My weekly TV column is up at Torontoist.
Not to go against you, but as far as Reeve’s bulking up goes, there are a few other contenders, including Christian Bale.
At least, this is what CRACKED asks me to believe
I have to disagree about the funniness of McFarlane’s work so far. I think that a lot of Family Guy and American Dad episodes are funny. Older episodes of The Simpsons (I’d say Season 13 and before) are better because when I watch them years later I’ll often laugh at the jokes all over again even though I’ve heard them before, whereas I don’t do that as often with Family Guy. But the show can still be pretty damn good. The “Petercopter” and “Hindenpeter” scenes in this particular episode are classic, IMHO.
Nevertheless…CLEVELAND?!!? In his own show?!!?!!!??? I totally agree with you on this. Terrible idea and probably will suck. Just because he’s black doesn’t make him the next George Jefferson. Even if he were as good a character as George Jefferson, The Jeffersons was just never as good as All in the Family.
In Cleveland’s defense, I never would’ve guessed Frasier Crane having his own show would be a good idea. Besides…Cleveland Brown. That’s funny on many levels.
In regards to The Mole…it didn’t tank during the “civilian” seasons. Problem was, ABC was dumb enough to put the second season on Friday nights, which was bad enough without the possible backlash in the wake of 9/11 against reality shows. After three weeks, it got shelved for nine months. I have to say this…in those days, it was awesome. If you were impressed by something as mediocre as Pirate Master, you might like The Mole. And if you get a chance to see either of the first two seasons (do you get Fox Reality up north?), you gotta watch. Right now, the first episode of the new season was decent, but it looks like the casting department might be skewing more towards the pretty and temperamental…and I am not saying that because I didn’t make it past the preliminary audition process. But if it’s as good as the old seasons, you’ll be in for a treat. Besides, what other reality shows can you watch without pain? Last Comic Standing? Big Brother? And I see you can’t stand Canadian Idol.
In a just world Seth McFarlane’s weed flavored corpse would be in a pit, being feasted on by wild boars…
There wasn’t a 9/11 backlash against reality shows in general; there was a caution regarding shows which had a terrorist theme (24) or sabotage (The Mole). The show was moved to Friday nights because of low-ratings. People weren’t watching so yes, it DID tank. Bringing back the show with celebrities was a last-ditch effort to save the franchise, so it’s not a surprise that people are questioning the fact that The Mole has been resurrected. It tanked the first time due to lack of advertising before the premiere and ABC’s faith in the show.
Cleveland was probably chosen specifically because he’s the most boring character- he’s not totally a blank slate, but he’s close enough, and it’s sort of a conceptual joke that you’d pick him to do your spin-off.
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