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This “Smash” Barely Needs an Insurance Adjuster

By ROGER WESLEY, Staff Writer

Musicals aren’t anything that I really care to watch on television.

Using this preface, I’m going to give this one a pass. At least NBC is trying something innovative and expensive after spending what seems like a damn decade-plus trolling the bottom of the pile doing countless reality shows and other mass-market tripe that used to be relegated to the truly awful channels of basic cable. Somewhere along the way, things got fucked up…but this show could be a step in the right direction for the once-great network

Katherine McPhee is a go-getter, and dreams about living her dreams, and other such blah-blah horseshit.  She’s serviceable enough, just like the true-blonde actress (the luscious Megan Hilty) is. They both sing, and the writers kind of used the same character archetypes as Paul Verhoven used with Elizabeth Berkeley and Gina Gershon from Showgirls. The difference here is that I bet McPhee and Hilty don’t end up doing anything that isn’t PG-13 or milder. There certainly won’t be any over-the-top pool-oriented sex scenes flopping around like a fish while straddling Kyle Chandler…this is network television, after all.

And that’s where I don’t think this show can succeed, is network television. This show has fairly-slow pacing during the scenes that aren’t lavished with musical tinge, and I found myself grabbing for my smartphone to catch up on my ridiculous friends’ Facebook status updates more than a couple of times. Good television shows don’t make you bored. The pilot did this, and it just didn’t feel like the jet took off.

I really doubt I’ll be sitting through any more episodes of NBC’s Smash, or what they probably want to refer to as their only successful hour-long drama pilot of the season. Everything else has been akin to droll, putrid garbage, up until now. Here’s hoping that the former number-one network in all of television gets big enough ratings that they can improve upon what is really a big undertaking in the realm of storytelling. While not entirely original either, there is potential there, and maybe that can be spun into at least one full season of quality network television programming.

Smash airs Mondays on NBC at 10pm Eastern / 9pm Central. But if you’re smart, you’ll probably end up watching it on Hulu like a normal modern American…if you care about it in the first place, that is.


Roger is a stay-at-home father of four who loves reading, mentoring at-risk youth, and attempting to learn Metallica melodies on his guitar.

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An Open Letter to God

By ANDREW FLYNN, Managing Editor

Dear God,

Hi there, it’s Drew of Phoenix…but I hope you already knew that, what with your special omniscient powers and all. If you can take a minute or two and read through this letter that my free will has allowed me to write, along with all of those other humanly gifts that you gave to me a long time ago, I’d surely appreciate it.

First up, do you even get letters anymore? Seeing is how we down here have all seemingly lost the ability to use any kind of penmanship, I might have already answered my own question there. Those folks on Downton Abbey still do it, I figured you may too. It’s still a valid question. I’m also curious if you have those big stereotypical mailbags of mail up there on that big cloud that you ride on, or if it’s all relegated to your email inbox. Are you a Gmail kind of Lord, or do you Yahoo!? Or maybe you have more enhanced technology than us humans down here on your number one favorite planet? It’s hard to say, since there’s not really any direct word from your particular postal code. Sure, we get a certain biblical image in our pastries and the occasional religious statue that seems to bleed, but I’m looking for something that is more “heaven-sent”.

Oh yes, I read your book…it’s kind of long-winded, don’t you think? It was like a Tom Clancy novel but with a whole lot more plot and twice as many characters. Did you mean all of it as literal, or was it just cleverly written to be pure allegory? I’m going to need clarification on this quandary I have going on with myself and the other humans. Some of us think one way, and some of us think another. And some of us take it a way that I almost guarantee you didn’t intend.

It’s been pretty dang cold the last month or so. Are you just trying to keep us Phoenicians on our toes? As you know, I’ve lived here my whole life. No one that is a native of this state has ever experienced wacky drive-time weather You’ve given us lately. And that one time a couple years ago with the snow during Christmastime…I mean, seriously, snow in the desert? What was that all about? It was 36 degrees for the high the day after your Son’s birthday. Suffice it to say, it surprised the snot out of us. Quite literally too, I had a runny nose for a week. That was one of those weeks where people were sneezing and the people nearby were asking you to bless them. Well, some people were asking…a lot of people would just command it or shout something multi-syllabic from the German language.

Speaking of commanding stuff, a lot of people curse things in your name. It seems to be happening more frequently. Look at basic cable television for example. We tend to scream your name in varying respects mid-coitus too. Maybe there’s just nothing else to say in those moments (or seconds) of passion and release. Is this part of your plan, or is it because humans are becoming more frustrated with their inability to predict lottery numbers and deal with bad drivers on the freeway?

I must say, Your Son is quite popular down here on Earth. Really, he’s the Man wherever people are, regardless of geography or political boundaries. So much, in fact, that people scream his name out loud for whole plethora of reasons. That must have been your goal all along. You would almost think that Mr. Of Nazareth is running for political office, and that would be a good thing, because his “name identification” is through the roof! I would consider voting for him as well if he wore more professional-looking attire, and not those hippie-ass Birkenstock sandals.

I want to thank You for many things. Specifically, for Ferris wheels, Save Ferris, Ferris Industries, Ferris State University (go Bulldogs!), and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. That was a very funny and enjoyable movie. The main actor in that film hasn’t made many other good movies though. There was that one about the Civil War and the other one about the high school election, and that’s really about it. Can you possibly look into helping out his sagging career? Maybe you can have that nice man Kirk Cameron give him a call…although that guy has been a bit of a fundamentalist toolbag for the last 15 years, so maybe not.

In closing, I have news that I’ll be going on a road trip to Los Angeles pretty soon. Do you recommend that I get one of those plastic-molded Catholic saint dolls to guide me there safely? Since you’re up there, I think I can drive there pretty well as long as I have your Northstar and my Garmin going.

You’re doing a great job, so feel free to take Sunday off with the rest of us and enjoy some American football. There’s that one dude on the Broncos who sure does like your family a whole lot.

Drew {: )

Editor’s Note: This is a work of satire. If you think this is meant to be taken seriously, then you’re part of the problem.


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