Television: March 2005 Archives

There's always something special about watching the beginning of Brideshead. I think I don't even quite remember the novel quite as well as I do the series. Regardless, it does well, as far as I'm concerned, or at least I think so, watching the beginning again. It's now available where you'd expect it to be, or not. But regardless, here.

I wish I could talk about them at length every week, but I like Blind Justice and House. House in particular of course, but Blind Justice is doing well, and as always, I'm even more well corrected into liking Rena Sofer. So it's only with peroxo-boy that striking looks gets in the way of talent. I really need to do a real search for some talent when it comes to making up titles.

Oh, and Life on a Stick is still a bit too gaggy, but all in all still pretty funny, sticking with it.

La Forza Del Destino

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How much more wrenchingly awful can the diegesis that Shameless presents get? Which is to say that it's a wonderful series, and moving. Unfortunately RealWorld doesn't have the best rips, for that you'll have to get lucky with UKNova. The performers, and their performances, are wonderful.

I really can't quite get over how subtly and joyfully moving it is, just the montage of Lip in his newfound sanctuary of his own improvement, and Debbie's little shop and evasion. I can't believe I held off for this long. I suppose I just expected it to not be as good. Apparently some people know better.

The feeling of things happening while you're not there, after you come back. And this is so important, I feel can't stress it enough, and I'm clinging not to forget. It's peculiar, people looking at you 'you're back', and going off. Newfound confidence all round, place not having burnt to the ground. It's disappointing. It makes you wish you were all alone in the world unhappy. I'm resentful, for we're strangers when we meet. TV warming up in the cold.

I'm watching comedy connections now, and the goodness gracious me, and there's something tremendously sad about it, but then so many thing are when you wake up at midnight. In a sense in seems that you never quite got to glimpse at all the incredibly intellectual and eloquent people that participated, if only because the discourse they were stuck in precluded that - made it middle-brow. In the way you never quite got with the public school boys doing comedy. And perhaps as much if not more so than the Beatles, Monty Python is the great romance of the 20th century.

Grey's Anatomy Pilot

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The drama doesn't help. Funny-guy is funny. Katherine Heigl is fun. For a pilot, it's not bad. Central character isn't as bad as she looked she would be. Oh, ok, now you get that they should have just stuck to the comedy - the drama sucks ass. And annoying woman who wasn't being so annoying? Annoying again. If not for Katherine Heigl and funny guy, this would really suck. And bitchy chinese one - it's nice they're trying something original. So yes, stick to the funny. You'd think it'd only get better.

It's a bit wrong, but watching the swansong episodes of LAX is making me miss it a bit. It really wasn't as bad as it initially allowed itself to be - I'm hoping I didn't just summarily delete them all, though I probably did. If it comes to that I could always get it here. Louis is sentimental that way.

Which explains the twinge (slight) at the end (pretty much) of Medical Investigation. I'm not sure if Susanna Thompson quite made up for Peroxo-boy being dissolute *yet* again. But I've always liked Sasha Barese, and still to this day hold out hope that I'll be able to find Run of the House.

Life on a Stick isn't awful - the unaired pilot was leaked as Related by Family, and it's supposedly by Mel Gibson's production company. Thankfully the change of title might mean they reconsidered putting too much emphasis on the family bits. Step-sister is quite comely though. Evil boss is pretty wrong, as are so many other things. We'll see how things go.

And so much biting. Naomi Watts is lovely. And she's good. She either gets the better lines, or she just does them better. Film is an absolute load of annoying me. Another strand of american masturbation that makes me wish I owned a baseball bat. But really Naomi Watts seems to be able to really carry off that very deft being of faffy and sincere. Nice lookin' too. Have I said it's annoying? Granted the activism is meant to be more or less peripheral, but there's this mallet and tongs and a sign that hits you on the head.

It's just disappointing that smart intellectual people seem absolutely incapable of getting out of their political lockstep - from Tracey Emin to Morrissey, it's all blah blah blag blag, no nuance, no complexity, just justification and buttress like a tree. It's like an inability to think, encouraged by this bent educational echo chamber. I look forward to shouting.

For whatever reason, webcam is broken in the latest leaked builds of MSN.

It appears to have something to do with scrolling in IE while video is playing - I think I shall disable smooth scrolling and remove IE from my list of optool browsers.

I wonder what is more interesting to me, the fact that people post Countdown, that I downloaded it to watch, or that it's broadcast in HDTV. They posted it because it was an 8 year old kid who appeared in 3 shows, presumably winning twice. It's not quite as fun when you're not baked, but it's okay. Not the worst thing I could watch, I'll give it that. But also very very wrong. You do realise I'm going to end up watching Dr. Who for Billie don't you?

Well that explains what happened to Mel C. Still quite fetching isn't she? And Avril is similarly fetching - though it might just be washed out look the show seems to go for.

Again I'm surprised that I never wrote about it when I first watched it, but there you go. I'm sitting here, watching what I didn't finish watching of this cycle of Sports Night, and it occurs to me I've never told you how absolutely gut-wrenchingly motherfuckingly assholerippingly bitchfacedly awful The Office is. And just to be clear, I don't mean that the American version is bad while I would gladly give the UK version head. I'd rather be raised by my left testicle up a flagpole while imagining that over-enunciating anti-biotics is clever.

Anyone who lauds any or either is going to have me mocking them to their face like the cockmunching intellectual midgets that they are. If I'm not wrong I might have written about how the opening titles alone of 6 feet under can make me want to stab myself - and so the title song of the office makes me want to turn green wearing pants.

