Thursday, October 25, 2007

The New Trek

Now that all the pieces are together, TV Guide has done a nice job putting a side-by-side comparison of the actors in the JJ Abrams Star Trek with the original actors. My first thought for Chris Pine was "no", but next to a young Shatner, he doesn't look half bad. Same thing with Karl Urban as Bones. I've been a big fan of Zachary Quinto as Spock since it was first announced. The other guys are passable, but as everyone knows, Trek was about the trio of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy.

Though, even if the casting was crap, I'd still be there opening weekend because that's the kind of nerd I am. :)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The new TV season: returning shows

Now on to the returning shows:

Prison Break - year three is bringing things back full circle. Michael is now in prison and his brother Lincoln is on the outside. The show just keeps getting more and more ridiculous, but the characters are still interesting.
Heroes - after a slow first couple weeks, this week really started to heat things up. Syler is back in the mix and we have more of an idea of the overarching story for this season. The only thing missing from Monday's episode was my favorite Hiro.

NCIS - a strong start for one of my favorites. After wrapping up the Le Grenouille storyline (for now), the stories have gotten back to the familiar format. The stories are well crafted as ever and the chemistry still crackles. Just witness last week's episode with Gibbs, his former lover, an ex-wife, and his current girlfriend.
The Unit - what were they thinking with that whole disband the unit storyline? I was kind of worried about how this season started off, but things have gotten back to the crisis of the week format. It's going to be a headscratcher for a while about what the writers were doing.

With Lost off until mid-season, there's really no Wednesday show I watch that isn't new.

My Name is Earl - Earl in prison. Not doing as much karma fixing as he did on the outside, but we're getting to know more of the characters' pasts. I love Henry Monroe....I mean Crabman.
30 Rock - it looks like it's off to a slow start. I like the whole Jenna is fat storyline, but this season hasn't made me laugh as much as last season.

Numb3rs - Colby is back (turns out he was a double or triple agent). Like NCIS this show benefits from strong scripts and a great cast. No slipping here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The new TV season

It's been three or four weeks since the start of the fall TV season, so I think it's time to start assessing the new shows. It is surprising, though, that there hasn't been a cancellation yet. Just by saying that, I probably jinxed some poor show. So, here's a rundown of what I've sampled:

Chuck - by far the best new series. Good cast. Good scripts. Funny. It just gets better and better each week.
K-Ville - OK cop show. The New Orleans setting is one of the big things this one has going for it. Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as the leads are interesting characters, but they are the only ones with any kind of character development.

Reaper - Tried this on the advice of Gerald and the fact that the pilot was directed by Kevin Smith. Funny as hell. The characters are interesting and the actors portray them well. The only problem is, by about episode 3 the formula really started to show. Hopefully they find a way to grow beyond the cookie cutter stories.

Back to You - classic sitcom with two classic sitcom actors in Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. Nothing groundbreaking, but each week tends to get funnier. Good show to turn your mind off and watch.
Bionic Woman - still not sure what to say about this one. The whole first bionic woman subplot is interesting as is the possibility that Jamie was slated to become bionic even before the car accident. I think this one might get another week or two to wow me.
Life - decent cop show. Another one I'm not sure what to say about. The Zen detective bit is unique and the over-arching plot of who set Crews up is more intriguing than the cases they've had to solve up to this point.

Are there even any new shows on?

Women's Murder Club - I wanted to watch this last week, but didn't get a chance. I'll try again this week.

Tomorrow I might post about how the returning shows are faring this season.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Happy Birthday, Dutch!

Today is Elmore Leonard's 82nd birthday. Trying to figure out if I should celebrate with something from The Complete Western Stories or When the Women Come Out to Dance.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Great Moments in Golddiggery

I came across this post on The Corner by Jonah Goldberg. If the Craigslist posting was for real, it's probably one of the funniest damn things I've ever read (including the guy's response).