Friday, February 28, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 15

My Favorite Female Character

I have a thing for spies.  My favorite female character is much like my favorite male character.  Working as a spy for the CIA, and as a double agent for the people she thought was the CIA, my favorite female character is....

Sydney Bristow, from Alias is a chameleon.  A different look each episode, and sometimes different looks throughout each episode, she fights the bad guys with style.  Sydney is strong, confident, and knows how to kick butt!  Throughout the show she is thrown A LOT of crazy things to deal with, and manages to stay grounded.  Let's face it, I often wish that I looked like her, and that I could fight like she can!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 14

My Favorite Male Character

Hmm, let me think about this for a little less than one second.  Who could it be, who could it be?  Wait, I've almost got, not him.  Gee, I wish I could think of who my favorite male character is!  Anybody have any ideas?  Oh wait, now I remember.  My favorite male character is.......

Michael Westen is like an onion.  He has so many layers.  He's a great character because he has the ability to become so many different people, depending on who the situation is calling for.  

The video here is of Michael doing what he does best.  Set to the song Smooth Criminal, by Michael Jackson, it shows his "spy side", and all the resources that come with being a spy.

Being a spy, and helping people in trouble does have its drawbacks.  Michael's friends and family are often the people who get caught in the middle of all of his problems.  Michael doesn't like to show emotion.  But the following video here shows what happens when he does.

In the end, Michael Westen is my favorite male character because he is smart, funny, someone who wants to do the right thing even if he has to work with people who aren't exactly "good", and surrounds himself with good people.  Plus, he is one very handsome man to look at!!

It's all about the shades, man!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 13

My Favorite Childhood Show

I have two shows from my childhood that I remember loving.  And when I had access to Cartoon Network, Brandon and I would watch them.  I actually got him hooked on them, and then we got rid of cable....I was sad.

My first favorite childhood show revolves around 4 bumbling crime fighting teenagers and their dog......

I LOVE Scooby Doo!  The original, raw, 1970's episodes.  Not the versions that have come out since then.  I'm a fan of the Scooby Doo Adventures where they would meet up with the famous people of that time; The Adams' Family, Sonny & Cher, Batman & Robin, etc.  But the original 2 seasons of this show are my absolute favorite; so much so, that I own them!

The shows are so fun because they are simply so ridiculous!  You meet the "bad guy" within the first 5 minutes of the episode, "Danger prone Daphne" usually screws up the crazy plot to catch the "ghost", and the cheesy music found in each episode pulls it all together.  Below are a few of my favorite songs from the show.

This is my favorite song, and probably my favorite episode.  It's catchy, and just fun.

My second favorite childhood cartoon is also still one of my favorites today.  But like with Scooby Doo, I prefer the original cartoons from the 1970's - 1980's, not those that have been made recently.

I miss cable for this show.  Brandon LOVED it!  This show became a part of our evening routine.  Below are some great moments from this show.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 12

An Episode You've Watched More Than 5 Times

One day I was watching TV with Brandon, and I came across a cartoon that I fell in love with.  I've always been a fan of cartoons, but more of those that I grew up with, not so much those that Brandon enjoyed watching at the time, such as Blue's Clues, The Backyardigans, Dora the Explorer, etc.  However, this show made me laugh, and Brandon loved it too.

The very first episode I ever saw of Phineas and Ferb ended up becoming my favorite, and I've seen it A LOT MORE than 5 times.  Season 1, episode 22; Dude, We're Getting The Band Back Together

It is Mom and Dad's anniversary, and Dad has forgotten about it.  Phineas and Ferb decide to help get Mom and Dad's favorite band, Love Handel back together so that they can have a concert in their backyard, and save Dad from getting into trouble for forgetting his anniversary.

The reason this episode is such a classic is the music.  The boys head off to find the first member, Danny.

After recruiting Danny, it's off to the next member.  Turns out that Bobby, the bass player for Love Handel, is now Mom's hairdresser.  While Phineas and Ferb are trying to convince him to rejoin, Candace has to distract Mom, who is in the salon at the same time.  I LOVE THIS SONG!

With Danny and Bobby in, they just need to convince Swampy, the drummer.  This is the best song of the episode!

With everyone ready, all that was left was to start the concert.  See the finale here

This is a great episode.  Unfortunately, I don't think that Disney plans on putting any more episodes of Phineas and Ferb onto Netflix.  I know there have been quite a few movies, and a 4th season, and they have yet to appear.  It's a shame, because this show is so much fun!

