Keith Olbermann on the Soup

Over the weekend I caught The Soup and was surprised and happy to see Keith Olbermann making a cameo. He actually made fun of the whole thing on Countdown last night too. Anyway, here’s the clip from The Soup:


The annoying end of Will & Grace

Ok, I promised myself no more TV blogging this week, but what the hell. When I go into work late I end up watching sitcoms on Lifetime most of the morning while I’m doing stuff around the apartment. So…right now they are showing what I think is the last season of Will & Grace. Now, I really do love so much about Will & Grace and I still contend that the Karen/Jack storylines are so much more entertaining than the Will and Grace storylines. But of course since I love the show so much I do care about Will and Grace. I started getting bothered by the show when they brought in Harry Connick, Jr. as Leo. I couldn’t stand Leo’s character and didn’t like his relationship with Grace at all.

So, around then I really watched the show primarily for the Karen and Jack’s stories. I really had no feelings one way or another about Vince, the cop Will ended up marrying, but I was happy they finally let Will have a long term boyfriend after all these seasons. That was one of my issues the series too.

Anyway, right now they’re showing an episode of W&G where Grace is pregnant and having Will help her with her Lamaze class.

Of all the series finales, in my mind, I think Will & Grace had one of the worst. The Jack & Karen stories ended good and funny, as expected. Then I hated that Grace took Leo back after he did all that cheating on her. But I found it extremely unrealistic that Will & Grace went 20 years without talking at all. As for their kids meeting at college and falling in love…that was a little too unrealistic for me too.

It really made me upset that such a generally good show went out in such a bad way. Boo!!

A good Jack, Rosario & Karen moment:

Estelle Getty, RIP

I was sorry today to hear about the passing of Estelle Getty, best known for playing Sophia on the Golden Girls. She played such a great part on the show and, luckily, the show has become part of TV history and we will probably be able to enjoy reruns of Golden Girls for many years to come. So, here’s to you, Estelle, and may you rest in peace knowing that you had such an important impact on the world.

Here are some great Sophia moments:

Guilty Pleasures

Well, I’m going to be starting on my wacky schedule soon. I’m hoping things will be resolved soon.

On another note, I’ve been watching Saved By the Bell at night instead of Jeopardy! I never watched Saved By the Bell when it was on, but it is weirdly interesting to watch. Right now there’s a very young Tori Spelling on playing the girlfriend of Screech.

And tonight I’m planning to watch The Secret Life of the American Teenager. I know it looks like such a horribly bad, sappy, cheesy, (insert more synonyms here) show but I am strangely intrigued. Maybe it’s because it’s written by Brenda Hampton of 7th Heaven fame. I used to watch that show simply to watch how bad it was…very train wreck-like. And I’m suspecting this show will have that same train wreck affect. I’m curious too that Molly Ringwald is playing a major part.

Apart from that, the job at Project HOME was filled, but I have 2 interviews coming up. So here’s hoping. This past weekend I went to see my friend Kim in New York on Saturday. We didn’t do much, just walked around in Chelsea. And I got me some Krispy Kremes and goodies from Zaro’s. I also got some beauty products from Lush, namely their Cupcake mask and their Brazened Honey mask and a bottle of their Curly Wurly shampoo. My Bolt ride went well…they were running 15 minutes late in the morning, but it went very smoothly on my way back. I talked to my friend Izabella over the weekend too. She sounds like she’s doing ok in Galway…she was working at a US company that just laid her off, though. But she was pretty much talking me into moving to Europe. I’ve always been tempted to just pick up and move somewhere where I don’t know anyone, but I don’t think I’d ever have the nerve to actually do it. Anyway, she said there are lots of other Polish people in Galway and that everyone’s just *really* nice. She liked Dublin better, mostly because they had more salsa clubs and it was bigger, but she still likes Galway.

Sunday I was supposed to see Sex & the City with Laura, but she canceled so I just stayed home and did job hunting. I ended up making some steak tacos, using soft tortillas, but they turned out too spicy, even for me. No other wildly fun cooking things this week. Today I made bratwurst simmered in Yuengling and topped with caramelized onions. That’s not that wildly exciting, but it does taste good.

Will blog again later. Can’t wait to see what happens with this pregnancy scare on The Secret Life of the American Teenager!

This week

I probably should have posted last week when I heard the sad news about Tim Russert. Besides the news about Tim Russert, I had 2 interviews this week. So we’ll see.

Right now I’m watching Home Improvement. I haven’t watched this in forever. I think I used to get upset about all this macho stuff Tim Allen put on, but I do like watching it for the scenes where Tim talks to Wilson and garbles up what he’s been told. I remember my crazy cousin Terri used to have a crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas. He’s pretty much popped off the face of the earth these days. I don’t think Hollywood misses him too much. And Tim Allen has been in such embarrassing movies since this show went off. He should have disappeared from Hollywood too.

Well, I’m looking forward to a fun weekend. I will report about it later.

Melrose Place

Last week I went to the library and got 5 discs from season 1 of Melrose Place. I was/am a fan of 90210 and look forward to watching the reruns on SoapNet every day. That still may be considered a guilty pleasure, but I really don’t care. Aaron Spelling did a great job with the stories, casting and everything else. Growing up I wasn’t allowed to watch 90210 or such shows so it’s nice watching it now.

So, along that line, I never watched Melrose Place, but I know that many actors and actresses I know from other shows now got their start on Melrose Place. So…I took it out hoping to get an idea what the show was about and leave it at that. But, of course, now I’m addicted and can’t wait to watch the whole series and see what happens with all these characters. I really love Andrew Shue’s character and am sorta sad that he’s just doing cheesy Lifetime movies these days. On Desperate Housewives I can’t stand Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, but I love him on here and am now warmed up more to him on DH. So…now I’m waiting for Marcia Cross to appear. I have enjoyed everything else I have seen her in so I’m curious to see what her character on here is like. And of course I can’t wait to see Kristin Davis.

People that know me are probably surprised I get hooked on such fluff shows, but with all the thinking I do during the rest of the day I’m happy to rest my head with nonsense that doesn’t offend me like most reality shows do.

Reality shows

I don’t like that reality shows have infiltrated channels like VH-1 and TV Land. I got cable for the first time in March and am seeing just how much these shows have taken over these channels. VH-1 used to be about actual music all the time and now….blech. I do like the retrospective shows about the 80s or 90s, but besides them, reality shows just don’t seem to fit with VH-1.

And reality TV definitely doesn’t fit in with TV Land. Instead of showing reality shows they should include more old TV shows. That’s why people turn to TV Land. Not for a bunch of 40 year olds trying to be 20.

Vintage Toons

I have gotten back into downloading and listening to podcasts again. The video ones are great and I stumbled upon a particularly interesting one, Vintage Tooncast. There are some that that have been censored or hidden from public view because they seem extreme or offensive by today’s standards. They have elements of racism, violence or anti-Communist messages or other ideas that, I think, are certainly not appropriate for children.

Enough time has passed, though, that many of these cartoons are available in the public domain and on the Web, but have been censored until recently. Since I am a library school grad and a strong supporter of free speech, I do not think media that shows these offensive messages should be completely hidden from the public.

So, this website shows some of these vintage cartoons and here are a few:

(part 1)

(part 2)