Thursday, September 27, 2007

I am a little stitious.

The Office
4x01: Fun Run
(And boy were there lots of them tonight!)

Tech guy: Yeah, what kind of video?
Pam: (embarassed) A... celebrity sex tape.
Jim: Really? What kind of... celebrity?
Pam: Not relevant.
Jim: How much did you pay for it?
Pam: Not relevant.
Jim: You paid for it!?
Pam: It all happened so fast!

Pam: Jim and I went to dinner a few times when he got back from New York. I talked him through his break up. It's really nice to be good friends again.

Kevin: Are you kidding me! Pam and Jim are totally hooking up. All they do is smile. They're just keeping it a secret. Right?
Oscar: I don't know. There is no evidence of intimacy. They've been in remarkably good moods, could be other things.
Kevin: Are you kidding me!

Michael: I took her to the hospital, and the doctors tried to save her life. They did the best that they could, and she is going to be okay.
Stanley: What is wrong with you? Why did you have to phrase it like that?

Michael: She has a slight, pelvical fracture.

Michael: Kind of a good news, bad news there. I was able to be on the scene so quickly, because I was in the car that hit her.
Jim: Who was driving?
Pam: (off Michael's silence) Oh, Michael.

Jim: One day Michael came in complaining about a speed bump on the highway. I wonder who he ran over then.

Dwight: It's only Meredith.
Michael: Yeah, it's only Meredith, thank God.

Dwight: Hey, why did you do it?
Michael: It was an accident.
Dwight: Was she talking back?
Michael: No.
Dwight: Got sick of that face? Did she owe you money? Uh oh, is this downsizing? Did she spurn your advances.

Pam: Hey guys, we're all gonna visit Meredith at lunch, and we're kicking in $5 for flowers.
Kevin: Who's we? You and Jim?
Pam: No, um, me and Stanley and Phyllis so far.
Kevin: Oh. I bet Jim goes, too.
Pam: Yeah, I haven't asked him yet.
Kevin: Oh, I bet you ask.
Pam: I was planning on it.
Kevin: I bet you were.

Angela: I have to give her her meds. Pet her. And who will she eat lunch with?
Pam: Can't your other cats keep her company?
Angela: There's bad blood. Jealousies. Cliques.
Pam: Angela! You are the chairman of the Party Planning Committee. I shouldn't even be planning this. It's your job.
Angela. Ugh! Alright!

Michael: So, I need a little treat for the gang, something to win their affections back.
Ryan: Back? Why is that, Michael?
Michael: Well, I ran down Meredith in my car.
Ryan: Ohhh! Did you do it on purpose?
Michael: No, I was being negligent.

Angela: Hey, D?
Dwight: Hey, Monkey, what's up?
Angela: Can you do me a little favor? Go to my place at lunch and give Sprinkles her medicine?
Dwight: Sure.
Angela: I have to visit the alchie.
Dwight: Check to see if she's faking. If a car hit me, it wouldn't crack my pelvis. You know what, I bet she cracked it at home, jumped in front of the car to get some Worker's Comp.
Angela: I wouldn't put it past her.

Pam: I can take three people.
Jim: I can also take three people.
Oscar: (to Kevin) Separate cars.

Michael: Yaaaay, PAM!

Stanley: You cannot be serious. You ran a woman over this morning.
Michael: Everyone inside the car was fine... Stanley!

Michael: Guess what? I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I don't know. I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally, I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me. No... don't... sue me. That's the opposite of the point I'm trying to make.

Michael: I hate hospitals. In my mind, they are... associated with sickness.

Jim: I think she's awake.
Michael: No, she's in a coma.
Nurse: No.

Phyllis: Does it hurt terribly?
Meredith: No, it's not too bad. They had me on a lot of painkillers.
Creed: Oh, really. What kind? Codine? Vicodin? Percosette? Oxycontin? Paladone? What...
Meredith: I have no idea.

Michael: You know what I thought would be sort of fun, is if you forgave me in front of everybody.
Meredith: Michael, I'm not gonna do that.
Michael: 'Cause, you know what they say in the Bible, about forgiveness? Forgiveness, is next to godliness.
Angela: That's not...

Michael: Do I need to be liked? Absolutely not. I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked. I have to be liked. But it's not like this, compulsive need to be liked, like my need to be praised.

Dwight: Hey, Monkey.
Angela: Any problems?
Dwight: Well, you left the TV on. And your cat is dead.
Angela: What!
Dwight: Sparkles, the white one...
Angela: (crying) Sprinkles.
Dwight: Is dead. That was the sick one, right?
Angela: (crying) Uh huh. I... thought she had more time.
Dwight: Nope.
Angela: Did she... look... when you saw her... how was she looking?
Dwight: Really dead. Like a, just a, dead cat. So... Hey, come on. Don't be sad. Just, okay... she's in a better place. Actually, the place that she's in is the freezer. Because of the odor.

Pam: Michael, Angela's cat died.
Michael: Sprinkles?

Michael: This office is cursed! And we need to do something about it!

