TV Review: Extras – Season One

The summer of HBO continues.

Extras Season One

Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant

Series Creator: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
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POST #38: TV Talk: Entourage

The Summer of HBO continues.

TV Talk: Entourage

Starring: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Rex Lee, Perrey Reeves, Jeremy Piven

Series Creator: Doug Ellin
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POST #19: My Summer of HBO

We watch a lot of TV shows during the year, which makes it fairly hard to watch TV on DVD while new shows are airing. So summertime is catch up time. This year, I decided we should make it a Summer of HBO, in attempt to catch up on all those quality shows I’ve always meant to watch but hadn’t.

In addition, HBO shows are the only ones we watch right now currently airing new episodes. Currently, we’re watching season two of Big Love and season four of Entourage as they air (we gave John from Cincinnati a shot, but didn’t like it. Sadly, we never started Flight of the Conchords, which I’m starting to hear good things about. But, our hi def movie channel that carries HBO shows didn’t pick it up, so we didn’t have much chance to watch it anyway). On top of that, we finally got around to watching the first season of Six Feet Under that we had borrowed from our friends Ellen and George at the beginning of the summer, then went ahead and ordered the complete series after a couple of viewings, so we’ve been going through that pretty quickly.

We generally watch half-hour shows on our upstairs TV while we eat dinner, so up until now we’d watched a couple non-HBO shows that we’d been given on DVD, but now that we’ve finished those, we’re moving on to HBO’s Extras, lent to us by . The original plan was to try and rent the first season of The Wire when we were done with Six Feet Under, but I went ahead and borrowed Freaks and Geeks from Skooch, since I put off seeing for far too long, so we’ll watch that next. Hopefully we’ll finish it with enough time to at least start The Wire, if we can find somewhere to rent it (along with having no access to the actual HBO channel in Canada, we also don’t have Netflix. Very annoying).

I’m a bit of a late-comer to the HBO world (still haven’t seen The Sopranos, and I’m not sure I ever will), but I’m glad to finally be here. Such great television. Or not television… whatever.

Top 10 TV Shows of 2006

Like last year, this list will be for shows whose season ended in 2006. It’s too awkward to try and judge the second half of one season from January-May, then the first half of the next season from September-December. Seasons should be judged by themselves, as a whole. Thus, this list will include seasons that began in 2005, but ended in 2006, or shows that had their entire season within 2006. Seasons that began in 2006 but have yet to finish do not qualify for this list.

Shows I don’t watch, and thus will not make this list include all procedurals and cop shows, Battlestar Galactica, Deadwood, The Wire, 24 (which I do watch, but am behind on the DVDs), and Gilmore Girls. Also, I didn’t catch all of the first season of How I Met Your Mother, so I’m leaving it off the list. Consider that an honourable mention.
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Andy’s TV Awards

Since the Andy Movie Awards 2005 were such a big hit, and because we all know I know more than those who give out awards, I’ve decided to do the Emmy’s one better, and list MY nominees and winners for the past TV season. Of course, unlike the Oscars, where I make a concerted effort to see all Oscar-baiting movies, I didn’t see every show of last year, or even all the critically acclaimed ones. Unlike the Academy, I’m basing my awards on all the episodes I’ve seen from last season of a particular show, instead of just one or two episodes that were submitted.

To be nominated, I had to have seen at least part of last season’s shows of the series. Thus, 24 and Arrested Development, two shows I’ve seen on DVD and enjoy, are not nominated because I haven’t seen season five and three respectively. Other critically-acclaimed shows that I do not watch include The Sopranos, House, Curb Your Enthusiasm, any CSI or Law & Order shows (actually, no procedurals at all), The Office, Six Feet Under, The Shield, or Boston Legal. Despite not having seen any of those shows, I still think I did a better job than the Emmy people.

NOTE: I’ll only being doing major categories, and for two of them, I won’t have nominees. Because I’m not judging single episodes (too hard), I won’t be doing any writing or directing awards. Also, no mini-series or TV movies.
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