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“Goodnight, TRL”

11/17/08

Those were the last words ever uttered on MTV’s Total Request Live by it’s beloved former host Carson Daly last night as the network laid to rest one of it’s longest running shows Sunday night with it’s “Total Finale Live” tribute show, and provided me with yet another sign that even at the ripe old age of just 21 time keeps flying by and I’m getting too old to keep up with it.

After 10 years of bringing us music videos, pop stars, rock stars, movie stars and any and everybody in between, MTV has figuratively and literally pulled the curtain down over that famous window that faces New York City’s Times Square.

When thinking back to all of those afternoons I would get home from school and flip on MTV, the first thing that comes to mind is that as a 12 year old back in 1999, watching Carson Daly (who at the time was probably as cool to a 12 year old as any professional athlete) countdown the top ten music videos was as important if not more than doing homework or chores.

For all the nonsense MTV has and continues to orchestrate, the station provided my generation with a way to virtually interact with the musicians we became (at times disturbingly) infatuated with.

A pop-culture Icon of it’s time, TRL actually started way back in 1998, when MTV decided to merge two shows, MTV Live and Total Request (the ladder hosted by Daly) and formed the mega-hit TRL which went on to be a staple of MTV’s day time line up. (information courtesy of the always reliable Wikipedia)

You may not have always liked the music or the personalities the show had on (I know I didn’t), but watching and waiting for the unexpected made the show fun, and the show itself was responsible for reintroducing pop music.

From boy-bands to Britney Spears, from Kid Rock to Korn, from Cristina Aguilera to Beyonce, from Diddy to Blink 182, from Eminem to Miley Cyrus, popular music and the many genres which it encompasses were given a platform to reach their target audiences and a way to give fans a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite performers.

Speaking of that up close and personal experience, one I unfortunately never got around to doing, the imagines of seeing Times Square completely shut down was always something to behold, as thousands upon thousands of screaming fans would line 42nd and Broadway just hoping for a chance to catch a glimpse of Justin Timberlake or Mariah Carey walk over to that now infamous window waving down to them. The musicians became idols worthy of worship, and TRL became their pyramids.

Amazingly, the show has run its course after a decade, as MTV continues to distance itself farther and farther from the very thing the network was designed to promote: music.

Focusing primarily on realty television (very little of it any good), combined with the fact that access to music videos is now possible through the internet formed the perfect storm to wash away one of the few programs which through all the craziness it experienced, gave MTV a small sense of integrity.

The final show tonight was a trip down memory lane, as they were able to bring back Carson who hadn’t hosted the show regularly since back in 2003 when he left to start his own talk-show which follows Conan on NBC.

The guest list was massive, as members of both N’SYNC and the Backstreet Boys showed up, as BSB actually performed “I Want It That Way”, which I would be flat out lying to say I didn’t enjoy hearing on TRL one final time.

Snoop, Diddy, 50 Cent, Beyonce, Fall Out Boy, Hillary Duff, Nelly, Kid Rock were among the many in attendance, while Christina and Eminem were among those who called in.

And although she wasn’t there, Britney Spears, the Princess of Pop herself, took the honors of being the final video ever to be played on TRL, as it was ranked as the number 1 song on TRL’s list of All-Time most influential videos with her classic “Hit Me Baby One More Time”.

The guests were only part of the attraction, as those who performed were great, however it was also a reunion of sorts of all of the people who have VJ’ed over the years, including people like Damien Fahey, the current host (or I guess, last host), Vanessa Minnillo, Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill), Quddus, Sway, La-La and more.

Amazing how times have changed since TRL’s beginnings, and while I haven’t watched the show in at least five years if not more, getting a chance to turn back the clock and see Carson and the set and the crowd was very nostalgic, and surprisingly enjoyable.

Sadly, as we move further into the depths of the 21st century, MTV, which has covered everything from Super Bowl’s to Super Sweet Sixteen’s, the Real World and real life (woo MTV News!), for anybody at or around my age, MTV will always be synonymous with Total Request Live, and while I can’t say I’ll miss the show considering how long it’s been since I watched it, I certainly miss the days in which I was obsessed watching it.

Gone are the days of refusing to admit you enjoyed the Backstreet Boys and Britney, or that when they retired an NSYNC music video a small part of you was sad to see it go.

And gone is my youth, which TRL seems to have taken with it the very end of my youth.

Believe it or not, I’ll miss them both.

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Personal, Television, Thoughts | , , , , , | Leave a comment

OMFG! What Happened To Our Little Jenny?

4/21/08

If you happened to see the new advertising campaign out right now for the CW’s hit show Gossip Girl, you were probably asking yourself why on earth anybody would watch a show that used 7th grade text messaging lingo to promote itself.

Of course it you watch the show, which I clearly do (without shame), then like me, you were left waiting for that OMFG moment to hit, although it appears as though that may be coming next week with the arrival of the mysterious ‘G’.

That being said, after four months of being “Gossip-ly’ deprived (thats right, I not only watch the show but just a made up a word with it’s title), our favorite Upper East-sider’s were back, picking up where they left off back in December.

The crew is returning from spring break, and after being caught up on what went down prior to, we see that Jenny has uncomfortably claimed the thrown of the recently disgraced Blair, who was convinced by best friend Serena to not leave town and fight to get back her image, status and most importantly, power.

Manipulative Chuck, who is now the soon-to-be step brother of Serena courtesy of their parents engagement, has begun to take on an apprentice in the form of Serena’s younger brother Eric, much to displeasure of Serena.

Serena has issues of her own, as she recieves a number of indecent gifts she believes are from Chuck in an effort to damage her newly acquired good girl image.

The makeover was due in part to her romance with Dan, who we find still happily involved with Serena (although we didn’t see a whole lot of them)

Overall, I thought the episode was decent, hardly the seasons best but still packed with plenty of drama only Gossip Girl can produce.

What on earth happened to Jenny?

She went from being this sweet, soft spoken cute younger sister of Dan who has climbed the social ladder as Blair fell off it, hanging out with new friends, wearing new clothes and sporting a new attitude.

With her birthday coming up and wanting to impress her ‘friends’, she decided to steal a dress and exchange it for something more her taste, only to find out that the dress she exchanged fell a few thousand dollars short of the dress she was taking.

Complicating things was the fact that she stole the more expensive dress from one of the new snobs she was hanging out with, and upon learning it’s value, desperately seeked out Nate for some financial assistance.  Eight thousand dollars worth of assistance.

Blair, seeking revenge, brilliantly pulled the strings in setting up Jenny’s downfall, having her father surprise her at home with a party, only to have her new friends discover the stolen dress, embarassing Jenny in front of them, Blair, and her father.

Not to be outdone, Jenny calls Nate, telling him she doesn’t want to be alone for her birthday.

Ok, so she thinks that if nothing else, maybe she can get some love from Nate, or at the very least some ice cream that her father denied her.

Not the new Jenny.

In a true Blair Waldorf move, despite having 8000 reasons not to, she uses Nate to get back at Blair, who towards the end seemed to be returning to the ‘Queen B’ we all knew and loved.  Well, the one we all knew anyway.

Blair leaves the table at some high end restaurant, only to return finding Nate sitting next to one of Jenny’s posse, whom we had learned earlier had a long standing crush on young Nathanial.