Michael: Well, I am taking responsibility. And it is up to me, to get rid of the curse that hit Meredith with my car. I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.

Michael: Did anyone do anything involving an Indian burial ground?
Oscar: Like what?
Michael: Like park on it. Or dig up a body. Toby, you have anything you want to tell us?
Toby: No. I did not violate an Indian burial ground. In fact, I had some good luck recently. Alfredo's pizza picked my business card of the basket, so I get a week of free pies.
Michael: Perfect. So our tragedy is your good luck. Satan.

Angela: Sprinkles never hurt a soul. God, in your infinite wisdom, how can you do this? She wasn't ready. She had so much left to accomplish.
Dwight: It is only a cat.
Angela: You never... you don't like them.
Dwight: Cats do not provide milk. Or wool, or meat.

Michael: I would now like to talk about each of your individual religious beliefs.
Toby: Oh. Michael, you can't ask about religious beliefs.
Michael: Satan (pointing at Toby), is a master of lies. Everything he says is the opposite.
Toby: Alright. Then you can ask about religious beliefs.
Michael: Thank you for the permission. Psych!

Creed: I've been involved in a number of cults. Both as a leader and a follower. You have more fun as a follower, but make more money as a leader.

Michael: Kelly, you are Hindu, so you believe in Buddha.
Kelly: That's Buddhists.
Michael: Are you sure?
Kelly: No.

Michael: You spend your whole life, trying to get people to like you. And then you run over one person with your car... and it's not even one of the popular ones... and everybody gets on your case. Doesn't make any sense. God is dead.
Kelly: If there was a God, then Ryan and I would be married by now.
Michael: Maybe believing in God was a mistake. What did people believe in before? The sun. Maybe there's some sort of animal, that we can make a sacrifice to. Like... a giant buffalo, or some sort of monster, like something with the body of a walrus, with the head of a sea lion. Or something with the body of an egret, with the head of a mere cat, or... just... the head of a monkey, with the antlers of a reindeer, with the body of... a porcupine.
Jim: I will do some research.
Pam: Let me help you with that.

Michael: I know a lot of you are very upset with me, for endangering Meredith's life, by hitting her, with my car, but it may make you feel a little bit better to know, that Dwight endangered her life by putting a garbage bag over her head that had a bat in it.
Jim: Six and one, really.
Michael: Turns out, Meredith has been exposed to Rabies, which is like 10 times worse, than a little crack in your pelvis. Thanks to me, she went to the hospital, and I saved her life. Curse is broken. Curse is broken, people! Ohhh, there is a God, and he has a plan for us, after all.

Michael: Is there a God? If not, then what are all these churches for? And who is Jesus's dad?

Kevin: Oh, well. If they aren't together now, then they probably never will be. I thought they'd be good together, like PB & J. Pam Beesly and Jim. What a waste! What. A. Waste.

Pam: I told you I'm not dating anyone. And even if I was, I don't think it's anyone's business. I mean, when I do fall in love, like when it's for real, the last person I'm gonna talk about it to, is a camera crew, or my coworkers. Almost marrying Roy Anderson, is as close to Pamela Anderson as I ever want to be. Trust me, when I fall in love, you'll know.

Michael: Hi Stankley, how many sponsors so far?
Stanley: Zero.

Angela: This is Halloween last year. Just a couple of kittens. Out on the town.

Angela: (to Pam) I’m having relationship problems. And since you’re always having relationship problems, I thought you’d be able to give me some advice.

Jim: So what’s your strategy for this race?
Pam: Well, I’m going to start fast. Then I’m going to run fast in the middle. Then I’m going to end fast.
Jim: Why won’t more people do that?
Pam: ‘Cause they’re stupid.

Pam: Yeah, I gave him a ride home because … we’re dating.
Jim: Wow. There it is.
Pam: Yeah. We haven’t told anybody, but it’s going really great. Right?
Jim: It is going really great.

Michael: I always imagined it with a giant check.
Jim: Yeah, I mean personally, I am definitely on board with the giant check.
Pam: Giant check it is.
Dwight: I don’t know. On the other hand, it does leave less money for bat birth control.

Pam: There is no such thing as a rabies doctor.

Michael: Have you met that kid? Not going to college.

Pam: Michael, 5K means five kilometers, not five thousand miles.

Pam: So I closed the door, but the image of his …
Jim: Baguette.
Pam: … dangling participle …
Jim: Ooh.
Pam: … still burned in my eyes.

Pam: On average, how many hours a day do you spend naked in your office?

Pam: I didn’t see where it started, but I saw where it ended.
Jim: Gross.

Pam: They say if you’re nervous around someone, you should picture them naked. I do not recommend this strategy. Try picturing them with more clothes on. Or a funny coat.

Jim: Oh, I’m sorry. Is this a working office? And not a French beach?

Michael: Myth: Three Americans every year die from rabies. Fact: Four Americans every year die from rabies.

