10.10.2006

telly

Another high-minded post from me this morning. We are really enjoying the new season of "Corner Gas". The most recent episode (height, thermostats) was very funny. I've started to think of this show as the rural "Seinfeld".

I also like "Jeff Ltd". It has a "Curb Your Enthusiasm"-like vibe, with a not very likeable central character for whom everything goes wrong, because of his insistence on being who he is.

We also like "Puppets Who Kill", if only because we're not used to seeing so much sex, violence and profanity on TV. Great stuff. US readers, think a seriously R-rated "Greg The Bunny".

These shows, to their credit, eschew that vile scourge of sitcoms, the canned laugh track. Canadian comedy is doing well in this house.

On the other hand, I've already confessed to not liking "Trailer Park Boys". I just don't laugh.

14 comments:

Lone Primate said...

I'm really getting into Trailer Park Boys myself. But to be fair, it's set in my old childhood stomping grounds, so it's three balls on the way to a walk just stepping up to the plate where I'm concerned. :)

Ferdzy said...

Not having a TV, I have only seen Corner Gas - my Mom has the first two seasons on disc. I love it too. I'd like to see Trailer Park Boys just to "compare and contrast".

Okay, we have Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Who's next? I'd like to see a show out of Newfoundland...

Lone Primate said...

I'd like to see a show out of Newfoundland...

They did CODCO for four or five years. That episode where they ripped on the Bush admin and the country music industry on the war in Iraq (the first one) full-episode was a classic. I wish they'd release them on DVD.

Woti-woti said...

The first 2 seasons of TPB are hilarious but it has steadily worn down since. I knew guys like this back in the day, sans the gunplay. The big scam in those days was trying to get your Unemployment Insurance cheque mailed to your winter address in Florida. If you have digital cable you should try BBC Canada. There's some funny stuff, particularly "Little Britain." I think my current number one is "Ali G", but it seems to have disappeared.

L-girl said...

I think my current number one is "Ali G", but it seems to have disappeared.

He's a very funny man, now running around as Borat.

We do have digital cable, but I haven't located BBC Canada. Don't know why. I'll have to look again.

Woti-woti said...

Another channel I'm trying (guess why sports channels love baseball) is called 'Silver Screen.' It's all black and white movies from the 30's-50's, everything from classics, to B stuff, to the Saturday afternoon serials. The other night I watched 'Pygmalion' from 1938 with Leslie Howard as Prof. Henry Higgins and somebody named Wendy Hiller as Liza. Great stuff. Some of the B movies are obviously unintentionally hilarious now. I like how everyone seemed to wear neat hats in those days, plus smoking was 'cool'. No doubt the novelty will wear off, but hopefully not before Spring Training.

L-girl said...

That sounds like AMC (American Movie Classics) or TCM (Turner Classic Movies) in the US. The best movie channels!

I used to watch old movies all the time, used to know all the casts and directors and back stories. Huge Humphrey Bogart fan. "Neat hats and smoking is cool" rings a great bell for me. :) And the B stuff is hilarious. I have many faves along those lines.

Is this a pay channel or regular cable?

Woti, forget Skydome, maybe we should get together during the off season!

Woti-woti said...

Both BBC Canada and Silver Screen are pay channels--you need the digital box--and Cogeco here offers them on an individual per month basis (after you've already bought 2 or 3 basic 'packages'). They'll do each at $2.49pm or 5 for $6.95. So you can buy channels you'll actually watch (after you're on the hook for about 75 you don't). Regrettably, they don't do the converse--they won't refund you for the crap you never watch.

My place or yours?

doug said...

my mom was/is a huge movie buff so we'd sit and watch all the oldies, she reminiscing me just listening to her and enjoying the movies...it's where I first saw Veronica Lake my first crush when I was like 12, and I particularly liked Jimmy Cagney and Jimmy Durante

Diamond Jim said...

I am so going to be there for the Borat movie. If I had known it was premiering at TIFF I'd have chewed off a hand to be there. Or even more painfully, not crapped out as a volunteer. Ali G and Curb were running on Showtime recently (I think--it could have been TMC), but are now out of rotation.

Silver Screen is indeed like TCM, and is a premium channel. I believe I get it with the The Movie Channel package, but I don't quite remember. BBC Canada is also a pay channel, and sucks mightily compared to BBC America unless you're into "Footballers' Wives," which seems to be the only thing they show other than endless airings of those bloody house-swap shows. Thanks for this post, it reminds me I have to cancel--I never watch it. ("Doctor Who" is on CBC, btw. Mondays at 8.)

L-girl said...

Ah, thanks for that info re pay channels and etc. We have the digital box, but we don't get any pay channels. I feel with Zip (the Canadian Netflix) I'd never watch them.

That Cogeco deal is way better than Rogers. Rogers gives you packages to choose from, groups of 10 or 12 channels. I'd want one from one group, two from another, another channel from a 3rd group, etc.

But we have to have digital cable, because, you know why... MLB. :)

L-girl said...

Doug, that's so funny re Veronica Lake, b/c my first crush was Humphrey Bogart. I was maybe 8 or 10.

I realize now that I when I first saw "To Have And To Have Not" (still one of my all-time faves) I had crushes on both Bogie and Lauren Bacall, clearly a portent of things to come, of which I was not yet aware. :)

L-girl said...

Also I'm relieved to hear BBC Canada is not as good as BBC America. Now I won't feel bad that I don't get it. :)

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see a show out of Newfoundland...

Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching is not a great show, but it has its moments.