It’s almost over.
The thing I’m gonna miss the most will be the colorful characters. Not just the main cast, but some of the relatively minor roles, like Jane, Euell, Wendy, Hector and Gale. That was some inspired writing.
What will you miss?
It’s almost over.
The thing I’m gonna miss the most will be the colorful characters. Not just the main cast, but some of the relatively minor roles, like Jane, Euell, Wendy, Hector and Gale. That was some inspired writing.
What will you miss?
Tonight’s the night! Where will you watch the Breaking Bad Final Episode?
My prediction – Walt gets mortally wounded rescuing Jesse Uncle Jack’s gang in a big bloody shoot-out. Just before he dies Walt apologizes to Jesse. I am unsure whether Jesse will forgive Walt or tell him to “Burn in hell, bitch!” It could go either way.
Skyler and Marie spend the rest of their dysfunctional lives together being whiny and annoying each other. Todd and Lydia escape together. The final scene shows Saul Goodman living some menial life in Bumphuck, Idaho. He’s not a lawyer anymore but he’s still a sleazebag.
The worst thing will be avoiding Twitter those last few hours because of spoilers.
Did anyone else watch the pilot episode of The Blacklist last night? It was pretty good and I’ll need something new to watch until the next season of Justified starts up. American Horror Story: Coven doesn’t sound like my thing.
Any other new shows look like they are worth watching?
PLAYING Skyler White on the television show “Breaking Bad” for the past five seasons has been one of the most rewarding creative journeys I’ve embarked on as an actor. But the role has also taken me on another kind of journey — one I never would have imagined.
My character, to judge from the popularity of Web sites and Facebook pages devoted to hating her, has become a flash point for many people’s feelings about strong, nonsubmissive, ill-treated women. As the hatred of Skyler blurred into loathing for me as a person, I saw glimpses of an anger that, at first, simply bewildered me.
For those unfamiliar with the show: Skyler is the wife of Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher who, after learning he has lung cancer, begins cooking and selling methamphetamine to leave a nest egg for Skyler, their teenage son and their unborn daughter. After his prognosis improves, however, Walter continues in the drug trade — with considerable success — descending deeper and deeper into a life of crime.
When Skyler discovers what Walter has been up to, she tries to stop him, to no avail. She is outraged by the violence and destruction of the drug world, fearful for her children’s safety, disgusted by the money Walter brings in and undone by the lies and manipulation to which he subjects her.
I enjoy taking on complex, difficult characters and have always striven to capture the truth of those people, whether or not it’s popular. Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad,” wanted Skyler to be a woman with a backbone of steel who would stand up to whatever came her way, who wouldn’t just collapse in the corner or wring her hands in despair. He and the show’s writers made Skyler multilayered and, in her own way, morally compromised. But at the end of the day, she hasn’t been judged by the same set of standards as Walter.
As an actress, I realize that viewers are entitled to have whatever feelings they want about the characters they watch. But as a human being, I’m concerned that so many people react to Skyler with such venom. Could it be that they can’t stand a woman who won’t suffer silently or “stand by her man”? That they despise her because she won’t back down or give up? Or because she is, in fact, Walter’s equal?
But I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives. Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender.
I can’t say that I have enjoyed being the center of the storm of Skyler hate. But in the end, I’m glad that this discussion has happened, that it has taken place in public and that it has illuminated some of the dark and murky corners that we often ignore or pretend aren’t still there in our everyday lives.
Anna Gunn left out the part where Skyler tells Walt, “I fucked Ted” (her boss). And she did.
Face it, Skyler is not a likeable character from the beginning. When Walt discovers he has lung cancer he starts “breaking bad” to insure that Skyler and the kids will be provided for if/when he dies. He commits numerous murders but he is never unfaithful to his wife.
She snoops on everything he does. The throws him out. She calls the cops on him. She cheats on him. She gives all the illegal money he earns to her boss. Then she tells him she is waiting for him to die. He buys his son a car and she makes him take it back.
