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The small screen gets larger everyday. Scrub those listings and let us know - what keeps you from reaching for the remote?
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Jed
"Love is the best thing we do." --Ted, "How I Met Your Mother"
Jed
I finally watched last week's episode of Community: "Advanced Advanced Dungeons and Dragons". It was good, but the original "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" episode from season two was much better. I was entertained, but it didn't have the emotional oomph of the original.
Andrew C (✔)
We Got A Copy Of The Script For "Alice In Arabia" And It's Exactly What Critics Feared - http://www.buzzfeed.com/regajha...
"[ABC Family] protested that the project shouldn't be judged on a brief synopsis, but a script for the show's pilot -- obtained by BuzzFeed from an industry source -- is likely to confirm early fears. At one point, the heroine generically describes Muslim social views -- the opposition to drinking, for instance -- as "extreme." The script also describes veiled Muslim women as "completely formless, anonymous." One sympathetic female character, in describing her lavish Riyadh home, lauds it as "worth having to wear a silly veil while outside."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The show has some departures from the standard template. The heroine is half Saudi, and sees herself as a "good Muslim girl" -- not the blonde Christian victim more typical of the genre. But it broadly plays on a familiar narrative of a beautiful girl kidnapped from the United States by sinister Arabs, held against her will in the desert, and threatened with early marriage." - Andrew C (✔)
"The Saudi record on women's rights is in fact atrocious, but the script focuses less on that society's internal struggle than on a simple dichotomy between the identities "American" and "Muslim." Nearly every devoutly Muslim character opposes American ideals, and vice versa. One character refers to Alice's mixed identity as "half Jew-loving monkey." Abu Hamza describes America as a... more... - Andrew C (✔)
This from a person who spent her NSA years in Saudi Arabia where she swore she loved and respected the culture. This is about the level of respect I expected from her. Same as it ever was. - Anika
Andrew C (✔)
BTW, I may not have raved enough about it on FF, but Broad City on Comedy Central, Rick and Morty on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox are my top three new sitcoms this year, and the first two - maybe B99 as well - are brilliant enough to be in the list of best sitcoms this year.
Andrew C (✔)
"I'm happy to report that "easy" is not a word I would apply to Hannibal, not in the conception, not in the production, and certainly not in the watching. Though it's adapted from well-known material, not a frame of it is familiar. In fact, it's safe to say there is absolutely nothing remotely like Hannibal on television. I mean this with equal amounts of praise and gratitude: I'm not sure either I or the medium could survive much more." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"NBC, to its credit, hasn't blinked at the gore [...] but it has wept over the ratings: They're lousy. [...] It's a shame. Because while television doesn't need more shows like Hannibal, it definitely needs Hannibal. [...] It's ironic that the franchise most responsible for all the pervasive tropes of serial killers -- the evil-genius-speechifying; the backwoods creepazoids; the fucking antlers -- has also provided the first essential take on it in years. " - Andrew C (✔)
Jed
Confession: Even though it probably limped along for two seasons too long, I'm going to hate to see "How I Met Your Mother" go.
Jed
"Community" viewers: We're halfway through the new season. Assessment? I obviously think it's better than last season. It's not quite to the level of seasons 1-3, but, considering the cast changes and upheavals, I think the show is back on its feet. Really enjoying it.
Andrew C (✔)
Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League: A 'Challenge'-Shaped Life Raft in a Sea of Juan Pablocalypses « - http://grantland.com/hollywo...
Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League: A 'Challenge'-Shaped Life Raft in a Sea of Juan Pablocalypses «
"Everyone hates Juan Pablo. I get it. On Monday's live After the Final Rose special, we all saw the unedited, unfiltered Juan Pablo, and the entire human race turned on him. He gave us plenty of reasons. There were many worrisome revelations about his relationship with Nikki, his relationship with Clare, and his relationship with "people behind computers," but the most shocking disclosure came before the after-show during the actual finale, when his mother was chatting with Nikki:" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Juan Pablo's Mother: "You want me to tell you how it is going to be?" Nikki: "How?" Juan Pablo's Mother: "He wakes up, takes breakfast, OK? And stays at home watching TV with the family or with Camila, or watching TV with you if you are the one, that's it. He is very simple."" - Andrew C (✔)
"WAIT WAIT WAIT ... this dude watches TV all weekend? Like, ALL WEEKEND? We know Juan Pablo has no social tact, might be kind of bigoty, and has the self-awareness of an earthworm ... and THIS is what his mother is warning her future daughter-in-law about? This guy must really watch a lot of TV. " - Andrew C (✔)
"Imagine you're on an island with your prospective wife, and she asks you what life together will be like. Why would you basically say: "I'm not sure what your life will be like, but I will be in my office watching TV"? Just why? It cracks me up. What woman would get engaged to this man? What woman listens to that and says: "Perfect. Exactly what I was looking for in a life partner"?... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"As if the whole "You know if you marry this dude he's going to watch TV all day, right?" thing from his own mother wasn't enough to make Nikki completely reconsider getting engaged to this guy, Juan Pablo's cousin made sure to ask BOTH women this: "Something that happens with Juan Pablo you should be aware of is, when things get rough, he is willing to walk away. You have to hold on to the relationship, or are you one of the persons that walks away at the first signs of problems?"" - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
In Ridiculous Stunt, Adult Swim Premieres 'Rick and Morty' Episode on Instagram in 100-Plus Video Clips | Variety - http://variety.com/2014...
"Adult Swim, the programming block on Turner's Cartoon Network, has posted the entire half-hour episode online on the Rick and Morty Instagram account. But it's cut up into more than 100 clips to meet the Instagram limits of posting video clips of 15 seconds or less -- making this more of a publicity stunt than a lagniappe to the show's budding fanbase." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Lagniappe. Good word. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'm over a third of the way through this already. - Andrew C (✔)
OK, finished it. It's an amazing episode, maybe the best R&M yet. - Andrew C (✔)
Also, anyone who wants to watch it on a computer, just press the right arrow key to advance to the next clip. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
How To Launch (Or Save) A TV Show In 2014 - http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarettw...
How To Launch (Or Save) A TV Show In 2014
"However, contrary to a popular theory, Lawrence doesn't believe audience apathy is to blame for the failure of so many new shows, and instead suggests that the cause is audience ignorance. "I don't think shows are rejected as much as they're simply not breaking through," he said. "The climate is not friendly to awareness, which is an odd new thing that I experienced with Ground Floor. That was a 10-episode order, and on my own Twitter feed, people I assume are fans of my work because they follow me would ask when the show was starting. That killed me because it had been on for the last nine weeks and I talked about it every day."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Bluesun 2600
Bluesun 2600
‘True Detective’: Where Things Stand with Season 2 | Variety - http://variety.com/2014...
‘True Detective’: Where Things Stand with Season 2 | Variety
"Now that the mystery of the Yellow King is solved, “True Detective” fans are turning their attention to figuring out the path for the show’s journey to season two. At present, creator Nic Pizzolatto is said to be hunkered down writing scripts for the second season at his home in a picturesque area of Ventura County. HBO execs have said they intend to order a second season of the anthology series, which will return with new characters and a new mystery to unravel. Speculation about the possible casting for the next batch of episodes is running rampant online, but those in the know say the plan is to wait until a script or two is completed before going out to actors. As for the focus of the second season, Pizzolatto has been mostly mum but he dropped a good-sized hint in an interview following Sunday’s finale with Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall. “This is really early, but I’ll tell you (it’s about) hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system,”... more... - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
Bluesun 2600
Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer - Everybody Wants to Rule the World - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer - Everybody Wants to Rule the World - YouTube
Play
Badass, fan trailer for this upcoming season. - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Full House Without Michelle - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
"Did Danny Tanner deal with the grief of losing his pregnant wife in a fatal car crash by creating an imaginary daughter named "Michelle"?" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League: Ghostface Killah Is LaBeoufing 'Couples Therapy' « - http://grantland.com/hollywo...
"Ghostface Killah is on Couples Therapy because it's fun to be Ghostface Killah on Couples Therapy. He really seems to be enjoying himself. When we last checked in on Pretty Tony, he was upset because his "girlfriend" admitted she previously had a career as an exotic dancer. Ghost was not pleased about this revelation. Guess what? Ghostface had a revelation of his own." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"You see, Ghostface went on Couples Therapy with Kelsey to work on their relationship, a relationship that really started in earnest only four months ago. One might think that Ghost agreeing to televised therapy with his girlfriend was at least in part motivated by a genuine interest in bettering the relationship. One would be wrong. Not only is he not there to really work on his relationship with Kelsey, HE ALSO HAS ANOTHER GIRLFRIEND ALTOGETHER. A REAL GIRLFRIEND. " - Andrew C (✔)
"So not only does he actually have another girlfriend, and not only has he been with this other girlfriend much longer, BUT HE IS ALSO BRINGING HER ON THE SHOW. Ghostface is Shia LaBeoufing Couples Therapy. The whole thing is performance art. He has no interest in improving himself or his relationship; he's having a laugh." - Andrew C (✔)
Bluesun 2600
The King in Yellow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
The King in Yellow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I hadn't realized that the "Yellow King" in True Detective is really a reference to this book from 1895. Which also inspired Lovecraft, who included several references to this in his works. Chambers was a precursor to modern day Horror writers with the first four stories in the "The King in Yellow". - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Bluth Company, Bluth Chicken Dances. - http://thebluthcompany.tumblr.com/post...
