Friday, February 24, 2012

What's Worth Watching Notes - February 23, 2012

What's Worth Watching show #23 will replay Friday at 4am Eastern AND Saturday at 7pm Eastern on Howard 101. Good news, if you want your MTV.

- Jenny's TV News 
{Colbert disappearance, Dr. Phil #1 in syndication, Simpsons 500th episode, Conan extension}
- This Is The Week That Was 
{Life's Too Short, Celebrity Apprentice, The Simpsons, The Walking Dead, Modern Family, Eastbound & Down}
- 140 Seconds with Ronnie Mund
- Interview with Rob Tannenbaum & Craig Marks
- What's Worth Watching: February 23 - February 29

Rob Tannenbaum & Craig Marks (@tannenbaumr & @craigmarks)
- Co-authors of the book "I Want My MTV"
- Noted Gary Dell'Abate used MTV to get laid
- Bands who had real music careers despised MTV because they had to pretend
- Record companies didn't see the value in giving away videos to MTV
- CBS Records & MTV still dispute when Billie Jean video was going to be added
- Everyone high on coke 30 years ago leads to multiple versions of the truth
- MTV tipped the balance in music to hot chicks and good looking dudes
- ZZ Top & Huey Lewis showed if you had a good idea, looks didn't matter
- Martha Quinn is still heartbroken over being fired to this day
- It was the directors who invented music videos, and they were all crazy
- Recalled Stevie Nicks calling MTV to play her video to see how her hair looked
- Madonna humping the floor in a wedding dress is the ultimate VMA moment
- Artists like The Bangles would write songs with the video in mind
- Acknowledge MTV had to change one day from constantly playing videos
- Book ends in 1992 when Real World debuted and videos decline
- MTV had to retire Home Sweet Home & Pour Some Sugar On Me
- Neidermeyer called Twisted Sister's Dee Snider the ugliest man in the world
- Non metal Adam Curry kept his Headbangers Ball jacket with his satin jacket
- Axel Rose went to Rikki Rachtman audition and Adam Curry still hates him
- People unanimously agree Billy Squier Rock Me Tonight is the worst video ever
- Thriller ratings were so high MTV couldn't reach them without their own events
- Disagree MTV got ruined when they started with the rap stuff
- Ted Demme created Yo MTV Raps which ended up taking over the channel
- Favorite MTV videos were Hot For Teacher and Total Eclipse of the Heart
Ronnie Mund (@rmlimodriver69)
- Recapped Gossip Girl and Blair's feelings for Dan who has feelings for Blair
- Noted the real Charlie Rose showed up which caused a problem
- Claimed the one word to describe The Walking Dead is "simply amazing"

JD Harmeyer (@jdharm)
- Feels Liam Neeson should get some kind of Emmy for Life's Too Short
- Admitted to having a crush on MTV VJ Idalis
- Tried to ask MTV questions from the Whats Worth Watching Twitter feed
- Favorite MTV videos were Thriller & Baby Got Back
- Unsure what contrarian meant when picking Independent Spirit Awards

Steve Brandano (@siriusstevieb)
- Hopes Jason Sudekis is in the full season of Eastbound & Down
- Celebrity Apprentice is causing DVR conflict on Sunday nights
- Deemed Gary Dell'Abate the Macgyver of getting laid
- All time favorite MTV video was Axel playing piano in November Rain

Jenny Hutt (@jenniferhutt)
- Pointed out Martha Stewart revealed her mom's illness on air
- Noted you can see everything Bart ever wrote on his bulletin board
- Went to a friend's house in Islip to watch her MTV
- Told us her dad was in the music business and involved with MTV
- Recreated the dance from Beat It at parties watching MTV
- Was upset by the failed continuity in Parents Just Dont Understand
- Reminded us that Run DMC played her Sweet Sixteen
- All time favorite MTV video was Parents Just Dont Understand
Jon Hein (@jonmhein)
- Doesn't watch Dr. Phil but understands that some people do
- Roots for Conan who just got a TBS extension but is fascinated by his demise
- Feels Lilly on Modern Family is not cute and contrived
- Unsure where Sons of Anarchy is going to go but wants Kurt Sutter on this show
- Concerned that Mad Men has taken off too much time in between seasons
- Favorite MTV video was Round and Round by Ratt
- Wishes he was excited about the Oscars and picked The Artist for Best Picture

