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Week in Review: 11/28/2010

Since this is my last chance to do a review for November I figured I should actually, you know, write a weekly review. I would like to start with a preemptive apology for any lack of coherency as I am falling asleep at my keyboard. Decorating for the holidays takes a lot out of a person.

Two things of consequence happened on “Hawaii Five-0” Monday night. First, we finally met the oft-discussed Rachel. Given that I’m a spoiler whore I was not surprised by her British accent. I was, however, amazed that I actually didn’t hate her that much. Well, at least once she started helping Danny out instead of pushing his buttons. It was a great insight into his character to see that the woman he loved had left him, essentially for a guy with more money. It was something that was hinted at but never outright stated and was all but said in last week’s episode. Scott Caan gave a great performance and I hope we get to see Claire van der Boom again.

The second thing? It was a passing comment, really. Steve was pulling a MacGyver and dusting for prints using vaccum dirt and a pillow feather. As he’s pulling the cleaning apparatus out, Danno says “There’s a cleaning crew to do that, babe” followed by a strange sound. That sound was the collective squeal of the slash fans before they promptly passed out from the overwhelming canon to support their favorite pairing. Seriously, the show is giving “Merlin” a run for its money in the not-so-sub text between their lead male characters.

Just when I thought “Glee” couldn’t top its past two episodes and I was losing faith in Ryan Murphy’s ability to write anything other than a tribute episode, out comes “Furt.” Everything from Finn getting over his lingering homophobia to Burt learning to dance and the looming dread of a Finn/Santana/Rachel blowout was perfect. The entire cast brought their A-game and I actually cried when Finn and Kurt danced together at their parents’ wedding as their friends sang and danced around them. Here, see for yourself and try not to cry:

This was everything an episode of “Glee” is supposed to be and I really hope they continue on this path (given what I’ve seen of next week’s episode, it looks highly likely).

Both “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” were repeats last week, so this gives me ample time to discuss the latest episode of “Merlin.” To be completely honest, I haven’t been impressed so far with the show’s third season. The best parts were mainly the introduction of new characters (namely, Gawaine) and a few epic moments of magic here and there. But “The Coming of Arthur” was the most intense, exciting and best episode of the season so far, for so many reasons. First, and perhaps most importantly, there wa actually a scene hwere Katie McGrath acted evil without smirking. I know, I was just as shocked as you! The scene where Morgana basically gives Gwen the choice of dying by going against her or living by staying by her side was chilling and pefectly played by both actresses. Perhaps even more chilling was the scene when Gawaine, Merlin and Arthur returned to Camelot after Morgause succeed in creating an immortal army and setting it on the city. Seeing these three men walk through the streets that two of them once called home, now strewn with bodies, was heartbreaking and none of them had to say a word. Basically I spent the entire episode on the edge of my seat and for the first time in a while I simply cannot wait for next week.

Weekly Preview – 10/25/2010

No, wait, I’ll say it for you. We suck – we totally suck. Our poor neglected blogverse. All I can say is we’re sorry and we’ll try hard not to do it again. In a week, NaNoWriMo starts and you’ll be even more amused/frustrated by us. And if you don’t know what that is, google it peeps.

If it’s any consolation, I spent the day being yelled at by residents who can’t seem to figure out their water bills, went straight from work to the liquor store, to Starbuck’s, came straight in and sat down to write this. So it’s technically the first thing I’ve done since I got home. In any event, let’s get to pre-Halloween programming shall we?

Monday – Taylor Swift‘s new album, Speak Now, drops today. I love her and I don’t care what anyone else thinks so 😛 Ahem…if you’re more into hot boys and sunshine, check out Hawaii Five-0 tonight, which welcomes guest star Kevin Sorbo (aka Hercules for those of you playing the home game) to it’s shores tonight.

Kurt as Riff Raff

Tuesday – Get ready to bring your knees in tight and get ready to do the time warp with the cast of Glee as they take on Rocky Horror. As with all things Glee these days, it could either be awesomely bad or just bad so let’s hope they got the awesome memo. In preparation, watch the movie and then watch Tim Curry‘s guest spot on Psych…mostly because it’s hilarious and I’m watching it now.

Wednesday – You should have a standing appointment with ABC’s Modern Family, but in case you’re on the fence, the Dunphy’s take on the tradition of the haunted house and Cameron hates Halloween because of a traumatic childhood experience…which seems fitting because he dresses up all the other days of the year so he’s earned a day off.

