A Couple of Old(and Odd) Thoughts

I put these two in a draft last weekend and expected to add more as the week went on. This week has not been one that was conducive to jotting the odd thoughts in a draft, so nothing else was added. So, I decided to just go ahead and post these. I’m sure everyone es very excited about this.

 

Odd TV Promos – I have seen the commercials for both the Pitch and Lethal Weapon TV shows recently. While I think both shows look decent, there is something really odd at the end of the promos. When listing the cast, Pitch says “Introducing Kylie Bunbury” and Lethal Weapon says “introducing Clayne Crawford.” Bunbury was in the Freeform show Twisted and in CBS’ Under the Dome. Crawford has TV credits dating back to 1997 and recently did 22 episodes of Recitfy. He also has a ton of movie credits. These two are not newcomers to the acting scene. Who exactly are the introducing them to?

Olympic Trials – The recent Olympic trials reminded me why I love track and field so much. In track and field, the winner is the person who runs the fastest, jumps the highest, etc. There is no question about who will move on the represent the country in the Olympics. Did you run faster? Jump higher? If you are top three you are in. Gymnastics is a different story. The judging is not as clear cut and only the top scorer is guaranteed a spot on the team. This means that Gabby Douglas who placed 7th and Madison Kocian who placed 8th are on the team while the ones who placed 4-6 are alternates. I get the reasoning. Douglas and Kocian are in because of expertise on the uneven bars and will only compete in that event. It just sucks for the people who did all they could, placed in the top five, but are still left off the team.

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Tater Takes On Guilty Pleasures, Reviews and Anything Else That Pops Into His Weird Mind

Guilty Pleasures: I don’t believe in guilty pleasures.I read, watch and listen to plenty of things people will make fun of. I recently had that happen with my love of the Hamilton soundtrack and musicals in general. Around this same time someone mentioned something being their “guilty pleasure.” I don’t understand the concept of a guilty pleasure. If you enjoy something why would it make you feel guilty. Unless, of course, that “pleasure” is illegal or immoral. If this is the case then, yes, you should feel guilty. I freely admit to things that others would call a guilty pleasure with no shame at all. I love musicals. I watch Grey’s Anatomy. I watched Gilmore Girls regularly when it was on TV. I read sparkly pink YA book meant for teenage girls. I got addicted to the Game Show Network while at my mom’s house and wish I was home in the afternoon to watch Chain Reaction. I watched the soap opera Santa Barbara from the first to the last episode. I’m currently watching Live with Kelly and think Fred Savage should become the permanent co-host. I’m addicted to Facebook and spend a lot of time on social media. Does any of this make me guilty or ashamed? Nope. Why would I be ashamed to send time watching or reading things that make me happy? I don’t feel the need to pretend to be something I’m not. I don’t care if book, movies or music(80’s and pop punk) get good reviews. I only care about how they make me feel.

Reviews: I recently read a review of a comedy movie. Inside the review, the reviewer says you will laugh hard several times. The reviewer then goes on to give the movie a bad overall review. So, a comedy film is funny but is considered a failure? If I go to a comedy, I am going because I want to laugh. If I laugh a lot and hard isn’t that a success? Does it matter if the overall story is great? Are people really going to Neighbors 2 because they wanted a deep, meaningful story? Do reviewers even understand why people go to the movies?  There are some movies in every genre that are dependent on a strong story, excellent acting, score, etc in order to achieve what they are attempting. Some movies, like Neighbors 2, are just meant to make you laugh. Did it make you laugh? Mission accomplished. Stop reading so deeply into things that aren’t meant to be deep. Same goes for TV shows. Also, once you no longer like the medium you should probably stop reviewing it.

Performing the Beatles, Prince, Queen, etc : I was already tired of hearing people opine that people should never attempt to cover the Beatles and was reaching that point with people saying the same about Queen. Now, I’ve already had someone on the Today Show(who makes sure to mention regularly that Prince was a friend) say the same thing in response to the Madonna and Stevie Wonder performance last night. There are a lot of bad cover out there. I agree on that point. My feelings, though, are if you are doing a tribute or making the song your own, then cover away. Most will never be as good as the original, but no one is un-coverable.

Rain: Hot take: I’m tired of it. Please stop.

