Hey kids â€“ Iâ€™m instituting a new column that I'll hope to pump out just about every week and that will get posted somewhere in the Friday through Sunday corridor.
The plan is to do a recap, review, and breezy-like analysis of the television that I managed to consume during the week. Keep in mind that I have particular (some might say peculiar) tastes, so there will undoubtedly be, in some peoplesâ€™ opinion, gaping holes in the repertoire.
For example, you wonâ€™t see anything here on:
Adam Carolla, on radioâ€™s Loveline (consistently one of the funniest, most entertaining, and most interesting programs on anywhere) beautifully crystallized my feelings on the Idol. To paraphrase: the one black judge says, â€śIâ€™m just not feeling you, dog,â€ť Paula Abdul loves everyone, and then the British guy looks like a genius because he says, â€śDonâ€™t quit your day job.â€ť
And I just never got into:
Survivor, The CSI / Law & Order Franchise, Extreme Wedding Makeover Home Edition, anything with Kelly Ripa.
If someone can convince me to watch one of these shows, Iâ€™ll report back on my findings.
Has the potential to be the best show on TV, for reals. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Wes Craven and Co. are trying to squeeze a profit out of a commercial Hollywood horror film written by first time writers and helmed by a first time director. Check out my thoughts on the first episode of the new season here.
Before The Contender first aired, we all heard the tragic news that one of the boxing contestants committed suicide after the show had wrapped. I vowed not to watch the show for that reason alone, but Howard Sternâ€™s enthusiastic review and ongoing support (despite disappointing ratings) for the show won me over, and Iâ€™m very glad that I joined the bandwagon.
The Contender has improved upon the competitive format pioneered by The Apprentice by encouraging teamwork instead of backstabbing (the teams of fighters work together to win physical tasks and strategize on how best to defeat the opposing squad in the ring), has raw and hungry young men desperate to make a name for themselves, and ends in a truly heart pounding exhibition of talented boxers beating the crap out of one another.
The expert film editing and use of multiple cameras produce the some of the best boxing (at the end of each show, a boxer from the West team fights a fighter from the East, loser goes home) Iâ€™ve ever seen. Itâ€™s real, but it seems much better than what passes for â€śreal,â€ť which I suppose means itâ€™s good reality TV.