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House – Instant Karma Review

In 2009 Fall Season, Fox, House on 10/17/2009 at 8:28 am

House – Instant Karma review by Tara

Normally the patient’s are just the ‘means’ they are the case but we don’t normally care much about them. It’s how the team comes together after trial and error (and trial and error, because as they usually do solve the ‘unsolvable’ it isn’t without a lot of miss fires) to fix them that compels us to watch. But this week, our patient, the son of a very wealthy man, excites me in a way no one has thus this season.

“I want House.” Three words and yet I practically leapt out of my seat. Finally. Someone saying what I have been saying. (And I imagine everyone at home, unless they really dig Foreman). So maybe it’s not the patient I love, as his father, demanding the unshaven doctor be the one treating his son. And he’s played by the guy we see everywhere, Lee Tergesen, (most famous in my mind for his role on Oz), so it’s like he really is the voice of the people. “I want the best. And everyone I’ve asked says that’s House. So unless he’s dead, comatose, or insane, I want him treating my son today.” My response to this is, why did the TPTB make us wait this long for you?

The scenes between Chase and Foreman where they are trying to figure out how they are going to cover up Chase basically killing President Dibala in last week’s episode served two different purposes for me. In one sense I felt like I was getting hit over the head with how serious this was and how Foreman could lose his job, etc, etc. I got it writers. But what I did like about the story line was Chase’s way of coping. He could not be present with his wife at all. So distant. And yet he, in many ways, if I were to take last week’s scene correctly, did it for his wife. Numerous times we were shown Cameron waking up alone. Foreshadowing absolutely. Again, I really think Jesse Spencer is showing some great acting chops in these two episodes. (Then again these two episodes is more he has had to do than in the last two years). Not really a fan of House knowing, an in an essence being okay with what Chase and Foreman (since Foreman burned the evidence) did. Wasn’t there something in the past Chase did that House reprimanded him for? And I think it was far less than killing someone.

As I’ve said before I actually like Thirteen, but what in the world was that randomness? I mean, really? I still don’t understand it. This actually made me start to believe those theories that the writers really do just want her in whatever possible, because, seriously what the peanut butter crackers was that all about? House tells her he doesn’t want her back on the team because he wants to save his relationship with Foreman? (I won’t even go into the weirdness that was the cab ride) Then later when Cuddy brings up the fact that Thirteen called about the hacking, (seriously why can’t she just re-book her flight? Am I missing something?) House then says it’s about Foreman staying in charge of the team. I don’t know. The whole thing confused me. Then Wilson got involved. So he did hack it? But for what reason? I still don’t get, or don’t understand. Wow. I could write more about how I feel that was the most pointless storyline, but I feel you get my drift.

Two weeks in with the old team and I can honestly say I don’t really care either way. I don’t have strong opinions one way or the other. I remember when the introduced the new team a few years ago, I thought it was a nice way to literally infuse the show with new blood. Now, as we go back to the old cast, who have been relegated, with the exception of Omar Epps as Foreman, as side players, it becomes even more apparent. It doesn’t matter who is on the team, it’s House that matters. My problem now with the re-introduction of the old team, is having to remember who and where they where. I know there are some out there who could run a list of Cameron facts, but I can’t. I don’t think I knew either her or Chase’s first names until this week’s episode. Again, I find myself not caring, but at the same time thinking, I should know this by now. It’s an odd thing to be thinking in the middle of watching a familiar television show.

A few final thoughts: Again I loved just the little moment between House and Cuddy where they where talking about Foreman staying in charge. “He loves power. And I loves puzzles.” “You love power and puzzles,” Cuddy retorts. “True, but when I had then both..” There’s just that little moment where they look at each other. It’s perfect. It’s not a Wilson/House moment, but it’s close. And again I still like how House is really trying to not fall back into old habits but move in a forward direction, stemming from that first episode.

What made this episode infinitely better than those before it: House actually being involved in the patient’s case. Therefore we are slowly getting are show back.

Glee Season 1 Ep 6 Vitamin D Review

In 2009 Fall Season, Fox, Glee on 10/09/2009 at 5:15 pm

Glee
Review by Michelle Ann

Tonight’s episode is brought to you by the Bad Idea bears from Avenue Q. It seemed that all the way around our favorite cast of misfits could not make a good decision. Well, except Puck, but he was barely on the screen this week.

Terri: She is a walking bad decision, while  I know she is the character we are suppose to love to hate, I am getting tired of her manipulating Will with no repercussions.  When Terri is warned by Sue that she is losing her husband to Terri decides that maybe she can work more than 4 hours at a time and gets a job, that conveniently opened up, at the school as the school nurse.  With her first aid training and defibrillator usage, she gets the job.  Once she catches Will in a special moment with Emma and is now around all the time, driving Will crazy, and, she thinks, keeping her husband. But then maybe it is Terri who makes the bonehead move of the night, but really I doubt we expect less from her at this point. When Finn comes in, unable to get enough rest, she gives him some cold medicine (amphetamines), she calls them vitamins. Since it is over the counter and FDA approved it has to be good for you, or at least that is how she rationalizes it.  This lapse in judgment gets Terri fired, and back to Sheet’s and Things she goes.

Mr. Figgins: What besides the ‘Airline yoga’ video does Sue have on him? It has to be something since he keeps allowing her to get whatever she wants. Tonight he hires Terri as the school nurse. With really no good reason, except she did give a sob story about needing money for the not-so-real baby.

Sue: Frustrated by the home-perm-buying Will, she decided that since she can’t destroy the “Clutch of Scab Eating Mouth Breathers that only come back stronger, like some sexually ambiguous creature from a horror movie villain,” she decides to destroy the man, so that the team will be destroyed.  She goes to Terri and tells her to worry about her husband and the man-eater that is Emma. She suggests they move out-of-town before she looses her husband to a “Mentally ill ginger-haired pygmy with eyes like a bush baby.”  Of course all this treachery gets her, at the end of the day, is co-coaching the Glee Club.

Will: Oh Will, so naive at times. With sectionals coming up and the Glee team lacking focus, he gets the bright idea, suggested by Emma in a round about sticker influenced way, to set the boys against the girls.  He asks them both to create a mash up routine, and the winner picks song for Sectionals. But Will comes to his senses and tells Terri that every time he starts a fire in his life she finds a way to make sure it burns the forest down. Will’s judgment comes into question since he emphasizing competition too much. He now has to deal with a co-coach, his arch nemesis, Sue.

Finn: Finn is conflicted with dance steps, football plays, Quinn and Rachel all running through his head, the poor boy is not sleeping. We know he is dense, so it is no surprise that when Terri offers him a way to stop sleeping his life away, he takes it. There was something a little creepy about a manic Finn singing, and his equally manic teammates backing him up. Finn at least realizes that he made a mistake and decides with Rachel to fess up to what they all did and let Will know.

