Whatcha Watchin’??

Using this as a test page…this was written November 2011.

It is no secret that I am an incurable television addict. I love my shows and each day there is a little crack rock of programming in which I smoke. I thought – hey, why not blog about the crap I am watching?! Thrilling, I know.

Please know these are in no particular order whatsoever.

Dexter – Charlie and I caught up on past episodes of Dexter last summer…so we were all ready for a new season. It was prefect timing because Breaking Badwithdrawal was starting to kick in. What I love most about Dexter is the suspense. It also has it’s humor and oddities which set it apart from other dramas. But the suspense and crazy ass story lines is what really catches me. Its ridiculous and over the top – but done well enough to get away with it and even thrive because of it. For those who are unfamiliar, Dexter is about a blood splatter specialist with the Miami police force who just happens to be a serial killer. But he is a lovable serial killer :) And he only kills bad guys which helps.

Homeland – Considering this is on directly after Dexter, this spot seemed appropriate. Homeland is a new show featuring Claire DanesMandy Patinkin and Damien Lewis. Great cast!! Damien Lewis was in a short lived cop show last year and I have been a fan since. What a great actor. The show is really engulfing. Never bored for a moment and it deals with a lot of very serious subject matter. There is a lot of sex, so watch it after the kids are in bed unless you feel like having an uncomfortable conversation on a Sunday night. The show is about an American soldier who spends years in an Iraqi prison. Once released and rescued, he returns home in hopes to rebuild his life. His wife, having had a relationship with his best friend while he was gone also has to adjust after thinking he was dead. Claire Danes plays a homeland security agent who lives a life of espionage and symptoms of bipolar disorder. She is convinced that the soldier has been turned and is now on the other side.  Fascinating to say the least!!

House – I have been a huge fan since hello. I have seen every single episode and loved each one. Well, at least, like a lot. But I gotta say…it MAY be jumping the shark this latest season. Most of the original cast is gone. There is this new chic who DRIVE ME BATTY. I don’t know if it is her character or her acting – but her speaking and expression is so flat, I almost doze off. Dr. Cuddy is now gone (now staring on The Good Wife). Chase, Taub, Cameron, 13…all gone. Tho I think Taub and Chase may be reappearing. I dunno. I still like the stories and I will always love House. But I gotta say, I am a bit disappointed this season. House is about a vicodin addicted Dr. who takes extreme measures to prove he is right and has a brain big enough to cure just about anything…but not without consequences.

Up All Night – Well come on now. I cannot resist Will Arnett. He really is just too funny in anything he does. And the pairing with Christina Applegate is brilliant. The premise isn’t all that new to 30 minute sitcom land. But the writing by far makes up for that. And the acting…the supporting cast is equally as good, especially Maya Rudolph. The show is basically about a couple in their 30s who is getting a huge dose of reality in the form of a way too cute for real life baby. The show is quite funny and worth the watch.

Whitney – This one took a couple episodes to get it right but it did. I am so happy to see the hilarious and smart comedian, Whitney Cummings, do so well. I have a feeling Chelsea Handler should be getting vodka laden thank you baskets for a year for the explosion of Cummings career. Not only is she starring in, writing and producing this show – she also is creating laughter behind the scenes at 2 Broke Girls (which is also kinda funny, actually). Both shows are live audience sitcoms, which aren’t so prevalent these days.

American Horror Story –  So, I have mixed feelings. Within the first 10 mins of the first episode, I told my husband to turn on Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia instead because it was freaking me OUT! I said I wanted to watch it during the day LOL. He said no and we continued watching as I fought off a TV induced anxiety attack. The acting – a wee little over acted in places, but most of it was exceptional!!! Jessica Lange stills rocks a script. And the Friday Night Lights chic really IS a good actress. Directing/Editing – very artful and it draws you in. Some of the camera shots are very picturesque. But it can be a bit heavy handed. Too much weird moving around makes me feel kinda dizzy :)  I never really love David Lynch-like stuff. I thought it tried to hard to be weird just for the sake of being weird. I never really enjoyed “trippy” type movies/shows. For example I HATED The Doors and Natural Born KillersAltered States was NOT a favorite LOL. I did feel that this show was a wee bit like this but the other parts more than made up for it. All and all I am looking forward to the next episode and I think that says a lot :) There is NO way I am even going to try to tell you what this show is about. But I did just hear that Cam (Eric Stonestreet) from Modern Family will be making a guest appearance and I CAN. NOT. WAIT.

Modern Family – What can I say. This is by far one of my favorite shows of all time. For me, non stop laughing…literal out loud laughing. I always say Cam is my fav character on the show, but honestly, they are all so good – each and every one of them – I cannot really chose a favorite. The writing is simply impeccable. Joke after joke. The story lines are so funny and heartwarming. The messages are genuine and meaningful. I just absolutely love love love it. Modern Family is a humorous look into 3 different households of one perfectly imperfect family.

Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia – This show has been cracking us up for about 4 years now. Inexcusable, dark, horrible humor. I love it. It is certainly another LOL show. I have teared up many times watching it – just from laughing so hard. Much of the laughter is through a hand over my face as I gasp and say OH MY GOD about a thousand times per episode. Talk about over the top!! But it really does go beyond that edge to make it unlike any show ever made before. You cannot be easily offended if you want to enjoy Sunny. They are definitely equal opportunity offenders!! But this show is an absolute riot and VERY underrated.


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