Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Tonight’s Tubelings

Comedy Central’s ribald dynamic duo of animated mayhem returns with new episodes: South Park launches season ten, and Drawn Together unveils its sophomore slate tonight.

Parents Television Council Releases Annual Attempt To Neuter Tube; Nation Yawns

The 40 Year Old Virgins at the Parents' Television Council have released their annual best and worst list.

It's not based on quality (or you'd see quite a different list), but rather what these TV Nazis deem "acceptable fare" for children. They couldn't even come up with ten shows they'd let their kids watch. Did they even try? God forbid a child hears a watered down joke on TV, containing language tamer than what they hear on any playground in the nation.

You can waste your time reading their rationale on their website if you want. Meanwhile, I've posted their list below. For the record: I don't think I could sit through an entire episode of anything on their "best" list (with the possible execption of the surprise inclusion Everybody Hates Chris.

I will say this: The War At Home does, in fact, rightfully belong on any and every list containing the word "worst" in the title.


1. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC/8:00 Sunday – Returning show
2. Three Wishes NBC/9:00 Friday – 1st season
3. American Idol Fox/Returning in spring ’06
4. The Ghost Whisperer CBS/8:00 Friday – 1st Season
5. Everybody Hates Chris UPN/8:00 Thursday – 1st Season
6. Reba WB/9:00 Friday – Returning show
7. Bernie Mac Fox/8:00 Friday – Returning show
8. Dancing with the Stars ABC/Returning in spring ‘06
9. 7th Heaven WB/8:00 Monday – Returning show
10. Not available (these prudes can't find 10 acceptable shows on all of TV? Not even Degrassi?).


1. The War at Home Fox/8:30 Sunday – 1st Season
2. The Family Guy Fox/9:00 Sunday – Returning show
3. American Dad Fox/9:30 Sunday – Returning show
4. The O.C. Fox/8:00 Thursday – Returning show
5. C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation) CBS/9:00 Thursday – Returning show
6. Desperate Housewives ABC/9:00 Sunday – Returning show
7. Two and a Half Men CBS/9:00 Monday – Returning show
8. That ‘70s Show Fox/Returning in November ‘05
9. Arrested Development Fox/8:00 Monday – Returning show
10. Cold Case CBS/8:00 Sunday – Returning show

Cherry: A Rotten Apple?

Today's excuse to post a hott Eva pic:

People are still watching Desperate Housewives in droves- but they’re bitching that it sucks ass. And apparently, Marc Cherry, the show’s Executive Producer, doesn’t disagree.

Of course, Cherry points to the fact that he didn’t write this season’s first three episodes. Nice. Blame your lieutenants for your own mediocrity.

A definite Geek of the Week nominee.

Alias Far From Vaughnderful

A report in today’s N.Y. Daily News hints Michael Vartan’s Michael Vaughn may not be completely gone from Alias. He just shot a scene for a future episode- but it’s unclear if it’s a flashback, or if he’s back from the dead.

Viewers may not have seen the last of Agent Vaughn, but many viewers, including me, have likely seen the last of Alias thanks to its absolutely terrible fifth season. The last episode was so (to quote a fellow Aliasite) "horrendously ass", it likely pushed me away permanently. And it’s not like the show was coming off a particularly strong season last year, either.

Oh, and if you think I'm being bitter- the ratings bear out my argument. The show is shitting the bed on a weekly basis, even in the show's once bread-and-butter 18-49 demo.

Anyone agree?

If You're On Hiatus... You Might Be A Redneck

The WB Network is shelving two comedies: Fran Drescher's Living With Fran and Jeff Foxworthy's Blue Collar TV in an effort to goose its flailing Friday and Sunday lineups.

Their voids will be filled, effectively, by reruns of other, more popular WB shows. (Question: is there really a huge ratings difference between a hit and a flop on the WB?)

The good news, if you’re one of the seventeen people who watch these stereotype-laden shows: they’ll stay in production and return to the air at a later date.

Ready, Freddie!

It may have been its lead-in, George Lopez. It may be that viewers are showing up early for its lead-out, Lost. It may even be that viewers actually like Freddie Prinze, Jr. (but we kind of doubt that). Whatever the reason, it looks like ABC’s Freddie is a hit.

On Wednesday, the new comedy was the most-watched show among total viewers, as well as the 18-49 demo, in its time slot.

And he gets to go home at the end of the day and foul Buffy herself. Man, this guy has the life.