Monday, September 30, 2013
The TV MegaSite's Blog Post #96
Hi, everyone! Thank you for taking the time to visit...
Our site is doing well! We have lots of great new content every day. I hope you can check it out!
Don't forget, we have all of the soaps recapped every day with both short recaps and detailed summaries (updates), as well as transcripts. We have even have them for the online soaps All My Children and One Life to Live.
I moved this summer, and I also had computer problems, so we are a bit behind on the transcripts, but it's all fixed now, so I'm slowly catching up! We have a lot of awesome volunteers who work tirelessly every day to write opinion articles, updates, recaps, and fan fiction, and to make wallpapers, puzzles, and more for you so please do check it all out. We have some great proofreaders as well that do a lot of work to make sure that the spelling and grammar are fairly good, and to keep typos to a minimum. There's always more to do on such a huge site!
We have tons of daytime and primetime news put up every day! This is what the indefatigable Gisele and I probably spend most of our time on. Mandy summarizes Soap Opera Digest for us every week, and Gisele and I both put up tons of news and appearances that we find on the net and in other newspapers and magazines. We probably have more appearances for soap actors than any other site, and we sure do have a ton for primetime actors as well, especially for the shows we cover in depth.
Every weekend, I gather all of the info for this week's primetime shows and post it on our news pages for that week This week it's the week of 9/22. I put up a short summary of the shows and divide them up so you can what is new for the fictional and non-fictional shows, as well as some re-runs and some DVD news. I put up a lot of info that the TV networks send me, too. I spend most of the week trying to do that as much as I can (they send me a lot, so without more help, it's hard to put it all up). I have also been posting the full press releases on our Primetime Forum, along with other news. Please visit and chat with us! We also have a small Facebook TV group. Check out all our new stuff...
We always need new volunteers, so please see if there's anything you'd like to do to help out! You don't have to be a great writer or have special skills. You just need to have a few hours free each week.
I'm still slowly trying to put the newer design on all of our pages, as well as build pages for newer shows, but it's very slow going because I have so much else to do! Besides all the stuff mentioned above, I have lots of DVD's and shows to review and frequently interview primetime actors as well. I really fell behind last spring and summer, so I had about 80 to put up, but I'm all caught up now.
I hope you all had a good Summer and are enjoying your Fall. I moved across the country, so I fell behind on some of my shows. I've still got to catch up on Mistresses, Suits, Devious Maids, Dallas, Anger Management, Covert Affairs, Drop Dead Diva, The Fosters, and so many others.
I had DISH network for many years and loved it. In our new apartment, we have to have Time Warner Cable. It has some things I like, but the DVR doesn't have nearly as many hours, so that's frustrating. It gets filled up really quickly. I still have a little trouble figuring out how it's recording things and have to double-check all of my timers every week. The thing I like most about it is the On Demand, which is way better than the one DISH had. But I miss the convenience of DISH.
What do you think of the new shows? Sundi and I have been reviewing them. I pretty much have agreed with most of what she says in her reviews. She writes way better than I do because she's a college professor.
Tonight we watched "The Simpsons" and it was very dull. I hate when they try to do a satire for some show or movie I haven't seen. I think this was a "Homeland" satire. It was completely lost on us, since we haven't seen that show. It should have been funnier, anyway. Tonight's "Family Guy" was not very good, either. Most of the new sitcoms are not very funny, either. I do like "Back in the Game",, but most of the others have been disappointing. I really love Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Michael J. Fox, so their shows were particularly disappointing.
I still love "Two and a Half Men", and the addition of Amber Tamblyn is great. "Big Bang Theory" is still pretty funny, too. I will always watch "The Neighbors", which is silly and fun, and "Hot in Cleveland" with its great Betty White barbs and fabulous guest stars.
This summer, we enjoyed The Jeselnik Offensive a lot (you should only watch it if you don't get offended easily). I'm glad to have HBO back so I can watch Real Time with Bill Maher again! He's always hilarious.
I like most of the new dramas, except for Ironside, which is awful and way too violent. I adore Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!! I love Sleepy Hollow, Hostages, The Blacklist and Betrayal.
I'm glad that "Unforgettable" was renewed and really bummed that "Bunheads" was canceled. Also, I'm not very happy that King & Maxwell was not renewed.
I'm happy to have my shows back, even though it's tough finding time for them all. I like "Castle", but I'm not sure I like how they changed the story to her working for the FBI. I hope that doesn't last too long. I love "Bones" and everything about it. They sure do keep that story fresh no matter what. I'm looking forward to the return of my CW shows like Arrow, Supernatural, Beauty & The Beast and Vampire Diaries. I think the Originals will be just as good. I do still have a lot of last season's "Arrow" to watch because I fell behind. In our old place, the CW primetime was late at night and something conflicted with Arrow, so I watched it online, but...
