NEW SITE!

3 Oct

After almost a year of blogging, I’ve done a little redesign.  I’m still pretty new to this whole thing so I’m not changing things up too drastically, but I will have a fancy new slideshow feature, there’s a nifty calendar where you can find out the dates of show premieres and special events, I’m going to be posting links to news stories as they happen (instead of randomly compiling them every now and again) and there is a featured post element that will allow me to highlight trends or just remind you about how awesome TV is.

As of today, I will no longer be posting at this address.  But there will be plenty of TV commentary at the new site.  I’m really excited about these changes and hope to keep increasing my features and making the blog as fun as possible.  Won’t you please follow me over to www.tvjunkiesunite.com?

P.S. None of this would have been possible without the help of Claudia Vazquez.  She helped me add all of the features I wanted, reconfigured the theme I liked and basically figured out a way to make my blog everything I want it to be.  I am a moron when it comes to this kind of stuff.  🙂

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The Amazing Race: Those sneaky devils

3 Oct

Bill was able to gain on the other teams, not only with a quick taxi, but with some great upper body strength.

I’ve always loved The Amazing Race.  Something about the travel with the adventure and challenges of the race have always kept me really invested (even if I haven’t always loved the teams running the race).  This year they seem to have recognized the need to switch things up more than ever and I think it’s working in their favor.  The biggest problem that has always faced the race has been bunching at airports.  When they go to a smaller country or more remote location, there are often less flights available and therefore all of the teams catch up to one another in order to catch the flight.  It’s the great equalizer because even if the last place team starts out four hours behind the first place team, that usually just means they don’t have as long a wait at the airport and when the plane lands, all of the teams are racing for first place again – which is why Bill and Cathi (affectionately referred to as Ma and Pa by their fellow racers) found themselves at the head of the pack last night when they landed in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  They seemed to luck out with a particularly speedy cab driver (whom they thanked profusely at the end of their time together which I found charming) who got them to the roadblock pretty far ahead of the other teams.  Of course it also helped that their speed bump (the penalty for coming in last on a non-elimination leg) was about as uncomplicated as they come – they just had to untangle a knotted rope – but really, they ran a much smarter race this second leg and definitely deserved their fourth place finish.  (I would really like to see these speed bumps and hazards actually be speed bumps and hazards.  Something that takes them off the path of the other racers for a while and requires some effort on their part (I do like the U-Turns that require teams to complete BOTH detours.  Usually those come up when one of the detours is particularly awful). Continue reading

Fringe: An indelible mark

1 Oct

Broyles and Olivia discover that John still has the lessons that Marjorie taught him, if not the actual memories of her.

You guys, I love this show so much.  What started out as a purely sci-fi creepy crawly fest has turned into something with depth and emotion and heart.  At the end of last night’s episode of Fringe, Broyles (on our side) tells Olivia that he believes “there are people who leave an indelible mark on the soul” and no other show has shown this in a more poetic way.  There have been other characters on other shows that go missing without a trace, and their presence is always felt, but never with the subtlety that Peter’s is felt right now.  Yes, Walter is having visions and hearing Peter’s voice, but beyond that, it’s the noticeable changes in Olivia and Walter as characters that are really interesting.  We see how Peter loving Olivia has softened her up and made her more vulnerable and open. Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries: The Ripping 20’s

30 Sep

A long time ago. . . we used to be friends (Paul Wesley & Joseph Morgan)

Last night I had some drinks with friends and one of them told me about how embarrassed she was that she got teary eyed during The Vampire Diaries season premiere.  I assured her there was nothing to be embarrassed about – The Vampire Diaries is a good show with writing that gets the viewer so invested that they tear up from time to time.  It’s ok to admit that you are involved in the story!  When am I going to get to stop defending this show?  I know it is on the CW, it has teenagers in it, it’s about vampires (one of whom can be a bit angst-y), it’s on the CW, but none of that discounts the fact that it is pretty well written, has some great performances in it and keeps its viewers hooked with its rich mythology and unrelenting pace.  There are many more “prestigious” shows that could learn a thing or two from The Vampire Diaries.  There’s nothing to be embarrassed about J.S.  I promise. Continue reading

Facebook/Webseries integration: Aim High

30 Sep

Aimee Teegarden and Jackson Rathbone in a scene from Aim High

I don’t know if I really understand how this new show Aim High is going to work, but apparently if you sign up for the Facebook app you could find yourself (your photos, your name etc) embedded into a future episode.  Starring Jackson Rathbone (of the Twilight series) and Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), the series is about a spy who has to go to high school. . . or something.  I think we’ll probably have to watch the show to fully understand how Rathbone’s character became a spy before completing, or even aging out of, high school.  But it’s a double life thing and there will be a lot of ass-kicking and teenagers in love so it sounds like it’s right up my alley.  It is produced by McG and Wonderland Sound & Vision (full disclosure: I was an intern there a few years ago and they are awesome) who also produced The O.C. and Chuck so it’s also got some good pedigree behind it.  But I’m not sure the social media angle is an actual hook or just a nuisance.  I suppose if I was a youngster who used Facebook to a dizzying degree, it might be cool to hear my name over the loudspeaker or see my photo used in the yearbook, but as it stands, I can barely watch videos on my computer (because it’s a dinosaur) and this whole thing makes me feel old. Continue reading

Wednesday Night Funnies: Up All Night, Modern Family & Happy Endings

29 Sep

Chris apologizes to Reagan for moaning about her sweatpants.

Up All Night (NBC): Chris makes a new friend at the playground who encourages him to try to subtly get Reagan to step away from her sweatpants and help keep things sexy and Reagan has to deal with Ava who blames her for losing the love of her life, B-Ro, complete with 90’s flashback.

“That’s like 40% more butt” – Chris “I don’t like to put a number on it, but that’s about right” – Chris’ new playground friend.

“I have an addiction to being fancy.” – Reagan all dressed up for breakfast after Chris tries to tell her to dress up a bit when she get’s home.

This episode was a winner for the flashback alone.

“Hey girl.  Pragmatically speaking.  You’re the perfect girl for me right now” – B. Ro “I appreciate it.” – Ava (in a cheesy 90’s R&B song)

“It’s like rec room on the outside, strip club on the inside.” Reagan.  “I’m like nerdy dad on the outside, tennis star on the inside.” – Chris about their new “fancy comfy” looks. Continue reading

Ringer: The third episode can be wrapped up in one paragraph

28 Sep

Bridget (as Siobahn) makes amends with Andrew (Sarah Michelle Gellar & Ioan Gruffudd)

I may not like Ringer at all.  The temporary blindness caused by my excitement over having Sarah Michelle Gellar back on the small screen is starting to pass and what I’m finding is a pretty boring show with wet blanket characters that doesn’t seem to have any ideas about how to have fun.  Three episodes in and things have seemingly slowed to a halt as far as the plot goes, there seems to be a lot of background information that we’re still missing about Siobahn and Bridget’s relationship and I find it incredibly hard to believe that no one has caught on to the fact that Bridget is not Siobahn.  No one seems to even suspect it.  Overall, I find the pacing to be a bit plodding and the characters to have as much depth as a piece of paper.  Not even SMG can save that. Continue reading