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And now, a nursery rhyme from Benjamin Linus

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 17th 2009 6:01PM
Michael EmersonSometimes we don't think of nursery rhymes as being creepy. Sure, they can often involve death or family problems or just weird-ass scenarios, but it would take someone really special to be able to say the nursery rhyme out loud and make it sound disturbing. In this case, that person is Lost star Michael Emerson, who plays Ben Linus on the ABC show.

He was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and Fallon got him to read "Little Boy Blue." Get your little ones close to the screen tonight before they go to bed and play it for them.

In the clip after the jump, Fallon also shows some illustrations that Emerson did in the 70s and 80s for The Boston Globe. He was a freelance illustrator before he became an actor, and the pictures are...well, they look like something Ben would draw while sitting in his cabin trying to think of what sneaky thing to do next. And I mean that in a good way.

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Is Heroes doing too much, too soon?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 23rd 2007 10:39AM
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I was thinking about this the other day. Even though I named Heroes as the best show of the year, I've been worried lately that season two might turn out to be an over-hyped, overdone disaster that will make me tire of it really quickly. I mean, they're adding cast members at an astonishing rate (Kristin Bell, Nichelle Nichols, David Anders, Stephen Tobolowsky, Janel Parrish, Jessica Collins). They're going to have a storyline in another time (Hiro), produced a spinoff mini-series to be directed by Kevin Smith, produced online stories and comics to keep fans entertained and well-fed and gone on a world tour to promote the show. It's really overwhelming, and I hope they're not doing too much, too soon.

The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert is worried too.

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CBS reruns HIMYM's Slap Bet episode tonight

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 23rd 2007 1:03PM
Slap BetI usually don't highlight repeats, but this is a special case:

Tonight, CBS will rerun what I thought was the funniest half-hour of TV in 2006: the "Slap Bet" episode of How I Met Your Mother. I'm not the only one who thought the episode was a high point of the 2006-07 television season, though: The Boston Globe thought it was the 2nd best episode of any show that aired in 2006. And Alan Sepinwall of the Newark Star-Ledger felt at the time that HIMYM made what he called "The Leap" after that episode, meaning that the ep had propelled the show to a higher quality level (though, like me, he later realized that it was more of a "high-water mark." And, also like me, he fell into the trap of comparing subsequent episodes to it).

What made the episode so great?

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Boston and the ATHF: the day after

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 1st 2007 1:15PM

So I watched the TV coverage all day long of the Boston "bombs" that turned out to be electronic devices promoting Cartoon Network's Aqua Teen Hunger Force. And I think it was screwed up on every angle (media, Turner Broadcasting), but the people who deserve the least amount of second guessing from us are the Boston police and city officials.

I mean, they were doing their job. We can't expect every police officer, every city official, every politician, to be hip to what ATHF is. And even if they were, so what? A bomb can't be placed in something with a wacky cartoon character on it? Yeah, they were up for a couple of weeks, but in this day and age you can't be too careful, especially since these things were put in some really odd public places.

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This Saturday is Festivus: It's real and it's spectacular

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 18th 2006 4:48PM

Festivus bookWho would have thought that something mentioned in an episode of a sitcom nine years ago would become such a phenomenon?

Today's Boston Globe has a piece about the holiday of Festivus, the holiday-alternative first mentioned on an episode of Seinfeld in 1997. Show writer Daniel O'Keefe's family celebrated it in his home when he was a kid, and he still celebrates it today. But he's not the only one. More and more fans of the show are holding Festivus celebrations every year. O'Keefe wrote a book about it, as did Allen Salkin, and the name has become not just a pop culture craze but a real, solid holiday like any other. OK, maybe not like any other, but it's something that people are really starting to celebrate. (I can sense morons like Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson cringing - Festivus is just another war on Christmas!)

Even TV Squad celebrates it every year (the official Festivus day is December 23). Don't forget to enter our contest by midnight tonight!

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TV 2006: the Year of the Super Nerd

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 24th 2006 1:40PM

John Billingsley - The NineInteresting piece in the Boston Globe today, about how many of the new shows have at their core a nerd who comes out on top (though I'm sure if we went back in the TV archives we could find a nerdish/shy/lonely person who was the hero, and what makes these people "nerds" anyway, the fact that they aren't gregarious, they're just normal?).

