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The Great Big Post of Totally Unconnected Stuff

Work: In the past week, in narratives for disbursement entries, I had to type Lee County, DiAnna, and, I swear to God, Galactica.

Movies: There are a bunch I want to see, but haven’t had the motivation to go to the theatre. The Fountain will change that this coming week though. And last weekend I caught The Iron Giant on TCM. I had never seen this film and now I’m wondering why it took me so long. It’s so shiny and pretty! And cute and funny and emotional without being cloying. I also may have teared up a bit.

Casting News: This is old news, but since I only saw one person on my Flist mention it. . So it would seem that while he feared being type-cast as The Doctor, Christopher Eccleston has no problem with the sci-fi/fantasy genre and probably the big bucks of U.S. television. Maybe he talked to Hugh Laurie. Anyway, I have no clue what role he’ll be playing, but he joins the cast in January.

Television:

Ugly Betty - This was the show I was just going to give a try based on positive pre-season buzz. This is the show I find myself rapidly becoming addicted to. No deep thoughts, no urge to hop online and discuss as soon as it’s aired, it’s just so darn cute and fun and I just adore Betty and Daniel. And Vanessa Williams is turning Wihelmina from what I feared would be a one note villain into a multi-dimensional character with more heart than I could have imagined. Actually, it’s pretty terrific how all the characters are shown to have at least a shred of goodness in them. My one criticism of the show would be Betty’s boyfriend. She deserves so much better than him and considering how we’ve seen her stand up to some pretty powerful people, I have issues with her settling in her personal life.

30 Rock - I want to love this show, but, thus far, I only love Alec Baldwin. He’s the only thing keeping me tuning in and as worthless as the Emmy’s are I still want him to win for his brilliant performance. Maybe Tina Fey spent a little too much time at SNL. Her product placement story was funny for the first couple minutes, but she didn’t seem to know when to quit. And when do you cross the line from satire to actually being the shill for the product? I mean, they went from doing the obvious placement plug for Snapple to going into a commercial for Snapple.


John Larroquette was a terrific choice for the role of Gabe. It’s great when they can find guest stars that can challenge House, hold their own against Hugh Laurie and I don’t feel like slapping them. I also like that the writers were able to surprise me with Gabe. I really thought he was avoiding his son because he held him responsible for the fire, but, no, it was Gabe that felt like the failure in that he let his family down.

I’m still having issues with the Tritter storyline. At least I’m not filled with rage as I was with Vogler. I saw someone comment that the show most often fails when it attempts to do arcs and I think that’s a good point. I have yet to see what the purpose of an ongoing Tritter storyline is. I mean, we know House is going to get off or there is no show. And while I appreciated seeing the Ducklings stand by House, there wasn’t a lot of doubt in my mind they’d do just that. Cameron lying to protect House is a no-brainer. Foreman may have problems with House, but he sees House’s issues as House’s issues and as long as they are not interfering with him doing his job he just wants to steer clear of it all. Chase is perhaps the only weak link and after betraying House with Vogler, I think he learned a lesson.

I was happy to see Wilson confront House over the prescription forgeries and even happier to have House admit, in his own way, that he needs Wilson and doesn’t want to push their friendship until it breaks. More than the forgery I think Wilson was upset that he constantly puts himself on the line for Housed and gets nothing in return, no acknowledgment, no appreciation. At some point you have to ask why you continue to do this.

I was confused about Cuddy stamping her foot and throwing a fit over House’s course of treatment. It’s been used on coma patients, excuse me, people in vegetative states. And, yes, this was TV drama extreme and speedy recovery, but it has had success, it wasn’t going to make him worse, and aren’t they a teaching hospital?

I have mixed feelings on the reason why House chose to become a doctor. On one hand, I enjoy getting nuggets of back-story revealed unexpectedly. On the other hand, I’m not sure it makes sense. But we could ask if we got the truth or at least the entire truth. It was interesting that Tritter used House’s phrase, “Everybody lies”, so perhaps House was lying to Gabe or Wilson or to himself.

“Caustic guy woke up coma guy.” – Hee!

I really wanted House to answer Gabe when he asked, “Ever love anyone else?"

People Magazine: Wheeee!!! The rather small photo of Jamie on the People magazine website? It’s a two-page spread! The section is entitled ‘Steaming Up The Internet’. And he got a mention on the cover too! Well, I’m assuming that is the Jamie they are referring to.

