What to Watch: 6/16/13
T: Busy day today! Sit back and relax with some (mostly) good TV.
I’ll be getting my Soap on with the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Airing on HLN, after almost not airing at all again, this shit show of a production still at least celebrates the most wrongly maligned genre in television history: the Daytime Soaps. Yup, proud watcher, all these years later, still, after my mom got me hooked and then moved on herself. Here’s hoping The Bold and the Beautiful sweeps most categories. And what they don’t get, give to Days. It’s been on fire this year. Very classically soapy. HLN, 5p East Coast feed.
It’s season finale time for Nurse Jackie. Except for Eve Best being MIA almost the entire season, I really have loved a mostly sane, clean Jackie. Can’t say the same for Grace, who’s following way too early in Mom’s footsteps. I’m a little bit fascinated by the unexpected quadrangle Jackie finds herself in. Between longtime true love Kevin, affair boy Eddie and Frank the cop (played exquisitely by Adam Ferrara), you almost don”t know who to root for. I think Eddie’s ship has sailed and he’s more a friend for Jaks now. Frank may have some heretofore unseen demons lurking. And Kevin, well, those two just didn’t end well, did they. All in all, a very satisfying season and I’m awfully glad the show was renewed. Now, some Emmy love for Merritt Weaver, PLEASE. Showtime, 6p East Coast feed.
Mad Men is up next with its penultimate episode of the season. Um, thank God! What a bumpy, weird, very unsatisfying season it’s been. When all I want is the formerly fucked up but still awesome and now just beyond fucked up Don Draper is for him to die, we have a problem. I realize I’ll probably get my wish before the series wraps up next year, but for now…just ugh. We may or may not have a better idea of where this season will end up tonight. I’m trying to hang in there. Weiner did NOT make it easy this season. AMC, 6p East Coast feed.
Then we’ve got Falling Skies over on TNT. Not my favorite show. Don’t hate it though, either. It’s been fun to see Noah Wylie with Gloria Reuben (ER costars back in the day). And you know that baby that grows like 12 inches an hour is some sort of alien. Homegirl Doc got herself knocked up by an alien, methinks. All I can think of when I watch this show now is V. The original, better alien invasion miniseries/series. TNT, 7p East Coast feed.
Selina and company are back on a new VEEP. The glow has faded but there isn’t anyone who can hold a candle to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She’s one of a kind and this is a brilliant showcase for her. You know how it goes on this show. Selina is told tonight to limit public appearances. This, naturally, means she doesn’t. Great cast, sharp writing. HBO, 7p East Coast feed.
The Killing is new tonight. Kill me. I think I’m just about out, despite saying how I would keep watching no matter what because of Holder. Joel Kinnaman is a jewel. AMC, 6p East Coast feed.
New Chopped on FOOD! Woot! Nothing like a good Chopped. Addicted to this show, I am. FOOD, 5p East Coast feed.
It’s free preview WKND on HBO and Cinemax. I’m getting together with old friends The Descendants, Love, Actually, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Chasing Amy and Bulworth. That’ll keep me occupied for a few hours this summer. HBO, various times.
Happy Viewing! And Happy Father’s Day to all you old dudes out there. Maui and Chachi salute you.
What to Watch: 6/12/13
T: Not much, but the one main reco is PURE GOLD!
The season finale of MTVs The Real World: Portland shoots it’s last wad of insanity over all of us as we sit with our mouths agape at the sheer and utter insanity at this final episode. An episode which, naturally, for this show, this season, concludes with part two of the EPIC Nia/Averey/Johnny fight. Listen, I realize this crew (are you listening, NIA?!) have dialed up the drama this season and the cynic (and Hollywood insider in me…hehe) know that some of this is for show and airtime, but I DON’T CARE! I can’t tell you how many weeks the ep would end and I would just be sitting there going, WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED?! Why is Nia obsessed with Jordan’s dick?! Why is she practically raping him then crying about what he’s done to her?!?! (Jordan’s a douche, but this chick is CRAZY.) In fact, almost every ep ended with questions about how this Nia person could even be the slightest bit real. But there was something in all that crazy that makes me 100% positive that, while seeking attention, it wasn’t just for the cameras. She really is certifiably crazy. Part one of the epic fight was exhausting. And completely without merit. What happened to the days when someone would hit someone in the Real World house and immediately out trot the producers for the dramatic ejection of said puncher? Nia just seemed to flit on from fight to fight with no repercussions. Johnny and Averey (aside: my all time favorite Real World couple EVER and Averey my all time fave female ever (you held that spot for a LOOOONG time, Real World: New Orleans’s Kelly) didn’t do anything that was cause for Nia to use actual weapons against them. And poor Johnny just took every punch and blow (so to speak) of the hairdryer. Then tried to save Averey. And it’s not over!
So sit back and enjoy (enjoy is almost not the right word. ALMOST) the finale and then sit back for the reunion. Damn. If ever a reunion deserved to be 5 hours long, it’s this Portland crew reunion. I purposely don’t watch the weekly after Real World shows with the cast because I like this end of season get together so much I don’t want it spoiled.
Bring on the crazy! Johnny and Averey FOREVER! Gain some weight, Bird!
Have fun with that purity, Jessica. Marlon…you confused me to the end. Jordan, you cute, douchey one and a half handed dude, you. And Nia. Crazy fucking bitch Nia.
WHAT…a season! The 10 Spot (do they still say that shit?), MTV. Followed by the reunion.