Suzanne C. Ryan points out that Ugly Betty has a plain-looking girl who goes to work for a NYC fashion mag, screws up her first day, but eventually becomes the hero; The Nine has Louis Plunk, a nebbish who will become a hero when we find out what happened inside that bank robbery; and The Knights of Prosperity (what an awful title change) has a lonely guy who is one of the guys who decides to rob Mick Jagger (though I don't know if the word "hero" could be applied here).

The article doesn't even mention Heroes, which premieres on NBC tomorrow night. That show has a few nerds who literally become superheroes.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 25th 2006 8:40AM

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 30th 2006 8:39AM
  • Star JonesStar Jones has a new job lined up.
  • Over at TV Barn, Aaron Barnhart has the news about changes at MSNBC.
  • Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog thinks that America's Got Talent is...well...pretty much a freak show.
  • Brian over at TV Newser has a bunch of questions. Maybe you can help him with the answers.
  • I didn't even know that The Boston Globe had a TV blog! Another day, another bookmark.

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Peter Gammons suffers brain aneurysm - BREAKING NEWS

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 27th 2006 11:46PM
Peter GammonsESPN correspondent and sportswriter Peter Gammons suffered a brain aneurysm earlier today at his Cape Cod home, and is currently in intensive care after undergoing surgery.

Gammons was also a writer for The Boston Globe and Sports Ilustrated, then joined ESPN in 1990. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last year. He can be seen talking about baseball on Baseball Tonight and other shows and segments.

[via TV Barn]

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A la carte cable is the way to go

by Bob Sassone, posted May 16th 2006 8:20AM
Now, this is the kind of cable package I want. Instead of having to pay a lot of money for one package that will have about 30 or 40 stations I never watch, what if we could pick the stations we want and pay for each one? Alex Beam at the Boston Globe says that this is what he wants too. Following Beam's lead, here is what I'd have:

Must Have: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, Comedy Central, Bravo, CNN, MSNBC, TV Land, Nick, both ESPNs, Travel Channel, Food Network, Tennis Channel

Wouldn't Mind Having: Game Show Network, HGTV

Don't Want: Lifetime, Golf Channel, MTV, FOX News, WE, Oxygen, Court TV, all the shopping channels

What networks would you pick if you could get them this way?

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Malcolm in the Middle: an appreciation

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2006 3:06PM
Malcolm in the MiddleI haven't watched Malcolm in the Middle much the past few years. There's always something else on at the same time, but the one or two episodes I saw were pretty damn funny. Matthew Gilbert over at The Boston Globe has an appreciation of the series, which airs its series finale tonight. It's sorta spoilerish, so click at your own risk.

Did you know that the last name of Malcolm's family is ... Wilkerson?!? Me either. I guess they've only said it once in the whole run of the series.

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Babies love their American Idol

by Bob Sassone, posted May 9th 2006 7:29PM
Bucky CovingtonAmerican Idol is the number one TV show of people aged 2 to 11.

After you let that little factoid sink in for a few minutes, click on over to The Boston Globe's article about how babies love American Idol. The writer talks about her 21 month year old daughter's obsession with Paris Bennett and Bucky Covington. She's not a big Taylor fan though.

I don't think it's the singing, I think babies tune in for the reason a lot of adults do: they're wondering what crazy-ass thing Paula Abdul is going to do next.

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How I Met Your Mother: the next Friends?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 6th 2006 10:46AM

How I Met Your MotherI've only seen a couple of episodes of CBS' How I Met Your Mother. Not only is Surface on at the same time, but I wasn't sure I wanted to get invested in another sitcom, only to see it get canceled quickly or moved around on the schedule. But the show is getting good ratings and critical acclaim, so I'm going to start watching it now (Surface ends its first season tonight, so now I have no excuse - plus I could just use my damn Tivo).

Matthew Gilbert over at The Boston Globe thinks that the show could, with a little tweaking, become the next Friends. What do you think?

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