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Senses Working Overtime: This Week in Television (1/13/08)

Written by Musgo Del Jefe


No. 72 – The Blues Brothers (MAX) (TUE)

Is this the first musical to make the list? I guess, not technically a musical but music is the backbone to this comedy. Music is the engine, Belushi is the fuel and Aykroyd just tries to keep the whole thing on the road. As many great one-liners here as any good Mel Brooks film. Probably too long but I find it hard to nit-pick this piece. As good as "Four fried chickens and a Coke."

Ratings around this movie . . .

68 – Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
70 – Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
73 – Glengarry Glen Ross
75 – Blazing Saddles
76 – Dial M For Murder


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX) The more I read about this show, the more excited I am to see it. With all the shows in repeats now – I added this Season Pass to my TiVo – I'll try to get back to you on it next week.

Scott Baio Is 46 . . . And Pregnant (VH1) I was surprised how much I liked Chachi when he was 45. His impending fatherhood should be fun considering the boys he still runs with.


Prison Break (FOX) Welcome back from the break. This show guarantees a good tense hour every time out.

Val Lewton: The Man In The Shadows (TCM) Brilliant producer/director. I almost added Cat People to my Ultimate List this week. This doc will probably make me wish that I had.

American Experience: Oswald's Ghost
(PBS) If you didn't add it to your Netflix queue a couple weeks ago, catch this doc on Lee Harvey tonight.


American Idol (FOX) Welcome back, old friend. I will be sick of the show before it's over in May, but by January I'm ready to start all over again.

Some Assembly Required
(DISC) Always wondered how bowling balls were made? How about toilets?


American Idol (FOX) Tune in to laugh at the freaks from my neighborhood here in Dallas.

Pioneers of Television (PBS) My DVD review is coming soon, but this episode on the lost art of variety shows is like singing to the choir. I miss the brilliance of The Carol Burnett Show.


Celebrity Rehab w/Dr. Drew (VH1) Catch one of the Baldwins here after watching another Baldwin on Celebrity Apprentice and before that another on 30 Rock. What is it with Baldwins and Thursday nights?

ER (NBC) End of its 14th season actually ends on a high note. Instead of the usual downer or cliffhanger for this series, the unplanned last episode is actually kinda light. But it's no way for the show to go out – it better be back for a proper end after 15 seasons.


Friday Night Lights (FOX) Matt, don't mess it up with the nurse. Who am I kidding? Nothing good lasts more than half a season on this show.

Dogtown (NAT GEO) Happened to come across this last week. I'm not even a huge dog fan but the stories at this "no-kill" shelter are very engrossing.


Husband For Hire (OXYGEN) Stealing from Lifetime's stable . . . Mario Lopez, Erik Estrada, Nadine Velazquez (My Name Is Earl), and Mark Consuelos make a great Latin cast. But how did Tempestt Bledsoe get in here?

Goodbye, Mr Chips (TCM) Robert Donat won the Oscar for Best Actor in the same year that saw the release of Gone With The Wind, The Wizard Of Oz, and Stagecoach. Even in 1939, great teacher stories worked well with Academy voters.

TV-ON-DVD TO OWN (to be released January 15)

1. Extras (Complete Series). A must own. Maybe better than The Office!

2. Family Guy – Blue Harvest. The Special Edition comes with a t-shirt, trading cards, 3-D glasses and a booklet. Best Star Wars parody ever!

3. Queen (mini-series). Following another branch of the Alex Haley/Roots tree. Good stuff.

4. Rockford Files (Season 5). James Garner solving crimes. What else do you need?

5. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown. Valentine's Day is just cruel to Charlie. Why won't that little red-haired girl get the hint?


This week you get the Family Guy: Blue Harvest parody.  But you'll have to wait until May 20th for the Robot Chicken: Star Wars parody.  Not sure how I feel about game shows that aren't Hollywood Squares or Family Feud on DVD but March 25 brings 26 episodes of The Price Is Right from the early days in the ‘50s/’60s through Bob's last week earlier this year.

TOP 5 ADDS TO YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE (released January 8)

5. 3:10 To Yuma. Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in a Western based on an Elmore Leonard story. That's a solid base.

4. Sunshine. Terrible sci-fi premise about the Sun dying out. But it's got Michelle Yeoh!

3. Smiley Face. Is this the most accessible Gregg Araki film? Anna Faris stands out in this slightly wacky dope film.

2. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A. More arty Takashi Miike.

1. All New Superfriends Hour (Season 1, Vol. 1) Remember the first time you were introduced to Zan and Jayna the Wonder Twins?


Get yourself some Jaws or Rio Bravo for $7.50 each!

About Gordon S. Miller

Gordon S. Miller is the artist formerly known as El Bicho, the nom de plume he used when he first began reviewing movies online for The Masked Movie Snobs in 2003. Before the year was out, he became that site's publisher. Over the years, he has also contributed to a number of other sites as a writer and editor, such as FilmRadar, Film School Rejects, High Def Digest, and Blogcritics. He is the Founder and Publisher of Cinema Sentries. Some of his random thoughts can be found at

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