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New York Comic Con 2015!

15 Oct

As you may or may not be aware, this past weekend was NEW YORK COMIC CON! This was my 6th year attending the convention and it was, as always, an absolute blast. I saw quite a few TV-related things during the weekend and thought I’d share some thoughts on those panels and screenings.

The Expanse

In case I haven’t made it painfully obvious in my three-ish years of blogging, I love me a good space opera. There’s not enough of them in the world. So when I was presented with the opportunity for a preview screening of Syfy’s latest attempt at the genre, The Expanse, I jumped on it.

The verdict? I really liked it, but couldn’t summarize the plot for you if my life depended on it. I don’t know if it was the echo-y sound in the room causing me to miss dialogue periodically, my own exhaustion after a long first day of NYCC, the pilot really being that confusing, or all of the above, but I felt like I missed an intro somewhere. The show is slick and has exactly the feel I want from a space opera, but I’m hoping it’ll start making a little more sense going forward.

The panel discussion following the screening of The Expanse

The panel discussion after the screening of The Expanse

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Fall 2015 Viewing Schedule

15 Sep

The summer has flown by and somehow we’ve hit fall TV time already! My fall viewing kicks off with the premiere of Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris tonight.

In keeping with tradition, I’m going to share my anticipated viewing schedule for the fall, in case people are curious. Always subject to change based on quality of pilots and the like, but this should be a pretty good guideline.

italics = shows I DVR
*= new show I’ll check out for a least a few episodes
** = old show that is on a very short leash to prove itself before I bail

Mondays

8PM: Supergirl*
10PM: Castle
10PM: Fargo
10PMBlindspot*

Tuesdays (aka DVR-POCALYPSE)

8PMBest Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris*
8PMThe Muppets*
8PM: The Flash
8:30PMThe Grinder*
9PM: Agents of SHIELD
9PM: iZombie

Wednesdays

10:30PM: You’re the Worst

Thursdays

8PM: Heroes Reborn*
9PM: Sleepy Hollow**
10PM: Review

Sundays

7:30PM: Bob’s Burgers
8:30PM: Brooklyn 99
9PM: Fear the Walking Dead/The Walking Dead
9PM: The Leftovers

What will you guys be watching?

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What I Watched – January 10

10 Jan
© NBC

© NBC

Mid-season TV kicked off this week so I’m finally back with another weekly wrap-up!

Episode of the Week

Parenthood – “How Did We Get Here?”
I knew this week’s episode was going to be a difficult one after the show left off in November with Zeek having what appeared to be a heart attack.

If you’ve been reading this blog or following me on Twitter for a while, you’ve probably seen me write about my dad’s heart attack. Needless to say, this was like stepping back in time to those first horrible few weeks in the hospital. I know the running joke about Parenthood is that the show makes everyone cry on a weekly basis, but I’m not exaggerating when I say I was in tears before the opening credits rolled – and stayed that way for large portions of the hour.

The episode opened with a silent montage of each Braverman child getting the phone call about Zeek. I remember the feeling of getting that message (I was on a plane that had just landed 1000 miles from where my father was), and how life-altering and terrifying it is to hear/see those words. The scene was done beautifully.

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Midseason Viewing Schedule

6 Jan

In case people are curious, I thought I would update my viewing schedule from the fall to include the new midseason shows I plan to check out.

italics = shows I DVR
*= new show I’ll check out for a least a few episodes
** = old show that I might check in on here and there but probably will not watch regularly

Mondays

8PM: Gotham
9PM: Sleepy Hollow
10PM: Castle
10PM: Better Call Saul*

Tuesdays

8PM: Parks and Recreation
8PMThe Flash
9PM: Agent Carter*/Agents of SHIELD
9PM: New Girl
9PM: Marry Me

Wednesdays

10PM: Broad City

Thursdays

9PM: Backstrom*
10PM: Parenthood

Sundays

8PM: Galavant*/Once Upon A Time**
8:30PM: Brooklyn 99
9PM: The Walking Dead

 

What will you guys be watching?

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Fall TV Viewing Schedule

16 Sep

It’s that time of year again…fall TV is starting back up! My fall viewing begins with the season 4 premiere of New Girl tonight.

As has become a tradition, I thought I would share my anticipated viewing schedule for the fall, for the curious. Always subject to change based on quality of pilots and the like, but this should be a pretty good guideline.

italics = shows I DVR
*= new show I’ll check out for a least a few episodes
** = old show that I might check in on here and there but probably will not watch regularly

Mondays

8PM: Gotham*
9PM: Sleepy Hollow
10PM: Castle
10PMThe Blacklist**

Tuesdays

9PM: Agents of SHIELD
9PM: Marry Me*
9:30PM: New Girl

Wednesdays

9PM: Red Band Society*
9:30PM: black-ish*

Thursdays

9:30PM: A to Z*
10PM: Parenthood

Fridays

11PM: Foo Fighters: Sonic Highway (HBO)

Sundays

8PM: Once Upon A Time**
8:30PM: Brooklyn 99
9PM: The Walking Dead

 

What will you guys be watching?

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My Experience as a Studio Audience Member!

9 Aug
© Adult Swim

© Adult Swim

Instead of the usual weekly wrap up post today, I thought I’d write up a little recap of my experience as an audience member at the taping for Adult Swim’s new series The Jack and Triumph Show earlier this week. It was my first time attending a show taping and I thought it was both really fun and super fascinating to see the inner workings of a sitcom up close and personal.

