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  • Tim Michie,

    ...when Fringe is set to return to NZ broadcast TV

    Fringe replaced Lost Season 5 so I'm hoping the same applies after Lost heads into the dark bardward and abysm of time.

    I know so many stories returning to Walter frustrated many but it is essentially a mad scientist/s story but the fellow doesn't remember what he's done, so it's also a story into a not quite sane reality that links with larger spoilerish developments. Some of it could've been done better I believe the creators agree and the reason they fast tracked some of the deeper plots. I'll be watching.

    It's also been good practice at how to read overseas sites and veer off once knowing enough but not too much...

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Desmond is not hotter than Sawyer.

    Dude, Scottish accent!

    Good point.

    I once had a job that involved calling up young women in Edinburgh and listening to them read off music chart returns in their delightful Edinburgh accents. I've done worse things for money.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Graham,

    Sawyer has always been a bit too earnest. Desmond is way cooler.

    Fringe was SUCH a disappointment. Cliche followed by cliche. And after such a promising start.

    Then True Blood slam dunked it. Buried it. Completely.

    Vanity Fair has penultimate ep analysis and it sounds like we're all going to be very disappointed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 217 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Then True Blood slam dunked it. Buried it. Completely..

    Oh please, even Ryan Kwanten's pert arse (which gets so much air time it deserve its own SAG card) can't distract from True Blood's addiction to bullshit soap opera storytelling. Does every damn plot line have to be driven by characters doing incredibly stupid things out of the blue for no particular reason? It's the same nonsense that make Alan Ball's last show, Six Feet Under, impossible to watch by the start of the third season.

    Vanity Fair has penultimate ep analysis and it sounds like we're all going to be very disappointed.

    Really? I don't think they could do anything that would satisfy Lost's anal fanbase; but I am planning to to enjoy the biggest facial load of orgasmic geek-rage since the end of Battlestar Galactica or Catherine Tate's return to Doctor Who,

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Since we're covering TV, to be honest I found the new RadiRadiRah a bit blah de blah blah.

    7days had many more laughs, and wasn't nearly as contrived. That Rhys Darby gets aboot a bit. Come to think of it, they were missing a politician tonight. Those bloody public service cuts.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    characters doing incredibly stupid things out of the blue for no particular reason

    remarkably like the random beauty of real life (except when it intrudes into politics)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Oh, and let's not forget that if TVNZ do as they did for Season 5, splitting the extended finale into separate episodes, America and the internet will have been apreading the secrets for three weeks before we'll see them finally broadcast...

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    On the other hand, TV2 doubled up on American Idol this weekend, so the final will run only 4 days behind the US.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    the astonishing attractiveness of Timothy Olyphant

    Is he still just as... clenchy?

    Alan Ball's last show, Six Feet Under, impossible to watch by the start of the third season

    I've always wondered: were we *meant* to hate all those characters? Because oh boy, did I hate them all. Particularly Brenda.

    On the other hand, TV2 doubled up on American Idol this weekend, so the final will run only 4 days behind the US.

    I'm half-heartedly supporting Bowersox: I proclaim her to be the least offensive.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Particularly Brenda

    Certainly an unsympathetic character. Did that colour your response to her role in Brothers and Sisters?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I'm half-heartedly supporting Bowersox: I proclaim her to be the least offensive.

    Yes, she has developed somewhat from the yet-another-Janis-alike that she appeared to be. Mind you, Lee these days is a bit more than the college-rock-fake-whiskey-voice he started out as.

    Can you believe we have only a week left of Simon? End of an era.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    Well, I caught the end of Rahderahderah. Won't be catching the start, middle or end in future. 7 Days delivered, as usual (though that 'year recap' last week was a bit of a missfire).

    And my lovely auntie in america urgently fed-ex'd me a vhs of Community episodes. Wife and I haven't laughed so hard in ages (my eyes were sore from the tears by the end of ep3). I think it may be the first time I've ever laughed at Chevy Chase.

    Hard to believe people saying it's improved as time has gone on. Can't wait to get kids into bed tonight, open a bottle of red and resume watching.

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Ben McNicoll,

    Community noticeably finds it's feet after 3 or 4 episodes, and keeps getting better as you get to know the characters... in my opinion.

    Grey Lynn • Since May 2007 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    On the other hand, TV2 doubled up on American Idol this weekend, so the final will run only 4 days behind the US.

    Actually, I just checked the listings, and the final is on Thursday, only half a day after the US. Good effort, TVNZ.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    7 Days delivered, as usual (though that 'year recap' last week was a bit of a missfire).

    Agreed. Seems to rely lots on the chemistry between whatever comedians are part of the group.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I've always wondered: were we *meant* to hate all those characters? Because oh boy, did I hate them all. Particularly Brenda.

