When "Mr. Sunshine" debuted a few weeks back, I said that the show hadn't yet gelled around its very likable ensemble. So my plan was to watch, wait a while, and see if the show could start to find itself. Since last night's episode was the only original ABC comedy of the night - and since it featured giant Smurfs - I figured it was about time to check back in with another review, just as soon as I use the tub for non-bathing purposes...
Reporting in the internet age - particularly entertainment reporting - often turns into one elaborate, silly game of Telephone. The need for content now-now-now gives legs to stories that should have remained seated, lets rumors be treated as fact and makes even facts seem somewhat questionable. For a perfect case in point, go read Dan Shanoff's amusing/scary investigation into how the "news" of Brett Favre being considered for the latest "Dancing with the Stars" cast spread.
I don't know that the rumors of Rob Lowe being in contention to replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men" started the same way - Chris Connelly, for instance, first suggested it on Bill Simmons' podcast a week or so ago - but they've spread to the point where even Sheen himself is commenting on what his old pal Lowe might want to do with the gig.
There's only one problem: Lowe already has a gig - and is giving one of the funniest performances of his career (see the clip I've embedded below) - as unflinchingly exuberant Chris Traeger on "Parks and Recreation," and he's under contract as a series regular. Lowe started out as a guest star for his first 8 episodes on the show, but then agreed to join the cast after that. So if "Parks and Rec" is back next season, then so is Lowe.
A review of tonight's terrific "Justified" coming up just as soon as I make Eagle Scout...
Been a busy day for BBC America news, first with the announcement that Idris Elba will be back for another season of "Luther," and now with a premiere date for the new season of "Doctor Who."
As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, the new batch of episodes - starring Matt Smith as the time-traveling Doctor and Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as his newlywed sidekicks - will debut on this side of the Atlantic on Saturday, April 23 at 9 p.m.
Interestingly, the news comes before BBC One in the UK has announced its own "Doctor Who" premiere date; all they've said so far is that it will be back in April, and that the season will be split in two because of a plot development producer Steven Moffat wants to introduce halfway through. In seasons past, episodes debuted in England weeks or even months before they came to the States, leading many American fans to just illegally download the episodes. But the most recent Christmas special aired in both the US and the UK on the same day, and it's in BBC America's best interest (if not in its sister channel across the pond) for that kind of scheduling to continue so they don't lose viewers to BitTorrent.
For "American Idol," it looks like so far, there really is life after Simon Cowell.
The top-rated show on TV entered its 10th season with many question marks: Would the ratings erosion of the last few years keep getting worse? After an underwhelming ninth season, and patchy groups of finalists in the years previous, was there enough undiscovered singing talent left to fuel the show? Would the star power of new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler translate on a show that had made its own stars, and where previous big-name judge Ellen DeGeneres flamed out badly? And most of all, did the show work without Simon as the resident truth-teller?
And as the show prepares for the finals to begin tonight at 8 on FOX, things are looking surprisingly good, even though I still have some reservations about Tyler and J-Lo.
A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I don't believe in cheese...
As I've written in the past, I'm not a huge "Soutland" fan, enjoying certain aspects (Cooper and Sherman, the stories that are just about the culture of the LAPD) while finding others (the cases the detectives work) a chore. (Plot is definitely the show's weakness, and the detective half of the show is, by design, more plot-driven than what the uniforms are doing.) But I enjoy it enough that I keep watching the random episodes TNT sends me, including tonight's season 3 finale, and I have a few thoughts on it coming up just as soon as I answer my partner's phone...
With "Chuck" and "How I Met Your Mother" taking the week off, and given all the ads I'd seen for the episode, I decided to give last night's "House" a try. Even though I'd given up on the series due to boredom with the formula and a lack of interest in House/Cuddy, I often enjoy this kind of form-breaking, usually late-in-the-run episode that features dream sequences and/or musical numbers, usually inspired in some way by Dennis Potter's "The Singing Detective."
And I did, indeed, get a kick out of several of the dream sequences, particularly House turning up in a Charlie Harper shirt on the absolute perfect day for that, as well as the creepy, hypnotic musical number during the surgery.
Mostly, though, I watched it and realized I no longer had any investment in this show and its characters. I sometimes compare watching a TV show to having a romantic relationship. There are some shows I can break up with and then get back together with later ("ER" and "Grey's Anatomy," to name two other hospital shows), and then there are others where we split for good, and if I come across an episode afterwards, it's like running into an ex for whom I no longer have any feelings whatsoever. I can remember why I liked her once upon a time, but that's as far as it goes.
But given that I watched it, I'm curious how those of you who are still watching found the episode, and its developments in the House/Cuddy relationship, and how you're finding the season in general. What did everybody else think?