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Tuesday, Mar 2, 2010

I didn’t want to like him, and for a long time I didn’t, instantly changing the channel whenever I saw his mottled face shouting bleeped swear words and inexplicably calling someone a Muppet. But then I got into contemporary cooking shows and somewhere in that transition I finally sort of understood the appeal of Gordon Ramsay.


British celebrity chef Ramsay is the histrionic host of numerous food-themed shows both here and in his homeland. “Food-themed” is me being generous, because while there’s certainly food here and there, shows like The F-Word, Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares are really more about manipulation, wallowing in manufactured confrontation and Ramsay’s gargantuan ego.


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Friday, Feb 26, 2010

I love Damages. I do. But I can’t help but feel that their trailers are… lacking. Tate Donovan’s, “Another 15 minutes and you would have been dead!” is wonderful. I can’t help but think that the second trailer is much better. The first plays up a little much to the cliche of “Glenn Close as a bunny boiler,” and not so much to the truth of, “Rich, brilliant noir TV.”


Damages: Trailer #1


Damages: Trailer #2



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Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010

The actor best known for playing hard-headed bad-ass lawman Bullock in HBO’s much acclaimed historical Western drama Deadwood is back as… a bad-ass lawman. Type-casting anyone? Speaking of that, Tim is starring in a feature film out this Friday, February 25th called The Crazies, as… you guessed it, a bad-ass lawman. Unlike The Crazies, the new FX show actually looks good and I am glad to see Olyphant back on TV playing another man of righteous violence and intensity. This time around he plays a U.S. Marshal by the name of Raylan Givens, who has been assigned to the area where he grew up after he ruffles the feathers of the higher-ups. Check out the début episode of Justified on FX, March 16 at 10PM ET/PT.



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Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010
Jay Leno's controversial return to The Tonight Show seat is lampooned in this parody of his recent "race car" promos.

NBC’s original ad concept for announcing Jay Leno’s return to The Tonight Show involved a parody of Dallas: Jay Leno would be shown in the shower (a la J.R.), and his move to ten o’clock would be “all a dream.” The idea was nixed in favor of a far less interesting campaign, although audiences were thankfully spared the image of the “funnyman” in the shower. Instead, NBC’s promo shows Jay driving back to 11:30 in one of his choice vehicles, much similar to the ads they showed to announce his initial 10 o’clock move. NBC’s ad features the Beatles’s “Get Back”, which feature the lyrics, “get back to where you once belong.” Leno’s return to Tonight has proven controversial, however, especially among the tech savvy crowd. In the following clip, some prankster replaces “Get Back” with a song that more accurately expresses the sentiments of the internet community:



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Monday, Feb 22, 2010

In Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, David Cross writes and stars as the title character stuck in corporate hell. The pilot, also starring Will Arnett and Spike Jonze, was produced for England’s Channel 4 and was recently picked up for a full season order. Thankfully, us Yanks can still catch the pilot on our side of the pond without worrying about ever escalating baggage fees:



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