Your 21st Century Digital Boy has had quite a weekend: ham, potato salad, green bean casserole and plenty oâ€™ gleaning and gossip on the boobtube front. In lieu of a lengthy dissertation, this weekâ€™s episode is meant to keep you (and me) from a food coma. Sound bites of soundbytes, if you will:
A House Shocker: Kal Pennâ€™s character (Dr. Lawrence Kutner) offs himself, leaving the rest of Dr. House and staff to deal with the ramifications for the remainder of the season. Of course, the thrice â€œKumar Patelâ€â€”he of White Castle, Guantanamo Bay and Amsterdam fameâ€”is going to work for President Barack Obama in real life. Three words: Yes he can. To paraphrase Kumarâ€™s own words: â€œI can’t believe youâ€™re gonna ditch for the Joy Luck Club, dude. You know what their parties are like.â€
Itâ€™s not Unusual: Beneath the eccentric, black humor and innuendo,Â the new ABC NYPD series The Unusuals offers clever, metered banter and quick, intelligent pacing. In short, everything you’d expect of a hot cable show. It seems like a complete thrill to this reviewer… which, of course, can only meanÂ one thing: expect The Unusuals to depart quickly. Similarly-framed shows like Sports Night, Love Monkey, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Trust Me stiffed. One can only assume this one will, too. Bigtime.
In Plod Me Trust: Speaking of Trust Me, TNT just canceled its freshman dramaÂ featuring Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh starring as advertising agency execs. One word: dammit! This is the kind of show that is supposed to succeed on cable and, frankly, theÂ show was just getting interesting. ThisÂ duo had chemistry, man. And yet, despite an interesting cast (OK, we agree that Monica Potterâ€™s socially inept Sarah Krajeck-Hunter was dreadful) the show shouldn’t have ended its 13-episode run faster than you could say â€œAaron Sorkin follow-up.â€ What does a sharp-tongued dialogue mastah like Cavanagh have to do to land a true hit?Â Even though I liked it, Ed doesnâ€™t count… and Love Monkey never had a chance because of its unfortunate name.
Reality Bites: So here’s your WTF moment of the month: thereâ€™s a new reality show headed to Fox, from the people who brought you Big Brother (Endemol). Viewers get toÂ watch the recession come to life in Someoneâ€™s Gotta Goâ€”a reality TV series where small business employees lose their jobs on live television. Do we really need this at a time when our economy is looking so Depression Era? When businesses are boarding up left and right? When over 13 million children in the United Statesâ€”thatâ€™s 18% of all children for you U.S. census honksâ€”live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level? Horrible idea, Fox. Maybe even your worst since bringing Bill Oâ€™Reilly on board. Whereâ€™d ya learn your trade?
Why So Curious? Lastly, if youâ€™re a parent and youâ€™ve not locked into PBS Kidsâ€™ brilliant Curious George, you don’t know what you’re missing. The animated series launched after the Hollywood blockbuster film and is based on the the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey.Â It’s brilliant stuff. In February, Universal released Curious George: Monkey Collection, Vol. 1, featuring the first three seasons. With lessons in an amusing, non-obnoxious format, a toe-tapping jazz theme song by New Orleansâ€™ favorite son Dr. John, narration of some episodes by William H. Macy (Magnolia, The Cooler) and upbeat, live action interstitials, itâ€™s the most fun TV-time adults can have with their kids.
Now if youâ€™ll excuse me, I really must get back to theseÂ chocolate rabbits. More next time… Om nom nom nom…