I need a quick break from fall TV preview hell, where I'm attempting to write a few thousand words about a new season where I've seen very few of the new shows, so it's time for a bit of link-blogging, after the jump...
• Rich Heldenfels has decided to take his own crack at revisiting a vintage series, albeit one that ain't as deep as "The Wire" or "Freaks and Geeks." He's going through the first season of "Beverly Hills 90210," as we're less than a month away from the new version. So far, he's hit the pilot and episode two (the first with Sideshow Luke Perry).
• Robert John Licuria, whom I first "met" back in my Usenet days on rec.arts.tv, is running an Emmy Watch site, and just posted an interview with Glynn Turman, who was so amazing playing Blair Underwood's dad in a pair of "In Treatment" episodes.
(Turman-related digression: Bill Lawrence and Zach Braff said they were so obsessed with his "In Treatment" performance that Bill built a whole "Scrubs" episode around him, a quasi-sequel to "My Old Lady." Can't wait for that one.)
• Couple of House Next Door links: First, Andrew Johnston's excellent review of the latest episode of "Mad Men," where he goes into much greater depth on my point about the lessons Matt Weiner learned from David Chase. Second, Jeremiah Kipp's review of the latest "Generation Kill," which Jeremiah has been very consistent in disliking throughout its run. The comments raise an interesting question, and one I occasionally grapple with: when you've committed to blog-reviewing an ongoing TV project (as opposed to a one-shot movie, or just reviewing the pilot episode of something), what do you do when you get several episodes in and clearly don't like it? I only keep writing about shows I dislike on very rare occasions ("Studio 60," which was a fascinating disaster; or "Grey's Anatomy," which always has just enough good moments to make me keep hoping it's turned the corner), but I'm also a one-man band here and can add or drop shows as I please.