Lisa Marie’s Week In Television: 2/26/23 — 3/4/23

I was finally able to get caught up on some of my shows this week.  Here some thoughts on what I watched.

Abbott Elementary (Wednesday Night, ABC)

I’m kind of worried.  There’s so much about this show that works but I worry that it’s going to lose sight of all of those things by getting bogged down with this whole Charter school subplot.  This week was great when Jacob was freaking out over the mural and when Janine and Gregory were trying to work up the courage to tell Maurice about what happened at the convention.  (And I loved Maurice’s reaction to the news.)  But the Charter school stuff is such a drag!  It’s the same sort of thing that ultimately kept Parks and Rec from being as good as it could have been.

American Idol (Sunday Night, ABC)

I watched the two latest episodes of American Idol on Hulu on Monday.  It’s always a bit weird to me when I see the newest episodes of the show and I see how positive and friendly the judges are.  Obviously, times have changed and I guess you couldn’t really get away with Simon and Randy laughing at someone for having a bad voice nowadays.  Today, old school American Idol would probably be seen as bullying.  I’m not necessarily saying that the show should go back to its old style.  To be honest, I always hated it whenever someone who was obviously developmentally challenged was brought in to audition just so the show could try to score a few mean-spirited laughs off of them.  Still, the upbeat atmosphere of the current version of the show feels a bit forced at times.

The Bachelor (Monday Night, ABC)

I watched the last three or four episodes this week.  They all kind of blended together but I’m all caught up now.  Zach is not particularly interesting but I did enjoy seeing London.  If I don’t seem like I’m really into this season …. well, I’m not.  To be honest, I kind of feel like maybe this franchise needs to either take a longer break between seasons or change up the format a bit.  When the show’s bachelor or bachelorette is interesting, it’s fine if the season itself is a bit predictable.  But when you got someone like Zach, it becomes a lot harder to overlook just how artificial this entire show is.

The Brady Bunch Hour (YouTube)

I’m nearly done with The Brady Bunch Hour and, as much as I make fun of this show, I am going to miss it.  You can read this week’s review here!

City Guys (YouTube)

On Sunday, I watched and wrote up reviews for several hours worth of City Guys.  As such, I won’t have to watch the show again until June.  Yay!  Read this week’s review by clicking here!

Ghosts (Thursday Night, CBS)

I got caught up on the last four episodes of Ghosts this morning and I have to say, it remains a surprisingly fun show.  Depending on what happens with all that charter school nonsense, there’s a chance that Ghosts could replace Abbott Elementary as the best sitcom to currently air on network television.

The Love Boat (Paramount Plus)

Love, exciting and new!  You can read this week’s review here!

My Lover, My Killer (Netflix)

This is a British true crime series about women and men who were killed by their lovers.  I watched two episodes on Wednesday morning.  I fell asleep while watching the third episode, not because it was boring but just because it was three in the morning.  I’m pretty sure I had a bad dream or two as a result of watching this before dozing off.

Night Court (Tuesday Night, NBC)

This week, Abby’s mother dropped by the court and Abby, as usual, reacted in a totally unprofessional way.  There is a part of me that really wants to this show to improve, just because I do like Melissa Rauch and John Larroquette can get laughs out of even the weakest of lines.  But there’s just a blandness at the heart of Night Court.  Even writing up these very brief reviews, I sometimes struggle to really come up with anything to say about the show.  It’s neither great nor terrible.  It’s just kind of there.

The SAG Awards (Sunday Night, YouTube)

This year, the SAG Awards were broadcast on YouTube, which I think is probably a sign of things to come.  It might not happen for a few years but, eventually, the Oscars are going to be an exclusively streaming event as well.  I’ve always assumed that the inevitable move to a streaming platform would improve the Oscars but, to be honest, the SAG Awards on YouTube were just as bland as the SAG Awards on television so who knows?

I was a little bit surprised at how completely Everything Everywhere All At Once swept the awards.  I was expecting the film to win Best Ensemble but I was certainly not expecting Jamie Lee Curtis to beat Angela Bassett for the Supporting Actress award.  Other than that, the SAG Awards were most memorable for Fran Drescher announcing that SAG is apparently going to save the world.  Good for them!

