One of the shows I don’t talk about too often on here just so happens to be the show I watch the most. G4TV’s Attack of the Show is consistently entertaining, even if some of their sketches are a little hit or miss. Covering the tech world, the best in viral videos, interviewing new movie stars, and reviewing new DVDs and Games with the help of X-Play host Adam Sessler and Film Junkie Chris Gore. There’s so much the show covers, fully encompassing the motto “The One-Stop Source for all the Stuff You Care About”. Recently however former co-host Olivia Munn began appearing less and less on the show as more and more movie and television roles came up for her, and pretty soon it seemed like she was done with the rinky-dink nerd show. No offense to Munn, she was fantastic on the show, but it was disappointing to see her appearing less and less. The question soon came up as to who was going to replace Olivia, as it became more and more apparent they were trying out different hosts. Some of them were pretty awful, but others were great potentials (Haislip and Bailey). On tonight’s show, recurring guest host Candace Bailey (who got her start on Nickelodeon oddly enough (she’s stalking me)) has been announced as the new co-host for the show. It’s awesome to see such a spunky, funny, cute, and charismatic co-host to adapt Olivia’s shoes and make the part her own. She works perfectly with Kevin, and I can’t wait to see what happens for the show when a new look and new layout of the show comes in on January 11th, 2011. Check out the show, weeknights at 6:00 Central on G4TV.
Although I’m usually not a huge fan of late night talk shows, I can’t resist the off-beat humor and “in your face” attitude of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Airing weeknights on CBS from 11:35 to 12:35, I highly recommend you give the show a look. Craig is often defying the standards of the regular late night talk show, incorporating puppets, improv music videos, awkward silences, harmonica playing, and even a robot sidekick into his show. Below is one of the samples of my new favorite part of the show, where Craig welcomes a special guest.
This may be a series I try to start doing, we’ll just see how it goes. I haven’t posted that many videos on the site recently, so here are three videos that I’ve watched nearly 100 times each, hope you enjoy.
First up is the new trailer for the Zack Snyder film, Sucker Punch, giving us a better idea of the story and some of the jaw-dropping visuals.
Second to commemorate James starting to get into Parks and Recreation is a couple of great clip from the show, showcasing some of Tom’s… worse decisions and the greatness of Ron Swanson.
Finally is a threesome of videos, all from the finale of Scrubs. I don’t think I ever posted the finale on here, and before you ask it’s technically not a spoiler for the show since nothing really happens, it’s just foreshadowing. It’s a very fitting retrospect of a finale, and it brings tears to my eyes every time, and not just because they did a 9th season.
- I posted a couple of weeks ago about how the new season of Chuck had gotten off on a solid start with a couple of good episodes, and while I’m still not convinced NBC is giving the show the respect it deserves both TV-spot-wise and finance wise. While the episodes are all still great television, you can tell they’ve cut things down a bit, giving some episodes an unfortunate B-Movie feel. However, great news came in today that NBC had picked up Chuck, along with other shows, for a full season. They put their full season order at 22 episodes. There are ton of great new guest stars lined up for the next few weeks, and it’s exciting to see where the show with one of the most solid fan bases in the world can go in the next year.
- Also, I’ve been trying to keep up with CBS reality shows The Amazing Race and Survivor, both of which have proven to be excellent use of my DVR space. The Amazing Race is once again using its tried-and-true formula as one of the most stressful shows to watch, and Survivor’s implementation of Young vs. Old has led to some interesting concepts in the game.
- I’ve been meaning to catch back up with How I Met Your Mother, but surprisingly new CBS comedy companion “Mike and Molly” has earned a series record for me. It’s gotten a lot of laughs from me, and it’s sort of a combination that reminds me of Yes Dear and The King of Queens.
- The Office and 30 Rock have both started out of the gate with an incredible set of episodes. I feel like The Office is really shining with what seems like a lot more writing power considering this is Carell’s last season, and although 30 Rock has felt a little sluggish, the Live Show was pure comedy bliss. Community however has debuted with a bang in its sophomore season with some fantastic episodes and gets some of the biggest belly laughs from me on Thursday nights.
