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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/13 20:32:01 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2017/09/15 17:42:40
I'm watching Shameless, so funny and so "life"-like
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/14 10:07:31 (permalink)
I watched about 10 minutes of the new HBO series, The Deuce.
 
I think I know how they came up with the title for this "nostalgic" look at life in the pre-Giuliani Times Square.  Viewing it is as uplifting and healthy as contemplating that which I just flushed.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/14 11:04:58 (permalink)
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I watched about 10 minutes of the new HBO series, The Deuce.
 
I think I know how they came up with the title for this "nostalgic" look at life in the pre-Giuliani Times Square.  Viewing it is as uplifting and healthy as contemplating that which I just flushed.


Now, now.  Watching it for 10 minutes may have been enough for a bright man like you to get the gist. But having acted in several episodes I can assure you that the show is intended to examine the filth and corruption in the porn industry of which The Deuce ( 42nd street) was the hub in the early 70s. That may be of zero interest to you but intrigue many Americans, as HBO has calculated and put their chips behind.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/14 13:02:17 (permalink)
On PBS last night-The USS Indianapolis Live-From The Deep. Brilliant show all around with some amazing camera work. Thank you Paul Allen. http://www.pbs.org/uss-indianapolis/home/ 
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/14 13:44:24 (permalink)
Tried watching the new Kathy Bates, Netflix show last night... Disjointed.  She's always good but I don't like stupid.  Turned it off after about 15 minutes. 
 
Finished watching Broadchurch.  It was just okay.  Very slow.  Would not have mattered if I missed any of it and never saw the end.
 
Need more recommendations!
 
 
 
post edited by mar52 - 2017/09/14 13:45:35
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/14 13:59:10 (permalink)
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I watched about 10 minutes of the new HBO series, The Deuce.
 
I think I know how they came up with the title for this "nostalgic" look at life in the pre-Giuliani Times Square.  Viewing it is as uplifting and healthy as contemplating that which I just flushed.


Now, now.  Watching it for 10 minutes may have been enough for a bright man like you to get the gist. But having acted in several episodes I can assure you that the show is intended to examine the filth and corruption in the porn industry of which The Deuce ( 42nd street) was the hub in the early 70s. That may be of zero interest to you but intrigue many Americans, as HBO has calculated and put their chips behind.



Thanks. 
You are correct, sir.
I "needed that".
 
Truth is, I have had a hair across my fundament in viewing new series on HBO ever since:
 
a) being foolish enough to follow that multi-season shaggy dog joke that was The Leftovers and,
b) their cancelling "The Brink", which I found both smart and hilarious.
 
As to HBO's "intent" ... well, I certainly guessed wrong about The Young Pope which much to my surprise turned out to be both thought-provoking and inspiring.
 
And, as I spent the summers of '76 - '79 teaching in NYC, I am acutely aware of "the way things were" in Times Square (and the city in general).  As much as anything, I'll remember that smell.  Despite that, I loved NYC then, even though I truly thought the whole place was 'irredeemable'.  And I love it now, though I do fear for it.
 
So, I will give "The Deuce" a longer look.
 
Again, thank you! 
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/14 14:30:19 (permalink)
I received a recommendation from two different trusted people to check out Ozark on Netflix.  So that will be on my list shortly.  We have two episodes of Broadchurch left which I will dearly miss.  Sure the story isn't always great but the relationship between the two lead detectives is one of the best ever.  So glad they never made them anything more than colleagues/sort of friends.  
 
We finished the three seasons of Casual on Hulu.  Either it got better over the three seasons or I just really like the actors/characters because it became binge worthy for us after not being too engaged at first.
 
Guilty pleasure shows for me that are currently on are You're the Worst on FXX and Bojack Horseman on Netflix.  Yes I know it is animated and the characters are humanized animals but read some reviews of Bojack.  They talk about how well it gets into true depictions of depression and that it is overall deep and thoughtful.  I can't disagree.  My wife can't stand it but I thoroughly enjoy it.  You're the Worst is written by someone who I am convinced is just trying to see how far they can go on commercial tv and still get it on the air.  Still it is funny (at times) and the characters are interesting.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/14 15:00:49 (permalink)
I'm watching (and listening) to Time Out-Dave Brubeck on my turntable. 
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/14 16:14:06 (permalink)
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I watched about 10 minutes of the new HBO series, The Deuce.
 
