Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Come On Grey's it Season 13 lets stop Owen's Bleeding

Two episodes in, after winter break, and I am still feeling sorry for Owen Hunt. Maybe some of you can't relate because Owen just isn't your character on Grey's Anatomy, well he  isn't mine either, but I can only take so much. It's time for Amelia to jump off a bridge, or woMAN up and act like a normal person. I am so tired of all of her garbage and now it is stinking up Owen who has been bleeding since Christina left. I just want the man to be happy. I think with all he has been through he deserve that. Don't you Shonda Rhimes??? Fix Owen by getting him away from broken Amelia.

Speaking of broken: Jo. She gives Warren the "leave me along, I am tough as nails" speech. Please stop!! Jo should hold hands with Amelia when she jumps off the bridge. I get it, she has had a hard life. The bottom line is she didn't trust Alex to tell the truth and it turned into a misunderstanding and Alex loosing his shit on DeLuca. So in this most recent episode we have Jo feeling sorry for Jo. She blames herself for Alex going to prison. Alex is responsible for his actions, but Jo did initiate the avalanche. I have said from the beginning I really don't like her and Alex together. So I hope in the future she can learn to really trust, and relax and start enjoying life. I just hope that she does all of this without Alex.

I am still Team Meralex (i need to work on this..it sounds like a laxative). I would love to see Meredith and Alex form a stronger bond that goes beyond friendship. They have always been there for each other and I think it would be when the show decides to end its run that they end up together. I guess only time will tell. In the meantime I am loving her concern for him, and his need for her support.

I am also enjoying Richard and his people rallying around him. Bailey is on my last nerve, but I am not having her jump off a bridge just yet. She upset me when she was giving Warren attitude, and now Richard. It's just good to see Richard pushing back. I don't dislike the new girl trying to implement change. I do enjoy her character and hope she sticks around for Arizona. Since Callie moved away Arizona needs a little excitement so she doesn't blend in with the wallpaper.

I do love my Grey's Anatomy. It's hard to believe I am still watching after 13 seasons. I am a loyal fan. I still think there are stories to tell with these characters, and the medical cases are still entertaining. Keep up the good work Grey's people, just need some little tweaks here and there. I know toxic people and situations make conflict and conflict makes tv life more entertaining. I guess I would say just spread out the toxin. Owen has had enough. #greysanatomyseason13
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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Walking Dead: All I Can Say Is WOW!

I held my breath the entire episode because I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My stomach still hurts today because of what I saw. If you don't want to know -- don't read any further, because we are going to have to talk spoilers.

The Walking Dead Season 7 premiered last night and it was violent, it was gruesome, it was emotional, and in my opinion it was very well done. Instead of opening with who dies from the wrath of Negan, it kept you guessing for quite some time. You'll remember last season ended with Jeffery Dean Morgan's character putting Rick and all of his friends in a semi-circle. Negan forced them to stay on their knees while listening to his crazy tirade about how things were going to be from now on. To prove he was now in charge, he told the group he was going to kill someone and that's how Season 6 ended. It would have been easy to show us who he killed right in the opening, but instead the episode made us wonder who was really gone, who's sniffles and screams we were hearing in the background, and was there still a chance everyone was getting out alive? No chance, in fact those who made are still alive might be wishing they were dead.

It took about 15 minutes before we see Negan select his first victim. He took his bat, complete with spikes, and crushed Abraham's skull. Abraham wasn't my first guess, but I can see why he was chosen. Abraham was big and strong and he got the job done, but he hasn't always been the easiest to control.  I could see Negan seeing him as a potential threat. When you look at a group, trying to pick out people to bully, Abraham doesn't really fit the stereotype. In fact, I think Abraham has squashed a few bullies in his time. With that said he made an easy target, and Negan took aim.

Abraham's death was hard to watch. The screams of the others as they see their friends brains splattered everywhere was hard to hear. Negan used so much force during the beating that you see Abraham's blood fly onto Rick's face. That blood remained on his face the entire episode.
Courtesy: AMC
You see close ups of the others and the tears slowly rolling out of their eyes. They don't say a word, but they moan and cry as it's all happening terrified of what will happen next. The camera focuses on Rick and through his eyes you see the story unfold. Through flashbacks you see moments Rick had with Abraham and the others. At first I thought the flashbacks were telling us that Negan killed everyone. If I had time to think about it, I would have found that hard to believe, but since I was too busy holding my breath and screaming "oh no!" in my head, I just kept watching. It took the second death for me to look away.

