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Is anyone else feeling love for Nathan Fillion today?

So… Drive.  A failed Cannonball Run wannabe of a show created by Tim Minear and starring Nathan Fillion, with guest appearances by Amy Acker and Emma Stone, was cancelled after only four episodes.  Two additional episodes were released for digital distribution only.  Drive debuted in April 2007, and obviously didn’t last very long.

Honestly, I only watched this show for the promise of Nathan Fillion and Amy Acker.  Once I got into watching the episodes, they were okay, but they didn’t really keep my interest all that much.  And I guess that’s what they rest of the viewing audience was thinking.  Not gonna lie, it was a cute concept, but it just never really fleshed out.  I think there were too many stories going on at once, it was difficult to focus – not that I remember it all that clearly other than I DVR‘d it and watched the episodes, but come on, that was five years ago.

So, that’s the D for the Day, gentle readers.  Enjoy!


Hubs and I went on vacation for a week last week, and I have finally caught up on everything I missed, and then some.  Here are my thoughts on what I watched:

  • GCB is a surprisingly good show.  I didn’t think I’d like it, but it is the kind of soapy dramedy that keeps you coming back over and over again.
  • Celebrity Apprentice makes me laugh.  The women suck.  And Aresnio had me in stitches in the boardroom after the Walgreens campaign task.
  • Castle has reverted to his old playboy ways because he found out Kate was lying and perhaps assumed she didn’t have feelings for him.  Turns out, she does.  And she won’t tell him still.  Silly Kate.  Silly Castle.  You don’t have to LOVE each other to LOVE each other.  You’re better as friends.  Maybe.
  • I hate that I like Smash.  I wanted to hate it, I really did.  But it’s another stupid show that got me hooked.  Plus Debra Messing is fantastic.  I missed her.
  • Once Upon a Time has kept me on the edge of my seat for weeks now.  And the Queen’s wedding dress?  Total bonus.
  • And Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23 is probably my new favorite sitcom so far.

So, there you have it.  I feel like I’m missing something, though.

Anyway… what have you been catching up on this week?


The name is Beckett.  Kate Beckett.

One of my new favorite TV couples is Castle and Beckett.  Not only because I love Nathan Fillion and love seeing him in roles where there’s so much romantic tension.  OK.  I love seeing him in every role.  But Stana Kattic is just as amazing.  And they have a really great chemistry.  And they’re so cute together.

The Castle/Beckett on again/off again almost relationship has been going on for at least two seasons, even though the show is now in its fourth.  The first season was dedicated to getting to know the characters, and the second getting to see how they REALLY are once we get to know them.  It wasn’t until season three that we, and by we I mean ME, really start to get the itch about them being together.  He gets her coffee every day and tries to protect her.  She pretends she isn’t flattered and smitten with him and throws sexy teases in his direction to get a response.

They are truly an epic will they won’t they couple.  The only team that out-couples them, so far, is Booth and Bones, and they finally got together, sort of, and are having a baby.

Castle and Beckett’s current drama revolves around Beckett having been shot in the third season finale, Castle telling her he loved her, and Beckett remembering everything, but not telling anyone.  Only Castle finds out, and vows to back off because his opinion is that if she really cared, she would have said something sooner.

Oh, Castle.  Beckett is much more coy than that.  I don’t think she’ll say anything still.  She’s afraid of being hurt.  Plus, they’ve been through so much.  She doesn’t want to seem like the fool, or the vulnerable one.

Honestly, I’m happy they go through ups and downs.  I think it would be quite boring if they just got together and that was it.

Who is YOUR favorite tv couple?

Wonder what I’m doing?  It’s called the A to Z challenge.  Check it out here.


Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23 = Love.

And thanks to ABC, I now have 2 episodes to watch.  Talk about awesome.  And I think it’s a great advertising strategy in keeping with the times.  Clearly ABC has its fingers on the pulse of pop culture and budding technology, and I’m happy to know that ABC understands the Internet and the likelihood that they’ll get more ratings and buzz for the show using this word of mouth method they’re creating by putting a show online three weeks earlier than it is due to air on television.

