Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
ETA: Both the audio stream and the transcript are now available, and man, even in Ira Glass' typically soothing voice, it's pretty damn brutal.
ETA: Neglected to provide attribution to Evan McMorris-Santoro of Talking Points Memo for the pointer.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Due to certain owners opting not to return, there are 3-5 slots available in the AAA Division, our entry-level league. Prior experience is not required, but certainly is welcome. The draft is scheduled for next Thursday, March 22, at 8:30pm EDT. If you're interested, let us know, here, now, and we will arbitrarily figure out how to handle it.
Those of us who've otherwise replaced in-season college basketball viewing with other pursuits could use some context for this year's tournament -- so, please, give us your predictions. (To give you an idea of how out of it I've become, it wasn't until around Groundhog Day that I realized "Fab Melo" wasn't a nickname honoring the talents of a player from the same school as Carmelo Anthony, but in fact a guy named Fabricio de Melo.)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Coincidental: Following the third on-set death of a horse, HBO has ceased all future production of Luck. The show had begun filming its second season.
- A Gifted Man--Especially since 3 of the principal cast members (though not, surprisingly, Patrick Wilson) already have pilots for next year, an almost certain goner.
- CSI: NY/CSI: Miami--Will depend on drama development, though I'll be shocked if both survive, with the survivor getting a Friday slot (potentially split with Good Wife, which reruns poorly, skews inexplicably old, and hasn't delivered big in prime timeslots for CBS).
- Rules of Engagement--Has already reached the magic number for syndication, but performs decently wherever it's stuck. Toss-up.
- Rob--No one seems to particularly like it, but it's done OK out of Big Bang Theory. That said, CBS has a pretty robust comedy pilot slate, with Partners, Untitled Louis C.K. Project, and Super Fun Night all seeming like better fits with Big Bang than this. Expect it's a goner.
- Unforgettable--It's not performed measurably better than Good Wife did and has been the weak link in a night that CBS otherwise utterly dominates (at least in overall viewers), courtesy of NCIS. Either it's gone or it's shunted off to another night, with the primo launch spot given to a bright star, male-skewing, CBS drama pilot. (The Dennis Quaid/Michael Chiklis one would seem a logical fit.)
No formal renewal of 60 Minutes, but you have to assume that's a done deal. With so much returning, it's going to be interesting to see how CBS plays--they've been known for bold scheduling moves with hits (Big Bang to Thursdays being the last big one), and I wouldn't be shocked to see the NCIS twins split up next year.
But, of course, Avon and Stringer are at least a half-step ahead, and they've got plans for Savino, Little Man, and Wee-Bey ... and, of course, Wee-Bey has plans for his fish, in a scene where we're not quite sure why Dee has the dread that he does, but he does.
The one detail which police missed, sadly, was Bubbs. Both in terms of Detective Holley assuming ill motives when he saw Bubbs paging Kima with a 911, and then with McNulty in no way recognizing why Bubbs hadn't been down in the projects for awhile when he dispatches him there for some truly quality observational work. This does not bode well for his new-found sobriety.
Said manufacturer Matt Powers, of BobbleHead, LLC, a veritable Nathan Thurm of the industry:
I don't think of this as painting John Wilkes Booth in either a glorifying or negative way. We make it for people that are into Civil War memorabilia. It's supposed to be a gag gift.... I don't think we'd do Hitler. I think it'd sell, but it would offend people. We've made probably over a million bobbleheads and this is the first time it ever happened. So why change course? We've done Osama bin Laden.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
If you’re watching the original trilogy first, then after the Empire is destroyed and everyone is celebrating, Luke looks over at his mentors, Ben Kenobi and Yoda, and suddenly they are joined by… some random creepy looking teenager who needs a haircut. Placing Hayden Christensen in the ending of Jedi, since he’s not in ANY of the other films, turns an ending that should be celebratory into one that is confusing for the viewer. The fact that Christensen looks like he’s undressing someone with his eyes doesn’t help.
So neither order really works. What to do?
How can you ensure that a viewing keeps the Vader reveal a surprise, while introducing young Anakin before the end of Return of the Jedi?
Simple, watch them in this order: IV, V, I, II, III, VI.
Okay, so I linked to last year's rankings. Let's try again, and UT is out of the T14; Stanford ahead of Harvard for the first time since 2007; big leaps for Washington and Arizona State.
- Fifth grader Vanya Shivashankar, sister of 2009 champion Kavya, won the Olathe regional and is back for her second go-round. But she's far from the youngest in the Bee, because ...
- Via our friend Samir Patel comes word that six-year-old Lori Anne Madison won the Prince William (VA) County Spelling Bee. Her winning word: vaquero.
- 2011 Bee champion Sukanya Roy offers her advice for this year's finalists.