Archive for May, 2009

The TV Blog Coalition

blackcoalition.jpgBuzz counted down the top 10 reasons she’s keeping her TV on this summer. (BuzzSugar)

This week, Sandie interviewed Amy Ryan who plays the adorable Holly on The Office. (Daemon’s TV)

With the end of the Spring television season recently passed, Scooter hands out the Fifth Annual Scooter Television Awards. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

Vance has the scoop on the new kids at Degrassi: TNG, the alums moving on to The CW, ABC, and Spring Awakening and his thoughts on the upcoming TV movie special Degrassi Goes Hollywood! (Tapeworthy)

This week, Jace reviewed the full pilot episodes of such series as ABC’s Eastwick, FOX’s Human Target, and ABC’s The Deep End. (Televisionary)

Dan came across this bizarre video of Heroes’ Zachary Quinto getting doused with milk. He wants to know what could be done to make the erstwhile Mr. Sylar less sexy in this video. (TiFaux)

Matt isn’t good at math, but Edie Falco + a drug-addicted, well-intentioned nurse = must-see viewing of Nurse Jackie (TV Fanatic).

This week, the TV Addict suggested TV, DVD and Online Video alternatives to help you survive the network’s summer offerings, or lack their-of. (The TV Addict)

May 31st, 2009

Music: The new Metric

Metric is part of the big, bad Canadian invasion of indie rockers.  It’s been going on for a while now, if you didn’t know.

Frontwoman Emily Haines is part of the Broken Social Scene collective (along with Feist, Jason Collett, etc.), but has gotten most of her fame from Metric — a heavy, synth-infused rock band that just released its new album Fantasies. This is the band’s first album in several years, with Haines taking off some time to record some solo material (brittle acoustic numbers credited to Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton).

It would seem that she got the mellowness out of her system, though, as the new album isn’t lacking for energy. The best example is the single “Gimme Sympathy,” which you can find below.

If you get a chance, I’d recommend seeing them if they come to your town. The band’s live show is pretty stellar, with Haines stealing the show with her charisma and Tinkerbell-in-a-bug-zapper vocal theatrics.

If you liked this video, you can see an acoustic version here.

2 comments May 29th, 2009

Zachary Quinto, you’ve got to draw the line somewhere

I’m trying to think of things less sexy than this.

I mean, you take a pretty hot guy like Zachary Quinto (whose brow and jaw are bizarrely prominent enough to take away any sort of classic Hollywood male beauty standard, but manages to achieve an offbeat, masculine charm) and to keep dousing him with milk over and over — it’s like some avant garde art installation.  Seems like there should be a dwarf playing the saw in the background.

So, what would make this less sexy?

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By the way, this photo shoot was for the German GQ.  To which I say: of course it was.

4 comments May 29th, 2009

Why So You Think You Can Dance > American Idol

It's like the whole Fame high school tried out!

I used to watch American Idol, but not So You Think You Can Dance. I thought SYTYCD was one of those filler shows used as an alternative to dead air during the summer. Now, I feel myself going the other way: I look forward to So You Think You Can Dance, and fast-forward my way through the majority of Idol.  So You Think You Can Dance is clearly the better show, and here’s why:

The dancers originate the numbers. When Idol is at its very, very best, a contestant takes a song that I don’t like very much, re-imagines it, and actually improves upon it. I estimate this happens 1% of the time or less. More often, they’re trying their best to do justice to a song while not being as great as the original (if they’re any good at all). On So You Think You Can Dance, the performers are the original. They’re not a pale imitation of another artist, and it makes a big difference. I don’t know much about the world of dance, but I’ve heard that the choreographers they use on the show are actually respected in the industry. The best songwriters working today obviously don’t spend their time writing new songs for the contestants on Idol to sing each week. They don’t even spend their time writing one new song for the finale—that’s why KaraDioGuardi had to do it. (Zing!)

Paula Abdul is not on it. It pains me to be so mean. Like every child of the ’80s, I have affection for “Cold-Hearted Snake” and “Opposites Attract,” and I wish Paula no ill will. But the woman cannot judge. Mostly, she just restates what the other judges have said, but in more words. Kara took a lot of flak this year, but at least she can put together a cogent thought. I usually disagree with that thought—why would she think that anyone wants to hear that One Republic song again?—but she can actually articulate an idea. Actually, to be fair to Paula, since Randy never says much of value either, I’d say that the judging on So You Think You Can Dance is better all around. Even the crazy judge—Mary Murphy—knows a lot about ballroom and seems to scream like a wild woman or not scream like a wild woman based on actual merit.

Good dancing is good dancing. Good singing can still make bad music. This may be where my ignorance of dance is So You Think You Can Dance’s gain, but, to me, the talent is just better on that show. I could be wrong, but they look like well-rounded, all-around great dancers. Idol, on the other hand,  seems to specialize in seeking out singers who are only good at singing on American Idol. That is, they’re technically proficient but in a regimented, Top-40-pop kind of way. My favorite musical artists don’t sing this way, and I’m guessing that unless you love Jason Mraz that your favorite band doesn’t sound like Kris Allen, either.

It’s just more fun to watch. When they do group numbers on So You Think You Can Dance, it’s not to sell gas-guzzling American cars. They’re legitimately interesting large-scale dances. They also dance as partners, then split up the partnerships, so there are little mini-dramas stuck in-between the larger drama of the competition. But even without all the peripherals, watching people dance on TV is just inherently more interesting than watching them sing. Don’t believe me? Check out this “Bollywood” routine from last season (the real dance starts 1:11 in):

Photo Credit Glenn Watson/FOX ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co.

