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Surprised?  If you read this blog, you shouldn’t be.

I. Love. Firefly.  I hate that it was cancelled before its time.  And that I only discovered it on DVD when a friend of mine said, you love Buffy?  You’ll love Firefly.  And that was the end of me.  When people make jokes or references to Firefly, I think they are the best jokes because they are the payoff.

The Big Bang Theory, for example, constantly refers to Firefly, the show that should never have been cancelled.  And of course there’s the Train episode where the gang finds Summer Glau.  That’s what I mean by payoff.  A show that was cancelled ages ago is still getting references in modern television shows.  What makes it better is that it’s a Joss and Co production, because who doesn’t love Joss Whedon?

Oh, and did I mention that Firefly also stars Nathan Fillion?  Really?  I haven’t mentioned that yet?  Wow.  I must be slacking.

So… Nathan Fillion is in Firefly.

And Firefly is a space western set in 2517 about the rogue crew of Serenity that travel in the newly human-inhabited star system.  Joss Whedon is said to have pitched the show as, “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.”  And Firefly just oozes of stories that are waiting to be told.

And of course, what other failed show could create a movie, and such a huge following?

There you have it.  Firefly.  Check it out on Hulu.

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.

There’s so many things to love about The Big Bang Theory.  The writing, the characters, the actors, the level intelligence.  It’s won awards. I could go on all day.  Really.  I follow most of the cast and writers on Twitter.  I’m not obsessed.  Honest.

And Hubs and I have so many conversations about what makes certain shows great.  And it’s easy to point out which moments make certain actors Emmy worthy.  Jim Parsons has had so many Emmy worthy moments, in my opinion.

A quick interruption, to mention a conversation I JUST had with Hubs trying to determine the episode name:

Me: It’s called the Spaghetti Catalyst, right?  The that’s just after Leonard and Penny break up, and Sheldon has dinner with Penny…?

Hubs:  I don’t know.  I could look it up.


ANYway… the Spaghetti Catalyst is an episode we both felt Jim Parsons totally shined and really deserved recognition for.  In fact, any episode that takes Sheldon out of his element or changes his regular routine in ANY way is typically an episode in which Jim Parsons shines.

And by saying that, I want to say that the latest episode, The Werewolf Transformation, is just such an episode.  Sheldon can’t get his haircut because his regular barber is in the hospital.  And he refuses haircuts from everyone else because no one seems to have access to his “haircut records.”  Eventually, he does let Penny cut his hair, but getting to that point is utterly hilarious.  In fact, one of my new favorite scenes ever occurs in this episode, when Leonard wakes up to find Sheldon in the living room playing the bongos.

No word of a lie, that scene TRUMPS my previous alltime favorite scene of Sheldon in the ballpit, after he’s been up for days trying to determine how neutrons move through a graphine sheet.  Hysterical.

I just love the show.  And I love that there are so many funny things.  And I am supremely amazed at how many things I can remember without having to look them up.

What do you think about Sheldon playing the bongos?  What is your favorite Big Bang Theory moment?

It’s been a difficult week in that there was just so much to watch.  Not only were there a large number of pilots to watch and critique, but there were also quite a few returning shows that need to be ripped apart.

House, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Castle, Glee, Parenthood, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Bones, Big Bang Theory, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Community, the Simpsons, and Family Guy… all shows I’ve come to love very much for very different reasons.  You can find all of my thoughts after the jump. Continue reading

I’ve been struggling for weeks with what to watch this season for tv.  Do I want to add more comedies?  Is there room for another drama?  So many questions and less than a week to go until the major premiers start happening.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am more reliant on my DVR now than I ever have been.  I find this is because Hubs and I keep relatively different schedules and watch most of our shows together.

So without further adieu, here are my recommendations.

On Monday:

  • At 8PM, How I Met Your Mother. Although, I don’t hold out much hope for this particular series anymore.  I’ve been let down way too many times, and the new “let’s finally meet the mother storyline seems too good to be true.
  • Also at 8PM, you’ll find House.  I’ve always loved this one.  I find that I enjoy recording it and watching it right away.  Unfortunately, FOX and Verizon do not have any type of agreement for OnDemand programming, so I can’t say just look for this one OnDemand like I would for some other favorites.
  • At 9PM, Two and a Half Men.  This is another show that’s been around for awhile, but has started lacking in overall story.
  • At 10PM is one of my favorites, Castle.  But this one you can find OnDemand.
  • Check out the new Hawaii 5-0, also at 10PM.  I’m not so sure about this one, mostly because there’s been so much hype around it.  I’ll give it 3-episodes.

On Tuesday:

  • At 8PM, a fan favorite Glee will be there to watch and love and sing along with.
  • No Ordinary Family with Julie Benz will also show up in the 8PM spot.  I love Julie Benz, and I like the idea of superheroes.  This happens to be an ABC show, so I may or may not try to check it out OnDemand.  If it’s good enough, I’ll just have to watch it live or DVR it.
  • At 10PM, watch Parenthood. You will often find NBC shows OnDemand, but it’s still a great show to watch.