- I’ve also added a series record for The Event, although I’ve not watched any of the episodes yet. I’ve heard some good things about the show and I can’t wait to catch up with it.
- Mythbusters has been doing some pair-up episodes with Storm Chasers and Dirty Jobs, but continues to be a spectacular show, which is all the more incredibly considering they’re teaching science to a generation like mine in a way that gets kids excited about physics and experiments. Plus, you can’t beat Adam standing in front of a jet turbine trying to see how long he can remain standing, that’s just beautiful science at work.
- THE WALKING DEAD is easily one of my most anticipated shows of the coming fall, and its easy to see why. A) Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) is directing. B) There’s an unholy amount of buzz surrounding the show. C) It’s AMC (Breaking Bad, Mad Men) so you know there’s some incredible story-telling that’s gonna be behind it. D) The comic is incredible E) It’s a Zombie Killing Epic on television, to my knowledge this hasn’t been done before on this scale. Although AMC only has 6 episodes ordered for this season, it’s all the more reason to give this show a shot. Check it out on October 31st for the premiere.
I’m sure there are a lot more great shows on the air right now and a few I’m probably forgetting that I’m currently watching, but any of the shows mentioned here are definitely worth a look, even though I don’t get a chance to watch much since I’m in college now. So just pop on a series record, give a new show a shot, and you never know, it might be your new favorite. Also, as a side note, darn the flipping jerks that postponed the incredibly funny Parks and Recreation so that garbage Outsourced could get a full season.
I’ll go ahead and put this out there, this one’s a tad bit bizarre. It’s probably the most popular video from the old days of X-Play, which was known a lot for its more eccentric style and comedy bits like this one. I honestly still think it’s pretty hilarious if not catchy, and I remember memorizing and listening to this song over and over as a kid. Plus, X-Play’s part of the reason why I got into journalism and video games, so there you go. Thanks X-Play!
(Minor Season 3 Spoilers) My favorite show on television that it seems like noone wants on television, Chuck, had its fourth season premiere last Monday, and I have to say I’m incredibly glad that a show that’s went from a prime time show to a prime time show with a cut cast and cut budget is still this entertaining. The story’s opened up a couple of months after the third season, the Buy More has been rebuilt after Shaw’s attack and is now under CIA control with CIA employees, and Chuck’s gotten into a new mission of finding his mother, played flawlessly by the one and only Linda Hamilton. Episode 1 of the season just sort of introduced us to the new plot line of Chuck and Morgan trying to find Chuck’s mom, and we learn that quite frankly Chuck and Morgan are broke from their world escapades in their pursuit. In the first episode it’s revealed that Ellie’s now pregnant with her and Awesome’s first child, and Chuck’s having to keep his CIA involvement a secret in order to keep her from stressing out. It’s another one of those “I’m lying to you for your own good” scenarios. However, it’s being hinted at that Chuck’s mom has some involvement with this new terror organization that’s threatening the world. The first season was basically just Chuck adapting to his new life without a huge “bad guy” group, while season 2 was Fulcrum headed by Chevy Chase and season 3 was the Ring headed by an elite council group and Shaw, who posed as a double agent for the CIA. This season it’s been revealed that the new “bad guy” of sorts is going to be one singular person and not a group, which should be a nice change of pace. So far into the season they’ve not revealed any one to be that person yet, although I could see Dolph Lundgren being that guy despite the end of the first episode or even Chuck’s mom if it was that big of a twist.
