Life on Mars (U.S.): The Complete Season (2008)


A few weeks ago, I settled in to watch the extremely long pilot to Terra Nova. Naturally, I was drawn to this show because I like a good thrill and my ornithoscelidaphobic tendencies led me to believe I could be deliciously scared after watching it. I was, however, disappointed after the first episode. Now I will save my “pilot Terra Nova” rant for another time, but sitting through that two hour monster episode, all I could think about was how sub-par I found the acting. I mean, the main character (played by Jason O’Mara) seemed stiff—not at all like the man I was pretty sure played some cop who was mysteriously sent back to the 1970s to solve crimes in that show that was canceled a few years ago.

 

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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (2010)


There are some days where I  wish I had a house staff. As I am writing now, a pile of dirty clothes sits neglected on the laundry room floor. My closets need organizing. The puppy could definitely use a bath. In the kitchen sink, the used dishes seem to be breeding like bunnies. My entire house could use a good deep cleaning. While I am at it, I would love for someone to make me a delicious, homemade chocolate cake. Alas, the domestic staff in this home consists of one person: me (and I’m not exactly the best housekeeper in the world). But still, a girl can dream…

 

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Fall TV Extravaganza 2011: Friday and Beyond…..


Happy Friday one and all! Well, we are on the home stretch now—all we have to do is make it through the weekend and then it’s time for new fall TV. Hooray and huzzah! No more reruns, no Hell’s Kitchen cooks, no more reality show star’s dirty looks!

 

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Fall TV Extravaganza 2011: Thursday Edition


 

Now we are nearing the end of the prime time TV week—which is also known as the “work week” for some. As I look over the schedule, I see some very familiar faces and a couple of new ones. A few of these regulars I am happy to see back and will be adding to my DVR.

 

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Fall TV Extravaganza 2011: Wednesday Edition


You know, there was a time when Wednesday night TV didn’t appeal to me. I would use the time to read or perhaps catch a movie in the theater. Come to think of it, I was a lot more productive back then…. Anyway, over the past few years, Wednesday night TV changed. Instead of being the boring night of television I remember, I would dare to say it is the new TGIF (well, if by “TGIF” I mean “Thank Goodness It’s Funny” like the old school ABC slogan). Sure, there are no Michelle Tanners running around, nor do a pair of opposite-and-wacky cousins live together with zany antics ensuing; but Wednesday is now delivering quality TV (including funny sitcoms!).

 

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Fall TV Extravaganza 2011: Tuesday Edition


Oh Tuesday! Sweet Tuesday! Often, this poor day is neglected—we are too busy complaining about Mondays and how bad Wednesdays suck to really give old Tuesday the attention it deserves. Sure, the TV pickings seem a little more slim, but that gives you time to catch up on the shows you may have fallen behind on already.

 



Fall TV Extravaganza 2011: Monday Edition


 

This weekend I did what I have been waiting weeks to do. No, I didn’t spring clean my house or finally finish that game of Fallout: New Vegas I’ve been playing since last October. Instead I excitedly programmed my DVR to record fall TV. Talk about a thrilling weekend (well, a heart-pounding fifteen minutes of it anyway….)! So what did I carefully select to record on my DVR? Well, I’m so glad you asked.

 

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Teen Wolf, season 1 (2011)


Before I start today’s review, I think a few clarifications are in order. First, I am not a screaming 15-year-old girl. I didn’t pick up the latest Tiger Beat, there are no posters of heart throbs hanging on my wall, and I am plumb out of Dr. Pepper lip gloss. Second, I haven’t watched MTV since Real World: Seattle aired. Heck, I know next to nothing about what is on that network anymore. And last, and perhaps most important, I am not, nor will I ever be a Twihard. So how was it that I ended up watching the entire first season of MTV’s Teen Wolf?

 

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Day 121: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)


A lot of people complained when Netflix introduced its new, sleek layout. But not me. No, I kept my lips sealed. I tried to give the redesign a chance and after a while, I became accustomed to it (note, I didn’t say that I liked it). Sure, it was somewhat convenient to have all seasons of a television show under one umbrella category; but how was I supposed to mark my queue progress since I couldn’t take shows off my list until I either (1) watched the entire series or (2) gave up and removed it? So I just decided to review things as I normally would, but just keep them on the old queue until the series was done. I’m not making much progress here.

 

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Day 120: Misfits, season 1 (2009)


Every now and then, I stumble on to something unexpected—a show that I know nothing about (not even any of the actors in it). Let me assure you, finding one such title is quite an accomplishment as I read a lot of entertainment news, watch a fair amount of television, and consume trailers as fast as companies can make ’em. I like to think I have my finger on the pulse of what to watch. However, I was surprised when Hulu kept recommending that I watch Misfits because I didn’t even know it existed. And from the commercials I couldn’t tell if it was a weird superhero series, a wacky British comedy, a teen show, or something in between.