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The TV Seems To Be Heating Up

After a lot of bitching and moaning about TV, there seems to be a great moment cooking here. The medical profession has been turned upside down with House of the dramatic comedic side and Grey

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70 Responses to “The TV Seems To Be Heating Up”

  1. waterbucket says:

    TV right now is awesome. So you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy? And I’m supposed to be gay?
    I love Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Earl, Battlestar, and anything on the Food Network. Guys who can cook are even more sexy than repressed cowboys.

  2. Joe Straat says:

    Well, I only watch 24 of the ones you listed (Most TV has to be too obviously clever for its own good to succeed), but I caught Boston Legal tonight, and I have to say, I have not consistently enjoyed a TV show like that for a long time.
    And, as a person who thought that 24 should’ve ended after the underwhelming Day 3, I have to say Day 5 is the best one yet after they dropped the whiny teenager. Who knew Sean Astin could play such an asshole?

  3. henryhill says:

    Here’s a dirty little secret that no one really wants to say… TV right now is producing better quality shows than Hollywood movies…
    I’d rather watch a new episode of the Sopranos then watch any of the Oscar nominated movies again…
    TV is getting better writing, acting, stars, production value, story lines…..

  4. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Yeah, there’s some very quality stuff out there. Unfortunately LOST of all things is getting praised left right and centre? Why. That show is gonna hit a brick wall sooner than later methinks.
    i loves me some Grey’s Anatomy (the casting IS fantastic on that show. Sandra Oh 4 president plz), Veronica Mars, Desperate Housewives (althought that can grate at times) and there’s some other good stuff out there. I’m getting a bit tired of the Law and Order shows. And I sorta hate the CSIs now.
    However, I really must admit that one of the best shows on TV for pure guilty-pleasure-excuberance is… The OC. I am not kidding. Have you WATCHED this season? It is so rediculously addictive.

  5. EDouglas says:

    There was a great jab at Grey’s Anatomy on Scrubs last night.

  6. combat_wombat says:

    How about The Wire and Deadwood. Along with the Sopranos, easily the best TV of the last 5 years. I’m a sci-fi fan but haven’t connected with Battlestar at all, despite constant hassle from friends who are believers.
    Comedy – Earl has to have it for bringing a new eye to half our comedy.

  7. Rufus Masters says:

    TV is better than film right now. They’re producing better shows with better actors and with better writing. Not just one channel anymore either. You got HBO, FX, Showtime. And the networks are starting to get involved too.
    The Shield is the best show going right now.

  8. Geoff says:

    I am mixed about the state of television, right now. I find myself getting increasingly bored with most dramas outside of Lost, which I think is about as good as any film out there. I know that it has been frustrating fans, but I think the show is well-acted, well constructed, and very cinematic. And this is coming from some one who has never been on the J.J. Abrams bandwagon. Amazing how so many forget that just so many years ago, he wrote the script for Armageddon.
    What’s strange is that I think that comedy is making a comeback. Scrubs is about as funny and clever as any show on television, but it looks as though it will never really find its audience, so I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
    What’s really great is to see excellent comedy actors like Jason Lee and Steve Carrell finally getting the popularity and attention they deserve. Whodathunk that Lee would be the Kevin Smith alum with the healthiest career, right now?
    And Carrell is awesome, but you just have to love the rest of The Office cast, as well, especially Rainn Wilson. Guy is damn funny, and I can still remember him in Baadaasssss. HOpefully, some Emmy nom’s will come his way.

  9. bicycle bob says:

    the sopranos is back in 11 days. thank god. been rewatching the first 5 seasons. u do forget how great a show it is because the hiatus’ are so darn long. its like their own little world there. so many characters that are great. really terrific casting. even the smallest of characters seem like they can carry their own episode.

  10. palmtree says:

    Weeds on Showtime was a great show too. Besides Mary Louise Parker (who won the Golden Globe), there is Kevin Nealon, Justin Kirk, and the glorious Elizabeth Perkins. And it was well-written with a cool homage at the end of the first season that puts Mary Louise as the godfather.

  11. Josh says:

    FX has taken over the title of “Best Network” from HBO.
    They got hit after hit. Shield, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck and I’m looking forward to the new Andre Braugher show. Thief.
    HBO has been slacking lately. Might be the long waits in between seasons. Not just Sopranos either. No new Rome’s til 2007.

  12. BluStealer says:

    I can’t live without “Grey’s” and “Desperate Housewives”. Sunday nights are complete.
    “Entourage” is my fav non hour long. So funny.

