Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Because of the way "The Sopranos" ended Sunday night, I didn't watch the new show that followed it on HBO. But I did tape "John From Cincinnati" and I watched it yesterday afternoon. "John From Cincinnati" is a show created by David Milch, the same guy who created "Deadwood" and the same guy "NYPD Blue's" Andy Sipowicz was patterned after.

In other words, it's safe to say that David Milch knows a part of all of us that's rarely explored on a big stage. The odd, profane and just plain "different" part of all of us.

After seeing the first episode of "John From Cincinnati", I'll give David Milch the fact that he's being true to himself. This show is odd, profane and different. Like "Deadwood" and "NYPD Blue", "John From Cincinnati" is loaded up with good actors and I watched the whole hour without taking a break. But at the end of "John From Cincinnati", I said to myself, "What the bleep was that?!?" My conclusion? An hour of well acted stupidity. Will I watch "John From Cincinnati" this coming Sunday? Yes, but if it doesn't start making sense, no matter how good the acting is, "John From Cincinnati" will lose this viewer.

I also watched a film yesterday. "John Tucker Must Die", a film that came out last year. This is a film about some high school girls who are tired of being "played" by the school's basketball star, all around major babe chaser and conqueror of said babes. John Tucker is played by Jesse Metcalfe, the same guy who played the sexy gardener on "Desperate Housewives". Three beautiful girls played by Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel and Ashanti are all dating John Tucker at the same time, but they don't know it. When they find out, they "enlist" another girl to try to break Tucker's heart, hence the title, "John Tucker Must Die". This hoped for female "assassin" is played by Brittany Snow, who played Meg Pryor on "American Dreams". Nothing great about this film, it ends in a silly way, but for those of us who remember our high school years, it was whacha call understandable and I had a good time watching it.


"American Idol" is the biggest show on television. By far. If you're a part of that show, your world has changed. Big time! Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell have become household names because of "American Idol".

Of the four, the only one most folks had ever heard of was Paula Abdul, but the other three had done all right for themselves while being mostly out of public view. "American Idol" is one of those once in a lifetime gigs that none of these four people would want to let go of, but if The National Enquirer's Mike Walker is right, two of these four will not be back next season.

Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. Again...This is according to The National Enquirer's Mike Walker.

If this is true, who would replace those two? According to Walker, one of the people A.I. producers and Fox would like to hire is Britney Spears.


David Chase is the guy who invented "The Sopranos" and he wrote and directed the final episode that everyone's been talking about. Chase agreed to do one interview yesterday and that was to The Star-Ledger of Newark. "I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there. People get the impression that you're trying to bleep with them, and it's not true. You're trying to entertain them." As to the question about a possible movie, Chase said, "I don't think about a movie much. I never say never. An idea could pop into my head where I would go, 'Wow, that would make a great movie,' but I doubt it."


Mayor Rudy is still the leading Republican presidential candidate, but there's a new second place contender and he hasn't even announced he is a candidate. That would be Fred Thompson. A couple of months ago, the view expressed here was that the FINAL two presidential candidates would be Thompson and Obama.

Alot of talk about trying to get that immigration bill in the Senate passed. I find myself agreeing with a lot of other people who say, "Why don't you enforce the laws we already HAVE on immigration?!?"

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TOMORROW: Now that he's a new grandfather, isn't it time for our Vice President to be asked about his views on the "gay issue"?


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