with diagrams! - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Bluesun 2600
Scalzi's Redshirts coming to TV - Boing Boing - http://boingboing.net/2014...
Scalzi's Redshirts coming to TV - Boing Boing
"John Scalzi's Hugo-winning, existentialist comedy space opera novel Redshirts is being adapted into a TV series by FX -- it's a natural! This is just wonderful news -- intelligent, funny science fiction from a novelist who plays with the tropes of the field, it's just what TV needs." - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Jay Leno's Final 'Tonight Show': Saying Good-bye to the Guy at Work You Never Really Got to Know « - http://grantland.com/hollywo...
Jay Leno's Final 'Tonight Show': Saying Good-bye to the Guy at Work You Never Really Got to Know «
"For nearly 50 minutes, anyone tuning in to Jay Leno's latest last episode of The Tonight Show in search of insight would have been sorely disappointed. Those in search of laughs, doubly so." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"I don't think this lack of emotion was denial so much as it was DNA. Jay Leno has always prided himself on being a working comedian with a particular emphasis placed on the first word over the second. Throughout his many, many decades in the public eye, Leno has never dazzled with his slashing wit or impressed with his honesty. He has simply worked and endured, traits that are generally celebrated in every field except the one he chose." - Andrew C (✔)
"At the end of the show, though, the façade finally dropped. "Boy, this is the hard part," Leno said, cupping his prodigious chin and rubbing his aging eyes. The moment he had been avoiding for two decades had finally arrived. It was just the man and the desk; no guests, no gags, no dopey headlines. It was precisely the sort of pure, unscripted scenario that Leno detests and his lifelong frenemy, David Letterman, prefers. And what emerged was surprisingly moving and, it seemed to me, honest. " - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Alt-Soviet epic The Red Star could become the wildest show on TV - http://io9.com/the-alt...
Alt-Soviet epic The Red Star could become the wildest show on TV
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"Christian Gossett's The Red Star remains one of the most unusual comics of the past decade or so -- an alternate history of the U.S.S.R. that mixes futuristic technology and sorcery. This sprawling saga was going to be a movie directed by Josh Trank -- but now sources tell io9 it's in development for television instead." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight: Why we'll miss hating Jay Leno « - http://grantland.com/feature...
"When Steve Kroft prefaced a recent 60 Minutes report by noting that Leno is one of the five most popular people on television, his intention was to illustrate that Leno (either by choice or network decree) is leaving his job prematurely. But in reality it showed how The Tonight Show has been diminished as an institution since Leno took over the show 22 years ago." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Throughout the '70s and '80s, it was accepted as fact that Johnny Carson was the biggest TV star on the planet. He was more recognizable than virtually all the guests who sat in the chair adjacent to his desk. When he retired in 1992, Carson could walk into any grocery store in America and make Tom Cruise look like a checkout clerk. Leno can't stack up against that kind of mythic, old-world star power. He barely stacks up against four other contemporary TV personalities." - Andrew C (✔)
"As a longtime Leno loather, let me cop to this: I won't miss his show, but I will miss complaining about his show. Leno, self-consciously or not, played a great heel, and people my age relished every hiss and boo we spat at him." - Andrew C (✔)
"Love him or (especially) hate him, Leno was the only reason The Tonight Show mattered even the tiniest bit. My generation has been defined by its antipathy toward boomers, and Leno is the Coca-Cola of boomer culture." - Andrew C (✔)
"Watching these old Late Night shows reminded me why I responded to Letterman so strongly as I entered my teen years in the early '90s. Just as The Simpsons did around the same time, Letterman confirmed that you were smart and "correct" for believing that mainstream pop culture was imbecilic. A person like Letterman trained you to see through people like Leno. He made you want to be the... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
FremantleMedia To Adapt Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' As Drama Series - http://www.deadline.com/2014...
