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RENEWED SHOWS: Episodes

This bit of news made me very happy this morning!!!!   Showtime has renewed Episodes for a nine episode Season 3 run.   Yeah!!!  I don’t know why it couldn’t have been more but beggars can’t be choosers.  I’m just happy one of my favorite comedies will be back next year!!

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Renewed Shows, Showtime

 

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RENEWED SHOWS: Episodes and Shameless

Awesome news for us Episodes fans!!!   Episodes has been renewed for a 2nd season!!!!!!  So we get more Beverly, Sean and Matt LeBlanc.  More importantly, we get more Carol!!  I love her.  Even better, they haven’t determined the number of episodes for season 2 which means we could get more than the 7 we got this season.  I hope so because just 7 episodes is way too little.  They should get at least 12 like most of the other cable shows get.  Regardless, I am really happy this show is coming back!

I don’t watch Shameless but that has been renewed as well.  So fans of that show can rejoice!

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Renewed Shows, Showtime

 

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SEASON FINALE RECAP: Episodes “Episode Seven” S1 E7

Really the only thing I can complain about with “Episodes” is that it was way too short a season.   I very much enjoyed this on my Sunday nights and I’m a little perturbed that it won’t be back on again for a while.  Not surprisingly though, the network did end up picking up the Pucks! pilot and so that should indicate that we will be seeing more of Bev, Sean, and Matt with the next season of Episodes.  Please renew it Showtime!!!!

I don’t know about you, but I was quite stunned that Bev slept with Matt.  And not because she has hated him all season because that happens quite a lot.   But other than seeing her husband “wanking” to Morning’s sex tape and Sean hiding the fact that Morning was at the rape event, there was no proof that anything happened between the two of them and she never gave him a chance to explain.  She jumped to a HUGE conclusion and as a result, possibly destroyed her marriage.   Talk about epically bad decision-making!!!

Remember when Bev actually caught Sean wanking (I love that word now and promise to use it more often) to Morning’s video and she started to cry?  It really broke my heart for her.  That feeling for me was 10 fold when Sean arrived back home after seeing Matt (and getting into one of the funniest fight scenes I have ever seen) and confronting Beverly with what he learned about her and Matt sleeping together.  He tells her that she has lichrally (that’s British for literally) broken his heart and he is crying like a little girl who just lost her favorite dolly.  He tells her “you are the one person, in this whole world, that I thought I could trust.”  That one line (and the delivery of it) really shines a light on their relationship that neither Bev nor the audience really understood until that moment.  Even though it seemed like all season long, Sean was going out with Matt and developing this friendship and the cast was really connecting with Sean and Beverly felt like she was being left behind, it wasn’t all that it appeared to be.  What we find out from this heartbreaking confrontation and that one line in particular is that none of what they are doing matters to Sean as much as Beverly does and that he wouldn’t do any of it, if he couldn’t share it with her.   I know Bev has gotten a lot of grief on-line and there are many people who hate her character but I didn’t feel that way at all.  I really empathized with her because she really didn’t want to do this but she knew Sean did so she did it for him.  And all her fears were coming to fruition as the season moved along.  Granted she could have lightened up a little bit and gone with the flow a bit more but I also don’t blame her for being so disappointed in the process and for feeling so alone as it was happening.

Oh and by the way, while they are having this incredibly personal discussion. Matt is still there.  And let’s not forget, Sean and Matt became pretty close during all of this so not only was he betrayed by his wife, but also by his friend.  So Matt is there and while Bev and Sean are crying and talking, Matt’s phone rings.  It’s his agent.  He receives some pretty stunning news and asks if Sean and Bev have heard from the network.  As they shake their heads no, their phone rings.  It’s Merc and Carol calling to tell them that their show screened the best of all the pilots with the test audience and that Pucks! is being picked up by the network!!!  And all Matt can do is scream ‘woooo hoooooo!” and is trying to give them a happy high-five.   Classic!   Well Sean and Bev are having no part of the high-five moment.  So during the most painful moment of their lives comes this “great news” (if you can call it that) that their show is being picked up.  And they realize that they are all going to have to find a way to work together.  Awesome!!!!

I went on Showtime’s website and watched a behind the scenes with the show runners from Episodes, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, and they talked about that scene with Sean and Bev from the finale.  Turns out, that was one of the first scenes they ever shot for the show.  They said because of budget reasons, the show was shot out-of-order.  I’m not sure why shooting a show out-of-order saves money but what do I know.   Anyhoo, that scene was one of their first.   Major, major shout out to Stephen and Tamsin for that scene.  Can you imagine?  You meet a cast for the first time and right out of the gate, you start with the most emotional, gut wrenching scene of the entire show?  Amazing.  Now from what I understand, Stephen and Tasmin have worked together before so they weren’t strangers but they also weren’t these characters yet either.  My respect level for them just shot through the roof after hearing that.

What did you think of the first season of Episodes?  Did you love it?  Hate it?   I really hope Showtime renews this and we get to see what happens next because I think this show could be one of the funniest 30 minutes on TV if it continues!!

