Television


Dukes of Hazzard: Every General Lee Jump

tvAs a kid, the Dukes of Hazzard was my favourite.

Was it the great writing that captured my attention? Was it the superb acting?

Nah... it was the General Lee jumps!

Oh... and Daisy Duke, my first crush.

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Final Thoughts on The Wire (For A While)

the wireI recently finished watching The Wire for a second time. I thought I'd throw down some final thoughts while it's all still fresh.

First and foremost, I was as riveted the second time as I was the first time, and the first time I thought it was the greatest television show I'd ever watched. I really like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, but they both feel watered down and boring next to The Wire. Watching The Wire demands my complete attention, because it's not dumbed down and some of the accents require great focus. No other show forces me to shut out the rest of the world the way The Wire does. When I'm watching, there's no checking email or Twitter or thinking about my 'to do' list. It's just me and Baltimore.

I love how it grabs a hold of me and refuses to release me until episode 60 ends. I love keeping track of the dozens and dozens of characters, rooting for my favourites and against my least favourites, even when I know exactly what's going to happen. There's no other series like The Wire... no other series goes as deep, is written with such texture and performed with such consistent excellence.

Ok, enough raving. You get it, I love The Wire. I plan to watch it a third time with my son in three years, and I can't wait. I already miss Omar, Bubbles, Slim Charles, Bunk, Avon, McNulty, Cutty, Freamon and yes, even Wee-Bey. I miss 'em all.

After round two, here's how I'd rank the seasons:

  1. Season 4
  2. Season 3
  3. Season 1
  4. Season 2
  5. Season 5

My favourite characters? That's crazy tough, but it might just be:

  1. Omar
  2. McNulty
  3. Bubbles
  4. Cutty
  5. Freamon
  6. Bunk
  7. Bodie
  8. Bunny
  9. Sobatka
  10. Slim Charles

How did I leave the kids off of that list? You can't do a top ten list of characters on The Wire, you need to do a top 50. Next time...

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I love a good story. The Wire is hundreds of amazing stories interwoven with a common thread. There's no other show like it.

Two questions for you:

  1. Have you seen The Wire?
  2. If yes, name a series you enjoyed more so I can watch it immediately.

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The Lone Gunmen's 9/11 Prediction

9/11I just had one of those 9/11 conspiracy documentaries playing in the background while I worked. It mentions National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's statement that "No one could have predicted that they would try to use an airplane as a missile.".

That reminded me of The Lone Gunmen's pilot. The Lone Gunmen was an X-Files spinoff. I was a big X-Files fan, and gave The Lone Gunmen a shot. They didn't have it, but they did have this scene that originally aired on March 4, 2001.

If you're too busy to watch that, I'll summarize it for you. It involves a plot by the US government to crash a plane into the World Trade Center and blame it on an unnamed dictator in order to start a fake war.

Clearly, Condoleezza Rice was wrong. Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, predicted 9/11.

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Futurama Theme Inspired by 1967's Psyché Rock

Futurama ThemeIf you like Futurama, you probably like Futurama's opening theme song. Here it is if you're not a fan and don't have it tattooed in your cranium.

I just read on Reddit that the Futurama theme song was inspired by a 1967 Pierre Henry composition entitled "Psyché Rock". Here's that tune.

Now you know the rest of the story.

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Mad Men and The Falling Man

I love Mad MenI love Mad Men. To promote the new season that kicks off March 25, they've released artwork showing a man in a suit falling.

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If you've ever watched Mad Men, you know that falling man is from the title sequence. Here it is:

Some are suggesting the new Mad Men poster is too reminiscent of The Falling Man from 9/11. The Falling Man is a photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew of a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

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This is much ado about nothing. The Mad Men promo is pure Mad Men, and pretty cool. I don't believe it's trying to mimic 9/11 imagery. What do you think?

I can't wait until March 25.

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Seinfeld Calls Out Facebook in the 90s

facebookThe classic Seinfeld episode "The Bubble Boy" originally aired in 1992. Below is the intro in which Jerry calls out Facebook.

Ok, so he's talking about the answering machine, but it might as well be Facebook. It's the same deal...

On Facebook, I'm down to a modest 56 friends. I'm also one of the remaining few checking Google+ every day and hoping you all buy in. On Google+ I'm here, and if you add me to a circle, I'll add you back.

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Louie

tvI love Louie, Louis C. K.'s series that airs on the FX network in the States. It's just so damn interesting, and different. Sometimes, I honestly don't know whether to laugh or cry. It's brilliant.

I'm breezing through season 2 right now, and I've never seen this:

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That's right, during the credits for Louie, someone gives the camera the finger. By the way, if you want to read an awesome interview with Louis C. K. as he walks you through the second season, click here.

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When I'm On Jeopardy...

tvWhen I appear on the Tournament of Champions, this is precisely without a doubt how I intend to roll.

That's Roger Craig's Double True Daily Doubles (TDD's) at the 2011 Tournament of Champions. The man has big balls.

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The Comedy Network Logo Switcheroo

humourMy favourite blog for branding, Brand New, tells me our Comedy Network has been re-branded.

Here's the before and after Comedy Network logos.

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As silly as the old logo was, the new one is simply too simple. It's the word "comedy" in lower case Gill Sans Ultra font. Nothing more. It's encouraging in that it's a logo I could have designed myself, but not the tour de force Bell Media would have you believe it is. Here's an excerpt from the press release.

Simple yet limitless in its potential use, the fun and colourful new branding for Comedy allows for the channel’s personalities to be integrated into applications of the new elements. […]

“Our ultimate goal with this rebrand is to develop a new look that’s fresh, spirited and has the versatility to work on every platform,” said Jon Arklay, Vice-President, Creative and Brand, Bell Media Agency. “Be it on-air, in print or on digital platforms, this is a new image that connects us with comedy in all media.”

Now that's comedy!

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Knight Rider on Smoking Pot

potMichael Knight and K.I.T.T. don't want us using any illegal drugs. Not even weed.

There's something very amusing about this ad... maybe it's because The Hoff comes across as so condescending and hypocritical considering his own battles with alcohol. Of course, alcohol isn't an illegal drug, is it?

[via Retrontario]

Late breaking bonus video!

Gotta love Canadian Ned...

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