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Emily Nussbaum‘s latest NY Mag piece definitively declares the upcoming Fall TV slate to be the season of “The She-Runner”. A new ruling class of female Show runners, writers and actresses, spreading the big, bad female agenda on TV’s nation-wide. Rawr.

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Nussbaum writes that all of the Major Networks’ new comedy pilots are, mostly, helmed by females and star a fresh sort of female lead. They each, in one way or another, present a more “hard-edged” woman. Gone are the days of the dough-eyed dork (although the sole exception, and Nussbaum acknowledges it, is New Girls and happens to star just that in its’ lead Zooey Deschanel). What’s “exciting” is how this crop breaks free from former wimpy female leads of the past and instead depicts a grittier breed. Here we have the modern woman. More willing to declare her opinion. Move over Betty Draper, it’s Peggy-on-steroids time.

And my reaction? Meh.

It’s definitely refreshing to have more women on the screen and to have them in starring roles. But, have you watched the trailers for these shows? I mean, really? Uh-Oh. Yikes!

But, I’ll probably give them all a chance. I’m a fan of a lot of these female writers. Especially, New Girl scribe, Liz Meriwether. I also highly recommend Molly Mclear’s blog (she’s joined the writing room for 2 Broke Girls). I’m just really hoping these trailers are the worst of what’s to come and that we can expect more than these one-note, “unconventional” female leads.

Lena Dunham

However, I will say, I’m thrilled to hear Nussbaum enjoyed Girls. Lena Dunham‘s HBO series is something I’ve been looking forward to, anxiously, since renting Tiny Furniture months ago. But calling it the “Great Lady Hope of HBO” might be a tad pre-mature.

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It’s 66 degrees in February.

My home state is crumbling under the weight of an ignorant governor.

A CBS News Correspondent was brutally assaulted last week in Cairo.

And then this?

Make the world go away.

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I found myself enjoying Blue Bloods. Since I’m under the age of 60, this shocked and saddened me. Then, I figured out its obvious appeal.

Brothers & Sisters – All That Wine – A Small Business Going Under – Dead Father With Secrets  + Law & Order  – This Sound – Lawyers Making Long Boring Speeches +  A Grandpa + A Dead Brother With Secrets + Tom Selleck =

Blue Bloods.

They took out the shitty parts of both shows and smashed the good stuff together. Bravo CBS! I don’t know why none of the other networks figured this out. People love adult siblings and cop shows. Shove them together, throw in a few Sunday dinners and you have a winner.

I really hope another network follows CBS’ lead and does a mash-up of Glee and Grey’s Anatomy. What this country lacks is auto-tuned physicians.

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Its been too long lovelies! Last week was crazy busy with lots happening at work and my brother coming to town. Both of which kept me from my first love, waxing poetic about TV.

So we’ll have to play a little bit of catch-up. Hold on tight.

  • The season finale of Mad Men was nothing short of amazing. It was one of the truly “happier” episodes. Don Draper is not a person you can normally describe using words like joyous or optimistic. He was in this episode, even when he had to let down his psychologist lady lover. My next question: How far ahead will we jump for season 5? Will Don’s new relationship make it? I can’t handle another messy Draper divorce.
  • CBS ordered full seasons of all of its rookie shows. That’s quite a feat, especially for this lackluster freshman class. However, CBS has “won the week” five weeks straight, so their new shows must be doing something right. The last time any network accomplished this feat? NBC in 1997.
  • Kanye’s new short film/music video/salute to himself is gorgeous. Say what you want about Kanye, but the cinematography and art direction in this piece are worth the 34 minutes. Kanye’s acting, not so much.
  • I really miss Gilmore Girls. There, I said it. It was a feel good show with snappy writing and not one, not two,  but three count ’em three, multi-faceted female characters. (If you want to count Sookie and Paris, you’d get 5, but we’re splitting hairs here.) Anyway, watching this mini-reunion made me nostalgic for the good old days in Stars Hollow.
  • And finally, Doug Funnie teaches us all how to dougie. He’s good, but he’s no Bucky.

 

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It has been a rough week for Black folks in reality TV. Then again, since Black people are usually cast as angry, crazy, or singers, (or all flippin’ three!) maybe every week is a bad week.Or maybe I’m being hyper sensitive. All possibilities. I’m not ruling anything out.

Thar’ be spoilers ahead, so if you’re not caught up on your sub-par TV, it’s best to skip this post.

  • The Amazing Race: It was a good attempt, Ron and Tony, my strong, orange-clad brothas. I don’t see how this happened. They were in first place. They were wearing mesh shirts, they had advanced degrees, one of them even carried a compass. Everything was going smoothly. Then they fell apart, falling from first to last place. So long only Black people on the show. Interesting trend alert: How many times have Black partners been eliminated first on Amazing Race? I can think of 3 offhand. I’d argue that maybe we’ve just had bad luck in this game, but we’ve won, and come close (stupid piss break!) Hmm. Someone sleuth this!
  • Survivor: Let’s talk about NaOnka (see the pic above). First, I hope your name means something pretty because it sounds like the noise a cell phone makes when you drop it in the toilet. Second, I can’t believe you are a teacher, let alone a PE teacher where building self-esteem and offering encouragement is absolutely vital. You are constantly hating on the girl with one leg. Not only is she just as fast and strong as you, but she’s managing to complain a lot less…and I’m willing to bet she has sand wedged between her leg and the prosthetic. Third: Stop with the anger! We don’t know your backstory, we don’t know why you’re so upset and touchy. All America sees is that you are a loose cannon with a loud mouth. And CBS is just eating this up, with videos on their site to prove it (see:,  “NaOnka is Crazy,” and “NaOnka Is Out of Control,” both quotes from her castmates. ) Survivor is one of the few reality shows where, “I’m not here to make friends,” doesn’t really work. At the end of the game, people have to like or at least respect you enough to give you a million bucks. If acting a fool, stealing socks and cat-fighting over an idol clue is her game plan, it’s not exactly a good one. She makes for “good” television and controversy, but she’s shooting herself in the foot while setting us (Black people) back a few years.
  • The Apprentice: I don’t blame Liza for wanting to call out her team for throwing her under the bus. I also don’t blame her for calling her teammate a bitch. I just think it sucks that the rest of her team now has a vendetta against her for it. They can’t come up with strong reasons for her to go, but they all want her gone. I’d almost respect them more if they just said, “Ya know what? That lady with the fierce braids intimidates me and challenges my long-held assumptions about Black people and I want her gone.” A little honesty would help everyone sleep at night. Meanwhile, at least Gene was out of the fray this week. Good old Gene, he looks like my Dad and stays out of the way. Keep your head down Gene and I’ll see you in the finals…or at least a few more episodes.

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Julie Chen, host of Big Brother and  co-host of the CBS Early Show is expecting a baby in October.

While this is the first child for Chen, her husband CBS President/CEO Les Moonves, has three adult children from a previous relationship.

Chen still plans on hosting the latest installment of Big Brother this summer. If the baby doesn’t make her want to vomit, the idiots on that show probably will.

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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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