There really were Two and a Half Men

Turns out that show really did have Two and a Half Men. As much as I dislike the little pudgy kid who just kept getting pudgier over the years, it’s Charlie Sheen who turned out to be a half a man in the end. His recent comments on Alex Jones show got the entire show production stopped, and immediately. Here’s more information: Continue reading “There really were Two and a Half Men”

2010 Emmy Award Winners – Mad, Modern, Gleeful

Here’s an incomplete list of Sunday night winners of the 62nd Emmy Awards. A lot of new shows got the prize, a lot of regulars/favorites are walking away empty-handed. The time is right for new kids to get the spotlight – Glee, Mad Men (ok, they have been noticed before), Breaking Bad, The Pacific, The Good Wife, Modern Family. All fresh ideas, all deserving the statue. Looking forward to the new seasons of these fantastic shows. You should check them out.

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WGA strike update – affected shows

The writers’ strike is beginning to affect the current shows. There are the basics – November is normally a sweeps month, so most of the shows have many episodes in the bank, already written and completed. Because December and January are typically slow – holidays and reruns – a few networks complete at least half of the season before the end of November. In other words, these shows can have enough new episodes to last into February. Many new shows still don’t have a full-season order, therefore, no new shows scripted or produces, and they are going to run out of new shows pretty soon. Here’s the tally so far, across the networks. We fully support the writers, but take a look at this list and beware – your faves are going into reruns pretty quickly. You may not notice it over the holiday season, but come January – you might as well start going to sports arenas and opera houses.
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Fall TV (06-07) premiere dates

Wow, look at the list of all the shows this season. You’d think there would be a few less, since WB and UPN have merged, and FOX with NBC has seen a lot of cancellations last year. Nope, they’re all back – your favourites, as well as newbies, waiting for your approval. A few notes: FOX is leading the pack, starting the season early, once again. I guess the other networks still think that FOX doesn’t count, too bad for them. CBS and NBC are stubborn in their late premieres – watch for their new shows in the end of September. ABC – with Lost, Gray’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives – have nothing to worry about. A network only needs a handful of standout shows. Let’s see who will be the first to get canceled. Any early bets?
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CBS premiere dates 06-07

It was only a matter of time before Survivor tackled Cook islands – a few truly untouched places on earth. Let’s bring in American faux-celebs, and camera crews. And, to no one’s surprise, Two and a Half Men is still on schedule, despite being the most overrated sitcoms of the last decade (besides Yes, Dear). Other than these two shows, I have no problems with CBS new lineup. All the CSIs are good entertainment, Numb3rs and Criminal Minds are gaining in popularity; The Unit is a good military drama; and of course there’s How I Met Your Mother and Old Christine. Also new this year – Shark, Smith, The Class and Jericho. Stay tuned for show reviews.
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Threshold (CBS)

This TV season is full or supernatural shows (trying to duplicate the amazing success of last year’s Lost. Of all the shows I am most intrigued about Threshold – a new project from Brannon Braga – the guy behind numerous Star Trek’s series. To be sure, I tuned in to watch Supernatural, Surface and Invasion, and while all of them are engaging and suspenseful shows, I put Threshold a few notches above – it has better talent and shows off more experienced writing team.

First off, Carla Gugino. She was the heart of a recent ABC show “Karen Cisco” (remember the role played by Jennifer Lopez in Out Of Sight). A great FBI caper, with interesting cases, intelligent criminals and a good cast, the show didn’t survive, but it proved that Gugino can move to small screen successfully. She’s back in a similar role – an ass kicker with a degree. An ass kicker under pressure.
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My Name Is Earl, How I Met Your Mother, Out of Practice, Office

Ah, mid-to-late September is here. You know what this means. No, not the gorgeous fall season. No, not the cloudless sky and cool nights. No, not the horrendous traffic as all kids big and small get on the road and start crawling sideways… No, this means new TV shows. And unlike so many many other websites, magazines and TV promos, in here we will not review a show before seeing it. We will tell you what we think after we sit down and catch it ourselves. That’s what reviewing is all about. Late, but honest. Anyway, we’ve been so busy trying to catch up with all the new shows out there, that it’s best to review stuff in groups. Today, it’s the new offerings from CBS – How I Met Your Mother, and Out Of Practice; and NBC’s new hit – My Name Is Earl. Also, an honorable mention to The Office. Why, you may ask? Why the heck not.

