Asta 2

Where Did I Put the Rats Ass I Could Give?

Thanks to Emerson Cod I now have a new catch phrase. :) The dialogue in the first twenty minutes or so left me going, "wow". I'm just amazed at the writers and how they can put words together. As for the plot, it was fairly predictable, especially with a rather small pool of suspects. And I'm trying to figure out if Chuck's coat was a hit or miss.

I decided to skip posting my thoughts on Life. Why waste time ranting. There were just so many problems with that episode.

FINALLY, People magazine gets it right. Hugh Jackman is named the sexiest man alive. I think the last time I bought a People magazine was in 2006 when Jamie was featured.

And the economy might be in the crapper, but here is a pleasant side effect of it - Tough Reality as Recession Hits Unscripted Series. People are turning to scripted series as they try to escape reality. Looks like we could have less Howie Mandel in our future.
It sounds like I'm going to enjoy the next season of Pushing Daisies, when i finally catch up with it on DVD :)

I have no idea who Howie Mandel is, but that piece on reality tv suffering gave me a vicarious kind of pleasure that I'm choosing not to look too closely at. There seems a certain irony in hearing that the reality show "Survivor" is in trouble... but on Sunday, the remake of one of my favourite 1970s shows is about to show here, starting on Sunday night. The name of the show? "Survivors."

I need to find some Pushing Daisies icons...
Howie Mandel is the host of the 'Deal or No Deal', but before that he was known as a stand up comic and played Dr Fiscus on 'St. Elsewhere'. I'm enjoying the possibility of the glut of reality TV coming to an end. I do like some of it - 'Top Chef', 'Project Runway', 'Dancing with the Stars' depending on the cast - but those are reality shows in which you have to have some talent and you are working towards a goal or prize. And those shows will survive, but if we could get less of the people making asses out of themselves or exploiting people's misery shows I'd be thrilled.

The second season of Pushing Daisies is as good as the first. It's a shame it will be ending so soon, though I have always felt that it was a show that would benefit from a shorter run.
The headline on Yahoo yesterday was about how Hugh Jackman was a surprising choice. Um... really? I mean, I guess I sort of see it, in that he's not really in the megastar category. But. HELLO.
The only surprise to me is it took this long. I really thought he would have been chosen when X2 or X3 came out.
FINALLY, People magazine gets it right. Hugh Jackman is named the sexiest man alive.

I thought of you when I saw that news.

I wonder how much of the reality slump is the economy, and how much of it is the fact that reality shows have had enough time to become a regular part of the TV landscape, to lose their novelty and be judged on their own terms.
I wonder how much of the reality slump is the economy, and how much of it is the fact that reality shows have had enough time to become a regular part of the TV landscape, to lose their novelty and be judged on their own terms.

The novelty is over. And I do think the glut of reality programming is hurting reality programming. 'Deal or No Deal', sadly, would probably still be doing well if it wasn't on multiple times in prime time and in daytime. But when people are losing their jobs and homes or are struggling to get by, do they choose to escape their problems for awhile in a work of fiction or by seeing people rewarded for their idiotic behavior? As I said above, I do feel reality shows in which you have to have talent to move forward and earn a reward will continue to do well, but people don't want to see people just handed wads of money.
I have been on the fence about cancelling my season pass for Pushing Daisies since I've been recording it all season and just haven't gotten around to watching a single one. But when you combine that quote with your glowing reviews, I think I'd best look for some time and get caught up!
It's one of those shows that I think may benefit from watching the episodes back-to-back-to back. At least the earlier part of the season when the stories were more interconnected. I just feel that anyone who appreciates really good dialogue needs to watch this show. I'd also force the writers of some other network shows to watch it. ;p
Life
I can only imagine how different Life would be if Claudia Black had been Crewes ex-wife. It's a shame she couldn't work out the scheduling difficulties.
Re: Life
It's a shame they couldn't find a way to shoot her from the chest up. Or if they had been willing to do a little rewrite to make Jennifer pregnant. I would have loved to see Charlie deal with that. Life has many problems this season, Reese/Tidwell makes me cover my eyes, but I do believe the Charlie/Jennifer relationship would be working much better and I would be more sympathetic to it if Claudia was playing the role.