Kim’s Entertainment Blog

November 11, 2009

Thoughts on what I’ve been watching lately . . .

Yeah, I know, it’s been a while!  I’ve been busy watching a lot of things . . . just haven’t had time to do much posting!  Instead of individual posts on what I like and don’t like, you’re stuck with this giant post! 

Mondays

House (Global, 8pm): Still the best hour of television, in my opinion!  Watching House become more “human” has been an intense journey, and I really like the direction they’ve taken the characters so far.  Watching the “old team” work together while the “new team” drifted away, has filled me with nostalgia.  This past week’s episode had some great House-Cuddy scenes, and some great humour!

One Tree Hill (The CW, 8pm): Yup, the show is definitely different without Lucas and Peyton!  For the most part, I don’t really miss them too much . . . though the show has definitely lost its edge!  I like a couple of the new characters, particularly Nathan’s agent Clayton, and Brooke’s boyfriend Julian.  I can’t say I’m overly crazy about Quinn, Hayley’s sister.  The storyline involving the woman who accused Nathan of getting her pregnant was interesting, but didn’t exactly cover new territory.

Gossip Girl (The CW, 9pm): Yeah, I’m not so sure I’m feeling the whole college thing!  The show has become increasingly unbelievable.  Normally that would be okay, but this completely stretches the limits of credulity!  An 18 year old running a multimillion dollar company?  A college student still clinging to the idea of wealth and hierarchy?  Another 18 year old landing a job as a publicist?  I mean the list just goes on.  I still watch though – I do like Hillary Duff’s character Olivia, and Vanessa. 

Tuesdays

NCIS (Global, 8pm): I was so happy they managed to bring Ziva back to the team in a way that actually made some sense!  I was a little disappointed with their rescue episode, but overall, I’m enjoying this season!  The sexual tension between Tony and Ziva is still palpable, and the humour and camraderie is what keeps drawing me in!  It doesn’t hurt that Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly are so hot!

Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit (CTV, 10pm): While I don’t think this season is necessarily breaking any new ground, I still enjoy all the Law and Order shows.  The cases are usually borrowed straight from the headlines, and I enjoy figuring out which cases they are using and how they’re going to change things up a bit.  I am completely thrilled that Stephanie March is back as ADA Alex Cabot!  When they brought her back for a few episodes last season I was super-excited and had hoped they would bring her back permanently.  When the season opened and Christine Lahti was the new ADA, I was disappointed.  Having said that, I thought the storyline involving Christine Lahti’s character and her ultimate undoing was extremely compelling!

Wednesdays

America’s Next Top Model (The CW, 8pm): While the idea of having petite models was fresh, I’ve not really loved this whole season.  The format is starting to feel really stale, and I can’t really say that any of the models have been really compelling for me.  I think they’re all a little weak when compared to some of the previous winners.  I still love the Jays though, and for now, that’s enough to keep me watching.

Bones (Global, 8pm): How is it possible that the sexual tension between Brennan and Booth has gotten even stronger?  The real draw of this show is the characters, and I’m loving every minute of it!  I’m so glad to see that Stewie hasn’t made any reappearances – I was really concerned towards the end of last season that the show had “jumped the shark” and would have lost some of its steam! 

Thursdays

Survivor (Global, 8pm): Talk about an interesting season!  Having Russell on has given us a whole new evil genius villain in Survivor lore!  The guy is such an egomaniac – but whatever he’s been doing has worked so far!  We’ll see if last week’s “playing the idol” move ultimately proves to be his undoing!

Grey’s Anatomy (CTV, 9pm): I have to give credit where credit is due: the show has managed to become somewhat interesting again after last season’s sex-with-a-ghost debacle!  It’s not perfect, but definitely more watchable this season!  The storyline involving the merger with Mercy West has promise, though so far all it’s done is introduce a bunch of new characters who inflate an already large cast!  I’m glad to see Derek and Meredith doing so well though.  I miss George, but not as much as I thought I would!

90210 (Global, 10pm): Yes, I know the show airs on Tuesdays, but I like watching it on Thursdays!  The show has been good this season.  I like the new characters they’ve introduced, and I think the storylines are good right now.  I really feel like the show has created an identity and following completely separate from the original, and I now tune in not because I want to see members of the original cast, but because I care about these new kids!  I don’t care so much for Annie, actually, but I like Dixon, Silver, Navid and Adrianna!

