August 2008 Archives
Apparently Veronica Mars genius Rob Thomas wasn't totally crazy for leaving shoo-in hit 90210 to go work on a remake of his short-lived comedy Cupid. The romantic comedy, which stars the dreamy Bobby Cannavale and showkiller-in-desperate-need-of-a-hit Sarah Paulson (she of Studio 60, Leap of Faith, American Gothic and Deadwood), is Thomas's new twist on a guy who thinks he's cupid and the therapist who thinks he's nuts. It's now got a potential spot on the midseason lineup along with four other new shows.
Last night NBC kicked off their fall lineup with the premiere of the reality series America's Toughest Jobs. I'm a huge fan of the shows The Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers but was honestly skeptical if show that puts untrained contestants into these impossible situations would really entertain me. Surprisingly, it did. I thought it would pale in comparison to the actual shows about professionals, but I was hooked from the moment these newbies or "greenhorns" stepped on to a crab fishing boat and were initiated by biting the head off of a bait fish.
I always thought Dancing With the Stars should quit trying to sound all highbrow and just call itself People You Probably Forgot Existed But Whose Pathetic Career Trajectory Is Now Obvious By Virtue Of The Fact That They've Been Cast On This Show. That is, until I read the lineup of "celebs" they have on deck for the new season. Ladies and gents, this is the créme de la créme of D-Listers. One might even say the A-List of D-Listers. Hey, let's call them Delta Force Listers! Seriously, someone must've sold his soul to Heidi Montag, because this season is jam-packed with people I actually kinda give a crap about! Here are the bright and shining "stars" I'm most excited to watch shaking his or her thang for the world to see.
Is it wrong that I got a little teary-eyed during the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics this weekend? Not just because they were beautiful and stunning (which they were) but because I kind of feel like there is no way that any Olympics in my lifetime are going to be able to top these in terms of scale and drama. London's a great city and all, but I can't imagine them getting the amount of volunteers (which they estimate to be about 1 million people, some of whom trained for nine months) or spending the amount of cash (which they estimate to be about 40 billion dollars, if you include infrastructure and everything) to create something so very special. From the Opening ceremonies, which left me breathless, to the action in the pool and on the track, which had me on the edge of my seat, to the creative closing ceremonies which turned an oft forgettable event into something magnificently wonderful.
It's the final week of Tubey Awards voting, so if you want to make your voice heard don't delay! The categories this week include Best Talk Show, Best Daytime Soap, The Most Improved Show and the Worst Relationships on TV. So check out the full list of nominees below and then get to voting.
This goes against everything I've complained about for the last two weeks, but I actually kind of enjoyed watching beach volleyball last night. Well, at least the final set. The American team, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser (who have stupid nicknames like the Professor and the Thin Beast) totally dominated the last round and shut out the poor Brazilian guys. It was intense and kind of awesome. I didn't even mind watching the live broadcast until 12:10 in the morning. That is, until Bob Costas popped up to tell me that because the game went so long, our promised coverage of the decathlon (one of the most impressive feats in the Olympics) was getting jettisoned to the wee hours of the morning. But you know, that's how they roll. Two hours of track and field (just sprinting and hurdles), an hour of beach volleyball, an hour of diving and ten minutes of BMX racing, no time for the 20 odd other sports happening. Would it kill them to put in a 20 minute highlight reel of the events on a given day? MSNBC does this update thing, but it is at like 5 in the afternoon when I don't have time to pay attention. A primetime debriefing would be wonderful. Even if they aired it at midnight as a wrap up. It's really too late to do anything about it now, but if they are looking for ideas for the future 2012, that's my suggestion.
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