As far as Chuck and Sarah go, I really like where they’re taking the relationship. They’re finally a couple, and now the writers are taking that to the next logical step and introducing problems for their relationship (i.e. Sarah’s unwillingness to commit into a “normal life” after spending the past 10 years working from place to another). Although some complain that they’re just making excuses for the relationship to not work, there are evident steps that are bringing them closer together and it’s pretty good sense in the writing. As far as the Buy More goes, I’ve always enjoyed the comic relief that came with them, it was always a great diversion from the spy life. Thankfully in the second episode they’ve brought Jeff and Lester back in what was a hilarious scene, and the entire Nerd Herd/Buy More crew is back in commission now that Morgan is the manager. It’ll be interesting to see how they incorporate Big Mike, my favorite of all the Buy More staff, back into the mix. Also it’s really nice that they’re keeping the relationship with Casey and his daughter, Alex, (one of my favorite incorporations from last season) back into the mix, and now that her and Morgan are starting a relationship. Between Morgan’s goofy antics and Casey’s… Casey-ness, comic hilarity shall ensue. Overall season 4 is off to a fantastic start, there’s a lot to love with this season and it’s going to be really interesting where they take it over the next few weeks, hopefully NBC will be kind enough to grant another 9 episodes to a pretty shallow 13 episode order.
(SPOILERS) I really don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. Chuck has quickly become my favorite show on television, and it’s past third season only made things better with a stellar execution of a potentially disastrous plot line, some great continuation of the Chuch/Sarah romance, some seriously amazing character development and still maintaining all that stellar Chuck action and humor we all know and love. Up until the beginning of this season Chuck had the intersect in his mind, and worked like a portable human database, whenever he saw something the intersect had a file on, he’d flash and know everything about it. Towards the end of the second season Chuck’s sister Ellie was married, Chuck’s father had removed the intersect, and Chuck had downloaded the newest Intersect into his brain in order to save Sarah and Casey. The third season introduced the idea that not only can the intersect give you information, it can also give you skills. They sorta follow this idea and they use it a lot as a basic plot thread excellently for the first 9 or 10 episodes, giving us some basic missions and having a fun time with the idea, all the while balancing Chuck’s relationship with Hannah. They also had some real fun with Captain Awesome knowing about Chuck’s secrets. The first two-three episodes were a tad bit rocky but then everything found it’s balance. Then things got a little heavier giving Chuck a new arc of wanting to really become a spy, and that coincided with the eventual villain that was Shaw. After the climax 1/2 way through the season Chuck started on a few more minor missions for a couple of episodes after introducing the notion that Morgan figures out about Chuck’s spy life, and that Chuck and Sarah were finally together. Then things start to turn for the worse again for Chuck when his mind started to go into a mind meltdown from an intersect overload. Christopher Lloyd guest starred in an episode or two as a psychiatrist, and that all leads back up into the final climax with Chuck’s dad’s death, the final showdown with Shaw, solving Chuck’s mental problems, and giving us the idea that Chuck’s long lost Mother, and perhaps even more of his family, were involved in the spy business just like his father, giving us some great potential for the fourth season.
The thing I really liked about this season was that it does balance so much, it introduces so much, it ramps up the scale a lot in a few cases by giving Chuck these powers in a sense, but it still retains that sense that we’re still watching the good ol’ Chuck we all love, and the show doesn’t fall where others would with all this pressure, but it makes the show stronger. Season 2 is still my favorite, but this season doesn’t disappoint where other shows (cough *Heroes* cough) have faltered a little bit in the third go-round. We get more of that dynamic between Chuck and Morgan, more of the Buy More shenanigans and Big Mike, more of the Chuck/Casey banter on missions, more (and finally a temporary resolution) to the Chuck/Sarah romance, and so so much more. This was a huge season for character development. Chuck and Sarah are together, the Captain, Ellie, and Morgan all know Chuck’s secret, we get to connect more with Casey thanks to the really touching plotline of him having a daughter, and it’s all done to near perfection. There are a few snags and lags in the season (at the very beginning and right after Shaw’s first death) that are a little disappointing, but the rest of it works so well it’s hard to complain when so much of the other stuff is so darn good. We get to see Jeffster perform “Fortunate Son”, “Love Hurts”, and “Blaze of Glory”, an elimination of a seriously annoying character, a Buy More rebellion, we got to see Captain Awesome be awesome, and we got to see Casey floor a guy through a kitchen, it’s all coming together as one of the best shows on television. It’s like it’s a show made by people that really really love their jobs, and want to make a show that’s just all around enjoyable. Highly highly highly recommended.
