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2013 Emmy Nominations Reactions

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Another year, another disappointing round of Emmy nominations. This time every year, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences tries to tell us what is the best in television seemingly without watching any television themselves. Because awards totally matter and are the end-all be-all of what is good television, I, like many others on the Internet, had a reaction to this year’s string of nominations.

And oh, hey, here they are. Read more…


Ten Worst Parts of Ten Great Works- A Mexican Standoff

Sometimes, even in something that you love, there is that one thing that will always bother you. A moment, or a scene, or a character that just nags at you and will never let you go. Sometimes it totally tanks a work, while other times it becomes the thing you fast forward through on a rewatch.

What spurred on this article was revisiting the seminal television program Scrubs, one of my all-time favorites, which, for better or worse, ran for a strong eight seasons and one final, abysmal, wholly forgettable and redonkulous ninth season. Most of the main cast disappeared and a new batch of less-than-stellar young people rushed in attempting to fill the void left by the absence of J.D. and Glenn Matthews (The Janitor, for those of you not well-versed on Scrubs lore for some reason).

The show also shifted from being about doctors, to being about people who wanted to be doctors and thus I have deemed it “Med School” and consider it another show entirely, one starring the brother of James Franco.

I’ve ranted about this enough up here that this particular item won’t be included on the list, but know it is there in spirit.

(Side note: The thirteenth book in the Series of Unfortunate Events epoch would be on here if I didn’t fear the interminable wrath of my friend Paige should she find out. If you see this… Hello, Paige. Please don’t hit me.)

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“You Had One Job, Tarly!!!”- Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 1 Review- ‘Valar Dohearis’

Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere Tyrion

Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog written by Kevin Lanigan, a future writer of great TV and movies and pretty subpar Homeland-themed cookbooks. Below is a review of the first episode of the third season of Game of Thrones with lots and lots and lots of spoilers. There has been a small amount of negative feedback regarding the fact that I am not a scholar on this show. Those who read this review may wonder who is taking it super seriously.

This show is conducted by someone who hasn’t read the books. Yell at me if you want.

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#6- “It’s Like Frolicking in a Surly, Many-Boobed Field”- We Are in the Television Golden Age and Game of Thrones is Back!

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Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog moderated by Kevin Lanigan, a future writer of movies and TV and a struggling sculpture artist in a time when marble is scarce. There’s probably some spoilers somewhere in here, so don’t blame me because I warned you, sonnyjack.

I am ready to welcome the sins of Westeros back into my life again. The boobs, and the midgets, and the incest… I want all of it. It’s like welcoming a dirty, crusty friend back into your life after his long HBO-fueled absence. Our noble dwarf Tyrion Lannister, the ever-slappable Joffrey Baratheon, and their entire gamut of back-stabbing winter-fearers are going to waltz back into our living rooms (or out of your computer screen if you’re one of those naughty children who pirates things) and we couldn’t be more glad.

The fervor and fan art that Game of Thrones inspires is daunting. It’s also the perfect encapsulation of where television is at right now. Read more…

#3- “It’s like Die Hard in a Petting Zoo”- Premises, Housing, and why Movie 43 Won’t Be Worth Your Money

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Welcome to Chekhov’s Gunman, a film and television blog from Kevin Lanigan, a past, present, and future writer of scripts, books, and angry letters to the editor about how The Dark Knight Rises totally deserved 10 stars and how they should just totally go watch Atonement or something.

You cannot build without a solid foundation. Without concrete, you may have no house. Without a crust, there is no pizza. Without Captain America, all the Avengers would do is sit around having radioactive pissing contests. If you are writing, creating, examining, saying, expressing, or doing anything you need a firm rock to anchor yourself to, or you’re just going to be standing on top of a soap box and waving your megaphone impotently in the wind.

A solid premise is like an adequate preschool. It creates a wonderful sandbox for the characters and plot to unfold naturally. Because of Die Hard’s solid premise, John McClane swinging on a fire hose through a window was far, far superior to your typical, shallow, empty fire hose swinging. Read more…

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