Fall TV!!

You’ll figure this out pretty quickly when you start reading this, but let me just alert you to the fact that I KNOW I should get a life and this is way too much effort for something that is such a ridiculous waste of time.  But I like it and it makes me happy and me and my 12 cats that I will eventually have instead of a life will be very happy with our hobby.  So leave me alone and just read and sigh and thank God you have a life. If you don’t have a life then YAY! It’s you and me and the TV (and Bobby McGee?) 

I love fall TV season, the new shows, the hope of a new Lost or ER that will take up way too much of your brain power but will be something new and (hopefully) exciting that you can talk about with your friends…or people on Facebook. Whatever.

Anyway, one of my favorite parts of the Fall TV season is watching all the new previews and figuring out what you’re going to watch and what you’re hoping will suck so that you didn’t miss the first few shows.  Life is a gamble – I prefer to bet with tv shows, its just how I roll.

So here’s what I know about this year’s fall season (so far):

TV channel websites SUCK ASS.

Oh yeah and there seem to be a few shows that may be really good coming out.  But depending on which channel’s website you visit they either don’t give a damn or want you to watch their freaking commercials to see anything about the new shows.  I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to invest that kind of effort.

————————————–ABC (http://abc.go.com/site/new-shows) has a TON of new shows coming out this fall.

The previews are TINY and if you full screen them they look like you’ve zoomed in on a craptastic pixellated mess.  Not so much a selling point as an annoyance.  Also, if you happen to have the show in the background so you can, I don’t know, blog about them perhaps – you have to listen to the previews/snippets over and over and over.  Also NOT a selling point when they play the same bits of dialogue over and over and over.  GRRRRR Oh, and to add to the annoyance, you have to scroll through the flip-book thingy to get back to the last show you were on.

As for the shows?

I skipped over Apartment 23 without reading more than the caption for the picture. A new “Odd Couple” with chicks? No thanks.

Same for Charlie’s Angels (but I didn’t even read the caption on that one, who doesn’t know the storyline?)

The Chew sounds disgusting.  Its actually a cross between the View (get it? the Chew, the View, how witty…or not), a daytime Food Network show and Martha Stewart? Nope, not for me.

Good Christian Belles looks, hmm.  Could be really good or really, really bad.  I’m hoping for good but assuming its going to be Desperate Housewives with mint juleps and accents.

I truly hope Last Man Standing is going to be good.  It looks good.  I love Tim Allen.  So here’s crossing our fingers it does well. Considering its the only comedy I’m even considering watching, it had better be good.

Man Up seems funny, but stupid funny, not smart funny.  I’m not a big fan of stupid funny.  But the preview made me laugh so that’s something, right? (still not watching it, but I hope others do)

Missing.  Well, they got the name right considering the preview is also missing.   According to the snippet of info they give, it has Ashley Judd in it (who I love) so maybe they’ll get their shit together, put up a preview and knock my socks off.  Here’s hoping.

Once Upon a Time looks stupid.  I’d love to say it doesn’t but it just does.  I just watched the longer preview (it was like the 5th video on the revolving playlist on the show’s site) and it actually doesn’t look too bad.  I have no freaking clue why they wouldn’t make THAT the 1st preview but whatever.  Even though its “from the writers of Lost” I think Grimm (see below) will do a better job with the whole fairy tales come to the present thing but I may watch this premiere just to see if it makes up for the dumb preview.

Pan Am looks boring, like maybe they were trying for some Mad Men watchers with nothing else to watch but I’m not interested.

Revenge (this is actually funny because I participated in a pilot review Neilson thing months ago, so it’ll be interesting what they do with this).  The show itself looked/looks good and from the pilot I saw, I would recommend it.  I may watch it but only if it doesn’t conflict too much with other stuff I’m more interested in.

The River looks good – Amazon river meets Lost meets Alien.  Hmmm  Plus Spielberg is producing so it has some definite promise!

Scandal also looks good – lots of faces I recognize which always makes me nervous.  If I loved who I remember them being, will that ruin or enhance the new show.  The preview is intriguing and this will definitely go on my list of shows to watch.

Suburgatory looks dumb but I’m not a fan of sitcoms anyway and I have enough teenage angst in real life.  Thanks. But no.

Work It is just a bad knock off of Bosom Buddies.  If you want to watch a good “guys dress up like women to get ahead in life” show watch that one – at least it was original.

———————————–CBS (http://www.cbs.com/primetime/fall_preview_2011/)

Holy crap they have a calendar! With premier dates! Its like they actually want you to WATCH their shows! Could it be? Oh, I have to watch commercials before the previews? Nope, guess you don’t want me to watch your shows.  Thanks for clearing that up.

