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Ray and Debra Barone are gone, check out their new shows

“Men of a Certain Age” TNT, Monday nights at 10 pm
“The Middle”
ABC Wednesday nights

Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, and Andre Braugher play old time friends in different stages of their lives. Ray Barone is gone. I was still uncomfortable watching “Joe” have sex. I kept expecting to see Doris Roberts burst in with a plate of spaghetti.

Joe is recently divorced from the never-recognizable Penelope Ann Miller. He has two kids and his interaction with them and their peers is also very entertaining. Joe grows from his conversation with a boy bothering his teen aged daughter. At first you think he’s going to kick the boys ass but he actually sees himself in the kid and gives him some great advice. Then, tells him if he doesn’t leave his daughter alone, he’ll kick his ass.

Scott Bakula plays the swinging man-whore. He dates different woman, sleeps with many and never settled down. As he ages he seems to be realizing that he’s missing something. His buddies have kids and responsibilities but all Terry has is Terry. Owen (Braugher) told Terry that the reason he’s always late is because he never slows down enough to actually LOOK at himself in the mirror. Interesting analysis of his friend.

Owen is probably the deepest character of the show. He has a happy marriage with a strong woman but he works for his father, an ex NBA star. His father never will think Owen is “good enough” and he treats his son worse than the other employees because he wants to make sure nobody thinks he’s playing favorites. It’s very sad to watch the interaction with Owen’s father and Owen’s children. It gives you a glimpse into his childhood and it was full of criticism and perfection. His marriage is one of the best things about this show. They are cute, playful and also respectful and supportive of each other. Nice to see a good marriage on TV. We don’t see enough positive examples of marriage.

On the other hand, watching Patricia Heaton on “the Middle” is refreshing compared to the logical Debra on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” She drinks, she ignores her kids, she drinks, she works outside the home and she has an attitude that would have made Ray Barone cry. Her husband is played by the “Scrubs” janitor, Neil Flynn and I still need a few more episodes to determine how I feel about him. The kids are great. REAL kids with issues. The youngest boy reminds me of Dewey on “Malcolm in the Middle” and the teen-aged girl is a great actress. The episode with her school picture retakes was hysterical. How many of us just cannot take a decent school picture? My kid is one of them but I never went for the retakes.

It’s great to see Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton leave Ray and Debra Barone behind. I wish them luck in both shows. I knew Patricia was an actress but never realized that Ray was an “actor.” I’m very impressed with his work on “Men of a Certain Age.”

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January 24, 2010 Posted by | Advertising, Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, Men of a Certain Age, Sitcoms, TV Drama | , | Comments Off on Ray and Debra Barone are gone, check out their new shows

Life Without Extended Cable . . . I revisit old friends

For 3 weeks I haven’t watched:

“Rescue Me”

“Chelsea Lately”

“The Daily Show”

“My Life on the D List”

“The Colbert Report”

ANY Cable news (I flip from CNN, FOX, MSNBC, HLN)

Anything on Lifetime and VH1.

I don’t know why I don’t watch in the living room. I have all the “Rescue Me” episodes recorded and I could set it to record the other shows, if I was so inclined.

Comcast is supposed to “mail” me my converter box. If they bring it, I will be charged $50. I should have picked it up at a Comcast location and I would have if I’d known it would take this long.

What have I been watching?

Lots of “Roseanne.” I know every single episode and the next line that will be said. Still funny. Still relevant. Classic. I forgot all the great one-liners Darlene had. I love Johnny Galecki and I’m glad I get to see him weekly (even in my bedroom) on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Sara Gilbert (Darlene) and Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) have also appeared on “The Big Bang Theory” and have recurring roles.

Lacey Gorensen, the real Becky Conner, is still working but I haven’t seen her in anything recently. She left the show to go to college. Obviously, she and her parents have their priorities in the right place.

Michael Fishman, got married and works at his wife’s daycare center.

Sarah Chalke, Becky the Second. we all know how busy she’s been. She did “Scrubs” for many years and even has a recurring role on “How I Met Your Mother.” She’s perky and likable. We will be seeing more of her in years to come.

Glenn Quinn, who played Mark died from a heroin overdose in December, 2002.

R.I.P.

R.I.P.

Where is John Goodman? I heard his voice doing commercials on Air America a few years ago but other than that I haven’t seen him in anything. According to his IMDB, he’s been working consistently but not in anything mainstream. He can pick and chose now. Living off the “Roseanne” royalties must be great.

And, Roseanne. Where has she been? I hear she has a radio show on Sirius Radio. I refuse to pay for radio so I have never listened to her. She has a blog that I go to if I think about it. Maybe I’ve been there 5 times in the last 2 years.  It’s a bit too political for me. Now I guess she dresses like Hitler. Whatever.

I always liked her but she confuses me. First she was Roseanne Barr. Then she was Roseanne Arnold. Then she claimed her parents abused her and never wanted to be known as Roseanne Barr again. EVER. Then she just became Roseanne. Then she married her bodyguard. Then she became Roseanne Barr again. I never saw or heard an explaination for the change. It baffles me.

August 1, 2009 Posted by | Big Bang Theory, Roseanne | Comments Off on Life Without Extended Cable . . . I revisit old friends

“Big Bang Theory” is funny, smart and not talked about much??

July 14, 2009 Posted by | Big Bang Theory | Comments Off on “Big Bang Theory” is funny, smart and not talked about much??