TV: Hulu Announces 11/22/63 Series

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Patricia A

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I've learned to not get too hopeful or enthusiastic about adaptations of King's works for TV or movies. Oh I am such a liar! I still get excited, but I've learned to not expect to like them anywhere near as much as the book. Experience is a good teacher. After saying all that, 11.22.63 blew me away last night. Call me impressed.
 

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I've learned to not get too hopeful or enthusiastic about adaptations of King's works for TV or movies. Oh I am such a liar! I still get excited, but I've learned to not expect to like them anywhere near as much as the book. Experience is a good teacher. After saying all that, 11.22.63 blew me away last night. Call me impressed.

Same here, and I think that's another reason I loved the first episode. My expectations were extremely low (especially after UTD).
 

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Did anyone watch the second episode? It was spot on. I'm hooked.
Not yet. This weekend is "catch up on shows" time ;)

We love Hulu, BTW. Found all kinds of cool things on it, not least of which is Night Gallery. We're staying. And with our Amazon Fire TV, we no longer need cable. Except for Internet. This will save of > $150/month!
 

Andy1963

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Help isn't available her in the UK but this is no on cable/satellite. Only shown to episode 4 so far.
First episode fantastic, 2nd same, 3 ok 4 not sure I like it. Too many changes to the book, and I think the love story is about to be downplayed but this is what makes the book so perfect. Seen last scene on YouTube and I must admit it was perfect.
I only hope 5, 6 and 7 are better.
 

joyfulgirlh

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Just thought I'd pop in to say that although I missed many things from the book, I wasn't mad at this production. I was super-doubtful about James Franco, but I think he was okay. Was this Constant Reader over-the-moon-wild (M-O-O-N that spells moon) about this mini-series? Nope, but it was good, the ending was very satisfying and it wasn't the epic fail I thought Bag of Bones was.
Stuck my two-cents here because I didn't want to start a whole new thread just to say "Eh-s'okay". :-D
 

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After 6 eps, I can say it's...OK. Just that. OK. I like the way the title sequence was done, I like the period detail (though I can't speak as to authenticity; I was still 10 years shy of making my entrance into the world in 1963). I don't mind the actors, though I wish the woman playing Sadie would SPEAK UP A BIT. Everyone else is there being perfectly fine, she turns up and it's "*mumble mumble mumble, mumble mumble* Jake". What's worse is that she seems to encourage James Franco into mumblespeak too. I'm sure I've lost all kinds of nuance and detail in their scenes together.
Still prefer the book, but it's not bad.
 

joyfulgirlh

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After 6 eps, I can say it's...OK. Just that. OK. I like the way the title sequence was done, I like the period detail (though I can't speak as to authenticity; I was still 10 years shy of making my entrance into the world in 1963). I don't mind the actors, though I wish the woman playing Sadie would SPEAK UP A BIT. Everyone else is there being perfectly fine, she turns up and it's "*mumble mumble mumble, mumble mumble* Jake". What's worse is that she seems to encourage James Franco into mumblespeak too. I'm sure I've lost all kinds of nuance and detail in their scenes together.
Still prefer the book, but it's not bad.
I didn't notice the mumbling thing! Perhaps because I watch everything with closed captions/subtitles, which drive some of my friends nuts... But ditto about the book. There's only one time I can recall that I didn't prefer Sai King's written story over the movie & that was "The Mist".
 

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I didn't notice the mumbling thing! Perhaps because I watch everything with closed captions/subtitles, which drive some of my friends nuts... But ditto about the book. There's only one time I can recall that I didn't prefer Sai King's written story over the movie & that was "The Mist".
I'd be tempted to say that it may just be down to the way it's broadcast here, but it really is just her (and JF in some of their scenes together). Everyone else comes over clear as a bell.
Either that or I'm losing my hearing at a certain pitch. :eek:

As for The Mist, I love both. A lot of people hated the movie ending, but I thought it was more thought-provoking and worked for the medium.
 

joyfulgirlh

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I'd be tempted to say that it may just be down to the way it's broadcast here, but it really is just her (and JF in some of their scenes together). Everyone else comes over clear as a bell.
Either that or I'm losing my hearing at a certain pitch. :eek:

As for The Mist, I love both. A lot of people hated the movie ending, but I thought it was more thought-provoking and worked for the medium.
Maybe it's just the actress not doing a great job of a Texas-southern-accent? I've only ever read (and re-read) "The Mist" as published in "Skeleton Crew"; I liked the movie version of it because the ending was so unexpected & horrific.
 

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Maybe it's just the actress not doing a great job of a Texas-southern-accent? I've only ever read (and re-read) "The Mist" as published in "Skeleton Crew"; I liked the movie version of it because the ending was so unexpected & horrific.
I definitely have had no problems hearing anything said as broadcast here in the UK. I do know Sarah Gadon is Canadian so it could be down to the different accent being used. Her English accent when she played Princess Elizabeth in the Night Out film set on VE day was pretty good; she does seem to be good at different accents.
As for the mist, never seen it so can't comment.
 

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Ah well. Maybe I'll just have to turn the telly up a bit whenever she appears on screen. As I said, though, everyone else's delivery is fine as it is, so I'll have to remember to turn it down again once she's off-screen to AVOID EVERYBODY YELLING and the music blasting me into hyperspace.
I suppose it could all be down to something getting lost at certain pitches/frequencies because, while our TV is only a couple of years old (and was mid-range, so not cheap!), we don't have surround sound speakers all over the place or a soundbar. Either that or it's me lugs beginning to fail (possible, given the amount of loud rock music I've poured into them over the years).
 

joyfulgirlh

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I definitely have had no problems hearing anything said as broadcast here in the UK. I do know Sarah Gadon is Canadian so it could be down to the different accent being used. Her English accent when she played Princess Elizabeth in the Night Out film set on VE day was pretty good; she does seem to be good at different accents.
As for the mist, never seen it so can't comment.
I've been pondering looking her up at IMDB & watching some of her other films just because Mr. Nobody has gotten my curiosity piqued. :)

Ah well. Maybe I'll just have to turn the telly up a bit whenever she appears on screen. As I said, though, everyone else's delivery is fine as it is, so I'll have to remember to turn it down again once she's off-screen to AVOID EVERYBODY YELLING and the music blasting me into hyperspace.
I suppose it could all be down to something getting lost at certain pitches/frequencies because, while our TV is only a couple of years old (and was mid-range, so not cheap!), we don't have surround sound speakers all over the place or a soundbar. Either that or it's me lugs beginning to fail (possible, given the amount of loud rock music I've poured into them over the years).
Mr. Nobody, you made me laugh right out loud (because I can relate). :-D Maybe her southern-accent-voice *is* on some weird frequency that your TV is allergic to or that requires surround speakers. :snicker:
 
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doowopgirl

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We are loving 11/22/63. My husband is not a Constant Reader, but he is enjoying it as much as I am. I was so diappointed by UTD that I was very skeptical about this. There are a good few things that are different than the book, but not in such a way to mess up the story. The vibe is right. I actually liked the film adaptation of The Mist better than the book. Loved the ending of The Mist as well.
 
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