Just a few quick thoughts from some recent teevee viewing:
:: I understand why FOX had to do it, but geez, going from final three to the winner of Hell's Kitchen in a single two-hour episode really seems rushed to me. In the past, the final two have had a two-hour show (or a two-parter) to themselves. (FOX's scheduling bit the show in the arse -- FOX runs the Major League Baseball playoffs, which are going on now, so it was either wrap HK up faster than usual, or have it go away for three weeks and then have the finale later on. They opted for the former, and I don't blame them.)
:: The most recent episode of The Amazing Race had what had to be the most crushing defeat for a team in the show's history. A team (a guy and his friend or brother, can't recall which, who has Asperger's) reaches the Pit Stop first -- only to discover, minutes later, that they've lost one of their passports. This means they are no longer officially checked in, and have to go back onto the race course (which for this episode is in Cambodia) and look for the passport, find it, and then return to the Pit Stop. If they fail to get back before all other teams check in, they're eliminated. They didn't find the passport. Exit the team. Ouch.
(Oh, and so far, the show's roadblocks and detours haven't been as much fun as the more gonzo previous season, which had my two favorite tasks to date -- the hauling of giant cheeses and the Austrian beer-hall pie throwing.
:: I'm enjoying Grey's Anatomy as much as ever, although I do hope they introduce some new blood soon. The show's ratings appear to be sliding, though. I'm not sure why.
:: I loved Jim and Pam's wedding on The Office, but I wonder if the show isn't reaching something of a tipping point. One of the show's great strengths to me has been its believability, for the most part; it takes normal office dynamics and seemingly amps them up just a little, often for hilarious effect. Still, there have been moments in the show's history that stood out as too unbelievable to swallow, and I'm seeing a trend of more of that kind of thing going on. Specifically, I hope the writers address the problem inherent in having Jim being an office manager where his wife works as a subordinate. Every company I've ever worked for had rules against this type of situation. We'll see.
:: Thank God 30 Rock is back on, because that means there are two funny shows on NBC on Thursdays. Community and Parks and Recreation just don't amuse me in the slightest, I'm sorry to say.
:: I'm noticing that, in watching reruns of The Family Guy, which The Daughter enjoys for some reason, the only times I really laugh invariably involve either Stewie or the talking dog. That's it. Peter? Lois? The two older kids? They could vanish from the show. But Stewie and the talking dog really do amuse me with some of their antics and banter.
:: I still have yet to watch the first few episodes of House, Dollhouse, or Castle, which I hadn't even realized had started already. Oops. I also want to look forward to 24 this year, but the way last season got started so strongly and then petered out in the last quarter of the season gives me pause. But then I'll look into the eyes of FBI Agent Renee Walker again, and that'll be that.
:: I renew my wish that Patrick Jane, on The Mentalist, would be completely wrong some time. I'm starting to get a bit bored by the show's formula of unmasking the killer in Act IV, and then having Jane indicate that he figured it out way back in Act I. I also wish they'd quit having Jane be right at the expense of the wondrous-to-gaze-upon Agent Lisbon.
:: At The Store, some wonderfully benevolent soul has changed the teevees in our cafe from FOX News to the Food Network. That's always a fine development.