Monday, November 30, 2009

Somebody Must Associate with the Producers

I mentioned a while back that David Letterman was one of the executive producers of Ed

But he wasn't the only one. The other two unsung heroes are Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman, and I think it's time they had their moment in the spotlight as well.


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I had a nice, geeky little moment when I found out that Rob Burnett graduated from Tufts University, just like Kenny.


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I assume this Twitter user is the same Jon Beckerman, as he's following the likes of Ed alums Michael Ian Black, co-executive producer Mark Buckland, writer Kevin Etten, series legal consultant Jonathan Zittrain, and Donal Logue, who played the character of Phil in the pilot episode before being recast so he could appear on Grounded for Life. Oh, yeah, and also some guy named Rob Burnett. Weird.

These two have had other projects besides Ed, including a show called The Knights of Prosperity, which I vaguely remember, but did not remember included appearances by Mick Jagger.



Both men have sandwiches named after them at Rupert Jee's Hello Deli, which is often featured on The Late Show with David Letterman. I visited the deli on a 2006 trip to New York City, and took the awkward picture you see here.

And last, but not by any means least, here is a fantastic article about Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman, Ed, David Letterman, Worldwide Pants, the whole shebang.

(If you're thoroughly confused by the post title, as well you should be, go watch the end credits of Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird. Or just look toward the bottom of this page.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Liveblogging Extravaganza, Part II

And we're back! I really enjoyed watching "The Incident" earlier, so I'm excited for another round of Modern Family. Tonight's new episode is titled "Fizbo." It's a strange name for an episode (and is slightly freaking me out because it sounds like Gizmo), so I'm eager to find out who or what Fizbo is.

ABC's episode summary says "Fizbo" focuses on Claire and Phil trying to throw Luke an awesome birthday party. Sounds like a good premise to me. There was actually a Season 3 episode of Ed in which Carol and Ed try to throw Sarah Burton an amazing party, and are successful. Somehow, I don't think the Dunphys will be quite as lucky. Especially when Luke is holding a crossbow in the promo picture I found for the episode.


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9:01 pm

Aw, Phil and Claire once made Luke a cake of stuffing for his birthday. And they got him a "really nice box" as a present. It reminds me of one sort-of-disappointing birthday when I got a picture frame. (Sorry, Mom!)

9:02 pm

You're right, Phil, there aren't any good clowns.

9:03 pm

Manny wants a girl to like him and asks if he's charming. This kid is so cute. He sent milk over to her in the cafeteria.

9:04 pm

Oh, so "Fizbo" is Cameron in clown garb. Once they mentioned clowns, I did think that would be a good name for one. Kind of like Bozo.

9:06 pm

They show the family in the hospital and then flashback to earlier. It reminds me of Arrested Development.

9:07 pm

"I finally figured out what we're going to be making [at the craft table]."
"Kids bored?"

9:08 pm

Mitchell and Cameron are "those kind of uncles" because they got Luke a computer game about math. I don't know, I really loved Math Blaster when I was Luke's age.

I had no idea there were four kinds of clowns. And Mitchell's facial expressions while Cameron explains about his love of clowning are priceless.

9:09 pm

Fizbo is apparently the least sexual being on Earth. Love it.

9:10 pm

Claire sounds just like when I tried to sell the kids at my summer camp on lame crafts -- "it's a really cool pouch for your comb."

Manny says the girl he likes is the complete package because she has good handwriting. Grade school was such a simpler time.

9:11 pm

Hey, the guy fighting with Mitchell called him "Carrot Top." It's like they knew I referenced him in my last post. Cameron scares him into apologizing to Mitchell because he's a clown, which is awesome.

9:13 pm

Claire's been combing her hair all day. Her little combs remind me of the ones you used to get at picture day.

9:14 pm

I love that Dylan's response is "Oh, hells yeah!" when asked if he wants to hold a lizard. This guy cracks me up.

9:15 pm

"I regularly drive through neighborhoods that have only recently been gentrified." Such a yuppie response.

9:16 pm

Dylan tells the animal girl that she's like Britney Spears. Is that at all a compliment anymore? I mean, I guess she's had her comeback and everything, but it was rough going for Britney for a while.

