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27 May 2008 @ 01:38 am
TV!!!  
I should be writing, but filo77went to bed and isn't around to pester me about it right now. Plus I haven't posted in ages, so here's a TV meme stolen from flattersto pass my time.

Shows I started watching this autumn: Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Samantha Who, Aliens in America, Chuck, Reaper, How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl...Am I forgetting something. I also started watching The Office and 30 Rock live this season, but I'm not sure if that counts or not.

Show(s) I lost along the way:  I've stopped watching Supernatural, only because I got so completely behind and haven't had a chance to catch up (and, ya know, I can't watch everything). But, I have the DVDs and one of these days I will be all caught up. Oh, and I watched a little of Journeyman, but lost interest and then it got cancelled. I got super behind on Gossip Girl, but I'm certainly not going to drop it. I love it for all its catty goodness.

Show(s) I picked up along the way: Battlestar Galatica (thanks to a little thing called the writer's strike, I had the time to catch up on shows I had always wanted to start watching, but never had the opportunity, like BSG, Arrested Development, American Dreams, and Coupling. Oh, and I watched Spaced and S1 of Skins. Sigh, I have no life.), Mad Men, Damages, Breaking Bad, Project Runway, My Name is Earl

Show(s) I'm thinking of for next season: Checking the upfronts info...Life on Mars (I still want to see the British version, but haven't been able to find it anywhere), because the premise is interesting and if it's done well, it could be another great British import. I'm also interested in Kath & Kim, but I believe that's midseason. Good casting and I'm crossing my fingers that it won't be this year's Jezebel James. I think The Bad Mother's Handbook, Dollhouse, Fringe, and Crusoe all sound promising and if I hear good reviews for the pilots, I'll tune in at least once.

Best season opener: I remember really liking yhe House premiere way back in September. While not the best episode, I also really enjoyed The Office premiere. The Pushing Daisies pilot (or should I say, pielette) was probably my favorite pilot this season. Oh, and jumping to midseason, LOST! This will probably be a huge Lost meme, but I don't care. It's all about Lost.

Worst season opener: Hmmm...Heroes. It was a pretty disappointing Heroes season, until the last couple of episodes. That's when things started getting interesting again.

Best season finale: Well, I reserve the right to change this after I see the Lost finale, but so far I've liked the finales for Grey's, House, The Office, Pushing Daisies (which I rewatched with Danae recently), and Heroes.

Worst season finale: Even though it had it's moments, I was really disappointed with the 30 Rock finale.

Series that dealt with the strike well: The Office. I really felt like it came back really strong after the strike. Grey's has also been getting better lately. I guess I must add Lost as well, but this whole season has been kickass, so I'm not sure if it really counts. Oh, and surprisingly enough, Reaper. I was getting ready to drop the show, but the writing started stronger and there was less emphasis on the bad elements of the show and more emphasis of the good and it actually turned out a remarkably improved product. I was very surprised by how that turned out.

Series that did not deal with the strike well: 30 Rock felt really weak to me when it came back. I'm hoping it'll be as sharp as it was earlier in the season when it comes back in the fall.

Show(s) I'm most impressed with this season: LOST!!!, The Office, Pushing Daisies

Show(s) I'm most disappointed in this season: Reaper, only because I think it could be a good show, but it keeps holding on to elements that drag it down and the main character is a complete snore.

Show(s) I'm mostly looking forward to coming back: LOST!!! (as usual), HIMYM, The Office (just because I think it'll be interesting to see if Amy Ryan stays on, and my little 'shippy heart is dying to know what's going to happen with Jim and Pam and the Dwight-Andy-Angela triangle!), Grey's (just to see how they wrap up the dangling story lines), House, (to see the shift in the House/Wilson dynamic), the freshman shows like Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, and Chuck, since the real test is to see how they'll perform in their sophomore seasons, Heroes, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights,  and Damages.

Show(s) that really shouldn't have gotten renewed: 'Til Death (oh man, horrible doesn't even begin to describe it), According to Jim (how the hell does this show keep hanging on?), Reaper (I'm still undecided, since if I had to choose between this and AiA for which show got to stay on the CW schedule next fall, I would've chosen AiA.)

