It must be the heat in Miami that makes everything and everyone move so slowly. I watched an episode of "CSI: Miami" this week after my new TiVo recorded it for me as a suggestion (I left that feature on for the first time in several models and several years), and the thing that strikes me most about the show is that it was slow and ponderous.
The acting was mostly not bad, and the story was interesting, but boy, everything moved so slowly! It seemed as though they had about 30 minutes of material to stretch into 42 minutes of show, so they just all talked slowly, took long pauses, and made lots of thoughtful expressions to slow things down.
Is it just that I'm used to the "Law & Order" series taking place in the much faster-paced New York?
Tonight's episode of "Weeds"? Brilliant. Guillermo's ploy couldn't have been more obvious, but that's OK; it was fun watching it play out. Not surprisingly, Hunter Parrish and Alexander Gould as Nancy's kids are visibly older in this fourth season, but they're also both solidifying as actors and still proving to be lots of fun.
Meanwhile, I love the offhand way Billie Piper's character in "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" breaks the fourth wall to talk to the viewer. It's a very confessional, confidential style that works extremely well in telling the story.
Spotted a familiar face in the promo for the upcoming premiere of NBC's new mystery series "Fear Itself," and stopped fast-forwarding.
I'm kind of amused that the bride and groom in the first episode are played by the adorable Maggie Lawson and quick-witted James Roday, two of the stars of "Psych." It should be interesting to see how Roday, in particular, plays a straight role. (His character on "Psych" is way over the top.)
The series should be interesting. It's thirteen separate one-hour horror-mystery stories from thirteen top writers and directors. I set up a season pass; oddly, it looks like it's not going to be in HD.
Sci-Fi is running a marathon of Eliza Dushku's "Tru Calling" series, from 8am-4pm eastern time on Wednesday, July 2nd. Oddly, they're running episodes 107 through 114, rather than the whole series. No sign that they're running the rest another time.
If you want to know what it's about, Tru (Eliza's character) discovers that she can go back in time one day to help prevent the deaths of people whose dead bodies ask her to. The last episode they're running is the one in which Jason Priestly shows up for several episodes.
It was a fun, funny, well-written, somewhat mindless show, with the hot Dushku in a rare role that has nothing to do with how hot she is. She's great at it. I recommend setting your TiVo to record it. (Note that the Season Pass default keeps up to five episodes, so the first several will get deleted before the end of the marathon if you leave the default.)
What fun! I guess it doesn't bode well for the potential renewal of "K-Ville," but it's great to see star Anthony Anderson in another cop role. He's on tonight's "Law & Order" as an Internal Affairs detective. Looks like he's in two more episodes in the next two weeks. "Law & Order" is one of the most episodic shows in history, and a multiple-episode story arc is an extreme rarity, but this is the story arc leading to the departure of a major character at the end of the season.
Once again, the audio is screwed up in the HDTV broadcast of "NCIS." The music and background sounds are there, but no voices, as though a channel has simply been left out of the mix. Luckily, my upstairs TiVo still records the show redundantly, so I'm able to watch that copy. (No problem with the stereo, just the 5.1.)
Is this happening repeatedly for anyone else, or just people in Central New York? Seems like the sort of thing CBS would notice right away, but maybe WTVH wouldn't.
At least the missing HD network affiliates are back; a couple of hours ago, only the CBS affiliate of the four HD network affiliates was there at all.
Tim Conway was a guest on tonight's "30 Rock!" How great to see him. He's no spring chicken, but he looks and sounds terrific.