The blow Glenn took to the head was absolutely terrible. We watched him struggle to say his final words to Maggie as she watched the life slowly leave his body. His death was not quick, and it was not painless. Negan made sure he suffered. Before he died he told Maggie he would find her. It was a touching moment for a couple who deserved a better ending. It's too bad viewers had to get over his almost death in Season 6, only to have to deal with his slow, gory, tragic death before their very eyes at the opening of Season 7. At one point you saw just his hand twitching, talk about brutal. And then we had to watch Maggie sob with snot going everywhere. Then the rest of his friends/family carry away what was left of his body. All I can say is, God Speed Glenn.

It was a good start to the newest season and I am eager to see where it goes from here. I am hopeful we don't have to hear too many of Negan's speeches. I love Jeffery Dean Morgan, but I don't need to hear his say the same things over and over again. I get it, he's in charge now. Everyone belongs to him. I look forward to more great moment from JDM, especially they day someone takes Negan out. I hope his bat with the spikes plays a pivotal roll in that moment.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This is Us on NBC could really be "Us" and that makes it Good

I have to tell you I just read several not so favorable reviews of my new favorite drama: This is Us on NBC and I am a little angry.  I have talked with friends of mine who love it, but unfortunately some of the television reviewers of the world are not on board. One of them went so far as to say it was bad. When I watch I think: This is Us could really be Us, bringing us believable story lines that people can relate to. I guess that same observation could make people change the channel.  It all depends on what you want to watch. Frankly I like a little bit of everything.  This show slows things down for me. It shows me situations that seem real. It makes me feel sadness and struggle, but I also laugh and smile. For an hour on Tuesday nights, or later in the week because I DVRed it, I enjoy watch I am watching.

I know in this day and age it might not be enough. People are turning to cable (me included) to find the television series that WOW. The great actors with the over the top story lines where you don't breath the entire hour because you are so caught up in what you are watching. That is good TV, but I don't think this show should be criticized for trying to wow us in a different way.

The storyline is developing and the acting is there. Mandy Moore is doing a great job. She plays the mother in two different time periods. One she is young and struggling with triplets. The other she is the grandmother dealing with the sins of the past and trying to control the future. Sterling K. Brown is one of my favorites from Army Wives. He plays Randall the adopted triplet. His biological father was on drugs at the time of Randall's birth, so he left him at a fire station. The firefighters brought him to the hospital where Mandy Moore's triplets were being born. One of the triplets dies during birth, so the parents (played by Moore and Milo Ventimiglia) decide to take Randall home with their other two babies. The show jumps back and forth between the time when the three are little to when they are all grown up. Each show so far has ended with a little twist that keeps us thinking, how did they get there? What will happen next?

Mandy Moore Courtesy:NBC

Sterling K. Brown Courtesy:NBC
The negative reviews I read got caught up on the twists, claiming if there is no solid story then the twists will lose their effect. They also criticized the show for not having similar qualities that other shows have, i.e: characters with super powers and crimes to solve. I can agree a little with the first, a show can't be built on twists alone, but I totally disagree with the second. This show is different and I think that's ok. If you can make a minute in your schedule you should check it out.

It does remind me of NBC's Parenthood. It moves slower than most of my other programs I watch, and there are a lot of characters and things going on. After it is over I am still thinking about it, and I like that in a show. The reviews I saw did bring back terrible memories of the articles I remember reading about Parenthood discussing how that show was ways on the bubble when it came time to renew or cancel.  Parenthood lasted 6 seasons. I watched all of them, some of them twice.  This is Us has Parenthood potential.

#makeaminuteforThisisUsonTuesdaysonNBC +This Is Us #thisisus

Sunday, October 16, 2016

How To Get Away With Murder Still Gets Me Every Time

I am unable to figure out the twist before it happens. That's one requirement of a good show in my book. How To Get Away With Murder on ABC still twists and turns and I am along for the ride, shaking my head at every new reveal. It a show I wasn't even going to watch, but many seasons ago a friend said "You should watch..." and now here I am. Very glad I did.

This season started a while ago, but you know my DVR is collecting my shows until I have more time to watch. This weekend I sat on the couch and binged a bit. Sometimes that is easier then remembering what happened week to week. This Thursday we found out who was pulled out of Annalise's house...not the dead someone, but the alive someone. As always if you don't want to know you should stop reading right here. If you are up for a little spoiler action then continue...

