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I got so tired of the Marco Polo character, I deleted my season pass after Episode 1. For whatever reason,neither Marco nor the rest of the show resonated with me. Guess Game of Thrones spoiled me. Perhaps I need a little magic to leaven series set in olden times.

Yeah...I couldn't get into it through three episodes. Seemed a little dull.
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Ive seen 5 so far, and I like it. I also don't think bringing GoT into the picture is a little unfair.

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Good catch! Despite Stage Fright's abysmal 5.2 Stars out of 10 rating among IMDb voters, I decided to give it a shot anyway because I never met a musical about which I didn't find something to like and Stage Fright proved the point.

The film was so silly, it gave the word "camp" a bad name and the singing voices of its mostly young cast ranged from mediocre to awful. Nevertheless, some of the songs, written by the film's directer and writer, Jerome Sable, were very clever and often funny enough to make me laugh out loud. As you said, it's not for all tastes but for musical theater fans, at least those of us who are hard core enough to rise above its many weaknesses, Stage Fright is well worth spending the time it takes to sit through its 89 minute runtime.
It's on my list but haven't watched it yet. "Supernatural" recently did a musical spoof of the show and it was wonderful. The songs and performance caught the style of the characters especially Castiel. A couple years back the local theater put on a performance of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Musical" which I meant to go see but didn't get to it. Had to be a hoot.
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It's on my list but haven't watched it yet. "Supernatural" recently did a musical spoof of the show and it was wonderful. The songs and performance caught the style of the characters especially Castiel. A couple years back the local theater put on a performance of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Musical" which I meant to go see but didn't get to it. Had to be a hoot.
I watched Supernatural for a time in its first couple of seasons but wandered off after a while. Do you recall the name of the musical episode? I would love to see it if I could find it, and not have to pay for it, of course.
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"Supernatural" recently did a musical spoof of the show and it was wonderful.

I always liked "Buffy, the Musical" .

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I always liked "Buffy, the Musical" .
The musical Buffy episode was entitled Once More With Feeling and is one of my all time favorites from that great old series. Another of my favorites was the one in which nobody could talk, Hush.
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I watched Supernatural for a time in its first couple of seasons but wandered off after a while. Do you recall the name of the musical episode? I would love to see it if I could find it, and not have to pay for it, of course.
It was called Fan Fiction. You can watch for free on the CW website.
http://www.cwtv.com/shows/supernatural
Look in the "Latest Episodes" section.
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It was called Fan Fiction. You can watch for free on the CW website.
http://www.cwtv.com/shows/supernatural
Look in the "Latest Episodes" section.
Thanks! I will check it out.
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I always liked "Buffy, the Musical" .
Worst episode ever. I FF through all the singing crap and watched the entire episode in 10 minutes. When rewatching Buffy on Netflix I stopped on season 6 after that horrible episode. I have not watched it since.

Supernatural did it right with only the girls singing on the stage performance. Better than Sam and Dean dubbed singing at random crap which is what I though the episode was going to be like.

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+ 1 to Black Mirror hands down one of the best I've seen in a while from the beginning to end although each are different they kept me intrigued.

I may be a bit of an Anglophile cause I believe I've watched every item from the UK on Netflix or Prime.


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Interesting news report on BBC re Netflix on the UK MailOnLine, thought some would find interesting (wasn't sure where to post this

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-new-show.html

BBC boss admits corporation is struggling with challenge of Netflix after streaming service 'blows them out the water' with bid for new show

  • BBC director of TV said corporation faced 'hard choices' with rise of rivals
  • He said Netflix had 'blown us out of the water in terms of a deal' recently
  • Claimed the BBC had to adjust to 'hybrid world' of live and online viewing
By Emma Glanfield for MailOnline
Published: 07:27 EST, 20 December 2014 | Updated: 12:43 EST, 20 December 2014



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The BBC's director of TV has admitted the corporation is facing growing competition from rivals both on screen and online, with the rise of streaming services such as Netflix 'blowing deals out of the water'.
Shows such as The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing helped give the BBC some of the highest ratings on TV last year, with a 21.7 per cent share of audience viewing figures compared to ITV's 15.6 per cent.
However, despite the success, the BBC's director of TV said the broadcaster was facing stronger competition than ever, thanks to the likes of online platforms such as Netflix.

