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Mycroft_
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posted 08 March 2003 10:08 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have to admit it, I've become addicted to the new "Dragnet" on ABC starring Ed O'Neill aka Al Bundy from Married with Children.

The really strange thing I'm watching right now is "When She Died" on Bravo, a truly awful opera (!) about the death of Princess Diana.


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Michelle
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posted 08 March 2003 10:09 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh nice.

I'm watching hockey - Toronto and Vancouver.


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Mycroft_
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posted 08 March 2003 10:15 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The male character with a Diana obsession has just hired a Diana look -a-like to lie naked on the floor while he sanctifies her with bread, salt and water.
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Michelle
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posted 08 March 2003 10:18 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Duuuuuude. Bad opera is right. Wish I got Bravo!
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posted 08 March 2003 10:20 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My God, this is unbelievably bad! Now we have this crowd of mourners, all of them singing "Diana!" and saying the most banal things (except they are sung in "opera" voices). This is starting to remind me of the Opera Man bits from Saturday Night Live.

I really encourage people to change channels, it's a real hoot!
(and of course, it's all intercut with actual news images from the real funeral).

Too be really bad, you have to be pretentiously bad

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posted 08 March 2003 10:32 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
'Exploitative' TV opera about Princess Diana angers friends

By Jonathan Thompson, The Independent - August 25, 2002

A TV opera about Princess Diana's death to be broadcast tonight on Channel 4 has attracted bitter criticism from her friends and supporters.

Princess DianaWhen She Died: Death of a Princess, with music by Jonathan Dove and a libretto by David Harsent, takes six characters through the days from the fatal crash in Paris to her funeral. Each sings about his or her grief and the opera ends with a big choral scene in the streets that led to her final resting place at Althorp. Filmed in and around London, the drama is interwoven with actual television footage from Diana's life. It recreates the amazing outpouring of grief in Kensington Gardens.
Lord St John of Fawsley, a close friend of Diana, yesterday criticised the opera as "being quite appalling and in the most dreadful taste". Other friends condemned the programme as "disgusting" and "exploitative" at a sensitive time for her sons.
They are particularly disturbed by a scene in which a Diana fanatic hires a prostitute to impersonate the princess, take off her clothes, and lie naked between four candles.
London-born composer Dove, 43, defended his work yesterday, saying: "It was the response of people who turned out in Kensington Gardens which really intrigued me. That's what I wanted to express. I realised I could write a huge lament for them to sing, and that appealed. I've always had an interest in finding the operatic in everyday occurrences. Not that the death of Diana was in any sense ordinary, of course.
"The reason this is such a potent idea for television is that for most of us it's the medium that linked us to the entire affair. So the opera starts, quite simply, with people switching on their screens."



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posted 08 March 2003 10:39 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
This is starting to remind me of the Opera Man bits from Saturday Night Live.

Hahahaha! Oh man. Now I wish I had more than basic cable!


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posted 08 March 2003 11:13 PM      Profile for speechpoet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"What Not to Wear" -- the American version (the British is vastly better). Talk about your guilty pleasures...

By the way, part of the problem with the U.S. version is the American hosts aren't as compassionate, self-deprecating or smart as the British ones. (Also, they dress like extras evicted from the set of Zoolander II.)


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posted 08 March 2003 11:37 PM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
American. Idol.

It's like a sickness. I try to stop and I just...can't...do it...


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posted 08 March 2003 11:44 PM      Profile for googlymoogly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Haha me too
For me, it's Absolutely Fabulous

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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 09 March 2003 12:15 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i confess. i've watched three hours of "law and order" with a bottle of magnotta wine.
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posted 09 March 2003 03:06 AM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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I'm watching hockey - Toronto and Vancouver

But how is that stupid?

I don't watch stupid stuff regularily, however occasionally I have watched Yu-gi-oh (stupid anime aimed at the 10-13 year old audience. what possesses me not to change the channel every time it is on is beyond me)


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posted 09 March 2003 03:20 AM      Profile for swirrlygrrl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
AbFab is NOT stupid! Its a brilliantly insightful and hilarious show exposing the vanities and ideosycrisies of modern society.

Blind Date, though, which I just love, has no redeeming social value whatsoever. Wish it were on right now.


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posted 09 March 2003 10:26 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ha ha, Mycroft: I wish I'd seen this at the time. Too funny.

