I have like nothing to watch from now until 9pm but at 9, three shows I want to see are coming on.
Pan Am, which I’m suppose to review. Dirty Soap, which I’ll review now that I remembered it and really want to see. And a new episode of The Millionaire Matchmaker, which is just one of my favorite guilty pleasure shows. Ayyyyyyyyy I think Millionaire Matchmaker comes on repeat enough to catch that episode some time this week if I can’t find it online, Pan Am will be online and I’m only watching it to do a review, so I think I’ll watch Dirty Soap but not happy about this! If I end up liking all three, 9pm is going to be an awkward time on Sunday nights.
Watching Pan Am tonight and Terra Nova tomorrow. Posting reviews for both before Tuesday. Then no more show reviews until Oct, I believe?
Hands down, best new show of the season so far. This show I laughed the most and said “awww” of all the new shows. I’ll admit, i hate the title and the trailer don’t make it look too appealing but I read EW say it was one of the best new shows. I doubted them, until I watched it.
It’s nothing original, two polar opposites forced to live together when one goes broke. One is sweet, formerly rich and seemly dumb (I really liked that I expected her to be dumb but she has a business degree and seems actually smart and caring. Big change from what I expected) and the other is tough, street smart girl. Us as audience only expect havoc and it does and will but both girls deliver a sincere performance, even the side characters, like the douche boyfriend, cook and random diner guy (?) were great. I loved every inch of this show. It reminds me a lot of old odd couple comedies that we haven’t seen too much of recently. It made me a little nostalgic for these type of comedies.
I can’t say much more. I loved the episode but it was far too short. I wish they showed two episodes but very strong start. This show proved Whitney Cummings has talent, just got misplaced on the show she stars on. So moral of this review kids: Don’t judge a show by its title. A-
Originally, I didn’t know how I felt about the show and I was only watching because I love Majandra Delfino but I did grow to like it. It sucks it got canceled. One of the few shows on ABC Family staring a minority, comedy and about girl that’s not super thin and stupid. No offense PLL fans. I like the show but you have to admit the liars can be pretty stupid. So I’m kind of sad it got cancelled and Melissa and Joey is still on…..go figure? Let’s hope Jennifer Weiner, Raven and Majandra find better shows in the future. Though, I thought the show had potential.
I must admit, I think I’m more of a Sci-Fi geek that I realized. Recently, I’ve come to realize that most of my top ten favorite shows of all time, involve some kind of Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Fantasy element. I’ve also realized that some of the best, and under appreciated shows, have that category and involve an actor that use to be on Dawson’s Creek. Supernatural, great show, all about strange otherworldly things and has an actor from DC. Jensen played on DC the last season. Roswell, one of my favorite shows, all about aliens and starred a DC alum, Jason Behr, had a recurring role on season two of DC. The Vampire Diaries, about vampires and other creatures and though Ian is not technically a DC alum, the show he started on and met Kevin Williamson was a spin-off of DC. Then one of my favorite shows on right now, Fringe, paranormal things and stars Mr. DC himself, Joshua Jackson.
This little tidbit wasn’t necessary. I just realized the DC thing and had to share. I thought it was cool because I’m a nerd like that. But I will say I think Sci-Fi dramas are way better than normal ones, because they involve so much more than regular shows. They not only involve being funny and dramatic but have to do weekly cases, know insane amounts of facts about science and phenomenons and create likable characters. Therefore, a show that can do all this deserves so much recognition.
Fringe is one of these rare beauties. The show managed to, in it’s fourth season premiere, make all the other dramas I saw this week look amateurs. It followed all the criteria mentioned above and more.
