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    Am I the only person really looking froward to this? Because, damn this make me a happy US history nerd.

      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2008
    Doees anyone know when it premires?

    This looks hella awesome--I just hope that it gets a lot of ratings, even if I bet most people don't know who he is. :|
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2008
    I'd seen the promos a few times but for some reason had it in my head that it was a theater-thing and not an HBO-thing. As a US History Nerd and Giamatti fan, I'm definitely looking forward to it, even if I'm more of a Civil War guy.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2008
    Don't worry, pi8you--for a while I thought Tom Hanks was starring in it, not producing. I was thinking, "Damn, I wonder how HBO got to pay his salary." :|

    So I is dumbest than you on this situation.
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    I was wondering what the "Join or Die" posters around NYC were for. If this is as good as it looks, I'm excited.
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    "The seven-part miniseries will debut Sunday, March 16, a week after the series finale of "The Wire." Parts one and two will air back-to-back, with subsequent installments debuting on each of the next five Sundays."

    From here.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2008
    Of course they're putting it on while I'll be at work :( Ah well, go go internet downloading machine.
    (I see also on that site that The Riche$ is due back on March 18th, yay)
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2008
    That looks pretty cool. I'll have to watch it.

    I also hope HBO gets True Blood on the air soon.
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    YAY something new to put on the to-get list (after season 2 of deadwood)
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    I was willing to give it a shot no matter what, but seeing Paul Giamatti in it, which I had no idea of until I saw that promo a couple weeks ago, has shot it to a fucking must watch.

    If this pans out, and with this last season of THE WIRE owning so much, this could be the rebound for HBO I've been waiting for, because most of their programming (to me of course) has blown since basically ROME ended and we get confirmation that DEADWOOD wasn't getting it's last season or movies...

    Now, if we could just get more PREACHER info...
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    re: True Blood - a workprint of the pilot with scenes missing hit the usual sources this morning.
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    Was this any good?
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    @Warren Ellis

    It was pretty great. If Laura Linney doesn't win something for her brilliant Abagail Adams, I'll be surprised.

    I can't speak to the historical accuracy, but the performers are excellent.
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    Very, very uneven. There are parts that are amazing and then there are bits that are pretty terrible.

    50/50 - could have been fantastic, but wasn't.
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    There are great turns. Everything with the Jefferson/Adams relationship is fantastic. The actor playing Jefferson conveys the perfect amount of condescension, genius and egalitarianism that made up the man.

    Giamatti is great when riled. But there are times where he comes across less as a taciturn and complex man and more of a whining asshole.

    The bits with 18th century medical practice are very...effective.
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    if it's true blood you refer to, it was not bad. although the vampire in the shagging scene looked like dave grohl in his tenacious d cameo roles.
    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008
    It's a more intimate look at a saga that's been mythologized so many times in the (American) history books, we've lost all sense of the individual personalities, the political maneuvering, and the high stakes involved.

    The spine of the the mini-series is Adams's relationship w/ Abigail.

    I dug the hell out of Giamatti. The portrayal was pretty sweet; Adams was very intelligent and had incredible fortitude, but he was also stubborn to the point of being a pompous blowhard (which he himself acknowledges). It's a contradiction I find interesting.

    If this thread is still alive, I'm curious what others liked and didn't like about the series.
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    I loved it, and as far as I've heard, the history's about as accurate as possible.
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    Rented the first two disks, liked disk one best so far, haven't had a chance to get the extras, but plan on buying it sometime; I have a crush on Jefferson's smirk. Historically, it looked accurate for the period as far as housing goes, interiors, and whatnot. Acting was good, interactions of different characters were good, and it matches what I've read so far in the McCullough bio (Sorry I'm only up to page 91 in it. MY BAD- I got waylayed by a few other tales)

    The scene that stuck out for me was
    The tarring and feathering scene. Oh. My. GOD. Similarly creepy to the one in Carnival (I don't remember what season), it did not do a repeat of carnival's effects; but ended up achieving a similar gut reaction from me. There were also some scenes that reminded me of the musical 1776, and I started giggling like an idiot any time Lee of Virginia spoke.

    My only complaint is a lack of George Washington's RED HAIR.
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008

    There are a few historical inaccuracies, but for the most part it's pretty good. Like Washington saying "under god" when he's sworn in... didn't really happen as far as anyone knows. And Adams actually being at the Boston Massacre... also didn't happen.

    I loved the series, but if you decide to check it out, remember it's about Adams, everyone else is secondary. So there are times you'll probably wish they would focus on something exciting going on, but instead they focus on Adams who may be doing something less interesting. But as long as you know its about HIM, it's pretty great. I liked it quite a lot, anyways.