Jenny had the last laugh, as she was re-invited to enter the circle of friends she was so desperate to be a part of, while Blair was once again on the outside looking in.

The other major development was with Serena and Chuck, as we were led to believe Chuck had been sending Serena these packages, one of which was filled wit porn and handcuffs (why don’t people send me packages like that?) another in the form of crates of Champagne, and another a small bag of happy powder.

After getting Chuck thrown out of the van der Woodsen/Bass home, Serena receives a final letter, which we learn to come from a girl from her past, who we will be meeting next week.

The episode ends with Serena showing up at Chuck’s suite (and we were worried he wouldn’t land on his feet), being invited in for a drink.

With 4 episodes left in it’s freshman season, Gossip Girl has certainly done it’s best to shake things up and keep things unpredictable, and hopefully they finish as strong as they have started.

If you saw the scenes from next week or have read the now confirmed rumors, ‘G’ is Georgina, played by Harriet the Spy herself, Michelle Trachtenberg.

By the way, tonight’s episode was titled “The Blair Bitch Project”, which I couldn’t help but laugh at.

It’s good to have my favorite group of privileged elite teenagers back.

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Television | | 1 Comment

The Next American Idol Is…

2/27/08

I don’t often brag about saying I told you so, however I was talking with my stepfather Paul (another big time American Idol fan) and told him that the kid he needs to look out for is this little 17 year old David Archuleta.  This was after he auditioned.

Am I ashamed that

A) I watch American Idol

B) Like it enough that I actually talk about it publicly during my free time

C) I am so into American Idol that I predict who will be going home each week as if I am making NFL picks on a Sunday?

The answer to all of the above would of course be no.

Anyway, after his performance last night, which you really should be able to appreciate if for no other reasons than the kid can “blow” as Randy Jackson would say and the song choice is one of the most famous songs ever recorded.

I said DURING the song that it might have been one of the best performances ever on Idol, and sure enough the judges agreed and I was reading online in some of the papers who said the same thing.

So I will say it now, with 20 contestants left, that David Archuleta will be this years American Idol.

February 27, 2008 Posted by | Television | Leave a comment

Why I Love Celebrities

2/25/08

Comedian Sarah Silverman, girlfriend of late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had a revealing surprise when appearing on his show…

Heartbroken, Jimmy had only one thing (or person) left to do…(look out for TONS of great cameo’s)

February 25, 2008 Posted by | Television | Leave a comment

The ‘Write’ Stuff

2/13/08

It’s over!

After 3 months and dozens upon dozens of of repeats, the Writer’s Guild of America voted last night to end it’s crippling strike, which has caused losses of billions in the Entertainment industry, as well as hours of frustration for yours truly.

However finally, we can get back to business, with network programming returning to the air with new episodes due out within the next four to six weeks.

Of course the strike had it’s causalities, most notably for me was 24, which probably won’t be back on the air until next January, which would mean that it would have been 18 months between the last time and next time we see Jack Bauer.

Now I watch a lot of television, and a lot of network television. This strike effected no less than 10 or 12 shows I watch semi-regularly (yea I know, I watch too much television) but as I have stated in the past the one show which as of now may suffer the worst fate is Scrubs.

Scrubs is in the midst of its final season, and having aired only 6 episodes so far, there is uncertainty as to whether or not NBC will air any post-strike produced shows, with the alternative being a straight to DVD finale.

It might not be the most popular show in history, but Scrubs has as loyal a fanbase as any other show, and for NBC to deprive the fans of a proper ending would be upsetting.

So time will tell as to what happens to Scrubs, among other shows.

Now for those of you who aren’t on TVguide.com as often as I am, this is a list from the website of all network shows and when you can expect new episodes to be aired.

24

Season 7 postponed until January ’09.

30 Rock

Expected to shoot 5 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.

Aliens in America

Eight pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Back to You

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Future TBD*.

Battlestar Galactica

Returns April 4 with first half of 20-episode final season. Production on second half could start as early as March. Airdate for those TBD.

The Big Bang Theory

Expected to shoot 9 new episodes to begin airing on March 17.

Big Love

Expected to go into production on Season 3 in the spring. Airdate info is TBD.

Big Shots

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Bionic Woman

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Bones

Four pre-strike episodes left. Unclear whether additional episodes will be produced for this season.

Boston Legal

Expected to shoot 6 to 8 new episodes to air in April/May.

Brothers & Sisters

One pre-strike episode remains. Expected to shoot 4 or 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Burn Notice

Production on Season 2 expected to get under way in late April. New episodes could start airing as early as July.

Cane

No additional episodes expected this season. Future beyond that TBD.

Chuck

No new episodes until fall.

The Closer

Expected to kick off its fourth season this summer.

Cold Case

Expected to shoot 5 new episodes to begin airing on March 30.

Criminal Minds

Expected to shoot 7 new episodes to begin airing on April 2.

CSI

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 3.

CSI: Miami

Expected to shoot 8 new episodes to begin airing on March 24.

CSI: NY

Expected to shoot 7 new episodes to begin airing on April 7.

Desperate Housewives

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

Dirty Sexy Money

No new episodes planned until fall; three remaining pre-strike episodes will undergo some tweaking and kick off fall run.

ER

Expected to shoot 4 to 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

Everybody Hates Chris

Twelve pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Friday Night Lights

No new episodes expected for this season. Future TBD.

The Game

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 8 or 9 additional episodes to air in March/April/May.

Ghost Whisperer

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 4.

Girlfriends

Two pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected, although a special one-hour series finale is being discussed.

Gossip Girl

Expected to shoot 5 or 6 episodes to air in April/May.

Greek

Kicks off second half of Season 1 on March 24. Still awaiting Season 2 pickup.

Grey’s Anatomy

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May

Heroes

No new episodes expected until fall.

House

Expected to shoot 4 to 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

How I Met Your Mother

Expected to shoot new episodes to begin airing on March 17.

Jericho

Seven episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Journeyman

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Las Vegas

Two pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Law & Order

Expected to shoot an indeterminate number of episodes to air in spring.

Law & Order: CI

Expected to shoot an indeterminate number of episodes to air in spring.

Law & Order: SVU

Expected to shoot an indeterminate number of episodes to air in spring.

Life

No new episodes expected until fall.

Life Is Wild

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Lost

Six pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot five additional episodes to air in April/May.

Medium

Six pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot additional episodes for this season.

Men in Trees

Eleven pre-strike episodes remain, the first of which airs Feb. 27. No additional episodes expected this season.

My Name Is Earl

Expected to shoot 8 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.

NCIS

Expected to shoot 7 new episodes to begin airing on April 8.

The New Adventures of Old Christine

Seven pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected this season.

Nip/Tuck

Season 5 concludes Feb. 19. Production on the show’s eight-episode sixth season expected to start up this summer. Airdate TBD.

Numbers

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 4.

October Road

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

The Office

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

One Tree Hill

Six pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 or 6 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Prison Break

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Private Practice

Slim chance it could return with 4 or 5 new episodes this season. Either way, it’ll be back in the fall.

Pushing Daisies

No new episodes until fall.

Reaper

Three pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 or 6 additional episodes to air in April/May.

The Riches

Seven-episode second season kicks off March 18.

