TV Junkie: Farewell 'Big Love'
Weekend EditionWe feel like the entire season has been building towards Sunday's series finale of HBO's "Big Love." It's a mystery, at this point, of what will come to pass for the incredibly conflicted and layered Henricksons, but the momentum has been building to a frenzy of conflict for weeks now. Only the smallest of their children seem to be mercifully uninvolved in some life or death struggle. A thousand years of Christian conflict has been condensed into one generation's interpretation of what "Heavenly Father" intends for them over the past five years HBO has brought "Big Love" to TV.
There's been a lot of incredible performances in this show across many generations with veterans like Bruce Dern, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie, and Mary Kay Place, mature actors led by Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Željko Ivanek, and a place to see new facets of younger actors like Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Amanda Seyfried to name a few. We hope to see these cast members back on TV as soon as possible. Thank you Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer and HBO for this great show.
Not to focus exclusively on HBO but we wanted to point out that our watching plans on Saturday revolve around viewing "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway" at 10pm. We are stepping up to the plate to disagree vehemently with Entertainment Weekly's grade of C- for this show. They seem to be basing their review exclusively on the fact that this is a taping of a stage performance and not a teleplay. Pee Wee Herman's move to TV was done, way back in the day, because of a taping of a Playhouse performance at the Roxy on Sunset in the 1980s. It's a terrible recording with bad sound, audience members in the way of the camera, waiters dispensing drinks to the crowd, and a host of other problems - but it was hugely entertaining and successful. Not only does Entertainment Weekly not seem to be aware of this history, but they seem blind to common sense. "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway" is our pick for Saturday night.