TV Show of the Moment: Luther, Series 3

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Still one of the best shows on TV. I’m not feeling these 4 episode seasons, and there needs to be more Alice. But i’m still on board.

Black Mirror: A Second Series of a Future and Technology Gone Horribly Wrong.

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This is quite possibly the most creepy television series ive ever watched. I think because it’s just credible enough to possibly happen. Take the first episode of the second season. A woman’s husband dies. To cope with the loss, she’s signed up with an online service and scans the dead person’s social media, email and web posts and builds a virtual personality that she can instant message and even TALK to. i won’t tell you the end but you can expect things go horribly wrong. Black Mirror is an anthology series that studies the near future and how technology has become creepily pervasive into our lives. So much that it feels like the state of the world today, but just a little bit darker. Like i said. Scary.


Black Mirror is a British television drama series created by Charlie Brooker. The series is produced by Zeppotron for Endemol. Regarding the programme’s content and structure, Brooker noted, “each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.”

An Endemol press release describes the series as “a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world”, with the stories having a “techno-paranoia” feel. Channel 4 describes the first episode as “a twisted parable for the Twitter age”. Black Mirror Series 1 was released on DVD on 27 February 2012.

In November 2012, Black Mirror won the Best TV movie/mini-series award at the International Emmys.
Announced on 12 July 2012, the second series began broadcasting on 11 February 2013. Like the first series, it is made up of three episodes with unique, unconnected narratives.

Robert Downey, Jr. has optioned the episode The Entire History of You, to potentially be made into a film by Warner Bros. and his own production company Team Downey.

House Of Cards: Netflix’s Opening Salvo Against The Traditional Television Paradigm

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The debut of Netflix’s House Of Cards this pas week marked a new era in content delivery. I didn’t want to say ‘television’ because soon that term may become obsolete. This Kevin Spacey political drama was released exclusively on Netflix, bypassing the traditional delivery mechanisms of Network and Cable television. Cards seems to by your typical high-quality government drama in the vein of shows like Political Animals and The West Wing. But the show (as good as it is) isn’t the real story. Main thing people are watching for is the fallout/backlash of Netflix’s decision to release all 13 episodes at the same time and invite subscribers to binge on the entire series at once.

This may not seem to be a big deal, but the television and pay networks, who normally release their  13-21 episodes seasons on a weekly basis, stretching out the delivery to make room for advertisers to peddle their wares to the viewer. Make no mistake, television doesn’t exist to bring you tv shows, sports and movies. It exists to deliver viewers to advertisers. The shows are just bait to get eyeballs staring at the screen.

Netflix does not live by the advertisement model. They rely mostly on service subscriptions, so they don’t need to cater to advertisers and format their content for product placement. Instead, Netflix wants to put all their content in front you the subscriber and (for a small monthly fee) invite them to eat as much as they want, whenever they want.

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There seems to be a lot of people on both sides of this idea. Some people think they should take a more traditional approach and release the episodes on a weekly basis. Stretching out the releases would force subscribers to keep their subscriptions active, at least for the 13 weeks the show would be running. Others love the ‘all at once’ model, allowing them to watch as much as they want, when they want.

I think what Netflix is doing is excellent. For years, chord cutters like myself have been waiting for someone to dip their foot in the water and start to show the public what life would be like without the traditional TV paradigm. Most of the quality shows on television live inside the cable television ecosystem. Viewers are forced to pay $70-$100 a month to get access to channels like HBO, Showtime and AMC. They justify the high price by giving you over a hundred other channels that you’d never want, but are forced to have. If you want to watch ‘Game of Thrones’, you better spring for one of the more expensive cable packages.

I cut the cord almost 5 years ago. I had just lost my job and I couldn’t justify spending $100 on tv i barely watched. So I found ways around cable to see my favorite shows. This meant everything from downloading/streaming shows from ‘questionable’ websites, to borrowing DVD’s from friends or renting from the local video shop.

As time went on, things got better. Website/services like Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix popped up and suddently you were able to get (at least) some of your favorite tv shows and movies inside you home. Sure, there were restrictions in those cases. The tv and movie companies didn’t want you fully off the leash. Sometimes you needed to wait months or years for recent seasons of these shows to become available.

Today, we’ve taken another step away from television dependency. With Netflix releasing first-run quality series like House of Cards and Lillyhammer, and Amazon and Hulu following suit, soon big time media creators will be able to bypass movie and television companies all together and deliver their content directly to the viewer. I’ve been waiting for this to happen for almost a decade.

Watching: The Straits

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The Montebello Family are not your average Australian family; modern day smugglers, their family business is transporting drugs into Australia, and guns and exotic wildlife out, making use of ties of blood and loyalty in the Torres Strait Islands.

This is one of those foreign shows that was picked up by Hulu. This is why i’m digging the new digital paradigm. We get access to a lot of quality shows that we’d normally never get a chance to see.

Prototype of Nu-Soul 26

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Tracklist

01. Tears Dry (Original Version) – Amy Winehouse
02. Caverdale (She’s Alright) – David Sha
03. All In My Headz – Radio Galaxy
04. Down For The Night (Monkeyrobot Remix) – Andy Allo
05. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) –  Irma Thomas
06. Brotha – Nonameko
07. The Girl From Ipanema – Amy Winehouse
08.  Umi Says – Jeff Bradshaw
09. All Of Me – Dwight Anderson
10. So Gone (What My Mind Says – Jill Scott
11. Feeling Good – Vlooper + Modlee
12. This Goes Out 2 U – Tyler Woods
13. Don’t Leave – Keith
14. Dark Is The Sun (Main Theme) – The Greg Foat Group
15. Black – Danger Mouse + Daniele Luppi + Nora Jones

My Favorite TV Shows of 2011

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The Shadow Line (BBC)


The Shadow Line is a sophisticated conspiracy thriller in seven parts that brings to life a cinematic world of blurred morality and the conflicted characters who inhabit it, it features a star-studded cast, including: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, Sir Antony Sher and Stephen Rea. [VIDEO]

The Walking Dead (AMC)


Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’sThe Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love ActuallyTeachers,Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick’s sheriff’s department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick’s wife, Lori Grimes. Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince. [VIDEO]

Game Of Thrones (HBO)

It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men…all will play the ‘Game of Thrones.’ [VIDEO]

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family’s financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White’s releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade. [VIDEO]

Strike Back: Project Dawn (Sky1)

Strike Back Project Dawn bursts back onto our screens as agent John Porter is kidnapped by Pakistani terrorist Latif. The rest of his team from Section 20, the Military Intelligence Unit, have to race against the clock to find him. Col. Eleanor Grant enlists the help of former US Delta Force operative and serial lothario Damien Scott, to help identify Latif. Back in London, the team is watching footage of Porter when he is executed live on TV. Scott decodes a message from one of Porter’s hostage transmissions that warns of a terrorist plot known as Project Dawn, which the unit has been tracking for some time. The intelligence is proved correct when terrorists seize a hotel with hostages, including Scott and Stonebridge, trapped inside… [VIDEO]

Honorable Mentions

The Shadow Line
The Killing
Scott & Bailey
Nurse Jackie
New Girl
Luther
The League
Justified
Homeland
Hell On Wheels

#Watching: Him and Her

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Him & Her is a British television sitcom about a lazy twentysomething couple. It was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Three on 6 September 2010. It is written by Stefan Golaszewski and stars Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani. The theme tune is the song “Boom Bang-a-Bang” by Lulu.

Official Him and Her Site