Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Where in the World is the Cast of Ed?

You may not realize it, but former Ed cast members are busy people in the entertainment world. Here's a first installment of what they've been doing recently.

He and his wife had a third child.

His guest-starring appearance on the now-canceled ABC show Eli Stone is out on DVD.

His own show, Trust Me, with Eric McCormack (Will from Will and Grace) was canceled. So, not all good things for Tom Cavanagh.

Monday, September 28, 2009

To the Bane of My Ed-Watching Existence

Dear Nick Stanton,

Okay, it's only been two episodes and I'm already eagerly awaiting your departure. Luckily for me, I've seen this season before, and one of the few things I remember well is that -- SPOILER ALERT, BUT NOT REALLY -- you will be gone from the show forever a few weeks from now. [END OF SPOILERS]

(Image via IMDB)

But my poor blog readers are forced to read my recaps of your egotistical behavior and wonder when they will be delivered from your boring "bad-boy" brooding and the path will be paved for Ed and Carol to be together (as we all know they should be).

I mean, have you done anything that could lessen my hatred for you? Let's examine the facts.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Recap Roundup - Episode 1x02

Other reviews:

Television Without Pity
Joel Zand at FindLaw.com

Favorite scene:

Much like in the pilot episode, my favorite scene is one with Ed, Mike and Nancy just sitting around and talking. The characters' interactions are realistic and genuine, but still funny to watch.

We Now Return to Episode 1x02

Ed and Carol are interrupted by Stuckeyville Stan. Carol gushes over him, saying she had a crush on him when she was little. He tells her she really had "a crush on the wonderful world of possibility," and presents her with a bouquet of flowers he makes appear.

Carol used to write about Stan in her diary, especially when he missed her ninth birthday. Ed remarks that Stan missed his ninth birthday, too. Stan asks if that was in 1978; that year he spent "six months in Oakdale -- [he] fell a little too in love with [his] back medication."

"Dance, turkey, dance!": Episode 1x02 - The World of Possibility

Another strong start for the fledgling series. The opening scenes show the disconnect between Ed and Carol, with Ed thinking Carol is now interested him, and Carol getting suckered back into her relationship with the self-proclaimed "horse's ass," Nick.

Their situation is contrasted with that of Mike and Nancy, who are settled and happy. As with many shows of its ilk (thirtysomething being a prime example), this theme will come up often on Ed.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Recap Roundup - Episode 1x01

After each recap I write, I'm going to post a little "Recap Roundup" to collect any extra tidbits I want to share about the episode.

Other reviews:

Favorite quote:

"Why don't we move away from that specific, not because it's a bad idea -- there are no bad ideas -- just because at the end of the day I'm not a...pimp." - Ed, in response to Phil's suggestion for Stuckeybowl

We Now Return to Episode 1x01

Carol turns Ed down because she has plans with Nick. Ed tries to persuade her that Nick is the wrong guy for her, but she rightly points out that Ed barely knows her and shouldn't pass judgment.

As Ed walks away despondently, Nick finds Carol to tells her he can't go away for the weekend with her because he has to work on his book. He says, "You know how it is; I don't tell the words when to come, I just write them down when they do." Jerk.

"Ed Stevens is one of you": Episode 1x01 - Pilot

And so begins the pilot episode of Ed, aired October 8, 2000. According to IMDB's trivia page for the show, this whole sequence of events was part of the original, unaired pilot, which was made for CBS. When the show was instead broadcast on NBC, they edited the other pilot down to these three minutes, and continued on from there.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

All About Ed

Before we jump into the episodes, here's a little refresher course on the show to bring everyone up to speed. I may be watching all the episodes, but you, my home viewers, are not. These are the important details you need to know about the cast of characters and the town they inhabit.