What’s on TV Tonight 9/16/14

The fall season doesn’t really start until Sunday, but there are a few things on tonight, so I thought I would state early. Maybe I should do this every day since I can’t think of other stuff to write. So, here’s what’s on tonight.

NBC – America’s Got Talent – final six perform
FOX – Utopia, premieres of New Girl and The Mindy Project
ABC – Dancing With the Stars – first elimination show
Notable on cable – Sons of Anarchy on FX, Brickleberry premiere on Comedy Central

Really not much worth watching yet. I always lose interest in AGT after the auditions and totally lost interest this season when they eliminated some really good magicians to move through mediocre singers. I’ve heard Utopia is horrible and I’ve never watched an episode of Dancing With the Stars. I still haven’t watched Sons of Anarchy, so I’m waiting to catch up via Netflix or DVDs from the library once it is over. I watch New Girl, but am kind of meh about it these days. My advice – find a baseball game to watch, catch up on shows you have dvred or read a book.

Pop Culture Police

Yesterday, I came across this article from Kentucky about two librarians who decided they would refuse to give a tween a book because they decided it was “pornographic”.  Today, I decided to read Tom Shales, even though I don’t like him and think he should not write about TV when he seems to hate the medium, and see he is mad at Syfy for showing scary movies that could damage children.  It appears that we have regressed to the days of Tipper Gore when others have decided parents are too stupid, too apathetic or too busy to parent so they have to do it for them.  I am a parent and there are movies, books, etc. I consider inappropriate for my children, but I am the one to make that call.  Not everyone has the same values and beliefs.  You do not have the right to force yours on others.  If you don’t like it don’t read it, watch it or listen to it and have your kids do the same but don’t try to make others do the same.

UPDATE:  Just found this article via Google Reader: Someone crossing “dirty words” out of books in the library

The Demise of Drive Time Radio

When I lived in Cincinnati, I worked from my car and listened to the radio all day.  I spent most of those hours listening to WLW, finishing the day with the Gary Burbank Show.  When I first moved to the DC area I had an hour commute, but didn’t mind it so much because I could always find something to listen to on the radio.  I would listen to Jack Diamond in the morning and Don and Mike in the afternoon and enjoyed every minute of it.  Don and Mike are now off the air and Jack Diamond has not grown or changed at all in 15 years and does pretty much the same show every day.  These days, I have a 20-30 minute commute and spend most of it hitting radio buttons hoping to find something worth listening to on the drive.  Most days I don’t find it.  Baltimore radio is especially horrid, but DC is not much better.

My options on the morning drive are as follows:

Elliot in the Morning(DC101) – he’s almost listenable until he starts with his fake donkey sounding laugh
Jack Diamond(107.3) – I used to like him, but his show is the same every day. No growth at all in 15 years.
Jojo and Reagan(106.5) – likeable and funny, but a little to light and fluffy for me to do every day
Mickey and Amelia(98 Rock) – too annoying at all times.  I miss Kirk and Mark on 98 Rock
Ed Norris(105.7) – Interesting and usually what i choose, but goes too Baltimore local a lot and I don’t care about the topic
Sports talk – ESPN radio has too many commercials and the local Baltimore FOX channel airs the horrible Rob Long on instead of Steve Czaban

In the afternoon I like to listen to sports talk and 980 AM has the very entertaining Sports Reporters.  I always listen, but it is almost all Redskins talk.  Being a Ravens fan, I would like to listen to a Baltimore station, but my options are as follows:

Anita Marks – annoying, refuses to listen to differing opinions and too close to some players to be objective
Coleman – he’s OK, but insists on saying the station name, his name and the name of the person he is talking to every couple of minutes

There is nothing on the air close to being as entertaining and Don and Mike or Tony Kornheiser(who now airs while I am at work).  The music stations play the same songs over and over again and way too many commercials.  No wonder radio is dying.

Whip It: A Reviewlet

Unfortunately, I am now two days removed from seeing the movie, so my thoughts are not as fresh and easy to articulate as they would have been had I had time to write this earlier.

The good:  Ellen Page is very good in both the roller derby scenes and the scenes with her parents.  Daniel Stern and Marcia Gay Harden were perfect as the parents.  Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis were excellent as roller derby girls, Wiig as the mother figure to Page and Lewis as the villain.  Drew Barrymore was good in a small, comic relief role.  The roller derby scenes were well done and made me want to go see actual roller derby live.  The story was well written and didn’t have the pat Hollywood ending of everything being perfect at the end.

The bad:  The movie dragged in parts, especially in the scenes with Page and Landon Pigg, who played her love interest. I am a fan of  Alia Shawkat, but did not like her in the role of the best friend at all.

The verdict:  The good far outweighs the bad and this is a must see movie.