American comedy is often deeply and endlessly flawed - SNL in particular epitomises all that is wrong with american comedy, and after watching Mean Girls, I think Tina Fey should be shot - slowly. All this is nothing to the fact that american comedy presumes to itself that it can transpose comedy. But when you compound that sick fancy with the inability to discern what is absolutely gut-wrenchingly motherfuckingly assholerippingly bitchfacedly awful, you get a glimpse into why there are times when you think american comedy should be left on an island with a gun containing only one bullet.

It's an awful show. Why would I want to watch something that even in the original was offensive, pathetic, masturbatingly contrived, and - wait for it - about as vaguely amusing as a poke in the eye. Watching it made me want to hit things. Honestly, to the people I know who admit watching it to me - I will fuck you up.

I'm not saying I'm going to go and watch MASH right this minute, but Alan Alda is good at what he does. But yes, I now know it for a fact that they're going to have the former/sitting president be the nominee for the Vice Presidency, as Clinton teased. It would help the next season in so many ways, most important of which is that Martin Sheen would have carte blanche to recur. It would explain Santos' win, and it would make it easier for all of the cast to stay the same.

Now obviously none of this is true - they wouldn't do it just because it'd cross the line, even for the, in terms of stunt politics - it would rob them of a meaningful debate by the start of next season between the two candidates; which would allow them, again, to dig deep into the ideology of how even at its best, the Republicans are going to get pwn3d by the Democrats. I wonder if they brought Bruno back to prove a point, and whether no one on the regular cast would talk to him.

So yeah, they realised that they need really strong episodes to end out the season, so break's over. Good episode. I hope Mary Louise Parker appears again. Oh, and clarification on nummy status - supposedly Jennifer Connelly is marriagable material and endlessly sweet and heartbreaking, rather than out and out nummy. Though Career Oppurtunities might cause that to be revised.

So yes, the Andorians are really cute, and having watched one of the few Enterprise episodes that I unreservedly like, I must say they are one of creations of the series that I think entirely successful. I'm sure the episode wouldn't be quite as resonant if you didn't watch the one about P'Jem first, but I remember this episode serving well, even when I first watched it. It makes me think it might actually be worth it to watch the Andorian episode in season 3, even though that's the season that quality forgot. I can't quite explain why I'm watching early seasons of Enterprise when I could be watching say the Shameless that I haven't yet, or even Spaced or My Life in Film again. Perhaps I find the simplicity of their guile-less representations comforting. I wonder whether the misdirection, or lack of, in the Stigma epsisode, is an alienating part of their insidious liberal agenda.

Speaking of which, Daily Show's been good the past few days, I think they respond well to crap being hefted. I'm sure you realise I just can't bring myself to respond to certain kinds of crap when it gets saturated, my previous post to this one covers at least one of the pertinent events in the way I'm most comfortable with. I don't know if it was Billy Campbell listening to Debaser that set it off, but I've been cramping up my hand trying to get down Here Comes Your Man and Headache.

I can't help but say that Enterprise isn't very good, even though I like it enough to watch it - and it'd help if my season 2 rips were worth a damn - this must have been back in the day when FOV and SFM were still ripping in analog - yikes. The Daily Show, and House for that matter, was good for my rage. I promise, I really will fuck them up.

They must really have had the backs up - they're pulling out all the stops, using the notes and running. The thing between him and Cameron is unbelievably good, and the rest of the cast is really showing off rather well - especially Cuddy and RSL. They represent commercialism is the most crass manner possible, and I think they mistake the person for the ideal, and they have no conception of what 'Good Management' is. I can't say enough about how good a series this is, and how much you should be watching it as opposed to other crap (you know what I'm talking about). But the actor isn't bad.

And So Definitive Guide to getting House. Torrents found here, get them while they're still seeded. The rest you'll have to get via Donkey, here.

If you put any faith in my sense of taste, and ability to smell, shower or not, watch it - and why not? Often enough it comes on after American Idol.

Oh, and Blind Justice is becoming more and more watchable, there are many good things about it. I underestimate Rena Sofer's appeal, and I actually really really like the titles. And it's unashamed of just being a cop show. At the moment, everything's still available.

Burr Steers does good work. Apparently he's decided to really embrace the whole of the camp potential they've been going for. Really brought things out of the people - Bette being an ass. He's good. I'm sure I'll never quite get over Igby Goes Down.

I think I've come a bit tired of writing like this, part of me is really starting to think that I need to do some real work and finish something - I'm not going to be that guy who writes short stories - that's just silly like floral curtains.

Opera search is rather fine - it uses Overture, which I'm not sure how to differentiate from yahoo, but the searches aren't identical. Regardless I've decided that I should use it as default, the MSN butterfly isn't *that* pretty. If nothing else, it doesn't seem to include ads at the moment, which is nice - they probably don't expect massive traffic, but the layout is reasonably pretty, and it's by a brand I like, so why not.

House - Rescued from CSI

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That was a rather superlatively good episode of House I just watched. It was written by Lawrence Kaplow, who's apparently written quite a few of the episodes of House that I think are very very good. The director Randall Zisk is also a familiar name, but to not so much that I remember him, nor is his long filmography *that* striking. But my it was a good episode. New nemesis is good - very very amped up presentation of the premises of the show, more drama than usual - you can tell it's the beginning of a new story arc from having had more episodes ordered. No end of interesting, knowing more about the production process and the way the episodes have to be batched.

