- An interesting conversation is taking place on the High Hat forums about where posters would rank the big 3 HBO series -- The Sopranos, Deadwood and The Wire. Inspired by the imminent end of the adventures of Tony Soprano, there's been a lot more support for than show than I'd have anticipated; having finally caught up through the fifth season, I look at it as a good show, and occasionally a great show, but aside from having set the stage for the type of complex serial drama that followed, I just don't think it's in the same class as the other two. Deadwood, for me, comes in second; its characters are probably richer than any of the other three, and at its best, it was unstoppable, but it suffers a bit from the abrupt feel of the third season, which also wasn't, except in its finest moments, on a par with the outstanding first and second seasons. Of course, I'm already on record as saying that The Wire is quite possibly the best show in the history of television, so it's no surprise that I'd put it at the top, but I'm curious as to the rest of you -- if you've seen all three, how would you rank them?
- I honestly don't even know why I got cable at my new place. I wanted to just get wireless internet, but they gave me the hi-def digital cable and the DVR-whatever-that-is upgrade for basically the cost of the internet plus fifteen bucks for a years. Sounds great, right? Except I only watch like two television shows a week. That's $7.50 a show. Not such a good deal, really. And what am I gonna do, start watching cooking shows in HDTV? What's the point? I feel like a chump.
- If you get the reference in this post's title, you win a special prize.
- American Idol's ratings are higher than ever, and with Sanjaya gone along with any chance he would beat Melinda (I don't really care that much if she loses -- although obviously I hope she wins, my real fear is that she would lose to the least talented singer in AI history), I will probably watch again next season. But these theme weeks just get lamer and lamer as the weeks drag on. I thought nothing could beat "Inspirational Songs" week for sheer crappiness, but sure enough, they followed it up with "Bon Jovi Week", and my world crumbled around me. I know they're never really going to sing GOOD songs, but do they have to be this BAD? To avoid a repeat of this dismal circumstances, I have compiled a list of possible theme weeks for next year, and invite you to add to it.
1. Jandek Week
2. Motorhead Week
3. Industrial Music Week
4. GG Allin & the Scumfucs Week
5. J-Pop Week (contestants all sing theme songs from anime series) or J-Noise week (with host Yamantaka Eye)
6. Megaphone Crooner Week ("Thank you!")
7. Gangsta Rap Week
8. Gregorian Chant Week/Madrigal Week
9. Diamanda Galas Week
10. Gilbert & Sullivan Week
Seriously, wouldn't you love to hear Blake beatbox to "For He's Gone to Marry Yum-Yum", or hear Willie D. tell Jordin she's really got to find the heart of "Mind of a Lunatic"?