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Tube talk: Harry’s Law

Tube talk: Harry’s Law

TV & Radio
I started watching Harry's Law on NBC for one reason: David E. Kelley. The man created Boston Legal, one of my favorite shows in recent memory, so I figured if he could start a new show with even half the magic of that show I'd be a happy man. After eight episodes, I'm... well I'm sort of happy. It seems clear to me that Harry's Law is Kelley's attempt to continue in the same vein as Boston Legal, so much so that I'm surprised he didn't just call it Cincinnati Legal. It's a legal dramedy with some really eccentric characters and a generous heaping of speechifying about social justice. Regarding the latter aspect, I became used to the increasingly preachy tone Boston Legal struck in its last few seasons even though I wasn't a huge fan. So I'm not surprised that I've already been treated ...
Listening booth — “At Least It Was Here”

Listening booth — “At Least It Was Here”

Listening Booth, Music
I don't know about you, but I find NBC's serialized television program Community to be one of the more humorous ones currently airing. But this post doesn't concern the show, rather it concerns its most excellent theme song. It's called "At Least It Was Here" and is performed by Los Angeles-based indie rock band The 88. It's a charming and fun tune, I hope you will agree.
Proud As a Peacock – NBC Logo Evolution

Proud As a Peacock – NBC Logo Evolution

Featured Posts, TV & Radio
Much angst was generated among TV watchers recently with the consummation of the unholy alliance between Comcast and NBC Universal. This new corporate oligarchy, dubbed NBCUniversal, rolled out a new logo recently that dispensed with the iconic NBC peacock. Many expressed concern that this was to be the new logo for the NBC network. Even Brian Williams seemed perturbed by the loss of the peacock. Turns out all the worry is over nothing. The NBCUniversal logo, which is awful, is nothing more than corporate branding meant more for internal use than external marketing. The NBC stations that had been using the peacock (NBC, MSNBC, CNBC) will still have it, so fear not Brian. So now that everyone's blood pressure can come down a few points, I thought it would be nice to take a look at the hi...
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Song of the week: "Thunder Chicken" by The Impacts (Funky16Corners) Funny webcomic: Ideal life vs. real life vs. weekend life (makeuseof.com) Amy Spencer's "Female American Pop Icons" photos from Glamour magazine (Killahbeez) A village in Holland with no roads (Funny pictures) This is what almost getting hit by a truck looks like. (blogTO) An OCR'd dictionary of hobo slang (GlyphJockey) Gruesome crash photos from a BMW M3 wipeout (Jalopnik) SyFy's latest contribution to the arts: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, starring Debbie Gibson and Tiffany (I Watch Stuff) Move over FarmVille and Mafia Wars, Oregon Trail is coming to Facebook! (NBC Local) The Popdose staff (including yours tr...
A brief recap of my Olympics experience

A brief recap of my Olympics experience

Sports
I didn't have the gumption to post on a daily basis during the 2010 Winter Olympics, but I did watch a lot of them.  As I get older I find that I enjoy the Olympics more and more, although I think I prefer the Summer games more.  So here's some random observations on the 17-day spectacle that was the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics... • First off, I know I'm not the only one who thought NBC's coverage sucked hard.  I don't even care about the tape delays so much (since I'm not around to watch during the day anyway), but there was so much else to hate.  Look, I get that television networks are businesses, and the primary goal of a business is to make money.  But really, could NBC have been any more clumsy about the unending barrage of commercials?  After awhile it felt like I was watching...
Tube talk: 2008-09 TV season report card

Tube talk: 2008-09 TV season report card

TV & Radio
Television.  Love it or hate it, it sure beats reading or taking out the garbage.  I don't post all that frequently about TV on this site, but man do I spend a truckload of time watching it.  So here's a breakdown of the shows I watched over this past television season, and what I thought of them.  Overall it was a pretty good year, and the spectre of the writers' strike is already a distant memory. American Dad! - I can only guess that more of Seth MacFarlane's attention has been directed towards this show than Family Guy, which is the reason it has consistently been the funnier of the two.  Or maybe he isn't overseeing it, and that's why it's funnier.  Either way, this season saw a drop in quality from the previous few but was still pretty good.  Any bit with a Roger/Steve pairing was...
Kathy Griffin Rings in the New Year with Class

Kathy Griffin Rings in the New Year with Class

TV & Radio
Sometimes there's something to be said for having little to no social life, and therefore spending New Year's Eve at home with nothing more than a loved one by your side, some decent champagne to drink, and the glow of TV to entertain you.  Such was the case last night as I and Mrs. Suit were channel hopping to catch various New Year's celebrations on the boob tube. Dick Clark, bless his heart, is just too awkward to watch at this point.  I commend him for coming back from a stroke to usher in the new year once again, but when you find yourself waiting eagerly for Ryan Seacrest to come back you know it's bad. Over on NBC, Carson Daly put in yet another competent but bland effort.  How the hell is this guy still in show business?  He's got the personality of cold oatmeal. The great...
Can Heroes win back my love?

Can Heroes win back my love?

TV & Radio
I didn't write about Heroes much (at all) last season, and for good reason.  After a brilliant debut, the second season pretty much redefined "letdown".  You know this, the fans know this, and even creator Tim Kring knows this.  So the show's third volume - "Villains", which debuted with two episodes last night - is crucial to the success of the third season and the show's future. It's going to take some time for me to really immerse myself back into the world of Heroes again, but so far so good.  The balance between action and drama - draction - was just about right.  Seeing as the last new episode aired about 10 months ago, I found it surprisingly easy to pick up the show's various storylines.  That probably also has to do with some of the lamer ones being done or forgotten entirely. ...