The TV MegaSite's Blog Post #173
I spent this weekend catching up on a lot of DVD's and
reviewing them for our site.
Check it out!
Primetime Schedule and News Page is here!
is here...I'll be finishing that up later today.
I watched the new show "UnReal" on Lifetime (they sent me
3 episodes to watch) and also
of the stars, Josh Kelly. Great show, especially if you like
soaps or reality show. It's very well-written and has great
I also spent a lot more time on this site,
figuring out which shows I need to
catch up on (which episodes I'm missing). It's so
helpful. I plan to first start with "Arrow,"
of Interest," then either "Orphan Black" or "Outlander."
Then I'll probably go to "Vampire
Diaries" and "The Originals." Then to "Revenge"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." That will take me at least
all summer! Especially since I plan to write episode guide
summaries for Arrow and possibly some of the others.
Honestly, I wish I had the time to just write
episode guides, but
all of this other stuff - the
and more -- takes up all my time. The price of success! :)
I miss "Mad
It was great to have "This Week with John Oliver" back!
I'm still catching up on my DVD's and other shows on my
Next week are the Tony Awards! That should be great. I
always love that show.
I didn't get a chance to send out my
soap scoops newsletters
this week for "General
Bold & The Beautiful" and "The
Young and the Restless." Sorry! Sometimes I don't get to
it in time.... but we always have lots of
good news and spoilers
on our site for each soap as well as
links to other news
and scoops pages, too.
What do you guys think of all the new shows, like
"Aquarius," "UnReal," "Between," "Wayward Pines," "Texas Rising,"
Whispers," et al.? We
review them all on our site for you...
I've been seeing lots of discussion on
today about Bruce Jenner, who now goes by Caitlyn (because
of her upcoming Vanity Fair magazine cover). I don't think
anyone would have necessarily picked him/her as the
spokesperson for the transgender, but the openness about her
life has certainly sparked a lot of great debate. It's very
sad how many people are still bigoted against anyone who's LGBT. They probably don't even realize that people they know
or are related to are LGBT because why would you want to
tell someone who's prejudiced? LGBT people just want to live
their lives like the rest of us and be left the heck alone.
Jenner is an attention-seeker, of course, or else she
wouldn't be on a reality show. However, that doesn't really
give people the right to discriminate against her, or
what she says about her personal life.
Speaking of Facebook, we have such a great Facebook
Talkin' TV, with lots of news and discussion about TV. I
hope you can join. It's a nice and peaceful group. We don't
tolerate any fighting, or any bashing of actors. Spoilers
are only allowed if spoiler space and warnings are posted.
No spam, or spoilers without space, are tolerated and are deleted/blocked. Also, the
guys who regularly post news there are told not to post more
than 3 news items per day, so we don't get overwhelmed. That
can be a problem sometimes in Facebook.
This morning I was on a
interview with Jean-Luc Bilodeau, who stars in "Baby
Daddy" on ABC Family. Hard to believe that show has been on
so long; seems like it just started. I know the actors do a
great job, and it's a pretty funny show. I remember when he
was on "Kyle XY." I loved that
show. He's still only 25, so
he must have been really young then. He was very
personable on the phone, and very kind.
"Devious Maids" came back tonight, too. That's
another one I'm
about a season behind on. Right now I'm still trying to
finish watching the episodes of "Rizzoli & Isles" from the
5 DVD. I was going to watch the episodes, anyway, but
then they sent me the
DVD to review. Sweet!
Speaking of "Rizzoli & Isles," today I was
Huang, who plays Susie, one-on-one via the phone. She's a
very smart and interesting lady who really loves her job.
Well, acting is a hard life (jobs are hard to get and keep), so you really do have to love
it to do it. She's also on "General
Hospital" sometimes, but she hasn't been on for awhile.
I'm still very behind on GH, of course, but I guess
they've brought back the actress who plays Ava, but posing as a
different character. I guess she's saying that she's a relative of
some sort. One of those "only on a soap" kind of things that
happens far too often. The problem was that they wrote Ava
badly from the beginning. They made her into a murderer
right away, and it just got worse and worse, so fans
wouldn't want her around without going to jail again or
dying, so they killed her off. The actress is great,
though, so they brought her back.
I watched last night's "The Whispers" on ABC. Great story
so far and wonderful actors. I hope it does well!
I'm still watching "The
Bold & The Beautiful." It's been on fire since they made
Maya transgender. It moves along pretty quickly, and there's
plenty of drama, and some great funny lines as well. I hope
it stays that way. What really makes the story work so much
is that they stay true to the characters. Rick and Maya are
sometimes jerks. They're not perfect. Same with Ridge and
Tonight I'll be watching last night's "Younger" season
finale and the return of "Royal Pains" on USA Network! Yay!!
