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30 June 2012

When Does Vampire Diaries (and other shows) Return? Premiere Dates for Fall 2012 TV

TV's new season usually kicks off in the Fall, right after the Emmy's (which is what I'd like to call TV's graduation period). Shows begin their season run around mid-September, when pilots and season premieres trickle down till the end of October. It's the best time for tv junkies like me, and it's probably why I love fall season best, despite "fall season" being actually non-existent where I'm based.

This is the list of premieres for Fall 2012. It answers the life-changing :P question: "When does [insert favorite show's title here] return?"

Notes:

  • To date, there are only two network schedules released. I will be updating this page when the rest come in. Complete!
  •  The CW is starting late this year. Last year was different, since they started really early in September and then went on hiatus by November-January. Does this mean there will be less of that this season? I am not a fan of hiatuses and I would imagine a lot of you aren't either.
  • What is up with those "time period" premieres, NBC?


NBC

Wednesday, Aug. 8
"Go On" (commercial-free sneak following Olympics coverage)

Sunday, Aug. 12
"Animal Practice" (commercial-free sneak following Olympics closing ceremony)

Monday, Aug. 13
8 p.m. "Stars Earn Stripes"
10 p.m. "Grimm"

Wednesday, Sept. 5
7:30 p.m. "NFL Kickoff Special"
8:30 p.m. NFL kickoff - Cowboys at Giants

Sunday, Sept. 9
7 p.m. "Football Night in America"
8:15 p.m. "Sunday Night Football"

Monday, Sept. 10
8 p.m. "The Voice"

Tuesday, Sept. 11
9 p.m. "Go On" (time period premiere)
9:30 p.m. "The New Normal"
10 p.m. "Parenthood"

Wednesday, Sept. 12
10 p.m. "Guys With Kids"

Friday, Sept. 14
9 p.m. "Grimm" (time period premiere)

Monday, Sept. 17
10 p.m. "Revolution"

Thursday, Sept. 20
8:30 p.m. "Up All Night"
9 p.m. "The Office"
9:30 p.m. "Parks and Recreation"

Wednesday, Sept. 26
8 p.m. "Animal Practice" (time period premiere)
8:30 p.m. "Guys With Kids" (time period premiere)
9 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU" (two hours)

Thursday, Oct. 4
8 p.m. "30 Rock"

Wednesday, Oct. 10
10 p.m. "Chicago Fire"

Friday, Oct. 19
8 p.m. "Whitney"
8:30 p.m. "Community



THE CW

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
8:00-9:00 PM 90210
9:00-10:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
8:00-9:00 PM ARROW
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
9:00-10:00 PM EMILY OWENS, M.D.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL: COLLEGE EDITION
9:00-10:00 PM NIKITA



FOX


Wed., Sept. 12
8-10 p.m. "The X Factor" (Part One)

Thurs., Sept. 13
8-9 p.m. "The X Factor" (Part Two)
9-10 p.m. "Glee"

Mon., Sept. 17
8-9 p.m. "Bones"
9-10 p.m. "The Mob Doctor"*

Tues., Sept. 25
8-8:30 p.m. "New Girl" (new episode)
8:30-9 p.m. "Ben and Kate"*
9-9:30 p.m. "New Girl" (season premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. "The Mindy Project"*

Fri., Sept. 28
8-9 p.m. "Kitchen Nightmares" (new episode)
9-10 p.m. "Fringe"

Sun., Sept. 30
8-8:30 p.m. "The Simpsons"
8:30-9 p.m. "Bob's Burgers"
9-9:30 p.m. "Family Guy"
9:30-10 p.m. "American Dad"

Tues., Oct. 2
8-8:30 p.m. "Raising Hope"

Sun., Oct. 7
7:30-8 p.m. "The Cleveland Show"

Fri., Oct. 26
8-9 p.m. "Touch"


CBS



Wednesday, Sept. 19
8pm: Survivor: Philippines

Monday, Sept. 24
8pm: How I Met Your Mother
8:30pm: Partners (NEW)
9pm: 2 Broke Girls
9:30pm: Mike & Molly
10pm: Hawaii Five-0

Tuesday, Sept. 25
8pm: NCIS
9pm: NCIS: Los Angeles
10pm: Vegas (NEW)

Wednesday, Sept. 26
9pm: Criminal Minds
10pm: CSI

Thursday, Sept. 27
8pm: The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm: Two and a Half Men
9pm: Person of Interest
10pm: Elementary (NEW)

