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The other day I was chatting with a friend about her newly grown obsession with Parks & Rec. Now, my friend’s an entertainment-enthusiast, but she by no means gets… obsessed. I, on the other hand, do. In fact, I openly recognize, and admit to, my unhealthy and manic infatuation with the UK show, Skins.


Gen 3, Season 5 ended recently and since its’ absence and since I’m no longer scouring the internet to dl it illegally (shut up i’m going to buy it too…eventually), I’ve decided to take some time to reflect. well, reflect publicly. And, in the form of a list. because at least you like lists. I encourage you to add your lists in the comments. I’m talking to you mom! jk jk my mother doesnt do things for me. (or follow this blog, obvs).*

so here it goes (spoilers obvs):

1. all time favorite episode: Liv, s5

2. best character G1, G2, G3: Cassie, Thomas, Mini.

3. most interesting duo: Mini & Liv.

4. best lovahs: Naomi & Emily

5. best situation: I’m Katie Fucking Fitch. jk but that was awesome. really, probs Emily coming out to Thomo and him giving her his shoes when she was cold.

6. best scene, you know, artistically: Crazy Stalker Fell-In-Love-On-A-Train animation bit that almost made Emily kill herself.

7. most charged scene:  murder rock sex aka the effy camping shroom-fueled rock bashing over head then sex scene.

8. best intro: Freddie skateboarding up to JJ & Cook.

9. most ridiculous scene: thomas vs gangster eating the hot peppers. really close 2nd when cassie RAN AWAY TO NYC (WHAT). followed more closely by the entire American version’s season.

10. best concept from the show: do a lot of drugs

11. best themed party: pajamas with pandora

12. best cast scene: chris’s funeral

& finally, Lucky 13. WHY DID FREDDIE HAVE TO DIE?

* to my mother, if you’re reading this you obviously do more than enough and it was a cheap laugh and i’m an unappreciative daughter and i love you. (e-mail me).

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She liked this one. I much preferred hers.

When you’re right, you’re right.

“Everybody knows I’m a motherfuckin’ Mormon.”

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It’s unfair to compare siblings to each other, but it’s difficult almost inevitable when  reviewing Mitchell Hurwitz’ two babies. Hurwitz is the brains behind Arrested Development and Fox’s latest Sunday night offering, Sit Down, Shut Up, an animated look at the lives of teachers at a Florida high school, which premiered last night.

The comparison’s to AD are numerous in nature. Both shows ran on Fox Sunday nights, both feature the talent of Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Henry Winkler and finally both are probably too ridiculous and smart for their own good.

Sit Down, Shut Up is to high school what Reno 911 is to the police officers; you know that’s not what it’s really life, but part of you can’t help but wonder if it’s close. The fictional Knob Haven High School has pervy German teachers, a take no-prisoners Principal (last name Sezno) an overly religious science teacher, and a other wacky characters too absurd for words.The cast is a mix of AD favorites and SNL folks including Cheri Oteri, Will Forte, and Kenan Thompson.

The humor is a bit different than the typical Animation Domination block. There are jokes that break the 4th estate, extremely dry quips, and names involving puns. It’s truly the “thinking man’s cartoon,” something you’d be more likely to find on Adult Swim as opposed to Fox.

Speaking of which, If it’s true that the medium is the message, than this program may be lost in translation for lots of folks. Not only is it animated, but it’s cartoons mixed with live-action backgrounds. It’s a lot to absorb for adults not used to this style. People may focus too much attention on the animation itself as opposed to the witty dialogue.

I’m definitely planning on watching Sit Down, Shut Up again. I laughed out loud more than once and it’s one of the better new comedies I’ve seen this season. It will still take some getting used to, and it’s no Arrested Development, but maybe that means it will stick around for awhile.

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Last week I DVR’d the premiere of HBO’s newest offering, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Don’t let the two-hour opener scare you off. It’s an excellent program with a heart and a ton of potential.

The show is based off the novels of Alexander McCall Smith. Like the books, the show revolves around Mma Ramotswe, (played byR&B songstress Jill Scott) a young woman born and raised in Botswana. After the death of her father, she leaves  her small rural community and opens up a detective agency in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city.

Mma is a unique and intriguing character. She left her abusive husband after suffering physical abuse that lead to a miscarriage. Despite her challenges, she is a survivor. She’s witty, confident, and headstrong. She’s complemented by her uptight, dedicated, secretary Grace Makutsi (played by Anika Noni Rose).

It’s nice to see Black women (not to mention Africa) portrayed in such a positive light. Representations like this are not easily found on television. I found myself just as absorbed in the ornate fabrics, customs and landscape of Gaborone as I did with the mysteries of the pilot episode.

