Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Up Front: Outraged of Sockburn,

    We were in fits over the most recent ep to screen here -- where Leonard's mother comes to visit and totally bonds with Sheldon

    ...and the ep where Sheldon attempts to understand the etiquette of gift-giving. Brilliant!

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  • Up Front: Outraged of Sockburn,

    Ratings, schmatings! Let's not subscribe to the idea that Peoplemeter measurements* are anything to do with accurate audience measurement, nor anything much to do with what television viewing might be.

    * which claim to measure "Presence in a room where a television set is on' in a sample of 500 NZ households.

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  • Up Front: Outraged of Sockburn,

    Of course, Two and A Half Men is based primarily on malice but it is such well-written and well-delivered malice--the kind of put-downs we wish we had thought of when faced with human self-delusion or stupidity?

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  • Up Front: Outraged of Sockburn,

    What, you mean with the neck-biting and the blood drinking and the sharp! pointed! teeth! and the 'crawling out of the ground covered in soil' and all that?

    Well, they are vampires--and I don't know whether they wear socks.

    As Bill and Sookie are an item in 'real life', I think there is a degree of verisimiliitude in their sex scenes.

    I take your point, Emma, re HBO and American network TV. By some coincidence, I did a lecture today on HBO as 'transgressive' television, quoting both David Chase ("I had had it up to here with all the niceties of network television...I don't mean language and I don't mean violence. I just mean storytelling, inventiveness, something that really could entertain and surprise people" ) and Janet McCabe & Kim Akass in Quality TV 2007 ("HBO is conscious of defying television convention, adopting a tone with their original programming that makes it obvious that they know they are being openly transgressive"

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  • Up Front: Outraged of Sockburn,

    Would you make an exception for HBO dramas such as Six Foot Under or True Blood? The sex in the latter is pretty damn spot-on (or so I have been told!)

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  • Hard News: Iggy told me,

    You're soo slooow :)

    Like slow cooking? I know, I know I will never catch up with some of you guys!

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  • Hard News: Iggy told me,

    Yes, all that anticipation and expectation and we were close to 'what finale??', and then broken bottles and pistols in the afternoon!!!

    Just noticed my 500th contribution has just ticked over--do I get an extra scout badge for that?

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  • Hard News: In the Game,

    That is a very generous and genuine reply to Russell. Welcome to PA.!

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  • Hard News: Iggy told me,

    ..or tetchy tea-maker or vacuous van-driver or petulant publicist!

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  • Hard News: Iggy told me,

    I could play spoons...or wipe the spittle from the corner of his mouth

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