Monday, February 24, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 11

A Show That Disappointed You

During the past summer Olympics, I actually had cable.....I know, insert stunned face here!  Ads for the following show were all over the place, as it was being hyped and trying to gain attention.  It worked.  I was completely interested, and the fact that JJ Abrams (responsible for Alias) was involved in the show helped excite me even more.  The premiere for this show came on during the Olympics, and I was hooked within minutes.  It was fast-paced, full of action, had a great cast.  The show that disappointed me is:

So, what happened?

Well, I'm not really sure.  Season 1 was incredible.  I was stunned (in a good way) about some of the things that happened.  But by the time the season finale came around, I wasn't dying to know what was going to happen.  It wasn't "must see TV" for me anymore.  By then I also didn't have cable, and had to watch it on the internet.  I never got around to watching the season finale.

Anyway, season 1 posted to Netflix over this last summer, and I decided to give it another try.  I watched the whole season again, and watched the season finale too.  I was a little more enthused to watch season 2 when it premiered last fall, but by the second episode, I was done.  It was going in a very odd direction, and was getting more and more violent.  I've been told by some that the season got better.

Perhaps when it posts to Netflix I'll give it another try.  I most likely will, just out of curiosity.  But this is the show that has disappointed me.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 10

A Show You Thought You Wouldn't Like But Ended Up Loving

As you know, I only have Netflix, so my TV viewing is limited.  I actually had cable when this show started, but never watched it.  Back in September 2013, I began watching a show that I really didn't think I would be interested in.  It had the formula of the shows I usually enjoy:  good guys versus bad guys, chases, shootouts, great character stories; but for some reason I just never got into it when I had cable.  I decided to try it one day, and was hooked.  I had finished the entire 10 SEASONS of this show within 3 months, I became so addicted to it.  

The show I thought I wouldn't like but ending loving is:

I'd never watched NYPD Blue, so I wasn't familiar with David Caruso.  Well, I knew that he left the show and that many thought that was the dumbest decision of his life.  Anyway, he was what drew me to the show to begin with.

As with most shows, it took a few episodes to completely hook me, but once it did, that was it.  I love the story lines; unrequited love, siblings with secrets, moles inside the team, characters finally finding love only to have it taken away so quickly, unknown children, crazy ex's, team members finding themselves in dire circumstances, team members dying, and great villains.  This show has it all, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

David Caruso's character Horatio Caine became famous for his one-liners at the beginning of the show, along with the sunglasses he always wore.  Some made fun of it, I LOVED it!  Another reason it was fun for me was because almost every person who played a secondary role on Burn Notice, including Jeffrey Donovan himself (Michael Westen), showed up!

Below is a video summarizing the 10 seasons of the show.

And I've got one more video here

This show is currently on Netflix, and worth looking at.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 9

A TV Show You Used to Watch, but Don't Anymore..and Why

I first caught this show years ago while I was watching reruns on A&E.  I fell in love with it, and was hooked.  I loved the characters, the plot developments, everything.

I loved the idea of a group of people who would profile bad guys (Behavioral Analysis Unit) in attempt to find them and bring them to justice.

The best story, by far, was The Reaper in season 5.

To make a very long story short, a man named George Foyet, a.k.a., "The Boston Reaper", was a serial killer that Aaron Hotchner had hunted 10 years earlier.  Foyet became the arch-nemesis of Aaron.  He shot Hotch at the end of season 4, and has been taunting him ever since then.

Foyet comes back to town and Aaron's ex-wife and son end up having to go into the Witness Protection program to keep them safe.  Foyet manages to track them down, killing the U.S. Marshal protecting them.  Foyet calls Haley (Hotchner's wife), and posing as an employee of the U.S. Marshal service, claims that her safety has been compromised and arranged for her to return home and meet her there, still posing as the Marshal.  During a phone conversation with Hotch, Haley is informed that the man in the room with her, Foyet, is The Reaper.  She puts the phone on speaker and Hotch instructs Jack (their son) to help him "work the case", and Jack runs off to an unknown location inside the house.  Hotch, and the rest of the BAU are racing to Hotch's home, and they hear a gun shot.

Hotch arrives at the home to find Haley dead, and he and Foyet engage in a brutal fight.  Hotch eventually beats Foyet to death, and has to have his friends take him off of Foyet once they finally arrive.  We then find out, through a flashback, that whenever Hotch was working, Jack would hide and say that he was also "working the case".  This was the hiding place that kept Jack safe from The Reaper.

