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

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.

Oh wait.  Nevermind. I had that wrong.

But I don’t think anyone watching those angry jurors on Survivor Sunday night would have really believed Russell would win the game this season.  They just hadn’t let go of the anger enough yet to vote for a conniving manipulator like Russell.

Russell suggests that America should vote, along with the jury members, and like Jeff said: That is not this game.  But I have another suggestion.  Instead of America voting, let’s give the jury members time to get over their anger and be able to look at the season more objectively.  And what would give them more objectivity?  Time.  Only time will help them to let go of their anger and the contestants in the final and allow them to vote on who they really think should win.  I would suggest that instead of voting while they are still out in some remote location, let the voting actually take place during the live reunion show.  This would give them all time to watch the season, and perhaps separate themselves from any injustices they feel they endured.

But perhaps that’s “not this game” either.  Maybe the anger and the injustices are supposed to play into the vote.

Either way, I’ll keep watching.  This show is about human nature, good vs. evil, and living with the consequences of our choices and our actions.  Or like J.T. said, “I made my bed and now I can lie in it.”

Great episode tonight!  This season continues to have some amazing moments and Survivor firsts!  But that’s why we watch it, right?  You never know what people are going to come up with next.

Spoilers after the jump!

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TV Shows I’m Watching

April 12, 2010

For my first blog post, I am just copying over a post from my personal blog.  Some of the info has changed, but it was my first public admission of loving TV, so I thought posting it on my new TV blog was appropriate.

At the risk of getting the judgmental eye-roll from my father, I would like to share what TV shows that I’m currently watching.  I am really only doing this because I feel the need to post on my blog, but also because I have 82 Google docs and have found that they make excellent blog fodder.  Here are some examples if you don’t believe me: my journal from Indiabooks I’ve read, and my essay on To Kill a Mockingbird.  And that’s just to name a few!  So here’s my list of TV shows I’m currently watching, taken straight out of my Google doc of the same name (and please don’t ask why I keep a doc of them).

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