television roundup

Here's a brief break from serious science posts. Let's talk some television.

I watched a show last week that was dreadful. It was originally supposed to show in the Fall but kept getting bumped. The name is The Knights of Prosperity and the episode I saw was so bad that I immediately deleted the show from my recording list. I didn't want to take a chance on seeing another episode by accident. It was that bad.

Last night I watched a half hour show on Steve Irwin that's named Crikey, What An Adventure! I'd recorded from Animal Planet on Sunday. It's being played a bunch of times this month along with Ocean's Deadliest, the special that Irwin was in the process of filming at the time of his death. I'll watch Ocean's Deadliest tonight and expect that it'll be quite interesting albeit sad since we won't be seeing anything new from Steve though it does seem like Bindi, his daughter, will be getting a lot of exposure.

A week and a half ago CBS officially announced the teams for the All-Star edition of The Amazing Race. No doubt I'll watch the first few episodes but most of the teams don't interest me. Team Guido is great even if just to be the villians of the series and I do like Rob and Amber even if nobody else on the planet does. He's so gung-ho and competitive that I find him charming in a very negative way. Along that vein, I was really hoping that Colin would be in the show. No dice tho.

Uchenna & Joyce would be the "nice team" that I hope will win. After them it'd probably be Kevin & Drew. If several of these teams drop out I'll probably stop watching. I really can't stand Charla & Mirna and watching them will be painful and something that will be easy to stop recording.

I woke up a few hours early on Saturday before going to the Science Blogging Conference and used that time to finish reading Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma. I was quite impressed with it and will write it up later this week. I liked it so much that I'm going to buy the previous book he wrote (The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World).

UPDATE: JerseyDude likes Knights of Prosperity and says it's gotten some good reviews so maybe some of you will like it. God help you!

Comments

Anonymous said…
Watched Heroes last night for the first time and think I've come in too late to make heads or tails of it. Hmpf.
MissMeliss said…
Missed Ocean's Deadliest and the half-hour Steve Irwin tribute thing as well - will try to remember to check listings for other airings, as I am curious enough to want to see both.
Michelle said…
Dave please tell me the "Hippies" will be competing!
Justin said…
hi, I came to your blog for the first time n yeah I agree with you that Uchenna & Joyce makes a gud team.

keep blogging
God Bless
Anonymous said…
I'm sure I'll watch it. I'm a sucker for that darn show.
No_Newz said…
Do you think the show was originally called Ocean's Deadliest? There's something to ponder.
utenzi said…
I don't know, Lois, but Irwin didn't die while working on that show. Ocean's Deadliest was on a break and Irwin was doing some footage for his daughter's upcoming television show when his deadly encounter with the Ray occured
JerseyDude said…
Knights of Prosperity has received fantastic reviews, and I personally find it hilarious. Rob Burnett (Letterman producer) and John Beckerman are the creative forces behind the show, the same team that brought us the wonderful series ED. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I would urge people to at least give the show a chance. Jeez, now i sound like Bush talking about his absurd new Iraq policy last night.... :)
Nancy said…
I did not see any of those shows. My girls are obsessed w. American Idol and I'm trying to get thru the FIRST season of 24. What I really want to do is sit in bed and read constantly, drinking tea. It is so cold here.
Anonymous said…
Television in the UK is very poor at the moment. Not much seems worth watching so I've taken to watching films. I watched Master and Commander yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by it.

It was a great shame bout Steve Irwin. The guy was a nutter but obviously loved wildlife adn that really came over in his programmes.
Anonymous said…
I like The Amazing Race! I actually think that Rob is charming too! haha.. People might love to hate him but then this a competition so screw helping others.

Cant wait to watch it!
utenzi said…
Now that's an attitude I like, Noi. Go Rob, go!
Anonymous said…
I love love love The Amazing Race. I can't wait for this next season!!

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