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Community Episode 1: Pilot

Despite my aggravation with The Peacock, I’m happy to report that at least one of their new shows left me wanting more. The pilot episode of Community has shown us that fast-paced, smart comedy did not end when Arrested Development was cancelled. Keep in mind, the similarity between the two is no accident, considering Anthony and Joe Russo have been at the helm for both.

Joel McHale turns in a good performance as smarmy lawyer Jeff Winger, and The Daily Show’s John Oliver is a lot of fun as Jeff’s former client and college faculty member Duncan. The cast is rounded out with Chevy Chase (who is great, but I’m not sure will be content to be a bit player) and a host of fresh faces. One of those faces belongs to Danny Pudi, whose short list of credits includes appearances on ER, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Greek, and the recent direct-to-dvd sequel, Road Trip: Beer Pong. Pudi stole the spotlight in this pilot episode, and in the process gave us one hell of a Judd Nelson impression.

The next few weeks will paint the full picture, but at this point the ratings outlook is good, especially considering McHale & company¬†held over 90% of the 18-49 demographic from their lead-in, The Office. As long as creator Dan Harmon and his writing staff can figure out how to let each member of this ensemble shine, I think Community has an excellent shot at filling the fourth spot in NBC’s Thursday comedy lineup.

The Onion A.V. Club has a great interview with McHale here.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Comedy, dvd, Home Video, Movies, New Series, Premiere, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

September SciFi Nerd Calendar Up at io9.com

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here before, but all sci-fi lovers should head to io9.com at the beginning of each month when they release their latest Science Fiction calendar. The calendar includes books, dvds, movies, television shows, comics, author signings and conventions taking place during the month.

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, dvd, Home Video, Internet, Movies, Scifi, Technology, Television | , , , | Comments Off on September SciFi Nerd Calendar Up at io9.com

Excellent 2009 Blu-ray Review Roundup

As of last year, I stopped buying DVDs and only purchase hi-def discs for my collection. With rare exception, I don’t plunk down my cash for blu-ray discs unless they meet two criteria: 1) Amazon better have a great price (under $25) and 2) It better have a great review from highdefdigest.com. Their reviewers do amazing in-depth reviews of every disc that comes their way, and they haven’t steered me wrong yet.

And, if you keep an eye on their page, you’ll never pay list price again.

Read the 2009 Mid-Year Blu-ray Report Card at HighDefDigest.com

July 14, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, dvd, Home Video, Movies, Technology | , , , , | Comments Off on Excellent 2009 Blu-ray Review Roundup

Lost Season 5 Blu-ray Collector’s Set Announced

Dr. Chang

I don’t normally get excited about the “collector’s edition” sets that usually throw in a stupid doll or die cast model with your favorite movie or tv series. However, this just-announced version of Lost Season 5 on Blu-ray looks pretty amazing to a geek like me. The theme is that the set is actually a Dharma Initiation Kit, so I’d like to think there will be some sweet bonus videos like some of the uncut orientation films we haven’t seen before. Either that, or this is some kind of conspiracy between Disney/ABC and the last remaining VCR manufacturers. Lost: The Complete Fifth Season Dharma Initiation Kit will be released on December 8, 2009, on the same date as the standard Blu-ray and DVD versions.

July 9, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, Drama, dvd, Home Video, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lost Season 5 Blu-ray Collector’s Set Announced

Stephanopoulos and Boehner at Reagan National

While waiting at the gate after a great trip to DC for the 4th, I spotted House Minority Leader John Boehner and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Congressman Boehner was actually on our flight since we were connecting through Cincinnati. Stephanopoulos had other plans, but he certainly took his time leaving the gate area after returning to pick up his unattended bags. I totally missed it, but my wife saw Boehner get directly into a black SUV on the tarmac in Cincinnati, rather than returning to the terminal with us commoners.

July 6, 2009 Posted by | Home Video, kingoftv, News, Television | , , , , | Comments Off on Stephanopoulos and Boehner at Reagan National