Merry Christmas to All!

Wishing everyone a safe and joyous Christmas!!

Except for the folks in charge over at ABC. A big bah humbug to those that cancelled Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money. And for all the messy ghost Denny business on Grey's Anatomy.



Gotta Love Freebies!

I opened my mailbox the other day to find this clever little promo item promoting the new TNT show "Leverage."

I have to admit that I knew nothing about the plot or cast (aside from Timothy Hutton). But they certainly grabbed my attention with this. And it helps that they sent a flash drive containing the full pilot episode. Sweet!

Here's the premise breakdown from the official "Leverage" site:

The series follows a team of thieves, hackers and grifters who act as modern-day Robin Hoods, taking revenge against those who use power and wealth to victimize others.

In LEVERAGE, Hutton plays former insurance investigator Nate Ford, a once-loyal corporate employee who had recovered millions of dollars in stolen goods for his employer. But when that employer denied his son’s insurance claims and allowed the boy to die, he realized he could no longer work for such an entity.

Out of work and descending into alcoholism, Ford is hired by an aeronautics executive to recover airplane designs the executive claims were stolen by a rival company. Helping him are four highly skilled team members: Parker (Beth Riesgraf – Alvin and the Chipmunks), an expert thief; Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge – Friday Night Lights),a specialist in Internet and computer fraud; Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane – Into the West), a high-octane “retrieval specialist” who can take out a gang of henchmen without breaking a sweat; and Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman – Coupling), a grifter who could win awards for her acting skills during difficult scams. At first the newly formed team is hesitant to trust each other after so many years working alone but being double-crossed changes the dynamic, ultimately forcing them to unite. They emerge from the job realizing they are far better working together than apart. Once they discover they can trust each other the group targets their cons toward the richest, the greediest and the most unjust.

I'll definitely give it a shot. Hey, any show featuring Christian Kane is worth this die-hard "Angel" fan's time.

"Leverage" premieres on Sunday, Dec. 7th @ 10PM EST. New episodes will air on Tuesdays @ 10PM.



Vote for Pushing Daisies!

ABC is the lone network not airing the Obama informercial tonight. So if you're not an undecided voter (or if you've taken advantage of early voting), give "Pushing Daisies" a try!

Please? I'm asking nicely. Don't make me beg. But I will if it comes to that.

Pleeeeease watch Pushing Daisies tonight at 8PM on ABC!!!



Who doesn't love lipsynched '80s songs?

"It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight...."

Cheers to the "Supernatural" crew and the CW for airing this minute and a half of pure cheesy, lipsynched awesomeness!

Last Thursday's episode, "Yellow Fever," was THE funniest episode of "Supernatural" yet.

It is truly one of my top 5 shows this season. And that is a hard-earned title, given that it is awarded by ME (someone who watches one too many shows!). The other shows that I have bestowed that honor upon are: Chuck, Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, and (though it might be premature, given that I've only seen the season premiere) 30 Rock. In my opinion, these shows are thriving creatively, even if their ratings are lacking.

That's the biggest surprise in this early part of the TV season -- that so many good shows are finding themselves on the bubble. Can someone please explain to my why more people would rather watch "Two and Half Men" or "Dancing with the Stars" than Chuck Bartowski and co?

On the positive side, there were a few pleasant surprises last week. Nicole Richie as Sarah's nemesis from high school on "Chuck" was not bad. Was that her first true acting gig? Anyone know?

Katie Holmes did a decent turn (and kick!) on "Eli Stone." She actually made me forget for 45 min. that she's Mrs. Cruise. She was delightfully charming. I wouldn't mind seeing her character return later in the season.

Random complaint: why is Monday the new Thursday? In terms of scheduling I mean. Eight shows in one night takes its toll on my TV-loving brain. I'm mostly reduced to watching the ones I cannot record online. It usually takes me until Friday to catch up on it all. Oy. I'm already exhausted and it's not even November
sweeps yet!!



Supernatural: Holy S&%#!

And I actually mean holy. Dean Winchester plucked from the depths of hell by an angel? Just one of many revelations from the season premiere.

Should this angel Castiel (if we are to believe he is indeed who he says he is) be trusted? Exactly what kind of work does he want to recruit Dean for? Well, whatever it turns out to be, we should really say hallelujah! to him for reuniting the Winchester brothers.

Ruby’s back! And she looks a hell of a lot like
Kris Furillo! Since only Sam and the audience know “Kristy's" real identity, I do wonder if Genevieve Cortese will be sticking around or if Ruby will jump from body to body. Will there be different actresses portraying Ruby throughout the season?

Ruby’s been helping Sam harness his powers, which we haven’t seen much of since the first season. Well it looks like they've been successful, given that scene in which he sends the diner girl demon straight to hell with nothing but his eyes closed and his hand focused on his target. Daaaamn. No wonder Lillith was afraid of him. It’s a good thing Sam kept this secret from Dean...

...who apparently thinks it’s a wise idea to keep his memories of his time in hell all to himself. You know it’s going to come back and bite him in the ass (not literally though, like those hellhounds tearing up his innards yuck). Poor guy. Of course, nothing stops Dean from shooting off his trademark wiseguy one-liners. My favorite exchange of the night came when Dean was reunited with his true love, his Chevy Impala

Dean: “What the hell is THAT?”
Sam: “That’s an iPod jack.”
Dean: “You were supposed to take care of her, not douche her up!”



Fringe: Two Thumbs Up!

Is it just me or did the opening shot instantly bring to mind, Alias? I guess that shouldn't be too surprising, given that this is a JJ Abrams creation. The mystery case of the episode was both engrossing and well, just plain gross. An airborne toxin that causes the flesh to melt completely off your body. Ick.

The show has been described as Alias meets Lost meets the X-Files. It has many of the elements that made those shows cult hits: a kick-ass female lead, a smart-ass leading man (who of course has mad chemistry with said female, which will lead to all sorts of romantic tension and the will-they-or-won't-they debate, resulting in either happy or frustrated viewers), an eccentric genius, a mysterious boss who recruits the female lead into a secret organization, and lots of interesting, yet admittedly convulted mysteries. It also shares something directly with both Alias and Lost: musical scoring by Michael Giacchino. Mr. Giacchino's beautiful work adds to the scenes rather than distracts and really punctuates the tension.