She rarely shows any warmth or affection for Walt, and none after the first couple seasons. So what’s to like?
Maybe her problem is genetic, cuz her sister Marie is even more annoying than she is.
The finale of Season 16 of Dancing With The Stars starts Monday night. I want to encourage you all to cheer and root and vote for Kellie Pickler.
Kellie is an alumnus of American Idol (she finished 6th in Season 5) but has been more successful than most AI winners. She was basically abandoned as a child and was raised by her grandparents. She is 26 years old from Albemarle North Carolina. She is also so sweet she will give you diabetes.
(Not to mention she is a close friend of Taylor Swift.)
Here’s a recap of Kellie’s career:
I’ve started watching more foreign streaming videos instead of Hollywood shows, because, really, their politics & indoctrination is so annoying. Grrr. The problem is I have no one to discuss it with here! So I’m gonna fix that by occasionally reviewing some favorites and hoping that gets a bunch of you all hooked *evil laugh*.
I’m liking a lot of kdramas (South Korean dramas). Kdramas are typically serialized novels that run twice weekly and have a beginning, middle, end all plotted in advance. You can watch them for free legally – all you need is the internet and a willingness to read subtitles. I’m going review one I just marathoned through and really enjoyed. I think it’s probably a good first drama for Westerners for reasons I’ll explain in a bit.
Faith is a historical time-travel fantasy set in 1351, during the Goryeo period, when Korea was a vassal state of the Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty. The main characters in the drama are all real historical figures: King Gongmin, Queen Noguk, General Choi Young are names that Korean kids learn about in school. The twist is that mortal need makes King Gongmin order Choi Young into a legendary heaven’s portal to bring back Heaven’s Doctor to save his Queen’s life. The portal is actually a time portal, and he enters 2012 Seoul (which he thinks is Heaven) and kidnaps a plastic surgeon from a medical conference to take back with him.
This drama has some of my favorite elements – historical fantasy, time travel, swords, characters who act true to their period, court intrigues, political and literal backstabbing, humor, over-the-top villains who are still sympathetic, and people who are facing inner conflicts that mirror their external struggles. I’m actually not a big romance watcher, but I ended up totally buying the love story that slowly unfolds between the captain & the doctor. I won’t lie, I was reaching for the tissues by the end.
One of the reasons I picked Faith to be your gateway drug to kdrama is that the time-travel set-up means that Goryeo is just as alien to the surgeon as it is to us, Americans, and we discover it through her 21st century eyes. Another reason is that the story could be seen as a variation of one of my favorite books, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Maybe the biggest reason I picked Faith is because it has wonderfully strong women characters. Damsels can be a failing in kdramas and I so love that Faith beats this stereotype.
I watched Faith for free on DramaFever. DramaFever has a huge collection of subtitled Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish/Latino shows, including ones currently airing in their countries of origin. So if Faith is not your cup of tea, there are hundreds of others to try.
I actually watched via the DramaFever android app (they also have iOS, Google, and Roku apps, and I think you can get them via Hulu.) The app worked well once I figured out that there is a menu button and that keeping my finger down brings up a pop-up list of actions. I signed up for a free account; supposedly they are ad-supported but I haven’t really seen any ads yet. I think it might be that newbies get the first week ad-free or something like that.)
So, thanks for reading my review. Talk about what shows, foreign or Hollywood, books, anything.
So who is gonna die tonight? Boyd? Ava? Johnny? Winona? It’s the season finale, so somebody has to go bye-bye. Raylan is the only one we can count on to survive. Tune in tonight to FX at 10 pm and find out.
Considering that Breaking Bad is currently on hiatus, Justified is easily the best damn show on television right now. Too bad they’re on different networks. Watching Raylan Givens trying to catch the elusive Heisenberg would be a helluva show.
And yes, there will be a Season Five.