Ken: Ken loves Emma, we all know that. But since she does not let him touch her, or really get too close, it is unclear how much of a relationship they really have. That does not stop Terri from telling him to be a man and propose to Emma to seal the deal.  He buys her the world smallest cubic zirconia ring and proposes in the teacher’s lounge, once Terri panics and pushes him into it.  I feel bad for him, he does not seem like a mean-spirited man, but Emma is just so not right for him.

Emma: Poor Emma, she still loves Will so much, and is still flirting with him, even wiping mustard off his chin with her plastic gloved hands.  Once Terri shows up as Nurse, Emma’s precious Will time is cut short.  Terri confronts her and tells her that there is NO way she will get Will. Emma asks Will what she should do, when  Will gives her no answer, and so Emma makes the poorest decision of the day when she asks Ken: “What would getting married mean exactly? Because I would want to keep my last name, and I’d want to continue living in separate parts of the town, and I think it would be best if we don’t see each other after school.” Ken agrees, but Emma is not done with her list of demands for this non-marriage marriage. “And I wouldn’t want a big ceremony like in a church,  with people. We wouldn’t need to invite anybody or tell anybody, more like a secret, like a secret marriage.”  Ken sees this as a better deal then he expected. Emma does not want to be alone and knows he feels the same way, so they get engaged.

Quinn: Quinn, Quinn, Quinn. Yes, she is still pregnant. A quiver in her leg has Sue concerned about her dedication to the Cheerios.  Quinn stops showing up to Glee, because she has too much on her mind.  Rachel has a little girl talk with her and talks her into coming back, since with child or not  Glee will be there for her. I gotta hand it to Rachel it was a high moment for her. Well, while the rest of the Glee girls get dosed by Nurse Terri, Quinn gets folic acid to help her baby.  Inspired with an idea, Quinn tries to ask Terri for cash to help her carry the child to term and remain fashionable, in exchange for getting the baby once it is born. This made Terri, of course very happy, but she is too cheap to help Quinn, since she will have 18 years of paying for the kid to think about.

Rachel in one of her more rational episodes, makes mostly good decisions and just one bad one. She talks Quinn into coming back to Glee, she tries to get the girls all focused on the competition and then when she finds out the boys all took a stimulant for their competition, the girls do too.  But realizing that copying baseball, everyone does it so if we do too it levels the playing field, gives you a false sense of victory, she talks Finn into confessing to Will. She apologizes to Finn for being too competitive, she decides she needs to compete with the team not against the team.

Only 2 musical numbers tonight, would have been nice to have more.  The boys sing a mash up of  It’s My Life and Usher’s Confession, they do a nice job with the costumes and the songs. The girls do a bright yellow-dressed themed mash-up of Halo and Walking on Sunshine. They do a nice job, but I don’t think it is as strong vocally as some of their other numbers.

New Doctor Who Logo

In 2009 Fall Season, 2010 Spring Schedule, BBC America, British TV, Doctor Who on 10/07/2009 at 1:46 pm

New Doctor Who Logo

BBC unveiled a nifty new logo for forever-running sci-fi hit Doctor Who.  We know it’s not much, but DW fans have been rather neglected the last year or two, what with only a small handful of specials here and there.  BBC America has yet to announce an exact date, but we’re told the next special,  The Waters of Mars, will air sometime this fall with two more specials in the next few months.  A full new season will finally premiere sometime in spring 2010.

Southland Season Premiere Preview

In 2009 Fall Season, NBC, Southland, The Closer, Uncategorized on 10/07/2009 at 12:51 pm

Southland

DVR Life was rather wow-ed by frosh cop-drama Southland late last season.  We were even more wow-ed when NBC renewed the series for a second season.  If you happened to have missed the first season, it’s rather short so I’d suggest you get caught up in the coming weeks.  I mean, when was the last time a police-based drama really wow-ed you?  Outside of The Closer I can’t think of many recent ones.

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The second season of Southland premieres Friday October 23rd at 8pm on NBC.

House: The Tyrant Review

In 2009 Fall Season, Fox, House on 10/07/2009 at 11:38 am

Review by Tara.

House I am your patient. Having James Earl Jones as your patient you almost can’t go wrong, yet there were many aspects of this episode that either fell short or made me want to fast forward. Can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it was, but I do feel that although we are only 3 episodes in, this season isn’t exactly must-see-TV.

“Oh my God it’s three years ago.” Thank you House for stating what will be the rest of this episode. And for some, a long awaited reunion. I never really cared much. Time has passed and while most of the online fandom has a general hate on for Thirteen and the screen time devoted to her, I enjoy Olivia Wilde. It is interesting to note that Peter Jacobsen, who plays Taub, was completely missing from the credits. Is he really gone? I assumed he (Taub) had quit because Foreman was now in charge, but his absence in the credits leaves me to question otherwise.

Because Foreman fired his girlfriend (which I’m glad that Chase thinks it was a (insert a bad word here) move to do. Because it was, Foreman, no matter how you try to justify it. Seriously) Cuddy wants Chase and Cameron to work for Foreman (House doesn’t have his license back so until then Mr. Unhappy, I’m looking at you Foreman, is in charge). To further complicate things their patient, Diabla, “…is one of the most repressive dictators in the world. We fix him he gets on a plane and he executes half of his country.” (Cameron)

House and Wilson at home. I love how House can tell when anything Wilson does is even remotely off. He didn’t put garlic on the chicken and he’s not wearing shoes. I think it’s so cute how extra special attention he plays to whatever Wilson is doing. Of course, House being House, those things aren’t just a coincidence. Why would they be? Who just decides to not wear their shoes all of a sudden? They’ve got a downstairs neighbor that has been complaining ever since House moved in. Ahh, a challenge for House.

In an odd twist of sorts, Cameron wants to kill her patient and finds it’s only natural. She’s not trying to kill their patient, but if he died she isn’t going to pretend that it isn’t better for the world. I agree in the sense that he is a ‘bad guy.’ but Cameron was always the one who never ever wanted to see death. I find it interesting that Chase is the one trying to tell her that’s never the appropriate thing to think. Of course that changes later on.

Jesse Spencer was the stand out for me in this episode. Not only did he get to do more in this episode in the last 3+ years but what he did with it reminded me that he is one talented actor. The scenes between Chase and Diabla where the only times I felt invested in the story line. Spencer really went toe to toe with the great Earl Jones. I forgot that he really did make a good foil to House, and look forward to seeing more of him. I’ve grown tired of Foreman and his antics, I’m more than ready to see Chase at the forefront. Plus what Chase did, without his wife’s knowledge, will definitely come into play later on and perhaps will shake up the show into a different, much needed, direction.

A couple of random thoughts: I like Thirteen. And hope she gets back on the team. I do not, however, like her with Foreman. Together they are boring and Foreman makes what can be an intriguing character, in my opinion, (Thirteen) as boring as him.

Normally I enjoy House’s little side stories. I didn’t really enjoy this story. That being said I did find the mirror magic box quite compelling and dare I say it, even moving.

