A lot is missing

While I don’t watch most of what passes for reality television, I don’t hold a strong line against talent competitions. Oh, I’ve never watched an episode of American Idol, but I did follow Rock Star. And so this week I sampled On The Lot, which is a film-making competition. On Monday’s two-hour long show, they showed the 18 one-minute movies that the contestants had made during the preceding week, plus had several minutes each of the judges discussing the films. Not the tightest two hours by any means, but watchable.
Last night was the results show, which we watched off of DVR tonight. Now, for things like Rock Star or (I presume) American Idol, the results show has plenty of opportunity for the singers to show off their talent. But no one expects the film makers to have made a new film since the night before. As such, the results show is merely announcing who got the three highest vote count, rerunning their films, and listing who got the three lowest vote counts and are thus kicked off the show. There’s a grand total of 5 minutes of legitimate content (although three of those minutes are rerun from the night before)… and the stretch it out to an hour. It’s painful, and I was quickly hitting the DVR remote to skip almost all of it. In fact, it’s completely pointless to watch as viewer, since if you turn into the next main episode, I’m sure they will state again who got voted off the show.

Published in: on May 31, 2007 at 12:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Article on Nat

From the local paper.

Published in: on May 29, 2007 at 9:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Goodbye Girls

We’re now back from our trip to the Bay Area, our thrills of getting away from the familiar, and enjoying a long weekend of the comfort of the familiar. I’ve been catching up on the season finales of various shows. SPOILER WARNING on the various finales.

  • The big one is the series finale of Veronica Mars… only in some ways, it wasn’t so big a one. The season finales of the previous two seasons of the show were quite strong, but with the lack of a season-long storyline, there really wasn’t much to climax here. In most ways, it was a building episode, but what it was building to was a next season that won’t exist, and not even what sounded like the most likely version of next season (as there was strong consideration for jumping the show several years ahead.) However, I was glad to see that they didn’t with the cliffhanger that they had seemed to be building to – Veronica cradling the bullet-riddled corpse of her dad. They’d made several references in recent weeks to Keith getting shot or dying, and had been building up his enemy list. And from a financial standpoint, he was the one regular who was recognizable to most folks at the start of the series, and getting rid of him would likely mean a real financial savings for the show. It would also have meant gutting the show of its best relationship, however.
    This isn’t to say that there weren’t some good things to have in the episode. It was nice to see the return of the Kane family into the picture (although the use of the painting of Lily as a way to tell us what was going on was weak, because the picture didn’t look that much like Lily. We basically had to guess who it was supposed to be based on Veronica having a strong reaction to it, and on the fact that it had odd eyes… but not the sort of odd eyes which Lily actually had.
    Still, I won’t mourn the loss of this show the way I would have if it was canceled after season two. This season was not nearly so compelling. The show has done the great things it needed to do.
  • Gilmore Girls went out the way that it has been of late – not compelling, but still pleasant to spend time with. No great revelations in the final episodes, just people moving on to where they should move on to.
  • Desperate Housewives gave us a closer with some upbeat, some downbeat, definitely moving stories forward… and suggesting the possibility of having a new narrator for season four.
    This show could really use some direction next season, pulling the characters together through something. At this point, it’s a bunch of little storylines, not one of which carries much weight.

Published in: on May 27, 2007 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lost gives me not just a quote of the day, it's a motto I'll live by.

“Then we’ll take all their women, sort out the ones we need later.”

Published in: on May 17, 2007 at 1:04 am  Leave a Comment  

NBCeason coming up

Well, NBC has announced its schedule for next year. No Studio 60, which is about as far from a surprise as you can get. Usually, I don’t wish for something to be scheduled… but the thought that Aaron Sorkin would be freed up to try again. While the flaws in the so-wanted-to-like-it Studio 60 have been much discussed here in and elsewhere, Sorkin is 2 for 3 in terms of creating greatness. Let’s just hope that we don’t have to wait so long for the next one.
Crossing Jordan is gone. Doesn’t impact me, but it makes me wonder whether they might still pull CJ characters into Las Vegas (a one-time guilty pleasure which lost its pleasurable status); they always integrated the characters a mite more than your typical crossover. But then, the makers of Las Vegas are tightening their belts, and when you have characters from another series you actually have to pay for them. While CJ may be gone, there could still be some audience to exploit.
The 25 episode season of The Office (5 of them double-length) and the 8 planned episodes of a Heroes b-team series to fill in the gaps are clearly aggressive attempts to work around the declining audiences for network reruns and the problems with bringing the audience back. This may be the way things are headed in general… which is actually a regression. Seasons used to be much longer, 30-some episdes.

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 11:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Capped Cap

Ed Brubaker, writer of the recent highly-reported Captain America issue, name-checks me in an interview about his upcoming plans for the Captain America comic. While the concept of the quote is accurate (and I don’t think Ed meant it as a precise quote; the use of an opening quotation mark seems to be a transcription situation), Ed’s invocation of it is odd. He almost makes it sound like reading my statement inspired the direction he took.
That, of course, is not true. I didn’t make my statement until after the crucial issue in question had already hit the stands. And it’s not as though I’m some great recognized comics sage to be invoked; Brubaker is certainly higher on the comics totem pole than I. I wouldn’t even assume that he remembers we met (he and I were in the same APA, and there was a meal gathering at some con — but this would’ve been back in his alt comix days, at least a decade and a half back.) But hey, if he likes what I said, great!

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 10:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

iHeart U 2

Study finds that wearing an iPod incompatible with having a pacemaker installed. What are the odds that Apple’s response to this will be to make an iPod-compatible heart regulator?

(Don’t forget the iChair!)

Published in: on May 11, 2007 at 8:40 am  Leave a Comment  

The Mars-less Chronicles

No comments from these quarters on last night’s Veronica Mars... because we don’t have a “last night’s Veronica Mars” in the L.A. area. Those Hollywood fires you may have seen mentioned in the paper? That’s what was broadcast instead. With luck, they’ll just run it on Saturday — although one advantage of the single-episode storylines is that it’s not such a problem to miss one.

Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 2:41 pm  Comments (4)  

Sticks to the roof of my mouth a bit

When I see headlines like Unilever says no to skinny models, other people may first react “yay, they’re not going to promote unhealthy eating habits”… but I just see it as “we’re making it our official policy to discriminate on the basis of body type”. Can’t say that thrills me.

Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 2:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Is it a big B.O. problem?


Published in: on May 4, 2007 at 3:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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