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I mean, seriously.  No, seriously.  Seriously?  SERIOUSLY?  Yes.  Seriously.

I actually miss that word on Grey’s Anatomy these days.  Sure, catchphrases come and go, but that was my favorite, and I kind of wish it would come back.

But seriously.  I do not like Summer Glau.  And she keeps popping up in all my favorite shows.  And I can’t stand it.  I was hoping I was done when she had her cameo in the Big Bang Theory.  But no.  Here she is.  In Grey’s Anatomy.  Flirting.  With OWEN!  And I hate her for it.

Ok.  Maybe I’m being a little harsh.  But I don’t think I liked a single character she played.  It started with River in Firefly.  I never liked River.  I thought she was whiny and needy and weird.  And that rolled over into every other role she’s ever played.  That I’ve seen.  I couldn’t watch the Sarah Connor Chronicles because I couldn’t ‘stand her in that.  I even hated her in Dollhouse, and I loved Dollhouse.

***I’m going to say this here… I plan on doing some spoiling.  So if you haven’t seen the most recent episode, I suggest you come back and read later…***

But now, here she is flirting with Christina‘s husband, and I want to punch her in the face for it.  I love Christina.  And the show is so well written that I hurt when the characters hurt.  Most times, I need a box of tissues to be able to watch.  But it wasn’t bad enough that Owen was giving Christina hell because he wanted kids and she didn’t and they thought their relationship might not be repairable…

Christina spent the entire episode trying to figure out if Owen was cheating on her.  To the point where she confronts Owen’s trauma nurse, Summer Glau, at which point she finds out, she’s just a big annoying flirt.

Christina then confronts Owen at the end, almost apologizing, telling him how crazy she’d been trying to make sure she wasn’t crazy, and she even went so far as to feel relieved when Owen said he still loved her.

And then the bomb dropped.

Owen didn’t cheat with his trauma nurse.  But he did cheat… Fade to black.

Fade to black???  I totally needed to keep watching to see what was going to happen next.  Stupid cliffhangers.  But totally worth it.  And also, I think I’m going through Grey’s withdrawl.  I want to watch the seasons from beginning to end to get my fix.  But that’s another story.

Owen gave redemption to his trauma nurse because it was him and not her.  But I still don’t like Summer Glau.  And she still flirted.

Well, hopefully all my questions will be answered soon.

Le sigh.

I don’t know why I even bother watching Glee anymore.  It’s not the same show it used to be.  But it still seems to be the most popular show EVER.

So much has changed since the last time I really sat down to watch it.  Santana and Brittany are lesbians.  Rachel and Finn are getting married.  Quinn and Mercedes are in a group called the God Squad.  So much lunacy, so little time to show it.  My opinions about the show may not necessarily be in the majority, so I’ll hang onto them for now until I can do a real review of an episode that I’ve watched in its entirety, not just one I happened to catch a few scenes of.

I’m all about gay rights.  And I’m anti-bullying .  And I want to stand on my soapbox for a minute and mention that kids can be mean.  And it’s not right that kids can be so mean that they make someone even consider suicide.  The storyline I caught dealt with a character being gay and having previously come out of the closet to some people.  Others found out, and the bullying began.  It got so bad for the character that he attempted suicide.  This makes me sad.  It makes me sad that someone could get to that point and feel like they have nowhere to go or no one to turn to.  There has to be something better than that.  But sadly, kids can be so mean that some kids just feel like they have no place to go.

I don’t know how to stop the bullying other than from source.  Teach your children about equality.  Teach your children manners.  Teach your children that it is not okay to be mean to someone.  Teach you children to reach out for help if they need it, or if they see someone else that needs it.  It begins at home.

I’ll step down from my soapbox for now, if you’d even call it that.

What are your thoughts on television shows that deal with serious issues, including bullying and suicide?  It is an effective way of making people aware?

I didn’t want this to be one of those update posts, but let’s face it, I’ve been off the grid.  My entire world has changed since my last post.  I had a baby.  I bought a house.  Life is different.

Since moving out of the apartment, one of the best things I’ve done was get rid of the cable bill.  Cost way too much for so little.  Do I miss my DVR?  HECK YEAH!  But most of the shows I enjoy are available online, so there’s that.  However, for all the things that must be watched live, I bought rabbit ears for the TV.  Yes, I said rabbit ears.  You know, those funny antenna things people used before there was real cable and 250 channels of nothing.  And I only did it so Hubs could watch the Superbowl.  But it’s had its benefits since.  I can watch the news.  Because I am a grown up, and clearly THAT is what grownups do.  And sometimes it’s nice to watch TV live and not have to wait for the Internet to update so I can watch TV on my laptop.

ANYway.  So, for my back at it post, I’m briefly tackling Celebrity Apprentice.  This show is both a love and hate of mine.  Hubs makes a very good point in pointing out every time we watch that it is just time consuming with episodes being anywhere from 1-2 hours, but you just can’t pull yourself away because it’s that good/bad.

So what’s happening this season so far?  It just premiered last night, so not much yet.  But the cast is great.  Not gonna lie, though, I’m not a fan of the women’s team, Forte, this year.  There’s no one I really know, and if I did know them, I really didn’t like them before they were on the show.

The men’s team, Unanimous, however, is packed with the best and worst of the best and worst.  Dee Snider, who appeared last season.  Penn.  George Takei.  Paul Sr, from motorcycle show.  The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferigno.  Arsenio Hall.  Clay Aiken.  Yup.  I’m rooting for the men again this year.

I look forward to getting back into the game, and talking more about one of the many loves of my life again.

Did you watch Celebrity Apprentice?  What did you think?  Who’s your favorite so far?

800 – Jimmy Fallon with a surprisingly funny open with the cast of Glee.  Definitely a shocker.  I’m thinking it’s more of a Glee open, than a Jimmy Fallon thing.

801 – Aaannnnddd Betty White makes an appearance as a dance coach.  PRICELESS.

804 – Jane Lynch, Joel McHale, Tina Fey and others sing “Born to Run.”  And have I mentioned yet that I very much dislike Jimmy Fallon?  But as far as opens go, I like that it’s very Glee focused.

806 – Live song over, time to start the show.  Let’s go, guys.

807 – I’m annoyed that Jimmy Fallon thinks he’s funny.  Acoustic guitar and all.  And then there’s a crack at Conan O’Brien.  Which was actually funny, but out of taste.

808 – Amy Poehler and Jimmy Fallon sing to introduce the Comedy category… color me annoyed.

809 – 30 Rock, The Office, Modern Family, The Middle, Glee, Community, Two and a Half men, Nurse Jackie, Parks and Recreation, New Adventures of Old Christine, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasms Seinfeld episode… so many funny clips.

811 – Jon Hamm and Betty White to present the award.  I LOVE Betty White.  She’s sooooo funny.

812 – And the winner… should be NPH because I love him… BUT, Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family takes the win.  Actually, that’s fair.  He’s hysterical.

814 – Eric Stonestreet had a really nice speech.  Very touching.  But now it’s commercial time…

816 – Just a side note during commercials: Jimmy Fallon WISHES he could be Betty White.  She’s rocking the house.

818 – John Hodgman, backstage color commentator… this guy is really funny.

819 – Jim Parson and Sofia Vergara onstage to present Best Writing for a Comedy Series… I love Sheldon!  They have great chemistry onstage.

821 – Steven Levitan and Chris Lloyd for Modern Family.  Amazing.  They totally deserve it.  And where is Chris Lloyd?

822 – Methinks Modern Family is going to take home some series awards tonite.  Move over 30 Rock!

823 – Stephen Colbert the next presenter… “Good evening, ladies and women.”  Very funny.  Best Supporting Actress in a comedy.

824 – Tom Hanks in Bosom Buddies, John Travolta in Hairspray… And Modern Family has  another 2 nominations…

825 – Jane Lynch for the win.  I was hoping that would happen!

826 – She is just so amazing… and she’s not seething with jealousy.  And thanks her wife and daughter.  Jane Lynch just has so much class.

828 – I forgot that Oprah’s show is ending soon… there’s a commercial showing clips of her show since the beginning.  And this coming season will be her 13th and final season… Hmm.. I thought she’s been on longer than that…

830 – Jimmy Fallon just needs to shut up… but it was an interesting six degress from Lauren Graham to Matthew Perry.

832 – Betty White and Neil Patrick Harris for best Guest Actress/Actor in a comedy series.  Couldn’t have picked a better pair.

834 – Glee picks up another Emmy for best directing by Ryan Murphy.

835 – HA!  Stewie takes a slam at Al Bundy.

837 – George Clooney in bed with Modern Family.

838 – Outstanding lead actor… I think Jim Parsons should take this one.  AAAANNNND HE DOES!  Woohoo!

840 – NPH and Jewel up next.  Time for a quick break.  Maybe turn off the air.  BUT wait!  There’s a commercial for a new Kristen Bell movie.  And Betty White’s in it!  I’m there!  Called You Again.  LOVE IT!

