Tag Archives: television

COMMUNITY’s coming back!

23 Feb

Yeees! to my great pleasure, Im glad to anounce that COMMUNITY will be back on air on March 15! The wait has been long enough! With COMMUNITY in it’s -no doubt- best season yet, this extended hiatus has been excrutiating pain, even more so, for me, because though we got the 30 ROCK comeback in return, I think the payoff hasn’t been worth it.

Soooo, glad that the show is coming back to air the rest of its season, I hope this comes as good news for others, and for those who have no idea of what Im talking about, I sugest you watch the show, for me, best show “on air” right now!

HOUSE CANCELED! “Goodbye my friend it’s hard to die, when all the birds are singing in the sky”

9 Feb

I’ve been pleading for this day to come; as a [H]OUSE fan who has seen the show slowly suffer a long and painful death, I’ve prayed for the TV gods to come and take it out of its misery already. Much like the feeling we have grown accustomed to, having had to endure 8 years of seeing Dr. Gregory House overdosing, inserting knifes into light sockets, jumping out of balconies, and so much worse. This show is just utterly painful in every sense of the word, and I wouldn’t have loved it any other way. We have seen someone we have come to love, suffer and self-destruct, and in that way, we have come to understand that there’s people that can’t be saved, that for some people there’s just sadness. And like Olivia wilde said, referring to the show’s end, “shows like that don’t happen… ever”. So as I inform and confirm that House MD has been cancelled and will end in may, though I sad, I’m also happy and thankful for what the show has given me, and for the creators to have decided to pull the plug, and let that sinking ship out of its misery.

Calling it a ‘creative decision’, the producers of [H]OUSE MD have publicly informed us of the show’s cancelation. The news has travelled the whole world in a matter of hours, and not surprisingly, since it’s the most watched show in the world at the moment, and Hugh Laurie is the highest paid tv leading man. For all of those who have kept informed, it’s not a surprise that the show is ending, we’ve been waiting for the news for a few months now and (at least me), had wanted for the news to come sooner rather than later, so that they can give House a proper exit.

There is so much I could say about this but, since news can be read anywhere, and I can even link you to a page with all of the press statements and all of the messages from the actors and creators talking about the wonderful ride that has been the show; I would like to talk from my heart here, because I have seriously been moved deeply by this show. So here it goes:

I’m a visual artist (or aspiring to be one), I work and study cinematography, film, and just audiovisual language, that is what I love. I am in love with tv, and all it gives us. I have even started piling up information for an investigation on the ‘cinematographical’ value of television shows, since at least in my country, television is not seen as something valued by our colleagues. Art is what moves us, it is a flush of emotions created in the viewer by the piece. On top of that, the art of telling stories allows us to discover ourselves in recognizing a shared humanity, we live vicariously by made up characters and learn something insightful and inspirational about ourselves. This can be done with drama, thrillers, comedy and anything you can think of. All stories are valuable, all stories are art, all stories allow us to feel, and share, and be inspired. I find inspiration in so many places.

So, to come back to House; I just said all of this maybe to justify myself, or maybe just to try and not feel so lame as I talk. I have often wondered how House MD can be the most watched show around the world. As much as I love it, I would have never guessed that a rude, drug-addicted, miserable, caustic misanthrope would appeal to that many people, and I think here lies the value of the show. It is new and fresh and made a unknowing world look deeper; understand and recognize and empathize with a part of ourselves we don’t normally think about, we don’t like to think about. Our pain, our hurt, our stupidity!, our lies, our wrongdoings, and our eternal search, above all of that, for something to keep us alive, for something that doesn’t make us feel like we are shit.

And I also think I might be right about this if we think about the fact that this show is incredibly popular just about anywhere but England. We all now Hugh Laurie is british and he has always stated that he is actually pleased by the fact that he can go home and not be harassed by running horde of people, like it happens in everywhere else. We also know that Greg House is based on Sherlock Holmes. So, I actually think that the ‘not success’ of the show in England might be due to British upbringing. I have said before that it is well established that British film, tv and comedy has been marked by a sarcastic, misanthropic, self-deprecating nature. They grew up with the stories of the original Sherlock Holmes to think about; so maybe Dr. House is not something new, it is probably seen as a superficial commercial hoax of things they have already seen, already read, already known.  THIS IS ALL MY VERY IGNORANT SUPOSITION, AND IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT I AM WAY OUT OF PLACE BY SAYING ANY OF THIS, but it’s what I have come to think. SOOOOO, anyway, all of this is to keep saying the same thing, that at least for me, but I think I’m not alone, this show made us see things in a new perspective, not before seen in our Americanized television sets. This show came at a point in my life where I was in discomfort and I couldn’t really understand what about. This show gave me words, gave me company, made me feel bad but at the same time made me feel better. It came as what we call in Spanish a “modelo de vida”, which maybe means like a example of life, as something to think about; not only from the main character’s point of view but as a study of human nature from every angle, from every interaction and dissection done on 177 hours of television. For me, it was almost never a sad experience to sit and watch House, it was somewhat of a way to feel, a way to see things when you want to be better.

