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CANCELED/RENEWED SHOWS: 2012!!!

And the cancel/renew season is officially underway!!!  It started last week with the cancellation of Terra Nova, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.  But coming over the wire from Deadline.com is news that Blue Bloods, will be getting a third season!!!!   Woo hoo.  I love that show.

Also rumored, 2 Broke Girls, Person of Interest, NCIS, NCIS: LA are also getting renewed.  Based on the ratings it’s really no shock but it’s always nice to officially hear that your show is coming back.

Now if I can only hear some news about The Good Wife renewal…..

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Quick Thoughts on Revenge, The Good Wife, Castle

Since I’m still catching up, here are some quick thoughts on shows I have watched but haven’t had a chance to write about yet:

Revenge

Were you surprised it wasn’t Daniel that died and it was actually Tyler?  It didn’t surprise me.  I had a feeling David wasn’t going anywhere.  It would have been quite a bomb if it was.  It sounds funny saying that seeing as that’s how the show started…with us seeing Daniel in blood, falling to the sand.  I’m glad they didn’t kill him because with some of the information Tyler relayed to him before he was killed, it will be interesting to see how Daniel plays it?  Will he believe Tyler or will he stand by Emily?

What did surprise me was how quickly we learned who actually killed Tyler.  To me it was obvious Daniel was struck over the head from behind.   That’s why he was bleeding out of his ear and has blacked out on some of the details.  But who was it?  Well it was…….DON”T READ IF YOU DON”T WANT TO KNOW……Takeda.  He was basically cleaning up the mess she made by letting her emotions get involved.  We also saw Faux Amanda/Real Emily get into his car and take off.  So is this the last we see of Faux Amanda Clarke?  And how soon until Jack learns who the real Amanda Clarke is?

The best part is, I could watch this for another 10 episodes this season.  But you know what, there are only 3 left!  We don’t have a new episode until April 18th and only one episode between then and the finale currently scheduled for May 23rd.  Seriously who does this scheduling?

This and Homeland are my favorite new shows of the season.  I can’t wait to see how this season will wrap up. “Chaos” certainly could have been a season finale.  So if it wasn’t, I can’t wait to see what Mike Kelley has in store the finale episode!!!!

The Good Wife

Will is on suspension for 6 months.  And I have to say, I would be seriously pissed if my sisters just decided to show up on their own to stay with me without me asking them to come.  I would let them stay one week and then I would send them on their way.  Who needs that?  I don’t like Will (although I’m starting to soften my stance) but he doesn’t deserve that.  Yikes!

Can someone explain to me how he is able to be at the office while on suspension?  I thought he couldn’t be anywhere near LG during that time and I thought Diane said she had to remove his name from the firm’s name. Am I wrong?  Isn’t that a conflict?  Kiki probably knows so if you’re reading this Kiki, please clue me in!

My guess is that something is going to go down between Alicia and Caitlin.  I love Anna Camp and I love her character.  I’m not ready to say she’s a bad seed, but my husband hasn’t trusted her from Day One.  And as soon as Kalinda told Alicia to look out for that one (meaning Caitlin) that was all my husband had to hear to validate his point.  “Kalinda’s always right!!!!”  I have to agree with him.  Once she said that, my eyebrows went up.  It’s as if Caitlin is too good to be true.  So something has to be wrong with her right?   LOL!

Tonight Colin Sweeney is back!   Also, last week kicked off the final episodes of season and we have 6 weeks in a row of TGW!!!!  I was really getting annoyed how many hiatuses there were with this show.  It’s bad enough being on Sunday during football season when it’s constantly starting 20-30 minutes late.   Then you put it off the air for 3-4 weeks at a time.  Don’t get me started.

Best.  Show.  On.   TV!!!!

Castle

I’m trying to get a pulse on how fans are feeling about Castle and Beckett these days.  Last week’s “Once Upon A Crime” was a great episode but we were back to the looks, the compliments, the hand holding.  Come on!!!  I’ve said this before.  If you are going to have them act like a couple, then make them a couple.  If you aren’t going to make them a couple, then knock it off.