—New House Hunters/House Hunters Intl. alert
What to Watch: 6/9/13
T: Excuse me? What is this?! A fresh WTW?! I know. We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. MLC will get itself together and give you some new insights into the world of pop culture and whatever the hell else we want. For now, here’s an old school WTW because when I have trouble with my DVR, we’ve got a LOT going on!
Nurse Jackie only has a few eps to go this season. Personally, I’ve enjoyed the softer, clean Jackie. I know a lot of you out there haven’t. But hang in there. The show went into this season not knowing whether it would be the last and I hear the last ep this season was built to serve as a season or series finale. Well, the show’s been renewed (integral to Showtime’s brand was mentioned in the press release—too bad they don’t have a brand right now. That’s one thing Showtime needs to work on, especially with flagship Dexter ending) and it WILL be back. Plenty of time for those of you who prefer junkie Jackie to get her back. Me, I think that’s lazy storytelling. And that’s why I’ve appreciated this season. Jackie really has grown. Seriously though, do whatever you need to do to get Eve Best back, producers. There is a hole here. Jackie shouldn’t be quite so strong without her rock to lean on. And skype just doesn’t cut it. Showtime, practically all night (starting at 6p PDT for those with the east coast feed).
Falling Skies is back on TNT. I can’t help it.
I dig the show. It’s uneven and improbable, but I don’t mind suspending disbelief long enough to just have fun with the show. Plus, the oldest son is hot. So there is that. And give me a little of whatever Noah Wylie is eating/drinking/shooting up: dude doesn’t look a day older than he did in his ER days. Two hour premiere tonight (enough of these two hour premieres, people!!!). TNT, 6p east coast feed, 9p in the pacific zone.
AMC has a new Mad Men and The Killing. Last week was a very lone brightspot in a really fucking awful season. I mean, a HORRIBLE season. This was the year Mad Men took on its asshole creator’s God Complex. It was always separate from the show, that ego of his. Yes, the show knew it was good. But the thing was, it WAS good. Great, even. Easily my favorite show of various seasons in years past. Wouldn’t even make the top ten list this season. So smarmy and full of itself. Kill Don Draper already. All that said, I’m still (barely) watching. Hoping for little gems like the Joan/Peggy show we got last week. We’ll see.
As long as some social statement is made about the late 60s along with a song over the credits, asshat seems happy with his baby. I guess I’d do whatever I wanted to with a pre-determined end date and carte blanche from the network. Then you’ve got The Killing. Was it just last week that it seemed like life dragged on for 58 hours during the two hour premiere of the 3rd season? OMG. Seriously, WATCH THE TWO HOUR PREMIERES! Some, very few, shows can pull it off. Most can’t. Ironically, both of these shows above can’t. (MM could have back in the day.) Anyway, a new ep of The Killing is up tonight. Still just freaking love Holder, so I’m in. Seriously. For him and his character. That’s the only reason I watch. Maybe the story will get better. Maybe not. But I’ll be watching. AMC, 6p east coast feed (The Killing), 7p east coast feed (Mad Men).
Veep is new on HBO. 10 minutes late due to THAT OTHER SHOW I DON’T WATCH having an overrun. Selina is prepared for a fluff piece interview which, of course, turns into a full on interview, you know, hard hitting, that she’ll in no way be successful at giving. The show has gotten VERY repetitive for me this season.
This after being the greatest thing like, EVER, last season. And it’s still got its moments. And it still has that great cast. HBO, 7:10p east coast feed (and a million other times tonight).
Finally, we’ve got The Tony Awards on CBS. I wish more people watched/appreciated this Neil Patrick Harris hosted affair. It’s the most honest and real of all the awards shows.
That Broadway community is tight, I tell you. Tight. And while NPH is getting old and way overexposed for me, he’s good at this and will be tonight. I appreciate him lending his name to such a worthy community of actors/writers/producers/stage hands/audiences. CBS, 8p.
And now for MISC. This is the section that I hope sort of previews where we move going forward with WTW. But for now, it’s the shit that’s on I’m either watching or you are, in a more rapid style fashion.
—House Hunters has a few good eps tonight. Yeah, you can catch them anytime, but I like having them on the DVR. It’s like crack. Seriously, if I EVER ask for granite counter-tops and stainless steel appliances, I should be shot immediately. Dumb ass, mostly fake, home buyers!
—Love It or List It Too is new. Talk about a rip off of a show. But I watch the shit. Hate the hosts. Hate it’s word for word towards the mothership. So I have no right to complain.
And finally, M would have this listed above, but I don’t watch this shit, the season finale of Game of Thrones. HBO is clearly onto the fact that viewers really are fucking dumbasses (hello, I don’t watch the show and knew that everybody and their mother got killed in the books—what did you expect here? Sunshine and rainbows?). How do you top an ep that had almost every friend I have on Facebook orgasmically proclaiming “they couldn’t believe their eyes!!! and” “NO SPOILERS! HAVEN’T WATCHED YET!” (Um, suggestion there—don’t get on fucking Facebook if you don’t want an episode “ruined.” What are you people, neanderthals?!) I don’t know, but I’m sure they’ll try. I’m going to block the first person who has something to say, ever so breathlessly, about GOT tonight on FB. Even if it’s M. (OK, probably not in that particular case.)
And there you have it. A quick little WTW. Some good stuff, some random stuff. Enjoy!