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TV of 2015

#1 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:00 am

Coming soon are the new seasons of House of Cards, Hannibal, The Americans, and later in the year Fargo, True Detective and The Walking Dead among others. Saying goodbye are Justified and Mad Men, and many new shows coming in. Namely Better Call Saul, a show with the unenviable task of following the monstrous success of Breaking Bad. Several new shows will debut on Netflix (of them all, I'm looking most forward to Bloodline), and quick-rising competitor Amazon will unveil a new set of pilots as well as the first full seasons of Bosch, Red Oaks, and Hand of God.

I in particular am looking forward to HBO's first venture into sci-fi with Westworld, with Ed Harris taking on the equivalent of the Yul Brynner part from the movie. Also (hopefully) coming from HBO this year is Bryan Cranston reprising his award-winning turn as Lyndon Johnson in All The Way (produced by Steven Spielberg), and David Fincher's three separate projects for the network.

Elsewhere, Ridley Scott is producing 3001: The Final Odyssey for the Syfy Channel, Ryan Murphy recreating the "Trial Of The Century" with Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson, and David E. Kelley landing Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon for the limited series Big Little Lies. So a lot to look forward to (that is if this all reaches our screens within the year).


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#3 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:05 pm

That's kind of cool, actually.

In what may be apocalyptic news for cable as we know it, Dish Network unveils "Sling TV", a bundle of networks including CNN among others, for 20 dollars a month. Not interested in this at all, but it's an interesting step forward in this bundling of networks for mass consumption.

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#4 Post by Roger Ryan » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:19 am

Surprisingly understated, probably too much for today's CNN. I attended a speaking engagement Ted Turner gave to the Adcrafter organization in Detroit right around this time: he was supposed to discuss advertising opportunities with Turner-owned networks, but spent the majority of his speech discussing his fear of nuclear annihilation. Later, I nearly bumped into him on his way to his car and took the opportunity to needle him a bit on his legal defeat in his attempt to colorize CITIZEN KANE (I couldn't resist). Turner launched into a response claiming he had plenty of other films he could colorize. I started to feel a little embarrassed and quickly thanked him for his appearance. Turner walked off into the parking lot still talking to himself about colorization!

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#5 Post by Drucker » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:36 am

That just makes me think of DiCaprio at the end of Aviator unable to say anything except "Wave of the future" to himself.

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#7 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:19 pm

I can't think of anyone else I'd like to take this project on less than Ryan Murphy.

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#9 Post by sir_luke » Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:36 am

Woody Allen to direct his first TV series with Amazon!

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#10 Post by willoneill » Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:22 pm

sir_luke wrote:Woody Allen to direct his first TV series with Amazon!
Allen's statement (classic Woody):
"I don’t know how I got into this," Allen said. "I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this."

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#11 Post by ianungstad » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:53 pm

John Waters will host TCM-Style a new series on Playboy TV showcasing classic porn films. The initial five films will be ; 1972’s “Deep Throat,” 1978’s “Candy Stripers,” 1973’s “The Devil In Miss Jones,” 1976’s “Tell Them Johnny Wadd Is Here” and 1978’s “Debbie Does Dallas.”

I'm not going to subscribe to the Playboy channel anytime soon but I do hope these intros end up on Youtube.

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#12 Post by Ribs » Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:16 pm

Most likely for next year, but NBC is remaking The Decalogue.



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#15 Post by Ribs » Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:19 pm

I find the news re: finally creating a seperate Sketch Comedy category to be sensational (though somewhat ironic, given that Jon Stewart and Colbert will suddenly both be out of competition!). The award almost always will be going to SNL (or Portlandia, I guess), but I hope to see some nominations for Comedy Bang! Bang! or Kroll Show.

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#16 Post by warren oates » Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:42 pm

Speaking as a sometime fan of the genre, Kept Woman is perhaps the best Lifetime original movie I've yet seen.

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#17 Post by PfR73 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:19 am

warren oates wrote:Speaking as a sometime fan of the genre, Kept Woman is perhaps the best Lifetime original movie I've yet seen.
Probably because it seems to have not actually been filmed for Lifetime. The poster on that IMDb page & this trailer don't list any Lifetime connection. Seems like they just wanted to make a thriller and ended up on Lifetime?

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#18 Post by warren oates » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:03 pm

Can't read that second link, which defaults to a premium subscription sign-up. It seems by the credits of the talent and the production company alone that this was intended to be a TV movie from the get go. The Canadian production company describes its mission as producing "high quality, edgy, female lead thrillers" for television. And if they weren't at least hoping to peddle it to Lifetime in the U.S., or didn't have some kind of preexisting business relationship with them, I'd be surprised. It has all the right elements, but it's all just a little bit better than you expect.

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#19 Post by Murdoch » Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:58 am

Man Seeking Woman is one of those series destined to be cancelled and turn up years down the line on some list of top "cult" shows. The absurdist humor is often too on-the-nose but one thing I really like about the show is it doesn't revert to the over-used battle of the sexes characterization of dating. Instead the show often portrays Josh and his occasional dates as both trying their best to fight the overwhelming force that people in your life put on potential matches (parents hounding about marriage, friends about sex). The show's strength lies in its ability to highlight the awkwardness often encountered in trying to find a mate, whether it be a sudden blind date that leads to a manhunt by the friends who set it up as they attempt to gauge how the date is going, or dating someone because, well, they're just so good looking. The show's still rough around the edges, especially the pilot which has one too many recurring lines, but you know what Britt Lower's really pretty so I'll give it a pass!


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#21 Post by warren oates » Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:09 pm

Robert Durst, subject of HBO's documentary series The Jinx, arrested in New Orleans on a warrant from Los Angeles County.
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Quite the satisfying development for those watching the series, which so far has been playing like an inverse of The Thin Blue Line. Up to now, The Jinx has been the disturbing saga of an obviously guilty man who clearly should be in prison for more than one murder. Hopefully this time he'll finally be convicted.

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#23 Post by domino harvey » Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:47 pm

Wow, didn't see that coming. I used to watch this every week with my parents but I don't think I've seen a single episode since it first ran so I have no idea how well it ever held up (I suspect it didn't though)

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#24 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:23 pm

Didn't see that either, to another network no less.

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#25 Post by domino harvey » Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:48 am

Funny/accurate comment on the AV Club re: NBC's greenlighting of this
At this point I think NBC needs a court-appointed ward because it doesn't seem to be able to make reasonable decisions on its own anymore. I'm afraid it'll give all its money to a televangelist or something or keeping stray cats in its house.

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