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I'll Take "People With Too Much Time On Their Hands" For 600, Alex...
Posted by Tom Coombe at 02:45:15 PM on January 31, 2007
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My friend Jerry appeared as contestant on Jeopardy! last summer (and unfortunately, came in third). At his job today, this came up in conversation, prompting someone to go to a computer and Google his name. The first thing that came up was The J Archive, a website with detailed breakdowns of hundreds of episodes of Jeopardy! going back to its first season, which was in 1984. Lord only knows why they'd want to do this, but they've taken their task pretty seriously. There are even line graphs showing which contestant was in what place throughout the game. You can also quiz yourself by reading old answers and questions, which is pretty cool.

Tom Coombe

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Has To Be An Invisble Sun
Posted by Tom Coombe at 02:25:37 PM on January 30, 2007
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The Police are apparently reuniting to play at the Grammys.

Finally, a reason to possibly consider weighing whether to wonder about tuning into a TV awards show. Maybe.

Tom Coombe

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The Bauer Family
Posted by Tom Coombe at 10:31:34 AM on January 30, 2007
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Why does 24 even bother ending episodes with Jack Bauer facing certain death? It's the least compelling cliffhanger on TV. Even if we didn't know that Kiefer Sutherland's contract gives us at least another season, FOX always shows clips of next week's episode with Jack back in action (this week's preview even shows us how he escapes his brother's goons).

On a related note, is Graham Jack's older or younger brother? In real life, Paul McCrane is roughly five years older than Sutherland (according to the Internet Movie Database anyway). But on 24, he really seems like a whiny little brother, still bitter after years in Jack's shadow.

Dad Bauer, to Mom: You should have seen the game, honey. Jack just scored his 1,000th touchdown, all while playing with a broken leg!

Jack, barely audible: It was just what I had to do dad. I think Graham has something to tell you about school.

Graham: Um, yeah dad, the computer club just invented...

Dad: Yes, yes, we all know about you and your computers, Graham.

And now he's making up for all that dismissive, negligent parenting by covering up his son's role in a horrible terrorist attack. It's what any good emotionally absent father might do.

Tom Coombe

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24 or Heroes?
Posted by Marc Rosenberg at 03:57:14 PM on January 29, 2007
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Heroes150 For those die-hard "24" fans like myself, I can't find the nerve to sway my loyalty to the NBC hit "Heroes." Too big a Jack Bauer fan.

Simple, solution, just schedule Heroes on the DVR and watch 24, right? Add a 9:30 p.m. baby feeding to the mix and you've got a big problem.

Rather than turn to the archaic VCR for show no. 2, I've been pleasantly surprised by the ease in which NBC has made it's new series available online.

NBC.com painlessly offers up its latest episodes to watch on demand, and best of all, it's pretty much commercial-free. Just a few in-house promos between segments. The full screen quality is surprisingly solid as well. Bonus to LCD tv owners with laptops who want to just hook the two up.

While it's not the same as taking the time to download high-quality shows legally via iTunes or illegally via bittorrent, it's nice to see the major networks getting on board to offering already free network television to users to watch current season episodes online. Here's to hoping they continue the trend.

-Marc Rosenberg

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"...And What Becomes of You My Love?"
Posted by Tom Coombe at 10:35:14 PM on January 28, 2007
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A few days ago I wondered if the BBC actually had sitcoms as bad as "When the Whistle Blows," the fictional comedy from HBO's Extras. Now I know it does, after watching Hardware Friday night. It wasn't terrible, but it seemed like a giant throwback. It could have been filmed in 1987. What made it truly painful was the presence of Martin Freeman, who was so good on the British Office.

Tom Coombe

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"The Hills" -- But i know the ending!
Posted by Arlene Martinez at 02:47:32 PM on January 26, 2007
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I'm slightly aggravated with the second season of "The Hills," which I had most eagerly waited for all winter.

Oh, last week's opener started out as fabulously as I'd hoped. Heidi and Audrina aren't friends anymore and Spencer, Heidi's new crush, is totally playing both of them. GREAT.

But then the second episode (which I caught on MTV's Thursday night encore) features the introduction of Brody Jenner, who dated "what's her name"  The episode ends with Lauren and Brody's first date. Oooh, is that chemistry in the air? Might Lauren's heartache be slightly lessened after the devastating heartache of losing Jason?

Maybe.

But the thing is, not for long. Cause Lauren and Brody have already broken up. It was all over "People" in November. What is that?! How can I fully enjoy my favorite show knowing how it turns out in the end?

Somehow I'll manage, I'm sure.

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No ER Thursday, But More Office
Posted by Marc Rosenberg at 10:15:29 AM on January 25, 2007
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Office150012507Whether it's new to you or the usual repeats, fans of 'The Office' can treat themselves to three episodes of the hit comedy tonight.

While I'm not thrilled with the "Scrubs/30 Rock" sandwich that NBC is trying to shove down our throats, die-hard Office fans can treat themselves to three pre-merger episodes from earlier this season tonight at 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively:

8:30 p.m.: 'The Coup' (S3E3) -- In the "Movie Monday" episode (where Michael forces everyone to watch movies in the office instead of working), Angela pushes for Dwight to make a push to take Michael's Job.

10:00 p.m.: 'Grief Counseling' (S3E4) -- Michael finds out that his former boss dies and of course goes to extremes in his attempts to pay homage to him, dragging the staff into the mix as well.

10:30 p.m.: 'Initiation' (S3E5) -- Dwight takes Ryan on his first sales call, which includes a stop at the Schrute family beet farm; Pretzel Day at Dunder Mifflin.

All three are fantastic episodes, if you've missed any of these or want to see them again, tonight's your chance.

'The Office' returns next week with a new episode on February 1 entitled "Ben Franklin."

-Marc Rosenberg

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Day By Day
Posted by Tom Coombe at 02:00:01 PM on January 24, 2007
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I've had a lot of people tell me they'd like to watch 24, but they haven't seen it from the beginning, and worry they might be lost. The BBC apparently feels their pain, and has this handy guide to everything that happened in the first five seasons.

Tom Coombe

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A Classic 24 Plot Twist
Posted by Tom Coombe at 11:59:30 PM on January 22, 2007
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The following contains a plot twist from 24 that had me sit up and say "Whoa." You'll need to highlight the text below to read it, for people who haven't seen it yet.

That devious bald guy who was behind President Logan's plot is Jack Bauer's brother. It's perfect that Jack's own brother could be his arch enemy, giving the show a more mythic quality. What did their parents do to these kids? Also, I'd wager that Jack is actually Josh's father. That look that passed between them was a little too meaningful.

Also, I caught the end of Prison Break, which I stopped watching at the start of this season. If this show was in German, I'd have a better idea of what was happening.

Tom Coombe

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Are You Havin' a Laugh?
Posted by Tom Coombe at 04:34:27 PM on January 22, 2007
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Thanks to Marc for suggestion HBO's Extras to me. While I don't agree that it's better than The Office, it's still funnier than most comedies out there. It really has more in common with Curb Your Enthusiasm than Ricky Gervais' previous show (the scene where Andy tries to get the homeless guy to make change for a twenty was pure Larry David). And I still can't get that David Bowie song out of my head ("See his pug nosed face...").

The scenes from "When the Whistle Blows," the show-within-a-show were painfully bad (as they were meant to be). Are there really comedies like this on British TV?

Tom Coombe

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