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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Things That Caught My Attention

OK, so I'm driving down the road today and this amazing song comes on the radio. It was on 94 FM, the Fish here in Nashville and it was a song about looking for that special someone and finding love. The song was just really wonderful and in the same vein as Rebecca St. James' "Wait for Me." Needless to say I loved it and want to hear it again--but frustratingly enough, they didn't say who it was by or the name of the song! Aacck! What ever am I going to do?!?

A Rave For Shrek 2
As if I weren't already drooling in anticipation enough to see the movie, USA Today comes out with a rave review, giving it four stars. Man, I'm gonna have to scrape up some money and go try for a matinee of this one this weekend! And the casting of John Cleese as Shrek's father-in-law is classic and I can't wait to hear Antonio Bandaras as Puss In Boots.

ABC announces fall schedule
So, Alias will survive but be run as a special 20-episode series starting in January. Oh-kay then. Makes as much sense as anything else ABC does. Honestly, this is one of those shows that really needs to be on as regularily as possible since more happens in one episode than in most seasons on other shows. And then to yank it around the schedule like they do with huge gaps between new episodes--no wonder the ratings haven't picked up despite the buzz and the critical accolades. Which means they had better have one hell of a cliffhanger this week to keep the interest up until January or else this one could be forgotten about. Now if only FOX could see fit to give us 24 straight weeks of 24. In a related story to this one--Teri Hatcher returns to TV. And that folks is a very good thing.

Were in not for Smallville, who would care about this?
So, they're taking Angel off the air for inane WB comedies?!? To quote the little guy at the end of all Joss Whedon shows, "Grrrr! Argh!" If it weren't that Smallville is just so much of fun in an escapist way, I'd tune out the WB entirely.

Someone should knight Dave Barry for this week's column about the rules. Read it and then give me your "Amen, brother!"

I haven't listened to any of the sports call in shows locally today, simply becuase I bet a lot of the talk is going to be about Ashley McElhiney becoming coach of the ABA Nashville Rhythm. As the first female coach of a professional men's basketball team, she faces a lot of scrutiny for everything she does. I wish her all the best and I really do hope she has a thick skin because she's going to need it. She's out there blazing a trail and there's nothing we love more in the sports world than to nitpick things to death (as in the end of the Lakers/Spurs game 5 or any decision made by Fulmer on fourth and inches in a UT game). I wish her all the best and I really do hope she succeeds in this role. From a marketing standpoint, I can understand this--it's created buzz in the community. I'd be willing to bet the first few games have an increased attendance just because we have a female coach. It's an experiment and I am sure there will be many who will be intrigued enough to buy a ticket just to see what happens. But the Tennessean's Joe Biddle makes some interesting points about the difficulties that McElhiney will face as coach of this team.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/18/2004 05:47:00 PM | |
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