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But then, who would watch my TV? : Other shows Office fans watch
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Sep 14th 2006

A great show I had forgotten about, ironically, is "STELLA". It was on Comedy Central about a year ago, maybe more, and is just rediculously hilarious. Anyone else seen it? The show didn't make it past its first season, but the DVD just came out this week, and my roommate picked it up, so we have been watching that in between Office DVD viewings.
Anyway... check them out, they are just a bunch of wacky guys who live together and are just... unreal.... here's a clip from the pilot if you've never seen the show

Sep 17th 2006 edited
Before The Office the only show that was a must-not-miss was Six Feet Under. I used to include 24 but I thought this last season sucked. Ironic, since they won awards for it. Here's what's left to record on my DVR:

Family Guy
How I Met Your Mother (highly underrated!)
Alton Brown's Good Eats (Food Network)
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Soup
King of Queens
Top Chef
Sep 17th 2006 edited

Okay, LT, the similarities are getting too freaky! I just bought Seasons 1&2 of Pee Wee's Playhouse last week! (Amazon.com) My daughter LOVES this show! I decided to buy it after a visit to my cousin's house. We had all admitted that we'd been watching it on Adult Swim. Her husband was getting all the kids to say "Mecca Lecca Hi Mecca Heiny Ho". I was feeling nostalgic and so I ordered it. This show is so campy! I agree, there is a lot of hidden agenda here. Who has a near naked hispanic "pool boy" on a kids show? It's funny to see all the stars before they were stars. (S Epatha Merkson, Lawrence Fishburne, Natasha Leyonne, Phil Hartman) I missed Jimmy Smits.

Sharky I am watching Dancing With the Stars. I just had to see Tucker Carlson dance...and now I wish I hadn't. My favs are: Vivica, Mario, Monique, Emmitt, and Joey( body, wow! Or should I say, "whoa"!)

Sep 17th 2006

Been an interesting summer for us, the cable company finally upgraded our selections from 30-something so-so channels to fifty-two marginally better ones (with the usual NBC/ABC/CBS/Fox and so on affiliates). So I've expanded my TV viewing slightly.

Never had much of a chance before to just sit down at watch any of VH1's "I Love The (Insert Name of Decade)" shows, but they're entertaining for passing an afternoon when there's nothing else to do (something that is rare these days, as I'm taking a pretty heavy load of English courses). The Soup on E! is one of those "I really shouldn't watch this...but I am" (I have fond memories of the John Henson-era "Talk Soup").

I really don't like watching football itself on TV, but I kinda enjoy watching the pre-game shows for some reason. I also love "The Sports Reporters", "Around the Horn", "Jim Rome Is Burning", and "Pardon the Interruption" on ESPN (but these were shows I was into prior to this summer's added programming).

And when I can manage to stay up for it (usually Friday night), a little show called "Late Night with Conan O'Brien".

Sidenote: All the discussion of Sci-Fi is nice because it leads me to my next seque. I was excited to see it added to our channel listing, but everytime I turn it there they're showing some crappy horror movie. This was the same channel that helped fuel my addiction to MST3K back in the day, and now they're filling their schedule with stuff like "Sasquatch Mountain"? Please tell me I'm dreaming, that Crow T. Robot and Servo will be appearing on a Sci-Fi channel near me sooner rather than later...

Sep 17th 2006

I watch "PTI" almost every day. Not of my own volition, mind you, but it's on. I secretly even like it sometimes. I'm into the whole ADHD-mentality of the countdown and the clock; this works especially well for a sports-themed show, since I have absolutely no interest in their topics. But, like I said, for a sports-themed show, it's not bad.

Sep 18th 2006 edited

This was the same channel that helped fuel my addiction to MST3K back in the day

That made me cry. God I miss that show.

Sep 18th 2006

I recently downloaded the Ricky Gervais Show - season 1 from audible.com (BBC). It's over 6 hours worth of shows (no advertisements).

It takes a few minutes to acclimate to the British rhythms and accents but well worth the effort. Karl Pilkington's 'Monkey News' is priceless.

Brilliant. Fact.

Sep 18th 2006

Was anybody watching Family Guy last night when they made a "That's what she said" joke? It had nothing to do with The Office but it still made me laugh extra hard.

Sep 18th 2006

Was anybody watching Family Guy last night when they made a "That's what she said" joke? It had nothing to do with The Office but it still made me laugh extra hard.