9:22 pm 

Mitchell likes Claire's comb sheaths. I'm glad someone takes part in her crafting.

9:23 pm

The music as the party goes to hell is perfect. And Manny removes his shoes before he "saves" Bianca from the deflating bouncy castle. Because he's law-abiding like that.

9:24 pm

Kids always want casts. I actually didn't, but then, I was one of those weirdos who wanted glasses instead.

I really have to remember to watch this show online, because although I will always default to Glee on Wednesdays, I loved Modern Family. There were lots of hilarious moments, and it's a nice change of pace from the more awkward humor of The Office or the goofiness of 30 Rock, which I also love, but sometimes get tired of.

Liveblogging Extravaganza, Part I

The day is here! Liveblogging of this week's two episodes of Modern Family on ABC will commence shortly.

First, for those (like me) who don't know a lot about the show, here's a rundown of the characters:

Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill, best known as Al Bundy on Married... with Children) is the head of the family. He is currently married to his second wife, Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Sofia Vergara), who is from Colombia. Gloria's son Manny (Rico Rodriguez) lives with them.

Jay's daughter Claire (Julie Bowen, who we all know as Carol Vessey on Ed) is married to Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell). They have three kids, Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter), and Luke (Nolan Gould).

Jay's son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his partner Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) adopt a baby girl from Vietnam in the pilot episode, whom they name Lily.

Claire and Mitchell's mother is Dede, who is played by Shelley Long of Cheers fame in our first episode tonight, "The Incident," which originally aired as the fourth episode back in October. ABC.com's episode summary states that "Claire and Mitchell's mother, Dede, tries to make amends with everyone she offended at Jay and Gloria's wedding."

Knowing Shelley Long's previous work in comedy, I think it's going to be a great episode.


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8:01 pm

Here comes Shelley Long! Either she's had a lot of work done, or she sold her soul to the devil to look ageless.

8:09 pm

Why is everyone wearing purple at Mitchell and Cameron's house?

8:10 pm

Phil's "peerenting" is so awkward. "Weird stuff happens at concerts. Boys get urges." And I love that he thinks kids go to juice bars or malt shops.

8:12 pm

Dede's boyfriend is a logger named Chaz from Canada. But not a lumberjack -- a guy who logs blood samples. I love puns.

8:13 pm

Dede calls Haley her "little comet." Cute. Claire defending her old boyfriend Ricky who looked like Charles Manson by saying he "was a poet" is fabulous.

8:18 pm

Cindy Crawford was just in an ad for Raymour & Flanigan Furniture. Why?

8:19 pm

Manny set a kid's bike on fire. I wouldn't think that would work, but I guess the tires and seat would burn.

8:20 pm

Phil was "all about his magic" in high school. It makes so much sense.

8:22 pm

If I told my family to "make a note, bitches," I think there'd be some serious consequences.

8:23 pm

Even with that promo picture of Dede trying to attack Gloria, I didn't see the catfight coming.

8:24 pm

Whoa, Dylan is actually really insightful and well-spoken, aside from saying that the family is accepting of "hot foreigners and gay dudes and nutty people."

8:25 pm

I just knew Dylan's song was going to turn inappropriate after it started out so innocently.

8:28 pm

I can't imagine how the ad for Robin Williams and John Travolta's new movie Old Dogs could make the movie look less appealing. Maybe if Carrot Top or someone was in it, too. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

8:29 pm

They're all singing Dylan's song! Dude's a musical genius.

Okay, friends, we've got half an hour before the next episode starts. Take this opportunity to visit the bathroom, catch up on your correspondence, whatever you like. I'll see you back here at 9/8c!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Very Ratings Roundup



I recently finished watching the entire run of Joss Whedon's television series Firefly for the first time -- which wasn't hard, considering it only ran for 14 episodes. It's a show that's so good, you wonder how people couldn't have been watching it. Nevertheless, it was cancelled due to poor ratings.

As I've been watching the first season of Ed, I've felt a similar confusion. Why did such a well-made show flounder so consistently, while Family Guy heads into its eighth season?

