Monday, June 04, 2007

Standoff-ish

Standoff Friday 6.8 (Fox) Return: It hasn’t been on the air for six months, Fox has since canceled it and now it’s being tossed off in the dead of summer on one of the least-watched nights of the week—can you feel the electricity around the return of Standoff? Yeah, neither can Ron Livingston; he’s on TV more often in Office Space reruns (seriously—the only cable net that hasn’t run it is the Sci-Fi Channel … so far) than in his own series. I'm just going to space out for about an hour ...

The Sopranos Sunday 6.10 (HBO) Series Finale: No advance screeners were sent out, so the end of The Sopranos is as much a mystery to The Only TV Column That Matters™ as it is to plain folk like you. The best theory out there (courtesy City Weekly honcho John Saltas, aka the Tony Soprano of Murray) is that Tony finally becomes the kingpin of New York—at the cost of the lives of most of his family and crew. As always, my theory is simpler: Everybody, and I mean everybody, dies … a la Kill Bill, by the hand of a revenge-bent Adriana La Cerva. Or Johnny Cakes. Either’s good with me.

John From Cincinnati Sunday 6.10 (HBO) Series Debut: I did, however, receive the first three episodes of John From Cincinnati from HBO … and I’m still not entirely sure what’s going on. Mitch Yost (Bruce Greenwood) and son Butchie (Brian Van Holt) were pro-surfing superstars in their days, but now waste away in Imperial Beach as a worn-down cynic and a derelict junkie, respectively. When Butchie’s surf-prodigy teen son begins competing and mysterious stranger named John arrives, weirdness ensues: Spontaneous levitation, miracle-bestowing parrots, acting gigs for Luke Perry and Rebecca De Mornay—did I mention John From Cincinnati comes from Deadwood creator David Milch? The poetic—if less profane—dialogue remains, but the mysticism has been amped and Deadwood’s sense of impending doom has been replaced with a feeling of hope and redemption, despite John’s mantra of “The end is near.” All this and killer surfing footage, ya cocksuckers …

Big Love Monday 6.11 (HBO) Season Premiere: Didn’t think there was enough Mormonism in Season 1 of Big Love? Season 2 is chock fulla doctrine! When last we left Bill Henrickson and his domestic trifecta, Wife No. 1 Barb had been exposed as a polygamist at the governor’s mansion, “prophet” Roman Grant and the forces of Juniper Creek were preparing to bring the pain to Bill’s Sandy ‘hood, Bill was counter-threatening with government action and Roman’s son Alby had been antifreeze poisoned—who says Mormons (sorry, fundamentalist Mormons) are dull? Season 2 picks up weeks later, with Barb so shaken by the outing that she won’t leave the house but is considering leaving the family—filling Wife No. 2 Nikki with dreams of moving up the spousal ladder. Meanwhile, Bill finds that being tagged as a polygamist apparently isn’t big damn news in Salt Lake City—even with (as it will be revealed in a later episode) “The Deseret News … one of the best morning newspapers in the country!” on the case. See? Settle down, outraged Latter-day Saints—Big Love is obviously pure fiction.

Rescue Me Wednesday 6.13 (FX) Season Premiere: We all know that Tommy (Denis Leary) didn’t die in the house fire that closed Rescue Me last season, but what about Sheila (Callie Thorne)? If you’re an obsessive Sheila diehard like me, you’re going to have to squirm through this fourth season opener just as I did—good luck; it wasn’t easy. That’s all I’m giving up …

3 comments:

Amy M. said...

If there is anything that the FOX network has proven this year, it is that they will axe a show unmercifully and save a buck any chance they can. Standoff has survived with little support froom the network. Oddly, we see indications that FOX wants to see what this show can do. The pairing of Bones re-runs with Standoff on Fridays this summer is one positive. Fans of both shows can appreciate them being on the same night. New viewers will be found this way too. FOX HAS NOT announced Standoff as cancelled. This indicates that they are reluctant to give up on this show.
Remember, FOX has brought back shows that critics were on the "cancelled wagon" preaching about long before they had the name of a source.

Standoff is well worth your time, especially if you are happy about not having to pick a phone up and vote about anything. It's drama/romance for adults with minds of their own and who enjoy being entertained by a cast that is OH SO easy on the eyes.

Anonymous said...

The first thing I have to say is how can someone obviously so full of themselves judge a tv show objectively. I am referring to the title of your column. I am only responding to show how wrong you are about Standoff. FOX has not canceled the drama. They are waiting to see summer ratings to make a decision. You may not like the show and you have the right to your opinion, but many people are waiting anxiously for the return of this show. I for one am very excited about tomorrow night's episode. If you've never seen Standoff, tune in to see amazing acting and wonderful writing on a great tv show.

anomalous said...

Yeah, so FOX has done nothing for this show. No surprises there. Doesn't mean it isn't a good show.

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