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Babble Bites…

Hello Dear Babblers, I thought today we would engage in some light reading that I like to call Babble Bites. Enjoy.

They have to be thinking R.I.P.

Killing Community:  One of our favorite shows, Community, more or less just got the death sentence. First Sony fires the creator/producer Dan Harmon for unexplained reasons. I don’t know if  Harmon is a little hard to get along with, or maybe TV execs are hard to get along with, or maybe both are. Whatever, the reason he was released (screwed over) from the show this weekend. Even with keeping the same writers, I have to think he is still the heart and soul of the show and it sucks to see his creativity get crapped on.  Equally as bad, Community is now being moved to Friday night, alongside the flailing Whitney.  Weirdly enough, this all comes on the heels of Community just having been renewed for a fourth season. One wonders why it would be renewed at all if they see such little potential in it. It’s a shame too, because it’s a great show and this season has had some of the best episodes yet (The Civil War documentary spoof, the Law and Order episode and the 8-bit video game episode.) Here is his blog about what happened.

SNL – This weekend’s SNL was definitely one of the best this season. Mick Jagger was the host and performed with the Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters and Jeff Beck (or rather they performed with him!) I have to admit, Mick looked good considering he is in his 60’s. As a host his acting was great and he never flinched or faltered. As a singer he can still rock it.  This is Kristen Wiigs last season and they did a really nice tribute to her at the end as well. Here is a link to it.

“We WILL make more money.”

Awesome Avengers – The Avengers continues to dominate the box office, garnering another $50 million this weekend and beating out two new releases in The Dictator (which I do want to see) and Battleship (which I do not want to see.) That puts The Avengers at a staggering $457 million domestically in 17 days! To give you an idea of how crazy this is, it took Dark Knight 27 days to reach that mark. It is now Disney’s biggest release ever and is fourth on the all-time world chart, behind only Avatar, Titanic and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2, once again affirming the adage “in Joss we trust.:  Come on Avengers you can take them down, we are rooting for you!

Game of Thrones – Not that anyone needs to rave more about this show, but it continues to be the best show on television. This season is even better than last year’s and the politics and intrigue just keeping building. I can’t wait for the Comic-Con panel!

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Nom, Noms…

And the winner is...everyone who sees this.

So another Emmy awards has come and gone and once again leaves me feeling more than a little – meh. For starters, I am never entirely sure if the Emmys are based on pure popularity or originality and creativity.  Enter in what feels like a good dose of network string pulling politics and who can really say how honest it is? For example, Arrested Development won numerous awards, a great show that was only mildly commercially successful. This makes me think it is based on creativity, but when you look at some of the other shows that win, it leaves me scratching my ginger head.

That being said, here are some thoughts.

The Good:

Style – Apparently hot red dresses and cleavage are in vogue this year. I can’t complain.

Game of Thrones – Serious props to Peter Dinklage for his win as outstanding supporting actor in a drama series! We love this show, and we love the Dinklage.  GoT also had a couple of other nominations, including outstanding drama. I do wish it had gotten a few more props though.

Friday Night Lights – The show that gave us Minka Kelly also gave us Kyle Chandler (coach T!) Okay, this  show doesn’t really fall into the nerd category, but some of us at B5 really like it (especially since half of us are from Texas) Chandler is a great actor and deserves the credit. That being said, I couldn’t help feel like this was making up for the fact he didn’t win in previous years when the show was stronger.

Boardwalk Empire – Several noms, no wins, but at least HBO is getting credit.

Louie – Louis C.K. has become my favorite stand-up comedian (another Ginger as well.) After his failed show Lucky Louie, he has rebounded with his new show also named Louie. In fact, this show is doing quite well and earned him an Emmy nod. It just goes to show, if at first you don’t succeed…

Big props to Dexter , Conan, O’Brien, Parks and Recreation, The Office and30 Rock as well for their noms.

The Bad:

Modern Family – Okay, this show is pretty funny. I give it credit, but it SWEPT the Emmys at an absurd level. I don’t think it deserved all the accolades it got. Especially not when there is…

Okay, so maybe it's good Joel didn't wear a low cut red dress.

Community – I still say this is hands down the best comedy on TV. If you haven’t watched it, you really should. It is witty, filled with pop culture savvy references,   incredibly original, and has Annie’s boobs (Community inside fan joke) thus earning it ZERO, yes zero, nominations at all. Danny Pudi could easily have been outstanding  supporting actor in a comedy.

