Eastwick

Ok, I’m more than a little bit pissed at ABC right now. Who’d have expected that after all the hate for FOX lately?

Mainly, I’m pissed because they’ve cut episode 11 and 13 out of Eastwick. Skipping episode 11 is the bigger deal since the “finale” episode makes absolutely no sense. Last we see them, Joanna is poisoned, Roxie is running for her life, and Kat is about to drown in the bathtub, in her own blood. Then all of a sudden they’re all completely fine–with no explanation as to how that worked out–and oh, by the way, they killed Jamie. Which we’re treated to in little flashbacks. Which makes me wonder how exactly episode 11 really went.

I’d rather the show have ended with them killing Jamie and making a pact and that be it. Episode 12, was so unfulfilling. And it brought up a whole new mystery that will go unsolved since there’s no episode 13 either. Couldn’t they have just finished the run or pushed the show to Friday nights to finish off?

What surprises me a little bit is that the show aired at number two in its timeslot, which isn’t too bad. And ABC admits to failing to promote it properly. So what if they’d actually done a good job? Could have saved them money and me irritation.

My one hope is that since it is doing so well in the UK all episodes will air, which means they’ll be up online, and I’ll get a chance to at least get a proper ending and resolution. If anyone finds those unaired episodes online, let me know!

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Friday Night Lights–Up to Date!

Finally caught up and just in time since there’s an episode next week! I’ve got a few final thoughts about the show:

-it turns out I still didn’t know how old everyone on the show was. Landry and Matt weren’t the same age? And Julie? I’m not as surprised about her, she acts so young, but still. Maybe they should have talked about it being her freshman year of high school or something in the beginning of season one.

-JD McCoy suddenly became a jerk in season four which is unfortunate. Dude, coach protected you, even if he upset your fragile little family by calling CPS. My favorite moment was when he’s yelling at Matt that Coach shouldn’t have put Matt in during State when everyone knows JD was sucking it up and Matt was the reason for their comeback.

-I felt so sad for Luke when he had to switch schools. Sure he was kind of a jerk with Julie and JD just before but he was so sad when he had to leave and he’s working so hard for a good reason. (By the way, notice how everyone seems desperate to get out of Dillon?)

-The new cast members are a pretty good addition. I kind of wish there’d been a better transition, like more characters introduced earlier on in the series so that it didn’t seem like Landry, Devon, and Luke were the only ones relegated to East Dillon. And how old are all the new ones? I was iffy about the fact that the show would be following the Taylors rather than the players (most shows would have coincidentally had everyone end up in college together and follow them) but I’m finding that I really like it. It’s a nice change. Though I miss the old cast a bit and would love to hear from them more. Not sure how I feel about Becky just yet though, the whole her and Tim thing makes me uncomfortable even if nothing really happened yet. I really want Tim to DO SOMETHING. He’s so frustrating. But I guess it’s hard for me to put myself in his mindset, coming from his background.

-Tyra cried every episode! I mean, I don’t think she got through a single one without crying. Which is why I’m slightly torn. I liked her character because I think she represented the struggle between upbringing and having higher goals well but man did she cry. I think something that’s interesting is that Tyra and Tim’s lives were supposed to be so awful and then it turns out there’s a whole section of Dillon (East Dillon) that’s even worse. Maybe they’re supposed to be there?

-How do all the recent Panther alums feel about Coach Taylor losing his job and why did no one speak up for him? (I mean, clearly Matt’s pissed but who else?) Because he sort of gave the worst speech ever for himself. Tami should have spoken. Conflict of interest or not, she is a much better speaker. It’s funny that Joe brought JD to Dillon just for Eric and then replaced Eric.

-I hope East Dillon makes it to State and beats the Panthers. How many losses does it take to knock them out of the playoffs? I guess that depends partially on other upsets but I think they’ve got 3-4 losses now and in previous seasons after 1-2 losses it was always like “one more loss and we’re done.” But then again, they’ve always been a little over dramatic about their football. I’m glad to see Buddy in his newer role as not such a jerk.

-With the number of injuries we keep hearing about and seeing (Jason Street, Grant the Agent, Jess’s Mom, Smash, etc), it would be nice to see what they do for injury prevention. It would also be nice to see how people get on the team. Recruiting isn’t allowed (and while obviously some have been recruited) so there must be tryouts and stuff right? Let’s see that.

