June 14, 2006

TV.

Is there anything good on? I kind of like to watch an hour or two of TV at night, but everything I was watching just ended. "American Idol," "The Apprentice," "Top Chef," "The Sopranos," "Big Love" -- all gone. I'm reduced to watching episodes of "I Shouldn't Be Alive" the TiVo dragged in weeks ago.

UPDATE: "So You Think You Can Dance?" is on. Shall we watch?

Sorry, I originally put this update on the next post by mistake.

There's one thing about So You Think You Can Dance?" that scares me off: Mary's teeth. I can't understand them. Are they plastic teeth that fit on over her real teeth? She seems to need to bite them together to keep them in place. And they are so huge. And so white.

Why don't they make a reality shows about teeth? "Top Teeth," "So You Think You Have Teeth?," "America's Scariest Teeth"....

30 comments:

XWL said...

Should I admit to liking "So You Think You Can Dance"?

It's a competition show, it's dancing, it's got the usual mix of talented and not so talented kids with stars in their eyes.

Joan said...

The History Channel has a new series called "The Revolution," about the American Revolution. The first two episodes were quite good.

Other than that, I've been watching TiVO'd documentaries on things like Krakatoa (in spite of the "volcano of doom" subtitle, it was a compelling show) and Stonehenge.

There really isn't anything on. Ah, summer!

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, yeah. I put in a season pass for that and watched a bit. I could do that! Not dance, I mean. I could put up with watching it.

Ann Althouse said...

I set to record "Krakatoa" too. I'm glad to see there's so much shared taste around here!

Dave said...

Entourage and Deadwood are on HBO.

And there's Huff on Showtime.

And I think a new show on Showtime is supposed to debut soon but I forget its name.

altoids1306 said...

Isn't nothing to watch a good thing? That's one to two more hours in your day.

My Mouth said...

"Hell's Kitchen" may be the best reality TV show out there.

Ann Althouse said...

Is anyone watching "Lucky Louie"?

Dave said...

I watched about 30 seconds of it and turned it off.

It seems to be about an unsympathetic blue collar man and his family. It is the Honeymooners with swearing. Plus it has an (obviously) canned laugh track, despite being filmed before a live studio audience.

Its humor, such as it is, consists of what I refer to as "rim shot" humor a la Henny Youngman. I hate Youngman.

The show has nothing interesting in it for me.

Others may disagree.

Ricardo said...

Rock Star Supernova begins on July 5th. But that's still three weeks off.

Johnny Nucleo said...

I actually liked Lucky Louie. It's like Everybody Loves Raymond, but dirtier. For the record, Everybody Loves Raymond is a great sitcom. When it was still on the air, I used to make fun of it because I thought it was for Red State squares. But I've been watching it in reruns. I was wrong. Or perhaps I've become a Red State square.

Also, for the record, Friends is and always was horrid.

I've been thinking about sitcoms lately. This may be obvious, but did you know that there are only four variations of the sitcom? The Family. The Workplace. Friends Hanging Out. Or some combination of the three. Hogan's Heroes may be an exception, but I consider Stalag 13 to be "The Workplace."

The answer to Ann's question is, of course, Entourage.

Joan said...

I watched "Entourage" for the first time last night, and I could definitely get hooked. I've always been a huge fan of Jeremy Piven. I confess that I'm wanting "Aquaman" to be a huge hit for them, but from the previews things did not look so good -- but I am more than familiar with the way those preview-editors at HBO spin their little webs, so I'm not expecting any particular outcome...

Anyway: "Entourage" cracked me up, especially "Jimmy" Woods going over and threatening to beat up the two guys who got his tickets for the LA premiere.

C. Schweitzer said...

I like "The Closer" on TNT. And "Deadwood," which was already mentioned.

I generally tend to use the summer to give shows a chance that I might now have watched during the year.

Through Netflix, I started watching "House," season 1. And I also started watching an old BBC series--"The Prisoner."

Bailey Quarters said...

I'm finding a lot to watch:

"The Closer," "Rescue Me," "5 Takes: Pacific Rim," "Hex," "Deadwood," "Entourage," and reruns of "The Wire."

I TiVoed the premiere of "Saved," but haven't watched it yet.

Nothing on network TV yet, but "Treasure Hunters," which starts Sunday, looks promising.

Maxine Weiss said...

Don't you have a video place? We can check out DVDs at my public library!

Why don't you catch up on your cinema?

We were talking about Marilyn. Start with 'Some Like it Hot', and work your way to 'The Wayward Bus'.

I like the one with her and Olivier...'The Prince and the Show Girl'...I think it was.

If you want something a little more current, and you are into kitsch.....Russ Meyer's 1970 'Return To the Valley of the Dolls'...just came out on DVD.....it's a cult classic.

Peace, Maxine

Terry said...

Entourage is the only bright spot on the horizon. Lucky Louie was pretty stinky in my opinion.

