Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I was so happy that Radiohead were scheduled to appear on Saturday Night Live and also my favourite of the Stewart/Colbert tag team (sorry, Stewart) on Comedy Central, The Colbert Report for an unprecedented hour long show in the latter's history. If there is a reason for a half-hour show to go an hour long, Radiohead  would be a pretty good reason. They can not be contained in 22 minutes. 

Personally, I can't tell the difference the extra drum set made in both appearances, but it was nice to see that the second drummer (Clive Deamer) in the SNL promo shots and also in the interview with Colbert.

Love the sign-off performance of The National Anthem and also the online-only performance of Codex (also my favourite track off The King of Limbs), which you must watch.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

NCIS Video Game Trailer

First there's the CSI game, now there's an NCIS game. Check out the trailer...

Much as I like the show, but as I don't play video games to start with, chances of me playing this game is pretty slim. But it looks like you get to be someone from the show, so that's got to be fun, right?

Monday, September 12, 2011

House, Hawaii Five-O and The Mentalist - What Do They Have in Common This Fall?

I was just thinking this the other night (which I had to write down before I could go back to sleep again), and I just realised that several returning shows this fall start with the protagonist(s) being in jail, with the new teaser promos to show for it. 

Here's the fourth season teaser of The Mentalist, where Simon Baker's character Patrick Jane was arrested and is incarcerated for killing Red John (jury's still out on that) in last season's finale. I have no idea how he'll get out of it, seeing as Lisbon and the rest are still suspended (why?)...

In the second season teaser of Hawaii Five-O, Five-O was disbanded and went to heck with the arrests of Kono and McGarrett for (allegedly) killing the last governor, and Danno finally having the opportunity to leave the big island and have his family back in one fell swoop last season. There is footage of McGarrett in jail. Another LOST alum is back in Hawaii for this, but I have no idea how he'll be a part of getting the group back together.

And of course, House MD with House in jail early the next season for driving his car into Cuddy's house and endangering its occupants LAST season. I seriously have no idea how the team is going to function with House in jail and presumably can't do the teleconference calls they've been doing lately from the big house.

Another thing they all have in common is that the protagonists are also NOT AMERICAN: Hugh Laurie is (still) English; Simon Baker and Alex O' Loughlin are Australian.

What do these shows have against their non-American protagonists anyway? I'm kidding, but still.

If anyone else can think of any other shows in this vein, let me know.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


I was looking forward to ABC's new fall show, Revenge, starring Emily Van Camp and then the pilot was already leaked online (don't ask me where) a couple of weeks before its September 21 premiere. I don't know whether it was a deliberate move by the network (which has got to be, how else can you can get buzz for a new fall show?) and or it's just some rough cut of the pilot. But what I saw seemed legit enough.

The show is loosely based on Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo, which I didn't even think of until I read that somewhere else, D'OH!!

Copy from the ABC site...

Wealth, beauty and status define the people in this town, but one woman is willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge.

Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) is new to the Hamptons. She's met some of her wealthy neighbors, has made a few new friends and seemingly blends into the town. But something is a little odd about a young girl living in a wealthy town all on her own, and the truth is that Emily isn't exactly new to the neighborhood. In fact, this was once her old neighborhood, until something bad happened that ruined her family and their reputation. Now Emily is back, and she's returned to right some of those wrongs in the best way she knows how – with a vengeance.

At first glance, it reminded me of CBS's Harper's Island, and I think this can probably only last for a season tops, assuming that she manages to avenge her father before it ends or gets cancelled.

I hope the show answers these questions with time...
  • How'd she get her money? The thing with Emily Van Camp is that she's too youthful looking to pass off as someone who's WORKED for her (presumed) millions and could only have gotten it through inheritance.
  • Will Victoria Grayson (the baddie, played by Madeleine Stowe) find out who Emily actually is before Emily's vengeance can be exacted?
  • Why is Nolan Ross (the guy who actually knew who she was) even THERE to begin with?
  • If James Tupper replaced Marc Blucas as Amanda's father (so it says on Wikipedia...), would they fix that in the flashback footage?
  • I'm not sure that living next door to your vengeance end game is at all a good idea, but that's just me.

I might keep watching this only because I'm a sucker for revenge plots and I want to know the answers to those questions and many more.

RIP, Uncle Frank

I haven't been watching Jimmy Kimmel Live for a while since I don't get the show on pay TV anymore and YouTube made it hard for people in certain geographical locations to watch the clips awhile ago, but that's been lifted recently, so I can catch up on clips again.

Here was the show's tribute to the late Uncle Frank, show security guard and on air "talent" (and apparently, Jimmy's real-life uncle) when he passed away a couple of weeks ago.