Thursday, May 31, 2007
Best Week Ever
On May 25th, Heroes had the best week ever. And not just the show, but the NY subway hero and Paula Adbul who injured her nose while trying to protect her little dog Tulip.
On May 18th, Kelly Clarkson had the best week ever. That week was all about American Idol.
On May 11th, Summer Reality Shows had the best week ever. That week all the promos for the crappy summer shows came out. "No Bingo!"
On April 27th, People Who Didn't Deserve the Spotlight had the best week ever. Including (but not limited to) the American Idol crying girl and the kid who got hit by a football player.
On April 20th, Shaun Ellis the Man Amoung Wolves had the best week ever. Because white people crazy.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Ruins Everything
For some reason Donald Trump felt the need to make a statement about this and he came in on Rosie's side. He called Elisabeth "one of the dumbest people on television." As much as I can't stand the Donald, it's nice to see that he can be right once and a while.
So let's sum up Elisabeth's offenses. She supports torture, both as interrogation and punishment. She supports the war in Iraq at the expense of so many civilian lives and the lives of our own brave soldiers. She believes Rosie thinks our troops are terrorists. And now she's responsible for destroying the best show on daytime. I blame her personally.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
LOST 3.22a - Spinal Injury Fetish
Anyway, here's what we know:
- Jack, Kate, and at least one other person made it off the island
- The other person is dead and no one went to the funeral
- Jack's decision to leave the island destroyed him personally causing a spiral into drugs and alcohol
- Jack is looking for the island and wants to go back
- The newspaper Jack was reading was dated 4/5/7, over two years after the events on the island.
And here are the new questions:
- Why isn't Kate in jail?
- Who was the person in the coffin?
- Why was the funeral in a predominately black neighborhood?
- What's the the beard Jack.
The biggest question is this: Is this how the show is going to end or this getting off the island only part of the story? Will future Jack join up with some others trying to find the island? Will season 4 start in 2008 as people try to get back to the island and flashback to the events in the in between years? Or will there be three more seasons of more of the same until people go back to their terrible lives?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Elisabeth thinks Rosie is a terrorist
The best thing was watching her boil over after Alicia Silverstone totally disses her on air. When coming out on stage, Alicia (my new hero) walks right past her and greats only the other three hosts. Even after casually grabbing her arm Elisabeth isn't even worthy of eye contact.
In this next photo, Elisabeth sees what is going on and she is pissed! I love it. Alicia greets all the other hosts with a hug, the biggest for Rosie. A total professional, Alicia doesn't treat Elisabeth any different than the other hosts during the interview. Most people probably missed the exchange at the beginning altogether. We got to witness first hand that even though speech is free, there are consequences for being a hateful bitch.
If you missed the fight, watch it here.
What else I loved:
- Everyone trying to go to commercial
- The split screen argument between the two
- Elisabeth constantly interrupting Joy and Rosie and yet demanding that she be allowed to finish. This, btw, was a tactic often employed by my ex when we got into arguments. Years into our relationship I exposed this tactic as an unnecessary way to make me look like the bad guy.
- Elisabeth bringing up the Donald...low blow.
- And my favorite is Rosie not giving up even though she keeps saying she's not arguing anymore. I don't think anyone with strong beliefs could possibly stay quiet when dealing with such idiocy and hypocrisy.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Who gets a second year?
- 'Til Death – (Spring) Comedy about a middle-aged couple living next door to a newlywed couple and hilarity ensues. (Fall) This is the show that makes me happy I'm gay. The entire joke is about how crappy it is to be married for a long time. My parents are happy. I love Jolie Fisher, though. (Now) I’m still not watching it next season.
- Shark – (Spring) Another law show starring James Woods as a prosecutor. Just what CBS needs. (Fall) Is that the one with James Woods or Ray Liota? Either way a show with the only asset being a movie star is destined to fail. (Now) I still see no reason why anyone would watch this.
- The Game – (Spring) It's about a woman dating a professional football player. I'll pass because none of the football players look hot. (Fall) I didn't watch Girlsfriends so I don't need to watch its spin-off. (Now) ditto.
- Ugly Betty – (Spring) based on the wildly popular telenovela, a "TV Ugly" woman goes to work in the world of high fashion. (Fall) [I’m not watching this] 'cause she's ugly. (Now) This turned out to be one of the best new shows last year. It was funny and campy with all the fun of Dynasty. I hope it runs for seven seasons.
