Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Isaac Hayes Sheds His Meat Body

The death of Isaac Hayes is of course tragic, sad, and a little creepy cause one of his last appearances was in a movie called Soul Men which also starred Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson (watch your back SLJ!!).

The world will of course miss Isaac Hayes, for he was a sexy mother
- shut my mouth?
I'm just talking about Chef.
You dig it.

That's right pals, as you know the Chef character of South Park was voiced by Isaac Hayes until a creative/religous difference came between South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker and the soul musician.

It was all over one of my favorite episode of South Park entitled "Trapped in the Closet" that explained actual Scientology beliefs, and of course, mocked them. Isaac Hayes believed in Scientology and was extremely offended and left the show, resulting in the episode "Return of Chef" where they wrote the character off in a bitter sweet/hilarious way. (The links in this paragraph link to South Park Studios where you can see every single episode of South Park for FREE)

Since Isaac Hayes was a Scientologist though, where does this leave him now that he's dead? Well, according to Slate he's shed his "meat body" and his spirit will inhabit another one, or just move on to an even higher state.

So, we here at I Love TV More Than You wish Isaac Hayes' spirit a safe journey to his new vessel, or beyond. Bon Voyage Soul Man!

Monday, August 11, 2008

It's Sunny on September 18th

Get psyched It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia pals, the best insulting comedy is coming back for a fourth season.
Here's a great little cast interview with fellow TV dorks (head dork Damon Lindelof, creator of LOST, heads the panel...don't worry, we'll get into LOST here soon, very soon). at comic con:

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Have We Won The Olympics Yet?

Some people don't like the Olympics.
When I watched a lot of daytime TV it was my worst enemy. I'm tunning in to see what's up with Bo and Hope on Days of Our Lives and instead of hunky men and crazy story lines, I'm getting post pubescent girls looking like prepubescent girls jumping around my screen.
This year though, I'm actually quite into the Olympics. I even work up early to watch the "Redeem Team" do what they need to do to take our sport back...the fact that the games are also in HD and I have a lovely 46 inch plasma is also a nice bonus.

If you don't want to watch the game, but wanna know how we're doing, here's some help:

Olympic Medal winners at NBC!

Christian Slater the New Kiefer Sutherland?

For a long time movie actors believed TV actors to be beneath them.
Then, Kiefer Sutherland rejuvenated his career by becoming Jack Bower in Fox's Die Hard serial action/drama 24. He pretty much single handedly made it ok for the cross over to occur.

So, it shouldn't shock anyone to see Christian Slater coming over to the small screen in this fall's My Own Worst Enemy on NBC. But, I admit, I was still a little surprised.

Slater hasn't been the movie star he once was, it's been a while...when was Heathers? Anyway, he's still someone who's in the Americana movie star love, so people will tune in out of curiosity. It sounds like adventure lovers will be pleasantly surprised with this show.

With a plot line that's ridiculous similar to The Bourne Identity, Slater plays a family man who is starting to think he's got an alternative personality that's a spy. The twist - he's going to a shrink to help piece it all together.

Many critics think it has promise, and I have to admit the commercials look good - but I'm on the fence about whether or not I'll watch this program. I'm also really disappointed that there's no new comedies being hyped. Do we really need another action drama?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bernie Mac Dies at 50, Way Too Soon

Sad news America, Bernie Mac has died.
Apparently, Mac had sarcoidsis which is a lung disease that makes having pnemonia deadly.

This is indeed quite a loss. Not only did Mac have a family sitcom sitcom where he and his wife took in his two nieces and one hilarious nephew:

Mac was also a gifted comic. He struggled for years before he became famous and spent way too few years living comfortably off of his talents.

RIP Bernie Mac

Friday, August 8, 2008

Family Guy Lovers- Don't Say I Never Gave You Anything

Here's a treat I stumbled upon on Hulu- an interview with the people behind Family Guy.
This clip has a really good "failed joke" that I hope to see sometime soon...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Mad Men Season 2 Episode 2 Delivers

psst...Mad Men Fans,

What did you think of episode two of the second season?


