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First off, Amy Pond's eyes. I mean. I've come across someone who actually doesn't like that thing where her eyes steal the entire scene, so obviously going "OMG her eyes!" is not a universal trait, but nevertheless I think it's a fairly common one.

But today I was watching the first episode of Covert Affairs (thanks to discussion here) which may be my new post-"Oh Leverage no" love. This is mostly because, in the pilot episode two of the three main characters are women and the third is blind. (Sadly unsurprisingly he's played by a sighted actor.) And there's Tropes there, particularly around Our Heroine's motivations for joining the CIA, but mostly it's pretty awesome fun and maybe in episode 2 she'll have got over First Day on the Job syndrome and won't have to be saved by a man. Anyway, about halfway through the episode we get a good look at Our Heroine's boss's eyes and they are really startlingly green.

In retrospect, I always had a huge fascination with the constantly changing eye-colours of Due South's Fraser and ST: Voyager's Kes.

--Moving on, or rather back to casting, because Wikipedia notes that in episode 2 of Covert Affairs, we start to get Sendhil Ramamurthy as Jai Wilcox (replacing a rather whiter character). And I remember when I first went back to watch the pilot of Criminal Minds I noticed that JJ wasn't in it - she only appeared in episode 2. Which makes me wonder which is happening:
  • are producers saying, "Okay, good pilot, now you can have your series but, um, maybe a tad diversity, huh?" or
  • are directors/writers saying, "Whew, now we've got the conservatives to greenlight us we can slip in some non-WASPs"?
Given recent casting developments on Criminal Minds I'm kind of suspecting the latter.

Also I like the title because, haha, it's a pun, see? I'm easily amused by puns. But I hope they don't expect me to be surprised when it's revealed what Our Heroine's boss's husband is really up to because that's kind of obvious, narratively, and fun as the show is I don't expect any really subtle twists per se.

(ETA: One problem with the show is that the music's too loud and at times obscures what's actually being said. If I keep getting the feeling that I need closed captioning then... well I sure hope it gets closed captioning when it screens live.)

Date: 2010-08-27 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ajk
I think the latter would be said by producers/writers and the former by executives. In the TV world, so far as I understand it, directors rarely are attached to a show, and rather just work on an episode-by-episode basis on many shows.

Date: 2010-08-27 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ajk
Oh, yes, I believe it is so common as to be almost universal to have a staff of writers on the show (the only counter example I am aware of is Babylon 5, which ended up being almost completely written by a single person). Also, having a number of preferred directors is common (but the directors still generally work on episodes, not the show – but perhaps CM is an exception?). However, the showrunner (one of the producers) is (almost?) always a writer. In the movie world, the director is The Author; a tv series, if it can be considered to have a single Author, has the showrunner.

Agreed on what the executives would say ("choose between Spock and Number One" - not a literal quote - was said by an executive). But if someone were to say "you can have your series", it's an executive.

(This is, of course, about the American system. Practices may differ elsewhere.9

Date: 2010-08-28 10:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] keieeeye
INTERESTING YOU SHOULD COMPARE IT TO LEVERAGE (well not really compare) because I just realised that Joan is Maggie! I spent like the whole episode (when I wasn't flicking back to re-hear lines I missed) wondering where I'd seen her before.

She was also in Criminal Minds, apparently.

Date: 2010-08-28 10:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] keieeeye
lol I think JoanMaggie was in Ugly Betty too, I'm pretty sure I spotted that when I was scrolling down the imdb page.


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