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« Reply #480 on: August 29, 2007, 01:38:13 PM »

House went against Criminal Intent last season, and lost, in my holmes anyway.

I'm sort of glad that I missed it, because the Cop thing seemed to take the show over for the first half of the season... It seemed that way from a distance anyway.

I did note that everyone was gone, he fired the English Boy, the girl decided that this made him damaged enough and went to him (does that say that she came to view House as less damaged than Chase?) And I forget what happened to the whathisname... I never invested too much into those characters anyway, given that they had a "rookie, to be traded" feel about them.

But I agree, I'm looking forward to This New House and I'm also missing Boston Legal...

Is BL still going to be on?  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0402711/quotes That stuff's funny! Answer, Sept 25th again

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« Reply #481 on: August 29, 2007, 01:56:57 PM »

Ah!  BL!  Outta sight outta mind, 'tis good, yes, looking forward to it, totally spaced that one off (summer is good for that)!
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« Reply #482 on: August 29, 2007, 08:23:06 PM »

House is back on Sep. 25th.  Looking forward to seeing him go it alone, now that all his students have quit.



Bart,

Actors Jennifer Morrison (Dr Cameron), Jesse Spencer (Dr Chase) and Omar Epps (Dr Foreman) will all return to House this coming season. The producers of the show, however, have so far been very coy about the employment status of the characters they play.
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« Reply #483 on: August 30, 2007, 12:01:05 AM »

We're loyal House fans at our house, but still await the episode wherein it is revealed how much Ducolax he has to take to counteract all that Vicodin, which makes one seriously constipated.  There was the episode where he catheterized himself because he couldn't pee, but the other inability is a side effect of Vicodin well known enough that not writing in something about it is a serious oversight on the part of the writers.  Hey, maybe they can reveal that at least half of the pills he's swallowing are laxatives!  Hmmm, can one write to the writers of shows?
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« Reply #484 on: August 30, 2007, 10:25:29 AM »

Nytemps -- the thought had crossed my mind, too.  And given the writers lack of reticence in past years about such matters as rectal bleeding, there can be  no appeal to delicacy here.

My network shows tend to be monosyllabic-- House, Lost, and Bones.  They ran the Bones last night on which Stephen Fry appeared as Booth's FBI shrink -- I had missed his first show last spring, so glad they repeated it.  Also the one where Brennan meets her sailor man.  I hope they can bring Fry back, as a regular thing.

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« Reply #485 on: August 30, 2007, 11:52:25 AM »

Damages fans programming alert.

All of the episodes that have been shown so far will be rebroadcast back to back starting at 3 PM Eastern (til 8 PM Eastern) on Monday, Labor Day.
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« Reply #486 on: August 30, 2007, 12:46:42 PM »

barton,#469

I can see the resemblence without the make-up. He's almost as much fun as some of the stuff that John Turturro unleashes upon us.(I always love it when he lets his Italian get the better of him and this wild person emerges, an eccentric in clothing preference, a temperament from whom you don't what to expect next.)

Italians are wild people?


If you are lucky. Otherwise no.  So, don't give me agita. Depends doesn't it which of Turturro's characters are your favourite characters?  I haven't seen any that I don't like.  But obviously this topic belongs in movies;even if I see most of his performances in them on the tv. This response of yours reminds me too much of last April when people didn't believe which guys were whom in the last death-defying episode of The Sopranos. A lot of kvetching about nothing. I lived some major portions of my life in New Jersey, which was not altogether satisfying but, here's the  punch line, I watched The Sopranos because I missed New Jersey; so maybe I should just sign this as, sincerely,
Nancy Marchand
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« Reply #487 on: August 30, 2007, 01:19:35 PM »

madupont, you do realize you'd be writing that from the grave, then?  Just checking your vitals, etc.
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« Reply #488 on: August 30, 2007, 03:12:37 PM »

I thought that would be a nice touch, being able to come back and watch the rest of the show after at most a couple of seasons. Some people think she had that; at least her spirit inspired them to keep that in mind. A remark possibly more useful to jbottle on how you input your script. But as of this week, I'm vitally angry, I have no trouble understanding where her character was coming from but I miraculously cured myself of what ailed me by concentrating on raising the ghost of Gregory Corso who didn't have a mother and behaved like Nancy Marchand when he wasn't  being putanesque. The poor kid died at 65 pounds. Nancy god love her is probably doing wheelies off the edges of clouds because she reminds me of many an old woman standing today outside a fish market  to gossip in Calabrese with the rest of the crowd.
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« Reply #489 on: August 31, 2007, 11:09:41 AM »

So the WSJ has a little thing today about shows coming out this fall, and one of them sounded familiar.  It's called Reaper, and the premise is:  a 20-ish slacker's parents sell his soul to the devil, and he has to hunt down and return souls for the Devil. 