FremantleMedia To Adapt Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' As Drama Series
"Acclaimed urban fantasy novel American Gods is headed to television. FremantleMedia North America has acquired the rights to the book by Neil Gaiman, creator of the popular Sandman comic. Gaiman will executive produce the potential American Gods series with FMNA." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I wondered where that would end up after it exited HBO's development. - Jennifer Dittrich
Oh man. I trust HBO to make good TV. Who are these other guys? - Spidra Webster
They're the guys that do stuff like "X Factor" and "Family Feud" these days. I have no idea how that's going to turn out. - Jennifer Dittrich
Fremantle's a studio, and yeah, I think they specialize in reality fare. I just hope it doesn't land at AMC, because AMC as a network seems incredibly poorly run. - Andrew C (✔)
Wow, really? I wouldn't have figured the network who brought us Mad Men and Breaking Bad was poorly run. - Spidra Webster
I'm hoping more for one of the other pay channels, or Prime or Netflix at this point. I don't know how they'd get that story to film without massively watering it down if you were on a broadcast network. - Jennifer Dittrich
It makes me wonder whether Gaiman has any control over who it's optioned by. - Spidra Webster
The _people_ who brought Mad Men and Breaking Bad to AMC have long since left, and everyone there now is flailing, and have been for a while now: http://www.grantland.com/story... - Andrew C (✔)
That is darned sad. Reminds me of the music business. You'll get signed by someone, that guy leaves the label before your album is done and you're up Excrement Creek. - Spidra Webster
From Neil Gaiman's blog: "A few people have asked for more background on this: HBO had an option on American Gods for several years. It went through three different pilot scripts. HBO has a limited number of slots and, after a while, passed it to Cinemax, who are in the HBO family, who decided eventually they didn't want to do it, and the option expired, which unfortunately meant we... more... - bentley
That makes me feel a bit better about the situation, though I wish it would have worked out at HBO (you have that and GoT running, I will subscribe, no questions asked.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
Broad City - "What A Wonderful World" * The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/review...
"It can be frustrating to explain the appeal of a low concept sitcom. [...] Without a tangible hook, its entire selling point becomes, "these people are worth watching. Trust me." Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobsen are worth watching. Trust me." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
I actually wasn't that offended by HIMYM's recent episode. Am I becoming part of the problem? (ref http://blog.angryasianman.com/2014... )
Andrew C (✔)
People walking to the stage took up 10% of the Golden Globes broadcast - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...
"On average, winners took 29 seconds to kiss their significant others, shake hands with their tablemates and navigate the long and winding walk from their seats to the stage. "Dancing on the Edge" star Jacqueline Bisset took the longest time, at a meandering 66 seconds; Amy Adams did a little American hustle of her own, reaching the stage in a tidy 11 seconds. (For the record, we're counting from the moment the winner is announced to the moment she shakes hands with the announcer.)" - Andrew C (✔)
It really was noticeably long. - Spidra Webster
Andrew C (✔)
How the three besuited buffoons of Stella predicted the future of TV comedy * The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/article...
Andrew C (✔)
Greek Tragedy: The True Paternity of the Girls on Full House - http://www.wolfgnards.com/index...
"Dave Coulier['s character] Fathered the Girls on Full House This starts to explain something about Full House like why Joey stuck around all those years. At some point you'd think he'd want to sleep in a regular bedroom or bring a girl home. Or own property. Helping out his widowed friend is one thing, but devoting his life to a family that wasn't his is another. Or was it? After seeing blonde baby after blonde baby being born, he probably knew what was up. This is why he lived with them for so many years; it was so he could be close to these girls who he knew to be his illegitimate daughters." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
I wasn't watching that closely the first time, but Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine showrunner) had tweeted earlier about his "99" cufflinks - https://twitter.com/djgoor... - and yeah, they were showing during his acceptance speech.
Bluesun 2600
Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer (HD) - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer (HD) - YouTube
Play
Jed
Lost season 2: I used to hate season 2--and, honestly, it often felt like the writers just meandered about without a clear focus...
...However, I was talking to a friend the other day and we decided that the hatch introduced in that season was one of the best devices/metaphors introduced in the series. Like the rest of the island, the hatch acts like an empty canvas for the survivors of the crash to throw their own meaning onto. Enter in the numbers or not? Is there meaning in what we do or not? Or do we make our own meaning? A lot more going on there than it seems. - Jed
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