# 172 – A Season full of … (TV-show special)

The time has come, the long period of time when only a few shows air – Summer is here! I have to say, I’m quite excited about this one, not that there seems to be a lot of things happening but just the fact that it’s another one of those important Summers (I’m getting my Bachelor’s degree on 29th). Anyhow, this is not the time and the place to talk about my academics, I’m very motivated to share a little about different final episodes of various series. Sort of a closing post since there might be a lot more post about TV-shows next year (not sure about week to week updates but I might do that with my favorites) and a post about new upcoming TV-shows is coming up also.

First up, not in a specific order, is House MD. I started with it because, honestly, I didn’t even watch it. There were so many reasons but mostly the fact that this season of House was disappointing in so many ways and now in top of it all is the big surprise: Cuddy is gone. Well, what happened to the relationship is a mystery on its own, and the fact that they ruined it soon after they started it and then killed off (not literally I hope…) Cuddy’s  character for good makes me say this: House MD has lost its magic and I think its going to sink next season even further into a show I might hate in the end (like with One Tree Hill). Saying this, I try to remember the good old times, when House was House and when this show was still good.

Next up, is something rather 50/50. Hellcats, a show that ran for a total of ONE seasons, finished with a quite decent episode. Though there were a lot of questions in the air and it was clear that they didn’t think they would get the kick. And me either, I honestly thought that Hellcats would stay and One Tree Hill would go – but no, OTH got its 9th season of unnecessary drama and Hellcats are done for good after a what I would call a totally okay season. (Due to its scheduling opposite to Glee! – which is like THE show at the moment – I’m not surprised the stats were down, but seeing the new shows I doubt one of them would top Glee).

How I Met Your Mother finished its 6th season and got renewed for two more – this season all in all was a bit more sad than usual. I actually don’t remember it being sad at all, except this season and they just kept throwing the sadness like they had replaced the funny. Though it had its moments, and Jennifer Morrison (from House MD) was a solid character this season by making it a little bit interesting but I would say that it was a bit of a downfall for HIMYM. I’m still a fan, I’ll still watch it with excitement but I just think that it could have been better. But I do remember the season final being awesome, so that’s good.

Nikita was the second new show on CW that finished its first season and luckily it got renewed – I like this, because they have some very good writers and they aren’t afraid to throw us completely off the tracks sometimes – like killing off characters that look like they are in it for a long haul. Which is disappointing and excellent at the same time! Nikita had a good season, story-line went from point A to point B with great ideas and looking at Shane West brooding was also something that I really enjoyed. Lots of twists on turns, mostly in the final episode as well and I think the next season is going to be as great as this one – besides, I’m really hoping they would bring back the Division guard who went nuts and killed bunch of people and he was basically promoted – he looked crazy! Bringing back dead people is probably impossible, so I’m a little mad that they killed off Thom – he was great.

The Vampire Diaries wrapped its second season and well, this is a show that keeps on bringing the twists and turns and I absolutely love this one, guys! I really do love TVD! This season for me was especially dear because of Elijah – I hope the writers are thinking about bringing him back because they kind of made him so adorable and awesome that “killing” him was like a stabbing me instead. Anyways, since I do think that TVD is one of my favorites, I think I won’t talk about all the stuff that happened in the season final but I do say this – next season, is going to start with some BIG problems (love it!).

Glee is popular. Glee is like the biggest hit since like for ever. I don’t like Glee but I do watch it because it has its moments. I like some of the jokes, I like Kurt and Puck and Brittany. They have the one-liners that get me laughing and then there is Sue who is just funny and mean. But all together this show lacks the solid groundwork of what I like to call writing. Yes, the one-liners are entertaining, yes there are moments when I think this show is awesome but I still think it represents a lot of shallow stereotypes America seems to have. The jock, the cheerleader, the queen, the underdog, the gay, the closeted-gay, the closeted-gay vol 2, the stupid, the troubled, the overweight etc. I’ve seen it, I’m over it – besides, what is up with the couples? Seriously, I’m gonna say this (because I know some of you might have read this post to this point and some have given up already) – there are two couples in Glee that don’t make sense and I hate that.

Supernatural is left in the end of the list because I am a fan of Kripke and I really didn’t want to praise this season but I have to say, they started rough and then they had some great episodes and the end was godly. Couple of episodes in the middle that went back to the good old funny Supernatural saved the season because I was getting mad at it and then, they went back in time and all that and I was so happy that Supernatural was still in my life. The Castiel episode was a bit boring, the episode after that and the season final redeemed it though so all in all, a good season but not as great as Kripke.