Click here for a video about the story line.

Click here one more that goes deeper into the emotions of the story.  Listening to the conversation between Hotch and Haley is almost too much for me.

I cried and cried when this episode was on.  Heavens, I just cried watching this video.

So why, do you ask, did I stop watching the show?  Well, it simply got to be too gruesome, too graphic, and too violent.  And that is saying A LOT for me. I enjoy all of the criminal shows, but this one just became too much.  I was sad to have to let it go, but I just couldn't keep watching.  I did, however, watch the season finale episode years later when my beloved Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker, (Mark Hamill) was discovered to be the bad guy....and he was a REALLY bad guy!

Friday, February 21, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 8

A Show Everyone Should Watch

"My name is Mike Rowe, and this is my job.  I explore the country looking for people who aren't afraid to get dirty; hard-working men and women who earn an honest living doing the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us.  Now, get ready to get dirty".

That is how each episode of the show that I think everyone should watch begins.  That show is:

I think that everyone should watch this show because not only is Mike Rowe HILARIOUS, but it takes people inside the world of the jobs THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD NEVER WANT TO DO, (myself included) but need to happen every day so that our lives are a little easier.  I appreciate all the workers on this show because in this day and age, many people believe they are entitled to a certain kind of job, lifestyle, etc.  The men and women on this show take on those disgusting jobs with pride, and show us that they actually enjoy them.  It's an important lesson that I think everyone should learn.  If you're willing to work, even if it's the really dirty jobs, there is work available.

Below are a few clips from this show.  The show is currently on Netflix, and is disgusting fun!

Sewer Inspector

Diaper Cleaner

San Francisco Dump

Guts Galore

Cleaning a Toilet

Thursday, February 20, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 7

Least Favorite Episode of My Favorite TV Show

This comes from a post I wrote when the episode originally aired.  I've updated it a bit.

Season 5 of Burn Notice brought in the greatest villian yet....and that's saying a lot for this show.  He is the last man standing in the organization that not only burned Michael, but he's the last man left since Michael and his friends destroyed the organization piece by piece.  Oh, did I forget to mention that he's out to rebuild the network using any means necessary?  Yeah, bad, bad news.

His name is Anson Fullerton.  Long story short, he posed as a good guy needing help from Michael, framed Fiona for a murder she didn't commit and used his evidence as leverage to blackmail Michael.  End of season 5 Fiona turned herself in to authorities to get Michael out from under Anson's thumb.  She has been in jail and Michael has been doing all he can to find Anson and free Fiona. 

Basically that brings us to this episode.  I could go on and on, but you can read more about it here.  Just scroll down to the season synopsis.

K, so the creators of Burn Notice did something stupid in my opionion:  they told the audience that someone important would be killed during the promo for the episode Shock Wave

After watching this clip, I knew that it wasn't Jesse, Michael, or Pearce.  I also know there's NO WAY they would kill off Sam or Fiona.  So, I figured it was one of two people:  Rebecca, the dirty CIA agent that Anson was also blackmailing, or Nate, Michael's younger brother.

My suspicion was confirmed the moment I started watching the episode:  Michael is finally close to catching Anson, and the CIA won't let Sam, Michael's best friend and former Navy Seal, go with them.  Instead, they let Nate, a CIVILIAN, go with them.  What?!?  I have a hard time believing that any branch of government would let a civilian, like myself, with no training whatsoever, go on a mission to capture a murdering sociopath.  Guess I could be wrong.

The episode continued with Michael and Nate fighting.  Michael has always protected his brother.  When they were young, he protected him from their abusive father.  As an adult, when Nate would get into trouble, Michael would help bail him out.  This fighting continued to set the stage for what was going to happen.  The moment Michael ordered Nate out of the hotel room they were hiding out in, I knew Nate's time was over.  It was just a matter of how it was going to happen.  Was Anson going to find him?  What would he do to Nate? 

Suddenly, Michael calls Nate and asks him to "keep eyes" on Anson.  Apparently he's in the casino that Nate is at, and Michael needs time to get there.  Knowing Nate's character, I knew he was going to butt in...and he did.  Nate managed to sucker punch Anson (the BEST moment of the show, something that all Burn Notice fans have personally wanted to do for a year!), and it looked like Michael was finally going to get the man who had caused so much pain, destroyed so many lives, including Michael's.  However, this is television.  Does anything ever happen the way it should?

