Thursday, May 21, 2009

No new podcast tonight



Hey, everyone:

Our oldest cat passed away this morning from the disease she'd been battling for almost six months. Needless to say, we wouldn't feel like doing a podcast under the best of circumstances, and we REALLY don't feel like doing one about The CW. So we're not going to! We may try to catch up over the weekend or something, though I would not bet on that happening. Since we were already planning to not do a show this weekend, the better to keep from going over on our LibSyn account, the next time you can absolutely expect to hear from us is a week from Saturday, when we'll unveil our summer TV preview.

If you want to read about The CW's schedule, here are thoughts and previews from TV Mad Man and Myles McNutt.

Hope this finds all of you well.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TV on the Internet, Special Edition: CBS Upfront



CBS announced its rather boring fall schedule today, and we've got just the snark it always needed. Also, we make fun of Alex O'Loughlin fans. Sorry, Moonlight-heads!

We're available on iTunes, or you can check us out at Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle or the TV on the Internet libsyn page.

If you like the show, consider a donation by clicking on the PayPal link over at the right. Remember, you'll get your name on the air and could get to choose some show for us to review!

Look after the jump for complete details.

TV on the Internet, Special Edition: CBS Upfront

Here's a direct link to the episode.

Links:

First Impressions: CBS Does What CBS Does (Zap2It)
CBS Preview

This episode's music:

The Baltic brass of Boban Markovic Orkestar will be featured throughout this week. The song is called "Otpisani."

Clips are from The Good Wife (episode: "Pilot," script by Robert King and Michelle King), Accidentally on Purpose (episode: "Pilot," script by Claudia Lonow) and Three Rivers (episode: "Pilot," script by Carol Barbee).

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TV on the Internet, Special Edition: ABC and NBC Upfronts



Today, ABC announced its schedule and pick-ups, while NBC announced its schedule. We're going to take a look at both, as well as the new shows on ABC. Sadly, the quality of the clips from ABC is pretty low. Thanks, ABC!

We're available on iTunes, or you can check us out at Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle or the TV on the Internet libsyn page.

If you like the show, consider a donation by clicking on the PayPal link over at the right. Remember, you'll get your name on the air and could get to choose some show for us to review!

Look after the jump for complete details.

TV on the Internet, Special Edition: ABC and NBC Upfronts

Here's a direct link to the episode.

Links:

ABC's New Fall Schedule (The Hollywood Reporter)
ABC trailers (The Futon Critic)
NBC renews Chuck, announces fall schedule (Newark Star-Ledger)

This episode's music:

The Baltic brass of Boban Markovic Orkestar will be featured throughout this week. The song is called "Otpisani."

Clips are from Modern Family (episode: "Pilot," script by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd), Hank (episode: "Pilot," script by Tucker Cawley) and V (episode: "Pilot," script by Scott Peters).

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Well, Did You Evah?


Did you know the characters on the now cancelled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles were in an alternate timeline from the Terminator movies? OK, sure, but you were probably watching the show. Anyway, I'll have to rely on DVD to get freaked out by Shirley Manson's acting but here's a thought-provoking post about what might have been. (MTV Movies)

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Monday, May 18, 2009

TV on the Internet, Special Edition: Fox Upfront



Fox announced its new show pickups and its fall schedule officially this morning, and here are our thoughts on the matter. Check back throughout the week for our takes on the other networks' schedules.

We're available on iTunes, or you can check us out at Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle or the TV on the Internet libsyn page.

If you like the show, consider a donation by clicking on the PayPal link over at the right. Remember, you'll get your name on the air and could get to choose some show for us to review!

Look after the jump for complete details.

TV on the Internet, Special Edition: Fox Upfront

Here's a direct link to the episode.

Links:

Fox Announces Primetime Slate for 2009-2010 Season (The Futon Critic)
Fox's official fall season blog.

This episode's music:

The Baltic brass of Boban Markovic Orkestar will be featured throughout this week. The song is called "Otpisani."

Clips are from The Cleveland Show (episode: "Pilot," script by Mike Henry, Rich Appel and Seth MacFarlane), Brothers (episode: "Pilot," script by Don Reo) and Human Target (episode: "Pilot," script by Jon Steinberg).

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"The Goodbye Gossip Girl" - Gossip Girl, episode 2.25


We come to the end of what has been a very long sophomore season for GG, one that began last August and grew to 25 episodes. This year saw the show lose a bit of the shiny cultural cachet (and a few hundred thousand viewers) it picked up in its first season and become a sort of low-key cause celebre among bloggers amd cultural commentators who can't be bothered to get a subscription to Town and Country or Vanity Fair. I've been up and down on the show this year, but tonight's finale managed to pack in an admirable amount of plot while resetting things for Season 3. Oh, and don't let me forget the what would be the lead in a recap for most shows - the title character almost got killed off!!

