TV Picks and Axes for 2013-14 Season

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As the television season winds down, this year so a lot of shows that saw the ax and some that should have seen it long before.  To add to that are several missteps this year of shows that just didn’t get it right.

 

Let’s start with “Jeopardy!” (syndicated).  This 30th season saw the multi-week contest of “Battle of the Decades”.  Over the years, we have seen other contests that somehow ended this same way.  Was anybody not surprised that the final battle would be once again between Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter?  Maybe they should stick with their other championships for a while.

 

The battle between “The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC) and “The Crazy Ones” (CBS) landed both of these highly anticipated shows in the cancelled list after one season.  While I watched the latter show a couple of times, I felt this it was boring and just wasn’t funny.

 

While on that subject, “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS) had a season-long wedding weekend, which had to be the most boring season I have ever seen.  I was so confused by the time the series finale happened that I was thankful that it ended.

 

This year also saw the end of “The Carrie Diaries” (CW) and “Suburgatory” (ABC).  These shows which lasted 2 and 3 seasons respectively both were given 13 week runs instead of the normal average of 20+ weeks.  Unfortunately, both of these shows were doomed by the lack of a great storyline and bad time slots.

 

One of the worst shows of the year was “Super Fun Night” (ABC).  I watched about 5 minutes of the first episode and hated it.  It wasn’t super or fun, but I wish it was on late at night.  Its replacement of “Mixology” fared no better.

 

Of course, the worst show of the year was “We Are Men” (CBS), which lasted all of 2 episodes.  I cringed after less than 5 minutes, a new low for me.

 

On the other side of the fence, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC) was probably one of the best shows of the season as it featured more twists during its freshman run than most shows have during its entire series run.  One episode entitled “Turn, Turn, Turn” had more twists than anything I have ever seen in a very long time.  Hopefully, next season lives up to its first.

 

Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the aging “American Idol” (FOX).  Now in its unlucky 13th season, this show flew way under the radar and was very boring.  None of the contestants were interesting and putting Randy Jackson as a mentor didn’t help.  As in past years, I was on the losing end of the finale by picking the wrong person to win again.  Rumor is that next season will possibly be one day per week instead of the two or three from past years.  Maybe this is the boost that it needs to survive.

 

Overall, this year saw over 30 shows cancelled, many of them for their own good.  Others were never given a fair shake.  Hopefully, most should live on on video in the next year or so.

 

 

 

 

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The 100th Post – State of the Blog

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Hello and welcome to the 100th post.

 

This blog has come a long way from its humble beginnings.

 

Maybe I should say the lack of beginnings.

 

This blog was born out of my desire to talk about everything that my other blog didn’t cover.

 

Certainly politics was a major topic over the last year or so of this blog.  Anger exists of the stupid politicians and how they seem to want to hurt more than help the people who put them in office in the first place.

 

Love it or hate it, Time Warner Cable has been a constant evolving problem.  Things may get better or worse if the proposed takeover by Comcast takes place.  In fact, one person I know expressed his hatred to merger despite the fact that he not only doesn’t watch TV, he doesn’t have cable or as far as I know don’t even own a TV.  How can anyone be angry at a merger without knowing how bad things currently are?  I guess ignorance is bliss.

 

Ignorance also showed its ugly head with customer service as well.  When companies like Newsweek ignore their customer’s subscriptions like I was ignored, then going out of business would be a blessing.  Sad when a company offers no solution to help a customer.

 

As far as television is concerned, we mourned the death of shows like iCarly and Victorious while criticizing the rotating horrors of Saturday night on Nickelodeon.  The movies on the network fared no better overall.

 

On the Disney side, shows like “Liv & Maddie” are promising and “Teen Beach Movie” was a hit, but other newcomers may have some issues.  Unfortunately, “Shake It Up” and “Good Luck Charlie” are two of the better shows that are both history now.

 

Speaking of history, we kiss goodbye to “The X Factor”.  After 3 painful years, it is finally over.  However, the real question will be the survival of a revamped “American Idol”.  Only time will tell over that one, but at least the drama queens are gone.

 

Speaking of drama queens, there was no shortage of displays of nudity of former Disney queens Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus.  Can’t these girls keep their clothes on at all?  What are they trying to prove by doing all that nudity and what influences are they upon their younger fans?  I consider neither a role model anymore and I hope others feel the same way.

 

Finally, the topic of bullying sparked the biggest comments, mostly from those on Facebook, which ironically is the biggest source of the problem.  Facebook also has seen its ups and downs on the number of friends I have.  Some have tried to be friends while others have left with no explanation.  My thought is its their loss not mine.

So what am I looking forward to discussing in the future.  Here are some of the topics I have in mind for the future:

 

  • Why go blue?
  • What the TWC merger means to us?
  • Disney vs. Nick:  why are the wheels falling off both companies?
  • And finally, possibly coming next a multi-part post:  Why I never intend to attend my high school reunion ever?  I expect that this one will offend a lot of people who still are friends with me from high school.

