For those of you living under a rock, last Friday I unveiled our 2nd Caption this contest. After a ton of comedic gems dropped on the comments section, reader Mark was judged to be the winner. The prize? A post on request based solely on his whim. It took an entire day of harassing him for a topic, before he obliged.
“Ok Crib Keeper. Your thoughts on the current state of TV, and I mean scripted shows. What do you like? What do you dislike? Do you see good/bad trends? Are there shows that have surprised you or made a comeback? Are there old favorites that have fallen by the wayside?”
Mark, I will answer your questions RIGHT NOW! Everyone, please feel free to chime in with your thoughts! Let’s get started!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“What do you like?”
Maybe it’s because I’m a parent, aka officially old…but I have recently rekindled my love of television dramas:
- Sons of Anarchy is the darkest and best it’s ever been (can’t wait for tonight’s episode!)
- American Horror, sickos being sexy and creepy? Yeah, you knew I was watching this!
- Mad Men old episodes (on Netflix) are tiding me over until the new season which will not be on our screens until (hopefully!?) March.
- The Simpsons (not a drama, but a staple in my life since I was 10!)
“Are there shows that have made a comeback?”
Yes, The Office.
Real Talk: I gave The Office, up a few seasons back… it got old to me. I lurve Steve Carrell but I have to say, his departure from the series has caused the old show to be new again for me!
Putting Andy “Nard Dog” Bernard in the role of Regional Manager, was a stroke of genius. Ed Helms is both irreverent and lovable as the approval starved, newbie boss. James Spader as Robert California is a hilarious, welcome addition. Spader is pure comedy gold each and every time he awkwardly appears on the screen. To the Naysayers who aren’t interested in getting re-interested in the office, I say: go back and watch the recent episode, “Garden Party.” Five bux says you’ll laugh out loud before the opening credits role.
“Any shows that have surprised you?”
Yes, the Will Arnett and Christina Applegate vehicle produced by the great Lorne Michaels, Up All Night.
The premise of the show is simple, a coupla first-time parents trying to make it all work with a new baby. Hilarity ensues. Or does it?
True Story: I was so excited about this sitcom. I followed the script progress, personally cheered it on during pilot season and set my DVR to record the whole series. Sadly, Up All Night is not doin’ it for me. I give new shows 3 episodes to reel me in. After 3 if I’m not feelin’ it, we part ways and I free up the space on my DVR. Maybe it’s the Maya Rudolph character, or the lack of belly bustin’ laffs, but I’m not a fan.
“Old Favorites who have fallen by the wayside?”
- BOREDwalk Empire, was a show I watched last season but decided to quit. Even the power of Buscemi during the 1920’s couldn’t keep me from peacing out of this snooze-fest.
- Modern Family, The new Lily creeps me out, I wish they had just let “old baby Lily,” grow into the role. It’s been cute this season, but where are the gut-busting laffs? Thank Goodness for Cam, Phil Dunphy and Gloria’s cleavage (Sofia Vergara.)
- Saturday Night Live has been hit or miss this season so far. The episodes are all-killer with no filler (Stiller) or un-funny flops (Anna Faris) I’ll watch SNL no matter what, so I best not complain too much or I’ll just resent myself for tuning in.
It’s not such a great time for Community College themed sitcoms starring Joel McHale…
The hilarious and unwatched Community just got yanked from the NBC schedules and will return at a “date yet to be determined,” yet
Sh*tney Whitney is still on and is getting viewers!? On the silver lining tip: 30 Rock, my go-to laff factory, has been on hiatus while Tina Fey had a baybeh, and will be returning to the NBC schedule in January.
And finally, as for “Trends” I have noticed two…
1. Everything Old is new again. Classic 90’s Nickelodeon has been brought back on a nightly programming basis. Stations like Hub have brought back 80’s classics such as Jem and Fraggle Rock, nostalgia is king.
2. The economy has effectively driven reality television’s main focus from exploiting vapid idiots, to turning America’s excess into money. Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Auction Hunters, American Pickers, Auction Kings. Are huge hits, America is ready to sell her STUFF!
And there you have it reader Mark, my thoughts on the current state of television, your PRIZE post on request!
What about YOU, darling reader? What turns you on TV wise? I’m all rabbit ears!!! (crowd groans)