Monday, September 1, 2014

Things on TV to say goodbye to before/in 2015

I know it's a little early because it's still August, but if people start brainstorming the year's best of lists ahead of time, why can't I? It's a mix of things on TV that will definitely be gone as we get into 2015. 
  1. The current incarnation of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as we know it.
  2. "Stephen Colbert" and The Colbert Report 
  3. The Late Show with David Letterman
  4. Let's face it, this next season of The Mentalist is probably going to be the last season.
  5. I'll be darned if Franklin & Bash makes it another season. (That's for another blog post)
  6. I'll also be darned if Fred Armisen is still The 8G Band's band leader on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
  7. Mad Men
  8. True Blood
What else am I missing? Let me know... 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Last Comic Standing

I sat through the entire summer season of NBC's resurrected and rejigged Last Comic Standing. I would've blogged about it sooner, but I wanted to see how the season played out first. Overall, I like parts of it, but other parts could be improved. 

First of all: Was I the only one that noticed the edit Rod Man was getting LONG BEFORE they made him this season's winner? I felt it was damn obvious and you know that he'll make it far in the competition whether you liked him or not. I can't fathom a guess as to what kind of show he'll be making with NBC with his development deal portion of his winnings. Personally, I would've been fine with any other finalist winning, but oh well.

Second: JB Smoove - not my favourite host. But that's just me, nothing against the guy. 

I don't know how many Americans know who Russell Peters before this season of Last Comic Standing. But nothing against him being a judge next to Roseanne and Keenen Ivory Wayans

What I liked:

  • The initial rounds being invitational and not for any Tom, Dick and Harry aspiring comics that aren't already working comics. Some of the initial 100 I've seen do their 5 minutes on the talk show circuit.
  • There's no public vote, which was I think how Felipe Esparza won the previous season even though I never found the guy particularly funny to begin with anyway. 
It's renewed for another season. So let's see how that goes. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Things I Will Miss About The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Inspired from this GIF-laden Buzzfeed listicle, 23 Reasons Craig Ferguson Is The Best Host Of "The Late Late Show", but from perspective of a (really) long time viewer of the show, and I can't be arsed to add the GIFs and images. 
  1. Oh how I miss the puppets. You can relive those moments cos you can get them here :P
  2. His hilarious impersonations: Michael Caine in Space, Sean Connery, JK Rowling (which I'm glad he hasn't done since he claims to be a fan of the Harry Potter series), Aquaman, and of course... Prince Charles
  3. The old man rants, especially about the show's presumed low budget, crappy old studio (which leaked).
  4. For such a "low budget" show, they sure got a lot of money to do a week's worth of shows in places like Scotland and France :P
  5. The numerous catchphrases: "It's a great day for America", ASS MÖDE... long list.
  6. When Secretariat only danced in and out of studio... and the audience doing the dance along with Craig. 
  7. The musical cold opens, half of which I'm surprised that they got rights to.
  8. The cray cray "maps
  9. The drinking game would kill you, if you actually play it... or drink something light, like Shandy :P
Anything I'm leaving out? Let me know in the comments.

Jennifer Love Hewitt on Criminal Minds? Really?!

Well, they found another brunette to fill the missing brunette hole on Criminal Minds after the departure of other brunettes before her in the long running show. 

The announcement made about Jennifer Love Hewitt joining Criminal Minds as a series regular in the upcoming season certainly made a lot of waves, especially among the CM fanbase. Perhaps it was just me. There'll be a whole load of jokes of talking to ghosts and happy ending massages amongst fans for sure. But I'll refrain from making those myself. I don't know how she will be, as part of a huge cast, after being the lead on Ghost Whisperer and The Client List. The last ensemble role anyone could remember her in was Party of Five

According to the news outlets, her character is Kate Callahan, a "seasoned undercover agent whose work landed her a position with the BAU". 

Here is my question as a fan of the show: If her character is a longtime undercover agent, so unless they release the part where it says that she's also did some profiling or just really astute about human psychology, she'll be joining the BAU in what capacity? 

Like the changing of colours in the fall, I can't wait to see the change in the huge cast photo at the end of the opening sequence in the new season.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

New CSI spinoff

I remembered reading awhile back that the CSI producers were attempting to launch another spinoff (after the cancellation of both CSI: Miami and CSI: NY) and who was going to be in it, but I had probably glossed over when the backdoor pilot was actually airing. 

