How about a little comedy this chilly Tuesday in the middle of December? This sketch is from last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” with the irrepressible Martin Freeman playing a mashup of his breakthrough role from the original British “The Office” and perhaps his most widely known role as Bilbo Baggins from “The Hobbit” films.
“The Big Bang Theory” | Season 8, Episode 11: “The Clean Room Infiltration”
| Date: Dec. 11. 2014
- I’ve been lukewarm to the last couple episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” and I think I’ve finally figured out why.
- I once found these characters to be charming reflections of pop culture-obsessed people.
- I tolerated the fumbling relationship between the nerd (Johnny Galecki) and the beauty (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) because there was the occasional “Doctor Who” reference.
- But now “TBBT” is a standard relationship comedy, which doesn’t interest me in the least.
- The characters have evolved, albeit slowly, from people I enjoyed hanging out with for a half hour each week to people I would actively avoid and I may just do that with the series as a whole.
- “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” ends Dec. 19 and I’m letting it go without much attention.
- I enjoyed Ferguson’s manic, unscripted vamps with the robot and the fake horse, especially when I was in the throws of a very long depression, but of late, I’m suffering from a terrible case of TV anhedonia and even though Ferguson will soon be gone, I just can’t seem to care.
- I watched a recent episode in which his guest was Carrie Fisher, whose bawdy humor plays well off Ferguson’s cheekiness, but I grew tired of the penis jokes and them my DVR flubbed and I lost the rest of the show, which is fine because the second guest is Dave Attell, whose work I don’t like.
- Jay Leno is going to be Ferguson’s final guest this Friday, which is a shame as I don’t find that guy funny at all and would have much preferred the saucy Betty White as Ferguson took his final bow.
- I must credit Ferguson on this point: He knew he was doing something different, he know it couldn’t — and shouldn’t — go on forever like “The Simpsons,” and he appears to be leaving at a point when I no longer find him entertaining despite his irresistible, cheery charms.
- “The Simpsons” had a Christmas episode last week.
- Homer did something stupid, but Marge forgave him and everybody was happy.
- “The Simpsons” as an spin-off series began as a Christmas special in 1989.
- The got the dog, Santa’s Little Helper, at the end of that episode.
- Fortunately, “Simpsons” characters don’t age, otherwise that dog would be as dead as I feel inside when I watch the show 25 years later.
- I stopped watching television about five weeks ago when I got a new job at work.
- I had some downtime this evening and decided to see if I could ease back into doing some reviews.
- I picked an episode of the Fox animated stalwart “Family Guy” to loosen up and get my grove back.
- The episode suggested Jesus was essentially a date rapist tricking dumb Christian men into letting him sleep with his wives.
- I’m all for anything goes comedy, but once everything is gone, there isn’t much to laugh at and that’s a place where I think “Family Guy” is at right now.
So, here’s the thing. I’m a month behind on all the shows I follow, even the lousy ones. And I can’t seem to find the gumption to watch them. Maybe I’ll go on a streak over the holidays. The mitigating factor is this new job at work. I’m channelling a lot of the creative energy I used to put into this blog into my job. And, I gotta say, it’s just been great. I’m working more and harder than I imagined, but I really love what I’m doing. Right now, TV just isn’t that important to me. But I have been enjoying the “Batman” TV series on DVD and the complete collection of “WKRP in Cincinnati.” So, stay tuned. Or, if you’re of a mind to go elsewhere, well, I understand.
- I get that “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” is supposed to be one of those “Sharknado” things — so laughably terrible it’s creates the kind of snarky amusement on social media that it becomes a viral hit.
- But snark and schmaltz shouldn’t mix, because the result is still lame even if it includes the adorable Grumpy Cat voiced by Aubrey Plaza.
- Nearly every male character in “Worst Christmas Ever” is a moron, but I’m sure that has nothing to do with the man-hating agenda of Lifetime Networks.
- I felt sorry for the cat, not that she looked uncomfortable, but that this kind of nonsense would be stressful to film, being handled by dimwits for hours on end to make a product not worth watching.
- The biggest problem with “Worst Christmas Ever” — and there are so many — is that it hates itself — it knows how bad it is and instead of revelling in it, bemoans it — and grumpy is different than self-loathing, but neither are fun to watch for two hours.
The song is “Promise Land” by Hannah Miller. The images are of Pripyat, Chernobyl in the nation of Russia. The city of nearly 50,000 was evacuated when the nuclear power plant there exploded in 1986. Thirty-one people died in the explosion. The number of those who died from exposure to massive amounts of radiation and long-term effects of the blast are unknown. The radiation has faded enough that visits to Chernobyl are safe for brief periods.
Maybe. My DVR is 81 percent full. My desire to watch most of the shows recorded is about 32 percent, plus or minus 4 percent. I’ve considered pulling the DVR, dropping it off at the cable company and just going with live sporting events and the various streaming services.
This, by the way, isn’t a rant against the quality of TV. I’m not going to break my wheel in that old wagon rut. I got a promotion at work. And I’m really into my job right now. I’m not as into watching so-so TV programs.
I might come back around to it. It’s all a big maybe.
“Scorpion” | Season 1, Episode 10: “Talismans” | Date: Nov. 24, 2014
- For some reason, I was watching “Scorpions” live and they broke in with the news of the grand jury decision Ferguson, which was tense, scary and sad.
- Then the show came back on and the team of geniuses hung out with Navy SEALS on a rescue mission in Bosnia where landmines can be disabled with some tinsnips and the whole things ends in a music video about how all the characters are in love.
- TV is very stupid.