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January 11, 2014

Weekend Television

We stand, on Saturday, January 11, 2014, on the verge of a huge weekend of television.

For the sports minded, the second round of the NFL Playoffs starts today at 3:30 with the Saints at the Seahawks on Fox, followed by the Colts at Pats on CBS.  Tomorrow, the Niners visit the Panthers at noon on Fox, with the Chargers wrapping up the slate in Denver at 3:30.

Tomorrow is also the fourth most holy day on the PavCo Multimedia Synergistics calendar, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards the Golden Globes to the tops in television and movies.  NBC has the telecast, and E! has probably already started its red carpet coverage.  ABC, CBS, and Fox counter with new episodes of their regularly scheduled programs, while Showtime has the season premieres of comedies House of Lies, Episodes, and Shameless.  Those latter three are already available On Demand, and I can say, having watched both House of Lies and Episodes, that they’re welcome returns, even as each takes a different tack:  Episodes is very much business-as-usual, though the interpersonal relationships have changed based on the events of last season’s finale, whereas House of Lies starts with the Pod broken up and scattered and yearning for the old days.

Extending the weekend an extra day, Monday sees the season finale of Major Crimes (as the Rusty storyline (hopefully) wraps up) and the season premiere of Archer



September 26, 2013

Breaking Bad Finale “Crackpot Theory”

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There’s a great “crackpot theory” about the finale that comes from the link between its title (“Felina”) and the knowledge that the title is an homage to the Marty Robbins song “El Paso”.  It’s available at and, as noted, is not a spoiler, just a theory which could end up absolutely spot-on.

July 3, 2013

Fourth of July Marathons

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Wondering what you’re going to do this Fourth of July while you’re waiting for it to get dark enough for the fireworks shows, or while you’re sitting in the emergency room behind seventy-five drunk guys who blew their fingers off thinking they could aim the bottle rocket at the neighbor’s cat with more precision if they just held the glass coke bottle?

We here at Fat Guys have the answer: Why not try a marathon?  Many communities have patriotic-themed run/walks.  Ellisville, the home of Fat Guys North (at least for a few more weeks) has one starting at 7:30 a.m.  But, since we’re fat guys, that’s too way too early, and way too much work.  So we’ll opt for another hallowed tradition:  The Holiday tv marathon.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), with the hundreds of television channels available to the modern fat guy, there is a plethora of choices, beginning today and continuing all weekend.  Also fortunately, since we’d much rather let someone else do the heavy lifting, the great site TV Tango has put together a list of 428 marathons coming to you over the next five days.  Check it out at

November 20, 2008

Cupid Trailer

I was skeptical when they said that Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) was going to remake his classic (well, to me, anyway) tv show, Cupid, the first version of which was a short-lived showcase for Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall, but the trailer below makes it look like it could be fun.  Bobby Cannavale doesn’t mimic are Piven; there are similarities, but enough differences that it isn’t a ripoff.

I don’t give it long on-air, though; there just seems to be trouble keeping shows like this alive for long.

Cupid – Remake Trailer (ABC)

May 4, 2008

Television News – This American Life Returns

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Tonight, Showtime debuts the second season of This American Life, the television version of the long-running radio show which is one of my weekly podcast downloads. Each week, the program (whether on television or radio) selects a topic and features one or more story exploring some aspect of that topic. This week’s television topic is “Escape”, and here’s the summary from the TAL web site (

People escaping home without going very far away. In Philadelphia, teenaged boys find ways to impress girls and break out of the confines of their families, using technology that’s been obsolete in their neighborhood since the 19th Century. And a mother and son get caught up in a fight that lots of kids have with their parents. Except in their case, due to some very specialized circumstances, they go through the fight in slow motion, over the course of years.

The 300 Project: 10/85

April 21, 2008

Turn it Off! TURN IT OFF!!!!

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When Spawnette of PavCo came home a few weeks ago with news of her latest school project, participating in Turn it Off Week, it was met with mixed reactions here at PavCo world headquarters. I was on board (I try to be as supportive as possible, especially if I don’t have to get off the couch), but Mrs. PavCo pointed out that, given her ongoing health issues, she couldn’t guarantee that she would be in a position to participate. That, and she just loves her some Judge Judy. The remainder of the Board of Directors, Spawn 1 and Spawn 2, issued eloquent dissertations on the hollowness of flashy but meaningless gestures and the increasing futility of “turning off” in the modern technological world. Alright. What they actually did is snort and say “Yeah, right.” But a CEO can dream.

So it’s me and Spawnette. No television or video games (console or computer-based) from midnight this morning through midnight on Sunday. We can (obviously) use the computer to blog, or read headlines. She has a limited number of school-related web sites that she can play certain games on, but other than that, no games or video.

I figured it would be a snap. Then I looked at the calendar and, more important, the tv schedule. The return of Robin Sparkles on How I Met Your Mother. The return of Lost on Thursday. The Pennsylvania primary fight tomorrow night. Despair flashed through me. However would I persevere?

Then I looked at the bright, upturned face of my youngest child, and knew that I could soldier on. If she could do it, I could do it. After all, we’re all in this together, all the generations. And we’ll get through it together. She will be my rock, my strength, my touchstone.

Actually, she’ll be the death of me; all she’s done so far is complain (when she wasn’t brooding on the swingset or helping the neighbors retrieve a wayward dog), and it hasn’t even been one full day yet. But you know what I said about the dreams of a CEO…

The 300 Project: 8/68

February 22, 2008

Live From New York (or Chicago)

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The Chicago Tribune is currently running a bracket-style tournament to determine the best Saturday Night Live castmember ever. I love the original cast, but if anyone other than Phil Hartman wins, it’ll be a travesty.

You can cast your vote at,0,6049603.special.

(Thanks to Whitney Matheson at Pop Candy for the tip)

Incidentally, SNL returns this weekend with the first of four consecutive new episodes, the first ever such run in the show’s 33-year run. Tina Fey, former head writer and Weekend Update host, returns this week, with Juno‘s Ellen Page slated for next.

The 300 Project: 16/39

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