I was suggesting good TV shows to my brother. He doesn't
have a TV and watches everything online. Also, he lives in
Turkey now. Even before that, he was only watching online. I
sent him the first two seasons of "Person of Interest" and
he loved it. It took me a good while to come up with the
list of good shows. My problem is that I like everything too
much. Below is the list I sent him. It has older shows as
well as current ones because I don't know which shows he's
already watched, aside from "Buffy
the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel."
CBS has a magazine called "Watch!" that comes out every
few months. It's kind of a style and glamour type of
magazines that has photos of their various actors on CBS,
Showtime and The CW. Almost like an airplane magazine. The
one I got this week features Josh Duhamel and talks about
his CBS show "Battle Creek." At first I thought it was
poor planning, but then I realized it's the February issue.
I got it late because I didn't change my address with them
after moving last year. Oops!
We really need some new volunteers to write "Young
& The Restless"
updates on certain days. Please
email me if you can help out! Speaking of Y&R, we
have some new fan
fiction by Willy. Check it out!
Last night I had another great dream about "General
Hospital" characters! So fun. It's always fun to dream about
my fave, Maurice Benard.
I watched 3 episodes of the new scifi show "Sense8" on
review. At first it was pretty confusing, and kind of slow,
but it got better after that and really grabbed me. I can't
wait to see the rest! It was created by the Wachowski
Brothers, who did "The Matrix" movies, and J. Michael
Straczynski, who did "Babylon 5." Brian J. Smith, who played
Scott in "Stargate Universe," is one of the stars, as well
as movie star Darryl Hannah, and Naveen Andrews of "Lost."
It's got a pretty big cast, though.
Transgenders have really been in the media a lot now.
First there was the Amazon Prime series "Transparent"
starring Jeffrey Tambor. Then Bruce Jenner did the 20/20
became Caitlyn. Then "The
Bold & The Beautiful"
not only let us know that Maya is transgender, but
introduced us to her transgender friend Rick (played by an
actual transgender). And then the new ABC Family show
"Becoming Us" started. Now "Sense8" has some
transgender characters. Wow, pretty cool.
Yesterday I watched another new show, "Dark Matter" that
will air soon on Syfy. This is a really good, fun scifi
show. It reminds me of shows like "Stargate SG-1," which
makes sense since it was done by the same people. It's very
interesting, though. These 6 people wake up from stasis on a
ship, and none of them remembers who they are or why they're
there. There are a few recognizable faces in it. Check out
We update our "What's
New" page constantly so you can see what we just put up
on our site!
Here's the email I sent my brother with the list of
recommended shows (tailored a bit to his tastes). I knew
he'd seen and loved the Buffy/Angel shows but wasn't sure
what else he'd seen.
I figured you might like "Person
of Interest".... it reminds me of Batman in a lot of
ways. Here are other shows I recommend if you're interested
(in order of how much I like them). I hope you get to watch
the rest of "Doctor
Who," especially 2005-2010 when it was best. Also, its
spin-off, "Torchwood," is great.
I think you already have seen "Veronica Mars,"
right? If not, then I really recommend that one.
2004-2007 plus one movie.
"Once Upon a Time" (fantasy-current)
"Revenge" (drama-just finished 5th, last season)
"Justified" (western/cop/drama) Just finished its
last season, 6th-fantastic, based on books
"Longmire" (western/drama/mystery - very slow and
weird at times but really good)
"Bosch" (cop drama based on books, really well
"Homicide: Life on the Street" (great cop drama -
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (comedy 8 seasons which ran
"Farscape" (scifi series, really good, 99-2003)
"Orphan Black" (scifi - just finished 3rd season -
"Haven" (fantasy/scifi - weird but fun 2010-now)
"The Good Wife" (great legal drama, leans left,
"Fawlty Towers" (hilarious British sitcom 75-79)
"Stargate SG-1" (spinoff from movie but really
good at least for the first 5 years 97-2007)
"Blackadder" (very funny historical comedy, 4
"The Larry Sanders Show" (very funny comedy set in
Hollywood - 92-98)
"This Week with John Oliver" (comedy news -
"The Americans" (spy drama, sort of - 3 seasons so
"Dexter" (one of my favorite shows ever;
horror/cop show/black comedy - sometimes gory,
"Suits" (good legal drama but light and good
"Heroes" (great original superhero series
2006-2010 - new series "Heroes Reborn" coming up
in the Fall)
"Sleepy Hollow" (loosely based on the story,
"Fringe" (scifi - love this show, 2008-2013)
"Dead Zone" (loosely based on the movie, loved
this show, 2002-2007)
"Northern Exposure" (90-95 great show!
