Food Network has been the background noise in my house for a long time.
But lately I find myself losing patience with the shows that used to be appointment TV.
Case in point: Chopped, hosted by Ted Allen.
I can’t count the number of hours I have lost watching this program. When weekend marathons come on, my previous plans fall away. This food competition has had a spot on my DVR list since I purchased the technology.
Yet now I find myself hitting fast-forward, impatient for it to be finished. The format has become too familiar, the judges’ comments tired, the visiting chefs look-a-likes.
(And by this point, even I have a pretty good idea what to do with the basket ingredients, no matter how weird.)
I’m not the only one — Jesse David Fox at Vulture has had his own Food Network burn out. It’s an interesting read.
Take a look.
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If you watched Conan last night — or this morning on DVR like me — you saw his interview with astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, who recently retired after his return from a six-month stint on the International Space Station.
While he was there, he conducted experiments on the impact of low gravity on human biology.
But that didn’t score him a guest shot on Conan.
No, Hadfield used Twitter and Facebook to chronicle life on the space station in video and pictures. In fact, his cover of David Bowie has received over 18 million hits on Youtube.
Let’s add a few more.
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I live in New York City and am a Time Warner Cable customer.
That means, when I return from Atlanta Saturday and try to watch the episode of Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that I am DVRing tonight, I may be greeted instead with….
If the goobers from CBS and TWC can’t come to an agreement by midnight tonight, that is.
You guys had better get your sh#t together…’cause if I miss my Craigy Ferg –
Heads are gonna roll!
Thank you for your attention.
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Tagged Atlanta, cable, CBS, commentary, CraigyFerg, DVR, entertainment, Humor, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, life, New York City, static on tv, technology, Television, Time Warner Cable, tv episode, Twitter
“Guilty Pleasures” week on Dancing with the Stars has been fun on a couple of levels.
(Yes, I am just now catching up on DVR.)
First, it’s fun to see what cliche songs ‘speak’ to the celebrities. The theme to Titanic. Copacabana by Barry Manilow. Disco anthems.
Stars…they’re just like us.
Which leads to the second thing I enjoy — imagining what song I would select in the same circumstance.
The Barry Manilow song catalog would be a good place to start, although probably one of the love ballads like Ships or Weekend in New England. Or maybe I would pick a hit from the Kansas ‘Point of No Return’ album.
I thought they were very deep at the time.
Or we could always pull out the soundtrack to Les Miserables.
Bring Him Home should score a ’10′ with the judges.
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A few of my friends — okay, really just one, but I hate to name names — have had a lot of fun on Twitter slamming Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom.
To be fair, said friend slams a lot of other shows as well, but since I happen to agree with most of those observations, I don’t take issue.
But when he repeatedly tweetslaps –and retweetslaps — The Newsroom?
I cannot stand idly by.
Now, even I will admit the pilot was an explosion of exposition and classic Sorkin sermons. But if we wrote off every series’ first episode for being exposition-heavy, the Harry Potter movies would have ended at Sorcerer’s Stone.
You have to establish characters before you can build relationships. That’s a given.
For those of you lucky enough to have stuck around for Sunday night’s episode of The Newsroom, your patience was rewarded. Fewer sermons. More focus on the relationships in the newsroom (which, if you’ve worked in one, do blow up like that from time to time). Even some cultural references to add to the fun. And did a few of you shed a tear at the ending?
I’ll take that bet.
And I’ll be DVRing The Newsroom this season. And next.
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Tagged Aaron Sorkin, cultural references, DVR, exposition, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter movies, HBO, Humor, i'll take that bet, Internet, life, news, relationship-focused, retweetslap, sermons, shed a tear, Television, The Newsroom series, this just in, TV, tv pilot, tv series, tweetslap, Twitter
While catching up on my late night programming this morning, I saw that actor Chris Evans – the guy in the Star Trek remake — was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
I could watch that.
But when I did, it wasn’t Captain Kirk at all. It was Captain America from the new Avengers movie.
I had my superheroes — and my Chrises — all mixed up.