On Wednesday:

  • Check out a new JJ Abrams show at 8PM.  Undercovers.  It looks good, but only time will tell.
  • At 9PM, my new guilty pleasure Hellcats is on.  Yes.  I enjoy shows about cheerleaders.  It might be awful, but it’s like a car wreck or going to a hockey game.
  • Also at 9PM is Modern Family.  You’d be a fool to miss this Emmy Award Winning show.
  • At 9:30PM, watch Cougar Town.  Although it’s less about cougaring and more about dysfunctional families, it’s still pretty good.  And Jennifer Aniston will be making a cameo this season.

On Thursday:

  • At 8PM, on a Thursday night which is the most jampacked night for tv, you should be watching Community.  If you caught it last season, you’re in for a treat in the next season.  If you missed it, well… you missed a lot.
  • Also at 8PM on CBS is The Big Bang Theory.  Enough said.
  • At 9PM you should watch The Office.  It is Steve Carrell’s last season, and it would be a shame to miss it.  Even though I think they should throw in the towel after this…
  • I’m a HUGE Grey’s Anatomy fan.  You’ll find it at 9PM on ABC.  However, if you miss it, you might be able to catch in OnDemand.
  • If you like Grey’s, you probably like Private Practice, which is on immediately after at 10PM.

On Friday:

  • You should be trying to catch up on anything you missed and delete things from your DVR to make room for the following week.  I don’t usually find anything of interest on Friday nights, but you can be the judge.

On Saturday:

  • Get outside.  Enjoy some fresh air.  Come home, rent a movie and relax.  Or… go out.  Have date night.  There’s nothing really good on anyway.

On Sunday:

  • At 8PM, you can find a classic staple in American television, The Simpsons.
  • At 9PM, you MUST watch Dexter on Showtime.  Period.  The End.

So, Gentle Readers, those are my opinions on what to watch this season.  I’m sure as the season gears up, there will be some changes to the lineup.

What will YOU be watching this fall season?

First up?  My DVR.

And for those of you who were wondering, this is going to be one of those posts where I talk about something painfully mundane, but seemingly interesting.  Well, to me anyway.

Of all the things that need a good cleaning out, my DVR is definitely on the top of that list.  Well, that and my entire apartment.  Because I just want to relax and not worry about anything from Christmas to New Years.

The simple fact is that there is way too much clogging up the DVR.  Way too much.  As in, I should really delete stuff after I watch it.  But some shows just deserve to be watched 2 or 3 times.  And mostly because there are so many other things on tv that are just boring and silly, and I hate daytime tv, so I guess my DVR will remain relatively full.

  • 13 episodes of The Office
  • 2 episodes of Men of a Certain Age
  • 3 episodes of The Big Bang Theory
  • 9 episodes of Two and a Half Men
  • 3 episodes of Accidentally on Purpose
  • 1 episode of House
  • 1 episode of How I Met Your Mother
  • 7 episodes of The Simpsons
  • 1 episode of Let’s Make a Deal
  • 1 episode of WAVY News 10 Local News
  • 7 episodes of Family Feud
  • 2 episodes of The Family Guy
  • 2 episodes of Legend of the Seeker
  • 9 episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
  • 1 DOUBLE episode of Dollhouse – this one keeps recording in 2-hour increments, which is fine, because then it looks like I only have 1 episode, even though there’s 2
  • 1 episode of the Tonight Show
  • 7 episodes of Lopez Tonight
  • 1 episode of SNL
  • 1 episode of Community
  • 1 episode of Cougar Town
  • 1 episode of Glee
  • 1 episode of Modern Family
  • 2 episodes of The Jay Leno Show
  • 2 episodes of Late Show with David Letterman
  • 1 episode of The Price is Right
  • Something’s Got to Give
  • Talladega Nights
  • Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

Final count – 94% full with 85 episodes/movies/tv specials.  It’s sick.  And there is way too much on my DVR.  I wonder if I’ll make it through everything so I can make room for new stuff.

House – Broken

House engages in a battle of wits and wills against the attending physician in charge of his detox program. When he starts to lose, House resorts to blackmail to gain the upper hand.

I think the staple of a good show is one that can take everything you’ve ever known, find a window, and throw it out.  THEN make you feel eerily okay, and all of a sudden REALLY uncomfortable.  Yup.  That’s pretty much what this season premiere did to me.  It was one of the best episodes of House I’ve seen in awhile, and it took place in a mental hospital, where everything was new and unfamiliar.  By the end of the episode, when House started working with the Doctors instead of against them, I found myself feeling uneasy.  It was so out of place and out of character for House to be cooperative, but it made the episode, and his journey more meaningful.

This didn’t follow the typical House formula where there is a patient with a seemingly incurable disease that House fails at curing several times before finding out that the formerly “incurable” part was really an allergy to peanuts.  In fact, no one from the show other than Wilson showed up at all.  House was completely out of his element.  There were new characters to annoy and manipulate and get to know, and eventually trust.  And House did all of that.

Now, I cut out of House early last season.  Actually, I cut out of a lot early last season.  But I’m REALLY looking forward to this year and seeing what’s going to happen.


