Sunday Nights: An Embarrassment Of TV Riches

Man, you guys, when did Sundays become such great TV nights? I remember back in the day the dearth of weekend program would result in me watching syndicated shows like Renegade, MANTIS or that futuristic Knight Rider thing. Now it’s one of the nights most packed with shows my wife and I want to watch, especially right now with Discovery coming out hot and heavy with news shows. I’ll put this out there right now: we don’t have DVR because the wiring in our building is too old, so we have to watch what’s on. I started thinking about all this a few weeks back when AMC’s Comic Book Men premiered. I’m a fan of Kevin Smith and his friends featured on the show, plus I covered some of the PR events for CBR. But, something else was on at 10PM, Sunday nights. I can’t remember what it was when the show first premiered, but a couple weeks back it wound up being A&E’s Breakout Kings, which is also on at 10PM. CBM wrapped up last week, so I’m hoping I can catch a marathon at some point, but we do enjoy Breakout Kings quite a bit, especially thanks to the fact that this season has more of an overarching story with the remaining Kings trying to track down the guy that killed SPOILER Charlie. I also like what they’re doing with Erica and the dude who works downstairs. Can we get an updated title sequence, too, by the way? It just looks silly with one character edited out. But, Mad Men‘s back tonight, which really throws a wrench in our schedule, especially because the premiere is two hours long. It’s really no question between whether we watch Mad Men or Breakout Kings, even though we both like the latter, it’s nowhere near as good as the former. Mad Men feels more like an event anyway, one that I like keeping up on. I think I’ll be able to watch BK at 11PM, but my wife goes to bed by then, so she’ll probably miss out. The 10PM slot also now has the brand new Rube Goldberg-inspired show by the Mythbusters called Unchained Reaction. The concept behind the series it that two teams are tasked with making a Chained Reaction machine with a particular theme. As longtime readers will remember, I love me some Goldbergian machines, so this show could not be more interesting to me. I thought this show was premiering tonight, but I am watching the Heavy vs. Light episode as I type, so it either already debuted or this is kind of a sneaky way to show it off early. I’m already digging this show and would love to watch it on a regular basis. Thankfully, Discovery has a good track record of showing reruns, so I’m sure I’ll catch up.

Discovery also has a show in the 9:00PM spot that we love watching, Mythbusters. Again, I know these shows get rerun on a pretty regular basis, but the premiere–which is tonight for sure–features Jamie and Adam stranded on a desert island with nothing but duct tape to survive on. That’s pretty awesome and I’d like to watch, but the extended Mad Men premiere will be keeping us away, but after that, I think we’ll be all set. We’re also a bit conflicted in the 8:00PM slot. Usually we just watch Amazing Race, which can sometimes be pushed back thanks to sports, which is a bit of a bummer. But, right now Discovery also has Frozen Planet on at the same time which looks gorgeous in HD (yes, our HD channels started working again).

So that’s where we’re at. Like I said in the title, it’s an embarrassment of riches. I’d always rather have too many shows I want to watch than not enough. Well, actually, if there were fewer shows on that I wanted to watch, I’d probably get more reading done…

New OK Go Video Rube Goldberg Masterpiece

I had heard about the upcoming OK Go video for “This Too Shall Pass” from their latest record Of The Blue Color Of The Sky which I haven’t picked up yet a few weeks back thanks to a press release I got. I was jazzed but kind of forgot about it in the shuffle of life. As long time readers will remember, I’m a fan of OK Go and Rube Goldberg devices, so this video is completely in my wheelehouse. Damn it’s good. Thanks to Topless Robot for the reminder.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release which offers up even more info on the clip and where you might be able to find some blooper clips. I haven’t checked them out myself, so let me know if they’re cool.

(Los Angeles, CA) OK Go, the band whose inventive self-directed music videos have set internet records and won the band a GRAMMY, will unveil their latest crazily ambitious clip – the second video for current single “This Too Shall Pass” – on Monday, March 1st at www.okgo.net. Before shooting commenced last week, the band spent four months working with SynnLabs, a team of creative engineers with day jobs at NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to build a two-story Rube Goldberg machine in a Los Angeles warehouse. Goldberg, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and inventor, was best known for his cartoons of imaginary devices – now known as Rube Goldberg machines – performing simple tasks in an elaborate, convoluted manner. Fans can check out highlights from the making of the video at Absolute Punk and Rolling Stone and over the next week at Shock Hound and other sites for different clips. On Monday, March 1, each of these partner sites will post a blooper video that allows fans to “trigger” themselves to OK Go’s site (www.okgo.net) for the premiere.¬† Of course, once at the band’s site there will be more fun and games too.