 

Overall, this has been humbling road since the first post which just had one vote as to whether I should have left my original blog to Blogger.  Thankfully I extended to WordPress because the blog has increased significantly since.  Hopefully, this one will see similar growth when I reach post #200.

 

So until next time…happy reading.

 

 

 

 

2013 and 2014 Predictions

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For those of you who don’t read my other blog, I make annual predictions of what I expect for the New Year.  This year I am moving my predictions to this blog as I feel it is much more appropriate here.

 

Let’s see how last year fared:

  • JCPenney will be out of business by year’s end.  The revamped store format just won’t work  (this didn’t happen yet)
  • Sears will spin off Kmart to survive on its own.  It won’t work and Kmart will inevitably die off.  (didn’t happen despite closing several Kmart stores including the one I have previously shopped at in Portsmouth, NH)
  • Another mass shooting brings the U.S. government to ban all automatic and semi-automatic weapons no matter what the NRA says. (shootings happened, but no ban)
  • Chicago murders will top 750 by year’s end.  (nowhere near that number which is good news)
  • Kim Kardashian aborts her baby after public break-up with Kanye West much against her family’s wishes. (didn’t happen)
  • Ali Lohan, Lindsay’s younger sister, will join her older sister for a Playboy layout. (didn’t happen, but Lindsay did appear nude in an NC-17 film)
  • A major earthquake will strike in Alaska disrupting the oil pipeline in the area.  It will be disrupted for at least 4 weeks and gas will go up to at least $4/gallon again. (earthquake never happened)
  • Simon Cowell calls Demi Lovato his “new Paula” as he decides to keep her for another season of “X Factor”.  Unfortunately, Mario Lopez will be running solo as another Kardashian sees herself out of a job.  (mostly correct, but Lovato is gone for the 4th season)
  •  “American Idol” will have a female winner for the first time in a few years.  However, the drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey increases as the weeks go on causing both to storm off the show for at least 2 episodes.  Replacement judges are called in to fill in until the two return.  (female winner yes, however the fireworks kept both on the show)
  • Beyoncé will have a wardrobe malfunction on the Super Bowl.  However, she won’t even realize it happened.  (no wardrobe malfunction, but we question whether she performed her songs live)
  • Nickelodeon cancels Big Time Rush, but the show is picked up by Disney Channel for a fall schedule addition.  (cancelled and broken up – no future for any show)
  • Hilary and Haylie Duff will return for a TV movie in 2013.  More than likely to air on ABC Family channel(Haylie had a Christmas movie, but Hilary nowhere to be found)
  • And finally my former want-to-be girlfriend Tanya will return to Maine wanting to get a real relationship going after her stint in California didn’t quite work out  not calling her because I misplaced her phone number.  (I will have more to say about this in my other blog at a future date—all I can say is that it didn’t end the way I ever thought it would)

Overall, I did better than last year.  I got 2 ½ correct.  Let’s see what the crystal ball has up its sleeve for this year.

  • Justin Bieber will go to jail.
  • Kim Kardashian will admit that “Baby North” really never existed and that her pregnancy was fake.
  • Kim Kardashian will marry and divorce Kanye West all within the year.
  • RadioShack will be out of business.
  • JCPenney will be out of business.
  • Kmart will be out of business.
  • Amanda Bynes returns to TV in a new comedy show, but will also do an interview with Oprah describing the last few years.
  • Time Warner Cable will be sold and broken up into pieces leaving smaller markets such as where I live without any providers at all.  This means that many small independent cable operators will start up after many years.
  • Lady Gaga will do a Playboy layout proving that he/she is dual gendered leaving many fans disgusted.
  • Nickelodeon will scrap “Sam & Cat” and Dan Schneider will leave the network and produce shows for rival Disney.
  • Hilary Duff will divorce and sister Haylie will marry.
  • ABCFamily cancels that horrible “The Vineyard” and “Twisted”.
  • Fox News fires Karl Rove after making offensive statements that the network hates.

I predict out of this year’s 13 that at least 3 of them will be true.  We will find out a year from now.

 

 

The End of American Idol?

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Here we are at the end of another year of American Idol.

Personally I am glad it is over.  This has been a very bad season for the show.  This is especially true if you were a guy.

Week after week, the guys got knocked out of the competition until there was nothing but 5 girls remaining.  Was this a setup or was it just coincidence?  My belief is that people purposely voted all the guys out just because they were just no good at all.  The only exception to this was Curtis who I believed could have won it all.  Surprisingly, he was the first one to go.  However, I found it ironic that Nicki Minaj didn’t hear his performance and didn’t show up until the second person performed.  Coincidence or purposely done—hard to tell what the truth really is.  No matter what it was still strange nonetheless.

