Thursday, September 17, 2009
SYTYCD stand out addiction dance this summer was set to this song and The Vampire Diaries second episode also used it. Linking these two shows puts the whole ending of the V.D. episode into a different perspective. My guess is that episode was shot before SYTYCD, but it is an interesting comparison. Is there an addiction to the love of Katherine, long since gone, that has Stephen stalking Elena attempting to win her affections? Is Elena also trying to fill a lost void with a love/attention addiction? Can either of them win if they are both addicted?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
8:00 – How I Met Your Mother (CBS Sept. 21), House (Fox Sept. 21), One Tree Hill (CW Sept. 14)
8:30 – Accidentally on Purpose (CBS Sept. 21)*
9:00 – Trauma (NBC Sept 28)*, Lie To Me (Fox Sept. 28), Greek (ABC Family Aug. 31), Gossip Girl (CW Sept. 14)
10:00 – Castle (ABC Sept. 21)
8:00 – 90210 (CW Sept. 8)
9:00 – So You Think You Can Dance (Fox Sept. 9), Melrose (CW Sept. 8)*
10:00 – The Forgotten (ABC Sept. 22)*, The Good Wife (CBS Sept. 22)*
8:00 – So You Think You Can Dance (Fox Sept. 9), Mercy (CBS Sept. 23)*
8:30 – Cougartown (ABC Sept. 23)*
9:00 – Glee (Fox Sept. 9)*, The Modern Family (ABC Sept. 23)*, Top Chef Las Vegas (Bravo Aug. 19), The Beautiful Life (CW Sept. 16)
10:00 – Eastwick (ABC Sept. 23)*
8:00 –Flash Forward (ABC Sept. 24)*, Survivor (CBS Sept. 17), Bones (Fox Sept. 17), The Vampire Diaries (CW Sept. 10)*
9:00 – Grey’s Anatomy (ABC Sept. 24), Fringe (Fox Sept. 17)
9:30 – Community (NBC Sept. 17- Oct. 1)*
10:00 – Private Practice (ABC Oct. 1), The Mentalist (CBS Sept. 24), Project Runway (Lifetime Aug. 20)
9:00 – Ugly Betty (ABC Oct. 9)
10:00 – Psych (USA Aug. 7)
8:00 – The Amazing Race (CBS Sept. 27)
9:00 – Desperate Housewives (ABC Sept. 27), Three Rivers (CBS Oct. 4)*
10:00 – Brothers & Sisters (ABC Sept. 27), Mad Men (AMC Aug. 16), Cold Case (CBS Sept. 27)
I think in total it is 37 hours of watching if it all makes the cut. I am trying out 14 new shows (marked with *). A breakdown by network leaves ABC Clearly in the lead:
ABC - 11, ABC Family - 1, AMC - 1, Bravo - 1, CBS - 9, CW - 6, Lifetime - 1, NBC - 1, USA - 1
I am most excited about the new show "Glee". The premiere was even better than I had hoped. I am a trained singer and was thrilled that the singers were legit and the arrangements were fantastic. Jane Lynch has always been a comedy genius, and I am so glad that her talents are used to enhance this show rather than try to salvage it. If you haven't seen it yet what are you waiting for?!?!?! Check it out at Fancast. The returning show I am most excited for is very surprising to me. Based on one of the best season finale cliffhangers I have ever seen, Private Practice takes the honor this year.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
So, here is the breakdown before My Own Worst Enemy and Crusoe premiere this week only adding to my dilemna.
Absolutely Can't Miss
Of course, Grey's Anatomy, Mad Men, Life, CSI Las Vegas (Last week's premiere was the best episode ever ), Brothers and Sisters, Greek, How I Met Your Mother (Sadly it is on as I DVR two other shows so I have to find an excuse to watch it upstairs (gulp) live. Good thing my hubby doesn't like to watch tv.) The Amazing Race and Survivor.
Fringe. I am also really enjoying The Ex List. I didn't expect to but it is perfect Friday night fodder.
Sophomore Season Slump Eluded
Gossip Girl, Dirty Sexy Money, and Lipstick Jungle have managed to evade the sophomore slump. I would agree with the critics who say DSM has gotten better this season.
On the fence
Pushing Daisies and Chuck. I loved the first seasons of both these shows, but haven't seen anything new. The plot on both is getting repetitive (not surprising considering the premise on each).
Still Trying to Fit in the Premiere
Life on Mars, Eleventh Hour
Can't Find Time
ER (Will have to wait until repeats because I will watch the final season, I will.), Samantha Who, Privileged, Valentine, The Mentalist (I'm trying, but it's Psych without the funny), Kath and Kim, SNL Prime Time (though I really want to).
Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Now, on to Fringe. I loved it. I am chomping at the bit for the next installment. JJ Abrams created a $10 million movie of a premiere and it was amazing. It combined the excitement of Alias, the sarcasm and relationship development of Felicity, with a little Lost back story and intrigue. I was reading a completely unrelated article on Popular Mechanics (but one you should check out and digg all the same) this week that had a link to an article exploring the validity of any of what happened on this show actually being able to occur. I clicked the link, started reading, and realized I didn't care. In fact, I hope none of what was depicted on the show can happen.
What I realized was I don't tune into television for reality, not even the "Reality" shows I watch are reality. I sit on my sofa, turn on the television, and expect to escape. If I wanted reality I would watch the news, which I intentionally avoid. I don't tune into the History channel either. Television to me is a transport into world's that are not my own. I enjoy being a voyeur into other people's dysfunctional relationships, envisioning what the world might be some day, and choosing a competitor to cheer on for completely arbitrary reasons I couldn't judge others on in my own world.
Why do you tune in?
Friday, September 5, 2008
Fast forward a year and this Monday not only did Gossip Girl deliver a stellar opening to its sophomore season (minus the cougar storyline), but then One Tree Hill started with not only a Coldplay led soundtrack, but also the right girl was at the airport (I am looking over the creepy Dan storyline that I will have to fast forward through).
The "new" 90210 premiered Tuesday and I was surprised to find myself spending the first two days of premiere month glued to the CW. Familiar faces and even more familiar names, enough extravagance to make me want to date again (but only hot guys with their own jets and don't kiss on the first date), and new characters and story lines that keep close enough to the original not to alienate those of us die hards who not only watched every episode the first time, second time, and third time, but still tune in to SOAPnet for more. Plus a little mystery.... whose child is that blonde curly mopped child Kelly introduced as her son?
So, right not it looks like the CW is going to win 1/3rd of my viewing week. How did it happen? A departure from the reality shows and a return to hour long multi-generational dramadies. All three shows I watch have solid story lines for high schoolers and their parents. It seems that other networks have abandoned shows that will appeal to high school aged viewers and left that programming to the CW and MTV. Even Fox which made its name on the original 90210 has left that aspect of broadcasting behind. When they got big enough, they rid themselves of what set them apart... and the WB and eventually the CW stepped in. Let's hope the CW doesn't outgrow its fans too.