Monthly Archives: June 2011

CANCELED SHOWS: Camelot on Starz

I guess I can erase this series from my DVR.   Starz has decided not to move forward with production on the Starz original series Camelot.   Starz is siting “significant production challenges” as the reason for not having a Season Two.   What is constituting those challenges…scheduling conflicts with cast members, which is shot in Ireland.

It’s a shame for the fans because people I talked to who watched Camelot, said it was a solid show.  And it was one of Starz top rated original series.   But if they couldn’t work it out with too many members of the cast, I guess they couldn’t move forward.


Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Canceled Shows


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Friday Night Lights Season One

How is it that I never watched this show?   It has three of my favorite things: teen angst, a stellar cast, and football!  I’ve had many people tell me that I need to watch this show.   As usual I was very late to the game on this one.   Like Gilmore Girls, Bones, and Supernatural…all of which I started watching WAY after their initial premieres or even after they had their final episode…FNL was a show I never watched when it was on but enough people have yelled at me to watch it, so I did.

Ten episodes into Season 1, I can tell this is going to be my Steel Magnolias, my P.S. I Love You, my Brian’s Song.   If you haven’t watched any of those movies, I recommend copious amounts of Kleenex and a bottle of Excedrin Migraine medicine before you watch.  In other words, they are tear-jerkers and those three movies in particular, are my biggest.  It doesn’t matter how many times I watch them and the fact that I could recite each movie’s script by heart, they still get me every time.   Before I even really know these characters and their stories, I am already in tears during the pilot.  It’s really a testament to the writers and the cast.    And I have cried (even as little as a small tear trickling down my check) during all 10 episodes!!!   Is there something wrong with me?  Don’t answer that.  I think I already know the answer!!

When I started watching, the first thing that made me laugh was the fact that two characters on this show that I have fallen in love with, I absolutely HATED on other shows I saw them on.    The first is Scott Porter.  Can this be the same Scott Porter (who plays QB 1 Jason Street who had a terrible accident on the field that has left him paralyzed and rebuilding his life) who played disgusting, creepy, but really sexy Blake Calamar on The Good Wife?   What a difference!!  I have to say, as much as I wanted to punch him on TGW, I just want to run through my TV and hug him and tell him everything will be alright on FNL.  He’s fantastic!!!  Now if he and Lyla (Minka Kelly) can just work things out, that would be nice!   Since I’m talking about Minka Kelly, this is now the second show where she has been a slut bag (the other one being Parenthood) yet, I’m always on her side!   Maybe it’s because Kelly is so good at being sweet, endearing, and soft-spoken, that I am willing to forgive so many of her bad decisions!   I do feel bad for Lyla.  While what she did (sleeping with Jason’s best friend Tim while Jason is recovering from a spinal injury) was wrong on soooo many levels, she’s a kid who made a mistake.  And boy does watching this show remind me how cruel kids in high school can be sometimes.   Wow!   And I didn’t go to high school during the age of the internet (yes I am dating myself) so I can only imagine the levels to which kids can be even more cruel.   The second actor I have fallen in love with (actually there are more but in regards to hating and now loving) is Zach Gilford (who plays QB 2 now QB 1 Matt Saracen who is struggling with his new status as the starting QB of the #1 ranked Dillon Panthers, dealing with his grandmother who is dealing with dementia, balancing his friendships (especially with his best friend Landry, played by Jesse Plemons) with the non-cool kids and the football team, and falling in love with the coach’s daughter, Julie.)  I absolutely HATED his character of Dr. Tommy Fuller on the short-lived (thank God) Off the Map.  Fuller was an obnoxious, condescending, ass who had nothing likable about him what-so-ever.   A far cry from Matt who is so sweet and good-natured.  A kid who would pretend to be his grandfather and sing their wedding song to his grandmother to calm her down when she had an episode.  A kid who is really respectful to Julie and is adorably nervous around her and her parents!  Again, hard to believe this is the same actor!  But that’s why they get paid the big bucks to perform and I get paid nothing to comment on it!   LOL!

