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TV Watching Round-Up

Time for another update on what I've been watching.

But first, this



Because its so amazing.


Now, for the what I'm watching, in no particular order

SUPERNATURAL

I wasn't a huge fan of the premiere episode, as I felt it was a bit choppy and slow, and I also felt the script wasn't as sharp and witty as is the norm for this show.  But, I loved the 2nd episode a lot.  I think Jared Padalecki is doing a great job, and to me, he's come along so well as an actor.  I remember not thinking much of him in the early seasons, but I think he's owned the last 2.  I felt so bad for him, when he's trying to ignore the Devil in the room, but his eyes kept darting nervously over to where it appeared he was sitting.  Dean and Bobby have been solid thus far, but I'm going to miss Castiel on a more regular basis.  I'm still a little on the fence over this new Leviathon threat, only because it feels a little been-there-done-that to me, but its still early.

PAN AM

There's no doubt that this show looks amazing.  And the 4 lead actresses are both attractive and engaging.  Unfortunately the pilot was dead boring, and I'm not even sure what this is supposed to be about.  Spy stewardess?  Family angst? Falling for the wrong guys on flights?  Pretty girls trying to be taken seriously?  Sexism in the workplace?  See, I really don't know.  Also, not one male actor in the pilot was even remotely interesting, particularly the hot shot pilot who looks about 22, which would make it highly unlikely that he'd have been given command over a brand new fancy airplane.  But, like I said, looks great.  Will I watch it again?  Only if tonights Homeland premiere doesn't work for me.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE

This is a really good series.  I don't love it like I've loved previous HBO series, Deadwood, Rome or Carnivale, or current series Game of Thrones.  And its not brain crack like True Blood.  But there's no denying the quality in this series, and Steve Buscemi is a great lead.  The show is full of really A-game actors, with Jack Huston a standout as the damaged Richard.  I do feel like the women on this show aren't nearly as interesting as the men, and I wish that was addressed.  Both Aleksa Palladino and Paz de la Huerta could disappear from the show tomorrow, and I'm not sure you'd even feel a ripple.  I love the conflict they set up last season, and are continuing on this season.  

TERRA NOVA

Too much family angst and whining teenagers, not enough dinosaurs.  I guess that shouldn't surprise me since they are on a TV budget, but it wouldn't be such an issue if the former wasn't so damned boring.  Jason O'Mara, who is normally a strong, solid actor seems out of his element  for some reason, and its terribly distracting that his wife looks about the same age as their teenager daughter.  And does every single damned show have to have the mouthy, rebellous teen?  I would like teenagers banned from all my shows please!  I'm going to stick with it for now, but the pilot only rated a Eh, OK.

GLEE

OK, last year I said I was done with Glee, and I sort of am.  What I've been doing is DVR'ing it, and then watching it later with one finger on the FF button.  I do think the show is trying to correct some mistakes it made last year, but my problem still remains.  I just don't like the characters who are the "chosen ones" on this show.  I can't stand Rachel.  Since they've turned Kurt into a Saint/Martyr, he's so hard to take.  And the Rachel/Kurt friendship makes me want to spork my eyeballs.  Finn is a cipher, and is always exponentially less interesting when he's dating Rachel.  I love Darren Criss, but I think I'm still waiting for Blaine to become a real character, with flaws and dimensions.  Its great to see Quinn and Puck getting a storyline that addresses the baby they had together, but I'm afraid to invest in anything with these characters, b/c the writers don't really care about them, and thus write them with little consistency or care.  Its a very flawed show with mediocre writing, and great musical numbers.  

NEW GIRL

The first episode was cute, but not particularly funny, but I thought the second one was much funnier.  I really missed Damon Wayans Jr though, and if Happy Endings doesn't get a third season, I hope they'll bring him back.  I think my favorite character might be her girlfriend, the model.

 RINGER

Oh, come on, this show is pretty terrible, though its 3rd episode was its best.  Ioan Gruffudd remains the bright spot, but I guess I'm just not feeling what SMG is putting down.  She still feels uncomfortably miscast to me in this vehicle.  Its very soapy, so I can see what that might appeal to some folks, but I think soap operas sense of the ridiculous doesn't always translate well to late night television.  I have to laugh at everytime SMG takes this enormous gun out of her purse and stares at it with furrowed brow.  