While the pilot started a tad bit slow, it really picked up once Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) entered the picture. Oh Pacey, you've been away from my television MUCH too long!

Dr. Walter Bishop, sprung from the mental institution, proves to be instrumental in solving the case and saving the day. He also serves up some much needed comic relief.

"Oh! I just pissed myself. Just a squirt"

"Excellent. Let's make some

(chuckes)"This is a show for children? Suprisingly profound for
narrative about a sponge."

Anna Torv is an engaging lead - JJ sure knows how to pick 'em! I'm interested to see how her character develops over the season and I enjoy her exchanges with Joshua Jackson. We'll see how she measures up to Sydney Bristow.

Overall, the pilot was good enough to grab my undivided attention and earn a spot on my TV roster.

I give it:
- Set your season pass, beyotches!



Week One Premieres: The Surprising and the Not-So-Surprising

Is it odd that I found Prison Break to be the best of the Monday night premieres? I'm happy they're no longer shackled down by the in-prison scenery; the plot seems to move at a much more rapid pace. I mean hell, how many characters did they kill off in the first hour alone?

I have a surprisingly positive outlook on this new season for the PB-ers. And T-Bag is just as creepy as ever. I can't wait until he's back to torturing the rest of the gang.

Gossip Girl was entertaining as always. I loved the twist with Blair's seemingly bland, fake-boyfriend. He's a British Lord! I'll admit: I'm a sucker for cute accents.

The only storyline I had issue with was Nate's little Cougar affair. 1) I'm sick of the 'cougar' term [anyone else? show of hands??] 2) this plot device has been overly used and 3) I'm sure there are MANY other ideas they could have come up with that would be much more original, instead of following a TV trend.

Bones returned on Tuesday with a two-hour premiere which found Booth & Brennan in jolly old England! I missed the squints, but I'm still annoyed at the show for what they did to Zack. I've read that he will re-appear throughout the season, but it's just not the same. :(

Finally, with much reluctance, I watched the new 90210. I even held off, by DVR-ing it when it re-aired on Thursday. I was never a big fan of the original (I barely admitted to watching even a few episodes back in the day), but it had a certain cheesy, over-the-top, guilty-pleasure quality to it that was just too hard to ignore.

So what to say about this new incarnation? Weeeeell......it wasn't 'horrible' per se. It wasn't great. The positives: Jessica Walter (who will forever be Lucille Bluth in my mind) stole every scene she was in and was the only character to make me laugh and the old-school BH-ers, Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty. Call it wishful thinking, but I was half-expecting a little bitch-slap action. C'mon girls, just humor us a bit.

Will I be watching next week? Since House won't premiere until the following week, maybe. Then again, there's the 2-hour premiere of Fringe and any project created by J.J. Abrams automatically gets a slot on my Watch Live list! And it's got Pacey in it. I am so there.



It's September? How did THAT happen?

Does anyone else feel like August just whipped by at warp speed? In just a few weeks, fall will be upon us. FALL! But you know what the best part about that is don't you? New TV!! wooooooooooo!

Things kick off with tonight's season premieres of Gossip Girl, Prison Break and One Tree Hill.

I'm a little iffy on Prison Break. While I'm certainly joyful that Michael will have Dr. Sara Tancredi back (complete with her head on!) [and mainly because that man deserves to have something go his way], I think they really could have ended this show a LONG time ago. If the season doesn't end with Linc and Michael (finally) taking down The Company and having their happy ending, I'll be quite perturbed.

Those spoiled, over-sexed, drama queens of Gossip Girl are also back and I must admit, I'm a little giddy. The premiere kicks off in the Hamptons - which equals a whole lotta debauchery and guilty fun!

And One Tree Hill returns......we'll find out the identity of the mystery woman on the other end of Lucas's call. Whoopee. Can you sense my 'excitement?' Why, oh why do I still watch this show? Actually I do know - that adorable little kid who plays Haley and Nathan's son. He's gotta be the cutest little child actor on TV. Want proof?



And So My Summer Spiral of Shame Begins...

Just what did I find myself watching on Sunday night? None other than the "Big Brother" season premiere. What kick-started as a TV show swap deal with my friend, Reality Queen [I would watch a non-scripted show that she selected (BB) and she would catch up on a scripted show I selected (My Boys)] has now claimed a spot on my viewing schedule. I reluctantly watched BB season 8 last summer - all THREE weekly airings - and got completely sucked into it. I managed to avoid it during the strike-affected late fall/winter season, but somehow my unhealthy curiosity has drawn me to the BB housemates once more. Oy.

And the shame spiral does not end there folks. Alas, what did I follow up that hour with? "I Love Money" Yes, that I Love Money. The one with all the rejects from Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and I Love New York. What is wrong with me?

Although I've ranted on and on about how I hate reality shows, for some oddball reason, I'm ok with them if they're on cable. I've even found myself landing on The Next Design Star (HGTV), the Next Food Network Star, and What Not to Wear (TLC) while channel-surfing. Then again, I'll watch just about anything on the Food Network (who doesn't love Unwrapped or Ace of Cakes?)



Lazy Hazy Days

I blame my lack of posting on the combo of 90 degree days and crazy torrential rain. Or just plain laziness on my part. It's odd to only have three shows in my viewing rotation (until tomorrow that is, when the highly-anticipated second season of "Burn Notice" premieres).

I've been very pleased with this season of "Army Wives" thus far. I have no idea why, but every other episode causes me to get a bit teary-eyed; although in my defense, killing off Amanda the way they did should make anyone cry. At least a little. Unless you're a robot.

"My Boys" on the other hand, has been a bit underwhelming. The premiere was quite anticlimactic -- were we really supposed to be believe that PJ had a thing for Bobby again?! She moved on (and so did this viewer). Personally, I think those two kids are better off as friends. I'm also not quite sure what to think of the whole Bobby and the hot nanny relationship. Partly because I remember the chick from her guest spot last season on "Chuck" (she was a rival of Sarah's who tried to stir up trouble between the two lovebirds). I think I mentioned it back then as well, does she remind anyone else of an anorexic Cameron from "House?"

