5 Fandom Friday: Fictional Couples I Ship

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I must say, I’m having a lot of fun doing these 5 Fandom Friday posts! This week, in honour of Valentine’s Day (even if I think it’s a totally overrated “holiday” but mainly due to the fact that I’m perpetually single and a pessimist), it’s all about the fictional couples we ship. The pessimist that I am, is still kind of a hopeless romantic, at least when it comes to my favourite fictional couples of past and present. (Although by the looks of it, I don’t really ship any current couples. At least not more than these couples of shows past.)

1.) Nikita and Michael, Nikita

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OBVIOUSLY. Favourite show, favourite couple. They would do anything for each other, which includes taking the blame for assassinating POTUS and going on the run – normal couple stuff.

2.) Haley and Nathan, One Tree Hill

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Naley had just about everything happen to them in the course of 9 seasons, with so many ups and downs, and somehow managed to make it through okay, while raising two decent human beings.

3.) Pam and Jim, The Office

Do I need to even say anything? It’s Jam! We all pretty much want what they had.

4.) Olivia and Peter, Fringe

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Alternate universes be damned! These two were just meant to be together! And then they had a kid that grew up to be a Disney princess šŸ˜‰

5.) Tami and Eric, Friday Night Lights

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I didn’t watch Friday Night Lights until well after it had aired, but once I finally got around to it, I understood what everyone was talking about. In particular, the relationship and utter awesomeness that is Mr. and Mrs. Coach. They were a real couple, who were not perfect but worked out their issues like the adults they were.

6.) Jane and Brad, Happy Endings

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So I seemingly have trouble with keeping my lists to 5, but I HAD to include Jane and Brad! Those two crazies just got each other and funny as hell.

Not everything has to be about romantic relationships though, so in that spirit, a bonus 5 non-romantic/totally platonic pairings I love. Because sometimes the best relationships are awesome friendships.

1.) Leslie and Ron, Parks and Recreation

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For 6.5 seasons, we’ve seen these workplace acquaintances grow into a wonderful friendship based on mutual respect. Ron and Leslie are complete opposites, particularly when it comes to government things, but they always seem to find common ground somewhere (i.e. their love of breakfast food).

2.) Abbie and Ichabod, Sleepy Hollow

I know there are many hardcore Ichabbie shippers, who want more out of that relationship, but frankly, I truly enjoy the fact that they are friends. The rapport that they have is like no other.

3.) Zoe and Lavon, Hart of Dixie

For all the crazy antics that happen on Hart of Dixie, it’s nice to see such a great friendship grow right from the get-go. Lavon was the first person in Bluebell to accept Zoe into the fold, but more than that, they get each other’s quirks and will begrudgingly go along with the other’s crazy plans.

4.) Harvey and Mike, Suits

The show is built on this bromance! Their natural camaraderie/chemistry is what really shines through, with Harvey sticking out his neck time and time again to save Mike’s secret from getting out. Plus, all the teasing and talking in movie quotes! They’re the best.

5.) Nikita and Alex, Nikita

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From the very beginning, these two had each other’s back. Even when they were seemingly on the outs, they were still there for each other. And when Nikita needed help at the end to take down all the members of The Group, she didn’t turn to Michael, she went to Alex. Supportive while kicking ass along the way – what more do you want?

 

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When Should TV Shows End?: Thoughts of a Concerned TV Fan

When to end TV shows – it’s a topic that gets brought up quite a fair bit. Some shows get cancelled rather prematurely or without notice. Other shows go on for what seems like a REALLY long time.

Last week, when it was announced that NBC’s The Office will be ending after its upcoming 9th season, the topic got brought up again. The Office, while quite successful in the beginning began to falter somewhere between seasons 5+6, and then season 8 was just not there. It led many to question why the show hadn’t just ended when Steve Carrell’s Michael Scott left at the end of season 7. Heck, when Carrell announced he was going to be leaving, people were already saying they should end it and wondered if the show could even survive such a big cast departure. So all of it got me thinking (as tends to happens): what other shows on the air right now need an end date? What shows are shockingly still on the air?

SHOWS THAT NEED AN END DATE

[Warning: Spoilers may be ahead if you haven’t caught up on the most recent seasons.]

1.) HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Don’t get me wrong, I love HIMYM. I’m still a huge fan of the show, even if season 7 was a little iffy for me. But if there ever was a show that needed an end date (like Lost when it was on the air), it’d be HIMYM. Yeah, yeah, it’s about the journey, not the destination – but the journey is going into its 8th season, with no real indication as to when we’re actually meeting said ‘mother’. We’ve gotten breadcrumbs along the way: the yellow umbrella, Rachel Bilson as the mother’s former roommate Cindy, Barney & Robin’s wedding. It’s great and all but I think we can all agree that all people involved in the show need a precise end date to work towards.

