It starts with how we still haven't cured ourselves of calling him Opie. At age 59, Ron Howard has directed 30 or so feature films. Some of them — Splash, Apollo 13 — have earned permanent shelf lives in the great American public's esteem. He has won enough awards to teach an octopus to juggle. Yet we life members of the Snotty Critics' Club have remained unmoved. We love to signal how trivial we think he is by referencing his now ancient past as sitcomland's answer to Tom Sawyer.
That's especially true for those of us who grew up with Howard the actor and can't help thinking of him as a quasi-sibling. Because our acquaintance with him predated our ability to form opinions about anything except Gerber, the bond is more or less involuntary, which helps explain the snottiness. All the same, only a crackpot would devote valuable brain cells to hating Ron Howard. So far as we know, he's never been anywhere near that nasty about anything or anyone, making hating him a loser's game by definition.
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder" is a phrase. While often used to describe the passion that lovers experience when forced apart for a long time, it also succinctly illustrates my relationship with the no. 1 verified-Twitter-account-user diving competition on television, Splash.
I went strong for the first three episodes, with thorough recaps complete with commentary, speculative drug-use accusations, and GIFs, but then I hit a wall. I couldn't do it anymore. Each Tuesday evening, I thought about turning it on and writing about it for the next day, but for four straight weeks (Episodes 4-7), I couldn't get myself to do it.
But now we're here. The final episode. And while ridiculous, it's time to give this show a proper sendoff.
It's Splash, ABC's reality show about water displacement. In this, the third episode, titled "Week 3" (I still can't believe they refuse to name these episodes), the premise of the show switches from solo dives to TEAM DIVES.
This is a very smart move, Splash. I can only hope this results in the big matched with the small, the fearless matched with the terrified, and maybe even a flirtatious pairing or two. However it shakes out, thank you for finding a way to keep me interested for another week.
Welcome back to Splash, ABC's high-diving competition starring a collection of athletes, thespians, and Miss Alabama USA 2012 Katherine Webb. In a surprising turn of events, both this show and these recaps have made it to a second week, throwing both Vegas and the other networks for a loop.
In Episode 1, titled "Week 1," five of our 10 contestants squared off and hilariously dove off boards of varying heights. The first to be eliminated, in line with many a horror movie script, was The Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam.
It's finally here. The ABC show of the late-winter/early-spring/St. Patrick's Day–to–Memorial Day corridor we've all been waiting on.
Rumored by some as a last-minute addition to President Obama's American Jobs Act, Splash is an elimination reality show featuring 10 people of varying levels of celebrity and employment that centers on mastering the art of the high dive.
ESPN executive vice-president John A. Walsh asks film director Ron Howard for some advice on how to improve ESPN. Ron suggests that John emulate the unique player profiles given by legendary Los Angeles Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully.