HR Has Made Me a Nerd: Fiscal Cliffs, Taylor Swift, Horatio Caine and Pawn Stars—You Figure it Out [HorroR Stories]...

In this, my second post on how HR has warped my thinking and made me a nerd, I talk about cable television shows. For my first installment, how HR affects how I watch football, click here. I’m going to start this post with the following statement: You can judge me if you want. I mean, I know I’m about to admit to what some would think are embarrassing television watching habits. But considering the detritus that is on prime time network television these days, I’m pretty sure I can point that condemning finger right back at ‘cha. So there. Anyway, so Madame HR spent a couple of weeks this winter intermittently ailing on the couch. I’m feeling much better now, thank you for asking. But you really shouldn’t ask, cause you know, HIPPA and all that. I mean, I could volunteer the information, and that would be ok, but it would also be TMI. And during this time I watched a lot of cable TV at various hours of the day and night and I had the opportunity to get hooked on shows that I cannot really justify being hooked on, but the hook is there, so I’m living with it. To help, I’m going to filter these shows through my HR colored glasses and see what happens. CSI Miami Reruns=Lessons on how to Build an Effective Team Horatio Caine may very well be the best manager who has ever lived. His voluntary turnover rate is 0%. People in his department don’t quit—they only leave in body bags or handcuffs. I’d kill for turnover like that (literally, death looks better on my turnover report than “hated my manager”). I’m not counting Eric Delco who left to go to Puerto Rico or Tampa Bay or...

Canada Brings Back The Match Game [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Nov09

Canada Brings Back The Match Game [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

There was a game show from the 70’s that everyone was talking about. A simple fill in the blank game that could land contestants big money. It was their party and we were all invited. Now, Canadian television is trying to recapture the magic and bring back The Match Game! The original black and white version of The Match Game premiered on NBC December 21, 1962.  Most of the episodes taped back then were deleted by network executives almost immediately after airing.  At the time, videotape was expensive and the powers that be at the peacock network did not think that there would ever be a reason to re-run these shows. (They also lost the first Super Bowl and a lot of episodes of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson thanks to this practice.) This first version of the show had little resemblance to the more popular update which premiered on CBS, July 2, 1973 under the title Match Game ’73. The game is simple. Host Gene Rayburn would read a short story or phrase and the contestant had to fill in the blank.  Gene would then go to a panel of six celebrities who would give their answer to earn a match. Six matches won the game. Here’s a typical question: Dumb Dora was so dumb, she went to a hamburger joint and ordered a (blank)! A bonus round known as “The Big Money Supermatch” was then played. It was just one short phrase the contestant filled in the blank to match an audience survey. (This round surfaced as the premise for a spin-off. Family Feud debuted in 1976.) The contestant could then play for ten times his winnings by completing one final, exact match, with a celebrity. The magic of the 70’s version was the very loose format on...

I Am A TV Addict [Newly Nested]

While summer is my favorite season (perhaps because I’m a summer baby), I always welcome the fall because it is the return of TV season.  Right now I am so happy because 80% of my DVR is loaded with shows that I probably won’t realistically have the time to catch up with.  That is heaven to me. Ernessa and the rest of the folks at FAN have done a great job with reviewing all the new TV shows and I have to say I agree with most of them.  My ultimate favorite new show is Revenge, which I blame on the old WB show Everwood where I first saw Emily VanCamp.  You can make fun of me all you want, but that show was awesome in the cheesiest family way and I especially loved that there was a character with the name Ephram (a favorite of mine) on TV.  While Revenge is nothing like Everwood, I am really enjoying an old favorite carrying her own show.  The only problem I see is how ABC is going to be able to carry that show beyond one season without jumping the shark. [FRINGE SPOILER ALERT, SKIP TO NEXT PARAGRAPH TO AVOID] Speaking of jumping the shark, I think that one of my surprise favorites (mostly because I usually hate SyFy) Fringe has jumped the shark with J.J. Abrams favorite writing gimmick—what would happen in the alternate universe?  He did this by getting rid of the main character Peter.  Now there are four universes to think about—here with Peter, there with Peter, here without Peter, and there without Peter.  What is Abram’s thinking?  I hated Lost and I am just hoping Fringe isn’t going to turn into a Lost 2.0.  Did anyone see Friday’s episode?  It was...