Thursday, October 11, 2007

October 4, 2007 - ABC Sitcom Reviews, Heroes, Smallville

Movie box office numbers for last weekend. 1. The Game Plan - $22.7 million. 2. The Kingdom - $17.7 million. 3. Resident Evil - $8 million. 4. Good Luck Chuck - $6.3 million. 5. 3:10 To Yuma - $4.2 million. 6. The Brave One - $3.7 million. 7. Mr. Woodcock - $3.0 million. 8. Eastern Promises - $2.9 million. 9. Sydney White - $2.7 million. 10. Across The Universe - $2.1 million.

Top 20 TV for the week of Sept. 17-23. 1. Sunday Night Football - 19.0 million viewers. 2. Survivor China - 15.4 million. 3. CSI (rerun) - 14.1 million. 4. Cold Case - 12.7 million. 5. Deal Or No Deal (Monday) - 11.7 million. 6. (tie) Shark - 11.4 million. 6. (tie) 60 Minutes - 11.4 million. 8. Without A Trace (rerun) - 11.3 million. 9. (tie) Two and a Half Men (rerun) - 10.8 million. 9. (tie) Family Guy - 10.8 million. 11. Deal Or No Deal (Wednesday) - 9.9 million. 12. CSI: Miami (rerun) - 9.7 million. 13. The Simpsons - 9.6 million. 14. Back To You - 9.5 million. 15. Kid Nation - 9.4 million. 16. CSI: NY - 9.2 million. 17. Desperate Housewives - 9 million. 18. K-Ville - 8.9 million. 19. Big Brother 8 (Finale) - 8.7 million. 20. Criminal Minds (rerun) - 8.4 million.

Some Big Brother 8 updates for you. I am so completely bored since Big Brother ended. LOL. I find myself constantly begging to find something good to watch on TV. Several interviews have been done with a lot of the houseguests. Real Player has done two separate video interviews. One was done with Nick, Dick, and Daniele all together. Last week, there was an interview done with Eric and Jessica together. Eric and Jessica's was a lot of fun.

Updates on some of the ratings for the new shows. These are just random and are in no particular network order. Private Practice and Bionic Woman debuted strong last week. This week saw both shows go down in viewers. Nothing huge but they were down. ABC's Dirty Sexy Money pretty well kept its audience from its first week premiere. About 12 million people tuned into the premiere of Pushing Daisies on ABC so that was a good number for that premiere. The CW's Gossip Girl held its audience from the week before. Kid Nation on CBS does slowly keep losing viewers from week to week. NBC's Monday night lineup appears to be solid as Chuck and Journeyman are pretty well even with each other in ratings. Big Bang Theory on CBS is doing all right on Monday nights. It's actually doing a little higher of a rating than How I Met Your Mother which comes on right before it. Fox's K-Ville has lost viewers every week so far. CBS's Moonlight debuted to just kind of in the middle ratings.

I've talked about this before but delayed viewing is really hurting the TV ratings. DVR's and TIVO's are running wild and people are waiting to watch shows until later. Ratings are being hurt by people not tuning into it immediately. It's not just that which is hurting the ratings. Everyone has different ways of watching it. Online viewing has become very popular and that is a whole different deal there. Like I said, Nielsen is way outdated!!

The Big Bang Theory so far is my favorite NEW show of the season. I loved the second episode and laughed all through it. It had Penny getting a furniture delivery which she wasn't going to be home for. She asked Leonard to sign for it when it arrives giving him her spare key to let the delivery guy in. Only problem is that the delivery guy leaves it in the lobby of the building. Leonard decides to attempt getting it upstairs and gets Sheldon to help him. Funny stuff with them trying to bring equations into how they are going to get this thing up the stairs. They eventually get it upstairs and Sheldon goes nuts when he sees how messy of a person that Penny is. He begins to pick up her things as Penny comes home. She thanks them and they leave. In the middle of the night, Sheldon decides to go in her apartment to clean it up while she is sleeping. Leonard wakes up to find out what is going on trying to talk Sheldon out of it. He ends up not being able to talk him out of his cleaning plan and reluctantly goes along with it. Penny is of course furious the next morning when she see her apartment clean knowing that they were in there when she was sleeping. She knew who had done it too cause of Sheldon's complaining over how messy she is and his wanting to clean it up originally. She ends up cooling down and forgiving them especially after Leonard writes her a nice letter which he reads out loud to her. It ends up with Leonard getting a hug and a kiss on the cheek. She goes back into her apartment. Leonard who is still stunned by the kiss proceeds to walk into his apartment not looking ahead and runs right into the door. Very funny. I really enjoyed this episode a lot. You can watch the full episode online if you'd like as it is available over at I really like the casting on this show. I've always liked Kaley Cuoco in comedic roles ever since I saw her on 8 Simple Rules. She is really good at comedy. Johnny Galecki is hilarious as Leonard and just makes the character really likable making you cheer for him. The Sheldon character is good too as you just have Leonard constantly trying to battle with his personality to not scare Penny off. LOL. Jim Parsons is funny in the Sheldon role as well. Just a really enjoyable show.

