Louie

Are you watching “Louie”?  The new FX show from Louis C.K. makes no apologies and seems to hold nothing back, and I can’t believe it’s on television.  It feels like popping a quarter into a pair of sightseeing binoculars and staring straight into the bleak soul of Louis C.K.  It’s honest and brutal and hilarious.  Hats off to FX for allowing Louie to be Louie. You can watch episodes on the FX site or on Hulu. This show is a gift to comedy.  Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Camelot

I’m not in the habit of posting entertainment news, but another Cynopsis blurb caught my eye:

Principal photography has commenced on the new romantic adventure series Camelot slated to tentatively premiere on Starz next spring in the US and on the CBC in Canada. Production on this fresh re-telling of the King Arthur legend is taking place at Ardmore Studios in Ireland and filming is expected to continue until December. The cast includes Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur; Joseph Fiennes as Merlin; Eva Green as Morgan; Claire Forlani as Queen Igraine; Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere; and Peter Mooney as Arthur’s brother, Kay. Camelot is an Irish-Canadian co-production with Morgan O’Sullivan of Ireland’s Octagon and John Weber of Canada’s Take 5 Productions serving as executive producers. Other executive producers include Graham King and Tim Headington of GK Films and Craig Cegielski of GK-TV; James Flynn of Octagon; Douglas Rae of UK’s Ecosse Films in addition to Fred Fuchs, Michael Hirst and Anne Thomopoulos. Chris Chibnall is the showrunner and writer. Starz holds all US rights to the production including home entertainment and digital distribution while GK-TV will handle international distribution with Take 5 Productions involved with distribution in Canada.

While Starz has a long way to go before it catches HBO, I like where they’re headed…

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

From this morning’s Cynopsis:

Starz’ prequel series, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena captures the story of Gannicus, the first gladiator to become Champion of Capua. Australian actor Dustin Clare landed the role as Gannicus; Jaime Murray and Marisa Ramirez were also tapped for top roles in the new series as Gaia and Melitta respectively. As the prequel to the series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), John Hannah (Batiatus), Peter Mensah (Oenomaus) and Manu Bennett (Crixus) all reprise their roles from the original series. Andy Whitfield as Spartacus will make a brief appearance and will be part of the show in season two which begins production later this year. Production on Spartacus: Gods of the Arena begins next month and is slated to premiere on Starz in early 2011.

Can’t wait!  If you haven’t seen the awesome Spartacus: Blood & Sand yet, check it out on Netflix Instant right away.  It’s so much more rich and compelling than the guilty pleasure you might expect…

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