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#30624 - 09/27/15 02:26 PM Re: Television 2015 [Re: Rita]
Austin
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Another new one is Limitless. Guy takes a pill and becomes supersmart. Sure beats learning the hard way. It's a wish-fulfillment fairy tale, like those stories where the young hero is just handed a magic ring or a cloak of invisibility or something that gives him an advantage over others.

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#30626 - 09/28/15 11:54 AM Re: Television 2015 [Re: ]
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New one last night didn't have any outside help, but maybe it could use some. The events in Quantico stretched credulity quite a bit. Rather frenetic, too much packed into the pilot...but that seems to be the trend now.

Even bigger trend...most of the new shows are science fiction, or claim to be. Is SF the new mainstream?

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#30627 - 09/28/15 01:13 PM Re: Television 2015 [Re: Christopher]
Barbara Offline
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Television likes to play with science fiction's toys. The gizmos, the special effects, the weaponry, the instant access to pertinent information -- magic computers have been around since Charlie's Angels. But they're still just cops-and-robbers shows, good guys hunting down bad guys. Well, vice-versa for Heroes Reborn (yes, that's the one I forgot). SF offers a greater opportunity for visualization than straight drama; if you can't do it with writing and acting, do it with graphics.

In the midst of this bombardment of new shows, I've recently started watching re-runs of two old series, NYPD: Blue and Boston Legal. I was surprised at how easily I was drawn into both shows, as different as they are. And BBC America has been marathoning Dr. Who, to drum up business for the new Capaldi series. I got to see Tom Baker being chased by the Loch Ness Monster, ha!


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#30631 - 09/30/15 06:44 PM Re: Television 2015 [Re: Barbara]
Lorna Offline
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Yes, they almost all are cops and robbers, aren't they? I say "almost" only because I haven't seen ALL the SF shows made. I'm not the knowledgeable fan of SF that Austin and Barbara are, but even I can tell most of these new shows are just knock-offs.

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#30632 - 10/01/15 09:35 AM Re: Television 2015 [Re: Barbara]
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Not only are most shows cop show, most cop shows stick only to homicides. Now large cities may have enough crime to supply a 24 episode season, but most such crimes are easily solved. Others are nearly insoluble (a child in her bed being hit by a stray bullet from a gang fight on the street, for instance.) I doubt that there are a season's worth of upper class crime as shown on most shows in the whole USA.

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#30639 - 10/05/15 12:08 PM Re: Television 2015 [Re: Pete]
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Three shows I used to look forward to but now don't watch at all: TAR, Survivor, and Doctor Who.

The Amazing Race has run its course. It's time to stop. The current crop of racers are mostly silly people and their challenges are mechanical, repetitious, blah. I'm done watching.

I haven't seen the new Survivor because of its "second chance" players, none of whom I particularly want to watch again. The show will probably go on forever even though it should have quit years ago.

And Doctor Who...well. Capaldi.

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#30641 - 10/05/15 05:43 PM Re: Television 2015 [Re: Rita]
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Capaldi isn't the worst of the Doctors; that dubious distinction still belongs to Sylvester McCoy. But I'd put Capaldi down near the bottom of the list. At first I thought he was just a placeholder, since Matt Smith was an impossible act to follow, to be replaced shortly. But he's still here.

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#30644 - 10/07/15 10:29 PM Re: Television 2015 [Re: Barbara]
Christopher Offline
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I didn't even know there was a new Survivor until I read Rita's post. So I watched tonight, and saw the same people who annoyed me before back annoying me again. Even the single challenge was a repeat. Rita has the right idea...skip it.

Re Blindspot, I don't see how anyone with such thin wrists as "Jane Doe" has could handle those heavy weapons. The kick alone would cause a fracture.

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#30645 - 10/08/15 05:22 PM Re: Television 2015 [Re: Barbara]
David Dvorkin Offline
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Yes, Blindspot is yet another annoying case of a wimpy actress playing a tough woman.

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#30651 - 10/14/15 07:20 PM Re: Television 2015 [Re: David Dvorkin]
Lorna Offline
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Oh boy. Abby Lee of Dance Moms has been indicted for fraud.

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