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  1. All Episodes Talk: Tread Carefully

    I see the series as the story of one man's journey through a judicial system that was at best inadequate and at worst corrupt. Everyone involved in the case seemed to be either inept, shady, self-serving or all of the above. It's ok that Kathleen Peterson was not the focus because the show was not about her. The medical examiner and blood splatter expert were both shady. The judge seemed like he didn't know what he was doing. He should never have allowed anything about Elizabeth Ratliff's death to be entered into evidence. There is no reason to believe the German medical examiner and police got it wrong. The ME in Durham had a vested interest in ensuring that ER's cause of death exactly matched her conclusions about Kathleen Peterson's death. She even went so far as to exhume ER's body and transort it 1200 miles instead of letting the local ME do an autopsy to ensure she got the result she wanted. Everything about her results is suspect. Barbara, the nanny, was also shady. Her testimony did not match up with the German police report. She claimed there was blood everywhere and admitted that she went up and down the stairs, stepping over Elizabeth, before the police arrived. Why would she do that if not to hide something? The lady prosecutor spewed a lot of inflammatory bigoted rhetoric to sway the jury in the absence of hard evidence. David Rudolf just seemed to be not very good at his job. The ill-fitting suits suggested to me that he was not a high-powered defense lawyer. If he couldn't even afford a decent suit that fit him for court appearances his practice was probably not doing so well. I don't know if Michael is guilty or not. However, I tend to think he is not. The owl theory is not as outlandish as it may seem at first blush. I think it is also possible that Michael took the blame to protect one of his sons from what might have been manslaughter, not murder. He thought he would be acquitted but once he was found guilty there was no going back and admitting the truth because then they both would go to prison. Todd distanced himself from the family after Michael went to prison while Clayton and his wife remained very devoted to him, visiting Michael in prison and giving him a home after he got out. Both behaviors could be interpreted as that of a person with something to hide.
  2. That article is annoying. It's common knowledge that one should shop for shoes at the end of the day because it's normal for feet to swell a little or a lot during the day. That sometimes means going up half a size to get the best fit. Soft padded heel cushions take care of any early morning looseness. It's also common knowledge that walking around in tight-fitting, stiff new shoes causes blisters. This is not some secret that only celebrities and their stylists would know.
  3. Current Timeline: News and Media

    Sony tried shopping the show around without luck. This is an expensive-to-produce niche product that doesn't have a big enough audience to make it profitable for anyone. If a major broadcast network decided the show was too rich for its blood, then it is most certainly out of reach for basic cable. The number of customers who would be willing to pay to watch the show on Amazon would be smaller than the network viewership. This is also not the kind of show that will induce enough people to subscribe to a streaming service just to watch it to make it profitable for Hulu or Netflix. The focus on American history also limited the potential for international success. In the end TV is a for-profit business so there is little interest in keeping shows on the air that are not profitable no matter how good they are or how vocal and loyal the fans are.
  4. S02.E09: Vanishing Point

    The commercial applications for hosts are pretty obvious. 1. Sell to end consumers as a way extend their lives, perhaps indefinitely. I imagine most customers would rather spend eternity as a young, healthy version of themselves in an artificial body than take medications to preserve the middle-aged or elderly body they currently have. The experiments with Bernard and old man Delos are the groundwork for that. 2. Sell to the military, law enforcement, and other entities that need to send operatives into dangerous situations, such as war zones, active shooter incidents, forest fires, nuclear meltdowns, and be sure that the individuals will reliably do their jobs regardless of personal risk including certain death. They could also offer host commanders unencumbered by emotions and ethics to control personnel and direct operations. Clementine controlling the hosts to fight and kill each other was a test of that. Delos has already productionized their process to make host bodies. They just need to build more manufacturing facilities to meet future demand. I doubt that a host costs millions of dollars to produce. The white organic goop and the electronics seem to be commodity items and the software is developed once and then deployed everywhere. Standardization and economies of scale would bring the unit price down to a point that buying a host body would be like buying a car or home. Rich people would pay cash and purchase extras like exclusive upgrades and same-day concierge repair service. Everyone else would finance their purchase, with Delos making money on the financing, just like automobile makers and big residential home builders do today. And like military contractors today, Delos would make a ton of money overcharging for hosts, spare parts and repair service. For example, charging $2000 for replacement eyeballs that cost $50 to produce. Unless I missed something in season 1, I never got the impression the parks are only for the super rich. There are no doubt VIP packages for the wealthy, but such an enterprise also needs to cater to the masses to be financially viable. In real life lots of middle class folks accrue credit card debt to finance vacations at luxury destinations. Many vacation resorts are based on the idea of selling two weeks of luxury living to people who can't otherwise afford that lifestyle.
  5. Current Timeline: News and Media

