House. Revisited

Dear ladies and gents,

it’s been a while since I last saw an episode of House. Years in fact. When I’ve read that House has been canceled I decide to watch a random episode just to see what I’m missing, if anything at all.

And it turns out I haven’t been missing much. It was one of those episodes where House is in deep doodoo for putting another patient in jeopardy because he is right damnit. Only this time it wasn’t just the patient who got hurt but Chase as well. So yes House is still ahem misanthropic bugger (that would be a PC word, non PC word would be douchebag or SOB as Dean Winchester so eloquently puts it) and he is still popping Vicodin. I’ll admit I was kinda surprised about that one, I thought if they went that route again they would have him hooked on something stronger by now (drugs are bad kids of course they are, but we are talking House here).

So still a curmudgeon, still popping Vicodin, still insisting he is right all.the.time., people around him are in danger and as I have predicted still getting away with it – because he is brilliant. Given I haven’t watched an episode in 3 years so maybe he is a Buddhist and checks on daily basis now but they didn’t show that in this particular episode.

But just as I was ready to snort (cold went into sinus infection mode, snot galore) in dismay and grumble about lack of character development House himself calls this investigator person thingy a coward for not sending his ass back to jail (it seems House was in jail while I was watching other stuff?). And then, AND THEN he goes to Chase who is learning to walk again and tells him he is sorry basically admitting it’s his fault he got hurt. So awareness? He has some.

Of course I will watch the last episode, Shore and company were always good with season finales and premieres. But even though there were obvs baby steps made I think House needs to be put out of his misery.

Not because it’s so horribly awful – there is far worse stuff on TV whether scripted or unscripted.

It’s just that how many times can this man been given a free pass because of his brilliance? And (medicine aside) the show is realistic in a sense that this is what we humans do, think we are right all the time, refuse to change and screw up on daily basis, I don’t think anyone would be interested to watch me screw up time and time again, episode after episode. Because that is what House does. It’s just doesn’t make for interesting TV, you know?

What I’m trying to say, I found House – shock horror – boring (obvs Sherlock has rubbed off on me).

So ladies and gents, any thoughts? Is anyone watching House anymore? I will admit after watching the video below – there were some really funny bits. And I hope Hugh Laurie does some comedy again (after a nice, long break of course).

The Bronson Pinchot Project

Dear ladies and gents,

you remember Bronson Pinchot, no? Come on, it’s cousin Balki of course you remember. Who could forget the Dance of Joy?

Anyhow Mr. Pinchot has a new show on DIY Network of all places. The series will see him buy an old home and restore it to its former glory using the materials that were available at the time (I do wonder where does one find 18th century cotton? ebay?)

As Pinchot said

All the rooms look exactly like you would expect them to look if they had been locked in 1840 and just unlocked on the show. We do show how we get there, and it’s largely trial and error.

Which you know does sound interesting. And I think it’s safe to say noone will be doing the Dance of Joy (unfortunately). But I do have to admit that my initial reaction was – I hope he doesn’t turn into Jeff Lewis.

Source: Channel Guide Magazine

Hell to the no

Image: Stock.xchng

Dear ladies and gents,

I will preface this by saying I have a nasty cold so my tolerance is even lower than usual (which isn’t saying much really).

But when I read the news Jonny Lee Miller has been cast as Sherlock Holmes for CBS’ Elementary all I could do was snort. Well it was something between a snort, a cough and a sneeze (trust me, it is possible).

Seriously, CBS? SERIOUSLY?

This is nothing personal against Jonny Lee Miller. I think he is a wonderful actor with a great range. Loved him in Eli Stone, loved him in Dexter, Trainspotting, hell he even looked cute in Keeping Up Appearances (one of his first roles). And I get it – dude is an actor and a job is a job, can’t fault him for that.

But CBS? CBS should know better. Let me save you some money you would otherwise spend on focus groups, consultants, script doctors and whathaveyou.

Absolutely Fabulous
Fawlty Towers
Are You Being Served?
Dad’s Army
Men Behaving Badly

All of these were originally British shows. Almost all didn’t make it pass the pilot stage. And these are the ones that I could think of off the top of my head (I won’t even talk about this abomination). It simply doesn’t work.

Not to mention there is perfectly good nay exceptional version of modern day Sherlock already on air (and I’m not saying that only because Cumberbatch is nice to look at. One of the reasons, not the only reason. Oh shut up – we’ve already established I’m shallow).

Luckily Sherlock’s producer Sue Vertue is having none of it:

We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.

Bless you Sue and your balls of steel (well figurative balls of steel).

So if CBS wants to do something worthwhile with their money – give some to BBC, excuse yourself from the creative process (so we don’t have another Torchwood on our hands) and let them write and film what they want to. That way the writers/producers/actors/networks get more money and we get more than 3 episodes per season. Win – win in my book.

But then again I’m not a television producer so what would I know?

Things I learned watching Downton Abbey

  • Posh people have luncheons, they do not have lunch (and I wouldn’t be able to tell you what’s the difference, I’m not posh enough to know)
  • Also posh people have their newspapers ironed.
  • Harbingers of doom

  • Mr. Bates cannot catch a break. I don’t know what the man did in previous life but it must have been some bad shit.
  • There are people who do not understand the concept of weekend. Bless.
  • Telephones are instruments of torture.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to conduct illicit affairs with dashing Turkish diplomats. That is as long as none finds out about it.
  • If the dashing Turkish diplomat decides to kick the bucket (being the inconsiderate foreigner and all, no Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s home) just transfer him back to his room. None will be much the wiser (and aren’t you lucky to be posh? You can get the maids to do it with you)
  • If by any chance the word gets about you had an affair with a dashing Turkish diplomat, fret not, there is a solution – one can always go to Italy because there you can always find an Italian who is not too picky.
  • Posh ladies aren’t allowed to have opinions. Not until they are married anyway. Then their husband tells them what their opinions are.
  • If you are a woman, it is your right to be as contrary as you like.