Nina from 24 was the patient, good guest stars always raise the game. But yes, Lawrence Kaplow makes me now want to watch Hack, which I hope I can find somewhere. But apparently not. And thankfully they've rescued Baba O'Riley from CSI. Also the mentions of control and shame are really rather good in the presentation of Bulemia - I really liked it. Cameron was good in the episode as well, heartrending vulnerability does that, aussie boy was fine, Omar Epps is still annoying.

I will burn House DVDs for anyone who promises to stop watching DP.

Oh my fucking god this is awful - the fuck-faced idiots also did a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddie Mercury is absolutely spinning. Wet bastards - twats basically, tossy little white boys. I never quite realised how much talentless gimpy trolls got featured on CD:UK, but I suppose that's as much my fault by now. Busking with My Sweet Lord was fun, and I think there was Neil Young song once that I liked.

Scott McClellan always seems so baby-faced, though recently he's begun to look more and more tired and worn. You can watch the press briefings on C-Span, which I do every once in a while. The latest briefing is normally on the front page. I went there because Fox News Online has more silly headlines about the new China law. When news organisations say so and so says this, doesn't it strike you as somewhat disingenuous?

So it's true, Jem - like Beth Orton, only nowhere near as good.

A lovely inflection of awk-wardness. The proliferation of google search boxes on Blogger blogs is comic to no end. I never realised that Pooh-Bah was derived from a character from the Mikado. I wonder if Colin Goh knew this.

Watching Career Oppurtunities now, with the immensely lovely Jennifer Connelly. For those that don't know, she is counted as one of the nummys, to which belong her, Mary Louise Parker, and Poppy Montgomery. I'm sure there's more, but can't remember right now. Anyway, the film is written by John Hughes, and it's pretty good, I must say. Makes me want to get more of his oevre than I already have. I wonder how much Target paid them. I'm now suddenly impressed that the director (Hughes only wrote it) directed a whole list of tv stuff that I like, including Sports Night and Freaks and Geeks. Immense. And really, so far it's an absolutely lovely film.

It was recommended by being ripped off on the OC, in a portion that I had ignored.

You can get it here: Career Opportunities - Jennifer Connelly.avi. The rip requires Zoom Player to properly display the aspect ratio though. I suppose all this isn't quite television, but I'm treating it as such, as I should. It's really really good.

Jennifer Connelly is *so* lovely. And the music's great. The white tank-top is I can't get my eyes off, her moving is so fetching with the hips, it's not even true. Oh, and the unbelievable riding of the horse. I can't get over how wonderful it is.

Lesbians on a Sunday

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Mia Kirshner looks nice being coy. She's less annoying this season, allowed to be more vulnerable and happy - so as to be an attractive draw for the show - no doubt that explains the bare breasted shot of her in the credits.

On a mildly related note, Dion sent me a bunch of pictures of the Nikon Booth Babes from the IT show, which makes me feel so much like a dirty old man - unabatingly lubricious.

Don't look, it's naughty.

I was saying that not since the Wire was on, have my sundays' downloading been so active - Deadwood, L Word, Simpsons, Arrested Development. I wonder if it's all just a response to the fact that DP has revealed the untapped potential of Sundays? I'm trying to think of a show to keep people from watching Arrested Development. Not that it's as bad as DP, by any means, I still watching if there's nothing left, but it's flawed in a bad way, and it's also annoying in a bad way. So I came up with Scrubs, Daily Show, and 2.5 Men - the good ones are good, much better than Arrested Development which really, just isn't visceral enough.

Lilac wine, is sweet, and heady, like my love...

Oh well, I'm putting it down to Mia Kirshner was just ill-used in the last season, because she's really good in this one - especially her getting her hair cut - incredibly lovely.

Whipping Cocks is Coldplay

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I just remember Melissa Etheridge, when the whole pedo-lesbo-pop thing was around with that russian girl band (tatu), saying that well, in the past you'd never have thought saying you're a lesbian would be good for your career. And so music trivia abounds watching Never Mind the Buzzcocks. I actually got a couple of Once and Agains posted, though the rest were rejected for lack of sources - eventually then. I'm so gratified that another of Mark Lamarr's whipping cocks is Coldplay, incredibly gratified. I can't say listening to the radio is quite my thing though - I'd like something more talky, but obviously funnier or as laid back as Showtalkers. And yet again I'm in a quandary about what to eat, and whether I should just finish watching.

You're So Fucking Special

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Granted I don't think Radiohead are worth much, but they deserve better than this. Some fuck-faced idiots (named after a generation of mac processors) are doing an operatic cover of Creep. They didn't even have the decency to swear as appropriate, just stuck filler in where they were supposed to be. Oh my. The UK, the land of nothing being sacred. Grave turning self stabbing dig your own eyes out with a spoon. They don't even have the decency to express at least some smidgen of unseemly irony. Eli's Coming. That's what you get from downloading TOTP - thanks UKNova. It must have done something to me, because I now actually quite like the Britney single - Do Somethin' - she's pretty effective being squeaky.

Sketch Show Doesn't Suck

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It's surprising I know, but it's actually better than some. And they do a very good job of making Mary Lynn Rajskub of 24 fame, look very convincingly hot. There's also another pretty blonde woman. It's flawed in that it's american, but other than that it seems to be trying very hard, and is very gaggy, which is a good thing. The insistence seems to be on keeping it short, but the interspersing of stock clips is a bit annoying - I preferred the Smack The Pony drifting off. Very contrived, but still funny. Very Methodical. TVTome.

Dan and Casey's Dance Fever

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Two speeches, tempting fate on Sports Night, but for the moon landings, no spit. I love Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Again, UKNova is the bomb and while I suppose it'd be nice to have more, or a longer half-life via ed2k, it's great that they have it at all. I wonder if they do Nigella.