It’s good to be a sitcom these days. Hardly any competition, very high standards, and very low expectations. It means that if you are so-so, you have about 3-4 weeks before you’re canned. But if you’re good… Boy oh boy if you’re good, you’re the next Desperate Housewives, only funnier, smarter and only half-an-hour long. And not sexist. Yeah, I gotta problem with that housewife show, and the more popular it gets, the more I resent this pretentious piece of crap. But enough about my hang-ups.
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Everybody Loves Raymond – nobody loves his women

I am still seething from Monday’s episode. Yes, while the rest of the civilized world was watching NFL, and suddenly got a glimpse of women’s breasts (and while we’re on this topic – how long are we going to keep witnessing wardrobe malfunctions that are nothing but awkward ploys to promote shows?), I tuned in to CBS, and figured what could go wrong with a safe, family-friendly Listen Up, followed by Raymond, and finished off with creepy but sensitive Horatio and CSI: Miami? Well, if you’ve seen this week’s episode, you’ll agree that plenty wrong can be hidden in a seemingly politically correct show that tries very hard to offend only its cast members.

Yes, I’m talking about the “Boys’ Therapy” episode, a 23 minute romp that I almost turned off in the first 2 minutes when I heard the glee with which the women (Debra, Marie and Amy) uttered to word “therapy”and pounded it into the men (Ray, Frank, Robert). Yes, what better way to instill insecurity and inadequacy in your audience than by declaring that “therapy will solve all our (and YOUR) problems”? I actually expected to see flashing 1-800 numbers during the show to encourage people to “start dialing”, and put their lives in order. But that didn’t happen.
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Fall 2004 premiere dates

Here it is (subject to change), a list of premiere dates for this TV season. Don’t miss NBC’s REALLY early openings this week. The rest of the networks catch up after the long weekend. Let us know if we forgot a show you watch.

