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But for now, back to the wonderful world of television tonight, and the beginning of the fall television season. It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. It's best that there are lots of new shows starting up soon, old favorites returning, and just plain old lots of new stuff to occupy my time. It's bad in that it'll soak up all my free time that I've enjoyed over the summer and set me back on lots of other things I'd like to be doing.
The first couple of months are always the worst, as I attempt to record it all to see what I like. Inevitably, I'll sit down and notice that I have the first half dozen episodes of some promising new series sitting on TiVo or recorded on VHS, that I just haven't watched. That's when I'll erase it all and decide to skip the series. I have a feeling that's what's going to happen with CSI: MIAMI this season.
The first two new shows are THE DREW CAREY SHOW and WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY, two of my favorites.
DREW CAREY is starting what will probably be the first of its last two seasons, due to various contracts. This season, they've toned the show down, created a new opening theme, and decided to forego the gimmicks. Sadly, they're trying to make the show like every other sit-com on television. Thankfully, it retains its own unique flavor due to the insanity of the situations. My favorite moment on tonight's new episode is Drew walking into his Dot-Com bosses' office, where the pair are playing PUMP IT UP, the Dance Dance Revolution-like arcade game. I like that one better than DDR, so it was fine by me. (DDR is just too hard and too twisty for me. PUMP IT UP keeps my body straighter and is a little easier.) After that, some Linux terms got thrown around and a joke was even made at Red Hat's name
. Gotta love it. There are geeks writing that show!
The addition of Cynthia Watros can only be a good thing, although I miss TITUS
an awful lot. What a great show. But any excuse to get Watros on screen in skimpy outfits is fine by me. Here, her character is a stripper starting a new career as a waitress. The DREW CAREY show is unapologetically male. It doesn't attempt to pretend its anything but a show for guys. Gotta love that.
WHOSE LINE begins this season with an appearance by Whoopi Goldberg, who only seemed completely lost in one of the bits of tonight's show. That's pretty good for a second-timer on the show. Any time a guest or a new player are introduced to the game, they inevitably look lost and scared on-screen, trying desperately to figure out what's going on, or to just get a feel for the other players. The show's still great, though, and the laughs were voluminous.
Ryan Stiles and Laura Hall sports slightly new haircuts (shorter and longer, respectively), but otherwise nothing's changed. Wayne Brady is still in the cast, in addition to his new daytime talk show.
Here's my WLIIA wish list for things that would only make it better:
* Ryan, Wayne, and Colin are great improvisers, but I would like to see more variety on the show. While the British edition had its own regulars, it also had a great mix of people. Heck, I'd love to see one or two of them appear on the American show, too. Josie did one American episode, but how cool would it be to see Tony Slattery on American network television? I get the feeling, though, that he didn't mix too well with the other American regulars. Looking back on some of his later appearances, there just didn't seem to be too much synergy or even comaraderie with the other improvisors.
* More games. They are mixing it up more and more as time goes on. Love Three Headed Broadway star. Wish we'd see more of World's Worst, though, and more of that Hats game, but with topics other than "Dating Videos." They're hilarious, but redundant after awhile.
* More "Whose Line Too Hot" episodes. Some shows are just too dirty to air complete. They've shown four or five of them after 9 p.m. so far, and they're bust-a-guy funny. It's great to see them cut loose or just go crazy. I know those episodes just happen to turn out that way and aren't planned to be bluer, but I'd love to see more such stuff.
* Get rid of "Helping Hands." It worked out OK tonight, but it seems to be one of the duller games, right up there with Impossible Mission. Even "Film and Theater Styles" is losing its interest for me. It seems that, more often than not, the performers lose track of the story and just do parodies of the styles.
* Bring back some of the British games that they haven't used in this series yet. I liked the Storytellers game, for example, where each player came with an author or his or her choosing to tell a story in.
* One can never have enough Ho-Downs, although a March might not be a bad idea to mix things up just a tad.
In any case, it's good to have both shows back. Let the fall season begin!