Short Notes….. 9.27.13




I’m sorry, Mark Burnett

THIS is your tax dollars at work.  Each one of these United States Senators makes $174,000 a year.  I dare you to watch this video and not understand that our Government is BROKEN and ironically these two are from the same party….  they are arguing about procedure!

Pure class


Survivor – Blood vs. Water, My Apology Letter to @MarkBurnettTV, @Survivor_Tweet


Dear. Mark Burnett,

Ok, I admit it you were right and I was wr-wr-wrong.  That is probably one of the reasons you make gazillions of dollars creating television shows and I sit home and watch, but I thought you had lost your mind on this one…. I was wrong.  BTW, you have NO IDEA how difficult it is for me to say I was wr&$g twice in the same paragraph so from here on out, just know it.

I have been a fan of Survivor since day one, I watched Susan Hawk rake Richard Hatch over the coals, sat mystified as Colby Donaldson gave away a million dollars and waited for lions to eat Ethan and friends.  I have been with you through great seasons and not so great seasons, I have seen drama, tears, laughs, pain, betrayal and awesome television year after year.

When the announcement of Blood vs. Water was announced I was a vocal critic, two shows in I am a huge fan!  The possibilities this season holds are as exciting as any you have presented through the years.  Just imagine what happens when lovers or family members battle each other on Redemption Island, imagine a physical competition or the merge of teams… OMG you have me hooked!

Now, don’t go all, WOOHOO, Kendall forgives me, I am off the hook…. no, I still have TWO bones to pick with you, but overall I approve of the season…good job.

Now for my bones…..

1) CASTING:  I really hate that you are bringing back old characters to continue to play Survivor.  There are millions of people who would love to play, casting old characters seems to be the lazy way out and quite frankly adds to my dissatisfaction with the show.  This season’s twist could have been played just as easily with all new characters, after all some of the folks you brought back weren’t that impressive the first time, much less years later.

2) GAY CASTING:  Mr. Burnett, as a gay man I am embarrassed when you put someone like Colton Cumbie on your shows.  Cumbie represents every negative stereotype of the gay community and we deserve better.  As a lisping, melodramatic queen, Cumbie sets the gay movement back decades, I don’t want to be represented by someone like him and would guess that most gay Americans feel the same way.  In 2013, gay Americans are found in every line of work, every community and for the most part we settle in with our neighbors just live any other American.  The majority of us are not swishers, flamers or cry-babies like Cumbie, PLEASE don’t put people like him on television again…. it hurts us.  Americans who happen to be gay can be just as evil and backstabbing as anyone else, let our REAL gay citizens represent us, not stereotypical pansies!

Mr. Burnett, again thanks for what looks to be another great season, keep up the good work and keep it fresh.  If you can just do us all a favor and work on those two small issues it would be most appreciated.

Love your shows and appreciate what you have done for my viewing pleasures!


Short Notes ~ The Bible Mini-Series

the-bibleLast night I finally watched the last installment of The Bible on the History Channel.

I watched each of the other four parts in real-time but wasn’t able to watch the final installment on Easter night and had left it on my DVR until I was in the right frame of mind to watch.  Sunday night was that night.

I was very excited to watch this mini-series when it was announced.  Under the tutelage of Mark Burnett, I was optimistic of the production value and story telling.

In all honesty, weeks 1 – 4 were ok, but left me wanting something more substantial.  I didn’t feel as though the first four nights were particularly well acted or filmed, hour one of week five made up for all of that.

The brutality of the crucifixion, the pain that Jesus endured for us was shown in every bloody detail.  The honesty depicted on the screen was superb.

The Easter story is complete with a beautiful resurrection and appearance before his Disciples.  Especially poignant was the Lord’s Supper scene and Jesus laying his hands on his followers and easing Thomas doubts.

This hour-long highlight was the moving high point of the entire series, unfortunately for the story of the Bible there was one hour left.

While much of the grace of Jesus was shown during this hour, it did not measure up to the previous scenes.

I applaud Burnett and the History Channel for bringing this series to television.  I only wish the eight hours the preceded and the one hour after the crucifixion and resurrection would have been as strong.

Understandably that one hour is the emotional high point of the Bible story, but so much more could have been done with the other nine.