TV Junkie: War Movie Weekend; We Wait for Sunday's 'Breaking Bad'
Weekend EditionIt's Memorial Day weekend which means lots of war movies on TV, we've picked the best of the bunch for the schedule below. We'll stick with original programming tonight with Bill Maher, "Party Down" (which has been excellent this season), and "The Soup". Then we wait for Sunday's must-watch episode of "Breaking Bad" - yesterday series star R.J. Mitte told us that co-star Dean Norris gives the performance of his life. It's amazing how "Breaking Bad", the most compelling program on TV right now, only gets better.
A picture is worth a million barrels: Evidently the American public needs everything drawn out for them, as simply as possible. Sure, we could be told that a million barrels of oil had been dumped in the Gulf of Mexico by the BP disaster but it wasn't until PBS put a live feed of the the seafloor video showing an endless geyser of oil did an inkling of the impact penetrate the awareness of Americans. The impact on wildlife and the economics of states ringing the Gulf is finally a bit more obvious - there's no way that people can ignore the fact that this is the worst toxic spill disaster of all time and that millions of people will be directly affected. We've embedded the PBS "NewsHour" barrel-counter widget below - perhaps they can find a video and make a widget for global warming that will inform and persuade a public in denial on that issue.
Today Gary Coleman passed away from an intracranial hemorrhage caused by a fall a couple days ago. Coleman was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" from 1978-1986 as well as various legal troubles in the last 15 years. We can only hope that Coleman is one of the last child actors to be taken advantage of by unscrupulous parents and managers as this was most likely the seed of many of his troubles later in life.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Hired" (Gary V!), Bill Maher, "Party Down", "The Soup" (the 10:30pm rerun), Leno (Colin Farrell, Elisabeth Moss), Ferguson (Jeffrey Ross). Saturday - Pride of the Marines. Sunday - Platoon, "Breaking Bad"