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Ediddy: highlight lines from last nights PLL – Emily is trying to study and Hannah is singing (they’re sharing a room, long story) and Emily goes, “I’m going to the library” Hannah, “you don’t have to” Emily, “No i do.” Hannah, “is it a gay thing?” Emily, “No. It’s a brain thing”
Slamwich: HAHAHAHA
Ediddy: right
Slamwich: To Hannah’s credit, studying is super gay.

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It’s no secret that I jones hard for Pretty Little Liars. It doesn’t matter that I’ll be turning 24 this year or that PLL is an ABC Family (ugh) hit show. No sir. I defy conventions. Or rather, fall into them? Whatever. I like it and that’s that.

This week’s episode was especially superb. There are genuine reasons I love the show. And then, there are some less than genuine reasons, too. Tonight was all sorts of insincere.

Let me start by highlighting what worked for me that really shouldn’t have. 1) Hanna slapped a blind girl, then dissed her blindness. 2) The conflict with Aria and HER TEACHER remains to be how sad it is they must hide their love and NOT THE FACT THAT SHE BARELY HAS A LICENSE AND HE’S BEEN THROUGH COLLEGE. 3) Ian the likely murderer and deatheater-to-all-of-Spencer’s-happiness had a really stellar Got Milk? moment.

Now the things that worked and should work. 1) Emily’s still gay and getting play #doublewin. 2)Having realized Alison sucks, the girls are refocusing their emotions toward each other/ actual friendship.  3)the kid who needs a haircut left, putting an end, hopefully, to the awkwardly-addressed “foster child” situation.

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This show is good because it has its’ moments.

Obviously, it’s silly. In fact, I often find myself uncontrollably snorting through lengthy segments of teen angst. But, it also has moments of importance. It’s a show about girls and their lives. I can count on one hand how many others shows exist on-air today sharing that same agenda.

Furthermore, the characters have a singular focus that addresses a social issue. They’re brought together by the murder plot line, but it oft breaches subplot status in comparison to their personal struggles. Each girl has her one story and it gets time and attention. This is big when the story is about a lesbian or about a girl suffering from an eating disorder or about an overachiever struggling for parental attention. The issues are as real as the sizable age differences between the actresses IRL and their characters.

So tune in you h8rs… Monday Night aka Teen Angst Night (see: PLL, Gossip Girl and Skins).

PS if you watched tonights episode (3/8/11) then you also noticed Spencer playing the role of Le Petit Prince, Hanna auditioning for Hocus Pocus and Emily officially going butch. #wardrobemalfunctions

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I’m back nerds. Sorry for the whole “Erin takes 3 months off thing after coming back hard.” There: Apology complete.

Can we talk about Southland? If you haven’t seen this week’s episode, look away. Alan Sepinwall, one of my favorite TV critics was a bit miffed about the shocker of and episode this week. He prefers the beat cop storylines to the detective storylines. While his reasoning is just (go ahead and read it yourself) I personally prefer watching Sammy, Nate and  Adams. They’re more invested, they show a bit more range and we see more of their family drama play out. I was a bit misty eyed at the end of this week’s episode. It was sudden, bold, and aggressive. It was 5 minutes of HBO shoved on TNT. It’s a shame more people aren’t tuning in. This show is something special. (Side note: Anyone else wishing AMC had picked up Southland? TNT doesn’t deserve it.)

I promise I’ll come back this time.

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS from Dexter Season 5*

Continuing in the blogging-about-a-show-that’s-about-to-wrap fashion, I’ve decided to discuss with all 3 of you, this season of Dexter. I just watched the most recent episode, in which, talented, season-long guest star Julia Stiles, playing victim-turned-vigilante “Lumen”, exacts revenge on one of her assailants by applying the Dexter Morgan version of bustin a cap in his ass (yes, there are 6 commas in this sentence).

Now this was an intense episode. The past three episodes, this one included, have all been very intense. This always happens with Dexter. A few of the intro eps are solid, but there’s a lot of set up. Then, once you’re invested, things get incredibly messy and nerve-wracking, and most importantly, they get provocative.

With this season, and the introduction of a character that knows who and what Dexter is, I’ve become an even more invested viewer. I’ve wanted this to happen in the past seasons. I’ve wanted someone to crack his barrier, to join him in his morbid, yet arguably good, quest. I’m happy it’s turned out to be someone that Dexter, the character, can embrace (pun intended). Lumen’s experience and his reaction to that experience has tipped the scale in Dexter’s favor. He’s a mass murderer, yet this season makes him the ultimate likable anti-hero, with a heavy emphasis on hero.

