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    I have been sucked into Shameless with William Macy... Great characters...

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    Anyone here still watch the Simpsons? Having seen every episode since the first season, I have this compulsion to keep watching. I still get a few laughs out of each episode, but I often get bored with them and it sometimes feels like a chore to keep up with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha99 View Post
    I have been sucked into Shameless with William Macy... Great characters...
    The original UK version started off better but as per usual is darker and more depressing than the American one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw94086 View Post
    The original UK version started off better but as per usual is darker and more depressing than the American one.
    Thanks for the tip... Time to compare...

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    saw 'New Girl' for the first time ending up just fast forwarding to Prince's parts. Pass.

    'Black Sails' is pretty good with all the nudity, swashbuckling, swordplay. Although the audio at times seems a bit muted. Have to rewind and sometimes still can't understand was said (like when Max was sitting on the bed before the scene cut in Ep 2), so may have to start using closed caption.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehorne View Post
    'Black Sails' is pretty good with all the nudity, swashbuckling, swordplay. Although the audio at times seems a bit muted. Have to rewind and sometimes still can't understand was said (like when Max was sitting on the bed before the scene cut in Ep 2), so may have to start using closed caption.
    Agreed. Actually just came in here to comment on this show and didn't see this previously but I've liked it so far. Interesting enough story line with interesting enough characters with a decent amount of action (I am assuming more to come once they start going for that ship). It's not a show that is going to be super memorable once it ends but for the time being I find it very entertaining. This season is only eight episodes and then I read that they already renewed it for a second season but I really don't see it lasting past that. Micheal Bay is one of the producers for it, and while it has that Bay feel to it, it works good in an hour long weekly show compared to a 2 plus hour movie.
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    I think HBO's Looking has really come into its own in its third and fourth eps. It's a shame that it's not found a bigger audience. I think that's probably to do with the impression that this was going to be a gay Girls. If that's what you're looking for, you'll be disappointed, it's far more nuanced. And, let's face it, Girls really is the gay Girls anyway. This is a weird comparison, but I think fans of Friday Night Lights' easy, unforced exploration of its characters' inner lives, might enjoy Looking.

    Looking spoilers ahead:
    There is some masterfully subtle stuff happening in the small moments on Looking. For example the way in which Patrick softly rejects his British boss' advances and instantly shifts the power dyanmic in their relationship is such a wonderful moment of watching a character potentially change the course of his life with one smart decision.

    Or look at the scene in the restaurant in which Dom takes Lynn (Scott Bakula, yes, Scott Bakula) out to lunch and reveals that this isn't a date, but a business lunch. Lynn asks him "Oh, this wasn't a date?" and then tells Dom he was just pulling his leg when Dom gets uncomfortable. The way the moment's written and acted allows us to believe that Lynn actually might have thought he was on a date, but as an older gay man was used to rejection and to hiding his feelings. It's very subtle, but very telling.

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    The Wonder Years DVDs: happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miroir Noir View Post
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    Do any of you guys watch House of Cards? The new season premiered today and the first episode is amazing. I'm pleasantly surprised that the new season picked up where the absolutely fantastic first season ended. The first season had The Wire level writing and fantastic acting performances from Spacey and Robin Wright. If not for some extranous storylines I would call the first season perfect and the first episode of the second season has me enthralled for the second season.
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    Finishing up House of Cards S1, Kevin Spacey is amazing. Only thing I didn't understand was why was Linda helping Underwood with all the scheming. She made it clear the Stanford favor didn't mean much to her, what did I miss?

    Will be jumping into S2 shortly.
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    I just discovered that you can find all four seasons of Ed on YouTube. Music licensing issues have kept it in DVD limbo for years, so it's nice to have a chance to revisit it. I'd forgotten how loopy and off-kilter its sense of humor is – easily my favorite comedy in that early 2000s window between Seinfeld and Arrested Development.

    For the uninitiated, it stars Tom Cavanagh as a lawyer who returns to his Ohio hometown, buys a bowling alley from which he also practices law, and begins pursuing the girl he had a crush on in high school (played by Julie Bowen). It also stars Michael Ian Black and Justin Long, and one of its producers is David Letterman. It's smart and weird and watching it now it's sort of surprising it lasted four seasons on NBC.
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    I watched season 1 of Parks and Recreation. I've heard season 2 is a lot better, I hope so. I felt sorry for Leslie Knope a lot of the time.

