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 Post subject: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:53 am 
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I adore QI and have watched it religiously for years but I cannot imagine it without Stephen Fry. It was the show that introduced me to the panel show phenomenon and, in addition to being riotously funny (the banter between Fry and Alan Davies is always gold), it's a fiercely educational show - it's the most engaging learning environment I could imagine. Shame to see Fry stepping down, as I could not see anyone who could adequately replace him.

EDIT: I've been trying to think of who COULD replace him, but to my knowledge, all of the reasonable candidates (Rob Brydon, Dara O'Briain, etc.) are already hosting their own panel shows.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:06 am 
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It was announced at the same time as he stepped down it would be Sandi Toksvig, who should be wonderful.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:30 am 
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I like her too. It'll be an adjustment but I think she'll do just fine.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:39 am 
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Okay, that's what I get for glancing. Yes, Sandi Toksvig should be great as host. I always enjoyed her as a guest - obviously extremely intelligent as well as hilarious in her own soft-spoken deadpan way.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:06 pm 
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Davies leaving the show would honestly be much more harmful.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:20 am 
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It has happened just after Toksvig left her hosting role on Radio 4's News Quiz (and she has been taking up more TV presenting duties recently), so I can only assume this has been in the planning for a while, especially as it is happening 13 series into QI (i.e. halfway through the alphabet). I'm actually more concerned about the News Quiz than QI!


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:55 am 
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Kareem: Minority of One is a pretty good sports doc, par for the course for HBO, especially now that Bill Simmons is working for them. My big pop culture memory of him now, even more than his appearance in Airplane!, was Michael McKean eating his lunch on an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:57 pm 
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In terms of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, don't forget his appearance as one of the bosses that Bruce Lee fights in the small bit of legitimate footage in Game of Death!

Game of Death was a film put together using the material that Bruce Lee had shot before his untimely death (basically the final climactic tower fight scenes that he had shot before going off to do Enter The Dragon), but which in the 1978 film had an entirely new James Bond-style plot cobbled together (including a John Barry soundtrack and very Maurice Binder-styled opening credit sequence for the international release version of the film) to lead up to that 1972 fight footage.

The final result of the 1978 film is one full of stand ins, doubles, stock footage (mostly from the previous Bruce Lee films, but most shockingly in the use of newsreel footage of the real Bruce Lee's funeral spliced into the 'plot' as our hero fakes his own death after an attempt on his life with a misfiring gun on a film set. Something which itself resonates uncomfortably with the death of Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow decades later) and people with their backs towards camera trying unsuccessfully to pretend to be the 'real Bruce Lee', at least until the real thing appears distressingly briefly in the footage at the end of the film. But amusingly the Game of Death filmmakers have to try and justify the guys that Bruce fought in the footage he left behind too, even though most of the original actors refused to have anything to do with the new film! So not only does Bruce Lee get a body double, but they also have a double for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at a couple of points, who mostly has to sit down with his face in shadow whilst being filmed from an angle to suggest that he is incredibly tall!


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:38 pm 
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You officially have no reason to watch E! anymore


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:54 pm 
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Yep, pretty much.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:46 pm 
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Meanwhile TNA wrestling manages to survive.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:00 pm 
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is surely too beautiful and bizarre to last much longer in this cruel world, but I figured I'd beg everyone to look past the title (which the show acknowledges and owns in its opening titles) and give it a shot. As TV musicals go, it's more Flight of the Concords than Glee (thank God), mixed with Girls' darkly comedic portrayal of flawed characters dealing with modern neuroses. It's basically a miracle of tone, somehow able to reconcile confrontations with some pretty dark issues about mental health with a zany cartoonish universe and pop-parody musical numbers. It embraces the swooning romanticism of its premise (girl follow boy to hometown on a desperate whim) and the self-awareness of how deeply troubled such an act is. For an hour-long comedy, it also has a shockingly high joke-per-minute rate, although a few episodes could probably have been cut by about 5 minutes.

Musically, it's not exactly a revival of Arthur Freed. Most have been parodies of various genres of music videos, but star Rachel Bloom came out of viral videos, so she knows how to build some clever lyrics and visuals around a solid hook, while making light of a lot her character's anxieties. The show's biggest coup is probably thoroughly (and hilariously horrifyingly) subverting Katy Perry's I Kissed a Girl in "Feeling Kind of Naughty Tonight" (though my favorite, as far as relating to all too relatable anxieties goes, is the kidz bop parody "I Have Friends"). The pilot's big "West Covina" number is the closest to an old-school musical, and its certainly better choreographed and edited than anything in Les Miserables or Into the Woods (it was directed by Marc Webb, who I had forgotten did 500 Days of Summer before those Spiderman movies everyone hates). There's also a decent Astaire-Rogers homage, which admittedly disappointed me because it didn't adopt an academy ratio even though they switched to 2.35 for a Bollywood parody (I may be insufferable).

Anyway, give it a shot and maybe it'll get a full season before it's inevitably canceled and becomes a cult object.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:36 pm 
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I think the fact that its on the CW gives it a better chance than most for renewal, as they're used to lower ratings.

I agree that it's a fun bit of weird. It plays like a romantic comedy with the usually unstated mental illness brought to the forefront and dialed up to 11. Rachel Bloom looks like she's having a blast, and I find her more enjoyable here than on her previous videos. My one small annoyance is that it's clearly been cleaned up a bit for the network (was originally made for Showtime and the explicit versions show up on youtube after airing). But as far as TV musicals go, I'll take this over Glee any day.

Actually I think the CW has been quietly killing it this year, with iZombie and this. I did not expect that.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:19 pm 
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I'm a couple episodes into Blunt Talk. More than a few hearty laughs so far, and I'm enjoying the performances.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:01 pm 
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Very smart show. A little more serious-minded then Bored to Death, but not too much. Really hope Starz renews it.


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 Post subject: Re: TV of 2015
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:35 pm 
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I fell prey to the fan hype and watched through Ash vs. Evil Dead. As someone who spent his teenage years loving the first two movies, it piqued my interest enough. This is a show definitely made by fans, but fans who have no business putting their ideas to broadcast. It has a few inspired moments, like a possessed toy doll, but so much of it plays like bad fanfiction, but not the ridiculous badness that sometimes dwells in that genre and can inspire awe (see the Harry Potter fanfic Hx30 for that). The cardboard characters I could look past if the dialogue weren't so terrible. It definitely takes its cues largely from the third movie, having the monsters throw one-liner after another at Ash and co. The effects are bad, either on purpose or because of budget limitations. For the most part the decrepit make-up and costumes of the first two are gone and replaced by several scenes of CGI that look like they were made by someone first trying 3D animation.

I actually didn't mind all these faults the first six or so episodes. But there was something in the latest two that opened my eyes to how atrocious this reboot in an era of reboots is. One character, having hunted the protagonists for most of the short season, falls madly in love with Ash. She's not possessed by a confused deadite, but rather the unskilled keyboards of the show's writers. Not that the transformation is all that remarkable. She goes from one-note cop hunting a fugitive to one-note ingenue. It's to be expected from a show that opened with Ash bedding a woman after making up a story about saving a child's life but it took me a while to see the forest for the trees. I don't expect many here were planning on watching this anyway, but if you were I suggest a rewatch of the first movie and then moving along instead.


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