Apparently a new season of Family Business has started, it's not exactly classic, but fun enough for a single viewing. I'm listening to Mark Lamarr on BBC radio now, it should be fun.

Numb3rs is becoming increasingly background viewing - more will they won't they drama with entrance of old girlfriend - they must teach a course in TV storylines 101 somewhere. Somehow they make Sabrina Lloyd look less diminutive, but she seems to have gained gravitas with age.

Without The Rough Boys

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I'm sure I'll get around to doing a more informative post about the state of torrenting, but right now the big news for me is UKNova.com. Everything that's good about living in the UK without the rough boys. It's absolutely heavenly, so that I'm now able to get at all the shows I had gaps in, not to mention the iching rips of Shameless Season 2.

The RSS feed is a bit tricky, but have a look at the forums and you'll find they did pretty cool things with it - and bothered to document it properly. Now if only there were an agnostic tool for harvesting torrent links from feeds. I'd link to everything, but unless you're registered, there's no point, so register (if they're still offering memberships) and go bananas.

Titties and Beer

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I can't seem to keep the break of Innocent Man by Billy Joel out of my head - 'I am, and innocent man, oh yes I am, an innocent man'.

I really like the recent episode of the Eric Rice Show - honestly, if I might be so bold: yes, no doubt your advertisers like short packaged shows that are about something etc. but the show is at it's best when it's flabby and you're just hanging out, messing about. It's not about whether or not you're pimping something - though I'm sure the act of pimping affects things regardless - it's just the feeling of people being themselves and goofing off around stuff. There's an accompanying video, which you can find here. They look like it tastes like ass.

So yes, they can be entertaining as they once were, but not a post will go by about them that I don't mention the absence of Esto-Jen, who is now knocked up Rice's fuckbuddy-child, locked in a basement, doing nothing but getting baked.

Anyone who can recommend me a podcasting tool that doesn't suck (iPodder was just pointless) will have erected for them bonkers scaffolding. But honestly, just having the feed on Klipfolio seems to do me pretty well - it's only a minute or so away once the headline shows up. I don't listen to them on the move because I don't move, so it's all on my spacious sound system - and if I do move, that's what the Economist is for.

Fire. And please, if you want to watch the series, just go here and get it, since it's aired on Sky in the UK already. Though the HRHD rips might be nice.

I maintain, as I should, differentiation from the things that nominally enforce themselves as similar. That is not this, and my protestations are not anything other than the desire to point out that that I am better than all of you, that I know more, understand more, am more.

I'm starting to think that the reason Sally was moved was because it was originally planned as the end of the 12/13 episode initial run - something surely intrigues me beyond all understanding.

Alicia Coppola: On both Sports Night and 2.5 Men, not to mention Lisa Edelstein as Bobby Bernstein.

The extreme close-ups of Sports Night's DOP?

I'm in clover, for... That's what the end of more self-reflexive OC will do to you - I'm downloading the Jennifer Connelly/John Hughes thing it refers to as we speak.

How Much Do You Love Me

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And so I've succumbed to watching Sports Night again - and not skipping straight to Pixley for Megan Ward. I think it was discovering that the episodes aired out of sequence, and that I now have the chance to correct that egregious error. I'm starting with Mary Pat Shelby because Su-lin already had a disc of the first 4 episodes. Sabrina Lloyd looks so fresh faced and pixie-like compared to Numb3rs. I think I've never quite realised how good Thomas Schlamme actually is, and how adventurous he can be. How did Felicity Huffman move to such crap from this. It's like when the camera pulls out, it quivers with a kind of uncertainty, as if it could topple over at any moment, ducking and weaving.

So now it occurs to me, remembering that Josh Schwartz was in Dead Poet's Society, that he's on the show at least in part because he's able to convincingly play being in crisis. Troubled and riddled with doubt.

I'm finding right-click scroll rather useful in my quest to scam BlogClicker, something useful to do while trying to not watch too much of Dr. Who. I mean, Neverwhere can't have been that much more expensive, but it was hell of a lot better. Maybe they should bring back Greg Dyke, if only because he hated this crap.

Though really, I get the feeling I'm the one getting scammed - at a rate of 2 clicks to 1 view, it's sustainable (I suppose) but not terribly worth it for me yes/no? And really, who are these cocksuckers who keep getting impressions - don't tell me they actually paid to get on. Though this is pretty sad too. It's not actually pyramid selling, but I'm sure there's a name for it somewhere.

If only Billie could be on something worth a damn. She's supposed to start singing again, which might be fun. You just hope she doesn't stray that far. And yes I'm reminded that I don't read Heat anymore.

I suppose it's just because I've never watched the previous series of Dr. Who, but oh my god it's a cheap-ass show. Puppet Angel was *so* much more fun, not to mention more convincing. Even invisible fighting would be that bit better.

Can't seem to find Canterbury Tales (the one with Billie in it) online, I'm sure it'll turn up eventually or something. Sorry to anyone who was expecting me to follow through on ripping Murder One, I'm just useless like that.

Oh, and someone else who's been catching my attention recently is Talia Balsam, who aside from having been married to George Clooney at one point (by the way, Blind Justice guy used to be Juliana Marguiles' beau at one point), she's plays Anthony LaPaglia's wife/ex in Without a Trace, where she has been remarked upon as being very earth mother - like she's very nurturing. K-Street has her as rather a different character that uses her physicality in a similar way, but this time to emphasize her sexual appetite for Mary McCormack. Interesting evolution of roles, and pretty effective actress in them. She's now married to John Slattery who's now on Jack and Bobby.

