Bears hit the mainstream

On my flights to and from California, the in‐flight entertainment promoted two new TV shows with bearish leading men. Looks like we’re making the mainstream!

First, of course, there were Richard Karn in Home Improvement and Kevin James in King of Queens. But now we have two romantic leading men: Kyle Bornheimer in Worst Week and Jay Mohr in Gary Unmarried.

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If you search around (even on the series websites I link to above), you’ll find several furry shirtless photos of each.

Reality hits reality TV

BBC 4’s Big Brother program has recently created a furor over very ugly behavior. In her exit interview, ejected contestant Jade Goody has a revelation:

“I look like a complete and utter nasty small person — the sort of person I don’t like myself,” but continued: “I am not a racist and I sincerely, with my hand on my heart, apologise to anyone I have offended out there.”

The big picture

I caught an episode of Joan of Arcadia last Friday. (It’s the second time I happened to watch a show.) Pretty cool.

There was a scene where Joan (to whom God speaks through random people she encounters) tells God she needs more than hints if she’s going to do what God wants. She says she needs even just a glimpse of the big picture. God says OK, and sounds and voices (which sound mostly like war and discord sounds) come up on the soundtrack. Next thing you know, Joan is being roused by her worried mother, flat on her back on the floor.

Later there’s another encounter where she asks for “better hints” because, as she now admits, she can’t get a glimpse of the big picture without ending up flat on her back.