Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Simon, Susan, Jack, & John

I guess this must be TV week, because I've got some stray comments I thought I'd throw out to see what you folks think.

First---the American Idol judge everyone loves to hate or just loves--Simon Cowell. Personally, I've always enjoyed Simon's routine. He's clearly there as the villain and he plays it up. But my favorite "moments" with Simon was when I watched Susan Boyle's initial appearance on Britain Has Talent. Like millions of others, I saw the whole thing on YouTube--Susan walking out, looking slightly frumpy and touseled, showing her saucy side while the audience was already hooting in derision---sharks circling, looking for their next victim.

And, then--she started to sing. The camera stays on Simon's face and you watch shock turned to amazement then delight while the audience leaped to their feet and cheered. And also, as one British wag put it: "You could see dollar signs in Simon's eyes." Simon is an extremely astute television producer and no doubt, he looked at Susan Boyle and saw what she could become under his guidance. And, she has. I bought her CD for my mom for Christmas, and you should hear all the different songs she performs. She's one heckuva singer. Did you folks see her video?

Next, the return of Jack Bauer and Fox's "24" action drama. Jack's back. Thank goodness. The world's got so many problems going on, we can't keep track. It's good to know Jack's back to save the day. I hope. Seriously, Sunday night's premier two-hour episode didn't waste time grabbing your attention. And Monday night's two-hour episode piled on the action and the tension. Just in time, too. I can only take so many talking-heads news shows. Action, "24" style, is just the break I need. And. . .

Last, but not least, is my favorite tv action-adventure---ABC's "LOST." I've been one of the show's devoted viewers (along with Kate Collins). In fact, the only shows I bother to tape while travelling out of town are "LOST" and "24." "LOST" has some of the most, if not the most, creative and innovative storytelling on television. This will be the last season, so all the final story threads will be woven together at last. At least, that's what we're all hoping. But the developer/director J.J. Abrams is so adept at jerking us around, who knows what will happen?
At least we may finally find out the mystery of John Locke, the magnetic character who embodies the "soul" of the island. The last time we saw John, there were two of him. One alive and one dead. Now, that bears investigation. And I can't wait to find out what awaits all the other fascinating cast members---Sawyer, Kate, Jack, Ben, Sun and the others. I don't even want to think about one of my other favorite characters, Juliette. I couldn't believe what happened to her at the last year's season finale.

What are your thoughts? Do any of you watch "24" or "LOST"? What's your favorite television drama? There are some new ones out, like "Fringe." Has anyone seen that one?