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Emmy Night Open Chat
2007-09-16 15:55
by Jon Weisman

Talk about the Emmys, about Curb Your Enthusiasm, about what you did instead of watching Tell Me You Love Me ...

Update: I don't know, guys. It's a slow-paced show, but I think Tell Me is worthwhile. I think a good chunk of the stories are legit.

As for the Emmys, I'm not one given to grand pronouncements, but I'm sure that was the worst Emmy broadcast I've ever watched. It was awkward, strained and often grim. The highs weren't that high, and the lows were pretty darn low.

2007-09-16 16:28:20
1.   D4P
I'm going to watch TMYLM (though not tonight) because I want to know to what happens to the married couple with kids.

Some of the folks around here already watched the second episode last week...

2007-09-16 16:32:36
2.   Bob Timmermann
You've been warned. That's all I will say.
2007-09-16 16:37:14
3.   D4P
That makes it sound really bad. I thought you weren't even paying attention to it.
2007-09-16 17:00:36
4.   Bob Timmermann
I paid enough attention.
2007-09-16 17:07:36
5.   D4P
Well, it's not as if my expectations are so high that I'm likely to be disappointed. I didn't think the first episode was very good, so now I just want to watch to see if I think it's as bad as you did.
2007-09-16 18:52:32
6.   Bob Timmermann
Just tell me you trust me.
2007-09-16 21:57:37
7.   Bob Timmermann
We're not an Emmy watching crowd I guess.
2007-09-16 22:10:06
8.   Benaiah
Arrested Development, Everybody loves Raymond, The Office and 30 Rock. Considering that ElR was retiring and thus taking a victory lap, that is a pretty amazing run. The emmies usually are way off base but I love all of the other 3.
2007-09-16 23:15:29
9.   mintxcore
On the Emmy front: Seacrest was horrible (as was the horrible Family Guy opening song). I guess looking on the bright side was Seacrest did a good job on KEEPING OFF THE STAGE. So, I guess it could have been worse, but jeez.
2007-09-17 04:12:39
10.   D4P
Just tell me you trust me

I do. But not enough to stand up on the bow of an oceanliner.

2007-09-17 07:38:45
11.   Bob Timmermann
The stories of "Tell Me You Love Me" are legitimate. They're just not interesting.
2007-09-17 07:41:39
12.   D4P
That was my "take" on the first episode as well.
2007-09-17 09:01:01
13.   Jon Weisman
11 - Well, they're interesting to me - to varying degrees. Even with the young couple, which clearly is the least interesting, there is something about having the same fight over and over again that I find perversely interesting.
2007-09-17 11:25:07
14.   Kevin Lewis
I am embarrassed to say that I didn't even know the Emmy's were on, but I will chalk that up to family being in town and not watching a lot of live TV anymore (so no commercials).

I am seriously considering ditching my DISH network and just going with an antenna and a Tivo or some similar device. Does anyone know any way to get around paying the monthly fees for recording? I imagine building your own DVR might be a way to get around it, but that is not a cheap alternative.

2007-09-17 16:35:34
15.   dzzrtRatt
I watched some of Just Tell Me...

I thought episode 2 was better than episode 1.

However, I find the two childless couples repulsive. I strongly recommend they both break up now and spare their unborn children the torment of being raised by these hellish narcissists.

The couple with kids should be the focus. Their story is depressing, but at least they seem like characters one might conceivably care about.

If HBO is listening, here's my idea. Unmarried couple and Childless couple get into a big accident, like "Crash," except no one is saved. No-Sex Couple can come upon them and have a big epiphany.

2007-09-17 17:21:35
16.   Andrew Shimmin
14- Depends on whether you've got spare computers laying around. They definitely don't have to be new, or even very good. You'd probably have to upgrade the video board, so that's a hundred bucks. But the software is free/cheap (depending on how interested you are in figuring out how to make the free version work). And you'd have to tolerate having a computer hooked up to the t.v.'s (and all the attendant noise and lights, etc.).

Anyway, these are the two setups I've ever played with. Top one is free.

2007-09-17 17:27:54
17.   Andrew Shimmin
16- Looks like my information is outdated. The MythTV listings aren't free any more. They're asking $15 for a six month subscription.
2007-09-17 19:44:10
18.   trainwreck
I still find Tell Me You Love Me to be a good show.

I definitely find the young couple to be annoying, but heck I dealt with Rebecca De Mornay in JFC.

2007-09-17 22:05:28
19.   Kevin Lewis

Yeah, unfortunately I do not have a spare computer lying around. So, to build one with enough HD space and a good enough tv card I am looking at spending the same amount on a Tivo, but then I would have a giant computer in front of my tv...and I don't think the wife would like that too much.

2007-09-18 13:15:07
20.   Kevin Lewis
It seems like for the convenience and reliability factor, I am better off shelling out the money for a Tivo, rather than building my own for close to 500-600 bucks.
2007-09-18 17:49:05
21.   Bluebleeder87
The bald guy from Californication absolutely freaks me out, I think to my self who casted that guy!?
2007-09-19 09:46:25
22.   D4P
Finally got around to watching the second episode of TMYLM. Some thoughts:

1. I don't particularly enjoy watching the show
2. I'm not convinced I'm supposed to enjoy watching the show
3. The show does a good job of capturing the unfun aspects of relationships that make you want to tear your hair out. I can see a lot of myself and my wife in the couples on the show
4. The sex scenes were noticeably tamer in the second episode. Every time they had a chance to show more than a normal show would show, they really didn't. Not saying that's good or bad, but it stood out to me and made me wonder why the change had occurred

2007-09-20 16:07:00
23.   trainwreck
From what I have read, they definitely go back to the intense sex scenes.
2007-09-20 16:11:53
24.   trainwreck
I still find it odd that FX shows two new episodes of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" back to back every week.

The season started out great last week and I look forward to tonight's episodes.

2007-09-21 11:22:32
25.   overkill94
Last night's episodes of IASiP were pretty dang hilarious. The hostage episode in particular was very well done I thought.
2007-09-21 17:19:23
26.   dzzrtRatt
I still can't get over how great Mad Men is.

They reran the "brother" episode last night, presumably because some fans are confused about Draper's other life. For me, it was just great to absorb it again, the great nuanced work of the lead players, the unbelievable writing, the brilliant historical and cultural allusions, the set design...

The scene where the head secretary is explaining to Peggy why covering for her boss' affairs makes her job the most fun job to have that was, to me, mind-blowingly great writing. It was a better representation of the strange psychological games women had to play in pre-feminist America than anything I've seen written in a novel.

If it's possible, I think this show might be even richer than The Sopranos.

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