Glenn, live on BreeFM @11pm EST, Wednesday.
Tonight's show was another "chat and music" show.
Here are a few highlights from chat (note that this is not a full transcript but rather a few edited notes and hence it may not fully capture the context in which remarks were made. It is provided solely to give you a flavor of what was discussed. Next week, join us for the full conversation live).:
Is LOST still on? lol. Never could get into LOST
I've spent the last few weeks doing a TV research project to confirm what I've widely heard discussed. The Wire is the best hour long serial television show ever made. It's like a novel following all these characters on both sides of the law in Baltimore and each season is like a novel-sized story arc with different settings/backdrops, but most of the same characters. The Wire does a longer and much more layered version of what HEAT did but it's not a cop show, which is what I thought it was at first and I also realized that a lot of the best actors working right now were in The Wire...and a lot of them are British which through me a bit to hear their normal voices... esp the dude who played Charles Miner on The Office, but he is a bad-ass on The Wire. I ignored it for its entire run on HBO, which just ended last year but it was so worth putting all other television on hold to watch it all b/c I'm in absolute awe of the way in which it tells its story. It reminds me of a better version of Homicide... which makes sense b/c it's from the guy who wrote the original novel that the NBC show was based on and Richard Belzer makes a cameo as Munch in Season 5. But, my advice on watching The Wire is that it builds like a novel, and you might feel like you're confused for the first 3-5 episodes until it starts to come together. But, after that first season, each season really builds nicely and it's easier to be patient but seriously, I cannot recommend it enough... every season is excellent... the 4th season probably the best b/c it adds the focus of a group of middle school students & it just kicks your ass. It never got nearly as much hype as the other HBO shows, but I think that's because it's one of those shows you have to start at the beginning with.
Lance Reddick from Fringe plays the Captain in it.
For me, it's just blown my mind on how you tell a multi-character story in a visual medium and juggle plot lines in the same world, with the overlap and connections.
So what did everyone think of the 2-part Dollhouse pseudo-finale? Yeah, it was interesting how it opened up those possibilities but I think it tried to cram way too much into one episode and am I the only one who didn't care for Alpha?
I need to catch up with Fringe at some point, but I understand the season finale was good. I'm now convinced the best way to watch any serial show is in back-to-back episodes. I mean, I think it's the reason DVD sales of TV took off. But, we're kind of seeing that impact now with Dollhouse & Terminator. Both have weak ratings, much better DVR #s, and online views are solid but both are in the top 10 most pirated TV shows online.
Episodic shows are more template and don't hold up as well in back-to-back b/c it becomes repetitive.
Everyone is using bottle shows as a term this week. I thought that meant a single set episode - like a Star Trek TNG ep all set on the ship. They used that term for last week's Breaking Bad b/c it mostly took place in the RV & the desert.
Freaks & Geeks is probably #3 in terms of hour long serialized dramas IMHO. I'd say The Wire, Breaking Bad, Freaks & Geeks.
I'm gonna say definitively that Freaks & Geeks was the turning point for television. Fall of 99. That really started this modern golden age of TV we've been in. There were harbingers leading up to that.. shows like Larry Sanders, Seinfeld, My So-Called Life... but in 99 with Freaks & Geeks, we really started to see television get a lot more interesting. Alias was also part of that first wave... X-Files was probably the closest precursor tonally.
Next week I'll be back with the talking & such.
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