo is trying to be the next Peyton Manning of the commercial world.  It's just not working.  Who wants twice as much Tony Romo anyway?
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Post by: whigsgeek on October 01, 2008, 06:29:47 PM
Wow. This sounds like about seven different kinds of suck:

Quote from: MSNBC.com
Come On Get Happy! "Partridge Family" to Return

LOS ANGELES - "The Partridge Family" is headed for a return to the small screen.

NBC has picked up a contemporary single-camera take on the classic ABC sitcom.

The show's writer, Jeff Rake, is a fan of the 1970s series who plans to "turn the premise on its head."

"In the original, the kids actually recruited their mom to front the band, which I can't see happening in any family on this planet," he said.

"The new version will reflect what seems to me to be the more realistic family band scenario these days: a struggling, sort of well-meaning mom pimping her kids in order to create a wholesome-slash-sexy cash cow."
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Post by: Nate on October 01, 2008, 06:32:33 PM
Friday Night Lights returns for a 3rd season tonight.

Unfortunately, it is only on a channel Direct TV subscribers have.

Thank God for torrent sites.

But this will kill the audience for when NBC "officially" airs the show in January.
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Post by: va-vacious on October 01, 2008, 06:46:47 PM
I don't know anyone with Direct TV, otherwise I'd be camping at their house. 

And I totally agree, Nate.  This show, the love of my life, is DOOMED. :(
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Post by: redbobsled on October 01, 2008, 07:12:07 PM
Friday Night Lights returns for a 3rd season tonight.

Unfortunately, it is only on a channel Direct TV subscribers have.



Yay!  I almost forgot.  I have DirecTV, and I've had this season pass set up for ages.  Tonight my DVR is going to be very, very busy.  (Yes, I watch too much TV.)
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Post by: whigsgeek on October 17, 2008, 05:12:19 PM
Hey! When did they bring back "Unsolved Mysteries?" Awesome! Although Dennis Farina is no Robert Stack. And the music is way less spooky and the set-up more like "America's Most Wanted."

Yeah, now that I've watched a few minutes of it, the show is nothing without Robert Stack's signature voiceover.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 28, 2008, 09:52:33 AM
What the hell have they done to Best Week Ever?  I like Paul F. Tompkins but doing away with all other commentators (other than the sizzler and a few other guest spots) couldn't possibly have seemed like a good idea to anyone.
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Post by: c-lando on October 28, 2008, 11:10:06 AM
What the hell have they done to Best Week Ever?  I like Paul F. Tompkins but doing away with all other commentators (other than the sizzler and a few other guest spots) couldn't possibly have seemed like a good idea to anyone.
Wow. I had no idea they had done this. I got tired of BWE and switched over to The Soup. Joel McHale is all the commentator that I need.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 28, 2008, 11:26:36 AM
This past week was the first episode.  It just happened out of the blue so I'm hoping it's just some kind of a joke but I doubt it.

We watch both, even though they both cover the same ground, but we may not for much longer if BWE doesn't go back to what it was.  Joel is mucho funny-o, no doubt about that, but so is Christian Finnegan, Frangela and the others who used to be on BWE.  But like I said, if those people are gone we'll only watch The Soup as well.
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Post by: Bronzetree on October 28, 2008, 12:35:14 PM
My guess? They can't afford to pay all those people. They can, however, afford get rid of The Sizzler. It's the one part of BWE I find incredibly unfunny.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 28, 2008, 01:17:25 PM
My guess? They can't afford to pay all those people. They can, however, afford get rid of The Sizzler. It's the one part of BWE I find incredibly unfunny.

I agree, I've long thought they should do away with the Sizzler and expand the "In Case you Missed It" segment because they are far more amusing.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on November 17, 2008, 01:42:21 PM
So who else was shocked at how funny SNL was this past week?
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Post by: Bronzetree on November 17, 2008, 02:01:04 PM
I didn't see it. Who was on?
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Post by: c-lando on November 17, 2008, 02:09:46 PM
Paul Rudd was the host (with Beyonce as the musical guest and SPECIAL, unannounced guest, Justin Timberlake). It was REALLY hilarious, mostly because it was beyond filthy and dirty and pervy. LOVED IT. I bet that first skit featured the most dude-on-dude kisses ever on a network show. JT's appearance was also amazing. He is one of those guys who would have been famous no matter what. Like, if N'Sync had never happened, Justin Timberlake still would have ended up famous SOME HOW. He's just magnetic.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on November 17, 2008, 02:21:03 PM
JT is a natural for SNL, he'll be up there with Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and Steve Martin someday.  The back up dancers skit had me gasping for air.

Like Lando said, it was beyond pervy.  I noticed that Shiv dubbed it the "gayest SNL of all time".  That should tell you something about how much innuendo was involved.
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Post by: Bronzetree on November 17, 2008, 02:27:24 PM
I'll have to see if I can locate the episode.
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Post by: redbobsled on November 17, 2008, 04:17:39 PM
It was pretty great.  The only sketch that didn't really work for me was the Bill, Fred, and Noah digital thingy near the end.  I really liked Will Forte "talking down" the jumper. 
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Post by: c-lando on November 17, 2008, 04:54:09 PM
It was pretty great.  The only sketch that didn't really work for me was the Bill, Fred, and Noah digital thingy near the end.  I really liked Will Forte "talking down" the jumper. 
Don't.
Don't.
DO NOT.
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Post by: Bronzetree on November 17, 2008, 05:04:40 PM
I saw a couple of the skits on NBC's website, but they don't have the full episode up. The kissing one was hilarious, and JT's two minute hosting thing was kinda funny, too. The thing with Paul Rudd and Andy Samberg painting each other started out funny, but got really stupid. The only other ones I saw were the Joe Biden opening, the Sproingo commercial and the Snagglepuss thing on Update, which were all mediocre.

But yeah, there was a definite gay theme happening in the few skits I saw. Perhaps a thinly veiled FU at Prop 8? I hope so.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on November 17, 2008, 06:11:32 PM
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You're welcome!
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Post by: redbobsled on November 17, 2008, 07:07:33 PM


But yeah, there was a definite gay theme happening in the few skits I saw. Perhaps a thinly veiled FU at Prop 8? I hope so.

Considering there was an actual Prop 8 skit, I think that's safe to assume. 
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Post by: Juliana on November 17, 2008, 08:50:33 PM
Paul Rudd is such a great all around actor
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Post by: c-lando on November 18, 2008, 08:46:03 AM
...and the Snagglepuss thing on Update, which were all mediocre.
Oh Man. How did I forget about Snagglepuss? Heaven to Murgatroyd, that cracked me up!
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Post by: trixi on November 18, 2008, 12:18:20 PM
apparently, the video no longer exists.
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Post by: c-lando on December 01, 2008, 11:21:48 AM
OH MY GOD. The crazy, white poodle that THE SOUP has used for the past two weeks to represent the ladies on THE VIEW makes me laugh like NOTHING ELSE on this planet. Seriously, I could watch that thing ALL DAY long as long as they occasionally show a shot of Joel McHale doing that flared-nostril smirk.

PRICELESS!!!!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on December 01, 2008, 11:26:45 AM
That dog sounds just like Elizabeth Hasselbeck (at least how she sounds in my head)... it's uncanny.
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Post by: c-lando on December 01, 2008, 07:27:24 PM
I had to watch it like 5 times when I got home today...

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Post by: MissKitty on December 02, 2008, 08:16:07 AM
I <3 Joel McHale.
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Post by: c-lando on December 02, 2008, 10:33:18 AM
I <3 Joel McHale.
We must add him to the "only have eyes for you and..." thread!
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Post by: c-lando on December 16, 2008, 11:11:30 AM
The last two minutes of last night's episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY may have been my favorite minutes in Fall 2008 TV. I love you, Sheldon.
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Post by: Bronzetree on December 16, 2008, 03:09:58 PM
Yeah, saw that. Funny stuff.
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Post by: c-lando on December 16, 2008, 04:07:29 PM
Yeah, saw that. Funny stuff.
The whole Superman discussion around the lunch table was also pretty awesdome.
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Post by: kcneon on December 16, 2008, 05:04:43 PM
Guess BBT will go to the top of my list to watch tonight!  Is it me or does the writing for this show continue to get better as time goes on?
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Post by: c-lando on December 16, 2008, 06:24:41 PM
Guess BBT will go to the top of my list to watch tonight!  Is it me or does the writing for this show continue to get better as time goes on?
Totally has become a great show. I only watched it in bits in pieces as I waited for HIMYM. But, now it is totally a favorite. Jim Parsons is unbelievable.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 16, 2008, 07:12:14 PM
Those last few minutes were awesome. I've saved it so Va can see it. (As she's noted elsewhere, CBS isn't thinking and doesn't stream the shows. What?!)
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 22, 2008, 03:59:22 PM
If/when the seventh season of BBC show "Spooks" (Called "MI5" here in the USA) gets broadcast this side of the pond (BBC America?) I implore anyone who likes action/drama to watch it. They really upped the ante storyline wise and any one of the eight episodes (just watched as a marathon courtesy of my Dad sending across a tape - onlike 'alternatives' are *ahem* available) was a million times more believable and suspenseful than either of the two last Bond/007 cop-outs. However, you HAVE to watch the season in order.
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Post by: Juliana on December 22, 2008, 06:51:27 PM
We watched the first disc of Spaced...
We don't get the hype
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Post by: Doug on December 23, 2008, 11:13:44 AM
We watched the first disc of Spaced...
We don't get the hype
I tried watching it also.  Got bored after 1 episode.  Turned it off after 2.

It looked like it would be good though, right?
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Post by: Kwyjibo on December 23, 2008, 11:28:56 AM
It looked like it would be good though, right?

Yup, everything I've seen Simon Pegg in other than this was brilliant, Spaced was just dumb, I thought.
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Post by: Juliana on December 23, 2008, 03:37:05 PM
No honestly it didn't even look good, we just heard who was in it and it's gotten such good reviews from people, but the show was just...kind of dumb.

Funny bits, but nothing awesome or "can't miss" or whatever.
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Post by: va-vacious on January 04, 2009, 07:41:43 PM
If anyone is into "How I Met Your Mother", Amazon currently has the first three seasons bundled together for $44. Don't know how long that will last.  (And Dr. Horrible is at $10.49 right now, too)
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Post by: redbobsled on January 05, 2009, 12:58:48 AM
I watch and (mostly) enjoy most of the reality dance shows on TV, but I'm watching Superstars of Dance right now, and it is TOTALLY BORING.  I got (unsolicited)  tickets to be in the audience, and now I'm EXTRA glad I didn't go.  What a waste of a day that would have been. 
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Post by: Hell Toupee on January 05, 2009, 10:11:29 PM
I watch and (mostly) enjoy most of the reality dance shows on TV, but I'm watching Superstars of Dance right now, and it is TOTALLY BORING.  I got (unsolicited)  tickets to be in the audience, and now I'm EXTRA glad I didn't go.  What a waste of a day that would have been. 

I hate the editing... it might be better as a live show, but it just feels so off. Plus it doesn't help that the Argentinian judge is loopy and the South African judge throws out random insults every time he opens his mouth.

Besides, if I want to watch Robert Muraine again, I'd go hit up his Canadian IKEA commercial. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-mSwqes_p8)

Good times.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 05, 2009, 10:23:41 PM
I wish we got to see the UK version of "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" (which just finished its 8th season on ITV). George Takei in the jungle would have been something to watch.
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Post by: Doug on January 06, 2009, 01:00:59 PM
I've never enjoyed any of the previous Rock of Love seasons, but I just got finished watching the premier of season 3 and I had a great time.  I think it's better because all the skanks are crammed together on tour buses.  Pure hillariosity  :D
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 06, 2009, 01:44:51 PM
I can't stand RoL... too much skankage for me.
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Post by: c-lando on January 06, 2009, 03:51:44 PM
I've never enjoyed any of the previous Rock of Love seasons, but I just got finished watching the premier of season 3 and I had a great time.  I think it's better because all the skanks are crammed together on tour buses.  Pure hillariosity  :D
I want to have weekly viewing parties for this show! It's just SO MUCH FUN to watch and discuss and GASP!!! with friends and family.
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Post by: Doug on January 06, 2009, 06:05:10 PM
Yeah, you pretty much have to discuss it right there while you're watching it.  For me, the details of the show slide off my brain and minutes after viewing and afterwards I'm left feeling like I just nearly escaped getting in a car accident.
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Post by: dirk on January 06, 2009, 09:01:53 PM
All I have to saw is.....Vagina shots.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 10, 2009, 10:54:51 PM
I don't know what to do. My DVR is empty other than some Masterpiece theaters that I'm not in the mood to watch. I don't remember how to watch live TV!
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Post by: Rafe on January 10, 2009, 11:07:05 PM
Huffing spray paint is comedy gold.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 15, 2009, 07:29:02 PM
I should really never watch Wheel of Fortune.  Besides the obvious reasons there is the abject stupidity of the contestants this show attracts.  Case in point, some old lady tonight spins and gets (by a c-hair) $1 million.  In order to win this she must solve on her turn... if I understand the rules.

The category is Place.  The board shows _O__Y OF A _ROAD_AY THEATER.

So on this turn, so as not to lose her million she asks for a B.  Giving us _OBBY OF A BROAD_AY THEATER.

Pat asks what she wants to do... and she deides to solve..... spin?  Ooooookaaaaay.

Old lady spins gets $300 or some such.  Okay, so she gets maximum $300 on top of the $1 million dollars she just risked.  She asks for a W, which of course is there.  Now we have _OBBY OF A BROADWAY THEATER.  I wonder what it could be?  Her next move is to solve.... WTF??? SPIN?  ARE YOU FUCKING CRAZY?

Ohhhh..... look at that Lose a GODDAMNED Turn.  Jesus H.  Where do they get these people?  And I thought the dumbasses that bought vowels were retarded.  Seriously why would anyone ever buy a fucking vowel?

My head asplode.
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Post by: Butter on January 16, 2009, 07:11:54 AM
The $1 million thing SOUNDS awesome... but the truth is you have to land on it, guess a letter to keep it, then solve that puzzle to carry it forward.  Then and only then if you make it through the whole game while keeping the $1 million pie thing, then if you get to the bonus round, you play for $1 million.  I haven't seen anyone win it yet.  But I watch 1-2 times a week.  The kids LOVE it, and I'm a master at it.  And whenever I can't figure out a whole puzzle, Andrea's there to clean up the last word or two for me.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 16, 2009, 07:36:22 AM
I didn't realize the person had to go on to be the champ that day.  But still, there's no reason she couldn't have solved the puzzle, she literally had only one letter to guess.
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Post by: Hell Toupee on January 16, 2009, 08:02:51 AM
The $1 million thing SOUNDS awesome... but the truth is you have to land on it, guess a letter to keep it, then solve that puzzle to carry it forward.  Then and only then if you make it through the whole game while keeping the $1 million pie thing, then if you get to the bonus round, you have to spin the mini wheel and hope to land on the one space that has the million dollars behind it to play for $1 million.  I haven't seen anyone win it yet.  But I watch 1-2 times a week.  The kids LOVE it, and I'm a master at it.  And whenever I can't figure out a whole puzzle, Andrea's there to clean up the last word or two for me.

Fixed.
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Post by: Butter on January 16, 2009, 08:27:36 AM
Yeah, I forgot about that extra step.  You have to spin the prize wheel and land on it.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 16, 2009, 09:20:30 AM
Oh, well, no wonder she wasn't too upset when she lost it then.  I still don't get why she didn't solve the puzzle though, I mean, come on.
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Post by: Butter on January 16, 2009, 09:35:26 AM
Because she thought it was COBBY OF A BROADWAY THEATER perhaps.

Or maybe HOBBY, despite the already present H.  Or NOBBY.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 16, 2009, 09:37:33 AM
Or Dobby... if she's a Harry Potter fan (and also didn't notice the other D).  A super nerdy Harry Potter fan.  Which I definitely am not.  No sir.
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Post by: whigsgeek on February 16, 2009, 08:36:42 PM
Interesting. Christina Ricci joins the cast of "Saving Grace" (starring Holly Hunter) on TNT on March 2.
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Post by: redbobsled on February 16, 2009, 10:52:27 PM
After Christina Ricci lost all that weight and sort of Hollywoodified her look, I lost all interest in her.  Although, Pumpkin was pretty fun.
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Post by: c-lando on February 17, 2009, 08:40:23 AM
After Christina Ricci lost all that weight and sort of Hollywoodified her look AND dumped Adam Goldberg, I lost all interest in her.
Fixed that for ME.
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Post by: whigsgeek on February 19, 2009, 09:11:07 PM
Still can't believe the judges gave Fabio Viviani the boot last night on "Top Chef: New York" instead of Stefan. 

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Post by: c-lando on February 20, 2009, 10:42:58 AM
Still can't believe the judges gave Fabio Viviani the boot last night on "Top Chef: New York" instead of Stefan. 


I KNOW!!!! Unbelievable! They barely liked his gumbo and that was it. EVERYONE had something good to say about Fabio's dishes. Their decision made no sense to me WHATSOEVER. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
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Post by: whigsgeek on February 20, 2009, 09:03:29 PM
Still can't believe the judges gave Fabio Viviani the boot last night on "Top Chef: New York" instead of Stefan. 


I KNOW!!!! Unbelievable! They barely liked his gumbo and that was it. EVERYONE had something good to say about Fabio's dishes. Their decision made no sense to me WHATSOEVER. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

YOU WATCHED THE EPISODE, TOO??? It was total BULLSHIT! In addition to making a crap meal, Stefan used *prepackaged* sausage instead of making it himself, where Fabio made his own pasta and got great feedback from everyone! They only kept Stefan because he's a complete prick and has a rivalry with Hosea, which they probably think will play well in the finale. Bah.

I'm sure Fabio will be just fine on his own -- and maybe the judges also sensed he wouldn't need the win to be successful as much as Stefan would. Fabio is the Jennifer Hudson of Top Chef.  :D

Who do you think will win?
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Post by: Hell Toupee on February 21, 2009, 07:03:07 PM
Hosea better win.

I haven't seen it in weeks, but if he and Stefan are the last two, it's Hosea all the way.
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Post by: c-lando on February 21, 2009, 07:05:03 PM
Still can't believe the judges gave Fabio Viviani the boot last night on "Top Chef: New York" instead of Stefan. 


I KNOW!!!! Unbelievable! They barely liked his gumbo and that was it. EVERYONE had something good to say about Fabio's dishes. Their decision made no sense to me WHATSOEVER. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

YOU WATCHED THE EPISODE, TOO??? It was total BULLSHIT! In addition to making a crap meal, Stefan used *prepackaged* sausage instead of making it himself, where Fabio made his own pasta and got great feedback from everyone! They only kept Stefan because he's a complete prick and has a rivalry with Hosea, which they probably think will play well in the finale. Bah.

I'm sure Fabio will be just fine on his own -- and maybe the judges also sensed he wouldn't need the win to be successful as much as Stefan would. Fabio is the Jennifer Hudson of Top Chef.  :D

Who do you think will win?
Top Chef is probably my true favorite show on TV right now. I adore it. I even got the PC game for Christmas for crying out loud. Hahahahha.

I think Carla or Stefan will win. Stefan has made great food in the past and will definitely bring it for the finale. But, Carla continues to wow me. I just don't get passion from Hosea's food at all. But, you never know with this show. You never know.
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Post by: Juliana on February 24, 2009, 06:23:43 PM
Andy and Conan, together again! (http://omg.yahoo.com/news/andy-richter-back-with-conan-o-brien/19290)
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 24, 2009, 07:09:02 PM
Yay!

It's an absolute travesty that Andy Richter Controls the Universe got canceled.
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Post by: c-lando on February 25, 2009, 09:28:34 AM
Yay!

It's an absolute travesty that Andy Richter Controls the Universe got canceled.
Truer words were never typed...
YAY for Andy and Conan!!!
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Post by: Juliana on February 25, 2009, 10:21:28 AM
Andy Richter PI was good too.

That episode of Controlls the Universe where he had the dream goal of having a 2nd tv in the bedroom so he could lay on his side or on his back...classic.

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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 25, 2009, 10:55:55 AM
I think my favorite was the one where he was dating the girl he thought was anti-semetic so he was doing all of the tests to see if she really was or not.  Like offering her her choice of a streudel or a bagel.  She accepts the bagel and he thinks she's passed the test but then she says something about those damn jews being too cheap to give you the middle.  Classic.
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Post by: Buzzstein on February 25, 2009, 06:49:39 PM
Hmmmmm I'm not sure about Andy Richter...
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 26, 2009, 02:25:43 PM
Hmmmmm I'm not sure about Andy Richter...

YOU ARE HIGH ON CRACK!
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Post by: cuddlyevil on February 26, 2009, 02:34:12 PM
Hmmmmm I'm not sure about Andy Richter...

YOU ARE HIGH ON CRACK!

I second that emotion.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 26, 2009, 03:28:06 PM
Up to including TNT's season fucking finale of "Leverage" the in-show commercials were promoting it as "You're watching TNT's new hit series".

First two weeks "new" yes, but ten weeks later? Cnuts
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Post by: redbobsled on February 26, 2009, 04:02:35 PM
Hmmmmm I'm not sure about Andy Richter...

YOU ARE HIGH ON CRACK!

I second that emotion.

Thirded!
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Post by: Buzzstein on February 26, 2009, 05:20:10 PM
Hmmmmm I'm not sure about Andy Richter...

YOU ARE HIGH ON CRACK!

I just mìght be.

Also on my list of things that many find humorous but I don't.  The Family Guy. I've never really found it funny, ever.
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Post by: Bronzetree on February 26, 2009, 05:57:44 PM
Thirded!

Fourthed!

Quote
Also on my list of things that many find humorous but I don't.  The Family Guy. I've never really found it funny, ever.

I think it's time for an intervention, because clearly you're mixing crack with other mind-altering substances.
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Post by: whigsgeek on February 26, 2009, 07:59:57 PM
Also on my list of things that many find humorous but I don't.  The Family Guy. I've never really found it funny, ever.

That's some fucked-up shit right there. Mm-hmm.

(http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Galleries/Imported/Movies/6/38575a.jpg)
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Post by: Butter on February 27, 2009, 06:42:01 AM
Also on my list of things that many find humorous but I don't.  The Family Guy. I've never really found it funny, ever.

Finally, something we agree on.  He just tries WAY too hard.  And fails more often than succeeds.
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Post by: c-lando on February 27, 2009, 08:12:25 AM
Also on my list of things that many find humorous but I don't.  The Family Guy. I've never really found it funny, ever.

Finally, something we agree on. 
Thirded!
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Post by: Buzzstein on February 27, 2009, 11:14:41 AM
Yes! I am not alone! Thank you my Family-Guy-hating friends.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 27, 2009, 04:52:45 PM
Also on my list of things that many find humorous but I don't.  The Family Guy. I've never really found it funny, ever.

Finally, something we agree on. 
Thirded!

Fourth-ed!

I STILL SAY YOU ARE HIGH ON CRACK!
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Post by: whigsgeek on February 27, 2009, 05:01:42 PM
Still sort of all "what the hell just happened" about the Top Chef: New York finale. Once Carla started taking Kiss-of-Death Casey's advice, I knew nothing could save her. But Hosea? Really? I guess Stefan really blew it with the frozen sliced fish, or whatever the crap was on that plate. Bonus points, though, for a Fabio appearance!
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Post by: c-lando on March 01, 2009, 04:40:53 PM
Bonus points, though, for a Fabio appearance!
He was also on Ellen this week!
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Post by: Hell Toupee on March 02, 2009, 12:25:48 PM
WKRC Friday Dance Party mentioned on E!'s "The Soup"...? (http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/the_soup/b101659_no_news_good_news_wkrc_in_cincinnati.html)

Wha?
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Post by: Hell Toupee on March 02, 2009, 12:37:47 PM
There's a full version of that damn "Potty Dance" commercial?! (http://www.break.com/usercontent/2009/2/So-You-Think-You-Can-Potty-Dance-Extended-661931.html)

Double wha??
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Post by: Bronzetree on March 02, 2009, 03:47:13 PM
Watch Channel 9 news around 5 or 6 and you should see me. I was making banana splits at Kenna's school today because the school met their reading goal, so all the students got banana splits while the principals had to dress in gorilla suits.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 02, 2009, 03:55:41 PM
Watch Channel 9 news around 5 or 6 and you should see me. I was making banana splits at Kenna's school today because the school met their reading goal, so all the students got banana splits while the principals had to dress in gorilla suits.

I won't recognise you unless you are wearing leather pants
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Post by: c-lando on March 02, 2009, 04:00:35 PM
Watch Channel 9 news around 5 or 6 and you should see me. I was making banana splits at Kenna's school today because the school met their reading goal, so all the students got banana splits while the principals had to dress in gorilla suits.

I won't recognise you unless you are wearing leather pants
DITTO!
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Post by: whigsgeek on March 02, 2009, 04:56:02 PM
Watch Channel 9 news around 5 or 6 and you should see me. I was making banana splits at Kenna's school today because the school met their reading goal, so all the students got banana splits while the principals had to dress in gorilla suits.

I won't recognise you unless you are wearing undercrackers.

Fix'd for me.
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Post by: trixi on March 02, 2009, 05:31:14 PM
Watch Channel 9 news around 5 or 6 and you should see me. I was making banana splits at Kenna's school today because the school met their reading goal, so all the students got banana splits while the principals had to dress in gorilla suits.
I just saw the spot at 5:30 but hadn't read this yet.  Maybe they'll play it again :-)
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Post by: Bronzetree on March 02, 2009, 05:39:26 PM
It was on already? Crap. I turned it on at like 5:32.
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Post by: dirk on March 02, 2009, 06:21:52 PM
WKRC Friday Dance Party mentioned on E!'s "The Soup"...? (http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/the_soup/b101659_no_news_good_news_wkrc_in_cincinnati.html)

Wha?
WoW.  I feel dumber just having watched that.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 02, 2009, 08:44:13 PM
I'm ashamed to be on that map they're dancing in front of... dayum that's corny.
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Post by: Bronzetree on March 02, 2009, 10:09:43 PM
Whatever, dude. I laughed my ass off. People are always so damned serious anymore. They were having fun. And apparently they do it every Friday. Kudos, I say.
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Post by: Butter on March 03, 2009, 06:59:38 AM
That dance party was frickin' funny... especially when the guy came in and rapped.
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Post by: c-lando on March 03, 2009, 08:14:10 AM
Watch Channel 9 news around 5 or 6 and you should see me. I was making banana splits at Kenna's school today because the school met their reading goal, so all the students got banana splits while the principals had to dress in gorilla suits.


I won't recognise you unless you are wearing UNDERCRACKERS.

Fix'd for all of mankind.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on March 03, 2009, 08:57:59 AM
Goodbye, Life on Mars. (http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/03/breaking-abc-ca.html?xid=partner-cnn-todayslatest-%27Life+on+Mars%27%3A+Canceled!)

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Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 03, 2009, 09:44:11 AM
Good Riddance, craptastic US version of Life on Mars. (http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/03/breaking-abc-ca.html?xid=partner-cnn-todayslatest-%27Life+on+Mars%27%3A+Canceled!)

Fix'd
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Post by: cuddlyevil on March 03, 2009, 10:01:52 AM
LOL, thanks CR, I've never watched it so I couldn't say if it's crap or not.
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Post by: Juliana on March 03, 2009, 01:51:09 PM
(http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-37025177803217_2044_84352584)
That's pretty much the most awesome t shirt I've seen in a LONG time
Cotton Factory (http://store.cottonfactory.com/cf-953.html)
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Post by: c-lando on March 03, 2009, 02:32:01 PM
(http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-37025177803217_2044_84352584)
That's pretty much the most awesome t shirt I've seen in a LONG time
Cotton Factory (http://store.cottonfactory.com/cf-953.html)
I *think* it's Vizzah who knows someone who has this same image as a tattoo. Is that right, Vizz?
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Post by: vizzah on March 03, 2009, 03:30:41 PM
(http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-37025177803217_2044_84352584)
That's pretty much the most awesome t shirt I've seen in a LONG time
Cotton Factory (http://store.cottonfactory.com/cf-953.html)
I *think* it's Vizzah who knows someone who has this same image as a tattoo. Is that right, Vizz?

You are correct - but, I can't for the life of me remember who it is. Awesdome shirt, though!
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Post by: c-lando on March 13, 2009, 04:37:13 PM
That little beagle that played dead for Letterman's STUPID PET TRICKS this week?
I'm in love...
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Post by: Hell Toupee on March 13, 2009, 05:06:48 PM
That little beagle that played dead for Letterman's STUPID PET TRICKS this week?
I'm in love...

This? He's like those seals that hide their face under a flipper. It is cute though.

YqlzuQfTwUk
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Post by: Bronzetree on March 13, 2009, 05:42:07 PM
I don't know why, but the last couple days I can't seem to access YouTube. The video above isn't visible and clicking on the link takes me to a page where it hangs endlessly. I have several subscriptions at YT as well, which I can see when I go to my page, but clicking on a vid just makes it hang endlessly like the above. Wish I could figure it out because it's driving me batshit insane.
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Post by: va-vacious on March 31, 2009, 07:08:32 PM
Last night's "How I Met Your Mother" was great- it had Teen Wolf!
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Post by: c-lando on April 01, 2009, 08:13:25 AM
Last night's "How I Met Your Mother" was great- it had Teen Wolf!
YES! You beat me to it. I meant to come here and post that tidbit for US!!!! :)
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 01, 2009, 08:22:50 AM
For C-Lando:  Apparently there was also a scene in this week's episode where one of the character's was reading a book of Dave Kellet's comic Sheldon.

There are screen caps in his blog today...  http://www.sheldoncomics.com/
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Post by: c-lando on April 01, 2009, 08:59:37 AM
For C-Lando:  Apparently there was also a scene in this week's episode where one of the character's was reading a book of Dave Kellet's comic Sheldon.

There are screen caps in his blog today...  http://www.sheldoncomics.com/
OH MAN! SO awesdome! How did I miss that!?!?!?!? Thanks, Kwyjibo!!!!
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 04, 2009, 06:32:58 PM
Based on the first episode of the new season, Reno911 should have been cancelled. Terribly unfunny.
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Post by: c-lando on April 29, 2009, 09:35:19 AM
Sons of Anarchy was a bit disappointing, but I did make two observations about Katey Sagal (the former Peg Bundy):

1) She is 100% the best thing about this show. She plays one nasty bitch, and does it well. Very pleasantly surprised by her in this role.

2) At 54, she's still goddamned hot.

Otherwise, the script was clunky, the story a bit borrowed, and the characters way too aesthetically pleasing considering the premise.

Wherle, did you give up on this show after the pilot or continue watching? I recorded the entire season and finally got around to watching it. I think I'm half-way through and I'm LOVING it.
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Post by: Bronzetree on April 29, 2009, 01:37:37 PM
I watched sporadically, but just couldn't get into it. I wanted to, but it just didn't feel real for me. I still echo my sentiments about Katey Sagal, though. She was top notch here, and I'd love to see her in a similar role where she could shine.
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Post by: c-lando on April 29, 2009, 01:50:52 PM
I watched sporadically, but just couldn't get into it. I wanted to, but it just didn't feel real for me. I still echo my sentiments about Katey Sagal, though. She was top notch here, and I'd love to see her in a similar role where she could shine.
You're right about Katey. She's smoking hot and plays an awesdome bitch on this show. The first couple of episodes were slow going for me, but I'm totally digging it at this point. It was picked up for a second season, starting in the Fall, so I'm sure Katey will be occupied for a while. Did you know the creator of the show (from your beloved THE SHIELD) is also her husband?
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Post by: Bronzetree on April 30, 2009, 08:29:05 AM
I read that when I read up about the show, but had forgotten until you just mentioned it. Kurt Sutter was a writer and producer in the early going of The Shield. As far as I'm concerned, anybody associated with that show is gold. Maybe I'll give SoA another shot...
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Post by: c-lando on April 30, 2009, 09:08:13 AM
I read that when I read up about the show, but had forgotten until you just mentioned it. Kurt Sutter was a writer and producer in the early going of The Shield. As far as I'm concerned, anybody associated with that show is gold. Maybe I'll give SoA another shot...
Also, if this helps, apparently there was a dude named DUTCH on The Shield who has a JUICY role on SoA as well. :) I just knew him as the guy from an episode of BURN NOTICE but I guess all The Shield junkies LOVE him.
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Post by: Bronzetree on April 30, 2009, 09:13:01 AM
Yeah, I did catch him on SoA and was surprised to see him. He's great.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 30, 2009, 03:22:50 PM
It looks like Joel McHale's prediction, Jon Minus Nine, is looming ever closer. (http://omg.yahoo.com/news/jon-and-kate-dad-i-showed-poor-judgment/21926?nc)

I can't imagine anyone blaming him one little bit.  Although, he does seem to have a pretty hefty ego of his own.
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Post by: Poncho on April 30, 2009, 10:20:00 PM
I can't imagine spending 10 minutes with that Kate lady... much less sharing a home and spawn with her.
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Post by: c-lando on May 06, 2009, 10:41:38 PM
Beauty of a line from Malcolm in the Middle...

"I'm a Krelboyne with a cheerleader for a brother. I could pee my pants in public and it would be a lateral move."

God, I love this show.
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Post by: Juliana on May 07, 2009, 08:52:50 AM
Beauty of a line from Malcolm in the Middle...

"I'm a Krelboyne with a cheerleader for a brother. I could pee my pants in public and it would be a lateral move."

God, I love this show.

That show was so awesome
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 07, 2009, 10:42:08 AM
I'm so aggravated that the DVDs will never come out.

On the topic of MitM, the finale was maybe one of the best finales ever.  It wasn't a big let down, it wasn't sappy or over the top, it wrapped the show up and gave great closure.  Anyone writing a TV series finale should have to watch the MitM finale first.
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Post by: Jonathan on May 07, 2009, 12:06:54 PM
Why will the DVDs never come out?
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 07, 2009, 02:04:34 PM
Lack of interest and/or sales would be my guess.  Speculation on the net is that it's a music rights issue, though I don't remember there being a lot of music involved in the show.  The first season came out in 2002 and nothing more followed.

Same with WKRP in Cincinnati, though that one is almost entirely due to the cost of securing the music rights.  The one season that did get released was so butchered by removing the music they couldn't get rights to that it was unbearable to watch.
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Post by: Juliana on May 07, 2009, 02:06:00 PM
Lack of interest, lack of sales, cost of music rights etc. etc.

The first season came out about 5 or 6 years ago and nothing more followed.

Same with WKRP in Cincinnati, though that one is almost entirely due to the cost of securing the music rights.  The one season that did get released was so butchered by removing the music they couldn't get rights to that it was unbearable to watch.

I would like to publically say that if this did come out, and you did buy it, we'd never watch it.  Look at Newhart, which is infinitely better.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 07, 2009, 02:08:50 PM
WKRP?  We watch the WKRP reruns on WGN and you laugh at all the same times I do.  I didn't realize you didn't like it.
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Post by: Juliana on May 07, 2009, 02:11:19 PM
WKRP?  We watch the WKRP reruns on WGN and you laugh at all the same times I do.  I didn't realize you didn't like it.
Yeah, but we only watch it because it's on tv.  If it were on DVD we'd never break it out.
It's kind of funny, but not 'holy crap i need to buy this' funny
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Post by: Jonathan on May 10, 2009, 01:48:01 AM
Lack of interest and/or sales would be my guess.  Speculation on the net is that it's a music rights issue, though I don't remember there being a lot of music involved in the show.  The first season came out in 2002 and nothing more followed.

See, that's the thing - usually when a DVD doesn't come out it's because of music rights, but like you said, when you think of MitM, you don't think of the soundtrack (except for the opening credits, and wasn't that written expressly for the show?).

So if it's sales, that's sad. Because I would have thought it'd be a big seller.
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Post by: c-lando on May 10, 2009, 06:32:09 PM
Lack of interest and/or sales would be my guess.  Speculation on the net is that it's a music rights issue, though I don't remember there being a lot of music involved in the show.  The first season came out in 2002 and nothing more followed.
I watched the episode where Hal teaches Malcolm to skate and one of the songs played was Queen's "We Are the Champions". There are probably a lot of songs that we never even noticed throughout the years of the show. It's really too bad if this is what is holding up the DVD release.
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Post by: Juliana on May 10, 2009, 09:46:59 PM
I watched the episode where Hal teaches Malcolm to skate and one of the songs played was Queen's "We Are the Champions". There are probably a lot of songs that we never even noticed throughout the years of the show. It's really too bad if this is what is holding up the DVD release.

The Brotherhood of the Wheel episode?
Man that show rocked.
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Post by: c-lando on May 11, 2009, 08:23:32 AM
I watched the episode where Hal teaches Malcolm to skate and one of the songs played was Queen's "We Are the Champions". There are probably a lot of songs that we never even noticed throughout the years of the show. It's really too bad if this is what is holding up the DVD release.

The Brotherhood of the Wheel episode?
Man that show rocked.
Yes, Ma'am. AMEN. So awesdome. The punishment that Hal thinks up to make Malcolm learn his lesson about swearing is beyond genius.

Also just watched the one where Lois goes out of town to visit Frances (his appendix had burst) and Hal reverts to his old ways and takes over the Krelboyne's attempt to make a killer robot. HAHAHAHAH. That show is amazing.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 11, 2009, 11:39:21 PM
Tonight's One Tree Hill featured two Miami University students who left to pursue music careers: Kate Voegele as Mia and Nick Lachey as himself. I also got a laugh when a character was trying to figure out which reality show Nick was on and said "Laguna Beach" and Stephen Colletti's character said, "No, that was some other tool". (I did have to confirm on IMDB that Stephen was said tool from Laguna Beach.)
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Post by: c-lando on May 12, 2009, 08:18:28 AM
Tonight's One Tree Hill featured two Miami University students who left to pursue music careers: Kate Voegele as Mia and Nick Lachey as himself. I also got a laugh when a character was trying to figure out which reality show Nick was on and said "Laguna Beach" and Stephen Colletti's character said, "No, that was some other tool". (I did have to confirm on IMDB that Stephen was said tool from Laguna Beach.)
Heh. "Stay out of it, Nick Lachey."
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 12, 2009, 08:23:31 AM
One of my favorite new segments on The Soup.
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Post by: kcneon on May 15, 2009, 01:31:19 PM
As much as I enjoy using social media it generally doesn't come off interesting when a tv show bases their entire story around it.  Take this week's "My Boys" as an example: worst episode ever.
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Post by: c-lando on May 15, 2009, 02:32:46 PM
Oh Man! I loved that episode. Kenny being all geeked up about getting people in his mob. Mike using FB to try and get enough info to help him get in a girl's pants vs. Brenden using the old fashioned way. Ha. Man Vs. Machine! All the PJ/Bobby stuff was lame, but I just think they're lame any way.
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Post by: kcneon on May 15, 2009, 04:25:53 PM
The man vs. machine part I liked.  But Kenny & Mike getting worked up about using FB was boring.  The whole thing felt forced.  Looks like the scripts are pretty up and down lately.  Ah well, still good for a chuckle.   :)
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Post by: cuddlyevil on May 18, 2009, 10:58:41 AM
Bye bye, Sarah Connor Chronicles.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on May 19, 2009, 11:54:54 AM
Bye "My Name is Earl". Shame you just got the axe.
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Post by: c-lando on May 19, 2009, 12:03:00 PM
Bye "My Name is Earl". Shame you just got the axe.
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
We just found out that Dodge really is Earl's son and Earl Jr. IS NOT Crabman's son!!!! WHY!?!?!?!?!
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Oh...this is on EW:
An Earl insider says execs at 20th Century (the show's producer) are in discussions with Fox and ABC about picking up the four-year-old comedy
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Post by: Buzzstein on May 19, 2009, 12:47:04 PM
Wow really? They are ditching Earl? That's really surprising. I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing though. The show is still fairly funny, but it's nowhere near as good as that first season. Lately it just seems that they are trying too hard and getting a bit too outlandish at times.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 19, 2009, 01:03:39 PM
They lost a lot of their audience with that crappy coma season. 

I think the past season and a half or so have been great, not as good as the first season but still pretty great.  That Cops episode was particularly good.  I hope somebody picks it up.
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Post by: kcneon on May 19, 2009, 01:10:24 PM
I knew NBC's line-up would be strange with Leno taking up 5 hours of weeknight programming.  But it looks really odd.  Happy Chuck & Heroes will be back but they'll be SHARING the Monday 7PM (Central) timeslot: Heroes in the Fall & Chuck will start next Winter.  weird.
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Post by: Juliana on May 19, 2009, 01:14:08 PM
The coma season was pretty awful, but they had turned it around with all of Darnell's secrets coming out this season.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on May 19, 2009, 01:45:33 PM
If abc picks it up, it'll be the best programming decision they've made in a while.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 19, 2009, 02:08:15 PM
Blame me. It lost out in my Thursday at 8 PM viewing to Bones and Ugly Betty. I always forgot to watch online. As far as I know, the Crabman and Joy are still in the Witness Protection Program.
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Post by: c-lando on May 19, 2009, 02:33:09 PM
The coma season was pretty awful, but they had turned it around with all of Darnell's secrets coming out this season.
Ditto! It hasn't been MUST SEE TV for us for a while, but we always recorded it and went back to watch the episodes. Maybe all of the NBC censors lobbied for it to be cancelled because they JUST NOW REALIZED how many things slipped through right under their noses.
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Post by: Buzzstein on May 19, 2009, 08:07:37 PM
If NBC needs to cancel something it should be Heroes..  My name is Earl is way better than that crap-fest.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 19, 2009, 09:28:16 PM
True enough, I would not cry over Heroes.
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Post by: va-vacious on May 19, 2009, 10:35:33 PM
How I met Your Mother season finale was great! The goat worked in so well, and I never saw the twist that Ted would become a professor (SVEN!) and of course, Robin and Barney made my heart grow three sizes larger!
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 19, 2009, 10:43:01 PM
"Did you know beginning in the late nineteenth century, corporations were granted all the rights of the individual but none of the annoying responsibilities. They lack, almost by design, any kind of moral compass, conscious, or compassion. Basically corporations are our way to enact sociopathic behavior on a grand scale. In short, they're what makes our country so damn great." - The Devil on tonight's Reaper
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Post by: va-vacious on May 20, 2009, 12:19:09 AM
I believe that's called the 14th Amendment. The due process clause, intended to make the rights listed in the bill of rights be applicable at the state level, ended up being interpreted so that corporations received the same rights as individuals.  I can't remember the case now- Slaughterhouse comes to mind, but I'm not sure, and I'm too lazy to google it.

A whole course on the 14th amendment in undergrad, back when I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, and this is about all that I can remember.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 20, 2009, 09:01:35 AM
Pretty ironic considering that show just got canceled.
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Post by: Poncho on May 20, 2009, 10:01:37 AM
They lost a lot of their audience with that crappy coma season

I had seen every episode up to that point... about halfway through I just removed it from the DVR.  Never been back.
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Post by: c-lando on May 20, 2009, 10:52:09 AM
They lost a lot of their audience with that crappy coma season

I had seen every episode up to that point... about halfway through I just removed it from the DVR.  Never been back.
It was hard to stick with the show when all of that stuff happened. But, when they came away from it, the show was sort of back to it's old ways and we began to enjoy it again.
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Post by: Butter on May 20, 2009, 11:14:18 AM
Stopped watching Earl a few episodes into him being in prison.  I think it was right after Randy got hired as a guard.  Can't say as I've missed it.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on May 20, 2009, 01:21:27 PM
CBS just released their fall line-up, they moved big bang theory to 9:30 behind Two and a half men--did they just give it the kiss of death? I really liked it paired up with HIMYM. I don't see myself staying around to watch the knocked up rip-off "accidentily on purpose" after HIMYM.
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Post by: Doug on May 20, 2009, 01:34:22 PM
I think I was the only person on the planet that watched the season premier of "Glee" last night on Fox.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on May 20, 2009, 01:44:05 PM
I don't think you were Doug, it might just feel like it. I want to see it, so I'll have to catch it when/if they reair it this weekend.
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Post by: kcneon on May 20, 2009, 01:46:40 PM
CBS just released their fall line-up, they moved big bang theory to 9:30 behind Two and a half men--did they just give it the kiss of death? I really liked it paired up with HIMYM. I don't see myself staying around to watch the knocked up rip-off "accidentily on purpose" after HIMYM.

Shoot - that was a perfect pairing!  I've been DVR'ing Big Bang Theory this season anyway so won't make much difference...off so check out the rest of CBS' changes.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on May 20, 2009, 01:49:50 PM
They didn't make super huge changes (kinda bummed about them moving the mentalist too). I hope they put big bang theory back in the earlier time slot when the new show tanks.
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Post by: c-lando on May 20, 2009, 02:25:35 PM
I think I was the only person on the planet that watched the season premier of "Glee" last night on Fox.
I recorded it and hope to watch it tonight.
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Post by: kcneon on May 20, 2009, 02:36:19 PM
Cuddly, I went to check it out...NCIS: Los Angeles?
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 20, 2009, 02:47:48 PM
Cuddly, I went to check it out...NCIS: Los Angeles?

You have got to be kidding.  That's just one step closer to CSI: Des Moines.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on May 20, 2009, 02:53:42 PM
Yep, they're doing a spin-off starring....(wait for it) Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. It actually looks fairly decent, but I dunno how well it'll do (we used to be big NCIS fans, but stopped watching once the kid was old enough to be interested in the tv--watching shows with graphic depictions of dead bodies went out the window).
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Post by: dirk on May 20, 2009, 04:15:44 PM
Cuddly, I went to check it out...NCIS: Los Angeles?
This makes a lot of sense now that I think about it.  They had an episode a couple weesk ago where they worked with NCIS in LA, and I thought it was odd that they had name actors like O'Donnell (well, he used to be a name) and LL Cool J as the agents in LA.  They seemed a lot more fleshed out than you normally get when a show goes to a different city.  At least now I know why.

I'll give it a shot.  The characters seemed interesting enough to carry a show.
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Post by: va-vacious on May 20, 2009, 11:14:47 PM
I'm looking forward to CSI: Des Moines.  Seriously, it would be interesting to have a CSI where they don't have all the crime lab and forensic-y stuff.  Probably would only last two weeks, but that's what most police departments are stuck with.
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Post by: Butter on May 21, 2009, 07:01:54 AM
You mean, "CSI: Paperwork"?
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Post by: Poncho on May 21, 2009, 09:14:01 AM
My cousin's husband works in Miami as a CSI.  I hassle him constantly.

He insists that no one ever wears white linen suits to crime scenes unless they are the victim, they have no holographic autopsy equipment and they don't have 5 minute turnaround on DNA evidence.

I have seen CSI: Miami, so I know he's a liar.
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Post by: c-lando on May 21, 2009, 09:27:15 AM


He insists that no one ever wears white linen suits to crime scenes unless they are the victim...
Hahahahah! Love it.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 21, 2009, 09:49:34 AM
Do they have something clever to say over every corpse.  Like, "...he won't be riding the train again, he just bought a one way ticket..." *intro roger daltry screaming*?
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Post by: Poncho on May 21, 2009, 10:25:39 AM
Only if they remove their sunglasses at the same time.
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Post by: eyeball on May 22, 2009, 05:13:34 PM
wtf???

why earl???
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Post by: cuddlyevil on May 26, 2009, 12:43:57 PM
Could we go a day without showing Jon & Kate on tv? Please? I don't care if they're having issues or not. It's all a publicity stunt imho.
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Post by: dirk on May 26, 2009, 01:44:52 PM
<stolen from Joel McHale>

I'm waiting for next season big hit show John Minus 9.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 26, 2009, 02:18:38 PM
I hate to admit watching it but there was an hour long special of Jon and Kate + 8 last night, which looked like it'd been produced to get ahead of all the tabloid fodder.  From the looks of it, it's not a stunt.  The word "estranged" was very definitely avoided but it's most certainly the case.
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Post by: c-lando on May 26, 2009, 02:53:41 PM
I hate to admit watching it but there was an hour long special of Jon and Kate + 8 last night, which looked like it'd been produced to get ahead of all the tabloid fodder.  From the looks of it, it's not a stunt.  The word "estranged" was very definitely avoided but it's most certainly the case.
I watched it as well. It was almost hard to watch. I mean, there was not even any mention of wanting to go to counseling and work stuff out. They pretty much couldn't stand to be in that chair together (though things looked much more relaxed around the kids and I respect them for that). It's got to be VERY hard to go through this type of marital strife in front of the cameras. I don't care if they brought the media attention on themselves or not. They are still people and their pain seemed VERY real when I watched last night.

OK...we can stop talking about it. :)
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Post by: Poncho on May 27, 2009, 09:12:48 AM
That Kate is a monster.  She is Satan himself with a butch haircut.

The kids are cute... all except that one Mini-Kate.  So, 7 cute kids and 1 mini-monster... that's good considering the odds.

Jon just is a 12 year old trapped in a hellish nightmare.  He just seems so, so, so immature.



I love the assertion that cameras following the children around is traumatizing them... um... lady... YOU did that to your kids for years prior to this "scandal".
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 27, 2009, 10:15:27 AM
They pretty much couldn't stand to be in that chair together (though things looked much more relaxed around the kids and I respect them for that).

So much so that they got a new chair I noticed, though I think they were changing the set for this season anyway.  In the old chair they were pretty much on each other's laps.  In that chair, you could have fit another person between them.
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Post by: c-lando on May 27, 2009, 10:27:50 AM
That Kate is a monster.  She is Satan himself with a butch haircut.
Can't argue with you there. I think that's one thing that drew so many people in to this show. "How does he put up with her?"
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Post by: Juliana on May 27, 2009, 11:12:05 AM
We watched that special, as Kwyj said, and if you noticed, she did nothing but blame him for everything and talk bad about him.  Direct quote- "Am I hard on him?  Yes.  Did I drive him to this behavior because of how hard I am on him?  No.  I think everyone is responsible for their own actions"
He never said one negative thing about her.  "I've made mistakes"
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 27, 2009, 01:13:05 PM
She did say that she regretted being hard on him.

I think Kate is this summer's Britney.  This is going to be a spiraling mess as she tries to grab for more money... I read somewhere she's looking into launching a children's clothing line.
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Post by: Juliana on May 27, 2009, 02:07:56 PM
She did say that, but again, she basically said that should have no bearing on his behavior at all.

I also like how she admitted she hasn't been home very much, and how Jon has been by himself with the kids (with help), but the whole episode, she kept saying how she was doing everything all by herself because Jon needed a weekend away. 
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Post by: Bronzetree on May 27, 2009, 02:32:14 PM
Ella watches the show, so I catch bits of it every now and then, and I gotta say, the little I've seen of Kate, I would've choked her by now. Yeah, everybody is responsible for their own actions, but when you have to live with her every day, it's not exactly a shock Jon stepped outside now is it? He has no backbone and won't stand up to her, so this is how he deals with it. Can't wait for the Jon and Kate Divorce Special.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 27, 2009, 02:42:50 PM
In one episode she actually chastised him for breathing too loudly.
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Post by: clemsonfan on May 27, 2009, 04:47:42 PM
Kate is a definite bitch. I can't help but feel a little sorry for Jon.
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Post by: eyeball on May 27, 2009, 06:01:54 PM
yea kate's a bitch (I still like her though).

he either needed to man up to her or get the fuck out.

cheating on her did nothing but hurt his whole family.

he's a pussy.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 27, 2009, 08:06:15 PM
I've never seen even a clip of the show. I don't think I've watched anything on TLC for 3-4 years.
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Post by: va-vacious on May 28, 2009, 05:55:25 PM
I've seen two episodes, back to back.  Neither parent came off well, but her control issues were a bit much, and her extreme cleanliness obsession was disturbing.  Then again, I'm a slob, so what do I know? 

Still, I am not surprized that this turned in to a trainwreck.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 01, 2009, 01:29:29 PM
I hear the octomom has signed with some company to develop a reality show about her and her kids.  Is there any chance that US networks will be big enough to pass on this shit?  Please tell me there is.
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Post by: Doug on June 03, 2009, 08:04:13 AM
It's been years since I've watched Conan O'Brian.  Now that he's on The Late Show, I've checked it out.  I usually stay up until the first guest arrives.  That man is still frickin' hillarious.  I am so happy that I can watch the Late Show again.  I hated Jay Leno with a passio that makes me want to punch the TV every time I see him.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 03, 2009, 08:09:20 AM
Conan is great but the combination of him and Andy is far better.  I'm so glad Andy is back.
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Post by: c-lando on June 03, 2009, 08:52:58 AM
I want to check it out...but, I still want Dave to have my share of the ratings. He's my #1 man - always & forever.
I may start to record Conan (AND ANDY!!!!!) just so I can see what he's up to on the new time slot.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 03, 2009, 08:56:44 AM
On this subject.  What exactly was NBC thinking giving Leno Carson's spot?  I hope Jay knows exactly how fortunate he is, because Letterman would have been a far better choice.
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Post by: Doug on June 03, 2009, 11:03:27 AM
I think Leno was deemed less threatening to old people.
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Post by: Buzzstein on June 03, 2009, 11:22:26 AM
I do like Conan and think he's funny but I don't really see the appeal of Andy Richter.

While Leno may not have been that funny I thought he was very likable as a host and always came across as a really nice guy. His likability is what made him popular I think.

Letterman is still king.

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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 03, 2009, 11:22:48 AM
Only round pillows could be less threatening to old people.
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Post by: Bronzetree on June 03, 2009, 08:02:27 PM
Letterman was originally reportedly pissed that Leno got Carson's spot over him.
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Post by: clemsonfan on June 04, 2009, 06:32:53 AM
Letterman was originally reportedly pissed that Leno got Carson's spot over him.

Isn't that why he changed networks?
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 04, 2009, 07:49:56 AM
I always thought so.
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Post by: Jonathan on June 04, 2009, 11:47:11 AM
I think it's kinda interesting that Conan, at 46, is actually the oldest person to take over Tonight Show hosting duties. And yet, he skews younger than every other host ever did.

Well, except for Steve Allen. Steve Allen was the inventor of the pog, after all.
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Post by: va-vacious on June 04, 2009, 11:08:18 PM
I had no idea that Conan is 46.  Huh.  Jay just seems ancient!
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 04, 2009, 11:32:16 PM
Yep - he started Late Night with Conan O'Brian just after he turned 30. That was 17 years ago!

I love that they've kept In the Year 2000, although they did update it to be In the Year 3000 (which isn't quite as funny). Andy couldn't believe they'd hadn't updated it after he'd left. I'm also glad to see LaBamba and the others are still in the band and that they kept the theme song from NY.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on June 10, 2009, 09:53:59 AM
Futurama is back! (http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/06/its-official-futurama-returns.html?cnn=yes)
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 10, 2009, 09:55:58 AM
Hot damn!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 12, 2009, 12:56:23 PM
RIP: Analog Television

Has anybody heard any stories of panic because of this?  I know they were expecting there still to be a lot of people (mostly old folks and non-English speakers) that wouldn't be ready.
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Post by: Hell Toupee on June 12, 2009, 01:36:59 PM
Hell, I've got an HD TV, and even with an expensive antenna, I'm still not ready.

I get a grand total of 3 stations in my location (5, 19, and 64... 12 on occasion). I might be forced to get basic cable just to be able to see local programming, which is something I didn't want to do (even at $10 for 12 months via TWC).
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 12, 2009, 07:26:42 PM
There's a feature about it on BBC World News right now.
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Post by: va-vacious on June 13, 2009, 02:29:17 PM
My area was the test area since last September. It's ok- I only have the bowtie antenna, and nothing in the attic, so I'm probably not getting all the channels that I could.

I've lost my CBS feed (it wasn't great with antenna before, it went out whenever it rained), and picked up a couple of PBS stations.  My fox and ABC stations have secondary stations that show random old tv shows and movies. I never watch them.  Sadly, the crazy religious station comes in better than ever!

I"ve thought about getting cable ($7.95 for the local channels only), but at this point I think I'll pass on this.  I'd like REAL cable (helloooo, HGTV, E!, Discovery Channel, and maybe BBC America) but at $50 a month it doesn't seem worth it to me right now.
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Post by: c-lando on June 15, 2009, 08:38:38 AM
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon keeps getting better and better. I'm loving all the games and audience participation stuff that they are coming up with. Also, Jimmy's fake bad attempts at breaking into sitcoms was hilarious. GOOD stuff.

Also, the prank that the ZBZ/KT folks played on the IKI float (on GREEK) had me laughing all by myself for about a minute. Love this show SO much.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 15, 2009, 08:43:44 AM
We're back to looking at our cable options.  I'm sick of paying $140 a month for cable.  Does anybody have any experience with DirecTV through Cincinnati Bell?  Do you have to get your equipment through them or can you buy your own and just get service through them?  Can you even still buy your own equipment?
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Post by: Doug on June 15, 2009, 10:23:56 AM
I started looking into our cable options and couldn't find any deal that provided cable/phone/internet for less that $140.  I have to have internet now for my job, so I can't drop that.  I was fiddling with the options of several companies and at best, we can bring our bill down by 10 bucks a month.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 15, 2009, 10:28:05 AM
Well, to be honest even $140 wouldn't be so bad if we had a better channel lineup than we do now.  And I do not like our current TWC DVR and their lousy software.
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Post by: Butter on June 15, 2009, 10:29:46 AM
We're back to looking at our cable options.  I'm sick of paying $140 a month for cable.  Does anybody have any experience with DirecTV through Cincinnati Bell?  Do you have to get your equipment through them or can you buy your own and just get service through them?  Can you even still buy your own equipment?

DirecTV doesn't let you buy your own equipment anymore, as far as I know.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 15, 2009, 10:51:06 AM
Looks like you're right.  Well, that's bullshit.  Monopolies suck.  I guess all of these companies learned from IBM... can't get that genie back in the bottle.
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Post by: c-lando on June 15, 2009, 11:17:58 PM
Also, the prank that the ZBZ/KT folks played on the IKI float (on GREEK) had me laughing all by myself for about a minute. Love this show SO much.
LOVED the season finale of this show. Why doesn't anyone else watch it so I can talk about it!?!?!? GRRRRR.
The song at the very end had me running to my computer to research it and then download it. Of course, it's the ONLY song listed that is NOT available (yet) on iTunes. BOO. Guess I'll just be listening to the youtube clip. It's so The Delays + U2 + John Hughes kissing scene music.

bhsirT9bIi0

This show make-a me sw00n.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 15, 2009, 11:31:51 PM
I'm sure if I watched it, I'd love it. I just keep forgetting about ABC Family. I'll have to get caught up before next season!
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Post by: dirk on June 16, 2009, 07:15:07 AM
I love Greek.  Everyone I know dismisses it because it's on ABC Family (which I almost did as well), but it is really good and not what you would expect from the channel. 

I loved the scene with Cappy and Casey in the closet.  For once, he got to be the smart one and do the right thing, and of course lose out for it.

I really have no idea what they are going to do with Evan at this point though.  His character is somewhat useless, as he doesn't have his trust fund, he isn't really a big dick anymore, so I don't know what the plan for him is except for fading into the background...
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Post by: c-lando on June 16, 2009, 08:19:29 AM
I love Greek.  Everyone I know dismisses it because it's on ABC Family (which I almost did as well), but it is really good and not what you would expect from the channel. 

I loved the scene with Cappy and Casey in the closet.  For once, he got to be the smart one and do the right thing, and of course lose out for it.

I really have no idea what they are going to do with Evan at this point though.  His character is somewhat useless, as he doesn't have his trust fund, he isn't really a big dick anymore, so I don't know what the plan for him is except for fading into the background...
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! You watch it. You really, really watch it!!!! :)
I'm sure Cappy and Evan will get close again and then something else will happen to make Evan want to be a Chambers again. Sounds like Franny is gone for good though. THANK GOD. SO annoying.

