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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I Agree about Glee

June 15, 2010

Remember when I said the following (you should, it was only yesterday):

  • Rachel’s mom is incredibly selfish in thinking she can just start over with a new baby and ignore and forget about what she already has. (annoying)
  • Uhm, is adoption really that easy?  You hear about a baby, go see it in the hospital, and take it home with you within 24 hours? (unrealistic)

Well, I wasn’t the only one who felt like this.  Ken Tucker said it much better than I did:

One development sticks in my craw, however. Shelby Corcoran ends up with Beth? After spurning the requests of her real, neglected daughter, Rachel? I couldn’t get past this. It was impossible to fully adore that absolutely adorable baby, knowing that the kid is going to be raised by a woman who spurned her teenage daughter.

Saying that what she really wants is “a house, and a garden, and a dog,” Shelby settles for a newborn, adopted child… when she has her own child, Rachel, upon whom she could lavish some of that love. Strikes me as selfish.

Reruns

June 15, 2010

Other than catching up on Glee, I have been slightly bored with my television options recently.  I am looking forward to a few summer seasons (including The Closer and Leverage), but luckily I’m also a big fan of the Rerun.  So here’s what I’ve been watching:

  • Friends.  A rerun staple.  Although it scares me that, according to Glee, there are 16 year-olds out there that were named after Friends characters.  Has it really been so long since the show was on??
  • Frasier.  Another staple.
  • Reba.  I’ve been watching reruns on Lifetime.  But is it really a rerun if you’ve never seen them before?  Watching the show makes me realize why people like Joanna Garcia so much.  She’s adorable in it and I look forward to her new show this fall.
  • That 70s Show.  I’ve seen all these, so it’s really out of desperation, not the show’s mediocre quality.
  • Just Shoot Me.  Ditto to That 70’s Show.
  • Shark.  I really, really like this crime/drama and wish it had lasted over two seasons.

That’s the current list.  When I get through Friends and Frasier, I’ll move on to Arrested Development and Flight of the Conchords.  Two other staples that the more I watch, the more jokes I find to laugh at.

I should also point out that Arrested Development is the funniest and most innovative show that was ever on television.  If you love TV and haven’t watched it, shame on you.  It deserves its own post at some point.

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.

You all (and especially one of you in particular) will be happy to know that I started watching Glee and I finally see what all the fuss is about.  Not only do I immediately have a crush on both Will and Finn, but I have always been such a fan of Jane Lynch and find her character of Sue Sylvestor to be a delightful villain.  And to quote a friend, “It’s so amazing how they always make the music go along perfectly with the plot!  It’s just amazing!”  OK, that’s not a direct quote, but the sentiment is the same and I really agree.  So I look forward to having the whole summer to catch up on season one, not that I will need that long!

There are two complaints I have about the show, however:

  1. I found the “one white dad, one black dad mystery” to be a blatant Arrested Development rip-off and I have no respect for that.
  2. After watching the first couple episodes last night, I found myself wondering if there will be anything on TV (especially prime time) that I will ever allow my children to watch!  Here is a show that is mostly about high school teenagers, so I assume that it will gear towards a younger audience.  But I wouldn’t want my teenager watching a show that has so many sexual references!  I find the show very clever, fun, and the music is amazing, so I am, indeed, hooked.  But what is television prime-time coming to?