Archive for October, 2007

For your Halloween party playlist

If you’ve ever worn a suit and chanted in Hebrew through various forms of orthodontic devices, you’ll probably enjoy the full extended version of Werewolf Bar Mitzvah — as seen on 30 Rock.

It’s pretty weird to hear Tracy Morgan name-checking various Jewish traditions, but it’s also quite funny.

Thanks to Katie for the heads-up.

October 31st, 2007

Tonight on the TiFaux: Wheee Wednesday!

Yes, I am excited it’s Wednesday because of all the good TV. But I’m also excited to be back from fulfilling (enduring) my civic duty. Don’t ask me about it. Crime is not always fun like in Oceans 11.

It’s a Halloween episode of Pushing Daisies, which I’m looking forward to almost as much as the giant bag of candy I bought for the approximately zero children who ring our doorbell.

It’s gratifying that my early instinct on Dirty Sexy Money — that Brian is by far the most interesting Darling — seems to be true so far. He’s so angry and spiteful. But human.

I’m still recording Gossip Girl, but it’s not actually getting watched, as evidenced by my multi-week backlog. I would guess scandalous things are happening.

Just in time for Halloween, Mythbusters returns with some fire myths. Presumably not as a tasteless tie-in to the California wildfires.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming: A special one for Cristin — David Wright is the guest on The Daily Show tonight.

October 31st, 2007

Papa! Papa can you hear meeeeeeee?

Daddy issues: it’s the hot new internal turmoil for characters on the small screen.

That’s not to say paternal conflict hasn’t been mined since Hamlet as fodder for character motivation (although I suppose that was more uncle/stepdad or ghost daddy issues). But if you’re watching any TV these days there’s at least one show with a prominent father-related plotline. Lost, for example, is chock full of alcoholic dads, power-crazy dads, deadbeat dads and Machiavellian con artist dads. Characters with major father conflicts include Jack (and therefore Claire, kinda), Locke, Hurley, Sun (and Jin’s father-in-law), Ben, Sawyer, Penny and Kate (step-father — remember? She blew him up).

So, here is a sampling of daddy issues rated on a scale of 1 to 10 for intensity. One being “C’mon, can I borrow the car?” and 10 being “Why’d you have to push me out of the 8th floor of your apartment building?”

Jack on Lost — 8.0

Like father, like son — at least when you’re talking about alcoholic, type-A surgeons. Jack’s entire backstory is anchored by his relationship with his father. Even his romantic entanglements seem secondary in comparison to his quest for his father’s approval. On a show with no shortage of bad dads, this one is the most all-consuming.jadad.jpg
“Aww… you look very nice in your white coat son. Now fix papa a bowl of bourbon.”

Locke on Lost –10.0

Locke is such a douche bag that I hardly care about his daddy issues, but the plot line about his con man dad is so cartoonishly messed-up that it is entirely necessary to mention. Locke’s dad has: tricked Locke out of a kidney, pushed him out of a window in an attempt to kill him and bereated him even while he was Locke’s prisoner on the island. Not that anything about Lost is realistic, but the extent of evil in Locke’s dad is pretty out there.

Nick on Dirty Sexy Money — 5.0

Nick has spent his entire life trying to not be his Dad, Dutch, by getting into do-good law and being the consumate family man. But the premise of the whole series is that he’s trying to avoid falling into the same traps his dad did while working for the Darlings. Then there’s the whole murder mystery angle — was Dutch murdered? Were the Darlings behind it? On some level, Nick doesn’t really care, but he’s a decent guy so he has to find out. I’m going to go on record here as saying that I don’t think Dutch is dead (they didn’t find a body). I base this on nothing but instinct (my instincts are rarely correct, though — remember when I thought Burke was going to kill himself on Grey’s Anatomy? Ah, memories.).

Dexter on Dexter –4.0

dexdad.jpgDexter’s dad is actually a good one. I mean, he’s kind of wacky, but he prevents innocent people from dying. Dexter’s dad, for those of you who don’t watch, died a long time ago, but instilled the “Code of Harry” in Dexter. He taught his young, adoptive sociopath to satisfy his bloodlust with hunting and, eventually, by only killing people who really deserve it. Papa Dexter comes back through flashbacks with a child star playing young Dexter (complete with matching mole!). Nowadays, Dexter’s psyche is very much haunted by the memories of good old dad.

Parkman on Heroes — 7.5

Parkman was abandoned by his father — who is apparently now the worst hero ever. Worse than Sylar even. We have much to learn about this one.

George on Grey’s Anatomy — 5.5

You know, Grey’s Anatomy is pretty awful most of the time, but they managed to do some good stuff with the death of George’s dad. The bit where Christina talks to him about the “dead dads club,” the part where George freaks out on Dr. Weber because his Dad didn’t know any better than to get the risky surgery — all pretty affecting moments on a show where I’m not used to giving a rat’s ass. Or even paying close attention for that matter. That storyline has faded now, but it’s probably best left untarnished.

The Bionic Woman’s dad — meh

There’s something going on with him because why would the sister be living with Jamie if the dad’s still around. But this show is so awful that who really cares? It won’t be around next season to explore that plot line anyway.

4 comments October 31st, 2007

The More You Know: Spelunking edition

Get me one of those hats with the light. Please.