We have seen far too little Cuddy this season. I know she always get a very short story line, if any, but I think we need more of her, and more of her now. Just like Wilson, she adds depth to both House as the character and a much needed element to the show, that’s so far been lacking.

One last thing. This show needs House at the lead. Foreman is tiring and arrogant in a way that is not, well, it’s not House. Let’s get this show and it’s people back where they all belong.

All in all I think there were possibly too many story lines going on. And because of that I didn’t or couldn’t quite engage myself in any of them in a way that I felt I should or wanted to. Is it just me or has this show started out a little rough? Is it the fact that we have House on a new path? I can’t put my finger on exactly what feels different or wrong, but I’m not where I was with this show last year.

Occupation Preview

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, BBC America, Boardwalk Empire, British TV, Jekyll, Murphy's Law, Occupation, Passerby, Quite Ugly One Morning, Shameless, This Is England on 10/01/2009 at 1:27 pm

Occupation

Here’s an extended trailer for BBC America’s upcoming series Occupation.  The trailer hints at a dark and emotionally taxing drama.  We’re excited for the return of JamesNesbitt.  His last appearance on BBC America in Jekyll was spectacular, to say the least, and we’ve always held out hope that the network would one day show Murphy’s Law or any of his TV films (Quite Ugly One Morning, Passerby) we’ve heard such great things about.

The official description:

Having participated in the invasion, and helped fly a critically injured child from Basra to a UK hospital, three soldiers find it impossible to slot back into civilian life. Driven by very different motives – each heads back to Basra.  Sergeant Mike Swift (James Nesbitt, Jekyll, Murphy’s Law) returns for the love of an Iraqi doctor, Aliyah (Lubna Azabal). Corporal Danny Peterson (Stephen Graham, Boardwalk Empire, This Is England) returns for money, setting up a private security firm. Lance Corporal Lee Hibbs (Warren Brown, Shameless) returns because he passionately believes in the mission to rebuild the country and help the Iraqi people—and the mission is nowhere near accomplished.  Amid growing sectarian conflict, and a boom time fuelled by billions of dollars from the U.S., their dreams of riches, love and making a difference come to define not just their lives but also the occupation itself.

As months turn into years, their lives move in directions they could have never imagined. Mike’s marriage falls apart as he pursues a love affair with an Iraqi doctor, who is now obliged to work within the country’s new religious framework at the hospital. Hibbs is deeply affected by the murder of his closest Iraqi friend, and begins to psychologically unravel. Mercenary Danny’s blatant exploitation of the situation leads to even more corruption and chaos. Occupation unveils a tale of wasted billions, lost lives, corporate greed, and a war that has left many questions unanswered.

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Occupation premieres Sunday October 18th at 8pm on BBC America.

Glee: The Rhodes Not Take Recap

In 2009 Fall Season, Fox, Glee on 10/01/2009 at 1:16 pm

Glee

S1 E5 Recap By Michelle Ann

Kristin Chenoweth joins the New Directions this week and it seems like everybody gets a little bit selfish. Finn’s growing attachment to Rachel leads me to hope they deal with the Quinn baby thing quickly. Tonight’s ep begins with our favorite singers in full “Don’t Stop Believin” mode, only it is not Rachel singing with Finn, it’s Quinn. She has a little morning sickness moment and heads for the restroom. This leads Kurt to want to discuss the big elephant in the room that is NOT his sexuality, but the fact that they need Rachel. Finn is worried that the lead part might be too tough for the mama-to-be and he wants Mr. Shu to go easy on her.

Will and Terri are having lunch at a local dine in restaurant and as she wolfs down her third piece of grasshopper pie, Will tells Terri about Quinn morning sickness and she is quite happy to hear that, since it means the baby will not be a mongoloid. Will then worries about his own (fictional) baby that Terri is supposed to have in her belly and Terri plays it off and says she has been sick at work. Will recognizes the waiter as a former student. Turns out he is a 6th year senior, as in 24 years of age. He is with Vocal Adrenalin now, as the only one who can do a triple flip, they keep failing him.

Emma has brought Finn in to discuss his situation. Since Will told her in confidence she does a poor job faking that she knows nothing. She talks to him about a  music scholarship. Of course she is being selfish here, since she knows that Will really wants Rachel back in Glee, and Emma applies the pressure here to get Finn to go work on Rachel and convince her to come back. Of course she does not tell Finn this, she just pushes him in the right direction. Will asks if they can win without Rachel and Emma tells him to remember the Jamaican bob-sled team. BIIIIIIG longshot.

A newspaper nerd interviews Rachel. As usual she is pretty confident and Newspaper Nerd demands to see her over the shoulder boulder holder and to get those cashmere puppies out of their cage for a good review. Rachel is horrified at the prospect. Sandy interrupts and runs the guy off while giving his production ideas for a new production of Equus.  Finn walks in and starts to sweet talk Rachel, and smooth things over with her, he tells her she is even more talented than the guys who juggle chain saws.  He offers his line reading services and Rachel jumps at the chance. He even taunts her with the prospect of low lighting.  Rachel is giddy and Finn gets a sly selfish smile across his lips, mission accomplished.

Will is pestering Emma for the file of a student that attended school 15 years ago, it seems she has not graduated.  He gets an awful, selfish idea and logs on to her MySpace page to locate her blog and then has an IM chat with her (surprised he did not just go for her twitter account) and they make contact. She would love to see him, as long as he brings the wings.  Emma is a little jealous, since Will had a crush on April  (Chenoweth) back in high school.  Emma is all worried that he might rekindle the crush.

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New White Collar Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, USA, White Collar on 09/29/2009 at 3:14 pm

White Collar Gets Cute

Hey! Being twitter buddies with White Collar tends to pay off:

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White Collar premieres Friday October 23rd at 10pm on USA.

House: Epic Fail Review

In 2009 Fall Season, Fox, House on 09/29/2009 at 2:42 pm
Epic Fail
A review of last night’s House episode, Epic Fail, by Tara.


For a brief moment I became a bit nervous wondering if this weeks’ patient was going to be trapped inside a video game. Luckily, for me, that’s not case, no pun intended.

And the regular opening credits are back. Meaning the show is back. Yes, technically it was back last week with a very incredible two hour episode, but it stood alone, devoid of any regular cast members outside of the great Hugh Laurie (who must find it nice to have his Emmy episode already done). I still find it odd that they have yet to include Peter Jacobsen or Olivia Wilde in the opening credits.

Thirteen doesn’t know what is wrong with Vince’s hands and suggests transferring him to see a neurologist. But in a not so clever way of getting us to ask, “what about House?” our patient seems to already know about our “famous diagnostic guy” which cuts to House saying he quits to Cuddy and Foreman. And when Foreman tries to tell him he can’t, we get one, of the many great one liners of the night, “I think you are confusing me with Jake Gyllenhall.” Brokeback Mountain shout out. Love it.

House is okay and he wants to remain so, showing that last week’s episode did in fact make a lasting impression. He doesn’t want to stay in this environment, wants to go where there is less pressure.  Not one to waste an opportunity, Foreman is quick to ask if he can run the department.