I read another post where the writer (whom I really respect and agree with 99.5% of the time) felt this was a step in the right direction in movement in their relationship.  I don’t see it.  How?   Because he said she was cute?  Because she held his hand at Martha’s reading?  This has been the slow build all season to the fact that they are definitely comfortable with one another, they absolutely care about (LOVE) one another, but nothing else is happening!   That’s why it’s frustrating.

We only have 3 more episodes starting March 19th.  In one of these episodes, the secrets have to come out.  I don’t know if it will be Castle’s or Beckett’s or both.  But something has to happen.  I think at Paley Fest this week, Andrew Marlowe indicated that this was a season of secrets and the consequences of those secrets.  So that tells me something will be revealed before the season is up.  Also the number one question was is it time for Castle and Beckett to get together to which Stana Katic replied a resounding YES!  I knew I liked her!  Marlowe also reminded us that there are also a lot of interesting storylines to tell AFTER they get together.  Which tells me that it is going to happen at some point soon.  The secret thing has to blow up first, but I have a feeling that next season (Season 5) will be the moment they finally get together!  I don’t know that for a fact, but that’s my hunch.  But the waiting is brutal!!!!!

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in ABC, CBS, Quick Reviews/Recaps

 

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The Season So Far…Grimm

This appears to be a love it or hate it type of show based on what I read on-line, hear on podcasts or through people I talk to.  I don’t love it or hate it.  I enjoy it.  Grimm is a solid show.  It takes a TV formula that works (the cop procedural) and gives a supernatural twist that make it different from the typical cop procedural.  Does it have some room for improvement, sure.  But lots of shows do.

My biggest problem with the show is most people’s problem…the lead, David Giuntoli.  I don’t think he’s as horrible as some people have cast him, but I do think he’s not connecting with the audience.  He’s not very engaging.  While I like him because he’s a nice guy, I don’t find myself rooting for him.  Eddie Monroe (played by Silas Weir Mitchell) is someone I root for.  He’s awesome.  Even Russell Hornsby’s Hank (Nick’s partner) is more layered and interesting than David’s Nick.  How can someone with Nick’s background be so boring?  Is it the actor or the writing?  I can’t believe it’s the writing because the other characters are pretty strong.  So it has to come down to the way Giuntoli is playing Nick.  He’s very stiff and approaches most scenes the same way. It’s almost as if he’s wearing an ear piece and the director is telling him in his ear (ok David in this scene I need you to be forceful because your mad and in this scene I need your delivery to be comical because this is a light-hearted scene.)  It’s not natural.  Luckily for him, everyone else is so good and the stories, to this point, have been compelling enough, that I don’t need to protagonist to carry the show.   And maybe he’ll get better as the show moves forward.  I think it’s going to be renewed so the more he gets used to the character (and maybe takes some classes) he should be fine.

My one request from Grimm is to get more into the history behind the mythology in the show.  We got the most we’ve seen series-to-date in “Three Coins in a Fuchsbau” when we learned (we think) who killed David’s parents.  But there seems to be more to this story.  Quite honestly, I’m surprised we haven’t seen more of Nick doing family research on his background after Aunt Marie told him the powers of the Grimm family are passing to him.  But his parents (at least one of them) were Grimms.  They were holding onto the coins that many creatures were after.  So how involved were they and for how long?  Also, how many Grimms can have their “powers” at one time?  It doesn’t seem Nick has been able to see the creatures until Aunt Marie’s visit and likewise, the creatures haven’t been able to tell Nick is a Grimm before now either.  Why is that?  How does that work?  Also, how do they know he’s a Grimm?  Is it like being blinded but if someone sticks a skunk in your face, you know it’s a skunk?  Is it sensory?  Does Nick’s face change?  Does Nick have cousin’s who are also Grimms that can see what he sees?  If he and Juliette have kids, will the “power” pass to them?  I would really like more information on all of this.