Roll the clip:

It's obvious who the real target was....Anson.  Nate was "collateral damage".  Nate's character had gone about as far as he could go.  Last season they tried to give him more of a storyline by having him get married and have a baby, but it felt like more of a "jump the shark" moment since we only saw his wife once, she was odd, and I believe we only saw the baby once. When he returned this season, he was getting a divorce and had fallen back into gambling again. No character growth usually = death of an expendable character. I knew Nate was going to die, but I still cried. Yeah, I'm that kind of dork!

So here's where I have issues with some of the events of this episode:

- Nate would NEVER have been allowed to go on that mission....period.  Sam would've been allowed to go.

- They made it SOOOO obvious who was going to die.  From fighting with Michael to all the dumb things he did on the mission (like ordering pizza, risking being seen by Anson), and then having Nate "keep eyes" on Anson, they practically painted a sign on Nate's face saying, "I'm going to be killed".

- Fiona had been working with the CIA to get out of jail.  I was under the impression that catching Anson meant she would be released.  He was killed.....maybe since he can't do any more harm they decided to completely believe the fact that Fiona had been framed?

- That was a massive hole blown through the wall when Nate and Anson died.  What in the world did that come from?

And my biggest issue with the episode:

MICHAEL DIDN'T GET TO TAKE ANSON DOWN!!!  We've waited a year to watch this awesome villian get what was coming to him, and instead of satisfaction, we had to wait even longer to find out who killed him!!!  Major disappointment. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 6

Favorite Episode of Your Favorite TV Show

It was too difficult to choose just one episode of one show!  So I'm changing the rules here and bringing you a list of a few from each of my favorite shows!

First up:  my favorite episodes of Burn Notice

Season 2, episode 11;  Hot Spot.  See the promo for it here:

The "uniforms" sell this episode.  Watching the 3 of them getting dressed and then walking out of the loft is by far the best part, along with all the explosions!

Season 2, episode 13; Lesser Evil

Season 2 was by far the best season of Burn Notice.  It found it's groove and the story line was filled with non stop action.  This was the season finale episode, and it gets better and better each time I watch it.  Victor, (the man in the picture) was once an enemy of Michael's.  In this episode they end up working together to bring down the organization that burned them.  Between what happens with Victor, and the helicopter jump at the end, it is one of the BEST episodes.

Season 4, episodes 17 & 18;  Out of the Fire/Last Stand

"Dead" Larry


Michael has always had some very worthy adversaries.  Brennon was one of the best.   He once strapped a bomb to a child, shot Michael's brother Nate, and was just really good at being really bad!  For the 4th season finale, Brennon brought hell down upon Michael, his friends, and family.  As if having Brennon back wasn't bad enough, Brennon brought "Dead" Larry back to help keep Michael "in line"; basically he was there to make sure Michael did what Brennon wanted him to do.  These two episodes have so many twists and turns, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Season 7, episode 2;  Forget Me Not

This was the 100th episode of Burn Notice and the fans finally got what we wanted:  to see more of the back story of Michael and Fiona.  Jeffrey Donovan (Michael Westen) directed this episode, and it is so fun to watch.  It is both exciting, and heartbreaking.  Having gone undercover in the Dominican Republic, Michael's cover has been blown so he has to return to Miami, but he isn't allowed to see his friends or family.  The episode is made up of flashbacks that show us how Michael and Fiona met, fell in love, and what kind of "mayhem" they caused in Ireland.

Season 7, episode 13; Reckoning

It's fitting to end with this episode, as it was the SERIES finale of Burn Notice.  I just finished watching it, since season 7 posted to Netflix this morning.  The best part about this episode is that it takes the lines from the characters in title sequence that we've heard throughout the past 7 years and uses them again.  Below is a video I made myself, so that you could see the opening sequence and the phrases that we've heard for 7 years.

This episode has it all:  danger, excitement, sadness.  At times I was sitting on the couch with my heart in my throat because of fear; other times I was actually yelling at the TV because of what was happening.  For fans of this show, the finale gave us everything we could've wanted and more.

And now moving onto to one more TV series.  My favorite episodes of NCIS.

Season 3, episode 23 & 24; Hiatus

Tony, McGee, and Ziva wait in a car as Gibbs contacts an undercover government agent on a Turkish ship. They witness an explosion from the ship which kills the agent and severely injures Gibbs, leaving him in a coma. In his comatose state, Gibbs has flashbacks of the murder of his wife, Shannon, and eight-year-old daughter, Kelly, and being wounded during Desert Storm.  The entire first episode is completely devoted to learning about the story of Gibbs' family.

