Kelly’s TV Ramblings

Shows You Should Watch

Posted in Uncategorized by kam892 on June 3, 2009

There are plenty of popular shows that you definitely should be watching such as House, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, or The West Wing.  But, I want to recommend some that you may have missed that really never got the recognition or popularity they deserve.

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Sports Night – 2 Seasons; 1998-2000

It’s probably my favorite show.  Centers around the behind-the-scenes of a sports news show.  If you like Aaron Sorkin it’s a must see.  Unfortunately it only lasted two seasons but on the upside Sorkin left to creat the West Wing.

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Six Feet Under – 5 Seasons; 2001-2005

Created by Alan C. Ball, the same guy who’s responsible for True Blood.  Focuses on a family run funeral home.  How can a show devoted to death be good?  Just watch.

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Party Down – Starz; 2009 (renewed for an additional season)

A comedy about a group of caterers made up of wannabe Hollywood stars.  Just finished its first season in May.

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Mistresses – BBC America; 2 Seasons (catch up on onDemand)

Probably a little more of a girly show but good nonetheless.  By the title you pretty much get what the show’s about, but give it a chance it’s actually good.

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Battlestar Galactica – SciFi; 4 Seasons; 2004-2009

I’m a girl who counts Sex and the City and Friends among my favorite shows and I still love this show.  Even have it on DVD, okay I’m probably a bit of a nerd.  The Sci-Fi thing seems far-fetched but it’s not here.  If you’ve never watched an episode you’re missing out.

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Greek – on its 2nd season on ABC Family; Mondays at 8 pm

ABC Family, huh?  If you like CW/WB shows but One Tree Hill is just a bit too much, here’s your answer.  Greek is kind of corny but in a good that keeps you entertained for an hour way.  Sorry for bashing One Tree Hill but that show really is kind of terrible.

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Kitchen Confidential – 1 Season; 2005-2006

Was only on Fox for one season but you can catch it on Hulu.com.  If you have ever read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential this is what it’s based on.  Maybe I’m partial to this show because I liked the book but give it a try anyway and see what you think.

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Mad Men – AMC; 3rd Season Premiere TBA

I’m sure by now hopefully everyone has heard of this show, but if you haven’t yet jumped on the bandwagon do so right now…it’s worth it.

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Friday Night Lights – DirectTV/NBC; 4th Season Premiere TBA

If you have seen the movie forget it;  this show is ten times that and I don’t even really like football.  As with Mad Men, this show is critically acclaimed but still doesn’t get the viewership it deserves.

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Cash Cab – Discovery Channel; weekdays at 6 & 6:30 pm

I decided to throw one reality show into the loop.  If you like trivia but not necessarily your grandparents favorite, Jeopardy, or the mind numbing Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader this is the show for you.  A gameshow in a taxi cab…just think about it.

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Dead Like Me – Showtime; 2 Seasons; 2003-2004

You’ve probably never have heard of this but its about a girl who becomes a grim-reaper.  Kind of there and kind of kooky, but actually really good.  It was created by the same guy, Bryan Fuller, who wrote Heroes and Pushing Daisies.

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Dirty Sexy Money – ABC; 2 Seasons; 2007-2009

I must really like Peter Krause because this is the third show I’m naming with him in it (Sports Night and Six Feet Under).  Unfortunately the show was just canceled when I really wish it wasn’t.  It’s centered around a crazy, disqustingly rich family…what we all wish for.

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Fall Lineups

Posted in Uncategorized by kam892 on June 3, 2009

EW.com lists the FALL 2009 TV SCHEDULE as follows:

THE CW FALL 2009 SCHEDULE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m.: Gossip Girl
9-10 p.m.: One Tree Hill

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m.: 90210
9-10 p.m.: Melrose Place

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model
9-10 p.m.: The Beautiful Life

THURSDAY
8-9 p.m.: Vampire Diaries
9-10 p.m.: Supernatural

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m.: Smallville
9-10 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model repeat