SONS OF ANARCHY

I'm going to dub this season "When is Clay going to freaking die?"  So far, I don't know what to feel about the current storyline.  If there is significant and long lasting fall-out over all this, then its worth it.  If its just going to get swept under the rug ala the hit that killed Opie's wife 2 years ago, then I'm going call Foul!  I've never been a big fan of Clay, but at this point he's completely loathesome.  And Jax, who should be our touchstone character, is being a total selfish jackass who prefers running drugs for a cartel over having to let his wife be the breadwinner for a few years while they figure things out.  And speaking of Tara, can she just freaking do something?  Anything?  What a dish rag of a character.  And I'm just not buying the storyline with Juice at all.  But, I've never loved Bobby or Piney more then I do this season, and Opie is still my guy.  I think this storyline could be great, but only if the writers are courageous enough to go where this storyline really needs to go.

REVENGE

My favorite of any of the new shows I've watched.  I've never thought much of Emily Van Camp, but I think she's doing a great job.  I just love when she does that pretty smile, and then when no one is watching her, she goes all steely and cold.  This is another new show that looks fantastic, but its got good substance as well as style.  And the cast of actors works for me almost completely (points off for obnoxious teenagers, Again!).  One of the things I was worried about with this series was that the premise would not have a lot of places to go, but having watched 3 eps, I think I'm really seeing more and more possibilities here.  Highly recommended.

PROJECT RUNWAY

Its not really a great group this year, is it?  I think Anya is a good designer, but I'm just not as in love with her as the judges are.  I have a soft spot for Bert.  Since we're down to 6, I've already picked my top 3, Victor, Anya and Bert.  And its not that the 3 of them are so great, its that the other 3 remaining, Josh (so fucking annoying), Laura and Kimberly are so damned mediocre, the possibility of them making the finals makes my eye twitch.

ARCHER

Its finished its special 3 ep run with a very funny episode.  Rip can stay!


Tonight, I try Showtime's Homeland to see what I think.  And Walking Dead is back in a few weeks!  I'm excited.  Bring on the Zombies!

And I end this post with this sentiment....OK Mr Welling, you're really starting to cheese me off now.  Time to get back in front of the camera, NOW!

Comments

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chatchien
Oct. 2nd, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
It is NOT JUSt Teddy Bears
...Protecting Innocent Children From Monsters Under the Bed...

Hey!!!! It is NOT just Teddy Bears! Have you seen Barbie's Monster Eradication Weapons which go well with her Fight the Monster Killer Outfit? And Raggedy Ann is a Beast---A BEAST---when she defends her child in the Dark of the Night from the Dark Thing in the Closet.

I've been watching Revenge too. It could lose that younger brother of the sailboat guy, as I see that it has just lost the Dad. And I am still trying to figure out the IT guy. I like him, but...he did have a funny look on his face when he gave up the house to Amanda/Emily. As long as everything and everyone is Twisty---this show has Good Trash TV potential.

I gave up on SPN last season. I don't know that even transforming Cass will get me back.
jeannev
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: It is NOT JUSt Teddy Bears
Oh, Barbie is totally kick-ass. She will turn her Dream House into a Nightmare if you mess with her. ;)

Its just speaking as someone whose first Teddy Bear still sits proudly on her dresser, I'm a bit partial.

One of the things I like about Nolan, the IT guy, on Revenge is that he's still an enigma, and that keeps you guessing about him. But its done in a subtle way which I appreciate. His efforts to buy Jack as a friend are sort of touching, in a pathetic way.

SPN is something I'll watch till the end. Its like Smallville in that way that I'm just committed to seeing it through until the end, whatever happens.
dawnybee
Oct. 2nd, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
There's no doubt that this show looks amazing. And the 2 lead actresses are both attractive and engaging. Unfortunately the pilot was dead boring, and I'm not even sure what this is supposed to be about. Spy stewardess?

The spy aspect is what I find problematic. It's just so high concept and soap opera-ish. I know it has to try to find something that makes it stand out beyond just a workplace drama and the camp and the look of it works well, but the spy thing is just too over the top to me.

Jack Huston a standout as the damaged Richard

He's outstanding! I love Richard Harrow. He's superb in that role.

I do feel like the women on this show aren't nearly as interesting as the men, and I wish that was addressed. Both Aleksa Palladino and Paz de la Huerta could disappear from the show tomorrow, and I'm not sure you'd even feel a ripple.

