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  posted on 11/15/2006 at 07:28 PM
Hands Down....."My Name is Earl"

 

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  posted on 11/16/2006 at 07:52 AM
The Office
My Name is Earl

 

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  posted on 11/16/2006 at 09:10 AM
Current:
Battlestar Gallactica
Coronation Street (British show)
Jericho
Trailer Park Boys

Classic shows

Cheers
Seinfeld
Beverly Hillbillies
Leave It To Beaver (Still watch at noon when I'm home from work)
Hill Street Blues
Star Trek
Twilight Zone
Kung Fu
On The Buses (British Show)

 

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  posted on 11/18/2006 at 11:06 AM
Thankfully, I don't watch television. Gave it up about 4 years ago. Rots the mind.
 

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  posted on 11/18/2006 at 02:32 PM
Da Ali G Show!!!

 

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  posted on 11/20/2006 at 01:11 AM
Sopranos
Rome
Entourage
Ali G Show
Six Feet Under

Andy Griffith Show
Beverly Hillbillies
Seinfeld

David Letterman
Red Skelton
Ed Sullivan

 

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  posted on 11/20/2006 at 01:13 AM
Oh Lord !!! I forgot !!!

DEADWOOD!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 11/21/2006 at 01:42 PM
Hey Neil,another Coronation Street fan...used to watch it with Beth's grandmother in the 70's and never stopped.An aquired taste...

Current stuff:

Heroes
NCIS
Numbers

 

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  posted on 11/21/2006 at 02:48 PM
HOUSE!! Just a great show that is well written and acted.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2007 at 10:51 AM
mulehead, it's funny that yours is the last post in this thread, because I'm digging it up because of House.

24 is still my favorite show on TV, but House has risen in the rankings this year. It's on at the same time as another of my favorites, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which is coincidentally declining a bit. So, I'm not sure which one I'll end up watching tonight.

This morning's online NY Times has this interesting article on House, which I'm excerpting here (my comments in curly brackets {/}):

House, Already Strong, Gets a Boost
By BILL CARTER
Published: January 30, 2007

LOS ANGELES — Even after a couple of weeks of giddy two-hour ratings for American Idol on Tuesday nights, the Fox network has no trepidation in turning to a drama to follow Idol at 9 {8 Central} this Tuesday, because the drama in question, House, is already the strongest scripted hour that Fox has to offer.

{House may be the verbally most dense for 60 minutes, but I wouldn't say it's more "strongly scripted" than 24.}

. . . All this success comes from a series that at first seemed to belong on a different network, that struggled so much in its early weeks that Fox cut back its order of episodes, and that at one point defied what sounded like a fix-or-be-canceled order from executives. . . .

But as its top producers, David Shore and Katie Jacobs, noted in an interview in their offices here on the Fox Studio lot, it also took some preposterous luck in casting and some exquisite timing in scheduling.

Things might never have worked out had a largely unknown British actor named Hugh Laurie not sent in an audition tape at just the right time. Or had all of Fox’s other new series in the fall of 2004 not failed so quickly that by the time American Idol came the next January, House was the show selected to be placed immediately behind it. . . .

What House really had was a creative team committed to its vision of a singular lead character. “What they pitched was a doctor who hates people but solves insoluble medical mysteries,” said Craig Erwich, executive vice president of programming at Fox. . . .

“The Sherlock Holmes thing was part of it from the beginning,” Mr. Shore said. It is also the reason the character is called House. “That was our little joke,” Mr. Shore said. “Holmes, as in ‘home,’ becomes House.” . . . a clever touch by the Fox graphics department, putting a square around the first letter in “House” to signal the setting of the hospital.

Mr. Laurie, who was in Namibia shooting a film when he made the initial audition tape, had received only a few pages of the script and thought that House, as nasty as he was, must surely be a supporting character. Mr. Shore knew Mr. Laurie from his comic work in England in shows like Black Adder. “I knew him as a British twit,” he said.

{Hilarious string of series, the Black Adder seasons, and the Hugh Laurie character(s) was (were) indeed always (a) twit(s) --but one(s) whose twitty nature was changing with the setting and era of the season. Rowan Atkinson was tremendous, too.

Great show. I wish my PBS station would run Black Adder instead of the dull Britcoms they have. Actually, I wish my PBS station would run Black Adder instead of America's Ballroom Challenge and News Hour with Jim Lehrer.}

After an appearance that Mr. Erwich called “one of the great auditions of all time,” no one else needed to apply. . . .

Mr. Laurie has since won two Golden Globe awards as best actor. Mr. Shore gave Fox credit for appreciating down deep what the show was all about.

“There was a reason a network should have been scared” of this character, he said, adding, “Fox was never scared. The phone call I expected to get from Day 1 I never got: ‘Everything is great, great; but you’ve got to make the character more likeable.’ You always get that call, and we never got that call.”

{Frankly, the constant unlikability of Dr. House is what kept me away from the show completely at first and keeps me from being a bigger fan now. Sure, sometimes he's really funny, and he's usually very clever, but his darkness and disrespect for others are too unrelenting and even predictable, and in the end just way too nasty.

The other thing about House that I don't like is that you have to be a medical specialist to follow most of the medical jargon 100%, so I don't really know whether the diagnoses are brilliant. The lay viewer just has to take it on faith that House is a brilliant doctor. In "regular" mysteries and detective shows, the nature of the mystery and terminology used by the crime-solvers are not so esoteric that you can't follow along--and sometimes even stay a step ahead of the crime-solvers.}

Full story 6X as long:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/30/arts/television/30hous.html?th&emc=th

 

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  posted on 1/30/2007 at 02:46 PM
I gobble up everything Rowan Atkinson touches.

Wait . . . that didn't come out right. Let me rephrase that - I'm a big fan of Rowan Atkinson's work.

My library has the entire Black Adder series on DVD, Peter. You might want to check that out. You can probably find it through WorldCat . . . but I'm sure you know this.

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  posted on 1/30/2007 at 07:51 PM
No, I never looked at WorldCat before, Droogie--thanks! I guess that's like a nationwide version of going through a local library for Illinois Interlibrary Loan (infrequently resorted to).



I don't remember wassup with Hugh's hair--was he a barrister at Rowan's court-martial or something?

From WorldCat, it doesn't look like a nearby library has all the Black Adder series, but next time I'm going by this offbeat video store on campus that has all sorts of cult favorites, I should check.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2007 at 12:56 PM
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Prime-time shows from the Big 4 commercial networks plus PBS I might watch this week
Sunday: Part of Old School (ABC)
Monday: 24 (Fox), part of At Close Range with National Geographic (PBS)
Tuesday: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) or House (Fox) [same hour]
Wednesday: America's Ballroom Challenge (PBS) [just kidding ]
Thursday: My Name Is Earl (NBC) and The Office (NBC), Secrets of New York: Secrets in the Sky: The Towers of Gotham (PBS)
Friday: Independent Lens: Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life (PBS), A. Lincoln: Attorney at Law (PBS)
Saturday: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)

Source: Nelson Media Research


Prompted by this article:
A New Boss at NBC, and Even Newer Issues
By BILL CARTER
Published: February 6, 2007

When Jeff Zucker is named the new chief executive of NBC Universal today, succeeding Bob Wright, he will be completing one of the most spectacular ascents of any recent media executive: from part-time sports researcher in 1986 to corporate C.E.O two decades later. {Is it what you'd call fun to bust the Times for omitting a period in "C.E.O."? }. . .

One of the downturns for the company occurred on Mr. Zucker’s watch when he ran the network’s entertainment division in California. NBC fell from first place to last in prime time in 2004, just after Mr. Zucker finished his run as president of NBC Entertainment. {Zucker was promoted at that point to president of the NBC Universal Television Group, which means head of entertainment plus production. See in the graph how bad the NBC decline under Zucker has been.

{Zucker seemed to be the force behind Fear Factor and the lamest and most imitative of the reality and prime-time game shows. [I'm not willing to give Zucker credit for the NBC shows I do watch. ] Note that NBC is even behind Fox, which has 25% less prime time every night, since Fox puts up nothing in the 10-11 EST [9 Central] slot.} . . .

Competitors in Hollywood — and some critics in the press — have pointed to those struggles and asked why Mr. Zucker was not held more responsible for them. . . .
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/06/business/media/06nbc.html?_r=1&th& ;emc=th&oref=slogin

 

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  posted on 2/6/2007 at 01:47 PM
My fav is Arrested Development...I don't know how that was cancelled and Wife Swap remains...

I also love Family Guy

 

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  posted on 2/8/2007 at 01:09 AM
The ffice (Uk or us version) and Andy Griffeth "thats right Aunt Bea"

 

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  posted on 2/8/2007 at 01:49 AM
leafsfan, I've been liking The Office so much lately, I think sometime I'm going to track down the British version for the sake of comparison. Could they possibly have a receptionist who's more of a sweetheart than Pam?
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Prime-time shows from the Big 4 commercial networks plus PBS I might watch this week
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Tuesday: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) or House (Fox) [same hour]

These were both new episodes, and I ended up choosing LOCI because
1. it was Detectives Goren & Eames, not the other pair; and
2. Xander Berkeley, who was George Mason on 24, was a guest star.

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P.s. All you 24 fans know that in real life Berkeley married Sarah "Nina" Clarke?

 

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  posted on 2/8/2007 at 09:42 AM
I may have even replied already but I list the shows I hate to miss...

#1) Heroes - Great show for us geeks I think Droog would like this one though I don't know if he watches it

#2) Lost

#3) 24

#4) The Office and My Name is Earl

#5) Prison Break

thats about it for shows I get upset about missing..

 

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  posted on 2/8/2007 at 11:15 AM
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I may have even replied already but I list the shows I hate to miss...

#1) Heroes - Great show for us geeks I think Droog would like this one though I don't know if he watches it



Nope . . . I've hardly even heard of it. What's the premise?

I'm a new 24 convert - just started watching this season with the two-day, four-hour opener. Good stuff. I think we're getting two hours next week, too.

My general overall favorite though is the Sopranos, when it's in season.

I watch a little SVU or Criminal Intent on USA when I'm in the kitchen - cooking, cleaning, eating, etc. Maybe a little CSI Las Vegas - the only one of the three I like.

Maybe a little Reno 911.

 

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  posted on 2/8/2007 at 11:25 AM
Droog,

Heroes is about folks that have "superhero" type powers... they do a good job of showing people discovering their powers and showing that some want them... some don't... some are dangerous... some are not...

it's on NBC at the same time as 24 (which sucks...) so I normally tape one and then watch the other...

I think they are upto episode 13 maybe... and you really need to watch the early episode to get a lot of whats going on now... being as you like the sci-fi stuff I think you would dig this... it's done really well...

I can send you xvid copies of all the episodes up till now if you want... you'll have to watch them on your computer unless you have something that plays back mpeg-4 video on your TV (my computer is hooked to my TV)... an hour long (42 minutes actually cause all the commercails are cut out)... is about 350MB

 

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  posted on 2/12/2007 at 12:55 PM
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I'm a new 24 convert - just started watching this season with the two-day, four-hour opener. Good stuff. I think we're getting two hours next week, too.

Droogie, rrosshh, and other 24 watchers:
Don't forget that tonight it's a special 2-hour Lincoln's Birthday presentation of 24 , starting an hour earlier.

 

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