I’ve been a fan of the West Wing for a long, long while. I recently restarted watching the series, figuring I’d just do the first or second episode. And then I just got sucked in, and became comfortable with the fact that I’d be re-watching every episode, from Season 1 to Season 7 start to finish.
I am not finding myself rooting for any of the characters. I seem to keep coming back to watch these terrible situations that they get themselves into, and feel compelled to watch it all play out.
I’m getting to a point where I think I could start to recite several episodes from memory. Maybe not quite verbatim yet, but give it a few more years.
I started re-watching The Wire recently, and have mostly made my way through the first season. It started off while I was browsing for something to watch, and one episode turned into two and three, and we were off to the races. Again.
On Sunday, we had an unexpected knock on the door from a young guy who was a location scout for the TV show “Chicago PD.”
Apparently, they were in the area and looking for a house to do an exterior and interior shot. The director had not been happy with any of the location choices to date, and they were still looking (and hoping to get a location settled in the next few days).
Maybe a week or so ago, I started watching old episodes of The Wire online. Liz and I never really had a cable subscription prior to our current place, and we have a very bare bones package – basic cable, and HBO that was thrown in for free (for one year).
“It’s the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. Every now and then I’ll see an episode somewhere and I’m just intrigued by it. We actually did that and I was actually a part of it! I think it came at a time and it occupied a space that it might not have been possible to do before or since.”
Jon White is some kind of crazy, obsessed guy. But you know what? He’s also one of those incredibly talented guys who gets crazy and obsessed over something. And when you look at Seventeen People (a beautiful, single-page website he created as a tribute to his favorite West Wing episode), it’s a pretty fantastic combination.
Fans of The West Wing, check out this great behind-the-scenes interview with several cast members and writers from the show. It’s been ages since I’ve seen it, but reading this made me want to re-watch the entire series (or at least, the first four), all over again.
Clicking Bad is a browser-based game that riffs off the popular TV show Breaking Bad. Your goals are pretty simple: create meth, sell meth, and try to make money. At first, there’s a great deal of clicking and manual work (get ready to rub your wrists, people). But with a few upgrades, you should be improving the rate at which you make and sell.
For those not familiar with the show, the Dothraki are “a copper-skinned race of warlike nomads,” highly skilled in combat and riding horses. For the TV adaptation of the novel, they decided to contact David J. Peterson at the Language Creation Society, and had him literally construct the language from the ground up.
A few days ago, Liz and I were sitting in the living room watching Netflix. We had just seen the Dumb Ways to Die video earlier in the day, but still had the song stuck in our head. So we fired up YouTube on the PS3 to watch it… and this is what I happened to see:
This is funny in its awkwardness, and pretty uncomfortable to watch. In a strange way, it’s the exact opposite of CNN Concatenated.