Hey Dudes and Dudettes,
Check it. I'm blogging now. I know, t'is tres exciting. Actually, I'm doing the lazy man's blogging - just posting an article I wrote for the Crown. It's about T.V...I can practically smell my pulizter. I hopa you lika.
___________________________________TV For the College Kid - Not so dismal afterall
As we quickly approach the one-month mark at our collective universities, most of us young scholars have established a comfortable day-to-day routine. We know what days we can sleep in, what busses we have to catch, and what classes we might skip once and again. But somehow, someway, we always make sure to catch that one hour of sweet commercial-saturated T.V goodness. Is there anything wrong with being a devout T.V watcher? Absolutely not, because for the first time in recent memory there happens to be a handful of shows that are well worth tuning into. And to help you sort the gems from the duds, I offer you a brief T.V roundup.
With ER going into its 50th season or so, many of us thought it safe to assume that the medical drama was either dead, or should be. But over the last two years, the genre has been boldly brought back to life by such programs as Grey’s Anatomy and House. Grey’s is a slick soap opera set in a very pretty hospital where very pretty doctors and even prettier interns find themselves in some very ugly situations. While it’s an entertaining hour of soapy drama, House is the doctor worth checking in with.
Hugh Laurie stars as the abhorring grouchy Dr. House, a middle aged diagnostician with a pain in is his leg and a chip off his shoulder. He’s callous, thoughtless, rude and positively brilliant. Dr. House leads his team of (again very pretty) doctors in a quest to solve only the most bizarre medical mysteries. House plays out like an old Sherlock Holmes novel, complete with a Watson-esque sidekick named Wilson. House also succeeds on more levels than Grey’s because it doesn’t shy away from the more complicated issues surrounding medicine, science and religion. For those who tire of the weekly bed-hopping that can slow down Grey’s Anatomy, House is the perfect remedy. Catch the wickedly witty and surprisingly sexy doctor on Global and Fox, Tuesdays at 8:00.
It’s a well known fact that college kids have an intense, sometimes very odd, sense of humour. We’re always looking the latest greatest thing on the comic radar. So to my fellow students still mourning over the demise of Seinfeld and Frasier, you can put the Kleenex box away much thanks to the one-two punch combination of My Name is Earl and The Office, airing back to back on Thursday nights. The Office especially has brought back the joy of the situation comedy. It abandons old sitcom conventions like the laugh track, and opts for a drier, realistic style.
Set in the cubicles of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, this show resonates with anyone who’s had to work under a boss whose IQ scarce rivals a block of cheese. While Steven Carrel’s Michael Scott delivers most of the laughs, the supporting cast is nothing short of hilarious. And if that’s not enough win you over, at the show’s core is the tale of salesman Jim and receptionist Pam, who share a love story so sweet it leaves Ross and Rachel in the dust. This is a show you can’t afford to miss, see it every Thursday at 8:30 on NBC and Global.
“INSERT CLEVER HEADING”
Before Steve Carrel was bossing people around Dunder Mifflin, he was honing his comedic skills while working as a “correspondent” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Airing simultaneously on CTV and the Comedy Network, this faux newscast is a funny, clever, informative and often scathing look at the daily news in politics, foreign affairs and everything in between.
Directly following The Daily Show is The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert. The Colbert Report is another faux newscast, only this time lead anchor Stephen Colbert takes on the persona of an ego-obsessed red-state republican news anchor. It’s a ridiculous concept, and Stephen is in a word, delightful. It’s the perfect night closer for the poli-sci enthusiast or anyone else seeking to laugh while they learn.
“Chuck Norris wears Jack Bauer pajamas”
If it’s high-octane action and conspiracy theories you’re after, keep your Mondays reserved until January, when super-agent Jack Bauer returns to primetime in his latest bout with international terrorists on 24. While 24 may at first appear to be nothing more than a T.V version of Die Hard, it’s quite the opposite. The performances are riveting and plot lines politically loaded. To top it off, Kiefer Sutherland’s portrayal of Jack Bauer gives us a glimpse into deeply complicated, broken man. It’s a somber and bracing take on the all-American action hero. With all five seasons now released on DVD, it’s easy to get caught up before season six kicks off in January.
There you have it, a brief but informative look at the state of today’s “idiot box”. So go ahead and treat yourself with one of these worthwhile shows every in the midst of your hectic schedules. But before you do, I leave you with this final piece of advice: please, please, please steer clear of anything that involves a panel of three judges, the promise of a million dollars, celebrities dancing, or a billionaire with a bad toupee.
- Drama: LOST – Wednesdays @ 9:00
- It’s Gilligan’s Island meets The Twilight Zone
- Action: Prison Break – Mondays @ 8:00
- It’s 24 meets The Shawshank Redemption
- Comedy: Scrubs – Thursday starting January
- It’s Family Guy meets General Hospital
...So? I know. It's kinda boring - basically something akin to what the TV guide publishes every september. If there's one thing you can applaud me for it's the fact that I wrote about the Office and managed to skip past the fact that I would happily bare Jim Halpert's babies.
Fare thee well ;)