I don’t particularly get a chance to watch much TV, what shows I do faithfully follow are few and far between and get their reserved time on my DVR. Chuck usually dominates my Monday nights, I usually try to keep up with the latest shenanigans with the Mythbusters, and of course I have my G4 programming and the Comedy Night Done Right on NBC, but rarely if ever do new shows come along that get into my radar and that I completely get into and love. Here are a few new-ish shows that I could completely recommend-
Modern Family-This is probably my new favorite among all the new shows. This show kinda lost me at first just because it didn’t know what kind of humor it was shooting for, but now it’s really found its groove as a mixture between a classic family sitcom and The Office’s style of documentary and camera work. The crew follows a “modern family” of sorts in that it’s completely dysfunctional, you have the “grandpa” who is married to a Latino mistress with her own pre-conceived child, there’s the grandpa’s daughter who is married to her own dimwit Michael Scott-esque husband and their children, and her gay brother, his partner, and their adopted child. It’s all absolutely hysterical and only gets better with time as you get to know each of the families. It’s all really smart, really witty, and really really funny and wholesome to watch.
Human Target-This is one that I haven’t gotten into as much, but it still worth checking out. This is sort of like a weekly dose of action in my TV-watching diet, all about a guy that works as a bodyguard to people of interest. What makes it cool is his rag-tag A-Team-ish renegade partners like Jackie Earle Haley as the tech expert.
Community-This show also really took me by surprise. At first I sort of wrote it off as a knockoff of other funnier shows, but I’ve been so pleased to see that it’s actually evolved into a really funny show that follows in the vein of Scrubs thanks to it’s goofy off-beat humor with a strong moral message and a likeable group of characters to follow. Jeff is forced to return to community college to re-validate his law degree, and there comes into contact with a rag-tag study group made up of many different unique individuals that you’d find at community college-Black jock, pedophile, artsy girl, miss perfect, single mother, etc.
Breaking Bad-This one isn’t as much a new show, but I just recently got into it. It’s in its third season, and its a highly story driven series that follows Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher that after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, becomes involved in a world of dealing and cooking methamphetamine with a former student. The story’s always evolving and changing, which is why I couldn’t keep up with it, but there’s something so brilliant and great about this show with its movie-quality story that you just can’t turn away.
Parks and Recreation-Once again, this show is in its second season, but its slowly become one of my favorite shows after I got into its second season. Once again shot in the style of The Office, the show follows the adventures of Leslie Knope/Amy Poehler as she works in the Parks and Recreation department. Just like The Office the show delights in tossing you a lot of likeable characters that are easy to relate to and laugh at. Aziz Ansari does a great bit on the show, and it’s great for any general fan of comedy.
My favorite show on television is set to return tomorrow night on NBC and I definitely wanted to take this chance to definitely advertise for it mainly because I don’t want it to be canceled again. Chuck is the cool James Bond Nerd tale of Chuck Bartowski being inadvertently thrown into the world of spies and espionage after all the CIA’s top secrets are downloaded into his brain as part of a new Intersect program. Now Chuck has a high price on his head and is constantly under the watch of CIA handlers while having to keep covers and simultaneously lie to his family to keep them safe. In the newest season Chuck’s been outfitted with a newer version of the Intersect that allows him to unwillingly recall certain physical actions (playing the guitar, karate) at sometimes inopportune times. There’s tons of nerd humor in this show, and plenty of great action to go around in each and every episode. I strongly recommend you netflix this show’s past 2 seasons on DVD and give this show a try if you haven’t already. The third season premieres tomorrow night, Sunday the 10th, at 7 Central for a 2 hour premiere followed by another 1 hour episode on Monday the 11th directly before Heroes which you should also watch b/c it’s good again.
With news that NBC has renewed Heroes, and that it will be heading to a new time slot (7:00 Central) to make room for Day One, another show I will definitely be checking out, news has come around about the new group of faces to be showing up on what is hoped to be a better season than Villains and Fugitives. #1 Tip-Keep Brian Fuller. Anywho, below is a list of some of the new people showing up on Heroes this fall. Named as pictures go from left-right.
