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post #721 of 743 Old 09-30-2017, 02:26 PM
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Well, they've had a pretty good run, keeping all the main characters together, with the exception of Danny's partners (and really, with his personality he WOULD blow through partners like a sneeze through tissue). Will miss her on the show. Hopefully she has an opportunity on another show soon.

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It's a relatively large cast and all pretty good so it's hard to give them all the screen time they deserve. Especially now that Anthony has fitted in surprisingly well as Erin's "partner"...

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Wow! When was the last time a character left a show and it wasn't leaked in advance? I was shocked.
That was the best kept secret in TV in a long time.


When they kept referring to Linda, I didn't remember anything happening other than their house blowing up. Then they finally mentioned what had happened and I still didn't remember that. Luckily, Netflix has all of last season's episodes and I skipped through the season finale. Once I discovered the crash never happened in it, I figured it was a contract thing or something. Going to make for an interesting season.
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Question CBS Cast Members Suddenly *GONE*?!?

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Amy Carlson leaves Blue Bloods. Her character, Linda, dies in helicopter crash. I'll miss her on the show.
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Wow! When was the last time a character left a show and it wasn't leaked in advance? I was shocked.
I came to this thread first to see if I had missed any previous news about Amy Carlson. I don't remember any 'Helicopter Crash' show. GOOGLE's next...

I *STILL* have to SEARCH Hawaii Five-0 for *TWO* cast members that seem to have left.

BTW, I *NEVER* heard Abigail talk (back) like THAT before!

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...I *STILL* have to SEARCH Hawaii Five-0 for *TWO* cast members that seem to have left. ...
Discussed a little in the H5O thread.
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BTW, I *NEVER* heard Abigail talk (back) like THAT before!
I'll second that! I was really surprised by her outburst. That scene let her have more speaking lines than a total from (maybe) 20 shows before that. Way to go Abigail!
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Ok so when was this helicopter crash??
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Ok so when was this helicopter crash??
I guess when we were all on summer vacation..

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Man, I thought my poor memory had forgotten something from last season's finale. Only as the therapist spoke did I realize it was a "between seasons" explanation. I loved Linda and she was such a calming, rational rock for Danny.


videobruce, I think they said it was 5 months ago in show time.
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I *STILL* have to SEARCH Hawaii Five-0 for *TWO* cast members that seem to have left.
Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim both left due to contract issues, although Grace didn't really comment on it. See Hawaii Five-0 on CBS HD forum topic.
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While I like the actress....I really did not care for the character of Linda and how she was written and used. I don't think the show will suffer much without her...well except visually

And that scene with Baker putting the verbal smack down on the PC had me both scared and aroused
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Amy Carlson leaving was very surprising, but well handled I thought. The last time I was this shocked at a character death/departure was Josh Charles on The Good Wife. They held that one very close to the vest and when he was shot in court, despite the serious nature of the wound, I was sure he would survive. Seeing the sheet go over his head in the hospital totally caught me off guard. More intense than the Blue Bloods version.

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It is not my habit to make note of the craft of how a film or show is put together. If I catch myself doing it, I try to turn my attention back to the story because paying attention to the nuts and bolts detracts from the entertainment for me...takes me out of the moment. But, I caught myself after all these years noticing how intricately the backbone of Blue Bloods, the family dinner, is put together. The end result of this week's dinner was seemingly a seamless conversation with all the characters talking and interacting back and forth, but the filming of this 2 to 3 minute scene must have been a real project to edit together. There had to be a couple dozen different camera shots rotating between the characters each having a speaking part and I see no way that could have been filmed in real time with those camera angles and the number of cameras necessary. The dialog had to have been spoken and filmed separately, yet when edited together the result was seamless as if a conversation had been filmed and the actors were playing off each other. Kudos to the team who does this in each episode.

