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(Pajiba)   You didn't even know you wanted it, but we've been waiting 15 years and now we realize how much we've missing it. Last night, Keith Olbermann brought back the one, the only, Dan Rydell   (pajiba.com) divider line 26
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2014-03-29 12:11:09 PM
The Cutman!
 
2014-03-29 12:14:02 PM
Dan Rydell is one of my all time favorite TV characters. Love Josh Charles, just not enough to watch The Good Wife.
 
2014-03-29 12:17:06 PM

kronicfeld: Dan Rydell is one of my all time favorite TV characters. Love Josh Charles, just not enough to watch The Good Wife.


I remember the exact moment when I realize that Aaron Sorkin was working on a higher level, and it was that scene where Dan comes into the bar after his quasi-therarpy session and he bashfully tells Casey ""There may be periods of time in the conversation when I don't say anything funny". So touching and well acted.

That and Dan's advice to always be the good guy, since it never fails. That's 100% true.
 
2014-03-29 12:23:46 PM

DamnYankees: kronicfeld: Dan Rydell is one of my all time favorite TV characters. Love Josh Charles, just not enough to watch The Good Wife.

I remember the exact moment when I realize that Aaron Sorkin was working on a higher level, and it was that scene where Dan comes into the bar after his quasi-therarpy session and he bashfully tells Casey ""There may be periods of time in the conversation when I don't say anything funny". So touching and well acted.

That and Dan's advice to always be the good guy, since it never fails. That's 100% true.


As long as we are circle-jerking over Sports Night, how in the world has Peter Krause never won an Emmy?
 
2014-03-29 12:35:24 PM

kronicfeld: DamnYankees: kronicfeld: Dan Rydell is one of my all time favorite TV characters. Love Josh Charles, just not enough to watch The Good Wife.

I remember the exact moment when I realize that Aaron Sorkin was working on a higher level, and it was that scene where Dan comes into the bar after his quasi-therarpy session and he bashfully tells Casey ""There may be periods of time in the conversation when I don't say anything funny". So touching and well acted.

That and Dan's advice to always be the good guy, since it never fails. That's 100% true.

As long as we are circle-jerking over Sports Night, how in the world has Peter Krause never won an Emmy?


For playing the white supremacist on Seinfeld?
 
2014-03-29 12:35:27 PM
I tried to watch Sports Night. Got through the first episode. That was it. Which is odd, because I love Sorkin's work, Even Studio 60.

I think it was the cheesy phone call to his son at the end that made me switch off ...
 
2014-03-29 12:36:28 PM

HawgWild: I tried to watch Sports Night. Got through the first episode. That was it. Which is odd, because I love Sorkin's work, Even Studio 60.

I think it was the cheesy phone call to his son at the end that made me switch off ...


Go back. Sports Night was Sorkins first attempt at a TV show, and the pilot is totally...odd. It gets better.
 
2014-03-29 07:08:46 PM
Who did what in the what now? Oh right, the guy with the beak. Does he talk in the same clever voice as everyone else in corridors?
 
2014-03-29 07:44:21 PM

DamnYankees: HawgWild: I tried to watch Sports Night. Got through the first episode. That was it. Which is odd, because I love Sorkin's work, Even Studio 60.

I think it was the cheesy phone call to his son at the end that made me switch off ...

Go back. Sports Night was Sorkins first attempt at a TV show, and the pilot is totally...odd. It gets better.


Way better. It's in my personal top 5 all-time TV sit-coms.
 
2014-03-29 07:52:38 PM
I'm just going to throw it out there that Olbermann's show is probaby the best sports show on television.
 
2014-03-29 08:18:13 PM
I do miss the Sports Night, except for how it's on FXX around noon or so every weekday (your time zone may vary).

Obviously, the episodes without the laugh track are better.

Nifty nugget: In final couple of episodes, the new phenomenon of broadband Internet is important to the plot.
 
2014-03-29 08:19:02 PM
OH GOD I LOVE SPORTS NIGHT.
 
2014-03-29 08:35:45 PM
That made me really sad, and now I have to go watch Sports Night all the way through for the umpteenth time.
 
2014-03-29 08:43:16 PM

Evilsmurf: I'm just going to throw it out there that Olbermann's show is probaby the best sports show on television.


