A First-Timer’s Account of San Diego Comic Con 2013 – Day 4

Nerd HQ (02)

For years, I have wanted to go to the infamous San Diego Comic Con. The ultimate nexus of all things pop culture. This year, thanks to my cousin agreeing to go with me, I made my way. This is the account of my 4-day experience at the center of all things nerd.

DAY 4

The last day of Comic-Con was a more relaxed day. After two early mornings of lining up, my cousin and I had decided to get in a little more sleep and have some actual food for breakfast Sunday. Although we had wanted to check out the Breaking Bad panel in Hall H, we figured it was a hopeless cause, as it was situated right in between the Supernatural and Doctor Who fans. Let me tell you, I didn’t realize this until I started planning for SDCC, but Doctor Who is RIDICULOUSLY POPULAR! And those fans were uber-committed to camping out for this panel, which had the added bonus of being the 50th Anniversary panel. Yeah, there was no way we were getting in. With not having much to do that morning, we FINALLY made our way over to Petco Park and Nerd HQ. We didn’t get to see any of their “Conversations With A Cause” panels over the four days and we missed out on their crazy fun parties (man, we’re such non-party-goers! Next year, changing that!). Having never been, we didn’t know what to expect. Nerd HQ had an awesome set-up though: laptops with video games, a multitude of old school arcade games were made available to play, couches to relax with charging tables for your electronics – it was awesome.

I still love Tetris, so to see this old school arcade machine (from, I think it said 1987 to be exact?) was SO COOL

I still love Tetris, so to see this old school arcade machine (from, I think it said 1987 to be exact?) was SO COOL

A Nerd HQ Fiat? Yup! Though I kept referring it as the Nerd Herd car lol

A Nerd HQ Fiat? Yup! Though I kept referring to it as the Nerd Herd car lol

Both my cousin and I weren’t much of gamers so a quick tour of Nerd HQ, and a purchase of a shirt later, we were off and headed back into the exhibit hall. We made it our thing for the day to get our shopping done. Some things were gone by then, but we still managed to get stuff we wanted to take home with us. Like I said, pretty laid back day.

After sitting down for some lunch (and by that I mean, just finding a place to sit outside of the convention centre), we went back into the Hall H line. Why? Well after all the Doctor Who fans went in for the panel (and subsequently left after the panel finished), there were plenty of seats for the following panel – Community! Like my wait to get into Ballroom 20 on Friday, we only had to wait the length of the Doctor Who panel to get into Hall H. Lots of fun was to be had at the Community panel, as expected. Unfortunately though, both Joel McHale and Donald Glover were no shows (that info was already made known beforehand – Joel’s filming a movie and couldn’t make it, Donald’s only doing 5 episodes this season so wasn’t really expecting him to show up anyways). Bonus: we got swag for being at the panel! A solid (re: not your regular) red solo cup with the Community logo on it. Regardless of what it is, I love swag.

Community panel L-R: Moderator Chris Hardwick (him again!), Jim Rash, Yvette Nicole Brown, Allison Brie, Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, EP Chris McKenna, EP Dan Harmon

Community panel
L-R: Moderator Chris Hardwick (him again!), Jim Rash, Yvette Nicole Brown, Allison Brie, Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, EP Chris McKenna, EP Dan Harmon

After the Community panel, we headed for one more go-around the exhibit hall, finish up our shopping, try and see if there was any swag we could pick up, and catch any more autograph signings going on and try to get a picture. Before we knew it SDCC was over, we bid adieu to the convention centre and headed on back to our hotel.

Going into this whole process of attending SDCC, I both had an idea and no idea what I was getting myself into. It was a fantastic four days of getting to see some of my favourite actors in person. Although I didn’t get to do everything I wanted (ie. MEET the Nikita cast) or wish I had done things a different way (ie. re-word my question to the Nikita cast), I still managed to do a lot of things I wanted to and had lots of fun. Plus, what I learned this year will help me be more successful in my ventures next year.

Until then, I’m just going to stare at my pictures/videos from the Nikita panel =D

See y’all next year at SDCC!

