Premium Channels: HBO and Showtime
Rather than making a thread for each of the many shows on those two channels, I figure I'll make one now and go from there.
Anyways, this thread is for discussion of the shows on HBO and Showtime. I'm not sure how many of you watch such programs, so I'll create individual threads in the future if the need arises.
Anyways, on to the actual topic of discussion.
I added HBO to my channel lineup this fall and the only thing I've watched since then has been Rome, which ended on Sunday. It was a very well-made show, with excellent performances all around. It had a huge flaw, however, and that was how the passage of time was handled. The entire show came off as rushed and jarring. Still, it's definitely worth watching.
I'm going to catch up on The Sopranos and The Wire soon.
I'm wondering if it's worth watching Carnivale, since I heard it was canceled on a cliffhanger. Anyone have any input? The same goes for Deadwood (minus the cliffhanger).
I actually watch more of Showtime's series than HBO's. I started with Brotherhood, which premiered last summer. It's a story about two brothers in Rhode Island, one of whom is a politician, the other a gangster. It's very interesting (albeit highly brutal) and well-worth seeing. The second season begins in this summer, and the first is currently out on DVD...I believe you can get it for around $27 at Best Buy.
Showtime's true masterpiece, though, is Dexter. It premiered last October and is easily my favorite show. It's about a Miami forensics expert (a blood-spatter analyst, to be precise) named Dexter Morgan. Dexter has a hobby on the side, however: he's a serial killer who kills other killers. It stars Michael C. Hall (from Six Feet Under) as Dexter, who delivers by far the best performance I have ever seen in a TV show. I would highly recommend this show...the first season concluded in December, and it's not out on DVD yet, but it can be downloaded, and the second season is due to begin in September.
In case anyone is interested, here's TV.com's Dexter page, which has quite a bit more information: http://www.tv.com/dexter/show/62683/...esults;title;0