844- NPH thanks the academy for allowing a gay man to host the Emmy’s two years in a row.  I’m just tickled pink.  And NPH should be hosting.

845 – Edie Falco wins for Nurse Jackie, as Best Actress in a Comedy Series.  And she’s humble.  And says she’s not funny.  I miss her on the Sopranos.

847 – Jimmy Fallon picked up that stupid guitar again, just to announce reality tv.  Which I also hate.

849 – And have I mentioned that I hate reality tv?

850 – What is Keri Russell doing these days?  But it’s Top Chef for the win.

853 – Another Oprah commercial.  Perhaps a drinking game should be made of this.

856 – I have to say, I’m looking forward to this new fall season coming up.  I’m actually surprised it’s starting so early.  At least by three weeks.

857 – I wish Jimmy Fallon would put down the guitar… except that chick he’s singing with just sang “I cried when they announced you as the host.”  Truer words were never spoken.

858 – And now for the Drama stuff.  So many great shows.  Not enough awards.

901 – Oustanding writing for a Drama Series… The Good Wife, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, Lost…

902 – Mad Men takes this one.  Is that really a surprise?  Maybe I should start watching.

904 – Supporting Actor, Men of a Certain Age, Lost, Breaking Bad, Damages… And the winner is Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad.

908 – Is it bad that I think I’m starting to fade?  Yup, I’m exhausted.  But I can do this.  Hopefully things will get more exciting.

910 – Oooohh… Emily Deschanel and Nathan Fillion.  Love them both.  It’s nice to see Nathan Fillion finally up where he belongs.

911 – Archie Panjabi wins for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

912 – And Edie Falco is the Real Housewife of New Jersey.  But we’re talking about lead actors for a drama.  I’m all for Michael C Hall in Dexter and Hugh Laurie

913 – Brian Cranston for Breaking Bad.  It’s a shame.  So many great dramas.

914 – His acceptance speech included, “thanks to my wife and daughter.  I love you more than baseball.”

917 – You know, it just occurred to me that I could be doing a semi live blog tonite.  Now that I think about it, I so don’t have to be watching commercials.  Funny stuff.

920 – Best Guest Actor/Actress in  a drama – John Lithgow and Ann Margaret.  Who will also be handing out the next award. Which will be outstanding directing.

922- Steve Shill for Dexter.  I won’t complain about that one.  And also, I want that theme as my ringtone.

923 – A musical tribute by Jimmy Fallon as Elton John.  I hate this guy.  But the tribute is to shows that ended this past year.

924 – 24 is the first to be sung about… and then Jimmy Fallon as all of Boyz II Men singing about Law and Order.

926 – And then there was Lost.  Jimmy Fallon as Billie Joe from Green Day.

932 – Matthew Morrison and Tina Fey to present to Kyra Sedgewick for The Closer.

934 – She had such a long list…  And Jimmy Fallon is back with his guitar… Grrr

935 – Variety clip of Betty White hosting SNL.  She was great.

946 – Ricky Gervais – gotta love his accent.  And he’s got a few funny jokes.

951 – The Daily Show, Real Time with BillMaher, SNL.. and it goes to the Daily Show.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
There is no better show that still today remains relevant, that is easily relatable to and makes you laugh, cry and want stab a vampire all at the same time.

I absolutely LOVED this week’s episode, called Private Lives, where the episode deals with the private lives of different characters.  The most obvious being the very public blogger who is admitted to the hospital after random bruises and bleeding occur at home.

What I didn’t like about that character of Frankie is that she made blogging seem taboo and intrusive, when in fact it was the character that was obsessed with numbers, hits, and comments.  To the point where she was trying to make major medical decisions about her life based on what her readers thought.  It makes me question if that’s the type of thing that happens in reality.  Do people make major medical decisions based on a random poll of so many strangers?  Not my cuppa tea.  But Frankie’s boyfriend/fiance/husband, Taylor, took the other road in trying to rationalize what she was going through, and making all the points I just hit upon – why ask random strangers something that would not affect the rest of their lives, but only that of the person asking.

But the more important private lives in this episode were that of House and Wilson.  House discovers that Wilson was in a porno movie, and in retaliation, Wilson finds out that House was reading a book written by his biological father, whom he has never met.

Not only is it interesting to watch House and Wilson go back and forth trying to torture each other and make each other miserable, but it’s fun to discover new sides of each character.