 

 

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REVIEW: Episodes “Episode Five” S1 E5

I am a little behind on this show, in terms of blogging but I have been keeping up with it.   This show gets funnier and funnier every week.  While this week’s show wasn’t as gut busting as last week’s, it was still terrific on so many levels.

At this point we see that Beverly and Sean are having 2 very different experiences here in L.A.  Sean is making friends by default and having some fun while Beverly is left by herself most of the time and hasn’t really found any means of socialization yet.  Until this episode!  I feel so bad for Beverly.  She is trying so hard to put on a brave face but this isn’t what she signed up for.  First the asshole producer, Merc, promises her things he doesn’t come through on.  Second, the show she thought she would be writing and putting together, isn’t that show anymore and in fact she doesn’t really like it at all.  Third, this isn’t the cast she wanted and is trying to work with them but they aren’t making it easy for her.  Finally, the cast and crew, for the most part, go to Sean because they don’t want to deal with her so he is developing the connections and she is left alone.  It’s truly horrible.  Strangely, she is finally able to make a connection with someone in the mostly unlikely of people…Carol.  Carol notices that Bev isn’t really very happy.  So she goes to pull her aside to talk to her.  Knowing where this conversation goes, I wonder how much of this is because she really needs someone to talk to more than Beverly.  Bev isn’t so sure about this but they start talking (and smoking a joint) and all kinds of information starts to flow!  For instance we learn Sean was married before when he met Beverly and they started an affair while he was still married.  This allows Carol to open up more about the affair she is having with Merc (which we knew about from Episode Two) but we see a different side to Carol…a funny but scary side!  She talks about how Merc was going to leave his wife but then she went blind.  Carol felt guilty so she started doing research in order to find a cure for what happened to her….you know ’cause when she gets her sight back, Merc can leave her for Carol!  It’s hard to be disgusted with Carol because her delivery is so darn sweet, how can you be mad at her? I think she’s also a good person who is very much alone like Beverly.  So it’s nice, in a weird way, that they have this connection (along with their hatred of Morning Randolph) to start a friendship because I think both ladies could really use a friend right now.

While that’s going on, Sean is out with Matt and Morning at a rape benefit.  Interesting enough Matt says he only has one ticket and that’s why he invited just Sean and not Beverly, but we learn later that he did have another invite, but it went to Morning.  The reason for this, he senses chemistry there and wanted to give them a chance to connect.  Sean’s facial expression are always so freakin’ hilarious!!!  Sean doesn’t know whether to hug Matt or punch him in the face.  I get the sense that Sean is very much in love with Beverly but does find Morning attractive and the attention and flirting she throws his way, appealing.  There are many times when Morning is throwing herself at Sean and Matt is doing everything he can to push them together.  But at the end of the evening, Sean decides to go home to his wife, where he belongs and I really believe he wants to be.

Beverly is at home chowing down on Chinese food since she has a significant case of the munchies!!  Sean comes in and she asks how his time was.  He tells her about the old PA he bumped into that is written a screen play and his movie is being filmed and starring Matt Damon and Keira Knightly.  Sean and Bev are floored by this.  Happy for their old PA but very reflective on what that means regarding their careers.  She asks who else was there and he lists everyone, except for Morning.  Now Bev knows she was there because Carol told her.  When she asks if Morning was there, he confirms that she was but forgot (not very convincingly.)  It escalates into a fight that is so realistic it’s scary.  Have you ever been having a conversation with your spouse or significant other and a perfectly simple conversation all of a sudden takes a turn you didn’t expect and the next thing you know, you are fighting?  That’s what happened here.  She started asking him about why he didn’t tell her Morning was there and it evolved into how there was some flirting but he ended up coming home to Beverly.  I know exactly what he was trying to say but it sooooo came out wrong.  Beverly asks him if he wants some sort of medal for doing what he should and should WANT to do anyway.  He storms off to bed.  Later when they are both in bed, Bev is asleep but he is awake.  He gets out of bed and then goes to the kitchen.  He starts watching the sex tape of Morning that Matt told him about at the party and is masturbating to it.  Meanwhile, the camera pans to Beverly standing behind him watching while tearing up.  I am instantly heartbroken for her.  While we all know that happens when we aren’t looking, you never want to SEE it.  Especially when it is happening using a video of a woman you work with and are subsequently suspicious of in regards to your husband.  And by the way, wouldn’t you think you would be a little more careful and secluded when partaking?  I mean that video was so loud and he was right in the middle of his kitchen!!!   I would think he would want a bit more privacy if for no other reason, God forbid his wife wakes up and walks in on him…which is exactly what happens!!!  Dumb ass.

We only have  two episodes left and it looks like E6 gets us back the opening of the pilot when Bev and Matt get in the accident after Bev walked out on Sean.  I laughed my ass off when they showed next week’s preview (which also showed what we already saw in the pilot in the opening scene) because when it first aired, and Bev accused Sean of wanking, I had to ask my husband what wanking was because I had no idea.  I figured it was British slang for something.   He didn’t know either.  Well, now I know what wanking is!   Thanks Bev!!   And now I know why she was so pissed in the episode.

