6 October 2006

TV shows

What's on the TiVo?

  • My Name is Earl - Everyone's a cartoon in this show, but Jason Lee's goofball expressions and Jaime Pressly's bitchy twang really sell the humor. Good casting. And behind them are lovable scripts that express the same sentiments as a Hallmark Channel movie but without the saccharine. Happy I finally gave this a chance; all of the praise was justified.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - First season was painfully hilarious, second season--with Danny DeVito and very abbreviated--was a sophomore slump but still had its moments. We'll see what happens.
  • Supernatural and The Nightstalker - Why oh why can't someone get this genre right?
  • House - It irritates me that this character is presented as unfailing, until he fails and the story has him quickly skip to the next hypothesis. The other doctors seem to forget that he was wrong as he ridicules them for being wrong. It's a dramatic conceit that wouldn't hold up if it weren't for Hugh Laurie (again, appropriate casting can sell almost anything). I may have to join the ranks of those who "discover" Jeeves and Wooster based on House (or at least check out the clips on YouTube).
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine - Julia Louis-Dreyfus is lovable, so you (almost) can't go wrong. It's a little sit-commy, so I'm not sure how it will hold up beyond the few episodes I've seen.

What will be?

  • 30 Rock and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Watched a little bit of Studio 60 and it was not un-funny.
  • Ugly Betty - Should be cute and America Ferrara got unreserved praise in a recent New Yorker review. Every picture of her in character makes me want to say with nasal aplomb "did I do that?!?" She's an Hispanic Urkel. And who couldn't love a telenovela adaptation?
[ posted by sstrader on 6 October 2006 at 10:27:14 AM in Culture & Society ]