Wheeeee, it's blog post number 170!!!
Wow, this is the worst Friday for TV news I've ever had.
You know, I don't get invested in TV shows like I used to,
but there are a few shows I really like. This week I learned
that a bunch of them are getting
canceled. The ones I'm most
upset about are "Forever" on ABC and "Backstrom" on FOX. It
doesn't matter how "expected" it is, it still hurts. I'm
also annoyed about "Revenge" on ABC and "Constantine" on
NBC, and mildly annoyed about "Battle Creek" on CBS. Plus,
Tony Geary is leaving "General Hospital," probably for good
this time. That's really a shame.
Actors and other Hollywood types get used to the fact
that they can lose their job in any minute. It's just part
of their work. Viewers should be used to that, too,
but oddly, we're not. I don't know why, but we always seem
to forget that most TV shows get canceled, every year. Yet
we still get so attached to the ones we like. I know that
people like to think, "it's only the shows I like" or "they
cancel them faster than they used to," but that's actually
not true. I've been watching TV since the 60's. It's always
been true. We just hear more about it because of the
internet. You can find
old TV schedules online, and if you
look, you'll see it's true. I remember when I was a kid in
getting mad when they canceled my favorite shows.
I think a lot of the times now, the networks are smart to
have these 8-10 episode "event series." Then if the
show does well, they make more. If not, then it's usually
just like a mini-series and it has a beginning, middle and
end. Still, they often leave us with a cliff-hanger, which
is not good. Also, it's a lot harder to do that kind of
series with, say, a cop show or a sitcom.
I'm glad that "Backstrom" had a fairly good ending,
although I didn't really like the ending all that much. I just
loved that show, and its characters, more and more as I watched it.
"Forever" had a pretty good season finale, but we never did
learn why he was immortal or how Jo would have reacted to
finding out his secret. I'm hoping (probably in vain) that
they find another network for it. Same with
I just read in Entertainment Weekly that they killed off
Victoria in "Revenge." Well, it makes sense now as to
why it got canceled.... what were they thinking? But then I
read later that she wasn't really dead. I guess after a
while it becomes like a bad soap opera.
I enjoyed the "Big Bang Theory" finale from last
weird ending, though. Poor Sheldon!
"Elementary" is always good, and the one last night with
the bees was fun. If only Colony Collapse Disorder in real
life were so easy to explain! They seemed to say in the show
that fewer bees were dying in the past few years, but I
haven't been able to find anything about that online, so
maybe they made it up. Speaking of Sherlock Holmes, I can't
wait for the new movie in July, "Mr. Holmes," starring Ian
McClellan. That sounds great!
It was good to have two episode of "Bones," but I wonder
why they did that? That's always a solid show.... maybe they
should have ordered another episode of "Backstrom" so they
could have something in that time slot! Ha!
Monday I have a conference call with the executives in
charge of FOX... which will be great, I'm sure, but it's at
3 am my time here in Hawaii! LOL! It's okay...
I'm still catching up on episodes of "The 100" on my DVR.
I hate that term "binge-watching," sorry. I enjoy
but it's pretty violent. I'm really not happy that Finn
Speaking of violence, I'm sorry "The Following" was
canceled, too, even though I don't watch it regularly. I
think it was a very good show and had many fans. I love
Kevin Bacon. Maybe the fans would have stayed if it had been
less violent...I don't know.
We still watch "The Nightly Show," but it's generally not
that funny... sorry to keep saying that. He was really good
the first week and it's been kind of downhill since then.
These singing women he had on twice now, The NightLytes, are
annoying and not funny. At least "The Daily Show" is still
somewhat funny. Most of the time!
I didn't watch many of the newer shows this weekend. I
mostly finished watching a DVD set that I already reviewed,
and watched shows on DVD
that I recorded last year or so.
