NOTE: Remembering all those dearly departed friends...43.....on this World Aids Day, 2011......You will never be forgotten and you will be in my heart throughout eternity.......NOTE 2: 12/02/11: Another dear wonderful friend---the talented, and hilariously funny Alan Sues---has died.....He was a true "original" and such a dear dear sweet funny man, with a wicked sense of humor....Some of you older folks may remember him from "Laugh In".....I knew him from Theatre West and those were truly special heady days, I tell you.....It is getting very crowded up there in Heaven, with so many wonderfully talented people leaving us......
The moment I saw the top photo of Kelsey Grammer I felt this is what he has been waiting for throughout all the years of light comedy - it has always been lurking underneath (just my impression).
For that reason I would certainly be keen to watch it. There must be some glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel? Have you seen all the episodes yet?
Usually I can only take so much evil and then have to stop watching - one exception being "The Sopranos."
I suspect this may have the same 'must watch ' factor.
I rarely watch television any more but instead watch movies. At work I listen to constant conversations about various shows and honestly none of it sounds too appealing but after reading your description of Boss, I'm curious. Truthfully reading, or catching up on blogs is so much more interesting! Just reading this post was exciting. Who knew you were an Emmy voter!
We don't get Starz, so I haven't seen any of this show, although I admit to being mildly interested in some of the promos I have seen. But if it is that depressing, I won't mind missing it.
I think there are certain types of people for whom power is addictive. The more they get, the more they will do to obtain it. By the time one reaches a certain level, one has abandoned most morals in favor of attaining and retaining power over others. Further everyone who's reached that level in any capacity is like that, too.
That's why we at least were started with the idea that limiting power over others is a good thing. No matter the best of intentions, it eventually corrupts. I'm sure if they did a series, Boss: The Early Years, you'd find a very earnest, idealistic young man, who wants to serve the public.
That's why I don't trust any politician.
Great post, dear.
I don't get Starz so I will not get to judge the show. I do feel that a LOT of politicians are corrupt but I refuse to believe "everyone" is. I hate blanket statements. I look in the mirror and I look at my friends and I know that statement is quite false. I do believe we out number "them" by a huge margin. I find it sad that this message is being broadcast to the generation that will be leading our world.
The good need better press agents.
I will have a hard time spending time watching Boss. Feeling overwhelmed with real life corruption. I applaud your ability to tough it out though. Good writing, directing, acting...what ya gonna do?!
Yes, so many good, young, people lost to AIDS and so much ugliness to reflect on...
A great review with a great underlying question. I would hope that since the Boss got a terminal illness that there would be some redemption. I think people will be drawn to it like we can't take our eyes off an accident but I still long to watch something like West Wing!
Naomi, this is such a deep subject!!!
First, thank you for remembering December 1st. I made a list today of the people I lost to AIDS and it boggled my mind. Those guys were the FUNNIEST men I have ever known. So witty, soo quick. What a loss for all of us.
I like the freedom that cable has. I cannot stand censorship. I can handle bad words and a breast or someon's backside. A well chosen swear word just does the trick sometimes. As for nudity and sex...sometimes it works, most times it's gratuitous. Really though, who doesn't fantasize about their favorite actors sans clothing? It's human. Some shows overdo it. I loved it on "Sex and the City", and got bored to death with it on "True Blood".
I believe that we all have the ability to do good, or to do bad, though I do not believe that we all have the ability to kill. To kill to survive, yes. To kill for gain, no. There is a lot of grey area though as far as acting badly goes. Which beast gets fed the most? The white wolf or the black wolf? They both exist within us. Which gets more nurturing? The world is both beautiful, as your photos show, but for many it is a horrible, cruel place. I try, and mostly succeed, at surrounding myself with positive, caring people and really avoid the ones who are negative. I don't like it, but also I don't want to absorb it. And I will. So I limit how much dark stuff/people I'm exposed to.
But...I love watching the dark stuff with the dark characters but HAVE to balance it out with good, lighter fare. "Something's got to Give" is terrific. Diane is just fantastic in it. Ditto Jude Law in "The Holiday". It's my favorite of his films. Check out "Love Actually" some time. All star cast with intersecting storylines all about love at Christmastime. Emma Thompson. Liam Neesom, Laura Linney, Hugh Grant...It's a scream and will definitely put a smile on your face.
I have also discovered "American Horror Story" on FX. Being a voter, I am sure that you will hear about Jessica Lange's performance in it. Connie Britton as well. And the older actress from "Six feet Under". I'm going blank on her name. They are awesome. It's a horror tale set in a haunted house. The ghosts interact with the living. It's quite scary for TV and some of the subject matter I believe the networks would never touch. It is quite dark and disturbing, but I adore it. I love to be creeped out.
Am I rambling? Ha! Are people like the ones in Boss? Sure. Have you watched "Jersey Shore"? All they do is drink, fight, and screw. Swear, that's ALL THEY DO. I look at them and pray to God that that's not how people are.
Hope that all is well in the hills.
sounds interesting only if we had cable to watch it..lol.. hope you and sweeti had a wonderful thanksgiving with friends and family..
Naomi, the actress' name that I was going blank on is Frances Conroy. It's a supporting role. She plays a ghost and she is terrific. I'm telling you come voting time you will hear a lot about these women. They are all good. The poor male actors don't stand a chance around these women.
Back to the original subject....I reread what I wrote last night and was grateful that it made sense...mostly. I have seen good people go bad due to circumstance or influence, but I also have seen people who behave BADLY turn it completely around. Some of the latter have become dear, trustworthy friends.