Dude. The scene with Cappy and Casey was just heart-breaking. I feel bad for Max. It's hard to be the good guy.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 16, 2009, 09:22:41 AM
About fucking time (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124475706604107803.html)
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 16, 2009, 09:26:03 AM
Why do I have a hard time believing the "industry is willing to act" voluntarily?  They're the ones pulling this shit to begin with.
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Post by: Doug on June 16, 2009, 10:25:44 AM
I love Greek.  Everyone I know dismisses it because it's on ABC Family (which I almost did as well), but it is really good and not what you would expect from the channel.

I hate fuckin' Greek because it's on ABC Family.  I'll be stting there watching Mary Poppins or Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo with my kids and then the commercials come on and that fuckin' Greek commercial shows my kids how it's fun to dum beer on somebody's head and talk about sex.  It's about the most idiotic thing they could ever do and it pisses me off every time.

Plus, the show just looks plain retarded.
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Post by: c-lando on June 17, 2009, 09:26:44 AM
I love Greek.  Everyone I know dismisses it because it's on ABC Family (which I almost did as well), but it is really good and not what you would expect from the channel.

I hate fuckin' Greek because it's on ABC Family.  
It's definitely NOT retarded, but I am always surprised with the stuff they can get away with on ABC Family. I mean, I guess it's basic cable. But, it's basic cable that is geared towards FAMILIES. I can't remember what kind of rating it gets (if any) that might warn parents to keep anybody under 13 away from the TV. Definitely seems like it should be on later than 8PM. But, Gossip Girl is also on at 8PM on Mondays and that show is definitely worse.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 17, 2009, 10:13:46 AM
I don't have any gripe with the show, if it's your thing, go for it.  But I agree with Doug, it's a "family" network and that's not what I call family oriented programming.  Put me in the camp of not wanting my kid seeing the frat party stuff, or the sex conversations.  Heck, you don't have to take it off the next work, just don't advertise it in the middle of freakin' Fievel or some shit. 

Call me a prude if you want but she's got a perfect view of bad behavior at her mom's house she doesn't need to see it glamorized at her age. 
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Post by: c-lando on June 17, 2009, 10:33:44 AM
I don't have any gripe with the show, if it's your thing, go for it.  But I agree with Doug, it's a "family" network and that's not what I call family oriented programming.  Put me in the camp of not wanting my kid seeing the frat party stuff, or the sex conversations.  Heck, you don't have to take it off the next work, just don't advertise it in the middle of freakin' Fievel or some shit. 

Call me a prude if you want but she's got a perfect view of bad behavior at her mom's house she doesn't need to see it glamorized at her age. 
I agreed with Doug.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 17, 2009, 10:37:02 AM
I guess I just felt like repeating... I dunno, I read your post and then said the same thing you two did.  My mind has left me.
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Post by: Jonathan on June 17, 2009, 11:01:50 AM
The only reason ABC Family is even still called ABC Family is because when Fox bought the station off of Pat Robertson, the old coot stuck a clause in the contract that stated that the word "family" had to be in the name of the network IN PERPITUITY. ABC wanted to re-brand the station to teens and call it "xyz" (geddit?), but they couldn't because of that stupid clause. Regardless, ABC (and to some extent, Fox when they owned it) has been steadily shifting the focus of the network away from wholesome family fare and more toward stuff the 15-24 demographic would be interested in.

Oh yeah, that fuckstain Pat Robertson also had a clause that the network has to broadcast that glorified-infomerical-masquerading-as-"news" circle jerk known as The 700 Club. The lesson here, as always, is that Pat Robertson is a boil on the butt of humanity.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 17, 2009, 11:05:17 AM
How can you contract something for forever?  And who would sign such a ludicrous deal?

If I were them I'd broadcast Pat Robertson look alike gay porn on it 24/7 until he cries uncle.
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Post by: Doug on June 17, 2009, 12:15:26 PM
It's definitely NOT retarded, but I am always surprised with the stuff they can get away with on ABC Family.

Yeah, I figure it's got to have some redeeming values if you like it.  No offense intended.  I guess I'm getting old or something because I really don't have any desire to relate to the dramatized youth of today and their sill shenanigans.  I saw a commercial for The Real World Bazillion the other night and just shook my head.  But, of course I'll watch robots fighting aliens any day, so I don't know what thay says about me.  Just not my bag.

I don't really have any problem with ABC Family doing whatever the hell it wants.  That Pat Robertson gay porn thing sounds great!  I just wish that they would make up their mind and re-image themselves so you know what you're getting.  Right now the channel is schizophrenic as hell.  Like my previous example, they lull you into thinking that you're watching a family friendly channel and then you get hit with lewd commercials.  I wouldn't watch it nowadays, except for the fact that they do have a decent bunch of movies that the kids and I like to watch together.

I get pissed off when they show horror movie commercials during cartoons as well.  My boys are both at the perfect age where that stuff sticks in their heads and I spend the occasional night having to settle them down when they have bad dreams.  I wish there was somewhere I could complain where it made a difference, but there isn't and the networks don't give a crap, so I vent here.  Sorry.
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Post by: Bronzetree on June 17, 2009, 01:02:22 PM
That Pat Robertson gay porn thing sounds great!

Where's the Taken Out of Context thread when you need it? That'd be right here. (http://www.randomville.com/Daily/index.php/topic,2203.msg455073.html#msg455073)
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Post by: Jonathan on June 17, 2009, 01:06:46 PM
How can you contract something for forever?  And who would sign such a ludicrous deal?

If I were them I'd broadcast Pat Robertson look alike gay porn on it 24/7 until he cries uncle.

Basically, the way the corporate entity is set up, there's a bylaw that the name has to contain the word "family" in it. ABC technically could re-name the channel to whatever it wants, but that would require the dissolution of the existing corporate entity, and with it, all the cable contracts. Then they'd have to re-negociate for space on cable system for the "new" channel, and that would be a giant pain in the ass. Better (certainly easier) just to keep Family in the name.

As to who would sign a ridiculous deal like that - Fox, of course! And the guy who brought us the Power Rangers.
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Post by: c-lando on June 17, 2009, 01:52:18 PM
It's definitely NOT retarded, but I am always surprised with the stuff they can get away with on ABC Family.

Yeah, I figure it's got to have some redeeming values if you like it.  No offense intended. 
None taken. :)
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Post by: va-vacious on June 17, 2009, 06:57:47 PM
There are lots of things that are shown in the "family" hour that I don't think I'd want my hypothetical kids watching, or myself for that matter! I'm totally turning in to a prude.
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Post by: c-lando on June 19, 2009, 11:02:30 AM
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon keeps getting better and better. I'm loving all the games and audience participation stuff that they are coming up with. Also, Jimmy's fake bad attempts at breaking into sitcoms was hilarious. GOOD stuff.
Video example of the show's awesdome sense of humor:

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/clips/obamas-karate-kid-fly-training-61709/1127215/

Also, you know those photos they show of the host on SNL as they go to commercial break of come back. Well, they do those of Jimmy and one of them this week had Jimmy's face covered in all kinds of little stars. Very "of the moment" touch.

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Post by: cuddlyevil on June 20, 2009, 01:32:32 PM
Finally channel 25 is showing good stuff. Yay Rtv!
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Post by: Butter on June 22, 2009, 08:55:54 AM
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon keeps getting better and better. I'm loving all the games and audience participation stuff that they are coming up with. Also, Jimmy's fake bad attempts at breaking into sitcoms was hilarious. GOOD stuff.
Video example of the show's awesdome sense of humor:

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/clips/obamas-karate-kid-fly-training-61709/1127215/

Also, you know those photos they show of the host on SNL as they go to commercial break of come back. Well, they do those of Jimmy and one of them this week had Jimmy's face covered in all kinds of little stars. Very "of the moment" touch.

Jimmy Fallon annoys the shit out of me, generally.  He was always the guy who couldn't keep it together on SNL.  He could never get through a sketch without cracking up, and he was always laughing at his own jokes during Weekend Update.  No reason to tune in.

Though I did meander across his show on Friday night with Jeff Goldblum.  So I tune in and the first thing I see is Fallon doing about 80% of the talking.  Then they showed the "Drunk Goldblum" bit, and it made me appreciate Goldblum quite a bit more at being able to laugh at himself, but didn't do much for the show for me.

I'll probably give him a year or two to grow into his show like Conan did, then maybe try it out.  As it is, his mannerism of cracking a smile at flippin' EVERYTHING is too annoying to get around.
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Post by: c-lando on June 22, 2009, 09:25:28 AM
I was never a big fan when he was on SNL but he has already won me over on late night. I think he's the perfect mix of dorky, funny and genuine. Hopefully he'll only be better when you start watching in 2010 or 2011. :)

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Post by: Hell Toupee on June 22, 2009, 09:29:29 AM
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon keeps getting better and better. I'm loving all the games and audience participation stuff that they are coming up with. Also, Jimmy's fake bad attempts at breaking into sitcoms was hilarious. GOOD stuff.
Video example of the show's awesdome sense of humor:

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/clips/obamas-karate-kid-fly-training-61709/1127215/

Also, you know those photos they show of the host on SNL as they go to commercial break of come back. Well, they do those of Jimmy and one of them this week had Jimmy's face covered in all kinds of little stars. Very "of the moment" touch.

Jimmy Fallon annoys the shit out of me, generally.  He was always the guy who couldn't keep it together on SNL.  He could never get through a sketch without cracking up, and he was always laughing at his own jokes during Weekend Update.  No reason to tune in.

I agree with you to a point. Jimmy does tend to laugh at his stuff a lot, mostly to the disadvantage of the joke or skit, but sometimes his personal outbursts make the skits funnier than they should be. The best SNL examples for him are the first two Barry Gibb Talk Shows and the Debby Downer skit with Lindsey Lohan @ Disneyland. The unplanned crack-ups actually made those skits funnier.
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Post by: Jonathan on June 22, 2009, 11:00:40 AM
While you can't argue that Jimmy was notorious for breaking character, I always found Horatio Sanz to be a worse offender and not nearly as talented.
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Post by: Butter on June 22, 2009, 11:02:55 AM
While you can't argue that Jimmy was notorious for breaking character, I always found Horatio Sanz to be a worse offender and not nearly as talented.

They both sucked.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 22, 2009, 01:39:33 PM
Purely on Lando's suggestion we dvr'd a couple of Fallon's shows.

Not funny. Him laughing at his own lame jokes wasn't funny either.

I know nothing of his prior SNL-life, nor do I now want to

Mind you, we've also watched some of Conan's new gig. That ain't funny either.

Someone needs to mix up this shitty repetitive talk show format

Get foolsgold a gig!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 23, 2009, 09:13:28 AM
Mind you, we've also watched some of Conan's new gig. That ain't funny either.

I was nodding until this point, then the train went off the tracks.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 26, 2009, 12:00:47 AM
Jason Jones' special reports from Iran on The Daily Show have been fascinating. It's amazing how much has changed in the weeks since he returned, though.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 19, 2009, 02:56:31 PM
Sunday afternoon means reruns of Little House on the Prairie. Today's episodes include both parts of "The Lord Is My Shepherd" which still make me tear up. (Laura runs away after her baby brother dies.)
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Post by: Hell Toupee on July 24, 2009, 06:11:05 PM
Hell's Kitchen has been a little disappointing the last couple of seasons, but this season thus far has been a-ma-zing.

I kept chanting "fight, fight, fight" at the end of episode 2 on Tuesday night (really hoping Ramsey would sock Joe right in the nose).
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 24, 2009, 07:51:20 AM
I think all the contestants in the new series of "The Biggest Loser" are shedding their pounds in fucking TEARS rather than exercise and diet. Seriously, can you you just TRY to stop crying at every bloody little thing that happens to you or those around you?

As before though we're managing to condense the utterly ludicrous two-hour runtime of this show down to 10-15 minutes with judicious use of the Fast Forward button on our DVR

Also Jillian the bitch is a ten bagger. That leather catsuit makes you look like an ugly plastic dildo.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 26, 2009, 12:51:30 PM
I just learned that the selection of TV shows that I can watch on my cell phone has just increased quite a bit. The screen is about the same size as my iPod Nano and the quality is similar to antenna reception days, so that's acceptable. Best of all, they're free! (Or at least included in my data plan.)

The only problem is there isn't really occasion for me to watch TV on my cell phone.
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Post by: rva on October 01, 2009, 10:29:51 PM
RVA:  Yeah, so isn't she on one of those cop shows?  CSI: Miami or Law and Order: SUV or something.
RVA's Friend:  heeheehee
RVA:  What?
RVA's Friend:  It's Law and Order: SVU.  Like Special Victims Unit.
RVA:  It is?  oh.
RVA's Friend:  You really thought it was Law and Order: SUV?
RVA:  To the extent I thought about it at all, I guess.  Which is not much.  I suppose I had this vague notion that it involved rappers and athletes, so of course you would need an SUV.  Because Ice-T is on it too, right?
RVA's Friend:  But it's not like Ice-T plays himself.
RVA:  Oh, Ice-T played himself alright.  I mean, come on.  Look at the guy.
RVA's Friend:  Touche.
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Post by: va-vacious on October 01, 2009, 10:54:24 PM
I think I'd watch Law & Order:SUV.  The whole show takes place in an X-terra.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 02, 2009, 07:49:18 AM
Ice-T's character punched a guy through a car window once on that show.  It was badass.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 10, 2009, 12:47:34 AM
The Julie Bowen family on Modern Family has the same pillow on their couch as I do.

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Post by: dirk on October 10, 2009, 08:13:36 AM
I am really digging on FlashForward, but it's bugging me no one in the show is pointing out the total circular logic going on.  The main guy starts investigating because he sees himself investigating it in the future, with a big board with everything that have found on it.  So he starts making the big board in his office, putting everything he can remember on it.  But it very well could be the only reason the stuff is on the board is because he remembers it being there in the future, and the reason it is there in the future is because he saw it in his flash forward.  So if he sees the word Bugger on the board, he writes it down and puts it exactly where it was in the future, assuming it is a clue that means something, but it could mean nothing and only be on the board because he saw it there in the future.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 10, 2009, 10:23:43 AM
Sounds a lot like Memento...

We haven't started watching this yet.  We have a couple of eps on the DVR but we missed the first one.  We need to catch that one online so we can get to the rest.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 10, 2009, 11:15:15 AM
How many cast members from Battlestar Galactica will eventually show up on Dollhouse?
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Post by: Poncho on October 10, 2009, 04:33:43 PM
How many cast members from Battlestar Galactica will eventually show up on Dollhouse?

All of them?  I'm fairly sure it's a BG/Buffy/Angel reunion show.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 22, 2009, 12:35:34 AM
Line of the night on Eastwick (hey, it's based on a Updike novel)

"I have no idea who Professor X is." - Roxie (Rebecca Romijn)
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Post by: Juliana on October 22, 2009, 06:45:39 AM
Line of the night on Eastwick (hey, it's based on a Updike novel)

"I have no idea who Professor X is." - Roxie (Rebecca Romijn)

I take it that you are watching the show Ella?  What do you think?  I'm watching it, mostly because I like Paul Gross who plays Van Horne.  He was the lead in Due South, which is a show I was fairly obsessed with for quite some time
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 26, 2009, 10:40:05 PM
I'm watching it (along with way too many other shows). I'm enjoying it. I really need a few shows that don't require my undivided attention (such as Lost) that can be on while I'm doing laundry, etc., and this fits the bill perfectly. The cast is great - I've liked Jaime Ray Newman since her days on General Hospital, it's great to see Sara Rue, and I have a bit of a crush on Johann Urb. I can't wait to see more of Cybill Shepherd, too.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 26, 2009, 10:41:04 PM
If you aren't watching Castle and are a Joss Whedon fan, be sure to check out the beginning of this week's episode. I'll post the video when I can find it. Hilarious!
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 26, 2009, 10:50:31 PM
I'm way too excited that Jonathan Jackson is returning to General Hospital. I may just have to start watching again (after a ten year absence which just about corresponds to his absence). Plus James Franco is doing a stint on the show, too.
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Post by: dirk on October 26, 2009, 11:12:29 PM
If you aren't watching Castle and are a Joss Whedon fan, be sure to check out the beginning of this week's episode. I'll post the video when I can find it. Hilarious!
"Didn't you wear that like 5 years ago?"
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Post by: c-lando on October 27, 2009, 08:16:21 AM
I'm way too excited that Jonathan Jackson is returning to General Hospital. I may just have to start watching again (after a ten year absence which just about corresponds to his absence). Plus James Franco is doing a stint on the show, too.
LUCKY IS COMING BACK!?!?!!? OH MY GOD! I may TOTALLY have to start watching again! He was AMAZING! I don't remember him doing much of anything when he left and that was SAD because he is sooooo talented.

BTW, I found an old Antonio Sabato Jr. calendar when I was looking for so old photos yesterday. AWWW YEAH.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 27, 2009, 09:43:34 AM
BTW, I found an old Antonio Sabato Jr. calendar when I was looking for so old photos yesterday. AWWW YEAH.

Was his mother, Antonio Sabato Sr., in it?
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Post by: c-lando on October 27, 2009, 10:48:58 AM
BTW, I found an old Antonio Sabato Jr. calendar when I was looking for so old photos yesterday. AWWW YEAH.

Was his mother, Antonio Sabato Sr., in it?
HAHAHA. Kills me EVERY time Joel makes that joke.
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Post by: Juliana on October 27, 2009, 02:17:42 PM
I'm way too excited that Jonathan Jackson is returning to General Hospital. I may just have to start watching again (after a ten year absence which just about corresponds to his absence). Plus James Franco is doing a stint on the show, too.
LUCKY IS COMING BACK!?!?!!? OH MY GOD! I may TOTALLY have to start watching again! He was AMAZING! I don't remember him doing much of anything when he left and that was SAD because he is sooooo talented.

BTW, I found an old Antonio Sabato Jr. calendar when I was looking for so old photos yesterday. AWWW YEAH.

yeah, Original Lucky, along with Original Emily (Amber Tamblyn) were WAY more talented than GH deserved.
Who was Jaime Ray Newman  on GH?  I don't remember her.
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Post by: c-lando on October 27, 2009, 02:30:19 PM
I always HATED (like RED HOT PASSIONATE HATE!!!) the original Emily. Well, the only Emily to me since I didn't know that the character still existed (I should have known). I used to tell my best friend that I'd bet her $100 that the actress was related to the Executive Producer or something similar to that. It has always blown my mind that Amber became VERY famous outside of the soap world. I even like her in SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS. But, I never watched JOAN OF ARCADIA because it was HER. Ew. I wonder if she's still dating David Cross.

ODDEST COUPLE EVER!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 27, 2009, 03:14:34 PM
Joan of Arcadia was actually pretty good.  In a dumb glossy kind of way.
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Post by: Poncho on October 27, 2009, 09:45:23 PM
I seriously thought only little old ladies watched soaps.  That is not even close to a joke.  Like you had to be 65+ to tune in.
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Post by: Juliana on October 27, 2009, 10:26:36 PM
20 or so of us, guys and girls, all watched Days of our Lives together in my freshman dorm
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 27, 2009, 10:38:57 PM
Who was Jaime Ray Newman  on GH?  I don't remember her.
She was Alexis's sister Kristina Cassadine back in 2001-2002.

I seriously thought only little old ladies watched soaps.  That is not even close to a joke.  Like you had to be 65+ to tune in.
While I didn't watch soaps growing up (I didn't get home from school until they were over), I picked up the habit in college. I knew people who scheduled their classes around their soaps. Sophomore year I watched Days of Our Lives and my roommate watched Another World. Junior and senior years my roommate was a One Life to Live fan. Sometimes the TV stayed on for General Hospital, which came on next, but I wasn't a regular viewer. That (thanks to a google search) happened in March, 1996.

I didn't start recording episodes until I moved to NC. I had boxes of VHS tapes of General Hospital from 1997 to 1999 or so, but I got rid of them about 8 years ago. It was soap operas that continued my online community interactions, in fact. Most soaps had usenet groups, and I started posting in them in 1996. This might be my first post. (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.tv.soaps.abc/browse_thread/thread/51b3bfb9086ed427/c8557e97c5b4e2bd?q=eehowell#c8557e97c5b4e2bd)

c-lando, if you thought the original Emily was bad (I liked her, though), be glad you never experience the replacement Emily. Ugh.
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Post by: Poncho on October 27, 2009, 11:43:30 PM
I learned something new today.  Wow. 
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Post by: Juliana on October 28, 2009, 07:22:27 AM
Reading that post brought back a lot of memories El!
I totally forgot about Alexis having a sister. 
Kevin is on another soap now.  I think it's Days, but I can't remember for sure.  I always liked him and Lucy.

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Post by: c-lando on October 28, 2009, 08:54:23 AM
I consider soaps to be like prisons and I've done different stints in many of them. :) General Hospital was my longest love, lasting from about 1988 to 1997. My best friend grew up watching that one with her aunt and she pawned off that GH love onto me. I also watched some Days of our Lives in high school and even Y&R with The Bold and the Beautiful during my freshman and sophomore years in college. My next door neighbor was an addict and she got me into THOSE (derogatory tone implied) CBS soaps.

People in my office will pop into the breakroom during the day and try to tune into their soap. It amazes me that SO many people are still on the soaps who were on them back when I would watch them.

I'm sure I have some VHS tapes with a few choice GH episodes/moments on them. Probably all Felicia/Frisco or Stone related. :)
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Post by: MissKitty on October 28, 2009, 08:57:04 AM
I don't understand the fascination with soaps, personally. That said, whenever we are in England we usually watch Emmerdale with CR's dad, although I'm not sure he appreciates me watching with him because I have a bad habit of taking the piss.
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Post by: Poncho on October 28, 2009, 09:31:39 AM
All this said... I'm not sure if Cincy has Spanish TV stations now (none when I left, but it seems to be growing) but Telanovelas (Spanish Soaps) are some of the funniest things on television.

1. The women are super slutty.  I've seen clips of American soaps and I've heard enough to know that they bed-hop.  The Spanish ladies actually just walk around in lingerie most of the time.  1pm in the afternoon on broadcast TV?  WHO CARES??  Thongs and an arm over your chest cover the business, right?

2. Everything is MASSIVELY over-acted.  Wrists to the forehead are "light" emotions.  Weeping and crawling on the floor are normal.

3. If you don't speak Spanish or have a "couple years of school Spanish" grasp, the language barrier makes it BETTER.  You can add your own dialog.
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Post by: rva on October 28, 2009, 11:23:31 AM
I don't think people watch soaps in college anymore.  They all have cable and PC's and shit.

It takes a situation where people are doing nothing during the day, and only have access to a few shitty broadcast channels, all of which are showing soaps (or gameshows is the other one).  That profile fits pre-cable era housewives, old retired people who don't bother with newfangled cable in the 80's, and college students pre-1994 or so.  I watched way too much "Days of Our Lives" and "Price is Right."

I kinda thought soaps would make a comeback with Tivo/DVR, but no one I know DVR's them.  The thing is, "Desperate Housewives" is basically primetime soap, and "Lost" and "Heroes" aren't far off.  Serials are more popular than ever.  

What did the daytime soaps in is the frigging glacial pace.  They leave you with a semi-cliff hanger on Friday.  Next Monday, you get to see the same two people do the exact same scene only with slightly different dialog.  The next day, same thing again.  All the way through the week.  You really get like five minutes worth of actual story advancement on Friday and the other four days are some kind of alternative universe rerun.

Even if you like the soap, you really only need to watch one day a week.  So once there was any sort of competition from video games/VHS/cable, it was all over.  And they still went another 20 years having never figured that out.
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Post by: rva on October 28, 2009, 12:20:26 PM
I feel like The Office is not making the most of Ellie Kemper.  Not that I think Erin needs a larger role, or that Ellie Kemper is super-talented and could handle it.

I'm just saying it's kind of a waste of a good redhead.
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Post by: Buzzstein on October 28, 2009, 01:37:51 PM
I don't understand the fascination with soaps, personally. That said, whenever we are in England we usually watch Emmerdale with CR's dad, although I'm not sure he appreciates me watching with him because I have a bad habit of taking the piss.

Yes, day time soaps are stupid. I have always thought they were stupid and still think they are stupid. Stooopid!
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Post by: Doug on October 28, 2009, 01:38:41 PM
Parking Wars is my new TV guilty pleasure.  I can't get enough of it.
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Post by: va-vacious on October 28, 2009, 09:08:08 PM
Castle was awesome on Monday. The first five minutes were pure win!
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Post by: Buzzstein on October 28, 2009, 10:13:54 PM
The Buffy reference was nice.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 28, 2009, 10:42:21 PM
Castle
-vgw1We4yM8


EW's General Hospital clip of Jonathan Jackson's return (http://popwatch.ew.com/2009/10/26/jonathan-jackson-on-general-hospital-first-look/)
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 29, 2009, 09:29:51 PM
I'm quite disturbed that Jasmine Guy is playing a grandmother on The Vampire Diaries.
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Post by: c-lando on October 30, 2009, 08:14:25 AM
I'm quite disturbed that Jasmine Guy is playing a grandmother on The Vampire Diaries.
OH MAN! I knew I shouldn't have stopped watching. WHOA. I thought it was bad enough when Kadeem Hardison played the dad of one of the seniors on GREEK.
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Post by: Bronzetree on October 30, 2009, 08:20:26 AM
I don't get into too much TV, but if Community is gonna be that funny every week, I'm gonna have to watch it every week.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 30, 2009, 08:22:36 AM
It's been pretty funny Scott.  Our DVR screwed up and taped something else last night so we're going to have to catch it on one of the On Demand channels.
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Post by: Doug on October 30, 2009, 08:27:39 AM
I really like Community...mostly for the Spanish teacher.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 30, 2009, 08:39:22 AM
Senior Wong?  His racist meanderings crack my ass up.
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Post by: c-lando on October 30, 2009, 09:42:32 AM
I don't get into too much TV, but if Community is gonna be that funny every week, I'm gonna have to watch it every week.
This was definitely the funniest episode since the pilot. Abed's Batman voice was KILLING me!
I want to be The Beastmaster! Take that back. I want to be Delirious-era (or was the red leather from Raw?) Eddie Murphy! :)
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Post by: Poncho on October 30, 2009, 09:44:41 AM
I'm finally caught up on Community, as of last night.  That is a top-notch show.  Cracks me up.
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Post by: Butter on October 30, 2009, 09:59:57 AM
I thought the one episode of Community I saw was awful.

Oh well.
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Post by: rva on October 30, 2009, 02:24:00 PM
I find it hit-or-miss.  Depends on who gets the focus in the episode.

I like most of the secondary characters and some of the writing is very sharp.  But the two main characters are really boring and hackneyed and have no chemistry.  And Gillian Jacobs being kind of hot only goes so far. 

hmmm... the more I think about it, what's wrong with that show is probably like 50% that character sucks and 50% Joel Hale sucks.  Everything else is okay to semi-awesome.
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Post by: Butter on October 30, 2009, 02:40:32 PM
50% Joel Hale sucks.

I think that was most of my problem with it.  That, and Chevy Chase seemed very oddly cast.
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Post by: Poncho on October 30, 2009, 03:57:20 PM
Chevy walking around stoned with a boner was hilarious.
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Post by: c-lando on October 30, 2009, 04:51:26 PM
Chevy walking around stoned with a boner was hilarious.
I've never even seen THE BEASTMASTER.
I just wanted to be cool!
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Post by: c-lando on November 12, 2009, 09:14:00 AM
Craig Ferguson discussing TWILIGHT (and other recent vampire-ness in current, popular culture) with Dennis Lehane: "That's not a vampire, that's a Jonas brother!"
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Post by: vizzah on November 12, 2009, 01:21:59 PM
I really like Community...mostly for the Spanish teacher.

I lovelovelove Ken Jeong.  I don't think he's appeared in anything that he wasn't hilarious in.
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Post by: va-vacious on November 12, 2009, 09:39:08 PM
I used to really like Bones, but it has gotten just stupid this year. Completely inconsistent in character personalities, and while I want to see Booth and Bones make progress on getting together, I want more of the creepy cases.
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Post by: rva on November 17, 2009, 12:47:22 PM
Parks and Recreation sucks.  Even Aubrey Plaza can't save it.
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Post by: Buzzstein on November 17, 2009, 03:43:22 PM
Parks and Recreation sucks.  Even Aubrey Plaza can't save it.

It's pretty unnecessary.  We already have The Office.  We don't need The Office II.
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Post by: Dan on November 20, 2009, 10:46:42 AM
I pulled out the first three episodes of Firefly last night and plowed through them. I'm still astounded at how much I enjoyed them. That show = vastly underrated.
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Post by: Buzzstein on November 20, 2009, 11:46:14 AM
I pulled out the first three episodes of Firefly last night and plowed through them. I'm still astounded at how much I enjoyed them. That show = vastly underrated.

Yep, amazing show.
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Post by: Poncho on November 20, 2009, 02:43:48 PM
I saw my first episode of Wonderfalls last night.

Shame it got cut after just 1 season.. looked like a fun show.
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Post by: va-vacious on November 20, 2009, 04:56:47 PM
I really liked Wonderfalls.  It would have been nice to see where they took it.

Watched Sesame Street today- I'm not sure I really like how they are doing the new season with 15 minute sections and Murray the "host"  (if the host were green with horns and snazzy suits, I'd be totally ok with it)
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 26, 2009, 09:05:33 PM
This latest season of Man v Food is pants
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 28, 2009, 09:23:56 PM
Will anyone believe I went an entire week without TV even though there's a 32" HD flat screen at my parents' house? We didn't even watch a video!

Note - the 30 minutes of classical music videos on the ARTS channel while waiting for my cousins to finish Christmas dinner doesn't count, as I was reading an Actuary magazine article on improving the NHL salary structure.
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Post by: va-vacious on December 28, 2009, 09:38:45 PM
Me too!  Though I suppose I have to count the 30 minutes on the ARTS channel.  "The Ring" in cartoon form- it looked like He-Man with song- was something I could not pull my eyes from.

And yes, Ella was reading the actuary magazine. Bo-ring!
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Post by: c-lando on January 04, 2010, 03:13:43 PM
Mr. Belvedere's mustache has been greatly underappreciated among the great TV mustaches of all time.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 04, 2010, 03:45:52 PM
Mr. Belvedere's Mustache would be a great band name!
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Post by: Buzzstein on January 04, 2010, 08:38:23 PM
Mr. Belvedere's mustache has been greatly underappreciated among the great TV mustaches of all time.

His mustache was the only good thing about that show.
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Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2010, 08:31:13 AM
Mr. Belvedere's mustache has been greatly underappreciated among the great TV mustaches of all time.

His mustache was the only good thing about that show.
And Bob Uecker. Man, I want to live in a world again where Bob Uecker can play a dad on TV.
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Post by: Poncho on January 05, 2010, 11:12:42 AM
I'm buying my father-in-law THIS (http://www.snorgtees.com/withgreatmoustache-p-863.html?osCsid=58c632451ad57e5a72ec8be490ec49e2)
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Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2010, 12:19:20 PM
WANT!
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Post by: rva on February 08, 2010, 10:18:26 AM
Dana Delany is still kind of hot. 
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Post by: Bronzetree on February 08, 2010, 02:34:19 PM
Kind of?
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Post by: rva on February 08, 2010, 02:47:43 PM
Well, however hot she was back in 1988 she is still the same amount hot.

Like, she hasn't aged gracefully.  She looks pretty much exactly the same.  She looks younger than Eva Longoria.



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Post by: Bronzetree on February 08, 2010, 02:54:10 PM
Oh, I know. I was agreeing. Remove the kind of.
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Post by: Hell Toupee on February 16, 2010, 05:16:23 PM
Just read that CBS has picked up a pilot episode of the ITV gameshow The Cube AND it's being hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Hell. Yes.  ;D
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Post by: va-vacious on February 16, 2010, 11:06:33 PM
Just read that CBS has picked up a pilot episode of the ITV gameshow The Cube AND it's being hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Hell. Yes.  ;D
Somewhere I read a review of the show, with NPH, and they said he did a great job and that the game itself was good.  That gives me hope. 
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Post by: Hell Toupee on February 17, 2010, 01:17:25 AM
Just read that CBS has picked up a pilot episode of the ITV gameshow The Cube AND it's being hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Hell. Yes.  ;D
Somewhere I read a review of the show, with NPH, and they said he did a great job and that the game itself was good.  That gives me hope. 

Yeah... supposedly they filmed the pilot in the UK last week, but they don't have a set built here yet. Can't wait for this as I like the show a lot.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 21, 2010, 11:54:06 PM
I'm finally watching Freaks and Geeks.

1. It's a shame the cast never did anything else. /sarcasm
2. It's set at McKinley High School, which makes me wonder if Glee stole that name for the HS.
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Post by: va-vacious on March 22, 2010, 08:43:46 PM
Squee! New season of Dr. Who is on BBCAmerica in April!
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Post by: Poncho on March 22, 2010, 11:38:36 PM
Squee! New season of Dr. Who is on BBCAmerica in April!

I really liked the season teaser... rafe and I spent like 45 minutes geeking out over DW earlier today.





SIDEBAR:
I watched my first episode of Dancing With the Ocho tonight.  That show is horrible!  Absolutely horrible.  However, I will be watching as long as The Ocho is on.  My wife hooked me up with the voting procedures (she has never voted apparently but is familiar with it), so I also voted for him 11 times tonight.  I'm not sure if that's self-punishment or just having a good time.
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Post by: Doug on March 23, 2010, 08:48:12 AM
I'm currently in TV Bliss right now, what with Lost, Breaking Bad, United States of Tara and Nurse Jackie all running new seasons at the same time.  It's good to have really good TV to watch for a change.
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Post by: c-lando on March 23, 2010, 10:04:24 AM
I dug the first episode of JUSTIFIED on FX. Anyone else watch it?
I'm also happy to have SOUTHLAND back on TV, even if most people are pretty sure it won't see a 3rd season.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 23, 2010, 11:01:15 AM
I'm intrigued by Justified but just don't need any more TV to watch.  Maybe we'll hit up the DVDs down the road.

Yay for the return of Breaking Bad!  That show is awesome.
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Post by: Doug on March 23, 2010, 11:59:12 AM
Yay for the return of Breaking Bad!  That show is awesome.

Ain't it though?  I love living out my vicarious dreams of being a badass through Walt.
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Post by: va-vacious on March 23, 2010, 07:42:57 PM
I'm hoping Justified will be online, so I can watch.

And I'm also excited about Southland, though I have yet to watch the new eps.  Maybe (ha!) NBC will pick it back up now that they have more hours to fill.  It was really starting to pick up, and I thought it was fascinating.
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Post by: Doug on March 25, 2010, 10:43:06 AM
I hardly ever watch South Park anymore, but I just happened to pause on it while flipping channels last night and caught Morgan Freeman reading "The Poop That Took A Pee" and lost it.  Those guys always know how to get straight to my juvenile humor funny bone.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 25, 2010, 11:10:36 AM
I'm as juvenile as they come (I laughed out loud at a gag from a She's Out of My League trailer the other night) and I have never ever found anything about South Park funny.  I don't get it.  Family Guy either.  Like I can see five minutes and think some of the jokes are really funny but an entire episode is not.
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Post by: vizzah on March 25, 2010, 12:35:50 PM
Ditto.  I don't think I've laughed at South Park since the 90s. 

I always find myself watching Family Guy, but I think it's more for background noise.  Some of the jokes are funny, but some can be downright ridiculous as far as length.  J has a theory that they use the old "do it until it's not funny, then keep doing it until it's funny again," which I don't think is working very well.
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Post by: c-lando on March 25, 2010, 02:04:47 PM
I hardly ever watch South Park anymore, but I just happened to pause on it while flipping channels last night and caught Morgan Freeman reading "The Poop That Took A Pee" and lost it.  Those guys always know how to get straight to my juvenile humor funny bone.
I'm in the same camp with you, DSM. I always forget to watch South Park. But, when I did catch a bit of it, I die from laughter. I must find this episode!
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Post by: Doug on March 25, 2010, 02:06:15 PM
It was the most recent one, so I'm sure Comedy Central will re-run it again this week.

My wife got pissed because they were making fun of Sarah Jessica Parker, but in my opinion, you can't make fun of that woman enough.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 25, 2010, 10:34:25 PM
I am not entirely sure that George Lucas has control of his faculties.

Jedi Babies a possibility (http://io9.com/5496171/george-lucas-wants-to-make-jedi-babies-tv-series)

My favorite comic strip Sheldon had two oddly prophetic strips about this recently... they're more fun than this could actually ever be.  One (http://sheldoncomics.com/archive/100228.html) Two (http://sheldoncomics.com/archive/100301.html)

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Post by: c-lando on March 29, 2010, 04:38:50 PM
The crazy drunk lady from THE SOUP this week!!!! She is the new "Chicken Tetrazzini"!!!

Donka Dooballs!

YJRrzlRN_34
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Post by: Butter on March 29, 2010, 05:28:01 PM
If the guy that plays Cameron on Modern Family doesn't win an Emmy, then they need to shut that shit down.
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Post by: Doug on March 30, 2010, 08:23:30 AM
If the guy that plays Cameron on Modern Family doesn't win an Emmy, then they need to shut that shit down.

I agree.  That show is excellent.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 30, 2010, 08:42:21 AM
Lately - and although it is utter tosh - I have found myself enarmoured with reruns of old episodes of the defunct series "Las Vegas" w/James Caan. They certainly had some peculiar (and out of place) stellar special guests on that show occasionally.... Dennis Hopper, Black Eyed Peas, Sly Stallone, Jon BonJovi ... and in one last week they 'killed' the real Jean-Claude VanDamme - who played himself as an action movie star - and the whole story was about who murdered him. At the end of the show a black screen came up and said "No real Jean-Claude VanDammes were harmed or injured in the maiking of this show" which made me giggle a little.
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Post by: c-lando on March 30, 2010, 11:30:23 AM
... and in one last week they 'killed' the real Jean-Claude VanDamme - who played himself as an action movie star - and the whole story was about who murdered him. At the end of the show a black screen came up and said "No real Jean-Claude VanDammes were harmed or injured in the maiking of this show" which made me giggle a little.
That is AMAZING!!!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 30, 2010, 11:39:16 AM
Did anybody else see Jimmy Fallon do the "boring" interview with Ted Danson?  Sooo funny.  Best part was they were doing it to needle Mary Steenburgen, darn her and her crackly voice.
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Post by: Doug on March 30, 2010, 12:19:50 PM
Did anybody else see Jimmy Fallon do the "boring" interview with Ted Danson?  Sooo funny.  Best part was they were doing it to needle Mary Steenburgen, darn her and her crackly voice.

I liked the tumbledweed.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 30, 2010, 01:22:58 PM
Ha yes, and how he kept motioning it along when it would get stuck.  I am continually shocked that I find him as funny as I do.
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Post by: c-lando on March 30, 2010, 02:05:29 PM
Did anybody else see Jimmy Fallon do the "boring" interview with Ted Danson?  Sooo funny.  Best part was they were doing it to needle Mary Steenburgen, darn her and her crackly voice.
sw00n!

I also REALLY love Craig Ferguson and his awkward pause.
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Post by: Rafe on March 30, 2010, 02:26:35 PM
I may be the last person on the planet to have seen this, but I did watch an old SNL skit recently featuring Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell. It was the one where they and a mate are coked up and on a gum-chewing night out on the dancefloors of Roxbury(?).

Anyway, however many years late, that was a choice bit of telly.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 30, 2010, 02:34:34 PM
You're just now seeing that?  My you brits are behind the times.   ;D  They made a movie out of that about 12 years ago, it wasn't terrible.  The "mate" is Chris Kattan.  There was also a skit with Tom Hanks doing it which was also pretty choice.  It may have been done one other time, I don't remember.
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Post by: Rafe on March 30, 2010, 02:40:06 PM
Did they? I had absolutley no fucking idea! Haha.

To be fair, 12 years ago I was living abroad and was far more focused on other recreational pursuits than watching the telly. I'll have to track down the Tom Hanks one, though :)
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Post by: Hell Toupee on March 30, 2010, 10:35:22 PM
"Something's wrong with the CD!"...

"What the hell is going on?!"...

"DUST! *ffffffff*"



I think this skit was remade for television recently. It's called Jersey Shore.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 31, 2010, 07:49:53 AM
Jimmy Fallon slow jammed the news with Brian Williams (Brilliams) Monday.  In true Jimmy style, dude could barely keep it together.  It was awesome.
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Post by: Juliana on March 31, 2010, 08:42:46 AM
You're just now seeing that?  My you brits are behind the times.   ;D  They made a movie out of that about 12 years ago, it wasn't terrible.  The "mate" is Chris Kattan.  There was also a skit with Tom Hanks doing it which was also pretty choice.  It may have been done one other time, I don't remember.

Alec Baldwin did one too
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Post by: dirk on April 08, 2010, 11:21:10 PM
TV networks really are dumb.  I am digging on Flash Forward.  It's a show built around dates.  Everyone saw their future as it was on April 29, 2010.  On character finds out he is killed on March 15, 2010.  So what does the network do?  The screw up when they actually show the episodes.  Next week's episode talks about the future coming true with obvious reference to the character being killed, except that March 15th has long since past.  It's a great gimmick that could make the show that much more interesting and really boost ratings around key period, except that the network has botched it completely. 
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 09, 2010, 08:38:31 AM
I didn't know it was supposed to be real time... in fact, who said it was?  March 15th hasn't occurred on the show, I don't have a problem with that.
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Post by: Poncho on April 09, 2010, 10:49:07 AM
I also don't have a problem with that.

I do have a problem with that show sucking severely.  Horrible.  Absolutely horrible.


ETA: I think the worst thing is all the British actors using bad American accents.  I'm not sure they get the concept... you don't sound more American just because you speak slowly and growl a lot. 
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Post by: Juliana on April 09, 2010, 02:44:47 PM
Parks and Rec vs Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon
Glee Off (http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00031830.html)


AWESOME

xposting in the p&r thread
and glee...if i can find it
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 10, 2010, 03:25:21 PM
The library had the "thirtysomething" box set. Just tried to watch an episode. Whatever I thought was utterly magical about this series 23 years ago (yes, it was 23 years ago) is certainly not there for me now. Melissa's attractiveness excepted.
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Post by: rva on April 27, 2010, 11:38:12 PM
Is it just me or is Chelsea Handler

1)  Not particularly hot and
2)  the opposite of funny

While I'm at it, isn't Kristen Wiig both hotter and funnier than Tina Fey? 
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Post by: Poncho on April 28, 2010, 12:03:59 AM
They all three make my NOT HOT list.

Chelsea is mean and that is sometimes funny.  When she's trying to be funny, she's not so much.

Kristen is funny until she makes that stock face.  Seriously... you are in comedy... you need more than one funny face.  If she can be in a role where she doesn't make THAT FACE I laugh a lot.

Tina is the prettiest of the 3 to me, but still... a long, long, long way from hot.  She is also the funniest of the 3 to me.  She can also be the most annoying of the 3 when she gets all pretentious and holier-than-thou.
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Post by: Poncho on April 28, 2010, 12:11:58 AM
(http://www.headleytalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/kristin-wiig.jpg)
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Post by: dirk on April 28, 2010, 07:28:54 AM
Kristen definitely falls into the not hot category.  She can be funny, but she is kind of a one trick pony.  The only thing she does anymore is the "weird" character that is funny because it's weird.

Tina Fey is still hot and funny. 

And I absolutely love Chelsea Handler.  I would put her in both the funny and hot categories.  She is somewhat mean, but in a very funny way.  I would compare her somewhat to Joel McHale or Kathy Griffin.  She goes after the stupidity out there and isn't afraid to call people out on the dumb things they do.
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Post by: Doug on April 28, 2010, 08:32:54 AM
(http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2008/12/19/saturday%20night%20live%20lawrence%20welk%201_430x262.shkl.jpg)

Chealsea was good looking before she got her face butchered.
Kristen is alright in certain situations.
Tina is nerd hot.
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Post by: Dan on April 28, 2010, 02:10:45 PM
Chelsea is a "she should be hot...but actually isn't" kind of way. Like, I can't stop watching her and thinking she's just oh so close to being Hollywood Hot. She's kinda funny. I've enjoyed her humor for sure. But it's all about the entertainment industry, and I kinda hate that stuff, so when she's mean I tend to agree with her.

I don't know Kristen Wiig. Quick GIS shows she's alright.

Tina is still hot to me.
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Post by: Hell Toupee on April 28, 2010, 02:11:46 PM
Tina is dirty librarian hot.

Corrected for me.
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Post by: foolsgold on April 28, 2010, 02:46:52 PM
Foolsgold is dirty librarian hot.

Corrected for me.

Are you the one putting racy, Photoshopped pictures of me up on the internet? 
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 28, 2010, 03:39:59 PM
Are you the one putting racy, Photoshopped pictures of me up on the internet? 

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v401/bestyears/Random%20Vile/rafefoolssausage.jpg)
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Post by: Poncho on April 28, 2010, 04:16:20 PM
SILVER FOX ALERT!
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Post by: Hell Toupee on April 28, 2010, 10:00:56 PM
Foolsgold is dirty librarian hot.

Corrected for me.

Are you the one putting racy, Photoshopped pictures of me up on the internet?  

"Dirty" and "hot" are not the first words that come to mind when I think of you, FG. It's more like "bratwurst" and "tongs".

You might as well change your tag from "To the east... blackward." to "Tonged Librarian Bratwurst".

Thanks, CR.
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Post by: dirk on May 18, 2010, 08:27:59 PM
I just caught about 2 minutes of American Idol and for the life of me can't figure out why anyone would watch this show.  I realize they are a ways into the show (from seeing all the ads) so in theory everyone left should be pretty good.  I saw some girl trying to sing Come to My Window my Melissa Etheridge and it was just horrible.  The arrangement was terrible, her voice was not even passable, much less good, and it was just plain dull.  I could go to Wherle's karaoke and find someone who has a better voice than this girl.  So why does anyone watch this show, much less enough people to make it one of the TVs most popular?
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 18, 2010, 09:35:42 PM
While I don't watch the show, I've read that this season isn't very good, so it might not be an indication of why it's been so popular in the past.
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Post by: vizzah on June 10, 2010, 10:01:40 AM
Eastbound & Down is coming back for a second season in September. Get ready for the bulletproof tiger, mother fucker!
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Post by: Butter on July 07, 2010, 08:54:14 AM
So, I have noticed over the past few weeks that Current TV is no longer as annoying as it used to be. 

Used to be that you would just sort of tune in and hope for the best.  So I never tuned in.  They had no set schedule that I am aware of.  You would tune in, and it would say things like "Iraq Vets coming up in 14 minutes!"  Now they have enough content where they have been able to shape things into actual hour long and half-hour long shows.  They have some interesting documentaries on there, which I have caught bits of.


But the 2 shows I have recently discovered are Infomania, a sort of Talk Soup about all things media, that moves at a pace that is just right for a 16 year old who likes to talk on their phone, text on another phone, and use their computer all at once.  The show even includes bits on the latest magazine articles, which is right up my alley.

The 2nd show is the Rotten Tomatoes movie review show.  The 2 hosts are seated almost a la Siskel and Ebert, but again this show is rationed into nice 2-3 minute segments, with smaller comical segments in-between.  For example, this week's show had reviews of Eclipse, The Last Airbender, and Grownups, but also had a Five Favorite Films segment with Jonah Hill, a top 5 list of the worst blockbusters of all time (topped, unsurprisingly by Transformers 2), and a couple other comedy sketches in between.  The male host did an awesome imitation of Adam Sandler during the Grownups review, while ripping it at the same time.  They don't always hit with their comedy, but I am a sucker for movie review shows, and have been searching for a decent one since Ebert lost his jaw... well, now this one is here and it even provides the Rotten Tomatometer on each movie, which I use a lot anyway.
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Post by: foolsgold on July 07, 2010, 09:36:42 AM
The missus and I are big fans of Current and RT.  The guy host also has a pretty funny show called Viral Video Film School that is always good for some laughs.

My favorite, though, is the Vanguard series.  Great investigative documentaries about some pretty unusual topics.  I'm also hoping they bring back that Current Music Series (I think that's what it was called) again this year.  That was always good for some live performances and interesting chit-chat.

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Post by: Poncho on July 14, 2010, 02:02:40 PM
So, I've had a ton of people tell me "Oh I bet you're a huge Arrested Development fan" and I always have to say "I've never seen a single episode".

That changes today.  I found it on instant netflix.
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Post by: Doug on July 14, 2010, 02:42:52 PM
So, I've had a ton of people tell me "Oh I bet you're a huge Arrested Development fan" and I always have to say "I've never seen a single episode".

That changes today.  I found it on instant netflix.

So, let us know when you are so we can send you your membership card.
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Post by: Poncho on July 14, 2010, 03:08:30 PM
I just watched the pilot and liked it a lot!
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Post by: Butter on July 14, 2010, 03:14:28 PM
I just watched the pilot and liked it a lot!

Yeah, once we watched the pilot, we got through the whole series in like 3 months.  It really seemed like they were just hitting their stride in season 3, then blam it's all over.
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Post by: Poncho on July 14, 2010, 03:59:50 PM
Apparently, they are shooting a movie right now.  Due in 2011
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Post by: Juliana on July 14, 2010, 09:32:37 PM
So now, for the record, it's just me and Kwyj who aren't in the AD love club, right?
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Post by: frizgolf on July 14, 2010, 10:15:08 PM
I'll join you, but I guess I'd have to express a desire to actually see it first to tell whether it's any good or not.  ;)
Not a fan of serial TV.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 14, 2010, 11:03:07 PM
It's one of those things I just don't understand.  Julie and I watched the pilot and maybe one or two eps after that and thought it was really stupid.  We also didn't get all the way through Freaks and Geeks before the friend we borrowed the DVDs from asked for them back six months later.  Seems like we should love them, but just don't.
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Post by: rva on July 14, 2010, 11:19:41 PM
Never seen it.  Don't even know who was in it, or what channel it was on.
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Post by: Poncho on July 15, 2010, 12:23:14 AM
Don't even know who was in it

Who wasn't in it would be an easier question... I've only seen 2 episodes, but a friend linked me to the Wiki page.


The main characters:
Jason Bateman - as Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi - as Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett - as George 'Gob' Bluth II
Michael Cera - as George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat - as Mae "Maeby" Fünke
Tony Hale - as Byron "Buster" Bluth
David Cross - as Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor - as George Bluth Sr.
Jessica Walter - as Lucille Bluth
Ron Howard - as The Narrator

The recurring characters:
Scott Baio — as Bob Loblaw
Michael Bartel — as young Michael Bluth
John Beard — as himself
Ed Begley, Jr. — as Stan Sitwell
Zach Braff — as Phillip Litt
Michael Paul Chan — as Judge Lionel Ping
Mo Collins — as Starla
Rob Corddry — as Moses Taylor
Jim Cramer — as himself
Julia Louis-Dreyfus — as Maggie Lizer
Bob Einstein — as Larry Middleman
Jeff Garlin — as Mort Meyers
Judy Greer — as Kitty Sanchez
B.W. Gonzalez — as Lupe
Stacey Grenrock-Woods — Trisha Thoon
Charlie Hartsock — as Bluth Company employee Ted
John Michael Higgins — as Wayne Jarvis
Jay Johnston — as Officer Taylor
Justin Lee — as the adopted Korean son Hel-loh/Annyong Bluth
James Lipton — as Warden Stefan Gentles
Jane Lynch — as Cindi Lightballoon
Bronwen Masters — as the nurse Adelaide
Jack McBrayer — as Country Club Waiter
Liza Minnelli — as Lucille Austero
Jerry Minor — as Officer Carter
Patrice Oneal — as T-Bone
Sam Pancake — as James Alan Spangler
Amy Poehler — as Wife of Gob
David Reynolds — as White Power Bill
Ian Roberts — as Dr. Fishman (The Literal Doctor)
Steve Ryan — as J. Walter Weatherman
Ben Stiller — as Tony Wonder
Christine Taylor — as Sally Sitwell
Charlize Theron — as Rita Leeds
Dave Thomas — as (Uncle) Trevor
Leonor Varela, Patricia Velásquez — as Marta Estrella
Justin Grant Wade — as Steve Holt
Carl Weathers — as himself
Alessandra Torresani, Mae Whitman — as Ann Veal
Henry Winkler — as Barry Zuckerkorn
Malik Yoba — as Bounty Hunter/Party Planner Ice
Abraham Higginbotham — as Gary the Office Hand

Random Guests:
Dave Attell — as himself in "Motherboy XXX"
Justine Bateman — as Nellie in "Family Ties"
Brian Baumgartner — as the gun store owner in "Burning Love"
Richard Belzer — as himself in "S.O.B.s" and as Detective John Munch in "Exit Strategy"
Dan Castellaneta — as Dr. Frank Stein in "Sword of Destiny"
Marc Cherry — as himself in "Righteous Brothers" (cameo)
Gary Cole — as Richard Shaw in "Exit Strategy"
Bud Cort — as himself in "Fakin' It"
Heather Graham — as Beth Baerly in "Shock and Aww"
Harry Hamlin — as himself in "For British Eyes Only"
Ed Helms — as James in "The One Where Michael Leaves"
Michael Hitchcock — as Ira Gilligan in "Best Man for the GOB"
Clint Howard — as Johnny Bark in "Key Decisions"
Ron Howard — as himself in "Development Arrested" (cameo)
Rob Huebel — as Dave Williams in "Righteous Brothers"
William Hung — as himself in "Fakin' It"
Thomas Jane — as himself in "The One Where They Build a House"
Jamie Kennedy — as himself in "Notapusy"
John Larroquette — as himself in "S.O.B.s"
Kevin McDonald — as Detective Steudler in "Not Without My Daughter"
Ron Michaelson — as himself in "The Immaculate Election"
Martin Mull — as Gene Parmesan in "¡Amigos!"
Frankie Muniz — as himself in "Mr. F"
Bob Odenkirk — as Dr. Gunty in "Visiting Ours"
Eduardo Palomo — as himself as the host of the Premios Desi. in "Key Decisions"
Philip Proctor — as Reverend Robert Patterson in "Notapusy"
Judge Reinhold — as himself in "Fakin' It"
Andy Richter — as himself and his four fictional quintuplet brothers in "S.O.B.s"
Rob Riggle — as Congressman John Van Huesen in "Family Ties"
Craig Robinson — as a security guard in "Switch Hitter"
Andy Samberg — as a stage manager in "Righteous Brothers"
Martin Short — as Uncle Jack in "Ready, Aim, Marry Me"
J. K. Simmons — as General Anderson in "Switch Hitter"
Richard Simmons — as himself in "Bringing Up Buster"
Ione Skye — as Mrs. Veal in "Meat the Veals"
Phyllis Smith – as Carla in "The Immaculate Election"
Alan Tudyk — as Pastor Veal in "Meat the Veals"
Dick Van Patten — as Cal Cullen in "Spring Breakout"
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Post by: MissKitty on July 15, 2010, 08:31:34 AM
I watched a few episodes of AD and it didn't impress me.

I did, however, enjoy Freaks & Geeks.
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Post by: Dan on July 15, 2010, 03:03:38 PM
Not a fan of serial TV.

i'm with you, Friz. I don't like TV much at all, let alone serial TV which bugs me even worse. I will say, though, that for the sake of a girl I started watching it a few years ago. I ended up watching every episode (albeit very slowly) and having watched them all I feel it was NOT a waste of my time. It was witty, smart, hilarious, and very well done. I'm very glad I've seen it.


Not exactly much of a glowing review, but there ya go.

I still can't stop laughing at Bob Loblaw's Law Blog, tho.
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Post by: Doug on July 15, 2010, 03:23:21 PM
Yeah, every once in awhile "Big Yellow Joint" comes up on my mp3 player shuffle and I crack a huge grin.
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Post by: Butter on July 16, 2010, 08:11:01 AM
The whole story arc with Charlize Theron was just one of the best written things I've ever seen in a sitcom.  It's that simple.  If you missed that, you are really missing out.  That came at the beginning of the last season, and lasted about 5 episodes.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 16, 2010, 03:00:26 PM
I have always avoided "Boston Legal", thinking it to be nothing more than an Ally McBeal rip-off by the same writer.

However, a couple of weeks ago I caught an old episode from near the start and ended up watching - and enjoying - the whole thing. Very snappy indeed.

I DVR'd a couple more and liked them too. The DVR is now linked up to the morning reruns on TVLand.

David E Kelley may be more clever than I though?!
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Post by: c-lando on July 16, 2010, 03:58:40 PM

David E Kelley may be more clever than I though?!
He bagged Michelle Pfeiffer. There's gotta be something there, you know? Cos he didn't snag her with his looks.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 16, 2010, 04:36:28 PM

David E Kelley may be more clever than I though?!
He bagged Michelle Pfeiffer. There's gotta be something there, you know? Cos he didn't snag her with his looks.

To steal a joke from elsewhere... "Yes Ms Pfeiffer, when you were introduced to him what did you find most attractive about multi-millionaire David E Kelley?"
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 19, 2010, 08:42:45 AM
The whole story arc with Charlize Theron was just one of the best written things I've ever seen in a sitcom.  It's that simple.  If you missed that, you are really missing out.  That came at the beginning of the last season, and lasted about 5 episodes.

I fell for that with Six Feet Under.  Everybody we know watched it, said it was wonderful and that the end was amazing and just unbelievable.  We watched the whole thing hoping beyond hope that the depressing, dark non-sense would end but it never did, and that was the single most predictably stupid ending I have ever seen.  If I watch AD and hate it I will lose my faith in humanity, I'm not willing to take that risk.
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Post by: Butter on July 19, 2010, 11:17:58 AM
I fell for that with Six Feet Under.  Everybody we know watched it, said it was wonderful and that the end was amazing and just unbelievable.  We watched the whole thing hoping beyond hope that the depressing, dark non-sense would end but it never did, and that was the single most predictably stupid ending I have ever seen.  If I watch AD and hate it I will lose my faith in humanity, I'm not willing to take that risk.

I gave up on Six Feet Under when the gay guy (sorry, I forget the character name) got kidnapped.  Just so stupid.  I didn't even care how it ended at that point.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 19, 2010, 11:52:46 AM
Oh yes, that was very dumb.
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Post by: Poncho on July 19, 2010, 10:18:35 PM
That Lisa plotline was one of the worst blips in the history of well-written shows.
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Post by: Doug on July 20, 2010, 09:47:00 AM
I fell for that with Six Feet Under.  Everybody we know watched it, said it was wonderful and that the end was amazing and just unbelievable.  We watched the whole thing hoping beyond hope that the depressing, dark non-sense would end but it never did, and that was the single most predictably stupid ending I have ever seen.  If I watch AD and hate it I will lose my faith in humanity, I'm not willing to take that risk.

I keep coming back to this.  I know you must be exaggerating, but damn.  I can't imagine being that invested in a TV show.  Heck, I really hated how LOST ended and I watched that thing for how many years?  The only faith I lost was in the writers ability to wrap it up the way I would have liked.  And then I went off and made pew pew sounds at my computer while I blasted aliens or one of my myriad other distractions.
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Post by: Doug on July 20, 2010, 09:51:18 AM
Quote from: Butter
I gave up on Six Feet Under when the gay guy (sorry, I forget the character name) got kidnapped.  Just so stupid.  I didn't even care how it ended at that point.

Quote from: Butter
That Lisa plotline was one of the worst blips in the history of well-written shows.

Oh, and you guys are both right about those plotlines.  I didn't mind the kidnapping so much, even though every time I see that actor now, all I can think of is "crazy crack guy".  But I really could have done without that Lisa chick.  She was the beginning of Nate turning into a real jack hole and he pretty much stayed that way the rest of the series.  I really liked his character at first and then that happened.  So, yah, it could have been better, but oh well...pew pew!
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Post by: MissKitty on July 20, 2010, 10:01:10 AM
Freaks & Geeks is being rebroadcast on IFC, if anyone is interested...
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Post by: Doug on July 20, 2010, 10:14:16 AM
Freaks & Geeks is being rebroadcast on IFC, if anyone is interested...