  13. waterbucket says:

    I used to like Lost to now it seems like they’re going to drag this thing out as long as they could without a plan to wrap up the main mystery in sight.
    I’m still amazed at how so many people would not give Veronica Mars a chance.

  14. Wrecktum says:

    ^ What is the main mystery on Lost? You “lost” me there….

  15. RP says:

    Thank goodness combat_wombat said it. THE WIRE and DEADWOOD are easily the best programs on television right now, with RESCUE ME and THE SHIELD close behind. THE WIRE may be the best achievement in dramatic serial storytelling since, well, since ever. It’s criminal how overlooked that show has been by the general HBO viewer.

  16. Cadavra says:

    No one’s mentioned MONK yet, a superb blend of comedy and mystery that gets it just right. And despite everyone climbing off the bandwagon, THE WEST WING and WILL & GRACE are sailing into the sunset as strong as ever. And then there’s the indefatigable GILMORE GIRLS and CROSSING JORDAN.
    Henryhill is right. Most theatrical features these days are less well-written, -acted and entertaining than a lot of television series.

  17. palmtree says:

    One that faced untimely cancellation this year was Kitchen Confidential…kind of a Scrubs in a high-end restaurant. It had a great cast too (John Cho, Frank Langella, a grown up John Francis Daley from Freaks and Geeks, sexy Jaime King). But Fox doesn’t seem to be able to sell its upscale sitcoms (see Arrested Development).

  18. James Leer says:

    Lost is just about the best-shot, best-cast drama out there. Even if you take away all its addictive mysteries, the show works like gangbusters.
    Nip/Tuck had an extremely uneven third season, but when it works, it does things that no other show could do. And I still can’t believe some of the things they get away with!
    The Office has quietly morphed into the strongest comedy on TV…much better, in my opinion, than its schedule-mate My Name is Earl. The subtlety and depth of the show reward rewatching almost as much as Arrested Development — two shows practically built for the DVD/DVR age.

  19. Geoff says:

    I completely agree with you, regarding The Office, although I really like Earl, too. The Office has really gotten better and better, each episode.
    At the beginning, each of the characters seemed one-note, but now, even Michaels tough boss from New York has been given some depth. But bottom line, the show is just flat-out funny.
    My favorite episode would have to be when the intern starts a fire in the kitchen and Dwight, who has been feeling threatened by him, starts screaming out the lyrics of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” with his name inserted. It was so juvenile and stupid, but I just had to laugh.

  20. Me says:

    I’m not much of a sci-fi geek, but the writing, acting and special effects on Battlestar Galactica have me rivetted. Even though I don’t have cable any more, I still buy the shows on Apple’s music store. I’ve already spent more on those, quite happily, than I would be willing to for most movies that came out this last year.

  21. Crow T Robot says:

    Ah Arrested… one show to bring them all, one show to bind them… it’s gonna be missed.
    I think the ball will finally drop on the CSI stuff. Like the reality TV boom all the ideas are getting a little desperate and viewers will begin demanding a new dynamic (speaking of reality, did anyone watch Joe Shmo, an evil parody of The Bachelor and Joe Millionaire… it was as brilliant as Arrested).
    The Office is another one. Originally dismissed by critics as a clone of the BBC series, but coming into its own now very nicely now. Favorite bit: When Michael and Dwight decide to work out some macho issues by karate fighting each other, one bystander is heard shouting, “Sweep the leg! Sweep the leg!”

  22. Crow T Robot says:

    I really need to read these things before I post them. Now! Now! Stimpy!
    (Good call on the Stormare commercial Poland. Brilliant. Saw it during 24 Monday night — would love to know the maniac who’s behind it)

  23. Goulet says:

    I only watch THE DAILY SHOW/COLBERT REPORT, and a few French Canadian things. But I do catch up to GILMORE GIRLS, SIX FEET UNDER, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, SOUTH PARK and a few others when they hit DVD – much easier that way.

  24. bicycle bob says:

    the british version of the office is still the gold standard of comedy. on a seinfeld type level. i didn’t like the american one at first but they finally realized they couldn’t be like the brit version so they made their own world. much better off for it. luckily too that nbc is garbage and didn’t have anything to replace it with or it would have been dead and buried.

  25. Yodas Left Nut Sac says:

    If you’re expecting the mystery on LOST to be told to you and all wrapped up soon
    than you better stop watching now because it ain’t happening. Why would they mess with a great thing?
    If you haven’t noticed they’re throwing new mysteries in there pretty much every week. So enjoy it and let the series flow.
    Been a long time since we had a show like this. With characters this good and storytelling pretty much unrivaled.