Jim: Ooo, an estate sale. Wanna go in?
Pam: I don't know, I'm really committed to winning.
Jim: Okay, but what if I told you that all the money you spend here, goes to preventing a disease that's already been cured?
Pam: Mmm... yes.
Jim: That's what I thought.
Pam: Yeah.
Jim: Right? Let's do some good.

Pam: You have reached the offices of Dunder Mifflin Scranton. Currently the entire staff is out doing the Michael Scott D.M.S.M.P.M.C. Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race.
Michael: For The Cure.
Pam: Leave a message.

Andy: Gah! Watch the nipples, Kevin!

Dwight: Are you feeling better?
Angela: No.
Dwight: Well, you look cute as a button.

Angela: Cat heaven is a beautiful place. But you don’t get there if you’re euthanized!

Pam: I know you, Michael. I saw you naked.
Michael: You don’t know me. You’ve just seen my penis.

The Office: 4x01

The Office
Fun Run

Yes. Yes, it was very fun. Like, the most fun I've had in AGES. And because I'm feeling slightly warm and tingly all over, I have to start... yeah, you know where.

It's more than just "a date," it's DATING!

I'm not sure there's anything more perfect than the Jim and Pam I saw in this episode - and I can't be the only one. Surely, Greg Daniels will fall asleep to the screams of fangirls from across the nation tonight. And being one of them, I refuse to think about obligatory bumps in the road, and instead, choose to relish tonight for what it was... From Kevin's investigation and the covert kiss in the car (ohmygodtheykissedforreal), to the camera crew calling them out, Pam's confession and Jim's blushing (why is he THE cutest thing I've ever seen), to her checking him out from her perch at reception and the looks and the jokes and the hand-holding (oh my word, the hand-holding), to the overall and in general feeling that I might die from their sheer cuteness... it was just... amazing. And yes, I am a female and therefore allowed to think all those things without judgement. And then to rewind. And rewind. And rewind. See, I could have written a whole blog, complete with pictures, on this subject, but I condensed it to a paragraph, because I know there is more to The Office and its brilliance than Jim and Pam... (even though I feel they are a very import part, let's say, "the heart," of the show.) *ahem* And now I need new screencaps.

I was laughing less than 60 seconds into this episode, always a good sign.

1. Let's begin with Jan, passed out in the bed, followed immediately by Michael, hitting Meredith with his car because he was being, in his own words, "negligent."

2. Kevin, the investigative reporter, who's not quite as good as the documentary team.

3. D, Monkey and the Sprinkles instructions/situation. Nevermind, Angela's black suit of mourning, black running ensemble and fury at Dwight, including pushing him into office furniture. Oh yeah, and Dwight's farming principles. In his defense, how was Dwight to know Sprinkles wouldn't get into Cat Heaven?

4. Michael's religious icon. Hysterical. I really had issues breathing during this part. (Sidenote to the writers: Presbyterian is not a religion. It's a denomination of the Christian religion. Not to be picky, but... I'm just sayin'.) And I'm sorry, but why was the tech guy still there? Working out the porn situation?

5. Dwight discussing "putting farm animals out of their misery" while visiting Meredith. And why has she been bitten by so many rodents?

6. Michael's attempt to lessen his attempt on Meredith's life, by focusing on Dwight's. From last season.

7. Andy's nipple chaffing. Disgusting, disturbing... and somehow, hilarious.

8. The couple of kittens. Out on the town.

9. Angela's relationship discussion with Pam. LOVE that she doesn't even hide it from Pam anymore. Also love how disgusted she is by Pam's being a "dog person."

10. The giant check, bat birth control, Rabies doctor and fake nurse.

11. Oh. My. God. Pam seeing Michael's "dangling participle." And the conversation/talking heads that followed, re: European Offices... it's just not fair to people with Rabies.

12. Creed's age. Heh. Wonder what benefits he's getting from that.

13. Toby stretching, while Michael carbo-loads. P.S. Who gave Dwight a gun?

14. Stanley, Creed and Oscar at the bar.

15. Michael and Meredith in the hospital. Sharing lollipops.

*Quotes to follow tomorrow. I'm only half-way through... these hour longs are gonna kill me.

Grey's Anatomy: 4x01

Grey's Anatomy
A Change is Gonna Come

I'd love to sit here and wax poetic about Grey's Anatomy and the possibility that Season 4 might (tonight gave me a glimmer of hope) be able to overcome the tragedy that was Season3. But if I did, I'd also have to talk about the ridiculousness of the Meredith and Derek story, Alex's facial hair, and Izzie doing surgery on a deer. Or the fact that it's still way too "themey" (come on, Alex actually gave Christina a bag of change). But I can't. I can't focus on much of anything... except what just happened on The Office.

So, I'll just say...

1. I enjoyed the opening, where our Interns, now Residents, give the same speech to their newbies, that Bailey gave to them three years ago. Nice continuity.

2. George and Izzie have got to stop it.

3. I have mixed feelings about Lexie.

4. Bailey still rules.

5. And, once more, I'm really, really, really sick of the Meredith/Derek thing.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

House: 4x01


What with the title of the episode, I feel it appropriate to feature Hugh - minus the rest of the cast - in this week's recap photo. Plus, I love him.