    That guy doesn't know anything, either. He is just speculating and stating his opinion as fact. He doesn't reference any unnamed sources at NBC or Sony or otherwise indicate that he has actual information from anyone with firsthand knowledge.
  6. S06.E07: Sober Companions 2018.06.11

    There are lots of websites that use screenshots to track down the clothes and accessories worn by characters on TV shows, including this show, and post the details of designer labels/manufacturers and availability so people can acquire them. Same for high-profile celebrities. Any items worn in public by the Duchess of Cambridge tend to sell out the same day in stores. It's so common and has been going on for so long that it's really not necessary to waste screen time spelling out how they located the earring store.
  7. Current Timeline: News and Media

    I dunno, She looked frumpy to me. The dress is matronly and her hair is messy and competing with the hat for attention. It would have worked better if her hair were pulled back in a neat bun or French roll and the hat placed a bit farther back on her head. Lady Kitty Spencer showed how one wears a facinator to best advantage.
  8. Too true. Georgina didn’t do anything. It’s entirely Weinstein’s behaviour. Agreed. When women jump in to apologize for the bad behavior of men it just reinforces the idea that women are somehow to blame for the actions of men and lets the men off the hook. Chapman doesn't need to engage in any public displays of contrition for the actions of her ex-husband. His shame is not hers. Her business took a big hit through no fault of her own. Good for her for trying to rebuild it instead of crawling into a hole because some people think she should be shamed for things she had no part of.
  9. Current Timeline: News and Media

    That won't happen. Sony doesn't own the footage from the wedding so the studio would have to pay for it and get clearance from all other individuals appearing in the footage and NBC News loses (more) credibility as a serious news organization if it starts using news footage of a widely viewed event to shill a struggling TV show. The royal family would also oppose the use of wedding footage in a fictional TV show. Maintaining good relations with the royal family is more important than a possible episode plot for a TV show NBC doesn't even own. I don't see how Abigail Spencer attending the wedding as a private person has anything to do with the show. No one is gonna start watching the show because that. If the show does get renewed it will only be because the financials make it feasible not because of fan pressure or internet buzz or an actor attending a high-profile wedding.
  10. While there may have been tension on set, I doubt that Mark Harmon actually got Donald Bellisario fired. He had the reputation of being a tough task master who delivered so CBS knew what they were getting with him. Bellisario retired in 2007 at age 72 and has not worked at all since then. I find it more likely that he decided that after 40 years in the business he was too old for actor bullshit and the daily grind and was done. Maybe health factors played a role. It usually does when people retire suddenly. The fact that Sean Murray is still on the show suggests that it was not personal.
  11. S02.E09: Day 464

    No, Fisher Stevens was always rather odd looking with a head too big for his skinny little body. He played Kyle Chandler's weird little sidekick in Early Edition. Maybe you're thinking of Parker Stevenson. He was a handsome leading man type back in the day.
  12. Current Timeline: News and Media

    It's usual for studios to sign actors to 6 or 7 year contracts to ensure their long-term availability. Even big stars like Viola Davis and James Spader sign long-term contracts.
  13. TV Tropes You Hate

    Exactly this story line was done on The Good Doctor this season. Nick and Jessica were engaged when she told him she really did not want children. He tried to compromise and thought he could be happy with coaching Little League or something. Jessica finally broke off the engagement because that's not a compromise and Nick would some day resent that he missed out on something so important to him.
  14. His teeth look pretty normal for someone his age. Teeth wear out and discolor, gums recede, that's all a normal part of aging, like wrinkles, thinning and grey hair, saggy skin, jiggly fat, and loss of muscle tone. When you have spent a lifetime with your mate you don't see see their physical imperfections, you just see what you have always loved about them.
  15. The Crown In The Media

    I would guess that John Lithgow was paid more than both Foy and Smith. He is an established star with a lot of high-profile successes over the years. It would also would not surprise me if Anton Lesser and perhaps Jeremy Notham were also paid more than Claire Foy. They are also established stars. Lesser has created a memorable character on the currently most watched TV show in the world and has recently worked with the likes of Brad Pitt in big Hollywood productions. That counts for something in contract negotiations. An actor's market value and proven ability to carry a show and bring eyeballs to the screen plays a really big role in contract negotiations. Claire Foy didn't have much in the way of big international successes to point to at the time she negotiated her contract.