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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Simon Watches Desperate Housewives...

I finally got to watch Desperate Housewives last night on Astro. My wife caught it last week on local TV, gave it good reviews, and some bloggers where just singing praises to it. Me? I spent enough time watching American TV to know you can’t judge a show on just a few episodes.

But it was quite promising, and I can understand the hype it generated in the US when it first premiered. It cleverly uses a lot of tested clichés and plot devices to hook the viewers in and bring them back the following week.

For those who didn’t catch it, it’s about 5 housewives who live in upper middle class surburbia America, with their everyday problems of screaming kids, affairs with the gardener, nosy neighbours, a bitchy temptress, cheating husbands, etc. One day one of the 5 kills herself, and opens an intriguing mystery which apparently involves an undercover cop (or hired killer, I dunno) and more deep dark secrets. You know, the usual.

I can foresee a few spin-offs and copycat shows sprouting out soon, bringing back the good ol’ days of TV ‘dramedy’ (drama-comedy) of the 80’s and 90’s (remember Thirtysomething? Felicity? Ally McBeal?)

Here are some I can think of, if I may suggest:

Desperate Illegal VCD Sellers – Tale of 4 close buddies working the Pandan Indah illegal VCD business. They live together and share all their joys and tears in life. One day, one of them is arrested by DBKL (he tripped on the road kerb while evading enforcement officers). What’s worse, everything falls apart when another one of them confesses to a deep, dark secret – he has a normal day job as a bank clerk! The ultimate betrayal!

Desperate Audit Accountants – a show about the steamy secret lives of audit accountants. Stealing office supplies for home use, serious muscle injury from lifting too many P.O. files, personal lives ruined due to spending too much time on datelines, scandal about travel claims and meal allowance fraud, geeky auditor guy falls for dorky girl client (‘forbidden love’…!). In short, the Most Boring Show on TV.

Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya TerdesakKisah cinta terlarang antara Rumi dan Juli, dua mahasiswa menara gading terunggul negara. Satu dari keluarga berada, satu lagi anak penarik beca. Walau pun segalanya keluarga berada, satu lagi anak penarik beca. Walau pun segalanya kelihatan sulit dan malap bagi dua kekasih ini, cinta mekar di bawah sinar bulan mengambang di atas Bukit Gasing
(translation: boy meets girl. Yadda yadda yadda)

Desperate Cartoon Network – the sordid and sleazy untold tales of the Powerpuff Girls. Buttercups has been secretly having an affair with Johnny Bravo while boyfriend Johnny Quest is away on a mission. Bubbles comes out of the closet. Blossom one day unearths the horrifying truth that Professor X is actually the same guy as Samurai Jack! (Guest appearance by Batman and Ed, Edd and Eddy)

Desperate Bloggers – Simon watches too much TV. Belacans is actually a crocodile(#69). Jason has to clean toilets. 5xmom’s sons always ponteng class. Din talks to his car (like Michael Knight). Violetwings finds the identity of the mysterious blogger at her table… Shan has a Darth Maul in her closet... Anjali dreams of being on CSI (mmm… Warrick Brown...)


  • Unlike the tv series, Din's car doesn't talk back - it blogs!

    By Blogger NSDS3HvLDjJd, at 7/13/2005 10:06:00 pm  

  • if they were together buttercup would kick johnny bravo's ass everytime he tried to use his lame lines on a cun chick.

    By Blogger yuin, at 7/13/2005 11:54:00 pm  

  • Wahahaha!!! I don't mind co-starring in Desperate Bloggers!!!! LOL... Haha! Maybe Aiz should come out with a video on that.

    By Blogger Jason, at 7/14/2005 12:32:00 am  

  • and I'm Mojo Jojo

    By Blogger Jojo Low, at 7/14/2005 10:08:00 am  

  • watch, but couldn't get what they said, no subtitle very difficult, wait for SIL buy the DVD.

    By Blogger Twinsmom, at 7/14/2005 10:12:00 am  

  • YAY! I get to be on a potential tv show :D
    Yup am a bit of a Desperate fan myself. It's about blardy time astro got the show on.
    Have any of you seen that Rockstar show? I really liked it - good singers, good rocking tracks.

    By Blogger Shan, at 7/14/2005 10:15:00 am  

  • that sleazy buttercup! i knew there's something wrong with her. tomboy konon...

    hahahaha! how about desperate blog whores next?

    By Blogger mudslinger, at 7/14/2005 10:25:00 am  

  • You wanna an apron? And rolling pin?

    BTW, Simon, did you notice some new blog called Desperate Housewives plugging your blog? I saw it on PPS. Just one of those flash in the pan's blog, I suppose. :OP

    By Blogger 5xmom, at 7/14/2005 11:16:00 am  

  • desperate bloggers! bwahahahaha!

    By Blogger Belacan, at 7/14/2005 11:52:00 am  

  • nsds3 - yeah, he's the most famous iswara in malaysia!

    yuin - maybe she likes the stupid, show-off type of guys...

    jason - but really, i dunno if anyone else would wanna watch...

    mojo jojo - the villain in Powerpuff girls!!

    twinsmom - then can watch ntv7, also got subtitles.

    shan - yeah i watched a bit of the pilot. but i tak boleh tahan that dave navarro...

    mudslinger - i always knew there something more to the 3 powerpuff girls. Some deep dark secrets...

    5xmom - yeah i saw it. looks like
    it just started. What next? Desperate House Husbands?!

    By Blogger Simon, at 7/14/2005 11:58:00 am  

  • I'd rather mine be a spin-off from Madonna's movie. It's called "Desperately Seeking Warrick Brown". Heh.

    By Blogger anjali*, at 7/14/2005 12:15:00 pm  

  • hahahaha! LOL LOL LOL! I was laughing like mad when u made Din seem like Michael Knight! I wouldn't mind too, got a hairy chest too!

    but 8555 never talks back. although sometimes he fools around with his radio unit when a rock song comes out.

    By Blogger Din, at 7/14/2005 01:32:00 pm  

  • heheh, nsds3 is right...i just blog because i have no voice yet.'s going to be a while before Din gets me a voice modulator....when that happens...i'm so gonna sound like mike shinoda

    By Blogger JFE 8555, at 7/14/2005 01:36:00 pm  

  • anjali - saw this site where they had a pic of him from the show 'a different world'!

    din & 8555 - get a voice modulator! 8555 can help din pull the chicks!

    By Blogger Simon, at 7/15/2005 09:27:00 am  

  • heheheh, very good idea!

    By Blogger Din, at 7/15/2005 05:10:00 pm  

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