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Fall TV Week Two Part 3: Where’s Burt Reynolds When You Need Him?

September 27, 2013

Week two comes to a close!  We made it!  Only two more new shows launching here at the tail-end of week two, with a few more trailing in next week.  I’m heading out of town for the week next week, so may not get a post up.  You guys talk amongst yourselves, and I’ll be back to comment on stuff when I’m home.

Except! I saw Ironside and it was a massive disappointment.   I tell you what: trying to make a cop who doesn’t give a rip about anybody else’s civil rights the hero of your story is sort of losing its charm for me.  Plus, yawn.  I might try the second episode, but it’s only because I love Brent Sexton.

Friday, September 27

masterchefjunior_goodgodwerelettinghimtalktokidsMasterchef Junior – 8pm – FOX – Hold the phone.  We’re going to let Gordon Ramsay talk to CHILDREN?  Have we lost our minds?!

Undercover Boss – 8pm – CBS – Don’t watch, but it appears to involve a lot of happy crying, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Hawaii Five-0 – 9pm – CBS –  Season FOUR?  It seems like only yesterday this series launched and I only made it through half the pilot!

bluebloodsBlue Bloods – 10pm – CBS – I don’t watch this one, but it’s not for any good reason.  I just didn’t manage to catch on fast enough when it started and now I’m too far behind.  At some point, I will rent season one and jump in.  Double ex-BoTW cast: Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Selleck!

Sunday, September 29

onceuponatimeOnce Upon a Time –  8pm – ABC – I lasted about 7 episodes.  Maybe 8?   And then I found myself letting them pile up on the DVR and not ever having the urge to watch them (same thing with the last two episodes of Under the Dome, incidentally).  It’s not a bad show, it’s just not my thing, I guess.  I love how creative the concept is, though I was surprised to learn they’re already launching a spin-off, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, which I have a feeling is going to end up being one Once Upon a Time too many for most people.  But what do I know?  I know nuthin’, is what.

The Amazing Race – 8pm – CBS – As I’ve said before, this show is really entertaining, and I cannot watch it because it gives me panic attacks.

The Simpsons – 8pm – FOX – This is still on?  Huh. Go figure.

bobsburgersBob’s Burgers – 8:30pm – FOX — Okay, Bob’s Burgers, people!  I had never even heard of this series until last year when a friend on Facebook started raving about it.  After he raved a couple more times, I finally checked out season one (streaming on Netflix), and it is HILARIOUS.  I only watched about 5 episodes and then I was kind of done, but I do plan on going back.  And twice so far, I’ve seen “Bob’s Burgers Live” on the marquee of the theater up the street, which, if I see it again, I will attempt to attend.

The Good Wife – 9pm – CBS – I’ve seen season one on DVD and it was good.  It’s just that it wasn’t quite good enough to get me to rent season two.

homelandHomeland – 9pm – Showtime – As William Faulkner once wrote, “And sure enough, even waiting will end. . . if you can just wait long enough.”  This is what I tell myself as I wait ENDLESSLY for shows like this to come out on DVD.  I’m just too cheap for premium channels, is the thing.  It’s my own damn fault, really.

Revenge – 9pm – ABC – Don’t watch, don’t know.

Family Guy – 9pm -FOX – Don’t watch, not a fan of talking babies of any sort.

American Dad – 9:30pm – FOX – Made by same guy as Family Guy, etc.

mentalistThe Mentalist – 10pm – CBS – Wait, this is still on?  Should I have been watching this? To be honest, I was too busy watching Psych make fun of The Mentalist to actually tune in for The Mentalist.  But maybe I should rethink that?

Betrayal – 10pm – ABC – In theory, this show is already boring me — blah blah blah two ridiculously beautiful people have a torrid extra-marital affair.  But then again, there’s also a murder case involved, and James Cromwell is wandering around in there somewhere too.  I’ll give the pilot a shot.

