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Two New Trailers for Series 3 of Downton Abbey. by The Elephant's Child

Tears and trouble. The British upper crust soap opera  that we all love.  Better than Dallas. The period styling is marvelous.



WATCH: Downton Abbey Season 3 Trailer by American Elephant
August 15, 2012, 4:38 pm
Filed under: News, Television | Tags: , , ,

For those of us addicted to the gripping British period soap-opera, Downton Abbey, the seasons are always too short, and the wait between is always much too long. But now we at least know how long the wait will be. The third season will broadcast in the United States starting next January. (Ugh!) This trailer comes from the UK, where it begins next month. (Hmm, perhaps a subscription to Hidemyass is in order):

Shirley MacLaine makes her Downtown Abbey debut as the Countess of Grantham Cora Crawley’s American mother—a role to rival Maggie Smith’s beloved Dowager Countess (“She’ll bring enough drama of her own”)—arriving when the Earl of Grantham learns the estate is broke. This, of course, doesn’t make for wedded bliss between the newly engaged Mary Crawley and Matthew, and the look on his face when Mary wonders, “if we could disagree over something as fundamental as this then shouldn’t we be brave and back away now?” says it all. Other points of note: Branson’s back, Bates is still in prison, and there are no signs of the two younger Crawley siblings or the servant staff. [click image to watch]



Mr. Rogers Auto-Tuned. Good Morning to You. by The Elephant's Child
June 13, 2012, 7:19 am
Filed under: Entertainment, Television, YouTube | Tags: , ,


HealthCare Mandates and Pizza Toppings by The Elephant's Child
April 6, 2012, 6:28 am
Filed under: Latin America, Movies, Politics, Television


For your Christmas Viewing Pleasure… by American Elephant

Remember back when TV didn’t suck? Yeah, neither do I.

BUT, these first two videos had me briefly believing that such a time existed — then I remembered the third video.

The first is from my new favorite (old) show. I didn’t even discover Good Neighbors (alternately titled The Good Life) until a few years ago. It’s a show about a couple, the Goods, who drop out of the rat-race to live a simpler, self-sustaining life. (Don’t worry, it’s not a preachy environmental show at all) while their neighbors and friends maintain their affluent ways.

This is their Christmas show from 1977. The characters will charm your socks off, and you will probably end up watching the entire series as I have. Each show is less than half an hour and all are also available to view instantly, in much better quality, on Netflix. But YouTube works just fine, if you dont mind the show being split into three parts. See parts 2 and 3 here.

The second video is one you may remember. Schmaltzy tear-jerker, as Little House on the Prairie so often was. Warm, fuzzy family-viewing from back before networks had altogether eradicated Christ from Christmas in favor of Santa Claus. Here’s part one, the rest can be viewed here.

And the third video is one that I saw for the first time since 1978 last year. I remember seeing it then. I was nine years old and a GINORMOUS Star Wars fan. Even so, I think I remember thinking how bad this was even then. If you have not seen the Star Wars Christmas Special, you must. It truly is must-see-TV because watching is the only way to appreciate how utterly dreadful it is. Chewbacca’s wife and kids? Princess Leia singing, and what Star Wars Christmas Special could be complete without appearances by Harvey Korman, Jefferson Starship, Dianne Carol and Bea Arthur dancing with Greedo?

Ugh.

In all sincerity, this may very well be the worst thing ever broadcast in any format at any time. George Lucas has said he wishes he could hunt down and destroy every last copy. I wish he would.

WordPress wont allow us to imbed Google videos, so you can watch it here. So painfully, uncomfortably bad, it’s hardly to be believed. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

Merry Christmas!



This is Leaning Forward? by American Elephant
August 12, 2011, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Humor, Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism, Television | Tags: , , , ,

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Al’s latest and greatest will surely join the archives of great moments in Democrat oratory. (Couldn’t help but notice whilst mocking-up this parody that the font msnbc chose for the “lean forward” tagline is called “agenda”. How appropriate!)

(h/t Larry O’Connor)



Leave Charlie ALONE! by American Elephant

Leave Charlie Alone

You knew somebody was going to do it — might as well be me. Besides, hysterics notwithstanding, the guy had a point — it’s not nice to kick people when they’re down.




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