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Gotham: Jim Gordon, Harvey Dent, & Our Thoughts Three Weeks In

So, we’re three episodes in and thus far – I was hoping for more.

Gotham follows Jim Gordon as he enters the GCPD, and he does so just in time to have a certain famous double-homicide fall into his lap. That event, the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, will act as the catalyst for the entire show as we see the city, which was already in trouble, tumble over the edge. This concept excited me, still excites me. The decline of a city to such levels of corruption and violence, that the presence of a masked vigilante becomes not only necessary, but an accepted progression? Jim Gordon as the tragic hero who fights tirelessly for the city that crumbles around him? That sounds excellent. And with that in mind, I had hoped for a show about Gotham City that revolved around a young Jim Gordon, and on occasion featured some familiar characters. However, what we’ve seen so far is a show about the origin of Batman, that takes place in Gotham City and uses Jim Gordon as a means to introduce countless familiar characters. Now that might not sound like a huge difference to you, but to me, it’s enormous.

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Tom Weston-Jones on Season Two of ‘Copper’, Kevin Ryan, and Merkins

Season two of Copper is well underway on BBC America, and during a recent interview with Collider, Tom Weston-Jones talked about his character, Corky, and various aspects of this second season. As most interviews do, it had moments of really interesting info interspersed among the typical answers.

My favorite part was a question I really wanted answered and didn’t realize it until I’d seen it asked. It addresses how Tom Weston-Jones and Kevin Ryan dealt with being the best of friends one season to being bitter enemies in the next.

[box_light]tom-weston-jones-and-kevin-ryan-in-copperWhen you do an entire season with Corcoran and Francis (Kevin Ryan) being best friends, how weird is it to then shift that dynamic and really have them be enemies this season

Weston-Jones:  It’s been a nice transition.  I think the writers have done a fantastic job, and me and Kevin speak, at great lengths, about it.  It actually reminds me, very much so, of the relationship that Corcoran has with Ellen (Alex Paxton-Beesley).  There is always an elephant in the room, whenever they’re around each other.  It’s important to remember, when you’re playing sworn enemies, that you should never forget the best possible time you’ve had together because that’s something that will pain you.  That’s what we’ve always tried to remember.  It’s important to remember the fact that these people were incredibly close, and you should never really let go of that.  That’s where the turmoil comes from.  Francis has betrayed Corcoran, or it feels as though he’s done him wrong.  So, I always try to remind myself of the best possible times we could have had when we were friends, before all these things happen.  I think me and Kevin have navigated it pretty damn well.[/box_light]

How often do we see this in TV shows where a character is betrayed? You have to wonder how an actor can shifts gears like that believably since they weren’t themselves betrayed and they’ve spent x amount of time being friends with this other character. It was really interesting to get that view of that situation from the actor perspective.

The full interview is quite good so head on over to Collider to check it out. For now, let’s all laugh at another interview Tom Weston-Jones did, this time with Nerdist. While it’s from last year, it is still quite funny because let’s face it, merkins are funny.

Of course the title, ‘The Merkins of Copper‘ is made even more humorous when you know that BBC America often will do “The _____ of Copper” much like this “hats of Copper“.

We can’t really talk about Copper without a bit of Donal Logue so let’s fix that.

If you aren’t watching Copper, you need to remedy that. GB head honcho Brian says it is one of the top Sunday night shows, and we like to think he knows what he’s talking about.

You can catch Copper tonight on BBC America at 10 Eastern.

Copper – The Best Show You Aren’t Watching – Returns Tonight

If you haven’t watched season 1 of BBC America’s Copper, then you have truly been missing out. Following the story of Kevin Corcoran, an Irish immigrant who is a detective in the New York neighborhood of Five Points, Copper is a lot like Law and Order if Law and Order was set in the 1860’s with more bloody violence and a lot more sex. Actually Law and Order looks like a PBS Kids show compared to Copper which is not a bad thing.

