Could Susan truly be thinking anything but, "Yes, I'm going"? Seriously, All My Children has been her mainstay for 39 years. That's right, nearly four decades of continuous employment in essentially a starring role.
That's how I felt when I read this new piece in The New Yorker by TV critic Nancy Franklin. It's clear that she likes 30 Rock in general (um, I think), and love love loves Alec Baldwin in particular. But she has some big criticisms of the show, some very specific ones, and I'm not sure I understand how she came to these conclusions. In short:
- She finds Tina Fey "cold"
- Fey is "too generous" with giving screen time and lines to other cast members
- She often fast forwards through scenes that don't involve Baldwin or Jack McBrayer
- She finds Tracy Morgan "irritating" and "hard to watch"
May I suggest that anyone in the world who has those specific criticisms of 30 Rock really doesn't like the show?
I guess that's a good thing, being on the edge of my seat, hungry for more. Of course the next episode is two weeks away and probably the last of the show unless CBS deigns to bring it back in 2009. Based on the level of interest I have and I've seen from readers, Swingtown has earned a second season.
But I digress, let's get back to "Get Down Tonight." There was an awful lot of getting down, including the kids. BJ and Ricky had a hot game of strip poker with Sam and her very mature cousin Lisa. Not surprisingly, Ricky was all bluff and ran for the hills when things got too advanced, while BJ showed again that he's a real mensch (Yiddish for a quality person).
Nancy Franklin is often good in her analysis of a TV show or a TV genre, but she seems to have gotten tired of Burn Notice already. While she likes the Miami location and loves Bruce Campbell (deservedly so), she thinks the show is already getting tired. She's not buying the tension between Michael and Fiona, and she thinks the mom/Michael stuff is just too much. She also compares Jeffrey Donovan to Frank Gorshin's Riddler from Batman, which isn't fair (she also gets a fact wrong - Sam is not secretly reporting on Michael to the government, Michael knows about it).
Interesting (and very long) article in The New Yorker about Keith Olbermann. Mostly it's about Olbermann's career, his take on the news, his battles against various politicians, his special comments, and what others at MSNBC think of him (they even interviewed Tim Russert for the story), but there's a very intriguing morsel halfway through the piece that got my attention.
Olbermann was interviewed twice to take over for Dan Rather on The CBS Evening News.
Cesar is, of course, the star of his own Dog Whisperer vehicle on the National Geographic Channel. You may remember him in his animated incarnation from South Park when Cartman's mom turned to him for parenting advice. Cesar's aggressive, alpha dog methods have their detractors, but the story of his journey to the United States and daily routine today are something else. Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker piece on Cesar if worth a look regardless of what you think of his methods. Then again, isn't anything by Malcolm Gladwell worth a look?
A Washington Post columnist was stunned while reading a New Yorker article about 24, which featured concerns from military officials -- including some from West Point -- that torture scenes in 24 adversely affect how U.S. interrogators behave in the field.
Writer Peter Carlson couldn't believe that educated officers emerging from West Point would actually think that they were mini versions of Jack Bauers who could torture people just like on TV.
He quipped, "Gee, if these cadets can't tell the difference between TV and reality, I sure hope they're not watching 'Superman' reruns. They might try to fly out windows or catch bullets."
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