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2012 Top 10 Worst Shows

Everything has an opposite.  Up has down.  Yin has Yang.  And best has worst.  I’m not going to rain on their parade too much by going into detail on each show the way I did for the best list.   But I will give some explanations at the bottom of the list.  Without further ado, here are the shows I felt were the worst in 2012, again in no particular order:

  1. Glee
  2. Work It
  3. 90210
  4. Whitney
  5. American Horror Story
  6. House of Lies
  7. Guys with Kids
  8. Two and A Half Men
  9. The Killing
  10. Rules of Engagement

Some of these shows, I can’t believe they are still on the air (Whitney, Two and A Half Men, and Rules of Engagement.)   I’m still trying to figure out how Work It even made to the air last spring…yikes!

My biggest issues were with The Killing and Glee.  The Killing started out so promisingly and then completely pulled the rug out from under us with not revealing who killed Rosie at the end of the 1st season like everyone in the world was led to believe would happen.   Then to top it off, Veena Sud, the showrunner, came out and was so thoroughly obnoxious in the media in regards to her show.  She basically said that anyone who didn’t like her show, lacked the intelligence to understand what she was trying to tell us.  Really?  How about instead of ripping your audience (who then tuned out for season 2 resulting in your show being cancelled) you reflect on how you can make what was a good product, better?  Nope.  Instead, season 2 was an even bigger mess than season 1 and eventually we learned it was the aunt that killed her by accident.  No punch was packed.  No one cared.  And no one watched.

Glee, ugh.  That show should have had the plug pulled on it two seasons ago.  What is on the air this year is completely unwatchable (like many episodes in previous seasons.)  The only part I really care about is what happens with Rachel and Kurt in NYC.  They should have just cancelled Glee and run with a spin-off featuring Rachel and Kurt in NYC.  I couldn’t care less about what is happening at McKinley.  Seriously, Santana who’s in college, is playing Rizzo in a high school production of Grease?   Is there something worse than Jumping the Shark we can use to describe Glee?  I don’t think so.   If someone can think of one, let me know.

Usually these types of lists stir up debate and I’m curious to see if you agree with any of these choices or think I’m completely off my rocker.  Just keep in mind, my list has nothing to do with ratings, critical acclaim, or anything else.  Just my own personal opinion based on episodes that aired in 2012.

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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Ranking/Lists, Top 10

 

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2012 Top 10 Best Shows

Best is a subjective word in this context. I define “best” as what I enjoyed the most. Not what was most popular or what had the best ratings or what was the most critically acclaimed. But what show I throughly enjoyed watching from start to finish in 2012. Here is my Top 10 Best Shows of 2012 (in no particular order):

  1. The Good Wife
    1. Year in and year out, this show is one of the best on TV. From the acting to the writing to everything in between, you can never go wrong with TGW and as long as it’s on the air, it will be on my list. Team Peter!!! You know I had to get that in.
  2. Homeland
    1. Many people questioned whether or not a show like Homeland could sustain it’s intensity and compelling story telling season after season. Maybe this was better as a Mini-Series than ongoing show. Season 2 proved that Homeland still has it and it set itself up for moving in a different direction with the core of the cast into Season 3. So many twists and turns and tying up lots of loose ends towards the end of the season made up for a relatively slow early part to the season. The only hiccup was the Dana storyline, but other than that, Homeland was outstanding and might net Claire Danes and Damien Lewis back-to-back Emmy wins.
  3. Parenthood
    1. This show never gets the love it deserves. But similar to The Good Wife, Parenthood just cranks out stellar episode after stellar episode with an amazing cast to back it up. This season really kicked up the Kleenex factor with Kristina’s cancer story line as well as with some fantastic performances from Monica Potter, Peter Krause, Mae Whitman, Matt Lauria, and Erika Christinsen.
  4. Suits
    1. My father told me to start watching this show last summer. And what started as a smug, campy show, has turned into a very well written, well acted show that has me deeply invested in each one of these characters. From Donna being fired to Louis and Harvey’s rivalry. From Mike losing the one person in his life who meant the world to him to Jessica doing everything she can to save her firm from Hardman, I care about each one of these characters. Suits gave us more insight as to why these characters are the way that they are while still leaving a whole bunch of mystery and intrigue. And I’m in 100% Where Harvey Spector goes, I will follow!
  5. Castle
    1. This was the year Caskett shippers. Our favorite crime solving duo was getting together and Andrew Marlowe didn’t disappoint. Not only did their pairing not spoil the show, it’s made it even stronger. Now that Beckett knows who was behind her mother’s murder, it’s just a matter of how she will handle it moving forward. Now if only they can take care of a little thorn in their side known as 3XK.
  6. Scandal
    1. Shonda Rhimes, I applaud you. I’m not your biggest fan, for reasons I won’t get into in this post because it isn’t relevant, but you have knocked this show out of the park woman! Scandal is the perfect show in many ways. It has characters you are deeply invested in and it has story lines that suck you in completely. Just when I thought Scandal couldn’t get any better, the last 3 episodes before the winter break occurred. My head couldn’t stop spinning. My jaw couldn’t stop dropping. It was one twist after another that kept me wanting more. Is it Jan 10th yet?
  7. Game of Thrones
    1. As soon as Ramin Djawadi’s Main Title kicks in, I am flushed with anticipation for what I am about to watch. Who knew George R. R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire, would bring such a riveting, heart-pounding, water cooler inducing show to HBO. I heard the buzz around this show but never in my wildest imagination thought I would fall in love as much as I have. While there is a lot to take in and this year’s season had even more thrown at us, I don’t mind rewatching episodes over and over to learn something new. People might argue it’s a sign of a show with too much going on. I say, it’s a sign of a great show. But I still miss Ned Stark!!! And if someone doesn’t kill Joffrey soon, I’m going to lose my mind!
  8. Pretty Little Liars
    1. I’m not embarrassed to say that I love a good teen drama. PLL fits the bill season after season. Well written and crafted, I love where this show takes me each week. Of course the big reveal at the end of the summer run, was that another member of the A team was none other than Spencer’s boyfriend Toby! Not as much of a shocker as it was a disappointment because of everything these girls have been through, to be betrayed by one of their own will crush them when they find out. The question is, when will they know?
  9. Person of Interest
    1. While this was a show that piled up on my DVR last year (until I was yelled at by my family at Thanksgiving to start watching), this has become must see TV for my husband and I. The thing I like best about this show in 2012, is the effortless way it has entered humor into the show. I didn’t remember the show being so funny last year but this year, it has injected humor at all the right moments. I like the fact that Carter and Fusco are working with Finch and Reese rather than in secret. It almost makes me wish this were true just so I would know Jim Caviezel always has my back, looking out for me, ready to destroy 15 men all at once!
  10. Survivor Philippines
    1. Survivor had some tough seasons the last few go arounds. But Philippines brought it back to its glory days. You had villains, you had great athletes, you had smart, strategic game play, you had hot men and women…and of course the incomparable Jeff Probst! It was the perfect season in many ways. Can Fans vs. Favorites Part Deux live up to the hype? Probst says it will. I’ll be tuning in!

