TV I Watched at Some Point Last Week…

Selfie (ABC, Tuesdays, 8/7c)

Love it! And I’m not just saying that because Karen Gillan and I are both members of the Tall Girl Club. It may have a stupid name and I’m really not sure how they’re going to stretch the whole My Fair Lady premise over multiple years, but Eliza is likable (despite being shallow and self-centered) and Henry is likable (despite being a bit of a fuddy-duddy) and they have really good chemistry. It doesn’t hurt that Karen Gillan is pretty on the eyes 😉 Definitely the best pilot I’ve seen so far – it did a great job of introducing the premise and the characters without being boring or feeling like a set-up. Loved it!

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Modern Family (ABC, Wednesdays, 9/8c)

The yooje (How do you spell the shortened, obnoxious version of ‘usual’?), but still made me laugh. I wish it wouldn’t keep winning Emmys, but it’s still a really enjoyable show. I’m looking forward to where they go this season!

Flash (The CW, Tuesdays, 8/7c)

I’ve been missing Smallville lately – and I think I may have just found a replacement. They’re not in high school, but I think this’ll do. I don’t know a single thing about the Flash,so I can’t speak to how accurate this show is regarding his origin story (or anything else, really). The lead actor is no Tom Welling – the Flash is clearly from the Andrew Garfield school of superheroes – but he seems like he has a good mix of curiosity and courage and nobility that I think will work just fine. The pilot gives us the Flash’s origin story and sets up the show for the standard Monster of the Week-style episodes as well as a longer overarching plot line in potential villain or mentor Dr. Wells (played by Tom Cavanough who I really like) AND the unattainable, Lana-Lang-esque Iris. I think this’ll be a fun one! (This show exists in the same universe as the CW’s Green Arrow – anyone out there know if I need to watch that one, too? Is it any good?)

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Manhattan Love Story (ABC, Tuesdays, 8:30/7:30c)

I had read mixed reviews of this one so I hadn’t planned on checking it out, but then Ragen said she really enjoyed it so I gave it a watch! I haven’t quite made up my mind yet – it seemed cute enough, the characters likable enough, but the jury’s’ still out at the moment. I’ll keep you posted!

Bojack Horseman (Netflix)

It took me a while to get past the animal/human-hybrid characters on this show – they freaked me out something awful! But now that I’m used to it, I’m hooked. It’s full of people I adore – Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Patton Oswalt, Aaron Paul…the list goes on! It’s funny AND it has a great theme song. Love. It.

Bad Judge (NBC, Thursdays, 9/8c)

I like Kate Walsh even though I never watched Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice. At any rate, I’m glad to see her back on TV and I hope this one lasts because I really liked her character and her great supporting cast. I’m interested to see where this one goes!

New TV: Things I Watched Tonight (9/29)

Since Drew and I have cut the cable cord, we’re watching all of our television whenever it ends up showing up on Hulu+ which means that what night I watch shows won’t correspond to the nights they actually air. What this means for you is that instead of organizing my New TV posts by what night the shows air, I’ll just be posting them at random, as I end up watching them. I’ll be sure to put what night and time they actually air, so that anyone with regular cable can find them.

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A to Z (NBC, Thursdays, 9:30/8:30c)

This is clearly supposed to be the new How I Met Your Mother – and I’m not just saying that because the Mother (Cristin Milioti) is in it. Basically, Andrew and Zelda will date for 8 months, 3 weeks, 1 day, and 5 hours (or something like that) and this is the complete record of their relationship. The catch is that we don’t know whether at the end of that time they’ll break up or if they’ll get married. The pilot was called Acquaintances, so I can only assume that they’ll be working through the alphabet, though that will limit them somewhat in twenty-six episodes. It sounds like I’m being kind of snarky about this show, but I actually really liked it. Everyone is likable, I’m obsessed with Cristin Milioti’s canines (they’re so pointy!), it’s got the girl who played Annie in the original Being Human, Rashida Jones is a producer, it’s narrated by Katey Sagal (whom I mistook for Alison Janney)…what’s not to like?! It’s not often a pilot is so engrossing, so I hope they keep up the good work!

Brooklyn Nine Nine (Fox, Sundays, 8:30/7:30c)

It’s back! I’m super excited – if it weren’t for Parks and Recreation, this would be my favorite show on TV, hands down! WATCH IT!

