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  • MicheBel
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    #227017

    There are separate threads for each new show of the season, or regular old returning show.

     

    This is for those which don’t fall under any of those categories. For example, if you decide to delve into the entire Buffy the Vampire Slayer catalogue and want to tell everyone about it. This is the thread for that.

     

    In a nod to new media, I’d like to also know how and when you’re watching these shows (on a plane, on your iPad, on your phone???).

     

    The Gold Derby archive posts are going to be ported over, but I wanted to start a new one too.

     

    So, whatcha watchin?

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    MicheBel
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    GOLD DERBY ARCHIVE

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    This thread is, of course, not to reflect all of the multidinous shows starting which have their own threads. This is talking about where we are in our time-shifted universes. Which past seasons of which shows are catching your eyes? Or which late night shows catch your fancy and why?

    Just anything that you are watching (on whatever medium you’re watching it, and maybe state that, it would be interesting) that you want to comment on. Please be sure if there’s already a thread for it that you comment in the appropriate place. This one is for everything else.

    Thanks! (Took awhile for that last one to get to 500!) Enjoy! I look forward to your comments.   😎

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    Surely someone’s watching something?   :drink:

    OK, I’ll start. Watching last season’s Heroes, “Villains”. This whole thing with Sylar being nice and Elle bringing him peach pie is making me nauseated.

    Bring back the mean, murderous killing Sylar. All this sweetsy poo poo is making me wanna puke.

    Also, I really don’t like the twist in this season of Heroes, where everyone bad is good and everyone good is bad. Blech.

    And this whole parents kiling their children thing really needs to be set up much more than it is. They just sort of drop it in there. Unbelievable.

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    Originally posted by Turtle:
    Don’t get me started on “Heroes” last season. I like Zachary Quinto as a performer, but that character just-won’t-go-away.

    I’m giving this season another couple episodes to perk up and then I’m done. Nothing against the performers, for the most part. And the technical execution is strong. But how this show is conceived and written is stunningly hamfisted.

    “Supernatural” and “Buffy” are two excellent examples of how to balance universe mythology and storyline continuity with basic storytelling.

    And “True Blood” has struck an addictive balance between pulpy goodness and carry-over storylines. Even when they stumble, the good outweighs the bad.

    There is a “Heroes” thread already so I don’t want to hijack this anymore than I have.

    On another topic entirely, “Real Time with Bill Maher” has been kick-ass lately. Except when he does the special interview shows, which fall inexplicably flat even when he is clearly a fan of the person.

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    Thank you, Turtle for commenting. And yes, I think that’s what this thread is for, talking about multiple shows.

    Can I just say? Buffy =   :kool:

    I’m looking forward to catching up with True Blood now that Emmy madness is over.

    And Heroes? Blech. Last season bugged me.

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    So, I’m trying to slog through the first season of Brothers and Sisters. Good grief. So much sibling crap, it’s nauseating. Everyone in each other’s business is codependent and unhealthy and not fun to watch.

    Although Sally Field throwing a cake at Patricia Wettig almost makes the whole thing watchable. Almost.

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    My mind is completely blown after watching the “Epitaph” episode of Dollhouse. Wow.

    First, Felicia Day is amazing, and it’s so fun and cool to see her with a gun! ha!

    But where can they possibly go from here, after seeing what the world turns into? Unbelievably amazing stuff.

    I really really love this show!   :sohappy:  Can’t wait to start the new season that’s waiting on my TiVo for me.

    Also, Amy Acker really bugged me on Angel, but I really enjoy watching her on Dollhouse.

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    Grey’s Anatomy, “Love/Addiction”
    Although the connection about love and addiction was specious, and not really explained well, I do love a Debra Cahn script.

    It’s kinda funny watching now the end of the last season and the beginning of this one. It’s so painfully obvious how badly they wanted Isiah Washington gone. And when Sandra Oh says, “He’s never coming back is he?” I almost laughed out loud.

    BTW, I think Sandra Oh is one of the worst actresses on television and I hate her on this show. She shows no emotion whatsoever.

    Ellen Pompeo isn’t far behind. Course, the character is written as an obnoxious self-absorbed biatch. I don’t understand why they think we’d find that interesting. The whole show revolves around her, and I detest every moment she’s on screen.

    Really, I hated her (character) from the beginning, but from that part where she lets herself die and then they bring her back to life…   :upchuck:   …certainly one of the lowest moments of this or any series… Any sympathy I had for her character, or caring what she’s about died in the water that day.

    And there is quite a difference between LOVE and addiction. They tried in this episode to portray Derek as being “addicted” to Meredith. I think he just loves her, straight up. Meredith doesn’t deserve him at all.

    This is truly the strangest show. I adore parts of it, and parts of it bug the crap out of me.

    Gotta love Dianne Carroll though. What a star she is. Luminous and wonderful. Glad they brought her back, at least.

    And no matter what anyone says, I love the George/Izzie storyline.

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    Originally posted by G.Penn:

    Originally posted by MicheBel:
    [b]Grey’s Anatomy, “Love/Addiction”[/b]…

    This is such an interesting post since it goes so against the grain. I remember when the george/izzie storyline came about, and other than a few events that happened during the run, it was hated by most people it seemed, whereas people rarely say Sandra Oh is televison’s worst actress, most would put her closer to best than worst on that scale.

    I pretty much disagree with most of what you’ve said, but it’s refreshing to here such a different take on Grey’s.

    However, I have to ask, what did you think about Sandra Oh in “From a Whisper to a Scream”? I can see one saying that she is overrated in that episode, but do you really think she didn’t show any emotion? Or what about in “It’s the end of the world/ As We Know It”? Or “No Man’s Land”, or “Make Me Lose Control”, or “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, or “Losing My Religion”, or “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”? I thought she showed a ton of emotion in both obvious and subtle ways in those episodes. But really, do you not think she didn’t show any emotion in either “From a Whisper to a Scream” or “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”?

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Well, last night technically and not today. I caught up with the season premiere of “Mike & Molly.” I’d never watched the show before, but after Melissa McCarthy’s Emmy win, I decided to give it a shot. I can’t say whether this was indicative of the show’s usual quality, but the writing was very bad and the punchline deliveries were forced and sometimes kinda desperate. McCarthy comes off fairly well. She’s never less than charming, and she has a few moments of sweet natural charm with Billy Gardell, but overall this wasn’t good at all.

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    MicheBel
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    bump

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    David Buchanan
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    There’s no thread for Free Agents, and with good reason considering it’s only a matter of airings before it gets canceled, but I need to point out that Katherine Hahn is doing some terrific work here. In “Dr. Hu” she shows moments of brilliance, and if this show done better in the ratings and critics, she could’ve been nominated.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I only watched the pilot of “Free Agents,” and a little like “Whitney” I think it’s a couple of likable leads in desperate need of a better show. I like Azaria and Hahn (and Anthony Stewart Head), and on “Whitney” I like Cummings and Chris D’Elia, but the writing and supporting characters are so dreadful it buries the solid lead performances.

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    uncreativename
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    I’ve been working my way through the entire season of “Heroes” (bad life decision, I know) but I have to say the problem with the later episodes is more consistency than anything else. A lot of the ideas were great, but they could rarely execute them.

    But I remember when they were airing the end of season three was when I started to find the series unbearable, and right now I’m only on episode eight of season three.

    Funny thing is the “star” of the show (Milo Ventimiglia) was laughably bad after the first season.

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    SkyLight
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    #227025

    Hart of Dixie, New Girl, and Pan Am. So far I’ve liked them all.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    I’ve just re-watched the 3rd season finale of The West Wing. Once again, great writing and acting. How didn’t Martin Sheen win?

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    I just watched The Golden Girl’s “Goodbye Mr. Gordon” in which Mr. Gordon is a teacher that comes to visit and asks for Dorothy’s help on a writing assignment.  If Bea Arthur were nominated, this would have been a very competitive tape for her.  There was a lot of range in this episode because we see a giddy Dorothy, a funny Dorothy, and a hurt Dorothy at the end of this episode.  The scene at the talk show in which she says “I don’t know, but I’ll ask her at the hoooooooooommmmmmmeeeee”  is hilarious and packs a comedic punch.

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    Morgan Henard
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    Just finished “Modern Family” season 2 on DVD. Very funny. I did notice about 3/4 of the way in that Sofia Vergara was playing Gloria extremely different. I don’t know if she was told to tone her down or if she was just trying something new, but it was extremely out of place and not like her character at all. By the end, she had spiked it up like she did through all of season 1 and the first part of season 2. One of my favorite moments was when Jay is holding Cam while he climbs up the rock-wall then lets go of the rope, letting Cam fall. Hilarious. I was also happy that Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen won Emmys because they really were the MVPs of season 2. I have no doubt that Ed O’Neill and Vergara will win Emmys, but I’m really worried for Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The only single moment I laughed out loud all season was when Claire opens the door and there Mitchell is in his sailor suit. He’s just not that funny and doesn’t have any standout episodes. He’s vulnerable to receive more nominations, let alone a win. I also feel that once the entire cast nabs their Supporting Emmys, they should all upgrade to Lead and allow the kids of the show to submit in Supporting. All four turned in nomination worthy work (moreso than Ferguson), especially Rico Rodriguez. These kids are the true supporting stars of the series and I’ll support nominations for all of them. Fun guest turns by James Marsden and Shelley Long (true guest performances).

