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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

TV goodness

I've had some thoughts on TV recently. As the fall seasons ramp up and the weather goes to shit, tv is more relevant. So, here are some of the thoughts. the ones i could remember at least.

  • CSI Miami: Speedle is dead. you don't like hearing it here, you shoulda watched it. Rory Cochrane (Speedle) asked to be wrote out to persue his film career. wonder if he talk to david caruso bout that one first. it meets a couple CSI objectives. The producers --case you wonder what producers do-- have delcared this year they are going to focus more on the story, more on the characters and their lives ala "the ER good years" and less on the whiz bang lets watch them fill a beaker for 2 minutes stuff. I say, good. good. now, if they hire some people who can write dialogue we may be in business. This hive of crime-drama shows could actually get interesting. Because, i tell you, i'm not that interested in blood spatter patterns or trajectory this or trajectory that. are you?

    i'm interested in people. in experiences i won't have. and i'm interested in the lives of people who deal with the underbelly of our society and how it affects them. show me some of that and make my downloads worth it.

    As an aside, last nights ep was one of the best directed i've seen. The cinematography was startling. brilliant colors and depth.


  • Entourage: people who can't get HBO shows suffer the banality of cable. it's true. i have neither cable nor HBO but i still get whatever i want. I saw the ads for this somewhere, and then saw an ad again in playboy recently and thought i would give it a try. My thinking is quite split on it. It's quickly shaping itself up to be nothing more than a guilty pleasure. Three of the four main characters are interesting, but how far can they take this idea? Consider it like watching reality tv but entirely scripted and shot better. It has the appeal of Nick & Jessica, or simple life, where you get to see inside the heads of someone wealthy or famous, without all the ugly and stupid commentary real famous or wealthy people spit out (Jessica Simpson?). Really, it's a good transition away from reality tv. it gets us out of the tired ass platform which dominates the box now, without really putting us right back into dynasty and knot's landing. a sort of bridge from scripted shows to reality.

    The real issue for the show, as i see it, having watched three episodes, is how will they keep it interesting. I mean, only three ep in and i've had enough of the hollywood party shots. The guys all scoring with super hot chicks every night. the rolling up in the hummer shots. Sell me something new. sell me something i could attain. Reality tv meets voyuerism. All those guys who couldn't be the man are just creaming themselves seeing inside the cloistered walls of celeb sex. But, are we crafting movie stars as 70's rockers? are we saying the new rockstars are young pretty actors in Rolls?

    how vapid are we? I guess i'm pretty vapid because i want to check out ep 4-8 soon. I'm more curious where this will go. can they touch on how rich the life could be, or will it denegrate to the old american morality play where wealth, fame and sex look nice but once you have them they are a burdensome, empty shell you carry on your liposuctioned ass? i bet it goes that route over showing that being rich and heartless can be more fun than most possible lives.

  • scrubs: Heather Graham has brought a sagging show back to life. Aside from her compelling looks she brings a fresh, silly, ditzy but smart flow to the show and i believe it's rekindled several of the cast members.

    Judekyle has said repeatedly, and i agree, that one of the pillars of M*A*S*H's success over the long haul was the revolving door of short new character arcs keeping the show fresh. He's also correct when he says no one does that sort of thing anymore, which is why shows go from brilliant to shite so fast. See ER, Six Feet Under, Friends, and so on.

    It's interesting to see this play out on scrubs. Heather Graham's 10 ep arc will be over in 6 episodes and she has immeasurably improved the show. Can they resist trying to sign her --which is death, btw-- to regular contract?

Posted by ruzz on September 22, 2004 at 04:27 PM in itty bitty bits of nothingness | Permalink

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Man, you would think that Caruso would perform his civic duty and tell Rory to work at the movie career when on hiatus.

It's too bad, i really like the strong, silent, dour, humourless type.

He was bubblicious!

ahem.

Posted by: Reluctant One | Sep 22, 2004 7:06:06 PM

since i only watch t.v. that u download, and even of that it's very little, i can only comment on entourage and scrubs. and you said it all with scrubs, so entourage...

...i watched 15 minutes and had to turn it off. crap, i thought. that's not l.a.. i cooked dinner while kirsten dunst drank wine with her personal trainer and his boyfriend in a crappy, too expensive apartment. if you're a successful movie star u don't eat at restaurants like the entourage yack-blowers do. you hide out with your friends or in disguise.

plus, i thought the dialogue was garbage. it was all masturbation.

but here's how the show is going to go ruzz...one of 'em is going to become a cocaine addict. one will get an std. one will lose his career and his friends based on the super-star woman he dates, and the other will simply remain the bitter jaded fuckhead he already is.

fifteen minutes and the charcter arcs are nailed. entourage is an insult to he greatness that has come before on hbo. even their greatest disaster, six feet under, had way more promise.

p.s. i'll probably check it out if you end up liken it though.

Posted by: jude | Sep 22, 2004 10:43:44 PM

I've only recently started watching Scrubs and I love it. Heather does rock and I'm glad she's only an arc.

Squirel army. That's some funny shit there.

Posted by: Stephen | Sep 23, 2004 1:30:36 PM

i wish i had a squirel army.

Posted by: ruzz | Sep 23, 2004 2:07:32 PM