Category Archives: Television

One ding…

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We outliers of the world who get you–who love you–will miss you more than Geoff misses his penis.

See you on the other side!

Who are you wearing?

I’ve watched pretty much every season of Project Runway — including the current season of Project Runway All Stars — and there is one area of fashion that the show rarely addresses:

The designers’ personal clothing.

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The designers famously arrive at their digs in New York (or Los Angeles) pulling a single wheelie bag.  Then they proceed to drape themselves in all manner of crazy outfit week after week.

Me thinks they are getting some help from the costume department…and the highly advertised QVC accessory wall.

That’s a conversation I’d like to see addressed during the post-season round-up, between play-by-play of all the infighting, of course.

Context

If you dropped someone from the pre-Internet era onto this train — let’s say Don Draper from Mad Men just for the fun of it….

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…would he jump up, expecting the upholstery to burn his butt?

Think about it.

Somewhere in time

BBC has released the first image from the upcoming Sherlock special…or so they say.

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That picture is actually from Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent visit to Boston.

I’m pretty sure he was pointing me out to his co-star Martin Freeman, when I walked out of the train station.  Then we walked down Dartmouth Street together a couple of blocks before going our separate ways.

Memories.

It seems like only yesterday…but apparently was much longer. I mean, look at their clothes!

God — what was I wearing?

Whadda I have to do

I love the sitcom About a Boy on NBC.

AboutABoyIt has the pedigree of the great Hugh Grant movie of the same name. The cast is quirky and funny, the writing fresh.

And last night they used the Violent Femmes’ ‘Prove to You’ as the soundtrack for a montage of Marcus and his crush.

Any sitcom that uses the Femmes deserves an automatic renewal.

I’m pretty sure that’s a rule of broadcasting.

Who’s the kid?

So, I’m watching the ATP World Tour Finals on Tennis Channel whenever time zones and my time allows.

And they’re doing those creepy child escorts again for the players as they enter the indoor stadium.

atp tour child escortsI know this is a cultural difference, so I am trying not to judge.

But I think the players look uncomfortable — the kids look uncomfortable, too.

(This child looks a bit like a tween Chucky doll, which is also a bit unnerving.)

Once the players reach their chairs courtside, what are they supposed to do?

Hug the child? Pat them on the head? Ignore them and go about their prep?

All choices look creepy…from my point of view.

Cuts like a knife

Remember when television shows used to suggest violence instead of shoving it in our faces?

A shadowy suggestion or quick camera cut would leave the evil deads to our imagination.

I still prefer it.

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Some of my favorite cable programs have been stabbing their victims repeatedly of late…and showing the murders up close in graphic detail, the horrible sound of knife piercing flesh as disturbing as the imagery.

I am still bothered by the bar scene in the season finale of The Divide, and the scary clown in American Horror Story: Freak Show isn’t the only character to brandish a knife.

Avoiding gore is one thing.  Forgetting it is almost impossible.