Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Pequa Boys Rock; Walgreens Scoops Pushing Daisies

Ankle issues have impeded some of my usually scheduled blogging—-it’s that, or when I had my hair cut last week, I, like Samson, lost some of my writing strength.

It was fun to see my hometown’s two comic sons on screen together tonight on 30 Rock. The episode wasn’t fabulous, but it was good. I love the music of the show, from the charmingly frantic, forties chase scene beats of the opening, to the extended big movie vamp music in scenes.

Having Donaghy meltdown in front of Seinfeld wasn’t that good of a premise, but having Baldwin, who went to Berner High School (“the other high school”), cave to Seinfeld, who went to Massapequa High School, was funny to the hometown crowd.

I would like to see the two in another episode together that gave them more to do, and, since this is fantasy, throw in Jack Rudolph. That would be one fine half hour of television.

I haven’t been keeping up with too many of the new crop of shows, but I watched Pushing Daisies.

I enjoyed it. I like an occasional easy sojourn into the fairy tale sensibility and those gorgeous saturated colors are a real kind of eye candy. The writing was engaging and the narration hypnotically melodious.

But I must say that in terms of television, the Walgreens “A Town Called Perfect” commercials got there first (except for the color palette.) Those are only 30 seconds, so I agree with the blogsphere’s skepticism that PD can be sustained.

3 comments:

Claire said...

I liked Pushing Daisies, too. It's appealing, but I agree that it could get tedious. The voice over sort of reminds me of Lemony Snicket books, and the colors of Amelie.

M.A.Peel said...

Hi claire, I thought of Lemony Snicket too. For this series to survive, they have got to move it to 9:00. 8:00 is just too early to commit to.

blue girl said...

Watched Pushing Daisies for the first time last night. I started out skeptical, but by the end, I was sold.

I like it! We'll see if it's too weird to last. I have a feeling it's going to be a critical success that the masses don't *get*.

Good link between the show and the Walgreens' spots. Very true.