December 2010 Archives
Another good show bites the dust.
Ryan Seacrest is not wanted dead or alive.
Our poor, dumb little guilty pleasure show The Event is going on a break until February 28, during which time the show is expected to retool and become something that not only more people will want to watch, but also something that fewer people will want to laugh at. It's got a long way to go to becoming a legit drama (and frankly, we kind of love it as the absurd throwaway that it is right now), but here are my bids for where they should start, at least.
This season started out really promising. Instead of a tribe filled with the typical young hotties and a few older folks thrown in for good measure, it was split evenly by age. And there was a Super Bowl-winning coach among them. And a crazy homophobic guy who had no problem spouting his thoughts on national TV. And a girl with a prosthetic leg. And a girl who wanted to throw that prosthetic leg in the fire. But then after a few weeks, it all just fizzled out, leaving us struggling to stay interested through the finale. Here's where we think Nicaragua went wrong:
America just got safer.
The premiere of Top Chef: All-Stars is tonight, and naturally, everyone's very excited. Including the show's judges Anthony Bourdain and Tom Colicchio, who participated in a media call to promote the event, and spoke as candidly as the two of them are famous for. Bourdain in particular really let loose. Did you know that he's a Dora fan?
"It's a trick -- get an Axe!"
It's always sad when people get fired, but we can't say that we were disappointed to hear that showrunner Frank Darabont has dismissed all of the writers from the first season of The Walking Dead. Who knows if his plan to replace them with freelancers will yield better results, but you have to admit that the show is nowhere near as entertaining as a TV show about zombies should be -- especially one based on a pretty amazing comic book. And while the production values are impeccable, a lot of the problems stem from the writing. Here are just a few things that bug us about the series:
Bob Saget has a new show on A&E in which he travels across America to learn about some popular subcultures. I don't know what possessed me to watch this particular screener, perhaps it was the cover photo of him in a sidecar, or perhaps it was just that I watched far too much Full House in my youth and seeing Saget say inappropriate things (like in The Aristocrats) just never gets old to me. Unfortunately, the motorcycle isn't a permanent fixture, and Saget's notoriously salty mouth is fairly tame.
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