The season opened with Peter still missing, the worlds still split/combined but so much has changed with Peter being gone. The actors on Fringe are amazing because without overplaying it, you can see little subtle hints in the behavior changes that Peter’s disappearance has influenced their lives. Walter seems even more insane then he did before and now lonely. Astrid seems a little over her head and both Olivias seem cold and distant without Peter. One of the Observers was sent on a mission to completely erase Peter but the little ounce of him that is human couldn’t do it. It was one of the most subtle but touching scenes. The whole shapeshifter plot was both intriguing, gross and weird, like most Fringe cases. The main star of the episode was giving Lincoln Lee more screen time. I’m a big fan of Lincoln and I liked how the show is showing how our Lincoln is important to our world. In the other world we see how Lincoln would have replaced Peter if he never existed. He stands as a possible love interest for Olivia, but with Peter there he doesn’t stand a chance in either world. Though, watching Olivia and Lincoln interact is nice because we already know he’s destined to fall for her and be her most trusted companion, but both characters have more chemistry with Peter than each other. The Lincoln and Peter episode was one of my favorite last year and Olivia tough nature has always made it hard for me to completely like her but both Olivias when interacting with Peter just become so lovable it’s hard not to feel Olivia’s pain in a world without him.
The episode did everything Fringe does well. It managed to be well acted, well written, confusing, heartbreaking, tragic, shocking and beautiful. I knew the first episode Peter wouldn’t be back and Josh wouldn’t even be on it (but I love the Fight Clubesque pop ups of Peter throughout the episode) but I hoped a little he’d return, but I guess well have to wait again for Peter’s return. It’s a wait I’m excited to see unfold: A-
Finally reaching the end of the reviews for week two. I’m going to review the best new show and best season premiere. If you guys want to hear me comment on anything else after these are done, you can put comments, questions in my ask box. I realized this theme doesn’t let me enable the ask box. So you can put stuff in my ask box on my main blog: here. Here comes the last ones. I may wake to review the last two tomorrow. I need to be well rested to write good ones and I have to do a few things before I sleep.
I’m starting to understand why Sue hates the Glee club. I can’t say I’m a gleek. I’ve never been a fan of he writing or acting but the music has been enough to keep my attention, but not anymore. The season premiere was so weak. The plot felt exactly like the season finale and I really didn’t like it. It was overdone, kind of boring, the musical numbers lacked heart. Just a bunch of NO. Usually, the plot can be redeemed by a witty remark from Sue and a great show stopper number but not this time. The only thing I can say was good about the premiere was: Blaine transferring. Blaine and Kurt are so cute. I loved Sugar, I’ve been a fan of Vanessa since American Dreams and even before that in Rats. If I remember correctly, Vanessa can actually sing so it was hilarious to see her audition. I did like how they’ve incorporated the Glee Project people in there already. I also, like now bad ass Quinn and her new group. Then Brit and Santana still manage to deliver some of the best lines but everything else was meh. I don’t care about Finn and Rachel’s relationship. I care even less about Will and Emma’s. Will keeps getting more cheesy and annoying. All the song choices seemed beyond kid boopish. It’s like the writers have completely given up and relying only on the show’s already strong fanbase to keep it going. This is disappointing because Mari Noxon, who I’ve always loved from Buffy, is such a good producer and writer, so why is she letting Glee sink? I don’t know……but I think the season may be able to come back. I love Idna’s return and, like I said, Vanessa is a great addition to the show. She might be able to add some new spirit. But the Glee club needs to really step it up if you’re going to win nationals and keep their fans: C-
After Modern Family received so many Emmys a couple weeks ago, I wondered if it really deserved so many? HELL YES. I’ve always loved this show and compared to the other comedies nominated, hands down, best one.
The season premiere did not disappoint. The plots revolved basically around Cam and Mitch debating if they were ready for a boy. Mitch attempts to be more manly and Cam attempts to be less attached to Lilly. The stronger episode was the second one with an aggressive Lily pushing anyone that tried to steal Cam’s attention and Claire’s need to prove she is always right. Both episodes proved that family shows can be really funny and heartwarming.
I loved Gloria breaking into the locker to save Manny from trouble. I loved even more how Jay and Claire’s personalities seem to overlap. Haley losing Dylan was kind of sad but opens up the door for even crazier future boyfriends. Alex getting her first kiss was both sweet and funny. Luke proving he’s not as dumb as the family thinks. All great moments.