Thursday – The Vampire Diaries has been on fire this season with twist after heart wrenching, jaw dropping twist. Given that this weeks episode is set in the midst of a masquerade ball, the roller coaster is sure to continue.

Friday – So I’ve managed to maintain my boycott of a Smallville without Michael Rosenbaum…until this season reeled it’s super head and I rediscovered its wondrous charm, even if it is a Chloe-less charm. After you watch Tess try to find a cure for her rapidly aging little clone boy, Alexander, keep watching for Supernatural, where supposedly we will finally get some answers as to what the hell is wrong with Sam. He’s just not right…

Ok, back to my Psych marathon I go. New season starts next month so I’m getting…aw, hell, psyched. Chocolate pudding here I come!

Week in Review 10/17/2010

Okay, so here is my late (but not quite so late as last week’s!) week in review.

After a weekend of being forced to watch “The Jersey Shore”, believe me when I say I am so frickin’ happy that The Situation was booted of Dancing with the Stars. If I see one more spray-tanned drunk idiot, I might just have to hurt someone.

 

Scott Cann as Danno

 

“Hawaii Five-0” was brilliant as always and as much I dislike Balthazar Getty, his guest-starring role was actually very well done. I couldn’t help but wonder the entire episode, however, if dying your hair with lemon juice and mayo actually worked. Anyone wanna be my guniea pig? Also, I was very surprised to discover that Scott Caan actually had an old injury flare up during shooting so they had to rewrite the script to accomadate his new accessory: a walking stick. Apparently he was supposed to play basketball with Steve against two inmates. At least Scott didn’t bust it dancing (I’m looking at you, Matthew Gray Gubler.)

Chris Colfer once again proved how Emmy-worthy he actually is. The only problem is his forte seems to be more in dramatic acting than in comedy (though he really excels at both) and he will always be in the comedy category with “Glee.” I did like the way his new relationship with Sam was handled, I hope this is the point where he starts to grow up a little concerning liking guys because, seriously? His stalker-like behavior with Finn was really, really creepy. Speaking of Sam, I am so not convinced he isn’t gay and that he actually likes Quinn. Chord had said recently in an interview that while it was originally set that he was going to be Kurt’s boyfriend, the creators saw his “chemistry with Dianna” and decided to go that route. While Chord may have chemsitry with Dianna, that doesn’t neccissarly mean Sam is going to have chemistry with Quinn. Also, Ryan Murphy had said several times last year that Idina Menzel wasn’t going to play Rachel’s mother. So until Kurt actually has a boyfriend, I’m not going to believe it won’t be Sam.

Sorry for my rant. Moving on.

I didn’t actually watch “The Defenders” Wednesday, instead I caught up on the “CSI: New York” I’ve missed so far. And apparently “The Vampire Diaries” was a repeat so I watched “Bones” instead. David Alan Grier was really hilarious and I had the theme tune to “Bill Nye the Science Guy” stuck in my head the rest of the night. Also, how cute was Emily Deschanel in that skeleton costume and tutu? Adorable! I was babysitting Thursday night and apparently “CSI” isn’t baby-appropriate so I wasn’t able to watch it. Thank God for Comcast’s On Demand!

Finally the day we were all waiting for: Friday. Why? Because it was Jensen Ackles‘ directorial debut and it was amazing both with the direction and the characters. Like the Winchester boys, I actually felt bad when I realized how we as an audience take Bobby for granted. He always shows up with the information and if he doesn’t already know it, he dutifully goes to look it up. I never realized what that would actually entail. I liked his cute next-door neighbor and I really hope we get to see her again soon. Plus, the return of Crowley! I absolutely adore Mark A. Sheppard and it was nice to get a little backstory on him as well. The biggest dissapointment of the episode? Bobby didn’t get to eat any of that delicious cobbler! Let the man eat his dessert in peace, you stupid hunters.

Until next week!

Weekly Preview – 10/4/2010

So I’m not so good with the punctuality, hence, my very first preview being what you might call…late. So without further ado, let’s check out what’s happenin’ this week in the world of pop culture.

Monday – I like the way this season of House is progressing, so that’s definitely worth a watch. The must see of Monday night is still Hawaii Five-0. It’s just a delicious blend of snarky, sexy goodness.

New Release Tuesday – If you don’t own it already, or if you’re dazzled by an upgrade from platinum to diamond, buy Beauty and the Beast on Disney Blu-Ray and DVD starting tomorrow. You won’t be sorry because Robby Bensen is sexy (two words: Ice Castles) and because Belle is my hero.

