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  1. Hey, so I was thinking the other day that we don't really have a thread for TV shows that don't generate enough discussion to warrant their own threads, but you might want to discuss them when something important happens or whatever. Like for example, the other day there was random discussion of "Breaking Bad" buried in the "what was the last film you watched?" thread, that will never be easily found in a search. Of course the individual threads should continue, so I'll link them here. If I missed any let me know! http://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9334'>24http://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=14990'>Battlestar Galacticahttp://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=6934'>Doctor Whohttp://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=14059'>Dollhousehttp://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=18143'>Fringehttp://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=16204'>Heroeshttp://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9342'>LOSThttp://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=17571'>MythBustershttp://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=15084'>The Office (US)http://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=16850'>Scrubshttp://jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=16367'>South Park I'll kick it off: This season of Big Love is excellent! Anybody watch? Also: Has anybody checked out Kings or Castle? I was curious how they were.
  2. I was one of those that grew up with the late Tom Baker stories, and I wanted to BE Peter Davison when I was littler....Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy weren't helped by some dumb stories (it never really got any better than Tom Baker and the Genesis of the Daleks, story-wise....though Colin Baker had a few good'uns to chew on....) And so, 16 years have passed since the good Doctor and Ace went off for that cup of tea, and in a little under 24 hours a new series starts......finally....... .....not to discard the Paul McGann show, but it just wasn't Dr Who.....not really.....half human, huh?......though Eric Roberts made a good Master (not in Roger Delgado's league though.....) So - 16 years' wait are almost at an end - I can only hope it was worth it all, but by the look of the trailers, boy, am I in for a treat for the next few Saturday nights at 7pm...... Greg - who feels that we should move our living-room around so that there is room to hide behind the sofa.....
  3. I'm sick of combining talk of upcoming shows with discussion of shows airing into one thread, so now they are separated like Films and Scores and Books TIL USA Network is creating a Jason Bourne spinoff TV series called Treadstone that will star Jeremy Irvine, Brian J. Smith, Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor (Quantico), Hyo Joo Han (W: Two Worlds), Gabrielle Scharnitzky (The Game), and Emilia Schüle (Berlin Station). https://deadline.com/2019/01/bourne-drama-series-treadstone-cast-omar-metwally-tracy-ifeachor-1202534766/ I can't imagine this will be any good, but maybe the score will be fun, or some of the (non-dead) movie actors will cameo
  4. House of the Dragon, HBO’s straight-to-series prequel to Game Of Thrones, is on track for a 2022 debut, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys said in an interview with Deadline during TCA.
  5. This will for sure be the best new show on television next year. The books this show is based on are on par with Lord of the Rings quality wise, but more realistic, dark and gritty. By the way "Game of Thrones" is scored by oscar winner Stephen Warbeck, not bad in my eyes and this further shows the ambition and quality HBO is known for! This is a 10 minutes behind the scenes look
  6. The Office is back, so I figured it deserved its own thread. The one last night was pretty good. I was a bit dissapointed at how it seemed a bit too dramatic for The Office, but it was still filled with tons of hilarious scenes. Angela: "Don't joke about that!"
  7. As I predicted, they are no longer referring to the 8 episodes that aired in 2012 as "Season 5 Part 1", it's just "Season 5". The 8 episodes airing this July-Aug are "Season 6". Here's the press release for the Season 5 DVD/Blu Ray! (There are no spoilers within for Season 5 or 6)
  8. Ed Harris joins the cast of HBO's Westworld. By god! http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y238/Alexcremers/mxj3ssoabelh-600x338_zpsa381e7c5.jpg He'll be playing 'the man in black': http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y238/Alexcremers/westworld_zps9cb7933b.jpg http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ed-harris-set-as-key-724626
  9. Martin Freeman will play the William H Macy character, and Billy Bob Thornton is playing a new character Show is exec produced by the Coen Brothers, and the pilot is written by Noah Hawley (Bones, The Unusuals, My Generation) and directed by Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Californication, House of Lies) http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sherlocks-martin-freeman-fargo-637395
  10. Couldn't find one. And damn it the show deserves one! Mid season finale for Season 4 just wrapped up. Glad to see them . It was also probably the best of the series (entire show, for you UKers), perhaps even better than the series premier.