2 Broke Girls looks funny and dumb (as its supposed to) but I’m not interested.  Sitcoms = still not my thing.

Hawaii 50 Ok, I know its not new. But its AWESOME and Alex O’Laughlin is amazingly hot.  I even think Scott Caan is hot and he’s short!

Unforgettable looks REALLY good. Its going on my list.  The characters look good, its not a cookie-cutter crime show but its not too out there for people who like crime shows.  Cool.

Person of Interest is also going on my list.  Jim Caviezel (I’m sure I botched that name but this is a shit-load of typing, I’m not researching spelling too) is a great actor who I’ve loved since G.I. Jane and then Frequency (loved both of those movies!) so I’m excited to see him in a show.  The fact that it has Ben Linus in it ( again, not researching what his real name is) is a bonus.

A Gifted Man will either be really good or really bad.  I’m hoping for really good because it has a good premise: ex-wife comes back to “haunt” (in a good way) the ex husband who still loves/loved her.  He does good because she did good and needs his help to finish what she started.   See? Gotcha already doesn’t it?

——————————————–NBC (http://www.nbc.com/upcoming-shows/)

NBC apparently wants you to have to think about where they hid the upcoming stuff before they’re actually going to share with you.  No reason to put it on the front page or in the search results, right guys? There’s nothing riding on people liking your new stuff or anything, right?  Well, at least once I found them I got to watch them in full screen with all the pixels the right size.

Free Agents has Hank Azaria (LOVE HIM) and that one chick, from…you know…something you’ve seen.  And I think she was funny in it.  Anyway, I think its going to be cheesy but hopefully not because I really do love Hank and he deserves his own hit.

Grimm seems like an interesting take on the fairy tales come to life premise.  It feels, from the preview, more like a crime drama with sci-fi twists that just happen to resemble fairy tales.  That seems like a more conservative approach to the idea (rather than Once Upon A Time where they went full-out fantasy) but could result in a longer lasting show.

I was all set to hate The Playboy Club but really it seems to have taken the cool feel of Mad Men, added some overt sex appeal and run with it.  I may even have to watch this against my better judgment.  Especially since Bobby (Eddie Cibrian) from Third Watch is in it.  Oh Third Watch, I miss that show.  Maybe I should find that on Hulu instead of watching this new show.

Maria Bello is on tv.  That’s really all you need to know to watch Prime Suspect right?  Its Maria Bello as a cop who, apparently, is ostracized from her squad for either sleeping with her boss or refusing to sleep with her boss.  I couldn’t tell from the preview but who the hell cares? Its Maria Bello and she rocks!

I didn’t even watch the preview for Up All Night.  Sorry Christina (Applegate) but I just don’t care who had a baby and who’s going to whine about it.

I did watch the preview for Whitney though it was mostly out of guilt for not watching Up All Night’s preview.  But I have to say it made me laugh a couple times which is rare for sitcoms so more power to her.  I won’t watch it, but that doesn’t mean other, smarter people shouldn’t.

There are other shows listed under “More upcoming shows” on the list on the right when you’re watching these previews that I didn’t watch and won’t write about except to say they’re there and my fingers are tired from typing so damned much.  Maybe I’ll watch them tomorrow.

————————————–Fox (http://www.fox.com/programming/)

Fox has a calendar too! And its downloadable for nerds like me! Hurray!

I’ve been debating whether I’ll watch Jurassi…I mean Terra Nova or not.  I like a lot of the actors but the premise seems ridiculous, overreaching and too contrived.  Why the hell would we decide to go back to the time of dinosaurs? Did someone figure out what killed them so we don’t die? This would be why I’d watch it, just to figure out what they hell they were thinking.

The other two new shows (in Fall) are The New Girl and I Hate My Teenage Daughter.  I won’t watch either of them for multiple reasons, one being they’re sitcoms, two being the name of the second one and three being that I’m not a Zooey Deschanel fan.  So this one’s up to you to figure out.

I am, however, very excited for Alcatraz to start, but I have to wait until “midseason” whatever that means.  It has Hurley (Jorge Garcia) from Lost, Sam Neill from Jurassic Park, Parminder Nagra from ER.  How can they go wrong?

Also, while looking at the midseason starters, I found out about The Finder, which is a spin-off of Bones, which I don’t watch but which a lot of my friends and family love, which tells me its probably going to be good, which means it either will be but I’ll forget to watch it until its halfway through the season or I will watch it and it’ll suck.  We’ll see.

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I think that’s it for now.  Even if its not, I’m tired of typing.  Here’s a link to the tvguide fall schedule which is helpful since it has all of the channels in one place. Only problem is that all the links are to stories about the shows, not the previews, which would be much better.  http://www.tvguide.com/special/fall-preview/fall-schedule.aspx

Now go! Schedule those DVR’s! Cancel your plans for September!  Buy cat chow and scratching posts before they’re all gone!

