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NEW PODCAST: Episode 23 Covers Mid Season Preview

It’s almost impossible to believe but yes, I did podcast two days in a row!  It up now at www.fortheloveoftvpodcast.com.  So click the link and check it out or download it from iTunes!

Episode 23 talks about the follow shows for Mid Season:

  1. Smash
  2. Alcatraz
  3. The Firm
  4. House of Lies
  5. Luck
  6. Touch
  7. The Finder
  8. Bent
  9. Good Christian Belles/Bitches/GCB
  10. The River
  11. Are You There, Chelsea
  12. Work It
  13. Missing
  14. Awake
  15. Veep
  16. Scandal
  17. NYC 22
  18. Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt 23
  19. Rob
  20. Jane by Design
  21. Napoleon Dynamite
  22. Remodeled
  23. Girls

Not every show is in great detail because I’m not hugely familiar with every show.  But the ones I was more familiar with, I talked about in more detail.

I want to hear from you as to what you are looking forward to watching.  Or if maybe it’s too much new TV and you are only going with a handful of new shows.  Quite frankly, that may be what I do.  It gets to the point where there is just too much TV and not enough time (or DVR space) to watch it all.  But I will certainly try my hardest!

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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Mid Season, Podcast

 

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NEW PODCAST: Episode 22 Covers Dexter, Homeland, Chuck, and How I Met Your Mother

A new episode of For the Love of TV Podcast is up….shocking I know!   Click here and it will take you right to my website!!

Episode 22 covers the following shows and topics:

  1. Dexter
  2. Homeland
  3. Chuck
  4. How I Met Your Mother
  5. Golden Globe and SAG Nominations
  6. Mid Season New Shows

The Mid Season shows are very brief but I hope to have a more detailed podcast on just the new shows before next week.   So let me know what you think….especially about Dexter!!!

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Podcast

 

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2012 SAG Awards Nominations

And I thought the Golden Globes were bad (and they really weren’t that bad.)   These are HORRENDOUSLY bad!!!  Oh my Lord.  I was already convinced, but this completely solidifies my position that these people who are in charge of the nominations don’t watch TV and just pick the popular shows and actors because of name and past recognition.

I’m not going to comment on the TV movies or miniseries because the only one I watched was The Kennedys.  The one thing I will say, why not Barry Pepper for The Kennedys?  Greg Kinnear was great, but Barry Pepper was sooooooo much better.

Before I get into my issues with the acting categories, I just want to say, that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these actors nominated, I love and think are fantastic at their craft.  However, just because they rock at their professions as a whole, doesn’t mean they deserve the nominations below.  There are some incredible names listed below, but I have to say, many are getting props for the wrong reasons, in my opinion.   So I just want to be clear, how much I admire and respect the actors below…you know, before I rip them to shreds!  Actually, I’m not ripping them, just the stupid award people.

So as for the actors, I will say that I am THRILLED for Patrick J. Adams from the best new show of the summer, Suits.   That’s awesome!!!  Although in my humble opinion, if one of the actors would be nominated, I would have given it to Gabriel Macht.  Adams was fabulous but I thought Macht was just a tick better.  If only because he had a bigger range to play this season.   Overall, I don’t have a problem with the male category.   Although Damien Lewis is a glaring omission.  The female category, is a bigger issue for me.  Kathy Bates, really?  I like I said when she was nominated for the Emmy last year, I don’t hate KB.  I love her in fact.  But this character, doesn’t deserve a nomination, I’m sorry.  There are other people more worthy of a nomination than her.   While Jessica Lange was the best part of AHS, a best actress nom performance, it was not.  Kyra Sedgwick, I think this is a farewell nomination with this being the last season of the Closer, so I’m ok with it.  And Glenn Close and Julianna Margulies completely deserve the noms.   But where are Monica Potter, Lauren Graham, Emily van Camp, Claire Danes, Stana Katic, Emily Deschanel?  Hell, I would even give Kristen Bauer from True Blood a nom over some of these names.  I’m sure I’m forgetting other people, but come on.  I don’t understand and I never will.

