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New Format…Sort Of

I’m going to try a few different ways to do my recaps since it comes down to not having enough time to go through every episode the way I would like.  Let me know what you like and don’t and majority rules.  But here’s how it’s going to go:

  1. Recaps/Review of Multiple Episodes at a Time (unless it’s a huge episode then I’ll talk specifically about that.  Otherwise to get caught up, it will be a few at once)
  2. One network at a time (I might try to do CBS one day, ABC show another, etc)
  3. Days of the week shows (I think this is self-explanatory)
  4. Comedies and Dramas…again, you get the picture.

We’ll see where it takes me, but my goal is to get more show recaps out more quickly without going so long and feeling overwhelmed to catch up.

Here goes….

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in General

 

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RIP Michael Clarke Duncan

Very sad news from today.  Michael Clarke Duncan, known mostly from his Academy Award nominated role in “The Green Mile”, passed away today while being hospitalized following a myocardial infarction on July 13th.  Mr. Duncan was only 54 years old.

I know Michael Clarke Duncan was primarily known for his film career vs. his all-too-short TV career on the short-lived “The Finder” last season, but I had to send my condolences to his family and friends.

Everything I have ever read about Duncan, painted him as a kind and loving man…a gentle giant.  All the interviews I have ever seen with him showed a man who loved what he did. had a genuine love of life, and a humility about him that was rare in Hollywood.

It’s always sad when people leave us, especially when it is way before their time.  Michael Clarke Duncan, we may be crying down here, but I’m sure they are smiling and singing tonight in Heaven now that another angel has passed through St. Peter’s gates.

Rest in peace!

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in General

 

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2012 Fall TV Season Previews Coming This Week!!!

It’s almost here everyone….the new TV season!!!  It is already time to preview the fall season and see what we are all excited about watching whether it be for the first time or a returning show (can’t wait till Castle returns!!!!)

I was going to post two networks today but it was Fantasy Football weekend at my house (my teams are awesome by the way) and it seems my husband’s fraternity brothers decided to hang out much longer than expected.   Which I don’t mind at all because I love those guys but it makes it a bit more challenging to blog.  Plus we had to do a True Blood marathon to get ready for tonight’s finale!!   Which by the way, are you as bored by this season as I am?  I just think there is WAAAAY too much going on with too many characters….but I digress.

So each day/night I’ll do one network and it will be the same format as last year….what’s returning, what’s new, what I’m excited about, what I could care less about, what I am giving a life raft to (one more season), and what to watch for in the new season.

The blog is gearing up for fall.  After you hear what I think, you have to let me know what you think!

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in General

 

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I’m Back!!!

Hi Gang,

I know you’ve been wondering, “where the hell has she been?  I thought this new job was supposed to mean MORE blogging!!!”   Or you could care less and have moved onto other things.

Well this is the longest I’ve gone without blogging or podcasting…YIKES!!!   But my new job has been A LOT more challenging out of the gate than I had anticipated (working from 7am until 11pm/midnight is not my idea of balance.)   But I’m hoping that circle of insanity will be coming to a close in the near future.

Starting this weekend I am going to be popping out some posts and hopefully getting a podcast squeezed in as well.   I will have my thoughts on the Emmy Noms that just came out (still no Nick Offerman, really and where the hell is The Good Wife for Best Drama????!!!!!)   I’ll also be catching up on Suits, Covert Affairs, Bunheads, Pretty Little Liars, The Closer and Rizzoli and Isles.   WOW that’s ambitious.    But I’ll give it my best.

I’ve missed you all but hopefully I’ll be back with a little more regularity!!!!

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in General

 

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TV RANT: Shows That Premiere WAAAAAAAY Too Late in the TV Season

My apologies for the formatting.  Not sure why the paragraphs are messed up making it harder to read!  Tried fixing but it didn’t work.

I don’t know about you but I have a shit load of TV shows that I try to watch.   My husband makes fun of me constantly about the amount of shows on our DVRs.  Remember I have three (yes you read that right…THREE)  DVRs.  Every single DVR right now is at 60% full or more.  Part of the problem is being so busy that I haven’t been able to keep up.  But the other problem is that it seems like every other week, ANOTHER show is premiering.  Seriously, what the hell?  It’s impossible to keep up with all these shows.  It’s already hard enough because almost every channel out there has original programming ’round the calendar.  And it wasn’t that big of a deal when AMC, HBO, Showtime, F/X, Bravo, TBS, TNT, etc premiered shows April – July because that was when the TV season was winding down and they only had shows that typically had runs of 10-12 episodes.   Plus it’s nice to have new programming for the summer.  But when the networks start jumping in on the fun (and moving your current shows all over the place) it gets to be too much.

