Support the Writers Guild of America

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Whether or not you are following the current writers strike in Hollywood, the video below is an excellent summary of the recent offer to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), explained by studio head Roger A. Trevanti.

Support the writers everyone. While they may create the shows you hate, they also create the shows you love.

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Fall TV

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Dammit.  Fall is here.  That means I’ll be watching more television than normal, instead of doing things I need to do.  Luckily I have a DVD/HDD recorder, so I can watch the shows when it is convenient for me.  I’ve had this thing for three years now, and it is beautiful.  While it doesn’t have the ease of use associated with a TiVo, it gets the job done.  Switching from cable to satellite certainly hasn’t made programming it any easier, but I’ll manage.

Along with Smallville, The Unit, Las Vegas, and House, there are four new shows I have decided to give a chance.  I went through the current issue of TV Guide to help me choose.  They are Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, 30 Rock, Heroes, and Shark.

The first two are both fictitious behind-the-scenes looks at live sketch comedy shows like Saturday Night LiveStudio 60 is a drama, while 30 Rock is a comedy.  I’ve been a huge fan of SNL for years.  I even watch when the show sucks, as it has been for the past several years.  I’m hoping at least one of these two shows can deliver the goods.  And hopefully Tina Fey can write better material for 30 Rock than she did for SNL.

Heroes is for the comic book nerd in me.  It’s about people all over the world who discover they have various powers, such as flight, mind reading, invulnerability, etc.  Then these people must discover what they hell they are going to do with their powers.  I’m really looking forward to this one.

Finally, there is Shark.  I like James Woods, and from what I’ve heard and read, this show has some high expectations.  Woods is a defense attorney-turned prosecutor, and he’s a jerk.  I think it will be good.  So does everybody else.  I can’t wait.

Superman Returns

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I'm a Superman nut.  It was one of the main comics I grew up reading, and anyone who knows me knows that I have to see it, no matter what.  I remember first seeing some of the previews for the new Superman movie and being a little disappointed.  I told several people this.  But then I saw the latest batch of trailers, as well as a 2-hour Superman documentary on A&E (the last 15 minutes of which was nothing more than a commercial for the new Superman movie).  I mentioned to a few people how they had raised my hopes because they made the movie look significantly better than my first glimpses into Bryan Singer's portrayal of the Superman ethos.  Now the first crop of reviews are appearing from the critics who screened it early.  It looks like Singer did not disappoint.

NEWSWEEK: "Newcomer Routh may or may not be a real actor, but he effortlessly lays claim to the iconic role, just as Reeve did. Indeed, he virtually duplicates Reeve in the way he plays Kent as a diffident, awkward Midwestern colt."

"Next to Singer's champagne, most recent superhero adventure movies are barely sparkling cider."

VARIETY: ""Why the World Doesn't Need Superman" reads the title of a piece that wins Lois Lane the Pulitzer Prize in "Superman Returns," the latest bigscreen revival of comicdom's strongest and fastest hero. Not only is she wrong in the context of the story (not to mention real life), but she'll be wrong in the court of public opinion once the world gets a look at this most grandly conceived and sensitively drawn Superman saga."

"It's quite sincere, with an artistic elegance and a genuine emotional investment in the material that creates renewed engagement in these long-familiar characters and a well-earned payoff after 2½ hours spent with them."

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "This high-wire act would have gone for naught if Routh had not so capably filled the Man of Steel's costume. Like Reeve, he is just right physically, looking at times like the old comic book drawings of Superman. There is honesty in his acting where the emotions that play across Superman/Clark Kent's face and body come from deep within."

I'm a nerd, yes.  And I'm psyched.

I’m on a commercial kick

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The best commercial for health insurance EVER!

Speaking of great Super Bowl commercials…

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Terry Tate: Office Linebacker. The first and best Terry Tate ad, extended version.

Loaded up and truckin’

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East Bound and Down is one of the best songs ever. That’s a fact. The fast finger picking and lyrics of Jerry Reed just make you want to drive at least of 90 miles per hour. It also makes you want to outrun the police. If a cop tries to pull me over and that song happens to be playing, he’ll end up chasing me across a minimum of four counties, guaranteed.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’

A’we gonna do what they say can’t be done

We’ve got a long way to go, and a short time to get there

I’m east bound, just watch ol’ Bandit run