As for the comedic acting categories, the first thing I will say is can we please get off the Betty White bandwagon please?  Yes the woman is hilarious but not better than Amy Poehler on Parks and Rec and no one will convince me otherwise.  And at some point, someone needs to explain to me how Nurse Jackie is a comedy.  IT ISN’T!!!!!  So stop putting a show in a category it doesn’t belong in just so you can nominate Edie Falco.  And while many people love Modern Family (I did in the beginning but have stopped watching it because I don’t think the writing is a strong as its premiere season), they don’t deserve all the acting noms they get.  It’s a great ensemble show, but not THAT many people stand out on that show.  And Jon Cryer?   Really?  I think not.  Also, while I am a HUGE 30 Rock fan, and a major Tina Fey fan, both Fey and Alec Baldwin’s nominations are getting tiring.  They are great at what they do, but haven’t brought anything fresh to the role in a while.   Where is Nick Offerman?  Who does he have to sleep with to get nominated?   The man is a genius on my TV screen every week.  I also think Danny Pudi and Eliza Coupe are constantly overlooked.  They are freaking hilarious!!!!  And I am surprised not to see Zooey Deschanel on the list.  I know she isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but she is perfect as Jess on New Girl.  I also think Jane Levy (Tessa from Suburgatory) should have received some recognition for her work.   And I know this show turns a lot of people off, but Beth Behrs (Caroline from 2 Broke Girls) should have been given consideration.  She is fantastically funny as well as incredibly likable in her role.    And what about Melissa McCarthy from Mike and Molly?  How could she be left off this list?    I think the number one name left off this list is Jason Segal from HIMYM.  His performance last season was incredible and certainly deserved to be on this list.  Not to mention, Neil Patrick Harris should be a staple on here.  There is a large pool of very talented actors to choose from, but that didn’t happen.

As for the shows themselves, I have no real beef with the dramas other than Homeland was missing.  As for the comedies, Big Bang, Glee, and The Office don’t deserve to be there.  I am still a big 30 Rock fan (I know a lot of people have grown tired of it, which I understand, but I don’t have a problem with it) and  I personally don’t think Modern Family should be in this category. I think it is HIGHLY overrated and not one of the best comedies on TV.  What I would have liked to see….Parks and Rec, Happy Endings, Episodes, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, and maybe Community.  Community is a very up and down show…when it’s good, it’s the best comedy on TV, but when it’s bad, it’s as awful as Whitney.  So I can understand why it was left off, but this season has to be it’s best so far (especially from a consistency standpoint.)   The other shows are fresh and funny and have fantastic ensemble casts that really bring out the best in each other.  But that’s my list and that counts for exactly, nothing.

I sincerely believe the people making these decisions are incredibly lazy or are getting some sort of kick back.  I don’t know how you can watch TV (and watch the scope of the shows necessary to make these decisions) and pick these actors and shows for nominations.  Again, it’s not a knock on the actors themselves, but these performances aren’t as solid as some of the other performances out there that get constantly overlooked.

I really have to stop getting worked up over these things, but I hate seeing really talented, exceptional people and shows not getting the recognition they deserve for their work.  There are many names on this list who at one point, were the best and have been recognized as such.  Maybe in the roles below and maybe in other roles.   But it’s time to start spreading the wealth and because while the people below are very talented, there are a whole mix of actors out there that are missing their opportunity to get the acknowledgements that is rightly there’s and getting the chance to be publicly honored for their accomplishments.

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
LAURENCE FISHBURNE – “THURGOOD” (HBO)
PAUL GIAMATTI – “TOO BIG TO FAIL” (HBO)
GREG KINNEAR – “THE KENNEDYS” (REELZ CHANNEL)
GUY PEARCE – “MILDRED PIERCE” (HBO)
JAMES WOODS – “TOO BIG TO FAIL” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
DIANE LANE – “CINEMA VERITE” (HBO)
MAGGIE SMITH – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
EMILY WATSON – “APPROPRIATE ADULT” (Sundance Channel)
BETTY WHITE – “HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE” (CBS)
KATE WINSLET – “MILDRED PIERCE” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
PATRICK J. ADAMS – “SUITS” (USA)
STEVE BUSCEMI – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
KYLE CHANDLER – “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” (DirecTV)
BRYAN CRANSTON – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
MICHAEL C. HALL – “DEXTER” (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
KATHY BATES – “HARRY’S LAW” (NBC)
GLENN CLOSE – “DAMAGES” (DirecTV)
JESSICA LANGE – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY” (FX)
JULIANNA MARGULIES – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
KYRA SEDGWICK – “THE CLOSER” (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
TY BURRELL – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
STEVE CARELL – “THE OFFICE” (NBC)
JON CRYER – “TWO AND A HALF MEN” (CBS)
ERIC STONESTREET – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
JULIE BOWEN – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
EDIE FALCO – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
TINA FEY – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
SOFIA VERGARA – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
BETTY WHITE – “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
BREAKING BAD (AMC)
DEXTER (Showtime)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 ROCK (NBC)
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
GLEE (FOX)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
THE OFFICE (NBC)

Dick Van Dyke will present Screen Actors Guild’s 48th Life Achievement Award to Mary Tyler Moore.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Award Shows, SAG

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from For the Love of TV

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!!!  I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season with friends and family and has a wonderful 2012!

Please make sure that wherever your travels take you, you are safe and healthy.

Happy Holidays everyone!!!!

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in General

 

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2012 New Year’s Resolution

Everyone always has the standard resolutions…lose weight, get healthy, see my family and friends more, work with a charity, go somewhere new on vacation, etc, etc.  And I probably have 1 or 2 of those on my list as well.   But I have 1 VERY significant resolution for the For the Love of TV fan base…all 5 of you…

POST AND PODCAST MORE FREQUENTLY AGAIN!!!!!!

I miss you guys!!  I miss my TV shows.   My job realignment and adding Franco to our family have been the equivalent of shoving 100 pounds of shit into a 5 pound bag.  And I’m not exaggerating.  So something had to take a back seat.   That something was my TV viewing, blogging, and podcasting.

But have no fear.  I will be back and better than ever in 2012!!!  (God I hope so!)  Well, maybe not better, but I will certainly be back!  Unfortunately, I have to work this one of two ways…not as much detail in the posts but post more often OR keep the same detail and fewer posts.  I’m not sure which way I’ll go, but I’ll just have to go wherever my mood (and time) take me.

I have to say, not blogging and podcasting as much has been stressing me out.  And I don’t need that extra stress in my life (believe me!!!!)  Just ask my husband.  I’m sure I’m getting coal in my stocking this year.  But I have decided that I am not going to let it stress me out.  I will get to blogging and podcasting when I can (because I love it) and if I don’t, I don’t.    There are so many amazing websites and TV bloggers out there, that you can certainly get your fill and not miss me too much.   (You better miss me damn it!!!!  She says with a tear trickling down her cheek.)

So make sure you tell everyone you know to come back to me in 2012!!!  And I look forward to talking TV with all of you in the new year!

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in General

 

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2012 Mid Season/Winter New Shows

I can’t believe it’s December 23rd already!!!  Where the hell did this year go?  I blinked and it was 8 days away from 2012.  Wow!  But while we say good-bye to 2011, you know what it’s time to say hello to?    NEW SHOWS FOR THE WINTER/SPRING SEASON!!!!!!!

Here is my quick snapshot of what I am most looking forward to, what I’m not sure about, and what I could care less about:

Most Looking Forward to Watching:

  1. Smash NBC 2/6 10pm
  2. Alcatraz FOX 1/16 8pm (1/23 9pm regular time slot)
  3. The Firm NBC 1/8 9pm (1/12 10pm regular time slot)
  4. House of Lies Showtime 1/8 10pm
  5. Touch FOX 1/25 9pm (sneak peek) (3/19 9pm regular time slot)
  6. Bent NO PREMIERE DATE YET
  7. Good Christian Bitches/Good Christian Belles/GCB ABC 3/4 10pm
  8. The Finder FOX 1/12 9pm

Not Sure About But Will Watch The First 2-3 At Least

  1. The River ABC 2/7 9pm
  2. Are You There, Chelsea NBC 1/11 8:30pm
  3. Work It ABC 1/3 8:30pm
  4. Missing ABC 3/15 8pm
  5. Luck HBO 1/29 9pm
  6. Awake NO PREMIERE DATE YET
  7. Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt 23 NO PREMIERE DATE YET
  8. Veep NO PREMIERE DATE YET
  9. Scandal NO PREMIERE DATE YET
  10. NYC 22 NO PREMIERE DATE YET

Could Care Less About

  1. Rob CBS 1/12 8:30pm
  2. Jane by Design ABC Family 1/3 9pm
  3. Napoleon Dynamite FOX 1/15 8:30pm
  4. Remodeled The CW 1/17 9pm
  5. Girls NO PREMIERE DATE YET

Holy crap that’s a lot of shows!!!   Dear Lord.  I still have 7 “Boss”, 10 “Dexter”, 13 “Survivor”, All “Grey’s” and 4 “Person of Interest” on my DVR I haven’t watched yet.  Not to mention, all the shows I regularly watch and adding these to it?  I seriously don’t know how reviewers do this all the time!  But then again, they probably have more than one person to review all these shows!!!

