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Monthly archives: September 2007


The Office Returns!
2007-09-27 16:08
by Jon Weisman

That's the highlight of the evening - but don't forget that there's also a new episode of Mad Men.

Wednesday Night Open Chat
2007-09-26 16:39
by Jon Weisman

The big competition at 9 p.m. Wednesday's kicks off for real tonight, with Private Practice and Bionic Woman premiering opposite Criminal Minds and Gossip Girl. Dirty Sexy Money and Life also hit the airwaves at 10 p.m. Pushing Daisies doesn't debut until next week.

Update: I started watching the second Back to You, and I'm not finishing it. Too stale and forced.

Tuesday Night Open Chat
2007-09-25 16:41
by Jon Weisman

Check out Reaper, even if it's not on your radar, and record the cast-shufflin' House.

Monday Night Open Chat
2007-09-24 16:08
by Jon Weisman

Remember the rules - no spoilers until a show has completed airing on the West Coast, and no mention of scenes from upcoming episodes.

Are You Going To Watch The War?
2007-09-23 10:57
by Jon Weisman

I'm going to do my darndest, though I wish PBS hadn't been scheduled it during season premiere week.

Emmy Night Open Chat
2007-09-16 15:55
by Jon Weisman

Talk about the Emmys, about Curb Your Enthusiasm, about what you did instead of watching Tell Me You Love Me ...

Update: I don't know, guys. It's a slow-paced show, but I think Tell Me is worthwhile. I think a good chunk of the stories are legit.

As for the Emmys, I'm not one given to grand pronouncements, but I'm sure that was the worst Emmy broadcast I've ever watched. It was awkward, strained and often grim. The highs weren't that high, and the lows were pretty darn low.

Variety Fall TV Preview
2007-09-11 22:51
by Jon Weisman

Writeups by Variety staff on the five broadcast networks can be found here. In addition, we have a section called TV Fall-Stars that focuses on 20 individuals or combos that have the highest expectations or the most at stake in the upcoming season.

Tell Me About Low Ratings
2007-09-11 15:36
by Jon Weisman

Fewer than a million viewers tuned in for the series premiere of HBO's Tell Me You Love Me, according to John Dempsey of

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ABC's "Cavemen" was not popular at all among the TV critics previewing the fall 2007 pilots, but at Season Pass, I try to point out the show's saving graces.

2007-09-11 01:36
by Jon Weisman

Originally published May 5, 2006

[I saw United 93 today. If you prefer to skip the following, I understand.]
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More on Gray
2007-09-10 14:32
by Jon Weisman

Here's a good James Gray feature for anyone who is interested, from Dennis Lim of the New York Times. Gray's We Own the Night comes out in a month.

Mr. Gray's first film since "The Yards" in 2000 got a decidedly mixed reception at the Cannes Film Festival in May. An early screening for buyers resulted in a bidding war, said Marc Butan, the president of 2929 Productions and a producer of the film. Sony Pictures eventually acquired it for $11 million. (It is set to open Oct. 12, on more than 2,000 screens, compared with 150 for "The Yards.") But when it came to the critics, as tends to be the case with Mr. Gray, things got more complicated.

At the first Cannes press screening, which took place after the film had been sold, boos erupted during the closing credits. American critics seemed to be the most vocal in their disapproval. A dismissive review in Variety deemed the film "exceptionally conventional" and likened it to "an O.K. television movie."

But it also had its champions — notably among European, and most of all French, critics. The French daily Le Monde concluded its rave by proclaiming Mr. Gray "one of the great American directors of our time."

In a recent interview in Manhattan Mr. Gray said: "Apparently I'm the dramatic version of Jerry Lewis. Someone wrote that I'm the object of Gallic fetish." ...

HBO Season Premiere Night Open Chat
2007-09-09 19:18
by Jon Weisman

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.

Another Great Mad Men Open Chat
2007-09-06 23:03
by Jon Weisman

Such a rich show ... frankly, it's becoming kind of epic.

The killer line tonight was, "I don't like you this way." It informs so much of the show, including the way the characters feel about themselves. But there was so much else that was great.

Did you notice good ol' Ernie Douglas in this one?

The 25 Best Moments of The Wonder Years
2007-09-04 08:06
by Jon Weisman

I haven't had time to read through this yet, but their choice for No. 1 is a great one - perhaps even better than the more obvious option, which took the No. 2 spot. (Thanks to Dodger Thoughts commenter D4P for the link.)