I wasn’t sure if I should post my review of the fantastic Freaks & Geeks here or just link to it, so I decided to post it here because, well, where’s the harm.
Welcome back, Scrubbers! You know what that promo pic means? New Scrubs. And soon (ish). ABC has announced that Scrubs will be premiering on January 6, which means that finally I (and many other long-time Scrubs fans) will be able to see the stories of some of my favourite characters of television history wrap up, and my youth will get some closure as I move from a young adult to… a slightly older young adult.
At this point, before the 8th and potentially final season has even begun, I’m feeling that as long as JD & Elliot, Turk & Carla, Kelso and maybe even Cox are all wrapped up and given some closure, then Scrubs could continue into a 9th season with an all-new main cast. It would feel like a new show, and hell, we all know Scrubs could use some freshness. Plus, I wouldn’t feel like I’d have to constantly defend it anymore.
Oh yeah, you know what else I’m excited about? New Lost.
I’ve clearly lost interest in Australian Idol. No more recaps, but maybe I’ll do a final summarative post after the finale. All the weirdos and hotties and freaks are gone, and we’re left with a few guys whose personality has been totally stripped from them over the course of the comp and I just can’t be bothered with it anymore.
Having said that, my bothered-ness has been shifted to greener pastures. Namely, Survivor Gabon, ANTM 11 and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
Survivor Gabon has turned out to be fantastically interesting, and holds up well when compared to last season (which was blindside-riffic and pretty damn entertaining). The onion alliance looked like it was going to hold strong, but twists and turns of the game kept things interesting. There are some great characters, from Randy the asshole to Crystal the… I dont even know how to label her, to Kenny the gamer, to Sugar the innocent yet potentially game-winning pinup model. I’ve enjoyed the shenanigans so far, although I was sad to see Ace go so early. And so many fake elephants!
ANTM has been… well, fairly typical. The good models get sent home due to technicalities, and the Covergirl and Seventeen-worthy, hyper-commercial girls are kept around. Those with issues make it to around final 5 but are sent packing soon after, and the sweet, all-american girl eventually rises to the top thanks to continued psychological warfare against and for all parties. Tyra gets more and more insane with every cycle. Seriously, she’s like Oprah with an inferiority complex. She has to consistently reinforce and shore up her ego, which is like a patched but huge zeppelin. And if history has taught us anything, it’s taught us this; zeppelins eventually go down in a blaze of horrific proportions. And I can’t fucking wait.
Never Mind The Buzzcocks has lost a couple of things. Firstly, Simon’s hair. Secondof-ly, Bill Bailey. And it’s success in this 22nd season has relied on the quality of the guest captains. Stephen Fry and Mark Ronson were entertaining and different, but a few – such as the less well known British comedians – have fallen a bit flat. Russell Brand did an episode but it hasn’t yet been aired, likely due to his whole, “quitting the BBC” thing*. The show remains a must-watch for me, but the quality has dropped significantly from last season. Fingers crossed for a high quality permanent new team captain, or the return of Bill.
*Speaking of which: Fuck! His radio show was brilliant, and I listened with glee, fear, and amusement every week. I missed Matt Morgan, but his various co-hosts (Noel Fielding, Simon Amstell, Noel Gallagher, Jonathon Ross) were great and his irreverent interview style was a breath of fresh air. Bloody media bloody crucifying him! Anyway, if you – like me – miss his show, I recommend podcasting the Australian radio duo Hamish & Andy‘s show, via iTunes. It’s great. Seriously.
- Tom Williams leaving Australian Idol – get a few years of singing lessons under your belt, boy
- The Nintendo Wii – played my friend’s the other day and am now determined to get one for myself (donations are welcome)
- Mid-Semester Break – so far I’ve done 2 essays in 4 days but I still need to do 4 more
- The new season of Survivor! – Gabon is full of elephant dung. My favourite contestant at this point is Charlie, with the rest jockeying for second. An interesting bunch…
- 8 Out Of 10 Cats – Jimmy Carr hosts a panel show about statistics. Doesn’t sound great, but the team captains (Sean Locke and Jason Manford) are funny and so is the show. YouTube it.
