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Psych is back: Shawn, Juliet & … Westley from The Princess Bride!

I’d like to take a moment from my very frequent and somewhat obsessive Glee coverage to report some extremely important TV news:

Psych on USA network is the single greatest comedy show on TV ever.

Consider yourself informed.

It’s been a very depressing multi-month hiatus, but my favorite show about that one guy who pretends to be a psychic even though he really isn’t is finally back on TV. Let the comedic genius commense. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2010 in Comedy, What I'm Watching

 

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What I’m Watching: Jonas L.A.

Now, I’m really not sure any self-respecting 22 year old should admit to watching a TV show that stars Disney tween favorites the Jonas Brothers. So I’m just going to blame my knowledge of this show on the fact that I have a 15 year old sister … and leave it at that.

Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas have dominated the young teen music scene for a solid couple of years now. And if tweens love attending their sold out concert tours, then why not give them a show on the Disney channel and see how it fairs? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Jonas, Teen, What I'm Watching

 

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What I’m Watching: White Collar

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Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) was one of the world’s greatest high-class art forgers and theives, until the day he was caught by FBI special agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay).

But Burke offered Caffrey a choice: either live out the rest of his long jail sentence behind bars, or trade in his orange prison jumpsuit for the decidely more classy fare of sleek suits and stylish fedoras (accompanied as well by one very ubiquitous ankle monitoring device, of course).

Now Caffrey is out of prison and living the high life in New York City, teamed with Burke and serving as a special consultant to the FBI’s white collar crimes division.

Because who better to catch the world’s best art theives than one of the very best smooth-talking con men out there?

Bomer in the role of Caffrey is charming, likeable and charismatice, but it still begs the question: is the infamous Neal Caffrey really a reformed criminal? Or is his just playing good guy until he finally gets the chance to escape from under the FBIs watchful gaze?

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2010 in Drama, What I'm Watching

 

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What I’m Watching: Covert Affairs

USA is rapidly becoming my favorite TV network to watch. I’m a fan of Burn Notice, but White Collar and Psych are currently two of my absolute favorite shows on television. Now with this recently-premired spy dramadey Covert Affairs … the nextwork’s got a pretty amazing line-up right now.

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Overview: Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) is a CIA recruit fresh out of training. She lives with her sister and two cute nieces in D.C. They think she works at the Smithsonian and have no idea about her real day job.

If you’re looking for a prior TV comparison, Annie is like a blonde version of Jennifer Garner in Alias, but without all the daddy issues or double agent drama.

What Annie does have is a mysterious lover she met on the beach in Sri Lanka. After a passionate whirlwind romance, he leaves her in the middle of the night with nothing more than a note.

From secret CIA chats we learn that his guy is some sort of an international superspy or assassin or sorts, and that the CIA may simply be using Annie as bait to lure him out of hiding.

Why I Watch: The best character on this show by far is Auggie, played by Ugly Betty alum Christopher Gorham. Auggie is Annie’s co-worker and mentor/best friend at the CIA. He was blinded while on a mission in Iraq, so he’s now banned from fieldwork and confined to headquarters – a decision Auggie is none to happy about.

Gorham’s Auggie definitely provides the comic relief for the show. He’s sweet, and for a blind guy, he’s remarkably capable at living a normal life … and happens to be super-suave with the ladies.

Episodes air Tuesdays at 10pm, with full episodes online at http://www.usanetwork.com/series/covertaffairs/video/fullep/

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Covert Affairs, Drama, What I'm Watching

 

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What I’m Watching: Pretty Little Liars

Just watched the pilot episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. Surprisingly, I liked it a whole lot more than I thought I would. Still, it takes more than just one episode to tell if a series is going to be good or not … so ultimately the verdict is still out.

Pretty Little Liars is about 4 high school girls who mysteriously start receiving notes and text messages from someone named “A,” who threatens to reveal all their dirty little secrets.

All signs point to “A” being their catty former best friend, Alison. The only problem is that Alison is dead. And the girls all know something about Alison’s death they are not telling anyone.

Lucy Hale (seen here in a photo from her days on the CW's "Privileged") plays Aria in ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars."

