Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Keeping Up With My Streak of Blogposts, Even When I Don't Have A Lot To Say

The Mets' Game 5 loss has left me in a crummy mood, so it's going to be a small update for today. Besides, based on TV ratings, no one listens to me much anyway.

Game 6 of the NLCS (Fox, 8 p.m.) goes tonight, assuming more cooperation from Mother Nature. Maybe tonight, Mets pitchers will get to throw into the same strike zone as Cardinals pitchers. Just a thought.

The good folks at Fox ordered three more episodes each of "Happy Hour" and "Til Death" for reasons passing understanding.

They also sent me an e-mail to let you the viewer know that apsiring filmmakers can earn their chance to work with Steven Spielberg on the upcoming reality series, "The Lot." Visit for information on how to send in your submissions.

There isn't a whole lot of love given to reality shows on this site, but "The Lot" has some passing interest for me because of my unhealthy waste-of-time obsession with the movie industry. However, I doubt "Lot" producers Spielberg and Mark Burnett ("Survivor") will be able to surpass "Project Greenlight," a marvelous series about how bad movies get made in bad ways that failed to draw viewership on either HBO or Bravo. No word, but it seems unlikely that producers Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris Moore will go to the well a fourth time. Incidentally, the third Greenlight movie, "Feast," should be hitting the DVD shelves any time now.

Incidentally, the winner of "The Lot" gets a $1 million development deal at Dreamworks.

Elswhwere on the dial, Justin Timberlake with be the musical guest for the new Victoria's Secret special that airs on CBS Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. If I watch, it will be with the mute button on.

Over at the CW, "Veronica Mars" co-Executive Producer Diane Ruggiero has announced a new superhero pilot for the network. Focused on super-powered women, it's described by The Hollywood Reporter as "Sex & The City" meets "Batman." (Thanks for that image, guys.) These days, I'm sticking with superhero shows that have either Japanese time-traveling office geeks or Erica Durrence in them, but hey, who knows, I may mellow in a few months.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BET: Should I even bother to do these best bets anymore? You, the viewers, allowed "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 9 p.m.) to virtually tie (sorry for the split infinitive) "Lost" (ABC, 9 p.m.) in that timeslot. Seriously, what are you people thinking? Why give CBS more license to produce more criminal procedurals? Why no love for one of TV's top three shows all of a sudden?

If you aren't watching "Lost," then you are definitely not watching "The Nine," (ABC, 10 p.m.) so maybe I shouldn't bother telling you that you are missing one of TV's best new shows.

I'll be spotty the rest of the week with my blogging, since I am out of the office. But check out the Web site anyway (and tell your friends) because I need the hits.


Anonymous said...

I listen to you! In fact, I'm going to try to find Heroes on YouTube and see if I can catch up enough to catch it on Monday. The thing is though, will I be lost if I'm unable to find it?


Phillip Ramati said...

Anon, glad to hear it!

You can find replays of Heroes on In addition, Sci-Fi runs reruns of the previous week's episodes at 7 p.m. Fridays and 7 p.m. Monday (two hours before the new episode of the week). I'd encourage you to watch these before trying to dive into the series. You can still probably be able to follow it, but your viewing experience will be a lot better watching it in order.

I'm fairly certain that NBC will air as many reruns as it can when original programming ends for the holiday season next month, since Heroes is the network's one true dramatic success this season.

Anonymous said...

Boy someone got out of bed on the wrong side. I assume you will enter the Speilberg competition. I tink that the loss of Pedro and El Duque is too great a hill to climb

Zodin2008 said...

regarding the NLCS, the Mets missed an enormous opportunity and Pujols hitting a home run seems like a lack of justice to me, considering his nasty, uncalled for remarks aimed at Glavine.

That said, if the mets somehow avoid elimination tonight and manage to beat Cris Carpenter, they will win Game 7 at home. The Cards have the momentum and edge but only for tonight. If they blow their golden opportunity, the Mets will win Game 7 as well. Count on it. (Plus, Jeff Suppan has not shown to be the same pitcher on the road he is at home).

Doesn't matter, the Tigers likely sweep whomever they face--too much pitching.

Back to TV land, Phillip, I feel your pain and on my own Blog, I am spreading the same largely ignored gospel about turning off Reality shows and dull crime procedurals like "Criminal Minds" for entertaining shows like "Lost".

And while I have gotten a few to listen to me (the rest either already agreed with me or hate me for disliking their dull procedurals) in general, two small voices cannot affect mass change and ,1500 CBS employees, er, "homes" seem to have a choke hold on those pesky, out of date Nielsen Boxes.

I mean, it just seems so just to me that 1,500 American households are potentially going to cost TV of 3 of it's best new series: "Studio 60", "The Nine" and "Friday Night Lights".

Anyway, no matter how my heart may break down the pike, I will continue to watch these great new series (along with all my other favorites like the always-in-danger, "Veronica Mars") until some guy in a suit with a a Harvard MBA takes them away from me.

By the way, I second your love for the best Lois Lane ever, Erica Durance of "Smallville".

Phillip Ramati said...

I won't be making any contributions to the Spielberg competition. They want completed short films, not scripts.