There are only a few episodes left, and it’s unlikely that things will remain on this upward path toward success for Dex. But, at least for now, I’m very happy with this season.

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I liked it. The live audience threw me off a bit though, since 30 Rock is usually sans laugh track. It wasn’t the funniest episode of all time, but I appreciated the effort and the special little “live-items” they did to set it apart from a typical broadcast, and it was nice to see Matt Damon and Jon Hamm reprising their role as Liz’s surprisingly-hot-for-someone-so-awkward boyfriends.

It still didn’t hold a candle to the live episode of ER. Anyone else remember that? Historic. They were watching a baseball game in the episode people! A baseball game! (Sidenote: The NY Times hated that episode, but haters to the left. I loved it.)

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  • They weren’t singing out of context. (No singing in a park, no singing in a hospital, no singing in a drug-induced nap.) Just singing on stage and in the music room. Finally.
  • The plot guided the music. I was seriously beginning to doubt they had it in ’em. And no silly theme to try and work around.
  • Like it or not, some of these kids can really sing. This episode finally let them do just that without sounding too auto-tuney. (Chris Colfer continues to shine!)
  • And even though they hated on it, they mentioned Grease 2 tonight. I frickin’ love that movie.

Hopefully we get more episodes like this in the future. If we do, I’ll keep Glee on the DVR. Thin ice though.

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So unlike ediddy, I’m actually really sad My Generation got cancelled. It wasn’t the best show on television, but I applaud them for having youngish characters who actually lead young-ish lives and live in apartments/houses that look appropriate for someone 28. They made great use of that  format too. Anyway, I’ve had the weekend to get over it, and I also had the weekend to watch the pilot of No Ordinary Family.

No Ordinary Family is basically a live-action version of The Incredibles. The Powell family goes on a trip to Brazil. While on a sightseeing tour of the Amazon, their small plane crashes, and the mystical powers of the water they land in give them all superpowers. (Dad: Catches bullets, jumps really high, strong; Mom: Runs fast; Daughter: Telepathy; Son: Super Genius)

This show could have rested on its laurels and stayed pretty one dimensional. A family with super powers?! That should be enough right? Instead they layered in a little family drama to take it from being kind of a pedestrian show to being a bit more meaty.

Dad, Jim Powell (played by an adorably doughy Michael Chiklis) feels like his family is living in different worlds, under the same roof. His research scientist wife, (Julie Benz, from Dexter ) is a super important research-scientist who usually finds herself out of the house, doing science-y things. His teenage kids are dealing with problems on their own, from pressures to have sex to learning disabilities. He thought the trip to Brazil would bring them closer, and while the plane crash sort of did it, the super powers will probably seal the deal.

The good thing about the pilot episode is that it got a lot done. We met the family, found out they had problems, saw them go to Brazil, get in a plane crash, come home, figure out they all had powers, Jim Powell (who works as a police sketch artist) tried to use his powers to stop crimes, Mama Powell found out and made him promise not to do it again, at first the daughter didn’t want her power, the son didn’t think he had one, then he figured it out, then the whole family played football together, which is all Papa Powell really wanted in the first place. And scene. Whew, just writing it makes me tired. That’s a lot of action for an hour. Now that all that basic stuff is out of the way, it opens up the show to dive in to a lot of stuff. The pilot episode eluded to the fact that there may be more superheroes out there. Ooooh intrigue.

Oh and did I mention Papa Powell has a sassy Black friend, just like Mr. Incredible? Romany Malco (Conrad from Weeds) plays a twice divorced attorney who builds Papa Powell a secret crimefighting lair (Sorry Mama Powell).  I think Malco has awesome comedy chops, so hopefully he’ll be put to use on this show.

This review is kind of all over the place. I recognize that. Thanks for bearing with me. Bottom line: This show is worth the watch! If you missed the pilot, watch it online. It’s a little something different than the traditional cop, hospital, lawyer, family drama. And that breath of fresh air is what TV lineups everywhere could use.