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2012 Emmy Nominations (and Snubs!)

This morning, nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced. As usual, for any TV fan, it was a mixed bag, with expected nods, some welcome (and unwelcome) surprises, and frustrating snubs. A rundown of the big categories, plus my thoughts.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Girls
  • 30 Rock
  • Veep
  • Modern Family
  • The Big Bang Theory

What is normally a category where the network shows prevail, this year finds half of the nominees being cable shows, and I don’t watch a single one of those cable shows. I do however watch Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, and Community (among other shows), all of which are smart, funny, creative, and downright incredible, which makes their snubs so wrong. Not to mention, P&R was nominated last year, so how did it get bumped out this year, when it was even funnier than last?

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Mad Men

Not one single network show is nominated here. Really, it is times like this that I wish there were separate categories for cable and network shows because it’s not that network shows aren’t up to par with the cables (hello, The Good Wife and Fringe! And I don’t care what you think but Nikita deserves some recognition too!), but cable has more flexibility in what they can air. I’ll admit the only show nominated that I’ve watched is Game of Thrones, but I am determined to watch Homeland and catching up on Breaking Bad before the award show. I am surprised that some of the big network hits from this past season – Revenge, Once Upon A Time – didn’t sneak in there somehow (I suppose one is considered too soap-y, and the other is a fantasy, which obviously means you get no recognition unless you’re on HBO and you are GoT.)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

I’m sure I’m in the minority when it comes to not liking New Girl, so please forgive me for saying that I don’t get all the love for Zooey Deschanel. As far as I’m concerned, Amy Poehler needs to win this! Though it would’ve been nice if Kaley Cuoco got nominated for The Big Bang Theory. Also, again, where is the love for Courtney Cox?!

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
  • Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

It was a pleasant surprise to see Don Cheadle get in here for House of Lies. I admit to trying to watch the show when it debuted, but eventually felt that it just wasn’t for me. I, however, don’t understand how Jon Cryer keeps getting nominated. Really? Two and Half Men isn’t even that funny (to me anyways, and I am easily amused). Biggest snub here is that the ALWAYS funny Joel McHale isn’t nominated for Community. Unless Louis C.K. can pull out the win (which he has been getting rave reviews for), I seriously think Jim Parsons is going to earn his 3rd Emmy.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
  • Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
  • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

I must say a big congrats to Mayim Bialik for being the first female castmember from Big Bang Theory to get a nod. However, it is a damn shame that the ladies from Happy Endings and Community did not get any recognition. And what’s this, Desperate Housewives was considered a comedy? Shows you how long it’s been since I paid attention to DH.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Arguably the most competitive category at the Emmys. It makes it all the more difficult when one show has a stranglehold on 4 of the nomination slots. Don’t get me wrong, as much as I love Modern Family and all the actors, I hardly think that ALL four of the MF men were funnier than all the actors that got snubbed. I’m talking the likes of Nick Offerman (he’s Ron freakin’ Swanson!), Danny Pudi, and Damon Wayans Jr., not to mention their other respective castmembers. And how about Neil Patrick Harris or even Jason Segel from How I Met Your Mother?

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Claire Danes was the absolute lock for a nomination here, and probably the favourite to win. That doesn’t mean it hurts any less to not see Anna Torv nominated for Fringe or even a longer shot, Maggie Q for Nikita (I dare you to watch 2×19 Wrath and not say that Maggie wasn’t absolutely incredible in that episode).

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter

So now that Breaking Bad is back in the running this year, can we just assume that Bryan Cranston will probably win again? Although this year, he does have some major competition from Damian Lewis, who has been getting rave reviews for his role in Homeland. Surprising omission would have to be no Hugh Laurie for the final season on House. And would you look at that? All the actors nominated are for cable shows…

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

How is it that every year, once I get to this category, I have nothing to say? Maybe because I don’t/haven’t watched any of the shows these talented actresses are being nominated for. I have however, watched a few episodes of The Good Wife, while it’s been on re-runs this summer, and from what I’ve seen, it completely deserves all the accolades it gets. One actress who was snubbed in this category is, without a doubt, Madeleine Stowe for Revenge, who showed so many nuances to her character, not to mention she had some of the best passive-aggressive lines in the show.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
  • Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
  • Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Jared Harris, Mad Men

Let me get this out of the way first: HOW IS JOHN NOBLE NOT NOMINATED???!!!! I don’t understand how the Emmys continue to not recognize the amazing work that John Noble does on Fringe. I don’t get it! Moving on…I can only comment on Peter Dinklage’s nomination because that’s the only show I watch. But from what I’ve heard, Giancarlo Esposito was a great baddie on Breaking Bad.

