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ain’t no shame in my game April 22, 2010

Posted by Meg C in Idol, Shows you should be watching.
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Thursday night is usually a busy TV night.  But when you add in Game 3 of the Cavs v. Bulls and the beginning of the NFL draft, well, it’s downright daunting.

Thaaaaat’s right. I just said that a night with all this good TV is daunting.   Ain’t no shame in my game. 

It’s nights like these that have me thinking more about how to best use my Dv-R than what I eat for dinner.  Which is why I sit behind my computer at 8pm eating guacomole, drinking Crystal Light that looks more like blood than I’d prefer it to, and wondering why when LeBron got the steal and took off down court, TNT decided the best viewpoint for me to see it by was looking down in the basket from the backboard.   I mean, really?

And I know, I know, I haven’t posted about Idol Gives Back.  I’ll be completely honest with you – (Because I normally lie and completely make stuff up.) I started a normal blog post for last night, questioning Fergie’s shoe choice and  the oddness I felt when “To help dial 1-800-IDOL-Aid” popped up on my screen while she pranced around in a lizard skin bathing suit…and other ironies I found in the episode.  But rethought it, because regardless of the way they go about it, the fact that the most popular show on television chooses to spend a night raising money and awareness for good causes both home and abroad is impressive, to say the least.  But you know me, of course I still have a couple thoughts.

-I absolutely LOST my mind when Dave Barnes’ song “10,000 children” played behind Morgan Freeman’s video package.  I don’t know if you have Dave’s newest CD, or any of them, or if you know who Dave Barnes is, but I can tell you that you should.  I feel like we’re good friends, me and Dave.  But that’s only because he’s BFF with Matt Wertz, and I used to dream about me and Matt’s wedding day and what song he’d sing to me.  (For those of you who are saying “used to?” – stuff it.)

This is getting embarrassing.

But if you’re wondering, “Sweetness in Starlight”

-There are three women I can think of right off the top of my head that if given the opportunity, I would switch lives with in a second.  A of all, Kimberly Williams Paisley. No comments necessary.  B of all, Erin Andrews.  Ridiculously gorgeous and dream job.  Although I must say I question her judgement in men – I mean, she could have her pick of almost any pro-athlete out there.  I mean, the NFL does not lack for tall attractive men.  And she has chosen a dancer.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that… and C of all, Carrie Underwood.  Carrie equals class in my book, and last night, was a great reminder that not only does this machine of American Idol work, but was a great reminder of the reason for the evening.  And she’s donating 36 cents of every concert ticket sold to IGB.  Classy lady, that Carrie.  Plus, she makes up for Erin’s lack of man judgement and found herself an NHL player.  Nice Carrie, nice.

Um, hi, my name is Meg and I am easily distracted. 

So, sure, I have more thoughts about Idol last night – how Ellen looked disturbingly like Neil Patrick Harris when standing on stage and how “Your Song” makes me cry every.time.I.hear.it. for no apparent reason, other than I once read that it makes David Arquette cry because it was he and Courtney’s wedding song. But I’ll leave it with that. 

Sorry it’s a little wordy tonight, the Cavs are losing and the Browns just used their first round pick on a corner.  I’m a little nervous over here.  If JT goes home on Survivor  you could get a book outta me right quick.  

Tomorrow I have a special video to share – the moment when I thought I might actually physically hurt Ryan Seacrest if ever I had the chance.  Confused, given my usual love for the Idol host?  Well.  All the hate came rushing back this afternoon when I listened to a CD of a certain Idol alum and remember the way Ryan treated him.  Guesses?

PS – note the new link on the sidebar to sign Jamie Oliver’s food revolution petition.  If you’re not watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (Friday nights on ABC) you really should be.

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We are all witnesses (at least I am) April 19, 2010

Posted by Meg C in Shows you should be watching, Sports.
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My Monday nights the past few weeks have been depressing at best, with no new HIMYM episodes, but especially with no new Chuck episodes.  Add to that what has happened the past few hours in Jack Bauer’s day, and it’s been a generally depressing way to start my week. 

Tonight is no different – yes, there is a new HIMYM, but no Big Bang Theory.  And one without the other just doesn’t sit right with me. 