Most shows set in high school would end a season finale with a graduation, but the writers of GG know that you don't care if Nate was in the French Club. Graduation day at Constance Billard is refreshingly brief; everyone sort of mills around and then files into an auditorium for an address from the headmistress. No one marches across the stage either, at the very moment the class is asked to stand everyone's phone blares with an incoming missive from Gossip Girl herself. GG is determined to assert her power one last time; all the major characters are included though GG holds her fire as to specifics.

Serena is the center of show's social activity and in GG's mind the reason for everyone else's infamy. S. vows Gossip Girl's destruction, but how? It's clever of the writers to call into question the show's very narrative structure since GG serves as a sort of God's eye surrogate for the viewers; one who has the ability to influence the plot and delay narrative gratification. At a post-graduation party Serena sends out a threatening message to the site - whose phone goes off? It's Jonathan, the little-seen boyfriend of Serena's brother. Don't get excited though, it's the old "I hacked into their server" bait-and-switch. Jonathan and Eric have a list of all the tips that GG has received including some that haven't been made public and others about students at other schools, like those surviviors wandering around in the background on Lost. (I love how they speculate that GG may not have used the info due to lack of corroboration, like GG is the Wall St. Journal or something) GG proves that it's best not to make her mad. At Nate's party she unleashes a season's worth of indiscretions including but not limited to Dan's affair with his teacher and Chuck's fling with Vanessa. In addition to keeping Chuck and Blair apart a little while longer, the mass reveal empties the store of plot twists for next season. Our gang will have to find new ways to scandalize New York next fall.

If there's a message to tonight's episode it's that the things that unite the GGers are stronger than the gossip that divides them. Serena's call for a tete-a-tete with GG at the Oak Room brings the entire cast, who have all received the same email. In the end GG has literally brought everyone together, and it's time for old divisions to be put away.

A few thoughts:

  • GG dubs Dan "The Insider," and it's a relief to finally see Mr. Humphrey get called on his personal business - the point being that Dan's has managed to insinuate himself into the group and have a life just as messy (if somehow more annoying) as anyone else.

  • We know Chuck and Blair are going to get together all episode. For all my harrumphing about Ed Westwick it's a relief to learn he can smile and that these two playing their scenes to the hilt has a payoff.

  • In perhaps my favorite moment in the show's history, Jenny (who refuses to use her knowledege of Blair's night with Jack to her advantage) becomes "Queen Bee" at Constance for next year and actually gets to PUT ON A TIARA that makes her look a little like Courtney Love. There's your spinoff, folks.....

  • No one needs a fresh start more than Serena.

    Thanks to Todd for letting me run wild in this space for the last few months, and remember to check out his podcast TV on the Internet. I'll be back just as soon as I find a new guilty pleasure, so until then your DVD collection will have to do....

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  • Sunday, May 17, 2009

    TV on the Internet, Episode 9: Season Finale Showdown



    We're in Las Vegas, living the high life (aka eating $1 hot dogs), so this week's show is a little shorter than usual. It's an abbreviated look at ten shows that finished their seasons this week. One of them even ended its whole series. We'll be doing news posts to reflect the new network schedules all week long.

    We're available on iTunes, or you can check us out at Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle or the TV on the Internet libsyn page.

    And if you like the show, consider a donation by clicking on the PayPal link over at the right. Remember, you'll get your name on the air and could get to choose some show for us to review!

    Look after the jump for complete details.

    TV on the Internet, Episode 9: Season Finale Showdown

    Here's a direct link to the episode.

    Time codes follow. There are MAJOR SPOILERS for a variety of shows, so you may want to skip over a segment if you haven't watched the shows discussed therein.

    Times:

    00:00.00-00:01.54: Introductions and music from Papercuts
    00:01.55-00:17.27: Discussion of the season finales of Lost, House and Grey's Anatomy.
    00:17.28-00:26.39: Discussion of the season finales of The Office, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.
    00:26.40-00:33.05: Discussion of the season finales of Fringe and The Big Bang Theory.
    00:33.06-00:43.55: Discussion of the season finale of Bones and the series finale of Prison Break, as well as our plans for the next week, the wrap-up and more from Papercuts.

    This Week's Music:

    You Can Have What You WantPapercuts
    "Future Primitive" (mp3)
    from "You Can Have What You Want"
    (Gnomonsong)

    Buy at Rhapsody
    Stream from Rhapsody
    More On This Album



    Clips are from Lost (episode: "The Incident, Part 2," script by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof) The Office (episode: "Company Picnic," script by Jennifer Celotta and Paul Lieberstein), Fringe (episode: "There's More Than One of Everything," teleplay by Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, story by Akiva Goldsman) and Bones (episode: "The End in the Beginning," script by Hart Hanson).

    Corrections:

    (We'll post 'em as you make 'em.)

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