I'm still quite convinced by my talking about the inability to see the central figure in Blind Justice, if only because being blind, he does not interact as people normally would, he doesn't look at people, and people don't really look at him - and he always gives the impression of sensing, so you look around rather than at him. So you look but you don't see. Aren't I just clever. And I've just been thinking, that there's a case to be made for the show, or at least the pilot, being at least in part preoccupied with circumvention - making the scene where he walks around the furniture in the station house all the more interesting.

And I just felt the need to say it but not necessarily to put it in a seperate post: Louis doesn't do weddings, whatever my interest in Laura Nyro.

I swear it's really not just my imagination, Billie does look downright chunky in Dr. Who. Pregnancy rumours may now commence. And yes, it only makes her more fetching (you knew that was coming, surely).

It occurs to me that I've never really written about the Daily Show with John Stewart, which I've been watching ever since it's become so religiously uploaded, and really since the election coverage. I find it easy watching first thing in the morning, not something I have to consider watching or not - so like I said, easy.

Also it's mercifully short, which other late night shows aren't terribly, which probably why I don't have an archive of Conan - also he's not as assiduously torrented. Regardless, Daily Show is endlessly funny, despite being a bit strained at time - they do take the easy route, but I can believe it when they say it's mostly about finding the funny. It's not unproblematic, but I think the key word, which is why I'm now repeating it again - show = easy.

I've been noticing this actress called Jane Lynch recently, who does rather good things for the shows that she's on. She's currently on L Word as Bette's (or is it Tina's - yes, Tina - hot pregnant one from Angel) divorce lawyer, which is going somewhere so obvious with the uber-assertive thing. But anyway she's really good in her roles, especially as the psychiatrist towards the end of 1st season 2.5 Men - it's all in her surprisingly leg length film/tv-ography as provided above.

I wonder at the L Word using Lesbian stereotypes, ie she's being such a lesbian, that's so lez etc. I suppose that's where comedy comes from, I'm just wondering if it isn't also meant to be politically progressive in that rather roundabout way queer things can be.

Did Billie get divorced? So it's either pregnancy (the fun kind) or it's the aftermath of too much ice-cream and sympathy? More as I find more dish to filth. Apparently they split up about a year ago - I'm sure I must have known, and just forgotten or something. Ah well.

Deadwood Season 2 Premiere

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So in the second season the whores have to look that much more glamorous? No more persistent grubbiness? The formality of the letters is quite refreshing, contrasting well with the otherwise squalid nature of the reality that confronts them. Similarly with Alma Garrett. Maybe I have to get used to it again, but the vernacular is still pretty indecipherable, though the swearing has mitigated somewhat.

They seem more contrained that they used to, perhaps success has cursed them with the need to also be successful, and certain compromises necessitate from that. The handling of the telephone poles was okay, though I would have expected it to be better than it was. Doesn't seem quite as good so far as the previous that I remember, but no doubt it'll pick up as things progress.

I wonder if it's just natural that the prettier whores are the ones that are featured. The house and the description of the house is rather nice, and the sexual affair is quite gratifying, though the attempt at wryness doesn't quite wash. The women, other than the amping, remain rather appealing. But not the best episode; waiting for better.

It wasn't as depressing as I thought it might be.

Amy Acker and David Mamet

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Promising casting, despite Scott Foley, for a new pilot developed by David Mamet. The show's called The Unit, it'll be about a special forces unit - I hope Amy's not just one of the family members. Apparently Mamet's writing the pilot, which should be good. He's working with some guy from the Shield, which I've never really watched, but never found terribly impressive.

I watched the episodes Mamet directed, and the ones with Rebecca Pidgen; again, it's difficult to transcend the series - hopefully it's better when he's the one starting it all off. It wasn't till recently that I found out that he had written for TV earlier, for Hill Street Blues (well, one episode) - though he did start out in theatre like I thought, but was confused about for a bit. His IMDB page is more informative in that respect. Rebecca Pidgen's quite comely. His films are really rather good, so here's hoping. I've always thought Amy Acker flitted about particularly well, so promise all round.

Watching the series premiere of Blind Justice. I think it'd be a bit inevitable that I'd find it a bit disappointing that it doesn't start off the with same kind of arch wryness that Murder One was able to convey. That said, the tone is pretty accomplished, nothing to complain about. You'd never be able to tell that Rena Sofer was on a spectacularly failed sitcom previously, and she looks better than she did when she was lighted so harshly as sitcoms do. And yes, the dog is sort of cute.

Maybe I was wrong - because the dog, he can't drive. And obviously he would be assigned to Hot Partner Lady. Looks better on the show. The aural visualisation is pretty impressive, very gamelike. I think I really like the partner.

All in all very promising, I think I like it more than others do. It's not doing anything fantastic in terms of inventiveness or innovation, but the quality of the work stands out - it's a good pilot, most pilots aren't this good. I do get the feeling they're really more pushing forward than holding back, setting things up for a short story arc to finish the season. The best thing about it though, is that it seems to be something where it can very quickly move beyond the premise and not get weighed down by it, like say CSI, or Numb3rs. The premise is incidental to the show, not what it revolves around. And the female lead really looks like she's going to be able to step up. I get the sense that I tend not to look at, or tend not to see or pay that much attention to, the blind guy - it's a strange realisation. It's like the show revolves around something/someone that's not there.

Get the torrent while it lasts.

Is it Vampire Sperm? So yes, not a bad Gilmore Girls at all this week. Someone decided they were funny again - oh and Lorelei is particularly fetching in the new dress, and her yelling at Emily is always a crowd-pleaser - though you always wish she could swear and kick.

