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Channel Surfing – March 16, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– The best new TV drama since Sons of Anarchy premieres tonight: Justified, starring Deadwood‘s Timothy Olyphant as a Kentucky marshal. Check out my mini-review here, or better yet. just check out the show (10PM ET, FX).

– Mac and Sweet Dee are having a baby! Actually, it’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars – and real-life marrieds – Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson, who are expecting their first child in August.

– What will the American Idol contestants sing for tonight’s Rolling Stones-themed performances? Here are my suggestions.

– Most TV types have been assuming that ex-American Idol judge Paula Abdul will reunite with Simon Cowell at the judge’s table of his upcoming U.S. version of The X Factor, but rumors leaked earlier this week that she was being wooed by ABC to host yet another revamp of Star Search. Now, The Daily Beast reports that loopy Paula actually passed on gobs of cash from ABC and may be holding out to work with Simon again after all.

– Seems like every day brings a new Betty White story, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Today, we learn that the Golden Girls alum will not only star in the pilot episode of TV Land’s summer sitcom Hot in Cleveland, but that she’s now been made a regular cast member.

– Happy Victor Garber Day! Why? Why not?

Chuck fans, you might want to prepare for more trips to Subway: Monday night’s episode was the show’s lowest-rated. Ever. Sigh.

– It’s looking good for an eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, says Larry David.

– Check out a first look at Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in HBO’s “Dr. Death” movie You Don’t Know Jack. The made-for-TV flick, directed by Barry Levinson, premieres on HBO in April.

– I know lots of TV fans hate the big-screen makeovers of boob tube classics, but the premiere of the upcoming MacGruber movie was met with a very positive response from fans at the SXSW festival.

24 moving from Fox to NBC? Eh, I guess there have been worse ideas. I guess.

– This is certainly a contender for the weirdest show ever: Mike Tyson – yes, that Mike Tyson – is going to star in an Animal Planet reality series called Taking on Tyson, which will find the former boxing champ raising and racing pigeons. Wow.

– And wanna co-star with As the World Turns diva Eileen Fulton before the soap sadly bites the dust next fall? Here’s your chance.

REVIEW: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season Finale

I’m not one of those Seinfeld series finale haters – upon several re-viewings, I’ve come to appreciate it for really sticking to the show’s “no lessons” philosophy and the chance to see all the crazy supporting characters/actors and actresses we loved along the way.

Still, I’ve also been hoping for a Seinfeld reunion pretty much since the week after the show aired its series finale in May 1998, and though it seems unlikely that we’ll actually get a true, full-on Seinfeld reunion now, the Sein reunion storyline that unfolded throughout the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm has been very satisfying.

And last night’s Curb season finale, the second part of a two-week episode that showed the Seinfeld reunion episode, reunited Jerry, Kramer, George and Elaine as well as Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and made me very nostalgic for the show with the repeated use of the Seinfeld sets, was truly a great capper to what I consider to be, far and away, the best-ever season of Curb.

The highlights (yes, spoilers ahead):

– In a giggle-inducing nod to Larry David‘s trademark quizzical look when he thinks someone is lying to him, he and Jerry had a quizzical look-off when Jerry was trying to suss out why Larry was wigging out on the reunion set

– The reason Larry was wigging out on the reunion set: He suspected that estranged wife Cheryl, who was playing the part of the estranged wife of George Costanza (who, of course, is based on real-life Larry David), was falling for Alexander because he is so much like Larry

– A seemingly harmless request of Mocha Joe, the studio lot coffee cart guy, to carry a set of jumper cables to his office – and Larry’s neglect to tip Mocha Joe (who, hilariously, no one ever called “Joe” … always “Mocha Joe”) – led to a) Larry missing an opportunity to spend time with Cheryl (another example of him repeatedly being hoisted by his own petard, as he pointed out earlier in the season), b) Larry having to tip way more than he would have if he’d just given a small tip in the beginning; and c) Alexander’s dogs nearly getting killed

– After angering Jason Alexander with a script rewrite that led his TV alter ego to briefly drop out of the reunion, Larry insisted on playing George in the reunion episode (so meta!), right down to George’s sweater vests and the George “huh ha!” Hilarity, and potential disaster for the special had Alexander not been coerced into returning, ensued.

– After being accused by Julia Louis-Dreyfus of setting his drink down on her antique table and leaving a ring on it during a party she hosted for Jason Alexander’s book, Larry became obsessed with figuring out who was the real culprit, the person who, unlike him, did not have the proper reverence for wood. After accusing both Jerry and Susie Greene, it turned out his very own Cheryl was the guilty party.

– Alexander’s book: Acting Without Acting, a tome so thin that Larry, Jerry and Cheryl insisted it was actually a pamphlet, and so self-important that it sparked a clever bit from Jerry about acting skills (which was particularly funny since, during Seinfeld‘s early years, Jerry often took critical hits for the fact that he was a comedian who was trying to act and not a “real actor”)

– And the night’s second reunion: After watching the Seinfeld reunion episode together, Larry and Cheryl reunited, and it felt so good … until Larry nearly ruined (or, as Larry would pronounce it, “rooned”) it with his realization that Cheryl was the drink ring perp.

What did you think of the finale? Did you love the Curb season? And what about the Seinfeld reunion-within-the show?

Also, since there’s been no commitment yet by Larry David for an eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, do you think this season finale serves as a good series finale if he doesn’t come back for another season?

And, are you still mad about that Seinfeld series finale? Or did this Curb reunion, in which George ended up happily (inasmuch as that’s possible for the neurotic New Yorker) married and Jerry and Elaine had a kid together, finally satisfy you?

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