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(Some Guy)   Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel bans Fox's "The Following" claiming that the high homicide rate in Chicago is the direct result of local criminals trying to outdo the body count on the show   (hollywoodandswine.com) divider line 49
    More: Satire, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Kevin Bacon, FOX, homicide rate, Chicago, Mayor of Chicago, Dwayne Johnson, homicides  
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2013-03-26 05:13:42 AM  
It's a fake news/satire site, submitter.
 
2013-03-26 08:30:51 AM  
Mayors don't get to ban TV shows.

Five will get you ten that this creates outrage in the right-wing derposphere, however.
 
2013-03-26 08:31:08 AM  
This is not new. There was a 30 year ban on filming movies in Chicago until The Blue Brothers. It will end as soon as the right people get their shakedown money.
 
2013-03-26 08:32:37 AM  
Might as well take the opportunity for this:
Rahm Emanuel: Self-hating Jew or peace-broker?  Neither one, he's just a jerk.
 
2013-03-26 08:37:37 AM  
Good lord that was awful
 
2013-03-26 08:39:15 AM  
I heard Bloomberg originally thought of it.
 
2013-03-26 08:45:01 AM  

Crewmannumber6: This is not new. There was a 30 year ban on filming movies in Chicago until The Blue Brothers. It will end as soon as the right people get their shakedown money.


That's not the same thing as banning a TV show.
 
2013-03-26 08:49:46 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: It's a fake news/satire site, submitter.


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2013-03-26 08:52:17 AM  
Does anyone actually watch that show?
 
2013-03-26 08:52:29 AM  
Fake news is fake.
Poorly written and unfunny fake news is just plain unfunny.
 
2013-03-26 08:55:06 AM  

markfara: Crewmannumber6: This is not new. There was a 30 year ban on filming movies in Chicago until The Blue Brothers. It will end as soon as the right people get their shakedown money.

That's not the same thing as banning a TV show.


It is to the extent that the ban was instituted because Daly thought all the crime movies made Chicago look corrupt.
 
2013-03-26 08:55:32 AM  
Wow, you know how I can tell which of you actually clicked the link and read at all?

Onion articles are sometimes funny fake news.  Other fake news is just crap.

Subby fail.
 
2013-03-26 09:07:24 AM  

BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show listen to Rahm?


ftfy
 
2013-03-26 09:12:17 AM  

markfara: Crewmannumber6: This is not new. There was a 30 year ban on filming movies in Chicago until The Blue Brothers. It will end as soon as the right people get their shakedown money.

That's not the same thing as banning a TV show.


Also: Mayor Richard Daley
 
2013-03-26 09:15:38 AM  

BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?


Actually not a terrible show although you really have to suspend your disbelief in order to go along with much of the plot.  Similar to 24 in that aspect.  So yeah, I guess a few people watch since it is still airing.
 
2013-03-26 09:16:47 AM  
I've never seen the show, but the Nerdist podcast with Kevin Bacon was pretty good.
 
2013-03-26 09:21:27 AM  

BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?


We watch it and yes, it's violent and some of the plot twists are way too Deus Ex Machina.  Bad guys trapped, no way out and then outa nowhere comes someone to rescue them.

It is interesting watching the changes to Kevin Bacon's character from typical point guns at the bad guys and demand they stop, to see bad guys, shoot first.
 
2013-03-26 09:29:23 AM  

revman64: BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?

Actually not a terrible show although you really have to suspend your disbelief in order to go along with much of the plot.  Similar to 24 in that aspect.  So yeah, I guess a few people watch since it is still airing.


I can't suspend that much disbelief. KB is a good actor, but the scenarios make me wince and facepalm.
 
2013-03-26 09:30:47 AM  

BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?


I tried mainly cause the hot chick from Justified is on it, but its really bad.
 
2013-03-26 10:01:25 AM  

BizarreMan: BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?

We watch it and yes, it's violent and some of the plot twists are way too Deus Ex Machina.  Bad guys trapped, no way out and then outa nowhere comes someone to rescue them.

It is interesting watching the changes to Kevin Bacon's character from typical point guns at the bad guys and demand they stop, to see bad guys, shoot first.


I like the show. There are quite a few moments where you can see the lazy writing but the premise is good. I think if they tightened up the story and moved it to a channel that would allow them to get away with more it would be a really good show.
 
2013-03-26 10:02:07 AM  
I saw the first episode, seemed well written and acted but goddam, a bit too dark for me. Makes "Seven" seem like a date movie.
 
2013-03-26 10:04:10 AM  

markfara: Mayors don't get to ban TV shows.

Five will get you ten that this creates outrage in the right-wing derposphere, however.


No, but they get to ban soda, cigarettes, trans fats, and salt...
 
2013-03-26 10:12:13 AM  

BizarreMan: We watch it and yes, it's violent and some of the plot twists are way too Deus Ex Machina.  Bad guys trapped, no way out and then outa nowhere comes someone to rescue them.

It is interesting watching the changes to Kevin Bacon's character from typical point guns at the bad guys and demand they stop, to see bad guys, shoot first.


Yeah...I watch it while I'm on the exercise bike, and even in that for the it's-just-so-frickin-terrible-I-can't-look-away-why-am-I-still-watchin g-this vibe.  It's just fark-awful.  Like you say, the deus-exs are just too much.  Every time they turn around,  someone else is in this cult and pulling strings behind the scenes.  At this point, they'd just be better off saying, "You know what?  You win.  You've already got everyone under your control anyway."  I'm waiting for the President to be in on it.

However, I appreciate the same thing you do where Bacon is just all about shooting first, shooting second, shooting some more and then thinking about asking questions.
 
2013-03-26 10:20:21 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: It's a fake news/satire site, submitter.


Yup. The NRA is the political machine that thinks violence is caused by shows and games.
 
2013-03-26 10:37:33 AM  
In the off chance anyone is actually interested in some of the causes of gangs and violence in Chicago schools, This American Life had an excellent (but depressing) series on it: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/487/harper-hig h -school-part-one
 
2013-03-26 10:45:58 AM  

BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?


I tried.  I gave it about five episodes and then it was turning out that everyone that seemed to matter was in on the serial killer's conspiracy, and it just started getting too goofy to believe.  I stopped watching several weeks ago.
 
2013-03-26 10:51:48 AM  

Dog Welder: BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?

I tried.  I gave it about five episodes and then it was turning out that everyone that seemed to matter was in on the serial killer's conspiracy, and it just started getting too goofy to believe.  I stopped watching several weeks ago.


Yeah, had high hopes because Kevin Bacon, but the writing was horrible. I realize there's a certain amount of suspension of disbelief in a TV show, but "goofy" is about as good a word as any to describe it.
 
2013-03-26 11:08:23 AM  
I wanted to like the show. I have though from time to time about what would happen if a serial killer had a cult following of other serial killers at his beck and call, so I thought the premiss was interesting and wanted to see what they would do with it. And it did start of all right, but each week the show just kept going down hill with the characters finding themselves in these ridiculous situations, the bad guys always being able to miraculously escape, and the FBI making Deputy Dog look like the pinnacle of law enforcement.

This was an idea that had a lot of potential, but was wasted away with horrible writing.
 
2013-03-26 11:11:50 AM  
Like someone said above, you have to suspend your disbelief a bit (sometimes more than a bit), but Kevin Bacon's character is great.  I love when he gets snarky with the killers.
 
2013-03-26 11:13:12 AM  

Weidbrewer: However, I appreciate the same thing you do where Bacon is just all about shooting first, shooting second, shooting some more and then thinking about asking questions


And when he does ask questions, he's usually got a thumb pushed all the way into a bullet wound.  I was worried when they had so many episodes of hunting the kidnappers and trying to rescue the boy.  There are only so many ways that the bad guys can get away at the last moment.

I haven't seen this weeks episode yet, but it's now turning even darker.

What gets me the most is how much forensics they should have been able to get out of the various crime scenes.  Every cult follower should lead them to more followers.  Houses, computers and cell phones so many more clues.

I think in the end, the followers will fall apart.  Their thrall and fear of Joe will be over-ridden by their own evil desires.
 
2013-03-26 11:25:21 AM  

BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?


I don't watch tee vee.
I don't even know why I clicked on this thread.
 
2013-03-26 11:45:19 AM  

Nick Spiceyweiner: BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?

I tried mainly cause the hot chick from Justified is on it, but its really bad.


Seconded.
 
2013-03-26 11:57:30 AM  
It looks like torture porn to me.
 
2013-03-26 11:58:18 AM  

boogerwolf: Fake news is fake.
Poorly written and unfunny fake news is just plain unfunny.


Yeah, good satire should keep you guessing the whole time. Shiatty satire gives itself away in the first sentence.
 
2013-03-26 12:00:53 PM  

revman64: BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?

Actually not a terrible show although you really have to suspend your disbelief in order to go along with much of the plot.  Similar to 24 in that aspect.  So yeah, I guess a few people watch since it is still airing.


Haven't you figured it out? It's ALWAYS cooler to be on the "I don't watch THAT show" side of the fence. Everyone is always too sophisticated, yet the shows continue to get high viewership. The internet is where all the Cool Kids®hang out, along with a bunch of blatant liars. In other words, pretty much everyone too cool to watch the show on here actually watches it.
 
2013-03-26 12:17:05 PM  

Mikey1969: revman64: BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?

Actually not a terrible show although you really have to suspend your disbelief in order to go along with much of the plot.  Similar to 24 in that aspect.  So yeah, I guess a few people watch since it is still airing.

Haven't you figured it out? It's ALWAYS cooler to be on the "I don't watch THAT show" side of the fence. Everyone is always too sophisticated, yet the shows continue to get high viewership. The internet is where all the Cool Kids®hang out, along with a bunch of blatant liars. In other words, pretty much everyone too cool to watch the show on here actually watches it.


While I see what you are getting at, it would be pretty stupid to say that every poster on every website has to like every show.

You cannot dismiss all criticism with that. I hated Lost, but according to people like you (and I've been told this at least 10 times on fark) that I HAVE to like Lost or else I'm just being one of those too-cool-for-school types.
 
