“this would be like watching a midtown reunion on the moon while high fiving mark hoppus because Blink would be playing next”—Pete Wentz (via ahomeboyslife) re: getting Luke Chueh to do FOB’s new cover art.
The PCB Awards for Award Show Moments - Emmys Edition.
Biggest Laughs: Don Rickles
Biggest Waste of Time: The 5 Hosts’ “Nothing” Bit
Most Awkward Moment: Cutting off the writer of John Adams.
Best Political Comment: Tom Hanks
Worst Political Comment: The 91023484012198 others.
Best Commentary on the show itself: Neil Patrick Harris
Most Annoying Repeat Winners: Jeremy Piven/The Amazing Race
Worst New Category to Present 3rd to last: Host of a Reality Program
Best Underdog Win: Bryan Cranston
Ok thats enough from me. Just a quick aside that I couldn’t fit in to any of these…since when did film actors do respectable stuff on TV? There used to be a time when TV was a lesser medium than film (and it still is kinda, Host of a Reality Program anyone?) but if we look at the people that gave acceptance speeches last night this theory begins to break down. Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, and Glen Close. The playing field is leveling out.
Mitch Hedberg’s posthumous album did not disappoint. SNL is still a mixed a bag. Gym Class Heroes are on the verge with The Quilt. And a lot of TV comes back this week, set your DVRs.
Fringe certainly hopes so. The first ep of JJ Abrams’ new Sci-fi mystery did a fine job setting up a series premise but also satisfying a beginning to end story.
It seems, at least in this first episode, that the show is artfully toeing the line between serial and episodic. Taking, for example, the single episode arch stories of The X Files, and combining them with the on going marathon of mystery that is Lost. The pilot of Fringe gave us in the first hour and 15 minutes a solid beginning, middle and end. Then it took the last 15 minutes to set up what will unfold over the course of the series.
Whether this balance act holds up from week to week is yet to be seen. But the ambition of this premier in that respect was impressive. It did everything a good pilot should.
I’m just not sure it broke a lot of ground. Echoes of Twin Peaks, The X Files, and even Lost are ringing very loudly on the Fox drama. But if you’re a fan of any of these, Fringe will most likely keep you interested. At least until Jack, Kate, and Jeremy Bentham come back in January.