Not a whole lot coming out tomorrow in the way of new music. If you’re an American Idol junkie, Archie aka David Archeleta has a new album coming out tomorrow. Oh, and it’s always Glee day on Tuesday so there’s that…if nothing else, check out Finn’s version of “Losing My Religion”.

Wednesday is my Euchre night so I’m not so much with the TV, but I do take time later on to watch Modern Family, which you should already be watching. Yes, that is the sound of me judging you for not watching.

Thursday – I’m still behind on Fringe, Hart Hanson has managed to write two episodes of Bones in which the characters do nothing but mill around each other and Grey’s Anatomy is lame. Okay, so that leaves…watching Private Practice because even though Grey’s has lost it, Shonda Rhimes is still a genius; watching Vampire Diaries because Nina Dobrev is impressively bipolar playing two characters on the same show and Ian Somerhalder is heartbreaking; and watching Nikita because it’s just good junk food tv.

Friday – Cas is back! This Friday’s episode marks the return of Castiel to the Supernatural scene. Apparently Heaven’s in turmoil and the apocalypse left a few loose ends behind when thwarted. Just watch it.

Saturday is officially Merlin day and there is at least one solid Gwen/Arthur moment in this week’s episode so I am all over it.

Week in Review – 9/25/2010

Ok, so there must be balance in the universe, thus a late Week in Review…all right, all right, I was tired, I have visitors and the blog has a had a lonely, neglected week. But better late than never right?

*I have decided that Jonathan Rhys Myers has the opposite problem of Orlando Bloom – he is a much better actor when he keeps his own accent. That being said, watch From Paris With Love anyway because John Travolta is a total badass in it.

*If you didn’t watch last week’s Hawaii Five-0, you totally missed out. Catch up on Hulu tonight and watch episode 2 tomorrow. You can check out my review in an earlier post if you need more nudging.

*I hate to admit it, but I think I might be getting sucked back into Gossip Girl – despite the epic Chuck/Blair moment in last week’s episode note being all that epic. I’m still a sucker for Chuck Bass though.

*One Tree Hill may be on the verge of jumping the shark with this whole Ghost-esque Clay/Quinn storyline. I can’t watch Clay wander around the hospital pining for another two episodes. On another note, Jamie is the most adorable kid ever and they need to give Brook and Julian a kid before this season is over. Anyone want to put money down now as to whether they’ll be able to get CMM to come back for the finale?

*I’m so happy I can do the Glee dance on Tuesdays again. It just makes my day better knowing that it’s Glee day.

*Modern Family is still the best comedy on TV right now. Can’t get enough Mitch and Cameron.


Season 2

*I remember how much I hate Thursday nights again. I’m STILL trying to catch up on all the premieres. Here are the cliffsnotes – Grey’s was lame and predictable; Private Practice had its moments, though still just a meh episode; Bones was better than I thought, but I still hate what they’re doing to Booth and Brennan; The Mentalist was worth watching just for the few solid Jane/Brisbon moments that were epic; The Office was actually funny again and worth watching just for the random music video ad in the first five minutes; and The Vampire Diaries still continues to be awesome this season with all the heartbreaking Damon moments…is it wrong to want to punch Elena?

*Supernatural finally premiered this  week after what felt like the longest summer break ever…and I have to say it was kind of anticlimactic. Their grandfather and creepy cousins are uber shady and something just isn’t right about Sam.  I did enjoy Bobby’s reaction to Dean showing up on his doorstep and that Lisa called Dean an idiot. The show is still crazy well-written and Jared and Jensen still have chemistry that can’t be bought. I just hope Sera Gamble and pick up the pace. On a semi-related note, I hate when they show things in the preview that don’t end up being in the actual episode.

All right, all. Have agreat week and buy the Glee version of Billionaire on iTunes. I love the new kid. If I were a twelve year old girl, he would so be my type again.

Mel

Weekly Preview 9/19/10

Finally! New television all week and I couldn’t be more excited. And I apologize for the YouTube explosion, I tend to over-inform when I get geeked about something.

Monday: Usually I’m all for watching “Dancing With the Stars” but after I heard this year’s cast, including Bristol Palin and “The Situation,” I knew I wasn’t going to be able to stomach it. This, however, clears the way for me to start watching “House” again. I was a huge fan when the show started, but after a while moved on to other things. I’m really excited to dive back in and I don’t even care that I’ve missed so much.

