TV Thoughts

– “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Good premiere of the newest season, delivering lots of laughs and setting up some good arcs for the season, as it moves to New York for several episodes. If Jeff is going to spend the whole year trying to find a way to divorce Susie, I think I’m going to like this.
– “Louie.” Two episodes of Season 2 so far, and it’s batting a thousand. The dating episode was good, and the real estate one even better. I don’t know that I’ve laughed harder at anything on the show as Louie, when told he can’t afford a $17 million apartment, asks, “What about Obama?”
– “Treme.” The second season was uneven, sort of like the first one, David Simon’s got a serious Cloud of Smugness problem and I agree with most of the points of this Grantland critique of the show. But damn, that finale just blew me away. The show doesn’t always try to be “The Wire”- and really, it shouldn’t- but I like that it borrowed the season-ending montage device, and this year’s was just perfect. I’m still in for Season 3.
– “True Blood.” I can’t believe I ever liked this show. Yikes. So now there’s fairies, witches, werewolves, were-panthers, AND vampires? I don’t know how we’re supposed to keep all that straight, much less care about it. And the writing just keeps getting worse and worse. I thought Season 3 was bad, and now we don’t even have the awesome Vampire King villain (Denis O’Hare) around anymore. Once “Breaking Bad” starts this’ll be about my 5th option on Sunday nights.
– “Chiildrens Hospital.” I’m sorry, I just don’t get it. All the comedy nerds love this show, a live action hospital parody that for some reason airs on Adult Swim. But aside from entertaining cameos, I just don’t understand what the appeal is. The whole non-sequitor-based thing just doesn’t do it for me, which is why I haven’t warmed to most spinoffs of “The State.” It also sort of reminds me of “Strangers With Candy,” where I felt like the humor was operating on some almost non-human wavelength that I just couldn’t understand.


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