With 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.
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.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVfdZevxf_o[/youtube]Have you been watching Call The Midwife on PBS? Season Two just ended and those of us addicted to the show are bereft. Its the adaptation of a series of books by British nurse Jennifer Worth which chronicle her years working as a midwife in the East End of London. Set in the 50s, each episode is a vignette detailing issues of the time, such as racism, the lack of reliable birth control, prostitution, separation of the classes, and changing rules of propriety. Continue reading
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uar1rWVAJV0[/youtube]As a rule, I don’t like werewolves, be it in books, in movies or TV series. Of late, there has been one exception: Monroe, played by Silas Weir Mitchell, from the show Grimm. (If you take a look at the video, he’s the bearded guy figured prominently in the trailer’s middle and end.) Continue reading
Do you like to watch sports on TV? If so, I am sure you have watched one (or more) of those matches that were, well, a tad boring. Dragged for a while. That didn’t hold you interest because honestly, both teams were equally unappealing. On the other hand, I am sure you have also watched matches that got you so worked up that you were ready to throw the TV magazine at the screen, that you needed something, now, to distract you. In either of these cases, what do you do? Continue reading
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2duPmdmg7ac[/youtube]I’m seriously in love with this TV spot. I enjoy the upbeat music, I don’t mind the product (Lufthansa started off as a Germany company, after all), and I absolutely adore the owls.
Here’s the translation: “Bird with cute feathers. Bird with cute eyes. Bird with a cute beak. Bird with a cute price.’”
Is this spot played outside Germany? Do you like advertisements with animals?
We’re a few episodes into the seventh season of Bones, and last season ended on a huge cliff-hanger and game changer: Bones’ announcement of her pregnancy with Booth’s baby. Their will-they-or-won’t-they tension has been hotly debated for six seasons, and didn’t actually end when they did finally get together. there are still a lot of questions, and I don’t think anyone was quite sure how things would go when the season premiered a few weeks ago.
Personally, I’m pleased with how things are going, but I would have liked a bit more context to the situation towards the end of the season. I feel cheated out of the pleasure of seeing the other characters’ shock and excitement when the news gets out. I don’t think the chemistry between Booth and Bones has diminished, though, which is (was?) a pretty big fear of many fans.
So, what do you think so far? Were you disappointed with where the show is going, or happy? What do you think will happen through the rest of the season, and series as a whole?
Recently Jane talked about her favorite television program, and it reminded me of mine. While I have been watching Prime Suspect this season, Detective Jane Timoney is no Brenda Leigh. Continue reading
Every day during my freshman year in college, 12 noon marked a magic time. A huge group of us would crowd into a friend’s room in our dorm and watch All My Children. I’d never seen it before I went to college, and haven’t watched it on a regular basis since then. Still, I felt sad when I heard that the show had been cancelled after a 40-year run on TV.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGoDTlCwrgc&NR=1[/youtube]I liked the books in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith a lot when I read them; so I was delighted to discover they had been made into a TV series, and that they would be shown on German TV. So far I have watched the pilot (directed by Anthony Minghella) and four of the six episodes, and I love them. Continue reading