I think I know how they came up with the title for this "nostalgic" look at life in the pre-Giuliani Times Square.  Viewing it is as uplifting and healthy as contemplating that which I just flushed.


Now, now.  Watching it for 10 minutes may have been enough for a bright man like you to get the gist. But having acted in several episodes I can assure you that the show is intended to examine the filth and corruption in the porn industry of which The Deuce ( 42nd street) was the hub in the early 70s. That may be of zero interest to you but intrigue many Americans, as HBO has calculated and put their chips behind.



Thanks. 
You are correct, sir.
I "needed that".
 
Truth is, I have had a hair across my fundament in viewing new series on HBO ever since:
 
a) being foolish enough to follow that multi-season shaggy dog joke that was The Leftovers and,
b) their cancelling "The Brink", which I found both smart and hilarious.
 
As to HBO's "intent" ... well, I certainly guessed wrong about The Young Pope which much to my surprise turned out to be both thought-provoking and inspiring.
 
And, as I spent the summers of '76 - '79 teaching in NYC, I am acutely aware of "the way things were" in Times Square (and the city in general).  As much as anything, I'll remember that smell.  Despite that, I loved NYC then, even though I truly thought the whole place was 'irredeemable'.  And I love it now, though I do fear for it.
 
So, I will give "The Deuce" a longer look.
 
Again, thank you! 


Thanks for your response. I don't know a thing about the other shows you've mentioned but for someone who has experienced the good, bad and ugly that NYC represents you might be interested in some bonus info on The Deuce. To recreate the Times Square look the production actually used the west side of Amsterdam Ave. Between 164th and 165th as the exterior set and set up some of the storefronts to look like those that you might have seen on Eighth Ave. in the 70s. I did a scene in one of those set up as a sex bookshop (with James Franco) who was oddly very obsessive about how the magazines were displayed.
 
They also used an old movie "palace"on 175 th and Broadway ( now ironically a church) as a porn theater. The scene I did in there involved being given what may have looked like a hand job on screen by one of the most beautiful actresses I have ever seen but was ( unfortunately) a very poor and total simulation ( not the actress).
 
Anyway, if you give the show another go I hope it improves.
I don't get HBO so I have a handy excuse to forego it .
 
Happy watching!
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/14 22:44:55 (permalink)
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I received a recommendation from two different trusted people to check out Ozark on Netflix.  

I watched Ozark and really enjoyed it. I recommended it to a few friends and they all can't wait until season 2. I think you will enjoy it.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/15 17:43:41 (permalink)
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I'm watching Shameless, so funny and so "life"-like


My favorite. I can't wait for the new season to start next January.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/09/19 20:40:21 (permalink)
Will be watching the Colorado Rockies tonight.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/10/20 17:37:22 (permalink)
I'm fast losing interest in Designated survivor; now that the uber-villain was droned to death the show has turned into a crappy latter-day knock-off of The west Wing, without Sorkin's engaging scripts.
 
Unless something big blows up fast and/or they start dressing Maggie Q provocatively, I'm OUT! 
 
The last episode made me gag.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/10/21 12:04:42 (permalink)
ADVICE, please: 
 
I was travelling when the most recent season of The Americans was showing.  But, I have all 14 episodes on my DVR.
 
Watch?
(or)
Erase and free the memory?
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/10/21 12:45:51 (permalink)
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ADVICE, please: 
 
I was travelling when the most recent season of The Americans was showing.  But, I have all 14 episodes on my DVR.
 
Watch?
(or)
Erase and free the memory?


Watch.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/10/21 15:12:09 (permalink)
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ADVICE, please: 
 
I was travelling when the most recent season of The Americans was showing.  But, I have all 14 episodes on my DVR.
 
Watch?
(or)
Erase and free the memory?


Watch.




Thanks!
I will; I just needed some encouragement.
I enjoy rooting for the FBI gut, but it's kind 'a like rooting for Elmer Fudd v. Bugs!
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/10/21 16:17:48 (permalink)
I'm waiting for the next THE AMERICANS on Netflix. I've enjoyed it so far. I was in the Marine Reserve with a bunch of FBI guys who loved to tell stories about a lot of stuff, but I never heard one admit to knowing anything at all about the Russians in America. I'm sure that there were stories, but not to share with their buddy, Todd, who had no "need to know"
 
Right know I am just starting HUMANS , a Brit sci/fi show about human like robots. Two discs in, I'm still watching, but not exactly hooked. I'm also waiting for the next season of the now cxld series ORPHAN BLACK to make it to Netflix.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/12/27 12:43:01 (permalink)
I just finished the second season of HUMANS mentioned above, and have watched the first disc of Westworld . I have stopped watching Designated Survivor. 
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/12/27 13:21:05 (permalink)
Even though both remind me of 'shaggy dog' stories, I'm still watching The Curse of Oak Island and Hunting Hitler on The History Channel. 
 
