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PCR #286  (Vol. 6, No. 37)  This edition is for the week of September 12--18, 2005.

Current Events From The World of "La Floridiana"
 by William Moriaty
"Lord of War"
 by Mike Smith
Couch Potato Fall TV Preview
 by Vinnie Blesi
U2 is Once Again Amongst the Dregs....So the Box Office is Dead, Huh?
 by Andy Lalino
Hurricane Katrina....Mother Nature...."The Brothers Grimm"
 by John Lewis
When Real Life and the Web Collide....Masters of Horror Poll....Birthday Home Boy....Bushwhaking....Laura Bush "Disgusted" at Criticism of "W"
 by Matt Drinnenberg
Don't Forget To Donate....Not A Long Time Enough....Time For Sports....Andrew, Don't Read This....It's A Conspiracy....Movie Notes....A Great One Gone....Jaws: The Story, Part 33
 by Mike Smith
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Couch Potato Confessions by Vinnie B.

Couch Potato Fall TV Preview
Once again the major TV networks rely on old rehashes and try to nab a few well-know stars to hawk their inferior network wares.

ABC: Of most interest to crazed fanboys® are “Kolchak” and “Invasion”. Kolchak with its ensemble cast of 20-somethings looks to be CSI with monsters, but we have to have hope that they don’t totally ruin the memory of the original “Kolchak” series.

“Invasion” revolves around strange goings on in South Florida community. OOH spooky. Is it aliens, the government, or Stan Lee? Turn in for answers to these questions and more.

The biggest stars to hit the fall TV screen are Geena Davis and Donald Sutherland in “Commander in Chief”, about what happens when Geena Davis as vice-president assumes the presidency of the USA. This is one of my picks, just because I believe these two actors are too talented to accept work in a turkey.

Rounding out the ABC fall schedule are the obligatory ethnic comedy, “Freddie” with Freddie Prinze Jr., the obligatory wasp sit-com with Fred Savage and Wm. Devane in “Crumbs”, the obligatory sexy single sit-com with Heather Graham(!!!!) in “Emily’s Reason Why Not” and the obligatory Sex in the City clone, “Hot Properties”. There is also another waspy drama in there but it will only be a memory in a few months.

CBS: Already poised to kick butt with their 15 CSI shows, CBS does premiere a show that looks amazingly like a movie I saw a few years age made by James Cameron. In “Threshold” an alien aircraft is discovered in the ocean. Suspense and thrills will ensure.

To fill the absence of the “Raymond” franchise look for more mundane comedy fare in “How I Met Your Mother” and “Out of Practice” starring Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler. These shows will probably be hits just because of the their Monday night time slot, whether they deserve it or not.

Mandy Pantikin tries to revive his career with “Criminal Minds”, yet another CSI clone this time taking place at the FBI.

Finally on CBS ,my stink pick of the year, “Ghost Whisperer”, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Besides being scheduled in the Friday night ratings death slot, this “I talk to dead people” feel good show looks laughable. Watch reruns of “Touched by an Angel” instead.

NBC: “Don’t Go in the Water”! “Surface” another show dealing with something mysterious under the water, but with an obnoxious kid. Did someone mention a James Cameron movie earlier?

Dennis Hopper, obviously needing a paycheck, stars in “E-Ring”. War, explosions, bang, bang shoot em up from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Singer Amy Grant hosts a “heartwarming drama” of real life stories of people who have been helped in “3 Wishes”. Could just be sappy enough to get people to watch.

Fresh out of her incarceration, Martha Stewart’s “The Apprentice” shows there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Fox: Besides “Headcases” with Chris O’Donnell and Adam Goldberg, which could be good with decent writing, “The Simpsons” return for their 89th season, proving everything is right in the world.

UPN - Yawn, who cares!

WB - Premieres “Supernatural” starring 2 young hunks hunting down ghosts and other bad spirits. The crowd chants, “We want Xena, We want Xena!”.

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