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.

Sincerely,
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!”

“BOB COSTAS!”

“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.”

WTF, TV?

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.

Emmys!

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.

Blog potpourri

* I’m putting together a Michael Jackson mix, and in doing so, stumbled across some long forgotten, but great, songs. Like “Childhood,” which, apparently, is from the Free Willy 2 soundtrack. Do y’all remember Free Willy 2? Yeah, me neither. I know I saw it, because I LOVED the first movie. Cried my eyes out . Also, fun fact: I went to see Free Willy on my first ever date, in sixth grade. My date cried, too, but tried to hide it. Anyway, check it out. Doesn’t this song break you heart a little? I’m sure he wrote it with that intention, but still – he’s so earnest. Plus, there are strings.

Other gems include “Ben”, “She’s Out of My Life”, “Dirty Diana” and a breathtaking “Ain’t No Sunshine.” I’d kind of forgotten how much I liked the King of Pop back in the day.

* Also being played on my iPod lately: The cast recording for Curtains. Freaking brilliant, people. I now totally regret never seeing this show when it was on Broadway. And I knew about it, too! I distinctly remember talking to my dad about the new Kander and Ebb murder mystery musical. Anyway, a friend gave me the cast recording several months ago, and I only recently started listening to it. It took a few listens, but now I can’t get enough. It’s funny, it’s catchy, it’s romantic, it’s sad. And, sure, it’s no Cabaret, but what is? I love David Hyde Pierce’s wistful song, “Coffee Shop Nights,” but the real gem on this album is “I Miss the Music”, a song about writing a song without a partner. Written by John Kander after Fred Ebb’s death. I can’t listen to it without tearing up. But, there’s also some hilarious numbers, and some that are pure joy, such as “Show People.”

Wasn’t that fun?

*I finished the Great Frasier Rewatch much, much faster than the Great Cheers Rewatch. I actually am not going to say how quick it took me to finish 11 seasons of TV, but needless to say…it was quick. Totally enjoyable from start to finish. I don’t remember the last time I laughed out loud at a show so consistently. Yesterday, I started listing my favorite episodes, for a top 10 countdown, and ended up with, uh, 42. No, I’m not kidding. Obviously I’ll have to trim the list down. I almost feel like there should be two different lists: 1.) Favorite episodes, 2.) Niles. Though, as I said before, Jane Leeves is totally under-appreciated. Or at least, I didn’t appreciate her when the show was on. My god, she’s funny. OnceI can narrow down the list, I’ll do a post on my favorite episodes. In the meantime, here’s a video someone made highlighting the hilarious Daphne Moon.

* Lauren Graham’s new movie, The Answer Man, comes out in DC next week. Who’s coming with me? Anyone? Anyone?

*On that topic, I still haven’t seen 500 Days of Summer. Or The Hangover. Or any new movie since Away We Go. P.S. John Krasinski + beard + glasses = HOT. I finally get the attraction.

* I need a good book. I’m currently very uninspired by my collection. I keep on starting one book and stopping it a few days later. I think this is because a few months ago, I read Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. It was wonderful, and set the bar very high for my next Great Read. So far, nothing has measured up. I hope I find one by this time next month – I need some beach reading.

* I have no desire to see the Harry Potter movie. But I do think Daniel Radcliffe has gotten kind of cute as he’s gotten older. (Even though I can’t see him without remembering him flinging a condom, ala Extras.) Which is worse?

*Found out today the new season of Dexter starts September 27th. Bring it!

* How did I find that out? By reading about the Dexter panel at Comic Con. Yep, it’s that time of year again. And yes, once again, I failed to make it to the Fandom Mecca. Someday, dear readers. Some day…

Two for two

This is old news by now, but I’d like to jump on the bandwagon and say: YAY! NPH is hosting the Emmys! Also, it appears I am quite predictable. On the day this was announced, I got not one but TWO texts from people delivering the news. What can I say? I am what I am…. That’s Popeye. (Bonus points to anyone who gets the reference.)

I’m excited about this, but I also hope it doesn’t hurt his chances of a nomination and/or a win. Anyone who watches HIMYM knows he’s at least worthy of a nomination. And IMO, a win, but so far the Emmy people haven’t agreed. But what do they know? They give Jeremy Piven awards just for breathing. And Martin Sheen didn’t win in all the 7 years The West Wing was on the air. And have they never watched Dexter? Why diss Michael C. Hall ever year, and not even recognize Dexter‘s amazing supporting cast? And don’t even get me STARTED on Friday Night Lights.

Even so, I love the show and watch ever year. (And every year, I’m disappointed.) At least this year will have a good host.

Video of the Day:

In honor of the news, here’s one of my favorite NPH clips. Makes me laugh every time.