I watched a few episodes of "Ultimate Spider-Man" that I had recorded. I usually
love Spidey, but this cartoon is just a bit too silly for me... it's okay, but I
prefer it to be more like the comics and not so pandering to kids or teens. I
was very disappointed in this one episode where he meets the "Howlin'
Commandoes". When I was growing up, they were a group of WWII soldiers
that fought with Nick Fury and Captain America, but I guess in the 80's or 90's
they introduced a new version that was Frankenstein, Wolfman, The Mummy and
I had to take a break from watching "The 100". I just
have a few more episodes of that left, though. Then I'll
have to watch more episodes of "General
January or else my DVR will be too full up!
This week's Primetime News and Schedule is
here and next
week's will be
here. Check it out because it tells you what
all of the new shows are, and we have lots of video clips as
well. Angie and I put this all together, with lots of help
Gisele put up
Nikky's photos from the GH Fantasy Weekend in New Jersey
from April. Check 'em out!
We watched "Real Time with Bill Maher" and it was
hilarious as usual. I loved his chat with Billy Crystal. He
tells some great stories. Very funny!
If you've lived in Texas like we have, make sure to watch
last Thursday's "Daily Show" because Jon Stewart had a great
bit about Texas and specifically makes a joke about Lubbock.
"Family Guy" was a re-run this week. Too bad!
Only one new episode left for the season.
We always watch "Mad Men."
I'm sad that there's only one
episode left. I wonder how it will end? This week's episode
was just very weird. I would definitely had preferred if
they put more humor in the show. I love Roger; he's my
favorite and is always the funniest. They should do a comedy
sequel with just Roger, Pete, and Peggy. Our Sundays
are going to be pretty boring soon.
Tonight was also the last episode of "Revenge."
Well, not for me because I still have most of two seasons to
watch! LOL! This time of year is hard for TV fans because so
many shows are ending... there are lots of great season
I watched an episode of this show I had recorded from BBC
America, "The History of Science Fiction". This one was
about robots. There are four parts of it, but I wasn't able
to record the other three. I hope maybe they'll put it out
on DVD one day.
I had also recorded "Last Comic Standing" last year
because I thought it might be funny. Unfortunately, there's
very little comedy. It's mostly just reality-show crap. Too
bad because Anthony Jeselnik is hosting it this year and
he's my favorite comedian. I don't see how he even he can
make the show worth watching, though.
This page has a good list of upcoming TV show premieres.
conference call interview this morning was only a half an hour,
and they let the
print media ask all the questions, not the rest of us, so
that was very frustrating. I really wanted to ask why the
new "X-Files" is only 6 episodes long. Their new show "Scream
Queens" sounds good. Hopefully it's not as gross or scary as
"American Horror Story!" I like the idea of "Minority
Report" but then again, they canceled "Almost Human" last
year, so why should I watch yet another futuristic scifi show they're
just going to cancel quickly? LOL!
Tomorrow I get to
interview Megan Boone, star of "The
Blacklist," and executive producer John Eisendrath. I'm glad
they didn't cancel it! It's a good show, even if I don't
have time to watch it.
We watched "Last Week Tonight" and enjoyed it as always.
Great show, always funny.
I'm watching the "Once Upon a Time" season finale. It's
great! Poor Regina, she never has happiness in any reality!
I loved this dialogue:
Emma: Your happiness is still a possibility. The first
step is going after the man you love.
Regina: My happy ending isn't a man.
Emma: Of course not, but love is a part of all
happiness, and you have to be open to that.
It's about time they said that!! It was great seeing
Rumplestiltskin as a hero and Snow White as a villain.
I wonder why, when Rumple was about to strike Henry with his
sword, he didn't say, "You're my grandpa!" or "Baelfire was
my dad!" It was a great ending, too, but then
why did Emma disappear and the dagger was still there? They
can use that to control or kill her. Makes very little
sense, but it's still a fun show! Great two-part episode,
Although I'm very sorry that "Backstrom" was canceled, I
wasn't entirely happy with the way they ended it, and I
don't know how they could have come back from the
sappiness.... it should have been more like "House."
