Live Tweeting

May 13, 2011

I’ve seen a lot of “live tweeting” of television stars recently.  From reality hosts like Jeff Probst on Survivor, to late-night hosts like Conan O’Brien, to Abby from NCIS.  My first realization of the implications of this came when I was watching Survivor the day after it aired, and decided to follow Jeff’s tweets at the same time.  Have you ever tried to follow day-old tweets of a TV star, in the timeline in which it makes sense according to the show?  It’s nearly impossible!  And then it hit me: Social Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are tools that television networks are using in order to get you to watch live!  It’s very clever, and I probably should have realized it sooner.  When I want to know what people are saying about who should be voted off Dancing with the Stars, I go to the Facebook page.  And I will admit, it’s a lot more fun when you are watching it happen at the same time as everyone else!

So far, I’m not obsessed enough with any particular show to have the live tweeting/chatting tempt me into watching it live.  But I could see it happening, and I understand the appeal.  Again, it’s a very clever concept, and it’s making me wonder if the networks do see an upswing in ratings when they offer their stars up as bait.


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

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.


  • 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.

Clip Show: Week of 4/26

April 28, 2010

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

Rules of Engagement
“The Score”
Patrick Warburton getting a shot of estrogen?  Very funny premise and almost wish it would have been played out further.  Instead, they played up the Tivo-ing of a Rangers game and trying to avoid the score all night.  The latter has been done to death.  Still, a funny episode overall.

The best part of this episode is Abby’s apparent jealousy over a girl’s crush on McGee.  It did not live up to the hype of Gibbs’ taking a polygraph.

NCIS: Los Angeles
Pretty good episode, mostly due to the addition of a new recurring character.  But will he be back?

From Ask Ausiello:

Question: I’m sad. You haven’t given us any NCIS scoop in ages! Got anything new for me? —Catherine
Remember Tony and Ziva’s big Parisian adventure earlier this season? Well, the show is producing a sequel to air later this season, only this time the stars are Abby and McGee and the setting is Mexico.

Finally!  I’ve been waiting for that for ages!  It better not be as disappointing as Tiva’s “big Parisian adventure”…

The Characters of NCIS

April 13, 2010

NCIS is the top-rated crime drama on television.  But we don’t watch it for the mystery.  We watch it for the characters.  What “Mc” name will Tony come up with this week for McGee?  Will “Tiva” ever happen?  What is with all these women interested in Gibbs, and will he ever end up with any of them?  And most importantly, will something ever happen (or happen again?) between McGee and Abby?  Those are the questions that make me turn in every week, and that’s how it should be.

Too many crime dramas forget the personal aspect of the characters, and that is a mistake.  The crime should just be the backdrop of each episode, instead showcasing the personal interactions and lives of the characters.  NCIS is slowly revealing Gibbs’s life, but they always leave me wanting more about the rest of the cast.  And maybe that’s exactly why they only reveal a little at a time.  It keeps us coming back, and the ratings prove it.