2013-03-26 12:19:39 PM  
Well that's an unfunny web site I shall not bother visiting again.
 
2013-03-26 01:49:41 PM  

Mentat: Like someone said above, you have to suspend your disbelief a bit (sometimes more than a bit), but Kevin Bacon's character is great.  I love when he gets snarky with the killers.


This is the only thing that keeps me hanging on. The stupid things people do on this show on a weekly basis makes it hard to watch, but now I have to see how it ends. Waiting to see when they reveal Debra Parker (FBI chick) is also a follower.
 
2013-03-26 01:59:03 PM  

BizarreMan: BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?

We watch it and yes, it's violent and some of the plot twists are way too Deus Ex Machina.  Bad guys trapped, no way out and then outa nowhere comes someone to rescue them.

It is interesting watching the changes to Kevin Bacon's character from typical point guns at the bad guys and demand they stop, to see bad guys, shoot first.


Yeah, last week's "I surrender. You're a cop, you won't sh-"*BANG* moment was a surprise.  His character is a bit different now than at the beginning.
 
2013-03-26 02:19:06 PM  

Bravo Two: markfara: Mayors don't get to ban TV shows.

Five will get you ten that this creates outrage in the right-wing derposphere, however.

No, but they get to ban soda, cigarettes, trans fats, and salt...


You forgot Poland, I mean, foie gras!
 
2013-03-26 02:27:11 PM  

Bravo Two: No, but they get to ban soda, cigarettes, trans fats, and salt...


No. they don't get to do that, either.  But nice troll.
 
2013-03-26 02:35:25 PM  

chewielouie: Mentat: Like someone said above, you have to suspend your disbelief a bit (sometimes more than a bit), but Kevin Bacon's character is great.  I love when he gets snarky with the killers.

This is the only thing that keeps me hanging on. The stupid things people do on this show on a weekly basis makes it hard to watch, but now I have to see how it ends. Waiting to see when they reveal Debra Parker (FBI chick) is also a follower.


Until the reveal I thought she was going to be Roderick.
 
2013-03-26 02:48:35 PM  

chewielouie: Mentat: Like someone said above, you have to suspend your disbelief a bit (sometimes more than a bit), but Kevin Bacon's character is great.  I love when he gets snarky with the killers.

This is the only thing that keeps me hanging on. The stupid things people do on this show on a weekly basis makes it hard to watch, but now I have to see how it ends. Waiting to see when they reveal Debra Parker (FBI chick) is also a follower.


****SPOILERS****

Everyone, except for KB's character, are Followers.
 
2013-03-26 02:52:19 PM  

BalugaJoe: Does anyone actually watch that show?


I like it. For the first couple of episodes they would kill someone off before every commercial break. The cult on Edgar Allen Poe shouldn't be thought about too deeply. Also, as someone mentioned, every time the bad guys run into trouble: SURPRISE! That good person / innocent bystander was in the cult too!
 
2013-03-26 04:13:49 PM  
I'm off the Following bandwagon.  Interesting premise, but the show was never able to grab me the way good shows will.  Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Saul Goodman, Wynn Duffy, Boyd Crowder,  Daryl Dixon, Rick Grimes, many others are all television characters that have captured my fascination. I would be troubled if any of them were to leave their respective shows.  Still not a single character on Following that is interesting.    Bacon's character is probably the closest.  But while he is supposed to be the protagonist lawman, he comes nowhere near the coolness that is Rayland Givens.
 
2013-03-26 06:16:35 PM  

markfara: Mayors don't get to ban TV shows.

Five will get you ten that this creates outrage in the right-wing derposphere, however.


Back in the late 80's/early 90's when I was living in Pocatello, ID the mayor there banned an episode of Roseanne that involved a same-sex kiss. Then again, he also owned the TV station.
 
2013-03-26 10:59:47 PM  

badlife: chewielouie: Mentat: Like someone said above, you have to suspend your disbelief a bit (sometimes more than a bit), but Kevin Bacon's character is great.  I love when he gets snarky with the killers.

This is the only thing that keeps me hanging on. The stupid things people do on this show on a weekly basis makes it hard to watch, but now I have to see how it ends. Waiting to see when they reveal Debra Parker (FBI chick) is also a follower.

****SPOILERS****

Everyone, except for KB's character, are Followers.


What if KB's character . . . is a Follower? Whoa.
 
2013-03-27 04:15:16 AM  

ongbok: I wanted to like the show. I have though from time to time about what would happen if a serial killer had a cult following of other serial killers at his beck and call, so I thought the premiss was interesting and wanted to see what they would do with it. And it did start of all right, but each week the show just kept going down hill with the characters finding themselves in these ridiculous situations, the bad guys always being able to miraculously escape, and the FBI making Deputy Dog look like the pinnacle of law enforcement.

This was an idea that had a lot of potential, but was wasted away with horrible writing.


I actually think The Mentalist does this premise better with the overarching Red John plot arc.
 
2013-03-27 09:00:16 AM  
Good. grumpycat.jpg

These shows are sick and perverse beyond words. They are harmful to our social fabric. They are simply gore porn and have no redeeming artistic value.
 
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