Rules of Engagement

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 14.

Samantha Who?

Three pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot an additional 3 episodes to air this spring, likely after Dancing with the Stars.

Saturday Night Live

Returns Feb. 23.

Scrubs

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Four additional episodes will likely be shot; unclear whether they’ll air on NBC or go straight to DVD.

Shark

Expected to shoot 4 new episodes. Airdate TBD.

The Shield

Final season already shot. Airdate TBD.

Smallville

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Supernatural

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 4 or 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Two and a Half Men

Expected to shoot 9 new episodes to begin airing on March 17.

Ugly Betty

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

The Unit

No additional episodes expected this season. Future beyond that TBD.

Without a Trace

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 3.

In addition, all of the late night talk shows will be getting their writers back, including Conan, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, so for you late night fans (my television never shuts off), all good news.

February 13, 2008 Posted by | Television | Leave a comment

My Favorite TV Characters

1/23/08

This is a legitimate, hardcore top 10 list. I wanted to update the top5/10 list page and while I’ll be adding this to it, I decided to go all out and really put forth some effort into this (hence the fact pictures make their first appearance in the new blog.

I tried hard not to pick the main characters on shows because that would be too easy and too generic, so I put some thought into this and came up with a list I’m sure has some flaws (I’m willing to bet my top choice will be questioned) but for the most part im pretty proud of this.

If only I worked this hard on anything else.

So here they are, my 10 favorite TV show characters, along with why they make my list and some great quotes I found from each.

10. Susie Green, Curb Your Enthusiasm (portrayed by Susie Essman)

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On a show featuring the creator of arguably the most successful sitcom in television history, what makes Curb (and any other show for that matter) are the supporting characters. While Larry David is genius when it comes to handling the situations only he manages to involve himself with, my favorite character on the show is the wife of Larry’s friend and manager, Jeff. Susie Green to me takes the cake in terms of giving the show a burst of energy, whether its calling her loving husband a fat fuck or referring to Larry as a four-eyed fuck, Susie is never dull and never shy about saying what she really thinks, while having a mouth on her which dishes out the sort of profanity that you wouldn’t expect to hear from a middle aged mother and wife.

Memorable Quotes:

· [Larry steals the head of a doll from Jeff’s daughter’s collection] “You fat fuck! And you bald piece of shit! Where’s the fucking head?”

· [Thinking Cheryl is yelling at her] “Fuck you, you car wash cunt! I HAD A DENTAL APPOINTMENT!”

· Larry: “Not quite my cup of tea, but… y’know, uh, it’s nice.”

Susie: “All right, you know what? Fuck you… and fuck your tea.”

 

9. Stewie Griffin, Family Guy (voiced by Seth MacFarlane)

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I only recently really started to get hooked on Family Guy. I would occasionally watch the show when it premiered on Fox a few years ago, however after getting cancelled and brought back I never really gave the show a chance. However thanks to my roommates who are big fans of the show, I started watching it more regularly last year, and now I try to watch it as often as possible. One of the reasons is Stewie Griffin, the infant child of Peter and Lois. I, like many others, could not for the life of me figure out whether or not his parents understand him when he talks, while the family dog, Brian, engages in deep conversations with him. Regardless, between the fact that Stewie talks with a sophisticated, witty personality and seems to want nothing more in life than to kill Lois and rid himself of the family around him, Stewie probably ranks second on my list of cartoon characters behind somebody later on the list.

Memorable Quotes:

· “Damn you, vile woman, you’ve impeded my work since the day I escaped your wretched womb.”

· Stewie: “What the hell is this?”
Lois: “It’s your favorite honey, tuna salad.”
Stewie: “Oh, really, is that what it is? Because I could have sworn it was mayonnaise and cat food.”

· (to one of the prostitutes at Cleveland’s house): “So, is there any tread left on the tires? Or at this point would it be like throwing a hot dog down a hallway?”

· “Well, I’d love to stay and chat, but you’re a total bitch.”

· (Lois finds a note in Chris’s pocket)
Lois: “Huh, what’s this? You know Stewie, Mommy doesn’t usually read things out of Chris’s pocket. She’s more respectful than that.”
Stewie: “Whatever helps you sleep at night, bitch.”

 

8. Dr. Mark Greene, ER (portrayed by Anthony Edwards)

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On a show that has been on 14 years now, if you can believe it, ER has cemented its place on the NBC go-to programming list, as year after year, despite the changes in characters, the show continues to be one of the more watched shows every week. Among the dozens and dozens of doctors on the show, my favorite was Dr. Mark Green, who always seemed to just make you feel as though everything was going to be alright. He was genuinely nice yet always seemed to be having issues needing his patience, whether it was his teenage daughter who accidentally allowed Mark’s newborn daughter to digest ecstasy, his ex wife his daughter lived with and subsequently left, and eventually his own health, Dr. Green really had a way of extinguishing the flames and ending up on the other side better than he started. One of the saddest and yet most powerful episodes of television I know I’ve ever watched was when Mark died due a brain tumor. Watching him spend his last days with his family while still trying to teach his daughter about living life the right way to the very end was emotional enough, until he saw as he helplessly, but peacefully died in his sleep.

Memorable Quotes:

· Dr. Elizabeth Corday: You might consider boarding school. She could use some structure
Dr. Mark Greene: I could sell her off to pirates.
Dr. Elizabeth Corday: You develop a sense of self worth, community, respect… it worked well for me.
Dr. Mark Greene: Yeah, but…
Dr. Elizabeth Corday: But what?
Dr. Mark Greene: You’re British.

· [On a rapist in trauma]
Malik: Let the bastard die.
Dr. Mark Greene: He’s a patient like any other. He gets our best effort.

· Dr. Elizabeth Corday: That’s it, Mark. I’m not stayin’ here anymore. Every faucet leaks; your toilet actually rocks.
Dr. Mark Greene: I kind of like that.
Dr. Elizabeth Corday: There are things scurrying about in the walls. Do you know what scurries about in walls, Mark?
Dr. Mark Greene: Bunnies?

· [to young patient] “Next time you have a pinata, make sure the other kids are done swinging at it before you dive for the candy, okay?”

7. Ari Gold, Entourage (portrayed by Jeremy Piven)

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The inner workings of Hollywood were brought to our eyes thanks to the dynamic job of Jeremy Piven who plays Ari Gold, mega-agent to pretty boy Vincent Chase on the HBO hit show Entourage. Another show I was slow to get into, by the time I started getting addicting midway through the second season one of the primary reasons was Ari. Nothing is better on the show then watching Ari rip into his ‘gaysian’ (gay and Asian) assistant, Lloyd, who somehow manages to put up with a never-ending stream of insults and stick by his bosses side when he loses his job. Ari is actually more complex than meets the eye, as he tries (poorly) to balance his personal life with the personal life of his biggest client. While the show is never dull, the writing that goes into Ari’s character seems to be on a different level than the rest of the show, as he is constantly both kissing the asses of those above him and around him, sacrificing his dignity should the situation require it. Ari cares as much if not more about Vince and his career then his own family, however its seeing the love and passion you know he has buried deep down about both which make you forgive him if he ruins his own daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. You know you still want to hug it out with him.