BE BETTER. I think that’s what the show was all about: House wanting and not wanting to be better, his fight for it. And my sad broody self would think it would be a marvelous end to everything if he ended like the lost soul he is, and I don’t think that’s all bad. I think we need to come to understand that not all people get saved, not all people learn to deal with reality and overcome life’s potholes in the road; and I think it shows that at the end it’s up to us, if we let ourselves get washed by it, or if there is something we need to change, something for which we need to fight stronger, fight better.

So to end this post, I want to just talk about a nice thought I had on the series finale. I was hearing one of the songs on Pink Floyd’s The Wall the other day, ‘Nobody Home’, and one of the phrases got me thinking actually about the end of the show: ‘I’ve got a grand piano to prop-up my mortal remains’. Got me thinking of House as a little boy, as we have heard him talk about, about wanting and wishing and having been deprived as a kid, made feel unworthy, and about the character as someone with so much to offer, that got kicked when he is down by life. About him saying he has no material belongings that he cherishes apart from his piano. The song talks about someone who wants better, who wants to do and be and it seems like life has just given him no room to be. Again, it talks about a feeling most people will come to experience at some point in life, and, in a innocence that seems to be narrated by a lost boy, the song names some of this guy’s material belongings, the little crap he values deeply, and one of those few things is his piano, “a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains”. And isn’t that a beautiful image? I think it is an amazing image, for House to climb up to that piano and just lie down and die. :S too awful? But what do I know? The other part of me, the really girly part, wants Cuddy to come back, tell him she forgives him and for them to ride out onto the sunset (in his bike) together. So what do I know?

SUPERBOWL best and worst COMMERCIALS

6 Feb

SUPERBOWL best and worst COMERCIALS

HEY! Im actually not a Football fan but I do always enjoy the great display of creativity shown on the amazing parade of SUPERBOWL COMMERCIALS. This is not mine, im just sharing the link for TVLINE’s post on the best and worst commercials today.

And now, because I obviously cant help my self, a HOUSE superbowl commercial from last year…. a spoof of the classic Mean Joe Green Coke ad

aaaaand the original:

GUESS the TV character!

31 Jan

Hey, just found this online. Couldn’t find the creator but I’ll copy the source I got it from.

CAN YOU TELL ME WHO THEY ALL ARE?… Im a little doubtful on a couple.

 

 

SOURCE http://mattlovescomics.tumblr.com/post/16557594661/i-dont-know-who-drew-this-but-its-pretty-damn

DWIGHT spinoff! Rainn Wilson confirms, joking: “the worst idea I have ever heard in my life”

30 Jan

Yes! It is confirmed by the actor himself. It seems like Dwight will make THE OFFICE  proud by spreading his wings OUT of Dunder Mifflin and into his own show. Wilson said the project is in the works, planning on revolving around Dwight returning to his family’s beet farm and bed & breakfast:

“It would have a crazy menagerie of characters,” …Rainn said…“It would be even more far out and weird than The Office.”

There is no deal officially sealed for the project, but it was said that a backdoor pilot is planned to air later this season for a projected 2013 premiere.

SOURCES

http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00047365.html

http://www.tvline.com/2012/01/office-dwight-spinoff-rainn-wilson/

Tonight’s TV WINNERS… SAG awards

30 Jan

DRAMA SERIES — ENSEMBLE
Boardwalk Empire (won last year)
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

WINNER: Boardwalk Empire

DRAMA SERIES — MALE ACTOR
Patrick J. Adams, Suits
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

WINNER: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Buscemi thanked his co-stars, including former castmember Michael Pitt, whose character [SPOILER ALERT] perished in the Season 2 finale. “To all the Michael Pitt fans out there, I know, I’m sorry,” he said, before adding, “Please stop yelling at me on the street.”

DRAMA SERIES — FEMALE ACTOR
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margules, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

WINNER: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
“I would love to thank Ryan Murphy for his special attention this character,” said Lange, who called taking the role of the unhinged Constance “a real leap of faith.”

COMEDY SERIES — ENSEMBLE
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office

WINNER: Modern Family
“On behalf of the entire cast and crew, we just want to thank you for letting us all be a part of all of your families,” said Rico Rodriguez (Manny), before handing the mike over to Ariel Winter (Alex). “We honestly have the greatest jobs,” she raved. “The opportunity to make people laugh each week… we take very seriously.”

COMEDY SERIES — MALE ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

WINNER: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
“The ony thing this means to me is obviously you like Tina [Fey]‘s writing and Robert Carlock’s writing,” Baldwin said upon winning. “We have the greatest writers.”

