The Week is usually on-target with its TV recommendations. Here are some for this week:
- 30 Rock, Wed Oct 11, 8 PM, NBC
- Into the Fire, Fri Oct 13, 8 PM, History Channel
- Eye of the Leopard, Fri Oct 13, 9 PM, National Geographic Channel
- Saxondale, Fri Oct 13, 11 PM, BBC America
- Night of Too Many Stars, Sun Oct 15, 8 PM, Comedy Central
- Touch of Evil, Sun Oct 15, 8:15 PM, Turner Classic Movies
I started watching the third episode of Jericho but didn't make it through it. I probably missed too much by missing the pilot and second episode. Somehow it was reminding me of Invasion, which I stuck with last year only to see it cancelled. This confirms that I don't watch anything on CBS except Tom Selleck in the "Jesse Stone" made-for-TV movies.
In other Tom Selleck news, I hear that a Magnum P.I. film is being prepared but with someone else playing the role of Magnum. Blasphemy.
The Week magazine is usually right-on with their TV recommendations.
Here are some for the coming week:
- Paris, Texas, Mon Oct 3, 1 AM, Fox Movie Channel
- NOVA scienceNOW, Tue Oct 4, 8 PM, PBS
- Frontline, Return of the Taliban, Tue Oct 4, 9 PM, PBS
- The Street, Tue Oct 4, 10 PM, BBCAmerica
- The Fountainhead, Wed Oct 5, 8 PM, Turner Classic Movies
- The Day the Earth Stood Still, Sun Oct 9, 8:15 PM, Turner Classic Movies
I watched the pilot of Heroes on NBC. I'm going to pass on that one, but I did get a kick out of the scene in the Japanese karaoke bar. No, not the idea of teleporting myself into the women's bathroom. The guys singing. They were clones of the Backdorm Boys...the caste, the head band, the red basketball jerseys, and...they were singing "I Want It That Way!"
A couple new shows we're watching but haven't decided on yet:
And, season 3 of Battlestar Galactica is coming soon.
This week's episode of the The Hill was really interesting...watching Wexler and his staff trying to decide whether or not to vote for the Republican-introduced bill to withdraw immediately from Iraq (which they introduced after Murtha called for withdrawal to basically force Democrats to vote to stay in Iraq) and what a game the whole process was.
The Week magazine makes recommendations for good TV viewing. Here are some of them from this week:
The other night I watched most of PBS' Frontline episode from 2002 titled "Faith and Doubt At Ground Zero." A common theme was people either barely clinging to or losing their faith because, to paraphrase, "how could God let something like that happen." Not that it's a surprising reaction, but I couldn't help thinking, "Do these people think this is the first time ever that something terrible happened to a believer?"
The other really weird thing was hearing the Jewish rabbi (Irwin Kula) chanting (singing) the last words (as heard from cell phone calls or voice mail recordings) of people who died on 9/11.
Speaking of last words, an admonition from a recent blog post from Mike Cope:
For the past few days, as we've remember the tragedy of 9/11 five years later, I've been moved again by all the calls made to loved ones â€” some from jets and some from the twin towers.
They were good-bye calls to make sure that people knew they were loved.
And again it makes me ask myself: Am I holding anything back? Is there something I'd say if I had just a couple minutes to live that I'm not saying now?
Why would we hold back? There are no guarantees in life. I might live another three decades; I might not live through 9-14-06.
How about you? Are there words you need to speak to your parents? kids? spouse? friends? enemies?
Maybe this is the time to say them.