Catching up..

12 03 2007

Hello! I’ve back from Ghana where TV is either local soap operas shot by people with limited video camera ability, imported Latin American soap operas dubbed into English (now that is a new low), Idols (Yes, Simon Fuller can even sell snake oil in Africa) or those quiz shows where you can call in as many times as you want, the answer’s not right until they’ve turned a profit! So I had a week off from TV, and contrary to popular belief, I’m not smarter for the experience, I just have more TV to watch. So the last 3 days I’ve been catching up on my regulars and a lot of stuff has gone down in my TV world.

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What I’m Watching Tonight…

19 02 2007

What I do on a Monday is download all of Fox’s animation shows in the morning, and watch them while I am eating, ready to pick apart the weakest jokes and shout from my window about how things aren’t as funny as they used to be.  Sounds like fun, no? Yea, hilarious.

But tonight, if I was you, and I was in the UK, and I had some form of Pay-TV, and I didn’t have a prior engagement, and I hadn’t been downloading it for the past 6 months…. I would watch Heroes. It really is a slow starter, but it has grown into my favourite program of this television season. It’s my boyhood X-men comic book come to life. Love it.

What a rambling post…

26 01 2007

So Mondays from now until April, Prison Break, Heroes and 24 on the same night. Now it’s not so much that I’m tied onto watching them at a certain time, because I have all week. And it’s not as if I mong out in front of the TV flicking through the channels either. Read the rest of this entry »

Another scene from The Simpsons Movie

24 01 2007

More details are emerging about The Simpsons movie coming out this summer. The Daily News has an interview with Matt Groening, and he divulges a few tidbits about the upcoming motion picture. The most interesting is the ‘crack team of writers’ that he says they got into the room to discuss the movie. As I have written before, if that team doesn’t involve Conan O’ Brien and John Swartzwelder, if it isn’t run by Jennifer Crittenden and given her full approval, then it won’t be as funny as this. Read the rest of this entry »

A Pale Pale Shadow…

9 01 2007


Last night I watched the latest episode of The Simpsons, and that program has fallen off. Admittedly it is falling from the highest of heights, but that episode stank up the place!

There was one joke in 22 minutes that made me smile, it was something about Marge’s favourite show, and burning it to DVD, and downloading it to her ipod, it was one to chuchle at. But apart from that, nothing. A parody of “A Perfect Storm”? Have they been drawing this episode for 6 years?

It is a real shame to see this happening to this great, great program, but there is no end in sight. As funny as the trailers for the movie have been, all the signs point to the super-stupid Homer of recent years that is funny for some, but can’t be sustained over a single episode, let alone a feature-film. but I live in hope…

Jennifer Crittenden

16 11 2006

Who is she? I don’t know what this post is about, or the point I’m trying to get across. There is a woman out there whose name keeps appearing in my TV life. Please tell me I’m not the only one to notice this. Wikipedia says she wrote some episodes of The Simpsons back in the golden days, the standout example being “And Maggie Makes Three” which ends with the touching scene of homer back at the Nuclear plant, with the demotivational sign covered with pictures of Maggie to read “Do it for her”. Only a woman could have written that episode!

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Biggest selling TV DVD’s this year…

20 12 2005

1. Chappelle’s Show – Season 2 (2.84 million)
2. Lost – Season 1 (1.04 million)
3. Seinfeld – Season 4 (860,000)
4. The Simpsons – Season 6 (830,000)
5. Friends – Season 9 (790,000)

Full story here. I’ve got some of these, I don’t have others, draw your own conclusions.