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Fall 2010 TV: The New Shows October 8, 2010

Over the past two weeks, I have sampled several of the new fall tv shows. So far, only one has held my attention enough for me to continue watching it. The others were either mediocre, awful, or would be inconvenient for me to keep watching because of scheduling conflicts or my own time constraints. Read on for my thoughts on the pilot episodes of several new shows:

  • Mike and Molly – When I read the basic premise of this show, that it was about a school teacher and policeman who meet at an Overeaters’ Anonymous group, I thought, “That’s nice. CBS is actually airing a show about average Americans” (since these days, the average American is overweight). Unfortunately, this show fell really, really flat. The fat jokes are more of the “laugh at them” variety than “laugh with them.” Plus, it is full of stereotypes: the token black guy, the airheaded sister, the clueless mother, etc. I loved Melissa McCarthy as Sookie on Gilmore Girls, but I’m not buying her character on this show. That’s probably more the fault of the writers. It simply wasn’t funny. I don’t think I laughed at a single joke. But, who knows? Maybe this show will thrive for a few seasons. After all, it airs after the inexplicably popular Two and a Half Men. It seems that the general public is more interested in watching mediocre shows, while truly hilarious shows like Community and 30 Rock struggle to find an audience.
  • S**t My Dad Says – Speaking of mediocre comedies, how about this new loser, powered by the one and only Captain Kirk. [Insert any number of cheesy Star Trek jokes here, preferably something along the lines of “Beam me up out of this bad show, Scotty…”] I suppose the writers were hoping William Shatner’s “cranky old man” persona would be enough to make this a hit, and they are probably right, but I won’t be tuning in. The writing fell flat, the jokes weren’t funny, the characters weren’t likable, and I stopped watching halfway through.
  • Outsourced – I like the idea of this show – a young American gets transferred to his company’s India branch and becomes involved in all sorts of shenanigans caused by the cultural differences – but the pilot episode didn’t wow me. There were a few funny moments, but not enough, and too many of the characters were caricatures. Perhaps over time they will develop more depth, but I opted out after the pilot, so I’ll never know. I don’t think this one will last anyway – it came across as too awkward.
  • Running Wilde – This was another painfully awkward show – I’m talking in terms of its writing and tone. There were definitely some funny moments, similar to the vastly superior Arrested Development, but mostly the story felt forced and silly. It was a little too slapstick for my taste, and I’m guessing it won’t be most Americans’ cup of tea either. But still, I love Will Arnett and Keri Russell, so I hope that people will watch so they can remain employed.
  • Raising Hope – This show follows in the comedy footsteps of Roseanne and My Name Is Earl, by showing us a slice of life in blue collar Americana. While it is sweet, too much of the humor borders on the ridiculous: the grandmother mistaking the baby for an animal (“Get that dog off my sofa!”), Hope’s daddy not knowing that he has to secure the car seat in the car, the young mother being sent to the electric chair, etc. Still, of all the new comedies, I’d imagine this one has the best chance of surviving its freshman season. And it was nice to see Martha Plimpton of Goonies fame again, but it sure makes me feel old to see her playing the mother of a 20-something!
  • Undercovers – This show is produced and written by J.J. Abrams, which is the only reason I considered checking it out. Unfortunately, the first ten minutes lost my interest. Hasn’t J.J taken us here before, when it was called Alias? The main difference is that this show focuses on married spies, but I just don’t see it being as good or entertaining as its predecessor. How can you compete with Michael Vartan and Bradley Cooper?!