While Tom Weston-Jones as Kevin Corcoran, aka ‘Corky’, is the main character, he is surrounded by a host of differing personalities that each bring their own version of dysfunction to the party. Kyle Schmidt (who took at turn on Arrow as a member of The Royal Flush Gang) is Robert Morehouse, the well-to-do son of an industrialist who happened to be an officer in the Union Army who served as Corky’s superior.  My favorite character, Matthew Freeman, who served with Corky under Morehouse, is played by the talented Ato Essandoh. Anastasia Griffith and Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) play two characters that couldn’t be more different and yet more alike if they tried; the former being the wife of Morehouse and the latter a very business savy brothel madam.

That pretty much sums up season one. It ends up with Corky, in a dark dark place. He’s been looking for his wife all this time, only to find out some not so great news on that end, not to mention his job really sucks. If I dealt with dead almost baby prostitutes right off the bat at the beginning of my TV show I’d probably turn to something mind-altering as well. The second season picks up four months later and brings in some new friends, most notably, Donal Logue as General Brandon Donovan.

If little trailers of season two just aren’t enough for you and you can’t possibly wait a couple of hours to get a look at the season premiere, then you are in luck because BBC America has released the first three minutes of tonight’s show. If it’s any indication of the coming season, we are in for a wild ride.

Copper returns tonight at 10/9 central on BBC America.

Possible Return of Terriers?!?!?! Yes Please.

When I started Grizzly Bomb, it was largely done with one focus – Terriers. I had fallen in love with the show and was devastated when I learned that no one else was watching it. My first several articles revolved around an attempt to raise awareness and hopefully boost ratings for the show about the two PIs and their quest to save their beach community. We were far too small however to actually make any kind of impact at the time. Ultimately, the show was canceled. Now there are a lot of things that could be blamed for the show’s fate – poor initial marketing by FX being chief among them. They flooded the channel with advertising, but people simply did not know what the show was about, myself included. I only gave it a chance because it was on FX, a station that seemed to be made specifically for me as I loved their entire schedule at the time. It also didn’t hurt that I was a fan of both Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James, and that Shawn Ryan (The Shield/The Chicago Code) was the man behind it all.

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‘Terriers’ comes to Netflix Instant!

When I started this site last year, the dominating theme at the start had a lot to with an ‘about to be canceled’ series on FX titled Terriers. Despite abysmal ratings I was holding out hope that FX might be willing to renew for a 2nd season, a show that had really moved me. I was so in love with Terriers in fact, that I’d still have to say it was the best new show of 2010, even over things like Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, and Justified, all which I adore. I wrote articles and e-mails and basically begged people to watch it, but in the end, it was all for naught. The lack of marketing, combined with the confusing nature of the few adds that had been put out ultimately doomed the show.

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Series Finale of TERRIERS Tonight?

I fear for the worst. Despite my repeated e-mails to FX, it seems as though they may have already given up on Terriers.

During last night’s 90-minute season finale of Sons of Anarchy, which is sure to be FX’s highest-rated show of the winter, they found time for only one Terriers ad. I saw no less than seven commercials for the return of Archer, which is still more than a month away, but only one for Terriers which is on tonight.

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TERRIERS: Something worth saving…

We live in a world where the TV landscape is dominated by trite garbage like (insert CBS Show here), but there are a couple of basic cable channels fighting against the storm of mediocrity, and attempting to produce quality programming. The first of the two is AMC. With award winners like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, they’ve earned a reputation for excellence, and they have the Emmys that go along with it. Now that they’ve added The Walking Dead to the mix, they’ve cemented their batting average with Hall of Fame like numbers in quality and production value. The second channel I refer to is FX. While their constant onslaught of movies like Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Little Nicky never seem to stop polluting the cable stream, they do get credit for being chance takers. That makes me want to give them some slack for their regrettable decision to put Two and a Half Men on about 1000 times a day. The fact of the matter though is, their original programming is unsurpassed.

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