This could be a result of the late Anthony Minghella’s beatufiul direction. This was one of the last projects he worked on before his death last year. In fact, he wrote, produced and directed the pilot. The fingerprints of this exceptional artist coupled with the beautiful locations in Botswana make for a truly engrossing viewing experience.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency has a little something for everyone. The mystery and intrigue you’d expect from a detective show, an adorable blossoming romance, some witchcraft, some solid one-liners and some incredibly engaging backstories.

After one episode, this show definitely proved itself DVR worthy, and I look forward to making it a permanent addition to my Sunday night line-up.

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1.Strapped for time
2.Feeling Creative
3.Anxious to talk about these shows

    What’s the end result? My reviews of The L Word series finale and the Breaking Bad season premiere in haiku form. Not familiar with this form of Japanese poetry? (Sidenote: Where were you in third grade?)

    It’s three lines and 17 syllables long. It’s a 5-7-5 pattern my friends. Try to keep up. Usually Haikus are about things existing in nature or the seasons but this won’t be the first time an American has bastardized something from Japan. (Sorry about Godzilla and Benihana!)

    The L Word Finale Haiku Review:

    Mystery unsolved

    Who killed Jenny? I think

    you can Bette on it

    The Breaking Bad Season 2 Premiere Haiku Review:

    Ten more deals to go

    Kidnapped? That will slow things down

    Bad is great again

    Follow these links for L Word and Breaking Bad reviews with a little more meat to them.

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    I just finished catching up on USoT yesterday and I have to say, I like it. I think the acting is great, I think he story is interesting and I obviously enjoy writer Diablo Cody’s one-liners. However, after watching a few eps in succession I have to say I’m a little confused. 

    What type of show is it? Is it a drama? A comedy? A mystery? I don’t really get it. The best I can come up with is, there’s a lot going on. Now, I know it’s a Showtime show, and I know it has the range to be a number of things, but I guess I am hoping for some sort of clarity. Once we find out what’s driving her multiple personalities are we going to go somewhere with that? 


    Toni Collette, Toni Collette, Toni Collette, and Toni Collette

    Toni Collette, Toni Collette, Toni Collette, and Toni Collette



    I guess I’m worried that it’s a false investment. If I can’t even pin point it now, what’s going to keep me in the future?

    Anyone else confused?!

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    Iconoclast (Guest Blog)


    Now that finals are through and I’m getting ready for some much needed “chill” time, I finally will have time to catch up on this season of “Iconoclast.” My mother introduced me to the show, ranting about how interesting it was and how much she enjoyed it.

    The show is a Sundance channel staple and basically follows two people, of celeberity status, who are consciously taking action to make the world better in one way or another. I just caught up and watched the Cameron Sinclair (architect/humanitarian) – Cameron Diaz (actress/environmentalist) episode.

    Listening to Sinclair talk about his projects in New Orleans and how he uses his work to provide for people in need reminded me of the importance of passion. In this mad hunt for a job after college I’ve often lost sight of what really drives my passions or interests. It takes a step back and an episode of Iconoclasts to get me back on track and headed in the right direction.

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    So after years of everyone telling me “It’s really an amazing show,” I finally caught a few episodes of Discovery Channel’s mega-hit Deadliest Catch. And those superfans weren’t lying, Deadliest Catch is a fun way to spend an hour.

    It’s not brilliant television, even brilliant documentary television but it sheds some light on an industry and a way of life most people know very little about. The captains and deckhands have compelling family stories and personal lives and it’s great to hear them talk about their work. Between the 800 pound crates they catch the crabs in, the freezing cold conditions and those pesky walls of water, working on a fishing boat looks like the toughest job on earth. Plus all the guys remind me a bit of Yukon Cornelius.

    I’m pretty sure I’m the last one on board this boat, but if you haven’t seen Deadliest Catch, pop on over to Discovery sometime and check it out.

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    The last vestige of anything remotely positive on MTV is the show True Life. If you’re not familiar, True Life follows young people with out of the ordinary lives.

    For the past decade I’ve been a bit enamored with the program and have seen nearly every installment. There’s something about watching actual people cope with a serious problem or make a difficult transition. It’s nearly impossible to turn an episode off once it starts. It’s more addicting than a car crash because you get helpful details and title cards.

    After ten years you might imagine the folks at MTV are running out of things to talk about. We’ve met cheerleaders, jealous siblings, competitive eaters, veterans, people getting out jail, people with embarrassing parents, body builders, southern belles, compulsive shoppers, sex workers and muy thai boxers. Who else is out there to talk to? Today I was glued to the TV watching True Life: I Have Acne.

