The TV MegaSite's Blog Post #181
Friday, August 7
We watched Jon Stewart's last "Daily Show." I must admit, I
got a bit choked up! We will miss him. I hope Trevor is
good, too. It was particularly great to see John Oliver and
Stephen Colbert. We
can't wait for the latter's new show. At least they made the
finaly episode very
funny. Great show, and I hope it wins one more Emmy.
It was great to have "Real Time with Bill Maher" back
tonight, too. His monologue and the rest was very funny. At
least we still have him, and John Oliver!
The big news in Daytime TV is that "Days of Our Lives" is
about to get really good (in September). They will have a
serial killer storyline and shock us all with the bodies
piling up. This is how they celebrate their 50th
anniversary!!!???!! Okay, first of all, this has been done way too
many times on soaps, especially on this particular show. It
is never good. Either they kill off someone we really
like, or they don't stay dead, or the killer or victim turns
out to be some minor character. No matter how they do it
(and they usually do it poorly), it's not something we want
to see. This is a soap opera. It should be about romance,
fun, and family. They need to stop killing people off. This
is not fun for fans. Most of the time, the story ends
up dragging on way too long and makes no sense. Pardon me
for being cynical, but I've been watching soaps since 1984,
so I've been there, done that, too many times before.
are a lot of actors on their way out as well as long-time
fan favorites returning, so anyone could be a victim. I
believe that I read, that the actors who portray Serena,
Paige, Aiden, Ciara, and Sonny are all leaving the show. My
guess is that Clyde or Ben might also get fired/killed. If
they're smart, they'll also chuck that actor who plays Will
now because he's just awful. According to Entertainment
Weekly (and many other sources, "returning fan favorites
include Stephen Nichols, Alison Sweeney, Peter Reckell,
Thaao Penghlis, Martha Madison, Tamara Braun, Camila Banus,
and more," so any of them could be victims. Jason Cook is
also returning as Shawn. Two more joining the show are
John-Paul Lavoisier (as Philip) and A Martinez!
Meanwhile, over on "General Hospital," Silas has been
murdered. YAWN. Why do we care? Yes, we love Michael Easton,
but he hasn't had a decent story since he and Sam split up.
Which of the MANY villains in Port Charles killed him? Does
it matter? They won't go to jail. Almost no one does on this
show. Or if they do, they don't stay there. If you do care,
make sure you
sign the petition to bring Michael back to GH!
I know that I may seem very harsh when it comes to my
favorite TV shows, especially GH, but that's only because I
expect better. The show used to be better, in many ways,
back in the 80's and 90's. I love the actors. The
actors and the viewers deserve better! We still want less
mob stuff, less violence. Get some good drama writers in
there that really know how to create realistic conflict
without having to bring out lots of guns.
Many people I know online are at the GH Fan Weekend right
now. I'm sure they're having a great time. I hate them :)
No, not really, just kidding. Our associate Nikky is
there, taking lots of
photos for our site.
Saturday, August 8
I finally got caught up a little on our
Reviews! We have a lot more coming up, though. There are
just too many good shows to watch on TV right now, and not
enough hours in the day. I even like this reality show
"Becoming Us," which is about a transgender family in
Indiana. I wish I had more time to watch it.
"Defiance" is sure a great show, and every week is still
amazing. One of the things they do on this show is come up
with these wonderful new
characters that are really likable
and fun...and then they kill them off. It's always shocking.
Every week I can't wait to see it!
We still really need a new "Young & The Restless"
update writer, especially someone to fill in when
Ellen can't do it because she has medical problems.
helps out, but she's always way behind. Please
if you can help out! I wish I could afford to pay someone or
had the time to do it myself.
Sunday, August 9
Weekends are so boring now with no new TV episodes to
watch. I can't wait for the return of "Family Guy,"
"The Good Wife," "Once Upon a Time," "Doctor Who,"
and more. Even though I do have plenty of shows to watch on
DVD and on my DVR.
As always, I worked on our
Primetime TV News Page.
schedule is here and then, this weekend, I'll be
Monday, August 10
Here's another event I wish I could be at right now: The
Television Critics Association events. This is where the TV
show networks tell all about their new shows and the press
gets to meet the actors etc. I hope to apply again to be a
Television Critic next time they let us apply (in September). It's very
frustrating that I'm not one of them in this way. I get to
interview actors, write about the shows for two decades on
my site, watch TV shows
ahead of time, and many of the TV
networks and their PR people consider me "press," yet I
can't get in the TCA. That really stinks. Well, I'll keep
What shows are you watching this summer? I've mostly been
"The Whispers," "Beauty & The Beast," "Defiance," "Bold
& Beautiful," "The Nightly Show," "Last Week Tonight,"
"Real Time with Bill Maher," "Major Crimes," "Teen Wolf,"
and "Rizzoli & Isles." I'm still trying to catch up on "Dark
Matter," "Unreal," "Impastor," "Mr. Robot," "Humans," and
"Wayward Pines." Plus "The Messengers" and "The Daily Show,"
both of which are now finished forever (sniff!).
"Teen Wolf" has been really
intense this season. Those Dread Doctors seriously creep me
out. Poor Kira, too.
