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TV Lineup Updated! I know, I’m shocked too! May 18, 2009

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On a whim, I sat down & finally updated my TV Lineup page for the first time in, seriously, like months. I’m really sorry about that, BTW. Anyway, it’s got my current lineup, with my thoughts on a number of season finales, as well as on the return of In Plain Sight & how I thought Southland’s rookie year was going.

Check it by clicking the top tab called TV Lineup or clicking here: https://strawgrasping.wordpress.com/tv-lineup

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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.

Live-Blogging Heroes 3.3 One of Us, One of Them September 30, 2008

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8:59 – Previously on Heroes, I will be writing my previouslys completely by memory since I will, at least for now, be switching over from Terminator on Fox after their previews. So anyway, previously, on Heroes, Future Peter goes back in time to shoot Present Nathan in order to prevent a horrible future. Instead, he manages to create an even more horrible future, i.e. the world being split in two & everyone dying. Jeez, wtg there, Future Peter. Also Sylar’s been captured by the company, but only after getting Claire’s ability, Matt is lost in Africa & Present Peter is stuck in Francis Capra (ahem, Jesse)’s body. Most of this is also Future Peter’s fault. Man, Future Peter sucks.

9:00 – Angela gave Sylar up for adoption! Touche! Who the hell is Bridget? That history thing is a really cool ability. OMG! Angela totally just fed that Bridget chick to Sylar! She is so evil! I love her!

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Live-Bloglet: Grey’s Anatomy Season 5 Premiere September 26, 2008

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I’m calling this a live-bloglet, I’m thinking it might be more of a reactions thing, i.e. I’m not going to try to say something about every scene. Grey’s has really let me down these last few years, so I’m hoping for a rebound.

UPDATE from after the show: I’ll warn you right now. This is not as coherent as these things usually are, because I mostly spent the time lamenting over how much I miss how this show used to be. Come back, old Grey’s! Come back!

9:00 – We open on Meredith & her floor plan o’ candles & her sad, sad voiceover & then, she’s in the hospital & yes, YES, I called it! There was an accident & Derek is totally dead. And then…Mere wakes up. Dang it. I guess freaking Derek is alive. Lame.

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Live-Blogging Heroes Season 3 Premiere Night September 23, 2008

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7:00 – Big TV night for me. Um, PS: NBC has put the season 2 premiere of one of my favorite shows from last year, Life, online early. This is a really smart, quality show…this premiere isn’t the best episode they’ve had, but it’s still pretty good. Check it out HERE. And watch last season for free HERE.

8:00 – Yes, I’m choosing to watch Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles over the “premiere event,” which looks like it mostly involves red carpet interviews. Sorry, it’s a Dean Winters-heavy episode, what can I say. This is more reactions than live-blogging, but if you just want to get to Heroes, skip down to 9:00.

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Live-Blogging Project Runway 5.10 September 18, 2008

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8:59 – Previously, on Project Runway, the designers embarked on an over-complicated challenge involving avant garde design, astrological signs, eliminated designers, previous season designers & Blayne & Terri getting auf-ed. Touche, Terri letting whining Keith drag her down.

9:01 – Apartment open. The designers talk about what they’re doing next. They’re wrong, of course. I’m so over the apartment open.

9:02 – Heidi comes out in this skin-tight short black dress. It’s way cute. She says she has some “special ladies” to introduce. Some older ladies come out. The designers interview that this is the mom challenge…but it’s not. (more…)

Live-Blogging Project Runway 5.9 September 11, 2008

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8:59 – Previously on Project Runway, okay, look. My fondness for Bones got the better of me. Unfortunately, it seems that Bones may or may not have jumped the shark with the psycho killer plot o’ lameness known as the de-regularization of Little Zach Addy. Whatev. Anyway, I did catch the last minute or so of Runway, where Trash Bag Stella was finally, mercifully auf-ed. Even Tim Gunn wasn’t that sad to see her go. Auf wiedersehen, Stella!

9:00 – Apartment open. Terri tells us about how she won’t miss Stella. +10 points for Terri.

9:02 – On the runway, Heidi brings out the models. Leanne chooses to stay with her model & Stella’s model gets booted. Heidi says there are “special guests” for their next challenge. It’s kicked-out designers! UGH! Stella! There’s no getting rid of her! (more…)

Five Season Premieres I’m Most Desperately Looking Forward To: #1 House August 31, 2008

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As part of my fall TV preview, I’m counting down the 5 Season Premieres I Am Most Desperately Looking Forward To:

1.) House

Premieres Tuesday, September 16 @8pm EST on FOX

Last season’s two-part season finale was among the most well written, well acted, well directed & incredibly compelling hours of television we’ve seen in a long time. The entire season was about turning what we know upside down. The Cottages, original recipe (Chase, Cameron & Foreman), are replaced by The Cottages, extra crispy (Taub, Kutner, 13…& Foreman again). And Wilson, expert of needy relationships, finds his great love, controlling, dominating, AWESOME Amber (otherwise known as Cut-Throat Bitch), which means he’s no longer as much of a doormat as House always prefers he be. And then, the bus crash, House’s delayed, dreadful realization of who he saw, who he was supposed to save &, it turns out, the one person he can’t.  Wilson & Amber’s last scene…I needed like 3 tissues. I thought the whole thing was done wonderfully, down to the episode titles. “House’s Head” & “Wilson’s Heart.” Aren’t those two things the heartbeat of this show? In the end, Wilson turns his back on House & it actually feels like this might not be something he can come back from. And you thought this show was formulaic…

Stay tuned for my complete fall TV line-up & drop me a comment to let me know what you’ll be watching this fall. )

Five Season Premieres I’m Most Desperately Looking Forward To: #2 Lost August 30, 2008

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As part of my fall TV preview, I’m counting down the 5 Season Premieres I Am Most Desperately Looking Forward To:

2.) Lost

Premieres January 2009 (LAME!) on ABC

Okay, so I’m cheating a little here as Lost, yet again, isn’t premiering until spring. Ugh, I hate that so much! Because there’s so much to find out! What was the horrible thing that happened right after the Oceanic 6 escaped the Island? How did Jeremy “Locke” Bentham end up off the Island too? Is Michael really dead (I say yes)? Is Jin (I say no freaking way)? Is Claire (I say YES & she’s so much more interesting that way!)? What happened to Faraday’s raft? Was Charlotte born on the Island? If so, um, WTF about that whole pregnant women die on the Island thing? Why do they “all” have to go back? Who is “all”? Does that include Ben? How about Walt, or Desmond or Frank? Where the hell did the Island go, anyway? Did it get moved in time or space? OMG, there’s so much I must know immediately! Whose bright idea was this spring premiere thing anyway??!

Stay tuned for the rest of my fall TV preview & drop me a comment to let me know what you’ll be watching this fall. )

Live-Blogging Project Runway 5.7 August 28, 2008

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8:59 – What? What is this? Convention update? This isn’t the time, Bravo. Not during Project Runway. Come on.

9:00 – Okay, back to regularly scheduled programming. Previously on Project Runway, Chris March makes his triumphant drag-queen return! Joe wins & I am mildly annoyed, but then, I’m still kind of having a hard time caring. Also, poor Daniel Faraday is eliminated.

9:01 – Apartment open. Everyone’s sad about Daniel’s elimination. I didn’t even like him & I’m kind of sad. He had a really good exit speech, what can I say?

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