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Local affiliate programming

CBS FALL 2009 SCHEDULE

MONDAY

8 p.m. How I Met Your Mother

8:30 p.m. Accidentally on Purpose

9 p.m. Two and A Half Men

9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory

10 p.m. CSI: Miami

TUESDAY

8 p.m. NCIS

9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

10 p.m. The Good Wife

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. The New Adventures of Old Christine

8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried

9 p.m. Criminal Minds

10 p.m. CSI: NY

THURSDAY

8 p.m. Survivor: Samoa

9 p.m. CSI

10 p.m. The Mentalist

FRIDAY

8 p.m. Ghost Whisperer

9 p.m. Medium

10 p.m. Numb3rs

SATURDAY

8 p.m. Crimetime Saturday

9 p.m. Crimetime Saturday

10 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

SUNDAY

7 p.m. 60 Minutes

8 p.m. The Amazing Race

9 p.m. Three Rivers

10 p.m. Cold Case

Fox Lineup:

Monday

8:00-9:00 PM House

9:00-10:00 PM Lie to Me

Tuesday

8:00-10:00 PM So You Think You Can Dance

Wednesday

8:00-9:00 PM So You Think You Can Dance (results show)

9:00-10:00 PM Glee

Thursday

8:00-9:00 PM Bones

9:00-10:00 PM Fringe

Friday

8:00-8:30 PM Brothers

8:30-9:00 PM ‘Til Death

9:00-10:00 PM Dollhouse

Saturday

8:00-8:30 PM COPS

8:30-9:00 PM COPS

9:00-10:00 PM America’s Most Wanted

11:00 PM-Midnight The Wanda Sykes Show (working title)

Midnight-12:30 AM Animation Domination encores

Sunday

7:00-8:00 PM The OT (NFL post-game)

8:00-8:30 PM The Simpsons

8:30-9:00 PM The Cleveland Show

9:00-9:30 PM Family Guy

9:30-10:00 PM American Dad

NBC FALL 2009 SCHEDULE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. Heroes
9-10 p.m. Trauma
10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

TUESDAY
8-10 p.m. ­ The Biggest Loser
10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. Parenthood
9-10 p.m. ­Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. ­ SNL Weekend Update Thursday (multi-episode run)
8:30-9 p.m. ­ Parks and Recreation
9-9:30 p.m. ­ The Office
9:30-10 p.m. ­ Community (moves to Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. after 30 Rock returns)
10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. ­Law & Order
9-10 p.m. ­Southland
10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. ­ Dateline NBC
9-10 p.m. ­ Trauma (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. ­ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encore broadcast)

ABC’s Lineup:

SUNDAY
7-8:20 p.m. Football Night in America
8:20-11 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football

MONDAY

8:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars
10:00 p.m. Castle

TUESDAY

8:00 p.m. Shark Tank
9:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars the Results Show
10:00 p.m. The Forgotten

WEDNESDAY

8:00 p.m. Hank
8:30 p.m. The Middle
9:00 p.m. Modern Family
9:30 p.m. Cougar Town
10:00 p.m. Eastwick

THURSDAY

8:00 p.m. Flash Forward
9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 p.m. Private Practice

FRIDAY

8:00 p.m. Supernanny
9:00 p.m. Ugly Betty
10:00 p.m. 20/20

SATURDAY

8:00 p.m. Saturday Night College Football

SUNDAY

7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives
10:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters

New Fall Shows

Posted in Uncategorized by kam892 on June 3, 2009

Jumping forward to fall premieres last weeks television upfronts revealed over on the CW there’s models, vampires, and a Melrose Place remake without Heather Locklear, ‘Oh my!’

The Beautiful Life, Vampire Diaries, and Melrose Place round out the CW’s new shows for the fall.

See clips for each of the shows here:

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As for the Gossip Girl spinoff CW President Dawn Ostroff said at the CW Upfront, “It was the toughest year we’ve ever had, figuring out what to pick up, because [our pilots] were all really, really good. We do have room for another midseason show. We have some reality, and we’ll probably have another scripted drama. We’re just going to take a beat and see where we are. In all honesty, I think the Gossip Girl spinoff is the show that we would love to be able to find a place for as the season goes on.”

Dharma & Greg’s Jenna Elfman, ER’s Julianna Margulies, and rapper LL Cool J all have new shows over on CBS.

