Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Catching Up

Sorry for the missed day yesterday, but I was tied up with a murder trial pretty much all day.

Anyway, a few thoughts on the Super Bowl. Crappily played game, didn't care who won or lost, good slate of commercials - especially those from Bud Light and the Letterman/Oprah spot - and a solid halftime show by Prince, even though I'm not a Prince fan by any stretch. (I also hate medleys, but I guess there's only so much you can do in a 10-minute slot.) Anyway, for better insight into Prince's show, check out Maggie Large's blog, Amped, at macon.com.

Yesterday's blog was going to be devoted to "Studio 60," but I think I'll wait until next Monday for that one.

24 BIZARRO FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Hmm, more tough choices. Is there a Palmer family gene that causes the Presidents to pick treacherous vice presidents and disloyal cabinet members? I mean, really, you'd have thought Wayne would have learned his lessons as a member of David's cabinet, but, oh well.

That's not the winner, however. Who is dumber, Milo or Chloe? So, CTU gets the memo about Morris' supposedly dying brother. Morris is working on THE critical piece of evidence in finding the terrorists. Of course, Chloe has to tell Morris right then and there that his brother may be dying, even though Milo asked her to wait basically 20 minutes.

On the other hand, Milo pretty much had to know that Chloe wouldn't listen to him, since she doesn't listen to anybody except Jack. So instead of waiting until Morris had finished the file, he seems compelled to tell Chloe then and there this critical bit about Morris' brother, then asks her not to tell Morris. Please, "24," don't telegraph your punches.

OH, BROTHERS WARNER, THOU ART KILLING ME: After nearly destroying the comics-to-movies universe with duds like "Catwoman," Superman III-IV, and any "Batman" movie directed by Joel Schumacher, I really thought Warner Brothers had righted the ship.

It did a phenomenal job with "Batman Begins" and a solid job with "Superman Returns," and the upcoming "300" adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel looks fabulous.

So, it was with a heavy heart this weekend I read two pieces of disconcerting news. The first is that "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon is off the big-screen version of "Wonder Woman" because of creative differences with producer Joel Silver.

Good move, guys - take one of the top writers in Hollywood (and arguably the best in creating strong roles for women) off the project. At least, it frees up Whedon's time to return to TV.

The second was losing David Goyer off "The Flash," for essentially the same reasons. Goyer co-wrote "Batman Begins" and the "Blade" franchise, yet the studio elected to go with the guy who directed "Night at the Museum" instead. Good call guys, let me know how that works out for you.

On the bright side, Goyer has a copy of my superhero screenplay and is now free to work on that.

FOR EAGLE-EYED VIEWERS: Thanks to my brother's friend, Mac, for pointing out that George Takei's license plate on last night's "Heroes" was NCC-1701, the same as the USS Enterprise's registry on "Star Trek." (Though one could point out that more correctly they should have used NX-2000, the registry of USS Excelsior, Captain Sulu's own ship.)

TONIGHT'S BEST BETS: "American Idol" (Fox, 8 p.m.) visits my one-time quasi-hometown of San Antonio, so I definitely won't be watching more so than usual. "House," (Fox, 9 p.m.) however, gets my full attention.

CBS presents an all-new "NCIS" at 8 p.m. with something of an homage to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," since series regular David McCallum must go undercover in a spy scenario. It's followed by two hours of "The Unit."

New installments of "Gilmore Girls" and "Veronica Mars" highlight the CW's week, while ABC has a bunch of reality shows and cap it with "Boston Legal" at 10 p.m.

"Dateline" (NBC, 8 p.m.) seeks to catch even more online predators, making you wonder how dumb these creeps really are at this point. I suppose it's much better to have stupid online predators than clever ones, so go Dateline! Two brands of "Law & Order," Criminal Intent and SVU, follow.


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Phillip Ramati said...

Update from the TV Guy, I read this after today's posting...

According to Aint-it-cool-news, Joel Schumacher said he was interesting in bring Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" to the screen. After I took 20 minutes to talk myself down from the roof, I felt I needed to point this out to my faithful dozen or so readers as further proof of Warner Bros.' folly.

You'd think it would be impossible for Schumacher to be allowed anywhere near a comic book franchise ever again, so hopefully, this is just a case of him spouting off and not some plan by the WB, but considering they dumped two talents like Whedon and Goyer in the same week, it'd be scary indeed if there were some truth to this. God help us if Schumacher got a hold of "Sandman" and brought in Akiva Goldsman to do the screenplay.

What does he want to tackle next, Alan Moore's "Watchmen?"

I should have also pointed out in the posting that WB didn't have a perfect track record with their DC Comics movies during the past couple of years, because they also gave us "Constantine" with Keanu Reeves.

I'll be the one in the corner, softly sobbing...

Zodin2008 said...

The theories online about "24" is that Milo is this season's mole in CTU. I mean, there HAS to be one, right? It's tradition. I loved the episode (unlike you) though I hope not to end up at a Bauer family reunion anytime soon.

Yes, very cool catch by that guy Mac about George Takei's license plate--and another great episode of "Heroes" to boot. I totally called Nathan Petrelli as the surprise daddy of Claire Bennett.

As for Joss Whedon of "Wonder Woma"...GOOD. Now maybe he will come back home to Television and not waste his time on 1 2 Hour movie.

Finally, we saw "Night at the Museum" on Saturday and really enjoyed it so please see a movie before ripping it. Thanks.

Hotspur said...

Watched "24" it gets dumber and dumber. Was there anyone in the USA who didn't guess that Jack's dad was bad ? Was there anyone who didn'r guess that the Morris brother story was a trick and that he would be captued. I hearby "24" for the Emmy for best comedy !!

Zodin2008 said...

Hey hotspur, just like Phillip if you hate "24" so much, why do you keep watching it?

Phillip, I take umbrage with one otehr thing you said in your post: NO ONE liked most of the commercials this year. This was one of the worst years.

Sure, the Letterman/Oprah thing was funny (if only I couldn't stand both people). There were some other occasionally funny bits like the grocery girl with the Dorito's (though my wife hated that one) or the occasional CareerBuilder/jungle ads which is reminding me of my job the last 2 months, but overall, there were commercials like the now infamous Snickers ad which made me incredibly uncomfortable and made me NOT want to buy a Snickers anytime soon.

Sorry, call me old fashioned but I think these companies really need to think very hard before they put a certain Ad on the air--yikes.

Phillip Ramati said...

Well, Zod, I know of plenty of people who liked some of the commercials. I guess we just watched the game with different crowds.

I'm not ripping Night at the Museum, but look at that guy's film credits next to Goyer's and the move makes no sense.

As for Whedon going back to TV, doing Wonder Woman isn't mutually exclusive of that. And I don't necessarily want to see Whedon back on the tube if he's going to get screwed over like Fox did with "Firefly" or WB did with letting "Angel" dangle for half a season before deciding to pull the plug.