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Archive for March, 2006

So many new shows, so little time

Well, I'm rather behind on reviewing the newest shows, so in the interests of my laziness, I have a mini-review of Free Ride and just grades for the rest of the new shows I've watched.

Free Ride
(Sunday at 9:30 on FOX)

Nate (Josh Dean) has just graduated college in California and is heading home to Missouri. Dissatisfied with his degree’s career path, he thinks spending some time at home will help him find direction. Back home he runs into someone from high school, Amber (Erin Cahill) and is smitten but finds out she’s engaged. Luckily (or unluckily) he runs into Mark Dove (Dave Sheridan), someone who wishes he still was in high school, who makes it his personal mission to see that Nate parties hearty. Throw in his parents who are in therapy and didn’t expect him to return and make him live in the garage, and you have the makings of a quarter-life crisis.

This show, like Sons and Daughters, has some of the dialogue improvised, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is another matter altogether. For the most part though, it is pretty funny, with Dove providing most of the laughs.

Grade: B-


Sons and Daughters
(Tuesday at 9:00 and 9:30)

Partially improvised, Cameron and Sharon are funny, but the kids often steal the show.

Grade: B+


The Unit
(Tuesdays at 10:00)

Haven't watched yet… 3 (4?) episodes on the DVR waiting

Grade: INC

The New Adventures of Old Christine
(Monday at 9:30)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is very funny, unfortunately, most of the supporting cast does very little supporting.

Grade: B


(Wednesdays at 10:00)

Even though it's very Ocean's Eleven-ish, interesting nonetheless

Grade: B

(Fridays at 10:00)

Not watched yet. May be canceled from favorites.

Grade: INC

(Tuesdays at 9:30)

Stars Sarah Alexander (Coupling – Original BBC version), and a bunch of other people whom the only other I recognize is Kali Rocha (Halfreck; Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Seems OK for the one episode I've seen.

Grade: C+


Modern Men
(Fridays at 9:30)

3 dudes with woman woes jointly seek the advice of a life coach. Blah.

Grade: D+

Watched log for Thursday

Sons and Daughters: Hospital Visit, Surprise Party

Smallville: Hypnotic

The O.C.: The Secrets and Lies

The Loop: Trouble in the Saddle

My Name Is Earl: Boogeyman

The Office: Michael's Birthday

Watched log for Wednesday

Lost: Lockdown

Lockdown = Locke down… it's a double meaning…

Veronica Mars: The Rapes of Graff

ROFL… the Lamb re-election campaign poster "18 – It's Legal!" Veronica's sob story at the wig shop…

As for the MotW… decent. Too bad I can't really remember what episode Troy was in before. Now I really need to buy and rewatch the season 1 DVDs.

Almost forgot… the cameos by Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat (George Michael and Maebe on Arrested Development) were awesome.

Out of Practice: Hot Water

Courting Alex: Big Client

Watched log for Tuesday

Scrubs: My Bright Idea

Teachers: Substitute

The New Adventures of New Christine: One Toe Over the Line, Sweet Jesus

Watched log for Monday

Monty Python's Personal Best: Terry Jones' Personal Best

Everwood: Ghosts, Lost and Found

24: Day 5: 9:00PM-10:00PM

American Hot Rod: '54 Corvette and '55 Chevy Part 3

Watched log for Sunday

Monk: Mr. Monk and the Astronaut, Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist

What I Like About You: Finally

Series Finale.

Modern Men: The Breakup

Related: The Cape, The Move

The Surreal Life: Making the Video

Hogan Knows Best: Kids Get a Reality Check

Heist: Pilot

The Simpsons: Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife

Desperate Housewives: Could I Ever Leave You?

Malcolm in the Middle: Hal's Dentist

Family Guy: Sibling Rivalry

Free Ride: Procrastin-Nating

Watched log for Saturday

Related: Sisters Are Forever, His Name Is Ruth

American Inventor: Episode 1, Episode 2

Mini Review: This is American Idol but for people with crazy inventions. Which makes sense because it's produced by Simon Cowell. I like the inventions and the pitch part of the program but there is so much of the emotional aspect of the show that kind of annoys me. It's pretty good though. I'm interested to see where these invention go, and how many of these will end up on an infomercial.

