The Televerse #26- Deadwood with Previously On

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We’re in for the long haul this week, as Simon and Kate talk through a relatively light week in TV and spotlight Luck’s latest before welcoming on David Bax and Sean Ingram from Previously On to a supersized DVD Shelf to talk about one of the great TV series, David Milch’s Deadwood.

This week, before the mega-Shelf, Kate blasts through her TV Roundup (Cougar Town, Suburgatory, An Idiot Abroad, Lost Girl, and The Voice), and we go through the comedies we both tuned in for (Key & Peele, New Girl, Happy Endings, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Archer, Eastbound & Down, and HIMYM), one of which gets an official Dear John from Simon. Afterwards, it’s on to the hour-longs (Justified, out of the spotlight for only the second time this season, Top Chef: Texas, the Awake pilot, Fringe, The Amazing Race, which warmed the cockles of Simon’s clown-hating heart, and Smash), capped by our first ever spotlight of Milch’s current series, Luck.

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  1. Justine says

    Luck is the best show I’ve never seen.

  2. Kate Kulzick says

    lol- had to laugh a little at your comment, Simon. As someone who’s actually *seen* both Lost and Battlestar, even if I hadn’t been happy with either ending, which I am, in both cases, the journey is worth the investment.

    As for Deadwood, Keith, it’s in no way a show that’s dependent on the finale. This is a show about characters. There aren’t twists or reveals, just interesting characters going on a journey, a few legs of which we join them for. Most shows don’t get a “proper” ending and many of the ones that do have declined such in quality by the end that even the planned finale is underwhelming. Firefly doesn’t have a proper ending, but I’d still recommend it to anyone, and it’s the same with any number of brilliant-but-cancelled series, Deadwood included.

    As for the River, Mario, I’ve ducked out of that, but I don’t know how it’s doing in the ratings. I don’t think particularly well, but I could be wrong. And you’re not the first to make the “Swear Engine” mistake! I’ve not checked out White Collar, but I know a lot of people are fond of it, plus I like the cast, so maybe that’ll be summer viewing for me.

    Lastly, I’m mega-jealous you’ve gotten to see Game Change already. I really liked Recount and am definitely looking forward to it!

  3. Keith Viverette says

    I keep hearing about Deadwood and how great it is and that may be the case. I still don’t understand though how someone can watch a show so great without a proper ending to wrap things up. I watch a number of shows that never happens on and don’t need new ones.

    I also don’t think it’d put me in other people’s favor to keep suggesting shows to them that don’t have satisfying endings.

    Won’t that just make them mad at you that you suggested it to them in the first place? Leave them wonder what happened along with you forever.

    1. Simon Howell says

      The nature of Deadwood helps to soften the blow of the non-ending a bit; it has a rambling, loose quality that’s very endearing (to me). I can’t imagine someone watching all three seasons, taking in all the goodness, but then writing the show off because it doesn’t end neatly. It’s not as if it’s Lost or Battlestar, eg it needs a certain measure of “closure” associated with its premise in order to feel complete. (Plus, you know, in this case, history can tell us what happened, esp. since at least half of the characters are based on real people.)

  4. Mario in Philly says

    Justified – Right now I’m still going with season 2 as better than season 3 but that could change. This season is juggling new characters with unexpected storylines (kidney snatching, really?) so my verdict isn’t in yet. Still watching…

    The River – I thought this latest episode with the ghost ship was engaging. I’m still not sure I want more than 8 episodes. Do we know if it will extend past that? Or have you stopped watching?

    Top Chef – I was definitely satisfied with the winner and Simon was definitely onto it with his comment in the Televerse episode before the finale. Still, I don’t get quite emotional as I find myself getting at the Amazing Race finale.

    TAR – no more clowns! Well, literally. There are a few teams that appear clownish but it’s too early to tell who will be strongest. I’m going with the female Feds for now.

    Deadwood – Loved hearing your comments. I’m almost halfway through season two. Swerengen’s kidney stone episodes were definitely cringe-worthy. And for most of the first season I thought it was his nickname – Swear Engine. But this show is like watching Shakespeare American Style.

    White Collar – this is a show I’ve gone back and forth with but connected more to this season. The finale was great and wondering where it will go from there. (Lead character Neal Caffrey played by Matt Bomer is on a plane out of the country!)

    I’ve had a chance to watch HBO’s TV movie Game Change. Julianne Moore is dead on as Sarah Palin and I found myself sympathetic to her where I never was before. The movie is based on a portion of a book with over 300 interviews and the script was based on that plus follow up interviews, so it felt truthful. Moore gives a great performance and as well as a strong cast, including Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson and Sarah Poulson. Do you watch made-for-TV movies?

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