I realised with a bit of a shock that 2013 is the year in which two must-see TV shows end their runs: Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
Salon has a nice piece by Joe Winkler on the impending departure of 30 Rock and The Office. It’s about sitcoms but the sentiments are similar:
In the most recent episode of “30 Rock” — there are only two more remaining in the series — Kenneth Parcell and Tracy Jordan discuss the reason behind Kenneth’s childlike love of television. Tracy guesses: “Despite cellphones, iPads and computers, they are still the most effective portals for poltergeists?” No, Kenneth tells him, It’s “because nothing ever really changes, the people you care about never leave.”
Even though it hurts like hell, good things do come to an end – how else can we remember them with fondness?
Yah, it’s the end of 2012 already so time for a quick blow-out.
Another average year in terms of quantity of reading. Texts, as you can see immediately below, were a bit on the thin side.
Other People’s Wars – Nicky Hager Road Dogs – Elmore Leonard
Ongoing titles Walking Dead, Powers and Scalped continue to rate with excellent storytelling. Castle Waiting, Dolltopia and RASL were very pleasant surprises.
RIP – Thomas Ott Castle Waiting Volumes 1 and 2 – Linda Medley Tamara Drewe – Posy Simmonds Walking Dead Volume 15 – We Find Ourselves – Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard The Killer Volumes 1 and 3 – Matz and Luc Jacamon Dolltopia – Abbi Densen Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense: Being Human – Mike Mignola Scalped Volume 7 – Rez Blues – Jason Aaron and R M Guera RASL Volumes 1-3 – Jeff Smith Powers Volume 14 – Gods – Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
This year’s overall slant towards television writing is represented below with the number of pilots listed.
3:10 to Yuma – Michael Brandt & Derek Haas Analyze This – Peter Tolan and Harold Ramis and Kenneth Lonergan Gilmore Girls – Pilot – Amy Sherman-Palladino Arrested Development – Pilot – Mitchell Hurwitz My Name is Gary Cooper – Victor Rodger 30 Rock – Pilot and S01E07 – Tina Fey Groundhog Day – Danny Rubin & Harold Ramis The West Wing S02E04 – Aaron Sorkin Justified S01E08 – Benjamin Cavell Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
I’m a little worried I might’ve spoiled things a bit by reading Django Unchained before its opening here in New Zild but I enjoyed the script heaps more than the script for Inglorious Basterds (the film of which I have yet to see in its entirety [and those bits I have chanced across have been intriguingly tasty]).