- Men in Trees – (Spring) Oh my gods, they let Anne Heche back on TV! And in a show that's described as Sex and the City meets Northern Exposure. This won't make it to Thanksgiving. (Fall) Anne Heche is crazy and this terrible rip off of Northern Exposure is sure to be the first show cancelled. I wonder if ABC picked this up just so they would have something to cancel. (Now) Wow, how did this show make it? Who are the insane people watching this?
- Brothers & Sisters – (Spring) Ally McBeal stars in a new nighttime soap about a large family. (Fall) Night time soaps about families are only interesting when there are huge empires or dynasties involved. Plus Calista Flockhart frightens me. (Now) I heard good things about this and started sandbagging it. Unfortunately my DVR croaked so I’ll have to watch season one on DVD this summer. Or not.
- Heroes – (Spring) It's kind of like The X-Men or The 4400. People become superheros. Looks like it could be good expect SciFi never lasts for more than a season on NBC, if they are lucky. (Fall) It's like the X-men but not at all different. SciFi never lasts on NBC so enjoy the ride and hope for a full season. (Now) I’m so happy this was good and people caught on to it. I can see this running for a long time.
- Friday Night Lights – (Spring) Football players are hot! (Fall) How much stories can you have about teens being yelled at by their coach? And what if we like the characters? Will this show follow them to college? Those games aren't on Friday night. (Now) this was low rated but it still got renewed. I’m happy to see they moved it to Friday nights.
- 30 Rock – (Spring) It's the COMEDY about SNL. Looks good. (Fall) NBC comedy about SNL. Tina Fey is a brilliant comedy writter and Alec Baldwin was perfect on Will & Grace so this has lots of funny potential. (Now) This was clearly the best comedy on TV last year. It was funny and silly and the characters were great. I can’t wait for season 2.
Heroes - End of Volume One
CW Fall Schedule 2007
CW Now - It's like 60 Minutes but for the CW demographic. Someone should tell the suits that their demographic either doesn't watch the news of gets it online. And speaking of online...
Online Nation - A show about what's good and funny on the web. VH1 used to call this WebJunk and even they cancelled that.
Life is Wild - A vet moves his family to an African Game reserve. It's a teen drama but the teens will have no one to interact with so were is the fun?
Aliens in America - A family hosts an exchange student and gets a Pakistani.
Reaper - A guy becomes a bounty hunter for Satan because his parent's sold his soul when he was a baby. The killer from Twin Peaks plays Satan.
Gossip Girl - Another teen drama about some elite prep school kids whose life keeps getting documented on the internet by a mysterious blogger named "Gossip Girl". This looks like it could be good. VMVO is the voice of Gossip Girl.
Fox Fall Schedule 2007
K-Ville - Are we ready for a show about post-Katrina New Orleans? I say yes.
New Amsterdam - An immortal cop in New York, formerly New Amsterdam and he's been there that long.
Back to You - Frasier is back on TV as an local anchor man fallen from former national status after an on-air breakdown. I want to see the breakdown and that's about it.
Kitchen Nightmares - I'm not sure how this is different from Hell's Kitchen.
The Search for the Next Great Band - since American Idol is only on in the Spring, Simon and Fox needed something to fill the vacant fall schedule and hopefully generate some ratings.
Nashville - I'm confused about this. Is this country music show reality or scripted? No stars are listed so it is either uncast or unscripted.
Monday, May 21, 2007
LOST 3.21 - You're my Wonderwall
Speaking of inconsistency, what is going on with Desmond's flashbacks? He saw Charlie in the Looking Glass station and then drowning. Up until now all the things he saw in the future were things he would eventually see in person. If he didn't follow Charlie into the Looking Glass, how could he have seen these things? Maybe we will find out in the finale
And one more thing bothered me about the episode. The Dharma Swan station was generally referred to as "the Hatch" because they found the top escape hatch first. The survivors began to refer to the other stations as hatches because of the this. The Others and the Dharma folks always called them Stations, yet the blue prints for the Looking Glass Sayid got from The Flame calls it a Hatch. What the Pho? Also Desmond called it a hatch, but that might have been due to his cohabitation with the survivors.