Yep...been DVRing that.  I've watched a couple of episodes and it's not as funny as I remember it being way back when.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 20, 2010, 10:23:05 AM
I keep coming back to this.  I know you must be exaggerating, but damn. 

Of course I'm exaggerating.  My point was that I've given up on the idea that if everybody I know loves something then it's worth it for me to dredge myself through it.  I hated every minute of Six Feet Under thinking that at some point I'd have to have an a-ha moment, and it never came. So I'm just not going to do it with Arrested Development.

Frankly, the only good part of SFU for me was the person that died at the beginning of each episode, a lot of those were really clever or compelling in someway.  Peter Krauss fucking every chick he encountered got old really quick.

And oh God that Lisa/baby plotline, oy vey.
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Post by: Doug on July 20, 2010, 12:29:21 PM
My point was that I've given up on the idea that if everybody I know loves something then it's worth it for me to dredge myself through it.

Gotcha.  Life is too short to waste on bad television.

Every time I think of you saying oy vey, I picture you with those pigtails, beard and hat and it cracks me up.
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Post by: dirk on July 20, 2010, 09:07:40 PM
Am I the only one getting bored with WipeOut?  It's still somewhat humorous, but I just don't find myself caring much.  I think it is just getting repetive as they haven't really changed anything at all.
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Post by: Poncho on July 20, 2010, 09:44:45 PM
Having just watched the complete season Freaks & Geeks for the first time.  I found it excellent, funny and I was looking for more.

I am Butter?  What?  Hehehe

I love Wipeout.  It's like my personal version of "OW! My balls!" but I don't really get the comment by someone about it being racy?  I also don't have kids.

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Post by: MissKitty on July 21, 2010, 07:32:59 AM
I love Wipeout.  It's like my personal version of "OW! My balls!"

If I was able to give a GSPOTD you'd have it.
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Post by: Juliana on July 26, 2010, 01:27:57 PM
So, Malcom in the Middle was one of my favorite shows, hands down.  Like I'd rank it WAAAY up there in terms of all time favorites.

This last year, a show called "The Middle" came out.  Everyone has been saying that it's a Malcom rip off.  It's got people I like.  You'd think that I'd be all up on, as Malcom has been gone low these many years, and again, I like the people, but I've pretty much been dead-set against it.  Shouldn't I be all up on it though? 

I did catch an episode the other day and it was funny.  It's no Malcom, but it was okay.
Clando (fellow Malcom fan), are you watching this or avoiding it because it's "not" Malcom?
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Post by: Butter on July 26, 2010, 01:53:57 PM
This last year, a show called "The Middle" came out.  Everyone has been saying that it's a Malcom rip off.  It's got people I like.  You'd think that I'd be all up on, as Malcom has been gone low these many years, and again, I like the people, but I've pretty much been dead-set against it.  Shouldn't I be all up on it though? 

I did catch an episode the other day and it was funny.  It's no Malcom, but it was okay.
Clando (fellow Malcom fan), are you watching this or avoiding it because it's "not" Malcom?

It's similar.  But The Middle is far more from the mom's point of view than Malcolm was.  Also, I only want to punch one of the kids from The Middle in the face, whereas I wanted to punch all of the ones who still lived at home in Malcolm in the face.  And the nuts.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 26, 2010, 02:22:02 PM
...I wanted to punch all of the ones who still lived at home in Malcolm in the face.  And the nuts.

They were all such devious little fuckers in their own way.  The beauty of it though was that they always got what was coming to them in the end.
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Post by: Poncho on July 26, 2010, 02:23:32 PM
I found Malcolm to be a "meh" show.  It was certainly funny, but I found myself waiting half a show to laugh.
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Post by: Rafe on July 26, 2010, 02:34:10 PM
Also, I only want to punch one of the kids from The Middle in the face, whereas I wanted to punch all of the ones who still lived at home in Malcolm in the face.  And the nuts.
Hehehe. That made me laugh aloud, you rowdy so-and-so :)
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Post by: vizzah on July 26, 2010, 04:28:11 PM
Watching last night's Mad Men season premiere when I get home tonight.  Did anyone else catch it? Any thoughts?  Don't worry, I won't check this thread again until *after* I've seen it, so you won't be spoiling anything for me.
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Post by: Juliana on July 26, 2010, 10:51:09 PM
I think I had too much buildup going in
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Post by: rva on July 27, 2010, 01:05:38 AM
It was okay.  I was kind of disappointed with it, but then again I'm pretty much disappointed after every Mad Men episode.

I was talking to my sister about Mad Men being the anti-Friday Night Lights.

Mad Men sounds cool as shit on paper.  It looks cool as shit for 15 minutes.  But pretty much at the end of each episode you're like "That was stupid."  And yet, somehow you can't wait for the next episode.

Friday Night Lights has the stupidest premise ever and the worst cast ever.  It looks terrible on paper, it looks terrible on TV.  I mean seriously-- who gives a shit about HS football?  And the people who do care overly much about HS football in TX or FL are nothing like the people in the series.  And yet, at the end of each episode you're like "That was awesome."   But then you don't watch it again.

If they could attach the FNL writers to Mad Men's premise, you might have the greatest show ever. 

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Post by: MissKitty on July 27, 2010, 11:58:13 AM
It was okay.  I was kind of disappointed with it, but then again I'm pretty much disappointed after every Mad Men episode.

Agree. I watched the 1st season but got bored with it after only a few episodes of season two. Just to see if it had gotten any better we watched the last episode of the 3rd season and the first one of the new season, and nope - still doesn't do it for me. I picked up a book after 15 minutes, although I think CR soldiered on through the whole episode.
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Post by: c-lando on August 03, 2010, 02:39:22 PM
I did catch an episode the other day and it was funny.  It's no Malcom, but it was okay.
Clando (fellow Malcom fan), are you watching this or avoiding it because it's "not" Malcom?
I tried to watch it but couldn't get into it. Maybe it was the one episode I saw (mom buying daughter expensive jeans). I keep hearing that I *should* love it. But, it did nothing for me.
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Post by: c-lando on August 03, 2010, 02:42:17 PM
Don't forget to watch Craig Ferguson swim with the sharks on Discovery Channel tomorrow night, 8/4/10, at 10PM.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 06, 2010, 09:31:24 AM
I did catch an episode the other day and it was funny.  It's no Malcom, but it was okay.
Clando (fellow Malcom fan), are you watching this or avoiding it because it's "not" Malcom?
I tried to watch it but couldn't get into it. Maybe it was the one episode I saw (mom buying daughter expensive jeans). I keep hearing that I *should* love it. But, it did nothing for me.

That episode was an off episode, they're not all perfect but most have pretty funny moments. Try it again (esp. if you can find the Christmas episode or one of the eps. involving the oldest's girlfriend). That said, if they were in the same timeslot and on different networks, I'd go for Modern Family over the Middle.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 12, 2010, 12:08:38 PM
Does anyone else have shows they watch despite themselves?

I think I'm like that with "White Collar". It's really pants but I still find myself getting drawn into every episode. About 2/3rds of the way in I ask myself why the hell I am watching it then realise I have to see how things pan out and end up sticking with it to the credits. Arse.

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Post by: Doug on August 12, 2010, 01:22:16 PM
Does anyone else have shows they watch despite themselves?

I think I'm like that with "White Collar". It's really pants but I still find myself getting drawn into every episode. About 2/3rds of the way in I ask myself why the hell I am watching it then realise I have to see how things pan out and end up sticking with it to the credits. Arse.

Jersey Shore.  I tell the wife I watch it for anthropological reasons.  Really I just like to watch a bunch of people do stupid shit and hate them for it.  It's like mall watching without the driving.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on August 12, 2010, 02:47:05 PM
That Snooki chick looks like an Oompa Loompa.
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Post by: Doug on August 12, 2010, 02:53:47 PM
Stick a bone in her hair and she could pass for a Flintstone.
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Post by: rva on August 12, 2010, 03:06:48 PM
Yeah, I'm a guilty Jersey Shore watcher myself.  

Although I don't really hate anyone in it.  The women are often annoying in terms of personality, but I don't have a major problem with anything they do.  I find them surprisingly competent, really.  Like let's be honest.  Most dudes, especially under 30, kind of want to work out and have nice clothes and look go to the clubs and look good and hang out with hot women.  Maybe not *every* day, but at least a few times a week.  We don't get it done mostly because we are cheap and lazy and lack the same self-confidence.  
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Post by: Poolio on August 14, 2010, 05:57:40 PM
I really wish I'd discovered The thin blue line (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112194/) sooner. Damn is that show funny.
Thank heavens it is on youtube.  :laugh:
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Post by: dirk on August 24, 2010, 03:25:39 PM
The Walking Dead is going to be incredible if this trailer is any indication.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid83327935001?bctid=593569611001

I haven't looked forward to a show this much since Dollhouse.
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Post by: Doug on August 25, 2010, 08:40:14 AM
The Walking Dead is going to be incredible if this trailer is any indication.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid83327935001?bctid=593569611001

I haven't looked forward to a show this much since Dollhouse.

Cool.  When I first read about it awhile ago, I thought it was a movie.  I'm glad they're doing it justice by making it a series.
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Post by: c-lando on August 25, 2010, 08:57:52 AM
The Walking Dead is going to be incredible if this trailer is any indication.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid83327935001?bctid=593569611001

I haven't looked forward to a show this much since Dollhouse.

Cool.  When I first read about it awhile ago, I thought it was a movie.  I'm glad they're doing it justice by making it a series.
Whoa. I'm going to have to put on my big girl undercrackers to watch that show because it sounds cool. But, I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate zombies!!! And these don't look like you're current crop of hipster, thoughtful, funny zombies. These look like the real deal, make you crap your pants zombies. I can see a re-emergence of my DAY OF THE DEAD nightmares on the horizon. But, I will give it a shot.
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Post by: Doug on August 26, 2010, 03:17:35 PM
The coolest thing about The Walking Dead is that it's not about the zombies.  They're there, but they mostly serve as a catalyst from some really deep and interesting character developments on the living characters.  It's really well written stuff.
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Post by: Butter on August 30, 2010, 07:48:14 AM
If the guy that plays Cameron on Modern Family doesn't win an Emmy, then they need to shut that shit down.

Called it 5 months ago, bitches.
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Post by: c-lando on August 30, 2010, 08:50:59 AM
If the guy that plays Cameron on Modern Family doesn't win an Emmy, then they need to shut that shit down.

Called it 5 months ago, bitches.
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!
The Emmys were great. Jimmy did an awesdome job. There were actual surprises in the win column. They finished ON TIME! Will the madness ever end?
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 30, 2010, 10:10:10 AM
That opening "Born to Run" number and Jimmy's "TV Shows that have gone" segment were brilliant TV. In fact it was all very creative and originally presented. Made the film industry and that bag of wank Oscar ceremony look even worse!
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Post by: MissKitty on August 30, 2010, 12:40:15 PM
This year's Emmys proved that everyone can loosen up, have a little fun and still be taken seriously. Best awards show I've seen in ages.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 30, 2010, 01:20:51 PM
I need to see the Modern Family skit with George Clooney. I've watched it here at work, but my computer doesn't have a sound card. I need to know if I'll giggle as hard hearing the dialogue as I did without.
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Post by: Juliana on August 30, 2010, 02:11:50 PM
Just watched the opening.
AWESOME

I was sad that Lost got shutout.  Very sad.
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Post by: c-lando on August 30, 2010, 03:35:59 PM
Just watched the opening.
AWESOME

I was sad that Lost got shutout.  Very sad.
But seeing Jorge Garcia doing a singing and dancing number totally melted the disappointment away. He was GREAT!!!! It's like they reached into my brain and grabbed most nearly everyone I'd want to see up on that stage. THANK YOU, Emmy Producer!
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Post by: Juliana on August 30, 2010, 03:44:40 PM
Who was that last girl with the long dark hair that they grabbed?  She was the only one I didn't recognize.

I loved how when Hurley came on screen, you could hear the audience cheer loudly for a second.

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Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 30, 2010, 03:55:15 PM
You just know Joel McHale is going to take the piss out of himself this coming Friday on The Soup.
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Post by: c-lando on August 30, 2010, 04:45:27 PM
Who was that last girl with the long dark hair that they grabbed?  She was the only one I didn't recognize.

I loved how when Hurley came on screen, you could hear the audience cheer loudly for a second.


Vampire Diaries chick?
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Post by: Juliana on August 30, 2010, 09:22:26 PM
Maybe?
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 30, 2010, 11:03:32 PM
CSI:Miami is so unrealistic. Science takes time! I can't believe I just spent an hour watching it.
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Post by: Butter on August 31, 2010, 07:40:25 AM
I kind of hated the Emmys opening number and didn't think Fallon was all that great... but he wasn't bad, just kinda average.

If I wanted singing and dancing opening numbers, I'd watch the Oscars or the Tony Awards.  There is a reason I don't watch "Glee"... and this is one of them.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 31, 2010, 01:24:27 PM
Who was that last girl with the long dark hair that they grabbed?  She was the only one I didn't recognize.

I loved how when Hurley came on screen, you could hear the audience cheer loudly for a second.


Vampire Diaries chick?

It was (Nina Dobrev sp?). I have to say that John Hamm needs to do more song and dance numbers.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 31, 2010, 04:08:13 PM
"Persons Unknown" ended up being 11 quite good episodes followed by two shit ones to finish it off. And I think 'finished off' is an understatement... shifting it to Saturday evenings was pretty much the proverbial kiss of death for it. I think the scriptwriters were pissed off their tits when they wrote that finale, the story had more holes than a Thai brothel.
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Post by: dirk on August 31, 2010, 04:16:58 PM
Yeah, the last half hour especially was crap.  A lot of the last 2 eps had promise, even with the holes, but the last half hour just made no sense at all.  they just gave up trying to explain things and threw some crap at the page.
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Post by: Juliana on August 31, 2010, 10:01:13 PM
I think they were trying to give enough of a cliffhanger so that we'd demand to see more.
I'd like to see it come back next summer.
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Post by: c-lando on September 02, 2010, 03:25:41 PM
Anyone else been snickering to themselves as they say BUCKY GUNTS this week?
I can't help going back for that cheap laugh every so often. It makes me happy.
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Post by: Poolio on September 11, 2010, 06:28:14 PM
*sigh* In a mere 29 hours and 3 minutes, the new Venture Brothers will air.

Sadly, in 28.5 hours I will be in bed since I have to work early Monday. But, REALLY looking forward to seeing how the season wraps up.
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Post by: Poncho on September 14, 2010, 09:52:00 AM
I'm still trying to figure out why I never watched Arrested Development, that was a hilarious show.  Just finished up Season 3, I'm officially in the club now!
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Post by: Dan on September 14, 2010, 10:07:22 AM
Haha. One of my favorite jokes that's too short for anyone to get... but that I do anyway is when someone tells me he's dating so-and-so, I always go: "her?"

And MRF jokes never get old.
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Post by: Butter on September 14, 2010, 12:09:01 PM
And MRF jokes never get old.

Andrea and I are quite fond of the "Mr. F" punchline.  We bust that out on occasion.

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Post by: Poncho on September 14, 2010, 03:56:52 PM
I was a bit surprised at how awesome Charlize Theron was in that role. 
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Post by: Poolio on September 20, 2010, 08:07:22 AM
Perhaps I just haven't caught "Bieber fever" but knowing that Justin Bieber is the guest star on the season premiere of CSI makes it 50% more likely that I'll have something else to do that night....
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Post by: cuddlyevil on September 20, 2010, 09:04:13 AM
I'm quietly hoping for a scene where they shave off that god forsaken hair of his.
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Post by: Poncho on September 20, 2010, 03:00:47 PM
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Post by: Poncho on September 22, 2010, 02:28:33 PM
Has anyone seen the TV show "Santuary"?

Netflix keeps recommending it to based on my likes.
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Post by: Poolio on September 22, 2010, 06:11:37 PM
Has anyone seen the TV show "Santuary"?
It's not bad... I caught a few episodes when it aired after Eureka on Sci-fi. It's not great but there's some Stargate alums, might be worth a netflix..
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Post by: Kwyjibo on September 24, 2010, 08:06:09 AM
Baby carrots?
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Post by: Hell Toupee on September 24, 2010, 09:08:58 PM
Baby carrots?

Eat 'em like junk food.
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Post by: rva on September 27, 2010, 11:51:11 AM
Is Steve Coogan funny? 

Because I feel like he's funny, and he's always involved in projects that seem funny, and his characters act in funny ways and say funny things.... and yet I don't think he's ever once actually made me laugh.
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Post by: MissKitty on September 27, 2010, 11:52:16 AM
Steve Coogan is NOT funny.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on September 27, 2010, 01:37:25 PM
I've seen him in a couple of things, but the only one that I specifically remember his role in was 24 Hour Party People which wasn't really meant to be a particularly comedic role.  Based on the fact that he was in Tropic Thunder and I don't remember him being in it at all he must not have been very funny in it.  At most I would deem him funny-esque.
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Post by: rva on September 27, 2010, 02:29:37 PM
I guess he's a step above Russell Brand.  However, seeing as how there are at least ten steps between "Russell Brand" and "funny,"  that still leaves him plenty of room with which to suck.
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Post by: Butter on September 27, 2010, 02:38:15 PM
I went to IMDB trying to find a credit of Steve Coogan's that I found funny.  I really couldn't find one.  You win.

Russell Brand, on the other hand, I can be amused by in small doses.  He had his moments in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall".
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 27, 2010, 03:19:09 PM
I fucking hate Steve Coogan
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Post by: Juliana on September 27, 2010, 03:30:47 PM
Wasn't he the director in tropic thunder?
I don't know, TT was hilarious as a whole, so i'd assume he played some part in that.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on September 27, 2010, 03:32:37 PM
Didn't the director die early on in the movie?
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Post by: dirk on September 27, 2010, 03:37:09 PM
The only thing I have ever seen with him in it was Hamlet 2, which was much funnier than I expected (which granted, wasn't much).  Of course for half the movie I thought he was Martin Short, so I didn't expect much out of him based on that either.
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Post by: Butter on September 27, 2010, 04:28:16 PM
Didn't the director die early on in the movie?

Yes, it was hilarious because he got blown up.  But anybody could've got blown up and been funny.  That took no discernible talent.  In fact, it was sort of a relief that he was gone.
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Post by: Poncho on September 27, 2010, 08:54:34 PM
Russell Brand is funny for the first 3-5 minutes he's in any film.  After that, I root for him to die.  No matter what the topic of the movie is.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 28, 2010, 09:06:38 AM
Russell Brand is funny for the first 3-5 minutes he's in any film.  After that, I root for him to die.  No matter what the topic of the movie is.

I'd be happy for Coogan and Brand to both OD on their own - or each others - vomit
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Post by: Rafe on October 11, 2010, 07:26:31 PM
That Banksy intro to the new Simpsons episode is most excellent. Very clever.
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Post by: c-lando on October 12, 2010, 08:23:20 AM
That Banksy intro to the new Simpsons episode is most excellent. Very clever.
Ooooooooh. MUST WATCH. It's sitting on the TIVO. Thanks for the head's up!
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Post by: rva on October 14, 2010, 09:12:51 PM
That girl in the Subaru commercial goes from amazingly super-cute to disconcertingly Lolita-esque in like 5 seconds.  I feel like I need to wash my hands every time after I see that commercial.

 I'm glad I don't have a daughter.
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Post by: Butter on October 15, 2010, 07:13:17 AM
I'm glad I don't have a daughter.

I am also glad I don't have to face these worries.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on October 15, 2010, 10:28:43 AM
Is "no ordinary family" so good that it deserves to have more episodes ordered? The little I've seen of it made me want to change the channel and hide the remote.
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Post by: c-lando on October 26, 2010, 02:26:55 PM
This makes me so giddy that I could just cry.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118025847.html?categoryId=14&cs=1&nid=2248&sms_ss=email&at_xt=4cbc3d163c89fd8b%2C0

If they make this into a show, it'll be the closest thing ever to a new VERONICA MARS for me. Sooooo excited. I want them to cast Rachel Lee Cooke as the main character, Izzy. But, I don't even know if anyone is thinking of her for that part except for me.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Dan on October 27, 2010, 09:11:43 PM
Since I know everyone was so concerned with my opinion of Burn Notice, I deliver it to you here in a separate and more appropriate thread.

First... I figured out why there are so many ads for it all of a sudden, when it's been on for years now. One of the local stations just picked it up for syndication, and they are pushing it heavily.

That being the case, I sat down and "half-watched" an episode of it tonight (also flipping to the World Series and Corpse Bride). I missed a lot of the plot, but I kind of got the gist of it.

Gabrielle Anwar looked as amazing as I could have imagined. Truth be told, I've seen her pop up here and there over the years (a made-for-TV movie called The Librarian was once on while I was at the gym, etc) so it wasn't that surprising. I don't think she looks sickly. I think she looks amazing. I think if I had a woman that looked like that in her late 30s I would consider myself the luckiest dude in the world.

The show itself looked tolerable. You have to understand my inexplicable but genuine distaste for television shows... so that is really a massive compliment. I had to flip away a few times just because I was hating the tv-show part of it, but hey I will deal with it.

Bruce Campbell seemed entertaining.
The lead guy... kinda irked me, but I imagine he will grow on me.


I also watched like 30 seconds of a youtube video with Ms Anwar on the Wendy Williams show and hated everything about it. Probably b/c of the host and not the guest, but I couldn't find a Craig Ferguson interview with her, so I can't actually hate her for the previously mentioned reasons. Which means she's still angelic.

Yay.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Poncho on October 27, 2010, 09:25:42 PM
Burn Notice has been hanging out at the bottom of my Netflix queue for almost a year.  My buddy Mike said "Dude, you'll love it." and I've never actually gotten to it.


Which is partly my wife's fault for her adding Chick Flicks for her "girl's night in" nights and partly Rafe's fault for reminding me of old Doctor Who episodes that I wind up adding because I didn't see that one.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: rva on October 28, 2010, 08:57:49 PM
You cannot literally give birth to every other minivan.  Think about it.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: scuba on November 05, 2010, 11:52:41 AM
Did anyone see Dave Letterman's interview with Edinson Pena, the rescued Chilean miner who will be running the NYC marathon?  It really was remarkably compelling, the guy is quite a character and the dynamic between he and Letterman (and the interpreter) made for great watching.  I don't think another late night host could have pulled it off (especially Leno, ratings my ass)...the juxtaposition of Tracy Morgan being the next guest was strange, but it was one of the best things I'd seen on late night TV in a while.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: c-lando on November 05, 2010, 12:36:45 PM
Did anyone see Dave Letterman's interview with Edinson Pena, the rescued Chilean miner who will be running the NYC marathon?  It really was remarkably compelling, the guy is quite a character and the dynamic between he and Letterman (and the interpreter) made for great watching.  I don't think another late night host could have pulled it off (especially Leno, ratings my ass)...the juxtaposition of Tracy Morgan being the next guest was strange, but it was one of the best things I'd seen on late night TV in a while.
It's on my TIVO. I bet Craigy Ferg could have done a great job with that interview as well. He did win a Peabody for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 05, 2010, 11:44:36 PM
So Mystic Falls is halfway between Lynchburg and Charlottesville. I was wondering where it was. I do wonder a bit about the map, though - particularly which towns were selected to be labeled. Carrboro made it, but Chapel Hill and Burlington didn't.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: MissKitty on November 08, 2010, 02:30:59 PM
I have not had the TV on once in the past three weeks.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: c-lando on November 08, 2010, 02:54:45 PM
I have not had the TV on once in the past three weeks.
This explains to me why you have been ill.
 ::)
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: MissKitty on November 08, 2010, 03:34:22 PM
I have not had the TV on once in the past three weeks.
This explains to me why you have been ill.
 ::)

I've been reading instead. But honestly the main reason is because I cannot figure out the remotes. CR tried to give me a driving lesson on them before he left but I said "sod it."
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 08, 2010, 05:21:48 PM
*facepalm*
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: c-lando on November 09, 2010, 10:51:51 AM
*facepalm*
HAHAHAAHHAA. I was just going to guess that he accidentally took them to Blighty with him. But, this is better.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Hell Toupee on November 09, 2010, 12:10:21 PM
So how about that Conan premiere last night?

*crickets*
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Doug on November 09, 2010, 01:31:56 PM
So how about that Conan premiere last night?

*crickets*

I was flipping back and forth between the Bengals game and this.  I'm glad to see him back.  I love that guy.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Dan on November 09, 2010, 01:38:23 PM
Was it... any good? Worth talking about? Just another show?

I read the Times review, and they didn't really have much to say either.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Juliana on November 09, 2010, 01:46:58 PM
We DVR'd it.  Couldn't stay up late enough last night.  Stupid time change has our house all off schedule.  Nora went to bed at 830 and woke up at 630 this morning. 
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: c-lando on November 09, 2010, 01:49:44 PM
It's sitting on my TIVO too. Hope to watch it tonight.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Doug on November 09, 2010, 02:35:37 PM
Was it... any good? Worth talking about? Just another show?

I read the Times review, and they didn't really have much to say either.

I'm the wrong person to ask.  I love the guy and he's the only late night guy I can tolerate, so just the fact that he's back on has me pretty happy.  The show was the standard format late night talk show, but with him as the host.  The opening short film kinda' used up all the time they normally use for skits, etc, so there wasn't a whole lot of room for other silliness.  He was pretty high energy, going out and messing with the audience during his monologue, etc.  A quick taste of the M Bear and Nutcracker Lady.  The interviews were kinda boring...Seth Rogan is too skinny and whatsherface from Glee annoys the shit out of me.  Jack White good, but he's always good.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 09, 2010, 02:51:41 PM
I guess his pool of potential guests has shrunk some eh?
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Poncho on November 09, 2010, 03:41:49 PM
I guess his pool of potential guests has shrunk some eh?

Why?  I don't know enough about the situation to understand this.

Is there an anti-TBS union or something?
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 09, 2010, 03:52:22 PM
NBC's pockets are a lot deeper than TBS's.  Conan has some friends like Tom Hanks that will probably still come on but his show isn't going to attract the same caliber of people that are on the talk show circuit to promote something.  Look how long it took John Stewart to start getting in big political names.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 09, 2010, 09:18:24 PM
In addition to Tom Hanks tonight, Jack McBrayer from 30 Rock is on tonight. So there's no ban on actors from NBC shows appearing.

I don't think he'll have any problem booking guests, given the current day press junket routines.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 10, 2010, 07:40:29 AM
I guess not, but I don't know why he would have started off with Seth Rogan... blargh.

We watched Monday's show and it was fantastic.  His monologue was laugh out loud funny.  I'm so glad he's back.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Doug on November 10, 2010, 08:41:14 AM
The Halloween mask bit still has me chuckling.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Juliana on November 10, 2010, 01:04:07 PM
I'm just happy to see him back.
Didn't realize how much I missed him until the monologue.

Per Marketplace this morning on NPR, he drew 4.1 million viewers on the opening night, beating Leno, and I assume, the rest of the late night guys too. 

Huzzah!
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 10, 2010, 01:09:58 PM
Yay!
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 27, 2010, 10:51:18 AM
They need to re-edit the Rimmel ad with Zooey Deschanel in it, the part where she walks across the shot is awful. Every time I see it I think "What would Miss Jay say?" and that makes me even more upset b/c it makes me admit to watching america's next top model.  :-\
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Doug on December 01, 2010, 11:56:31 AM
I watched some of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last night.  What stood out more than the lingerie was that I've never seen so much forced enthusiasm on display in my life.  The whole thing just bothered me to watch it.  The models are emaciated to the point of being highly unattractive and the audience is populated by the biggest group of asshole looking people...like that guy from Entourage and that other guy that was married to that chick from friends...basically all the jerkwads you would expect to be there.  It was kinda' funny to watch Katy Perry struggle with not being the center of attention during one of her performances though.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: c-lando on December 02, 2010, 08:51:46 AM
TOP CHEF ALL STARS!
The only reality TV show you will ever need.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: rva on December 08, 2010, 08:30:43 PM
My furnace is broken.  It's 57 degrees in my house.  There's a random rerun of Law & Order on TV.  Alicia Witt is on it.  Today was a good day.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Dan on December 09, 2010, 09:42:41 AM
I have a ton of random thoughts about Burn Notice Season 2. I'm only two episodes in but I've already got a lot of questions, comments, and issues. Season 1 was fine... just hanging on for the ride. But for Season 2 they have built up some very strange plot twists. I'd talk more about it, but I'm obviously so behind that no one cares.

I will say this: Gabrielle Anwar looks a bit different this season. I hope it's not her age catching up to her. :o
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Doug on December 09, 2010, 11:41:19 AM
I will say this: Gabrielle Anwar looks a bit different this season. I hope it's not her age catching up to her. :o

I think it's the plastic surgery starting to show.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Dan on December 09, 2010, 12:04:08 PM
Booooo!!

I'm still undecided about Gabrielle Anwar 2008, but Gabrielle Anwar 2007 did not appear to me to have plastic surgery. I would be incredibly sad if she did, or gets some in the coming years/seasons.


I will say that Lando's assessment about Bruce Campbell's character is spot on. He's pretty much the best one on the show. I enjoyed Anwar's character as the crazy obssessed ex-gf trying to get him back in Season 1, but she's apparently given that up in Season 2 (so far) and now I'm really not as interested in her. Of course her IRA tendencies are still amusing.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: rva on December 09, 2010, 02:16:22 PM
I like the fact that her "Irish" accent magically disappeared after an episode or two.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Juliana on December 09, 2010, 02:46:53 PM
I've seen the show, and I thought she was supposed to be French.
Like, one episode where they were trying to sneak into a club or something, and she was talking about France being her homeland or something?
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Dan on December 09, 2010, 04:51:33 PM
I like the fact that her "Irish" accent magically disappeared after an episode or two.

Yeah, her Irish accent was only for the pilot. I remember being extremely distressed while watching that episode because I actually hated it. It was a pretty good accent - it just didn't suit her.

From what I understand about TV in general, a pilot episode is filmed as a one-off item, hoping that it gets picked up. From there they often change elements of the show... sometimes to completely new actors/actresses for a particular character. To me when she lost the accent after the pilot it wasn't that suprising as that stuff happens all the time. I do wonder how that conversation went, though.

I've seen the show, and I thought she was supposed to be French.
Like, one episode where they were trying to sneak into a club or something, and she was talking about France being her homeland or something?

No - she's definitely supposed to have been in the IRA. That's where they met and had their "thing" together. So far I haven't gotten much more detail - maybe it's to come in future episodes.

But you could be right about them sneaking into a club and her talking about France as her homeland. They do that a lot as they pretend to be someone else - it could easily have been their cover story.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Juliana on December 10, 2010, 07:53:32 AM
Maybe because she was speaking french in the ep.
No clue.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Butter on December 14, 2010, 09:40:37 AM
Just finished watching the British zombie miniseries Dead Set off the DVR.  That was pretty entertaining.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Butter on December 14, 2010, 09:42:26 AM
Also have been watching the TCM miniseries on the early days of Hollywood.  Way too dry in parts, and they are maybe spending too much time discussing the business aspect of the movie industry, but still pretty interesting.  I just finished the show that takes the story through the end of the 20's.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Doug on December 14, 2010, 09:47:54 AM
Just finished watching the British zombie miniseries Dead Set off the DVR.  That was pretty entertaining.

What.....how did I miss this?
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Butter on December 14, 2010, 09:58:43 AM
Just finished watching the British zombie miniseries Dead Set off the DVR.  That was pretty entertaining.

What.....how did I miss this?

Was on IFC a couple months ago... sort of coincided with the beginning of The Walking Dead.

Maybe they will replay it someday.  If they do, you definitely want to catch it. 
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 19, 2010, 09:31:22 AM
So, IFC now shows commercials during its otherwise uncut/uncensored movies eh? Guess that means I don't watch IFC anymore then.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: rva on December 19, 2010, 08:13:22 PM
I'm watching 60 minutes, and they're doing this on people who can apparently remember everything that ever happened to them.

And then this lady comes on, and I'm like "Wow.  That is one good looking, older chick.  She's a dead ringer for a 45 year old Marilu Henner."

It WAS Marilu Henner.  Present day, 59 year old Marilu Henner.  Crazy.










Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Doug on December 20, 2010, 09:13:48 AM
Just finished watching the British zombie miniseries Dead Set off the DVR.  That was pretty entertaining.

What.....how did I miss this?

Was on IFC a couple months ago... sort of coincided with the beginning of The Walking Dead.

Maybe they will replay it someday.  If they do, you definitely want to catch it.  

I'll find it on bittorrent this weekend.  I'm just surprised I missed it...I'm usually in the know on these kinds of things.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Butter on December 23, 2010, 07:18:52 AM
Last few days, I have been taping Jimmy Fallon and Conan both since nothing's on.

I have to say, I have been enjoying Jimmy Fallon a lot more than I have Conan.  Conan's 10 minute bit with the weird guy who designed the Christmas lights display did nothing for me... meanwhile, Fallon's 12 days of Christmas Sweaters has been must watch TV for no apparent reason.  Not to mention the 5 minute bit with Jason Segel the other day making fun of the a cappella act from Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.  They just did the scat singing for 5 minutes, and for some reason I couldn't stop laughing.

Not to mention the few times I have caught Fallon's typical Friday night "Thank You" note writing, it has been pretty consistently funny.

Although Fallon's bit the other day spoofing Robert Pattinson was pretty stupid, so he is not immune from having some clunkers as well.

Maybe c-lando is on to something.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2010, 10:08:56 AM
the a cappella act from Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.

You mean....




DO IT ROCKAPELLA!

Hooowaaaah

Oooooh op, doooopay duuuupay dooooooooo op.....
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: rva on December 23, 2010, 11:41:43 AM
Okay boppers, here's what we know.  Double Trouble has absconded to New York, where they hid the plans in this "Block Beautiful" bucolic bastion of billionaires in mighty Manhattan.  This area houses one of the city's two private parks and serves as an example of 19th century city-planning.  It is also home to New York's most powerful and respected street gang, who take their name from this area.  Greg?

I always wondered why they didn't just let Lynne Thigpen sing the Carmen San Diedo theme song.

Title: off the top of my head
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2010, 01:32:06 PM
I got a hole in my pocket
nothing trinkling down my leg
thinking about my home

I got a box in the socket
the extra E's telling me
I never should have got up and grown

I got a roach in the cabinet
.....


ARRRGH. That's as far as I got, and I bet most of it is wrong.

Idiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnaaaaaa
back to my granddaddy's farm
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2010, 01:39:38 PM
Aha! Here are the likely real words. I did pretty good considering I haven't heard that song in a year:


I got a hole in my pocket
And nothing coming down my leg
Thinkin' about my home
I got a box in my socket
The extra E is tellin' me
I never should have got up and grown.
I'm gonna hock every buck in the bank
And vacate this skinny town
Like a Finney Brown
I got a hole in my pocket and nothin' trickle down
Done permanent turn my mouth into a frown
Got fuel in the rocket start the countdown
I got a roach in the cabin and multiplyin' overtime
Under the laundry mat
I ain't seen the sun in a hundred million light years
Gimme a land that's flat
I'm on a budget of nothin'
My life is a lemon
I'm suckin' the rind and it's spittin' time
(It's what I ain't got)
My momma's grin
(It's what I ain't got )
I wanna wear it again
(It's what I ain't got)
I wanna get me on back to my.....
Indiana
Back to my Grandaddy's farm,
Someday I'll return to slam the backboard on the barn
Indiana
But now the grass and corn and fireflies
It's just a distant humble paradise
She got a tag on her pocketbook, fake alligator
Never took an animal life
She got a run in her stocking the length of an equator
Thinkin' she'll be my wife
She got my face in a locket a scap of tin around her finger
Diggin' the bone and I'm goin' home
(To what I ain't got)
My momma's grin
(To what I ain't got )
I wanna wear it again
(To what I ain't got)
I wanna get me on back to my.....
Genltemen start your engines

Indiana
Gonna' hold my head up proud
I won't live in the shadow of no buildin'
Scrapin' up the clouds
Indiana
Down at the Brickyard on Memorial Day
I'm on one knee and beggin' you to stay
Oh, Honey
I got a token in my pocket
A wormy apple for the boss
Hitchin' it home tonight
I down a Coke and the sign says
Half way to Santa Clause
I feel I'm gonna ignite
They got a pie on the window
A pickup in the backyard
Ready to roam 'cause i'm comin' home
(To what I ain't got)
My momma's grin
(To what I ain't got )
I wanna wear it again
(To what I ain't got)
My Hoosier kin
I'm gonna get it
I'm gonna get me and myself back to Indiana
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Juliana on December 23, 2010, 03:20:50 PM
Where in the World...  was the show I **DREAMED** about being on when I was a kid.  It was a close (VERY CLOSE) second to Double Dare.  I would have killed on WITWICS? though but I think DD would haver just been a BLAST.  I trust my abilities to put the siren/light thing on the countries of Europe more than my ability to find the flag in the giant fake nose full of green slime.  I saw that nose take down way too many people...
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Hell Toupee on December 23, 2010, 07:54:07 PM
Nah, give me Legends of the Hidden Temple.  ;D

...although I never would've been good at a temple run.

zwyFeEaU_aA
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Juliana on December 24, 2010, 07:18:47 AM
Do you remember that kid's game show where they got to run through a giant house at the end picking out their prizes? 
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Poncho on December 24, 2010, 04:48:34 PM
Fun House?

BqYie2yLK8U
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: c-lando on December 27, 2010, 08:26:37 AM
Maybe c-lando is on to something.
Thank YOU!
Please tell me you saw James Earl Jones and Aaron Neville perform "Twas the Night Before Christmas"!!?!?!
Creepy and hilarious and amazing and an instant classic for the holidays (after Jay Thomas and Darlene Love on Letterman). SW00N.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Juliana on December 27, 2010, 01:49:48 PM
Fun House?

BqYie2yLK8U

No, this was pre JD Roth.
Like, early 80s?
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: rva on December 27, 2010, 02:41:11 PM
I just wish Fallon would improve his opening monologue bit.  It's so painfully bad that I always turn it off and then miss the good parts.  I agree the rest of his show is pretty damn good.  I've never understood the love for Conan.  He hasn't been consistently funny for quite some time.  Honestly, I think Jimmy Kimmel might even be better than Conan at this point.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 27, 2010, 02:48:31 PM
I hate to say it out loud but I've been disappointed with Conan.  His show is funny, but it's not funny like it was in the early 90's, like in the staring contest days.  He needs to get something going with Jimmy Vivino as well, or do more with LaBamba.  Those interactions were always what did so well in the past.  Honestly, I think Andy is funnier than Conan is... it's almost like Conan is the straight man and Andy delivers with the classic zing.  Conan is good at being a clown, and his interviewing is great but the comedy bits and the monologue could be so much better.

He needs to find his stride, and fast.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: c-lando on December 27, 2010, 02:59:28 PM
I just wish Fallon would improve his opening monologue bit.  It's so painfully bad that I always turn it off and then miss the good parts.  I agree the rest of his show is pretty damn good. 
I record his show and ALWAYS fast-forward through his opening monologue. They should just CUT-IT-OUT.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: c-lando on December 27, 2010, 03:02:15 PM
The two-hour season finale of BURN NOTICE was amazing for this season. I had started to give up on the show but they TOTALLY pulled me back in. Nice one, USA. Nice one.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: rva on December 27, 2010, 03:21:51 PM
Yeah, I think Burn Notice really kicked it up a notch the last half of the season.  It went from where I'd catch maybe every other episode if nothing else was on to finding a spot on my DVR to me getting excited enough to try and watch it when it came on.

The finale was awesome, despite having to rely heavily on the less-talented leads (Anwar is awful, Donovan is mediocre) over the excellent secondary characters (Gless, Campbell).  I am pretty excited about next season and also for the Sam Axe prequel in the spring.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 27, 2010, 03:44:37 PM
Detroit 1-8-7 keeps getting better and better.

What's the betting they fuck it over for Season II?
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: c-lando on December 27, 2010, 04:05:47 PM
Maybe c-lando is on to something.
Thank YOU!
Please tell me you saw James Earl Jones and Aaron Neville perform "Twas the Night Before Christmas"!!?!?!
Creepy and hilarious and amazing and an instant classic for the holidays (after Jay Thomas and Darlene Love on Letterman). SW00N.

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/blogs/2010/12/james-earl-jones-aaron-neville-read-the-night-before-christmas/
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 27, 2010, 07:16:58 PM
I completely missed the return of Burn Notice, as I changed DVRs. No!!!!!

Sounds like it's worth tracking down.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 27, 2010, 09:06:17 PM
"Men of a Certain Age" IS fantastic stuff, but with the caveat that it may only be suitable for men (and women) of a certain age.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Butter on December 28, 2010, 08:26:22 AM
Maybe c-lando is on to something.
Thank YOU!
Please tell me you saw James Earl Jones and Aaron Neville perform "Twas the Night Before Christmas"!!?!?!
Creepy and hilarious and amazing and an instant classic for the holidays (after Jay Thomas and Darlene Love on Letterman). SW00N.

Yes, we watched this 2 days ago off the DVR.  It was great.

Although, even better was them having Aaron Neville sing the theme song from the '90's Cotton ads.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: clemsonfan on December 28, 2010, 09:11:44 AM
My younger brother got Gary and I the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadephia". We had never seen the show before but we are really enjoying it. Yay for good Christmas presents!
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Doug on December 28, 2010, 10:31:32 AM
My younger brother got Gary and I the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadephia". We had never seen the show before but we are really enjoying it. Yay for good Christmas presents!

That show is freakin' hillarious.  It's like a live action cartoon made by people who are very wrong in the head.
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: vizzah on December 29, 2010, 10:29:03 AM
My younger brother got Gary and I the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadephia". We had never seen the show before but we are really enjoying it. Yay for good Christmas presents!

That show is freakin' hillarious.  It's like a live action cartoon made by people who are very wrong in the head.

By far the funniest show on television.  Also, the only show that's made me audibly laugh since Arrested Development went off the air. I wish Sunny was on year round!

Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: rva on January 01, 2011, 05:47:37 PM
My family got the the Larry Sanders box set for Christmas, so I've been watching it.  I forgot what a total babefest that show was.

Jeaneane Garafolo is always kinda nerdy-cute.  Then there's Linda Doucett's (Darlene) exquisite rack.  And Penny Johnson (Beverly) is the creme de la creme.  On top of that, you often get a Mimi Rogers, Dana Delanay guest role in there.  What is also interesting, is that the actresses are all 2-3 inches and 20 lbs heavier than what's on TV nowadays. 
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: dirk on January 01, 2011, 06:28:57 PM
With a lack of anything better on, I watched a Dr. Who marathon today on BBC America.  I have never watched Dr.Who, as I remember it from when I was a kid and seeing parts of it and it looked like the cheesiest piece of trash I had ever seen.

I have to say, I rather enjoy the new show.  The effects seem decent enough and the acting is pretty good.  I'm not sure about this Matt Smith bloke though.  He seems a decent enough actor, but he is just odd looking enough to distract me.  But overall, I may have to go back and watch some more of this.
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Post by: Butter on January 02, 2011, 10:16:14 AM
My family got the the Larry Sanders box set for Christmas, so I've been watching it.  I forgot what a total babefest that show was.

Jeaneane Garafolo is always kinda nerdy-cute.  Then there's Linda Doucett's (Darlene) exquisite rack.  And Penny Johnson (Beverly) is the creme de la creme.  On top of that, you often get a Mimi Rogers, Dana Delanay guest role in there.  What is also interesting, is that the actresses are all 2-3 inches and 20 lbs heavier than what's on TV nowadays. 

IFC has just started showing re-runs of this.  I'm planning to tune in... I preferred the show when it wasn't focusing on Hank, but it was still solid gold even if it is nearing 20 years old.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 03, 2011, 02:32:36 PM
BBC's Live Aid drama "When Harvey Met Bob"

WHAT a load of old tossy wank!!!
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Post by: Poolio on January 03, 2011, 03:17:39 PM
With a lack of anything better on, I watched a Dr. Who marathon today on BBC America.  I have never watched Dr.Who, as I remember it from when I was a kid and seeing parts of it and it looked like the cheesiest piece of trash I had ever seen.

Oh, some of the shows with the earlier Doctors are extremely cheesy but they're fun.
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Post by: Rafe on January 03, 2011, 04:28:42 PM
BBC's Live Aid drama "When Harvey Met Bob"

WHAT a load of old tossy wank!!!
With a title like that, what did you expect? A story about a pair of right dickheads :)

The Morecambe and Wise drama was very good, though.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 03, 2011, 04:41:47 PM
Funnily enough, I've got that on the DVD to watch next

Vic Reeves at last acknowledging his consumate theft of an act?
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Post by: c-lando on January 04, 2011, 02:31:03 PM
GREEK is back. YAY.
For it's final season. BOO.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 09, 2011, 03:15:36 PM
I got 10 minutes into the horrible HORRIBLE American version of "Shameless" before declaring it shit on a stick. Ugh!
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Post by: dirk on January 09, 2011, 04:17:24 PM
GREEK is back. YAY.
For it's final season. BOO.
I finally watched the new ep, and was really disappointed.  Did they get new writers or something?  It just seemed really disjointed and didn't flow at all.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 11, 2011, 05:52:32 PM
BBC America's "Luther" (w/Idris Elba from The Wire)

6 episode mini-series

3 episodes good
3 episodes totally fucking ludicrous
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Post by: c-lando on January 14, 2011, 10:22:27 AM
GREEK is back. YAY.
For it's final season. BOO.
I finally watched the new ep, and was really disappointed.  Did they get new writers or something?  It just seemed really disjointed and didn't flow at all.
WOW. You actually watch this show?
I think they wanted to move things along in the first episode since this is the final season. But, I'm with you. It didn't flow well. I did enjoy this week's episode much more. Love it when a plan comes together for the KTs.
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Post by: Hell Toupee on January 14, 2011, 05:44:29 PM
 Loved the opening to Jimmy Kimmel Live last night as directed by Michel Gondry.

Recurring dream, big head Seth Rogen, act-shon et-al...

fcibJ7pgQKs

tktUAmsoTac
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Post by: rva on January 14, 2011, 09:56:15 PM
Younger Jen Aniston was a lot rounder.  She actually looked kinda like Kelly Clarkson.

Hank Kingsley wears a peak lapel jacket at least 50% of the time.  No one else on the show ever wears one.
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Post by: Butter on January 21, 2011, 08:01:33 AM
From last night's Community, Joel McHale's character to Malcolm Jamal-Warner's:

JM: "Nice sweater."
MJW: "Thanks, my dad got it for me."

Comedy gold.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 21, 2011, 08:13:45 AM
Julie and I both laughed pretty hard at that.
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Post by: Poolio on January 22, 2011, 09:37:02 PM
I had forgotten how funny Judi Dench could be. I'm sitting here watching a couple episodes of "As time goes by" and disturbing the cat by laughing...
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Post by: c-lando on January 24, 2011, 08:24:18 AM
Anyone watch AN IDIOT ABROAD?
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Post by: c-lando on January 25, 2011, 09:20:36 AM
Anyone watch PORTLANDIA?
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 25, 2011, 09:25:00 AM
Anyone watch AN IDIOT ABROAD?

Nope, how awesome was it?  That Pilkington guy cracks me up.

Anyone watch PORTLANDIA?

Heard about this on NPR but wasn't sure how entertaining it would actually be.  The stuff about the birds was hilarious.
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Post by: Butter on January 25, 2011, 09:53:16 AM
Anyone watch PORTLANDIA?

Have it on the DVR, haven't tried it yet.  I'm not a big Fred Armisen fan, but the previews were amusing enough for me to give it a shot.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 25, 2011, 10:55:58 AM
Anyone watch PORTLANDIA?

It's sketch comedy where the sketches go on waaaaaaaaaaaay too fucking long IMHO. I wish writers would start realising that 'less is more'

Or should I say "le......"?
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Post by: Doug on January 25, 2011, 11:15:19 AM
Anyone watch PORTLANDIA?

Yeah, it was pretty funny.  Reminded me a bit of Kids in the Hall, probably because Armisen wears drag.
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Post by: c-lando on January 25, 2011, 11:28:53 AM
Anyone watch PORTLANDIA?

Yeah, it was pretty funny.  Reminded me a bit of Kids in the Hall, probably because Armisen wears drag.
I'm with you on this one, Doug.

LOVED "An Idiot Abroad". Karl is fantastic. He makes The Greg giggle like a school girl.
How is his head THAT round!?!?!?
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Post by: Butter on January 25, 2011, 11:53:16 AM
Since I'm doing all this posting in the film and TV threads today, forgot to mention this:

PBS has brought back AT THE MOVIES, which started showing locally here this past Friday.  Ebert is involved in name only, I assume to get the ball rolling, and his name was dropped a lot in the opening episode.  Although he did have an essay read by noted documentarian Werner Herzog in the opening show.

The 2 critics have some potential for some nice jabs at each other, as in the first episode literally one of them disliked all of the movies, while the other one liked all of them.

With THE ROTTEN TOMATOES SHOW now gone from Current, this is now the only regularly scheduled show on TV fully dedicated to current film review (at least that I'm aware of).
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Post by: c-lando on January 25, 2011, 12:31:04 PM
Since I'm doing all this posting in the film and TV threads today, forgot to mention this:

PBS has brought back AT THE MOVIES, which started showing locally here this past Friday.  Ebert is involved in name only, I assume to get the ball rolling, and his name was dropped a lot in the opening episode.  Although he did have an essay read by noted documentarian Werner Herzog in the opening show.

The 2 critics have some potential for some nice jabs at each other, as in the first episode literally one of them disliked all of the movies, while the other one liked all of them.

With THE ROTTEN TOMATOES SHOW now gone from Current, this is now the only regularly scheduled show on TV fully dedicated to current film review (at least that I'm aware of).
WOOHOO! Good to know. Thanks, Butter.
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Post by: c-lando on January 25, 2011, 02:54:59 PM
Things I'm loving from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon...

- the hashtag game ("#hohohellno" will be my favorite phrase around Christmas time)
- Doll Posin' (they've only done it once so far but it was AMAZING. I want to see a Celebrity edition)
- Models and Buckets (watching dudes get coated with gnarly stuff for the chance to win $100 = awesdome)
- The Pro-Bowl Shuffle (Will Arnett's Farve was awesdome)
- Jimmy and Higgins doing about 3-5 minutes worth of jokes about MySpace and old-timey record/music during a recent PROS/CONS
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Post by: foolsgold on January 25, 2011, 03:00:21 PM
With THE ROTTEN TOMATOES SHOW now gone from Current, this is now the only regularly scheduled show on TV fully dedicated to current film review (at least that I'm aware of).

I really miss RT and am disappointed that Current axed it.  But, I'm guessing that Current is really struggling to stay afloat, because, outside of a couple Vanguards and a retooled Infomania (hopefully they find their feet soon because the first new episode was...not strong), there isn't any new original content right now. 
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Post by: Butter on January 25, 2011, 03:38:35 PM
- Jimmy and Higgins doing about 3-5 minutes worth of jokes about MySpace and old-timey record/music during a recent PROS/CONS

We just watched that off the DVR last night.  HOLY SHIT, that was hilarious.  "Let's see myspace... hmmm, username: esther387."
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Post by: Butter on January 25, 2011, 03:41:21 PM
But, I'm guessing that Current is really struggling to stay afloat, because, outside of a couple Vanguards and a retooled Infomania (hopefully they find their feet soon because the first new episode was...not strong), there isn't any new original content right now. 

Infomania's first episode with Brett at the helm was horrific.
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Post by: c-lando on January 25, 2011, 04:12:59 PM
- Jimmy and Higgins doing about 3-5 minutes worth of jokes about MySpace and old-timey record/music during a recent PROS/CONS

We just watched that off the DVR last night.  HOLY SHIT, that was hilarious.  "Let's see myspace... hmmm, username: esther387."
They just kept going and going. LOVED IT. Higgbones is hilarious.
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Post by: c-lando on January 26, 2011, 09:51:30 AM
Anyone watching "Episodes"?
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 26, 2011, 09:22:05 PM
I am. It's taking longer than I expected to get going, but I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Juliana on January 27, 2011, 08:01:01 AM
I wish Harry's Law wasn't supposed to be set in Cincy. 
"that's not Cincinnati" has been uttered by Kwyj too many times to count.

Digging the show though.
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Post by: MissKitty on January 27, 2011, 08:48:36 AM
Yeah, I agree - the show has promise, but I wish it wasn't supposed to be set in Cincinnati.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 27, 2011, 09:03:59 AM
It's a little heavy handed so far.  The second episode didn't need to go through all of the premise setup again... it was like a second pilot almost.  I also think there are too many characters to keep up with.
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Post by: c-lando on January 27, 2011, 04:10:42 PM
I am. It's taking longer than I expected to get going, but I'm enjoying it so far.
Ditto.
The sea creature thing is hilarious. If you're going to allow your real name and somewhat real persona to be used for a fictional show, you might as well get to take some liberties regarding certain parts of your life (and anatomy). HAHAHAHA.
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Post by: c-lando on January 27, 2011, 04:17:06 PM
Things I'm loving from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon...

- the hashtag game ("#hohohellno" will be my favorite phrase around Christmas time)
- Doll Posin' (they've only done it once so far but it was AMAZING. I want to see a Celebrity edition)
- Models and Buckets (watching dudes get coated with gnarly stuff for the chance to win $100 = awesdome)
- The Pro-Bowl Shuffle (Will Arnett's Farve was awesdome)
- Jimmy and Higgins doing about 3-5 minutes worth of jokes about MySpace and old-timey record/music during a recent PROS/CONS

Oh. And EVERYONE should watch whenever Seth Meyers is on the show. They always bring his brother on as well and do this hilarious riff on the NEWLYWED GAME that is all about their life growing up in New Hampshire. It sounds boring but it's always hilarious. They have lived strange, yet normal lives. Example, Jimmy asked Seth to name his brother's favorite pet growing up. That was an easy answer for Seth because all of their dogs have always had the same name. If one died, they would name the new dog the same name as the other dog. Stupid stuff like that. But, it's hilarious.
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Post by: c-lando on January 27, 2011, 04:19:13 PM
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/blogs/2010/06/seth-and-josh-meyers-in-the-siblingwed-game/
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 27, 2011, 05:18:26 PM
The only way "The Office" could get any worse is if NBC decided to bring in some cruddy Hollywood hack wannabe-comedian like Will Farrell... oh...
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Post by: c-lando on January 28, 2011, 12:18:09 PM
This week's SOUTHLAND.

Good lord.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 28, 2011, 01:30:12 PM
The only way "The Office" could get any worse is if NBC decided to bring in some cruddy Hollywood hack wannabe-comedian like Will Farrell... oh...

Do what?
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 28, 2011, 02:26:41 PM
The only way "The Office" could get any worse is if NBC decided to bring in some cruddy Hollywood hack wannabe-comedian like Will Farrell... oh...

Do what?
http://www.avclub.com/articles/will-ferrell-to-help-distract-from-steve-carells-d,50698/
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 28, 2011, 03:30:42 PM
That was not the part I was questioning.
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Post by: Poolio on January 30, 2011, 02:34:58 PM
Does the world really need another Power Rangers show??
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Post by: Doug on January 31, 2011, 09:34:58 AM
That was not the part I was questioning.

Yeah, I think I question the same thing...hack wannabe-comedian?
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Post by: Butter on January 31, 2011, 10:16:33 AM
I thought CR's disdain for Will Ferrell was pretty widely known.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 31, 2011, 10:36:05 AM
I thought CR's disdain for Will Ferrell was pretty widely known.
Correct : I find him about as funny as finding a booger under the edge your plate at a restaurant
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 31, 2011, 10:48:15 AM
 ::)
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Post by: Juliana on January 31, 2011, 03:39:52 PM
Even Anchorman?
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 31, 2011, 04:29:00 PM
Sorry, yes Juliana, even Anchorman.

Just missing the 'W" off the front of the title.

I know he's a lot of people's cup of tea - but he is not mine. Steve Carell is in serious danger of joining him on my list of actors whose star can't fade fast enough.
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Post by: Juliana on February 01, 2011, 03:26:54 PM
hehe, wanchorman...hehe
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Post by: c-lando on February 04, 2011, 08:34:48 AM
Oh, Community. I love you SO much when you just stick everyone in the study room and let them argue and imagine and play with their minds.
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Post by: rva on February 04, 2011, 10:22:13 AM
Oh, Community. I love you SO much when you just stick Allison Brie, Danny Pudi and Donald Glover in the study room and let them argue and imagine and play with their minds.

Fixed that for you.  The comedy writing on that show is incredible but so much of that cast is just pants, man.  Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs should be A LOT funnier with the lines the writers give them.  Chevy Chase and Yvette Nicole Brown aren't given strong characters to work with.  And Ken Jeong remains annoying as fuck.

"I agree with brown Jamie Lee Curtis" still cracks me up, though.
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Post by: c-lando on February 04, 2011, 10:35:18 AM

"I agree with brown Jamie Lee Curtis" still cracks me up, though.
I especially enjoy that Abed agrees with the assessment. That might be my favorite moment ever on the show.
Danny Pudi is incredible. AND OH MY! The $ex scene was priceless.
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Post by: c-lando on February 04, 2011, 12:05:35 PM
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Post by: c-lando on February 04, 2011, 02:14:46 PM
Good write-up in case you missed the episode...

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/02/community_recap_chaotic_evil.html
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Post by: rva on February 06, 2011, 05:05:10 PM
My cable was on the fritz this weekend.  The only two channels I get are Lifetime and some religious station.  Naturally, I've been watching Lifetime.  And apparently Lifetime runs Project Runway like 24/7.

So... I just watched the entire season of Project Runway.  I don't really get it.  First off, none of them were particularly good.  There were a few designers that had some really interesting ideas and their stuff was often pretty cool.  I have no doubt they could be major successes in the real word.  But within the context of the game where you are supposed to design using cloths/design/style/colors/materials you normally wouldn't, most of them proved to be kind of one dimensional.

Then there was this dude, who for some reason everyone hated.  The stuff he designed was not all that innovative or whatever, but it generally looked pretty good.  The thing that he would always do was do like five items.  Which I actually thought was a smart strategy.  Like, you start on something and it doesn't look good, or Tim Gunn comes in and says it sucks-- change it.  His stuff therefore tended to be simple, but it what everyone overlooked was that he was really good at sewing.  All his clothes fit really well, which is harder than it seems. Plus it's not that easy to sew up like 3 1/2 outfits in a day.  And yet, all the other designers thought he sucked and picked on him.

So then this one chick was like dude's greatest enemy.  I guess she was supposed to be a bitch.  I didn't think she was evil so much as mouthy, bossy, and utterly clueless.  And her style was probably most similar to dude she hated.  I'd say their strengths were that they did stuff that regular people might wear.  If you wanted something kind of bohomenian-looking, you'd buy her stuff.  If you wanted like a cocktail dress, you'd buy his stuff.   But this chick was constantly like, "He's copying me" because they used the same colors.  What, you think you invented brown?  Then she was always like "No one's stuff looks like mine."  When in fact, it looked nothing like her shit other than color.  What, you think you invented brown?  She had two looks:  Stevie Nicks, and "haute-couture" Stevie Nicks with diapers.  

Then, like why is Michael Kors on this show?  Yeah, maybe like 10 years ago he did like the leather thing with the exposed contrast seams that looked pretty cool.  But what has he done since then?  Mostly his stuff is over-priced, schlocky crap that no one wears.  It's like Matt Millen analyzing GM moves.

The final episode pitted probably the most interesting two designers (one guy who like blacks, metallics, and texture, the other who is pretty out there in terms of color and general look) vs the conservative boho chick.  Predictably, the boho chick ran out a bunch of models in brown tunics and diapers.  So then the judging was like Heidi and Jessica Simpson liked flamboyant dude.  Nina thought it was a tie.  Michael Kors liked boho chick.
Am I crazy or is that 3-2?  Naturally, boho chick ended up winning somehow anyway.
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Post by: c-lando on February 07, 2011, 08:16:47 AM
Hahahaah. Yes. You have successfully summed up that craptastic season.
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Post by: MissKitty on February 11, 2011, 09:05:19 AM
So did anyone else think immediately of Lando at the beginning of this week's episode of Modern Family?
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Post by: c-lando on February 11, 2011, 09:33:30 AM
Damn it! I didn't watch it. I'll have to find it. Is it on HULU or maybe Comcast On Demand?
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Post by: Doug on February 11, 2011, 10:54:27 AM
So did anyone else think immediately of Lando at the beginning of this week's episode of Modern Family?