Tonight's "Castle" was very good, although suddenly
mentioning that Castle saw a murderer when he was 10 years
old, which is what made him get started as a writer...
that's a bit contrived. And why do they keep having Beckett
run off to Washington, DC? If she's elected, that's where
she'll end up. Please, not another election, wasn't "The
Good Wife" bad enough? Also, it was kind of an anti-climatic
episode. No cliff-hanger this year. I wonder if they were
worried that they would get canceled?
"The Good Wife" was also very good. It's a shame that
there are no new episodes until the Fall! I love that show.
It will be hard without Kalinda, but they always have great
actors on there. I hope we see more of Eli. He's my
favorite. I read that the actress who play Alicia and
Kalinda don't get along, but I think that's just the usual
back-stage BS that the press makes up, particularly when
there are strong women involved.
I'm still watching "The Messengers," even though it's
been canceled. I hope that they air all of the episodes they
filmed, at least.
It seems like they barely announce which shows are
canceled now and then start hammering us with news and video
clips of the Fall shows. It's only May! LOL!
Someone that my husband used to work with was on "The
Daily Show" last night, so that was cool. She was a grad
student back then, but now she's a professor somewhere. "The Nightly Show" was much funnier today
I've been really busy this week and not very good about
keeping up on the blog. I had an
every day this week.
I had a weird dream last night about working at some high
Maurice Benard (Sonny on GH) was one of the other teachers.
Then there was something about clones...very strange dream!
But mostly a good one.
This morning I decided to sleep in rather than go to the
call for Megan Boone of "The Blacklist." I was not feeling
I watched tonight's "Flash",
but I thought it was really stupid.
I love the show. I hate when they make the heroes into
idiots. How can they have trusted the bad guys? That was
supremely stupid. Even leaving that aside, why would they
put all of the bad guys in a truck? I would have drugged
them up for days, put them in strait jackets, wrapped chains
around them, and then nailed each one into a coffin (with
air holes, of course). And then put them in separate trucks
to take them to the airport, each one with a few armed
guards. Otherwise, it's too much risk. That was just
ridiculous. The ending battle was good, though. I sure
hope next week's finale is great!
By the way, I hated the awful "costumes" that Green Arrow
and Firestorm wore on this week's episode. What is it with
these TV shows and movies now that they want to have
superheroes but don't want them to have real costumes? What
is wrong with tights and capes, anyway? These guys are great
looking and have wonderful bodies so we want to see them in
tight clothing, not in leather and jeans.
Doesn't it seem like CBS is nothing but
more? And now
they're coming out with a second "Criminal Minds" show. I'm
not happy that they seem to be losing faith in "Person
of Interest" and that it won't be on for a while year
this time. It's the best show that CBS has, IMHO.
Of course, NBC is all Dick Wolf shows ("Law
& Order: Special Victims Unit" and all those Chicago
shows). I heard they might be bringing back the original
"Law & Order" which is great! They canceled that one way too
early. It was a really good show still. They should bring
back "ER" and "Southland," too!
The CW is all superheroes and scifi. Ha ha! That's fine
started watching "Bloodlines" on Netflix, but then I
realized I had watched the second episode first by mistake.
It was so confusing! I have to go back and watch it from the
Sometimes people ask me for recommendations of good shows
on TV. I guess they don't read my "What
I Watch" page. But so much of it is individual tastes.
Some people like superhero or scifi shows, and some don't.
Some like soaps, and some don't. Honestly, I can't
really recommend any comedy shows right now, aside from
maybe "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver." He's almost
always funny. None of the other shows - even the ones I
watch - are that consistently funny. I like "The Comedians"
on FX, but it's not like it's the funniest show ever. It may
be the funniest sitcom on TV right now, but that's not
I don't know why they keep renewing these other awful
"Modern Family," "New Girl," "2 Broke Girls," "The Goldbergs,"
and even "Family Guy."
