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(WTFbrb) Rank(s) Late Night Talk Show Hosts

With the week coming up (how rare is that!), WTFbrb assesses weeknight talk-show hosts based on how smart they are, how smart they think (or pretend) they are, how mean they are to people who come on their show, how funny they are, and how newsy they are:

Smart Thinks Mean Funny Newsy
Leno 3 4 3 4 3
Letterman 4 5 5 3 1
Conan 5 2 2 5 1
TV’s Craig Ferguson 2 2 2 4 2
Jimmy Kimmel 5 3 3 2 1
Carson I am not that unemployed (:
Jon Stewart 5 4 3 4 5
Stephen Colbert 4 5 4 5 4

WTFbrb hopes this helps.

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Television, Movies over

On the very day the Serenity DVD was released (it is the number one selling DVD on!), Entertainmen WEAKly (that was me kinda shooting the messenger) is reporting that Firefly is over.

On a secret note, my money is on this DVD selling well enough that Universal will beg Joss to do a sequel. With his fans crying for the same (and they will be), he won’t have a choice (though I’d really prefer another 8 epsiodes in the first season, to fill out the arc in moving picture format). Then again, these things take an alignment of the stars… everyone’s still waiting for the sequel to Boondock Saints.


Get Arrested for less!

The sole purpose of this exclusive WTFbrb-on-your-side consumer report is to, indeed, report a great value currently at They’re offering the first two seasons of Arrested Development for just $32, with free super-saver shipping.

Also, if you’re now suddenly pissed off because you already bought season 1, and can’t take advantage of this spectacular offer, think of this as your opportunity to buy season 2, and get someone’s Christmas gift early.



Development Arrested

In the landscape of television, there are mistakes (Cancelling Family Guy), tragedies (Cancelling Firefly), and then tragic mistakes.

Yes, this is the apparent “it” for Arrested Development, the award winning sitcom. With the episode order reduced from 22 to 13, a fourth season on Fox is unlikely at best, the leap to a fourth season on another network requires alignement of several flaming hoops, and cable is out of the question for a show with such high-profile (and talented) actors. The only way this show will brb is a response to it like the response to Family Guy (resurrected on Fox) or Firefly (resurrected in feature-film form): DVD sales. All the fandom in the world did not save those universes from their black holes, it was DVD sales. But, I’m not campaigning for reinstatement yet, I’m just reporting the reporting of news.

Anyways, the show. I’m not surprised it wasn’t a big hit. The hand-held camera, huge main cast, lack of obvious punchlines/laugh track, and somewhat awkward episode format, will lead my perception of the general public to just not get it. It took me a few episodes to get it, and a few more to appreciate it after getting it. The lead actor, Jason Bateman, played mostly the straight man, even though he did have some blindingly hilarious moments, and straight-men have been traditionally relegated to recurring roles (or at least not-at-all-lead roles). With the exception of Portia Di Rossi, there were no downright hotties, female or male. No doubt the humour was off-the-wall at its tamest, and the characters round as… circles, to catch Nielsen ratings (who’s problems are another issue), you have to be obvious, sexy, or placed smack-dab in the middle of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and the ressurected Family Guy. And while none of those necessitate a bad show, their absense excludes many good ones.

No doubt, Arrested will linger in the creative minds of a generation, though. It has the potential to come back, if treated properly by both its fans and its network. But even if it doesn’t, I beleive we’ll see its impact on situational comedy in coming seasons.

Oh well, time enjoy a GRE Mathematics (Rescaled) Subject Test.

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