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Title: Television
Post by: liquidsilver on July 30, 2018, 12:01:38 PM
Discuss your favorite - and not so favorite - television programs.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on July 31, 2018, 07:11:07 PM
Television will eat your brain.   
Title: Re: Television
Post by: FlyingVProd on August 06, 2018, 07:08:35 AM
Here is an episode on You Tube of The Loretta Young Show, this episode is called "Nobody's Boy," and it is about a club for boys who do not have anyone and so they help each other.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gugf4Su6mTk

I was thinking about writing a movie about a club for orphans, where they all help each other.

I met one foster youth who came out of the system without getting adopted, and the poor kid was 18 with a pregnant girlfriend, they lived in an old camper, and he was unemployed, and the poor kid did not even know who Abraham Lincoln was. His big break came when one of his friends from the system got a job managing a movie theater, and his friend hired him to work there. It was good that his friend helped him. There needs to be a club of boys helping each other.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: ffleate on August 08, 2018, 09:39:24 PM

 Babylon Berlin now available on Netflix.  German production, era Berlin 1929, fraught times, intriguing complex plot,  good characters,  superb sets & cinematography.  Worth a look.  Subtitles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylon_Berlin


Title: Re: Television
Post by: luee on September 10, 2018, 12:21:35 AM
Les Moonves is finally gone also hopefully the talentless Julie Chen.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on September 24, 2018, 11:30:34 AM
The Night Of - excellent.  A story well-told (so far - 3 episodes in) that doesn't hurl social messages at you, and yet illuminates.  Barton Fi- er, John Turturro - is aces as a bottom feeder lawyer who stumbles way above his skill level into representing a murder suspect whose case seems open-and-shut and yet isn't.  Ditto Riz Ahmed as a young Pakistani-American in a heap of trouble, and Peyman Moaadi as his father. 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: Itz ME! on October 04, 2018, 03:35:55 PM
Big ups for The Good Place in today's Grey Lady.

On Netflix there is "Norm Macdonald Has (Had?) A Show" E I E I O!

I don't want to spoiler, or build your hopes, butat least watch the first episode, with David Spade.

All I can say is that several times during the series (at least twice per episode on average) I was laughing uproariously!

To some extent, Norm is doing the Sasha Barron Cohen sort of thing that so many have co-opted. Where you interview some unsuspecting schlub, and the hilarity is when they allow you to make a fool out of them. (I'm not a fan of that kind of comedy, but I have laughed)

Norm is spoofing his guests, but he doesn't make them look or feel badly about what they have said or done. He's more self deprecating.

It's funny. and the season was about 7 eps, so it's not a lifelong commitment.

Saw the pilot for Green Acres last night. Just as I remembered it, and only marginally funny. Yet I do have very fond memories of later episodes. I don't think I'll be getting to those anytime soon. I'm happy with my memories, and apparently they are pretty good, given the way I remembered the pilot. (In all honesty, I might have seen the pilot twice, maybe three times. Once as the show began back in whenever it was, once, maybe, during Rerun season back then and again on Nick at Nite back in the '90s.)

I still remember my experience of seeing My 3 Sons from the beginning. That show was surreal for the first year(ish). Then I suppose there were "Notes" from upstairs, and the show got campier and more "Leave It To Beaver" and an all male cast of Donna Reed with a dash of Gilligan's Island. But it started out way more Dobie Gillis meets Ingmar Bergman. 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: FlyingVProd on November 15, 2018, 03:15:34 PM
Roy Clark Is Dead at 85; a Face of Country Music on ‘Hee Haw’

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/obituaries/roy-clark-dead.html

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Rest in Peace Roy Clark. He was great. I saw him live once when I was a child, at the Orange Show in San Bernardino, he performed with Buck Owens and Johnny Cash, it was awesome.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: FlyingVProd on November 27, 2018, 01:04:04 PM
NOCTURNAL

Color blind people can see better at night. The eyes have cones and rods, one detects color, the other detects light, so color blind people can see better at night. 

The military will not accept color blind people. But, I told them that color blind people could see better at night, so maybe color blind people would be good for special teams that operate at night under the cover of darkness. 

So, there could be a television show about a special team of color blind people who operate at night under the cover of darkness, and the show could be named "NOCTURNAL."

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: MrUtley3 on December 12, 2018, 11:03:25 AM
SAG awards nominations dropped.