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SHOW

  • The Amazing Race
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • The Voice
  • Top Chef

Well, would you look at that? American Idol gets bumped out, making room for The Voice to get in on the competition. Will it have what it takes to beat out The Amazing Race? I’m not sure. TAR is coming off of 2 back-to-back ‘meh’ seasons so there’s a chance we might have a new winner (my hope is for SYTYCD after its amazing 8th season). But no one can do what TAR does, traveling around the world at such a quick pace and capturing it all, which is why it’s won 8 out of 9 times in the category.

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

  • Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
  • Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Here’s the real shocker: after winning all 4 Emmys in the category since its inception, Jeff Probst isn’t even nominated this year! I love Probst and what he does on Survivor, which makes me a little sad that he didn’t get nominated. But I kind of quickly got over it, when I realized that means someone else gets to win…GO CAT DEELEY!!

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Stacey Tookey, SYTYCD: In This Shirt / Turning Tables / Heart Asks For Pleasure First
  • Christopher Scott, SYTYCD: Misty Blue/ Velocity
  • Spencer Liff, SYTYCD: Whatever Lola Wants / Please Mr. Jailor / Where Do I Begin
  • Joshua Bergasse, Smash: National Pastime / Let’s Be Bad / Never Met A Wolf
  • Travis Wall & Teddy Forance, DWTS: Without You

I knew Travis was going to be nominated again this year, but I honestly had my bets on it being for SYTYCD (can we just marvel at the awesomeness that was “Turn to Stone”?), not DWTS for the Shaping Sound performance. Regardless, it was well deserved. Add to that however, I am little surprised it wasn’t an actual ballroom routine that was nominated for DWTS. I was kind of hoping that Derek Hough and Allison Holker’s flamenco/jazz/fusion routine from last fall would’ve been nominated, because that was just breathtakingly incredible. All the routines nominated are so great it’s hard to pick who should win, but I think I’m going to have to give the edge to Stacey Tookey.

Other notables:

  • Jason Ritter is nominated for Best Guest Actor in a Drama for Parenthood! Yay Parenthood!
  • Uma Thurman nominated for Best Guest Actress in a Drama for Smash? Ermm…
  • Community wasn’t completely shut out, as writer Chris McKenna received a nod for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy for the episode, Remedial Chaos Theory.
  • Can we also note how only one of the nominees in the Writing for a Comedy category is actually nominated for Best Comedy (Girls)? Not even Modern Family got nominated here! While Parks and Recreation (2x), Community, and Louie did.  How does that make sense?
  • Oh Glee…so promising in your first season, and now nominated for only 3 awards – Cinematography, Makeup, and Guest Actress (Dot-Marie Jones)
  • Ashley Judd got nominated in the Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries for Missing?
  • Once Upon A Time did get nods in a few technical categories – Costumes, Prosthetic Makeup, and Visual Effects. If it doesn’t win for at least Costumes, that’s a travesty.
  • Even Pan Am got nominated for a few technicals. What the heck?

That’s all folks. Overall, I’m a little disappointed in the nominees, if only because more of my favourites didn’t get nominated.  Such is the TV addict’s life.

This year’s Emmy Awards airs Sunday, September 23rd on ABC, and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

For a complete list of all the nominees, head on over to the official Emmy website.