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Danny Cohen (pictured), the BBC's director of TV, said the broadcaster was facing stronger competition than ever, thanks to the likes of online platforms such as Netflix, and said it meant the BBC faced 'hard choices'


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He said Netflix had managed to offer 'five times' the amount of money for a deal than the BBC could and said it had 'blown us out of the water' in terms of the deal. Despite the rival, the BBC had high viewing figures for 2014

Danny Cohen, who is widely tipped as a future director general at the corporation, told the Financial Times: 'There's been a recent example where Netflix was able to blow us out of the water in terms of a deal.
'The sums offered by Netflix were five times what we could offer.'
Netflix, a U.S.-based network which provides TV shows and films via its online platform, has grown enormously over the last 12 months, with successes such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.






Mr Cohen said the rise of Netflix, and the additional investment in TV dramas by Sky and ITV, meant the licence-funded corporation faced 'hard choices'.
He said the BBC had to adjust to a 'hybrid world' of both live and online viewing.
THE TOP 10 MOST-WATCHED PROGRAMMES OF THE YEAR

England v Uruguay World Cup match - 13.9million
Great British Bake Off, October 8 - 13.5million
Sherlock, January 1 - 12.7million
Britain's Got Talent, April 12 - 12.4million
Germany v Argentina World Cup final - 12.1million
I'm A Celebrity, November 16 - 11.9million
Strictly Come Dancing, November 15 - 11.4million
Call The Midwife, January 19 - 11.3million
Coronation Street, January 20 - 11million
Downton Abbey, November 2 - 10.7million




He said: 'Television's not going away, channels are not going away for quite some time, but more people are going to watch online.'


In March, BBC director general Tony Hall announced plans to move channel BBC Three solely online.
The move would reportedly save the corporation tens of millions of pounds by slashing the youth-oriented station's budget and moving its shows to the iPlayer internet service.
The former controller of the channel, Zai Bennett, recently said the plan to close it was 'perverse', 'odd' and a 'massive strategic mistake'.
But, despite mounting opposition from presenters and some executives over recent months, the BBC's new chairman, Rona Fairhead, said the corporation should focus on putting even more shows on the internet.


So far this year, BBC One has accounted for 21.7 per cent of live television viewing in the UK, up 0.7 per cent from last year.
Meanwhile, ITV has accounted for 15.6 per cent, which is down 0.9 per cent on last year.
BBC shows such as The Great British Bake Off, the second most-watched show on TV last year – beaten only by an England World Cup match – and Strictly Come Dancing helped secure its rise in the TV ratings.


In contrast, the audience viewing figures released from the Broadcasters Audience Research Board (BARB), revealed that ITV's peak-time viewing fell eight per cent last year, despite shows such as X Factor, I'm a Celebrity and having the rights to this year's World Cup.

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+ 1 to Black Mirror hands down one of the best I've seen in a while from the beginning to end although each are different they kept me intrigued.

I may be a bit of an Anglophile cause I believe I've watched every item from the UK on Netflix or Prime.


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I like a lot of the Brit shows too, and right now I'm into S1E4 of Peaky Blinders. Kind of a poor man's Boardwalk in a more industrialized urban setting. Ilegal gambling, prostitution, gun running, rival gangs, etc. Interesting drama. One snag I'll mention as to not spoil the show for others is the pretty barmaid/spy role. Sticks out like a sore thumb, and a mistep in the storytelling IMHO. Oh well, nothing is perfect.
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Season 2 is good too. I just hate now we have to wait for season 3 because the season 2 finale was

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I like a lot of the Brit shows too, and right now I'm into S1E4 of Peaky Blinders. Kind of a poor man's Boardwalk in a more industrialized urban setting. Ilegal gambling, prostitution, gun running, rival gangs, etc. Interesting drama. One snag I'll mention as to not spoil the show for others is the pretty barmaid/spy role. Sticks out like a sore thumb, and a mistep in the storytelling IMHO. Oh well, nothing is perfect.