Ten episodes in and there is really only one character that rubs me the wrong way and that’s Tyra (played by Adrienne Palicki.)  She’s annoying as all hell and brings nothing to the table.  Although I have a bad feeling she’s going to be around for a while.  Probably one of my favorites is Brian “Smash” Williams.  I love that kid!  I also like the very relevant storyline they are going on with him as a kid who is working so hard to get a scholarship but is just a little undersized so he turns to steroids to help give him an edge.  He’s a good kid who’s just making a really bad choice right now but I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.  I also like the Riggens family story.  Tim (played by Taylor Kitsch) is a rebel who’s never really had any parental figures in his life to help guide him.  His older brother Billy (played by Derek Phillips) is trying to keep him in line and working to get him into college and using football to do it.   They don’t always agree or get along and have a strange way of showing their love for each other, but you can tell that Billy just wants the best for Tim and Tim really appreciates all his brother does for him.   Tim and Jason are best friends.   That is until Tim falls in love with Lyla and sleeps with her while Jason is recovering from his injuries.  I get the feeling that eventually, Jason will forgive both of them and move on, but he’s not there yet.  Finally we have the Taylors, Eric, Tami, and Julie (played by Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, and Aimee Teegarden.)  The Taylors are a great family.  Eric is the new head football coach of the Panthers and he is learning very quickly that this is more than just your typical high school football coaching job.   EVERYONE in town has a thought on your team, your players, and your coaching methods.  He always handles it very well with grace and class.  I would have had a serious come to Jesus meeting with someone at this point, but Eric Taylor is a better person than me!    Tami is a supportive wife but her support only goes so far at times.  She is his moral compass and reminds him that not everything can always be about football and what’s best for the team.  She reminds him that sometimes, what is best for the kids themselves, should come first.  She’s also the school’s guidance counselor (can you tell?)  Their daughter Julie is a high school sophomore at Dillon and has a really good head on her shoulders.  She’s a strong girl but incredibly respectful to her parents.   She is also starting to date for the first time and she doesn’t start small.  Her first date and high school love is the new captain and QB 1 of the football team, Matt Saracen.  Needless to say, this doesn’t go over very well with her parents.  I don’t understand why.  Matt’s a good kid.  It could be worse.  She could be interested in Reyes!

Ten episodes in and I can’t wait to watch every episode in this series!!!   Although, I want to take it slow considering I know there are only 70+ episodes total in the series.  I don’t want it to go too fast.  I have to throw in a Mad Men or Buffy every once in a while to break it up.    But I can’t wait to see how everything works out for the people in Dillon, Texas!   Since I am watching this for the first time, if you have seen the series, please don’t spoil anything for me!!   But I would love to hear your comments as I go through the series.


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Joe Rogan Back as Fear Factor Reboot Host

If you haven’t heard, Fear Factor is looking to make a come back on NBC.   As a result, original host, comedian Joe Rogan, has been asked to reprise his hosting duties.

I’m happy about this because I couldn’t imagine Fear Factor without Rogan.  It’s like watching Survivor without Jeff Probst…it’s just not right!    I watched Fear Factor the first time around for the first season or two.   But then it got really gross and nasty so I stopped watching.   To be honest, I watched it more because of Rogan because I find him to be hysterical.  As you know, I am not a reality TV person, except for Survivor, so I’m not sure if I will check out FF 2.0    But I’m happy for the hilarious Rogan.  He made that show a lot more entertaining the first time around.   I have no doubt, he’ll do it again.


Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Casting News, NBC, New Shows


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REVIEW: Pretty Little Liars “My Name is Trouble” S2 E3

As soon as I watched the “previously on Pretty Little Liars” clip, I knew what was going on with Melissa and I have a theory about her baby.   Wren is who she has been speaking to the whole time and she was having an affair with Wren and he is actually the father of her baby and not Ian.     That’s my theory.  I think the texts she was getting was from Wren so that when Spencer sent the “what did we name our baby” text, Wren answered “Taylor” because he’s the baby daddy!!!   Then when the last scene happened, it solidified my thoughts and I am more convinced than ever that Wren is the baby’s father.


I find it curious that considering all the “trouble” Spencer has been in and the fact that Melissa is still recovering from a car accident and her husband is either dead or missing, that the Hastings are out-of-town a lot!    Would you leave your daughters in this situation?   I know I would make arrangements for at least ONE of us to be there for them.    I find that strange.

