Everything Bald Move
Jim and A. Ron have built their own podcast enterprise that they run full time. They have great taste in TV, great perspectives to offer on different programs and they don’t take themselves too seriously. They take their work seriously out of respect for their members and those who are in the Bald Move Club (it’s like, $5 a month, and MORE than worth it for the quality and quantity that they produce). I look forward to hearing their breakdown of new episodes of different shows every week and they always deliver. This level of engagement with the shows that I’m watching has totally transformed the way that I consume television. I’ve listened to their coverage of Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Fargo, House of Cards,Mr. Robot, Westworld – and my favorite is their coverage of The Leftovers. These two really appreciate how fantastic this show is, but they also provide a unique perspective on the cult element of the show as they are ex-Jahovah’s Witness members. They’re great. Love Bald Move.
Rose Buddies, Maximum Fun
Do you hate The Bachelor? Does everything about it kind of disgust you and you have no desire to watch the show? Listen to Rachel and Griffen McElroy talk through each episode in a hilarious and endearing way and before you know it, you’re spending three hours in front of your TV on Monday night wondering how long it’s going to take Nick to realize that Raven is perfect for him and realizing that Corn was given an unfair villain edit. I hate Rose Buddies for getting me into this damn show.
We are less than one week away from the Emmy’s, so its time for some annual predictions about the winning shows for this year. This post will cover the following categories:
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special.
Before we begin, its important to draw attention to The Creative Arts Emmys. These awards that celebrate the more technical aspects of creating television (cinematography, sound editing/mixing, casting, original score, etc.) were distributed last week. In some ways, these awards can be even more important than some that are given out during the ceremony, but the list of nominees is a little out of control. You can check out the vast list of nominees and winners on my Emmy Nominations page.
This finale was not at ALL what I was expecting. The preceding episodes seemed like vignettes, small finales for each of our favorite characters. I expected ‘Person to Person’ to be an episode focused exclusively on Don, so I was immediately thrown for a loop when we begin to bounce around between Don in Utah and Joan in Florida and Sally at boarding school… and that disoriented feeling pervaded through the entire episode.
I have to be perfectly honest: though I’ve always been one to relentlessly praise Mad Men, my initial reaction to this series finale was one more of confusion and slight dissatisfaction. However, after a couple of viewings and having the episode stuck in my head for the last week I’ve come to appreciate what a beautiful ending it really was.
In just a few moments AMC will air the final episode of Mad Men. Hearts may break around the world as the curtains finally close on our favorite terrible people but the show that has generated so much conversation will likely keep us talking in the weeks following the finale.