I still can't seem to get myself to watch Deadwood, I think it's just the anticipation of all the drama that's putting me off. Tried 24 just now, but couldn't do it - it's now on the radio. Much buzz about the leaked Dr. Who, I wonder if it's worth watching, pudgy Billie and all. Not that I think she's in any way unattractive pudgy, but it's just not typical. Though really it could just be that I'm not used to her already normally quite wide face-shape.

I know she's Mugsy no. 2 on 24 right now, but having seen her on Boomtown makes me want to look at Lana Parrilla with new eyes on the show. I'm now a bit lost without an immediate show to goto, I'm thinking the Megan Ward episodes of Sports Night, but I'm wondering whether that's entirely healthy.

I suspect she might have been coming off pregnancy in those episodes, but obviously I have no insight beyond speculation. I'm pretty sure downloading Dark Skies would be at least something of a mistake. But apparently I'm going to do it anyway. I must have forgotten that Sans Un Trace's Bob Saget was in that too.

It probably says something that Teri Hatcher was so much better in 2.5 men than she was on DP (I'm now referring to it in the past tense, and not mentioning the name in case I summon it and it eats me). And she looks so dolled up - they must have particular template for slutty over there - she's very much like Prudence, who was otherwise on the Help. I wonder if she's any good on Hope and Faith. Oh, and if anyone ever gets a hold of Run of the House, I'd be ever so grateful. I suppose there is something presumptuous about titles that refer to content - like the Wire and 2.5 Men, and subtitles himself, but it's sort of fun anyway. And it helps when you're *that* good. In high school, the word was 'hello'. It was a circus.

And there it is - Miaow-fe-chuh: My Doctor has a Cow Puppet.

I got a random person with a comment today, how gratifying. It was for the thing on Google.

The 'I understand' episode is a must: If They Do Go Either Way, They're Usually Fake. I suppose this the season I should recommend to people, it'll give me an excuse to burn the DVD again without the auxiliary CD of things I forgot (again, sorry Winston). I must also remember to later annotate the miaow-fe-chuh episode. Also note that the airing sequence juggles things around (not too much, it's not Fox), but the TVTome episode list, as always, will set you right. Sometimes God does good work too. 'How do I suck?' 'Like a fox'.

I'd probably blow off rehearsal and start chugging from the blender. It's like having my own robot army. The songs in the industrial revolution pageant episode are hilarious - Twenty-Five Little Pre-pubers Without a Snoot-ful

I've just noticed that it's only the women women who are the straight men in the the show - the manly women - ie those like Charlie, are the ones who get to engage in comedy and be foils; the most striking examples being Bertha and the Mother. The rest of the women are stooges, the ones who conform to the stereotype of needy/hateful women with little self-respect or a struggle of it. Melanie Lynsky I would think exists rather outside the simple duality - put simply, because she's nuttier than a fruitcake. I'll have to think more about this, but it seems pretty accurate.

Casual Sex is one thing, but this is just lazy.

I would have thought I'd written this before, but I think I keep getting muddled between what I write and my conversations. Like inscriptions in the air, crackles and clicks. I rather like the depiction of Jake and his relationship towards advertising - I suppose you could call it wry, but also diffusing in a sensible way. That and the songs are funny. Much contrasted with say the deadly earnestness of Sarah Polley's denunciation on My Life Without Me. And so it's like getting back on. That or like a stave.

allaboardgloria@aol.com

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My aversion to watching films is getting a bit pathological. allaboardgloria@aol.com Well aren't you a good sport.

I'm wondering what buttons to tack at the bottom of the individual pages, but I'm starting to lean towards none. But with no ring tones, what *will* I do. Last thing you want is to wind up with a hump. At least when the formatting fucks up in Opera with the LiveMessage frame, it's easy to break out. Ok, I take it back - someone in Norway just bought a ring tone!! How sad is my pathetic excitement.

I tell you one thing, I am *not* paying for dinner. Great - you broke him. Yes, we get it, Pavlov's Bar.

I have the sudden urge to webcam. I'm also wondering if certain sex sites are linking to me, since I keep getting referrals off them. Someone signed me up? They hacked into my super-sexy webcam? Can't quite get an inkling of what that's about, so I've decided to ignore it - I'm sure all I get are horny disappointed people. I get the feeling though, that somehow my stats are being spammed - god knows how - as my old bog is full of referrers from poker sites.

Holland Taylor does the tartness just right.

Abrupt skip to a few seconds of Dr Who, where you realise Billie has learnt that being rich-married means you don't have to be aspiringly svelte any more.

Krista Allen is pretty okay in 2.5 Men - manages to be pretty straight/funny. Very commited - and the slitty eye thing was good.

First season 2.5 Men. A Rubenesque 19 year old girl? I have to admit, it's best the first time around, but the writing is still great and snappy. Makes me want to have a beer at 10 in the morning, but other than that. Why would I want to go to their kingdom? Oh and thank god for Holland Taylor, Blythe Danner was absolutely, horrendously, terrible. Melanie Lynsky just has that aura of savage intensity. Happiest place on earth - my snow-white ass.

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Yay, Lesli Linka Glatter episode. This isn't her first widow episode. And of course this would be when Velvet would come back. Idris Elba was on - accompanying the other Wire guy. I'm now wondering if their 'loft space' isn't the Angel set, and hence the homage. But another episode that seems to prove you can't transcend the series.

Sonja's sister got pwn3d.

