V is Awesome! 
I watched the first episode of the new V series last night.

Ever since I heard they were remaking it, I've been tempted to pick up the originals on DVD and rewatch them, but didn't. I was afraid that it just wouldn't be as good as I remembered it being when I was a kid.

I'm pretty sure I made the right decision, as I'm really happy I went into this new one full of hope and not in a sad state of failed nostalgia.

If they new series keeps up with the quality of the first episode, it is going to be GREAT! I was hoping it would be good, but didn't expect it to be as good as it was.

If you haven't seen it, find a way to get into it. Download it or something. You'll be glad you did.

Now I can't wait for next week...

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Sit Down, Shut Up 
Fox premiered a new cartoon on Sunday night to air along with the Simpsons, Family Guy, and their other Sunday night cartoon line up.

It's called Sit Down, Shut Up, and it's bad. Like... epically bad. I sat and watched the whole thing hoping maybe it would start to get funny or interesting or something and it just didn't.

I think it's worse than the new Knight Rider series was.

I have no idea how it ended up allowed to air, but I don't expect it to stick around for very long. Maybe it was someone's pet project or something.

Anyhow... if you haven't seen it yet, you can spare yourself the trouble. I've already taken one for the team on this.


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I Have a Man Crush on Jon Stewart 
I think this may have been the best week ever for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Better even than the "fued" with Conan O'Brien fueled by the writers strike last year.

Watching Jon completely dismantle Jim Cramer last night was pure gold. I have no idea what compelled Cramer to agree to be on the show after the happenings throughout the week, but I can't begin to express how happy I am that he did!

It will certainly be interesting to see whether this will have the same affect on Jim Cramer's career as Stewart had on Tucker Carlson's. Jim was far less adversarial in person and seemed to quickly accept how utterly outmatched he was in the debate, so that will probably work in his favour, but you never know. Networks are fickle.

Ultimately he conceded to just about everything Stewart suggested, even going so far as to suggest that he will change the format of both his show and CNBC's promotion of it based on this interview. Only time can tell whether this will actually happen, but I suspect that if it does then it could restore some credibility to Cramer and perhaps even help him going forward.

If it doesn't though, and he ends up completely discredited and cancelled, then I'll chalk up another win for Jon Stewart looking out for the little guys!

Regardless of the outcome, it sure was nice to watch him taken down a few notches after seeing his lame attempts at rebuttal earlier in the week. Really though... what did he think was going to happen??

To see what I'm talking about, Canadians can go here to watch the show in its entirety. Currently, the latest episode is from Monday, the 9th. To really appreciate what happened, wait until next week sometime and watch the episodes from Monday March 9th to Thursday the 12th. Americans can catch them at http://www.thedailyshow.com/.

Enjoy!!


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I like Flashpoint 
There's a new show on CTV called Flashpoint. It's Canadian made, and filmed in Toronto, and makes no effort to disguise this fact. Much of the series so far has been right in the downtown core and has made heavy use of local landmark sites like RBC Plaza and the Eaton Centre.

When word of this show started making the rounds, I fully expected it to be just another crappy Canadian made drama with mediocre production values and nothing to keep watchers from just switching over to one of the more mainstream competitors. Boy, was I ever pleasantly surprised!

I've seen three episodes now, and thoroughly enjoyed every one! This show is GOOD! Perhaps there's a certain amount of novelty in seeing my daily surroundings in the show, but there's real quality here that goes quite beyond that. The characters are interesting, and the situations are very topical and engaging.

If you haven't seen it yet, I strongly suggest you take the time to watch. It's far better than I was expecting, and certainly good enough to keep me coming back for more each week.

As an interesting sidenote, it looks like CBS is impressed as well, as they'll be airing the show in prime time in the US now. Good job, CTV!


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Get Well Soon, Hamster. 


Today I just want to send a most sincere "Get well soon" to Richard Hammond of the BBC's Top Gear program.

It's one of my favourite shows, even though I can only watch downloaded versions of it, and I just can't imagine the show without him.

On Wednesday, Hammond crashed a jet-powered drag car doing around 300 mph and has reportedly suffered "significant brain injury". Doctors are now saying that he's progressing well and have upgraded his condition to "stable" from "serious but stable".

I'm sure that all automotive enthusiasts are with me in wishing him well and look forward to him being back on the air as his usual comical self.



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