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Raising Hope – FOX 9pm Pacific
I think FOX may have found the sitcom to fill the void left by Malcolm in the Middle. Raising Hope is centered around Jimmy, a young dummy, spawned from a family of dummies, that through wild and far-fetched circumstances becomes the father of a six month old baby. Rather than “safe-drop it at the fire station” as Jimmy's family suggests, he decides that raising this baby is his chance to do something positive with his life and he takes it. Of all the pilots I've watched so far this week, Raising Hope is easily my favorite. The struggling lower-middle class family is made up of colorful characters, including an immature father who enjoys pushing unsuspecting urinators into the bushes into which they are urinating, a mother who mispronounces a word few sentences, and a grandmother (played by Cloris Leachman) who is prone to Alzheimer's induced toplessness. As corny as it may sound, the thing that sets Raising Hope apart from other sitcoms is the premise: that raising this baby gives a family, who feels worn down by a seemingly never-ending uphill struggle, some hope (hence the show's name) for something beyond the daily grind. Record, Record, Record.

Running Wilde – FOX 9:30pm Pacific
This one is a much tougher sell for me. The story of Running Wilde concerns Steve Wilde, a filthy rich heir to an oil empire who is desperate for a friend he doesn't have to pay for. The show features Will Arnett as Steve Wilde and Keri Russel as Emmy, the one that got away. Oh, and they threw David Cross in there as an “environmental terrorist.” Based on how forced the humor felt at times, I'm thinking that FOX was banking on roping in the Arrested Development devotees by using former cast members instead of good jokes. I'm sorry to say that I could never get into the Bluth family shenanigans, so the token addition of David Cross to a show featuring Will Arnett doesn't do anything for me. I'm not tuning in for the next episode, but maybe an Arrested Development fan has a different opinion?

Anyone else catch these new episodes? What did you think?

-Andrew

 
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I'm just going to throw this out there: Time travel isn't possible. But who needs it, anyway? The only real benefit of time travel would be the ability to repeatedly skip back to the 8pm-10pm primetime slots to catch all of the TV shows that are on at the same times. And, please, don't give me the “Well, you could go back and assassinate Hitler,” nonsense. What if you failed, huh? What if you were caught and your time travel device was discovered? You, the would-be chrono-assassin, would be responsible for time jumping Nazis. So forget about it, and just be content with the ability to record your favorite shows at the same time.

Sadly though, even with the convenience of Tivo/DVR, there is only so much time in the day. You, the average person doesn't have time to waste checking out a lot of the new primetime programming. It's a good thing for you that I'm slightly below average and have nearly all the time in the world. It's Premier Week so I'll do my best to point your DVR's “Record Series” feature in the right directions.

Here are a couple of this season's new additions for Monday the 20th:

Hawaii Five-O - 10pm Pacific CBS
Right away it's evident that lots of money is being dumped into this rebooted tropical cop series. The premise, which is almost literally explained at the beginning of the show, is that McGarret, a military badass with an impressive resume, is placed in charge of leading a task force that is given carte blanche by the governor to rid the island of the scum that plagues it. The opening scene contained some pretty extravagant amenities for a TV show, i.e. a convoy of army vehicles, a helicopter, a medium to large scale gunfight, and multiple explosions. The high budget action is fairly consistent throughout the entire show, which is entertaining, but we'll see how long that lasts beyond the first few episodes. Surprisingly enough, Hawaii Five-O was not a continuous film reel of gratuitous bikini shots. In fact, the first beach bod doesn't appear until the second half of the show, which you know, is cool I guess... Scott Caan (Entourage, Oceans 11) provides comic relief in the form of dry, caustic, one-liners, which works for me, although I'm not sure he can pull off much else. For a pilot episode, Hawaii Five-O worked for me, but we'll see how long they can maintain the extravagant special effects; Hawaii is an expensive place. If you get a chance, catch an encore episode which I'm sure will be airing some time this week. I'm giving it a “Record Series” for the time being.

The Event - 9pm Pacific NBC
The conclusion of Lost has apparently left a vacuum in the eerie “you have no idea how deep the rabbit hole goes” genre, and now networks are trying to fill that void. NBC's crack at the mysterious comes in the form of The Event. The Event follows a similar format to Lost in that it covers story threads for several characters in both the past and the present simultaneously. This format is great, creating new questions as fast as it answers old ones. However, my initial opinion of the pilot is that The Event won't be able to touch Lost in terms of mysteriosity and wadthefugness (terms created specifically to describe Lost). While Lost had the island, the mystery of The Event is centered around a super secret prison located at the peak of an Alaskan mountain, where the prisoners (we are encouraged to believe) are withholding from the government information more super secret than the prison itself. In case you were worried that The Event is going to have your typical government conspiracy plotline, the last ten minutes of pilot will assure you that whatever “the event” is, it will more than likely be rooted in the supernatural. The Event piqued my interest, but I'm inclined to believe that it will pale in comparison to the reigning king of all mindfucks, Lost. I'm giving it one more episode to reel me in.

Mike and Molly - 9:30pm Pacific CBS
This show is great news for anyone who thought that there were no more fat jokes to be told. Judging what I saw from Mike and Molly there is a team of writers out there that are convinced they can poke fun at chubsters for at least a full season. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised with CBS's new sitcom. While it didn't have me rolling on the floor (I just strongly considered the use of "ROFLcoptering" right there), it did have it's charm. Mike and Molly takes on fat jokes from many different angles, such as “skinny friend who makes fat jokes;” “fat guy who makes fat jokes about himself;” and my personal favorite, “African waiter who makes fat /starving Africans jokes.” I'll catch a couple more episodes to see if they can keep these fat jokes rolling.

-Andrew

 
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Hobo With A Shotgun...
Hobo...With A Shotgun...
Hobo...With...A Shotgun...

Yes...Yes, I think they've done it. Hollywood has produced a truly perfect movie title. Has there ever been a phrase that was so mysterious, yet so literal? It begs so many questions, some simple like, is this a traditional hobo, a migratory vagrant hopping from train to train with a bindle full of baked beans and a switchblade in his boot? Or, just your average homeless guy commonly mistaken for a hobo? Where did this so-called hobo get a shotgun?

But inevitably, like in the never-ending search for God, these questions only lead to more complex ones; who is this hobo? Why does he have a shotgun? Well...maybe we'll never know. Maybe we aren't supposed to know. Maybe the very fabric of existence is held together by the fact that we don't know who this hobo is, why he has the shotgun...

Or maybe this trailer will answer some of those questions.

Warning: This is a red-band trailer with lots of graphic gore. Don't enjoy it too much.

Apparently this variety of hobo is the kind that doles out slugs full of justice. The best kind of hobo!

I've heard rumbling about this movie for a while, but I had no idea that it was going to be anything like that. It looks like
The Warriors meets The Road Warrior meets Bum Fights. These are exciting times for fans of hobo media. Finally, they are getting the recognition they deserve.

Hobo With A Shotgun features Rutger Hauer as the titular hobo with a shotgun. It doesn't look like there is a release date attached yet, so cross your fingers that it's some time soon.

-Andrew

Source: Latino Review
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