    I don't think we were -- we're supposed to take the Fishers entirely seriously. Even so, I don't necessarily want characters to be "likeable" (otherwise I wouldn't like Mad Men or Battlestar Galactica as much as I do) but it would be nice if your overflowing cornucopia of douche-baggery had some rhyme and reason. I think that's much the same reason why I've never really gotten into Glee -- the characters don't make any sense, and in the end I just don't give a shit about what they do or what happens to them. Jane Lynch tearing up the scenery isn't enough of a pay off.

    Community noticeably finds it's feet after 3 or 4 episodes, and keeps getting better as you get to know the characters... in my opinion.

    Believe it or not, I've been reading quite a lot of reviewers saying Cougar Town improves dramatically as a quirky ensemble piece instead of Courtney Cox as a tacky sexual sight gag. Hey, anything is possible...

    Since we're covering TV, to be honest I found the new RadiRadiRah a bit blah de blah blah.

    You're not wrong, but sketch comedy is really hard to do well. I borrowed off a friend the complete run of Monty Python -- and, much as I love them, it's interesting how their reputation rests on a very shot list of classic sketches and a hell of a lot of the show just doesn't date well, if it worked at all. (I'll commit comedy geek blasphemy, and say too often Monty Python failed the "very clever, so what?" test.)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    (I'll commit comedy geek blasphemy, and say too often Monty Python failed the "very clever, so what?" test.)

    Being raised on Beyond the Fringe, Monty Python always seemed instantly funny, but without lasting effect, if that makes sense.

    I like my humour like my Gewurtz; Dry, with a lingering after taste.

    Cougar Town shows promise. I keep trying to think of other people who could play the lead, and haven't got there yet.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Fiona Rae,

    Is he still just as... clenchy?

    Not sure what that means. Seth Bullock always had a stick up his ass; that was the character, and his mate, the Jewish shopkeeper (who recently turned up in Lost as Dogan's (?) sidekick, btw) was always trying to get him to talk. He's an angry man in Justified, but not infallible. That's part of its charm; the criminals are often really stupid and there's a lot of black humour. It's the adaptation that Elmore Leonard actually approves of.

    characters doing incredibly stupid things out of the blue for no particular reason

    Which characters, Craig? I was totally along for that ride. Also, True Blood very funny.

    Point Chevalier • Since Nov 2006 • 34 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Monty Python -- and, much as I love them, it's interesting how their reputation rests on a very shot list of classic sketches and a hell of a lot of the show just doesn't date well

    ..and the recent Prime series didn't really change my lukewarm opinion of much of their work. I agree that some of it hasn't dated well--especially their portrayals of screechy harridans (they didn't seem to like women much). I have warmer memories of Spike Milligan's Q and really going back, Hancock.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Cougar Town shows promise. I keep trying to think of other people who could play the lead, and haven't got there yet.

    Are you saying there aren't many attractive "older" types in Hollywood, or that there is something particular in the way Courteney Cox plays the lead that means she owns the role?

    I've been reading quite a lot of reviewers saying Cougar Town improves dramatically as a quirky ensemble piece instead of Courtney Cox as a tacky sexual sight gag.

    I'd heard that too. ABC were given a premise that sold them, but the show changed very quickly. Not unlike Aqua Teen Hunger Force, or Lost (to bring us full circle):

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Geoff is too classy to plug his new History of New Zealand Television website in this most apt of forums. But I am not.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Are you saying there aren't many attractive "older" types in Hollywood, or that there is something particular in the way Courteney Cox plays the lead that means she owns the role?

    There are plenty, but apart from Toni Collette, who has enough personalities to contend with, who would you suggest for this?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Which characters, Craig?

    Jason Stackhouse -- the slug of animal penis brains -- immediately comes to mind, though it took a long time for the perception fiilter of his absurdly ripped porn-ready body to fade. :) I could spread butter on those buns and eat them all day long, but I really hope he's going to get a plotline this season that's a little more satisfying than "my hard-on is a lightning rod for trouble".

    I could also go a long time without seeing Tara -- the only black woman in the core cast -- getting off on being beaten up by her boyfriend, and I don't give a shit if she was under the influence of Admiral Cain or not. That leap into epic sexual racefail came out of nowhere, and I'd love it to go home and never come back.

    Sure, not every damn show has to be a profound exploration of existential despair and socio-political dysfunction like The Wire -- and I like me some glossy eye candy floss as much as the next man. But light hearted doesn't have to mean empty-headed.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    But being incredibly stupid was part of Jason's character wasn't it? They did develop him beyond that, s2's moral struggles and all.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Not sure what that means. Seth Bullock always had a stick up his ass

    Yeah, that's what I meant. I liked the clenchiness (to coin a word) of the character. It was often hilarious. And... sort of hot? Although I don't imagine I would find it so in real life.

    Sacha, I never watched Brothers and Sisters because I saw Rachel Griffiths and went 'ACK!' Brenda clearly did a number on me.

    sketch comedy is really hard to do well

    See also: Saturday Night Live. So much chaff, not nearly enough wheat. Why can't everything be 'Dick in a Box'?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

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