Archive for the ‘Telly’ Category

Sherlock – PBS

October 26, 2010

Watched the first episode of this new “Sherlock” on PBS last night and I’m in love.  Love the idea and love the fun and love the silliness and the underlying sexiness of it and I’m equally in love with both lead actors which just shows how impossible it is for me to make any sort of a decision, being a rampant raging Gemini from the ground up.  Benedict Cumberbatch is lithe and lanky and completely British and snooty and odd and my goodness how can you expect me not to be in love with a young Brit actor whose name is Benedict CUMBERBATCH with those cheekbones you could slice, well, you could slice a whole batch of cumber with if a batch of cumber could be sliced.  The show has brains and wit and oodles — yes, goddamned OODLES of charm.  Then there’s Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson who has one of the best haircuts I have ever witnessed, I kid you not.  His every confused glance in the first hour is just breathtaking.  And the relationship of these too classic characters retold in a present day setting is just jam-packed with joy for those of us who are fans of Sherlock Holmes.  Cumberbatch.  Seriously.  Come and get me.

You can watch online here.

Who brought the word “swish” back?

March 24, 2010

The FLAMING CURMUDGEON, that’s who!  Love this new promo for GLEE.  LOVE IT.  Hooray for Sue Sylvester!

Wine and telly

September 21, 2009

HALLELUJAH! “Pushing Daisies” – the final episodes to air!

April 17, 2009

The GREATEST news I have heard in a long time (photo and article via playbill.com) [emphasis mine]:

The final three episodes of the critically acclaimed, but now canceled ABC series “Pushing Daisies,” which features a host of theatre favorites, will be screened by The Paley Center for Media in Hollywood April 19.

The afternoon, which is simply titled “The Unaired ‘Pushing Daisies’ with Bryan Fuller,” will begin at 1 PM at Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood.

Series creator Fuller will be on hand to introduce the screening of the three unaired episodes of “Daisies,” which are titled “Window Dressed to Kill,” “Water and Power” and “Kerplunk.”

According to celebrated actress Ellen Greene, who co-stars in the series, ABC will air the show’s final episodes on three consecutive Saturdays, starting May 30 at 10 PM ET. The show’s second season will also arrive on DVD July 21.

110305_D_0085Billed as a “blend of romance, fantasy and mystery,” “Pushing Daisies” follows a “forensic fairytale about Ned, a young man with a very special gift,” according to a show description. “As a young boy Ned discovers that he can return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. But his random gift isn’t without deadly consequences… as he soon finds out.”

Lee Pace (Small Tragedy, The Guardians) stars as Ned opposite Anna Friel (original star of Closer) and Chi McBride (“Boston Public,” “The Nine”). Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, The Apple Tree) plays a featured role along with fellow stage stars Greene (Little Shop of Horrors, Side Man) and Swoosie Kurtz (Frozen, Fifth of July). Jim Dale (The Threepenny Opera) provides the show’s narration.

For more information visit www.paleycenter.org.

Lipstick on a Pig

September 15, 2008

It’s a little late for this but I have been very, very busy and unable to keep up with my posts (like anyone cares).  However, I have to share this little video with you.  It’s up to you to guess which subject in the video is a friend of The Flaming Curmudgeon.

HA!

September 2, 2008

Sorry, but the Flaming Curmudgeon likes to toot his own horn once in a while.  My post from yesterday mocking television news coverage of hurricanes was a full day ahead of Gawker!  Thanks for tuning in, kiddies.

Just like I said yesterday:

September 2, 2008

Live Hurricane Coverage

September 1, 2008

If entire cities are forced to evacuate why do these weather wranglers like shiny rich and perfect little Anderson Cooper get to stand around and say things like “Yep, it’s real windy here.  It’s dangerous.  Look out.”  Why do we never see one just get blown into a tree or something.  It’s like some big game of chicken.  Why should everyone have to run for the hills when Andy can stand around all drenched and windblown near lots of electrical equipment in hundred mile per hour winds and pounding rain?  I don’t wish him ill, god knows, cute spoiled rich kids need a lot of attention.  But honestly, am I supposed to take him seriously?  As is so often the case, Ms. Kathy Griffin puts it all into perspective.

Life Imitates Art?

August 30, 2008

Again, why doesn’t anyone ever call “bullshit” on the nonsense that we read about celebrities?  David Duchovny checks into rehab voluntarily for “sex addiction” just before the season premiere of his little-watched series “Californication.”  Um, is this not the most obvious of what used to be termed “publicity stunts”?!  Sex addiction, my lonely white ass!  That’s just another term for “I want attention, I want attention!”  Actors, you can’t live with ’em, you can’t lock ’em up in a zoo.

Estelle Getty

July 22, 2008

Thanks for years of laughs. I’m going to spend a lot of time this afternoon over at YouTube watching “Golden Girls” clips. Everyone is welcome to join me.

Big Brown

June 8, 2008

During the televised pre-race frenzy before the Belmont Stakes yesterday I was surprised to see a shot of Shaq O’Neal in the crowd. Later I realized he was the spokesman for Glacéau Vitamin Water who were sponsors of the event or at least of the telecast. There was Shaq towering over all the lesser mortals in the crowd — it would have been even funnier had he been surrounded only by jockeys. And I thought, well, goodness, isn’t anyone going to make a comment about “Big Brown”? There was some serious mind-blowing irony going on there. Later, the Vitamin Water commercial in which Shaq is himself a jockey was aired. But I’m not supposed to think of lawn jockeys.