Because I actually Watched Snooki & JWoww

This is my obligatory I watch Snooki & JWoww post.  And this is me not openly admitting that I watch this show.  Because if I admit it to the Internet, then it must be true.  Because the Internet never lies.  Really.

So, we’re four episodes into this damn show.  And I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a train wreck it is.  Like, I can’t believe I waited and waited and was excited to watch this show.  Because I wasn’t.  I swear.  Please, Internet, don’t tell anyone.

Not gonna lie.  I’m really disliking it.  And I don’t know if it’s because the length of the show feels short or if this is a show about two genuinely obnoxious women who became famous for no reason, I’m having a hard time finding anything good about the show.  Other than it fed my obsession with reality TV.  Or the Jersey Shore.  Or both.

In this week’s episode, and actually a running gag throughout all the episodes thus far is Snooki telling everyone she’s engaged, and then pregnant.  Her Jersey Shore roommates came to dinner and they were less than accepting of this news, most of them being total jerks and making jokes about how she’s going to be divorced in a year, and having a baby isn’t a race – when the baby’s here, you’re not done.

Ok.  There’s a lot of crap in the media about Snooki, and she says some really dumb things that make me wonder about her ability to be a human, much less a mother, but I feel bad that her news wasn’t better received.  She was hoping for support, and all she got was crap and bad jokes.

Moving along.  They had a housewarming party, and it looks as though there is trouble in paradise for our lovely JWoww and Roger.  With the way he talks about not getting any, I’m not surprised.  But that would mean I actually care about this how.  Which I don’t, I swear.

So, next time on this show that I am not watching, Jenni is going to have some relationship issues, and who knows what’s going to happen to Snooki.

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My Thoughts on the Tragic Colorado Shooting

I wanted to start by saying how saddened I am by the tragic shooting in Colorado.  The whole situation makes me sick and sad and angry all at once.  Because we really needed another shooting?  REALLY?

It’s been all over my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and I cannot escape it.  I expect the next few days weeks months will probably be flooded with people telling their stories about what happened, and even more stories speculating on why it happened.  Which is something we don’t know yet.

Which brings me to the point of this post, which clearly isn’t about anything TV related.  I felt I owed it to my inner geek to address this here.

There has been some speculation about this particular shooting being related to The Dark Knight Rises in that it was caused because the shooter wanted to be like Batman.  To be fair, I have only seen one article implying the connection, but I think that is one too many.

It is my opinion that there is no link between the movie and the shooting.  I don’t believe the gunman set out to shoot up a movie theater to be the rogue vigilante that Batman seems to be in this series of movies.  I believe the only link there is is simply that TDKR was a movie that would be more than packed with moviegoers who bought their tickets weeks ago to see the opening at midnight.  All those people means maximum damage to those looking to cause it.  If it happens that there this person did want to be Batman, I’ll eat my words.  But I don’t think that was the case.

What I also can’t get over, and this is the mom in me coming out, is who could bring their 4 month old baby to the movie theater to a midnight showing of an albeit very grownup, violent movie.  Luckily for that family, the baby was not injured or killed.  And I read a report earlier that the baby was treated for gas inhalation but was released.  Come on, people.  Show a little responsibility.  Babies shouldn’t be going to movies at midnight, much less violent ones.  Find a babysitter or don’t go.  Again, this is just my opinion, but one I feel very strongly about.

But, as I said, I digress.

A friend on Facebook had posted a sad but true comment on how people started going to the movies during the Great Depression as means of escaping the real life tragedies and sadness they were going through at the time.  And it’s sad to think that the movie going experience is going to be tainted because someone was feeling violent and crazy.  I don’t think going to the movies is going to be the same ever again.  I hate to think that people are going to think twice before trying to experience the awesomeness that can be waiting in line to see a midnight showing of the most anticipated movie of the Summer.  As a  movie goer in my younger years, and having gone to a movie every weekend for a really long time, and having had worked at a video rental place, it makes me sad.  And although I have turned my efforts and obsessions towards television, I am still saddened to think that one person could ruin it for everyone.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and all those who change their minds about going out to the movies in the future for fear that some other crazy person is going to open up and shoot people.

Trust Us with Your Life

Do you remember Whose Line Is It Anyway?  Didn’t you just LOVE that show?  I did.  It was my favorite comedy/improv show on television.  Actually, it was probably the only one on.  Anyway, it was an ABC production, and I think ABC has done it again with a similar show called Trust Us with Your Life.

It’s hilarious.  And it’s by the creators of Whose Line, so of course it’s going to be good.

The premise is similar to that of Whose Line, in that a group of comedians/actors perform skits in different styles according to what is on the card that they know nothing about.  The twist is that there is a celebrity who is telling their story and key points about their childhood and life.

And the best part?  It’s almost the same cast as Whose Line.  There’s Wayne Brady and Colin Mocherie.  Greg Proops showed up in one episode, and some random guy named Craig.  And then, of course, Wayne Brady’s right hand on Let’s Make a Deal, Jonathan Mangum.  Love these guys.  Oh, and the host?  Fred Willard.  Yup.  This is awesome.

Last night the first two episodes aired.  The first was with Serena Williams, and the second was with Jack and Kelly Osbourne.  Not gonna lie.  I didn’t think I was going to be interested in the Serena episode, but it was really good.  It must have been filmed awhile back, as most shows are, but I think it was awfully convenient that she just won Wimbledon.

Serena’s episode was all about her being a little princess, and there was some pretty funny skits about her being a tennis star.

The Osbourne episode was the reason I wanted to watch, not knowing the premise beforehand.  And it did not disappoint, especially once I realized it was like Whose Line.  But the Jack and Kelly were in true form.  They are hilarious and really down to earth and very likable.  Just watch it.

