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    Falling Skies has been pretty good so far this season. This final season is much better than season 3.

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    I love Hell on Wheels. I'm sorely disappointed that AMC opted to cancel it, and irritated that they decided to split the final season into two halves with a great expanse of time between them. It's a first class production with great characters and compelling writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J3scribe View Post
    and irritated that they decided to split the final season into two halves with a great expanse of time between them..
    They always do that, milk it for all its worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Tripper View Post
    They always do that, milk it for all its worth.
    AMC did that with Breaking Bad too. Fortunately, I watch the whole series online after it finished up so it didn't bother me.

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    I thought this was funny :

    How BLINDSPOT got on the air
    by Ken Levine

    I have obtained the transcription from the NBC pitch meeting for BLINDSPOT:

    WRITER/CREATOR: We got this totally cool idea. It’s like a mix between the Bourne movies, PRISON BREAK, MEMENTO, the old game show CAMOUFLAGE, and what shows do you like?

    NBC: BLACKLIST.

    W/C: It’s also like BLACKLIST.

    NBC: We’ve been looking for another BLACKLIST. And another HEROES.

    W/C: Ours is that too.

    NBC: That’s okay. We’re remaking HEROES.

    W/C: Well, if you ever want to remake THE BIONIC WOMAN ours is also like that show.

    NBC: THE BIONIC WOMAN was a bomb.

    W/C: Wait. I forgot. We took out THE BIONIC WOMAN elements.

    NBC: So what’s the series?

    W/C: Well, we don’t actually have a concept yet – what’s it about, what happens every week, who all the characters are – we still need to tackle those details.

    NBC: So what are you bringing us?

    W/C: An opening scene.

    NBC: An opening scene? That’s it?

    W/C: Yep. Something with sizzle that you can promote all summer. Who cares if it has legs?

    NBC: Well, like I said, we’re looking for another BLACKLIST. And that’s BLACKLIST. We’re sort of hoping they’ll figure something out this season. What’s your first scene?

    W/C: We’re in Times Square. It’s night. Crowded. And someone discovers a duffel bag. Just sitting in the street. And it has a tag that says CALL THE FBI.

    NBC: Wouldn’t they call the FBI anyway?

    W/C: You know that. And I know that. But NBC’s audience doesn’t know that.

    NBC: You think they’re that dense?

    W/C: BLACKLIST.

    NBC: Good point. Go on.

    W/C: So what’s in the bag? A bomb? Dirty laundry? No. It’s a hot girl.

    NBC: Wouldn’t she suffocate in the bag?

    W/C: What? There are air holes.

    NBC: But then couldn’t someone see what was inside?

    W/C: Small holes. Tiny holes.

    NBC: Who is she?

    W/C: We don’t know.

    NBC: I assume the audience doesn’t know but who is she?

    W/C: We don’t know either.

    NBC: Who put her in there?

    W/C: No idea.

    NBC: And why?

    W/C: Couldn’t tell you.

    NBC: Gee, you’ve really thought this thing through.

    W/C: Easy fixes. But wait – she is covered in tattoos.

    NBC: Oh, so we could do product placement. I’m starting to like this.

    W/C: No. They’re all clues.

    NBC: To what?

    W/C: We still have to figure that out.

    NBC: So then what happens?

    W/C: The girl comes out of the bag.

    NBC: How?

    W/C: She upzips the bag and slithers out.

    NBC: What duffel bag upzips from the inside? Why would they ever make that?

    W/C: Uh… it’s a custom bag. They want her to open it.

    NBC: Who does?

    W/C: We don’t know.

    NBC: Can she even see the zipper if it’s on the inside?

    W/C: Yes. There’s a tiny light. So she comes out of the bag. And on her back is the name of an FBI agent. So they bring him in on the case. We do a scene where he’s breaking up a hostage situation in Kentucky and a helicopter arrives to take him to Manhattan.

    NBC: Why do you need a helicopter? Can’t they just call him?

    W/C: We don’t know.

    NBC: And they’re calling him to do what?

    W/C: Again, don’t know.

    NBC: So who is this FBI agent?

    W/C: Sorry, can’t help you.


    NBC: Could he be like RAY DONOVAN? We’re also looking to do something like that.

    W/C: Yes. Exactly. How about this for a character profile? A knock off Liev Schreiber.

    NBC: Okay. I totally see that character. Brooding. Charmless. But I’m still hazy on the girl.

    W/C: So is she. She has no memory.

    NBC: How’d that happen? And please, don’t say you don’t know. Just make something up if you have to.

    W/C: She was given this drug that wipes out your past memory.

    NBC: Does such a drug exist?

    W/C: Maybe.

    NBC: Okay. She has no memory. Then how does she function?

    W/C: Oh, she can speak foreign languages and is an expert in martial arts.

    NBC: What?

    W/C: This drug is selective based on what we need for future episodes.

    NBC: Which you haven’t thought of yet.

    W/C: Right.

    NBC: So what happens in the pilot after that first scene? What’s the plot?

    W/C: We could go procedural, we could go action-adventure, espionage, the door is even open to sci-fi if you like.

    NBC: I have to tell you – this is a mess. What you have here is the first scene of a movie, maybe. But a long-running television show? It’s downright insulting that you seriously think we would buy something so half-baked.

    W/C: Wait. One more thing: the girl is naked.

    NBC: What?


    W/C: She’s incredibly hot. Someone like Jaimie Alexander. And when she comes out of the bag she’s completely naked.

    NBC: So you think we’d spend five million dollars on a pilot just because there’s one nude scene?

    W/C: No. Don’t be ridiculous. There are several nude scenes. When she’s alone in her room she stares at herself in the mirror, naked. She goes into a fetal position, naked. When they photograph her, she’s naked. And then we have all these photos the FBI will post – of her naked.

    NBC: Forget the pilot. Go right to series.

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    I've just gotten into 'Hannibal'. Really good!

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