XWL said...

Mary on So You Think You Can Dance has teeth that are truly astonishing, but I think her cackling laugh and propensity to whoop and holler are equally disturbing.

The dancers seemed pretty good this time around though (especially the two that did the Fosse routine).

Krakatoa was entertaining.

As far as other TiVo fare for the summer television doldrums, may I suggest unleashing your inner teenage geek and record Cowboy Bebop and Paranoia Agent. Good Anime takes some getting used to, but can surprise with its depth.

Finally, the Russ Meyer directed, Roger Ebert penned, Strawberry Alarm Clock music featuring film camp classic was titled Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, but if you really want to do the Russ Meyer thing, Faster, Pussycat Kill! Kill! plus the Vixen trilogy are really the ones to see (the last Vixen pic was also Ebert penned, plus all the dialogue is in rhymed couplets).

Medopine said...

Here's a vote for "So You Think You Can Dance." I like seeing the different styles of dance and watching everyone struggle with hoity toity ballroom. You're right though - the one downside is that we have to listen to freaky Mary every once in a while. Nothing a mute button can't fix!

Ann Althouse said...

Maxine, XWL: If I was going to watch movies on TV, I must have 50 DVDs I've bought and not watched. I have so many movies I'd like to watch, but some mystical force prevents me from watching movies. Why I put up with "The Sopranos" but won't watch a 2-hour drama in movie form is a mystery. I tried to watch "The Last Picture Show," a DVD I bought years ago recently. I got about a half hour in, was enjoying it, but paused -- maybe for a phone call -- and never went back.

I've tried to watch Entourage and Deadwood and have never been able to get into it. They seem good enough, but I just don't feel like watching.

Pogo said...

Isn't it about time someone did the Superior dance about avoiding TV?

Matt Brown said...

Ann: You didn't live-blog that new AFI show - "100 Years, 100 Cheers." I thought for sure you would since you did last year with the "100 Quotes."

knoxgirl said...

David Spade's Showbiz show is great, but it's only 1/2 hour once a week.

[Wasn't too impressed by Krakatoa.]

BBCAmerica's Monday Night Mysteries are insipid but really fun. BBCAmerica's What Not to Wear (avoid TLC's show) is not insipid and even more fun.

Some people supposedly love Deadliest Catch... I don't get it. It's the same exact show over and over.

Project Runway starts July 12...

tcd said...

Stonehenge was good; I especially liked the couple who specialize in prehistoric technology (?) or whatever they call it. Loved the part where they made rope out of the fibers of reeds. The ending spoiled it for me though: the gathering of people during the summer solstice at sunrise. Like I need to see smelly hippie wanna-bes and has-beens communing w/ nature. Uuugghh...

Ann Althouse said...

Matt: I didn't realize it was on. But I asked what's on in this post! Funny that no one mentioned it.

sonicfrog said...

New "Stargate SG!" starts next month.
New "Venture Bro's" a send-up of the original Johnny Quest, starts this week-end I think. Yes it's a cartoon, but it's very funny.

Funny, TiVO has made knowing the actual air times of programs obsolete, kinda in the same way the cell phone has made it unnecessary to remember the phone numbers of family and friends.

Damned Cell Phones!!!

Anthony said...

Good, someone else mentioned Stargate so I don't have to be the only SciFi-geek.

I usually end up on Mondays with Science Channel's prehistoric lineup, their Tuesday evening astronomy/space lineup, and/or whatever else is on History Channel or PBS. Thursday is up in the air, but Friday has Survivorman and the Stargates come July.

PatCA said...

I'm catching up on reading. Veronica by Gaitskill was very good.

Hgtv is about it for me, and Lost reruns occasionally. Medium is good but incredibly violent. I will try the Krakatoa and History recommendations, though.

Tried to drop my premium channels and the cable people said, no, we'll give you 25% off your bill if you keep it! So they are paying me. Does this mean something? Is cable in LA Times freefall?

JodyTresidder said...

"So You Think You Can Get Off Your Couch?" is my TV show for the summer.

Not a snotty anti-TV comment. I'm sprouting eyes in all the wrong places still checking out specialist threads about "The Sopranos" even after the season is over. Beyond pathetic.

Plus, I've found myself thinking the toothy "Dance" dame could be a satisfactory new TV character to loathe. (Did someone once cruelly tell her she had a "refreshingly unusual laugh"?). This. Must. Stop.

Ryan Hatch said...

I think you would like the "dog bites man" series on comedy central. It is in the style of The Office, The Comeback, Spinal Tap etc.

Elizabeth said...

Though I've had mixed feelings about Queer Eye, I'm enjoying it again this summer. And the June 20 episode will feature someone I actually know, weirdly enough. So, I've got my Tivo set on a season pass for the Fab Five.

Thanks for reminding me of Hell's Kitchen! I missed the opener but I've got that set now, too.