No Ordinary Family: Tuesdays, 8/7c, (ABC)

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Well gees! We’ve been knee-deep in season finales this week. Here some snappy reviews:

  • LOST: Whoa! What? Wait, what? We finally meet the mysterious, Jacob and lo and behold he’s handsome. Locke is dead but his body is alive an apparently inhabited by someone else. And did Juliet just ignite an H-Bomb? The season long pattern of providing more answers than questions is apparently over. These 8 months till the final season will be unbearable.
  • The Office: I think my brother and I are the only people who were unimpressed with the finale. Why didn’t I like it? It was hokey as all get out. I don’t watch The Office for that. If I wanted adorable I’d watch Puppy Bowl and call it a day. The Office was on a serious funny streak and this kind of put the kibosh on that. I am curious as to where they’ll take this “new development,” though.
  • Grey’s Anatomy: Speaking of Brother Bear, he’ll be writing a longer review sometime soon. I don’t watch Grey’s much anymore, but I read what happened. I’m not a fan of the show, but I am a fan of getting T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl out of the entertainment news cycle. I would be completely okay with killing both of them off in one fell swoop. That would also leave some holes for new people, new stories, etc. (And have I mentioned how much I hate Meredith’s whining? This might finally shut her up.)
  • Private Practice: Their finale was a few weeks ago but it was awesome! I know that crazy woman won’t actually kill Violet, but will they be able to save the baby? If the baby dies it could put her character on a collision course. Hopefully they’ll acurately portray the mourning period (if there is one). I’m optimistic.
  • 30 Rock: Unlike The Office, 30 Rock has been a little uneven this season but last night’s finale was strong. If you liked the kidney song, you can download it from iTunes. Proceeds go to the National Kidney Foundation.
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: This show won me over from the beginning. The season finale didn’t disappoint. I hope this is not the last we see of Note Makoti, I hate what he does to Precious, but I love the intrigue and complexity he provides to her character.

Next week we’ve got finales for Ugly Betty, American Idol, and 24 among others. May is such a wonderful time of year!

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I have nothing against Danny Gokey or Adam Lambert. They seem like swell guys, and for the first time in several Idol seasons, the Top 3 are all pretty talented performers.

But something hit me tonight: I’m a little bit over Adam Lambert. He’s got a killer “rock voice” so to speak, but the screeching is just getting old. Ya know what he reminds me of? That band, The Darkness. Remember them? They sang, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” The glam style, the voice, the over-the-top performances, but they kind of got old. Can you imagine listening to an entire album of Adam’s? Oh gees  I think I would crumble under the redundancy.

Now the musical taste is just this woman’s opinion, but I have another reason not to support Mr. Lambert tonight: He’ll do better on his own. He needs to be able to make a signature “Adam” album with strong producers and a label that can market him effectively. The folks at American Idol may not be able to do that. He has the talent to work with the best and he needs to find them. He won’t be able to once he’s locked in.

And Gokey has some nice pipes too. Maybe not my cup of tea but like Lambert,  I can understand the appeal. I think for a church boy out of Milwaukee, second place would be a pretty awesome finish. I hope he records a solid pop album and also has the freedom to get back to his roots and do gospel music, as it seems to suit his voice and his interests. Do I see him winning the competition? Not this one, but I think he might’ve pulled it off in a different season.

I’m throwing my three phone in votes behind Kris Allen tonight. He’s nothing too special, just a easy-on-the-eyes white guy with a strong voice, however, I think he’s the perfect “winner” for this show. He’s a marketer’s dream, his music will be radio friendly, Mom’s like him, teen girls want to hang him on the wall, and without this competition his music might have been relegated to coffee shops or the occasional birthday serenade for his wife. If the show is looking for an amateur to become a star, then I think they found him.

All that being said, I think it will be a great finale regardless of the results tomorrow. It’s nice to seem some stiff competition this close to the end.

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Unlike a lot of folks, I never gave up on Prison Break. When a mystery/conspiracy is presented to me, I have a hard time not seeing it all the way through.I sat through a long year at Fox River, and exciting year on the run, and an outrageous season at a Panamanian prison (Really? A chicken foot?) I’ve earned my finale and I hope next week’s event delivers.

Here are a few things I would like to discuss about tonight’s episode. Head’s up though, there are spoilers ahead.

  • Once I found out Don Self duped our wacky cast of characters, I  had zero empathy for him. Seeing him crawl on the beach with a broken leg was kind of awesome. Do I like that they killed his wife? Of course not, but on this show you can’t really tell if someone’s dead, so I’m hlding out hope.
  • I loved Lincoln’s comment about being framed twice for two high-profile murders. Thank you for saying what we’re all thinking.
  • Meanwhile, I know Michael is supposed to be smart as a whip, but building a bomb in a fridge…on a whim? I guess my mind just doesn’t work like that.
  • One thing that’s never stopped repulsing me: T-Bag licking his lips. It makes me want to puke in my mouth a little.
  • Anyone else really curious about when (if?) Sarah will drop the baby news to Michael?
  • The promo for next week is pretty enticing. Anyone want to place bets on who Mike is going to save? If he ends up saving them both, I’d be a little pissed. It would be like having Terry live at the end of Season 1 of 24. Things can’t end on a high note for this show. I think Michael needs to make a decision, even if both of them end up surviving.

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Don’t read this post if you haven’t watched last night’s Amazing Race. Spoliers Ahead!

So last night’s Amazing Race was pretty awesome no? It was everything the race should be, deceit, eating disgusting local cuisine, people being ugly Americans, and other people making foolish mistakes. But the biggest mistake of all has to be the bathroom break.

Sisters, Kisha and Jen, were virtually tied with the most annoying team ever flight attendant friends Cara and Jamie at the Road Block. They were both chowing down on fried starfish, larvae and the like. Jen was forcing the Chinese delicacies down with tons of bottled water. The sisters finished eating before the flight attendants, but it wasn’t exactly Mine That Bird kind of finish, the teams were still incredibly close.

The gap was narrowed further when Kisha and Jen couldn’t get a cab right away.

Finally they find one, and right away Jen starts complaining about having to use the bathroom. In fact, when they arrive at the pit stop location, the sisters STOP SO JEN CAN PEE prior to checking in.

In the mean time, flight attendant Cara and Jamie caught up and made it to the pit stop before the sisters, shutting them out of the chance to win 1 Million bucks.

Let me just say, had I been in a similar situation, I would’ve peed all over myself. I think the late-night jokes and awkward 10 or 15 minutes covered in urine would be overshadowed by the fact that I had a one in three chance of taking home a million bucks. And, Jen was wearing a robe (they were dressed as Chinese opera singers) so the embarassment would’ve been minimal at best.

I could not believe that outcome. What an excellent season of television this is. However, I am a bit saddened because with Kisha and Jen’s elimination, that means there are no teams worth cheering for in the finale. I’m over Luke and Margie after their blow-up a few weeks back , Tammy and Victor drive me nuts and don’t even get me started on those bitchy flight attendants.

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I caught the two-hour premiere of NBC’s latest offering, Kings on Hulu two nights ago. Now that I’ve had time to digest and gather my thoughts, I have a few things to say.

My initial impression is that the show is pretty interesting, with buckets of opportunity. There’s sexy people, intrigue, murder, war, corruption, politics, small-town life, city life, revenge, extra-marital affairs, a gay prince and a badass Black reverend. See? Story lines out the yin-yang. But I’m worried. Despite a pretty interesting concept, this show still has the potential to go south pretty quick. Here are my tips for preventing this. You listening NBC?

1. Don’t Come To Close To Home
We get it, we get it, the fictional kingdom of Gilboa could very well be America. Corporations and religious leaders are at the right hand of the leader, the government controls what the media reports, and there are so many secrets it’s enough to make you sick. While it’s intriguing, the folks behind Kings need to make the distinction between “Gilboa” and a little place I like to call, “Scary-Executive-Branch-America.” Unless of course Gilboa is in America, a theory I’m currently working on. Basically the fictional country should be the TV equivalent of Genovia.

2. But Don’t Get Too Wacky Either

While I don’t want Kings to scream “America,” I also don’t want it to get too outrageous. No aliens, no supernatural, etc. We were getting a little borderline in the pilot with those ridiculous tanks, but hopefully that’s the extent of it. I don’t want to learn a new language, I don’t want excessive backstory or easter eggs to keep up with. I just want a new,  well written, suspenseful drama about this mysterious new royal family. Case closed.

3. Change the time-slot
I’m sorry NBC but my Sundays are loaded down already. Currently I watch/record Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, Big Love, United States of Tara, Breaking Bad, Eastbound & Down, Flight of the Conchords, Brothers & Sisters, The Simpsons and occasionally Extreme Makeover Home Edition. It already takes me three days to get through Sunday TV. Kings will never find it’s way into my DVR line-up. Your best bet? Move to Mondays. No Sunday night log-jam and very little competition.

If this show is in the right hands, it could do wonders for NBC (think Heroes before it went downhill). But with poor ratings in the first week (stupid log-jam) and no re-run by NBC (they re-ran the Celebrity Apprentice premiere for crying out loud!) let’s hope word of mouth will help it get some new folks to the table. Or for the web-savvy you can download the premiere for free on iTunes or watch it on Hulu.

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