I totally believe that most of us try to do the right thing as much as possible.
I agree about all of the corrunption on tv; I just get tired of watching it. It's the same with Reality tv; I've discovered Netflix over my Wii and watch old comedy movies with Jack Lemmon, Bop Hope and so forth.
the discussion on corruption is well spoken here so I will skip it and just tell you that you totally nailed it and cracked me up with the "8 episode season"!!! Sooooooo true!! I too remember the "season was 26 or 28 episodes!!! Now I just start getting into the "new season" and they toss out the reruns!!! hello?!!! ARGH !!!!
too funny but dang it.. too true! the actors don't even get a chance to really learn their characters when they are in reruns!! *sigh*.. ok you and I could b*tch about this all day and it won't do us a bit of good lol..but it is disgusting how few shows we get now that we all have PAID TV! we had much more when tv was wutg an antenna and free!!!
I don't get Starz here... so I don't watch "Boss". But I know what you mean, "why do we need a series like this?"
I like so much entertainment movies like "Somethings Gotta Give", "The Holiday", "Love Actually", "About a Boy", (based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel) last two movies performing by an actor I love, Hugh Grant. Love Toni Collette too! Make me laugh also "It's Complicated" starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. At last but not least, I love so much a movie, (I bet you saw it) "The Edge", is a 1997 survival and drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin.
So moving you make a tribute to all those departed friends on this World Aids Day, 2011!
I am sorry with the death of your friend Alan Sues.
Wishing you a pleasant weekend.
Oh, I do like Kelsey Grammer but not sure I would like him in this role, but he is a great actor, so I'm sure he pulls it off real well. I'm sure there are some people out there that are truly that corrupt and only out to get what they can for themselves and don't care who they hurt in the process. But thankfully.....at least I hope...they are in the minority!
I loved your new post on the tile house! What a lovely garage to park in!! It's truly beautiful. You know I have loved all the posts you did about the tile house and think it's so amazing. George is a very talented man!!
I hope you and dear Sweetie had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you are feeling better these days!! Lots of love and hugs dear lady!
We don't get Starz here in Blighty, but I expect the show will be picked up by one of the channels during 2012.
You comment on 8 episodes, we still have a lot of 6-8 episode shows in the UK in any case, so this won't be particularly unusual.
And there's a few channels here that will show a whole series in a block or at least in 2 hour chunks. Actually the BBC is doing that with a US series called Pan-Am at the moment, although its pretty obvious where the advert breaks were intended to go.
As for the series being dark, that for me is the fun of drama; to be able to have light and shade and a mix of programming. In UK we are somewhat overrun with reality shows, cookery programmes and soaps on some of the main channels (and house restoration projects) so some proper drama can be a welcome change.
I've lost friends to AIDS, too, Naomi. This is a time of remembrance.
I know this is going to sound so silly but I can't look at Kelsey Grammar
I was a big fan of Frasier but even then he made me a bit queasy
then I saw a few interviews with him about politics and his ex and his kids and I just hated him
I normally can separate the person from the artist but now and then I have a really strong distaste and I just can't look at them
Oh, I hadn't heard about Alan Sues -- that makes me sad. I always enjoyed him.
I keep seeing previews for this program but I don't have Starz -- I'm hoping it will show up on demand, or perhaps on video, though that's never soon. It looks terrific and I've heard Kelsey Grammar is tremendous.
I totally relate to what you said about a show where all the characters are icky. I won't see Boss probably until it's on say Netflix but it sounds pertinent to our times. I really like the two movies you mentioned and we just saw The Holiday again recently. Delightful film as is anything Keaton does. I've been into watching period drams and currently we're seeing Middlemarch based on the book by George Eliot. There aren't a lot of likable characters in it so far anyway but we're only two episodes into it. It's a long one. One thing about anything by Jane Austin is you do have someone to root for. Oh and another fill we have really enjoyed recently in the period genre is Under the Greenwood Tree. Now that was a feel good film and considering it's based on a Thomas Hardy book, it's rare but they did adapt it to their view and I think improved it for something to enjoy a lot. Great cast, naturally all English.
Sounds like a great tv series Naomi - and quite a turnabout for Kelsey. He always seemed to have this 'seriousness' about him which is probably why he was cast for the role, yeah? I'll keep my eye out for it, though I doubt I will get to see it.
I tried to watch Boss- the production values were tremendous- as was the cast.
But it was too cynical. Even for Chicago- a city whose politicians have earned over a very long time a reputation for corrupt politics.
At the end of the first program- I just didn't care about any of the people, feel like I learned anything or had a topic to discuss.
Kelsey Grammer is incredibly talented. I haven't watched the series but my husband has. He said pretty much what you've said...he just couldn't stop watching it even though it's tough to watch!
There's nothing like a Diane Keaton movie to cheer me up. Another Cameron Diaz movie that is so much fun is "In Her Shoes".
Laugh In was the best show and Alan Seus had, as you say, a delightfully wicked sense of humor. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to enjoy those great episodes!
You write such good reviews. This show does not appeal to me but if I could watch it I would just because of what you wrote about it. I was surprised that Kelsey Grammer was a Conservative – for some reasons we always think stars are liberal. I do not believe everyone is corrupt – when one has had a long life one has known wonderful people who were kind and given. I do not watch much television, my husband does, but mostly old movies – we do not get the premium channels. A great review on a difficult subject.
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