OK, here's what we learned:
- Charlie's band is popular again
- Alex doesn't believe she is Ben's daughter
- Karl has been living in the jungle near the Others tent city
- The cable Sayid found in season one lead to the Looking Glass
- Nadia (Sayid's love) was in Britain for a while
- Charlie likes Oasis
- Desmond was at the pool when Charlie was a child. If you listen carefully as Charlie approaches the edge before he jumps in, you can hear a child yelling his name.
Here are the new questions:
- In the first season, Charlie said he couldn't swim. Why did he say that?
- Why did Ben telling the others the Looking Glass was abandoned?
- Who are the women in the Looking Glass?
- Why weren't the women part of Desmond's future flash?
- Why was Ben so frazzled after returning to tent city?
- Why did he move up the raid on the survivors camp?
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Until the last dance...in heaven!
CBS Fall Schedule 2007
Viva Laughlin - Because one show about a casino is never enough on prime time, CBS brings a new show about the opening of a small casino in Laughlin. Laughlin is where my seventy-something parents go to gamble, so it's not quite Vegas.
The Big Bang Theory - It's Beauty and the Geek in sitcom form. It's got a great time slot but The Class didn't do well last time.
Cane - Jimmy Smits returns to TV in a family business drama.
Kid Nation - A reality show about a group of 40 kids who have to form a community. It didn't work in Lord of the Flies.
Moonlight - Why do people keep making Vampire shows? Nothing will ever compete with the Buffyverse so stop trying.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
ABC Fall Schedule 2007
Sam I Am - I love Christina Applegate so if she's in it, I'll put it on my list.
Cavemen - It's so easy a caveman could do it. I laughed out loud when I saw ABC was doing a show based on the Geico cavemen commercials.
Carpoolers - A group people carpool and talk about their lives.
Pushing Daisies - This show seems quite strange. This guy can bring people back to life so he uses his power to solve crimes. But if he touches the same person a second time, they die again.
Private Practice - The highly anticipated spin-off to Grey's Anatomy.
Dirty Sexy Money - Finally we've got a possible replacement for Dynasty/Dallas. This rich family drama is from the point of view of their new lawyer.
Big Shots - This one is about a bunch of guys in the business world. I'm glad Christopher Titus is returning to television.
Women's Murder Club - Finally a new detective drama that's not all about the police. There's a medical examiner, D.A., reporter, and detective who work together. Who knows.
Monday, May 14, 2007
NBC Fall Schedule 2007
Lipstick Jungle - It's the old smart-women-in-a-fashion-magazine show again. But this time it's a drama and more Sex and the City. We had enough of these in the 90's. The good news: Kim Raver is starring. The bad news: Kim Raver is starring which means she won't be on 24 next season either.
The Journeyman - It sounds like a new version of Quantum Leap. Except this time, he's a reporter.
Chuck - A computer hacker accidentally gets all kinds of government secrets downloaded into his brain and becomes a new secret agent. The best news: super hot Adam Baldwin is co-starring as the military contact. I can never get enough of him.
The Bionic Woman - A remake of the great Lindsey Wagner show from the 70's. Co-starring Katte Sackhoff (aka Starback). Let's count, there are now three additional SciFi shows on NBC this fall? How did that happen?
Life - A cop drama with the main detective just having got out of jail after getting acquitted. Sounds interesting but I don't watch too many cop shows.
The Singing Bee - NBC takes on American Idol with a karaoke show. That's all American Idol is anyway.
The good news is Comedy Night Done Right is back in it's entirety.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Battlestar to end after 4th season
Labels: Battlestar Galactica
Thursday, May 10, 2007
LOST 3.20: Help Me
What we know:
- Ben was born near Portland, not on the island
- Roger Workman was Ben's father
- Ben killed his father in the purge
- Ben is the last remaining person from the Dharma Inititive
- The Dharma group had several cars and passable roads between stations
- Why did Richard appear not to age?
- How was Ben able to summon his mother?
- Where did the original Hostiles/Others come from?
- Who is fronting the organizations off the island that maintain the Others?
- Does the Dharma Inititive exist outside the island?
- Do they know about the purge?
- Who is supplying the island?
- What is the strange powder outside Jacob's cabin?
- Who is Jacob?
- Why can't he be seen or heard by most people?
- Why didn't Ben's coveralls have the Dharma logo on them?
- Why did they never cover the mass grave?
- Why did the Hostiles want to get rid of the Dharma folks?
- Did they leave the Swan station alone?