Who needs doctors when you have the internet? The patient is using the internet to help diagnosis himself. He believes he has mercury poisoning. Taub and Thirteen run the blood test, without their new boss’s approval.


Foreman uncovering House’s desk is like a kid uncovering his Christmas presents. He is clearly excited about being the new House. (The team it appears has not been working together while House has been in recovery). Cameron, walks in on him eyeing House’s ball. Yeah you heard me. “You know how House feels about people touching his balls.” Oh Cameron, there you are to give your one little piece of dialogue to remind us that you are still a cast member of this show. “No Chase refuses to tell me,” bites back Foreman. “Right my husband is gay.” My husband! Oh wait, that’s right. Again, I forgot. Chase and Cameron got married last season. I really tend to forget these two are even on the show. Why are they even on the show? They have been reduced to minimal if any screen time.

(ed. note: EW broke the news last week that Cameron, played by Jennifer Morrison, will be leaving the series.  Her final episode will be in November, though Chase will remain.)

I like seeing that House is still seeking therapy. And I like seeing Braugher back as Dr. Nolan. We find out that House and Wilson are roommates. At long last. It’s what they have always wanted; they just needed a doctor’s permission. Nolan suggest House finds a hobby to help keep him busy, occupied.

I enjoy any and all scenes between House and Wilson. The actors have such great chemistry. The two of them at the cooking class. “How hard are you trying not to make a ball joke your right now? “Your balls, they are browning way too fast. Blue is the color you’ve got to watch out for.” I have to admit I’m not as engaged with the patient story lines, but they’ve got me laughing out loud at these one liners.

And maybe it’s okay that I’m not finding myself that involved with the patient.  It usually isn’t really about them anyway, more about the doctors, and this episode is clearly more about Foreman trying to distinguish himself from House and being just as competent as him. He’s having a hard time doing either. Lucky for him he has his girlfriend there to try and make him feel better. Boost his ego. Tell him he can do this by ‘being himself.’

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Heroes: A Normal Life

In 2009 Fall Season, Heroes, NBC, The CW on 09/28/2009 at 1:59 pm

Heroes - Redemption

While we didn’t find last week’s season premiere of NBC’s Heroes to reach mind-blowing levels, we were rather happy to see the characters return to the the whole “everyday people with extraordinary abilities” thing.  Unfortunately for Mr. Kring, it may be a bit too late.  The show averaged just about 6 million viewers.  While a network like The CW would do back flips through a raging fire for numbers like that, it’s not considered very good for a two hour season premiere for a show that averaged nearly 14 million viewers it’s first season.

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Heroes airs each Monday at 8pm on NBC.


Models & Junkies Get The Ax

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, A&E, Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva, Melrose Place, The Beautiful Life, The Cleaner, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 09/26/2009 at 2:39 pm

The Beautiful Life: TBL

As I mentioned on Thursday, The CW has been having a rough go of it with their new series this season.  Other than Vampire Diaries, none of their new scripted series have been pulling very impressive ratings, including the much ballyhooed Melrose Place remake.  I wasn’t expecting a death so quickly, though, but after only two episodes The Beautiful Life: TBL has been given the ol’ heave-ho.

Other than the swiftness, not much about the cancellation is a surprise.  The first mistake came with the casting of Mischa Barton.  Mistake number two was the bungled PR handling of the show, including the ridiculous nude promotional photos debacle.  On the production side, fault lies with the tepid writing, which was predictable and bland.  We can’t really expect much more, though, from such a dull and overly-used premise (it girl disappears from the spolight, everyone assumes rehab, actually had a baby, surprise!).

There were pops of excitement, but those fleeting moments were mainly visual and were so few and far between.   Watching the show I often wondered why it lasted a full hour.  The network is shoveling episodes of Melrose Place in TBL’s timeslot, which I guess means another free hour for my DVR.

But wait!  There’s more: A&E has declined to renew (read: canceled) their latest new scripted series, The Cleaner.  The show was not exactly a favorite of ours, but many in TV critic circles seemed to enjoy it.  We always thought it was a bit too drab and depressing…only not in a good way.  We did like Benjamin Bratt, though, so we’re kinda bummed for him.

The decision to not renew the series for a third season means, atleast for now, A&E has no scripted series.  Not sure if they have anything in  the pipeline for the future, but the network recently merged with Lifetime, which was bought by NBC and blah blah blah.  Lot’s of business stuff, but we all know that, with Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva, Lifetime has been doing pretty well with scripted series and NBC sister nets like USA and SyFy have been killing it with so many hits the last few seasons to even list.

The Cleaner

The Next Iron Chef Preview

In 2009 Fall Season, Food Network, Next Iron Chef on 09/24/2009 at 4:15 pm

The Next Iron Chef

While I try not to spend too much time on it, I often wonder if Food Network’s Alton Brown ever sleeps.  It’s just because, on top of his own show, he hosts pretty much every single special and contest that the network does.  Or atleast makes guest appearances.  Anyway, we have a sneak peek of the upcoming season premiere of The Next Iron Chef.  10 chefs, 10 contests, lots of weird ingredients.

Next Iron Chef

The Next Iron Chef premieres Sunday, October 4th at 10pm on Food Network.

4 Minute Look At Trauma

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ER, Gossip Girl, Lie To Me, NBC, Trauma on 09/24/2009 at 1:25 pm

Trauma

We’ve got a great little clip of the Trauma pilot here!  Now, we normally do not watch the extended clips of premiere episodes the networks have been releasing this season.  It’s just too much for us – we prefer to wait until the show is airing and we can watch the entire thing.  Not so with Trauma, though, because the series is competing with a handful of other shows on our DVR for a recording slot, so we thought it would be prudent to watch a couple minutes and see if it’s worth the slot.

After watching this four minute clip, we figure we’ll give it a shot for a few weeks.  At first it starts off like most medical dramas: lot’s of yelling “clear!” and even more pushing of “epi”.  That’s only at first though…From there it’s spins on out into ER territory with a crash-boom-bang, lots of quick camera shots and lots of screaming.

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Trauma premiers next Monday, September 28th st 9pm on NBC.

Considering that Trauma runs at the same time as Gossip Girl and Lie To Me, do you think it deserves one of the two slots on our DVR?


