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    Interesting to see the flip side of this. It’s usually a female movie star coming to TV. He got his start on TV, so it’s cool that he’s using his influence as this big force in movies to make a quality leading vehicle for himself.

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    Kyle Chandler replaces George Clooney as the lead, so that Clooney can focus more on directing and producing.  Clooney is now playing a supporting character, opposite Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie.

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    easy Globe TV Supporting win.

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    Looks awesome. Excited for this.

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    I have seen “Episode 1”, which is directed by Grant Heslov, who is also recurring. We know that Heslov, George Clooney and Ellen Kuras each directed two of the six episodes, so my guess is that Clooney submits the finale for directing.

    The show basically opens with a three-minute monologue shouted by Clooney, complete with some dancing. It is the same farcical performance that Tony Shalhoub gives in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and which Clooney and his pal Brad Pitt have become too reliant on in recent years. Kyle Chandler only shows up in the last six minutes and he seems to be doing a Clooney impression, which makes sense because the role was originally supposed to be played by Clooney and I assumed that they beefed up the role that Clooney is now playing, so we essentially have two characters that perhaps should have been consolidated. Chandler has the major supporting role of the miniseries, but if voters only watch the first episode, they will vote for Clooney instead. I am always happy to see Hugh Laurie, but he is apparently not even going to be in it enough to be eligible for the Emmy ballot.

    I had Chandler second in my predictions before watching the episode, but have dropped him to fifth as such. I had Clooney fifth before, so he moves up to fourth. Christopher Abbott stays outside my predictions. I had the show itself fifth in my series predictions, but have now dropped it, having added it only after I dropped Fosse/Verdon. Hopefully, quality wins out and the Emmys nominate American Vandal and The Haunting of Hill House. I am even starting to think that it is possible.

    The episode was not long at only forty-three minutes without credits, but it dragged enough that it made me think that they should have just tried to make this into a movie again instead of a miniseries, i.e. three episodes’ worth of material instead of six. There were too many flying scenes, scenes with interchangeable soldiers and scenes with Abbott quietly brooding. There was also a gratuitous sex scene shoehorned into the early goings because I suppose that it would not be a prestige drama without the only female character swinging her big boobs and the male lead then spouting his pseudo-intellectual worldview at her post-coitally, with her giggling at his charm and wit. There was no hook for viewers to come back the following week to watch another episode, as far as I could tell. Soldiers being disenfranchised with war is nothing new in cinema. Soldiers grappling with the horrors of war is nothing new. Maybe others will respond better to the madcap satirical tone. I suppose that that part is fine actually for what it is, but it is insufficient to carry the show on its shoulders.

    The monochromatic visuals certainly did not help. The colour grading is off the charts here and ultimately misguided. The first-look photographs that Hulu released suggested a show with great cinematography, but they just went and turned everything orange in the actual show. Whether they are at the beach, in the cafeteria or in the air, it all looks the same.

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    I have given most of my thoughts about the show in other threads, but I will add that only the first two screeners that I got had final colour grading, so the other four were ironically more watchable because they had real colours instead of everything just being yellow. I came here though to say that Rob posted on Facebook that “The Hulu miniseries is fantastic.”

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    Debuts on Metacritic with 73, which is not going to bring it “back” into the series race, but maybe it can get George Clooney into directing and Kyle Chandler into supporting after all or maybe this is another Fosse/Verdon situation where I will be vindicated once the score settles (and general audiences see the show). Ben Travers goes so far as to cite Chandler as the best part of the show, but Variety prefers the performances by Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie. I agree most with Collider’s mixed review of course.

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    It popped up to 76, but I am relieved to see it settle at 70 with all reviews in, thanks to three out of five stars from Alan Sepinwall, a C+ from The A.V. Club and reviews scored as 50 from major newspapers The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. It is not just me! I have ended up adding Kyle Chandler to my predictions though, with reviews being more decent than anticipated and the show getting solid coverage.  Here is my Emmy preview:

    I actually had a dream that they reestablished the real colours in the final version and that the yellow was just temporary for the press screeners. So, is anyone watching? The whole thing came out two days ago and nobody has posted anything.

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    I’ve heard it’s “boring” and totally forgot it’s coming out this week.

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