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Friday, December 02, 2005

TiVo Getting Its Act Together; Is It Too Late?

TiVo is trying to be all things to all people. But will it be enough to jumpstart its slowly developing business?

Starting this week, TiVo owners will be able to check local weather and traffic, buy movie tickets, share photos, listen to online radio stations and play games through their life-altering settop boxes.

...hey, I'm all for anything to make TiVo more attractive to potential buyers... but if I wanted a WebTV, I would buy one of those...

Each service has a significant online partner. Movie ticket purchases will go through Fandango, while online traffic, weather and photo swapping will be powered by Yahoo.

The services will be available to stand-alone subscribers who've connected their TiVo to their home computer network.

...meaning the 2.7 million DirecTV TiVo subscribers a re SOL...

NBC, Joey No Longer Friends

NBC finally admitting what viewers have known for over a year: Joey blows.

So they're blowing it off their Thursday schedule to make room for the up-and-coming comedy My Name Is Earl.

... a surprisingly bold move... but the right one...

In a desperate attempt to revive their terminal "Must See" lineup, the 'Cockers will slot in the quasi-hit Earl to thet 9 p.m. slot Its companion, the somewhat less successful The Office moves with it and follows at 9:30. The lame-duck Will and Grace moves to 8, followed by the new and sure to be unwatchable sitcom Four Kings.

... of course, NBC runs the risk of crushing Earl's momentum with this move... very risky... although creatively, can't argue that it doesn't deserve the high-profile timeslot...

Both Joey and Trump's The Apprentice will vanish for the moment. NBC says both shows will return after its Winter Olympics coverage. Timeslots are yet to be decided.

... and since Trump was just renewed for next year, his return is a much better bet than LeBlanc's...

Filling the Tuesday, 8pm void: a double dose of Scrubs.

... it figures... another chance for another excellent show that nobody watches... at least NBC has stuck with this brilliant sitcom, which recaptures the title of "Smartest TV Comedy" once Arrested Development finally goes into mothballs...

Evil J-Fleck Monster Creates She-Devil

The demon spawn has shown itself.

Everybody's favorite fake hair wearing couple Jennifer Garner (wigs courtesy of Alias) and Ben Affleck (wigs courtesy of Hair Club For Men) had a baby girl Thursday.

...now that the birth out of the way, and that Alias is ending soon, maybe Garner will fade away, much like her baby's daddy's movie career has... we can only hope...

Boozing Stars May Find Their Drivers Licenses Lost

There may not be any alcohol availables to the castaways on Lost, but that clearly isn't stopping the actors from imbibing when the cameras stop rolling.

Two of the show's stars, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros, were arrested within 15 minutes of each other in Kailua for failing field sobriety tests.

... as if making news by being the new stars of TV's hottest show's wasn't enough... jeez...

The two are set to appear at a driver's license revocation hearing on December 29. Motorists arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant automatically have their driver's licenses revoked.

... the only thing that would make this story better would be if they were in the same car, in the back seat, making out... hey, a guy can dream...