October 2008 Archives
I kind of adore Andy Richter. I loved him on Conan. Andy Richter Controls the Universe was must-see TV for me, I even watched most of Andy Barker, P.I., and I thought he was sweet as a dopey divorcee on New Adventures of Old Christine ... though my love didn't extend enough to make me watch more than one episode of Quintuplets. Anyway, I'm excited now because he's going to be on an episode of Bones, which I watch weekly and end up blogging about a lot. I look for any excuse, really. EW's Ausiello says the Richter episode in January (or some other far off date) will be circus themed, and I'm still kind of freaked out by the creepy clowns on last week's Pushing Daisies, so I hope that since he's the ringmaster he keeps them under control. Or at least that one of the corpses is a clown. That would ease my irrational fear.
I thought I'd made my peace with Deadwood being over. It ended two years ago and I was devastated by the unanswered questions and potential material still left to cover. (How the hell is the town going to change with Hearst gone, but with a new sheriff in town who doesn't want the job? Will Saul suck it up and marry Trixie already, or will he wuss out for his political gains?) I gave up on the long-promised TV movies a year ago when Al Swearengen told me that it was dead as a doornail. I was heartbroken. However, time has healed the gaping wounds that pained me more than Swearengen's knife twisting in a hooker. And while there is little else that comes close to this amazingly written and crafted show, I've learned to go on with my life. Mostly.
For years, I've been hearing how good the British series The IT Crowd is. "It's so good," everyone kept telling me, "that they're talking about doing an American version!" Being an inherently lazy person, this gave me even less of a desire to seek it out, as I was willing to wait until it got to the U.S. in some bastardized form. (Hey, this was when the American Office was just winning people over, so I was not being completely irrational.) Now, with no remake in sight, IFC has come to my rescue, because they've been airing the original IT Crowd Tuesday nights at 8:00, and it is every bit as hysterical as promised.
So I finally got around to watching the Style network show The Dish. Yes, I realize that it premiered over the summer, and I do normally seek out stuff featuring Topanga (I don't think I'll ever be able to call Danielle Fishel by her real name), but I swear it took me this long to discover that I even had the Style network on my cable lineup (we've got some crazy system with too many stations and half of them are in high-def, foreign languages or involve sports). Anyway, I finally found it and watched, and it is amusing and filled with clips and highlights of the latest and greatest happenings, and Topanga reading off funny little jokey commentary. But (and this is a really big but... not implying that Topanga has a fat ass, just saying... well, you know what I mean) it is exactly, EXACTLY, like The Soup, except with Topanga instead of Joel McHale. It has the same tone, the same look, the same random fake cheering in the background, the same sort of send offs. I mean. If I hadn't known better, or tuned in during the middle, I would have thought that Topanga was subbing for Joel while he was on vacation.
I like Heroes. Or at least in theory I do. But there's a point where even I have to draw the line. Last week was kind of that line. And while I really don't want to stop watching this show, I'd hate for it to devolve into Prison Break territory, where I'm only watching it to see what ludicrous and preposterous new things they've come up with. It would be easier for me to make a clean break. But I'm willing to give it a little more time. Especially if they make any of the following changes. Stat. Because I'm not falling for that "we made it better, we swear" thing again. Adding in a few cool twists in a mess of a show does not make things all better.
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