One Sentence Review: MTV’s Death Valley


As always, Joe attempts to cram the entirety of his feelings for something in pop culture into one, brief and often-grammatically-disastrous sentence.  Today’s installment: MTV’s new Reno: 911 meets zombie/vampire/werewolf cliches, Death Valley.

Death Valley: A promising concept – in the hands of 10th graders – that makes the Meet the Spartans guys look like Billy Wilder.


Fall Television Dead Pool Update

Well, the axe has fallen…

A few weeks ago, we unveiled our first annual Fall Television Dead Pool.  Readers and Jerks alike made their picks of which new TV show would get canceled first.

And we have a winner.

FOX has officially canceled the critically-liked, but viewer-deficient Lone Star.

Sometimes the networks get it right. Sometimes....

So, congratulation to elmo.  Once we figure out what your prize is, it will be in the proverbial mail.

Keep those cancellations coming, America!

One Sentence Review: Fall 2010 Rookie TV Shows

In this new segment, Joe attempts to capture the basic feel for television shows, movies or music in one, brief and often-grammatically-disastrous sentence.   Here is his take on the 7 new fall shows he actually took time to suffer through.

The Event (NBC) – The search for America’s Next Lost continues…this time with aliens and/or mutants…probably.  C

Hawaii 5-0 (CBS) – An enjoyable, if not a bit too ambitious, rehash.  B-

Raising Hope (FOX) – Surprisingly witty and full, on the surface at least, of promise.  A

Running Wilde (FOX) – The word “disappointment” would be appropriate here if it weren’t for…well…nevermind, it’s exactly appropriate. D

Undercovers (NBC) – A non-threatening, throw-away of a show that will struggle to find a riveted audience. C+

Outsourced (NBC) – I don’t even need a full sentence when one word will suffice:  shitfest.  F

Hellcats (CW) – OMG, the rocker chick made the cheerleading squad!!!!  C-

EJSIC Fall Television Dead Pool

In honor of the dawning of yet another absurdly-optimistic corporate foray into the world of “quality” television, I’m bringing a VJ-”house”hold tradition to the pages of EJSIC.

Welcome to… The 2010 Fall Television Dead Pool

The rules are simple. Jerks and guests, alike, simply choose which new fall show you think is going to get canceled first. The person who selects the show that is axed first will receive a prize of undecided worth.

Last year's esteemed winner

Remember, it’s easy to say that you knew Eastwick was gonna get canned. But, it’s just as easy to be that douchebag who picked Modern Family. So, pick wisely.

Here are your choices: Continue reading

HBO’s John Adams – A Review

I’ve come to the realization that TV on DVD is one of the greatest things ever. Thanks to this awesome idea, I don’t have to wait weeks to see an entire series, I can just wait for the DVD’s and watch the whole series in a couple days, no commercials, no waiting. This was especially satisfying because I recently watched HBO’s John Adams mini-series.

HBO's John Adams

The series is 7 episodes long and follows John Adams from the time the idea of independence was conceived through the rest of his life. We’re taken along to Europe with the 2nd President during his time as a diplomat, through his time as the first Vice President, his time as President, as well as getting a look into his personal life.

I never thought of John Adams as a man who would warrant a 7-episode long series, but this series showed his complexity and his contributions to the formation of the United States.

I’m a big fan of historical series like this and John Adams is one of the best I’ve seen. The writing is fantastic, and the acting is phenomenal. Paul Giamatti’s performance at John Adams was amazing, but I thought Laura Linney’s portrayal of Abigail Adams stood out to me. I always like to see a strong female role on screen, and not only was Abigail Adams a strong woman, but she was a strong woman in a time when women are not always given their dues.

Tom Wilkinson’s portrayal of Benjamin Franklin was up there with Giamatti’s and Linney’s performances. However, every time I saw Mr. Franklin on the screen I thought of the Michael Scott quote, “So, you know who turned out to be a creep? Ben Franklin.” So true Mike, so true.

After watching the series, I wholeheartedly agree that the series deserved the gaggle of awards it received. There was no weak link, other than time restraints.

Grade: B — I would have liked to see more of John Quincy Adams and his relationship with his father.

…And a possibly a musical sequence featuring Mr. Feeny, a la the film 1776.