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November 28, 2009

The Good Wife

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So I’ve only seen a couple of episodes of “The Good Wife,” but I can see why it’s one of this year’s top-rated new shows!  Really though, how could it fail with Chris Noth and Christine Baranski?  Oh yeah, and Julianna Margulies is pretty good too!   😉

Other new shows I’ve been enjoying:

NCIS: Los Angeles (the formula is pretty fool-proof) for its two main characters – played by Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J.

Hmmmm, maybe that’s actually it for new shows I’ve been enjoying! 

Before I end this post, I just wanted to say that I read an article that said that Glee was going on hiatus from mid-December until APRIL to make way for American Idol.  I find this really, really annoying.  I love watching Glee.  It’s one of the best new shows out there, and one of the best shows on television right now, period.  The fact that American Idol, a show that loses viewers each season, is forcing Glee to go on such a long break is ridiculous, in my opinion!  I sure hope that Glee doesn’t lose its momentum with such a long break!  What do you think, fellow Gleeks?

November 22, 2009

I am a Gleek!

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Okay, I have to admit it, after watching only 3 episodes of Glee, I was totally HOOKED!  I’d seen the pilot episode last spring, but didn’t have time to watch any of the new episodes this fall.  I stumbled upon one last week sometime (I honestly don’t remember the circumstances that led me to watch episode 8; I think I may have been bored and decided to watch it online), and then HAD to watch Wednesday’s episode.  After that, it was official, I just had to watch them all!  So, of course, I downloaded all the episodes that I hadn’t seen, and now, after watching them right after the other, I’m all caught up, and officially IN LOVE with this show! 

I think it’s awesome that there’s a show out there that celebrates the differences between kids in high school!  They do a great job of representing racial diversity, and each episode really hits all the right notes (pun intended).  The storylines are compelling and the characters are well-written.  The standouts for me are really Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, and Lea Michele as Rachel.  As I sit here, I cannot wait for Wednesday’s new episode, and may actually re-watch one of the ones I downloaded, just so I can get my “fix!”

November 12, 2009

Damn, Russell!

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Okay, don’t want to spoil tonight’s episode of Survivor for those who haven’t seen it yet, but wow!  Russell sure knows how to play the game of Survivor, and I was quite impressed! 

Watching Grey’s Anatomy right now . . .

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 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?

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 21, 2009

My Quick Thoughts on the Emmys

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First: Neil Patrick Harris did a wonderful job as host!  The opening number was great and really set the tone for the whole show.  I particularly liked the Kanye West reference!

Second: Dividing the show into genres was a good idea.  It seemed to flow much more nicely that way, and the unifying themes made sense.

Third: The speeches were blissfully shorter than I expected!  That was so nice!!  I thought Jeff Probst (spelling?) speech for best reality competition host was good, even though I though Phil Keoghan should have won!

Fourth: Having the colour commentary on the winners as they came up to get their award was really funny.  I hope they guy was just making stuff up ‘cuz that would have been totally hilarious!

Fifth: Hugh Laurie was totally ROBBED!  He should have won best actor in a dramatic series!  Season five of House was some of the most superbly acted television I’ve ever seen!

Sixth: House should have won for best drama too! 

Seventh: Neil Patrick Harris’s bit after he lost to Jon Cryer was great!

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?

September 8, 2009

Crazy About Vampires!

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I just finished watching the season finale of season one of True Blood – amazing!  It took me longer than I thought it would to make it through the first season due to the DVD releases of season 5 of House and season 6 of NCIS!

Talk about an addictive show!!  The characters are so compelling, and the storyline had be glued to the edge of my seat all season!  Some of the twists I’d kind of figured out already (don’t want to give anything away for anyone who hasn’t yet seen the show), and others had me completely blown away – the way all the best shows end up! 

I’m very much looking forward to season 2 (which I’ve already started downloading) – hopefully the magic continues!

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