I still heart "My Boys," especially anytime the always hilarious Jim Gaffigan (Andy) is in a scene. And Mike's creepily spot-on 'McConaughey' had me rolling. Lastly, what's up with Kenny gettin all the chicks?

"In Plain Sight" has managed to earn a spot on my DVR series recording list. I struggled to make it through the pilot -- I swear that Mary was either taking off or putting on her jacket every five minutes! Thankfully, the show has improved as the season has progressed. It always helps to bring in Dave Foley for a guest spot. A comically-evil Dave Foley. I almost felt bad when he was outsmarted by the marshals in the end. Almost.

I love Mary's partner, Marshall (Marshall the marshal - can you tell I'm easily amused?). If it wasn't for his comedic relief, I probably would've stopped watching after episode two.

What I don't like so much are Mary's mother and sister. They really add nothing to the plot. Can't we just have them go all Thelma & Louise and drive off a cliff together? Would anyone really miss them? It seems to me that Lesley Ann Warren keeps getting typecast. Her floozy, boozy unemployed mom character is pretty much the exact same one she played on "Desperate Housewives." Mary's good-for-nothing sister is equally as annoying. Although I have to say, at least the writers are attempting to humanize her (with the whole taking-care-of-Mary's-kinda-boyfriend bit).



My Boys Season Two Premiere TONIGHT!

Episode 121: Rome, If You Want To

Countdown to Italy! Only 72 hours left and PJ still hasn’t picked her travel companion. Stephanie’s freaking out (as only Stephanie does).

The guys are helping her review her options: one of the four of them.
Kenny: has random relatives living in various parts of the Italy.
Bobby: his family owns a villa in Florence AND he speaks Italian
Mike: says “everybody over there speaks Italian,” but he’ll be her personal valet. He also promises not be creepy.
Brendan; says they’re excellent travel companions, citing Costa Rica and six days of beer, surfing, beer, shrimp tacos, and beer.

Andy brings up the point that there are plenty of great sites to visit in their own city that are just as great as traveling abroad (this is obviously the show’s love letter to the city of Chicago). So he plans a field trip/day off for the gang to visit one place they’ve never gone to before.

Next day, PJ awakens from a horrifying dream involving her waking up to half-naked, beer-downing Mike on one side and bouffant-sporting Kenny. Needless to say, she decides she would be much better off going it alone in Italy. Or in reality, playing the third wheel to Steph and her debt counselor/BF Lance.

Then…koinky dink! Old love interests begin popping up left and right:

Option #1: Evan the botanist shows up at Crowley’s. He’s been in Belize and has just returned. He was really digging her and invites her to his parents’ lake house in Michigan (full of mosquitoes and fat people with annoying accents). She tells him she’ll call when she gets back.

Option #2: The Cute Cub. He’s just been traded to the Brewers. SO he can now officially tell her he’s got a huge crush and would love to have dinner (or breakfast..or both!). Again, she promises to call when she gets back.

Option #3: Thorn. Turns out he didn’t get married. He also wants to have dinner with PJ….in Italy! Can you guess what her response was?

The girl still decides to go it alone.

Forgot to mention the events of Andy’s Big Day Off Tour of Chicago. They start with Bobby’s pick - the Art Institute (where only the audience sees that Bobby’s family trust donated an entire exhibit to the museum – man, they really ARE loaded). Next stop, Kenny’s pick: the Sears Tower. He’s afraid of heights, thus he’s never been to the top. He clings to the walls once inside.

Mike: “There’s a full ½ inch of glass between you and splat! on the pavement.”
“That wasn’t very supportive was it?”

Later, Andy shows up as the tour guide on a double-decker bus to show Brendan “something he’s never seen before,” then proceeds to serenade everyone with “Danke Schoen.”

The Plane The Plane!
Steph and Lance are already on board, waiting for PJ. PJ shows up, slightly frantic. She tells them that she took Steph’s advice and called up someone to be her date. He said yes and was supposed to meet her at the airport. The mystery guy still hasn’t shown up. PJ is feeling dejected, having put herself out there only to end up disappointed. But wait! The flight attendant brings some surprising news:

“Penelope Franklin? The gentleman has upgraded your ticket to first class.
You have a glass of champagne waiting for you behind those curtains.”

Stephanie peeps her head to get a view, “Who is it?” Well we’ll find out tonight won’t we?


My Boys Recap: Episode 120

Episode 120: 110 Percent Solution

Mike thinks getting hit in the head with a baseball is nothing. He who vomited after getting hit in the nuts with a water balloon.

Andy buys a boat. He invites the gang to a boat christening. Problem is, he hasn’t told his wife about it. Oh boy.

He’s feels like a “dull suburban nobody,” so buying the boat was his way to escape.

Andy: “Meredith’s getting the baby, what to I get?”

PJ: “Umm, the baby?”
PJ invites Evan the botanist over for poker night. Bad idea. He doesn’t quite fit in with the guys and their normal game night routine. He looks incredibly awkward shuffling around trying to keep out of the way.

Mike: “So Evan, what do you do?”
Evan: “I’m a botanist.”
Mike: “Really? Huh

He attempts to tell a funny story, but gets interrupted by Mike and Kenny, which then turns into one of their stories about doing a ‘bit’ at a restaurant where one of them was fake-choking, while the other was actually choking.

Evan splits after one round and doesn’t call PJ for a few days. She goes to see him and he tells her he’s swamped with work but will call her in a few weeks when things settle down.

The guys tell PJ that he was just finding a nice way to dump her.

The gang ends up at the batting cage, where they proceed to stand and be pelted with baseballs. Mike tells them to up the speed to 85mph. Smart, real smart.



My Boys recap: Episode 119

Episode 119: “Estates of Hoffman”

This is the Reader’s Digest version of a recap (mostly because I’m just too lazy to write a full one!)

Andy’s growing fond of life in suburbia.

He invites the gang to a housewarming BBQ.

Stephanie calls shotgun for the car ride via text message. She then proceeds to force the others to listen to Italian language CDs during the drive.

We meet PJ and Andy’s parents! Brendan’s the only one who has met them before (back at Parents’ Day in college) and the only words PJ’s mom has spoken to him? “You need a haircut.”

Fun fact: Eileen (PJ and Andy’s mom) is also Earl and Randy Hickey’s mom!

