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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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Bluesun 2600
The King in Yellow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
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. -
with diagrams! - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Bluesun 2600
Scalzi's Redshirts coming to TV - Boing Boing -
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 « -
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 -
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 « -
"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 -
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: - 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... - Betsy
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 -
"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 )
Andrew C (✔)
People walking to the stage took up 10% of the Golden Globes broadcast -
"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 -
Andrew C (✔)
Greek Tragedy: The True Paternity of the Girls on Full House -
"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 - - and yeah, they were showing during his acceptance speech.
Bluesun 2600
Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer (HD) - YouTube -
Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer (HD) - YouTube
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
Bluesun 2600
The Bletchley Circle - Wikipedia -
The Bletchley Circle - Wikipedia
Oh, this is unexpected. I just noticed the Bletchley Circle series 2 just started today on ITV. So January is really looking up for some good mysteries with this and Sherlock airing this month. - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
Ooooooooh. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ha, Jennifer you it looks like you can caught it here: - Bluesun 2600
saw this when it first aired in the US on PBS. GREAT series. looking forward to the second. - Big Joe Silence
Andrew C (✔)
Sasheer Zamata Is 'SNL's New Cast Member | Splitsider -
Sasheer Zamata Is 'SNL's New Cast Member | Splitsider
Bluesun 2600
Sherlock Series 3: Episode 2 Trailer - BBC One - YouTube -
Sherlock Series 3: Episode 2 Trailer - BBC One - YouTube
Andrew C (✔)
'Community' season 5 premiere review: As good as it gets -
'Community' season 5 premiere review: As good as it gets
Community premieres Jan 2nd! That's three days away! Better check if your DVR is set; mine wasn't. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
ONE MORE DAY! And the reviews - from Sepinwall and the AV Club and elsewhere - have been really good. - Andrew C (✔)
I had utter confidence Harmon would bring it back. My only worry has been missing the characters of Troy and Pierce. - Spidra Webster
One review said that missing Pierce is not that big a deal because it's like a Rebecca-for-Diane (Cheers) situation. - Andrew C (✔)
Damn! Can't wait! - Jed from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
Dan Harmon Explains His Cultural Influences -- Vulture -
Dan Harmon Explains His Cultural Influences -- Vulture
"4. RoboCop - RoboCop was the first movie I ever saw that suggested that there could be two different messages at the same time. Yes, I had just seen a ridiculous movie about a man in a robot suit who fights crime. But it was also that capitalism is bad, the government is corrupt, and people are sheep consuming things, to their own destruction--but no one was saying that out loud. And I realized that your entire movie could be a mode of expression." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Paul Verhoeven ftw - Meg VMeg
I remember the 6000 SUX car they were selling in the movie. I even got the joke, it was so blatant. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Andrew C (✔)
In the White Room With Black Writers: Hollywood's "Diversity Hires" -
""Men At Work is hiring, and they need a diversity staff writer." This was a line my agent said to me by way of greeting, earlier this summer. Not a staff writer. A diverse staff writer. My skin color, not my ability to convince Breckin Meyer and the nice people over at TBS that I can pound out 32 pages of jokes, would have been the key factor in getting me that coveted first staff writing job. There's this thing in Hollywood, a "diversity staff writer." Most every writing room has one--an entry level, non-white staff writer, explicitly hired due to their race. (If you're really lucky, being gay or a woman might just suffice, in lieu of not being white.)" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Perversely, Hollywood's genuine attempt to remedy the overwhelming whiteness of the industry has instead led to a place where networks pat themselves on the back for hiring a token writer by institutionalizing those sotto voce complaints. We are called, on paper and to our faces, diversity hires." - Andrew C (✔)
