In an ongoing effort to serve the television thirsty readership best, Iâ€™ve changed the order of shows so that they read by day, instead of by network as had previously been the case.
Once again, I go through the down-and-dirty (and light-and-clean, sometimes, too) on the shows I caught during the week, and I link to some of the other television-related excitement going on at BlogCritics.org as well.
Overall take on the week:
Best show on television: Project Greenlight, Lost (tied)
Rising: Arrested Development
Falling: The Contender
Off the radar: Alias
Will never watch again (probably): Kojak
Iâ€™ll also be instituting a Cathode Ray Fray segment in my podcast, Dumpster Bust Radio, more-or-less on a regular basis. Check out Podcast #1 here.
Arrested Development - Fox
The highlight of this weekâ€™s very funny episode was guest star Ben Stiller as magician Tony Wonder. The highlight of his magical mastery, it seems, is screeching in agony and then pulling some kind of bread or bread-related product out of his armpit. Now thatâ€™s comedy.
But seriously, part of the genius of this show is the trust that its writers put in the intelligence and observational skills of its audience. A perfect example is the doctor who makes some kind of god awful predicament (â€śYour son is dyingâ€¦â€ť), pauses for an insane length of time, and then finishes the sentence (â€śâ€¦to go home, heâ€™s fineâ€ť). The joke worked again especially well this week because the audience was forced to remember the back story of the doctorâ€™s bizarre speech patterns as Michael Bluth advises the family to â€śwait for it.â€ť
I canâ€™t wait for more Arrested.
The Contender - NBC
Before I get into this weekâ€™s show: is it just me, or is Sylvester Stallone in amazing shape? Heâ€™s about 53-years old, and he looks like he could punch a hole through the chest of the middleweight contenders battling for the $1 million payday.
Overall, the excitement of the show is starting to wear down a little bit for me, which puts me in line with most of the rest of the viewing audience, most of whom never have seemed to find this show in the first place. A sign of a coming reality television meltdown? Donâ€™t bet on it.
Still, the bouts at the end (which determine who goes home and who gets to stay and compete) are nothing short of amazing. The expert editing really does make it better than a live shot fight because you get the best action all the time, and from camera angles that would rarely be used for even the biggest of title fights.