The show, once again, had me laughing and going awww. Still one of the best shows on tv: A-
As stated, I think this show is one of the new shows with most potential. There is a lot going on with flashbacks, flash forwards, trying to figure out how all the characters tie into one another, figure out if she’ll stick to her revenge plan, which guy will she really love, which one will she be using, why is everyone so evil? So much, but unlike Ringer, the show makes sense and the mysterious work! I’m intrigued to know if Daniel is really dead. If Emily and Jack killed him. I’m intrigued to see if Victoria is really the bitch she seems and how she got there. I’m intrigued to know more about Emily’s past. I’m most intrigued to figure out how this show can last more than one season. I can’t say what makes me more excited: the fact that two former WB stars are on a show together, Emily from Everwood and Nick from Roswell, or the fact that I’m so confused by how this is going to play out but still like it.
The show has a great plot, nice mystery, good acting, solid characters and potential to shock, so all pluses in my book. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds: B+
I feel like every since Mariska got pregnant and had to leave for a little while the show has been having a steady decline. Some episodes, however, are still great. I thought the season finale was really good. This episode is basically the aftermath of that. Stabler can’t (He chooses not to) return after killing a rouge teen girl. It was heartbreaking to see Benson without him. Therefore, I can’t see the show lasting too much longer. Munch and Fin continued to add a little comedy but the new girl just doesn’t have enough…I don’t know? I’m just not a fan of the actress. I’ve seen her on a couple things and she never impresses me. I remember when I saw her on this I was like: “Ek! Not her again!” She’s an alright actress but doesn’t have enough spark to carry a show. Luckily, next week they add a new male, maybe he’ll be more promising. But with Stabler gone and Benson going to be leaving soon too, not off the show but less screen time and not as main as before, I just don’t think the cases are interesting enough to keep the show going.
The main case, rich powerful foreign guy rapes poor girl from another country. Is she lying and after his money or is he more evil than he appears? I felt like the show has done this case before and too many similar. The acting was great but it was so predictable. I was waiting for something new and unseen with this case but never happened. Good acting alone can’t keep a show going, it needs more.
I really like SVU and hope this season doesn’t disappoint but, so far, it’s not the same without Chris Meloni and, unlike The Office writers, these writers didn’t do enough to reassure us the show is still worth watching without one of it’s stars. Maybe it can be resurrected in time, but for now very disappointing new beginning. C
“How are things on the street?” “Excuse me, what?” “Seasome Street. How is that?”
Raise your hand if you love Robert California. *Raises hand high*
When The Office had James Spader guest star for the season finale the first thing I thought was: He has to be the boss next year! I think that may have been the only time I hit The Office message boards, googled reviews and checked the tweets to see how the fans were reacting to him. I wanted to know if I was the only one that felt this way, luckily, I was not. Most of the fans loved him as much as I did. The writers did too.I read months later he had signed a contract to replace Carrell and I weeped with joy.
So…..that could only mean? I loved The Office premiere! No, it wasn’t perfect and it is odd without Steve but the changes worked nicely. I almost forgot it wasn’t always set up like this.
The plot was Erin finds a list made by California. The list has the group separated in two columns. The gang begins to speculate what this list could mean. Andy, as the new boss, decides to confront him about the list. Hilariously, California claims it’s just doodling and then erases Andy’s name and moves it to the other column. He then invites everyone on the left side of the list to lunch. At the lunch he tells them he picks them because he sees them as winner. Back at the office, Andy tries to make the other guys feel better with a pizza party but doesn’t help because they still feel like losers. The episode concludes with Andy saying why they’re all winners and showing the lovable spirit Michael had.
