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Re: What's on the ol' boob tube RIGHT NOW.... or close to no

Postby Shrykespeare » January 8th, 2018, 10:39 am

Is anyone looking forward to The Alienist as I am? It looks outstanding, and it's advertising EVERYWHERE.
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Re: What's on the ol' boob tube RIGHT NOW.... or close to no

Postby Buscemi2 » January 8th, 2018, 11:42 am

Hmm, John Sayles is one of the producers? Interesting.

Meanwhile, I finished Series 2 of The Mighty Boosh (aka The Old Gregg Season). This was a much-improved series as it wasn't dependent on redoing material and let Julian and Noel do some fresh work. In fact, I was reminded a lot of the best episodes of Father Ted (Howard is Ted, Vincent is Dougal, obviously) in this six-episode stretch. It's also what Flight of the Conchords should have been instead of "Curb Your Enthusiasm with One-Dimensional Dimbulbs Who Fail to Realize That Their Manager is Using Them".

I'll tear into those last six episodes tomorrow. I've got nothing until Thursday anyway.

Meanwhile, some confession time. I couldn't get into the American version of The Office. Watched an episode and found the characters too unlikeable.

Edit: watched Series 3 yesterday. It would have been interesting to see how a Series 4 would have turned out but I'd imagine Julian and Noel would have been running on fumes (in addition, it was apparently the only show on BBC Three that anyone could agree was good).
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Re: What's on the ol' boob tube RIGHT NOW.... or close to no

Postby Buscemi2 » Yesterday, 7:18 pm

Well, Netflix canceled Lady Dynamite. Though Maria has claimed that she wanted to end it for health reasons (that and a Season 3 would have been hard to shoot as they would have needed child actors for planned flashbacks to the 70's), I'm convinced there's more to it. Netflix has been killing a lot of its female-led shows (looks like it's going to be Comedy Central but even more dude bro-ier in a couple years) and I feel it getting shut out at the Golden Globes (were SMILF, Will and Grace, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel really better shows?) were bigger factors.

Hopefully, Bamford will get another project somewhere but seeing how nothing's really changed in the industry, it might be years before we see her headlining something again.
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Re: What's on the ol' boob tube RIGHT NOW.... or close to no

Postby Ron Burgundy » Yesterday, 7:59 pm

I too, am very much looking forward to The Alienist Shryke, looks good.

Also, watched S1 of Ozark, and most of S21 of South Park. Ozark was ok, it has a great premise but is sometimes a bridge too far though its well acted while South Park definately has some of its best episodes from the last 3 years in this season, made me very happy.
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Re: What's on the ol' boob tube RIGHT NOW.... or close to no

Postby Buscemi2 » Yesterday, 8:04 pm

I think I might pass on Ozark after learning it was from the guy who wrote The Accountant (and I recently watched his latest film, A Family Man, which was awful). His work is so manipulative and amateurish that it makes you wonder how he can peddle that fertilizer.

And I have a feeling South Park only keeps going because Comedy Central desperately wants a conservative answer to The Daily Show and realize that such a thing wouldn't work in live-action (because Fox News tried it and it ended up just being low-hanging fruit and mean-spirited jokes). That show should have ended before it became "things Trey and Matt hate".

All shows need to know when to quit.
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Re: What's on the ol' boob tube RIGHT NOW.... or close to no

Postby Ron Burgundy » Today, 4:02 am

south park keeps going because its still funny. cant say that about the simpsons some years ago, that is a show that could have quit. having said that, a couple of the newer episodes were ok, i think they brought back some of the old writers
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Re: What's on the ol' boob tube RIGHT NOW.... or close to no

Postby Buscemi2 » Today, 4:16 am

All those animated shows stop being funny after a while. Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, King of the Hill, they all went on too long. And Bob's Burgers has never been funny and the characters all look like child molesters (also, Tina is just as bad of a depiction of autism as Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory).

South Park should have ended when Isaac Hayes left. He held everything together. After that, the show just turned into an angry festival of rampant egos (and will Trey ever get over his fiancee leaving him?). And its format (going from conception to airing in just six days) is both lazy and trying too hard to stay relevant. It was better when they weren't latching onto trends (Trey and Matt are like Green Day: older people desperate to stay hip and it ends up coming off as creepy) and actually followed a story.

Also, South Park gave us the annoying trend of splitting seasons into two halves. Never forgive them for that.
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Re: What's on the ol' boob tube RIGHT NOW.... or close to no

Postby BanksIsDaFuture » Today, 3:09 pm

If you think South Park is conservative, you've never seen South Park.

And how is creating an entire episode in 6 days lazy? LMAO it's literally the exact opposite. I suggest watching 6 Days To Air to see how mind-boggling hectic their week is when trying to get an episode done on time.
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Re: What's on the ol' boob tube RIGHT NOW.... or close to no

Postby Buscemi2 » Today, 3:37 pm

Trey and Matt are confirmed libertarians leaning conservative. And libertarians agree with Republicans more often than people care to admit. Their politics seep into the show all the time.

And you have to plan out TV shows. You can't just wing it every time and expect gold. Also, you just can't do a scripted show like the news.
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