Where to begin, friends? Should I focus on the joy a new season brings to my little heart? Should I lament the absence of Chase, Cameron and Foreman from this week's episode? Or, I don't know... laugh with glee at the prank Wilson played on House? I choose option 3.

We see House, living life without his ducklings and completely unwilling to hire a new team. So much so that he brings in a janitor and hilariously names him, Dr. Buffer, even sending him to deal with patients in his stead. Cuddy is not a fan and, once again, she and Wilson have varying opinions on how to deal with Greg when he's being... *ahem* difficult. I'm siding with Wilson tonight, out of sheer love for his creativity. Knowing just where to hit, Wilson steals House's guitar, sending ransom notes and photos (making it completely obvious the whole time - I loved the paper with letter holes cut in the front), and promising the return of his friend's prized possession - after he interviews new fellowship candidates. You can imagine how well this goes over with House, who in turn, kidnaps one of Wilson's patients. Classic. Seeing House and Wilson onscreen together, gives me the same giddy feeling I get when Michael and Toby share a scene on The Office, and sometimes I laugh so hard... I cry. Tonight, for instance, I had to hit the pause button on my Tivo when Wilson (doing his best to be ominous) muttered, "Ever tightened a guitar string really, really slowly? Past the point it can handle the strain? It makes this weird... sound. Almost like a scream. Eeeah. Eeeah." Wilson, you dog. I won't even mention the Telenovela you had on your Tivo. Teehee.

Back at the farm, Cuddy and House resume their, IloveyouIhateyou routine I adore, complete with a Magic 8 Ball and inappropriate comments about Cuddy's Water Bra. They just need to get it over with already. Again (if we believe their little season three exchange). And in the end, it's Cuddy (the enabler) who turns the knife, listing the attributes of Foreman, Chase and Cameron, and how they'd have solved the case for him, "days ago." Of course, she gave him waaaay too much leeway (as usual) when she told him to hire a new team, "I don't care how you do it. Just do it." Cut to House and his girl-guitar, with a roomful of doctors at their "interview."

Ah, Greg, this is why I love you.

Next week: House thinks he's hallucinating when he sees his ducklings back at Princeton-Plainsboro. Let the fun begin.

Weirdness: I saw not one bottle of Vicodin, nor one pill pop, tonight. Veddy, veddy strange.

Reaper: 1x01


My first encounter with Reaper was reading the script a few months ago and then, watching the Pilot a few days later. I mentioned back then, that I really like the show, and the opinion still stands, but I have a slight beef with their continuity department after re-watching it tonight on the CW.

After filming the original pilot (the one I saw), there was a casting change. Nikki Reed, who played Sam's love interest, Andie, was replaced by Missy Peregrym (Candice from Heroes). I have no problem with the casting, but I DO have a problem with all the scenes they reshot with Missy. Why? Because Brett Harrison (Sam) was clean-shaven in every scene, save the ones with Missy... where he had a nice little porn-stache. Why did no one pay attention to this? Why did they let Brett grow facial hair? Am I the only one who noticed... and found it completely distracting?

Taking a leap with Journeyman!

Interesting. I left the TV on NBC after Heroes and found myself actually drawn to/liking the premiere of Journeyman. Especially when I realized it's basically just a new, flashy, modern version of Quantum Leap (which I totally adored). I'm not gonna get all crazy and start talking weekly write-ups, but I'll be watching for a while... check out whether or not it's really worth all the "don't miss" hype at E! Online. So far, so good.

NOTE: I have not finished watching Season 2 of HIMYM, so there will be no coverage of the S3 Premiere. Thank goodness for TIVO.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Heroes: Season 2, Chapter 1

Season 2, Chapter 1
Four Months Later...

I liked the way they opened this one... a smattering of scenes, new characters and old, during the time we missed. An easy, yet effective way to show us things have changed, the story is still moving and we've got some "catch up" to play.

Tonight, I'm working in story groups, starting with the Bennets. Or maybe I should say, Butlers. (Honestly, not the greatest, or most super secret, name change. They could have at least gone with a different letter of the alphabet.) HRG gets little bear all set up for her first day of school in California (again, with the terrible anonymity) and wants her to be as un-noticeable as possible (and we know from the moment he says it, that's NEVER going to happen). She fights the urge to answer a question about Charles Darwin (we get it, evolution) in class, and refrains from taking a swan dive off the P.E. platform (who has one of those things at school... and why do the cheerleaders on this show ALWAYS have on their uniforms), but she's struggling with her inability to be herself (you know, breaking bones, etc. and regenerating), leading to a rather strained phone call between her and DNA Daddy (more on that later). Considering the promos of Bear and West (cool name) getting all kissy face, and him flying, Clay Aiken style, outside her room, I expect she's not gonna keep her secret for long... or stop wearing a cheerleading uniform.

