I don't watch any of the shows you mentioned except "Boardwalk Empire" and "Mad Men." I really love both shows. I'm so impressed by Kelly McDonald that I want to watch Gosford Park and No Country For Old Men again just to see her.
your opinion is spot on! I feel badly about law and order LA but there's just so much stretch even to elastic!
so.. this post sounds like a whole new blog! lol It is called "IMO" (In My Opinion)..love it! You should be a tv "critic"! (but then again you'd be to nice to them all!) lol.. great post Naomi!!!
Always love your reviews Naomi.You make me wish I got HBO but I don't.
I've never seen the first Law and Order--no real reason I can think of.I am a true minority.Will check out the British version however.
I do like Blue Bloods however but like you, I also wondered why NY needs anyone else but the Reagan family to keep them safe. Kind of like the dinner table scenes.
Love the Good Wife and don't care if it does become a soap. I would not want Kalinda to ever be on the side against me. She is so good at her job and a tad scary.
Yes I know how passionate you are about theatres, movies, drama and everything nice :)
I don't follow TV series very much except for half an hour of comedy sometimes. I remembered when I was a little girl...hehehe..ya little girl I watch The Carol Burnett Show, cracked me up all the time :"D
I tend to avoid watching "cops and robbers" style TV shows. I just don't find them particularly entertaining. There's enough crime and mayhem reported on the nightly news, so why do I want to see more of it? But as I don't watch these shows, I can't really criticise them, can I?
I haven't seen "Boardwalk Empire" as I don't get that paticular channel, but OlderSon says it's good and he is recording it for me.
My daughter and I watch Bones together. We liked the original Law and Order, too. Where do you see the BBC version?
Your reviews 'almost' make me want to watch those shows. Like I love Alfred Molina and even if he's not at his best, he's always worth watching for me. But I don't watch series TV ever anymore. I just don't want to get tied to something weekly; but if I ever do, I'd think about some of these as they sound like interesting premises.
I always thought Steve Buscemi was underrated. I cannot recall a role of his I've disliked.
As for LAO-LA, I think that franchise jumped the shark some years ago. In typical fashion the execs tended to dilute something creative to make more money and unfortunately, each succeeding iteration is less convincing than the one before.
(I feel the same way about CSI-[Fill in Blank] franchise.
I agree on your opinion of the shows - I don't have HBO so haven't seen the one you like...
It was sad to see that Jill passed away...I loved her acting...
I'm a rabid fan of both Boardwalk and Steve Buscemi. The writing, costumes, scripts are all top notch! I'm really glad they finally found a good solid vehicle for Steve to play a leading man. He has never had "Hollywood" good looks, but has always looked "real" and believable. I'll take a real man over a Ken doll any day.
I do not watch much television at all and I do not have HBO. I’d like to watch the BBC though as I always liked their shows when I lived in England. So, I’m sorry this is not much of a comment but I wished to say that I enjoyed reading your TV reviews.
I am absolutely LOVING Boardwalk Empire,have only seen the first three episodes so far but have others waiting to be watched. So happy we are able to get it here on Sky :)
I have never seen any episode of Law and Order - and I don't know why. I agree with you about The Good Wife and Boardwalk Empire - I like that one, very much!
I have fallen out of touch with a lot of the latest tv shows over the years due to where I live, and the lack of television stations available, however I have always loved Law and Order and it spin off, law and Order: SVU.
Jerry Orbach was such a wonderful actor!
I have no watched any of those shows, though I saw lots of Jill Clayburgh. I was so surprised to read how long she had to live with leukemia. Amazing woman indeed!
You certainly make some of these shows sound interesting. Your opinion carries much weight. And I agree--what is with all this talk of "seasons?" HA! How stupid do they think we are? I wonder what the actors think? Are they paid more? Less? Writers should have plenty of time to give us quality work.
I'm not a fan of TV-Shows - I feel most of them waist my time. Special those called Soaps. We should wash them out with the water in the Tube.
But, as long as they sell ad's to unconcious consumers, they will exist.
I prefere to watch programs from which I can learn something. Or good movies. Like good old ones at TCM. I also like some BBC Shows like Allo, Allo and the one with John Cleese as Hotel owner: Faulty Tower.
But I like reading your honest opinions, because you with professional insight sees the difference between quality and what's not.
btw. I think you will like my post from Saint Tropez. It was strange to be back there after so many years.
Boardwalk Empire has lived up to my expectations! I hope it stays good.
I love to get your take on tv shows. I haven't watched any of these and don't get HBO. Sadly, right now I don't have one show I like enough to watch regularly. Still miss West Wing and Studio 64, liked the New Adventures of Old Christine but they kept changing the time and I lost it. It's in re-run now.
I don't know enough about those programmes to comment but I'm sad to hear Alfred Molina had been miscast again. I thought the same in 'An Education.' However he has just done a TV series with Dawn French which was excellent.
No one does slime like Alan Cummings. He's divine;)
I always love reading your opinion about tv and movies. I love seeing Brothers & Sisters and Monk too. I don't watch any other shows...
It was very sad to see that Jill Clayburgh passed away...I loved her acting too. I saw a film very funny, named Never Again, with her and the actor Jeffrey Tambor. It's about two people who have pledged never to fall in love again then discover each other in a gay bar.
I'm a little late to this party but wanted add that there is another show that can currently be seen on BBC America named Luther. Another crime drama that is quite good.
We really enjoy Boardwalk Empire. I was not going to watch it but ended up getting sucked in! But I also like having at least one show Martin and I can enjoy together. And HBO Sundays are about it for us! I used to love the old Law and Orders...years and years ago. The orignial series I guess. And though I don't really like cop shows I think that Detroit 871 or whatever the number is, is a really good show.
I agree with you about the Good Wife and the others really lost me in the first episodes. Actually, as time passes I watch less and less TV.... the weather to check on what I can do outside... the financial channel to check the state of the yen, euro and dollar for my brother who has to deal in all those exchange gizmos and Sunrise Earth on the National Geographic Channel... no talk, just an hour of natural sounds in beautiful locations as the sun rises.
I once sat and watched about two series of Mad Men throughout the night and into the next day. I had not seen it before and had a lot to catch up on. I really like the Good Wife when it started but it somehow doesnt quite hit the mark. I like the side characters better than the main ones. Like the female private investigator for example is great to watch. I like watching it because its interesting for me to see how law firms qork and I can relate to what my daughter tells me - its pretty authentic in that way at least.
Of course we don't get all the shows you mentioned. I have been so busy of late that I dont really watch too much TV anyway.
I totally agree with you on Blue Bloods. I had wanted to like the show as well. Overall a pretty good cast and I think Donnie Wahlberg is an underrated actor and I have always hoped Will Estes would one day breakout and get the recognition he deserves.
But the storylines are just so typical. You're so right, it seems as if this Reagan clan are the only cops in the city. And while the actors are all competent, I don't seem to care about any of them. Too bad really.
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