IT’S ABOUT TIME: CNN fired Rick Sanchez today and if you didn’t follow the story, well, Sanchez made some ill-advised remarks about jews on a radio show. Here’s the link to the audio of Sanchez on the radio show:
On the bright side, it’s about time CNN booted Sanchez from their roster because the guy is a joke as a newscaster. He’s deserving of all the mockery.
2ND FALL TV CANCELLATION: ABC cancelled MY GENERATION today. Some people think it was the horrendous marketing campaign. Some people think it was the show. The show scored very low in last night’s ratings so it’s been pulled from the schedule, effective immediately.
PROJECT RUNWAY: I haven’t seen this week’s episode but evidently it was a heartbreaker because of Mondo’s personal story. I’ll have to catch the weekend repeat.
30 ROCK: A great episode that was all about progeny and future generations: Jack’s still-in-the-womb child and Tracy’s about-to-be-born daughter. I can’t stop thinking of Jack Donaghy making a DVD for his son and the memorable line when Jack realizes, “I won’t be here for his first subpoena.” The brilliant stroke was when Jack found out he and Avery were having a daughter, not a son, and he had to call in Lemon for the new DVD for his daughter. As for Tracy, how could you NOT laugh when he got in a cab to go to his wife’s bedside and it turned out to be the Cash Cab?? I love that anything can happen in the 30 ROCK world and I buy it. That could be my bias and longtime love of the show but it really tickled the funnybone.
COMMUNITY: Another strong episode last night: “Accounting for Lawyers” featured special guests Rob Corddry and Drew Carey as lawyers Jeff used to work with before he was disbarred. The episode was a very smart look at Jeff’s life before Greendale CC and why he was a great attorney. COMMUNITY episodes always have smart dialogue but when Jeff had to straighten out the group after they were exposed to his slimy lawyer friends, it turned sharper, darker and even funnier. I especially liked when he told Shirley, “You’re not suing her. She’s a stripper. Life sued her and she lost.” For pure comedy, the prize has to go to Allison Brie as Annie who quickly became a chloroform queen, knocking people out left and right. The Pop & Lockathon was a funny feature as any excuse for Ken Jeong doing physical shtick is always good. Finally, the tag with Abed as a comic book character luring Troy into the comic was brilliantly played, especially the look on Troy’s face when he thinks it just might be true but then knows it’s not. I replayed that moment a couple of times. There are very few comedies on TV where the characters are as sharply drawn as COMMUNITY. If you’re not watching, you are missing one of the best comedies on TV. Episodes are online at NBC.com – jump in and catch up! The Season 1 DVD is also on sale now. Check it out!
FRINGE: This is my new Thursday must watch show. Even without seeing every episode last season, I’m immersed in the story and beguiled by Anna Torv, Josh Jackson and John Noble’s performances. The story is also accessible without knowing every last detail. It’s not the type of show I usually watch but I watched more episodes during summer repeats and they got me. The storytelling is really intelligent and the heartfelt moments work too. I am totally hooked.
OUTSOURCED: I watched the second episode. Not seeing any funny potential here when the best part of the show is a Bollywood cover of Devo’s “Girl U Want.”
THE SOCIAL NETWORK: I’ve been watching Aaron Sorkin as he’s been doing press for the film (opening this weekend) — if you’re interested, check out:
Sorkin on THE COLBERT REPORT: http://www.colbertnation.com/home
Sorkin and David Fincher on CHARLIE ROSE: http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11223
David Fincher talking to Vulture about the film:http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/09/vulture_transcript_david_finch.html
TODAY’S SURF WRITTEN WHILE LISTENING TO: “Papers in Order” by The Old Ceremony — special thanks to my niece Linz for turning me onto this addictive little tune.
Time for the weekend rundown:
TONIGHT FRIDAY 10/1
ABC: 8:00 p.m. Modern Family (R) 8:30 p.m. Better with You (R) 9:00 p.m. No Ordinary Family (R) 10:00 p.m. 20/20
CBS: 8:00 p.m. Medium 9:00 p.m. CSI: NY 10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods
NBC: 8:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours) 10:00 p.m. Outlaw
FOX: 8:00 p.m. House (R) 9:00 p.m. The Good Guys
THE CW: 8:00 p.m. Smallville 9:00 p.m. Supernatural
HBO: 10pm: Real Time with Bill Maher
E!: 10pm: The Soup
ABC 8:00 p.m. Saturday Night Football
CBS 8:00 p.m. 2010 College Football SEC: Florida at Alabama
NBC: 8:00 p.m. The Event (R) 9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Los Angeles (R) 10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Bryan Cranston hosts with musical guest Kanye West.
FOX: 8:00 p.m. Cops (original and repeat) 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted
ABC: 7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (season premiere) 8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives 10:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters
CBS: 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes 8:00 p.m. The Amazing Race 9:00 p.m. Undercover Boss 10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami (season premiere)
NBC: 7:00 p.m. Football Night in America 8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football: Chicago Bears at New York Giants
FOX: 7:00 p.m. NFL Football Overrun 7:30 p.m. The OT 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons 8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show 9:00 p.m. Family Guy 9:30 p.m. American Dad (season premiere)
AMC: 9pm: Rubicon 10pm: Mad Men
SHOWTIME: 9pm: Dexter
That’s a wrap for this week.