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The TV thread

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Versatile, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    A few years ago, I was into "West Wing" big time -- watched an episode almost every day. I haven't watched one in two years.

    As I recall, the Zoey kidnapping storyline was a mess because Sorkin had decided to jump ship, and intentionally left in the middle of the story arc with the whole thing unresolved.

    Which undoubtedly accounts for the abrupt neat-as-pie resolution with zero (0) follow up:

    1. President's daughter kidnapped by terrorists;

    2. POTUS steps down under terms of the 25th. VP office is vacant due to previous resignation.

    3. SOTH, a vocal leader of the opposition party, steps in as acting president. He threatens dramatic changes in policies as well as a lighting fast appointment of a new VP.

    4. President's daughter recovered.

    5. POTUS declares himself fit for service again. Acting POTUS accepts this without protest.

    And aside from some continuing themes of Zoe having PTSD problems, that's pretty much the last we hear of it.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2019
  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I hadn't seen this ...

    Northern Exposure reboot doesn’t want Janine Turner back?

    I think their best move would be to just say that Maggie moved back to Bloomfield Hills and married a doctor of her own. The rough tough bush pilot chick became a society wife.

    Nothing would rule out a surprise guest appearance by Turner at some point, but the show could move on without her.
  3. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    The show was kind of a mess for a while after Sorkin left, especially that bit, though it did bounce back a bit in the final season.
  4. lakefront

    lakefront Well-Known Member

    sopranos= worst parenting job in the world
  5. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Says hold my beer...

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  6. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    Broadchurch dad would like a word with you.
  7. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    He is his mommy's boy. His sons Uday and Qusay have adopted grandpa's greasy gangster look.

  8. lakefront

    lakefront Well-Known Member

    Which one? I just found out there was a remake, American version that was not so good I guess.
    God I love British television. Recently watched Dr. Foster. I can't put into words why they seem so superior, but something about their shows are superior to many of ours.
  9. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    I just finished my binge of Babylon Berlin (in German with subtitles as recommended here). I thought parts of the show were amazing, but it was a little too contrived at the end. And even within the confines of the drama, so many characters were brutally beaten/nearly killed and snapped back almost immediately.
  10. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    I can in three words: According to Jim
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  11. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Was that show even aspiring to be good? It seemed like they knew what it was and just tried to make a little money while it lasted.

    To be fair, do we even see much of the crappy shows on British television? Maybe that is why it looks so good, that we only really see the best stuff.
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  12. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    It also probably helps that their model has been 6 to 13 episodes per season for a long time, whereas U.S. television has only recently shifted toward it. Simmons always points out that it's somewhat odd that Modern Family and Nurse Jackie are somehow in the same awards category, and that there should probably be shifts based on how often you broadcast.
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