TV Junkie: 'The Pacific' on Sunday; 'Men of a Certain Age' @ PaleyFest Tonight
[NOTE: Please double check broadcast times, particularly on Sunday's shows. Since we move the clocks ahead 1 hour at midnight on Saturday, we aren't sure that this time change has made it through the broadcast feeds we are monitoring.]
This weekend is all about HBO's new mini-series, "The Pacific" (see the promo above), which is also being renamed by some as "Band of Brothers - Part Deux". What made "Band of Brothers" so compelling was that we followed the same group of guys, Easy Company, throughout Europe, which made the storyline somewhat easier to follow. It was also incredibly interesting because these were true stories about real people, many of whom are still alive.
We wonder if "The Pacific" will be as engaging since we understand that some of the characters, while based on real people, were in different units, it might not be as easy to follow. What will be true is that HBO has spent a lot of money to get this series and it is a quality production - heck, Steven Spielberg is running the show, so we know it will look great. We will definitely give this series as many chances as we can and if you have HBO and are choosing not to watch this, please explain yourself.
PaleyFest2010 continues with one of our favorite new shows being honored tonight: TNT's "Men of a Certain Age", the event begins at 7pm and it's well worth going. Tomorrow night "Glee" gets the treatment!
Other Notes: Late night tonight looks very good, Saturday looks weak, and Sunday, while it has plenty of premieres, they all look cheap in anticipation of "The Pacific" - who would choose "Celebrity Apprentice" over "The Pacific", it defies logic. What also defies logic is watching a comedy like "How To Make It In America" immediately after so we're a little mystified at HBO's programming choice. E! has some shows premiering at 10pm on Sunday, more on those later this weekend. Please check out the full listings though, as we slave over these for you.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Ricky Gervais Show", "Life & Times of Tim", Bill Maher, "Caprica", "The Soup", "Comedy Central Presents", Letterman (Liev Schreiber & Jim Gaffigan), Fallon (Parker Posey, Jason Sudeikis, Vampire Weekend). Saturday - "The Big Heat", SNL (Jude Law & Pearl Jam). Sunday - "The Pacific"