What’s Worth Watching
February 23 – February 29

8p         30 Rock (NBC)
             American Idol (FOX)
             The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
             Wipeout (ABC)
830p    Parks & Recreation (NBC)
9p        The Office (NBC)  {Steve's pick}
             Person of Interest (CBS) 
             Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
             Lifeguard! (WEATHER)  {Jon's pick}
930p    Up All Night (NBC)
10p       Archer/Unsupervised (FX)
11p       Inside Comedy (SHO) {Larry David}
12a       Delocated

8p        Undercover Boss (CBS)
            Shark Tank (ABC)
9p        Fringe (FOX)
            Grimm (NBC)
            A Gifted Man (CBS)
10p     Blue Bloods (CBS)
            Portlandia/Todd Margaret (IFC)
            Spartacus: Vengeance (STARZ)

830p    NBA All Star Weekend (TNT)
9p         Being Human (BBCA) {4th season premiere}
             The Firm
10p      An Idiot Abroad (SCIENCE)
             Independent Spirit Awards (IFC) {JD's pick}

7p        60 Minutes (CBS)
8p        The Amazing Race (CBS)
830p    The 84th Annual Academy Awards (ABC)  {Jenny's pick}
9p         The Apprentice (NBC)
             The Walking Dead (AMC)
             Luck (HBO)
930p    Goose (ESPN)
10p      Eastbound & Down (HBO)
             Comic Book Men (AMC)
1030p  Life's Too Short (HBO)
8p       House (FOX)
            Gossip Girl (CW) 
            The Voice (NBC)
830p   Two Broke Girls (CBS)
9p        Being Human (SYFY)
            Alcatraz (FOX)
10p     Smash (NBC)
            Castle (ABC)
            Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

8p       American Idol (FOX)
            The Biggest Loser (NBC)
            Switched At Birth (ABC FAMILY)
830p   Cougar Town (ABC)
9p       The River (ABC)
10p     Justified (FX)
            Southland (TNT)
            Unforgettable (CBS)
            Parenthood (NBC) {3rd season finale}
            White Collar (USA) {3rd season finale}

8p        American Idol (FOX)
            The Middle (ABC)
            Survivor (CBS)
9p        Modern Family (ABC)
10p      Face Off (SYFY)
             Psych (USA)

Friday, February 17, 2012

What's Worth Watching Notes - February 16, 2012

What's Worth Watching show #22 will replay Friday at 4am Eastern AND Saturday at 7pm Eastern on Howard 101.  

With Ronnie out in LA taking care of Howard at America's Got Talent, we brought in Teddy Microphone to lend his expertise when it comes to British TV shows.

- Jenny's TV News 
{Grammy ratings, Oprah tweets for ratings, Cougar Town marketing}
- This Is The Week That Was 
{Grammys, Cougar Town, SNL, Survivor, The Walking Dead}
- Across The Pond with Teddy Microphone
- Interview with Busy Philipps
- What's Worth Watching: February 16 - February 22

Busy Philipps (
- Saw a tweet which reminded her of our interview and is keeping her in line
- Bill Lawrence had the cast do in depth interviews with ANYONE who asked
- Admitted early Cougar Town eps were about Courteney dating younger guys
- Explained why she wasn't in the opening credits of Freaks & Geeks
- Kim Kelly wasn't in the F&G pilot but she was promised to be a series regular
- Excited her first job was with her college buddy Linda Cardellini 
- Revealed the woman who played her F&G mom was method and mean to her
- NBC wouldn't air the "Kim Kelly Is My Friend" ep since it was too harsh
- Every NBC guy who now approaches her claims to be the one behind F&G
- Felt doing Dawson's Creek was an experience but the show wasn't for her 
- Regrets appearing on Sarah Connor Chronicles 8 1/2 months pregnant
- Had her baby because the Writer's Strike gave her the time to do so
- Is obsessed with Amy Poehler and puts Parks & Rec as her #2 comedy
- Has stopped watching The Office but wants to be on board
- Loves Top Chef which her husband sweetly waits for her to catch up on
- Feels there's too much music happening in Downton Abbey
- Thinks The Killing should take a page from Homeland on how to end a season
- Says Josh Hopkins & Christa Miller are the best Penny Can players
- Noted when the Penny Can is on set, absolutely no work gets done
Teddy Microphone (
- Qualified to speak about British TV since his fiance Poppy comes from the UK
- Recommended Downton Abbey which has taken over the nation
- Has seen Life's Too Short and heartily recommends it
- Still enjoys Top Gear now entering its 18th season
- Can't explain why some UK shows translate well and some don't
- Feels Whitechapel is a good Sherlock Holmes type show
- Turned Jon on to Luther which has only 10 episodes to see
- Strongly recommends the five seasons of Wire in the Blood 
- Remembered Jason Isaacs as the baddie in Case Histories
- Loves The Thick Of It as one of his favorite Brit comedies
- Feels if you like The Wire, you'll love The Hour

JD Harmeyer (
- Left Jon out on an island when it came to assessing the Grammys
- Impressed once again by the casting of Survivor
- Likened Maya Rudolph doing Whitney to Fred Armisen bringing back Qaddafi
- Looking forward to My Strange Addiction breast enlargement/nail polish eps

Steve Brandano (
- Deemed asking if you have a Nielsen Box "pulling a Bill Lawrence"
- Felt Zooey Deschannel did an excellent job on Saturday Night Live
- Assumed Bill Nighy is in every show Teddy listed
- Noted Busy Philipps was more impressive not being in F&G opening credits

Jenny Hutt (
- Liked the Grammys but typically doesn't like those shows
- Clearly has Downton Abbey fever
- Reminded Busy Philipps of how skinny she got for Cougar Town
- Got to talk to all the Cougar Town co stars who were so much fun
- Grew very close to Christa Miller when she was up at Sirius
Jon Hein (
- Felt 20 minutes of the Grammys were worth watching (plus Tay Tay)
- Thinks Oprah is reeking of desperation with her tweeting and appearances
- Wishes SNL would handle Whitney Houston's death the way it used to
- Assured Busy Philipps that he won't be watching The Killing anymore
- Agreed that Extras is an underrated British comedy

What’s Worth Watching
February 16 – February 22

8p         30 Rock (NBC)
             American Idol (FOX) 
             The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
             Exporting Raymond (HBO)
830p     Parks & Recreation (NBC)
             Heart of Stone (SHO) 
9p         The Office (NBC)
             Person of Interest (CBS)  {Jenny's pick}
             Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
             Remembering Whitney (OWN)
930p     Up All Night (NBC) 
10p       Archer (FX)
11p       Inside Comedy (SHO) {Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Brad Garrett}
12a       Delocated 

8p       Undercover Boss (CBS)
           Shark Tank (ABC)
9p       Fringe (FOX) 
           Grimm (NBC)
           A Gifted Man (CBS)
10p     Blue Bloods (CBS)
           Portlandia/Todd Margaret (IFC) 
           Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
           Spartacus: Vengeance (STARZ)

8p        The Ride (SHO)
9p        The Firm (NBC) 
10p      An Idiot Abroad (SCIENCE)
1130p  Saturday Night Live (NBC) {Maya Rudolph/Sleigh Bells}

7p        60 Minutes (CBS)
8p        The Amazing Race (CBS) {20th season premiere}
            The Simpsons (FOX) {500th episode} {Jon's pick}
9p        The Apprentice (NBC) {12th season premiere} {Steve's pick}
            The Good Wife (CBS)
            The Walking Dead (AMC)
            Luck (HBO)
            Shameless (SHO)
10p      Eastbound & Down (HBO) {3rd season premiere} {JD's pick}
            Comic Book Men (AMC)
            House of Lies (SHO)
1030p  Life's Too Short (HBO) {pilot} {Teddy's pick}
8p       House (FOX) 
           Gossip Girl (CW) 
           The Voice (NBC)
           How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
830p   Two Broke Girls (CBS)
9p       Being Human (SYFY) 
           Alcatraz (FOX) 
           Bethenny Ever After (BRAVO) {3rd season premiere}
10p     Smash (NBC)
           Castle (ABC)
           Hawaii Five-O (CBS) 

8p       The Biggest Loser (NBC) 
           Switched At Birth (ABC FAMILY)
830p   Cougar Town (ABC)
9p       The River (ABC)
           New Girl (FOX)
           The Loving Story (HBO)
930p   Raising Hope (FOX) 
10p     Justified (FX)
           Southland (TNT) 

8p      American Idol (FOX)
          The Middle (ABC)
          Survivor (CBS) 
9p      Modern Family (ABC)
10p    Hot In Cleveland (TV Land) 
          Face Off (SYFY) 
          Royal Pains (USA) {3rd season finale}