I have been watching Game of Thrones Season Two on DVD. I watched Season One a couple months ago. GOT is the only show I’ve ever seen that I had to use a written synopsis of each episode just to keep track of what’s going on. I never read any of the books but it looks like I’m gonna have to start.
Game of Thrones — It’s very hard for me to get into the fantasy genre, but I just love this. I burned through the first two seasons and am way ready for the third to begin on HBO March 31st. A sprawling fantasy about the struggle to win the Iron Throne that rules the seven kingdoms. It’s gotten teased a lot for all the sex (see the pitch-perfect SNL skit above), so be warned. Whenever there’s an exposition scene, they try to have two naked girls making out in the background to liven things up. It’s so over-the-top, I actually found myself thinking, “Put your shirt on, sister, so I can hear the exposition.” But still, great characters, great stories — and a brilliant use of the supernatural; that’s the best thing about it. Supernatural events haunt the edges of the story and then slowly, slowly move toward the center. Somehow that makes it all completely believable. Kudos to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss who brought the massive, unfinished series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin to life. Great score by Ramin Djawadi. A wonderful cast, dominated by Peter Dinklage in a performance for the ages. But my favorite, of course, is Conan the Barbarian star Jason Momoa as the savage Khal Drogo. If I call my wife “moon of my life,” one more time, she may toss me out
Season Three starts next week, but I don’t get HBO so I won’t get to see it until it’s released on DVD.
Via Jim Treacher:
It’s been 45 years since George Takei and William Shatner co-starred on Star Trek, but Takei still remembers the experience vividly – and not with fondness.
Takei discussed his bad blood with Shatner on “Watch What Happens Live” last night saying, “Bill’s douchiness…He’s very self-possessed, self-involved, everything revolves around the captain.”
Takei revealed that Shatner “regularly” would stop filming to ask the director to focus the cameras on him instead of whoever was speaking. “[Shatner was] reacting, and that’s the important thing,” Takei sniffed.
I remember hearing George Takei on a morning radio show when some Trekkie called in and asked him a question about the deeper meaning of one of the original episodes. Takei’s response was something along the lines of “Back then the show was just another gig. We showed up, did our lines and then went home. We didn’t think about what it all meant.“
It’s hard to believe that show got canceled over forty years ago. Here’s a bunch of stuff you may not know about the original series.
Meanwhile, Shatner has had several hit shows since Star Trek TOS was canned. He has literally made a career out of bad acting.
Raylan is sleeping with his bartender. Winona is pregnant. Arlo is locked up. Boyd and Ava are up to no good. A lot of people in Harlan are dead but Raylan only killed half of them.
Justified Season Four starts tonight on FX at 7pm Klownifornia time.
U.S. television celebrity Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said.
About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her “bad reputation”, according to a local newspaper.
Thousands of fans, who had paid up to 500 Bahraini dinars ($1,360) a ticket, broke into hysterical screams as the 32-year-old celebrity launched the Millions of Milkshakes franchise inside the mall.
Witnesses said police dispersed the demonstrators with stun grenades as the inauguration proceeded inside. There were no reports of casualties.
For once it’s hard not to feel sympathetic towards the goatfuckers. But this is so wrong:
Hardline Sunni Muslim MPs presented a motion to parliament calling her “an actress with an extremely bad reputation”, according to Bahrain’s English language Gulf Daily News.
Kim Kardashian is NOT an actress. She is a reality TV star. That’s like being a weekly guest on the Jerry Springer Show.
Jeralyn will be soooooo happy!
Season 15 starts tonight on ABC. Here’s this season’s All-Star line-up:
1. Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson
2. Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
3. Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel
4. Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower
5. Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus
6. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
7. Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff
8. Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya
9. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
10. Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
11. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
12. Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
13. Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
I really don’t watch this show but my mom is a huge fan. (I don’t mean she’s huge, I mean this is her favorite show.)
You don’t have to watch the show, just be sure to vote for Bristol. Help a single mom while making Obot heads explode.
