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Liking The Killing

9 Apr

Knocked on my ass by a springtime cold last week, I had time to watch some truly awful TV (The Real Housewives of NY, Say Yes to the Dress, countless bad movies). But I also checked out AMC’s homage to Twin Peaks, actually a remake of a Danish show, The Killing. So far, loving it!

As a Twin Peaks super fan, I was a little skeptical about another “who killed the seemingly nice teenager who probably kinda wasn’t” show set in the northwest. But the characters are interesting, the plot is compelling and while it does lack the joyful wackiness of Twin Peaks, it works for me and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.

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Circus Folk Do Not Make Your Show Interesting

19 Jan

One of my biggest TV problems is that I have trouble distinguishing between bad TV and good-bad TV. From the fall 2010 season, of the shows that started out good-bad, Hellcats turned out to just be bad, Law and Order: Los Angeles is good-bad, and Hawaii 5-0 actually ended up good.

If a show looks like it might have potential I like to give it a few episodes to try to find it’s footing. After three episodes of The Cape I’m pretty sure that it’s found its footing. Problem is, it’s completely the wrong foot.  I can appreciate a world populated with superheroes – I loved Heroes and it’s fully-realized world – but The Cape hasn’t bothered to create a storyline that’s even remotely compelling. Give me a lead who has a little bit of charisma, and a script that doesn’t feel like it’s just trying to fill a cliche quota.  Even an entire circus tent full of “wacky” characters can’t hide the creaky dialogue and plot. The only guy that I’m rooting for is a bad guy who seems like he might be good, but then maybe isn’t, even though I want him to be. Ambiguity can be good, but completely mis-directing your audience because you can’t seem to decide what direction the character will go in does not make me what to stick around while you figure it out.

I have no doubt I’ll watch a couple more episodes – if nothing else it’s good for a laugh – but The Cape looks like it’s well on it’s way to being officially bad TV. If it gets good-bad, I’ll let you know.

(Jennifer) Grey’s Anatomy + Cho’s Oh No.

21 Sep

Leading up to last night’s DWTS season opener, most of the Jennifer Grey talk was about her new nose and sorta weird looking face. But somehow, while she was dancing, she looked like her old self. Yay!

I fully expected the producers to bust out some Dirty Dancing songs, but “These Arms of Mine?” For the first dance? Yes, it made for some touching moments, but it’s not nice to make someone cry on the first day of work. I expected the lame “Time of My Life” and “Baby in the corner” jokes (thanks Derek and Bruno, respectively), but I felt like that was too much.

As for my favorite going into this mess, Margaret Cho: Oy. I’m not an expert but Louis is. And therefore he should have know that turning the Viennese Waltz into a joke would be a bad idea. The worst part? She can actually dance and didn’t need to do that. UGH. I am mad at Louis here.

Other notes:

The girl from The Hills (refusing to learn her name) is creepy dead behind the eyes

Bolton will now be referred to by his real name, BoltBot

On board with Florence

DWTS casting

27 Aug

We are all standing by to determine if the next DWTS cast will make it a must-watch season or a boycott season (which usually translates to me watching about 80% of it).

Rumors of Bristol Palin, Michael Bolton and someone from Jersey Shore make me lean boycott. But what’s this? Rumors of JENNIFER GREY change EVERYTHING.  Please let it be true.

Anyway, they better come up with something good!

Fawning.

12 Aug
Peregrine Honig's Fawns

I sorta can't believe how awesome this piece by Peregrine Honig is.

I haven’t totally been following Bravo’s latest Project Runway knockoff, Work of Art – The Next Great Artist but the few times I have seen it, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The critiques and artists’ statements can be totally affected and cliche, and the fake Tim Gunn seems to be there solely for his accent, but overall, the work is interesting. And last night’s finale was really good.

While she didn’t win, Peregrine Honig of the wacky hats, cotton candy and horn-playing husband, totally captured my heart—and everyone else’s—with the above piece and her lovely demeanor.

One great thing about the finale? All of the contestants seemed genuine, kind and supportive of one another. I don’t think I heard the phrase “throw under the bus” even once. I wish I never had to hear those words in the same sentence ever again, but I digress.

Kudos to Bravo for this one.

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