Memorable Quotes:

· “So you come to me for advice. I’m gonna fucking cry. All right, here’s what you do. You deal with talent the same way that you deal with women. You have to make them believe that they need you more then you need them.”

· “Listen to me, Lloyd, do you want to make it in this business or fold shirts at a Chinese laundromat? Pledge.”

· [Ari is about to leave his kid’s birthday party for business reasons]
Ari’s Wife: Where are you going?
Ari Gold: They flew in the liver, and I gotta do the transplant.

· “Silence is fucking golden.”

· “Tell Drama he’s on the top of my list of things to do today, along with inserting needles in my cock!”

· “I didn’t go to the Lakers game because they were playing the fucking Bobcats… And I came here today because I thought this was a session on how my wife could learn to communicate, how to answer a question without a question, basic Humanity 101, which I thought, given your wall of fucking diplomas, you could easily fix, or if you couldn’t, you could give her a pill that would either fix it or make her a mute. But now, to turn around and gang up on me? I have work to do. I have hundreds of clients to deal with, and just so we’re clear, I don’t care about ANY OF THEM. They’re ALL just a number, like Wife #1 and Therapist #7… GOOD DAY!”

 

6. Dr. Perry Cox, Scrubs (portrayed by John C. McGinley)

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The second doctor on the list, Dr. Cox has got to be one of the most entertaining characters you’re going to find on television. The mentor of main character J.D., even though he refuses to acknowledge it, Dr. Cox is best known for his fast talking rants and endless supply of girls names for J.D., while at the same time being a damn good doctor who underneath the hard ass outer shell he presents cares deeply about both his patients and fellow doctors, including the one who looks up to him the most. While Dr. Cox likes to walk around with his god-complex and opinionated speeches about how he hates everything from the Yankees payroll to Hugh Jackman. The best aspect of his character is when you get to see the human side he has, whether it was him breaking down at Ben’s funeral (his brother and law) or being an absolute mess when he accidentally kills 3 patients, the few moments where you get to see him connect with the rest of the Scrubs bunch makes a guy you love to hate, but ultimately just flat out love.

Memorable Quotes:

· “Okay, think of what little patience I have as, oh, I don’t know, your virginity. You always thought it would be there, until that night Junior Year when you were feeling a little down about yourself and your pal Kevin, who just wanted to be friends, well, he dropped by and he brought a copy of About Last Night and a four-pack of Bartels & James and woo hoo hoo, it was gone forever – just like my patience is now.”

· J.D.: Ooh, Dr. Cox, can I ask you something?
Dr. Cox
: The answer is yes, it was me who saw you doing leg lifts in the gym on that inflatable ball. It was quite the display of girl power.

· Dr. Cox: Oh, gosh, Shannon, thank you so much for clarifying my point by repeating it word for word. And now, in a reciprocal gesture, can I be included in the planning of your coming-out party?
J.D.: Is that a gay joke?
Dr. Cox: No, it’s a cotillion joke. My God, Newbie, it’s been two furiously frustrating years – how is it possible that you still don’t get me? I would never compare you to the gays. I like the gays – I like their music, I like their sense of style, I especially like what they’ve done with Halloween – but our thing is that you are a little girl. That’s who you are. But that’s really not fair…

· “You’d better go ahead and enjoy this while you can, Bob, because if your evil genie goes ahead and grants your wish and I’m gone forever, then the only one you’re going to be able to contend with around here is yourself. And when you really get to know *that* person, oh, dear God, you’ll scream so loud that Satan will want to tear up that contract he made with you at birth just so he can get some sleep.”

 

5. Corrado “Uncle Junior” Soprano, The Sopranos (portrayed by Dominic Chianese)

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In my opinion the most underrated character on what I also would argue is the greatest show in television history; Uncle Junior begins the series as the Boss of the family after Tony, out of respect for his uncle, steps aside to give Junior the spotlight. Unfortunately Junior’s reign is short lived, as he is incarcerated and begins to suffer from dementia. The immediate rise and subsequent fall of the guy they call Uncle June is really incredible, because throughout the entire series, he reminds you of the man he was and has you believing there might really be nothing wrong with him at all. Despite not being a true main character as the seasons progress, he is involved in arguably the most shocking moment in Sopranos history, when he shoots his nephew, apparently unaware he is doing so. Junior, like most of the other characters on the show, is a very complex personality, constantly struggling to deal with the realization he is past his prime while watching his family essentially move on without him. Plus if nothing else, you got to love those frames of his.

Memorable quotes:

· “Tony, if you’re gonna lie to me, tell me there’s a broad in the car waiting to tongue my balls.”

· “You heard about the Chinese godfather? He made them an offer they couldn’t understand”

· “When I was a little kid, no older than that, I always used to wonder why nobody collected prayer cards like they collected baseball cards. Thousands of bucks for Honus Wagner and jack shit for Jesus. “

· “Don’t be so fucking smart. Things could have gone the other way, my little newphew.”

· “That man is one cunt hair away from running all of North Jersey and I am that cunt hair.”

 

4. Cory Matthews, Boy Meets World (portrayed by Ben Savage)

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Call it a backhanded compliment, but a friend of mine always used to refer to me as Cory Matthews, because in his eyes, I- much like Mr. Matthews (as Mr. Feeney referred to him as), I was more or less remarkably average in everything I did. Now I can understand part of what he was saying, and while I know I’m both well below and slightly above average in a number of things, Cory really did give off this vibe that he was nothing more than your average kid. He had a loyal best friend, great parents who loved him and a cliché older brother and younger sister (plus a new born brother towards the end of the show). But Cory was as cool as they came, mixing up being a complete goof-off in class while also managing to reel in a girlfriend like Topanga Lawrence. As he got older, he never stopped being the kid we all knew him to be, and even though it was unrealistically incredible how the whole gang ended up going to college together (including Eric and Jack- Shawn’s), watch them all grow up was a lot of fun.

Memorable Quotes:

· “We’re gonna have a child? Wait, we’ve only kissed. I mean, I knew I was a good kisser, but *wow*.”

· “It was raining… you had an umbrella… I grabbed it, stuffed it down your throat, and then I opened it. Shawn, I Mary Poppinsed ya.”

· Cory: You are going to learn something from life every day. And make mistakes. And you’ll make good friends and Mr. Feeny will probably teach you every grade you’re ever in. And maybe someday you’ll fall in love with a woman as wonderful as Topanga. How would you like that?
Joshua Matthews: Yeah.
Cory: And be lucky enough to make a good friend as Shawn. How’d you like that?
Joshua Matthews: Good.
Cory: And when you’re not a little boy anymore, when the world has taught you how to be a man… Then you’ll still make mistakes. But your family, and all those good friends you’ve made along the way, will help you. And even though you’ll think the world has gone out of its way to teach you all the tough lessons, you’ll realize that it’s the same world that’s given you your family and those friends, you you’ll come to believe that no matter what happens, somehow the world will protect you, too. “Boy Meets World.” Now I get it.