- Why is Ben the leader?
- Will Locke survive?
- Why does Jacob need Locke to help him?
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I can deal with the main premise: a group of terrorist set off twenty or so nukes in major US cities killing some 30 million people. That's a stretch but OK. However I have bigger problems dealing with these points. (1) There was a total breakdown of communication at the start of the season. Broadcasting centers are far more diversified than just the main urban areas. (2) The EMP which hit in episode 6 was far more devastating than the nukes. But what caused it? How far reaching was it? (3) Although the complete breakdown of the federal government makes for great storylines, I don't buy it. The military would not collapse without the Pentagon. And wasn't the Pentagon designed to mostly survive a nuke? (4) The countryside scenes are clearly rural Southern California, not Kansas. Of course it's cheaper to do this but I still get bothered by it. I grew up there so I know what it looks like. (5) The food shortages seem a little unlikely. Kansas produces significant amounts of food which it ships all over the globe. With nothing getting shipped out one would expect an abundance of food. As a fly-over state when I look down all I see are those irrigation circles. (6) An early season sub-plot was the missing planes that couldn't land at the nuked out cities so they landed on highways. I never bought this one. There are lots of small regional airports which wouldn't be ideal to land a 757, but much better than a two lane highway. (7) What happened to Canada and Mexico? Germany, Russia, and China have all sent aid but what of our neighbors. Trucking stuff in would seem cheaper than airdrops.
OK, so why do I still watch? The characters are good and the action of the war between the small towns is second only to the action sequences on 24. Great gunfights and explosions and stuff. Even though there's a lot of hurdles to believability, it's fun TV. I hope they get a second season.
Only 51 episodes left
Tonight is the first Ben flashback show. It should be awesome.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The Great DVR Disaster of 2007
LOST 3.18 and 3.19 - Pregnancy and Patricide
I've been pre-occupied with the Photo Safari and a new computer game so I slacked off on my blogging. But as my friends over at Just Ted say, "one should blog for one's self not any pretend audience." So if I want to take two weeks off, I can. Pppppffffttt!
LOST 3.19: Everybody hates Jack
The least surprising secret (oooh, The Secret!) this season is that Claire is Jack's half sister. The second least surprising secret (oooh, The Secret!) is that Locke's father is the original Sawyer. Since he confessed to being a conman all his life, this storyline was secured. He's dead now. Besides flashback's by Juliet, flashbacks to all island events are my favorite. I hate having to filter through a boring pre-island story that's sorta relevant to the events we really want to see. So this was yet another favorite episode for me. Also Jack is a dick and now the other Losties are beginning to realize that. James should totally take over as the leader.
Here is what we learned:
- The Others are very excited about Locke, except Ben who sees him as a threat to his power.
- Flight 815 was "found" off the coast of Bali.
- Naomi was looking for Desmond, not flight 815.
- Jack and Juliet have a secret (oooh, The Secret!)
- There are other ruins on the island.
- The Others are planning a raid on the Losties camp
- What does Deleen need dynamite?
- Why would flight 815 be off the coast of Bali? That's the other direction.
- What plane did they find since 815 is scattered all over the island?
- What does Juliet want to tell Kate? Why does Jack want to keep it a secret? (oooh, The Secret!)
- Why was Sayid digging a hole?
- How did Cooper get to the island?
- Will James drop the name "Sawyer" now that his life's mission is complete?
- Where did the Others go?
LOST 3.18: Patchy's Back
So who's your favorite Other? Besides Juliet mine has to be Patchy aka Mikhail. I'm so glad he's not dead. And how many languages does that guy know? How many does helicopter girl know? Juliet was great again. She's great and she still hates Ben. Who knows what he's up to. I think Sun/Jin episodes are my least favorite in the flashbacks. Mostly because I usually watch each episode twice, the second time while folding laundry or sorting Legos. When the show is sub-title heavy I have to pay more attention both times. I hate that.
Here's what we know:
- Jin is the father of Sun's baby.
- Sun got pregnant on the island so she is going to die.
- Juliet thinks Kate is probably pregers also.
- Patchy didn't die in the sonic weapon fence incident.
Here are the new questions:
- What the parachute girl mean when she said there were no survivors of flight 815?
- Why was there a hidden door in The Staff station?
- Is Kate pregnant?
- How did patchy survive the sonic weapon fence?