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Comings and Goings and Goings and Comings, Part I: In with the new....

This year's start of summer also brings endings- of three current series I/we have come to follow regularly. Already, the finales of Fargo and Orphan Black have passed, both with great intensity, and while Nurse Jackie's official finale isn't for another week, we will likely snag it on-demand by tomorrow.

Each of these will get a review here once suitable spoilery time has passed, but the bigger question for today is, where to go from here? That's close to three hours a week of prime viewing time. None of the other shows being heavily promoted during these runs on FX, BBCA or Showtime really appeal, except the vague Doctor-returns promos on Auntie; and I don't see myself getting into Game of Thrones or Orange....

(I will return to The Newsroom, but that doesn't restart until fall.)

What, then? I just learned that PBS offers some interesting choices.... sort of.


Somehow, just as I missed for years that they'd made an Inspector Morse sequel with Kevin Whately reprising his Lewis role, I also missed that PBS has now begun showing a second series of a PREQUEL to it, titled Endeavour after the future CI's finally-revealed real first name.  I totally missed that there had been a first series of it, although the two-DVD set, including the pilot, is now in the house to catch up with.

It looks well done, and I'll watch at least a few to be sure it captures the right tone and time-similitude for 1965. Lewis  never really clicked with me; Robbie had aged too much and been put through too much pain, but maybe a flashback with different actors (including John Thaw's daughter) will not have those problems.


I learned of Endeavour because our PBS affiliate has once again decided to delay another national premiere to appease its early-to-bed elderly Canadian viewers: David Tennant playing a lawyer in The Escape Artist debuted in most of the civilised public television world last week and finishes tonight. But not here:

...the second week of the local PBS station's fund drive has delayed the WNED airing of the first part of "Escape" until July 27. The second and final part of the three-hour series airs a week later on Aug.3.

Why such a lengthy delay?

That's so WNED can carry the second season of the  "Endeavour" at the same time as PBS stations across the country. Shaun Evans stars as Rookie Detective Endeavour Morse in the series.

WNED plans to repeat the finale of season one of "Endeavour" this Sunday and then run all the episodes of the second season starting June 29 and running through July 20.

After "The Escape Artist" ends on Aug. 3, WNED plans to carry Season 12 episodes of "Hercule Poirot" on Aug. 10 and 17. It airs on PBS when WNED is carrying "The Escape Artist."

Making things worse this time? Unlike when they did this with Sherlock in January, Ten cannot be streamed on pbs.org, due to "rights issues."  So they're essentially encouraging piracy, to the detriment of both the network's brand and the station's.

It's all a bunch of wibbly-wobbly argy-bargy to me:P


Each of these is a short run anyway, though, so I'm open to thoughts on where else to go. Here are some starters:

* Elementary series 2. I've resumed watching the tail end of the first year's shows, and have the current one queued for when it releases in late August.

*Episodes. I tried this when it first aired on SHO, and liked the basic premise, although I found it a little too LeBlanc-y for my liking. If they focus more on the Brits, I think I'd like it more. I recorded most of the first year, have all of Series 3 still accessible on-demand, and I imagine it'll be easy to track down 2.

* Homeland. This was one of the few shows heavily promoted during something else that I thought I might actually like, but I never gave it a chance. Maybe something manageable enough to marathon?

And with that? I'll open it to recommendations. Any of these have you really turned on or off, or is there something out of left field (pitch?) you'd steer me to instead?

If you've seen any or all of the above, ticky any or all you'd recommend!

Escape Artist

Any others? Comment:)

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thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: June 22nd, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Escape Artist & Episodes are both great-- I admit my interest in Episodes is largely professional, but I do find it quite funny. Escape Artist is a bit convoluted but is still worth tracking down. I also quite liked Shetland, another BBC series, though I understand that it wasn't well-received in Scotland. :(
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: June 22nd, 2014 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thoughts on Endeavour? Roger Allam is second-billed, so I assume Morse got his taste for bitter because his DI was always stealing the Talisker;)
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: June 22nd, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
::g:: I didn't see Endeavour, though I've heard it was good. I'm actually looking fwd to the RSC DVD of The Tempest, in which Allam plays Prospero. *That* should be spectacular. :)
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: June 22nd, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
<<rather jealous at that. But do catch up on Endeavour if you can, especially if you followed the original. The young Morse is perfect, and Allam is droll and badass as his supe. Final scene of the pilot brought me to tears for much the same reason that the final scene of "Adventure in Space and Time" did- a split-second flashforward, with the perfect music underneath.
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: June 22nd, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't see the original either, I'm afraid-- atm I'm swamped with series I need to catch up on. I'll put it on the list, though. :)
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: June 25th, 2014 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I recommended the (apparently unaired) pilot to a fan of the series, but for vous, if you only have time to see one, try "Girl," the first aired episode from Series 1. There are Holmes-ages of a couple of different types, including a knockout funny use of "Elementary" that I think Allam gets off.
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: June 25th, 2014 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
::g:: I'll see if I can find it. :)
symian From: symian Date: June 22nd, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I watched one episode of "Episodes" but never got into it or any of the others. I have a queue on multiple Roku channels that I need to catch up on. There are simply too many TV series these days.

I DID watch Kevin Spacey's "House of Cards." It's very good! I am planning to watch the original British version of it soon too.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: June 22nd, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I watched (somewhere between marathoning and week-by-weeking) both Series 1 and 2 of the US version, after fondly recalling the BBC versions as they each came out. I got a ton of recs on Facebook to shows I hadn't even heard of, much less had any desire to watch.
symian From: symian Date: June 22nd, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
We all have our own tastes. Some people recommend shows to me that I think are filled with horrid acting and rehashed plotlines from other shows. I guess I've seen too many shows so I can spot those where a new viewer won't. *chuckle*
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captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: June 25th, 2014 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen the pilot? I gather it wasn't aired (it has no IMDB provenance), but it's on the PBS disks for the first series, and it establishes the characters with where they're going to go, this series as well as 20 years in the future. The final scene made me bawl, no small feat.
ellettra From: ellettra Date: June 24th, 2014 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
The ones I'm going to start are not ones you'll be interested in, I'm betting. I'm going to catch up on True Blood, maybe do The Originals, Fringe, finish up Grey's Anatomy, re-watch Sherlock, and maybe try again with The Wire.
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