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The end is near....for NBC

I changed my default icon after having the other for I don't know how long. It's still Asta, but I found a new picture. :)

In case you haven't heard Jeff Zucker and Ben Silverstein are doing their damnedest to destroy NBC. And the cherry on the sundae is we'll now get Leno five nights a week. Nikke Finke analyzes the possible outcomes of this move. I'm not a big Conan fan, but the guy is really getting screwed here. What's the big deal about getting the 11:30 slot when Leno is still going to be preceding him at 10:00?

Dead Like Me: Life After Death arrives February 17th. A Complete Collection including the film is also being released. I didn't see anything new included on the discs, it just looks like a repackaging.

'Leverage' did well in it's premiere. I've read both good and bad reviews, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'd enjoy it more if Christian would get a haircut. :p



Nathan: OK, I'm getting tired of dead children being the impetus for people switching what side of the law they are on. But, unlike 'The Mentalist', I do think Nathan losing his son because the insurance company he saved millions refused to approve a possibly life saving treatment is the best motivation they could conceive for his career change.

Eliot: Christian is playing the muscle. Color me shocked. I did appreciate the spin they put on the character - he won't touch a gun. And they're already showing he's more than what he appears to be. He tried to reach out to Eliot and, I think, be his friend. I'm interested to see that relationship develop.

I cracked up when Christian/Eliot began talking about conventions. All I could think was, "Dude, I've seen you at one!"

Parker: She's the weak link for me. She's crazy. That's it. And I was deeply disturbed that she blew her parents up. It was suppose to be a humorous moment, it wasn't. And the actress is overplaying the role.

Sophie: We don't know much about her yet. As a serious actress, she sucks, and she either has a past or wants a future with Nathan.

Alec: The young African American male is...a computer genius. That is so refreshing. And I now know that "Did you try turning your computer off then on again?" is not just something my firm's help desk came up with.

How the FBI was depicted was laughable. I have as many issues with government agencies and how they are run as the next person, but on their worst day I couldn't envision the FBI being as sloppy as they were here.



I don't have much to say about this episode. I'm not sure if it was because the episode was 'meh' or because I was waiting for the Advil to kick in and thus distracted.

Continuity makes me squee, so I loved seeing Jesse and Derek's meeting as previously described. And we learned that for someone who grew up during a robot apocalypse, Jesse seems worldly and well educated. Perhaps Australia wasn't as hard hit? I hadn't imagined travel between countries going on. I had accounted for the accent by assuming her family was in the U.S. when the nukes dropped.

Sarah having to protect an unborn child seemed too calculated to me, but I did like the twist that it's Lauren who becomes Sarah and not her mother.

Is there a new rule that the entire cast can’t be in an episode together? I actually could have seen John in this episode assisting Derek.

Derek holding the baby? Awwwwwwwww.
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Christian is playing the muscle. Color me shocked.

I was shocked when I first heard it. He's what, 5'8? I have a hard time seeing him as the muscle.

And I was deeply disturbed that she blew her parents up.

That was the one *huge* misfire in the ep for me. I thought we were supposed to like these people in a Butch and Sundance sort of way. I don't find homicidal psychopaths likable!

I liked it okay. It was entertaining, and I'll tune in tomorrow to see the next ep. BBC's Hustle series did it so much better though IMO.
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Christian isn't very tall, but he's well built and he has the 'Don't mess with me' attitude so I assumed he going to be the one kicking ass. ;)

I forgot to mention, I love that he wears glasses.

I don't find homicidal psychopaths likable

Agree. When I heard Parker was crazy I was thinking more in the whacky, lives life on the edge kind of way, not her murdering people. And the show seems to be taking an anti-gun stance - Eliot won't touch them and it was clear Alec didn't know hot to handle one - yet it's OK to have people blown up by a child?

BBC's Hustle series did it so much better though IMO.

I wouldn't argue with that. I'm hoping Leverage evolves to become as smart as Hustle. And Parker either needs to be toned down or replaced down the road.
*carefully shields eyes from TSCC spoilers until I can see the episode*

I'm trying to figure out if NBC's latest moves are situational desperation or a sign of things to come for all of the networks. Clearly, at least part of the Leno move is to fill an hour a night in their schedule. Since they've been bandying about the idea of dropping that hour, or dropping a day, it seems like reducing ALL programming (scripted and reality) is one of the cost-cutting measures they're embracing. I wonder if that isn't a trend.

I enjoyed Leverage too! I thought it was well-paced and relatively complex, and did a good job of hinting at interesting backgrounds for all of the characters without resorting to a big infodump. I was glad to see Christian Kane get to bring the snark, too.
Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but I don't think NBC's move is a sign that the other networks will follow suit. For starters, the other networks, particularly CBS, are fairing far better with their scripted shows. NBC's problem is they don't have a single signature show or night any longer and haven't been able to launch any successful new shows in...how many seasons? They do have The Office, 30 Rock and Chuck, but critical buzz hasn't turned into huge ratings.

And while NBC is failing/flailing, it's sister networks, SciFi, Bravo, and USA have seen their audiences grow. Original cable programing is seeing huge growth. It's not just a matter of quality, it's how the shows are marketed. It's Zucker and Silverstein who need to go and they need to bring in people with fresh ideas who are willing to think about five years from now not five months from now. This will save them cash in the short term, but will lose more viewers in the long term. And what if people do tune in for Jay, but then decide to skip Conan? They've traded one problem for another.

I enjoyed Leverage too!

YAY! Now I need to see if I feel like posting about it each week.

I thought it was well-paced and relatively complex, and did a good job of hinting at interesting backgrounds for all of the characters without resorting to a big infodump.

I agree. And I suspect there is a reason Eliot has such an aversion to guns.

I was glad to see Christian Kane get to bring the snark, too.

He's very good at that. :)
Hi Asta! Kittenbiscuits here! We met very briefly at the pub at D*C when you were talking with the Michelles. I saw you on Bi's friend list and saw your new avi and I LOVE it! I LOVE Asta the dog! I don't know if you've seen him in any movies, but he was in one of my favorites, The Awful Truth, with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. His name in the movie was Mr. Smith. LOL! If you haven't seen it I highly recommend. He was also in another one of my favorites with Cary Grant, Bringing Up Baby. Great screwball comedies.

Anyway, just thought I would say hi! Oh and thanks so much for everything you do with the Bamber News group. :D
I remember you! :)

Not only do I believe I've seen all of Asta's movies, I've seen almost all of Cary Grant's. I actually own The Awful Truth. I'm a huge classic film fan. The first one I recall seeing was My Man Godfrey which probably led me to The Thin Man because I really liked William Powell.

And thanks for the kind words. :)
I'm so glad you remember me! And I'm so glad I have a fellow classic film fan! We should definitely discuss sometime! Cary is one of my all time favorite actors. *melts*

I need to check out My Man Godfrey and I have yet to see The Thin Man, but it is on my list, which is a mile long. It's so much fun watching and re-watching these old films.
I love your new default icon but it might take me a little while to get used to it. Mind if I ask which font you used?
The photo already had the font so I had to do very little work and, sorry, I can't answer your question. I'm thinking the image might have been a screencap from the credits of the last Thin Man film, but I'm not as familiar with that one.
Hee, I was asking because the font seemed so authentic for the time to me. And with good reason *g*
Leno at Ten *could* be a brilliant move. I couldn't even tell you what NBC normally shows at 10pm with the exception of ER which I stopped watching not long after Noah Wylie left and I know is in its last season only because I still watch The Office/30 Rock and am pummelled with a bazillion sappy ads begging its old skool viewers to come back.