After the guys were gone, we saw other better girls like Janelle and Angie exit leaving us with Kree and Candice.  So who will win?  My money is on Kree winning it all, but it will be very close no matter what.

The next big question is who will be next year’s judges.  Randy is already got his bags packed to leave and the others will probably get their walking papers soon (hopefully).

Here is who I think should be considered judges:

  • Kelly Clarkson – Who better than the original idol being a judge?  A perfect fit as far as I am concerned.
  • Pink – Her songs are used regularly on the show so why not put her in a chair?
  • Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus — A daddy/daughter reunion from two different genres would certainly shake things up.
  • Harry Connick Jr. — He has been a mentor several times so it’s time for a chair.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – She is hot and cute and I wouldn’t mind looking at her every week.  Who cares if she is Canadian?
  • Any Disney female star – It’s worked on “Dancing with the Stars” and “X Factor” so why no this show?

 

And now for those who should never be a judge:

  • Elton John – Too much British.  Too much diva.  Just too much.
  • Ke$ha – Too much glitter everywhere, but I still love her.  Just leave the glitter at home please.
  • Any former judge from Idol – Please no rejects from years past.
  • Anybody NOT in the music business – On the road judges have seen some interesting choices none of whom would know enough about music to be a real judge for the show.

 

I believe wholeheartedly that there should not be an unlucky 13th season to Idol as paranoia would settle in on everyone.  Let’s end it now at an even dozen and call it a wrap.

 

Lastly, I must comment on the season-long building of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song of “Take a Picture”.  It was hard to understand without closed-captioning turned on and overall was a mess.  This should be a lesson:  NEVER LET THE PUBLIC WRITE A SONG EVER!!  My ears and eyes are still bleeding over that song.  Certainly not her best work.

 

Seacrest out and done…

 

American Idol Day 1 Should Be the Last

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Just as expected the season premiere of American Idol sucked.  Unfortunately, this episode was all about the divas and less about those trying out for the show.  What made this show worse were the profiles of those people who were rejected by the judges.  Why waste time on these people when they don’t make it anyway?  I guess they have to fill 2 hours somehow.

This is the whole problem with the show:  Why can’t we have just one hour shows and use the other hour for some other show?  It’s apparent that FOX expected the downward plunge of the ratings and down by almost 20% they declined.  Maybe this is a sign that this may be the last season of the show and won’t live to see unlucky season 13.

Sad that this show has become the “Battle of Fake Boob Divas”.  I really thought that this show was much much than that.  I will unfortunately continue to watch to see if things get better, but my hopes aren’t very high given the preview for episode #2.  I will write more on this as the episodes continue on.  Right now, there were no stand out performers that should or could make it to the finals.

My score:  5.

Summary:

This show is now for die-hard fans only.  It won’t make anybody who never watched before tune in now.  This is just more of the same as previous years, but with more fighting.

 

X Factor and Idol – One Winner and One Big Loser

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Last week’s X Factor started off much stronger than last year’s premiere.  After Rachel Crow’s strong showing at the start of last year, I quickly got bored with the show and actually fell asleep while watching the show.  I blame boring judges and boring acts that made this happen.  After Rachel was dismissed from the show, I completely lost interest in the show.

What a difference a year makes!  Welcome to the Britney and Demi show!  This was all about them and did it ever show!  Between Britney being creeped out not once but twice, I really felt sorry for her.  For Demi, the story was much different.  With Jillian Jensen’s strongly emotional performance (if you didn’t cry, you are NOT HUMAN!), Demi’s showing of her love for her onstage continued a very emotional scene which showed both of their strengths.  Who knew that a Disney girl could get that emotional?  Big Surprise there!

The downside of this show was that Simon acted like a giddy little girl as opposed to his ever hating self and poor L.A. Reid hardly even got any airtime whatsoever.  This show was truly about the girls and it showed.  Maybe the guys will get their chance this week or maybe not.  Only time can tell.  So far, this show is off to a very strong start despite losing in the ratings to “The Voice”.

Speaking of singing competitions, American Idol has finalized their lame judges crew for the new season.  Only Randy Jackson has survived once again for its 12th year.  Joining him this year is over-the-top diva Mariah Carey, Mr. Nicole Kidman (Keith Urban), and fake boobed, fake hair, fake voice of Nicki Minaj.  All I can say is “Seriously, Are you kidding me?”  I think Idol has finally ran out of people and digging to the bottom of the pit.  From one survey I read, 96% of people were not happy with this crew.  Even U.S. Congress gets a better approval rating than this!  I really think Idol is in BIG TROUBLE for next season and should rethink their judges before the series begins next year.  I would recommend it.  Until then, we have plenty of other singing contests out there.