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    Carnivale - Anybody going to watch this?

    http://www.hbo.com/carnivale/

    It starts this Sunday on HBO at 9:35 pm EST / 6:35 pm PST

    Here's a synopsis of the program:

    1934. The Dust Bowl. The last great age of magic. In a time of titanic sandstorms, drought and pestilence - all signs of God's fury and harbingers of the Apocalypse - the final conflict between good and evil is about to begin. The battle will take place in the Heartland of an empire called America. And when it is over, man will forever trade away wonder for reason.

    Debuting on HBO this September, CARNIVĀLE follows a traveling carnival as it wends its way across the Dust Bowl, focusing on a mysterious young fugitive with hidden talents who is taken in by the carnival, and on the charismatic, shadowy evangelist who will ultimately cross his path. The 12-episode dramatic series takes place at a time of worldwide unrest, with evil on the rise around the globe and the Great Depression wreaking economic and social havoc here at home.

    As they become aware of their abilities, Ben and Brother Justin find themselves wrenched from their lives to realize that the world they thought the knew -- this tenuous, prosaic reality shared by humankind -- is actually a chessboard upon which is played the ancient conflict between Light and Darkness, and they are key players in the battle.

    In addition to Nick Stahl ("In the Bedroom," "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines") and Clancy Brown ("The Shawshank Redemption"), cast regulars on CARNIVALE include Michael J. Anderson ("Twin Peaks") as Samson, who runs the show for Management; Adrienne Barbeau ("Escape from New York") as Ruthie, the maternal figure of the carnival, as well as the snake charmer and mother to the strong man; Patrick Bauchau ("The Cell") as Lodz, the mentalist who can see into the future and the past; Debra Christofferson ("Seraglio") as Lila, the carnival's bearded lady; Tim DeKay ("Swordfish") as Jones, Samson's right-hand man and the rousty manager; Clea DuVall (HBO's "The Laramie Project"), as Sofie, the tarot card reader and medium for her comatose mind-reader mother Apollonia, played by Diane Salinger (HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"); John Fleck ("Star Trek: Enterprise") as Gecko, deformed with a rare condition that makes his skin lizard-like; Amy Madigan ("HBO's Laramie Project"), as Brother Justin's loyal sister Iris; Karyne Steben ("Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco") and Sarah Steben ("Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco") as Siamese twins Alexandria and Caladonia; Brian Turk ("American Pie 2") as Gabriel, the strong man. The carnival's burlesque family consists of the emcee father Stumpy, played by Toby Huss ("Beyond the City Limits"); mother Rita Sue, played by Cynthia Ettinger ("Thirteen"); and daughters Dora Mae, played by Amada Aday ("Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back"), and Libby, played by Carla Gallo ("Undeclared").

    CARNIVĀLE directors include Jack Bender ("The Lone Ranger," HBO's "The Sopranos"), Rodrigo Garcia (HBO's "Six Feet Under" and "The Sopranos"), Tim Hunter ("River's Edge"), Alison MacLean (HBO's "Sex and the City"), Peter Medak ("The Krays"), John Patterson (HBO's "Six Feet Under"), Jeremy Podeswa (HBO's "Six Feet Under" and "The Wire") and Scott Winant ("The West Wing").

    Writers on the series include Henry Bromell ("Northern Exposure"), Toni Graphia ("Roswell"), Daniel Knauf ("Wolf Lake"), Ronald D. Moore ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Dawn Prestwich ("Ally McBeal") and Nicole Yorkin ("Judging Amy"), and William Schmidt ("Prey").

    CARNIVALE is created by Daniel Knauf; executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, Daniel Knauf and Howard Klein; co-executive producers, Nicole Yorkin & Dawn Prestwich, Gregg Fienberg and David Knoller; supervising producers, William Schmidt and Dan Hassid; producer, Anthony Santa Croce; consulting producers, Toni Graphia and Steve Oster.


    I think I will give it a try. HBO has always put out Grade A series and hopefully this will continue that trend.

    Chris

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    I'm absolutely going to watch it. I think it looks so interesting. And you're right - HBO has, IMO, the best original programming out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaG
    I'm absolutely going to watch it. I think it looks so interesting. And you're right - HBO has, IMO, the best original programming out there.
    I subscribe to HBO mainly for the original programming and of course boxing!

    Chris

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    The big long trailers about this show look so cool. It seems kind of creepy too...and I love creepy!!! I'm looking forward to it. Hasn't it gotten good reviews? Not that those really matter...muahaha...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdrio9
    The big long trailers about this show look so cool. It seems kind of creepy too...and I love creepy!!! I'm looking forward to it. Hasn't it gotten good reviews? Not that those really matter...muahaha...
    I don't subscribe to HBO anymore but the promos to this show makes me wish I did. Guess I'll have to wait till it comes out on videos. Rats. :mad:

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    I'm still not sure if I want to give this show a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohiomobprincess
    I'm still not sure if I want to give this show a chance.
    Well watch the first episode at least, what do you have to lose? Only an hour or so of your time!

    Chris

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    Well I just finished watching the first episode and I liked it!

    The most impressive thing about this series so far, is the wonderful recreation of the times (1934) with regards to the clothing and especially the sets (buildings, cars, etc.) When you compare this to other HBO series, it looks like they have to go thru a lot more trouble to get the proper effect for the period and time.

    I wonder if that little girl was running away with the Carnivale at the end? They kind of left that in the open! Pretty good first episode and I think we shall see more good stuff in the remaining 11 episodes.

    Chris

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    I watched too. I really liked it. It's a bit slow, but all shows are at first. Did anyone see that butt get grabbed in the beginning when it first showed his dreams?

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    Ok, opinion time everyone. I didn't watch the show yesterday. Everyone who did, was it worth it? Should I catch the repeat?

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