  • Hawaii Five-O – This show has three things going for it: nostalgia, eye candy, and a powerhouse cast. I was too young to understand it, but I remember my parents watching the original version of this show in the early 80s. The opening theme song brings back memories of my childhood. As for the eye candy, what better combination than Hawaii and Alex O’Loughlin? Delicious! 🙂  Plus, this show is like a hall of fame from some of my favorite shows: James Marsters (Spike) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) from Lost, and Grace Park (Boomer/Sharon) from Battlestar Galactica. Even though I haven’t gotten around to finishing the pilot, I think I just convinced myself to give this show a second look! It seems like the type that I could jump in on from time to time, if I happen to be sitting around with nothing else to watch. I don’t think I have time to fully invest in it. But it’s definitely a well-produced, sharp looking show.
  • Lone Star – I had heard good buzz about this show, but I was highly disappointed by it. I didn’t find any of the characters likable, which is always a huge drawback for me in a show/movie/book. Plus, it just wasn’t interesting. I hear this is one of the first new shows to be canceled, so I’m glad I didn’t waste my time.
  • No Ordinary Family – I like the concept of this show – a fusion of family drama and superhero actionand I’m a fan of Greg Berlanti’s previous work on Everwood (and to a lesser extent on Brothers and Sisters, which I watched for one season). Plus, it stars the recently departed Rita (Julie Benz) from Dexter, and Michael Chiklis (who, despite his acclaimed role on The Shield will always be the early 90s Commish to me). If I had more time on my hands, I would definitely stick with this show for a few more episodes to see where it’s headed. What’s not to love about a family whose mother can run at warp speed, father is nearly invincible, daughter can read minds, and son can solve complex equations in an instant? I also like the touch of the family members’ voice overs actually being part of their family counseling sessions (with Dr. Abbott from Everwood!). Hmm. Maybe I need to check this show out again, too. It’s sounding pretty good. But it may just be too weird to last. As I was watching, something seemed off about the show’s attempt to balance realistic family problems with an epic superhero adventure. But at least Berlanti and company are trying to think outside the legal/police/medical drama box.
  • My Generation – This show sounded right up my early 30s alley: nine classmates who were the focus of a documentary their senior year of high school are revisited ten years later, when their lives are intersecting in ways they never would have expected. It’s a fun concept, and the early 2000s music is almost reason enough to watch. Unfortunately, the show has already been canceled, which isn’t surprising, since the concept wasn’t carried out very well by the writers, actors, or director. The flow of the show didn’t feel right, some of the acting was pretty unconvincing, and the stories seemed contrived. I was starting to like it, despite my best efforts, only to discover it’s already been dropped. Not a big loss. It was too soapy and angsty for a concept that could have been original and highly entertaining. The documentary style that works so well for shows like The Office just felt gimmicky, and not executed well, here. But there’s definitely room in the current tv landscape for a show about late 20 or early 30 somethings. Go back to the drawing board, tv people!
  • The Event – And so we come to the one show that I’ve added to my viewing list, even though I’m skeptical about its long term potential for entertainment and quality. So far we’ve only watched one episode, but it piqued our interest enough to schedule a Season Pass on our Tivo. The previews made it look like a run of the mill government action thriller, but the pilot episode revealed a more interesting sci-fi and conspiracy element. The main reason we tuned in is that it stars Blair Underwood, who my husband sat next to on a plane about a year ago and enjoyed talking to. It’s nice that he is back on tv. My main complaint so far is that all the time shifts border on comical, in a show that is about as far from comical as you can get. “Twelve hours earlier.” “73 years ago.” “Three weeks ago.” It’s enough to make your head spin, trying to keep up with who was doing what, and when. To me, this element feels like a twisted rip off of 24, and a gimmick meant to make the show look clever. Perhaps over time viewers and the showrunners will find a comfortable rhythm for these time shifts. For now, my curiosity about what is going on is enough to keep me watching, along with some other familiar faces – Jason Ritter (who I most recently enjoyed seeing on Parenthood) and Scott Patterson (my beloved Luke from Gilmore Girls…)

