Note: Originally Posted 10-18-06
If you know me personally, you already know I’m perpetually behind the curve when it comes to all things, “cool” in the world of television and music. Because I don’t have time to write a twenty-page entry, we’ll focus on TV today. Take LOST for instance. It was well into its second season before I got hooked. Same thing with Arrested Development.
Well, keeping with my trend, I’ve recently discovered two new shows that I LOVE (new to me, that is).
The first is the HBO original series, Rome. I love Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, so this one is right up my alley. My wife is a big history nut, so it fits nicely into her tastes as well. The show highlights Caesar’s rise to power while focusing on all the power players of the time period as well as the daily lives of two Roman soldiers. It truly is a fascinating show as it gives us glimpses into what history may have been and the drama of lives purely imagined. As you may have heard, the costumes are incredible, the acting is very well done, and each episode feels like a mini-movie, which makes sense on a network called Home Box Office. My wife and I were stunned at the level of nudity and sex in the first two episodes (even for HBO, it was very graphic), but that quickly tapered off and the meat of the storyline got rolling with episodes three through five. I personally think that they included all the sex and full frontal for the causal viewer who couldn’t care less about Caesar or Rome in order to get them hooked on the actual story as it took place between sex scenes. We haven’t finished the entire season yet on DVD so I can’t comment on how it ends. I don’t believe the second season has started yet. It will be interesting to see if they merely take it up to Caesar’s assassination (don’t tell me I spoiled it for you, you’ve been in World History), or if they will take it all the way through the aftermath of his murder as did Shakespeare.
My other new favorite show that I’m way behind the curve on is Entourage. It’s just plain funny. There’s no other way to say it. The characters are completely hilarious and charismatic. The show has that something that makes it hard to resist. If you’re not familiar with it, it is also a show on HBO that follows a young up-and-coming actor in Hollywood with his two friends and older brother. One of his friends is the responsible pseudo-manager, the other friend is the wanna-be ladies man gopher, and the older brother (my favorite character) is a washed-up actor living vicariously through his younger brother and picking up any scrap parts he can manage. The young actor’s agent is completely a scum sucking jerk and side-splittingly funny. I’ll admit it, this show is kind of a guilty pleasure. If you give it a shot, beware. The F-Bombs drop like they’re going out of style.
So there you go. My new favorite shows. I’m well on my way to becoming a TV junkie. Crap.