· “Mom, Listen, I haven’t been together with Topanga for twenty-two years, but we *have* been together for sixteen. ‘Kay, that’s a lot longer than most couples have been together. I mean, when we were born, you told me that we used to take walks in our strollers together in the park. When we were two, we were best friends, I mean, I, I knew everything about this girl. I knew her favorite color. I knew her favorite food. Then we became six, you know, and Eric made fun of me because it wasn’t cool to have a best friend that was a girl or even know a girl, so for the next seven years I threw dirt at her. I like to call those “the lost years”. Then when I was thirteen, Mom, she put me up against my locker and she kissed me. I mean, she gave me my first kiss. She taught me how to dance. She was always talking about these crazy things and I never understood a word she said. All I understood was that she was the girl I sat up every night thinking about, and when I’m with her I feel happy to be alive. Like I can do anything. Even talk to you like this. So that’s, that’s what I feel is love, Mom… When I’m better because she’s here… and now she won’t be. So we’re finished.”

 

3. Dr. Christian Troy, Nip/Tuck (portrayed by Julian McMahon)

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I guess you could say that one of the themes of this list would be doctors, because Christian Troy from Nip/Tuck is probably the most complex character I’ve mentioned. Dr. Troy, one half of the very successful McNamara/Troy plastic surgery practice now located out in Hollywood, is the yang to Dr. Sean McNamara’s ying. There are a few things you can count on from Christian in almost every episode: He’ll be having sex as many as two times, with two different women (occasionally at the same time), he’ll make some degrading gay joke to their anesthesiologist Liz, he’ll reveal his emotional side when you least expect it, and you will get a glimpse of his tush. What makes Christian such a deep character is how he is able to have this human side about him you rarely see because of how hard he tries to conceal it. Even though Christian is usually doing his best to sleep with some chick he can then suggest a boob job for, the great thing about him is how much he loves his family, biologically and not. He can be this dark, unsympathetic person which makes you want to hate him, for instance having sex with a woman while making her wear a bag over her head, however seeing his love for his actual son (Matt) and adopted son (Wilbur) convinces you that even without a scalpel, you can see the man Christian really is on the inside.

Memorable Quotes:

· “We’re in the vanity business, Sean. It’s what we do. Appearance is everything to a kid. It’s how you fit in. Snip, snip, he feels better about himself, and you, sir, can make that happen. How cool is fatherhood?”

· “The line that divides the porn industry and the plastic surgery is a thin one. We’re both selling fantasy, aren’t we?”

· “I think I work better on women I’ve screwed. Once you’ve seen a woman’s cumface, you’ve seen her soul.”

· “If you’ll excuse me I’m going upstairs to pay somebody to pretend they like me.”

· “None of us get out alive. Now you can huddle in a group and face it one day at a time, or you could be grateful that when your body rubs against someone else’s, it explodes with enough pleasure that you can forget, even for a minute, that you’re only a walking pile of ashes.”

 

2. Eric Cartman, South Park (voiced by Trey Parker)

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You might be asking yourself why a character who is openly anti-Semitic, racist, sexist and any other ‘ist’ you can think of would be not only on my list, but ranked near the top of it. Well in the case of Eric Cartman, there may not be a more brilliantly created character on TV. Since the beginning of South Park, Cartman has always managed to stand out for a variety of reason, most notably his choice of language and intolerant personality. If I had a nickel for every time Cartman made some derogatory Jewish reference, I could probably buy the rights to the show from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. An interesting tid-bit of information I found out, South Park is actually a two-time Emmy award winning show, which shows you how legitimate a show it is, or how lacking the competition in that particular category was. Either way, Cartman is unquestionably the most valuable player on the South Park team, as he is never without a scheme or plan involving everything from getting a much anticipated trip to his favorite Mexican restaurant Casa Bonita or turning his hand into the next Jennifer Lopez. Like him or hate him, you have to respect his authoritay!

Memorable Quotes:

· Cartman: You so much as TOUCH kitty’s ass, and I’ll put a firecracker in your nutsack and blow your balls all over your pants.
Stan: Jesus, Cartman.
Cartman: Well, I’m just sayn’, man, seriously, don’t mess with kitty, man.

· Cartman: Yeah, well I sneaked around my mum’s closet too and saw what I’m getting. The Ultravibe Pleasure 2000.
Stan: What’s that?
Cartman: I don’t know but it sounds pretty sweet.

· I would never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried anything, I’d be like, EH. You get your bitch ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie. Eh, woman, you shut your mouth, and make babies.”

· It’s a man’s obligation to stick his boneration in a woman’s separation, this sort of penetration will increase the population of the younger generation.”

· Jewish Kid: Is anyone else having problems concentrating on this? I just can’t seem to concentrate.
Cartman: Maybe we should send you to a concentration camp.

1. Chandler Bing, Friends (portrayed by Matthew Perry)

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OH MY GAWWWD! IS THAT CHANDLER BING?! Yes Janice, Chandler Bing from Friends makes the cut because he is probably one of the characters from any TV show I’ve ever watched who I most relate to (I also named one of my cats Chandler after him). First and foremost, could he BE any more sarcastic? Hopefully you picked up on that Chandler-ism, because I pride myself on my ability to turn just about anything into a sarcastic comment, much like Chandler. On top of being (in my opinion) the funniest character on the show, like many of the other characters on my list there was more to him than just being funny. His relationship with Monica highlighted how emotional he can be, while his friendship with Joey showed how much child there was in him, even well into his 30’s. What made Chandler such a great character was how well he could balance being a complete goof off while also being serious when he really needed to be. Whether it was sneaking in watching the Thanksgiving day parade when the guys weren’t around or getting locked in an ATM vestibule with a super model and only having Joey figure out the situation through their own gibberish language, Chandler is pretty much the sort of person I hope I grow up to be, because he had a hot wife, a great sense of humor, an emotional underside and a group of Friends that were always there for him. (Theme song anybody?)

Memorable Quotes:

· “Yes, on a scale from one to ten, ten being the dumbest a person can look, you are definitely nineteen.”

· “You have to stop the Q-Tip when there’s resistance.”

· “Oh, yeah, I’m a gym member. I try to go four times a week, but I’ve missed the last… twelve hundred times.”

· Ross: I figured after work, I’d pick up a bottle of wine, go over there, and try to… woo her.
Chandler: Hey, you know what you should do? Take her back to the 1800’s when that phrase was last used.

· Chandler: I got her machine.
Joey: Her answering machine?
Chandler: No. Interestingly enough, her leaf blower picked up.

…In Syndication (just missed the cut)

  • Jack Bauer, 24 (Kiefer Sutherland)
  • Pauly ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri, The Sopranos (Tony Sirico)
  • Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls (Lauren Graham)
  • Simon Cowell, American Idol (himself)
  • Celia Hodes, Weeds (Elizabeth Perkins)
  • Ali G/Borat/Bruno, Da Ali G Show (Sacha Baron Cohen)
  • George Costanza, Seinfeld (Jason Alexander)
  • Jack MacFarland, Will and Grace (Sean Hayes)
  • Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl (Ed Westwick)
  • Jim Halpert, The Office (John Krasinski)

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Television | Leave a comment

My Potpourri

1/19/08

The first bit of exciting news I would like to point out is that my roommate and good friend Matt Bravmann admitted to me last night he occasionally dabbles in reading my blog. So while my other roommate Mike continues to be an unsupportive bastard, at least I got one of them hooked. And by hooked I mean mildly interested when he has absolutely nothing else to do with his time. Either way, I’ll take it.

