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Clearly, I’ve been busy not-blogging for the past six weeks. During that time, news emerged of a new HBO sketch comedy show by Bob & David of Mr. Show fame. The official announcement, such as it is, doesn’t offer too much information.
To celebrate, please enjoy the “Pre-Taped Call-In Show” sketch, which is one of my very favorites:
There’s also the superior Mayostard–Mustardayonaise cycle. You could probably kill half a just day watching Mr. Show clips on YouTube, but you’d be missing out on the sly transitions between sketches that really elevated the show.
I just acquired an HDTV, and I do look forward to watching the messianically revered “Planet Earth” series in all its
1080p 1080i 780p splendor, even though televised nature stuff has never been my favorite. Mark my words, I will not be lulled into watching that bland natural-vistas HD channel that people new to HDTV seem to favor. Always looked vaguely New Agey to me, like footage from an Enya commercial.
During my just-concluded low-definition life, as people would universally rave about “Planet Earth,” this is basically how I felt:
Killer of Sheep
Turner Classic Movies
Monday, Jan. 21 @ 8pm EST
Look, people. This is a remarkable television opportunity. Killer of Sheep is a certified masterpiece that went more or less unseen for three decades, and it’s now being beamed directly into your homes on Monday evening. Plus, we’ll also get a crack at four other Charles Burnett films that, as far as I know, remain all but impossible to see. Of the five films presented by Turner Classic Movies, three are very short — so no need to feel overwhelmed.
At a minimum, I implore you: DVR the crap out of Killer of Sheep. Take a chance on the other Burnett films, too. If they’re anything like Sheep, at worst you’ll be getting a slice of Americana from the lost world of 1970s black L.A.
- Read a bit more about my insomniac love for TCM, as well as some of the backstory about Sheep and My Brother’s Wedding, the other feature on the Burnett bill.
As I’ve discussed previously, it seems increasingly possible that the protracted labor dispute in Hollywoodland is going to scuttle the second half of Battlestar Galactica‘s fourth and final season. But via i09, there’s a new strike-related BSG twist: A rumored prequel series dubbed Caprica, which emerged as a tantalizing possibility when the series was riding high, is now back in the works. Well, not necessarily as a series — that would take, you know, a team of writers — but as a two-hour Razor-style miniseries. As i09 explains:
The pilot script for Caprica was handed in long ago, meaning it could be put into production while the writers strike, although they wouldn’t be able to take it to series until something happens on that front. With television shows vanishing left and right, the Sci Fi Channel and other networks are opening up the filing cabinets and reconsidering options like this that they’d shelved before. NBC/Universal recently put in a call to Mark Stern, the VP at Sci Fi, and told him they want them to revisit the project, so you might get a pilot episode out of the mix, if nothing else.
We’ll see how energized the BSG fanbase gets over a two-hour prequel if Sci Fi network continues to back away from finishing the series.
Here’s a Battlestar Galactica teaser photo in the style of “The Last Supper,” an image evidently composed by Ron Moore himself for Entertainment Weekly. I09 reads the small print and teases out the mildly spoiler-ish significance of it all.
With almost four months until the inconclusive return of BSG, I suppose this sort of stuff will have to do.
So the plan, such as it is, calls for writing about three TV shows in this space: The Wire, Battlestar Galactica and Lost. (And on the Wire front — sorry, really busy week is going to force me discuss episodes 1 & 2 in tandem. But I’ve got some good stuff up my sleeve).
I love Lost far less, however, so the efforts in that department may often be limited to rants and gripes. Still, if you’d like a bit of refresher for Season 3 — and, with the writer’s strike taking down almost everything else by now, why not? — you can stream the entire thing from an ABC portal here (it’ll only be up until the end of January). I really detested most of last season, and only inertia kept me from throwing in the towel at some points. But things ended on a mild upswing, so despite myself I’m looking forward to Season 4’s unsatisfying march to a not-even-midway strike-caused cliffhanger. (via)