Watch a video about the first half of Hiatus here

During the second part of Hiatus, Director Shepard informs the team that Gibbs has regained consciousness but can't remember anything after 1991, which is a problem because he is the only one who has important information about a pending terrorist attack.  Several characters attempt to help Gibbs regain his memory.  This is when we first meet his former partner, Mike Franks.  Ziva visits Gibbs on his last night in the hospital in desperation to help him remember, grabbing his hand and using it to show him his trademark "head slap".  This, together with her emotionally reminding him that she had killed her own brother to save his life, shocks Gibbs into regaining his memory.

In a live video conference, Washington bureaucrats ignore Gibbs' recommendations.  As a Navy frigate attempts to board the freighter, the terrorist detonates his bomb and destroys both ships while the NCIS team watches on a large surveillance screen. Infuriated, Gibbs resigns and hands his badge to Tony, telling him that he is now in charge of the team and is ready for the responsibility. The episode (and season) closes with Gibbs arriving at Franks' house in Mexico.

This episode had me crying from the moment it started until it finished a week later.  We had always heard whispers about Gibbs' family, but this is when we finally got to see it; and it was very sad.  Watching Ziva struggle through Gibbs' not remembering who she is, watching Gibb's quit, and seeing all the emotion from all characters was simply amazing television.

By far my favorite episode is their 200th episode.  Season 9, episode 14; Life Before His Eyes.  It was all about what Gibbs' life might have been like had he made different choices in his life....kind of like a Christmas Story type thing.  Gibbs' friend Mike Franks comes to take him through the journey.  We see what life would've been like had his wife and daughter not been killed, if Kate had never died; we even see Ziva in a very different role.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 5

A Show You Hate

I used to absolutely LOVE the show that I now hate.  For many seasons it brought joy and happiness, music and laughter into my life.  Then things started to change.  People left the show, and others were brought in to "fill their shoes".  It just didn't work anymore; the magic was gone.

The show I now hate is:

The first few seasons were fun.  I didn't start watching until season 2 when it was between Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard.  I was STUNNED when Clay didn't win, because let's face it; he is better than Ruben.

I continued watching.  Carrie Underwood was fabulous and I finally was happy with a win.  The last season I actually remember watching was season 8, when Adam Lambert came into the world of American Idol.  Holy cow, this guy can sing, and it was so fun to watch him evolve as a performer each week.  I didn't care about the black nail polish, and mascara, it was Adam.

And then, once again, America let us down; Adam didn't win.  The world, and the judges, were stunned, and I have NO IDEA who did win.  I kept watching because Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson were so much fun together.

When Simon and Paula left, I was done.  I'll get this wrong, but I know that Jennifer Lopez came on to judge, as did Steven Tyler.  They left, and Mariah Carey, some weird singer named Niki something came on, along with Keith Urban.  B-O-R-I-N-G!!  The magic was gone, the show became all about the judges and their drama, and I completely lost interest.

When you have a show where you leave America to judge, they will get it wrong almost every single time!  Here's a little Adam Lambert for you!

Monday, February 17, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 4

Your Favorite Show Ever

This day was so easy, that it almost wasn't fair.  If you know me in any way at all; whether it's through Facebook, my blog, or in person, then you can answer this one for me.  My favorite show ever is......

For those of you who've never seen this show, here's basic premise:

The title refers to the burn notices issued by intelligence agencies to discredit or announce the dismissal of agents or sources who are considered to have become unreliable.  When spies are burned, they are left without access to cash, and basically no identity.  The series is about Michael Westen's attempts to get back into the good graces of the agency, because all of the things he was blamed for doing were actually done by someone else.

He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend, Fiona, and old friend Sam Axe, and later Jesse Porter, and they become problem solvers for ordinary citizens.  The series juggles two main ideas:  dealing with why Michael was burned, and individual episodes focusing on the cases he works for clients.

When the 100th episode premiered during the final season, this was posted on Facebook by USA's official Burn Notice page:

Many fans said they turned it into a drinking game.  Let's just say that if I was an alcoholic drinker, I would've been out within minutes.  The appeal of this show is summed up in this Facebook post.

I love this show because they are helping out people, they blow stuff up ALL THE TIME, the chases are AMAZING, and it's just a lot of fun.