My first impression is that this show is trying way too hard to copy Gossip Girl, and that it is going to be a glittery, shallow, salacious waste of my time. However, after watching the episode, I find myself kind of getting into it.

I want to know who “A” is and I want to know how the other 4 were involved in Alison’s death. So as long as Pretty Little Liars can manage to not suck, I probably will stick around to watch the next upcoming episodes.

The main problem I have had so far is keeping all the character’s names straight.

Aria (Lucy Hale) is the brunette who made out with a 20-something year old guy (Ian Harding) at a resturaunt, only to discover later on that he’s her new English teacher.

Spencer (Troian Avery Bellisario) is the other brunette who likes to put on bikinis and get back massages from her older sister’s good-looking fiance (Julian Morris).

Emily (Shay Mitchell) is the other, other brunette (yes, telling them apart is a little difficult at first) who thinks she might have a crush on the new girl (Bianca Lawson) next door. Scandalous.

Hanna (Ashley Benson) is the blonde one (but, just to make it more confusing, she looks extremely similar to Alison (Sasha Pieterse), who, though dead, is seen in multiple flashbacks throughout the episode). Hanna is a snobby brat and likes to shoplift  $350 sunglasses from the mall. She even gets arrested. But it’s okay, because her mom (Laura Leighton) sleeps with the cop to get her off.

Great morals this show has. Obviously.

So I may become a frequent watcher of Pretty Little Liars. Or I may decide it is a total waste of my time. That really depends on how the next couple of episodes turn out.

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Update: After watching the first 8 episodes, I revisit my thoughts about the show in this post. In another post, I get pretty upset when I think Lucas might be “A,” and I respond to the season finale here.

 
 

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What I’m Watching: Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Diva. Lifetime.

I happened to be perusing Hulu.com’s “Popular Shows” tab last night, when I noticed a new series I had never seen before. Naturally, I proceeded to watch the first five episodes of said TV series in rapid succession, a decision which resulted in me staying up until 3 a.m.

I’ve been yawning all day today. Not the best way to spend a Monday. Still, I find this show quite enjoyable, so my lack of sleep is not a total loss. Well, that’s what I’ve been telling myself, at least.

Overview:

In the car on her way to an audition, a vapid and ditzy aspiring model named Deb (Brooke D’Orsay) crashes into a truck of grapefruit, dies, and promptly finds herself in heaven and speaking with a smart-alec guardian angel named Fred (Ben Feldman).

Unable to accept her fate, Deb finnagles her way back down to earth, only to find … to her complete horror … that she has returned not as her leggy blonde self, but in the body of a frumpy and overweight attorney named Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott) who recently died after being shot by a gunman in her law firm.

Now Deb must live out the rest of her life in Jane’s body. Yes, she is now an intelligent lawyer with her own personal assistant, Teri (the hilarious Margaret Cho), but Deb still can’t get over Jane’s non-designer wardrobe and frequent donut cravings.

Plus, there’s the fact that Deb’s perfect, kind and handsome fiance, Grayson (Jackson Hurst) just happens to work at Jane’s law firm. You try watching co-workers hit on your grieving fiance, but being able to do absolutely nothing about it because you’re dead. Not so much fun. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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What I’m Watching: NCIS

NCIS. Tuesdays at 8 pm on CBS.

Overview:

NCIS follows a team of Navy Criminal Investigative Service agents as they inspect crime scenes and solve murder cases.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) may seem rough around the edges, but has a caring heart and a bit of a messiah complex that means he will do almost anything to help someone in need.

Gibbs leads a team of three other NCIS agents. Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) is a computer whiz and lovably dorky. Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) spouts trivia from classic films and is full of cocky self-confidence. Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) is a former Mossad agent from Israel with excellent spy skills, but a general lack of understanding when it comes to American culture.

Tony and Ziva bicker constantly, but their chemistry is one of my favorite things about this show.

Also in NCIS headquarters are Ducky (David McCallum), the primly-accented medical examiner with a funny habit of talking to corpses while he examines them, and Abby (Pauley Perrette), the kind-hearted  but overly- Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2010 in Drama, NCIS, What I'm Watching

 

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