Posts Tagged 'HBO'

And Also

Stuff I should have added to yesterday’s list of things I’m looking forward to: Treme, a new show from the guys who made The Wire.

I’m not a huge jazz fan, but it shares enough of The Wire’s pedigree (and a few cast members) that I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Also, John Goodman is one of my favourite actors, mostly based on the work he’s done with the Coen brothers. Continue reading ‘And Also’

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Heads Down

I started this blog mainly because I enjoy writing. So, because I find it depressing how easily South Africa, as a nation, reveals the worst of itself and because I’m fundamentally irresponsible,  I’m going to ignore the racial incitement taking place in the wake of ET’s murder and the possible resurgence of the AWB. Instead, I am going to write about something that I am enjoying immensely at the moment: namely the HBO series The Wire. Continue reading ‘Heads Down’

Moral Conflict of the Day: Charity vs Art

Anti-crime NGO Shout, founded by Danny K and Kabelo, has gotten a bunch of talented South African musicians together and released a charity song, Shout, which is a cover of the classic Tears for Fears track. To download it, one must first donate R20 via SMS, all of which will go towards Shout’s campaign to kit out underfunded police stations, a noble cause if there ever was one.

The track is also available for streaming on their website, and, while the intentions behind it may be good, the problem is that the track itself is god-awful. Setting aside my natural skepticism about most charitable endeavors,  I’m genuinely conflicted as to whether good intentions can justify mediocre art. Continue reading ‘Moral Conflict of the Day: Charity vs Art’

HBO on the Comeback Trail?

Since the late 90’s heyday of The Sopranos, HBO has ceded a lot of the television frontier it carved out, particularly to AMC, whose brilliant Mad Men is currently the best show on television (and criminally under-appreciated in South Africa). In my opinion, a lot of this can be blamed on the channel pandering to the money-spinning Sex and the City demographic and attempting to recreate that show’s success, although the global recession must also take some of the blame for making all TV networks a lot more risk-averse than in the bountiful 90s. To be fair, they have continued to produce outstanding, expensive mini-series, so perhaps this is where a lot of their budget has gone.

However, word around the interwebs is that HBO is on the comeback trail, and if you take a look at some of the projects that they’ve got lined up for the next couple of years, it’s easy to see why. Aside from The Pacific, a Band of Brothers follow-up produced by Steven Spielberg and focusing on the experiences of American Marines in the Pacific theatre during WW II, there are two new series on the horizon that I’m particularly excited about. Continue reading ‘HBO on the Comeback Trail?’