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Old 06-21-15, 08:25 AM
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The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/21/15




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(from HBO's press release, May 2015) When a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter Larson, lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson. From the turbulent streets of the Middle East, to the White House situation room, to an aircraft carrier on the Red Sea, these three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three. Executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach, who also directed the pilot, and created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib, the epic dark comedy series THE BRINK focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate, desperate men. The show's ten-episode season begins SUNDAY, JUNE 21 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. THE BRINK stars Jack Black (Golden Globe nominee for "School of Rock" and "Bernie") as Alex Talbot, Tim Robbins (Best Supporting Actor Oscar(R) winner for "Mystic River," Best Director Oscar(R) nominee for "Dead Man Walking") as Walter Larson and Pablo Schreiber ( "Law and Order: SVU," HBO's "The Wire") as Zeke Tilson. Other series regulars include Aasif Mandvi ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"), Maribeth Monroe ("Workaholics"), Eric Ladin ("The Killing," HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"), Esai Morales ("NYPD Blue") and Geoff Pierson ("Dexter").

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
Aasif Mandvi as Rafiq
Eric Ladin as Glenn
Esai Morales as President Navarro
Geoff Pierson as Secretary of Defense Grey
Jack Black as Alex Talbot
Maribeth Monroe as Kendra Peterson
Pablo Schreiber as Zeke "Z-Pak" Tilson
Tim Robbins as Walter Larson

CREW INFORMATION:
Jack Black as PROD
Jay Roach as EP/DIR (Pilot)
Jerry Weintraub as EP
Kim Benabib as CRTR/CO-EP
Roberto Benabib as CRTR/EP
Tim Robbins as PROD

GENRE(S):
comedy (all)
comedy (single-camera)

10 episode season


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Old 06-21-15, 11:03 AM
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

I'll give it a shot.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

Wasn't really on my radar, but I like Jack Black and Tim Robbins, so I will check it out.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

I enjoyed this a lot more than Ballers, which didn't even hold my interest. Tim Robbins was hilarious.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

Yeah, Robbins was by great in this. I liked it.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

Originally Posted by Jadzia View Post
I enjoyed this a lot more than Ballers, which didn't even hold my interest. Tim Robbins was hilarious.
This is how I felt. Ballers just didn't do it for me (even though I wanted to like it) but this was pretty good.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

I caught this late last night. Thought it was a pretty good political comedy like Veep. Tim Robbins was quite funny. Liked his introduction when he was playing sex games with that Asian girl. She was quite hot too. I when he was attracted to that hot Pakistani translator and he said..."Get me her digits"

And loved his fuck you square off with Geoff Pierson's character.

Jack Black was fun too playing that low level State Department schmuck trying to make an impression. Liked seeing Esai Morales as the POTUS too. Have always been a fan and I think this is the first comedy I've seen him in.

I'm in for the remaining 9 episodes. Fun little comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Wasn't that crazy Pakistani terrorist the Principal on Glee? I know I've seen him numerous times.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

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I when he was attracted to that hot Pakistani translator and he said..."Get me her digits"
It was actually "get me her details"... but same difference.

I thought it was decent... had a few laughs.
Definitely worth checking out the rest of the season. Much better than Ballers.

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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

I heard "digits" too.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

i think this was ok. little raunchy for my tastes but it was nice to see very likeable leads in Robbins and Black. and nice to see Aasif Mandvi from TDS.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

Robbins and I'm guessing the SecDef going off on each other was hilarious.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

Loved looking at the chicks in this. There were some crazy beautiful ones. Nice perk since I wasn't expecting eye candy, just a silly satire. Which it was.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

So the consensus is that this is better than BALLERS? I watched BALLERS, but didn't stay up to watch this on Sunday.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

I thought this was pretty funny. It would be nice to see the SecDef not be such a one-dimensional stereotype in response to Robbins' blowhardiness, but there's time to develop that. And Robbins was actually less insufferable than I expected. My only other criticism is that the Jack Black stuff was a little too farcical for my taste, but maybe they will reel that in a little.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

I really enjoyed this. Ballers may end up being the more popular show but this one hit all the right notes.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

The humor both fell flat for my wife and I. A few chuckles was all it generated.

I'll give it another chance with the next episode.

(I'd stick around if the Asian call girl becomes a regular character.)
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

Episode 2 airs tonight

With President Navarro and Defense Secretary Grey ordering a military response to General Zaman's threats, Walter argues that an air strike could unleash a world war. He and Kendra must track down a moderate contact inside the Pakistan government to defuse the crisis. Meanwhile, after learning that classified information has been sent from Rafiq's house, Zaman's men storm the place, threaten Rafiq's family, and drag Alex to an undisclosed location for interrogation of the worst kind. In the skies over Pakistan, with Walter and the president looking on via an airborne camera, Zeke tries to sober up a drug-addled Glenn, but his partner accidentally launches a missile that creates high anxiety in three world capitals.

Written by Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib; directed by Tim Robbins.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

Holy Shit Carla Gugino!! Man she gets around.

Kind of ironic that she's in this show that is following her San Andreas co-star's show.

I like how Larson really wants to bang that Indian translator. She is pretty hot too. Larson cracks me up.

Talbot getting arrested by the Pakistani's for espionage was pretty funny.

with the estrogen in the water confession and Sanjay Gupta being his contact. I was dying at that scene. And then his water board torture.

So weird seeing Principal Figgins from Glee as a terrorist.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

Count me as an enthusiastic viewer. Loved Tim Robbins as Sec of State Larson. They also got the actor from Mad Men who played Betty's father on the joint chiefs of staff, who never seems to say anything. I watch with cc as the dialogue is fairly rapid fire and I don't want to miss a joke. Really looking forward to future episodes.
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They also got the actor from Mad Men who played Betty's father on the joint chiefs of staff...
I'll always remember him for his role in the Oscar-worthy "Shark Attack 3: Megalodon".

Still liking this show. Not amazing, but funny enough to keep me interested.

Found it odd that when he dropped his Blackberry in the urinal (before he flushed), she picked it up and just simply dried it and they both considered it good-to-go at that point. Nothing like holding a urine-stained (but dry) phone to your ear and mouth.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

And let's not forget the urinal cakes with the Presidential seal.
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

Wasn't that crazy Pakistani terrorist the Principal on Glee? I know I've seen him numerous times.
Yes he is the same guy


The pilot had more laughs than all the combined shows for the Comedians.
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what shows for the Comedians?
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Re: The Brink (HBO) - S: Jack Black & Tim Robbins -- Season 1 Thread -- Premieres 6/2

This show sucks.
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Thanks for your contribution EC. Anything particular that stood out to you as "sucking"?

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