Yes!
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Post by: Butter on February 17, 2011, 09:33:47 AM
Thought that Jeopardy thing with the computer was pretty cool.

Andrea called it "the nerdiest thing she's ever watched."

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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 17, 2011, 09:51:49 AM
Ken's Final Jeopardy joke about welcoming our new computer overlords was pretty funny.
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Post by: trixi on February 18, 2011, 12:04:12 AM
I wish they'd had a bit of time for the 2 players to say what they thought about playing the computer vs real people.  To me, I think there should have been a delay of a few seconds before the computer could "ring the buzzer"....that's what was really killing them, is the reaction time between a human vs computer.  I also loved the really wrong answers that the computer gave.
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Post by: Butter on February 18, 2011, 07:34:31 AM
Here is a live chat the Washington Post did earlier this week with Ken Jennings.  He addresses that, among other things.

http://live.washingtonpost.com/jeopardy-ken-jennings.html
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Post by: trixi on February 18, 2011, 11:12:46 PM
Thanks Butter....an interesting read!
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Post by: c-lando on February 24, 2011, 09:36:14 AM
Amy Sedaris + RAISING HOPE = amazing
I never thought I'd hear the words "areola reconstruction" on network TV.
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Post by: va-vacious on February 24, 2011, 08:08:17 PM
She would be a good fit for Raising Hope.  I like that show, but forget to watch it. :(
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Post by: Butter on March 01, 2011, 11:47:50 AM
Interesting that Charlie Sheen has gone so far off the rails so publicly.  I thought that wealthy people like that usually had handlers or publicists.  Maybe he scared all of his off, and/or locked them in a closet in an expensive hotel.

You know it's getting bad when your network cancels your show mid-season.  And then you go on GMA the next day and denounce them in such a fashion that meth-heads might have trouble deciphering you.

Maybe they could just bring in Emilio Estevez to replace him.  I hear he needs work.

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Post by: Poolio on March 01, 2011, 11:51:46 AM
Interesting that Charlie Sheen has gone so far off the rails so publicly.  I thought that wealthy people like that usually had handlers or publicists.  Maybe he scared all of his off, and/or locked them in a closet in an expensive hotel.


Well, he did have a PR guy until yesterday when he quit. Since he wasn't really letting the PR guy do his job, he's saving himself some money that he can use to buy coke or another girlfriend or whatever.

It's telling that none of his family have spoken up for him, he might be clean but he seems to be reaping the rewards of a lifetime of heavy drug use. Congratulations, you've fried your brain! Around here, bets are being taken on how long he'll last.
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Post by: rva on March 01, 2011, 11:59:40 AM
Did he take the drugs because he was crazy, or did he go crazy from the drugs?

Emilio Estevez just finished a movie with his dad, and they're also writing a book together.  I kinda get the feeling like Estevez isn't as active acting in TV and movies by choice.
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Post by: Butter on March 01, 2011, 12:18:36 PM
It's telling that none of his family have spoken up for him, he might be clean but he seems to be reaping the rewards of a lifetime of heavy drug use.

There is no possible way he is clean.  Unless he is literally having a nervous breakdown or other serious mental health failure.
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Post by: Butter on March 01, 2011, 12:52:58 PM
And now... Charlie Sheen quotes 'n lolcats.  A winning combination.

(http://mediumlarge.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/cat-sheen-1.jpg)

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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 01, 2011, 01:21:50 PM
And that's why you shouldn't do cocaine.
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Post by: c-lando on March 01, 2011, 01:31:56 PM
It's telling that none of his family have spoken up for him, he might be clean but he seems to be reaping the rewards of a lifetime of heavy drug use. Congratulations, you've fried your brain! Around here, bets are being taken on how long he'll last.
His dad did speak up about him last week or so. I thought what he had to say was very poignant. But, apparently Charlie says it was all rhetoric.

"If he had cancer, how would we treat him?" Sheen asked. "This disease of addiction is a form of cancer. You have to have an equal measure of concern and love and lift them up and so that's what we do for him."
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 01, 2011, 03:16:46 PM
I saw the Charlie Sheen LOLCatz elsewhere and one of the comments said "I can has rehab".  Classic.
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Post by: c-lando on March 01, 2011, 04:19:10 PM
I wonder if CBS has Mark Harmon on 24 hour watch to be sure he's super happy, sober, and wants for nothing.
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Post by: c-lando on March 17, 2011, 04:42:36 PM
Things I'm loving from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon...

- the hashtag game ("#hohohellno" will be my favorite phrase around Christmas time)
- Doll Posin' (they've only done it once so far but it was AMAZING. I want to see a Celebrity edition)
- Models and Buckets (watching dudes get coated with gnarly stuff for the chance to win $100 = awesdome)
- The Pro-Bowl Shuffle (Will Arnett's Farve was awesdome)
- Jimmy and Higgins doing about 3-5 minutes worth of jokes about MySpace and old-timey record/music during a recent PROS/CONS
They brought Doll Posin' back this week. SOOOOOOOOOO good. It might be my favorite 5-10 minutes on TV right now. I love seeing how people capture and interpret each doll so differently.
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Post by: rva on March 17, 2011, 05:02:02 PM
I want to be on "Battle of the Instant Bands" sooooo bad. 
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Post by: rva on March 17, 2011, 09:13:35 PM
Why is Aidan Quinn narrating this documentary on Irish-Americans?  Beyond the fact that he's Irish-American, I mean. 

I don't think he has the right tone for this.  I think he was going for soft-spoken, but it just comes out deadpan.  Really deadpan.  I seriously thought it was Steven Wright.
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Post by: rva on March 17, 2011, 10:09:04 PM
That stupid "Now I can speak Mandarin" chick on the Rosetta Stone ads drives me crazy.  She's just so damn smug about her skill.  Why do you have to speak Mandarin anyway?  What's so great about it?   READING Chinese might be nominally useful, but speaking it doesn't do jack.

I bet this chick also made her kid do that stupid "Learn to read at 6 months" program.  Why do you have to read at 6 months?   I didn't even speak English at 6 months, much less read it.  It never held me back from anything.  Lack of drive, disorganization, and a snotty attitude, yeah.  Inability to read?  No.
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Post by: Poncho on March 17, 2011, 11:39:16 PM
READING Chinese might be nominally useful, but speaking it doesn't do jack.

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Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze fuh ur-tze!   Dong Ma?
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Post by: rva on March 18, 2011, 12:17:02 AM
Not really.  Drool? and then somethingsomethingsomething? 

See?  Speaking Mandarin is useless.
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Post by: Dan on March 18, 2011, 10:23:06 AM
I was asked this week why, on Firefly, there is Chinese everywhere and they speak Chinese occasionally, yet there are no Chinese characters.

I couldn't answer. I knew the theory that the US and China ended being the two superpowers, etc, but why weren't there any Chinese IN THE ACTUAL SHOW?
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Post by: rva on March 18, 2011, 10:33:03 AM
Racism.
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Post by: c-lando on March 22, 2011, 09:56:35 AM
I am watching FIREFLY for the FIRST time on Science Channel. Yeah. You can be jealous that I'm getting to experience the fabulousness of the show for the first time.

I got The Greg to watch the 2 hour "Serenity" pilot and he was totally into it. YAY! However, I don't know if he realizes that it's not a new program. I'm afraid to tell him because he'll say that he doesn't want to watch it if he knows it is only one season long. He took the death of TERRIERS very hard and said he wasn't going to bother watching any new programs any more because all the good ones get cancelled. Oh man.
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Post by: Dan on March 22, 2011, 10:04:59 AM
I hope they show them in order, b/c otherwise the character development doesn't make much sense.
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Post by: Butter on March 22, 2011, 10:08:42 AM
I got The Greg to watch the 2 hour "Serenity" pilot and he was totally into it. YAY! However, I don't know if he realizes that it's not a new program. I'm afraid to tell him because he'll say that he doesn't want to watch it if he knows it is only one season long. He took the death of TERRIERS very hard and said he wasn't going to bother watching any new programs any more because all the good ones get cancelled. Oh man.

Uh yeah, he's going to be pissed.
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Post by: c-lando on March 22, 2011, 10:27:34 AM
I hope they show them in order, b/c otherwise the character development doesn't make much sense.
I'm pretty sure they are going in order. They better be going in order!!!!
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Post by: Dan on March 22, 2011, 01:17:34 PM
I got The Greg to watch the 2 hour "Serenity" pilot and he was totally into it. YAY! However, I don't know if he realizes that it's not a new program. I'm afraid to tell him because he'll say that he doesn't want to watch it if he knows it is only one season long. He took the death of TERRIERS very hard and said he wasn't going to bother watching any new programs any more because all the good ones get cancelled. Oh man.

Uh yeah, he's going to be pissed.

True dat.
At least the 2 hour movie explaining what happens next is already waiting for him.
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Post by: rva on March 22, 2011, 02:54:37 PM
I've still never seen a Joss Whedon show.  I'm sure I've caught like 5 minutes of Buffy here and there, but never a complete show or even close.  Not Buffy, not Firefly, not Dollhouse.
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Post by: foolsgold on March 22, 2011, 03:43:59 PM
I suspect that any and all controversy surrounding Glee is the perfect storm of things deserving derision:  Damon Albarn, the Kings of Leon, Ryan Murphy, Victoria Jackson.  The only thing missing is Pat Robertson blaming the Japan earthquakes on all that gay kissing.
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Post by: c-lando on March 22, 2011, 04:07:54 PM
I've still never seen a Joss Whedon show.  I'm sure I've caught like 5 minutes of Buffy here and there, but never a complete show or even close.  Not Buffy, not Firefly, not Dollhouse.
This surprises me and I'm not sure why. Maybe because I thought you had seen everything EVER.
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Post by: rva on March 22, 2011, 05:47:19 PM
I suck pretty bad at watching TV.  I've also never seen a J. J. Abrams show.
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Post by: Butter on March 23, 2011, 08:09:22 AM
I suck pretty bad at watching TV.  I've also never seen a J. J. Abrams show.

I'm with you on both Whedon and Abrams.  Don't know why, just hasn't happened.
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Post by: c-lando on March 23, 2011, 09:25:04 AM
I suck pretty bad at watching TV.  I've also never seen a J. J. Abrams show.

I'm with you on both Whedon and Abrams.  Don't know why, just hasn't happened.
!>!$!*&%!!!?!!$%!*!^!

You never watched LOST??!?!?!?! FOR REALS, PLAYER?
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Post by: dirk on March 23, 2011, 10:06:56 AM
On a tangent, it really annoys me how JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon are lumped together as similar and equals.  JJ Abrams comes up with some interesting ideas and then dumps the show on someone one.  This shows just in how uneven his shows are.  He gets them started and has a short term plan, but once his ideas run out, the shows usually take a nose dive (the big exception being Fringe, which got much better after he dumper it).  Hell, everyone credits him for Lost but by the end he wasn't involved with it at all.  Joss comes up with interesting ideas, but his strength lies in being a writer and show runner.  There is a reason Joss' shows don't go off the rails like Abrams, and that is because Joss is constantly involved with everything and has a vision for the show.  Even when he is no longer show running, he is still involved and everything goes through him.

I guess it just annoys me that Joss, who puts everything he has into shows to make them great, is lumped in (and sometime below) Abrams, who just comes up with a concept and them dumps it on other people to actually do and just sit backs and rakes in the money.
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Post by: c-lando on March 24, 2011, 08:27:58 AM
Steven Tyler makes me want to watch Idol this year.
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Post by: Poolio on March 24, 2011, 08:43:14 AM
I suck pretty bad at watching TV.  I've also never seen a J. J. Abrams show.

I'm with you on both Whedon and Abrams.  Don't know why, just hasn't happened.
!>!$!*&%!!!?!!$%!*!^!

You never watched LOST??!?!?!?! FOR REALS, PLAYER?
I've never watched it either... relentless hype about a show makes me MUCH less-inclined to watch it (in fact, I could give you a list of shows I've either had no interest in seeing or was so sick of hearing about how I "had" to see it that I flatout refused). Sidenote,  I (with Robbie Robot) did manage to win a BW3 trivia game entirely about Lost.
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Post by: Dan on March 24, 2011, 09:29:59 AM
Since I graduated college (2002), the total number of shows I can claim to have watched:

1. The Family Guy
2. The Simpsons
3. Arrested Development
4. Firefly

That's it. I may have seen an episode here or there for random show x, but I can't claim to actually know anything about it. So... I don't even know who JJ Abrams is beyond what I just read.
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Post by: Doug on March 24, 2011, 12:37:45 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-constantly-mentioning-he-doesnt-own-a-tel,429/
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Post by: Dan on March 24, 2011, 01:30:56 PM
I'm not one of those guys. I own a television ... 2 in fact, if you still count the old tube ones.
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Post by: Dan on March 24, 2011, 10:32:38 PM
Since I graduated college (2002), the total number of shows I can claim to have watched:

1. The Family Guy
2. The Simpsons
3. Arrested Development
4. Firefly

That's it. I may have seen an episode here or there for random show x, but I can't claim to actually know anything about it. So... I don't even know who JJ Abrams is beyond what I just read.

I'm an idiot. I completely forgot Burn Notice.
And I'm contemplating starting the 30 Rock sets since they are available on Netflix Streaming. Woo.
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Post by: c-lando on March 25, 2011, 08:32:48 AM
The Wire reimagined as a Victorian novel...

http://gawker.com/#!5785456/the-wire-reimagined-as-a-victorian-novel
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Post by: Butter on March 25, 2011, 08:41:53 AM
I've never watched it either... relentless hype about a show makes me MUCH less-inclined to watch it (in fact, I could give you a list of shows I've either had no interest in seeing or was so sick of hearing about how I "had" to see it that I flatout refused). Sidenote,  I (with Robbie Robot) did manage to win a BW3 trivia game entirely about Lost.

I think I just don't watch one hour dramas any more.  Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead really the only exceptions over the last 5-6 years.
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Post by: rva on March 25, 2011, 10:49:14 AM
I have no idea if Lost is good or not.  I assume it was.  I mean, critics generally seemed to like it as much as the viewing audience so it had appeal to all types.

But I can tell you that hearing a description of Lost makes it seem like absolute stupidest show ever.  I don't know if it's hard to capture in words or people are bad at describing it or what.

"So they're trying to get into this like.... hatch."

"Did you say 'hatch?' They're stuck on a desert island and they have nothing better to do than try to get into a random hatch?

"Yeah because these weird people and like this monster are trying to kill them?

"They're stuck on a desert island AND people are trying to kill them and they've got nothing better to do than try to break into some random hatch?"

"Well yeah, because all the strange things are happening.  Like people disappear."

"They're stuck on a desert island AND people are trying to kill them AND people are disappearing, and they're trying to get into a hatch?  A HATCH?  Who gives a crap about a hatch?  What could be so important about a hatch with all this other stuff going on?"

"I don't know.  That's why it's so cool."
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 25, 2011, 11:23:27 AM
Well, they were doing pretty much anything they could to get off the island, they assumed if there had been people there before there might have been something in there that would be of help (radios, maps, transportation of some sort)... and really, there was.  What were they supposed to do, sit around eating coconuts, scratching at their sand fleas, and waiting for someone to kill them?  Sounds to me like the people you talked to about just aren't good at explaining themselves cause it really wasn't that difficult to understand.
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Post by: Poncho on March 25, 2011, 12:38:54 PM
Seconded.  They were trying to get in the hatch because they were trying to get off said island.  Also, the TV audience knew it was a monster... the people on the island didn't know what it was and the people describing it to you sort of jumped ahead, they didn't know there were bad people on the island until later.

I'm not claiming that Lost is the best.show.eva but the first 2 seasons were extremely good.  The longer it wore on, the worse it got.  That said, not watching it because they are trying to open a hatch is NOT the reason you should/shouldn't watch the show.
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Post by: rva on March 25, 2011, 01:29:26 PM
I'm sure it was actually a pretty good show and the writers properly foreshadowed the hatch of being of significance (if indeed it was) and all.

But it was one of those you never really know what's happening kind of shows, right?  And I guess part of the appeal was they would drop all these possible hints and maybe some of them panned out and some didn't and some panned out in unexpected ways.

So basically, you're trying to explain what is happening to someone when you yourself actually have no idea what is happening.  I imagine it's pretty tough to do.

"Okay, so that guy is dead?" 

"Yeah.  No.  I don't know.  He's not dead now.  Well I mean maybe he is, but he's alive in the present storyline.  Which may take place in the past.  Not as a flashback.  I mean they actually traveled back in time.  Or maybe it is a flashback.  Or future.  Or an alternate reality.  Or an alternate past.  Or not be real at all.  Or maybe he didn't actually die when we thought he did." 
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Post by: c-lando on March 25, 2011, 01:31:26 PM
"Okay, so that guy is dead?" 

"Yeah.  No.  I don't know.  He's not dead now.  Well I mean maybe he is, but he's alive in the present storyline.  Which may take place in the past.  Not as a flashback.  I mean they actually traveled back in time.  Or maybe it is a flashback.  Or future.  Or an alternate reality.  Or an alternate past.  Or not be real at all.  Or maybe he didn't actually die when we thought he did." 
Yeah. Lots of this.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 25, 2011, 02:38:47 PM
Yeah, but that's what made it an engaging show to watch.  And I disagree that it got worse as it wore on, there was one season that was kinda... hey, hey, lets get on track here, and they did.  And the ending was kinda iffy, but there's nothing they could have done that would have exceeded the buildup, it was still really cool getting there.
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Post by: Butter on March 25, 2011, 03:33:12 PM
Yeah, but that's what made it an engaging show to watch.

Really?  Because it sounds really fucking annoying.
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Post by: Poolio on March 25, 2011, 03:47:43 PM
Yeah, but that's what made it an engaging show to watch.

Really?  Because it sounds really fucking annoying.
Apparently, it wasn't annoying if you watched every episode. It's not a show you can just start watching midseason 3 and expect to know what the hell is going on.
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Post by: Doug on March 25, 2011, 04:12:41 PM
Watch Lost, don't watch Lost, whatever.
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Post by: Dan on March 25, 2011, 04:13:11 PM
Watch Lost, don't watch Lost, whatever.

Doug loves messageboard conversations.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 25, 2011, 04:24:04 PM
Yeah, but that's what made it an engaging show to watch.

Really?  Because it sounds really fucking annoying.

As annoying as people complaining about a TV show that they've never seen?   ;D
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Post by: rva on March 25, 2011, 04:54:35 PM
Yeah, but that's what made it an engaging show to watch.

Really?  Because it sounds really fucking annoying.
Apparently, it wasn't annoying if you watched every episode. It's not a show you can just start watching midseason 3 and expect to know what the hell is going on.

Yeah see, that's what I always said.  That it didn't sound like the kind of show you could start in the middle and have any clue what was going on. 

The response was always "Oh no.  That's okay.  We really don't know what's going on, either!"

Which is not exactly something that makes me want to run out and watch the show.

Again, this has nothing to do with the quality of the show itself.  I'm just saying that if you didn't watch the show for the first season or so, you had every incentive to keep not watching the show because it sounds so stupid when people talk about it.

There was a time where I felt like I should rent the DVD's and catch up so I'd at least know what the buzz what about.  But the longer I waited the more work that would be and the less enticing it seemed.

The other thing is, Lost seemed to touch off all these other shows that were the same way... mystery shows with continuing storylines.  And I'd *always* miss the first season and then be like "eh, screw it." 

Most of these shows I think owe a heavy debt to Tivo. Because that was what allowed you to not miss any episode and to watch them when you were able to pay attention.  And rewind bits to see them again if you thought they were important.  And I didn't get a DVR until two years ago.  So I basically missed out on ALL the serial-style shows unless they were on HBO when I had it.
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Post by: Dan on March 25, 2011, 07:25:36 PM
Random TV thought:

I have a love for those Northwestern Mutual commercials they play during the NCAA tournament. Actually, it's not the visuals - thats just a bunch of words building on a pillar, more or less - but the music. Good lord do I love that music.
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Post by: Doug on March 28, 2011, 03:30:41 PM
Watch Lost, don't watch Lost, whatever.

Doug loves messageboard conversations.

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Post by: Rafe on March 28, 2011, 05:28:56 PM
Haha, Doug :)

Lost sounds a bit like Twin Peaks in it's concept, but I might be well off, there. Never seen Lost, But I fucking loved Twin Peaks. Brilliant, massively flawed TV show. One of the only telly series I own on DVD. I even have the series with Bowie and that backwards talking midget in it. not quite as polished as the first series, but yeah. loved that programme. I sat a row away from Julee Cruise on a flight from Germany, once. she was with the B-52's. That woman actually looked like a goldfish.
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Post by: c-lando on April 01, 2011, 02:47:01 PM
I finally watched an episode of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? on NBC and loved it. I had watched a few episodes of the PBS show and really enjoyed it but never thought to watch the NBC show that is similar. I decided to watch the Steve Buscemi episode and LOVED it. I'm really looking forward to tonight's episode. Figures that it is a season finale when I finally start watching it.
Lu - are you into this show? Seems like it would be your kind of thing with all your genealogy trips and stuff.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 01, 2011, 03:23:10 PM
Oh lord she loves it. We have six seasons of the UK original Divx'd here
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Post by: c-lando on April 01, 2011, 04:02:51 PM
Oh lord she loves it. We have six seasons of the UK original Divx'd here
I didn't even know it was a BBC show first. Guess I should have known as much. COOL.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 01, 2011, 07:02:03 PM
I caught the BBC version on one of my trips there and was very happy when they brought the concept here.
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Post by: Poolio on April 01, 2011, 08:20:39 PM
I loved the PBS episodes but always forget to watch the NBC ones. A great concept that is very well done and really, really interesting.
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Post by: rva on April 01, 2011, 09:09:20 PM
Yeah, I've only seen that show a couple of times but I dig it.  That stuff fascinates me.  Too bad I'll never know any of that stuff about my family.



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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 01, 2011, 11:41:14 PM
You never know, though. Yo-Yo Ma had one of the family histories that went back the furthest. It was just amazing!

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/facesofamerica/profiles/yo-yo-ma/7/
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 02, 2011, 12:03:39 PM
One of the scariest things I've watched? Nova's Venom: Nature's Killer. I would not want to have been a cameraman on this show (much less one of the scientists catching the snakes). Yikes!
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Post by: Poncho on April 02, 2011, 04:21:10 PM
I saw a replay of that show from a few years ago where the elephant carried the log camera through the jungle.  That is still INSANELY cool.
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Post by: c-lando on April 04, 2011, 10:03:56 AM
I finally watched an episode of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? on NBC and loved it. I had watched a few episodes of the PBS show and really enjoyed it but never thought to watch the NBC show that is similar. I decided to watch the Steve Buscemi episode and LOVED it. I'm really looking forward to tonight's episode. Figures that it is a season finale when I finally start watching it.
Lu - are you into this show? Seems like it would be your kind of thing with all your genealogy trips and stuff.
Not sure why I thought the season was ending. But, it's not. Next week's episode centers around Ashely Judd. Nice that in coincides with the new Judds show on OWN. Someone must owe Oprah a favor. :)
Went back and watched the Lionel Richie and Kim Cattrall episodes ON DEMAND. GOOOOOOOO STUFF.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 04, 2011, 02:10:21 PM
I'm rather amazed how many have had Tennessee (specifically Nashville) connections.
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Post by: Poolio on April 04, 2011, 06:18:38 PM
I'm amazed that Grey's anatomy is still on the air... I had completely forgotten it existed until I saw a summary of a recent episode on imdb.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 27, 2011, 10:02:57 AM
Susan Sarandon still looks HOT in the milk commercial. Perky boobage.

I'll give her milk any time she wants.
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Post by: rva on April 30, 2011, 09:11:44 PM
The Michael Scott goodbye office episode was actually pretty good.  It was a little bit schmaltzy, but that was appropriate.  I actually liked that it made them keep the humor more subtle.

I dug Andy doing the sales call in the Go To Hell Nantucket Reds. 
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Post by: c-lando on May 04, 2011, 10:40:32 AM
This week's episode of NCIS was amazing!!!! Everything I ever wanted without knowing I wanted it. Now I want more flashbacks!!!!
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 13, 2011, 06:15:58 AM
Skins Season 5: I ripped all 8 episodes to my iPad and watched a couple of them on my flight to England on Tuesday night. I have to say I think the series felt back on track with this all-new cast and was enjoyable once again. Crappity-crap-crap seasons 3 & 4 have thus been expunged from my memory banks
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Post by: Poolio on May 13, 2011, 07:30:22 AM
Looking forward to the Doctor Who episode tomorrow that was written by Neil Gaiman. It's getting all sorts of good talk..
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Post by: Poncho on May 14, 2011, 01:55:19 PM
It looks to be an amazing season and the Gaiman episode has the most intriguing title I've probably ever seen ("The Doctor's Wife" for the less aware), but the "Who-verse" has been hyping the "ZOMG NEIL GAIMAN WROTE AN EPISODE AND IT'S COMING SOON" since like 2009.  I'm not sure that even if it's the 2nd greatest thing television has ever seen that it could live up to the hype... it would have to be #1 at this point.
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Post by: Poolio on May 14, 2011, 10:13:51 PM
It looks to be an amazing season and the Gaiman episode has the most intriguing title I've probably ever seen ("The Doctor's Wife" for the less aware), but the "Who-verse" has been hyping the "ZOMG NEIL GAIMAN WROTE AN EPISODE AND IT'S COMING SOON" since like 2009.  I'm not sure that even if it's the 2nd greatest thing television has ever seen that it could live up to the hype... it would have to be #1 at this point.

Well, it was certainly one of the best Doctor Who episodes I've ever seen (and I'm the daughter of a huge fan). Gaiman's fingerprints were all over it, it was creepy, funny and sweet.
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Post by: Poncho on May 15, 2011, 05:32:19 PM
It really was one of the best ones out there.  The writing was superb and it had a much deeper emotional attachment than any we've seen in a long time.
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Post by: scurvygirl on May 15, 2011, 05:59:48 PM
Skins Season 5: I ripped all 8 episodes to my iPad and watched a couple of them on my flight to England on Tuesday night. I have to say I think the series felt back on track with this all-new cast and was enjoyable once again. Crappity-crap-crap seasons 3 & 4 have thus been expunged from my memory banks

Ooh! Good to know, I'll have to check out Season 5. 3 was such shit that I stopped watching it a few episodes in.


And as for the Gaiman episode of Doctor Who, it was wonderful.
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Post by: Poolio on May 15, 2011, 06:56:30 PM
It really was one of the best ones out there.  The writing was superb and it had a much deeper emotional attachment than any we've seen in a long time.
Yeah, I'll own up to getting a little misty-eyed at the end of the episode.
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Post by: Poncho on May 16, 2011, 09:38:23 PM
Without saying too much, especially since Rafe missed the ep, that thing that happened at the end... you know... the thing that wasn't supposed to happen, but did... that was perhaps one of the most meaningless, yet touching little details I've ever seen.  It means nothing in the overall Who story, but it sure made almost every fan watching proud.  They probably nodded to themselves and said something like "HA! I knew that was true!"
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Post by: c-lando on June 01, 2011, 09:28:26 AM
Yes. Yes. And Please!!!!

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2011/06/eric-holder-will-not-rest-until-hbo-brings-back-wire/38337/
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Post by: dirk on June 01, 2011, 09:41:29 AM
Just got done watching Skins series 5 and am not sold on this season.  I didn't dislike series 3/4 nearly as much as other people, but I just don't feel much attachment to the characters this series.  None of them seem like standout characters I really like, whereas the other casts at least had a couple characters that I really liked. It was definitely enjoyable, I'm just not sold on this cast like I was the other ones.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 01, 2011, 10:23:38 AM
IMHO S5 pisses all over S3 & S4. Back to its original style I thought?!
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Post by: rva on June 01, 2011, 10:28:01 AM
If it came down to watching an episode of Skins (any country, any season) vs watching Glee vs eating a plate of steaming hot shit, my only question would be "Do you have any mayonnaise?"
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 01, 2011, 01:51:58 PM
Having watched some more episodes, my problem with "Sons of Anarchy" - and something which completely undermines its concept - is the fact that nobody.... and I mean NObody.... ever swears. These 'hard' bikers are too cool to cuss, really? Fuck off.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 06, 2011, 08:54:52 PM
I'm loving Christian Slater in Breaking In. Too bad there will likely only be 7 episodes. :(
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Post by: Butter on June 07, 2011, 08:35:57 AM
I'm loving Christian Slater in Breaking In. Too bad there will likely only be 7 episodes. :(

Yes.  We watched one, liked it, but when I found out it was already cancelled I stopped watching.  It was not picked up for next year.
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Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on June 07, 2011, 09:45:26 PM
James Lipton (to the cast of Modern Family): Jesse, what is your least favorite word?
Jesse: panties
James Lipton: And Mitchell?
Jesse as Mitchell: moist.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on June 08, 2011, 12:52:31 PM
James Lipton (to the cast of Modern Family): Jesse, what is your least favorite word?
Jesse: panties
James Lipton: And Mitchell?
Jesse as Mitchell: moist.

YAY!
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Post by: c-lando on June 08, 2011, 01:04:17 PM
James Lipton (to the cast of Modern Family): Jesse, what is your least favorite word?
Jesse: panties
James Lipton: And Mitchell?
Jesse as Mitchell: moist.

YAY!
BOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Post by: Dan on June 08, 2011, 01:53:53 PM
James Lipton (to the cast of Modern Family): Jesse, what is your least favorite word?
Jesse: panties
James Lipton: And Mitchell?
Jesse as Mitchell: moist.

YAY!
BOOOOOOOOOOOO!


YAAAYYYY for this exchange.
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Post by: Butter on June 10, 2011, 02:54:43 PM
Only getting into Community in the last part of last season, I have to say that I thought their first couple of shows were clearly terrible.  But the more I watched at the end of last year, the more they were clearly onto something.  Having watched this whole season, I can honestly say that there are few things funnier than select episodes of this show.

The episode that was supposed to be like "My Dinner with Andre" was fucking brilliant, although not really a gut buster.  Almost the entire first 10 minutes was just a single scene of Abed gabbing on and on to Jeff Winger about... lots of things.  The longer the scene went on, the more I anticipated it's end.  When it didn't come, I waited longer.  And finally I realized what they were trying to do.  Even when it's not funny, it's incredibly entertaining.

Yes, there was a time or two this season that I thought they may have made Pierce just far too unlikeable to actually remain in the group, but I am a full-on Community fan now, which made this article I came across all the more enjoyable:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/dan-harmon-walks-us-through-communitys-second-seas,57085/

It is maybe the most detailed article about a TV show I have ever read, with the creator of the show himself spending loads of time deconstructing each episode of the 2nd season and the rationale and creative process behind each decision.  Great great read if you are a fan of the show.

Although they really need to figure out what to do with Ken Jeong, STAT.  He is out of place.
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Post by: c-lando on June 10, 2011, 03:03:26 PM
Yay for the Community love!!! Danny Pudi is AMAZING!!! Watching him in that "My Dinner with Andre" episode (along with my FAAAAAAAAVORITE episode of all time - the one about Annie's missing pen) makes me want to start casting that kid in EVERYTHING. He reminds me a lot of Jim Parsons in that they both will take a 5 minute monologue and spit it back at you like it was nothing. It would be a joy to create material for both of them.
I'll have to check out that AV Club article some time. Thanks for posting it.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 13, 2011, 08:12:08 AM
The D&D episode was pretty fantastic.
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Post by: c-lando on June 13, 2011, 09:26:55 AM
The second season of THE WALKING DEAD is filming all over town right now. I would try to go out and see some of the filming but I think I might freak the eff out if I actually saw any of the zombies out and about.
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Post by: rva on June 13, 2011, 03:54:17 PM
I was reading some Game of Thrones episode recaps/spoilers today and I had no idea what they were talking about.  It was all completely confusing and impossible to follow.  I couldn't even keep track of all the characters, much less all the subplots they were involved in.

The sad part about this is I have read all the books.

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Post by: Poncho on June 13, 2011, 05:07:47 PM
We saw our first episode the other week by accident.  We were at a hotel and turned the tube on.  There was SQUAT on and neither of us had any idea what the show was about, having dropped all pay channels, so we went in blind.  It wasn't hard to figure out the basic gist, I'll give them that... but what a stinker.

I read about it afterwards, but that didn't change the fact that we thought it was a seriously dumb show.
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Post by: Juliana on June 19, 2011, 10:27:36 PM
The second season of THE WALKING DEAD is filming all over town right now. I would try to go out and see some of the filming but I think I might freak the eff out if I actually saw any of the zombies out and about.


If you do see them, please ask them why they aren't showing new eps until October?  Please also don't let them eat your braaaaains so you can report back.  ;)
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Post by: dirk on June 19, 2011, 11:23:02 PM
So I heard a lot about The Killing on AMC, so I checked it out.  IT wasn't great, but the mystery was interesting enough o keep me watching.  So tonight was the season finale, and boy did it suck.  No answers at all.  I feel like I wasted 13 hours of my life and got nothing in return for it.  I sure won't be watching season 2.
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Post by: c-lando on June 20, 2011, 09:25:56 AM
The second season of THE WALKING DEAD is filming all over town right now. I would try to go out and see some of the filming but I think I might freak the eff out if I actually saw any of the zombies out and about.


If you do see them, please ask them why they aren't showing new eps until October?  Please also don't let them eat your braaaaains so you can report back.  ;)
HAHAHAHAH. Will do!
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 23, 2011, 10:14:31 PM
I love that last week's White Collar had both Danny and Chris Masterson as guest stars. Yes, they did play brothers.
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Post by: c-lando on June 24, 2011, 12:07:47 PM
I love that last week's White Collar had both Danny and Chris Masterson as guest stars. Yes, they did play brothers.
YAY!!! They don't do that enough!
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Post by: c-lando on July 18, 2011, 04:10:43 PM
Last week's LOUIE was aaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing.
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Post by: clemsonfan on July 18, 2011, 04:13:21 PM
Anyone watching Wilfred besides Butter and I? That is a pretty weird show.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 18, 2011, 04:24:02 PM
We watched a couple of eps.  It is weird, I liked it, but I think Julie was less impressed with it because of the toilet humor.
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Post by: MissKitty on July 18, 2011, 06:23:50 PM
CR and I are watching it.
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Post by: c-lando on July 25, 2011, 12:30:19 PM
Louie's youngest daughter saying she's bored = Gollum
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Post by: cuddlyevil on July 29, 2011, 10:11:29 AM
I am still really, really suspicious of NBC's retooling of "Prime Suspect". Thinktv's choosing to air the original is not making it any easier for me.

And, another charlie's angels? Really? REALLY?
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Post by: Butter on July 29, 2011, 10:24:44 AM
IFC is showing Season One (of 2) of the original Wilfred from Australia this weekend.  Sunday from noon to 4 or 5.

The same guy plays the dog in both countries' versions, so that will be familiar.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 29, 2011, 10:33:06 AM
Why do we need remakes of all of these shows?  Just because The Office worked out?  Can't American writers come up with their own concepts?
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Post by: Poolio on July 29, 2011, 10:44:55 AM
Can't American writers come up with their own concepts?

I think you know the answer to that question.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 29, 2011, 11:08:57 AM
Well, yeah.  Clearly they can't, but for the life of me I don't understand why they can't.  Or can they and the studios just can't be bothered to finance them?
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Post by: Poolio on July 29, 2011, 11:50:34 AM
Well, yeah.  Clearly they can't, but for the life of me I don't understand why they can't.  Or can they and the studios just can't be bothered to finance them?

I am sure that's a big part of it. I'd wager that there are some kickass pilots made that never see the light of day because the studio doesn't think it'll work or that it won't hold viewers for more than a couple episodes.
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Post by: Butter on July 29, 2011, 12:00:06 PM
"Why do we need remakes of all these shows?"  Have you seen how many cable channels there are?  Multiply that by 24 hours in a day.  That's how many hours they need to fill. 

I think there are lots of original shows out there, but why not Americanize some foreign stuff if it will translate well?  It's hardly like prime time is being taken over by all remakes or something.  If anything, the last couple of years has seen some great creativity come out from cable and pay-TV channels (heck, even the networks occasionally take some chances) that was lacking in the early '00's.  They're all fighting for diminished share of audience.  They've gotta do something.
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Post by: c-lando on July 29, 2011, 12:41:44 PM
Speaking of American TV, BBCAmerica is finally going to start airing OUTNUMBERED. WOOHOO!
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Post by: rva on July 29, 2011, 03:13:23 PM
The weird thing is, from an American perspective you'd think that the BBC was some super-incredible channel(s) because everything that comes from there over here does well or seems interesting.  But of course that's because we're skimming off the top.  BBC is generally awful.

Two Pints makes me fly into a Paula Colesian rage within 15 seconds of viewing.
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Post by: rva on July 29, 2011, 03:25:04 PM
Here is the thing about Two Pints-- it's on ALL THE TIME.  It's like the BBC Two and a Half Men, only with much worse acting, muchmuchmuchmuch worse production, and somehow also even worse writing.
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Post by: rva on July 29, 2011, 03:40:16 PM
And here is the other thing about Two Pints.

It's like this weird thing where, if an actress is bad they automatically become hotter.  It's like your mind plays tricks on you by trying to get your attention away from the bad acting.  And there's a perverse internal justification too, like "Boy this chick sucks.  Why is she on TV if she's this bad?  It must be because she's hot.  Yeah, that's it.  She's hot.  Just focus on that, don't think about the acting."

There's a related effect where if an actress is supposed to play someone somewhat attractive and they really aren't that attractive, they get hotter.  It's like "hmm.... why is she on tv in this role if she's not hot?  It must be that she IS hot and I'm missing it.  There has to be some elusive, mystery quality here..." and then you start to believe it.

And so these factors combine to make Sheridan Smith absolutely the hottest woman on the planet.  And the other two aren't far behind.  The only thing that could be hotter is a steaming pile of dog feces with two human breasts plopped on top of it.

Except they aren't hot.  Not at all.  And they can't act.  And the show sucks.  It's torture.   But some part of my brain keeps telling me Sheridan Smith is smoking hot, so I have to keep watching her.

AND THAT JUST MAKES ME EVEN MORE MAD.



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Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 29, 2011, 05:18:08 PM
She isn't hot.

Not one iota hot.

Her acting resembles that of a glove puppet.

Two Pints is shit.
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Post by: rva on July 29, 2011, 05:38:21 PM
Wow, weird.  Someone told me they just cancelled it.  Thank God.
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Post by: rva on July 29, 2011, 05:50:04 PM
Wow.  They just told me Big Top was cancelled last year, too.  There might nothing keeping me from going to the UK now. 
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 29, 2011, 07:20:12 PM
Rafe still lives there
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 29, 2011, 08:46:07 PM
I just want us to get QI! I'd even take years-old reruns.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 02, 2011, 12:28:32 PM
So, anyway, Netflix offered up all 12 episodes of two seasons of the BBC's "Survivors"

We suckered ourselves into them all.

What a load of pants.

Not even any naked women.
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Post by: MissKitty on August 02, 2011, 01:01:17 PM
Survivors had a great premise and started out pretty good, but it went south rapidly. Plot holes galore!
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Post by: Poolio on August 09, 2011, 08:42:49 AM
Bummer. I love Eureka. (http://www.imdb.com/news/ni13847267/) But, Sci-fi has an interesting history of canceling shows...
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 09, 2011, 12:56:05 PM
Yeah - Warehouse 13 was cancelled at the end of last season but then there were new shows this summer. I completely missed where announced they are going the blatant product placement route to bring it back.
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Post by: Poolio on August 09, 2011, 02:27:39 PM
Yep, they did that with a season of Eureka too. The whole season was sponsored by Degree and it was in every freaking episode... >:(
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Post by: dirk on August 09, 2011, 04:31:35 PM
Degree?  Really?  I'm not against corporate sponsorship per se, but that just seems like it would be REALLY hard to work into every episode of a sci-fi show.  It's more of a challenge than a sponsorship at that point.
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Post by: Chris on August 09, 2011, 05:47:50 PM
On the plus side, Wilfred was renewed.

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Post by: Poolio on August 09, 2011, 06:17:54 PM
Degree?  Really?  I'm not against corporate sponsorship per se, but that just seems like it would be REALLY hard to work into every episode of a sci-fi show.  It's more of a challenge than a sponsorship at that point.

Indeed. The first few episodes were a bit nutty, it leveled off after that...
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Post by: Poncho on August 09, 2011, 06:42:38 PM
Sci-Fi (still not going there) is basically a joke of a channel anymore.  They cancel anything and everything on a whim.  It's basically all ghost hunters, wrestling and bogus reality shows now.  I love wrestling, but still can't find the connection to science fiction... fiction, yes....
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Post by: MissKitty on August 09, 2011, 07:27:22 PM
Glad to hear Wilfred has been renewed!
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Post by: Juliana on August 09, 2011, 08:44:46 PM
I actually watch 2 shows on Sci-Fi..SyFy..Sify, whatever.
Merlin (no, really, I like it)
and Haven
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 09, 2011, 10:02:20 PM
I still quite like Alphas and enjoy Whorehouse 13 every so often so Psi-Phi still seems like a half-decent channel to me
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 10, 2011, 02:36:54 PM
They're remaking "bewitched", not only that but the people who made the crap movie are involved in the redo of the tv show.
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Post by: Juliana on August 10, 2011, 02:51:02 PM
This is only slightly embarassing, but I really thought the Bewitched movie was cute.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 10, 2011, 03:04:01 PM
I thought it was kind of cute too, but that doesn't mean it's still not a crap movie  ;)
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Post by: Dan on August 10, 2011, 04:35:13 PM
The main problem with Bewitched (the TV show...and I assume the movie) is that she says stuff like "master is there anything else I can do for you?" and the answer is obvious yet he never goes there.

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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 10, 2011, 04:48:27 PM
Dan, if they were going that route then it'd end up on HBO or cinemax.
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Post by: rva on August 10, 2011, 05:16:12 PM
I think Dan is already watching the porno version of "Bewitched."

Either that or he is confusing "Bewitched" with "I Dream of Jeannie."
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Post by: Poolio on August 10, 2011, 07:47:53 PM
Either that or he is confusing "Bewitched" with "I Dream of Jeannie."
HAHAHAHA!!

Unrelated: Personal friend*, Wil Wheaton, posted the link to this today:

(http://i.imgur.com/QIcjG.jpg)





*Not really.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 10, 2011, 07:52:07 PM
The next season of "Spooks" (UK name) MI5 (US name) is, sadly, the last.

Love that show
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Post by: Dan on August 11, 2011, 09:29:58 AM
I think Dan is already watching the porno version of "Bewitched."

Either that or he is confusing "Bewitched" with "I Dream of Jeannie."

Either or?
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Post by: Kwyjibo on August 11, 2011, 09:38:19 AM
Haven will probably be next to get canned by Psai-phy.  You know, cause it's actually good.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 16, 2011, 12:29:23 AM
The actor who portrayed Iago on Torchwood showed up on Warehouse 13 last week. It was nice to see him.
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Post by: va-vacious on August 16, 2011, 05:20:37 PM
I am so ready for some fall tv. I accidentally watched Bachelor Pad last night, and I think I felt brain cells dying.
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Post by: Poncho on August 16, 2011, 07:42:24 PM
The actor who portrayed Iago...

Or Ianto... ;)
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 16, 2011, 08:50:23 PM
Doesn't g=nt in Welsh? ;)
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Post by: scurvygirl on August 16, 2011, 09:59:03 PM
The actor who portrayed Iago...

Or Ianto... ;)

Ha! <3 Ianto! Agreed, it was really nice to see him on Warehouse.
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Post by: dirk on August 16, 2011, 11:10:04 PM
I am really enjoying this season of Warehouse 13.  Until this season, I thought it was an okay show, that was entertaining enough to watch.  They seem to have really hit their stride this season with the new guy, more Claudia (yeah!) and the evil FBI agent.  This week's episode was brilliant.  You had an "enhanced" Claudia and Lena and her giant.....wings.
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Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on August 28, 2011, 11:11:46 AM
Last week's LOUIE was aaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing.
If this is a reference to the episode with the subway sequence and his talk with Pam about his feelings then I wholly 110% agree. Probably now one of my favorite 10 episodes in Televison history
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Post by: c-lando on August 29, 2011, 12:33:02 PM
Last week's LOUIE was aaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing.
If this is a reference to the episode with the subway sequence and his talk with Pam about his feelings then I wholly 110% agree. Probably now one of my favorite 10 episodes in Televison history
I actually posted after the Joan Rivers one. But, that one was also amazing, but for different reasons.
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Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on August 29, 2011, 12:55:25 PM
The Joan Rivers episode was the first one I ever saw. I was instantly hooked.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 03, 2011, 06:00:49 PM
"The Hard Times of RJ Berger" = "The Inbetweeners" meets "Gavin & Stacey" meets "Freaks & Geeks" meets "Ron Jeremy"

This must have got lost in MTV's impenetrable programming as it took Netflix to introduce me to its snappy humour
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Post by: Poolio on September 12, 2011, 09:25:44 AM
Dear Doctor Who,

Last week, you had me freaked out with all the creepy dollhouse stuff. This week you made me cry. Damn you.  >:(
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Post by: dirk on September 12, 2011, 10:29:58 AM
Wow, the finale for Torchwood was a total let down.  I really like the early part of the series, but the longer it went, the worse it got.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 12, 2011, 09:58:35 PM
Dear Doctor Who,

Last week, you had me freaked out with all the creepy dollhouse stuff. This week you made me cry. Damn you.  >:(
I'm glad to know it wasn't just me.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 13, 2011, 01:29:58 PM
Rebecca Mader (Charlotte in "Lost") turns up on "Alphas"

Hubba

Hubba Hubba!
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Post by: cuddlyevil on September 14, 2011, 10:38:49 AM
Apparently the producers of Ringer put more money into the cast than the effects because holy green screen batman! That was plain terrible. It seemed good enough until then, it definitely has promise to be a good show but I don't know if I'll stick with it.
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Post by: Poolio on September 14, 2011, 10:54:20 AM
Dear Doctor Who,

Last week, you had me freaked out with all the creepy dollhouse stuff. This week you made me cry. Damn you.  >:(
I'm glad to know it wasn't just me.

Yep. Old Amy said "Tell your Amy that I'm giving her the days..." and I lost it.
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Post by: dirk on September 14, 2011, 01:10:45 PM
Apparently the producers of Ringer put more money into the cast than the effects because holy green screen batman! That was plain terrible. It seemed good enough until then, it definitely has promise to be a good show but I don't know if I'll stick with it.
That was my thought exactly.  The 2 SMGs didn't look too bad, but the whole boat sequence was beyond terrible.  I figure I'll stick with it to see if it gets better and they fill some of the plot holes (why doesn't she wonder why here sister took her out to the middle of the ocean and drugged just to commit suicide?).  As I said before, it has the potential to be good, but if they do it wrong, it has the potential to be exceeding, horribly bad.
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Post by: Poncho on September 14, 2011, 08:40:21 PM
1. Mrs. Poncho was weeping when Old Amy said that.

2. That boat scene in Ringers was the cheesiest special effect I have seen on television since the 5th doctor.
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Post by: c-lando on September 15, 2011, 10:48:26 AM
Apparently the producers of Ringer put more money into the cast than the effects because holy green screen batman! That was plain terrible. It seemed good enough until then, it definitely has promise to be a good show but I don't know if I'll stick with it.
That was my thought exactly.  The 2 SMGs didn't look too bad, but the whole boat sequence was beyond terrible.  I figure I'll stick with it to see if it gets better and they fill some of the plot holes (why doesn't she wonder why here sister took her out to the middle of the ocean and drugged just to commit suicide?).  As I said before, it has the potential to be good, but if they do it wrong, it has the potential to be exceeding, horribly bad.
YOWZA! You nailed it with the "potential to be exceedingly, horribly bad", dirk. I think I'll give it one more episode but it is not really appealing to me AT ALL. Oh, SMG. WHY!?!?!
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Post by: cuddlyevil on September 15, 2011, 11:41:15 AM
C-lando, have you seen any of the cast interviews? SMG cuts people off or talks over them, the snippets they showed during the preview show last week were cringe inducing. The more I read about the show, the more wary I am--but it's not on Fox so that's one positive. At least the CW will give it a shot, even if it does suck (I'm looking at you hellcats).

I'm just excited for Supernatural next week, America's Next Top Model (last night), and my new guilty pleasure vampire diaries (even though I can't get the image of Paul Wesley's character from Roll Bounce out of my head).

And on a totally unrelated note: I firmly believe that this will be the last season for CSI, they have not stated that it is but Ted Danson--really?
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Post by: Juliana on September 15, 2011, 11:43:33 AM
Ted Danson was freaking amazing on Damages though.
Plus isn't he on some HBO show that people love?
I'm kind of excited because of him.
...
that came out wrong.

you know what i mean.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on September 15, 2011, 11:49:17 AM
I know he's good but it just seems like they're trying really, really hard to keep the show going when it should be allowed a natural death. And I say that as someone who's been watching the show from the beginning.
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Post by: Butter on September 15, 2011, 11:52:26 AM
I know he's good but it just seems like they're trying really, really hard to keep the show going when it should be allowed a natural death.

Are you sure about that?  Let's zoom in.

*zoom*

Nope, you can see right there.  This is clearly not a natural death.  Someone wanted CSI dead.

*removes sunglasses*

But who?
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Post by: Juliana on September 15, 2011, 12:01:54 PM
hehe, Who.

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Post by: Kwyjibo on September 15, 2011, 01:15:32 PM
I know he's good but it just seems like they're trying really, really hard to keep the show going when it should be allowed a natural death.

Are you sure about that?  Let's zoom in.

*zoom*

Nope, you can see right there.  This is clearly not a natural death.  Someone wanted CSI dead.

*removes sunglasses*

But who?

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

You're the Buttman.
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Post by: va-vacious on September 15, 2011, 09:27:25 PM
my new guilty pleasure vampire diaries (even though I can't get the image of Paul Wesley's character from Roll Bounce out of my head).



I lurve Vampire Diaries! It's not even a guilty pleasure... I feel no shame whatsoever. :) And I'm seriously looking forward to seeing Stephan as a bad guy, and maybe Damon without a shirt.
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Post by: Poncho on September 15, 2011, 10:01:35 PM
_sarYH0z948
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Post by: Poncho on September 15, 2011, 10:49:48 PM
Apparently the producers of Ringer put more money into the cast than the effects because holy green screen batman! That was plain terrible. It seemed good enough until then, it definitely has promise to be a good show but I don't know if I'll stick with it.

For anyone that missed it:

ldrbyq8uH8c
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Post by: rva on September 16, 2011, 01:37:08 AM
I don't think the green screen was anywhere near the worst part of that clip.  I mean, it was really awful and all.  Just not as bad as well, everything else:  the acting, the plot, the camera work, etc.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is straight up terrible.  Plus I hate her as a person, too.  I don't even know why.  I just know the only reason why I don't want to punch her in the nose is because it looks like someone already beat me to it.
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Post by: Butter on September 16, 2011, 06:24:33 AM
I don't think the green screen was anywhere near the worst part of that clip.  I mean, it was really awful and all.  Just not as bad as well, everything else:  the acting, the plot, the camera work, etc.

That was the worst acting this side of basic cable.
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Post by: dirk on September 16, 2011, 07:24:03 AM
What amazes me is that that scene is soooo much worse than the rest of the episode.  The rest of the show was spotty at best, but the acting was generally passable.  I don't know if they had an intern come in later and write and direct this scene, but it was easily 10 times worse than anything else on the show.  And it really is a perfect storm of bad.  You start with the worst effects this side of a SyFy original movie, then the writing that feels like it came from a porno, then the horrible performance by SMG, and then the editing that took the worst of SMG (because I can't imagine there weren't better takes than what they used) and you put it all together for a shitstorm of epic proportion. 
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Post by: cuddlyevil on September 16, 2011, 08:27:14 AM
You hit the nail on the head Dirk. They'd show clips of the boat scene in the ads and I always thought "I hope they fixed that in post and it won't look like that in the premiere" but I was wrong.

Va, I missed the premiere last night, but apparently there was a wet, nekkid Damon in the episode.
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Post by: rva on September 16, 2011, 10:36:27 AM
Well it seems like in the future Sarah Michelle Gellar won't have to talk to herself very much.  So if that's the only bad scene maybe there is some hope for it.

OTOH, Sarah Michelle Gellar will still be on the show.
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Post by: Poolio on September 16, 2011, 01:24:47 PM
You hit the nail on the head Dirk. They'd show clips of the boat scene in the ads and I always thought "I hope they fixed that in post and it won't look like that in the premiere" but I was wrong.

You're welcome. (http://www.eonline.com/videos/v170254_the-soup-dead-ringer-for-ringer.html)
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Post by: va-vacious on September 22, 2011, 06:06:00 PM
I was getting all annoyed at CBS for not having The Big Bang Theory streaming, even though this summer they FINALLY put episodes online. I forgot it moved to Thursday, so the premiere isn't until tonight. Duh.

This is what happens when you don't have cable.
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Post by: Buzzstein on September 23, 2011, 11:36:32 AM
I'm not even going to try watching Ringer. The premise sounds stupid enough by itself.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 23, 2011, 04:56:51 PM
QI, Would I Lie to You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, etc.

I don't think any of these shows would work in the US, but I always enjoy watching them in the UK.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 23, 2011, 10:21:11 PM
QI seems perfect for exporting to BBC America. NOT a remake, but just showing the UK episodes. Perhaps it's  perceived as too intellectual even though it really isn't and actually teaches people things.

Buzzcocks is sadly a mere shadow of its old self. I was glad when they got rid of that twat Lamarr, and found it great with Simon Amstell, but after he left and they started having guest presenters it went right down the shitter
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Post by: c-lando on October 03, 2011, 04:04:51 PM
Don't forget about the return of POP UP VIDEO on VH-1 this week. Started today and airs every weekday at Noon. WOOHOO!
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Post by: MissKitty on October 03, 2011, 06:52:18 PM
Thanks for the heads-up Lando! Yay - Pop Up Video!
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Post by: va-vacious on October 15, 2011, 10:24:41 PM
just started watching Being Human (UK version) tonight. Loving it soo much. Hopefully it keeps being good.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 15, 2011, 11:30:09 PM
just started watching Being Human (UK version) tonight. Loving it soo much. Hopefully it keeps being good.
I told you that you'd like it!
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Post by: rva on October 16, 2011, 11:59:02 PM
Dear Laurie Holden,

You strike me as the kind of person who would wear Capri pants a lot.  I don't know why.  If I was running away from a group, I would totally let you come with me because you're super-hot.  But you could not have your gun back, because I love that gun.
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Post by: rva on October 17, 2011, 12:27:20 AM
I thought it was weird that in the ad for the Spike movie awards, they had Andrew Lincoln saying "Hi, I'm Andrew Lincoln, etc."  So he was being "himself"  ie. Andrew Lincoln the actor, not Rick Grimes.  Only he was speaking with a Southern accent so he wasn't really being Andrew Lincoln.

What was even weirder was then they had a aftershow deal on AMC after Walking Dead, and they had some interviews with Andrew Lincoln and he was speaking in his normal British voice.
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Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2011, 04:01:57 PM
My local PBS channel shows "how to" painting shows on Friday afternoons. I'm home this afternoon and super excited that I get to spend the day watching these random shows!
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Post by: rva on November 06, 2011, 11:05:17 PM
Yeah, I know this is probably totally wrong.. but I would totally be okay with a zombie apocalypse if I could get some Maggie Greene/Lauren Cohan action.

Just give me a coupla pack of condoms, the Mossberg, the Remington, and the Ladysmith and your choice of Laurie Holden or Lauren Cohan and I'm good.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 16, 2011, 12:04:40 AM
Raising Hope's flashbacks to Jimmy's goth phase are always so entertaining.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on November 16, 2011, 08:03:56 AM
Raising Hope's flashbacks to Jimmy's goth phase are always so entertaining.

We just started watching this year, man this is a great show.  I didn't realize their were other goth flashbacks.  I was rolling when he dropped trou to show his grandparents his prince albert.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 16, 2011, 08:52:28 AM
There's only been 2 or 3 (including last night's), but they are so funny!
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Post by: c-lando on November 30, 2011, 01:59:02 PM
http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2011/11/29/j-j-abrams-alcatraz-gets-new-teaser/

Hurley is coming back to TV. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
So is my man Mahershalalhashbaz Ali. ALCATRAZ better live up to my own hype.
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Post by: foolsgold on November 30, 2011, 02:15:40 PM
Hurley played a perpetually jinxed guy on that show with Dougie Howser in it this week.  There were several Lost references too.
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Post by: c-lando on November 30, 2011, 03:27:42 PM
Hurley played a perpetually jinxed guy on that show with Dougie Howser in it this week.  There were several Lost references too.
That was a fun episode. Jorge Garcia just seems like the most loveable, DTE dude.
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Post by: Jen on November 30, 2011, 03:33:21 PM
http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2011/11/29/j-j-abrams-alcatraz-gets-new-teaser/

Hurley is coming back to TV. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
So is my man Mahershalalhashbaz Ali. ALCATRAZ better live up to my own hype.

I hope it holds up. I am pretty much a sucker for any of his shows now. I am currently enjoying Person of Interest and of course I still love me some Fringe, no matter how weird and confusing it gets. ;)

Just googled POI and it would seem to be one of those shows that may/may not be renewed. Which would figure, most of the shows I really like aren't popular. Boo.
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Post by: REMgirl on December 01, 2011, 08:34:59 AM
Person of Interest is our favorite new show. I am surprised that it's questionable for renewal. Hello, people, have you SEEN Jim Caviezal??? ;)  I think network people want a zip-bang result in the first weeks and are too eager to yank shows that need time to develop. POI has a lot of potential to explore issues that can really be troubling, like surveillance and spying. I say give us more of this show. We want backstory on the two main characters, too.
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Post by: Jen on December 01, 2011, 08:53:33 AM
Person of Interest is our favorite new show. I am surprised that it's questionable for renewal. Hello, people, have you SEEN Jim Caviezal??? ;)  I think network people want a zip-bang result in the first weeks and are too eager to yank shows that need time to develop. POI has a lot of potential to explore issues that can really be troubling, like surveillance and spying. I say give us more of this show. We want backstory on the two main characters, too.

Ha, I watch it just for Jim Caviezal. Kidding, maybe. ;) I wanted to watch it because he and Michael Emerson were in it plus the JJ and Jonathon Nolen connection. Then, after watching the first one I thought, this is an interesting concept plus the characters are interesting. It was nominated with a People's Choice Award I believe so hopefully...what I was reading was just speculation and the person who wrote the article was hoping that it will stay and CBS will finally kill off one or more of the CSIs instead.
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Post by: c-lando on December 01, 2011, 03:43:15 PM
If you never got to see TERRIERS and want to know why everyone (but not enough everyones to keep it alive) loved it, hit up your Netflix Instant.

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/terriers-comes-to-netflix-instant-productivity-says-goodbye
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Post by: Kwyjibo on December 01, 2011, 04:45:54 PM
And before any wisenheimer says otherwise it was NOT a "cop show".
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Post by: noonan on December 01, 2011, 05:10:20 PM
Clearly a cop show
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Post by: MissKitty on December 01, 2011, 05:20:27 PM
Chalk me up as another who really loves Person of Interest. It's well-written, the acting is great, and the characters are interesting. Which means it'll get cancelled, just like Detroit 187. :(
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 02, 2011, 12:05:42 AM
So I finally got around to watching some of the Hart of Dixie episodes that are on my DVR. (It's part of my efforts to support the NC film and TV industry - although they moved filming back to LA after the pilot.) I'm really having to suspend disbelief that they are having a 105 degree heat wave during football season. Although I guess it's possible in the first weekend of the year, but not in October.