Show(s) that shouldn't have been cancelled:  Men in Trees (it didn't deserve the scheduling hell that ABC put it through.  Between that and virtually no promotion, I knew it wouldn't be back next year. But, still, I had hope. It's a cute little show and I know I will miss it.), Aliens in America (Quite possibly the most consistiently funny show on the CW. The performances were great and I loved the way they handled the storylines. It's too bad that the CW did keep it around to pair it with Everybody Hates Chris. But, because of the poor ratings, the bad scheduling, and the CW's lack of interest in comedies, I knew it was a goner), Beauty and the Geek (I know it sounds really dumb, but this is one of the few reality shows I watch. It's certainly not the best show, but it's probably my biggest guilty pleasure and I feel like it has a lot of heart buried under some of the contrived muck. I always admired the fact that it was never the same show when it came back each season. It's a shame it was cancelled in favor of shows like "Farmer Wants a Wife." Ugh.). 

Oy, I've been busy. First there was the whole packing thing. Then, the completely fantastic and successful chat-a-thon. Oh, and then I found out I am forever and completely attached talking to filo77, pinkhammer, mags, olivia_jane, truelovepooh, and  lulu1960everyday. Seriously, if the fact that I still wake up with 40 emails in my mail box even after the chat-a-thon isn't proof enough, we are still chatting on AIM everyday. But, I love every minute of it. Hey, did you guys get my picture?  Hope so, because I destroyed all the evidence that the picture existed already, haha. 

I'm also back to living with the parental units for the time being. I have to be careful not to wake them up by staying up late now and not doing whatever the hell I want, and not having my TiVo and stuff like that. Sigh, I already miss my freedom. It's not bad being here, but I already miss my house. Oh well.
 
 
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jenepel: Office US: Jim jenepel on May 27th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Life on Mars (I still want to see the British version, but haven't been able to find it anywhere), because the premise is interesting and if it's done well, it could be another great British import. I'm also interested in Kath & Kim, but I believe that's midseason. Good casting and I'm crossing my fingers that it won't be this year's Jezebel James.

Wow. I had no idea they were doing a US version of LoM. That's...somewhat worrying actually. I just can't begin to imagine what they'll do with it - the show always seemed so quintessentially British to me. And K&K? Is that a US version as well or just a showing of the Aussie one? Again, very very hard to see how that would translate. I guess I need to read up on both of those!
robinpoppins: The Office: Jam what?robinpoppins on May 29th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
I think the American LoM could be good if it follows the example of The Office. The first season of The Office was nearly a rip off of the British, but once they found their footing and worked on their strengths, it became it's own show. So, I'm hoping that's what happens with LoM. And they cast Jason O'Mara as the lead and I've liked him in almost everything I've seen. He's recognizable, but not well-known enough that you would remember his name and I like that. But, I heard that David E. Kelley was the person behind the American version, so that worries me a little. I don't want this show to be like Boston Legal.

As for Kath & Kim, Molly Shannon and Selma Blair have been cast in the pilot, so it has the potential to be really good. We'll see, I guess.
jenepel: Thinking Roryjenepel on May 29th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
I do totally agree about the US Office - it proves that if done correctly, these cross-Atlantic adaptations can be really great. I think it's all to do with what you said about making it it's own show. LoM could do that too, but they'll have to change some of the conflict - it was so much about UK policing methods in the 70's and the lawlessness of it all versus the modern ideas of rules, regulations and paperwork. I'm sure the same thing existed in the US, but I just have this feeling that perhaps it was more pronounced over here. Regardless, I'll definitely want to watch it and see what they do with it.

Kath and Kim, I think part of my worrying is BECAUSE of the casting, mostly Selma Blair. I actually really like her, but I can't see in her the complete mess that Kim is, not to mention a lot of that character hinges on her being normal looking and slightly overweight yet her feeling that she's a supermodel. SB is gorgeous! Again, we'll see.

