Bunch of Netflix/Amazon series I *could* be watching.

Black Mirror, Altered Carbon, Disenchantment, Dragon Prince, Black Lightning, the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel*, Electric Dreams… anybody got an opinion?  Or an alternative suggestion? Obviously, I like the SF genre; but if something is really, really good (and also funny) I’ll think about something more mainstream.  Note: everything on here I can watch without subscribing to anything, so I’m not all that interested in spending more money or anything.


Moe Lane

*…What?  I heard it was good.


Late Halloween watch: A Lord of the Rings TV series?

I am not quite yet at DO NOT WANT. My wife is. I think that it would work, if you did it up as the Second Age with the forging of the Rings of Power. But that’s probably not what we’d be getting.

Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien are in talks with Amazon Studios to develop a series based on the late author’s “The Lord of the Rings” novels. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said by sources with knowledge of the situation to be personally involved in the negotiations, which are still in very early stages. No deal has been set.



Secret World Legends *may* be coming to TV.

Emphasis on ‘may.’ The television landscaped is littered with the bleached corpses of TV concepts.  Still:

We are excited to share the news that Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and G4C Innovation’s Gudrun Giddings have partnered to produce The Secret World, a TV series based on The Secret World and Secret World Legends! The TV series is based on the universe of the Secret World IP and centers on a team of undercover agents and the shadowy war between secret societies, the Illuminati, Dragon and the Templar. Central to the plot is the battle against the supernatural in an adventure that spans across our world, multiple dimensions, and incorporates the realms of ancient myths and legends as well as today’s conspiracy theories and headline news.

The pilot was written by James V. Hart (HookDraculaContact) and Jake Hart. Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Sam Sarkar and Gudrun Giddings will produce together with Showrunner Pam Veasey. (CSI-NY). CAA (Creative Artists Agency) is packaging.

…very cool, if it happens.  Also guarantees new content, which would be even cooler. And thank God for Conan Exiles, hey?


Gimme a reality check on this, OK? You’d all watch this, right?

Because I’ve got Iron Fist cheerfully penciled in for watching in my copious free time, I am an enthusiastic cultural appropriator, and I’d STILL watch the heck out of this. Assuming that it didn’t suck, of course. But, yeah, twist my arm and make me watch a drawling Chinese gunslinger sharp-shoot her way across a suitably lawless locale. The horror.  The horror.


It is remarkably easy to forgo cable television. You should try it.

It is, in fact, shockingly easy to forgo cable television.  I should know: I’m one of these people.

Some people have had it with TV. They’ve had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don’t like timing their lives around network show schedules. They’re tired of $100-plus monthly bills.

A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and satellite TV service, and don’t even use an antenna to get free signals over the air. These people are watching shows and movies on the Internet, sometimes via cellphone connections. Last month, the Nielsen Co. started labeling people in this group “Zero TV” households, because they fall outside the traditional definition of a TV home. There are 5 million of these residences in the U.S., up from 2 million in 2007.

You get a heck of a lot more control over what your kids see, too.  Worth it, right there.


Random observation #5443H.

Television commercials haven’t gotten more stupid, but when you haven’t been watching network TV for a while they do become more surreal. And stupid.



I was sent this, and it is impossible to excerpt: you’ll just have to read the whole thing. It’s sort of about the nature of television programming, and sort of about this freaky, too-surreal-to-be-not-true situation that the author found himself in, but mostly sort of about being a awesome blog entry.

You’ll love it.  Trust me.  Although why you should trust random people on the Internet when they say ‘Trust me,’ given that 85% of the stuff you get sent on the Internet – by people that you have actual emotional relationships with, no less – is unfunny crap, is an exercise left to the reader.

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