How I Met Your Mother – Definitions

The rest of the gang uncovers Barney and Robin’s clandestine romance. Ted fights his nerves over his impending teaching debut at Columbia.

I love this show.  I’ve been loyal to a fault, even when Britney Spears did a few episodes.  Even when the writing didn’t seem up to par.  Even when the plot seemed a little out there.  I’m loyal to the show.  And I’ll always watch it.  I swear.  But as far as season premieres go?  This was the weakest by far.  It had it’s moments of comedy.  Like when Marshall gives Ted the Indiana Jones hat and whip as a gift for becoming a Professor.  And that ended up being a really funny episode-long running joke.  And there were a few witty lines here and there.  But, I sadly will admit, I was not impressed by the opener.  And quite frankly, I don’t really like the Barney/Robin thing they’ve got going on.  I realize Robin and Ted are not going to end up together, and that’s fine.  I accepted that.  Heck, I prefer they not be together.  But Barney and Robin?  Doesn’t really work for me.  He’s a player.  She’s a crappy relationship person.  Sure, they both love sex, but come on.  That does not a relationship make.  But whatever.  I’ll stick around and see what will happen next.  But I don’t think this is the show this year that will be watched live.  Sorry, NPH.  I love you madly, but your show is lacking.


Accidentally On Purpose – Pilot

Billie, a newspaper film critic, just went through an ugly breakup with her boss, who still wishes to mend their relationship. After a fling with a much younger guy, Billie ends up pregnant and decides that she really wants to keep the baby — and the guy she hooked up with.

This was a slow starter.  From the opening scene, I wanted to change the channel.  But after a few minutes, it picked up really quickly, and became a really great show.  I love Jenna Elfman.  She’s played some great characters.  So, it’s good to see her back on television with her own show.  And she’s got a fantastic supporting cast.  Her sister is naive, and her best friend a sharp-tongued foreigner, and together they have some pretty amazing scenes.  I think CBS has something special with this one.  Hopefully, they’ll let it ride out the season and see what happens.


Two and a Half Men – jklpuzo

Charlie must make a difficult decision about his future and with which woman he wants to spend his life: Chelsea or Mia. Meanwhile, Charlie also grows wary that Melissa has slowly moved into the house.

I’ve never really been a fan of Two and a Half Men.  And I don’t really like Charlie Sheen.  John Cryer is great, as is the rest of the supporting cast, but Charlie Sheen sometimes rubs me the wrong way.  In my opinion, this was another disappointing season opener.  But I could be biased.   This is also a show I’m watching for Chriso, as he loves it and has been watching it for quite awhile.  In fact, I gave him the first season for his birthday, and we plowed right through it.  And the first season was funny.  I just think that as far as season openers go, you should have something really strong, and this just wasn’t it.


Big Bang Theory – The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation

Discovering that Leonard, Raj, and Howard fudged the results of his Arctic research expedition, a disgraced Sheldon heads home to Texas.

My goodness, the sight gags were great in this one.  In the opening scene, the gang enters their building with their bags, after having been away for the entire summer.  Every single one of them has crazy long hair and a crazy long beard, in order to demonstrate a 3 month time span.  Enter Sheldon, who is sporting a goatee and hair that looks like it has barely grown.  So, as far as sight gags go, that was pretty cool.  The rest of the episode was pretty entertaining.  They did a good job of throwing that characters right back in to where they belonged and seeing what would happen after they were gone for three months.  Also, the Leonard/Penny thing came up again, and it’s actually kind of sweet.  But they both realized it was a little awkward, which should make for some interesting encounters this season.

All in all, Monday is a pretty good night for television.  I’m not completely sold on the lineup just yet, but that is what DVR is for.


What did you watch on Monday night?  What did you think?

I don’t think there are words that can express how furious I am with the quality of tv last night.  Okay, maybe “furious” isn’t the right word… more like annoyed.  Monday night TV is pretty much one of the better nights, presumably, because of How I Met Your Mother and Heroes.  But I have to say both shows were equally frustrating, and not as entertaining as I would have preferred.

I’m going to say this: when I’d rather watch the lead-in for HIMYM, which happens to be Big Bang Theory, rather than HIMYM, there is a serious problem.

I absolutely hated last night’s episode.  I’m guessing that because of Alyson Hannigan’s recent baby news, the reason they focused on Marshall and Lily having a baby was because of that.  Which is fine.  But watching Lily be completely trashed in the most unsatisfying drunk Lily episode I’ve seen to date, I’m utterly disappointed.  It wasn’t even funny. 

Barney wasn’t even funny.  And I find that truly heartbreaking.  I don’t know what’s going on, but I haven’t felt a strong disappointment in this show since the Britney Spears episodes, and that made me leave for an entire season.  I think that show and I need to take a break for a little while.  I’ll just go back to the DVDs because THOSE were actually funny.

Heroes was a different story.  I actually fell asleep 10 minutes in and didn’t get to see the entire episode.  But I heard it was okay.  Not the best, but had some pretty entertaining insights and some nice crossovers… but I’ll just have to see for myself.

So, all in all, it was a pretty disappointing evening.  Hopefully the lineup tonite will be a little more exciting with House.