Television is a vast wasteland. With so many shows on right now, how do you know which one to choose from? Dramas and comedies are the most popular forms of genre. But within the context of dramas, what is the right show for you? This blog series is a handy guide to some of the most popular dramas (divided into subcategories: Character Driven Procedural, Plot Driven Procedural, Serial Dramas and Supernatural Dramas) currently airing today, some of which are based on ratings, others based on my recommendations. All of which are available either at the Niles Library (click on the link to access online catalog) or as interlibrary loan.
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The much beloved British television series Doctor Who has been with us for 50 years. Debuting in 1963, this science fiction show about a time traveling alien ran for 26 seasons before ending in 1989. Reborn in 2005, the series is as popular as ever. The eighth season of the new series begins this fall, starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th version of the title character.
Originally conceived as a program to teach kids about science, Doctor Who has grown into an international geek culture juggernaut. In case you’ve never seen an episode, the lovably goofy and absurd Doctor looks human, but is really the last living Time Lord from the destroyed planet Gallifrey. He travels through both time and space in the TARDIS (a ship that looks like an old-fashioned British police emergency call box) but that is “bigger on the inside.” The Doctor looks great for his age (which fluctuates constantly from all that time travel, but is at least 1000 years) because any time his body is destroyed he simply regenerates in a new one. He loves earth and humans (and, hey, constant space and time travel must get lonely) so he is always recruiting a human companion or two to journey with him.
You most likely will have seen him in a movie, even if you do not know the name. British actor Bob Hoskins might be most know for the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but his body of work, both on the big screen and the small screen, is vast. He worked on both American film, as well as keeping to his British roots by going back home often to do productions of the famed classics, such as 1999′s adaptation of David Copperfield. He will be missed here, across the pond, and all over the world.
Check out these Bob Hoskins movies at the Niles Public Library:
Mickey Rooney died on April 6, 2014 at the age of 93. Rooney’s career in Hollywood began early-on…he became a well-known child actor, with films like Manhattan Melodrama in 1934 and Reckless and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both in 1935. But, he was most known from his work in the late 1930s and 1940s, especially for his Andy Hardy films with Judy Garland, with whom he also starred along in Babes in Arms, Girl Crazy, Babes on Broadway, Strike Up the Band, Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry and Words and Music. Rooney worked right up until the end, even having some projects in the works at the time of his death.
Check out these Mickey Rooney movies at the Niles Public Library:
You might not know his name, but you will surely know his face. A veteran character actor that has starred in blockbusters, indie films, television and kids movies, James Rebhorn is one of Hollywood’s most unsung and unknown heroes. No matter how big or small the role, Rebhorn always pursued his roles with the same tensity and passion. The wonderful thing about character actors, as opposed to movie stars, is that they rarely get pigeon-holed in a type of role and are able to express their vast acting talents across all genres. That certainly applied to Rebhorn, who went from action to comedy to dramas with ease and skill. He will be missed!
Check out these James Rebhorn movies at the Niles Public Library:
As season four of The Walking Dead creeps towards its close, let’s take a moment to ponder: why do more than 19 million people watch a show about zombies each week? Why do you have to go back to 2008 to find a show that could beat The Walking Dead in the ratings? Compared to other super-powered monsters (like vampires) zombies are pretty pathetic. They can barely even climb stairs. Plus, they’re gross. Did Robert Kirkman, the creator of the original comic book series, dream of the phenomenon it would become?
Since its inception over a decade ago and the premiere of the pilot episode (the first episode of any series), which aired exactly 17 years ago today (FUN FACT) as of this writing, Buffy, as it came to be known as, lived on in pop culture and its existence has influenced multiple series that came after it. In particular, the popular use of pop culture that was a touchstone of its dialogue and the existence of a “big bad” per season has popped up in other series such as Smallville.
On Tuesday, February 25, we had the program The Year in Movies: 2013. It was an encapsulation of the films of 2013 and a little bit of an Oscar preview. Here is a wrap-up of the program:
Based on awards already won, here are the front runners for the Oscars on Sunday, March 2:
BEST PICTURE: “12 Years a Slave”
BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón - “Gravity”
LEAD ACTOR: Chiwetel Ejiofor - “12 Years a Slave”