2.) PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

It could be a side effect of me growing up or just the fact that I watch too much television, but the teen drama could use an end date. I’ve watched PLL from the beginning and saw it as a guilty pleasure. However, somewhere in the midst of watching this 3rd season, I found myself incredibly bored watching this teen mystery unfold. For some reason, their season splits have made it seem as though the show has been on way longer than it has and one would think that after the reveal that Mona was ‘A’ (or technically, part of an ‘A’ Team) at the end of season 2, things would really kick into gear. Unfortunately, most of season 3 thus far just seems like it was a rehash or like they were cycling around the same prospects of season 1 before revealing that Toby was another member of the ‘A’ team during the summer finale.

3.) DEXTER

I recently caught up on season 6, and at the end of it, all I kept on thinking was: “It seriously took them 6 seasons to get to this point of someone else finding out about what Dexter does?!” I suppose if you put it in perspective, it is the equivalent of 3 seasons on a broadcast network show, which isn’t THAT bad. But 6 seasons with their own story arc and going into season 7 with Deb knowing the big secret, you really can’t help but go “IT TOOK THEM THIS LONG?!” To be fair though, the show was announced late last year to be renewed through an eighth season, and they later announced that season 8 will be the last. So we know the end game is near (sort of).

SHOWS THAT DON’T SEEM TO WANT TO END

Grey’s Anatomy. 90210. NCIS. CSI. Two and a Half Men.

To be honest, I’ve never watched an episode of NCIS and I was never really fond of ‘Men’ so I can’t diss them too much. But seriously, how long have these shows been on the air?! I know, I know…ratings are apparently everything to the studio networks. Though at some point, shouldn’t someone just stand up and say “Ya know, we’ve had a good run. Let’s end the show before we run out of stories to tell, go downhill and start becoming a joke” (or something like that).

BONUS: REALITY EDITION

I love my fair share of reality shows, but even I have to admit that having 2 editions of some shows in one season is starting to take its toll. The Amazing Race. Survivor. Dancing With The Stars. Heck, I’m even so inclined to already include The Voice in here. After watching these shows for SO many years and SO many seasons, I honestly don’t know how the producers of the shows can try to keep it fresh. Obviously I still watch the shows, but I’ve found myself sort of indifferent to what happens, like it’s not as exciting as it used to be. Part of it has to do with casting and who they get to compete, though sometimes you don’t know what kind of “reality personality” you’re gonna get until you start filming. They probably would never do this, but the networks should begin to consider maybe only doing one cycle a season. This is where The Voice comes in and of course, did the opposite and is now airing 2 cycles a season. Just a bad idea…

My general thought is that once a show gets past season 5, talks should be going as to how much longer the show should really be on the air. Yeah, everyone always says on-the-record,Ā  “We’ll keep going as long as the fans and the networks wants us to. We have so many more stories to tell” Let’s be real though, the networks have a bigger say than the fans, and if a show is still bringing in the ratings (and subsequent ad dollars), they’re going to keep the show going until who knows when. Think about it, 5 seasons of a show isn’t bad at all, and do they REALLY have more GOOD stories to tell after that point? Questions to ponder about.

So thoughts on what shows should be given an end date? Which shows are inexplicably still on the air after what seems like forever?

2011 Emmy Nominations (and Snubs)

It was bound to happen, but regardless of who actually did get nominated, I knew I was going to be really upset over the snubs. Let’s just get the biggest snub out of the way first: What do the actors and writers of Fringe have to do to get nominated??!! I know Emmys aren’t very fond of sci-fi shows but COME ON! Fringe is so much more than just a sci-fi show! How do you deny such incredible writing and wonderful acting???!!! HOW????!!!! I’m so not gonna let this one go.

Anyways, moving on to the actual nominees.

BEST COMEDY

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock

Simply put, I am so happy that TBBT got nominated – well deserved. Also happy, even though I haven’t watched it yet, for Parks. As always though, I do wish Community and How I Met Your Mother had been nominated. As much as I love The Office, the past season was kinda meh and I heard 30 Rock wasn’t all that great this season either, so yeah.

