Okay so last week, it actually happened. I actually sat down, remote in hand, and went cray-cray on my DVR. Although my old Sarah Lawrence professors wouldn’t be especially impressed, I’ve been saying for ages that I have no idea what’s going on with television and it’s been getting annoying. When I watched the 2012 Emmy Awards I was so clueless, but also so excited to start watching some of the shows that I saw being celebrated. So last week I recorded the season premiere of Dancing With The Stars, Modern Family, Scandal (duh), Vegas, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, and a show hella PITNBRS kept mentioning to me, Revenge. It’s been intense, lol! Oh, and I also tried my best to make it through an entire episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. More on that, and five reasons you totally shouldn’t kill your TV this week, inside!
Okay so here’s what ended up happening. I didn’t actually get to watch Vegas. But it’s still on my DVR. Should I watch? Modern Family and Dancing With The Stars are two shows I’ve never actually watched but they were kind of a big deal at the Emmys so I decided to checkie out. And the Modern Family cast also did this hilarious skit that had me hella intrigued about the show.
I really enjoyed Dancing With The Stars (especially the judges… especially Bruno!), but in the grand scheme of my life, decided I don’t need to watch it on a weekly basis. Modern Family, however, I lurved. More on that in a minute.
Now here’s what happened with Honey Boo Boo. I tried. I really did. And I soooo wanted to like the show just because I was getting tired of seeing a million blog posts about how awful it is. You know, I was rooting for the underdog or something! I was even cracking up during the first, like, 15 minutes. I think it was the episode where the oldest daughter (you know, the 17 year-old) has a baby. Some of it was really funny! And then I noticed that they had every member of the family giving their confessionals outside, so we can see them swatting at flies and being all countrified. That was fun. Except then Alana was all getting annoyed with the gnats and told them to (and I quote):
Go back to Africa
She also told them that she would help them pack. So, um… unfortunately, I was unable to continue watching. I thought my twisted sense of humor knew no bounds but since Alana is a real person and not a stand-up comic, I felt some type ‘o way. So yeah. No.
All that being said, there were a few premieres and new shows that I absolutely fell totally in love with all over the place. And one of them I haven’t even watched, but it comes so highly recommended I’m putting it on the list too. And yes, I know there are a bunch of other awesome shows out there, but give a girl some time! I just started watching TV and until I figure out how to do that and start a book club here at PITNB, I’m keeping the TV time to a minimum of, like, 5 shows. Here they are!
Five Reasons You Totally Shouldn’t Kill Your Television
First off, shouts-out to PITNBRS Liz, Lulu, and Thomas, all of whom have expressed their lurve for Revenge and got me thinking that I should really be watching the show. Thomas was especially persuasive since he commented on a Scandal post and had me thinking that if I loved Scandal, I’d love Revenge. And it was true. I love Scandal. And I love Revenge, although the two shows are very different. Revenge appeals to, like, everything that I want to see ever in life: 1.) The Hamptons and all the glorious splendor that comes with, 2.) hot guys who are also nice and they are hot as well, and 3.) a femme protagonist that is smart and good-looking but never sexualized, and as strong as she is weak (you know, like a real human being). I also love anything that reminds me of a Shakespearean tragedy and since Revenge offers a contemporary femme-based twist on The Count of Monte Cristo, I’ve seriously been in my happy place since I started watching the first season on Netflix. I’m not even half-way through but I can’t wait to finish this week so I can watch the premiere (which happened yesterday) and the new episode next Sunday. Love, love, love this show! And I effing love Ashley Madekwe who has a blog that I now
Revenge airs on ABC, Sundays at 9 pm EST.
We all have our guilty pleasures and last season mine was Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Now that it’s time to take a breather from all that amazing ratchetness, VH1 is bringing us a new reality show spin-off from the original Love & Hip Hop, with Chrissy and her fiancé, Harlem rapper Jim Jones. I don’t care what anyone says, I’ve always loved Jim Jones and I’ve been on Team Chrissy for a while. Now that the couple’s engaged we get to watch them kinda sorta make their way down the aisle. The dramatic tension stems from the fact that there’s, like, a 75% chance that they’re totally not getting married anytime soon, lol. Anyway, I like that Chrissy broke away from the other show because, like a lot of women-centered reality shows– there was so much drama and it wasn’t always a good look. These two are adorable and I just lurve watching them together! Plus Mama Jones (Jim Jones’s mother) brings the ummm well, ratchet (there really is no other word), in case you’re seriously missing Love & Hip Hop ATL. Not that I am. I’m fine. Totally fine.
Chrissy & Mr. Jones airs on VH1, Mondays at 9:30 pm EST.
Okay, I wanted to actually take the time to go back and watch all three seasons, but I just could not wait to finally watch this show! So I’ll have to work that into my schedule sometime soon but in the meantime, I am totally watching this show. The first episode of the fourth season premiered last Wednesday and I was totally smitten. In case you missed, I won’t give away any spoilers but getting to know the characters this far along in their journey was kinda fun. I think Julie Bowen (Claire) is my fave right now, but I did just start watching so give me time!
Modern Family airs on ABC, Wednesdays at 9 pm. They’re taking a week off for the presidential debates but will have two new episodes on October 10.
Scandal is the greatest show on earth. Every episode is like a Jacques Derrida essay; you’ll need to experience it at least two times for it to make sense (okay granted, Derrida’s essays take like 6 readings, but still). I’ve already gone on (and on) about my lurve for this show/Kerry Washington/Kerry Washington’s face and we won’t even talk about that one time when the show’s creator Shonda Rimes (who also created Grey’s Anatomy) retweeted me. What? You wanna see it? OMG, okay fiiine:
So there’s that.
Scandal airs on ABC (which is, apparently, my new favorite place), Thursdays at 10 pm EST.
Recently I was watching Walk The Line and I was all like, I think I’m in love with Ginnifer Goodwin. Then when I was texting my bff Michelle in the middle of a Revenge marathon and told her that I had a new show for us (when she came to visit from Beantown this summer we watched the first season of Scandal and my friend– who has the audacity to be anti-Kerry Washington– got hooked), she told me she hadn’t seen Revenge but there was a show (other than Scandal) that she was obsessing over. Thus, Once Upon A Time comes highly recommended from my bff and since Ginnifer’s in it, I’m gonna assume that I can be prepared for good things. Can’t wait to start watching this one!
Once Upon A Time airs on ABC, Sundays at 8 pm EST.
Okay, that was my I-watched-TV post. Never thought it was gonna happen, lol! Now I’d lurve to hear if any of you will be watching any of these shows with? And what are your fave new shows AKA reasons you’re not killing your TV?