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Re-Runs Are Good Forever (sometimes)
Posted by Mergedigital.com - at 02:37:29 PM on July 31, 2006
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"Seinfeld" will live forever. I can't imagine that a day will come in the near future when those shows will stop re-running all over. They just don't stop being funny. But I sure hope that "Friends" will soon run its course because I'm really tired of seeing them over and over.

Soon, though, there might not be room for any other re-runs because "Law & Order" (and spawns thereof) are slowly taking over primetime. A few nights ago I was flipping through channels and there were four episodes of "Law & Order" or four different channels. I couldn't believe it! Sure, they're decent shows but give me a break already.

At guess some shows just have a longer shelf life than others.

- Judianne

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Always Sunny Inspires Scheme
Posted by Tucker Hottes at 02:27:19 PM on July 28, 2006
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Last night's It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia ("The Gang Exploits A Miracle") was awesome.  It'll definitely stand among the top episodes in the series - everything about the gang's discovery of a Virgin Mary-esque stain in the back was simply hilarious.

Well, my enterprising friend came up with a scheme for us to make some good money: start an Internet church.   He suggested we license some organ music to run behind some mp3s, then charge around $2 per sermon, $1 per gospel reading and $5 per blessing.  It didn't sound like a half-bad idea, but I figured I'd do a little research first.  I Googled "Internet church," and OF COURSE they already exist.  Somehow I'm just not surprised.  I've now come to the conclusion that anything you can possibly imagine being on the Internet is already there.  Jesus Christ.  (literally: www.internetchurchofchrist.org).  I've also come to the conclusion that religious freaks know nothing about Web design.

    -Tucker

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Eureka Post-Pilot
Posted by Tucker Hottes at 02:38:50 PM on July 27, 2006
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After a very good, albeit slightly lengthy premiere, Eureka's first regular episode ran this week.  I had a feeling after watching the pilot that the pace would pick up and feel a little less cinematic, and it looks like I was right. It still felt a bit like an extension of the premiere, however, as it spent a lot of time on Jack still getting settled in to the town.

The overall plot thread for this episode was pretty predictable right from the very beginning, but I didn't really mind.  There was enough other stuff going on, and the writing is good enough to make even a predictable story enjoyable to watch.  Colin Ferguson's delivery as layman sherriff Jack Carter is top-notch, especially in this episode's struggles with his new geeked out smart home.

I'm really looking forward to seeing more from this show, especially if they can work in some more intriguing and less predictable storylines.  For now it still has me on premise and writing alone, so we'll see if they can step up the story or if it'll start to feel tired.

    -Tucker

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Rockstar Week 4 Results
Posted by Marc Rosenberg at 01:00:08 PM on July 27, 2006
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Stage Another night of elimination. Another shocker.

Ok, so most of us weren't surprised Phil Ritchie was in Rockstar Supernova's bottom three on Wednesday night. I just didn't expect him to make an early exit in the competition after this week's elimination performance.

So instead of bidding adieu to Zarya Alvarez, she somehow escapes yet another week of elimination and will live on to sing another day.

Joining Zayra and Phil in the Week 4 elimination round was Patrice Pike, somewhat of a surprise to the bottom three. She certainly didn't disappoint as Josh Logan did on Tuesday, but the people spoke, and it was up to Patrice to keep herself alive.

She did, blowing the gang away with a stellar rendition of Radiohead's "My Iron Lung," moving from main stage, through the crowd and back, never losing her sense of excitement. Guitarist Gilby Clarke said it was one of her best performances yet and said she'll back next week.

Zayra, again, missed the boat in my opinion, doing a stripped down (with electric guitar) version of K's Choice's "Not an Addict." Not a stellar performacnce from the singer, but not her worst. (Certainly better than her Blondie cover Tuesday night.)

This left, what I believed, was Phil's opportunity to steal another week. Jason Newsted and company said, "make us a believer again," and he was lights out covering a personal favorite, "Smoking Umbrellas" by Failure.

In the end, the group didn't think Phil's heart was in it and sent him on his way.

Storm Large got the week's encore over Lukas and a few other worthy competitors, rocking out again (without the stagedive) of Dramarama's "Anything, Anything."

Who's next to go? Who will shine in Week Five?

See you next Tuesday for more music and elimination on Rockstar: Supernova.

Happy Tubing!

-Marc

Related Entries:
-Rockstar Supernova: Week 4
-Rockstar Week 2 Results
-Rockstar Supernova: Week 2
-Rockstar Week 1 Results
-Rockstar Supernova: Week 1

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Final Four 'Standing'
Posted by Mergedigital.com - at 02:04:31 PM on July 26, 2006
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I caught most of last night's "Last Comic Standing." The only standup I didn't see was Michele Balan.  I have to say that the competition is getting pretty stiff, but my favorites to win it all are Josh Blue and Chris Porter.

Ty gave a good go last night but he hasn't impressed me up until now so I feel like he doesn't really have the consistency that the other two guys have. Michele's jokes are always the same (smoking and age, smoking and age) so she's off my list due to lack of variety. I guess you could say something similar about Josh and his disability jokes but he can't help but address it while he's jittering around on the stage so it doesn't really get boring like the constant smoking jokes.

