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  1. TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Sadly, Demme passed away in April of 2017. I agree about the unlikelihood of It's Always Fair Weather. (Kelly must have really done a full court press to get it approved.) But I disagree about Andre Previn! I like the whole score ("Music Is Better than Words" is a favorite) and I have great regard for his and Alan Jay Lerner's score for the stage musical Coco, and also for his and Johnny Mercer's score for The Good Companions. But I think we've had this disagreement before. Or is it deja vu? :)
  2. Roseanne: Aftermath

    From Vulture today:
  3. S06.E10: START

    I first became aware of never wanting to read author interviews--and hating it when I was exposed to them second-hand--during Mad Men. Matthew Weiner would create a gem of an episode, and then indicate by what he said in an interview that he didn't understand what his own show was about. His interviews didn't ruin the show, because the show still stood, independent of his obtuseness; but it was annoying. Or maybe revealing of a surprising truth: that a writer's creative brain can be a genius while his explaining brain can be a dolt. (Or that PR-oriented journalism--and all such journalism is at root PR-oriented--is a fundamentally flawed form for the purpose.) I don't think doltishness is any part of the Weisberg-Fields brain, but I do remain convinced of the absolute uselessness/harmfulness of exposure to external material about a show's or character's meaning. What's on the screen is what tells us the meaning.
  4. Roseanne: Aftermath

    If a show called "The Conners" must exist, I hope Roseanne Conner's disappearance will be explained by her doing time in a far-off Federal prison for committing hate crimes.
  5. S06.E10: START

    Especially because she doesn't know what the FBI knows and doesn't know. If she wants their mercy, and she thinks they might already know about the garage scene (because of getting it out of Stan), she'll realize that if she tells a story that omits the garage scene, she's toast. So she's definitely gonna tell. Poor Stan.
  6. This Is CNN

    I think they may have re-run the colleague-eulogy show last night, because we saw something like that. I have to say, it didn't work for me. They all seemed like they were straining to be profound in twenty seconds, to come up with just the right angle or pithy observation that no one else would come up with. How well did most of them even know him? I can't believe he hung out around the CNN studios that much or attended the annual company Christmas party. He got CNN to bankroll his own show which had nothing to do with anybody else's, and more power to him. The best eulogy were the shows themselves.
  7. Roseanne: Aftermath

    Which will be as nothing compared to the backlash about continuing the show with her.
  8. S06.E10: START

    Thanks for posting this. (And thanks, @Shades of Scarlet, for quoting it just now.) I always liked both Holly Taylor and Paige. Paige, because she did her best with an impossible situation, and Holly Taylor because she did exactly what she needed to do to help me understand this about Paige. And that last paragraph in the piece is a beaut.
  9. S01.E03: From Terrible Me

    I think the original plan was simple, and required no killing of the wife and no disposing of any bodies. The injection was supposed to make it look like the guy died of a heart attack on the golf course. Javier calls 911 or the hotel, an ambulance rushes to the scene, finds him dead of an apparent heart attack, everyone lives happily ever after. Of course, Javier sticking around to give his eyewitness testimony to the heart attack doesn't seem like the kind of thing Javier would like to stick around doing, and Javier immediately vamoosing before the paramedics arrive would arouse suspicion, so...you got me.
  10. S06.E10: START

    Thank you for writing this. I don't think there's a thread in the entirety of previously.tv that doesn't have some folks complaining of "lazy writing." In truth, it takes an enormous amount of effort to write a bad television show, let alone a good one. One may not like an episode, one may even consider the writing bad (lord knows, the airwaves are rife with shows the writing of which I consider bad), but lazy? Highly unlikely. Bad is not the same as lazy. I hope no one takes offense, because my complaint is not aimed at any one poster in particular. How could it be? Seemingly hundreds of posters on this site traffic in the accusation.
  11. Of the Season 9 episodes I've seen, I would describe the problem as that desperate flailing about that happens when the ratings are down and the network is on your back to try something, anything that might appeal to a changing--younger, more "with it"?--viewership. I don't have specific information on the Season 9 ratings, but it's safe to conjecture that if they were still high, it wouldn't have turned out to be the final season; and you can just sense the "played-outness" even if you didn't know. Burr and everyone else seem bored; whatever had made the show unique was missing and now it was feeling generic, trying to be like other shows that came along later. If there are specific Season 9 episodes that people love (besides the finale, which is great) I will go to these next in the hope of seeing evidence that contradicts my impression.
  12. Just thought it might be interesting to see what people's favorite season was. I've watched a few eps from Season 9, and despite my affection for the series' finale, the other Season 9 episodes I've seen make me think the show had "jumped the shark," really lost the essence of what had made it great. At the other end of the time spectrum, Season 1 also doesn't seem like the show we know and love; it took a while for the actors (and the show runners) to figure out who the characters really were. So, the contenders would seem to be Seasons 2 through 8. Which season was "peak Perry Mason," in your opinion?
  13. S06.E10: START

    BB and BCS are two of my favorite shows ever, but one reason is that they're not like anything else. The Americans was also not like anything else.
  14. Roseanne: Aftermath

    Not only "sort of"! The show you describe is a show that would give Roseanne a nice payday, since "Darlene" is arguably a character of her creation, no matter if "Darlene" lives in Chicago, Lanford, or Antarctica. ABC doing business again with Roseanne would be a total refutation of its moral stance.
  15. Roseanne: Aftermath

    Disappointing, if true. Unless they find a way to cut Roseanne out of all fees and residuals for her property rights over the characters. The article says they're exploring ways to cut her out but doesn't say they will succeed. Imagine if Roseanne Barr were never an on-camera talent, but was bringing a new show to ABC as exec producer. Can you imagine ABC entering into a business arrangement with someone who tweeted what she did about Valerie Jarrett and George Soros? They shouldn't enter into a business arrangement with her now, no matter how tempting it might be.