  11. Yep, apparently maybe they might be doing it but not officially yet so sorta who knows. Viva la Lando!
  12. His Dark Materials 1x01 Lyra's Jordan Well that was... ok. It made me think of the Golden Compass movie more than a few times, which I suppose was unavoidable, but overall I didn't think enough interesting and compelling things actually happened in this episode to get anyone hooked. I guess that can happen when you want to do a thorough adaptation of a book and you probably know ahead of time you're going to get renewed so can just do whatever, but they probably should have started with a double-length premiere so some more juicy stuff can happen to start. We'll still check out the next episode but there really wasn't anything particularly compelling here.
  13. AMC has greenlit a pilot for a Saul Goodman spinoff, set before the events of Breaking Bad. http://www.joblo.com/joblo/news/50266
  14. Admin note: Continuation of the original thread What was that all about? Just savin' the world.
  15. 'WandaVision' Disney+ release date leaks and it's way sooner than expected
  16. So, these are the shows with Emmy nominations this year: Outstanding Drama Series “Better Call Saul” (AMC) “The Crown” (Netflix) “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) “Killing Eve” (BBC America) “The Mandalorian” (Disney+) “Ozark” (Netflix) “Stranger Things” (Netflix) “Succession” (HBO) Outstanding Comedy Series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO) “The Good Place” (NBC) “Dead to Me” (Netflix) “Insecure” (HBO) “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix) “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime Video) “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV) “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX) Outstanding Limited Series “Watchmen” (HBO) “Mrs. America” (FX on Hulu) “Unbelievable” (Netflix) “Unorthodox” (Netflix) “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson, “black-ish” Don Cheadle, “Black Monday” Ted Danson, “The Good Place” Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method” Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” Ramy Youssef, “Ramy” Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me” Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Linda Cardellini, “Dead to Me” Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” Issa Rae, “Insecure” Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish” Outstanding Variety Talk Series “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central) “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS) “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC) “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO) “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jason Bateman, “Ozark” Brian Cox, “Succession” Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” Steve Carrell “The Morning Show” Jeremy Strong, “Succession” Billy Porter, “Pose” Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show” Olivia Colman, “The Crown” Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” Laura Linney, “Ozark” Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” Zendaya, “Euphoria” Outstanding Competition Program “The Masked Singer” (Fox) “Nailed It!” (Netflix) “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) “Top Chef” (Bravo) “The Voice” (NBC) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie Jeremy Irons, “Watchmen” Hugh Jackman, “Bad Education” Paul Mescal, “Normal People” Jeremy Pope, “Hollywood” Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True” Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America” Shira Haas, “Unorthodox” Regina King, “Watchmen” Octavia Spencer, “Self-Made” Kerry Washington, “Little Fires Everywhere” Outstanding Animated Program Big Mouth • Disclosure The Movie: The Musical! • Netflix • Netflix Bob's Burgers • Pig Trouble In Little Tina • FOX • 20th Century Fox Television BoJack Horseman • The View From Halfway Down • Netflix • Tornante Productions, LLC Rick And Morty • The Vat Of Acid Episode • Adult Swim • Rick and Morty, LLC The Simpsons • Thanksgiving Of Horror • FOX • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) The Crown • Aberfan • Netflix • Martin Phipps, Composer Euphoria • Bonnie And Clyde • HBO • Labrinth, Composer The Mandalorian • Chapter 8: Redemption • Disney+ • Ludwig Göransson, Composer Ozark • All In • Netflix • Danny Bensi, Composer, Saunder Jurriaans, Composer Succession • This Is Not For Tears • HBO • Nicholas Britell, Music by Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score) Hollywood • Hooray For Hollywood: Part 2 • Netflix • Nathan Barr, Composer Little Fires Everywhere • The Spider Web • Hulu • Mark Isham, Composer, Isabella Summers, Composer Mrs. America • Reagan • FX Networks • Kris Bowers, Score by Unorthodox • Part 1 • Netflix • Antonio Gambale, Composer Watchmen • It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice • HBO • Trent Reznor, Music by, Atticus Ross, Music by Full list of nominations here.