My prediction for this week is that the three guys will survive and Michele will have to go finally.

My prediction for the whole thing is that no matter who else goes to the final Josh Blue will be up against them. I just don't see "America" voting off a disabled guy until the very last second (the fact that he's hilarious is enough but I think he's got the pity card going for him, too).

I guess we'll have to see. I'm not one to vote on reality shows so it's not up to me in the end.

- Judianne

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Rockstar: Supernova, Week 4
Posted by Marc Rosenberg at 01:57:04 PM on July 26, 2006
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Zayra My apologies for my TVW absence during Week 3 of Rockstar: Supernova. We're back for Week 4, and we're wondering how Zayra (right) is still here. Will this week spell the end for the no-talent contestant? TV Watchers is hoping so, though Week 4 provides many (un)worthy candidates for the bottom three.

CLICK HERE to watch each performance, read the reviews below and tell us who YOU think should go on and who should go home. Please comment below on your favorites as well!

Below is a rundown of this week's winner's and losers...

WEEK FOUR PERFORMANCES

Best of the Crop:

1) Lukas Rossi - Song: "Bittersweet Symphony" (The Verve) - This guy just gets it. Totally gets it. First off, a great choice of song. Second, he took it to another level of rock. Third, his on-stage presence is impeccable. Lukas remains my pick to win it all.

2) Magni - Song: "Heroes" (David Bowie) - While he wasn't all over the stage (and the band ripped him for that), his vocals were perfect and he delivered the Bowie cover with style.

3) Dilana - Song: "Time After Time" (Cyndi Lauper) - Ok, I've received some flack for ripping Dilana, calling her a one-trick pony, etc. I'll eat my words this week. Although it did not fall in the "rock" category Supernova is looking for, Dilana's rendition of this song was fantastic. She deserves to move on.

Middle of the Pack:

4) Storm Large - Song: "Anything, Anything" (Dramarama) - Storm has done nothing but deliver solid performances every single week. While I can't say she's flying under the radar, she is clearly doing enough to earn a return week after week.

5) Toby Rand - Song: "White Wedding" (Billy Idol) - Nice comeback this week for Toby. After falling flat last week, he rebounded with a great cover of the Billy Idol classic. The guys said it was his best performance. I don't quite agree, but it was solid enough to keep him going another week.

6) Dana Andrews - Song: "About a Girl" (Nirvana) - Clearly our surprise of the week. Dana is capable of carrying a rock tune! While this did have more of an unplugged feel to it, Dana did a pretty good job with this Nirvana cover. She definitely did enough to earn another performance, but the question remains -- can she rock?

7) Ryan Star - Song: "I Alone" (Live) - The tune from the Throwing Copper album was an improvement for Ryan, but he's still missing that edge necessary to carry Supernova on a full-time basis. Ryan, do you hear the footsteps? They're closing in...

8) Patrice Pike - Song: "Remedy" (The Black Crowes) - Great singer with an average week. This rendition of the Black Crowes cover simply lacked any fire. She's done it in the past, she'll hopefully be back to prove it next week.

9) Jill Gioia - Song: "Brown Sugar" (The Rolling Stones) - When Jason Newsted hopped on stage with Phil last week, it helped elevate his performance. Gilby Clarke helping Jill? Not so much. She was a complete turn-off on stage both performance-wise and, in my opinion, vocally. Same boring sound, different week. Luckily for her, there were at least three singers worse than her...

My Bottom Three:

10) Josh Logan - Song: "No Rain" (Blind Melon) - Logan went without the soul this week, and the song sounded like it didn't have a pulse. Logan is obviously a great singer when it comes to adding soul to his music, but he's just not right for this band.

11) Phil Ritchie - Song: "One Headlight" (The Wallflowers) - Other than last week, Phil's come to the plate with a laid back style on performance night. Bobbing head and all. And it's going to cost him soon. He'll probably have to step it up on elimination night again to stay alive.

12) Zayra Alvarez - Song: "Call Me" (Blondie) - My goodness, I have nothing constructive to lend to her performance. Please put this girl out of our misery and send her on her way. Her song selection is brutal and she just doesn't seem to get it.

Encore Pick: Lukas
Elimination Pick: Zayra

Tune into CBS tonight (Wednesday) to find out who earned the tonight's Encore performance, who ended up in the bottom three and who will be the second to leave the competition. And of course, we always welcome your favorites, bottom three and other opinions.

Happy Tubing!

-Marc

Related Entries:
-Rockstar Week 2 Results
-Rockstar Supernova: Week 2
-Rockstar Week 1 Results
-Rockstar Supernova: Week 1

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Summer Pickups: Boston Legal
Posted by Tucker Hottes at 12:21:28 PM on July 24, 2006
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Well, after a short break in the middle of my Boston Legal season one viewing, I've finally put the first season to rest and have started watching a few of season two.  I have to say, I'm extremely impressed with this show.  I never thought the main characters' antics would be sustainable through a few episodes, let alone a whole season and beyond.

