Don’t Wait

•November 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great one! If you are celebrating Black Friday, please be nice to the employees. You will be surprised how far please and thank you will go.

This post is titled don’t wait because it’s not too early to start on New Year’s resolutions. I know it seems odd because we are smack dab in the holiday season, but the reason many people fail from their New Year’s resolutions is that they don’t plan. I’ve already started, so expect to see some fun changes in 2011 for this blog.

Michael J. Fox on The Good Wife

•November 9, 2010 • 1 Comment

The Good Wife returns after two weeks with the best treat EVER! Michael J. Fox! This youtube clip ought to take you back down memory lane. If you didn’t know, the actress who plays Ellen is Fox’s real life wife Tracy Pollard.

Amber Tamblyn Joins the Cast of House

•November 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I have to be honest, when House and Cuddy got together, I wasn’t impressed. Not only was it about time, it was too long coming. I’ve been on the fence since the season opener, but I really like Amber Tamblyn’s character. I suppose I’m used to House’s lack of morals, but Masters reminds me – the audience – just how screwed up he really is.

I don’t know if Cuddy likes Masters because she reminds her of a young Cuddy, but I like her because she reminds me of a young me. Cute, smart, yet a little unsure of herself. Somehow, she’s not as annoying as Cameron. Cameron was a little whiny about it.

Although I like Masters, I can’t help but to look forward to her moral demise.

More Cocktails and Cuties

•October 19, 2010 • 2 Comments

It’s time again for cocktails and cuties. I mean let’s face it, talent isn’t necessarily a requirement to be on TV anymore. You can get by on good looks. But even in TV land, there some people who stand out. I could actually do this every week. But then I’d be too wasted to write my posts.

Michael Ealy – As if Matt Czuchry wasn’t enough eye candy for this extremely well-written show, they go and add Micheal Ealy to the cast. You know he’s trouble, right? Nothing makes a man more attractive that a little bit of trouble.

A guy like this deserves a drink like an Amaretto coffee. Mix a half ounce of Amaretto in a cup of coffee. Top with whipped cream.

Ian Antony Dale – When is the last time you saw a hot Asian guy that didn’t play the nerd? I don’t know much about this guy, but I’m willing to find out.

For a man who is trying to save the world, only a Superman cocktail is appropriate. Combine 1 oz gin, 3/4 oz dry vermouth, 1/2 oz apricot brandy, 1 oz mandarin juice and 1 tsp grenadine syrup in a glassful of ice.

Billy Miller – yeah, yeah, yeah. I know that soap operas are full of beautiful people, where acting isn’t even a requirement (that is where Shemar Moore got his start). Billy Miller plays Billy Abbott on the Young and the Restless and plays a character that girls dream about. He’s passionate, rich, got a little bad boy in him, but extremely charismatic. Even if you don’t fall in love with the actor, the character is irresistible.

For the guy that is a little bit of everything, you need a drink that has a little bit of every thing. The Bonecrusher has 1/2 oz gin, 1/2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz triple sec, 1/2 oz rum, 1/4 oz grenadine syrup, 1/4 oz lime juice, 2 oz sweet and sour mix, and 1 oz Champagne. Some people like the champagne in a separate glass, but I prefer to have at least one hand free. Don’t drink this while Y&R is on, it is definitely an after-hours drink.

Honorable Mention – there is a plethora of beautiful women on the internet, but I have to give an honorable mention to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, because she’s just stunning. She’s one of the few women who can go toe-to-toe with co-star Boris Kodjoe in the good looks department.

Life Without Cable

•October 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I love television unapologetically. And I thought it was going to be hard to give up cable, but it hasn’t been. The hardest part of the experience was flipping on my TV and seeing a black screen. And there are a few shows that I like to watch in real time because comments cover my Facebook page when the show airs. This morning, the cable installation technician came to my apartment to hook up the basic “cable”. Cable is in quotes because I will receive ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, WGN and the CW. Yes those are the free channels. But I’ll be paying $15 dollars a month (at least that’s what they’ve told me), to receive channels that used to be free through the cable company. The next cheapest cable package is $60. But that requires a box, which is also a $10 per month rental. Then there are about $15 in taxes and fees. Which will be approximately $85 per month. After three months of looking for alternatives to cable I’ve devised a plan where I can see the shows I want and still save money.

Amazon on Demand – Since I will continue to keep my TiVo, I have access to popular TV shows that I can download to my TiVo Box for $1.99 or so (it might be more for shows on premium movie channels like HBO and Showtime). I believe iTunes has a similar situation. I can download over 30 episodes before it becomes more cost effective to upgrade my cable.

I also discovered in this experience that VH1, Lifetime, MTV, A&E, TNT and TBS all run original programming on their sites. I can also catch shows from USA on hulu.com, along with shows from all of the major networks except for CBS. They run full episodes of The Good Wife, the Young and the Restless, the Amazing Race. I’m particularly excited that the Amazing Race is online so I don’t have to deal with the notorious football delay.

In fact, the only shows that I have downloaded from Amazon on Demand have been Mad Men and Top Chef episodes (they run intermittently on Hulu and Bravotv.com). You won’t be able to find Law & Order: SVU online. But I’m confident I’ll be able to catch the missing episodes in reruns, if I don’t download them from Amazon.

What has changed the most is that there is less background noise. While I used to channel surf, sure that I would find something on E! or the Style Network, or the Food Network. But as I type this I am watching a marathon of The Next Iron Chef. I suppose the Tivo will also remedy the lack of background noise since I can replay recorded shows.

Family TV

•October 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Growing up, my parents didn’t believe a kid should have a TV in their room. So, during prime time, we would all have to sit around the TV in the family room and negotiate. Some nights, I lost. My dad would want to channel surf when I wanted to watch Video Soul. But then other times, we would all gather around the TV to watch our favorite shows – The Cosby Show, Who’s The Boss. That’s just one of the reasons I love the Cosby Show so much, because I have those memories.

I suppose that if we still had that set up, we’d all sit around and watch Modern Family on Wednesday nights, and Parenthood on Tuesday nights. Although one is supposed to be funny and the other is supposed to be a drama, it addresses the entire gamut of what it is like to be a family – dealing with people who you couldn’t live anymore with habits that you can’t stand anymore.

How Long Should We Stay Tuned?

•October 5, 2010 • 1 Comment

Fox has pulled Lone Star after ONE EPISODE. I wanted to see it, but I guess that’s one less show I have to catch now. With the new fall premieres, I’ve been watching several pilots, including The Event, My Generation, and The Undercovers. Also on my to-do list is The Whole Truth.

If you’ve ever read my blog, you know that I have a theory that most pilots, well, suck. At best, they’re not great. The question is, how long do you give a show before you give up? I’ll usually give a show three episodes. If I still don’t care what happens, then it gets faded out. Our I’ll catch it when there is nothing else on.