More random thoughts of a TV blogger

Some subjects just aren't big enough for their own post, or they don't fit with the mission statement of this blog, so I've saved them up and lumped them together here - I call it Random Thoughts. Here we go ...

I COULDN'T BE LESS excited for the return of Absolutely Fabulous (starting tonight on One) and the reason is that I am absolutely fabulously sick to death of Ab-Fab re-runs. I just don't want any part of it. The same goes for Father Ted and The Vicar Of Dibley, for that matter. I've never purposely watched an episode of any of these shows, yet I feel like I've seen every single episode made at least twice.

THE MOST UNDER-RATED character on television? I'd like to nominate Chalky White from Boardwalk Empire, played by Michael K "Omar" Williams. How awesome is that first season scene when he tortures the KKK leader; when the klansman asks what he intends to do with a bag of tools, Chalky calmly replies "well, I ain't buildin' no bookcase." Legen - wait for it ... dary.

AS A WHANGAREI RESIDENT, I couldn't possibly be more proud of the fact that Northland-grown cannabis has the highest levels of THC. Northland: New Zealand's first la- ... wait, what were we talking about again?!

DURING A RECENT Allo Allo marathon, it occurred to me that Officer Crabtree, the policeman who pretended to be French and mispronounced everything, was probably a ten-year inspiration for that scene in Inglourious Basterds when Brad Pitt pretends to speak Italian. "Bonn-jore-no."

BEFORE I WAS A TV blogger, I wrote an amateur blog in which I undertook exciting experiments like taste-testing various condiments on dry toast. I can see how that might seem a bit lot dorky. But on the plus side, finding that old post yesterday gave me a perfect idea for dinner and a great use for that leftover satay sauce.

THE DOWN SIDE OF my 'no downloading' resolution is that Breaking Bad starts again in June-July. Unrelated, but does it still count as downloading if I make someone else get it for me? I'm, uhh, asking for a friend.

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH those new Drug Driving advertisements (you know the ones: a passenger jumps in a van, and the driver says something like "bear with me, I just took an ecky") is that they aren't realistic. When was the last time you took drugs and felt like doing anything, let alone driving a passenger van?! Getting high and then driving strangers around town sounds like the eighth level of hell.

MY ONLY THOUGHT AFTER each new episode of Harry's Law is that I really miss Boston Legal.

A FEW OUTSTANDING THOUGHTS from the Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais shouldn't be allowed to host again after that terrible opening monologue ... Zooey Deschanel is hotter than her sister, and that's my final word on the subject ... Kate Winslet won an award for acting? Wow, that never happens! ... Matt LeBlanc won an award for acting? Wow, that never happens! ... No, really, Matt LeBlanc never wins awards for acting ... Shailene Woodley's Vibram Five Finger shoes make Crocs look like a classy footwear selection ... Claire Danes may have deserved her Best TV Actress award for Homeland more than anyone has ever deserved anything ever ... Best Picture at the Oscars? The Help. Lock it in.

I'M NOT USUALLY ONE for protesting about political stuff - it's not that I don't care (I absolutely do care), but that I don't always know all the facts and other writers generally do a better job of explaining things than I ever could. However, I do need to tell you how terrified I am of this SOPA/PIPA thing - and not just because Wikipedia has saved my butt on this blog more than once. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are two pieces of legislation before US Congress right now that aim to stop piracy, but which could inhibit or block many of the freedoms we enjoy online, as well as effectively providing large companies with a mandate to block anything related to their work for any reason. I don't know what we can do from NZ, but read more about it here, check out Henry Cooke's blog about it here (or have a giggle over at and make sure you voice your disgust in this ridiculous legislation on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you hang out online.

MY OTHER NEW YEAR'S Resolution, which I conveniently left out of last week's blog post: I've decided to watch every new episode of Shortland Street, from Monday's return until sometime after the show's 20th anniversary in May. If I don't make it, Moata can have my Walking Dead comics, fashionista Bronwyn can have my Lost t-shirt, and Simon can have my Classic Albums DVDs. Yes, this is a life-or-death situation. Please tell my family I love them.

SPIELBERG: "Basically the film is an epic and emotional journey through the dense battlefields of Europe during World War I, that will build a sense of hope in viewers." Studio: "I don't know, Steve, it sounds kinda la-." Spielberg: "The main character is a horse." Studio: "TAKE ALL THE MONEY WE HAVE." (I'm 80 per cent sure this is how War Horse got made.)

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINTS about reruns of Friends, I'd be willing to bet that you can't name me five half-hour sitcoms that could appeal to as wide an audience that would work in that 6.30pm timeslot.

LASTLY, LIKE MANY OTHERS, I'm in mourning about the Big Day Out.'s Russell Brown hit the nail on the head in his wonderful ode to the departing festival, saying "It was more than music. Through the Big Day Out's heyday, it functioned as a window on popular culture". I've always believed that if you ruled BDO out because of the names you recognise on the schedule then you've probably missed the point - it was always more fun to take a chance on a few unfamiliar acts or spend a couple of hours people-watching from a comfy spot in the stadium. Plus, how many fantastic bands have we seen that might not have toured to New Zealand otherwise? We got to see Muse grow up as a live band, take in a performance from living legend Neil Young, go bonkers with Dizzee Rascal and 20,000 other punters, and flip the bird into the air with Rage Against The Machine - and that's just in the last few years. This Friday will be my lucky 13th BDO, with Soundgarden headlining both my first (1997) and my last. It will be sadly missed.

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