Tater Takes on the Fall TV Schedule

The four broadcast networks have revealed their fall schedules. I will go night by night and discuss the offerings and tell you what I will watch. This is only for the big 4 (ABC,CBS,FOX,NBC and CW) any cable shows will be highlighted in my much anticipated(by no one) fall “What’s on TV Tonight” series.

Sunday:

ABC: Once Upon a Time, Secrets and Lies, Quantico

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles, Madam Secretary, Elementary

FOX: The Simpsons, Son of Zorn, Family Guy, Last Man on Earth

NBC: Sunday Night Football

Nothing great here. We do like Madam Secretary, but that’s about it. Luckily, Walking Dead will start in October and Game of Thrones and Fear the Walking Dead in spring. Otherwise, football is the only real choice for the night.I used to watch Elementary, but got bored with it pretty quick.

Monday:

ABC:  Dancing with the Has-Beens, Conviction

CBS: Big Bang, Kevin Can Wait, 2 Broke Girls, Odd Couple, Scorpion(Big Bang to Thursdays after football. Kevin moves to 8 Man with a Plan premieres at 8:30)

FOX: Gotham, Lucifer

NBC: The Voice, Timeless

CW: Supergirl, Jane the Virgin

A little better than Sunday night. We like Supergirl and hopefully the move to CW will help it. We love Lucifer a lot more than expected. It’s a fun show. Conviction has Hayley Atwell, so I will definitely watch it. I will admit that I like Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc, so since there are no DVR conflict issues I will give Kevin and Man with a Plan a try. I’ve always had a soft spot for sitcoms.

Tuesday:

ABC: The Middle, American Housewife, Fresh off the Boat, Real O’Neals, SHIELD

CBS: NCIS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans

FOX: Brooklyn 99, New Girl, Scream Queens

NBC: The Voice, This is Us, Chicago Fire

CW: Flash, No Tomorrow

Really good comedy night. The Middle, Fresh off the Boat, The Real O’Neals and Brooklyn 99 are all very good. I also love the Flash. It’s the best superhero show on TV right now. My wife watches the NCIS’s o that take TV/DVR space and makes me watch The Middle on demand. New shows don’t interest me at all. Do we really want a Michael Weatherly headlining show based on Dt Phil? I think not.

Wednesday:

ABC: The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, Black-ish, Designated Survivor

CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds, Code Black

FOX: Lethal Weapon, Empire

NBC: Blindspot, Law and Order SVU, Chicago PD

CW: Arrow, Frequency

I still love Survivor and it is the only show I insist on watching live(I live tweet it). Modern Family is still consistently good. I’ve heard good things about the other comedies, but have never actually watched them. Not sure about Speechless. I think Code Black might be the best medical show since ER. Arrow is another very good superhero show. DC does TV well. I liked the Lethal Weapon and Frequency movies enough to watch at least one episode of the series. Also, Damon Wayans as Murtagh could be really good.

Thursday:

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Notorious, How to Get Away With Murder

CBS: Football and then Big Bang, The Great Indoors, Mom, Life in Pieces, Pure Genius

FOX: Rosewood, Bones

NBC: football and then Superstore, The Good Place, Chicago Med, The Blacklist

CW: Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural

I still love Grey’s so I will be watching it. I’ve stuck with Bones all these years, so I will watch the final season. We love Superstore and I’m very happy it was renewed. Legends of Tomorrow season 1 was a mess and I still haven’t watched a lot of it, but I read about the ending and I am hopeful about season 2. We still watch Blacklist, but I’m getting a little bored with it. I might try The Good Place because I like Kristen Bell and Ted Danson.

Friday:

ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20

CBS: Macgyver, Hawaii 50, Blue Bloods

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, The Exorcist

NBC: Caught on Camera, Grimm, Dateline

CW: Vampire Diaries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Because I am old and boring I am home to watch TV on Friday nights. I’m sad that Amazing Race is only  midseason show this year. I still like watching it. We do like Last Man Standing and Grimm. My wife watched 5-0 and I watch Blue Bloods. My daughter watched Vampire Diaries. I will probably give the new Macgyver a shot, but I am not hopeful.

Saturday:

Football and a collection of “encore” showings. Nothing to see here.