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Mondays, 8/7c)

I know this show has a lot of haters out there and, true, if you’re looking for subtle, nuanced, witty humor, this is not the show for you. But it’s mindless fun for me and still manages to make me laugh even though I can see the jokes coming a mile away. I’m totally not embarrassed that I watch this show. Really. I swear. Okay, please don’t tell anyone I watch this show!

How to Get Away With Murder (ABC, Thursdays, 10/9c)

So I’m suuuuuuuuper late to the Shonda Rhimes party. Drew loves Grey’s Anatomy and the entire world loves Scandal, so I was determined to get in on the ground floor of her newest show, How to Get Away With Murder. And, I have to ask, is this what Shonda Rhimes’ other shows are like? Because if they are, I am going to have to mainline them, like, yesterday. Love it! Viola Davis is awesome (so the character is a bit House but with heels and as an attorney), I actually like the young law students (though if this was a 100-level class, should she really be hiring them at her law office?), I can tell we’re going to get a traditional case of the week but there is also a super fantastic overarching plot line that I’m anxious to see resolve over the course of the season. I’m hooked!

Black-Ish (ABC, Wednesdays, 9:30/8:30c)

I’m withholding judgement on this show until it can get a few episodes under its belt. It definitely felt like a pilot episode, trying to introduce its audience to everyone without really giving any of the characters much depth, but I feel like it has potential, so hopefully once it settles into its rhythm, it’ll get better.

Getting Caught Up: TV Edition

As you may or may not know, my favorite time of year is fast approaching! Fall? I do like it, but it’s not my favorite. My birthday? Pretty darn good, but still not my favorite. New television? HELL to the YES! I got my Fall TV Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly last Monday and I’ve been saving it for just the right time. But before I unleash the onslaught of new TV upon you, I figured I’d catch you up on television that I’ve discovered during the past year. I’m definitely a latecomer to a few of these, but hopefully at least one will be a new jewel of a recommendation for you.

Quick Draw (Hulu/Hulu Plus)

OMG, I loooooove Quick Draw so much! It’s a mostly improvised fish-out-of-water story – Sheriff John Henry Hoyle is Harvard-educated (as he is always quick to mention) and is attempting to bring law and order to the Wild West town of Great Bend, Kansas in 1875. The supporting cast are great and they’re all hilarious. I honestly can’t recommend Quick Draw enough – go watch it!

The League (Wednesdays @ 9:00-9:30 CST, F/XX, past seasons available on Netflix or Amazon Prime)

I don’t remember what made me turn to The League one evening on Netflix, but it seemed that I’d heard good things about it. After the first episode, I thought ‘Wow, these characters are SUPER unlikable… I’m going to watch another episode.’ Five seasons later and I still don’t know why I’m hooked, but I am. Hooked!

Archer (F/X, season 6 begins in early 2015, past seasons available on Netflix)

I’ve been trying to watch this show for ages – so many people whose tastes I really respect absolutely adore Archer. I tried a year or two ago and just couldn’t get into it. For whatever reason, the timing just wasn’t right. But a few months ago, the stars must have aligned because I love it – it’s so funny! Highly, highly recommended.

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, season 3 begins in mid-2015)

Yet another one that i’d heard was good from a lot of different people and yet had never really had much interest in. But we signed up for Netflix as part of our fuck-you to the cable company and one day while I was dog sitting and waiting for said dog to remember me and stop trying to eat me I decided to just check this out. So glad I did! It’s not a perfect show – I have conflicting feelings about the main character, Piper – but we’re really enjoying it!

Game of Thrones (HBO, season 5 begins in spring of 2015)

I think we may be the very last people on the planet to watch Game of Thrones. I had been planning on attempting to read the books before watching the show, but given that we’re already in season 5 of the show and each of those books is a doorstopper, I figured it just wasn’t going to happen and we dove in. There are a TON of people to keep track of – lots of men with beards – and lots of different story lines going all at once, but once we had sort of figured out who was who, we mainlined the rest of the series in a couple of weeks. So good! And it’s so much fun to gasp at each twist and turn and unexpected beheading! (It can be just the teensiest bit gory at times…) I’m Team Daenerys at the moment – well, really I’m Team Arya, but I don’t think she’s going to ascend to the throne of Westeros any time soon. Watch it!

House of Cards (Netflix, season 3 begins February of 2015…probably)

Drew was very excited to watch this one – I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised given how much he loved West Wing. It took me a little longer to get into – I was still overwhelmed from the flurry of Game of Thrones episodes we were coming off of – but once I figured out which middle-aged white dude was which, I was in! So twisty and plotty and good – and quite a few OMG moments which are always fun (I was spoiled for one thing but another thing took me completely by surprise – I definitely did not see that coming!)! Very, very good – can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next!

@midnight (Monday-Thursday @ 11:00 CST, Comedy Central)

My next edition of Getting Caught Up will be a podcasts edition – I’ve really gotten into podcasts lately – and I stumbled across this show as a result of my favorite podcast, Doug Loves Movies. In one episode, the host, Doug Benson, mentioned that he was going to be on an episode of @midnight, so I thought I should look into it. It’s sort of a comedy panel game show type thing hosted by Chris Hardwick. Basically he and three comedians riff on various pop culture happenings. It’s funny and features a lot of comedians that we enjoy from other podcasts (it’s a very incestuous group of comedians that we seem to gravitate toward) and is a good way to keep up with Internet goings-on! Squatch what happens! 😉

Yeah, we went a little overboard…

Jillian and I had a TV party a couple of weeks ago, too, and we…went a little crazy with the food that we made.

I made Cherry Cheesecake Scones (white chocolate-cherry scones with chunks of actual cheesecake baked in them), Apple Cheddar Beer (Cider) Bread (very nice – sweet and savory at the same time), Blueberry Goat Cheese Focaccia (also tasty – and pretty easy, too, which was a nice surprise), and a Chocolate Babka (which was unexpectedly and hilariously huge – but also very tasty, sweet but not too sweet, though I think the cream cheese filling could have actually used a bit of sugar). Jillian brought her famous cheesy bread, adapted from this version at Simply Recipes, Shrimp With Fennel (which was very yummy – with a nice bit of heat to it), and gorgeous Corn Cakes With Avocado Salsa (holy cats, yum!).

We could barely make it through two rounds of food, but it was worth the food comas we had by the time we were done. And they didn’t stop us from picking away at thirds (and fourths). Combine all this yummy food with an afternoon of Parks and Rec and Veep and it was very nearly a perfect day!

The end of an era!

Thursday was a melancholy day. I got to hang out with Jillian, watch TV, and eat lots of yummy, yummy food. How could that be melancholy, you ask? The TV we were watching was the series finale of 30 Rock. It just won’t be Thursday without Liz and co.! But like I said, we consoled ourselves with as much food as possible. As usual, she made the savory (the wonderful, fabulous Cheesy Bread – no one makes it quite like Jillian does!) and I was in charge of the sweet (I made Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes).

I’m sad to see it go, but it’s always nice when series go out while they’re still good instead of just fading away. And unlike some shows I could mention *cough*BattlestarGalactica*cough*, I was happy with the final episode as a series wrap-up. I’ll miss you, Liz Lemon, but at least I still have Parks and Rec to keep me warm at night.

Nails and new TV!

I had a big meeting at work today, so I thought I would paint my nails for the occasion (you can’t go to an important meeting with chipped nail polish!) – I wanted something subtle and neutral but still sparkly so I went back to an old favorite combination:

I couldn’t get the lighting to show the color accurately – it’s really more of a salmony color than it looks here and it’s a bit lighter and brighter. It’s an Urban Outfitters polish in Cocktail and I think the glitter polish is from Urban Outfitters as well, but there doesn’t seem to be a name on the bottle – it’s a multi-size glitter in a super light pink-but-only-barely base.

And, yes, that’s Courteney Cox on the TV in the background in a new season of Cougar Town, Tuesdays at 9:00 CST on TBS. Yay!

And, sigh, yes, I still have my Christmas tree up. Don’t you judge me!

New TV: Sunday

Once Upon a Time (7:00-8:00 CST, ABC)

At first I was annoyed by Snow White and Prince Charming, but now that we’ve set everything up, I’m hooked! I wasn’t a huge fan of Cameron on House, but I’m liking Jennifer Morrison’s character here and I’m interested to see which character knows what and how things are going to come together and what’s going to happen as they gradually figure out who they are. I thought I was going to like Grimm better, but now I’m not so sure….