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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George Carlin RIP – catch TV specials

We knew it was coming, and his last few appearances on TV have been pretty telling. The guy’s been on stage, entertaining us, our parents, our grandparents for decades. That heart can only take so much, you know. How appropriate – heart failure. My guess is George just got tired. And can you blame him – fighting idiocy, and observing the morons who surround him every day. There are no others like you, George. I’m sorry you got tired of all of us. We should have tried harder to be decent beings.
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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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Lucky Louie (Sundays on HBO)

I like crude humour. Well, perhaps I like comedians who can be very good at it. Jim Norton (from Opie and Anthony show) is a good example – his material is so filthy, and delivered so well that you can’t help but think that Jim is a filthy, disgusting man. And, laughing at such a man is so much easier. Jerry Seinfeld, on the other hand, is “acting” when he delivers his material – you can see a persona on stage, but a completely different person (who’s not even comfortable with some of this material) behind the curtains. But Jim Norton can do no wrong – every quip – no matter how inappropriate, how groan-inducing – gets at the very least a smile, but usually, a laugh.
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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

Miserable Sex and the City

OK, I admit it. I was one of those gals that went to a series-finale-of-Sex-and-the-City party. There were lots of single gals there, who loved the show. And we drank lots cosmopolitan martinis, tried to talk frankly about sex, and tried to wear the funkiest things we had in our closets. Needless to say, I really was looking forward to series finale of Sex and the City, and was really disappointed by the ending…

I was not disappointed because the series ended, but the way it ended. There was so little of the show I fell in love with on the screen that evening. And it was especially disappointing because just before the finale, we watched the interviews with the cast and the crew, and the clip job of past seasons. We were reminded why we all liked the show–all the outrageous conversations that the four women had, all the men that they had been with and then had to let go for various reasons, all those designer gowns…. There was so much build up, but it all went down the drain at the last episode unraveled.
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