But the best part of the entire episode was the big reveal where Wilson discovers House’s true motivations for picking up a book his father wrote.  As a result, Wilson begins to analyze and verbalize House’s situation, and by doing so, House gets a chance to think, and ends up putting the puzzle together on his blogger patient, and in atypical House fashion, gets up and walks out, determined and complete with a diagnosis.  To which Wilson responds:

You better not be faking this to get out of a tough conversation.

Classic House.  Classic Wilson.  And an all around great episode.

I completely forgot I had written this post back in October, when the news first broke about a remake.

But the deal is done.  CBS has greenlighted the Hawaii 5-0 remake.  It is supposed to be an updated version of the original Hawaii-based cop show.

Again, I don’t believe in remakes.  If it was done right the first time, why bother trying to make it better again…?  Truth is, I never watched the original.  But that might have something to do with the fact that it ran from 1968 to 1980, which means it ended 2 years before I was born.  And I was far too young to care to watch it in repeats.

But, as it goes, we could certainly use another cop show on the air.  Because who doesn’t love procedural shows…

ANYway.  CBS and I have been getting along quite well lately, so I suspect that when this new, updated version of Hawaii 5-0 hits pilot season, I will be watching.  After all, what good is a 3-episode rule if you don’t give the show a chance?  And who knows, maybe we’ll see it sooner than pilot season.

Can anyone say summer replacement show?

I hate to say “I told you so,” but – I told you so.

Well, maybe I told you so isn’t the proper fit for this type of news scenario, but it sure feels like I was ahead of the game when I said Leno would fail in the 10pm timeslot.  Sure, his premiere ratings were good, given that everyone wanted to see what Leno had up his sleeve at the point.  But there has been a steady decline since then.

NBC didn’t want to fight Leno for ratings if he were to go to a different network.  So they made him all kinds of promises, and signed a 5-year contract that included 2 years in the 10 pm timeslot.

Also, NBC really wanted Conan O’Brien to take over the Tonight Show.  And who can blame them?

But the dilemma now is that Leno is failing, and NBC can’t figure out what to do with him.  I don’t see them giving him the Tonight Show back, especially since Conan has average ratings and isn’t failing miserably.  And also, Conan has a contract with NBC, and if they break it, NBC will end up owing Conan a fortune.

They still have to do something with Jay Leno.  So, the Tonight Show is out of the question.  There has also been some talk about moving the Tonight Show to air a half hour later, and using Leno as the direct lead in.  Also a mistake, in my opinion.  And quite unfair for Conan.  He’s not getting a fair chance to show what he’s got because Leno keep screwing around.  If NBC DIDN’T have Leno, especially as a lead in, would Conan do better in the ratings?  Would it be a better show?  And what if he didn’t have to compete with Leno?  Would that make a difference?  And what about that hack, Jimmy Fallon?  Is any of this affecting HIS late night show?

A quick segue about Jimmy Fallon: I don’t like him as a late night talk show host.  I pretty much think that his looooong microphone, and the way he holds it, has something to do with him having an inferiority complex.  Or perhaps it’s a penis thing.  Whatever it is, he might be a comedian, but he was not built to host his own talk show.  His monologues seem forced.  His interviews seem forced.  And he looks genuinely uncomfortable onstage.  The long and short of it is: I don’t like Jimmy Fallon.

End Rant.

And back to Leno.

I don’t like Leno either.  I pretty much think he is far too full of himself for his own good.  He’s not all that funny.  And he puts himself on a pedestal, because he’s convinced he’s better than anyone else.

What NBC should have done was put a gag order on him, preventing him from signing with another network for a period of time.  That way Conan would have gotten a chance to catch his stride, and then we’d find out that Fallon really does have a penis complex.  And THEN we can deal with what Leno wants to do.

Either way, everyone has a contract, and everyone has the possibility of losing big in this.  So it’s just a matter of time before NBC decides what comes next.  Hopefully they’ll make a smarter decision about their 10 pm slot.

What I find interesting is the lack of scripted shows during that time.  On most local networks, you’ll find news.  And there is nothing wrong with watching the news.  But networks like CBS have really nailed it on the head with their 10 pm programming.  Why can’t other networks fall in line?  There is a serious lack of quality programming out in the world today, mostly in the form of scripted shows.  Is it the lack of good ideas, or what?  Whatever it is, something needs to be done.

CBS has a great thing going with the 10 pm lead in for the news, and the news being the lead in for Letterman, and then on to Craig Ferguson, who is – cough cough – my favorite late night talk show host.

The point is NBC is in trouble, and they need to make some serious decisions before they end up having to pay a fortune to anyone.

What do you think about late night television these days?  And who should come out on top?