Take a look at the list of shows that have premiered since mid January:

  • The River
  • The Firm
  • Smash
  • Alcatraz
  • Are You There Chelsea
  • Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
  • The Finder
  • GCB
  • Scandal
  • Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt 23
  • Best Friends Forever
  • Bent
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • I Hate My Teenage Daughter
  • Remodeled
  • Rob
  • Work It
  • Touch
  • Missing
  • Awake
  • NYC 22
That’s 21 shows!!!!!   And guys, that’s just the network shows.  I didn’t even put in shows like House of Lies, Luck, Girls, Veep, etc.  Not to mention, all the returning mid-season shows like Cougar Town, 30 Rock, Breaking In, Survivor, The Voice, American Idol.   It goes on and on.  But look at that list!!!   And anything in bold premiered in the last 2 weeks!  It’s ridiculous.
First of all, it’s too many shows.  I understand having shows ready to go in case other shows fail but guess what?  There were plenty of shows that failed but these shows still premiered late.  On ABC, Charlie’s Angels, Pan Am, Work It, and Man Up were all canceled.  Charlie’s Angels lasted 3 or 4 episodes.  Same with Man Up.  Work It lasted two.  Pan Am was slightly longer but still pulled from the schedule only to have episode burn off later.  So why couldn’t Scandal, GCB, Missing, or Apt 23 premiere sooner?   NBC canceled Free Agents after 3 episodes.  So where was Bent or BFF?  I don’t get it.  Why order that many shows to pilot if you are just going to premiere them in a dead month and then burn them off when the ratings suck?  Oh, and not promote them.  Why?
Secondly, people are too entrenched in what they are already watching or too far behind on their DVRs to try something new this late.  I’m both.  If it wasn’t for this blog, there are so many shows I would blow off because I already have too many shows to watch and I’m so far behind on many of them, I have no time to catch up let alone start a new series.
It’s really unfair to the cast, the crew, the creators, and the TV viewers.  Scandal is a good show.  Bent is a solid comedy.  Detroit 1-8-7 was an awesome show.  The Chicago Code was a fantastic show.  But you know what?  No one watched them.  Why?  Because they premiered too late and there was no promotion to help get the shows off the ground.  To put it very simply, they were set up for failure.  So TV audiences are missing out on great shows because the networks don’t know how to schedule.
We are in a “throw it against the wall and let’s see what sticks” environment.  While I don’t believe what I am about to say is the case, it does APPEAR that the networks aren’t putting a great deal of thought into their shows’ schedule after the major fall premieres.   I believe the networks put forth huge efforts to make sure their fall schedules are strong and successful. Sometimes they win.  Lots of times they lose.  But they put, what they believe, is their best foot forward.  After that, whatever happens, happens and whatever is left over, we’ll deal with it then.  That’s how it seems.  How else do you explain shows premiering in this quantity this late into the season.  These aren’t summer shows.  These were promoted as mid-season shows.  When exactly do the networks think mid-season begins?  Because I can tell you right now, it isn’t April.
March, April, and May are no man’s land…dead zones…for new premiering shows.  They are too late for mid-season and too early for summer.  February should be the latest they premiere for mid-season.  If you miss that, then June for summer programming it is.  Now there are always exception to the rules, but it should only be the exception, not the norm.  And as each TV season progresses, it seems to be getting worse and worse.
So what’s the solution?  It seems simple to me but if it were that simple, you would think someone would be doing it.   My first suggestion (with all of my vast years of TV programming experience) would be to limit the shows ordered to pilot.  Once the networks have determined what will premiere in the fall and what will premiere mid-season (by no later than the second week in Feb) then you create your back up plan…2 comedies, 2 dramas with maybe a game show or reality show just in case.  Now this can change depending on your network. A network like CBS which is more drama focused, maybe you have 3 dramas in the works.  Plus, CBS likes to give their shows full seasons regardless of ratings (see A Gifted Man and $*%# My Dad Says.)  So CBS isn’t likely to pull as much as trigger happy NBC.  So maybe CBS only needs 1 drama and 1 comedy.  It all depends on the schedule.  NBC on the other hand has been so bad for so long, they need more shows just in case.  But when something fails, then bump a pilot up.  Why have reruns of Grimm when Awake could have premiered?
Suggestion number two, is tighten up the schedule to fit more shows.  We’ve all bitched about it.  I know I have.  What is she talking about?   Bitched about what?  About when our shows go on hiatus for weeks at a time!!   First, don’t premiere shows the last week in Sept or first week of Oct.  Premiere your fall schedule right after Labor Day weekend (and not before!)   Then, run your shows solid through the week before Thanksgiving and have a mid-season break through the holidays.  Then come back the first or second week in January and run through March/April.   Then, if you have left over shows, no one will be upset if they premiere in April or May because the major TV season will be complete and people will have time to watch something new!   Unfortunately, the problem with that is May Sweeps.  You miss that time period by moving things up.  But there are two ways to handle that: move sweeps to April (if the NFL can remove kickoffs from the game of football….Bruce I want your thoughts on that genius idea….then Sweeps can be moved to April) or start the fall season later (the end of Sept/beg of Oct) end at the same time (mid Nov) and then come back mid Jan and run through early May.  It just makes for a really short early part of the season, but it gets you to May Sweeps.  I don’t like the latter idea but if Sweeps are that important, you have to make it work.
