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Damages, Skins

There is some really good television happening right now. I don’t actually have television but I watch online. In some ways this is freeing because I can pretty much watch all the shows whenever I want without advertisements. In other ways it can suck because sometimes it’s hard to find favourite programs that might not be that popular with the majority of viewers. I’m getting pretty good at finding what I want though.

I’ve been watching the final season of The L Word. I’ve loved this series since the beginning, though it’s been getting more and more bizarre with each season. I think I liked it more in early days than now. Still, I watch. We’re only a couple of episodes in and already we know Jenny’s going to be killed by season’s end. Max is pregnant. Jenny and Shane are going to get together. Weirdness! I’ve heard a spin-off series is in the works that will feature Alice in prison. Did she kill Jenny? More weirdness! So yes, it’s getting a little too weird and not in that zany Boston Legal kind of way that I love, but in a way that sort of detracts from the great stories that the series used to tell. Still, I watch every week, will stay on board through the end and likely check out the spin-off just to see where it all goes.

Nip/Tuck is another one of those shows that I always loved and continue to follow even though it’s gone way past my bizarre comfort level for a tv drama. I mean Christian and Liz? What the hell?! Gimme a break. I can handle a woman slicing her own breast off with an electric knife in a plastic surgeons waiting room. But Christian and Liz? C’mon now.

A show I really like and have been eagerly waiting for its return is Big Love. I am fascinated by this polygamist culture. I guess it kind of does what The Sopranos always did so well, takes something that most people feel is morally wrong and illegal and shows us what it’s like from the point of view of someone in it. I can understand why it works for Bill and his three wives and I can feel bad for them when their way of life is threatened. And I can also feel totally repulsed by the commune lifestyle and so sad for all those poor little girls married off to old men. I see characters like Alby Grant and know there are some scary individuals in the world, who maybe got that way because they were damaged along the way. This is interesting television because there doesn’t seem to be anything else like it on right now.

I like shows that push the boundaries and it seems like there are less of these shows being made in North America. I think that’s why I enjoy programming out of the UK so much. Last summer I stumbled into a series called Skins. It’s like Queer as Folk met Degrassi and beat the crap out of anything remotely after school special. These kids openly curse, drink, take drugs, shoplift, have sex, accept all dares, deal with peer pressure and messy home lives, and generally get up to anything and everything that teenagers can get up to. I watched the first two seasons in a couple of days and then was mortified to learn that none of the main characters would be returning for the third season. It’s a show about kids in high school or “college” as they call it, so once they graduate it’s bygones and a new bunch enrol. I loved Sid and Caissie, I couldn’t imagine the show working without them … and then I tuned in to the Season Three premiere and there were a bunch of new kids in a new school and I was hooked again. If you’ve never seen it you should give it a try. It’s laugh out loud funny and yet it’s not a sitcom. They deal with some very serious issues as well.

But the absolute best show on television anywhere in the world right now has got to be Damages. These people are effed up! Big time! I love the use of flash forwards. I love that nothing is ever what it seems. These characters are the biggest liars anywhere (oh yes, they are mostly lawyers).  You never know what’s going to happen from one moment to the next, let alone one episode to the next. Conspiracy abounds! Oh and it doesn’t hurt one little bit that my boyfriend Timothy Olyphant has joined the cast this year, and he’s bad ass psycho with a secret closet full of newspaper clippings and guns. With the likes of Glenn Close, William Hurt, Ted Dansen and Marcia Gay Harden all on cast, this show is a heavy hitter. If you haven’t been watching, you really should.

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  1. Hi Kellie,

    I notice you’re a Damages fan. We’re actually promoting Damages season 2 in the UK which is just about to start.

    Just wondered if it was possible to keep in touch with you on a weekly basis to keep you posted with the latest storylines (ok so you’re a few episodes ahead), exclusive interviews with the cast including Glenn and Rose, nehind the scenes footage and the odd competition. What do you think?

    Please email me and let me know what you think: harry@hotcherry.co.uk

    Best,
    Harry
    Hot Cherry

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  2. Hi Kellie,

    Just thought you’d appreciate an update on Damages…

    In the latest episode of Damages, Daniel is cleared of any involvement in his wife’s murder and Patty’s case against Ultima National Resources for the dumping of toxic chemicals is strengthening. And in this week’s podcast interview, Glenn Close and Rose Byrne speak to us about their characters and reveal exclusive storyline insights.

    Episode 4 catch up
    Kevin Walker confesses to murdering Christine but Patty is convinced that he wasn’t acting alone. Worried that Walker could cave under pressure, UNR’s CEO Walter Kendrick tells Claire Maddox to make sure that he never talks. Cleared of murdering his wife, Daniel persuades Patty to meet their son Michael. Reporter Josh Renton uncovers pollution of the water samples but Daniel surprises Patty by claiming no sign of toxicity – little does she know that Daniel has taken a bribe to torpedo her case.

    In next week’s episode
    Will Patty back off from her case against UNR? Will Ellen prevent the government’s investigation of her boss from being derailed and will Patty finally discover the truth about Ellen’s undercover investigation?

