I am currently in the process of moving. We actually just signed our new lease last night for the apartment that we chose after a rapid fire weekend of showings. The apartment is pretty nice actually, almost twice the size of our current apartment, a ton of amenities, and a much more professional upkeep than we’ve had. But in this process, I’ve wanted to make some lifestyle changes; I guess that’s what you could call them. In particular I want to get rid of cable television.
I just got back from watching
[amazonify]B001GMAVGE::text::::Get Smart[/amazonify], the latest movie based on a former television show. Going into the movie, I was quite excited for it because I love Steve Carell and I also loved the old television program as well. Yet I didn’t really know how this one would turn out. The commercials seemed like it would work well, but I also feared that the commercials, like usual, showed all the funny parts. I’d also say that the track record for shows turned into movies has not been good. I can think of very few TV Shows that worked well as movies in the last ten years.
We are likely mid-way into the latest installment of Man vs. Wild and I thought I’d give my thoughts. The important aspect of this particular season is that it really is the first real season after the debacle of everyone finding out just how fake the show was. The news was out before the previous season, but I had the feeling that they were caught with their pants down. The show seemed very much like a series of how to clips that weren’t entertaining nor interesting.
Seems like an odd time for me to be talking about Jericho. After all, it has been months since the show got canceled for a second time, and I don’t think I ever really talked about it in the first place. However, I decided to revisit the show since it may be the last chance I have serious time, and I wanted to look at some post-apocolyptical stories for ideas for my game.
I wish I could post a link of this interview, but unfortunately Viacom has been harsh on YouTube and thus Daily Show posts get pulled almost as fast as they get posted. However, if you saw this particular interview, it was worth the watch. Jon Stewart did an amazing job grilling McCain, and did a much better job at catching him on what he says far better than other media channels.
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Ok so Scrubs hasn’t been good in recent years. That we knew. The last two, maybe three, have been really bad and what was once a show that I’d take time to go see, in recent years has turned into a show that we have watched reality TV over. The show was great in its day, but like many shows just became too weird in recent years. I think of The Drew Carrey Show, News Radio, and Northern Exposure in particular which had phenomenal episodes the first few years and then swiftly went into the “over the edge” area in the later years (for News Radio this I think largely had to do with the death of Phil Hartman). I think this is always a danger for quirky shows like these, and Scrubs suffered from it as well.
Showtime recently put this show on its OnDemand selection because it is entering its second season and it offered me the chance to check it out. The show is essentially a series of documentaries based on a Public Radio program in Chicago. Each week they take a theme and then give 1-3 short documentaries that somehow fit the theme.
The documentaries themselves are of high quality, and the narration from Ira Glass is nothing short of stellar. Mr. Glass seems to have a voice made for radio as he somehow pulls off an intelligent yet fun narration that is very difficult to accomplish. I found the show to be interesting and thought provoking, and offering what isn’t really news, but somehow fills the news buffer better than CNN and Fox News does.
The various documentaries has ranged from an old man who visits his wife’s mausoleum every day years after she had passed to a story of city teens riding and taking care of horses through the streets to attempt to impress women. Some are funny, but in all honesty, many are quite depressing. The series promises that this upcoming season is more uplifting and humorous, though the first episode has still been a little on the depressing side.
Of course this show has made me discover the radio program which I have found to be also quite interesting to listen to, although I don’t like it nearly as much as the television broadcast. It is a rarity that I think the new version is truly better than the old one. That is to take nothing away from the radio broadcast, it is equally stellar. But images bring so much more to the story that just narration cannot provide and for this reason the television broadcast is better.
If you are interested in finding out about the show. They have a website with most of the recordings freely available to listen to or buy. I have started listening to a few and have been surprised with how well the show has stuck with their original format since 1995. And while a lot may think that it is time to change, this show is so good it doesn’t really need to. They got it right from the start.
I also would like to mention that the radio show is refreshing take back on the radio programs of old before the advent of television which I think is a format that is sorely missed. It is so much like these programs of old that they even take the show on the road for people to watch. I wish there were more of these not necessarily targeted at the 60+ crowd…