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    "The Conners" Discussion Thread

    Why do they wanna "go hard" on guest stars? I know the original run had guest stars but this isn't Will and Grace. (and for that matter, they can quit over there too; that's why their original run JTSed.)
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    Classic SOD Tumblr Goodies

    This is all so random. I love it. 😛
  3. TBH, Star's SATC was boring. I remember watching the first few episodes of the first season and thinking, "Meh." Sometimes I think SATC is overrated. We liked it, because they were talking about things on TV no one else on TV was talking about like "funky spunk" and "vibrators." I was all in on Heroes through the first season. I should've known after that weak-ass finale, but I hung in another two years. I was one of those, "it's about to get better" people. I was so burned I couldn't hang for the reboot. Such a shame. I think another one that saddened me was Designing Women. It just never recovered from losing Delta and Jean. Even though Delta's zaniness was fun, Charlene was really the "heart" of the show, and I really enjoyed Jan Hook's Carlene, but we just didn't have that investment. I'll always be interested to see how the show might have fared if we had jumped right into BJ (Judith Ivey) instead of Julia Duffy's Allison. I did like BJ, even if they had a hard time differentiating her from Julia.
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    "Lion King" Live Action Movie

    If this doesn't follow the original, we will hate it. If it does follow the original, why?
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    The Hate U Give

    Why? Serviceable
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    The Hate U Give

    Just got back from seeing this. Anyone else seen it yet?
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    AMC Tribute Thread

    I think it was more likely that Broderick would have refused to stay around with McTavish.
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    "Murphy Brown" revival 2018

    DD, I think you mean Avery, not Bailey. I think Faith Ford is being wasted. Updating her character is probably the biggest challenge, given that Corky was brought on as the ingenue with the shallower outlook and stories; the Deborah Norville to Murphy's Jane Pauley. That's harder to write for and play when you're in your early fifties (??) and you're now Jane Pauley.
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    Greatest Soap of All Time?

    Soaps started to gain a different type of reputation in the nineties. First, was the perception these were "grandma's stories." They were stodgy and I could "not watch for six months/two years, and still be able to know what's going on." The second was they were outlandish. Evil Twins. Back-from-the-dead. And eventually...possession. Unfortunately, new people coming on board tried to play down the first while amping up the second. The value in the first was having the opportunity to play every beat of a story. Producers or writers or whomever really held the reins decided to fast-forward stories, and in the 2000s, even having key scenes playing out off camera. The value in the second was to ret-con poor decision-making or giving an opportunity to an actor to return or "show off" their skills. Once we no longer believed you were really dead or saw that your evil twin was only the "good twin who dressed differently," it became more gimmicky, so we had to delve into voodoo, psychics, bad dolls, and...possession. The general public wasn't having any of it after a while, if they even dipped in to begin with. Only the hardcore stayed. In the meantime, that hardcore audience (my grandmother's generation) began dying off, my mother's generation began working and rolling their eyes at the ridiculousness of the "new soaps." Gen X and the millennials may have dipped in on occasion, but didn't stay for long. There were enticing new shows on cable or Netflix to watch. I think the biggest thing soaps failed to do was court a new audience in the nineties. These shows were typically passed on from generation to generation. OR maybe someone caught an episode when they were home sick from school and got hooked. But once we stopped "passing on" and had Judge Judy and old L&O reruns to watch when home in the daytime, the soaps had no new audience. We also saw elements of soaps creeping into primetime, explicitly with Dallas and Dynasty, and then later implicitly with Roseanne, ER and Friends. We could get enough of a "fix" there without having to cavort with outlandish storylines and slow-moving stories.
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    Will & Grace Revival

    I couldn't agree more. This episode was miles away better than last week. Although it is fun to have different combinations of the Fab Four in storylines, the season should've kicked off with everyone on the same page...hunting for Karen. Love Karen's insta-bond with Linda. And I always appreciate appearances by Smitty and Anastasia! Nice nod with the belly touch on the shower door.
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    Will & Grace Revival

    Nobody had any thoughts on the season premiere?
  12. I forgot Darnell had come to Loving as Jacob! What a horrible ending for that character. Yeah, not exactly quick and painless. I do remember catching commercials regarding Gilbert. She did play that hand a bit too often (Kitty/Kelly, Adam/Stuart, Jeremy/Gilbert, Natalie/Janet, Tad/Ted, Anna/Alex, Erica/Jane...)
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    AMC Tribute Thread

    The introduction of Wildwind in the early 90s really opened up the canvas in the same way I imagine Cortlandt manor did in the late 70s/early 80s. It's so funny...apparently these big estates existed in Pine Valley but no one ever discussed the Cortlandts or Merricks prior to.
  14. I was trying to find an example online, but had no luck. I remember they showed it one day early in my viewing history, and I looked over at my cousin, and she said, "Yeah, sometimes he has visions." I think we both rolled our eyes and went on watching. On another note, while searching for the example, apparently Jeremy died on loving by being encased in cement??
  15. I liked the actress as well, and was glad when they decided to keep her around. It was the voodoo nonsense...like I said, I appreciated AMC for its realism compared to other soaps.