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Weekly Preview – 10/10/10

Okay, so I swear there is going to be more on the blog than the preview and the review…in fact, between Sarah and I, we have a hand full of movie reviews coming and I’m pretty sure if this season of Glee keeps going the way it has been (Nitrous induced Britney Spears hallucinations? Oh, Glee, please because with all those sharks you’re jumping…) one or both of us will have a fairly lengthy rant about that as well.

On a side note, signing up for three twenty in twenty icontests and an icons one hundred challenge all at the same time may not have been my most brilliant of ideas.

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John Hickey as Sean and Laura Linney as Cathy in The Big C

*Monday – If you’re not already watching, check out the fabulous Laura Linney in Showtime’s original series The Big C. It’s delightfully funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. Oliver Platt and Gabourey Sidibe are among the serie’s players, both putting in memorable performances – Platt as Linney’s estranged husband who is desperate to win her back and Sidibe as a weight conscious student of Linney’s who befriends her teenage son. Just watch it. You won’t be disappointed.

Tuesday – The cute blond kid from the football team is finally returning to Glee to take his rightful place amongst the Glee boys as an official member. I don’t know the song list yet, but I do know it’s duets week so hold on to your hats and pray to Ryan Murphey to not let Lea Michele have any solos…On a related note, check out the pre-order for Glee’s Rocky Horror spoof coming up shortly because it promises to be a can’t miss night of television. Also, for my One Tree Hill fans, check out the crossover show this week with Life Unexpected. I love it when they let Bethany sing!

Wednesday – Mythbusters is back for anyone playing the home game. Also, Modern Family. Duh.

Thursday – This one still makes my brain hurt, but the only thing you can’t miss on Thursdays is Vampire Diaries…so so good. Yes, that’s right, Hart Hanson, you get no love this week or any week until Hannah goes back to Iraq and Emily Deschanel remembers how to act.

Friday – Everybody should be watching Supernatural this Friday for the sheer fact that Mr Jensen Ackles is making his directorial debut with Weekend at Bobby’s. Check out the preview below if you need more incentive.

 

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Merlin and Arthur

Saturday – Apparently, Uther is going to make Arthur marry some awful blond girl with horrible table manners. If nothing else, we’ll probably get some good Gwen/Arthur moments so watch Merlin, peeps.

Anybody have anything else I missed?

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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

Sarah’s Weekly Preview – 9/12/10

First, I have to apologize for being absent lately. My excuse? I’ve been completely wrapped up in the sadly disappointing end of “As the World Turns,” and the couple I was watching for: Luke and Reid. Expect a rant dressed up as a column on that soon.Also, just as I sent Mel into the world of  “Merlin” and Camelot, she has trapped me in the back of Dean Winchester’s Impala. It’s so very comfy back there, I don’t plan on leaving soon.

So, finally, here is a preview to what to watch this week (this may seem like a repeat of my last preview, but never fear, next week will be better)!

Monday: Rizzoli & Isles. I can’t say enough about this show, it’s frickin’ awesome. God bless you TNT for airing this amazing show. And even if you don’t do femmeslash, the lesbian undertones in this show are barely undertones at all. I get why there’s so much slash fic for this show running around. Unfortunately the sneek peek from TNT won’t embed, so I can only give you the link: http://www.tnt.tv/dramavision/index.jsp?oid=69096&eref=sharethisUrl

Tuesday: The first half of the two-part season finale to “Warehouse 13” on SyFy airs this week! After a season of romance, insanity (literally) and body-swapping, it’s sure to be an amazing finale. They go to Egypt y’all, it’s bound to be epic. Also, the season finale of “Covert Affairs” on USA.

Wednesday: Because I don’t watch reality television, hump day is a dry television day, at least until “Criminal Minds” returns, and even then I’m not that psyched. So I plan on feverishly watching all the seasons of “Supernatural” so far so I can be ready for the sixth season. I suggest you use it to catch up on your favorite show too.

Thursday: The Vampire Diaries on The CW. I still consider myself somewhat a newbie when it comes to show, but I was very much impressed with the acting from all the lead characters last week. Nina Dobrev did amazing with the double-acting of Elena and Catherine, Paul Wesley seemed to realize he wasn’t the small screen’s Edward Cullen and went from broody to sinister and I loved it. Ian Somerhalder was, of course, brilliant and I’m really looking forward to see how the seaosn goes. After that there’s “Nikita,” which I also really enjoyed and didn’t expect to.

Mel already posted the preview for next week’s TVD, so here’s the promo for “Nikita”

The Weekend I leave up to you, gentle viewer, since there usually isn’t anything on except movies and sports. I plan on spending more time watching Sam brood behind his ever-growing bangs and Dean wolf down some more food.

See you next week when finally television returns!

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:

Review: Holy Crap, I liked Nikita

Nikita star Maggie Q

Ok, confession time, I only watched Nikita last night for Shane West. For shame, I know, but it’s the truth. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the pace and presentation of the show.

Nikita is the typical action storyline of a woman scorned. It’s Desperado with cell phones at its core. Similar in feel and in setup to Dollhouse, Nikita was pulled from a prison sentence by a secret government agency aptly named The Division to be a spy/hit man. When she up and falls for a civilian (to make Sarah happy, I’ll point out that Pyro from X-Men plays said civilian), they kill her lover and leave her a woman scorned…a very well trained, armed and dangerous woman scorned.

Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex

While the show centers around Nikita, the actual focus of the show isn’t so much on her person as her effect on the other characters on the show. Putting in an impressive primetime showing, ex-daytime TV star Lyndsy Fonseca plays Alex, a former Ukranian indentured servant who gets pulled out of prison and placed into a training camp with others like her…all attractive twenty somethings of course. Also, for those of you who might be fans of CSI’s Lady Heather, Melinda Clarke puts in a subtle but brilliant performance as the Etiquette teacher for The Division, showing all of the girls how to use every inch of their feminine wiles to complete their missions.

Shane West as Michael

My beloved Shane West turns out to be more complicated and considerably more interesting than we are at first led to believe toward the end of the episode. His character, Michael, is essentially a mission coordinator and recruiter for Division. Though he comes off as cold and calculating in the beginning, we soon find he has a surprising connection to Nikita that should make for interesting story telling in the weeks to come.

The show does dip into the predictable in a few rather obnoxious ways, like the clichéd and gratuitous shots of Nikita roaming around her secret hideout in her underwear and the need for all the spies to dress like Neo. The fact that Nikita is the least interesting character thus far could also be problematic considering the show is supposed to be about her. Hopefully, we will see a greater expression of her personality in the coming weeks.

Overall verdict: A promising start that will require further review. It’s hard to tell where their headed, but they’re off to a great start wherever they may be going from here. If nothing else, it’s nice to see a female dominated action show back on network TV.

Nikita airs Thursday nights at 9 pm EST on The CW.

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