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Fischer’s Friday Five

Thanks for the good feedback on the first Fischer’s Friday Five (Top 5 Movies of 2000s). Can’t believe how many people were disappointed that I didn’t include The Departed on the list. I will say that if there was a second tier honorable mention list, it would have made the cut, along with; Best In Show, The Queen, The Bourne franchise, Ocean’s 11, Inglourious Basterds, Traffic, Meet The Parents, Minority Report and Lost In Translation. Sorry Gladiator fans, the movie just hasn’t held up for me over the years.

Speaking of movies, if you haven’t yet voted for the first round of the Funniest Movies of All-Time, um, I guess go vote would be the general point I am trying to make here.

Last week I gave you the best movies of the past decade, so it’s only fitting to move to the small screen and give you the best television shows the past decade had to offer. I have a strong feeling that Joey, According to Jim and the show about the Geico Cavemen are just gonna miss out on cracking the five best.

I’m Fischer, it’s Friday, and here’s my five for the week… Continue reading

Golden Globes Predictions – Television

In case you missed my dartboard-esque movies predictions.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
Prediction:  Mad Men
If I Had A Vote:  Lost – I’m actually looking forward to the show ending, so I can go back and watch it all over again from the beginning and see what I missed the first time around.

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Prediction:  Glenn Close, Damages
If I Had A Vote:  Kathy Sagal, Sons of Anarchy – amazing job of holding her own on a male-dominated show, completely makes you forget all about here as Peggy Bundy (did you know she was wearing a wig on Married With Children?)

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Prediction: Jon Hamm, Mad Men
If I Had A Vote: Hugh Laurie, House – it was great to finally see a more sensitive and vulnerable side of Gregory House this season

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Prediction:  30 Rock
If I Had A Vote:  Glee and Modern Family (tie) – hard to choose between two refreshing new shows.  Glee is unlike anything the networks have aired before (and I’m not counting Cop Rock) and Modern Family has much of the same characteristics and delivery as Arrested Development had (RIP, sniff sniff).

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Prediction: Tiny Fey, 30 Rock
If I Had A Vote:  same – pretty weak crop to choose from, not much competition

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Prediction: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
If I Had A Vote:  Same – again, put Robert Duvall in this role, and it’s not a very funny show.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Prediction: Chloe Sevigny, Big Love
If I Had A Vote:  Jane Lynch, Glee – this “cocktail waitress on an oil rig” is what has made the show and given it depth beyond all the singing.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Prediction: John Lithgow, Dexter
If I Had A Vote:  Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn (tie), Lost – it’s going to be a sad day when Benjamin Linus and John Locke are no longer battling for control of the Island and its people.

BONUS – RANDOM PREDICTIONS
Australian Open Men’s Winner – Novak Djokovic
Australian Open Women’s Winner – Kim Clijsters

Rewind The DVR

It’s so good to have January here.  While the holidays are great, December just isn’t the same with most TV shows on hiatus, so I’m excited and eager to press record on the DVR now that my shows are back (or season premiering).  Plus, if January didn’t provide enough returning entertainment – the final season of Lost kicks off at the beginning of February (have no fear my fellow Lost-ies, the premiere is going to be so big, that even Obama’s going to watch).

"We must improve our foreign relations with the Others!"

So, first week of the 2010 TV season is in the books, here’s what I was watching…

(WARNING:  Some ramblings may include spoilers!  If you haven’t watched yet…read at your own risk!)

Sunday, January 10th
The Simpsons – I have to admit, I haven’t watched the Simpsons in years.  Somewhere about 4-5 years ago, it went from must watch, to maybe watch, to just not interested.  I still pine for the days of Mr. Sparkle, Guatemalan Insanity Peppers and Sideshow Bob stepping on rakes.  Maybe it was the re-emergence of Family Guy, but Homer and company went completely off my radar.  Since it was the 20th anniversary and 450th episode, I did feel compelled to watch.  It’s been six days, and all I can remember is that Anne Hathaway was a guest star and that I’ll go back to forgetting about The Simpsons again.
EPISODE GRADE:  D

Monday, January 11th
How I Met Your Mother – speaking of milestone episodes, it was #100 for HIMYM, and the 100th consecutive episode of not knowing who the mother is.  Those kids must be getting pissed, it’s been 4 years and they still know nothing.  Although thanks to Matt Steinberg for mentioning an excellent point…why do the kids look the exact same after 4 years?  Shouldn’t they have aged some by now?  Anyway, pretty good episode, with guest stars Stacy Kiebler (call me), Rachel Bilson (apparently she’s gotten over the death of Marissa Cooper) and possibly Carrie Underwood’s foot.  Barney’s musical number at the end was a nice change of pace, but overall the episode was more plot development than funny.
EPISODE GRADE: C+

House – pretty good episode with a sort of different attack on the case as the gang went for a more detective type approach.  Also good to see Ethan Embry on TV, although I’ll always remember him as the little kid in Dutch – an underrated funny movie.  The stuff between House and Wilson was really funny too. House trying to convince their new neighbor, played by the lovely Sasha Alexander (who will forever be known as Pacey’s hot sister on Dawson’s Creek), that him and Wilson were an actual couple made for some great scenes (the giant A Chorus Line framed poster, Wilson proposing to House in the restaurant).
EPISODE GRADE:  B-

Fringe – kind of a weird episode here, as FOX had to fill some air time and chose to show a never before seen episode from the first season of Fringe.  Only problem was if you hadn’t known that was the case, you would have been really confused by the appearance of Charlie Francis.  Needless to say, I was confused.  And once I figured out what was happening, I became less interested.  Plus it seemed like they were trying to hint at a Liv/Peter relationship, which the show does not need.
EPISODE GRADE:  D

