Saturday, January 26, 2008

Coupling and Other BBC America Goodies

So the Writer's Strike has made me more productive. But, it's also got me venturing into new territory. Like BBC America. On Friday I came home and turned on the telly, only to discover that it was tuned to BBC America. While I do watch the occasional BBC show, I'd have to bribe either GQ Jones or Mini-Mogul to join me. So, it is still a mystery to me how the TV landed there. Nevertheless, an episode of Coupling was on. It was ridiculous and hilarious all at the same time. Here is the episode summary:

S2, E1: The Man With Two Legs
Jeff has fallen in love with a red shoe on his morning train…and the leg attached to the shoe, and presumably the woman attached to the leg. When he eventually gets a chance to speak to her, poor Jeff is so nervous that he somehow blurts out that he only has one leg. But the beautiful stranger takes pity on the amputee, and Jeff
can't believe his good luck! He is in a relationship, with a gorgeous woman who
is keen on him, and he hasn't said anything else that was stupid (besides the
bit about the one-leg).

The show cracked me up. I am particularly keen on Jeff - the lovable, socially handicapped member of the bunch.

I watched a couple more episodes, including Season 4, Episode One "9 1/2 Minutes." It was a rather clever look at the same 9 1/2 minutes from three different points of view. You can catch episodes on BBC America at 5:30PM EST on weekdays.

One of the first things I thought was 'I hope we don't try to turn this into an American television show, too.' Too late. Someone tried and failed miserably back in 2003.

Yes, I know we practically wouldn't have any reality shows it if wasn't for the American copycat versions of popular British shows. American Idol, America's Got Talent, What Not to Wear, Trading Spaces, The Weakest Link, The Office... the list goes on... are all remakes of popular UK shows. But sometimes only the original will do.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What I've Learned from the Writer's Strike

  1. Writers apparently rule the entertainment world. (I love Queen Latifah and everything, but did you see the People's Choice Awards? Geez!)
  2. The Networks are even greedier than I thought.
  3. I watch entirely too much television. (Since the Writer's Strike I've been much more productive.)
  4. That talk show hosts aren't nearly as funny without their writers.
  5. That I actually prefer the American Music Awards without the lame jokes and pretense.

I am sure that I will learn lots of new lessons now that nearly every show that I watch has succumbed to the Writer's Strike. If we're lucky, The Networks (AKA "The Man") will, too.


Samara Leigh