Margulies stars in the Good Wife, based on a politican’s wife who must move on after her husband’s indiscretions. Elfman stars in the comedy Accidently On Purpose, and LL Cool J along with Chris O’Donnell star in an NCIS spinoff: NCIS: Los Angeles. Rounding out CBS’s new shows for the fall is Three Rivers, a drama based on organ-donation. CBS also has picked up Medium which was canceled on NBC.

See a clip for all of CBS’s new shows here.

Fox has retired football player Michael Strahan in the comedy Brothers, which follows former football player. Also on Fox, is The Cleveland Show, a spinoff of Family Guy, two dramas: Human Target and Past Life, and comedy Sons of Tucson. Comedian Wanda Skyes will have her own late night show. Human Target, Past Life, and Sons of Tucson will all be midseason premieres.

Over on NBC, the peacock eliminates its 10 o’clock hour of programming and replaces it with The Jay Leno Show.

Joe McHale, the host of E!’s The Soup, will star on NBC’s new comedy Community, along with Chevy Chase. Along with Community are Trauma, a paramedic drama, and Parenthood, with Peter Krause and Maura Tierney. Finishing out the rest of NBC’s new shows with midseason premieres are 100 Questions, a sitcom based on an NYC single girl, Mercy, a nursing drama, The Marriage Ref, a reality show from Jerry Seinfeld, according to EOnline.

The alphabet has a sitcom starring Courtney Cox, Cougar Town, The Deep End with Billy Zane, Eastwick bases on John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick, Flash Forward with Joseph Fiennes, Hank with Kelsey Grammer, The Forgotten, another Jerry Bruckheimer procedural drama, Happy Town, The Middle with Patricia Heaton, V with Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell based on an 80’s miniseries, and Modern Family, according to EOnline. The Deep End and V are both midseason premieres.

TV Cancellations

Posted in Uncategorized by kam892 on June 3, 2009

Tis the season for tv upfronts, finales, renewals and cancellations.

What got canned, what’s good this summer, and what’s all the news for your favorite tv shows?

Which one of your favorite shows got the heave ho?

On the Alphabet (ABC) Pushing Daises, Eli Stone, and Dirty Sexy Money were all cancelled awhile back ago, back in November to be exact.

“I can’t believe they cancelled Dirty Sexy Money,” said Sara Jacques, a college counseling graduate student at University Delaware. “I was seriously my guilty pleasure.”

However, devote followers, here’s the good news…each of the series will air its last episodes this summer. Pushing Daises will run three consecutive Tuesdays starting May 30 at 10 pm, Eli Stone will run four consecutive Mondays starting June 20 at 10 pm, and Dirty Sexy Money will run four consecutive Saturdays starting July 18 at 10 pm, according to EOnline.

Summer Premiere Dates

ABC, also, cancelled Samantha Who? The star herself, Christina Applegate, has even taken to the twitter boards and tweeted “Fyi the show was axed two weeks ago. That lovely girl Ana started the petition afterwards. So the effort you all put forth was not lost.”

The Unusuals, a mid-season pickup starring Amber Tamblyn, was also cancelled. However, the show is airing its last few episodes Wednesdays at 10 pm.

On CBS Eleventh Hour, Harper’s Island, The Unit, and Without A Trace all got the ax.

Over on Fox, Dollhouse got a 13-episode pickup after much debate whether the Joss Whedon show would receive a pickup. It still has its Friday night 9 pm timeslot but at least it was officially renewed.

“We’re so thrilled, the cast, our writers, Joss, and I really feel like towards the end of season last year the show started to really take its shape, take the shape that we originally envisioned for it,” said the show’s star, Eliza Dushku in a video interview on EOnline.com.

Prison Break, Sit Down Shut Up, King of the Hill, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles all were officially canceled.

At NBC, comedy My Name is Earl got the boot. But, there’s still hope. The show is being shopped to Fox and ABC, according to Michael Ausiello at EW.com.

Rounding out the rest of the canceled shows over on the Peacock include: Life, Kath & Kim, Kings, Knight Rider, and Lipstick Jungle. For Medium fans, NBC canceled the drama but CBS picked up the show led by Patricia Arquette.