    Oh, also I've been watching season 2 of In Living Color. My library has them. It's dated, but occasionally funny.
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    I watched season 1 of Parks and Recreation. I've heard season 2 is a lot better, I hope so. I felt sorry for Leslie Knope a lot of the time.
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    I'm almost done with season 4 now and so far every single season has been better than the last.
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    While I think Parks & Rec has clearly run its course and is now essentially parodying itself, it does get much better from s2 on.


    Anyone else explore Amazon's pilot season? As they did last year, Amazon commissioned several pilots and has put them up on their site (or app) for people to watch for free and rate their favorites. Supposedly, user ratings will play a role in deciding which, if any, of the pilots get picked up for a full season. This year there are 5 pilots for adults and 5 for the kiddos. I watched the pilot for Mozart in the Jungle and it is, quite possibly, the worst piece of scripted television I've seen in years. If Smash and American Horror Story are too sophisticated for you, this is your show. It's a damn shame as there are a lot of talented people involved.

    It was written and created by Jason Schmwartzman, Roman Coppola and Alex Timbers and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm Mcdowell, Bernadette Peters and a slew of others. It's set in what essentially seems like Danielle Steele's lusty, campy version of the classical music world in which the intersecting lives of NY's elite classical musicians are chronicled. Malcolm Mcdowell plays the recently ousted conductor of a fictional NY Symphony Orchestra; Gael Garcia Bernal plays the hot young South American conductor who replaces him. Practically every aspect of the pilot is an embarrassment--hammy overacting, porn quality writing (there is a scene in which an oboist is saucily asked if her lips hurt after blowing on her instrument all day), direction and editing without style or even a point of view, and even cheap and shoddy production design and sound editing--in a show in which music is one one of the most essential aspects. I feel bad for the wonderful Gael Garcia Bernal who desperately tries to rise above the material. If you're being generous, you might think that the creators were attempting to emulate Robert Altman, but it actually feels like they're trolling us.

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    I didn't even know Amazon did that but that sucks to know Jason Schwartzman did something terrible as I like him.

    So I have been enjoying Black Sails but these past two episodes have really been improving it and finally starting to show some story lines and revealing what the show is about. Yes it is a pirate themed show but I think it can easily translate to modern day issues. Probably the most in depth thing Michael Bay has done, which I know isn't saying to much. I also like how it stars relatively unknown people.
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    This should be a fun time killer. http://designthroughstorytelling.net/periodic/
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    Anyone else watching Inside No. 9? It's a British comedy, very dark, that's a little reminiscent of the Twilight Zone but not sci-fi. It's new. Four episodes have aired, six episodes total for the season. Recommended.

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    Hadn't even heard of Inside No. 9, but very glad you mentioned it. Looks like Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton of the delightfully macabre The League of Gentleman are behind this one. I always loved The League of Gentleman-- it just got darker and darker with each subsequent season or special. Are you streaming this on a legit service or does one need to torrent this one?

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    I'm in the middle of watching The League Of Gentlemen right now, actually. I'd seen the first season a few times, but never finished it all the way through. I've just got the third season left to go. It really is an overlooked treasure and one of the bleakest comedies ever recorded.
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    I haven't seen The League of Gentlemen but will check it out after I get through the last couple Inside No. 9 episodes. The first Inside No. 9 episode took a little while to develop, but built nicely. The second episode is just a delight, and it's not a spoiler to say it has virtually no dialogue.

    I've only found Inside No. 9 on torrents, but I haven't really looked on legit streaming options.

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    Last night's Hannibal season 2 premiere was the first TV show I've planned to watch in years. I honestly think Dollhouse was the last thing I tried to watch.

    Anyway it was fantastic. It is a beautiful show and I really liked the opening especially since we know - in broad strokes, at least - where this is going to end up. (It also worked well to release early, as a promise of how far we're going to get this season.



    It is weird to have commercials be a thing. And having to wait another week for more.


    I am very glad that season 1 recently showed up on Amazon Prime Instant so that we could rewatch over the last few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulDischarge View Post
    I'm in the middle of watching The League Of Gentlemen right now, actually. I'd seen the first season a few times, but never finished it all the way through. I've just got the third season left to go. It really is an overlooked treasure and one of the bleakest comedies ever recorded.
    I think I may have missed a couple of the last eps or specials they did. Who are your favorites thus far? I think the German pedophile chorusmaster and the Toad-breeding couple might be my favorite.