But tonight is no ordinary Monday night.  Over the next couple of months, my normal TV schedule will take a backseat for all things Cleveland Cavaliers.   So I wanted to give you the heads up, dear reader, that if the Cavs play on a Tuesday,  I can’t promise that my Idol recap won’t be littered with references to the King, how cute Mo Williams is, or how I honest-to-goodness cannot stand Kevin Garnett and Joakim Noah. 

But because I have a sickness – one that runs deep and should really probably be studied – I will still watch it all.  And I will do my best to recap, regardless of how much I feel like driving straight to my homeland just to stand in front of the Lebron billboard and stare at it.  Just wanted to give you the heads up 🙂

Happy playoffs!

 

a mishmash of thoughts April 15, 2010

Posted by Meg C in 24, Biggest Loser, Idol, Parenthood, Shows you should be watching, Survivor.
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I don’t have a full recap of Idol because, well, I could’ve recapped that sucker for you before it happened.  Bad lip-synching, corny joke, Andrew and Katie bite the dust, tears, end scene.  But seriously, are the lip-synched group performances really necessary?  Do we all really need to pretend that Tim Urban can hit that low note?  I really have to watch Katie try to dance like Elvis?  Elliot freaking Yamin is sitting in the audience and I have to watch this junk?

But I also have thoughts on a few more shows that are rarely brought up on this here blog, even though I watch them religiously.  So there’s just some things I have to get off my chest.

24 (no spoilers):  I know I mentioned this yesterday but WHAT THE HECK.  I still am not over it.  I can’t believe it happened.  I won’t believe it happened.  I could cry if I think about it much longer.

The Biggest Loser:  Did you watch this week?  Did you absolutely weep when O’Neill won the car and Sunshine ran in?  I mean, one of the best moments on that show, ever.   EVER.  Although I haven’t watched the second hour yet, so don’t ruin it for me.

Survivor: Russell has become a swear word in my vocabulary.  I can’t believe he got rid of Boston Rob.  This all started with stupid Tyson being stupid and making one really stupid decision. 

I know what you’re all thinking: who even watches Survivor anymore?  Awesome people, that’s who.  This season is EPIC.  And just because it’s been on forever, doesn’t mean it’s any less awesome.  So lose the attitude and start watching.

Parenthood: I’ll admit I only started watching this show because Lorelai was in it.  But it has become a highlight of my week.  The cast is terrific – Dax Shepard, who knew? – and it’s pretty addicting once you figure out all the relationships between them.

Happy Monday April 12, 2010

Posted by Meg C in Community, Favorite TV moments, Shows you should be watching.
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*lots of stuff to post this week – check back early and often!*

it’s not the thing you fling, it’s the fling itself April 7, 2010

Posted by Meg C in Favorite TV moments, Northern Exposure, Shows you should be watching.
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If you’re looking for last night’s Idol recap it’s down below.  But while I have the time, I wanted to share yet another of my favorite TV moments.

I’ve written before about the shows I watched growing up, thanks to my parents.  This…this…masterpiece of a television show was very clearly a part of my childhood, and as I have gotten older, I’ve come to realize why things were so funny, that the characters are as good as they come, and Rob Morrow has become my second-favorite actor, ever.  (Guesses on the first?)

-Sidenote – Rob Morrow named his daughter Tu.  Get it?  Tu Morrow.  I’d smack most people around for doing something like that, but it’s just so awesome that it makes me love him that much more.  *Moment of silence for Numb3rs.*

Northern Exposure was your classic cult show.  Set in Cicely, Alaska, actors like John Corbett and Barry Corbin made this show ridiculously awesome.  Emphasis on ridiculous. So below is one of my favorite Northern Exposure moments, although I’m guessing you won’t be able to appreciate it nearly as much as I did.  But with lines like, “We’re here today to fling something that bubbled up from the collective unconsciousness of our community,” you have to be at least a little intrigued, right?

Do yourself a favor and start in on the first season.  It’ll take you a few episodes to warm up to it, but you’ll be glad you did. 

Let’s fling something, Cicely!

it’s march madness fools March 19, 2010

Posted by Meg C in Miscellaneous, Shows you should be watching.
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If you’re watching anything on TV that’s not march madness, you’re just being silly.  Grab some popcorn, ice cream, chai tea (whatever works) and hunker down for the weekend.