BEST DRAMA

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • Mad Men

As I’ve said before, I don’t tend to watch a lot of drama shows. I tried watching Mad Men, wasn’t for me. Never got around to watching Boardwalk or FNL or Good Wife. I’m slowly catching up on Dexter, but I’m not quite on S5 yet, so I can’t judge it either. Thrones, however, I have watched and I very much enjoyed it. It was a little slow in parts of the first half but by the end, I was definitely hooked. Wish Fringe would’ve been nominated though….(and there I go again)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Louis C.K, Louie
  • Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Happy surprise! Johnny Galecki being nominated alongside Jim Parsons! Also got 2 other newbies (as in different from last year), Louis C.K and Matt LeBlanc in shows I haven’t watched. It’s a nice little variety with old and new, but without a doubt, Joel McHale should’ve been included.

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie, House
  • Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Can’t say much here, but I swear by the time the actual awards come around I will have finished getting through all the seasons of Dexter and Justified. Wish Peter Krause was nominated for Parenthood though.

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Laura Linney, The Big C
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
  • Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
  • Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Surprised and not surprised that Lea Michele wasn’t nominated. Two people who really should’ve been nominated though? Courtney Cox for Cougar Town (again, HOW has she never been nominated for an Emmy? 10 years of Friends and nothing?!) and Kaley Cuoco for The Big Bang Theory.

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
  • Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
  • Mirielle Enos, The Killing
  • Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order:SVU
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Hargitay’s nominated again? Really? Okay, not saying anything else because if I keep on typing in this category, I’m gonna go into a big rant asking why Anna Torv was snubbed (WHY???!!!)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Chris Colfer, Glee
  • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Holy Modern Family domination! That’s just crazy, but so deserved. And Ed O’Neill is included this year too, which is too perfect. Supporting Actor is such a tough category, so I knew lots of actors would get shafted. But how did Neil Patrick Harris, who’s been the main actor from HIMYM to get nominated previous years, including for some not so great seasons, get left out this year for a fantastic season? It just doesn’t make sense. Also Jason Segel got some great material to work with this season as well. Other snubs: Danny Pudi for Community, Nick Offerman for Parks and Recreation

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
  • Josh Charles, The Good Wife
  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Walter Goggins, Justified
  • John Slattery, Mad Men

For the time being, seeing as though it’s the only show of the bunch I’ve seen, I’m throwing my support to Dinklage for his role in Thrones. Annndd let’s just not mention John Noble’s snub….

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
  • Jane Lynch, Glee
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
  • Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
  • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

As much as I love Jane Lynch and Glee, it’s totally going to one of the Modern Family ladies. It would’ve been a lot better however, if Busy Phillips was nominated for Cougar Town or Alison Brie for Community, but that’s just me.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Michelle Forbes, The Killing
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
  • Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
  • Margo Martindale, Justified
  • Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

I’m pretty sure these were all expected nominations, so good for them! šŸ™‚

BEST REALITY-SHOW COMPETITION

  • The Amazing Race
  • American Idol
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Top Chef

Oh. My. God. Did SYTYCD really get nominated for the first time??!!! YESSSS!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love TAR, I’m on good terms with DWTS, I wasn’t so fond of Idol, and I don’t watch Runway or Top Chef, BUT SYTYCD completely deserved this nomination after a great season 7. Hell, they deserve to win!

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
  • Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
  • Jeff Probst, Survivor
  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

I CAN STOP COMPLAINING!!! CAT DEELEY IS FINALLY FRICKIN’ NOMINATED!!!!!! One thing I love from this set of nominations? Tom Bergeron tweeting this gem: “I’m honored to be nominated for the Jeff Probst Award. I hope Cat Deeley kicks his ass!!” Couldn’t agree with him more.

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Mark Ballas, DWTS – Jive: “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”/Viennese Waltz: “Hedwig’s Theme”/Slow Waltz: “My Love”
  • Mia Michaels, SYTYCD – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”/”This Bitter Earth”/”When We Dance”
  • Stacey Tookey, SYTYCD – “Mad World”/”Sundrenched World”/”Heaven Is A Place on Earth”
  • Travis Wall, SYTYCD – “Collide”/”How It Ends”/”Fix You”
  • Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo, SYTYCD – “Scars”/”Fallin'”/”Outta Your Mind”
  • Mandy Moore, SYTYCD – “Oh Yeah”/”Boogie Shoes”/”I Surrender”

So happy for Mark’s and Travis’ nominations! And I totally called it – NappyTabs nominated for “Outta Your Mind!” Hip hop usually doesn’t win, but I so hope they do this year because those 3 routines were simply outstanding, not to mention, the other great routines they did last season. I would’ve thought that Derek Hough might’ve been nominated for the routines he did with Jennifer Grey in Season 11 but I guess not (it could’ve easily just been my love for Derek making that assumption ahaha)

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC & LYRICS

  • Family Guy, “Christmastime is Killing Us”
  • Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced, “An American Prayer – Hymn II?”
  • SNL, “I Just Had Sex”
  • SNL, “Justin Timberlake Monologue”
  • SNL, “Jack Sparrow”
  • SNL, “3 Way (The Golden Rule)”

Let’s see, how can Andy Samberg or Justin Timberlake lose? Beyond my obvious bias, I think Justin’s monologue is gonna take it.

