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September 27, 2007


D. McEwan

Was CAVEMAN on tonight? Damn! I did want to check it out. Is there any chance a second episode will air, or will it get yanked after one?I've noticed Braille instructions on ATM machines at the DRIVE-THROUGH window!!! Talk about multi-tasking! You'd think a blind person would have his plate full just piloting the car through the drive-through arch, without juggling cards, money, and using the ATM.Now LEAVE BRITANY ALONE!

l.a. guy

I think it would be fun to see Jose Guillen and Milton Bradley on the same team. Actually to Jose's credit he seemed to be very well behaved this year. I like both players but it's amazing how much money they have cost themselves by not being able to reliably control their temper. (Apparently they both suffer from Rasheed Wallace syndrome.)The antithesis of them is Vladimir Guerrero. You know he wanted to break Jorge Campillo into a hundred little pieces (and could) but he knows his value to the team and kept his cool.Supposedly (as I'm sure you know) Seattle is rumored to be a possible destination for Bonds, but my Mariners prediction for next year is that Bartolo Colon will be pitching for them. They will undoubtedly over pay for him, but he still has good velocity, has pitched (historically) very well in the AL West and the Mariners desperately need another starter, or two or three. Still, they were a pleasant surprise this year and have a good team offensively and defensively. I think they'll be in the running again next year.By the way if history is any indication Bonds will end up with Texas because they don't need the offense, really really desperately need pitching and Tom Hicks is an idiot. (Hey Tom, remind me how that A-Rod deal worked out for ya?)I agree about the 40 man roster. One thing it also distorts is you have contending teams facing a bunch of new pitchers from the teams out of the race who want to look at next years prospects. A lot of these are guys that if a team faced them 5 times they'd beat him 4, but the first time through the pitcher has a big advantage. And as the Mets and Cubs are finding out, it can be damn tough to lock up that division crown.God Help Randolph and Pinella if their teams don't win their divisions.Can't wait for the play-offs.(Angels Fan)


My random thoughts: Hello, you geniuses, the same ATMs and elevator panels are made for use everywhere, not just drive-thrus and parking garages. So, yes, the braille will be on all of them. Are you guys really that dumb are is this your idea of humor?I watched Mad Men for 3 episodes before becoming so bored I almost died. It sucks, folks, and since this guy also worked on the Sopranos, maybe we can blame him for that horrid last season.Big Bang was actually pretty funny, if totally predictable, but why do they still use laugh tracks in 2007? They are ever so irritating. I know when to laugh (or not).


I understand the Justice League project is going to use motion capture computer graphics, rather than live actors.So lets have Lynda Carter reprise her role as Wonder Woman! No one else matches up anyway, not even la Biel.

Michael Zand

Speaking of comedies, did anyone see the second episode of "Back to You?" It was 100% funnier than the pilot and has me hooked. Some really funny writing (with one horribly awful Rosenberg electrocution joke -- don't know how that one got by)and great performances. One standout was Ty Burrell who did some of the funniest physical comedy I've seen on tv. The show harkened back to the glory days of Frasier. Highly recommend.


Rod Stewart, you got some 'splaining to do


According to EW, Biel passed on playing WW.

emily litella

I too missed Cavemen last night...and I plan to miss it again when it actually airs (Oct 2), and then when it's cancelled, I promise I won't miss it at all.....uh...never mind.

Jon J

I wonder if the anti-smoking nazis will succeed in rewriting history and snuffing all the butts before next season.


Mad Men is flat out brilliant, and AMC isn't ruining it with too many commercials (and when the ads do come, they're preceded by trivia about the ads/companies, a nice touch).Actually, I'm happy the show IS on AMC. If it wasn't, it wouldn't have gotten a second season.


I think Bonds will be out of baseball. Longshot: he goes back to Pittsburgh.Nope. Even if management were willing to spend the money, and even if the team could stomach Bonds' diminshed defense in PNC Park's large left field, the fan reaction would be overwhelmingly negative.


Wonder Woman isn't a prostitute, but she is a bondage enthusiast. (The metal bracelets? The "Lasso of Truth"? Come on!)

Mad Man

Amen re: the brilliance of Mad Men. To me, it's the first show, post Soprano's, that reaches that stratosphere of sucking you into another living, breathing multi-layered world inhabited by people, not "actors". It leaves me on the edge of my seat every week. And JD, who says it "sucks," and is apparently laughing at another Chuck Lorre setup, punch, obviously-written-sounding mediocre-fest as "funny" as his self-indulgent vanity card closing diatribes... Enough said. I've never seen a period drama (not even in films) from 1960 that captures the look and tone more astonishingly than Mad Men. It's also cool that Robert Morse, such a 1960 icon in his heyday, is the senior sage here. That's another thing I love about it. It seems populated with adults (another throwback to its era) & not just very young adults. Then again, even the young adults seemed like adults back then. True - the smoking, bigotry & sexism was lamentable. But the women sure were sexy. And more interesting to my yet to be ancient eyes than the Jessica Albas of today.

Fred Wickham

I'd like to see a different spin on Wonder Woman. Her special powers are valued for crap the men of her time wanted. For instance, she's hired because she can type 500 words a minute, heat up coffee water with X-ray vision, and use her glass plane to run errands.

D. McEwan

"Are you guys really that dumb are is this your idea of humor?"Well, speaking for myself, I'm dumb. "It ruins the joke if you point out that ATM-using blind people can be passengers in a car."And thanks for ruining the joke. I'll have to return the favor one day, Chris. The ATM is on the driver's side. Having that blind passenger crawling over the driver, knee to groin, elbow to chin, to reach it, reading the instructions and working the machine with his-or-her butt in the driver's face, is so uncomfortable. Or maybe the blind bank customers use it from the back seat:"I'm putting in my PIN number now, so don't look. Are you looking?""No. And that's not a check you're depostiing; it's my shopping list."Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm putting ON & OFF in Braille on all my light switches, as how else will my blind friends know if they've left the lights on - or off for that matter?


I think "Mad Men"'s crap, too -- I dislike the snail's pace reveal of plot/backstory, and I think the show's take on this period of history is one that I've seen done much better in film, albeit not in quite some time. Dollars to donuts the majority of the show's admirers, like Weiner, are middle-aged white men. I sort of get it, but I can't share in a nostalgia for our more stylish past. And though he's hinting at a fall (and how Draper isn't ready for it), he, like Chase, mourns for the old days. And that makes him a dinosaur.By the way, I find it amusing that people can't express a negative reaction to a tv show without being insulted by the show's fans. That seems more childish than liking "Big Bang Theory" (though, I gotta say, wow...NOT a funny show, dude.)--SD


I'm in the pro-Mad Men camp. What I'm liking about the show is its tone and pace. Scenes tend to be long, and the emphasis is much more on character than plot. It doesn't feel like anything else on the air. And I think the time period ironies are getting a bit less on-the-nose as the characters become more familiar. I admit that part of the appeal is that it's one of the few shows that keeps me guessing about what might happen next. Not in terms of suspense, per se. It just feels like the creators aren't putting all their cards on the table right away. So far, my patience is holding. SD - I'm middle-aged, but I don't think my enjoyment of the show is nostalgia related; I turned 3 in 1960. And though the show's depiction of the era is indeed stylish, do you really think Weiner mourns its passing? He seems pretty critical to me (not that the two things are mutually exclusive, of course).


Hmmm. Middleaged white men run TV AND advertising, in case you didn't know.


Ken - what did you think of Life?

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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