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Monday, September 17, 2012

New Fall Shows I’ll Be Watching (and You Should Avoid)

          With the new fall season beginning, I thought I’d provide a public service and mention the new shows I plan to watch. These are shows viewers should not bother getting interested in watching. In recent years, almost every new show I watch ends up cancelled in record time.

          Remember how much ABC hyped up V? It barely made it to the second half of its first season according to reports, and was cancelled after the second season. How about Ashley Judd in Missing? Bagged after one season complete with a cliffhanger ending.

          There are too many shows to remember them all, but The Event fell pretty quickly. Studio 60, one season. No Ordinary Family, no shot. My canceling abilities go back years. Anyone remember Hack, about a crime-solving cabbie? OK, even I knew the premise was stupid, but once you got passed that problem it actually wasn’t bad. Two seasons.

          Last year was actually a raging success for the one new show I watched, Last Man Standing. It ran for the entire season with just one short respite, but, unfortunately, Tim Allen and crew have been bumped to Friday night this year and, I think, one of the daughters was re-cast. Let’s just say I’m not looking for a Christmas episode this year.

          I mostly tried a new tactic last year – latching onto already successful shows. So far, only The Mentalist seems doomed, banished to Sunday nights. Thank the techy gods for the DVR, although with football always running late on CBS recording could be an issue. As far as I know Blue Bloods, NCIS Los Angeles, and the original CSI, have survived. But can they really be all that secure with me watching?

          Here’s the few new shows I’m looking forward to this fall:

·       Vegas: Michael Chiklis is back playing a bad ass. The first few seasons of The Shield were the best episodes of TV I ever watched, and I’m hoping putting Chiklis in a similar role works again. (Somehow his FX show avoided my jinx.) Dennis Quaid plays the good guy sheriff, apparently Chiklis’ adversary in this show about the early days of Las Vegas.

·       Last Resort: I guess I have a mini theme going because this one is produced by Shawn Ryan, who produced The Shield. I don’t even think this will last, because I can’t figure out where it goes. The crew of a submarine capable of launching a nuclear weapon refuses orders to fire and, based on what I’ve read, takes over a remote island. But Andre Braugher just doesn’t seem to take bad roles, so I’m hoping for the best.

·       Revolution: This looks like a classic overhyped NBC show that they pull the plug on before Thanksgiving. Yet, I’m a sucker for sci-fi, start-civilization-over stories. In this one, the power goes out. Everywhere. Forever. Yeah, I know. It’s even on Monday night, so I’ll be DVR-ing (as I watch football), but what the hell. It might work.

You’ve been warned.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Another 20 miles on the bike down by the Schuylkill as cycling Saturdays start to dwindle, especially ...

with my God sons football season starting next week. Beginning to think I need an MS Ride type of challenge for next year, though maybe not quite that far! Also trying to think of a hashtag like #keeppushing unique to the Ink to encourage readers, especially those with disabilities, to join the conversation on working out. More on that soon, but hashtag suggestions welcome in the comments section.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A new low for Fox “News.” It takes a lot for me to go out of my way to get the attention of a Y employee while I’m ...

sweating my butt off on the exercise bike just to change the channel of a TV. (If you know anything about CP, you understand why.) But I just couldn’t take another 5 minutes of watching a jackass like Karl Rove and his Fox cronies politicize the attacks on U.S. embassies, along with the rest of the stream of lies they constantly spew. They simply abuse the concept of free speech. I know, I should tune it out but when there’s a big-screen HD TV about 5 feet from me almost at eye level, it’s a little tough. And at this point, I should probably point out, I really don’t go looking for stuff to rip Republicans over. If anything, I feel like I don’t watch and read enough non-sports news. As a side note, Rove complained about the time it would take for President Obama to fly to a campaign event instead of dealing with the crisis, adding that he wouldn’t even be talking to the crowd that long. Does Rove seriously think Air Force I isn’t equipped with everything the President of the United States would need to stay on top of the situation? Watch some West Wing reruns, Karl.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why are Republicans waging war against people with disabilities? Another day, another jackass...

from the Republican party. From a blog called Live from Hell’s Kitchen:

A member of the Virginia legislature, Delegate Bob Marshall, was holding a press conference blasting Planned Parenthood. This tragic elected official proclaimed that God was punishing women who had abortions by giving them disabled children.

Yep, you hear that right. has his direct quote:

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.

“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”

          All I can do is ask the question again: Why is the Republican party waging war against people with disabilities?