And I love it.  Hubs and I were talking about how much the show is getting away with to be in Primetime.  But I think that is just what we need in a new sitcom: a limit pusher.  Especially when shows are going to start dropping like flies because this season’s failure is far from the brilliance of seasons past.  Cough, cough.  Two and a Half Men.  Ahem.  Office.  But that is merely speculation of course.

Honestly, though.  I needed another really GOOD sitcom.  Krysten Ritter and James Van der Beek are amazingly hysterical.  Krysten Ritter plays somewhat of a psychopath, but only in the a lying, cheating, sleep with her roommate’s fiance sort of way.  And James Van der Beek plays himself, only he’s a ladies man who hates and then loves that women love him for Dawson’s Creek.

Actually, after watching the first episode I went to Amazon to see if I could find the complete series of Dawson’s Creek so I could watch it.  Don’t judge me.

Oh, and of course I tweeted about my newfound love for the show.  And Krysten Ritter favorited it.  Be jealous.


There are so many shows that never get there shot to really flourish.  Dollhouse.  Pushing Daisies.  Dirt.  Veronica Mars.  It’s often difficult to appreciate some of the shows that actually got a chance because some of the programming today is just plain awful.  To this day  it still baffles me that reality tv still has some value.  Cough cough.  Jersey Shore Cough cough.

But the show that I absolutely love that should have never been cancelled is Joss Whedon‘s Firefly.  It got 12 episodes.  And it’s the type of show that had so many stories just waiting to be told.  A testament to the show and the love of the Jossverse is the fact that the show failed and still got a movie made.  That’s love.

And although Nathan Fillion has found a new home on ABC and his show is doing considerably well, I would have loved to have seen what he would have done and where his character would have gone.

Firefly, you will be missed.


As you know, Gentle Readers, the time has come for the 10/11 Fall Season of TV to begin.  Can I just tell you how excited I am?  Truly, very excited.

Although I am not quite done nailing down my own schedule of what to watch, what to try and what to avoid, I will have my final schedule completed by the end of the week.  A few old standards will definitely be in the rotation, and of course some will have to be On Demand or watched on Hulu or the respective network website.  But I will be watching as much as I can.

In the meantime, you should check out what others are doing for their fall season viewing schedules.  One great blogger I like to read and you should check out in general, Avitable, gave his quick and dirty schedule on what to watch, try and record.

Then there’s Techland, who goes in different direction with their fall lineup.

What will YOU be watching this season?


Everyone has one.  Maybe more than one.  A show that you can watch over and over again, and it helps you feel better, puts you in a good mood, or helps you to sleep in a good way.

Hubs and I have been talking about our comfort shows for a few weeks.  Mostly because since I bought the first to seasons of The Big Bang Theory it has been a permanent fixture in the dvd player in our bedroom.  I don’t have cable running to the bedroom tv.  I had every intention of doing so, but just never got around to it, and I think we’re better for it.  We just have the dvd player, and it’s just enough television: great show, no commercials.

But Big Bang has been in the rotation for months.  To the point where we’re talking about starting to rate our favorite episodes per disc and then per season.  Yes.  We’re dorks.  Deal with it.

Big Bang is our comfort show.  It’s the show we watch every night before we go to bed while we’re falling asleep and when we wake up just before we get up for the day.

I have other comfort shows.  I don’t know what others Hubs would consider as a comfort show, but I certainly have a few.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer of course is right at the top of my list of favorite shows and is definitely a comfort show for me.  Yes, there are vampires and it can be scary, but it is forever unchanging.  And I can marathon the entire series very easily.

Veronica Mars is there to satisfy my Kristen Bell craving.  And also my desire to be a tiny blonde teen detective.

And then there’s Grey’s Anatomy.  It’s not so much the surgical storylines that keep me coming back.  It’s the personal stories that make me want to watch over and over.  And I can’t wait to watch what will happen in the upcoming season.

What are some of your comfort shows?