I am SO glad we have finally reached the return of fall tv. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed a number of summer shows this year, including Huge, Pretty Little Liars, and Drop Dead Diva, among others. But, the return of fall tv brings some of my favorite shows back to my living room and oh, how I have missed them. I was eagerly awaiting the return of CW’s The Vampire Diaries after last season’s hell-a cliff-hanger and last Thurs. I was not disappointed. I can’t wait to see the season premieres of some of my other returning faves including Parenthood, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Criminal Minds, and most of all Glee. The fall tv line-up is also bringing a number of new shoes to my screen including the very promising No Ordinary Family on ABC and Lone Star on FOX, both of which I have already been able to preview. So for the next few months, if you’re looking for me, you’ll find me in front of the TV 🙂
TV on DVD can be maddening!!! 08/23/2010
I got some great news today on the TV on DVD front…the first three seasons of Boy Meets World are being re-released next month. I am pretty stoked about this because I missed out on the DVDs the first time around. But the news got me thinking about one of my biggest pet peeves…when studios release one or even a few seasons of a show on DVD and then never release the rest!!! I know they do this because it costs a lot of money to get the DVDs ready and available and when sales are low they don’t even make what they spent, but it’s so infuriating to the fans! Sometimes I don’t even want to buy shows when they come out on DVD because I am afraid that this will happen and I prefer to have a full set. There are a number of shows I would love to own in which this has happened (ex. Boy Meets World, Blossom, Clarissa Explains It All, What A Girl Wants, etc.). I am beginning to be able to reason with myself that having one season of Clarissa Explains it All on DVD is better than having none, but it’s not easy for me. While I’m on my soap box, I am also infuriated with Nickelodeon Studios in particular on this front. Almost everyone I know that is around my age wants at least one Nickelodeon show from back in the day to be available on DVD (most would like to have them all), but Nickelodeon has completely shown no interest or plans to give us that. They released the first season of several shows a few years ago and sales weren’t great, so that was that. Personally, I think they were mostly to blame. Their timing was horrible. At the time those shows were released most of us who grew up watching them were still in college and if they were anything like me, were way too broke to afford TV on DVD. So I missed out on their original release. Now that I am older and have a job with a good income and steady paycheck I would definitely buy those DVDs, and I think a lot of others out there would as well. Ok enough complaning for the night, I’m crossing my fingers that one day it will happen. Everyone go buy Boy Meets World seasons 1-3 when they are released and maybe the studio who now holds the production rights will be convinced they should release seasons 4-7! Oh and one last thing…I must give a shout-out to Shout! Factory because they have brought many of our beloved shows to DVD and work tirelessly to continue that trend. Thanks for My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, Blossom Seasons 1-2 (currently working on 3 but being held up by music rights), and California Dreams 1-3 (so far)!
Well thanks to the good people over at ABC I was able to preview the pilot of No Ordinary Family this weekend. This is a show that I have been anticipating since news of the new fall line-up started to come out. The premise reminds me a lot of The Incredibles (one of Pixar’s best if you have yet to see it). A family goes on a vacation, gets in a freaky accident, and comes back very different than before, each with different super-human abilities. I don’t want to leak any spoilers for those who have yet to see it, but I like how their abilities seem to tie into what they were lacking as individuals before the accident. It appears that the ultimate outcome will be the family fighting together against evil. At least that is the direction the father is headed in the pilot. I enjoyed the pilot, the cast works well together and the storyline is intriguing. I am looking forward to seeing more from this show soon.
Ahhh the 90s. I love them. No one movie quite sums it up for me better than Clueless. It’s the quintessential viewing to satiate your 90s movie nostalgia. Remember when we all wore knee socks and mary-janes? Those were the days. But you know what the best thing about that movie is? Paul Rudd. He’s pretty much the best thing about every movie he gets involved with. He has universal charm and appeal that I truly can’t compare to any other actor of this generation. Look at Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a hilarious movie with an excellent comedic cast including Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand, and Jonah Hill, but still Rudd shines. “Oh the weather outside is…weather” remains one of my favorite movie lines. I could not stop laughing. Other examples include The Object of My Affection with Jennifer Aniston and I Could Never Be Your Woman with Michele Pfieffer, both fairly formulaic romantic comedies that should probably be nowhere near as enjoyable to me as they are, but that’s Paul Rudd for you. I even managed to make it through Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers much more easily than I should have because he has the starring role. The scene in Knocked Up where he has set up all the different chairs from the hotel room and suddenly says, “I gotta get in this other chair man” is one the most hilarious scenes in that movie, and that’s a pretty hilarious movie. I won’t even get into the greatness that is Anchorman. Oh and who can forget his guest starring roles as Mike (Phoebe’s eventual husband)on Friends and as the washed up lead singer of the band My Pretty Pony on Veronica Mars. Paul Rudd is comedic gold. Today I played EW’s Fall 2010 Move Madness Game and it was no surprise what came out on top…(besides Harry Potter) the movie I am most looking forward to is How Do You Know starring Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon (another of my favorites). So if you are feeling nostalgic for the 90s pop in Clueless and enjoy the beginning of my and possibly your love affair with Paul Rudd or catch one of the many great performances he has provided since then. You won’t be disappointed.
