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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

T.V. Tuesday: Volume 1 Issue 5


Being that I spent last week furiously working on a knitting project, means that I spent the majority of it in front of the television. That being said, I only have a few programs to write about.



The first program I watched during the week that was not a rerun was the NHL Awards show on Versus on Wednesday evening. I had a couple of reasons for watching, one, with the Stanley Cup being awarded one week prior, it was the only hockey related programming that was not a repeat of the SC finals and two, Dan Bylsma, head coach for my beloved Penguins was nominated for the Jack Adams. I cannot tell you how happy I was to watch this awards show. The opening sequence, a parody of the 24/7 Penguins/Capitals Road to the Winter Classic that HBO aired in December with Jay Mohr (this year’s host) was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Then Mohr’s opening, had me rolling in parts and eye rolling in other parts. The show progressed very nicely, with two musical performances (neither of which I liked) and to the point presentations and acceptance speeches. Dan Byslma did win the Jack Adams, which was totally awesome. There were not many surprises when it came to the winners. Overall it was a delightful two hours.



After that, I tuned into So You Think You Can Dance and somewhere towards the last half hour or so, I sort of tuned out. I tend to watch the dances half-heartedly and then tune out the comments. There seems to be an awful lot of stroking these dancers. I, never in a million years thought I would miss Mia, but she was at least blatantly and harshly honest. But at least she wasn’t praising crap. This was the week that two couples were being sent home and I honestly could see more than two that should have been ousted. I remember when the show first started (barely). I remember that they just danced, there didn’t have to be a heart-string-tugging-story behind every dance. It didn’t have to mean anything. The viewer could decide the story based on the song and the movement. The host wasn’t annoying trying to be cute all the time. And this year, they are trying out this celebrity judge thing, this week was Debbie Reynolds. Really? Debbie Reynolds. I would have loved to see her critique a crump routine, since I am fairly certain she has not clue what crumping is. It was a train wreck, she loved everyone, even the super sucky ones. Ugh! I didn’t even tune in on Thursday. Well I did for a minute to see the opening routine. I got my results information from twitter and I was happy. That and my cable was all sorts of wonky. So, four people went home and I was a little disappointed that Ryan didn’t go home. Her performance the first week, she was all smiles during a “sad” song and this week, she was supposed to be sexy and she looked like she was trying to catch bugs in that trap of hers. There’s always next time. Fingers crossed.



On Friday, I tuned into the NHL Draft. That is three hours that cannot be recovered. I think of all the things I could have watched. I had no idea that it would honestly take just over three hours to draft 30 players. My team had the 23rd pick. That was a long time coming. Thankfully for round 2-7 they made it a much more streamlined process and there was no, “the so and so would like to thank Minnesota for their hospitality and congratulate the Boston Bruins on winning the Stanley Cup.” My team was all business, “Pittsburgh selects Joe Morrow”. It was like, “let’s get this show on the road, we have been sitting here playing Farmville for two hours now.” I don’t recommend watching the Draft, unless you don’t have paint to watch dry.



The weekend was time to settle in and watch some DVR programs. I started by finishing up the Law & Order: Criminal Intent season and I am really going to miss that show. I won’t lie, I did not see every episode of the series. I did see all the Goren/Eames episodes, but tuned out the Logan eps because I just couldn’t get behind Mr. Big in that role again. I was super pleased with the series finale. It was just a regular episode with an ending that was not over the top and just left things status-quo. Also, it didn’t hurt that The Beek was in it…James Van der Beek. Oh, how I love The Beek.



I watched Covert Affairs on Sunday. I have yet to find an episode that really stands out and makes me think. I think I mainly watch for Christopher Gorham (Auggie) and Kari Matchett (Joan). They are my two favorite characters on that show. I did enjoy last week’s episode with Oded Fehr. He is so handsome and I just love his work.






Rookie Blue premiered this week. On Thursday, to be exact. That was the day that my cable seemed a bit wonky, perhaps there were storms, I don’t much remember. Anyways, it was a really good episode and I think it set up some stuff for this season. First, how about that out-of-nowhere gun shot that took down the girl and another than took down Andy?!? Thankfully Andy’s shot was straight to the vest and she was fine. Oh how much I loved that Swarek ran to her and showed the concern (how can they not get together?). The introduction of the new detective Jo (thank you imdb.com) that is Luke’s ex in more than the partner way. That sets up quite the triangle or possibly rectangle/square with Andy/Luke/Swarek/Jo. Who here thinks that Luke and Jo will smooch and she will also hook up with Swarek? I do! Also, with the drop about Dov’s brother committing suicide, maybe they will delve into that a bit and we will find out why. It would be nice to get a little more background on Dov and Diaz. We know that Gail is privileged and that Andy’s dad is a drunk. We know that Traci has a son and is trying to make it work with the baby daddy (poor Jerry) and we know that Noelle is trying to get pregnant. We don’t know much about Swarek’s past or Luke’s so that would be nice too. I didn’t know originally that I would like this show or that it would last, but it proved to be something good. Second to hockey and some players, and Flashpoint, it is one of the better things to come out of Canada (no offense Canada, I love you, but you did drop that bomb The Bridge last year and someone there produces Don Cherry’s suits).



On the next episode of T.V. Tuesday:



This week looks like much of the same, minus L&O: Criminal Intent. I am about half way through the pilot episode of Suits. I am not sure that it will make my summer viewing yet, but I will keep you posted. I may check out Necessary Roughness. Originally I said no, but USA is relentless with their promos and so I am thinking that I might check it out. TNT’s premiere of Rizzoli & Isles is just shy of three weeks away…seems like forever!



Thanks for tuning in, we’ll see you next week.

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