New reality shows capitalize on what's in the news and what's on TV right now. In other news, new scripted shows capitalize on what worked 30 years ago. Great idea.
Warning: This post contains some spoilers about tonight's House episode. It does. I'm serious. Stop reading if spoilers make you mad. Just stop it right now. For everybody else, click ahead for the juicy details!
We've got to give Band From TV some credit. There are busy celebrities (well... some of them at least) who take time out of their day jobs (well... some of them at least) to play music and give the money to charity. It's nice to see that these TV stars (current and former) are giving back. The results are perfectly fine. They perform a mix of classic cover tunes and they're quite decent on their respective instruments. I'm sure Simon Cowell would have some snarkier critiques of their performances, but if you are a big fan of any of the actors, you'll probably be delighted with their recently released album Hoggin All the Covers.
Last night's House was amazing for a million reasons. House and Wilson were back together and on a bromantic road trip together, Hugh Laurie's performance in the funeral scene was breathtakingly good, the minions had to make themselves useful without House (for the most part) while he was off being taken hostage by Wilson, and even Kal Penn's character had something interesting to contribute in his scenes with the patient of the week for once. All in all, I think we can agree that this episode will go down as one of the best of the series. But more importantly -- how awesome was House's "MmmBop" ringtone?! As someone who prides myself on picking out the perfect ironic ringtones for every occasion, I have to say my current "Candle in the Wind" has been checkmated by House's Hanson, and I am so copying him. Anyone else love (or hate, and you'd certainly have a valid argument if you do) the Hanson joke?
Guess who may be leaving their starring role in a network series!
Happy Passover and good Good Friday to you all, television lovers. On this holy day we have some probably bad news for Dollhouse fans, potentially good news for Melora Hardin fans, and excellent news for Motley Crue fans. So before you hit your third night of no carbs/head to church/go out and get plastered (an important tradition for the holiday known as Weekend), take a gander at these TV newsbites and see if there's a chance that Dollhouse may have a shot a resurrection, much like Jesus on this weekend approximately 2,000 years ago.
The SAG Award nominations have come out; nothing hugely troublesome or scandalous, but I do have a handful of quibbles, starting with Sally Field. Field does a great job as Nora Walker on Brothers & Sisters, but it's an ensemble show, yet Field still gets all the lead-actress noms, it seems like, and Rachel Griffiths gets overlooked. And again, Field isn't bad or anything, but she's working with prime Emmy bait, and she's hardly subtle; I kind of don't get it. I also don't get the Sedgwick lovefest; I like her too, usually, and I like the show well enough, but that Closer role is tic-y as all get out, and the portrayal isn't getting any less hectic as time goes on. Do these academies just want to prove that they watch basic cable?
And of course Jeremy Piven gets another nod for the Ari role on Entourage, and Tony Shalhoub another nom for Monk, both of which we can file under "I" for "it worked for a couple of seasons because we hadn't seen that sort of thing before, but we get it now, and you haven't shown us anything new in a few years." Actors can continue to do good work in the same role year after year, of course, and it's another two actors I like very much, but when you keep seeing Spader's name in these lists, and Hugh Laurie, just the same people over and over with only a couple minor variations each year, it's hard not to feel like there's a certain laziness behind it. "Well, I don't watch Saving Grace, but the critics say Holly Hunter is very good in it." "Well, Laurie's doing twice the work because of the accent, so I'll just nominate him." Hugh Laurie's still entertaining as Greg House, but he's not doing anything we haven't seen him do before -- and even if these same guys really are the best TV had to offer in the last year, acting-wise, it's hard to trust that when we've seen them all before.
Hugh Laurie is a man of many talents: Drama, comedy, boxing, charity, security, raising Stuart Little, etc., and now, naturally, he is recording a blues album. Sure, why not? I'm sure Band from TV is fun, but not terribly rewarding creatively, and the same could be said for the past couple seasons of House, likely minus the fun part -- the man probably needs an outlet. But what will the album's tracklisting look like? It's time to look up some blues standards on Wikipedia and guess.