I have to make one comment.  I HATE when shows premiere a show at one time slot and day and then move it to it’s “real time slot and day of the week” after the premiere.    Why?   Just premiere the show at its regular time slot and its regular day.  I don’t get it.  Why confuse people?   Or in the case of Touch, let’s do a sneak peek in January but not come back with episode until mid March.   Huh?   How does that make any sense?  I know it’s not the biggest deal, but it’s a HUGE pet peeve of mine.  It’s hard enough with all these channels and shows for people to keep track of what show is on when.  So let’s make it even more challenging for a NEW show by moving it all over the place right out of the gate!   Ugh.

Well the first 8 shows, I will definitely watch and comment on.  But the rest, if I get to them, I get to them.  If something is really good, or really bad, then I will probably comment on it.  So stay tuned.

Next week I’ll dive more into each show in detail and let you know what I like and don’t.  But in the meantime, what about you?  What are you most interested in seeing or does nothing really strike your fancy too much?   Let me know!

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Mid Season, New Shows, Premiere Dates

 

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2012 Mid Season Premiere Dates – Returning Shows

Again, because I am (at this point) just a blogger and they are the professionals, the awesome people at www.tvovermind.com (Clarissa you rock) listed all the mid season return dates.  Check it out below:

Monday, January 2
8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
8:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly (CBS)
10:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

Tuesday, January 3
8:00 p.m. NCIS (CBS)
8:00 p.m. Last Man Standing (ABC)
9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
10:00 p.m. Parenthood (NBC)
10:00 p.m. Body of Proof (ABC)
10:00 p.m. Unforgettable (CBS)

Wednesday, January 4
8:00 p.m. The Middle (ABC)
8:30 p.m. Suburgatory (ABC)
9:00 p.m. Modern Family (ABC)
9:00 p.m. Mobbed (Fox)
9:30 p.m. Happy Endings (ABC)
10:00 p.m. Revenge (ABC)

Thursday, January 5
8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
9:00 p.m.The Secret Circle (The CW)
9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
10:00 p.m. Private Practice (ABC)

Friday, January 6
8:00 p.m. Nikita (The CW)
8:00 p.m. A Gifted Man (CBS)
9:00 p.m. Supernatural (The CW)
9:00 p.m. CSI: NY (CBS)
9:00 p.m. Grimm (NBC)
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (CBS)

Saturday, January 7
8:00 p.m. Cops (Fox)
11:30 p.m. Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Sunday, January 8
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (Fox)
8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time (ABC)
8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (Fox, will move to 7:30 beginning Jan. 15)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (Fox)
9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
9:00 p.m. The Good Wife (CBS)
9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox)
10:00 p.m. Pan Am (ABC)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami (CBS)

Monday, January 9
10:00 p.m. Castle (ABC)

Wednesday, January 11
8:00 p.m. Whitney (NBC, new timeslot)
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Thursday, January 12
8:00 p.m. Bones (Fox, show will be on hiatus again after this episode)
8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
9:00 p.m. Person of Interest (CBS)
9:00 p.m. The Office (NBC)
9:30 p.m. Up All Night (NBC, new timeslot)
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)

Friday, January 13
8:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)
9:00 p.m. Fringe (Fox)

Monday, January 16
8:00 p.m. Gossip Girl (The CW)

Tuesday, January 17
8:00 p.m. 90210 (The CW)
8:00 p.m. Glee (Fox)
9:00 p.m. New Girl (Fox)
9:30 p.m. Raising Hope (Fox)

Wednesday, January 18
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS)
10:00 p.m. CSI (CBS)

Monday, January 23
8:00 p.m. House (Fox)
9:00 p.m. Hart of Dixie (The CW)

Friday, January 27
8:00 p.m. Chuck (NBC, 2 hour series finale)

Tuesday, January 31
9:00 p.m. Ringer (The CW)

Sunday, February 12
9:00 p.m. The Walking Dead (AMC)

Unknown Return Dates
Community

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Mid Season, Premiere Dates, Returning Shows

 

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