There are some other notable hotties. Hugh Jackman in a GUH! Inducing photo. Eric Mabius who I may have to add to my list of TV Boyfriends. Johnny Depp, Wentworth Miller, Josh Duhamel, and the (male) cast of Heroes were some other great additions. It was only lacking Tim Daly. Maybe they can do a black tee shirt section next year?
I think the Jamie on the cover is Jamie Foxx. But I prefer to PRETEND it's our Jamie. :)
But Jamie Foxx got a half of one page and our Jamie got TWO pages so who is more important here? ;-)
Sounds as if I like 30 Rock a bit more than you do, but I agree that Alec Baldwin is by far the best part. His "blooper reel" last week was hilarious!

I'm heading to the store tomorrow and you can bet that People magazine will be in my cart when I checkout!

Maybe they can do a black tee shirt section next year?

Better yet, there should be a magazine called Black T-Shirt Monthly!
The blooper reel was hysterical. And I also loved him sitting in his office playing the laugh he got over and over again. :)

there should be a magazine called Black T-Shirt Monthly!

We could start a Comm called Black T-Shirt Daily! There have to be plenty of hot guys in black tees.
-- I loved the Iron Giant, and am irked that so many lesser movies do better at the box office.

-- Ugly Betty is so fun, even though I only watch the first half hour and then during the commercials for The Office. Hee! I plan on catching the whole thing in reruns this summer or on DVD. Do you think she's actually going to get together with Daniel some day? I wonder just how long they can stretch the time she has the braces. :0)

-- You should scan those People photos. Oh yes, you should.
Unfortunately I think 'Iron Giant' failed at the theatres because of the traditional 2-D animation which was one of the coolest things about it. It was some of the most beautiful animation I've ever seen.

I do think Daniel and Betty will get together some day :), but he needs to get the philandering out of his system and she needs to further build up her self-confidence. In this last ep when she was listing all of the things he has going for him I was waiting for it to dawn on one of them what exactly she was saying.

I would scan the photos accept I have no scanner. :(
Yes Giant is a wonderful movie that has everything. Glad you enjoyed it
i haven't seen this version of ugly betty, so you can feel free to tell me to stfu, but have seen the original south american one (i think it was venezuelan, but i'm not sure) and i'm just pissed that they had to "re-do" it for america, instead of showing the original. it's like hollywood feels the need to re-do everything and americanize it. *feels sad*
The reality is that a non-english language show is not going to play on a network or cable station unless it's a Spanish language station. I saw an interview with America Ferrara just the other night and she talked about how rights to the series had been sold off to 79 countries. With Salma Hayek as executive producer and also a guest star in the last three eps I have to believe she's tried to stay as true to the original as she could, but I wouldn't mind checking out an ep to compare and contrast.
Actually every country where the rights are sold to was creating its own version. that's, I believe a part of its weird magic - being "own" in every culture, while staying true to original formula. I watched several episodes of Russian version, and its very different, though keeping same dorktastic humour I see here.
That's a good point. Humor is not necessarily universal and what might play in Venezeula or Russia or France might not play here and vice versa. A good example of a show not being considered funny by all despite sharing a language is 'Seinfeld'. It was a huge hit in the U.S., but tanked in England where they didn't get the New York humor.
I have to agree with you on both 30 Rock and Ugly Betty. I wanted to love 30 Rock, but I keep forgetting about its existence, and I tuned in for Betty out of mild curiousity, and not don't want to miss it.

Even though its premise is familiar, and most events are predictable, but it is pretty, has warm humour, good actors, and enough soul to make me love every other character there.

I mean, Wilhelmina calling Martha Stuart over her turley problem? Gold! and her intonation, and the look... and the drunken dress-up party, and I love that Daniel is teh dorkiest dork ever, and I love Betty and her family... But her boyfriend is wrong.
Martha was surprisingly funny. And Daniel was cute obsessing over which shirt to wear, but why would he ask Betty's advice? I mean, I love her, but her fashion sense is horrible! The boyfriend annoys me. I wanted to slap him a couple weeks ago when he tore into her for going out to lunch with the guy from accounting. Um, who cheated on her with the next door neighbor?
I'm pretty excited about the Eccleston casting, particularly since I don't think they'll make him play an American character--the show has a decidedly international group of characters.