Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney by Kent Eanes/HBO
Jeers to HBO for declaring its independence too strongly with John Adams. As a pay-cable outlet, the net isn't subject to the same censorship standards as broadcast or basic-cable channels. But that doesn't mean all of its productions must include graphic content. The superb Adams would make perfect viewing for history buffs of all ages, were it not for the nudity (did we really need to see the full monty during the tar-and-feather sequence?), sex scenes between John and Abigail and gory depictions of various 18th-century diseases. I know it's not TV, it's HBO. But it's also not necessary. For more Cheers & Jeers, check out the new vodcast. Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!
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Question: I just finished reading an article about HBO deciding not to air the six produced episodes of one of their more anticipated new programs, 12 Miles of Bad Road. Ever since The Sopranos ended, people have been criticizing HBO for its lack of quality TV while I have been defending it. HBO still has some good shows like Big Love and Entourage (even though its best years are behind it). It still puts out the epic miniseries — see John Adams and this summer's Generation Kill (produced by David Simon and Ed Burns). My last argument was that HBO's development requires a longer process than most networks, and that it was in a rebuilding stage. The two shows that were in development that I thought could appeal to mainstream audiences were 12 Miles and Alan Ball's True Blood. However, now that HBO has cancelled a Lily Tomlin starrer before it even aired, I can no longer defend it. I don't know if it's a good show — it could be horrible. But why not air the six episodes they have ...
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As we all know by now (unless you're living under a rock), Harrison Ford has been whipped back into shape for the long-awaited 4th film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It debuts at the box office in just two more months, and most of us can't wait! But there's been an added bonus: in the run-up to this sure-fire blockbuster, Paramount Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm have slowly been releasing DVD sets of the early '90s television version, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. In fact, the third and final collection ships on April 29th.Pre-order Young Indiana Jones - Vol. 3 on Amazon.comBut if it weren't for the upcoming return of this illustrious character, would the television series have ever seen the light of day? Maybe...but possibly not at this particular time, and probably not with such an in-depth production job on episodes and extras. Oh, these TV-DVDs have certainly been in the works since 2002. But then again, the new film has been planned for a very lon...
David Morse, John Adams
In HBO's historical miniseries John Adams (Sundays at 9 pm/ET), David Morse is tasked with the role of recreating one of the United States' most legendary figures, George Washington. We chatted with him about playing the first president, brushing up on his history and remembering some favorite gigs on his résumé.
TVGuide.com: How did you prepare to play George Washington?David Morse: I didn't have a lot of time. I found out about three weeks before shooting that I was going to do it. It was really a cram session. Obviously I was looking at every single portrait I could find just to get some feeling of how people saw him and how he held himself. Literally, I started reading from the moment I started to the day I wrapped.
TVGuide.com: Describe your interpretation. Morse: When I looked at por
Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney in John Adams by Kent Eanes/HBO
Cheers (or should I say "Huzzah!") to Laura Linney for her glorious portrayal of Abigail Adams in HBO's rousing miniseries John Adams. It's easy to understand the Founding Father's devotion to his First Lady: She's headstrong yet steadfast, fiercely protective of her family and knows how to handle a gun. Where can I find a woman like that? The Savages star should've won an Oscar or two by now, but she can rest assured she'll win her third Emmy (after Frasier and 2001's TV-movie Wild Iris) for this truly revolutionary performance.
Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, John Adams
Why isn't John Adams more famous? His face isn't on Mount Rushmore or any dollar bill. Even the popular Boston beer company passed him over in favor of his rabble-rousing cousin, Sam. Turns out the legacy of our second president — and arguably most significant Founding Father — has languished in the shadows of his predecessor, George Washington, and successor, Thomas Jefferson. But the new, seven-part HBO miniseries John Adams (premiering Sunday at 8 pm/ET, HBO), based on David McCullough's Pulitzer prize-winning biography, could change that. "To me, he was always 'the boring guy,'" says Paul Giamatti, who stars as Adams. "But I found out he wasn't boring at all."
The miniseries opens with 1770's Boston Massacre and Adams' controversial decision to serve as defense attorney for the British soldiers whose attack left five colonists d
Oh, how John Adams would have loved that out of all his fellow Founding Fathers, he's the first to get the deluxe HBO miniseries treatment. Not Franklin, Jefferson or Washington — but a squat man of towering temper, possessing an ambition and ego as grand as his visionary intellect and a revolutionary passion for liberty.
John Adams, based on David McCullough's acclaimed biography, is as sumptuous and satisfying as TV gets: gorgeously produced, marvelously acted and written with a sense of high drama amid generous displays of wit.
Befitting such an enduring love story, Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney are splendid as America's second First Couple. At home, when John sheds his wig and attitude, they're equals: "You do not need to quote great men to show you are one," Abigail chides him, all the while acknowledging her husband's indisputable greatness.
As his ardent champion and best and most loving critic, she truly does complete him. They ache for each othe
Question: I just had a dream where I ventured several months into the future. And the first thing I did? Run to the computer to see which dramas had been nominated by the Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series. I know, I'm a dork. To my surprise, here were the worthy five: Dexter, Friday Night Lights, House, Lost and The Wire. What a lineup! Also in my dream, I was excited by the Emmys' decision to finally get rid of all the forgettable TV movie and miniseries awards (moving them to the Creative Arts Awards). Too bad I woke up.
Answer: To be fair, ABC's beautiful remake of A Raisin in the Sun and HBO's spectacular John Adams miniseries (which begins this Sunday) are reason enough to keep the movie/miniseries awards in full view. I for one am beyond curious as to how the voting will go between Raisin's Phylicia Rashad and John Adams' Laura Linney, both remarkable performances. But yes, "dream on" where those best-drama candidates are concerned. Personally, I'd bump House in favor of Mad Men ...