No, but I did catch the brillant Ring parody (the video Peter watched was Mannequin )

Sep 18th 2006

Last night I started watching "The Amazing Race 10." Watching TAR is my only nod to reality TV (although I often wonder if this is reality TV, a game show, something on the Outdoor Living Network...I'm not sure). Anyway, one team is a husband and wife duo from Kentucky; their caption every time they show them on screen is "coalminer and wife." This bothers me for many reasons, but mostly because: a. I'm pretty sure coal miner is two words, not one; and b. they don't describe other teams in such stark terms that have sometimes netagive connotations (father and lesbian daugher, devout Muslims, etc. - both actual teams, but they're not described as this, I'm assuming because they know that some people would take offense). TAR is really milking the Southern redneck stereotype with this team, I think. It's not fair. You should be up in arms, ferd. "Ya'll" is only a breath away, I'm sure. They already used a clip showing the wife saying something to the effect of, "It's the woman's job to take care of the children and the man makes all of the decisions for the family."

Hmmmm.

Sep 18th 2006 edited

Anybody else watch tonight's premiere of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"? My husband and I watched and loved it. Will definitely tune in next week.

Other shows we're gonna watch are...

*30 Rock (we're gonna try it)
*Dirty Jobs
*24
*Lost
*Grey's Anatomy
*Battlestar Galactica
*The Soup
*Best Week Ever
*Survivorman (this is newer- anyone else see it? We LOVE It)
*Southpark
*Family Guy
*Late Night with Conan O'Brien
*The Daily Show
*The Colbert Report
*(and Spongebob Squarepants with my son!)

(and maybe our older standbys Survivor and Simpsons)

I think that's all of them. Gee, I never realized how much TV I watched until I listed them like that... Only 4 more days! I can hardly stand it!

Sep 18th 2006

Oh crap. I totally forgot about Studio 60. Damnit this short memory span of mine!

Sep 18th 2006

Anybody else watch tonight's premiere of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"?

Yes, and I really liked it. Fast paced, good dialogue, thought the "behind the scenes" aspect of it was interesting. I've always had a thing for Amanda Peet too so that helps. Will definitely keep watching.

CountryCrock, you should watch next week, it will be easy to figure out what's going on.

Sep 18th 2006

Studio 60 was really good, especially for the first episode. When I first heard about it I had no interest. Then I just kept hearing more and more about it. Then it started getting rave reviews, so I gave in and decided to check it out.

That's exactly the way I got started with Lost.

Sep 18th 2006

Here my dilemma: I started watching Studio 60, and it looked really good, but then I got distracted doing homework and trying to get things done, since it was already 9:30 and I hadn't done anything productive all night. I refuse to start watching Lost or 24 because I just don't have time. It looks like I'm going to have to stop watching this one too. Which sucks, but hopefully in a year from now I won't have to tell people that I didn't get into grad school because I was busy watching tv.

Sep 19th 2006

Thanks JLJ, I'll make sure I catch it. I'm starting to like the idea of TiVoing shows. Maybe I should get a Tivo.

Sep 19th 2006

Last night I started watching "The Amazing Race 10." ...one team is a husband and wife duo from Kentucky; their caption every time they show them on screen is "coalminer and wife."

teapot, actually that was me and the little woman on the amazing race. i thought i did pretty well and she didn’t hold me up too much.

seriously, though after decades of this sort of portrayal in the media we here in kentucky are used to it. i hadn’t noticed the ‘coalminer and wife’ label, though, until you pointed it out. you are exactly right, anyone else would be labeled “married.” i don’t think we’ve ever seen a label like that on this show. “dentist and wife?” “attorney and husband?”

i think the amazing race is a good show but it does what the rest of the entertainment industry does, paint all characters in monochrome so there is no confusion after 30 seconds as to the good guys and the bad guys.

and, tar has 11 teams. so they have added pressure to quickly delineate who’s who. in addition i think they set things up that way in the beginning with the idea that 1. the characters will evolve because of this life-changing experience or 2. they will validate the stereotype with their own actions.

with the first outcome, the producers say “see we are all about breaking down stereotypes and showing how all people from all backgrounds are really not that much different. we are much more than entertainment. we are changing lives. we’re mother teresa meets extreme home makeover. with the second, its more, we roll cameras and they show you who they are. if nothing else we should be praised for not being prejudiced against losers like these.

but hey it’ll be like watching the office around here. these two are always saying something to make me cringe.

Sep 19th 2006 edited

seriously, though after decades of this sort of portrayal in the media we here in kentucky are used to it.

