Friday, November 20, 2015

Goodbye, The Soup

To say I was sad when I read that The Soup was ending after over 20 years would be an understatement. And on such short notice too - it's ending in about a month! Even other shows gave longer notices than that!

Where else can I ogle at Joel McHale as he makes fun of TV shows so that the rest of us doesn't have to? I will also miss Lou the dog (his recent appearances have been amusing).

This Instagram post that the show put up described the fan reaction best...

A photo posted by The Soup (@thesouptv) on

I can relate, Lou :(

I guess now I really have no reason to watch E! any more..

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Goodbye, Mythbusters

It was one of two shows on the Discovery Channel worth watching (for me), the other being Dirty Jobs... until it got cancelled. I was a little sad about that for a while... until I recently found out about Somebody's Gotta Do It on CNN, so yay!

But I digress. 

I suppose it was a matter of time when the show went back to its Adam-and-Jamie-only roots (how many people remembered those days?) and with its irregular scheduling, etc (seriously, when is it actually on?). 12, 13 years is a pretty long time for a show like this (even if you take into account what they say about Adam and Jamie's off-screen relationship). 

It might have been a surprise to fans like myself who just found out, but since they (the show) already knew of this beforehand, I presume that they already have a way to bow out in a manner befitting the show. 

I am curious to see how they end this.

Goodbye, Mythbusters - you will be missed by this fan. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

America's Next Top Model finally getting cut

After 22 seasons/cycles, ANTM is (finally) getting cancelled/not renewed. Like most people, I thought it would go on forever... much like SVU at this point :P

Personally, I'm not that sorry to see it go as I think it's run its course some time ago (since they let the Internet trolls... er, fans factor in during judging). But I still am gonna watch it to the bitter end. 

There's only a handful of shows from the 2000s that are still on in 2015, like Survivor and The Amazing Race.

I suppose if this means I never have to be subjected to Tyra's crazy ideas for her brand like the "Pot Ledom" nonsense (thankfully, the last time I'll ever have to type that), and her most recent Avon/Mary Kay/MLM-esque cosmetics line which I'm not gonna repeat the name of because I already forgot.

As much as I wouldn't mind it if hearing-impaired Nyle wins this cycle, but I don't feel the winner's edit with him so much? 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thoughts While Watching The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

After months of waiting, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert finally kicked off this week after the long Labour Day weekend. Not to mention the reveals of the new website, podcast, sneak peaks of the revamped Ed Sullivan Theater, the TV promos, interviews, the rest of it over the months, IT'S FINALLY HERE!
  • Okay, so he sang the national anthem with a bunch of people around the country, which he could've done while doing the press tour he mentioned on the podcast... 
  • Either they don't have money for an announcer, or he likes doing his own announcing...
  • Hey, it's Jon Stewart! (Also noticed that he's also in the credits as Executive Producer...).
  • The monologue is hilariously on point.
  • Having Les Moonves with the show switch rig is pretty funny, considering The Mentalist ended its run months ago. 
  • Nice (and HUGE) video walls.
  • Some props from his old set made it!
  • The stain glass look on the theater ceiling is also pretty epic.
  • Nice of Fallon to show up, even in the end in the late night host locker room (haha).
  • For a show that ran two hours long at taping, I could've done without the 5-minute segment about Trump and his Cookie Monster-esque Oreo bingeing. 
  • Was kind of hoping was up and running.
  • The hummus plugging segment was erm, okay, I guess...
  • At least Clooney is the  first guest and not, say, Will Ferrell  :P
  • I didn't know Tiffany & Co made paperweights...? But they do (and they're so pretty...!). The "I Don't Know You" engraving just about slayed me. 
  • So adorable that his family was also in the audience. 
  • Didn't recognise any of the people in the final musical number.
No wonder the show ran long and had to trim two hours down to less than half the time...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Where we last left off...

So... Letterman's last show. Haven't been watching the show for a number of years now. How long ago? Put it this way - the last time I bothered to follow the show, he was still making fun of Stephanie Birkitt, his erm, intern. I thought the last show was okay - I really enjoyed the Foo Fighters at the end, playing Everlong under the 6 minute supercut of show highlights.

So they gutted the Ed Sullivan Theater for Colbert's Late Show in September. 

With about three months to go, Colbert's finally resurfaced to get buzz for the show on: the Colbeard is gone (?), there's a website, a podcast, we finally know who his bandleader/musical director (?) will be... 

I can't wait for September.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Trevor Noah, New Daily Show Host?

After many weeks of speculation (which felt pretty long, compared to the events of last year's late night chaos), the search for Jon Stewart's replacement has finally concluded, and they went with the South African comic Trevor Noah. I'm okay with this development like how I was okay with with news of Jon Stewart finally stepping down from The Daily Show. I thought I read somewhere that he was reluctant to give up his standup comedy touring, or perhaps not? At least it's not another middle-aged white guy, amiright?

