September 29, 2012

Beyond Premiere Week 2012

Happy weekend, friends! Have you been enjoying the new shows so far? How about your old favorites? Life—blog life, that is—goes back to normal next week. (And I've got some good things in store!) There are some good premieres coming up in October, however, so you'll have to allow me this one last (quite long) Premiere Week post.

Starting Sunday, Sept. 30:

Call the Midwife 7–8 p.m. (PBS)

The plot follows newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee and the work of midwives and the nuns of Nonnatus House, a nursing convent, coping with the medical problems in a deprived area of East London in the 1950s. (via)

I really enjoy Downton Abbey, and the fact that this takes place around the same time period and was also created by the BBC makes me think good things. Miranda Hart—who played the wonderfully awkward Teal on Hyperdrive—is also in the show, so it's definitely worth at least a first watch.

Once Upon a Time 7–8 p.m. (ABC)

Although I had reservations at first—I felt for a long while like the show would have been better as a miniseries à la 10th Kingdom—I fell pretty hard for this show by the end of its first season. I am so glad the showrunners didn't drag out the "spell" past the end of the first season; it really opens up what they'll be able to do with the storyline. I'm looking forward to seeing more magic, more rebelling against the Queen, and more familiar and well-loved characters during the second season.

Tuesday, Oct. 2:

Hart of Dixie 7–8 p.m. (The CW)

Hart of Dixie is another of those shows I probably should be a bit embarrassed about loving, but I suppose I could say that about most all CW shows. (They're total guilty pleasures I'm actually not all that guilty about.) I adore the cast of this show, and I love the ridiculous situations they find themselves in. And I cannot wait to see how Zoe deals with the situation she found herself in the season finale.

Wednesday, Oct. 3:

Supernatural 8–9 p.m. (The CW)

I couldn't find a promo photo from Season 8, so this bit of brotherly love will have to do.
Oh Winchesters, how I have missed you! I am so excited for the new season. After watching all six series in quick succession last summer, Supernatural has become one of my most favorite shows of all time. Season 7 was a bit slow at points, but with the promise of a "return to what worked before," I hope that season 8 won't let us down. Also, powers that be, please bring back normal Cas.

Wednesday, Oct. 10:

Arrow 7–8 p.m. (The CW)

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow—a vigilante—to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society and restore Starling City to its former glory. (via)

Superheros and bad TV—two of my absolute favorite things. I'm not familiar with the Green Arrow mythos, but I figure I could easily get on board if the show's decent. The CW's got a pretty good track record with their superheros, too, so I'll give it a shot.

Thursday, Oct. 11:

The Vampire Diaries 7–8 p.m. (The CW)

Due to scheduling conflicts and DVR issues last year, I ended up not watching much of Vampire Diaries' season 3. I know the big plot points, and the surprise of the season finale, so, once I catch up thanks to Netflix, I will start this series up once again.

Beauty and the Beast 8–9 p.m. (The CW)

Catherine “Cat” Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective, who is haunted by her own tragic past. When she was a teenager, Cat witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Cat would have been killed too, but someone—or something—saved her. (via)

I've long been a fan of modern-day reboots of classic stories, so I'm interested to see how the CW puts its spin on this story I love so much. I don't quite get the way this Vincent/Beast looks (a.k.a., totally human), but I've read—spoiler alert!—that it's a werewolf sort of transformation. I suppose I can get behind that.

Sunday, Oct. 14:

The Walking Dead 8–9 p.m. (A&E)

I still haven't decided whether I'm actually going to watch the third season of this show. I was sorely disappointed with the last season, and most of the choices the characters made each episode made me want to scream. I'm intrigued by the move to the prison, though, and the characters of the Governor and Michonne. We'll see. (I probably just need to finish reading what's available of the graphic novels, actually, so I can find out what's canon.)

Friday, Oct. 19:

Community 7:30–8 p.m. (NBC)

I remember more than a few of you telling me last year that I should watch this show. When Colt and I were (somewhat forcibly) loaned the first season, we were sucked in, and now, our lives are so much fuller because of it. Six seasons and a movie, friends. We're on our way.