Tuesday, January 12th
American Idol (Boston) – good to have ya back Idol.  For my entire recap of the 2-hour premiere, click on the link below…

American Idol – Boston Auditions

Scrubs –  remember when the entire cast of Saved By The Bell, except for Mr. Belding and Screech, left the show and NBC tried to give us Saved By The Bell: The New Class?  Yeah, I’ve tried to block that out too.  Unfortunately, Scrubs, or as I call it, Scrubs: The New Class has me reaching for another “forget me not” pill.  It’s just not the same without a full-time J.D. and Elliot, and this episode was a big reminder of that.  It was great to have Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke guest star, and to especially have the J.D./Turk dynamic back, which was always the heart of the show.  But it was a sad reminder of how little I care about the new cast.  This show is dangerously close to being removed from the DVR.
EPISODE GRADE:  B- (for J.D., Elliot, Turk scenes), D (for everything else)

Wednesday, January 13th
American Idol (Atlanta) – pants on the ground, pants on the ground, looking like a fool with your pants on the ground.  Here’s the Atlanta recap…

American Idol – Atlanta Auditions

Move over Kris Allen, here's your next American Idol.

Modern Family – another solid funny episode for the freshman comedy.  This show is starting to really find its stride and clicking each week.  What really makes it work is that there are no real weak characters and that there’s usually a different MVP each week (Ed O’Neill’s love affair with Barkley the dog butler wins for this episode).  Only sad part about this week was there was no Manny.
EPISODE GRADE: B

Leverage – I don’t know many who watch this show, but I’m a fan of it.  I like to think of it as if Ocean’s 12 was never made and this was filmed instead.  The whole cast works well together and it’s just an enjoyable hour of television. But I do have a big gripe with this show.  How is it that these thieves/hackers/grifters/etc. can continue to operate under the radar and not be known by their enemies?  I mean, the usually poor people who are in need of their help and contact them apparently know who they are ahead of time, but not the rich, informed bad guys?  But then again, I was a big fan of Prison Break, so if I can suspend disbelief for that show, it should be easy for this one.  Also, maybe it’s just me, but why is everyone enamored with Jeri Ryan?  She plays the “eye candy” in every show she does, but I just don’t see it.  One other concern with this show is that there’s not much in the way of storyline continuity, each episode usually stands alone on its own.  Here’s hoping that the team screwing over the Chinese triad this week will come back to haunt them later, but I won’t hold my breath.
EPISODE GRADE:  B

Real World DC – since this season takes place sort of near where I live, I’ve been excited to see the shenanigans of the cast and the places they go.  And while I’ve enjoyed the already tumultuous relationship between Ty and Zits, I mean Emily, it feels as if this cast are more of homebodies than any other season.  This episode did serve more as a public service announcement, having multiple discussions about eating disorders and female perceptions of their own body.  I’m fine with that, and I actually think it’s important for MTV, knowing their target audience (obviously not me), to do what they can to get the message out.  The rest of the episode was focused on the awkward fight of Ty/Emily, which was a bit of a letdown given the previews. Plus where were Josh and Andrew that whole episode?
EPISODE GRADE:  C

Thursday, January 14th
Community – this show has grown on me and is steadily improving week to week.  Ironically, while I was most excited for Chevy Chase to be on TV when I first heard about this show, I’m starting to think he’s a bit of a weak link.  Seems like a waste of his talents.  Jack Black made for a great guest star this week and while the whole M*A*S*H stuff was a bit outdated for me, it was still amusing.
EPISODE GRADE:  C+

Fringe –this was the new episode and not only was it solid, it was surprisingly scary.  The people who looked normal one minute and deformed the next gave me a few chills.  I still crack up every time Walter can’t properly say Astrid’s name, a subtle long-running gag throughout the series.  I was never a fan of the X-Files, but this is a must watch show for me every week.  The lesson as always, Pacey makes everything better.
EPISODE GRADE:  B+

30 Rock – definitely a bonus to be treated to two new episodes, plus it meant not having to watch The Office this week – another show dangerously close to the edge of being removed from the DVR.  The first of the two episodes was much funnier, with Jack and Kenneth breaking into Julianne Moore’s home (Kenneth botching computer hacking was priceless), and James Franco’s body pillow fetish.  Although, what’s up with Franco looking ghostly?  Plus can we get him and French Stewart to have a squinting competition? The second episode was alright, but the highlight of it was downloading the ringtone that only kids can hear, and sure enough, Maggie and me could hear it!!!  Here it is if you want to try it – silent ringtone – Didn’t really care too much for the new member of Tracy’s entourage or the Jack/Liz/Danny storyline, and in fact, I’m not really sold on Danny as a new cast member.
EPISODE #1 GRADE:  B-
EPISDOE #2 GRADE:  C-

Grey’s Anatomy – I don’t watch Private Practice, so the whole crossover storyline isn’t exciting to me.  Then again, Grey’s isn’t exciting to me either, but yet I’m compelled to watch it each week until it’s no longer airing.  Not much to say here, don’t care about Addison, or Sloan’s daughter (who was equally annoying on the Terminator TV show last year too).  I guess I can bump it up half a letter grade since there was no Izzy (which always makes the show better).  Did enjoy Bailey’s rant when the new doc asked her out to lunch.
EPISODE GRADE:  C

Friday, January 15th
The Soup – always a nice show to end the week.  Nothing special this week, a Chevy Chase cameo was too similar to his Community character.
EPISODE GRADE:  C-

And of course today brings us football, which always gets an A+.

Returning to the DVR next week – 24, Golden Globes, One Tree Hill, 90210, The Office