The big question is, what the hell is the police captain?   He must be something powerful because Nick has yet to see his face contort into a creature and we all know he is.  So what is he?  And why is he actually being protective of Nick right now?   Is it because he has a bigger plan for him? I’d like to see this storyline start to progress.

We are at the point in the season, where I think we are ready for some answers and some more back story.  At least I am.  So I want to see the show go down that path.  I enjoy it and I really like it.  I think the stories are fascinating.  It reminds me a little of Season 1 of Supernatural when you had all these different urban legends/creatures from mythology that we had to learn about.  I just want some progression on the mythology.

 
 

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New Focus on the Blog

I’ve decided that I need to pare down what I am trying to blog on.  I’m trying to get to everything (although it may  not seem like it on here) but I can’t get to every show.   I’m trying to hard to catch up on all three DVRs that are full of shows that I leave little time to actually write about them.  So I’ve decided that I’m only going to write about my favorites and new shows when launched.  I have a lot of favorites, but even that list had to get cut.  Writing about an episode a week or two after it aired, is pointless.  So I am going to keep it to this list, unless something big happens on another show.   Now I may not post on every episode because sometimes an episode just doesn’t warrant its own post, but I will try to get to it every week.

The initial list includes the following shows:

  1. Castle
  2. The Good Wife
  3. Revenge
  4. Smash
  5. Bones
  6. Parenthood
  7. Game of Thrones
  8. Supernatural
  9. Once Upon A Time
  10. Alcatraz (as long as it’s renewed)
These are going to be the shows I make an effort to blog on every week.   Keep in mind, this is just network shows (with the exception of GoT) and for the most part a regular season show (meaning not a summer time show like Suits.)   Now, as shows get canceled or new shows arrive, the list will be updated.   But for now as things stand today, these shows are my goal.

The next tier:

  1. Survivor
  2. HIMYM
  3. Person of Interest
  4. The Mentalist (when a Red John episode)
  5. Grimm
  6. Blue Bloods
  7. Glee (only because they do so many horrible things, it must be discussed)
  8. Ringer
  9. Pretty Little Liars
  10. Comedies

These are the shows I will try to get to when it’s relevant…a story arc is focused on (like Red John), something significant happens (Marshall’s dad dying or the recent Robin/Ted development), or I have some extra time to discuss another show.   There are lots of other shows that could fall in here but I’m trying to keep focused.

I’m sure there are some shows I’m forgetting,  But I’m sure you guys will remind me!  Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean I will never talk about Rizzoli and Isles again or Criminal Minds again.  It’s just a better way for me to stay on top of the shows that matter the most to me.  But this is also about you so tell me if there is something specific you want to keep reading and I’ll do my best to accommodate.

 

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in General

 

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Big News Friday!!!!!

This is probably the longest I have gone without a post.  It’s been hard and you guys know that who follow me. But I may have some news later this week that might change that…in a good way!!!!

So you have to check out the blog on Friday March 16th for the news.  Like my teaser?

 
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SEASON FINALE RECAP & REVIEW: Parenthood “My Brother’s Wedding” S3 E18

I just got around to watching the last two episodes of Parenthood.  Wow did I need some major tissues.  Before I get into the episode itself I just have to ask the writers and directors of Parenthood a question….what is with the CONSTANT speaking over someone every time there is a conversation (especially a debate?)   At first I understood they were trying to keep it real since families do step on each other’s words (you should be at one of our family dinners) but it’s gotten to a gratingly ridiculous level.  Not every time a conversation is had, do people talk over each other.  So why does Parenthood feel the need to have this happen at most times?  Kristina, Adam, and Zeke did it, Kristina and Sarah did it, Adam and Crosby did it.  I just want to jump through my TV and yell SHUT THE F*#@ UP FOR ONE MINUTE AND LET (ENTER NAME HERE) FINISH THEIR DAMN THOUGHT!!!!  In all seriousness, it completely takes away from the enjoyment of a scene and sometimes it’s tricky to follow because everyone is talking at once.  Seriously the scene where Sarah comes to see Kristina about Amber, I was ready to call Jason Katims and rip him a new one.  After “please sit down and shut the door” all Sarah and Kristina did was talk at the same time.   I really wanted to hear Kristina’s explanation and I really wanted to hear Sarah’s response.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get either very well because they both insisted on talking at the same time.  I just want to know if this is something they are being directed to do?  Are the writers writing it this way?  Is it the actors’ choice?   No matter what the reason behind it, it needs to stop.  Or at the very least be severely toned down.  This is some of the best writing on TV and I would actually like to hear the dialogue vs. having to decipher it via facial expressions because everyone is being rude and talking over each other.  Now that I have solved that problem, onto the episode.

