A letter to NBC

Dear NBC,
I’m still mad at you for the whole Conan/Leno fiasco, and I think you’ve successfully run your company into the ground these last few years.

However, you gave us a second season of Parks & Recreation, and just renewed it for a third, which shows some sense on your part. After all, everyone needs some Ron [Fucking] Swanson in their lives.

And coming soon: Parenthood! NBC, I am known to hold grudges, but if Parenthood lives up to its promos and stellar cast, I just might be able to leave my anger behind. Here’s a suggestion for saving your network: Replace Jeff Zucker with whoever put together the Parenthood promos. I can’t stop watching them. Seriously. I pretty much watch things exclusively on DVR, but if I see a promo for this show while zipping through a commercial break, I’ll stop, rewind, and watch the whole thing. By now, I’ve seen them all several times, but  still stop. They’re that good. They’ve become one of my favorite parts of the Olympics.

Please don’t fuck this up, NBC. You have tremendous talent both in front of and behind the camera. This could be The Cosby Show for the new decade. It could revive the network. It could give Lauren Graham and Peter Krause the Emmys they deserved long ago. DON’T. FUCK. THIS. UP.

A life-long watcher of NBC

Videos of the Day: See, can’t stop watching. Also, kudos on the music. I love it. My favorite is the Peter Krause, “Yo, yo, yo” promo, but sadly, it is not online. But just watch NBC for like, 5 minutes and I’m sure you’ll see it.

O Canada

Overheard at my apartment last night during the Vancouver opening ceremonies:

“Hey it’s that guy! You know, the guy who does all the sports stuff. What’s his name? You know, that guy?”

“I hope this isn’t as scary as the Beijing opening ceremonies.”

“They’re called Aborigines in Canada? Huh.”

“Did you know ‘origin’ is in the word Aborigines? I didn’t until I just typed it.”

“Look at that old lady dancing with the Aborigines. She looks so happy.”

“What’s the name of that guy? That sports guy…”

“Where are the Russians? They’re going to be hot.”

“Wow, he’s hot.”

“Wow, she’s hot.”

“You know, for the most part, Olympians are really good looking. I never realized that until tonight.”

“HA! Those look like chef pants.”

“It’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.”

“You really dig facial hair, huh?”

“Hey, look at that guy on the sidelines – he’s doing the Carlton dance!”


“Oh, Canada.”

“This is the worst song ever written. These lyrics are ridiculous.”

“They should have gotten Bryan Adams and Celine Dion to sing this.”
“That wouldn’t make this song any better.”

“This guy is just a Bryan Adams soundalike.”

“What?? What happened to Bryan Adams? That’s really him?”

“I don’t get this song choice. It’s beautiful, but it’s about looking back on all your failed relationships and giving up on love. Just because the word ‘cloud’ is in it doesn’t make it about the Plains. Silly Canada.”

“Wow, K.D. Lang is really rocking ‘Hallelujah.’ I forgot she’s actually a great singer.”

“Sarah McLachlan is Canadian? Huh.”

“This reminds me of a school assembly. I bet it’s really great if you’re there, but it’s not translating to TV. Oh, Canada.”

“So on How I Met Your Mother, there’s a character whose Canadian, and they take every opportunity to make fun of it.”
“That’s because it never gets old.”
“Y’know, it really doesn’t… Canada.”

“Uhoh, someone’s getting fired. Wayne Gretsky looks pissed.”

“Poor Canada. They got so far and failed at the climax. They remain the world’s punch line.”


Simon’s leaving American Idol; Conan’s not on board with the 12:05 Tonight Show slot…my TV world is all askew! What’s next – Tim Gunn leaves Project Runway? (I’m just kidding, Tim. Please don’t ever leave. Seriously. Never. Forget I even said anything.)

For the record, I don’t blame Conan at all. And the only way I’m watch American Idol next season is if Ben Folds replaces Simon. As the chances of that happening are extremely slim, I’ll just enjoy this season, and look forward to the X-Factor in 2011.

P.S. Simon: please take Ryan with you.


Be sure to watch tonight, at 8/7 central on CBS. Last year’s ratings were terrible (as was the show, really, except for Tina Fey’s acceptance speeches), but this year promises to be awesome with host Neil Patrick Harris. Word on the street is, he might do something from the (Emmy winning!) Dr. Horrible! That alone should be reason enough to tune in.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for How I Met Your Mother for best comedy, NPH for supporting actor, Jim Parsons for lead actor, Grey Gardens for miniseries, Drew Barrymore for actress in a miniseries, and my man Michael C. Hall for actor in a drama. But I have a horrible track record with award shows; what I want to win never does. Who knows, maybe this will be the year. (Yes, I say that every year, and yes, I am always wrong.)

Video of the Day: Dr. Horrible in the Emmy houuuuseeee! I don’t really care what song they do, but this is my favorite.