Don't stop believing in even more 'The Revolution Was Televised' link-blogging
My improvised publicity blitz continues for "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," and here are the latest links, including one that I suspect will prompt more discussion here. (You can find all the review and interview links at AlanSepinwall.com, along with a FAQ, a list of links to all my online writing about the shows in the book, purchasing links to all the different formats, and more.)
On Tuesday, I was a guest on WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" (with guest host Mike Pesca) yesterday. Here's the segment. And yesterday, I participated in a long Deadspin live-chat (which they accompanied with a very old Star-Ledger column photo that mainly makes me want to hit the gym).
But the discussion starter, I'm guessing, is the Slate excerpt from near the end of "The Sopranos" chapter, touching on both the averted fate of the missing Russian and Chase's motivations for making the final scene the way he did. (One thing that doesn't come up in the chapter, but that I've been asked about often enough to mention here: I explicitly asked Chase if he had read the Masters of Sopranos essay, describing it in a lot of detail, and he said, "I have not read that.") I've laid out my Tony Lives theory before, but never in as much detail as I do in the part of the book that Slate excerpted. I think this subject may be reaching Democrats/Republican territory where the two sides are getting too entrenched to make debate worth the trouble, but we can always give it one more try.
Onion rings. Journey. Go.
And, as always, if you have any questions about the book, you can either ask them in the comments here, or e-mail me at email@example.com.
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
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
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
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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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