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TV Junkie: 'Damages' Lives; 'Max Headroom' Series on DVD

"Max Headroom: The Complete Series" comes out on DVD in a couple weeks and it's excellent - the series not only defined the '80s but accurately predicted the technology and environment we operate in today.
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The Twitterverse was abuzz yesterday afternoon with the news that DirecTV has stepped up to keep running "Damages" (formerly of FX) for another 2 years. Most of the major cast has signed on - wouldn't it be ironic for FX if "Damages" walked away with some Emmys and other awards before it debuts on DirecTV?
TV on DVD: "Max Headroom: The Complete Series" will be released on DVD August 10th and it's a gem. All 14 episodes of the genre bending/defying/defining series are in the set along with some great interviews and rountables with co-creators Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton, and George Stone as well as cast members Amanda Pays, Jeffrey Tambor, Concetta Tomei and Chris Young. The discussions are so good (Jeffrey Tambor of "Arrested Development" fame is excellent!) that one almost doesn't notice the absence of series star Matt Frewer.But really, a huge part of the series was the environment of ever-pervasive technology in a disintegrating and trash-strewn world "20 minutes into the future" and it's this accuracy that is the topic of the exchanges between these creators and actors. Today we have "always-live" TV, video editing on the fly, video chat, instant messaging, a vast network of connected databases called the Internet, and murky relationships between marketers/government agencies/broadcasters - all illustrated in "Max Headroom" with excellent writing abounding with black humor (for example, it's illegal to have an "Off" switch on your television). It's a great series that's a must-have for anyone interested in ground-breaking TV.
The TV Junkie Plan: Dodgers vs Giants, "Warehouse 13", "Memphis Beat", "Louie", Letterman (Steve Carell, Selena Gomez, Sheryl Crow), Fallon (Zach Braff, Jemaine Clement, Crowded House)