I still get a kick out of watching the sight gags on Just for Laughs/Juste pour rire. Normally, practical jokes kind of annoy me, but those clips break me up, even when I've already seen them multiple times.


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'lance
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posted 09 March 2003 12:34 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Absolutely Fabulous is just that. Blind Date is that sort of guilty pleasure where the guilt, I found, eventually overpowered the pleasure.

My current favourite is Farscape, the Australian-American co-production on the Space Channel. Great dialogue, subtle acting, moral complexity... ah, who'm I kidding. True, but rationalizations... hot babes & kewl action sequences, that's the ticket.


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 09 March 2003 12:50 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
yes, farscape rocks. have you heard about the campaign for a fifth season?
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'lance
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posted 09 March 2003 01:04 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have. I'm of two minds about this kind of thing. It's been tried any number of times and almost never succeeds (though as I recall, fans won a one-year reprieve for My So-Called Life). And I don't have much problem with shows being taken off the air while they're still at their creative peak.
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I'm still trying to figure out what would keep you watching a bad opera... a good one requires the patience of a saint to watch...

Me, I am totally addicted to Trading Spaces. I've even come to like While You Were Out now that the host isn't quite so annoying.


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posted 09 March 2003 02:05 PM      Profile for swirrlygrrl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually MSCL fans did not win a reprieve for the show - it was cancelled after one incredible season, for a variety of reasons (low ratings, being expensive to produce, Claire Danes wanting to make the leap to the big screen).

We did however, win the fight to have BMG release all the episodes on DVD (they'd all been released on video, and had started to on DVD when BMG ran into big money problems and stopped, but the special box set was delivered late last fall, allowing me to get my fixes without my practically falling apart videotapes).

(I acknoweldge this is totally superfluous information, but it really was the most brilliant show I've ever seen - funny, insightful, well acted, well written and true to life. Which is of course why it couldn't last.)


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I live and breathe Trading Spaces. And when Law and Order isn't on (it seems to be on a lot) I say "WHY ISN'T LAW AND ORDER ON, MARK?"
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'lance
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posted 09 March 2003 02:34 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You sound like the Divine Ms M, audra, on both counts.

Michael Kinsley of Slate wrote a hilarious column about women who watch Law and Order obsessively, inspired by his wife.

quote:
(Note: In the marital relations system, the people are represented by two separate but equally important groups: the wives who watch Law & Order obsessively, and the husbands who don't. This is their story. Ka-chunk.)

Etc....


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posted 09 March 2003 06:27 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Iron Chef! Iron Chef!

L& O is ok but it doesn't hold a candle to Homicide. My friends and I followed that show religiously. Only reason to watch L&O is the fact that they rescued Munch from Homicide when that series died. How many L&O spin offs are there now? Have they premiered Law & Order: Traffic Court yet?

Has anyone else watched Dragnet on Sunday nights? (And yes, it's from the producers of L&O)


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Have they premiered Law & Order: Traffic Court yet?

New Yorker cartoon from couple of months back: "In the criminal justice system, the courtrooms and offices are cleaned by a dedicated staff who work at night. These are their stories."

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Is the new "Dragnet" played straight or as a comedy?

Caught a bit of an episode of "farscape" for the first time this weekend. Made me wish I had seen it from the start.

I've been easily able to avoid all the new unreality shows.


Most of my T.V. viewing is before bed, in the morning. That pretty much limits me to "Discovery" or sometimes the "History Channel".


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three letters: C.S.I.
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posted 21 March 2003 08:14 AM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Is the new "Dragnet" played straight or as a comedy?

Straight.

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last night, i discovered the only thing better than law & order ... law & order with john ritter as an evil guest star!
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I have to admit, whenever I see Iron Chef on TV (The Asian one, not the awful American one) I have to watch it until the very end. God help me if their is an Iron Chef marathon.

Although I haven't seen it yet, I hear there's a movie called "Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter" out. The second coming of Christ comes but before he can judge souls, he has to defeat an army of evil vampires. Teamed up with Masked Mexican wrestler El Santo, they all kill vampires that features the use of kung-fu.
Oh, and it's a musical.

Part of me doesn't want to watch it because I KNOW it's gonna be bad but I might end up renting it. The taglines just screamed cheese though. "The Power of Christ Impales You!!!"


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