2011 Emmy Nomination Wish List

Emmy nominations are going to be announced tomorrow morning by Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). Now while most everybody is busy compiling their predictions for who they think will get nominated or creating their dream ballot, I would much rather just list the names of people and TV shows I hope get called out tomorrow morning. Keeping it nice and simple. But then again, mind you, half the shows that do actually get nominated every year, are shows that I don’t even watch (or haven’t gotten around to watching) so it’s easier for me to rant now about who I want to see nominated than rant tomorrow about all the snubs. So if any or all of these names get recognized this year, consider me a very happy camper. If none of these names appear on the official nomination list, let’s just say I won’t be the most pleasant person to be around tomorrow. And you’ll probably still see me rant about these snubs.

  • Cat Deeley for Best Reality Show Host – When will they realize her total awesomeness???!!
  • SYTYCD for Best Reality Show Competition – Because really, American Idol? Or heck, DWTS? All SYTYCD ever gets nominated for, and wins, is choreography.
  • Speaking of choreography, the one routine that HAS to be nominated from SYTYCD last season? Tabitha and Napoleon’s hip-hop routine to “Outta Your Mind”, danced by Alex Wong and Twitch. It would be so wrong if it didn’t get nominated.
  • Fringe for Best Drama, Anna Torv for Best Actress in a Drama, John Noble for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama – It was the most insane/incredible/awesome season of any show. It would be absolutely criminal if the show did not get any recognition for the amazing work they did.
  • Courtney Cox for Best Actress in a Comedy, Busy Phillips for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy – It’s way overdue for Cox to be nominated for her talents (how was she the ONLY cast member to not be nominated during Friends‘ 10 year run?) and Phillips just simply rocks as Laurie on Cougar Town.
  • Community for Best Comedy, Joel McHale for Best Actor in a Comedy, Danny Pudi for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Just one of the most creative shows on TV right now. Who does an episode in claymation? Fully recognized bottle episodes? Clip show featuring fake/new clips? Not to mention all those theme episodes? Only Community does.

So there, my Emmy nomination wish list – not asking for much. Cat Deeley and Fringe are my main hopes because it completely baffles me how they get overlooked year after year. Here’s hoping the Emmys took some pointers from the Critics Choice Television Awards.

2010 Fall TV Season – Week 1 Roundup

Although some TV shows (namely CW shows and a few here and there) had premiered since early on in the month, this past week (beginning Sept. 20) was truly the official start of the fall TV season. In lieu of posting every day for the past week, this is going to be just one big megapost on the first full week of the new season. [Note: this may just end up being my thoughts on the shows than the particular episode that aired]

MONDAY

  • Dancing With The Stars: The 11th season started…and I don’t really care. I think it has a lot to do with the cast this season, which sure, got a lot of people talking but I’m not that excited to be watching it every week. If it wasn’t for the fact that we watch this sort of as a family over dinner, then I’d probably just watch it later and watch my other Monday shows in their actual time.
  • Chuck: It’s so nice to have Chuck back! So at the end of last season, Chuck promised Ellie that he was quitting the spy game for good, but that was before he was sent on a mission from his dad to search for his mom. With this first episode, it really set the story of the season. The Buy More has been rebuilt and is now CIA-operated. Chuck and Morgan are on the search for Chuck’s mom. Sarah and Casey are now on missions without Chuck, but of course, it didn’t take long for Team Bartowski to be reunited. While the quality of some shows suffer as they continue, Chuck just keeps getting better. Constant fear of cancellation assures that the writers are always on their A-game?
  • How I Met Your Mother: We’re back to actually looking for the mother! It’s an interesting dynamic to consider that the show’s about looking for the “mother” and logically speaking, when we meet the mother and Ted gets married for real, the show will be over. We want to know who the mother is, but we don’t want the show to end. With shows like this, I almost feel like they should set an end date (like Lost did), so we know it’s coming and the writers can work on getting to that end point.
  • The Event: I wanted to watch this new NBC show because of the overlying mystery surrounding it. I love watching mystery thrillers. That’s why I watched FlashForward last season…and then it got increasingly worse and eventually cancelled. It’s hard to explain the show, because the show is about finding out “What is the Event?” The style of the show is slightly different as well, in that they show what is happening in the present, and then they jump the story back to show something that led to what is happening now. With a lot of characters and individual stories, jumping back for all of them seemed like overkill. It could take some getting used to. Plus I don’t feel much for the characters. The only one that’s connected is Jason Ritter’s character, Sean. Everyone else is more like caricatures or just structures of characters; there’s no sense of character development. I’ll continue watching for a couple weeks to see if it hits its stride, but if it doesn’t pick it up and make us care, I’m gonna have to leave by the wayside.
  • Hawaii Five-O: There’s action and it’s a lot of fun to watch. I don’t watch a lot of the other CBS cop shows, so I can’t really judge them fairly. But the look and tone of the other shows seem so serious. With this show, maybe it’s the fact that it’s located in Hawaii so it gives it a more vibe-y, less serious feel, but there’s a natural humour/lightness with the chemistry of its stars, which makes the show fun to watch.
  • Gossip Girl/90210: It’s kinda hard to believe that already, in their 4th and 3rd seasons, these shows are now shows I watch out of habit. I think the thing that’s getting me to come back right now are the guest stars – Katie Cassidy on GG, Kyle Riabko on 90210.