3 comments May 27th, 2009

Giveaway: American Originals Box Set

american_originalsThere are some people who enjoy soft, cushy jobs. They work in accounts receivable, complain about the coffee and silently fume about the odd vocal tics of the person in the cube next to them.

Then there are the the dudes on A&E. Like the Ice Road Truckers who can could crash their vehicles and then die of frostbite. Or the loggers who wield gigantic chainsaws and operate 60-ton machines and could slice all of their co-workers apart with a miscalculation.

Time to stop kvetching about your dental benefits, right?

For this contest, we’re giving away American Originals — which is a box set bursting at the seams with A&E originals. The box set contains the first seasons of Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, Tougher in Alaska and episodes of the series Dangerous Missions. It’s worth a hundred bucks, suckers. Read more about it here.

If you want to win, e-mail tifaux -at- gmail -dot- com with the subject line “I complain far too much.”

May 27th, 2009

Between Two Ferns: Bradley Cooper

2 comments May 26th, 2009

Antidote to the Mondays

Er, the Tuesdays after a long weekend. Yeah, I bet you’re hating being at work as much as I am right now. To make up for it, I have a special treat for you.

So I started watching Torchwood a while back. And while I enjoyed it, a lot, I didn’t think it lived up to the creators’ insistence that the show would be dark and adult. Um, that changed. Shit got REAL. Like existential dilemma real. And then it got awesome. I present to you a bit of the first episode of series two. If you enjoy boys kissing, and/or you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and/or you have a pulse, I think you will enjoy this. Ignore the French. Fun part starts about a minute and a half in.

Don’t say I never did anything for you.

1 comment May 26th, 2009

The TV Blog Coalition

blog-coalition-graphic.jpgSeason finales? What season finales? Buzz turned her attention to the months ahead and asked which summer TV show has you most excited. (BuzzSugar)

Sandie interviewed Jenny Wade who plays Nina on Reaper. (Daemon’s TV)

Scooter is not sure what the funniest part of Upfronts were, NBC and CBS fighting over Medium, Greg Garcia’s Titanic comment, or the clips for the V reboot (which apparently were not supposed to be funny), but he runs down what he will be watching in the fall. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

Vance had quite the reaction when Kris Allen won American Idol. (Tapeworthy)

This week, Jace reported on all of the goings-on at the 2009 network upfronts and offered up extremely advance reviews on the full pilots of such new series as ABC’s V, Happy Town, and Modern Family, and NBC’s Community. (Televisionary)

Jesse gave his detailed analysis of the Will Ferrell-hosted season finale of SNL, which featured too many big star cameos for him to count. (TiFaux)

Scrubs may be back next season, but Jennifer said her goodbyes now. (Tube Talk)

After reading a few Melrose Place spoilers, Matt cannot wait for the reincarnation of this classic series. (TV Fanatic)

May 25th, 2009

Edie Falco: Playing Nurse

Edie Falco has a thing for playing brassy, plainspoken ladies. Maybe it’s just a function of her New York accent and Long Island upbringing.

But the character on her new show, Nurse Jackie, is no exception.  Jackie doesn’t have much in common with Carmela Soprano, but you really don’t want to screw with either of them.

Nurse Jackie is Showtime’s new dark medical comedy. While medical genre may seem a bit played-out, it’s got nothing on the ever-blossoming “how do we solve this grotesque murder?” genre. So I’m fine with it.

The story goes like this: Jackie is a veteran ER nurse at some sort of gritty urban hospital (which, somehow, appears to have a church adjoined to it — which leads to nuns randomly walking by every once in a while). Jackie’s a workaholic and she’s good at her job, but she appears to have no problem at all breaking rules to do what she think is necessary for her patients. This is evident in the first few minutes when she forges the organ donor part of a dead patient’s driver’s license (after taking a bump of prescription drugs so she could make it through her shift).

Other things to know about Jackie:

  • She’s got a bad back
  • She’s banging an ER doctor on the down low
  • Her best friend is a brilliant English doctor and her best confidant is a gay male nurse named Mohammed

Nurse Jackie has all the elements of a successful premium cable show: a critically beloved star, enough blood and swearing to remind you this isn’t network TV, a well meaning but conflicted anti-hero (not necessarily, though, a truth-telling anti-hero asshole with a heart of gold — she’s not enough of an asshole and her heart isn’t necessarily made of gold — you’ll see what I mean). On the whole, the show blends the misanthropy and character drama from House and brings in some of the whimsy and soapiness of Scrubs.

The show’s series premiere could have had a bit more punch, but I’m willing to cut it some slack. There was a lot of exposition to get out of the way in a scant 30 minutes.  I can’t vouch for this show yet, but it has promise. Aside from a surprise at the end of the premiere, the show hasn’t set up a lot in terms of ongoing conflicts. But, just like The United States of Tara (sort of) gained steam and conflict as its season developed, I think Nurse Jackie will get more action-oriented as the season goes on.

And with Nurse Jackie you don’t have to endure Diablo Cody’s self-aware quips.

The show premieres on Showtime June 8 at 10:30.

PS – Good for Showtime for having so many quality female-centric shows (The United States of Tara, Weeds, Tracey Ullman, Secret Diary of a Call Girl…).

May 22nd, 2009

CaRIOcas: What’s Portuguese for “Your place or mine?”

I can’t imagine I’ll ever hear of this show again, but it struck my eye for reason.  Perhaps the tiny bathing suits.

Brazil has its very own gay dramedy with hot Portuguese-speaking men flirting and fighting (along with the requisite crass female sidekick). The show is called CaRIOcas and seeing the trailer will probably reinforce everything you thought about how hot Brazilians are.

Like I needed one more reason to feel shitty about my physique.  Body dysmorphia, ho!!!!!!!!

2 comments May 21st, 2009

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