And, skipping ahead a few months now—new shows coming up midseason (probably sometime in the spring, if schedules don't change) that look interesting include:
  • 1600 Penn (NBC)—Bill Pullman plays the president on this show, about "a dysfunctional family living in the White House." (via) Bill Pullman plays one of the best fictional presidents of all time in Independence Day, so I'm inclined to watch any show on which he plays a similar role. Trailer
  • Do No Harm (NBC)—This retelling of the Jekyll/Hyde story will "focus on Dr. Jason Cole, a successful neurosurgeon with a secret." (via) Trailer
  • The Following (FOX)—A new crime drama with Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, this series "follows an FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of a network of serial killers." (via) Trailer
  • Hannibal (NBC)—Hugh Dancy stars in this new look at a familiar tale, which, in this version, will focus on the budding relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy. (via)
  • Zero Hour (ABC)—The plot of this show is described thusly: "As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. A confessed paranormal junkie, his motto is logic is the compass. But when his beautiful wife, Laila, is abducted from her antique clock shop, Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries." Sounds very DaVinci Code-esque, right? Fictionalized historical conspiracies are always interesting. (via) Trailer

Do let me know if I've left anything out?

September 28, 2012

Premiere Week 2012: Friday

It's Friday!

Shows premiering tonight include:

CSI: NY 7–8 p.m. (CBS)

This is another show that I like to catch-up on via on demand. It's my favorite of the CSIs, and—unsurprisingly—I prefer it because of the superior cast dynamic. (If the theme for last year was crime dramas, this year I'm all about the casts.) It's a good show to have on when I'm working on projects that demand most of my attention, but I want something to entertain the other parts.

Fringe 8–9 p.m. (FOX)

I'm really hoping that the showrunners behind Fringe, in this, it's final season, really pull out all the stops. Since they know the end is near, they should have the time to wrap things up and provide a decent amount of fan satisfaction, while leaving a few things open-ended; it is Fringe, afterall. One thing I'll say—if Olivia and Peter don't end up with a Happily Ever After (at least as happy as it can be in a crazy universe like theirs), I will be piiiisssssed.

Also on tonight, in it's regular spot after airing on Mondays for a few weeks:

Grimm 8–9 p.m. (NBC)

The special effects on this show are the worst. Nick, the main character, is utterly boring. The plots are a little too easily wrapped up in each episode. And yet, I like this show. I love Monroe, the sidekick Blutbad (werewolf). I think his relationship with Rosalie is adorable and sweet. And, I'm curious about the whole underlying business with the police chief/Prince of the Wesen that ran throughout the season. I am totally capable of admitting that I am easily sucked in to some not-so-great TV.

I feel as though the new shows premiering this year were somewhat lacking. Looking back over the week, I realize that I haven't added many new shows to my "must watch" list. Are you feeling the same? Or am I missing something good?

Don't forget—there will be a special post tomorrow covering shows premiering in the next few weeks (including all of the good CW shows), as well as a few interesting ones that will be airing mid-season.

September 27, 2012

Premiere Week 2012: Thursday

Last year, Thursday night was one of the most jam-packed of the season. This year, however, it seems that things have been shuffled a bit, and there are only two shows premiering tonight that I'm interested in. (There are a couple of Thursday night CW shows starting later in October, but I'll post about them separately.)

What's premiering tonight?

The Big Bang Theory 7–7:30 p.m. (CBS)

The Big Bang Theory is a show that tries to connect with nerds, introduce nerdy things to the TV viewing masses and show us the inner lives of nerds. Being a self-diagnosed nerd myself, I sometimes find myself rebelling against this stereotyped view. (When Amy Farrah Fowler confused Star Wars and Star Trek, I nearly fell off the sofa in disbelief and annoyance.) The show can be amusing at times, I'll give it that, and I am interested to see how Howard fares while in space, so I'll keep watching. (I couldn't resist using this photo. Don't they all just look so uncharacteristically dapper?)

Elementary 9–10 p.m. (CBS)

Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare—a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he's devised his own post-rehab regimen—resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. (via)

As I was searching for this photo, I ran across this Paranoid Keanu meme that is a surprisingly  accurate assessment of my feelings toward this new show. Do I want to like it? Yes. I like both of the stars, and I like Sherlock Holmes adaptations. I'm just fearful that Elementary is going to be forced (by Moffatt, if that's possible?) to stray so far from the formula of a modern-day adaptation that works that it will venture into "doesn't work" territory. I also hope that Watson—in this case Joan rather than John—won't be too gimmicky.