Mother Bennet-Butler is upset that Mr. Muggles can't rest on his puppy competition laurels (you don't have any laurels, Saracen, not a damn one) while under cover. Could they make this woman seem any crazier? Little does she know, ol' Noah's out breaking his boss's fingers for asking him to finish a coffee break. (Why HRG working at Kinkos?) Still, it's all part of Daddy B's big plan to take down "The Company" with Suresh.

Speaking of Suresh. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that he and Parkman are Molly's guardians. Could there BE anything cuter? I don't think so. And it appears while Mohinder is out baiting "The Company," Matty is passing his police exams (nice recovery from the gunshot wounds, man) and questioning Molly on some rather disturbing drawings and dreams. Poor kid. And poor Matt. He and Janice are divorced now (what?)... but I'm sure that's not the end of that story.

And I'm wondering if the creepy guy Molly keeps drawing and seeing (aside from being the baddie that's bigger than Sylar) is the one who's sending death threats to the older heroes. That whole situation was odd to me. Intriguing, but odd. Mainly because, a) Ando had on a suit? and b) If the guy that pushed Mr. Nakamura off the building was old, he sure dressed a lot like Sylar. Wonder if Mrs. Petrelli is gonna bite it? I sorta hope so, but somehow, I doubt it.

Which leads me to Nathan. Wow. Beard. (Someone call for a Jack Shepard character arc?) Apparently, since he and Peter went birds eye in the finale, he's lost his house (no mention of the wife and kids) and his political prowess/aspirations. And he's drunk. A lot. And seeing really creepy reflections of himself in mirrors. Don't worry, Nate, Peter's alive. And hot. And chained to a wall in Ireland. Without his memory, but somehow, with hair that was cut perfectly by the flames of himself.

Hiro. I hope at some point I get this story. Like, is David Anders going back to the future with Masi, because that would be AWESOME. And I love that DA is still rocking the British accent. It's like Sark got the lead role in a really strangely costumed movie. I know I should focus on Hiro here, but I can't. He's just doing his Hiro thing... I'm sure he'll inspire Takezo (I can't spell that name) into action at some point.

Lastly, what is this Maya chick's power, because it's freaking me out?

Next week: More shirtless Peter, and hopefully some Sylar. And really, can we just skip to episode five so I can be in the presence of Kristen Bell again?

I'm so glad this show is back on...

Chuck: 1x01


I professed my love for Chuck back in July, so I won't wax on AGAIN now. I am, however, anxious to see what you thought of tonight's premiere. Me? I liked it even more the second time around... the perfect mixture of snappy humor, Alias spy-gear, and Jim Halpert charm. What more could a girl ask for? (You know, besides the actual Jim Halpert and Chuck and Saracen and... ok, I'll stop.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Gossip Girl: 1x01

Gossip Girl

Ah, the life of the privileged teen! Josh Schwartz, you've cornered the market.

Somehow, I failed to post in regard to my decision to watch Gossip Girl (or I did and don't remember, maybe I was at the hotel bar with Serena). I was iffy. Mainly because it's been done. In California. With the same creator. BUT, I had a chance to read the pilot and see the footage The CW released early and I liked it... but kept it a secret because, well, let's be honest, it's another soap opera. For teenagers. (Even though, if you have a teenager, you probably shouldn't let them watch it.) Still, we all need a guilty pleasure show. And it's set in New York, so eye candy in the scenery and, come on, Kristen Bell is the narrator (which is probably the reason I picked up the script to read it in the first place).

The pilot, as with most, is all set up. The characters as follows:

Gossip Girl: New York's most infamous teen blogger, identity unknown. The entire social scene depends on her for scandalous, "as it happens" information. Only secret she won't spill? Her name.

Serena: Beautiful, mysterious Queen Bee who disappeared, without reason, to boarding school and has returned, throwing everyone's world into turmoil. Most notably Blair (her wayward best friend) and Blair's boyfriend, Nate, with whom Serena shares a secret. She's trying to change her ways, deal with family issues (a troubled brother) and is genuinely a nice, sweet character.

Blair: Seems willing to do anything to hold on to the power she's gained in Serena's absence... especially when it comes to Nate. Not so nice. I smell a bitch in the making.

Dan: The regular Joe, living in the world of the elite. He goes to school with all the trust fund kids, but isn't one of them - an instant outsider. He's got a thing for Serena and finds himself suddenly, luckily, thrust into her company. Is that... do I hear... oh, yep, yep, that's a love triangle, ladies and gentlemen. Perhaps even a trapezoid.

Nate: Blair's boyfriend "since Kindergarten," who's beginning to question his privileged world and all that comes with it. Not to mention his relationships with Blair and Serena.

Jenny: Dan's little sister, whose desperate to be one of the "in crowd."

Chuck: The asshole. Reveling in his world and milking it for all it's worth.

And yeah, there are parents (it appears Serena's mom and Dan's dad may have had a little somethin' back in the day), but who really cares about them?

