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First time I read Bald Bombshell's post, I thought he typed....

 

Sarah Michelle Gellar won a People's Choice Award last night for The Crazy Ones. She spent half of her speech finally threatening everybody on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

Not gonna lie.  Was more interested in the PC Awards when I thought Gellar was going to go postal.

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Well, it wasn't just that. At the time it was on, which was around the time The Sopranos was the only big show out on pay cable, it was routinely snubbed for Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. If I'm not mistaken, Glenn Close was the only actor from the show to win an award for her performance, right? I mean, she was good, but there were so many amazing performances in the history of that show that it seems bizarre for it to have flown under the radar for as long as it did.

 

Close didn't win. She got nominated for an Emmy, along with CCH Pounder for that season. Chiklis won an Emmy for the first season, and he was nominated the year after that. Then it's like he fell off the face of the Earth to them.

The show actually won the Golden Globe for best series after the first season. But that was pretty much it.

It's funny. If you go back and look, THE SHIELD received far more (though still a relatively few in the big picture) major awards nominations than THE WIRE. And it was also much higher rated. (The last season of WIRE drew fewer than a million viewers.) Yet today, everybody swears by THE WIRE and most people don't really know THE SHIELD.

I really think it all boils down to accessibility. There's no doubt that THE WIRE has been the hipster blogger darling of the last 5 years, and that helps it out, but the fact is, if it wasn't easy to watch, it wouldn't have turned into what it is. Most people aren't going to spend $40 or more on a DVD set just to give a show a shot, nor are they likely to suffer the inconvenience of watching it piece by piece through Netflix's snail mail service. But when it's right there waiting for you on HBOGo, sure, you'll give it a whirl.

Meanwhile, THE SHIELD was nowhere to be found on the major streaming services until this past year.

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As much as Marnie is kind of a WASPy asshole, she gets a pass from me just for her going hard in this scene:

 

 

BTW, I want this as my wedding song.

 

 

I gotta be honest - that little clip is just all kinds of awful.

 

 

This clip is all kinds of awesome!  Might've helped a little bit if there was some context to this wedding. :-)

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Girls is an awesome show and I'm excited for its return on Sunday. Yeah, I said it.

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Tabe's old and grumpy

 

I am definitely old, not always grumpy.

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Are we talking about True Detective yet?  The new Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson show on HBO.  I know it doesn't premiere until Sunday, but it's already getting all the critical buzz and what not.  It might be the first, "You need to watch this" show of 2014.

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"Doing a HBO movie/mini-series" is the equivalent of when an actor used to do a play.  

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Actors still do plays...

 

Technically it's not a mini-series.  Just a self-contained season.  HBO is going with the anthology format.  Each season will feature different characters and stories. 

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I am 100% hype for it. My dad, who absolutely despises Woody Harrelson for no reason, even wants to watch it.

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I'm interested. It's on my schedule for Sunday night. That said, I'm really curious to see if it brings anything new to the "cops hunt a serial killer" routine besides two awesome actors.

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I agree that the serial killer plot point especially mixed with the "Whodunit?" genre on tv shows is almost played out.  The Killing, The Bridge, Hannibal, etc.  I'm not sure if I would be interested in this show if Woody and McConaughey weren't in it, but they are so I have to check it out.  Not to mention, the lead actress from the Percy Jackson movies is suppose to be in this as well.  I'm not above superficial appeasement.

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At this point, there are more serial killers on TV than fat people.

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It seems like the show would be based around a serial killer who's on a rampage while our heroes are too baked to track him down.

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Anyone watch Helix last night? I think after watching the first three episodes it might have some potential. It is either going to turn spectacularly good or bad.

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I agree that the serial killer plot point especially mixed with the "Whodunit?" genre on tv shows is almost played out.  The Killing, The Bridge, Hannibal, etc.  I'm not sure if I would be interested in this show if Woody and McConaughey weren't in it, but they are so I have to check it out. 

This is basically where I'm at with the show. Even the killer's m.o. with the deer antlers seems eerily similar to the Minnesota Shrike from HANNIBAL.

It also worries me that the showrunner's only previous TV experience was on THE KILLING, no matter how much he tries to distance himself from it in the press.

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No, stop, you're being ignorant.

 

Come on, do you really believe the narrative that Murray was forcing drugs on the guy?

 

I remember reading a Marilyn Monroe biography, and one the doctors (who got a fair share of the blame for her death) pointed out what a difficult position he was in: She'd ask for drugs. He'd tell her no, then find out later she'd gotten them from elsewhere. In the end he just decided to give her the drugs she wanted because at least then he'd know for sure what she was taking and that she wasn't getting massive amounts from someone else. Yeah, she was paying him but he was genuinely trying to help her.

 

No doctor can truly help a rich drug addict who doesn't want to quit and has an endless supply of resources to get their fixes.

 

Murray's mistake was not getting the fuck out of there when it was obvious Jackson was intent on sending himself into oblivion.

 

You really think Murray was not hired because he would write prescription on demand?

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I agree that the serial killer plot point especially mixed with the "Whodunit?" genre on tv shows is almost played out.  The Killing, The Bridge, Hannibal, etc.  I'm not sure if I would be interested in this show if Woody and McConaughey weren't in it, but they are so I have to check it out. 

This is basically where I'm at with the show. Even the killer's m.o. with the deer antlers seems eerily similar to the Minnesota Shrike from HANNIBAL.

It also worries me that the showrunner's only previous TV experience was on THE KILLING, no matter how much he tries to distance himself from it in the press.

 

 

I knew The Killing wasn't the best TV show ever made, but I find it a bit sad it's seen as a project someone would actively distance themselves from, like it's the crime drama version of Sharknado or something. It actually did get very good, post-Rosie Larson. 

 

Anyway, I think the serial killer genre can be interesting, you just have to do something new with it. "FBI agents obsessively hunting a serial killer" can't quite cut it anymore. 

 

-Bates Motel is more about an unstable woman's borderline obsessive hold on her child than any actual murders.

-Hannibal is a stylish, complex character study.

-Even The Following, for all its flaws, has a pretty interesting core idea even if it can't really execute it: Once one killer becomes a cult figure, more killers inevitably follow. It's about the copycat phenomenon. 

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Anyone watch Helix last night? I think after watching the first three episodes it might have some potential. It is either going to turn spectacularly good or bad.

 

I've watched the three episodes they've upped on their website.  I'm probably in for the season, at least.  Really curious about where they'll go with the idea, and what exactly the researchers were doing.  They've done a good job so far giving the show a claustrophobic, creepy vibe.

 

 

http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/year-end-broadcast-pilot-season-tv-industry-questions-2014/

 

From the "What Could Have Been?" film, Karl Urban was lined up to play Ichabod Crane on Sleepy Hollow before he opted to do Almost Human instead.

 

I think things worked out for the best, all things considered.

 

I really can't see that working out well.

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Urban is a fantastic actor, but he would have been miscast.

 

Mison's Ichabod is a bad ass but he also comes off as a bit geeky (inevitable when you're a respectable British 18th century who suddenly finds himself in 2013). It's the most endearing thing about the character. I don't think Urban could pull off a rant about high food taxes or getting frightened by internet porn. He's more of a Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry-type leading man.

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I choose to believe Urban was originally meant to play the part of the cop while that woman was going to be Ichabod in a massive swerve.

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Don Johnson was apparently the first choice for Horatio Caine in CSI Miami. As if that show wasn't campy enough. He turned down the lead role on NCIS too.

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Wow, Don Johnson's been making some bad decisions lately.

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