Andy and Meredith’s house is an almost exact replica of his parents’ house, right down to the miscellaneous kitchen drawer containing: pens, scissors and a deck of cards.

At the BBQ: Kenny, Mike and Brendan vie for the attention of a hot single mom. Kenny and Brando sabotage Mike’s chances by convincing hot mom that he’s an alcoholic.

Kenny tells her that Brando’s a wild party animal. Brando calls him out on sleeping with PJ’s aunt. End of game boys! She’s only interested in…Bobby!

Speaking of whom…. it takes Bobby almost the duration of the episode to find the house on his own. Wouldn’t it have been easier (and logical) to, oh I don’t know, CALL ANDY for directions?! You know what they say about men and asking for directions.

There’s also a doppelganger or as Kenny calls him, a ‘Bobbelganger’ hanging around the party. If I can suggest one tiny nugget of advice for Kyle Howard (who plays Bobby), never sport a beard! It is NOT a good look for you buddy. Unless you’re playing a creepy pedophile in a made-for-tv movie.

PJ meets Evan the botanist who’s a city dweller-turned-suburbanite. And not to mention, easy on the eyes. He calls PJ near the end of the episode to ask her out.

The funniest exchange of the episode is between PJ’s mom Eileen and Brendan.

Eileen: “Oh, I see you finally got that haircut.”
Brando: “Yeah I did, what do you think?”
Eileen: “Looked better long.”


The End is Here: Men in Trees

Such a shame that we must part ways with our favorite fictional town of Elmo, Alaska and all of its quirky citizens. We knew it was coming, but it's hard to believe it's already time.

I'll miss 'Coach' Marin and Jack's weekly dramas.

I'll really miss Patrick and Annie and all their perky cutesyness. At least Patrick finally got his memory back (even if took getting his hand stuck in the condom machine). Here's hoping for a happy ending for the lovebirds. Although, I was warming up to hottie Ivan (can I get an yowza! for that towel scene last week?).

I'll miss Jerome's one-liners, Buzz and Mai's squabbling, Chief Celia's sad machine, and the Chieftain.

I'll miss adorable Sam and Jane and all their opposites-attract/screwball comedy antics.

And I know I speak for all the female viewers when I say, I'll REALLY miss Cash! No explanation necessary :)

Here's the official description of the series finale (Source: TitanTV):
Elmo prepares for its first annual talent show; Marin gets an advance check, but conflict arises when she wants to buy Jack something expensive; Sara fantasizes about men other than Eric; Patrick tries to reignite is romance with Annie.



Mini Project: Gearing Up for the 'My Boys' premiere

My Boys returns this Thursday! Can I get a woohoo? So to prepare, I'm re-watching the last four episodes of season one and giving you a quick recap.

Let's start with Episode 118: "Douchebag in the City" (I wonder exactly how many times some variation of the word douchebag was uttered in this ep? It made for some damn funny times!)

Brendan starts hanging out with Hams (Ryan Reynolds) and picks up on his annoying habits: name-dropping, screening calls and oddly abbreviating his words (“Whatev,” “Do me a solid and cover my Cs and Vods”). I'm with Bobby when he says it really 'annoy.'

PJ’s old college pal Lyssa visits from NYC with irritating gal-pals in tow. Poking fun at Sex and the City, these girls are caricatures more than anything. Lyssa is Carrie (complete with tutu and slo-mo car water-splashing like the opening SATC sequence); there’s also a bitchy redhead (Miranda), an uppity rich girl (Charlotte), and Veronica, a terrible Samantha impersonator (clad in leopard print and full of sex-related puns).

Everyone ends up at the newest hotspot in town, Lab Rat, where there are bikini girls walking around in huge gerbil balls. Yeah, gerbil balls. The guys, after having zero luck with the faux-SATC gals, are looking for the quickest exit. Mike calls Brando (who’s in the middle of flirting with Lyssa) so they can bail and what happens? Brando screens his call. Ooh the nerve! This all leads to...the Douchebag Intervention.

The guys all take turns reading letters expressing just how ‘douchey’ they think Brendan is.

My faves

Kenny: “Dear Brendan, Since you got name to that Sexy Chicago list thing, you’ve been kind of douche. When you tried to get me to buy the new Fergie album, it made me feel so lonely. P.S. I don’t understand your girl jeans.”

Mike: “You’re a really big douchebag. If you were a superhero, you’d be Captain Douchebag.”

Luckily, PJ slaps some sense into Brendan by pointing out how ridiculous he looks, especially his big obnoxious belt. Douchebag gone!



Summer Summer Summertime

The summer of '08 TV season has been adversely affected by, let's all say it together now: the writer's strike. Now we'll have to wait just a bit longer for shows like Entourage and Big Love, which will premiere their new seasons in September (right around the same time as the networks premiere their shows, grrreat).
UPDATE: Big Love won't return until January

There are still a handful of awesome shows to keep us entertained for the next three long months. And things kick-off tonight with the return of Army Wives. When we last left Denise, Roxy, Claudia Joy, and Roland, they were all trapped inside the Hump Bar with annoying Marilyn's crazy-cause-he's-just-been-jilted husband (who arrived just in time to find her leaving with her new man) and the bomb strapped to his chest. And Claudia Joy's daughter Amanda decided to run in just in time for everything to go...white. I'm guessing that the gals (and Roland) should be OK, I doubt they'd really kill off one of the main characters. But of course, someone ends up dead, given that previews have shown them all attending a funeral.

My Boys is FINALLY back this Thursday at 9:30! I've been impatiently waiting to find out which guy PJ chose to take to Italy with her. Our girl had quite the selection of suitors, so which lucky guy got on the plane?

Having recently discovered that I have TBS On-Demand (woo!), over the next few days leading up to the premiere, I'll be recapping the last four episodes of season one. If any of you haven't had the chance to catch this endearingly funny show, now's the time! And there are more than enough options: the Complete First Season DVD is available in stores on Tuesday OR you can watch the eps online at TBS.com.

The other two shows that are definitely worth your time, Burn Notice and Psych, return on July 10th and July 18th respectively.

I have the pilot of In Plain Sight on my DVR, but haven't quite been able to persuade myself to watch it yet. The promos semi-piqued my interest and I'm sure I'll enjoy it as I do USA Network's other series. I'll try and get to it this week and post my review as well.



