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HBO: True Detective

I've been a big fan of HBO's programming for years, and I'm very excited about their new show True Detective.  It stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson (they look like they could pass for brothers) as two detectives working on some horrific crime.  True Detective feels a bit like The Killing, but with more action and most likely a story line that will resolve in one season.  Slated for a January release, I think True Detectives is going to be amazing.  Check out the trailer below:

Btw, if you were wondering about the song used in the trailer it is Whispering by Alex Clare.  Does HBO really need two shows that start with word true?

h/t awesomer


Game Of Thrones Special Effects Reveal

Game of Thrones is not only a fantastic show on HBO, it is also a great series of books.  I read the first book about a month ago, and was very surprised at how true the show was to the original story.  I love Game of Thrones, and that damn midget dwarf imp steals the show every time!  Check out this great reveal of the CGI VFX used in the show.  Be warned there are some mild spoilers if you haven't finished season two.



The Wire RPG Parody

College Humor has done it again with a great tribute to HBO's The Wire.  If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to catch "The Wire The Musical."  This time College Humor has made an RPG version of The Wire; it isn't playable rather it is an 8 bit retelling of the show.  I "LOL'd" throughout the whole thing, although the Warp Whistle was pretty damned funny.  Enjoy.



You Should Be Watching Newsroom

Newsroom is one of the best shows I've seen since The Wire.  I watched the first three episodes with Mrs. Foxtrot this weekend and we loved every minute.  Check out the trailer:

I watched several trailers on youtube to find one that does this show justice, but none of them conveyed the greatness of Newsroom.  In fact, the first episode of Newsroom is the BEST pilot I've ever seen.  By the end of the episode I knew the temperaments, emotions, and motives of all the characters and I knew what the show was all about.  In stark contrast, The Wire pilot is muddy, introduces a ton of characters that don't connect (in the pilot), and took me a few watches to actually enjoy the show. 

This is Jeff Daniel's finest hour, and it is hard for me to picture him driving around in a van that looks like a shaggy dog.  He plays the douchey, yet intelligent, newscaster, who is revamping his cable evening news show.  You'll see a few other faces like Slumdog Millionaire and Olivia Munn.  The acting is top notch all around and is bolstered by Sorkin's writing which is witty, fast paced, and tells a great story without any extra fluff.

I still think The Wire is the best television show ever made, but Newsroom might be a contender in my book.  After finishing the first three episodes I questioned why so many people waste time watching anything on the CW... HBO continues on making quality TV, and I highly recommend you check out Newsroom. 


Netflix Original Lilyhammer Reviewed

I've been a Netflix customer for several years.  I consider it poor man's cable, and stream it through my Wii.  Most of the streaming offerings are weak, but there are a few diamonds in the rough.  Netflix has created their first original show called Lilyhammer, with 8 episodes.

Lilyhammer stars Steve Van Zandt from Sopranos (and E street band), as a mobster who joins the witness protection plan and moves to Lilyhammer, Norway.  The majority of the actors and locations are in Norway, which makes for a lot of "fish out of water" type scenarios.  Check out the trailer:

I have mixed feelings about Lilyhammer.  On the one hand, I'm stoaked Netflix has made some professional quality, original content with at least one big name.  On the flip side it feels like the production meeting went something like this: "We have a BIG name from Sopranos, and we have a location that offers great tax credits!"  The people of Norway speak English in addition to their native tongue, but much of this series is Van Zandt speaking English and everyone else speaking Norwegian with English subtitles underneath.  This gets annoying at times, but it is forgivable.  The Norse people are decent actors, and it actually looks like a very pretty cool place to visit.

The show is fun, and a little quirky.  Van Zandt opens a bar and runs some back room mobster style deals.  The story is decent, but a little predictable at times.  I enjoyed watching this series because it was new and original which seem to be lacking from the majority of Netflix's streaming library.  Lilyhammer is by no means the same quality as an HBO, FX, or AMC style show, but is definitely better than anything new to network TV.  If you've exhausted the few other gems that Netflix has to offer, I'd give Lilyhammer a watch.

Watch Lilyhammer on Netflix here.