Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mad Men: Tom and Lorenzo

Tom and Lorenzo regularly blow my mind.  Maureen Ryan recommended their website in a podcast, and I have been hooked ever since.  They are also from Philadelphia.  I love the hometown connection.

It is definitely worth the read!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mad Men: Far Away Places Hit Home

Smart audiences!

Mad Men’s Far Away Places episode blew my mind. 

I don’t want to get into the deconstruction of the show.  I know movie and television nerds may see my excitement about the format twists as overkill.  Perhaps it’s an obvious use of the drug altering both the characters’ and audiences’ perception, but let’s not lose sight of the very important thing about that twist.  This is a cable drama that has followed a generally safe narrative for 5 seasons.  This episode was more like a David Lynch disregard for audience expectations.  

Let’s contrast this to the prevalence that exists in television today to recap and eat away precious minutes of a block.  I get it, you want to grab the channel surfers, you don’t want people to forget the story line, and you don’t actually want to shoot that much content.  However, let’s look at the advantage of skipping hand-holding the audience. So much rich and intriguing story can be presented and you can take your time getting artful visuals that set this medium apart!

Mad Men used, not a new format, it’s as old as literature itself to tell a story from multiple character perspectives, but they took us on a trip (an LSD trip) with out having to explain explicitly we were going there.  The quick cuts in time and spot-on visuals only enhanced the utter amazing base this show is built upon.

If this season was lacking in interesting character development – Joan and Peter being strictly pitiful, Peggy being socially awkward, Don being extremely boring  – this episode single handedly redeemed everything.  Roger Sterling!!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Good Old War

As a proud Philadelphian,  I was excited to see Good Old War on Conan last night.  I wanted to pass long the video.  I really loved that Conan went over and had a conversation with them afterwards.  I am glad to see some local talent getting recognized on national tv.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Aaron Sorkin: Enough Said

West Wing, Studio 60, and the upcoming Newsroom.  Truth be told, I still wish for a snow day/blizzard when I can sit around my apartment and watch West Wing.  My dvr would be filled with episodes that were on syndication on Bravo.  We just need President Bartlett to run our nation.
I even liked Studio 60.  I downloaded the whole season on iTunes while I was living abroad.  It wasn't a waste of money at all, and I kept some of the episodes when I was making room on my old computer.

I am super excited for Newsroom.  I cannot wait to watch the shows, to see the writing. I even signed up for HBO for Game of Thrones, True Blood, Life's Too Short, and some documentaries I want to watch. I look forward to writing about Newsroom for all of you, and I hope you are eagerly awaiting Sorkin's return to tv.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Glad, I never watched Two and a Half Men

One of my industry friends sent me this link today.  Lee Aronsohn, the creator of Two and a Half Men, makes several misogynist quotes that are further researched in the article.  To me, he just sounds like a boy who bullies things that he doesn't understand like women characters, storylines, and tv shows.  He gets to perpetuate his prejudice with his lame television show that I never watched and will continue to not watch.

Unfortunately, the network he's on will still get my viewership because of How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls.  But I will gladly ignore his show, so sad Duckie is associated with it.  Once a duck man, always a duck man.