Eastbound & Down – 10pm – HBO – Eastbound and DOWN, Snowman!  Bandit out!  (Wait, this show isn’t about Smokey and the Bandit?  How is that possible? Somebody get Burt Reynolds on the phone immediately!)

Masters of Sex – 10pm –  Showtime – Another show I can’t watch, and perhaps would not want to anyway.  Even if I did, I could hardly admit it here, where my mom might see it — it has the word SEX in it, you guys! Sheesh!

helloladies_stephenmerchantHello Ladies – 10:30 – HBO – I don’t have any idea what this is about, aside from the bit where it’s a British fish out of water sort of story.  But it has Kevin Weisman in it (wheeee!!!!!) and therefore is already saved to my queue at Netflix.  (See above re: WAITING, ARGH.)

Fall TV Part 2b: The Onslaught Continues (Thurs, 9/23 – Sun, 9/26)

September 23, 2010

Here we go with the second half of the week of TV Avalanchedom (asterisks on “Returning” shows are ones I watch either live or later on DVD):

Thursday, September 23

Returning:
*The Big Bang Theory – CBS – 8pm
*Bones – Fox – 8pm
Community – NBC – 8pm
*30 Rock – NBC – 8:30pm
*CSI – CBS – 9pm
Fringe – Fox – 9pm
*Grey’s Anatomy – ABC – 9pm
*The Office – NBC – 9pm
The Mentalist – CBS – 10pm
Private Practice – ABC – 10pm

New:
My Generation – ABC – 8pm
I’ve been seeing trailers for this series at the movie theater all summer and I have to confess, it has not warmed me to it at all.  STAY OUT OF MY MOVIE THEATER, TV SHOWS!  Is there no freedom from you?  That said, the one thing that makes this show slightly intriguing to me is the faux-documentary format (it introduces us to a group of high schoolers and then shows them to us again 10 years later to see if their predictions, dreams, etc. came true).  We’ve seen it used to great comedic effect in shows like The Office and Parks & Recreation — how about a drama?  The downside, though, is that it sounds like Thirtysomething, except it’s really more like Twentysomething, and the only thing more annoying to me than whiny 30 year-olds are whiny 20 year-olds.  Not planning to tune into this one.  Ya’ll let me know if I was misguided.

$#*! My Dad Says – CBS – 8:30pm
I was an early follower of Justin Halpern on Twitter (where he first began to tweet “shit [his] dad said”) and usually got a pretty good laugh out of 95% of his posts.  But a TV series?  I’m not sure.  I’m just not at all sure.  The upside:  William Shatner!  The downside:  William Shatner!  It all hinges on The Shat, which can be a dangerous situation for any TV show to be put in.  Can he do it?  Probably.  But this may be a one-trick pony whose trick gets pretty old fast.  We’ll see.

Outsourced – NBC – 8:30pm
Inspired by the indie film starring Josh Hamilton, this sit-com is about an American toy company exec sent overseas to train a bunch of Indian call center employees.  Fish outta water.  Been there, done that.  Pass.

Friday, September 24

Returning:
*Medium – CBS – 8pm
Smallville – The CW – 9pm
CSI: NY – CBS – 9pm
The Good Guys – Fox – 9pm
*Supernatural – The CW – 9pm

New:
Blue Bloods – CBS- 10pm
This is one of the few shows this year I’m kind of hopeful about.  I like three of its stars (Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, and Bridget Moynhan), and I’m intrigued by the idea of a cop family — cop dad, cop kids, cop everybody — as the focus of a TV series.   Don’t be too precious about this one, though, CBS.   Is my suggestion.

Sunday, September 26

Returning:
The Simpsons – Fox – 8pm
The Amazing Race – CBS – 8:30pm
Desperate Housewives – ABC – 9pm
*Dexter – Showtime – 9pm
Family Guy – Fox – 9pm
Bored to Death – HBO – 9pm

MOVIE: Prey (2006)

September 14, 2010

This movie surprised me by being fairly satisfyingly suspenseful.  It’s essentially Cujo set in the African desert:  a new stepmother (Bridget Moynahan) and her husband’s two kids find themselves stranded in a Jeep after their tour guide takes them off-road and promptly gets eaten by a lion.  The lions, having tasted the deliciousness of human blood, decide to hang out for a while and see if the Jeep’s other tasty snacks are dumb enough to venture out (spoiler: they are!).  Meanwhile, the husband/father teams up with a local hunter (not unlike the Quint character from Jaws) to try to track them down.

