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  • BamaEd
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    I didn’t see a thread for this, so I wanted to start one. Anyone else watching? It almost seems like an AMC show, and is very “racy” for TNT. Lots of male butt shots and side boobs so far haha. The writing and direction has been strong so far. John Wells directed the pilot.

    I saw the original Australian movie it was based on and that was riveting. Jacki Weaver earned a well deserved Oscar nom for it.

    Scott Speedman is solid so far as the lead and, for lack of a better option, moral compass. I thought he was going to be too goody-goody but last night they did blur his edges.

    Shawn Hatosy is wonderfully scary as the oldest brother who just got out of prison and may be bipolar. He is charming and volatile, a dangerous combo.

    As the younger two brothers, Ben Robson and Jake Weary are solid. I think they will have more to do coming up. Robson’s American accent isn’t too bad and has mainly played the muscle so far. Weary is the son of daytime diva legend Kim Zimmer and was on As the World Turns and an episode of SVU previously. He had some really strong moments in last night’s episode (episode 3) in the surf shop and underwater. The look on his face during that scene was great.

    Finn Cole has also been good as the young grandson/nephew J. He’s mainly be quiet, moping, taking it all in. Mumbles a lot which helps hide his accent too (in case you couldn’t tell, bad American accents infuriate me as much as bad British ones infuriate others haha)

    But, come on, the star and strongest reason to watch is Ellen Barkin. She is calm, devoted, loving, ferious, and sinister. You know she would have your back in anything, but cross her, and you’d wish you hadn’t. She has a very close relationship with her boys (too close? One review I read wondered that) but not so close that she can’t see when the screw up. She’s used to getting what she wants and needs. Barkin is pitch perfect, never going over the top. Right now, I’d say she would be supporting because the guys get most of the screen time. Weaver’s Oscar nom was in supporting so it wouldn’t be category fraud. But seriously, when she’s on the screen, she OWNS it.

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    KyleBailey
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    I’m really enjoying it so far especially Ellen Barkin. Glad she has a strong vehicle again

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    BamaEd
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    Another strong episode for Barkin last night, and the show overall. The violent tone of the series mixes well with the creepy undertones of that messed up family dynamic. Shawn Hatosy has been just amazing as the mentally unstable, newly released Pope. J’s search to find his dad or have a fatherly connection is heartbreaking, especially after Baz ran him off. But J needs to watch out for that teacher, but I thought that from her first appearance haha.

    Still a fascinating show to watch and with the right push, Barkin could get some nominations. Yes, she’s billed first in the credits, but with screentime, she could almost go supporting (but probably will go lead). She does dominate every scene she’s in with too much love or menace.

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    DCurrie
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    Now i’m intrigued. I will have to watch this. I’ve always liked Ellen Barkin!

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    BamaEd
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    Last night was an excellent episode. Not as much action as previous but seemed like a really great set up episode. We got to hear of the origin of Smurf, and see her more vulnerable than ever. A great Craig/Deran scene. More of the psychology of Pope. More of the conflict of Baz between his girlfriend/daughter family and his brothers/”Mother” family. Then there’s J and the teacher and the Detective. Oh that’s not going to end well for anyone.

    Now I can’t wait until next week!

    Anyone else watching this? I don’t see it getting much overall Emmy love, but I think Ellen Barkin is definitely a threat. TNT has had leading ladies in this race before (Kyra and Holly) and Ellen is a past Emmy winner.

    Maybe a directing nod for John Wells for the pilot?

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    Someonelikeme
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    Finally watched! Loving the tone of this series so far!!

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    WildforFilm
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    I binged this show last week and am glad I did. I would have never thought this was TNT show (dark tone, gritty), because it feel more HBO. Ellen Barkin has been amazing so far and should definitely be in contention for some award nominations.

    I watch this show truly not being able to predict what will happen next, it’s great.

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    BamaEd
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    YEA!! So glad more people are watching the show now. I got a friend hooked as well haha. I do believe Barkin will get some nominations. I would also love to see Shawn Hatosy get some nominations as well. He’s bringing so many layers to the recently paroled & possibly bipolar Pope.

    This is definitely the darkest show TNT has done, especially with it being TV-MA, but they are doing it for more than shock value. This family is dark and gritty and DGAF so the tone needs to match that.

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    BamaEd
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    Another strong episode last night. It wouldn’t be a good tape for any particular actor except maybe Nicki Micheaux in supporting (she’ll have been in 6 out of 10 episodes this season). But Shawn Hatosy’s scenes in this are AMAZING. If he had more to do in the first half of the episode, this would be the one for him.

    I’m anxious to see how next week’s season finale will shake out.

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    BamaEd
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    Very strong finale. If Ellen Barkin is nominated, I would suggest this as her tape. She gets to be mean, tough, tender, funny, scared, and vulnerable. I would submit the pilot for directing and the finale for writing. Great summer show, can’t wait til 2017.

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    WildforFilm
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    Very strong finale. If Ellen Barkin is nominated, I would suggest this as her tape. She gets to be mean, tough, tender, funny, scared, and vulnerable. I would submit the pilot for directing and the finale for writing. Great summer show, can’t wait til 2017.

    I agree completely, wish we didn’t have to wait until next summer.

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