Over and out.

TV shows you should have watched March 15, 2010

Posted by Meg C in Shows you should be watching, Wings.
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I’d like to have a word with the scientist/chef/CEO behind Girl Scout Cookies.  Because I’m not exactly sure what they lace those suckers with, but last time I checked peanut butter isn’t exactly an addictive substance, but I still canNOT stop eating their tagalongs.  I went through a box this weekend. 

I ate a BOX of Girl Scout Cookies this weekend.  Myself.  On my own.  I’m an only child – I don’t share.

In my defense, this all happened shortly after I discovered that over the previous seven days, I had lost nine pounds.  So, feeling victorious, I decided I should go ahead and gain it all back that day.  I missed it.

No, actually, I did not miss it.  The problem was that I developed this other addiction.  To the show, Wings.  And so I watched, and ate.  And ate, and watched.  Vicious cycle I worked myself into.

Did you ever watch Wings?  I definitely remember it being one of those “after dinner” shows my parents watched.  And if I wanted to make my mother feel like crawling in a hole, I’d tell you that growing up I totally remember the list of those “after dinner” shows my parents watched. 

Ok, ok. I’ll tell you. 

-Wings
-Seinfeld
-Magnum PI
-Frasier
-Drew Carey

I should stop, I’m starting to feel guilty.  But maybe now you know where I get it from.  (Sorry, mom.)

ANYWAY, I own the first four seasons of Wings, and have for some time.  Although I haven’t really watched at all for years, so when I decided to pop in a disc, little did I know that it would suck away 2 weekends and leave me on Amazon.com ordering the rest of the seasons. 

Lowell Mather is one of the funniest characters, ever.  Thomas Haden Church has made me a believer.  I mean, if you can go from playing a bumbling, moronic yet lovable mechanic to Spiderman’s foe, you’re obviously good at what you do.

And you can bet, if I was 10 years older than I am, I would have a MAJOR crush on Tim Daly, who plays everyone’s favorite Nantucket pilot, Joe Hackett. (Who am I kidding, I absolutely have a crush on him, regardless of age.) 

Maybe you didn’t watch it.  Maybe, (and I truly hope this isn’t the case), you’ve never heard of it.  But do yourself a favor and netflix it.  You’ll love it.  Promise.  Just avoid the Girl Scout cookies when you do.

For the weekend… January 29, 2010

Posted by Meg C in Chuck, Numb3rs, Shows you should be watching, The Mentalist.
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First let me thank you all for sticking with me.  I have just gotten so many comments this week from you and I’m glad you like it here.  I hope you stick around, because my Idol fever hasn’t come yet.  But it will, and you can bet, it’s gonna be good.

In the meantime, here’s a crime show installment of Things You Should Be Watching.  (Click here for previous entry)

Numb3rs:  Probably a lot of you just laughed at me for this.  But it’s true.  They are currently filming what could end up being the series finale (say it ain’t so, CBS!) but there are still plenty of good new episodes to come, and it has just started in syndication over these last few months.  I may be a bit jaded, since Rob Morrow is just one of my favorite people ever (I feel an entire post coming dedicated just to Northern Exposure…) BUT what sets this crime show apart is the relationships between the characters.  And, you know, the math.

The Mentalist:  We’re just about halfway through the second season, and I swear every episode continues to get better.   What you probably don’t know is that the name of this blog came directly from an episode of The Mentalist (thank you, Patrick Jane and Kimball Cho).  What sets this crime show apart from others is the same thing that sets How I Met Your Mother apart from other sitcoms – the overarching story.  You can watch one episode and be satisfied, but the background stories will keep you coming back.  For the Mentalist, it’s tragic, and Simon Baker walks the line of being carefree and deeply disturbed perfectly.  Plus, he’s pretty.  Pretty easy on the eyes, that is.

wink wink, nudge nudge

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  YOU NEED TO BE WATCHING CHUCK.   This is the only show I can watch by myself and still laugh out loud.  Well maybe this and The Big Bang Theory.  I’m just getting into the second season now and am more convinced than ever that this is a great show.  Watch it, love it, send me chocolates.

Happy weekend everyone, I’ll see you on Monday for our next installment of The Bachelor: On the Helicopters of Love.

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.
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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?