Fridays

Law and Order (NBC, 8pm): The show is starting to feel a little tired, but it’s still watchable!  It’s nice to see a little bit of the character’s lives, which we get the most of with Lt. Van Buren’s cancer storyline.  I’m glad to see last season’s characters all back this season.  I like ADA Connie Rubirosa the best.

Ugly Betty (Citytv, 9pm): Last season’s heartbreaking conclusion for Daniel hasn’t really translated that well into this season, at least for me.  I believe that he misses Molly, but I don’t see the same strength of storytelling that I saw at the end of last season.  I am glad to see Betty working at her new job, and I think her makeover is cute!  The characters aren’t quite geling for me yet though.  The storyline with Wilhemina and her daughter Nico has promise.  I think they need to ditch Matt as a character though . . . all this tension between him and Betty is annoying!

Sundays

The Amazing Race (CTV, 8pm): I still love this show!  I love being able to travel to all these amazing countries and see the world without leaving my house!  The challenges are fun to watch, and my favourite team, the Globetrotters Flight Time and Big Easy, are still in it!  I hope they win!

Desperate Housewives (CTV, 9pm): Okay, we now know that Mike married Susan.  To me it seems like their marriage has already entered tired and boring territory though!  Granted they have the huge distraction of Julie’s attack and Katherine’s obsession with Mike to contend with, but I’m just not seeing reignited passion between them!  Bree is still as icy as ever, and watching her with Carl is a little like seeing a traffic accident – you’re disgusted but you just can’t look away!  I think it’s an interesting plot twist to make Lynette pregnant, but I think it’s time they start to reveal that she’s pregnant!

Well, dear readers, that wraps it up for me right now.  What are your thoughts on your favourite shows?

September 30, 2009

I like to think they can see me eating

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Yes, my title is part of a longer Houseism from Monday night’s episode of House!  I really liked it, though I didn’t think it was quite as strong as the season premiere.  I roared with laughter when House was talking about watching “The Biggest Loser” marathon on tv though – it’s nice to know that our “kinder, gentler House” hasn’t completely overruled his impulse to say what he’s thinking!  This was also evident in all the “ball” jokes during the cooking class House attended with Wilson.

Overall, I can’t wait to see where this season goes!

September 22, 2009

House in the House!

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Eeeek!  Last night’s season six premiere of House was AMAZING!  Kudos to Hugh Laurie for a fantastic and nuanced performance.  He’s always amazing in the title role of Dr. Gregory House (and I still maintain that he was ROBBED of his Emmy on Monday night!), but last night he went above and beyond!  For two hours I was caught up in his emotional journey at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital.  I was also blown away by Andre Braugher’s performance as House’s psychiatrist.

There were definitely un-House-like elements in last night’s episode, and in this case, they definitely served to strengthen the episode.  Seeing House challenge the system and try to wreak havoc with the patients was classic House, but then watching him open up and actually make an effort to change his life was beautiful.  Seeing House open up and become vulnerable took me on an emotional journey along with the character.  I am so, so glad that the episode focused solely on House’s emotional journey!  To take away from that journey by showing the team working on some case would have cheapened House’s struggle and weakened the whole episode. 

I can hardly wait to see where season 6 goes from here!  If you haven’t yet become a fan of House, I encourage you to check it out, Monday nights at 8pm on Fox.

September 15, 2009

Top Five Shows I’m Looking Forward to the Premiere Of!

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Okay, I’ve been meaning to sit down and type out this post for ages, but as usual, life has gotten in the way!  Oh well . . .

The fall tv show is once again upon us, and I’ve got to say, there are some shows I’m definitely excited to revisit!!  Here’s what I’m most looking forward to seeing:

5. 90210 (Tuesdays at 8pm, The CW) – Okay, so technically this show premiered last week.  My bad!  I really want to see how the whole Annie storyline plays out!  I’m also curious to see what happens with Naomi and Liam . . . and how long “No More Drama Adriana” can handle a drama-free life!

4. One Tree Hill (Mondays at 8pm, The CW) – Yeah, it premiered last night!  It’s strange watching the show without Lucas and Peyton, and I’m not sure how well it will fare without them as they were the backbone of the first 5 seasons!  I have to admit though, I did enjoy hearing Haley sing during the episode!

