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    Atypical
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    Finished “The Staircase.” The series finale ended things well enough, but as a whole, I think this could have been a tighter six episodes than an unwieldy eight. Episode seven was incredible for Toni Collette though, and I think I’m fine with her lead placement. At first, I’d have gone borderline supporting, but her character is the constant, overarching presence regardless of screentime. All of this did nothing to change my mind on the Peterson trial or the man himself being a total sleazeball, but the ensemble was strong throughout. Colin Firth surprised me here in a fairly bold casting decision. Harrison Ford was the original choice, which could have been either amazing or a disaster, but Firth’s stodginess seemed like a genuine impediment with this kind of sordid material. He more than met the moment, but the Emmy win? I’d place other contenders above him. Rooting hard for Toni Collette, and surprisingly, Juliette Binoche, who I’m happy to report turned my initial impressions around pointedly in the final installments. Nice seeing the younger actors shine. Dane DeHaan, Olivia DeJonge, Sophie Turner, and a “who knew?” from Patrick Schwarzenegger. I was readily invested in this tragic narrative from start to finish. Poor Kathleen. If Emmy voters actually watched the episodes in time, then I think it’ll have a strong reception with nominations next week, and maybe even some possible coattail nods for RoseMarie Dewitt, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Tim Guinee.

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    If Emmy voters actually watched the episodes in time, then I think it’ll have a strong reception with nominations next week, and maybe even some possible coattail nods for RoseMarie Dewitt, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Tim Guinee.

    I finished the show a couple of days ago and our thoughts are more or less aligned. It was a compelling although far from perfect crime series with an excellent ensemble. I just quoted this part of your post though because I just wanted  to add that I thought DeWitt made a really indelible impression in her brief screen time. She deserves more high profile roles.

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    Guys, I thought I’d give Station Eleven a go and I’m on episode 3 but it’s so boring, when does it get good?

    Bill Hader and Barry in everything (2 babka)
    The Great - Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and comedy writing and directing

    Severance in drama series, writing, Adam Scott for best actor, Ben Stiller for drama directing, and the whole cast in supporting.

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    Guys, I thought I’d give Station Eleven a go and I’m on episode 3 but it’s so boring, when does it get good?

    I think the first three episodes were all excellent (particularly episode 3), so maybe the show just isn’t for you? I found Severance very boring and was waiting for it to ‘get good’ which just never happened.

    FYC: Station Eleven in all categories

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    Incarille
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    Binge Derry Girls on Netflix. I did 2 seasons in less than a day. Had a hard time finding the third one since it’s not on netflix in my area, but I finally found it and god this show is incredible.

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    I started watching The West Wing and I’m more than halfway through the first season and it’s really high quality. So far I like Josh the best and CJ too.

    For anyone that’s seen it already: feel free to rank the seasons because I’m curious to know if the quality stays even throughout (along with any other thoughts you may have on the show).

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    Lost.

     

    Season 1 and 2 r great. 3…was alright…4 …has gone off the rails.

    A little bit of Magic never hurt anybody.

    ~ MYSTIC

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    Watching Veep and wow I’m loving it! Julia is so good and so is the supporting cast!

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    Just finished The Offer on Paramount – really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at how The Godfather went from book to movie. Not sure how much critical license was involved in the series. Didn’t realize the studio powers didn’t like Al Pacino for Michael. Frank Sinatra, who was briefly considered for the Don, hated the idea of the movie. The script couldn’t contain the word ‘Mafia.’ The whole Sicily scene almost got cut to bring the movie in at about two hours. So much drama in this drama. Not sure if it was Emmy eligible this year, but it was better than a few of the series that did get nominees. I am bias, because anything “The Godfather” gets my goat.

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    it will snap one day.