I know a lot of you are Sherlock fans—will you be watching Elementary tonight? (And have any of you given up on TBBT?)

September 26, 2012

Premiere Week 2012: Wednesday

The week may be half over, but there are still plenty of exciting things in store.

What's premiering tonight?

Criminal Minds 8–9 p.m. (CBS)

Even with the sometimes horrible (as in horribly disturbing) storylines on this show, I find it fascinating. And the team dynamic—if they can quit with the "they're out, no they're back" silliness—is awesome. (I really like shows with good group dynamic.) The removal of Prentiss and the addition of a new character played by Jeanne Triplehorn should make for an interesting start to the season, and I look forward to the little glimpses of the BAU agents' home lives.

Modern Family 8–8:30 p.m. (ABC)

Phil Dunphy is one of the greatest characters on television; the ridiculous things that come out of his mouth make me wish Modern Family was much longer than a half-hour show. Big things are in store for the cast this year, what with Gloria being pregnant and all. But can we please get a new Lily (or at least a character that behaves better)? That child is annoying.

Although I'm not interested in any of the new shows that air tonight, I'm curious—Have you watched any of the season's new shows? What do you think so far?

September 25, 2012

Premiere Week 2012: Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, TV fans!

Tonight's premieres include:

NCIS 7–8 p.m. (CBS)

Supposedly, this is one of the top shows on TV. Other than myself and my parents, however, I don't know that many people that actually watch it. I don't know why—it's entertaining and smart and one of those crime-ish dramas that I seem to love so much. I really enjoy the dynamics of the NCIS cast, too, so I'll keep watching.

The New Girl 7–7:30 p.m. and 8–8:30 p.m. (FOX)

I definitely think that this show was one of the stand-outs of the 2011 season. Awkward, sweet and totally hilarious; I could do without as much Zooey Deschanel, but the three guys—particularly Schmidt—are the absolute best. I know there are certainly more crazy hijinks in store for us during the second season. (Note: There are two episodes airing tonight, but the regular time slot is, I believe, the 8–8:30 p.m. one.)

NCIS: LA 8–9 p.m. (CBS)

This is one of those shows that I watch when I'm all caught up with everything else. It's not great, but it's not terrible. I'm somewhat curious to find out more about Callen's background, I enjoy the dynamic between Deeks and Kensi, and Eric and Nell are super cute nerds.

The Mindy Project 8:30–9 p.m. (FOX)

The Mindy Project follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, is unlucky in love and desperately needs to get her personal life back on track before her friends and colleagues are forced to stage an intervention. (via)

I hope the show—which sounds an awful lot like Bridget Jones—focuses less on the quirks of the character (à la New Girl) and more on her abilities as a smart, funny woman. (Not that I mind the occasional bit of Bridget Jones, of course, but I feel like that schtick might get old in a TV format.) And, Mindy Kaling is on the writing staff, need I really say more?

What will you be watching/recording tonight?

September 24, 2012

Premiere Week 2012: Monday

It's here! It's here! It's a big week for us, fellow TV fans.

As a reminder: This week's posts won't be the ones you're used to. No obsessed., no Nerd News (sorry!), no Fictional Fancy. Instead, I'll be posting about the TV shows that are premiering this week. I'll include when the show airs (in Central time), a brief synopsis and a link to the show's trailer (if the show's new) and a few personal thoughts on why I'm going to be watching. (Still need to set your DVR? Check out this post for a schedule of the upcoming premieres.)

Also, some spoilers for previous seasons will likely be present. Ye have been warned.

Tonight's premieres include:

How I Met Your Mother 7–7:30 p.m. (CBS)

I continue to watch this show because I have invested so much time into it over the past seven seasons. It's a shame—I used to love it. I just think it's really past it's prime. I heard rumor that this eighth season is the last, so perhaps the showrunners will pull out all the stops and make it a season to remember?

