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Archive for February, 2009

The one day late edition. I’m in Florida. The weather is nice. Time flies by. I have 969 unread articles in my Google Reader and I only missed one day.  Needless to say, this will probably be the shortest, untimeliest, HDU. My apologies.

  • Guess who won Top Chef? Stupid, stupid, Casey! I blame you for this.
  • The Simpsons are going to be on for at least two more seasons bringing the grand total to 22. They’ll be 7 episodes shy of 500. Longevity rocks!
  • Kathy Griffin is getting $2 Million to write a book. Will you read it? I love KG but I’m not sure if the humor will translate.
  • Michael Cera finally manned up and agreed to be in the Arrested Development movie. I slept well for the first time in a long time last night.
  • Finding the remote really is awesome. The only thing better? Finding your cellphone in the couch.
  • Old people…they’re at it again. This time a 70-year-old man shot his TV after he couldn’t get his converter box to work. This will be the subject of the next Dish-TV commercial.
  • You can watch free CBS & Showtime shows on your iPhone now…as if you didn’t have enough awesome things to do with it already.
  • My favorite non-TV related link of the week: The Giant Scrabble Board. Add this to my Christmas list…or personal life goals.

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I’m going on a trip tomorrow. Since I tend to regress on family vacations, I thought I’d purchase a puzzle book to occupy myself on the plane. Let it be known I haven’t stayed awake on a plane in three years. Anyway, feeling optimistic I went to my local bookseller today and purchased this:

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It’s the best of both worlds. Pages and pages of television trivia all in crossword puzzle form. Heavenly!

Do you hear that? My nerd alert is sounding loud and clear.

Image: amazon.com

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This is awesome news! Morgan is coming back to SNL in March for his first hosting gig. I hope Tracy reprises some of the sketches that helped him make his mark.

Some of my favorites were Astronaut Jones (nearly impossible to find online by the way) and Brian Fellow’s: Safari Planet. The latter had to grow on me a bit but once it did I laughed so hard I stopped breathing for a few seconds. Don’t you hate/love when that happens? Like for a moment there’s no sound, just the silence of a good laugh.

Anyway, are you as amped as I am for Mr. Morgan’s return to his original 30 Rock home?

Photo: http://jalopnik.com/

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It was Oscar night. Fun show huh? I followed it on Twitter with all my Tweeps. Quite a community out there.

Anyway, here are this week’s winners in my book. Suck it academy!

Amazing Race 14: I love these people. Mel & Mike White are so adorable and having the time of their lives. Margie and Luke are generous and enthusiastic. Everyone is compelling (except that pesky dating couple). And did I mention my sincere love for Steve and Linda the couple from Virgina? I am a little concerned about Linda constantly asking Steve whether or not he’s mad at her but when she’s not concerned about his feelings/her well-being , they’re a pretty cute couple.

Spoiler Alert: If she’d only waited and paraglided with Mel! I’m sad to see Steve and Linda depart tonight.

Carla on Top Chef: She has giant eyes, she makes good food and she’s the only person who can beat Stefan for the title. I sincerely hope she does. That guy needs to be taken down a peg.

Breaking Bad Minisodes: I love this show with a fiery passion only reserved for AMC original programming. These little clips are getting me read for the show’s return on March 8.

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I’ve been sitting on this all week to save it for Friday Funnies. I don’t care if everyone and their mother has since posted it. I’m doing it anyway because it’s that spectacular.

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I am a huge fan of ABC’s Life on Mars. One of the best parts is the great ’70s music they dig up for every episode. Some of it is warm and familiar and other songs are brand new to me. Either way, it ties the whole show together. Better than the unfortunate suits and period cars the music is the best thing about the show’s recreation of New York City in 1973.

So why no word on a soundtrack yet? If NCIS can get a CD going, I think the folks at Life on Mars deserve a little love too.

What other shows warrant an album? I was going to suggest Gilmore Girls but they actually did have one. I’ll keep my thinking cap on for more ideas.

Photo: abc.com

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Battle of the Bald Guys

My reactions to Part I. of the Top Chef Finale

This season of top chef has been pretty cool. I love the cast, the challenges are fun and the excitement of reality TV at its best has always been there.

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As for the season finale here are some reactions:

1.    Yay Jeff for winning the quickfire, welcome back (kind of). Emeril… really? Really?
2.    How hilarious was the tension between Hosea and Stefan… battle of the bald guys!!
3.    Wouldn’t be a reality TV show without a shameless car promo, major plus was Fabio’s reaction… in fact every Fabio reaction is a major plus
4.    So cool they’re in New Orleans.
5.    Huuuuge fist pump from Stefan at minute 31
6.    In reality, best sounding meal was Hosea’s (but I guess it’s all about execution)
7.    In reality, best looking dish was Fabio’s (but I guess it’s all about taste)
8.    Best Tom reaction ever at minute 34, post Hosea telling him what he’s making
9.    Thank you Carla for the McGyver reference, you do that giiirl
10.    Did anyone else catch the post-Katrina photos on the wall… yikes
11.     “One Second Honey”
12.    Fabio watches pornos that involve masks. Hmm.
13.    Chipotel or Chipotle Jeff?
14.     True Story: People in Louisiana eat… a lot
15.     lamest drink = CARLA, made up for by “Hooty-Hoo”/“That Love Thing”
16.    Hosea with the Hurricane drink, too soon?? I think so
17.    Something tells me they didn’t earn those beads
18.    Is it possible for the chefs to stand farther away from the judges?
19.     Didn’t you just need a quick shot/beer before the final decision? I did/took it
20.    HOLLER CARLA. HOOTY HOO
21.    Major bummer for Jeff
22.    “Cooked your heart out” –  love it
23.    Farewell Fabio… You WILL be missed! ;(
24.    Cook your ass off!

