Walking Dead Marathon Happening NOW!

twd-s3-key-art-398.1It began at 10/9am CT with the first episode of Season 2, remember where they are driving down the freeway and come to the congestion of cars that stops them in their tracks. Everyone gets out and starts scavenging through the cars to find what they can when suddenly, a herd of walkers comes along.

Andrea is in the RV and ends up ducking into the bathroom where she’s trapped by a snoopy walker when he hears the sound of the gun she’s trying to put back together. Dale tosses a screwdriver down to her and she ends up stabbing the walker in the eye a couple of times (yuck).

Rick and Sophia end up in the woods and Sophia is lost and the rest of them spend the next few episodes looking for her. Of course you know what happens next …

If not, you should be turning to AMC right now, setting your DVR and get ready to get caught up on Season 2 which runs until 11:30/10:30pm CT. At that time, Season 2 begins all over again.

Season 3 begins on Sunday with “The Seed” at 1/12pm with new episodes at 9/8pm CT.

Finally, new episodes of The Walking Dead. Three minute previews of episode 309 are sprinkled throughout the marathon.

The Talking Dead returns tomorrow night at 10/9 CT. You can submit questions for the show in numerous ways for host Chris Hardwick and guests Kevin Smith and Steven Yeun.

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Stay in On Saturday & Watch Ripper Street (it’s flawless)

‘Ripper Street,’ With Matthew Macfadyen, on BBC America – NYTimes.com.

You definitely won’t be sorry.

© BBC

© BBC

The premiere episode was absolutely delicious. I’m still trying to decide who I like better, Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (center, Matthew Macfadyen), Drake (Jerome Flynn, on the left) or Capt. Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg, on the right) who is definitely my kind of man since he’s into death and forensics.

I mean if you doubt the NYTimes, don’t bother clicking on the link above and reading their ringing endorsement of the show, this is my second write-up of it.

I will suggest that you set your DVR, because it does take a while for your ears to get use to that fine English language they spoke over there in them days (gosh what horrible grammar).

After viewing both episodes, I’ll be DVRing them just so I can watch them more than once. I promise you, they are just… that… good. It’s like watching a little movie onto itself. They are FLAWLESS.

Don’t let the title give you the slightest doubt. The closest this show is to Ripper anything is that it’s being done in the same time frame and in the same neighborhood. Other than that, you’ll forget all about Jack-The-Ripper after the first episode.

Besides, they’ll be plenty of other drama to be engrossed in during the coming episodes and  you’ll be oh, so engrossed.

Sunday’s Copper was La Tempête in a Bottle

Tom Weston-Jones stars as Detective Kevin Corcoran on BBC America’s “Copper” Sundays, 10pm ET

Driving home in the rain last night, my mood lightened some when I realized I had a new episode of Copper waiting for me on my HD DVR. It was episode 5, which means we’re at the midpoint. I can tell from the comments on the website (bbcamerica.com/copper) that people are hoping it gets picked up for a second season (I’m definitely in that group).

I’m amazed by some of the comments of viewers that they can’t hear it or that it’s filmed too dark. I can think of only a handful of reasons why those television viewers are having problems. 1) they are watching it on an old television set; 2) they are watching it on a new television set without additional speakers; 3) they have the right set-up and always have surround sound on and do not know how to turn it off and/or adjust it.

For those who leave comments that it’s filmed too dark – come on people – read your television manual. Learn how to operate one of the most expensive pieces of equipment that you own (next to your car). There are different (automatic) settings you can experiment with.

Try it – please – but don’t comment about it on the website of a television show likes it’s their friggin’ fault! Now, on to important matters.

I love, love, love shows that make you feel like you’re not being … denied (for lack of a better word). FX’s Justified made me feel like that. Watching Copper, when the first commercial came, about 14 minutes into the TV Hour, I was overjoyed knowing I had at least 45 more minutes (including commercials).

In my first post about Copper I made an error when I said it was WRITTEN by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. Those two gentlemen are executive producers. I apologize. While I was tuttuling around the site this morning I found this little nugget of information: Copper’s series premiere delivered BBC America’s highest-rated telecast ever in Live +7 Day on Sunday, August 19. From what I understand about television numbers lingo, that’s nothing to be ashamed about.

If you still need a little shove, here it is:

Welcome TV Watchers …

and Baby Boomers. Did you notice that during the recent Super Bowl the advertisers didn’t bother to talk to you? Which is a big mistake, according to Laurie Edwards-Tate, of Communities at WashingtonTimes.com.

Edwards-Tate notes “baby boomers born between 1946-1964 represent 26.3% of the country’s total population but control a third of all consumer spending – a whooping $2.1 trillion in annual buying power” as defined by the MetLife Mature Market Institute. According to Tate, that represents  more than 16x the buying power of Generation X (those born between 1965-1976) and Generation Y (1977-present).

My purpose for starting this blog is to provide you with information on quality television programming — it has nothing to do with advertising. Trust me, if the advertisers aren’t interested in talking to you, then the television programmers aren’t either. Especially, it seems lately, the major networks. Thank goodness there are many cable networks that are interested in providing quality television to ADULTS who are intelligent thinkers.

Let me warn you up front that you might not agree with how I define quality television. I was born in 1954. Smack dab in the middle of the “baby boomer” years. Comedy to me was Carol Burnett. There’s not a situation comedy show on TV now that I can stomach, so you won’t see me commenting on any.

I should also tell you that I’m watching my quality programs on a flat-screen television beamed into my living room by one of the best satellite services in the country. I have two DVRs (one is an HD DVR) so I rarely miss an episode of anything.

I won’t be summarizing shows or “spoiling” them. I will be commenting on how good writing, excellent character development, quality casting and superior acting all come together to entertain and engage us.

“Copper” is more precious than Gold

Tom Weston-Jones and Kevin Ryan are “Coppers”

If you don’t have your TV set to BBC America on Sunday at 9pm, then you need to re-adjust either your schedule or at the least, set your DVR.

Copper is certainly for “adults only” but so is this blog. There’s sex and violence and swearing and drinking, corruption, intrigue, mystery and a fantastic story line. Plenty of historical information, beautiful sets and the men – especially Tom Weston-Jones are oh-la-la!

Copper is written by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson and Emmy Award winner Tom Fontana. It’s a gripping crime drama, set in 1864 New York.

There’s 10 episodes in the first season and you can catch the previous episode at 8pm CT and the new episode at 9pm CT.

Here’s a link to Copper‘s blog for complete (and delightful) recaps of each episode:

http://www.bbcamerica.com/copper/blog/