Spoiler Alert Thursday: Sajak vs. Trebeck
I note with interest that this coming Friday is yet another edition of “Celebrity Jeopardy.” As I understand it, Pat Sajak will be one of the “celebrities” contesting for god-know’s-what title. This presents an opportunity to pose a question that has long bothered me; viz., who is more annoying–Alex Trebeck or Pat Sajak? Overall, I find Sajak to be somewhat of a douche, especially during the final thought scene with Vanna White. He is usually rather condescending to her and other borderline sexist. Trebeck, on the other hand, comes across as a know-it-all douche. Of course, he only “knows it all” because he has the answers right in front of him, but don’t let that fool you: he’ll still act very superior when you get the answer wrong or, heaven forbid, mispronounce a word. It’s a tough one to call.
Otherwise, TV remains rather dead, caught between the December break and the Olympics. I won’t bother to comment on the Leno vs. Conan vs. NBC affair given that it is clear that no one watches late night TV except when they want to support a white hero (i.e., Conan). Speaking of white people, I glanced occasionally at the screen last night while “Life Unexpected” was on. As far as I can tell, this is a white person’s fairy tale. I’m not sure what to make of the fact that the actress who plays the mother is thirty-one “IRL” while the actress who plays the daughter “IRL” is nineteen. The mathematics don’t work out well. Either this one will go the route of “Gilmore Girls” and be on forever or it will quickly disappear. Given that it is The CW, I gather it will be on forever (c.f., “One Tree Hill” and “Smallville”).
In terms of other new shows, “Human Target” was worse than to be expected. This should ensure a long and successful run for the show. Brad Chase is hilarious. Not because he is a great comedic actor or because the scripts are wonderful, but because he is “Brad Chase, kung fu and munitions expert.” It is clear that Chi McBride will never live up to the level of “Let’s Go to Prison” (which remains the best social and political commentary on the carceral system to date). Jackie Earle Hayley’s character, Gurrero, is by far the best part of the show. Unrelated: we watched “Watchmen” on the weekend. I didn’t understand a single minute of it (what does the fact that the lady superhero is the illegitimate daughter of Jeffrey Dean Morgan have to do with anything?), but I enjoyed Rorschach as a character. The guy who flew the silly spaceship was dumb as was the founder of the Blue Man Group.
“Chuck” remains unwatchable and based upon the description of the episode, I fear tonight’s “Office” is a “clips show.” However, “Supernatural” begins again tonight and that is always a good thing.
Confession: while I promised to watch “30 Rock” last week due to James Franco’s guest appearance, the thought of actually watching that show made me feel sick. Consequently, I didn’t get to see Franco on “30 Rock.”
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