It is nice to see Scott Porter as a character that's close to his real age and not 10 years younger! :)
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Post by: va-vacious on December 02, 2011, 06:41:03 PM
yes, I'm very bitter that they moved Hart of Dixie back to LA. Hello? Scott Porter could have been MINE! Believe me, I'd have been checking out those sets much more than I ever did One Tree Hill or Little Britain!

Still haven't watched the show, though.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 08, 2011, 10:03:36 AM
Shown in the UK on Channel4, Charlie Brooker's "Black Mirror" (Episode 1: "The National Anthem") was one of the darkest & most twisted brilliant pieces of thought-provoking 'in your gut' comedy I have seen in many a year. Can't wait for Episode 2 of the 3-part series (each is a stand alone story) to become available this weekend.

If this gets shown on American TV - and I have a hard time believing it ever will be because of the subject matter - it will be censored and ripped to shreds, so if you have the ability please try and catch the original UK version.

Colour me stunned and amazed.
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Post by: Butter on December 08, 2011, 10:22:22 AM
And before any wisenheimer says otherwise it was NOT a "cop show".

Clearly a cop show

This was awesome.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on December 08, 2011, 03:45:57 PM
And before any wisenheimer says otherwise it was NOT a "cop show".

Clearly a cop show

This was awesome.

Clearly assholes.
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Post by: Jen on December 08, 2011, 07:52:55 PM
Totally disappointed that my favorite team won't be on the finale of the Amazing Race. Boo!
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Post by: Dan on December 08, 2011, 09:23:11 PM
And before any wisenheimer says otherwise it was NOT a "cop show".

Clearly a cop show

This was awesome.

I am literally giggling out loud at it. Yes, it was awesome. Applaud.
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Post by: Chris on December 11, 2011, 09:05:58 PM
What is it with Matt Frewer (Max Headroom) and Stephen King adaptations? The Stand, Riding the Bullet, and now Bag of Bones on A&E?

Mick Garris must love the guy....  ???
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Post by: twentyshots on December 11, 2011, 09:32:24 PM
parks and rec is still the best comedy going. and NBC benching community is a horrible idea. it's not my favorite but it is one of the few shows i will watch on hulu when i miss it (this is where someone needs to post a GIF of brita dancing in her brown leotard).


everything else they have tried around parks/30 rock/office has been abysmal. i have also heard the office is funnier now with james spader. is that true?

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Post by: Kwyjibo on December 12, 2011, 07:54:47 AM
The Christmas episode of Community was wonderful.  Sad to think it's not coming back for a while, if ever.
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Post by: Poncho on December 12, 2011, 09:44:30 AM
The Christmas episode of Community was wonderful.  Sad to think it's not coming back for a while, if ever.

The two-fold problem being that first it is a bit too subtle for the common dummy that does the Nielson ratings (ok... WAY TOO subtle for those "I <3 Wal-meerrrt" types) and second that they use so many self-referencing bits of humor that if someone comes in new, they don't quite get for a while.

That said, I love the show and have been watching since the beginning.  It started a little slow and I almost gave up, but I hung in there.
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Post by: twentyshots on December 12, 2011, 12:59:50 PM
the foosball show, when the antagonists did that move when the leader jumps between his buddies and kicks the ball at jeff's head, and jeff's subsequent reaction, may have been the highlight of the season.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on December 12, 2011, 01:24:33 PM
That was indeed pretty choice.  "It's like he was carrying that ball just so he could kick it at me."
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Post by: Poncho on December 12, 2011, 04:50:26 PM
One of my favorite lines ever in Community was in the foosball episode...

"I wish there was a word that could describe my pleasure at your misfortune." - German guy


I love me a good schadenfreude joke.  I looked at Mrs. Poncho and said "THAT awesome kind of humor got this show cancelled!"
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 18, 2011, 01:55:20 PM
I've always been a fan of Rupert Graves since Room with a View. I was way to excited when he showed up as a suspect on an L&O:UK episode I watched today.
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Post by: MissKitty on December 18, 2011, 04:25:27 PM
Person of Interest just keeps getting better and better - has CBS pulled the plug on it yet?
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Post by: c-lando on December 19, 2011, 02:19:46 PM
The Christmas episode of SNL with Jimmy Fallon was AWESDOME!
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 19, 2011, 03:38:53 PM
I've actually been a little disappointed in Community this year, comedy-wise.  Too whacky, and trying to push the special themes to hard.

OTOH, I've rather enjoyed how this season's Community has basically turned into a rack-off between Britta and Annie.  And I am nowhere near ready to declare a winner.


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Post by: c-lando on December 19, 2011, 03:46:24 PM
I've actually been a little disappointed in Community this year, comedy-wise.  Too whacky, and trying to push the special themes to hard.

OTOH, I've rather enjoyed how this season's Community has basically turned into a rack-off between Britta and Annie.  And I am nowhere near ready to declare a winner.



HAHAHHAAH! So true. I thought that Annie in that Santa Baby outfit was tackysluttyadorable. But, Britta in that Christmas Tree unitard was damned near OBSCENE in the best possible way.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 19, 2011, 08:37:46 PM
The Christmas episode of SNL with Jimmy Fallon was AWESDOME!
Yeah, I'm keeping it on the DVR for when I need a laugh. Loved all the random cameos.
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Post by: Doug on December 20, 2011, 10:45:24 AM
The Christmas episode of SNL with Jimmy Fallon was AWESDOME!

I just re-watched this last night and it was still hilarious.
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Post by: Atzend on January 09, 2012, 11:18:09 PM
Watched 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park. Worth watching for the story behind their Oscar dresses. 
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Post by: Doug on January 10, 2012, 03:36:31 PM
We can pickle that!

http://www.wecanpicklethat.com/

(**Edit: ...but they cannot pickle randomville!)

http://www.wecanpicklethat.com/http://www.randomville.com
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Post by: lutz on January 11, 2012, 09:04:07 AM
All my friends kept going on and on at me to watch Game of Thrones, so I decided to read the first one/two books before watching the first season. I'm not sure if this was the right thing to do, because on the one hand, if I hadn't read the books I wouldn't have any idea what was going on; on the other hand, because I know everything that's about to happen I'm finding the TV show quite boring.

The casting is pretty good, but the scripting leaves a little to be desired, IMO.
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Post by: Doug on January 11, 2012, 01:34:43 PM
All my friends kept going on and on at me to watch Game of Thrones, so I decided to read the first one/two books before watching the first season. I'm not sure if this was the right thing to do, because on the one hand, if I hadn't read the books I wouldn't have any idea what was going on; on the other hand, because I know everything that's about to happen I'm finding the TV show quite boring.

The casting is pretty good, but the scripting leaves a little to be desired, IMO.

Watching the show and then reading the books worked out pretty good for me.  I remember a few discrepancies between what happened in the book vs. the show.  But I'm frankly amazed that they were able to pull a good show off at all.  I am finished with the first book, so now I'm going to go back and re-watch the series.
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Post by: c-lando on January 12, 2012, 12:56:09 PM
So, I have been giving HAPPY ENDINGS a shot and I'm loving it. I watched a few of the very first episodes and really didn't like it enough to keep watching. But, it is a lot of fun to watch now. Last night's episode may been my least favorite of the recent ones, but I can't get over one of the characters referring to 3rd base as getting "rotary-dialed".
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Post by: Butter on January 12, 2012, 01:00:49 PM
HAPPY ENDINGS, you mean?
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Post by: c-lando on January 12, 2012, 01:14:33 PM
HAPPY ENDINGS, you mean?
Yes, Sir. Thank you. I think I still had Hop-Sings on the brain and put down the name of a popular Chef Special at the Chinese restaurant where I worked for a billion years.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 14, 2012, 12:53:53 PM
I think the funniest thing I saw on TV all week was Amy Farrah Fowler's response to her gift from Sheldon.
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Post by: Poolio on January 14, 2012, 03:55:32 PM
I think the funniest thing I saw on TV all week was Amy Farrah Fowler's response to her gift from Sheldon.

You mean this one?

8i_WpYc3YI4
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Post by: c-lando on January 14, 2012, 06:40:15 PM
I think the funniest thing I saw on TV all week was Amy Farrah Fowler's response to her gift from Sheldon.
Put it on me! Put it on me! Put it on me! Put it on me!
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Post by: c-lando on January 19, 2012, 10:45:03 AM
Southland is back and still REAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLY freakin' good.
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Post by: Poncho on January 20, 2012, 11:35:53 AM
CBS has decided that Big Bang Theory should run from 8:00 to 8:31pm now.

This means that it no longer records on my DVR.  We missed last weeks new episode and I thought it was a fluke, so we watched online.  We missed this week's episode and I looked at my DVR settings.  It's because I have Wipeout (yes, I know it's a precursor to the foretold downward spiral of Ow! My Balls! as television's lowest point) taping at 8:00 on ABC and Parks & Rec taping at 8:30 on NBC.  Thus my DVR thinks a show running one minute over negates the entire show.

You suck CBS.
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Post by: c-lando on January 20, 2012, 12:04:18 PM
Oh crap. I hope my TIVO still recorded my shows. I hate all of this monkeying with start/end times!!!

PS: No shame in BIG BALLS. (Take me out of context for all I care)
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 20, 2012, 01:43:11 PM
My DVR has done the same thing to The Office. Which may not be a bad thing.
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Post by: Poncho on January 21, 2012, 09:54:12 PM
My DVR has done the same thing to The Office. Which may not be a bad thing.

Mrs. Poncho said to me last night "You know, when they lost Michael Scott and split him into two people, I think I lost interest in this show."  I tend to agree with her.  They took uncomfortable, inappropriate, unsettling Michael Scott and broke him off into Robert California and took inept, neurotic, zany Michael Scott and broke him off into The Nard Dog.

I have loved the sidebars with Jim & the gang, but the main focus of the show seems gone.  It's not really a show now, but a bunch of SNL skits that are about the same group of people.
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Post by: Jen on January 30, 2012, 08:35:46 AM
Finally watched Game of Thrones because TWC finally has HBO to Go. I only watched it because of Sean Bean and but managed to get sucked in anyway. That doesn't change the fact it pissed me off when they killed off many of the characters I grew to like.  >:( It's a good thing a few of them that I like are still alive because otherwise I am not sure I would really care if I found out what happened to everybody in this world. I will say, I can't believe what HBO can get away with even with it being premium cable.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 30, 2012, 10:29:05 AM
I haven't watched the show, but assuming it's like the book series (which everyone says it is) you should stick with it.

It's a shock at first to see all the people you like as heroes die off (and it keeps happening), but they get replaced by different people to root for.  Sometimes they are new characters who are introduced, and sometimes just you learn a little more about existing characters and suddenly you find yourself seeing them in a whole new light.
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Post by: Jen on January 30, 2012, 12:34:07 PM
Yeah, I know. I say I am "not excited now" but as soon as I watch S2 E1 I'll be sucked in all over again. ;)
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 19, 2012, 01:41:26 AM
Justin Timberlake as Bon Iver on SNL was amazing. "Bon Iver put himself to sleep".
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Post by: va-vacious on February 19, 2012, 12:46:23 PM
I'm really looking forward to "Awake" starting in a few weeks. Jason Isaacs, interesting story- I hope NBC doesn't screw the whole thing up.
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Post by: Chris on February 19, 2012, 08:42:18 PM
Justin Timberlake as Bon Iver on SNL was amazing. "Bon Iver put himself to sleep".

That whole skit was pretty hilarious.

http://www.hulu.com/embed/WpZoR-QhYLh17WQL_0tkkQ
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Post by: twentyshots on February 19, 2012, 10:44:55 PM
Justin Timberlake as Bon Iver on SNL was amazing. "Bon Iver put himself to sleep".

That whole skit was pretty hilarious.

http://www.hulu.com/embed/WpZoR-QhYLh17WQL_0tkkQ
that whole show seemed way better than the last few i've seen....which only means: the more previous cast members the better.

i wasn't impressed with sleigh bells though.
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Post by: c-lando on February 20, 2012, 10:17:21 AM
I'm really looking forward to "Awake" starting in a few weeks. Jason Isaacs, interesting story- I hope NBC doesn't screw the whole thing up.
YES! I think it looks like LIFE ON MARS meets ABRE LOS OJOS.
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Post by: Predot on February 20, 2012, 12:03:07 PM
Justin Timberlake as Bon Iver on SNL was amazing. "Bon Iver put himself to sleep".

That whole skit was pretty hilarious.

http://www.hulu.com/embed/WpZoR-QhYLh17WQL_0tkkQ

Vernon liked it:

He tweeted: "holy s***, i was just watching SNL and JT did a Bon Iver hilarious thing! Also, Maya Rudolph saying 'bon iver' is enough. I can die now!!!"

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Post by: Homsar on February 21, 2012, 08:38:50 AM
Anybody here watch Bleach?  It's FINALLY becoming interesting again.  Well, finally being based on when we can watch English subtitled episodes.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 29, 2012, 04:10:52 PM
Sorry "Parking Wars", but since you lost Philly - and especially the reclaim lot - you have become as dull as dishwater. Bye.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 01, 2012, 08:12:41 AM
Agreed, CR.  Not caring for it much this season.
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Post by: twentyshots on March 01, 2012, 08:17:45 AM
modern family had a pretty hilarious and unintentional tip of the hat to davey jones last night. anybody catch that "hey" "hey, we're the monkees" line?  ;D
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Post by: Poncho on March 01, 2012, 09:52:15 AM
Sorry "Parking Wars", but since you lost Philly - and especially the reclaim lot - you have become as dull as dishwater. Bye.

Agreed.  I have never been an active watcher, but I caught a few episodes and found myself getting my Schadenfreude on.  Especially, the well-deserved ones.  I got a bit of one of the new episodes and thought "wasn't this show much better than this?" the other night.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 02, 2012, 10:07:11 PM
I love Who Do You Think You Are? I saw the UK version on one of my trips there, so I'm glad they imported it. Tonight, Reba McEntire (who lived just a few miles away from my parents in TN) came to Raleigh. One of her ancestors had a lot in the original city plan.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 02, 2012, 11:36:56 PM
Wait.. you're saying Reba McEntire has deep whitebread/cracker/redneck/southern roots?  GET THE HELL RIGHT OUT OF HERE!!!
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 02, 2012, 11:52:53 PM
Shocking, I know. ;D

I had dinner with a friend from college who was in town tonight, and - in full tour guide mode - I was describing the original city layout. Then I come home and see the map on TV and the lot was a block away from where we had dinner. Just a crazy coincidence!
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Post by: va-vacious on March 03, 2012, 01:07:40 PM
I forgot to watch it last night! Rats. (I wanted to see the Raleigh stuff, don't care about Reba!)
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Post by: luisterpaul on March 07, 2012, 09:52:07 PM
On a lark we tried the Nikita reboot. We LOVE it. The pilot had us from the start. The next two episodes were almost as good. I never imagined I'd be interested in something on the CW.

The story picks up a year or two after the original series ends. You've got the same characters -- all new actors, of course -- plus some new people to fill out the overall story.

I hope Peta Wilson makes a cameo.  8)
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Post by: c-lando on March 08, 2012, 12:41:38 PM
Fun video for the return of Community.

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Post by: Jen on March 09, 2012, 12:26:38 PM
Fun video for the return of Community.

OrNiZya7dX4

Starburns has an Emmy? ;)

Community: Perfect compliment to payday!!
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Post by: c-lando on March 19, 2012, 09:13:11 AM
Yes. Yes. And Please!!!!

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2011/06/eric-holder-will-not-rest-until-hbo-brings-back-wire/38337/

Another Wire related link:

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/15/148294942/sonja-sohn-changing-baltimore-long-after-the-wire

Fantastic interview with the actress who played Kima on the show.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 22, 2012, 07:58:34 PM
The last part of this clip made me smile.
qaWrBOziiLo
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Post by: c-lando on March 23, 2012, 03:19:32 PM
Has it seriously been like a month since the last new episode of REVENGE? WTF, ABC!?!?!
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Post by: c-lando on March 23, 2012, 03:22:05 PM
The last part of this clip made me smile.
qaWrBOziiLo

HAHHAAHAH.
"You Alright?" Five!?!?! From The Big Dog.
Oh, The Todd.
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Post by: Jen on March 26, 2012, 09:13:25 AM
Hands down, Fringe is still my favorite show on tv. I was also happy to hear Person of Interest was renewed for another season. So, speaking of which, I need to see what Fox has decided to do about Fringe. Eek!
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Post by: lutz on March 28, 2012, 02:58:28 PM
On Sunday they aired the episode of Homeland with the polygraph tests. O.M.G!
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Post by: va-vacious on March 28, 2012, 05:25:24 PM
I still really love Fringe- I make a point of watching it asap, and this last break was a killer! I so hope that Fox keeps it for another season, and lets them wrap everything up. It's interesting, they have great twists, and the actors are great. Whoever shows up on screen, that is my favorite until someone else shows up!
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Post by: Jen on March 29, 2012, 08:44:12 AM
On Sunday they aired the episode of Homeland with the polygraph tests. O.M.G!

We just saw the season finale. O.M.G! :D
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Post by: Jen on March 29, 2012, 08:48:48 AM
I still really love Fringe- I make a point of watching it asap, and this last break was a killer! I so hope that Fox keeps it for another season, and lets them wrap everything up. It's interesting, they have great twists, and the actors are great. Whoever shows up on screen, that is my favorite until someone else shows up!

The breaks are what is killing this show IMO. Just like Lost, it is so hard to get back into the rhythm of the show, remember where you left off, etc. I was reading the recap over on EW.com and someone commented that because a couple of shows have already been cancelled on Fox and since a couple of others aren't doing so well, and House is done after this season, Fox might not want to lose another show. So, hopefully they will at least renew for 13 episodes which is what I have heard discussed. As much as I love this show, I think the story line is getting to a point it needs to be resolved so that it is still relevant and interesting. I just want it to end in a way that finishes the show and gives it closure.
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Post by: c-lando on March 30, 2012, 08:36:26 AM
Last night's episode of HAPPY ENDINGS might be my favorite so far. Bonus points for the Emily Thorne reference (“You're not the only one who's good at this game, Emily Thorne!”).
WHEN IS REVENGE GOING TO COME BACK, ABC!?!?!?!?!
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Post by: lutz on March 30, 2012, 09:16:08 AM
On Sunday they aired the episode of Homeland with the polygraph tests. O.M.G!

We just saw the season finale. O.M.G! :D
Ahhhh, I want to know! It's been so tempting to download the rest of the series, but so far I've held out. So far...
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Post by: lutz on March 30, 2012, 09:25:09 AM
Could you imagine Game of Thrones with American accents (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17554816)? I'm not sure if Texan would suit the Dornish...
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Post by: Doug on March 30, 2012, 09:53:23 AM
Could you imagine Game of Thrones with American accents (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17554816)? I'm not sure if Texan would suit the Dornish...
I was just having this conversation with my wife the other day about how all "Medieval" accents, fantasy or otherwise, default to British.
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Post by: Jen on March 30, 2012, 12:53:42 PM
Could you imagine Game of Thrones with American accents (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17554816)? I'm not sure if Texan would suit the Dornish...

Ugh, no, that would be horrible. And since, like it was mentioned, this was loosly based on the War of the Roses, it makes sense to me that the accents are English, Welsh, Scottish or Irish. We have had the discussion before about British accents and Brits being cast as "the evil ones." I still think an evil Brit sounds smarter than an evil American character unless it is a superb actor.

Quote
"They will make an exception with fantasy drama, or costume drama, but the need to pull in big audiences - and to have lead characters with broad appeal - means they will not allow British actors to use their natural accents."

I am not sure why Hollywood would think this but so it goes.
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Post by: va-vacious on March 30, 2012, 06:00:37 PM


The breaks are what is killing this show IMO. Just like Lost, it is so hard to get back into the rhythm of the show, remember where you left off, etc. I was reading the recap over on EW.com and someone commented that because a couple of shows have already been cancelled on Fox and since a couple of others aren't doing so well, and House is done after this season, Fox might not want to lose another show. So, hopefully they will at least renew for 13 episodes which is what I have heard discussed. As much as I love this show, I think the story line is getting to a point it needs to be resolved so that it is still relevant and interesting. I just want it to end in a way that finishes the show and gives it closure.

I agree- the breaks have been destroying momentum. I hope they do a 13 episode final course. That way we don't have to have another total restart, and we get to have closure, which is what I need from this show.
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Post by: lutz on March 30, 2012, 07:26:43 PM
I think with Game of Thrones, the accents mimicked Britain geographically - so that the Southerners had neutral Southern English accents (or Queen's English), the Northerners had Yorkshire/Scottish accents, Riverrun natives had Irish accents and those from The Vale had Welsh accents. This worked because in A Song of Ice and Fire - as in Britain - the South is richer and more sophisticated, whereas the North is more "barbaric", but in America the reverse is true so those accents wouldn't have worked. I don't think the same is true for other fantasy worlds, though.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 30, 2012, 11:46:43 PM
This worked because in A Song of Ice and Fire - as in Britain - the South is richer and more sophisticated, whereas the North is more "barbaric", but in America the reverse is true so those accents wouldn't have worked.
Although others would argue this - Southern manners versus rude New Yorkers.  :laugh:
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 31, 2012, 12:14:56 AM
.... in Britain - the South is more sophisticated...
Fuckin' right we is more 'fisticated. More 'andsome too. Bloody norverners wiv their pharking coal mines and deep satanic mills and all those poxy flat caps and such. Hoorah for the Sowf!!
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Post by: MissKitty on March 31, 2012, 07:30:53 AM
.... in Britain - the South is more sophisticated...
Fuckin' right we is more 'fisticated. More 'andsome too. Bloody norverners wiv their pharking coal mines and deep satanic mills and all those poxy flat caps and such. Hoorah for the Sowf!!

Portsmouth is in the south.
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Post by: Dan on March 31, 2012, 10:46:13 AM
In fact, it's more south than S'oton. Which would mean they are even more 'fisticated and 'andsome.
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Post by: lutz on March 31, 2012, 05:23:38 PM
Hah, yes, well Hampshire is a bit of a blight on the South coast.

Anyway, have you reprobates started watching Misfits yet? You are going to love the regional accents in that :D
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Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on April 05, 2012, 09:29:13 PM
Oh Emily from Jeopardy tonight. You may have come in last in tonight's episode, but you came first in my heart. And in my dirty dreams tonight.
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Post by: c-lando on April 06, 2012, 08:22:13 AM
Oh Emily from Jeopardy tonight. You may have come in last in tonight's episode, but you came first in my heart. And in my dirty dreams tonight.
HAHAHAHAAHAH! Nice.
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Post by: c-lando on April 06, 2012, 08:23:00 AM
The Rita Wilson episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" was goooooooooooooooooooooood. That show makes me cry more than the first season of Extreme Make-over Home Edition.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 06, 2012, 09:37:06 AM
The Rita Wilson episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" was goooooooooooooooooooooood. That show makes me cry more than the first season of Extreme Make-over Home Edition.
Amazing story, but so heartbreaking!
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Post by: c-lando on April 06, 2012, 09:43:01 AM
The Rita Wilson episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" was goooooooooooooooooooooood. That show makes me cry more than the first season of Extreme Make-over Home Edition.
Amazing story, but so heartbreaking!
Totally. I can't imagine learning about all of that after he was already gone and knowing that you can never have the opportunity to talk to him about it. I'm so glad he was a tough guy who found a better life for himself after having such a rough start.
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Post by: twentyshots on April 06, 2012, 11:02:01 PM
that ken burns episode of community last night may have topped all of their previous efforts.

too bad there seems to be some crap brewing (or continuing, more accurately) between dan harmon and chevy chase. i have not bothered to look into it, but i would imagine it's about chevy being a prima donna.
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Post by: dirk on April 06, 2012, 11:14:50 PM
If Community gets another season, I expect Chevy to be gone.  And frankly, I won't really miss him.  They seem to be working around him more than with him anymore.
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Post by: Jen on April 07, 2012, 08:22:23 PM
that ken burns episode of community last night may have topped all of their previous efforts.

too bad there seems to be some crap brewing (or continuing, more accurately) between dan harmon and chevy chase. i have not bothered to look into it, but i would imagine it's about chevy being a prima donna.

Actually, they both are. I have heard that Chevy is hard to work with. I also know he suffers from severe depression. Not an excuse to be a jerk but perhaps that is part of his behavior. He doesn't like how his character has been cast, doesn't feel his character is funny, and according to Chevy he is funny so he wanted his character more like himself perhaps? Anyways...

Just watched the season finale of Being Human. I really wasn't sure how I was going to like the season minus three major characters but I love Hal (and not just because he is hot). ;) I really enjoyed the season and look forward to the next.

Lutz, we saw that Channel 4 has all three series of Misfits on the web so we'll be checking it out. :)
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Post by: Poolio on April 07, 2012, 10:54:11 PM
I really wasn't sure how I was going to like the season minus three major characters but I love Hal (and not just because he is hot). ;)
YAY eye candy!  :o
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Post by: scurvygirl on April 07, 2012, 11:05:52 PM
I have just started watching Lost Girl. It's kind of awesome so far. Very sexy, good dialogue, nice world building. Minor complaints here and there, but it had a nice solid start with the first 2 episodes.
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Post by: dirk on April 07, 2012, 11:42:41 PM
Actually, they both are. I have heard that Chevy is hard to work with. I also know he suffers from severe depression. Not an excuse to be a jerk but perhaps that is part of his behavior. He doesn't like how his character has been cast, doesn't feel his character is funny, and according to Chevy he is funny so he wanted his character more like himself perhaps? Anyways...
The problem is that the character is pretty much exactly like Chevy currently.  
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Post by: lutz on April 08, 2012, 05:20:54 PM
I would just like to reiterate how fucking epic Homeland is. So many twists and turns! Brilliant.
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Post by: c-lando on April 11, 2012, 09:32:23 AM
My own random TV thoughts...

1) Gibbs and Jamie Lee Curtis? Their hair is too similar. Freaks me out.
2) "I’M SORRY FOR WASTING YOUR TIME BECAUSE I AM 70 AND LIKE FRASIER UPDATES."
http://www.bestweekever.tv/2012-04-10/the-frasier-tossed-salad-and-scrambled-eggs-song-finally-explained/
3) SMASH is reaaaaaaaaaaally good because they have found ways to take this show in directions I never saw coming.
4) SOUTHLAND needs have longer seasons.
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Post by: Doug on April 11, 2012, 09:41:56 AM
2) "I’M SORRY FOR WASTING YOUR TIME BECAUSE I AM 70 AND LIKE FRASIER UPDATES."
http://www.bestweekever.tv/2012-04-10/the-frasier-tossed-salad-and-scrambled-eggs-song-finally-explained/

I'm giddy that I already figured this out on my own.  I'm glad for the confirmation.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 11, 2012, 11:01:52 AM
Gibbs and Jamie Lee Curtis?
Ooooooooooh, yes PLEEEEEAAAASE!!!
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Post by: foolsgold on April 13, 2012, 07:52:26 AM
Come Fly With Me (same guys who did Little Britain) might be one of the most offensively racist shows I've seen in a long time.   
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Post by: Butter on April 13, 2012, 08:48:21 AM
I don't know.  It's offensive to gays and women also.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 13, 2012, 10:14:07 AM
Sounds delightful.
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Post by: lutz on April 13, 2012, 01:59:24 PM
Come Fly With Me (same guys who did Little Britain) might be one of the most offensively racist shows I've seen in a long time.   
Praise the lord for the £30 jackpot!
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 15, 2012, 08:18:32 PM
I just found out today (after watching The Fades over the past 2 days) that the actor who plays Gendry on Game of Thrones was Chris from Skins. I immediately recognized him on The Fades, but it took IMDB to clue me into the Game of Thrones role.
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Post by: Jen on April 16, 2012, 01:30:24 PM
My own random TV thoughts...

1) Gibbs and Jamie Lee Curtis? Their hair is too similar. Freaks me out.

Ha ha ha!!! I won't be able to see them again without laughing now. :D

E: I just found out BBC cancelled The Fades. We have the whole season on the DVR. Guess I should have watched it sooner. :( (I hear it was budgetary reasons vs lack of viewership).
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 16, 2012, 10:31:11 PM
E: I just found out BBC cancelled The Fades. We have the whole season on the DVR. Guess I should have watched it sooner. :( (I hear it was budgetary reasons vs lack of viewership).
It takes a few episodes to get into it, but it has a satisfying conclusion - although it was left open for a second season. I'm disappointed to not know where it would have gone next.
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Post by: va-vacious on April 16, 2012, 11:12:36 PM
I just watched "Don't Trust the B in Apt 23". It was kinda fun. And James VanderBeek was awesome in it. Just the right amount of smarm. I would watch this show again. The naive midwestern roommate is a bit of a Mary Sue, but I imagine that will change.
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Post by: dirk on April 17, 2012, 07:17:41 AM
I just watched "Don't Trust the B in Apt 23". It was kinda fun. And James VanderBeek was awesome in it. Just the right amount of smarm. I would watch this show again. The naive midwestern roommate is a bit of a Mary Sue, but I imagine that will change.
I watched last weeks and generally found it not that funny except for the Dawson. Anything with him was hilarious.  I am going to give it a couple more tries, specifically for him, to see if it gets better.  I couldn't stand him on the Creek, but I really like him now.  The fact that he doesn't take himself seriously at all is is entirely willing to parody everything he has done and make fun of himself really endears him to me.
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Post by: c-lando on April 17, 2012, 09:01:46 AM
I watched last weeks and generally found it not that funny except for the Dawson. Anything with him was hilarious.  I am going to give it a couple more tries, specifically for him, to see if it gets better.  I couldn't stand him on the Creek, but I really like him now.  The fact that he doesn't take himself seriously at all is is entirely willing to parody everything he has done and make fun of himself really makes me realize that he'd like to have Neil Patrick Harris's current career.
FTFM.
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Post by: va-vacious on April 17, 2012, 10:05:38 PM
except for the Dawson. Anything with him was hilarious. 

That might have made up for quite a bit of the rest of it. The Bitch should have stayed bitchier a little longer, I think.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 18, 2012, 11:01:17 AM
I watched last weeks and generally found it not that funny except for the Dawson. Anything with him was hilarious.  I am going to give it a couple more tries, specifically for him, to see if it gets better.  I couldn't stand him on the Creek, but I really like him now.  The fact that he doesn't take himself seriously at all is is entirely willing to parody everything he has done and make fun of himself really makes me realize that he'd like to have Neil Patrick Harris's current career.
FTFM.

True dat, except for the hosting the Tonys thing.
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Post by: TayFo on April 20, 2012, 07:39:15 AM
What would a meeting between Abed and Sheldon Cooper be like? Someone's going to end up breaking.
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Post by: c-lando on April 20, 2012, 08:29:06 AM
What would a meeting between Abed and Sheldon Cooper be like? Someone's going to end up breaking.
YES! I wish this could happen.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 20, 2012, 10:08:03 AM
Last night's Community was outstanding.  As was 30 Rock, even though that show really does need to end, and it looks like they're working towards that.
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Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on April 20, 2012, 12:23:25 PM
As an american educated manufacturing engineer (although that's no longer what I do), I did not appreciate the humor in the 30 Rock episode last night.
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Post by: lutz on April 26, 2012, 07:34:25 PM
I went to see Have I Got News For You (topical quiz show) being recorded tonight. Damien Lewis was guest presenter! He's really funny. And hot. I may have a small crush.
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Post by: scurvygirl on April 26, 2012, 09:11:17 PM
What would a meeting between Abed and Sheldon Cooper be like? Someone's going to end up breaking.
YES! I wish this could happen.

Agreed.


In other TV-related news, I wish I could get all the way through an episode of 30 Rock. 5 minutes in tonight, and I had to turn off the TV.

And an update on Lost Girl. I am 4 episodes into season 2 now, and it's still fun and awesome. Thanks, Canada!
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Post by: MissKitty on April 27, 2012, 09:28:01 AM
I went to see Have I Got News For You (topical quiz show) being recorded tonight. Damien Lewis was guest presenter! He's really funny. And hot. I may have a small crush.
Lucky!
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 30, 2012, 07:35:24 PM
Some cunt was on television tonight... (http://www.local12.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=3460580)
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Post by: TayFo on April 30, 2012, 08:06:23 PM
Some cunt was on television tonight... (http://www.local12.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=3460580)
so sawyer point and yeatman's cove isn't good enough for you eh? :p
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Post by: Dan on April 30, 2012, 09:33:27 PM
This is fabulous!! You're lookin' good, mate.
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Post by: Butter on May 01, 2012, 07:17:59 AM
Kit Andrews?
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 01, 2012, 07:57:20 AM
No, the other cunt...
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Post by: c-lando on May 01, 2012, 08:56:02 AM
WOOHOO! Classing things up on the telly, CR.
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Post by: c-lando on May 01, 2012, 09:01:24 AM
BTW, I think this looks like it's worth watching tonight at 9PM on VH1.

http://tv.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/arts/television/uprising-hip-hop-and-the-la-riots-on-vh1.html
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Post by: va-vacious on May 02, 2012, 10:44:02 PM
Just watched "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23", purely for the Beek. Then switched over to Law & Order: SVU, and he's the bad guy of the week. Ack! My tv is imploding! Too much Van der Beek!
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Post by: trixi on May 02, 2012, 10:46:21 PM
Just watched "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23", purely for the Beek. Then switched over to Law & Order: SVU, and he's the bad guy of the week. Ack! My tv is imploding! Too much Van der Beek!
So did you stalk him while he was filming in town way back when?
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Post by: dirk on May 02, 2012, 11:19:35 PM
Just watched "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23", purely for the Beek. Then switched over to Law & Order: SVU, and he's the bad guy of the week. Ack! My tv is imploding! Too much Van der Beek!
"Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23" won me over tonight.  Until now, I had been watching only for Dawson, but the entire episode tonight was hilarious.  Dawson is still the best part of the show, but everything else is finally starting to catch up with his awesomeness.
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Post by: va-vacious on May 03, 2012, 09:28:54 PM
Just watched "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23", purely for the Beek. Then switched over to Law & Order: SVU, and he's the bad guy of the week. Ack! My tv is imploding! Too much Van der Beek!
So did you stalk him while he was filming in town way back when?
No- though I missed being at the beach by a day or so when Joshua Jackson rescued someone from the ocean in '99. I did watch the show as "research" in preparation for moving here the first time.  When I came back in '03, they had already stopped filming. But then we had One Tree Hill, which just isn't the same. To have been in Wilmington in the late 90s as a twenty-something would have been an excellent time.

In current filming news: Robert Downey Jr. has been in town in preparation for Iron Man III. Haven't seen him yet, but will be stalking once filming commences!



"Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23" won me over tonight.  Until now, I had been watching only for Dawson, but the entire episode tonight was hilarious.  Dawson is still the best part of the show, but everything else is finally starting to catch up with his awesomeness.
I'm still not completely sold- mostly because I'm not a huge fan of June. All the other characters work for me though, and I do laugh at the show, in a good way
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Post by: dirk on May 03, 2012, 09:33:44 PM
There is no other show on TV that takes as many chances and pulls them off as Community.  They are totally willing to try anything and it almost always pays off in spades.  I so want this show to get at least 1 more season.  It deserves it. 
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Post by: notoriouspbake on May 03, 2012, 11:27:43 PM
do yourself a favor, check out the finder friday nights on fox. cheeky, campy show that hits all the right sweet spots without coming off as derivative.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 04, 2012, 08:12:49 AM
There is no other show on TV that takes as many chances and pulls them off as Community.  They are totally willing to try anything and it almost always pays off in spades.  I so want this show to get at least 1 more season.  It deserves it. 

Agreed, last night's ep was great.  I would love to see how that plays out, and hopefully we will.  Did it feel to you as if that episode was written so that if it needed to be the series finale it could be?
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Post by: c-lando on May 22, 2012, 09:54:00 AM
That videogame episode of COMMUNITY rocked my world. Coolcoolcool. Pierce walking into the wall for the first 5 minutes was amazing. Shirley tying up Annie's loose ends? Brilliant. Britta killing someone when she wanted to hug them? Loved.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 22, 2012, 10:34:31 AM
Yeah, that was pretty inspired.  Abed finding love with an 8-bit shop keep was pretty amazing.
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Post by: c-lando on May 22, 2012, 12:40:20 PM
Yeah, that was pretty inspired.  Abed finding love with an 8-bit shop keep was pretty amazing.
To quote Shirley and Annie, "Awwwwwwwwwwwwww".
That's just so Abed.
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Post by: Poncho on May 22, 2012, 08:32:56 PM
Great episode. 
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Post by: notoriouspbake on May 23, 2012, 08:24:51 AM
do yourself a favor, check out the finder friday nights on fox. cheeky, campy show that hits all the right sweet spots without coming off as derivative.

nevermind. it's been canceled.
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Post by: TayFo on May 31, 2012, 09:31:20 PM
do yourself a favor, check out the finder friday nights on fox. cheeky, campy show that hits all the right sweet spots without coming off as derivative.

nevermind. it's been canceled.
leave it to fox to look for that instant hit they can never find. let it simmer people!
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Post by: Butter on June 04, 2012, 04:40:41 PM
Finished blowing through all 21 episodes of "Eastbound and Down" thanks to HBO Go over the weekend.  I posit that Stevie is one of the greatest TV characters of all time.
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Post by: c-lando on June 12, 2012, 12:13:50 PM
More awesdomeness from LNJF!!!

lEsPhTbJhuo
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Post by: lutz on June 20, 2012, 06:19:26 PM
So the first (and probably only) series of Legend Quest has recently finished over here, which I'm a bit sad about. Are there any other so-bad-it's-good shows with needless suspense and fantastic speculative leaps of logic that aren't Ghost Hunters? Preferably with hilarious Scottish-American accents?
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Post by: Jen on June 22, 2012, 08:31:05 AM
So the first (and probably only) series of Legend Quest has recently finished over here, which I'm a bit sad about. Are there any other so-bad-it's-good shows with needless suspense and fantastic speculative leaps of logic that aren't Ghost Hunters? Preferably with hilarious Scottish-American accents?

What is a Scottish-American accent?  An American talking with a Scottish accent?  ???
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Post by: lutz on June 22, 2012, 01:26:42 PM
What is a Scottish-American accent?  An American talking with a Scottish accent?  ???
Well apparently the guy is Scottish, but he has a really weird hybrid accent. I would say the weirdest I've ever heard, but that distinction has to go to the Spanish-Northern Irish accent I heard at a conference this year...

Ooh, also, have you watched Misfits yet??? ;)
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Post by: Jen on June 22, 2012, 03:37:03 PM
What is a Scottish-American accent?  An American talking with a Scottish accent?  ???
Well apparently the guy is Scottish, but he has a really weird hybrid accent. I would say the weirdest I've ever heard, but that distinction has to go to the Spanish-Northern Irish accent I heard at a conference this year...

Ooh, also, have you watched Misfits yet??? ;)

Oh that make sense. Spanish-Northern Irish eh? Interesting.

No. :( We have it...just need to watch it.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 23, 2012, 12:17:19 PM
So, when I first got Netflix I added a whole load of TV series that I had never watched before thinking "sooner or later I'll get round to seeing if they're any good"

I had some 'sooner/later' time this morning and so far have watched 10 minutes each of "The Chicago Code", "Flashpoint" and "Hack"

All three of them utter rubbish, "Hack" especially. Jeeebus fucking aitch...

Somewhere (Hollywood) there are people coming up with this tripe!

What say we just start a Randomville TV pilot suggestion thread and found out what our combined creative minds can muster up eh? Gotta be better than this network bollocks.

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Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 23, 2012, 12:31:43 PM
Yeah, let's just go ahead and add "The Unusuals" to that list shall we?

... and "Workaholics"
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Post by: TayFo on June 23, 2012, 05:12:38 PM
They should bring back Cagney & Lacey.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 23, 2012, 06:53:37 PM
Just watched last week's Wilfred. This has to be the most out there TV show ever. Nice cameo this week by Robin Williams as the psychiatrist.
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Post by: c-lando on June 25, 2012, 08:11:29 AM
Just watched last week's Wilfred. This has to be the most out there TV show ever. Nice cameo this week by Robin Williams as the psychiatrist.
CRUD! I didn't realize it was back on already. I must have deleted my original season pass. UUUUGH!
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Post by: lutz on June 26, 2012, 01:14:33 PM
The MTV version of The Inbetweeners looks really lame.

(http://www.imediamonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/inbetweeners_uscast.jpg)

Bus wankers.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 26, 2012, 09:06:50 PM
Just watched last week's Wilfred. This has to be the most out there TV show ever. Nice cameo this week by Robin Williams as the psychiatrist.
CRUD! I didn't realize it was back on already. I must have deleted my original season pass. UUUUGH!
It was listed as a "Special Preview Episode", which I thought was going to be a recap. Instead, it was a regular episode. The official season 2 premier is June 28. I'm still trying to figure that out. You may be able to catch it on Hulu.
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Post by: lutz on July 09, 2012, 04:18:59 PM
I propose a drinking game for those who wish to endanger their livers: drink every time Gordon Ramsay says "It's fucking RAW!" in Hell's Kitchen.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on August 29, 2012, 08:41:22 AM
So freakin' true.

(http://www.sheldoncomics.com/strips/sd120828.png)

http://www.sheldoncomics.com/archive/120828.html
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Post by: MissKitty on August 29, 2012, 10:02:59 AM
Yuuuup.
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Post by: c-lando on August 29, 2012, 10:20:50 AM
Yuuuup.
x 1,000,000!!!!

The back hair is amazing.
I still want to marry you, Dave Kellett.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on August 29, 2012, 01:13:25 PM
I had to stop watching Burn Notice for awhile.  It's not like it jumped the shark, if anything the writing has gotten better and it's much more of a continuous action saga over a caper-of-the-week type thing.

I just tuned in one day and realized I was sick and tired of Michael Weston's attitude.  Could his tone be any more patronizing?  Screw you, Weston.  I don't need you to show me how to make a bomb out of common household products.  Or if *maybe* I did, you don't have to be such a jerk about it.  It took a while to dawn on me, but very sentence in his monologues ends with a silent ", dumbass."

You know he gets it from his mom, too.  Cagney was quite the supercilious bitch herself.  I'm just tired of that whole family, man.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on August 29, 2012, 03:57:34 PM
The back hair is amazing.

Yes!  He captured all of them very well.  Disappointed that he didn't fit in a Jared and Brandi panel, but I guess you can't have everything.  I hope he takes on the Texas people at some point but they might be a little too easy.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 29, 2012, 09:45:40 PM
I had to stop watching Burn Notice for awhile.  It's not like it jumped the shark, if anything the writing has gotten better and it's much more of a continuous action saga over a caper-of-the-week type thing.

I just tuned in one day and realized I was sick and tired of Michael Weston's attitude.  Could his tone be any more patronizing?  Screw you, Weston.  I don't need you to show me how to make a bomb out of common household products.  Or if *maybe* I did, you don't have to be such a jerk about it.  It took a while to dawn on me, but very sentence in his monologues ends with a silent ", dumbass."

You know he gets it from his mom, too.  Cagney was quite the supercilious bitch herself.  I'm just tired of that whole family, man.
It's not drawing me in, either. The first season, I couldn't wait to watch each week. Now I have 7 episodes sitting on my DVR. Once I get through the rest of my USA shows, then I might watch them, but there's no urgency anymore.
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Post by: Poolio on August 31, 2012, 08:25:39 PM
I'm super-excited about the premiere of the new Doctor Who series tomorrow. I know I am going to cry when whatever happens with the Ponds happens... Gonna miss those two.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 03, 2012, 11:07:24 PM
I've been catching up on the Doctor Who specials this weekend, as well as some episodes of The Nerdist. While he moved to Colorado in the middle of his freshman year, Chris Hardwick started off in high school in Tennessee (in Memphis). I wonder if he'd stayed in Tennessee if our paths would have crossed at a math contest or something (I believe we graduated the same year from high school). Of course, if his family hadn't moved to California for his senior year of high school, he probably wouldn't have ended up in the entertainment industry.

I was also reminded in one of the specials that David Tennant is married to Peter Davison's daughter, who played the Doctor's daughter. I think my head hurts a bit. :)
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Post by: Poncho on September 04, 2012, 11:24:16 PM
Who... excellent episode.  I was THOROUGHLY surprised to see the guest star.  Although, I hope however they work her in as the new companion... she's 100,000,000% less annoying.  Cute, though.



Downton Abbey.  Mrs. Poncho & I were laid up the entire weekend.  Her with an ear infection.  Me with a sinus infection.  OR maybe we were just sick with the same bug?   Who knows... the doctors certainly don't without cultures and that wasn't happening.  My face hurt and her ear hurt.  We were miserable.

Regardless... time was ours to be wasted as we wallowed.  We watched the entire two seasons on DA over the 3 day weekend.  A lot too girly for me, however, the storytelling was really compelling.  Slightly obvious and convenient, but I was still compelled to keep watching.  Maybe it was the meds?  Maybe I'm turning into a pansy in my old age?  I wasn't over the moon with it, but Mrs. Poncho loves LOVE and period pieces.  This fit that bill.  We enjoyed it.  Especially, considering neither of us knew much about it.
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Post by: c-lando on September 06, 2012, 12:46:21 PM
I have been watching all of the HAPPY ENDING reruns over the summer and CANNOT wait for new episodes.

X8Zq270N-Qw

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Post by: Dan on September 06, 2012, 01:14:22 PM
I watched the first episode of Game of Thrones last night. Ummm, that was ... interesting. I enjoyed all of the boobies, too.
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Post by: c-lando on September 06, 2012, 01:26:38 PM
I watched the first episode of Game of Thrones last night. Ummm, that was ... interesting. I enjoyed all of the boobies, too.
So MANY more b00bies await you, Sir.
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Post by: Butter on September 06, 2012, 03:52:38 PM
DVRd a couple episodes of "The Mighty Boosh" off Cartoon Network a couple of weeks ago.  Never seen it before.

Holy shit, what a weird show.  But some really funny moments.
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Post by: Fourthisto on September 06, 2012, 04:19:46 PM
That show is funny in an epic way... unfortunately I got into it about a year too late, when they were already done with their few US live shows.
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Post by: va-vacious on September 06, 2012, 05:37:45 PM
I have been watching all of the HAPPY ENDING reruns over the summer and CANNOT wait for new episodes.




I love this show! Can't wait for new episodes either. I thought it would be lame, but it manages to make me laugh all the time. I really like the fact that it's in Chicago, and not an LA, NYC set show.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 07, 2012, 07:37:25 AM
DVRd a couple episodes of "The Mighty Boosh" off Cartoon Network a couple of weeks ago.  Never seen it before.

Holy shit, what a weird show.  But some really funny moments.
If you have a multi-region DVD player I'll happily lend you the box set
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Post by: notoriouspbake on September 08, 2012, 07:13:27 PM
I had to stop watching Burn Notice for awhile.  It's not like it jumped the shark, if anything the writing has gotten better and it's much more of a continuous action saga over a caper-of-the-week type thing.

I just tuned in one day and realized I was sick and tired of Michael Weston's attitude.  Could his tone be any more patronizing?  Screw you, Weston.  I don't need you to show me how to make a bomb out of common household products.  Or if *maybe* I did, you don't have to be such a jerk about it.  It took a while to dawn on me, but very sentence in his monologues ends with a silent ", dumbass."

You know he gets it from his mom, too.  Cagney was quite the supercilious bitch herself.  I'm just tired of that whole family, man.

it's better than most shows on tv but has fallen into the eventual kiss of death: derivative story lines. end of previous season - weston is close to finding who burned him, show ends with cliff hanger. new season: last seasons cliff hanger/first few episodes of this season only exposes yet another layer of government coverup that michael has to dig through. add a few one episodes helping someone out of a bad situation, while the last few episodes involve michael running up the new food chain to the exposed layer of conspiracy that burned him. add in a spice of family drama, kill off one or two ancillary characters; put members of the team in danger, rescue them; finish the season with a cliff hanger - just as michael is figuring out this layer of the conspiracy that burned him, a new layer lurks in the future. lather rinse repeat.

don't get me wrong, my bitching doesn't mean the show sucks, while the overall story arcs are predictable, the writers do a nice job of keeping you guessing per episode.

you know what would be badass?? a burn notice/csi miami crossover.
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Post by: Rafe on September 09, 2012, 04:20:55 PM
DVRd a couple episodes of "The Mighty Boosh" off Cartoon Network a couple of weeks ago.  Never seen it before.

Holy shit, what a weird show.  But some really funny moments.

It will perhaps come as no surprise to you, Butter, but a few years ago I was a massive fan of that show. Brilliant that you got to see it over there, I can imagine it's right up your street.

To this day, I do a fucking brilliant vocal impression of the character, "The Hitcher". Yes, that's about all my life has amounted to  ;D
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Post by: TayFo on September 20, 2012, 05:49:27 PM
ABC's trying to corner the country comeback market. They're doing both a sit-com AND a hour long drama about a aging country star trying to make a comeback.
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Post by: va-vacious on September 20, 2012, 08:04:31 PM
But the hour long drama has T. Bone Burnett behind the music-- he's married to the show producer. I am planning on watching the show, since I love Connie Britton (especially her hair), and I live in Nashville!  Gotta see what they get right and wrong.
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Post by: Jen on October 08, 2012, 01:11:52 PM
Amy Acker made the last three episodes (includes the season finale from S1) of PoI sooooo good. Should be an interesting season.
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Post by: dirk on October 08, 2012, 02:59:54 PM
I really had no interest in PoI, but now that you said Amy Acker is on it, now I totally want to see it.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 08, 2012, 03:39:06 PM
She also just showed up in an episode of Warehouse 13 (which I really enjoy).
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Post by: Jen on October 09, 2012, 08:58:31 AM
She also just showed up in an episode of Warehouse 13 (which I really enjoy).

I guess we should have given that show more than one episode? Guess you shouldn't judge a show necessarily by the pilot? ;)
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 09, 2012, 11:41:44 AM
It has a fairly unique concept with the artifacts. Things really picked up when they added the geeky, computer expert Claudia (even though that isn't as a unique concept). Some good guest stars, too - Brent Spiner, Kate Mulgrew, Anthony Michael Hall, Mark Sheppard (pre-Doctor Who), and Lindsay Wagner, for example. Something for everyone. And Eddie McClintock reminds of several guys I went to college with, which isn't that far fetched since he's from Ohio and went to Wright State. :)
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Post by: c-lando on October 11, 2012, 08:20:19 AM
WOW. The cameo appearance made on SONS OF ANARCHY this week?!?!?!? WOW.
I think The Greg may be scarred for life. Or mildly aroused.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 11, 2012, 08:31:37 AM
I wish Brent Spiner would do more character stuff, like he did on Night Court.  His characters on that show were always awesome.
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Post by: c-lando on October 11, 2012, 08:40:01 AM
Is someone airing NIGHT COURT reruns (please say yes!!!!)?
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 11, 2012, 08:44:34 AM
Sadly, I don't know of anyplace.  I only brought it up because Ella mentioned Brent Spiner.  Such a great show.
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Post by: Butter on October 11, 2012, 11:00:30 AM
There has been a cultural dearth of Mel Torme references since NIGHT COURT left the air.
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Post by: c-lando on October 15, 2012, 03:23:37 PM
Two Words: Bobby Cannavale

GOOD LORD.
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Post by: Chris on October 17, 2012, 11:08:30 PM
I really hope that American Horror Story:Asylum explains why the characters from last season are playing different characters in the new location for this season as it made me scratch my head a bit. Other than that, the new season is off to a bloody good start...

James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, the returning cast, Bloodyface?... not bad, even with Adam Levine and Mark Consuelos (briefly) kinda hamming it up.
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Post by: Buzzstein on October 20, 2012, 10:16:37 PM
I tried watching the first 2 episodes of the first season of American Horror Story. I thought it was stupid. After reading a summary of last season I'm glad I didn't waste my time by sticking with it.

The Walking Dead is more my speed.
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Post by: c-lando on October 22, 2012, 08:20:37 AM
But the hour long drama has T. Bone Burnett behind the music-- he's married to the show producer. I am planning on watching the show, since I love Connie Britton (especially her hair), and I live in Nashville!  Gotta see what they get right and wrong.
This show is fantastic. I didn't think they could live up to the pilot with the second episode. But, I'm still ALL IN. The music is fantastic, Hayden is a seriously good b*tch, and Bunny Colvin has all of the mayoral experience from Hamsterdam that he needs to make him the mayor of Nashville. WIN.
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Post by: Jen on October 22, 2012, 12:39:40 PM
Heard an interview on Shaun Keaveny's show last week with the actor from the new show on BBC 1, Hunted. I thought the show sounded interesting and was going to mention it to Mark so we could watch via proxy. Then, we saw a promo for it while watching Dexter (I think) as it is on Cinemax. Anyway, a phone call to TWC later, there was a promo for Max and we added it. Checked it out and it is pretty good. We also watched a show called Strike Back which, like Hunted, is about espionage.

Just what we needed, more shows to keep up with on the DVR. ;)
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Post by: va-vacious on October 22, 2012, 11:57:50 PM
Land, I am so hooked on Nashville- even getting my dad to watch it!
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Post by: lutz on October 28, 2012, 01:03:36 PM
Tonight at 9: Homeland
Tonight at 10: Misfits

This may be the single greatest combination to ever grace television.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 11, 2012, 02:44:11 PM
Jimmy Fallon make a guest appearance on this weekend's Ask This Old House for the "What Is It?" segment. That was a crossover that I wasn't expecting!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on November 12, 2012, 08:05:14 AM
Jimmy Fallon make a guest appearance on this weekend's Ask This Old House for the "What Is It?" segment. That was a crossover that I wasn't expecting!

Wow, maybe that segment was actually funny for once then, eh?
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Post by: Homsar on November 16, 2012, 10:26:04 AM
Anyone else think Al Madrigal actually took a step down by being in the Farmers commercials?  Work is work I guess.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on November 16, 2012, 01:23:25 PM
Anyone else think Al Madrigal actually took a step down by being in the Farmers commercials?  Work is work I guess.

A step down from what?  Wizards of Waverly Place?  Judging by his CV I'd guess he goes where the paychecks are.
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Post by: Homsar on November 16, 2012, 02:05:35 PM
The Daily Show.
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Post by: Butter on November 19, 2012, 07:54:55 AM
Being on TDS is no guarantee of large paychecks.  I'm sure they are just fine with it.  As is his bank account.  It's not like he's a real newsman with some sort of "integrity" to protect.
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Post by: c-lando on November 19, 2012, 08:42:47 AM
And now BOARDWALK EMPIRE and I are no longer friendly. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
It was bad enough when they did what they did last year. The addition of Bobby Cannavale has almost made me not miss that character. But, I'm going to need a few weeks to get over last night's episode. I could barely shake it off when I was trying to go to sleep last night. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 01, 2012, 02:56:21 PM
I've almost given up on Glee, but I haven't deleted it yet off my DVR. Finally watching the Thanksgiving episode and was pleasantly surprised to hear them perform R.E.M.'s "Superman".
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 02, 2012, 02:18:10 PM
CBS Sunday Morning always sucks me if I turn it on. The segment on Theo Jansen's Strandbeests was fascinating, along with a segment on chocolate and Ben Affleck (two of my favorite things) and a profile of Alan Cumming. Next week they are profiling Ewan McGregor (it must be Scotish Actors month).
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Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on December 02, 2012, 04:00:51 PM
I try to watch every Sunday. The first segment was a bit tough to watch this week.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on December 03, 2012, 07:42:10 AM
CBS Sunday Morning always sucks me if I turn it on.

I didn't realize this was broadcast in the suck-o-vision.
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Post by: Homsar on December 03, 2012, 08:42:34 AM
I've almost given up on Glee, but I haven't deleted it yet off my DVR. Finally watching the Thanksgiving episode and was pleasantly surprised to hear them perform R.E.M.'s "Superman".

The Clique appreciates it.
 ;)
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 16, 2012, 08:03:20 PM
Why do those daning Catholic school girls seem so angry?  Could it be they hate Windows 8 as much as I do?
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Post by: c-lando on December 17, 2012, 08:36:39 AM
Just started watching Sherlock. Good stuff. The last episode I watched was Sherlock and the dominatrix. GREAT STUFF.
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Post by: c-lando on December 20, 2012, 12:38:04 PM
For the series finale of GOSSIP GIRL (don't judge me!!!!), I noticed that "3MTA3" was on the tail of the NY Spectator jet when Nate deboarded the plane . Heh. Helllllllllllllllllllo, Brooklyn!
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 27, 2012, 08:13:14 PM
"So I saw this movie, and it had that red-haired chick but I can't remember her name.  Who is that red-haired chick who's been like on zillions of TV shows?"

"Alicia Witt"

"No.  Like she was in movies when she was a teenager and then went on TV."

"Alicia Witt"

"No.  She also sings and does stage stuff."

"Alicia Witt!"

"No.  I'm talking about the chick who was in Law and Order!"

"ALICIA. WITT."

"No.  Fat face!  Crazy saucer eyes!"

"Oh.  Lauren Ambrose."

"Yeah, that's her.  I'd still hit though."

"oh hell yeah."
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Post by: c-lando on December 28, 2012, 08:21:41 AM
"So I saw this movie, and it had that red-haired chick but I can't remember her name.  Who is that red-haired chick who's been like on zillions of TV shows?"

"Alicia Witt"

"No.  Like she was in movies when she was a teenager and then went on TV."

"Alicia Witt"

"No.  She also sings and does stage stuff."

"Alicia Witt!"

"No.  I'm talking about the chick who was in Law and Order!"

"ALICIA. WITT."

"No.  Fat face!  Crazy saucer eyes!"

"Oh.  Lauren Ambrose."

"Yeah, that's her.  I'd still hit though."

"oh hell yeah."
Did you have this conversation with Bronzetree?
HAHAHAHA.
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Post by: Butter on January 02, 2013, 07:41:22 AM
I don't know if C-fan and I are the only people who watch COUGAR TOWN, but that is coming back (to TBS) next week, Wed. night I think.

I really thought I would hate it when I started watching mid-way through Season 1, but I really don't.  It's quite good, but has a lot of in jokes that don't follow well if you haven't been keeping up.  I think it's that creation of a "world" that makes it rewarding to the viewer.
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Post by: c-lando on January 02, 2013, 09:20:43 AM
I don't know if C-fan and I are the only people who watch COUGAR TOWN, but that is coming back (to TBS) next week, Wed. night I think.

I really thought I would hate it when I started watching mid-way through Season 1, but I really don't.  It's quite good, but has a lot of in jokes that don't follow well if you haven't been keeping up.  I think it's that creation of a "world" that makes it rewarding to the viewer.
I think I'm going to give it a shot. I have watched episodes here and there over the years, but it never grabbed me. But, I hear that I'm missing out. So, why not see what they have to offer on their new network.

Other midseason shows I'm looking forward to: The Americans on FX; The Following on FOX; and Zero Hour (Hello, Cappie from GREEK!) on ABC.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 02, 2013, 09:36:10 AM
I'm ashamed to admit this, but we got sucked into a Bunheads marathon yesterday.  It's like Gilmore Girls all over again... which I was also ashamed to admit watching.  I'm such a sucker for ridiculous characters, sarcasm and pop-culture references.
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Post by: c-lando on January 02, 2013, 09:43:03 AM
I'm such a sucker for ridiculous characters, sarcasm and pop-culture references.
No, really?!?!?
Wocka Wocka.
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Post by: Butter on January 02, 2013, 09:44:53 AM
What is Bunheads?
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 02, 2013, 10:02:04 AM
It's on ABC Family which based on pure snobbery is what kept us from trying it before.  It's created by Amy Sherman Palladino, who also created and wrote Gilmore Girls.  It has very much the same feel, quirky small town, sarcastic young (mid to late 30s, I'm assuming) female lead, many appearances by GG regulars, silly situations, lots of over the top soliloquies etc. 

