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Sons offers more than just Anarchy at second glance

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 23rd 2008 10:03AM

(L-R): Maggie Siff, Katey Sagal and Charlie Hunnam.It's a rare occasion that I re-trace my steps and openly admit that I was wrong. Typically, I stick with my gut and I'll fight you until I'm blue in the face. But it takes a big man to recognize the error of his ways and it takes an even bigger one to admit it to others. So here goes...

Initially, I wasn't impressed with Sons of Anarchy. After watching the pilot (twice), I panned it. Nothing special, nothing new. The second episode didn't do much for me either. But I promised I'd stick with it since it was on FX (in today's TV landscape, that counts for something) and after last night's installment (S01E08, "The Pull"), I'm here to say something I didn't agree with eight weeks ago:

FX has done it again.

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Are you a sitcom snob?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 15th 2008 8:23AM

Two and a Half MenInteresting piece by Tim Goodman over at The San Francisco Chronicle. Basically he says that many TV viewers who watch the NBC Thursday night comedies (My Name Is Earl, 30 Rock, The Office, and Scrubs) and other shows are snobs when it comes to CBS comedies like Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and How I Met Your Mother. He says that the people who pride themselves in watching the critically-acclaimed (but lower rated) shows on NBC are "denying themselves a good time by avoiding CBS on Monday nights."

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2007 5:27PM

30 RockWhat's happening on other blogs via the interweb.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2007 11:47AM

Viva Laughlin

What's happening on other blogs via the interweb.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 29th 2007 1:40PM

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John From Cincinnati is really bad, says TV critic

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2007 4:40PM

John From CincinnatiJulia will have her review of the new HBO series John From Cincinnati when it premieres after the Sopranos finale on June 10, but San Francisco Chronicle critic Tim Goodman has seen the first three episodes, and he's not impressed. In fact, he's depressed.

Goodman says that the heads of fans of David Milch's other show, Deadwood, will "explode" when they see this, that they would get rid of Deadwood just to air this show. He won't have his full review 'til Sunday, but on his blog, Goodman says that HBO made "a total blunder" and that the show is just "a total mess." Wow, I guess we'll have to wait for his full review to find out what he really thinks.

As I said yesterday, I'm going to give it a shot. I mean, the previews are just so bizarre that you have to check it out.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2007 11:02AM

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Who should Lost kill next?

by Brett Love, posted Nov 6th 2006 1:05PM
Jorge Garcia - LostDid the recent death of a main character on Lost leave you wanting more? Maybe you have your own personal lostaway hit list? If that's the case, you're in good company. Tim Goodman, television writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, not only wants more deaths, he's got a list. Thirteen picks for who he'd kill, in order, and with a reason for each.

It's a fun article and I find myself in agreement with him on most of this. The one place we disagree is where Hurley is concerned. Goodman says, "You can't kill Hurley. You just can't." I'm perfectly fine with killing Hurley. It's not like he's doing anything on the island anyway. I'm sure Paolo, or the next mysteriously appearing new character, can say "Dude" and whip up a fruit salad. But maybe Hurley getting killed will finally serve as motivation for the characters to actually do something about their situation.

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Here's an idea for Saturday night TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2006 4:42PM

SmithAs we've noted here before, and I'm sure you've noticed, Saturday night is the oddest night for television. It used to be great (remember CBS' lineup in the 70s?), but now it's just a night when no one watches much TV, and if they do, all they get is movies, repeats, and Cops.

But Tim Goodman over at The Bastard Machine has some ideas.

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TiVo? More like TiNo!

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 19th 2006 6:47PM

TiVoTiNo. That's the word San Francisco Chronicle TV critic Tim Goodman has coined for shows that he has recorded on ohis DVR but hasn't watched yet. The shows that have been on there but you haven't watched yet, or the shows you've recorded and you're not even sure if you'll eventually get to them or not. (Funny how TiVo has now become the noun and the verb for recording TV shows on a DVR or PVR, whether or not it's actually a TiVo or not. Like how we call all bandages Band-Aids!)

I've TiNo'ed five episodes of Life on Mars. They've been on there for two months or so, but hopefully I'll get to them in the next month or so.

What shows have you TiNo'ed?

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 26th 2006 11:41AM

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2006 11:34AM

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'The Sopranos' will not be premiering in January

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 12th 2006 10:11PM

Another delay for the final SopranosFrom the "Look, We're Really Not Surprised" department ...

It turns out that the last eight episodes of HBO's The Sopranos will not be premiering in January as originally reported. Blame star James Gandolfini's knee surgery for mucking up the works. Since the surgery has set filming back, HBO Chairman Chris Albrecht decided to push the final episodes back to March of 2007. In its place the premium cable network will air the second season of Rome.

Television critic Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle speaks of this scheduling change in his blog. He talks about Deadwood, The Wire, and Curb Your Enthusiasm as well.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 7th 2006 11:49AM
  • EmmyKen Levine gives his thoughts on the Emmy nominations. Favorite line: "And I guess the bloom is off the rose for Nip/Tuck, now so weird it's entered Bjork country."
  • Dave Thomas wants to start a petition to get NBC to pick up the YouTube hit Nobody's Watching.
  • Aaron Barnhart has redesigned the TV Barn blog. I like how he calls America's Got Talent "the slutty stepsister of Ed Sullivan and Chuck Barris."
  • Hey, all you Taylor Hicks fans: instead of being ticked off at me all the time, be ticked off at Tim Goodman!

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted May 18th 2006 1:00PM
  • Katie CouricOver at his Bastard Machine blog, Tim Goodman isn't sure he believes that Lost will answers a bunch of questions in the season finale (as the ads have promised), but what the hell, is on for the ride anyway.
  • TeeVee has some typically wiseass reactions to the CBS and NBC upfronts (that's a compliment, by the way - we like wiseass).
  • TV writer Ken Levine tells his favorite casting story ever, when he had to audition actors for a 1993 show called Big Wave Dave's. But damn it, he still won't say who actor is!
  • TV Newser has the story of Katie Couric's first appearance for CBS, at the upfronts.

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