A-E F-M N-Z
According To Jim (ABC) Sept. 21
Al Franken (Sundance) Sept. 7
All Of Us (UPN) Sept. 21
Amazing Race 6 (CBS) Sept. 25
American Dreams (NBC) Sept. 26
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) Sept. 26
America’s Most Wanted (Fox) Sept. 11
America’s Next Top Model 3 (UPN) Sept. 22
Apprentice 2 (NBC) Sept. 9
Arrested Development (Fox) Nov. 7
Bachelor 6 (ABC) Sept. 22
The Benefactor (ABC) Sept. 13
Bernie Mac Show (Fox) Sept. 8
The Billionaire (Fox) Nov. 9
Boston Legal (ABC) Oct. 3
Center Of The Universe (CBS) Sept. 29
Charmed (WB) Sept. 12
The Club (Spike) Oct. 12
Clubhouse (CBS) Sept. 26
Cold Case (CBS) Oct. 3
Commando Nanny (WB) Sept. 17
Complete Savages (ABC) Sept. 24
The Complex: Malibu (Fox) Aug. 30
Cops (Fox) Sept. 11
Crossing Jordan (NBC) Sept. 26
CSI (CBS) Sept. 23
CSI: Miami (CBS) Sept. 20
CSI: New York (CBS) Sept. 22
Desperate Housewives (ABC) Oct. 3
Dog The Bounty Hunter (A&E) Aug. 31
Drawn Together (CC) Oct. 27
Dream Job 2 (ESPN) Sept. 14
Drew Carey’s Green Screen (WB) Sept. 16
Dr. Vegas (CBS) Sept. 24
Eight Simple Rules (ABC) Sept. 24
ER (NBC) Sept. 23
Eve (UPN) Sept. 21
Everwood (WB) Sept. 13
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) Sept. 20
Extreme Makeover (ABC) Sept. 23
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) Sept. 26
Family Bonds (HBO) Sept. 19
Father Of The Pride (NBC) Aug. 31
Fear Factor (NBC) Aug. 30
George Lopez Show (ABC) Sept. 21
Ghost Hunters (SciFi) Oct. 6
Gilmore Girls (WB) Sept. 21
Girlfriends (UPN) Sept. 20
Grounded For Life (WB) Sept. 17
Half & Half (UPN) Sept. 20
Hawaii (NBC) Sept. 1
Hope & Faith (ABC) Sept. 24
House (Fox) Nov. 16
How Clean Is Your House? (Lifetime) Sept. 6
Huff (Showtime) Nov. 7
I’ll Do Anything (ESPN) Sept. 28
In Search Of The Partridge Family (VH1) Sept. 5
Jack & Bobby (WB) Sept. 12
JAG (CBS) Sept. 24
Joan Of Arcadia (CBS) Sept. 24
Joey (NBC) Sept. 9
Judging Amy (CBS) Sept. 28
Kevin Hill (UPN) Sept. 29
King Of Queens (CBS) Sept. 29
King Of The Hill (Fox) Nov. 7
Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (MTV) Sept. 14
Last Comic Standing 3 (NBC) Aug. 30
Las Vegas (NBC) Sept. 13
Law & Order (NBC) Sept. 22
Law & Order: CI (NBC) Sept. 26
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) Sept. 21
LAX (NBC) Sept. 13
Less Than Perfect (ABC) Sept. 24
Life As We Know It (ABC) Oct. 7
Listen Up (CBS) Sept. 20
Long Way Around (Bravo) Oct. 28
Lost (ABC) Sept. 22
Malcolm In The Middle (Fox) Nov. 7
Medical Investigation (NBC) Sept. 9
The Mountain (WB) Sept. 22
My Wife & Kids (ABC) Sept. 21
Navy NCIS (CBS) Sept. 28
The Next Great Champ (Fox) Sept. 7
NYPD Blue (ABC) Sept. 21
The OC (Fox) Nov. 4
One On One (UPN) Sept. 20
One Tree Hill (WB) Sept. 21
The Partner (Fox) Nov. 7
Proof Positive (SciFi) Oct. 6
Real World 15 (MTV) Sept. 7
Reba (WB) Sept. 17
Renovate My Family (Fox) Sept. 1
Rodney (ABC) Sept. 21
Scare Tactics (SciFi) Oct. 6
Scrubs (NBC) Aug. 31
Second Time Around (UPN) Sept. 20
Seventh Heaven (WB) Sept. 13
Simpsons (Fox) Nov. 7
Smallville (WB) Sept. 22
Star Trek: Enterprise (UPN) Oct. 8
Steve Harvey’s Big Time (WB) Sept. 12
Still Standing (CBS) Sept. 20
South Park (CC) Oct. 27
Surreal Life 3 (VH1) Sept. 5
Survivor 9: Vanuatu (CBS) Sept. 16
Swan 2 (Fox) Oct. 25
That ’70s Show (Fox) Sept. 8
Third Watch (NBC) Sept. 17
Tru Calling (Fox) Nov. 4
Two And A Half Men (CBS) Sept. 20
Veronica Mars (UPN) Sept. 22
Wanda Does It (CC) Oct. 5
West Wing (NBC) Oct. 20
What I Like About You (WB) Sept. 17
Wife Swap (ABC) Sept. 29
Will & Grace (NBC) Sept. 16
The Wire (HBO) Sept. 19
Without A Trace (CBS) Sept. 23

Why does everybody love Raymond?

I have a friend. Let’s call him Bob. Bob is a single male who comes from an Anglo-Saxon/Austrian background and he hates Everybody Loves Raymond. Then again he didn’t get My Big Fat Greek Wedding either. I understand why.

He sees nothing in common with these people. He never had to deal with “the guilt” or “you look so pale, eat something” comments. He never had to balance kids, work, home, parents, and in-laws. He doesn’t get why every other show Raymond (Ray Romano) begs for sex and it’s funny. Or Marie (Doris Roberts) insults Debra’s (Patricia Heaton’s) cooking and Debra looks past it as if she didn’t hear it. He doesn’t hear his own voice of reason when Debra speaks. He doesn’t see his own siblings in Robert’s (Brad Garrett’s) constant struggle for approval. Bob doesn’t understand Frank’s (Peter Boyle’s) acidic remarks. And he won’t.

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