My (sort of ) TV Secret: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I just think that there are some things that are better left unsaid. The fact that I watch crime procedurals to help me sleep is my weird little TV secret. I tend to not actually like procedurals. I find them boring and repetitive which is why I use them to fall asleep. I am currently in a living situation without a TV/cable in my bedroom (I know, you’re not supposed to have a TV in your bedroom. Sue me) so I’ve had to make due with Hulu and Netflix. Which means, despite their absolute atrocity, I have seen all episodes of The Mysteries of Laura and Forever. (I would watch CSI or The Mentalist or another of CBS’ terrible shows, but they’re impossible to watch from an iPad without paying and I refuse to pay for that crap.) So during the December/January drought of new procedural programming, I found my way to a new treasure – a crime procedural I can be proud to watch: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

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Top Five: TV Families

In honor of the Parenthood series finale last night, here are my top 5 TV families.

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1. The Braverman’s, Parenthood

Honestly, this is just a given. This show was one of the most heartfelt, honest, warts and all expressions of family that has ever been on television. Not only did all of the actors have the chemistry of real families, the characters didn’t always wind up doing the right thing or learning the right lesson. All of the relationships were messy and hard and fought for and earned. Sure, it’s a tv show so the entire Braverman clan basically won at life more often than they didn’t, but they didn’t always win easily. They were anchored by an incredibly complex portrayal of a matriarch and patriarch that was just as winding and emotional in its third act as I imagine it was in its first. Thank God for Camille (Bonnie Bedilia) and Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) for their ability to hold the center of such an unwieldy crew of kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. And thank God for Jason Katims and his wonderful view of the world. Continue reading

Quote of the Day: Agent Carter edition

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Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter with Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark

Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter with Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark

“I think you’re a man out for his own gain no matter who you’re charging. You are constantly finding holes to slither your way into in the hope of finding loose change, only to cry when you’re bitten by another snake. You’re a man who says, “I love you”, whilst looking over a woman’s shoulder into the mirror.” – Agent Carter confronting Stark after discovering that he tasked her with collecting a piece of “his” stolen technology containing a vial of Steve Rogers/Captain America’s blood.

Face Off: Predators for an Evil Gamer

I loved getting to see Rayce and Laura coaching Regina and Emily with Mr. Westmore.

I loved getting to see Rayce and Laura coaching Regina and Emily with Mr. Westmore.

Spotlight Challenge: Working in randomly assigned teams of 2, play the role of an evil game engineer (a la The Hunger Games or The Running Man) and create your very own predator which incorporates the elements of a deadly animal and an exotic plant.

Guest Judge: Josh Hutcherson

Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, Josh Hutcherson & Neville Page discuss the creatures they've just seen.

Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, Josh Hutcherson & Neville Page discuss the creatures they’ve just seen.

This challenge was cool especially because the teams were often made up of people from different coaches so the coaches had a chance to collaborate and interact with each other more than they did last week. I’m still waiting for the coaches to get a little more involved with the artists, but I suppose there are still too many of them to really dig deep with everyone every week. The teams worked really well together which always surprises me because I don’t know many artists who are into the idea of collaborating in this kind of setting. Ve and Glenn were very specific when presenting the challenge to the artists. They wanted to make sure that the creatures were actually menacing and scary and that the plant and animal were really well integrated into the design. I think that the teams that took this advice to heart were far more successful than the teams that didn’t keep it in the front of their minds while they worked.

Also, it is my dream to be a Face-Off model. Just once. Syfy, call me!

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TV Trailer: Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix

I don’t know when Netflix will start airing the prequel series to Wet Hot American Summer, but I am counting down the days. Watching these actors (Paul RuddElizabeth BanksBradley CooperAmy PoehlerMichael Ian BlackJudah FriedlanderJaneane GarofaloKen MarinoZak OrthDavid Hyde PierceJoe LoTruglioChristopher MeloniMarguerite MoreauMichael Showalter, and Molly Shannon.) reprise these roles just tickles me so much. This is the best.

Dear Susan: The Bachelor and his virgins

A photo of what's to come

A photo of what’s to come

Dear Susan,

This week is more of a stream of consciousness recap than one with a lot of structure. There are still too many girls to really keep up with and we haven’t really seen any major connections for Chris quite yet (although I think there were the beginnings of a couple last night). In other words, it’s still all drama, drama, drama with no real outcomes.  Continue reading

Weekend Binge: “Gilmore Girls” Season 4

Not every mom will spend your first night at college buying food for your entire dorm.

Not every mom will spend your first night at college buying food for your entire dorm.

It’s not that I didn’t watch Gilmore Girls when it was airing, just that it wasn’t “must-see-TV” for me at the time. THANK GOD for Netflix and the ability to watch all 7 seasons online! I especially love all of the things I notice watching the episodes in huge chunks instead of spread out over the course of the season. For example, I never realized how little emphasis was placed on romantic relationships on this show, especially during season 4. Sure, they were there. Lorelai (Lauren Graham) dated her father’s business partner, Jason/Digger and Rory (Alexis Bledel) dealt with the aftermath of Jess and another ramp up with Dean, but for the most part, season 4 was all about ladies doing it for themselves. Continue reading

Top 5: Favorite Episodes of Friends

Ross: Your money's mine, Green. Rachel: Your fly's open, Geller.

Ross: Your money’s mine, Green.
Rachel: Your fly’s open, Geller.

Friends is pretty much my favorite sitcom of all time which is why, when I came up with the concept of doing a Top 5 every week, I decided to start with my top 5 favorite Friends episodes. Let’s get the toughest Top 5 out of the way first.

In no particular order:

 

"That's MS. Chanandler Bong to you!"

“That’s MS. Chanandler Bong to you!”

1. The One with the Embryos (Season 4) – It is the heaviness of the A plot – Phoebe being implanted with her brother and sister-in-law’s embryos – in combination with the utter ridiculousness of the B plot – the quiz to win Monica’s apartment and the seriousness with which everyone approaches it – that puts this episode on my top 5.

Could I BE wearing any more clothes?

Could I BE wearing any more clothes?

2. The One where No One’s Ready (Season 3) – No one does bottle episodes better than Friends and this was probably one of their best (the other being “The One where Ross Got High”). Every plot in this episode is firing on all cylinders and they all dovetail to the same end.

3. The One with All the Poker (Season 1) – I love the way all of the friends come together to show Rachel their support at the end. And the rhythm of the comedy in that final poker game is just killer.

4. The One where Ross Got High (Season 6) – I have Mrs. Gellar’s speech memorized. It never fails to make me laugh.

Friends-the-one-with-the-morning-after2 Friends_the-one-with-the-morning-after5. The One with the Morning After (Season 3) – The episode that gave us “We were on a BREAK!” and yet still made me cry.

Sure, these are a little early series heavy, but what are you gonna do. Those are my Top 5.

Face Off: Rick Baker Judges the first Spotlight Challenge

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In general, I was a little bored by this challenge. Despite the fact that the artists were working in teams of 4 to create 3 creatures AND got an extra day after the twist primate was added, there was minimal … Continue reading