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Is Emily Nussbaum a Formalist?

November 23, 2011

Read Emily Nussbaum’s first piece as The New Yorker’s TV critic;  it’s interesting.

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Is Emily Nussbaum a Formalist?

November 22, 2011

Read Emily Nussbaum’s first piece as The New Yorker’s TV critic;  it’s interesting.

November 10, 2011

Hell on Wheels – Hell on Wheels: Episode 101 – AMC

November 7, 2011

Hell on Wheels – Hell on Wheels: Episode 101 – AMC.

HELL ON WHEELS — Pilot Responses

November 7, 2011

You can post your response to the Hell on Wheels pilot by commenting on one of these issues (about all of which I have strong feelings that I shan’t be revealing, at least until class tomorrow).

Your posting this week (or any week) can be a reply to one of your classmates.

Please use as many tags as seem sensible to you and place your post or reply in the “Hell on Wheels 2011” category.

  • Comment on the spectacle—the sound, cinematography, costumes, sets
  • How did it create a sense of “period”?
  • Did it feel like a proper beginning to you?
  • Does it create the impression of a “genre” show?  How?
  •  Can one judge a television show on the basis of the pilot–think of that question in relation to the problem of
  •  Did it feel/sound/look like other television shows or films you’ve seen?
  • Analyze one of these scenes:
  1. the scalping of Mr. Bell and Lily Bell’s escape
  2. any conversation between Elam (Common) and Colin (Anson Mount)
  3. the final “zebra” monologue

Review: AMCs Hell on Wheels a by-the-numbers Western – HitFix.com

November 7, 2011

Here’s the response of Alan Sepinwall, an excellent TV critic and someone who’s seen the first five episodes of Hell on Wheels.

Hell on Wheels – Hell on Wheels Sneak Peek: Episode 101, Pilot – AMC

November 6, 2011

Hell on Wheels – Hell on Wheels Sneak Peek: Episode 101, Pilot – AMC.

This Review of ‘Hell on Wheels’ may provoke a thought or two

November 6, 2011

‘Hell on Wheels’ on AMC — Review – NYTimes.com.

meta tv group first post

December 19, 2009

Please respond to this poll by Thursday’s class

December 2, 2009