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  • Cobalt Blue
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    Low Winter Sun (AMC)
    Season 1

    Premiere: Sunday, August 11, 10 p.m. after Breaking Bad

    Cast: Mark Strong, Lennie James, James Ransone, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sprague Grayden, Athena Karkanis, Billy Lush, David Costabile

    Premise: Murder, deception, revenge and corruption that starts with the murder of a cop by fellow Detroit detective, Frank Agnew.

    Metacritic: 59/100 (27 reviews)

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    Cobalt Blue
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    Tim Goodman http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/low-winter-sun-tv-review-599669

    Chief among the reasons to be patient with Low Winter Sun is its best character — the crumbling, haunting beauty of Detroit, which is a majestic visual criterion equal to the use of New Orleans in HBO’s Treme.
    The corruption, rot and pride that Detroit exudes is metaphorically significant to the characters in Low Winter Sun, which centers on two detectives who come to the conclusion that killing a fellow detective is the only answer. The answer to what, exactly, is a question that unspools slowly in Low Winter Sun and frequently works against it.

    James Poniewozik http://entertainment.time.com/2013/08/09/tv-weekend-low-winter-sun-and-detroit-as-urban-desert/

    Sun, a series adaptation of a British miniseries (which also starred Mark Strong) is, after the two episodes I’ve seen, a unremarkable in itself: a paint-by-the-numbers serious-cable series where all the numbers indicate a shade of black. It follows the tense, claustrophobic internal-affairs investigation after Frank is led into killing another cop by his partner, Joe Geddes (Lennie James). It has the outer trappings of quality drama, but no seeming animating ideas beyond: Damn, this is dark, am I right? Damn! Dammmmmmmmmmn.

    Matt Roush http://www.tvguide.com/News/Weekend-Review-Breaking-Bad-1069019.aspx

    Sun aspires to the breadth if not the depth of The Wire. But it’s so self-conscious in its existential misery, lacking the leavening humor and humanity of a modern classic like Breaking Bad, that it often feels more punishing than provocative.

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    Denis
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    #294142

    lennie james + mark strong + Amc

    What could go wrong?  I’m in for this.

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    Atypical
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    Really hoping that this is a great starring vehicle for Mark Strong.

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    vinny
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    sounds good.

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    Cobalt Blue
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    Most of the marketing emphasized Mark Strong, but if anyone, I thought Lennie James felt like the star of “Pilot“,  and he did have the standout performance.   There’s no doubt the cast is very good.  This was a bleak hour of dirty cops digging up dirt on other dirty cops.  The story was good enough to get things started but the characters didn’t really grab me.   There’s not much to distinguish these cynical guys from each other yet.  While I thought this was, on merit, a better hour of televison than the Ray Donovan pilot, I’m not sure I see as many seeds of potential here as I did in that show. 

    Smart (or lucky) move, getting David Costabile on screen early while the Breaking Bad fans were still waiting to see their next episode preview!

    B-

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    Spenser Davis
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    The thing I disliked most about this pilot is something that the
    Hollywood Reporter review cut the writer(s) a little slack on: the fact
    that we’re dropped into the middle of things with no explanation as to
    who anyone is or what their chief motivations are. Right now, the shows
    and its two leads revolve almost entirely around a single murder; this
    isn’t necessary a bad thing, except that we don’t get even a glimpse of
    who Joe (Lennie James) and Frank (Mark Strong) are before they do the
    deed, and therefore have little to no concept that they are “men pushed
    to their limits” or even “victims of circumstance.” Instead, they
    immediately come off as generically dirty cops, which does not bode well
    for the audience’s sympathies or for their tolerance for the show in
    general. Unlike Walter White, neither of these men can claim to be doing
    things for the good of the family they are leaving behind. Unlike Don
    Draper, they can’t claim to be lonely men stuck in their time, though
    the scarred-souls-in-a-scarred-city metaphor is not lost on anyone
    watching, I’m sure. They killed someone, and that’s as much material as
    they’ve been given to chew on so far.

    Granted, we see Frank and
    his girlfriend/wife in a cheesily-shot flashbacks, and we are meant to
    consider that dead cop McCann did something to her, but boy does that
    feel like a thousand other cop shows, reheated in a microwave to give it
    that “something more” flavor that AMC really hasn’t been delivering
    with its newest batch of dramas. Even the subplot, which follows a batch
    of criminals that McCann was passing off drugs to, gives me the feeling
    of “been there, done that…. many, many times.” I’ll be interested to
    see if showrunner Chris Mundy can flesh out our lead characters and make
    the two-and-a-half hour British miniseries stretch across 10 – 13 hours
    of American television. Right now, I don’t feel very confident. But
    hey, I’m all for being surprised.

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    1874
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    I am a little disappointed, a product of AMC pretend to be a FX drama, I don’t understand why.

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    Riley
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    #294148

    Woah, AMC has the full pilot episode available for free streaming on YouTube worldwide.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Woah, AMC has the full pilot episode available for free streaming on YouTube worldwide.

    If it’s this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffv-lLe0RCw

    It’s not worldwide… 

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    Riley
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    Maybe it is just North America-wide then, although it is probably just the United States and Canada.

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