karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (TV)
Various (US) friends have been mentioning this animated series but for some reason it's passed me by (I'm not even sure it was shown in the UK but Seasons 1 and 2 are available here as import).
I've now acquired the first two seasons (the third is currently running in the US) and it's hilarious. The title character, Sterling Archer, is a James Bond-esque secret agent who is an excellent shot and fighter but not exactly subtle whether it's in the approach of his missions or in interacting with his fellow agents and other people. The series shares both production and cast credits with Sealab 2021 but it's original material, not previous footage with a new dub.
The episodes are crammed full of the appropriate OTT tropes, stereotypes and cultural references but the main attraction are the dialogues and Archer's ineptness to understand or care for his fellow human beings. It's also quite raunchy but in a suggestive way and not graphic. Sadly, any swearing is bleeped out in the broadcast version which might or might not be intentional.
To get an idea of what it's like have a look at Best of Archer (youtube) but carefully, as it contains a few minor spoilers.
I highly recommend it and it gets better with every episode. There have been few things that had me in actual stitches recently but this series is one of them.

In other US TV news:
- The Walking Dead has restarted and after the rather good last episode it's a bit meh. Let's see if it gets better.
- Alcatraz has an interesting concept and has moved reasonably quickly moved from the bad man of the week to metaplot (this is going to be shown on Watch in early March). Oh, it has Jorge Garcia (Hurley from Lost) as a geekhistorical expert.
- Grimm has just started this evening on Watch and is a bit monster of the week (fairytale/folklore creatures still exist and the protagonist can see them and is destined to fight them, in a sort of Buffy way). There was finally a hint of metaplot in the 10th episode.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (TV)
I've now watched all of Treme and I'm well impressed and can't wait for the next season.
It's set in New Orleans just after Katrina centering on the titular neighborhood and deals with the residents' struggle to rebuild their lives. It features large parts of the production team (and some of the cast) of The Wire and shows the same commitment to realism and depth of the characters. Add to that the superb music (most of the main plotlines feature musicians or performers of some sort), fine acting and the high production values typical for HBO and it's a winner. Cameos by actual NOLA musicians just add to the feel.
I don't even have a favourite character because they're all good in their own way but if I had to choose one it would be John Goodman's Creighton.
Actually, it feels more like a documentary than a drama series. It's hard hitting in its political statements but there's a bit of comic relief, too and the music scenes provide some balance as well.
I hope the BBC will pick this up but won't hide it in a late night slot like they did with The Wire. There wouldn't be any reason to, anyway, because there isn't (much) violence or nudity, just some colourful language and that's mostly Creighton.

The only downside is that I really want to go back to NOLA now and I also want a second line at my funeral...
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (TV)
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First of all, I wish people would proofread those questions before they submit them, especially when poor/missing grammar makes them ambiguous. :P
I assume there's a you missing in the first question and that the question in the second refers to series that haven't been renewed (or it wouldn't make sense to ask).

Returning: Sons of Anarchy (started this week in the US), Big Bang Theory, Dexter, Fringe, Merlin (this Sat, yay); I'm in two minds about Supernatural because it should have ended last season
Cancelled: Legend of the Seeker (it was tosh but entertaining tosh)
New: The Walking Dead. AMC haven't produced much original material but what they have put out (Mad Men, Breaking Bad) is top notch so I'm having high hopes.
Current: True Blood, Eureka, Leverage, Warehouse 13, Haven

Duh, I obviously forgot Treme in my list, which presses a lot of my buttons. It's set in New Orleans just after Katrina centering on the titular neighborhood and deals with the residents' struggle to rebuild their lives. It features large parts of the production team (and some of the cast) of The Wire and shows the same commitment to realism and depth of the characters. Add to that the superb music (most of the main plotlines feature musicians of some sort), fine acting and the high production values typical for HBO and it's a winner. Cameos by actual NOLA musicians just add to the feel. Actually, it feels more like a documentary than a drama series. It's hard hitting in its political statements but there's a bit of comic relief, too and the music scenes provide some balance as well.
I hope the BBC will pick this up but won't hide it in a late night slot like they did with The Wire.

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