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Swings and a Miss
June 26, 2008 - John Whittaker
I'm a child of the TV generation - which means I like to watch the tube.
I, and about 190 kazillion other people, love Seinfeld. I'm a big fan of How I Met Your Mother. Family Guy and South Park are must-see viewing, and I'll watch Two and a Half Men even if it's a rerun. Whenever a West Wing marathon is on Bravo, I'll watch all day.
That's about it, though.
It's not that I have something against new TV. But, my schedule makes it hard sometimes to get attached to some shows, and, during baseball season or college basketball season, the Yankees and any Syracuse that are on TV are a bigger priority than a sitcom.
I'm really finding it hard to get into new shows - not that the networks are helping at all by putting crap like the Black Dahlias, the Big Bang Theory and Jericho on their schedules. Do they know the difference between a sneeze and a wet fart? I highly doubt it, with fall schedules that include Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (because the machine really wasn't the star of the movies) and a Knight Rider remake (can we just put the original back on TV, please?).
The funny thing is, there are shows on that should be in my wheelhouse, but that I just can't make myself watch.
Scrubs -- I liked ER when it first came out - I'd watch every Thursday night when I was in college. That might say more for my love of studying than it does for ER, but I digress. I like good comedy, and Scrubs is supposedly really good. The actors in the show have been funny in other things I've seen them in. I'm usually watching other things on Thursday nights, but even in syndication, if faced with the choice of Scrubs and CSI: Nobody's Watching Because We're Just Making Crap Up By This Point, I'll either go to bed or read a book. Something with the show just doesn't fit for me. In the four or five episodes I watched, I don't think I so much as chuckled.
American Idol -- I love music. As you can tell, I'm a bit sarcastic. By rights, I should already own every season of this show on DVD, have a Clay Aiken poster on my wall and worship at the altar of Simon Cowell or Paula Abdul every night. I used to be able to fall back on my hatred of reality shows as a reason why I wouldn't watch Idol, but that argument went out the window when I started watching Survivor. I'm not sure what my hangup with Idol is. I guess the best example of why I don't watch is Michael Wilbon. You see, during the Idol season, at the end of Pardon The Interruption on ESPN, Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser ask each other what they're watching on TV that night. Wilbon will usually answer the best sports game on that night, or, if there are no good sports, a movie. Kornheiser always says Idol. I think I'm with Wilbon - there's always something better to watch than Simon Cowell ripping some guy who will be back to bagging groceries in a week.
The Office -- Everybody here at work tells me this show is really funny - though I've heard bad things about Season 3. I think Steve Carrell is one of the funniest guys I've seen - loved the 40-Year-Old Virgin, thought he was funny in Bruce Almighty and think Brick Tamblin in Anchorman couldn't have been played by anyone else. I think part of the problem is I envision his character in The Office as being Brick Tamblin in an office, and the show obviously doesn't work that way.
My Name Is Earl -- Jason Lee has cracked me up since he was in Mallrats. He's so good with sarcasm that it's hard for me to picture him as Earl. I just don't buy it. All my friends tell me the show is great, but I'm just not buying. Jason Lee is too good an actor to just be some good karma guy with a southern accent surrounded by idiots. GIVE JASON LEE A DECENT VEHICLE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PRETTY BLOODY PLEASE! This character could have just as easily been played by Diedrich Bader, who played Lawrence in Office Space - and, I'd be willing to bet, the show's creators had recently seen Office Space before creating the character of Earl. There are just too many similarities for me.
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Sorry, the News Gal just hit the button on my shock collar again. I didn't know she liked My Name Is Earl that much!
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Does anybody need to listen to this guy spew his opinion on music? I don't think so!