You're either gonna love GG (oh my gosh, I don't know if I can call it that, as Gilmore Girls held the letters for 7 years) or hate it. It's not gonna rock your world. It's no House or Friday Night Lights, by any stretch of the imagination, so take it for what it is. Enjoy with a pint of ice cream and move along to something smarter the next night.

Schedule and Info

As my Fall TV Season officially begins (ohmygoshilovethistimeofyear) with the Gossip Girl premiere tomorrow night, I thought I'd do a little update on plans, schedules, etc.

Nothing much has changed, other than the addition of Friday Night Lights, heretofore known as FNL, to the roster, as it's now one of my must-see shows. (See previous blog entry for gushing.)

Most of you know this, but as fate (or really sucky timing) would have it, this fall is starting off a bit crazy at home. I'm looking for a new job after finishing my summer school program, trying to find a place to live, and feeling generally, rather stressed.

That said, you may not find a blog for every show, every week. I'm sure I'll have something to say about all the premieres, especially when it comes to the newbies, but you probably won't find a weekly HIMYM or Private Practice recap. Maybe an end of the week round-up, general thoughts about what's going on in TV Land. (Read: Things that pissed me off/made me happy/both.)

Still, there are some shows you can count on for regular coverage (it's possible others will be added once life has settled down). And the winners are:
Heroes, HOUSE, The Office, Friday Night Lights.

Fall Premiere Dates
(and There's Proof's Viewing Schedule)

Wednesday, September 19
8/7c - *Kid Nation, CBS
9/8c - *Gossip Girl, CW

Monday, September 24
8/7c - *Chuck, NBC
8/7c - How I Met Your Mother, CBS
9/8c - Heroes, NBC

Tuesday, September 25
9/8c - House, Fox
9/8c - *Reaper, CW

Wednesday, September 26
9/8c - *Private Practice, ABC

Thursday, September 27
9/8c - Grey's Anatomy, ABC
9/8c - The Office, NBC

Sunday, September 30
10/9c - Brothers and Sisters, ABC

Wednesday, October 3
8/7c - *Pushing Daisies, ABC

Friday, October 5
9/8c - Friday Night Lights, NBC

Friday Night Lights

I'm not feeling particularly eloquent tonight, so I'm letting the picture above do most of the Friday Night Lights talking for me. I will say that the hype on this show is ALL true. It's AMAZING. I heard about it last season (but you know I can't get involved half-way through), a few weeks ago from a commenter here, and then, from one of my trusted TV confidantes, who used the word "obsession" when recommending the show to me... he wasn't exaggerating.

I watched the first season in 3 days and stayed up until almost 5 a.m. two of those three nights to do so. Yeah. Seriously. I don't even know how to describe it, other than to tell you, if you watch the first episode, you'll be hooked. And I'm not just saying that because I grew up in the South and cheered for a 5-A, High School State Champion football team (that's real, baby.)

It's real, it's funny, it's people, it's life. It's not melodramatic, and doesn't depict an unrealistic lifestyle where teenagers rule the world in Marc Jacobs and go to Happy Hour for martinis. It's about the MOST ordinary things in life, that are amazingly extraordinary to watch. And it's not all about football, so don't let that deter you.

Kyle Chandler (who plays Coach Taylor) is my new favorite person. What he does with this character is brilliant. And when he's on-screen with TV wife, Connie Britton, look out. I laugh, I cry, I rewind. Add daughter Julie (played by Aimee Teegarden) to the mix, and you might be looking at my new favorite TV family (sorry, Walkers).

Outside the Taylor family, Matt Saracen (who has a really sweet relationship with Coach Taylor's daughter) and Tim Riggins are probably my favorite characters, but all of them: Street, Smash, Lyla, Tyra and adorkable, hilarious Landry, stand out as individual, unique and interesting people - the kind I want to know more about... for many more obsessive seasons.

Ok, see, I said I didn't have much to say... but this show brings it out of me, even when I don't feel like being particularly verbose. I really don't know what else I can say. Just WATCH IT!

Season 2 Premiere: Friday, October 5.
(But go get Season 1 and watch it first...)

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Winners, Losers and Commentary
Preshow, E! - 6/5c
Award Show, FOX - 8/7c

A few disclaimers for the evening:
1. I cannot be held accountable for the length of this blog entry. But it's all in fun, so everyone calm down.
2. If I start talking about dresses from the preshow, and you're a guy... come back later.
3. If you read this blog, you know what I watch (obsess over). I did not, never have, do not, probably won't ever... watch The Sopranos. (We can talk about my reasons later.) I know was a good show and this was their last year and they're probably gonna take home a load of the DRAMA awards (some rightfully, some not), but airing a Series Finale has never meant a show deserved every available award in its category, and so... you will not see it listed as my favorite, nicely colored in red... and I may get a little pissed if someone takes Hugh Laurie's trophy, just because he's gone to TV Heaven. There. I said it.
4. I WILL make fun of Ryan Seacrest.
5. I've only listed the "big" categories below. Sorry if you wanted to proliferate over this year's best Mini-Series. Also below... my "Award Winners' Key."

Who Won
Who I Want/ed to Win
Random set of thoughts on the category...