As for Chuck, the Subway (the 5 dollar sandwich company, yes, that one) save the show campaign looks to have proved successful. Even the show’s star Zachary Levy stood in line for his sub.

Everybody Hates Chris, The Game, Privileged, and Reaper all got the red-slip on the WB and UPN brainchild, the CW.

Top 10 TV Moms

Posted in Uncategorized by kam892 on May 5, 2009

In honor of Mother’s Day:  My Favorite TV Moms

 

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Sally Field

 

1.  Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters – Nora Walker

Known for their table disputes, I’ve never seen a peaceful meal at the Walkers.  Head-honcho of the family Nora Walker leads a family of 3 grown sons and 2 grown daughters.

Perhaps at times overbearing but always for the right reasons.

Brothers & Sisters is on its 3rd season on ABC on Sunday nights at 10pm.

See clip here.

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Lauren Graham

2.  Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls – Lorelai Gilmore

Quick-witted, fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls.  She got pregnant at 16 sent her daughter to Yale and probably is the coolest mom maybe ever on TV.

Gilmore Girls was on the WB/CW for 7 seasons from 2000-2007.

See clip here.

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Mary-Louise Parker

3.  Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds – Nancy Botwin

Suburban pot dealing mother.  Description enough.

Weeds returns on HBO for its 5th season June 8.

See clip here. (probably NSFW).

 

 

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Debra Jo Rupp

 

4.  Debra Jo Rupp, That 70s Show – Kitty Forman

High pitched, go to mother for the crew of That 70s Show.

That 70s Show was on Fox from 1998-2006 for 8 Seasons.

See clip here.

 

 

 

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Frances Conroy

5. Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under – Ruth Fisher

Probably one of the most under-appreciated tv shows.  Ruth Fisher played the matriarch to family who owned, ran, and lived in a funeral home.

Six Feet Under was on HBO for 5 season from 2001-2005.

See clip here.

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Connie Britton

6.  Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights – Tami Taylor

Again probably one of the most under-appreciated shows that shouldn’t be even critics approve.  While, admittedly, I am not a football fan but you don’t need to be to love this show.  Tami Taylor is one of the best characters and if I had to live in nowhere rural Texas, Taylor would be the mom to have.

Friday Nights Lights was just renewed by DirectTV and NBC for additional 13 episode 4th and 5th season.  Not sure how it’s going to be scheduled.  This past year it ran first in the fall in DirectTV and then again as a mid-season series on NBC.

See clip here. (Had a hard time finding a clip devoted to Taylor but the show rocks regardless.)

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Estelle Getty

7.  Estelle Getty, The Golden Girls – Sophia Petrillo

The least recent of all the shows, but what would be list without Sophia.  A show based on all senior citizens doesn’t exactly sound appealing but it was nonetheless.  In my opinion maybe even the prequel to Sex and the City in a weird kind of hopefully not too disturbing AARP way.

Golden Girls was on for 7 seasons from 1985-1992.

See clip here.

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Doris Roberts

8.  Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond – Marie Barone

Decided to go with Marie instead of Debra.  She played the a mother to her two grown sons driving her daughter-in-law crazy.

Everybody Loves Raymond ran on CBS for 9 seasons from 1996-2995.

See clip here.

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Toni Collette

9.  Toni Collette, United States of Tara – Tara

While I’ve only seen a few episodes of this show, any mother with alternate personalities (dissociative identity disorder) deserves to be on the list.  And, with Diablo Cody and Toni Collette at the helm and exec produced by Steven Spielberg how could this show not be good?

United States of Tara premiered this year on Showtime and has been renewed for a second season for 2010.

See clip here.

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Jane Kaczmarek

10. Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle – Lois

The crazy, suburban mom the rest of her family’s embarrassed off…probably sounds like all our moms at one point or another.

Malcolm in the Middle was on Fox for 7 seasons from 2000-2006.

See clip here.

While these are in no certain order, here’s my Top 10 TV Moms.  I know I left out Marge Simpson even Sharon Osbourne but I tried to keep it strictly sitcom and drama tv.

 

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