Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Quick Hits

I had a long, well-thought post for today, then got sent out of town on assignment early in the morning, so look forward to tomorrow's post, assuming I'm in Macon for the whole day.

Just a few bits:

--I ended up not catching most of "AI" last night, though I did see that guy everyone says sucks mangle the Kinks. After his rendition, I get why that girl in the audience was crying; I wanted to as well. Still, it wasn't as bad as the mangling Van Halen did on "You Really Got Me" years ago.

--"Prison Break" officially got renewed Wednesday, proof that Fox will continue to play out an idea long past its expiration date. I'm probably giving up on PB after this season.

--"Battlestar Galactica" Cylon babe Tricia Helfer has signed on to the new Sci-Fi Channel series "Them," about alien sleeper agents on Earth. (Wasn't that her role as a Cylon on BSG?) Anyway, I don't really know what that means for her BSG work, though it's almost unfathomable she'd be leaving BSG. (Quick poll: Favorite blond cybernetically enhanced being - Number Six or Seven of Nine from "Star Trek: Voyager? Discuss).

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Brennan gets a serious offer from Sully tonight on "Bones" (Fox, 8 p.m.) I'm really liking this trend on TV these days, with romantic triangles in which you aren't rooting against the third wheel. Of course we want Bones and Booth together in the end, but you can't help but like Eddie McClintock's Sully. "The Office" did something similar by introducing Rashida Jones' Karen into the Pam-Jim dynamic. "Ugly Betty" has also done it with Betty's would-be beau Henry and his girlfriend. It makes for a refreshing change to the love triangles where the third wheel is thrown in there just to be an impediment.

The first of the final four all-new episodes of "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 8 p.m.) airs tonight, and you are commanded to watch as TV's best-acted family may be heading out of Dillon. It's followed by a new "Crossing Jordan."

"Survivor: Fiji" (CBS, 8 p.m.) makes a rare Wednesday appearance, followed by new episodes of "Criminal Minds" and "CSI:NY."

Locke finally comes face-to-face once more with Ben, aka Henry Gale, on "Lost" (ABC, 10 p.m.) as we find out whether or not Jack has changed teams.


Zodin2008 said...

Lost: Jack changed teams? I am sure THAT news would really excite Mr. Friendly...ha. Not that there's anything wrong with it.

In all seriousness, I am intrigued by the Jack discovery on "Lost", it's the first decent cliffhanger in a while on that show. It's certainly far more interesting that Bai Ling and Jack's tattoos. I know we all could sleep better at night finding out the mystery to why MATTHEW FOX had tattoos.

Prison Break: Yes, Fox, end this please. This show going into a year 3 is unfathomable. Count my wife & I in on the 'won't be watching after the season finale' train. Unless the season finale is unbelievable and the show totally throws us for a loop, I don't see anyway they could hook me in.

Love triangles: GREAT point about how likeable third wheels are. 3 great examples on 3 great shows. It would be a stretch to say that Tim Riggins was 'loveable' as the 'other' man for Lilah when she was stepping out on Jason Street on "Friday Night Lights", but Tim's a very interesting character, even if he's not necessarily a good guy all the time. And yes, I like Karen on 'The Office' but along with Henry's girlfriend on 'Betty', both characters are wildly insecure. Only Sully on 'Bones' seems to believe in himself.

Friday Night Lights: Yes, please, all 5 of Phillip's Bloggers, watch this show. It's one of the five best shows on Television right now and if I were on the Emmy committee, nominations for FNL in Drama, and Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton for lead actor and actress. Yes, they are that good as Coach and Mrs. Coach. (to paraphrase Matt Saracen).

Also, from what I am hearing from NBC Entertainment President, Kevin Reilly, sounds like the low rated but wildly entertaining "Lights" and 30 Rock" are both safe...based on the quality over the ratings. Yeah for quality!

Maybe the well meaning Reilly (my favorite Entertainment Pres.) has finally convinced Jeff Zucker that having shows that are popular at awards season is still a boon for the network, even if they are finishing 3rd or 4th in their time slots. When Alec Baldwin and "Lights" are (hopefully) up for Emmys, it will be a sign that NBC has done well.

Bones: Back to love triangles, I do like Eddie McClintock's Sully, but is it noticeable to anyone else how similar looking McClintock and David Boreanez are? I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing to cast a romantic 'rival' that's so similar to the other guy.

Phillip Ramati said...

First of all, Zod, I think we're past a dozen in terms of hits to the site, so please don't shortchange us.

I think that it might be the point that Sully and Booth look alike, yet Brennan only thinks of one guy romantically.

I don't think the lack of self-confidence with Karen and Henry's girlfriends are huge character flaws. The whole point of Karen was that she was a good foil to Jim while they were in Stamford, showing that he had moved on. The whole point of Henry's girlfriend is that Betty wanted to hate her and finds out she's a sweet girl.

Zodin2008 said...

Yes, but before Betty had a chance to meet Henry's girlfriend, Hiro Nakamura failed to save her life in Texas...

Anonymous said...

Good post today.

And yes FNL ROCKS...I would say it is one the best shows out there right now.

As for the love triangles, Betty's is a little too predictable. I mean can they make it anymore obvious that Henry's is more into Betty than the other girl. Really it just makes me feel sorry for her. Here she is, moved to NY be with Henry and thought she has a good friend in Betty. I mean, why can't Henry just say "hey babe, I was really never into you, but thought the girl I really liked had a boyfriend, so I had you move here to make her jelous, come to find out she already dumped her man, so I really don't need you anymore"... ok so that maybe harsh, but you get what I mean I hope...