So what do you think happens?  I would have to think that it all gets worked out and Sean and Bev stay in L.A. so we can have more seasons of Episodes!!!  I hope that’s true.  I also hope moving forward they could at least get to Dexterville where they show at least 12 episodes vs. just 7.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2011 in Mid Season, New Shows, Showtime

 

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RECAP & REVIEW: Episodes “episode one” S1 E1

Fantastic!!!  I loved this show. One of the things I liked most was the mix of British and American humor.  It wasn’t sure if that was going to work at first and come across as forced but it was very natural and hilarious and I completely enjoyed it.

Episodes is about a married British writing team, Sean and Beverly Lincoln (played by Stephen Mangin and Tamsin Greig) who have a smash hit series in the UK called Lyman’s Boys.  They are approached by a huge Hollywood network producer named Merck Lapidus (played by John Pankow) who loves their show…”I want to have sex with your show” he tells them.  He wants to bring their show to the US and he has a few time slots to put them in.  He wants the show exactly as is so it should be pretty turn-key.  He offers them a house, a car, everything to come to L.A.   They debate the idea and finally decide to take the chance.

They arrive in L.A. and the house they are renting is in a very exclusive gated community.  So exclusive their names aren’t on the list and Wendell the guard won’t let them in.   They manage to overcome that obstacle and arrive at their house which is enormous and very Hollywood.  Once they get settled in, the go to Lapidus’ offices to meet with Merck only to find out from his second in command, Carol Rance, that he isn’t there.  So Carol introduces them to Andy, who is charge of casting and Myra, who is in charge of comedy and has the personality of a wet noodle.  When casting comes up and Sean and Beverly mention that Julian Bullard (played by Richard Griffiths) has already agreed to re-create the role of Lyman in the US, Carol is thrilled but wants him in L.A. ASAP for an audition.  When S&B can’t figure out why the cornerstone of the show Merck loves would have to audition, they explain that Merck has never seen their show.  S&B are dumbfounded.  Carol and Andy gush over how much they LOVE the show and Myra says in a very monotone voice, “it’s really funny.”  Beverly’s facial expressions towards Myra every time she speaks are priceless!!    S&B can’t understand how he hasn’t seen the show and also why Julian would have to fly over to audition when Merck can just watch tapes of the show.   Carol explains that no one gets through without auditioning in front of Merck and that even though there is plenty of tape with Julian in the role, Merck doesn’t like to watch TV!!!!   Fantastic!!!!  Carol (played by Kathleen Rose Perkins) is trying very hard to be complimentary and gushing over these 2 new writers that Merck has signed on but yet you can tell she has been in this situation before with Merck and other writers and show runners.  She’s great.  But you can tell that S&B are pissed.  And to top it all off, when Carol tries to sell them on the fact that when Merck sees Julian live and love him, because he will, they are pretty much guaranteed to be on the air!   Sean tells her Merck already told him they were guaranteed to be on the air and Carol says “absolutely!!  But you know nothing’s in stone.”  Sean then tells her Merck said this was in stone.  Carol replies “it is!!!  But you know.”   It’s a wonderful back and forth and you see where Carol’s team is coming from cleaning up for Merck because it seems he does this all the time but at the same time, you completely side with S&B in their frustration, disappointment, and utter confusion at what the hell is going on.

Julian comes to audition and at first I thought he was going to be very stuck up due to his acting background they alluded to earlier.  But he is incredibly sweet and puts S&B at ease reminding them that he has been in the business for years and this is how it goes.  He goes in and kills the audition.  Everyone is laughing and everyone loves him.  Then Merck reveals that he thinks he comes off as too British.  “Maybe because he is British” Beverly reminds him.  And Merck says they are doing an American version of the show, he just sounds too much like a butler.  So S&B go out and ask Julian to do the part again but this time in an American accent.  He has no problem with that request.  Except this time when he goes in, he can’t pin point what type of American accent he wants to do and all the jokes fall flat and he looks terrible because he can’t pull off the accent or stick with it.  So bye-bye Julian in the role of Lyman.

S&B are back at the rotating reality show house, a.k.a home, drinking some MacCallen’s and wondering what the hell just happened.  They are angry, annoyed, and again, utterly confused.  Just then Carol calls with an idea and asks them to keep their minds open.  A HUGE star has just become available and really wants to get back into TV and Merck thinks he will be perfect for the part of Lyman.   S&B are curious and they ask who it is.  Matt..LeBlanc Carol tells them.   Complete and utter silence on both ends and fade to black.   Awesome!!!

Who ever cast this show did an amazing job.  S&B come off as extremely likable and funny and very much in love with each other.  Merck and crew are really enjoyable and Carol has had some great lines and moments already.  They all play off each other really well.  I am anxious to see Matt LeBlanc when he joins the cast next week to see how he blends with everyone else.  Plus it gives us the comedic behind the scenes telling of how a show gets put together and broadcast.  What TV fan doesn’t love that?

I highly recommend checking out Episodes.  Sunday nights on Showtime at 9:30 EST.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2011 in Recaps and Reviews, Showtime

 

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