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Roku Original Sci-Fi Comedy: WE ARE NOT ALONE

Maybe, like me, you are a Roku person. And maybe you noticed this new offering, a sci-fi comedy, We Are Not Alone. I’m intrigued. I’m intrigued on two main tracks: first, I genuinely think I’ll like watching this; next, I have a feeling this could be one of those turning points which adds to Roku’s profile as an original content provider, as it moves beyond its original purpose of just making streaming devices. Last year’s Weird: The Al Yankovic Story was a significant step forward for Roku as a serious original content provider.

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Amazon TV Lineup Reviews: MOZART IN THE JUNGLE Is Set To Be A Hit

Lola Kirke as Hailey in "Mozart in the Jungle"

Lola Kirke as Hailey in “Mozart in the Jungle”


If I could only pick one of the current crop of Amazon TV pilots, amid comedies and dramas, it would have to be “Mozart in the Jungle.” After having given it a try, along with the four other pilots, it stays with me the most. That’s not to say the other shows aren’t quality items. In fact, this whole roster has a lot to offer and I’ll say a little about them too. What I find to be most appealing about this particular show is that you have compelling conflict evenly distributed amongst compelling characters. You have the main character, Hailey, who is likable and someone to root for. Lola Kirke brings something of the appeal of “Girls” to the show and that’s not just because she’s the sister of one of its stars, Jemima Kirke. She does not seem to be an especially strong character but you get the sense that she’s growing and will strike when she needs to. Other characters already know how to strike all too well and it will be fun to see just how far they will go. This is the world of classical music but it’s a jungle too.

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COMIC-CON 2011 Memo # 4: J.J. Abrams

TV is king at Comic-Con and who better to lead the way than Mr. J. J. Abrams and his latest project. This is another helpful memo for myself, and hopefully for you as well.

“ALCATRAZ” will star Sarah Jones and Jorge GarciaBad Robot Productions produced the pilot episode, which is based on a screenplay by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. The series was officially picked up by Fox on May 10, 2011. It is currently planned as a midseason replacement to air on Mondays at 9 pm in 2012.

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COMIC-CON 2011 Memo #2: Sarah Michelle Gellar

What better way to enjoy Comic-Con than to know that Sarah Michelle Gellar is in the house.

The CW’s “Ringer” has all the quality and spooky goodness that will serve Sarah Michelle Gellar fans very well. The story of two sisters, both with secrets to hide, both in danger of losing everything, one can easily consume the other. You can see the trailer here.

“Ringer” premieres Tuesday, September 13, 9/8c on the CW y’all.

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