- Robert Knepper from TV’s Prison Break will be cast as the new main villain.
- Rick Worthy will be playing Matt Parkman’s police partner that will be “a good refuge for advice”.
Also in the Mix-
- Ray Park a.k.a Darth Maul
- Madeline Zima
- Rachel Melvin (Both of the former are rumored to be involved with Claire in her college life, the latter rumored to be somewhat of a lesbian lover. Not official, but if that’s what they’re resorting to to get viewers to watch…)
While this may sound like good news/good news, I can’t help but be a little disappointed. As the Spring TV season draws to a close, it’s all too common for studios to start announcing which of their prime properties viewers can expect to be returning in the Fall. We all get to see which shows hit, and which missed, which shows nailed the mark and had millions tuning in, while others, sometimes the unsung cult classic, get the boot just because people didn’t try something new. After weeks of debate and speculation over at NBC, multiple reports have stated that the on-the-bubble show Chuck, one of my favorite and one of the most underrated shows now on, has been renewed for a third season. The show had some fairly low numbers rating-wise in the sophomore season, even though it was hailed by most critics. However, not all good news is well, good news. The show has only been picked up for 13 episodes, which should last around 3 months. Also, there have been major cutbacks on the show, including those in monetary funds, cutting back on the screen time of the minor characters, and even rumored is a cutting of one of the minor characters. However, beggers can’t be choosers, as I will be more than happy to tune back into Chuck this fall.
On a more unfortunate note, one of my other favorite series, Scrubs, has been renewed for a 9th season. Although I would normally love to hear this, the fact of the matter is ABC is just draining the life out of this great series. Up to the 8th season, this was a great show, we had JD, his son, all kinds of awesome and captivating stories to keep the audience interested and laughing. That is including the “finale” last week when JD left his hospital he had been since the very first episode, and the episode showed us what JD saw for his future, it even had a nice little wrap around style ending where they had a cameo with the show’s creator, and a neat little fade in of the show’s theme song. A classic finale. We could have just let the show die there. We should just let the show die there. It’s a near-perfect finale, it’s a great way to leave the show be. But the pigs down at ABC are gonna wring it until it’s dry. Zach Braff (JD) and Sarah Chalke (Elliot) have both signed deals to appear in 6 episodes, with the rest of the original crew expected to return for the season and are working on premieres. This show’s lifeblood is JD, now all you have is the cranky doctor and the wise cracking black guy. No more JD moments, no more funny, no more JD glue to hold it all together. I hope you’re happy ABC. Anywho, I will totally be up to seeing more Chuck, and will probably watch those 6 episodes, and just watch the series go from there. Here’s to hoping the show will still be good without one of its best doctors.
This is probably one of THE funniest things I’ve watched in a good while. If you know you’re B movie, you’ll remember Snakes on a Plane, Samuel L. Jackson’s action romp back in 2006. Last night FX premiered the movie on it’s network, and of course had to edit Jackson’s tendency to want to drop the f bomb. What came to pass wasn’t just bleepings or the wiping away of the audio, but was one of the funniest line corrections in the history of television. PLEASE WATCH.
This is kinda one of those ramble posts again. If you don’t wanna read it, don’t. Don’t complain, just move on and read something else. I was tired of seeing Samuel L. Jackson every time I pulled up Safari, so I decided I’d post something new. For a few years now I’ve tuned in every night to a little thing occasionally called the “Comedy Night Done Right”, which features a classic lineup of My Name is Earl, Kath and Kim, The Office, and 30 Rock. While I never really cared for Kath and Kim, the rest of the lineup is well worth any comedy fan’s time. I have a conversation with my chemistry teacher every day about the new episodes of The Office and 30 Rock. One of the great things about the lineup is the sheer diversity. My Name is Earl shows off slapstick humor with a message, The Office is more of a documentary spoof with dryer but funnier humor, and 30 Rock rounds it up with smarter, more witty humor with plenty of culture references. The main reason I wanted to post this tonight was b/c tonight’s episodes really surprised me as to how great they were. The Office had a really great Valentine’s Day (I know a little late) episode with a Lonely Hearts Convention, plus some awkward dining between couples, and some weird habits of Dwight. 30 Rock was especially hilarious with the constant references to Harry and the Hendersons, even tying it into the storyline. Just some great humor that I’ve come to love and expect on Thursday nights. I hope if you don’t get to see this great lineup, you’ll give it a try, or DVR it. So, basically, I just wanted to tip my hat to NBC for supplying a great lineup, and delivering the quality tonight. Thanks a bunch Jack Donaghuy.