My Two Cents: Season Finale Thoughts

Here now, some semi-short thoughts on the last two week's worth of finales:

Ugly Betty: Hated the 'Daniel has a long-lost son' storyline, hopefully the writers will find a way out of that one. Loved having Wilhemina and Marc back at Mode (I really missed Marc and Amanda time - please give them more scenes next season!).
Annoyed that it took three episodes to get a shirtless Eddie Cibrian scene :)

Now, that ending. Oy I tell ya. Completely predictable that they would leave us hanging. My theory? Betty didn't choose either guy. I think she went on vacation by herself (maybe to visit her relatives in Mexico for some "soul searching").

My wish for next season: Let's bring back the funny! 'Betty' has been getting too weighed down with all the drama drama drama. I mean, a little dabble here and there is fine, but it's been downright depressing this season.

House: The two-parter finale was TRIPPY. Seriously. Fine acting on the part of Hugh Laurie (as always), Robert Sean Leonard and Anne Dudek. I mean the final scenes between Wilson and Amber made me all weepy. Especially that look on Amber's face when she realized she was dying. Ugh. And now, House and Wilson's relationship is fractured. I'm glad that when they decided to mix things up on the show this season, they really went all out.

Completely random: Fred Durst? Really? I almost wouldn't have recognized him had I not seen his name in the guest star credits. Totally odd.

Completely hilarious: Cuddy's pole-dancing/stripping for House. Ha! Maybe Mr. Crankypants will finally act on his love/hate.

My wish for next season: More Chase and Cameron please! While I like the newbies, I sort of miss the original crew...and Chase is nice eye candy for us ladies. :)

Read on for thoughts on Grey's (Lost deserves its own separate post; I think I'm still trying to digest and comprehend everything that happened)
Grey's Anatomy: The kid encased in cement - WTF?! Not only was it baffling for the viewing audience, but for the docs as well. They spent quite a bit of time freaking out and then debating over the best course of action. Thankfully they were able to save the guy thanks to Christina's bold surgical moves. She finally proved herself to Hahn.

My favorite storyline in this episode was Alex's. In one of the Grey's podcasts leading up to the finale, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers commented that we had yet to see the personal side of Alex Karev (other than his sex life). I took that as a hint that we'd finally get some backstory on him, and we did! He went through a terrible ordeal of taking care of his mother when he was a teen and was now doing the same for Ava/Rebecca. This was arguably Justin Chambers's best episode so far. We finally saw some depth and raw emotion in Alex and I really hope this develops further next season.

Shonda also teased a 'major' kiss. From everything I read, she was referring to Mer/Der, but I thought the others deserved some discussion as well. The Chief and Adele are FINALLY back together. It's about damn time! Those two are really sweet together and deserve some happiness. Callie and Hahn = I don't quite know what to think yet; I'm curious to see where the writers will take their storyline.

The Alex and Izzie one got my attention. I've always rooted for those two to get back together. I don't know if that's going to happen. However, I was proud of Izzie for actually being selfless for an entire episode. She was genuinely worried about her friend, but at the same time was able to step up as a doctor and make rational decisions (unlike the unnecessary tests she put Cheech Marin's character through, only to find out all he had was the flu).

As for Mer and Der, her candle-outlined house plan was probably her grandest romantic gesture, which is a nice change of pace. As Ms. Grey said herself, she's "whole and healed" now and finally ready for McDreamy. And their McHouse on the big McLand. Ok so I added all the Mc parts, but you know what I'm getting at!


I couldn't help but wonder...

...if "Sex and the City: The Movie" would live up to my expectations. The final verdict? It was FABULOUS! For die-hard fans of the show, I think it was well worth the wait. For the uninitiated, this is probably NOT the flick for you.

On opening night, a group of girlfriends and I had dinner & Cosmos (of course) and watched the movie with a theater full of girly-girls like ourselves. Under normal circumstances, I hate being in a crowded theater. But for this particular movie, I wouldn't have had it any other way. Moviegoers sharing collective oohs and aahs, cheers and giggles, squeals and gasps, and of course tears. If you loved the show, well you don't need me to tell you go see it.

SATC has been the main reason I've been behind on watching all the TV season finales. For the last two months, I've been watching the entire SATC series on DVD, so forgive me for the delay in posting finale thoughts on the rest of my shows. I'll get to that in just a few minutes here. And there's lots to discuss!



Zack Addy Kinda Sorta Broke My Heart (And Other Thoughts on Monday's Finales)

I knew something fishy was going on when I peeped the FOX press release for the next season of Bones. Eric Millegan's name was suspiciously missing from the cast list. I had read the spoiler that he would be injured in the lab, but I was thinking he'd either be put out of commission or well, die. It was totally heartbreaking to learn that little Zack was the apprentice to Gormogon (or Gorgonzola as Booth likes to call him). The confession scene between he and Dr. Brennan was intense and quite emotional.

I don't know why the writers decided to head in this direction, maybe they just wanted to shake things up a bit? Kind of similar to the cast upheaval on House this season. Well, at least we have Sweets, who may have come off as suspicious at times, but I kinda dig him.

Zack "King of the Lab" Addy - ye (and your hidden singing talent) shall be missed!

Moving on...

Blair Waldorf was finally able to bring down troublemaker/psycho Georgina Sparks:

"Haven't you heard? I'm the crazy bitch around here."
Yes you are B, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Elsewhere on the tube -
Ted and Barney finally made up on How I Met Your Mother. Thank goodness, because seeing them together only in flashback form was getting annoying. Now, if they would just hurry up and get on to this 'Mother'-revealing business.....

I haven't had a chance to watch the House finale yet. I had planned on watching it live, HOWEVER, I realized at the last minute that I completely spaced and still hadn't watched the previous week's ep yet.

Cross your fingers - Marissa may post her thoughts on that here shortly. She proclaimed the last two House episodes as "the best television I've seen all season."



Let's Assess: Upfront Week & Season Finales

Ahh Upfront Week. Best described as the NFL Draft for TV geeks. This is time when we find out which new faces we'll be welcoming in the fall, which shows are returning and which shows have gone to the cancellation graveyard.