The basic concept is based around the aforementioned female lead, Michelle, getting married (kind of a quickie deal) both because she likes the guy and because she's dissatisfied with her situation.  He moves her to his home town which is a quirky, isolated little place a la Stars Hollow.  The husband promptly gets killed off and she's left to sort things out with her hubby's mother who isn't any too happy about that marriage etc.  The Mother in Law runs a dance academy, and has money problems (and the silliest accounting system ever), Michelle just happens to be a dancer so she gets roped into helping save the dance academy... etc.

Simultaneously there are four young members of the dance academy that have all kids of teenage girl problems etc.  (Picture Rory and her friends). 

Anyway, it's almost a one-to-one transcription of Gilmore Girls. 
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 02, 2013, 10:02:43 AM
I'm such a sucker for ridiculous characters, sarcasm and pop-culture references.
No, really?!?!?
Wocka Wocka.

Well played.
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Post by: Homsar on January 02, 2013, 10:53:38 AM
If it's one TV thing I hate, it's over the top soliloquies.
I'm looking at you, every show written for women.
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Post by: Butter on January 02, 2013, 12:06:18 PM
I was hoping it was a Coneheads sequel.  I see I was wrong.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 02, 2013, 07:41:50 PM
I don't know if C-fan and I are the only people who watch COUGAR TOWN, but that is coming back (to TBS) next week, Wed. night I think.

I really thought I would hate it when I started watching mid-way through Season 1, but I really don't.  It's quite good, but has a lot of in jokes that don't follow well if you haven't been keeping up.  I think it's that creation of a "world" that makes it rewarding to the viewer.
I've watched it since the beginning. I love how they now make fun of the title (http://thefiveeight.com/ct/). I watched all of Scrubs and enjoy the references back to it, as well (although note the title card for episode 51 - "No, it's not just Scrubs in Florida with a lot of wine").

Thanks for the reminder. My DVR won't automatically change the station on the series recording, and it hasn't been close enough to add it until now.
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Post by: Butter on January 03, 2013, 07:32:34 AM
PORTLANDIA comes back Friday night, for those who care.

And I will actually be looking forward to the return of ENLIGHTENED to HBO next Sunday.  I believe GIRLS is also coming back, but I tried and failed to get into that one... not much there for me to enjoy, unless you count Lena Dunham showing up naked in the episodes I saw.  But I am a big Mike White fan, so I thought I would give that show a shot, especially since I also like Laura Dern's acting quite a bit.  I thought ENLIGHTENED was threatening to become a bit too one-note in the first few episodes.  Dern's character is a recovering... everything, but is a former high-powered exec forced to return to her former employer hat-in-hand after a total breakdown because she needs a job... it was almost predictable in the brutal paces it was putting Dern's character through.  But I thought it really found its stride mid-season and I am really looking forward to where it is going in Season 2.  It's not really a comedy, but it's a rare half-hour drama that I think works really well largely due to Dern herself and some really good writing.  Check it out if you've got room on your DVR for a half-hour... Or if you have some time to kill on a weekend, go back and watch the first season On Demand before coming into this one.
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Post by: luisterpaul on January 03, 2013, 01:27:14 PM
I've been watching Running Wilde, a sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz and Will Arnett. It's just ok -- I can see why it got cancelled -- but some of the writing is reminiscent of Arrested Development, and there have been a few moments that have made me roar with laughter.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 11, 2013, 10:12:07 AM
Hey Lando.... have you watched this week's "Modern Family" yet?
Because YOU REALLY NEED TO!!!!!
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Post by: va-vacious on January 21, 2013, 02:05:05 PM
I'm avoiding the Fringe thread because I haven't seen the series finale, and won't be able to until next week. Stupid Fox and not unlocking content until 8 (EIGHT!!) days after airing. I so desperately want to know what happens, but I also want it to unspool before my eyes, and not be spoiled. So hard! I have the last three episodes to watch.  And once I have, I'll be over on that thread posting!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 21, 2013, 02:06:06 PM
Peter dies...

JK  ;D
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 21, 2013, 04:33:50 PM
American Horror Story: Asylum is probably the most messed up thing I've ever watched, and yet I can't wait to see how they wrap this all up this week.
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Post by: va-vacious on January 21, 2013, 05:39:07 PM
Peter dies...

JK  ;D

Ha! He's died at least twice already, why not a third time? :P  I'll be sobbing buckets if he does, though!  My hope is that they somehow "reset" everything and go back to the time before the observers and Etta doesn't die, and Walter has an unlimited supply of red vines!
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Post by: Chris on January 21, 2013, 06:48:55 PM
American Horror Story: Asylum is probably the most messed up thing I've ever watched, and yet I can't wait to see how they wrap this all up this week.

Yeah, this season has been both frustrating and fascinating, and I feel the same way. I am curious what next season will bring considering the wild swings they took between seasons one and two.
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Post by: c-lando on January 23, 2013, 12:08:57 PM
Hey Lando.... have you watched this week's "Modern Family" yet?
Because YOU REALLY NEED TO!!!!!
I just now saw this. Which one was it? The hotel visit or Manny's surprise party? Which part was LANDO-worthy?
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 23, 2013, 02:26:38 PM
Hey Lando.... have you watched this week's "Modern Family" yet?
Because YOU REALLY NEED TO!!!!!
I just now saw this. Which one was it? The hotel visit or Manny's surprise party? Which part was LANDO-worthy?
The hotel visit
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Post by: c-lando on January 23, 2013, 02:35:32 PM
Hey Lando.... have you watched this week's "Modern Family" yet?
Because YOU REALLY NEED TO!!!!!
I just now saw this. Which one was it? The hotel visit or Manny's surprise party? Which part was LANDO-worthy?
The hotel visit
LANDO!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 29, 2013, 06:41:24 PM
Why is it that the news outlets can't film Hillary Clinton without all that glare in those glasses?  Are they different because she's suffering double vision?
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 04, 2013, 12:21:10 AM
Has David Anders ever played someone who wasn't the villain? I think I saw him in the preview for this week's Arrow as a recently released criminal.
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Post by: MissKitty on February 04, 2013, 11:25:24 AM
Really enjoying House of Cards on Netflix. Engrossing.
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Post by: c-lando on February 04, 2013, 11:39:43 AM
Really enjoying House of Cards on Netflix. Engrossing.
Does it feel like a David Fincher joint?
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Post by: Jen on February 15, 2013, 08:28:13 AM
We finally started watching The Following (two episodes in). I haven't finished the Complete Works of Poe (yet) but I started reading it late last year. I honestly would never have made the conclusions in his works that they are using for basis of Carol's killings. The works are horrifying yes, but wow...guess I missed the class on what they really mean. Course, this is TV and I haven't look into it further, but this is the part of literature that I hated in college. Being an English lit major, I just enjoyed reading the books, not so much trying to figure out any symbolism, etc might have been going in in the author's head.

Anyway, this show is freaky and I am not exactly sure how I feel about it. Like John Lithgow, will I be able to watch James Purefoy again without shivering with fear?? ;)
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Post by: Atzend on February 25, 2013, 10:24:39 PM
Finally got around to watching the first two episodes of Black Mirror...

Wow. Just wow. It's amazingly done and the stories are great, but damn it burns a hole in your brain.   
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Post by: dirk on February 25, 2013, 10:52:00 PM
The further the Following goes, the less it is appealing to me.  The first few episodes were at least somewhat realistic in what could be done by a group of dedicated people. But the more it goes on, the more unrealistic they are getting.  It went from a small group of dedicated followers to a small army of extremely adept people in any position they need them in.  It's seems like the writers solution to the bad guys getting into trouble now is just "well, they have followers in this position and this position and they can bail them out".  At some point,t he Deus Ex Machina just gets to be too much.
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Post by: lutz on February 26, 2013, 01:54:52 AM
Finally got around to watching the first two episodes of Black Mirror...

Wow. Just wow. It's amazingly done and the stories are great, but damn it burns a hole in your brain.   
Charlie Brooker is such a fantastic writer. Black Mirror is always really fucked up, but not in a gory way like Utopia or a completely implausible way like Misfits. It's very appropriately titled. I'm always amazed by how good the casting is in these Channel 4 shows, too.
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Post by: Jen on February 26, 2013, 03:29:41 PM
The further the Following goes, the less it is appealing to me.  The first few episodes were at least somewhat realistic in what could be done by a group of dedicated people. But the more it goes on, the more unrealistic they are getting.  It went from a small group of dedicated followers to a small army of extremely adept people in any position they need them in.  It's seems like the writers solution to the bad guys getting into trouble now is just "well, they have followers in this position and this position and they can bail them out".  At some point,t he Deus Ex Machina just gets to be too much.

I am sort of feeling the same way...not sure how this series could have more than one season as it stands right now...
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Post by: dirk on February 26, 2013, 11:04:17 PM
I love that E! has started showing the first season of Burning Love.  It was a perfect parody of all those crappy dating shows and was hilarious.  Plus, it is good to start to see web series start to get their due.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 26, 2013, 11:09:32 PM
Tonight's Raising Hope had lots of appearances of My Name Is Earl actors (although as different characters). It was awesome!
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Post by: va-vacious on March 04, 2013, 07:58:25 AM
I love that E! has started showing the first season of Burning Love.  It was a perfect parody of all those crappy dating shows and was hilarious.  Plus, it is good to start to see web series start to get their due.

I really enjoyed Burning Love-- agree completely with your comment, dirk. Has there been a second season?
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Post by: dirk on March 04, 2013, 09:00:55 AM
The second season is rolling out on the web right now.  I haven't watched it yet, as I am waiting for it to get done so I can sit down and watch it all at once.
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Post by: Dan on March 04, 2013, 09:29:57 AM
Oh no! Our love fest for Archer was lost in server move. So sad.

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Post by: c-lando on March 06, 2013, 02:52:10 PM
I'm going to a taping of CONAN when he's here for the NCAA Final Four. WOOHOO! Hoping that the cast of ANCHORMAN 2 will pop by since they have started filming in town.
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Post by: va-vacious on March 06, 2013, 05:28:43 PM
How did I not know Anchorman was filming here?  Time to stalk Paul Rudd!
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Post by: Butter on March 07, 2013, 02:14:26 PM
And I will actually be looking forward to the return of ENLIGHTENED to HBO next Sunday.  I believe GIRLS is also coming back, but I tried and failed to get into that one... not much there for me to enjoy, unless you count Lena Dunham showing up naked in the episodes I saw.  But I am a big Mike White fan, so I thought I would give that show a shot, especially since I also like Laura Dern's acting quite a bit.  I thought ENLIGHTENED was threatening to become a bit too one-note in the first few episodes.  Dern's character is a recovering... everything, but is a former high-powered exec forced to return to her former employer hat-in-hand after a total breakdown because she needs a job... it was almost predictable in the brutal paces it was putting Dern's character through.  But I thought it really found its stride mid-season and I am really looking forward to where it is going in Season 2.  It's not really a comedy, but it's a rare half-hour drama that I think works really well largely due to Dern herself and some really good writing.  Check it out if you've got room on your DVR for a half-hour... Or if you have some time to kill on a weekend, go back and watch the first season On Demand before coming into this one.

So, yeah, this season of ENLIGHTENED... was fucking great.  Especially the episode where Luke Wilson's character goes to rehab, but honestly especially all of them.  If you have HBO GO, spend a weekend and watch this thing.  The total show run so far is literally not even 10 hours, so you can do it.

Even if it doesn't come back for a third season (which it probably won't, I hear it's getting brutal ratings), it was well worth the 2 season investment I had in it.  Absolutely fantastic show all around.  I could see how the beginnings and endings maybe get a little cloying with new-agey improvement-y type stuff, but that's kind of the foundation of the main character and her awakening.

Watch it.  It's awesome.
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Post by: euro60 on March 11, 2013, 03:26:35 PM
Anyone else catch Justin Timberlake hosting SNL? That was one wild (and entertaining) show! I rarely watch SNL anymore but must admit I very much enjoyed watching it htis past weekend. Apparently got record ratings.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 11, 2013, 03:43:52 PM
JT is always amazing on SNL (for proof watch the skit where he and Bobby Moynihan played Beyonce's backup dancers from a few years ago, hysterical).  Anytime you get one of 5+ multiple time hosts you tend to get a lot of buzz and a lot of guests.  And JT almost always assures that Andy Samberg will make an appearance.  I was surprised McCartney didn't pop up but I believe he's scheduled to be the musical guest soon so that's probably the reason he didn't show up this time.

They've done the gag of the five timers club before, except I think it was Alec Baldwin and it was 10 or 12 or some crazy number.  They might have done it other times.

The Three Amigos introducing JT's second song was awesome.

Loved the Two Wild and Crazy Guys vs. the Dick-in-a-Box guys.  "Did you get these questions in advance?"

Sadly almost all of those five timers and the other guests (Akroyd especially) looked super old.  Even Hanks is getting a little wobbly in the jowls.
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Post by: Butter on March 11, 2013, 03:46:23 PM
Adam Sandburg will make an appearance.

That's a conglomeration of at least 2, maybe 3, different people.

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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 11, 2013, 04:03:39 PM
You're just making shit up...
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Post by: euro60 on March 11, 2013, 04:12:37 PM
Even Hanks is getting a little wobbly in the jowls.

No kidding. I didn't even recognize him at first!
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Post by: Chris on March 11, 2013, 09:32:56 PM
Anyone else catch Justin Timberlake hosting SNL? That was one wild (and entertaining) show! I rarely watch SNL anymore but must admit I very much enjoyed watching it htis past weekend. Apparently got record ratings.

I'm just glad they did the porn girls skit again... that always makes me laugh.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/465352
http://www.hulu.com/watch/433368
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Post by: dirk on March 11, 2013, 11:07:55 PM
The porn girls was really awesome.  I was disappointed in Stefon though.  While it was still funny, it didn't seem up to the level of the past one.

And I think I am the only person who doesn't like the guest appearances.  To me, none of the people other than Andy Samberg really added anything.  The 2 wild and crazy guys just seemed sad to me with how dated it felt.
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Post by: euro60 on March 11, 2013, 11:40:23 PM
And I think I am the only person who doesn't like the guest appearances. 
yes you are the only one, LOL

I thought the guest appearances were hi-larious (for the most part)
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Post by: va-vacious on March 12, 2013, 06:11:25 PM
I thought it was fun, though not enough new stuff. THe Three Amigos almost made up for that, though.
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Post by: Jen on March 20, 2013, 12:48:11 PM
Am over The Following for sure, especially after hearing it was renewed. The episode from two weeks ago was so bizarre and disturbing, they seriously lost me. And I am a HUGE fan of Dexter.

Plus, the groupies are stupid and annoying.
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Post by: Homsar on March 20, 2013, 01:44:25 PM
If only what I saw last night could be unseen.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/82/Splash!_(TV_series).png/250px-Splash!_(TV_series).png)
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Post by: Fourthisto on March 20, 2013, 02:21:27 PM
Dude, I didn't watch that, just saw a 5 second commercial about the show and knew what you were referring to via text. How awesome.
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Post by: c-lando on March 20, 2013, 04:05:04 PM
I thought everything he did on LNJF last week was far and above what he did on SNL the weekend prior, especially that full on Friday night JAM of his hits. I want to see this live show, but only in a club setting.
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Post by: c-lando on March 21, 2013, 10:47:28 AM
Courteney Cox doing the "Tom Cruise run" on this week's Cougartown KILLLLLED me.
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Post by: va-vacious on March 21, 2013, 08:03:58 PM
I keep forgetting about Cougartown! I also just remembered that I haven't watched Happy Endings in a couple of months, so there might be some episodes to catch up on.
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Post by: lutz on March 21, 2013, 08:17:05 PM
If only what I saw last night could be unseen.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/82/Splash!_(TV_series).png/250px-Splash!_(TV_series).png)

'The show received generally negative reviews from critics after its premiere, who described it as "utterly dreadful television", "utterly awful", "a new low for television" and "probably the worst programme ever screened in primetime".'

(http://assets6.gcstatic.com/u/apps/asset_manager/uploaded/2013/04/tom-daley-splash-1359459492-view-0.jpg)
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Post by: dirk on April 05, 2013, 09:29:06 AM
After watching the newest Big Bang Theory last night, I think it is time it came off my DVR.  I know a lot of people didn't like it, but I enjoyed the nerdy humor when it first started.  I appreciate a good physics joke and good comic book humor.  But now, it is just dumb.  Instead of nerdy guys who have a hard time relating to "normal" people, we have Howard who is totally whipped by his wife who is smarter than him (but somehow less nerdy), Leonard who just cares about doing anything he can to keep banging Penny, Raj who is a bad stereotype of a closeted gay man from the 70s, and Sheldon the unintentional racist. Even Amy, who was nerdy on a similar level as Sheldon, just cares about getting to sleep with Sheldon. 

It's like they killed everything that originally made the show funny.
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Post by: Chris on April 05, 2013, 11:57:37 PM
Surprisingly, I liked the Hannibal premier way more than I thought I would, except the lead guy (the young bookish one) might get on my nerves fast if his character doesn't tone it down a bit over time.

Really enjoyed Mads Mikkelson though... suitably creepy.
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Post by: Jen on April 08, 2013, 08:49:41 AM
We finally gave up on The Following. I gave up on it a few weeks ago when one of the followers asked Joe to kill him because he screwed up but after giving it a couple more eps, we just decided it was stupid and not going to go anywhere so we cancelled the series off the Tivo.

I have almost a full season of BBT on the tivo, sad to hear it might have also gone the way of the shark. That, Modern Family and Community have been my go-to laugh out loud comedy favorites.
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Post by: Homsar on April 25, 2013, 11:06:33 AM
Saw a commercial for KFC.  The one with the guy who thought he ate the bones.  Made me laugh.  Of course now I want KFC.  Actually, it's rare that I will choose not to eat KFC.
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Post by: c-lando on April 29, 2013, 03:17:32 PM
I should have watched at least two movies this weekend. Instead, I caught up on Mr. Selfridge (oops - only watched episodes 1 & 2 and need to watch 3) and ended up watching SEVEN episodes of Hemlock Grove on Netflix. I can't even tell you if I like the show at this point. But, I can't stop watching it!
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on May 05, 2013, 11:47:32 PM
Bar Rescue has to be the saddest show on television.  I just saw the one they did for a bar in
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Post by: notoriouspbake on May 06, 2013, 08:40:15 AM
Bar Rescue has to be the saddest show on television.  I just saw the one they did for a bar in

that post has to be the saddest post in this thread. it has no point and just ends without warning.
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Post by: c-lando on May 06, 2013, 09:00:51 AM
Bar Rescue has to be the saddest show on television.  I just saw the one they did for a bar in

that post has to be the saddest post in this thread. it has no point and just ends without warning.
GSPoTD. One Shirley Temple for you.
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Post by: Homsar on May 06, 2013, 09:57:48 AM
Apparently, the show was so sad he lost all will to finish the post.  Must avoid Bar Rescue at all costs.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on May 06, 2013, 11:33:33 AM
It was the bar in Cincinnati.  The staff was really competent.  The stereotypical chef who is all unhealthy and surly was actually like "Yeah, I realize I've been screwing.  Time to take responsbility" and totally cleaned up the kitchen on his own.  They sent him to Ireland and he was so happy he cried.

But that bar was already 900k in debt.  There's no way a bar is coming back from that kind of debt.  It's way too late.  Not to mention that a business owner who lets his business go 900k in debt in the first place has problems that can't be fixed in 5 days, a new POS, and a bar makeover.  Normal people close their businesses before losing that much money, or they fix them. 

So anyway, pretty sure that bar has no chance.  Which is a shame because other than being shitty business people, I liked the owners and all the staff.  And maybe if Bar Rescue hadn't come they would have closed rather than limp along for another 6 months and just go further in debt.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 06, 2013, 11:50:54 AM
I read a bunch of stuff online one day about bars that had been on the show and it seems that most of them ended up failing despite the show, just like you said. 

There was another Cincinnati bar on the show called Win, Place or Show.  Still can't figure out where it was but reading about it online it certainly sounds like the show was "dramatized" quite a bit  For one, the people owned TWO bars, and they never even mentioned the other one, I pass that one almost every day and it's still open.  They made a big production out of one of the owners being bought out by one of the employees.  The show made it out like it was a result of their takeover but in reality it had happened months before.  They were only a few days away from being kicked out for not paying their rent and apparently being on show only bought them a little time and they were thrown out.

If nothing else the show makes you never EVER want to set foot in a bar.  So filthy and gross.  But, I never really noticed filthy and gross being that much of a deterrent... most bars are filthy and gross and yet they remain packed so just the clean up and remodel part of the show isn't what is going to save anybody from closure.
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Post by: Homsar on May 06, 2013, 12:21:01 PM
I remember there was one on Rt. 42 in West Chester.  Was that the bar on the show or the other one?  I thought it was an allright place the few times I went.  Pretty crowded.
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Post by: c-lando on May 06, 2013, 12:26:18 PM
I have the same hair as Jon Snow.
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Post by: dirk on May 06, 2013, 01:52:59 PM
Win Place or Show was the one that closed before the show even aired.  The other one (was it the Black Sheep or something like that) was still open last I heard.  My issue is that I feel like most of these people don't deserve the help they are given.  If you are that bad of an owner that you don't clean and have bugs and can't figure out that your rude bartenders need to be fired, you shouldn't be given everything.  I would prefer to have them help people who just aren't doing well for reasons other than their own stupidity. 

Of course Bar Rescue is a misnomer anyway.  Almost every bar he just comes in, guts the place and replaces everything, and then gives it a new name and theme.  He basically closes the old bar and opens a new one in the same place.  It's not like he actually rescues the bar.
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Post by: Chris on May 06, 2013, 07:47:26 PM
I understand The Walking Dead soooooo much better after watching the Bad Lip Reading version.

It's an excellent musical!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jR4lLJu_-wE
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Post by: lutz on May 07, 2013, 10:12:58 AM
I read a bunch of stuff online one day about bars that had been on the show and it seems that most of them ended up failing despite the show, just like you said. 
I read something similar about Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, except that if you took into account the number of restaurants that fail anyway he actually had a really good success rate.
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Post by: va-vacious on May 07, 2013, 12:05:01 PM
I saw some of Rules of Engagement yesterday. Why did this show get green-lit?  It's horrible-- it's not funny, it's mean! Are there people like this out there?  David Spade's character is awful, and I'm not sure why he's supposed to be funny.
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Post by: Homsar on May 07, 2013, 12:17:21 PM
That's like when I saw How to Live With Your Parents.  It's just not good. 
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Post by: Butter on May 07, 2013, 12:17:31 PM
I saw some of Rules of Engagement yesterday. Why did this show get green-lit?  It's horrible-- it's not funny, it's mean! Are there people like this out there?  David Spade's character is awful, and I'm not sure why he's supposed to be funny.

Worst part: this show is on like its 7th season.  CBS has had to renew it 6 separate times, and they keep giving it the green light.
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Post by: c-lando on May 10, 2013, 03:35:39 PM
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

NBC cancelled "Go On". NOOOOOOOOOOO! I really got to love that quirky group.
Fausta will not be happy.
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Post by: jcarwash31 on May 10, 2013, 05:34:20 PM
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

NBC cancelled "Go On". NOOOOOOOOOOO! I really got to love that quirky group.
Fausta will not be happy.
That show was still on?
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 11, 2013, 10:29:59 AM
I really enjoyed The New Normal, but I'm not surprised it was cancelled. I was amazed at some of the story lines they tackled - such as allowing gays to be troop leaders in the Boy Scouts.

Sad that Happy Endings was also cancelled, but again not a surprise.

Can I manage not to replace these on the DVR this fall so I can do other things such as read?
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Post by: va-vacious on May 11, 2013, 11:02:10 AM
Rats! They cancelled Happy Endings! I liked that show, but completely forgot to watch it. :( 
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Post by: c-lando on May 11, 2013, 05:54:02 PM
Lots of shows that I love got the axe. Happy Endings, The New Normal, Smash, and Southland. Uggggggh!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 13, 2013, 07:58:00 AM
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

NBC cancelled "Go On". NOOOOOOOOOOO! I really got to love that quirky group.
Fausta will not be happy.
That show was still on?

Yes, and it was awesome.  Damn you NBC!
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Post by: c-lando on May 13, 2013, 08:39:36 AM
Rats! They cancelled Happy Endings! I liked that show, but completely forgot to watch it. :(
How about MAX in IRON MAN 3!?!?!? I almost jumped out of my chair.
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Post by: Butter on May 13, 2013, 09:00:39 AM
I still have like 9 more "Go On"s on my DVR that we were finally working our way through.  Sounds like I needn't bother.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 13, 2013, 09:06:14 AM
Why would you not watch them just because it's cancelled?  They're really good... and it's not like there's a big cliff hanger at the end that will never resolve.  Since when does NBC's decision to cancel a show have a lot to say about whether it's worth watching or not?
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Post by: Butter on May 13, 2013, 10:00:44 AM
Most sitcoms with any sort of ambition aren't going to have wrapped up their story arc in a single season.  I can't speak to whether this one is like that, but I didn't love it so much that I will treasure each and every episode.  Since it's cancelled, I really won't feel like I missed much of anything spending my time either watching or doing something else.  Not that I would've anyway, but you get what I'm saying.
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Post by: va-vacious on May 13, 2013, 10:31:30 AM
Rats! They cancelled Happy Endings! I liked that show, but completely forgot to watch it. :(
How about MAX in IRON MAN 3!?!?!? I almost jumped out of my chair.

I KNOW!!! That was awesome! I was happy to see him on the big screen, and sad that I didn't know he'd been in WIlmington, so I could have stalked him!
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Post by: c-lando on May 13, 2013, 11:07:17 AM
Most sitcoms with any sort of ambition aren't going to have wrapped up their story arc in a single season.  I can't speak to whether this one is like that, but I didn't love it so much that I will treasure each and every episode.  Since it's cancelled, I really won't feel like I missed much of anything spending my time either watching or doing something else.  Not that I would've anyway, but you get what I'm saying.
I'm with Kwyjibo here. The show was never plot driven. You'll find some good comedy nuggets in those episodes. I PROMISE.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 13, 2013, 01:28:45 PM
You'll find some good comedy nuggets in those episodes. I PROMISE.

I got shooooooooooooes.

Oh well, his loss.
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Post by: Homsar on May 13, 2013, 02:12:07 PM
The whole idea of Star Trek is a bit too romantic for my liking.
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Post by: dirk on May 13, 2013, 03:08:26 PM
Is anyone else watching Orphan Black on BBC America?  I have been really impressed with it so far.The main actor has a boatload of different roles to play and she does them all well enough  you can immediately tell which character she is at the time.  And the plot is interesting.  I have been enjoying this more than Doctor Who this season...
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Post by: notoriouspbake on May 13, 2013, 09:46:49 PM
new rule for live tv shows and news casts: no reporting on whatever social media is saying. it's not news. no one cares. just stop.
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Post by: va-vacious on May 13, 2013, 10:49:17 PM
I watched an episode of Orphan Black but couldn't get into it. I've heard good things about it though, so I'll probably give it another try.
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Post by: dirk on May 13, 2013, 10:51:02 PM
It had a slow start that I attribute to giving away too much in the ads. All the ads talked about the clones, but it takes a couple episodes before the clones really start to show up, so it is kind of odd.  Once they do start showing up though, things pick up pretty quickly.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 14, 2013, 12:35:58 AM
I've watched the first few episodes of Orphan Black, and have the rest on my DVR. I've liked what I've seen so far.

And yes, I was excited to see Max in Iron Man 3, too!
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Post by: va-vacious on May 14, 2013, 08:16:38 AM
I know it's a petty thing, but it really annoyed me that last night CBS/the official "How I met Your Mother" FB page posted a picture of the mother within a couple of hours of the show airing.  I didn't get to watch because I was dealing with getting my DVR fixed, and I had to wait until today to watch when it's online.

So, I stopped "liking" HIMYM so that I hopefully won't get any more posts like that next season!

I've been invested in this show for 8 years, so I was really annoyed.  I think that they could have waited until tomorrow- given a full 24 hours from original air date- before spoiling.
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Post by: Butter on May 14, 2013, 08:35:56 AM
I still have like 9 more "Go On"s on my DVR that we were finally working our way through.  Sounds like I needn't bother.

C-Fan was in agreement with me.  They're gone.  Until we meet again, Matthew Perry.
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Post by: Butter on May 14, 2013, 08:37:10 AM
I know it's a petty thing, but it really annoyed me that last night CBS/the official "How I met Your Mother" FB page posted a picture of the mother within a couple of hours of the show airing.  I didn't get to watch because I was dealing with getting my DVR fixed, and I had to wait until today to watch when it's online.

So, I stopped "liking" HIMYM so that I hopefully won't get any more posts like that next season!

I've been invested in this show for 8 years, so I was really annoyed.  I think that they could have waited until tomorrow- given a full 24 hours from original air date- before spoiling.

The last few weeks on another message board, I was having fun taunting some people about how long this show has been on the air and still nobody had met the freaking mother.  I would think that after like Season 6, it would be pretty ridiculous.  Hopefully the show pays it off now that it finally got there for you.
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Post by: c-lando on May 14, 2013, 08:53:56 AM
I know it's a petty thing, but it really annoyed me that last night CBS/the official "How I met Your Mother" FB page posted a picture of the mother within a couple of hours of the show airing.  I didn't get to watch because I was dealing with getting my DVR fixed, and I had to wait until today to watch when it's online.

So, I stopped "liking" HIMYM so that I hopefully won't get any more posts like that next season!

I've been invested in this show for 8 years, so I was really annoyed.  I think that they could have waited until tomorrow- given a full 24 hours from original air date- before spoiling.

The last few weeks on another message board, I was having fun taunting some people about how long this show has been on the air and still nobody had met the freaking mother.  I would think that after like Season 6, it would be pretty ridiculous.  Hopefully the show pays it off now that it finally got there for you.
What he really meant to say was go ahead and take the show off of your DVR. It is dead to you now.
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Post by: c-lando on May 14, 2013, 08:54:15 AM
new rule for live tv shows and news casts: no reporting on whatever social media is saying. it's not news. no one cares. just stop.
THIS.

YES.
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Post by: va-vacious on May 14, 2013, 02:41:15 PM

What he really meant to say was go ahead and take the show off of your DVR. It is dead to you now.

Indeed.  How I met WHO?!? 

Yeah, the last couple of years have been a bit of a stretch, but I get to see Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segal, and Alyson Hannigan on my screen each week, so it's sort of worth it.
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Post by: Jen on May 15, 2013, 01:45:39 PM

What he really meant to say was go ahead and take the show off of your DVR. It is dead to you now.

Indeed.  How I met WHO?!? 

Yeah, the last couple of years have been a bit of a stretch, but I get to see Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segal, and Alyson Hannigan on my screen each week, so it's sort of worth it.

We gave up this show a couple of seasons ago. I just got to the point where I just didn't care who the mother was anymore and that was kind of the reason we were still tuning in.

But I know how you feel about spoilers...the morning news spoiled Survivor for me.
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Post by: Poolio on May 16, 2013, 08:33:27 AM
I've been decidedly underwhelmed by this half of season 7 of Doctor Who. I'm not sure whether it is the episodes on the whole, Clara (who I can't decide if I like as a companion), parts of the story, or that the season doesn't really have much of a major arc. While I've enjoyed the episodes, they haven't been as good as they could've been...
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Post by: dirk on May 16, 2013, 09:01:22 AM
I am right there with you Poolio.  I actually like Clara, but this second half just hasn't hit many good notes.  I think part of it is that they introduced Clara as this huge mystery and then have done absolutely nothing with that mystery.  It might get a quick mention that she is "impossible" but there is still no hints at even why.  It hasn't been bad per say (except for Journey to the Center of the Tardis, which was pretty awful), but it just hasn't been engaging and good.
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Post by: Poolio on May 16, 2013, 09:34:47 AM
I think part of it is that they introduced Clara as this huge mystery and then have done absolutely nothing with that mystery.  It might get a quick mention that she is "impossible" but there is still no hints at even why. 
^This. I think you just hit the nail on the head... there's not even been a little hint about the supposed mystery beyond what we already know from the start of this half of the season. I don't doubt that Moffat has something up his sleeve for the finale but it's going to have a long way to go to make this a half season to remember.
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Post by: notoriouspbake on May 16, 2013, 11:08:04 AM
since everything is winding down with season finales, is anything good coming up for the summer?
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 18, 2013, 10:11:56 PM
Okay, I think the season finale of Doctor Who made up for some of the less exciting shows the second half of the season. Cliffhanger until November? Argh!!!!

(And I really need to get that spoiler tag working again!)
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Post by: Poolio on May 23, 2013, 06:50:57 AM
We may have to agree to disagree on this one Ella. While it was a stronger episode and I'm curious to see where they take the whole John Hurt as the Doctor thing... I'm still not sure about it. I can see why some fans who are well-steeped in the Doctor Who canon are a bit upset by this. Last night, I was likening it to when J.J. Abrams fundamentally altered the Star Trek canon with the reboot.

For better or worse, I'll be watching in November to see where they take it. (My guess is this is a big set up for bringing back a couple other Doctors in a battle royale a la "The three Doctors")
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 25, 2013, 11:48:48 PM
Is anyone else watching Orphan Black on BBC America?  I have been really impressed with it so far.The main actor has a boatload of different roles to play and she does them all well enough  you can immediately tell which character she is at the time.  And the plot is interesting.  I have been enjoying this more than Doctor Who this season...
I've caught up on the last 6 episodes today. Wow! This has really taken off. She's done an excellent job with each character. Will next week be the end, or will we get a second season?
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Post by: dirk on May 26, 2013, 08:36:25 AM
It has been picked up for a second season already, so there is definitely more to come.
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Post by: MissKitty on May 28, 2013, 12:53:50 PM
With only a couple of episodes under its belt, there is still plenty of time for new British TV crime-drama The Fall to go off the rails, but so far, so good. Stars Gillian Anderson as a senior police officer investigating a series of murders in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

So far, it ain't no Broadchurch, but there's a nice slow simmer about it. Torrent it if you can.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 28, 2013, 06:03:04 PM
It's scheduled to be on BBC America & Netflix at some stage. The latter would be better IMHO as ad breaks will ruins the suspense. It is quite compelling, a little bit artily filmed, but as MK says "no Broadchurch" which really is the dogs bollocks
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Post by: MissKitty on May 29, 2013, 11:24:09 AM
Netflix has just added The Fall to its line-up. No more waiting each week for the torrent to be uploaded! Yay!
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Post by: Poolio on June 02, 2013, 03:55:30 PM
Goodbye Matt Smith!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/Matt-Smith-to-leave-Doctor-Who (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/Matt-Smith-to-leave-Doctor-Who)
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Post by: foolsgold on June 03, 2013, 04:59:13 PM
I just saw Doug E. Fresh on Dr. Oz.  He followed a detailed description of how soluble fiber makes you poop.  Doug E. Fresh deserves better than that. 

He's now teaching the crowd and guests how to Dougie.  Ten minutes ago, Oz gave the audience free Metamucil.
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Post by: Butter on June 04, 2013, 07:21:08 AM
I happened to be in a Kroger store yesterday with a work colleague... we were in the cafeteria, my colleague is facing the store and I was facing the TV.  This episode of Dr. Oz was on... it was pretty hard to focus on what he was saying when I happened to first notice Doug E. Fresh was on Dr. Oz. 

"somethingsomething training somethingsomething efficiency"
Is that Doug E. Fresh?  Why the hell is he on Dr. Oz?
*nodding*

"bleeblaw meeting blahdybloo seminar"
Dr. Oz is dancing.  What the hell is going on up there?  Focus, Butter.  Eye contact with your subject.  Move a bit to your left, then you can just see it in your peripheral vision, but you can still stay focused on your colleague

*shifts left*
That's it.  The best of both worlds.
Nice job, brain.
Thanks.  Now you too can learn how to Dougie while pretending to have a work conversation.
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Post by: Fourthisto on June 05, 2013, 08:46:16 AM
Is anyone else watching House of Cards? Kevin Spacey is ridiculously good in that show. Can't get enough.


Doug E. Fresh deserves better than that. 

Oh no he doesn't. He deserves much worse. Unless you really meant Doug E. Doug, then I totally agree.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 05, 2013, 05:59:57 PM
Doug E Doug E Doug E Doug E Doug
Leapfrog the Doug and brush me, Daddy-O
Title: Re: Random TV thoughts ...
Post by: Chris on June 23, 2013, 10:29:06 PM
Whodunit? might be the cure for my The Mole withdrawal.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 23, 2013, 10:35:16 PM
Whodunit? might be the cure for my The Mole withdrawal.
I forgot to record it. Hopefully it will be on Hulu. Loved The Mole.
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Post by: c-lando on June 24, 2013, 08:26:46 AM
Whodunit? might be the cure for my The Mole withdrawal.
I forgot to record it. Hopefully it will be on Hulu. Loved The Mole.
I loved The Mole too!!! It was the greatest!!!! I must find this new show.
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Post by: Chris on June 24, 2013, 09:23:30 AM
Whodunit? might be the cure for my The Mole withdrawal.
I forgot to record it. Hopefully it will be on Hulu. Loved The Mole.
I loved The Mole too!!! It was the greatest!!!! I must find this new show.

I'm sure that abc.com will run full episodes.

It is really The Mole in a singular location mixed with a bit of Clue. I'm not crazy about the butler host, but the rest is pure Mole. Now if Anderson Cooper were only free.... Hmmmm.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 25, 2013, 11:48:28 PM
This season of Warehouse 13 has had both James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head. Woo hoo!
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Post by: c-lando on June 26, 2013, 08:13:48 AM
Did anyone watch UNDER THE DOME? I know a few of us discussed the book at one point. I forgot to record the premiere (where has the month of June gone!?!?!?).
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 26, 2013, 10:53:44 AM
We watched it, I don't know that it was great or anything.  There were a couple of special effects bits that we were way too hokey.  And an exploding pacemaker that was laugh-out-loud-rewind-and-watch-again bad.  But, it's a first episode, you kinda have to give a pass on the first episode... seems like they're never good.

Is anybody watching The Goodwin Games on FOX?  Julie and I stumbled upon the tail end of the new episode Tuesday night and found ourselves laughing pretty hard.  We switched over to On Demand and promptly watched five of the first six episodes (for some reason episode four is not available).

FOX is really stepping it up on the sitcom front.  We watch Raising Hope, New Girl and now this show... and they have a couple coming up in the fall that have potential.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 26, 2013, 01:54:08 PM
Since it's filmed in Wilmington, I meant to watch Under the Dome, but I forgot to record it.

I've been watching The Goodwin Games since the pilot, and I'm really enjoying it.

I have to admit that it's so nice to only have 10 shows to watch in the summer. I can finally get caught up on things recorded this spring such as Bates Model and Top of the Lake. (My mother would be horrified that 10 is significantly smaller than how many shows I watch the rest of the year.)
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Post by: Bubba McBubba on June 26, 2013, 05:16:00 PM
Regarding Under the Dome...

Near ecstatic reviews on The A.V. Club site and in Friday's WSJ piqued my interest.  And once I learned Brian K. Vaughn ("Y: The Last Man", "Ex Machina", "Saga") was producing the series (and scribing the first episode), I was locked in for the first new show I have watched on TV since "Lost" (for which Vaughn also wrote).

Perhaps I had my expectations too high, but I thought the first episode was total shit.  I can't even try to sugarcoat it.  Its bad writing was compounded by broad acting.  Also, I guess I have been out of the loop about what can go on broadcast TV nowadays, because I damn near choked when a cow got split in two by the arrival of the dome.  It was an effect that was surprisingly-well-done-for-network-TV-but-not-good-enough-for-even-a-low-budget-movie level of work, and the extent to which the camera leers at the bisected bovine was strangely gruesome in its gratuitousness. 

Strangely, watching the pilot had me curious about a book I otherwise likely would never have picked up and, so far, I am enjoying it--though with some reservations.  So far, it doesn't have the depth and complexity of plotting I came to expect from his earlier epics of this proportion.  But worse still are the characters, which are rarely fully formed in those longer works of his, and are, for the most part, almost entirely interchangeable here.

All that said, better than the show's first episode.  Which, given how much the show has already deviated from the book, could reverse positions as the season unfolds.  Alas, I don't have much hope of the show improving.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 27, 2013, 07:32:56 AM
Also, I guess I have been out of the loop about what can go on broadcast TV nowadays, because I damn near choked when a cow got split in two by the arrival of the dome.  It was an effect that was surprisingly-well-done-for-network-TV-but-not-good-enough-for-even-a-low-budget-movie level of work, and the extent to which the camera leers at the bisected bovine was strangely gruesome in its gratuitousness. 

Was it a cow?  It seemed to be a cow shaped solid red mass to me.  Another of the poorly done effects that I mentioned.
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Post by: Homsar on June 27, 2013, 12:47:17 PM
That's like when I saw How to Live With Your Parents.  It's just not good.

Looks like I wasn't the only one who thought so.  CANCELLED.
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Post by: Buzzstein on June 27, 2013, 03:51:41 PM
Is anyone else watching House of Cards? Kevin Spacey is ridiculously good in that show. Can't get enough.

Yes. Good stuff.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 30, 2013, 06:12:31 PM
Just caught up on the first 4 episodes of this season's Burn Notice. I like the direction it's going this year, and I hope it will come to a satisfying conclusion (I think this is the last season).
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 01, 2013, 08:06:38 AM
Is anyone else watching House of Cards? Kevin Spacey is ridiculously good in that show. Can't get enough.

Yes. Good stuff.
We watched the first three episodes over the weekend. Love it so far.  Spacey is crazy good.
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Post by: c-lando on July 08, 2013, 09:42:33 AM
I spent the last week re-watching the VERONICA MARS series. I wish I would have been a contestant on ANTM just so I would have had a shot at being on VM. It's hilarious to look back and see how many tie-ins they had with the WB/CW. Also fun to see Britt Daniels and Courtney Taylor do their guest spots as karaoke singers.
Other notable people who made appearances on the show:
Jessica Chastain
Armie Hammer
Dianna Agron
Leighton Meister
Paris Hilton (love what they did with her character)
Valorie Curry (she plays Emma on THE FOLLOWING)
Walton Goggins (in the 4th season pitch that never got picked up)
Joss Whedon (who was a HUGE fan of the show)
Kevin Smith (as a convenience store clerk, of course)
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Post by: c-lando on July 09, 2013, 11:07:50 AM
Community news...

http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/donald-glover-will-spend-less-time-on-community-season-five.html

Love the last line of the article.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 09, 2013, 11:49:10 AM
I find the idea of him doing less Community so he can do more Childish Gambino laughable.
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Post by: va-vacious on July 09, 2013, 06:40:15 PM
Who was Armie Hammer on VM? I knew about Jessica Chastain.
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Post by: c-lando on July 11, 2013, 08:04:24 AM
I kind of can't wait to watch USA's SUMMER CAMP tonight. I am hoping it will be the closest reality show ever to the beauty of TEMPTATION ISLAND. I need some good, stupid summer entertainment.
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Post by: c-lando on July 16, 2013, 10:37:16 AM
I spent the last week re-watching the VERONICA MARS series. I wish I would have been a contestant on ANTM just so I would have had a shot at being on VM. It's hilarious to look back and see how many tie-ins they had with the WB/CW. Also fun to see Britt Daniels and Courtney Taylor do their guest spots as karaoke singers.
Other notable people who made appearances on the show:
Jessica Chastain
Armie Hammer
Dianna Agron
Leighton Meister
Paris Hilton (love what they did with her character)
Valorie Curry (she plays Emma on THE FOLLOWING)
Walton Goggins (in the 4th season pitch that never got picked up)
Joss Whedon (who was a HUGE fan of the show)
Kevin Smith (as a convenience store clerk, of course)

Oh - and Sam Huntington from BEING HUMAN.
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Post by: MissKitty on July 16, 2013, 08:47:30 PM
Anyone else watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix? We are loving it.
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Post by: Chris on July 16, 2013, 09:26:43 PM
For those who watched the premier of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" tonight, have they ever done that floor routine before? That was hysterical.

I miss this show and glad it's back. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2BNMuKaums)
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 16, 2013, 09:39:55 PM
Random thing I found amusing watching TV which no one else laughed at and made me feel like a geek:
KowzUjXuTK0

At 6:00 The Roots are freestyling a Rolling Stones type song.  ?uestlove is playing the drums, keeping time by hitting eighth notes on  on the hi-hat with his right hand.  Which is what you do when you drum.  Except on the two and four when he hits the snare, he pulls off the hi-hat and doesn't hit it for just that one beat.  So just watch and every time he hits the snare with his left hand he deliberately doesn't hit the hi-hat with his right hand.

Anyway Charlie Watts does that, it's kind of his signature thing.  So I guess it's kind of not surprising that ?uestlove would know that and emulate it, but also probably like 99% of the world doesn't care and wouldn't notice.  So kind of a weird attention to detail.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 16, 2013, 10:08:24 PM
Another random thing I found amusing. 

I hate this show and never watch it, except it seems to be on TBS constantly when I'm trying to watch baseball. 

M24HNJv3FkU

I was expecting them to just make Chinese-like noises like they do in sitcoms, but everyone in this clip is actually speaking Mandarin, and the subtitles are accurate.  Which okay, the dude who plays whatshisname has to make noises he doesn't understand anyway, so why not just have him attempt to say the real thing instead of improvising something which wouldn't sound good

But even James Hong (the character actor in the restaurant who always plays Chinese people) is speaking Mandarin, and he usually speaks Cantonese.

But what really takes it over the top is the bit at 1:05.  Kaley Cuoco surprises whatshisface and he jumps and makes a noise. But he's actually saying "Aya!" which is the Asian expression of surprise followed by "You scared me to death!"

Which is totally authentic.  He even gets all the tones pretty much dead on, by far the best pronunciation in the whole ep.  But it's not just getting the words right, it's the whole thing.  They didn't like, write something in English and then have someone translate it to Chinese accurately.  It's actually IN Chinese, if that makes sense.

Like if I went home and scared my mom, she'd say exactly what whatshisface said, in exactly that way, right down to the Aya! and pause.

And it's not even translated/subtitled.  It's just a throwaway line.
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Post by: Poolio on July 17, 2013, 06:49:39 AM
For those who watched the premier of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" tonight, have they ever done that floor routine before? That was hysterical.

I miss this show and glad it's back. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2BNMuKaums)
I think it was a new game. I loved it!
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Post by: c-lando on July 17, 2013, 08:40:41 AM
Great random picks, ZK. It's nice to have someone else point out something from LNJF.
Also, I say "Aya!" all of the time from my years of working at a Chinese restaurant in Hamilton. I don't even think about it. It just comes out.
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Post by: Homsar on July 18, 2013, 10:01:38 AM
Wifey: "I got a new show!  Want to watch it with me??"
My brain: "Oh god no.  HELL no!"
My mouth: "Umm........what's it called?"
Wifey: "Orange is the New Black.  It's only on Netflix."
My brain: "Shit, is this going to be another Army Wives or One Tree Hill?  And it's Netflix exclusive?  Shit."
My mouth: "......I guess I can."

Ok, who else is watching "Orange is the New Black?" To my great surprise, it's half hilarious.  By that I mean half the time I'm literally LOLing and the other half is actually interesting.  It's about women in prison, but it's definitely not reality tv.  They don't hold back with the language, and there's some nudity.  Jason Biggs, the redheaded girl from That 70's Show, and Captain Janeway are in it.  We've watched 4 episodes so far, and I can already recommend it.
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Post by: MissKitty on July 18, 2013, 03:11:01 PM
Yep, we are also watching Orange is the New Black (see previous post - about six back from this one) and loving it. It's got a Weeds vibe to it and is highly entertaining.
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Post by: c-lando on July 24, 2013, 09:02:33 AM
I watched one episode of ORANGE last night and I'm loving it. Yay for Natasha Lyonne having the perfect role for her personality. I can't wait to watch more. We would have watched another episode immediately if it wasn't 11PM when we finished the pilot last night.

Also, someone at work asked me for a sanitary napkin today and I immediately thought of shower shoes. HAHAHAHAH.
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Post by: foolsgold on July 26, 2013, 10:14:06 AM
Jason Bigg's character's choice of jackets in Orange are distractingly awful.  They look terribly dated.
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Post by: c-lando on July 26, 2013, 10:28:17 AM
Jason Bigg's character's choice of jackets in Orange are distractingly awful.  They look terribly dated.
I was thinking about him today and wondered if he has faked masturbation on the screen more than any other actor.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 26, 2013, 07:00:23 PM
Jason Bigg's character's choice of jackets in Orange are distractingly awful.  They look terribly dated.
I was thinking about him today and wondered if he has faked masturbation on the screen more than any other actor.
Russell Crowe is an utter wanker in every film he's in. Does that count?
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Post by: dirk on July 28, 2013, 07:33:57 PM
If you haven't seen the BBC series In the Flesh, you should really find a way to watch it.  It was probably the most unique take on zombies I have seen in a long time.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 28, 2013, 07:50:54 PM
If you haven't seen the BBC series In the Flesh, you should really find a way to watch it.  It was probably the most unique take on zombies I have seen in a long time.
I just watched it today. Only 3 episodes, so it makes for a great weekend watch.
Heartbreaking, as well.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 28, 2013, 10:54:56 PM
Alona Tal from Burn Notice is kinda hot.
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Post by: Dan on July 29, 2013, 10:39:37 AM
Alona Tal from Burn Notice is kinda hot.


Kinda??
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 29, 2013, 11:09:07 AM
She has that Eastern European thing where she looks a bit chipmunk-ish at times.  Maria Sharapova has the same problem.
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Post by: Dan on July 29, 2013, 11:18:50 AM
Roger. I'll make sure I tell her you said that when we are enjoying our recovery period.
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Post by: Homsar on July 29, 2013, 01:12:15 PM
A chipmunkish thing isn't that bad a problem to have.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 29, 2013, 01:53:48 PM
It depends on how bad you have it. 

Maria Sharapova is quite attractive as she only looks chipmunk-y 15% of the time.  Monica Seles is fairly average (in the face anyway) because she looks chimpmunk-y 90% of the time.  Alona Tal is running at maybe only 10%.

At that level you're still pretty damn hot, but it's just enough to knock you down to a solid #2 instead of an ace.  She's pretty much Homer Bailey, really.  Her chipmunk face is the equivalent of Homer Bailey's inability to stay away from the occasional big inning.
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Post by: Atzend on July 30, 2013, 10:57:27 PM
It always intrigued me in Jr. High and beyond how a lot of the boys and men around found women who had features like small woodland creatures the most attractive.  Then again I could never figure out the appeal of Richard Gere or furries, either. 

Orange is the New Black.  I'm going to have to check this out.



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Post by: MissKitty on July 31, 2013, 09:13:19 AM
Orange is the New Black.  I'm going to have to check this out.
YES! It is so very good.
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Post by: c-lando on July 31, 2013, 02:23:15 PM
Orange is the New Black.  I'm going to have to check this out.
YES! It is so very good.
x2!
Thanks to recommendations from MK & CR (and from shivvy), we started watching it and it's an addiction. We watch one episode a night. I totally want to watch more, but we're spreading the series out. However, I did end up re-watching the first 3 episodes when a friend came over to visit. SO GOOD.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 31, 2013, 06:08:31 PM
As soon as we finished watching it - we gorged on 2 or 3 episodes a night - we said we would watch it again when I get back from England. I/we rarely do that with TV shows - a testament to how well it was put together and presented.
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Post by: Butter on August 05, 2013, 02:05:24 PM
Ethan and Alex are watching FULL HOUSE episodes like they are going out of style.  I discovered the other day that one of the Nick @ Nite channels is literally showing something like 8 episodes of this a night.  The boys had set up the DVR to tape "Any episodes" on "Any channel", and it was going to literally tape 104 episodes.  I had to nix that.

But it is on from 5-7 AM I think, and that is what they watch first thing in the morning, and then they tape some to watch in the evening.  Luckily we have a living room AND a family room, so I can segregate their terrible taste to another room.

But I have to admit something... there is something very basic and mesmerizing about this show, that I could see why people watched it.  I almost want to gouge my eyes out every time Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are on screen... but other than that, this is no worse than many other run-of-the-mill sitcoms out there.  I just hate myself for watching more than about 30 seconds of it, so I try hard not to.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on August 05, 2013, 03:27:25 PM
I thought Orange is the New Black was pretty good, but I don't seem to like it as much as everyone else does.

Pro tip:  There are no cold opens after the first episode.  If you start each episode after that at 1:17, you will avoid the boring intro and Regina Spektor's horrible theme song, while at the same time not missing any nude and/or lesbian scenes.

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Post by: Homsar on August 05, 2013, 04:44:25 PM
But I have to admit something... there is something very basic and mesmerizing about this show, that I could see why people watched it.  I almost want to gouge my eyes out every time Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are on screen... but other than that, this is no worse than many other run-of-the-mill sitcoms out there.  I just hate myself for watching more than about 30 seconds of it, so I try hard not to.
Every time I'm reminded of that show, I think of DJ yelling at Stephanie to "Stay out of my life!"  Stephanie then looks dejected while the audience all goes "Awwwww."  Later on, they make up and the episode ends with everyone laughing.  Classic family sitcom.
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Post by: Homsar on August 05, 2013, 04:47:16 PM
I thought Orange is the New Black was pretty good, but I don't seem to like it as much as everyone else does.
Also noticable is how the episodes are actually full hours, as they have no commercials to cut out.  They didn't have to make them so long, but I think it's nice.
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Post by: Jen on August 13, 2013, 09:01:08 AM
TWC and Showtime can FABO straight up their collective a$$es. I am at the breaking point of ditching cable all together. Save myself the money each month. I think I can wait to watch shows off of Netflix like other people.
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Post by: mik on August 16, 2013, 11:31:05 AM
TWC stinks. I see where they are in a dispute with local stations in Milwaukee and aren't currently carrying them. I've had directv for 13 and been generally satisfied with them. When we moved in our new house 4 years ago we asked TWC to run a line a couple of hundred yards down to our house for internet which they said they would do for $3,000! No thanks, Cincinnati Bell will suffice..........
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Post by: Fourthisto on August 16, 2013, 04:06:20 PM
TWC and Showtime can FABO straight up their collective a$$es. I am at the breaking point of ditching cable all together. Save myself the money each month. I think I can wait to watch shows off of Netflix like other people.

Do it! I've been cable-free for a few months now, and it'$ definitely worth doing.

The only thing I miss are the "extra" sports channels. Fox Soccer, NFL Network, etc.
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Post by: euro60 on August 16, 2013, 11:49:12 PM
TWC and Showtime can FABO straight up their collective a$$es. I am at the breaking point of ditching cable all together. Save myself the money each month. I think I can wait to watch shows off of Netflix like other people.

Do it! I've been cable-free for a few months now, and it'$ definitely worth doing.

The only thing I miss are the "extra" sports channels. Fox Soccer, NFL Network, etc.
You can go cable-free and go DirecTV. I've been with them for 13 years, and am very pleased.
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Post by: Atzend on August 18, 2013, 10:40:21 PM
We're part of the cable free collective and I don't miss 24 hour news, reality television, or sports.  We do Netflix, Huluplus, and Amazon Instant. 

If cable ever decided to get with the times and go with a model that lets you pick 5, 10, or 25 channels of you choice, I'd reconsider.  As long as it's not TWC, because their on my shitlist for being too stupid or shady to understand how wifi works.
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Post by: Jen on August 29, 2013, 01:41:21 PM
TWC and Showtime can FABO straight up their collective a$$es. I am at the breaking point of ditching cable all together. Save myself the money each month. I think I can wait to watch shows off of Netflix like other people.

Do it! I've been cable-free for a few months now, and it'$ definitely worth doing.

The only thing I miss are the "extra" sports channels. Fox Soccer, NFL Network, etc.

Well, wish us luck, we pulled the plug the other day. We probably have a year's worth of TV on the TIVO, the extra hard drive plus Mark's computer where we have been saving all the TV the last few years.

Honestly I am hoping that we will watch LESS television because we have "fewer" choices. It was really hard though because Boardwalk and Homeland start up in a few weeks.  :o :o

We're part of the cable free collective and I don't miss 24 hour news, reality television, or sports.  We do Netflix, Huluplus, and Amazon Instant. 

If cable ever decided to get with the times and go with a model that lets you pick 5, 10, or 25 channels of you choice, I'd reconsider.  As long as it's not TWC, because their on my shitlist for being too stupid or shady to understand how wifi works.

If we had a la cart as well as not getting the shaft over whatever the conflicts between CBS (or other greedy network in the future) and TWC, we would consider going back to cable. I think we'll probable spend our money more wisely now as we make deliberate choices about what we want to watch. We also might reup our proxy so we can watch BBC shows currently vs the year it takes to get to BBC America or PBS. Though, I'd rather give money to PBS than Discovery channel (who owns BBC America). Mark constantly complains about BBA playing Star Trek: Next Generation.
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Post by: TayFo on August 29, 2013, 08:56:40 PM
We get a DicecTV package specifically to get BBA and Sci-Fi . . . I'm not spelling it the new crappy way . . . the wife couldn't live without them.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 29, 2013, 09:42:31 PM
Though, I'd rather give money to PBS than Discovery channel (who owns BBC America).
I always thought that the BBC owned BBC America.
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Post by: Butter on August 30, 2013, 07:33:32 AM
It's actually 50/50 between BBC and Discovery.
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Post by: TayFo on September 07, 2013, 11:22:07 AM
So I'm watching Ghost Shark, as one does, and I see an old friend.
(http://www.nndb.com/people/787/000029700/richard-moll-crop.jpg)
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Post by: trixi on September 07, 2013, 10:58:34 PM
Bull!
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Post by: c-lando on September 08, 2013, 07:15:04 PM
Bull!
Love! Someday, I am buying all of the seasons of Night Court (unless someone can tell me where they might be streaming).
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Post by: va-vacious on September 08, 2013, 08:40:35 PM
I need to see Night Court again.
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Post by: trixi on September 08, 2013, 09:49:55 PM
Oddly, AFPL only has season 2 of it and at only one location.
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Post by: va-vacious on September 08, 2013, 10:35:32 PM
Oddly, AFPL only has season 2 of it and at only one location.

:)  What about Cobb County?  I love librarians!
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Post by: trixi on September 09, 2013, 12:55:58 AM
Alas, Cobb County doesn't own it, and their ILL rules don't allow you to borrow a/v materials. 

However, Georgia has a statewide library resource sharing option called PINES.
http://www.georgialibraries.org/public/pines.php
which is free to all Georgia residents
Unfortunately, neither AFPL nor Cobb participate, but it looks like the county to the west of you does.  Not sure how big a driving distance that could be but it's an option and their catalog has all seasons (I believe) of Night Court listed.
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Post by: c-lando on September 09, 2013, 02:07:42 PM
Alas, Cobb County doesn't own it, and their ILL rules don't allow you to borrow a/v materials. 

However, Georgia has a statewide library resource sharing option called PINES.
http://www.georgialibraries.org/public/pines.php
which is free to all Georgia residents
Unfortunately, neither AFPL nor Cobb participate, but it looks like the county to the west of you does.  Not sure how big a driving distance that could be but it's an option and their catalog has all seasons (I believe) of Night Court listed.
This is so cool! I have no shortage of things to watch. So, I don't think I'd go out of my way to drive to another county to get this. But, maybe someday all of this info will come in handy. THANK YOU!
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 10, 2013, 11:06:30 AM
Fans of UK's "Broadchurch"

Keep an eye out for a 4-part murder-mystery/whodunnit called "What Remains".

