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5 Shows After Dark: The Classy Breed of Angry White Man

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | June 24, 2012 | Comments ()


"Ice Road Truckers" on History at 9:00pm ET.

"True Blood" on HBO at 9:00pm ET.

"The Great Escape" on TNT at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. This is one of those shows where they're trying to sell it as a really hard physical challenge, but the preview shows that no matter how fast the contestants are running or what they're climbing through, a camera man is miraculously right behind them. So either what they're up to actually isn't that physically intense or it is and yet they found people who could do it all with pounds of camera equipment strapped to their body. If it's the second, they must've hired the camera crew from "COPS". Those guys were NUTS.

"Longmire" on A&E at 10:00pm ET.

"The Newsroom" on HBO at 10:00pm ET. Hark! Good people, gather round so that once again we may hear the tale of how the world would be a much better place were we all scripted by Aaron Sorkin to be reasonable individuals who could talk through our differences at a fast clip while walking down hallways! Where all problems can be resolved with a well timed, sincere speech with just the perfect piece of heart tugging music in the background! Where nothing is ever truly messy or inconvenient, and when they are it's just so people can learn more about themselves or their friends! Truly, we are not worthy of a world so beautiful, but at least we can gaze longingly upon it and recognize our own inadequacies just that much more clearly.

Genevieve Burgess does not appreciate your sass. (That's a lie.)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Ender

    Newsroom's getting some interesting hype and blacklash already. The interview in the Guardian was long and fawning, but actually peaked my interest. I'll have to check it out.

  • alm6762

    I really like Longmire, but I'm not sure why. At least this week he didn't pull some totally obscure clue out of his ass to solve the mystery. Maybe I just miss Matt Dillon. I hope he get over his dead wife and starts banging that goofy blond.

  • John Wao

    I'm sensing The Newsroom will be the topic of the next Girls/Prometheus type discussion.

  • AudioSuede

    Teasing Sorkin isn't a problem, but I think people need to recognize it as theater and not cinema verite. Sorkin's always been fully aware and accepting of his over-the-top dialogue style. Shakespeare didn't write the way people in his day talked, why should we expect all our screenwriters to do so?

  • gnibs


  • BiblioGlow

    DUDE. DON'T PANIC. Take a deep breath. Everything's gonna be alright. Go to the top of the comments and click the little 'Discussion' tab. Now select 'oldest'. See? Now the comments are in the order to which you've become accustomed.
    Everything shiny again?

  • gnibs

    I shouldn't have to do that, dude.

  • rodulio01

    Not everyone wants their format the same as you, so this way everyone wins by a click of a button!

  • gnibs

    Compromise means nobody wins.

  • bleujayone

    RE: Great Escape Camera Crew-

    That reminds me of watching NFL Films highlights where you'd see athletes in top shape or even hopped up on steroids and human growth hormones tearing 80 yards down the field like a stampede of buffalo, meanwhile the referees who are usually aged on the older side of pre-retirement and not the epitome of physical prowess are keeping up with the players by running along side of them often chugging along while going backwards. I've seen some of the hits they've taken too. They get run over like so many racoons crossing a freeway, and they don't even wear padding or armor. And while some of them take a lick and hobble away, I can't tell you the last time I've ever seen a referee carted off the field with an injury. Say what you will about quality of their calls, but some of them are tough little zebras.

  • Rialto

    Countfosco is correct.

    Sorkin is just too important to tease.

    I used to be on the fence about whether any human being has the right to poke fun at Sorkin, but Countfosco's eloquent explanation of "fuck you" has convinced me that Sorkin must be left alone at all costs.

    Thank you Countfosco. Ad hominem attacks on the Internet are rarely this persuasive.

  • So... Sorkin is the new Bochco now?

  • John Wao

    If Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is any indication The Newsroom is going to be one serious show.

  • snark!

  • countfosco

    I appreciate mock and droll when they're warranted, not when merely anticipated 'cuz well, fuck you.

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