Embarassing statements and white trash neighborhoods

I nearly came on here during the whole bathroom debacle and wrote “Man, I worked in the bathroom all night long and my ass is killing me!” Yeah, it would have been really funny when people started laughing at me and asking if I needed more fiber in my diet and I didn’t get it.

While taking a walk through my neighborhood today I noticed a few things.

Why is it that just taking a walk is fine, but the minute you put on headphones and bend your elbows (ala speed walkers) you are immediately not just out for a leisurely stroll, you are officially EXERCISING and people know it. It’s so much pressure!! So now, when I’m on my walks I have this horrible dilemma – do I bend the arms and announce that I’m exercising? What if people wonder why I’m not going faster, or wearing workout clothes? What if people see me and think “oh, honey, you are beyond help, you might as well just go eat bon bons and wait for death”?? Yes, these are the things I think and yes, I do believe that everyone that sees me actually has some thought about me – because I know I’m thinking about them!

I also noticed on my walk just how charming white trash can be.

First I noticed the 4 year old outside in 65 degree weather with her swimming suit on, no shoes, hose running/spraying “washing” her bike. Now I’m all for cleanliness and even for a little fun with the hose when you’re 4 but a swimming suit?? Really? In April?? Come on! And of course, it wouldn’t complete the scene unless the house she belonged to didn’t still have their Christmas lights still up!

And then, across the street and down one house from the poor unsupervised child was a woman walking to her car wearing a winter coat and ear muffs. Seriously – is the weather really that different from one side of the street to the other?? It reminded me of one of those collage scenes you see on posters with little vignettes for every season. I was just waiting for a snowman to show up in a yard around the corner.

Anyway, those are the things I noticed today.

Other news tidbits: American Idol got it right this year, the final three is nearly exactly as I said it should be all along, except it should be Carly, not Syesha as the last girl. I love both the Davids and can’t wait to see which will win. I love Cook, but Archuleta has all those teenie boppers voting for him and what else do they have to do all day but vote?? Come on, we old fogies are going to have to dial our poor fingers off! Cam you imagine American Idol before redial or before push-button phones? Hah! Each person would get 420 votes and they’d be thrilled!

Carrie told me all about Google Reader today and I’m trying to figure it out, but I can’t understand how it’s any better than an RSS reader I can put on my desktop. I’m going to keep futzing with it because Carrie is usually right about cool stuff (if you ignore the unhealthy obsessions with paper) but I’m not optimistic.

I am still on the search of AR books for Ally – this is the most cruel invention on earth. Give a kid a “reading level” that they are supposed to only read from (for Ally it’s 5.2 – 7.0 which means she can read books that are considered 5th grade through 7th grade appropriate) and then DON’T HAVE BOOKS SHE WANTS TO READ IN THOSE LEVELS!! Argh You don’t even want to know how many countless hours I have spent trying to find adventure/ghost/scary/cool/funny books that are #1-appropriate (ie not too scary), #2-interesting to her and #3 categorized as an AR book so that she can get credit for it!

What’s really frustrating about the whole process is that she is so demoralized about the whole process, she is less and less interested in reading the more I have to tell her “you can read that, but you’ll have to read something else you’re NOT interested in if you want credit in class”. Sad part is, she’s not going to get to go to Silverwood with her friends because she’s 15 credits (or approx 3 books) away from the goal and she can’t find a damned book worth reading ( in her opinion) so she won’t apply herself. Eww, I can’t believe I just said that! If I start talking about her potential, someone had better just put me out of my misery.

So that’s been my last few days – hopefully this week will finish better than it started out.

Idol & Issues

So I have some random thoughts/things to share, don’t be surprised if you don’t understand :)

So Michael Johns got kicked out last night, can you believe that??? I (along with everyone else) was stunned. I loved him!! And why didn’t they save him like they did last year on the IGB week?? You know that’s why he got voted off was because everyone thought they weren’t going to send anyone home. grr

Did anyone else notice the little (about 7 or 8 ) year old girl on the performance show this week holding up a sign that said “LICK THOSE LIPS”? Okay, now I know what that means, David Archuleta licks his lips ALOT while singing – but I would NEVER (even if it wasn’t creepy because I’m literally old enough to be his mother) EVER hold up a sign telling someone to “lick those lips” and I especially wouldn’t let my daughter hold it up!!! eww

and speaking of little David…I think it’s only his fans that need slapping around, he’s a great singer and his version of Imagine” is one of the BEST American Idol performances I have ever seen: David Archuleta’s “Imagine”

and speaking of imagining…when I imagined being a parent, I didn’t really imagine it being this big of a problem. But Dammit, it’s HARD!!

For example: It’s spring break and Ally was home alone. For the last few weeks we’ve been having serious problems with Ally’s behavior, with her stealing my makeup numerous times one of them (she’s not supposed to wear makeup until she’s older). She’s been grounded, spanked, yelled at and to no avail. So, during spring break she was grounded from tv (not just for the makeup, but that was part of it). I was at work and I called and said that I’d be home for lunch and we were both excited to spend time together.