(Actually, as I watched Fran Descher’s speech, I suddenly remembered that she lobbied to be appointed to the Senate after Hillary Clinton become Secretary of State.  U.S. Sen. Drescher?  Actually, that’s kind of a fun idea.)

South Park (Wednesday Night, Comedy Central)

I’m happy to say that I’m now caught up on the latest season of South Park.  “We want our privacy!”

Survivor (Wednesday Night, CBS)

Yay!  Survivor’s back!  I wrote about the premiere of the 44th season over at the Reality TV Chat Blog!

The Weather (Thursday Night, Every Channel in North Texas)

On Thursday, North Texas got hit by a huge thunderstorm and there were rumors of tornadoes in the area.  The local weather people were overjoyed to have an excuse to interrupt regularly scheduled programming.  For an hour or two, they went out of their way to try to terrify anyone watching.  “We think we may have spotted some tornadic activity!”  Fortunately, North Texas survived but you better believe these folks will be patting themselves on the back for at least the rest of the month.

The Spirit Awards Honor Everything

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out earlier today and it was another good showing for Everything Everywhere All At Once.  Will the Oscars follow the lead of the Spirits?

We’ll find out in a week!

Bones and All
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Our Father, the Devil
Women Talking

Emily the Criminal
The Inspection
Palm Trees and Power Lines

The African Desperate
A Love Song
The Cathedral
Holy Emy
Something in the Dirt

Todd Field – TÁR
Kogonada – After Yang
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Sarah Polley – Women Talking
Halina Reijn – Bodies Bodies Bodies

Lena Dunham – Catherine Called Birdy
Todd Field – TÁR
Kogonada – After Yang
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Sarah Polley – Women Talking

Joel Kim Booster – Fire Island
Jamie Dack, Audrey Findlay, Story by Jamie Dack – Palm Trees and Power Lines
K.D. Dávila – Emergency
Sarah DeLappe, Story by Kristen Roupenian – Bodies Bodies Bodies
John Patton Ford – Emily the Criminal

Cate Blanchett – TÁR
Dale Dickey – A Love Song
Mia Goth – Pearl
Regina Hall – Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.
Paul Mescal – Aftersun
Aubrey Plaza – Emily the Criminal
Jeremy Pope – The Inspection
Andrea Riseborough – To Leslie
Taylor Russell – Bones and All
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway
Nina Hoss – TÁR
Brian d’Arcy James – The Cathedral
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Trevante Rhodes – Bruiser
Theo Rossi – Emily the Criminal
Mark Rylance – Bones and All
Jonathan Tucker – Palm Trees and Power Lines
Gabrielle Union – The Inspection

Frankie Corio – Aftersun
Gracija Filipović – Murina
Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Lily McInerny – Palm Trees and Power Lines
Daniel Zolghadri – Funny Pages

Florian Hoffmeister – TÁR
Hélène Louvart – Murina
Gregory Oke – Aftersun
Eliot Rockett – Pearl
Anisia Uzeyman – Neptune Frost

Ricky D’Ambrose – The Cathedral
Dean Fleischer Camp & Nick Paley – Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Blair McClendon – Aftersun
Paul Rogers – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Monika Willi – TÁR

All That Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
A House Made of Splinters
Riotsville, U.S.A.

Leonor Will Never Die
Return to Seoul
Saint Omer

Liz Cardenas
Tory Lenosky
David Grove Churchill Viste

Adamma Ebo – Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.
Nikyatu Jusu – Nanny
Araceli Lemos – Holy Emy

Isabel Castro – Mija
Reid Davenport – I Didn’t See You There
Rebeca Huntt – Beba

Children of the Underground
Mind Over Murder
Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?
The Rehearsal
We Need to Talk About Cosby

The Bear
The Porter
Station Eleven

Aml Ameen – The Porter
Mohammed Amer – Mo
Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary
Bridget Everett – Somebody Somewhere
KaMillion – Rap Sh!t
Melanie Lynskey – Yellowjackets
Himesh Patel – Station Eleven
Sue Ann Pien – As We See It
Adam Scott – Severance
Ben Whishaw – This is Going to Hurt

