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What I’m Watching: Glee

Overview:

Students in the glee club at an Ohio high school face daily ridicule for their love of singing and dancing.

Bossy lead singer Rachel (Lea Michelle) tends to annoy her fellow glee clubbers, but no one can deny she is talented.

Football quarterback Finn (Cory Monteith) thought he got his girlfriend and head cheerleader Quinn (Dianna Agron) pregnant, but the father is actually the school’s mohawk-wearing bad boy Puck (Mark Salling).

All three are members of glee club. Cue the awkwardness. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2010 in Glee, Polls, Teen, What I'm Watching

 

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What I’m Watching: Castle

Overview:

Wealthy and successful mystery novelist Richard Castle  (Nathan Fillion) pretty much has the entire city of New York at his fingertips. He’s full of confidence and everybody loves him.

So when Castle decides he want to make tough and fearless dectective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) the inspiriation for his newest mystery series, all he has to do is make one call to the mayor.

Now Castle has permission to follow Beckett on every one of her cases, stakeouts, arrests, and everything. His misplaced curiousity, overactive imagination, and lack of an attention span often make things difficult when for her.

However, it ends up that Castle’s outlandish ideas and insights are often the very things that helps Beckett to catch the killers.

Why I watch:

Nathan Fillion played Captian Malcolm Reynolds on the 2002 sci-fi show Firefly, one of my favorite TV series of all time.

The series was like Star Wars meets the Wild West. Mal and his crew of rogue misfits flew around the galaxy in their tiny space ship and had all sorts of adventures.

Recent Highlights:

Talk about cross-promotion. They are actually releasing a book.

Nikki Heat is the name of the character Castle specifically modeled after Detective Beckett. Anyone who watches the series regularly can tell you that Castle’s newest book is called, “Heat Wave,” and that it is the first in the Nikki Heat series.

According to this article, ABC will actually be releasing “Heat Wave” by Richard Castle on Sept. 29. Because if you think there is even a possibility that you could make money by releasing a novel written by a fake character on one of your TV shows, then why not try it?

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2010 in Castle, Drama, What I'm Watching

 

Top Shows Last Week: Nielsen Ratings

Here are the Nielsen ratings for the highest-rated primetime TV shows, as posted on one of my favorite TV-themed sites,  Zap2it.com.

For the week ending in April 18:

1. American Idol (Wed.) Fox. 21.02 million viewers.

2. American Idol (Tues.) Fox. 20.63 million viewers.

3. Dancing with the Stars. ABC. 20.56 million viewers.

4. Two and a Half Men. CBS. 13.71 million viewers.

5. Glee. Fox. 13.66 million.

6. Dancing with the Stars: Results. ABC. 13.6 million viewers.

7. The Big Bang Theory. CBS. 13.4 million viewers.

8. CSI. CBS. 13.19 million viewers.

9. Academy of Country Music Awards. CBS. 13.02 million viewrs.

10. Castle. ABC. 12.68 million.

I never understood the appeal of American Idol. It was great when it started in 2002, but I had already lost interest by 2005. Aren’t people tired of it by now? Apparently not.

Dancing With The Stars is basically the dancing version of American Idol,  so that seems pretty telling about what type of TV shows people in the U.S. enjoy watching. Though I must say, I really do enjoy DWTS (and making fun of it a little on the way).

Does Two and a Half Men honestly have that many viewers? Really? I have never understood what is so great about Charlie Sheen.

I did not really watched Glee until just a few days ago, but based on what I’ve seen, I am starting to really like it!

The Big Bang Theory is primetime’s #7 most popular show overall? Really? I watched this for a while, before I got totally bored with it. It’s funny … but not that funny.

I am not a fan of CSI. On all of those crime drama shows, it seems like the murder plotline is exactly the same every week.  (My one exception to that rule is NCIS, which I absolutely adore, mainly due to the cast of great characters).

Country music is something I don’t care much about, but for all the people that do: congratulations that the ACM awards made #9 this week. I’m happy for you.

Finally, I am so excited that Castle cracked the top ten last week! Nathan Fillion is a cocky and self-confident piece of comic genius, and I absolutely adore this show.

So what do you think of this week’s Nielsen ratings? Or my take on them? Maybe you are simply infuriated that I bashed Charlie Sheen? Let  me know what you think in the comments!

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Ratings

 

History of TV

For those who have a lot of free time and want to learn a bunch of random facts about the history of television, check out this site.

www.tvhistory.tv is a bit old-school looking in it’s format, but there are a ton of cool tidbits of information if you take the time to explore the site.

