Sunday Night TV and Open Thread

So much to watch tonight: Breaking Bad, Weeds, and a new season of the Great Food Truck Race.

There's also a new BBC in America crime series starting, Copper. It's the network's first original scripted series. It takes place in New York's Five Points after the civil war and features an Irish heavy-handed cop ("He does bad things to bad people") in an era in which the cops were as corrupt as the criminals and there was no such thing as Miranda rights. The series was created by Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street") and produced by Barry Levinson. The madam is played by Franka Potente, who starred in "Run Lola Run" (a very strange film that I really liked and have seen a few times.) Anyway, it's getting very good reviews all around.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome, TV related or not.

The trailer is here. You can watch all of Run Lola Run on You Tube starting here.

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    Diana Nyad (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CoralGables on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:09:57 PM EST
    30 hours in the water. Not close to the halfway mark yet but the gulfstream will speed up that pace considerably.

    It was a Perfect day for swimming

    The full wet suit went back on at sundown. If she gets stung as often tonight as she did last night she may not make it to sunrise. The weather report is good through Tuesday with light seas, so if she makes it through the jellies tonight I don't see her coming up short this time.

    I can't describe my admiration (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by shoephone on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:17:04 PM EST
    for Nyad. That takes immeasurable amounts of stamina and raw courage. Keep us posted, please.

    I took a trip to Hawaii with a friend after high school graduation (about a million years ago) and she went off on a surfboard to reach the other side of the island. Of course, she ended up swimming a good portion of the journey. Was followed by man o'war the entire way. Never got clipped, but, mentally, she was very much the worse for wear when we met up in Kapaa a few days later!


    Would love to see "Copper" (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by shoephone on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:10:44 PM EST
    but don't get BBC America.

    IMO, "Homicide: Life on the Streets" is still the best police drama ever broadcast on American television.

    Agreed. (none / 0) (#8)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:53:38 PM EST
    I'm also a big fan of Southland, which originally debuted on NBC, before TNT picked the series up upon its cancellation by the peacock network after only one season. It's now about to enter Season No. 5.

    "legitimate rape" (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by desmoinesdem on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 11:16:27 PM EST
    The Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri: victims of "legitimate rape" don't get pregnant because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

    He now says that he "misspoke."

    The Romney campaign disagrees and clarifies, "A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape."

    I wouldn't be surprised if Todd Akin recovers and wins the Missouri Senate race, but Romney explicitly supporting abortion rights in cases of rape and incest will cause a huge sh*tstorm among social conservatives.

    The original statement is absolutely (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 11:47:53 PM EST
    weird.  Who is this guy.  

    I have no idea, but, (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by NYShooter on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:27:49 AM EST
    mark my words, this will have something to do with those aspirins women are supposed to put between their knees to keep from getting pregnant......Republican's answer for birth control.

    You heard it first here.


    The only reason left for voting Democratic (none / 0) (#12)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 08:12:41 AM EST
    is that the Republicans and their base are slightly more abysmally stupid and ignorant.

    "Who is this guy?" (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by KeysDan on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 09:48:04 AM EST
    Just a Republican Congressman from MO who, owing to his expertise, is on the House Science Committee.   Oh, and the Republican nominee for US Senator and a tea party favorite.

    That is the really pathetic truth. (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by oculus on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 11:19:00 AM EST
    I like Run, Lola, Run a lot (none / 0) (#3)
    by lilburro on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:16:29 PM EST
    and have seen it several times, too.  Intense but fun, and the music does a lot for it.

    Sitting here with a raw chicken quarter (none / 0) (#5)
    by nycstray on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:21:47 PM EST
    on my foot, curtesy of Roxy!, aka her dinner. This togetherness kick she's on is getting a bit over the top. I prefer my chicken cooked, TYVM.  :P

    umm . . "courtesy" . (none / 0) (#7)
    by nycstray on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:23:45 PM EST
    Curiosity (none / 0) (#6)
    by Cylinder on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:21:50 PM EST
    Mars Science Lab had a big weekend.

    MSL completes surface test of Chemcam laser on a 3-inch basalt. The resulting plasma is imaged by Chemcam and analyzed by Curiosity's internal spectrometer.

    Curiosity's wheel test is underway. If all goes well, MSL will take its test spin tomorrow.

    The hi-res descent video is done. It shows Curiosity's descent from heat shield seperation to landing. Notice the scours form near the end of the video and the dust settle out.

    MSL has uplinked its image of the summit of Mt Sharp (Aeolis Mons.) In the foreground is the surface gravel bed. Near the middle of the image is the primary science target - the layered sediments of the foothills. Above that is the channel cut flank of Mt. Sharp itself.