Danielle Deadwyler – Station Eleven
Ayo Edebiri – The Bear
Jeff Hiller – Somebody Somewhere
Gbemisola Ikumelo – A League of Their Own
Janelle James – Abbott Elementary
Ebon Moss-Bachrach – The Bear
Frankie Quiñones – This Fool
Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary
Molly Shannon – I Love That For You
Tramell Tillman – Severance

Women Talking
Director: Sarah Polley
Casting Directors: John Buchan, Jason Knight
Ensemble Cast: Shayla Brown, Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Kira Guloien, Kate Hallett, Judith Ivey, Rooney Mara, Sheila McCarthy, Frances McDormand, Michelle McLeod, Liv McNeil, Ben Whishaw, August Winter

Pachinko – Ensemble Cast: Soji Arai, Jin Ha, Inji Jeong, Minha Kim, Kaho Minami, Lee Minho, Steve Sanghyun Noh, Anna Sawai, Jimmi Simpson, Yuh-jung Youn

Retro Television Reviews: California Dreams 4.5 “Fallen Idol” and 4.6 “Defending Sly’s Life”

Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past!  On Saturdays, I will be reviewing California Dreams, which ran on NBC from 1992 to 1996.  The entire show is currently streaming on YouTube!

This week, Jake learns an important lesson about how ruthless and heartless the music business actually is.  Meanwhile, Sly is forced to defend a lifetime of bad ethical choices.

Episode 4.5 “Fallen Idol”

(Dir by Don Barnhart, originally aired on October 14th, 1995)

Never meet your idols!

Jake learns that lesson the hard way when his hero, faded rock star Zane Walker (Julian Stone), wanders into Sharky’s.  Jake is stunned to see Zane.  Jake is overjoyed when Zane agrees to listen to the Dreams play.  And Jake is stunned when Zane steals Jake’s latest song and releases his own version of it.  The song becomes a hit in record time.  (Apparently, it only took about a week for Zane to steal the song, record it, and then release it.)  Jake and the Dreams crash Zane’s press conference, with Jake still convinced that Zane is going to give Jake credit for writing the song.  Instead, Zane smirks and takes all the credit for himself.  Tiffani and Sly suggest suing Zane.  Jake replies that it’s not about the song.  He can write a hundred good songs.  But he’ll never get another idol….

Wow, what a depressing episode!  I mean, Jay Anthony Franke really poured his heart into his performance and it’s good that the show taught kids about the importance of copyright laws but still…. let’s move on to something happier.

Episode 4.6 “Defending Sly’s Life”

(Dir by Don Barnhart, originally aired on October 21st, 1995)

The episode opens in a court room.  All of the Dreams are in costume.  Sam is a court reporter.  Jake is a judge.  Tiffani and Tony are lawyers.  Poor Mark and Lorena are forced to wear unflattering bailiff’s uniforms.  Meanwhile, Sly is wearing an orange jumpsuit because apparently, he’s on trial for being the most greedy, selfish guy on Earth.  Tony is his lawyer.  Tiffani is the prosecutor.

Is this a dream?

No, it’s a clip show.  Each member of the Dreams testifies about how Sly has been both a bad and a good friend.  Why are they in court?  It’s never really explained and I actually appreciated that.  It was a nice break from the usual “Remember that time that we played Sharky’s?” format of most clip shows.  Interestingly enough, we even get clips from the first two seasons despite the fact that there’s no way Sam, Lorena, and Mark could have remembered any of that stuff.  But at least the show is acknowledging that Matt Garrison and his sister used to be members of the Dreams.

(If I may briefly go off-topic, I always found it weird that, after Matt left, the Dreams went on without him.  I mean, Matt started the band.  He named the band!  Was he okay with the Dreams continuing to perform his songs and under the name he came up with even after he left?  Did Jake and the other band members even ask?  After he moved, they could have at least come up with a new name for themselves.  I would have suggested something like Jake Sommers and Funtime Quartet.)

