So, some of the things about the Golden Globe nominations for TV pleased me, but overall I thought the nominations were just, well, eh.
With just a few exceptions, most of the nominations were just carbon copies of the Emmy nominations, and usually the Golden Globes is better than that; usually the Hollywood Foreign Press throw a few nominations in there that make me do a double take.
Charlie Sheen from SPIN CITY for best actor in a comedy series? Wha-wha-what?
But this year, the noms are completely devoid of these shocking revelations.
Sure, I agree with a lot of the nominations. (For a complete list, check out www.goldenglobes.org.)
24, SIX FEET UNDER, THE SOPRANOS, THE SHIELD, THE WEST WING for best drama? Sure, those are worthy shows. I would have preferred that THE WEST WING be taken out of the mix and replaced with (oh, I don't know) BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ALIAS, THE WIRE, BREAKING NEWS, or maybe even BOOMTOWN.
THE SIMPSONS, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, FRIENDS, WILL & GRACE and SEX AND THE CITY for best comedy series? That's not an offensive line-up, but I'd take out FRIENDS and WILL & GRACE and put either SCRUBS, FUTURAMA, or ANDY RICHTER CONTROLS THE UNIVERSE. But that's just me.
You know what? Maybe I should start my own awards, recognizing the very worst television has to offer.
Oh wait, I think the People's Choice Awards already has that covered.
Yeah, so anyway, let me know what you think? E-mail it to me at RedSonia@cinescape.com.
Now, let me break down the week for you. Oh, and as always, check your local listings.
Monday, December 23
Lois is the grinch who threatens Christmas in this repeat of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE (Fox, 9 p.m.).
The kids get a dog in this repeat of BERNIE MAC (Fox, 9:30 p.m.). You know, I got a puppy for Christmas last year. Yep, sweet little Homer the dachshund leaves a little "present" for me in the hallway everyday.
Ephram and Andy venture out into the woods and only one returns in this repeat of EVERWOOD (WB, 9 p.m.).
The crew investigates a murder that connects to a famous, rich family that I'm sure is not supposed to be the Kennedys in tonight's repeat of CSI: MIAMI at 10 p.m.
The Sci Fi Channel has got STARGATE SG-1 at 10 p.m.
TUESDAY, December 24
A FARSCAPE marathon runs all day today on the Sci Fi Channel!
Comedy Central has got a TRIGGER HAPPY marathon starting at 7 p.m.
You want the good news or the bad news? Well, the good news is UPN has got back-to-back episodes of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER starting at 8 p.m. The bad news is they're both reruns.
The PTA invites Lorelai and Luke to talk about their businesses at the high school's Career Day, but the students are more interested in Lorelai's teen pregnancy in this repeat of GILMORE GIRLS (WB, 8 p.m.). Of course they are. They're in a public school that probably teaches abstinence and not safe sex. Stupid public schools.
A woman claiming to be Clark's mom comes to town in this repeat of SMALLVILLE (WB, 9 p.m.).
WEDNESDAY, December 25
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (CBS, 8 p.m.) had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it you even would say it glows. All of the other reindeers used to laugh and call him names. So then poor Rudolph got gun and blew out their brains. Then one foggy Christmas Eve...
Archer and Reed try to defuse a bomb in tonight's ENTERPRISE (UPN, 8 p.m.). Hey, how did a copy of PLUTO NASH get on board the Enterprise?
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A teen turns to a comic-book hero for help in tonight's THE TWILIGHT ZONE (UPN, 9 p.m.). Ahhh, that's the Christmas spirit.
Comedy Central has got a SOUTH PARK marathon of all the Christmas episodes starting at 9 p.m. It's Mr. Hankey time!!!
THURSDAY, December 26
The gang pulls an all-nighter in this repeat of SCRUBS (NBC, 8:30 p.m.).
CBS has got back-to-back CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION episodes starting at 8 p.m.
AMC has got one of my favorite movies, BROADCAST NEWS, at 9:20 p.m.
Kyle Secor alert! Yep, someone Sonia has a crush on alert! Four witnesses tell four different tales about a woman who was abducted from a parking lot with her hunky husband Kyle just a few yards away in this repeat of WITHOUT A TRACE (CBS, 10 p.m.).
FRIDAY, December 27
UPN has got MORTAL KOMBAT at 8 p.m. I'm still waiting for FROGGER: THE MOVIE.
A&E's BIOGRAPHY (8 p.m.) profiles Tom Hanks. Do you think they'll talk about THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE or will they just gloss over it like everybody else does?
OH YES!!! WHEN GOOD PETS GO BAD 2 is on FX at 10 p.m. That's right! A TV special so spectacular that they just had to make another one.
Showtime has got ODYSSEY 5 followed by JEREMIAH, starting at 10 p.m.
SATURDAY, December 28
Showtime has got HEARTBREAKERS at 4:15 p.m., starring Sigourney Weaver, Gene Hackman, Ray Liotta and Jennifer Love Hewitt's breasts.
So, there's this movie called THE MASK on Starz! at 7:15 p.m. and it stars a guy named Jim Carrey. What ever happened to that guy?
Why is NBC airing SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CHRISTMAS 2002 (9:30 p.m.) on December 28? Just wondering.
It's a double feature of crap on USA with THE FLINTSTONES at 7 p.m. followed by THE FLINTSTONES: VIVA ROCK VEGAS at 9 p.m.
SUNDAY, December 29
Tonight's repeat of FUTURAMA (Fox, 7 p.m.) features that guy who decided not to run for president. You know, ol' what's his name... Oh, that's right. Al Gore.
The sisters face off against a demon who murders gypsies and steals his victims' eyes in this repeat of CHARMED (WB, 8 p.m.).
The WB is repeating its LORD OF THE RINGS special RETURN TO MIDDLE-EARTH at 9 p.m.
Don't forget to check out tonight's all-new BOOMTOWN (NBC, 10 p.m.). One of the best shows on network TV.
The Cartoon Network's ADULT SWIM begins at 10 p.m.
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