Crosby and Jasmine

I’m getting this out-of-the-way first.  Anyone who was read any of my Parenthood posts in the past knows how I feel about Crosby and Jasmine.  I HATE them as a couple.  I don’t like the people they are when they are together.  But I knew it was only a matter of time until the show got them together again.  I was hoping it was going to be a story about them parenting Jabar apart and moving on in separate directions while working together to raise him.  I think that could have been much more interesting but we all knew that wasn’t going to happen.

So in a matter of a blink of an eye, they broke off their seemingly happy relationships because Jasmine all of a sudden realized she loves Crosby and wants to be with him and marry him….like today.  Dr. Joe and Lily hit the pike and the family is beside themselves with excitement over the idea of Crosby and Jasmine getting married at the Braverman estate.   They get married and everyone is having a great time (especially Drew and Amy!)  Save for a best man hiccup (more on that later) it was a great wedding and the couple is officially back together.  Yippee (enter sarcasm here.)

Adam and Crosby

Crosby is one of those characters I can’t figure out yet.  Sometimes I love him to no end and other times I can’t stand him and hate the way his family always picks up for his bone head ways.  I guess I’m so hard on Crosby because I know family members who are like that.  No matter how bad they screw up or screw other family members over, everyone else has to be the bigger people and make it right.  I hate that.  So that’s why at times I just want to throw Crosby through a wall.  This business deal with the Luncheonette was no different.

Adam and he were approached by a rival recording studio about buying them out.  Adam wants to discuss it and Crosby has no time for it because the Luncheonette is his dream.  Adam tries to explain to him that as business partners, they need to discuss this because that is what business partners do.  Crosby’s response: “no, there’s nothing to talk about, we’re not selling, oh and I’m getting married.”  Adam gets a call to meet the buyer who doesn’t want to go without Crosby but he says it’s just drinks and just to talk.  Adam goes and ends up walking away with an even bigger offer.  For some reason, Crosby gets even more incensed about this (as does Zeke which makes no sense….oh wait it does because Crosby is always the good guy and Adam is always the bad.)  Crosby then tells Adam he is longer then best man and a fist fight breaks out between the two of them at the Braverman’s!!!!!  In front of the whole family!!!

The next day Zeke goes to Adam’s house, tells him how wrong he is and ask how he could think of doing something so awful to Crosby and tells him to fix it.  So Adam fixes it by giving the worst best man speech at a wedding ever, and ripping up the offer from the company.  Now Crosby and Zeke are happy and everything is right with the world.

Ok, first and foremost, back off Zeke.  As usual you sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong.  This is between Crosby and Adam.  And it’s a business thing, not a family thing (although they did make it a family thing by fighting in front of the whole family.)  But you know who you need to blame for that?    CROSBY!  Adam didn’t bring it up.  He didn’t want to discuss it in that forum.  But the typically immature Crosby didn’t care and brought it up anyway.  So why are you bitching to Adam?   And instead of storming into HIS home with his family to lay him out for the situation, Zeke should have listened to Adam’s side and then Zeke should have had a conversation with Crosby.  Really what he should have done was mind his own business, but God forbid with that guy.