Lastly, if you don’t need it this season, can you move it to next season?   If a show like Bent or Scandal really wasn’t necessary this year, why can’t you keep in the bank until next fall?   Just have a smaller pilot season if you know those shows are moving to next season.  I’m not sure if this is more expensive due to locking up cast and crew without really using them for an extended period of time.   My thinking behind this is, if you don’t think a show like Bent is good enough to risk putting on the regular fall or mid-season schedule, then why order the show to pilot and why pick it up for 9 or 13 episodes?  I have to imagine it’s more expensive to have shows waiting in the wings for spots on the schedule and then burning them off vs. not having something to fill the pipeline and running repeats of another show.  I don’t know the answer to that.  But really that’s what this all comes down to….money.
I believe the way it works is the networks sell advertising on futures.  Meaning, they do their up front presentation to the major advertisers and show them their fall and mid-season line-ups.  They forecast what ratings will be and the advertisers make their decisions based on the strength of schedules and price.  In some cases, the advertisers make out by paying for ad space based off a 2.3 rating when a show ends up getting a 3.7 rating.  In other cases, they lose when they pay for space based off the 2.3 rating and the show gets 1.1 and eventually gets canceled.  Now your ads are running during reruns of 30 Rock.   Not good.  And it’s already tough enough for advertisers when DVRs, iPads, Netflix, Hulu, and Computers make watching shows so much easier (and without all those pain in the ass commercials!!!)   So I empathize with the position the networks are in.  But something still needs to change.
Network TV is in a difficult position right now.  Between mediocre to bad shows being developed, to having to compete with the cable channels that have more freedom and flexibility with content, to other ways to view programming, to the pressure of driving more revenue, network executives are scrambling to create successful line-ups and find more ways to reach viewers, live.  It’s not easy, I get that.   But, there still has to be a way to fix these over-programmed TV seasons.  There are talks of not relying so heavily on Nielsen’s (which have boxes in a few thousand homes vs. the millions of people who watch TV) and finding a way to better capture what people are really watching.  There are studies that show the ratings we see on our favorite sites aren’t really capturing all the people truly watching a particular show.  So what will networks and advertisers use in the future?  It’s yet to be determined.  But it’s a good sign to see that industry people are starting to realize that as technology advances, the ways in which we view TV shows are ever-changing and that using archaic methods to make major decisions about programming that affect people’s livelihoods, needs to be adapted and altered.  If that happens, the way TV programming is managed currently is sure to change for the better.  At least, one would hope.
 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in General, Sound Off, TV Rant

 

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My Big News

So remember last week when I told you to check the blog on Friday the 16th for my big news.  Well it’s been so crazy that I completely forgot to post the news!!!  So I decided to post it on Friday the 23rd instead.

I HAVE A NEW JOB!!!!!  Break out the bubbly, turn on the 80s music, and let’s get dancing!!!  Ok maybe you don’t need to go to those extremes, but I will.  A simple “congrats” will suffice but I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to you breaking out a dance session to Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself” in my honor!

I will certainly miss my old company and all of the great people I left behind whom I love dearly.  Some weren’t so great but that’s to be said with any company.  I’m just happy because this will hopefully be a step in settling my life down and getting some “me” time back.  And by “me” time I mean “you” time since that will hopefully mean I can get blogging more.  And simply getting to watch more TV to be able to blog more.

So I’m very happy and since I have all next week off I will be catching up on the blog quite a bit.  Can you believe I JUST caught up on the series finale of Chuck.  Chuck!!!!  One of my all time favorite shows!!!  That’s how crazy I have been.  So I have lots of thoughts on the finale….I seriously thought I would never be able to see again after crying so much.  Plus I want to catch up on other shows and discuss them with you.

Thanks to everyone for their patience and support and I look forward to talking TV with everyone next week!

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in General

 

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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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