Archive of ‘Television’ category

Sochi 2014

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I’m a super-huge fan of the Olympics… even the seemingly less popular Winter Olympics. I love seeing people achieve their life’s dreams. I’m all about the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and I’m a fan of watching most of the sports events. This year, I’m excited to check out the Slope-style Snowboarding even though Shaun White has decided not to compete.

This Olympics, I’m fascinated by the articles, tweets, and reports about the host city not being ready. Russia is already sort of an enigma, so seeing the event through the “eyes” of social media has been interesting.

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Twitter seems to be the place to find all of the interesting commentary on hotels, event space, and other interesting happenings. I especially enjoyed this article wrangling all of the journalists live-tweeting their hotel experiences.

I’m cheering for USA all the way and am excited to watch new chapters of athletes’ lives unfold.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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I’ll admit it right off the bat: I’m not a Seinfeld fan. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t have a television through most of the 90s, but mostly I think it’s because I could not stand the George Costanza character. So when I heard Seinfeld was starring in a web-series where the premise was inviting comedians to coffee and picking them up in vintage cars to drive to the coffee shop, I’ll admit I was a little “Meh” about it.

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But then he interviewed Tina Fey. It’s probably no surprise that I’m a huge Tina Fey fan. I watched the episode and found it delightful. Most of all, I found Seinfeld to be a gracious host. He chooses a vehicle based on his guest, spends some quality time with them and asks interesting questions and actually lets them tell their stories. So many hosts interview celebs and either don’t let them finish their stories or interrupt to turn the story back to themselves.

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I think my favorite part about the show is how funny Seinfeld finds his guests. He literally cracks up the entire show.¬† You can see by some of these episode stills just how funny he thinks his comedian colleagues are. I love how much fun they are having. Typically, they¬† have coffee at a local joint in the NY/NJ area (Bendix Diner from the Barry Marder episode is right down the street from my apartment) or in the LA area. They definitely aren’t visiting Starbucks, in fact, I’ve added a few must-try places to my NYC list based on this show.

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Each episode is between 17 and 22 minutes – the same length of time as a network sitcom. You can find them on the Crackle channel on AppleTV and the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee website.

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My favorite episodes (besides the Tina Fey one) are the Ricky Gervais episode (I love how frightened he is of Seinfeld’s driving), Gad Elmaleh (a French comedian who voiced the Jerry’s Bee character in the French version of Bee Movie), and the Carl Reiner/Mel Brooks episode (classic old Hollywood stories).

Even if you’re not a cars, coffee, or comedy fan, give an episode a try. I’ll bet you’ll find it as charming as I did.

Dog Tested. Dog Approved. // Subaru Commercials

My day job requires me to research specific brands. During one of my internet browsings, I discovered Subaru’s newest ad campaign called “Dog Tested. Dog Approved.”

I thought I would share three of the commercials that I found really funny.

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There are loads more on the Subaru YouTube page. I’m guessing we might see one or two during the big game this weekend.

Now for the million dollar question – do these commercial make you want to buy a Subaru?

TV Obsession: The Wire

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I just plowed my way through all 5 seasons of The Wire. I know, I know…. I’m a little late to the party seeing as how this show ran from 2002 – 2008. But! I had heard it was a must-see show… best show ever, etc. Man, this show is great. Really well done. The writing and acting is impeccable.

But boy is it ever bleak. Based on the streets of Baltimore, the show starts with the Baltimore Police Department and their fight against the street drug dealers. But the show evolves into so much more than that. Each season focuses on a different part of “the system.”

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From the cops, to blue collar dock workers, to the local government, schools, and the news industry, it’s demoralizing and tragic how corrupt and political everything is. The show is based on former police reporter David Simon’s books and has been lauded as the most realistic cop show on TV. It’s brutally violent, but has funny moments and often surprises with the raw emotion and tenderness in some scenes.

If you haven’t watched it and you don’t mind violence and hearing the F-word at least 30 times an hour, you should give it a try. You can purchase episodes on iTunes, watch on HBOgo (with a cable subscription) or check your local library to rent the DVDs.

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