Glee: Preggers Recap

In 2009 Fall Season, Alias, Fox, Glee, Nip/Tuck on 09/24/2009 at 1:00 pm

Review by Michelle Ann

In the episode ‘Preggers’, it seems there are lots of secrets and one truth exposed.  Kurt is getting down in his room with Brit and Tina to the song “Single Ladies.” He is working his fierce moves in his unitard and sequined gloves and vest. His dad comes down to interrupt the proceedings.  He want to know what is going on. The girls jump to his defense and say he is the kicker on the football team and Kurt adds that they are helping him with his conditioning.  Dad talks about his “athletic” prowess and asks if one of these fine ladies is dating his son. Kurt grabs Tina and explains they are dating, but not exclusively.  His dad seems to buy the story and wants Kurt to give him a ticket to the first game.  And we are off…

Will is helping Terri with Lamaze. Kendra, Terri’s sister, is coaching and brings us the truth about child birth: “Giving birth is not like how it is in the movies. It is bloody and beastier and you get poop all over your cowboy boots.” She goes on to berate everything about poor Will and then offers to instruct him on how to massage Terri’s belly to relieve gas. Terri freaks out over this, fear of Will bruising the baby, and sends Will off to make a BLT.  Kendra requests a BLT as well, hold the L and the T.  Terri then explains to her sister that she has a secret.  Kendra asks if the child is black (I had to laugh, since Jessilyn’s character on Nip/Tuck ended up with a black baby on accident, long story,  so thanks to Ryan for the little in joke).  Terri explains that there’s no baby, and that Will is close to leaving and that the baby is the only thing keeping him here. Kendra says “Dishonestly is food to the marriage and without it the marriage will die. Kendra’s solution is to find a baby for her sister. (We know this has to come apart at some point, she can not fake it for the next five or six months)

Will walks in to the staff lounge for lunch and he joins the love birds-Emma and Ken. Emma tells us she is a local news junkie and a very perceptive Ken pipes in with the information that the reason why she loves the local news so much is that disasters both fascinate and repulse her at the same time, and she likes to watch them from the safety of her own little condo. Emma looks a little surprised at the perceptiveness of her boyfriend. (Who I am kinda digging with her now) She goes on to let us know that our favorite cheer-leading coach has a segment on the local news called Sue’s corner.  Sue’s advice for the day is that “caning works” and that to the naysayers who say it is illegal or immoral, Sue’s response: “Yes, we cane.”

Will is a little shocked that Sue has a segment on the local news. Sue enters stage left with a box of donuts holes to explain that she is more than just the cheer coach, she is a celebrity in these parts and her star is going to rise even higher. She asks Ken to pull out her chair, since her hand is tired from signing autographs down at the local “Doughnut Hole”. She brought extras since she is such a generous person. She fills everyone in on the fact that the broadcast she is on is the #1 in the area with the 18-49 crowd.  Emma says “WOW” and  Sue calls her “Alma” again. She is destined to not be stuck in high school struggling with  a mental illness, or 40, single and coaching the worst coach in the history of the state, or forced to get perms weekly.  Sue has to leave to do a satellite  interview. Exit stage left.

Will hands out music to all of the Glee kids and Rachel again objects since Tina has the lead and Rachel should have the lead since she has related to West Side Story since she was one.  Will explains that they need to rotate.  Mercedes is upset that she is a Jet. Rachel throws a fit and leaves. Artie remarks that she every time she storms out it gets less dramatic.  Mr. Shu shakes it off and tells Tina she has the lead.

Kurt runs up to ask Finn a question. Finn tells Kurt that he already has a date to the Prom. Kurt blushes slightly, explains that he is not gay, and tells Finn that he wants to try out for the football team.  Cut to the football team pretty much failing at the whole practice thing. Finn tells Kurt to relax and even if the helmet messes with his hair he still needs to wear it.  Kurt thanks Finn and Finn reveals his selfish reason to help: the more crossover between Glee and football, the better his life will be-or at least easier. Kurt goes to get his music so he can get limber and be ready to kick. Finn tries to stop him, what with the whole team mocking him for Glee, but Kurt insists explaining that “My body is like a rum chocolate souffle, if I don’t warm it up right, it doesn’t rise.”   Puck, in his jealous way, asks Finn if him and Kurt are an item now.

Ken calls the team over and they are in the middle of a 6 game losing streak that year and the kicker, he has missed 12 attempts. The kicker gets demoted to “Hydration specialist” , Ken pleas, that the next person who can get the ball through the uprights can be kicker. On cue Kurt shows up and  declares he is auditioning for the role of kicker. With a few chuckles, we cut to the dramatic try out, complete with the song ‘Single ladies’ and Kurt’s choreography. But after all that he is successful in getting it through the uprights.  Ken is overjoyed and as long as Kurt thinks he can do that “with 10 hungry gorillas bearing down wanting a taste of his sweet virgin blood” he has the job. Sounds like fun to Kurt, as long as he can use his music. Ken is cool with that and even offers that Kurt can wear a tutu.  Puck is less than thrilled.

Sue is working on autographs and low and behold who walks in… Penis Head (well that was his nickname when he was on Alias). Now of course he is the dick of an angel Zachariah on Supernatural. Of course I am talking about the awesome Kurt Fuller. He is apparently the station manager and the dad of one of the Cheerios.  He has come to deliver her mail. Apparently she has some hate mail for her pro-littering stance. She pays taxes so that the trash-men can pick up litter and stay employed while still buying tacos for their families.  He also has a concern, since his daughter attends school there and has heard that a lot of the top cheerleaders are defecting to show choir.  He is concerned how they are going with win nationals, while losing the talent. He needs her to win nationals. And with that he leaves and Sue is concerned.

Quinn is crying. Finn confronts her about it and she reveals that she is knocked up. Finn is freaking out a little.  He is shocked that is could be his, since they have never had sex. But as Quinn goes on to explain, there was the time in the hot-tub, and he did not get to the mailman quick enough, and sperm loves the hot water so they just swam up and viola. (Poor Finn, so sweet and adorable and as smart as a box of rocks). The question then is .. who is the father.   She is determined to keep the child and she is all sad that she is stuck in the small town when she had hopes of getting out.

Oh Sandy. We open on a massive doll collection and Sandy is explaining, while dressed in a short red silk robe, that he has been collecting since 1961. Sue is a little freaked out by the whole doll collection and frankly I think by Sandy in general. She makes the observation, “The only thing missing from this place is a couple dozen bodies limed and rotting under the floorboards.” Sandy is too busy with the tea to hear her.  Sandy is happy to have some Sandy time, and then he starts to discuss his very busy schedule including bridge and cat rescue. Sue, not one to dilly dally, tells him to cut the crap and get real. Sandy admits through his tears that he is living in a “cocoon of horror” She has an offer for him.  Come back to school as director of the arts, and he can destroy Glee and help out the Cheerios.  He is not sure, he did not leave on good terms with Figgins.

Sue has that all figured out and we cut to her showing a You-Tube vid of a flying exercise video that Figgins did that is slightly embarrassing.  Sandy is now on board.  Sue wants to take down Glee. So, they decide to steal Rachel with 4 words: Liza Minnelli, Celine Dion.  We cut to Rachel singing a beautiful rendition of ‘What do you Say’, and she gets the lead in Cabaret.   Will is furious. He accuses Sue of being out to get him. Sue points out that if she was out to get him he would be pickling in a mason jar on a shelf in her office. Sandy says he is here to help. Will is not buying this. He goes to talk to Rachel, who is stretching out at a ballet bar.  Rachel seems this only as an opportunity to showcase her talents. Will does not believe her.  She fires back that he quit to form the Acafellas and Will explains that was not done out of spite. Rachel goes, not thinking that Mr. Shu likes her very much. He tells her he is a big fan and sometimes her only fan. Rachel does not care, she knows she is the best one in Glee. Mr. Shu acknowledges that she is good, but that she intimidates everyone else and they slack off because they know she will pick up the extra and carry them.  He tells her that they can’t win regionals with one person who thinks they are a star, everyone needs to believe they are stars.  Rachel is not quitting Glee, she is going to do both. But everyone is coming out of their shells and benefiting from Glee except her. She is still boyfriend less and gets her lipstick flushed down the toilet.

