Wednesday, July 20, 2005

On the Transporter to Heaven....

Star Trek geeks are in their full black dress uniforms today.... James "Scotty" Doohan died today at the age of 85.

Despite wearing a red security shirt on most away missions, and being stuck in a transporter beam for 100 years, Mr. Scott has finally succombed to old age.

The great bird in the sky has sent his condolensces.

Tonight's Tube

You know it. i know it. There's been a void on Earth since Dance Fever was cancelled. Now, the producers of American Idol want to satisfy your boogie jones by bringing us So You Think You Can Dance. Instead, I'll be watching So You Think You Can Change the Channel.

Will HBO "Rome" away from dominance?

Is HBO setting itself up its own fall-from-domination the same way that the Roman Empire did?

This critic seems to think so.

This reviewer, however, doesn't buy it. HBO will continue to be the home of quality, profanity-laced dramas and comedies... especially with "Extras" on the way and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" returning soon.
(Of course... "The Comeback" isn't helping make my point.)

The article contains a good primer on some upcoming fall programs though, so check it out.

Where did Must-See-TV come from, anyway?

Since its apparently time to write the epitath of NBC's rule on Thursdays, it's a good time to see where it all began.

Read here about how NBC became a TV powerhouse, and then let the network of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and "Lonesome Dove" beat it in the key demos.

Of course, the article gives no justification for the unjust cancellation of "Manimal."