Honorable Mention goes to Dexter, Veep, Rizzoli & Isles, Ben & Kate, and Arrow.

I just wanted to add how hard it was to keep Dexter off this list.  I was going to do a 10a and 10b but that’s cheating.  To make a true top 10, one show had to go.  It was a toss up between The Good Wife and Dexter because I thought TGW did have an “uh-oh, what the hell is THAT storyline” moment with Kalinda and her husband.  But even with that aside, it’s still the best written show on TV and the cast is flipping phenomenal.  Dexter had an amazing comeback season after two dreadful seasons.  It was so hard to keep it off the list.  But something had to give.  I should have made it a Top 11 but that’s so not right.

That’s my best list. What’s yours? And stay tuned…the worst list is coming up next!

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Ranking/Lists, Top 10

 

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2012/2013 Premiere Dates

For those of you who don’t want the complete Fall Preview and want an easier spot to find premiere dates, the 2012/2013 Premiere Dates tab at the top of the home screen has been updated.

Just like last year, I broke this out by network.  Let me know if you would rather see it by DATE vs. NETWORK.  Majority of responses win!!

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Premiere Dates

 

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2012 Fall Preview

Each of the five major networks all have their official previews up.  To make it easier for you, at the top of the home screen is the 2012 Fall Preview.  So make sure you check it out.

All of the premiere dates are built into the preview section, but I will also be updating the 2012/2013 Premiere Dates section soon, if you just need to know when shows are premiering and returning.

Not too much longer now!!!!  I can’t wait!!!!

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Fall Preview

 

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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 Golden Globe Nominations

So the Golden Globes were announced.  Here is the list:

Drama
American Horror Story (FX)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Boss (Starz)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)

Comedy or musical
Enlightened (HBO)
Episodes (Showtime)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
New Girl (Fox)

Actor, drama series
Steve BuscemiBoardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Kelsey Grammer, Boss (Starz)
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias (Showtime)
Damian Lewis, Homeland (Showtime)

Actress, drama series
Claire DanesHomeland (Showtime)
Mireille Enos, The Killing (AMC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge (ABC)
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness (USA)

Actor, comedy or musical series
Alec Baldwin30 Rock (NBC)
David Duchovny, Californication (Showtime)
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Thomas Jane, Hung (HBO)
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)

Actress, comedy or musical series
Laura DernEnlightened (HBO)
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl (Fox)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Supporting actor
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verité (HBO)
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)

Supporting actress
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story (FX)
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Miniseries or TV movie
Cinema Verité (HBO)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
The Hour (BBC America)
Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Actor, miniseries or TV movie
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Bill Nighy, Page Eight (PBS)
Dominic West, The Hour (BBC America)

Actress, miniseries or TV movie
Romola Garai, The Hour (BBC America)
Diane Lane, Cinema Verité (HBO)
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult (ITV)
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Let’s talk about this list and I always like to start with the positives!  Four out of five Drama series make sense.   Those are fantastic shows!  The comedy category is harder for me to analyze.  I think Episodes and New Girl make sense.  I don’t watch Enlightened and I don’t watch Modern Family any more.  So I can’t speak to them.  As for most of the acting categories, I am pretty satisfied with the nominees…most especially happy for Madeline Stowe, Kelsey Grammar, Damien Lewis, Clarie Danes, Zooey Deschanel, and Peter Dinklage.

As for the “are you kidding me” portion…Glee and American Horror Story?  Really?  What is it about Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck that people keep nominating their poor work for awards?  I REALLY don’t get it.   Glee is an atrocious show at this point.  What started out as a smart, fun, different show, has turned into a poorly written, poorly directed, no character development abomination of a show.  How does that get nominated in the Comedy category?  Where’s Parks and Rec?   30 Rock?  Unbelievable.  And American Horror Story?  Not The Good Wife?  Parenthood.  It’s starting to get harder and harder to take these award shows seriously when shows like that get nominated.  But it is what it is.

What do you think?

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in General, Golden Globes

 

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