I do expect them to find something on Oak Island, though I very much doubt that it will be the Ark of the Covenant.  As the episodes aired in the winter are shot in the previous summer I'd have to think that their finding anything truly spectacular would have made the news.
 
I've always thought that Hitler was too much of a gutless coward than to have shot himself and that he most likely slithered away.  And, sure enough, the latest release of the Kennedy Assassination materials contained items alluding to his having escaped to South America.  They say that this is the final season, so it must have a definite conclusion.
 
And, Good Lord, Designated Survivor has become a crappy re-do of The West Wing.  And now Maggie Q has shot her lover.  Something big - like Boston or Cleveland - had better blow up soon or I'm out.  Or, since they now like to have plots that parallel the news, how about a shooting war with North Korea that goes nuke?  That would keep me on board!
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/12/27 14:32:51 (permalink)
Running through all the seasons of Magnum PI.
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/12/27 15:35:47 (permalink)
Just watched the CW's Arrowverse "Crisis on Earth X". 4 episodes of really well written and acted super heroics. Heroes vs. Nazi's!
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Re:What are you watching? 2017/12/27 21:45:28 (permalink)
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Just watched the CW's Arrowverse "Crisis on Earth X". 4 episodes of really well written and acted super heroics. Heroes vs. Nazi's!


Enjoyed that also. Flash,Supergirl, especially!!
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Re:What are you watching? 2018/01/05 05:47:57 (permalink)
Yesterday I watched We Are Still Here 
6/10
I know it's a popular horror thing recently, with stuff like House of the Devil & It Follows, to give off a timeless feel, as though the movie could be set in the golden age 70s/80s. But man this one took it to another level. Feels like it time traveled from 1988, like something I would have rented on vhs as a kid. First half had a fresh take on the new england haunted house genre, creepy vibe, nicely shot, bad acting but that kind of added to the appeal. Then it goes gonzo with splatter deaths, terrible effects, bad ghostmonster costumes, the works.
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Re:What are you watching? 2018/02/14 09:23:30 (permalink)
Olympic Curling...even that rather strange 2-person version.
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Re:What are you watching? 2018/02/14 10:50:14 (permalink)
While we are watching the Olympics, at the moment (due to my wife's interest, not mine) we have been watching Altered Carbon on Netflix. This is a really well done, hard Sci-Fi show. The writing and FX are first class and the characters are engaging. Can't wait to get back into it, as soon as my wife's interest in sporting goes back to its normal levels.
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Re:What are you watching? 2018/02/15 20:52:49 (permalink)
I've done 2 of the 4 seasons of The 100 on Netflix. If you forget what you knew in high school science class, and just get into the story, it's sort of good. IMO, 3 stars so far...........
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Re:What are you watching? 2018/02/17 13:52:24 (permalink)
We are recording and watching Victoria on PBS.  I do not know if it is historically correct, but Jenna Coleman does not portray the queen as the stuffy snob I always imagined she was.  We find the show quite enjoyable.
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Re:What are you watching? 2018/02/17 21:02:20 (permalink)
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Running through all the seasons of Magnum PI.

For as many years as the lineup matched my Thursday night routine was Magnum at 7, Simon & Simon (still one of the best theme songs ever) at 8, and Hill Street Blues at 9.
 
The Coroner starts in 2 minutes on PBS.  While I enjoy the storylines I can't deny that Claire Goose makes for some watchable television.
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Re:What are you watching? 2018/02/22 09:34:09 (permalink)
The US Men's Curling Team defeated Canada & will play in a match that will decide gold and silver medals, so I'm still watching the Olympics.
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Re:What are you watching? 2018/02/22 13:50:10 (permalink)
I was home sick for about a week and when I had enough energy to sit up and watch TV, I felt the call of the 50s and 60s Western. Yes, there was Bonanza and Gunsmoke. But my two favorites are The Rifleman and Wagon Train.
 
There was one Wagon Train episode with Leslie Neilsen as the guest star that was extremely moving. Some great stories of personal redemption in these shows.
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