It’s not terribly original, of course, but it had many of the same elements that made Cujo fun for me:  a fear I could relate to (not so much with lions where I live, but certainly with other big cats, as well as, of course, the most terrifying beasts of all:  raccoons), authentic suspense, and fairly well-crafted/well-acted characters who create their own intriguing interpersonal drama when the lions are off napping or plotting.  Plus: gorgeous scenery!  And real lions!  Eep!

It’s not a brilliant film, but I definitely enjoyed watching it and would say it’s  well worth the rental fee if you like this sort of thing.  Bridget Moynahan, by the way, will be starring in a new TV show this fall called Blue Bloods (co-starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg — veritable ex-Boyfriendapalooza).  Having seen her in this flick, I’m looking forward to seeing what more she can do.

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Genre:  Adventure
Cast:  Peter Weller, Bridget Moynahan, Carly Schroeder, Jamie Bartlett

Fall TV Boyfriend Alert!

August 10, 2010

McMagnumy

It’ll be a few more weeks before I get serious about Fall TV, but since I skipped summer TV altogether (current favorite, by the way, is Louie on FX), I thought I’d at least send out a teaser about some exciting coming attractions.  Namely, a whole heap of new shows slated to start in a month or two that feature ex-Boyfriends of the Week!

Head’s up, people!  There’s some serious cute coming your way this fall!  Detailed descriptions of all these shows coming soon when I dive into the Fall TV swimming pool for reals.

McVampirey

Monday nights, for example, will be bringing us Lone Star, starring ex-Older-Boyfriend David Keith, as well as the Hawaii 5-0 remake featuring Alex O’Loughlin.

Tuesdays will have No Ordinary Family with Michael Chiklis, though I will confess I saw an ad for this show recently and it looks like an ABC Family version of Heroes — meh, will likely skip this one.  Thinking ’bout it.

McBrowdery

Wednesdays include The Defenders with Jerry O’Connell, who I hope has eaten a few cheeseburgers since I last saw him without his shirt off on Crossing Jordan (yeesh, Skeletor!).  And I absolutely cannot WAIT for Hellcats as it will star the delightful Ben Browder (dang — see comments for correction of this). Then we’ll have Undercover (the new J.J. Abrams series) with Gerald McRaney (ooh rah!), or (good lord), yet ANOTHER Law & Order, this time in LA, featuring Skeet Ulrich (yippie!).  All in all, Wednesdays look pretty delicious.

Nada much on Thursdays in the way of ex-Boyfriends, but Friday’s got three old beaus:  Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, and Outlaw with Jimmy Smits.

McCrinkly

Also, just in case you were wondering who’d try to snag him next, James Tupper of the crazy-gorgeous eye crinkles, will be doing a few-episode arc on Grey’s Anatomy.  Here’s hoping McCrinkly gets a season pass — he’s had some practice now with the medical jargon, after all.

Are you ready?  Man, I am SO READY.

BOOK: Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker

January 13, 2009

As I’ve said no fewer than 86 gazillion times on this web site, I looooves me some Spenser mysteries. This one, the latest installment in the series, is even more fun, as it combines two of my favorite story elements: Spenser and weather disasters. In this one, Spenser is hired by a wealthy woman to attend her daughter’s wedding way out on an isolated island. He’s not just sure WHY she wants him to attend, since it clearly isn’t for security purposes (she’s got her own security team). But it certainly makes him a bit suspicious when, thirty minutes into the wedding, a group of gunmen barge into the ceremony, led by The Gray Man (a bad guy from one of the earlier books who nearly killed Spenser last time he saw him). The Gray Man walks up to the bride and groom, shoots both the priest and the groom in the head, then grabs the bride and takes off with her. The Gray Man had clearly been planning to whisk her off the island immediately, but that plan is delayed by two factors. The first is the hurricane. The second is Spenser.

