Television

On Tuesday nights I turn into a girl

KristenbellI watch the Gilmore Girls, and I have for a long time. I'm not ashamed to admit this, however, it is clear from the commercials that accompany GG (or 'The Girls') that I am not exactly the target market for this show. Sadly, it seems I am now watching another girly show: Veronica Mars.

It is on directly after GG, so the other week I just left the TV on, and now I'm hooked. I used to be so manly (Hey! No laughing at that). Though there is a common theme, both show feature attractive women. I wonder if Kristen Bell is single.. and perhaps just a little desperate?


The story so far

Bgsstory-3Ahh, Battlestar Galactica is almost back on TV with fresh new shows. I can't wait! I hear tell that some folks are having BSG parties for the season premiere. That might be fun to do at Blankbaby Manor. Sadly, I will be traveling to the wilds of PA for a wedding on the 6th so I won't be having a party (the wedding isn't sad though).

Anyway, just in case you haven't been keeping up with BSG you can get all caught up, and for free to boot! The Story So Far (iTunes Store link) recaps the first and second season. Sweet.


Star Trek The Next Generation The Complete Seasons 1-7

sttngsetNow that the Star Trek The Next Generation The Complete Seasons 1-7 DVD set is selling for less than $700 (much, much less) I think I am going to get it, but it still costs $330. Is my love for Star Trek worth that much?

Probably.

I could watch the entire series, in order, if I had these DVD's. How awesome would that be? Encounter at Far Point to All Good Things... in one fantastic Star Trek orgy.


Treasure Hunters down the street from me

treasure_hunters.jpgI'm sitting home blogging and watching Treasure Hunters on tv. If you aren't familiar with it, it is a reality show that is built around teams racing against each other to figure out clues to find the final treasure. All the clues relate to American history, which makes the show more interesting to me.

When you think American history what city do you think of? No, not Boston. No, not New York. Albuquerque? Ok, now you're just mocking me.

Yes, Philadelphia is what you think of! And who lives in Philadelphia?

Yes, Philadelphians. More specifically?

Yes! I do!

Apparently, the treasure hunt led the last few teams to Philadelphia last week (I missed the episode) where they were running around doing crap. This week's episode starts with the teams leaving a bed and breakfast in Philadelphia. Not so exciting, huh? What if I told you this very B&B (as they call 'em in the biz) is less than half a block from Blankbaby Manor? Neat, huh?

I may be a sad, sad excuse for a man but at least I live in a historically relevant city.


The Amazing Screw-On Head

Barry just emailed me a link to The Amazing Screw-On Head, a new show on SciFi which is described thusly:

In this hilarious send-up of Lovecraftian horror and steampunk adventure, President Abraham Lincoln's top spy is a bodyless head known only as Screw-On Head.

When arch-fiend Emperor Zombie steals an artifact that will enable him to threaten all life on Earth, the task of stopping him is assigned to Screw-on Head. Fortunately, Screw-On Head is not alone on this perilous quest. He is aided by his multitalented manservant, Mr. Groin, and by his talking canine cohort, Mr. Dog.

Can this unorthodox trio stop Emperor Zombie in time? Does Screw-On Head have a body awesome enough to stop the horrors that have been unleashed? Where can we get a talking dog?


It premiers tonight at 10:30, and this is a reminder to me that I should watch it, though I can also watch it online for free but my TV is bigger than my computer screen.

Blankbaby out.


Benson

bensonlogo.jpgTV Land is currently at the tail end of a 48 hour Benson marathon. I think I have watched about 5 hours, or so, of the show. That's more Benson in the last 24 hours than I have seen in the last ten years of my life.

How has Benson held up? Well, it is a typical sitcom and taken for what it is, it is still pretty funny. Sure, they recycle the same jokes over and over again (Benson thinks Kraus is ugly, everyone thinks Clayton is uptight, and the Governor is stupid) but there is a certain charm to the show. Good thing they never say what state this show takes place in though, little work goes on in that Governor's mansion (oh, but the hijinks!).

Benson will be on every night at 11pm on TV Land, so check it out.

How can you not like a show that stars Odo and Neelix?

Here are a few fun facts about Benson (from IMdB):

  • The sixth season episode "Scenario" (original airdate 22 February 1985) was the first network drama episode to demonstrate the use of the internet. The computer network they were accessing was the ARPANET which was an internet prototype used by the US military and government.
  • The show marked the acting debut of a then-unknown young comedian, Jerry Seinfeld.



X-Men: The Last Stand trailer

Oh, this movie looks like it is going to be good. Bask in the glory that is the Quicktime trailer.

I recommend playing the highest version your computer is capable of. My iMac can handle the 1080p version (HiDef, baby), though it is actually bigger than my monitor(!).

Oh, and thanks to this trailer I now realize that Kelsey Grammer is playing The Beast, and I think that is some brilliant casting.


NBC.com sucks

Well, it looks like NBC forced YouTube to take down that Natalite Portman video, but you can get it from the crappy NBC.com Web Favorites site which features this comment at the top:

Now, instead of searching the web for "borrowed" NBC highlights, you can go to the source! We've taken your viral favorites and gathered them into one convenient location. Watch. React. Tell a friend.

Hey, NBC, if you developed a player that I could embed into my blog... like oh, I don't know, say YouTube, then it would be a heck of a lot easier for me to 'Watch. React. Tell a friend.'

Just a thought.


The IT Crowd writer interview

I have been enjoying the IT Crowd, though it looks like the peeps over in Britain aren't watching:

Launched on a wave of hype last Friday, the premiere of Channel 4's new office-based sitcom The IT Crowd drew a disappointing 1.8m viewers. But its writer Graham Linehan, whose previous successes include Father Ted and Black Books, remains optimistic about the show's chances, saying he is "playing the long game".

If you don't know what the IT Crowd is, AtariBoy has all the answers.