This episode was really funny and sweet. The show proved it can still remain a great show without the star. Initially, by having the first scene make fun of planking. A stupid trend that needs to stop. The show paid homage to it’s ability to speak on craves and show how stupid they are and still make you want to try them. (Not planking though, I hate that, but Pakour, still funny). Then Pam and Angela’s pregnancy. I didn’t know Jenna was pregnant so I was really confused how it could be possible for Pam to have another baby so fast, when I found out, I respected the writers more for not doing what many shows do, have the character leave or try to hide her pregnancy. Pam’s second pregnancy is really funny so far. I loved her continuous crying and how the show kind of made fun of TV pregnancies vs real ones with Angela saying “big preg and little preg” Real pregnancies women get way bigger than television shows. I was kind of confused how Angela got married and prego so fast too, but I’m going to just assume The Office took place far after the season finale………like a year? That’s the only thing that logically makes sense.I’m also going to speculate that gay senator husband is not the father of the child and Dwight might be? It makes sense, since originally they were trying to get pregnant and I don’t know it seems kind of cruel of the writers to let Angela have a child completely confused about her husband’s sexually, but it could be a power move on their part. Show that Angela really just needed the love of a child to fulfill her need for love? I don’t know….interested to see how this plot develops.
Some of the best moments were the short scene between Erin and California, short but so funny. Those polar opposites flowed well together. The end when Pam saw Jim’s note, so cute. Jim’s faces. I’ve never seen him so confused. It’s like a nice change from smuggy self-confident Jim. Kevin NOT being a loser, playful Stanley and Phyllis saving the day. I also just love how California plays the straight man so well. Once again, Ryan delivered one of the best lines with “Doesn’t it make you guys feel better that I’m part of this group?” and Toby’s running out because the whole lunch scared him. So much good.
Only few problems I had were: Gabe? Not him as a character but his return. He got exiled….so I was confused when he came back. I’m guessing because Jo was no longer CEO so Gabe could come back? They really should have explained that, even if, just a sentence. Then he was there but almost invisible. I read a lot of fans hate Gabe but I actually like him, so didn’t get the fact that he was there and didn’t even have one line. Just showed him sitting there during a pan scene. Then when Andy mentioned him as a loser, they didn’t even show his reaction. Either, the writers are trying to keep him on the show because they like the actor but trying to respect that many fans don’t like him and just try to cover his presence up, subtly or the actor is busy and didn’t get to film that much of the first episode. I really don’t know but that was the main thing that bothered me. Though, I do love that they kept Gabe. I think Andy and him are going to become the new Toby and Michael. The Toby and Michael relationship is one of the best things about the show.The second is that the show still is missing something. I think besides California, they might need to add a new character, just as crazy. Possibly a new temp to interact with Ryan? I don’t know…..something is still off.
But overall, really good episode. I’m excited to see the rest of the season: B+
I’ve stated this previously, in the early 2000s I loved Soap Operas. I watched a little bit of everything: Port Charles, Passions, One Life To Live, Bold and Beautiful, Young and Restless, Days of Our Lives and All My Children. I only continued to watch DOOL, AMC and Passions. Eventually, I stopped watching Passions before it ended because it became so stupid. Then I continued to suffer through DOOL and finally the only show I still liked was AMC. We I went off to college in 2007, I had already grown out of soap opera love but I’d occasionally catch episodes of AMC and DOOL. Both shows had a steady decline but learning AMC was ending I decide to try to regain love to see it through. I’ve been trying for over a month and growing to hate it more. I even watched some of DOOL by accident on HULU and it’s gotten so much better than AMC. I might even start watching it again if completely bored. Now after watching the AMC finale you couldn’t pay me to watch it again. Up until the last two weeks the show was almost not watchable. However, the last two weeks were actually really good…..except, JR. JR. JR. Why did everyone get a happy ending but him?
Kendall and him have always been my favorite characters because they both were so complicated but lovable. Both had darker sides but reasons. Kendall’s character eventually became boring and same old story. JR was always a wildcard but had depth. The writers destroyed him until the very end and that’s not forgivable. The show should have ended with everyone getting a happy ending, but no! Everyone but JR. Seems like the writers were mad Jacob Young didn’t agree to do the stupid online thing and going to The Bold and The Beautiful. Good move Jacob, get off this sinking ship. You deserve an Emmy though for this! Amazing.I’m kind of mad Cameron and Lindsay signed on for the online crap. They both have so much talent and can be used on a better platform for their careers.
