This Season On TV (For Me)

November 7, 2010

I suppose this post is a long time in coming, but frankly, I’ve just been too busy watching TV to write on this blog! Oh, the irony.  But it’s actually a good thing because I’ve finally decided what shows I’m keeping, adding, and dropping.  So here’s the official list, and I will probably write some explanatory posts for each show in the coming weeks.

Show’s I’m Keeping From Last Season:

  • Desperate Housewives
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Castle
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Rules of Engagement
  • NCIS
  • Glee
  • The Middle
  • Modern Family
  • Survivor
  • The Mentalist
  • Community
  • 30 Rock
  • The Office
  • Saturday Night Live

Shows I Dropped From Last Season:

  • Chuck
  • Dancing with the Stars – The Results Show
  • NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Cougar Town

New Shows I Added to My Line-up:

  • Running Wilde
  • No Ordinary Family

New Shows I Watched Briefly and Dropped:

  • Better With You
  • Hawaii 5-0

Other Shows I’m Watching, Will Start Watching, Or Only Watch Occasionally For Ryan:

  • Conan
  • Masterpiece Mystery
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Mad Men
  • Jeopardy!
  • V
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Season Finale Rewards

June 1, 2010

PopWatch on EW asks for nominations for the following categories, so I thought I’d put in my two cents (read another here).

Best Death: Fake John Locke on Lost. Evil was finally overcome with Kate’s last bullet.
Most Welcome Exit for an Unloved Character: Deming on Castle. Get rid of the competition!
Best Overall Ending to an Otherwise Crappy Season: Desperate Housewives. They pulled it together the last few episodes and made a crappy season go good.
Worst Overall Ending to an Otherwise Solid Season: How I Met Your Mother. Again with the doppelgangers?  Enough already!
Best Romantic Cliffhanger: Jeff and Annie of Community.
Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger: NCIS: Los Angeles. Who is G. Callen?  Is his mother/father alive?
Best Kiss: Again, Jeff and Annie.
Best Fight (Verbal or Physical): Modern Family‘s mud fight.
Top Tissue Moment (Single tear or sobfest): Ending of Lost. Who could say anything different here?
Most Clever Single Twist: Does Survivor count?  I was not expecting Sandra to win.
Weakest Single Twist: 30 Rock. Liz Lemon and character played by Matt Damon?  Really?  I wanted to see her with pathetic Wesley.
Funniest Half Hour: Tie between The Middle and Modern Family.
Spookiest Image: Patrick Jane sitting under the bloody smile painted by Red John in The Mentalist.
Most Rewound Moment: The Jeff and Annie kiss.  What can I say? I’m a romantic.
SPECIAL AWARD: Biggest Regret That I Didn’t See It, I Just Read About It: I’m still in the middle of V and Glee seasons, but I’m guessing the finales will be good.

Clip Show posts are just snippets of thoughts from shows that I didn’t think deserved a whole post.

Desperate Housewives
“I Guess This Is Goodbye”
Very disappointing season finale, especially with the exciting lead-up episodes.  In fact, was there really a cliff-hanger at all?  OK, Paul is back and there was a baby switch up.  Really?  Is that it?  So far, the most exciting thing about next season is the addition of Vanessa Williams.

How I Met Your Mother
“The Wedding Bride”
At first I thought this was the season finale, but thankfully, it was not.  I’ve come to expect great season finales from the writers of HIMYM!   The movie within a show, The Wedding Bride, was funny enough that I wished I could just sit through the movie instead of a the rather boring episode.  Looking forward to more clips from the movie, whether in future HIMYM episodes, or online somewhere.

Castle
“A Deadly Game”
Another disappointing episode!  Hadn’t we been reading for the last several weeks that there would be a big development in the Castle/Beckett relationship?  But I shouldn’t have been surprised.  I predicted way back when that nothing would really happen.

The Middle
“Average Rules”
Finally!  A wonderful season finale!  I laughed, I cried, I nearly proclaimed this show the funniest one on television!  The lovability of these so-called average characters just keeps growing and growing.

Modern Family
“Family Portrait”
Excellent episode.  Especially clever way of using text messages to create a misunderstanding.  And even though most critics seem to dislike the voiceovers at the end of each episode, I find them sweet and a nice way to wrap up each show.

Community
“Pascal’s Triangle Revisited”
Why am I such a sucker for a Jeff/Annie kiss?  After I watched this episode, I bought Season 1.


Tony vs. Castle

May 4, 2010

Since I began watching Castle, I have wondered why the character of Rick Castle is just not as appealing as the character of Tony Dinozzo on NCIS.  They seem to be so alike, and yet I am just not as fond of Rick.  So I will attempt to analyse their similarities and differences now, and perhaps get to the bottom of it!

They both…

  • are attractive men (although Tony is the more handsome of the two, but I don’t know whether that is just my bias talking).
  • try to be funny, and sometimes they are.
  • often get shut down by people they work with when they try to make a joke.
  • like strong women, but haven’t had the guts to come right out and say it.
  • are womanizers, much to the chagrin of the strong women in their lives.
  • have tough, no-nonsense bosses.
  • have expensive tastes.

Differences…

  • Tony is estranged from his parents, while Rick is close to his mother (however, this one could go either way, because Rick doesn’t know who his father is).
  • Tony grew up with money, but now has to work very hard for it.  Not sure if Rick grew up with money, but now he’s making it hand-over-fist (and although writing is work, Rick would tell you how much he loved it).
  • Tony seems to take crime scenes more seriously than Rick.  Rick often makes jokes about how the body is found and likes to make up stories as to how they got that way.
  • Michael Weatherly is from Connecticut (hey, that’s where I’m from!).  Nathan Fillion is from Canada.
  • Tony pokes fun at his co-workers.  Does Rick?

I cannot think of any more differences, and none of the ones above seem to be significant in any way.  So why does Tony appeal more than Castle?  I guess this post was useless after all.

Maybe I’ll post a poll to see what everyone else thinks.

The last two episodes of Castle have really showcased the jealousy between the two main characters.  First, on “The Late Shaft”, Beckett does not like the attention that a famous actress is paying to Castle.  The this week on “Den of Thieves”, Castle does not like the attention that Beckett is receiving from a fellow police officer.  We’ve heard the rumors about the upcoming finale, but will the two characters really be together?

On the one hand, they technically do not work together, so it wouldn’t be against the rules (I’m thinking of the romance on The Mentalist).  But on the other hand, do most of the viewers turn in for the mystery or for the possibility of love?

I must hand it to the writers of Castle, because the mystery is always exceptionally good.  In fact, as much as I usually argue for Characterization in Crime Dramas (good title, post forthcoming), the mysteries are what hooked me on the show in the first place.

So we’ll just have to see on May 17.  Yes, they will acknowledge the attraction, but will they do anything about it? (My guess is no.  In fact, I’d be downright surprised if we saw them in a relationship next season.)