Paz really has no place, I hope Aleksa's character rebounds. She was getting interesting last season. I want to see more of Gretchen Mol. She's not Atia level, but I love how her character is working behind the scenes with trying to help her son overtake nucky.

NEW GIRL. The first episode was cute, but not particularly funny, but I thought the second one was much funnier. I really missed Damon Wayans Jr though, and if Happy Endings doesn't get a third season, I hope they'll bring him back.

I love the show. I miss Damon too. Coach was way better than Not!Coach. It's enjoyable. A fun time waster.

I love this Revenge I find myself watching it over and over again.

(points off for obnoxious teenagers, Again!).

The daughter needs to go and the little brother needs to go. I don't see how they fit in. I think they're storylines work so outside of the core concept that it's a stretch to incorporate them.
jeannev
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch Pan Am last night because I was watching Homeland, and I knew I was going to choose one or the other. But Homeland kicked all sorts of ass, so bye-bye to Pan Am for me.

No Richard last night on BE. *sadface*

I agree with you that New Girl is just a very easy, happy show to watch and no thinking is required. Nothing at all wrong with shows like that.

I'm so glad that so much of my flist likes Revenge. I love that we still have shows in common.

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jeannev
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Pan Am wasn't bad at all. Its just that I don't think it has what it takes to get me tuning in week after week, and possibly stronger male characters would help with that.

What I'm doing right now is watching New Girl, and then flipping over to Ringer and catching the last half hour. I think the show might be more tolerable for me if I'm not watching it for an hour.

I think Terra Nova is going to be problematic.

I use to be a Dean girl with SPN, but now I'm a Sammy girl. Its just hard not to feel so sorry for the poor guy.

There is no way that Goughlar should've been in charge of a show like Charlies Angels. I don't see them as female friendly writers/showrunners at all.

tasabian
Oct. 3rd, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
OK Mr Welling, you're really starting to cheese me off now. Time to get back in front of the camera, NOW!
He should play the Boss Leviathan on Supernatural, rise up out of the water on a shell like Venus de Milo, then make out with Jensen.

I love Darren Criss, but I think I'm still waiting for Blaine to become a real character, with flaws and dimensions
He's very cute & a great singer/dancer but I haven't seen much in the way of acting yet. Perhaps the show is too focused on keeping him the Idealized Boyfriend. And it's ridiculous he's now supposed to be younger than Kurt when he looks a few years older.

Cautiously hopeful for this week's Mike Chang episode. He's my Glee crush!

SPN is off to a good start. I liked that they ended up with real, medical-attention requiring injuries at the end of ep 2. Raises the stakes. Misha said at DCon that when he was filming the LeviaCas scenes he had food poisoning & had to keep running away to be sick!
jeannev
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE Tom on Supernatural. He could even direct the ep he's in. I'm sure it would be a ball of laughs for everyone involved. But apparently Tom is going to just not work at all.

Its so depressing, because this is really what I thought he's do all along. I wanted to be wrong, and there did seem to be some encouragement there when he seemed to be saying all the right things. But deep down, I knew he'd pull a disappearing act, and I do think the longer he's away, the less likely it is for him to re-emerge.

Darren Criss' Blaine sort of exists to do some fun musical numbers, and be Kurt's perfect boyfriend (since Kurt is Murphy's avatar). And its a shame, because I think he's capable of being more then that.

I think Mike is cute, but he's another one that just doesn't have much dimension as a character. Maybe this upcoming ep will help with that.

Having had food poisoning, I can't think of anything worse then having to work through it.
serenography
Oct. 3rd, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
I'm with you on missing Castiel. He became an integral part of the show for me. I have a hard time believing that he won't be back at some point though. I don't read spoilers for SPN though, so maybe not.

Pan Am was a lot of fun, but yeah, it was mostly for the retro-squeeness of it as opposed to the actual storylines. Couldn't agree more about the cold-war spy stews. I had to tell my daughter what the cold war was. Okay, so maybe our school district missed that particular era, but I still think it's going to be a hard sell to the younger set.

Terra Nova is almost exactly like Falling Skies for me. I like it just enough to go ahead and record the next one, but it's not a big margin. We'll see how that one goes. I can see it falling under the cut-off if the story focus becomes too teen-centric.

