Thursday, June 02, 2005

Tonight's Tube

NBC, like, totally rips off VH-1's Bands Reunited- even using some of the same bands- for Hit Me Baby One More Time, where 80's bands regroup to perform their hits from the past.

A Flock of Seagulls? Tommy Tutone? Loverboy? Dammit- I knew sooner or later I'd be forced to watch a reality show.

Today's Tubeservations

When is HD a bad thing? When the ultra-clear pictures are of terrifyingly decrepit-looking guitarist Joe Walsh, that's when. Still, NBC's The Eagles Farewell Tour I sounded awesome in 5.1, and the wide shots, at least, looked spectacular... Who thought getting Evander Holyfield on the dance floor was a good idea? I'll admit, the train-wreck factor proved too much for me, as I dipped into ABC's Dancing with The Stars several times. But do people really, like, enjoy this stuff?... Far more interesting was the premiere episode of Bravo's Sports Kids Moms and Dads, which once again makes me wonder what planet these parents live on, and whether I'll move there when my own offspring decides they want to pursue a world junior-league curling title.

Sopranos Return: March 2006

The premiere of the sixth season of The Sopranos is just around the corner- sort of.

The next new episode will debut in March 2006 — nearly two years after the last new episode aired.

As noted by our own JoeVideo, HBO began running promos revealing the March '06 premiere during last weekend's airing of Empire Falls.

An HBO spokeswoman confirmed the March premiere, but said no specific date has been decided upon.

A Show About... Something

CBS continues its fascination with Seinfeld alumni.

The network has announced it's picking up 12 episodes of the comedy Old Christine. The show stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a divorced mom who tries to keep pace with everyone around her.

NBC's Watching Ellie, her last series, wasn't actually watched by many at all.

With New Reality Show on the Horizon, Bobby Brown Conveniently In The News Again

With his new Bravo reality series set to debut June 30, an arrest warrant was issued for Bobby Brown Wednesday after the singer skipped a scheduled court hearing in Massachusetts.

Brown, who's married to equally effed up performer Whitney Houston, is accused of defying a judge's order to pay money into educational trust funds for two children he has with an ex-girlfriend. Brown's lawyer claimed it was because he had checked into an Atlanta hospital for an undisclosed reason.

Bravo had no comment, other than to quietly bask in the glow of free publicity.

Ned & Stacey- On DVD?

DVD's aren't selling as fast as they used to. But there's still one area where sales are growing: TV shows on DVD.

Although the choices aren't all that great: for every Sopranos there's a Saved By The Bell. 24 begats 227, and Twilight Zone shares shelf space with Tru Calling. And how many times can you really watch italic?

Still, watching a great serial drama on DVD, one episode right after the other, is one of the most satisfying TV experiences out there. I rank it right after hiding all the DVD copies of Will & Grace behind The Wire at my local retailer.

Here's a great resource:

"Pat- I'd Like To Buy A Donut, Please."

The Oprah Winfrey Show squeezed past Wheel of Fortune last week to become the top syndicated program for the first time since 1992.

To attempt to counteract the show's slide, Vanna White announced a plan to gain and lose approximately thirty pounds four times a year.

Among all talk shows, the Emmy winning Ellen is showing the biggest improvement, up 10% from last year.

The People Have Spoken: Britney's a Turn-Off

 Britney & Kevin: Chaotic fell to its lowest ratings yet in its third outing on Tuesday. It managed just 2.5 million viewers, which is bad even for lowly UPN.

Is anyone shocked by this? Puh-leeze. I'd rather watch a handcuffed Kirstie Alley try to pick a chicken carcass dry.

Chaotic was beaten by breakneck competition (NOT!): 48 Hours Mystery on CBS, a fresh episode of ABC's retarded drama Blind Justice, and NBC's airing of the Oscar-winning drama Traffic.