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02 June 2007 @ 09:19 pm
Neeeeeed....help....again  
Oh wise, F-List, there comes a time in every woman's life where she needs to seek the consel of her friends.

Now is that time.

On the advice of a trusted friend, I watched the show Rome that was on HBO. Well, I fell in love with it and tonight, I watched the very last final final episode. It was a great series and I feel a total void left now.

Since it is summer and the shows I love to watch are in reruns, I usually start hitting the shows that I normally can't catch that are on HBO or Showtime or I didn't have time (or vcr space) for during the regular season run. My work is winding to an end in the next two weeks so I usually have an abudance of free time to watch things.

I need a replacement for Rome. I need a new show. So I am turning to you, my f-list. I am tired of watching my same DVDs over again. Finding such a fantastic show that was gone after only 22 episodes sucked. I am going to hunt and find my tapes of I, Claudius to try to get me over the hump. Anyone know any good ancient history shows outside of those two? Mini-series? Even movies. I do like it to be more historically accurate than not but a little artistic license for the sake of story, I am all for. (I did love Rome after all and don't get me started on the historical inaccuracies)

I got my hands on this show from Canada called The Collector. I mostly got it because the first episode had Carly Pope in it. It is okay but the acting is meh, the budget is meh. I really want something that is lush, luxurious, has great stories/dialogue, and fabulous actors. Please don't tell me to get The Tudors cause I have been watching it and yeah, no. I love you JRM, have since Velvet Goldmine, but you, sir, are no Henry the VIII.

I've already seen Dexter and watched the Sopranos from the start. I love Sex and the City but that is really no big secret. I am getting myself the L-Word and maybe Big Love. Anyone have any recs on Weeds? I plan to get Book of Daniel too since I have a weird religious thing from being raised Catholic. Miracles, American Gothic, and yes, Point Pleasant are still counted among my fave shows. (Profit is too. You ever get me talking on IM, Profit usually comes up. LOL)

I watch Doctor Who and I have Torchwood. I have been avoiding it just because I heard it wasn't as good. Life on Mars? Everyone seems to talk about that one. Any good? I don't want a soap opera-y sort of thing unless it leans towards the darker side. I already saw Footballers' Wives, not looking to repeat it with teens or anything. Supernatural does seem darker but it seems kind of turn the brain off entertainment too.

I have no problem watching shows in Italian, English, and Spanish without subtitles as I am fluent in all three. I can watch any other language with subtitles as long as, again, the acting is good, the story is good, etc.

I watch a lot of sitcoms during the year so I don't want to go that route. I want something that has some humour but mostly looking for something to really sink my teeth into with good character development. Brain candy tv is for when I am working my butt off. Summer is for digesting good shows while I sit under the A/C.

So I toss it out to you, oh, f-list! And Sarah, if you say American Chopper, so help me I will come out there and kick your little behind. LOL

ETA: It doesn't have to be on DVD either. If you get my meaning. I have no trouble finding whole seasons of shows that never make it to DVD.
 
 
 
Sarah: Tobias puffy shirtboy_named_susie on June 3rd, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
AMERICAN CHOPPER! You know you love it.

Hmmm, I don't know. I'll have to think about it (though I do have plans to hook you up with Gilmore Girls and A Bit of Fry and Laurie, though I don't know if either of those are really what you are looking for).

Oh yeah, if you want history, how about Blackadder? *snickers* It's very historically accurate.
Kelly: Cordy: Bitch Pleasexlivvielockex on June 3rd, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
See my icon. That is how I feel. Bitch, please. LOL

Husband LOVES Blackadder so seen that too many times to count. But Gilmore Girls might be good late night can't sleep kind of show. Same with Fry and Laurie.

