Drive: New Music from 30 Rock/Glee star Cheyenne Jackson

Upside? Great song, excellent performance. Downside? It's an animated video, no Cheyenne Jackson to look at while you listen to him. That's a shame. Still, I love the song. And it's available on iTunes at this link.



Where I critique the Fall Sked NBC just released

Look, it's Matthew Perry and his new friends. Go On premieres this fall.
The schedule is as it appears in this Hollywood Reporter story. New shows in bold.

You can see trailers for every one of the new shows at this link.

And here we go ...

Sunday (post football):  Dateline, Fashion Star, Celebrity Apprentice, Do No Harm 
I don't really have any use for these returning shows.

Do No Harm is a modern take on Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. BBC One did a great one with James Nesbitt and Gina Bellman in 2007, do we need another? I guess that's up to lead Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me). The show will ride on his performance. I'll check it out, I got nothing going on Sunday nights at 10.
Monday: The Voice, Revolution
The network is pushing for two cycles of The Voice each year, using a different set of judges. I hope one of those judges catches fire and they call him or her up to the first show to replace that nasty drunk Christina Aguilera. I don't watch reality competition shows as a rule, there's way too much very compelling dramas and comedies for me to waste my time.

Revolution is about a world where all the methods of creating energy are rendered useless. How'd it happen? Is it the end of the world? Who would have the ability to pull this off? Are they from here? Somewhere else? Will someone create a perpetual motion machine? It's from J.J. Abrams and action begins 15 years after this has happened. Apocalyptic aspects assured. Features Giancarlo Esposito who is coming off some great TV roles on Breaking Bad and Once Upon A Time. I'll check it out.

Tuesday: The Voice, Go On, The New Normal, Parenthood
Why can't reality competition shows just happen on one night? Rand Corporation, work on this, okay?

Go On. Okay I will. Stars Matthew Perry as a sportscaster of some sort. I thought he was playing a sports radio call in show host. I can't get an answer so I tweeted the source. There's just one other guy in the core cast which I thought was strange but I'm good with it. Perry's character Ryan Nolastnameatthistime has just lost his wife and these (photo top of post) I guess are the people who help him with that. There's also a grief group component. Scott Silveri from Friends wrote the pilot and exec produces with Todd Holland.

Bryan and David are a couple. They hire a surrogate to have a child for them. Ellen Barkin is someone's mom. And it's a comedy. Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon on Broadway) star in this comedy from Ryan Murphy. Nene Leakes is in this. I guess Nene as actress is gonna happen . I can't imagine how the throngs of black actresses waiting to be on TV feel about that. I imagine not so great. This and Perry's shows definitely make my own personal schedule.

Parenthood's back. I find I don't connect to this and Modern Family the way other people of my age do. Great cast, I'm sure they knock it out of the park. It's just not for me.
Click past the break for Wednesday through Saturday.


DVR: I am a live + 7 kinda guy. Or maybe a live +14?

(Note: This isn't MY DVR screen. My screen doesn't look anywhere near as good as this because my Time Warner Cable area hasn't been upgraded since the Rigas family went to jail and their bought the territory from Adelphia. Damn you Time Warner!)

I still have The Social Network on my DVR from July last year. I'll watch it, eventually. On my TV Jesse Eisenberg never ages a day. I would chuckle about that but people might get the very wrong idea.

I recorded the series finale of The Finder last night. Might not watch it for a while. I tend to do that will finales, series or season. Still haven't watched the Downton Abbey Christmas episode. The Fringe finale is different, all my fellow nerds will be blabbin' about it online so if I don't watch that quickly it'll "spoil on the shelf." And I hate waste.

The Finder was solid. Nice tone, quick pace ... very much like Bones, where it was born. I like Geoff Stultz, I was pretty sure this was what would make him a household name finally. I was wrong. Last year Mark Valley was in the same position with Human Target. I watched every episode of The Finder. You guys missed out.

You gotta wonder, are these solid hour dramas from Fox decimated by a schedule that has to work around three multi-night reality competition shows?

Craig Ferguson's doing this thing before his first guest recently. The marching thing with the horse. Yes, something about this makes me very happy. Here they are marching before welcoming Patton Oswalt who came by to promote his Comedy Central hour that you can get on DVD from a number of sellers including these.

I especially love when he gets makeup and hair people Tien and Lisa to join in, but only for the clusterfuck that happens when they all try to turn at the same time. It would make Ernie Kovacs proud.

Tonight's Graham Norton (BBC America, 11p eastern) has a bunch of Brits on the panel, most notably Jessie J. for Americans watching. Also a "football" hottie (read soccer) Didier Drogba and comic Simon Amstell (two Ls, he is not the beer magnate). Clip below.

Enjoy your Saturday.


I have returned after a very long absence. Booyah!

So I decided right now is the time that I'm gonna "start writing more in my blog." Of course, it's also just 10 minutes until I have to leave to pick up a pizza so this is gonna be a short one.

So, more posts here, more clips, more Joe watching TV. Tonight I'll make some sort of official record about what I've watched and what I'm recording. My DVR seems to be rebelling I should tell you. Didn't record today's ep of VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live for some reason. The Soup doesn't record automatically anymore, I have to set it each Wednesday.

I'd turn it in for a new one but I have 51% of it full o' stuff. Good stuff.

I'll write more later, or tomorrow. Or maybe I don't come back again for months.