The writers do a wonderful job at keeping the crazy ensemble cast under control and fresh.  Season two episodes do seem a little jarring at first with some character additions and removal, but they keep the pace so manic there's really no time to miss anyone.  The new characters hit the ground running, and the way it's structured it almost feels like they've always been there.

Another refreshing aspect of the show, which seems like it's going to keep going strong in season two, is the attention to recurring guest stars.  It's nice to get a feel for some judges/opposing attorneys/other supporting characters, but at the same time we're not forced to be stuck with little subplots every episode.  A guest star will pop in for an episode, take a break for a few, then show up again full steam.  It's a nice format that I wish other shows would emulate.  It makes the "universe" of the show feel much more complete and less like it's just a random selection of "this week's celebrity guest."

I should be done with season two in time to jump right into the third season when it premieres this fall, and I simply can't wait.  Gotta give props to Judianne and Marc for getting me into thise one - good call, guys.

    -Tucker

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DVR = Late Nights
Posted by Tucker Hottes at 11:54:40 AM on July 21, 2006
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Since I've been rocking a little DVR action, I've noticed a very bad habit creeping into my TV viewing routine.  We're stuck in the middle of a virtually TV-less summer, but there are actually a few shows worth watching that have been slowly working their way to the front.  I'm worried if my bad habit progesses, I'll be in for some serious trouble come fall.  Let me explain.

It used to be, if I wanted to watch a TV show I just up and watched it.  If I missed it, I'd download it and watch it some point the next day.  Well, with the DVR, I find myself sitting at the end of a busy evening thinking "shit, I missed X show. Ah, no big deal, I'll just watch it now, after all I can skip the commercials."  This turns into me watching recorded TV until way past the point of a prudent bedtime.  The worst example was after Tuesday night's Eureka premiere - I hate to admit it, but I started watching that sucker after midnight.  I got to bed shortly before two.

It's so nice to have the DVR and to be able to get instant gratification after I miss a show, but I really have to get out of the pattern of watching it really late the night it ran.  It does help with the water cooler talk (after all, I wouldn't have been able to discuss last night's It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia unless I'd watched it at 12:30 last night), but it doesn't help my waking up in the morning.  I guess this is why the universe has caffeine.

    -Tucker

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'Talent' Just Gets Worse
Posted by Mergedigital.com - at 01:37:14 PM on July 20, 2006
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I was swept away by America's Got Talent when I watched it for the first time. I guess I must have gotten the one random semi-entertaining episode that existed. I tried watching it again a few nights ago and again last night. IT'S SO AWFUL. Even the actual talent isn't all that impressive. And, I hate to say this, David Hasselhoff is so stupid (not to mention Brandy, ugh).

I'm not a huge follower so I'm not 100 percent sure what's going on right now but I think they had a round of semifinalists come back to perform again. The judges' big X lights are now turned into white check marks of their approval to move the finalists on to... the finals... or is it the public vote that moves them on? I'm not really sure. To me, the judges are pretty much useless at this point and only make the show even more annoying. Just had it over to Regis, NBC, and let the ratings soar.

As long as I don't have to watch it again... I could care less who wins.

- Judianne

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Another Sci-Fi Score
Posted by Tucker Hottes at 01:48:15 PM on July 19, 2006
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Blog_12 Last night was the two-hour premiere of Sci-Fi's latest original series, Eureka.  I caught it DVR'd pretty late last night (I'll definitely need a re-watch), but I was very impressed.  Sci-Fi has been hyping it quite a bit, and even if you haven't seen the ads on the channel, the Internet has been littered.  The premise is awesome: a secret town full of genius inventors financed by the government. Not to spoil too much of the first episode, which is really just set-up, US Marshall Jack Carter gets lost and stuck there and winds up becoming the town's sheriff. Antics and a series ensue, naturally.

With so much hype and a premise that really begs to be done justice, I was hoping they'd get it right.  Thankfully, it looks like it's going to be a great show.  As far as sci-fi shows go, it's pretty down-to-earth (no pun intended).  The location is the real world (with super-mindblowing experimental technology, but still stuff based in reality), and if the hook was anything other than the crazy inventions the show would be considered fairly normal.  There's some government conspiracy stuff, but hell - that's around in just about every kind of show these days.

The writing is pretty slick, and they even manage to toss in a few not-very-annoying children - shocking. There were several genuinely funny moments, so if they can keep up same pace the series should deliver.  It's got endless potential in the creative invention department, and there are a few good seeds in the opener to keep some solid storylines through the season.

Jack Marshall, the sheriff character, brings a lot to the show as a good cop but straight-up layman.  He doesn't have a clue about most of the stuff going on in town, but he does what he can to keep order.  It keeps the show from making viewers feel dumb for not being sci-fi geeks.

Definitely looking forward to seeing more of this show, and I'd recommend everyone give it a shot, because it's pretty soft sci-fi.  I know everyone loves to make fun of my Battlestar Galactica addiction, but I also know a show that's broadly appealing.  At least I can admit and recognize my nerdy ways.

    -Tucker

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