In my opinion, this fall’s batch of new shows is mediocre. I don’t see many hit shows developing out of these. (I didn’t even bother watching the others shows that aren’t listed here – they were simply more of the same old same old.) I’m so out of the loop lately that I don’t even know which new shows have had ratings success, and which ones have flopped. Have you added anything new to your viewing lineup?

 

Announcing Eclaire Fare’s New Weekly Lineup June 19, 2009

Filed under: 1980s,1990s,Books,Memories,Movies,Music,Television,Tivo — Emily @ 11:56 am
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Greetings, longtime readers of Eclaire Fare, and newcomers who are just stopping by. Take a look at my posts over the past few months, and you’ll see that I tend to have a one-track mind. For awhile, all I wrote about was Lost, and now it’s So You Think You Can Dance. To cure myself of this television tunnel vision, I am putting myself on a new blogging regimen. Read on to find out what to expect, and then check back in frequently to see how my new lineup is shaping up!

  • Music Mondays – In the two years I’ve been blogging, I haven’t written much about music. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to say about artists, albums, and songs. So in an effort to branch out into this area of pop culture, I will be devoting Mondays to music-related topics. Some times I will recommend a favorite artist, others I will review an album, and others I will compile top ten lists.

  • Two-For-One Television Thursdays – Anyone who has been reading Eclaire Fare lately knows that it has been almost exclusively devoted to So You Think You Can Dance. So at least for the summer and fall, while SYTYCD is airing, you can look for two posts on Thursday – my take on the performance show (which I’ll sometimes post on Wednesday night), and my reaction to the results show.

  • Retro Weekends – I love to reminisce about days gone by, specifically the days of the ’80s and ’90s. I was raised on Saturday morning cartoons like Ghostbusters, and sitcoms like The Cosby Show and Growing Pains. I also had a respectable collection of Barbies, and a couple of Cabbage Patch Kids. In the ’90s I was watching MTV when it still showed videos, and listening to Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots (while wearing my colored jeans and multi-colored shirts, of course). Every weekend, I’ll be rummaging through my memory bank to find some of my favorite ’80s and ’90s topics to talk about.

Occasional Topics:

  • Eclaire’s Book Fare – From time to time, I’ll review books that I’ve read, or highlight some of my favorite authors.
  • Movie Reviews – I don’t watch as many movies as tv shows, but when I come across one that’s really good (or really bad), I’ll be sure to let you know about it. Last summer I got in the habit of watching two very different movies in one weekend (for example, Only You and Cloverfield, Chances Are and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, etc.). You may see more of these “Double Feature” posts this summer, while the tv landscape is looking barren.
  • Now Playing on My Tivo – I do watch other stuff on tv besides SYTYCD and Lost, so occasionally I’ll let you know what else I’m tuning in to.
  • Miscellaneous – Once in a blue moon, I’ll have something to say about food, travel, poetry, or other random topics that don’t fit any of the above categories.

I apologize that my posting has been so sporadic. I know how frustrating that can be, as I am a blog lurker myself. Hopefully, you will find much to enjoy in my new line-up. If you have a suggestion for a top ten list, a movie or book I should check out and review, or any other topic you’d like to see covered on Eclaire Fare, please let me know!

 

Eclaire’s Favorite Things: Household Edition January 4, 2009

Filed under: Food,Memories,Tivo — Emily @ 4:41 pm
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“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things…”

I’m not giving thousands of dollars’ worth of goodies to my blog readers, a la Oprah. No, I just thought the New Year was a good time to reflect on some of my favorite things. In this installment, I’m covering gadgets, food, etc. I’ll get to tv, music, and movie related categories in a later post. Let’s proceed, in no particular order:

In the Kitchen

  • Grind and Brew Coffeemaker – I have loved coffee for several years, but have always made do with the basic coffee maker models, and for the past few years, a super messy coffee grinder. That all changed last week, when my parents gave me the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffeemaker for Christmas. This amazing machine grinds any amount of beans you desire, up to enough for 12 cups of coffee, and you can even program it to grind and brew at a set time. Best of all, it makes an excellent cup of coffee. You can adjust the strength of the brew to light, medium, or strong – so far, I prefer medium. I thought it appropriate to begin with this item because I am enjoying a cup of its delicious coffee right now.

