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Seriously Weird Show

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

When I heard about Heidi Klum’s new Kids Say the Darndest Things-rip-off Seriously Funny Kids, I made a note to watch the premiere. Eight o’clock on Tuesday, February 15, however, found me in my neutral position: on the couch watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on my laptop despite the Rogers cable box staring at me from on top of the TV promising hundreds of channels to suit any mood. At around 9:30 I realized I had missed the show. (Maybe I should come up with a better system than writing things down on scraps of paper and shoving them in my bag. I guess that system’s called an iPhone but I’m fiercely and irrationally loyal to my red-and-black Samsung flip phone; we’re about to celebrate our third anniversary together.) ANYWAY, last night I caught a few minutes of the show during a Sunday evening lull and I was surprisingly repelled. I didn’t expect to particularly like the show; I think it’s safe to say I’m not exactly the its target audience. But I also didn’t expect to react with such visceral disgust.

I saw four segments before I reached my threshold. First, I watched a close-up of a boy, maybe four years old (although I”ll be the first to admit my estimates re: age may be wildly off the mark) with a huge booger hanging off his right nostril. I think the booger eventually popped but I can’t be sure exactly how this transpired because my roommate and I instantly shielded our eyes the moment the child’s mucous overtook about two-thirds of the TV screen. This went on for an agonizing period of time (probably only about a minute but it seemed like hours) before the poor kid was put out of his misery. Read more…

Fact: Doctors Look Better in Shorts

January 13, 2011 1 comment

Eager viewers, the time has come. Hold your breath no more: Shonda Rhimes has finally figured out a way to create a medical drama where the doctors can wear shorts and show off their six-packs. Off the Map is the latest atrocity from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes*, who’s decided to raise the stakes by setting the show in a clinic in South America, the only one of its kind within 200 miles. “Forget what you saw in residency,” a doctor warns the three newcomers. The message is pretty clear. Forget what you saw on ER, Grey’s Anatomy and the like: Off the Map likes its drama spicy! This ain’t no Seattle; you’re in the jungle, baby! We just turned up da HEAT so if you don’t like it get outta the kitchen, muthafuckas!

Off the Map is so formulaic it’s not even fair. First, we’re introduced to the clinic’s main doctors. There’s Dr. Zita Alvarez, the sassy, tough local with a heart of gold. We know she has a heart of gold because Dr. Otis Cole (the token black doctor; we know this because HIS NAME IS OTIS COLE) literally tells her, out loud, that she has a heart of gold. Zita ain’t too happy about the newcomers: “Just what we need, more cocky imperialist doctors”;
“Goody, another American, saved by the great white hope,” she whines. Aren’t you a grown woman with an extremely high level of education? Then why do you sound like a first-year undergraduate poly-sci student? Oh, that’s right, because you were created by Shonda Rhimes. Finally there’s Dr. Ben Keeton, the ruggedly handsome rogue whose methods are just crazy enough to work. Case in point: when they run out of blood during surgery, he grabs a fellow doctor and sets off to hunt down coconuts in the wild because coconut juice is pretty much the same as blood, no doy. Read more…

Live-Blogging Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

7:53 pm: Getting ready to watch the first whole episode of Glee since I wholeheartedly discarded it before I even made it to the first season finale. I tried to watch the Rocky Horror Halloween episode (it was a slow night) but I didn’t make it past the first 20 minutes. Combine that with my seething hatred for Gwyneth Paltrow, and I’m really not looking forward to this somewhat rash decision.

7:58 pm: Lowe’s commercial attempts to be post-racial.

8:00 pm: Arghsdjhgdfhghg I want to die. Read more…

Why I’m Bored With Boardwalk Empire

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

I recently found out that Martin Scorsese is apparently on board (sorry) with a TV series documenting the early years of the characters from his 1990 film Goodfellas. Yikes. Good idea? Bad idea? I’m still not sure. Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote the book Wiseguy that served as the basis for the Goodfellas script, said about the project, “The part of the movie people often like best is the opening third, where all the funny stuff is happening, and there’s so much we could fit in” (via indieWIRE). Mmmmmmmm I don’t know. All the funny stuff? The part people like best? That sounds a little pandering and dare I say it, lame. Obviously we can’t base our expectations for this show on Pileggi’s comments alone, although since he appears to be writing at least the pilot episode, maybe we should be taking his comments seriously. It’s still a little unclear how much involvement Scorsese will have, but it’s early. Read more…

The Big C: More Like The Big F

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Having watched the first two episodes of Showtime’s new show, The Big C, I can already say that I am underwhelmed. I hope I don’t get too much slack for not being on board with this show, which is receiving rave reviews from a plenitude of critics.  With a cast lead by the beautiful and talented Laura Linney, and costarring Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) and Oliver Platt, I had high hopes. Perhaps the show will pick up once the writers are done trying to establish each of their unoriginal characters in an expositional manner.

I still plan on watching a few more episodes before I completely drop this show from my radar, because I’m a lover, and because I generally maintain a rule of watching at least the first three episodes of a series. Since The Big C is a half-hour show, I’ll stick it out for six episodes. Amongst other structural and thematic issues, the biggest problem with this show– about a woman recently diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma who decides to start living her life the way she’s always wanted to– is that I see no potential for longevity.

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Learn to Take a Joke Gleeks

May 21, 2010 1 comment

Even though I refuse to watch the crapfest that is Glee anymore, after reading this article in Rolling Stone, I just had to share some thoughts. Kudos to Lara and to the rest of you who are able to continually tune in to the show week after week. Whether you watch it because you love it, or you watch it because you spite it, you should be given awards for your ability not to vomit before, during and after each and every single episode.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think it’s a real shame the writers stopped giving a shit about story lines and character development– instead opting just to make money off of this show and its stars. Glee’s premise had potential that was never reached. With the never-ending list of awesome guest stars lined up for the second half of the season, I too held out hope that maybe, just maybe, Ryan Murphy would get his shit together and not embarrass himself and the likes of talented folk such as NPH, Molly Shannon and Idina Menzel, but alas, he failed.

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Glee S01E19: Somebody Please Give Glee Whatever It Wants

May 21, 2010 1 comment

 

Glee, fall off a cliff and die. This week’s Glee-vances:

– Neil Patrick Harris makes an appearance as Bryan Ryan, Schuester’s old high school glee club rival. I anticipated his arrival with excitement and, dare I say, hope that this episode would be saved by his charm and witty repartee: “What’s the matter, Shuester, cat got your talent?” Neil Patrick Harris is a talented comedic actor. But silly me for forgetting that Glee has sunk so low that nothing can save it now. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, I will continue to write about you on my blog, directly contributing to the hype surrounding your “pop-culture phenomenon” status. Anyway, it turns out that Bryan gave up on singing and tells the Glee Club that they, too, should give up on their dreams. And because this random stranger who they’ve never met before and who has no significance in their lives or influence on their futures whatsoever tells them to reign it in, the gleeks are legitimately disheartened and decide that this stranger MUST be preaching the divine truth and they all bow their heads and cry. Read more…