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Television - Page 2

  • Why I hate EW.com

    It's been growing and growing for over a year now, and I've just had enough.

    I hate EW.com.

    For one reason, I hate EW.com because it now has everything that is in the magazine, plus more, for free. Why the hell do I bother subscribing to the magazine? I don't know when our subscription runs out, but I'm already trying to convince my wife to cancel the next time it comes around for renewal.

    The other reason is all the dolts who write the TV Watch entries for gobs of shows. They write them for reality shows, which I don't watch, so I don't read. And they write them for certain scripted shows, many of them just pop culture fodder. But then there's the precious few shows they write TV Watches for that I actually watch. And all these writers do is bitch and moan about how terrible the show is. They appear to want every show to cater to their every desire, all the time, with all the characters, and all the nuances and plot twists to please them. And if this doesn't happen, the writers bemoan the awful characters, unsatisfying plot lines, unanswered questions, decor, costumes, time slots, and on and on and on.....

    You know what? If these idiots think they're some special critic, I'm here to tell them they aren't. Critics are good when they can see the picture as a whole, and then deconstruct it to point out strong points and flaws. This is more and more apparent because the dolt who has been hammering a show for weeks on end will turn around after one episode and proclaim what a great show this is, that all the plotlines that they've accused of being pointless and meandering now make sense.

    A great example of this, especially concerning EW, was the HBO comedy "The Comeback." From the get-go, the official TV critic didn't think much of the show. Then it didn't get any attention from the magazine. Then, at the end of the show, they started writing about what a great show it was. And you know what? All that bad-mouthing and lack of coverage resulted in the show being cancelled. And then the EW morons started lamenting the loss of the greatest show ever to be on television.

    So shut up already. TV shows that stretch out over the course of a season, or have continuing plotlines, aren't designed to give the viewer complete and total gratification at the end of each and every episode. If you don't understand that, you're a moron. And you need to shut up. 

  • One of my new favorite TV shows

    I am saddened to know that one of my new favorite shows is almost over.

    HBO's The Wire is one of the best shows I have ever seen. Like a moron, I didn't start watching until Season 4, which wrapped earlier this year. I've gone back and purchased Season 1 on DVD, and tore through that in a week. Then, I got my wife to watch it, and now she's hooked. We're currently shopping for Season 2 (e-bay is the cheapest place to find this show online).

    What stinks is that '08 will be the final season. And probably by next summer, one of my other favs, The Shield, will have concluded its run. So I'll be down to LOST and Heroes.  

  • Teaching Network TV a lesson

    With the series premieres of TNT's Saving Grace and F/X's Damages, and SpikeTV's The Kill Point this week, we now have three more reasons why the major networks are bowing to the almighty dollar instead of seeking out quality scripted television to put on the air.

    Given the choice between reality programming and scripted shows, I will choose a scripted drama almost every time. It's sad that the major networks prefer to cater to the lowest common denominator rather than use the summer season to try and find new shows that pack a punch, or in The Kill Point's case, air a miniseries that might actually be worth watching.

    If you want something new this summer that won't rot your brain, try some of these shows out. You won't be disappointed.