Luckily, a number of my favorite on-the-bubble shows managed to survive unscathed (Supernatural, Reaper, How I Met Your Mother, etc). My favorite network - ABC - managed to make me deliriously happy and furious at the same time (more on that in just a bit).

This fall and midseason we get brand spankin new shows from mad geniuses Joss Whedon (Dollhouse) and JJ Abrams (Fringe).

Monday nights and Thursday nights remain jam-packed. Apologies in advance to my poor DVR. Thank god I'm upgrading to a 100 hr recorder.

Visit the futoncritic.com for a comprehensive guide to the new fall schedule.

This coming week, we'll be bidding adieu to more of our favorite shows as they wrap us this odd, strike-affected season. My two favorite moments this week involved semi-bad (but completely entertaining) karaoke: Dean and Sam rocking out with a Bon Jovi sing-along on Supernatural -

"Bon Jovi rocks . . . sometimes." -
umm correction boys, Bon Jovi totally rocks and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

and Brennan belting out "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" on Bones. Now if only that whole Booth getting shot by a psycho-stalker didn't ruin the moment.

Now, onto my love/hate towards ABC:

Reasons to love ABC:
- They came to the rescue of Scrubs! After years of promotional neglect from NBC, Scrubs gets a new home. Hopefully our friends at Sacred Heart will be treated right this time around.

- They gave Eli Stone a second chance:
~ The show improved every week; I’m actually a bit surprised that ABC showed all 13 episodes, someone over there really loves the show. Thank goodness that person appears to have some power over scheduling. Eli’s 2nd season will get a nice lead-in from Dancing with the Stars.
~ Why do I totally dig this show? It’s got heart. And Spy Daddy singing on a semi-regular basis. And they managed to win me over with a Veronica Mars shout-out. What’s not to love?

Reason (yes, that's singular) to hate ABC:
- They cancelled Men in Trees. Well what did they expect after moving it around 5123456 times? They could have at least kept it on Wednesdays @ 10, but noooo they decided to bring back a now-cancelled show (Women’s Murder Club) and shove Boston Legal into the MIT spot. Does that make any sense??



Grey's: Addison as the Voice of Reason?

Addison dropped in to talk some sense into the Seattle Grace denizens.

The results of her visit:

- Potentially causing Mer and Der to re-evaluate things? Is Addy's 'pep' talk with Meredith going to be the catalyst for their re-coupling?
- Izzie getting her medical groove back, maybe some respect from her interns?
- Callie now insecure about her friendship with Hahn, which led to:

The Funniest Exchange of the Night

Callie: "Anyone ever think you two are a couple?"

Meredith: "No, because we screw boys like whores on tequila."

Christina: "And we either try to marry them or drown ourselves."

Other happenings in the episode...

Christina's been following Hahn around like a needy puppy seeking attention and approval. Hahn not-so-nicely helped her snap out of it.

Izzie was jealous of George and his new intern buddies. How very high school. Yawn.

Ava/Rebecca was back to give Alex some news: Surprise! She's preggers! He doesn't take to it well...or at least not until after helping to save the baby with the outer-body heart. That's all fine and dandy, except she's NOT ACTUALLY PREGNANT!
Izzie knows the truth, how long will it take for the rest of the gang to find out? And what exactly is Rebecca up to?

And my other favorite moment? McDreamy and all his women [past, present, and future (as promised by Shonda Rhimes, Meredith and Derek will reunite)] in the elevator. And of course McSteamy's response to it all :)



My Hawaiian name is Kinipela

Caught "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" last night. Overall, a riotous good time. Although there is full frontal male nudity in this one (which is a nice change for us female-moviegoers), it's a tad bit less raunchy than the other Apatow flicks (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up).

And hey, you can't go wrong with Veronica Mars and Kenneth the Page in it can ya?

After you see it, check out this fun
link ; the post title will make a lot more sense.



Dollhouse: The Next Big Buzz Show?

Fans of "Angel" rejoice! Amy Acker (aka Fred) is joining "Dollhouse," uber-genius Joss Whedon's pilot for FOX. Check it.

You can't go wrong with Eliza Dushku as the ass-kicking star. Here's the breakdown on the plot:

"Dollhouse" revolves around Echo, a young woman who is one of a group of men and women called "Actives" who can be imprinted with personality packages and be whomever paying customers want them to be. Their assignments can be romantic, adventurous, outlandish, uplifting, sexual and/or very illegal. When not imprinted with a personality package, Echo and the others are basically mind-wiped, living like children in a futuristic dorm/lab dubbed the Dollhouse, with no memory of their assignments—or of much else.

The show revolves around Echo's burgeoning self-awareness, and her desire to know who she was before, a desire that begins to seep into her various imprinted personalities and puts her in danger both in the field and in the closely monitored confines of the Dollhouse." Source:
SyFy Portal



I'm Not Drinking the Kool-Aid

As I type this, I'm sure my self-imposed reality show ban will cease sooner rather than later.

Like many others during the writer's strike, I changed my TV-viewing habits. Over the last two months, it's been increasingly easier to just simply, not turn on the TV (save for the midseason shows I normally watch). While the networks piled on the reality shows, my interest in watching live TV waned.

I have yet to watch more than 15-30 seconds of American Idol. I have yet to get sucked into the ear-splitting, mind-numbing AI madness. And for that I am proud. Marissa doesn't think I'll last too much longer. She's been teasing me by sending my YouTube clips.

The top 12 round is normally the point at which I would start tuning it. The interest just isn't there for me this time around. Check back with me when they whittle the pack down to two.

As I've said before, I tend to have a weakness for the CelebReality shows on VH1. But nope, not this time around either. No Flavor of Love #345698. No Celeb Rehab. Nothing. HOWEVER, maybe when New York's new show premieres.....

I will however, concede my one reality show guilty pleasure - Making the Band. Watching Danity Kane and Day 26 (Side note: couldn't Diddy come up with a name that wasn't so...lame? Oh wait, he's a grown man and wants to be called Diddy. Never mind) mix it up has been entertaining. I also like Donnie - now is it just me or is something kind of, off with his hair? He and Aubrey are a bit Ghetto Ken and Barbie when you put them together.