To be honest, this whole thing is Crosby’s fault.   If he just sat down with Adam and TALKED to him, they could have avoided all of this.   The thing that pisses me off is that everything is always about Crosby.  His dream, his life, his vision.  Well what about Adam?  He has a massive income drop, he has a daughter heading to Cornell, a son with Aspberger’s, and a new baby.  He is drowning in bills.  Can you really fault him for wanting to entertain the idea of selling?  NO.  Just like Adam shouldn’t blame you for wanting NOT to sell.  But Crosby never allowed for the possibility of that mature conversation to happen because he just blew Adam off and dismissed Adam’s wishes, because everything is always about him.  And as usual, Crosby gets what he wants by being an ass and guilting people into doing what he wants.  Can you tell that it really rubs me the wrong way.

Sarah, Amber, and Kristina

I already said my piece about them talking over one another so I won’t go back there.  This is a tough one.  I think I’m still going to side with Kristina here.  What Amber was doing was wrong.  It happens, but it’s wrong.  And it’s gross.  She’s not even a year removed from high school.  She’s 19.  Bob has to be in his mid to late 20s.  I’m not saying relationships that are 5-10 years in age difference can’t work.  My husband is 5 years older than me.  But when you’re talking about someone who was going to her senior prom this time last year, it’s icky.

Having said that, they are two consenting adults who have the right to do whatever they want and make whatever mistakes they choose.  I know Kristina’s first instincts were to run and stop what was happening (which she did), but I don’t agree with how she handled it.  Which by the way, if was Amber, I would never say anything to my cousin ever again.  What a snitch Haddie was!!  But she’s another one I’ve never liked.  Anyhoo, Kristina goes barging into the hotel room and embarrasses Amber, embarrasses Bob.  It was bad.  Her intentions were good and her instincts were right, but it should have been handled a little differently.

When everyone gets back, Sarah goes to see Kristina to find out what happened.  Kristina expected Sarah to be as upset as she was but Kristina was stunned when Sarah was confused as to what the problem was.  Really, Kristina how dumb can you be?   It shouldn’t surprise you at all that her mother. who is dating a man 15 years younger than her (her son and daughter’s teacher no less) who has made countless bad choices throughout her life, can’t see why this is bad.  Sarah seems angry with Kristina for interfering so Kristina asks her to leave.   See maybe, if you didn’t speak while Kristina was speaking, she could have explained why this is a bad thing and you could have listened.

I’ve mentioned before how I love Sarah, but I think she’s a bad mother.  She loves her kids and would do anything for them, there’s no denying that.  She wants to be more of a BFF with them instead of a mom to them and that’s a problem.  How could you honestly be upset with Kristina for trying to stop Amber for making a huge mistake?  And let’s list all the reasons this is a big mistake:

  1. She’s 19 and he’s 7+ years older
  2. She’s his employee
  3. He’s her boss
  4. He’s running for political office so if the affair leaked, it would be really bad
  5. Her reputation will be destroyed if it got out
Should I keep going?  How as her mother does Sarah not see that?   All she seemed to care about was is he married and does Amber like him.  While those things are important, are they the point here?   NO!!  Come on Sarah.  You should be thanking your lucky stars you have a sister-in-law like Kristina who would not only care enough from stopping Amber from making a huge mistake but then would follow-up by stopping to see her and explain why she did what she did.  That’s called PARENTING!!!  By the way, that was a great scene with Kristina and Amber.  Monica Potter and Mae Whitman blew it out of the water with their subtlety.  But then again, they always do.  Kristina basically tells Amber that she made so many bad mistakes when she was younger and that she thinks so much of Amber that she wants to help her not make the same mistakes she did.  She sees so much potential in Amber and wants to see her fulfill that for herself.  It was such a nice scene.  And it worked because Amber broke it off with Bob to come back to work and pursue this as a potential career.  Good call Amber!!!   At least someone is trying to steer you in the right direction!

Julia, Joel, and Zoe

You just knew it was coming.  You knew Zoe was going to keep the baby.  Each week, the writers kept slipping little hints that this was going to happen.   I was hoping it was red herring and Julia and Joel would have their new baby boy, but it didn’t.   In the end, after all Julia did for her, Zoe decided to keep the baby.  And I was so mad at Camille.  When she was helping Joel pack the room, she had to make the comment of “well Zeke and I were afraid this was going to happen.”  You know what Camille, this is really not the time for “I told you so!”  You really think Joel wants to hear that right now?   Dear Lord!