3 comments October 31st, 2007

Tonight on the Tifaux: Guest Editor

Since Maggie is currently sequestered during the day I’m going to take over Tonight on the Tifaux until she and her peers agree on a verdict. Let’s hope it’s soon because I long-ago abdicated the part of my brain that keeps track of TV schedules to the tifaux and Maggie.

Luckily tonight is a light night at Tifaux Central. Reaper has a Halloween-themed episode (naturally) with the Devil depressed by a holiday he thinks mocks his existence. I love how sensitive the Devil is. Of course I’m still hoping for the episode where his hair inexplicably turns white overnight. Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen it, now is a great time to start watching Twin Peaks. The pilot episode is finally available in the U.S. along with the rest of the series and it’s all in a fancy gold box. I won’t blame you if you stop watching a few episodes after you find out who killed Laura though. Since Maggie isn’t here I’ll tell you that she screamed so loud at that one part that she terrified the rest of us. Man that was a great episode. Too bad my mom gave away the secret back when I was 11. How was she supposed to know it would be available on DVD some day? If someone had told her, she probably would have said “What’s a DVD?”

At the same time as Reaper, we will magically be able to watch another TV show on another network, House, which I voted for in the most-improved category in our recent survey. After the endless “House is Out of Control” stories last season I’m glad they’ve gone in a new direction. House is totally out of control but the show isn’t trying to punish him for it anymore. Which is more fun? It’ll be nice to have Foreman back this week. I don’t miss having the old three as the focus of the show, but it’s great to have them around for color like Cuddy and Wilson. If we had a most-improved character category I would pick Wilson. He was such a self-righteous jerk last season.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming: ABC has the annual screening of the Waiting for Godot of children’s TV specials, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown at 8pm tonight. The Great Pumpkin told me to tell you he won’t come this evening, but surely tomorrow.

By the way, did anyone out there in America get a Free Taco yesterday?

2 comments October 30th, 2007

It’s not broken! Fix it! Spread it thin!

BREAKING EFFING NEWS!

TV Guide reports that there will be a spin-off of The Office. Quoth Mr. Ausiello:

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, NBC may be about to pay a major compliment to Grey’s Anatomy. Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that the Peacock is developing an episode of The Office that would introduce several new characters who would then be spun off into a new series à la Private Practice.
However, unlike Practice, which stole Grey’s regular Kate Walsh to anchor the new series, the proposed Office 2 is not expected to include any of the mother ship’s core cast. In fact, producers are already casting about for a “name” to headline the potential show.

Oh, the possibilities!

I remember Mindy Kaling saying a while ago that she thought Amy Poehler would be a great crazy boss of Dunder Mifflin. Maybe they’ll snatch her off SNL? Maybe they’ll get another Daily Show alum like Rob Corddry (and he could have his little brother on the show).

This could be a great thing or a tragic thing — I’m not sure which. Thoughts?

8 comments October 30th, 2007

Last ditch Halloween costumes

Halloween’s tomorrow, as you know.

What am I doing to celebrate? Well, not much — thanks for asking. Probably just going to sit around at home, watch Pushing Daisies and wonder what would happen on the off-chance I got a trick-or-treater. If I do get a munchkin, chances are I’ll probably tell them to wait while I dig up the miniature jar of cherry preserves I’ve had for the better part of the ’00s.

If, however, you’re an ambitious mid-week partygoer, and you still haven’t come up with a costume idea, here are some ideas for you to try out.

For couples:

Ned and Chuck (Pushing Daisies):

He wears:

  • Long sleeved tee/sweater
  • Holds a pie.

She wears:

  • A vibrantly colored sun dress.

Both wear:

  • Gloves on one hand. You must hold hands all night with the gloved hand.

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For the ladies:

Lucille Bluth:

  • A martini glass
  • Pearls
  • Shawl affixed with a brooch.

Meredith Grey:

  • Scrubs
  • A scowl

For the gentlemen:

Nathan Petrelli:

  • Fake beard
  • Business suit
  • Harness
  • Some sort of crane on wheels so you can attach the harness and hover all night (you’ll need a patient friend to wheel you around and hand you drinks)

Chuck:

  • White, button-down short-sleeved shirt
  • Nametag
  • Uncontrollable nervous energy

Eric Taylor (Friday Night Lights):

  • Track jacket
  • Stubble
  • Arrange it so that most people remain oblivious to you at the party, except for two or three people who are obsessed with you.

Anybody else have any ideas? I wanted to go further with this but I’m sleepy.

7 comments October 30th, 2007

The More You Know: Vanity Plate edition

I saw one last night that said ARGH M8Y.

6 comments October 30th, 2007

TiFaux Reader Survey

We do tend to do a lot of the talking on this blog. It’s always me, me, me, I like this, I like that, blog, blog, blog. The depths of our self-involvement are growing to epic, Grey’s Anatomy-like proportion.

And after all you’ve done for us, readers — commenting, chatting, laughing — we owe it to you to get your opinion on the new fall season. On Friday, I gave you a bit of an overview of my expectations versus the reality of those expectations. Now, it’s time for you to sound off on some of the season thus far.

And here are the categories.

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October 29th, 2007

The More You Know: Boston edition

Sox win!

October 29th, 2007

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