The Bear in the Barn
If it wasn’t any other TV season, I wouldn’t have as much disdain for “Cavemen,” as I do this season. I’m just bitter and frustrated that network executives went with a show based on a series of mildly amusing commercials as opposed to a series that was executive produced by Mitch Hurwitz aka Ramsay from “Clark & Michael” aka the creator of “Arrested Development”. I’m still asking myself, “Really? ABC didn’t want to air a comedy about politics from a bunch of smart and funny people?” I know that I’m not that the brightest bulb in the batch, but I don’t get “Cavemen.” It’s funny cause they look like guys from a chart of man’s evolution and dress like metrosexuals, right? That’s the punch line, right? Oh, that guy’s weird looking, but its funny cause he’s using a blackberry or something like that, right? For me, the show feels not like one prolonged commercial, but an overblown clip from the Bob Saget era of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Remember those clips where people would over sell the laughs as a cat moans out “mommy” and the voice over banter says something to the affect of “the cat thinks its people.” It’s just one long unfunny joke and that has nowhere to go or even grow. It’s a shame because the show wastes the talent of “Best Week Ever” regular Nick Kroll.
Then again, I probably have too much of a chip on my shoulder about what did and didn’t get picked up this season. Not to mention, I just don’t have the patience to watch the one hour dramas and pretty much every other show on right now other than like “Weeds,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “30 Rock,” “Frisky Dingo,” and my Teen Nick jams (Say what you will but, Miranda Cosgrove is the next Amanda Bynes). Either the actors on these shows annoy me or I just don’t have the patience to watch the rebellious doctor or the rebellious crime scene investigator or the rebellious detective or the rebellious skeletal expert solve a crime in less than 45 minutes. It’s all the same show or it’s just a show overloaded with zippy pop songs drowning out the dialogue about doctors sleeping with each other.
A show like “Weeds” has ruined network TV for me. On what other show would be there a storyline about a guy becoming a porn star using his deformed foot with a cameo by Lexington Steele no less? I can count on a show like “Weeds” to go in some new weird yet entertaining direction without getting too sidetracked from the main storyline. I can count on it to be always make me laugh. These other shows, these hour longs, I can always count on yelling at the TV because some actor is just so awful or their particular line delivery is like nails on a chalk board for me. And the same goes for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” I can count (with exception to the last season) on it to always crack me up.
Although, it should be noted that I’m starting to get into “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” It’s kind of hit and miss, but I believe the more and more I watch it, the more I’ll get into it. It feels like a live action cartoon to me, for some reason.
People who work in the “biz,” if you will are calling “Pushing Daises” the new “Studio 60” or at least that was their reaction to reading the pilot script. I don’t know if I have the patience to watch a show that’s quirky for the sake of being quirky. And you know if I watch to a Barry Sonnenfeld project, I’d just watch Miller’s Crossing.
If you’re in the greater Los Angeles area this weekend, I suggest heading over to The Landmark Theatre to catch Sir Ridley Scott’s definitive cut of Blade Runner. Finally catch it on the big screen or just wait until December and the DVD released. Production design groupies and nerds are already camping out.