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Do you realize how much good TV comes on Wednesdays? Wednesday is my new Thursday. Booya.

  • A bunch of analog stations switched over to digital yesterday ahead of the new deadline. So far the FCC is reporting very few issues. Sidenote: A kid I work with just submitted his application for a converter box. I asked him “What took you so long?” He said, “I didn’t know anything about it.” If you don’t watch enough TV to hear about the digital transition, I think it’s okay if we transition without you.
  • Amy Poehler’s new show, Parks & Recreation,  started filming today! Color me geeked! Kristin Dos Santos has an interview with the star herself.
  • Angela Kinsey (Angela from The Office) and her husband Warren Lieberstein have separated. If the name Lieberstein sounds familiar, it’s because Warren is Paul Lieberstein’s (aka Toby Flenderson) brother.
  • I think a recession era economy, novelty shoes should be the first things to go. Check out these Family Guy and Fresh Prince insprired sneakers.
  • Speaking of late night music, U2 is going to perform on Lettermanfor a straight week. I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t sound appealing to me.
  • Speaking of LOST, it better watch it’s back. It’s losing viewers every week and it will have to compete with American Idol starting in March.
  • After 19 seasons The Simpsons got brand new opening titles. It’s the same general theme but we get to see a lot more of our town favorites. There’s also a few homages to past episodes in there.
  • Guess which washed up early 90’s rapper is getting a TV show? MC Hammer. I know, I was hoping for Snow too.
  • Tracy Morgan’s apartment caught fire due to a busted light in a fish tank. Surprisingly the fish were okay, as were the rest of the folks in his building.

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Lately my favorite TV show has been Showtime’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl. My co-blogger, for whom deserves most of the credit for this blog, would be inclined to disagree, but I find the show to be thoroughly engaging.  If you’ve never followed Showtime’s lineup through to 10:30 pm, then here’s a little series logline: the sexcapades of a highly-paid London call girl, real name Hannah, work name Belle.

Season 2 kicked off with a bang by introducing Alex played by premium cable regular, Callum Blue.

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Callum Blue aka "Alex"

Alex entered as real-life Hannah’s new love interest. What a concept, a high-class hooker dating someone in real life.  *Spoiler Alert* With a few eps leading up to it, last night Hannah’s secret work life was finally revealed to Alex, who reacted, well, less than pleased.  The episode was one of my favorites so far as it went head to head with real conflict and played it out.  I thought Blue was remarkable in his role, completely believable and fresh.

While I have to admit to feeling generally very, for lack of a better emotion, sad at the episode’s conclusion, I felt revived in my admiration for the show and looking forward to what follows.

To catch the show tune in Sundays  at 10:30pm on Showtime.

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Oh jees. The day after Valentine’s Day edition.

  • Alec Baldwin: His storyline on 30 Rock was sharp yet adorable this week, he made fun of  Joaquin Phoenix on Conan (sidenote: Joaquin Phoenix is officially batshit nuts now but I sort of like the beard.)  and he made me chuckle during his millionith time hosting SNL last night. Three cheers for you Alec!
  • Blink 182: They’re reuniting! The teenager in me is singing! Actually she’s probably yelling at her parents and retreating to her room to journal and complain about how nobody understands. Either way: Bring on the tour!
  • Jon Hamm/Jennifer Westfeldt: They’re good looking, they’ve been dating forever and they’re having the best Sweeps of all time. Hamm is doing an arc on 30 Rock and Westfeldt is the pregnant woman with some brain issues the Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event. Both guest appearances are really well done so far, very organic like they’ve been there for years. It’s a shame the shows are competing for eyeballs.

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Yes, the girl in question was fit and the shoes probably made her fast too. But to Jason’s credit, I also imagine it’s hard to run with a chainsaw.

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How do I know Tina Fey is a comic genius? She can make me laugh out loud in 140 characters or less.

tina-fey-twitterLove it!

You should follow me (and Tina too) on Twitter. All the cool kids are doing it. And by cool kids I mean the 42 folks I’ve convinced so far.

Image: http://twitter.com/TinaFey/

UPDATE 2/13: Sadly, it’s not Tina Fey’s Twitter. Though even Fey admitted the mystery Tweeter is pretty funny. I will continue to follow whoever it is.

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