Saturday, January 10, 2009

57 Channels and Only This Is On vol. LXII

Quote of the Week: How was I supposed to know it was a lesbian bar? (Eliot - Leverage)

Song of the Week: Amazing Grace - Johnny Cash (My Name Is Earl)

Big News of the Week: Welcome to 2009 part II: I came to the realization this week that the Monday after New Years Day is the worst day of the year: you have to back to work after a long layoff, it’s cold, one of the shortest days of the year, all the shine has worn off your Christmas presents, and your Christmas lights are mocking you because you were too lazy to take them down over the weekend. Things got better for me later in the week when I got to interview someone that I will be sharing sometime this week. As a hint, they were not as hairy or stupid in person as you would think.

Coalition Links of the Week:
With a ton of reasons to watch TV this month, Buzz picked her 12 favorites. (BuzzSugar)

Remember the awesomeness of Sports Night? GMMR's Take 5 looks back at the five best episodes of this fantastic show. (Give Me My Remote)

Vance put Friday Night Lights at the top of his Best of Television for 2008 list! (Tapeworthy)

This week, Jace offered advance reviews of the first two episodes of Season Five of Lost (and nearly passed out from excitement) and the first four episodes of The United States of Tara, as well as reviews of the Gavin & Stacey and Doctor Who Christmas specials. (Televisionary)

Ed Westwick's eyebrows? Heidi Klum's legs? Vote on which TV body part gave the best peformance in 2008! (TiFaux)

The TV Addict previewed the new season of 24 with none other than Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland. (The TV Addict)

Raoul was shocked --shocked!-- that True Beauty sucked. (TV Filter)

Heather went searching for Easter eggs at Ajira Airlines. (TV Spy)

Rock of Love: Charm School: It is never a good sign when you are assigned to teach women manners and the crowd starts chanting your name á la Jerry Springer. Of course had she faked fought with her guests, maybe Sharon Osborne would still have a talk show. You can also download Rock of Love: Charm School on iTunes.

My Name Is Earl: Getting the Babysitter Pregnant has to be up there as one of the dirtiest things that was on Earl’s list, I really cannot think of anything worst off the top of my head. But I really didn’t need to see Max in nothing but his underwear. But at least it wasn’t Randy. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download My Name Is Earl on iTunes.

Free Download of the Week: The Weight of Her - Butch Walker (Borders): Number 62 on my list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008 can now be yours for the low price of nothing.

Deal of the Week: Buy One TV on DVD Get One Free (Rescue Me, Damages, Married with Children)

Also check out my First Impressions of Confessions of a Teen Idol and my Preview of 10 Items or Less.

Next Week Pick of the Week: Friday Night Lights, Friday at 9:00 on NBC: My worst decision of 2008 is quickly righted in 2009 as I finally get to see the third season of the best show on television because I was too stupid to switch over to DirecTV even though my feud with Time Warner is reaching Olberman/O’Reilly proportions. Luckily my sources (basically everyone with DirecTV) say it is worth the wait.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Cleaning Out My Inbox vol. XIV

A plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Flight of the Concords, Battlestar Galactica, Dangerous Encounters, TNT, and one of those stupid blind items.

- It has been awhile since I mentioned you could watch the season two premiere of Flight of the Concords and if you are still on the fence on to watch the full length episode or not, here is a clip. And there is still time to submit you video to And if you would rather watch the premiere tune into HBO on January 18. And if you are lucky I may have more on the show in the near future.

- The best show on television returns next Friday. But enough about Friday Night Lights. Also returning next Friday , and my sourse tell me is almost as good as FNL, is the final episodes of Battlestar Galactica. A bunch of webisodes were released this week and instead of posting them all, you can just head over to Hulu to catch them as well as a video of The Top Ten Things You Need to Know which you also watch this Sunday on the Sci-Fi Channel.

- A new episode of Dangerous Encounters where Brady tracks crocodile as they are forced out of their natural habitat thanks to a recently build dam in South Africa and worth checking out if to see one scared cameraman. Below is a clip:

- TNT is continuing to add more dramas to its network with the recently added Leverage and the upcoming Trust Me (more on that in a couple weeks). Also set to debut sometime in 2009 are two new shows. Jada Pinkett Smith stars as a nurse in Time Heals (which may be a cheesier title than Raising the Bar) while Dylan McDermott headlines the undercover police drama The Line.