  • Apple Corer – I’ve never been too good with a kitchen knife. It takes me way too long to peel an apple, chop an onion, or dice a tomato. So I am all for contraptions that do the job for me. An added bonus is if it requires minimal cleanup and takes up little space. So while I appreciate my food processor and blender, I really love my apple corer. It’s nothing special. Just a $5 Chef’s Mate product. But when I want a healthy snack, all I have to do is whip out my apple corer, and in seconds I have a perfectly sliced apple to dip in peanut butter. Yum!

  • Garlic Press – This is another small, inexpensive kitchen gadget that I love. Fresh garlic tastes so much better than the minced garlic in a jar, or especially the garlic powder from the grocery store spice aisle. My garlic press makes it easy to add fresh garlic to anything.

Food and Beverage

Avocado Smoothie

  • Fat Straws’ Avocado Smoothie – Most people I know make an ugly face when I tell them about this creation from my favorite bubble tea place in Dallas, Fat Straws. But I love it! The ingredients are simple: fresh avocado, milk, brown sugar, and ice. I also have them add bubbles (the tapioca balls, also known as boba). I love this smoothie because it tastes great, I know exactly what’s in it (I’ve watched them make it every time), and other than the brown sugar, it’s pretty healthy. It’s almost filling enough to be a meal replacement, so if you want to try it, don’t order it right after a big dinner out!

  • Oregon Chai – Next to coffee, chai tea lattes are my favorite hot beverage. Some afternoons, I love to sit down with a cup of Oregon Chai Tea Latte. It’s a quick and easy “specialty” drink without the hassle of leaving home.

  • Corner Bakery’s Chicken Pomodoro Panini – I really never order anything else at Corner Bakery, because I am never disappointed by this sandwich. The chicken is always very flavorful and tender, the bread is crisp, etc.

  • Paciugo’s Gelato – One of the perks of living in Dallas is that cold desserts can be enjoyed year round. (Yesterday, in the heart of wintertime, the high was nearly 80 degrees.) My favorite destination for a frozen treat is Paciugo, which makes the best gelato this side of Italy. I usually order a cup with three different flavors. My favorite choices include pistachio, coffee, chocolate mint, and hazelnut, but I’ve tried such unusual flavors as black pepper olive oil and vanilla lavender.

Household


  • MacBook Pro – I probably use this item more than anything else in my house. It is the first Mac that I’ve ever owned. My previous laptop was a Dell, and while it was fine and relatively dependable, it wasn’t fun and impressive like my Mac, which never ceases to amaze me. Consider me converted.


  • iLap laptop stand – This laptop stand makes it very easy and comfortable to work on my MacBook while lounging on the sofa. It is well-designed, light weight, heat reducing, etc.

  • Tivo – I have spoken fondly of my Tivo many times before here at Eclaire Fare. Click here to read some of my posts that sing its praises. Last spring, we moved our Tivo to the kitchen to make way for a Verizon Fios HD DVR to go with our new HD television. This was a painful decision, but seemed more financially responsible than shelling out a few hundred dollars for an HD Tivo. I wasn’t able to totally let go of the Tivo, and I still prefer it over the Verizon DVR. It seems like Tivo will always be the best DVR, just as Netflix is still the reigning champion of online rentals. We have a rather old Tivo model (older than the one pictured above). I hope to one day own the newest genius creation from Tivo: the Tivo HD XL DVR. But right now the $599 price tag is way too steep.

Comfy Blanket

  • Woolrich down alternative blanket – I love this blanket (and so does my cat, as evidenced by the picture above). I bought it at Target a few years ago, and it is just as soft and warm as a real down blanket would be. I use it all the time, while watching tv, reading, blogging, napping. My husband has recently developed a fondness for this blanket, so I may purchase another one.

What are some of your favorite food and beverages, household items, electronics, etc? Stay tuned for my favorites in the world of tv, movies, and music.

 

Weekend TV Wrap-Up: July 16, 2007 July 16, 2007

Filed under: 1980s,1990s,Movies,Television,Tivo — Emily @ 9:34 am

I had some extra time on my hands this weekend, so I caught up with some TiVo viewing.