I've somehow managed to watch the first 2 eps of Glee, and I'm not a regular viewer. I think I'm finally starting to "get" the show, sorta. But, eh, it's still not a regular must-see for me, although I do like the musical performances.

Revenge is a favorite for me as well. I'm really liking how the story is being told in flashbacks and forwards, but always pulled together well. And I've always liked Madeline Stowe, so bonus there.

Project Runway - I love Anya's creativity, but Victor's work is just so much more polished. I thought Victor came off as an ass when he wouldn't help Anya out, but that doesn't take away from his talent. Bert's clunker to good ratio is just too high. Josh is overrated in his own mind. I've liked some of Laura's work more than the judges, but agree that Kimberly is barely anything but mediocre.

I feel like I have way too many shows these days, but I do love a full DVR to choose from when I sit to watch TV. The Good Wife has been excellent so far. Tonight was the Dexter premiere, which was promising. SO many comedies, it's ridiculous, but Happy Endings and New Girl are both added to the list. Oh, and Luther is back on BBCAmerica! And Merlin!

Mr. Welling is probably timing his big movie announcement to break right before he accepts the Scream award. Yup. That's it, I'm sure. *bites nails*
jeannev
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
I have no clue if Cas will be back on SPN, its just that its the sort of show where dead rarely means dead forever.

I think Pan Am is fun for the nostalgic quality, but I'm just not sure what the show is supposed to be.

Terra Nova is like Falling Skies, and to me, suffers from the exact same problems. I don't think its a coincidence that Speilberg has his fingers in both, since he seems to like this familial angst with the kids thing.

Madeline Stowe looks great, doesn't she? I've always thought she had an icey manner to her, so this role seems like it was made for her.

On PR, I think Victor is probably the best of the lot, but there's just something lacking in her personality which makes it hard to get excited about him or his clothes. I like Anya, but I feel like we keep seeing the same sort of thing from her. I suspect Anya is going to win though.

I hope you're right about Mr Welling, though I suspect he's just hanging out with his rich wife and playing golf, and sailing, and not doing much else.
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jeannev
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Damon Wayans Jr just made such a big impression in the premiere episode, because honestly, we only saw him once. But almost everyone I know who watched the show missed him in the 2nd ep.

I hope Jason Dohring can bring something to Ringer, because it sure as hell needs it!

Gemma always gets on my nerves. And I just want Tara to lay down some rules of her own, and just make some decisions that are best for her and her children, and stop acting like everything is up to Jax. I love Juice too, but this storyline just doesn't make sense to me, since I can't see the club shunning him because the father he never knew is black. Their alies with a whole black chapter of the Sons.

I have no inner teenager left, I've discovered. LOL

But I'm so happy that I have another flistie who is loving Revenge. :D
asha14
Oct. 4th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
Hey you, I don't watch any of those shows. I just came to say I miss reading and interacting with you, Although I just might watch Supernatural because two actors from A show I use to love is supposed to play husband and wife
jeannev
Oct. 4th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Hey you! How the heck are you? You disappeared before SV even ended. I was wondering how you felt about the whole finale. I'm going to hazard a guess that you weren't loving it. ;)

You should try Revenge. Its really good.

I still like SPN, and more then that, I have a SV-like loyalty to it. Not to the same degree, but I know its a show I'll watch to the end.
brijeana
Oct. 7th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Oh! I definitely had a teddy bear to protect me when I was a kid. So cute!

Too much family angst and whining teenagers, not enough dinosaurs.

This sentence makes me so happy. LOL!

Revenge was recently recommended to me. I'm going to have to check it out. Also on my to watch list: Boardwalk Empire, Archer and the Wire. I'm thinking of adding True Blood to the list after your post but... I don't know.

I may catch up with SPN and Sons of Anarchy but I'm definitely done with Glee. I don't know what the last straw was but... yeah I reached it sometime after Rocky Horror and the wedding.

I've been watching Fringe, reruns of Law and Order Criminal Intent (for Vincent D'Onofrio <3 ), Mike and Molly, the Mentalist, Luther (BBC America), Doctor Who, Deadwood Series on DVD and maybe Law and Order UK. I don't watch any of this live. LOL! I just got the first disc of Rome from Netflix. I want something to tide me over until April when Game of Thrones returns and the Tudors rubs me the wrong way.



jeannev
Oct. 7th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
As a long time lover of Teddy Bears, and a proud mama of the Teddy Bear my mother bought just before I was born, I'm a true believer in the power of Teddy!

