Monday, July 16, 2007

Enough With The Beckhams, Already

Soccer star David Beckham has yet to officially lace 'em up for Los Angeles Galaxy, yet the arrival of he and his wife, Victoria, has garnered more attention on the news than a visit by a foreign head of state.

I'm not saying some of it isn't deserved: By nearly any measure, Beckham is the world's most popular athlete, a superstar in Europe and practically a rock star in Asia. Despite being past his prime, his signing has already been a gigantic boost to American soccer, generating a tremendous amount of interest here in a sport that is usually overlooked.

But there can be too much of a good thing. Witness tonight's TV schedule, with the special "Victoria Beckham: Coming To America" (NBC, 8 p.m.) I mean, it's hard to imagine a more dull hour.

She was Posh Spice; so what? I assume the special will involve following her around as she tours L.A., going shopping on Rodeo Drive and meeting fans of all sorts. Does this warrant a one-hour special?

I don't know why, as a society, we are so interested in these athlete-entertainer marriages, but all the Beckhams have done is bump the Tony Parker-Eva Longoria wedding off the front pages.

There is such a concept of having too much of a good thing.

PATINKIN BACK, KIND OF: CBS' "Criminal Minds," which tends to generate better ratings than most people would think, has been in the news lately, but not for a good reason.

Series star Mandy Patinkin is on the outs with the show's producers, refusing to show up at work when the show resumed production last week. While there were reports that this was a ploy for more money, series producer Ed Bernero posted a message on a fan blog about the situation, which you can read here:

Maybe Patinkin isn't cut out for TV. An accomplished film and stage actor, he seems to tire of the grind of the small screen, as witnessed by his decision to leave "Chicago Hope" after its first few seasons.

Still, we're only hearing one side of the story right now, so it would be great to get a statement from Patinkin's camp.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: If Posh Spice isn't enough for you, there's a slew of new episodes on so-called reality TV, available on all of the major networks.

If you wanted scripted television, ABC Family has new episodes of "Kyle XY" and "Greek," beginning at 8 p.m. TNT counters with "The Closer" and "Heartland," beginning at 9 p.m. On pay TV, "Big Love" (HBO, 9 p.m.) is new.


zodin2008 said...

The only reason I am even remotely interested in the Parker/Longoria wedding is that I am a Spurs fan. Other then that, celebrity hold absolutely NO interest for me.

I couldn't care less about the Beckhams and I still won't be watching any Soccer (though I liked playing it and like the World Cup matches with the U.S. or England).

So, tonight, it's business as usual as the only 2 shows that continue to matter this Summer (on Mondays) are "Kyle XY" and "Big Love".

Actually, since I was out to dinner last night, Monday can be especially fun if we have enough energy to watch our recordings of "The Dead Zone" and "Entourage" from Sunday. (We did manage to watch "The 4400" at least).

hotspur said...

I do not think Beckham will change much in USA football, sorry soccer.
One player does not create a league. Beckham is way passed his best and anyway even if he was still 100% who will play with him.

It is Moses Allou playing in the Israel baseball league

Did not want to admit said...

Sadly, I watched the 'coming to america' Beckhams show last night. It was a bit like watching a car wreck. You don't want to look, but then can't take your eyes off of it. I'll admit I will watch some pretty stupid stuff sometimes. I really didn't mean to watch it, it was on while I was cooking dinner then it just sucker punched me in. Something about watching 'Posh Spice' get drunk with a bunch of old ladies did make me laugh.

Phillip Ramati said...

Yeah, I probably wouldn't want to admit that publicly, either.