Cop Coach

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Ortiz acting very much like faith, the same set of face - interesting, maybe the same cop coach or something. Was more open and appealing as a paramedic. Second season boomtown is pretty different - they decided to make it just another cop show - ditching a lot of the narrative interlace, which, in hindsight, makes it much poorer show. Miss the lovely reporter. Is that always the resort? Amp up the action? Vanessa Williams and her soft focus. They must really have lost the will to live in the last episode - such twaddle - and Virginia Madsen unfortunately was rather too convincing at half-baked washed-up actress.

Found this on Mariah Daily.

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Oh, and mugsy's back on Alias, for all of one shot. Wonder if she'll be back.

The lovely Katherine Heigl is gonna be in this new series that's coming out soon, supposedly premiering on ABC on March 27. Read more about it on TVTome, the ABC site, and Katherine Heigl Online - where you can find all things Katherine Heigl. The image below is provided courtesy of them, you can find more in their gallery for Grey's press kit.

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If you notice, the tags they wear all say SGH, but, well, probably for Seattle General Hospital. Mmmm... Katherine Heigl... in a labcoat... Is anyone else wondering why her name in this series is so similar to the one in Roswell? From Isabel Evans to Isobel Stevens. Inventive.

That One Thing

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Megan Ward. The desire to grasp, to hold, to *create* certainty. How is that kind of testing not morally bankrupt? It boggles me that I haven't written more extensively about this, especially in relation to the Doll's House, and how horrendous I found the insinuation of the test - of the finality of it and the edge of revelation and tipping it seemed to encompass within it. Of all the things I remember about the play, that is the one thing that resonates to me, without question - how the momentous is at best fetishistic.

I'm suddenly thinking about the scene in Royal Tenenbaums, where the tennis player loses it on court.

So 3 down.

Kelli Williams was on Scrubs. She's perty. Playing yet another Jordan really. Nice to know Desperate Housewives boy managed to makes sure he was free when real work came his way. Haffley was alway supposed to be a more fun character though. I can't stop looking at him like a ham anymore now.

Have I already mentioned how well Scrubs does its montage sequences?

It's interesting that they've done the same turn around false narrative about self-deception twice, and both using Brendan Frasier. I think they do it spectacularly - about the construction of reality. Suck it Turk. Oh, but I really should also mention the JD Elliot episode that splices the future into the day - also really good stuff. The first season episodes were both directed by Lawrence Trilling, who also did the Back to the Future Episode of Felicity (and hence the casting links), and while the first Brendan Frasier episode was by Bill Lawrence, the second one wasn't.

Got Krista Allen?

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Something must have stuck in watching Unscripted - and by the way, what I said about Peep Show applies to that as well, only less funny - that I'm now rooting for Krista Allen having gotten, well, another pilot. It's not like Unscripted wasn't going to launch careers yes/no?

What's more interesting is that she was in 2.5 Men, as Olivia during an episodes with one of my favorite titles. Did You Check With the Captain of the Flying Monkeys? Hopefully 2.5 Men can keep from sucking for what's left for a season and never let the first half of this season ever happen again.

And so of course

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Lana Parilla being very fetching in a baseball getup. Lam is not exclusively a Vietnamese name now is it - the silly buggers.

What's up with the pissing down outside?

And so of course Boomtown would stumble on the whorey chestnut of people acting out their private traumas as self-righteousness. You wonder if the american experience, as it's so popularly displayed, precludes the idea of conviction. They can embrace religion but belief is too big a leap? It really must be incredibly insulting to presume that people act and react so solely out of damage and definitive definition, that the broad choke of existence must lack any slat of self-awareness - "what is this really about".

Neil McDonough is so awful it's not true. Kelly Rowan at least gets to do better drama than she does on the OQ.

Screen - Personal Jesus

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What an assfaced Scrubs christmas episode. Just to relive my surprise, the host of Fear Factor used to be Joe Garelli of NewsRadio. No wonder they weren't worried about putting him in Las Vegas. Really extending his on-screen personality though.

Also, I've figured out that if I switch PCAnywhere to file transfer mode, it won't try and display the video, so cpu usage on the host won't spike - clever me. I'm really not particularly able to watch anything other than Scrubs at the moment, foundering in first season. The hour-longs just don't seem to be doing anything for me - other than the big guns. Need to find more series to download - sex and the city floated by for a second, but really really no. Seeing so many Felicity cameos on Scrubs makes me also say no to that. Suggestions anyone?

Oh yeah, and I decided to get Garden State. Oh, and I never knew Sarah Chalke replaced Becky on Rosanne.

Ball, Get It?

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Okay, so other than the extras, why would you buy this in September, when you could get this all now. HRHDTV is really, really nice. It should make DVD quality curl up and ball. Huh, babies are *funny*.

Hey, it's Tracy Middendorf on House, I wonder if she's going to be distraught. I mean I'm sure people are sick of her doing that, she's only done it in Angel, Alias, Medical Investigation, so this time I'm sure it'll be different and she'll be happy and skippy and do pretty things.

She's very clearly graduated to doing mom roles though. Something about her feels very Spooks. I'm sure her presence is pretty significant, as well since if I'm not wrong this would have been the finale of the 13 episode order - though Detox had the feel of a bookend episode.

I won't go on too much about Fox messing with running schedules, since from the way they pick them, they can clearly tell which are the better episodes, but you'd have though if they were going to be so naughty they'd have tried to be naughty more pre-emptively.

