Thursday, June 09, 2005

Six Feet Under: Dyin' a Slow Death

It's no wonder HBO can't wait to bury Six Feet Under.

The season premiere drew just 2.6 million viewers Monday, down from 3.7 million for last year's premiere. Still, it did better than the season premiere of Entourage, which drew a paltry 1.6 million viewers (down from 1.9 million last year).

Actor Eats Crowe on Letterman

Actor Russell Crowe went on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and apologized for lobbing a telephone at a hotel concierge.

"This is possibly the most shameful situation I've ever gotten myself in in my life, and I've done some pretty dumb things in my life," the hot-headed Aussie told Letterman.

Crowe, in New York promoting Cinderella man, was angered by a malfunctioning phone at the Mercer Hotel at 4 a.m. Monday, so he threw it and struck a concierge in the face.

Letterman couldn't resist one sight gag, getting up from behind his desk before the interview, removing the phone that was there and taking it off stage.

Comeback? Not So Much

Lisa Kudrow's Comeback wasn't quite Frendsian.

Her new HBO comedy averaged just 1.5 million viewers in its debut Sunday. That's about 5% of the audience that the average final-season episode of Frends snared. It's even only about 12% of a typical first season episode of the unwatchable Joey.

GSN Gets Amazing Race

GSN (formerly known as Game Show Network) has acquired rerun rights to CBS' reality competition show The Amazing Race.

The deal includes rights to the first eight editions of the series- plus the option to pick up the next two installments.

Starting July 11, GSN plans to air installments consecutively every night at 9 p.m.

Tonight's Tube

Tonight , the summer of reality filler continues, as the latest in a series of competition shows bows on CBS: 16 wanna-be designers try to wow fashion big-shot Tommy Hilfiger on The Cut.

Who's next? Sergio Valente?

Sportztyme! Touch 'Em All

As a Yankee fan, there hasn't been much of a reason to watch Baseball Tonight on ESPN lately. Oh sure, I'll check on all my fantasy guys... but each highlight show and SportsCenter rerun is easier to sit through knowing somewhere in that mess, you can see your favorite team actually win a game.

So, whilst the Yanks actually build a seemingly insurmountable lead for once, I flip one of the two TVs in my office around to ESPN. BBTN is nowhere to be found... but I am greeted with the 10th inning of the college softball championship game.

So I asked myself: "Self" I said. And I answered, which was the really weird part. I wanted to know how in the hell this backyard, beer-blast, family reunion game wound up on the worldwide leader in sports television? It was a typical 1-1 game...with maybe 1 ball hit out of the infield and more errors than a local 6pm newscast.

Then I started to wonder if any of these "girls" (come on, some are really questionable) were on any of my fantasy team. Rest assured, that's the only fantasy you might have with some of these chicks. I wondered how Betty Bigboobs, the endowed catcher from State U. managed to slip past my pre-draft research. And as I write this... she launches one over the fence in left-field for a seemingly game and championship winning 3 run homer. I guess the joke's on me.

I'm all for giving these sports their moment in the sun... and I understand that since the NHL has decided they might actually play a game and start mattering to someone on this planet again... ESPN has to fill time where they can. But come on... while she hit that shot... Robinson Cano hit a two run homer for the Yanks and my 3-Base Errors- the best little fantasy team you've ever seen. Except they are in seventh place. Can I get a replay, anyone?

Uncle Buster writes Sportztyme! every Thursday, while waiting for Betty Bigboobs to return his fourteen phone calls. She never does.