Nominations for the 25th annual SAG Awards were announced on Wednesday.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” led film nominations with four nods, including best actor for Cooper, best actress for Gaga, best ensemble, and best supporting actor for Sam Elliot. “BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” followed close behind, both taking home a trio of nods.

On the small screen, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Ozark” topped TV superlatives with a quartet of nominations apiece, followed by “Barry,” “GLOW,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “The Kominsky Method,” scoring three nominations each.

Awkwafina and Laverne Cox announced nominations live from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris introduced the presenters, who revealed nominations for acting in television and film. Prior to that, SAG Awards committee chair JoBeth Williams and committee member Elizabeth McLaughlin revealed this year’s stunt ensemble nominees.


Full list of nominations found here:https://variety.com/2018/film/news/2019-sag-award-nominations-list-nominees-1203087472/ (https://variety.com/2018/film/news/2019-sag-award-nominations-list-nominees-1203087472/)

BTW, if you haven't seen "The Kominsky Method" on Netflix, you are missing a helluva good show.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on December 14, 2018, 12:29:58 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/business/media/cbs-bull-weatherly-dushku-sexual-harassment.html

I'm really split on this.  The comments to be Ms. Dushku, with the exception of the one from a crew member, seemed to consist in ad libs on the shooting script, where Mr. Weatherly was trying out some variations in presenting his roguish character.  But maybe they were also him getting in some kind of noxious flirtation.  She could be oversensitive, or she could be absolutely right.  It's hard to tell if they really wrote her off for confronting Weatherly about it.  Or if she would really have earned 9.5 million dollars if she'd stayed on for more seasons.  If sums of money like that are handed over every time an actress is made "uncomfortable" by what could have been a joke, or actorly excess, then I wonder if interesting ad libs by colorful characters will start to be contractually prohibited.  I do agree that an actress shouldn't be rated on her "sense of humor" if that rating is predicated on her ability to tolerate "threesome" jokes.

I guess what I'm really getting at, lacking all the facts, is what the hell happened to people apologizing and moving on?  Why not just fire the crew member who apparently did turn the ad lib into a crude advance?  And why has a good hard slap upside the head of a man gone out of style? 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on January 12, 2019, 01:30:30 PM
Started watching a Canadian biotech thriller (a young woman discovers she is one of a group of clones, all leading quite separate and dissimilar lives) called Orphan Black. Actress Tatiana Maslany does a superb job playing multiple roles, and there are wonderful comedic touches and turns of plot that make this my most-likely-to-binge TV viewing.  (these comments are based on season one only)

Title: Re: Television
Post by: josh on January 15, 2019, 02:08:24 PM
Started watching a Canadian biotech thriller (a young woman discovers she is one of a group of clones, all leading quite separate and dissimilar lives) called Orphan Black. Actress Tatiana Maslany does a superb job playing multiple roles, and there are wonderful comedic touches and turns of plot that make this my most-likely-to-binge TV viewing.  (these comments are based on season one only)

I enjoyed the series quite a lot. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on January 16, 2019, 12:00:03 PM
Thanks.  Given the fraught ending of season one, there is little doubt I'll keep going into season two.  I love how, though each clone is a distinct personality, there are little pieces of the other clones in each of them.  Alison, though fussy and a bit OCD as a suburban mom, manages to channel something from the more "street" Sarah when she needs to.  Which makes for one of the funniest scenes of the first season.  Sarah, in turn, finds her way beyond mere punk-rock grifter and towards more responsible motherhood.  One thing I hope for, somewhere down the plotline, is a flashback to the real Beth and her final days before her rendezvous with Toronto's light rail system.  Not necessary, maybe, but it would be interesting. 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: HamiltonIII on January 16, 2019, 12:52:00 PM
There is no better show than this one: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt5788792/ (https://m.imdb.com/title/tt5788792/)
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on January 18, 2019, 03:52:19 PM
Why Tatiana Maslany is not buried up to her neck in acting awards is beyond my comprehension.   It's a tour de force. 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: Dowlingi_11 on January 19, 2019, 04:22:44 AM
Uh! I don’t know about the show that I don’t like but I love watching shows by Andy Yeatman (https://www.crunchbase.com/person/andrew-yeatman) on Netflix. These series are not only entertaining but educating as well. There is a lot to learn from it and I am glad that I found it online on time.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on January 22, 2019, 12:56:45 PM
Above...appears to be spam.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: josh on January 22, 2019, 04:19:47 PM
Above...appears to be spam.