It did throw me for a loop and at this point I am not sure what to think. Now only do they do the big reveal, but they tell us the woman pulled from the house on fire issue PREGNANT. HMMM... now that is another twist. Along with that surprise, we see how Annalise is going to get out of her latest conundrum. This woman really is a genius. Or is she a psychopath??? I really do go back and forth. Puppet master is another title I would give her. Can you believe how she gets everyone to do whatever she wants??? She is going to use her so called drinking problem as a way to get her license to practice law re-instated. It is a great plan. Even her old girlfriend said the same. She does drink a lot. Is she truly an alcoholic? Maybe, but she sure will pretend to be if it gets her out of trouble. The bitch in charge of her at the university (i.e. actress from Dexter) better be watching her back, because you should not mess with Annalise.

I am really underwhelmed with all the sex talk. Why must we mention sex every other segment of the show. Do focus groups tend to focus more when the word SEX is yelled at them every few minutes? This show has more to offer than sex, and adding in gay sex doesn't make it more interesting. The gay couple does add a dynamic to the show that other primetime dramas may not have, but I don't need to see them having sex or fighting about having sex with other people. I think Oliver said it best to his ex-boyfriend Connor "have as much sex as you want, just quit pushing it in my face." Thank you Oliver.

So Frank is still on the run and he's killing people along the way. He is one talented guy. Like Annalise  he is also smart, but he leans a little more psychopath to me. I really have to wonder what Laurel sees in him. She keeps trying to find him and save him. He killed the guy that Annalise hired to "find" him. And by find I mean kill. Now he kills Bonnie's dad. The history therre is Bonnie's dad molested her as a child. Frank felt he was jut giving the man what he deserved. It shows Frank still has a heart, and next week Bonnie will find Frank and we will finally find out what is going on. Well not really, because we never really know what's going on.

The other players of this program are kind of boring me right now, but with the twists and turns they could be the topic of discussion next time. Oh and before I go Laurel is the alive person pulled from Annalise's burning house. Laurel is pregnant. I have to guess with Frank's kid, but that might not even be true. We can clearly see there is a connection between Laurel and Wes. The way this show jumps around in time, Laurel may have a second to sleep with Wes before this is all said and done. So the baby's daddy is not really set in stone. Truthfully having a psychopath for a father is never a good thing, so Wes may be the better outcome. But we do love a good DNA test...

If you aren't watching this one, you know what I say... make a minute. This one is worth it.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

If you are looking to laugh trust Kevin James

The reviews I read told me not to bother, but I have to say I am glad I did. Kevin Can Wait, the new Kevin James comedy on CBS really made me laugh today. In fact I laughed out loud. I don't know how many times I have done that lately. I know we all remember James from King of Queens. I guess that was thought to be one of the problems, according to the experts. Who is going to let Kevin into their lives as someone other than Doug Heffernan? Me that's who, and I think you should too.

I read the research. I treat my new shows like I do my electronics. I find out what people are saying. What they liked and what they didn't. What I know from other television seasons is: it's very hard to predict the outcome of a comedy show. I decided to give this one a shot. Kevin James isn't just Doug Heffernan, the man has been in several movies, so why can't he be retired police officer Kevin Gable? From what I have seen he can. The writing is funny. The episode I watched used 2016 references so that parents and kids could relate.

Now I realize it's early in the season and other comedies have let me down. I may fall in love with this one only to find the rest of the viewing audience didn't (i.e.: The Grinder). That's okay. I am not an expert on television shows for everyone. I can only tell you what I liked and make sure you know it's worth you "making a minute" to check out. In our busy lives we don't have the time to sit and watch, when the watching isn't worth it. So I watched this one for you and I am disagreeing with some others that said they didn't like it. I liked it a lot. I smiled, I laughed and I don't need Leah Remini to move in next-door to make me like it more. Kevin James and his new CBS family can carry this one on their own.

Let me know what you think. Are there other comedies I should be checking out?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Getting back up after falling off the face of the earth

I have been gone for a while. I don't want to bore you with all the reason's why, I just want you to know I am back. So what are we watching???? My DVR has been full for a while, and I am ashamed to say it's been deleting shows because I can't keep up. On top of that trouble it has now started taping things with digital interference. So it's time for a new DVR, but not before we talk about what I have had the chance to watch.