I am just grateful that we had new episodes of scripted TV during this time. Thank goodness for: Lost (which has been AWESOME), Wildfire, and Supernatural. And I had time to check out new shows like: Eli Stone, Cashmere Mafia, Lipstick Jungle, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles (which I surprisingly liked). And oh yeah, there's still One Tree Hill, which has given me nothing but headaches and a desire to throw things at my very lovely 40-inch HDTV.



I Think I Hate Nip/Tuck

Six words I never imagined I would say (OK, maybe never is exaggerating a bit).

The finale was a horrendous end to a horrendous season. So why did I continue watching you ask? I'm a glutton for punishment apparently. Part loyalty, part morbid fascination with the extreme lengths to which they will go to shock the audience.

I've been watching from day one - the continuous transformations of Sean, Christian, Julia, Matt, etc. Or in Christian's case, very little development. Just when you think he's cleaned up his act in attempt to redeem himself, he falls right back into his old habits. That whole high-end male gigolo storyline was just, ick.

The one thing I did like about this season was the Christian-Sean role reversal.
Dr. Troy was no longer the hot, go-to doc in town.

Let's recap the completely and utterly annoying happenings in the finale:

- Julia was shot in the face by Eden (why haven't they gotten rid of the little conniving skanky biyotch yet?), who claimed Julia had attempted suicide

- Julia awoke from a coma, only to have retrograde amnesia (How convenient)

- Matt fell for his half-sister (cause really, he doesn't have enough issues as is); then her mother showed up, reconnected with Christian during an alcohol-fueled pity session, and of course, slept with him. A slight positive - it looks like Julian McMahon finally got a tan on his pale behind.

- Pyschotic pseudo-agent Colleen pleaded with Sean to fix her self-inflicted wrist scars. Then she showed up on the set of "Hearts and Scalpels." Sean found the CAA agent/stuffed bear Bob in his closet (ewwwww - did we really need to see that again??). Then predictably, Colleen popped up in the surgery room of McNamara/Troy and stabbed Sean.

All I want to know is, WHAT THE $*#@?



Oh Happy Day!

The writers strike is thisclose to being ovah!

The good news is most of the shows will be able to squeeze out a few more eps during the spring.

The bad news is the newbie shows won't return til fall. BUT there will be major relaunches for Chuck, Pushing Daisies, etc.

Ausiello has a handy dandy
chart predicting the possible # of eps to be produced and return dates.

Not that it wasn't nice to have a little relief from the scheduling overload of the fall tv season, but this little TV addict will be doing the Snoopy dance once fresh episodes are back in full force!



Lipstick Jungle - Jenn's Review

Please note that the following review was written after viewing the original pilot back in August. A few of the characters have been recast and, from the looks of the previews, some other minor changes made as well.

After viewing this pilot, I was anxious to see "Cashmere Mafia." While many critics are giving the (slight) edge to "Lipstick," I personally enjoy "Cashmere" more. While it's certainly not Emmy-worthy, I find it to be fun and the cast more likable.

However, I will definitely be tuning in on Feb. 7th to see if all the changes made to "Lipstick Jungle" were for the better.

Without further ado, my original review:

The opening gives us two contradictory quotes: one from Rudyard Kipling (“Now this is the law of the jungle as old and as true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die”) and the other, Katherine Hepburn (“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”). Then cut to multiple shots of animal print-clad high-heeled feet.

We get it. It’s a “jungle” out there. And these women are the ones “ruling” it. Point taken.

“These women aren’t looking for Mr. Big, they are Mr. Big.”

That’s the official tagline from NBC. How true that actually is, well, let’s just say it leaves plenty of room for debate. The main message I got from this pilot was “That’s just the way it is.” That is referring to the misogynistic view of women in the workplace. Well, let me take that back. It’s referring more to women of power in the workplace. We hear all the old clichĂ©s – women are “too emotional” and “involved with their work” to ever realistically attain a CEO-level of success.

OK, so if you couldn’t already tell -- too many years spent in college scrutinizing message/meaning in films (especially when it comes to portrayals of women) resulted in my overly-nitpicky analysis of this particular show. I should really take it for what it was meant to be: a hour of frilly, supposed girl-power message-filled fun.

So let’s just look at it from a strictly entertainment point of view.

The Pros:
- Casting did a semi-decent job with the three leads. Kim Raver (Nico) came off as the most believable.

- Cameo alert! Edward Hermann (aka Grandpa Gilmore) graces us with his presence as big CEO boss to both Nico and Wendy.

- Cameo alert part 2! welcome back Andrew McCarthy! Long time no see. He’s a smarmy, egomaniacal billionaire with a thing for lil Miss Victory. Luckily, he’s got some endearing qualities; there may be hope for him yet.

The Cons:
- We’ve seen a lot of these plots/scenarios before: nice gals finish last, women with careers on the rise while personal lives are in shambles (or vice-versa) women can never make as much money as men, blah blah blah.

- The name of Lindsay Price’s character? Victory Ford. Seriously?

- As if they didn’t think we got the message before (say, from the opening scene), Joe Bennett lets Victory know why it’s a rarity that women are billionaires unless they’re spoiled heiresses (“too emotional to make the right decisions,” etc). The delivery seemed slightly forced (maybe because even he couldn’t believe what he was saying)

The Verdict: Give it a few episodes before making a final decision (but really, with the limited choices we have these days, it might fill the guilty-pleasure quota)
Personally, the longer Andrew McCarthy sticks around, the more inclined I might be to watch.



New TV Tonight!

The last pre-strike "Ugly Betty" episode airs tonight @ 8PM. As much as I'll miss the Mode crew, there's something I'll miss a bit more -- the official Ugly Betty podcast with the fabulous duo of Michael Urie and Becki Newton! Three words: Pure comedy gold!

You can either subscribe via iTunes or go here.

What will I do without my weekly dose of the 'blink blink' song and show 'call ins?'

In the new episode "A Thousand Words by Friday," Betty (America Ferrera) is excited about an assignment to interview writer Phil Roth. Unfortunately, this guy isn't Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth but some dude who writes books about picking up women. Daniel (Eric Mabius) learns a shocking secret about a new lust interest (Gabrielle Union). Rocker Gene Simmons also guest stars. (Zap2it)

We also get a "Chuck" two-fer at 8 PM and 10 PM (sandwiched in between is, ugh "Celebrity" Apprentice).

