Posts tagged ‘Dexter’

December 13, 2010

TVaholic Is Good At Picking Shows

The self imposed “one week with no TV” ended yesterday.  I felt like a kid waking up on Christmas morning when I realized not only could I have coffee (the #1 reason to get out of bed in the morning) but I could also, finally watch TV!!!!

Most of the day it was just on in the background while I checked e-mail, created a photo DVD, wrapped presents, and posted some stuff on eBay to sell.  In the evening I spent some dedicated time to catch up on In Treatment, The Walking Dead, and Dexter.

Quick commentary: The “Sunil” wrap up of In Treatment was a-mazing, the rest I could live without.  Walking Dead ended on a perfect note.   Can not wait until next season.  Dexter continues to be awesome.  Love that he has a little serial killer buddy who is also a good person.  Crazy!  Two of them!

Even with all of that awesomeness, I felt kind of blah and useless at the end of the day.  I was also a little hungover, again, from trying to be social two nights in a row (which required alcohol, of course) and night two was much less fun.  Not sure I can completely blame the TV watching for the blah, but it needs to be considered as a factor.  More scientific research would be required.

I did feel slightly redeemed today when I saw the American Film Institute’s Top 10 TV shows of 2010 because most of them are on my Top “10” list!!  At least I watch mostly good TV.  Here is the list:
‘The Big C’ (Showtime)
‘Boardwalk Empire’ (HBO)
‘Breaking Bad’ (AMC)
‘Glee’ (Fox)
‘Mad Men’ (AMC)
‘Modern Family’ (ABC)
‘The Pacific’ (HBO)
‘Temple Grandin’ (HBO)
’30 Rock’ (NBC)
‘The Walking Dead’ (AMC)

I don’t watch, The Big C, but I did write a post (A Night in the White Room) about my friend who decorated a room inspired by the Big C for the “Showtime House” project.  So I feel like I have seen it!

The Pacific is just not my thing.  It’s about war.

I just started recording Breaking Bad because they started showing all of the episodes from the beginning last week on AMC.  I tried the show once and did not love it, but I should clearly give it another shot.

Also note that Temple Grandin was a made for TV movie that I LOVED and talked about in my post The Emmy’s Rocked.

Finally, it is abundantly clear that 30 Rock needs to be promoted back up to “must see” status from “when I have extra time” status.  It did annoy me for a while, but it is back and better than ever.  Alec Baldwin is the man.

Off to catch up on Fringe….not on the list, but awesome because I say so, and I pick mostly good shows.

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October 3, 2010

Quick Round up of Week 2

I am feeling the need to provide a roundup of Week 2 of the Fall TV season because there has been some fall out:

Of the 6 shows I recommended to check out, one has already been canceled, Lone Star.   After watching the second week I liked it less, but I still think it deserved a longer run.   I am sad for Bob and really wanted to see what would happen with him and his two wives and crappy dad, but this is helpful for my quest to watch less TV.

Still love The Event, and as mentioned earlier, I am liking No Ordinary Family.  Those stay on the list.  After week 2 of The Whole Truth, I am dropping it to “have on in the background when paying bills on the weekend” status.  Undercovers, Running Wilde did not even make it to Week 2.  Hawaii Five-O which I did not officially recommend but did check out, is a big hit, but cop shows don’t do it for me unless they include unexplained phenomenon.  Apparently, The Whole Truth and Running Wilde are also in danger of cancellation, not a surprise.  (FYI – I get all of the scoop on ratings from my new favorite site tvbythenumbers.com which I learned about from my favorite TV Squad reviewer who made me love Rubicon.)

There is one other show I decided to check out that I really liked and have added to the list, Raising Hope.  It is really funny.  A young man and his crazy family are raising the baby he conceived in the back of his van and got custody of when the baby momma was sentenced to death.  That does not sound funny, so I assumed it would not be, but I was dead wrong.  These characters are ridiculous and miraculously….endearing. The cast includes Cloris Leachman and that awesome actress Martha Plimpton who shows up everywhere lately including The Good Wife and How to Make it in America.  FYI – Just learned on IMDB (love IMDB) that she is Keith Carradine’s daughter (Carradine = Lundy on Dexter).  Had no idea.  Anyway, I think it is a nice compliment to round out the hour for my other 30 minute fave, Modern Family.  I highly recommend it.

September 9, 2010

A Night in The White Room

I attended a very NYC event the other night that had a television theme!  Showtime (the television network) hired designers to transform penthouse apartments at a NYC hotel/residence in to rooms inspired by shows on the Showtime network.  My high school friend Stephen K Chung was chosen to design one of the rooms.  Stephen is an architect by trade but also, apparently, a fabulous interior designer!  His design was for the show “The Big C” which I have not seen but is about a woman who is diagnosed with cancer and stars Laura Linney (who was there earlier in the night, but I missed her!).  His gorgeous white room is here on the right (the best room of them all by far!)

Stephen put a lot of thought behind every design element in the room.  For example, not sure if you can tell but the lamps have the illusion of floating in the air.  That represents that state between dream and awake where things are a little fuzzy which happens a lot when you are sick (I am sure I did not explain that right)

The room had some cool technical features designed by MIT students Stephen recruited. On the right you can see an interactive dress that has sensors you can touch to hear recorded messages from people you love or sounds like birds chirping.   I am not sure why you would want that feature as part of a dress, but art sometimes eludes me.  On the left was my favorite cool thing.  The blocks are magnets that can be moved around the wall and they change colors when you touch them (kind of like playing with souped up refrigerator magnets).  The absolute coolest part is that you can touch one block and hold your finger there and then touch another block which will turn the same color as the one you touched first by sending an electronic current THROUGH YOUR BODY.  I am sure I learned about this in 6th grade and never thought about again until last night.  It blew my mind.  I did also confirm that you can send a current from your finger through the tip of your nose.  Science is very cool.

