Tuesday, November 04, 2008

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas 2008, Special Election Day Blog DVD Review: Comedy Central Salutes George W. Bush

Last month we gave you the Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas schedule for 2008. The Countdown airs from Nov. 16-30, but now we have the actual 25 Days of Christmas schedule for 2008!
25 Days of Christmas starts off with a Dr. Suess night including the ABC Family premiere of the special Dr. Seuss' The Hoober-Bloob Highway. Also airing that night are double airings of the Jim Carrey holiday movie Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the holiday special Dr. Seuss on the Loose. Other movies airing the first week are The Polar Express, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter movies, and the basic cable premiere of Cars. Things get rolling the first weekend with all-day events with sitcom Christmas episodes of Step by Step and Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the mornings, followed by movies such as Home Alone 3, Home Alone 4, Eloise at Christmastime, and Richie Rich's Christmas Wish.
Other new highlights for the month include lots of America's Funniest Home Videos & Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Christmas episodes, the TV premiere of the special Cranberry Christmas, the basic cable premiere of the classic animated special A Garfield Christmas, the ABC Family premieres of classics Mickey's Christmas Carol & Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too, the basic cable premiere of the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the ABC Family original special A Miser Brothers' Christmas, the ABC Family Original Movie Snow 2 Brain Freeze starring Tom Cavanagh and Ashley Williams, and the ABC Family Original Movie Christmas in Wonderland starring Patrick Swayze and Carmen Electra.
We also get many items we have seen before such as Full House Christmas episodes, the holiday specials, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, Jack Frost, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, Frosty's Winter Wonderland, The Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July, Pinocchio's Christmas, and more! Other movies include Santa Clause 2, Jingle All the Way, All I Want for Christmas, Holiday in Handcuffs, A Carol Christmas, White Christmas, and it wouldn't be Christmas without A Very Brady Christmas!
Check out the full night-by-night ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas schedule for 2008!

Well, today is Election Day and we urge you all to get out and vote. We also will celebrate Election Day with a blog DVD review that is very fitting, as we say goodbye to George W. Bush! We take a look at Comedy Central/Paramount's Comedy Central Salutes George W. Bush: Thanks for the Memories!. The DVD includes one episode each of Bush from South Park, That's My Bush, Lil' Bush and Lewis Black's Root of All Evil. See skees53's Blog DVD Review of Comedy Central Salutes George W. Bush: Thanks for the Memories!:

Comedy Central Salutes George W. Bush: Thanks for the Memories! (Comedy Central DVD, $14.98) gives George W. Bush a sendoff from the White House in a way that only America's favorite TV network devoted to comedy can do. The DVD compiles some memories of the past eight years into a single disc for your enjoyment. The DVD includes one episode each from South Park, That's My Bush, Lil' Bush and Lewis Black's Root of All Evil.
The DVD begins with the South Park episode "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce," where Cartman decides to "prove" that Kyle was responsible for the terrorist attacks of 9/11... but Kyle finds a group of conspiracy theorists that say that they can prove that Kyle was NOT responsible, and that in fact, George W. Bush was responsible for the attacks. Unfortunately, finding out this knowledge (even if it is wrong) lands Kyle and Stan in a position where they have to run from Dick Cheney trying to kill them with a careful shot.
In the That's My Bush episode "An Aborted Dinner Date," we find George trying to have a romantic evening with Laura, but he also has a commitment to meet with people on both sides of the abortion issue... a very butch feminist that is pro-choice and an aborted fetus that is (of course) pro-life. It isn't going to be a romantic evening, that is for sure!
In the Lil' Bush episode "Iraq/First Kiss," George has to find the perfect gift for his father for Father's Day, so he goes to the first place we'd all think of to look for it—Iraq. In the second part of the episode, the gang is trying to see who will be the first to kiss a girl.
Besides the three sitcom episodes included, there are other Comedy Central programs (or clips) included, such as a full episode of Lewis Black's Root of All Evil (featuring a trial between Dick Cheney and Paris Hilton), clips from Last Laugh '06, Last Laugh '07, Mind of Mencia, and standup comedy from Comedy Central.
The DVD is presented in a pretty standard case with a drawing of Bush standing in front of the White House collecting his memories and preparing to move out... complete with his copy of "My Pet Goat," the missing 2000 Florida ballots, a bowl of pretzels, a picture of Karl Rove (affectionately autographed "Turd Blossom"), and a "Mission Accomplished" banner hanging on the White House. Oddly enough, when you watch the DVD, you'll notice that the main menu is exactly the same as the cover art. And if you like that cover art and menu art, you'll be even more pleased to know that they included a poster with the exact same artwork inside the case.
The audio and video quality are about what we would come to expect for series as recent as these--pretty good. In fact, there really aren't any problems to note in this area. The only unfortunate thing about the DVD is that there are no special features at all, although in a sense, a compilation such as this one can stand on its own without special features.
This isn't a bad DVD to pick up if you can find it cheap somewhere, but really, if you are a fan of the series included on here, you'd probably be better served to just pick up season sets of those series. The episodes presented aren't exactly episodes that stand out, but rather seem to just be random episodes about Bush. Still, this DVD can provide a few hours of laughter while Bush is outside having his "Heckuva Moving Sale."
-- Reviewed by skees53
(4/5 stars)

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New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, December 11

The Simpsons - "The Nightmare After Krustmas" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Krusty tries to impress his daughter as they spend Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy seeks converts after church attendance plummets, and Maggie is haunted by a spooky Christmas toy.

Son of Zorn - "The War on Grafelnik" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Torn between Edie’s Christmas and Zorn’s Grafelnik – the Zephyrian holiday of revenge – Alan realizes he can play his parents off each other to get better presents.

Family Guy - "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Peter is asked to fill in for the mall Santa, until he gets drunk on the power when he realizes that Santa can get away with anything. Meanwhile, Stewie and Brian crash holiday office parties for the free food, drama and women.

The Last Man on Earth - "If You're Happy and You Know It" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Carol is bummed about Gail’s absence, so Tandy tries to cheer her up with the honeymoon vacation they never had. Meanwhile, Lewis finds new success with his pursuits in aviation and Melissa is contained.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color - (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Spread the holiday cheer with “The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!,” a new one-hour special featuring two newly colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series, to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series creator and co-star Carl Reiner personally supervised the colorization of the episodes.

The special features the groundbreaking episode “That’s My Boy??” and “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” which ranked #8 on TV Guide’s list of the “100 Greatest TV Episodes of All-Time.” Both episodes were written by Bill Persky & Sam Denoff. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set – at the beginning and end of the hour – with no interruption between the episodes.

In “That’s My Boy??,” as Rob and Laura host a dinner party with a few friends, Rob recalls the hectic days after their son Ritchie was born, when he was sure the hospital had given him and Laura the wrong baby. The episode, originally broadcast on Sept. 25, 1963, was the third season premiere.

In “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” Laura Petrie blurts out a top secret on a national television quiz show, revealing that comedian Alan Brady wears a toupee. The episode, which was the show’s fifth and final season premiere, was originally broadcast on Sept. 15, 1965. “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1966.

Bizaardvark - "Agh, Humbug" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Bernie gets bummed about not being invited to the Vuuugler-only holiday party, so the gang tries to turn him into an overnight online star so that he can attend, too.

Best Friends Whenever - "Revenge of the Past" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Shelby gets trapped in the 16th century after trying to save Daisy from marriage, so the friends join forces to help rescue her.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 12)

Monday, December 12

  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - Watch Jennifer Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also chats about the film Why Him? on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Chris visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Matthew Perry (The Odd Couple/Go On/Mr. Sunshine) - Matthew stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will talks about Collateral Beauty on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice/Arrested Development) - Henry will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) - Megan is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.