Friday, Sept. 28
8pm: CSI: NY
9pm: Made in Jersey (NEW)
10pm: Blue Bloods

Saturday, Sept. 29
10pm: 48 Hours Mystery

Sunday, Sept. 30
7pm: 60 Minutes
8pm: The Amazing Race
9pm: The Good Wife
10pm: The Mentalist




ABC


Friday, September 14
8-9pm: Shark Tank
9-10pm: Primetime: What Would You Do?
10-11pm: 20/20

Monday, September 24
8-10pm: Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars
10pm: Castle

Tuesday, September 25
8-10pm: Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show
10-11pm: Private Practice

Wednesday, September 26
8-9pm: The Middle
9-9:30pm: Modern Family
9:30-10pm: The Neighbors

Thursday, September 27
8-9pm: Last Resort
9-10pm: Grey's Anatomy
10-11pm: Scandal

Sunday, September 30
8-9pm: Once Upon a Time
9-10pm: Revenge
10-11pm: 666 Park Avenue

Wednesday, October 3
8:30-9pm: The Neighbors

Sunday, October 7
7-8pm: America's Funniest Home Videos

Wednesday, October 10
10-11pm: Nashville

Wednesday, October 17
9:30-10pm: Suburgatory

Tuesday, October 23
9-9:30pm: Happy Endings
9:30-10pm: Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23

Friday, November 2
8-8:30pm: Last Man Standing
8:30-9pm: Malibu Country
9-10pm: Shark Tank






25 June 2012

So, I cried while watching HBO's The Newsroom

This is hardly a review, or a recap...or even a coherent blog entry about The Newsroom, this new HBO series that premiered hours ago.

But if someone were to ask me what I thought about the pilot after I've seen it, my reply would have to be this:


I may have been the only one who watched the first episode with tears. (Please tell me you were in tears, too?! Just me??)

And I cried not because the scenes were sappy and heartbreaking, but because I was just so moved by the moment.

Having seen every bit of Aaron Sorkin's TV shows --- and there were not many, there were only three before this one: Sports NightStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The West Wing --- I'm pretty much familiar with the writing style and formula. It's actually almost similar. There's a common vibe to his TV shows, in that every bit of it commanded arrogance. Like Aaron Sorkin knows he's written the best shows in the world and you don't have to tell him that. He knows.

Which, in truth? It's what I actually love about all of his TV work. It IS arrogant. It is intelligent TV laughing at you for liking stupid product-placement heavy shows, steered by network suits. And it may sound sick of me to say this but....I don't really mind when someone's being a dick. Only, they've got to have the balls to back up all that smugness.

Like all of Sorkin's work, The Newsroom may probably feel preachy and righteous.  Like of all Sorkin's work, viewers could get all worked up and forget for a moment that this is just make-believe world, and what's really happening is partly for dramatic impact. Sorkin has earned haters this way because he's always accused of pushing his own beliefs and agenda into his shows. (And yes, he's smug enough to ignore all the hate!)

But I got worked up watching today's show for a different reason: the vibe. And it's probably why I cried over some of the pilot's poignant moments. The guy CAN freakin' write a good story. He's smug and he owns it.

I think I may have also been moved because at one point, I was set to map a career in TV journalism 20-something years ago.

Well, that didn't happen.

But stepping into the make-believe world of The Newsroom made me realize I still love being in it.

Only now, I love being in it more as I watch the on-goings and behind the scenes of broadcast television from my corner in the bedroom, with brilliant stars like Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterson spewing lines written by Aaron Sorkin.

Take a look:





Are you planning on following The Newsroom?

23 June 2012

TV Style: Leslie Knope's Anchor Printed Blouse on PARKS & RECREATION

So, I've gotten around to watching Parks & Recreation. Finally! I've been putting off following the series when the first season left me slightly unimpressed.

But after a bit of character tweaking, the show, which was created and written by the same people that did The Office (once a favorite of mine), Parks & Recreation was able to hold its own.

The lead character Leslie Knope, for example, was sort of like a blockhead in the first season. But in succeeding seasons, she developed into this public servant who could deliver results, no matter how insane her methods were.

And from a blockhead, Leslie also turned into a bit of an egghead. Which made me like her character better.

I've also noticed that as the season progressed, the way she dressed also improved. Like this anchor-printed blouse, which she wore just at the end of the 3rd season:


I don't wear clothes like this for work. But I would snag one like this, if I did!

Leslie Knope is played by Amy Poehler, who I loved on Saturday Night Live, along with Tina Fey. (Weekend Update, anyone?)

I could easily describe and commend Amy with words like funny and talented. But I could never consider her as sexy. Or at least I didn't think I could.

Not until Parks and Recreation. Especially when she came out looking like this in one episode:


The (coiffed) hair and the dress? Gorgeous! I saw a side of Amy I didn't really notice before and my admiration for her grew 10x more. Funny is indeed sexy! Amy's husband, Will Arnett, is a lucky dog.

Have you been watching Parks & Recreation? Give it a try if you haven't. Sit through the 6 episodes of a slow first season, because the episodes after that? Pretty hilarious!

10 June 2012

What's A Good Show To Watch? Hits and Misses of TV SEASON 2011-2012

What a good show to watch?

Ehhh.... I'm still having a hard time convincing people to love Friday Night Lights. But I have no problem doing the same for The Vampire Diaries. Both shows, I enjoy and get immense satisfaction from. Both shows, I consider good. But I wouldn't exactly group them together in the same category or calibre.

The truth is, the answer to this question largely depends on personal preference, 90% of the time. People come up with lists and awards, serving as good guides for which shows to check out. But still, everything depends on what the viewer is inclined to like.

I once had to convince someone who loves cheesy dramas to sit through Firefly, a sci-fi/action series I've watched a hundred times, and we ended up debating. We're still friends, but TV has tainted that relationship. (No wait, that's not true. That's just for dramatic effect! Haha!)

If you still can't tell, I watch most anything that's on TV. Sooooo much, that qualifying a show as "good" involves a lot of factors and considerations...and sometimes, feelings and attachment!  I am one fickle viewer, too. Coz I can like a show today, only to hate it three episodes later...or the other way around.

So --- "What a good show to watch?" --- is really a hard question to answer. That's like asking me a trick question.

Which brings me to this list.

Some viewers are just beginning to get acquainted with shows from last season, all of which ended in May. The other week, I got asked what I can recommend from it, and you know what happened? I was stumped!!! I couldn't blurt out one title. It took me minutes to enumerate shows, because there were so many I can recommend based on how much (or how little) I know about the one asking.

I actually didn't know where to begin, let alone begin to justify why I think it should be watched (or not). I realize, I had to get this organized.

Most of what's listed here are from the recent TV Season (Sept 2011-May 2012) and this post should serve as my round-up for the season, like I did with last year's Summer Shows.

If you've been watching some of these, you may not agree with why I've grouped them there. But like I said, watching is 90% personal preference. So this one's mine.
  • Refer to Wikipedia if you want a brief rundown of their plots.
  • These are both network shows and cable shows.
  • Some of these shows are already cancelled.
  • I did not include reality series and singing competitions, nor any other show I've been watching in between that doesn't belong to this TV season slate (such as The Wire).
  • For any other series I may fail to mention, it may be because I have not been watching it (NCIS!). Or I'm having a senior moment and forgot. Which is to say....it really didn't make any impact on me.

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A.) I get consistent joy from watching these shows. I still have a love affair with it, many of them running for more than two seasons already. Most of it are comedies, a genre I really enjoy. But the last two are crime dramas/procedurals:
  • THE MIDDLE 
  • COMMUNITY
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • RAISING HOPE
  • MODERN FAMILY 
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 
  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
  • CASTLE 
  • THE MENTALIST 

How I Met Your Mother needs a special mention. It's been several years and viewers still have no idea how Ted met Mother, when the show has been promising this season after season. But I can let that pass (for now) since I'm still enjoying the characters and the way episodes are presented each week.

The Vampire Diairies, I should also single out. Since it's on its third season, I kinda get the way the writers do the episodes now and sometimes I complain about its predictability on Twitter. But I'm a sucker for love stories like the one Stefan-Elena-Damon have. I am on Team Stefan, by the way. (But I love Ian Somerhalder!!!! *1Million exclamation points!*)