Sue goes on about how everyone can be a star with all the arts activities. Will asks Figgins “What does she have on you?” The meeting is abruptly ended. Sandy is willing to be an adversary with Will since Will is being so unreasonable.

Tina sings “Tonight”, Will directing her. She does a nice job, but is not happy with it and wants to give it to Rachel, since she is better at this then she is. Will tries to boost her confidence and she is not buying this.  Finn is all upset and crying and wants to talk to Mr. Shu. They head out to a buffet, to discuss the whole pregnancy thing.  Finn realizes that the kids who have kids when in High School are caged and he does not want that to happen to him.  He needs a football scholarship. Will points out that he is not a football coach.  Finn  has been doing some reading (bless him) and  was shocked to discover you can check out books for free from the library.  He learned that Walter Payton was a great dancer, and Walter made the Bears take dance class the year they won the Superbowl and that is how they came up with the Super Bowl shuffle.  He also remembers that Mr. Shu helped him and Puck with their tight hips for the Acafellas. He wants him to do that for the football team.

Will and Terri are getting ready for bed and he tells her about Finn and Quinn’s situation. This give Terri an idea, a terrible horrible idea. Will goes on and on about how horrible it would be to hide something like this and how sad it is that Quinn feels like she can’t tell anyone and keeping secrets take such a toll etc. Terry just wants the girl’s name.  Will is even sadder that this happened to the president of the Celibacy club.

Puck is not pleased about the new turn of the team towards dancing. Finn explains that Kurt is the only one scoring on the field,  Puck asks, “So, we are taking coaching advice from Lance Bass now?”  Mr. Shu steps in and points out that part of football is performing  and that if you can sing and dance in front of strangers, you can do anything.  They head out to practice in the choir room.  Mr. Shu says they need a better attitude.  Puck asks coach to help them out and Ken reminds then that they lost any pride when they lost to the school of the deaf.

The boys are having issues, Kurt steps in to help them out. Ken can’t bear to watch anymore and he send them all to the showers.  Puck asks Finn what is up.  He accuses Finn of being in love with Kurt, and that causes Finn to give it up that Quinn is carrying his child. Puck knows better and confronts Quinn in the hall. He starts by calling her a MILF. Quinn blows him off.  He wants to know who is the daddy, he thinks it is odd since she told him she was a virgin when they did it, and he knows she did not have sex with Finn, since Finn is his boy and would have told him if he had sex with anyone.  Quinn fires back asking if he has a habit of sleeping with “his boy’s” girlfriends?  Puck is not really happy with this and starts to make a scene. Quinn pulls him close and Puck makes his case, that he would take care of her and the baby, even if his dad is a deadbeat: he does not roll that way. Quinn reminds him that he was fired for peeing in the fry-o-later.  Puck explains he has his pool cleaning business and is going someplace.  She then goes for the low blow- “I had sex with you because you got me drunk on wine coolers and I was feeling fat that day.”  Puck is not happy with this turn.

The rain is pouring down and little wet Quinn runs to the safety of her car, but waiting for her is Terri, prepared to unleash her terrible horrible idea. She wants to know how far along Quinn is, she figures five or six weeks, she knows that Quinn has not told her parents and why would she? The shiny red car is the one her dad bought her for the Chastity Ball. Quinn is a little upset about all this. Terri offers help and Quinn wants her out of the car. Terri then goes on to quiz Quinn on her prenatal care and foists prenatal pills on her, telling her to take them three times a day or the baby will be ugly.  Quinn wants to know what Terri wants. The thunder crackles a little outside the car and we cut to commercial before we hear the terrible horrible idea.

Emma is cleaning her bleacher and Will takes a seat next to her.  The crowd start the wave, showing their support. The weak PA tries to play the national anthem and Ken picks out his lucky whistle for the night.  Finn tries to rally the team telling them how they have really come together in the last week.  Puck interjects “Yeah, a gay team, a big gay team of dancing gays.”  The team is worried about dancing on the field.  And the game begins, as well as the taunts, “Hey QB, your momma’s so fat the back of her neck looks like a package of hot dogs, give me some ketchup.”  The game does not go well, but it is not a massacre.  We watch the score board advance to 3rd quarter, 5 min 39 seconds left and the score is 6 to 0 (the other team ahead). Lo and behold Kurt’s dad has finally shown up, Kurt is thrilled, dad looks a little concerned.  Finn is still getting tackled hard. Cut to 4th quarter, still 6 to 0 (honestly if they suck this bad, I am surprised the defense is doing so well), only 30 seconds to go. Finn waits till 1 second are on the clock and he calls time. It is time to dance. Puck is worried about being a joke the rest of his life and we get the last joke: “Hey left tackle, your mamma’s so fat her cereal bowl comes with its own life raft.”  Puck has had it and fires back, “Hey ankle grabber, I had sex with your mom. No, seriously, I cleaned your pool and then had sex with her in your bed: nice star wars sheets.” He then turns to Finn, “Let’s do it captain”  There is nothing more gleeful then watching the football players in complete uniform do the Beyonce Dance. It was awesome! The other team was confused. They hiked the ball and Finn threw it to I think Puck and a touchdown was made. Emma and Will hug in celebration then look at each other with a bit of longing.  Kurt then steps up for the kick of his life. He does his only abbreviated version of the dance and kicks. *w00t* The kick is good and he is the hero of  the team. Losing streak is over. Kurt’s dad is thrilled. Puck is a little jealous when he sees Finn walk up and kiss Quinn after the game.

Kurt is working on his nighttime skin care as an important part of his post game ritual, and his dad comes down to talk to him and is not quite sure what to say about that.  He tells Kurt that he is proud of him and wishes his mom was alive to see the game. Kurt then asks his dad to stay and he has something to say. “I’m glad that you’re proud of me. But I don’t want to lie anymore. Being a part of Glee Club and football has really shown me that I can be anything. And what I am is… I’m gay. ” He dad replies: “I know, I’ve known since you were three and all you wanted for your birthday was a pair of sensible heels. I guess I’m not totally in love with the idea. If that’s who you are, there is nothing I can do about it, and I love you just as much. Okay?” and he hugs Kurt. “Thanks for telling me Kurt,” as he leaves he turns, “You’re sure, right?” Kurt smiles and says that he is and his dad walks up the stairs.

