Category Archives: Television

Even better

Way back in December I was celebrating the return to television of the dramady Ed.

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I had fond memories of the Gilmore Girls-esque show,  but the real thing is so much better than I remembered.

I smile the entire time I watch it, which I really appreciate right now.

Thanks Tom Cavanagh and Julie Bowen. And Michael Ian Black. And Justin Long.

Spoken word

I got up at 3:30am to watch the men’s singles final at the Australian Open.

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Djokovic is playing; of course I did.

There’s a video that has been shown repeatedly throughout the tournament featuring a poem by a native Aussie and images of the continent.

It’s very high brow and thoughtful.

Wimbledon produces similar films which befit its formal air and traditions. But I would love it if the US Open would follow the same format but make them funny.

Same earnest delivery.  Same chamber music.  Heck, you could show the same type of beauty shots.

But have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler voice them and add their hilarious takes.

That would be poetry.

Tribute

How I remember David Bowie…

Aging ungracefully

I can’t decide if Modern Family was showing its age last night or its writers were.

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Did you happen to watch?

All the jokes were either racist or homophobic… but after each zinger, one of the characters would say, “That’s racist”… so does that make it okay?

Ironically enough, in one storyline, Jay and Gloria were both feeling their age as the oldest parents in baby Joe’s daycare class.

Sadly, the whole show felt past its freshness date.

Laugh till it hurts

I was very excited to watch the new comedy Telenovela on NBC.

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Instead I am watching the goings on in the Mt. Sinai Urgent Treatment Center waiting room.

Bored patients like me.  Street traffic.  And a Will Smith movie on TV.

Oh well. Telenovela looked funny.  Would have made my ribs hurt to laugh that much.

Disbelief

Did you know Christian Mingle, the dating website for believers, has produced a made-for-TV movie?

Believe it.

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It’s playing on UP Network as I write this.

And I cannot look away.

Talk about product placement (which I have been of late) — this one takes the cake.

Whackadoo.

Subtle? No

Do you watch those cheesy made-for-TV holiday films on Hallmark Channel and Lifetime?

I do. I’m a sucker for all that sap.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t notice the product placement that they sneak into each movie…mainly because it tends to be the same products used in the same way in every film.

FolgersFor example, at some point in every story, the lead characters gather around the kitchen table with steaming mugs of Folgers Coffee in hand.

And yes, the logo is prominently displayed on the canister of coffee. Sometimes we even see them prepare the coffeemaker — primo screen time.

walmartbagThe other advertiser who gets lots of TV movie love this time of year is Walmart. Characters return from shopping trips with their logo bags in hand, which are usually placed front and center on a table or cabinet.

It’s so obvious but so subliminal at the same time.

But I see what you’re doing, guys…even through all that feel-good, sticky holiday sap.