My TV and Me

November 11, 2010

Today’s Tweets – Special Post-Mortem

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — gina64 @ 2:46 pm

AMC has cancelled Rubicon. Am I surprised? Absolutely not. I am very disappointed, though. I was really clinging to the hope that AMC would give it just one more season. The “glacial” pace of the show never bothered me. The characters were interesting enough that it didn’t matter. It was such a smart show, maybe too smart for its own good. Ah, well. I will miss you, Miles Fiedler!

Via @televisionaryNot so lucky four-leaf clover

Via @The_AV_ClubAMC Cancels Rubicon

Via @poniewozik You Can Never Win – AMC Cancels Rubicon

Via @poniewozik – “Even now, #Rubicon fans scour their backyards for four-leaf clovers to mail AMC.”

Via @sepinwallAMC Cancels Rubicon

Via @truxtonspangler – “Analysts. An honor to serve w/ you. Your allegiance to country should be commended. We served in silence, but I won’t forget you”


November 9, 2010

Save Rubicon Petition

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: — gina64 @ 11:09 pm

Per Beth’s request:

A petition to save AMC’s Rubicon

(You’ll need to register, or allow them to use your Facebook account, Sorry)

November 5, 2010

My Favorite Characters on TV Right Now

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 10:27 pm

And what I love about them.

This post is a perfect example of how backlogged I am: The first draft was saved on September 28, and then revised on October 11. It’s time to finish it!

Caveat: When I say “right now”, I don’t mean that literally. A couple of these shows are between seasons right now, and the renewal of one (Rubicon), is still up in the air. Regardless, for now, they are considered current shows.

Gemma Teller Morrow (Sons of Anarchy) – Katey Sagal has been a revelation in the three seasons of SOA so far. She is fearless, fiercely protective of her family – both actual and the MC – and she’s not afraid to shoot up a porn star’s car or escape from police custody to go overseas to find her kidnapped grandson. She is the strongest and most complicated female character on TV right now. And don’t even think about messing around with her husband or you’ll get a skateboard to the face.

Lafayette Reynolds (True Blood) – If I understand correctly, the character of Lafayette was never intended to be a regular, but audience response to him was so overwhelmingly positive that creator Alan Ball made him a regular in the second season. Lafayette is the gay short order cook at Merlotte’s restaurant, who sidelines as a drug dealer (he deals “V”, or vampire blood). He is wickedly funny, smart, a snappy dresser and he has the prettiest eyes. I could listen to him talk all day long.

Miles Fiedler (Rubicon) – Miles is an analyst at the American Policy Institute (API), the intelligence agency that is at the center of the excellent AMC series, which has just completed its first season. There hasn’t been all that much time to flesh out his character, but actor Dallas Roberts has made Miles a favorite already. I love how nervous, sensitive, smart and shy he is. He makes me sad and he makes me laugh. I hope there’s a second season of Rubicon because I need more Miles.

Hank Dolworth (Terriers) – Again, another new show, and this one hasn’t even finished its first season; but I knew from the first episode that I was going to love Terriers because of Donal Logue, who plays Hank Dolworth. Hank is another flawed, complicated character. He is a recovering alcoholic who lost his job as a cop and lost his wife, and he is now working as a private investigator in San Diego. Hank is the kind of guy who acts like he doesn’t give a shit, when in fact his problem is that he cares too much. He’s smart, funny and sad. He’s still in love with his ex-wife, he takes care of his mentally ill/genius sister, and his partner is a former thief. He sort of reminds me of Jim Rockford, if Rockford was made for cable.

Walter Bishop (Fringe) – And finally, I saved the best for last: Walter Bishop (and his alternate universe double, Walternate, to a certain extent), the mad genius of Fringe. A tortured soul obsessed with pudding pops, Walter is the heart of the show (especially his relationship with his son, Peter). He is at turns brilliant, hilarious, caustic, joyful, frightened and frightnening (if you include Walternate). John Noble, the actor who plays Walter, has been robbed of the Emmy so far, and that really is a shame. He is amazing.

So, there you have it. My favorite TV characters right now. How about you? Who are your favorites?

September 7, 2010

Chatter: Summer Roundup and More

Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 4:07 pm

My God, where does the time go? This summer has been super tough for me when it comes to finding the time/energy/inspiration to blog, and it shows. I haven’t even been able to manage regular True Blood posts, and that’s just not right. I will remedy at least that situation and get something posted before the season finale this weekend.

In the meantime, the fall premiere season has crept up on me: Season 3 of Sons of Anarchy premieres tonight, at 10:00! (fX) How did that happen?? For those of you who have yet to discover SOA, you cannot jump into the series tonight. Rent the DVD for seasons 1 and 2 first. Trust me. For those of you who have been watching all along: Enjoy!

Now, some thoughts on stuff I’ve been watching during the summer…

(Persons Unknown was so remarkably bad, it merited its own post)

Is anyone else watching AMC’s Rubicon? I’m really enjoying it. There have been complaints about the “glacial pace” of the show, but for me, that’s part of the attraction. I love how the pace – and the setting, gritty New York City – is sort of a throwback to the paranoid conspiracy thrillers of the 70s (Hello, Three Days of the Condor), movies I grew up watching. I find the subject matter intensely interesting; the acting is superb; and the lead is hot in an intellectually dorky kind of way. Also love: the way the cinematography mirrors the “pattern” theme – API is an intelligence agency that looks for patterns in transmissions, etc. – with the way the camera settles for long periods of time on stairwells, bridges, the patterns of windows on outsides walls of city buildings, or the pattern of shadows on a wall created by window blinds. If you’re looking for an adult, challenging drama, I recommend it.

I complained early on this summer that Warehouse 13 was beginning to show signs of, well, being bad. It’s never been a particularly challenging show; it’s just some summer fluff with a lot of action, some funny bits and a nice relationship between all the characters, and that was fine with me. A few episodes into this season I started to get worried – the episodes felt a little *too* fluffy and frantic and the acting seemed off – but then things turned around and the show seems to be back on track. I’ve decided who I think is the weakest link in the show: Eddie McClintock, who (over)plays the smart-alecky warehouse agent Pete. Either he isn’t that great an actor, or he needs to be reeled in a little, I’m not sure. Regardless, I do enjoy the show.

Season 6 of Futurama ended last Thursday with their 100th episode, which was a good one. This, their “comeback” season, was a little uneven, but had some real gems (most notably: “Proposition Infinity”, “The Late Phillip J. Fry”, “That Darn Katz”, “The Prisoner of Benda” and “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences”). Now I’m looking forward to the Christmas special and season 7 in 2011. Woo hoo!

One last, little nugget, because I really do have to get back to work…
a nice little interview with Michael Emerson.

July 1, 2010

Seeing things that aren’t there already.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — gina64 @ 4:41 pm

Check it out. I totally thought all of that html was an actual ad for AMC’s new conspiracy show, Rubicon, and that maybe there was some sort of clue hidden in the code. (thanks for that, LOST!)

Alas, it seems to have just been an error loading the advertisement.

June 14, 2010

FYI: Rubicon online

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — gina64 @ 8:14 pm

In case you missed it like I did, you can find the sneak preview of AMC’s Rubicon on Hulu.

June 10, 2010

Today’s Tweets

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 10:26 am

Via @movieline – Could AMC’s Rubicon be the next LOST or X-Files? With awesome trailer that WordPress will not let me embed for some reason.

Via @EW – This week’s cover: True Blood at the top of Hot Summer TV list

Via @Lost_Initiative – Jorge Garcia dishes on new finale footage for DVD

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