Steve Carell – How has The Office been so popular and Michael Scott been so iconic that after (I counted on IMDB) SIX…SIX outstanding actor in a comedy series noms, Steve Carell has never won a single award for his amazing performance (That’s what she said.)  REALLY!

Parks and Recreation – This show also has arguably had its best season yet and while Amy Poehler is great and at least got a nom, Nick Offerman really deserves a win as well. He didn’t even get nominated. At least Parks and Rec got an outstanding comedy nod. Oh, and if you watched the show it was Poehler’s idea to have the outstanding actress nominations do a beauty pageant spoof.

Dexter – As popular and good as this show has been, and as many nods as it has had, it has yet to win any major Emmys other than John Lithgow’s Emmy for his chilling season 4 performance. It has had a couple minor, technical wins though.

Breaking Bad – Where the hell was this show!!! I didn’t see it get a single nomination! Critically acclaimed, Golden Globe and Emmy winning acting, and it isn’t even nominated for anything? I will say it has won past Emmy’s including two for Brian Cranston,  but no nominations seem a little harsh, especially with…

Mad Men –   This show just won it’s 5th outstanding drama Emmy. YES, it is a good show, even great. Yes, they nail the 60s upscale New York culture perfectly and yes, they even make you want cigarettes and scotch, but 5 years in a row? Especially, since no real plot developed until season 3 or so. I blame it on the cool, 60’s chic factor.  Oh, and the apparent hotness of Don Draper. Speaking of multiple wins…

The Daily Show – Just won its 9th Best Comedy, Variety something or other award. NINE. Once, again, I love this show, it is one of my favorites, but really, nine years of nothing new? Personally I would have interrupted this run with an Emmy for Chappelle’s Show in 2004, but he isn’t white enough for mainstream America. Additionally, he beat out Conan O’Brien for the Emmy even though Coco is having an amazing year.  No love for another Ginger who probably deserved it.

Well Babblers, let me know your thoughts on this list. Your own pros’ and con’s and things that got left out.

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SDCC High’s and Low

"Okay, I totally geeked out when I met Danny,"

Well dear Babblers, another great Great Con has come and gone again and now we have to figure out how to get on with our lives without. My best bet is to keep talking about it for as long as possible, at least, until next years’ gets closer. More in depth and thoughtful analysis to follow but here are some brief high’s and low’s.

High’s – Game of Thrones panel, Conan O’Brien (almost met him!), trolling the sales floor, trying to get gold bricks to see Cowboys and Aliens, Action Chicks Party,  meeting “cool” people ( I know cool isn’t a normal adjective for us nerds.)Meeting Adam Baldwin and Danny Pudi, hanging with friends. I am sure that the Community Panel and Chuck panel would have been on my list but I missed them!

Low’s- Missing Community/Chuck panel, not a lot of great movie panels, missing the Geek Girls party Friday night, sitting through the Covert Affairs and The Knights of Badassdom panels. (The cast is great but the director wouldn’t shut up and most questions went to Summer Glau, whom you know we love.) Comic Con ending so quickly.

That being said, while I didn’t think the panel line up was as strong as it was in the past, I enjoyed this one more then most. Hanging with our CON-tourage was fun, and I met some new people, some of who may post on here. We spent more time doing extra events in the Gaslamp and there just seemed to be more going on after hours wise. I also slept in and didn’t tire myself out like I used too!

So fair Babblers, let us know your thoughts and high’s and low’s. We would love to hear from you. All in all I would I would give this SDCC 5 babbles.

Rating for Amadeus

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SDCC, what we love and why….

Dearest Babblers, the time has almost come. The moment we have been ranting and raving about for almost one whole year will be here in just a couple of more days. I give you Comic Con 2011. I asked our fellow Babblers what they were looking forward to the most. Here are their replies.

Johnny – Okay, first I would like to say Johnny named about half the convention, but otherwise here is his list: The Amazing Spider Man panel and rumored trailer, Locke & Key pilot episode, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Cowboys and Aliens, Edgar Wrights’ Attack of the Block and finally, after-parties.

Tony – Chuck, Community, Game of Thrones, and the Visionaries Panel. Sadly, Tony has some responsibilities that week and won’t be around much.

Jeff – Game of Thrones! (Hands down my favorite show). Community, (my 2nd favorite, plus I have a crush on Annie.) Dexter, Tin Tin to see Spielberg,  Chuck, Cowboys and Aliens and after-parties.

Truthfully, as cool as the panels and shows are, the thing we all love the best is being in an environment we are passionate about. We love connecting with other fans.  We also love the costumes, the creativity, and the imagination. We love hanging out with old friends that we don’t get to see very much anymore. Maybe, most of all, we love the sense of wonder it fills us with. That profound sense of possibility and endless bounds we had as children. It makes me personally feel like that 10 year old boy, who would stay up late reading comics in bed night on countless summer nights, when everything in the world seemed more simple and right. Cheers to you Comic Con, thanks for renewing our inspiration for one more year!

That being said, we want to know what you are looking forward to the most. And what you love about Comic Con! Let us know!

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Community Dungeons and Dragons Episode

Recently, an episode of the meta-comedy Community focused on the classic role playing game- Dungeons and Dragons. This has to be the first time D & D has ever been featured on any TV show in the history of Middle Earth! If you are an old RPG nerd like the Babblers are, you have got to watch this full episode below. You don’t even have to follow the show to enjoy this one:  

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Top 5 shows of 2010 worth Babbling about…

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but if you are TV geeks like us Babblers, it’s almost equally as dreadful. Don’t get us wrong, we love all the eggnog and little baby Jesus, but after weeks of being deprived new episodes of our favorite series is enough to go ‘Dexter’ on someone. Well the wait is almost over and in preparation for the Spring line up, the Babblers wanted to list our top 5 shows of 2010. So here they are in no particular order:

1. 30 Rock (NBC)

BabbleOn has been a long time fan of the ‘SNL’ parody 30 Rock. Besides all of us being Tina Fey geeks, the witty dialogue and zany characters make this show hilarious and surreal. Continue reading

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A walking dead community

I am going to review two shows that I have recently started watching. They share nothing and everything in common. While no where near the same hemisphere as the same genre, they both share three common themes: reluctant leadership, a community of misfits, and survival in bleak conditions.

The Walking Dead
AMC’s newest drama premiered on Halloween night and ended up being the highest rated cable series of 2010. Based on a comic book series (which I am a big fan), the story follows sheriff Rick Grimes as he wakes up in the hospital after an inexplicable zombie apocalypse has occurred. The world now is a cold, harsh place with a sparse population of human survivors. As a sheriff, Grimes is seemingly the only law enforcement left on the planet although almost nothing is revealed about the state of the US or the rest of the world. Danger lurks behind every corner and surviving is based on ingenuity and keeping quiet. Survivors encountered are  desperate and flawed while strangely clinging onto a ‘normal life’.

However, make no mistake, this is a DRAMA, not an action/horror series. Walking Dead reminds me of Sci-Fi’s Battlestar Galactica. The villains and action are secondary to the interpersonal conflict of the community. Like BSG, Walking Dead is about how humans cope in dire situations and how they need each other to survive. This series will be a character study not a zombie war.  

The effects and environment have a scope of a cinematic level (not surprising since it’s created by Director Frank Darabont). Production value is high and in my opinion, it is one of the best shot tv series I have ever seen. From what I understand, it will eventually diverge from the comic book and explore new ground. I am so excited about this series and it looks like the 8.1 million viewers are too.

I give this a 4 out of 5 Babbles.

Community (Season 1)
I also started watching NBC’s Community this past week. Where else can you find more ‘walking dead’ than at a community college? I know I am a season too late but there wasn’t room on my TV vegging schedule until now. Community follows an ex-lawyer Jeff Winger as he wakes up in a second-rate community college trying to finish up his bogus undergrad degree. The community college world is a cold, harsh place with a sparse intelligent population. Seemingly the only person that has a grip on reality, Winger becomes the fearless leader of a misfit Spanish study group. Fellow students encountered are  desperate and flawed while strangely clinging onto a ‘normal life’. Community is about how humans cope in dire situations and how they need each other to survive. These characters have no idea where they are going or what their purpose is- but they just a doing it together as a community.

The writing is really witty and the characters are lovable. I would consider shows like The Office and Arrested Development as cousins to Community. I have to admit that I have not been a fan of Joel McHale until I started watching this. His snarky comments and resistant compassion makes for a great leading character. Early reports are that season 2 is not as strong so that’s making me worry a bit. But for now, I will enjoy journeying through season 1. I haven’t seen any zombies yet but it wouldn’t surprise me if one showed up!

I give this a 3.5 out of 5 Babbles:

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