Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Is Ashton Kutcher The Messiah?

He does have over 1.5 million followers. On twitter (1,504,175 at the time of this post).

You've probably heard the breaking news all week that Mr. Kutcher arrived at this astounding number while publicly challenging CNN to a twitter race - first one to a million followers. Now, all of those followers wait anxiously to hear what Ashton will say next. Things like:

@cnnbrk isn't much better. Trust me.

Maybe this is just what the world needs right now. The economy is in the shitter. The arms race is about to go up like a tinder box. And a bunch of Mexican pigs just pushed us into the next great pandemic. Who better to lead us toward salvation, than a hunky kid who has a thing for mommy figures and punkin' his friends.

The thing that's cool about this new avenue for self-fulfilling prophets, like Ashton, is that it's never too late to join the masses, become a disciple and proselytize yourself. Many of these false idols you may be following even follow other false idols themselves, which all makes for a very egalitarian second coming.

So? Who's ready to play God?

Friday, April 10, 2009

The show that nobody's talking about

Either no one actually watched this year's "revealing new TNT series" Trust Me, starring Will, from Will and Grace and Ed, from Ed, or no one is man enough to admit that they watched it. Well, this is one guy who not only watched every episode this season, but bears no shame admitting it.

It's a show about life in an ad agency. I work in an ad agency. I had to watch it. Only, this isn't really how things are in an ad agency. At least not my ad agency. The show draws on industry cliches to form its plot lines, then executes them with ham-fisted dialogue that real agency folks would get laughed at, or fired for even thinking.

What I find most interesting is that this show, is little more than a modern take on AMC's hugely popular, Mad Men. Only, with crappier writing, acting, directing, set design and wardrobe. Don't take my word for it - see the Golden Globes 2009 Best Television Series - Drama. And yet, I've never been able to watch an entire episode of Mad Men (except for that one where Don Draper is led away from his meetings in L.A. by some little tramp to frolic in Palm Springs at someone's
super dope, mid-century modern home).

So what about Trust Me did I find so arresting? I don't know. Perhaps it was Griffen Dunne as the aging Group Creative Director. That guy can do no wrong since the mid-80s flick, After Hours. Maybe it was the fact that the Ed guy played an A&R guy in a short lived series called Love Monkey that I thought had potential. Or maybe I'm just so narcissistic that I imagined I was watching my life with a whole lot more drama.

Whatever the reason, please watch the reruns this summer so I can find out what happens next in the exciting, fast-paced lives of advertising creatives, Mason and Connor next season on Trust Me, only on TNT.