Anyway, after all the Dreams testify about all of the sneaky things that he’s done, Sly testifies about the time that he helped Tiffani get off the steroids that he had previously given her.  Apparently, that’s enough to convince Judge Jake to rule that Sly is not the most selfish person on Earth and Sly is allowed to go free.  What would have happened if Sly had been found guilty?  Who knows?  I just like the fact that this totally weird episode came out of nowhere and will probably never be mentioned again.  This is something that you won’t ever see on City Guys or One World!

Next week, the recently acquitted Sly is rude to multiple people, therefore proving that Jake shouldn’t have been the judge.

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Adrian Lyne Edition

4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today’s the Shattered Lens wishes a happy 82nd birthday to the British director, Adrian Lyne!  Lyne was one of the many British director to start his career by making commercials.  (Alan Parker and Tony and Ridley Scott also followed a same career path.)  He brought the same technique that inspired people to buy products to his films and the enf result was some of the most stylish films of the 80s, 90s, and the aughts.  Lyne hasn’t directed many films but his lasting influence cannot be denied.

It’s times for….

4 Shots From 4 Adrian Lyne Films

Flashdance (1983, dir by Adrian Lyne, DP: Donald Peterman)

Fatal Attraction (1987, dir by Adrian Lyne, DP: Howard Atherton)

Jacob’s Ladder (1990, dir by Adrian Lyne, DP: Jeffrey L. Kimball)

Indecent Proposal (1993, dir by Adrian Lyne, DP: Howard Atherton)

Scenes I Love: Ronn Moss Blows Up An Assassin in Hard Ticket To Hawaii

Today, we celebrate the birthday of actor and musician, Ronn Moss!

In honor of this day, I was going to share a few scenes of Ronn as Ridge Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful but then it occurred to me that, as much as all good people love B&B, Hard Ticket to Hawaii is even better.  In today’s scene that I love, Ronn Moss not only blows up a skateboard assassin but the assassin’s sex doll as well.  No one messes with Ronn Moss, his driver, or the Molokai cops!

Live Tweet Alert: Watch Hounded with #ScarySocial


As some of our regular readers undoubtedly know, I am involved in a few weekly live tweets on twitter.  I host #FridayNightFlix every Friday, I co-host #ScarySocial on Saturday, and I am one of the five hosts of #MondayActionMovie!  Every week, we get together.  We watch a movie.  We tweet our way through it.

Tonight, for #ScarySocial, Tim Buntley will be hosting 2022’s Hounded!

If you want to join us on Saturday night, just hop onto twitter, start the film at 9 pm et, and use the #ScarySocial hashtag!  The film is available on Prime.  I’ll probably be there and I imagine some other members of the TSL Crew will be there as well.  It’s a friendly group and welcoming of newcomers so don’t be shy.

Music Video of the Day: Can I Go Now? by Jennifer Love Hewitt (2003, dir by Liz Friedlander)

Don’t mess with Jennifer Love Hewitt!

I’ve always liked Jennifer Love Hewitt, largely because we’re both Texas girls, we both have what others seem to consider to be an unusual sense of humor, and I imagine that we both share the same struggle when it comes to having to remind men that our eyes are up here.  Of course, for all that we have in common, a huge difference between the two of us is that Jennifer Love Hewitt can actually sing whereas I can barely carry a tune.  (That said, I’ve always felt that my karaoke version of All Time High was better than all the other karaoke versions.)  Jennifer Love Hewitt has released four albums, which is four more than I’ve released.

Can I Go Now? was the second single to be released from her 2003 album, BareNaked.  In the video, Jennifer fights with her boyfriend, she leaves her boyfriend, she returns to her boyfriend, she leaves her boyfriend …. it’s a never-ending cycle of coming and going so I guess the answer to the question is that you can really never leave.  At one point, she joins her boyfriend in the shower and he kind of gets weird about it.  I’m not really sure what to make of this guy, as he seems to be a little bit whiny and mopey.  The apartment’s a bit too cluttered for my tastes as well.  I’m just saying that I would definitely leave and not return until he found a place that had a wall between the kitchen and the living room.