Chuck got the opportunity to to finish all of its story-lines which is great because this means we are in for a very good last ride with those guys. Morgan has a bigger role than he had before – I mean, that was brilliant, he is so much fun. And all of them are adorable and I’m gonna enjoy the last season definitely, and I will miss them as well.

Castle was also something off a thrill ride this season though the fact that those two can’t get themselves between the sheets makes me mad as well. Why give so much sexual tension between main characters and not do anything about for three seasons is something that is beyond me. Anyway, a big storyline was in this one and the end was like too shocking, I know she won’t die but still, why but her through it like that. Anyhow, I hope she wakes out of the coma and the first thing she’ll see is Castle and she will smile and he will do the same and they would MAKE BABIES!

The Big Bang Theory is the last one because I kind of wanted to finish with a bang (get it, I made a joke) – I wanted to finish with a bang like TBBT did cause those guys went over the top and made the next three months into hell – seeing Leonard’s face in the end there was like the saddest thing in the world and Sheldon, well Sheldon is Sheldon and I love him for that (Jim Parsons – you rule!). All in all this season extended itself and I like that, they are beginning to bring the characters out a bit more, for instance Sheldon getting his first kiss – so adorable.

There of course were a lot of other shows I watched, like Better With You which also got the boot (though I don’t know why, it was great and refreshing), Happy Endings (based on 12 episodes it was okay). Grey’s Anatomy was like usually, 90210 was pregnant like as well as Gossip Girl (CW is bringing the babies back), Criminal Minds is bringing JJ back (hopefully her husband as well), Bones showed us nothing and gave us a baby which was seriously the worst thing a show can do (but I guess it’s something new), No Ordinary Family was a bit too ordinary, with the other Criminal Minds I don’t seem to connect so it’s just for passing time.

 

Some of the reality shows were also on my list this year, one of them, American Idol turned into a big pile of **** and I finished watching it by the time they had eliminated like.. 4 singers. Anyways, I finished ANTM’s season with a bit of a disappointment because the mean girls were in the end but the next season is going to be All Stars and well, that is just mandatory to watch. The Voice started as a new singing competition and it has this crazy thing called the battle round where they kick off great singers for some reason. I don’t get it but Adam Levine is hot and he seems to hate Christina Aguilera as much as I do – so that’s great to watch.

So this is it, this was my year filled with studying and TV-shows – until next year (and the Summer shows that have their own post soon as I get through my drafts that I have prepared).

 

# 91 – G&N

I decided to do a little post about yesterdays shows Grey’s Anatomy and Nikita.

Grey’s Anatomy had an interesting twist this week – they made it look like a documentary and kicked us to the curb by telling us that Arizona and Torres are going to Africa! Some Internet digging and looking up news about the two characters and actors it is safe to say that this was just written in because Jessica Capshaw who portrays Arizona just had her second child, congrats! And since they didn’t want to sabotage their relationship they gave Sara Ramirez a small brake too. They’ll be back but for two episodes (as I heard) they could concentrate on other relationships on the show. there was also the return of the Mandy Moore character who didn’t survive – which was sad. Yang is still not a doctor, which makes me really mad but it has made Yang seem more human. That said, it needs to stop soon – something would have to happen again in order to make Yang Yang again! But the best part of Grey’s last episode for me was Karev. I like him and I have liked him in good and bad. But this episode showed a side of Karev that we have only seen a glimpse of, now they kind of hit us with it – he cares, he cares about the kids even though he says he doesn’t and with Arizona leaving I think he will be getting more time with the kids or will there be a doctor filling in Arizona for two episodes? I can’t wait!