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B.) I consider these shows epic. And I use the word epic in the real sense: timeless, grand, legendary; not in the sense people would describe ice cream (as in, "This Magnum ice cream bar is epic!" IT IS SOOOO NOT.) Some people may find these shows an effort to sit through, especially when it's all talk, talk, talk. Or when the scenes are so violent or PG-rated for 30 year-old virgins. But what I love about this is the richness of the stories. So much can be picked from it. 
  • GAME OF THRONES 
  • SPARTACUS 
  • THE WALKING DEAD 
  • MAD MEN 
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C.)  In the beginning, I thought these freshmen series were blah. But I gave it another viewing, after giving up the first time. And you know what? I'm glad I did. Because I would've missed out on something meaningfully entertaining.
  • PERSON OF INTEREST 
  • ENLIGHTENED  
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D.) I have yet to give these shows a try. People seem to like it, but I just haven't had the time to watch. Or I've watched these before, but wasn't able to continue with it, for one reason or another. The last show is a new series (but it's been cancelled):  
  • FRINGE 
  • BONES 
  • CRIMINAL MINDS 
  • JUSTIFIED
  • PARKS & RECREATION 
  • ALCATRAZ 
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E.) After a few seasons, I decided to quit watching these shows because...what is the point, really? The stories were going nowhere, and I'm not going to waste my time with it any longer. It's a real shame especially for the last show listed, which used to be my favorite comedy series three or four years ago:
  • GOSSIP GIRL 
  • NIKITA 
  • THE OFFICE 
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F.) These became my filler shows for this season, meaning, I sometimes keep it on when I'm working, or having a massage, or cooking. It's fun to watch, but it's also perfect as background noise.  The no-brainers, the time-fillers and the guilty pleasures. I don't really miss a lot of the plot when I'm not looking at the TV, but I can follow it fine when I do. And then, I don't want to give it up entirely because I still get some enjoyment from it, especially when it's a Sunday and there's nothing else to watch. Besides, the last show on this list has one of TV's cutest. Why would I wanna ditch and miss all that eye-candy? :P
  • LAST MAN STANDING 
  • FAIRLY LEGAL 
  • THE CLIENT LIST 
  • GCB 
  • COUGAR TOWN 
  • ROB 
  • HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN
  • PORTLANDIA 
  • HOUSE OF LIES 
  • BODY OF PROOF
  • HARRY'S LAW
  • HAWAII 5-0 
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G. ) I was so upset these freshmen series were pulled off the air. I would've kept watching these. They had potential. I thought they had good stories/concepts, especially the first three on the list.
  • AWAKE 
  • THE FINDER
  • MAN UP  
  • THE FIRM
  • BENT 
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H.) Now these...I loved these 1st-season shows in the begining. I thought, Fall TV was shaping up to be a good one, compared to two years ago or the year before, when none of the newer shows really made an impression. But my eagerness and excitement? Apparently premature. Coz somewhere in the middle of these shows, stories began to fall apart. While I will continue to watch these (or at least those that come back for their second season), I am hoping improvements will be done so that couch potatoes like me can sleep well at night.
  • REVENGE 
  • ONCE UPON A TIME 
  • MISSING 
  • AMERICAN HORROR STORY 
  • 2 BROKE GIRLS 
  • TOUCH 
  • SMASH 
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I. ) Ahhh...my promising NEW favorites. These shows can go in category A (scroll up) next year , if all goes well. The last two shows may technically be considered as summer shows, by the way...
  • SUBURGATORY 
  • DON'T TRUST THE BITCH IN APT 23 
  • NEW GIRL 
  • GRIMM 
  • GIRLS  
  • VEEP 
Special mention needed for New Girl, which I think I'd categorize as most improved. It was harder to follow the series in the beginning, because Zooey Deschanel is just soooo weird, even for my own weirdness. But what the writers left viewers with during the last 4 episodes of its first season, makes me hopeful about the where this show is going.

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J.) I would group these shows under....."Whuuuuut??!!!" Enough said.
  • SCANDAL 
  • RINGER 
  • BEST FRIENDS FOREVER 
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K.) I say a special goodbye to this show.  I can't believe I was able to watch all eight seasons of it, considering how I easily get tired of a show that follows a strict format (procedurals).
  • HOUSE 

House's series finale didn't hurt me the way Friends or Lost ended, where I ended up crying buckets and declaring in between sobs that, "I'm gonnnnnna miiiiisss this shooooooowwww!" I was actually glad House is done, as there wasn't any more to tell. We all need to move on now.

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L.) I saved THE BEST for last. These are my TOP 3 FAVORITES this season because they are well-written, well-acted and well-executed. Thus, it's well-worth spending time watching.
  • HOMELAND
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • HAPPY ENDINGS

So, what's on your list? Lemme see!!!