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 27, 2009

“Eat the wasabi!”

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Yes, tonight marks the premiere of one of my favourite reality tv shows – The Amazing Race!  Airing Sundays at 8pm on CBS, the show has teams of 2 racing around the world to earn a million dollars.

From the very beginning, this race starts off differently than most.  One team is elimintated before they even start during a license plate challenge at the start line.  I thought the license plates were a good idea – it got the teams used to paying attention to detail right off the bat.  Hopefully this will help the teams down the road when other clues require them to be very observant!

I LOVED the fact that the first stop in the race was Japan.  My sister has been to Japan before, and I’m sure she could tell you that Japan is an amazing country filled with wonderful sights and sounds!  The fact that the first road block involved a Japanese game show that required contestants to eat a wasabi bomb while the audience cheered them on was so freaking cool!  The Japanese are reknowned for their crazy game shows, and the energy coming from this particular challenge was a great way to kick off the first episode!

Right off the bat, I have a couple of favourite teams.  The basketball players, Flight Time and Big Easy, are totally cool, not to mention really, really tall!  I also like the brothers Sam and Dan, and Mika and Canaan (they seemed to be trying to speak Japanese, which is really respectful). 

I can’t say I’m too crazy about the poker players, Maria and Tiffany.  I don’t like the fact that they lied to the other teams about their jobs.  Right away they’ve been arguing, and I just don’t see them getting too far if they continue to argue and lose focus.  

So, readers, what do you think?  How do you think this season will play out, and who are your favourite teams?

May 10, 2009

The Race is over!

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And another season of “The Amazing Race” comes to an end!  I can’t say I was too shocked about who ended up winning (congrats Tammy and Victor!), but I will say that I was quite impressed with the integrity of the final three teams!

What I liked: Margie and Luke kicked butt carrying that pig!  Margie is small, but she really is the bionic woman!  They never had to stop, whereas Tammy and Cara and Jaime struggled throughout.  I really liked how encouraging the partners were during the final road block.  Not only encouraging their own partners, but hugging each other and being nice to everyone throughout.  I was really impressed with how well Luke knew those challenges and his memory for the order of all the stops.  Victor was equally impressive in this task.  Perhaps slightly even more so since he ended up pulling ahead of Luke at the end.  Finally, I LOVED how Luke and Jaime and Cara worked together at the end.  That really was a clear indictation to me of the good character of the everyone involved.  

What I didn’t like: I know it was due to frustration, but Jaime and Cara were just plain rude to their cab driver!  They sounded so bitchy when they were talking to him, and it seemed like they had forgotten that he spoke English.  Granted, they had bad luck with most of their taxi drivers along the race, but I can’t imagine they left many good impressions behind.  As racers, it seems to me as though all the teams should be trying their best to win, but also to be positive  representatives of their country!

Once again, congrats to Tammy and Victor!  They did a fantastic job working together and they deserved to win!

What about you, dear readers?  Did you watch The Amazing Race this season?  Were you happy with who won?  I want to hear all your opinions!

May 7, 2009

Reality Roundup

Most of my favourite reality shows are finishing up their seasons in the next couple of weeks.  I thought I’d take this opportunity to make share my thoughts on my favourites, and my predictions for the winners:

The Amazing Race: Tough call at this point!  I really like Tammy and Victor, but I also really like Margie and Luke!  At the same time, I can’t say I don’t like Jamie and Cara!  At this point my prediction for the winning team is Tammy and Victor!

The Celebrity Apprentice: I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again, I’m on Team Joan!  If I’m being honest with myself though, I think Annie is probably going to win it.

America’s Next Top Model: I’m totally bummed that Celia got booted off last episode!  I thought she was really stylish and cool.  My new favourite is Allison.  I think she can with it as long as she doesn’t fall apart in the last episode!  I think it’s definitely betweeen Allison and Teyona at this point.

Survivor: I like the trio of J.T., Stephen, and Taj.  I think it’ll come down to J.T. and Stephen at the end, but if Coach wins a few key immunity challenges, he could end up in the finals.  I predict that Stephen is going to win.

And now it’s your turn, dear readers!  What are your thoughts?  I want to hear them all!

May 3, 2009

Will Joan be back??

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I am currently watching The Amazing Race (another favourite show – I love Phil!) while waiting for The Celebrity Apprentice to start.  I can’t wait to see if Joan is back or not, and what the other players will say about Melissa and Joan’s dramatic exit last weekend.  I likely won’t review The Celebrity Apprentice until tomorrow though.  Luckily there are people at work who watch it too, so I don’t have to wait too long to express my thoughts!  Hehehe

So, The Amazing Race.  I really like Tammy and Victor and I hope they win.  I also like Margie and Luke, and I think it’s great the Phil is able to greet Luke at the Pit Stop with some sign language.  I can’t say I’m too crazy about Kisha and Jen . . . but I’ve seen worse competitors.  I’m kinda torn in my feelings for Jamie and Cara.  They seem nice enough, but I don’t like how they treat people when they get frustrated, which has been happening more and more lately.  I guess we’ll know soon who wins this season!

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