Yesterday I had a sit down interview that I will post sometime next week. Here is a hint to their identity: They have worked with Robin Leach but were never featured on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Granted the people on my Facebook already know who it is because they are special and you could be too.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Best of 2008 Redux

Here we are a week into the New Year, but I want to take one last look at 2008 (for full Best and Worst of the year, be sure to click on the Best of 2008 label at the bottom of the post). First my annual list of artists that had the most impact on be over the past twelve months with how they ranked in my Best lists in parentheses):

Top Artists of the Year

1. Coldplay (Song: 7, 16; Reader’s 1, 11; Mash-up: 12; Live 16; Video: 13, 23, 28; Album: 3)

2. Taylor Swift (Song: 11, 23, 59; Live: 21, 25; Video: 20, 29; Album: 5)

3. Kanye West (Song: 29, 53, 54, 71, 77; Reader’s: 5; Mash-Up: 9, 24; Live: 1, 17; Video: 4, 9, 19)

4. The Roots (Song: 27, 43, 49; Video: 17, 21; Album: 8)

5. Gnarls Barkley (Song: 4, 12, 78; Video: 2, 10; Album: 6)

Next some self congratulatory lists some with the most read posts and labels you all read during the last year.

Most Popular Posts

1. But That Was When I Ruled the World

2. Best Television Shows of 2007-2008

3. Voted Most Likely to End up on the Back of a Milk Carton

4. And You’re Singing a Song Thinking This Is the Life

5. We On Award Tour: 2008 ESPY Nominations

6. Previewing When Weather Changed History

7. 25 Best Characters on Television

8. You Said I Must East So Many Lemon Because I Am so Bitter

9. Press Release: FX There Is No Box

10. First Impressions: Fans vs. Favorites

11. Breathe them Deep into Your Lungs

12. You Got Me on My Knees Begging Please

13. Fourth Annual Scooter Television Awards

14. 2008 Winter Music Preview

15. Previewing The Closer

16. First Impressions: The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and Heroes

17. Our Name Is Our Virtue

18. One Hor Angel, One Cool Devil

19. Life Is a Maze and Love Is a Riddle

20. First and Second Impressions: Eli Stone

21. This Is Gonna Be Legendary, Wait for it… Dary

22. We Have to Go Back Kate

23. Cause God Stopped Keeping Score

24. 2008 Spring Music Preview

25. I Fear Change or Why Time Waner Wants Me to Cancel their Service

Most Viewed Labels

1. Best of 2007

2. Best of 2008

3. Olympics

4. Album Review

5. Veronica Mars

6. Kelly Clarkson

7. Beauty and the Geek

8. Contest

9. Chuck

10. Best of 2006

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

You Hold Your Head up to the Sky; You Say What Kind of Blue Are You

Love, Save the Empty - Erin McCarley

It is hard to predict radio hits anymore aside from your token bland rap dance tracks out there. But Pony (It’s OK) by Erin McCarley can easily replace Sara Bareilles as Love Song starts getting retired from playlists after a year and a half run. It is just as bouncy with the underlying sarcasm to break up the monotony of other female singer-songwriters who have been recreating Fiona Apple for the past decade.

That bouncy vibe continues on Sticky-Sweet, but with more a cabaret feel and it is refreshing to hear a song about candy that isn’t filled with obvious innuendo. Blue Suitcase sounds like something from a time long ago. The title track is a quirky ditty that fills out during the chorus. While Gotta Figure This Out and its soaring guitars sounds like a soundtrack for Friday Night Lights.

There are some the singer-songwriters clichés on Love, Save the Empty. Lovesick Mistake is just your run of the mill ballad meant for montage sequences on crappy television shows. Pitter-Pat is a slightly better ballad which borders on a lullaby. But bonus points for the bongos on Bobblehead.

A solid debut Love, Save the Empty is, but the sophomore record is the true test that tells if McCarley falls into obscurity, bound to easy listening radio staple, or someone with staying power. But for now, as Bareilles so pleasantly put it, there’ll be girls across the nation that will eat this up.

Song to Download - If you downloaded Pony (It’s OK) for free when I suggested, then go with Blue Suitcase

Love, Save the Empty gets a Terror Alert Level: High [ORANGE]on my Terror Alert Scale.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Previewing 10 Items or Less

The cast of 10 Items or Less

One thing that always works in comedy is the inept boss and you can count Leslie Pool, owner of the Greens and Grains, as one of them. You have no clue how the store stays in business, but you are glad it does so there are more episodes. And for the new season of 10 Items or Less, premiering tonight, it may be harder for the store to stay open thanks to the addition of Kim Coles (In Living Color), the manager from New York at SuperValueMart.

She starts off quick at the stickball competition that quickly turns into gambling. And of course the gambling isn’t traditional but on a new game created by the Meat guy Todd called Turkey Bowling, which is pretty self explanatory.

