Saturday, May 17, 2014

The TV MegaSite's Blog Post #123

  • 5/11

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We watched our usual shows, "Mad Men", "Family Guy", "The Mentalist" and "Once Upon a Time". Mad Men was the best episode all season so far. It was great to see the end, especially with Don. We could have done without the threesome scene, however. It was boring, so we just fast-forwarded through it. "Family Guy" was not very funny. The only good part was Cleveland's return at the very beginning. I enjoyed the other two as usual! "Once Upon a Time" was a great season finale. I was so glad to see Neal back, even if only briefly. The ending was sad, though. I really loved Emma going by "Princess Leia", though!! LOL!!

I stayed up late working on the site's weekly Primetime news schedule and also doing all of our appearances.   This week's Primetime News and Schedule is at this link and next week's will be at this link.

I'm seriously considering posting the blogs on Thursday or Friday instead of Sunday because the weekend is way too busy for me. So this will be a short blog for a change.

  • 5/12

I got up a bit late today, so I posted our soap scoops newsletters a little late...oh, well!

Tonight I watched "Bones" and "Castle". I enjoyed both. Castle was kind of weird because it was a jokey episode all the way through, and then the end was shocking and sad! I'm glad it wasn't the season finale as I had first thought. Whew! It was awesome seeing Eddie McClintock in his guest-starring role. He always fabulous.

Catching up still on "General Hospital" whenever I get the chance... I finally made it to the Nurse's Ball episodes! I think I'm going to record those on DVD to keep. I have most of the older ones already on DVD.

I might have to try to go to bed a little early so I can get up in time for some calls tomorrow.

  • 5/13

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I have 3 interview calls early this morning... one at 6 am, one at 7:30 am and one at 8! Whew.

They all went well. It was very cool to speak to the president of ABC. I was half asleep and didn't realize quite who he was, otherwise I might have asked him whether fans should give up on hoping that "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" might return some day. He may not have liked that question, though, since the call was ostensibly about the new Fall season. Instead I asked him about the new show "Galavant" which sounds really great. It's a half hour musical comedy set in a fairy-tale like land. The music is done by Alan Menken, who's done so many great Disney musicals. It's written by Dan Fogelman, who's written lots of movies, plus the TV show "The Neighbors", which I liked, (but it was just canceled after 2 years). The trailer makes it look really funny.

The second call was with Matthew Rhys, who stars in "The Americans" on FX. He was also in "Brothers & Sisters". I love both shows, and he was great in both.I didn't realize until I heard him on the phone that he's Welsh and has a really thick accent! That was weird to hear.  You can't hear his accent at all on his two TV shows. Then the last call was with Roseanne Barr and the producer of the NBC show "Last Comic Standing". They were very funny ladies to listen to. Roseanne is going to be a judge on the show. It sounds very funny, so I might have to check it out, even though I don't normally watch anything that's not fiction.

I watched some of the episodes of "The Americans" that FX sent me to watch. Such a great show! It's very intense, though...not something you can just watch casually. I'm very behind again and have a pile of DVD's to watch that were sent to me to review (not even counting the 2 huge piles of shows on DVD I recorded to watch).

I'm about a week behind on "General Hospital", but I see bits and pieces of it while I run the transcripts for our site. This Nurse's Ball seems very long. Do they really have to have every single person sing at least twice? Yikes. I think I liked it better in the earlier days when it was just a few days. One of these days I do need to go back and watch last year's Nurse's Ball.

Tonight I watched "NCIS", which was pretty good. The parts with Gibbs were great as usual. It was a fitting tribute to Ralph Waite and his character. It was so great to see Billy Dee Williams back at the end!!

I also watched "Supernatural". Oh, no, Dean has gone over the edge! Poor Gadreel. Always a fabulous show. I can't wait to see what happens next week.

I'm still catching up on work emails. I still have about 1400 to go through, but probably most of them are ones I'll delete because they're too old now.

Tomorrow morning I have a call with Harry Connick, Jr. (American Idol) and Claire Coffee (Grimm). That will be awesome! We used to go over to a friend's house every Friday night, and he used to play a lot of Harry Connick, Jr. records. I remember when he was on "Will & Grace", too. He's so gorgeous and sings so well.  Claire Coffee was on "General Hospital" for a while as Nadine, and now she's on this great scifi show...

  • 5/14

My two calls this morning went great. Harry Connick Jr. is just very enthusiastic and likes to talk. He has a lot of energy and clearly loves "American Idol" and his role in it. Claire Coffee was joined by Sasha Roiz in the chat. I didn't know what to ask because I'm very far behind in watching the show, but I think it went okay.