  26. waterbucket says:

    Sorry, I’m an American and I want teams to score every minute and every show to have at least some sort of resolution by the end of a season.
    Feel free to call me impatient if you must.

  27. palmtree says:

    Lost is being lazy. They can dangle all they want, but eventually they will have to show the goods and the longer they wait, the less effective it will be. Remember X-Files? With a show like 24, they keep you on your toes by revealing things so quickly but setting up new mysteries just as fast.

  28. Josh says:

    If we’re going to discuss quality, we have to start off any convo with “The Wire”. How it has not been recognized for the Emmy’s is a shame. Consistently excellent writing, acting and directing. Like a great novel. You can’t even begin to list the great performances.

  29. Wrecktum says:

    Again I ask: what mystery hasn’t been resolved on Lost? Everyone keeps talking about the “mystery” but never say what that mystery is!!
    As far as I’m concerned, almost every question brought up at the beginning of the first season has been either completely or partially resolved. There’s no overriding “mystery” at all.

  30. waterbucket says:

    My dear wrecktum (aka anus neighbor), I want to know why they were all fated to be on that plane and why they’re all here on the island. I want to know where do the numbers come from and I want to know if Jack and Sawyer will ever sneak out for some midnight loving in the jungle or not.

  31. palmtree says:

    The overriding mystery is how these people are connected (and just through random cameos in the flashbacks) and what this island is doing to them/for them. By the end of this season, they are supposed to answer the reason for the plane crashing. But they sure are taking their time to get there.
    Being said though, the Eko episode was pretty amazing (partially because we haven’t explored his character much before).

  32. palmtree says:

    I meant “not just through random cameos”

  33. Wrecktum says:

    1) They’re on the island because their plane crashed. There’s never been any hint otherwise.
    2) The numbers are used for the computer in the bunker. The fact that they’re “lucky” or “unlucky” is a coincidence.
    3) Let’s hope so.

  34. Bruce says:

    The mystery of the Island.
    The mystery of why is there a hatch there? Who are “the Others”? Why was the Frenchwomen there for 16 yrs? Why do people see things on the island? Polar bears? Black smoke? The “Monster”? Why are there so much coincidences going on between characters and their past lives? Why does everything have the Dharma symbol on it? Why do the #’s keep popping up? Why did the plane crash? Why did the psychic want Claire’s baby on the island? Why was the film footage found in a bible on the other side of the island? Why was it taken? What do The Others want with the “good people”? Has every character on the island been involved with a killing?
    There is so much to this show. I do hope they have an end game in place eventually and aren’t making crap up as they go along.

  35. palmtree says:

    2) The numbers are used for the computer in the bunker. The fact that they’re “lucky” or “unlucky” is a coincidence.
    Yeah, but why those numbers?
    And no, the show made it pretty clear it is not a coincidence. If it were, that’s way more disappointing than not revealing the secret.

  36. palmtree says:

    And what has been happening to Walt?

  37. Bruce says:

    You just have no idea where they’re going with the Walt thing. It could go in fifty different ways. I got no idea. I heard they were recasting. Then I heard not. Does he come back older, younger, the same? Does he come back at all? How are they going to deal with his aging process since he is in puberty in real life.
    Wow. You can analyze this show forever.

  38. BluStealer says:

    I’m more interested in the flashbacks and the characters than anything else on “Lost”.

  39. waterbucket says:

    I’m so frustrated with Lost that I now only watch it on tape so I can fast forward the flashbacks, which have long ceased to contribute to the island’s mysteries.

  40. BluStealer says:

    The flashbacks add many different layers to the characters. And that’s why we keep coming back. For the characters. Storytelling at its best. You’re missing out if you don’t watch them.

  41. Charly Baltimore says:

    There is something about LOST that scares the ever living shit out of me.
    I watch it, I like it, I buy the dvd’s, I check the message board and all that but I got this bad feeling like the people behind the show just don’t know where the hell it’s going.
    I see it ending up like the X-FILES and ALIAS. Not knowing how to wrap up anything and never seeing a finish line. Stays on too long and gets really stale. The made up things becoming really too obvious.
    It won’t keep me from watching it religiously but it does temper my enthusiasm for it.