I got back to school last Sunday and with classes beginning for me at 8:25 Monday morning, there was no time for me to readjust. And so the week began with a 2 hour education class I have already deemed utterly worthless, as we are treated like 3rd graders by my professor who is downright out of her mind. In the 2 hours of class, we get 120 minutes of straight nonsense, without a break, and without anything meaningful being absorbed by anybody in the classroom.

In addition, we were treated with the standard first day ice breakers, and the ice breaker which I enjoyed the most was having a student pick a card out of a box with a random question on it. The three questions selected were:

-If you had one picture left on a camera and good take a picture of anything or anyone in the world, past or present, what would you take a picture of?
-If you were stranded on an island and could have only one book with you, what would it be?
-If you could meet and spend time with one person or a group of people, past or present, who would it be?

My way of dealing with these ridiculous attempts to have uninterested, half-sleeping 20 year olds get to know each other is by not taking the activity seriously and coming up with answers which if nothing else will get a few laughs from the audience. And with that in mind, these were my answers:

Picture- Gerry McNamara (most people chose things like their family or a picture from the top of Mount Everest while I chose a former Syracuse University basketball player)

Book- Goosebumps Night of the Living Dummy (most people again chose something like a bible, or catcher in the rye- noteworthy literature. I chose the first and only book I have read and enjoyed cover to cover)

Person- Jesus Christ. While some people in the class took my answer seriously, they clearly were unaware of my Jewish heritage and accompanying belief that Jesus means as much to me as keeping Kosher meant to Hitler. The other answers in the class ranged from famous musicians or people like the Pope or Mother Theresa.

It was a good time, and you had to be there to appreciate it.

The rest of my week as far as classes were concerned was more or less uneventful. I went to Math and was reminded why I dropped it a year ago. I was lost within the first 10 minutes, and despite taking notes and paying attention, asking me to tell you what I learned would be speechless. I have no idea what I learned, or how im pulling off a C in this class.

My schedule breaks down as such- 3 education classes and a math class (I dropped my history class after the first day because my professor was having us write a 3 page paper for every class we missed, regardless of reason. I also had 18 credits on my schedule, and with student teaching this semester I wasn’t in the mood to work that hard for a class I didn’t care about.

And speaking of student teaching, I went to my placement school and met the teacher I will be working with for 7 weeks, and he is a really nice, down to earth, laid back guy who seems to be exactly the kind of teacher I want to be. I’ll stop short of hoping he becomes a sort of mentor of mine (yes, another Scrubs reference, get used to them) but he definitely has the style and demeanor I want to have, and the kids seemed to really like him.

The best part of student teaching is that while it is 5 days a week for 3 hours in the morning, it takes the place of my 8:25 class 3 days a week, and despite the extra 2 days a week, its a move I am ecstatic to make.

Overall being back at school has gone about as well as I could have hoped, so hopefully things continue to progress accordingly.

And just when you thought I was wrapping up this post, I’m just getting started.

The weather this week has been miserable, and while I realize I go to Syracuse, the cold weather and snow is difficult to get used to. Combine that with the fact that before i got back up here I had 2 weeks of temps anywhere from the high 30s to 60, having constant 20s with snow and wind has forced me back into hibernation mode.

The plus side to that is the additional TV I get to watch, but thanks to the ongoing writers strike that has taken a hit.

As i pointed out a few posts ago, 24 was supposed to have debuted last Sunday, but instead Fox premiered the Sarah Connor Chronicles, which is as appealing to me as eating cold stone without my lactaid pills. Yea, you do the math.

And while I was left without 24, I was reminded why Fox is still my go-to network in the spring, because the 7th season of American Idol started up this past week. And nobody was happier than I was, because over the past two years I have transformed into a complete die-hard Idol fan, and so getting 4 hours over 2 nights of Ryan, Randy, Paula and Simon was music to my ears, literally and figuratively.

My early thoughts are that Simon seems to be in as good a mood as he has ever been, and the talent itself has yet to really blow me way. I think the judges feel some pressure after the Sanjaya debacle last year, then again with what they are making I doubt they honestly care. That being said, while the 2 nights provided the usual freaks and nut-jobs, not to mention a memorable performance by the Asian guy the 2nd night at the end singing to Simon about being Brothers forever (check it out on youtube if they have it), Idol seemed to lack the punch it has had in the past. Its only the first week, and I’m sure between now and the finale and June, there will be plenty to talk about.

At this point I know 24 wont be on for a long, long time and while shows like American Idol are unaffected, this writers strike continues to be a pain in the ass, and with new Scrubs episodes airing this Thursday, I am getting more and more concerned the final season of this show is going to be ruined somehow. It also shows you how dependent I am on television, as most people could probably care less when it comes to how long this strike will continue.

Has anybody else noticed the assortment of crap playing at the movies these days? At the top of my list is Cloverfield, which actually got a handful of good reviews looks absolutely dreadful, and after hearing the credits roll only just over 70 minutes in, the Godzilla-Independence Day combination of garbage that is Cloverfield is one movie I’ll be missing out on. Elsewhere, 27 Dresses looked like it had potential after the first preview I saw, but the more I saw the more it looks like the most stereotypical romantic comedy with predictable dialogue and an ending we can all assume is happily ever after. Other movies out right now I wont be wasting my money on: One Missed Call (why was this movie made), First Sunday (I have nothing against a good black comedy- Barbershop was awesome- but this looks painfully bad), and even though its no longer age appropriate- Alvin and Chipmunks, which is certainly a questionable career choice for the very talented Jason Lee.

Finishing off with some random thoughts:

-doing laundry at school compared to having my mother do it for me at home is a harder transition than waking up at 7:30 in the morning.
-The Knicks actually won 3 games in a row
-I still don’t care, and fans still need to stop showing up
-Dining hall food here at Syracuse might be the biggest rip off in the $40,000+ we pay to go here. The biggest insult is that I am being FORCED to pay for a 5 meal a week plan despite the fact I have a kitchen on my floor and no desire to step foot in another dining hall between now and the time I graduate.
-I spent last Sunday in the house I will be living in next year, and I am counting down the days until I can call it my own (even if its only for 10 months)
-Being an education major is a joke, and anybody capable of reading a textbook and writing the English language on a blackboard is qualified to teach.

Last but not least, my NFL Championship Sunday picks..

Through the first two rounds of the Playoffs, I have a combined record of 7-1. And while I am a Jets fan at heart, I am also biased towards the Giants and root for them game in, game out with the lone exception being the one time every 4 years the Jets and Giants meet.

That being said, I did not take my rooting interest into picking them 2 weeks in a row, and I will continue to pick according to my gut.

The Championship games come loaded with great story lines.

The first and biggest of course is the now 17-0 Patriots looking to continue their run of perfection into Super Sunday against a Chargers team who is coming off an upset of the Peyton Manning led Colts. The Chargers have been running their mouthes and talking a big game, but the status of starters Phillip Rivers and Ladanian Tomlinson is up in the air, although I would be shocked if both don’t play.

The Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field will be exactly that tomorrow, with Temperatures expected to be below zero. The crusty old veteran Brett Favre looks to continue his magically season with a 3rd Super Bowl appearance, while little bro Manning looks to match big bro’s heroics last season. Eli, after all the criticism he has taken, has Big Blue on the verge of one of the more unlikely Super Bowl runs in history.

