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May 13, 2006

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No introductions blathering on endlessly. On with the show. …

I bet we’ve been together for a million years, and I bet we’ll be together for a million more (if you can follow the schedule changes) — This week there was a little network shuffling done, and your best buddy the TV Whore is here to make sure you don’t miss your televised fix.

Starting immediately, “The Amazing Race” will be moving to the Wednesday 8 p.m. slot for CBS, away from its former Tuesday 10 p.m. slot. This should help “TAR“‘s ratings, although it does pit it against the surprise hit “Deal or No Deal.” Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen “Deal,” it’s not a particularly good show by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, if you happen to give an episode a shot, it’s strangely absorbing and hypnotic to the point that it’s very difficult to turn away. But don’t let yourself get sucked in — “The Amazing Race” has been entertaining this season and is the much more rewarding program choice.

This Wednesday, there’s also a schedule-switcharoo over on NBC. Not pleased with its experiment in moving “Law & Order” to the Wednesday/9 p.m. time slot, “Law & Order” will be returning to its long-standing Wednesday/10 p.m. home, flipping slots with the freshman “Heist.” NBC is also disappointed with the “Heist” ratings, but now that it’s being pitted against “Lost” and “American Idol,” I don’t exactly see the ratings improving over the coming weeks. So if you’re one of the folks out there who enjoys the show, I’d say that you should try to catch it while you can, because I suspect it may not be long for this world.

Finally, the TV Whore’s beloved “Veronica Mars” moves away from Wednesday nights starting next week, April 11. Running away from that one-two “Lost” and “American Idol” punch, the cute little high-school detective will be fleeing over to the Tuesdays at 9 p.m. time slot. Things are heating up over in Neptune, so be sure to keep up with the sched change (and speaking of things heating up, it’s looking more and more like ol’ Mayor Steve Guttenberg is going to be one of the baddies, which just makes me giddy as hell as it raises the potential for the best season finale ever — having the old-folks-from-space show up to save Mayor Guttenberg, leading to a Veronica Mars v. Wilford Brimley showdown!).

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Dashing and daring, courageous and caring, faithful and friendly with stories to share. Crashed down on an island, and now they are stranded, with Others and hatches and polar bears — In this week’s official “Lost” podcast, showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse said that “Lost” will be featuring what sounds like one of those “interactive” Internet games this summer. Putting together their half-speak, it sounds like there will be some phony commercials during one or more of the May episodes, which will lead you to various Internet sites set up to look like “real” sites, which will then offer various puzzles and whatnot leading you to other sites, ad infinitum vomitum. They say that the end result of whatever this all is will be some “meaningful” information regarding the show mythology, and not just access to “behind the scenes” footage or other such worthlessness. Of course, I can’t imagine that the information provided would be that meaningful or relevant, because they can’t risk alienating the majority of viewers who won’t be involved with this by dishing out good dirt on the ‘Net. So I would suggest not bothering yourself with this, and if you’re really curious to find out what the “prize at the end is,” you’ll likely only have to wait a week or two until the vigilant fanatics get to the bottom of it all and provide direct links to whatever it is. And if you don’t believe me, just take a look at what said vigilant fanatics have put together, in just a half-week, regarding the secret map that showed up on the hatch’s blast door during last week’s “Lockdown.”

Also, for those of you who tape/DVR “Lost,” here’s a friendly reminder. Lately, the show has been running until 10:01 p.m., but last Thursday ABC issued a press release noting that this week’s episode (which is, incredibly, the third new episode in a row!) will run until 10:05. Not sure if the episode will be one that ends with one of those “Lost” musical montages that are atmospherically entertaining but not crucial viewing, or with some important cliff-hanger/teaser, but if you want to find out, plan accordingly.

Would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar, and be better off than you are — or would you rather go to Scranton? — If you watched NBC’s Thursday sitcom lineup last week, you may have noticed some mock “The More You Know” public service announcements featuring various employees from “The Office.” And if you did watch these, you know they’re fucking hilarious. And if you didn’t watch them, let me tell you — they’re fucking hilarious. Where else can you learn important life-saving tips like this: “When attacked by a bear, simply lie still on the ground and cover your face and head with your hands. When the bears finish batting you around and mauling you, contact the U.S. Forest Service.”

“The Office“‘s producer, Greg Daniels, has joked that the hope of this campaign is that “by further popularizing the phrase ‘The More You Know,’ we will help make addressing the camera in front of a concrete wall the only acceptable way of transmitting information in the future.” So help the cause and head over to NBC’s “The Office” website, whether or not you saw the mock bits last week, because there are 16 of these spots waiting to entertain you.

Here’s the story, of a man named Brady, who was busy, with a talk show of his own. But it was cancelled, and now he’s jobless. Yes he is all alone — Fledgling combinatory network The CW has picked up a new pilot staring Wayne Brady. In “Flirts,” Brady will play the only man working at a chick magazine. Unless Brady is playing “The Chapelle Show” cop-killing, ho-pimping, “is Wayne Brady gonna’ have to choke a bitch” version of himself, this is probably something we can all pass on (if it even makes it to air).

Here they come, walking down the street — a couple new episodes, and three repeats — CBS’s “Love Monkey” was pulled off the air after just three showings. However, sister Viacom network VH1 will be temporarily resurrecting the show to burn off the remaining episodes. On April 8, at 7 p.m., the network will air the three previously aired shows. The remaining 5 episodes that were filmed and put in the can will then be aired on subsequent Tuesdays at 9 p.m. So, if you enjoyed the show and want to see a little more of how it plays out, here’s your chance. Despite the fact that I gave it a pretty positive review on the first go-round, and liked it well enough, I probably will not bother with the VH1 airings, but I applaud Viacom/CBS for at least taking some effort to air the remaining shows. This type of cross-network sharing of shows (similar to the reruns of several NBC shows on the affiliated USA and Bravo networks) is perhaps the only good thing to come out of the ever-expanding conglomeration of networks by Viacom, Disney, Universal, etc.

Cylons in charge of our days and our nights. Cylons in charge of our wrongs and our rights — Let’s talk a little “Battlestar Galactica.” Right off the bat, though, let me just say that I may be mentioning all sorts of second-season spoilers. So if you’re not all caught up yet, you’d best stop reading now. Otherwise, you might be really pissed off when you accidentally learn about the torrid love affair between Lee Adama and one of the old toaster-model Cylons. Seriously, get outta here.

I would like to begin with a nitpick that is an utter nerd/geek complaint, but frak it, I am a nerd/geek. So the original Caprica Boomer (the one who Helo hooked up with, who birthed the hybrid baby and who was last seen in the BSG holding-pen before the flash-forward), she clearly had memories of interacting with various crew members, right? Those memories weren’t hers, of course, but belonged to the Boomer who was on Galactica from the beginning of the miniseries, until she got Jack-Rubied and ended up downloading back to Caprica. Now everything we’ve seen about the Cylons up till now suggests that they’re not Borg-like but are totally individualized (as emphasized by everything that was going on in Downloaded with the “hero” Six and Boomer). So how does Caprica Boomer have memories belonging to Galactica Boomer, before Galactica Boomer even downloaded? I mean, Gina/Six didn’t have any shared memories about the fact that another Number Six had been schtupping Baltar, so what’s the difference here? Anyone out there who can resolve this inconsistency for me?

Ok, nerdpicking aside, I remain pretty damn pleased with this show. As I mentioned in a previous Clip Show, I was ready to rail on Season 2.5 (the second half of season 2 that ran from January through April) up until the “Downloaded” episode. The episodes before that (like “Black Market,” “Sacrifice,” and “Scar”) were of various levels of overall mediocrity and relied far too heavily on the episode-as-flashback motif for no apparently good reason other then to build up false suspense. Having listened to creator Ron Moore’s podcasts, it’s apparent that the writers were stretched a little thin (and he is very open of his dislike of “Black Market” and disappointment in “Sacrifice”). However, I enjoyed the hell out of “Downloaded,” and I thought the show built itself up from there to a fantastic season finale.

Speaking of that finale, Dean Stockwell should just be given the Emmy right now. I’m sure he won’t even get nominated, but he was absolutely fantastic. Not to mention the fact that he’s responsible for my current favorite television moment of the year, when Caprica Brother Cavel is brought into Galactica’s holding pen complaining that he’s not a Cylon, until he sees Galactica Brother Cavel. “Would you mind telling me what’s going on. I’m not a frakking Cylon. I’m not — oh … well … OK, then.” Fan-frakking-tastic. I also loved all of the physical changes that folks underwent during the missing year, from the long-haired Kara to the “Miami Vice”-mustached Adama to, my personal favorite, the fat Lee.

As for the leap year, I know some folks are pissed off, but I’m a fan. Seems some people don’t like the idea of the show becoming a “growing rebellion against imperialistic overlords” type of thing. But just look at the season three teaser quote:

Humanity has surrendered. The war is finally over. We must now fulfill our true destiny. So we will love them. And take care of them. Show them the glory of peace. And our infinite mercy will be matched only by our power and complete control.

How can you not get excited by that? Besides, when handled well, there’s nothing wrong with a show making some drastic change to its fundamental underlying premise. It reminds me a lot of what “Alias” did during the second season Super Bowl episode, when the CIA took down SD-6 and changed pretty much everything we knew about the show. Sure, “Alias” fell into the crapper later, but not as a direct result of that change, and I remember being absolutely blown away by a show being willing to take such a ballsy chance. As for “BSG,” I have enough faith, complaints about Season 2.5 notwithstanding, to go with them on this. [If you want to know nothing about Season 3, jump down to the next paragraph.] Of course, it helps that Ron Moore has indicated that the rebellion will only be a focus of the first handful of episodes, and then it sounds likes things will move back into slightly more familiar Fleet territory. Plus, there’s the very exciting news that we’re going to be treated to more “Downloaded”-type episodes, including getting to see some stuff on the Cylon homeworld. Who can’t dig that?

SciFi recently announced that the third season won’t be starting until October, which feels like a long six months away. If you’re having trouble biding your time, you’ll be happy to know that a BSG comic book will be hitting the stands starting next month. It will apparently be set in the time between when Galactica returned from Kobol and when the Pegasus showed up, and will include various stories relevant to the past and present. And of course, comic books offer the advantage of needing no effects budget, meaning we may get to see some cool shit that the show could never do. So for those of you who are not like Pajiba’s publisher (i.e., don’t “abhor” comic books or have trouble reading and looking at pictures), this should be a welcome filler through the humid summer months.

Seth Frelich is a television columnist for Pajiba. He lives in Washignton, D.C. and couldn’t be happier that summer “intern season” is finally here.



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