Nothing really excited me about the other rooms.   I spent some time in the Dexter room of course.  We chatted with the designer’s assistant for a bit.  He was a nice guy and really tried to sell the room.  The designer works for lots of celebrities (including Michael C Hall – Dexter himself who was not there sadly).  I think we finally established that I would not want to live in the same room Dexter would which is a good thing since he is a serial killer (but a really nice one).  This photo gives you a feeling of the Dexter room.

I was out way too late and dragged the next day but it was great to catch up with old friends and take advantage of the unique and cool stuff that happens in NYC!  If you live in NYC you can pay to go visit the Showtime House at Cassa in midtown or if you just want to learn more:  http://www.sho.com/site/showtimehouse/home.do

September 5, 2010

Sniffles and Small Accomplishments

This week’s adventures included Puffs Plus by day, NyQuil by night, and way too much television.  A nice summer cold kept me cooped up in my apartment all week. I practically cleaned out my TiVo.  Least seasons episodes of Medium, The Mentalist,  Haven ( which does not normally keep my attention but perfect for a stuffy head) and  Real Housewives of New Jersey ( After part two of the RHNJ reunion, no more Real Housewives.  I swear!)  Completely blew my 10 hours out of the water, but  I did pull off some minor accomplishments this week while fighting the mucus.

Scariest moment of the season!!!!

(1) Wrapped up Season 4 of Dexter – definitely the best season yet  (spoilers to follow.)  So happy Laguerta and Batista ended up together (I called it!).  Nice plot twist with the reporter being Trinity’s daughter.  Did not see that coming!  Frustrating to watch Trinity continue to get away because Dexter HAD to kill him, but true to character and the ending was perfect.  Sad, but perfect.  So perfect, I signed up for Showtime so I can see Season 5 real time.  I am already stressed out about how I am going to stick to 10 hours with the new fall season so this was a BIG decision, but when they told me it was CHEAPER to change to an HBO/Showtime package for 1 year than keep just HBO, I knew the universe was telling me to go for it.

(2) Finished “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – Loved it.  Does take a while to get in to, but once you are in, it is a great page turner.  Been a while since I have read a great page turner .  I was not a fan of what I call the “outer mystery” (The financial scandal the book starts and ends with.)   I guess it was used to get Blomkvist to the “inner mystery” which was much more interesting and unfortunately ended with almost 100 pages left and then we were taken back to the financial scandal I had little interest in.   I skimmed those last chapters.  I was worried that I had lost my ability read for more than 10 minutes at a time since I am convinced my constant connection to my phone has changed my brain chemistry.  I now know that I CAN do it.  Not sure when I will do it again.  I did buy “The Girl Who Played With Fire”  the next day, but the fall TV season is coming AND I am planning to get OUT of the house more this fall.  Calendar is already filling up!

We watched Ana Ivanovic practicing yesterday. Notice her cute outfit!

(3) Attended my first US Open – I am not a big fan of watching any sports.  I wanted to check out this event people are always talking about and am quite glad I did.  It was a beautiful day.  I was finally feeling better and was very happy to be outside soaking up the Vitamin D.  The fans are much more pleasant to be around than baseball fans, which is to be expected from a sport played and watched by the upper and middle class.  Maybe I should start playing tennis so I can get those awesome arms I have always wanted.  (And wear those cute outfits).   I of course had to find out what was up with the love, 15, 30, 40 thing.  Fascinating that no one who has ever explained it to me ever has any idea why the scoring works the way it does.  Wikipedia satisfied my curiosity by giving some good potential origins for something that seemed completely random.  (If interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_score)

Still figuring out what this content should be…how much do I write?  What do I share?  Do I wait to have entertaining, amusing thoughts?  Do I write about TV or other things?  Who is reading?  Who cares?  What distinguishes blog entry vs diary entry?  Since the intent is really to be an outlet of personal expression, I guess I can do whatever I want!  That is liberating.

August 29, 2010

Dexter Season 4. Better Late than Never.

I don’t have Showtime.   It’s kind of like an alcoholic not keeping alcohol in the house.  Yes, I have cable, and a TiVo, and HBO so I guess that is like an alcoholic having beer in the house and not hard alcohol, but it’s a start.  I digress.  Because I don’t have Showtime, I am just now catching up on Dexter: Season 4.  I know what happens at the end of the season.  (A spoiler like that can’t be kept this long from someone who reads EW and TV Squad blogs religiously.)  So I am finally digging in to what I have heard, is the best season yet.

My thoughts so far (through episode 5 where Trinity kills the “older man” who used to be a kid on Little House on the Prairie.)  Love the relationship between Laguerta and Batista.  Yea, there are a lot of office romances at Miami Metro but  I hope this one lasts and neither of them die.  I like them both.  I was totally thinking anyone who chose Lundy over Anton deserved to get shot, until Debra had that amazing scene where she completely lost in the parking lot and I was in tears.  I felt so bad for her.   That was the one time I was reminded that they are really married, not brother and sister, because I was thinking his character is socially inept and of course would not rush to hug her but as her husband, it must have been so hard not too..eventually he did, thank god.  That scene was amazing.  I am wondering if Deb will move in with the kill tools and blood samples or if  Dexter will give up  his apartment.  Trinity is super creepy.  I had a dream about him and it was creepy.  I hope that doesn’t happen again.  And I am glad Dexter seems to finally be getting more sleep.  That was exhausting to watch.

My plan is to finish the season next weekend.  I will let you know what I think.  Off to watch the Emmy’s…