Monday, June 06, 2005

Summertime, and the TV is Crappy

I love Seinfeld. One of the best lines in the history of the show comes from George Costanza, who has pitched to NBC the idea of a show about nothing. He is asked why anyone would watch the show and he responds, "because it's on TV."

In real life, NBC has taken this mantra to heart. Thursday marked the debut of "H1t Me Baby One More Time," which features has been musical acts trying desperately to cash in once again. It's kind of an American Idol for second rate '80's acts. Or as the show's web site would put it:

. . . a one-hour competition program featuring veteran music hit-makers who will each perform their greatest hit -- as well as cover a popular contemporary song -- with the favorite to be determined by audience voting. . .

Week one featured Tiffany, CeCe Peniston, A Flock of Seagulls, Arrested Development and Loverboy. I never thought I would cheer for Loverboy to win a battle of the bands, but I would note that they would be least likely to be called a one-hit wonder. Pity Mike Reno. He's a lot fatter, a little balder, and just got his ass handed to him by Arrested Development. Yes, the "newest" act won the vote and will move on to the next round.

The funniest parts of the show are the interviews, where everyone pretends that they are not trying to revive their failed careers. Do you need proof that these are has-beens? OK, here's next week's line-up: Tommy Tutone, The Knack, Vanilla Ice, (anyone want to bet that I can't name the "hits" that these first three perform?) The Motels, and Haddaway, whoever he is.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pants! Stop watching TV and go hit the links. I'm sure the first show was a success only because the Mompers of the world wanted to see Tiffany. What I want to know is whether this show will rekindle consideration by these groups to tour again in such venues as casino lounges.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Nihilist in Golf Pants said...

One thing I didn't mention was that Tiffany was either pregnant or has become tremendously obese. I'm guessing it's the former, as the host told her she looked great.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Chad The Elder said...

Watching network television on Thursday night? Is this how you "celebrated" your wife's birthday? You cheap SOB...

12:43 PM  

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