Thursday, 25 November 2004: This post will be a little early so you all can read it before you chow down on turkey and stuffing.
Have a happy tryptophan-laced holiday. Just keep a pillow near your seat so you can crash after you eat.
Wednesday, 24 November 2004: Well, the shameless self promotion continues for Oprah Winfrey. She just gave away something like $15,000 worth of goods to each audience member as part of her "Oprah's Favorite Things" segment. This time, the gifts included TVs, washers, dryers, laptop computers, and so much more given to a group of teachers. Not that teachers don't deserve it. I'm glad she chose teachers to reward. I love the education field and respect teachers entirely. But this is just another example of Oprah trying to salvage her ratings by spending freely on the audience and not doing what a daytime talkshow host should do, which is talk about issues and interview guests.
In my honest opinion, buying your ratings is absolutely abhorrent.
Tuesday, 23 November 2004: Maybe it's just me, but I find it kinda funny to look in the "Recent Updates" box and see two movies listed with the titles After the Sunset and Before Sunset. And even weirder to think that the two films are not related in any way whatsoever.
Okay, just my weird sense of humor, apparently.
Monday, 22 November 2004: We are now a few months in to the new TV season (with some minor exceptions) and I feel now is a pretty good time to give a review of the shows Katie and I have been watching thus far.
Simpsons: I don't know how, but this show is still funny going in to its 16th season.
Malcolm in the Middle: It has improved markedly since last season. It seems to be returning to its old dysfunctional ways.
Arrested Development: While, admittedly, only three episodes have aired so far this season, it hasn't been nearly as impressive as it was last season. I can't quite explain it, but the vibe just isn't there.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Has improved a lot since last year. The notoriety is there with the show so many more people are willing to help out the crew as needed and it makes for even more impressive transformations than last season. Plus, so far, they haven't strayed too far from the original cast. Trading Spaces is dead.
Desperate Housewives: In all honesty, I wasn't really too sure I wanted to watch this based solely on the previews and teasers that ABC aired leading up to the debut episode. But I'm glad I tuned in. This is such a horribly guilty pleasure. I can't turn it off, nor do I want to.
Crossing Jordan: Yep, this one is dead. Katie and I have pretty much given up on it.
7th Heaven: Katie still watches it despite admitting that it has been very subpar for the last three or four seasons.
Two and a Half Men: It still cracks us both up to no end. The cast is still good and the kid who plays Jake is becoming more natural in his acting.
CSI: Miami: Still my favorite of the CSI bunch even with the killing off of "Speed." And is it just me or did the creators find the twin of the guy who plays Greg in the Vegas version to take Speed's place? Very similar looking actors.
The Biggest Loser: Yes, Katie and I have been tuning in to this latest in an unending string of reality shows. Can't explain why. We just do. Car wreck TV at its best.
Scrubs: It's still great. I love it. 'Nuff said.
NYPD Blue: Some new casting changes have been interesting. Not sure what I think yet of the two new regulars. But I was surprised with how good the Bobby Simone dream sequence was a couple weeks back.
Lost: This rookie drama is in a close tie with Housewives to be my favorite new show. I was leaning more towards Housewives for a little bit, but then the focus moved from the "monster" and more to just sheer survival and it's much better as a result. It's not too late to tune in.
CSI: NY: This show is very painfully slow. The pace is a far cry from the other two CSI installments. But I will continue to give it the benefit of the doubt if only because it has Gary Sinise in it.
Survivor: I think the show peaked with the All Stars edition last season. Now, I just cannot relate to anyone nor do I have any desire to do so. Katie and I stopped watching a little over a month ago.
Joey: Not nearly as good as the critics were hyping it to be in the preseason. But it has its moments. Fewer and further between than Friends, but we're still giving it the benefit of the doubt. Just so long as they keep Joey's manager (Jennifer Coolidge) out of the storylines, I'm happy. So we'll see.
Will and Grace: Honestly, I could care less about this show anymore. Too much of the same old/same old.
The O.C.: Although it's only a few episodes in, the writers need to give it a shot in the arm. This past episode with Seth (Adam Brody) working at a music club was painfully labored and not particularly interesting. But it's still early.
CSI: Still watchable by all standards. But it feels like this show gets the hand-me-down scripts from Miami. And why aren't they pushing forward with this whole Catherine/Warrick bit? They allude to something between them in the storm drain episode, but nothing since that time.
Without a Trace: A show that has very much come into its own. Very well cast, well scripted, and well acted. Probably Katie's favorite drama on the tube right now.
ER: Another one I'm ready to give up on. I think as soon as Noah Wyle exits, Katie and I will follow suit.
8 Simple Rules: I really dig on James Garner on this show and he has done a great job of filling in the necessary testosterone quota on the show. While not as good as when John Ritter was on, it has done a very remarkable job of carrying on without him.
Complete Savages: Well, we figured we may as well tape this as well since it runs back-to-back on Fridays with Rules. Not particularly good by any stretch of the imagination. But it has its moments. I miss Married to the Kellys.
Well, that's what we're watching. Cannot guarantee what will survive the rest of the season. We will see. But I am looking forward to 24 starting up in January. Jack's back!
Sunday, 21 November 2004: Happy anniversary to my parents.
Short, sweet, to the point.