Episode two of season two of Heroes was this past Monday night. Strong episode that saw many different happenings. Hiro continued his quest to fix the past hoping to make his hero into the hero that he was supposed to be. Kensei would not go and save the day so Hiro put on Kensei's gear to help build his legacy. It ended up working on getting Kensei motivated. He was then taken out as he stepped outside. Kensei does have a legend and it is beginning to show as apparently he is not able to be killed. Claire continued to have questions about her power and to what extreme that she could use it. Peter is still trying to figure things out and now knows his name. He is still learning about his powers. Maya and Alejandro apparently have a power together. What is this evil and how are they able to balance each other out? The return of the Haitian was very cool. What is it that is after Angela Petrelli? What is in the future with these other pictures that have to be found that may include others being killed?

Into tonight's Smallville episode. I am really liking season seven so far and we're just two episodes in. Things are coming together nicely so far. We have the arrival of Kara or Supergirl as she is known to us. Tonight explained her arrival and the relation between her and Clark. Kara is the daughter of Zor-El which is Jor-El's brother. That makes Clark and Kara cousins. The two of them together is looking like it is going to be a lot of fun with them comparing powers and helping each other. It turns out also that Jor-El and Zor-El did not get along at all and Jor-El warned Clark that Kara is more trouble than he knows. Clark is of course defending her. We now know that Lana is indeed alive and Lex found out as well. The Lana that blew up in the explosion was a plan of hers to use the clone that was made of her. The clone was identical all the way down to the DNA. Lana faked her death and left the country. Lex apologized and offered her a complete return to Smallville where she will be left alone upon her return. Lois and Chloe now working together at The Daily Planet? This could become a tough rivalry especially when the new guy in charge is claiming that Chloe has lost her touch on writing. We now are left with the question of who is this person that has the crystal that was taken from the ship? What is going to be required in Clark's returning to training?

Survivor was yet another good episode. They've done a good job of introducing people so far. I liked the luxury challenge and James was a monster in that thing. What a big guy he is. However, he and Jean-Robert's conversation laying out game plans was overheard by Courtney and Todd. Courtney struggled on the immunity challenge but was saved cause the tribe had a bigger target, Leslie. Leslie was already starting to form an alliance with Jaime on the other tribe due to their giving immunity idol clues to each other. Leslie also was kidnapped to the other tribe and was getting along with several of the people. Her tribe ended up seeing her as a threat knowing that she is getting along with the other tribe so early on and she was voted out. Bummer as she was a very likable person. Now, the only people that know about the immunity idol are Jaime and Todd.

I checked out a couple of ABC premieres this week. First, the much talked about Cavemen series. I've said all along with this show is that the commercials are funny with them in it. I just wasn't sure that they could turn it into a 22 minute funny every week. The show has seen several changes to it since it was announced. The pilot was redone at one point. Well, I watched the first episode this week and it just didn't do much for me. The pilot revolved around the group of cavemen realizing that one of their own is dating a girl who is not in their species. He was hiding it from them knowing that they'd be mad. One was mad at him while the other one is currently in a situation where he keeps talking on the phone to his ex so he was mostly preoccupied and didn't care. I just couldn't get into it. I didn't really laugh at it either. I thought the funniest part of the episode was them playing video games on The Wii. After Cavemen, I watched the premiere of Carpoolers. Umm, it was all right. I'm just kind of in the middle ground with it. I like several of the cast of the show as I've watched them on previous shows including Faith Ford, Jerry O'Connell, and Allison Munn. I thought that Jerry O'Connell would be the breakout funny star of the four carpooler guys but I found myself laughing more at Jerry Minor as Aubrey. The show sees these four men riding to work together with each being different ages. Jerry O'Connell's character, Laird, is recently divorced including the fact that his ex-wife is taking just about everything he owns. He's down to a TV that sits in the floor and his abs exercise machine. The rest of the group consists of Dougie who is a newlywed and things are great with his marriage, Gracen is having difficulty with the fact that his wife and now his son (with his first job) are making more money than him, and then there is Aubrey who does the driving and has a family of a wife and many kids. Dougie is the new guy and Aubrey works on helping him fit in with the group. He comes off all happy go lucky getting on the nerves of a couple of them including Laird. One funny moment in the premiere was Aubrey going off when the yelling began saying that this 45 minutes to and from work is the only peace he has in the day and that isn't going to change. LOL. They kind of work as a team while knowing what their role is in the group. Like I said, the premiere was all right. It's worth a look if you're interested to see whether you might like it or not.

It looks like the writers of the Transformers movie this summer will indeed be returning for the sequel.

Hulk Hogan has been announced as the host of the soon to be revived series, American Gladiators. The show will premiere in midseason on NBC.

When I saw the previews of that new show called Moonlight on CBS, my first thought was what a ripoff of Angel that show is. It turns out that I wasn't the only one that caught it. Angel fans are not very happy over it at all. Several critics are taking shots at it too. A vampire as a private investigator? Flashback to Angel eight years ago. Angel, Cordelia, and crew ran Angel Investigations which was a detective agency promoting that nothing was too weird for them to look into. Moonlight is about a vampire that is doing good and helping people and is a private investigator. Hello? That is what Angel was based on. The one shot that really got my attention in the promo was the lead character standing on a roof top and looking over the city of Los Angeles. Hmm, it looks a lot like an Angel poster that I have with David Boreanaz looking over LA. USA Today had this quote on their review of Moonlight: "When it comes to grand-scale theft, it's hard to be more obvious than CBS' vampire-detective drama, Moonlight. It's basically Angel without the search-for-a-soul underpinnings that gave Angel depth, and with a more ponderous script and less adept cast. OK, so maybe it isn't Angel after all. "
I'm just kind of insulted by this whole show and promotion for it like we haven't seen this before. My apologies to any of you that might like Moonlight and are mad at my rant. LOL.

I had to laugh at the promo for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. They put Maya Rudolph in there and she didn't say a word. It was like they were saying yes, she will be on the show. LOL.

George Takei has become the third Star Trek star to have an actual asteroid named after him. The asteroid is located between Mars and Jupiter. The asteroid is now named 7307 Takei.

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, October 9th. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 3), Ben 10 (Season 2), CSI: NY (Season 3), Creature Comforts (Season 1), Degrassi Junior High (Complete Collection), Everybody Hates Chris (Season 2), Family Ties (Season 2), Ghost Hunters (Season 3 - Part 1), Girlfriends (Season 2), Hannah Montana (Volume 3), Jericho (Series 1&2), The Lair (Season 1), Murder, She Wrote (Season 7), Stargate SG-1 (Complete Series), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 1, Volume 2).

TV Lines Of The Week:
From The Big Bang Theory - An argument over how Superman gets his ability to fly.
Leonard: "Your entire argument is predicated on the assumption that Superman's ability to fly was a feet of strength"
Sheldon: "Are you listening to yourself? It is well established that Superman's flight is a feet of strength. It is an extension of his ability to leap tall buildings on an ability that he derives from an exposure from Earth's yellow sun"
Howard: "Yeah, how does he fly at night?"
Sheldon: "A combination of the moon's silvery reflection, and the energy storage capacity of Kryptonian skin cells"

From Carpoolers: "They won't hit you twice" - Laird to Dougie as Dougie runs on foot trying to get his body into a parking spot for the guys. He had earlier been hit when the rookie was sent out there to get it and the guys in the other car proceeded to move him with the car out of their parking spot.

You Tube Video Of The Week: The free photo booth.

Have a great weekend!! Take care and God bless!!

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