TUESDAY

  • Glee: I’ll write more on Glee later when I discuss the Britney episode, but I’m happy it’s back. New music every week. Ryan Murphy did say that this season will go back to learning more about the characters and I really hope that’s true. But at least in the first episode back, they had a sense of humour and poked fun at themselves by addressing what others have critiqued them on (i.e. Mr. Schue’s rapping).
  • One Tree Hill: Only in the world of OTH do two people get shot, don’t get discovered for 2 days and still survive. It’s one of those things that fans of the show have come to love about it – the sometimes ridiculousness that comes with a lot of heart. Speaking of the heart of the show, the theme song’s back! I honestly forgot how much I missed hearing Gavin Degraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be” during the opening credits. And now as much as it pains me to say it, I kind of hope this season’s the last one. I love OTH, I really do, but I sort of feel like it’s time to move on. I’ll still watch if it continues obviously, but the thought of it getting a nice send-off lingers in the back of my brain.
  • Life Unexpected: The thing that gets me watching this show are the relationships. Said it before when it first premiered, but it’s like a throwback to the old WB days with shows like Felicity and Gilmore Girls. You don’t get those types of shows that often anymore. It also helps a little that Shaun Sipos is a recurring guest star this season. Melrose Place might have been predictable at times, writing decent at best, but it was a guilty pleasure.
  • Running Wilde: Will Arnett + Keri Russell + the creator of Arrested Development = comedy gold? It wasn’t as funny as I hoped it would be, but I’m willing to stick it out for a while and see if it gets better. Community was hit and miss for the first half of its freshman season, and then it hit its stride and was so consistently funny for the rest of the season. I’m holding out hope.
  • No Ordinary Family: So it didn’t premiere until last night but I look forward to watching more of it. The big thing with this show is how they find the right balance between family drama and superhero concept. And we’ve got more O.C. people back on TV; this time, Autumn Reeser aka Taylor Townsend!
  • Parenthood: Great writing, great acting, great to see it come back for a second season. Tuesday’s really become a night for some great family dramas.

WEDNESDAY

  • Survivor: It’s gonna be hard for this season to beat the Heroes vs. Villains season, but they’re trying. 2 weeks, and 2 people who got sent packing because they dug their own grave by not shutting up. Self-destruction, bad for the person, great for the game.
  • Undercovers: It’s like Mr. and Mrs. Smith but with more humour. Well, this is JJ Abrams, so let’s rephrase that. It’s like the next chapter of Sydney & Vaughn. The pilot was a little all over the place, but it’ll get better hopefully.
  • Better With You: New ABC comedy starring Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan. I want to like the show, honestly, because of the actors involved. And again, I hope it gets better because judging by the pilot alone, for one thing, they overdo the laugh track. It’s really noticeable. The writing is pretty standard relationship comedy; there’s nothing really new to it.
  • Modern Family: So full of laughter and heart, with amazing writing and acting. I mean seriously, the show completely deserved the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy. Gloria the protective Colombian mother. Mitchell, the not-so-handy man. Cameron reading celebrity gossip to Lily because he’s tired of reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Too funny.
  • Cougar Town: A show that has become something more than what it started out to be. One-two punch of Modern Family and Cougar Town is so perfect for Wednesday night. There’s just nothing else to really say about it.
  • Hellcats: I talked about the premiere and now I can honestly say, I’ve really enjoyed watching it so far. After seeing so many high school shows, it is sort of nice to have a show set in college, and to give it a different depth, set in the world of cheerleading. I think that’s what makes college-set shows stand out a little because there’s so many options as to what the back ground can be. Like Greek is settled in the world of frats and sororities, along with the usual relationships and what not. So yeah, Hellcats, will definitely keep watching.