    –Morgan 

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    Spenser Davis
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    I’m halfway through the first season of The Killing. I haven’t had much time to really dive into it, but right now, I’m not nearly as frustrated with it as I thought I would be. Many people have told me that the red herrings are infuriating. And while I do think some actions are plotted out a little too coincidentally (Rosie’s friend just happened to wear her wig in a video? Come on), I don’t think that the subplots are without reason. First of all, it has served the purpose of showing that police investigations can often times lead down many dead ends. If it really worked the way it does in Law & Order, and the killer was always the kid standing behind the parent being interviewed in the apartment doorway, a lot more crimes would be solved. But it isn’t. I like the detours it takes sometimes.

    Notice, for instance, that her Rosie’s friend goes down into the Cage with the two guys because she wants to be “noticed.” After she has sex with the young men on-camera, though, she is noticed, but in an entirely different way — she is regarded as the Nobody who is now also the Class Slut. She got what she wished for, in an ironic twist. Likewise, many people seem to hate that so much of the first season was wasted to follow the dead end of the teacher being the culprit. But I don’t see it that way. It served multiple purposes. First, it showed how word getting out of someone being a witness can literally put them in harm’s way, no matter what the truth. Secondly, it illustrates that being associated with someone who is only a “suspect” in a murder trial is regarded as poisonous socially and politically. And thirdly, it demonstrates the emotional toll that it has on the teacher himself; he is told to stay away from the school for a while, and even little comments made by his wife take on an accusatory meaning. He didn’t do anything wrong, but he is being severly punished, all the same.

    The Killing, though, while ambitious, is far from a perfect crime show. For starters, I’m shocked that no one has tried to gain video from the parking garage where the car was taken from. (Or have they? I don’t think so) That would be the first thing on my mind as a police detective, and I don’t even think I’d be good at the job. Also, the one-episode-is-one-day format is annoying. Why did the writers put themselves in a box like that? With 24, the similar structure added a real-time novelty to the proceedings, and prevented it from feeling like your cliche action flick. Here, it seems like the writers have to really stretch to even make it work. There is no reason for this structure. It certainly doesn’t add anything to the show for me. And finally, the political subplot is boring. Plain and simple. It bores me. Billy Campbell does what he can (I think) but there ain’t much room to move here.

    Had I written The Killing, I would have kept the red herrings intact, though still giving them some sort of pay-off with an individual character’s growth and development. And I would play up the possibility that placing Rosie’s body in one of the politician’s cars is a ploy to bring down the candidate for some secret he holds deep in the series’ undercurrent. But I didn’t write the show, so I’ll just have to see where they take it. Once school slows down, I’ll dive into it for real.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I caught up with “Great Expectations” yesterday.

    It was my first exposure to this story; I haven’t read the novel or seen any previous film or TV adaptations, so I have nothing to compare it to. I thought it was okay, with a terrific first episode, a pretty good second one, and a rushed third episode that feels overly crammed with plot and underdeveloped in terms of the relationships. The the bond between Pip and Magwich is established so quickly it didn’t really resonate with me. And the melodramatic details of Estella’s origins got tangled in a lot of expository dialogue.

    Gillian Anderson is good as Miss Havisham, but I’m not sure it’s the right performance for this movie. Everything is Satis House is so macabre and grotesque, and Anderson’s performance so high-pitched and bizarre that it seems beamed in from another planet when compared to the rest of the mostly realistic style of the miniseries.

    The miniseries is highlighted by costumes, cinematography, and fantastic production design.

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    G.Penn
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    I’ve just re-watched the 3rd season finale of The West Wing. Once again, great writing and acting. How didn’t Martin Sheen win?

    He submitted “Night Five” the episode where he talks to his therapist in 2002.

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    Denis
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    LOL how weird Daniel, I also watched all three episodes yesterday from “Great Expectations”, in my case, I had watched the movie with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow once so comparing to the movie this version is much better, much darker, but I agree the final act was kind of rushed, I liked the first episode alot, so many memorable scenes, amazing cinematography, makeup,art direction, Ray Winstone is outstanding and so is Saun Dooley. I hope it get’s a nomination for best mini-series. And I’m very anxious to watch Mike Newell’s version with Fiennes and Bonham Carter in november.

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