Friday, January 25, 2008

A post, where I talk about TV, because, really, that's about all that's going on right now

Well that's not entirely true. There's school too, but who wants to discuss the wonderful world of Media Law or Communication Theories? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Guess I better get around to a point ... uh ... so, does anyone even care about the Apprentice now that Gene Simmons isn't on the show? It's slightly entertaining to watch Tito Ortiz attempt to wrap his mind around the stuff that the Baldwin and the Brit dude are doing, but it doesn't carry the show. Last night was of interest to me because Vince McMahon, chairman of the WWE, was one of the guest "judges." It's just, without Simmons, the show is now lacking its main selling point. It's Celebrity Apprentice filled with a bunch of celebrities we don't really care about. Simmons had the charisma and business savvy to make the show entertaining -- though very one sided.

If there had been a better balance of power the show might be going over better. As things are, the men are destroying the women.

It was good to see Chuck back on the air. Again, not groundbreaking television or anything, but entertaining fluff. Fun and funny characters and just enough attractive women kicking each other to fill an hour. What more could you ask?

Have I mentioned that the Mythbusters made a lead balloon? How freakin' cool is that?

Speaking of Mythbusters, has anyone else caught Smash Lab? I tell you, I first watched the show with mixed anticipation and skepticism. I thought, "Why are they making Mythbusters 2?" And, honestly, the show comes across exactly like that, "Mythbusters: The Sequel, starring people you don't know." The similarities outweigh the differences, though they are there. While Mythbusters takes on two, three or four different topics, Smash Lab tackles one topic from a couple of different angles. They have a four-person team and two members will usually be the "build" portion of the task while the other two will take care of the "test" portion of the task. While blatantly ripping off aspects of Mythbusters, the show works exactly because they do. Mythbusters is a wildly successful show for a cable network, why not capitalize on that kind of format? The other main difference is that Smash Lab isn't really tackling the "myths" that Mythbusters go after. They seem to be looking at how to make new or different products applicable for different situations. They looked at making soft concrete barriers or medians to help in traffic accidents (dismal failure that), and they used carbon fiber to reinforce a house to protect it from hurricane force winds and debris (a rousing success).

Lastly, there's American Idol. I was commenting at a blog-friend's site. She mentioned that this might be her last season of Idol. I'm beginning to wonder if it might be mine as well. The last two seasons were so enjoyable during the audition process. This season is not living up to that so far. I don't know if that's because we're milking the concept dry or if it's because of the slight format change. Well, not format change, a change in the approach by the judges. Everything is so non-confrontational this year. I know they caught a lot of flak for that last year, but come on ... controversy sells, folks. Anyway, contestants this year are supposed to have to use instruments and such. I hope that's true. It should liven up the competition. Here's hoping the season gets better, it can't get much worse.

That's my sad collection of thoughts on recent TV. Please, feel free to share yours.

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