- Jodhi Meares – she brought down AusNTM with her overt favouritism and lack of professionalism. I’m overjoyed to hear that she quit/was fired. Apparently, Australian model Cheyenne Tozzi (who is one year younger than me, damnit! where’s my big break?) is tipped to host next season.
- The Economy – basically, we’re all doomed. The Great Depression v2.0 is just around the corner.
- My hair – seriously, I can’t seem to do anything with it.
- Rove – he’s apparently signed a 2-year contract with 10. Why can’t he go away and give someone else the opportunity to host a talk show? I’d do a much better job than him. Letterman is my god.
- The new Kings Of Leon – I don’t mean that I dislike their latest album, oh no. It’s quite good, if you like The Killers-via-Bruce Springsteen-plus The Rolling Stones at thier poppiest. What happened to the band who made Youth & Young Manhood? I want that gritty Southern rock back.
What’s on your Like list? What are you hatin’ on at the moment? Comment section is your friend.
Latest Scrubs news, for all you Scrubaniacs (is that.. appropriate? i don’t know) out there in Scrubton Lower:
- Zach Braff and Bill Lawrence will not do a 9th season, full stop.
- Judy Reyes won’t either.
- NBC won’t let any of the actors still working for them guest star in Scrubs 8th and potentially last season, because they’re assholes.
- **SPOILER** The Janitor gets married in the Bahamas. No joke. ***END SPOILER***
- Courtney Cox will be doing a few episodes in the upcoming 8th season. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing or just a thing.
I have no idea when it’s coming back, but I’ve been following this show since the first episode and I just want it to get wrapped up nicely and neatly in a little package of sentimentality.
Ahhh, Idol. How I’ve missed you. I didn’t catch Thursday and Friday’s audition shows, but the judges forged on.. uh.. without me. The top 100 was rounded out, and tonight we’re going to be treated to Idol’s first Theatre Auditions to involve a live audience and a band. Excited? You bloody should be!
Sup y’all? I’ve gotta level with you; I kinda forgot to blog tonights episode. Therefore, tonights writins shall be truncated and un-elongated.
The Idol Auditions Tour Bus rolled on up to Brisvegas, and we met a whole buncha crazy. There were disbelievers, screamers, dreamers and beavers. Afros, fatties, costumes and tears. A few good singers, and a few bad singers. More bad than good. Ah well, cest la vie.
We say goodbye to Melbourne and the MCG’s hallowed turf (if you mention the MCG you must use the phrase ‘hallowed turf’. It is law), and move on to Perth. The auditions are being held at… the yacht club. Say WAt? Hardly the MCG. Ah well.
Last night’s episode of Before The Game, Network Ten’s Saturday Night AFL-comedy gem, experienced what can only be described as ‘technical difficulties’. After going to a commercial break the show resumed, but didn’t move forwards; they re-aired the segment we’d just seen. I don’t just mean one particular interview or bit – they re-aired, in full, the entire third (i think?) segment of the show, from commercial break to commercial break. A solid 15 minutes. 15 minutes of fuck-up? What exactly was the reason for this? A slip-up in the control room? Surely they would have noticed.
If anyone knows what the hell happened, I’d love to know.
In semi-alright/moderately okay news for Scrubs fans, the creator Bill Lawrence (or ‘billy’ as John C. McGinley calls him) has spoken about the upcoming season – or seasons – of Scrubs and about ex-network NBC.
- “fluffer” jokes are no longer funny
- relevant guests (i.e. musicians on music quiz shows) are never as entertaining as irrelevant guests (comedians or regulars)
- The Chaser works best when scripted
- “APEC summit” jokes are no longer funny
- the Brits do it better
- jokes about death? always funny. They say he was a good actor but Heath Ledger’s last performance was a little hard to swallow. see?
- ross noble makes everything at least 3 times better
- i wonder if Heath Ledger’s suicide note was titled, “10 Things I Hate About Myself”?
- ok now i’m just getting distracted…
- one of the regular team captains is always either fat or bald. fact.
- if one of the regular team captains is female, she is never very attractive, but never too ugly. if she is too ugly, she must be extremely funny and/or cynical.
- it’s rumored that Heath Ledger might have actually died from alcohol poisoning….. a few too many cock sucking cowboys.