Not to me - Yeatman, up until recently, produced shows for Netflix. The link is real and not pornographic, and not selling anything, though it is less than enlightening.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/i-was-ousted-netflix-conversation-danny-masterson-accuser-guest-column-1073255
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on January 22, 2019, 06:35:45 PM
It's a coy technique for promoting a web service,  in this case Crunchbase.   The stilted prose is a clue. 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: josh on January 22, 2019, 07:32:40 PM
It's a coy technique for promoting a web service,  in this case Crunchbase.   The stilted prose is a clue.

Okay.

Have to say, having looked at the linked page, I don't think their providing it does them any favors.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on February 07, 2019, 10:13:44 AM
Why Tatiana Maslany is not buried up to her neck in acting awards is beyond my comprehension.   It's a tour de force.

I'm up to season four, and have to say that her chameleon talents are staggering.  Though it's reached the point where I'm not sure the plot integrity can withstand adding any more new clones.  Loving Donnie and Alison as the suburban comic relief.   And i finally went and looked up the "lesbian Uhaul" meme.  Ha, never heard that one!  Nor had the character that Cosima mentions it to.   

One of the most enjoyable tropes is when one of the clones pretends to be another clone, often with hilarious effect.  Like Helena posing as Alison when the police drop by to inquire about the garage murders.  "Can I offer you breads?" 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: FlyingVProd on February 24, 2019, 07:30:37 PM
Tori Spelling needs to grow as a producer, she could bring back "Fantasy Island" and I am sure it would be a hit with the right team working on it. 

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: Anniebarlett on February 25, 2019, 11:32:28 PM
I Love to watch television. It is the greatest source of entertainment.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on February 26, 2019, 09:57:21 AM
What's it like, being a bot?
Title: Re: Television
Post by: josh on February 26, 2019, 08:36:27 PM
What's it like, being a bot?

But at least it's a bot that has posted twice without links to porn sites or promoting some bizarre product!
Title: Television: Luke Perry dead at 52
Post by: josh on March 04, 2019, 01:56:54 PM
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/luke-perry-dead-52-following-massive-stroke-180226534.html?.tsrc=fauxdal
Title: Re: Television
Post by: FlyingVProd on March 04, 2019, 05:02:25 PM
Rest in Peace, Luke Perry.

I met Luke the day that I auditioned for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I auditioned early, and on my way home I spotted a film crew, so I stopped to watch them shoot. It was Luke Perry and the cast of "Beverly Hills 90210" filming their show. I hung out with them all day, it was great, and the director discussed shots with me, it was awesome. They were all great, it was a great day, and they made the entertainment industry look fun, which it is, they had a great time while they filmed.

Luke Perry died way too young, I am sending up prayers for his family and friends.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on March 08, 2019, 12:58:11 PM
Trebek announced Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which carries a particularly low survival rate....

Nooooo!

Damn! 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: HamiltonIII on March 08, 2019, 05:17:31 PM
RIP, Jan Michael-Vincent.

Always remember him from this movie, back in the day, going up against "The Old Man" from "A Christmas Story":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7GCEpiEAA4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7GCEpiEAA4)
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on March 09, 2019, 10:20:39 AM
Yeah a career drunk and mediocrity who beat his girlfriend until she miscarried is way more important than Alex Trebek, the national icon of general knowledge and mental competition! 

Very sorry to hear about the cancer.   Hope Trebek can keep working, as he's said he wants to.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: HamiltonIII on March 10, 2019, 08:38:25 AM
Ahh ..no sympathy for Jan? After all, substance abuse is a disease, too?

Or do some diseases grade out as worthy of sympathy, and others worthy of scorn?

Didn't see you as being so narrow-minded, Boyd.

Guess we learned something here?

Guess your okay with Trebek's #MeToo stance, too?

Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on March 10, 2019, 10:30:26 AM
Seems possible that when you go around the site trolling the crap out of everyone, eventually people will be more likely to reject any opinion you offer. 

Ironic that you, who so often are notably unsympathetic to addicts and like to make comments about how it was their bad choices and they're responsible, now suddenly rise to defend an addict and abusive partner.  Not sure how Oil's ranking of a very minor talent WRT to Alex Trebek constitutes "scorn," but clearly you want to provoke by twisting his words.  Which is the definition of troll. 

Title: Re: Television
Post by: HamiltonIII on March 10, 2019, 02:02:08 PM
Another of the cabal joins in. Amazing how none of you pussies ever fight your own battles.

