I haven’t really decided how I feel about Desperate Housewives this season.  In some ways, it’s been more entertaining than the past few, with the addition of Vanessa Williams (love her!) and the return of Paul Young.  But the individual story lines seem a bit disjointed.  Where are the great, over-arching plot lines that bring us back each week?  The best one this season is Gabby’s daughter mix-up, but even that is just so-so.  And Brie is dating a younger man.  Really?  That’s it?  I think it’s time to get rid of Brie.  Susan’s problems are just sad, and Lynette is dealing with her mother-in-law.  Where are the nosy Susan and sly Lynette?

This is a show I will probably not be dropping any time soon, but I do hope it improves.  But let’s face it, when a show makes it to its seventh season with mostly the same main characters, it’s hard to find new plot lines.  We may be seeing the last (or nearly last) season of this show.

And P.S. When are we going to resolve the cliff-hanger from last season?  Am I remembering correctly that we never saw what happened to the serial strangler?

UPDATE: I wrote this before watching the most recent episode.  The episode was fine, but the ending was great!  Finally, a good twist!

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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

I always look forward to the new seasons of my favorite shows starting in the fall, but this time I am particularly excited for the new season of Desperate Housewives.  And not because it’s been amazing the past couple seasons (it hasn’t).  And not because of the great cliff-hanger (not so great).  It’s because of the newest addition to the Housewives of Wisteria Lane!

I think Vanessa Williams will add so much to the show.  Perhaps it’s just me hoping for Wilhelmina Slater 2.0, but would that be so bad?  I think Wilhelmina would be a perfect fit on Wisteria Lane!

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.

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

Desperate Housewives
“The Ballad of Booth (1)”
Nothing new happened in this episode, except to set the stage for a lot of action next week.  These of types episodes are necessary, but not particularly exciting.

Modern Family
“Hawaii”
Very funny and sweet episode, but I’m not sure it was worth all the hype.   I’ve always wondered if these types of episodes are worth the cost of traveling all the way to a special, remote location.  Does the extra excitement of Hawaii really bring that many extra eyeballs to all those commercials?

As I sit alone in my house, in the suburbs, on a small lane, I wonder what evil is lurking of which I am not aware thanks to the most recent episode of Desperate Housewives.  But even though it scared me a bit, “A Little Night Music” reminded me of what hooked me on DH in the first place.  It had multiple story lines, all of which were exciting and a little scary!  The past several seasons of lackluster mysteries had me wondering if I should continue watching, but I have been hooked once again. What with Bree’s mysterious step-son, Angie’s ghost from the past, and Lynette’s harboring a murderer, this is the most exciting season since its first.  Let’s hope the trend continues.