But jeeze, get to thinking here. Quit writing that ULTIMATE STORY OF ULTIMATE DESTINY (and puppets and smurfs) and gimme some shows!
Sarah: Fry dancingboy_named_susie on June 4th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Okay babe, I've been thinking and I've realized that I'm not a big drama girl. Most of the shows I love are Britcoms or seventies sitcoms (other than the the obvious ones like BtVS, Angel, VM, GG, and dare I say it, Walker Texas Ranger and Desperate Housewives, LOL.) and since that's not what you want....

I did ask the hubby since he's big into dramas, especially historical type ones, and his recs are:
-Deadwood (though I think you told me before that you don't like Westerns)
-Band of Brothers (which I think is set in WWII)
-The Shield, which is apparently a very gritty cop show and not actually a hitorical drama.

I have heard that FNL and Heroes are both really good, and I think I will be watching them myself over the summer. As for Supernatural, I don't know if you've seen any eps, but the few eps I have just haven't really done much for me (you'll laugh at their "vampires" - they remind me of sharks - they have this second set of teeth come down into their mouth and it's really wierd).

But all your raving about Rome made me get the first disc at Blockbuster and I'm loving it so far. I'm also getting Doctor Who as well due to you as the first ep I watched was fantastic.
Kelly: ATS: Dancin'xlivvielockex on June 4th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
I thought for sure you were going to tell me to get Walker. LOL

Oh, just wait until the last disc of Rome. S1 finale, I cried so hard. My fave char is Pullo but I have a soft spot for Octavia. Just wait until you see what happens between Sevilla and Atia. Sooo good. But I will be quiet cause don't want to spoil it. I really liked S1 much better than S2 but I like that particular period of Roman history better than the first part of Octavian's reign.

I heard good things about Deadwood so I might get S1, just to try it on. I think dad burned me out on Westerns when we were growing up because that is what he thought the American's west was like. All John Wayne and stuff. But any show that uses cocksucker liberally, I am there.

Shannon always talks about The Shield so I put that one down as well. As well as Band of Brothers.

I tried to watch Heroes, I really did. I wanted to like it cause I usually like that sort of ordinary people turned into superheroes thing but ugh. Too many characters, not enough development, too hard to follow 50 character stories if I missed an episode.

And hey, I watch a lot of sitcoms and britcoms too...just watch them during the working season since they take no brain power. LOL
Sarah: Elizabeth and Darcyboy_named_susie on June 4th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
YOU SHOULD TOTALLY GET WALKER!!!!!!!!

Hehe, yeah, I didn't suggest it since you were saying you wanted shows to make you think and there isn't much to make you think with Walker. (Here is my thought process while watching the show - "Kick the bad guy Walker. Yes, roundhouse to the face! Kick him again! Oh look, Walker makes Jimmy run after the other bad guy since Walker doesn't run after people and Jimmy always has to do it. Poor Jimmy. He's so cute. Here comes stupid Alex. I wish she'd go away and stop flirting with Walker. Yay, more Jimmy time. He's the cutest. Oh Walker just opened the tailgate to his truck, they're in trouble now. Kick the bad guy again Walker. Now threaten him. Yes, Walker has never been here before but he knows a shortcut to head off the bad guy, as he always does. Yes, beat up the bad guy! Another happy ending at C.D.'s. C.D. is so funny. Aww, look how cute Jimmy is." LOL, hope you enjoyed that.

And I just remembered, I've also heard that Robin Hood on BBC America was pretty good as well.

And if you haven't seen the 6 hour Pride and Prejudice miniseries with Colin Firth, you so should. I *LOVE* it. And Colin Firth is just gorgeous.
not telling: me geekchixdiglinux on June 3rd, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
I really really recommend this show: http://www.amazon.com/This-Wonderland-Michael-Murphy/dp/B0007YXRI6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-6002791-7795942?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1180855164&sr=8-1

It's also Canadian, and the budget wasn't very big, but it's brilliant. It actually aired for 3 seasons but unfortunately it looks as though only the first will be released to DVD. Still worth it though.
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on June 3rd, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I will add it to the list of shows to get. Whether or not it is on DVD isn't a big deal for me. If you get my drift. LOL

If you think anymore, since I don't get to see a lot of Canadian tv, pass them along. I am all for it.
Deb: Cordy Hmmmdamnskippytoo on June 3rd, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
Wow, you're pretty dang picky there, missy. LOL! My standards aren't that high so I really can't recommend anything. What about that show that was on HBO or Showtime about angels? It was praised out the wazoo and all A-list actors on it.

Ummm...the best TV show this year had to be Friday Night Lights (on regular TV - I don't get the pay channels) but that's not out on DVD yet.

I know a lot of people on ST were wild about Carnival(e?) when it was on.

samsom ought to be able to hook you up with some historical stuff. I know she loves that as well.
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on June 3rd, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
You know, you think with how much Leobrat talks about FNL on her LJ, I would have remembered that one. LOL I am adding it to the list.

I don't get the pay channels either. I just...um...get the shows. Which also means that being on DVD isn't a big deal for me. :)

Did FNL just have the one season? I will get on that one. I will no doubt go bug samsom since I have her email laying around here someplace, admist the junk, if she doesn't respond to this. Come on, who doesn't love me harassing them.

I got S1 of Carnivale last night after poking around ST. So that should keep me busy at least until I can get FNL.
Deb: FNL Lyla Phonedamnskippytoo on June 3rd, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
FNL has had just one season but is returning this fall.

The "angels" thing is actually a very long movie and not exactly a series although I think HBO presented it in parts. I don't know if the subject matter would interest you, but here's the DVD for Angels in America and you can read all 182 reviews. :)
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on June 3rd, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
LOL I think you might know me too well, Debs.

I actually bought Angels in America as soon as it came out on DVD. I have loved the play for years. Seen it when it was off-broadway and then a few times in college productions. I am full on planning to stalk Tony Kushner to get him to autograph my copy of it.
Rayrayruz on June 3rd, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
I got a couple of recommendations. I didn't see them on this page or your profile so I'm gonna assume you haven't seen them.

Bones- Yay for David Boreanaz, he was the reason I started watching this because generally I don't like crime dramas, CSI bothers me muchly. At first it was just kind of episodic but it develops amazing characters, and it starts to be more about the cast than the crimes. And it's very funny too. It's got a great cast, so I'd really recommend this one.

Desperate Housewives- This show is so misadvertised, making it look like Sex in the Suburbs or something, it's actually a murder mystery show in the backgrounds of the lives of 5 very compelling characters and their families. It's extremely complex because it takes so many weird twists and turns, but I'll say it's very funny and very good!

Tru Calling- I only just started watching this one, thank god for Netflix, and it's also a crime show, but more along the lines of going back and preventing the crime from happening. Sadly, this only has 27 episodes T-T it got cancelled right as it started to pick up it's own mythology.
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on June 3rd, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, baka. On my profile, I only put the shows where I am active in the fandom. I watch and love a lot of shows but not enough to write fanfic about them or participate in comms. LOL I think if I listed all the DVD I watch/own/have watched, it would scare people.

I actually used to love DH, watched it every Sunday with my husband. But S3 just totally turned me off. I haven't watched it since. S3 just wasn't as funny or even dramatic as the other seasons.

I've actually seen Tru Calling, own the DVDs. LOL But great minds think alike. I really loved it when it was on the air.

I can't watch Bones. I am in recovery for an eating disorder and everytime I look at ED, I can see her poor diet and evidence that she has some serious food issues. I saw her on Jimmy Kimmel and almost wanted to book her a stay at Remuda Ranch. HDTV is a godsend, I tell you. I avoid the show because if I am around or see other people in that stage of the disease, I have a hard time coping. More than you needed to know, but wanted to explain so it wasn't like I was blowing you off. I did watch it when Stephen Fry (cause he is AMAZING!) was on and fast forwarded through anything he wasn't in. (Or Angela cause she is beautiful. She has the most perfect skin in the world).

