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SN: “The Leftovers” Official Reaction Post

Carrie-Coon-and-Justin-Theroux-in-The-Leftovers-Season-2-Episode-1Official Reaction Post: “The Leftovers”

Season 2, Episode 4: It seem we’re running in some circles now. This episode showed, however, what makes “The Leftovers” great. Among the great mysteries, we still have time to breathe and show the characters grieving and vulnerable.

Season 2, Episode 3: Probably the weakest of the season so far. However, with Laurie speaking now, I think we’ve learned more about her character than in the whole first season combined.

Season 2, Episode 2: Felt like a lot of pretty big emotional issues were just swept under the rug at the start of this episode. Besides that, Episode 2 is re-assuring letting us know that our season 1 cast, as a whole, is still lingering around even if the main characters moved all the way south.

Season 2, Episode 1: Miss the original theme song. Though all in all it looks like this season is going to try to counter some of those “slow burn” reviews that season 1 got. Great, mysterious opening sequence which mirrored the conclusion of the episode. Very interesting new characters as well. Off to a great start.

Analysis: Television Mysteries

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On June 29th, a new show premiered on HBO called “The Leftovers.” It was met with moderately positive reviews, critics only faulting it for its overbearing, depressing tone. The finale will air on Sunday and the show is a mystery, asking a lot of questions and answering very little.

The ads for “The Leftovers” were intriguing, so I jumped over to Metacritic to see if it’d be worth my time. The critic’s reviews were alright, but the user reviews were brutally negative, which was odd because only critics had screened the first few episodes. There were several 0/10 reviews from users, without first-grade grammar education, condemning the new show simply because Damon Lindelof was involved.
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TV Gallery: The Sopranos

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TIME Magazine editor James Poniewozik wrote in 2007, “This mafia saga showed just how complex and involving TV storytelling could be, inspiring an explosion of ambitious dramas on cable and off.”

“The Sopranos” has had a significant impact on the shape of the narrative television, often being cited as one of the most influential artistic works of the 2000s. All of your favorite long-form serial television shows today exist with help in part from David Chase’s crime-saga: “The Sopranos.” (more…)

TV Trailer: True Detective – Season 1

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2012 Emmy Predictions

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After compiling some statistics from other websites, taking into consideration the politics of award races, and considering criticism of shows/performances. This is how I believe the Emmy Nominations will look this year.

Best Television Series Drama

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downtown Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

Mad Men

Best Television Actor in a Dramatic Series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Kelsey Grammar, Boss

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Television Actress in a Dramatic Series

Glenn Close, Damages

Clair Danes, Homeland

Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife

Debra Messing, Smash

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Best Television Series Comedy

The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family

New Girl

Parks and Recreation

30 Rock

Veep

Best Actor in a Comedic Television Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Louis C.K., Louie

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a Comedic Television Series

Laura Dern, Enlgihtened

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep

Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Movie made for TV or Mini-Series

American Horror Story

Game Change

Great Expectations

Hatfields and McCoys

Hemingway and Gellhorn

Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia

Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

Benedict Cumberpatch, Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia

Idris Elba, Luther

Woody Harrelson, Game Change

Bill Nighty, Page Eight

Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gelhorn

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

Connie Britton, American Horror Story

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gelhorn

Julianne Moore, Game Change

Emily Watson, Appropriate Adults

Rachel Weisz, Page Eight

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Giancarlo, Esposito, Breaking Bad

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

John Slattery, Mad Men

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series

Christin Baranski, The Good Wife

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire

Archi Panjabi, The Good Wife

Maggie Smith, Downtown Abbey

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedic Series

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Max Greenfield, New Girl

Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Actress in a Supporting Role for a Comedic Series

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Best Actor in a Supporting Role for a TV Movie or Mini-Series

Powers Booth, Hatfields and McCoys

Martin Freeman, Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia

Michael Gambon, Page Eight

Ed Harris, Game Change

David Straithairn, Hemingway and Belhorn

Best Actress in a Supporting Role for a TV Movie or Mini-Series

Gillian Anderson, Great Expectations

Judy Davis, Page Eight

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Sarah Paulson, Game Change

Mare Winningham, Hatfields and McCoys

Best Reality Competition Series

American Idol

The Amazing Race

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Best Reality Show Host

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

Jeff Probst, Survivor

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Best Variety Series

Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Real Time with Bill Mahr

Saturday Night Live

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Alda, The Big C

Will Arnett, 30 Rock

Matt Bomer, Glee

Jimy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Ellen Barkin, Modern Family

Patricia Clarkson, Parks and Recretion

Blythe Danner, Up All Night

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

Chris Messina, Damages

Robert Morse, Mad Men

Matthew Perry, The Good Wife

Fred Willard, The Closer

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy

Louise Fletcher, Shameless

Jean Smart, Harry’s Law

Uma Thurman, Smash

TV Review: Game of Thrones S2E7 “A Man Without Honor”

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TV Review: Game of Thrones S2E7 “A Man Without Honor”

One of the greatest episodes of the season so far. Game of Thrones has been a TV series that I have humbly admired and followed since episode 1. I follow it for two reasons: 1: I am a complete nerd for this kind of stuff and 2: Because it’s a fantastic story. One thing that sets Game of Thrones apart from other shows is its abundant supply of interesting characters. Every character has their own unique mannerisms and conflicts that makes them interesting.

In this episode we begin watching “Prince” Theon get angry about the escape of Bran and all his pals. He goes out and searches for them and it doesn’t seem like he is having much luck. From here we bounce storyline to storyline and don’t return to Theon’s hunt for Bran until the end of the episode.

What’s going on with Daenerys is really odd. Qarth seems like a bizarre city enough, but we learn more about the characters there and discover some violently evil intentions. Toward the end it quickly goes from bizarre to what-the-hell-just-happened. Safe to say that Voldemort looking man is involved.

I was happy to see Jamie again, I have always believed he was an interesting character. There is a sequence between him and a Lannister cousin that feels so real and deep as they share stories about there days as squires. Then after 5 minutes Jamie does something that just breaks the quiet moment up, soon he is met with a showdown against Ned’s wife. Where he speaks some hard truths.

Game of Thronescan be a very grim show, that doesn’t go easy on it’s characters when they make mistakes. I love it, the most unpredictable show out there and this episode highlights everything I love about the show as a whole. So many situations are left unfinished as an obvious ploy TV shows do to keep you watching, but dammit it works!

Final Score: 5/5