It just not right. Geographical profiling is one of the last forms of socially acceptable stereotyping, I think. I know people who would not think of using a racial slur (although, unfortunately, I have worked with people - teachers, even - who wouldn't hesitate to use a racial slur) yet see nothing wrong with jumping on the bandwagon to laugh at the "stupidity" of Southerners. The show is obviously keenly aware of this and plays to it. "TAR" would never call last week's winning team "Recovering Junkies," even though they both said they are former addicts who met in rehab; instead, the show labels them as "Models" (I, for one, think that watching the journey of two former addicts is far more compelling than watching the journey of two male models...am I buying into stereotyping myself? I don't know). I am more fired up about this than I originally believed, and the more I think about it, the angrier I get.

To sum up...people from the west coast are shallow and narcicistic, people from the South are stupid and lazy, people from the Pacific Northwest are quirky and wise (a la "Men in Trees"), people from the Midwest are naive and trusting, people from the Northeast are intellectual snobs who are all related, in some way, to the Kennedy family. I'm sure I've missed some group somewhere.

I enjoy "The Amazing Race" a lot. I really do. I just wish they'd take advantage of their popularity to truly challenge stereotypes, not reinforce them. Isn't there a part of the Declaration of Independence that says those who have the power to initiate change also have the responsibility to initiate that change? "TAR" has a viewership of millions and has even won Emmy awards, so it certainly has the power to change people's perceptions. They need to weild their power more.

BTW, I have never actually read the Declaration of Independence, nor am I very well versed in it. But I did see National Treasure ;-) I'm a Southerner now, though, so let's get real ~ how smart did you think I could be?

Sep 19th 2006

Studio 60 was really good, especially for the first episode.

My thoughts exactly. Monday night is going to be very busy come January: Prison Break (8-9), 24 (9-10), Studio 60 (10-11).

Sep 19th 2006

Gee, all I watch is The Office and American Idol

Sep 19th 2006

I also loved Studio 6o. NBC may be making a step towards a comeback!

Sep 19th 2006 edited

teapot, i basically agree but i will have to disagree on one point. i definitely do not want a show like the amazing race to start taking on and trying to solve any of the world's problems or nagging social issues (unless of course it’s one of the competitions. “ok, honey, world peace, are you going to do this one or am i?”)

on the kentucky couple, i would be rooting for them if their only problem was the accent but the comment you mentioned bothered me, too. and then when they were laying the tiles he was starting to sound pretty condescending (i bet dr. phil never misses an episode of this show). so i’m ready for them to leave. they are in last place, anyway.

and beside, we here in kentucky have much bigger image problems to worry about. tom cruise once lived in louisville. : )

Sep 19th 2006

I just read Jenna's MySpace blog and it seems she is also a Project Runway fan! (Guys, it really is a good show. ) Anyway, she mentions Michael and Kayne, who happen to be my favorites to win. I don't think Kayne will make it though.
I also watched Dancing with The Stars tonight. Jerry Springer has to go, he really does not want to be there anyway. He as much as says so. Still lovin Joey Lawrence, whoa!

Sep 20th 2006

PurseGirl, did you see last week's episode of PR? I think it was the black and white challenge.

Sep 20th 2006

CZJ, I didn't! I am going to catch up tonight. I know who got booted last week anyway. I'm just happy my top favs are still in the running.

Sep 20th 2006

Glad to see I'm not the only PR fan around! I loved Jenna's comment on how she couldn't decide if it was a Michael or Kayne dress. Can't wait for tonight! Come to think of it, I could wait for tonight. It's tomorrow I can't wait for!

Sep 20th 2006

I know what you mean, Post It Thief. At least PR will keep our minds off of The Office for at least an hour.

Sep 20th 2006

i definitely do not want a show like the amazing race to start taking on and trying to solve any of the world's problems or nagging social issues

I agree that I don't want speeches about diversity and tolerance in their episodes. But television is a very powerful medium, reaching audiences in their own homes and touching people who don't really even have to do much to seek it out. When people have the chance, they should use their power for good and not evil. And not indifference, either. And since this show highlights cultures around the world, it would be a perfect platform for it.

and beside, we here in kentucky have much bigger image problems to worry about. tom cruise once lived in louisville. : )

I agree. That's a much bigger problem you have to overcome ;-)

Sep 20th 2006

The one thing about Project Runway that I don't like is their timing of episodes. For example, Fashion Week has already happened (right? I think so) so pictures of the contestants collections are all over the internet...and I am weak. So I've already seen them. Of course, I don't know who wins, but it would still be nice to be surprised. You'd think they'd schedule it so that the finale would air right during Fashion Week.

Sep 20th 2006

I just finished watching "Black and White" (Project Runway) and wow! I can't believe they brought back Vincent and Angela. I can see why the others were pissed about that. My Kayne is gone! I thought Uli should have gone instead. Sucks that we did not get a new episode this week. CZJ I haven't seen any Fashion Week pics yet so I won't look. I say Michael wins PR. He deserves it.

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