I love both of these shows, so while it's nice to have new eps, it's also incredibly depressing that we have no clue how long it will be til we see them again! Frickin strike.

On a more serious note, if you haven't already read this, head over to Michael Ausiello's blog and check out his wonderful post: "
Grieving Heath Ledger via Ennis Del Mar"
It had me in tears. Have your hankies ready!



Complete and Utter Shock

Unbelievable shock is the general feeling at the moment.

Heath Ledger is dead at the young age of 28.

Reports from the media:

Heath Ledger, Actor, Is Found Dead at 28

Heath Ledger’s Rep Calls Death ‘Accident’

Our thoughts are with his family and 2 yr. old daughter Matilda.



In Honor of This Week's Premieres...

"Some people are just born evil. That kid from "The Omen."
The Children of the Corn. Chad Michael Murray."
- Gus (Psych)

Ditto Burton Guster, you wise sage.

The oft-ignored bastard child of my TV roster, One Tree Hill, returns with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday. The "kids" have flashed forward four years, which might make things slightly more believable - No more 28 year olds trying to pass for 18. Then again, they've cast K-Fed as a rock star.

Moving on...

A show I've never been ashamed to admit to watching, Psych returns on Friday with its second season winter premiere. Anyone else giddy to see the "Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus?" Check out these cute
bios for the little tykes. Apparently little Shawn is repelled by broccoli and Molly Ringwald, but shares Gus' love of Mr. T.

This week also brings the beginning of the end of fresh new episodes. Desperate Housewives concludes the tornado disaster storyline tonight, followed by the series premiere of Cashmere Mafia. Read on for the rest of the week's schedule and deets.

9 PM (ABC) - Desperate Housewives [season finale due to strike]

"Following the tornado, Wisteria Lane residents begin to rebuild their lives, but with Mrs. McCluskey's house completely destroyed, Lynette faces the possibility that her family and Ida Greenberg didn't survive. Meanwhile, Katherine finds out that someone knows the truth about her mysterious past."

10:01 PM - Cashmere Mafia (ABC) [series premiere]- from "Sex and the City" creator Darren Starr

"Four ambitious, sexy female friends in Manhattan share the ups and downs of their careers and personal lives in a girls-club setting. First up: Mia (Lucy Liu) and her fiancé vie for the same promotion; Caitlin (Bonnie Somerville) falls in love; and Juliet (Miranda Otto) decides to avenge her husband's indiscretions."

8 PM - One Tree Hill (The CW) [season premiere]

"As the fifth season opens, the series flashes forward four years to postcollege life. While most of the gang struggle to find their footing in the working world, now-famous fashion designer Brooke faces the challenges success brings her in New York City."

9 PM - One Tree Hill

"Skills and Lucas enter Jamie in a soap-box derby and begin coaching the Ravens. Meanwhile, Haley encounters difficulties on her first day as a teacher and interviews potential nannies for her son."

9 PM - Gossip Girl (The CW) [season finale due to strike, grrr]

In "A Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate," Serena is seen purchasing a pregnancy test, and this info gets reported on Gossip Girl's Web site before the facts are all checked.

10 PM - Cashmere Mafia (ABC) [timeslot premiere]

"After being appointed publisher of the Barnstead Media Group, Mia is ordered to fire her mentor. In romantic matters, Zoe has a new rival for Eric's favor; Kate and Alicia take their relationship to a new level; and Juliet and Davis' counseling hits a snag."

THURSDAY 1.10 - the last Thursday of an almost full slate of new eps :(
8 PM - My Name is Earl (NBC) [season finale]

"When his postprison life offers no home, no job and no money, a bitter Earl renounces karma and regresses to his old bad self. As Randy plans a Christmas-morning intervention, karma comes calling for Earl in the form of Billie (Alyssa Milano) and a car."

8 PM - Ugly Betty (ABC)

"Amanda seeks help from a clairvoyant (Annie Potts) in the search for her father's identity; a visit to the magazine by Justin and his classmates prompts Betty to coax Daniel to change the image of Mode's models; a new twist develops in Wilhelmina's designs on the Meade empire. Rappers Bow Wow and Omarion appear as themselves."

8:30 PM - 30 Rock (NBC) [season finale]

"As Jack wheels and deals with German TV bigwigs to close a huge television project, he also works to keep his long-distance romance with C.C. (Edie Falco) alive and well. Meanwhile, Liz buys into real estate. And here's the buzz on Kenneth: He becomes addicted to caffeinated coffee. Singer Gladys Knight guest stars."

9 PM - Grey's Anatomy (ABC) [season finale] -- can I just vent for a quick sec? I hate ABC's promo dept. If any of you've seen the preview for this ep, the big drama has already been spoiled. I really hate ABC's promo dept.

"While Bailey's family faces a medical trauma, the doc faces a marital one. Meanwhile, a surprise visit from George's mother (Debra Monk) comes as a shock to both Izzie and Callie; a faith healer challenges Erica and Alex's beliefs in Western medicine; and Derek must deal with the aftermath of his kiss with Rose (Lauren Stamile)."

10 PM - Big Shots (ABC) [returns w/ the first of three new eps]

"Duncan tries to distract himself from Lisbeth's marriage to Terrence by pursuing a rival company's model; James eyes an opportunity for a proper date with Katie; a stranger (Charisma Carpenter) charms Brody; Cameron discovers shocking news about Zack."

10 PM - ER (NBC)

"Abby returns from rehab and feels judged by her peers. Elsewhere, she treats a young fire victim who may have problems with her eyes, and Harold gets an ego boost after a night with Neela's cousin."

10 PM - Psych (USA)

"A woman claiming to be Gus' wife hires Shawn to search for someone. Kerry Washington guest stars."




Hope everyone had a fantastic celebration last night to ring in 2008!

While I'm sure we all made some soon-to-be-broken resolutions, maybe we should create a few for the studios and the networks, such as:

- Resolve the damn strike already!

- Stop relying on crappy reality shows to fill your schedules; while it's nice that a few scripted programs were held back to air at midseason, I never asked for "According to Jim." Take it back, take it back!!

- Air reruns of your newbie shows to maintain interest (by the time "Chuck" and "Dirty Sexy Money" come back, we'll need a refresher/recap)

My resolution is to freakin update this blog more!