THURSDAY

  • The Vampire Diaries: Definitely keeping things interesting with not only the return of Katherine but Caroline’s now a vampire too. Plus the werewolf storyline.
  • Nikita: I love the show for the fact that we’ve got Maggie Q kicking ass every week. My only concern is the style of the episodes. For 3 consecutive episodes, it seems like the episodes are very procedural-like. Alex finds out the mission for the week, feeds it to Nikita, Nikita attempts to beat Division to the punch, some sort of altercation between Nikita and Michael, and end. There’s bits here and there of development, but I’m hoping they get further along in the storytelling.
  • Fringe: Fringe is back and soooo good. The first episode back was set “Over There” with our Olivia trying get back to our world. Our Olivia has been dosed with the memories of Other Olivia, so now she’s not entirely sure who she is. The ending minutes showed our world with Peter kissing the Alt-Olivia, so obviously he has no idea that she’s not the right Olivia. Oh Fringe, and all you’re mind-twisting and alternate universes. Just awesome.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Continuing the nerdiness of Thursdays, Big Bang is back and still funny. The awkward “date” between Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler, with Penny ‘chaperoning.’ Wolowitz’s robot arm used for something that it shouldn’t be used for, which resulted in a slightly overdone but still funny sight gag. The one thing I enjoy most about BBT is the slight references to things that have been mentioned in the past (i.e. the Check Engine light in Penny’s car).
  • Community: I kind of hate that Community and Big Bang are on at the same time, but thinking positively, maybe that’ll make writers of both shows stay on their A-game to see who can be funnier. Which is really hard to determine because BBT is funny for all its nerdiness and Community is funny for all its snarkiness and constant pop culture references. The premiere featured Betty White as the anthropology professor (who by the way, would also make a fantastic memaw for Sheldon) and again the ending bit during the closing credits just is so funny on so many levels.
  • The Office: It’s Steve Carrell’s last season but you couldn’t tell by the premiere that that was happening. Same old Office shenanigans with new pranks by Jim and Pam. Like OTH, I kind of hope Office ends this season. Because again, as much as I love it, it has sort of run its course. And whoever ends up replacing Michael Scott, it just won’t be the same.

SUNDAY

  • The Amazing Race: Still entertaining because you never know what’s gonna happen to these racers. First of all, producers, you gave them SMART cars to race out of Boston?! Seriously?! LOL. SMART cars are not a very smart choice for RACING. Just no. Second of all, did you see that girl get hit by the watermelon? And then she picked right up and finished the task. Crazy awesome. If the rest of the season is as good as this leg of the race, we’re in for a very fun ride.
  • Brothers and Sisters: Back to the drama of the Walker clan. Still watch this show out of habit but it was a return to form with the first episode back. We jumped forward a year after last season’s car accident and everyone’s lives has changed. And you know it had been a rough year full of change when Nora’s house had not a single bottle of wine. Walkers with no alcohol? As Justin pointed out, they were not the same Walkers. I don’t know how this season will hold up, but it was kinda nice to see the whole Walker clan back on my TV.

