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A PI and a Vampire?

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CBS announced a new show for the fall called Moonlight. Its about a Private Investigator who is also a Vampire. I’m not sure which came first or if one led to the other. It would make sense if he was on the case of a vampire and got bit. Then even though he’s now a vampire he still wants to continue his PI career.

Why is this a show? What makes the PI/Vampire combination so intriguing? Does being a vampire help his investigating? I can’t imagine its easy not being able to go out in the light. The only suggestions I’ve heard so far are that maybe he can become a bat and sneak around, he may have a heightened sense of hearing, or that he can smell blood and find the bodies.

Some plot points I found on TV Squad: “The story will revolve around his struggles with immortality, feuds with adversaries in the vampire world, and a romance with a mortal.” I’m most curious about the feuding with other vampires. Maybe he’s investigating other vampires, making him an outcast in the vampire community. Come to think of it, I’d be interested to see how vampires interact day to day. You only think of them doing bad things, biting people, and on occasion, selling cereal. I want to see how they get their shopping done or send their kids to school if they can’t go out in daylight.

I’d talk about the cast but the only person I know (after looking him up) is Rade Serbedzija. He played Dmitri Gredenko on 24 this season and was Boris in Snatch. Most importantly he was the guy in Bratislava in Eurotrip (“Miami Wice is number one new show.”).

It will be on Fridays at 9. You will want to catch it quickly since who knows how long it will be around. I’ll be watching, cause at this point I just have to find out what’s going on.

Mike

My DVR loves Andy Barker, P.I.

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A week or two ago I had my DVR all set to tape NBC’s Thursday night lineup. I’ve finally gone all in for the comedies after catching a 30 Rock promo I decided to give it another chance. So on this particular night it was some combination of My Name Is Earl, The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs, and Andy Barker, P.I. They seem to change it every week. I wonder why they are 3rd in the ratings. My lineup of choice for the night would be: The Office, Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, 30 Rock. Actually it can be any order, as long as The Office is up first.

I’ve been DVRing Andy Barker, P.I. since it started. I try to give new comedies at least one shot and anything Andy Richter is guaranteed a chance. This night my DVR must have really liked the episode. It taped it for eight hours. It was still recording it when I got up in the morning and I told it to stop. Who knows how long it would have gone on without my intervention. My recordings list had it split into three parts. It was interrupted for some reason, twice. The DVR held strong and started right back up. Sadly the episode was only a half hour long. The extra seven plus were just there to make sure whatever I had been keeping around to watch on a rainy day was lost. That probably included some random movies from HBO or Starz and a couple of the Planet Earth episodes from Discovery.

I’ve enjoyed Andy Barker, not quite as much as Andy Richter Controls the Universe, but still worth watching. I don’t expect it to get renewed. I get a very similar feeling from both Andy Barker and Knights of Prosperity. Both have odd premises. They both have the ability to be hysterically funny. Which isn’t a surprise since Andy Barker comes from Conan’s crew and Knights of Prosperity comes from Ed (which came from Letterman’s crew). With each I feel like something is missing.

I had the thought that these two should have been combined. Andy could have been Mick Jagger’s Private Investigator who tracked what the Knights of Prosperity were up to. I think that would have provided enough material to fill in the down periods in both shows.

I’m just trying to figure out why the DVR enjoyed it so much. I didn’t notice anything DVR references in the show that it might have liked. I’ll have to keep an eye out for its future habits. Maybe I’ll record something just for it every once in a while.

Mike

One $hining Moment

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Pretty soon the Previously on 24 clips are going to make up half the show.

At Best Buy today the hot item was Guitar Hero II for Xbox 360. I’m very tempted. Very tempted.

While I think its ridiculous that CBS is only putting One Shining Moment in iTunes for $1.99 its really cool that they have them all going back to 1987. Still, these should all be free on their site.

Take Me Out to the Twins Game
I really like The Hold Steady but I’m not sure how I feel about this. I think the Twins are going to play this at their games. I really like the changes in there for the Twins. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone try and do anything different with Take Me Out to the Ballgame, so the attempt in itself is pretty cool.

Mike

Top Five Favorite Game Shows

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I was just thinking the other day about some of my favorite game shows and remembered back to Freshman Year when for most of my Spring Semester, my roommate Ben and I would watch the Game Show Network for at least six hours per day. I think it began as both of us thinking the other was watching and didn’t care to change the channel. It became tradition and actually is one of the best things to just have on in the background when doing homework or whatever. I’m not a fan of the Food Network and can’t watch CNN or MSNBC (except of course for Countdown). Even if we would have had ESPNEWS that just repeats the same stuff most of the day. Thinking about it if I’m ever working at home GSN might be exactly what I’d put on.

Here are my favorite game shows ever:

5) Lingo – A simple game that is great to play along with. During my Sophomore Year of college we didn’t get GSN off campus so I was the only one who had seen it. I was able to find it online and it led to countless hours (late into the night) of my friends playing Lingo online. It got pretty crazy with fights breaking out in the Lingo Waiting Room.
4) Press Your Luck – Watching it now I don’t get it but I loved this game when I was younger. Probably because you have the excitement of the big board and the questions are at a 3rd grade level.
3) Jeopardy – If I get in the habit of watching this I get better at it and then I get hooked.
2) Idiot Savants – No one seems to remember this one. It was on MTV in the mid-90s. The categories were completely random, testing your useless knowledge. The questions were right in my wheelhouse and the host made fun of the contestants.
1) Two Minute Drill – The best sports game show, no question. From what I remember there were four people asking the contestant questions. This included sports celebrities, some of whom weren’t the best or quickest at reading the questions. I don’t think any show has ever fit more questions into a single half hour.

I could actually name a lot more. Besides GSN, if you have Nick Games and Sports, always worth checking out for the old Nick game shows. MTV needs one of these channels to also show Remote Control and Sand Blast as well as the old Rock n Jocks.

Mike

MTV Tr3s

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MTV en Espanol is now MTV 3, well actually its MTV Tres, if you really want to get specific its MTV Tr3s. From what I can tell its still Spanish music videos but the commercals and VJs are in English. They have this ad that seems to last 10 minutes where they take Amercian groups and show who you’d like in Spanish. Interesting, if, ya know, I could understand the band they are trying to recommend. Just go all Spanish. I’m not watching either way.

Now, MTV, if you are going to number the Spanish version of your channel, you might as well keep going. Besides the first 3 MTVs I also get MTV Hits and MTV Jams (those channls may actually end with z’s knowing MTV). That sounds a whole lot like MTV 4 and 5 to me. We won’t get into MHD and where that falls into the numbering. Its sort of a hybrid channel for MTV, VH1, and CMT. I think if I tried to number the VH1 channels I’d get a headache.

What they really need to do is just have MTV play music videos all the time. Then have your MTV Rock, Hip-Hop, etc. channels. One channel for each genre that shows videos and I’ll allow concerts and profiles of bands. Then you have a whole separate channel, one that doesn’t even have the word music in the title. Here you can put on all your Real Worlds, Road Rules, Date My Moms, and whatever else you please. MTV has so much of this content they could have two channels of this. I’d be in for older stuff such as Real World seasons, Sand Blast, Idiot Savant, and Remote Control. There is probably tons of gold hidden in the vault that came before my time. My only reservations with these two channels is that I would have to delete them immediately from my TV. As soon as I turned them on, I’d be hooked for the day.

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Inter-Dis Material 4 “Fall TV”

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Running Time: 37:11

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Weather Report
Fall TV
Green Card Story
College Football
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Inter-Dis Material 3 “Lightning”

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Earthquake
More Unhealthy Food
One Ring
5 Year High School Reunions
– Locking up a Date
Lightning Strike
Evan won 7th Grade Sparky Award
College Football Weekly Picks
Where will GameDay be?
Fall TV
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Evan’s Move to Ft. Myers
Finding Internet/Starbucks
Can’t Find One When You Need One
Hurricane Season
Evan’s First Day Teaching
Jimmy Fallon
Saturday Night Live
College Football
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Mike

The Janke Chronicles – Episode 4

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Running Time: 36:39

Co-Host: Kelli

Topics
Roommates
Fall TV
Laguna Beach
Girl Ruling
Penn State – Notre Dame
Questions for Janke
-What do I do?
-Grad School Update
-Gadgets
Questions for Kelli

dj steveboy – The podcast Kelli mentioned during the show.

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Mike

LCS

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Tuesday was the 4th Season Premiere of Last Comic Standing. Same thing happens on this show every year. Except for Season 3, but that was different, it was a competition between seasons 1&2.

It starts by going around to a few cities where people wait in line for hours in order to audition. Each person performs in front of 2 judges. The judges’ day job is booking comics for The Tonight Show. Right there’s your problem, connecting Leno with comedy. I’m not sure what their purpose is on the show. They don’t really critique anything. The one guy never shows any emotion. This part really bothers me. Makes me wonder why I watch the show. Also to be like American Idol they cut in really horrible performances that aren’t needed because they are so funny. I think they forgot that the funny part of the show is the good comics.

Slowly the show starts to pick up. I think it starts off so horribly because they start in LA where the comics are generally weak and there are a lot of people with no talent who think this is their shot to make it big. So there is an excess amount of really bad. Also, just in LA, there were three comics I had seen before on different things. Including Theo from Road Rules, who wasn’t very good but somehow made it. The other two also made it. The one guy has been on tons of commercials and I think hosted a sports trivia show on FSN a few years ago. They move on to some other cities and start to hit their stride when they get to NYC. There are more quality comics there than they can invite.

When they start to show a lot of quality comics I get the same feeling every year. Why can’t I do this? Oh, right, cause I have no material. I just don’t know what decent material is. I could probably come up with something. I don’t have any concern that I couldn’t control a room if I was comfortable with my material. I’ll get over this in a few days.

Next week on the show they go to Hollywood where the 40 comics they picked will perform a longer set and it will be narrowed down to the finalists who get to live together. That’s usually my favorite part, when they have to put up with each other all day long. Each week they are given a task to get immunity. Then someone is picked to be kicked out. BUT … and this is why this show is so great. That person gets to pick someone else in the house to go against. Each person does a set and the audience votes on who is better. The loser leaves. So sometimes really popular people get sent home early. That actually stinks because sometimes horrible people who get ‘kicked out’ get to stay. However the idea of earning your place is acceptable, they just need to get audiences that aren’t so dumb.

The show has a bit of almost every different reality show all mashed together. However it all makes sense. Plus, there is tons of stand up. This might be my favorite reality show. To make it complete they need to add some traveling and someone who lies that they are really rich.