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Notes From the Second Viewing: Lost Season 5 Premiere January 23, 2009

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Without a DVR, I just missed a lot from last night’s premiere. Here’re some interesting tidbits from the second pass-through:

  • Daniel actually did explain to us my question about why the people on the Island appear to be physically jumping around time, instead of only their consciousnesses like in The Constant. He says the Lost-a-ways & the Science Team might be skipping through time, rather than the Island moving through time. Interesting. But why, if the Others are also on the Island when Ben turned the wheel, do they not also start skipping through time? Why is it only the survivors & freighter people?

Live-Blogging Lost Season 5 Premiere Night January 22, 2009

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7:59 – OMG It’s Lost Premiere Night! I can’t even tell you how excited I am. Maybe ABC’s onto something with this spring premiere business. I mean, I’m basically forced to forget about the show for like six months out of the year, just to keep my sanity, but this really almost feels like Christmas. So. I’ve read every review I could get my hands on. I’ve watched every one of the like 14 previews ABC has sent out in the world to make my last couple of Lost-less weeks as excruciating as possible. I’ve caught up on season 4 via watching the DVDs approximately 1,600 times so far this year. I’m ready. And it’s finally here!

8:00 – Well, not actually. Actually this is just the clips show & there’s another hour to wait. Curses!

8:03 – Hey guess what? I’m still without a DVR. This should one interesting live-blog.

8:08 – Do you get the feeling some intern designed that LOST: Destiny Calls graphic in Photoshop during their lunch break?

8:45 – OMG It’s Penny! It’s Penny! Sorry, I can’t watch that scene without doing that.

8:58 – “All of you have to go back. We’re going to have to bring him too.”

8:59 – “We have to go back, Kate! We have to go back!” OMG It’s time!

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Five Winter Premieres I’m Most Desperately Looking Forward To: #1 Lost January 19, 2009

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I know this is a little late, but here’s my top pick for the 5 Winter Premieres I Am Most Desperately Looking Forward To. Happy Winter Premiere Season!

For a more complete list of winter premiere dates, see Kristen Dos Santos’ comprehensive list on E! Online.

#1 Lost

Premieres Wednesday, January 21 @8pm on ABC

Can I just say? I was doing just fine. Seriously, I have made it through like seven-and-a-half months of Lost hiatus hell without actively thinking about the fact that ABC has made the break like nine freaking months long. Sure, every once in a while, one of those pesky unanswered questions would come up & taunt me, but I was doing FINE. Then, December rolled around & ABC started with the relentless teaser promotion campaign & it got to the point where you couldn’t watch anything on ABC without The Fray mercilessly assaulting your eardrums. And then I got the Lost season 4 DVDs from my parentals for Christmas, & I have this uncontrollable urge to watch them all the time. Also, around this time is when ABC decided to fork over screeners for the first two episodes of season 5 to critics & bloggers, which meant I would spend the next week scouring every media platform I could find that would let go of a tiny piece of the puzzle. All of which means I am suddenly completely immersed in Lost & I CAN’T STAND IT!

And now, it’s finally here & I’ve blocked off my Wednesday for this & OMG can this possibly live up to expectations? The great thing is: I think it can. I mean, this isn’t just any TV show. This is Lost.

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Ad Post: T-Mobile – Flashmob Dancing in Liverpool Street Station January 18, 2009

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T-Mobile 2:50 spot
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi

I know the flashmob thing isn’t exactly a new thing, but everytime I see it, I get a kick out of it. T-Mobile & Saatchi does a nice job of organizing a sizable stunt at the Liverpool Street Station in London just this past Thursday. Not really a completely seemless tie-in to their “life is for sharing” theme, but memorable nonetheless. I think it’s excellent.

PS: If you haven’t yet, check out Improv Everywhere‘s completely awesome Food Court Musical, Frozen Grand Central Station & their famous No Pants Day flashmob greatness.

Five Winter Premieres I’m Most Desperately Looking Forward To: #2 Fringe January 9, 2009

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In anticipation of the end of the winter TV hiatus, I’m counting down the 5 Winter Premieres I Am Most Desperately Looking Forward To.

For a more complete list of winter premiere dates, see Kristen Dos Santos’ comprehensive list on E! Online.

#2 Fringe

Premieres Tuesday, January 20 @9pm on FOX

I didn’t really mind the first few episodes of the season as much as some critics, but I would agree it was like they were treading water for a while & then they pulled a Michael Phelps. Fringe, officially, has hit the high gear. A clearly evil new set of villains—Mr. Jones & Agent Loeb—have been introduced. The Observer is still lurking, there so approximately 3 million fans can go on message boards every week to say they saw him. Peter’s backstory has made an appearance. Olivia’s John Scott visions of doom stunningly have a plot purpose And Walter is still mostly crazy.

