Entertainment Dilemma Update

In my last post, I wrote about a few entertainment dilemmas I was having. I have since caught up on all of the episodes of Revenge season one that I missed including the so-called shocking season finale. Rest assured that I could have easily lived the rest of my life, not knowing what happened. As for being shocked, I have been watching General Hospital for over 30 years, I have seen it all.

(Spoiler alert)

Was I shocked when the real Amanda (passing as Emily) kissed Jack after his dog died, no. Was I shocked when the psycho Emily (passing as Amanda) showed up pregnant with Jack’s baby (supposedly) so he can’t be with the real Amanda, not really. (I was a little sad though, I do like the idea of Jack and Emily, but I am sure they will work it out in season two.) Was I shocked when show’s matriarch/diva, Victoria Grayson died in a plane crash on her way to Washington to testify against her estranged husband for a terrorist act that they pinned on the real Amanda’s father whom she was in love with? Not really, although I am curious to know how they will bring her back to life because clearly, the show can not go on without her. Was I shocked when the love child of the real Amanda’s father and Victoria took an overdose when she saw the news about the plane crash and her ex-boyfriend (Jack’s brother, whom she treated horribly) refused to talk to her. Certainly not. And I was most definitely not shocked when Amanda thought all of the evidence that could exonerate her father went down on the plane, but then she found out that Nolan unencrypted the disk and made a back-up before he handed it over to the feds (after they escaped form being handcuffed to the wall).  Duh! And of course, the disk had evidence that the real Amanda’s mother (whom she thought died when she was a child) is still alive and part of all of this terrorist nonsense.  You have to work harder than that to shock me!

Will I watch season two? I am sure I can find something better to do with my time, although I have a feeling, by how vividly I remember the details of that finale, that I might pop in to see what these crazy people are up to next year. Sigh.

In slightly more dignified news, I did also watch the first two episodes of Downton Abbey and I love it. It’s not really all that different than Revenge, but a period piece set in the early 1900’s in England does have a more dignified feel, doesn’t it? It’s a PBS show where people have British accents! Anyone who is anyone has seen Downton Abbey so I am now, officially, someone.

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Entertainment Dilemmas

I have been wrestling with a few entertainment dilemmas.

You may recall that a few weeks ago, I turned off the TV every night at 9pm and finished a book. The book dilemma was what to read next. The plan was to read the super popular erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. I started it, but it was SO horrible that I could barely stand to skim the first few chapters. I was not super excited to read a book that starts with a man taking a college student’s virginity and then begging her to be in an S&M relationship with him (as his submissive, of course). And to top it all off, I did not find it that erotic. I have read my fair share of erotic literature, but this just did not do it for me. I was really scratching my head to figure out why the three books in this series are at the top of the bestseller lists.

Then I read Marlo Thomas’s take on the book. (I follower her on twitter. She is one of my childhood feminist idols.) She said she got it. Apparently, later in the book, Anastasia stands up for herself and there might be more to it than the first few chapters. I decided that if Marlo liked it and was continuing on to book 2, I should continue on as well.  It did get better.  I am sticking with it. Dilemma #1 solved.

The second dilemma is whether or not to watch this season of The Bachelorette. I usually really enjoy this ridiculous show, but I am not sure I can take another season of scripted fake romance. I left American Idol behind and have not regretted it for a moment, don’t miss it at all. I have a couple of episodes of the Bachelorette on my TiVo, but I think I might be able to resist it. Now the Bachelor Padlater this summer, will be harder to resist.  That show is crazy drama.

That brings us to dilemma #3. After my “turn off the TV at 9pm” week, I removed a bunch of stuff from my TiVo Season Pass list.  I have had a busy few weeks so I have not had time for to much TV and Mad Men, Game of Thrones, The Killing, and Scandal (LOVE it) have kept me pretty satisfied, but one show’s commercials have been tempting me. Revenge. Apparently there was this shocking season finale that I missed and I am kind of dying to know what happened! How have these crazy rich people turned on each other this time to cause misery and drama in the Hamptons? It’s been eating away at me.