So a couple weeks ago, I heard the BEST NEWS EVER! Adam Shankman is set to direct an episode of Glee this season! Adam Shankman is a freaking genius. He is the man who brought me Hairspray the movie musical, which in fact, changed my life and reminded me how much I LOVE musicals and how much they are like therapy for your soul. Glee is making my dreams come true these days. Some of my favorites have already been involved last season (NPH, Joss Whedon, Jonathan Groff) and will hopefully be able to return again. Hopefully Glee will make my life complete soon by bringing on my beloved Zac Efron (I know that’s blasphemy to many of you out there, but I love the guy and you can’t deny he was excellent in the role of Link Larkin. He is at his best when playing on his strengths-his looks). More exciting news is the Britney episode that is in the works. I am not a huge fan of the themed episodes but Britney I can get on board for. Plus that almost guarantees that at least one of my dream Glee songs will be covered since I have a number of Britney songs listed!
Ahh I love Glee! Can’t wait for it’s return. And I’ll tell you the truth, I do wish my life was one big musical directed by Joss Whedon and Adam Shankman starring NPH, Jonathan Groff, and Zac Efron. Cameos by all the Glee cast, Nikki Blonsky, Kristen Bell, Kristen Chenowith, Idina Menzel, John Gallagher Jr., etc please. What a life that would be!! (Please note that I will NOT be singing. No one wants that trust me).
Lorelei Gilmore=Best TV Mom EVER
Gilmore Girls is a show that never gets old. You can watch it over and over and still enjoy the witty pop culture references, the snarky dialogue, and the true heart that is the show itself (especially in the relationship between Lorelei and Rory, played impeccably by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel respectively). Gilmore Girls is a show that not only entertains but tugs on your heart-strings and makes you both laugh and cry (sometimes at the same time). For years, we followed the lives (and love-lives) of mother and daughter duo Lorelei and Rory Gilmore. (Rory is short for Lorelei since Lorelei decided on a bit of a whim that men shouldn’t be the only ones naming their children after them). I won’t go into detail about the true love of Rory’s life (Jess) or who Lorelei should have ended up with (Luke), how much I hate Logan, or the ridiculousness that is season 7 (at which point the original creator of the show Amy Sherman-Palladino had left), but I encourage anyone who has not seen the greatness that is Gilmore Girls to remedy that sad fact immediately.
Alas, the end of Gilmore Girls was a sad time. But fortunately, as I am here to tell you now, we have been given a new shot at the fabulosity of Lauren Graham as a TV mom in the show Parenthood. I tuned in to the pilot of the show mostly because of Lauren Graham (and also on the recommendation of EW) and found it enjoyable, but during the busy tv season and with all the time requirements involved in coaching I never made it past the second episode. However, this summer I discovered the first season available for streaming on Hulu and got caught up. The show hooked me and I began to love it even more with every episode. Thanks in large part due to the similarity between Lauren’s character Sarah and the former Lorelei Gilmore. Sure, Sarah is a little more down and out this time around and her daughter is certainly no Rory. And yes, she willingly moved back in with her parents rather than starting running and screaming in the other direction at the thought, but there truly are many parallels. I get the feeling that Lauren’s portrayal of Lorelei is actually very similarly to her real life personality even more that I now see her playing Sarah in much the same vein, but that is not a bad thing in any way. I am certainly looking forward to the return of Parenthood this fall and highly suggest you check it out, especially if you are a fan of the lovely and witty Lorelei Gilmore.
Thanks to the great people at Entertainment Weekly Front Row, I was recently provided with a huge package of party supplies and my very own copy of the pilot episode of Lone Star, set to premiere on FOX this fall. I was asked in exchange to host a viewing party for several friends. The party was great andgreat fun but today I am focusing on the show. First of all, it boasts the amazing Adrianne Palicki, formerly Tyra of Friday Night Lights fame, you can’t really go wrong with an FNL alum in my opinion. The pilot episode introduces us to the main character, Bob, played by James Wolk. Bob is a con-man, taught the trade by his own father, and a good one at that. He is married with a girlfriend on the side and actually loves both women enough to resist other temptations as well as risk his own cover. By the end of the episode Bob has went from a married man with a girlfriend to a man with two wives. Bob is conflicted about his “career” and appears to feel remorse about swindling others out of their money for a living. By the end of the episode Bob has declared his intent to leave the lifestyle behind him while simultaneously entrenching himself in it even further. The pilot does a good job of setting up several storylines to be fleshed out over the season ahead and I for one am intrigued. The setting is Texas and I find it fitting that a visit to the local high school football field has already occurred. Lone Star has great potential but I suspect that while it could possibly become a critical darling, it will have a harder time catching on with the masses. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.