I love "Hot in Cleveland," but it hasn't been that funny in
a while (if it really ever was). Too bad Larry David is
doing Broadway now instead of "Curb
Your Enthusiasm." I think "Frasier" might have
been the last really funny show I watched regularly.
I like "Weird Loners" and some of the others that have
come out in the past few years, but they're not that funny,
and that's really the main function of a sitcom, to make you
laugh. The thing is, if they don't make me laugh a
lot, I don't bother to keep tuning in. A few laughs is not
enough. It has to be funny enough that I want to tell
everyone to watch it. I do like "Big
Bang Theory," but they have the same jokes over and
I don't know why they can't come out with a good show
like "Will & Grace" or "Seinfeld" or even "Friends" or
"Cheers." What happened to TV comedy? I hope that when
Stephen Colbert gets his own show again that it's as funny
as his previous one was. He did have the funniest show on TV
for a while there...he's sorely missed. I know that many
people will miss
Night with David Letterman," too. It's ending next week.
I hope this new TVLAND show "Impastor" is good....
This morning I was on a
interview with actor Jack Black and director Richard
Curtis. I didn't get to ask a question, unfortunately. They
were doing the call about the charity event
Red Nose Day,
which is on NBC next week. I don't think I've ever seen any
of Jack Black's movies, although I probably did see him in
many guest-starring roles on TV.
Richard Curtis was producer and writer of many great TV
shows like "Blackadder"
and "Mr. Bean" as well as the wonderful movie comedies like
"Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Love Actually" and so many
I mostly just worked on the site and didn't watch too
much TV today... Also, after I went to sleep, I kept having
weird dreams about Luke and Laura on GH.
I have an
interview with Brytni Sarpy, who plays Valerie on "General Hospital."
When I have the interviews, I always ask on my personal
Twitter and or
Talkin' TV group on Facebook if anyone has any
questions. I don't usually get a lot of responses, but since
GH is very popular, I posted on a few GH Facebook groups as
well. Between all that, I got a lot of great responses
that really helped me write up the questions. Also, Gisele
watches the show every day and edits our
so she helped me out as well with some background about the
character, and some ideas.
I was up very early for my
interview with Ms.
I started work this week on putting our newer design on
our "Guiding Light"
pages. After that, I will do our other remaining
I also went through some emails. I'm very behind on that.
I have about 3,000 emails to go through. Of course, most are
too old and too late to do anything about, but I still have
to go through and figure out which are which. Unfortunately,
there just aren't enough hours in the day to put up on the
site everything that the TV networks send me to put up as
well as everything else I have to do.
Our site's server was having problems today, but our
webhost got it working again pretty quickly, thank goodness!
I hate when that happens,
luckily it doesn't happen very often.
interviews this week with some folks from "Masterchef"
Idol," so we'll be putting those up as well.
NBC let me watch the first three episodes of "Hannibal"
that begin this
season June 4th. I don't watch the show regularly. Is it
always slow, weird and gross? Too much for me. No wonder it
gets such bad ratings. For this they canceled "Dracula,"
"Constantine" and "Crossbones?????" I don't get it.
While I might agree that there are an awful lot of cop
shows and scifi/fantasy shows, I think we can safely say
that people don't want to see horribly violent and gory
shows on network TV. This is why "The Following" was
canceled and one reason why "Hannibal" gets low ratings.
We really don't need to see all that gross torture porn.
Keep that to Showtime and HBO. "Law
& Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Criminal Minds" are
lurid enough. I don't need to see spurting blood, eyeballs
gouged out, and flesh being carved up.
of horror shows, "Supernatural"
has been way too sad and gloomy... I hate how they killed
off Charlie. Seeing Dean shoot the poor teen in the head and
then beat the heck out of Cass, after seeing Sam try to kill
Crowley....too much! I'm sure that next week's finale
is going to be pretty awful, too. I like their lighter
moments better, I have to say. I hope they can lighten
things up a little more next year.
There are a lot of new
coming up... We have to watch them, so we'll be
all. Check it out! Watch our "What's
New" page for all the latest.
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