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.
Sex and death abound in this week's offerings! If someone's not hooking up, they're putting perps underground, or talking to ghosts or something. I guess that covers most TV, doesn't it? Never mind. Read on!
You know when summer is coming to an end when all your favorite (or not so favorite) summer shows get picked up for another season. There's everything about these renewals in the news from Playboy ladies to divas (live ones!), to assistants and warriors, so read on!
According to GLAAD, FX is the most gay-friendly network in all the land! The advocacy group has awarded the network a "good" rating in their second annual GLAAD Network Responsibility Index, an achievement largely due to Nip/Tuck and less largely due to all those King of the Hill reruns. Showtime and HBO were a close second and third in the cable category, respectively, while A&E, Spike, TBS, USA, and TNT could really stand to gay it up a little. Those guys were given a big ole "failing" grade. Bravo and Logo don't seem to have been rated, I'm guessing because it just goes without saying.
So unless you're one of the 26% of people that the Sprint commercial told me had never heard of Twitter, you know it's been a big week for tweeters. Tweeting? Twits? This lingo is killing me. Anyway: Ashton Kutcher won the race to 1,000,000 followers! Suck it, CNN. And Oprah's on Twitter now! Preemptively suck it, Ashton! But there's an even more exciting piece of Twitter news, one that brings us more joy even than the news that we can now follow Ice-T (and by the way...we're on Twitter too!)...
Nip/Tuck is one of TV's greatest and simplest pleasures. It's filthy, gory, melodramatic, often funny, and you always know what you can expect from it. It's like a rock to lean on amidst the tension-induced hair-pulling that shows like Lost and Dexter make me do. A crazy rock that is on some of the bad stuff, but a rock nonetheless. After an episode of Nip/Tuck, I don't sit around for the rest of the week wondering what will happen next, what every single minute detail of every episode means for the rest of the series, what it represents metaphorically or if the characters are being sufficiently and appropriately matured and developed, because I know that these slutty people are crazy, and whatever attempts they endeavor to pull their lives out of the persistent, unfathomable shambles they're in will always be thwarted and they'll always be back to rock bottom, where they really love being anyway. And I like that. Nip/Tuck knows what it is, and it embraces it more confidently than any other series on television. Also? Sweeeet soundtrack, dudes.
In 1987, a crack TV show was cancelled due to falling ratings over which they had no control. This show promptly escaped to the Los Angeles underground and spent the next 20 years building nostalgia through strategically placed pop culture references. Today, still wanted by fans of the show, they survive as a DVD boxed set. If you have a DVD player, if no other show will do the trick and if you can find it in Best Buy, maybe you can buy... The A-Team.
Good news today, as good television is coming back sooner and lasting longer. On the down side, Rick Springfield is going to show us his ass.
With the CW's new pseudo fashion industry exposé series The Beautiful Life: TBL premiering in just a few short days, it got us thinking about our favorite fictional models in TV history, particularly those of the bitchy variety. I think we can all agree that they are the best kind. Here are the all-time prize winners.
So, Nip/Tuck has kind of a terrible reputation in the land of television -- remember all that stuff we said two months ago about this show? Yeah, we were right. And now that the second half of Season 5 is all wrapped up, I think it's safe to say that at this point the producers of the show are literally trying to shame the last remaining diehard fans into letting go. I mean really, did anyone watch the season finale last night besides me? Dear God! But hey, Nip/Tuck's final season is airing some time in 2010 -- maybe they're pulling that old trick of making us hate them so the goodbye will be easier. Guess what, show? It's working! For those of you who bailed on this formerly... let's go with "watchable" show when The Carver showed up back in 2004, here's why you missed the most maddeningly absurd season ever (and trust me, that's saying something!).