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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #500 on: May 06, 2012, 03:59:29 PM »

Yeah, I've hit a point where I seldom watch the extended interviews anymore, and in Barton's case I didn't make it through the regular interview part without shouting at the TV, so.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #501 on: May 11, 2012, 09:56:18 PM »

You know, I liked The Finder.  For two main reasons:

1. The procedural genre seriously needed some fucking levity;
2. Michael Clark Duncan makes EVERYTHING better.  (Even Daredevil.)

Well, looks like it only made it the one half-season and got cancelled.  It ended either on an unresolved cliffhanger or a Pythonesque/Seinfeldian downer, depending on your perspective.

My fiancee is very frustrated about that.  It's cute.  It's her first experience with Fox unceremoniously cancelling a show she liked.  (We all remember our first time, right?  Mine was The Critic.)

Course, the other thing is that Finder was backdoor-piloted out of Bones and I'm sure Hart Hanson is aware he can always pull a Chris Carter and just give it a backdoor finale.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #502 on: May 12, 2012, 09:11:19 AM »

So, Veep is sorta like Joe Biden: The Show.  With Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Joe Biden.  Also, Matt Walsh and Tony Hale are there.  It's pretty funny, but ... smart funny.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #503 on: May 14, 2012, 09:06:42 AM »

Bleeding Cool is talking about Wastelanders, a Whedon/Ellis collaboration that they intend to make into a Web serial.

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It’s riskier than “Dr. Horrible.” There is no soundtrack album. It’s not kid-friendly. It’s kind of a darker piece. But I’m in a position to take some risks and I feel very strongly about the material…

With “Wastelanders,” my intent is to put it on the internet. That’s the notion, to create an entertainment for people that works as a series and then comes together as a movie. The internet is interesting to me as a destination.
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WASTELANDERS is where Joss’ sense that too few people followed the example of DR HORRIBLE meets my obsession with the QUATERMASS serials, which were half-hour episodes. Short-form genre serials of the kind that tv just doesn’t make anymore. What we eventually came up with was very much a fusion of British and American styles, and very much a fusion of my style and Joss’ style. And full-on science fiction.

Hell yes.

I think I am even more excited about this than the Dr. Horrible sequel.  Because Dr. Horrible was exciting precisely because it was Different and Risky, and as much as I look forward to revisiting that world those values must necessarily diminish in a sequel.

Wastelanders sounds like it, too, is Different and Risky, and has an entirely different sensibility from Dr. Horrible.

Ellis is simply The Best at dark high-concept SF.  And maybe with a collaborator like Whedon he can actually create something with a satisfying ending.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #504 on: May 18, 2012, 09:58:33 AM »

So have we talked about the upcoming Cosmos series yet?

Ann Druyan (Carl Sagan's widow) is directly involved, Neil DeGrasse Tyson will host, and it's going to be on Fox because Seth MacFarlane has put his weight behind it.  Good for him.

Dorothy Pomerantz at Forbes has a MacFarlane-focused writeup (Jesus Christ, he was TWENTY-FIVE when Family Guy started?), and io9 has a video of the interview.

Some interesting bedfellows -- not only because the show's appearing on Fox, but

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MacFarlane’s path to Cosmos started with the Science & Entertainment Exchange, an organization set up by Airplane director Jerry Zucker to help Hollywood work with scientists to ensure shows like CSI are factually correct.

Interesting, and good for Zucker.  He and MacFarlane certainly have a similar style of comedy, but they don't seem to have a hell of a lot in common in their political beliefs.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #505 on: May 18, 2012, 01:49:03 PM »

Man. Fuck.
So Blue Moon has a TV spot that I thought was kind of neat.

Brewmaster's Touch :30 TV Commercial

The first person who thinks that this is a great encapsulation of my lack of taste...
... I guess they're not the last?
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #506 on: May 18, 2012, 02:54:03 PM »

Also, the community S3.e20 "Digital Estate Planning" is another episode carefully tailored to exploit my nostalgia.

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Yeah, I voted that the 16 bit era was the mightiest.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #507 on: May 25, 2012, 06:37:51 AM »

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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #508 on: May 25, 2012, 06:49:48 AM »

Is that who I think it is?  :whoops:
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #509 on: May 25, 2012, 01:36:34 PM »

GOD DAMN IT PAM
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #510 on: June 14, 2012, 10:05:39 AM »

On the one hand, "Munsters Remake" is not a phrase that fills me with excitement or longing.

On the other hand, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Portia de Rossi as Lily, and the guy from Sliders as Herman are all really excellent casting choices.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #511 on: June 14, 2012, 01:45:18 PM »

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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #512 on: July 05, 2012, 08:02:37 AM »

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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #513 on: July 05, 2012, 09:31:16 AM »

I watched some episodes of The New Girl while I was over at my cousin's house. It's basically The Big Bang Theory if someone did a find/replace of "awkward and nerdy" with "quirky and sophisticated" and then cut the laugh track.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #514 on: July 05, 2012, 02:26:57 PM »

That's just a word for word reshot of the original IT episode, complete with other nerd. And Joel McHale is the token "good looking guy" on shows. I don't understand why they thought he should play an ugly nerd.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #515 on: July 05, 2012, 02:27:44 PM »

Oh. And the reason I came to this thread is because apparently Neil Cicierega is doing music for the upcoming cartoon Gravity Falls.
I'm sold.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #516 on: July 05, 2012, 02:40:00 PM »

Haha, no shit? Hope the credits actually just say "Music by Lemon Demon".
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #517 on: July 05, 2012, 02:56:16 PM »

Neil Cicierega was asked to do theme music, but his pitches were REJECTED! Also the show is no longer "upcoming" as it already aired. Everything Lottel says is a lie.

Although Kristen Schaal is on the show so don't let Lottel's Lascivious Lies lure you away from the show.

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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #518 on: July 05, 2012, 03:38:19 PM »

So does anyone actually like Battle Star Galactica sincerely?

Because I'm pretty sure the only reason to watch was fat Apollo.
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Re: Random TV Thoughts
« Reply #519 on: July 05, 2012, 04:00:02 PM »

First two season are bangarang. Third season starts off okay, but has problems like how the only way to show character change is by physical changes (Apollo is fat, Adama has a mustache, Tigh is Cyclops), then scuttles their unique premise for more wandering aimlessly in space action. Which is okay, but eventually it settles into a kind of slightly grazes deeper themes and focus more on unraveling the Lost-levels of mythology. And some of the most interesting plots (Baltar on a Basestar!) go nowhere, and some things are explained but not really clarified or answered. Then it kind of all comes to a more-or-less satisfying finally that holds things together for at least the first two-thirds.

So yeah, I sincerely enjoyed it. The second-season destabilized enough to make it lose "Best On Television" status, and the remaining seasons just kind of keep it above water. That first season though, man, what a doozy.
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