studio 60 and sports night – so stick around

Comments 11 by Rebecca Bollwitt

studio60.jpgI have no idea what it is but Studio 60 makes me wanna cry. No, not because it’s horrible nor is it because I’m a total wuss. I’ll also deny any claims of being a nerd-head mushy chick. The point is, there’s only one other show that has ever made me feel like this before and that’s Sports Night.

I blogged about Sports Night before [miss604], looking back at the post, it was almost exactly a year ago that John’s DVD collection merged with mine, including his entire box set for the show.

Both series are the brainchild of creator and writer Aaron Sorkin [imdb], who is also responsible for The West Wing. I have never watched the latter but I can fully atest to Sorkin’s powerful quick-witted writing prowess in the other two.

If you’ve ever watched Sports Night (a show that was canceled mid-season, which completely left us without any kind of closure), and are now watching Studio 60 (with “Chandler” who hasn’t been this attractive since the mid 90s on Friends), you can spot the similarities.

sportsnight.jpgThey are both shows within a show – about the writers, producers, backstage and behind the scenes. You laugh, feel embarrassed for the characters, like some, despise others, and your heart strings get a good tug. Harriet and Matt are the new Dana and Casey.

Although Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is one of two shows about late-night sketch comedy programs out this season, it’s on a different playing field. 30 Rock, the other show, is funny but it’s more of a fluffy-goofy comedy. I enjoy Tina Fey‘s writing although it can be a little dry, and Tracy Morgan definitely provides most of the comic relief – the kind that makes you snort things out your nose.

60 on the other hand has that quick wit along with intelligent writing, a mature cast and that fast paced walking n’ talking that seems to be the cool thing to do these days on prime time TV. This is exactly what we saw in the Emmy Award winning Sports Night, which couldn’t last 3 seasons. Could this be why people are saying 60’s popularity won’t last? It’s just too good for its own good?

We’re seriously not trying to be couch potatoes this Fall but with shows like this, hockey, and the wallop that Heroes packs, I’m more incline to stay indoors on rainy nights and catch up on missed episodes. We’re going to keep tuning in to see how things pan out, but several weeks into the season and the line ups are impressive. Now if only Rescue Me season 4 was starting, I’d be a complete emotional roller coaster (even more so than normal).

girlie blogs

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Quick word about some other 604 Miss’es and their blogs.

First off, my sister should be chiming in on this week from the UK, with a lovely travel update.

Gus Greeper‘s got her hot rockstar pic up on, click to vote for her now. I had my 15 minutes on 25peeps, now I’ve been shelved in the hall of fame.

2BitStudios has some clever costume ideas and thank goodness they stray from the automatic “sexy” girl costumes – as highlighted on Beyond Robson today (can you see me rolling my eyes?*).

Wynne‘s a running machine per usual, completing the Victoria Marathon last week. I think she’s John’s inspiration sometimes and thanks to her and her sister, he’s gonna make me take him to Halifax some day :p

NetChick‘s got a new job (I’m jealous) and she’s posted about The Canadian Blog Awards. I stumbled across the awards a few weeks ago, it seems pretty cool, and you can win stuff – that’s always fun.

Gus Greeper‘s on the nominee list, so is Vancouver Canucks Op Ed, along with Raymi, each in respective categories. Hop on over and nominate your faves – actual voting is open starting November 12, 2006. For now, you can browse past winners.


Speaking of girl blogs, I got a hit from this site last night. I made nothing of it, just thought it was really strange but apparently a couple of the other bloggers listed have noticed this as well. So Misguided and CrowstoBurnaby each have a post up about the matter.

hot wax, green clovers, purple horseshoes

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

As Gus so appropriately noted on his blog, this has been a ‘week from Hell’ [gusf]. Rainy, work’s busy, and everyone’s happy for 1 hour and grumpy for 23.

guineapig-016.jpgLast night I had another guinea pig treatment at Laura‘s work. So far over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a hot rock massage, body polish, eyebrows shaped, eyelashes tinted, facial and makeup done. Yesterday was fantasy makeup so one of the girls expressed a lovely creation of hers on my face, she did a lovely job. When I got home John said it looked like Lucky Charms exploded on my face so I washed it off soon after.

