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I’m with Coco

On January 23, 2010, in Television, by Brian Huberd

Conan O’Brien left the building last night with dignity, style and class. Sadly, I can’t say the same about his predecessor/successor. Go Team Conan!

Top Gear – US Edition will suck…

On July 9, 2008, in Television, Top Gear, by Brian Huberd

This was pointed out to me by a Mr. N. Worth, and I quite agree. Top Gear is a rather brilliant motorcar show on BBC 2 that will be brought to the US with new hosts for NBC. This is why it will fail. Spectacularly. In that US version of Coupling sort of way. It may not be apparent at first, and the hosts I have no doubt will know what they’re talking about, and might even get the same level of energy and chemistry that Clarkson, Hammond and May have in the UK. However, as the BBC is an broadcaster that gets funding from the TV License in the UK, NBC relies on advertiser revenue. The moment that the US version goes out on a limb while reviewing, say, a Ford or a car from a division of Ford, and gives a very honest and critical review if they don’t like the vehicle calls will be made to NBC corporate the very next day, if not that evening and discussions of sponsorship and current and future ad sales will be made, and it won’t be pretty.

Which means that a US version of Top Gear will be limited to the challenges, the star in a reasonably priced car and so on, but if you’re going to go in and expect an unbiased review of a vehicle, don’t hold your breath.

Time to breathe…

On April 12, 2008, in Television, sickness, by Brian Huberd

Because for the past week or two, I haven’t been able to breathe at all. Nothing major. Really. Just a horrible, horrible, horrible chest cold. In April. Lovely. Was sent home after an hour and a half last Thursday, stayed home on Friday and by Sunday was basically recovered enough for work again the next day. Just how I’ve always wanted to spend a long weekend…oh well… But while I was technically a-ok for work last week, I still had some gunk in the lungs that I was coughing up (and I do apologize for the rather horrible word-picture there) that finally subsided last night and this morning. I do anticipate the little things in life like enjoying food again.

Meanwhile, I have been meaning to write something new in here since it again has been a while. But it all seemed like the fever dreams of last Thursday and Friday where I would see say an ad on television and it just not making sense. Like say one of the new ads for what appears to be a clothing line at JC Penney. In one of the ad segments, it appears to be a young girl’s birthday party and the adults are encouraging her to put her booted foot through the center of her cake. I’ve been to several birthday parties for children and I have never seen this sort of behavior. If it’s real, it must be some sort of weird mid-western thing. I would like to think that it isn’t.

The next ad that struck me was from Loews where an employee assists what appears to be a very well rendered grizzly bear with shopping for home improvement goods to build a deck and add a barbecue. I understand the punchline had something to do with people coming out of hibernation from the winter, and thus the use of a bear (and it only makes the slightest bit of sense, really), but I’d expect that your average employee of Loews isn’t going to be calmly discussing the advantages of specific models of barbecue to a grizzly bear that outweighs him at least 4 to 1, but instead will be fleeing in the other direction yelling at everyone to watch out – there’s a grizzly bear on the loose in the store.

But I could be mistaken.

The coolest thing ever to a 9 year old…

On March 10, 2008, in Alex Ross, Television, comics, by Brian Huberd

I was checking out today and found this…

This is the coolest thing ever and something I really wanted to see when I was 9 years old. I’m guessing Alex Ross feels the same way. The George Reeves Superman of the 1950s, the Adam West Batman of the 1960s, Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the 1970s (with the season 1 1940s costume) and Jackson Bostwick as Captain Marvel in the 1970s.

Now let’s see a whole story with the group of them together…I can work! I know it!

Yao Man FTW!

On February 6, 2008, in American Idol, Apple TV, Survivor, Television, The Apprentice, by Brian Huberd

I do tend to watch quite a bit of reality TV. Mainly because the majority of scripted fare doesn’t cut it for me. That’s not to say I’ll watch reality exclusively, nor do I think that anything with a writing staff is a waste of time effort. So, just to put it all out there – and while not necessarily logging every minute in front of the television – here’s a list, hopefully complete, of shows that I watch regularly, both reality and scripted. Not the ones that if I’m flipping channels and if I see it I’ll stop. These are the ones I make sure are set to record on the DVR, and this is current stuff, so nothing from the past.

Reality (in no particular order) -

American Idol
The Apprentice
The Amazing Race
Beauty and the Geek
Mythbusters (It’s not scripted…and sadly it gets lumped into this category)
Top Gear (Same as above)

Scripted (in no particular order) -

Doctor Who (anybody shocked here?)
The Sarah Jane Adventures
(The above three entries are courtesy of my High Power Internet Antenna)
Battlestar Galactica
Boston Legal
Ugly Betty

I also live in fear that if I really do start watching 30 Rock and The Office I’d get sucked into some sort of vortex that I’d never get out of again. It’s an irrational fear, but it’s MY irrational fear.

There has got to be more that I’m forgetting, but I do watch a measurable amount of video podcasts on the AppleTV. Like iFanboy and The Totally Rad Show for example. That’s probably the rest of my TV time.

But tonight starts a new cycle of Survivor, fans v. favorites. This time unless he again makes an ill-advised promise to someone who isn’t prone to keep them, we may get Yao Man to finally get a very well deserved win.

American Idol’s audition phase petered out last night with what amounted to a clip show before Hollywood week starts next Tuesday. Lots of repeat clips of people I really didn’t care to see ever again, and people who couldn’t make the final edit of the broadcast episode for the city the show visited. That’s not quite compelling television. But the brutality of the cuts in Hollywood always raise the stakes and they separate the maybe could be professionals from the not a chance in acting or being professional, or the just plain unlucky.

The Celebrity Apprentice has also been apparently renewed. Why? This version is as dull as rope with the pseudo-celebs they’ve got now. Trump also has his hands tied as far as the rather unusual, or just plain irrational and at his whim decisions he makes in the boardroom when firing people. Meh. Bring back the wannabes and the fame seekers and let’s see a return to the seemingly arbitrary actions of New York’s favorite real estate developer