Title: Re: Television
Post by: josh on March 10, 2019, 02:16:49 PM
Another of the cabal joins in. Amazing how none of you pussies ever fight your own battles.

Wah!!!

Everybody disagrees with me! It must be a conspiracy against me!

Wah!!!

Poor Piggy.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on March 10, 2019, 04:17:33 PM
Another of the cabal joins in. Amazing how none of you pussies ever fight your own battles.

Amazing how you think everything involves a battle.  I gave your insult-post the attention, and the reply, that it deserved.

Title: ESPN
Post by: Kam on April 17, 2019, 02:24:00 PM
I don't like:

Sage Steele
Dianna Russini
Dan Dakich
Title: Re: Television
Post by: FlyingVProd on April 18, 2019, 07:18:14 PM
I saw a short documentary on PBS about a young lady in the Western Sahara who had her own pizza delivery company. She entered a cooking contest and she won the contest and she used the money to buy a pizza oven. She then started delivering pizzas to the refugees. She gave free pizza to a disabled man, which was very kind of her. She is successful, and she is opening her second restaurant and she is hiring all women to work for her. Her secret ingredient on her pizza is camel meat, she puts camel meat on the pizzas. Anyhow, I love PBS, and KCET, and I love the documentaries from around the world.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: FlyingVProd on April 29, 2019, 05:13:40 PM
When I was studying at the Academy, I had a teacher who was on "The Young and the Restless," and I would watch her on television in the morning, and then I would see her in class in the afternoon. It was awesome.

Her name is Karen Hensel. She is great.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0378088/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

And I had another teacher who was also on "The Young and the Restless."

Betty Karlen

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1023057/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

My friend and teacher Madonna Young Magee was also on "The Young and the Restless" from what I recall.

Those are good jobs.

Salute,

Tony V.


Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on May 13, 2019, 09:34:20 AM
Never followed this series, but this article makes me wonder if I should have a look....

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/may/13/veep-series-finale-julia-louis-dreyfus

Anyone here into Veep? 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on May 24, 2019, 09:40:55 PM
The spouse and I don't do much tube, but once in a while we prospect around for a series we can watch together.   So this fellow tells me that there's a show that is loosely based on the activities of Preet Bharara.  With Paul Giamatti.  What?  Where? I was all a-quiver and headscratching over how we could have missed it.
 "Billions" it's called.  So we're planning to have a look.  Anyone seen this? 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: josh on May 26, 2019, 03:17:29 PM
The spouse and I don't do much tube, but once in a while we prospect around for a series we can watch together.   So this fellow tells me that there's a show that is loosely based on the activities of Preet Bharara.  With Paul Giamatti.  What?  Where? I was all a-quiver and headscratching over how we could have missed it.
 "Billions" it's called.  So we're planning to have a look.  Anyone seen this?

Not I.

Enjoyed Veep, though.

Much to my surprise, I have been enjoying AMC's A Discovery of Witches.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on June 04, 2019, 12:06:18 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/arts/television/emma-boettcher-jeopardy.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

Wow.  Holzhauer is dethroned, doesn't break Ken Jennings' record earnings.

Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on June 07, 2019, 12:37:20 PM
I saw the last five minutes of last night's Jeopardy.  Holzhauer's vanquisher was herself defeated by confusing Arlo and Woody in answering what seemed like a pretty easy question.  Now that victor can boast that he defeated the champion who took down Holzhauer.  (I realize this sort of boast could turn into an absurdly long chain of regression, in the distant future....)

Title: Re: Television
Post by: FlyingVProd on July 05, 2019, 07:36:50 PM
If Tori Spelling produced a remake of "Fantasy Island," then who do you think should play Mr Rourke?

Me?

Johnny Depp?

Who?

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on July 08, 2019, 12:21:11 PM
Benicio del Toro
Title: Re: Television
Post by: HamiltonIII on July 08, 2019, 06:47:31 PM
Another of the cabal joins in. Amazing how none of you pussies ever fight your own battles.

Wah!!!

Everybody disagrees with me! It must be a conspiracy against me!

Wah!!!

Poor Piggy.

Gee, Josh. Thought you liked minority opinions.
Heh
Title: Re: Television
Post by: HamiltonIII on July 08, 2019, 06:48:50 PM
If Tori Spelling produced a remake of "Fantasy Island," then who do you think should play Mr Rourke?

Me?

Johnny Depp?

Who?

Salute,

Tony V.

