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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

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Review: Hawaii Five-Oh Hell Yeah!

Oh, furrowed Mick St. James brow, how I have missed you! Alex O’loughlin and Scott Caan put in a great performance in last nights series premiere of the revamped “Hawaii-Five-0”.

The case of the new Hawaii Five-0

Let’s start with the genius that is the cast of this show. First, you have Alex O’Loughlin as Det. Steve McGarrett, the delightfully dickish Navy SEAL who likes to throw his connections and his ego around to get what he wants…but he does it in such a charming way you can’t help but love him anyway. Then you have his new partner, Det. Danny Williams played by Scott Caan, who has found himself stuck in a tropical paradise in a happy hotel with a broken marriage and an adorable little girl. He plays by the rules and sticks to protocol like stripes on a zebra. The two have a crazy odd couple sort of chemistry that will carry this show into ratings gold. Through in the gorgeous surfer girl and the quirky old friend and you have the best Scooby gang EVER.And that’s a pretty timely reference considering James Marsters played the baddie in the pilot – a baddie I’m thinking is going to keep on coming back. Also loving Jean Smart as the governor. You really can’t go wrong casting that woman in anything.

Now allow me to rave about the action sequences because holy crap. If they keep this up, it’s going to be like watching an action movie every week and I’m totally down with that. If you haven’t seen it yet, pay particular attention to the sequence where Danny gets shot and prepare to have your mind blown.

Having never watched the original, I am looking at this as a completely fresh show without the context of legacy. All I know is the world has more than enough procedural cop shows. I just hope this one stays away from that pigeon hole of doom. Until next week, let’s just leave it at this show ROCKS and I can’t wait for more.

Check out next week’s promo:

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.

Week in Review – 9/11/2010

The time is finally upon us, my little tv addicts, the fall season is finally upon us. Breathe it in, really enjoy the salty sweetness of time well wasted. Let’s begin shall we…

Josh Gorban - Illuminations drops November 2010

*Josh Groban‘s new album, Illuminations, drops in November. If you happen to stumble onto his website, you might just be able to download his new single, “Hidden Away”, for free. I’m just saying…

*Avatar in 3D IMAX = best 14.50 ever spent. The Deathly Hallows trailer in IMAX also worth the 14.50.

*Casting lesson #30,978: Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher are better in theory than in practice.

*After a long, impatient summer, Sons of Anarchy came back with a vengeance, quite literally. I am continually amazed at Kurt Sutter‘s genius way of balance raw human emotion with the violence of a life spent serving Samcro. I can’t handle week after week of this emo, numb Jax. Hopefully, his outburst in the final moments of the premiere will lead to less brooding and more doing.

*Vampire Diaries is back! Vampire Diaries is back! Did I mention Vampire Diaries is back? I don’t think I have ever said “oh my God” so many times during a television show before. Kevin Williamson is showing a Joss Whedon-esque lack of fear in his execution of this new season of TVD. Ruthless is the word that best describes the premiere. I love that Stefan remembered he was a vampire over the summer. And Damon continues to be heartbreaking as ever. The man just needs a hug and probably some kind of vampire valum. Someone has to love him best…The true winner of the night is Nina Dobrev who proved she was more than just a pretty face by channeling her inner sadistic bitch. Katherine is a force to be reckoned with and I imagine she shall be all season long if we’re lucky.

*Nikita is worth a watch. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before and it certainly isn’t going to blow anybody’s mind, but it has potential. And for a CW show, that’s really all you can ask for.

*The CW finally released a real trailer for the upcoming season of Supernatural, which I have watched approximately 3,219 times. Check it out below and watch the Season 6 premiere of SPN September 24.

*Jane Lynch made the best cameo ever as Sam’s crazy deadbeat mother on iCarly tonight. If there ever was a time to watch Nickelodeon, now would be that time.

*Why are Spencer and Heidi still news?

*Holy crap, Psych! If you haven’t seen the summer finale yet, I’ll just say this, DO NOT MISS THE LAST FIVE MINUTES! You were warned…

*Ditto for White Collar.

*Ditto for Drop Dead Diva – apparently this is the summer of the cliff hanger.

All right, back to my Merlin induced stupor. I should have known I’d get sucked into this show from the jump…Is that my goodnight’s sleep disappearing into Camelot?

And because I can – the new Glee Season 2 promo:

Adorably Obnoxious or Obnoxiously Adorable?

Melissa Joan Hart (left) and Joey Lawrence (right)

That is the question of the day about ABCFamily’s new sitcom Melissa & Joey. First of all, I have to breathe a hefty sigh of relief that this show doesn’t suck. Their advertising campaign was borderline gimmicky and that never bodes well for a show…if the first two episodes are any indication, I’ll forgive ABCFamily the gimmick. Also, I had to pause and rewind when I heard them say it’s filmed in front of a live studio audience. I can’t remember the last time I heard that in earnest (Supernatural‘s tongue and cheek use in Changing Channels last season doesn’t count…).

The word overbearing comes to mind when I think of Melissa’s character, but Joey is so mellow, you hardly notice. I have to say, I definitely prefer them both that way. Nobody throws a hissy fit like Melissa Joan Hart. And Joey Lawrence has spent so much of his adult life running from Blossom, it’s refreshing to see him laid back and comfortable in a role.

I have to say what I enjoyed most about it was that it didn’t get bogged down in any back story. With the exception of the first scene in the pilot, they just zoom right along without leaving the viewer confused about why Joey is there and why Melissa has custody of her niece and nephew. The writing feels organic and the dialogue doesn’t feel contrived in anyway. I also like that they aren’t forcing any sort of romantic notions down our throats. Obviously, these two will meander down that way, but for right now, they seem to be fine with that meandering being slow – which I guess is sort of the definition of meandering. The only thing I found obnoxious, adorable or otherwise, is Melissa’s tendency to sink into Valley Girl Tween speak. That could get old fast if they start using it as a main course instead of a spice.

Verdict overall – a solid first showing. I will be tuning in next week for whatever craziness these two want to service up. It doesn’t hurt that Joey Lawrence is still hot either. I’m just saying…

Check out MJH and JL’s fancast interview!

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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