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Old 09-26-2014, 04:37 PM   #671
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After my evil critique of "Scorpion", I read these:

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As I mentioned above, (Forever) does stretch your logic a bit.
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I thought that was the reason to watch TV...I've been watching TV wrong all these years. Suspension of disbelief is where it's at...I guess modern audiences want reality shows...I get enough reality life.
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I agree 100%. I NEVER watch a reality show. Fifteen minutes of content in a one hour show with the producers trying to create drama where there isn't any.
PF, Andy, what is this "reality show" you speak of? The news is real...maybe. I know for sure the weather reports often are the fantasy segment of news. However, if you think I like reality tv shows the likes of which "Shark Survivor Hell's Tank" represent, you are happily wrong. To ME, those kinds of shows are a good waste of my diminishing time. I'd rather fold sheets.

Most action and drama series offer up situations that have a "no way in Hades" reaction, but that's why they're enjoyable. Heck, even comedies need you to forget real life situations. But when a show stretches something so much that the action is pushed too far beyond believable, it jumps the shark for me right away. A 200-foot cable to connect two computers together while one is in a plane and the other is travelling 200 MPH on the ground? That's where you lose me. Then again, how many times can Henry keep popping up wet and unclothed before I give up on "Forever"? I'm good with suspending disbelief for that show even though you seem to think it's a bit of a stretch, Andy. On rare occasions, I like to ride along just because of the scenery...
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:53 PM   #672
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...I find that after a while on AP, that mid-western twang irritates my ears...
I've never heard "Midwestern" and "twang" put together like that before. Your comment got me looking to see what dialect name is assigned to each region's unique speech patterns and pronunciations. I found this interesting (and time-wasting) quiz on PBS: Do You Speak American . Sea to Shining Sea . American Varieties . Mapping | PBS (FYI to anyone taking the quiz, I couldn't hear a sample from each of the top three selections in the column to the right of the map.) That section on PBS has a whole slew of stuff to read on how people from different parts of the country sound. I think this might be the main page to that topic: Do You Speak American . Sea to Shining Sea . American Varieties | PBS
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Old 09-26-2014, 05:46 PM   #673
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i've found it interesting that the southern twang was much less common and even looked down upon before the war of northern aggression and states' rights , but it increased in popularity exponentially after the war to the point where it nearly can define the culture.
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:27 PM   #674
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I'd never heard of "Midwest Twang" either, until I heard Ann Landers and her sister, Dear Abbie, speak on the radio or some talk show. I asked my mom why they sounded like that, she said it was because they were from Iowa.
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:37 PM   #675
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I heard this on NPR recently about Southern accents. Fascinating.

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Old 09-26-2014, 08:16 PM   #676
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we are from iiiii-o-waaaaaay.
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Old 09-27-2014, 12:47 AM   #678
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that must have been from the off broadway production.
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Just discovered that there is a new Jamie Oliver show on television over here - "Jamie's Comfort Food". It's been hammered in the press because it is about comfort food which the journalists are getting into a bate about because it's supposed to be unhealthy but as our Jamie says, it isn't for daily consumption.

Watched the first one on-line today. Proper chicken kiev, mmm, better than the rubbish out of a packet from the supermarket and spaghetti vongole which didn't seem very unhealthy to me.
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Just discovered that there is a new Jamie Oliver show on television over here - "Jamie's Comfort Food". It's been hammered in the press because it is about comfort food which the journalists are getting into a bate about because it's supposed to be unhealthy but as our Jamie says, it isn't for daily consumption.

Watched the first one on-line today. Proper chicken kiev, mmm, better than the rubbish out of a packet from the supermarket and spaghetti vongole which didn't seem very unhealthy to me.
You can't win Mad Cook! The "experts" get in a tizzy no matter what you do - buy takeaways? No! Buy ready made meals? No! Make food at home? No! Maybe we are supposed to eat nothing at all? Everything in moderation is my motto and I am perfectly happy with it. Haven't seen Jamie's new show yet, but I am sure I will.

Meanwhile, I watched the first episode of the latest season of Downton Abby last Sunday. However, I won't say anything about it, as I know there are a few fans here who may not have seen it yet.
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