Well, it turns out I may have been wrong about Ed always struggling in the ratings -- sort of.

In November 2000, NBC moved Ed from Sunday nights to Wednesday nights before The West Wing, because they wanted to give the show a chance to succeed.

By December, Ed was doing a lot better in the new time slot (and hey, Gilmore Girls was improving, too!).

The show was even called a "game challenger" to the cultural phenomenon that was Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, even though Regis still kicked butt.

In February 2001, Ed was actually helping NBC win the Wednesday ratings.

So how'd it get to the point that people were signing petitions to keep Ed on the air?

I'm not sure where it all went wrong for Ed. But I am sure that if the powers that be can finally figure out a DVD release of the show, it will live on to be discovered by new viewers, just as I eventually found Firefly seven years later.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Modern Television Event


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Remember how I told you that Julie Bowen is now one of the lead actresses on ABC's Modern Family? Well, I haven't been watching the show (since Glee is on at the same time), but that will change in the coming week.

On Wednesday, November 25, I will be watching not one, but two episodes of Modern Family. The first is a repeat which will air at 8/7c, and the second, new episode is at 9/8c.

While I watch, I'll be liveblogging about the show and my observations as a new viewer. Feel free to watch and read along! It'll be like our own Mystery Science Theater 3000, except without the robots and ridiculous movies.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

To the Former Bane of My Ed-Watching Existence


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Dear Nick Stanton,

Back when I was an eager, idealistic young Ed watcher (you know, all the way back in September), I was quick to write a lengthy letter describing why I hated you. The reasons I put forth were valid, and I will stand by them even now.

But you know what? After seeing you in "Better Days" and realizing that you would never grace my screen again, I felt -- dare I say it? -- a bit of remorse for having been so harsh towards you.

After all, if you weren't around to be annoying and smug, I wouldn't have had to root for Ed and Carol; they would have just started going out after Ed moved to Stuckeyville, and the show would have sucked. You established the pattern of ill-timed relationships that thwart the Ed-Carol romance and make it last for three more seasons. For that, I suppose I must thank you.

Also, you know, you're not exactly hard on the eyes. You're no Ed Stevens, of course, but in your younger years you were...awe-inspiring. I can appreciate attractive men on my television screen, even if I detest them with most fibers of my being.

I can see why Carol would go for you, too. You seem like an intelligent guy. You have cool stories about being a biker. You're employed and own a car. Every girl has to fall for a bad boy at least once. Personally, mine was Casey Hughes in seventh grade (not the soap character). I guess you were Carol's Casey Hughes, and I have to be understanding of that.

As I said before, I'm not letting you off the hook completely. I just think it's not very courteous of me to dump all over you when you are a fictional character, not to mention one whose life is now effectively over. Enjoy your eternal stay in minor character oblivion. I'll be thinking of you, but not fondly.

Sincerely,
Mary Catherine

Monday, November 16, 2009

Adventures in Googling: A Very Random Roundup


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I'll admit it: I'm out of practice with this blog.

Last week, I was away guest blogging on Run Over Albany, while Frank held down the fort here. The week before, I was doing a series of posts not related to the blog, other than being written by me.

What better way to cover for the fact that I don't have my Ed juices flowing yet than to do Google searches and find random links to share?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

You Say Hello, I Say Goodbye (via Frank)

Dear Ed world, it was wonderful having a conversation with you for the past week.

Dear Ed the TV show, I haven't watched you yet, but if you are ever on TV, I will.

Dear Mary Catherine Owen of Dissecting the Smiling Goat,thank you very, very much for your hospitality this past week.

I’m going can hunting.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Zodiacs and Ed (via Frank)

I was wandering through my horoscope today when I noticed that Capricorn's image is the goat. Here's what Cafe Astrology had to say about the goat:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tom Cavanagh Film Showing (via Frank)

I just found this Canadian news article foretelling a new showing of a 2007 Tom Cavanagh movie, Breakfast with Scot.

It is a small-budget film which casts Tom as an in-the-closet sports buff and announcer who has to take care of his deceased sister's son.

The film will run along with the world premiere of Pond Hockey Goalie next Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ed Characters? (via Frank)

So we all know that Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen, and Josh Randall were in 83 episodes. But what about all the characters who barely made the cut?

There are 72 actors and actresses who were only cast in two Ed episodes. All of these are nobodies, but here are the top five no-names that seem like they should've gotten more time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Changing Songs of Ed (via Frank)

So I was wandering through a few episodes and took particular notice of the theme songs. The title song for Ed Seasons 1, 3 and 4 is "Next Year" by the Foo Fighters. (I thought it would be interesting to show the live version.)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Roundup and Intro (via Frank)

Alrighty, good morning, Ed fans. So I was trying to decide how to do this link roundup. I'm planning to begin my Ed viewing tonight, so I can't really do a roundup on the episode as Mary Catherine has previously done.

It is easy to describe one's character through the news and events one deems important. In this way, think of this roundup as my biography, portraying events notable to my character.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hello! (via Frank Catfish Cutie)

Greetings, Ed world, I am Frank Catfish Cutie, can hunter and collector extraordinaire.

Mary Catherine has been most kind to grant me the opportunity to observe and interpret this great television series for the length of the week.

So, as this will be my introduction, tomorrow we'll start my first chapter.

Start Spreading the News, I'm Leaving Today

Don't worry, I'm not leaving forever -- I'm guest blogging over at Run Over Albany for the next week. Those of you who know me know that I am not an athletic person, so this will be an interesting adventure for me!

While I'm gone, please welcome to Dissecting the Smiling Goat another fine blogger, Frank "Catfish" Cutie. Frank can usually be found over on Canned Heat. I'm very excited (and more than a little curious) to see what Frank has to say about Ed, so I think this will be a fun week.

You're the Inspiration: People I Aspire to Be

You know, I'm pretty happy with who I am. I have some annoying traits and bad habits, but overall I think I'm a good person and that I live my life well. Nevertheless, there are always people in life who inspire you to be better, to do more. These are the people I aspire to be more like.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Things a Grandma Don't Know


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Right now, at age 21, my mind is chock-full of useless information. I'm a trivia nut (but not a trivia buff -- that title is reserved for my dad), and I love to memorize facts and lists. That's why Sporcle.com is like my crack. There's always a new, challenging thing to learn.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Lesson in Pharmacology: Top 12 "Fun" Drugs That May or May Not Kill You


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My cousin and several of my other friends are studying to become pharmacists, so when I asked them what drugs would produce an interesting side effect, they were quick to provide me with a list. Some of these are pretty standard, but others I had never heard of before.

(Keep in mind, this is not a list of suggestions of drugs to abuse. Say no to drugs, kids.)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mary Catherine Owen: The Things You Didn't Need to Know

Some questions have been posed to me that might seem a bit strange. In fact, some are truly strange. Nevertheless, the answers to these questions will give you a deeper look into my life, whether you wanted it or not.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hate is a Strong Word


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If I were asked, "What do you hate about your blog?", my honest answer would be, "Nothing." I love watching episodes of Ed, I love writing, and I love nerdy things like linking and blogging in general.

There are some things about the process of putting together the blog, though, that bug me.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Tale of Dirt and Toddlers


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When I'm not in school or writing away on the blog, I work at a nursery school.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Top 6 Nail Polish Names


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I decided a long time ago that my dream job would be naming paint colors. Every time I go to Home Depot, I have to walk out of there with several paint sample strips, regardless of whether or not I need to paint a room.

Ohio: Birthplace of Aviation and Home of Ed


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You may not have known that Stuckeyville, hometown of Ed Stevens and his compadres, is supposed to be located in the state of Ohio.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Top 5 Favorite Animals

I am not a big fan of animals. I generally consider myself to have zoophobia, with a concentration in rodents, birds, and reptiles.

There are some animals, however, that I can tolerate, and sometimes even find cute. These are the fortunate few.


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A Note of Forewarning

My English class -- for which this blog is an assignment -- is posting some different, off-topic posts for the next week. 

I may throw in some of my regular Ed features, but for the most part, be ready for a whole bunch of craziness! 

Check out what my classmates are up to as well; they have some fabulous blogs.