Quinn is at the school locker looking down. Finn pulls out an old skanky blanket that was his when he was a baby. It is all he has left from his dad.  He use to cry without it, but he wants their baby to have it and wants to be a good father.  Puck walks up and says lately he has been getting really sick in the morning, then questions Quinn’s weight. Finn comes to her rescue and Puck walks off.

Sue is back at Sue’s corner, and wants to tell her secret. But first, Will needs to introduce the 3 newest members of Glee. Three football players are joining now, (Puck, Mike and Noah).  Sue’s voice over says she is not afraid to shake things up, as Will gives the lead for “Tonight” to Tina and Rachel storms off and quits Glee. Sue’s VO continues that she is tired of hearing people complain, about having diseases, she suggests  “that people shake it up and bit and get out of the box, even if that box is where you are living.” Rachel runs to Sandy and says she is dedicated to the musical now. Sue goes on, “I often yell at homeless people, ‘Hey how’s that homelessness working out for you?’ Give not being homeless a try, would ya?  You know something Ohio, it’s not easy to break out of your comfort zone, people will tear you down, tell you, you shouldn’t have bothered in the first place, Let me tell you something, there is not that much of difference between a stadium of cheering fans and an angry crowd screaming abuse at you. They’re both just making a lot of noise. How you take it is up to you.”

Cut to Will in bed thinking while Terri sleeps soundly.

“Convince yourself they’re cheering for you. You do that, and someday they will.”

Last image, Quinn sadly standing by her locker.

So what were your highlights or favorite lines this week?

Vampire Diaries: Friday Night Bites

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 09/24/2009 at 11:23 am

Vampire Diaries

It’s been a rough fall season for The CW so far.  None of their new shows are doing very well in the ratings, which somehow manages to be a bit of a surprise while also being no surprise at all.  Go figure.  The one show they rolled out this year that hasn’t tanked thus far is Vampire Diaries, which is cool by us because we kinda dig the show.

The Vampire Diaries airs each Thurday evening at 8pm on The CW.

Modern Family, Cougar Town & Eastwick

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, Cougar Town, Desperate Housewives, Eastwick, Friends, Married With Children, Modern Family, Significant Others, The Class on 09/23/2009 at 3:30 pm

Modern FamilyIt’s the first big night of ABC’s 2009 fall season!  The network has dubbed the evening Comedy Wednesdays and they’ve put a HUGE push behind their new comedy Modern Family.  The series kicks off the evening at 9pm and I’m guessing the network hopes that the show will draw some big numbers and, if they’re lucky, keep some of those viewers all the way up to their local newscast.

Modern Family is a brilliant little half-hour sitcom that, surprisingly enough, has managed to break the mold when it comes to half-hour sitcoms.  The series sticks with the ever popular faux-documentary style, but it stands out from the herd because it doesn’t take place in a workplace setting.  In that way the series reminds of us a little known pre-trash Bravo gem called Significant Others.  There’s also no laugh track, a level of wit not normal to sitcoms and an impressive cast, including Ed Harris of Married With Children and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who was the break out hit of the much-mourned over The Class.

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Modern Family

The 9pm hour continues with a new half-hour sitcom starring Courtney Cox, Cougar Town.  We’ve heard good and bad things about the series, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.  Cox has chosen some really off-beat projects since the ending of Friends, and we’re guessing this will fit into that category.

At 10pm is the premiere of Eastwick, a remake of the movie The Witches Of Eastwick, which was based on a book by John Updike.  The mystical plot of the new series has been modeled to the quriky likes of Desperate Housewives and we’re looking forward to seeing Paul Gross and Lindsay Price.

Lindsay Price

Modern Family, Cougar Town & Eastwick premiere tonight, Wednesday September 23rd, starting at 9pm.

Welcome Back, SVU!

In 2009 Fall Season, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, NBC, Prison Break on 09/23/2009 at 2:25 pm

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

It’s a big night for NBC!  What is arguably their most popular scripted show still on the air and definitely the most popular of the family, Law & OrderLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit is returning for its eleventh season this evening.  We’re interested to see if Leno’s lagging ratings get a bit of a bump from the SVU lead-in.

Here we’ve collected the few promotional trailers we’ve across this summer, including first looks at Prison Break‘s Wentworth Miller as a bad-boy cop and Christine Lahti as the new ADA with a bit of an attitude.  No look yet at Eric McCormack’s guest appearance yet, though.

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit returns tonight, Wednesday September 23rd at 9pm on NBC.

SNL Season Premiere Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, Saturday Night Live on 09/23/2009 at 1:08 pm

Saturday Night Live

We’ve got a new “web-exclusive” promo for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live premiere on NBC.  It being the 35th season, we were expecting big things from the show this year!  It seems to be off to a bit of a rocky start, though, with the firing of Casey Wilson and Michaela Watkins and…what some may consider a slightly dull list of upcoming hosts and musical guests.  The list is below for you to decide.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that new hires Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad do good things.

Here’s Meghan Fox and Andy Samberg goofing around:

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Upcoming SNL guests:

October 3 – Ryan Reynolds & Lady Gaga

October 10 – Drew Barrymore & Regina Spektor

October 17 – Gerard Butler & Shakira

The 35th season of Saturday Night Live kicks off this Saturday, September 26th at 11:35pm on NBC with Meghan Fox and U2.

Tonight: The Good Wife & The Forgotten

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, ABC, CBS, Cold Case, The Forgotten, The Good Wife on 09/22/2009 at 3:55 pm

The Good Wife

We’re pretty excited for tonight!  This evening marks the premiere of The Good Wife on CBS and, we have to admit, we’ve been looking forward to this show for quite some time.  The cast includes some of our favorite actors of all time, the promotional trailers look fantastic and even the artwork (see above) is looking pretty awesome.  Oh, and the concept sounds pretty good, too!

The Good Wife premieres tonight, Tuesday September 22nd at 10pm on CBS.

But wait!  Get your DVR’s ready because there’s also a new series on ABC this evening: The Forgotten.  Or ‘The forgotten‘ as it’s showing up on our Program Guide.  Nobody seems to know much about this series as the pilot was reshot after the lead character was recast with Christian Slater.

From all the trailers we’ve come across, it seems to be a serial in the vein of CBS’ Cold Case about regular folk who help find…well, the forgotten.  Check out some trailers we posted here and here.

The Forgotten premieres this evening, Tuesday September 22nd at 10pm on ABC.

House: Broken Review

In 2009 Fall Season, Homicide: Life On The Streets, House, Men In Trees, Thief on 09/22/2009 at 2:04 pm
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A review of last night’s two hour House season premiere by Tara!
What an appropriate title for this episode. In every sense of the word, House was broken. And it took the very talented Andre Braugher (Homicide, Thief), playing House’s psychiatrist, Dr. Nolan, to not only make House see that but, more importantly, to acknowledge it, accept it and make peace with it.
This episode was not the traditional formula we are used to seeing. Rather than the hospital where the ‘team’ tries to figure out what’s wrong with this week’s patient, the first images we see are those of House going through withdrawals, in a singular cell like bedroom. Once the images stop and we see that House has begun to recover, it becomes clear that he is ready to leave. And he goes about doing so in typical House fashion.
With that we get our first introduction between Dr. Nolan and House. House tells him he’s a lot better and wants to leave, “Gonna miss you. Wanna start missing you as soon as possible.” The sarcasm begins. Nolan counters with, “your issues run deeper than Vicodin,” as he has been misusing the drug for years but his hallucinations happened only after two colleagues died. House wants to leave but Nolan stops him by saying he can’t without his recommendation.
Welcome to Ward Six.
Just a quick look around the room and we see men playing ping pong, a girl with very large and broken glasses holding a stuffed animal that even when I paused my DVR I couldn’t figure out what it was. I don’t know why but I’m curious.