I’ve honestly never been a girly girl – never had any regular spa treatments and if these sessions weren’t free there’s no way in hell I’d have any of this done. I’d much rather be able to afford food than worry about my nails that I chew to bits any way. I must admit though, I’m starting to like being their experimental face/body. I’m supposed to go back on Halloween after work to be someone’s “project”. That choice of words worries me as much as “fantasy makeup” did, I’m sure I’ll get totally pampered again and seriously, it’s just makeup, it’ll wash off… right?

around the league & the cardiac kids

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

myspacehockey.gifCorporate-named arenas are in abundance in the NHL. Sometimes we think we have it bad with General Motors Place aka The Garage, but ya know, it’s one of the better ones out there. As of yesterday, – a career search site based in Arizona, put up the 3 mil (annually) needed to purchase the Glendale Arena, home of the Phoenix Coyotes. Gretz and the boys will now be operating out of the Arena [phoenixbiz]. Hm. Interesting if Pyatt keeps stepping it up should this be our new arena logo? ->

Around the NHL yesterday, Sakic got his 1500th point in a loss vs Washington, who we face on this Friday. My standings in the work hockey pool are dwindling, hopefully with a few more Canuck wins, things will improve. That, and Ottawa seems to be pummeling their Provincial rivals lately [tsn] – now those are some gritty games. For beautiful, jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring games on the other hand, you just have to tune in to Pittsburg and watch all their Mario Jrs play.

Last night the Canucks pounded an ailing Chicago team, 5-0 earning YoLuongo!* his first shut out with Vancouver. On the radio this morning they said we had ZERO shut outs last year with Auldy/Clouts. Could this be right? Are you suuuure there wasn’t one tucked away in there somewhere?

More on the topic of funny things the commentators say, “Kudos to Shorty for saying that referee Magoo waves his arms around so much that he is going to take flight. Hilarious [waitingforstanley]”. Chicago definitely was impeded but I think we finally brought on that all-out offense we’ve been struggling to get so far, or at least unleashing with 0.8 seconds left in the game. The penalties were nothing like the Dallas game though, that one was just tough.

Everyone from bloggers to callers on sports talk shows agree that Pyatt looks great with the Sedins and they’re glad that Naslund is back with Mo.

For more hockey discourse, opinions and banter, check out this week’s episode of the Crazy Canucks Podcast. Episode 4 runs about 33:00 mins, click here for the mp3.

*YoLuongo coined by Alanah at Vancouver Canucks Op Ed

it's in your pants

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Firefox 2.0 is out today. Thanks to John for imbedding these updates into my brain and also thanks to dingoRUE for the informative post. is best viewed in Firefox so hop to it! With that out of the way…

I’m a sucker for trivia. I’ve got a pretty competitive streak and I sometimes like to think I know everything. Combine that with some friends and a friendly board game, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a night. A way to combine all that excitement with 8+ hours a day of being online is to “play” Guess Where Vancouver on Flickr.

“…In this group you should post intriguing pictures of something (people, place thing) in Vancouver, Vancouver… Don’t give away the location in your title, description or tags. Let others try to guess where and what you took a picture of.[guesswherevancouver]”

Mind you, I’m not very quick at guessing. I usually know the place but someone (cough seanorr cough) has beat me to it. Either that or the photos are so amazingly good and hide their locations so well, I’m at a loss. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

through the dawn I'd seen it, too

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I have a rich employment history dealing with broadcasting audio (in rich I mean, it’s full of – not – very lucretive :p). It all started in 1998, unofficially and officially in 2000 when I joined the dotcom boom with an online broadcasting company.

I’ve always loved audio production but that doesn’t even come close to the passion my husband Mister radio- podcast- engineer- mega caster man has.

John’s been podcasting RadioZoom since October of 2004 and all the music he’s played has been podsafe* for the last year. This includes artists such as Nada Surf, Matthew Good, John Vanderslice, The Format, Shiner, The GOStation, Harvey Danger – just to name a few.

After I landed the Aberdeen City Interview John officially named me the podcast’s ‘publicist’. It was in jest but I’m hoping it will ring true someday because I’ve just landed him permission to play another cool band that we both enjoy, The Secret Machines. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