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    Didn’t realize today was Mad Men’s birthday…

    Ranking my favorite episodes and performances

    1- Far Away Places (Season 5, Episode 6)
    2- The Crash (Season 6, Episode 8)
    3- Babylon (Season 1, Episode 6)
    4- The Other Woman (Season 5, Episode 11)
    5- The Hobo Code (Season 1, Episode 8)
    6- Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency (Season 3, Episode 6)
    7- The Suitcase (Season 4, Episode 7)
    8- Signal 30 (Season 5, Episode 5)
    9- Man With a Plan (Season 6, Episode 7)
    10- Wee Small Hours (Season 3, Episode 9)

    TOP 10 regular performances

    1- Christina Hendricks – Joan Harris
    2- Vincent Kartheiser – Pete Campbell
    3- Elisabeth Moss – Peggy Olson
    4- Jon Hamm – Don Draper
    5- January Jones – Betty Draper
    6- John Slattery – Roger Sterling
    7- Ben Feldman – Michael Ginsberg
    8- Jared Harris – Lane Pryce
    9- Alison Brie – Trudy Campbell
    10- Bryan Batt – Salvatore Romano

    Honorable mention to guest performers Melinda Page Hamilton – Anna Draper, Maggie Siff – Rachel Menken, Darby Stanchfield – Helen Bishop and Alexa Alemmnani – Alison, and to Rich Sommer – Harry Crane.

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    Mad Men first aired 15 years ago? I feel old.

    Favourite episodes:

    1. Lost Horizon (Season 7, Episode 12)
    2. The Suitcase (Season 4, Episode 7)
    3. Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency (Season 3, Episode 6)
    4. The Other Woman (Season 5, Episode 11)
    5. Shut the Door. Have a Seat (Season 3, Episode 13)
    6. Commissions and Fees (Season 5, Episode 12)
    7. Person to Person (Season 7, Episode 14)
    8. The Wheel (Season 1, Episode 13)
    9. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Season 1, Episode 1)
    10. Meditations in an Emergency (Season 2, Episode 13)

    Favourite performances:

    1. Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris
    2. Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
    3. Jon Hamm as Don Draper
    4. January Jones as Betty Draper
    5. Jared Harris as Lane Pryce
    6. Alison Brie as Trudy Campbell
    7. Melinda Page Hamilton as Anna Draper
    8. Maggie Siff as Rachel Menken
    9. John Slattery as Roger Sterling
    10. Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell

    Honourable Mentions: Cara Buono as Faye Miller, Bryan Batt as Salvatore Romano, Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen, Rosemarie DeWitt as Midge Daniels,

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    episodes:

    1. Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency (Season 3, Episode 6)
    2. The Suitcase (Season 4, Episode 7)
    3. Far Away Places (Season 5, Episode 6)
    4. The Other Woman (Season 5, Episode 11)
    5. Commissions and Fees (Season 5, Episode 12)
    6.  The Gypsy and the Hobo (Season 3, Episode 11)
    7. Shoot (Season 1, Episode 9)
    8. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Season 1, Episode 1)
    9. Nixon vs. Kennedy (Season 1, Episode 12)
    10. Person to Person  (Season 7, Episode 14)
    HM : A little kiss, part 1 (Season 5, Episode 1) Zou bisou bisou

    performances:

    1. Jon Hamm as Don Draper
    2. Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris
    3. Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell
    4. Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
    5. Stephanie Drake as Meredith
    6. Alison Brie as Trudy Campbell
    7. Jay R Ferguson as Stan Rizzo
    8. Jessica Paré as Megan Draper
    9. John Slattery as Roger Sterling
    10. January Jones as Betty Draper

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    I’m not very active in here despite bingeing something at all times pretty much but I started to watch “Looking” today and I don’t think I’ve ever seen “myself” as much on a screen as I have with Jonathan Groff’s character in that show (I want more of him on TV, also great on Mindhunter, I hate you David Fincher). The amount of parallels is insane and I am also just really enjoying the show and it’s a shame that there are only 2 seasons. TV is missing a really authentic kinda “the gay experience” centered show like this.

    I could go on a whole rant about pointless gay side-characters just for the sake of it but I’ll just leave it at that to stay with the positive because this show just gets a lot right I feel. Also Murray Bartlett yay.

    Emmy FYC:

    Better Call Saul in all categories.

    Especially Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk, Writing, Drama Series.

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    In big need of nostalgic fluff and laughs over the weekend, so started bingeing Scrubs and it’s even better than I remembered. Bizarre how under-appreciated it was by the Television Academy especially when considering what was competing in the comedy categories at the time. It is so creative, well acted, well written and directed, you can see how it started a new wave of comedies along with Malcolm in the Middle and influenced shows like Community (also woefully under-appreciated).

    Bill Hader and Barry in everything (2 babka)
    The Great - Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and comedy writing and directing

    Severance in drama series, writing, Adam Scott for best actor, Ben Stiller for drama directing, and the whole cast in supporting.

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