  17. Here's something that's actually nostalgic by now: the 2 part episode on TV shows. Trek fans know those all too well, with classic 2 part or even 3 part episode arcs that became memorable and epic cliffhangers, like the beloved The Best of Both Worlds from TNG. As for myself, I grew up with the Justice League cartoon, and all of its episodes on the first 2 seasons were two-parter or three-parter. I loved being glued to the TV as a young boy when the JL heroes got stranded in a bad situation at the end of a Part 1, and then the situation being resolved on the Part 2. When I was a teen, I also loved Lost, Battlestar Galactica and The X-Files (binging the show on DVD). All of those had cool cliffhangers, 2 parters and 3 parters, that formed great story arcs. But now, apparently this trope is gone. I guess the shows on this era of television aren't that fond of the idea of 2 or 3 episodes story arcs. They prefer smaller seasons (from 8 to 13 episodes) composed of mini movies, on which the story (inside the longer arc of the season) begins and ends within the same episode. Take a modern show like Game of Thrones, for instance. In the old days, an episode like the Battle of Blackwater, the Battle of the Bastards and the siege of Winterfell could've been a 2 part episode, with a cool cliffhanger connecting the two. These days, they prefer making longer episodes, the size of a movie (70 to 80 minutes), but with the beginning, the middle and the end of the battle. Heck, Westworld's season finales so far were over 90 minutes long. And the show had some 70 minute episodes on the middle of their seasons (like the awesome The Riddle of the Sphinx). And this is a little odd, because the concept of a 2 part episode sounds pretty good on a Netflix binge era. But for current drama/action/sci-fi/fantasy shows, it's much more probable to find very long episodes than a story arc that goes for 2 episodes. Which is a little sad. One of the reasons I loved 2 parters in my youth was that they felt special in comparison with the other episodes. When you're watching through a season, but then you come across as an episode that is labeled "Part 1", you know things are gonna get serious and important, because this is a crucial episode for the show's long story arc. Trek fans, of course, can relate to this. Of course, some shows still do two parters once in a while (The Good Place comes to mind), but now unfortunately this trope feels like a relic from a bygone era. But what do you guys think? Do you miss the 2 part episodes or do you prefer the way it's been done today, with longer episodes?
  18. My brother introduced me to The Big Bang Theory sitcom. I think it's really great Normally not so much a fan of sitcoms (except maybe Friends and Life According to Jim sometimes) I have watched the entire Season 1 and I am waiting for Season 2-4 to come out here. Do you watch it, like it or hate it?
  19. As far as I know, it hasn't made an appearance in the U.S yet But I enjoyed every Episode of the 3 Episode pilot of this. What also stood out was the music, some of which was gripping. Plenty of lietmotif. Last night, Holmes was sitting around bored waiting for a case, and when he picked up the phone, his 'theme' as such began to play . And the finale of last night's one had gripping music. Decided to finally see who had composed the music, and apparently it is David Arnold and Michael Price. The 3 episodes are on BBC Iplayer if you're in Britain and missed the three episodes. I hope they make more, and I hear it has been very successful so I would think we will see more. I think the casting was superb. It was one of those ideas that right away I interestingly thought - "Yeah, that will work" when the premise was a modern day version of Holmes and Watson. Here is the basic intro theme, but clever variations of this appear through the episodes in a more orchestral form. Unfortunatley there are no example of its music, to share yet. Although I'll try and grab some from Iplayer sometime.
  20. Well this came out of nowhere http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=109380
  21. http://www.avclub.com/articles/vince-gilligan-follows-up-breaking-bad-with-a-dete,103380/
  22. I noticed something cool during last night's new Galactica. Might've just been imagining things, but it seemed to me that at least part of the battle that consumed the last two acts was heavily influenced by, if not a direct homage to, the Battle of Yavin. Mainly the control/command room, the distorted voices over the radio (this was the one that made me realize it), and even some of the cockpit shots when Vipers were shot down. I know I might be the only one here who saw this, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
  23. I noticed that there isn't a thread for this show here, so thought I'd start one. I just finished watching the second episode of Season 2 and wanted to know what other people's thoughts of this show are? There will be spoilers... I watched the first season on DVD which I think helped me appreciate it more than I would've on a week to week basis. The show started fairly strong, with a premise that was part X-Files, part Alias and part LOST. The "monster-of-the-week" format really doesn't do much for me these days, I guess because I'm such a follower of serialised shows like LOST, so the first half of the season really took some warming to. I didn't dislike the characters; I particularly loved Walter Bishop and found him a refreshing and entertaining main character, but Peter's pessimism annoyed me and Olivia didn't seem any deeper than a Sydney Bristow clone. The personal development of these people really wasn't touched on to begin with which was disappointing - the most entertaining part of Sydney Bristow's character when Alias started was her strained relationship with her dad juxtaposed with her friends and her love interest, and they were all fleshed out early on. Same with LOST, which was character first, mystery second, at least to start with). However, the show really hit its stride in the latter half of the season when the seemingly unrelated "Fringe" incidents took shape and became tied to the mythology. Some awesome revelations took place which gave the characters a lot more weight (though Olivia's discovery that she was experimented on as a child echoed Sydney's childhood more than a little bit) and it became an exciting and intriguing show. Some truly interesting characters popped up too, mainly Nina Sharp and William Bell (the always excellent Leonard Nimoy, albeit in a brief appearance in the last episode). The second season started well - though the second episode is once again a standalone monster affair - and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes from here, and just what the writers have in store. So... Anyone else watch the show?