Perhaps a professional or two here can give an insight on how involved the process is done, and then I will try to forget it and return to the illusion.
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The dinner scene starts out as as a multi camera "Master", using two or three cameras. Sound is always covered by one, sometimes two booms, hand held by boom operators. There are no "plant mics" The whole scene is played beginning to end in each take. After determining they have good coverage in the "Master" they shoot two sometimes three roving cameras as the actors play the scene, again, beginning to end. This is usually covered in "Medium Close Ups" and "Close Ups". After they determine they have good coverage, they shoot key sections only .... they are referred to as ""pickups" The dinner scene requires an average of five hours to shoot.

The Picture Editors go to work piecing the raw footage together and they somehow manage to create the rhythm and flow you so admire. After picture editorial is completed the "Locked Episode" goes to the sound editors. They prepare the rough audio tracks the Picture Editors used. They re-edit and smooth the dialog, add background sound effects, add foley for dish and silverware movement, chair creaks, etc. Let's not forget the composer writing the score and the musicians playing the music.

The primary concern for the dinner scene is pristine dialog and to find audio takes that match the "overall tonality" of the dinner scene location. There is little to no looping required due to the many, many takes that were recorded. Almost all flubs and technical audio issues can be replaced using alternate takes .... edited to match the original take. The Dialog Department and the Foley Department are key here, as there is very little Sound Effects needed for the dinner scene.

After the Sound Department's edit is completed, the entire episode is delivered to the re-recording mixers. The two mixers (Dialog and Music, Sound Effects and Foley) work with all the edited tracks from the Dialog Dept, Foley Dept, Sound Effects Department, and Music Department. The mixers adjust volume level, apply equalization, create the 5.1 sound stage and when completed, they present the episode to the Producers for final approval.

Teamwork from beginning to end is the keyword.

I am glad you noticed and enjoy the work of the actors and crew.

Please try to watch Blue Bloods and all your favorite shows "On Demand" and not "Live" or recorded (DVR) "Live". "On Demand" allows you to hear the mix as intended without the severe audio compression that is applied to the "Live Broadcast". This applies to all shows .... you will enjoy the content all the more if you watch "On Demand". Compare the two and be prepared to be shocked.
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Thank you for the exposition. It was quite what I wanted. Now I will try to place the process out of mind and capture the effect the artists and technicians work so hard to create.

My TiVo is not capable of "On Demand" as such from my cable company, but are the rebroadcasts on Hulu, Netflicks and such the same pristine sound?
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I honestly don't know but you piqued my interest .... I will take a listen and get back to you.

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Re: dinner scene

Interviewed Tom Selleck a few times. Asked him about that. He echoed what @stustan said, above. He also noted that the catering team works hard to make the food palatable, though by the later takes, it's pretty cold. He said there are buckets you don't see where the actors spit out the food after the take. Though not always.

Walking the fine line between jaw-dropping and a plain ol' yawn.
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Suprised no one mentioned Abigail(Baker)'s extended screen time again this week. Almost like she's been given all of Linda's screen time plus more, and I like it
Still after all these years a show I look forward to every week.
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^ A welcome change since she never had any real roll, let along any real dialog. ^

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^ A welcome change since she never had any real roll, let along any real dialog. ^
Well she's on a role now...
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To add to the above comments--I, too, am surprised by the screen time Abigail has gotten the last two episodes. More time here than in (maybe) 20-30 episodes. PLUS-she is now not a "passive" person. The last two shows, she has directly confronted Frank. That is distinctly different than the role her character has played throughout the series. I'm pleased to see her get more exposure. It seems that they have cut back on the air-time for Lt. Gormley though.

Nobody has mentioned the different seating arrangement at the "dinner table" now that Linda is gone. Erin sits next to Danny and one of the "boys" now sits on the opposite side of the table. Just an observation.
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I too like Baker's outbreak in this new role that she seems to be playing. Also looking forward to seeing what pay back the congressman's going to render.

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I feel like the show writers paying attention to this thread with more screen time for Baker

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