  42. Geoff says:

    If you read the talkbacks on AICN and others, it seems that a lot of fans are truly frustrated with this show, but I still really dig it. I mean, sure, sometimes, it can be frustrating when a smart-enough character like Jack just does not ASK the head “Other” what the hell is going on. But for the most part, I really dig the ride. This is a very strong cast, giving mostly good performances, driving a very interesting story.
    Do we need all stories spoonfed to us? I mean, hell, there are three Law and Order shows that do that, every week. Self-contained stories. But this is a different animal. Will it end up going the way of The X Files? Who knows? For the most part, X Files was a very entertaining show that just petered out, the last few seasons.
    Seems to me that for any drama and most comedies, the MAX should be FIVE years. That’s it. I mean, look at ER, have not watched it in years, but from the promo’s, it looks pathetic! Every week, a “special” event like a helicopter crash or nuclear explosion near the hospital and every Sweeps, there seems to be a new B-level cast member. They should really put that show out of its misery.

  43. Angelus21 says:

    I like working for the answers. I don’t like the spoonfed CSI/ER/Law and Order stuff. Give me the complex. I don’t want an easy answer.
    The people complaining about shows like Lost wouldn’t be happy if you told them everything anyway. They’d find something else to complain about. Who cares if they bitch anyway?
    They’re still watching.

  44. Bruce says:

    ER is a show that really wore out its welcome. It couldn’t handle the cast changes that are a part of any ensemble. Think about it. Who has connected besides the original cast?

  45. Mark Ziegler says:

    One thing all these shows listed here have in common is great acting. From each one you can list more than one actor on the show who is giving a great performance. Every week. It used to be tv was the bastard child to film and no self respecting actor would be caught doing tv. Now it is the place to work. All the diverse casts. Women can actually find good roles. The women on Desperate Housewives would be unemployed if they were waiting for big screen work. Ellen Pompeo was a bit player in a few movies. Glenn Close never had better stuff to do than on The Shield last year. It is amazing.

  46. PetalumaFilms says:

    I’m with Charly on his LOST assessment. I love the show but think they have NO idea where it’s going and I have limited faith that JJ Abrahms can stay focused long enough to find an answer. I’m hanging in there though, it’s a great show…all “blue balls” aside. A real mystery is why and how wrecktum stumbles into intellegent conversation with such lame ass readings…like the one of Lost.
    I try not to get wrapped up in TV but Lost, 24, Scrubs, Earl, The Office and Entourage are all great entertainment….I can’t escape it.

  47. joefitz84 says:

    You want a reason that tv is better than movies right now? Check out the films playing in theatres right now. The top 10 at the Box Office. That’s why. It’s all garbage out there right now and why would someone leave their sofa with 3 programs a night to watch and Tivo to see crap?

  48. Yodas Right Nut Sac says:

    I’m a 24 addict.
    Jack Bauer is the MAN.
    You’re missing out too if you haven’t caught BOONDOCKS yet. I think they coined the phrase “subversive” because of this show. Great combo with FAMILY GUY on the Cartoon Net.
    If you want to hear some LOST hate/baloney check out the AICN Talkbacks on it. The phrase Jump the Shark has been used a few times.

  49. jeffmcm says:

    Boondocks is very good.

  50. Mark Ziegler says:

    Any cartoon that has Al Sharpton protesting against is fine by me.
    One thing on tv I can’t stand. Reality shows.

  51. Wrecktum says:

    “A real mystery is why and how wrecktum stumbles into intellegent conversation with such lame ass readings…like the one of Lost.”
    Wow, that’s a real dickish thing to say. I don’t remember dissing you about your opinions, why do you have to piss all over me?
    I’ve watched Lost religiously since day one and I guarantee you I know more about the show than most people. I strongly believe that all the verbal diarrhea disgorged about Lost really does the show a disservice. Fans of the show have built so many complex conspiracies about the show mythology that any resolutions the writers come up with, whether elegant or inelegant, are bound to disappoint.
    That’s why I choose to 1) not try to second guess the writers and their creative endeavors by constantly positing crazy ideas about what’s actually going on and 2) assume everything will be revealed in time.
    I choose to assume that there’s no overriding mystery going on. I believe everything is a coincidence (I guess I’m a man of science, huh?). I think the show should be watched not as some sort of Agatha Christie yarn, but rather as a study of disparate characters thrown into an unknown, hopeless situation and there reactions to that situation. The black and white stones, the numbers, the swan logo, the Others? Macguffins.
    So, if you think my readings are “lame ass” and that I “stumble” into your “intelligent conversations”, just remember that you’re talking about a fucking TV show about people stuck on an island and stop being such a high-and-mighty boor.

  52. Sanchez says:

    ET Weekly had some good theories on Lost this week too. I’ve read 1,000 of these theories. And probably all 1,000 are wrong. But that is some of the fun of the show. Watercooler shows are hard to come by.
    My theory is it’s purgatory. And the characters need to find redemption for their past.

  53. PandaBear says:

    I can’t watch these shows unless they run consecutive. I just cannot take the endless and mind numbing reruns and 6 weeks between new episodes. The DVD era has taken over me.

  54. James Leer says:

    “I’m with Charly on his LOST assessment. I love the show but think they have NO idea where it’s going..”
    I keep seeing people allege this…based on what? I mean, they were planting stuff in the first season that’s paying off now! And they have said repeatedly that they have the seasons mapped out, they know the answers to all the mysteries, have the season arcs and finales in mind for the next two years, etc.
    “Lost” clearly has a season bible, like most shows, and every indication is that they DO know where they’re going. Sometimes people think the opposite just because they didn’t tie up every storyline in the first season and end the show.

  55. jeffmcm says:

    I think X-Files would have been a better show if they had planned it all out, but of course they didn’t expect to last very long or be a big hit, either. After a few seasons I would say that _that_ was a show that didn’t have any idea of where they were going and had to keep muddying the waters of their plots in order to forestall any conclusion.

  56. Josh says:

    If you think they planned everything out you really should watch the extras on the DVD. Especially the interviews with the writers and producers.
    Where they said they were going to kill off Jack in the pilot. If they had a “Bible”, wouldn’t that be a big thing and change the whole show? He’s only the main character now. The leader of the tribe. The show is evolving. But you can fear that they won’t payoff in the end.

  57. Aladdin Sane says:

    My ‘drama’ allegiances are to DEADWOOD, LOST, 24 & PRISON BREAK (yeah, yeah, over the top and absoludicrous, but it’s entertaining)
    I love VERONICA MARS, but am waiting until season 2 is on DVD to catch up. I’ve only got limited cable, so both it and Lost are on at the same time…I hope it’s not the same way next week.
    I loved ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT a lot…hope it gets picked up by Showtime…Love MY NAME IS EARL, missed a bit, would definitely invest in DVD for it…and even EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS is fun to watch on occasion.
    Five years ago I didn’t care much for TV, but 24 hooked me and the past coupla years there’ve been some great shows popping up. I think I’m stretched about as far as I wanna be though between watching hockey and the shows that I like…

  58. PetalumaFilms says:

    Wrectum- how can you be a fan of LOST and think the numbers are a “coincidence” and the only reason those people landed there was so the show would have a premise. That’s just naive beyond comprehension. Hurley’s lottery numbers are the numbers on the hatch for no reason? Dude. Come on. Jack was the doctor who chose to save his future wife rather than the father of Shannon and Boone just…because? I assure you there’s something to these things.
    james- I think they’re LOST on LOST because there’s never any answers, only more questions. For instance, why has the fact that Locke was in a wheelchair never ever shown or mentioned by him or anyone. It’s like it’s forgotten. Maybe they aren’t at wits end as to whats happenning and maybe they really *know* but are stringing it out for the sake of milking it….I hope that’s the case.

  59. Wrecktum says:

    “Wrectum- how can you be a fan of LOST and think the numbers are a “coincidence” and the only reason those people landed there was so the show would have a premise. That’s just naive beyond comprehension. Hurley’s lottery numbers are the numbers on the hatch for no reason? Dude. Come on. Jack was the doctor who chose to save his future wife rather than the father of Shannon and Boone just…because? I assure you there’s something to these things.”
    Thanks for not being as snide a prick this time. Yes, I think it’s a coincidence. Hurley’s lotto numbers originated on the island. His sanitarium buddy heard them being transmitted and the “bad luck” started there. The “bad luck” is all in Hurley’s head. The numbers may have meaning beyond what we’ve seen so far, but the meaning has nothing to do with Hurley’s one in a billion chance to win the lottery.
    As for Jack’s chance encounter with Mr. Rutherford…I don’t see it any different than the way Robert Altman artfully connected his characters in Nashville and Shortcuts; the interaction between people in this world is fascinating and random and it shows how connected our environments actually are without our knowledge.
    The way you describe it is that there’s some bizarre cosmic significance to these events. Something that could only be chalked up to the supernatural if read that way….and the supernatural is something that ABC mandated this show not be. The creators were forced to keep the stories rooted in reality, which means that chance and coincidence are logical conclusions for the so called grand “mystery” that people so tenuously cling to when they exhaustively yammer on about.

