Thursday, February 17, 2005

CBS Gets Brokaw Envy

CBS has decided that regardless of the embarrasing Memogate fiasco that forced their man Dan to step down, Mr. Rather will get a primetime bye bye anyway, just like his NBC counterpart did. Not only that, but they say the special won't gloss over the scandal that took him down.

The Mary Mapes tribute is scheduled to air at 3:37am the following morning.

Arrested's Bateman Feeling Blue

Even more press this morning hinting at the possible end to Arrested Development, with an AP story with sad-sack quotes from star Jason Bateman and creator Mitchell Hurwitz. Meanwhile, a decision is still months away.

Is May here yet?

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Eff The O.C.'s Lesbian Kiss: The Simpsons Gets Gay Wedding

This is the week: there's a gay marriage coming to Springfield this Sunday!

But who's actually tying the knot on The Simpsons? It's a well kept secret (don't ask- don't tell?), but this Boston Herald article handicaps the likely candidates.

Sooner Sopranos? Sorta

HBO has decided to give fans something to keep them busy until the new season of The Sopranos debuts next year (yup, in 2006, folks). They're going to release season five on DVD in time for Father's Day.

It doesn't really make the wait much easier, but we'll take what we can get. I can only re-watch the Pine Barrens episode so many times.

Nets Look To Squash Spoilers

Congrats, fellow net geeks! You're ruining all the fun for secretive network executive types for spreading secrets, rumors, and plotlines from your favorite shows. Now they're going all out to lock their shit down.

What are they trying to do, take away our reason for living?

Brits Can't Wait For 24

Tell me where the new episode is!

Those impatient British have become the world leaders in downloading pirated TV, thanks to crazed fans who can't wait to see the latest episodes of 24 and Desperate Housewives.

All we hear about is 24 and Desperate Housewives. Enough, already. What, nobody's stealing the latest episodes of Reba?

American Idol: The Magazine

Looks like the periodical industry is going to needlessly kill a few million more trees.

That's right- a bi-monthly rag based on everybody's (!) favorite "talent" show hits newsstands this week.

The silver lining: paper can't sing.

Tonight's Tube

Thursday: New Survivor Premiere! (yawn). New ER! (snore) New Joey, Will & Grace, The Apprentice! (zzzz) When did Thursdays become so boring? Guess it’s CSI, again.

Wiggin' Out! with Sydney Bristow: Week Six

Welcome to this week's edition Wiggin' Out! with Sydney Bristow... the only place on the 'net for an up-to-the-minute count of Jennifer Garner's Alias wigs.

Episode 4 x 07: "Detente"

Instant gratification! In the first two minutes, Syd comes blazing in with some very long, very fake braids. She can be my Pippi Longstocking any day.

"Detente" total: 1 wig

Season total:
7 wigs

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Thursday Trivia: Fun With Spinoffs

Which was never a real show?

A) The Munsters Today
B) Gopher & Isaac
C) What's Happening Now!!
D) The Brady Brides

Answer tomorrow.

Wednesday Trivia Solved: For Real

Which was never a real show?

A) Say What?
B) Oh, Brother!
C) Polka-Go-Round
D) The Three Robonic Stooges

Oh, Brother! was never an actual, honest to goodness show.

Sportztyme!: America's Revved Up For NASCAR

OK, I'll admit it: I personally don't get NASCAR, although I can't resist watching it from time to time in HD (you can practically smell the burnt rubber and spilled Hamm's). But I can't deny it's becoming bigger every year. Hmm... sounds like a great topic for Uncle Buster to tackle in this week's Sportztyme!

This week's report is filed from the infield at the Daytona International Speedway. Before you stop reading, check out the ratings for NASCAR on any given Sunday during the season. It's the second biggest sport our country has behind the NFL and television has played the biggest role in its growth.

Being a northerner by birth, I was relatively unaware of the sport's influence south of the Mason-Dixon line. But, I can tell you why it's becoming so popular. One, it's an activity that everyone over the age of 16 participates in. No matter who you are, at some point in your life behind the wheel, you have imagined being some sort of race car driver getting to the doctor's office or to the grocery store before it closes. You can't dunk a basketball, you can't hit a 300 yard drive, and you can't knock a baseball 500 feet without the help of steroids. But you can drive a car... and according to the state police, you can drive pretty fast at times too.

Secondly, television has picked up on this sport and given it premium status among the major sports leagues in this country. Fox and NBC stepped up to the plate some 4 years ago and threw an ungodly amount of money at the NASCAR folks for the right to half of their season. And, the way they cover the sport has contributed to neophytes being able to get up to speed quickly.

I know the traditional yellow flags that wave when this subject comes up. It's a redneck sport, those guys all failed English in junior high and they all married their cousins. I can't argue that some of these guys sound like they are graduates of the Dr. Phil school of public speaking. But the scope and reach of the sport is starting to bring in different cross-sections of the population. It takes money to go to these races, and some of these fans spend thousands more on their sport than football and baseball folks ever thought of spending.

So if you are sitting around on Sunday, wondering where the football games went, turn over to the 500 and look for me. I won't be waving the green flag, but I'll be part of the quarter-million people taking in the Great American race in person. You could be one of the millions at home. Oh, did I mention it's near the beach in Florida? At least these people know how to spend a week in February.

Uncle Buster's Sportztyme! appears every Thursday.

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