-Last comment, Grace Taylor is a little funny looking. Which is awful to say because she’s a little girl but her head is huge and her hair doesn’t quite cover it…

The Canceled List Fall 2009

So here’s the list of shows that have so far been canceled this season. (There are too many renewed shows to list them.)

Canceled:
Dollhouse
Eastwick
The Jeff Dunham Show
The Beautiful Life (can find a few more episodes on Youtube and may be airing in the summer)
Trauma
Hank
Three Rivers
The Cleaner
Monk
Nip/Tuck
Raising the Bar
Robin Hood
John and Kate Plus 8
Blonde Charity Mafia
Scrubs (finishing off the season in Jan–unofficial as of now)
Better Off Ted (finishing off the season in Jan–unofficial as of now)
Lost (this one isn’t so much canceled as ending)

Which ones are you sorry to see go?

Also, check out what is coming back and when here.

2010 Premieres and Returns

Here are the list of things premiering and returning in the next few months with my quick comments on the side. Get excited!

January 3
Brothers and Sisters (ABC), 9:00 PM/ET (I’ve heard good things about this and hope to try it)
Desperate Housewives (ABC), 10:00 PM/ET (tried the first episode and was turned off)
Giuliana & Bill (E!), 9:00 PM/ET (anyone know what this is?)

January 4
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC), 8:00 PM/ET (not a fan of dating shows)
Heroes (NBC), 8:00 PM/ET (2 Hours)
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family), 8:00 PM/ET (hoping for less whining this time around)
Make It or Break It (ABC Family), 9:00 PM/ET (awesome!)
Cake Boss (TLC), 9:00 PM/ET
Conveyor Belt of Love (ABC), 9:00 PM/ET (sounds awful)
Men of a Certain Age (TNT), 10:00 PM/ET
Chef Academy (Bravo), 11:00 PM/ET

January 5
NCIS (CBS), 8:00 PM/ET (not a fan of standard procedurals)
The Biggest Loser (NBC), 8:00 PM/ET (my friend cries during this)
Last Restaurant Standing (BBC America), 9:00 PM/ET
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 9:00 PM/ET (not a fan of standard procedurals)
The Good Wife (CBS), 10:00 PM/ET (want to try)

January 6
Friday Night Lights (DirectTV 101), 9:00 PM/ET (I’ll be caught up by then!)
Nip/Tuck (FX), 10:00 PM/ET (any good?)
The Goode Family (Comedy Central), 10:30 PM/ET (not interested)

January 8
Ghost Whisperer (CBS), 8:00 PM/ET (hoping it amps up)
Dollhouse (Fox), 9:00 PM/ET (!!!)
Medium (CBS), 9:00 PM/ET (never watched)
Numbers (CBS), 10:00 PM/ET (never watched)
Shark Tank (ABC), 9:00 PM/ET (couldn’t get into)

January 9
Legend of the Seeker (syndication) (excited)

January 10
The Simpsons (Fox), 8:00 PM/ET (450th Milestone Episode) (not such a fan)
The Simpsons (Fox), 8:30 PM/ET (20th Anniversary Special) (not such a fan)
Chuck (NBC), 9:00 PM/ET (2 Hour Season Premiere) (got into this late but love it!)
Border Wars (National Geopgraphic), 9:00 PM/ET (don’t know that I’ll watch but it sounds interesting)
Big Love (HBO), 10:00 PM/ET (haven’t seen but heard good things, will try soon maybe)

January 11
Chuck (NBC), 8:00 PM/ET (!!!)
Accidentally on Purpose returns (CBS), 8:30 PM/ET (maybe I’ll try catching up)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS), 8:00 PM/ET (love it!)
Heroes (NBC), 9:00 PM/ET (hoping for more action)
Two and a Half Men (CBS), 9:00 PM/ET (never watched)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 9:30 PM/ET (love it!)
CSI: Miami (CBS), 10:00 PM/ET (never enjoyed standard procedurals)

January 12
American Idol (Fox), 8:00 PM/ET (2 Hour Season Premiere) (I’ll at least start watching)
Southland (TNT), 10:00 PM/ET (never watched)