Let's start with HBO-is anyone watching The Night Of??? I really liked it. The season is officially over, and I am not sure if I am thrilled with the ending, but the show kept me watching, while thinking at the same time. That is one of my criteria for a new show, I do like shows that demand my attention. This one centers around a Muslim college student who is accused of a crime that he says he did not do. Right from the get go, we don't know if he did it or not, so it is exciting to see how everything plays out. You see him change from a shy student to a man trying to survive prison while awaiting trial and its outcome. They take you to the night of where a woman is stabbed multiple times at a scene he admits to being at, but can't remember what happened there. He will testify that he knows he did not kill her. Worth checking out if you can make a minute in your schedule. If you are like me that is getting harder and harder to do.

Something else I always watch this time of year is Big Brother. Reality TV is not my thing, but this show has had my attention from it's first season. It started when I worked for a CBS television station.  It was the talk around the water cooler at work. We had to promote it, and we had to interview the participants via satellite every season. Now I no longer work at the station, but every summer I turn it on and watch a group of housemates battle it out for $500,000. This year has been a little painful, but my man James is still in the game. The comps are fun to watch, but the people have been getting on my nerves from the beginning. CBS even brought some old contestants back, and that still didn't keep my attention. I think executives better brainstorm and come up with a new and more exciting version of Big Brother for next summer, or this fan may not be tuning in. Until then, I will stick with this season to the end, because it' very hard to look away from a train wreck. #BIGBROTHERCBSNEEDSSOMESERIOUSHELP

TNT is always a good place to tune in during the summer. Major Crimes, Rizzoli and Isles, and Murder in the First are all good shows if you like crime and drama. I love the characters and while crimes may start to all sound the same it's the personal stories of the people that always pull me through. Rizzoli and Isles is having it's series finale next week and I am very sad to see this show go. Hopefully the actresses who play the lead characters will go on to other successful projects. #TNTKNOWSDRAMA

It is good to be back, and now that it is almost fall you can bet I will be blogging a little more. I see lots of potential in the television world. Can't wait to get a new DVR so I can start filling it up again. Getting lost in television shows is the best way to temporarily escape the parts of life that can really bring you down. It's my break from reality. I hope you are getting that much needed break too.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

So Excited for TGIT on ABC

I don't know about you but I am so happy the winter break is over for my favorite shows on Thursday night. I have really been missing my Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away with Murder. Murder is my absolute favorite, but Grey's is where my loyalty lies. No matter what happens with those doctors, I can't seem to stop watching. I guess that is the whole train wreck theory, you just can't look away.

The promo for Grey's caught my attention; very intense. Meredith gets attacked by a patient, and it appears to be very serious. I am interested to see how Alex handles everything. You know in my other posts I have made it clear I would not be disappointed to see Alex and Meredith form a much closer bond then just being each other's person. I just think Alex and Jo have been kinda off lately, so it may be time to change things up. I feel a vibe, but maybe I am just reading into it. Anyone else feel it??

As for Scandal, I will be ready for the return, but not that excited. I always complain about this show and continue to watch. I do love where it started, and at times I have liked where it went. I am just not sure where it's going. It may be time to put this one to bed, but I am still hopeful for a surprise season. It happened with Revenge. I thought that show had jumped the shark and then it came out of nowhere with a new spin filled with energy. I really enjoyed the last couple of seasons of Revenge, when I was pretty sure in the middle of it's run it was over. I am reading about a 6 month jump in time. Shows always use this little trick to reset the stage. I am not out, but I am on the fence. I hope what's left of the Gladiators and Olivia Pope can show me a good time, like the old days.

Then there is How to Get Away With Murder. I tell everyone I know to watch this show. It is so well done and always keeps me guessing. Before the break the show ended with Annalise being shot, because she asked for it. All part of her master plan to protect her students and herself. When we return another secret will come to light. We will learn more about Wes, and his mother who we believe killed herself. But who is Wes' mother, and what is the real story, and why does Annalise know his real name--Christophe? 

It will all come together and when it does I am hopeful we will not be dissapointed. This is one of those shows that has continue to captivate and suprise me. Now it's only a few seasons old, so there is still time to go south. I am a loyal viewer, so if it takes a turn for the worst I will probably go along for the ride. I will tell you if you are not a How to Get Away With Murder Fan you should make a minute and get on board. Trust me you will enjoy the ride.