Category Archives: Television

Say Yes to Rayna’s Dress?

CONNIE BRITTONDo you watch Nashville? If so, how are you liking Season Three? 

The show is certainly a romance soap these days. There’s secret babies, jealous best friends, badly behaving boyfriends, and sex in odd places. (The laundry room. Really?)

Rayna’s getting married–we’ll believe it when it happens–and this is the dress she’s picked. What do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

 

Presto! Instant TV for Free!

UK_MyChannelsWith season four of Game of Thrones right around the corner, I began thinking about how much my television viewing habits have changed over the last few years. I used to be a news junkie and would glom the cable news channels throughout the day to see what was going on in the world. I am still a news junkie, but I get most of my news fix from the internet these days. The television has been relegated to movie binges and series television show marathons.

I blame that on getting my Roku. Several years ago, my husband and I were trying to figure out how to play YouTube and Amazon Prime videos on our OLD television set. The newer televisions had built-in HDMI hookups. Sadly, ours did not and I looked everywhere for a connector that would hook up my laptop to the television AND produce sound.

During my internet search, I ran across the Roku and decided this would make a great Christmas present for my husband. For those not familiar with the Roku, it is a streaming player that runs off WiFi and allows you to access Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Amazon Prime, HBO Go and hundreds of other channels, many of which are free to use.

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Star-crossed Indeed

starcrossedI’m a sucker for a good teen TV drama. Well, that is, a teen drama that doesn’t involve obscenely rich Manhattanite royalty-wannabes or were-vamp-warlock love triangles. So when I saw previews for the CW’s newest soapy offering for the under 18 set, I figured I’d check it out. I’m kind of glad I did because Star-Crossed, the love child of Roswell and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (with a good hunk of District 9 thrown into the mix) looks to have all of the tropes I love most in a TV program.

September, 2014, brings about the day that an alien ship crashes to Earth, filled with Atrians looking for refuge after their home planet becomes uninhabitable. They had hoped to find at least a lukewarm welcome from us humans rather than the open hostility shown them in the form of armed soldiers and violent shoot-outs. Six-year-old Emery finds a terrified Atrian boy hiding in her family’s backyard shed and offers him kindness in the form of a blanket and a bowl of cold spaghetti. But alien-sniffing dogs suss out the poor lad who suffers a blaster shot when he throws his tiny body in front of Emery in a heroic attempt to save her.

Cut forward ten years and Emery has grown into the beautiful Aimee Teegarden (hello, Julie Taylor!). Continue reading

“Will They Or Won’t They” – Done Right

S&A1With this week’s episode, The Locomotive Manipulation, The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler officially became one of my favorite couples ever.

I’ve been a fan of The Big Bang Theory from episode one, appreciating the quirky characters and silly humor supplied by producer Chuck Lorre, the amazing writing staff, and the hugely talented cast of actors. But it was the introduction of Mayim Bialik’s Amy Farrah Fowler as a romantic foil for the seemingly asexual Sheldon Cooper (played by the exquisite Jim Parsons) that really kicked the show up a notch, if you ask my opinion. The evolving relationship between these two characters has proven an absolute delight, and I would say it is one of the best examples ever of the will-they-or-won’t-they tease ever depicted on a TV program. Continue reading

The 30 Best TV Detectives and Sleuths?

This week I saw a link to the “30 Best TV Detectives” from the Telegraph’s website. As a big fan of mysteries – both written and video – this was too good to resist. Since it’s a UK publication, I expected a lot of British detectives. Not a problem, as I’m a huge fan of many of the BBC mysteries that appear on Masterpiece Mystery. Truthfully, I was surprised at how many U.S. TV shows are featured on the list, and many that appeared over 20 years ago.
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NBC’s The Blacklist – Are you watching?

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NBC has a new drama that is surprisingly watchable. The fact that it stars the wonderful James Spader is a draw, of course, and the writing and excellent casting have kept me coming back for weeks. Episode 8 is next week and they haven’t jumped the shark, which bodes well for continuing quality. I don’t often gush over TV shows, but seriously, this one is worth an hour every Monday.

New Tricks

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British TV has become something of an obsession with me. First it was Downton Abbey quickly followed by Sherlock and Inspector Lewis. Then Call the Midwife, followed by Foyle’s War. Now I am cheerfully glomming my way through New Tricks. This comedy-drama follows the work of UCOS, a fictional part of the Metropolitan Police Service that concentrates on what we in America call “cold cases”. It is made up of retired police detectives who re-examine old cases when new information comes to light.

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Bye-bye Breaking Bad

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This past Sunday the last episode of this iconic show aired on AMC. I wasn’t much of a fan but the minute I saw the first episode I knew my husband would like it. I was right. The adventures of Walt and Jessie as they begin a crystal meth business and then slowly but surely built an empire proved thoroughly entertaining to my significant other. For my part I could take it or leave it but I did enjoy the spoofs on You Tube dealing with it.

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