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  • MisterScones
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    It just got renewed last week.

    Happy to be wrong. Although I suppose HBO could still revoke its renewal like they did with The Brink and Vinyl. Hopefully not.

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    thatnerdgreg
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    Poor Vinyl. The premise, cast, and crew had so much potential. Of course, the idea of focusing on the people who produce music rather than those who make it may have killed the show before it even aired. Also there was the fact that it had a murder plot plaguing it since the very first episode. Who the Hell starts off a show about music with a murder?

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    DvirBA
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    Vinyl was incredible. I’ll never look the same at HBO after they threw Terence Winter to the dogs like that. He pretty much vanished afterwards. One of the most talented writers to ever grace TV screens. Thank god Netflix was there for Benioff and Weiss after the GoT controversy, or they would have suffered a same fate.

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    Vinyl was most certainly not incredible. The show had literally everything going for it. A great cast with big names and up and comers, hugely respected producers, a critically acclaimed writer as the showrunner, and it was on frigging HBO, yet it couldn’t land in any way shape or form. Audiences didn’t care about it, critics didn’t care about it, and awards bodies didn’t care about it. Seemingly no one was upset by the cancellation and in the years since it’s received pretty much no following of any kind. Vinyl is pretty much the definition of wasted potential.

    Also don’t try to make things about D&D, you’re greatly outnumbered here on season 8. You definitely don’t need to thank God that two dudes who already made a boatload of money got a Netflix deal so that they can make more money.

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    DvirBA
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    Also don’t try to make things about D&D, you’re greatly outnumbered here on season 8.

    I’m extremely aware I’m not a part of the GD circlejerk. That’s precisely why I try to balance the toxicity every once in a while, not the opposite

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    thatnerdgreg
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    Alright whatever. Doesn’t change the fact that you randomly tried to make a discussion that had absolutely nothing to do with D&D about them. Anyway this talk of Vinyl and Game of Thrones doesn’t belong on an Avenue 5 thread.

    On the topic of the show, I was considering watching it, even when I heard how it didn’t start off the great. After all, some of my favorite comedies have that problem such as Veep and Barry. But it sounds like it just hasn’t picked up at all, so unless if the next season undergoes Seinfeld Syndrome, I’m gonna pass.

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    i find the acting on the show very b-level. The passengers seem to all be cast from amateur theatre. My favourite cast members are Suzy Nakamura and Nikki Amuka-Bird

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    Riley Chow
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    HBO also ordered seasons of Confederate and Luck that never aired. Four reversals in a decade would be a lot even for a network that produces far more shows than HBO, so I suppose that Avenue 5 could end up a miniseries yet. This was the first episode that grew in the ratings from the previous week though.

    Vinyl was incredible.

    Never thought that I would read that.

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    I was considering watching it, even when I heard how it didn’t start off the great. After all, some of my favorite comedies have that problem such as Veep and Barry. But it sounds like it just hasn’t picked up at all, so unless if the next season undergoes Seinfeld Syndrome, I’m gonna pass.

    Veep got better and better over its first five seasons, for sure, but its first season is exponentially better than the first season of Avenue 5. The first eight episodes of Veep didn’t have a clear arc, but they were each funny with sharp dialogue and great performances, whereas Avenue 5 is, at best, mildly entertaining.

    Formerly known as PianoMann.

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    thatnerdgreg
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    Veep got better and better over its first five seasons, for sure, but its first season is exponentially better than the first season of Avenue 5. The first eight episodes of Veep didn’t have a clear arc, but they were each funny with sharp dialogue and great performances, whereas Avenue 5 is, at best, mildly entertaining.

    Agreed, the first season of Veep is legitimately good and got better as it continued, but it was the second season where it really took flight. Barry’s first season is also solid but it took me finishing the season to really appreciate it. The dark moments and seemingly unintentionally unsympathetic characters originally felt kind of off, but I realized by the end that I was watching a show that is very much different from the norm, and that it was just as much a drama as it was a comedy, and those characters were meant to be truly flawed people that you don’t always sympathize with. The biggest example is Fuches. In the first season, I thought we were meant to like him, but I found no empathy in his portrayal. It was only by the end that you realize he’s the closest thing the series has to a true villain, and once his season two portrayal made the so much more clear, I found myself extremely entertained by a delightful character. I’m sure Barry won’t appear by the time of eligibility, but I’m really hoping I don’t have to wait super long for it, as last season was truly something special.

    Moving back to Avenue 5, I thought by now I’d be hearing about how it’s improved, or that there was something special in it, but reception just sounds so horribly muted. Even if it had an amazing second season, I’m not sure I’d want to sit through this first one since nobody seems to care about it.

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    Riley Chow
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    “Babies are like New Zealanders…”

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    I just caught up with the fifth episode (the ill-fated halfway home party) and found parts of it pretty funny. Maybe there’s some hope for this thing after all?

    Formerly known as PianoMann.

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    really liked “Was It Your Ears.” It’s the first time I felt like the series lived up to its potential. The hallway scene, the board room scene, and the final scene were all great and have the sharp writing that we’ve come to expect from this team. A very solid outing for Hugh Laurie, too. It’s too bad it took 2/3 of the season to get to what I felt was a highlight, as I feel like a lot of viewers have probably given up on this by now. And I hate to agree with Karen, but Judd has got to go… sorry, Josh Gad. I know he’s supposed to be irritating, but I think jettisoning that character would really improve the series.

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    Riley Chow
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    I cringed less this week. Why did we get it early?

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    Eden
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    I kinda wish the show was about Rav and the Mission Control, mostly because the Earth scenes capture Veep‘s atmosphere. Rav and Alan remind me of Selina and Gary.

    Nice seeing Peep Show‘s Johnson!

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