Now on with Nikita, I think this show has a lot of potential but because I haven’t really been a big Nikita fan before – people who usually obsess about the movie don’t enjoy the TV-shows. People do those things a lot, like something and then hate the remakes and so on – I think it is stupid to look at things that clearly are so apart from eachother as something connected. Anyway, Nikita as a show has a lot of interesting stories that they keep bringing on the table and not ending them. Last two weeks it was Owen who was the new guy but he went on to do his own thing – story-line stays open. Robbie (Bug Hall) is dead for others but is actually trained to be a cleaner – this weeks episode also kept its episode story-line open. It is only a matter of time when they will have so many open stories that they are starting to overwhelm me – and I like it! They can do what ever they want, they can play around with so many things and I’m kind of excited to see what happens during this season. I bet they get a second season also, even third if they can hold the tention up. The only thing I hope is that Alex and Thom get an episode all about them, or we could se Thoms past! See, this show can go everywhere with the characters because what do we really know about them? By now we know Alex the most because a lot of her past has been already told but everybody else is a big old questionmark. It reminds so much of Dollhouse which was actually cancelled after the second season (which I didn’t enjoy as much as the first because it fell apart a bit) but the first season was good. And it had the same thing, the mystery about almost every character they had – so many questions can be asked and Nikita seems to answer them in the slowest speed possible meanwhile blowing things up and killing bad guys. PS: Don’t you enjoy the fact that Shane West is the bad guy in the makings of a good guy! My favorite characters are always like that – Damon (The Vampire Diaries), Eric (True Blood), Nathan (One Tree Hill)… All bad guys at first but all better guys than the ones who are good in the beginning! I rest my case!

# 78 – New CW shows: Hellcats vs Nikita

CW came out with two new shows this season – one being Hellcats and the other Nikita. I decided to do a post about these two shows a while back but I thought it was better to see where the shows are taking me – by now, 4 episodes have aired and I have a pretty good idea which one wins. I’m gonna do a different kind of a post this time, I’d like to play around with the characters/actresses/actors of those shows and see who comes up first. Let the battle of the new-comers begin.

But first, a little about both shows:

Hellcats – a show that is based on a book (which show/movie isn’t these days?) revolves around collage cheerleaders. There are many story lines not only with the younger characters but also with the coach and her boyfriend and lover and then there’s this whole daughter mother drama. Basically, it is just another teen drama (like The OC, OTH etc) where the storylines start to grow and involve and I bet there are a lot of secrets hidden in the closets.

Nikita – based on a French movie (that has an American remake and a Canadian show) the story basically fallows the same path I think. Here comes the problem, I haven’t seen any of those (I think) so I can’t really asume that the CW series has the same plot. I think it does and like True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, Nikita 2010 has something new on its own to entertain us. Anyway, it’s about this secret agent who wants to bring down the organization that she worked for (a bad one of course). She has help from inside and an agent she probably was romantically involved. A lot of the story line is taken from the past so this show has flashbacks and stuff – I got a hint of Dollhouse watching this.

Now comes the face-off: Hellcats vs Nikita – which is better?

Lead female character: Alyson Michalka (Marti Perkins) vs Maggie Q (Nikita)

From all of the categories I have planned for this post this is the hardest decision. For many reasons I like Marti portrayed by Alyson Michalka and also Nikita portrayed by Maggie Q. Both are gorgeous, smart, strong and independent women going after things they want. You might recognize Alyson from the sister duo band and many Disney and other teen movies. My latest encounter with her was the movie Bandslam where I found her quite tolerable. She is 21 (younger than me I might add) and I’m looking forward of seeing her in her newest upcoming movie Easy A. Maggie Q is a former fashion model and now an actress. I have to admit, I don’t know who she is but apparently she has been in movies like Mission Impossible 3, Deception and New York, I Love You where I should know her from. But I guess I have to remember her now since her performance as Nikita hasn’t been that bad. But when it comes to the face-off for some reason I want to say that despite the fact that Nikita can handle shooting at people I like Marti more. She hasn’t got this killer mission to destroy an organization, so she can take life a little less seriously. Although it seems that she also has her own mission but since it’s much closer to me I find it more realistic and that makes the character more appealing to me. So this round goes to Hellcats 1: Nikita 0.

Lead male character (love interests): Robbie Jones (Lewis Flynn) vs Shane West (Michael)

First of all, Shane wins hands down! so this next part is just to explain this win for Nikita which makes the score Hellcats 1: Nikita 1. First of all, Lewis Flynn portrayed by Robbie Jones is a cheerleader who likes Marti but has problems with his ex and this last point actually makes me wonder about the love-triangle between Payton-Brooke-Lucas and that just makes me sad. I don’t know who he is going to end up with but my guess is that he will go back and worth for a long time (if the show will last of course). It’s actually funny that Robbie himself had a quite big role in One Tree Hill that placed him to the map because he hasn’t done much else but let us hope that this role will give him credit and he can do movies as well. So you can see that I have nothing againts him, he is cute and he can act but next to Shane West who I’ve loved since I saw A Walk To Remember the first time out of “I don’t even know how many times” he has no chance! After ER ended Shane has re-entered the TV-land for my pleasure I assume to give us the complicated character that is Michael. He is on the bad side but has helped Nikita who is fighting on the good side so I think he is good in heart but has this moral obligation for his boss or something. And one other thing you might already know, if you have been stalking Shane like I have, he does this thing with his lips that seems weird at first but then you start to like it – I want him do that ALL the time! Plus, I think his voice is awesome! So, yeah, this is a very subjective win for Nikita but I don’t care.

