Top of the Morning, April 25, 2014

Top of the Morning, April 25, 2014

Don't know about the rest of you, but my house is overrun with electronic devices. It's like living at Best Buy without the blue and yellow color scheme (anybody else long for the days of Circuit City?).

On a weekend when thousands will be running in C-U, now is as good a time as any to inventory our potential distractions. Of course, you start with the three TVs (four if you count the black and white Magnavox in the basement that we just can't manage to throw away). To our credit, one of the TVs isn't connected. It's more like a coffee table.

There are three computers (two laptops and a desktop). The kids have figured out how to watch their favorite shows on all three.

There's a Kindle (great for Netflix), three cell phones, two DVRs and a BluRay.

Even when we leave the house, there are more distractions. There's a two-screen DVD player in the car. So much for the license plate game (oh, there's South Dakota).

By my count that is 13. Or way too many.

Now that you know we have way too many time-fillers, might as well put the TVs to use. Here is your weekend viewing guide (please try to get some exercise too):


"Last Man Standing"

7 p.m., WICD (ABC)

The first of two episodes (the second is a repeat) starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis. T.O.T.M. will always think of Allen as Buzz Lightyear and Travis as Mike Myers' bride in "So I Married an Axe Murderer." She also did a bad English accent in "3 Men and a Baby." There aren't many family comedies left on the networks. This qualifies as one of them. As long as it makes you laugh.


"Bad Teacher"

7:30 p.m., WCIA (CBS)

Loved the movie, which starred Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel. You knew somebody would eventually turn it into a series. The success of the show depends on the perforrmance of Ari Graynor, who takes the Diaz role. David Alan Grier, Kristin Davis and Sara Gilbert are part of an impressive cast. Watch the pilot and then you can make the call.



9 p.m., WICD (ABC)

T.O.T.M. used to watch the series every week. A great premise (a woman getting back at the family that destroyed her father) and somebody to root against (a mean-spirited Madeleine Stowe). But like many dramas, the writrers went too far with all the twists and turns. After a self-imposed break, time to give it one more look. Just in case. Star Emily VanCamp won some fans for her work in the latest "Captain America."

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