And so, with Olivia kidnapped & Mr. Jones free, I am so totally back in. You should be too.

Stay tuned for the rest of my winter season preview & drop me a comment to let me know what new & returning shows you’re looking forward to most.

Five Winter Premieres I’m Most Desperately Looking Forward To: #3 Burn Notice January 8, 2009

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In anticipation of the end of the winter TV hiatus, I’m counting down the 5 Winter Premieres I Am Most Desperately Looking Forward To.

For a more complete list of winter premiere dates, see Kristen Dos Santos’ comprehensive list on E! Online.

#3 Burn Notice

Premieres Thursday, January 22 @10pm on USA

More than any other show on TV, Burn Notice is a summer show. I don’t think it’s really not that smart a move for USA to cut the season in half. But nonetheless, I can’t say I’m not thrilled that we’ll be getting fresh episodes this month.

Interestingly, I wasn’t actually watching Burn Notice when I realized it was not just a nice distraction from the summer TV hiatus, but actually a great show. I was watching In Plain Sight, another quirky crime-related drama on USA. The reason I thought of Burn Notice when I was watching it is I kept thinking, if only this show had some decent writing. It could be so much better. And if you think about it, Burn Notice & In Plain Sight are not so different. It’s not like Burn Notice is more complex & deep, or even that the acting is better (although I do prefer Jeffrey Donovan‘s unbelievably cool smile & Bruce Campbell‘s laid back charm to irritable, exasperating Mary McCormack or anyone else on IPS besides maybe Frederick Weller‘s dorkily awesome Marshall Mann). It comes down to the writing & Burn Notice’s writing is much, much better. In fact, it’s more clever, more witty than a lot of what’s on network TV as well. I can’t wait for it to come back.

Stay tuned for the rest of my winter season preview & drop me a comment to let me know what new & returning shows you’re looking forward to most.

Five Winter Premieres I’m Most Desperately Looking Forward To: #4 Damages January 7, 2009

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In anticipation of the end of the winter TV hiatus, I’m counting down the 5 Winter Premieres I Am Most Desperately Looking Forward To.

For a more complete list of winter premiere dates, see Kristen Dos Santos’ comprehensive list on E! Online.

#4 Damages

Premieres Wednesday, January 7 @10pm on FX

Let’s just say I watched all 13 episodes of season 1 in an approximate 20 hour block of time this weekend. (I stopped to sleep around the time Gregory Malina, aka Peter Facinelli, an actor I have always liked since he was on the short-lived-yet-still-awesome show Fastlane for like a second, was mowed down in the streets.) Can I just say? Tate Donovan was such a good casting. I still think of him in Love Potion No. 9, insecure, yet likable. I want him to end up on Ellen’s side. Speaking of Ellen, I am psyched that she is now kind of crazy. Patty really did a number on her.

The only thing I worry about with a show like this is, by admission, they don’t really plan ahead. They’re making this stuff up as they go. That’s exactly what we worry about with shows like Lost & Heroes. Actually, I don’t even know why they admitted that. I wouldn’t have guessed.

Stay tuned for the rest of my winter season preview & drop me a comment to let me know what new & returning shows you’re looking forward to most.

Five Winter Premieres I’m Most Desperately Looking Forward To: #5 Life January 6, 2009

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Just to warn everyone now, I am in the middle of Apartment Hunt From Hell: LA Edition: Part III: This Time It Counts, & it’s looking like it will seriously hinder my ability to do any live-blogging in the near future. Sorry. 😦 But I did want to run through the winter premieres I’m most excited about. Times in EST/PST…this DOES include cable.

For a more complete list of winter premiere dates, see Kristen Dos Santos’ comprehensive list on E! Online.

In anticipation of the end of the winter TV hiatus, I’m counting down the 5 Winter Premieres I Am Most Desperately Looking Forward To:

#5 Life

Premieres Wednesday, February 4 @9pm on NBC

I’ll be honest…even I don’t think NBC is going to renew Life, not after they gave five hours of perfectly good primetime to Jay Leno. So I think subconsciously, I’ve been trying to distance myself a little. But then, like all good shows, it’s managed to really surprise me. Dear God! They shot Charlie Crews & then he went to Zen heaven/limbo! Right after Reese finally got around to asking him what her father had to do with framing him for murder! OMG!

So yeah. Needless to say, I’m all the way back in & am fully expecting to be devastated when it doesn’t get picked up for the fall. But I’m going to enjoy it when it’s here.

Stay tuned for the rest of my winter season preview & drop me a comment to let me know what new & returning shows you’re looking forward to most.