Thoughts on TV

The way the Fox guy says “Viewer Discretion is Advised” at the beginning of every “24” episode has to be the funniest things on TV these days.

In addition to 24, currently on my Tivo roster is Survivor, 30 Rock, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, SNL, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, What Not to Wear, Good Eats, and The Winner. Here’s a quick rundown on these shows:

24 – Just when I think it’s the same as always, they get me. Lots of good re-appearances from last season.

Survivor – still thinking up new things in it’s 39th season or whatever it is. I still don’t know who most of the people are, and it’s about 5 weeks in.

30 Rock – it’s gotten better and better. The weak point of the show is Jane Krakowski; I just don’t buy her as a comedian, or as Tina Fey’s character’s best friend. Alec Baldwin is doing the best work of his career.

The Office – This show has really grown on me, as I think it has many BBC Office snobs. Especially after the first season, which for the most part were slightly-altered BBC episodes. Great cast, great characters.

Grey’s Anatomy – Guilty pleasure, plain and simple.

SNL – Tivo is the perfect way to watch this show. Forward through the musical guest and any sketches that are overstaying their welcome. I think Kristen Wiig is one of the best new additions – male or female – to that show in a long time. Very smart and funny without the need to go over-the-top wacky. You can also catch her on season one of the Joe Schmo show, which I highly recommend. Season two was funnier I think, but it’s not available on DVD. I also think Seth Meyers is fantastic on Weekend Update. I think he achieves a really good blend of playing it straight and making the jokes.

Countdown, What Not To Wear, and Good Eats – I keep some of these shows on my Tivo for days of boredom, of which there are none right now. I’ll mention them again when I’m bored. Just give me a couple of weeks.

The Winner – This is the new Fox show with former Daily Show guy Rob Corddry. I have 4 episodes and haven’t watched any of them yet. I hope for Rob’s sake this show is better that his brother’s achingly bad Studio 60.

  • mcm

    Hey, up until now, the only people I’ve found who enjoyed (or even watched) Joe Schmo were me, my husband, and your friend and mine, Mr. Grosswirth, who told me about it in the first place. You just made my day!

    Kick some butt on Thursday….

  • Paul and Deb

    Just watched you in a sonic ad, with the caffeine rush. You’re funny…and beautiful!