Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert chatted with readers last Thursday on Boston.com. Here are excerpts.
Q. Still liking “Louie”?
A. Yes, I love “Louie.” Louis C.K. has found a unique way to bring his sensibility to scripted TV. He isn’t just ushering his one-liners onto a stage-set. He’s also a good actor. That first episode of the season, with Gaby Hoffman . . . wowser. She was a force of nature, while he sat passively.
Q. What do you think about the new “Dallas”?
A. I love old-school soaps, and I was a fan of the original and “Knots Landing.” But this one did not need to be made, and
the new characters are generic dolls. Give me “Revenge” any day.
Q. I liked “Life’s Too Short” but sometimes it is too Ricky Gervais-ish, if you know what I mean.
A. I really got a kick out of it. Not sure it needed to be a whole series though; a faux documentary of about 70 minutes might have done the trick. How many short jokes do we need? And I think Gervais is making more. Great cameos on that show.
Q. “Breaking Bad” is back on Sunday! I heard the last 16 episodes will be split into 2 seasons. What do you know of that?
A. It’s true what you’ve heard. The first 8 episodes will run this summer, and then the second 8 will run later — I’m assuming next summer. They’re being filmed as separate seasons, according to Aaron Paul on a “Nerdist” podcast.
Q. So I hear it was Tom who kept Kat from a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion?
A. That’s the rumor. What a cryin’ shame! No, not really, because reunion movies are usually grotesquely awful.
Q. What did you think of “Mad Men” this last season? I found it hard at times to understand the Don/Megan dynamic.
A. All the Lane stuff was beautifully done. Roger had a great season — he definitely wasn’t the first person I’d have expected to get into acid, but it made sense. Peggy’s arc was lovely. And I liked the way the season wound up triggering Don’s primitive psychological reactions — for instance, the way Lane’s death and Don’s role in it brought up the suicide of Don’s brother and his role in that. And the way Joan’s decision to sell herself brought Don back to his feelings about his own mother, who was a prostitute. But I agree, some of the Don-Megan stuff was vague. I liked her a lot, but I wasn’t always sure what his part in the relationship was about.
Q. Jon Hamm was born to be Don Draper. I really haven’t liked him in anything else.
A. He’s like James Gandolfini in “The Sopranos” — you can’t imagine anyone else in the role.
Q. I find Sookie on “True Blood” tedious. Loved her the first season or two but now, not so much.
A. I agree. Even her meta comments about being surrounded by strange creatures hasn’t helped her become less tiresome.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Matthew