November 01, 2005

TiVo and cable

My previous post was a recap of my weekly TV habits, but it's specific to the major networks. What you didn't see there is the wonder of TiVo. He tapes all sorts of joyous things for me each week for my perusal later. The SNU gets a few nods as well, but TiVo just loves me more....because I use him constantly. Yes, I am an avowed TiVo whore. Like Miranda on Sex and the City. Oh, Miranda - memories...like the corners of my mind...

Here's a sample of the programs I usually come home to find saved for me:
  • The Golden Girls (at least 3x daily)
  • Designing Women
  • I Love Lucy
  • Are You Being Served? (British sitcom I love)
  • What Not to Wear
  • The Amazing Race (reruns on GSN)
  • Friends
  • Sex and the City

Which leads me to my rave of the week. As mentioned by LadyB, What Not to Wear is a truly fabulous show. I love the hosts - Clinton and Stacy rock! We've also spotted Clinton in person once while sipping beers at Fox & Hounds. I've learned much from the show - particularly about the fit of pants. I am no longer a pleated tapered trouser-wearin' fool.

Now keep in mind that I'm a complete sucker for makeover shows. I get this insane rush when I see a plain Jane turn into a work of art. In fact, I've often thought that if I had the $$$, I would start a cable channel that just showed makeover shows. Fashion makeovers, room makeovers, life makeovers...you get the idea. And the original show I would create would be something like Fashion Police - we'd do a makeover for someone walking on the street who really needs it. I can't tell you how many times I've walked by someone on the way to work and thought, "If I knew her, I'd totally write to What Not To Wear about her. That skirt makes her hips look huge!"

And now onto this week's rant. Newsflash to the networks - the era of the funny fat guy with the skinny pretty wife is o-vah! How many variations can there possibly be on the same theme? According to Jim, Still Standing, etc. The only one that has been funny in the last decade is King of Queens. And even that is getting old. Of course the real crime is that they try to make it believable. I'm sorry, but there is no way that Jim Belushi would ever score a date with Courtney Thorne-Smith. She would take one look at him and say, "Take a shower, nimrod."

Now don't get me wrong - I like a man with meat on his bones. A warm hug from a man of substance is to be treasured. But if the man is hopelessly heterosexual with bad clothes, beer breath, and bad jokes...he must be passed over.

So for January, I call upon the networks to look at their mid-season replacements, and ban all the King clones, and give me something fresh. But don't be stupid like Fox and bury it in your schedule (i.e. Arrested Development).

5 comments:

DC Food Blog said...

We are SOOOO sharing a tv brain. That's pretty much what's on my DVR. I'm not as crazy about the U.S. WNTW since the British one is pure gold. THe two snarky ladies are not only deconstructing the victim's fashion choices but also criticize their own bodies and show how they dress to compensate for their own saggy boobs or thick ankles. Did you not cry a river last night when the Gaghan's lost? You knew it was coming but WAAAAH! Oh Sex and the City. There's a deep hole in my heart that can never be replaces. That episode go me over the worst breakup of my life. I love Carrie's ending line after she sees Big and realizes, "Some people need to run free, until they find someone just as wild to run with." And the age of schlubs married to models is OVAH. Maybe we can usher in an age of attractive SNU's married to sexy dancers?

Dancer in DC said...

What a good idea!

Yes, last night was very sad on TAR. My next post will be a rant on this season's edition - I'm so not happy with it.

Seen the British WNTW before - it's a little shocking the first time. It's just that we're so polite in American culture, and the Brits could care less. "I'm sorry love, but your spare tire makes you look like a sausage in that dress."

ScottE. said...

we love the SEX IN THE CITY. One of our near and dear friends did a toast at our wedding. She starts by saying it was written by one of our favorite writers. We're listen and listening and have no idea who it is...and she ends..."By Carrie Bradshaw, Sex in the City, Season two." We nearly screamed it was awesome...one of the best photos of that night was of our reactions...love it!

Em said...

Stacy from WNTW went to Vassar!

Lady Brandenburg said...

Em- as my best friend Stacy would say "Shut up!" I love her. And so would be friends with her. And Clinton. He is my boyfriend. I love them so. I've seen the British WNTW, but I just love the Stacy and Clinton hour long format - you get to see the person being made over struggle doing their own shopping for, like, ten minutes, and I like yelling at the TV during that segment. And where would we be without Nick? Although I think Carmendie (sp?) can go suck on a tailpipe. Another tomato on a toothpick.