I'm waaaay more psyched about this episode than the premier.
From beginning to end all characters came out of hiding.

Don was stern, Roger Sterling was back to his sardonic reactions.
Penny's baby storyline was delved into, and Pete Campbell classically bottled (or should I say canned?) up the emotion about his father's death, and the way the new dude loops Pete in when Dan isn't there to be his father figure is just ruthless business that advertising knows best.

Well, I'm not going to recap the entire show. I just wanted to share the enthusiasm for the second season. I'm psyched for Sundays again.

(If you can't wait, check it out on SurfTheChannel)

Effective Promotional Advertising of a TV Show

In Plain Site, a new show on USA Network finally caught my eye tonight as I was watching- big shock here, Law & Order SVU.

I've seen ads for the show before, it didn't really catch me as a show I'd want to watch.
Similar to ads for Burn Notice, there was an all-too-perfect Hollywoodesq lighting/dialogged/ "action-packedness" of it
-that was heightened by the fact that the star is not only always smokin', f'in, hot under pressure,
but she also has the same name on-screen and off.

Now, I love Tony Danza - Who's the Boss was a really great show. Taxi, far better.
(Daytime talk show? What daytime talk show?)
But it has long been told that his characters on those shows being named "Tony" was no coincidence.
See, Tony Danza was a boxer before a comedy star. It's been said that he had to have the same name as his character because he was hit in the head a few too many times and can only answer to that.
Now, that might be true, might be false.
But, you gotta admit, you could believe it.

Anyway, the main character on In Plain Sight is named Mary Shannon,
which is played by Mary McCormack
...I'm just sayin', perhaps she's not the brightest contender in the mental olympics.

Well, anyway in the most recent episode trailer she's no longer shiny sex machine safety monitor, she gets roughed up.
I'm not saying I want to see her get hit - but I am saying that she's finally not perfect looking, I'm talkin' walked off a billboard and ran after bad guys still looking that pristine, perfect looking.

And now, it actually seems like her character might have depth.
She's possibly a stronger character that's going to have to overcome adversity by using her mind.
And television that has that kind of character on it, I'd check out.

So, yes USA, you've reeled me into yet another one of your shows.
Let's see if you can deliver.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

I'm Way Into Spoofisodes

Psych on USA Networks 10pm on Fridays - Epsiode: Murder? …Anyone? …Anyone? …Bueller? Gus Does Not Spoof of- John Huges films/ Brat Pack

Why I Love It - Great homage to John Huges films. I recommend it for anyone who loves/loved/watched a lot of John Huges films, or ever had a crush on anyone in the Brat Pack

The episode was set at a High School Reunion, which is often a great set up for humor. The detective buddy show took the "murder at the high school" case and threw in fun John Hughes nods, and flat out obvious call-outs that led to great references:

  • Sean refers to suspects/ high school sweet hearts as Molly Ringwald, and Andrew McCarthy from Fresh Horses (Not a Hughes film, but a Brat Pack one)
  • Sean's "picture tag" is of Judd Nelson
  • Sean does a Breakfast Club style dance to solve crime
  • Sean introduces himself as Abe Froman and then asks "Andrew McCarthy" if he's taped Larry Lester's butt cheeks together.
  • In the car with his father, Sean mentions The Breakfast Club, Curly Sue, and Flubber, as all having a "Ducky" Character - then asks his dad for his underwear for a few hours.
Basically, the Sean character is desperately making this episode a Hughes/Brat Pack spoofisode.

The most hilarious part to me, the accident that leads up to the murder -
eerily similar to the Matthew Broderick accident that is rarely mentioned.

I was dorkily delighted the entire episode, but totally jumped off my couch with glee with the last scene of the the whole episode, it's so worth it: