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No True Blood, No problem

28 Sep

Week #3 of the True Blood withdrawal hiatus is going better than the first two weeks. I’ve found a patch, or a few patches, if I’m honest. Some old patches aren’t as effective as they used to be, while others are better than ever. Some of these shows are so good, I really don’t miss True Blood.

You should have killed Russell.

Merlin (BBC)

This campy Arthurian action adventure is in its third season. It doesn’t seem to be going through the third season slump noted in other BBC action adventures (Robin Hood, I am looking at you!). Also, they’ve kept the shirtless Prince Arthur quotient relatively high this season, even having our Blond and buck-toothed hottie rolling around in bed (distracting our JoZ from appreciating the medieval furnishings – the horror!). It’s refreshing to watch a show that doesn’t have a romantic relationship as its center. They could have easily made this show all about Gwen and Arthur, but instead, that relationship has been put on the back burner to slowly come to a boil when needed. Instead, the heart of this show, is the adopted father and son relationship between Gaius and Merlin and the growing bromance between Arthur and Merlin. There’s also Morgana’s treachery against her adopted father, Uther. It’s all about family loyalty and disloyalty. It’s a G-rated show, so we don’t get the blood and gore, or the high death count of True Blood. I have to say that it’s rather comforting to know that everything or most things will be resolved at the end of the hour. However, it would be nice if Arthur stopped being such a douchebag to Merlin and recognized his contributions. That’s getting a little tired.

The Vampire Diaries (CW)

The show keeps on rolling at break-neck speed and they just keep adding a new hot guy every week. It’s really refreshing to watch a show that provides you with the answers to some mysteries every episode, but in such a way that it leads to new questions and theories. It’s also refreshing to have a female lead who isn’t incredibly naive, immature and brain-dead. Elena loves Stephan, but she’s not attached at the hip to him. She didn’t just disappear into coupledom and forget that she has other friends and a life outside of Salvatore manor. Ask yourself, when was the last time you saw Sookie Stackhouse work a shift at Merlotte’s? Yeah, exactly. My friend Spider doesn’t think the show is gay enough. He was obviously spoiled by the third season of True Blood. There is just no pleasing some people.  Here’s a shocker: my favorite character isn’t a Salvatore. He isn’t even supernatural. Matt, the mere human, is my sweetie on this show.

Supernatural (CW)

Ugh … I’m bored. Sorry Ginormotron, but I understand that you had to come back for a sixth season because to end the show with that shitfest of a season 5 finale would have been criminal. Plus, you and Ackles haven’t been able to find steady work outside of your genre. My Bloody Valentine sucked by the way, even in 3D. Still, the show needs an injection of something and I’m not sure what it is. Sam and Dean have died and been resurrected so many times that I kind of don’t care anymore. Make me care again, guys. Find a way. I loved you once and I want to love you again.

Dexter (Showtime)

I just watched the 5th season premiere of Dexter. Dude made me cry. I honestly don’t know how Dexter is going to get himself out of this mess but he always seems to find a way. Of course, you usually pays a high cost and the end of last season proved that. One request for this season. Can we stop with the Deb is a nymphomaniac stuff. I am tired of her shagging everyone but Masuka on this show. Not that anyone should shag that gross bastard. So far, her shag count is Quinn this season. Who’s next? Angel? Laguerta? Who knows with these writers. Given Michael C. Hall’s recent health issues, it’s good to have him back on my TV looking good (and creepy). I love you, man!

Song of the Day: “Run” by Leona Lewis

15 Feb

This cover of the Snow Patrol song was recently heard at the end of the latest Vampire Diaries episode. VD is showing an unexpected level of  depth. Twilight it is not.

It’s all very ‘meh’ so far

19 Oct

I love the start of the Fall TV season. All the networks are doing their level best to grab my attention with their new shows, some of which will crash and burn shortly after the pilot airs, while others will drag on limping until mid-season replacements put them out of their misery. Even fewer will be bona fide hits, getting full episode orders after only airing a few episodes. It’s the fierce competition and the sheer incompetence of network executives at discerning brilliance from bullshit that draws me in. This year the good news is that there’s plenty of blood in the water. The bad news is that nothing seems to have captured my imagination. It’s all very ‘meh’ to me.

I want Mick St. John  to come back

I want Mick St. John to come back

Some shows are just so horrendous from conception that you have to wonder what utter tripe was passed up in favor of them. Mercy and Three Rivers come to mind. ER got canceled because of declining ratings, so why put on a watered-down, gutless version of it? Alex O’Loughlin is a very very very good looking man and I’ll watch anything he’s in but Three Rivers, a medical drama about organ transplants, makes me want to donate my own heart and brain for transplant immediately. How many stories can you really mine from such a limited premise? You all know how I feel about Jay Leno taking up 5 hours of precious prime time per week. I need his show canceled. I need it like the TV desert needs rain. Jay’s show is a sign that NBC has quit the gym, stopped shaving her legs, bought elastic-waisted pants, and let herself go. Melrose Place just sucks. Need I say more? I’ve already forgotten about The Forgotten. It’s like the worst parts of Cold Case and Without A Trace combined. Eastwick is a tricky one. It’s craptastic, but it could be fun in a Desperate Housewives meets Charmed (before Pru left) kind of way. I’ll watch for a little while.

One show that isn’t too horrible but could use a bit of vitamin B12 is The Vampire Diaries. It’s not True Blood and it never will be since it’s on a network, but it’s not Twilight light and puritan so no sparkly fangless vampires. The lead characters of Stefan and Elena could use more layers, or maybe it’s just the wooden acting of hottie Paul Wesley and pretty Nina Dobrev that has left me cold. Another newbie with potential is Flash Forward starring the non-airline-hostess-shagging Fiennes brother, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Why does Joseph Fiennes always end up with the part of the cuckold, while his brother Ralph is the one you should never leave alone with your wife? If this show does nothing but save John Cho from doing another Harold and Kumar sequel, it will have served its purpose. Haven’t had a chance to check out Community and Modern Family, but from what my friends tell me, they’re worth a look.

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Full of 'Glee'

The only thing coming close to awesome for me so far is Glee. I love musicals and the actors are just amazing, even if the writing is a bit tired and soapy. Fake pregnancies, love triangles and evil for the sake of being evil baddies – I expect that sort of thing from Days of Our Lives. My favorite character on that show is Sue Sylvester, played by veteran actress and Veronica Mars alumnus Jane Lynch. She’s insane but sometimes I agree with some of the horrible things she says. I do think that today’s children are being molly-coddled by the school system. However, I don’t agree with Sue’s method of countering this problem. She doesn’t care about being politically correct and there’s just something endearing about that.

I love minorities so much I’m thinking of moving to California to become one.

– Sue Sylvester, Glee

'Your resentment is delicious'

'Your resentment is delicious'

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