The Week In TV: Art of the Dushku
• I've been a little remiss in advising you to watch Parks and Recreation, which is my bad, as I heard a kid say the other day when I yelled at him to get off my lawn. It's a funny, quick little show cut from The Office's cloth but able to stand on its own, and it's the most unsung component in NBC's rock-solid two-hour comedy block on Thursday nights.
• Dollhouse was cancelled! Man, if a bad sci-fi show can't survive, what hope is there for the rest of us? For reals though, I'm tired of people telling me this show was great if I could look past the leaden acting abilities of Eliza Dushku. Here's something to remember: If your lead can't act, you don't have a great show. THAT IS TRUTH. And I'm not bagging on creator Joss Whedon, either. I own every DVD of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. But this show was weak sauce out the gate. The problem was he never had a fire in his gut for this one. He took a lunch with Dushku one afternoon to talk over possible projects for her to do, then he just coughed up the idea from out of nowhere, and bam, it's on TV. More than that, on Fox, the net that's been bad luck for Whedon in the past. He needs to cook up a good idea again -- a legitimately good one -- and head to HBO, AMC, FX, or just figure out a reasonable online model. The show will finish its second/current/final season by filling out the 13-episode order. Look for the finale in January.
• Anybody watch AMC's remake of The Prisoner last night? Thoughts?
• In other cancellation news, ABC has killed Hank. So, sorry, hypothetical viewers from my parents' generation.
• Did you see South Park last week? Not bad at all. It took aim at Glenn Beck, the violently insane talking head who's doing his best to keep alive the spirit of Morton Downey, Jr. Definitely worth checking out, so stop working and go watch the clips on the googletube.
• Obligatory paragraph in which I remind you to watch Community: So! You should watch it. ... Seriously, it's one of the funniest, quickest shows on TV, and every week it's a little bit stronger. It's got enough bite to avoid being sappy but enough heart to avoid feeling cold, and the ensemble is really clicking, especially when it comes to Troy and Abed. Best new show of the fall, easily.
• Jon Stewart caught Sean Hannity using footage from Glenn Beck's 9/12 rally in September and passing it off as being from a recent protest organized by Michelle Bachman. Hannity offered a smug apology, because he's a douche, but bigger picture: Could any other news/"news" organization get away with this? If Katie Couric pulled that shit, she'd be out the door by the end of business. I think it speaks volumes about Fox News' inherent foolishness that they can do something like this and no one is the least bit surprised. So if you know someone who turns to Fox News for information, clobber them and give them a newspaper.
The rest of this week brings more of the same, which is good news for now. The holiday season always interrupts things, and I'm already not looking forward to the Winter Olympics ("The Not as Fun Ones!"), which will eliminate NBC comedies for a couple weeks in February. Oh well. I'll take what I can get.