I already love "The Tomorrow People" and I'm looking forward to "Reign" as well.
I don't know if I'm going to like NCIS without Ziva. I found the first episode of the season kind of confusing, to be honest. It's not a show I'm used to paying that close of attention to. I don't know why Gibbs had his sniper rifle trained on the head of the CIA or what happened there.
Person of Interest is always great! I love that show. I always think it's silly when they come out with some good show featuring mostly guys and then they feel that they have to add women to it. Like we won't watch or something unless we have more females to identify with. In this case, however, it didn't hurt the show, so that's good.
I just caught up on last season's Revolution, and I really enjoyed it. I know it doesn't always make sense reality-wise, but it's an entertaining show with lots of action and enjoyable characters.
Law & Order SVU has always had a lot of violence and a bit of S&M, but I felt that their season premiere was way over the top in that regard. Do they really think we want to watch an hour of torture and violence? UGH. I enjoyed CSI's return, but I thought the story was a little too contorted. I'm glad they didn't kill off Morgan or any other main character, but I thought having Ellie be the villain was stupid and came out of nowhere. Plus, women are seldom serial killers.
I had to give up on Nashville for now, even though I like it. I just didn't have time for it, and it is a soap, so if you fall behind, you're lost. I have most of last season on my DVR still. The same thing happened to me before with Grey's Anatomy, True Blood, Grimm, Lost Girl, and Glee, and it's why I don't watch Downton Abbey, The Newsroom, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Scandal or The Good Wife and probably won't keep watching Betrayal. Just too many shows and not enough time. There are also lots of shows like Chicago Hope or Blue Bloods that I would watch if I had more time, but they're not interesting enough for me to keep up with.
I love Elementary now and I'm glad to have it back. I haven't yet watched the season premieres of Revenge, The Mentalist, Once Upon a Time or Criminal Minds, but I do love those shows. The rest of the shows I haven't mentioned here...I don't watch or don't like, or both.
I'll check out American Horror Story: Coven, but it better be as good as the first season and not horrible like the second season. I know a lot of people liked the second season, but for me it was just way too violent and gruesome. I have no problem with blood and gore, but I don't like torture.
I really really enjoyed "The Bridge" this summer and I hope it comes back. What a fantastic drama. It is dark and sad, but it also has lots of humor and just fantastic characters. The story just reaches in and grabs your heart. Sometimes it crushes it.
I love Dexter, and I enjoyed the finale. My brain is still not really recognizing the fact that I won't have more episodes to watch. :-( I didn't think they should have killed off Deb or broken up him and Hannah, but it wasn't a huge deal to me. I just thought that it was glaringly obvious that it wasn't his being a serial killer that endangered his loved ones - it was his being involved with the police and going after bad guys that did it. Dexter was a pretty smart guy, and so I felt it was dumb for him to blame his killing on the losses he'd suffered and the rest of it. I know he was grieving, though, so he might act in a non-sensical way. I would have liked to have seen how the show went on from the ending. Dexter has to eventually get over his grief and solitude and go looking for Hannah and his son. It would be interesting to see if he was still killing people, too. I really enjoyed the progression of his character from season one when he was mimicking human emotions in order to fit in, to the last season when he realized that he actually had emotions and was living like a more normal person. Maybe I will read the books to get my "Dexter" fix now.
I hated that Burn Notice ended, but this season was great, and the finale was awesome. It was a perfect way to end it. There, too, I can see them making some sequel movies where they come out of retirement. I hate to let my favorite shows go. I stll miss "Leverage" and CSI: NY.
I'm very glad to have "Haven" back. I hope this isn't its last season. Syfy likes to cancel the ones I like after far too few seasons...
We moved in July, so I spent most of August catching up on Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Continuum, Defiance, Falling Skies, The Killing, Longmire, Wilfred, Major Crimes, Necessary Roughness, Perception, and Teen Wolf.
I look forward to the returns of my other favorite shows, like Justified, Mad Men, White Collar, Archer, The Americans, Psych, Ripper Street, and Warehouse 13! Even though I really don't have time for more shows...
I especially look forward to "Doctor Who". I have mixed emotions about them getting another doctor. I was never thrilled about Matt Smith, but he grew on me. The new guy doesn't look that handsome. I like my doctors to be handsome (like David Tennant) or at least very attractive (Christopher Eccleston). I know that many of them in the past were not that good-looking, but I was not a big fan of the show until the newer version.
Enjoy your TV watching this week!
Posted by Suzanne Lanoue at 12:47 PM