The Week In TV: Trauma Dies On the Operating Table
It's a beautiful weekend, the rain has stopped, and my Batman voice sounds like Cookie Monster. This was the week in TV Land:
• I take nothing but pleasure in the misfortune of the untalented, which is why it's my pleasure to pass along the news that ratings for Comedy Central's The Jeff Dunham Show dropped 55 percent in their second week. The show had set a ratings record for the network when it bowed the week before, the kind of debut that forces you to think about the morality of a chaotic universe and the sheer widespread stupidity of many Baby Boomer viewers. But the show dipped severely in its second week, and though some of that may have been because of the World Series, I'd like to think it's because the viewing audience decided the show wasn't funny at all. Here's hoping.
• Speaking of terrible things on Comedy Central: Has anyone else watched Secret Girlfriend? It airs Wednesday nights, but I can't advise you tune in. It's like POV porn without the onscreen sex, and the dialogue's on the same level. It's juvenile and boob-obsessed in the creepiest of ways, acting like the camera is "you" as you watch your buds cavort, go to strip clubs, and get blowjobs from your ex. I wish the show a speedy death.
• So! Did you watch the World Series?! I didn't think it would get better than the first game, but then there was the second, and the third! What about that one play? Man, baseball is the most exciting.
• OH NOES: NBC has canceled Trauma, and will air the remainder of the show's 13-episode run before shutting down production. I know, I know; with totally ripshit awesome ads where helicopter pilots say "I love this job" right before something explodes, you'd think the network had another M*A*S*H on their hands.
• Community had another solid entry this week. Every ep has at least two or three genuine big laughs, which for a network comedy in this day and age is plenty. (I mean, I still watch How I Met Your Mother, but it's more cute than hilarious.) It's also likely that NBC took a chance on the show based on its success with other single-camera shows, which is another reason to be thankful for the continued brilliance of The Office and 30 Rock.
• Speaking of, 30 Rock was in typically great form this week, with an energetic subplot about gay Halloween parties as well as Liz and Jack's wonderful road trip to "real America" to find a new comic. The show's a great platform for Fey and the rest of the writers to poke holes in the insanity of some of the debates of the day. I'm still trying to figure out, though, just how self-aware Jeff Dunham is and what his appearance as the foul-mouthed Southern ventriloquist might mean. He has to know his demo and Fey's don't exactly overlap. Did he agree to the bit part in hopes of expanding his audience, or is he actually willing to make fun of them a bit? Is he earnest enough to believe his own brand of corn pone comedy, or is he cynical enough to have adopted a deep-fried persona because he knows that's where the money is?
• I think I'll stick with my unintended theme and end this little wrap-up on a comedy note. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are the smartest working political humorists out there, and they knock their Comedy Central shows out of the park every night. But on October 29, Stewart went above and beyond in an 11-minute bit destroying Fox News for its bias, ineptitude, and circular machinery of retardation that reports on its own commentary and then comments on the reporting. It's a thing of beauty:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|For Fox Sake!|
Looking ahead to this week: ABC's V premieres on Tuesday; the first four eps will air this month, and the rest of the season in the spring. Spoiler: The aliens are lizards! So, good luck with that, Earth. Also, there will be more baseball this week. If that's your thing, do it.
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