IMO the U.S. Seasons are to long thus the writers add fluff to do 20+ episodes I enjoyed Blinders I'm a sucker for a period piece.


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If Netflix is offering 5-times as much as the BBC could afford for any particular content you'd think that they must be bidding against someone else. If it were only the BBC then they could have gotten it for 1.1 times as much (or something). 5X is one hell of a pre-emptive overbid .

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The Daily Mail News Paper is very anti BBC; read with that in mind.
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The Daily Mail News Paper is very anti BBC; read with that in mind.
i have seen quite a few articles critical of the BBC, especially in the way they seem to spend their "license fee" collections. But that was a direct quote, not the paper's assessment

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If Netflix is offering 5-times as much as the BBC could afford for any particular content you'd think that they must be bidding against someone else. If it were only the BBC then they could have gotten it for 1.1 times as much (or something). 5X is one hell of a pre-emptive overbid .
They're likely competing for content with commercial networks the likes of ITV and Channel 4 among others.
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i have seen quite a few articles critical of the BBC, especially in the way they seem to spend their "license fee" collections. But that was a direct quote, not the paper's assessment

True, but that paper likes to publish articles that they hope will reflect badly on the BBC. There aim is to commercialise the BBC rather than have it funded by the licence fee.


Hence a headline that starts...


BBC boss admits corporation is struggling
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BBC needs to turn their heads to the wall and see the writing on it. When Les Moonves talks about selling off CBS station and just going streaming then the wall writing gets clearer.
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BBC needs to turn their heads to the wall and see the writing on it. When Les Moonves talks about selling off CBS station and just going streaming then the wall writing gets clearer.
Thought the CBS move was about radio stations?

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True, but that paper likes to publish articles that they hope will reflect badly on the BBC. There aim is to commercialise the BBC rather than have it funded by the licence fee.


Hence a headline that starts...


BBC boss admits corporation is struggling


Maybe i'm just not connecting the dots but i fail to see how that dis-credits what they reported??

and even if their goal is to encourage the commercialization of the BBC, considering they collect, iirc, approx $200 USD per TV license annually from everyone with a TV in their house, i'd be wanting that as well if the TV industry collected that over here - and more so when i recall the stories how the BBC spends that money like it was water - but then again, anytime the gov't is involved in any program or industry, the waste is going to be immense. Competition forces all the vendors to deliver the best product at the lowest price.

But as long as the story or report is factual, i really don't care - if it wasn't factually accurate, i believe we'd have heard from the BBC by now, discrediting that report.

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BBC needs to turn their heads to the wall and see the writing on it. When Les Moonves talks about selling off CBS station and just going streaming then the wall writing gets clearer.

Given that the BBC has lead the way in regards to online video access from the very beginning in the UK, that seems a strange comment. They are already planning to move one of their channels, BBC 3, to online access only and ceasing broadcasting it over the air.
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Thought the CBS move was about radio stations?
Nope, TV:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...210-story.html
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Given that the BBC has lead the way in regards to online video access from the very beginning in the UK, that seems a strange comment. They are already planning to move one of their channels, BBC 3, to online access only and ceasing broadcasting it over the air.
Yes, I know that BBC has had online video access. But you might want to read the article about CBS to understand what I am referring to and how the game is quickly changing.
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"The Honorable Woman" is outstanding. I binged watched it over two nights it was that good.
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"The Honorable Woman" is outstanding. I binged watched it over two nights it was that good.
Just finished episode 6 and it is excellent indeed. Maggie Gyllenhaal is a spectacular actress though there are many standout performances in this series, particularly Stephen Rea.
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