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Idris Elba, The Big C
  • Nathan Lane, Modern Family
  • Zach Galifianakis, SNL
  • Justin Timberlake, SNL
  • Matt Damon, 30 Rock
  • Will Arnett, 30 Rock

Because I would really ever vote against Justin.

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Kristin Chenoweth, Glee
  • Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee
  • Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope
  • Tina Fey, SNL
  • Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock

I knew Paltrow was gonna get nominated! There was no way all that hoopla surrounding her singing and whatnot was going unnoticed. She’s totally gonna win, sorry Tina Fey.

For a complete list of all the nominees, check out Emmys.com

Random TV Watching Thoughts #7

I’ve blogged on many occasions about my TV watching habits, but for some reason, I’ve been really thinking about it the past week. It started while I was watching Hawaii Five-0 on Monday. The episode’s promos highlighted the fact that Vanessa Manillo and Nick Lachey were guest starring. They showed up somewhere in the beginning, when the case of the week was being set up and sort of disappeared. Then about halfway through the hour, it just popped into my head: “I bet Nick Lachey’s the bad guy.” Turns out I was right – again (when Kevin Sorbo guest starred in an episode earlier in the season, I knew straight up he was the bad guy). First of all, I totally blame my professor from my Music in Film class for making me notice all the stuff that happens at the beginning of TV shows and movies now. But back to the point, despite its complete and utter predictability, I still like watching Hawaii Five-0.

How is that possible? Why would anyone want to watch something (especially a crime show) where you can easily guess who the villain is, 5 minutes into the episode? My justification for Five-0 is that its got an extremely likeable cast, who have great chemistry together. Thinking about it now, I’m really watching the show to see this cast interact with one another – they look like they’re having a good time. Plus the show itself, doesn’t really take itself too seriously; it can be cheesy and fun, but also serious in getting the bad guys and giving us some action.

On the other hand, also on Monday was Gossip Girl. I expressed my feelings about it at the beginning of the season, wherein I pretty much watch this show out of habit. This past episode made me think numerous times: “Why am I watching this? I. AM. SO. BORED.” I should’veĀ given up onĀ this show already, but no matter what they do, there’s always one thing/plotline that keeps me hanging. Currently, it’s the Blair and Dan relationship/friendship storyline. It’s the ONLY interesting thing going on in that show right now. The Bass Industries business deal storyline? BORING. Serena and her former teacher storyline? BORING. And Nate has NO storyline! He’s lucky if he even gets to say 2 lines in an episode.

Something else I realized this week: I haven’t been watching Parenthood. Don’t get me wrong, the show is amazing. The cast is awesome and the writing is great. There are not a lot of shows like this anymore. While I do want to watch the show, I guess the past few weeks, I haven’t felt motivated to watch. I appreciate how real and grounded the show is, but at the same time, when your life’s sort of a downer, you want to watch something that will distract you (hence the watching of something like 5-0).

Then there are times when I think about shows that have been on the air for a while, and despite still loving these shows, I kind of hope they end this season simply because its run its course. Does that make me a bad fan? By shows I love but think they should end, I mean One Tree Hill and The Office. With OTH, there were times over the years where they might have been cancelledĀ and the writers gave a pseudo-ending just in case. They would come back for another season and the writers would do something to re-energize the series, whether it be a time-jump or introducing new characters. As of late, I feel as though everybody’s happy now and they’re just grasping for new storylines each episode. The last thing I want is for OTH to end on a bad note. Let’s not drag anything out and just finalize the show. Speaking of grasping for new storylines, The Office is sort of the same way. It’s just not the same anymore. Writing’s not that sharp anymore; there’s little things in every episode that’s funny but it’s not the same. And knowing that Steve Carell is leaving near the end of the season, it just feels like it’s time.

So what’s the gist of all this? For me personally, TV acts as a distraction for me from my dismal/boring life. Because of that, I like TV that, well, keeps my interest. The writing doesn’t always have to be great, but the show has to be entertaining on some level (a la Hawaii Five-0).Ā A show can be incredibly well-written, but if its depictions of real life are almost too real, it doesn’t serve as great distraction (unfortunately like Parenthood). Sometimes despite being a fan of a show, you kinda hope it’ll end on a good note and not drag things out just for the sake keeping the show on the air.

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 toĀ 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).