My TV and Me

June 30, 2011

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means…

Filed under: tv news — Tags: — gina64 @ 1:15 pm

New Futurama episode tonight!

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June 23, 2011

Futurama is back, baby!

Filed under: tv news — Tags: — gina64 @ 11:19 am

Good news, everyone! Season six of Futurama begins tonight with two brand-new episodes beginning at 10:00 PM. In honor of that, NY Mag’s Vulture has posted a slideshow of 6 hidden jokes that have appeared in the series so far. Example:

The Futurama Theorem

The Futurama writers are nothing if not sticklers for scientific and mathematical accuracy. Season six’s “The Prisoner of Benda” episode ended with the Harlem Globetrotters proving that it’s possible to switch brains with someone else and eventually get yours back. Any other show might be happy with some scrawled gobbledygook (or even just showing the back of the blackboard with a lot of manic scribbling going on on the other side), but these writers are a proud sort, determined to protect themselves against anyone who might check their work. So writer Ken Keeler, who holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, actually developed a formula. “I don’t think any other TV show has had the climactic moment be a solved equation!” Cohen said, then goes on to explain Keeler’s theory. “The idea is, once you switch brains, you can’t switch back with the person whom you originally switched with, so your only hope is to use multiple people, which raises a complication – is it possible to get your own brain back? We had the story arc before the equation, and then, being the big nerds that we are, we had to figure out if it was possible. And Ken came up with a proof showing that as long as you can find two more people who have not lost their original brain, everybody plus those two can get their brains back. You just always need to keep two designated brains. What could be simpler or clearer?”

My kind of show! Oh, and nobody likes a math geek!

March 28, 2011

Today’s Tweets

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 4:31 pm

Via @HitFixDaniel Good news, everyone! Comedy Central officially renews ‘Futurama’ for two more seasons!

Via @feliciaday – A VERY funny UK commercial for milk, of all things:

Via @cracked6 TV Shows You Won’t Believe Saved People’s Lives

Via @TVMoJoe“5th annual “The Soup Awards” this Friday on E! Must-see TV”

Via @DamianLovesTVWhat will Olivia name her baby?

September 7, 2010

Chatter: Summer Roundup and More

Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 4:07 pm

My God, where does the time go? This summer has been super tough for me when it comes to finding the time/energy/inspiration to blog, and it shows. I haven’t even been able to manage regular True Blood posts, and that’s just not right. I will remedy at least that situation and get something posted before the season finale this weekend.

In the meantime, the fall premiere season has crept up on me: Season 3 of Sons of Anarchy premieres tonight, at 10:00! (fX) How did that happen?? For those of you who have yet to discover SOA, you cannot jump into the series tonight. Rent the DVD for seasons 1 and 2 first. Trust me. For those of you who have been watching all along: Enjoy!

Now, some thoughts on stuff I’ve been watching during the summer…

(Persons Unknown was so remarkably bad, it merited its own post)

Is anyone else watching AMC’s Rubicon? I’m really enjoying it. There have been complaints about the “glacial pace” of the show, but for me, that’s part of the attraction. I love how the pace – and the setting, gritty New York City – is sort of a throwback to the paranoid conspiracy thrillers of the 70s (Hello, Three Days of the Condor), movies I grew up watching. I find the subject matter intensely interesting; the acting is superb; and the lead is hot in an intellectually dorky kind of way. Also love: the way the cinematography mirrors the “pattern” theme – API is an intelligence agency that looks for patterns in transmissions, etc. – with the way the camera settles for long periods of time on stairwells, bridges, the patterns of windows on outsides walls of city buildings, or the pattern of shadows on a wall created by window blinds. If you’re looking for an adult, challenging drama, I recommend it.

I complained early on this summer that Warehouse 13 was beginning to show signs of, well, being bad. It’s never been a particularly challenging show; it’s just some summer fluff with a lot of action, some funny bits and a nice relationship between all the characters, and that was fine with me. A few episodes into this season I started to get worried – the episodes felt a little *too* fluffy and frantic and the acting seemed off – but then things turned around and the show seems to be back on track. I’ve decided who I think is the weakest link in the show: Eddie McClintock, who (over)plays the smart-alecky warehouse agent Pete. Either he isn’t that great an actor, or he needs to be reeled in a little, I’m not sure. Regardless, I do enjoy the show.

Season 6 of Futurama ended last Thursday with their 100th episode, which was a good one. This, their “comeback” season, was a little uneven, but had some real gems (most notably: “Proposition Infinity”, “The Late Phillip J. Fry”, “That Darn Katz”, “The Prisoner of Benda” and “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences”). Now I’m looking forward to the Christmas special and season 7 in 2011. Woo hoo!

One last, little nugget, because I really do have to get back to work…
a nice little interview with Michael Emerson.

June 23, 2010

Chatter: Formerly ‘TV Talk’

Filed under: tv news — Tags: , , , — gina64 @ 1:36 pm

Since this is a blog about TV, I thought it would be redundant to title these posts “TV Talk”, so I had to come up with something else and “Chatter” was all I could think of. Does anyone have any suggestions, something better? I know there are a couple of vocabulary powerhouses out there…

OK, so, is anyone else still watching Persons Unknown? If so, does anyone else agree with me that it’s really not very good? Does anyone else want to kill half of the characters like I do? Perhaps that’s the point, but you would think that, considering the premise, the writers would want us to sympathize with them. I like Moira and McNair (the psych patient and the soldier), but everyone else? Not so much. However, it’s a 13-episode summer series, so I’m in it for the long haul, if only to find out what the heck is going on.

Last night was the episode of Deadliest Catch in which Captain Phil has the stroke that will eventually kill him. I haven’t watched it yet. In fact, I’m a week behind on the DVR. It’s going to be so hard to watch.

Finally, a heads up: Futurama returns tomorrow night on Comedy Central at 10:00! Woohoo! And SyFy’s Warehouse 13 begins its second season on Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 PM.

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