Saturday, September 11, 2010

Radio Insider: Momentum 2010 Day 4

Final thoughts on a pretty special day at Momentum 2010, as well as the first annual swag bag giveaway!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Radio Insider: Momentum 2010 Day 3

Live (well almost) from Dub Dee Dubs in O-Town!  Word!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Radio Insider: Momentum 2010 Day 2

How great is this bacon, sing with me, how great is this bacon, and all will see, how great, how great..... you get the idea.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Radio Insider: Momentum Day 1

First day at Momentum 2010 and I'm already soaking in the knowledge.

Friday, September 3, 2010

21 Hours of TV Fall Preview 2010 (Weekend and Final Tally)...

And now, the rest of the story.

19 hours accounted for and only 2 hours left with three nights of TV to go.   Can it even be done?  Uh.... Have you seen the weekend schedule?  It's a barren wasteland of programming.  I half expect the networks to just go ahead and show 3 hours of the same tumbleweed blowing across the screen, over, and over, and over.

Here's the day by day.


Seriously, this is ugly.  I briefly considered checking out Secret Millionaire, but it just feels so much like an Undercover Boss rip off, and I can only take so much heart warming in my television gumbo before it becomes heart burn.  

I also occasionally miss Smallville, but not enough to add it to an already tight list.

TWO HOURS OF MUST:  I don't know, go back and watch the other half of Lie to Me?

The color coded breakdown:

Green = Will be programmed on my DVR
Blue = Not for me, but feel free. 
 = Move along, nothing to see here.


ABC - Secret Millionaire
CBS - Medium
CW - Smallville
Fox - Human Target
NBC - Who do You Think You Are?


ABC - Body of Proof
CW - Supernatural
Fox - Good Guys
NBC - Dateline NBC


ABC - 20/20
CBS - Blue Bloods
NBC - Outlaw



NBC is airing 3 straight hours of repeats, and CBS is airing two straight hours of "Crimetime Saturday"  which to me sounds less like a TV Show and more like the mafia's cute little phrase for how they spend their weekends.

TWO HOURS OF MUST:  play a game of Sorry with the kiddos.

The color coded breakdown:


ABC - College Football
CBS - Crimetime Saturday
Fox - COPS
NBC - Repeats


CBS - Crimetime Saturday
Fox - America's Most Wanted
NBC - Repeats


CBS - 48 Hrs. Mystery



I'll give Seth McFarlane this, he's prolific.  Raunchy and shallow, but prolific.  OK, fine, yes, and funny, but not funny enough to wade through the nonsense, at least for me.  If any of his three shows had half the heart of Homer and the gang, I might have to watch (implied assertion: they don't). The Simpsons stand as a testament that you can do joke a minute satire and still have depth and a heart, and for 22 seasons now I've been grateful for that amazing combination.   Speaking of Amazing, I'm always up for another season of the race.  One of these seasons I'm still holding out hope that that will be me searching hours through haystacks for needles and making a fool of myself trying to gyrate correctly to some other country's national dance.  A boy can dream, can't he?

Undercover Boss is a great concept and I'll be watching this season, if for no other reason than to see if they can pull it off now that the jig is up. (Which I could dance in Ireland if they would just cast me on the race!)

On a sad note, I think I've finally had enough of even the corniest of CSIs, and will no longer be glued into the weekly reshadings of Mr. Horatio Cane.  Horatio, your corpse side humor has made me happier then you will ever know, and I will miss your sunglasses most of all.

Speaking of CSI: Miami, any chance we could get an episode where the gang tries to solve who is the most responsible for killing Lebron James' reputation?  I can hear Horatio now, "With murder, nothing is a slam dunk."   AAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR.

TWO HOURS OF MUST:  The Simpsons and Amazing Race (Watch the Simpsons twice if you need to.)

The color coded breakdown:


ABC - America's Funniest Home Videos
CBS - 60 Minutes
Fox - The OT
NBC - Football Night in America


ABC - Extreme Home: Makeover
CBS - Amazing Race
Fox - The Simpsons


Fox - The Cleveland Show
NBC - Sunday Night Football


ABC - Desperate Housewives
CBS - Undercover Boss
Fox - Family Guy


Fox - American Dad


ABC - Brothers and Sisters
CBS - CSI: Miami

Weekend's Total:  One half hour sit-com, Two 1 hour Reality, 2.5 Hours
Final Total: 11 hours drama, 4.5 hours comedy, 6 hours Reality = 21.5 hours


Are you kidding me?! Half an hour?!

OK, fine.  My first instinct is to look at the half hour shows to see if there is one I could ax to give me Blackjack.  Community, Modern Family, Simpsons, Office, and 30 Rock are untouchable.  The Middle is really good and it's one Wife of Dice really digs, and I really dig when she's happy, sooooo....  It has to be one of the newbies, but I've promised Outsourced, Shatner, and Running Wilde a 3 Ep Test.