The show stars Jack McBrayer (Kenneth from 30 Rock) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (voiced by Robert Smigel, best known from old episodes of Conan). On the show, Jack (his character is Jack too) and Triumph starred on a children’s television show when Jack was a kid, then got into some trouble, so now Jack has left show business and lives with his old TV mom (played by JUNE SQUIBB! How did June Squibb wind up on an Adult Swim show?!). Triumph, of course, is still around to cause trouble. Adult Swim-style weirdness and shenanigans ensue. I’m not sure when the series premieres, but they got a straight to series 20 episode order (according to Smigel), so it will be on for a full season whenever it does air.

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Quick Update (aka Life is Hard Sometimes)

2 Feb

Just wanted to post a quick update here to explain why I’ve been MIA the last couple of weeks.

My boyfriend of over 7 years, who I’d been living with for over 4 years, ended our relationship 3 weeks ago. Since then, I had to scramble to find a new apartment while also dealing with the heartbreak of the end of the relationship.
I found a new place, but it’s currently being renovated, so I can’t move in until March 1. In the meantime, I’m living back at home with my mom. As a result, my commute to work every day is close to 2 hours each way. I also don’t have nearly the control over my TV-watching I did when I was living with my now-ex.
So, long story short, updates are going to be pretty sparse. I do have one episode of my vlog already filmed and ready to go, and it should post soon. I likely won’t have any further episodes until I get to my new place.
Once I move to my own place, I’ll regain control over my TV viewing,  have easier access to a computer that actually works, and about 2 hours more of free time every day, and I’ll be back with more regular updates.
In the meantime, check me out over on Twitter for my TV-related ramblings.

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New York Comic Con 2013

18 Oct

New York Comic Con was this past weekend, and rather than do a write-up review like I did last fall, I did a video wrap up of my weekend!

The convention is always one of my favorite weekends of the year, so despite missing a bunch of stuff Saturday and being slightly hindered by my knee, I still had a blast. Hope you enjoyed my video!

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My Viewing Schedule

23 Sep

The fall TV season kicks off in full force tonight, so I thought I’d post a schedule of what I’ll be watching every week. You can also see this list via the calendar over on the “what I’m watching” page.

italics = shows I DVR
*= new show I’ll check out for a least a few episodes
** = old show that has a few episodes to hook me again or I’m bailing (I have a new, stricter, “if I don’t enjoy this I’m not sticking around” policy in place this year. Life’s too short.)

Mondays

8PMHow I Met Your Mother
8PM: Almost Human* (starting November)
10PM: Castle
10PMThe Blacklist*
10PMHostages*

Random aside: why are ALL OF THE THINGS on Mondays at 10?!

Tuesdays

8:00PM: Agents of SHIELD*
8:30PM: Brooklyn 99*
9PM: New Girl
9:30PM: Trophy Wife*

Wednesdays

10PM: Nashville**

Thursdays

8PM: Parks and Recreation
9PM: The Michael J. Fox Show*
10PM: Parenthood

Fridays

Nothing?!

Sundays

8PM: Once Upon A Time**
9PM: Breaking Bad, eventually The Walking Dead

Am I missing anything you think I should be watching? Sound off in the comments!

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Some Thoughts on “Limited Series”

11 Aug

underthedome

“Limited series” is one of broadcast TV’s new favorite buzzwords. CBS’ summer hit Under the Dome was billed as a limited series. One of their more intriguing fall series Hostages is as well. ABC announced at upfronts this year that they would be using limited series as a way to air more original content and, as a result, have less off weeks for some of their more serialized programs (Once Upon A Time, Scandal, Revenge, etc.).

My question is this: what the heck is a “limited series”?

limited

[lim-i-tid] adjective
confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed

Based on that definition of limited, one would think a it’s just a fancy way of saying miniseries. A certain number of episodes, that tells a set story, and has a specific ending in mind – a TV fan’s dream (or at least this TV fan’s dream). Unfortunately, that has not been the case.

During the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour, CBS renewed Under the Dome for a second season. When trotting out Hostages, the folks behind the show were quick to point out that they hope to have more seasons beyond their initial 15-episode order. ABC went so far as to call basically anything running for less than the standard 22-24 episodes a “limited” series – even Revenge, which is entering its third season on the network.

I have no problem with broadcast networks moving toward shorter seasons. In fact, I wholeheartedly support and encourage it. 22-24 episodes a year is an insane amount, and inevitably leads to creative burnout. There are always filler episodes in those longer seasons. A shorter season allows for a tighter story arc in most cases – just look at most of the things airing on cable for proof.

The issue I have is with the use of the word “limited”. “Limited” does not mean “less episodes than we usually make”. To me, it should mean a finite run of episodes – and therefore, a predictable time commitment to a show that I know will get a proper ending. I tuned into Under the Dome this summer because I thought it was really great that there would be run of 13 (15?) episodes of a story to fill my summer, and then it would be over, and that would be that. Ultimately, the show was pretty awful creatively and I checked out after a few episodes, but I have a hard time believing that’s a story that needs more than one season to reach a logical conclusion (I mean, supplies under the dome must be pretty scarce by now, right?).

In a television environment in which so many shows barely get a chance to survive, and those that do are often cut short before they get a chance to reach a natural ending, I would be thrilled to see some ACTUAL “limited” series out there. Tell a great story in 13 episodes, and then bow out quietly. No years of commitment that never get paid off for the audience, and a more creatively fulfilling experience for those making the show (at least I would assume so).

In the meantime, if the networks could perhaps re-evaluate their use of the word “limited”, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Well aware this rant is like, two weeks late, but apparently that’s what I do now. React to things several weeks late.

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