Category Archives: Television

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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Busiest Man on My TV

gr He has teddy bear-button eyes set in a face that looks like a knuckle, and he’s on my television, literally, half the time its on. And I just adore him. Yep, it’s Gordon Ramsay.

My TV-husband crush began earlier this summer when I was introduced to Kitchen Nightmares, which airs on BBC America. Before that Ramsay was just the mean guy I occasionally saw abusing cooks when commercials for some random show interrupted whatever I was watching. Now I know that “random show” is Hell’s Kitchen, and it is among the many, many Gordon Ramsay programs I watch. And there ARE many, many. There’s the travel one, and the prison one, and several cooking ones including two cooking contests, and two different incarnations of the Kitchen Nightmare show. There may be more of which I’m unaware.

That “mean” guy is actually quite funny, and he has a lot of charm on camera. If you watch him for just a few minutes it becomes apparent why he is such a huge reality TV star.

Do you watch Gordon Ramsay reality TV? Do you find him charming as well?

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Bring On the Eye Candy

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So, lets see a show of hands – can we all agree that the Summer Olympics are the pinnacle of beautiful, fit bodies in motion? (Yes, I’m talking to you, U.S. Water Polo Team…)

I’ve always believed that summers without the Olympics are seriously bereft of half-dressed, muscular, eye-candy athletes, until now that I’ve discovered American Ninja Warrior. Its on NBC Monday nights, at seven central time, and re-run on G4 just about any time you tune into that channel. My goodness, those contestants are FIT. No matter your sexual, racial or age preferences there is someone to enjoy watching and to root for.

The boys in my home know to leave the women-folk alone to watch TV on Monday nights. Are you watching also? The video I’ve included is of one of my favorite contestants, Lance, a rancher from Idaho. He’s out of the contest now, but was fun to watch while he was competing. Do you have a favorite contestant?

Call The Midwife on PBS

[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

Inspector Lewis

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Ispector Lewis, called Lewis outside of the States, is easily one of my favorite TV shows. Chronicling the adventures of Detective Inspector Lewis and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway the show follows the two as they solve crimes around Oxford, both the town and the university. Many of the crimes are deeply intellectual, giving a nod to the learned inhabitants of the area. The concentration for the show is not on the gore and violence (a problem many an American cop show has) but on the resolution.

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Consumerism at its worst

ddDo you watch AMC’s The Walking Dead? I do and adore it, along with my husband, siblings, and a lot of my friends. Great show! But that’s not what I want to blog about. The topic I want to discuss is the little six or seven inch action figures that AMC is marketing. I gave the Daryl Dixon figure to my girlfriend for Christmas a couple years ago because we both like Norman Reedus. It cost around sixteen dollars. I later found two more, one each for my husband and myself, and we started collecting the entire set

Our set is incomplete now, even with the extras we bought, because we’re selling those suckers off! Have you looked at prices for them on Ebay? Daryl Dixon goes for up to Three Hundred Dollars! We just sold one for two hundred and sixty. The other main characters sell for up to two hundred and the zombies for up to one hundred. If we sell off the entire first series we’re looking at a profit of around a thousand dollars.

So my question is: Are people insane?

My favorite werewolf: Monroe

[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