Cheech or Chong. Or both.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on September 05, 2019, 11:25:24 AM
"Killing Eve" season one is a hoot.  Darkly funny spy actioner that subverts most of the usual tropes and cliches of the genre, with considerable wit, and Sandra Oh is terrific.  The show, and the cast, have been showered with awards and it's not hard to see why. 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on September 17, 2019, 12:30:40 PM
https://beta.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/09/17/alex-trebek-is-resuming-chemotherapy-after-his-numbers-went-sky-high-he-said/

I think the beta page won't zap you with a paywall. 

I was impressed that he had any remission period at all - pancreatic cancer doesn't often allow even that.

Title: Re: Television
Post by: kiidcarter8 on November 15, 2019, 09:36:43 AM
Wow - is she kidding?  500K not enough for a D lister?
https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/actress-mo-nique-suing-netflix-race-gender-discrimination-n1081436
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on November 18, 2019, 01:17:25 PM
Just a quick nod to David E. Kelley and yet another great series from him, "Big Little Lies."  It's remarkable how he takes themes and plot setups that could easily devolve into high-grade trash and makes real drama and social commentary bloom from them.  And with considerable help from the formidable cast, which includes Laura Dern, Shailene Woodleigh, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman.  Though I was initially prepared to hate the show, I was quickly drawn in by Witherspoon's rendition of a suburban mom as Tracy Flick All Grown Up.  The tone starts out suggesting we are in for satirical comedy, but in the next four episodes darkens as we learn of the violence that lies in some of the characters pasts and present marriages.  There are still plenty of comedic moments, but the show moves beyond just poking fun at helicopter parenting and the rigors of affluence.  Great stuff.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: josh on November 18, 2019, 11:31:36 PM
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bjwexw/disney-and-the-mandalorian-are-driving-people-back-to-torrenting?utm_source=vicefbus&fbclid=IwAR1Uak4rqaS6jHydb-exd-fxN-ucEotYdxNUpx1vVm70HLXm6bhT-st96XY

Too steep a price for the casual watcher... but easily accessible by the casual techie watcher, who is their target audience. Oops..
Title: Re: Television
Post by: josh on November 18, 2019, 11:32:04 PM
Just a quick nod to David E. Kelley and yet another great series from him, "Big Little Lies."  It's remarkable how he takes themes and plot setups that could easily devolve into high-grade trash and makes real drama and social commentary bloom from them.  And with considerable help from the formidable cast, which includes Laura Dern, Shailene Woodleigh, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman.  Though I was initially prepared to hate the show, I was quickly drawn in by Witherspoon's rendition of a suburban mom as Tracy Flick All Grown Up.  The tone starts out suggesting we are in for satirical comedy, but in the next four episodes darkens as we learn of the violence that lies in some of the characters pasts and present marriages.  There are still plenty of comedic moments, but the show moves beyond just poking fun at helicopter parenting and the rigors of affluence.  Great stuff.

Thanks. Sounds like it's worth a looksee!
Title: Re: Television
Post by: kiidcarter8 on November 22, 2019, 01:41:20 PM
Just a quick nod to David E. Kelley and yet another great series from him, "Big Little Lies."  It's remarkable how he takes themes and plot setups that could easily devolve into high-grade trash and makes real drama and social commentary bloom from them.  And with considerable help from the formidable cast, which includes Laura Dern, Shailene Woodleigh, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman.  Though I was initially prepared to hate the show, I was quickly drawn in by Witherspoon's rendition of a suburban mom as Tracy Flick All Grown Up.  The tone starts out suggesting we are in for satirical comedy, but in the next four episodes darkens as we learn of the violence that lies in some of the characters pasts and present marriages.  There are still plenty of comedic moments, but the show moves beyond just poking fun at helicopter parenting and the rigors of affluence.  Great stuff.

Big Little Lies was a book adaptation

Kelley killed Robin Williams when The Crazy Ones wasnt a hit.
Title: Re: Television
Post by: barton on November 23, 2019, 10:02:45 AM
At least get the facts on Lewy body dementia before trolling.   CBS cancelled the series.  Williams' death was a result of LBD, not his last gig. 
Title: Re: Television
Post by: oilcan on December 09, 2019, 12:22:26 PM
Rene Auberjonois has shape-shifted for the last time.  RIP.

As well as his famous role as "Odo" on ST:DS9, he was the original Father Mulcahy in MASH.  And appeared in other Altman films.