  • Angel – “City of Angels” – I’ve watched this, the pilot episode of Angel, a number of times. I always enjoy it, though. It established the private eye, film noir feel of the series that set it apart from its predecessor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Darker in tone, but still quite funny at times, Angel is, in my opinion, one of the most successful spin-offs of all time (in terms of creativity and quality). This pilot didn’t quite make my list of Top Ten Pilots, but it came close.
  • Burn Notice – “Fight or Flight” – This was the third episode of this new series. I didn’t devote an entire post to the episode because it wasn’t as interesting as the previous two – still entertaining, just not much worth dissecting. The next time an episode comes along that gives some more clues about Michael’s burn notice, I will add another Burn Notice post.
  • Psych – The second season premiere was extremely funny, particularly as a parody of American Idol (a show I vowed to stop watching long ago). Tim Curry and Gina Gershon were hilarious as judges for a reality show called American Duos, and the two main characters, Shawn and Gus, were equally entertaining when they performed on the show doing their best Michael Jackson and Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates) impression. This is by far the funniest of USA Network’s shows. Monk’s humor is too slapstick for my taste much of the time.
  • The 4400 – “Try the Pie” – I did post something about this episode. Read it here.
  • The X-Files – “Bad Blood” – This episode, from 1998, is one of the funniest episodes ever of the series. Mulder and Scully give their very different accounts of the circumstances leading up to the staking of a supposed vampire. It featured a then unknown Luke Wilson as a small town sheriff.
  • On the Waterfront – I finally got around to watching this classic Marlon Brando movie. It was good, but I don’t see why it is #75 on the greatest movies list. I prefer classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and Rear Window over this one.
  • Heavenly Creatures – I only watched the first 15 minutes, but I am intrigued enough that I will soon resume this drama based on a true story, which also happens to be directed by Peter Jackson.
  • The Littles – I grew up in the 1980s, so this cartoon was appointment viewing for me. I probably wasn’t the only kid who believed that there were Littles living in the walls of my house, too. That would be so cool! This episode involved Tom and Lucy Little helping an old blind lady in the neighborhood keep her house by stopping her greedy landlord from stealing money from her. My favorite thing about this show was always identifying what the Littles’ furniture and supplies were made out of. There were lots of bottle tops, buttons, and thimbles involved.

Enjoy watching the intro to the cartoon:

Non TiVo-related Viewing

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Of course I went to the theater to see the 5th installment of the Harry Potter series. It was very good, but not my favorite of the movies. That honor goes to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • The Breakfast Club – I caught the last half hour live on tv. This is a really good movie, but a different kind of comic effect is created by the cheesy dubbing over of strong language.

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All in all, I enjoyed my lazy, tv-watching weekend.

 

Movies Now Playing on My TiVo July 2, 2007

Filed under: Movies,Tivo — Emily @ 7:24 pm

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When you have 100+ hours to spare on your TiVo’s hard-drive, but it’s the middle of the summer reality show season, what are you to do? Well, if you’re me, you pore over the movie guide and choose a plethora of films – classics, comedies, cartoons, whatever – to occupy all the extra space on your Now Playing List. Here’s a list of the movies I currently have on mine:

  • Superman: The Movie – There’s no telling how many times I watched this movie growing up. I’ve watched about the first hour of it this time around, and it’s still a classic.
  • Batman Returns – I don’t believe I’ve ever watched this entire movie from beginning to end. I know it can’t compete with Batman Begins, but I like Michael Keaton as Batman better than Clooney or Kilmer.
  • What Lies Beneath – I really enjoyed this Hitchcockian thriller in the theater, and then again as a rental. Now I’ll see how it plays on tv.
  • The Karate Kid – Wax on, wax off. Ah, Ralph Macchio. I still can’t believe how old he was when he starred in this movie. I caught the final scene of the movie while it was recording, and it didn’t have near the epic quality that I have built up in my memory.
  • Pretty in Pink – Molly Ringwald, it is difficult to tell your 80s movies apart, but I find them all highly entertaining.
  • Pleasantville – I’ve only seen this once, so I thought I would give it another viewing.
  • The Three Faces of Eve – I’ve never seen this 1957 film about multiple personalities. I probably saw it featured on one of AFI’s Top 100 shows.
  • Saved! – Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, and Patrick Fugit = Good reasons to watch this movie. Macauley Culkin = Whatever happened to the sweet, innocent boy from Home Alone?
  • Punch-Drunk Love – I like watching Adam Sandler play someone different than his typical mopey goofball characters. Since I much preferred Spanglish to The Waterboy, I thought I would check this one out. But don’t even get me started on Click: one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen!
  • Sunset Boulevard – I’m sad to say that this marks the third time that I have recorded this movie without watching it. Hopefully I will get around to it this time.
  • All the President’s Men – Another classic that I’ve never seen.
  • Heavenly Creatures – I just had to see what Peter Jackson was up to before he hit the jackpot with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
  • Beetlejuice – Hey! Michael Keaton is on this list twice. Beetlejuice was, I believe, the first PG-13 movie I saw in the theater. I felt very special and grown-up when the guy at the ticket counter let me walk on by without my parents. Now when I watch it, it will just seem wrong how young Geena Davis is and how skinny Alec Baldwin is. Is he even the same person?
  • On the Waterfront – “I could’ve been a contender.” That classic line is reason enough for me to watch this Marlon Brando movie.
  • Cinema Paradiso – A movie about movies: what could be more appropriate?
  • About a Boy – This is one of my favorites, so I will keep it on my TiVo indefinitely.

So, please, help me manage my time by letting me know which of these movies not to bother watching as well as which ones I must watch. (Give me a good reason, though! ) Also, suggestions on which movies to watch first would be appreciated. Sometimes a list this long can be overwhelming.

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Now Playing on a TiVo Near… Me June 22, 2007

Filed under: Television,Tivo — Emily @ 8:21 am

You can tell a lot about a person by the car he or she drives, the clothes and shoes he or she wears, the hobbies he or she chooses… There are many sayings similar to these that suggest much can be read into someone’s personality or character by examining the things that are important to him or her. With the rising popularity of the DVR, and the adoration that DVR owners have for them (just google the phrase “I love my tivo” and you’ll see what I mean), I’d like to add another wise saying to the pile: You can tell a lot about a person by what is on his or her TiVo Now Playing list.

I present for your analysis, the five most recently recorded items on my Now Playing list, as well as the five oldest items (the bottom of the barrel, so to speak). I think this is an especially interesting undertaking during the summer, since from June to September the television landscape borders on a wasteland of “funniest pets and people specials” and appalling dating shows. Viewers must look beneath the surface and sift through the reality garbage to give their TiVo something worthwhile to record, so it won’t feel neglected (or insulted).

