Category Archives: Television

Dude, You’re Screwed!

Does anyone else have a secret TV show vice?

So I was flipping through channels on late-late-night TV (as you do when your sister calls you at 1:30am because she went into labor, and needs someone to stay with the toddler) and stumbled across my new favorite TV show – a reality show (really, Melanie?) with the lovely title of “Dude, You’re Screwed!

Basically, the premise is you have this group of guys – they are all considered survival experts. You’ve got a Green Beret, a former RAF helicopter pilot (who basically wrote the British military survival manual), a primitive skills expert, and a former Navy SEAL, to name a few. These guys, and a few of their wilderness colleagues, are friends. Friends who kidnap each other and drop the victim blindfolded and left in a random location somewhere with a mix-bag of survival gear (which could be anything from a jacket to a tutu to a puppy. Yes, one guy got a puppy. It was awesome).

The victim then gets 100 hours to make it out of whatever hellhole their friends found and find civilization. Any human will do – they just have to go and make contact. While fending for themselves, finding food and water and not getting killed by whatever animals (crocodiles? jaguars? hyenas?) are locals.

They call it a game. Seriously.

The thing is, I’m not usually much a reality show fan. I mean, I watch the dance shows (So you think you can dance is my favorite, but Dancing with the Stars can be fun), but that’s really about it. But now, I’ve added this.

There’s something about survival shows that is just fascinating (Naked and Afraid is also a new interest, but not anywhere close to the obsession that these guys have become). It’s obvious that these guys care about each other (in a very “bro, we’re totalling messing with you” sort of way), but they are just having so much fun that it’s really easy to get caught up in it. I mean, the kidnappers are practically gleeful!

Dude, You’re Screwed!  started a new season this fall on the Discovery Channel. Come, join me in my madness. (They have a bunch of full episodes on youtube – just sayin’)

Melanie AAR

Sherlock: “I’d know exactly how to please a woman….”

Sherlock-Molly-Kiss-BBCGreat gods almighty. Have you read Benedict Cumberbatch’s interview with ElleUK about what sort of lover Sherlock would be? It’s, well, beyond hot.

Mr. Cumberbatch says, among other things, that Sherlock’s focus would make him a god in bed.

And then I would be devastating. I’d know exactly how to please a woman, I’d know exactly where to put my fingers, where to put my tongue, where to put my – his I should say – his fingers, his tongue. Think about violinists, think about what they can do with their fingers.

Whew. There’s even a part two where he talks about whether Sherlock had sex with Irene Adler and what made Sherlock’s kiss with Molly so hot. Read at your own risk.

A winning combination: Pride and Prejudice, P.D. James, and the BBC

PEMBERLEYMrMrsBenn_2767241bAs Austen fans probably already know, the BBC has filmed a mini-series based on P.D. James’s mystery tribute to Pride and Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley. (You can read our review of the book here.)

The series airs on PBS beginning on October 26th. Here’s a first look.

Thus far, the reviews are exceedingly favorable.  I suspect this will not be the last of new versions of Austen’s adored novel. (For a fun take on the many version currently out, read this article from A.V. Club.


Dabney Grinnan

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.

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“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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