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I always want to see SNL stretch and grow. As a Rich-Fix, I have five small suggestions that would have a major impact on the show. This is not your usual commentary; I’m not talking about pruning the cast, I’m not taking pot shots at Colin Jost, and I don’t comment on diversity. As we close out season 39, here my loving recommendations to make my favorite television show even better.
As I we close out the 2012-2013 TV season, I’ve noticed that a long-standing trend in only getting worse. A common theme in scripted television is that these shows tell great stories all the way up to the end of the season, and then they can’t stick the landing.
Season finales are broken.
Comedian Louis CK’s fifth stand-up special, Oh My God premiered on HBO last weekend. I highly recommend checking it out. Always funny, occasionally hilarious, Oh My God is a master class in comedy performance. Oh My God will mostly likely be the best stand-up special of 2013.
But watching this special really pissed me off.
Because most TV shows now end a little bit later than they are scheduled to conclude, every episode of TV recorded on my DVR becomes a cliffhanger. The recorded version of each sitcom abruptly finishes just moments before the actual conclusion of the show. This ongoing case of “premature evacuation” is a very unsatisfying way to watch TV.
I hear a lot of complaints about Saturday Night Live from friends who know I am a lifelong fan. “It’s not funny anymore.” “The sketches are soooo long.” I get it. I’ve been there. I’ve ranted and raved about how flawed and disappointing some episodes have been. I’ve posted my 5 Ways to Fix SNL. But there’s never been a simple way to fix such a complicated television program. Until now.
My wife Gen and I spent this summer indoors again, watching exciting new TV. Big Brother, Louie, The Newsroom, and Breaking Bad filled our nights. But our Breaking Bad was very different than everyone else’s Breaking Bad.
Gen and I had always talked about watching Breaking Bad, but had not previously pulled the trigger. At the urging of our friends, Gen and I fired up the Netflix Watch Instantly account on our TiVo, or as I call it, “the TV Time Machine”, and traveled back to 2008 to start Breaking Bad from the beginning.
I just watched the promos for the upcoming fall TV shows. Many felt oddly familiar. Why? To find the answer, I looked back at two recent NBC shows, Bent and Best Friends Forever for the answer. I liked both of these short-lived series, but they both had the same, odd problem. Both shows felt old, like I had been watching them for years. I had been watching them for years – and by “them”, I mean the actors.
If you still watch "The Office", you’re probably annoyed with me already, just by the title. It sounds like I’m condoning adultery (I’m not) and trying to break up the fairy tale couple of Pam and Jim (I am) by suggesting he give in to the advances of Cathy, the new employee who has the hots for him. But odds are you do not still watch NBC's, “The Office.” And that’s the problem. “The Office” needs to be saved.
Dear Lost, I miss you. I loved you. I hate you. You've ruined TV. I thought we ended things so well in May. Real emotional closure. I even cried as we said goodbye. Doesn’t that show emotional growth? Now I’m seeing The Event on NBC. It’s a “mythology” bases series, just like you were. It was even marketed as “the next Lost.” Yes, it reminds me of you. That should be a good thing, but it’s not.
I’m in a terrible relationship. I’ve been hoping I wouldn’t be the one to have to end it, but it’s getting out of control. I have to break up with HBO’s Entourage.
A status update from one of my Facebook friends just revealed who got kicked off last night’s “American Idol”. That makes me furious. Why? Because I’m a time traveler.
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