  60. lindenen says:

    It doesn’t matter if they perfectly resolve every single storyline, no matter what it is, it’ll be a letdown because the expectation and wonder is the fun part.

  61. bicycle bob says:

    well abc hit a home run with lost. it gets people talking and obsessing about the show days after it runs. for better or worse. it takes a lot of effort to keep up a good show especially a mystery show like this. i hope they can do it.

  62. Cadavra says:

    LOST is basically this decade’s TWIN PEAKS, only more accessible (and entertaining). I suspect the writers are deliberately writing themselves into corners so they can see how they can get out of them, and that they truly have no real idea of where they’re going, assuming that when the time comes, they’ll somehow figure out a way to wrap it all up. I enjoy the show, but I’m not obsessed with it; I think they’re trying too hard to wave their “aren’t-we-clever?” flag.

  63. palmtree says:

    “The creators were forced to keep the stories rooted in reality, which means that chance and coincidence are logical conclusions for the so called grand “mystery” that people so tenuously cling to when they exhaustively yammer on about.”
    Polar bears in the tropics? A weird smoke thing that “scans” Eko? Locke being able to walk? How are these thing coincidental?
    Last episdoe was a good one though, the flashbacks went back to times earlier in the show which made it an interesting fill-in. HOpe it does that more often.

  64. Charly Baltimore says:

    One thing LOST is not is based in reality.
    It is so far from reality. It’s way WAY out there. For all we know everyone is dead.
    Like Sayid said “We had a major plane crash. The plane split in two. And most everyone came out with a few minor cuts and bruises.”
    That’s reality?
    Remember this about TWIN PEAKS. As good as it was it also had no idea where it was going and quickly flamed out.
    Anyone else hear the rumor tha Mark Frost is looking to do a show with Kyle McLachlan and his Agent Cooper character?
    Here it is:
    Finally there’s talk about a sequel that makes sense. Well, not exactly “makes sense”

  65. Lynn says:

    There are plenty of people who don’t consider themselves geeks who are loving Battlestar Galactica. It made a lot of critics’ top 10 lists last year. In an amusing coincidence, there were positive and interesting essays that appeared about it during the same week in The New Yorker and The National Review (and I’m sure to the annoyance of both, they made a lot of similar points). It’s by far the most thoughtful and intelligent metaphor for the post-9/11 era. It’s very refreshing that a show isn’t being ignored by critics because it’s sci-fi and on basic cable. If only the Emmy people were half as smart.
    I’m also enjoying Veronica Mars, Lost, The Shield, Prison Break and 24, and looking forward to the eventual return of Weeds, Entourage, Deadwood, Rome and The Wire.
    TV has a lot to offer right now. Maybe MCN needs a TV blogger/columnist 🙂
    And I’m off to the Paley Festival tonight for the Battlestar Galactica evening. Should be interesting.

  66. Mark Ziegler says:

    The Emmy people are brain dead. I don’t think they even watch tv.

  67. joefitz84 says:

    A tv columnist would be cool but the site is called MOVIE city news after all. Right?

  68. Blackcloud says:

    The last live-action show I watched regularly was “Cheers.” Which went off the air in 1993. I do, however, swear by “The Simpsons,” as my many exchanges with Crow T Robot demonstrated. I have seen exactly zero seconds of “Lost” (and most of the other shows named in this thread). I am, however, looking forward to the new season of “Doctor Who,” which should start around Easter.

  69. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    I don’t watch Battlestar Galactica, but isn’t Mary McDonald fantastic? That’s what I’ve heard.
    “LOST is basically this decade’s TWIN PEAKS, only more accessible (and entertaining).”
    BLASPHEMY! I can understand bringing Twin Peaks up as a reference, but to say it’s better (or, I assume that’s what you also mean by “entertaining”) is just not on. Twin Peaks = my favourite show ever.
    Charly where did you get that piece of news btw?

  70. Lynn says:

    Mary McDonnell is fantastic, as is Edward James Olmos and the younger members of the cast. Unlike on most TV shows (and in many movies) the actors playing roles like pilots actually look the part — not like waiflike models.
    Fans of the show may appreciate this:
    joefitz, it is MovieCityNews, but the movie city produces TV, too, and it’s too good to ignore right now.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon