TV For President Episode 5: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, “The Box” and Comedy Bottle Episodes

The Sterling K. Brown Fan Club commences again as we talk about Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the recent standout episode, “The Box.” We also talk about some of our favorite bottle episodes from other TV comedies.

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TV For President Episode 4: Everything Sucks!, 90’s Nostalgia/Reboots and The Simpsons Apu Controversy

We share some spoiler-free thoughts on Everything Sucks!, talk about some recent reboots and what does and doesn’t work when rebooting a show and whether or not there are any shows we’d like to see come back. We end with a discussion on The Simpsons and how they’ve responded to the controversy surrounding Apu.

 

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TV For President Episode 2: Good Girls, Female Directors, #WomensHistoryMonth

Week Two of my brand new podcast with Shreya Durvasula of Depths of Television and this time we’re talking NBC’s Good Girls and marking the end of Women’s History Month by discussing some of the advancements made by female directors and some of the best work being done behind the camera.

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TV For President Episode One-Jane The Virgin, Guilty Pleasures and More

Happy to report that I’m podcasting again! Daniel and I had to stop quite a while back because our schedules just didn’t work out but I really missed doing it so I began the search for a new co-host. That has led to the creation of a new podcast called TV For President where I will be joined weekly by Shreya Durvasula of depthsoftv.com.

In our debut episode, we discuss the current season of Jane The Virgin, whether or not it should be considered a guilty pleasure (and what even IS a guilty pleasure?) and we introduce ourselves a bit by sharing about the shows that transformed us into the passionate TV fans we are.

Our sound levels were a little off this first time out but we worked to make it sound as good as possible. The end result is pretty good (better when you listen with headphones) but we promise it’ll improve with future episodes.

 

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Untempered Takes on Last Month’s TV-February 2018 Edition

First, a quick intro.

I am back.

I’ll be posting this column monthly (on the 1st or the first weekday of the month) and a new weekly podcast launches later this month (hypothetically). Details coming soon.

In the meantime, I’m well aware that the header used on this site is full of outdated images, including a prominently displayed Kevin Spacey who I don’t particularly want to be the face of my website. That’ll be updated in the very near future.

When I first started blogging about TV, I would post multiple times a day about almost every single episode of every show I watched and it got a little ridiculous. Mostly because this isn’t a full-time job, or a job in any sense of the word. After burn out, I’ve attempted to return in some capacity a few times but hadn’t quite figured it out. But I miss talking and writing about TV so here I am, once again ready to launch.

This monthly column will be simple. I’ll talk about some of the shows I most enjoyed in the past month, some of the stuff I hated and maybe some things I’m on the fence about. And if I’m late to the party discovering something else and I wanna talk about it, I’ll write about that too. And I’ll end with my Episode of the Month. And for the record, when I talk about the worst of the month, I mean, worst TV I personally watched. So it’s gonna either be a new show or a show I like on some level, but that aired some bad episodes. There’s always gonna be worse TV, but I’m not watching it.

Read, comment and share. Looking forward to talking TV with all of you again.

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Top 30 Shows of 2017

A few days late, but here it is, the annual list. As always, I remind you that I am but one person and while I watch a ton of TV (some may argue too much), I don’t watch all. There are some critical favorites (Twin Peaks, Halt and Catch Fire, Insecure) that just aren’t for me and others I just never got to (Better Things, anything else not on this list that you’re mad about I’m sure), but through my experiences and many, many hours of viewing time, I believe that these are the 30 best TV shows that 2017 had to offer.

Read, enjoy, comment, debate and share. Thanks!

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2017 Emmy Awards-Who WILL and SHOULD Win?

The Emmy’s are tomorrow and we all know they can’t proceed unless I weigh in with my predictions. As usual, I didn’t watch all the movies/limited series so I’m not gonna take on those categories, only to say that despite having not seen any of the other nominees in the TV Movie category, “San Junipero” definitely deserves to win, I’m having a hard time choosing between Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon who both gave great performances that were brilliant for such different reasons,but I’m confident in saying that Laura Dern should (and will) win in her category. See, wasn’t that enlightening?

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2017 Dream Emmy Ballot

First of all, I know what you’re thinking. Hey–remember when you updated this site 3-4 times a day? And then you said you were gonna slow down but still post once a week but you really only write something once every 4-5 months now….what’s up with that? I know, I get it. I’ve neglected this site but that’s because I’m putting more time into my own writing. If you’re really that interested in what I’ve been up to–and it sounds like you are–you can find out more at markgraywriting.com or pick up my latest book, The Day I Disappeared HERE.

As I’ve done for years now, in anticipation of next week’s Emmy nominations, I’ve put together my dream Emmy ballot. Not all of these people and shows will be nominated…but they should be. And to be extra helpful, I’ve even mentioned who should win. I typically only do drama and comedy because even though limited series has gotten a lot more interesting in recent years, there’s so much of it I don’t watch, I don’t feel confident in those opinions. Whereas with drama and comedy….I’ve watched most of it, for better or worse (aka that means if a show’s not here…it’s not an accident). So here we go.

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13 Reasons Why Review – Complicated Feelings For A Show I Love

Netflix continues to release quality series at a dizzying rate and the different themes, genres and demographics they’re able to cover in the process is quite impressive. They seem determined to offer a high quality option for fans of any type of TV and with 13 Reasons Why they deliver a teen drama that exceeds the expectations of its genre and boasts writing, directing (including two episodes helmed by Spotlight’s Tom McCarthy) and a young cast that couldn’t be described as anything other than top notch. Regardless of anyone’s conclusion on the show itself, there’s no denying that it’s incredibly well-made.

I also happened to find it compulsively watchable. There is absolutely a mysteriously morbid undercurrent throughout the whole thing that captivates you from the beginning and you want to see how all the pieces are going to fit, but apart from that, even in the midst of such darkness, the show feels surprisingly hopeful and its heartbreakingly real characters are the type that make TV such an exciting medium. With each passing hour, teenagers that could be written as archetypes are fleshed out and brought to life with admirable complexity.

By now, you probably know that 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series inspired by a young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher. I remember reading the book about seven years ago but the details are fuzzy so aside from the basic outline, most of this felt new to me and I couldn’t tell you what they changed. Just like the book, the show follows a high school student named Clay Jensen as he listens to 13 tapes recorded by fellow student, Hannah Baker, explaining the reasons she killed herself. All 13. And she names names. The rules are you have to listen to the tapes or the details will leak and if you have the tapes, it means you’re on one of them.

SPOILERS from this point forward….

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