October 2009 Archives
It's not a good sign when I don't rush to watch Saturday Night Live either live or first thing the next morning. Usually if I see a million people Twittering about something funny, I run to my DVR to catch it ASAP. This weekend, not so much with the twittering, so not so much with me running to the DVR. And while I have been known to enjoy some movies with Gerard Butler in them, I'm not a big super fan of his, so that lacked some urgency as well. So the show collected dust in my DVR and then I just ended up watching it online today. There were some hits and misses, and some actual funny stuff, but no clips that I'm going to watch over and over again like any of the digital shorts of yore. There are a few that are worth a look for a quick chuckle, if you are bored at worked and skipped the Saturday night airing as well, and some that you probably want to avoid at all costs.
More Glee? Awesome. Less Sarah Michelle Gellar? Terrible. More Elisabeth Moss? Awesome. Yet another Tricia Helfer guest spot? Awesome, but not really a surprise anymore. Oceanic Airlines on Desperate Housewives? Cutesy, but awesome. Awesome wins.
With ratings down for Dancing With the Stars, ABC is looking for ways to freshen up the show, and they may have found a way to keep their numbers from slipping. The answer is ice. Celebrity ice skating competition Dancing on Ice recently had its fourth season in Britain, and ABC wants to bring a similar show to America. ...Except it's been here before, in 2006, when Skating with Celebrities was on Fox for one season with Kristy Swanson, Dave Coulier, Debbie Gibson and Nancy Kerrigan. We've got some ideas for other sporting events that might be more exciting to watch than ice-skating. Again.
I know that Mia Michaels is one of those polarizing sorts of choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance, but I'll certainly miss her presence. She's one of my favorite people on that show after Cat and Adam. When she announced via Twitter (which is apparently the thing to do of late) that she was leaving, my suspicious mind immediately jumped to the fact that Adam Shankman had been named permanent judge this season as the reason for her sudden departure, which may or may not be the case, but with the timing and everything one has to wonder.
While TV is supposed to be escapism, some shows completely escape reality on a regular basis. We expect craziness on Heroes, Fringe and Lost since they're fantasy shows, but with series that pretend to take place in our world, we hope for a modicum of plausibility -- if only for the sake of internal logic. It's not that we don't like most of these shows, but it is hard to buy into some of the plots that they've been selling lately.
Thursday is a sad day. The CW is toiling away at their next attempts in the hour-long drama genre, Jonah Hill continues to get work, and the cultural achievement that is the Fox Reality Channel will be gone by March.
The Modern Family is getting bigger, and so is the antiquated family of carnies on Heroes. Dancing may help Chris Brown, but it won't do Michael Jackson much good. And Jackie Warner wants to be a big loser.
The funny and the obscure collide this week, as some funny shows (some live-action, some animated) meet some obscure shows (some from Britain, some just strange) and there are even some obscure and funny shows, which are the best kind, because they make you feel better and better than everyone else.
I admit it: I haven't been totally in love with this season of How I Met Your Mother. Don't get me wrong, I still adore the show but none of the recent episodes have really made me cry tears of laughter the way that some have in past seasons. I was going to blame it on the fact that Barney and Robin are a couple and acting weird (she should have been so into the strip club). Or perhaps the fact that now that Ted is single and just teaching, he's really even more boring than usual. Or most likely a combination of all of them. I've just felt basically disenchanted with the series... until last night, when the show totally won me back.
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