So it was an interesting surprise to see Patricia Arquette show up as FBI cyber psychologist Agent Avery Ryan. Like a lot of backdoor pilots, they show us what she does, her team (which, if picked up, have no idea will be the same people or if recasting will happen), and her methods. I'm not sure if the monologue she did about what she does was necessary, but I'll let it slide. And also don't get me started on the jurisdiction issues. 

If the show gets picked up, it'll be a first for the CSI franchise to have a lady at the helm and for a show not to be about forensics, but cybercrimes. 

Which begs the questions: Will this or the NCIS New Orleans spinoff ever get picked up? Or even both? 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Farewell, Late Night Douche

The news some of us have dreaded has come to pass: Craig Ferguson stepping down as host of The Late Late Show after 10 years. Am I sad? Yes. Only read the headlines in the morning and had not seen the show yet, but watching the actual on-air announcement doesn't lessen the sting.

To be fair, his recent 2 year contract extension is almost up and he (probably) decided not to renew. I really didn't think his decision to step down was because he didn't get The Late Show (he's getting paid for not being picked) as his schtick and material probably won't pass muster at 11.30 anyway. And if you watch the show long enough, you can sort of tell that he really doesn't give a shit even more than usual in the last few years anyway, even with the move to the new studio and little upgrades like a podium for Geoff and a stable for the fake horse. I suppose after over 10 years of shit happening to you on air (the leaky roof, no lights, not being able to air the Doctor Who cold open live, etc), enough is enough.

And it's not like he's dying or anything, but he does have other projects to focus on. Celebrity Name Game, anyone?

If it's any consolation, we have until December (and not til summer, as initially rumoured) to savour what's left of the late night douche, so.. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Questions about the Colbert Transition to The Late Show

So Letterman announced his retirement a week ago (which really was just a matter of time), and after many articles and listicles as to who would take over, they announced the successor to The Late Show, and yes, it's yet another middle-aged white guy. If you thought it wouldn't be the case, you were sadly mistaken. Even I knew that wouldn't be the case.

(To anyone who put Seth Meyers on their list - what the fuck. Dude's still cutting his teeth on NBC, he wouldn't jump ship so soon!)

Of course to some people, it would've been obvious for Craig to move up an hour, but no Prince of Wales clause (term I saw someplace) for him. But with his contract ending pretty soon, fans like myself should wonder/worry if he would renew or leave.

But good on Stephen Colbert. Really. From basic cable to a major network? Major coup for him and CBS. As someone who saw The Colbert Report the same fall it went on the air all those years ago (almost 10 years - woah!) as a transfer student in America. So yes, I have sentimental value for The Colbert Report

Although Vulture came up with some pretty good questions about the transition here, I also have my own (which everyone else must be wondering): 
  1. Will he be Stephen Colbert or "Stephen Colbert", the character he's been playing on TV for almost a decade now? 
  2. Will he have to rejig The Late Show to his liking, or will he get some of his bits or segments from The Report?
  3. While this means that he wouldn't have to move too far, would he be staying put in his current studio, or would he be based in the Ed Sullivan Theater?
  4. Band or no band? He's been, for the most part, a one-man show over on Comedy Central. Or maybe, like Craig, go bandless? Or will he "inherit" Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra (that is, if they stayed put)?
  5. What will happen to the people who are currently working on The Late Show? Will Colbert be bringing his crew over? 
  6. Who's taking over Colbert's slot on Comedy Central? Because I don't think you can move The Daily Show up half hour..

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thoughts while watching Late Night with Seth Meyers

I had been curious excited about Seth Meyers taking over Late Night since it was announced. Well okay, maybe it might have something to do with how he's easier on the eye (for me) than Fallon. Damn those dimples.

Tried not to watch too many sneak peak videos beforehand, but yes, I did know that Fred Armisen would be his in-house band leader. Talk about SNL nepotism. 

  • The Thank You Notes cold open was an appropriate reference (and deference) to Fallon and his Late Night reign.  
  • I could get used to the logo and title sequence.
  • Was it just me, or was he a little shouty during the erm, monologue? Weekend Update shouty. The jokes were still funny, don't get me wrong. Love the anecdote about his wife. 
  • Well, someone made do without curtains. Rice paper sliding doors, really? At least it's a change from velvet curtains or faux city view... just saying. 
  • Is it just me, or is his desk and guest chairs are a bit erm, small? Maybe I'm used to seeing plusher chairs on the other shows. After years of not seeing his feet on SNL, you can now see them with the new desk, haha. 
  • The humour bits (Venn diagram and Costas Vision) was a little meh
  • Them getting the vice president was not a bad.. 
  • Didn't know the desk figurine was that of Stefon.. (Really?!)
Sucker that I am for dimples, will keep watching. Will you?