Monday, November 10 2003
Unfunny Norm has been surrounded by a group as unfunny as he, creating an entire unfunny world of their own, a sort of Unfunny Matrix.
That Arrested Development mines its laughs by taking potshots at the filthy rich makes it so much more delicious.
Tuesday, November 4 2003
It works because it plays like a comic book come to life: it's grand, mythical, and action-packed.
A not-a-teen, not-yet-an-adult primetime soap, Shakespeare by way of Jerry Bruckheimer.
Everyone feels like an imposter in The O.C.'s all-white, all-straight Newport Beach.
Offers the traditional CBS fantasy that nothing really bad happens to people who work on the side of the angels.
Monday, October 13 2003
It's okay to watch, as long as you mock.
Karen is a Federal Marshal, assigned to serve warrants, chase fugitives, and 'bring in the bad guys'.
What does make K Street fascinating is the pinpoint accuracy with which it details the day-to-day lives of its principals.
I'm With Her is hopeful. When was the last time we saw that on TV?.
It was only a matter of time before gay men on television were 'promoted' to parenthood.
These days, hip-hop and tv seem rather like they were made for each other, what with their many interconnections in near every commercial for fast food, soda, and sporting gear, not to mention any number of tv shows, from dramas to sitcoms, that use hiphop to signify everything from sophistication to club culture, comedy to coolness.
Cold Case offers something new in the Bruckheimer blueprint: a strong female lead.
Monday, October 6 2003
Was anyone clamoring for a new Charlie Sheen sitcom?
As Tarzan, Fimmel scowls and pouts with pretty precision.
Trades on the image of D.C. as a shadow-realm, characterized by backroom dealings and shifting loyalties.
If one sequestered a gang of adolescent males long enough without female company, they'd sooner or later produce a script for Las Vegas.
The potential for edgier investigations and deeper questions is built into Joan of Arcadia's framework.
It's the type of show that makes the laugh track seem creepy.
Small towns of America have enough on their plate. Do they really need David Kelley piling on?