Viewers can vote for their favorite teams by phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the DWTS performance shows. AT&T customers can also vote by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support. Online voting at ABC’s official DWTS site will be open from the start of each episode on the East Coast and closes at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET on Tuesday mornings.
Here’s the number to call:
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas — 1-800-868-3409 (aka 1-800-VOTE4-09)
If you want to vote for someone else, look the number up yourself.
Obot heads will be exploding:
Sarah Palin said politics can be “pretty brutal,” but not as brutal as what her husband, Todd, and the rest of the cast endured in NBC’s upcoming competition show, “Stars Earn Stripes.”
“I don’t think physically I would be able to handle what they’ve gone through,” said Palin, adding that she’d “have to be doing a whole lot of pushups” to prepare for the show.
“It will blow you guys away when you see what they do,” she said. “I … was witness to the bumps and bruises at the end of some of the days.”
In “Stars Earn Stripes,” Todd Palin is one of eight stars paired with members of the military or first-responder forces to compete in challenges inspired by actual military exercises. Hosted by Gen. Wesley Clark, the show premieres Aug. 13.
Besides Todd Palin, other cast members include boxing champ Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain, actor and ex-NFL player Terry Crews, singer Nick Lachey (the former Mr. Jessica Simpson), “The Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street and professional wrestler Eve Torres. Teams compete for a cash prize they donate to a military, veteran or first-responder charity.
Sarah Palin said Todd, a four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion, is well-suited for the competition because he’s “calm, cool and collected all the time.”
I would totally go gay for Todd Palin, but only if we were in prison or something. As Sarah once said, “Divorce Todd? Have you SEEN Todd? I may be just a renegade Hockey Mom, but I’m not blind!“
This is an open thread.
The most impactful television events of the last 50 years, as measured in a survey conducted by Nielsen and Sony Electronics. The rankings are based on a questionnaire of consumers about events they had watched, if they remember where they were and if they discussed the events with others.
1. Sept. 11 terrorist attacks (2001).
2. Hurricane Katrina (2005).
3. The O.J. Simpson verdict (1995).
4. The Challenger space shuttle explodes (1986).
5. Death of Osama bin Laden (2011).
6. The O.J. Simpson White Bronco chase (1994).
7. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami (2011).
8. Columbine school shooting (1999).
9. BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico (2010).
10. Princess Diana’s funeral (1997).
11. Death of Whitney Houston (2012).
12. Capture and execution of Saddam Hussein (2006).
13. Barack Obama Election Night speech (2008)
14. Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (2011).
15. John F. Kennedy assassination (1963).
16. Oklahoma City bombing (1995).
17. Bush/Gore disputed election (2000).
18. Los Angeles riots, Rodney King beating (1992).
19. Casey Anthony murder trial verdict (2011).
20. John F. Kennedy funeral (1963).
I have quite a bit of disagreement with this one.
The first one is a gimme, but I would put the JFK assassination at number two. Why is Rodney King beating and the LA riots one event? They happened a year apart. So did the OJ chase and verdict but they are split into two events.
I would dump the deaths of Osama, Saddam and Whitney, along with Casey Anthony, Princess Di’s funeral as well as Will and Kate’s wedding. The BP oil spill was news but it really wasn’t a television event. Obama’s election night speech? Puh-leeze.
Where is the Loma Prieta earthquake? The attempted assassination of Reagan? MLK’s “I have a dream” speech? The wedding of Charles and Diana? The Iranian hostage crisis? Gulf Wars I & II? Vietnam? The first moon landing? Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon? The fall of the Berlin Wall? Monica and Bill?
If you’re going to include celebrity deaths, what about Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith? If Casey Anthony makes the list, why not Scott Peterson? Where is the final episode of Lost?
What do you think? This is an open thread.
