The New Adventures of the Old Christine

CBS Mondays at 830pm

“A comedy about a single mother and owner of a “30-minute workout gym” who is the portrait of the new American mom, albeit with some unflinchingly candid points of view. For her, every day is an adventure, but life is made easier due to the fantastic relationship she shares with her ex-husband. However, everything changes when her ex’s new, younger girlfriend enters the picture, instantly complicating her life”

Thanks to the Internet and CBS, I was able to watch a full episode of this classic sitcom over the weekend. Finally, there is something to look forward to on Monday nights. It’s a freeking miracle. Monday’s, up until now, have been famous for god-awful television. It’s bad enough we have to go back to work, fight traffic, and deal with the mundane on Monday’s. Now after dinner and the dishes are done, I have something to watch without having to think, while curled up on my sofa.

First of all, Julia Louie Dreyfus, who plays the lead character of Christine (Emmy Award winner, and famous for her role as Elaine on Seinfeld), has never looked more fabulous. Second, the character Christine is a divorced single mother with the proverbial foot in mouth curse, a role well scripted as if it were meant specifically for Julia Louis Dreyfus. The lines aren’t exactly brilliant, but her delivery sure is. Third, the facial expressions and physical comedy that only Julia can deliver make the show what it is. When she laughs, you laugh. Her hair and breasts, which are used as props, could be cast members themselves.

The sitcom is filled with light-hearted humor, poking fun of relationships, marriage, divorce, ex’s, raising kids, running a business, being a semi-boozehound, dealing with “meanie moms” in snotty private schools…ya know, the things we can all relate to.

I can’t believe this show has been out for so long, and I am just now discovering it. Do yourself a favour, watch this show TONIGHT! I know I will.

What IS…Good TV?

Apparently, I love me some NBC. After I started writing for this site, I realized I watch entirely too much NBC even though occasionally I drift over to FOX. It may just be that time in my life to venture out and see what’s happening on those other networks like CBS, and ABC.

I asked around to see what is out there in TV land worth watching. So far I have gotten a few responses. Boston Legal, Brothers and Sisters, Two and a Half Men, and The New Adventures of the Old Christine.

Would you agree those are worth watching? Is it time for me to hit the Internet and dvd’s hard?

I would like to open the door to all of you, for a chance to weigh in the comments. What are you watching? What is your favorite show, currently on TV? And Why?

*Don’t forget to tune in (or Tivo) to ABC today at 11am, for the apperance of Alec Baldwin on the View!* I know I will be glued to the screen. Full article here by Monday!

Kill the Crashers!

Here we go! Countdown to another TV show being “Shut Down!” (and right quick please!)

I am counting the days until my TV is no longer a hostage to yet another bad show. I watched the premier of The Real Wedding Crashers, this past Monday night, only to witness a well marketed, huge failure unfold before my eyes. Concept, clever. Execution, unfortunate disaster.

The advertisement and preview clips available on NBC held much more promise then they were able to deliver. I am an avid NBC network enthusiast, so I was even more disturbed when the premier was lacking on every! single! level! Or, maybe the big let down is my own fault since I expected so much more from the creators of Punk’d.

Whatever high hopes I did have for the series were dashed before the first commercial break.

The Real Wedding Crashers was nothing more than random series of predicable practical jokes (a small child with a vivid imagination could have provided better ideas) with poor acting throughout. I wont spoil (as in bore you to death) with a specific drawn out recap of the show. No. You need to feel the pain of watching that train wreck on your own. But, I will foreworn you, the only glimmer of hope for a chuckle during the entire hour long episode, was when one of the five “crashers” playing the role of waiter cleared away the plates from the guests while they were still eating their meals. I may have cracked a smile. Once.

While shock and awe may have been the producer’s intent, the over all feeling of indifference was alarmingly present. When the announcement was finally made, “At the request of the bride and groom, this wedding has been crashed,” there were few and far between seemingly surprised faces. I did a better job of crashing my own brothers wedding however accidental.

I kept hoping that Vince Vaughn or Owen Wilson from the movie The Wedding Crashers would magically appear on the screen and save the show from total demise. Sadly, my wish did not come true.

I think we would all be well served if President George W. Bush, “protector of the sanctity of marriage,” called for an immediate annulment of future episodes.

Monday nights are now preserved for the re-runs of Law and Order.

SCRUBS!

Scrubs was created by Bill Lawrence back in 2001 and broadcast on NBC. The show has long since lived on my television. I welcomed the sixth season with as much anticipation as any other thus far.

I have to admit; once George Clooney left the cast of ER back in 1999, I vowed I would never to watch another “hospital” related series. However, Scrubs takes on a completely different approach to work and life in a hospital setting with a comical twist.

Scrubs, is somewhat like the series ER, with the fast paced medical crisis and deeper hidden meanings of life. Mixed with a dash of the Seinfeld magic (four main characters which all have equal roles in each episode) and you have one very brilliant program.

The writing isn’t packed with medical jargon or overly dramatic scenes. Instead the lines are peppered with cunning sarcasm and steadfast wit. The writing is what makes the show unlike anything else out there these days. The story lines, the acting, the ever so perfect sound track, all good reasons as to why this sitcom has outlasted so many others over the past five years that have fallen short and to the wayside.

The lead character, Dr. John Dorian, “J.D.”, played by (none other than) Zack Braff, provides the viewer with his inner monologue during each episode. The seamless integration of reality and fantasy scenes are impeccable. J.D. embarks upon his forever battle to win the respect from his superior Dr. Percival “Perry” Cox, played by John C. McGinley. The never ending longing for approval and sheer nuisance of J.D’s desperate need to bond like father and son with Dr. Cox, gives way for multiple scenes in which Dr. Cox seems to get off degrading J.D. with the constant use of different female nicknames such as Vivian or Fiona. To quote Dr. Cox, “Back off Tiny Dancer, I have work to do.” Berating, all in the name of mentor.

The show becomes even funnier when it is complimented by J.D.’s ‘man-love’ for his best friend, the surgeon, Dr. Christopher Duncan “Turk”, played by Donald Faison. J.D. and Turk have an onscreen friendship that leaves you wondering, scratch that, knowing, they must be having a great time while filming. They make you want to drink apple martinis and get to know them in real life.

You add one gangly, neurotic, basket case, smarty, (and hottie) Dr. Elliot Reed, played by Sarah Chalke, a woman everyone can relate to. Every woman has been an ‘Elliot Reed’ in one situation or another. Lest not forget to mention Sarah Chalke has a gift for the scenes that require some pretty crafty physical comedy as well.

Top that with the gossipy, know what’s best for everyone else, can’t take her own advice, heart of gold, Nurse Carla Espinosa, played by Judy Reyes. Nurse Carla Espinosa is married (on Scrubs) to surgeon Dr Turk, aka “Dr. Turkleton”

One of the key characters in the show has to be the Janitor, played by Neil Flynn. The Janitor is the arch nemesis to J.D. Only, J.D. doesn’t know the exact nature of the Janitor’s hatred, even though it is apparent the Janitor is out to get J.D. at every turn. He may not be a lead character, but the series would not be complete without our “jumpsuit.”

The all mighty head of Sacred Heart Hospital, Dr. Bob Kelso, played by Ken Jenkins. The best way to summarize Dr. Bob Kelso is to quote him. “What has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap? Bob Kelso, Nice to meet you.”

For the hospital’s legal department you have a mid 40 year old, spineless, still living at home with his mother, incapable of confrontation without passing out unconscious, Ted Buckland, played by Sam Lloyd

Last but certainly not least you have a possibly gay? Possibly straight? Always inappropriate, high “5” obsessed, surgeon Todd Quinlan, played by Robert Maschio

I look forward to every single new episode. I own all of the previous seasons on DVD. The sound tracks are downloaded in my ITUNES. I watch Scrubs via syndication on Comedy Central. If you aren’t watching Scrubs, you are seriously missing out on some of the best television program to come along!

What are some of you favorite lines in the show? Feel free to quote the characters in the comments!

 


Via Wikipedia

Scrubs, produced by the television production division of Disney–ABC Television Group, premiered on October 2, 2001, on NBC. The series received a Peabody Award in 2006. During the seventh season, NBC announced that it would not renew the show. ABC announced it had picked up the eighth season of the series, which began January 6, 2009. The ninth season premiered on December 1, 2009. On May 14, 2010, ABC cancelled the series.

