Friday, June 6, 2008

The Entertainment Wrap Up - June 5, 2008 - My Boys Returns, BTTF, Idol & DVR's, & More

When I am having such a tough time finding stuff to watch with the TV season being over, the thought of My Boys returning for new episodes is a great one!! This will definitely become very happy summer viewing for me. My Boys was a show that I got hooked on when I was watching the shows on demand. This show was actually a great comfort for me when I had caught a very nasty cold that winter and I was trying to find something to watch as I laid in bed. I had seen a lot of promos for the show and thought it looked good. So, I checked out the premiere and LOVED it. I spent the next couple of days laying in bed and was getting a lot of joy from this new show that I had happened on to. It gave me a lot of laughs and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you aren't familiar with My Boys, the show follows the adventures of PJ, her brother, and friends as they go through life and dating. PJ is a sportswriter in Chicago and writes about the Cubs. She often struggles with dating cause of having mostly all guy friends and being around them so much. At the end of season one, we were left with the cliffhanger of who did PJ take with her to Italy? Which guy was it? I actually have no guess on who it was. What is up with PJ and the boys this season? I'm looking forward to finding out. The new episodes premiere on Thursday, June 12th at 8:30pm central time on TBS. I highly recommend checking out this show if you haven't seen it. I have laughed out loud at it a TON of times. Very cleverly written. If you're needing a recap of season one to get you up to date on the happenings, you're in luck. Here is a link and it is a very fun recap video as I watched it earlier today:
Here is a link to a preview of season two:

TBS has another season premiere set for the same night as The Bill Engvall Show premieres its second season on June 12th at 8pm. Here is a link to check out a sneak preview of the new season:

Variety had an article up last week that I was reading which said that Paramount is bringing back the Beverly Hills Cop series of movies. Eddie Murphy is signed on for the fourth movie which is planned for a summer 2010 release. The project is very early on. Well, I'm definitely in for watching this as that series of movies is one of my favorites of all time. Hopefully, great things will be done with it.

With all this sequel talk, is there a chance for my favorite movie franchise to return? The answer is obviously no but the question always gets raised among fans. I'm speaking of the Back To The Future franchise. Writer and producer, Bob Gale, recently took part in a Q&A at the Celebration Exotic Car Festival where he addressed the question immediately before even being asked. He said: "Let me answer one question before anyone asks it, which is, 'Is there ever be a Back To The Future Part IV? No. We've all seen sometimes where they make one too many sequels and you say, 'Maybe they shouldn't have done that.' I'm not going to name any names of movies, but you know what they are. But more importantly, as I'm sure you all know, Michael J. Fox is not in the best of shape with his Parkinson's. The idea of making another Back To The Future movie without Michael J. Fox — you know, that's like saying 'I'm going to cook you a steak dinner and I'm going to hold the beef.' You can't do that. The filmmakers - we all love the three Back To The Future movies just the way they are. I'm sure Universal would love it if we were to say to them, 'Hey, let's do another one,' but we don't think we could ever make a fourth one that would live up to how great the first three are, so we're going to leave well enough alone."
That is a fair answer. Personally, it doesn't bother me that they don't make another one cause I'm happy with the three and I really don't know what you can do with the series especially with it being almost twenty years since the last one was released. Don't get me wrong. If they brought it back, I'd be in line for the first showing to see it when it was released.

I was so disappointed to read about the fire at Universal Studios where so much history in movies was damaged or destroyed. The Back To The Future stuff obviously pulled on my heart strings. Ironic thing is that I didn't even know that they still had part of the set available for tours.

If you didn't watch the American Idol finale live a couple of weeks ago, my question is did you get to see the result of who won? I ask because TIVO's and DVR's all across the country shut off at 9:00 before the result was announced. I commented on this that week that I was looking at the clock and thinking about how many people were going to be mad if they were recording it. It was clearly running past 9:00 and I noticed that the show was listed to run from 7-9pm. It could not have ended more cruelly for people that had recorded. I am being completely serious when the DVR's cut off right after Ryan Seacrest uttered the words, "the winner by 12 million votes of American Idol 2008 is David". Then, it cut off!! How about that incredible timing? Here is my tip that I have learned several years ago. Always set to record the American Idol finale past its allowed time. It runs over by at LEAST five minutes every year. I remember Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee taking the stage for a song together at just about 9:00 on the dot leaving a guarantee that the show was going to run WAY over. Take note to do that next year if if happened to you so it doesn't happen again. Larry King asked the cast during their interview if they had heard about it and it didn't sound like many had heard about this news. I hadn't heard about it until Larry asked them. Like I said, I was thinking at the time that it was going to be a problem but hadn't followed up to see if there were complaints. Always run your recorders longer if possible cause you just never know if a show is going to be on time. If you're recording a show on MTV, VH-1, or CMT, well, start it five minutes early and end it five minutes late. I'm completely serious that it is that bad sometimes with trying to record stuff on those channels.

Movie box office numbers for last weekend. 1. Sex and The City - $57 million. 2. Indiana Jones - $44.7 million. 3. The Strangers - $20.9 million. 4. Iron Man - $13.5 million. 5. Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian - $12.7 million. 6. What Happens In Vegas - $6.6 million. 7. Speed Racer - $2.2 million. 8. Baby Mama - $2.1 million. 9. Made Of Honor - $1.9 million. 10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall - $1 million.

I was happy to see Sex and The City do such a high box office number. Why? Well, I don't watch the show but I think this is a great thing for the TV genre. This might be encouragement for other shows that have either ended or been cancelled to take the leap and try a movie. A lot of times it just takes one to jump and the others will fall in behind.

Smallville casting news. As many were wondering including myself, it appears that Justin Hartley will be a series regular on Smallville for season eight according to Kristin over at E Online. Green Arrow returns!! She also adds that Kristin Kreuk will be back for a number of episodes next season.

The official press release is out for season seven of Smallville on DVD. I mentioned some of the extras on the set but the press release also has announcements that there will be unaired scenes and commentary on the set. Taking part in commentary is said to be executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar but will also include cast commentary from John Glover and Justin Hartley. I'm thrilled to see commentary returning to the set cause that is one of my favorite extras to have. No blooper reel though which is always a bummer.

I've got to say that a NBA Finals matchup of the LA Lakers and Boston Celtics is a lot of fun. I never knew if we'd see that Finals matchup anytime soon. It should be fun. I'm picking the Lakers to win the series as I just think they've been more consistent than the Celtics in the playoffs. However, the Celtics looked good in Game 1 tonight. That rivalry being back in the main event is something I've been looking forward to watching.

Count Tori Spelling in for the new Beverly Hills 90210 spinoff. She is said to be returning as Donna Martin for a few episodes.

If you’re a Survivor fan, I’d recommend checking out the Life at Ponderosa videos that are on It is a look at what the jury is up to as the game goes along. The clips don’t go longer than five minutes and ranges in seeing them just have fun but also sees the arrival of each voted out cast member. The cameras ride along with the person that was voted out as they give their immediate thoughts and reactions to what occurred to end their game. Eliza was the first to arrive and the cameras follow her around as she checks everything out. Ozzy’s arrival was of course one of anger. Jason was frustrated as could be and let Eliza and Ozzy know that he had the immunity idol with him but didn’t play it. In one of the episodes, Eliza, Ozzy, Jason, and Alexis all take a tour of a nearby island with a lot of history to it. Erik’s arrival is funny as the jury all questions him on what he was thinking. Erik says that surviving on your own is one thing but surviving with four crazy women is something else. James then goes on to talk about how he had given away his title of dumbest Survivor ever. LOL

As I'm typing this, I'm hearing this new song by Maroon 5 and Rhianna called "If I Never See Your Face Again". Really liking it. Good sound to it.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Fox had a listing of shows set for their season premieres at the end of August. Fox has since changed plans and moved them to September. Here is the new season premiere dates for some of them: Prison Break (September 1), Bones (September 3), Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (September 5), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (September 8). That is the plan for Fox as of right now anyway.

Speaking of Bones, I watched the first episode on Hulu the other day to see what it was like. I liked it all right. It wasn't something that I just loved but I thought it was ok. I'd like to watch a few more episodes to see if it could hook me. I'm a big David Boreanaz fan so I had to check out the show. Yeah, Hulu is going to be getting a lot of attention from me in the next little while as I search for something to watch since the TV season is over. I plan on trying a bunch of new (to me) shows.

Interesting report from the Miliken Institute as they released their findings on what kind of money that the writers strike cost the state of California. $2.1 billion!! WOW.

I stopped in and watched a minute or so of the new Real World this week. I haven't watched the show in years because it became so frustrating. I used to love this show and this was TV appointment type viewing for when it came on. I'd always have my food ready and be set to watch the new episodes. The mix of music into the show was great and there are a lot of songs that I'll hear on the radio now which makes me think of a particular scene or episode. I think I jumped onboard with the first season about halfway through. I had a bunch of friends over and we ended up landing on MTV and watched it. This was of course the first season of New York. The original social experiment of bringing seven strangers together from all over the country to see how they would get along, to see what would happen when strangers stop being polite and start getting real. What is funny is that I still remember the opening lines of the show. That first season was great TV and I enjoyed the show for many seasons after that. I would always be disappointed when the season would come to an end because it was like you were saying goodbye to people that you had come to know through this show. Then, you just waited nervously hoping that you'd like the next cast. After New York, there was season two of Los Angeles. I loved this season and it brought the drama to a whole different level with there being so many different personalities of people. Season three in San Francisco brought us the sad story of Pedro. It also brought us a character that would not long be forgotten. All I have to say is "do you want Puck on 6 or Puck on 8?" After that was the London season and I think I am one of the few people that actually liked that season. Most people hate that season with a passion but I liked it. I guess the problem with that season for most people is that they actually liked each other and got along. I was fine with that and it's fun to see a group get along. Season five in Miami was just kind of there for me. Just indifferent to it and this was also the first season where the cast had to have a job if I remember right. Season six in Boston was just kind of all right for me as well. Season seven in Seattle was a favorite of mine as well. Hawaii had season eight and it brought us the craziest season of the show yet with that group. Season nine in New Orleans just wasn't a favorite of mine. I'd say it is one of my least favorite seasons. Season ten returned to New York and it was a solid season. Season eleven was Chicago and was one of my favorite seasons. I enjoyed the cast quite a bit that year and enjoyed following what they were up to as the show went along. Season twelve in Las Vegas. This was the season that finished the show for me. The boundaries that were pushed with this cast just turned me completely off as the show became about who could hook up with who. I did come back for one more season and that was season thirteen in Paris. Loved this season and loved the cast. Very entertaining. However, that was it for me. I couldn't tell you a thing about the rest of the seasons up to now as I just couldn't take the show anymore.

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, June 10th. 7th Heaven (Season Six), Army Wives (Season One), The Dukes Of Hazzard (Movie Collection), The Fugitive (Season Two - Volume One), Hawaii Five-O (Season Four), Home Improvement (Season Eight), McLeod's Daughters (Season Six), My Boys (Season One), The Odd Couple (Season Four).

You Tube Video Of The Week: Numb What?

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

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