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Trust Us with Your Life airs on ABC Tuesdays at 9pm, so check your local listings.

Bachelorette Week 9 Recap

I can’t believe I’m still watching this show.  Actually, I can’t believe I even began watching it in the first place.  Considering this is the eighth season, and I’ve been able to avoid it all this time, I should be pretty proud of myself.  Or severely disappointed.  I can’t decide which.

ANYway, here’s what happened this week.

***Spoiler Alert*** There are spoilers below, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet and don’t want to know what happens, please come back after you have seen it.  

Emily and the boys bachelors, Sean, Arie and Jef, headed to Curacao for the highly anticipated or dreaded, depending on your view, overnight date.  Le sigh.

First up is Sean.  They had an amazing time on their own private island after a really cool helicopter ride.  Sean is a little slow in this game, for sure.  I mean, at this point, he hasn’t even told Emily that he loved her yet.  The other two are all about the love-slinging.  Emily practically had to ask him to say it, and then she only got an I’m crazy about you.  Come on, dude.  You want this reality TV maybe-wife-to-be of yours bad enough, just tell her you love her, for crying out loud.  But as slow as he’s been in this game, he basically came out and said that being in love and getting engaged are the same thing.  Um, sure.  But that’s what she wanted to hear, so good on her.

Then comes the infamous card with the key.  The key to a room that the couple should choose if they want to spend the night together.  Given the choice, Sean jumped on it and they retreated to their suite.  Emily, in an attempt to not huss it up be a good role model for her daughter decided that once they were there, they would not be staying the night.  Good girl.  Make him wait.  He made you wait.  Pfft.

Next, there’s Jef.  Oh, Jef.  The big kid at heart.  Emily and Jef had a wonderful date (I don’t think she’s had a bad date…).  Instead of a helicopter, they went on a boat ride.  How romantic… Jef gave the impression that, although he wants to be with Emily, he still had some reservations.  And he asked some legitimate questions, like where would they live after they got engaged/married.  I think Emily’s answer was very sweet, but also diplomatic, saying that she’d go wherever he was, and they don’t have to live in Charlotte or Utah, and they can pick a place and live and be happy.

The infamous card and key went a little different with Jef, and I think that sealed Jef’s fate this week.  He declined saying that he wants both Emily and himself to be good role models for her daughter, and they would have plenty of time after they got engaged/married to spend every night together.  Okay, fine.  Swoon.  Emily did the same thing, saying that she was going to say everything he did, and was basically turned on because he turned it around on her.  Woohoo, Jef!

And then there’s Arie.  The one with the immense chemistry pretty much since day one.  He even said he fell in love with Emily on their first date.  Ugh.  I was rooting for you until that crazy episode where the new broke that you dated a producer or something.  Anyway.  They swam with dolphins, and Emily was terrified.  Of dolphins.  Really?  They, too, talked about what would happen during the after part of this whole thing.

And then comes the card and key.  Emily said point blank that she loves kissing Arie, and she was afraid that if they went back to the room, there would be no stopping her.  Ok, talking about trying to not get your huss on.

In my opinion, the rose ceremony was not that shocking, given that it was clear who was moving at a pace that Emily wanted, and who wasn’t at this point.  *cough cough* Sean *cough cough*.

Yup.  Sean got sent home and he was sad.  He said when Emily walked into the rose ceremony he was fully certain that she would be his wife.  Ok.  Let met get this straight.  You’re on a show where no one is safe, and you could go at any time.  And you have the nerve to think that you’re going to be safe, especially since you waited so long to tell the one making the decision what she wanted to hear?  Just checking.

So, it’s Jef and Arie that are left.  And I think I know how it’s going to end based on spoilers I’ve read on the Internet.  Normally, I don’t mind spoilers, but these kind of annoyed me in that, I don’t really know much about them.  Anyway…

Next week is where the bachelors come back and spill all the beans.  And the following week is the finale, where all will be revealed, followed by some After the Rose special.

Who do you think will be the winner this season?

Cutting the Cable Ties

Last year, when we moved out of our one-bedroom apartment and into a house, we didn’t bring the cable bill with us.  I regret nothing. It has been the most liberating and free year I’ve had without real television.  In January we got rabbit ears so we could watch the Super Bowl, but to this day we rarely watch regular television.  And I couldn’t be happier.

It has forced me to really watch the things I really WANT to watch.  Mostly because I don’t have the DVR to record everything that could remotely be interesting.  And it’s pretty cool.  And it has also forced me to discover the magic that is the internet medium that is producing quality programming.  Shows like Dr. Horrible, The Guild and Bandwagon have really paved the way for me in becoming interested in shows that aren’t necessarily on traditional television.  And it’s pretty cool.

I haven’t really been interested in Netflix just yet.  But I have been frequenting Hulu more often to catch up on the shows that are currently out.  For shows that are older and on DVD, I can usually find things I haven’t seen yet on Hulu, but my DVD player has also been getting a solid workout.  And from what I understand, I am not the only person who has done this yet.

Are YOU ready to cut the cable ties?

Reboot

So I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking, and I finally decided to reboot my love for TV.  And the TV blog.

I’ve been quite faithful to my other TV blog, Shameless TV since 2005, and it has many incarnations and I really felt it was time to change things up a bit.  I love TV, to the point where I have Modern Family and Leverage on repeat in my DVD player in the bedroom (that I have been holed up in for days because currently, it is the only cold room in the house).

I have a love for good TV, and there’s a lot that I watch that I don’t want to openly admit I watch, but I really do (like Snooki &JWoww and the Bachelorette).  But my favorites of all time are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Leverage, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory.  Basically, yes, I love TV.  So sue me.  Pfft.  No, please don’t.  I just want to love to TV.

ANYway…

So, welcome to TV GEEKS UNITE.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Stay tuned for some really fun things.