Oh, HBO. I remember back when you were the It Girl at all the dances. Your original movies had pizazz and verve and daring. Your series were all cutting-edge. Lately, though, I’m questioning your judgment.
The last Original Movie I remember seeing & loving on your channel was Lackawanna Blues. I think that was more than a year ago. Of course, you also produced Something The Lord Made recently, so I’ll give you some slack. Some. Not a lot.
But that’s beside the point. We aren’t here to talk about your original movies. We’re here to talk about your Series.
I will always love you for greenlighting, producing and airing all five planned seasons of The Wire. That does give you a small amount of a pass with me. That ‘pass’ however, isn’t going to cover the fact that you seem bound and determined to kill outright any other series of quality, while replacing them with utter krep.
This, like Babylon 5 and The Wire was a planned TeleNovel, originally designed to run for six seasons. Seasons 1&2 were Book 1. You axed seasons 3, 4, 5 & 6–leaving fans hanging without an end to their mythology. And without Michael T. Anderson’s brilliant portrayal of Sampson, who has now officialy become one of my all-time favourite television characers. Right up there with Omar.
Given the success of The Sopranos, it was almost a no-brainer to dramatise the original Italian Crime Families, the birth of vendettas and the rich history of that period. So why did you limit this to two seasons? As it was, Rome could have gone on indefinitely. Sure, we can all be easily spoiled by dialling up Wikipedia and Edward Gibbon, but so what? We love Pullo and Vorenus. I would watch Pullo read the Roman Phone Book. If they had phones back then. But whatever. You’re jerks for cancelling this show. In fact, if I didn’t have one more season of The Wire coming, I’d cancel your channel in retaliation.
I haven’t watched this yet, but I have it on good authority that I will like it if I can get past the swearing. Of course, I think I can. We’ll see. Discs one and two of season one are expected in my mailbox later today. Given my luck I’ll love it, now that it has officially been cancelled.
This show inspired this rant. The first six episodes are now on OnDemand. I watched three of them. What an awful show. I hate knowing that show slots and budgets that could be going to Carnivale or Rome are instead being poured down the sewage sluice of this piece of trash. My objection has nothing to do with the “lighter side of polygyny” angle, and everything to do with the flat stories, irritating characters and complete misuse of large chunks of the Veronica Mars cast. I also don’t know why the powers-that-be think it’d be a huge treat for me to see Bill Paxton’s naked backside at least once every episode. Ugh. I can’t stand this program.
So there you have it, HBO. Please get your act together. At least pony up some Carnivale miniserieses. What is the plural of miniseries, anyway?