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This is late

I’ve watched three episodes of This Is Us on NBC.

The pilot was so good, it could have been a stand-alone movie. The second episode matched it. And tonight’s made me realize I wasn’t keeping score any more —

I’m all in.

So, I am sorry I’m just now mentioning it. I’ve been distracted by really excellent  TV.

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.

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.

Know how?

The_More_You_Know_2011Matt Lauer just told me that I need to sit down with my kids and show them how to use the Information Superhighway…so one day they can navigate the road on their own.

The more you know…

Did you know NBC has been producing those cheesy PSAs for 25 years?

I think they are some of the more cringe-worthy moments in television writing history, and I only have to watch them.  The poor celebrities have to try and sell the stuff.  But the network keeps cranking it out to meet their public service commitment to the local community.

Now, I’m not saying the ideas behind the messages aren’t good.  But there has to be a more creative way to do it.  Music videos. Demonstrations. Puppets. You name it.

I think the celebrity spokespersons and the audiences would appreciate it (and actually listen to the darn things for a change).

Someone has to know that.

Family business

The broadcast and online media outlets have all gone gooey-eyed over the way NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams announced his own daughter Allison’s casting in the plum role of Peter Pan in the network’s upcoming live action production —

No tears here.

I demand that the full investigative reporting resources at NBC News be hurled at this story, which reeks of nepotism, entitlement and…dare I say, piracy.

J.M. Barrie said it best:

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you your daddy will sacrifice everything else for it.”

Big Blue Balladeers

My post is late tonight.

I did put in a long work day.  And I’ve been chipping away at that pile of Christmas cards.  But the real reason?

The Sing-Off on NBC.

I never intended to watch.  But a friend told me one of the a cappella groups was from my alma mater, the University of Kentucky.  So I turned in Monday night to see the ‘acoUstiKats’ perform.

Instant addiction.

They were even better tonight, although they had to participate in — and win — the evening’s sing-off to survive to compete again.

I see another national championship in our future!

Is there an echo in here?

TV insiders have NBC’s Sean Saves the World on the not-long-for-this-world list. I’ve watched the series to date, and I tend to agree.

sean-saves-the-world-tcaIt’s not like the show is short on talent.  Sean Hayes.  Linda Lavin.  The ever whackadoodle Thomas Lennon.

Unfortunately, the writing is not at the same standard.  It seems familiar and dated…and the look on Sean’s face says he knows it.

That’s too bad…especially for the supporting cast members, who are so strong and deserve to be on television.

echo kellumI especially hope that Echo Kellum [left] finds a sitcom worthy of his talents.

He was so funny on the short-lived Ben and Kate on FOX, and now adds his unique comedic timing to Sean’s office.

Give this guy a good show, fates…and keep him around!