Similarly intriguing.
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Post by: c-lando on September 11, 2013, 10:50:28 AM
And I think I'm done with Sons of Anarchy. Too sensational and over the top. Don't ask me to get upset when a character gets accidentally involved in torture porn when that's all that this show has turned out to be. Well, a torture pr0n soap opera. Sorry, Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, and Ron Pearlman. I can't be down with SAMCRO anymore. I'm turning in my badges and blacking out my tatts.
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Post by: Jen on September 11, 2013, 03:53:41 PM
Fans of UK's "Broadchurch"

Keep an eye out for a 4-part murder-mystery/whodunnit called "What Remains".

Similarly intriguing.

Oh awesome. I can't wait to watch the 'latest' ep of Broadchurch tomorrow off of Amazon Prime. Pretty much addicted to that show. ;)
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Post by: dirk on September 11, 2013, 04:46:57 PM
Fans of UK's "Broadchurch"

Keep an eye out for a 4-part murder-mystery/whodunnit called "What Remains".

Similarly intriguing.
Has this already aired in the UK?  hopefully it has so I can just download the whole thing and watch it at once.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 11, 2013, 08:38:58 PM
Final episode is aired this coming Sunday. 4 eps in total.
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Post by: Jen on September 12, 2013, 12:50:45 PM
So last night we were watching So You Think You Can Dance from Tuesday night. We neglected to account for the President's speech so yeah, missed the last 20 minutes of the finale. Major fail. Also a major fail, apparently Fox is such a jerkwad that you have to a: have a cable subscription in order to watch their programming on Fox.com 24 hours after programming and b: have to have a cable subscription in order to watch it off of Hulu Plus.   >:( >:(

If anyone has any ideas how we could watch this before the 30 day waiting period we would have to wait otherwise, I would appreciate it. I remember the good ol' days when you didn't have to log in to watch free, over the air programming on a network's website.
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Post by: dirk on September 12, 2013, 02:02:56 PM
The Pirate Bay is your friend....
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Post by: c-lando on September 12, 2013, 03:02:41 PM
So last night we were watching So You Think You Can Dance from Tuesday night. We neglected to account for the President's speech so yeah, missed the last 20 minutes of the finale. Major fail. Also a major fail, apparently Fox is such a jerkwad that you have to a: have a cable subscription in order to watch their programming on Fox.com 24 hours after programming and b: have to have a cable subscription in order to watch it off of Hulu Plus.   >:( >:(

If anyone has any ideas how we could watch this before the 30 day waiting period we would have to wait otherwise, I would appreciate it. I remember the good ol' days when you didn't have to log in to watch free, over the air programming on a network's website.
I heard that they are re-airing the SYTYCD finale this Friday because of the interruption. Set your DVRs for that. Not sure about the time though.
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Post by: c-lando on September 12, 2013, 03:05:19 PM
Per EW.com:
Fans who miss the finale can catch an encore this Friday, Sept. 13 from 8-10
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Post by: Jen on September 13, 2013, 08:13:10 AM
Per EW.com:
Fans who miss the finale can catch an encore this Friday, Sept. 13 from 8-10

Woo hoo!!!!! Thank you so much! :)
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 15, 2013, 10:29:02 PM
I've been watching Earthflight on Nature. It's beautifully filmed with some amazing views from the birds' perspectives. Unfortunately PBS redubbed the shows, replacing David Tennant, who did the narration for BBC One. I guess I'll have to seek it out when I'm in the UK next.
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Post by: Jen on September 23, 2013, 08:39:27 AM
I've been watching Earthflight on Nature. It's beautifully filmed with some amazing views from the birds' perspectives. Unfortunately PBS redubbed the shows, replacing David Tennant, who did the narration for BBC One. I guess I'll have to seek it out when I'm in the UK next.

What! Blasphemous!!!! Why does PBS/Discovery do this? I mean, PBS really has me scratching my head because I would think that they would know that their viewers are a um, higher caliber viewer who would want the original vs some American actor/voiceover.

For Jane Austen fans, I discovered a show on Hulu Plus that was on ITV in '08 called Lost in Austen (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1117666/?ref_=sr_1). It was a four-part mini-series. While I wasn't overly sure about some of the changes to the Pride and Prejudice storyline, overall it was enjoyable to watch and a fun way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. Oh, and Tom Mison (the guy from Sleepy Hollow) played Mr. Bingley and Hugh Bonneville (from Downton) played Mr. Bennet.
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Post by: Jen on September 23, 2013, 09:20:18 AM
Oh, I was wondering, for those who use Hulu Plus, do you know how often they add and remove programs? I added a ton of BBC/ITV programs to my queue but was wondering if they delete stuff out?
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 23, 2013, 12:38:17 PM
Oh, I was wondering, for those who use Hulu Plus, do you know how often they add and remove programs? I added a ton of BBC/ITV programs to my queue but was wondering if they delete stuff out?
It depends on the network. Some keep the 5 most recent episodes, while others never expire. There's a column on your Queue web page (I don't know if you can see it through the Roku) with the expiration date. Right now there doesn't appear to be one for the new BBC America content.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on October 07, 2013, 11:57:34 PM
Today I discovered that there is one person in my agency who watches Archer.

The way I discovered this is that while we do not have an hr department, we do have an administrative type person who forwards stuff to the state hr employee people.  This person also has a pretty bad Midwestern accent, which may not be unusual for some of you, but it's odd here.

So anyway we had a staff meeting today, and a couple people brought in pastries.  This woman immediately ran to the table and went "oooooh bearclaws!"  This made me spit out my coffee, and everyone looked at me weird so I was all like "whoa, excuse me that went down wrong."

Then I looked over and this other person was silently laughing so hard tears were streaming down her face.
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Post by: Dan on October 08, 2013, 09:42:43 AM
Today I discovered that there is one person in my agency who watches Archer.

The way I discovered this is that while we do not have an hr department, we do have an administrative type person who forwards stuff to the state hr employee people.  This person also has a pretty bad Midwestern accent, which may not be unusual for some of you, but it's odd here.

So anyway we had a staff meeting today, and a couple people brought in pastries.  This woman immediately ran to the table and went "oooooh bearclaws!"  This made me spit out my coffee, and everyone looked at me weird so I was all like "whoa, excuse me that went down wrong."

Then I looked over and this other person was silently laughing so hard tears were streaming down her face.

*LIKE*
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Post by: c-lando on October 08, 2013, 11:26:43 AM
Today I discovered that there is one person in my agency who watches Archer.

The way I discovered this is that while we do not have an hr department, we do have an administrative type person who forwards stuff to the state hr employee people.  This person also has a pretty bad Midwestern accent, which may not be unusual for some of you, but it's odd here.

So anyway we had a staff meeting today, and a couple people brought in pastries.  This woman immediately ran to the table and went "oooooh bearclaws!"  This made me spit out my coffee, and everyone looked at me weird so I was all like "whoa, excuse me that went down wrong."

Then I looked over and this other person was silently laughing so hard tears were streaming down her face.

*LIKE*

*LOVE*

I hope to God that she doesn't use your men's room.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on October 08, 2013, 01:41:04 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/MQMvRqe.jpg)
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Post by: c-lando on October 22, 2013, 08:57:04 AM
Has anyone else seen THE YOUNG DOCTOR'S NOTEBOOK on Ovation? HOLY CRAP. That's some dark, bleak $hit. I'm still amazed that Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe are on a TV show together and it's getting zero attention. However, I don't know that I can watch any more of it.

Speaking of shows that I didn't know existed, I'm watching the first season of LONGMIRE (an A&E original show) on Netflix. I dig it. Not enough Katee Sackhoff yet, but I keep hoping there is more in store for her character.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 22, 2013, 09:00:40 AM
I saw something about that Ovation show the other day, had pretty much the same reaction as you and then promptly forgot all about it.  We'll have to look that up.
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Post by: va-vacious on October 22, 2013, 04:20:05 PM
I don't know if I get Ovation?
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Post by: Jen on October 23, 2013, 09:07:34 AM
Has anyone else seen THE YOUNG DOCTOR'S NOTEBOOK on Ovation? HOLY CRAP. That's some dark, bleak $hit. I'm still amazed that Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe are on a TV show together and it's getting zero attention. However, I don't know that I can watch any more of it.

Speaking of shows that I didn't know existed, I'm watching the first season of LONGMIRE (an A&E original show) on Netflix. I dig it. Not enough Katee Sackhoff yet, but I keep hoping there is more in store for her character.

Heard Daniel's interview about it on NPR the other week and wrote down the name of the show in order to check it out but forgot about it. It sounded dark. He really impressed me though. Breath of fresh air when so many other stars his age are completely ridiculous.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on November 25, 2013, 02:13:17 PM
If by "nobody" you mean "Ram and Ford" aren't you really saying the Silverado is second to Ram and Ford?

That bugs me, everytime.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 03, 2013, 06:09:43 PM
I just learned that one of the wives on the upcoming Private Lives of Nashville Wives is the wife of a guy who I was in high school band with and have actually known since elementary school. I'm going to have to break my no housewives shows streak.
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Post by: va-vacious on December 03, 2013, 09:22:09 PM
would this be a drummer?
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Post by: Dan on December 04, 2013, 05:22:30 PM
I finally got around to Game of Thrones' Red Wedding last night. Knowing that it was coming, know what happens in the books, and knowing how everyone reacted in the spring when it aired, I was super psyched.

When it ended, I was still depressed. The episode is that well done. Blah.
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Post by: c-lando on December 05, 2013, 11:31:10 AM
I'm glad it was still a gut punch, knowing all that you knew when you went into it. UGGGGGH.

It helps me to know that actor already has a gig on a new show, KLONDIKE, on the Discovery Channel with Sam Sheperd and Tim Roth that starts in January.
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Post by: slow-dog on December 06, 2013, 04:05:52 PM
Is it really true that there is no SNL Sons of Anarchy skit where 90% of the dialogue is just guys saying "Bro" with different inflections?
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Post by: c-lando on December 10, 2013, 11:05:06 AM
Chalk me up as another who really loves Person of Interest. It's well-written, the acting is great, and the characters are interesting. Which means it'll get cancelled, just like Detroit 187. :(
Love that POI is not only STILL ON THE AIR but continues to get more and more interesting. To me, it's the perfect graphic novel (that never was) turned into a TV show.
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Post by: Fourthisto on December 10, 2013, 11:16:34 AM
We just finished the Netflix series Derek and jeez, that show hits all the feels. Touching in a brutally beautiful kind of way. Expected it to be funnier, but it was extremely well done.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on December 10, 2013, 11:51:05 AM
Chalk me up as another who really loves Person of Interest. It's well-written, the acting is great, and the characters are interesting. Which means it'll get cancelled, just like Detroit 187. :(
Love that POI is not only STILL ON THE AIR but continues to get more and more interesting. To me, it's the perfect graphic novel (that never was) turned into a TV show.

With the direction this season is taking, I was wondering if this will be last one for POI? It started out slow but got so good.
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Post by: Buzzstein on December 11, 2013, 08:10:38 PM
I think POI has gotten a little ridiculous.
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Post by: MissKitty on December 12, 2013, 05:45:25 AM
I think POI has gotten a little ridiculous.
Yeah, me too. We watched the first couple of new episodes this season and it went off the rails so much that we stopped watching.
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Post by: Butter on December 12, 2013, 07:46:19 AM
Looks like our DVR died, so that's annoying.  We only had about 22% free, and probably had upwards of 50-75 hours of programming saved on there.  Guess I won't be catching up on American Horror Story: Coven, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Modern Family, Trophy Wife, or Brooklyn Nine-Nine anytime soon.
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Post by: c-lando on December 12, 2013, 08:28:00 AM
Looks like our DVR died, so that's annoying.  We only had about 22% free, and probably had upwards of 50-75 hours of programming saved on there.  Guess I won't be catching up on American Horror Story: Coven, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Modern Family, Trophy Wife, or Brooklyn Nine-Nine anytime soon.
BOOOOOOOOOOOO! Ours keeps trying to die. It reboots in the middle of shows and it drives us insane. Can you just watch all of those shows on-line? Do you have On Demand?
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Post by: foolsgold on December 12, 2013, 08:47:40 AM
Looks like our DVR died, so that's annoying.  We only had about 22% free, and probably had upwards of 50-75 hours of programming saved on there.  Guess I won't be catching up on American Horror Story: Coven, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Modern Family, Trophy Wife, or Brooklyn Nine-Nine anytime soon.

I can give you a recap:

AMS:C: Weird shit happens, there is some weird-ass banging, someone probably dies.  Supernatural black magic all up in that piece.
CBB: Old characters make unexpected visits leading to comedic situations.
MF: Phil does something to exacerbate his wife and kids.  Cam over-reacts to something and Mitch over-reacts to the over-reaction.  Gloria's youth and ethnicity confounds Phil.  All conflict is resolved at the end.
TW: I've never seen an episode, so I suspect that there will be a plot, conflict, dialogue, and commercials.
B99: Andre Braugher is cranky because he can't get a good role, Andy Samberg is snarky and witty.  The other characters contribute to the proceedings.
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Post by: Butter on December 12, 2013, 08:54:02 AM
Thanks for ruining all of my shows, dick.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 15, 2013, 02:52:52 PM
Finally watching last month's American Masters episode "Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin". I'm just amazed at some of the performance footage its has, including shots of the Beatles watching him play before he was even signed. I am also amazed at who was interviewed, until I looked again and saw it was directed by Martin Scorsese. It's a great film, so if you have a chance you should see it. (I missed letting you know about it before it expired on the PBS web site.)
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Post by: c-lando on January 08, 2014, 03:59:16 PM
And Community is back!

"You found my Clive Owen tumblr?"

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Post by: va-vacious on January 08, 2014, 11:32:13 PM
yessss! Community!

And I've been loving Sleepy Hollow and trying to id filming locations. My old workplace hasn't shown up yet, and I really hope it does.
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Post by: c-lando on January 09, 2014, 08:24:23 AM
yessss! Community!
Speaking of Community, I have been re-watching GREEK on Netflix and noticed that Danny Pudi was in several episodes as a member of Dale's purity pledge group. INSANE!
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Post by: c-lando on January 09, 2014, 12:01:22 PM
Aaaaaaaaand I'm kind of rewatching HAPPY ENDINGS and just had to share this nugget.

Max: "OK. I know what you're doing. You're gay-Yodaing me. Wait. Is that redundant?"
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Post by: c-lando on January 09, 2014, 12:15:51 PM
Jane: "Seriously? Did you power wash this place with farts?"
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Post by: c-lando on January 13, 2014, 12:38:53 PM
Max: Dude, this new hockey game is awesome.
Brad: Yeah. It’s so realistic it won’t even let me create a black player.
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Post by: va-vacious on January 13, 2014, 02:22:06 PM
I've been watching Happy Endings on VH1, and it is such a good show. I wish it hadn't been cancelled!
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Post by: c-lando on January 14, 2014, 02:43:01 PM
I've been watching Happy Endings on VH1, and it is such a good show. I wish it hadn't been cancelled!
The scene that foolsgold and I watch whenever we need a good laugh.

aTLVnf-YUSs
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 27, 2014, 10:40:46 PM
Oh, the irony...

We've just been invited/chosen to be a "Nielsen Family", despite my protestations to their woman on the phone that we cut our cable and watch NO broadcast television any longer. She said our responses would be as important as a family who watches television all the time. So, we'll be paid a small amount of pocket money to do... fuck all.
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Post by: euro60 on January 27, 2014, 11:18:08 PM
Oh, the irony...

We've just been invited/chosen to be a "Nielsen Family", despite my protestations to their woman on the phone that we cut our cable and watch NO broadcast television any longer. She said our responses would be as important as a family who watches television all the time. So, we'll be paid a small amount of pocket money to do... fuck all.
That is actually pretty amazing. In my 31 years in the US, I've never been asked to be a "Nielsen family" and I always wonder how the Nielsen ratings work. I'd love to be asked, actually.
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Post by: foolsgold on January 28, 2014, 02:37:32 PM
I've given it a lot of thought, probably more than any of those humps deserve, but I still don't know who I find to be the more odious, non-political TV personality: Ricky Gervais, Jeremy Clarkson, or Alex Trebek. 
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Post by: foolsgold on February 03, 2014, 01:18:04 PM
From what I could tell, it looked like Bruno Mars put on a really good first half of the halftime show yesterday.  Granted, I was in a crowded and noisy room, so I couldn't hear it very well, but it looked like he got what a halftime show should be: loads of fun, lots of energy, and more than a fair share of showmanship.  Things fell apart with the inclusion of the RHCP and with the ballad number at the end, but that beginning with all the gold lame and choreographed dancing looked alright.
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Post by: Homsar on February 03, 2014, 01:26:41 PM
Yeah, I was surprised how entertaining it was, but the weirdness of including RHCP was there for sure.  Bruno Mars definitely has talent.  Pretty much as entertaining as the actual game.
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Post by: Buzzstein on February 03, 2014, 01:49:48 PM
I passed on Bruno Mars. Ugh.
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Post by: euro60 on February 03, 2014, 02:33:42 PM
Bruno Mars was more than just alright, I thought. He was very entertaining, sort of in a (early) Michael Jackson ("Off the Wall"-era) kinda-way. I only recognized one song of his but it didn't matter. Nice drum solo too.

RHCP need to just go away and stay away. When you're 50, you shouldn't try and pretend like you're 20 (I'm looking at you, Flea and lead singer what's his name again). They are just embarrassing themselves.

I liked the Bob Dylan/Chrysler commercial. Probably the best of the bunch, but that's not saying much as I thought the commercials overall were uninspired if not outright lame or incomprehensible.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 03, 2014, 02:35:41 PM
I'm not afraid to admit to liking Bruno Mars.  He's got a lot of catchy tunes, the boy can sing and he's definitely got the moves.  Oh and apparently he's pretty decent on the kit?  Who knew?  Maybe it's not super high brow but who cares?  It's fucking entertaining.

Gotta agree with the RCHP and ballad comments, neither did anything for me.  I wanted to tell Anthony to shave, he looked like an idiot hopping around with that push-broom mustache.
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Post by: Dan on February 03, 2014, 03:05:45 PM
I was simply tired of endless car commercials. Too many of them.
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Post by: dirk on February 03, 2014, 03:37:37 PM
When did the Super Bowl commercials become nothing but "Murca! Fuck Yeah!" commercials? It felt like at least half the commercials were overly sappy America is great crap. Instead of entertaining me or telling me how great their product is, the commercials were busy claiming how much they love America, going so far to have Chrysler tell us our cars should be American (even though they are wholly owned by Fiat).
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 03, 2014, 03:39:02 PM
Never been a fan of Bruno Mars, but he is quite talented and definitely a good entertainer with a broad appeal.  I thought he was a good pick and he didn't disappoint.

RHCP just suck.  I have no idea who would be interested in that, considering anyone who was a fan of theirs is now either 1)  Too old to care much, or 2)  Thought they sold out years and years ago.  Or both.  And it's not like they could get away with the old tube sock trick anyway.
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Post by: jcarwash31 on February 03, 2014, 03:57:04 PM
Keyboard Cat was amazing in the kitty halftime show of the Puppy Bowl.

Super Bowl commercials have been pretty lame for a few years now. At most, there's like 3 good ones each year.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 03, 2014, 04:01:16 PM
RHCP is today's equivalent of Aerosmith... completely sold out.

Dirk, I hate to say it but none of those Murica! commercials surprised me in the least.  We watched the bowl at Julie's sister's place and most of the people there that were diehard NFL fans were also biggoted, NRA supporting, country music loving, right wing nutjobs.  For example the Coca-Cola ad in which the national anthem was sung in multiple languages recieved a lot of razzing, including one comment about how the actors involved are probably illegal and should be deported (even though my father in law is Mexican and was standing right there).  I also heard quite a few comments about Bruno Mars being a pussy... they should have gotten someone good, like Toby Keith.

So yeah, Murica!
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 03, 2014, 10:50:32 PM
I don't really have a problem with the pro-America tilt of Superbowl commercials.  What's more American than the freaking Super Bowl?  Everything that is awesome about this country is embodied in the Super Bowl.  My dad loves the Super Bowl, and he's not much of a football fan.

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Post by: euro60 on February 03, 2014, 11:32:03 PM
I don't care if the commercials are pro-America or not. I was hoping for some really cool, interesting, standard-setting commercials. Of which there were very few, if any, sadly. I heard today on the radio that the "best" commercial was deemed the puppy-horse commercial from Budweiser. Really?
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Post by: foolsgold on February 04, 2014, 09:08:34 AM
Dirk, I hate to say it but none of those Murica! commercials surprised me in the least.  We watched the bowl at Julie's sister's place and most of the people there that were diehard NFL fans were also biggoted, NRA supporting, country music loving, right wing nutjobs.  For example the Coca-Cola ad in which the national anthem was sung in multiple languages recieved a lot of razzing, including one comment about how the actors involved are probably illegal and should be deported (even though my father in law is Mexican and was standing right there).  I also heard quite a few comments about Bruno Mars being a pussy... they should have gotten someone good, like Toby Keith.

So yeah, Murica!

I take issue with that statement, Kwj or, at least, how I interpreted it.  Since 9/11, there has been such a fucked redefinition of what it is to be a patriotic American and, now, it's defined as either being a politically/socially extreme right-winger or a self-loathing citizen that wants to apologize for everything American.  Both trains of thought are terribly narrow in scope. 

The States are coming out of (or still mired in) one of the most turbulent eras in our history with political division, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, the recession, declining international influence, etc, so I don't think there is a thing wrong with a bit of flag waving and some encouragement to recall what made this country so amazing.  Americans are the scrappy underdogs who shed off theocracy and monarchy to develop a country that was largely built up by its citizenry.  That shit doesn't happen every day and, taking the long view, almost never happened.  We changed world politics, world culture and still continue to do so more than any other nation right now.   I'm proud of that, really proud and it's because I think that we're still the greatest and can offer the chance for opportunity better than any other country. 

We've got our issues, blood on our hands, and a corrupt government that can't be overlooked, but, in that regard, we're hardly alone.  Do any of us think that if the Russians, China, a European nation was the dominant world power they would be any different?  Do you think any past world powers didn't have those issues? 

I'm not saying that a Chevy ad with eagles, flags and Bob Dylan are going to be what helps us recover our sense of purpose, but maybe it'll be a piece in the recovery to restore some self-belief and confidence.  And, all that said, I think we're back on our way.  In travelling around to other US cities, I'm beginning to see more and more DIY/self-reliant attitudes.  People saying "The world isn't going to hand it to us, the big corporations aren't looking out for us, we're not going to be NYC" and building something really positive.  Look at downtown/OTR in Cincinnati, go to Shoreway in Cleveland, go Grand Rapids and you're going to see the results of that self-belief.

I have to think that attitude is contagious and, in a sense, will become a trend.  I hope it'll be fashionable to stop looking towards the traditional hubs of culture or the homogenization and play to the strengths of that community.  Being less reliant on the entities that control our government help combat this slide into being a worker drone nation.

Lord, how I ramble.  Time for a coffee and a shit...
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Post by: Buzzstein on February 04, 2014, 03:27:42 PM
I don't like the sentiment that we are the greatest country. It's not a contest. We are a great country, but lots of things make a country great and there are others in our league that do certain things better than the US.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 04, 2014, 03:56:11 PM
I wasn't trying to make the point that you have to be a white supremacist xenophobe to be patriotic and I don't believe we have anything to apologize for, as a country.  Just that the super bowl audience is full of the types I described and they respond to that stuff moreso than a person that is patriotic because they recognize and appreciate the greatness of our country past and present.  Truth be told these idiots at that party would tear down the whole country and go back to hunting wabbits and stuffing their continentals under their mattresses if they had a choice because they don't see democracy as a system of give and take and they are sure that anyone that disagrees with their extreme views is wrong.

From my perspective those ads feel hollow.  The one with the soldier's homecoming most of all.  Good for Budweiser for making a big deal out of a soldier coming home BUT it was ONE soldier.  Are the soldiers they're not doing that for less worthy?  No, but they only needed to film one to get the desired warm fuzzy superbowl spot.  Maybe Budweiser does give a shit about soldiers, but what are their patriotic actions outside of that one parade for that one soldier.  I just choke on the obvious commercialism of such a gesture.
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Post by: euro60 on February 05, 2014, 01:35:28 PM
and to top things off:

Flea: Red Hot Chili Peppers Mimed Super Bowl Song

The Red Hot Chili Peppers decided long ago they were never going to mime a live performance. The band made an exception for the NFL, it turns out. The admission came after observers noted Flea and his band mates weren’t plugged in while performing Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 05, 2014, 02:07:49 PM
Anybody that is upset about that can get over it.  Nobody wants to listen to a live broadcast of a show played in a football stadium, it's going to sound like crap.
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Post by: dirk on February 05, 2014, 02:30:26 PM
My issue with RHCP not playing their performance is the fact they have been outspoken in the past when people do lip sync. They are always out there saying "We would never do that", which apparently was all crap. Flea even talks about getting kicked off shows in the past because they refused to take the lip syncing seriously, but I guess when it comes to the Super Bowl and the money are making there, lip syncing correctly is more important than they scruples, because they sure went out there and did it to the best of their ability. It's not the lip syncing, it's the hypocrisy that came with it that bothers me.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 05, 2014, 02:33:58 PM
People change their minds about such things when their ability to get high profile gigs goes down.  Not to worry, I don't think it's going to spark any big resurgence in their career.  The whole affair looked pathetic to me.
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Post by: euro60 on February 05, 2014, 06:23:22 PM
It's not the lip syncing, it's the hypocrisy that came with it that bothers me.
*THIS*
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Post by: jcarwash31 on February 06, 2014, 01:16:27 PM
This is what Flea had to say about it.

I really don't think it's such a big deal. I didn't even watch it, though I could hear it from the other room.


http://redhotchilipeppers.com/news/454-a-message-from-flea (http://redhotchilipeppers.com/news/454-a-message-from-flea)
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A Message From Flea

Dear everybody,

When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80's, we were thrown off of 'The Top Of the Pops' television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony's shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.

We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.

So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.

We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar.

For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.

I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.

We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out.

Sincerely,

Flea
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 06, 2014, 02:44:59 PM
What?  People change their minds based on extenuating circumstances?  Go get the crosses!
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Post by: euro60 on February 06, 2014, 04:32:10 PM
Jay Leno's last** Tonight Show is... tonight! Anyone here care? I don't one way or another.








** Until NBC changes its mind about Jimmy Fallon in 3 to 6 months and bring Jay L. back once more...
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Post by: Dan on February 06, 2014, 04:42:54 PM
*yawn*
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 07, 2014, 08:18:04 AM
I think NBC learned it's lesson on that one... until the next time of course.

I hear ol' Jay is still acting like that whole thing was all the big, bad network's fault.  Riiiiiiiiiiiight.
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Post by: Buzzstein on February 07, 2014, 12:14:09 PM
I think it probably was. I have the impression that Jay pretty much always went along with whatever NBC decided without much fuss. It might have been nice if he stuck up for Conan, but that's about the only thing I might have a problem with. I guess it's hard to say exactly how things went down behind the scenes.
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Post by: Butter on February 18, 2014, 10:21:24 AM
Was watching that show @midnight on Comedy Central, as I tend to pick through the On Demand listings and find my favorite panel lineup from the previous week's shows... last night found one from last week (or maybe 2 weeks ago) that had Neko Case on it.  And she was actually pretty good at it, too.  I have heard her a couple of times on podcasts, but was surprised she popped up on what is pretty much a straight-up comedian showcase as a comedian.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 18, 2014, 10:27:27 AM
She was pretty funny when she guested on Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me.
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Post by: foolsgold on February 21, 2014, 11:49:37 AM
I don't get the appeal of House of Cards.  Can't you just read the papers or watch the news to get your fill of corrupt and awful politicians looking out for only themselves?
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Post by: luisterpaul on February 21, 2014, 12:11:46 PM
I don't get the appeal of House of Cards.  Can't you just read the papers or watch the news to get your fill of corrupt and awful politicians looking out for only themselves?
That's more or less how I feel about Game of Thrones.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on February 24, 2014, 02:54:01 PM
They're bringing back Heroes?  :-X
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Post by: dirk on February 24, 2014, 03:02:44 PM
I saw this and an cautious optimistic.  Tim Kring is back to run it, which is a good thing. And it is a limited series of like 13 episode starring new characters. This good be a really good thing and might show networks that shorter run series like the BBC does will work. Of course it could be a train wreck like Heroes was after the first season as well.
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Post by: euro60 on February 24, 2014, 03:07:11 PM
By complete coincidence I caught The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon, and guest star Justin Timberlake, on Friday evening (the first time the show aired at 11:30--the rest of the week had aired at midnight due to the Olympics). What a hoot. I basically laughed out loud throughout the entire show.
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Post by: euro60 on March 09, 2014, 10:54:10 PM
After watching The Amazing Race at 8, I decided to check out the new Cosmos series (rebooted from the 1980s Carl Sagan series) which premiered at 9. I watched the full hour, but I have to say I was not all that impressed. And yes, of course the tireless commercials got to me too. (The original series was on PBS.) Doubtful I'll watch again next week, although I did find the "cosmic 12 month calendar" intriguing. In a nutshell: if you map out the 13.5 billion years of the cosmos in a 12 month calendar, the human history started on December 31, and Jesus came 4 seconds ago, or something along those lines. Which makes me think: the human race is just a quick interlude, and surely not here for the long run. Enjoy your time while you have it! As to future generations: SUCKERS!
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Post by: notoriouspbake on March 10, 2014, 09:37:32 AM
yeah, i'm taping the cosmos series and will watch when i can skip the commercials.

i hope it does sagan proud.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 10, 2014, 10:26:12 AM
I thought the Cosmos thing was pretty good.

It was a little boring in the sense that it's rather basic science/history of science, but then the original Cosmos was like that too.  It has to work on 2 levels.  One is to teach something to idiots, and the other is for people who already knew those things, to present it in a such a way that it makes you really think about it, instead of just knowing a fact like "Galileo invented the telescope."

The history part of it didn't work so well for me, but they probably felt it was necessary given today's climate of anti-knowledge religion freaks.  It was a too heavy-handed though, and pointless.  If you've lived this long ignoring basic science about things you see every day, much less things you need to see with a telescope you're not going to change your stance of willful ignorance.

The  12 month calendar was quite good.  That's the kind of thing they need to focus on.
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Post by: Dan on March 20, 2014, 09:53:10 AM
My high school friend, Gabor, won last night's episode of Jeopardy! If you're around tonight you should root him on. :) He lives in West Chester now, so it's near all yall.
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Post by: Buzzstein on March 20, 2014, 10:46:41 PM
My high school friend, Gabor, won last night's episode of Jeopardy! If you're around tonight you should root him on. :) He lives in West Chester now, so it's near all yall.

Ah, I saw him. Cool.
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Post by: Dan on March 21, 2014, 08:57:09 AM
Stupid Prohibition Party!
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Post by: c-lando on March 21, 2014, 10:41:00 AM
Uh oh. I guess that means bad news for your friend. :(
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Post by: Buzzstein on March 21, 2014, 11:18:48 AM
Camel.
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Post by: Dan on March 21, 2014, 01:48:50 PM
Yeah, I got it right, but that was only blurting out a guess. I certainly didn't "know" the answer. Good for him, though. He was a Jeopardy Champion!
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Post by: Buzzstein on March 22, 2014, 11:03:29 PM
Yeah, I got it right, but that was only blurting out a guess. I certainly didn't "know" the answer. Good for him, though. He was a Jeopardy Champion!

Yeah, I just didn't remember that. I was like "pink elephant?"
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Post by: c-lando on March 31, 2014, 04:51:32 PM
Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson are switching jobs for April Fool's Day!

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/03/31/get-a-sneak-peak-of-ferguson-carey-job-switch-exclusive/
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Post by: Butter on April 01, 2014, 08:17:14 AM
Amusing to read some of the reactions to the series finale of How I Met Your Mother this morning.  I think I may have watched like 2-3 episodes when that first came on and then stopped... I never really liked Josh Radnor.  I guess the show was good for a while.

But people are viscerally angry at the finale.  It's not a huge surprise.  If you have a passing knowledge of the show and characters, you should seek out some reviews and comments of it today, it'll have you amused for a bit.

If you actually watched the show, would be interested in your reaction here.
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Post by: Poolio on April 01, 2014, 08:24:21 AM
I have friends who have their knickers in a twist over the finale. It was somewhat of a cop out. After reading recaps of the last 3 or 4 episodes, IMO it was pretty much written on the wall.
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Post by: notoriouspbake on April 02, 2014, 10:23:53 AM
himym finale:

in retrospect, the story was easter egged, all the way through the series. someone else posted "if you watch it in reverse it's "how i met robin"". which says it all.

i figured out early this season that the mom was dead. hard to miss the foreshadowing, and i'm not one to really analyze my brain dead tv shows.

i didn't like that they made barney into a likable character for the wedding, then announce the divorce early in the final, then he knocks up some random female and it takes a baby to change him (finally!) into a decent human being. they should've left him as the buffoon girl chaser.

and did robin screw every male character on the show? she dated ted and barney. did she date marshall too? i thought i read that somewhere.

it's a tv show.
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Post by: Homsar on April 14, 2014, 02:36:18 PM
I finally gave Game of Thrones a shot.  By that I mean I watched the whole first season this past weekend.  Having never read the books, I thought I might be a bit lost, but it turned out to not be too hard to follow after a while.  Still don't have instant recall on some of the names.
It's a brutal show, so I'm still not sure how much I like it.  Definitely can't get too comfortable with any character being alive for more than 5 minutes, and from what I've heard it keeps going in the subsequent seasons.  For all the nudity/porn, language, violence, and gore, I'm kind of surprised about how much promotion the series has received on the regular broadcast networks.
Still, it left me wanting to watch more.  Have to see what becomes of those dragons!  Although, if they're anything like the other characters, they'll suddenly get their heads cut off...
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Post by: Dan on April 15, 2014, 11:53:02 AM
Yes, the final scene of the first season made me go "OMG!" I am totally in! Loved it.

I think the shock value stuff gets toned down in the subsequent seasons. It's still there, but there is notably less nudity, horse killing, etc. Still plenty of violence and gore I suppose.
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Post by: c-lando on April 16, 2014, 12:39:58 PM
THE AMERICANS has been renewed for a third season.
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!
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Post by: Homsar on April 16, 2014, 01:13:02 PM
Yes, the final scene of the first season made me go "OMG!" I am totally in! Loved it.

I think the shock value stuff gets toned down in the subsequent seasons. It's still there, but there is notably less nudity, horse killing, etc. Still plenty of violence and gore I suppose.
Damn it.  I was looking forward to more horse neck cutting.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 16, 2014, 01:39:55 PM
So long, Raising Hope... I hardly knew ye.
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Post by: foolsgold on April 23, 2014, 02:37:17 PM
Why/How is Jeremy Clarkson still a thing?
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Post by: lutz on April 24, 2014, 04:45:26 AM
I think he's still tolerated over here because he punched Piers Morgan in the face that one time.
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Post by: Poolio on April 24, 2014, 06:37:48 AM
I think he's still tolerated over here because he punched Piers Morgan in the face that one time.
Yeah, I think he may be running out of mileage on that one. It's a wonder he can still talk with both feet in his mouth.
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Post by: Homsar on June 05, 2014, 11:27:26 AM
Anyone remember if it took Conan a while to get Late Night going in a good way?  The Seth Myers version only has a few bright spots so far.  They might have to change out some writers.
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Post by: Dan on June 05, 2014, 12:19:58 PM
It took Jimmy Kimmel years before he got into a groove.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 05, 2014, 01:31:58 PM
The question was if it took him a while to get good.  Not sure how you could pull Kimmel into that comparison.
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Post by: Butter on June 05, 2014, 01:40:50 PM
Anyone remember if it took Conan a while to get Late Night going in a good way?

Yes.  Like over a year at least.
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Post by: c-lando on June 06, 2014, 01:26:39 PM
If you don't already (or if you started watching and then gave up during the first season - Butter & CR), please watch INSIDE AMY SCHUMER. So freaking good.

An example or two... (Damn you, Kwyjiborthday)
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Post by: Kwyjibo on June 06, 2014, 01:30:25 PM
I'm pretty sure I don't want to taste Inside Amy Schumer.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 06, 2014, 11:21:07 PM
I like Amy Schumer in small doses. She needs a better script editor to stop her overdoing her gags. Short and snappy sketches would make her show much funnier than the often laboured approach she favours.

Also, whilst offensive/outrageous is usually good she works too hard at being controversial. First rule of comedy = be funny. Louis CK has some of the same type of material but he manages to reign himself in a little better.

IMHO
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 21, 2014, 12:31:33 AM
Any one else watching/watched Vicious? Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in a sitcom. Strange to have a laugh track, but I'm enjoying watching them have fun with the roles.
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Post by: Poolio on August 25, 2014, 11:33:36 AM
Sooo... the new Doctor on Doctor Who, thoughts? I like him, I still hate Clara though.
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Post by: va-vacious on August 25, 2014, 11:39:21 AM
Love the new Doctor! He's going to be great.  I hope that this season isn't all about the companion, though. I think we need to get to know this fella.  And Clara has rather outlived her usefulness, I think. 
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Post by: cuddlyevil on August 25, 2014, 11:42:48 AM
Any one else watching/watched Vicious? Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in a sitcom. Strange to have a laugh track, but I'm enjoying watching them have fun with the roles.

I have been chastised for liking it. But I do, it really seems like they're just playing around and having fun.
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Post by: Poolio on August 25, 2014, 12:35:05 PM
And Clara has rather outlived her usefulness, I think.

Agreed. I've thought she was oversold as a mystery girl and the underdelivered by the storyline. I hope that the rumors of her departure at Christmas are true. Time for a new companion, I think.
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Post by: dirk on August 25, 2014, 12:47:53 PM
I agree on Clara. It has been way too much of telling us how important and amazing she is while showing very little of it.

As for the new Doctor, I'm withholding judgement. It was hard to tell what he was really like with it being the typical "The doctor just regenerated and is still finding himself" episode.

I do think it is really time for Stephen Moffat to go though. He is great on the character and emotional front, but his plots just don't hold water. If you put any real thought into what is actually happening in an episode, it just completely falls apart.
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Post by: va-vacious on August 25, 2014, 10:58:04 PM

I do think it is really time for Stephen Moffat to go though. He is great on the character and emotional front, but his plots just don't hold water. If you put any real thought into what is actually happening in an episode, it just completely falls apart.

yes!

I'll be interested to see if it is a whole season-long arc. I kind of miss the more stand-alone episodes. And I really don't want to hear any more about the Impossible Girl!
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Post by: lutz on September 25, 2014, 09:30:49 AM
So, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn for the next season of True Detective. I think they could be pretty good, actually. Farrell is obviously born to play the conflicted, substance-abusing (possibly Irish-American) cop, and I'll be interested to see how Vaughn plays the villain. I hope he's more menacing than good-hearted criminal with principles.
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Post by: dirk on September 25, 2014, 01:12:08 PM
So far, I am liking Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, but I am absolutely hating everything else this season. The last episode was complete pants. Once again, Moffat falls back on his "closed time travel loop" trope (woman calls Doctor and asks him to do something but the only reason she can call the Doctor and ask him to do it is because he gives her his phone number when he is done doing it). The one before it with the thing under the bed was the same thing and just as bad. The plots are just terrible and insulting at this point.
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Post by: Butter on December 17, 2014, 01:34:13 PM
Finally got around to watching the first two episodes of Black Mirror...

Wow. Just wow. It's amazingly done and the stories are great, but damn it burns a hole in your brain.   
Charlie Brooker is such a fantastic writer. Black Mirror is always really fucked up, but not in a gory way like Utopia or a completely implausible way like Misfits. It's very appropriately titled. I'm always amazed by how good the casting is in these Channel 4 shows, too.

This just came to Netflix.  I have watched 4 of the 6 so far, and probably will fire up the other 2 tonight.

Really well done.  Episodes 2 and 3 especially so far.  Episode 2 was in a way a melancholy version of "Idiocracy", but combined with some other futuristic elements that aren't all that far-fetched.  Episode 3 was more just a relationship drama with basically one sci-fi element played to tragic effect.

I hear a Christmas special is also due about now, which hopefully I'll be able to YouTube or something.

Very highly recommend that you spend an hour or six with this series on Netflix during the holidays if you haven't seen it already.
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Post by: lutz on December 18, 2014, 01:16:52 PM
Yeah, it's already aired. You can watch it on 4oD (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/black-mirror/on-demand) with a UK proxy. I'm about to watch it right now :D
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Post by: Butter on December 18, 2014, 02:54:02 PM
Episode 5, "White Bear"... holy shit.
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Post by: lutz on December 18, 2014, 03:23:35 PM
White Bear is definitely the fuckest uppest.

Top tip: watch White Christmas asap so that you have time to recover before actual Christmas. Fuck me...
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Post by: gisrick on January 29, 2015, 02:00:39 PM
We are now watching Kate and Minmin on Disney Jr. in the mornings...The kids got sick of Curious George and Odd Squad.  That's what happens when your life is ruled by a 5 and 3 year old.
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Post by: MissKitty on January 29, 2015, 04:13:42 PM
My friend's 3-year old kiddie got me hooked on Tree Fu Tom when we were in Edinburgh last year, and I noticed recently that there is now an American version on I think NBC. Gisrick, have your two seen it?
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Post by: gisrick on January 30, 2015, 08:45:05 AM
Sure, we have watched it...It is on Sprout (young kids network owned by Comcast I think).  It is not the kids favorite, but they do like it.  It is very interesting though. 
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Post by: euro60 on January 30, 2015, 04:36:03 PM
I'm on a complete Law & Order binge-watch since I was in Florida in early January. By happenstance I noticed that the "WE" network shows like 6 episodes in a row on both Tuesdays and Saturdays. Absolutely love it. I didn't realize the original L&O ran from 1990 to 2010, so they have an almost limitless supply of episodes. Of which I have seen very, very few...

I then noticed that USA Network binge-shows L&O Special Victims Unit on Thursday evenings, and I've watched some of that too, but for me it's not nearly as good as the original L&O.

At some point I'll want to sample L&O Criminal Intent or whatever that other spin-off is called. 

L&O has been a life-saver for me, given the lack of supply of decent new movies in the theaters...
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Post by: Dan on January 30, 2015, 04:50:49 PM
My g/f is a massive consumer of all L&O original recipe and all L&O: SUV episodes. In fact, 90% of the time she knows which one it is within moments of turning it on. You two would get along well.
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Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 09, 2015, 09:11:13 AM
Law & Order UK is fabulous telly. Many of the stories are based on US "originals" so don't always suit British 'habits' but by and large they get it right. Bradley Walsh is brilliant.
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Post by: euro60 on February 09, 2015, 09:13:03 AM
Law & Order UK is fabulous telly. Many of the stories are based on US "originals" so don't always suit British 'habits' but by and large they get it right. Bradley Walsh is brilliant.
In particular the first 2 or 3 seasons with the original British cast members. Absolutely fantastic.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 17, 2015, 07:53:47 PM
Catching up on The Flash. Love that Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell (the brothers from Prison Break) got to team up again!
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Post by: Butter on February 24, 2015, 07:29:39 AM
Anybody watching any of these?

THE JINX on HBO.  I've heard it described as "if you liked SERIAL, you'll like this show".  It's not totally dissimilar to 48 Hours or Dateline NBC, only a lot more filmic, and I've found it much more engrossing than either of those.  The main difference between this and SERIAL is that there's not much doubt that the protagonist is a douchebag.  But how much of a douche is he?

TOGETHERNESS on HBO.  I've only gotten 2 episodes in... it's very Duplass-y, so if you like any of their stuff you should like this.

BETTER CALL SAUL on AMC.  Watched Episode 4 last night.  I like how they are building a believable story around why he would want to sort of "re-brand" himself.  Even though I did find Episode 4 as the weakest of the 4 so far.
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Post by: c-lando on February 24, 2015, 10:23:39 AM
TOGETHERNESS on HBO.  I've only gotten 2 episodes in... it's very Duplass-y, so if you like any of their stuff you should like this.

BETTER CALL SAUL on AMC.  Watched Episode 4 last night.  I like how they are building a believable story around why he would want to sort of "re-brand" himself.  Even though I did find Episode 4 as the weakest of the 4 so far.
Looooooooving TOGETHERNESS, but you saw that coming.
Really liked the first episode of BETTER CALL SAUL but we haven't watched any more of them yet.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 24, 2015, 02:19:39 PM
I'm watching Better Call Saul.  It's been good-to-awesome.  Episodes 1 and 2 were decent, the last two have been great.  Episode three was my favorite, but episode four was pretty close.

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Post by: TayFo on February 25, 2015, 06:48:03 PM
I've also been pretty please with Better Call Saul. It just so pathetically funny.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 09, 2015, 12:45:18 PM
I made it about 3/4 of the way through Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt this weekend.

It's completely predictable.  The writing is exactly how you'd expect from the 30 Rock people.  Ellie Kemper is exactly like how you'd imagine, Jane Krakowski is exactly how you'd imagine, Carol Kane is exactly like how you'd imagine.

But OTOH, all those people are really good at doing those things so it works.  I would say overall it's decent, though hardly groundbreaking or must-see.

Also been watching Last Man on Earth.  It's.... okay. 

I liked the premise of Will Forte as the only person around.  I realized they couldn't sustain that and would eventually have to introduce new characters.  But I still think they could have waited 3-4 episodes.  But then it was Kristen Schaal, and I like Kristen Schaal.  So that could have been cool, and it was.  Except now they are introducing January Jones who I do NOT like and am highly skeptical about.  So now I'm depressed about the future of the show, if those are the core characters. 

Unless they go totally the other way, with the idea of Forte being the last MAN on Earth but there are hundreds of women.  And Forte has to breed with all of them.  That might be interesting. 
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 11, 2015, 12:36:11 AM
Slowly catching up on Game of Thrones. Just finished Season 3. While I knew about the Red Wedding, I didn't predict the location, so still a surprise. Good thing there's no new TV this week so I can binge watch Season 4!

ZF, your theory for The Last Man on Earth is intriguing, but I have a sinking suspicion that the cast will just be the 3 of them.
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Post by: Butter on March 11, 2015, 07:15:49 AM
Slowly catching up on Game of Thrones. Just finished Season 3. While I knew about the Red Wedding, I didn't predict the location, so still a surprise.

Was it at the wedding?
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Post by: Dan on March 11, 2015, 10:03:55 AM
*rimshot*

The thing is...there's like four weddings or something like that in that book alone. GRR Martin loves weddings apparently.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 11, 2015, 06:21:48 PM
I'm liking what's going on with Walking Dead where suddenly Rick and the gang are the bad guys.  Still too many characters and loose ends though.  They always run into trouble when they turn down the action.

I'm going to give Last Man on Earth a few more episodes.  The Terrence Trent D'Arby reference in the first episode bought them at least a half season in my book.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 12, 2015, 08:00:32 AM
The Terrence Trent D'Arby reference in the first episode bought them at least a half season in my book.

I caught that too, it sailed right past Julie though.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on March 23, 2015, 09:28:17 AM
Still struggling with The Last Man on Earth.  Phil is so pathetic that his constantly being god-smacked just isn't all that funny to me.

How many more people are going to show up?  It's such a cheat that they're using more characters to move the plot along... I wanted to see Phil struggle with being the last man on earth, not with being horny for January Jones.
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Post by: dirk on March 23, 2015, 04:22:22 PM
I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the iZombie premier yesterday. This show is classic Rob Thomas. It feels so much like an updated Veronica Mars, and I mean that in the best way possible. Lots of voice over, excellent dialogue, and lots of character work. This thing deserves to be a hit.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 25, 2015, 12:53:55 AM
Absolutely loving David Anders on iZombie.
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Post by: c-lando on March 25, 2015, 12:13:11 PM
Absolutely loving David Anders on iZombie.
I was unfamiliar with him until this show. He reminds me of someone from the 80s but I can't place it.
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Post by: va-vacious on March 25, 2015, 01:10:51 PM
I'm going to have to watch iZombie, clearly.

Anyone watching Bloodlines on Netflix?  Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights is on it. I'm really enjoying it. It's a slow burn, southern gothic horror.  (Horror in the sense that you can see bad things coming a mile away, no monsters of the supernatural sort involved at all)
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Post by: c-lando on March 25, 2015, 01:43:40 PM
I'm going to have to watch iZombie, clearly.

Anyone watching Bloodlines on Netflix?  Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights is on it. I'm really enjoying it. It's a slow burn, southern gothic horror.  (Horror in the sense that you can see bad things coming a mile away, no monsters of the supernatural sort involved at all)
It's on my list. I want to see it!!

Loved BOSCH on Amazon. Titus Welliver + a few people from THE WIRE + the best cinematography of LA since SOUTHLAND went off the air.
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Post by: Rafe on March 25, 2015, 06:29:26 PM
I'm going to have to watch iZombie, clearly.

Anyone watching Bloodlines on Netflix?  Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights is on it. I'm really enjoying it. It's a slow burn, southern gothic horror.  (Horror in the sense that you can see bad things coming a mile away, no monsters of the supernatural sort involved at all)
It's on my list. I want to see it!!

Loved BOSCH on Amazon. Titus Welliver + a few people from THE WIRE + the best cinematography of LA since SOUTHLAND went off the air.

I've not seen it, but I read all the early books. In my mind, Bosch looks like the guy who was in LA Law.

You know, the angry quiet guy who had the 'tache and was balding and a little squat. I'd be interested to watch it, if it ever gets released on normal TV.
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Post by: c-lando on March 26, 2015, 08:38:39 AM

Loved BOSCH on Amazon. Titus Welliver + a few people from THE WIRE + the best cinematography of LA since SOUTHLAND went off the air.

I've not seen it, but I read all the early books. In my mind, Bosch looks like the guy who was in LA Law.

You know, the angry quiet guy who had the 'tache and was balding and a little squat. I'd be interested to watch it, if it ever gets released on normal TV.
Rafe, I think you'd like it. I have mostly read the newer Bosch books but I've gone back and started from the beginning to get them all. Oh - and for some reason, Titus doesn't sport a 'stache on the show (which is a shame since Homedude can grow a mustache like a fathermucker). But, he's still a good Bosch.
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Post by: lutz on March 26, 2015, 02:04:49 PM
Every time I see an advert for Bosch, I think it's James Nesbitt (who I suppose is now "of The Hobbit fame" rather than "of Cold Feet fame".)
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 29, 2015, 09:48:10 PM
Every time I see an advert for Bosch, I think it's James Nesbitt (who I suppose is now "of The Hobbit fame" rather than "of Cold Feet fame".)
He'll always of Cold Feet in my book. And I've done the same thing.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 29, 2015, 09:51:30 PM
Absolutely loving David Anders on iZombie.
I was unfamiliar with him until this show. He reminds me of someone from the 80s but I can't place it.
He has been a reoccurring character on several shows that I watch - from Alias (when I first saw him) to Heroes to The Vampire Diaries and most recently Once Upon a Time. He's usually very intense, so I'm enjoying this more humorous character.
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Post by: va-vacious on March 29, 2015, 10:53:04 PM
I will add Bosch to the list!
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Post by: c-lando on April 02, 2015, 08:47:39 AM
I hate that the hot guy's name on iZombie is MAJOR. WHY!?!?!?!
You could name a hot dude any name in the world and you name him MAJOR!?!?!
What is he? A German Shepherd? It's the worst name ever and I can't excuse it, Rob Thomas!!!
You are better than that.
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Post by: MissKitty on April 02, 2015, 09:28:42 AM
One of my dad's uncles was named Major. I always thought it was a weird name, but figured it was just some strange southern quirk of my family.
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Post by: c-lando on April 02, 2015, 11:29:00 AM
One of my dad's uncles was named Major. I always thought it was a weird name, but figured it was just some strange southern quirk of my family.
I haven't met any Majors yet. But, you could be right, MK.
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Post by: va-vacious on April 02, 2015, 11:59:46 AM
Our evening security guard is Major. But his real name is Henry. Everyone calls him Major, though!
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Post by: Butter on April 10, 2015, 10:16:51 AM
Finished off BETTER CALL SAUL and WALKING DEAD this week.  BCS was the stronger of the two, but definitely looking forward to both next season.

Anybody else tried UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT on Netflix yet?  I watched the pilot last night, and the first 5 minutes of the 2nd episode before I realized that I needed to take a break and get C-Fan involved.  Pilot was good if not great, but there were like 10 laughs in the first 4 minutes of Episode 2... and Ellie Kemper is killing it so far.  Plus it was good to see Carol Kane in... anything.  Recommended highly for 30 ROCK fans.

Oh, plus I couldn't get the theme song out of my head as I was going to bed last night.  It was actually kind of a problem.
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Post by: c-lando on April 10, 2015, 10:21:58 AM
Our evening security guard is Major. But his real name is Henry. Everyone calls him Major, though!
I feel like I should apologize to Major because I didn't realize until last week that Rob Thomas actually named the zombie lead character "Olivia Moore" aka "LIV(E) MO(O)RE". WTF, RT? That makes me groan like a zombie in bad need o' brains. AWFUL.

We finally finished BETTER CALL SAUL last night. That last interaction between Jimmy and Mike really has me on the hook for more!!!!

I watched the first episode of KIMMY and liked it, but didn't love it. Good to know that I need to keep watching.

Watched the first episode of BLOODLINE on NETFLIX and I can't wait to binge-watch 3-4 more this weekend.
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Post by: MissKitty on April 10, 2015, 01:22:01 PM
We watched a few episodes of Kimmy. Fun and quirky, but I got bored with it pretty quickly.

There is a UK show that CR and I watch as something of a guilty pleasure called First Dates. The premise: Singles fill out an online survey/application and are computer matched with someone whom they will meet at the First Dates restaurant at a specific day and time. The couples do not know anything about each other - or even what the other person looks like - only the person's first name.

It's a really fun show. Sometimes there are love matches, and just as often there are total bombs. The dates are filmed and participants get a chance to evaluate their experience.

And now, NBC is accepting applications for a US show with Ellen DeGeneres as executive producer.

If anyone is interested in giving it a shot, they are casting in Ohio.  https://firstdatescasting.popular.productions/
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Post by: lutz on April 10, 2015, 01:45:46 PM
There is a UK show that CR and I watch as something of a guilty pleasure called First Dates. The premise: Singles fill out an online survey/application and are computer matched with someone whom they will meet at the First Dates restaurant at a specific day and time. The couples do not know anything about each other - or even what the other person looks like - only the person's first name.

It's a really fun show. Sometimes there are love matches, and just as often there are total bombs. The dates are filmed and participants get a chance to evaluate their experience.
My housemate is obsessed with that programme. If you like that, you'll probably like Gogglebox as well. It's a TV show about people watching TV shows...

Needless to say, I watch neither of them. Supervet is my guilty pleasure ;)
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on April 10, 2015, 02:03:56 PM
Finished off BETTER CALL SAUL and WALKING DEAD this week.  BCS was the stronger of the two, but definitely looking forward to both next season.

Anybody else tried UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT on Netflix yet?

I finished the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a few weeks.  You just have to take it like a sitcom, and not like something with a central concept or some kind of storyline that goes anywhere or things that make sense.  So it's not really great Netflix binge viewing because it doesn't really pull you in.   You could almost just watch the episodes in random order. 

But if you just watch it when you have spare time, expecting nothing more than a few laughs it's fine.  There's at least 2-3 laugh out loud moments in each epsiode.  It's pretty much just 30 Rock, really.  The theme song definitely gets in you brain.

Better Call Saul is quality.  IMO, by far the best thing on TV right now and I'd also put it higher than Breaking Bad (mildly overrated) and Mad Men (at this point MASSIVELY overrated).

Walking Dead continues to be good enough but not great.  The problem is still that at any given time there are 5-6 characters who we really don't know enough and/or care at a given moment.  Like Maggie has just been hanging around now for about 2 seasons, and her sister died in the middle of it and we still really don't know what she's thinking.  She's just sort of a Glenn-prop.

This problem is exacerbated by the fact that the characters currently under the spotlight have a bad habit of either dying, or undergoing some personality change as a plot twist.

Right now, I feel like I'm into Carol, Daryl, gay guy, Glenn, and maybe Michonne.  That leaves Rick, Maggie, chickRickwants, leader chick, black dude 5.0, Carl,  chickCarlwants, Tara, Gabriel, Rosita and Tara (who I still sometimes have trouble telling apart), Abraham, and Eugene and some others.  It's just way too many characters to have on a show.
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Post by: Dan on April 10, 2015, 02:09:35 PM
Right now, I feel like I'm into Carol, Daryl, gay guy, Glenn, and maybe Michonne.  That leaves Rick, Maggie, chickRickwants, leader chick, black dude 5.0, Carl,  chickCarlwants, Tara, Gabriel, Rosita and Tara (who I still sometimes have trouble telling apart), Abraham, and Eugene and some others.  It's just way too many characters to have on a show.

Don't tell that to Game of Thrones! I love all the characters that it has and how if "feels" like it's all leading to something big and gigantic at the end. Here's to hoping that it actually does!
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Post by: MissKitty on April 10, 2015, 02:12:51 PM
My housemate is obsessed with that programme. If you like that, you'll probably like Gogglebox as well. It's a TV show about people watching TV shows...

Needless to say, I watch neither of them. Supervet is my guilty pleasure ;)

Oh yeah, we watch Gogglebox too. CR streams it and First Dates via 4OD.
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Post by: Butter on April 10, 2015, 02:36:14 PM
Better Call Saul is quality.  IMO, by far the best thing on TV right now and I'd also put it higher than Breaking Bad (mildly overrated) and Mad Men (at this point MASSIVELY overrated).

First season of BCS was superior to Breaking Bad's first season for me.  I quit watching BB because I was bored with it, and picked up back up towards the end of season 2 after I went back and caught up.

Reading interviews with the BCS showrunners, it seems like they do a great job of really letting the story grow organically.  If you have seen the first season, I encourage you to read the interview at HitFix, where they talk about not using some characters as much, while using others more than they thought because they found certain aspects of the season to be more compelling than others as the season went along.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on April 10, 2015, 02:54:53 PM
Don't tell that to Game of Thrones! I love all the characters that it has and how if "feels" like it's all leading to something big and gigantic at the end. Here's to hoping that it actually does!

I've never watched the shows, but at least the GoT books are different.  All the characters are in different places.  So you can do 2-3 chapters on what's going on up North.  Then skip over to Westeros.  It does get confusing, and sometimes annoying but it doesn't damage the plot. 

In Walking Dead everyone is at the same place and time.  And the pacing is fast.  So if you put a character on the backburner for a bit, by the time you come back to them it's 4 months later and in between people have died and killed other people and massively traumatic things have happened, and we don't know how they felt or feel about any of it.
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Post by: Dan on April 10, 2015, 03:12:13 PM
Fair enough, and yes, the TV show is similar to the books in that regard. They make it pretty clear which setting the next scene is through the general use of color - the Wall is either bleak and dark or very very white, the stuff with Dany is usually very sepia toned and desert-y, etc.
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Post by: lutz on April 10, 2015, 03:13:39 PM
Oh yeah, we watch Gogglebox too. CR streams it and First Dates via 4OD.
A-ha, you're in luck! Enjoy (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-supervet) :)

Noel Fitzpatrick is so dreamy.
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Post by: MissKitty on April 10, 2015, 06:13:36 PM
Oh yeah, we watch Gogglebox too. CR streams it and First Dates via 4OD.
A-ha, you're in luck! Enjoy (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-supervet) :)

Noel Fitzpatrick is so dreamy.
Looks like our kind of show! Cheers!
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Post by: c-lando on April 15, 2015, 12:20:38 PM
Anyone watch DAREDEVIL on Netflix yet? I've never seen the Affleck movie and I've never read the comics. But, I do love me some Charlie Cox!!! Thinking I'll have to check this series out even though they did make him shave his majestic chest hair for the show. BOOOOOOO!

