Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Letter to ABC: Save the Eye Candy

Warning: This post contains spoilers about television deaths and extreme levels of silliness and shallowness. You have been warned.
Dear ABC,

You've done some things right lately. Your shows were among the first to return after the winter break, and I appreciate that. I've also really enjoyed two of your new shows: Revenge and Once Upon a Time. Additionally, the Wednesday lineup of Modern Family, Happy Endings, and Revenge is just amazing scheduling.

You've also generated some controversy lately, but you've dealt with it. Work It was kind of a flop, but you wisely cancelled it. Cougar Town fans wanted their show back after it was held in limbo for a while, and you finally announced a return date. But neither of those two things are what I want to speak to you about.

My problem is something more serious. It's affecting many of your viewers, and it needs to be addressed before it gets worse. This problem is the trend of your shows killing off the hot guys.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Link Roundup: Volume 11

Recently, one of the writers on Community, Megan Ganz, did an IAMA on Reddit. She gave some really interesting answers, and Community fans should check it out.

Suri's Burn Book has been around for a while, but I just started reading it a couple of days ago. It's a hilarious, albeit sometimes cruel, look at celebrity kids.

Youtuber Chelsea Gill asked Jason Segel out via song, and this was his response. Some of his castmates from How I Met Your Mother commented on the issue at last night's People's Choice Awards.

I'm really intrigued by the upcoming movie Chronicle, and these clips are only stoking my curiosity.

I doubt I'm alone in thinking that Revenge was amazing last night. For a limited time, you can download the final song of the episode, Gem Club's "Red Arrow," from the ABC Music Lounge.

My favorite Vampire Diaries recapper, Price Peterson, has rounded up five of the best twitters feeds from the point of view of Vampire Diaries characters.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Deputy Leo and Veronica Mars Reunited?: 4 Other TV Reunions I Would Have to Watch

I watched the pilot of New Girl, but I didn't find the show compelling enough to keep watching. Recently, New Girl's Max Greenfield talked about wanting Kristen Bell to appear on an episode of the show. As a huge Veronica Mars fan, there's no way I'd miss a Deputy Leo/Veronica Mars reunion, and I'd definitely be suckered in for an episode. This made me think about other reunions that I would be compelled to watch.

1) Hart of Dixie: Seth and Summer

I like Rachel Bilson, and I really wanted to like Hart of Dixie. I watched the pilot plus some of the third episode. Honestly, it was kind of boring, and the acting was pretty bad. I did, however, watch all four seasons of Rachel Bilson on The O.C. as Summer Roberts. So if Adam Brody were to appear on Hart of Dixie, there's no way I would miss it. Adam Brody even acknowledged the possibility in this interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, but the suggestion was sadly made in jest.

2) Ringer: Pretty Much Any Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion

I'm kind of cheating by including Ringer because this is already happening. I'm also kind of cheating because I've actually been watching Ringer. But I'm not really attached to it, and an increase in the number of Buffy reunions might fix that. I've seen several different online comments that have suggested that Charisma Carpenter join the show by playing Juliet's mom (including one on the following link), but sadly, that's not happening. In any case, the more Buffy reunions that take place on Ringer, the happier I'll be. Since Jason Dohring is on Ringer as well, I'll also gladly accept any Veronica Mars reunions.

3) Hawaii Five-0: A Massive Lost Reunion

Hawaii Five-0's promos have made me well aware that both Daniel Dae Kim and Terry O'Quinn are on the show. As much as I love Lost, I have zero interest in Hawaii Five-0, and I'm going to need a little more than that for me to watch. I wouldn't be too picky about the who, but I'm talking several main characters (and no Kate please). This is kind of a ridiculous request, but this is also kind of a ridiculous list. Make it happen, CBS.

4) Pretty Little Liars: Any American Juniors Reunion

Back in the summer of 2003, American Juniors was my show. I was pretty much obsessed. I watched every episode (even taping a few of them on videotapes), fantasized about appearing on the show one day, followed the contestants careers via the internet, and bought the two CDs associated with the show. I honestly thought it was just about the coolest show ever. So when one of the contestants, Lucy Hale, began to appear in various roles, I instantly recognized her. Nowadays Lucy Hale is most well know for her role as Aria Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars. I know a lot of people love Pretty Little Liars, but after two episodes, I just gave up on it. However, if there were to be some kind of American Juniors reunion on the show, I would totally watch. Or you know, at least watch the appearance on Youtube later.

Now that I've shared four TV reunions I'd love to see, I want to hear what reunions you're hoping for. I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Link Roundup: Volume 10

Josh Radnor's movie Happythankyoumoreplease had a pretty limited release, but it's now available on Netflix streaming. For what my opinion's worth, I thought it was a bit pretentious and not a standout but cute and a nice effort from Josh Radnor.

I will always love Full House, but Full House Reviewed, which is full of loathing for the show, is my new favorite blog. In the past few weeks, I've read the entirety of the blog. No regrets.

Three of my favorite shows, Modern Family, Happy Endings, and Revenge, are returning with new episodes tonight. Find out here when other shows are returning (and premiering).

This video is so old, but I couldn't help but share. Check out this hilarious prank interview between Dominic Monaghan and Elijah Wood.

Monday, January 2, 2012

28 Netflix Streaming, free Hulu, and TV Recommendations: Part 2

It's time for part two of my Netflix Streaming, free Hulu, and recommendations. I hope you all enjoyed my first 14 picks in part one. Here's a reminder as to how to list is set up:

First of all, Netflix Streaming recommendations have red text next to them, Hulu recommendations have green, and theWB recommendations have blue. Secondly I've put parentheses next to each suggestion with the available seasons and the total number of seasons. For example, if it says (2/5), that means that season 2 is available and that there are five total seasons. That does not mean that the first two seasons are available. Lastly, the second set of parentheses is either (sc) for series complete or (ca) for currently airing.


These shows are all creative and somewhat offbeat. While they all lasted at least at least two seasons, none lasted beyond three. After watching one of these picks, you can join the legion of fans who are outraged at its cancellation.

1. Arrested Development (1-3/3) (sc) Watching Arrested Development will allow you to understand a much larger percentage of references on the Internet. This off-beat show is loved by many, and if you give it a shot, you'll likely join in on that love. It's funny on many, many levels and is ridiculously witty. Even after watching the series and reading some trivia lists, I'm sure there are plenty references and jokes I've missed. The show centers around Michael Bluth, a man dealing with his crazy family and trying to keep their family business afloat after his dad lands in jail. There's much more to the show, but it's best if you just discover it for yourself.

2. Better Off Ted (1-2/2) (sc) After you watch all three seasons of Arrested Development and are in the process of waiting for its new episodes to appear on Netflix, you can watch this gem to tide you over. It's not quite as good as Arrested Development, but it reminded me a lot of it. It has that quirky feel and it features Arrested Development's Portia de Rossi. Better Off Ted is a strange, satirical show about an evil corporation, Veridian Dynamics, and a single father and fairly-nice guy Ted Crisp who works there. I'll be honest, it took me a couple of episodes to really get into Better Off Ted, but once I did, I breezed through its short list of episodes.

3. Eli Stone (1-2/2) (sc) Eli Stone has one of the most ridiculous premises I've ever heard of: a lawyer with a brain aneurism begins have hallucinations (often in the form of a song) that lead him to help people. Yet somehow it manages to be a pretty great show. It's been a while since I've watched an episode of Eli Stone, but I remember really enjoying it. If you're looking for a quirky show, this one definitely manages to bring the quirk, along with some fun musical numbers.

4. Pushing Daisies (1/2) (sc) Pushing Daisies has to be one of the cutest shows about murder ever created. The show centers around Ned, a piemaker with the ability to bring the dead back to life with a touch. He must touch them again, taking that life back, within 60 seconds or someone else will die. Once he reawakens his dead childhood sweetheart, they and Ned's grumpy friend Emerson Cod use Ned's power to solve murders. There's a surreal fairy tale atmosphere to the show, and visually it's stunning. Each episode is truly a unique treat.