And below is by far the BEST Burn Notice video that I have ever seen.   My favorite parts:  at :44 when Michael jumps out of the helicopter; 2:07 when his loft blows up....Jeffrey Donovan (Michael Westen) actually made that jump; and 4:36 when the Charger blew up....I almost had a heart attack when that happened in the season 4 finale!!

If you've never watched this show, it is currently on Netflix.  The final season just posted Saturday.  Give it a try, it is A.MAZ.ING!!!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 3

Your Favorite New Show (Aired This Season)

I don't have cable.  All of my TV viewing comes from either Netflix or the few internet channels that allow viewership of complete TV episodes.  Unfortunately network cable channels are now making it more difficult to watch shows unless you are a cable subscriber.  USA did it first with the final season of Burn Notice.  You could only watch it if you put in your TV account number.  Why would I watch it on the internet if I could watch it on cable?  They're just forcing people to subscribe to cable again.  ABC has also done it.   CBS is my "staple" network.  If the day ever comes where they block their internet channel, then there will be major issues!  Bottom line is that I haven't watched any new shows that aired this season.  That being said, my favorite new show (which is currently on Netflix!) is:

Sherlock is a British television drama that is a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories.  Sherlock is a "consulting detective" and assists in solving crimes. Dr. John Watson was just returned from Afghanistan and helps him.  

My sister told me about this show, and I was hooked within the first 5 minutes.  I teach literature in 5th grade, and one of the core knowledge books we read is Sherlock Holmes.  To be perfectly honest, I DID NOT like the book at all.  This show however, is IN.CRED.I.BLE!!!!!  Watching Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), and Martin Freeman (Watson) play off of each other is so fun.  The stories are brilliantly written, and the way they show how Sherlock's mind works is amazing.

I just finished watching the show last night.  Holy cow, simply amazing.  Season 1 & 2 are on Netflix.  Season 3 in on PBS Masterpiece only until March 4th.  There may only be 9 episodes to this show, but they are 90 minutes long each, so it's like watching a full length movie.  That also helps explain the almost 2 years that fans have to wait between each season....major bummer.

A lot of the words to this next video are perfect, however, please realize that these two are not in a romantic relationship!  Their friendship makes each of them whole.  It's more of a 'bromance'!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 2

 A Show That Should Never Have Been Cancelled

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Set behind the scenes at an ailing late-night television sketch show, Studio 60 follows a genius writer-producer team (Perry and Bradley Whitford, West Wing's Josh Lyman), who are shipped in to return the show to its glory days. Amanda Peet plays the enlightened new network head who believes that 'the people who watch TV are no dumber than the people who make it'. This trio set about revitalising Studio 60 as the sharp, bold cultural totem it once was. 
The first few episodes of Studio 60 are as complete a piece of television entertainment as you could wish for. The dialogue, one of Sorkin's trademarks, fizzes with one-liners, and the performances have an instant depth.

For some reason, the ratings for this show plummeted quickly.  I thought this was a great cast, and with Aaron Sorkin (write of The West Wing) at the head, it should have been a home run.  But NBC only gave it 1 season and then pulled the plug.

Friday, February 14, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 1

I've missed blogging.  Life has been busy, and I haven't had the time, but I've wanted to get back into it.  When I first started a few years back, I did the 30 Day of Me challenge, and I really enjoyed it.  I was looking around the internet a few days ago, and found a 30 days of TV challenge.  I liked the topics, so I thought I'd give it a try.  So, without further ado, here we go.

Day 1:  Saddest death of an actor

I actually changed this from what Day 1 on the list really was.  Yesterday, the man who played Gibbs' father on NCIS, Ralph Waite, passed away at the age of 85.  Many know him as the patriarch on the TV show The Walton's, but that was a little before my time.  I am a HUGE fan of NCIS; as you will come to know throughout these 30 days.  Cast as Gibbs' father in 2008, these two actors played off each other PERFECTLY!  Right out of the gate he was given a great storyline and I fell in love with this actor, and the character of Jackson Gibbs.

When I read this morning that he had passed away, I shed a tear.  I hope that NCIS gives him a proper send off.  This is a character that can't be recast...the chemistry between Ralph Waite and Mark Harmon was just fantastic.  Waite MADE this character.  Here are some clips that show their relationship.

The Johnny Cash song in the background really annoys me, but this video is great.  Oh, and the actor playing Gibbs' as a teenager is actually Mark Harmon's cool!

Ralph Waite, you will be missed.