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  • Guest2014
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    A schedule of events over the next 2 weeks.

    Thursday: Discovery, IFC, TV One, Lifetime/A&E, HBO, 
    Friday:  Viacom, Starz, Turner Networks, Ovation, Nat Geo
    Saturday: Cable Day (AMC/Sundance, Weather Channel, Pivot, ESPN, BBC America, Up 
    Sunday:  Revolt, El Rey Network, 
    Monday/Tuesday: FOX/FX
    Next Wednesday/Thursday: CBS, CW, Showtime
    Jan. 17: ABC
    Jan. 18: NBCU cable networks
    Jan. 19: NBC
    Jan. 20-22: PBS
    Jan. 23: Set visits 

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    Guest2014
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    Boardwalk Empire will call it a day with its 5th and final season next fall.  And America yawns a whopper:  

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/65681

    HBO just announced at its TCA event in
    Los Angeles that “Boardwalk Empire” will conclude following the
    airing of its fifth season this fall. Though the show has gotten
    loads of critical acclaim and Emmy love, it never got the kind of
    ratins “Game of Thrones,” “True Blood” or “The Sopranos”
    pulled.

    Martin Scorsese and
    screenwriter/showrunner Terence Winter, who collaborated on both
    “Boardwalk” and the big screen’s “Wolf of Wall Street,” are
    developing a series about the 1970s rock & roll scene with Mick
    Jagger.  
    Speaking of “Thrones,” HBO also
    just announced that its fourth season will launch April 6. Look for a
    season-four trailer to air just before the debut of “True
    Detective,” which is probably the best cop show since HBO’s “The
    Wire.”
     

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    Renaton
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    I think this was a smart decision. Boardwalk is running out of steam, better to end it early. Terrence Winter and HBO made the right call.

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    CanadianFan
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    After Wolf, I’m excited to see what Terrence Winter does next.

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    Guest2014
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    Finally, a critic confronted Lena Dunham last night on her nudity for nudity’s sake frolic through season 2 of ‘Girls’.  What followed was not pretty:  http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/tca-girls-countenances-no-questions-about-lena-dunham-nudity/

    “I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity – particularly by you,” some
    guy said to Lena Dunham at the start of the Q&A for her HBO comedy
    series Girls. It went downhill from there. The Random Guy Who Covers TV
    said he gets the point of all the nudity on HBO’s Game of Thrones,
    explaining it’s an attempt to “be salacious and titillate people.”

    But Dunham’s nudity baffles him. “It’s a realistic expression of what
    it’s like to be alive,” she said. “I totally get it if you’re not into
    me. That’s your problem.”

    Exec producer Judd Apatow jumped in with a question addressed to Random
    Guy: “Do you have a girlfriend? Does she like you?” he sneered, as
    though it was a given nobody could. Apatow suggested the guy tell his
    girlfriend exactly how he’d asked the question at the Girls Q&A and
    “let me know how it goes tonight.” Apatow apparently lives in that
    alternate universe in which everyone loves Girls.

    Another critic asked Dunham if she likes the characters she’s written on
    the show. We assumed he was talking about the characters Dunham has
    created for Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, and Zosia Mamet. “Yeah, I
    love them. I love writing them,” she responded. Apatow, having
    apparently shot his wad with Random Nudity Question Guy, did not have
    any snappy comeback to add.

    “I guess I’m wondering if these are people you’d be friends with,” the
    critic continued, noting Dunham puts her show’s leads into “terrible
    situations” and has them not behaving well. Some discussion about the
    Girls characters’ bad behavior later, Dunham had had enough and shot
    back, “You seem to like Walter White.”

    Apatow liked that thread and suggested the critics in the room who don’t
    like the characters in Girls but did like the characters in Breaking
    Bad are made uncomfortable by Girls because it’s so true to life – whereas they could never Girls panelsee themselves selling meth in the
    desert, so Breaking Bad did not make them uncomfortable. Or something
    like that.  They moved on to The Cast Whiteness Question. Nothing new
    there – just revisiting old responses to the issue, though Dunham hinted
    tantalizingly that there might be room to address the situation in the
    upcoming Season 3, which premieres Sunday.

    “I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy!” Girls exec producer Jenni
    Konner broke out when someone began to ask a confusing question about
    show flexibility. “Looking at him, I’m going into such a rage! Accusing a
    woman of showing her body so much! It just makes me sort of sick.” She
    demanded Random Nudity Question Guy tell her which publication had sent
    him.

    “We don’t expect that from The New York Times,” Apatow joked. “I don’t
    expect that from Us Weekly,” Konner added. The critic from Us Weekly,
    who was in the room and had not asked the question, took exception with
    her accusation, insisting he was pro-Dunham-nudity on Girls.  Then,
    someone got the bright idea of comparing the women of Girls to the women
    of The Golden Girls, which seemed to calm everyone down. 

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    This made the critic look bad and maybe Apatow for overreacting. The problem with Girls isn’t that the characters are unlikable or the abundance of Dunham’s nudity (although that’s one of the minor issue). The real criticism lies in its inconsistency, how self-indulgent it can be, how one-note the supporting women are, its limited view of the world and Dunham’s sense of humor just not clicking with me and a lot of people a good deal of the time. The show is still too stuck in Dunham’s head.

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    Gabriel
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    I think the guy deserved it. The “Particularly by you” part is really rude, no matter what one thinks of the show.

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    Atypical
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    That TV critic guy was a dick. Next.

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    Some scheduling news…

    HBO
    “The Leftovers” will air in the summer. I guess it will be paired with “True Blood” and “The Newsroom” will be pushed back.

    Sundance Channel
    “Rectify” will air in the summer. Not that its chances were great, but it will skip the 2014 Emmys.

    AMC
    “Turn” will debut April 6 at 9, followed by “Mad Men” on April 13 at 10.
    “Halt and Catch Fire” will debut in June. “Hell On Wheels” will also air in the summer.
    “Better Caul Saul” will launch in November.

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    Renaton
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    AMC must be confident on Halt and Catch Fire, giving it the Breaking Bad summer slot. But then again, Low Winter Sun…

    I am the only one who is starting to think that Better Call Saul might disappoint? I have the feeling it will be the Joey to Breaking Bad. 

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    Lame, Sundance.

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    Anyone still watching Hell on Wheels?

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    I am the only one who is starting to think that Better Call Saul might disappoint? I have the feeling it will be the Joey to Breaking Bad. 

    We can eliminate the theory that the spinoff will help Breaking Bad at the Emmys (which will be in late August this year).

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    Riley
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    I am the only one who is starting to think that Better Call Saul might disappoint? I have the feeling it will be the Joey to Breaking Bad. 

    Is that not close to the consensus actually?  Who needed a Saul spinoff?

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    [quote=”Renato_Miranda”]I am the only one who is starting to think that Better Call Saul might disappoint? I have the feeling it will be the Joey to Breaking Bad. 

    Is that not close to the consensus actually?  Who needed a Saul spinoff?
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    I’m not sure where one could find a consensus, but I haven’t heard anything negative about it. 

    Honestly, I’m a bit cautious (as Breaking Bad is a huge act to follow), but still curious to see where they’ll be able to go. I certainly think it will do better than Joey, which was a show that was completely devoid of Marta Kauffman or David Crane. And if one can give Kevin Bright any credence, even he was marginalized as a voice of reason when producers and executives started getting overly involved in messing around with the Joey character. At least here Vince Gilligan is helping to co-create (enthusiastically, too), and I have a fair amount of trust in Peter Gould, who is a capable writer/director and came up with the Saul Goodman character. If anyone could do this right, I’m certain it’s him. 

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