On May 14, 2010, it was officially announced that the show was canceled. The season nine finale, titled “Our Thanks”, aired March 17, 2010. Five days later, on March 22, 2010, Zach Braff announced, via the official Facebook page, that the ninth season of Scrubs would be the last, commenting that, “Many of you have asked, so here it is: it appears that ‘New Scrubs’, ‘Scrubs 2.0’, ‘Scrubs with New Kids’, ‘Scrubbier’, ‘Scrubs without JD’ is no more. It was worth a try, but alas… it didn’t work.”[45][46]

Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, John C. McGinley and Neil Flynn reprised their roles as J.D., Elliot Reid, Carla Espinosa, Perry Cox, and the Janitor to make a cameo appearances in the 2003 Muppets film It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, trying to reanimate Miss Piggy. Eventually, Piggy and the Scrubs cast break the fourth wall, with the actors portraying themselves and Bill Lawrence appearing as himself/the director of the current episode.

Sam Lloyd reprised his role as Ted Buckland in the season two finale of the Lawrence series Cougar Town. In the episode, written and directed by Lawrence, Ted is in Hawaii and says his girlfriend, Stephanie Gooch, has run off with Dr. Hooch.[47] Lloyd reprised his role again in a season three episode which also featured Ken Jenkins, Robert Maschio, Zach Braff, Christa Miller, Sarah Chalke and the Worthless Peons in cameo appearances at the end of the episode.

30 ROCK

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Since I am on “TEAM BALDWIN” and since this was the article that got me hired (here on 451 Press) why not share it with you! I would sincerely hate for a perfectly good TV show to be ruined just because Alec Baldwin left a private “hostile” voice mail message. No matter what anger issues Alec may or may not have, the sitcom 30 Rock is amazing. Do yourself a favor and try to brush your emotional reaction under the carpet. There are few and far between sitcoms that have come along with this level of intellect and humor. Don’t miss out on good TV, just because you didn’t like his message. That is about as smart as cutting off your nose to spite your face. Unless of course you have a really good plastic surgeon.

30 Rock is, by far, one of the best new shows to hit Television. It is the perfect remedy to the monotony of reality TV. 30 Rock mirrors the personal life of Tina Fey and her personal experiences as a head writer for SNL.

next_on_105.jpgThe role of Liz Lemon, head writer for a challenging live TV show and extreme introvert, played by Tina Fey, delivers non-stop uber relatable content to the viewer. Liz Lemon is a frustrated single woman, lacking in social skills. She tries to get the best out of her fellow writers and support the cast of actors, all while trying to appease her boss, a meddling pain in the neck network executive, played by Alec Baldwin. Tina Fey displays her smart comedic genius in every episode, forcing you to fall in love with her and the character Liz Lemon.

images-1.jpg While Alec Baldwin is busy showcasing one of, if not his best, acting performance outside of the movie The Departed. His perfect execution and flawless delivery of each line will crack you up. Anger issues come in handy when playing this role. For real. That’s not just my huge crush talking either! (Jealous much? Huh Kim?)

Every week 30 Rock proves to be witty, fast paced, refreshing, and funnier than the week before.

Since I have yet to obtain a TiVo or a DVR, I cannot wait until the DVD and / or syndication comes around. I need to see all the scenes I missed in the original episodes. Missed scenes due to the self inflicted accidental choking from laughter, until I reach the point of turning blue, on a beverage inhaled down the wrong pipe. Now that’s just good TV.

Fortunately anything I have missed can be found on NBC HERE

That being said…What will you do? Continue to watch a great show? Or? Will you BAN 30 Rock because of your personal views on Alec Baldwin?

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Alec Baldwin

Has Alec Baldwin lost his mind?

Star of 30 Rock, leaves irate message on his 12 year old daughter’s cell phone.

Now, I may not be the most impartial commentator, considering I have a long standing love affair with Alec Baldwin. In fact, I lick the screen when he graces my living room every Thursday night. But, has he lost his mind? I say, “No.”  Should he have lost visitation rights? I say, “NOOOO!”

While watching FOX new this morning, they played an audio file, which can be found HERE! courtesy of TMZ.com, of the hostile message Alec Baldwin left for his daughter.

What I hear is a frustrated father who is fighting to have a relationship with his daughter. After listening carefully several times, I can only imagine the conversation Alec had with his daughter when he bought her the cell phone in the first place. It sounds to me like Alec just wants to communicate with his daughter on a regular basis, which is not happening.

