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I am – Hercules!!

Pity the poor souls who paid the rent instead of subscribing to HBO. Tonight we get the Witt/Garofalo "Sopranos" at 8 p.m., the season premiere of that show where all the city girls take off their clothes and talk about fornication at 9 p.m., a new "Project Greenlight" at 9:30, and the season premiere of "Oz" at 10 p.m. We don't even have to endure an "Arli$$"!

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I am – Hercules!!

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  • Jan. 6, 2002, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by FilmScreen

    great night of tv.

  • Jan. 6, 2002, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Schillinger is the inmate with a BOMB in his RIBCAGE!

    by MikeSal222

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 1:12 a.m. CST

    So happy Oz is back

    by coop

    I thought Oz had been canceled after all this time but I'm glad it's finally back. I don't know why it doesn't get as much publicity as other HBO dramas. I have tried to watch Queer as folk but it's waaaay too gay for me. I have a high tolerance for gay dramas and nudity but that show is basically soft core gay porn and it gives me the heebie jeebies. I don't really have the tolerance for Sex and the City or Red Shoe Diaries either so maybe I just don't care for shows about sex and relationships.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Kirk Avecedo

    by Ghetto_Priest

    Man, is it just me, or did Kirk Avecedo look 10 years older and 20 years more experienced as an actor? He floored me with his performance.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 2:29 a.m. CST


    by jeff bailey

    No Greenlight TB? Come on, those are always hilarious. SITC was a pretty good episode. We've all had those fights with the missus so I thought it was real. Oz I didn't catch. I think Fontana is fantastic but it's so deep in the series I can't catch up. I thought Greenlight was good but not the most compelling one I have i seen though. Queer as Folk I only saw once and didn't care if I did again. I just don't think anyone on network or cable can match HBO. They are the only reason besides Sci-Fi (whose movie choices get better and better. Last week I watched Hellraiser, Gothic, and Badhams Dracula in row!), E!, and TNT I have cable! See ya...

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Oz DVD

    by Toby O Notoby

    Hey, I've never actually seen an episode, but it sounds interesting. I've heard both good and bad, though, and with the first season DVD about to come out I'd thought I'd ask: is it worth it?

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 5:39 a.m. CST

    could we get some more penis please?

    by pogo on my own

    I mean really. I love OZ, almost as much as the Sapranos. But does every show have to feature so many swinging flacid cocks? Hell my wife doesnt even enjoy that part of the show. Maybe if it was about a womens prison I wouldnt mind so much.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 7:04 a.m. CST

    OZ has become one of the dumbest shows on TV...

    by Roguewriter

    Purely my own opinion, of course, but logic and believability went right out the door in the 2nd and 3rd seasons, and now it presents the most ludicrous storylines imaginable. I treasure the first eight episodes, easily among the finest television ever created... but I watch it now with a sick sense of awe, simply unable to believe how horrid it's become. Here's hoping for an upswing in quality... (and hey, that goes for THE SOPRANOS, too).

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Bravo to Oz

    by psychorabbit

    I agree that Kirk Acevedo's performance as Alvarez was spectacular and his character has indeed evolved to be very mercurial. There's no other show on television that gets me so nervous and involved with the characters in the span of an hour. It was very ball-sy of the writers to show the bus crash right in the beginning! On a side note I'm surprised that 90% of the posts here about Oz's season premiere are simple-minded homophobic statements about how people never liked the show because of their closeted fear of male nudity. But kudos to the 10% of the post-ers who are actually talking about superb dramatic qualities about one of the bravest shows on television.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 10:44 a.m. CST

    It was ok

    by mattinger

    The premier was pretty good. However, i was very surprised that they skipped right ahead past the rebuilding of M-City and didn't deal with the consequences of the explosion. The rev survived, which sucks, because I can't stand Luke Perry. The one thing the show is missing right now is an Adebese type character. Too bad they left no room for him to come back.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Who's Gonna Show Their Penis Next On OZ?

    by delwin

    Has anyone noticed the dramatic increase of penis shots? Last season seemed to start a bit of a trend. It doesn't bother me any. Finally its not tits and ass everywhere, finally a little dick and ass on TV. I mean where else can you find so much dick on TV?

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Oz season 1 on DVD?

    by ron2112

    Does anyone know where I can read some info on the Oz DVD release? A Google search turned up one expired CNN article that mentioned it in passing, and that's it. The HBO site still says there is no DVD in the works. If there's actually going to be a DVD, I'd love to know more...

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 11:22 a.m. CST

    in praise of digital cable

    by WillardEisenbaum

    Speaking of cable series, thank goodness for digital cable, which has allowed me to catch up on Rude Awakening, thanks to an ongoing late-nite rerun schedule, with 2-episodes per nite of this easily-overlooked but highly enjoyable sarcastic filthy show. I'm not a fan of OZ but I like what I've seen, and as much as I love Sex and the City I think it jumped a lot of sharks last season. If Carrie marries Aidan they need to end the show. And SaMANTHa better watch out, it'll end in tears! Meanwhile I'm chomping at the bit for a new season of Six Feet Under! can't wait, such a huge fuckn fan!

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Is there ever any female nudity on OZ?

    by -mrbean-


  • Jan. 7, 2002, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Rouguewriter: Compare Sopranos to OZ?! Sopranos is the best film

    by Ralph Cifaretto

    The 3rd season of The Sopranos was the best, methinks. David Chase continued Tony's story, & totally transformed the direction at the same time. Brilliant. OZ is years past it's prime.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by bankythehack432

    that was one the funniest things i've evr seen on sex and the city

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 9:41 p.m. CST

    SATC and WTC

    by RichardtheSmith

    I'm a little disappointed that the new episodes were obviously filmed before 9/11. It's like the character's lives go on in a parallel universe where 9/11 never happened. It will be interesting to see what the writers do about this when the next season comes around. And no I'm not talking about some cheap plotline that works "terror sex" into an episode. I mean, doesn't Miranda work for a law firm in the financial district? And being pregnant on top of that? My point is that the writers are either going to serve up something strong or they're going to duck the issue entirely and sell out. I hope they don't sell out.

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Oz premiere

    by Dogbert

    Got to see the rerun tonight.. I see they took the classic Oz approach of ignoring some details from the previous season (esp. when one season ended with Augustus climbing into a coffin to escape.. and the next started with him back as Narrator like nothing happened). In a way i think showing the bus crash at the start was silly, because we all made the connection instantly and knew that whatever the chars on the bus were talking about, it would all become moot within the hour.

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 4:17 a.m. CST

    The Funniest Moment on the show OZ.

    by SouthSide_2010

    Is when Beecher steps out in drag for the first time for Schillenger's approval (Season 1). I never laughed harder during that whole history of the show. And BTW they used to show Female Nudity on OZ and some of it wasn't half-bad. As for it being released on DVD I say go for it. They gave the HBO shows the DVD treatment why not OZ?

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Premier of SATC was great

    by DefIn1ear

    I do agree for the show to go on properly carrie and aiden can never get married and i don't think that will happen, but the premier was a great episode and i'm sure we're in for another great season