As much as his show on MSNBC was schlock, his sports show its pretty damn good. People have to look past his librul shrillness and see that he really knows his sports. Especially baseball.
 
2014-03-29 09:10:59 PM
I'll just leave this here.
watikalemon.com
 
2014-03-29 09:49:16 PM

ManateeGag: Evilsmurf: I'm just going to throw it out there that Olbermann's show is probaby the best sports show on television.

As much as his show on MSNBC was schlock, his sports show its pretty damn good. People have to look past his librul shrillness and see that he really knows his sports. Especially baseball.


It's not normal for someone to know as much about baseball as Olbermann does while still being able to dress oneself.
 
2014-03-30 12:01:19 AM
I recently rewatched the entire run of Sports Night.

Great show, great cast, the occasional laugh track is painful.
 
2014-03-30 12:27:03 AM
Keith who?
 
2014-03-30 01:16:13 AM

Vodka Zombie: ManateeGag: Evilsmurf: I'm just going to throw it out there that Olbermann's show is probaby the best sports show on television.

As much as his show on MSNBC was schlock, his sports show its pretty damn good. People have to look past his librul shrillness and see that he really knows his sports. Especially baseball.

It's not normal for someone to know as much about baseball as Olbermann does while still being able to dress oneself.


This is quite true. And yes, ignore his MSNBC stuff and just go on what you see and you end up enjoying the show. It's a shame there's no consistency on which channel he'll appear on night to night, but he seems to be taking it in stride.

As for the Sports Night bit, I was never the biggest fan of the show but I instantly picked up on the joke when Josh Charles appeared on the screen (and I missed the intro where Keith hinted at the surprise until I watched the repeat). Nice job in throwing that out there by both of them.
 
2014-03-30 03:11:53 AM

SurfaceTension: DamnYankees: HawgWild: I tried to watch Sports Night. Got through the first episode. That was it. Which is odd, because I love Sorkin's work, Even Studio 60.

I think it was the cheesy phone call to his son at the end that made me switch off ...

Go back. Sports Night was Sorkins first attempt at a TV show, and the pilot is totally...odd. It gets better.

Way better. It's in my personal top 5 all-time TV sit-coms.


And the horribly inappropriate laugh track is jettisoned somewhere around the middle of the first season, which all by itself makes the show more watchable. It does get a little full of itself once or twice, but you really need to give it another chance. Pilots are pilots. A series evolves.
 
2014-03-30 03:23:59 AM

DamnYankees: The Cutman!


I'd like to be called the Hammer. You know why I'm not? YOU CAN'T GIVE YOURSELF A NICKNAME.


/Also, it's taken
 
2014-03-30 11:05:53 AM

Gig103: DamnYankees: The Cutman!

I'd like to be called the Hammer. You know why I'm not? YOU CAN'T GIVE YOURSELF A NICKNAME.


/Also, it's taken


The hammer is my penis.
 
2014-03-30 01:56:13 PM

ManateeGag: As much as his show on MSNBC was schlock


desertgeek: ignore his MSNBC stuff


I loved Countdown...
 
2014-03-30 05:30:14 PM

un4gvn666: ManateeGag: As much as his show on MSNBC was schlock

desertgeek: ignore his MSNBC stuff

I loved Countdown...


I loved early Countdown too before it was all Special Commentary, all the time.  Likewise, his earlier show was great until it became all Lewinsky, all the time.  Once he finds a new gimmick and beats it into the ground I'm sure I'll stop watching this show.
 
2014-03-30 10:21:54 PM

un4gvn666: ManateeGag: As much as his show on MSNBC was schlock

desertgeek: ignore his MSNBC stuff

I loved Countdown...


Me too and I agreed with most of what he said. He just became too "holier-than-thou" for my liking.

/And my note about ignoring his part was more about his politics than anything else.
 
2014-03-30 10:30:40 PM
Sports Night is the best work Aaron Sorkin ever did.  You know in your heart this is true.  Everything else has been a pale rehash of it.  (West Wing's pretty good though.  I don't know what to make of A Few Good Men -- it sucked on just about every level and I still have trouble believing he was involved.)

 I hate sports, bores me to tears.  Sports Night was riveting TV.  I'm a little afraid to revisit it though; between age and its dilution into the rest of the Sorkinverse I wonder whether it would hold up well.
 
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