Monday, October 02, 2006

Thoughts on the New Fall TV Season:


* Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Aaron Sorkin would probably think that I don't take my job seriously because I don't walk around a building all day, talking quickly to anyone who happens to be within earshot. And I guess he'd be right.

Sidenote: Sarah Paulson (who is only 30???) is a lesbian, right?

Lauren Graham will guest star in a few episodes, and I'm sure she'll fit in perfectly. Which leads me to . . .

* Gilmore Girls

No, I don't have evidence that backs up my "This is the last season" claim, but it just feels like it. Hopefully, this show doesn't do that Friends thing where they somehow work out a last minute deal to keep the show going for a few more painfully unfunny seasons. Seeing as how show-runners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino are already gone, I'm guessing the Last Episode Ever will coincide with Rory's graduation from Yale.

I've read some bad reviews for this season, but I've got no complaints so far. Well, maybe one...I need more Emily.

* Project Runway

So all four get to compete at Fashion Week? What a rip-off. Although, honestly, I don't know who I wanted to get the boot last week. I can't stand Jeffrey, but I might like his clothes better than anyone else's. Everything Laura designs looks like it comes from Madonna's video for "Vogue."

* The Office

Who is Jim's hot new boss? I love him.

I don't think I understood the joke from last week about Angela and the flies. Can someone explain it to me?

* SNL

Not funny. Maybe it's because I can't stand the sight of Dane Cook, but after watching the show's 930th season premiere, I felt....different. It's the first time I felt like I could take the show or leave it. Here's a thought -- what if Saturday Night Live is cancelled, but the two SNL-inspired series live on? Freaky.

* How I Met Your Mother

I only know two other people that watch this show (shout-out to David and Alan), but it's one of my favorites. I can't believe I have a crush on Doogie Howser. Why did it have to be Dustin "Screech" Diamond instead of him??

I haven't watched Ugly Betty or 30 Rock yet. And how upset would you be if you worked on Scrubs? Five seasons and multiple Emmy nominations and NBC waits until mid-season to air new episodes? What the frick?

14 Comments:

Anonymous David C. said...

Thanks for the shout-out. Did you catch "Brunch" that aired on Monday, October 2, 2006? Pretty hilarious. I never knew that calves on a man were so sexy until I saw this episode. I think you need to by Dr. Lukas a pair of zip-off pants/shorts to expose his calves!

When did Mr. Keaton from "Family Ties" get so old? It made me long for Tina Yothers.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous david c. said...

I can't believe I spelled "buy" incorrectly. My apologies.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I did watch "Brunch." Lukas kept talking about how GREAT the dad from Family Ties looks these days. He's into silver foxes, I guess.

5:25 AM  
Blogger crazyratshaker said...

Studio 60 :: We can't watch that show. Jon is betting that it will be cancelled. The whole episode I just kept thinking, "Would someone please turn on a light? It's so fucking dark in that basement."

Gilmore Girls :: It's just not the same. I felt like I'd heard all of the dialogue before.

Project Runway :: We were thinking that Uli should've been kicked off, but she was the only one who did a good job this last episode. I want Michael Knight to win. He's such a nice guy.

SNL :: I thought the TSA sketch was well written. I hated the so-called monologue. I HATE Dane Cook.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous mink said...

crazyratshaker is me.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Blood Ray said...

I like Studio 60 a lot. Last night Jack made a Merrily We Roll Along reference that came out of nowhere. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that.

And yes, Sarah Paulson is a lesbian, to the best of my knowledge. She is (or at least was) dating Tony winner Cherry Jones. Oddly enough, I swear that the last time I looked her up on Imdb (which was probably Down With Love's era, she was a year or two older than me. Perhaps her lesbian love is keeping her young.

Rory looked really pretty last week on Gilmore when she was walking to the paper's office, but that's about all I've got. Hopefully Emily will be on it tonight (maybe gearing up for the spin-off I still feel she should have?).

SNL has been hit or miss forever for me. I only caught a few minutes of last week's, but I was pretty indifferent. Since I'm one of the few people who find Tina Fey to be generally annoying and unfunny, I'm not sure what that will mean for the show to me. It means I'm pretty leery of watching 30 Rock, although I do love me some Alec Baldwin.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Shavita said...

I too love me some Alec Baldwin. He is so funny. I never thought of him as funny until he did SNL a few years ago and then was on that Friends episode. Good stuff. Bring on the Baldwin Comedy!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Blood Ray said...

Oh, and doesn't NBC do that to Scrubs every year?

11:28 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Blood Ray: Yes, NBC did that to Scrubs last year, too. (I didn't watch it before that, so I'm not sure about previous years.)

I'm also hoping tonight's episode will be Emily-centric.

I liked Sarah Paulson a lot in Down With Love. I should put that on netflix again.

Shavita: I enjoyed Alec Baldwin in Friends, and even more so in Will and Grace.

Mink/Rat: Where did the new name come from?
Studio 60 has some pretty good ratings so far. I'm predicting a three-year run. What else would there be for Matthew Perry to do? The Whole 11 Yards? Hey, Amanda Peet's in those movies, too!

4:56 PM  
Blogger crazyratshaker said...

A girl at work set up a blog so we could all post fun links, instead of constantly emailing each other. So, I had to set up a blogger account to post. I had called Jack a crazy rat shaker earlier in the day, so that's what I chose as my ID.

Okay, Gilmore Girls last night...
The mother/daughter fight scene was very poorly written. Who cares about Paltro's baby, it probably goes to Yale by now that topic is so old. I hated the end grocery store scene. I don't believe that grocery store is anywhere around there. I hated Lorelai's hair in that scene as well. And why the hell is Lane turning into her mother? Are you kidding me? She's pregnant?

On a side note, the season opener of Veronica Mars was awesome. I could do without the old plot of raping girls and shaving their heads, but overall I thought it was great.

And, as bonus for me, both shows referenced Battlestar Galactica! I'm such a dork.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Blood Ray said...

I feel like the writers have utter contempt for Lane. To actually have us believe that she's really so naive as to not know that the first time you have sex can be pretty shitty was an insult to both the character and the viewers. I suppose it could be written off as a hormonal thing from her pregnancy (a pregnancy she's been saddled with at 21 or 22, after just getting married and having sex once, mind you) but still. I call bullshit on that.

Perhaps the show holds all pregnant women in contempt now, as I refuse to believe that Liz wouldn't have realized that oven was as cold as ice when she put the casserole in.

Still no Emily? I'd call bullshit here as well, but at least the goddess that is Kelly Bishop has been spared two weeks of terrible scripts.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

But up until the fight, did you think the Asian theme was cute? I kinda did. I thought the first half of the episode was just bad.

I also said to Lukas, "Where is this giant grocery store and why wouldn't they go there more often?" Especially since Taylor is a total jackass to EVERYONE!

Lane's whole story line just sucks. First of all, I hate Zach, I can't believe they got married. And yeah, she's becoming more and more like her mother.

I secretly hope she gets an abortion next week.

Sounds like Emily will return next week. I heard Lorelai mention it in the preview.

12:52 PM  
Blogger crazyratshaker said...

I did think the Asian scene was cute. That gave me hope for a second. But I don't think Rory would really talk to her mom like that. I mean, if I were Lorelai, I would've been like, "You know what? Shut the fuck up. You lost your virginity to a married man!"

And yeah, I was so pissed about that grocery store scene. Who approved that shit?

1:34 PM  
Blogger Absolut Billy said...

Maybe Emily will return to give lane the abortion?

4:31 PM  

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