Category Archives: Television

Jones Gets Night Off, Grammar Suffers

We’re here in the top of the first, and Chipper Jones, who’s hitting like crazy this year, has received the night off.  Chris Wheeler’s comment, expressing what SP Cole Hamels must be thinking about it:

“There’s not a lot of pitchers who would not be unhappy to not have him in the lineup.”

Uh, thanks Chris.

Phils Box Score, on


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I Sense… Col Mustard, in the Billiard Room, with the Candlestick

There will be a new crime drama this fall, on CBS, featuring a psychic detective.  The show is called The Mentalist.  From Ain’t It Cool:

“The Mentalist” is about a psychic (Simon Baker) who solves crime. It’s not to be confused with “Medium” or “The Dead Zone.” It’s from writer-producer Bruno Heller (“Rome”).

Hercules, of course, refers here to “The Dead Zone”, which was a USA drama starring Anthony Michael Hall as a man who fell into a coma, awaking after six years to discover that he has psychic powers which he uses to solve crime. The show began in 2003 and was canceled in 2007.

Completely independently, of course, is ABC’s drama starring Patricia Arquette as a woman who one day suspects she has psychic abilities, which she then uses to solve crime.

Admittedly, I haven’t seen either show, and I doubt I’ll find any interest in The Mentalist, as I’ve already found the best psychic crime solvers on TV:

It’s like video day around here.

Aint It Cool News: CBS Plans To Rehash Old Shit for Next Year

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I Love The Whole World

This is the new Discovery Channel commercial.  It’s less of an advertisement, and more of a reminder that, as they say, “the world is just awesome”.  After watching this, I couldn’t agree more.



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Streee-rike Two!

This post is only called “Stee-rike Two!” because on Friday, we did “Stree-rike!”, in which all your Curious Mechanism related fears involving the Writers’ Strike (which is no longer impending, but, in fact, “here”) were resolved.  It’s Monday.  Unionized writers who get paid to do their thing are watching soap operas, while we are at work, looking over our shoulders in case our bosses catch us writing for this blog.

Anyway, we’re offering to resolve, in a small and temporary way, the strike.  How, you ask? 

I’m offering my services as Scab Extraordinaire. 

I will boldly cross picket lines (I write on the Internets, so, really, the “boldness” is relative) to write for your show, to keep it on the air, and to keep the sponsors coming back.  TO KEEP THE MONEY FLOWING LIKE BOXED WINE AT A SORORITY PARTY. 

What I will not do, however, is write shit.  The LA Times has done a standup job of posting a grid with every show on TV that will or will not be affected by the strike.  You want me to write for your show, I’ll some demands, damnit.

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Apparently, the talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.  From what I can grift from this article, the writers want to get paid when their work goes to DVD, the way the producers get paid.  The producers say, “yeah, right”, and writers are all, “fuck off, we’re takin’ a walk”.  And that’s why Lost is going to debut season 4 sometime in 2011. 

That’s some bullshit right there, huh?

Luckily for you clowns, we have a very lucrative contract to write this here blog (read: no dollars), and we’ll happily continuing dumping hundreds of factually, grammatically, and spellingly erroneous words into the blogosphere at no charge to you, or benefit to us. 

I hope I’ve resolved all your fears. 

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Never Before Seen

So, as spoken of on Friday, Discovery played its “Planet Earth” special, which, as it turns out, was created over the course of 5 years by BBC. Basically, HD existed, and as soon as it did, BBC and Discovery decided to take a bunch of these shiny, new HD cameras and head out to just about everywhere to film animals and plants.

The result is visually spectacular. The first three (of eleven) hour-long episodes aired last night, “Pole to Pole”, “Mountains”, and “Ocean Deep”, and are incredible enough to make me look into buying an HD TV. The series is capably narrated by Sigourney Weaver, and despite doing an excellent job, I’m somewhat disappointed to not hear the excellent David Attenborough describe to me the hunts of snow leopards and wolves. A remarkable number of the scenes are “never before seen”. We know this because, not only do they look like nothing we, the general viewing audience, has ever seen before, but because the scriptwriter has Sigourney mentioning the rarity of each instance: unusual, rare, very rare, or never before seen. It’s a minor distraction in a superb broadcast.

For anyone looking for real meat on specific subject matter, look elsewhere. The lack of details about the habits of some of the creatures of a given habitat are not a shortcoming. Planet Earth isn’t for the most thorough examination of caribou. It’s an overview of the planet, mostly looking at the fauna. It’s a display of Earth’s diversity.

I have no clue when it’s going to re-air, but every Sunday at 8PM for the next few weeks, Discovery will air the rest of the episodes. Seriously, watch it. And if possible, watch it on HD.

[Planet Earth Official Website]

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I Love Earth. I’ve Lived Here My Whole Life.

Okay, I suspect I’ve advertised for Discovery Channel programming in this space in the past (what? I haven’t? Okay, well, watch the Discovery Channel.) I love Discovery. I watch repeats of MythBusters just about whenever they air to the point where I can provide you the following list, off the top of my head:

Professions/Unusual Skills Held By MythBuster Jamie Hyneman (The One With the Sweet ‘Stache)

  1. Special Effects creator
  2. Fluent in Russian
  3. Certified scuba diver
  4. Pet shop owner
  5. Machinist
  6. Chef
  7. Sea Captain

He may also be entirely insane. I’m actually somewhat afraid of him.

Anyway, Discovery has a new 11 part series called (dum dada DUM!) Planet Earth starting this weekend. I’m going watch it. And then I’m probably going to write about it here, because, well, sometimes I can’t help but write about random crap on TV.

So, Sunday night, 8PM, watch it. Discovery Channel.

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