And so without further adieu, the picks:

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
SUNDAY 3:00, CBS

Pats over Chargers, final score 31-21

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
NEW YORK GIANTS @ GREEN BAY PACKERS
SUNDAY 6:30, FOX

Packers over Giants, final score 17-14

I would be surprised if the Patriots don’t take care of business, however anything can happen in negative 12 degree Green Bay, and with the Giants making it as far as they have, I hope my prediction is wrong, and Eli and the Giants get a second chance to put an end to New England’s pursuit of perfection, while doing it on the biggest stage of them all.

Regardless of what happens, one way or the other, it should be a great day of football i’m sure will be one of the more memorable in recent history.

January 18, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Personal, Sports, Television, Thoughts | Leave a comment

I <3 Heather Edlestein

1/10/08

There are several ways to get into my blog.

You could be a professional athlete on a losing team I regretfully root for or a low rate actor in a movie I overpaid to waste 90 minutes of life seeing.

Or you could ask me over dinner.

This one’s for you Heather, who not only lives up the block from me but we share an common interest in Jack Bauer, Evan Karol and this blog.

Heather, I dedicate this post to you my dear- thanks for the support!

Well folks, my winter vacation is winding down, as Sunday is fast approaching meaning that come Monday morning it’s back to class and back to reality.

However until then, there is still plenty to talk about, starting with the fact that for the second time in my 4 week break I am getting sick.

I have been trying to figure out and pin-point exactly why I have been getting sick, and two things have been consistent factors.

The first is that my body simply does not have the slightest clue as to how adjust to significant changes in temperature, and so when we were teased with a few days of spring in January my body was more confused than a pre-teen child with 2 dads.

The second is that every year, without fail, my body’s immune system must be Christian, because every year during the week Christmas falls I get a bad cold, virus or flu. The sore throats, the stuffed nose and the inability to get any sleep were responsible for ruining a number of my week long vacations in middle school and high school.

And so here I am, sick again, for the second time this break, which has meant I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night on no less then 3 occasions, which is unfortunate because come Monday morning I’ll be waking up at 8 in the morning for next 4 months.

One of the advantages of being sick (and there aren’t many) is having a legitimate excuse to watch an endless amount of television, or in my case, the remaining episodes of Scrubs on DVD I had yet to get to. And sure enough, after owning them for 11 days, I have successfully watched all 6 seasons I purchased, along with the first 6 episodes of the seventh and current season, which also happens to be the series’ last.

There has been talk that because of the writers strike Scrubs may only be air 6 of the final 12 episodes the producers had intended to air, which would cause a lot of problems for die hard fans (of which I now proclaim to be), so we’ll have to keep an eye on that.

Another Writers Strike victim, Gossip Girl, aired its final episode of the season last night, and I can’t help but feel disappointed.

There were some big time story lines the show had been running with, most notably the Blair-Nate-Chuck love triangle, the potential pregnancy and Dan and Serena’s relationship winning out over the relationship of their single father and mother respectively.

Last night feel short of expectations in my opinion, mainly because nobody was pregnant, Nate and Chuck yelled at each other like- well- teen aged girls- and Rufus (Dan’s father) got back out into the dating world.

And the worst part of all is that the only real cliff hanger the show could have left us with was crushed in the final scene, where Blair- who had been considering escaping to France- was convinced by BFF Serena to stick around and fight her for tarnished reputation.

Boring!

The vacation is just days away from ending, which means a recap is in order, and a look back at all that was winter-break 07-08 will be soon forthcoming.

I’ve also been giving a lot of thought as to how I can spice up the blog, and while adding some useless gadgets and pictures is a half-hearted start, I plan on trying to figure out a way to adding some music, more pictures, more links and some more insight into how Adam Fier views life. I also want to try and dedicate more time to sports (as demanded by Scott Spinelli), and with the NFL playoffs here, college basketball conference play now starting and believe it or not pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training right around the corner, there should be no shortage in that department.

In addition, I have reached an agreement (the professional jargon amuses me) with Scott Spinelli to post his weekly articles which appear in the Syracuse student publication ‘The Daily Orange’ on my blog. For those of you who do not know Scott, he is a senior communication major and aspiring stand up comic who has performed at the Laugh Factory in Times Square. Just something else to look forward to.

Finally…

After watching like 130 episodes of Scrubs and seeing how nicely J.D. is able to narrate his life and incorporate his experiences into some really meaningful lessons, I figured I would try and explain my life as well as the world as seen through my eyes as this semester I really take my first big steps into the real world as I do my first actual student teaching, given that its part time (I’ll be blogging plenty about it) and I feel like it could be fun to not only chronicle all of things that happen during the 7 weeks I’m a part-time teacher, but to talk about the experiences and how they are impacting my perspective on life.

We’ll save that for when I get back up to school and realize how much free time I’ll have with a schedule including classes Monday and Friday from 8:30-10:30 (AND THATS IT), class Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-5:00 (that actually sucks big time ball sack) and Wednesday class from 8:30-10:30, and then also more class from 4:30-7:15 (gonna kill myself).

In closing, props to Heather for showing support and demanding a post be written about her (I did my best with an opening) and to everyone else for the compliments. If you have any suggestions or comments- positive or negative- please let me know and if you want to be really crazy and contribute it could be fun posting ‘guest posts’. Apparently I am doing something right, because I’ve had literally dozens of people tell me they have checked out my blog, and a few people have even told me they want to create blogs of their own.

And so after scavenging the internet for some good Scrubs quotes (the show produces some dynamite quotes) I’ll finish with this one, as I get ready to take a giant step forward…

“I usually don’t like thinking about the future. I mean, let’s face it, you can’t predict what’s gonna happen. But sometimes, the thing you don’t expect is what you really wanted after all. Maybe the best thing to do is stop trying to figure out where you’re going and enjoy where you’re at.”

January 10, 2008 Posted by | Personal, Television, Thoughts | Leave a comment

Un-Written

1/8/08

I am happy to report what while the current writers strike is ripping the entertainment industry a new tush-hole, the show goes on here at ‘Fier Thy Words’, mainly because I am not yet a member of the WGA…yet…but also because with many of your favorite shows either going into re-runs or biting the dust, you’ll have extra time on your hands to check in with me here at the blog.

And so, the beat goes on…

Among the abundance of things that we take for granted everyday are the people who bring us the television and movies that give us that all too necessary escape from our everyday lives.

Specifically, I am referring to the writers who are currently on strike, causing some big time problems for a number of our favorite shows.

I did some research on Wikipedia (where else would I go for the most trusted information on the web) and first I was amazed to find out that this strike has been going on for 9 weeks (it started November 5th). The network shows we love to watch (I’m assuming of course you all watch as much network and cable television as I do) have been unaffected as of now, although if you go on TVguide.com you can get a complete listing of how many episodes of each show are going to be aired, and among the shows listed, there is a notable show of mine missing: 24.

Thats right, we will not be seeing Jack Bauer this season, which really is unfortunate because 24 had apparently undergone a massive face lift, which included the return of my favorite character in 24 history, Tony Almeida.

The 24 website says that season 7 will return in 2008, which leads me to believe that maybe 24 will air in the fall. We can only hope.

But this strike really has been pissing me off because as I have previously discussed, television runs my life and fills up all of my free time and then some.