Spencer is determined to find out who Melissa is talking to and she also wants to know if someone is staying with Jason DiLaurentis.  Toby has started working for Jason because no one else will hire him and he really needs the money to start his own business and move out of his house.   Spencer doesn’t like this and wants him to quit.   To help speed that process along, she takes Melissa’s wedding ring and sells it to a pawn shop to get the money to buy Toby a truck so he can take a job in Yardley and stop working for Jason.    I’m not sure why Spencer would be so against Toby working with Jason.   If anything, if Toby gets closer to Jason, he may be able to open a circle of trust and therefore get more information out of him.   Spencer should be encouraging this in my opinion not discouraging it.   One day when Spencer went to visit Toby, Jason was bringing trash bags to the curb and one broke showing rags with blood on it.  Hmmmm.  Did Jason have an accident or is he helping someone with injuries from a fall in a bell tower?   We’ll have to wait and see.


Aria is now taking a pottery class at Hollis College, where he father teaches, Ezra teaches, and Ezra’s ex fiance teaches.  This surprises me.   Wouldn’t this still be an issue for Ezra?  I don’t know the rules of college professors dating students at the college but I can’t imagine this would be acceptable.  Ezra and Aria had to keep their creepy, out-of-line relationship a secret when Ezra was teaching at Rosewood because he would have gotten fired (and I have to imagine in some states, arrested.)   Now he’s at Hollis and their relationship can be out in the open.  Well if Aria is taking classes at Hollis, whether she is in his class or not, isn’t that against the rules?   She’s 16 and taking a class at a local college where her “boyfriend” teaches.  In my mind, there is soooooo many things wrong with that scenario I don’t even know where to begin.   But I can’t imagine the administration at Hollis, being happy about this.   Boy I really hope they break up soon.

While Aria was taking her pottery class, she noticed Jenna in her class.  She tries to keep her distance and when the teacher asks her what her name is, she says Anita.  Now I would think that regardless of what Aria said her name is, Jenna would be able to recognize her voice.   I’m about to get really angry at the writers for insulting the intelligence of the viewers but then they correct the situation.  When Jenna takes her finished product and asks “Anita” to describe it to her since she can’t see, Aria starts to tell her what it looks like.   It is then that Jenna recognizes her voice and yells at her to blow out the candle (the lights have been turned out and the candle was the only light in the room.)   I have to say, this is the first time I really start to feel bad for Jenna and I think Aria starts to see the full impact of their actions from a very real and emotional level that she (and the audience) really hadn’t seen before from Jenna.  But as soon as Jenna realizes Aria is there, she instantly goes back to crazy mode, so that didn’t last very long!


Before we get into Hanna, I have one comment for the writers.  Tom Marin, Hanna’s father (played by Roark Critchlow) was talking about his upcoming wedding to Isabel, his fiance, and said “if she could fill up Veterans Stadium, she would.”    Technically, it should be Lincoln Financial Field.   My beloved Veterans Stadium, which was home to the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies for over 30+ years, was imploded on March 21st 2004.   So it would be quite a challenge for Tom and Isabel to have their wedding at the Vet.

On that front, Ashley and Tom seem to be getting along very well.  Tom is staying in Rosewood a little longer which seems to make Ashley very happy and Isabel very unhappy.  At first I didn’t think Hanna liked the idea of her parents getting chummy again.  But when Isabel sends Tom an apology text,  his cell phone is on the kitchen island while Tom and Ashley are on the patio, drinking wine, laughing, and really enjoying each other’s company.  So Hanna does what any teenager would do….she deletes the text.   I have a feeling that will come back into to play, but for the time being, there was a small part of me that was thrilled Hanna did that because I really like the chemistry between Tom and Ashley.

At school, Hanna is trying to rebuild her friendship with Lucas.   And while Lucas is hesitant and cautious, you can tell he misses Hanna.  I still think there are some residual feelings there on his end, but I really believe that Lucas would rather have some portion of Hanna in his life, than not at all.  And if that is only as friends, so be it.   He looks like he starts crushing on another girl on the yearbook committee so Hanna makes it her mission to help him get a date.   It’s pretty sweet and I think she succeeds.


Emily is my least favorite character.  She is so maudlin and  morose that she gets on my nerves.  I can’t remember the last time I saw that girl smile.   She always looks like she is going to burst into tears at any moment and she’s a huge downer.  Even when she started dating this new girl, she looks like this is a painful experience for her rather than a happy one.  So I’m hoping the writers start to give her some life and happiness because she drags down every scene she’s in.

Emily came up with a plan to change the Danby letter she received from being more vague about her opportunity to an all out scholarship offer if she stays in Rosewood.   She would then mail it so her mother would receive it and decide to stay in Rosewood vs. moving to Texas.  After a heart to heart with her mom, she decides against.  A, on the other hand, has other plans for her.   A somehow mails the letter to Mrs. Fields and as a result they are staying in Rosewood….prompting another gloomy look from Emily.

While I am enjoying Season Two, I would like to start getting some answers to some questions.  Even if it is just revealed to us and not the Liars, but I need something.    Is Jason bad?   Who is staying with him and why?   Is Ian alive or dead?   What is going on with Melissa?   What’s up with the cop and Jenna?   Is Jenna good or bad?   Is Toby involved in any of this?   Is there any other clue to who A may be?   I dont’ need everything answered.   I’m still ok with not knowing who A is.   But there are major questions being opened up so it would be nice if ONE thing could be solved or ONE question could be answered.   Want to help me out there ABC Family?  Thanks!


Posted by on June 29, 2011 in ABC, Recaps and Reviews


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CBS Releases Premiere Dates for Fall Shows

Here is the latest CBS release schedule for the fall shows:

All new shows are in CAPS.  All changed time slots and days are in RED.


8pm  Survivor: South Pacific


8pm  How I Met Your Mother
8:30pm  HIMYM (encore)
9pm  Two and a Half Men
10pm  Hawaii 5-0


8pm  NCIS
9pm  NCIS: LA


9pm  Criminal Minds
10pm  CSI


8pm  The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm  The Big Bang Theory (encore)
10pm  The Mentalist


9pm  CSI: NY
10pm  Blue Bloods


8pm  Rules of Engagement
10pm  48 Hours Mystery


7pm  60 Minutes
8pm  The Amazing Race
9pm  The Good Wife
10pm  CSI:Miami


9:30pm  Mike & Molly





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NBC and Law & Order: SVU have found a replacement for Christopher Meloni as well as an additional female presence when Mariska Hargitay reduces her work load during the midseason.    Danny Pino (Cold Case) and Kelli Giddish (Chase) have been cast as series regulars on L&O: SVU 13th season.

Pino is best known for playing detective Scotty Valens on Cold Case for seven seasons and has had other guest spots on shows like The Shield and Burn Notice.  Joining Pino is Giddish who most recently starred on the canceled NBC show Chase and had a great guest spot on The Good Wife this past season and whose resume includes shows like Damages, The Burg, All My Children, and even did a guest spot on L&O: SVU in 2007.

I don’t watch SVU so I would be curious to hear what fans of the show think.  I know Meloni’s shoes are very hard to fill but I loved Pino on Cold Case so I hope fans of the show will be pleased with the casting.   While I didn’t like Giddish on Chase, I really liked her on The Good Wife and I was hoping she was going to continue with the show this upcoming season.  Oh well.   But hopefully she will fit in well with the SVU cast.

What are your thoughts SVU fans?   Are we happy or not so much about this casting news?


Two very popular actresses and characters are returning to SVU this season.   Stephanie March and Diane Neal are both returning as ADA Alexandra Cabot and ADA Casey Novak respectively.  Neither actress has a specific number of episodes they are returning for so we’ll have to wait and see.

Both of these women are fantastic in these roles so I am thrilled that they will both be returning in the fall!!!

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Casting News, NBC


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ABC Releases Premiere Dates for Fall Shows

Here is the latest ABC release schedule for the fall shows:

All new shows are in CAPS.  All changed time slots and days are in RED.


8pm  Dancing with the Stars
10pm  Castle


9pm  Dancing with the Stars Results Show
10pm  Body of Proof


8pm  The Middle (One Hour Premiere)
9pm  Modern Family (One Hour Premiere)


9pm  Grey’s Anatomy (Two Hour Premiere)


7pm  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9pm  Desperate Housewives


9:30pm  Happy Endings


10pm  Private Practice


7pm  America’s Funniest Home Videos


8pm  LAST MAN STANDING (NEW SERIES)  (One Hour Premiere)


8:30pm  MAN UP! (NEW SERIES)


8pm  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Friday Time Premiere)




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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in ABC, Premiere Dates


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