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2004 New Fall Shows... What are you watching?
Topic by: hamano
Posted: September 22, 2004 - 9:56 PM PDT
Last Reply: November 30, 2004 - 11:51 AM PST

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author topic: 2004 New Fall Shows... What are you watching?
hamano
post #1  on September 22, 2004 - 9:56 PM PDT  
The new fall season is under way! Time to sift the wheat from the chaff... gotta find replacements for Angel, Buffy, etc.

LOST - Wow, what a fun first episode! And the promise of bikini shots in Episode 2! I wonder what the big tree-shaking monster thingie is? That orange-quarter smile of Terry O'Quinn was really bizarre! I met him once at a Starbucks... really nice guy, despite being stereotyped as a FBI/CIA/Unknown Agency Creep in Chris Carter shows and ALIAS.

America's Next Top Model - This and Amazing Race are the only 2 reality shows that I really like... Mao-chan likes Survivor and Fear Factor, as do most of her 8 year old peers. Interesting mix of model wanna-be's this time around... I'm glad that skeleton thin woman was cut from the group. I'm sure she was telling the truth about her being naturally skinny, but oy, I didn't want to see her in a bikini ever again....

Veronica Mars - Interesting show... I'll write about it in my other thread...
hamano
post #2  on September 22, 2004 - 10:11 PM PDT  
You can post your guess here, too, of who will be the winner of such and such a reality show! Right now, it's too early for Survivor... maybe in a couple of weeks. Ditto for America's Next Top Model.
Cinenaut
post #3  on September 23, 2004 - 8:46 AM PDT  
Lost was pretty entertaining. I found myself wishing it weren't over by the end of the hour. I hope the big tree-smashing thing isn't a boring old CGI dinosaur. It's intriquing that the one woman said there was something familiar about the sounds it made. I like the way they're depicting the plane crash (chopping it up into flashbacks). I think it probably makes it more nerve-wracking.

The one thing that snapped my disbelief suspenders was the jet engine still running after the crash.

hamano
post #4  on September 23, 2004 - 9:14 AM PDT  
But I don't know that engines would shut themselves off after a crash... it looked like there were some fuel lines/tanks still intact or something. Most people don't know what a plane crash site immediately after a crash looks like... we're used to seeing the aftermath after the emergency crews have left and after the news crews get there.

But it did look like "Plane Crash Ride" at Universal Studios Theme Park... and why were all those extras just running around and around aimlessly? You'd think they'd try to either get away from the plane and sit down, or walk around searching for stuff.

But things improved after that expendable extra got sucked into the engine and everthing blew up.

Judging from where the pilot ended up, you'd think the creature is some kind of big leopard or jaguar. But a big predator couldn't live on an island without big prey animals to feed on... I did hear a reviewer let slip on TV that there were computer generated boars on the show...
lifeonscreen
post #5  on September 23, 2004 - 9:27 AM PDT  
Yeah, Lost was really good. I'm looking forward to the next episode.

Um...er...I really like Jack & Bobby. When I saw the ads posted all over buses, bus stops, and taxi cabs I swore I wasn't going to watch it, but I suddenly find myself tuning in every week.

It's great that another season of the Amazing Race gets underway so soon! I'm just pleased that Colin didn't win.

I can't wait until the premiere of Desperate Housewives and the return of Arrested Development.

As for ANTM, it's too early to tell, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Jennipher, Cassie, and suprisingly Eva are all looking promising. It's still early though.
hamano
post #6  on September 23, 2004 - 10:07 AM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 9:27 AM PDT lifeonscreen wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Um...er...I really like Jack & Bobby. When I saw the ads posted all over buses, bus stops, and taxi cabs I swore I wasn't going to watch it, but I suddenly find myself tuning in every week.

Did J&B start already? I keep getting mixed up because Christine Lahti also is in a lot of previews for some kinda silly comedy called "Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman"... who came up with THAT lame title???

> It's great that another season of the Amazing Race gets underway so soon! I'm just pleased that Colin didn't win.

We were rooting for Chip & Kim because they never had a tantrum, they never kvetched, they never had fights, and they generally exhibited a positive outlook... a great team! But that was one lucky break they had, falling off the luge twice and getting to the airport late enough to catch the news about the flight delay. Colin and Christie slept in the next morning thinking they had everything sewn up, but from years of plane travel I know that there's always a good chance that the first flight of the day won't leave because the "equipment" (the plane) failed to arrive the night before.

Colin made a classic error in judgement not checking for delays, all wrapped up in his own cleverness.

> As for ANTM, it's too early to tell, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Jennipher, Cassie, and suprisingly Eva are all looking promising. It's still early though.

I can usually tell when there are about 5 models left... Are all of those previous ANTMs getting real work?
Cinenaut
post #7  on September 23, 2004 - 1:03 PM PDT  
Jack and Bobby is pretty good. Christine Lahti is always a pleasure. Jessica Paré is quite a beauty.
lifeonscreen
post #8  on September 24, 2004 - 2:23 PM PDT  
> On September 23, 2004 - 10:07 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On September 23, 2004 - 9:27 AM PDT lifeonscreen wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> Did J&B start already? I keep getting mixed up because Christine Lahti also is in a lot of previews for some kinda silly comedy called "Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman"... who came up with THAT lame title???

Most likely the same people that came up with "Mother May I Sleep With Danger". I hope Christine Lahti doesn't join the ranks of Meredith Baxter Birney and Joanna Kerns...

> Colin made a classic error in judgement not checking for delays, all wrapped up in his own cleverness.

Hmmm. Was that before or after he verbally abused Christie and she still stayed madly in love with him?