Californication Trailer

In 2009 Fall Season, Californication, Showtime on 09/21/2009 at 3:55 pm

Californication

There’s really not much left to say about Showtime’s Californication.  It’s dirty and raunchy, even by pay cable standards.  It’s hilarious.  It’s absurd.  It’s snarky.  We’ll let this new promotional trailer speak for itself.

Californication returns to Showtime at 10pm Sunday September 27th.

Gossip Girl: Sexperimentation

In 2009 Fall Season, Gossip Girl, The CW on 09/21/2009 at 3:13 pm

Gossip Girl

Do you know what a Geor-gina is?  Well, watch and learn.  Here’s a new Gossip Girl trailer from The CW.  The trailer gives us a quick look at Hilary Duff’s guest appearance and what dorm life holds for the incoming NYU class:

Gossip Girl airs each Monday at 9pm on The CW.

House Returns!

In 2009 Fall Season, Fox, House on 09/21/2009 at 2:55 pm

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The doctor returns!  Hopefully you’re ready for a near overload of snark and bitter humor because tonight marks the return of House with a two hour season premiere.  Here’s a quick little round up of House related posts we’ve done lately.  There’s been a few:

First off, there were all those cast photos.  While the gray background is a little less than interesting, the raining pills shot of House is kinda cool.  After those promotional photos came the promotional trailers.  While all three of them had their attributes, the second gave us our first look at Andre Braugher’s guest appearance.

That initial little promotional push was followed up Snakes On A Cane, a witty little campaign from the mind of Hugh Laurie.  Part one featured the launch of snakesonacane.com and a glitzy-creepy poster, that we hoped was digital cgi effects.  We later learned, though, that it featured real snakes.

Finally, there was the Alpha Male promotional trailer just last week.  For some reason, though, Hulu and Fox made that a limited-time only sort of thing, so while our post shall last forever, there’s not much to see anymore.

House returns tonight, Monday September 21st at 8pm, with a two hour sixth season premiere on Fox.

Glee: Showmance Recap

In 2009 Fall Season, Fox, Glee on 09/19/2009 at 3:08 pm

Showmance

Review by Michelle Ann

We start with school day with Will’s (Matthew Morrison) arrival; he touches base with all the glee members as he heads to work for the day.  He runs into Emma (Jayma Mays) and they once again share an awkward moment before Quinn (Dianna Agron) lets Will know that Coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) is waiting for him, and she hates to be kept waiting.

A highlight of every episode is the confrontation of Sue and Will. Today, Sue starts early giving Will iron pills so he can keep up his strength when he is menstruating. They trade barbs while letting us all know 12 members are needed to qualify as a show choir. Sue suggests that with only 5 ½ (the half being wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale)). Sue suggests that Will needs to start looking at the special needs classes for additional members.  Will defends his group and has the confidence they will be okay without any help from Sue.

Quinn really wants Finn (Cory Monteith) to quit the choir. She even offers him a touch of her breast; of course that is only undershirt/over bra. Rachel (Lea Michele) overhears the exchange and thinks she is winning the battle, since he is staying in choir and losing the chance to feel up his girlfriend.

The group is working on a new routine, one that is a bit out of touch and like last week’s. Will reassured them that his group took regionals with this song in 1993.  They sing ‘La Freak” with a lack of enthusiasm and even though it is obvious this is not working, Will insists that they will be fine. The rest of the group begins to fear for their general safety.

Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) drags Will out house hunting in her sister Kendra’s (Jennifer Aspen) neighborhood. There is a new subdivision opening up. Of course the basic house is hard enough to afford, but with most everything al la carte (grand foyer and sun nook), Will sees no way they can afford any of this, especially on his salary.

Will walks into Glee Club and offers up a compromise in the form of ‘Gold Digger’ by Kanye West. Will suggests that Finn take the lead and he declines, fearing he is still working on the whole walking and singing thing. Will proceeds to school the group. This is by far my favorite number of the episode. I had downloaded the free video off iTunes earlier in the week and even though I had seen it at least 10 times, it still was great to see how it fit into the show. Will tells the group that they don’t have time to get this number ready for the assembly to recruit members. The group is still are not keen on the disco.

Emma heads to the restroom to clean up. She overhears someone throwing up and it is our damsel, Rachel.  She feels like a failure at this whole bulimia thing since she has no gag reflex, Emma tells her that will be a good thing when she gets older. Into the guidance counselor’s office to talk about her crush on Finn.  Of course Emma tells her that she can’t relate to the whole unrequited crush thing and as we cut to her crying in her car to “All By My Self”, Emma suggests that Rachel find things in common to get Finn to notice her.

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Crash Returns Tonight!

In 2009 Fall Season, Crash, Starz, The Mod Squad, Twin Peaks on 09/18/2009 at 1:59 pm

Crash

“Nothing is random.  There are no accidents”.  And a second season of Crash begins on Starz.  The season begins with the return of eccentric former music mogul Ben Cendars (Dennis Hopper) from a full year in rehab.  He seems to be the best of the bunch as much of last season’s cast do not seem to be faring too well: former cop Kenny Battaglia (Ross McCall) is now a strip mall security guard facing a bitter divorce, Inez, the gypsy jezebel, has taken a step ahead…from lap dancing to host of an exclusive gentleman’s club.

Eric Roberts

While the old guard is still surviving throughout L.A., a new host of characters have arrived, as well, mainly encircling Seth Blanchard (Eric Roberts), one of the richest men in the country, who has a life changing experience that, this being Crash, will connect in seen and unseen ways to the rest of the cast.  One character seemingly unconnected to Seth, though, is Suzy Fields, Ben Cendars flower-child former wife, played by Peggy Lipton of The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks fame.  She’s signed on to play the part for a multi-episode arc and we can only imagine the relationship between Ben and an ex-wife…who’s now married to his former close friend, 60’s hero-author Owen Fields (Keith Carradine).

The series, based on Paul Haggis’ much ballyhooed 2004 film, is the first in a line of scripted series rolled out by Starz in the last year.  I have to admit that the series, with its flashy L.A. palm-tree lined lifestyles juxtaposed with noir-grit and broken/breaking lives, is a rather ambitious project for a first time outing, but they’ve handled it well.

Dennis Hopper

The second season of Crash begins tonight, Friday September 18th at 10pm on Starz.