Wow, HBO has another potentially great one on their hands.. Just watched the first episode tonight and was blown away. the previews looked horrible I thought. And other than Sam Waterson overacting in a few scenes, I was really impressed. Anyone else see it?
Hmmm. The trailers looked horrible but maybe I'll check it out.
With Wilfred and Workaholics back and Breaking Bad in 3 weeks my DVR is gonna be croooowded
I sat in awe. I cheered. The pilot is an instant classic.
But how do you follow that up? If HBO has the right answer to that question, this could be one of the best to ever come from them. I love these characters, although I'm thinking someone might have to drown Don.
I love your baseball analyses but can't agree on the Sorkin series -- I think Sorkin's done some brilliant work, but this just felt like Sorkin going to the well with Sorkinisms from the past -- his rhythms are so predicable -- every character sounded like recycled West Wing riffs -- I think this is self-indulgent, trite work from a guy who has the ability to do much better, but is way too enamored with himself. The opening riff on how America used to be on the side of right was total nonsense -- has he never read any history? Hawaii? The Philippines? Mexico? Cuba? We've been invading and pushing countries around for our own purposes forever. The Monroe Doctrine? Iraq and Vietnam were just more of the same. Sorkin is so far off base it was embarrassing.
The best part of the hour was the actual news cast -- and if you want to see a much better, tenser version, take a look at Broadcast News, the segment where Hurt does his first solo report on the fly... sorry, for me, this was Sorkin at his annoying worst. Lollard
Well, to each his own.
I loved it, and since I didn't watch a single episode of The West Wing, I guess I wasn't in any position to see any resemblances or retreads. And no, it's not that I had a problem with The West Wing...there are a lot of quality shows that just didn't/don't come on at good times for me. I've never seen Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Wire, and others. Between career, family, cooking, baseball, and working out, I watch maybe 1.5-2 hours of TV total a day. But I also read for entertainment an equal amount of the time.
I do agree regarding the actual newscast being the best part of the pilot. And as I posted earlier, it's going to be difficult to match that scene sequence going forward.
There's actually quite a few shows I'd like to go back and revisit.
The Wire is definitely one of them. I have no idea why I didn't watch it when it was on, other than the fact that once a show has been on for a year, and becomes known as a hit, I tend to feel like I already missed the boat.
You know, I just started using the HBOgo app on my phone to pull up archived shows I can watch while I'm on the stairmaster. Maybe I'll start The Wire from episode 1 while working out. To date, I've been watching individual episodes of Deadwood and the Sopranos.
Thanks for the idea!
I watch RG and Veep. Veep has a few parts that make me chuckle and anything with Gervais makes me laugh. Extras was the best comedy in the history of television imo.
Of course I was born in England, raised on british humour so that might mean I'm a bit biased.
Man, if that's the case, it will be a tremendous disappointment.
But as I said in my first post in this thread...I knew it was going to be tough for them to come up with a product at that level on a consistent, on-going basis.