In my defense, the two do look a lot a like. They’re even the same age (well, Chris Pine is one year older). And they’ve both been seen on the big screen in a series of lighthearted romantic comedies before they buffed up for their bigger-than-life, save-the-planet roles.
Chris Evans was in The Nanny Diaries with his current Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson (shown at left), and in What’s Your Number? with funny lady Anna Faris.
In his early days, Chris Pine romanced Anne Hathaway in Princess Diaries 2 and Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck.
There’s a title for ya.
But seriously — would you have known the difference if I hadn’t given you a primer? I mean, would you? Really?
(Say no. I need reassurance that my synapses are firing correctly.)
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Dear Time Warner Cable: Two is not enough.
(As in the number of HD shows I can record concurrently per DVR.)
I have always been aware of this restriction. But there will come a night — like tonight, Sunday night — when I have three shows in one given time slot that I want to watch and/or record.
And I’m forced to make Sophie’s Choice.
Yes, I know some or all of these programs may be available online. But call me old-fashioned — I like watching my favorite shows on my big ol’ LCD TV.
Not on my laptop or iPad. Unless forced.
And this ‘two program limit per DVR’ is forcing me to not watch television in the comfort of my own living room.
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Tagged Business, commentary, DVR, DVR box, entertainment, HD TV, Humor, Internet, iPad, laptop, LCD TV, life, philosophy, technology, Television, television online, Time Warner Cable, two program recording limit on DVR
Colin Firth has been called a prince on several occasions.
Last night, he got a chance to showcase his skills.
As last year’s BAFTRA Best Actor Award winner for The King’s Speech, he was called upon to present the 2012 Best Actress BAFTRA Award at last night’s ceremony. (I watched the festivities on DVR this morning during breakfast.)
Meryl Streep won for The Iron Lady, but the events that followed prove that winning ain’t always easy.
As Streep started walking toward the stage, she realized she had brought her purse, so she quickly shoved it into the hands of a woman on the aisle. Then — in a Cinderella moment that couldn’t have been scripted — Streep left a shoe on the stage steps.
Thinking on his feet, Firth rescued her pump, knelt before the newly crowned Best Actress, and put it back on.
He was rewarded with a kiss.
Streep was thoughtful and gracious in her remarks, but I wasn’t really paying attention. We had just witnessed this spontaneous, movie-like moment.
Her speech was simply the credits.
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Back in March of last year, I spanked Ron Howard’s new family drama Parenthood.
It had suffered the double misfortune of being forced to miscast its lead actress (Maura Tierney, who had become seriously ill) and enter the television year at mid-season, following the hugely popular breakout comedy Modern Family.
Thanks for playing, guys, but the family show and hit of the year had already been crowned.
I was also disappointed in what I found to be stereotypical characters and storylines. But I had already set the DVR — the cast, including Lauren Graham, Peter Krause and T. Craig Nelson, was really good, after all — so I hung around to see what developed.
Two years later, I’m still here.
And last night, when Alex broke up with Haddie — and told Kristina that she was the mother he had never had and that he loved their family — it was gut-wrenching. I literally blubbered. As I struggled to see the TV screen through my tears, the memory of that blog entry floated in my memory’s eye.
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A friend of mine was doing a bit of spring cleaning yesterday. She even posted pics on Facebook so we could choose from piles of ‘giveaway items’ that were forming in her apartment.
Of course, it’s not really spring.
But I understood her ‘urge to purge.’ I too was cleaning closets yesterday in preparation for…
The fall television season
Yesterday was the perfect day to do it, too. The Emmy Awards were last night, so I could put the previous TV season to bed. I was thrilled with some winners, and sad for some folks who were overlooked yet again (Steve Carell).
Then I shook it off and set the DVR for this week’s season premieres of the new and returning fall shows.
It’s a clean start. It’s hopeful. It’s new.
And it should be almost a week before the networks start cleaning house.
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Tagged Business, celebrities, cleaning closets, cleaning house, commentary, DVR, Emmy Awards, Emmy's winners and losers, Emmys, entertainment, Humor, life, spring cleaning, Television, TV, tv networks