So he purchased her a cell phone, with the hope and promises to speak with his daughter on regularly scheduled phone appointments. Yet Alec can’t ever seem to get a hold of his own daughter. I’m sure Alec is paying a hefty cell phone bill, where everyone, but him, can talk to her.

I am not saying it was appropriate fore Alec to call his child a “pig”, but I can see how upsetting it must be for Alec to have made several attempts to at least connect via telephone relationship with his daughter all to no avail.

Maybe he went a little overboard with the excessive use of profanity, but I am sorry, in this day and age there is way too much coddling of ‘children’ and sometimes a child just needs a good smack down.

I, for one, have handed out a healthy dose of nuclear style screaming at my own child. Who hasn’t ripped into their own kids when they don’t act right?

Alec’s daughter is not 4; she is not a ‘baby.’ It sound to me like the daughter had a deal with her father, and agreement, a promise which she did not keep.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that a Hollywood icon, is truly upset over the fact that he is not able to talk to his own daughter. There are plenty of Hollywood (and regular life) fathers that don’t make any effort at all to have any relationship with their kids.

That appears to be what Alec is really yelling about. He lives far away, he can’t see her everyday, I’m sure he is limited in participating in her life to begin with and all he wants to do is talk to his kid. Yet, he can’t even do that. So he yelled. Big deal.

By the way, who even released the recording to the public? Kim Basinger. And why? Why would she do that? Hasn’t she interfered with their relationship enough? What good does it do to air the message Alec left for his daughter to the general public? Is Kim so furious that Alec is doing so well with his career, while she couldn’t deliver a line from someone else’s mouth? Is Kim so jealous that she will do just about anything to steer Alec’s relationship with his daughter in to full blown media scrutiny. Alec’s relationship with his daughter is just that…it’s THEIR relationship.

Now Alec has lost visitation rights because of his rant?

That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my entire life. A father can lose visitation with their own child because he yelled at them.

Huh?

It’s not like Alec threaten her with physical violence, he didn’t beat her with wooden spoons (like we were back in the day). He yelled at her and threw in some profanity. La-de-freeking-da. Since when did reprimanding your child become a crime, punishable by loss of visitation?

Thank goodness none of MY screaming matches have ever been recorded and/or released to the public.

Please weigh in on the comments.

What do you think?

Does Alec deserve to loose visitation?

Was his phone message too intense?

Tragedy at Virginia Tech

Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund

April 16, 2007, will be remembered as one of the darkest days in the history of the Virginia Tech community and the world beyond.

To remember and honor the victims of those tragic events, the university has established the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund to aid in the healing process and generate financial support.

The fund will be used to cover expenses including but not limited to:

  • Grief counseling
  • Memorials
  • Communication expenses
  • Comfort expenses
  • Incidental needs

If you plan to give, please click the link below:

Give Now

Steve Shickles
451 Press, LLC

Watching Sitcoms!

This is my first post on this blog. I thought I might introduce myself to you. I am an avid couch potato and remote control aficionado, who prefers spending the night at home alone absorbed in situation comedies. While yes, that is sad for me, it is good news for you! Now, I will now be bringing you the best, and worst, of television sitcoms for the rest of the year!

NBC Launches 2 new shows. Are they HOT or NOT?

1. Thank God You’re Here which premiered Monday April 9th 2007.

2. The Real Wedding Crashers to premier Monday April 23rd 2007.

The show, Thank God You’re Here will never last simply because, it’s lame. The show appears to be a combination of two earlier shows, “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and “Laugh In” rolled into one really painful, hour long ordeal (I barely made it through 20 minutes.) Not only does the show lack originality, the only funny parts were the sponsors’ commercials, which provided a much needed break for what turned out to be longest hour of my television life. Tell me? What did you think?

The other show, which looks to be much more promising is The Real Wedding Crashers. The commercials preview two guys at various weddings with lots of physical comedy. But, how many weddings can you destroy before that gets old? From the producers of PUNK’D, the avaible clips on NBC had me rolling on the floor laughing out loud! I love the premise (having crashed my own brother’s wedding). I can’t wait for more. Whatever will they think of next! Priests answering cell phones during the ceremony, angry brides, and lots and lots of cake! I guess we will just have to wait and see if this show proves to be all that has been proposed!