Grade: A-

The Surreal Life: Movin' On In

Houseguests: Sherman Hemsley, Tawny Kitaen, C.C. Deville, Steve Harwell, Andrea Lowell and Alexis Arquette. Florence Henderson is the On-Call therapist.

Number 1 Single: Stay

Malcolm in the Middle: Lois Strikes Back

Watched log for Friday

South Park: The Return of Chef!

Everybody Hates Chris: Everbody Hates Funeral

Free Ride: Colon Blow to the Head

Watched log for Thursday

Family Guy: I Take Three, Quagmire

That 70’s Show: Son and Daughter

The Loop: Tiger Express

The O.C.: The Undertow, The Journey

My Name Is Earl: Y2k

Review of The Loop

The Loop
(Thursdays on FOX at 8:30 after That 70’s Show)

Sam (Bret Harrison; Grounded For Life) is the youngest executive at TransAlliance Airways. He is also the only one of his friends with a “real? job, i.e. one with a desk and paperwork and everything else in an office. He lives with his older brother Sully(Eric Christian Olsen), the slacker, and two friends from college, Piper (Amanda Loncar), the girl he likes but, who is attached and oblivious to his intentions, and the hot bartender girl, Lizzy (Sarah Mason; Quintuplets).

He has to constantly balance work and his social life, sometimes to the detriment of both. At work, he is berated by his cantankerous boss, Russ (Philip Baker Hall), harassed by the VP, Meryl (Mimi Rogers), and belittled by his MIT-educated assistant, Darcy.

I’m excited to see that Bret Harrison has a lead role, after the cancelation of the little-appreciated Grounded For Life. He definitely seems to be holding together this band of misfits rather well. So far the show has been pretty consistently funny, although his friends seem to be the weak point of the cast.

From my perspective, having recently had to make a similar transition from college to career while my friends all continued to party, I can certainly sympathize with his situation, which may make it all that funnier for me.

So, anyway, decent cast, good writing, and just enough goofiness make this an agreeable way to travel.

Grade: B+

Watched log for Wednesday

Overhaulin’: Hot Head

Bones: The Woman in the Tunnel

Lost: The Whole Truth

Yay! New Lost episode. So, there’s a Sun pregnancy plot, Henry the balloonist’s map, and Locke’s hatch. Charlie was less annoying.

Widmore Labs… wonder if that’ll be important. Just looked it up, and there may be other Widmore companies that may be important.

Weird how the island seems to have some sort of curative powers. Locke’s legs, Sun’s faulty/not faulty fallopian tubes. It’s a miracle.

Veronica Mars: The Quick and the Wed

OMG! Tinseltown Diaries! ROFL! Awesome. Oh, I would love to know what #8 is on the Bachelorette scavengar hunt list. Also awesome was the Silence of the Lambs callback. Ah, Kendall. Haaron. Awesome.

Out of Pratice: Model Behavior

Courting Alex: The Mattress

Watched log for Tuesday

Scrubs: My Extra Mile, My Chopped Liver

Sons and Daughters: Family Finance, Karaoke

Watched log for Monday

Number 1 Single: Timing Is Everything

How I Met Your Mother: Life Among the Gorillas

24: Day 5: 8:00PM-9:00PM

The New Adventures of Old Christine: Open Water

American Hot Rod: ’54 Corvette and ’55 Chevy Part 2

Monster Garage: The Noodler

Watched log for Sunday

Hogan Knows Best: Brooke Breaks Away

Modern Men: Pilot

Monster Garage: Georgia H.S. Dragster

American Hot Rod: ’54 Corvette and ’55 Chevy Part 1

Related: Here’s A Balloon For You

The Simpsons: Bart Has Two Mommies

Grey’s Anatomy: Superstition

Free Ride: Up the Aunty

The Boondocks: The Passion of Ruckus