*Kristen from E! - Looks great!!
*Jennifer Morrison - LOVE you. Not sure I love the dress.
*Zachary Quinto - Evil is yummy.
*Jesse Spencer - I've never had a doctor that HOT.
*Debra Messing - Alaways looks good.
*BJ Novak - Who are you with? And... the Ryan stubble is confusing me. Are you hot or not?
*Rainn Wilson - Awww, old pictures with Seacrest. I know you probably wanted to hit him.
*America - Looks GREAT. Love the blue.
*Oh. My. Word. Masi walking in with Kristen Bell - who looks FAB in blue! The Heroes cast just got 100x cooler.
*Hayden - So cute. I'm totally into the dress.
*Ahhh, the Heroes boys. Milo, Adrian Leonard and Masi on one screen.
*Eva looks great.
*Kate Walsh - What did you do to your hair?
*Jamie Pressley's voice IRKS me.
*House newbies... I only know Olivia.
*Ellen and Portia with Ellen's videocamera. I need to see her show when that airs.
*JENNA! I just got a glimpse... awwww...
*Julia-Louis looks great in purple.
*The pink on Felicity Huffman is fabulous.
*Omar is gonna be a proud papa!
*Kristen Bell, Masi, Leonard and Adrian. Seriously, I could not love Kristen Bell anymore. So funny and cute.
*Um, JKras just walked up with someone who's pregnant. Sister? Oh... nope, just saw an interview with G and it's his agent. How sweet... and of course, I hung on his every word in the interview.
*Hugh Laurie. Marry me? Hubby loves you too, he won't mind.
*Rashida Jones looks AMAZING.
*Awww... Jenna is talking to Kristen fromE! So cute. Love her.
*Hello!! Coach Tay... I mean, Kyle Chandler!
*Steve, you funny guy... talkin' about Rainn.
*Heidi Klum is beautiful.
*What the HELL is wrong with Ellen Pompeo's hair?
*Ah! I forgot about Rachel Griffiths having an accent. Love it.

So, of course... I get to my viewing location (dad's new house has a 52" HD flatscreen) and the wireless is SUCKY! Alas, I wrote some notes throughout...

1. What is with Secrest's tie? Is it leather?
2. Rainn and Jenna both lose in the first 30 minutes. Not a good sign, my friends.
3. Hello, Kyle Chandler. I was unaware you talked like Coach Taylor in real life. I like it.
4. Ellen D. asking Hugh Laurie what we all want to know.
5. Um, Seacrest, I see JJ and Damon sitting right behind you. Prime opportunity to ask about Season 4 of LOST and you are totally blowing it.
6. Oh, Steve, I love you. "Good evening good people of TV." I don't think I could love The Office cast anymore if I tried.
7. Next year, let's cut out the whole middle section where a plethora of mini-series/TV movies no one has heard of, soak up an hour of time.
8. When did Al Gore become a red carpet darling?
9. "You picked a bad time to speak properly." Wayne Brady and Rainn Wilson, BRILLIANT. Kanye, go away. Ugh.
10. FINALLY! Greg Daniels wins for Comedy Writing. (Must add, the clip of Stephen and Ricky from Extras was hysterical. Can't wait to see that.) Dunder Mifflin was seriously robbed this year.
11. Colbert and Stewart. Once again, BRILLIANT. And how much did I love, "Ricky can't be here tonight, so we choose to give the Emmy to our friend Steve Carell!" Cue Steve running onstage to engage in silly, wonderful antics.
12. Hello Hugh. You're here to present. Wanna be my friend?
13. A couple of HUGE upsets in the Drama categories... discussed below.

And because I feel she should be singled out...

Dear Katharine Heigel,
Get over yourself. How bitchy can you be to NOT clap, sit there with a scowl on your face when TR doesn't win, correct the announcer from stage, and make the first comment when you win (I'm now regretting putting you in red as my choice earlier) be, once again, about your name. I repeat: Get. Over. Yourself.
There's Proof

Boston Legal
Grey's Anatomy
The Sopranos
SHOWS THAT DESERVED A BID OVER GREY'S: Veronica Mars, LOST and Friday Night Lights (new obsession, to be discussed post-Emmys.) These shows were robbed, I tell you! Grey's, you won't win, you sucked this year, or did you forget? Heroes, if there was a newbie award, I'm sure you'd take home the trophy. House, there's no denying you deserve it (in my book, anyway)... but I'm betting this year's a Mob hit! (hahaha... *rolls eyes at self*)

The Office
30 Rock
Two and a Half Men
Ugly Betty
In my world, there is no other option besides The Office. Ever. But especially this year. I know 30 Rock is supposed to be great (I'll watch it on DVD one day), but seriously... come on.
**Telecast update: Ok, I thought if anyone beat The Office, it would be Betty. But 30 Rock!! What is going on??? *sigh*

James Spader, Boston Legal
Hugh Laurie, House
Denis Leary, Rescue Me
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I'm delusional that he'll win this year, but he's just as deserving as Gandolfini. Ah, well, I have last year's Golden Globes, Dolce and Gabanna speech, speech, to get me through the disappointment. (James Spader, you were fantastically sleezy in Pretty in Pink. Kiefer, I'd acknowledge you, but I'm only on the second disc of Season 2 and I heard this year sucked...)
**Telecast update: WHAT in the world is going on this year?? James Spader doesn't even know who voted for him??!

Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Minnie Driver, The Riches
Edie Falco, The Sopranos
Interestingly enough, Brothers & Sisters is the only show on this ballot I watch, so by default it gets the red... still, I'm betting this one goes to Edie. OR... maybe it's all a sham and Kristen Bell already won for being AWESOME.
**Telecast update: Wow. Talk about an upset. Not that I'm complaining...

William Shatner, Boston Legal
T.R. Knight, Grey's Anatomy
Masi Oka, Heroes
Michael Emerson, Lost
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos
T.R., I love you, but no. Masi, you're adorable, but too green. Michael E. and Terry... wow... you're both freakishly good, but Terry has tenure... and YES, deserves it over Imperioli.
**Telecast update: Spot on. Such a nice guy, but Terry, honey, as much as I love you (did I mention we've spoken on the phone), the pink silk shirt and sparkly tie... WOW. And Katharine Heigel needs to chill out with the pissed off face and no clapping because TR didn't win.

Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Aida Turturro, The Sopranos
Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos
YIKES! I don't even know who I'd pick as my "want." Grey's sucked this year, not that the three ladies listed weren't great, and I love B&S, but am not sure Rachel will get this nod. Can I just surmise that one of the Sopranos will win and be done with it? No? Fine. I pick... Katherine, because Knocked Up was funny. Logic, people.
**Telecast update: I'm now wishing I'd chosen Rachel, gone with the gut.

Ricky Gervais, Extras
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
Gervais, I love you by default, for giving me David Brent, but Extras is still sitting in my Neflix Q. Tony, you were AWESOME on Wings. Steve, sweet, Steve - you gave us Prison Mike, take home the Dundie. Alec, I'm sure you're good, what I'm not sure of is that your family issues won't play a part in this, plus... did you do Prison Mike? Charlie, who invited you the party?
**Telecast update: Best acceptance speech of the night!

Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Er... I love you, Tina, but haven't seen 30 Rock. I can't vote for anything related to Desperate Housewives, solely on principle, so I'm going with... America (who is also in my Q).
**Telecast update: I like America. I really like her. Seems like she's got a good, humble head on her shoulders. Unlike Katharine.

Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Can we bold, capitalize and underline HOW much Rainn Wilson deserves this?? Kevin, you... are weird. Piv, I love you, but not this year. Neil, I'm not denying your right to be here, because you crack me up on HIMYM, but it better Rainn tonight!
**Telecast update: Rainn Wilson was robbed!! Robbed, I tell you! This is an outrage! I mean, I literally gasped (a regular occurence for the rest of the evening) when they called The Piv's name.

Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl
Jenna Fischer, The Office
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Jenna! Jenna! Jenna! Jenna! I can't even talk about the rest of you...
**Telecast update: WHAT!? What! What the HELL just happened out there? I'm speechless. This does not bode well for the rest of the evening.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Can you FEEL the excitement?

First off, sorry for being MIA for a few weeks... but as most of the people reading this blog are family and friends who know where I've been, I'll assume you aren't too upset about it!


The Emmy's are tomorrow! I know, I know... Hollywood award shows are worse than High School Homecomings, but I can't help it. I love the red carpet shows and the dresses and the (sometimes) heinous host jokes. Plus, what other night are all my favorite TV peeps in one place?!

Still, if we're talking about "hosts" and "heinous" - I do sort of have a bone to pick with the Academy in regard to their choice for this year. Seriously, Hugh Laurie was supposedly offered the job and they gave it to Seacrest?! Someone's gonna be regretting that come Monday morning.

But whatever, I'll love it to pieces anyway, especially if Jenna Fischer and Rainn Wilson win.

And if anybody out there cares, I'll probably make camp in front of a very large TV screen somewhere and update the blog as the evening moves along. Feel free to join me... Central Standard Time.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Random Round-up.

1. TV Guide has formulated a nifty (and printable) 2007 Premiere Calendar. New promo pics for all the shows are also beginning to circulate - can't wait to use them for episode posts!

2. I officially want to be BFFs with the Heroes (just wait until Kristen Bell arrives and this feeling goes into overdrive) after all the pics and videos (shot by the cast) from their World Tour.

3. I'm definitely way more sad about this than than I should be, considering I don't know them personally. Still... super classy about the whole situation. *sniff*

4. So, I'm now forced to never leave home on Thursday nights. Thanks a lot, Apple. (Yes, let me go on with the drama - I know it's available other places.)

5. This is driving me crazy... and I'm not even one of those UBER-obsessed people spending every waking minute trying to figure it out. I'm SO not that industrious, instead preferring the lazy man's route and checking every day to see if he's given in and given up.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007