my tv choices to get me to the new Fall season


A lot of stuff from iTunesHomeland (Damian Lewis and Claire Danes and Mandy Patimkin), Justified (Timothy Olyphant) Life (  lasted two seasons with Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews   and Sara Shahi as his partner Reese as LAPD detectives); yes I am a Damian Lewis fan. Neither Justified or Homeland is readily available on cable in Canada, which has me baffled and annoyed.

I tried one episode of In Plain Sight with Mary McCormack who I liked on The West Wing and I am still weighing whether to go for the whole season.   These are all old, pretty darn finely created television series.

Homeland, Justified and Life have or had, one was cancelled, exceptional writing, strong main characters and detailed supporting characters, all well acted, and intriguing plots.   When TV drama is done well it can be exceptional entertainment.

Helvetica, a documentary about the typeface and typographic designers, some odd and intriguing people in this.

I am looking forward to the new tv season, especially NCIS, to find out the fate of everyone after the cliffhanger ending.

Also rereading two books by  Neil PostmanAmusing Ourselves to Death and Technopoly about the effect of technology on culture, society, politics, basically the whole shebang. His books are considered essential reading in the are of media ecology and the study of technology and its effects on people.

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.”

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