A friend called me a "TV Maven". I guess that's apt. I think I prefer "TV Expert", though. Or TV Critic.

It was great to see Dichen Lachman in "The 100"! She's always interesting. This show seems like it's trying to be "Battlestar Galactica" sometimes, but I do enjoy it nonetheless. It always surprises me.

"Law & Order: SVU" was particularly creepy, but it had great guest stars. I look forward to next week.

I thought "Hot in Cleveland" was very cute. But only on a silly sitcom could someone look like Valerie Bertinelli even after supposedly having radiation treatments for a brain tumor. LOL!

I'm still trying to get through all of the emails...

  • 5/15

Watching some "Bold & The Beautiful" today. I have to admit that Hope getting a "pregnancy scare" was a good plot device, and also a rarity on soaps (usually it's not a "scare"). However, some additional dialogue, to make things more realistic, would have been nice. Like, for instance, when Hope found out she wasn't pregnant, she should have worried that there was something else wrong and gone to see her doctor to make sure she was okay.  Also, when she was talking to Brooke, Brooke could have said, "Honey, why did you think you were pregnant? Didn't you use protection when you had sex?"  And Hope could have replied, "Well, Mom, you know that The Pill isn't 100% effective" or something like that. They also missed an opportunity there to give young women information about birth control as well as sexually transmitted diseases etc.  I'm not saying they need to lecture us every time, but this dialogue was only focused on what it meant for Hope's relationships or future and nothing at all about her health or responsibilities of being sexual active. Boo!  If Hope were ignorant trailer trash like Amber, then it would have made more sense, but Hope is well-educated and comes from a rich family. Not only that, but she has a very sexual mom who would have made sure that Hope learned about this stuff.  At least Liam did snark briefly to Bill that he should talk to Wyatt about birth control.

Huh, apparently the May 9th episode of "Unforgettable" was the season finale.  Even more weird is that the show returns for its third season June 29. CBS is acting like cable now :)

"The Big Bang Theory" was the only new show I watched tonight... it was good. Sad at the end but otherwise very funny. I'm glad they got Stuart a better job! LOL! I wonder if they'll bring the comic book store back or not.  I do always gripe about BBT because it's completely unrealistic, especially when it comes to university stuff.  Since it's a sitcom, I guess it's supposed to be more silly and fantasy than real.  In this episode, Sheldon was told by the college president and the faculty senate that he couldn't change his specialty from string theory to the other thing he decided on (can't remember what it was, something to do with cosmology).  That would never happen. Now, as far as the GRANT he got, which they did mention, the people who gave him the grant may have a problem with that, depending on the terms of the grant.  But the people at the university don't care what you study as long as it's still in your same basic field. It's not like he decided that he wanted to become a history professor or something. As long as he was still teaching and researching, I really doubt they would care.  However...when you do your training for your field in graduate school, that's usually what you study, and no one would take you seriously if you just decided to try another field later in your career. This is what gets me annoyed because they make it sound like Sheldon is this big shot genius yet he's an untenured associate professor. Makes very little sense. But anyway, if he did all of his graduate school study and previous work in string theory, I don't know that it's very likely that he would just change to another sub field so drastically like that. Or rather, he might branch out into that but he would have to do a lot of work to catch up on what's going on in that field already and do some publishing in that field before anyone took him seriously.  For instance, if you're an English professor who specializes in Elizabethan poetry, they might not care if you started studying 20th century poetry. But if you decide to switch to, say, American novels of the early 19th century (something very different, in other words), then it might not work... they would say, you're an expert on Elizabethan poetry, why are you trying to publish this book on American novels of the early 19th century? I'm pretty sure it's that way in Physics, too.

Don't even get me started, though, that somehow Sheldon, Leonard, and Raj are somehow all researchers at the university, but teaching is never mentioned...that's, of course, ridiculous, and especially for Raj, who, until recently, couldn't speak to women without drinking first. That's a whole other level of ridiculousness. Universities don't just have scientists who just do research. They're professors -they teach! Also, Sheldon just took a sabbatical and left, with no mention of whether he was in the middle of the semester or not. If they're going by real time, Caltech's Spring semester doesn't end until June 13!  They've said in the past that Sheldon is an untenured associate professor, so he's basically just quit his job.  Even a tenured full professor, though, has to teach his class and keep his office hours, so he can't just vanish mid-semester. Ah, well.

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