    I keep reading such good things about Hannibal, will have to check it out eventually, though I'm always skeptical about broadcast network shows. I think the last one I truly loved was Friday Night Lights.
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    I don't understand how Hannibal is on a broadcast network. When I first got an idea of how it worked I figured it was an HBO or AMC show that I wouldn't be able to watch.

    It has some of the structure of a procedural but it is definitely serial TV; the 13 episode season is a whole and many cases play out over several episodes/the whole season. More interestingly it is about half body horror and half food porn. The juxtaposition of grotesque murder tableau and exquisitely prepared food in stylish settings is quite something.

    I am not really a horror film person but I like this. I am not a fan of procedural but I love this. I love food and cooking but don't go all fancy with it... though this has inspired me to cook liver and got me to the point where of course I was going to use the duck giblets in stuffing.

    Mads is fantastic as Hannibal, Hugh Dancy is just as good as Will Graham (I don't really remember Ed Norton from Red Dragon) and there's a strong supporting cast (especially Scott Thompson, Raul Esparza and Gillian Anderson).
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    I agree completely, especially about Mads. It's very, very uncomfortable to slowly become attracted to a cannibal, but apparently that's how this show works. I haven't watched the s2 premiere yet, but plan to do so tonight.

    Also enjoying: The Hour. It's got a wall with with clippings connected by string, which is pretty much all it takes to keep me watching. There are some overly hokey moments, and I spend a lot of time wishing the two main characters would just fuck already so we can all move past this tension and figure out exactly how high up this conspiracy goes, but overall it's pretty dang good.

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    I don't understand how Hannibal is on a broadcast network. When I first got an idea of how it worked I figured it was an HBO or AMC show that I wouldn't be able to watch.

    It has some of the structure of a procedural but it is definitely serial TV; the 13 episode season is a whole and many cases play out over several episodes/the whole season. More interestingly it is about half body horror and half food porn. The juxtaposition of grotesque murder tableau and exquisitely prepared food in stylish settings is quite something.

    I am not really a horror film person but I like this. I am not a fan of procedural but I love this. I love food and cooking but don't go all fancy with it... though this has inspired me to cook liver and got me to the point where of course I was going to use the duck giblets in stuffing.

    Mads is fantastic as Hannibal, Hugh Dancy is just as good as Will Graham (I don't really remember Ed Norton from Red Dragon) and there's a strong supporting cast (especially Scott Thompson, Raul Esparza and Gillian Anderson).
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    I agree completely, especially about Mads. It's very, very uncomfortable to slowly become attracted to a cannibal, but apparently that's how this show works. I haven't watched the s2 premiere yet, but plan to do so tonight.

    Also enjoying: The Hour. It's got a wall with with clippings connected by string, which is pretty much all it takes to keep me watching. There are some overly hokey moments, and I spend a lot of time wishing the two main characters would just fuck already so we can all move past this tension and figure out exactly how high up this conspiracy goes, but overall it's pretty dang good.
    I really enjoyed s1 of The Hour, smartly constructed, stylish stuff and quite unlike a lot of British shows. I haven't started s2 yet, which I believe is the final season.

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    Anyone done Vikings yet? Four episodes in and it’s fairly entertaining, albeit standard fare at this point with all the rest of the similar formulaic shows (epic, ancient times + sweeping, visually inducing landscapes + mystic magic conjurer + relationship melodrama mixed with sex scenes) on now. I like em, mind, but you just know exactly what you are going to get going in without any element of surprise. Hell, may go watch Pompeii 3D starring Jon Snow just to keep on theme.
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    Anyone watch the premiere of COSMOS with Neil Tyson? I thought it was pretty cool. The special FX and photography looked great. I really enjoyed the animated segment in the episode, too. I can imagine that part appealing to young kids.

    I thought Tyson was a little difficult to understand sometimes, though. He also wasn't incredibly charismatic. But his passion for science was there, and it was heartwarming to hear. I think he can do a lot of good if enough young people tune into the show (and if FOX doesn't bungle things). I don't expect that it will change the minds of the Bible Belt folk, especially since religion already had a rough portrayal in the first episode, but I think it's fantastic to see this sort of intelligent television. Especially because Seth Macfarlane could've just produced a silly cartoon for some easy money instead.
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