I walk in the front door and there’s my beautiful daughter WEARING MAKEUP!! Like she didn’t know I was coming?? WTF!?!

So I say to my beautiful daughter “You’re wearing my makeup!!” and she responds “No I’m NOT – I wiped it all off!”

See? Parenting is hard….I didn’t kill her so I think I won that round.

Question #3

Why does the good guy always wait for the bad demon/ghost/monster/machine to fully regenerate to start shooting again? Doesn’t that kind of go against the whole “trying to destroy it” theme? And why do the girlfriends/wives always stand there and not say anything while they do it??

If that was me I’d be screaming, “what are you waiting for you moron?! Shoot the damn thing BEFORE it comes back!”

Maybe that’s just me

The Second Half of 2006

Seems to me that the more you have to write about, the less time you have to write about it.

TONS has happened in the past few months, so I’ll just give you the highlights in no specific order and then we can all move on:

  • Bought a car – a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
  • Got DVR and have now become addicted to it – who knew there was so much on at 2am that you just HAVE to record? Not that recording is the problem, it’s watching all the stuff you’ve recorded
  • Moved our office to a brand-new, gorgeous, HUGE and very expensive new office – in which I now have my own office! With a desk and everything. :)
  • Almost fired Launna about 10 times but got voted down by the boss, but she saw the light when….
  • Launna walked out and never came back. We couldn’t be happier – although the craziness afterwards almost wasn’t worth it
  • Ally played her first sport – basketball – and did really well Go Vista Vipers!
  • I bought myself a tripod and started taking night shots. You can see some of them here
  • Found two new tv series’ that I can’t live without: DayBreak (with omg-so-hot-Taye Diggs) and Heroes (Save the Cheerleader, Save the World!)
  • Continued shopping for a house to buy – haven’t found anything yet (it sucks being poor)
  • Got some teeth worked on and put myself even further in debt to do it and we’re not even close to being done
  • Four of my sister’s kids: Nathan, Zack , Gabe, and Katie had birthdays turning, respectively, 13, 8, 4 and 2 (surprised I rememberred the ages? Yeah, me too) Katie was adorable of course, “reading” to us each of her b-day cards out loud
  • My weirdo grandmother asked favors of me (ie taking to airport at 10 a.m. on a weekday, picking up at airport at 9 p.m. (also on a weekday), caring for her plants during the week, caring for her signifcant other, taking to the doctor, etc) and, in the process, offended my mother who would have had a much easier time doing the favors anyway. Not that I said no, that’s against my nature of being WAY too nice when I can’t afford to
  • Got my phone turned off b/c I couldn’t afford it….got it turned back on….off again….now on again….next time I’m just giving up, jeez
  • My sister got two jobs (her first job in 15 years) and I am so proud of her, she’s working her ass off.
  • Both the grandmas have been taking over the home schooling for Cami and the kids now that she’s back at work- I was supposed to be a tutor/back-up teacher, but I just can’t find the time or energy right now
  • I’ve smoked more and drank more in the past few months that in a very long time
  • no dates, men or romance in my life – not that that’s new
  • Found the first band/group in history who actually makes me cringe when I hear them. I love all kinds of music and all artists, and usually I can find something good about all music but “Il Divo” drives me INSANE!!!! They were on Oprah recently and I literally wanted to jump through the screen to kill them all. EWW

I did want to let you know that I DID update about a month ago, but when I went to save the entry (which was GREAT by the way) the internet died and so did my entry. So even though no one got to read it, believe me when I say you would have loved it! :) The only part I managed to save was: “Spent the better part of my day calling places where I have to enter more numbers than it would take to launch a missile, then waited on hold long enough for my ear to go numb waiting to talk to a human, then my phone went dead and I had to start over after I found the charger.”


Now for the other stuff going on:

  • Ally turns 11 on Thursday, we’re doing a bowling party on Saturday. We’re all SO excited. :)
  • I may or may not receive a Christmas bonus due to the new office and the new expense
  • I am currently maxing out my credit cards (see two entries above)
  • I can’t seem to get into the Christmas spirit – I can’t decide if its because of the stress of paying for Christmas, or just because I’m so old now that I’m not going to get excited anymore. I hope its the former and not the latter, I really do love Christmas!
  • Mom is back working for us at the office, which is good but I worry she’s wearing herself out
  • Found my new favorite Christmas album – Sarah McLachlan’s “Wintersong” – go find it, you won’t regret it
  • I really need to learn how to double space on this thing, these bullets are a little hard to read – sorry about that.

I think that’s it for updates. I’m all updated out. I promise it won’t be 4 months before I write again.

Merry Christmas everyone