First toy adverstised on television? Mr. Potato Head.

What did the NBC peacock look like in 1950? You can even watch a video clip. Then look at other retro TV station logos, too.

Look at the world’s smallest TV set and some weird-looking watch TVs.

And even more eclectic TV trivia. There’s timelines and archives galore.

You can even see how the look of TV sets changed from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s.

Through various links on the site, you can even learn all about the history of the laugh track.

It’s everything you could ever have wanted to know about the history of television.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in History

 

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Did You See Ke$ha on SNL last night?

The annoying blonde 23-year-old singer was the musical guest on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

Ke$ha is best known for her song, “Tik Tok.” I’m sure you’ve heard it before. It’s the one where she brushes her teeth with a bottle of jack, and then kicks dudes to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger.

It just so happens that the ever classy Ms. Ke$ha graced us with two musical performances on last night’s SNL, which one blog referred to as a “SUPER HARDCORE flop.” The assessment wasn’t really far off.

For her first performance, Ke$ha offered a fairly obviously lip synched rendition of “Tik Tok.” Poor thing looked wooden and nervous, but there is still no excuse for the horrible outfit and choreography.

Her back-up dancers wore helmets and space suits, while she stood stiffly behind an American flag and lifted her arms to display a superhero cape also made with fabric like the U.S. flag.

The dancing was poor quality and unimpressive.  Ke$ha did the robot a couple of times. Yes, it was as awkward as it sounds. And the aforementioned back-up dancers were equally as painful to watch. You see, crunking astronauts are never a good sign.

Song two  for the evening was “Your Love is My Drug,” which I had never heard before and don’t particularly care to hear again. This time, Ke$ha was wearing the most ridiculous multi-colored, glow-in-the-dark, tribal-style body paint I have ever seen in my entire life.

She looked like a Hawaiian tiki god who got hit with an unfortunate glowy Lite-Brite toy. Or a Native American totem pole trapped in a very freaky dance club from the 1980s.

Seriously. Whatever it was. It was disturbing.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2010 in Comedy, Review, SNL

 

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What I’m Watching: Dancing With The Stars

Overview: Hollywood stars (otherwise known as a cast of B- or C-list celebrities and a couple of professional athletes you may or may not have heard of) are each paired with a professional dancing partner.

Every week, they learn a new dance (waltz, samba, jive, tango, etc) and perform in front of a live audience. The costumes are all very sparkily and the women will all invariably be coated in an unnatural amount of spray tan.

Judges scores are combined with viewer votes and one team is sent home each week. The winner gets a very shiny disco ball trophy.

Okay, yes. I mock. But only to show my love. And because DWTS makes it so easy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2010 in DWTS, Polls, Reality TV, What I'm Watching

 

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What I’m Watching: Bones

Overview: She’s a brilliant forensic anthropologist (expert on human skeletons) at D.C.’s Jeffersonian Institute who thrives of logic and reason and frowns on anything that can’t be empirically proven. He’s a seasoned FBI agent who wears a “Cocky” belt buckle and always follows his gut instincts. She does the science; he does the detective work. Together they solve FBI cases.

Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) don’t always get along, but it’s their lively bickering and obvious chemistry that makes this show interesting.

Recent highlights: Bones recently had it’s 100th episode, which included a flashback to the first time Booth and Brennan worked together. The episode was both satisfyling and then disappointing for fans who want to see Booth and Brennan become an official couple.

For me, though, the real reason to watch was the return of Zach Addy (Eric Millegan), Brennan’s former graduate student assistant who was written off the show after season 3, when it was revealed that he was the apprentice of a serial killer who liked to cook and eat the flesh of his victims. As much as I adore this show, Zach’s departure was one of the stupidest and out-of-nowhere plot decisions I have ever seen in a TV show, and I have not totally forgiven the writers for it.

Why I watch: Two words: David Boreanaz. He played brooding vampire-with-a-soul Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), then got his own spin-off vampire detective series Angel (1999-2004). Boreanaz played the good hearted, yet socially-ostracized vampire character before anyone ever uttered the words “Edward Cullen.” And he did it better. Plus, the Bones character of Agent Booth has more personality than Angel ever did, which makes him much more fun to watch.

Selected episodes are posted on Hulu.com, which is where I go to watch most of my TV.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Bones, Drama, What I'm Watching

 

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