Here's my solution.  Since there is no possible way all three of them will be worthy of full time status on the DVR by the time the 3 episodes are up how bout I ditch the worst of them and be at 21 in 3 weeks time.   Who knows?  Maybe one of them will have a laugh track and make it easy for me.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

21 Hours of TV Fall Preview 2010 (Thursday)...

IT'S A NETWORK SWEEP!  For the first time in the history of the 21 hour challenge a network has pulled off the sweep!  3 straight hours I will be watching (ok, fine, DVRing) the fine folks at the National Broadcasting System.  I wouldn't miss Michael Scott's last season at Dunder Miflin, and even though Tina Fey and the gang lost a step last season it's still stellar stuff.  Add to that the funniest show on TV, Community (didn't even add a qualifier there, did ya' notice?), as well as what looks to be another solid launch with Outsourced and the NBC Thursday night comedy block has never looked stronger (and that's without the wonderful Parks and Rec on the schedule).  But the genius move was selecting a bona fide old school edition of The Apprentice to cap off the night.  I've never understood the need to combine celebrity with reality, and I think people have forgotten just how much fun this show was when actual unknown human entities battled it out in the boardroom as if it actually mattered.

Then there's Fringe.  A funny thing happened on the way to ripping off the X-Files, turns out you can make a pretty amazing show by copying the formula of a former pretty amazing show.  Fringe hit it's stride in the last 3 or 4 episodes of the season in a way that has me absolutely pumped to see where they will head with it next.

The Mentalist is still a lot of fun, but fading on me just slightly, and I'll check out Stuff My Shatner Said to see if it somehow manages to be worthwhile.

Big Bang Theory is probably the show I hear the most positive stuff about that I currently don't watch.  But as silly as it might sound, I just can't do laugh tracks.  I've gone over it many times so I won't rehash it hear, just consider me a vegan and laugh tracks a quarter pound of ground chuck.

I should also note that I had originally planned to give a gentle blue to Grey's and Private Practice, as I know they are popular shows, but a long time fan of them talked me into going code red, indicating that they have descended into an unwatchable mess and she has given up.  Can I get a confirmation?  I've never watched the  Private Anatomy block, so I'm completely clueless.

TWO HOURS OF MUST:  Community, The Office, & Fringe

The color coded breakdown:

Green = Will be programmed on my DVR
Blue = Not for me, but feel free. 
 = Move along, nothing to see here.


ABC - My Generation
CBS - Big Bang Theory
CW - Vampire DiariesFox - Bones
NBC - Community


NBC - 30 Rock
CBS - $#*! My Dad Says


ABC - Grey's Anatomy
CW - NikitaFox - Fringe
NBC - The Office


NBC - Outsourced


ABC - Private Practice
CBS - The Mentalist
NBC - The Apprentice

Thursday's Total: Two 1 hour dramas, Five half hour comedies, 
one 1 hour reality, 5.5 hours

Overall Total: 11 hours drama, 4 hours comedy, 4 hours Reality  = 19 hours

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

21 Hours of TV Fall Preview 2010 (Wednesday)...

So apparently the networks got together and decided Wednesday at 8 would be the hour o' Dice.  Every single network is programming a show I'm excited about (that's right CW, I just relegated you to non network status, so just deal.).   Survivor remains the reality show that gets me the most worked up on a week to week basis (yes, I still have to watch with a blanket on, because I get so nervous that my extremities get cold.),  Lie to Me's summer run has shown that it has some true legs and is just hitting it's stride. (Seriously, some of those summer episodes were multiplex worthy.)  Undercovers has the name JJ Abrams behind it, and The Middle is hilarious but just so happened to debut the same season as Modern Family and Community and thus gets forgotten.  Speaking of which, the only non 8PM offering I'm interested in is the aforementioned Modern Family, which is more perfectly cast than a Kevin Vandam toss into the Alabama River (Sorry, I'm in the Ozarks now, I have to pretend I know the culture, I work two blocks from Bass Pro headquarters for Pete's sake.)

Other than that, I have no interest in America's Next Top Kitchen, or any type of felines, be they from Hell or a town of cougars.  Also do we really have any headlines left for another Law and Order to rip from?

TWO HOURS OF MUST: Survivor & Modern Family (and half of Lie to Me)

The color coded breakdown:


ABC - The Middle
CBS - Survivor
CW - America's Next Top Model
Fox - Lie To Me
NBC - Undercovers


ABC - Better with You


ABC - Modern Family
CBS - Criminal Minds
CW - Hellcats
Fox - Hell's Kitchen
NBC - Law & Order: SVU


ABC - Cougar Town


ABC - The Whole Truth
CBS - The Defenders
NBC - Law & Order: Los Angeles

Wednesday's Total: 
 Two 1 hour Dramas, Two half-hour comedies, One 1 hour reality, 4 hours

Overall Total: 9 hours drama, 1.5 hours comedy, 3 hours Reality = 13.5 hours