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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
Scrubs sucked (me in again)

Scrubs sucked (me in again)

TV & Radio
As previously documented on this very site, Scrubs has managed to rescue itself somewhat from comedy purgatory.  After seven turbulent seasons on NBC (including a strike-shortened seventh last year), the show made its debut on ABC last night with a pair of new episodes.  So due to the fact that season 7 was somewhat respectable, and also due to the fact that not many shows have returned yet, I gave the show another chance. So far so good I have to say.  While I think the gut-busting days of the first five years are long gone, Scrubs can still be entertaining.  On the plus side, the juvenile and somewhat scatological humor from the last few years was gratefully absent.  The writing style and stories reminded me very much of vintage Scrubs.  The cast is largely intact, save for the introd
Tube talk – The Office and Scrubs return

Tube talk – The Office and Scrubs return

TV & Radio
I missed watching new TV shows less than I thought I would, but it was nonetheless good to have some of my favorites back this week. Last night marked the post-strike return of The Office and Scrubs, and the two shows basically picked up where they left off in '07. The Office, "Dinner Party" There were lots of great lines in this one, but I think I was more entertained than amused. The cringe factor was kicked up about three notches (to a level approaching the Ricky Gervais original), as Michael and Jan's relationship was put under the microscope. To call them dysfunctional would be an affront to dysfunctional couples everywhere. I rather enjoyed Michael in this episode, as he was more sympathetic than he's been in recent episodes. And did anyone catch that he outsmarted Jim n...
I don’t know what kind of site you think I’m running

I don’t know what kind of site you think I’m running

Blogstuff
Thanks to the handy website tracking tools site/blog owners can install, I am able to track not just how many people visit this blog and when, but how they get here (e.g. search terms). The majority of people coming to this blog via search engines are looking for some variant of "man in gray flannel suit." Unfortunately they will find neither the book nor the movie here. I do feel bad about tricking people in a way, but then again not so much. What I have to say is much more entertaining anyway. Aside from that, here are some of the more interesting search terms people have used to get to this blog: "christa miller plastic surgery" - OK, so I'm not the only one who is put off by the botched plastic surgery Christa Miller of Scrubs got within the last few years. She's got this w...
Scrubs – “I’m not dead yet!”

Scrubs – “I’m not dead yet!”

TV & Radio
I'm not sure how to react to the news that Scrubs will in fact be back for a seventh and final season on NBC. As I opined back in March, this season has been a big disappointment. I will temper that by admitting that over the last 5 or 6 episodes the quality has improved dramatically, but not quite to the consistently awesome level of previous years. I still have some issues with the way the series has developed this year (way too much toilet humor - and in the case of the last episode that was literal; the increasingly tired J.D./Elliot relationship woes; having to look at Christa Miller's botched plastic surgery, etc.), but I suppose things have improved enough that I am willing to watch the last season and see how things wrap up. It is only 18 episodes so I guess I can handle that...
Sometimes you gotta know when to say ‘when’

Sometimes you gotta know when to say ‘when’

TV & Radio
It really sucks when a great series is taken off the air in its prime. TV history is full of such mistakes, and I'm sure each of us has a list a mile long. But what sucks even more is when a great show is allowed to hang around too long. Like an athlete past his prime, we see occasional glimpses of the show's former greatness that give us hope, but more often we stick around simply out of loyalty. That and a dogged determination to see the end play out after investing so much time. While in retrospect the signs that Scrubs was nearing that point were there last season, it has become painfully clear this year. Granted, the last new episode was decent. But for the most part the show has been lifeless and empty. And that's not even mentioning the horrid Broadway musical episode (*sh...
Patrick Warburton, Linchpin of the Universe

Patrick Warburton, Linchpin of the Universe

People, TV & Radio
You know that feeling of total satisfaction you get when you find something great in life, and you didn't even realize you were looking for it?  I got that very feeling late last year when I discovered The Venture Brothers. I remember seeing ads for the show last year on Cartoon Network before its debut. I wasn't really all that impressed by what I saw. Maybe I was just jaded because most of the original programming on Cartoon Network is garbage that barely passes as animation. So in case the marketing team behind the show reads this, it's not necessarily your fault. When I did happen to catch the show it was purely by accident. I don't remember the exact circumstances, but it probably had something to do with me killing time on a Saturday night to avoid getting to sleep at a decent