10 Items of List is a semi-scripted show and unlike many improvisational shows, the show is much more hit than missed. 10 Items or Less airs Tuesdays at 11:00 and you can catch up on previous season of 10 Items or Less on iTunes. Or get 10 Items or Less - Seasons 1 & 2 (there have only been thirteen episodes so far). For a clip of tonight’s premiere, check it out below (and if you are lucky I may have a cooler preview for the episode next week):

Monday, January 05, 2009

First Impressions: Confessions of a Teen Idol

The Cast of Confessions of a Teen Idol

Darn you VH1. After the Charm School Reunion (yeah, that fight was totally staged), I stuck around a couple seconds to see if Confessions of a Teen Idol was as cheesy as the premise sounded. Then sixty minutes later I wondered where the hour went. Darn you VH1. Why did Time Warner have to give you a last minute reprieve instead of axing all the Viacom owned cable channels? Hopefully Time Warner yanks the channel by the time Tool Academy premieres.

But I was sucked in from the get go. VH1 has to have the best editors ever because they seem to make the most inane things seem intriguing. Confessions of a Teen Idol takes seven former stars and give them another chance of stardom as men. Included in the mix are two Baywatch castoffs (Jeremy Jackson, David Chockachi), 80’s stars that I only know of because of their commentary from I Love the 80’s (Christopher Atkins, Adrian Zmed, and, um, I actually don’t remember the third guy but apparently he was in Fame: the series), and Eric Neis of all people. How exactly can you get someone whose lone claim to fame another chance at stardom? Beg the producers of the MTV Challenges to let him back on?

The only one of the bunch that you can really feel sorry for is Jamie Walters because the main reason why his career tanked was because a character he was playing pushed Donna Martin down the stairs. Guiding these formal idols through their journey: Chachi and Wayne Arnold. Also listed as producers on the show: Eric Bishoff and J.D. Roth. VH1, please give me back my soul.

The show seems to play off like an episode of Celebrity Rehab but the addiction is fame (as one of the therapist mentions in every promo for the show). But as it usually goes the least famous of the bunch, Neis, may turn out to be the most entertaining as it turns out he may be so insane that the producers had to put a disclaimer on the screen when he started talking about his ways to living a healthier life.

Verdict: Certainly not appointment television, but unless Time Warner actually pulls the station of its lineup, I sadly will eventually see most of the show through reruns. Darn you VH1. Confessions of a Teen Idol airs Sundays at 8:00 on VH1 and will repeat constantly throughout the week because it is VH1.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

57 Channels and Only This Is On vol. LXI

Quote of the Week: Fate can be changed, Eli, except for when it can’t. (Frank, Eli Stone)

Song of the Week: No music this week, except of course you count my list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008

Big News of the Week: Welcome to 2009: Is anyone else disconcerted that we are one year away from the end of the decade and we have yet to settle on a nickname for the 00’s. I prefer it as O’s as in Cheerios but I have also heard the Aught’s. Even VH1 copped out naming their (premature) rundown of the decade I Love the New Millennium. So just for clarification purposes, if I were to make any best of the decade lists this year, I would want everyone to pronounce the decade like Cheerios when you read the title.

Leverage: It was a little too soon for anyone to get injured on the show. The show is much better the lighter it is and they really should have waited until the second season at least before they made a partner in serious peril episode. With that said, a nice twist being able to solve a second case while in the middle of a different heist. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download Leverage on iTunes.

Eli Stone: Hopefully that was it for the dark arts. Of course with only three episodes left there isn’t much time for anything. Let’s hope the show goes out with a bang. Actually let’s hope it doesn’t so I don’t have to ponder an ABC boycott. Of course one quick way to a boycott would be not showing them or the final Pushing Daisies episodes so we aren’t stuck having to get the DVD. The least they could do is burn them on Saturday when they just show reruns anyways. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download Eli Stone on iTunes.

Free Download of the Week: Pony (It’s OK) – Erin McCarley (iTunes): I heard this catchy ditty a while ago and have been waiting to take a listen to a full album which comes out this Tuesday (although you can currently download it on iTunes).

Next Week Pick of the Week: Rock of Love: Charm School, Tonight at 7:00 on VH1: Nothing I watch returns this week sans My Name Is Earl, but what I am really looking forward tonight is the reunion show where Sharon Osborne, the headmaster of Charm School who was there to teach the contestant how to be more like ladies, beats down one of her pupils. It is a little fishy that she just happens to attack Megan Hauserman who just happens to be getting her very own reality dating show and apparently no charges were filed. Not that I am accusing that anything VH1 does is staged.