> I can usually tell when there are about 5 models left... Are all of those previous ANTMs getting real work?

Yoanna's spread for Sephora came out in July:
http://www.sephora.com/browse/tt/index.jhtml?categoryId=C9540&tt=getLook&searchString=yoanna
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hamano
post #9  on September 24, 2004 - 3:42 PM PDT  
> On September 24, 2004 - 2:23 PM PDT lifeonscreen wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > Colin made a classic error in judgement not checking for delays, all wrapped up in his own cleverness.
>
> Hmmm. Was that before or after he verbally abused Christie and she still stayed madly in love with him?

Ah, I think that was mostly the producers and directors and editors of the show doing their best to give each team a "personality".... It seemed scripted to portray Colin as an abusive short-fused jerk and Christie as a pretty doormat girlfriend at first, then slowly evolve their relationship into something nicer and mutually respectful. But if you read their bios on the Amazing Race website, it seems pretty clear that the two are evenly matched and "made for each other"...

Did you know that Nicole was Miss Texas 2003 and a 2nd Runner Up for Miss America that year?
hamano
post #10  on September 30, 2004 - 5:36 PM PDT  
Well, LOST continues to be sexy and interesting, but the last one was part 2 of what was made as a 2 hour pilot, so no surprise (well the click for spoiler was a surprise!). A bit of the momentum was lost but not much, as the show continues to establish a large cast of characters while seemingly setting up a big twist in the plot that smells a bit like a video game.

For my money Veronica Mars pulls ahead slightly as the most fun new show. She's got attitude and she sounds a lot like Buffy did on the occasional episode when Sarah Michelle Gellar laid on first person narration. It looks like Veronica has gained 2 new "sidekicks" too... her own Scooby Gang?

LOST will have a 2 hour recap this Saturday night if you haven't seen any yet. I tried watching Jack&Bobby from episode 3 but I really couldn't get into it... Maybe when the reruns start midseason I'll give it another try.
JBellows
post #11  on September 30, 2004 - 9:01 PM PDT  
She steals the scenes! She is just so natural. The high mom. Can you dig that? And she's just sooooo...relaxed in that role. And the kids respond well to her character. Lahti is a pro.

> On September 23, 2004 - 1:03 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Jack and Bobby is pretty good. Christine Lahti is always a pleasure. Jessica Paré is quite a beauty.
> ---------------------------------

artifex
post #12  on October 5, 2004 - 2:52 PM PDT  
I'm watching LAX, Desperate Housewives, and Jack & Bobby.
I've tried Lost, but am running behind.
I'm also watching the political debates.

One thing I'm NOT watching is Cop Shop. :)
artifex
post #13  on October 5, 2004 - 2:55 PM PDT  
Oh, and I have to say the end of Amazing Race 4 was appropriate. Interestingly enough, the final race through the stockyard pens was hilarious for me, as I had just seen them a few days previously in person, wondering why the heck they looked so clean.
artifex
post #14  on October 5, 2004 - 4:50 PM PDT  
Oh, and another thing... Apparently Desperate Housewives had the top debut in 9 years for ABC, and was the most watched show last week. see here for details, including a top-20 list.

Out of the top 20, I watch 4 right now (maybe just 3)... but before I bought my Replay, I only ever watched news and nature shows. I'm sure that means something, but I don't know what.
hamano
post #15  on October 5, 2004 - 5:52 PM PDT  
What, no one else is watching Veronica Mars?
artifex
post #16  on October 5, 2004 - 6:13 PM PDT  
> On October 5, 2004 - 5:52 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> What, no one else is watching Veronica Mars?
> ---------------------------------


It comes out too fuzzy on my telescope. :)
No, just kidding, but I've heard nothing about the show.
Before I go dig up IMDB, what's cool about it?
JBellows
post #17  on October 8, 2004 - 6:27 AM PDT  
The Dead Zone. And Bill O'Reilly for comedy. Wait, he's a commentator? I thought he trying to be funny.
artifex
post #18  on October 8, 2004 - 3:42 PM PDT  
> On October 8, 2004 - 6:27 AM PDT JBellows wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The Dead Zone. And Bill O'Reilly for comedy. Wait, he's a commentator? I thought he trying to be funny.
> ---------------------------------


Nonsense. Jon Stewart's the only serious political commentator. We just laugh at what he says, to keep from crying.
hamano
post #19  on October 20, 2004 - 12:25 PM PDT  
> On October 14, 2004 - 9:45 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Desparate Housewives
> Take one small Peyton Place and filet. Coat with a mixture of 1/4 cup Malcolm in the Middle, 1/4 cup Sex in the City and 1/4 cup Dallas. Season with a few drops of David Lynch. Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until golden brown.

Hee hee, that's a really good one! But I'm getting addicted to this show, it's so fun and well written. That opening sequence with all the famous couples in Art history is really well done, too. It's nice to see Teri Hatcher playing someone likable instead of a femme fatale or a bitchy tough lady.

The conversation at that dinner party was mortifyingly hilarious....
dh22
post #20  on October 20, 2004 - 12:52 PM PDT  
I'm watching baseball.

BTW, I believe most jet engines are engineered with mechanisms to shut themselves off when anything serious happens to them. Due to their high rate of speed, they have this nasty problem of self-destructing when anything bad happens. They can tear themselves apart like a 2,000lb shrapnel grenade. I don't watch Lost os I don't know what it looked like. Maybe most of the plane was still intact so it was in relatively good condition? But some of the electronics would have been damaged. Anyway, dead issue.

Is anyone else watching the baseball playoffs? The RedSox Yankees series has been one of the best ever.
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