3. Bones (Thursday, 8pm, Fox.  Premieres September 17th) – I’ve gotta know how Booth’s memory loss plays out!  I also have to know if the show will “jump the shark,” particularly given how stupid I thought the Stewie appearance was!  From what I’m given to understand though, the relationship between Booth and Bones is going to deepen this season, which I’ll look forward to watching!

2. N.C.I.S. (Tuesdays, 8pm, CBS.  Premieres September 22nd) – What happens to Ziva??!!  Will the relationship between Ziva and Tony survive?  I. Have. To. Know!

1. House (Mondays, 8pm, Fox.  Premieres September 21st) – Yeah, like there was ever any doubt that this would be my number one pick!  Oh my god I can’t wait!  I have to know about House’s experience in the Psychiatric Hospital and what the long-term consequences of his hallucinations will be.  I have a feeling the first episode will make me bawl, and if Hugh Laurie doesn’t win an emmy for his worrk in season 5, I will scream!  

And you, dear readers?  What shows are you looking forward to watching this fall?

June 12, 2009

Woot woot!

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I was just about to type up a quick post highlighting the fact that Fox is already starting to hype season 6 of House with some teaser commercials.  When I saw the commercial a few minutes ago I was immediately excited, and a little bummed to think that I’d be seeing commercials like this for the next THREE months or so before any new episodes were broadcast. 

Like I said, that was the post I was about to type out.  Then I came across this (spoiler free, don’t worrry)!  True awesomeness.  Thank GOD this little tidbit has nothing to do with CSI: Miami!

May 11, 2009

My left hand hates me!

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I just finished watching the season finale of HouseWarning: spoilers ahead!

Shock.  That’s the best, most descriptive word I can come up with right now.  The last five minutes of tonight’s episode were pure poetry.  A complete 180.  My heart completely ached for House when he realized that everything was an illusion.  I was in tears when Wilson dropped him off at the Psychiatric Hospital.  I can’t believe we’re going to have to wait until September to continue this story!

The writing in this episode was amazing.  The storyline of the left hand hating the rest of the patient and constantly hitting things and throwing things was an excellent metaphor for House’s own fears and insecurities.  Face it, those fears and insecurities are what keeps House from forming real bonds and relationships with anyone other than Wilson.  Having an actual patient to focus on, rather than a delusion, enables House to explore what he feels for Cuddy.  He spends the better part of the episode trying to “make her angry” so that he can further their relationship.  Ever after Wilson asks him several times if he wants a relationship with Cuddy, or if he just wants a puzzle to solve, House persists.  You know the old saying, and I think it’s particularly appropriate here: actions DO speak louder than words. 

I very much enjoyed the juxtaposition of House being taken to the hospital with Chase and Cameron’s wedding.  The two extremes – sorrow and joy – were beautifully crafted together.  The mood of both scenes was picked up by the dark moodiness of the bleak landscape surrounding the Psychaitric Hospital, and the light and flowers of the wedding.  Ultimately I am glad that the writers allowed Chase and Cameron their happy ending.  I think in the House universe, some relationships just have to work out sometimes.

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In closing, if Hugh Laurie and Anne Dudek (Amber) aren’t nominated for Emmy awards on the strength of their performances over the last few episodes, it will be a crime! 

And you, dear readers, what are your thoughts on House and the season finale?

May 5, 2009

Can I just say OMG?!

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Yeah, so House last night was completely amazing!  The rawness of emotion, the passion, the ending!  Not only did they go there, but they did it in the most satisfying way. 

Sadly, even though I’m a fan of the Cameron/Chase relationship, I could barely be bothered to follow what was happening with that storyline in this episode.  The sperm thing was shocking, but given who Cameron is, I guess not all that surprising.  I thought Foreman summed it up quite nicely by saying that Chase could never leave her because then he’d be the guy who left her, and killed her children.  What an impossible situation to be put in.  I guess it proves that she’s not quite ready to be Mrs. Robert Chase yet.  Poor Chase!

If you’d like a more in-depth review of House, specifically the “Under my Skin” episode, please click on the link below:

http://blogcritics.org/video/article/tv-review-house-md-under-my/

May 4, 2009

They see dead people

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I’m watching House right now (I’ve got about a minute or so before the commercial break ends) and I just feel compelled to ask this question: why, when Grey’s Anatomy has a main character seeing a ghost, it comes off as cheesy and stupid, but when they do essentially the same thing on House, it comes off as DRAMATIC and FREAKING AMAZING??  Seriously people, this is good TV right here.

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