Peter Pan

We don’t know how the hell we were — until just this moment — unaware of tonight’s…mmm…what would you call this: event? But we were – Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in Peter Pan?

Performed as a musical. And live, to boot.

Holy ticking crocodile, Batman!

This has the possibility of being the campiest thing on TV since…well, Batman.

The Astas have already claimed the TV at that time – Peter Pan is a longtime favorite; they were smitten by Williams (and aghast at Hoffman) in Hook, and of course have seen the Disney animated version 1 several times.

In any event that’s all by the way; what really took our interest was the fact that this production is a musical. Which means there will be singing and, one presumes, dancing. Which should be fun – Walken was a noted hoofer long before people were drawn to his readings. Now in his early 70s we doubt he will be up to reprising his Fat Boy Slim vid 2, much less his earlier work, but combined with his unique style, this ought to be really amusing. You should definitely tape 3 this baby.

For those of you who’ve not had a chance to watch Walken dance, we give you Tom The Pimp wooing recruiting the ever delectable Ms Peters…

Peter Pan

Show 3 footnotes

  1. I still have a hard time believing it was done in the 50s.
  2. At least not “live.”
  3. Yes, I said tape; it’s not your grandpa’s term. It’s short, sweet, to the point and not anywhere near as ungainly as saying “Yeah, I DVR’d the game yesterday.” Really? Did you hurt yourself doing that?

Tony Soprano

Tony Soprano: What I’ve Been Up to Since the Show

As many of yous recently heard, I’m still alive, despite those shady-lookin’ guys who were coming into the diner the last time you saw me, in 2007. That year changed a lot of things for my family and me—and, with all the recent discussion about what happened to us, I thought it was time to set the record straight.

First of all, I hate that Journey song, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” from the end of the show, and, after the power was restored following that massive tristate-area blackout, my daughter, Meadow, went over to the jukebox and changed it to “Umbrella,” by Rihanna, which was a big hit at the time.

Many of you may remember that my wife, Carmela, and I had been fighting for years, and that I was starting to feel real claustrophobic in our Jersey suburb. Carmela had gotten accustomed to that life style, but I decided that it was time to make a clean break, and headed to the Oregon shore, where I bought a little house and started going for long daily walks while listening to “This American Life” on my Android. Dr. Melfi, my shrink, came with me for a little while—you recall the palpable attraction between us—but I could tell that she missed the East Coast. Eventually, I said, “Listen, Jen, I really appreciate this, but I can tell that you’re miserable out here. Why don’t we remember the good times, like when you didn’t tell me about what that guy did in that parking lot, and I didn’t kill him by bludgeoning him for thirty-five minutes with the handle of an oven from a pizza shop?”

I was a little lonely after that, but not too bad…

Also…the original in-depth VOX piece is worth a read.

However the most amusing upshot of the article was VOX’s subsequent piqué une crise following SavedYouAClick’s Twitter spoiler; VOX and others immediately went existential, questioning SavedYouAClick’s right to live.

As bubbles in the bong water go, fairly funny. 1

Tony Soprano

Show 1 footnote

  1. Especially after Chase read the original VOX item and said “Uh, wait a minute: you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

The Kardashians

Despite all the phoniness, rehearsed dialogue and fake scenarios, however, there is some grain of authenticity to the Kardashians to which fans respond: when I asked teenagers at Dash why they liked the show, the most common reason was that, despite all the drama, “they all really love each other and are such a close family”. Like the Osbournes before them, the Kardashian family unit is convincingly tight. There is something unexpectedly soothing about this.

For the record then, what is Kardashian’s talent?

“What is my talent?” She cocks her head to one side. “Well, a bear can juggle and stand on a ball and he’s talented, but he’s not famous. Do you know what I mean?

Indeed.

Rêves doux

Lisa Teachman

Even as we write 2,094 people are readying themselves for bed, giddy with the possibility of severe thunderstorms creeping into the metro area overnight. But what really has got these folks beside themselves is Lisa Teachman’s return to the local airwaves tomorrow at 4:30 AM to tell them all about it.

We are not big on the new Tupperware, but one has to admit in certain cases it can be effective: a single FB page managed to convince over two thousand people to switch their viewing habits such Lisa Teachman has come back to haunt (the management of ) KMBC. Moreover each of those two thousand folks have friends, many of whom share the same TV viewing habits – it would not surprise us if nearly five thousand people switch from KMBC to KCTV5 tomorrow. 1

We won’t know until The Book comes out next, but call this a win for Teachman and KCTV5. 2

WNBTv - Good TV!

Show 2 footnotes

  1. Including us; we appreciated Teachman’s low key approach early mornings.
  2. No, no word on Joel Nichols. A shame, that – we enjoyed his sense of humor.