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#21 OFFLINE   Starchild

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:02 AM

Both the wife and I loved the show. I was pumped to hear the booming version of Fleetwood Macs "Tusk". Added to the heart pounding scenes immensely.
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#22 OFFLINE   FYRPLG

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:30 AM

Really liked the show. Good acting Good plot filled in the characters from the 60's and their reasons for being here. Did single record but after viewing setup SP.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:54 AM

There was one song they played that really ticked me off.

Crocket and Tubbs get to own that scene for all time. For this new untested show to try to capitalize on that moment in tv history with "In the air tonight" was way too presumptuous.

I will keep watching, but I really got a bad feeling they are reaching at that moment.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:27 AM

Well I ended up working too late to try and watch this last night so maybe tonight is the big night. I'm glad to hear you all are liking it so far.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:36 PM

Loved it!! The acting was superb. The musical selection was really good.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

I'm waiting to see if it's cancelled before I start watching it. I hate falling in love with shows only to see them cancelled after 1 season (or less!).

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

I'm waiting to see if it's cancelled before I start watching it. I hate falling in love with shows only to see them cancelled after 1 season (or less!).


FX doesn't cancel shows mid-season so we'll at least get 1 season out of it. Based on critics and viewer reaction I'd say it will be around a while. I haven't seen actual numbers though. Based on buzz I bet next week's episode has higher numbers even.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

Based on buzz I bet next week's episode has higher numbers even.

Ya. I know I told a couple of folks about it who weren't aware of it. They're re-airing the pilot Tuesday night, for those that missed it.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:39 PM

FX doesn't cancel shows mid-season so we'll at least get 1 season out of it. Based on critics and viewer reaction I'd say it will be around a while. I haven't seen actual numbers though. Based on buzz I bet next week's episode has higher numbers even.


'The Americans' Premiere Draws 4.7 Million Total Viewers Wednesday Night

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“We’re very happy with premiere ratings for The Americans and, just as importantly, we’re proud of the widespread critical acclaim the show has received,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX. “We have no doubt that when we get the Live+7 time-shifted ratings from last night, The Americans will rank among the best series debuts ever on FX. We’re grateful to Executive Producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, Graham Yost, and to our outstanding cast led by Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, as well as the entire team behind this great show.”


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

Based on this thread I have added a timer and will record the re-air of the pilot. No idea when I'll get around to watching.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

Looks like yet another FX keeper, FX is right up there with USA in production of shows I like. Loved the music selection and I have had a thing for Keri Russell since I was a kid. Also a huge fan of Tusk.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

Both the wife and I loved the show. I was pumped to hear the booming version of Fleetwood Macs "Tusk". Added to the heart pounding scenes immensely.

Oh, is that what that was? I guess that did sound a little "fleetwoody" (I was a big fan in the Bob Welch era, but not really in the Lyndsey Buckingham era). At the time I just thought it was a real interesting choice for background music to such a dramatic scene, and hey, that first 12 minutes was pretty compelling anyway. It seemed like the production values and the music choices were outstanding for this show, and complemented the 1981 milieu without hitting us over the head with hair band music and obvious choices.

I really liked this, and I think we have a real winner here. I think FX will have another large jewel to place in the crown right next to Justified.

Matthew Rhys was so good on Brothers and Sisters (which collapsed under its own weight after 2 or 3 good seasons and became unwatchable) that I guess it is no surprise how good he is here. Very charismatic, very compelling. The producers should be ecstatic that they got someone of his quality. Keri Russell is good too, maybe not wonderful, but even if the plot bogs down she can still hold 90% of the male audience from changing the channel. Just arch your back a little or play with your hair, Keri; we're not going anywhere.

We'll have to see how this develops, but this might be in Homeland territory; it even has that kind of feel to it. < spoiler alert this paragraph only > I thought they handled the rape scene very well, and showed just enough to establish Elizabeth's motivation without being gratuitous. I also liked her change of heart when she realized that her fake husband would go the extra mile for her. Very believable for such a fantastically out-there story environment.

I think this might be the best new show since this fall. Elementary and Vegas are really the only two that stand out for me from that crop, but I think this might even be better, maybe a lot better. Here's hopin'.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:55 AM

Wanted to like it. Trashed it after the first segment up to the first commercial. Crushingly trite and dated action spy melodramatic nonsense, unattractive female lead, same old predictable kidnapping formula. Contentless garbage.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:08 AM

Wanted to like it. Trashed it after the first segment up to the first commercial. Crushingly trite and dated action spy melodramatic nonsense, unattractive female lead, same old predictable kidnapping formula. Contentless garbage.


Yeah, but that is what TV is now. Like it or watch one of three "Walking Dead" versions. "Walking Dead" "Revolution" and "Falling Skies" all the same show at heart. But they are huge.

Very little is really original anymore.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:49 AM

Yeah, but that is what TV is now. Like it or watch one of three "Walking Dead" versions. "Walking Dead" "Revolution" and "Falling Skies" all the same show at heart. But they are huge.

Very little is really original anymore.

There are still a few shows with actual stories and characters. Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, whatever. But I couldn't agree more about Walking Dead--just re-hashed Romero and mostly, Romero did it better. And Revolution and Falling Skies, jeez what cheez! Same old formulaic tripe that was lame when The Invaders with Roy Thinnes did it in 1961!

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:04 AM

Wanted to like it. Trashed it after the first segment up to the first commercial. Crushingly trite and dated action spy melodramatic nonsense, unattractive female lead, same old predictable kidnapping formula. Contentless garbage.


It's supposed to be dated, it takes place in the 80's.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

I'm in. Quality kind of caught me by surprise. Murderous Commie main characters may put some watchers off though! I guess we can cheer for them to slowly come over to our side.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:02 AM

I enjoyed it alot, cant wait for the next episode.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

It's supposed to be dated, it takes place in the 80's.

I was aware of that. Thus the stultifying "Tusk" theme that they just kept looping over and over awkwardly. Worst attempt at an action TV series score I've ever heard. Sounded like the music editor cut some rough "Tusk" loops in over the scenes as a temp score and they accidentally left it all in as it was. Yikes, brutal.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

Wanted to like it. Trashed it after the first segment up to the first commercial. Crushingly trite and dated action spy melodramatic nonsense, unattractive female lead, same old predictable kidnapping formula. Contentless garbage.

Wow, you made that judgement based on the first 10 minutes of the pilot.

I don't want to argue, but you think Kerri Russell of "Felicity" fame is unattractive???

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