The family stuff on Terra Nova is just so banal. It makes it so hard to appreciate anything else about the show.

I understand being done with Glee. I thought I was too, but for some reason, I keep watching it. But I could go at any minute.

I could watch Deadwood over and over again. I loved it so much. And I hope you like Rome. I was a big fan of that too.
shopgirl318
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
Hi :) I am watching Glee for laughs at this point and not taking anything seriously. I do think Blaine has flaws and he isn't as confident as he projects but I digress. I am not too invested emotionally and New Girl are my light, fun and not too complicated.

I am liking SPN this year. It does feel been there done that with Sam, poor guy! but I think after last year it is clear Gamble, Kripke are trying not to repeat their misstakes with the whole no follow up from hell like they did with Dean. I am not missing Castiel's presence and it was time for him but I will watch until the end + I think the show is going to end either after season 7 or 8, which is a good deal. It dosn't suck but it feels like it is coming to a close weirdly.

I liked the SPN primere but I will agree certain parts were choppy and ep 7.02 was done better overall but it was fast paced in terms of story and plot in a good way.

I caught the Homeland pilot on Showtime. Claire Danes and Mandy P were excellent. It was decent though I have only seen one episode.

Revenge is good, campy fun. Emily VanCamp plays the emotional messed up girl all in her eyes. I am not invested yet but this show is everything Ringer is not. I am going to give SMG show another try.

Once Upon A Time, I just started with this show and it is pretty decent. I think it should have been a mini series. I don't see the series lasting too long, it is limiting already. The evil queen makes for good tv though.

I am still waiting on Bones to start, Grimm and already watching Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, Nikita, Supernatural, Suburgatory, Modern Family and Happy Endings.

Terra Nova reminds me of Falling Skies on TNT except with dinosaurs. I will be staying away from TN. It did look intriguing though at first.

Boardwalk Empire is grade A++ HBO primetime. I watch this show in passing and it is good. I need to catch up on the episodes and Boss on Starz pilot is pretty good as well.

People on my flist have been squeeing about Pan Am already. Is this show any good?
jeannev
Oct. 25th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Hey There.

I guess I just wish that Glee was actually funnier, and then I'd try and watch it for laughs. But like you, I'm not overly invested. Just curious, and vaguely annoyed by it.

To me, SPN is a very mixed bag so far. Like, this last ep with James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter was so awful, and nothing more then gimmick casting. It really pissed me off.

Homeland is very, very good, but its also a very dark and intense show, so I don't think its everyones cup of tea.

I still watch Ringer on and off, but its just bad.

I have Once Upon A Time on my DVR to watch. I'm hearing good things.

I tried the Pan Am pilot, and was bored silly, so I decided not to continue on with the show. Judging by the ratings, I think a lot of people made the same decisions as me.
shopgirl318
Oct. 25th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Heh! Glee I just watch for the cast at this point. I am curious about where they take the kids after graduation but other than that I just watch and if I don't I won't cry a river. lol!

SPN wasn't completely awful but I do agree about the stunt casting with the Buffy alums. I was looking forward to them since I do like them but it was just annoying at this point. The episode was okay and it could have been better but I can honestly say this the first one I didn't care about since the last 2 were decent. I have unpopular opinions about this show all the time. I like stuff no one else likes go figures. I do see why everyone thinks it is a mixed bag because it kinda is with the main plot, Gamble slowly moving the angel arc to a close and the standalone mow storylines each week with Sam/Dean. I still think with a few duds this season 7 is still shaping the show up to recover from season 6. I am withholding judgement since the series is off to a slow start after 7.01-7.02 were fast paced and the last 3 eps were classic Sam/Dean monster of the week types and focusing on the brother angst.

Homeland is really good. It has been awhile that a pilot has kept me interested like this. Once Upon A Time is decent, the bad CGI may turn you like Terra Nova did but it was pretty decent.

Ringer and Secret Circle are both bad and a borefest. Vampire Diaries isn't the greatest in season 3, with the Buffy and Angel rip offs. This show seems to be going to hell already and it is barely season 3. yeesh! SV or SPN were never this badly written or zany with their convoluted ghost plot.

I haven't watched Pan Am but I am so glad you are honest instead of just squeeing everything. LOL! Everyone is saying it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. the show is goregous but beyond this I am not feeling this.
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