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_zqQGbBzotMs/TRO31ompAWI/AAAAAAAABSw/k0qEVf1o1Ko/s1600/CharlieCox500_14194t.jpg)
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Post by: TayFo on April 16, 2015, 10:18:50 PM
I've watch one episode, have the comics (still) and saw the *ahem* movie. I like it. Struggling law practice, enduring sidekick, hasn't gotten a real costume together and they don't play up his extrasensory abilities cause we get it we''re not stupid. I am interested in the back story that got him to start the vigilantism. I've also been watching Gotham and getting the same vibe.
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Post by: Dan on April 17, 2015, 09:13:18 AM
Anyone watch DAREDEVIL on Netflix yet? I've never seen the Affleck movie and I've never read the comics. But, I do love me some Charlie Cox!!! Thinking I'll have to check this series out even though they did make him shave his majestic chest hair for the show. BOOOOOOO!

Does he mention a bubbling candle?

Haven't watched it but might consider it. Loved Charlie in Stardust, obvi.
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Post by: c-lando on April 20, 2015, 12:43:00 PM
I hate that the hot guy's name on iZombie is MAJOR. WHY!?!?!?!
You could name a hot dude any name in the world and you name him MAJOR!?!?!
What is he? A German Shepherd? It's the worst name ever and I can't excuse it, Rob Thomas!!!
You are better than that.
BTW, I was hard on Rob for the name "Major" but totally failed to mention that the main character (a zombie) is named "Liv Moore". Seriously. I need to get my priorities straight.
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Post by: va-vacious on April 20, 2015, 11:03:12 PM
I'm glad I'm back to having access to my Netflix account so I can start watching Bloodlines again. Kyle Freakin' Chandler is on a slow burn with this one. I am making myself ration it out, because it's so rich. It looks like a Garden and Gun magazine come to life, and then you look a little deeper and see it's full of decay.

Still need to catch up on iZombie (Liv Moore, ugh bad name, but Rob Thomas can do almost no wrong)

Oh, I've become completely addicted to Supernatural, now that it's 10 seasons old. I'm a little embarrassed by this but not really.
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Post by: c-lando on April 21, 2015, 09:01:13 AM
I'm glad I'm back to having access to my Netflix account so I can start watching Bloodlines again. Kyle Freakin' Chandler is on a slow burn with this one. I am making myself ration it out, because it's so rich. It looks like a Garden and Gun magazine come to life, and then you look a little deeper and see it's full of decay.

THIS. 100% accurate. I looooooooooved the first episode but haven't dug into the rest yet. I totally want to take my time with it.

Oh, I've become completely addicted to Supernatural, now that it's 10 seasons old. I'm a little embarrassed by this but not really.

Gwynner is your girl for this conversation. She's been a SUPERNATURAL junky from DAY ONE.
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Post by: va-vacious on April 21, 2015, 07:20:58 PM
I think you mentioned that about Gwynner, and you are so right, because I NEED to discuss it with someone!!!

I've watched the first four episodes of Bloodlines, and I'm waiting until next week to watch more. I want no distractions. But when you have watched some more, we have to talk about it!
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Post by: c-lando on April 23, 2015, 11:01:55 AM
So, I might have unreasonably lost my shit in front of The Greg for the latest cast member to join LAST MAN ON EARTH.
That's some goooooooooooood casting.

BORIS KODJOE!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 23, 2015, 11:52:02 AM
Well, however much you may like him, I'm getting annoyed with the constant parade of new characters.  What's this, things are getting comfortable?  Bam!  New character.  Game changer!  Except it's not, because it's getting to be formulaic.

When will they change the title to One of Three Men and Four Women on Earth... For Now?
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on April 23, 2015, 11:54:04 AM
Yeah, I finally gave up on it. 
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Post by: c-lando on April 23, 2015, 02:19:10 PM
I like that the show has changed so much. In the beginning, it's the ideal "Last Person on Earth" scenario. You can do what you want. You can take what you want. You are the ruler of EVERYTHING! Suddenly, someone else appears and the ideal is fucked up by that other person's presence and what they want out of their ideal "We're the only two people left in the world" scenario. Then, you think you've adjusted well enough to that new scenario and BOOM! Something else happens or someone else shows up. It's never going to be what you thought it was going to be. You're never going to be that ideal person in that ideal scenario that you thought you were going to be. In fact, you're kind of a putz and people are making you realize that. But, you just go on being putzy any way because none of this is what you planned for it to be. And then you get a perm.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 23, 2015, 02:35:25 PM
Yeah, I don't know.  I don't like it, it seems like sloppy writing to me.  Plus, Will Forte is so unlikable, I find it uncomfortable to watch, and not in a fun way like The Office used to be.
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Post by: Butter on April 24, 2015, 07:43:16 AM
Yeah, I don't know.  I don't like it, it seems like sloppy writing to me.  Plus, Will Forte is so unlikable, I find it uncomfortable to watch, and not in a fun way like The Office used to be.

It's not at all sloppy writing.  The show is just not what you hoped it would be.  Which is fine enough, there are a zillion other things to watch, so no need to keep tied to this one.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on April 24, 2015, 08:05:31 AM
It is not what I thought it would be, that's true.  Maybe it's not sloppy writing, but it is lazy to be constantly adding new characters just to move things along.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on April 24, 2015, 08:55:59 AM

Oh, I've become completely addicted to Supernatural, now that it's 10 seasons old. I'm a little embarrassed by this but not really.

Gwynner is your girl for this conversation. She's been a SUPERNATURAL junky from DAY ONE.

Another SPN addict checking in. There are things in recent seasons that I haven't gotten over (won't say in case you're not there yet). Like seriously cried. And all of the Felicia Day episodes are the best.
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Post by: dirk on April 24, 2015, 11:14:21 AM

Oh, I've become completely addicted to Supernatural, now that it's 10 seasons old. I'm a little embarrassed by this but not really.

Gwynner is your girl for this conversation. She's been a SUPERNATURAL junky from DAY ONE.

Another SPN addict checking in. There are things in recent seasons that I haven't gotten over (won't say in case you're not there yet). Like seriously cried. And all of the Felicia Day episodes are the best.
I'm also a Supernatural fan. It is still a solid show, but they really need to be looking towards wrapping it up soon. The recent seasons haven't been bad, but they aren't anywhere nead as good as the middle seasons.
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Post by: Butter on April 24, 2015, 01:16:38 PM
It is not what I thought it would be, that's true.  Maybe it's not sloppy writing, but it is lazy to be constantly adding new characters just to move things along.

I don't get how that's lazy.  That was the whole point of his trip around the country was to attract anybody left alive to come to Tucson.  Now they are showing up, but it's not going the way he wants it to because he's a putz (courtesy c-lando).  I thought that was the whole point of the show.
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Post by: c-lando on April 24, 2015, 01:36:43 PM
Will Forte is a joy to watch.
Phil "Tandy" Miller is a nightmare. He can't help himself. He's beyond awkward (unless he's talking to his balls).
Phil Miller can move to my Tuscon ANY DAY.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on April 24, 2015, 01:47:31 PM
Has the Supernatural spin-off aired yet? Or did it come and go already?

The recent seasons haven't been quite as strong, but there are still some gem episodes. Kind of miss some of the MOTW stuff, but I love Crowley so much that I'm kind of okay with it.
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Post by: va-vacious on April 24, 2015, 03:53:28 PM
Has the Supernatural spin-off aired yet? Or did it come and go already?

The recent seasons haven't been quite as strong, but there are still some gem episodes. Kind of miss some of the MOTW stuff, but I love Crowley so much that I'm kind of okay with it.

I am current on the show! Had to DVR this season since I was on about season 5 when this season started, but I powered through and now I'm up to speed.  We can definitely talk about things that have happened! So glad to find that more of my people are here!

I was under the impression that the backdoor pilot aired last season (it was terrible), but I am holding out hope that they do something with Sheriff Mills and Sheriff Hanscom, since HIbbing 911 was a pretty good episode.

I miss MOTW, too, and these season arcs are getting really heavy. I will say the last two episodes were fantastic- and I am ready for Crawley to get his bite back, because he has not been nearly as cruel as in the past.

Dirk, I don't know how much longer they can go on, really, but I'll take it as long as it is on air. I know they have announced they will do a Season 11. But it has to be hard on Ackles and Padaleki to have very little opportunity to do other work. (I'm sure they are paid handsomely, and it's not that much of a hardship) And I can't see the show continuing with only one of them, so it will be an all-or-nothing sort of situation.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on April 24, 2015, 04:44:02 PM
I don't get how that's lazy.  That was the whole point of his trip around the country was to attract anybody left alive to come to Tucson.  Now they are showing up, but it's not going the way he wants it to because he's a putz (courtesy c-lando).  I thought that was the whole point of the show.

I don't know if I'd say lazy, but I would say that anything about the show that might have interested me has been lost.

To me it's really just a generic sitcom now.   They are not in the slightest bit realistic.  Not just given the "everyone on Earth died" situation but even as characters at all.  They're just whacky, exaggerated faces to spew one-liners. 

If you enjoy the characters enough, then it's fine.  I just don't enjoy most of the characters. 
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Post by: cuddlyevil on April 24, 2015, 04:48:07 PM
God Hibbing 911 was such a freaking awesome episode. Their one offs are usually so good.

From everything I've read, life on set is pretty fricking sweet--everyone has fun together and genuinely likes being there--they probably don't want it to end.

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Post by: va-vacious on April 24, 2015, 06:24:49 PM
Hibbing 911 was one of my favorites of the season.

I've watched some of the behind the scenes stuff, and it really does seem like a good time. I think it's interesting that in interviews Padelecki seems to take the lead more than Ackles, and on the show, it's the reverse with their characters (Dean leads more than Sam, I think).

I would like more Misha Collins this season, but badass Cas, not wimpy Cas!
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Post by: dirk on April 24, 2015, 08:11:30 PM
the spinoff died before it got started. They had the backdoor pilot, but that was so god awful they killed the spin off.

I definitely still like it, I just don't want it to be one of those shows that sticks around until it is just terrible and they ruin they own legacy.
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Post by: c-lando on May 13, 2015, 04:36:57 PM
The end of MAD MEN may break me.
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Post by: c-lando on May 21, 2015, 09:20:34 AM
The end of MAD MEN may break me.
...especially with the end of DAVE in the same week.
I feel weepy.
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Post by: va-vacious on May 21, 2015, 09:18:35 PM
I'm attempting to watch the Red Nose Day show on NBC, and it is not funny. At all. Bad editing, really really dumb jokes. Stupid skits. I think I will go back to watching O Brother on HBO.
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Post by: lutz on July 27, 2015, 06:02:18 PM
Has anyone been watching Mr Robot?
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 27, 2015, 09:18:00 PM
Has anyone been watching Mr Robot?

I made it through 2 eps.  Been DVR'ing the rest.  I won't say it's bad, but I just can't get into it.  Not really sure why, but my feeling is perhaps too much inner monologue, and not enough action.
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Post by: dirk on July 27, 2015, 11:01:00 PM
I've got them all downloaded but haven't had time to watch them yet. Everything I have heard is really good though.

Anyone watching Humans? Since I am downloading it, I am on the UK schedule which is a couple weeks ahead of AMC. So far it has been really good. They are doing a lot with the concept of AI and what it would mean to have truly sentient robots. I'm digging it.
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Post by: lutz on July 28, 2015, 06:09:19 PM
Humans is AWESOME! Kind of helps that I recently finished watching all seven seasons of The Next Generation, so sentient AI and the moral dilemmas that it poses are at the forefront of my mind right now.
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Post by: lutz on July 28, 2015, 06:12:16 PM
Has anyone been watching Mr Robot?

I made it through 2 eps.  Been DVR'ing the rest.  I won't say it's bad, but I just can't get into it.  Not really sure why, but my feeling is perhaps too much inner monologue, and not enough action.
I think it's great, seems to have all the best elements of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Matrix and Fight Club. At least, in my opinion re: Fight Club - my colleague and I disagree about whether certain events/characters are real or not, since Elliott is such an unreliable narrator.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 30, 2015, 04:17:31 PM
Recent streaming only shows I've enjoyed this summer:
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix)
Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)
Catastrophe (Amazon)

Streaming shows previously broadcast that I'm (finally) watching
Another Period (Comedy Central/Hulu)
A Young Doctor's Notebook and Other Stories (Netflix)
Blackish (ABC/Hulu)
Parenthood Final Season (NBC/Hulu)
Family Tree (HBO/Amazon)

Kids TV Shows I don't need to see again
Jessie (Disney)
Liv and Maddie (Disney)

Kids TV Shows that don't make me leave the room
Odd Squad (PBS)
Wild Kratts (PBS)

Shows still in the queue
Moone Boy (Hulu)
The Wrong Man Season 2 (Hulu)
Transparent (Amazon)

Things I'm not missing
Paying for more than basic cable (I have kept the $19/month service since I have terrible reception for our PBS station)
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Post by: va-vacious on August 31, 2015, 01:15:09 PM
Jessie is awful. A really terrible show.

I was also exposed to DinoTrux- dinosaurs that are also trucks!- and that was much better than the dino show in which people transform into dinosaurs. The state of children's television is awful!
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Post by: Kwyjibo on August 31, 2015, 02:12:35 PM
Jessie is awful. A really terrible show.

I was also exposed to DinoTrux- dinosaurs that are also trucks!- and that was much better than the dino show in which people transform into dinosaurs. The state of children's television is awful!

I don't know about that.  I'll agree that it's mostly awful.  There are a lot of really good shows for little kids:  Odd Squad, Peg + Cat, Dinosaur Train, etc. but that's mostly confined to PBS.  The stuff on Nickelodeon is pretty terrible.  Disney has some good entertainment type kids shows like Teen Titans Go, but I'm still mourning the loss of Phineas and Ferb.

As far as the tween stuff... blargh, nothing good anymore.  I miss iCarly; Sam and Cat was not a good replacement.
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Post by: jcarwash31 on September 01, 2015, 03:48:40 PM
We watch a lot of Octonauts on Netflix. The 2 year old loves it and we kind of like it too. I think it's out of Australia.

My wife has started watching Reading Rainbow with the kid too.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on September 01, 2015, 03:56:02 PM
Yep, Octonauts is another good one.
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Post by: va-vacious on September 02, 2015, 02:40:41 PM
I also think that because there are more options today, that is part of the reason it seems so bad. Say, 25% of kids shows are good, you're looking at 4 out of 12 or 40 out of 120...
I still love Reading Rainbow, and I miss 3-2-1 contact.
And there were some crazy kids shows in the 80s, I know! (Rainbow Brite, for example)
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Post by: TayFo on September 02, 2015, 05:05:15 PM
We watch a lot of Octonauts on Netflix. The 2 year old loves it and we kind of like it too. I think it's out of Australia.

My wife has started watching Reading Rainbow with the kid too.
Vegimals, man. Vegimals.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 29, 2015, 10:26:03 PM
I'm finally watching Ken Burn's The Civil War. Although to be precise, it is showing on the TV while I'm doing some other things. It's not getting the undivided attention that it deserves. I am impressed with all the people involved in the narration - including one "Larry Fishburne".
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Post by: va-vacious on October 29, 2015, 04:29:01 PM
Has anyone watched Hemlock Grove on Netflix? I'm midway through the first season, and really enjoying it. It's pure popcorn, and maybe a little to vague for its own good, but I'm having fun. It doesn't hurt that it has some pretty, pretty actors in it too. (One of whom is Bill Skarsgaard, Alexander's younger brother, and Stellan's son- while Bill and Alexander look almost nothing alike, there are similarities in body type and in expressions. It's interesting to see how genes kick in)
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Post by: va-vacious on January 15, 2016, 02:05:19 PM
I've watched the first two seasons of Hannibal over the summer, and really liked them. The third season is not available on Amazon Prime yet, or netflix, so I'm trying to decide if I go ahead and buy it for $15, rather than paying to stream for $25. (I am sure there are some other ways to see it, but I'm not savvy enough to have that figured out!)
It seems crazy to me that I can get a physical copy of the series for less than a digital only copy. And the bluray has special features that are not available on the digital release. Such a weird way of marketing, but clearly it's working.

I'm probably going to cave and purchase, since I don't want to wait another year to see a series that isn't coming back.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 15, 2016, 02:15:14 PM
I'd buy the physical copy, watch it, and then sell it again.  You can probably get $8 to $10 of that back if you turn it around quickly.
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Post by: va-vacious on January 15, 2016, 04:13:31 PM
Oh! That's a good idea! I really don't need to have the series-- it's beautifully stylized, but it's not like it's something that I'll say, "Oh! Tonight seems like a great night to re-watch a cannibal series!" I'm weird, but not that weird.
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Post by: trixi on January 15, 2016, 10:02:43 PM
What about your local library?  We have it here (not that its convenient for you in Atlanta :-)
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Post by: va-vacious on January 19, 2016, 03:26:42 PM
I didn't check the local- they have some current series, but my super close library tends to skew older with the movies. I'll check, though.

I HAVE been using the library lately, which is really, really nice.  Up with Librarians!

Incidentally, I live in a bizzarro conservative town in a conservative county that votes down any and all taxes, infrastructure support, community good things, etc. But the town has its own library, in addition to the county one. And the library has great hours (8 or 9 pm most nights, 7 days a week) and a huge collection. It's just a bit weird to me that a place that frowns upon doing things for the public good is providing such a good service.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 19, 2016, 09:46:47 PM
In my experience, libraries typically enjoy bi-partisan, if rather lukewarm support.

Libraries, schools, roads, and parks are on the "okay" list.  A favorable view would say that these are local community things providing tangible benefits and whose effectiveness and budgets can be controlled by their stakeholders.  More cynically, I suppose it could be rephrased as "We like things that help us, but not other people."  More positively, you could look at libraries as falling into the "hand up, not hand" out category.  Everyone has equal opportunity to use them.  And if some poor dude wants to read up, educate himself, and contribute to society through his own efforts the library is there for them.

They might have issues with libraries carrying naughty books, but even then that's not a problem with libraries per se, just library content.  And there still exists a decent contingent of libertarian types who support free speech.  Especially when some of those naughty books are things like Huckleberry Finn or Farenheit 451 which are kind of anti-government and/or "anti-PC."

Same thing with schools.  Conservatives they love, love, love public charter schools.  Which is funny to me, because charter schools typically have bright students and more time to teach hippy shit than regular-ass public schools who are just trying to keep kids from taking drugs and at least getting them through the GED curriculum.  If you want a bunch of liberal elites, send them to charter schools.

They like parks because many of them are hunters or outdoorsy types.  Even if you can't actually hunt in your typical park, running around and throwing rocks at nerds and play yuppie sports like soccer or whatever is part of the (white), conservative, suburban ideal.

Democrats also like those things for many of the same reasons.  I mean, go to a local library.  Not a whole lot of poor people in them, usually.  It's mostly mid/upper-class types who could afford to buy books.  Not too many poor people in suburban parks either.  I mean, maybe sometimes there are homeless people or shady druggies but those are the parks people DON'T like.  Even then, they would approve money to clean them up.

Conservative support for those things is actually pretty huge.  Liberals support them, but they also support tons of other government stuff like social services and whatnot.  For conservatives, they DON'T support that much other government stuff so the fact that they can get behind libraries is a difference maker.

I think it is strange that Democrats support the Arts.  I mean, you could build a big stage/arena for a bunch of snobby people to dress up ad watch orchestra and ballet... or you could use that money so poor people can eat.  I mean, conservatives don't really care about poor people like that so it makes sense they might value culture and/or elitism over welfare moms.  But Dems?













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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 24, 2016, 10:54:44 PM
How did Galavant get renewed? And why am I watching it?
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Post by: c-lando on February 01, 2016, 02:08:23 PM
I liked the LUCIFER pilot enough to keep watching it. It's not ground-breaking, but it's fun for network TV.
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Post by: Butter on February 01, 2016, 03:00:05 PM
Not sure if I already mentioned BASKETS on here?  But yeah, if you are a fan of the Galifianakis oeuvre, which is essentially heavy on pathos and completely non-sequitur wacky moments, then you'll like this.  Or, Louie Anderson in drag playing a totally believable senior citizen mom.  He's the best in this.

Also, am currently catching up on THE LEFTOVERS Season 2.  This is one inscrutable fuckin' show, and I love it.  3 episodes into Season 2, and man, is it good.

Any thoughts on THE X-FILES reboot yet?  I'm only through one of the three episodes that have aired so far.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 01, 2016, 03:31:52 PM
Not sure if I already mentioned BASKETS on here?  But yeah, if you are a fan of the Galifianakis oeuvre, which is essentially heavy on pathos and completely non-sequitur wacky moments, then you'll like this.  Or, Louie Anderson in drag playing a totally believable senior citizen mom.  He's the best in this.


It's one of those shows that I find difficult to watch because the main protagonist (not to mention every other character) is so completely unlikable and self defeating.  In that regard I find it very much like The Last Man On Earth which we finally decided we just couldn't watch anymore.

The second episode was better than the first, especially the juggalo and Costco membership story lines.  They need to drop the wife character, like now, she's a cliche.
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Post by: c-lando on February 01, 2016, 04:24:24 PM

Also, am currently catching up on THE LEFTOVERS Season 2.  This is one inscrutable fuckin' show, and I love it.  3 episodes into Season 2, and man, is it good.
THE LEFTOVERS was the greatest surprise of TV last year for me.
I did not see that second season going where it went and it only gets better, Kwyjibo. STAY WITH IT.

I never really dug the X-Files but I've watched the first episode of the new season for The Greg. He's into it. I'm all MEH on my side of the couch.

I hope that AMERICAN CRIME STORY can live up to the hype in my head. SO EXCITED for that to start this week.
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Post by: dirk on February 01, 2016, 05:27:11 PM
I liked the LUCIFER pilot enough to keep watching it. It's not ground-breaking, but it's fun for network TV.
I still dislike the premise. We don't need Castle with the Devil. But Tom Ellis is just so damn charming and perfect for the role it's hard to stop watching it.
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Post by: dirk on February 01, 2016, 05:28:04 PM
Also, am currently catching up on THE LEFTOVERS Season 2.  This is one inscrutable fuckin' show, and I love it.  3 episodes into Season 2, and man, is it good.
This may the single greatest season of TV ever created. I liked season 1 but season 2 was just about perfect in every way.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 01, 2016, 10:40:30 PM
I did not see that second season going where it went and it only gets better, Kwyjibo. STAY WITH IT.

Wait... second season of what?  Last Man on Earth?
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Post by: c-lando on February 02, 2016, 04:11:42 PM
I did not see that second season going where it went and it only gets better, Kwyjibo. STAY WITH IT.

Wait... second season of what?  Last Man on Earth?
THE LEFTOVERS.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 14, 2016, 05:19:02 PM
Degrassi has moved over to Netflix. The opening line for the season was a reference to Drake's Started from the Bottom. I can't figure out which wall that breaks.

I'm also enjoying the other Rob Thomas references on iZombie - a Kristen Bell vocal cameo, among others.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 15, 2016, 09:18:13 AM
I did not see that second season going where it went and it only gets better, Kwyjibo. STAY WITH IT.

Wait... second season of what?  Last Man on Earth?
THE LEFTOVERS.

I thought that's what you meant, which is why I was confused.  I've never seen that show.
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Post by: c-lando on February 15, 2016, 10:10:31 AM
I did not see that second season going where it went and it only gets better, Kwyjibo. STAY WITH IT.

Wait... second season of what?  Last Man on Earth?
THE LEFTOVERS.

I thought that's what you meant, which is why I was confused.  I've never seen that show.
Oops. Meant BUTTER. Sorry.
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Post by: Butter on February 16, 2016, 08:34:43 AM
Thought THE LEFTOVERS wrapped it pretty well up in the Season 2 finale, so am a little surprised they are bringing it back one more time.

THE AMERICANS Season 3 just came on Amazon Prime yesterday, so I got 5 episodes into the 13 episode season last night... still good as ever, if perhaps a little more slow-building.

BETTER CALL SAUL finally came back last night, and that was pretty good too.  And realized during the middle of it, when they ran a WALKING DEAD promo, that I pretty much have stopped watching that show and wasn't all that interested in what was going on with it anymore.  Because they had major spoilers in the ad for it (on purpose, maybe?), and I was largely un-fazed.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 16, 2016, 09:12:33 PM
Walking Dead was okay, but for all wrong reasons as usual.

A bunch of people died stupidly, in ways that were at once predictable and yet somehow random.  It would have been really frustrating, except they were all so annoying and hapless it was a relief to finally see them die.  And so quickly!

Because of poor plotting, the semi-annual cleansing of the useless characters was wrapped up pretty much in the first half of the show.  Which left the second half for a nice zombie fight full of action and heroics and good killing.  And things that either shouldn't work, or if they did why are the zombies even a problem if they are so easily killable?

It ended on a hopeful note for Rick and the crew.  But really more hopeful for the viewers that yet another failed story arc was concluded, we can pretend it never happened, and there is a new beginning.  And maybe THIS time they won't screw it up horribly.  But hope is fading pretty quickly...
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 16, 2016, 10:21:45 PM
How (and why) are there still this many zombies? 
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Post by: dirk on February 16, 2016, 11:34:18 PM
This episode of TWD was bad for a number of reasons. First, this really should have been the mid-season finale. All of the storylines from this season ended last night, not 3 months ago. You had Rick and Jessie, Jessie's son dealing with Rick killing porch dick, and Gabriel and Eugene getting over their fear of zombies. These were all storylines that should pay off in the finale not after a 3 months hiatus. Second, they botched the deaths. So they are walking through the zombies for hours (it was light at the beginning and dark later, how big is this damn town) and after all that Sam suddenly decides to freeze and panic? And then no one has the bright idea of just pulling him along? They all just stop and stare at him until for some unknown reason zombies finally notice him and eat him? It was similar to the comics but in them he panicked and started calling for his mom, which attracted zombies. In this case, I think they didn't want to show the poor kid screaming "mommie" as he was being eaten as it probably would have been a bit much for TV so they dropped that part, but then the whole thing didn't make sense. Third, you had the whole show become a video game at the end. Rick gets Coral to safety and is so worried that he immediately just walks outside into the zombie horde and starts killing them. You know, the horde that was too big for anyone to survive. Yet Rick just walks out and starts taking them all out. And everyone else runs out with him and they just start mowing down zombies like someone set the difficulty to easy mode. And let's not forget Glenn being surrounded by zombies (again) and Abraham and Sasha showing up and managing to just mow down every zombie around him on full auto and not injuring him at all. They are apparently descended from Rambo with those machine gun skills.

The ending with Rick sitting next to Coral was really good and the action was good, but overall it just wasn't good.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 17, 2016, 08:23:20 AM
Man, Dirk.  Completely on the nose.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 17, 2016, 10:58:49 AM
I could actually buy the zombie slaughter at the end, to a certain extent.

The Alexandrians were so massively incompetent that even locked up somewhere they could still manage to endanger Rick's crew.  You figure each one reduced the fighting power of a Rick guy by 1/2.  Which means that despite having say, a dozen members, Rick's crew was really like 6 or so against all the zombies.

But if 20 or so Alexandrians go into full-beast mode and instead of being like -.5 usefulness, they were all .75 usefulness (and it's quite possible that guys like Black Intellectual, Gabriel, Denise and whiteguy-who-has-always-been-almost-competent (not Aaron) might even have gotten pretty close to 1.

So your fighting force goes from 6 to 30 or so.  The zombies are really only dangerous with the element of surprise and/or their ability to mass swarm someone like 10-on-1.  Both those elements were removed.  No one was getting boxed in, plus the zombies were distracted by fire.  Plus no Wolves or Negan guys.

You figure the fire would draw the bulk of the zombies, where they would burn up or get mowed down by automatic weapons fire.  All they had to really was hack up the stragglers.

That doesn't stop all the other logical inconsistencies up to that point, or all the deus ex machina stuff.  But I'm just saying-- I would have been willing to overlook the zombie slaughter.  If that was the only thing.  But it wasn't.  There were 9999 other plot holes/logical inconsistencies going on. 

But, like I said... in a way it wasn't bad.  Because despite being totally stupid, they did manage to get rid of most of the awful characters and stupidness in on fell swoop and can start all over. 

Oddly, the thing that bothers me most is that Tara is obviously at least 5 months pregnant and no one has said a thing about it.  Because that's still going on.
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Post by: foolsgold on April 05, 2016, 11:51:31 AM
Young Leon Trotsky looked like Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Rec.  And, mid-life Trotsky looked like Ron Swanson. 

(https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/photo/t1897b.jpg) (http://laphamsquarterly.org/sites/default/files/styles/tall_rectangle_custom_user_large_1x/public/images/contributor/trotsky_360x450.jpg?itok=BvM9lDwl)

(http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md7lmloviU1r8r9eeo1_500.png)
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Post by: va-vacious on April 05, 2016, 02:06:51 PM
mind.blown.

So did Ron get some sort of de-ager and go back in time to be Jean-Ralphio? Or something? (I'm sleep deprived today, so I feel like I can't make sense of this)
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Post by: c-lando on April 18, 2016, 09:35:20 AM
I liked the LUCIFER pilot enough to keep watching it. It's not ground-breaking, but it's fun for network TV.
I still dislike the premise. We don't need Castle with the Devil. But Tom Ellis is just so damn charming and perfect for the role it's hard to stop watching it.
We gave up on LUCIFER by episode 3. SNORE.
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Post by: Butter on April 22, 2016, 09:37:47 AM
Finished up watching TOGETHERNESS... they wrapped it up pretty neatly, but with a "Super Mega Happy" Ending that seemed rather improbable.  It was satisfying though.  Since it was cancelled, at least there's that.

Just saw MR. ROBOT is coming back on 7/13.  Anyone that's not watching this and would enjoy a dark, mind-fucky, computer hacker-y drama that you can watch without having to be too much of a computer nerd, catch up on this.  I think it is streaming on Hulu Plus, and via the USA website with a cable company log-in.  It's probably the most astonishing Season 1 of a show I've ever watched, and there's some great stuff on TV right now.
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Post by: scurvygirl on April 22, 2016, 01:41:53 PM
Just saw MR. ROBOT is coming back on 7/13.  Anyone that's not watching this and would enjoy a dark, mind-fucky, computer hacker-y drama that you can watch without having to be too much of a computer nerd, catch up on this.  I think it is streaming on Hulu Plus, and via the USA website with a cable company log-in.  It's probably the most astonishing Season 1 of a show I've ever watched, and there's some great stuff on TV right now.

Liking this rec. I haven't had a chance to see it, yet, and I needed something new-to-me to watch. Will put it first in my queue. Thanks!
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Post by: va-vacious on April 22, 2016, 03:18:07 PM
I've heard some really good stuff about Mr. Robot, and do want to watch it! It's definitely on my list.
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Post by: scurvygirl on April 23, 2016, 06:39:16 PM
Holy crap. I just watched the first episode of Mr. Robot. It's amazing.
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Post by: luisterpaul on July 18, 2016, 09:54:35 AM
Holy crap. I just watched the first episode of Mr. Robot. It's amazing.
That's on the list. Yesterday we decided to give Stranger Things a try. We binge-watched the first four episodes...
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 18, 2016, 09:56:29 AM
Is anybody watching Preacher?  We tried, but finally gave up after three or four episodes.  I had no idea what was going on.
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Post by: c-lando on July 18, 2016, 03:45:06 PM
I've recorded all of the episodes of PREACHER so far but haven't watched one yet.
No one seems to be talking about it. Is it a sleeper or is it a snoozer?
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Post by: dirk on July 18, 2016, 06:03:48 PM
I'm liking Preacher. I read the comics but it has been years and I don't remember much outside of the characters (not that it would matter because this season is more of a prequel for the comics). It is a slow build but there are times it just nails it. I think it is definitely worth a watch.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 18, 2016, 10:50:44 PM
I've recorded all of the episodes of PREACHER so far but haven't watched one yet.
No one seems to be talking about it. Is it a sleeper or is it a snoozer?

It's just sort of neurotic so far, doesn't know what it wants to be.  Maybe it all ties together and makes some sense eventually, but I don't have the attention span for the long game.
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Post by: Butter on July 20, 2016, 08:33:41 AM
That's on the list. Yesterday we decided to give Stranger Things a try. We binge-watched the first four episodes...

First episode I watched last night was very promising.

Mr. Robot season 2... continues to be solid, but I can't imagine anyone just picking up on the second season premiere and being able to follow it at all.  I was having trouble remembering everything that was going on with everyone from last season.
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Post by: c-lando on July 25, 2016, 11:30:25 AM

Mr. Robot season 2... continues to be solid, but I can't imagine anyone just picking up on the second season premiere and being able to follow it at all.  I was having trouble remembering everything that was going on with everyone from last season.
I think I'm totally lost this season. I don't remember anyone's motivation for anything.
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Post by: Buzzstein on July 26, 2016, 10:04:42 PM
That's it. I must watch Mr. Robot.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 30, 2016, 09:26:09 PM
Season 3 of Bojack Horseman is both better and more depressing than season 2.  Which is no mean feat.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 11, 2016, 10:03:58 PM
Binge watched Gilmore Girls. Really enjoyed it.

Binge watched Stranger Things this past week. Looking forward to season 2!
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Post by: luisterpaul on August 12, 2016, 01:42:21 PM
Binge watched Stranger Things this past week. Looking forward to season 2!
I'm torn on how a second season should go. While they left some openings at the end of season 1, it still feels like a complete story. While I'd love to see more from these characters, I'd also love to see season 2 as its own story, perhaps with a connection.
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Post by: c-lando on March 23, 2017, 01:47:42 PM
Recent streaming only shows I've enjoyed this summer:

Catastrophe (Amazon)
I just watched the first episode of this and it is AMAZING.
I think I love these impossible-to-love people.

Also, I'm ringing all the bells of endorsement (that's the name of a Jacques Demy movie, right?) for BOSCH on Amazon. I finally bit the bullet and signed up for Amazon Prime just to finally see the second season of this show and it was 1) sooooooooooooooo much better than the first season and 2) the best cop show I've seen on tv since SOUTHLAND.
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Post by: euro60 on April 13, 2017, 03:19:25 PM
Is anyone here still watching Survivor?

I haven't missed a season, and absolutely LOVE that show, still after all these years.

Last night's episode was memorable, and then some. Just when you think you've seen it all, you get this....

Here is how EW recapped it: http://ew.com/recap/survivor-season-34-episode-7/


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Post by: c-lando on April 13, 2017, 03:57:31 PM
Is anyone here still watching Survivor?

I haven't missed a season, and absolutely LOVE that show, still after all these years.

Last night's episode was memorable, and then some. Just when you think you've seen it all, you get this....

Here is how EW recapped it: http://ew.com/recap/survivor-season-34-episode-7/
I started to watch this season because I saw that OZZY (my fave) was back. Only watched the first episode and forgot to keep following it. The last time I had watched it was the last time Ozzy was on.

Ozzy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I have no idea if he's still around him. He just gives me a ladyb0ner and I like saying his name.)
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Post by: trixi on April 13, 2017, 07:13:02 PM
I started to watch this season because I saw that OZZY (my fave) was back. Only watched the first episode and forgot to keep following it. The last time I had watched it was the last time Ozzy was on.

Ozzy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I have no idea if he's still around him. He just gives me a ladyb0ner and I like saying his name.)
He still is :-)
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Post by: euro60 on April 13, 2017, 11:05:39 PM
well, here's the spoiler from last night: Jeff outed Zeke as being transgender.

I must say I was FLOORED, both by Jeff's incredibly insensitive act, and by Zeke being a transgender (which I would've never guessed in a million years).

The outcry over what Jeff did has been enormous on social media.
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Post by: trixi on April 13, 2017, 11:16:36 PM
I haven't yet seen last night's episode, but reading Zeke's editorial was definitely surprising on both sides of what happened.  Good for Zeke (and the rest of the tribe). 
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Post by: c-lando on June 28, 2017, 03:56:38 PM
I finally got around to watching HAPPY VALLEY and I looooooooooooooooooove it.
I now have a new ladyb0ner for Sarah Lancashire. AND I DON'T EVEN LIKE BLONDES.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on June 29, 2017, 04:34:38 PM
I just like that Sarah Lancashire is actually from Lancashire.
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Post by: c-lando on July 10, 2017, 11:02:23 AM
I just like that Sarah Lancashire is actually from Lancashire.
...but ALWAYS playing like she's from Halifax.
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Post by: c-lando on September 05, 2017, 09:28:20 AM
Finished up ATYPICAL on Netflix. Started off pretty tropey, but I ended up really liking it. I'm pretty much a sucker for anything with Michael Rappaport or Jennifer Jason Leigh. Once you add in (one of) the hot dude(s) from LOOKING, I had no choice but to watch it.
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Post by: Juliana on September 13, 2017, 10:50:59 PM
Bill from One Mississippi is my fave.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on September 14, 2017, 09:04:48 AM
Bill from One Mississippi is my fave.
Conversely, Remy is the worst.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 17, 2017, 07:25:13 PM
I’m trying to watch Love, but it’s pretty bad so far.

I root for outcasts and misfits and all that.  And how hard a sell is dorky dude meets semi-wild chick with a good heart?

Except I HATE these people.  Every single person on the show who is supposed to superficial or representative of boring society in some way is eminently more likeable and interesting than the protagonists. I would say the deserve all the crap they get, except they don’t.  They deserve way more crap than they get.
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Post by: Jonathan on December 19, 2017, 09:54:01 AM
I felt that way about. My So-Called Life. There was not a single character on that show that I didn’t want to die a horrible, burning death.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 28, 2017, 09:56:12 PM
I just got Hulu Live.  They had a documentary about The Dana Carver Show.  It was actually somewhat fascinating.  I think I watched it once for like 5 minutes when it was on and thought it sucked.  I had no idea so many now famous people worked on it.  Definitely worth watching if you get a chance.

Anyway in the little interview outtakes during the credits, Stephen Colbert is talking.  Yes, Colbert got his start on the show.  As did Steve Carrell.  Anyway, Colbert is talking and then suddenly he drops a Lebensraum joke out of nowhere!  I was like Hell Yeah, Lebensraum is COMEDY GOLD!  I rewound it like five times. 
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 22, 2018, 04:05:54 PM
Tonight's House Hunters will feature a couple looking for a house in Richmond.

They're empty nesters.  The wife wants "a row house with room for her gowns."  The husband wants "a Tudor with a designated beer brewing space."

That is just... well-done, HGTV.  Every last detail, so dead-on perfect.  I don't know anything about the couple other than that blurb but if anyone wants a perfect photograph of the Richmond Zeitgeist in January 2018, that's it. 

There's pretty much a zero percent chance they won't look at a house in the Fan so you guys might get to see my old neighborhood.


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Post by: euro60 on January 25, 2018, 10:41:04 PM
Anyone watching the new "Blue Planets II" documentary series? It airs on BBC America (9 pm on Saturdays) but also available on demand on Spectrum.

Absolutely stunning footage that will drop your jaw to the floor.

If you like documentaries about animal life on our planet, I highly recommend this!
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Post by: c-lando on January 26, 2018, 08:30:12 AM
Tonight's House Hunters will feature a couple looking for a house in Richmond.

They're empty nesters.  The wife wants "a row house with room for her gowns."  The husband wants "a Tudor with a designated beer brewing space."

That is just... well-done, HGTV.  Every last detail, so dead-on perfect.  I don't know anything about the couple other than that blurb but if anyone wants a perfect photograph of the Richmond Zeitgeist in January 2018, that's it. 

There's pretty much a zero percent chance they won't look at a house in the Fan so you guys might get to see my old neighborhood.
For some reason, I first read this as an episode of TINY HOUSE and I was getting angrier by the second, thinking about how unreasonable their expectations were for people wanting to "go tiny". Read, Land. Read.

I will definitely check this out since I'm in a VERY terrible (new) habit of recording all of the House Hunters episodes and just skipping to the last segment when they actually pick the house. I do not watch this show for the journey. I just want a quick synopsis of their options and I want to yell at them for the one that they pick.

Does anyone else wonder if they give these folks a free couples therapy session before they sit down to pick the one they'll buy? They are waaaaaaaaaay too nice to each other when they discuss their differences. "Fuck you, Greg. I don't want a pool!" would be how our talks would probably go down.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 26, 2018, 02:24:07 PM
It turned out they actually had a reasonable, conservative budget and were given good options.   There was no way they were going to get what they both wanted, but they did a good job in presenting realistic choices.

Next weeks episode is also in Richmond. He wants a mid-century modern house.  She wants a plantation row house.

I think what dude really likes is mid-century DECOR.  Because there really isn't that much mid-century residential architecture and what exists is uber-expensive and generally custom.  And there definitely isn't much of it in Richmond.  And I have no idea what a "plantation row house" is.  You either have a plantation, or you have a row house, and they are pretty much opposites.  I'm guessing what she means is "Victorian."





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Post by: va-vacious on January 28, 2018, 01:14:11 AM
You would be correct on both counts (midcentury style and Victorian).
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 06, 2018, 11:21:56 PM
It turned out the dude really meant it when he said mid-century.  He was into brick ranchers which is undoubtedly mid-century.  I just didn’t think anyone was into ranchers.  Except me, but not for aesthetic purposes.  They’re ugly as hell.  I just like they have good interior floor space usually.

The woman was kind of crazy, or at least edited that way.  She wanted big closets in an old rowhouse.  Which isn’t going to happen.  Also she said things like “I loved the yellow door” as if you couldn’t just paint any door yellow for $30.  But she wasn’t unreasonable about it.  She seemed to accept the limitations in good stride.

They bought in Church Hill, which is a good choice for a young couple.  He did not get a detached house, she did not get the closet space.  But they both wanted to be in the city and to be able to walk places.  And on their budget, they could not afford The Fan or Cary Town/West of Boulevard.

I would have picked that house if I were me.  Or them.  And they dudn’t seem to struggle too hard.  They both liked that house best. Their neighborhood is not-quite-gentrified so it’s a little sketchy, but I’m guessing they know that.  It’s not THAT sketchy either.
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Post by: va-vacious on February 08, 2018, 12:28:57 AM
I think ranches are making a bit of a comeback. They are pretty popular here, but I do live in the land of ranches.
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Post by: c-lando on February 08, 2018, 08:36:31 AM
I think ranches are making a bit of a comeback. They are pretty popular here, but I do live in the land of ranches.
x 2!
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Post by: c-lando on February 08, 2018, 08:36:57 AM
I thought I would hate the new QUEER EYE.

I loooooooooooooooooooove the new QUEER EYE.

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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 08, 2018, 01:39:15 PM
I think ranches are making a bit of a comeback. They are pretty popular here, but I do live in the land of ranches.

I can't see it happening in Richmond.  Though the problem is not with ranchers themselves.

For new construction, there is probably a ton of interest in a 1000-1500 square foot, one level house, with an open layout.  They would sell like hotcakes.  The problem is, it's not cost-effective for developers.  Adding another floor is cheap.  So instead one 1200 square foot rancher, you could build two 1200 square foot, 2 story condos in the same footprint.  You make a lot more money selling 2 units, plus the city likes it because it's denser population infill.

For old construction, the problem is that the ranchers that were built are all on the outskirts of the city in these old, faded 50's suburban hells. Just like 5 miles of indistinguishable subdivisions with identical ranchers.  No retail is there, and you can't put retail there because they are not zoned as mixed use.  And the houses there were built kinda cheap and now their age is showing.  It's quieter than the city, but you can't use it to your advantage.  There are no sidewalks.  And while there isn't that much traffic, the cars in that subdivision all drive through at like 45 mph because no one likes being there longer than they have to.  So it's not good for dog walking or biking.

Richmond does not really have traffic issues, so it's more about vibe.  Once you're out of the hip areas, you might as well live 20 miles away instead of 10 miles away.  You can get a much newer house, near better schools, that is bigger and with a bigger lot.

The ranchers are all in that doughnut deadzone around the city.  It's not like they are ghettos or anything.  I mean, people live there.  They're just not that enthused about it.  It's mostly like first-time homeowners hoping to transition back to the city or out to the nicer burbs once they build up enough equity.

There's this one small area on the Southside right by the river that has a bunch of large 1500 square foot or more ranchers.  Those were built to be upscale back in the 50's so they do have a bit of cool mid-century vibe.  It's kind of secluded but people like it that way.  You get a river view or maybe just a 5 minute walk to the river.  Still just a 15-20 minute downtown.  That area is super-hot.  You have to be a certain kind of person (outdoorsy, like to garden maybe) to live there but there are enough around here.  But that area is the exception.
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Post by: Dan on February 08, 2018, 02:16:34 PM
For old construction, the problem is that the ranchers that were built are all on the outskirts of the city in these old, faded 50's suburban hells. Just like 5 miles of indistinguishable subdivisions with identical ranchers.  No retail is there, and you can't put retail there because they are not zoned as mixed use.  And the houses there were built kinda cheap and now their age is showing.  It's quieter than the city, but you can't use it to your advantage.  There are no sidewalks.  And while there isn't that much traffic, the cars in that subdivision all drive through at like 45 mph because no one likes being there longer than they have to.  So it's not good for dog walking or biking.

Oh you! Stop flirting with me!
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Post by: c-lando on February 08, 2018, 02:37:18 PM
For old construction, the problem is that the ranchers that were built are all on the outskirts of the city in these old, faded 50's suburban hells. Just like 5 miles of indistinguishable subdivisions with identical ranchers.  No retail is there, and you can't put retail there because they are not zoned as mixed use.  And the houses there were built kinda cheap and now their age is showing.  It's quieter than the city, but you can't use it to your advantage.  There are no sidewalks.  And while there isn't that much traffic, the cars in that subdivision all drive through at like 45 mph because no one likes being there longer than they have to.  So it's not good for dog walking or biking.

Oh you! Stop flirting with me!

SNORT.
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Post by: Butter on February 08, 2018, 03:36:51 PM
Ranches are popular at my house right now, because after someone broke their leg, they had to go up and down 6 steps every day and night.  And that was real difficult for about 6 weeks.

Vive la Ranch!
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Post by: c-lando on February 08, 2018, 04:12:30 PM
ZK, are you being cute when you say "rancher" instead of "ranch"?
Or do you know something we don't know?





(who am i kidding? you know more than any of us know about anything and i'm not even being funny)
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Post by: luisterpaul on February 09, 2018, 08:42:20 AM
Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams -- The first episode isn't all that good, so we almost gave up, but decided to keep going based on a recommendation from a friend. Boy, am I glad we did! The second and third episodes are wonderful. We have one episode left. Some are better than others, but the good ones are so worth it.

Falling Water -- This is probably the first USA Original production I've watched since La Femme Nikita. Not the best show out there, but they did some interesting things with the dream vs. reality trope. The season ended with resolution as well as some ongoing story. They could do another season if they really wanted to, but I think it ends just fine as it is.

Better Call Saul -- Recently finished season two. I love just watching this show. Tension underlies the calm, captured with gorgeous camera angles.

Also, who knew Lenny was such an amazing actor?

(http://www.hooch.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/c7d5f822ad96089c86ff63537d81e22d.jpg)

(https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-3e2fb3da3dfa8c86fa9a406f530b9d11-c)
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Post by: Kwyjibo on February 09, 2018, 09:22:10 AM
After almost ten years in a cape code there was no way in hell we were moving to anything other than a ranch.  Not having to go up or down stairs to do anything (especially laundry) is the best thing ever.
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Post by: c-lando on February 09, 2018, 09:39:58 AM
Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams -- The first episode isn't all that good, so we almost gave up, but decided to keep going based on a recommendation from a friend. Boy, am I glad we did! The second and third episodes are wonderful. We have one episode left. Some are better than others, but the good ones are so worth it.

I was curious about this one. Thanks for posting this. Might be what I watch once I finally finish this new season of BLACK MIRROR.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 09, 2018, 12:41:39 PM
After almost ten years in a cape code there was no way in hell we were moving to anything other than a ranch.  Not having to go up or down stairs to do anything (especially laundry) is the best thing ever.

I grew up in a rancher.  I guess where I'm from "rancher" and "ranch house" are used 50/50.   Because "I grew up in a rancher" puts a different spin on it than "I grew up on a ranch."  I was not raising steers. " Rancher" is shorter than "ranch house" and "rambler" just sounds weird to me.  After all, it's not rambling anywhere.  Funk dat!

It was a rectangle, though.  I like the U or L shaped ones where you get like a little courtyard.  Plus a lot more light because you can have windows on at least two sides of every room.

My rowhouse had the laundry in the basement.  It was an unfinished basement and the furnace and pipes were all there, plus storage.  So I guess technically, there was enough room to fold your laundry in the basement, but no one wants to fold laundry in a kinda-dark, unfinished, basement filled with storage boxes.

I'm in a Cape Cod now, but the upper half floor is a master suite with closet room and laundry room.  There's enough room to put my bed in one corner, and a beanbag seat and a TV in another.  It's awesome.  No clothes on the floor anymore, because I just throw them straight into the washer when they are dirty.  And I can fold and iron while watching TV, since it's all pretty much my bedroom anyway.  Washing sheets is the best, since I never have to fold them.  I have a dirty set in the washer and a clean set on my bed.  Then every week, I do a load and throw the sheets on my bed in the washer for next week, and take the clean sheets straight from the dryer to the bed.

I'm not a fan of the Cape Cod style though.  It's boring.  The only thing worse is Federalist/Colonial.
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Post by: Butter on February 09, 2018, 12:43:05 PM
Better Call Saul -- Recently finished season two. I love just watching this show. Tension underlies the calm, captured with gorgeous camera angles.

Also, who knew Lenny was such an amazing actor?

Season 3 is pretty amazing also.  A couple of times it seems a little slow, but it pays off.
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Post by: Butter on February 09, 2018, 12:47:01 PM
Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams -- The first episode isn't all that good, so we almost gave up, but decided to keep going based on a recommendation from a friend. Boy, am I glad we did! The second and third episodes are wonderful. We have one episode left. Some are better than others, but the good ones are so worth it.

I was curious about this one. Thanks for posting this. Might be what I watch once I finally finish this new season of BLACK MIRROR.

I shut off the first episode of ELECTRIC DREAMS after 20 minutes.  It was terrible.

I also was underwhelmed with this last season of BLACK MIRROR.  Even the first episode that everybody loved I was meh on.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 09, 2018, 12:51:03 PM
Also, who knew Lenny was such an amazing actor?

Who knew Laverne would be an amazing director?
Who knew Squiggy would become a major league baseball scout?

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Post by: luisterpaul on February 09, 2018, 01:12:59 PM
Also, who knew Lenny was such an amazing actor?

Who knew Laverne would be an amazing director?
Who knew Squiggy would become a major league baseball scout?
Do they have cameos in season three? That'd be cool.
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Post by: Juliana on February 12, 2018, 10:14:54 PM
Bill from One Mississippi is my fave.

And of course it got cancelled.
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Post by: va-vacious on February 13, 2018, 07:25:29 PM
I thought I would hate the new QUEER EYE.

I loooooooooooooooooooove the new QUEER EYE.

x2

Seriously, it was far better, deeper, kinder than I thought it would be. Also, I have decided Antoni and I would be IRL friends.
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Post by: c-lando on February 14, 2018, 08:54:25 AM
I thought I would hate the new QUEER EYE.

I loooooooooooooooooooove the new QUEER EYE.

x2

Seriously, it was far better, deeper, kinder than I thought it would be. Also, I have decided Antoni and I would be IRL friends.

"FRIENDS". Right.

My favorite quote about him so far comes from Vulture:
Antoni is the designated hot one and, boy, is he hot. He’s the sort of nonthreateningly handsome that is every single person’s type. If he came up on Rob Gronkowski’s Tinder, he’d be like, “Yeah, I’d hit that.”
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Post by: va-vacious on February 15, 2018, 12:16:02 AM
ah ha ha ha! OK, so yeah, "friends" maaaaaybe not- but I'm not his type!

He's also the quietest of the 5, so it's much easier to imagine his personality, which can be whatever you want.

I also might need to get a life.
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Post by: c-lando on February 15, 2018, 08:25:46 AM
ah ha ha ha! OK, so yeah, "friends" maaaaaybe not- but I'm not his type!

He's also the quietest of the 5, so it's much easier to imagine his personality, which can be whatever you want.

I also might need to get a life.
Oh No, Honey!
I would want to date them all (though Tan France, with that nose and accent and salt & pepper hair, is my fave).
TV crushes are the best!!!!
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Post by: va-vacious on February 15, 2018, 09:35:17 PM
ah, this is why we are friends! Tan is pretty great, too. That hair is phenomenal.
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Post by: Chris on February 16, 2018, 10:02:15 PM
Ok, so the new Queer Eye is pretty decent. Although I wouldn't mind it if Jonathan got slightly too close to a switched on ceiling fan.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 17, 2018, 09:21:07 PM
I binge-watched the entire season until 2:00 last night.

I woke up today crazy fired-up.  I organized my pantry and deep cleaned the kitchen.  Then I mulched about 50 square feet of my backyard, re-frosted my bathroom window, did 2 loads of laundry and re-organized my dressers, vacuumed my upstairs, cleaned a bathroom, made almost a week's worth of healthy lunch and dinner plus smoothies and some chicken salad for my mom, got a haircut, changed my filters and two bulbs, and bought a new shirt for work.
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Post by: luisterpaul on March 29, 2018, 08:21:00 AM
The Expanse

LOVED season one, even if they were so subtle I had to watch the whole thing again to get it all.

I'm liking season two, though they're doing too much to make it more straightforward. There's almost no subtlety at all.

I hope season three is a good compromise.
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Post by: c-lando on March 29, 2018, 08:22:45 AM
Ok, so the new Queer Eye is pretty decent. Although I wouldn't mind it if Jonathan got slightly too close to a switched on ceiling fan.
JVN is amazing. SHUT YOUR MOUTH.

ZK, watching the show has the same effect on me. I'm glad it's on Netflix so that I can easily find it whenever I need a dose of inspiration.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 14, 2018, 09:04:58 PM
Last year I missed that Timeless went from cancelled to renewed, so I was quite happy when it came back this year. Just watched the "season" finale. Hoping it isn't the series finale, but at least it's not quite as cliffhangery (its a cliffhanger I can live with as an ending).

Glad that The Good Place is coming back for a 3rd season!
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Post by: Butter on May 15, 2018, 07:18:34 AM
THE TERROR is such a good show.

It works as a supernatural horror show.
It works as a period piece about British sailing expeditions.
It works as an acting showcase for Jared Harris and Ciaran Hinds.
It works as a character study.

It works as a lot of different things.  You should watch it.  I've got 2 episodes left, and I guess we could fumble right before the goal line, but I just don't see it happening.
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Post by: c-lando on May 15, 2018, 10:36:59 AM
THE TERROR is such a good show.

It works as a supernatural horror show.
It works as a period piece about British sailing expeditions.
It works as an acting showcase for Jared Harris and Ciaran Hinds.
It works as a character study.

It works as a lot of different things.  You should watch it.  I've got 2 episodes left, and I guess we could fumble right before the goal line, but I just don't see it happening.

I was wondering about this show. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Post by: Butter on May 22, 2018, 08:22:55 AM
THE TERROR is such a good show.

It works as a supernatural horror show.
It works as a period piece about British sailing expeditions.
It works as an acting showcase for Jared Harris and Ciaran Hinds.
It works as a character study.

It works as a lot of different things.  You should watch it.  I've got 2 episodes left, and I guess we could fumble right before the goal line, but I just don't see it happening.

The finish was even better than the preceding several episodes.  This should be a must watch for everyone.  The ratings for this bombed, which is a shame.  This is the kind of real adult entertainment that doesn't question your intelligence or talk down to you.  Yeah, it's a little out there.  Definitely worth it though.
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Post by: Dan on May 22, 2018, 08:50:37 AM
Finished Wild, Wild Country. I wish I had a lot of interesting things to say about it, but just... damn! Crazy stuff.

I did enjoy how they completely glossed over a few things like,
-finances? Where/how did this cult gets its funding? I know they mentioned it a little, but there was a lot left blank
-neighbor relations? I know they didn't get along with the neighbors, but WHY? They showed up and there was instant friction. If they tried working with them to at least have some kind of relationship so so so many of their problems would have disappeared. This is a key component of what I do professionally - how did they have all those people and not realize anything about community engagement?!?
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Post by: Butter on May 22, 2018, 10:15:26 AM
Finished Wild, Wild Country. I wish I had a lot of interesting things to say about it, but just... damn! Crazy stuff.

I did enjoy how they completely glossed over a few things like,
-finances? Where/how did this cult gets its funding? I know they mentioned it a little, but there was a lot left blank

Had a lot of followers and targeted wealthy people, especially people in LA/Beverly Hills...

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-neighbor relations? I know they didn't get along with the neighbors, but WHY? They showed up and there was instant friction. If they tried working with them to at least have some kind of relationship so so so many of their problems would have disappeared. This is a key component of what I do professionally - how did they have all those people and not realize anything about community engagement?!?

Did you see their PR person?  Doesn't that tell you all you need to know?  They didn't give a flying frick about the neighbors.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on May 22, 2018, 10:32:22 AM

-neighbor relations? I know they didn't get along with the neighbors, but WHY? They showed up and there was instant friction. If they tried working with them to at least have some kind of relationship so so so many of their problems would have disappeared. This is a key component of what I do professionally - how did they have all those people and not realize anything about community engagement?!?


I haven't seen the show but what you are describing is 100% anti-thetical to most people's natural inclinations.  Do you have to look any farther than the daily news to see that people 1.) don't give a shit about trying to understand anyone else's point of view and 2.) aren't about to concede anything that they think they have a right to in order to make peace with or help others?
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on May 22, 2018, 04:41:53 PM
Yeah, it's less that people don't care about others than that we have a remarkable ability to warp the truth to prevent conflict.

We know that what we want is actually what other people want or should want, even if they say it isn't.  Or we can have what we want and it really doesn't hurt them, even if they say it does.

I hate talking to people about cults because the convo always turns to how intelligent people join cults and so are they really intelligent and what is real intelligence?

And the answer is no, those people aren't actually intelligent.  And I can tell because I have real intelligence, and you can't tell because you don't.  The fact that I can discern smart from stupid and don't need to ask questions about it is the very thing that makes me smart.  And smart can't explain itself to stupid.  Can you teach your dog to add?  Yeah, same thing.  If you knew how stupid you were, you wouldn't be so stupid.  It's a vicious cycle.  I don't know how you get out of it.  If I did, I'd be smarter.  The fact that I realize I know a lot of things and way more than you but I also know I don't know everything is how I'm smart but not that smart, whereas you are only stupid.

Then they get all offended and say they would never join a cult.  And I have to tell them how they are already in the world's largest, most inescapable cult which is the Cult of Dumbasses Doing Stupid Shit.  Well, I guess I don't technically HAVE to tell them that.  I just do because they're annoying me and I'm tired of taking shit from their stupid cult.
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Post by: Zafer Kaya on May 22, 2018, 08:57:35 PM
Stream of consciousness review of a Richmond Househunters episode:

Damn this is a gooooood looking couple.  Not just because they classed up House Hunters.  They are just good lookin’ peeps.  I can see this chick walking out of yoga with a sweat mustache yet somehow looking fresh-faced like heeeey how are YOU!  And then like Constance Wu is right behind her.

Yeah, they met at a gym.  Shock.

This dude knows his stuff.  Works for the city, clearly a history/architecture/Richmond buff.

Budgetof $450k.  Should be good on that.

“They want to be able to walk downtown for work and are looking at Church Hill, Northside, and the Fan.”  Church Hill?  Totally walkable.  The Fan?  Teeechnically it is walkable.  I’ve done it.  But we’re talking about a 2 to 3 mike elk.  You’re not doing that every day.   Northside?  Yeah, no way.  Not close. You guys are from Richmond, you know this.

That house is on Parkwood.  I know it.  You know that’s not the Fan, dude.  Also how is that house going for $385k?  It is literally backing up to the Expressway with really just a chainlimk fence as barrier.

Okay, this looks like Northside.  Ginter or Battery Park?  This is obviously a flip.

Dude— “I don’t like vinyl.”  Right there with you, my man. 

Okay, now dude is getting whiny.  He doesn’t like that the house has been all trendied up.  Which, I mean I agree.  But you want a big family TV room and a garage or finished basement.  You know you aren’t getting that in an unflipped history house.  And your girl is not down with that at all, she’s all on the open concept white kitchen master bathroom suite