This week for instance is the first real blow from the writers strike which hits me close to home.

A few months ago, I was invited to watch a new show which on the surface had absolutely no appeal to me, and even when I agreed to watch this show I was skeptical about whether or now it was worth wasting an hour of my week. The show I’m talking about, which this Wednesday night will air the final new episode until further notice?

Gossip Girl.

After only 11 episodes in it’s inaugural season, Serena, Dan, Blair, Nate, Chuck and everyone else takes an extended vacation, leaving me with a huge void to fill at 9 o’clock on Wed. nights.

This is devastating because while I and the rest of my Gossip Girl die hards will most likely left with some big cliffhangers (apparently somebody is pregnant…uh ohhh), the show itself became a big hit, and now will fall 2 episodes even complete half-season.

Alright so no Jack Bauer, no Blair Waldorf.

While many are ready to assume that I may be on the verge of a mental breakdown, there is a glimmer of light which will serve as my saving grace over the next 5 months.

For all of the questionable television I insist on watching week after week, one program probably sticks out from the rest of the pack to people who think they know me.

About to enter it’s 7th season, this show is unscripted, unpredictable and the unquestioned number one show on TV year after year.

No, I’m not talking about Ghost Whisperer (although we are big fans of J-Love-Hewitt), I am referring to American Idol.

Thats right, not only do I shamefully love Gossip Girl, but you could argue the one show from January until June that I cannot miss under any circumstances, is American Idol.

I used to watch Idol up until the actual competition began, as the William Hung’s of the world kept me entertained as Simon, Randy and Paula came up with new ways to make these poor people walk away from their dreams and in all likelihood contemplate suicide.

But that all changed during season 5, when I became totally hooked watching the actual talent perform week after week. And much to my delight, being an unscripted show means AI will be unaffected, giving me my annual fix I cannot live without.

So I get to hold onto American Idol, but the bottom line is that this strike really is wrecking some serious havoc.

The last time the Writers Guild of American went on strike in 1988, is was estimated at 500,000,000 dollars of revenue was lost as a result in the entertainment industry.

Now the amount of money being lost is more or less completely irrelevant to me, but that strike lasted 21 weeks.

Mind you, thats almost half a year, meaning we could very well be losing the entire spring season of network television.

While there will be new episodes running for a few weeks, and reality shows going on uninterrupted, the big picture here is that from now until next fall, my school work may actually have to become a greater priority of mine. Imagine?

Some other quick thoughts about the writers strike-

The late night shows have been the subject of a lot of controversy, as all of them have returned to the air, most of which without their writers.

Now with the exception of the Daily Show and Colbert Report, the shows with their writers are not particularly funny. And while Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert do a great job, the lack of writing leaves them having to fill time with clips and extended interviews, which are not the trademarks these shows live and die by.

The strike is causing a lot of shows to end their seasons early, including another of my favorite shows, Scrubs.

For anybody who watches the show as religiously as I have started to, there is a possibility the show will have cut its 7th and final season abruptly without giving fans the proper ending executive producer Bill Lawrence had in mind.

Thats bullshit, and not only is Scrubs likely going to be negatively impacted, the awkwardness on the late night shows and the complete cancellation of shows like 24 are showing how sever this strike really is. And even though this strike will eventually reach an end with an agreement being reached, there may be permanent damage done, which is unfair to the viewers who have supported these shows as intently as they have, myself included.

Until the strike is resolved, and it appears as though the end is not anywhere in sight (I hope I’m wrong), I’ll have to give some serious thought into rearranging my focus from not missing my shows to not missing class.

As you can see, the urgency of reaching agreement extends beyond the entertainment world, as my education is now being brought into this mess.

For the sake of the loyal TV fans out there…

…and the continuation of my mediocre performance in school…

…we need those writers back as soon as possible…

…preferably before classes start on Monday.

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Television, Thoughts | Leave a comment

There is Really Something Wrong With Me

12/5/07

Let me just describe my night, and you be the judge as to whether or not I have a problem.

I have a big project due Friday for my education class, which requires that I create 5- 80 minute lesson plans, all of which need to be incredibly detailed. This will easily take up the majority of the next 48 hours, yet tonight I sat in my room, with lots of free time giving myself a really opportunity to make a dent.

But then I took a look at my only true friend in this world, my television.

Sitting there, just giving me a blank stare (get it?) begging me to turn it on and push off the school work for a later time.

And so began my night of television. And what a night it was..

7:30- Syracuse is visiting Virginia in need a big road victory. We are wearing are road Orange uniforms which we have yet to a win a game in since they were introduced last spring at the Garden in the Big East Tournament.

7:40- The Knicks made the long trip across the river and are playing the Nets, minus Stephon Marbury (father passed away Sunday) and Eddy Curry (sprained ankle…during morning shoot around…only the Knicks) while the Nets missing future Hall of Fame point guard and wife beater Jason Kidd. The Knicks are coming off a loss to the Suns, and could really use a win to lift their sprirts, although any real Knick fans knows that the wins are as meaningless as the losses these days.

8:20 (approx) Halftime in Virginia, with Syracuse trailing. We looked good for a lot of the first half but turnovers and some shotty defense allowed Virginia to take the lead.

8:45 (approx) Halftime at newly renamed Izod Arena, as the Knicks are actually leading the Nets behind strong play by….

wait…who gives a shit…

9:30- Syracuse manages to pull off a win on the road, helped out by the fact that one of Virginia’s best players was apparently suffering from strep throat. Maybe its just me, but if I’m playing against a guy with strep (which is very contagious) I would be running my ass out of the gym. But The Orange got the W, and it will certainly ease some of the frustration still lingering from the UMass loss last week.

10:04- KNICKS WIN! KNICKS WIN! Jamal Crawford hits a big three to stretch a 5 point lead to 8, and the Knicks pick up worthless win numero 6 on this season which despite being not yet 20 games old, could end tomorrow without anybody caring.

Now lets see, Its a Wed. night, after 10…whats wrong with this picture?

“Well Adam, you missed Gossip Girl!”

I would have, however thanks to the great technology that is DVR – thats right, I DVR’ed Gossip Girl- I was able to watch it commercial free. And whoa, what an episode huh?

Serena’s grandmother is some kind of “C U Next Tuesday” isnt she? Trying to sabatoge Serena and Dan…(not Daniel…stupid bitch)

Chuck and Blair and Nate…the love triangle that everybody loves to hate and hates to love…

watching Chuck leave…despite how huge an ass he is…was a big time bummer as I think hes the best character on the show

Rufus and Lilly’s phone call there at the end? You know it brought it a smile to your face, as it did mine.

And props to the writers for actually putting in some legimately witty lines, such as

“Spotted! Chuck losing something nobody ever knew he had…his heart”

Touche Gossip Girl, Touche.

And so here I am, its 11:30 and I have barely touched my work, with the clock running down and still lots to be done.

But that wont bring me down, because I got 3 victories tonight..

The Knicks
Syracuse

…and Dan and Serena survived their mini-fight and ended up back in each others arm.

…that show is really growing on me…meaning there really must be something wrong in this head of mine

until next time…

xoxo,
Adam

…cmon thats funny

December 6, 2007 Posted by | Personal, Sports, Television | Leave a comment