9.26.2011

TV pulse check

I've made a few decisions about the news shows I decided to check out this season.  The results:


Dropped
  • Unforgettable - I was originally intrigued by the fact that the main character has the ability to remember every day of her life, but the show wasn't unique or original. It's just a typical police procedural and for me, her memory isn't enough of a twist to keep me coming back for more. I much prefer The Mentalist where you have Simon Baker's charm and intuition.
  • Free Agents - didn't expect much & I was right.


Too Soon to Tell
  • 2 Broke Girls - I hate comedies with canned laughter telling me when I'm supposed to be laughing, but I do like Kat Dennings, so I'll give it a couple more weeks.  Can't quite figure out why Entertainment Weekly had this as one of the Top 5 to watch.
  • The X Factor - this merits another blog post in and of itself...stay tuned. I want to see what happens after auditions are over and then I'll make my decision.


Keepers
  • Revenge - this will be a fun guilty pleasure.
  • Up All Night - makes me laugh out loud.
  • Person of Interest - intriguing.
  • New Girl - Pilot episode was fun.
  • Prime Suspect - Maria Bello is great in this. Love her.


9.18.2011

Rambling thoughts on the Emmys

The Emmy's ended right on time--the Oscar producers should take note.

Just some thoughts:
  • I'm happy with Modern Family winning just about anything it was nominated for.  Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Best Comedy, Director, etc., etc.  So well deserved.

  • Also happy with Mad Men's win for Best Drama.  When's that damn show coming back anyway?

9.11.2011

In Honor and Remembrance - 10 Years Later

Photo credit: Derek Jensen



Pentagon Memorial - Photo credit: marabuchi on Flickr.com


United Flight 93 Memorial - Photo credit: Paul Kubina

It's TV Time!!

I love this time of year. I get my Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview issue and pore through it, figuring out what my TV schedule is going to be. Here's what I've come up with:


According to EW, shows marked with the are the Top 5 "must-watch" shows of the season. Note that EW's list of the Top 5 isn't always reliable. If I remember correctly, one of the shows on this list last year was canceled after only two episodes. Still, I'm willing to give these a try.

9.10.2011

A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan

A Visit from the Goon SquadA Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story follows the lives of Bennie, a musician/record executive and Sasha, his assistant, as well as various characters that pass through their lives at various times. Much like The Imperfectionists, each chapter features the story of one of these characters. The stories are told in first, second, and third person, and one chapter is even told through a slide presentation, and each takes place during a different period of time--past, present and future.

For the most part I liked this book (didn't love it), but there were two chapters I totally hated, one of them being the final chapter. I got through it, but found myself skimming quite a bit. I just didn't really care about the character featured in that chapter, which ultimately ties all the other stuff together. For me, though, it was a disappointing ending.

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9.03.2011

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have mixed emotions about this book. I was drawn to the main character, Harry Hole, and I really liked the author's writing style. It's very descriptive, and it often reads like a movie plot. For example, in one part there's a phone conversation where the reader only "hears" Harry's side of the conversation, just like you might in a movie.

However, I didn't care for the plot that much...it just wasn't that interesting to me. It was a revenge plot that went back and forth between present day (well, the year 2000, really), and the early 40's during WWII. All that back and forth required a lot of concentration. It took me a while to get through this book, because every time I put it down and picked it back up, I had to flip back several pages (or even chapters) to remind myself what was going on.

I understand that Harry appears in some of Mr. Nesbø's other stories, so I do look forward to trying the next in the series. Hopefully the plot will be a little more captivating.

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