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Linkdown: 5/13/09 Mostly tv edition by Barbecue Bros
May 13, 2009, 12:39 pm
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Some links while I try to avoid any “Fringe” spoilers around the interwebs (since I usually watch it on Wednesdays)…

“Wild Planet,” a continent-by-continent sequel to “Planet Earth” will begin filming in North America this fall

“True Blood” season 2 premieres on June 14, and here is a poster and some minor spoilers:

– The second “Lost” cast member interview from AV Club in as many days, this time with Jorge Garcia (Hurley)

A review of the recently released “The Dana Carvey Show” dvd; all I remember from this show was a skit with President Clinton baring his chest and having many teets (I think)

As Carvey’s star has faded, the show’s legend has grown in proportion to the soaring career arcs of Smigel, Colbert, Carell, and a writing staff that included Charlie Kaufman, Louis C.K., Dino Stamatopoulos, Bob Odenkirk, Jon Glaser, and 30 Rock’s Robert Carlock.

– Vulture: What Does the Future Hold for Showtime?

As Showtime’s flagship series continue to age (The L Word is finished, The Tudors is entering its fourth and final season), the network is struggling to find new programs to take the place of the staples that brought them to where they are now. Sure, they’ve got the Edie Falco–led Nurse Jackie launching in June, but outside of a second season of United States of Tara and two new seasons of Dexter slated, they don’t have much in the way of new projects in their development pipeline.

– IMAX responds to Aziz Ansari; he has now challenged them to a televised debate

“Party Down,” a show I’ve watched half of the first ep of, was renewed for a second season; need to check it out further because I’ve heard good things (via Vulture)

– Finally, why you should know Hal Ashby, who I know now about because of the amazing, highly-recommended film Being There

Consider “Rushmore” (1998), perhaps Wes Anderson’s finest film, which hit screens exactly ten years after Ashby’s death. Like “Harold and Maude” (pictured above), my all-time favourite Ashby work, it features a socially maladjusted but precociously intelligent boy, who seeks the wisdom, love and acceptance of wonderfully flawed adults, all to the uplifting strains of Cat Stevens. Throw in some inherited wealth, absurd affectations, Vietnam and a few more connoisseur 1960s B-sides and it’s all of a piece. Jason Schwartzman, the star of “Rushmore”, claims to have watched “Harold and Maude” regularly during the making of the film, in order to capture just the right note of teenage frustration.


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