I think just in general I'm so protective of any show that I know and love being ruined by recreation. I love US TV, obviously, but I think I usually like it better when it's something completely new. All this re-imaging makes me nervous. Can't they just enjoy the originals of the shows without having to make them over into some American mold? Somehow it's kind of insulting. I don't mind it at all with reality shows, but with fiction it's worrying. Yes I know the US Office is great, but I feel it's very much the minority.

Hmmm, sore spot I guess! I'll quit bugging you about it...
robinpoppins: LG crazy hairrobinpoppins on May 29th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, I completely agree. Why can't the original shows just air over here. I watch BBCAmerica several times a day when I'm at my parents' house (it doesn't seem to work at my house, my TiVo doesn't like to record shows on it, which is why I missed LoM airing on there). And they air Doctor Who on SciFi, so it's weird that a similar deal can't be made with these shows on American cable networks (I remember something about LoM and getting the music contracts in order and such, but I can't imagine every show being in the same situation). I would rather see the original shows than the recreations that could turn in to America's version of Coupling (ugh). I know I may be a minority in that because look at the dreck Americans will watch when given the opportunity. But then again, most Americans don't even know about these shows. I finally got around to watching Coupling all the way through on the Netflix player online, and the roomie's husband was there and he came a couple seasons in, didn't even know the characters, and was laughing his ass off the whole time. He was like, "why haven't I even heard of this show before. It's hysterical."

It's just...I don't quite understand. This entire upcoming season is new shows based on something else. It's not like we've run out of original ideas...

Ok, sorry, rant over.
jenepel: Buzzcocks: People in Pubsjenepel on May 30th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
Hee! I enjoy that you replied to my mini-rant with another rant. Now I don't feel too bad. It is crazy that all these British shows don't get picked up by US channels. I never thought that much about it, but it happens in the other direction, so why not this way? UK channels just automatically buy EVERY show that makes it big in the US. So what happens when a UK show makes it big? You would think (especially with the amount of Anglophiles in the US) that the solution would be to buy it and distribute it in the US, but instead they just decide to make their own version. It's weird.

Ah Coupling! I should really watch that again.
robinpoppins: Coupling: Spiderman Dancerobinpoppins on May 30th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I think teens would go crazy for Skins over here (well, once they edit it up, because the FCC would never let them air everything. Stupid FCC).

I want to buy Coupling. Maybe if I ask for it for my birthday. That usually seems to work. I really want Spaced on DVD too, but Amazon only has the European DVDs there, so I assume it's not available over here. Oh well.
jenepel: Buzzcocks: Bloody Right!jenepel on June 1st, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
You're so right! I cannot see them airing Skins in its entirety over there. Well maybe on HBO? It's just a tad too racy, and it's aimed at kids! And promotes drug use! Help!
jenepel: GG: Lorelai and Rory jenepel on May 29th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
p.s. Nice new banner! All Lorelai all the time, huh?
robinpoppins: GG: Lorelai crazyrobinpoppins on May 29th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks! I was getting bored with my old header and I wanted one with the many faces of Lorelai. It still doesn't look quite right, but I'll keep trying to fix is so it looks better.
jenepeljenepel on May 30th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
It's not centred on my screen - should it be?
robinpoppins: The Office: Jam sweetrobinpoppins on May 30th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Frak, I finally just got it centered on mine. I'll see if I can figure out what the problem is.
Filo: Busted Lorelaifilo77 on May 27th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
I can't believe you weren't up all night writing! Especially since you said you couldn't watch your crazy Japanese TV shows! Jgeez.

I'm sure by the time you wake up that there will be at least 15-20 emails from the SCPP. Because we are all co-dependent on each other. Does that make us pathetic? I hope not.

And you may have destroyed all the evidence on your end, but I have saved the picture and am not opposed to using it as blackmail. You got a chapter due in three days, Robin!

*evil laugh*
robinpoppins: GG: Oyrobinpoppins on May 29th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I like that you have dirt on me. Stupid picture.
susan7767 on May 27th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
It was fun.