"To understand why these diversity programs exist, it's crucial to understand that complaints about the domination of white males in the television business aren't just some generalized rant from minorities. Out of CBS' six new shows this season (The Millers, Mom, The Crazy Ones, We Are Men, Hostages and Intelligence), each one was created by a white male. Fox's new shows? Another six... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Parks & Rec's Cones of Dunshire Oral History -- Vulture -
Parks & Rec's Cones of Dunshire Oral History -- Vulture
Andrew C (✔)
Baz Luhrmann Coming to TV With Hip-Hop-Era Drama -- Vulture -
Baz Luhrmann Coming to TV With Hip-Hop-Era Drama -- Vulture
"Baz Luhrmann's first-ever TV series may soon be a reality. Vulture hears that Luhrmann is teaming with producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers) and playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherfucker With the Hat) on an epic, music-filled period drama exploring the dawn of the hip-hop era as seen through the eyes of two young New Yorkers. Executives at Netflix, Amazon, and FX have all heard the pitch for the project this week, our Hollywood spies tell us; other cable networks, including Showtime, are also said to be taking meetings on the idea. Interest in the show is said to be high, and a deal for production of a pilot (or maybe even a series) seems all but assured." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Plot specifics for the as-yet-untitled show are few right now, but it will apparently spend its first season in 1977, with disco peaking and the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" still two years away. While it's not a musical -- characters won't randomly break into song -- it will have heavy musical elements and performances. (This is Baz Luhrmann, after all.) The series will tell... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Report: Here Are 3 Of The Finalists For New SNL Castmember: Gothamist -
Report: Here Are 3 Of The Finalists For New SNL Castmember: Gothamist
"This week, it came out that Saturday Night Live has been quietly auditioning black female comedians recently in response to the criticisms about the lack of diversity in the new cast. Lorne Michaels confirmed that the show is indeed planning on hiring at least one new castmember in January. The Daily News reports today that at least three women have been offered callbacks for the spot: Sasheer Zamata, Natasha Rothwell, and Kerry Coddett." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The worst TV of 2013 * The A.V. Club -
The worst TV of 2013 * The A.V. Club
"Worst promotional poster and title: Do No Harm [...] Comedian Paul F. Tompkins dubbed the show "Doctor Face-Hands," simultaneously giving it a far better title and a far more intriguing-sounding premise. A doctor with a face on his hands! That we'd watch." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
'Shannara' Novels To MTV -- Favreau To Direct, Millar & Gough To Write -
I still like Elfstones of Shannara, but I would never watch another Millar & Gough project willingly. (They created Smallville and it was just so terrible for so long.) - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Huh. That might be weird good, or weird bad. Elfstones is my favorite, though I like the first one well enough for what it was. - Jennifer Dittrich
This is one of those things I might enjoy a lot because I'm not going to be expecting much :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
ArScheerio Paul Meets Arsenio Hall In A Comedy Worm Hole - YouTube -
ArScheerio Paul Meets Arsenio Hall In A Comedy Worm Hole - YouTube
Andrew C (✔)
Talking to Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland About Their New Adult Swim Show, 'Rick and Morty' | Splitsider -
"In a world where you can make a Mr. Potato Head movie and you can make a show about a butler being assigned to an orphanage because he used to be a hockey player... In other words, in TV, ideas don't matter. You can develop anything into a television show, that's the point of television. That's like having a sonnet be a certain number of syllables. So what do you write a sonnet about? You write it about what you're passionate about, and Justin was passionate about these two voices." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The best TV of 2013: Comedy Central's new wave of sketch shows * The A.V. Club -
The best TV of 2013: Comedy Central's new wave of sketch shows * The A.V. Club
Nathan For You, Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Kroll Show, and The Daily Show With John Oliver. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Fox Says Diversity Leads To Good Ratings And Better Business : Code Switch : NPR -
"I'm told such casting at Fox is often a result of the diversity sessions, which now include corporate siblings such as FX and Fox Searchlight studios. In the sessions, the case is made that diversity is good business as well as a good deed. Casting an actor like Beharie doesn't happen unless someone is pushing for it, and it's been fun to see that move rewarded with strong ratings and an before the first has barely started." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
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