Thursday, March 08, 2007

TV Musings

During the group song, "Stuck in the Middle With You," I was waiting for someone's ear to be cut off.

Oh god--Simon and Ryan went to Africa and Randy and Paula are going to Louisiana. I'm all for doing good deeds, but not when you televise it for millions of people to see how wonderful you are. That SPECIAL AMERICAN IDOL EPISODE!!!111! promises to be a clusterfuck. Borat? Annie Lennox? Bono (Haaate)? Gwen Stefani? WTF?

Carrie looks like Skeletor.

Antonella and Stephanie--meh. I'm not surprised about Antonella and Stephanie wasn't shown enough in the auditions to do well. Haley doesn't have a bad voice but she's pretty pageant-y and picks the dumbest songs in the history of the world. Queen of the Night? Seriously, Haley?

Jared and Sundance--another meh. I sure as shit don't think Sanjaya deserves to be in the top 12 more than them, but I don't care that either of them are gone.

I feel compelled to write about Arrested Development like Rusty wrote about the Black Donnellys the other week because I've been rewatching our DVDs and getting even more pissed that the show didn't get a longer run. Phyllis from The Office was on the episode I watched the other day ("The Immaculate Election" from Season 2) and Kevin has a brief appearance in another episode (he informs Tobias of the gun-show loophole). Ed Helms also appeared as a real estate agent. That show had the best guest stars--Rob Corddry, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeff Garlin, Andy Richter, Dan Castellaneta, and Henry Winkler, just to name a few. Several episodes were directed by Paul Feig, who created "Freaks and Geeks," which is also one of the best shows ever, and directed some episodes of "The Office."

Describing how great this show is will not do it justice. I highly recommend you watch it yourself to experience the slick writing, attention to detail, flawless acting, biting social commentary, and hilarious jokes. I can't think of another show that uses callbacks, foreshadowing and inside jokes so well. Arrested Development rewards people who pay attention, and I appreciate that. Every character is perfectly cast, and I can only think of one thing that I didn't like from the whole series, and that was Martin Short playing Uncle Jack.

It was so frustrating to be a fan of the show. We had to watch it be screwed repeatedly by FOX. They moved it all over the place in the schedule which prevented it from building a strong fan base, they cut the second season down to only 18 episodes (a full season is 22) to make room for "Family Guy's" comeback, and the third season was cut to 13 episodes. They aired the final four episodes in a two-hour block which was scheduled at the same time as the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Nice one, FOX. You better believe that our dial was planted firmly on FOX that night though. Imagine what it's like to be a fan of one of the most intelligent and hilarious sitcoms ever and have it cancelled while "Stacked" and "The War at Home" are still on the air. Arrested was nominated for 20 freaking Emmys (winning 7) and won several other awards, for god's sake! To quote GOB, "Come on!"

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Blogger metamorphose said...

COME ON! indeed!!!

I feel the exact same way with AR. (I also didn't like the Martin Short part, but that was the only thing I didn't love.)

What's this? Simon and Ryan are going to Africa? Seriously? Ugh. Yuck.

3/09/2007 2:38 PM  
Blogger Annoyed said...

It was a brillant show.

However, Fox gave it every shot it could. Any other network would have cancelled it at the end of the first season.

However, critical response and Emmy nods helped it get a second year.

The second year's numbers weren't any better and the fact there was even a third year was a miracle.

Keep in mind also, "The War at Home" and "Stacked", combined, were cheaper per episode than "Arrested"

The huge cast full of name actors, the numerous huge guest stars (Liza doesn't come cheap) the constant "on-location" shooting.

"Arrested" was one of the most expensive shows on TV to make. Fox needed HUGE numbers to continue investing in it every week.

It also was bit out there and the characters were such bastards... Breaking the mold on TV is great except when the audience is unsure and not ivested at all in the outcome for the characters. Something they wrote into the scripts the final year.

Anyway, I agree it was brillant and I mourn its' loss... Just hard to "blame" fox.

By the way... "the black donnelys" is going to be a goner for the same reasons... Too much money to make (and I don't think its' very good)

"Studio 60" is ONLY getting another year because of the cost of the first... How ass-backwards is that? The first year's numbers have been so bad that NBC has to pray for Emmys and DVD sales to boost the numbers for the fall. That of course, won't happen and it will be gone for good six episodes into the new season.

3/09/2007 7:01 PM  
Blogger Renée said...

AI: Who the hell keeps voting for Sanjaya???

AD: They were fools to take that show off the air so soon.

PS. Hey girl. I've missed you too. I've missed all my blog buds. I look forward to having time to rejoin the blogosphere on a consistent basis in the not-too-distant future.

3/10/2007 12:32 AM  
Blogger Renée said...

PPS. When I do return to the blogosphere, hopefully ppl will still give a damn and read the thing. LMAO

3/10/2007 12:33 AM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

meta: Yes, believe it or not.

annoyed: You have a point. Maybe I need to blame the people who didn't watch it.

renee: Pre-pubescent girls, probably. I got your e-mail newsletter the other week and checked out your new digs. I'll be there when you're back up and running :)

3/10/2007 11:01 AM  
Blogger B. said...

I made a similar comment last week about Carrie Underwood. That girl needs to put some weight back on!

3/13/2007 5:51 PM  

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