Other notes:

  • I forgot to watch Blue Bloods on Friday. Seriously, new show, on a Friday? That’s hard man.
  • Didn’t watch Lonestar. Didn’t intend to. Reviews were good. Ratings were weak. First cancellation of the season.
  • On the other hand, $#*! My Dad Says got good ratings, which is a little hard to believe. I guess the return of Shatner does wonders for a show that doesn’t look all that good?
  • After passing on the majority of last season, Desperate Housewives might be able to pull me back in, what with Vanessa Williams moving onto Wisteria Lane, plus Brian Austin Green romancing Marcia Cross (original 90210/Melrose Place, what what? ahaha).

Comedy Season Finales

Another season has come to pass and considering I kind of forgot to blog about the season finales of Community and The Office this past Thursday, I figured I’d combine my thoughts on the season finales of my 4 favourite sitcoms of the moment into one post.

COMMUNITY: The show had a bit of a rough start in their freshman season, with episodes that were really funny followed by episodes that were not-so funny. But as it went along, it really hit its stride, which brings us to the finale. The big thing going on in the episode was that Greendale was having its “prom” or “Trannie Dance” (LOL). Britta and Professor Slater were both vying for Jeff’s affections, and both ended up professing their love for him. Jeff couldn’t choose and then we were all caught off guard when he and Annie kissed. Sure, they had already kissed early on in the season, but we sorta thought that relationship prospect was shot down because well, Annie’s supposed to only be 19 and Jeff is…well… Jeff. Anyways, along with the romantic entanglements was Troy and Abed’s usual bromantic antics. Troy was upset at Abed for not asking him to move in together next year, but Abed’s reasoning is that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Troy had to learn that the hard way after getting a stomach ache from consuming a huge cookie. I look forward to how the writers continue next season.

THE OFFICE: This season of The Office has been a little iffy for me. Sure, we had some great episodes (Jim and Pam’s wedding + the birth of their baby, come to mind immediately), but the show’s been better in past seasons. This particular episode, entitled “The Whistleblower” dealt with information being released that the Sabre printers were causing fires. Everyone immediately pointed fingers at Andy, which makes sense considering he was the one who discovered it in the first place. Turns out Darryl, Pam, and Kelly all had something to do with the news leaking. The episode was going great until it slightly diverged to focusing on Michael and Jo. Michael ended up being the one to let the public know of what the company was planning to do with the exploding printers, and Jo told Michael that she’d try to work on getting Holly back to Scranton.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: I loved the notion that Ted made in saying that their entire gang had come a long way from who they were 5 years ago. It’s certainly true, not just of the characters but of the show as well. With last night’s season finale, the show continued on its characters’ quest to find their dopplegangers. Marshall and Lily decided a couple episodes back that they would leave it up to the universe to tell them when it was time to have a baby, and when they found Barney’s doppleganger (the last one needed), that would be the universe’s sign. Right at the beginning of the episode, we see what we believe is Barney’s doppleganger, but it was actually Barney in disguise trying to pick up girls (what else is new? lol). The other big storyline of the episode was Robin being offered a lead anchor job in Chicago, and while her relationship with Don had been going great, she was once again forced to make a decision between love or career. Robin initially chose her career but then ultimately decided to choose love. Unfortunately, after she turned down the job, the offer was given to Don and he took it. One of the things I love about HIMYM is that beyond it being really funny, it also has a lot of heart. And though it is taking a really long time to find out who the mother is, the journey makes it entirely worth it.

THE BIG BANG THEORY: What’s funny about this episode is the idea that Raj and Howard were setting up Sheldon on a dating site, which promised that it can find a perfect match for anyone. Much to their surprise, the website did as it promised and seriously found a female Sheldon for Sheldon. Much to our disappointment as viewers, the exchange between Sheldon and his “perfect match” Amy Farrah Fowler (played by Blossom, Mayim Bialik) was at the very end of the episode and left things sort of hanging. Elsewhere in the episode, Penny was on a date with some new guy and later came back drunk, blaming Leonard for ruining her capacity to tolerate idiots, and then she pulled Leonard into his bedroom to have sex, only to wake up the next morning and realize that it was a drunken mistake. Season 3 has been fantastic, to say the least, for the Big Bang gang. My hope for them is that they continue this awesomeness next season, and hopefully get some Emmy love because the show most definitely deserves it.