I’ve been hearing a lot of negative thoughts on CBS’ new comedy, “Mike and Molly” (9:30 p.m.), mainly at the idea of watching a show made purely of jokes at fat people. However, I don’t think that will be the case. Sure, there’s going to be a lot of focus on their weight, they meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group after all, but I think it looks like it could be a fun show.

The 10 o’clock hour unfortunately poses a problem for me. On the one hand, there’s “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS), the new show I’ve been dying to see since I saw the promo months ago. And then there’s the third season of “Castle” (ABC) which I have been religiously following since the beginning. On the one hand “Hawaii” has Alex O’Laughlin and I’ve missed seeing him on television since they cancelled “Moonlight.” On the other hand, Castle dressed up like  Mal Reynolds for Halloween and really, how can you deny that level of fandom love in a show? Luckily there’s this handy thing called the Internet and Comcast on Demand so I know whichever one I don’t watch live I can watch later.

I think it might be prudent to start a petition to change Tuesday to Gleeday, at least for the next two or three years because really, what else is there to watch? I’m not one to stay away from spoilers and from what I’ve seen so far, “Glee” looks like it could surpass its freshman season. Looks like Tuesday is going to be my new favorite day of the week! At least, until they move it to Wednesday to make room for “American Idol.”

Right after “Glee” is a new show “Raising Hope.” I hesitate to call it a drama or a comedy because it’s a bit of both. I guess you could call it a dramadey? It’s about a young man suddenly finding himself raising a baby on his own. Well, with the help of his family, including his crazy grandmother played by Cloris Leachman. Really, I’m just happy to see her acting again and off the dance floor. The show looks like it could be really sweet.

As always, Wednesday is the dry day. Usually I am all for “Criminal Minds,” but after I heard they fired Paget Brewester and A.J. Cook I knew I just couldn’t watch anymore. That being said, I’ll probably watch the premiere because Tim Curry is so deliciously insane as this two-parter’s unsub, but after that I plan on protesting by not watching. Whether or not it will actually help remains to be seen.

I’m really looking forward to CBS’ new drama “The Defenders,” airing after CM. Jerry O’Connell has always held a special place in my heart after watching him in “Crossing Jordan” so I’m hoping it will be good. It looks like it will be really clever and different than the other crime serials on these days.

Oh Thursday. You’re full of vampires, bones, fingerprint dust and hot Australians and I love you for it. I’m probably going to opt for watching “The Vampire Diaries” online and catch “Bones” live, though with the crappy ending to last year’s finale and the nonesense that is Bones and Booth’s deicsion to not pursue any romance after finally kissing, I might switch.

CSI has gone downhill since Warrick’s death, but I stubbornly refuse to stop watching. I’ll even sit through an hour of Justin Beiber’s hair for this show and that’s all due to my two favorite actors: George Eads (Nick) and Eric Szmanda (Greg). I have always loved them and I continue to watch the show for them, despite the frankly terrible storylines that have been coming out of the show lately.  As for the Mentalist, I kind of broke up with that show when Van Pelt and Rigsby did, and they haven’t given me my box of stuff back yet so I’m on the fence as to whether or not I can forgive them yet.

I’m pretty sure with “CSI: New York” moving to Friday and the loss of Melina Kanakaredes, the show is starting to die. And unlike “Criminal Minds,” I really don’t care as much about Stella so I don’t plan on not watching in protest, though I’m afraid I’m going to hate Sela Ward’s character. I just have this feeling…

With “Supernatural” starting its sixth season Friday that gives me four days to watch the rest of season four and all of season five to catch up! I’m pretty sure I can do it.

Also: “Brothers & Sisters” on Sunday. It’s going to be epic.

Mel’s Top Ten Anticipated 2010 TV Premieres

With the Fall television season looming before us, we figured it was only appropriate to compile a list of the premieres Sarah and I are most looking forward to. And by “compile a list” I mean two because sometimes we don’t share so well…

[Please be warned that there are possible spoilers in the following post that some spoiler-free readers may not appreciate. Read at your own risk.]

