January 2011 Archives
Well, this is going to be weird. The Simon-less American Idol season begins tonight with auditions in New York and New Jersey, and considering everyone's joking (but kind of not at all joking) that this is going to be the show's final year (and it seems to know it -- just look at that press photo to the left. It's like they're all hanging out in heaven's parking garage), I guess we should all tune in for this death knell of a season.
Oh, Life Unexpected, I'd be sad to see it go ... if all I'd ever watched was the pilot episode. The show has been on a fast moving downward spiral since then and is finally coming to a complete halt tonight in a two-hour (yes, two-hour) "event." To me, event usually conveys that this is something special. It isn't. It's just that the CW had two hours left of this show before it gets put out of its misery and they figured they'd waste a Tuesday night in the middle of January, before sweeps starts, airing it so that the two people watching it (including, sadly, me) will get some sort of resolution to these poorly written and unoriginal storylines.
Everyone gets all up-in-arms about U.S. remakes of British and Australian TV shows, and with good reason: They are often terrible. But it looks like Syfy may have actually gotten Being Human right. I mean, of all the channels the show could have turned up on, Syfy seems like the perfect fit. A werewolf and a vampire who are friends and roommates in an apartment haunted by the ghost of a former tenant? That seems right at home on the channel that's already importing Teen Merlin and airing a show like Eureka.
The final season begins tonight, and this time the writers are reportedly going to take this show somewhat seriously and put effort into making it considerably less absurd than it was last year. Backlash can be a very persuasive thing, I guess. Depending on your perspective, this departure from last year's giant purple furry costumes, senior citizen-run parrot black markets and Chloe Sevigny running around in a biker bar hooker costume can either be a welcomed change or a deflating disappointment. Personally, I watch this show for the crazy (it kind of became my Nip/Tuck replacement last season), so I'm not thrilled about it. Hopefully they just can't help themselves and Nicki will end up with a hip hop recording contract or Barb will start Frankenstein-ing her Native American employees she likes to run over or something. Fingers crossed.
The Ricky Gervais Show returns tonight on HBO for a second season with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (co-creators of The Office and Extras) continuing to encourage the insane ramblings of friend Karl Pilkington. For those who have yet to catch an episode from Season 1, the show takes the record-breaking podcasts that originally aired about five years ago and sets them to animation, which allows us to see visuals of the bizarre things Karl comes up with in his head. So watch at your own discretion/amusement.
Season 7 of Grey's Anatomy is halfway done and in this next episode, the search for the replacement Chief Resident is announced by the Chief just as Seattle Grace Mercy West gets a new batch of interns. This show seems like a never-ending cycle of that statement, and it doesn't help that tonight's episode is aptly titled "Start Me Up."
Have you been watching Grey's Anatomy or Private Practice thinking that it would be the perfect show if only it were set in the jungle? Then Off the Map might just be the show you are looking for. It's from Grey's/Practice creator Shonda Rhimes and is unsurprisingly about doctors. She apparently has a niche. And at least you know what you are getting into.
After watching the pilot of this show, I think I might be in love, though I know it's going to be one of those shows that I have to push people to watch all the time, like Friday Night Lights. You don't have to like football, or even understand football to watch that show. And here, I'm worried that people who aren't into boxing might write it off. They shouldn't. The boxing is what creates the drama, but this show is built on emotions of a man who lost his career and what he was good at and is trying to find a way to support his family. It's pretty devastating, and I mean that in the best possible way.
It's Monday, which means it's time for a bunch of grown women to depress me for two hours again. Tonight, Brad makes out with one of the girls, and then the other girls get mad (because of how they somehow already love Brad, I guess? The layers of how weird and forced this show is are many and neverending), so there's a cat fight, of course. And then, a performance by Train! (Whyyyyyyyyy?)
I can't think of a show I'm looking forward to more than The Cape. Maybe it's because I'm a comic-book nerd who's been disappointed by No Ordinary Family (and Heroes before that, and Birds of Prey before that...), but I just want to see a straightforward superhero TV show. Not a show about a family with powers just trying to be a family (despite doing things each week that would be preposterous even in a comic book) -- a show about heroes in costumes fighting villains in costumes, without crapping all over an established property that it will inevitably get wrong. The Cape really seems like just what the Doctor Strange ordered.
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