(S01E09) There's nothing particularly unique or extraordinary about the lives of Joe and Terry and Owen, the guys of 'Men of a Certain Age.' But the very fact that the situations and circumstances are normal makes how their characters react all the more interesting.
A lot happened in this episode, even though it wasn't big, dramatic stuff like you might expect. No, it was small moments, little things that didn't seem like much, but oh, what a blast in the storytelling. With the last episode of the season airing next week, this was one hell of a lead up to the big finish.
Now I'm just waiting for the Burn Notice country music video.
That's right, Friday Night Lights shaves as close as a blade, or your money back.
Sorry, whenever I hear news of a refund that old electric razor commercial pops into my head. Remember that one? No? Okay, moving on:
The folks behind NBC's Friday Night Lights are so sure you'll love the first season DVD set coming out next Tuesday that they're offering to refund your money if you don't like it. In order to qualify for the refund, you have to purchase the DVD before the end of the year, and I guess you also have to hate the series.
Some very cool news for fans of This American Life, the Showtime version of the long-running public radio mainstay. The first season of the series is now available on iTunes for $1.99 per episode (six episodes total) or $10.99 for the whole season. You can also download the radio version for free, just in case you didn't know.
I'll admit I didn't get into This American Life, the radio series or the TV program, until recently after hearing for many years how compelling and well-made it is. Those people were right, and it's become a permanent fixture on both my Tivo and my iPod. If they made a This American Life pamphlet, I would subscribe to that, too.
Don't ask me why, but someone has compiled a video consisting of the final ten seconds of every episode of the first season of Star Trek: the Next Generation.
Now many of you may know this, but almost every episode ended with someone saying, "bite me, suck-face!" and giving the finger directly into the camera. I know, it's weird. I never quite understood it myself. It's one of those TV catchphrases that never quite caught on.
Seriously, though, if you're a fan of The Next Generation, this is a pretty cool tribute, as each episode doesn't end with a definite conclusion, but with another step toward more adventure.
On Sunday, February 4, the same day some kind of football game or something airs on TV, TBS will air all thirteen season one episodes of the series My Boys. The marathon begins with the first episode at 5:00pm and ends at 11:30pm. New episodes will premiere sometime this summer.
My Boys is currently the number one sitcom on ad-supported cable for adults 18 to 49, which means you actually have to watch the show if you fall into that age bracket. Otherwise, you upset the balance of the universe and before you know it the moon is crashing into the sun, the ocean tides are reversing, and owls are eating giraffes. I don't make the rules, people.
Of course, you could always record the marathon and watch the big game instead, but those of us who were artsy marching band nerds when we were younger and never cared much for football will be sitting back to enjoy some comedy.
The first season of Metalocalypse, which finished off last week, will be available on DVD in the summer of 2007, according to DethKlok's lead singer Nathan Explosion (each of the band members have their own MySpace). The message was sent as a bulletin to members of the site, but you can check it out in the Toon Zone forums, also.
The message also teases that there may be a second season of the series, telling fans to pay close attention to the last line of the season's last episode. Since that line was something like, "The Metalocalypse has begun" I'm going to say that's a pretty good sign we'll be seeing more of the brutal but not-especially-bright boys of DethKlok in the future.
Also, a full-length DethKlok album will be available this summer. The CD will include complete songs featured in the show, as well as some new stuff. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for new information on both of these releases as more pops up. ROCK.
I don't know how long these episodes have been available, but I just happened to notice that the entire first season of Saturday Night Live is available for download on iTunes (actually, it looks like it was just added this week). You can purchase individual episodes for a buck ninety-nine, or get the whole shebang for $44.99. This first season is filled with classic moments that were unlike anything seen on television before, late night or otherwise, proving beyond any doubt that lots and lots of cocaine make people very funny. But I kid.
Of course, you can always buy the DVD set, also, which is probably the better option, but this first season is pretty damn funny no matter what screen you view it on, unless it's the new Sylvania Dead Puppy Television, a TV screen framed in dead puppies. This product is available through the Sylvania Web site, or it could possibly just be a dream I had the other night. I haven't bothered to check.
What's New Scooby-Doo? was an updated version of the classic Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? that stuck with the basic premise of the gang solving spooky mysteries, but with new gadgets and contemporary music to give everything a more modern feel. The only voice actors who remained from the original series were Casey Kasem as Shaggy and Frank Welker as Fred (who also took over the voice of Scooby-Doo after Don Messick passed away in 1997). All other characters were voiced by different people. The animation was done by Warner Bros, giving it a more fluid look than the Hanna-Barbera original. The first season of the cartoon, which ran for just under three years on the WB, will be released on DVD on February 20, 2007. Fans of the original series probably don't care too much about this modern version, but younger kids seem to like it. Besides, it's not like people my age aren't more familiar with the Ralph Bakshi version of Mighty Mouse than the original Terrytoons version. Things get updated for new generations, that's how this nutty industry works sometimes.
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The complete first season of the venerable late night comedy series Saturday Night Live will be released on DVD on December 5. The series that launched the careers of innumerable comedians and started more debates about which cast sucked more first hit the airwaves in 1975 with a cast that included John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtain, Garrett Morris and Laraine Newman. The coolest thing about this eight-disc set is that every episode will be completely uncut, that means musical performances and everything. The first season also featured special guest hosts such as Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Lily Tomlin and Candace Bergen. Extras will include the original screen tests of each of the actors, and a special photo booklet. Hopefully subsequent seasons will follow so younger generations like myself can have access to the seasons we grew up with.
Update: Muppet News Flash points out that the set will also include the "Land of Gorch" segments featuring Jim Henson's Muppets.
I rarely read comic books, but I loved Ben Edlund's The Tick. When FOX began airing an animated version of the comic book, I was anxious to see how it would translate to the television screen. The first season debuted when I was in high school, and my initial reaction was that it was just okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything that great, either. To be fair, they were trying to create a G-rated cartoon out of a PG-13 comic, so a lot of the humor would have to be tweaked.
Greetings, home audience. I just wanted to take a second and let ya'll know that over on Adult Swim Fix right now you can check out the complete first seasons of both Venture Bros. and Home Movies. They tend to take episodes down and replace them with new ones rather quickly, so check them out while you can. Only yesterday they had the complete first season of Perfect Hair Forever, but now those are gone. Don't make the same mistake I did, friends. Unplug the phone, lock all your doors, and watch all of those episodes from beginning to end. This is the only way to prove your loyalty to these fine programs. Plus, every time you watch one of the episodes, one dollar is donated to Jerry's Kids*. Please, do what's right, America.
* "Jerry's Kids" refers to Jerry Bourdeux, assistant sales manager at my local Target. He's trying to collect singles so he can take his two oldest boys to their first strip club. Your generosity can help make this a reality.
Cartoon Network has been adding some shows to iTunes, and the most recent addition is Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. All episodes from the first season are available for the usual $1.99 per episode, or you can download the entire season for $19.99. Sorry if I sound like a shill for iTunes and Cartoon Network, but I thought this was pretty cool news, and Foster's is one of my favorite cartoons to come along in a long time. Moreover, I like seeing cartoons made available this way, as I think they work quite well even when viewed on a tiny iPod video screen. Johnny Bravo and Squirrel Boy are still available as well, though my nine year old nephew recently gave the thumbs down to Squirrel Boy. Since I've never seen that cartoon I'll just have to take his word for it.
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