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?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thoughts watching the second season of The Taste (ABC)

Second season finale of The Taste is coming!

It was sad to hear that Malarkey wasn't continuing on the show and replaced by Marcus Samuelsson as fourth mentor and judge, but whatever it takes to make things exciting. 

  • At least this year the judges are taking more time to decide instead of going by snap judgment followed by bitter regret after meeting the person who made the spoon. The double-edged sword that is blind tasting. 
  • The mentor's personalised trailers where they meet their teams at the start of the day is a charming touch. Show got more money now. 
  • Having the guest judge serve as mentor in the individual challenge for the winners of the team challenge is also not a bad idea. 
  • They've tweaked things around a little bit: Losing mentor having to send their weakest link home right after the team challenge is pretty brutal, but also to great effect when Nigella loses half her team in one episode early on when they lost both team and solo challenges.
  • At least the judges table is only on a slightly higher level than the cooking area than the first season, so there isn't any weird door and elevator footage like they did last season? 
  • Of course they want the home cook to be in the finale. But also sad that Nigella and Marcus are already out of the competition before the finale.
  • Who wants crazy dragon lady Marina to take the title? 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Thoughts while watching the recent Golden Globes

  • The only way you get the references in Tina and Amy's monologue is if you paid attention to the news or the Internet for the last couple of weeks. They may be timely, but I don't know about classic.
  • There was no way Coldplay would beat U2 for the category they were nominated in. I'm a Coldplay fan, but I'm also a realist. But it explains why Chris Martin was there as he doesn't normally appear with the wife in public.. 
  • There's also no way that Cate Blanchett looks like that with just SK-II... is she still the global ambassador? 
  • All the pregnant ladies this year. Not that there weren't any in previous years, I'm just saying.
  • Props to Emma Thompson for not giving a damn. 
  • No idea why Kate Beckinsale was presenting with Diddy and Usher. Anyone?
  • Michael Sheen and his kid - so cute. Too bad Masters of Sex didn't win any awards that night.
  • Was kind of hoping James Spader won his category for The Blacklist, just to see if he would show up, let alone say anything. 
  • Wasn't there a few times where there were MISTER Golden Globe or something? Had to like how Kevin and Kyra introduced their daughter Sosie as the year's Miss Golden Globe. Didn't need the Tina and Amy sketch that time. 
  • Fallon and McCarthy bit? Not funny.
  • The vagina joke was hilarious. 

About the Project Runway All Stars finale...

Was I the only one that's a tad disgruntled that Seth Aaron won AGAIN?! Poor Korto - runner up AGAIN.

Project Runway's been on the air so long they definitely have a large enough pool of contestants for more All Stars seasons, if not at least a couple more. 

I do wonder if they'll stick to Alyssa as host next season or if they'll draw another name out of the velvet button bag.. LOL

If that happens... they need more Swatch (Mood Fabric's store dog), like STAT.