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5 Shows After Dark: Look at Him, Ninjaing All Over that Rockwall

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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“American Ninja Warrior” on NBC at 8:00pm ET.

“The Cheshire Murders” on HBO at 9:00pm ET. This is a documentary about the home invasion/robbery/sexual assault/arson/murders that happened in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007. As you can imagine, it will probably be rough. Some of the documentary also looks at what might happen to the perpetrators who were sentenced to death just as Connecticut looked like it would be abolishing the death penalty.

“Siberia” on NBC at 10:00pm ET. This has been on for like a month now and I still have no actual idea of what it’s about. I mean, I could probably figure it out if I actually watched it, but where’s the fun in that?

“Supermarket Superstar” on Lifetime at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. A new reality series hosted by Stacey Keibler where home chefs compete for the chance to get their product on supermarket shelves. The description of the show involves language about how tough it will be for them to refine their products to meet the strict standards of real-life consumer focus groups, so it’s sure to be a gripping series. I know when I think of things I want to watch for entertainment “focus group testing” is pretty high on the list.

“Under the Dome” on CBS at 10:00pm ET. Think I’m tapping out on this one. If you’ve got a good reason why I shouldn’t, make your argument in the comments.

Genevieve Burgess is a little impressed that ‘American Ninja Warrior’ has held on this long.



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  • elenaran

    hey, finally some ANW love

  • Repo

    Because I can't help but watch Dean Norris collect a paycheck. Old Uncle Hank has too much goodwill built up.

    Bonus nerd connection: The main kid is the actor who played young Sam Winchester a handful of times throughout Supernatural's run in flashbacks.

  • John W

    I wouldn't waste my time on Siberia. Remember the found footage show "The River"? That show is Raiders of the Lost Ark by comparison.

    The premise is this: In a Survivor type reality program a bunch of folks are dropped off near the location where the 1908 Tunguska blast occurred.

    Soon strange things start to happen. Supernatural things.

    The problem is that the show is bound and determined to play out the reality tv aspects of the show. So you have to watch an eternity of the contestants talking to a camera criticizing the other contestants and saying cliched things like "I didn't come here to make friends." before anything interesting happens.

    On top of that there are a lot of found footage conventions being used so depending how you feel about FF shows and movies you may hate the show even more.

  • On the other hand, if they were to show a Survivor season where over the shoulder of whomever was talking to the camera you could see other contestants being eaten by Things From Outer Space I might actually watch another season of Survivor.

  • firedmyass

    In my profession, the only thing I dread hearing from a client more than "we need to focus-group this campaign" is "I want to use my grand-kids in the ads."

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Oddly, I have been working on some issues where government regulations are about to be issued with zero testing and no "focus-grouping". Oh, and no real data to back up several suppositions. I generally loathe the focus group concept, but I do think it's a good idea to have some clue if people understand the over-lawyered terms you plan on promulgating. Or we can just be "winging it".

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Where you work people use "focus-group" as a verb? Not okay. Please make them stop doing this. People need to stop verbing nouns.

  • Appwitch

    The word "verb" is a noun, so the phrase "verbing a noun" is... well... verbing a noun.

  • gunnertec

    Let me google this and see if what you are saying has merit.

  • firedmyass

    My current crusade is trying to make people understand that a pun is not a "concept." It's a miracle I can get through a day without choking someone. I can only do so much.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    If you have any luck with that maybe you can get the people in my company to stop describing everyone as "stakeholders" and saying "utilize" all of the goddamn time.

    Yes, I am going on vacation soon. Thanks.

  • Wigamer

    Naw, "Under the Dome" blows. The character Dean Norris plays was ridiculous in the book and remains so on the show.

  • lets_brunch_out

    Totally agree. I tapped out mid-episode 2. It's ridiculously unwatchable.

  • Drake

    Just a guess, but maybe the half-naked well-formed buttocks in the header pic have something to do with "American Ninja Warrior"'s staying power.

  • John W

    Damn you made me scroll back up to have a look.

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