Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
Curb Your Enthusiasm and Tell Me You Love Me rebegin and begin tonight.
Update: I have a brief post about the Curb premiere at Season Pass. Feel free to go over there to offer your comments agreeing or disagreeing with my smaller or larger points.
Tell Me You Love Me has my interest - I didn't love it, but I do want to see where it goes. I definitely like the idea of a serious show about sex and relationships.
his situational comedy & how he can get comedy out of awkward moments is just brilliant!
I thought Tell Me You Love Me had a very good debut.
The sex scenes are in a word...
Also, Curb was very funny as usual.
I feel that Tell Me would have worked better after the Sopranos finale, while JFC would have been a better pairing with Curb.
That said, it was still very funny.
"Tell Me You Love Me" could have the potential to make me consider the priesthood.
Usually it doesn't bother me as much as it did on this show. It's almost as if they were afraid to deal with their own feelings as pampered white liberals about how income, ethnicity or faith might affect sexuality. If you're going to take on a big subject and "break barriers," then you better deliver. But don't say you're telling me the truth about something and then give me basically the same people at four different ages.
Trust me, I am not PC. But this is an irremediable mistake.
16- Yeah, I noticed that. I wondered if there'd been some explanation of it that I'd missed (possibly while she had her shirt off), but I guess not.
Although I will say this: If, a year ago, you'd asked me to place a bet on whether or not I'd ever see universally respected, Oscar-nominated actress (and senior citizen) Jane Alexander simulating an explicit sexual act on television, I think I would have taken the unders. Shows what I know.
15 - An interesting comment. But if you were to, say, posit that the show isn't pursuing universal truths, does that make it any more palatable? I think so. At the same time, I do hope it offers some real insight instead of just getting stuck in self-pity.
16 - I noticed; I think Penny is just having trouble holding it back.
Apparently no one in that show really loves anyone.
I thought Heather Havrilesky's assessment was completely on the mark and also hilarious:
I've been spoiled by MAD MEN and watching the first season of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS on DVD this past week, so I had no patience for this one. I still can't believe HBO passed on MAD MEN to broadcast this piece of crap.
That stuff does not really bother me nor does the lack of varying backgrounds. Providing more backgrounds would give them more topics to cover, but I assume the creators tried to stick to something they felt they knew more about.
The one thing I did not like about Tell Me You Love Me is when they cut to flashbacks during the therapy sessions. I thought they could have just showed those scenes earlier, so it would not be so blatant and obvious to the audience.
They could have all that without having to show a prop penis cum. It kind of takes away from the show in a sense, because it is probably what most people will talk about.
I'm glad Jon's new co-bloggers have decided to sign their posts. I hate institutional editorials to begin with, but they're especially unbloggy.
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