August 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm #294019
Looking forward to this one. I love Lizzy Caplan.August 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm #294020
They already had my interest with the title and the leads, but they made me give this at least three episodes with “he’s the alpha dog of coochie medicine”.August 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm #294021
Yup. This looks like a winner.September 16, 2013 at 6:26 am #294022
Just saw the pilot episode of the show. I don’t know if it is the official release or another showtime leak.September 16, 2013 at 10:33 am #294023
I would use the word “good” a lot to describe this pilot. Writing, good. Directing, good. Sears (who I know from A Single Man/Dollhouse), good. Michael Sheen (aka Wesley Snipes), good.
Though Caitlin Fitzgerald (from Gossip Girl and It’s Complicated) and Nicholas D’Agosto (Heroes) are only okay-ish, Lizzy Caplan makes up for it by being great – already showing that she should be nommed esp for a few scenes near the end, though it’s not a win-worthy tape.
Some quality collaborators are coming later to look forward to. Allison Janney could get in for this (maybe in Guest?) if Mom doesn’t prove as strong as some want it to be. If creator Michelle Ashford wants a writing nom, I hope the finale proves better than the premiere; it boasts director Michael Dinner, pretty deserving Directing winner for The Wonder Years’ emotional ep Goodbye. Lawrence Trilling directed some choice eps for Felicity/Alias/Scrubs even though he hasn’t been nommed for anything. Michael Apted has a Grammy and a DGA for his directing work. Adam Davidson has an Oscar for his short.
Also poaching a lot from Mad Men’s pool: Jennifer Getzinger has 3 DGA noms for Mad Men. Glatter has a DGA for Mad Men, and is currently up for an Emmy for Homeland’s Q&A. Phil Abraham has 2 Mad Men Directing noms, plus a bunch of Cinematography noms including a win.
It’d be really nice if we got an acclaimed drama with a female showrunner – well, I assume the creator and pilot/finale writer Ashford will run the show. In the past 5 or 6 years the only Drama nominee with a female head is Good Wife which has a husband-wife team in charge.September 16, 2013 at 11:25 am #294024
I just don’t see a scenario where this could go well, I saw the Pilot and I feel very indifferent about it, Caplin is good and so is Sheen, he reminds me a little of Benjamin Linus on Lost but well, my hint is that this is not going to be an awards hit, maybe breaking bad and mad men being gone could help it but it won’t succeed on it’s own like major shows, time will tell.September 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm #294025
Just saw the pilot episode of the show. I don’t know if it is the official release or another showtime leak.
This time, unlike with Homeland (I think), it’s an official release. It’s being shown on Showtime’s online on-demand page.September 21, 2013 at 1:56 am #294026
It is well-made and there is not really anything to pick on, but it is far from compelling. They have sucked the life out of Michael Sheen for this character, which is unfortunate because he can be a lot of fun. This is one of those period pieces in which they only use hairstyles that were applicable both back then and today, so do not expext this show to clean up in the craft categories. The best reason that I can think to have made this show was to film people having sex. But all that they show you in the pilot are boobs, so even there, it is not really anything special.September 21, 2013 at 8:09 am #294027
I saw the first two episodes and I love it.September 21, 2013 at 8:27 am #294028
so , there are two episodes leeked now?
waitogo showtimeSeptember 21, 2013 at 10:48 am #294029
I saw the pilot as well.
It’s a really solid B for me, but it’s not as good as I expected it to be. It simply failed to surprise me. The acting is good, even though so far Margo Martindale is wasted in a role that doesn’t promise to be anything beyond a cliche. Sheen delivers a solid performance and he’s one of the few actors I would buy as scientists. He has both the snob appeal and the sexy factor (I know, I know – yes, I find him somehow sexy).
But there is Lizzy Caplan. She’s really terrific in the pilot and if she continues to be as surprising and as fresh in the role, the Emmys better make room for her. I loved her character. Actually her character is the only character I was really fascinated by. Sheen’s character is way too familiar. We’ve seen his story countless times. Well, Caplan’s character – though not something that different – is more complex and I needed more of her on screen.
Once again, solid writing, solid directing. But it doesn’t go the extra mile to be something special.September 21, 2013 at 11:12 am #294030
It’s gonna be delightful (if/)when one of the Mean Girls girls finally gets a major nom. It looked like Lohan could be a star, and not just in the tabloids, when she was in the likes of Bobby and A Prairie Home Companion. The box office of Wedding Crashers and The Notebook seemed to put Rachel McAdams on track to the A-list. Amanda Seyfried was in high-profile movies like Mamma Mia and Les Miserables.
Come on, Lizzy Caplan.
Episode 2: Somewhat better than the pilot, but still mostly good – just good. Ethan/Nicholas D’Agosto is still a weak point, I don’t care very much about the Masters fertility problems, and the script has too many imagined scenes. Caplan is the highlight again, though it’s still not an Obvious Tape. Runner-up is Annaleigh Ashford, a previous Tony Award nominee, who brings depth and realism to a character who feels slightly underwritten – perhaps a deserving Emmy nominee, maybe in guest depending on how prominent she is later. Helene York in her short screentime looks like she could be great in future episodes, but it’s too soon to tell.September 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm #294031
Two episodes in and I’m nothing hating the show like previous showtime show Ray Donovan but not loving it like the first season of Homeland. The show is more of a comedy the same way Shameless is. The sex should get the viewers but the comedy to these does not work for me. Sheen is fine but with nothing much to do any actor could play that role. Lizzy Chaplin is fine but her look does not fit the period style for me and whenever I see her dressed as this period women I never believe it. The standout so far is the delightful Analeigh Ashford who of course is loved by all Broadway fans and seeing her in a new tv show like this is fun. The show does great period detail and I will continue to watch but still the show has it’s problem which come a lot in the average dialogue mostly with some moment ment to cause a laugh never landing for me. I liked the pilot more but not by much.September 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm #294032
Sometimes is better to pay attention to the world of the show and forget about Emmys for a while, there’s no way to enjoy a show if from the get go your only motif is watch what is award worthy. Relax and watch the show for what it is, later on rewatch and think about awards.