I'm sure if it was my Vicodin, I'd talk to it so lovingly. Hey daddy. So yes, give characters big story lines in chunks, so the audience doesn't have to flit too much. Is it really that transparent a strategy? Apparently words can hurt. In many ways a template episode, charted progression, but if nothing else the better actors seems to do well - Chase drama is really fun. Fits in with the topping off episo-pothesis. Calcutta General. House's not so secret fetish is drama? Would explain the soap. How could one not like how RSL's turned out as comic straight guy? Foils. Philips machine appears to be gone.

Well, not *so* distraught, just concern really. Close, but no wafer. Kick during naptime. I just like knowing stuff. Did they bring him on *just* so he could ape an aussie soap?

Gilmore Girls: Blah. Logan is so mugsy. No Paris. Humbug.

All of this begs the question. Who reads this crap? Homelesschange.com. Apparently House isn't the only one that insists on character consistency - or perhaps just getting rid of the actor.

Scrubs is so much more convincing now, with a deeper sense of sincerity, a more eloquent unfolding of feeling - the montage of JD and Kylie was pretty fantastic I thought, which is unexpected for me.They've really worked out the form well, and been unashamed to stick to it. Obviously they know this, but they're probably more like a conventional sitcom than anyone would think. I'm still liking what I wrote about the broadcast of music and TV, and I'm reminded of it again.

Heather Graham's lovely, and seems endlessly willing to get her kit off, which is always appreciated. That and she can be hilarious just by standing there and reacting. She looks luscious in a very "I'm pregnant" fashion, but that might just be me. Though the way she looked really did remind of Mary Louise Parker in 5th season West Wing.

The episode being directed by Zach Braf now makes me think perhaps I could watch his film. Though there really is so much room for the writing to go tits up. Janitor is pretty good as well in the episode, and I like the whole thing with Blonde Doctor. The whole Fugitive thing was pretty funny back then.

Loving

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Aspiration. The footage of Christa Miller's wedding is incredibly moving. Easily one of the most moving sections I've seen on Scrubs. And I suppose all the move ambivalent for the fact that it occurs in the context of Cox's divorce. It is very very loving footage of her I must say.

Early Scrubs feels a bit anomalous, when either they hadn't quite found their way yet, or they were being made to do things a particular way, or they had yet to be made. It isn't till about 5 episodes in that it starts to feel like it would come to feel. Back then they probably felt they had to deal with the big stuff, which is a pity really.

It suddenly occurs to me, I never annotated that I thought Secretary was the most convincingly romantic film I had ever seen when I saw it - whenever that was.

I'm looking at my old bog and it really looks incredibly awful to me now. New one is *much* prettier. I've pretty much inundated the old one with ads, just because that's what it should be good for now. There are links to this place, and a link to the subtitles post, so as long as they're not blind, hopefully they'll move over.

I've put ads in the banner here, only because the space kept staring back at me, so it had to be done. It was a bitch of process, but at least now I know more about CSS - really very good fun. If I say so myself, at least my ads are conscientiously laid out. All the spaces aren't showing ads all the time, which is mystifying, but I assume it has to do with the need for more crawling etc.

I'm wondering when I'm going to stop obsessively clicking through the site - most of the ad serving is me being *really crazy*. I'm also quite taken with the whole thing of my personalised ad-serving Opera. I don't think I'm too cheeky to put this site in the exclusion list for my custom proxo - that's the way it is on my setup, and anyway it cuts out the "ads by google" bits.

Silly OC shop declined, which is probably all for the best. I keep telling myself to get rid of the ring tone ads, but I suppose I should just give it all time. I keep seeing articles recently on how huge the market for ring tones is. A bit mortified at the idea su-lin might have actually though I was serious about asking her to buy ring tones.

Been very conscientious about exploring the ads on RealWorld, if only because they're now the only real repository for TV, and I think this whole experience has been an empathising one, much like seeing 24 woman on Boomtown.

I realise I'm being endlessly repetitive, but I suppose that's what happens when you're doing that much writing in such a short period of time. I'm probably going to change back to 2 days on the main page.

And Melora Walters

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Really, worst premise pounding intro sequence *ever*. Pretty amped up, I'm wondering if Melora will make up for it. Desperate Housewives boy is particularly piss-poor. And the dialog can be pretty horrible. Yeah, lots of torture going on in Indonesia, eh? Apparently they've also just cracked the super-duper codes for the snap-lingo that is *jpeg* files. Nice hearing Melora being a bit squeeky. Yeah, training camps in Malaysia. How stupid are these people? Stupid enough to get cancelled apparently. Flophouse.

Doing a Line - Girls Rock

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I think charming women smacking people around always seems to work for me, always seems to make me want to keep watching. So getting the rest of what's left of Line of Fire, might as well. I'd gotten it because of Angel woman, Eve - Sarah Thompson. Not a huge role so far, but she recurs for a number of episodes, so. Leslie Bibb is okay, a bit straight ahead. Julie Ann Emery as southern belle mommy seems to have caught my attention most though - always fun when your loose cannon is a woman. They seem to want to pit the good women vs. the evil crime men, I wonder where it goes. Very striking gathering of the crime goons, sausage fest like you'd never seen. How progressive public service can be.

Boomtown's sweet. And blazing guns jumping from the roof seems to play that much better with me on television, if only because of the incongruity of the ordinary and the aspiration of the eventful, of the heroic. How big a deal can it be if after that you're just going to have to do it again, or not do it again. Good television I think transforms and is transformed by music, by its appeal to the sentiments with which it shares its airwaves. Perhaps the transmissions fill our heads, which is why things become so familiar. Tin-Foil Hat anyone? I've probably said this before, but having to write titles was a good innovation if ever.





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