So yeah, little crazy. LOL But thanks for all the great suggestions. I might try S4 of DH to see if it got any better after the horror that was S3.
Rayrayruz on June 3rd, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
The season 3 finale was amazing, it totally made up for everything that failed. I'm just irritated that the murder mystery got short. I think that was the downfall of the season.
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on June 3rd, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
I got about 7 episodes into S3 before I was like okay, no more. So maybe I will just get the finale and then S4 to see if it is any better. :)
Rayrayruz on June 3rd, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
You missed some really good stuff. Bang was amazing, it was my first episode, it got me really hooked. I will say S3 was lacking but the finale left me hopeful for things to come.
Katie: starskatiesangels on June 3rd, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm, recommending anything is kind of hard. We often get shows much later than the rest due to dubbing and stuff.

What I've found quite cool lately are British TV shows. Life on Mars was, well, I liked it but you have to decide that for yourself. Primeval will air here from tomorrow on. Maybe you could try out those two shows -- they only have very few episodes but still.

And I do can say that you should try Gilmore Girls. Love the show, well except the last two episodes that is.

Something with a little history in is Relic Hunter, which I also found really interesting to watch.
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on June 3rd, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I keep hearing great things about Life on Mars so that is why I was curious if anyone had heard anything about it. I figure people on my flist have similar tastes as myself so if they like a show, it is at least worth a shot.

I have been trying to watch the GG reruns here but I think because I didn't start from the beginning, it is hard for me to keep up. I'll probably just wait until Sarah sends them to me.

I will google Primeval since I never heard of that one and see if it is worth adding to the list. :)
Heather: Cold Case - Lilly/Scottyamericangrl69 on June 3rd, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
The 4400 is just awesome. Shawn's hot and Maia's just adorable. It's kind of along the lines of Heroes only it's pretty different from that. At least I think so. It's actually in it's 4th season but the first two are on dvd and the third one will probably be out soon. Otherwise they should be easy to find.

I also watch The Closer which is cool. If you like shows like CSI & Without A Trace you should like this one.

Eureka's the only other one I watch during the summer. It's pretty good. It's funny too. It would be in it's second season this year. But I think the first season is already out on dvd.

And I just realized I don't have a single icon for any of those shows.
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on June 4th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions. The 4400 always looked interesting to me but I never caught it. I can't remember why. I will add it to the list of shows to get. USA has good programming. I love Monk and Psych so I figure it is going to be decent.

I loved Eureka. It was so funny. I am really glad that it is coming back for a second season.
Heatheramericangrl69 on June 4th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
It was funny. But I think my otp is in trouble this season. I really shouldn't read spoilers.
Lizzay: coach and mrs. coachlizzelda on June 4th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
Friday Night Lights. Nuff said.

(plus, all the eps are on nbc.com for easy viewing, so you don't even have to go digging. And, it's the best show ever!!!)

Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on June 4th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
LOL Another FNL fan. I think you guys have some kind of secret army and pop up whenever someone needs a show rec.

I am going to get it. I hate watching shows on NBC.com. It runs so slow for me and all the ads on the site, just meh. But yes, I will be getting it, have no fear.
lauratdlauratd on June 14th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Deadwood is not just a western. It is the best TV show ever that wasn't written by Joss. You have to watch it if only to see the scenes with the guy who only knows one word of English:
"Cock-sucker!" He has entire conversations with just this one word.

But there are also pretty men and a kick-ass Calamity Jane who is dirtier and drunker than any man in the show and there are some really dirty drunk men on this show, oh and whores, lots of whores.

Basically it's a show for the whole family. Invite all the kids from your neighborhood.

