Intro for December 16, 2011

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 16, 2011 15:53:55 December 16, 2011 15:53:55

Dear Gossips,

ThereΓÇÖs a show IΓÇÖm obsessed with. And I was obsessed with it last year too.

Did you watch 24/7 Flyers-Rangers: Road To The Winter Classic on HBO the other night? If you just rolled your eyes all like, ugh, who cares about a show about sports, well, sorry, but thatΓÇÖs dumb. Some of the best filmmaking is being showcased in sports documentaries right now, with all the skill - and sometimes more - and drama you expect from ΓÇ£real moviesΓÇ¥, only terribly underrated for that very reason: people assume itΓÇÖs just ΓÇ£a show about sportsΓÇ¥. The goal of any film or TV show is to find the humanity behind the story. Which is what HBOΓÇÖs 24/7 delivers...without makeup, hairspray, lighting, or Ryan MurphyΓÇÖs ego.

And for those of you who work in film and television, this is major producer/director/editor porn.  I remember my friend Lara last year, who works in television as a producer/director, and whoΓÇÖs never shown any interest in sports at all, and who, um, spends a lot of time on TLC, totally addicted to 24/7 Capitals-Penguins because of all the reasons just cited but also because, from the perspective of someone who makes good television, and knows good television, she could not believe the kind of GREAT television HBO was delivering with this series.

Also, IΓÇÖm really attracted to John Tortorella, like, in a boyfriend way. Just me?

Have a great weekend!

Yours in gossip,


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