    The beauty of this show is that they can take topics they seem simple, even petty and really showcase the human element. This episode followed three young people who would do whatever it took to get clearer skin. It was almost heartbreaking to watch parts of it. I know there’s a lot I take for granted in this life, and I will now add an okay complexion to the list. Who knew this was such a serious issue?

    If only all of MTV’s programs were as well done and carefully managed. Nope, instead we get 10-hour marathons of ANTM with a side of Paris Hilton’s My New BFF. Maybe I’m asking too much.

    Anyone else seen any good True Life‘s lately? How about that one with the single parents? That dude had six kids?! Yikes.

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    Ok, let me preface this post by saying I used to love entourage. I still remember being in college with some of my buddies and joking about how this was the greatest show ever and how awesome it was that HBO finally offered a show poised to be the male equivalent of Sex and the City.

    Well folks, my love affair has ended, and apparently, there are some other scorned lovers out there as well. Entourage was a special show from the get go. It featured a lifestyle that, lets face it, is one we all might like to get a taste of. It was able to give viewers a behind the scenes look at the Los Angeles rubix cube known as Hollywood. From business deals, fast women, faster cars, and the empty lives some of these people lead, the show exposed it all–and we watched.

    Sadly, this season has come crashing to a boring halt. Characters seem lifeless, the story lines are all over the place (are they ever gonna address drama’s drinking problem or Ari’s anger management issues–which are becoming downright scary)?

    This show had a chance to reach new heights and tackle some challenging issues. They needed to force Vince, Turtle, Drama, Ari and E to grow as characters and as men in the primes of their respective lives. Instead, we get an episode about doing magic mushrooms in the desert, while the gay assistant has a naked pool bash. Truly groundbreaking television.

    Entourage used to be a shining gem in the HBO lineup, and now, It’s just a show that I time shift after I watch Dexter and Desperate Housewives. I wish the guys in L.A. the best and hopefully they can recapture the magic they had four seasons ago, because quite frankly, I’m just done with season 5.

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    ABC’s new cop-drama Life on Mars is a BBC rip-off about a cop who gets hit by a car and wakes up in the thick of the 1970s. No cell phone. No DNA. No clue as to whether this is all a figment of his subconscious or whether he’s some sort of time traveler.

    I missed last Thursday’s premiere but I caught up last night on ABC.com. After one viewing, I encourage all of you edubbers to do the same.

    Like LOST, Life on Mars takes what might otherwise be a pretty ridiculous concept (man goes back in time) and does some really innovative things with it. They not only explore the challenges of learning how to adjust to life in the past, but the much more difficult aspect of living in a world where no one believes you and seemingly, no one can help you escape.

    Unlike LOST, this show doesn’t warrant a lot of clue tracking. No pause button required, no ridiculous mysteries, no wayward polar bears. It’s a pretty groundbreaking show that doesn’t require a PhD or a ridiculous amount of time to kill.

    The cast is also a treat. Jason O’Mara plays our protagonist, Det. Sam Tyler, a brooding, silent type with a kind heart. Michael Imperioli (formerly of The Sopranos) returns to TV as one of Sam’s 70’s cop colleagues. He’s joined by the legendary Harvey Keitel who plays Lietenant Gene Hunt, a take-no-prisoners, kick- him-in-the-face-ask-questions-later kind of guy. Judging by how many fistfights there were in the first episode, I’m guessing he’s not alone.

    The ladies of Life on Mars are also superb. Gretchen Mol and Lisa Bonet add some great balance to this testosterone heavy cast. We only see Bonet for the first few minutes of the pilot, so hopefully she makes a return in the second episode.

    Life on Mars is already getting some very positive reviews and was just selected Number 1 on Metacritic’s Top 10 new shows this fall.

    Not too shabby for a BBC knock off.

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    He’s back! I havent been this excited since Popeyes Chicken put a location in my home city. Last night, HBO’s favorite comedian, Chris Rock, premiered his fourth primetime comedy special and boy did he not disappoint.

    Don’t Kill The Messenger took on a daring new format in which Chris taped performances in London, New York, and South Africa then pieced clips from each show together to form one fairly seemeless comedy special. It was a bold move on Rock’s part and I was skeptical at first, but after a short moment of dizzyness, I felt like I was watching comedy history.

    Rock touched on politics, the economy, race, and of course…relationships. The show was well paced and quite frankly, hilarious. Chris Rock has firmly cemented his position as the best stand up comedian of our era.

    Now if we can only get that crazy Dave Chappelle to come out of hiding, maybe he could challenge the throne.

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