    Damages on iTunes
    If you love Damages, Episodes 1-4 are available for download now on iTunes at http://www.itunes.com/tv/damages. Subsequent episodes will be available the day after they’re broadcast on BBC One, Sundays at 10:20pm.
    Podcast interview with Glenn Close and Rose Byrne: In this week’s exclusive podcast interview, we spoke with Glenn Close who told us about Patty’s doubts over Daniel’s involvement in the case against UNR. Glenn also told us about how she collaborated with the writers and how the trauma Patty went through shaped her character. We also spoke with Rose Byrne who told us what type of input she has in the creation of her character and how meeting the FBI and a post-traumatic stress counsellor helped her role. For non-iTunes users, you can see the podcast interview here: http://tinyurl.com/aj6wgp and for iTunes users click here: http://tinyurl.com/bmgo8h.

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  3. As we reach episode 5 of Damages, Patty redoubles her efforts to punish Ultima National Resources (UNR) for dumping toxic waste and Ellen is more determined than ever to maintain the FBI’s investigation of Patty. In this week’s podcast interview, Glenn Close and Rose Byrne reveal exclusive insights into the show and discuss how it feels working on scenes they don’t know the outcome of.

    Episode 5 catch up
    The case against UNR is gathering pace. Patty is more determined than ever to prosecute UNR for dumping toxic material, despite Daniel failing to back up her claims. Knowing that UNR is seeking approval from the government for an upcoming merger, Patty hands over her files on the company to Douglas Schiff, the deputy director at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Even though Schiff has the evidence to halt the merger, he tells Patty that he’s been overruled by his superiors at the FERC.

    At Tom’s tenth anniversary at the firm, Ellen returns to Patty’s apartment for the first time since the murder of her fiancé. However, the FBI are concerned that Patty is becoming increasingly suspicious. Ellen is worried that the case against Patty will fall apart and that her collaboration with the FBI will be exposed so she leads Patty astray, telling her that she had been approached by the FBI but has refused to cooperate with them. Finally, and to protect Patty from further investigation, the hitman hired to kill Ellen during the Frobisher case is sent into hiding by Uncle Pete.

    In next week’s episode
    What lengths will Patty go to tie UNR to the murder of Daniel Purcell’s wife? What will be the outfall of Patty’s accusations and will Ellen link Frobisher to the murder of her fiancé?

    Damages on iTunes
    If you love Damages, Episodes 1-5 are available for download now on iTunes at http://www.itunes.com/tv/damages. Subsequent episodes will be available the day after they’re broadcast on BBC One, Sundays at 10:20pm.
    Podcast interview with Glenn Close and Rose Byrne In this week’s exclusive podcast interview, we spoke with Glenn Close who told us about Patty’s relationship with Uncle Pete and his increasing suspicions over Ellen. We also find out why Ellen revealed to Patty that she was approached by the FBI to work as informant agent. Rose Byrne told us how past events have made her character fearless and Glenn and Rose explain how it feels working on scenes they don’t know the outcome of. For non-iTunes users, you can see the podcast interview using this link http://tinyurl.com/aj6wgp and for iTunes users, use this link http://tinyurl.com/bmgo8h.

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  4. Hi guys,

    Here’s the latest update on Damages starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne.

    As we reach the halfway stage in Damages season 2, Patty goes to unusual lengths to accuse Ultima National Resources’ CEO of being behind the murder of Daniel Purcell’s wife. In this week’s podcast interview, we talk to Glenn Close and Rose Byrne who reveal exclusive insights into the show. And this week’s clip features some of season’s 2 new characters, including William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden and Timothy Olyphant, talking about their roles.

    Episode 6 catch up
    Whilst Ultima National Resources (UNR) continue to bury evidence that links the company to the water pollution of West Virginia, Patty uses a TV interview to accuse UNR’s boss Walter Kendrick of the murder of Daniel Purcell’s wife. Claire Maddox uses this to end her affair with Daniel and encourages Kendrick to sue Patty for defamation to stop the growing damage to UNR’s stock price. In a chance meet, Kendrick ignores Frobisher’s advice to avoid a confrontation with Patty and orders Claire to sue to the tune of $200m.

    Meanwhile, Katie comes across the rogue cop Eliot Tolken who tailed her during the Frobisher lawsuit. Whilst Katie is concerned, Ellen is hoping to use Tolken to tie Frobisher to David O’ Conner’s murder but Tolken knows too much and is killed. Finally, Patty settles the defamation case against Kendrick and tells Ellen that she’s found a new plaintiff in the case against UNR. What Patty doesn’t tell Ellen is that the plaintiff is none other than Frobisher.

    In next week’s episode
    Will Patty tell Ellen that Frobisher is the new plaintiff in the case against UNR? Will Frobisher shed any light on who killed David and will Uncle Pete cave in under the pressure of the FBI?

    Damages on iTunes
    If you love Damages, Episodes 1-6 are available for download now on iTunes at http://www.itunes.com/tv/damages. Subsequent episodes will be available the day after they’re broadcast on BBC One, Sundays at 10:20pm.

    Podcast interview with Glenn Close and Rose Byrne
    In this week’s exclusive podcast interview, we spoke with Glenn Close and Rose Byrne who told us what it’s like working on scenes they don’t know the outcome of. And, as uncle Pete continues to suspect Ellen and voices his concerns to Patty, Rose told us if Ellen is starting to get scared. For non-iTunes users, you can see the podcast interview here http://tinyurl.com/aj6wgp and for iTunes users, you can see it here http://tinyurl.com/bmgo8h.

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