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    The Televerse #196- The Wire (Part 2) with Dennis Perkins

    Summer is finally upon us, giving us a lighter episode list and shorter podcast once again. First we look at the comedies, including the finale of Louie, and we follow that with the week’s genre offerings, including a preview of Hannibal season three and Outlander finale talk. Afterwards, Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club returns to the […] More

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    The Televerse #196- The Wire (Part 2) with Dennis Perkins

    Summer is finally upon us, giving us a lighter episode list and shorter podcast once again. First we look at the comedies, including the finale of Louie, and we follow that with the week’s genre offerings, including a preview of Hannibal season three and Outlander finale talk. Afterwards, Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club returns to the […] More

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    David Simon discusses new HD aspect ratio for ‘The Wire’

    Cinematography discussion in TV criticism can be all too rare. It lends the perception that TV is all about story and acting, when really there are a number of creative television auteurs who devote careful cinematic craft to shot composition, what’s in the frame, and what is out. David Simon, creator of The Wire, is […] More

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    HBO greenlights miniseries ‘Show Me a Hero’, with Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener

      Deadline reported Wednesday that HBO has officially greenlit Show Me a Hero, a six-hour miniseries from David Simon (co-creator of The Wire). The miniseries will star Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII) and Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips, Being John Malkovich). Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) is set to direct. The […] More

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    Greatest TV Pilots: The Wire

    The Wire, Season 1, Episode 1: “The Target” Directed by Clark Johnson Written by David Simon & Ed Burns Aired June 2nd, 2002 “Let me understand. Every Friday night, you and your boys are shooting craps, right? And every Friday night, your pal Snot Boogie… he’d wait ‘til there’s cash on the ground and he’d […] More

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    The Televerse #125- Treme with Dave Walker

    There are still more television premieres to discuss on the podcast, with the midseason debuts continuing this week. First we take a look at the comedies, including the pilot of Looking, then the genre offerings, including the pilot of Black Sails and finale of Sleepy Hollow, and we finish up with the dramas, including the […] More

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    The Televerse #125- Treme with Dave Walker

    There are still more television premieres to discuss on the podcast, with the midseason debuts continuing this week. First we take a look at the comedies, including the pilot of Looking, then the genre offerings, including the pilot of Black Sails and finale of Sleepy Hollow, and we finish up with the dramas, including the […] More

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    Treme, Ep. 4.05, “…To Miss New Orleans” a beautiful, atypically sentimental finale

    Treme finished its four season run this week with “… To Miss New Orleans”, an appropriately reflective and celebratory hour. Unlike last year’s potential series finale, “Tipitina”, this episode focuses on each character’s journey not to a specific place, but forward in their life. Surprisingly, and happily, this episode leaves each character in a good place. Not everyone winds up in New Orleans, but they’ve all made positive motion in their lives and are surrounded by people who understand and support them. Davis has a responsible job he’s good at, but still finds time to still write a new Godzilla vs. MLK single. Antoine may still be fooling around on Mardi Gras, but he’s involved in his sons lives for the first time in the entire series. Terry and Annie leave town, but Terry gets to be with his children and Annie continues to blossom as an artist. Everyone gets a win in some way or another this week and this fond, perhaps overly sunny farewell is more than most viewers will have hoped for. More

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    Treme, Ep. 4.04, “Sunset on Louisianne” ponders legacy and loss

    The reflective tone of last week’s episode is crystallized in “Sunset on Louisianne”, as characters ponder their legacies and impact while Big Chief Lambreaux quietly passes. Viewers expecting a dramatic, emotional goodbye for Albert may be disappointed, but they shouldn’t be surprised. Treme, like The Wire before it, prizes honesty over melodrama and an expected, comparatively peaceful death while sleeping is much more in keeping with this than the tearful goodbyes, waterworks, and last minute revelations of so many other cancer-related deaths on television. Over the past few episodes, Albert has grown increasingly tired and has started to fade. More

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    Treme, Ep. 4.03, “Dippermouth Blues” starts preparing audiences for the end

    Season four continues along its bittersweet track this week, with everyone holding on for dear life as they say goodbye to 2008 and hello to 2009. Albert’s health is deteriorating, Janette continues to struggle with her new restaurant, and Terry feels the consequences of his season three evidence swap. Antoine reconnects with Jennifer, who’s drifted away from band after the death of Cherise, but he also gets a startling reminder of a certain portion of the population’s thoughts on race and history. At the moment, Treme looks like it’ll be going out not with the triumphant coming together of the season three finale, but a more sober statement on endurance. It may not be as much of an audience-pleaser, but it’s a fitting and honest choice. More

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