Are you ready for the summer? (2012 edition)
As I mentioned in yesterday's review of "Men at Work," the broadcast network TV season officially ended last night at 11 p.m. Though there are still a handful of spring shows with episodes yet to air (for my interests, primarily the Sunday shows on AMC and HBO), we're mostly moving into a whole new wave of programming, with the return of old favorites ("Breaking Bad" on July 15), the debut of intriguing newcomers (Sorkin's "The Newsroom" on June 24), and also lots of shows I'm less inclined to cover weekly (a lot of the USA and TNT stuff).
As always in summer, we'll figure it out as we go beyond the obvious weekly candidates. And, as I've been doing in the summer going back to the old blog, we're going to revisit a classic show on DVD. (In addition to the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 1 rewatch Dan and I will be doing for the podcast.) This year's choice seemed obvious: following up last summer's "Deadwood" season 1 reviews with a look back at season 2 of the David Milch Western.
The approach will be the same as last year: two identical reviews, but one where "Deadwood" veterans can comment on anything and everything to do with the series, and the other that's considered safe for series newcomers who don't want later episodes or seasons spoiled for them.
Also the same as last year will be the greatest unplanned bonus of any of these DVD rewinds: "Deadwood" actor Jim Beaver's weekly visit to the comments of the veteran edition. I checked with Jim, who said he's going to be traveling the world for the early part of the summer but will do his best to chime in whenever he has Internet access. And while Jim's doing this purely out of the goodness of his heart, I thought that it would be a nice gesture for anyone who really appreciates his contribution to these reviews to buy a copy of Jim's book, "Life's That Way." He's selling personally autographed copies on his website.
Where last year's reviews were published on Thursday mornings, I think my writing schedule this summer makes Friday a more feasible destination. So look for my review of the season 2 premiere, "A Lie Agreed Upon, Part 1," a week from tomorrow. There may be interruptions due to Comic-Con, press tour and vacation, but we will get through 12 episodes, come hell or high water.
Looking forward to it.
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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