Since I’m at the TCA Press Tour this week and next, I don’t have a lot of time to review stuff, but be aware that there are a couple options for viewing tonight, both on Disney Channel. First up is a new reality show, Code 9, at 8 p.m. It’s a prank show that I only saw part of, and I’m only moderately impressed. The idea is that special effects wizards team up with family members to prank someone else in the family.
Practical jokes can be a blast, but it’s a fine edge between teasing and being mean and this show is walking that edge. In particular, the kids wanted to destroy their dad’s golf clubs because he’s so fussy about them. Apparently, the producers intervened, so they made it look like dad’s clubs had been destroyed. The other problem seems to be the reliance on things going boom for the prank.
Secondly, there’s a Phineas and Ferb special movie going up at 9 p.m., in which Perry the Platypus disappears while the family is on safari in Africa. I don’t watch Phineas and Ferb a lot, but I do love its slightly subversive humor, although a certain amount of it is based on slapstick humor.
As for NBC’s day of presentations, well, it was the usual stuff, including the panel for a new dating show that I will probably ignore in which the panel kept telling us how good and addicting the show is. Harrumph. I’m debating instituting a new policy on YourFamilyViewer.com – no dating shows. Anyone have a problem with that?
You may have heard by now that the TV critics were treated to an appearance at the event by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Given that her husband is one of the contestants on upcoming reality show Stars Earn Stripes and Bristol’s latest attempt on Lifetime, am I the only one who thinks that this family is desperately trying to extend their 15 minutes of fame? Bristol’s Life’s a Tripp was so painfully boring that I chose not to post it on the site.
But I got kissed by Crystal, the monkey from Animal Practice. Check out and like my Facebook page for the picture. Which I will post as soon as I get it lightened up a bit.