I know I haven’t done this in a while (that’s what she said), but I figured it’d be a nice breather to have some great quotes from the wonderfully-quotable The Office. Note-all these quotes are taken from Season 5, I’ll continue the string later.
Dwight: Wait a minute. One more bite of eclair each. Hold it in your mouth if you can’t swallow.
Jim: [looks to Michael for a “That’s what she said”] Really? Nothing?
Kelly: I swallowed a tapeworm last night. It’s going to grow up to three feet inside of me and then it eats all my food so that I don’t get fat. And then after three months I take some medicine and then I pass it. Creed sold it to me. It’s from Mexico.
[cuts to Creed in an interview]
Creed: That wasn’t a tapeworm.
Stanley: I do not like pregnant women in my workspace. They always complain. I have varicose veins, too. I have swollen ankles. I’m constantly hungry. Do you think my nipples don’t get sore, too? Do you think I don’t need to know the fastest way to the hospital?
Creed Bratton: Nobody steals from Creed Bratton and gets away with it. The last person to do this disappeared. His name: Creed Bratton.
Kelly: Get out of my nook, Dwight.
Pam: [heard through Jim’s Bluetooth] THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID! THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID! THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!
Michael: Kelly Kapoor is our dusky, exotic customer service rep. And once a year, she will contact our clients and find out how happy they are with our salespeople. Sort of a Kapoor’s List. “Schindler’s List” parody. …That’s not appropriate, no.
Michael: I learned a while back that if I don’t text 911, people will not return my calls. Uhhm, but now people always return my calls because they think that something horrible has happened.
Dwight: What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany’s at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier, it’s priceless. As I’m taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It’s her father’s business; she’s Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning the cops come, and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Canada – I don’t trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard: I have a son, and he’s the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris, by the Trocadéro. She’s been waiting for me all these years, she’s never taken another lover. I don’t care. I don’t show up. I go to Berlin. That’s where I stashed the chandelier.
Andy: What’s that smell?
Dwight: You’re going to need to be more specific.
Jim: Okay, okay, okay. Why don’t we just put this to a vote, and then we’ll be done with it.
Angela: I’m not voting.
Jim: No one cares.
Michael: Don’t die, Stanley! DON’T DIE! Barack is president! You’re black!
David Wallace: How could you possibly think this was a good idea?
Dwight: Many ideas were not appreciated in their time.
Andy: [yelling] The fire is shooting at us!
Pam: I hate the idea that someone out there hates me. I even hate thinking that Al-Qaeda hates me. [pause] I think if they got to know me, they wouldn’t hate me.
Dwight: Are you trying to hurt my feelings? Because if so, you are succeeding. Fortunately, my feelings regenerate at twice the speed of a normal man’s.
Jim: Actually, when I was seven, my dad took me to the Natural History Museum in New York. And we looked at fossils all day. And at the end of the day, he got me a little plastic triceratops. It was awesome.
Dwight: That’s cool. Hey, you know what’s even cooler than triceratops? Every other dinosaur that ever existed.
Jim: Didn’t see that one coming.
Hope you enjoyed it. (Also what she said.)
I was just reading an article on IGN about JD Moments on Scrubs, so I decided I’d post a few of the best of JD’s Daydreams that make the show so much fun-
JD’s Dream Funeral-
The Narnia Daydream-
New Doctors in Town-
Risky Business Spoof-