01/17/2006 10:16 pm
I decided to write a review for the episode of "Love Monkey" I just saw. It really wasn't until I hit add post that I realized I really don't know what to make of it at all.
See I have this problem with really never disliking anything. If I give a show a chance 9 times out of 10 I'll like it, I just decide before I see it whether or not a show is worth cutting into my...watching of other shows.
As for Love Monkey to tell you the truth I'm not sure why I watched it. I just stopped flipping channels following Scrubs after a mere 2 channels. I'm also not sure, but fairly certain, it was the series premier.
It had all the things wrong with it that plague almost all shows' premiers, that being they have to set up the series and the episode itself doesn't really have any time to go anywhere.
We were introduced to characters and clued into their backgrounds. We were introduced to the main characters group of friends. One married friend, one black friend, one female friend, and one single overly womanizing friend, who we found out at the end of the episode was hiding the fact that he is gay. A twist about as shocking as a AA battery.
The main character was fired from his job at a record company following a "Jerry MacGuire-esq" diatribe about being about music and not money. He then sets out to start is own label. His first task is signing a singer he found for his former label just before he got fired. After competing with the large company for a while he lets "John Mayer Jr." go, realizing he should let the boy get a big payday he can't offer. All in all it was a bit on the sappy side.
Fortunately for it I'm a sap, and "Love Monkey" had me at pagina. On the flip side it's hardly joined Lost, Scrubs, Family Guy, and Simpsons on my "stop everything and watch" list. I'll have to see a "real" episode sometime, if I happen to catch it on again.
|Matt - Washington Bureau Chief|
Yeah, there were some definate parallels between Jerry McGuire and the setup of this episode/series, and it was kind of lame as was the contrived gay friend twist. On the other hand, Tom Cavanagh was good and made the character funny and likable. There were also some good lines that were so quick you might miss them if you weren't paying attention, but funny nonetheless (e.g. the wheat balls joke).
All in all it was no Ed, but I liked it enough to give it a few more episodes as well.
|Matt - Ombudsman|
|Also, Family Guy sucks.|
|Scott - 6225 Posts|
|I like Family Guy|
|icbeast - I don't need to get steady I know just how I feel|
|Once I saw that House wasn't on I become despondant and left FOX on anyway. So I ended up watching American Idol. And as lame as it is, some of the rejected people were hilarious. I hadn't laughed that hard in quite some time. After seeing the commercials for Love Monkey I was going to give it a try. But I've been watching too TV for my own good lately, so I'm thinking maybe not.|
|Jon - Nutcan.com's kitten expert|
I agree with what was said about the show mostly. I mean I think that the actor who was secretly gay has actually played the secretly gay guy part in some other show. That's how cliche it seemed. Also, the dialogue had that thing going for it, and I actually mean against it, where it just sounds like the writers are trying to be too cute in like a "isn't this great how the characters interact in this quick, hip sounding way" way. But I too like Tom Cavanaugh and the fact that they made two jokes about male anatomy was hilarious, even though I was laughing at every joke on tv that night.
By the way, it's funny how we all kind of had the same thoughts on the show. I even thought at first that it might have been John Mayer but then quickly realized it wasn't but still thought about how he was just the next in line in the john mayer sound. Love is a marathon has been in my head now for a while. I'm still not sure I like the song though other than the main line.
I agree that family guy sucks.
Here are the top shows on my tv "get excited when I think about watching it" list.
How I met your mother
My name is earl
As for dramas, it's
and I actually don't get excited about dramas, but I think that these shows are good.
Back when I was in school and had more of a life, I only had scrubs as a must watch. TV is like a drug to me. Life: the anti - drug.
|Scott - Ma'am, can you make sure your computer is turned on?|
My top "get excited shows"
That 70s show (reruns)
I don't watch much TV other than sports and news to be honest
|Jeremy - I believe virtually everything I read.|
|I watched a second episode and I decided absoluetly nothing. I might like it, it might be a terrible show. I'm really at a loss.|
|Matt - 3354 Posts|
|Jeremy's mental anguish is over. Love Monkey has been cancelled.|
|Jeremy - 8953 Posts|
There are worse shows on the air. The Mrs and I were watching the Simpsons DVD commentaries tonight and they thought that one of the big problems with TV is that networks expect every show to be an estounding success right out of the box. They brought up that Cheers was the lowest rated show on television it's first season. (2nd the last was another popular show but it escapes me at the moment which one) They stuck with it because someone involved in the show had alot of pull.
Very few shows have instant success, and I think almost every show I watch, other than Lost, gets poor ratings. Personally I think if you made good tv people would come around, but people only seem to want to watch B list celebs to various things. As far as Lost is concerned I have to imagine that as soon as the ratings slip even a little it'll be gone, because the "epicness" of a show like that comes with a big price tag. ABC wont let Lost fall much further behind a show about dancing that costs them nothing in comparison.
(Also I never watch when it's on, but can someone tell me if something changed for "House" this week. It averages 28th but came in 8th this week. Did it have a new lead in or something? Is it on right before or after American Idol and if so is that new to this week?)
|Matt - 3354 Posts|
[quote:0fa71c1250="vita10gy"]There are worse shows on the air. The Mrs and I were watching the Simpsons DVD commentaries tonight and they thought that one of the big problems with TV is that networks expect every show to be an estounding success right out of the box. [/quote:0fa71c1250]
They even expect them to be [b:0fa71c1250]astounding[/b:0fa71c1250] successes as well. 8)
|icbeast - 3618 Posts|
|Aren't you perpetuating the problem by paying any attention at all to the ratings? House was on after American Idol. This was the second week the shows were in that order, I think previously Idol was taking House's timeslot too while House was on a break. Plus, a lot of people who don't have cable probably decided not to watch the Olympics? That would usually be Scrubs time on NBC I think, so maybe a medical show on FOX was the best alternative.|
|Jeremy - 8953 Posts|
1) I dont really thing astounding is spelled with an e.
2) I dont pay any attention to the ratings, I dont base any watching desicion of the ratings. I only looked after I made the comment that all my shows get low ratings (which i based on the fact that they are all teetering on the chopping block every year) and realized I really had no basis to make that comment because I didnt really know what the ratings were.
|icbeast - You've got to trust your instinct, and let go of regret|
|Do you really thing that think is spelled with g? And I assume you looked up the ratings on some website, thereby giving them traffic and power to say that people care about the ratings. Also, I bet that half the time that someone reports a show is "on the chopping block" it's just to generate some buzz, especially when it keeps happening year after year. Kind of like Favre retirement talk.|
|Jeremy - 8953 Posts|
|The point of ratings isn't whether people give a crap or not about the ratings themselves.|
|Anon. Nut Can Fan (Guest)|
especially because my favorite shows have crappy ratings.
and American Idol is getting better ratings than the Olympics. Americans suck