When JR continued to go downhill, I kind of guessed that the show end with a cliffhanger and it be JR killing everyone, Dynasty style. I’m guessing to compensate for the dumb decision to go online, half the characters that don’t get asked to go online or don’t agree to it, will have left to pursue their careers like Erica and other half: death. I’m going to hate hearing “crazy JR killed so many people” and he’ll either kill himself/get killed or escape. I’m guessing get killed after taking out some people. I hate this because I feel like the show didn’t have to go this dark. It could have allowed the happy ending and took the show into the future and just had a whole new cast. BUT NO, the show decides to until the very last note totally disrespect the show and making it end so….unsatisfactory. The goodbye tributes were beautiful but it got overshadowed by the unanswered questions, dark ending and demise of some favorite character. So thank you AMC. “Frankly, I don’t give a damn.” B-/C+
Sidenote: I might read though online who got shot in January but not watching it again. The finale just pissed me off and bringing back old favs as ghost or dreams was just so mean! But some of the best moments. I love Leo and Greenlee and JR and Babe. Then SMG’s appearance was short but sweet. That’s the SMG I love! Why can’t she be like that on Ringer? The actual week was done well so it might have gotten an A or B but the JR demise was just too much. Then the Jack and Erica ending, no, not good. It’s like the show decided to get revenge on the best characters. I didn’t like this, I’m still mad as I write this. xD. Sorry I appreciate characters with depth, it’s sad the AMC writers and creators don’t. Thanks for killing a great show with bad writing and messing up characters. I do not wish you well on your online venture. Good day sirs.
I’ll admit the reason I decided to watch this was because I tried to apply for a job on set and didn’t get it. Therefore, I was intrigued to see what I missed out on by not working on it. I didn’t miss anything. No this review is not bitterly based on that. I’m actually glad I didn’t get the job now because I’d have to work on the set of a show I don’t like. Pride beats all for me.
Period piece shows are increasingly becoming popular after the success of Mad Men. I haven’t seen MM yet but plan to. This show, however, reminded me of American Dreams. A great show that left too early. I’ll mention it again when I do my Glee review. So despite the American Dreams’ feel, this show, to put it simple, sucked. The acting was average at best but the main problem was the plot. Ringer, is probably the second worst new show that I’ve seen, but at least I can say Ringer tried too hard and it has SMG so I’ll suffer through it. This didn’t try enough or has no one likable enough to keep me tuning in.
Here’s the plot in simpliest form: Young girl with big dreams joins the playboy club. Her beauty and innocence attracts a sketchy guy. Sketchy guy attempts to rape her, the “hero” comes in and saves her. However, the girl ends up killing sketchy guy. The hero tells the girl he’s a big mobster. Uh oh! Looks like they have to cover up the murder. They pretend they slept together and this causes the big star, who is dating the hero to be jealous. Mobsters people are keeping an eye on them. Side characters, side characters. One side character is not married but secretly a lesbian. Shocker. The show ends.
The show seems like it wants to be an American Dreams type show and discuss serious issues like race, sexuality, prejudice, self-image and such and such but the thing is……why the mystery/murder plot? That plot device just threw me off and made me not care. It seemed too ridiculous for me to continue to take the show serious. It just didn’t feel necessary, therefore, this show doesn’t feel necessary. It’s not original, it’s not sexy, it’s not well acted, it’s not causing a change. It’s just a show trying to piggy back on Mad Men’s success and not doing a great job at it.
If anyone reads this review and likes this show: I’m sorry? But I hate this show and unlike the other NBC shows I will not be giving it a second shot. If you like period piece shows set in 50ies or 60ies, watch Mad Men (though not sure if it’s set in that era but I’ll assume) and American Dreams. Those shows are far superior. D-/ F