All posts tagged: katherine heigl

World Cup: Matchday 2 Recap and Matchday 3 Preview

Every Friday throughout the World Cup, WNYC’s excellent Soundcheck program will focus on the music of the nations at the World Cup. Check out the first installment here. South Korea 2-0 Greece Greece’s once impenetrable defense looked even slower than usual against the fast Koreans, who scored seven minutes into each half. But I didn’t expect them to look this disorganized. The problem with overly defensive tactics is that giving up an early goal forces you to change your game plan and come out of your shell. But what happens when your offense is more predictable than a Katherine Heigl rom-com, and even more leaden? Although a piece of me nearly died every time Greece crossed midfield, it was soon restored watching the Koreans force turnovers and launch counters. A better offense than Good Korea’s could have turned this into a bigger blowout on the scoreboard, and they’ll need more than their workrate to advance, but this game was more fun to watch than I had expected. Prediction against result: I had the tactics right, …

21st Century Digital Boy: Rescue Me, Grey’s Marriages, Bargains, “Can We Talk?” and the NBA

Rescue Me OK, I’m finally ready to proclaim what a lot of you already have: the FX network’s Tuesday night show Rescue Me is stunningly brilliant. It’s a good thing, too, because the setting for the show—a New York firehouse post-9/11 attacks—deserves the kind of great writing it has. Blame my late public announcement on coming late to the Denis Leary/Peter Tolan-anchored firefighter drama, but thanks to the miracle of Hulu.com—a friend second only to a DVR box for any tragically over-scheduled house like mine—I’m finally caught up. I honestly don’t think there’s a better drama on television right now, but that in itself is a miracle of sorts: the last couple of years of this five-season show were less than stellar. But after the writers’ strike and a reduced number of episodes in a season, Rescue Me is streamlined and sharp enough to reapply for that “Best Drama on TV” status. Viewers need look no further than the last episode, where 9/11 firefighter widow Sheila Keefe (played by Callie Thorne) nailed a mouthful of …