January 13
American Idol (Fox), 8:00 PM/ET (Season Premiere, Part 2) (see above)
Gary Unmarried (CBS), 8:30 PM/ET (not great but I watch it)
Criminal Minds (CBS), 9:00 PM/ET (never enjoyed standard procedurals but my stepmom loves it)
Our Little Genius (Fox), 9:00 PM/ET (Series Premiere) (probably not)
CSI: NY (CBS), 10:00 PM/ET (never enjoyed standard procedurals)
Leverage (TNT), 10:00 PM/ET (yes!)
High School Reunion (TVLand), 10:00 PM/ET (wasn’t this originally on the WB?)

January 14
Bones (Fox), 8:00 PM/ET (watching!)
Vampire Diaries (CW), 8:00 PM/ET (guilty pleasure, more dynamic main characters please?!)
Parks and Recreation (NBC), 8:30 PM/ET (like it)
CSI (CBS), 9:00 PM/ET (never enjoyed standard procedurals)
Fringe (Fox), 9:00 PM/ET (been meaning to try it)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 9:00 PM/ET (hoping for something good)
Archer (FX), 10:00 PM/ET (I don’t think so)
The Mentalist (CBS), 10:00 PM/ET (been meaning to try this)
Private Practice (ABC), 10:00 PM/ET (watching)
Project Runway (Lifetime), 10:00 PM/ET (NY Awesomeness)

January 17
Human Target (Fox), 8:00 PM/ET (Series Premiere) (I hope this is good!)
24 (Fox), 9:00 PM/ET (2 Hour Season Premiere) (great! caught up on all 7 seasons in like 3 weeks! that’s 170 hours)

January 18
One Tree Hill (The CW), 8:00 PM/ET (stopped after season 1)
Life Unexpected (The CW), 9:00 PM/ET (trying it, remember Shiri Appleby from Roswell?)

January 19
Our Little Genius (Fox), 9:00 PM/ET (no)
White Collar (USA), 10:00 PM/ET (yes)

January 21
The Deep End (ABC), 8:00 PM/ET (enough with the law shows!)
Supernatural (The CW), 9:00 PM/ET (stopped after season 1)
Burn Notice (USA), 10:00 PM/ET (yes!)

January 22
Smallville (The CW), 8:00 PM/ET (watching…I love superheroes)
Caprica (Syfy), 9:00 PM/ET (don’t know)
Spartacus (Starz), 10:00 PM/ET (what is this? starring Lucy Lawless so I’ll check it out)

January 25
House (Fox), 8:00 PM/ET (who isn’t?!)
Damages (FX), 10:00 PM/ET (nope, sick of law shows)
Greek (ABC Family), 10:00 PM/ET (oh sororities and fraternities, I will watch)
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime), 10:00 PM/ET (tried a few episodes, meh)
La La Land (Showtime), 11PM/ET (what is this?)

January 26
Kitchen Nightmares (Fox), 9:00 PM/ET (sadly, yes. I miss Hell’s Kitchen)

January 27
Psych (USA), 10:00 PM/ET (can’t wait!)

January 28
Taking the Stage (MTV), 11:00 PM/ET

January 31
The Cleveland Show (FOX), 8:30 PM/ET (no interest)
Family Guy (FOX), 9:00 PM/ET (not my thing)
American Dad (Fox), 9:30 PM/ET (not my thing)

February 2
Lost (ABC), 9:00 PM/ET (2 Hour Season Premiere) (yes!!!)

February 4
The Office (NBC), 9:00 PM/ET (been meaning to try this one)
Important Things (Comedy Central), 10:00 PM/ET (don’t love watching comics)
The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central), 10:30 PM/ET (saw a couple episodes, not funny enough to watch consistently)

February 5
Smallville: Absolute Justice (CW), 8:00 PM/ET (2 Hour Movie) (putting two episodes together does not make it a movie!)

February 7
Undercover Boss (CBS), 10:00 PM/ET (I’ll try it but I don’t have high hopes)

February 11
Past Life (Fox), 8:00 PM/ET (2 Hour Series Premiere) (curious)
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (CBS), 8:00 PM/ET (can’t wait–are these returning players?)

