Death Is A Theme Of The Sixth Season Of Mad Men

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Jon Hamm as Don Draper on vacation at the start of ‘The Doorway’

Sunday night saw the return of my favorite show Mad Men on AMC. Although it took awhile to get back into the show’s unique story telling, I loved the start of the sixth season. It was great to see the gang back for another season with an episode titled ‘The Doorway’. There is so much layering and subtlety that you really have to pay attention to what is going on. It looks like death will be a theme for the new season. Yay, death!
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The Following: I’m Out

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image of the cast of the TV show The FollowingI wrote about the new FOX show The Following and how I liked the first episode but was concerned they couldn’t make a weekly series out of it. Through 11 episodes my concern has not only been proven correct but the Federal agents in the show have to be the worst agents in the history of the FBI. The writers continue to find ways to pull plot points out of thin air that make no sense as if they know what the final episode of the season will be and until then it is all filler. I am disappointed.
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Cleopatra 2525 – A Great Bit Of TV Nostalgia

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image of the Cleopatra 2525 DVD coverThe other day while surfing the web, I came across a bit of TV nostalgia. I noticed that Hulu has episodes of the old sci-fi/action show Cleopatra 2525 available for streaming. I hadn’t seen an episode for at least 12 years but when I did I loved the show just like I did when it was new back in the day. If you get a chance, catch this great action show.
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NBC Sports Had Good First F1 Race

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Very early Sunday morning the NBC Sports Network had live coverage of their first Formula 1 race in Australia. I was a bit worried that the coverage would be radically different from the former rights holder FOX’s SPEED Channel. I was pleased that except for some slight tweeks the only difference seemed to be was the on-air graphics and logos.
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Grandpa Tells It Like It Is In Funny Oscar Mayer Ad

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Logo for Oscar Mayer productsAnother new favorite ad of mine is from Oscar Mayer. The ad has a Grandpa who doesn’t hold back in his interactions with his family and grandchildren. The guy has some great lines. I think buying sliced ham in a container is too expensive with a lot of wasteful packaging but the ad was funny.
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I Shouldn’t Like These Commercials But I Do

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Customer wants purple but not purple

I know I shouldn’t like TV commercials. I also know and most studies show that people don’t remember the product being advertised especially if it is a funny commercial, but here are a couple of ads I find funny. One from Ace Hardware and the other from AT&T. I have no real view on the products but I liked the ads.
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Blue Monday is 30

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New Order today

A friend posted on Facebook that Blue Monday a song by the techno group New Order was released today in 1983. Thirty years ago?!? I am sooooo old. I remember when the song came out and I wanted to hear it on a loop forever – that’s how great and ground breaking it was then. It changed my taste in music for the better.
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Golden Boy Starts With A Dumb Premise

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Theo James, Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride in Golden Boy

CBS gave new show “Vegas” a couple of weeks off to preview the new show “Golden Boy” in the Tuesday 10 PM slot after the NCIS block. Police procedurals are a staple of CBS so there isn’t really anything new on that front with “Golden Boy”. The gimmick it uses to try to make the show stand out from the crowd is actually the one thing I hated about the show. I really don’t see this being added to my regular viewing schedule.
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