  24. Since 3 episodes have now been released on Blu-ray, and season one will be released this year, I think it's good to have a thread about this fine series. I received my Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Next Level only this morning and have watched the series pilot, Encounter at Farpoint. First of all, I have to say that this blu-ray looks rather spectacular. The early seasons of TNG always had that rather soft, fuzzy look to them, and since I only ever saw this pilot on VHS it's like seeing this for the first time. The image is crisp, sharp and detailed, the colors are vibrant. The Enterprise D looks breathtaking in 1080p. Save the revamped Enterprise from Star Trek TMP this is the most majestic Enterprise there has ever been. The other special effects are actually pretty good, considering the era and the fact that it's for TV. Some of the set design of Far point looks a bit cheesy, but all the Enterprise sets still work, and the bridge looks great. (I never noticed the Battle bridge resembled the bridge from TOS so much in it's lay out.) Also great that they did not attempt to convert this to 16:9. Ir looks great in the original format in which is was shot. The only dynamic criticism my nerd brain had was that they should have used CGI to replace Colm Meany, or atleast get him into the right color uniform. Now, the episode. It's actually not as bad as I remembered. It helps if you know that all that is wrong with this pilot will eventually fade away and TNG becomes brilliant. The story, by Rodenberry and TOS veteran D.C. Fontana is very old school Trek, it's concepts reek of the 60's. If this script would have been filmed in the 60's it might have been ok. But even in 1987 this must have seemed cheesy, melodramatic and frankly unoriginal. A lot of things do work though. Q may be a re-do of characters like Trelane, but John DeLancie is deliciously diabolical. And his trail against humanity is actually the most interesting part of the story. The acting is not very good. It's typical pilot-acting when the actors haven't really grasped yet what either the show or their characters are about. Frakes is decent, so is Spiner, but Sirtis and McFadden are awful. Westley isn't actually as annoying as he is in the rest of season one. Dorn makes little impact despite the fact that he's playing a "f*ckin' Klingon on the bridge of the Enterprise". The most important element is Patrick Stewart. In 1987 there was only one true captain of the Enterprise, even though at the time he was an Admiral, and wore a toupet. Creating a character and casting an actor who is in many way the exact opposite of William Shatner's swashbuckling, devil may care heartthrob Kirk is most likely what helped get TNG through the difficult first season and on to glory. Patrick Stewart in this pilot does not yet display the subtlety that his Picard would gain later. But many aspects of the character are already there. The stern, authoritative exterior, the brilliant voice, the sense of humour. Picard does come of a bit of an ass hole at first. Certainly in his first dealings with Riker. And having him surrender to Q somehow feels wrong. Stewart and DeLancie make this pilot! Oh and Deforest Kelly, who plays the ageing McCoy under a layer of crappy latex (Kelly is always great when he gets to exaggerate his southern accent). The music by Dennis McCarthy is very different in tone to what would become the norm for the series. Especially in the first half it's very cheesy and rather chintzy. A small 1980's TV orchestra trying to sound like a full symphony orchestra, with crappy 1980's synths to make it a little more dated. Thankfully also that would improve. There's a lot of things wrong with this pilot, but there's also a lot that is right. And it feels like Star Trek. More so then the 2009 film did. Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Some problem, Riker? Commander William T. Riker: Just hoping this isn't the usual way our missions will go, sir. Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, no, Number One. I'm sure most will be much more interesting. - Let's see what's out there. Engage!
  25. I vote for Daily Show. Both are funny, but Colbert gets old after a while, and his show relies too much on puns. Daily Show addresses the issues better I think, and the fact that he doesn't need to be playing one character allows him to play a variety of characters, but still wrap things up as Jon Stewart in a very honest, three-dimensional way. Also his interviews are way better, in that he's not interrupting the interviewee every five seconds to tell a joke. I think his interviews are in many ways better than the main stream news interviews, but that's another discussion.
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