How the story unfolds from there is fairly predictable — I’ve never claimed these were brilliantly plotted, after all. And, as with the last several I’ve read, I again left this one feeling like Parker had gotten bored by the end of it and just wanted to wrap it up quickly and be done with it. The ending is sort of sudden and. . . well. . . uninspired, we’ll say. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of witty banter to be had, and I’ll put up with a lot for witty banter. If you’ve never read a Spenser, I’d strongly recommend you start from the beginning (The Godwulf Manuscript is the first one — Rough Weather is the 36th!) — this is definitely a series you should attempt to read in order, as the relationships between the recurring characters (Spenser, Hawk, Susan, Pearl) grow and change from book to book. Recommended! (And by the way — fans of Parker’s Jesse Stone series, and of Tom Selleck, will be pleased to learn there are two more JS/TS movies coming to network television in the next year. Hurrah!)

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BOOK: Stranger in Paradise by Robert B. Parker

June 25, 2008

Well, it was bound to happen sometime, I suppose. After two decades (at least — I’ve lost count) of reading and adoring every single novel Robert B. Parker has written, I finally hit one that left me feeling a little bit ho-hum. This is Parker’s latest installment in the Jesse Stone series, which some of you might know from the books and others might know from the Tom Selleck made-for-TV adaptations of the books (which I’ve enjoyed quite a bit myself). The plot of this one has to do with a Native American hitman named Crow who is hired by a rich Florida dude to go to Paradise, kidnap his runaway teenage daughter, and return her to him.

At first, Crow is all over the idea, at least until it becomes clear that his new boss actually wants him to kill the girl’s mother while he’s at it, and that he primarily wants his daughter back because he misses getting to sexually abuse her. This puts a damper on Crow’s enthusiasm, and he decides not to do the job after all. And then this ticks off the rich Florida dude, who then sends a posse of bad guys up to Paradise to track Crow down and kill him.

Stone is pulled into this story when Crow comes to him and openly tells him exactly what’s going on. The two form a plan to fix the mess, and voila, eventually they do. As plot concepts go, I’ve heard worse. But there were just too many elements of this story that made absolutely no sense for me to actually enjoy it all that much. First of all, Crow is a known bank robber who got away with ten million dollars the last time he was in Paradise, and Jesse is all “Hey, how’s it goin’, yo?” when he sees him? Sorry, but no. Second, Crow has ten million dollars stashed away and he’s taking jobs like this lame one from the rich Florida dude? Sorry, but no. Third, Crow is both so emotionless he kills on a whim, but so passionate about women that he refuses to ever hurt a lady? Sorry, but, huh?

We’re clearly supposed to fall madly in love with Crow (Stone’s female deputy even sleeps with him, despite the fact she’s happily married — don’t get me started on that one) and to respect and admire the fact he’s a brutal killer who would never, ever hurt a lady. Annnnnd, sorry, but no. In fact, Stone himself clearly admires and respects him, because even after Crow admits to killing a gang member the next town over, Jesse STILL doesn’t arrest him. Which, SORRY, but NO!

Additionally, I have to confess I’m really, really getting tired of all the subplot stuff about Stone’s ex-wife. That thread typically consumes significant chunks of every Stone novel and it never goes anywhere interesting or new. Their relationship never changes — it doesn’t improve, it doesn’t get worse. It’s just boring and stagnant. And I’ve never fully believed it, either. The emotion just isn’t there for me and it’s time for Parker to drop that ex-wife character and try to do something new with Jesse’s love life. I say it’s time to combine this series with the Sunny Randall one for good, get those two back into a relationship (there was a crossover novel a couple of years ago that was a lot of fun!), and run with it from there.

Um, other than all the bad stuff, though. . . great book! *cough*

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