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This week in TV

  • Apr. 17th, 2009 at 4:54 PM
cordelianne: (Tara sassy expression)
In my too-short break between school semesters, I have gotten the wacky idea into my head to try committing myself to posting each Friday with brief thoughts, reactions and links to various things TV from the week. I read lots and lots of TV sites, articles, blogs and new pieces that I figure it might be fun to share the things I glean from that.

-- If you are a fan of Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies, you will be happy to hear that ABC is finally airing the last few episodes of these shows:
* Daisies' final three episodes will air Saturdays, May 30 to June 13 at 10pm
* Eli Stone's final four episodes will air Saturdays June 20 to July 11 at 10pm
* Dirty Sexy Money's final four episodes will air Saturdays July 18 to Aug 8at 10pm
Yeah, I know, the popular Saturday 10pm slot! Well, at least we'll finally get to see the last few episodes. [Source]

-- In less happy news: It does seem likely that the wonderful Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles will be cancelled. I continue to hope this isn't true because the second season ended so awesomely! Plus I just love Summer Glau as Cameron (even more than *gasp* as River on Firefly).

-- Should you not have heard about where a particular House actor will be working now... . Here's a neat interview in which Kal Penn talks about his decision to leave and work for Obama's administration and also the exec-producers talk about the decision to have Kutner kill himself.

-- If you're seeking reassurance about what happened at the end of this week's House... . Are you freaking out that House may be going down the Grey's Anatomy hallucination sex with a dead person route? (And whoever thought that that would become a trend?!) Well, the exec-producers reassure us that "It would never be a dead ghost sex love triangle thing like on [Grey's]" [Source (which contains spoilers for other shows, so beware if you click!]

-- What do Southland, The Unusuals, and Castle have in common? Well, aside from the obvious of them all being cop shows, it's actually that they all have wealthy people who have chosen to become cops (and in two of them are trying to keep their wealth a secret). Also, there is basically identical back stories of why characters on The Unusuals and Castle became cops. It's gotten to the point where I'm getting confused between everyone's stories on all these shows. I love Nathan Fillion on Castle, Benjamin Mackenzie on Southland and Amber Tamblyn on The Unusuals being back on my TV, but I may only stick with Castle - it's the most fun. I wish Amber Tamblyn was on something as smart as Joan of Arcadia.

-- My favourite new show: Better Off Ted. Funny, satirical and smart. Last week's episode dealt with the issue of institutional racism so well. I wish I could find a good clip of that but youtube is failing me, so instead I'll give you a promo for the show which captures how great it is: Better Off Ted teaser.

-- My favourite quote of the week: From Hurley on Lost: "That was Luke's attitude, too. In 'Empire', when he found out Vader was his father, instead of putting away his light saber and talking about it, he overreacted and got his hand cut off. I mean, they worked it out eventually. But at what cost? The Death Star was destroyed, Boba Fett got eaten by the Sarlacc, and everyone got The Ewoks. It all could have been avoided if they had just, you know, communicated. Because let's face it: Ewoks suck, dude."


[identity profile] wrote:
Apr. 17th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up about Pushing Daisies air dates. I really liked the whimsy of that show.

I'm still holding out hope for Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles . It rocks and I'm sure it would do well in DVDs. I know I'd like to see extras.

I'll have to check out Better Off Ted.
[identity profile] wrote:
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
No problem! It's really too bad that some good shows have been cancelled. I am also still trying to hold out hope for Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles - such a good show! It had such a great season, it's such a shame that more people aren't watching it.

Yes, Better Off Ted is a very fun show! :D
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian wrote:
Apr. 18th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Heh, that is a good quote. I'll add Ted to the DVR. I remember being kind of interested in a promo for it but it got lost in the shuffle.

Curious, those parallels in the cop shows. I've only seen Castle, but the class aspects of that are...interesting. Especially given our current economic situation.
[identity profile] wrote:
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Hurley on Lost always gets the best quotes on the show because he's a funny guy - and definitely a favourite character of mine. Oh cool! Better Off Ted is a fun show. It reminds me a bit of Arrested Development if it was set in the workplace (and not just because both shows have Portia DeRossi!).

Yeah, the class aspects have been interesting on these cop shows. Your comment about the current economic situation makes me think that this is a reaction to it: sorta trying to show that there can be good hard-working rich people out there... or something. I'm not sure! :D
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian wrote:
Apr. 21st, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
That was my first thought too, but then I realized that these shows must have been conceived of and in production before the crash occurred. Although most cop shows focus on detectives, who tend to be more educated and more likely to come from a higher socioeconomic status, it's still a more working-class profession compared to the other staples -- doctor and lawyer shows. There are hardly any dramas which focus on working class people though (although they do get seen more regularly in comedies), and in general TV displays a very skewed perspective of society when it comes to work, leisure, and its general composition.

It seemed to me this was one more effort to shift the focus to a more educated audience, in the same way that you might have a movie like Last Samurai, which is all about the white guy, because your target audience won't watch it if they don't see themselves in it.
[identity profile] wrote:
Apr. 18th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
I tot5ally agree with your comments on Castle and the other two. I finally got around to watching the other two last night and unless the second eps grab me by the throat, I'll just be following Castle because, god, Fillion does cocky jackass so well! *g*

Hopefully this one will last a bit longer than his previous... everything. ;)

'Better Off Ted' always makes me giggle. And it's so short! I always want more. *g*
[identity profile] wrote:
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
I know some people are really enjoying Southland but it hasn't totally grabbed me yet. Whereas, Fillion is just so much fun on Castle! Yeah, he really does do cock jackass well - and manages to be kinda charming too! I feel like Castle does have the potential to be a lasting premise so here's hoping it sticks around!

Aw, I know what you mean! I always want more of Better Off Ted too. It's such a fun and smart show! :D
[identity profile] wrote:
Apr. 18th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
Hurley rocks!
[identity profile] wrote:
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
He really does! :D
(Anonymous) wrote:
Nov. 25th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Quotation of Plato

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.
Quotation of Plato
(Anonymous) wrote:
Dec. 23rd, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
One Sentence from Einstein !

"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." - Albert Einstein !

What do you think ?


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