Marcus Dean

Marcus Dean

Television enthusiast, film fanatic and serial procrastinator.

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    Bucking the Trend or Rinse & Repeat?

    With the continued success of anthology series like Fargo, American Crime Story and many more, do TV shows have more of a chance if they remain with the same formula that found them success? Or by changing the cast and locale and telling a similar story once more. This could be particularly interesting with the re-emergence of True Detective after a couple of years. Would it have had its season 3 much earlier if it remained with Rust and Marty?

    • I think this may not be as extended a discussion as you would like, perhaps reconsider the wording of what you really want to examine. The issue is that formulaic TV is a norm, an accepted format that most TV is structured on - it is either considered serialised or procedural - this means it is either like Fargo, where it is has one long running story arc (serialised) or it is like NCIS where there is a clear formula to every episode (procedural). Perhaps have a listen to the Nerdist Writer's podcast to consider more fully the manner in which TV is written. The second question you have raised considering the use of ongoing characters versus the break from original characters, such in the Fargo and True Detective series, could actually be a more interesting discussion as this is a contentious area. – SaraiMW 4 months ago
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    How Many Times Can We Get Them To Buy It?

    With recent repacking and re-releases of old titles, what are the most egregious examples of bringing out the same versions of games for that yankee dollar?

    • Final Fantasy X. I own that game four times over. First PS2 disc got scratched, so I bought another (nothing to do with corporate greed, but it explains the four); I bought the remaster on PS3 then a couple of years later got it again for ps4. – AGMacdonald 5 months ago
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    Will an Audience Still Want to go on the Road with David Brent?

    With his first film in a while, Special Correspondents, coming out on Netflix this week, could look ahead to Ricky Gervais’s next film project, the revival of David Brent in Life on the Road. Is there still an apetite for it? Admitting he was swayed to do the film because of the success of the Alan Partridge movie, will this attempt suffer in comparison to the original? Considering there is no Stephen Merchant involved and that his later online skits of Brent on youtube weren’t as successful, can the movie recapture the formula that made The Office so successful?

    • I don't know if the audience that actually 'get' The Office will appreciate it. Of course the fact he's doing it at all could be a big ironic statement on how Gervais is perceived. He's clearly smart enough to know that it's an unpopular choice to egg out Brent's character but that might well be the point. – JChic 2 years ago
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    Twin Peak(s) TV

    A look at the upcoming series of Twin Peaks and how it could differ from the old series and how it fits in with this current era of ‘Peak TV’ and will that have any bearing on how the show looks or how we consume it?

    • Revisiting something as postmodern as Twin Peaks might cause a ripple in the space/time continuum. At this point Twin Peaks has come full circle and is more reflective of 1980's entertainment impressionism. But good topic, definitely. – Jason052714 2 years ago
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    Actors Changing Characters

    I recently read an interview with Stephen Falk commenting about the second season of You’re The Worst and he commented that Chris Geere’s character of Jimmy was not intended to be British but the character was specifically altered after seeing his Audition. This surprised me as a Brit because a lot of Jimmy’s humour is so quintessentially British that I thought his character would have had that running through all of the early scripts. So an interesting article could be how much a certain actor can influence changes in their character, a few more examples springing to mind are Morgan Freeman in Shawshank and Mackenzie Crook in The Office. Could be Film or TV.

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      Are More Elmore Leonard Adaptations Justified?

      After the conclusion of FX’s successful drama Justified, what other pieces of Leonard’s work could be adapted for either screens big or small? Could be a Literature, TV or Film article depending your angle!

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        Better Call Saul and the Opportunity for More Spin-Off Series

        With Better Call Saul wrapping up its first series to critical acclaim and already being confirmed for a second, it’s clear to everyone that spin-off series are starting to become popular once more. With the Walking Dead already working one, what other favourite series would you like to see receive the spin-off treatment? You could analyse why Better Call Saul was a success, in its differences and similarities to Breaking Bad and suggest potential other series from TV’s current crop. For an added bit of fun, you could also talk about ones you’d have to loved to have seen in the past that may have just missed the boat.

        • I love Breaking Bad, but I have never seen Better Call Saul. I hear that it is really good, and would love to read an article about the show. – Amanda 3 years ago
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        • Ryan Murphy is doing American Crime Story. – Arlinka Larissa 3 years ago
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        • How I Met Your Mother had a cancelled pilot for How I Met Your Dad and apparently news just broke that Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D is getting a spin off. Also Arrow is getting another spinoff adding to the DC universe on TV- this is as well as the animated series Vixen which also ties into this universe. – Tyler McPherson 3 years ago
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        Where Next for Louis Theroux?

        After his recently aired new documentaries about criminals pleading insanity and transgender kids, what area should Louis investigate next? After a shift in style over the last couple of years to more serious documentaries, do you want to see him continue in that vein? Or revert slightly? What areas do you think could be interesting for him to explore? Or do you think a return to a subject, like he did with the Westboro Baptist Church would be more interesting?

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          Latest Comments

          Marcus Dean

          Positives from it then! Some good came from it at least

          Getting to the Airport and Other Actions That TV Completely Misrepresents
          Marcus Dean

          What films/TV get it right? I’m trying to think of more realistic ones

          Getting to the Airport and Other Actions That TV Completely Misrepresents
          Getting to the Airport and Other Actions That TV Completely Misrepresents
          Marcus Dean

          True that! It’s part of the DNA in Doctor Who and it needs to exist within it. And they sort of have fun with it too.

          Gosh, the Main Character Is Dead!? So, When Do They Come Back?
          Marcus Dean

          Thanks for the help in editing Emily, appreciate your input lots.

          Completely agree on those two examples, it’s so utterly eye-rolling in BvS but the slight alteration on it in The Dark Knight Rises actually adds so much to the film, as we’re with him in the struggle and we can see how difficult it is for him.

          Also, great mantra for writing! It’s definitely no fun if all the characters are living un-tormented lives

          Gosh, the Main Character Is Dead!? So, When Do They Come Back?
          Marcus Dean

          Made me consider Weeds and MLP in a new light. Like a good article should, it made me learn something and fed a new interest. Good job!

          Dear Mr. You Dances With Weeds
          Marcus Dean

          This film made me super sad and I think you captured the essence of that. He found somebody, who to his limited knowledge anyway, was unique and then he treated her the same way that he treated everyone else, got her to stamp out the habits he didn’t like and then was disappointed when she turned out to be the same as everyone else. He was and always will be the creator of his own downfall.

          Anomalisa: The Unbearable Monotony of Being
          Marcus Dean

          You won’t regret it!

          Mad Men: Ways Chronology Plays a Crucial Part