Partners 7:30–8 p.m. (CBS)

Although they couldn't be more different, Louis and Joe are lifelong friends and partners in an architecture firm. Their bromance is tested when Joe gets engaged and Louis is in a new relationship. (via)

I'll admit—I am watching this because of Michael Urie (Louis) and the fact that Brandon Routh plays Louis' boyfriend. I think the both of them are adorable, and I'd like to see the both of them in different roles. I just hope that Louis isn't too much like Urie's Ugly Betty character Marc—been there, done that—and that the plot is a little more interesting than the synopsis above indicates. Also—and this is horrible of me to be thinking—but how is David Krumholtz always dating ladies that seem to be way out of his league? (See Numb3rs.)

Castle 9–10 p.m. (ABC)

Last season's finale left me gleefully punching my fists in the air. I love Castle and Beckett together, and I think the show will continue to be strong without the unrequited sexual tension between the two of them. Some shows lose something when the two main characters get together (*cough*Bones*cough*), but the individual characters are so strong that I think they'll be able to cope, with the requisite amount of drams, of course. I've also missed seeing the rest of the characters over the summer, too. I'm just a little too attached to this cast.

I'm most excited for tonight's premiere of Castle, natch. You?

September 21, 2012

Fictional Fancies: Neville Longbottom

"It's a Remembrall!" he explained. "Gran knows I forget things—this tells you if there's something you've forgotten to do. Look, you hold it tight like this and if it turns red—oh ..." His face fell, because the Remembrall had suddenly glowed scarlet, "... you've forgotten something ..."
Neville Longbottom didn't start out as a leading man. In fact, he was far from it when we first met on the train to Hogwarts. An awkward, clumsy kid, Neville was constantly getting in trouble for his scatterbrained nature. But even in the beginning, it was obvious that he'd turn into a man anyone would be lucky to call a friend.

But Neville was clearly steeling himself to do something desperate.
"I won't let you do it," he said, hurrying to stand in front of the portrait hole. "I'll—I'll fight you!"
"Neville," Ron exploded, 'get away from that hole and don't be an idiot—"
"Don't you call me an idiot!" said Neville. "I don't think you should be breaking any more rules! And you were the one who told me to stand up to people!"
With each passing year, Neville became stronger and more self-confident. Was he still awkward? Of course. Did he still screw up the most simple of spells? Quite often. But after he discovered a love of Herbology, he went after it, regardless of his friends' opinions. His knowledge even saved Harry's life at one point.

"Are you all right, Neville?" Harry asked him.
"Oh yes," said Neville, 'I'm fine, thanks. Just reading this book Professor Moody lent me ..."
He held up the book; Magical Mediterranean Water-Plants and Their Properties.
"Apparently Professor Sprout told Professor Moody I'm really good at Herbology," Neville said. There was a faint note of pride in his voice that Harry had rarely heard there before. "He thought I'd like this."
When Harry, Ron and Hermione left Hogwarts, Neville became a leader in his own right. He kept up with the fighting drills, he hid people in the Room of Requirement, he struck out when the timing was right. He kept hope alive and he inspired his "troops" when many might have felt like all was lost.

During the battle for Hogwarts, Neville used all of the spells he'd learned over the years to the best of his abilities. He had finally grown into his body, his smarts and his skills. He even took down one of Voldemort's most valued possessions, because he finally proved to himself that he was a true Gryffindor, and one of the bravest of them all.

"You show spirit and bravery, and you come of noble stock. You will make a very valuable Death Eater. We need your kind, Neville Longbottom."
"I'll join you when hell freezes over! Dumbledore's Army!"
And if that's not fancy-worthy, I don't know what is.

September 20, 2012

Nerd News: Hobbit trailer, Marvel babies, warp drive and more

Vol. 3, Issue 38

Let's start things out right with the the big trailer of the week:

The Hobbit


In movie news:

Mondo is selling these great Looper posters this Friday.


Wall-E and Eve turn (even more) badass in this illustration.


In TV news:

Here are a few clips/teasers:

Beauty and the Beast


Doctor Who



The Walking Dead


And here's episode two of Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler ... Inspector Spacetime.


In SCIENCE! and tech news:

These Disney Elementals are lovely. (Thanks, Rebecca!)


In comics news, most from TCC:

Sacrilegious, sure. But fun nonetheless.


In games news, from TGG:

I'd like to be friends with these ladies so that I can raid their closets.


Love these stained glass-style illustrations.


You might be asking why, but I'm asking why not?


"Gangnam Style" is the new "Call Me Maybe."

And finally, D-Piddy is my new favorite Internet person.