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Fuck You, Nissan!

I can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure Joe Strummer is turning in his grave. He’s pissed and he’s pissed at Nissan. You see, I finally got around to watching the “Heroes” season premiere last night and it was the Nissan show, complete with the fantastic Clash cover of Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop.” Don’t get me wrong. I’ve recently made my peace with the odd product placement. (What a coincidence, Claire got a Nissan Rogue for her birthday!) They help expensive TV series defray the cost of production, thus possibly helping to keep quality programming with marginal ratings on the air. But Joe Strummer and The Clash being used to hawk an automobile? Unless the rights money went to charity, this is just wrong. The only thing worse than a sellout is a posthumous one where the artist has no say in the matter.
So…Fuck You, Nissan!
Ask Roger Catlin. he agrees with me. As does James Poniewozick in his review of the “Heroes” episode, and he phrases it brilliantly, to wit: “The Nissan Rogue commercial with the Clash version of Pressure Drop? Killed a teensy bit of my soul.”
But my favorite has to be Dead Spot on the Web who in his post entitled “Well Done, Nissan” writes:
“In less than an hour, you managed to make sure that I will never, ever buy one of your cars for as long as I live. That’s like some kind of land speed record, but for assholes.”

Leaking TV Redux

Well, it turns out that the Bionic Woman pilot that’s floating around out there may just be the wrong one, in that sections of it have been re-cast or re-shot or both. Even if this turns out to be true, I loved what I saw and assuming they don’t all of a sudden turn her into a 12 year-old girl or a 78 year-old grandmother, I am reasonably confident that NBC has another hit on their hands!
More on what I thought of some other pilots in the coming days.

Save The Cheerleader, Save The World!

hro_1003_034.jpgI’ve been meaning to post something on the 2006 fall TV season for quite some time, but the NYFF and other things kind of got in my way. As a result, we’re 4-5 weeks in on some shows and I have yet to inform you all of their brilliance. Well, thank god for iTunes and the other download services (not to mention Bittorrent…Shhhhhh!). That way you can catch up on the episodes you’ve missed.
First on the list is Heroes, an intriguing, intelligent and utterly gripping series created by Tim Kring (Crossing Jordan). Set in New York; Las Vegas; Odessa, Texas, Los Angeles and Tokyo, Heroes is exactly what a super hero drama should be, in order to make it on TV. Interesting and attractive characters, each with their own back story and family life, excellent actors, no silly comic book jargon, and just enough supernatural occurrences to make it different. Oh…and no silly super hero suits.

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