Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The TV Ruminations

Man vs. Baby vs. Television Writing

You (all 8 of you) may have noticed that the blog hasn't been producing daily content like we use to in the halcyon days of 2011 and early 2012.  Frankly, the fault is entirely mine.  I'm not going to bore you with the details, but we'll just say that an upset infant does not care that I need some quiet time to write for my internet website.  On top of that, there are other reasons no one cares about that continually monopolize my time.  I've got some shows I'm reviewing for TV Equals, and I've tried to get this TV Ruminations business off the ground.  I'm definitely making it a priority to put more thoughts out there over the next few months, but if I'm unsuccessful, just rest assured (all 8 of you) that I will return with a vengeance over the summer.

Giving Up on Shows

I'm absolutely horrible about giving up on shows.  Once a show hooks up, I'll stick with it until it dies.  That being said, I'm officially doing away with two television programs normally on my docket, Hawaii Five-0 and Vegas.  With H50, it's nothing personal.  Our relationship has simply run its course.  It's not an interesting watch, but it is usually entertaining.

Vegas is a different animal.  More than anything else, I think I'm just mad at it for wasting all of these competent actors.  Dennis Quaid was Doc Holiday for Draper's Sake.  Michael Chiklis was the star of one of the most groundbreaking television programs of all time.  Sarah Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jason Mara are all at different levels on the competency continuum.  It may or may not return next year, but regardless of what happens, it's the most disappointing new show of the 2012-2013 season.

The Americans

Why aren't you watching this show?  Absolutely excellent.  FX.  10 PM.  Wednesdays.  See you there.

TV Tweets

I really enjoy Twitter.  It's a lot of fun to get my thoughts out there, and it provides a one stop shop for the thoughts of other television people I enjoy reading.  If I'm being honest, I'm a substandard tweeter at best.  Many days I feel like Hannah Horvath struggling over her latest tweet to the world.  However, the other day I had one that I enjoyed:

"If Yoda were a Baptist preacher, he would sound like Boyd Crowder."

From that tweet, you can tell two things: 1) I undersold how bad of a tweeter I was if this tweet tickles me.  2) Boyd Crowder's Southern preacher diction is starting to go over the top.  I mean that in a really good way.  For that reason, and many others, Justified remains the most fun television drama to watch.

Caddyshack 2

Aside from direct to video sequels that never see the light of day, is Caddyshack 2 the biggest travesty in the history of sequels.  I know there are some bad ones out there, but I was visually shaken by how bad this one was when I rewatched it over the weekend.  Why I would subject myself to that is anyone's guess.  The worst part about the movie is the complete money grab no-show by Chevy Chase.  Chevy's never been scared of a paycheck (can't blame him for that), but tarnishing maybe his best movie better have been worth a lot of money.

Leslie Knope and Voices

The fact that I can't locate the tag from last week's Parks and Recreation is a travesty.  I guess we'll have to settle for this.  Anytime you get Poehler doing voices, we're all winners.

That's all for this week.  Make sure to come back next week.  I'm not promising I'll be here, but someone should be here to hang out with.