Then, yesterday, I got an email offering me two free weeks of Hulu Plus!! I can stream Hulu Plus through my TiVo so I don’t have to watch on my laptop at my desk (yuck) and I can go back and watch episodes of pretty much anything. Clearly the universe is sending me a sign that I need to find out what happened on Revenge. As an extra bonus, I can watch Downton Abbey and maybe finish up Battlestar Gallactica that I still have three more seasons left of.

It is a quiet holiday weekend in NYC so, except for a pile of work I need to get done, I have time for some entertainment. Hulu Plus, here I come! Dilemma #3 solved.

Thoughts on Fall TV So Far

I watched a voluminous amount of television this week.  I had a last minute emergency business trip to cover for a sick employee, so I was in a hotel with no TiVo and working long hours to do both of our jobs.  Some of those hours were in front of the TV where I “half watched” quite a few shows that I was not even planning to check out!  The bad news, is that I liked a few of them..

Here is a summary of what I checked out and my thoughts (in order of best to worst):

Up All Night –  Funny.  Will Arnett and Christina Applegate have a baby.  She goes back to work, he stays home.  Mostly very funny.  Something about it is a tiny bit off.  Not crazy about the boss lady (Maya Rudolph) and Christina is not quite as funny as Will Arnett so seems a tiny bit awkward, but it is just getting started and they when they settle in more and build chemistry this should all evaporate (and I might be making it up in my head). Definitely worth watching.

Whitneyrandomly turned on this sitcom about a couple who have been together for a few years but she does not want to get married and they have some friends.  Smart, dry humor.  Right up my alley.  A sitcom, so some dumb stuff, of course, but  I think I laughed out loud at one point.  I think I am adding this one to the list.

New Girl –   This is the new Zooey Daschanel sitcom where she is this wacky girl who moves in with three guys.  I have to watch it again (and pay full attention) to get the full drift of this, but the dynamic was unique.  Three buddies living together and this chick moves in that they don’t all want to sleep with but they feel for her and take care of her.  I was only half watching but there was something about it that seemed sweet.  Probably because at the end they all show up at this restaurant to support her on her first date post break up instead of going to this cool party and sing to her from Dirty Dancing (which she has been watching non stop post break up).  It was also kind of funny I think…I am going to check it out again.

The Playboy Clubthis shockingly sucked me in.  Eddie Cibrain is easy on the eyes, and it is interesting getting a view in to this weird bunny world.  I have no idea if it is at all true to life but its not horrible TV.  Not top of my list, but it might get another look.

Two Broke Girls – EW rated this sitcom one of the top 5 new shows but I had dismissed it. Dejected rich girl rooms with broke girl and they waitress together.  Sounded stupid.  It wasn’t bad.  I liked the other ones better though so I am wondering why this got top pick… Does that mean I have to watch it again?

Unforgettable  – Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace) literally can’t forget anything. This detail remembering makes her awesome at solving crimes.  It is an interesting premise and they show these flashbacks of her remembering things where she is there and not there…if you love procedural (and or Poppy Montgomery) you might like it.   (Dad)

Secret CircleI was happy to learn this week that I can’t watch ANOTHER show about a bunch of teenagers.  The Vampire Diaries, Secret Life of the American Teenager is enough for me.  If I were a teenager (or maybe still in my 30s, I might watch)

Revenge – woman returns to the Hamptons to avenge the wrongs done to her and her father when she was a young child.  Miraculously, no one recognizes her.  Pretty bad premise and not super well done.  Madeline Stowe looks very strange.  She must have done something to her face.  I don’t think this is worth my time.

The X Factor – What I saw was annoying.  I am pretty much not interested.  How many of these shows can there be?  I might pop in on it now and again, but this will not  be a regular thing.

That’s it so far on new shows. I have some on my TiVo to catch up on this evening but first, I have to get my self out for a run.