Did "Desperate Housewives" come on last night?
I don't know. If it did, I'll need to catch it at Hulu. The boys were both excited about "The Firm" and wanted me to watch it with them.
My youngest son is now reading his brother's books and that includes a number of John Grishams.
So he read five or six and then was asking his brother what the best one was. This was probably in June. And his brother said the best one was "The Firm."
It was late at night and my son just had to have that book then. Now I support reading and if it had been a few hours earlier, I would have gone to the bookstore. But I was tired. And it was a weekend, so he immediately goes to C.I. (we live at her house -- she doesn't! she's on the road and only home on the weekends). She asked him what book.
And then she says that any Grisham that was a movie, she probably has on her bookshelves in the popular fiction section. (How come? For example, the studio that made "The Pelican Brief?" An exec there who could give a greenlight asked her if Julia Roberts could play the part. This is forgotten now but Julia had a major problems on the set of "Hook" and that was really it for her career and she earned the name Tinkerhell and had many rumors spread about her work habits. "The Pelican Brief" was her comeback and for a long time people were thinking of two other actresses for that role. So for reasons like that, she usually has them if they were later movies. Or if they were almost movies.) So my son is thrilled because his brother, the Grisham expert, swears this is the best Grisham book.
Saturday nights, we write at night, into the morning on Third. And so that's my focus after I put the kids to bed. I head downstairs and the gang's usually got stuff set up (food trays) and we nibble and write. But it's the next morning and my middle son comes down the stairs and he hasn't been to bed. He stayed up all night reading "The Firm." He couldn't put it down. He loved it. It was a weekend, the summer and he was reading, so I certainly didn't get on to him -- though I made clear I wish he'd slept. So he goes off to sleep and C.I. says, "I'll wait to remind him there's a movie." Oh, he remembered as soon as he woke up. And went through C.I.'s shelves and shelves of DVDs to find it. He loved the movie too.
So now it's a TV show on NBC and it takes place 10 years after the book or movie (which are set in the same period). Mitch & Abby have a kid now.
Sunday night, NBC aired the two hour opener. Now I believe it goes to its regular night of Thursdays.
What to think of it?
We liked the beginning, the first minutes. We really liked the end.
Other than that? We're reserving judgment until we see the first regular episode. Juliette Lewis is the best thing about it acting wise, by the way. And I mean that as a compliment to her. She's very good. (She plays Tammy -- that's the part Holly Hunter played in the film.)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):