The irony of the entire situation is that while Julia was doing things to support Zoe while pregnant and to give her the love and encouragement she was sorely missing in her life, all she really did was give Zoe the confidence and strength to go back to her family and to be a good mom to her son.  It was that strength she learned from Julia that made her believe she could raise her son.  It beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.  I still wanted to rip her heart out and set it on fire for Julia, but it made sense.  I cried and cried watching that scene.  Although it was tempered because my husband came and sat with me about 20 minutes into the show and not having watched an episode since last season and starts asking me “who’s that girl?  why are they crying?  why are you crying?   what’s going on?  what baby are they talking about?  what’s with the watch?”   If I could have stuck him in a sound proof room, I would have.

So it’s back to the beginning for J&J and they go to an adoption agency to try to get their hands on a new baby.  The agent offers a suggestion of some type of fast adoption should it happen, and they agree to it.   Well, when they say fast, they weren’t kidding.  At the wedding, they get a call that an opportunity has come up.  I can’t remember what happened but I get the impression one parent is going to jail and one is out of the picture so the boy needs a home.  But he’s about 6 or 7 years old.  J&J will take him and get him settled in.

I guess my confusion is, I thought they wanted a baby.  Not a little kid.  I know they didn’t care about race or gender, but I thought they wanted a baby.   That’s all Julia has said…she wants a baby.   Not a kid, a baby.  Guess not.  And, are they foster parents or is this their new son?  I hope they address that next season because I have no idea.  If he is their’s I can already see the storylines of he and Sydney not getting along.  He’s probably going to be manipulative and nasty but play the game in front of J&J until something happens to Sydney and it wakes him up to being a turd.   J&J figure out he’s a turd and then they fix it and everyone’s better.  Maybe I’m wrong, but I can easily see that happening.   Regardless, if he turns out to be their son, I’m so happy for them!!!!

Sarah and Mark

Sarah and Mark are finally starting to realize what we as the audience have noticed for weeks now.   They are too different and want different things as a result of being at different stages of their lives.  Neither one is wrong, it’s just different.

Mark has all these things he wants to experience.  Sarah, not so much.  Mark wants kids.  Sarah, not so much.  Mark wants to move to NY.  Sarah, might want to, but only after Drew graduates and the kids are settled.  See the pattern here?  It’s a shame because I really do like them as a couple.  But it’s clear they are on different paths.  And I really applaud Sarah for making the hard decision to break up with him.  Because it had nothing to do with not loving him and everything to do with wanting different things.  I know Mark came back and proposed to her at the wedding and cliff hanger was left as to what Sarah would say.   But the answer has to be no.  It’s easy for Mark to say, who cares about those other things, we love each other and that’s all that matters.  No kid, it isn’t.  It’s important, but it’s not everything.  And Sarah knows that.  As much as I love Jason Ritter and want him to stick around, it’s time to say good-bye to Mark Cyr.

Drew and Amy

All I want to ask is “why are you so sweaty?”  I was laughing my ass off when Drew and Amy came down stairs and Sarah asked him that.  And they were so nervous they couldn’t look at her and couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

Drew and Amy decided they were both ready to have sex and decided Uncle Crosby’s wedding was the best time.  It’s actually a good idea because everyone is occupied but it’s still VERY risky.   The thing I found funny was how matter-of-fact the beginning was.  They get in the room and then stand off the side of the bed, and start stripping while starring in each other’s eyes.   Then when fully naked, get into bed.   Call me crazy but it just seemed a little stiff to me.  I know they’ve never done this before, but there had to be a more romantic way to do it than that!   It just seemed so business like.  I don’t know.    But I was happy for Drew!

So that wraps Season 3 of Parenthood.  Another solid season that should warrant a renewal from NBC in May. What did you think of the season finale and the season as a whole?  Let me know!

 

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