ABC gently breaks my heart

It would appear that this past Sunday’s episode of Defying Gravity, episode #8, will be the last one we’ll get to see. Episode #9 is scheduled to air in Canada (and oh, how I miss getting Canadian TV stations) but none of the rest seem to be on anyone’s schedule. Yes, it’s Grey’s Anatomy in space. Yes, it’s hard-to-swallow characters and situations, and there’s a lot of suspension of disbelief required. But I was still enjoying the show. It doesn’t hurt that Ron Livingston is so good-looking, and I like. . . Read More!

Fall Reality Season: GO!

I just watched the 2-hour premiere of America’s Next Top Model. This season, the contestants can be no taller than 5’7″. Thank goodness, it appears that crazy doesn’t discriminate. Unfortunately, the most insane girl, a weird jesus freak, dropped out. But we still have the strangely quiet girl, the angry girl, the hick, the girl with the broken foot, and a passel of other tiny lovelies. The most startling thing so far is that Tyra looks like a frightening monster next to these girls. It’s like seeing a beautiful Hagrid. . . Read More!

TV: Fall Shows

The fall TV season is practically upon us! Our TiVo is going to get quite a workout. Dancing with the Stars just announced this season’s stars a couple of days ago, and it’s a yawnfest of a list. I’ll check it out just for Susan Lucci, but otherwise, there’s nobody who interests me. I mean, Jeffrey Ross? I would have thought they’d have an incredible list of all-stars in the wings, what with the success of the show. But I guess not. America’s Next Top Model is headed into its. . . Read More!

Various Media

Today we finally were able to go out together and see Wall•E. As expected, I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed the crap out of it. I also checked out the first act of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I didn’t know what to expect from it, and so was pleasantly surprised. Scott and I discussed the fact that in the last couple of years, the bad-guy-as-good-guy has really taken off. Especially recently, with misunderstood evil genius types like in Skullcrusher Mountain or Soon I Will Be Invincible. It reminds me of. . . Read More!

O Frabjous Day!

As some of you may recall from a couple of months ago, our cable company, Bright House, got some new HD channels but wouldn’t let us TiVo users access them. There’s no technical reason we can’t get the channels — they just shut off access to those of us who use CableCARDs, in anticipation of going to Switched Digital Video in a few months. We were given a free Bright House HD DVR, but it’s a piece of shite — it doesn’t get the programming guide like it’s supposed to,. . . Read More!

Commercialism

Hey, Visa — are you implying, in your commercial where patrons of a cafeteria wander around to the delightful tune of “Powerhouse”, that it’s faster to pay for purchases with Visa than with cash? Maybe that’ll be the case in ten years, when we all have barcodes tattooed on our foreheads and RFID chips in our skin, but right now the concept seems totally absurd. Hey, Comcast — yes, you used those cute let’s-go-to-the-lobby animated snacks in your commercial about movies on demand. However, throughout the commercial, the family dog. . . Read More!

BOMP!

Oh, The Amazing Race, I’ve missed you so! Imagine my surprise to see this race start in Seattle. Also imagine my surprise that the racers once again passed within 5 blocks of my home. Now, imagine one more time, seeing the racers on the freeway, headed for the airport. They’re all stuck in traffic, and we finally see why — an accident in which a double tanker truck looks pretty much folded in half. We both freaked out, because we were on the freeway that day, headed down to IKEA. . . Read More!

Several line items

1. Today’s our 10th wedding anniversary. Bring on the tin and aluminum! 2. Reality TV has been really good to me so far this summer season. My chosen favorites have won both Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance, and my first-episode favorite is still doing well on Rock Star: Supernova. I don’t have a favorite for Project Runway yet, but the guy I really disliked already got the boot. Haven’t watched this week’s yet. 3. I was going through my MP3s this morning, to make changes to. . . Read More!

Get it right, people!

This rant comes courtesy of , but it kills me too. Last night, on Rock Star: Supernova, one of the contestants used a bullhorn in part of his song. A little hack, yes, especially since JD Fortune did it last year with “Pretty Vegas”. But that’s not the rant. The rant is that everyone on the show kept calling the bullhorn a megaphone. They are two distinctly different things, but even when searching Google images for an actual picture of a megaphone, the results were mostly bullhorns. In other news,. . . Read More!

Media du Jour

TV: I tried to get into the new show Windfall, but it’s an ensemble piece, and I don’t give a crap about most of the characters. Oh well, at least I have Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance and the not-too-awful Treasure Hunters to get me through the summer. And the new season of The Venture Brothers Read More!