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Monday, December 25, 2006

VIDEO: Girls Hoop - Riddle at North Douglas

This is highlight footage from an Oregon high school girls basketball game between the Riddle Irish and the North Douglas Warriors. There are six size classifications in Oregon high school sports. This Mountain View Conference game features class 2A schools.

The league game was played at North Douglas High School in Drain December 19, 2006. Some of this footage aired as highlights on local television in Roseburg, OR. (KPIC-TV)

Saturday, December 23, 2006

VIDEO: Douglas Volleyball's Cassie Bishop

This is video from a news story produced for KPIC Television in Roseburg, Oregon. It features Douglas High volleyball player Cassie Bishop and originally aired October 4, 2006, as KPIC's Student Athlete of the Week segment.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

VIDEO: Girls Hoop - Glide at Yoncalla

This is highlight footage from an Oregon high school girls basketball game between the Glide Wildcats and the Yoncalla Eagles. There are six size classifications in Oregon high school sports. Glide is a class 3A school; Yoncalla is slightly smaller at class 2A.

The non-league game was played at Yoncalla High School December 18, 2006. Some of this footage aired as highlights on local television in Roseburg, OR. (KPIC-TV)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

VIDEO: Girls Hoop - Prospect at Camas Valley

This is highlight footage from an Oregon high school girls basketball game between the Prospect Cougars and the Camas Valley Hornets. There are six classifications in Oregon high school sports. These two schools are class 1A -- the smallest high schools in Oregon.

The non-league game was played at Camas Valley High School December 12, 2006. Some of this footage aired as highlights on local television in Roseburg, OR. (KPIC-TV)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

VIDEO: Girls Hoop - Marshfield at Roseburg

This is some footage of highlights from an Oregon high school girls basketball game between the Marshfield Pirates and the Roseburg Indians. There are six classifications in Oregon high school sports. Roseburg is a class 6A school and South Albany is 5A.

The non-league game was played at Roseburg High School December 12, 2006. Some of this footage aired as highlights on local television in Roseburg, OR. (KPIC-TV)

VIDEO: Girls Hoop - South Umpqua at Glide

This is some footage of sights and sounds at an Oregon high school girls basketball game between the South Umpqua Lancers and the Glide Wildcats. There are six classifications in Oregon high school sports. South Umpqua is a class 4A school and Glide is 3A.

The non-league game was played at Glide High School December 5, 2006. Some of this footage aired as highlights on local television in Roseburg, OR. (KPIC-TV)

Friday, December 15, 2006

VIDEO: Sutherlin Football's Lee Becker

This is video from a news story produced for KPIC Television in Roseburg, Oregon. It features Sutherlin High football player Lee Becker and originally aired October 11, 2006, as KPIC's Student Athlete of the Week segment.

VIDEO: Roseburg Volleyball's Tracy Filley

This is a video of a news story produced for KPIC Television in Roseburg, Oregon. It features Roseburg High volleyball player Tracy Filley and originally aired on September 27, 2006, as KPIC's Student Athlete of the Week segment.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

VIDEO: Roseburg Soccer's Ali Foster

This is the video from a news feature produced for KPIC Television in Roseburg, Oregon. It features Roseburg High girls soccer player Ali Foster and originally aired on September 20, 2006, as KPIC's Student Athlete of the Week segment.

VIDEO: Sutherlin Football's Dane Gilman

This is a video of a news story produced for KPIC Television in Roseburg, Oregon. It features Sutherlin High quarterback Dane Gilman and originally aired on September 13, 2006, as KPIC's Student Athlete of the Week segment.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

TV REVIEW: Brotherhood - Season 1

Ever since I started working in television back in summer 2000, my actual TV viewing for leisure has become rare. It's not by choice, but a problem with time. I actually love the boob tube, and occasionally I catch a show or two when I get the chance. But many viewers and critics argue that pay cable television is where today's best programs are. That is where a major problem lies for me. I've been on the outs with pay cable for many years now.

Then came the recent TV on DVD explosion. Now I'm catching up.

The first season of Showtime's Brotherhood aired in summer 2006. Since the DVD set was released in late September of the same year, the cable giant wasted no time in putting this into the hands of fans and newcomers like me. It is a smart move. With 11 good episodes and a cliffhanger season ender, it almost makes me want to subscribe to Showtime just to see how the story resolves.

The show follows the lives of two brothers in the Providence, Rhode Island Irish-American neighborhood known as "The Hill". It's a blue-collar neighborhood with roots in old-world ways of street justice and shady dealings. Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) is a family man and local politician who is out to protect the community and its best interests. His world is turned around when his gangster brother Michael (Jason Isaacs) returns to "The Hill" after a seven-year absence to regain control of the seedy underworld.

Many reviewers have compared the show to The Sopranos, describing it as a "lower-middle class" Sopranos. That may be a perfect comparison, but I have never watched the Emmy-winning former, so I haven't the basis to make such comparison. But the drama is good. The writing and performances make you question who the 'good' guys and 'bad' guys really are. You actually root for Michael (the murderous gangster brother) just as much as you root for Tommy.

Freddie Cork (Kevin Chapman) is the heart of the underworld on "The Hill" and employs Michael after he returns. It's Freddie and his unlawful band of henchmen, along with Michael Caffee and sidekick Pete, who twist facts, make shady deals and murder all in the name of money and power. Cork owns a local bar which serves as the central headquarters for all this 'business'; and it's Cork who provides a major thrust in the series, creating an apex of evil that's both charming and sinister. Michael wants to take Freddie's place as the main man in the local organized crime scene and that fills out most of Michael's ambition and motivation during the 11-episode first season.

But to discount the rest of the storylines and downplay the colorful cast of supporting characters would be a shame. Younger brother Tommy has his own battles to win as a junior member of the state senate representing the Hill. Though steeped in moral values and full of integrity, he not always makes the moral decision and often looks like his brother when working the political machine to achieve personal gain. He is basically clueless when it comes to his family's needs. His beautiful wife is addicted to alcohol and drugs and his 13-year old daughter has struggles of her own.

Rounding out the show with complex storylines of their own are local state cops Declan and Ralph, the former a friend of the Caffee brothers since his youth. Actress Fionnula Flanagan plays the Caffee's mother, a tough-minded, hard working woman who would rather turn the other cheek to her son's downfalls.

There are too many storylines and characters to list here but it's great storytelling for fans of recent crime and drama genres that are displayed proudly on pay cable television, where there are no barriers on content and creative freedom is at its maximum. Brotherhood is a hard working, gritty crime drama worthy of joining the club.


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