I rarely watch network television (usually by accident) and I’m too cheap to spring for “pay” cable like HBO and Showtime. In between are the cable networks like USA, AMC and FX. Instead of trying to compete for ratings seven nights a week these mini-networks focus on developing quality “niche” programming. Ironically, in doing so they originate some of the most popular shows on television.
IMNSHO the best drama on television is Breaking Bad on AMC. The second best show is Justified on FX. Starring Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Raylan Givens, Justified is a modernized version of Gunsmoke based on stories by Elmore Leonard. Imagine Chili Palmer with boots and a ten gallon hat tromping through the Butcher Hollow and you get the general idea. It sure ain’t Mayberry.
The characters are really interesting, particularly bad boys Boyd Crowder, Robert Quarles and Ellstin Limehouse. Tonight is the season finale of season three.
What are your favorite shows?
The more things change, the more things stay the same.
As far back as 1965 — just a few years before Time magazine asked “Is God Dead?” — CBS executives thought a Bible reading might turn off a nation populated with Christians. And during a Christmas special, no less! Ah, the perils of living on an island in the northeast called Manhattan.
Last but not least, the executives did not want to have Linus reciting the story of the birth of Christ from the Gospel of Luke. The network orthodoxy of the time assumed that viewers would not want to sit through passages of the King James Bible.
There was a standoff of sorts, but Schulz did not back down, and because of the tight production schedule and CBS’s prior promotion, the network executives aired the special as Schulz intended it. But they were certain they had a flop on their hands.
“They were freaking out about something so overtly religious in a Christmas special,” explained Melendez. “They basically wrote it off, like, hey, this is just isn’t going to be interesting to anyone, and it’s just going to be like a big tax write-off.”
Melendez himself was somewhat hesitant about the reading from Luke. “I was leery of the religion that came into it, and I was right away opposed to it. But Sparky just assumed what he had to say was important to somebody.”
Which is why Charles Schulz was Charles Schulz. He knew that the Luke reading by Linus was the heart and soul of the story.
As Charlie Brown sinks into a state of despair trying to find the true meaning of Christmas, Linus quietly saves the day. He walks to center of the stage where the Peanuts characters have gathered, and under a narrow spotlight, quotes the second chapter of the Gospel According to Luke, verses 8 through 14:
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.
“ . . . And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” Linus concluded.
The scene lasted 51 seconds. When Linus finished up, Charlie Brown realized he did not have to let commercialism ruin his Christmas. With a sense of inspiration and purpose, he picked up his fragile tree and walked out of the auditorium, intending to take it home to decorate and show all who cared to see how it would work in the school play.
When CBS executives saw the final product, they were horrified. They believed the special would be a complete flop. CBS programmers were equally pessimistic, informing the production team, “We will, of course, air it next week, but I’m afraid we won’t be ordering any more.”
The half-hour special aired on Thursday, December 9, 1965, preempting The Munsters and following Gilligan’s Island. To the surprise of the executives, 50 percent of the televisions in the United States tuned in to the first broadcast. The cartoon was a critical and commercial hit; it won an Emmy and a Peabody award.
Linus’s recitation was hailed by critic Harriet Van Horne of the New York World-Telegram, who wrote, “Linus’ reading of the story of the Nativity was, quite simply, the dramatic highlight of the season.”
People have been complaining about the commercialization of Christmas since before I was born, but lately things have been getting weird. Does anyone really feel offended by the words “Merry Christmas?” Do we have to use the politically correct “Happy Holidays?”
If you’re part of my generation and you weren’t raised in a cave by Jehovah’s Witnesses, A Charlie Brown Christmas was part of your childhood experience, along with Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch.
Think about that for a second – how many “Christmas” movies, television specials or songs even mention the birth of Christ?
Me, I’m not particularly religious. I was raised in a holy roller church but I went off the reservation a long time ago. However I don’t feel threatened by religion – my old one or any of the others.
But you shouldn’t complain about the commercialism of Christmas if you forget that He’s the reason for the season.