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THE WEST WING

In today’s entertainment world nothing is gone forever. Besides taking an old movie or tv show and remaking it completely, lately there has been the idea of bringing back an old show with the original cast, set years later. Will & Grace, Rosanne, Mad About You and more that I’m sure that I’m missing. Which I think if done right is actually a pretty good idea. I’d much rather see a show that continues the original than a re-boot with new actors playing the old characters. There seem to be some new thoughts going into taking an old show and letting us see what happened to the cast years later.

Of all the shows, I think West Wing would be really easy to do this. It would probably be pretty much all new characters, but the history of the original show would be part of the history of the new show. I’ve read rumors that such a thing might be in play, but so far I haven’t read anything offering concrete information.

For me The West Wing is one of the best shows on television. Every few years I watch it in its entirety. So far I haven’t gotten tired of it. I think even more so in these times of having an idiot for a President and demeaning the office and our country it’s nice to look back and imagine what a world would be like with a President Bartlet.

What got me thinking more about the show lately is that I ran across a podcast called The West Wing Weekly. The podcast is hosted by
HRISHIKESH HIRWAY and JOSHUA MALINA who played Will Bailey on the show. They started at episode one and on each podcast they talk about the show. They have a lot of guests on the podcast, many from the show, actors and directors and other behind the scene members of the show. It’s a fun podcast to listen to and has me thinking about the show again.

Check it out here: The West Wing Weekly

Still I wonder if a show like the West Wing could survive today. When politics has become such a blood sport and the level of discourse has become so vile and terrible, does a show that tried to be hopeful and show the majority of our public servants as meaning good stand a chance? If it aired today, would it have to be as evil and mean as politics are now.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Twenty years ago today Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted on TV.  I have to admit that I didn’t catch on to it when it first came on.  I’m not sure what season I finally started watching it, but once I did I was hooked.  Since then I’ve watched it multiple times on DVD.  It was one of the first shows I purchased on DVD.  It’s hard to pick the top favorite of all TV shows, The West Wing would definitely be up there as well as Firefly, but Buffy gives them all a run for their money.  In honor of her anniversary I’ve started to re-watch the series.

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NCIS: New Orleans

I know NICS isn’t exactly a fan favorite show, even though it’s usually one of the top ten shows year after year.  It’s probably “your parents’ show”  or as a friend once told me “a show for old people.”  Well, I don’t quite believe that, for it to be that popular it has to reach across age differences to an extent and well, like the Old Dog says, I am old, lol.   This was all a long lead in to the fact that NCIS is one of my favorite shows.  In a future post I might write more on Gibbs and company, but today I wanted to talk about one of its spin offs.  The first one based in LA I don’t like.  Everything that make NCIS so good they seemed to throw away and go towards just the typical action adventure type show.

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Which leads us to their second spin off, NCIS: New Orleans.  I don’t have cable and my digital antenna sucks so all my TV viewing is done through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and when I purchase a series on DVD, so I hadn’t seen the show besides the two parter that came on the original series to introduce the show and characters.  I liked what I saw. Unfortunately CBS shows do not come on Hulu, CBS wants to do their own streaming service, but I am not going to pay for just one network.  They need to join Hulu, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.  And for some reason they aren’t on Netflix, which I don’t understand as much.  NCIS in on Netflix.  I guess CBS is trying to really drive people to their own service.  Still again I refuse to pay for one streaming network.  It’s been out on DVD for awhile now, the second season is over and actually out on DVD so the first season has been out there for at least a year. It’s just been more than I’m willing to pay for a TV show on DVD.  There’s a sweet spot for me, when a show reaches a certain price point that I’m willing to buy, but most shows when they first come out aren’t there.  Normally after a wait the show will drop and I’ll pick it up if I’m interested.  NCIS: New Orleans never seemed to drop, so I kept putting off buying it.  Finally I saw it at a decent price point and picked it up.

I’m almost done watching the first season and I have to give it a thumps up.  There have been some growing pains, as they learn the characters, but nothing too bad.  It helps that I’ve always been a big fan of Scott Bakula, the star of the show.  From his days on Quantum Leap to Men of a Certain Age I’ve always enjoyed Mr. Bakula.  I’m also a fan of CCH Pounder.

This show follows the path of the original a lot closer, to which I like a lot more.

And than there’s the fact that the show takes place in my city, New Orleans.  I love watching the show and seeing places that I know and have been to.  That might be a regular occurrence for people that live in LA or New York and watch tv, but for those of us that live someplace like New Orleans it doesn’t happen that often.  Plus they’ve made the city part of the show.  This show wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t in New Orleans and I like it even moreso for that fact.

Like I said I’m almost done with the first season and I’ve enjoyed it.  I’ll definitely be looking to buy the second season.

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Supergirl

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I’m a little late to catching the first episode on tv but I just watched the premier of the new Supergirl TV show and I loved it.  Why are DC’s tv shows so much fun (Arrow withstanding) while their movies are so dark and full of despair.  The same sense of hope and fun that makes Flash so good is in Supergirl.  And like Flash Supergirl doesn’t try to hide from its comic book origins.  She in costume and fighting bad guys with powers equal to hers.  As much as I like Agents of Shield they seem to shy away from connecting their show to costumed heroes, save in comments about the movie heroes.  We don’t see any in the show itself, it’s like they want to dip a toe in that water, but not plunge in.  Flash and Supergirl dive off the cliff into that water.  There’s so much I enjoyed about this show.  All I can say is watch it.

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New Buffy

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I can’t tell you how excited I am by this.  Buffy is one of my favorite, if not my favorite TV show of all time.  I named my dog Buffy.  So you’re getting the idea that I’m a fan of Buffy.  While saying that I have to admit that I’m not as big a fan of the Dark Horse Comic.  I bought the Season Eight and Season Nine, but gave up somewhere during Season Ten.  I held on for as long as I could, and while some individual issues felt like Buffy for me, overall I just wasn’t enjoying it as Buffy.

But Buffy in High School?  And written by one of my favorite writers Faith Erin Hicks.  This is going to be sooooo good.  I can’t wait.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/10/10/nycc-15-dark-horse-bringing-buffy-back-buffy-high-school-years/

 

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Reza Aslan on the Muppets

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Did anyone catch Miss Piggy’s guest author last night on the Muppets?  Miss Piggy was convinced that she needed to have authors as guests on her light night talk show so the first one on was Reza Aslan.  Mr. Aslan’s current book is Zealot Jesus of Nazareth which is displayed prominently on Miss Piggy’s desk.  I was somewhat surprised because this book treats Jesus as a historical figure and not the actual Son of God.  I’m actually in the middle of reading the book right now, which is very interesting, but not quite what I would have expected on the Muppets show.    I quite like it.

 

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Dr. Who

Dr Who

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