September 19, 2005

Premiere Week

This is the biggie week for premieres. My plans? Eliminate as many shows-of-interest as possible. But some are shoo-ins, because I am a sucker.

  • Arrested Development - Mon 8 FOX
    • I don’t care who you are. I don’t care if you haven’t been watching. Tune in and watch tonight. If you don’t like it, thne you’ve only wasted a half hour. But your sense of humor is dead. DEAD, I TELL YOU!
  • My Name Is Earl - Tues 9 NBC
    • It’s Jason Lee in a non-Kevin Smith production. Reports are that it is very funny. Watch it and we’ll discuss whether it worked or didn’t. I’m pulling for Jason Lee. I think he can bring the funny.
  • The Office (Tues, after Earl)
    • OK - after 40 Year Old Virgin I will now watch anything with Steve Carell in it. Sucker.
  • Nip/Tuck (Tues, 10, FX)
    • The most upsetting and depressing and depraved drama on TV. Yeah, I’ll be watching.
  • Lost (Wed 9 ABC)
    • Duh. You think?
  • Invasion (Wed, 10, ABC)
    • Another alien invasion show. An automatic first-episode watch by me, possibly going immediately into probation.
  • CSI (Thur, 9, CBS)
    • Still love CSI.

Oh, yeah.Tonight is CSI:Miami. I think I’m washing my hair during that timeslot, though.

Posted by James at September 19, 2005 9:36 AM
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After a few weeks watching CSI Miami I realized that there are worse things than watching the 10 o'clock nooz on Fox.

Fortunately, Good Times is on TV Land at 10. Which means there are also slightly better things than the 10 o'clock nooz on Fox.

Posted by: Julie at September 19, 2005 10:10 AM

I also plan to give "Everybody Hates Chris" a try, mostly on the merits of its title and its talented star. My plan doesn't extend as far as looking it up in the grid to see when it's on, but if I run into it I'll watch.

Posted by: Julie at September 19, 2005 10:11 AM

I have to plan, because I only have so much time to watch. And if I don't plan, I will have nothing to watch (because I watch it all on tape).

BTW - Smallville is on probation this season. Partly because the 20-somethings want to make fun of me for watching it. They're too polite to do it in front of my face.

Posted by: James at September 19, 2005 11:01 AM

Oh, and that Kitchen Confidential show. Not that I've been very excited about it, but it's on between two things that I really like, so it would be nice if it turned out to be good. Especially since the last restaurant show I remember watching regularly was "Alice."

(Jason Bateman ran a restaurant in "George & Leo," but I don't think that counts!)

Posted by: Julie at September 19, 2005 12:06 PM

I am very interested in seeing My Name is Earl. Mostly because I have had a crush on Jason Lee since I was a pre-teenager reading about him in Thrasher; which means I will watch almost anything he's in. So I'm hoping it's way better than Kissing A Fool and It's a Guy Thing, or at least as good as Mumford and Big Trouble. But, I'm really not sure what to expect of him on the small screen.

Posted by: Sharon at September 19, 2005 12:34 PM

I am SO looking forward to Lost. Pat's watching the end of Season 1 today (we bought the DVD set).

Can't wait!!!

Posted by: Chuck S. at September 19, 2005 12:51 PM

I rented the final disc of the Lost DVD set from Netflix. There wasn't much of note on there but Matthew Fox's photographs were nice. I'm now ready for season two.

Posted by: Mike L. at September 19, 2005 1:04 PM

Please be sure to watch the original BBC version of "The Office" with Ricky Gervais. It is PERFECT. The American version would be good if it had nothing to live up to; compared to the original, it is just mediocre.

Posted by: Karen at September 19, 2005 4:18 PM

Ricky Gervais is funny.

My problem with the original is that it was TOO perfect.

I rented the DVDs and I couldn't get through the first one. I was just plain too uncomfortable. I laughed, but as time went on I just felt embarassed. The guy perfectly plays a clueless boss. Disturbingly clueless. But, ugh, he was so insufferable.

I have to admire his skill and comedic timing. But it was just too real.

That said, I had much the same problem with the American version, the one time I watched it. It was an exact copy of what I'd seen in the original.

I hear they have diverged somewhat by now. We'll see what this season has to offer.

Posted by: James at September 19, 2005 4:42 PM

The problem is, when your own boss makes you feel that uncomfortable and embarrassed, it's not as much fun to watch it on TV. Especially if it only reminds you of how much worse your own boss might eventually become.

My coworkers and I enjoy the US version. One of them rented the UK version, and said yeah, it was a bit too real.

Even the US version is too real sometimes:

- In one US episode, the boss needs to mollify his employees, so he says there will be a surprise for them at the end of the day. He then runs out and buys them ice cream sandwiches, which really doesn't make up for what they've been through that day. My boss did the same thing a couple of weeks ago, except they were very good, we were pleased, and he insists there will be a real surprise soon.

- In another episode, a guy named Dwight keeps insisting that he is the assistant office manager, and others remind him that he is the assistant TO the office manager. Strangely enough, former FEMA chief Mike Brown had a similar problem with his resume.

Posted by: Julie at September 19, 2005 5:03 PM

Television comedy is truly frightening. Reality is frightening.

That's why I retreat to Arrested Development.

You know, sometimes I think they borrowed heavily from our president to get the personalities on Arrested Development.

Bush has the emotional stability of Buster, the mental competence of GOB, the compassion of Lucille, the scruples of George, the self-image of Tobias.

I mean, listen to this and tell me that it isn't comedy gold.

You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: James at September 19, 2005 5:24 PM

Kitchen Confidential: very promising, if Andrea Parker is a regular character.

Posted by: Julie at September 19, 2005 10:09 PM

"Arrested Development" was fantastic tonight (as always).

I'm giving "How I met your mother" a try right now and to be honest, it's a letdown after having just watched AD.

Posted by: Jonathan at September 19, 2005 10:42 PM

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