With all the natural heirs to TDS already upped and left (you know which ones), it was slim pickings from the current stable of correspondents. I didn't really think that either Jason Jones or Samantha Bee had a shot of taking over anyway, which is just as well that they're both leaving (Jason did as of last week). Jessica Williams is self aware enough to pre-emptively take herself out of the running early on. I really can't see any of the others taking over, familiar faces or not. All the other names bandied about was about as ludicrous as the next. So what's wrong with a South African guy taking over? John Oliver's doing a hilarious job on HBO. 

At least now there'll be men of colour in Comedy Central's late night lineup... now I can't wait to see the rejigged Daily Show later in the year.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CSI: Cyber

After the backdoor pilot (which they're playing again for World CSI Day) months ago, CSI: Cyber is finally here. 

Someone uploaded what I presumed to be an advanced screener for the CSI: Cyber pilot online a couple days ahead of its big premiere (no opening credits, network tags, lower third ads, etc) this week. But the episode did closed with another CSI franchise signature: the use of The Who song for a theme song, this time it's I Can See For Miles, which seems apt for this show.

If you have logged a lot of hours of your life in front of the TV, you would recognise some of the faces (besides Patricia Arquette, who was previously on the show, Medium) like James Van Der Beek (her second-in-command/field muscle) and Peter MacNicol (who plays the uber supportive boss). Also totally didn't recognise Bow Wow (formerly L'il Bow Wow - I hope I'm not the only one who remembered that). 

Some big differences for the CSI franchise: a leading lady, that it's not some local police department, but an FBI Cyber Crimes division... The pilot case is already pretty creepy - a baby trafficking ring who sources their babies by exploiting a flaw in a company's baby monitors. The cases are already creepy, on par with SVU or Criminal Minds

I don't know if the show's momentum will continue to last to get a full season pickup or renewed after the glow of Patricia Arquette's Oscar win fades, but I'm curious to find out. (Before she won, they used her Academy Award nominee status like crazy in the promos - they should change them to reflect "Nominee" to "Winner" now)

While I can see why professional TV watchers (you know, critics) panned both the show and pilot, but if you've been watching the franchise through thick and thin, why not. Just don't let technophobic old people watch it because it might make them even more paranoid.

Thoughts on The Late Late Show Guest Hosts, Part 3

This is the final instalment of my random thoughts/opinions on the guest hosts of The Late Late Show before the new guy starts next week. Holy crap, I can't believe it's coming up already. 

I've had fun watching the guest hosting gigs, whether they killed or bombed. They're also bringing in current and former CBS personalities to fill in the last few weeks before James Corden starts. I'm guessing Drew Carey is doing a second week of shows at the end because they didn't want to find more people to fill in the guest host slot. 

Wayne Brady (Feb 9 - 13, Let's Make a Deal): I personally didn't know that he's currently hosting Let's Make a Deal with Jonathan Mangum as his sidekick, which makes them both more qualified than most to do a week of guest hosting on The Late Late Show. The cold opens are tolerable, with him interacting with him as a character, with the odd appearance from Mangum. He brought his Whose Line persona with him and kept the singing to a tolerable minimum, and not to mention his geek/nerd side when Shatner came on. I also enjoyed the Judy Smith (inspiration for Scandal's Olivia Pope) segment. He had a good mix of guests for his week of shows, from the child genius to the Freestyle Love Supreme guys, whom I had no prior awareness of. Him signing off by saying "I love you" to his kids was a cute touch. Fun week.

Tom Lennon (Feb 16 - 18, The Odd Couple): I wonder if they got him to host because he's on the rebooted The Odd Couple (also on CBS), or because he was also on the show a lot during Craig's tenure (not just as someone they call to fill in for guest drop outs, but as the voice of Geoff the robot). Anyway... of course he got his Odd Couple co-star Matthew Perry on, who was smart enough to decline the hosting gig. Got a little exhausted of him promoting the show by the end of the three nights, but thought he was all right. My favourite night was the first when he had Weird Al, Natasha Leggero and Maz Jobrani on. 

Lauren Graham (Feb 19, The Odd Couple): Guess I wasn't the only one wondering if a boob was gonna spill out of her low-cut top. She did okay for one night, but she should stick to her day job(s). 

Will Arnett (Feb 20, formerly The Millers): He should definitely stick to his day job. Using pre-show footage of himself as his sidekick is just... meh. But getting another late night talk show host from another network (Jimmy Kimmel) was the only bright side to this. 

Billy Gardell (Feb 23 - 24, Mike and Molly): For all his self-deprecation, he did a pretty good job for the two nights he hosted. 

Kunal Nayyar (Feb 25 - 27, The Big Bang Theory): I thought he did okay, and was pretty entertaining. But that screaming goat will be his Late Late Show hosting legacy. 

Drew Carey (March 2 - 6, The Price is Right): Do I need to repeat myself? He'll be fine.