Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thoughts on the Late Late Show Guest Hosting So Far...

I'm such a masochist, I'm also watching the guest hosting stints on The Late Late Show out of habit. While I'm glad they didn't tear the old set down just yet, but sad that the faux fireplace is not where it is any more. 

Drew Carey: Not the first time he's done this (he and Craig swapped jobs once), but I'm still a bit thrown off by his eye line because it's really obvious that he's reading the teleprompter that's a little too high for him. Now I know why other shows have cue card guys who are low to the ground. That's just my niggle and he's also doing the last week before Corden's official start. The cold opens with his Price is Right announcer George Gray are pretty hilarious. 

The Talk hosts: I don't watch the show because I don't have the time nor the energy. It's just them on their own set, doing a "After Dark" version of their show. Sharon Osbourne is a hoot. But otherwise, I thought they were fine. 

Jim Gaffigan: (Did they take the kids out of school for a few days?) After just three days, I already can't get the kids' song out of my head... and not in a good way. Have to like that it was a family affair, with his wife Jeannie as co-host and his brood of FIVE kids as opening act/ushers/foils. But yeah, the self-promotion (of his upcoming TV show, albums, books and specials) is almost unbearable. Even the guests that were on are on his upcoming TV show. That said, the kids made it an adorable experience. 

As of this post, Judd Apatow is halfway through his guest hosting stint to end this week. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

While watching this year's Golden Globes..

Finally found some time to watch this year's Golden Globes ceremony.
  • Tina and Amy again. Hmm. 
  • Amy looks awfully orange..
  • I wonder if Cumberbatch practices his photobombing face..
  • That looks like a nice plate of desserts at the Girls table..
  • You know the seating is not so obviously fixed when a couple of the winners have to make their way from what seemed like the back of the room to accept their award (Joanna Froggatt from Downton Abbey and Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin).. 
  • Okay, I literally have no idea what is Prince doing there.. but have to give him props for not wearing a penguin suit.
  • Oh, Clive Owen and the shiny forehead :P
  • Haha, Ricky Gervais and his boozing XD
  • Too bad Emma Thompson isn't nominated for anything, she was a blast last year.
  • So didn't know Ruth Wilson is English. 
  • I'm glad The Grand Budapest Hotel won SOMETHING.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mythbusters - Back to Basics?

When news that Kari, Tory and Grant won't be back for another season of Mythbusters for "undisclosed reasons" (read: money?), people got upset. If I have to guess, these are the people who either grew up watching them, or had not remembered a time when it really was just Adam and Jamie testing the myths for the first season or two. 

I was one of a minority of people who questioned the point of having a B-team from the beginning... and has anyone noticed that their myth-testing has gotten more expensive with the explosives, etc?

Either way, I'm glad it's back to just Jamie and Adam again. That's just me. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bye bye, Covert Affairs

I can't say that I am sad nor upset that the cancellation of USA's Covert Affairs blew up what niche (it was a cable show, after all) fanbase it had. I thought it was just a matter of time since White Collar (the lead-in)'s shortened final season was announced. Getting the news some weeks after the season finale, however..

Don't get me wrong: While there were a couple of storylines that I didn't really care for; but for all intents and purposes I can say that I watched it to the bitter end. I guess the ratings plunge as a reaction to the some of the shark jumping elements gave USA Network enough cause to pull the plug. That, and I guess the rising cost of making the show, since apparently they really do travel the globe making it, and not just shoot it all in Canada or something. 

I thought the recent season, er, series finale kind of tied most of the (implied) loose ends up. I don't think I want to see what really happens to everyone in a hypothetical sixth season :P

If nothing else, I will miss Christopher Gorham's portrayal of Auggie (and his pretty frequent state of shirtlessness) and Annie's favourite Mossad guy, Eyal. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Colbert Report Final Week

I've been putting off watching the Colbert Report final week mostly because I am a little sad to see it go, but also because I had things to do, and other shows to watch. 
  • The yard sale segment was funny, especially when it keeps cutting to Stephen "stealing" the guy's personal information because he didn't bring cash to a yard sale. It was too bad that I couldn't get in on the yard sale action, I probably would've gone nuts. But I don't know about signing that release waiver so that they could "use my likeness"...  
  • I'm a little envious of whoever got his huge "C" desk..
  • James Corden is doing the rounds on the other shows before his Late Late Show debut in March. Him getting scared shitless about the exhaustion and the singing afterwards was entertaining. 
  • I don't know why they waited until his last weeks of The Report to finally have Jon Stewart on.. besides the fact that he was promoting his movie, Rosewater. Even the president has probably been on more times than him. 
  • The sight of Vince Gilligan, chained up in a basement-type room to his computer in the musical finale was funny. 
  • The actual ending (him with Santa, Lincoln and Alex Trebek) was adorable.
  • Many props to the person who took the time to write down who's who in the grand song finale in this Vulture piece
  • I have no idea what's behind the "Apologies to Doris Kearns Goodwin" bit you see in the end credits. Does anyone?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thoughts While Watching The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Finale Week

I don't care what anyone says - I enjoyed the middle years of his tenure (the puppets, the crappy studio, etc) and if you've been watching it long enough, you can tell that he's really been phoning it in the last few years. I can't be the only one who found the later years a little meh.
  • It was bittersweet when they finally brought on Josh Robert Thompson in the cold open of the penultimate show for his moment of recognition outside of Geoff Petersen and all those other voices, and how much they kept flashing back to his mother in the audience. 
  • So much for my All Scots week/day/appearances theory/guess/hope. Oh well.
  • Pretaped song segment. Okay. It's just about every guest he had on in the last few months.
  • They finally got Bone Patrol on! Was I the only one thinking that one of those drummers was Craig? 
  • I think they spent what's left of their "budget" on the choir, drummers and Steve Jones. 
  • Man looks good standing on his desk. 
  • Figured that when Newhart was "unmasked" as Secretariat that some reference to his work would be made: it had the same "twist" ending as one of Newhart's shows - that his entire Late Late Show tenure was a 10 year dream, with him and Drew Carey as their Drew Carey Show roles, Mr Wick and Drew Carey.
It's been a fun ride. I miss it already, but I also can't wait to see the guest hosting (before James Corden comes on March)...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thoughts While Watching the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

  • It's in London this year? Yay for the English models, I guess.
  • You know you're getting old when you don't know who Hozier is. Am I supposed to know who that is?
  • At least the LED runway is something different.
  • What happened to the pounds and pounds of glitter from years past? I wonder if they recycle the stuff.... 
  • That's some really cute clothes and wings. 
  • Some of those wings... woah.
  • Taylor Swift is the only one interacting with the models as she sang... which might have more to do with how she's friends with practically all of them. 
  • Wow, they totally went all out giving Adriana and Alessandra their own Fantasy Bra. 
  • Speaking of Adriana and Alessandra... they're practically the old ladies of the Fashion Show now :P Okay, really senior Angels.
  • Yep, they totally cut out Ariana Grande getting hit in the face by someone's wings. Gawdamnit.
  • Seriously, what happens to the wings after the show?