Time for one of my semi-regular “here’s some good TV I’m watching that I want to tell you about” posts.
First, the new HBO show “Girls” received a ton of hype before its debut last Sunday. There were billboards all over NYC, the critics couldn’t stop gushing over it, and the show was basically hailed as the next great HBO show.
Got a chance to watch it Tuesday, and while it may not be the greatest thing since overtime hockey was invented (or sliced bread, depending on your frame of reference), it was pretty darn good.
“Girls” is about four young women in their 20’s living in New York, and the trials and tribulations they endure. But if you think this is “Sex and the City, the Next Generation,” you’d be wrong. The star, Lena Dunham, is no Carrie Bradshaw. She’s 24, depends totally on her parents for money, and does at least five stupid things in the first episode. Yet, she’s kinda lovable.
The rest of the quarter isn’t all that fleshed out yet, but each gets some good lines off in the premiere. It’s a funny show that’s actually quite sweet in some ways, and it looks like it’s going to be very different from your usual sitcom (just the scene with Lena’s Hannah in the hotel room with her parents was fabulous and inventive).
I’m not ready to anoint “Girls” as part of the historical HBO awesome pantheon, but it’s definitely got me back for a second look (And Digger Stiles from “Gilmore Girls” is in it!).
It’s on Sunday night on HBO at 10:30.
**And now, a couple of thoughts on last week’s “Mad Men.” And I don’t even think I need to say “spoiler alert,” because folks, it’s Wednesday and you should’ve seen it already if you care.
— Fabulous episode. Of course, any episode where the detestable Pete Campbell gets his lights punched out is fabulous. God I hate Pete Campbell. I haven’t hated a TV character this much since Ziggy Sobotka on Season 2 of “The Wire.”
— Though I have to say, Don Draper being the only one to NOT cheat on his wife at a brothel party or whatever the hell that thing they took the Jaguar guy to was pretty stunning.
— I really hope they don’t have Lane leave his wife for Joan. That is one hook-up that I don’t think my eyes could ever “un-see.”
— I know Roger has pretty much no role at the agency anymore, but goddamn, John Slattery has the best lines every week. I loved this gem from last week, when Pete and Lane were about to fight: “I know cooler heads should prevail, but am I the only one who wants to see this?”
Man I love Roger.
*Finally today, one of the scariest “driver plows into a building” videos you’ll ever see. It comes from my old employer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Last weekend a 76-year-old Florida woman plowed her car into a Publix supermarket, and amazingly didn’t kill anyone.
This is from the surveillance camera at the store; I’m warning you, it’s very scary and a little shocking when the crash happens (around the :32 mark). Like I said, I feel OK posting this here because no one was killed or seriously hurt.