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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by photoshopgrl, Nov 14, 2011.
Maybe they'll bring back According to Jim.
Medium was on NBC for its first five seasons, then NBC cancelled it. CBS then picked it up and aired it for two more seasons.
It's happened several times, but the recent examples almost always include the second network being affiliated with the production studio. That's not the case here. Sony is the production studio, and they don't have a network parter. A recent example of what Sony did when one of their sitcoms was in danger of cancellation is "'Til Death." Sony basically gave it away for free to Fox in order to get enough episodes for syndication.
Okay I've so been schooled in this thread now.
You're apparently not smart enough for the show then. Neither am I. Never heard of it. That's why it's getting canceled. If the inside joke needs to be explained to 95% of the audience, it's not a joke, it's homework.
Before Hoop Dreams, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse was one of the movies mentioned in discussions about how "mainstream" documentaries never seemed to get nominated for Oscars (because the "old" system used to have AMPAS Documentary committee members rate films on a 4-10 scale, and there were enough anti-mainstream types (who were afraid that if major studios thought that documentaries were "profitable", the studios would take control of them) who gave 4 to "popular" documentaries to keep them from being nominated - after Hoop Dreams, it was changed to 6-10).
I don't think it's available on DVD or Blu-Ray other than as part of one of the recent Apocalypse Now releases.
Yeah, everybody knows about this
I haven't seen this episode yet, but hoping it's funny despite the deep inside joke that few will understand.
He said Hearts of Darkness so it couldn't have been the Roth/Malkovich movie or the original Joseph Conrad story which Apocalypse Now is based on since those were both named Heart of Darkness.
ETA: I loved the episode but I have also seen the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A filmaker's Apocalypse, as well as Apocalypse Now and read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
I haven't seen Hearts of Darkness, but they referred to it in the episode's dialogue several times, enough for me to infer that what happened in the episode was similar to what happened during the filming of Apocalypse Now. Having watched the documentary, or even being aware of it, wasn't a requirement to enjoy the episode or find it very funny.
What was required was actively paying attention to the show.
I feel this is the key every episode no matter if you get the inside joke or not.
Apparently that's too much to ask...
All of this.
I've never seen Hearts of Darkness, or heck, all of Apocalypse Now for that matter, but they are enough part of the cultural zeitgeist that I was easily able to "get the joke" without having to Google anything. All I had to do was pay attention.
I think a big problem nowadays is too many people multitask while watching shows. Some shows require you to actual devote your full attention.
What? That's preposterous, I tell you!
I completely agree with this. I find, when I multitask while watching any show, I end up liking it less because I miss stuff. With Community, that effect is even larger. I can see how multitasking while watching could kill enjoyment almost entirely.
Not only have I not seen either movie I had no idea there was a story behind them or that they were being referenced in this episode but I still found it funny on its own.
not to go too much off topic but you really should carve out some time to watch Apocalypse Now.
I would love to watch the documentary now. From what I heard about it, it sounds fascinating.
Isn't the Director's Cut DVD of that something like 6 hours long? Or am I thinking of something else?
Well they are in Community College, shouldn't you be done after 2-3 years anyways? I could never get into this show, the only thing I liked was the hawt blonde lady.