Second female lead: Ashley Tisdale (Savannah Monroe) vs Lyndsy Fonseca (Alex)

I have nothing against teen Disney actresses who can also sing, I mean I like Alyson Michalka but I guess that is pretty much where my love for them ends. I mean Ashley seems fun and maybe even a little funny but I just don’t like her as a sweet girl like Savannah is in this show. Ashley played the mean girl in High School Musical franchise and there she was okay but her image as a nasty high school peppy person has stayed with me. In Hellcats she is still peppy but she is this sweet lovely girl who doesn’t get jokes – I just don’t like her. Plus the nose is just throwing me off. meanwhile Lyndsy Fonseca who I recognize from the movie Kick-Ass is on a totally different page – she plays this troubled teenage girl Alex who has gone undercover to a secret organization and has to do these crazy missions while giving valid information to Nikita. I mean, you see why this round goes to the show Nikita, right? It’s so obvious! Plus, Lyndsy looks much better than Ashley, more natural and in my opinion prettier, so Hellcats 1: Nikita 2.

Second male leads (love interests): Matt Barr (Dan Patch) vs Ashton Holmes (Thom)

Both Aquarius actors Matt and Ashton are rather unknown but I remember them both. Matt Barr played a crazy person who was after Payton in One Tree Hill, a role that slightly reflects me viewing him as a total a-hole in Hellcats. Ashton Holmes on the other hand comes to mind with House MD where he was sick. But the most disturbing fact is that while Matt Barr to me seems older, he is 6 years younger than Ashton who is, get this, 32 year old who plays as it seems to be a troubled teenager in Nikita. I mean, honestly, does he look 32? I would’ve guessed 26, 27 tops but I guess a lot of the actors now look younger and younger and there is no way telling if they are already married and have kids and mistresses on the side or something. Anyway, since poor Matt played a sicko in One Tree Hill, I have to give this round to Ashton. This decision is also slightly connected to the previous face-off since they both are love interests for them – I find that Asthon and Lyndsy are much cuter looking couple than Ashley and Matt. Hellcats 1: Nikita 3.

Nikita wins the face-off!

And the face-off is ended with Hellcats loosing to Nikita 3 to 1. I’m sorry Hellcats, I just think that the casting has its faults and the story lines seem to be a little shaky for me as well. Nikita on the other hand has a much bigger chance of surprising me in the future since it is based on a mission to destroy a secret government organization while love is in the air. God, how I love when two characters who can’t be together start to have secret meetings in the closet or at a local coffee shop or kiss for the first time under cross fire while they are on a mission to kill the president of a drug company and they both know that this could be the last time they see each other. While Hellcats has already started their love story lines, Nikita seems to be just showing slight indications of those things happening – so the score might as well be Hellcats 1: Nikita 4. But what do numbers matter anyhow, people like what people like and I just like to point out that you should like Nikita more.

# 45 – New Shows 2010

Here are couple of previews of the new shows coming this fall. This happens every year since a lot of the shows don’t last and are canceled after the first season (or in some cases after couple of episodes). This is why Accidentally on Purpose isn’t returning this fall which to me is sad because I found it to be better than Cougar Town which got its second season. Anyhow,  here are some trailers of the new shows – some of which I am excited about, some I don’t care much for and some have actors I’m excited about but not the show itself.

ABC’s No Ordinary Family:

ABC’s Mr. Sunshine:

CW’s Hellcats:

CW’s Nikita (just want to see Shane West):

NBC’s Perfect Couples:

NBC’s Friends with Benefits:

NBC’s Chase:

CBS’s Mike & Molly:

CBS’s Bleep ($#*!) My Dad Says:

CBS’s The Defenders:

FOX’s Mixed Signals:

FOX’s Raising Hope:

FOX’s Lonestar: