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The Amazing Race Deserves HD

In a world filled with low-concept garbage reality shows, one 11-time Emmy winner stands head and shoulders above the rest. Yet, for some reason, that show has big black bars on the left and right sides of my screen.

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October 1, 2009 Posted by | HD, News, Reality, Renewed, Technology, Television | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Amazing Race Deserves HD

2009 Fall Preview – Sundays

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Zach Galifianakis will appear in HBO's Bored to Death, premiering September 20th. Image courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaelenh/

Attention Fellow recliner jockeys: Put a fresh set of batteries in your remote and break open that new pack of adult diapers, because the fall premiere season is upon us!

Sunday

ABC – Nothing new on Sunday nights from ABC, but I’ll be tuning in for new seasons of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters starting September 27th. At this point, I actually wouldn’t recommend any new viewers tune into Brothers & Sisters. The show has already aired its best episodes, but at this point I’m hooked until it’s done for good. Desperate Housewives on the other hand, had an awesome season last year that refreshed the series and returned it to the kind of well-thought-out storytelling we enjoyed during the first two seasons. Admittedly, Neal McDonough was a big reason why I enjoyed last year so much, so I’m disappointed he won’t be back on Wisteria Lane this season. However, I have heard that Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos, Joey) will be joining the cast in a role designed to fill the Edie void, which should make for some interesting developments.

AMC – As I write this post, I’m finishing final episodes of the second season of Mad Men, so I realize I’m behind, but it only took a few episodes of the first season for me to realize this is a great show. I know this isn’t news to most people, but if you haven’t seen the first two seasons yet, now is the time to get on board this outstanding dramatic freight train before it arrives at the Emmys to load up on trophies. Season three premiered on August 16th, but since AMC is like most cable channels, you can catch repeats with ease.

CBS – We’ll get a fresh season of the best reality show on tv when The Amazing Race premieres its 15th season on September 27th. The big news this time is that they will finally be in HD! My big screen has been ready to show these breathtaking destinations in high def for years. On October 4th, the eye brings us a new drama series, Three Rivers, featuring Alex O’Loughlin (the short-lived Moonlight), as the head of a transplant team making miracles happen in Pittsburgh of all places. I’m always interested in new medical dramas, so I look forward to seeing what they do with this. On the surface, I would think there’s only so much you can do with transplants, but I’m prepared to be wrong. Also, kudos to the creators for setting the show somewhere other than New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.

FOX – Animation Explosion (or whatever they call it) continues this year, with The Simpsons and Family Guy returning to their regular slots. I don’t watch American Dad, but it’s back as well if you’re interested. On a new note, our favorite African-American from Quahog is getting his own show–that’s right The Cleveland Show will be taking the slot between the two animation powerhouses. I find Cleveland’s voice alone to be hilarious, so my hopes for this one are pretty high. The whole lineup premieres on September 27th.

HBOBored to Death premieres on September 20th. All I needed to see to put this one on my list was one name–Zach Galifianakis.  That’s right, the man who stole this year’s biggest surprise hit movie, The Hangover, will be co-starring on this new series. Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) handles the lead role. There are only eight episodes, but I’m willing to bet they will leave us wanting more.

NBC – Sunday Night Football takes up all of primetime as NBC strives to fill its 2009 schedule with anything other than new scripted programming. I may not talk about sports much, but well-produced sports are some of the best reasons to invest in HD that I have seen. I won’t watch every week, but you’re guaranteed to see some great match-ups on Sunday nights as we get closer to the end of the season.

SHOWTIME – Dexter returns on September 27th, and I can’t wait. I’ve been excited about this one ever since I wrote about John Lithgow joining the cast when the story broke back in May. Can Dexter be a dad and go up against a new serial killer nemesis at the same time? Another great plus is that Keith Carradine will be returning as FBI agent Frank Lundy, last seen during the show’s second season.

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Football, Game Shows, kingoftv, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2009 Fall Preview – Sundays

Nurse Jackie Season 1 Episode 8: Pupil

Zoey from Nurse Jackie

I don’t have a lot to say about Nurse Jackie at this point. I really like some of the characters, especially MoMo and Zoey. This week, Zoey had her best episode so far with her little Nancy Drew routine. My real problem is that I don’t like Jackie. The key to any great show is that viewers can get behind the lead character, and I just can’t feel compassion for a woman who seems to think she deserves to lead dual lives while maintaining a serious drug habit and acting like she runs the whole hospital.

When Nurse Jackie premiered I had high hopes that Edie Falco would be a fresh female Greg House. Instead, she’s more like a bitchy Tommy Gavin.

July 30, 2009 Posted by | Drama, New Series, Television | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nurse Jackie Season 1 Episodes 2 and 3: Sweet ‘n All, Chicken Soup

The awesome premiere episode of Nurse Jackie got my hopes up. The quick renewal by Showtime got those hopes even higher, since presumably they’ve seen pretty much all of the first season at this point. After two more episodes, those hopes haven’t been completely dashed, but I’ve definitely come back down to Earth.

Episode two had a few high points (Akalitus on Percoset), although I think the Fruity Pebbles sex would have been funnier if Jackie’s husband had some cereal stuck to his back when they were done. I also thought the “Zoey bakes when she can’t sleep” plot line was way too similar to a certain doctor/cancer patient at Seattle Grace.

The third episode bored me so much that I only took three lines of notes, compared to about a page for most shows. In fact, at this point, I can’t even remember why I wrote “cat scrotum” on the page.

It would be hard for any show to live up to a debut like Nurse Jackie had. They certainly couldn’t top the ear-flushing antics every single week. Although disappointed by the sort of hum-drum plots of episodes two and three, I’m also a little bit (a very little bit) pleased that they didn’t go immediately down the road of absurd antics that would obviously get any real nurse fired. I’ll keep watching, although I don’t think I’ll be feeling compelled to write about it on a weekly basis.

July 5, 2009 Posted by | Drama, New Series, Television | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Nurse Jackie Season 1 Episodes 2 and 3: Sweet ‘n All, Chicken Soup

Nurse Jackie Gets Renewed STAT!

After dropping with Showtime’s biggest premiere audience ever (1.35 million viewers), Nurse Jackie has been picked up for a second season.

Full story at Variety

All this attention has upset the New York State Nurse’s Association since Edie Falco’s character isn’t exactly a role model. I’ve got news for them–IT’S A FUCKING TELEVISION SHOW. Apparently, the NYSNA assumes we can’t tell the difference between real people and tv characters who have the same jobs as real people. Just in case they’re right, I decided to put together the table below for reference.

Name

Occupation

Real

Fake

Jackie Peyton

Nurse

X

Florence Nightengale

Nurse

X

Jed Bartlet

U.S. President

X

Barack Obama

U.S. President

X

Sigmund Freud

Psychiatrist

X

Paul Weston

Psychiatrist

X

Greg House

Doctor

X

Henry Heimlich

Doctor

X

Cliff Clavin

Mailman

X

John E. Potter

Mailman

X

Dave Barry

Columnist

X

Carrie Bradshaw

Columnist

X

Got more examples for the Real/Fake guide? Add them in the comments.

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, News, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Nurse Jackie Gets Renewed STAT!