Overall, it is not an exciting schedule. None of the new shows sound like must sees. Good shows like Agent Carter, Galavant and Limitless are gone. Amazing Race, The 100 and iZombie are held until midseason. I’m hoping I will be pleasantly surprised by some new stuff or that the new midseason shows will be good. I will have review of new shows with the “What’s on TV” series in the fall.

 

TV Tonight, October 1, 2015

The Ravens play tonight, so really, the rest of the TV schedule only matters for DVR purposes. There are several premieres tonight.

ABC: Shondaland night with Grey’s, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder

CBS: Raven vs Steelers. A must win game for Baltimore

FOX: season premieres of Bones and Sleepy Hollow

NBC: Heroes Reborn, season premiere of Blacklist, The Player

CW: repeats

Cable: IFC has new shows premiering:  Benders, a sitcom about hockey and Gigi Does It, a sitcom with David Krumholtz playing a 76 year old widow who inherits millions.

I will obviously be watching football. I will be recording Grey’s, Bones and Blacklist.

TV Tonight, September 30, 2015

Tonight there are a couple of returning shows and a series premiere. 

ABC: comedy lineup of The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and Blackish followed by Nashville

CBS: Survivor, season premiere of Criminal Minds, series premiere of Code Black

FOX: Rosewood and Empire

NBC: Mysteries of Laura, Law and Order SVU, season premiere of Chicago PD

CW: night 2 of the iHeartradio Music Festival

Cable: ABC has new episodes of Young and Hungry and Kevin at Work

I will try Code Black even though it has received mediocre reviews because one day I’m hoping to find a medical show as good as ER. It probably will never happen, but I still have hope. Otherwise, it’s Survivor night for me. My favorite tv night of the week.

I watched Grandfathered and The Grinder last night. I really like both of them and will continue watching them. I think The Grinder has the most potential to be very good while Grandfathered could go either way. I’ve also seen Trevor Noah’s first Daily Show. I think he’s going to be good as the host. 

TV Tonight, September 29, 2015

A few more premieres tonight, so a little more to report. I will go back to the network by network list.

ABC: The Mulpets, Fresh Off the Boat, premiere of SHIELD, repeat of Quantico

CBC: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Limitless

FOX: premiere of Grandfathered, premiere of Grinder, Scream Queens

NBC: The Voice for two hours, Best Time Ever

CW: iHeartradio Music Festival

The new shows:

Grandfathered: John Stamos plays a philandering restauranteur who learns he has a son and a granddaughter. Josh Peck from Drake and Josh plays the son. I like Stamos and Peck and think this could be really good.

Grinder: Rob Lowe plays an actor who has played a lawyer on TV. He goes back to his home town and decides playing a lawyer on TV means he should be able to join his famil’s law firm. Fred Savage plays his brother. This might be the best new comedy in a while.

This is where Tuesday starts to get tricky for me. I have to record the NCIS’s for my wife when she is away, but there we two other shows each hour I want to watch. I have high hopes for both of the new Fox comedies and both have been well reviewed. I also love Fresh Off The Boat. I still watch Shield and liked the premiere of Scream Queens. So, I will have to record NCIS and one of the 8:30 comedies while recording the other on another TV. At 9, I will record the other NCIS and Shield while watching Scream Queens on an alternate TV. This is the only night of the week with enough decent shows  to cause a problem. 

TV Tonight, September 28, 2015

Nothing new premieres tonight, so nothing exciting to report for tonight. If you like reality shows you can choose between The Voice and Dancing with the Stars from 8-10. If you like comedy you can watch Big Bang Theory and Life in Pieces on CBS and the switch to CW for Whose Line. If you like nerds, follow up Big Bang with action nerds on Scorpion at 9. If you like cops you have several choices. Comic book cop Jim Gordon in Gotham on FOX, future precog cops on Minority Report, amnesiac helping cops on Blindspot, navy cops in LA on NCIS: LA and whatever Castle is helping cops on Castle. There’s also magic with Penn and Teller on CW at 8. Cable has finales of Chasing Life and Faking it and Awkward on MTV. The big news for today is that Trevor Noah starts his Daily Show late tonight. I will have to watch the repeat at 6:30 tomorrow evening because I’m old and tired. My house will be watching Gotham, Whose Line and Scorpion.