The most daring of sitcoms

I just noticed this in an article on TVWeek.com (and captured an image just in case they choose to alter the article later):

Everybody Hate Christ!

The CW will run that, but they turned down my proposal for Here’s Mohammed? Unfair, unfair! (But dang, I want to see a few episodes of this show.)

Added later: Yup, they’ve corrected it already. Glad I caught it when I did.

Published in: on October 31, 2006 at 7:40 pm  Comments Off  

Plan for the day

Save the cheerleader…

…collect them all.

Published in: on October 31, 2006 at 11:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Wired News: Under Fire, Soldiers Kill Blogs

In a Wired  article on how the military is now going to review soldier’s blog posts before they go up, we see:

“Loose lips sink ships. That’s been around since World War I, and hasn’t changed in years,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Warnock, team leader and battalion commander

…and all I can think is “That fool! He let slip that we’re using ships in Iraq! Up until now, I’d seen no coverage on that, but now our military secret is out!”

Published in: on October 30, 2006 at 10:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Small tent

The Republican Party in Texas makes it clear that someone who does not share their religious belief cannot protect their Constitution, and should be kept from office on that basis. Freedom of religion has no place in their Texas.

Published in: on October 27, 2006 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

The inescapable film

I was fooling around wit the search feature at Netflix today. I found that when you search for Mrs. Nat’s TV’s first name, Lara, the first film it finds is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. And when you search for her (and my) last name, Gertler, the first film it lists is… Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (presumably for the inclusion of Gerard Butler in the cast.)

Published in: on October 26, 2006 at 1:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mars meetings

For those who watched tonight’s Veronica Mars, there were a couple interesting pairings on there. One was pretty obvious – the reuniting of two cast members from Just Shoot Me. But the other? It was scenes of Veronica’s rich boyfriend Logan with the actor who plays rich boyfriend Logan on Gilmore Girls.

Published in: on October 25, 2006 at 12:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Shining Face

On Friday, we were in Prescott, Arizona, visiting my dad and his wife. We went out to dinner at the China Buffet. Or so it is usually named. Unfortunately, some of the letters on their sign had burned out, so we had dinner at the Chin Buff.

(We also went to a wild animal park, where li’l Allison got to feed carrots to a giraffe. Much good in that. Me, I held my carrot in my teeth, and thus got a chin lick on the day following my chin buff dinner.)

Published in: on October 24, 2006 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Gear Factor

As Gear Factor reports, some iPods recently shipped with a Windows Virus installed.

Apple’s comment? “As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it.”

In other words. Apple distributed a virus… and is using that as an excuse to bash their competition. It makes them look classless, and even creates an aura of a company that would choose to circulate a virus to make their competition look bad.

I’m a Mac user but… jeez, that’s shmucky.

Published in: on October 18, 2006 at 1:28 am  Comments (1)  

Thought on 30 Rock

I just had a stray thought on 30 Rock.

Tina Fey had a long stretch as writer on SNL. I cannot tell you what items she wrote and what she didn’t, but for two recurring bits… bits that were the best thing on the show during her long tenure. One was the bits with Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch as a pair  of overlibinous, life-loving Boston teens (“Zasu!”), the other featured Amy Poehler as a hyperactive kid bouncing endlessly around Horatio Sanz’s quiet, loving stepdad. These were great a very pro-human pieces. I liked these characters, understood them, identified with and cared about them, and it wasn’t because they were quiet, calm, and unobtrusive.

I realize that  the needs of short sketch comedy are quite different from those of a hoped-to-be-long-running sitcom, but it still may behoove Tina to bring some of what she brought to those characters to her own character on 30 Rock.

Published in: on October 15, 2006 at 9:08 am  Comments (2)  

Season of weakness

At this point, I’d need to check to see if we have any more premieres still waiting to launch for the season, but clearly we’ve run through the lot of it. And I’ve got to tell you, boys and girls and Hollywood, I am not impressed.

Having watched everything so far, we have one solid pleasant surprise in Ugly Betty (and even that feels like it will be a fleeting thing, not a show like My Name Is Earl or Boomtown where I see one and expect to stay with it forever.) There are a couple of watchable shows, The Class and the so-well-done-it’s-watchable-even-if-I’m-not-the-target Friday Night Lights. The watchable (but in a watching-the-gears-turn, the-train-ain’t-goin’-nowhere way) Studio 60. The this-has-the-hooks-in-it-to-become-watchable Brothers & Sisters and Six Degrees and Heroes… things that sit on the DVR because you know you might watch them, but it’s an effort to. The “please turn it around, Tina” 30 Rock. And then there is the stuff that fills schedules.

Published in: on October 15, 2006 at 8:59 am  Comments (5)  
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