Most Recent Items on My Now Playing List

  1. So You Think You Can Dance (Recorded Wednesday, June 20 on Fox) – I have already watched this episode of my favorite summer diversion – check out my enthusiasm for it by clicking on the So You Think You Can Dance category on the right-side of this page – but I am holding on to it in case I decide to watch some of my favorite performances again. This is a recurring habit for me – holding on to a show I’ve already watched “just in case.” I will probably delete it once next week’s episode has aired, because then I will have a new batch of “just in case” performances to garner my attention.
  2. Superman: The Movie (Recorded Saturday, June 16 on Ion) – Last summer, before I went to the theater to see Superman Returns, I searched the tv listings in hopes that I could record and watch at least one of the previous Superman movies, to remind myself what I liked about them. Unfortunately, none of them were airing at the time. Fortunately, it didn’t matter because Superman Returns was so lackluster that watching one of the “classic” movies in the series would have only made the new one seem much worse. Now, a year later, I am ready to sit down with a bowl of popcorn and a Coke to watch the movie that started it all. I am sure that when I watch it, I will be flooded with memories from childhood of watching Superman and Lois Lane fly around Metropolis, Lex Luthor sneak around in his subterranean lair, and Clark Kent bumble around the Daily Planet. Should be fun!
  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 3 episode “Amends” recorded Wednesday, June 13 on FX) – I recently rewatched this entire series on FX. For some reason FX skipped a handful of episodes during this time period. “Amends” was one of them, and I was especially interested in watching it because it introduced something called The First Evil that later played a pivotal role in the final season. This time around I made sure to record it. By the way, Buffy is one of my all-time favorite shows, so it’s really no surprise to find an episode of it lingering on my TiVo. To see my top ten favorite episodes of the series, click here.
  4. Fan’s Guide: Walt Disney World (recorded Tuesday, June 12 on the Travel Channel) – So I am kind of obsessed with Disney World. My huband and I went there last December to celebrate our wedding anniversary (that was our excuse for going, anyway), and we had a fantastic time. Ever since, I have wanted to go back so badly that I had to create a Wishlist item on my TiVo to record anything Disney-related to whet my appetite. This Fan Guide episode is the latest Disney show to air, and apparently it shows “how to make the most of a Disney vacation.” If you think Disney World is just for kids, think again, and consider going there on your next trip. Oh, and stay at the Wilderness Lodge!
  5. Batman Returns (recorded Saturday, June 9 on TCM) – In addition to my Disney World obsession, I am kind of in love with Christian Bale (ever since Newsies). Seeing him in Batman Begins (he’s the best Batman ever!) renewed my interest in the previous installments of the Batman movies. I watched the 1989 Batman about a year ago, and now I have finally gotten around to recording this one. I should also note that I am a collector of penguin-related items, anything from stuffed animals to socks to jewelry (weird, I know). That gives me two reasons to watch this movie: 1) To see how Michael Keaton compares to Christian Bale as Batman, and 2) To see Danny DeVito’s campy (and kind of gross) portrayal of The Penguin.

Oldest Items on My Now Playing List – I should comment here that for something to be at the end of my Now Playing list means that I either can’t bear the thought of deleting it, or that I’ve never been in the mood to watch it. The items from below are listed from very last to 4th from last.

  1. Arrested Development (the final four episodes of the series, which aired back to back to back to back on Friday, February 10 2006 on Fox) – I loved this show! It’s also on my all-time favorite shows list. So how could I part with the final installments of it? I distinctly remember that these episodes were aired at the same time as the Opening Ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics. How rude of Fox! I haven’t actually watched these episodes since they originally aired, but thanks to my TiVo, if I wanted to I could.
  2. Everwood (the final two episodes of the series, which aired on Monday, June 5 2006 on the WB) – This was another show that I absolutely loved (I’ve finally found a family drama replacement for it in Friday Night Lights), so of course I couldn’t delete the final two episodes! Just as Fox mistreated Arrested Development, the WB’s decision to air the Everwood finale in June, after the regular tv season was over, was one of its rudest as well as one of its final acts before becoming the silly CW Network. On a side note, now that the CW has cancelled Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars, it’s not even on my radar anymore.
  3. Modern Marvels (An episode about coffee recorded January 1, 2007 on the History Channel) – I love coffee, so of course I am interested in a show that covers this beverage’s 1,000 year history, starting with its origins in Ethiopia. I guess, though, that I’ve been too busy drinking coffee to actually sit down and watch this one. Eventually I’ll get around to it.
  4. About a Boy (Recorded February 1, 2007 on USA) – This movie starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette is one of my favorites. I had seen it before I tivo’d it, but wanted to watch it again sometime. I haven’t yet, but when I do I know I’ll enjoy it.
  5. Cinema Paradiso (Recorded February 4, 2007 on TCM) – I’ve never seen this award-winning movie from 1988, but was impressed by its 4-star rating. Also, I can relate to its general premise about a boy discovering the joy of movie-watching – I also take joy in savoring a good film. I have a feeling I will watch this one on a rainy night when I can settle down with a blanket and a hot cup of tea. Seems to fit.

So there you have it. What do you make of me now?