February 19
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), 9:00 PM/ET (what is this?)
The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO), 10:00 PM/ET (meh)
The Life and Times of Tim (HBO), 10:30 PM/ET (not interested)

March 1
Parenthood (NBC), 9:00 PM/ET (lots of hype on this one)

March 4
FlashForward (ABC), 8:00 PM/ET (more action please!)

March 8
Gossip Girl (The CW), 9:00 PM/ET (of course my upper east siders)

March 9
90210 (The CW), 8:00 PM/ET (this depends on how the season progresses–less Annie anyone?)

March 14
The Marriage Ref (NBC), 8:00 PM/ET (prob not)
Sons of Tucson (Fox), 8:30 PM/ET (Series Premiere) (what is this?)
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC), 9:00 PM/ET (yeah, though I prefer the non-celebrity version)
The Pacific (HBO), 9:00 PM/ET (a mini-series, sounds interesting)

March 22
Nurse Jackie (Showtime), 10:00 PM/ET (couldn’t finish episode 1)
United States of Tara (Showtime), 10:30 PM/ET (couldn’t finish episode 1)

March 29
10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family), ? PM/ET

March 30
V (ABC), 10:00 PM/ET (why so long?!)

March TBD
Breaking Bad (AMC) (apparently it’s been around for two years, how have I not heard of it?)
Justified (FX) (what is it?)
Day One (NBC) (will try)
100 Questions (doesn’t sound very good but I’ll prob check it out, knowing me)

April 2
Miami Medical (CBS), 10:00 PM/ET

April 9
Party Down (Starz), 10:30 PM/ET (can’t remember if I’ve seen this. If I did, I didn’t like it)

April 11
The Tudors (Showtime), 9:00 PM/ET (been meaning to try, my sister loves it)

April 13
American Idol (Fox), 8:00 PM/ET (is this another season?)
Glee (Fox), 9:00 PM/ET (why such a long wait!)

What are you most looking forward to?

Also, check out what will not be returning here.

More About Friday Night Lights

So I’m now into the third season of Friday Night Lights and have a bit more of a well-rounded opinion of the show. Meaning, I’ve found some things to complain about.

First, and this is the most ridiculous of my complaints, Tyra’s short haircut looks awful on her. Her longer hair was not quite right but I think that was lack of styling and the length was better.

Now to more important things:
Jason Street not in Season Three- it’s not that I particularly loved his character, though admittedly I’m curious to see what else happens to him and if he ever readjusts into a normal person. And what about the baby?

Smash in Season Three- I’m not sure how long he is around, as I’ve only seen a few episodes, but I think his current story is really interesting. Similar to Street’s with a glimmer of hope and ironic because of everything he said in season two. (Though one issue- Whitmore gave him an academic scholarship, not athletic, so even if he injured himself, he should still be in college at least for a semester or however long it would take for him to fail the GPA required. If he fails of course. So Smash, I say you sue Whitmore!)

Tyra and Landry in Season Two- I like the way they got together, though Tyra got a little annoying in the together, break up, together thing. However, I think the whole killing someone plotline was a little…shall we say overdramatic? (Not even Gossip Girl stuped that low. Serena only thought she killed someone!)

Julie- possibly the most irritating character of the show because all she does is whine and complain. I’d like to see her actually DO something. And getting a job isn’t enough. Let’s see some real accomplishment or some sort of progression in her character. It’s like she’s digressed since season one.

Season Three’s beginning- this was a really intelligent, comical beginning that summed up so much information in just a couple words and scenes. Like Tammi becoming principal, they just slipped it in casually.

JD’s Dad is really irritating, which is kind of the point, but still. The odds of a freshman starting over a senior who has started for three years is very very slim and he needs to earn that spot. He wouldn’t just be handed it in the beginning of the season. He has to prove he can handle all the pressure, responsibility, the higher level of play, and that takes time.

How old is everyone? Apparently Tim Riggins was a sophomore in season one? This seems like they realized at some point “shoot we can’t lose everyone!” They should have had him flunk a grade or something. (If you redo a grade, do you send five years of grades to college or can you pick?) And Lyla was also a sophomore? And Tyra? This all seems a little too convenient that they were all the same age except Jason and Smash.