Mel’s Top Ten Anticipated 2010 TV Premieres


Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan

Alex O'Loughlin (left) and Scott Caan (right)

10. Hawaii Five-0 (Monday 10pm EST on CBS, September 20) – Two words: Alex O’Loughlin. (Picture from tvguide.com)

9. Life Unexpected (Tuesday 9pm EST on The CW, September 14) – I breathed a hefty sigh of relief when The CW renewed this little show that could for a second season and also kept One Tree Hill on the schedule for next season since the media whores had us believing we couldn’t have them both. Described as Gilmore Girls meets Juno, the show has all the heart and charm of an old school WB show. Not surprising since half the cast used to be on WB shows back in the day. I’m excited to see where they take the show next. I love Kerr Smith, and from what I’ve read he’ll be sticking around, at least for a while. The Kate/Baze pairing appears to have been back burnered for this next season. Let’s see how long that lasts…

8. Bones (Thursday 8pm EST on FOX, September 23) – Normally, this would be much higher on the list considering this is my favorite show on television right now. However, I have beef with Hart Hanson. Mr. Cryptic (read The Ausiello Files’ more apt names for him here) continues to ride the Mulder/Scully track of unrequited love and I am just about at my flux capacitor max where I will be reaching into the television to knock their heads together. Throwing the Booth/Brennan fans a romantic Hodegla shaped bone does not negate the fact that we have yet to get some solid action out of the brooding twosome. I understand the concept of dramatic tension, but much more and you won’t be able to cut it without a proverbial chain saw. And Booth goes to the desert and gets a girlfriend? Please…

Check out the Bones Season 6/Fringe Season 3 teaser.

7. Brothers & Sisters (Sunday 10pm EST on ABC, September 26) – Let’s have a moment of silence for Mr. Rob Lowe who ditched us for Parks and Rec…ok, moment’s over. Now, with Emily VanCamp and Balthazar Getty officially leaving (Wait, wasn’t he gone already?), who else is going to ride off into the sunset? As long as it isn’t Kevin or Scotty, all will be right with the world. I can’t wait to see where this season is going to take the Walker clan.

6. Fringe (Thursday 9pm EST on FOX, September 23) – Award for most “What the Hell?” moments in a season finale last year definitely went to Fringe. Between the alternate dimensions and the look alikes, how can anybody be sure of who’s who? Anyone want to start a pool for how long it will take Peter to figure out he’s pining after the wrong Olivia?

Michael C. Hall as Dexter

5. Dexter (Sunday 9pm EST on Showtime, September 26) – Aside from “OMG! OMG! They killed Rita!” I really have nothing to say about the upcoming season of Dexter other than bring on the blood!

4. Vampire Diaries (Thursday 8pm EST on The CW, September 9) –  Talented eye-candy aside, I continue to be impressed by how engaging the writing on this show is. The introduction of werewolves has me a bit worried, but as long as they steer clear of the confusing mythology detailed in the book series, they’ll be golden. What I’m most looking forward to is for Ian Somerhalder to play Damon’s reaction to Katherine being the one he kissed, not Elena. I think I just felt a chill…

And just because it could be the sexiest promo on TV

3. One Tree Hill (Tuesday 8pm EST on The CW, September 14) – While I appreciated the genius of the season finale of OTH last year, I can’t get behind the Clay and Quinn attack. It’s like nanny frickin’ Carrie all over again. I started reading the spoilers for next season and I just don’t see how they can possibly have survived that. As long as Brooke gets to stay happy for longer than two minutes and Haley doesn’t set anymore pianos on fire, they’ll be golden.

2. Sons of Anarchy (Tuesday 10pm EST on FX, September 7) – It feels like this show has been gone forever, but I still can’t stop thinking about where they can possibly for from here. Able’s been kidnapped and Gemma’s been framed for a murder a fed committed. It’s all twisted up like a pretzel and Katy Sagel still got shafted at the Emmy’s this year, the jerks.

Sam and Dean trapped in a meadow that looks suspiciously like one I've seen Bella Swan pining in...

1. Supernatural (Friday 9pm EST on The CW, September 24)– Where has this show been all my life? On a whim a few weeks ago I watched the pilot and two weeks and a lot of groggy days at work later, I made it all the way to the end. I can’t wait to see what happens next! The respect and reverence the writers give both the characters and the episodes is completely refreshing and downright awesome. You can’t really get any bigger than an apocalyptic Lucifer/Sam, Michael/Adam, Dean show down, but I have faith they’ll figure something amazing out…like a pop culture vampire satire called Live Free or Twi-Hard.

Honorable Mentions:

Glee (Tuesday 8pm EST on FOX, September 21) – Just because it’s Glee and it always makes me smile to know it’s Glee day!

Grey’s Anatomy (Thursday 9pm EST on ABC, September 23) – I don’t watch religiously, but the crazy, suspense-filled season finale has me wondering how the premiere will be picking up the pieces.

Ghost Adventures (Friday 9pm EST on Travel Channel, September 17)– What can I say? They’re hot, ghosts are scary and I find their excessive use of the word “dude” endearing.

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