Anyway, I still want to watch "Arrow"
from the first season, and write up an episode guide for
that. It's tough because I have to watch all of the new
shows for review, too!
Also, I have three DVD's
sitting here to watch: "Hell on Wheels 4th Season," "Rookie
Blue 5th Season" and upcoming episodes of "You're the Worst"
for FX. I gotta do those first two fairly quickly. I've
never watched "Hell on Wheels" before, so I might watch a
few episodes from the first few seasons, to get the feel for
it. I do so love Colm Meaney, so I can't wait to see him!
Tuesday, August 11
Great news today - Matt Ryan is going to appear on an
episode of "Arrow" this year as Constantine! Yay!!!
That will be awesome. I'm so happy about that.
We watched last night's "The Nightly Show," and it was
hilarious. I hope he can keep that going! We really miss Jon
Stewart. Speaking of Jon Stewart, there's a great
tribute to him in this week's Entertainment Weekly.
My husband and I both really love comedian Anthony Jeselnik, but
we can't bring ourselves
to watch "Last Comic Standing." I tried last season,
because I thought it might be funny, but it
was just too boring. Not enough laughs and too much reality
show crap. I'm glad Jeselnik is doing well, though! I hope he can
do another stand-up special again soon. He's hilarious.
I enjoyed the first episode of "Hell on Wheels," but some
parts of it were kind of lame. For instance, you knew one
guy was a villain by the fact that he used the N word. And
the "hero," a Southerner, doesn't use it and says he freed
his slaves a year before the war decided. Ha ha ha!!
to see the last episode of "Major Crimes" until November!
Love that show. It was great to see Patricia Wettig again in
this past week's episode.
Primetime Forum manager
is going away for vacation. She does an outstanding job and
even did extra work ahead of time so I won't have so much to
do while she's gone. She's awesome! Well, all of our
I spent some time looking at old Nick-at-Nite ads online.
I had been listening to the old song "Tom's Diner" and
remembered that they had an old ad that mashed-up that song
with "I Dream of Jeannie."
I found it! It's a great ad. Then I found some other old
Nick-at-Nite ads, like
collection. Then that made me think of the old show "Hi
Honey I'm Home," and they now have all of those
episodes on YouTube! Hooray! The ways we find to waste
our time, honestly...
Wednesday, August 12
"The Nightly Show" was funny again today! Yay! I hope he
can keep that up.
I was passing by the TV while running the
for "Days of Our
Lives" and I saw Marlena and Kristen fighting. I
thought, "Wha--? Didn't that already happen?" but it
was a promo of some kind.
I was reading a Soap Opera Digest article where various
actors said nice things about Tony Geary (Luke), since he's
leaving "General Hospital."
What struck me as odd, though, is that
Maurice Benard was not
one of them. I wonder why? They worked together a lot. They
even got past GH actors to talk about him, and Susan Lucci!
I've been enjoying the "Hell on Wheels" DVD. The show
definitely improved after its first episode. Now I want to
go back and watch the rest of the show...yeah, like I have
Thursday, August 13
watched this week's "Beauty & The Beast",
which was good. They have the wonderful actor Jason Gedrick
playing a great bad guy this season. He was previously a
great bad guy on "Bosch" earlier this year on Amazon Prime.
I hope J.T. isn't really going to die! I will be very upset.
Austin Basis twice and he's very nice.
It seems like every week I watch a new sitcom that is
really bad. I don't know why they can't make good ones any
more. This new show "Mr.
Robinson" is not very funny, although it tries very hard. It
has some amazing talent in it, like Peri Gilpin, and guest
stars like Gary Cole. But it's just awkward and makes you
grit your teeth (or, more likely, change the channel). Peri
Gilpin is best known for playing Roz on "Frasier."
Kelsey Grammer's daughter, Spencer, plays one of the
teachers on the show. "Frasier" connection! They
don't make sitcoms as good as that one any more, I'm afraid.
Friday, August 14
was also reading a great interview in Entertainment Weekly
with Rick Springfield! He's starring in a new movie with
Meryl Streep, "Ricki and the Flash." I would love to see it.
I hope it does well. A lot of people I know are fans of his,
either from his songs or from GH. I don't get much time to
go to the movies. I've only seen a couple this year so far,
both superhero movies.
You may wonder why I rarely talk about some of the big
shows like "The Walking Dead." Well, I don't
like zombies, and I don't like shows that are too gross.
It's really a personal thing. I can watch "Supernatural,"
for instance, without getting too grossed out. I don't know
why. Maybe it depends on how realistic it is. Anyway, I was
going to watch the new show "Fear the Walking Dead," which
takes place before the other one (before the zombie
apocalypse starts), but from what I read, it sounds just as
bad, so I probably will only watch the first episode to
review for the site and nothing more. If can stand that
much! There are a lot of shows too gross for me to watch,
including "The Strain," "Hannibal," "Z Nation," and
"American Horror Story."
can't wait for the return of "Longmire"
which starts season four in September on
will be returning in September, too. So many good shows
coming up... Well, I HOPE that Doctor Who will be good. I
was very disappointed in the previous season, and I'm not
too fond of the new doctor.
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