Kellyxlivvielockex on June 15th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
(Let's see if I can get the coding right this time)

Luckily, the library has Deadwood so I put it on hold. That is a lot easier because then I can just burn copies watch it at my own pace and it doesn't take hours to download illegally away from the quality. *shifty eyes*

I am sure my husband will love it then. Maybe I can teach my 6 year old goddaughter to say "cocksucker". LOL (Actually, that would be SO cute. Yes, I am a bad influence)
Your Best Kept Secret & Your Biggest Mistake: Mark - Picklealmostfamous90 on June 15th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
I'm a huge "Grey's Anatomy" fan, though some plotlines are a little... under-developed? Eh, I dunno. Anyway, it's a good show, but I'd recommend starting from the beginning.

I love watching "Entourage," though I can only watch it when I'm on vacation since we don't get the channel and I really haven't caught that much of it...



I'm REALLY sorry for intruding! I was reading your fics (which are nothing short of AMAZING!, by the way) and wanted to say I was befriending you... And I just came across this. lol

Ignore me if you'd like.
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on June 15th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
You so are not intruding. Not in any way, shape, or form. I am all about meeting new people and more suggestions, totally appreciated. My friending policy is pretty open. Anybody can friend me if they like and if I look over their journal, we have things in common, they aren't a scary stalker/crazy type, then I friend them back. So I friended you back. You better not turn out to be a scary stalker. LOL

I started to watch Grey's Anatomy but somewhere along the way, I just...stopped watching. I can't remember why exactly. But maybe I just need to give it another chance.

I have been really curious about Entourage as of late. I love most of the cast but it is one of those shows I always forget to pick up. I don't have any of the pay channels either, so I think that is why I forget.

And thank you so much for the compliment on my writing. I really appreciate it. :)
sl_podcast: andrewsl_podcast on June 20th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
I watch mucho amounts of everything so here's my recc's.

Mi:5 (also known as Spooks) - BBC spy drama and the first season has a guest appearance by Anthony Stewart Head. I've liked the first two seasons so far.

Jeeves and Wooster - BBC comedy, kind of like what a sitcom would be like if it was actually funny (no laugh tracks and it's set in the 20's). Plus Hugh Laurie always makes me laugh.

Due South - Comedy/Drama from the 90's. I love it for the humor and extreme hunkyness of the lead.

11th Hour - BBC, the action kind of drags but it's one of the few dramas built on real science and I learned a lot from it. Patrick Stewart is the lead.

Vengeance Unlimited - you're not gonna find it on DVD. Mid-90's show that is "get the bad guy back" in the best possible ways. I really love it.

Pretender (if you haven't joined that group yet) - I can see a lot of similarities between Pretender and Angel and Pretender and Firefly
Kelly: ANTM: Cookiexlivvielockex on June 20th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
My husband is a lover of Britcoms so we have Jeeves and Wooster. Plus, I am a huge Stephen Fry-aholic. LOL I love that man.

I will check the other ones out though. I always hear people around the LJ going on about how good Due South is so I will probably check that one out.

I watched Pretender when it was one the air and I wasn't too impressed with it. It was okay to kill a bit of time with.

But for sure will get my hands on the others. :) Thanks again.
Rayrayruz on June 27th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
New Rec- Wonderfalls... I can't describe it well so I'll just use what Wikipedia says:
The show's premise is centered around Jaye Tyler (Caroline Dhavernas), a recent Brown University graduate with a philosophy degree, who holds a dead-end job as a sales clerk at a Niagara Falls gift shop. Jaye is the reluctant participant in conversations with a variety of animal figurines — a wax lion, brass monkey, stuffed bear, and mounted fish, among others, which direct her via oblique instructions to help people in need.
Kelly: Fanastic Rackxlivvielockex on July 3rd, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I loved Wonderfalls when it was on. It is on my DVD Giftmas list. I was really sad when they cancelled it. Then again, Fox cancelled all the shows I was really into: Profit, Point Pleasant, Wonderfalls. Oh, I know there are more, but those spring to mind right off the top. Especially Profit. It is over 10 years later, I am still sore about it. LOL