Are you ready for the summer? (2013 edition)
It's that time once again, boys and girls. The broadcast network TV season ended last night at 11, and now we move into the summer, which will be a mix of leftover network programs (set your clocks now for the return of "Zero Hour"!), cheap foreign imports and co-productions (ABC's "Motive," NBC's "Crossing Lines"), and a bunch of cable series to be excited about ("Breaking Bad"!), nervous about ("The Killing"!) and some combination of the two ("The Newsroom"!).
As always, I'll be mixing and matching in terms of what shows I'm writing about — will I have enough new things to say about each "Newsroom" episode? — and as usual, I'll also be revisiting a classic TV season from the past, one week at a time. And that season is (in case you couldn't tell from the picture and its caption)...
"Deadwood" season 3.
Yes, I've been saying for the last two summers (when I covered seasons 1 and 2) that because I wrote about that season on my old blog, I wasn't going to revisit it here. But I considered three things: 1)I didn't cover every episode, nor did I cover every one as thoroughly as I have the first 2 (that was my first year of blogging, and I was still feeling my way around it); 2)My affection for the series only grew when I was writing about it in my book;(*) and 3)Those reviews were written before Jim Beaver turned up to share his stories with us. And since after a certain point, these "Deadwood" reviews turned into a Jim Beaver comment delivery system — and later a Keone Young comment delivery system as well — I decided to give it a shot and close the loop. We can start up a new project next summer (and please, no suggestions this far out), but we might as well finish what we started with Al, Mr. Bullock, Mrs. Garrett and all the rest. Jim's already in (he told me he had put off rewatching the third season in the hopes I'd change my mind), and if we're lucky, maybe some other alums will pop up as well.
(*) Speaking of the book, I'll be doing a Reddit AMA today at 2 p.m. Eastern. Stop by if you like! Tell your friends!
Approach will be the same: Friday mornings, with two identical posts (one for anyone to comment about anything "Deadwood"-related, one for people who are watching along for the first time and don't want to be spoiled on what's coming next). We'll start a week from tomorrow with the third season premiere, "Tell Your God to Ready for Blood."
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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