COMEDY SERIES — FEMALE ACTOR
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot In Cleveland

WINNER: Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
“You can’t name me without naming those other wonderful women on Hot in Cleveland,” White said after scoring her second consecutive SAG trophy for the TVLand comedy. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES — FEMALE ACTOR
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, The Lost Valentine
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

WINNER: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES — MALE ACTOR
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
James Woods, Too Big to Fail

WINNER: Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail

STUNT ENSEMBLE
Dexter (Showtime)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Southland (TNT)
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz)
True Blood (HBO)

WINNER: Game of Thrones (HBO)

 

 

http://www.tvline.com/2012/01/sag-awards-2012-winners/

MORE PEANUTS STRIPS

30 Jan

COMMENTS backstage… SAG awards!

29 Jan

So, by source of  TVLINE and the great Michael Ausiello (http://www.tvline.com/2012/01/sag-awards-modern-family-lange-baldwin-boardwalk/) …  some fun comments taken backstage on the annual SAG awards!:

 

The Modern Family cast

(On what the kid actors have learned from the adults)
Nolan Gould | “I have learned lots of curse words from them.”
Rico Rodriguez | “I actually learned how to be a better actor.”

(And Ty Burrell on what he’s learned from the kids)
“Honestly, I’ve learned things like union rules. … They’ve been acting longer than I have.”

(Burrell counterpointing Alec Baldwin)
We have the best writers in Hollywood. I can’t imagine a better job.”

(Sofia Vergara in response to the seemingly requisite awards-show question about what she’s wearing underneath her tight dress)
“[Referring to statuette] He’s the commando. I always wear underwear; they’re just very tiny. It’s under… there.”

(On the last time they took an acting class)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson | “Ed [O’Neill] talked me through a scene recently that I wasn’t getting. [To O’Neill] You’re a very good teacher.”
Rodriguez | “Actually, Nolan and I were in the same acting class when we were going out for Modern Family.”

The Boardwalk Empire cast

(On winning SAG’s Best Drama Ensemble award for the second year in a row)
Michael Kenneth Williams | “This is my first anything, so this feels really good. Putting in the work, I feel very blessed to be here with my [television] family right now. … I never thought I’d be holding one of these and be among such fine actors.”
Michael Pitt | “It feels good. I’m hungry. I want a cigarette.”

(Steve Buscemi, who also won for Best Drama Actor, on the most challenging part of playing Nucky)
“Working with kids is…very inspiring. [Smiles] No, I love all these kids.”

(After two of the child actors get into a little physical altercation…)
Buscemi | “Were they fighting? Welcome to the cast of Boardwalk Empire. This happens every day.”

(Buscemi on being the show’s lead)
“I still feel like a character actor. Truly, for me, it’s being part of an ensemble. To me, the lead is Atlantic City.”

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

“It’s interesting because once I kind of threw my lot in with this project, the ride was actually quite great. You couldn’t second guess, and you couldn’t overthink, and for me, that was a great way to work. There was a certain urgency to it. It’s a big character, and I had a lot of fun with it…. I have to give a lot of credit to the writers for creating this character.”

(On whether she’ll return as a new character in Season 2)
“I’m thinking about it very seriously because, like I said before, the writing is marvelous, and it’s hard to come by great writing. I had the gamut to play from A to Z [in Season 1]. I’m seriously thinking about it.”

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

(On if there was ever a time he was afraid to speak out politically)
“I’m still scared to speak out. I want Season 7 [of 30 Rock] really badly.”

(Alluding to his recent run-in with, and ejection by, an American Airlines cabin crew)
“I am still playing Words With Friends — but now on Virgin Atlantic.”

PEANUTS 09-11/1960

26 Jan

Hey, the PEANUTS posts are back too.

Remember BECKER?

25 Jan

Hey, I wanted to add a new post to my “Classic Guilty Pleasures” section because my tv provider just started showing old reruns of BECKER and I couldn’t be happier, it’s like I’m discovering it all over again! As many may remember, BECKER was a sitcom that aired in the late 90’s and early 2000ths; it revolved around the live of this guy name John Becker, who was a brilliant doctor that had a run-down practice in the Bronx. Becker was know for -above being a great doctor- being a royal pain in the ass. He was an abnoxious and rude misanthrope that loved leting everyone know his every opinionated thought. But beyond his crude exterior, he was a concerned doctor that cared about his patients and people’s wellbeing. Familiar? yes, this character seems to have been the inspiration for a new found ‘leading man archetype’, everpresent on the 21st century.

I used to watch BECKER when I was in my eary teens and I remember I enjoyed it -that’s pretty much all I remember-, but I have found an incredible pleasure in seeing it again, with new older eyes and …well… better memory. And I think I owe it to the show and Ted Danson to watch it again, and share it with everyone so that maybe more people look back on it because I think characters like Perry Cox and Greg House wouldn’t have existed without him, and what a sad world that would be, wouldn’t it?