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words fall through me and always fool me May 12, 2010

Posted by Meg C in 24, Biggest Loser, Chuck, How I Met Your Mother, Idol.

There are some nights I come home and find myself with nothing to do but lay on my beautiful 25 year old leather couch and enjoy what awaits me on my blessed dv-r.  And then there are some nights I come home and find myself sewing curtains so that Elizabeth Dole doesn’t flash half of my town when she’s getting ready for bed.
This is one of those nights.   And yes, that Elizabeth Dole. 
Life is busy and full and hardly ever boring, which is one of the main reasons I feel OK about not only watching a lot of TV, but then proceeding to write about it – as if it isn’t already sucking part of me away.  So, obviously, I watch a lot of TV that I don’t write about here – given that, especially lately, I seem to only really write about Idol and then maybe one other show a week.  So I thought I’d write down some thoughts I have regarding other shows, since they aren’t enough to have a blog post all their own, but I need to get out of my head…this could get long and ugly, but you’re the one choosing to spend their time reading my nonsense, so don’t judge me.  After a quick Idol update from tonight, I’ll go day by day, starting with good old Sunday nights:

Idol:  I had a minor cardiac event when Ryan announced Casey to be safe first, because I knew, I just knew, Lee would be going home then.  Thankfully Ryan did my heart good by declaring Lee safe next, all but insuring Mike’s dismissal, which I am totally OK with.  And Lee, God bless him, really needs to learn when to stop talking.
The Celebrity Apprentice: Alright now I know you’re about to click off this page and go read about the Pioneer Woman and her fantabulous life because you can’t possibly read the blog of someone who actually watches the Celebrity Apprentice.  But LISTEN – I only started because I was staying at my parent’s house one weekend, and they were watching and I found out that it’s actually kind of a good time – I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch Cydi Lauper try to carry carpet up multiple flights of stairs?  That’s just good TV right there.  My only concern is that (since it was taped long ago) Bret Michaels is still around, and if he makes it to the final LIVE boardroom, he’s going to get the sympathy vote, and I’m just not a fan of that.  Team Curtis!
24:  Jack has officially lost his ever-loving mind.  This week’s episode almost made me lose my lunch – which happened to include guacamole – and if know what happened this week, you know why that was a bad decision.  I feel for him, man.  I mean, he’s lost almost everything (except his daughter and granddaughter – which, shouldn’t that play into his thinking at least a little bit? I mean, he’s playing like he’s got nothing to lose, but that’s not entirely true, now is it?)  Anyway, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the series ending is not going to leave Jack in a good place.  And so, we wait for the big screen.
How I Met Your Mother:  One of my favorite sitcoms, ever.  But I’m not sure I’m feeling this season.  Maybe all the Robin drama is wearing on me, or maybe I just want to know who the flipping mother is already.  This week’s episode definitely made you think Lily and Marshall may not be too far from a bun in the oven, no?  And then where does the show go from there?  They’ve done a lot of things to push the envelope a little bit, but a baby in a bar is just not going to fly with this girl.
The Big Bang Theory:  Jim Parsons (AKA Sheldon Cooper) is AWESOME.
Chuck:  Chuck is one of those shows that I actually have talked about here somewhat regularly – if only because my fear of it being cancelled tends to overtake my brain and I have these “must.save.chuck!” moments.  But since it seems we Chuck fans are in the clear for at least one more season of Buy More/Spy nonsense, I can breathe easy.  It may be because I’m totally head over heels for Zachary Levi, or may be because John Casey kind of reminds me of my dad, but I really want this show to do well and live on for a good long time to come.  But with the story line where it is, I’m just not sure what that could mean.  24 might have taken it a season too long, and look where it got Jack.  Chuck can’t go out with a Jack Bauer ending, he just can’t. 
The Biggest Loser:  This week’s episode was very real – almost painful at parts.  For a show that lives by one of the most strict formulas ever (Recap last week, temptation, workout, challenge, last change workout, tears, weigh in, elimination, tears, end scene) This week really brought the reality of these people’s situations to light for me – I haven’t been a fan of Mike since the beginning – but his line of “who come to the Biggest Loser and leaves still obese?”  got my eyes a little watery, not gonna lie.  And they got a LOT watery when the contestants watched all the flashbacks.  PS I still only really watch this show for Bob Harper. 
Phew, OK I watch more shows than I thought, so this is going to go in installments now.  Next up:  Glee, Parenthood, Modern Family and soooo much more.  Hang tight.


TV shows you should be watching January 15, 2010

Posted by Meg C in Chuck, Community, How I Met Your Mother, Shows you should be watching.

Listen, my friends.  I get it.  You don’t have time in your life for these ridiculous reality TV shows.  I mean, no one finds real love on TV, right?  (Although Blakesley and Maxwell Sutter I’m sure are crossing their fingers that isn’t true)

Google it.

And that’s why I’m here.  Not because I necessarily have all the time in the world to be watching this trash, but because I make the time.  See the difference?

Yeah, me neither.

But listen, my friends.  There’s some good TV out there.  I will continue to recap all the good shows for ya so that you all can continue with your fun-filled, exciting nights in cities all over the country as I sit in a small living room in a small town in front of a small television living vicariously through people who actually have the cajones to chase their dreams (valid or not).

I’m exaggerating, a little.  But the fact remains, I watch a lot of TV.   But I thought maybe I should fill you in on some shows you may not be watching and therefore completely missing out on some solid entertainment.  Although if you start watching TV all by yourself, I may be out of a gig.  So watch carefully.

How I Met Your Mother:  If we’re friends, chances are I’ve tried to get you to watch this show.  But don’t start watching week by week now.  Start at the beginning.  At the risk of the sitcom gods striking me down, I’m going to go ahead and say that this show is better than Friends.

(ducks lightning strike)

Listen, Friends might have set the stage for it, but HIMYM is just better.   The story actually takes place in the year 2030 or so, and focuses on Ted telling his kids how he met their mother “back in” the early 2000’s.   You can watch one episode and think it’s funny, cute, etc.  But start at the beginning and join the mystery of finding out who the mother is.  Clues have been left since season one, and it’s a great time putting them together.  Plus, all you really need to hear is three words:  Neil Patrick Harris.

Chuck: Listen, I’m still ridiculously bitter that no one told me how great this show was.  I started watching only after I read this article about Zac Levi, just to see what the fuss was all about.  I don’t want any of you to be bitter with me, so watch Chuck, OK?

 Community: I may be biased, because Joel McHale could do an episode of The Soup standing there reading Leviticus, and I’d probably find it hysterical.  But Joel McHale does not a sitcom make, my friends.  The rest of the cast is perfect, and hardly an episode goes by that doesn’t find me pausing the DV-R to finish laughing at the previous joke before moving on to the next.  Plus, with surprise guests like Jack Black and Owen Wilson, what do you have to lose?

3 more next weekend, but until then, consider flipping one of these fine shows, and make sure to come back Monday night for a full review of the BACHELOR: On The Wings of Love.

Also, shout out to my good friend Laurie over at Laura Nicole Designs, for my sparkly, new, completely original header.  Doesn’t it make me look legit?