Ah, the age old question.  The one that has nothing to do with the chicken or the egg.  Or baskets, as a matter of fact.  But more than similar to the question “does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?”  Or maybe that’s not an age old question.  Maybe it’s just a theory that makes you go, hmm.

Either way, this is a fairly new phenomenon to me.  You see, very rarely in life do I find myself in a darkened cemetary at night fighting off vampires.  And I’m certainly not running a brothel disguised as a dollhouse.  And I’m not a neurotic doctor, or even one that is an overly-sensitive surgical junkie.  Oh no.  And I’m definitely not a tiny blonde teenage detective with a penchant for bad boys and lost causes.  Nope.

But apparently, TV from time to time just so happens to mimick peoples lives. 

Chriso had been saying this for years.  More specifically that someone MUST be following him with a pad of paper and pen and writing down absolutely EVERYTHING, because he’d see things that were just absurd that happened to HIM in a variety of episodes of The Simpsons.  No, he does not work for a nuclear power plant, and he doesn’t have an ancient boss with a love of money.  He’s talking about the more specific things, like the time he was in a Barbershop Quartet.  Not the B-Sharps, of course, but similar enough.  And just last week, Homer and Marge took in a holiday at a local hotel called Ocean-View. 

Ahem.  Cough, cough.  Seriously?

I thought it was funny that Chriso would think that the Simpsons writers are following him around, or at least have a spy in the house.  But Ocean-view?  That was uncanny.  So I no longer doubt him.  It’s actually really funny.  Chriso and I, when we first got to Virginia, lived out of a hotel.  The name of the hotel?  Ocean View.  And it was ON Oceanview, a part of Norfolk that was not on an ocean, but on the bay.

Strange, no?

And then there was that time on the Cleveland show where Cleveland picked up everything and was planning on moving to California, but stopped in Virginia for a day or two and decided that he would stay there forever…

Yup, that’s a little close to home.

But I will let him stick with his Simpsons theory, as nothing else really seems to be applying to MY life in particular.

Although, I must say that the upcoming episode of Glee is feeling awfully familiar.  In that, once upon a time, I had a crush on my music teacher.  And once upon a time, Don’t Stand So Close to Me was our song.  And once upon a time, I am engaged to be married 11 years later, to that very man.

Now doesn’t all that sound painfully familiar?  Um, a little.  Actually familiar enough that Chriso doesn’t want to watch the episode.  But he probably will, reluctantly.  And I won’t be surprised if he deletes it immediately from our DVR.  I’m not so sure about him, but I seem to be more comfortable with our story than he is.  But that’s okay. 

I’m more than looking forward to Glee’s take on Sting – because I LOVE Sting.  And seeing where the story actually will go, rather than sitting and speculating.  Because more often than not, the story goes in a COMPLETELY different direction than what I was thinking.

So, does TV imitate life, or is it life that imitates TV?  I will forever be maddened by this question, because it’s the type of question that simply has no answer.

I guess I’ll just have to watch more of the Simpsons to find out.  Hey, maybe Lisa becomes a blogger in the next episode.

What do you think about TV and life and who is the one being the copycat?

So… we’re watching SNL.  We don’t typically watch mostly because we’re asleep by this point.  Or watching something else.  And let’s face it, it’s not as good as it used to be.

Then again, it was never as good as it used to be, even when it used to be good.

But, we’re watching SNL.  And the Black Eyed Peas are performing.  And January Jones is the host.  But we’re watching.

And it’s funny.  Why is it funny?  Because we started watching a few skits before the Black Eyed Peas performed.  One skit that took place in the 1950’s, where a bunch of awful stereotypes of homosexuals are to be referred to as Miss or Mrs, depending on their age, and animals shall be referred to by name.

And SNL makes things like that funny.

But what cracks me up more than anything is animals being referred to by name.  Sure, we all name our pets.  And sometimes, those of us from the crazy camp tend to talk to our pets as if they were human.  I know I do.  But what’s more is a simple line about referring to your animals by name.

Cats should be referred to by their full names.  But dogs are called Mister before their name, because cats are girls and dogs are boys.

ANNNDDD Chriso has been telling me this for weeks.  We have a cat.  His name is Tiny.  And Tiny is a boy.  And yet, cats are girls and dogs are boys.  According to Chriso.  And SNL.  And the 1950’s.

So, this is my concession.  SOME people may think that all cats are girls, and all dogs are boys.  I will just choose to not argue about it.  Simply because when I think I’m right, skits on shows like SNL promptly take all my hard work and throw it out the window with a simple line.

So…. cats are girls and dogs are boys.