Which reminded me of Brimstone, a great (IMO) show from about ten years back  that lasted not quite one season and featured this premise:  A dead cop, sentenced to Hell, is returned to Earth by the Devil to recover 113 escaped evil spirits.   IIRC, the cop (Peter Horton) had 113 tattoos, one for each soul; as each sould is recovered and returned to Hell, a tattoo disappears.   (I guess if the show was a success, they'd have problems with Episode 114.)  Anyway, the tattoo thing reminds me of Jack's tattoos on Lost, and how sometimes you suddenly notice one you haven't seen before.  Wonder if there's a tie-in....

So I'm a little pissed, because I'd rather have been able to just watch more Brimstone than wait ten years and see it recycled.  However, according to IMDB, Kevin Smith directed an episode of Reaper; and if he can get behind something, I usually at least give it a shot.

The upshot of the WSJ article is that the American public is being offered relief from grim reality (their words) via fantasy, whimsy and comedy.  Granted, the new sci-fi-ish shows are trading on the success of Lost and Heroes, but isn't there also an economic tie-in, like there is (or was?) supposed to be between skirt hemlines and the economy? 

The other sci-fi type shows include Bionic Woman, Journeyman, Pushing Daisies.  There's also a non-sci-fi show coming out -- a "musical noir" about a guy trying to open a casino in Nevada.  I'm tempted to lay odds on how long it will (or more likely, won't) last.
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« Reply #490 on: August 31, 2007, 12:52:51 PM »

Is Pushing Daisies the one about the detective who touches corpses and then they wake up and tell him details about their deaths?  I saw a trailer for this in a movie theater, if so, and it looked somehow both awful and amusing at the same time.  My feeling is that the talking with corpses theme has kind of been done, in shows like NCIS, where "Ducky" talks to his autopsies, and of course in Six Feet Under.



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« Reply #491 on: August 31, 2007, 01:47:32 PM »

barton,

I wish that they would just can it for awhile.  They obviously can not afford productions, after having seen to it that a certain political element(I imply that they think of themselves as "certain" about their commitment) has the higher percentage of ownership and control than ever before.  They obviously think if we watch tv and pay for subscription to do so, that we are the understood idiots of "idiot box" fame.

I do not recall watching any tv in the last week, other than checking the weather channel twice.  Apparently, I'm weaning myself of it, the same way you are refining the meat level of protein you consume. Will I feel light as air,by giving this up?  At the moment, I feel terrible. Withdrawal symptoms for lack of creative, aesthetic and intelligent television availability.
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« Reply #492 on: August 31, 2007, 08:49:00 PM »

Is Pushing Daisies the one about the detective who touches corpses and then they wake up and tell him details about their deaths?  I saw a trailer for this in a movie theater, if so, and it looked somehow both awful and amusing at the same time.  My feeling is that the talking with corpses theme has kind of been done, in shows like NCIS, where "Ducky" talks to his autopsies, and of course in Six Feet Under.





It was also done in Tru Calling in which that was the actual premise. Come to think of it, though, Tru listened to the corpses but never spoke to them. A very underrated show.
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« Reply #493 on: September 01, 2007, 12:56:37 PM »

Haven't seen Tru.  Will check availability. 

They were talking to corpses in Shakespeare.

Maddie, I find tv pretty easy to not watch during the summer.  It's harder to avoid during winters if one lives alone, when the nights are long and it is sort of a fireplace substitute for some, a source of sound and flickering light.  I didn't own a tv for about ten years and have a sort of gap in my cultural knowledge (if ID'ing tv characters constitutes "cultural knowledge") resulting.  Later, when I had kids and they were young, we kept it off most of the time, to encourage other pursuits.
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« Reply #494 on: September 01, 2007, 01:15:23 PM »

I channel surf looking for documentaries, some history, and movies I've missed by not going out to theatres anymore.  I check PBS early each evening to see what's new or to catch something I want to see again.  The Sundance channel has documentaries on Mondays and "green" stuff on Tuesdays.  Other cable channels are starting to show more documentaries than they used to.  I like a few food shows, the Discovery Home channel, and HGTV.  Cspan and Cspan2 have my attention some of the time.  I watch local news and Charles Gibson for national.

My cable company provides preview so I can click ahead to see what will be on any given channel for the evening (its like a channel by channel TV Guide.)

I've been watching television since 1952 except when I was given over to "wandering."  But I'm a reader, also.  Books, newspapers, soup can labels, the backs of cereal boxes . . . .
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