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The ol’ switcheroo

Sometimes two wrongs do make a right.

Or at the very least, a laugh.

When TNT was switching between commercials tonight, the beginning of a promo for Noah Wyle’s series Falling Skies began and was then quickly covered up by another TNT promo for Hot in Cleveland.

And oddly enough, it worked.

Noah Wyle Falling SkiesNoah Wylie’s character — whose name I don’t know since I have never watched the sci-fi series — was giving a ‘rally the troops’ speech.

I only heard the very start of it, but he clearly said…

“We must fight.”

Then the network switched to the HIC ladies sitting in a terminal, complaining about the services available at the airport. They were talking about TV viewing, but if you’ve ever spent any time waiting in airports, Noah’s speech made a lot of sense.

hot in cleveland airport promoWe must rise up against the machines!

 

 

 

Double eagle

Chalk one up in the ‘life imitating art department’…

Ray Romano, comedian and star of Everybody Loves Raymond and the recently canceled Men of a Certain Age, made the cut at this weekend’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.  Ray tees off in the fourth and final round today with his professional partner, Australian golfer Steven Bowditch.

Go get ’em, Ray!

Fans of Men of a Certain Age will remember that Ray’s character Joe, party shop owner, gambling addict and avid golfer, had just qualified for the senior tour when the series was unceremoniously dumped by TNT.

We never got to see Joe fulfill his dream on the links, but today Ray is living out his own.

Karma is a wonderful thing.

For your consideration

I watched the season finale of “Men of a Certain Age” last night on TNT.

I hope you did, too. Because, simply stated, it’s the best thing on television.

Prepare yourself if you do watch.  There are no police officers, forensic units or personality plus crime-solving sidekicks.  No one is a vampire, zombie or even remotely undead.  There is no competition for cash or prizes, no celebrity judge at the ready with praise or pith.

There isn’t even a man in a dog suit.

No, Men of a Certain Age just follows three friends turning 50 who are all at turning points in their lives.  Jobs, relationships, kids, health, addiction, dreams — it’s not Everybody Loves Raymond comedy, it’s real life.

I want everyone to see this show.  I hope you’re all that lucky.

You gotta give me one thing.  I’m a scary judge of talent. — Al Pacino, “The Recuit”

Monday, Monday

Two of my favorite TV shows air on Monday night.

So why chose Wednesday to talk about ’em?

Because they air head-to-head at 10pm — and no, one of them isn’t Leno — which means I normally end up watching one or both of them on Tuesday, so they are very much top of mind today.

(Plus, I want to give them both a shout-out in hopes they get enough viewers to get renewed next season.  If only The Sticky Egg had such power…)

The two shows in question?  “Castle” on ABC — now in its second season — and “Men of a Certain Age” on TNT.  They couldn’t be more different, and yet, are both so worthy of your DVR programming allotment.

Both shows revolve around appealingly flawed characters portrayed by amazing actors.  Both are well-written and directed with pitch perfect timing.  And both know exactly what they are and who’s watching.  Obviously “Castle” has had more time to find its way, but in its first season, “Men” feels like a series that has been around for years…and that is the highest form of praise.

For the uninitiated, “Castle” is a mystery writer paired with a police detective who together solve crime as inspiration for his novels — pure fiction, pure fun.  “Men” is grounded in the day-to-day reality of middle age.  You feel you know these men, and you probably have (or are) experiencing some aspects of their lives.

If you enjoy great acting, superb writing,  stories told with a sense of humor, and good looking men in all shapes and sizes — and I’m including Ray Romano who I love (but in a very different way than I love Nathan Fillion) — give both shows a watch.

We don’t want to give their networks any ideas.