One of my favorite things about the show is the radio show they have here and there in the show. While I normally dislike voiceovers, this isn’t a typical voiceover. It’s essential to the plot because it gives you an idea of the town, the mentality, etc without really intruding on the show.

One final thought, and this one is for the MIOBI fans, after Smash tears his ACL he complains “It’s not fair, I did everything right!” and all I could think about was Payson in episode 1. Granted, she looked a little more like a spoiled brat because at that point it wasn’t a big enough deal what was going on it was just kind of mean. But I think this is interesting, since the Make It Or Break It was compared to Friday Night Lights when it first came out. I think Friday Night Lights does a better job spreading out the misery among its cast, but I can’t wait for MIOBI’s return!

Anyway, still recommending that you watch this show if you haven’t already.

Friday Night Lights

In order to handle TV Hiatus Time, I’ve taken to watching Friday Night Lights, one of the shows my sister suggested to me recently. My sister cried at least twice in the series premiere. Not that this is difficult for a show to accomplish, but still. Not much of a crier myself, I have found myself tearing up slightly on occasion. The show has done a good job of giving the characters problems without really heaping them on (as opposed to MIOBI which is so often compared to this show).

FNL is about a small southern town where High School Football is basically the town’s life. Everyone’s got an opinion on how to run the team, everyone shows up to every game. And in season one, Coach Taylor is stepping into the head coaching role for the first time with a team primed for the state playoffs, thanks to star quarterback Jason Street. But when Street gets injured, rookie Matt Saracen must step into the role of QB and lead the team. Also in the mix is Street’s ever supportive girlfriend Lyla and his best friend and full-back Tim Riggins (something of a drunk loser). There’s Smash the smart talking, speedy running-back who is feeling the pressure to make it to college and eventually pro. (There are of course some others here and there, including Coach’s daughter Julie, but they are somewhat less interesting.)

Anyway, whether you like football or not (I am not particularly a fan and as a general do not enjoy watching sports on television) this is definitely a series to watch. It’s a little difficult to find the show online, but it is definitely worth it. (projectfree.tv seems to be doing the trick for the moment.) The character’s lives and stories are well portrayed, even the sports is exciting to watch. The cinematography is interesting too. There’s sort of a home video vibe (not that the picture quality is poor) where the camera is slightly shaky and quick moving, which gives it a more intimate feel and serves this show very well. It does not feel manufactured and forced.

Oh, and to top it all off, this is based on a true story, so while the exact situations are not necessarily real the overall story is.

I’m not sure how I managed to completely miss this show until now, but I’m hoping to catch up on it quickly.

Sad TV

TV this week is SO SAD! Anyone who has even mildly paid attention knows that I watch an obscene number of shows a week and yet, with all those shows, all that is on to watch this week is Survivor, Better Off Ted, Launch My Line, and The Ruins (The S#@! They Should Have Shown).

I will say though, I am sort of shocked by the outcome of Survivor (don’t read this if you haven’t watched and intend to). For one thing, while it is true that riding someone’s coattails to the finals is a strategy, I think this is the first time that someone who did that won. I mean, let’s face it, she was lucky enough to align with the right guy. Had anyone else approached her first, she would have lost. Russell on the other hand played the game at every moment (the whole winning the last immunity challenge is irrelevant it’s not like that was the only challenge he’d tried to win, it was just the only time he succeeded). From my other posts you could tell I disliked him and wanted him voted out, but still.

I think what really bothers me about the finale is that ultimately it wasn’t Natalie who really gave a winning speech that won her the game it was that Erik gave an amazing speech for her at the very end that no one who disagreed had time to dispute. She sounded the whole time like she couldn’t come up with an argument. And in truth, Russell was a jerk at times and sometimes he went back on deals. But that’s the nature of Survivor, that’s what the Outwitting part is. You can’t outwit someone AND tell them the complete truth all the time.

What I think really hurt Russell in the end was his arrogance. Be confident in your game but don’t be a jerk about it because THAT is the way to turn people off. I still can’t believe he wasn’t voted out earlier but maybe people thought he’s so unlikeable that it was worth keeping him until the end.