Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Shows, No Shows and Neil Patrick Harris in TV Chat

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Shows, No Shows and Neil Patrick Harris in TV Chat

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Post-Dispatch TV critic Gail Pennington chats with readers at at 1 p.m. Thursdays at stltoday.com/chat. Leave your questions and comments for Gail in advance, or come back and join the discussion live. Here's an excerpt from a recent chat:

I'm so far behind on watching summer shows that it's hard to get interested in the new fall shows. I've read your reviews and wanted thank you for the work you do getting us prepared for the new season.

Thanks! Do you ever look at those summer shows you're behind on and think, eh, maybe I didn't want to watch this after all? I do that all the time. When a show builds up more than three or four episodes, I often just give up and delete it.

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What do you know about the TV series based on the book and movie "The Notebook"? Any idea on when that will air? Do they have anybody cast for it?

All that's happened yet is that the CW optioned the book and is developing a possible series. That just happened last month, so it's probably still in the early script days, a long way from casting or shooting a pilot, if it gets that far.

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Did anyone like the Neil Patrick Harris show? I found it very annoying.

Nobody I've heard from. I thought it was unbearable. A friend of mine did say yesterday that she "didn't hate it as much as you did."

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I could only watch part of the NPH show. As much as I love him, his enthusiasm can be overbearing in big chunks.

Something I learned later, because I hadn't really been paying attention, is that the show is based on a German show. That makes sense, because if you've ever watched TV in Europe, you know they love zany quiz-game-stunt shows with audience participation.

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After a little more than a week, how are you liking Stephen Colbert on "Late Show"? I think he is getting better and better.

I agree that Colbert's "Late Show" has gotten better and better. As a huge fan of "The Colbert Report," I'm happy that he's incorporated the best of that show, minus the character, but also expanded on it. Some of his interviews (Biden, Tim Cook of Apple) have been great; others haven't, but isn't every interview show like that?

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Oh my goodness, "Bastard Executioner" is violent. There were things in the premiere that I am pretty sure I have never seen on TV before. Thoughts?

I tried to warn in my review of the extreme content. We have seen violence, sex and the like of this level on premium cable, but this could be the first basic cable show to go there. I don't think Kurt Sutter is going to back off, but the second episode (after the two- hour premiere) is marginally tamer. My problem is that I don't think I want to spend time with these people.

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"Zoo" has there ever been a bigger waste of air time? That had to be the worst ending I've ever seen.

You stuck it out to the end? Please tell me everyone except Billy Burke (love him) was eaten by a lion.

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Gail, what new shows are you watching? …

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