“Politics have no relation to morals.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
“Don’t worry, I hate spoilers.” – Joshua Smith
When House of Cards was pitched to me, it went something like this: “It’s The Godfather meets The West Wing.” Ok, I’m listening. “It’s based on a UK miniseries, based on a novel.” Oh, great. So I’ll have to endure the endless procession of tweets about how it didn’t capture the novel and the British version was more understated and poignant. “It has Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) and Robin Wright (The Conspirator, Moneyball).” Alright, there’s going to be some stiff competition for Emmys this year. “It’s a collaborative effort between director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and producer Andrew Davies (BBC’s Poet Laureate, probably). Ok, I’m in. But since I don’t have 13 hours to spend on a show I’m not watching with my wife, I have to wait until the opportune moment. Cold virus ravaging our bodies and making it impossible to move any more than is necessary to pay the pizza guy and keep the kids alive (same thing)? That’ll do. Read more
Scandal isn’t great television, if by great you mean “top-tier” or “Emmy-worthy”. It doesn’t belong in the same breath as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones. There are a lot of shows on television that are better-made than Scandal. I watch some of them. However, I’d rather watch Scandal than a good number of those “greater” shows.
But, if by great television, you mean addicting, entertaining, and a lot better than you want it to be, Scandal is indeed great television. Scandal is my new guilty pleasure show. It was a sweeping addiction that happened as my wife and I watched the first 19 episodes of the show in 15 days. (We may or may not have Netflix binge-watched all 7 episodes of season 1 in one day!) Am I even a little ashamed at how much I love Scandal? Yes. But am I counting down the hours until the next episode on tonight? Definitely.
When I first saw the trailer for FX’s newest drama, The Americans, I was instantly excited. I was skeptically cautious, but I had high hopes that perhaps The Americans would be the next great drama on TV. In the short term, we needed something to fill in between Homeland‘s finale in December and the premiere of Mad Men and Game of Thrones at the end of March/beginning of April. In the long term, we need some new dramatic series as Breaking Bad and Mad Men begin to wrap up their runs with the final season and penultimate season approaching, respectively.
HBO’s Girls is taking the world by storm, and Lena Dunham (on the show Hannah Horvath) is the thunder and lightning behind it all. And to be quite honest, I think it’s a very funny, entertaining, and well-written show. I have seen the 1st season in its entirety, and at this point have seen all of the episodes of the 2nd season, so I feel I have a right to make some general statements about my feelings towards it. Read more
The previews for next week’s double feature of The Bachelor were, as usual, far more interesting than the show itself. They featured a hypothermic ambulance ride, tears (naturally), and girls going nuts. Just a great way to start off a week. This week was BLEH as usual, but with so many idiotic people being filmed at the same time, there’s still a few shining moments.
First, Sean’s one-on-one, where he jet-set to Joshua Tree with Selma, a terrifyingly small Iraqi chick whose boobs were precariously close to bouncing out of her shirt the whole time. We couldn’t look away!
Busty Muslim. (From her ABC Bio page)
Happy 2013 Wise Guise Family! We hope the holidays treated you well and you, too, are excited for everything the new year always brings!
Like many years before this one, we’re immediately thrown into the dog days of the NBA season, postseason football, the Oscar movie season, and the return of many of our favorite TV shows. With the return of ABC’s dating reality show extravaganza this week, Liz Riggs will be returning with her hilarious weekly coverage for everyone, enjoyable for both fans of the show and those of us who don’t have a clue what’s going on.