who is it?
It is me! With some weekend reviews!
I never heard of Rosie Live until the day after it bombed, and then stories about how bad it stank were all over the place. All the stories said the same things, and the commenters posted the same snarky and/or pithy comments. And it's all true. Just watch this!
But I have something fresh to say! Two things!
1. Variety shows ALWAYS sucked. What else is new? TIME's James Poniewozik almost admitted they always sucked when he wrote "Watching this special, you could see why variety shows worked as well as they did, when they did, in the pre-cable era. If there were, oh, two or three networks on TV, I could see the appeal of this show. If I watch for half an hour, there just might be something I'll like!" But he never actually said "sucked".
2. Quite the opposite of 2008 being the year the final nail was finally driven into the variety show coffin (which is what all the reviews said), I think 2008 is the year the variety show finally actually succeeded. Stephen Colbert's Christmas Special was the best dang variety show I have ever seen. It had good comedy - lite and corny, but good. And it had good music. And gosh darn it, it had heart without being icky. I'm not linking to anything because the best song was the full cast singing "What's So Funny Bout Peace Love & Understanding" and I can't find it anywhere. According to Comedy Central's site, it airs again Friday December 19 at 10:00 pm.
I virtually ran into three old friends over the weekend:
I don't actually know Dean & Company, but I used to watch them all the time on Birmingham Community Access TV.
LARD DOG! He actually slept at my house and ate at my table!
TedRockin! High school friend.