"House of Cards" (political drama; UK version is
fantastic - miniseries; haven't seen the US
"Eureka" (fun scifi show)
"Terriers" (loved this show but it only lasted one
season - 2010 - private eyes)
"The Practice" (97-2004 - great legal show) "Boston Legal" was a sort of sequel to it, but
much more extreme farcical show.
"Numb3rs" (really good cop show with lots of
science and fun, great actors, leans liberal -
"St. Elsewhere" (great hospital show 82-88, lots
of dark humor)
"The Mentalist" (fun cop show 2008-2015)
"Being Human" UK (great vampire/werewolf show,
2008-2013 - American version 2011-2014 is pretty
"Teen Wolf" (not at all like the silly movies-
good fun fantasy/horror/teen soap)
"Supernatural" (fun fantasy/horror show, 2005-now)
"The Closer" (good cop drama - 2005-2012)
"Leverage" (fun adventure series, thieves and
conmen work together to help people 2008-2012)
"Burn Notice" (adventure show 2007-2013)
"How to Get Away with Murder" (just finished first
season - legal drama/murder mystery)
"Archer" (animated spy spoof)
"Broadchurch" (2nd season is not as good but first
"Aquarius" (new cop drama set in the 60's with
"Vampire Diaries" (based on teen books, fun
"Outlander" (also based on books, time
"Mad Men" (drama set in 60's with advertising
people; sometimes very funny, sometimes really
slow - 2007-2015
"Red Dwarf" (funny scifi comedy; earliest seasons
were best, 88-93)
"The Killing" (cop drama, sometimes very slow but
I loved it - 2011-2014) based on a Danish TV
"Murder in the First" (good cop show, 1 season so
"Warehouse 13" (fantasy series - very fun)
"Damages" (twisty-turny legal/mystery show,
"Highlander" (I recommended this to you before -
good low budget action/adventure series)
"Misfits" (UK superhero show-fun)
"West Wing" (Good political drama - 99-2006)
"Defiance" (scifi, pretty good, original)
"Jericho" (scifi 2006-2008)
"White Collar" (kind of like It Takes a Thief but
modern - 2009-2014)
"Desperate Housewives" (soap/comedy/mystery)
"Devious Maids" (dark comedy/mystery/soap)
"American Crime" (social drama)
"Royal Pains" (fun drama, very light)
"Ugly Betty" (fun satire set in fashion magazine)
"Grimm" (supernatural drama)
"Wilfred" (very bizarre show, often funny, uneven
but worth watching - 2011-2014, based on an
"The Bridge" (kind of slow and violent but very
well done, only lasted 2 series 2013-2015)
"Alphas" (similar to Heroes but got better as it
I know you don't like shows based on movies or
comics, but I also recommend these if you want
to give them a try:
"Daredevil" (Netflix - 1 season so far)
"Sherlock" (PBS - 3 seasons so far)
"Gotham" (FOX - Batman prequel)
"Constantine" (NBC - canceled but the one season
is very good)
"Arrow" (kind of Green Arrow but all its own in
most ways, very good action/drama - 2012-now)
"12 Monkeys" (scifi series, just finished 1st
season, based on a movie)
"Dark Matters" (scifi series, based on a comic,
starts soon - I saw the pilot, very good)
"Battlestar Galactica" reboot was really good,
although I didn't like the way it ended. 04-09)
"The Flash" (just finished its first season;
spinoff of the Arrow but not as dark and sticks
closer to the comic)
I've heard these are very good, but I haven't
"True Detective" (1 season so far)
"The Wire" (2002-2008)
"The Sopranos" (99-2007)
"Walking Dead" (based on a comic book - I don't
"Breaking Bad" (drug drama)
"Game of Thrones" (medieval
fantasty based on books)
I'm also assuming you've already seen "Firefly",
which is another Joss Whedon show like Buffy and
Angel. I also liked "Dollhouse", another Whedon
show, which only lasted one season.
I would recommend that one, too plus the movie
"Serenity". I also assume you've seen "Babylon 5,"
but if not I recommend it (first season is slow
but it gets better - great scifi)
There are some other shows that are good but for
me, too gross or have too much torture, like "24
"American Horror Story," "Helix" and "The Strain."
I don't like shows where everyone's a killer,
like "Sons of Anarchy," no matter how good the
writing and acting are. Or where the cops are
corrupt like "The Shield" and "Chicago PD."
I don't like most modern comedies, so that's why there
aren't too many listed. I think the last one I really liked
besides what's listed here was "Frasier" and/or "Seinfeld."
There's been a few I liked ok but not that much. We watch "Family Guy," but it's not as funny as it used to be, and it's
always been very uneven."
What TV shows would you
recommend to your friends who are looking for something new
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