UPDATE (April 9 2012): It has just been brought my attention that Mad Men will run for seven seasons total, not five as I previously thought. Any predictions made below regarding Mad Men, while certainly still possible, are subject to change. I will revisit them once season 6 ends (assuming the show has not gone down the toilet by that point). Breaking Bad remains firm.
Last year, I discovered two shows that coincidentally were both broadcast on the AMC network: Mad Men
and Breaking Bad
. Both are absolutely amazing, and I would be kicking myself for waiting so long to watch them if I wasn’t so busy enjoying them.
One thing I applaud the writers and producers for is intentionally limiting the series — both will be entering their fifth, and final, season this year; This was a planned demolition, so to speak, and the shows will die in a dignified and respectable manner, unlike some shows that have taken on an almost undead / Frankenstein’s monster type feel. (*coughSimpsonscough*)
One nice thing about a tightly-run series is that it becomes a lot easier to make predictions about the direction the show is going based on character arcs; sort of a derivation of Chekhov’s Gun. My idea is that skilled writers will resolve the characters naturally to let them make their landings, gracefully, in turn. Continue reading
A few weeks back, I flipped on the television while I was folding some laundry. Most of the TV shows I watch anymore are watched online or on DVD, so I’m pretty out of touch with what shows are showing right now.
When the TV came on, it was some crime drama, and I immediately saw Nathan Fillion, who starred in both “Firefly” (as Mal, reprising that character role in the theatrical “Serenity” release) and ”Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along-Blog” (as Captain Hammer). My boss, John, had mentioned to me that Nathan Fillion was in a new show called “Castle”, about a writer that tags along with a police squad. As an actor, Fillion is pretty entertaining — he is pretty versatile and does (IMHO) a solid character delivery — perhaps they keep giving him roles that fit his personality and he’s just acting like himself (see: “Charlie Sheen” ), hard to say.
Anyways, I caught about half of the episode that was playing and decided I liked it enough to look into it some more. Hulu to the rescue! Continue reading
So if you’ve talked to me at all this week, I have most likely mentioned this show I’ve been watching on Hulu called “30 Days.”
This show was created by Morgan Spurlock, the guy who directed the Oscar-nominated “Supersize Me” documentary, as well as “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden” and other documentary films.
The central premise of 30-days is along the lines of “Supersize me”: People (sometimes Spurlock himself) are put into unfamiliar situations for 30 days with rules that compel them to participate in a way that is undoubtedly uncomfortable (generally for the first 14 days) but ultimately enlightening and often life-changing. It’s like “Wifeswap,” except done correctly.
I absolutely adore this show. (You can watch it here , you’ll have to create an account because it’s TV-MA, but it’s free and only takes a second) Continue reading