procrastinator’s bubble shows

May 5th, 2015

bones

As we wait for fall tv schedules to be announced and final cancellations to come in (upfronts are scheduled to start next week), I have to admit that I’m almost looking forward to cancellations. My backlog gets to be sort of daunting, and of course new shows will come out in the fall. So some of the shows that I’m tempted to give up on could use a little push. Though the wind could change based on scheduling or a good run, following are some of the things that might no longer make the cut.

  1. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) Renewed – This show is one that I find almost funny, and although I don’t have a season pass of it, when I’m looking for a half hour I somehow seem to keep tuning back in, chances of dropping are moderate.
  2. American Crime (ABC) TBD – I only watched the first couple and was intrigued but wary, a cancellation might keep this backlog off my to do list to see if it’s worthwhile, chances of dropping are high.
  3. Bones (Fox) TBD – Once upon a time I quite enjoyed this procedural and I still enjoy many of these characters enough, but it’s kind of done and not sure I’d feel terrible about letting this go the way of Castle (which I’ve already dropped), chances of dropping are high.
  4. Broadchurch (BBCA) Renewed – I just wrapped up this season, and it was one of the shows that I enjoyed but kind of found myself checking how many minutes of the show were left, I’ll be tempted to tune back in to the premiere to see what the new season story line/mystery will be, chances of dropping are moderate.
  5. Grimm (NBC) Renewed – This show was kind of fun for a while but I’m kind of over the monster of the week and all the interpersonal drama has worn itself out (I love it when most characters get a chance to go bad but not digging Juliet’s current vibe), chances of dropping are high.
  6. The Last Man on Earth (Fox) Renewed – While the pilot was a treat this show quickly became about how annoying Phil could be, I’m short the last two of the season which could determine whether I’m intrigued by the current direction, chances of dropping are moderate.
  7. Madam Secretary (CBS) Renewed – This show is fine, it’s just quite predictable that she’ll face a dire situation each week and come out of it morally intact, and it just comes across as not as good as The Good Wife, but it still works, chances of dropping are low.
  8. The Mindy Project (Fox) TBD – I’ve quite enjoyed some of these episodes but just didn’t love this last season, not sure whether this ongoing pregnancy story line will continue to waylay the laughs but I’ll probably check in, chances of dropping are low.
  9. Sleepy Hollow (Fox) Renewed – The first season of this show was so fun, while the second season did everything it could to keep us mired in the more tedious aspects and characters, I think this new season is sort of another fresh start so worth checking, chances of dropping are low.
  10. Undateable (NBC) TBD – Another half hour that has some potential and started when there was’t a ton on, it just doesn’t quite keep me laughing enough to warrant it being on the to do list, chances of dropping are high.

There are tons of sites that track status of things, here are a couple: TVLine and Metacritic. Anything you’re looking to let go?

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new and noteworthy tv: 5/4-5/10

May 3rd, 2015

grace-and-frankieLots of stuff wrapping up and still a few things kicking off. I mean who could pass up at least a look at a new Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin series?

  • Monday – David Letterman: A Life on Television (CBS, 9:30pm)
  • Tuesday – Nature’s Weirdest, Season Premiere (BBCA, 9pm), The Willis Family, Series Premiere (TLC, 10pm), Inside Comedy, Season Premiere (Show, 11pm)
  • Wednesday – Labor Games, Season Premiere (TLC, 10pm), Monument Guys, Series Premiere (Hist, 10pm)
  • Thursday – Lost in Transmission, Series Premiere (Hist, 10pm)
  • Friday – Grace & Frankie, Series Premiere (Net, 3:01am)
  • Saturday – Deion’s Family Playbook, Season Premiere (OWN, 9pm)
  • Sunday – What She Said, Series Premiere (TLC, 11pm)

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation other than those underlined. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 4/27-5/3

May 1st, 2015

the-casual-vacancyA few things from the week, fortunately nothing much of note while I do some catch up.

  • Monday – Swab Stories, Series Premiere (VH1, 9:30pm)
  • Tuesday – Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special (ABC, 8pm), Sons of Winter, Series Premiere (Disc, 10pm), Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip, Series Premiere (HGTV, 11pm)
  • Wednesday – Casual Vacancy, Mini-series Premiere (HBO, 8pm), Ripper Street, Season Premiere (BBCA, 10pm)
  • Friday – Beyond the Tank, Series Premiere (ABC, 9pm), Curvy Brides/Psychic Matchmaker, Series Premiere (TLC, 9:30/10:30pm)
  • Sunday – Penny Dreadful, Season Premiere (Show, 10pm)

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation other than those underlined. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 4/13-4/26

April 11th, 2015

tatau

Consider this a special double issue. I don’t have a lot of faith in Tatau or The Messengers (though more in BBC than the CW), and don’t get Show for Happyish. And of course sad to see the very end of Justified and the start of the end of the cheesy but fun Lost Girl.

  • Monday: Turn, Season Premiere (AMC, 9pm), Cucumber and Banana, Series Premieres (Logo, 10/11pm), Rivermen, Series Premiere (Hist, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: Botched/Good Work, Season/Series Premieres (E!, 9/10pm), Deadliest Catch, Season Premiere (Disc, 9pm), Justified, Series Finale (FX, 10pm), Arranged, Series Premiere (FYI, 10:15)
  • Wednesday: Million Dollar Listing: New York, Season Premiere (Brav, 10pm)
  • Friday: Bitten/Lost Girl, Season Premieres (Syfy, 8/10pm), Cedric’s Barber Battle/Whose Line is it Anyway/The Messengers, Series/Season Premieres (CW, 8/8:30/9pm)
  • Saturday: Orphan Black/Tatau/Graham Norton Show, Season/Series Premieres (BBCA, 9/10/11pm)
  • Sunday: Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS 8pm), Naked & Afraid, Season Premiere (Disc, 10pm)
  • Monday: Live & Hip Hop Atlanta, Season Premiere (VH1, 8pm),
  • Tuesday: Inside Amy Schumer, Season Premiere (Com, 10:30pm)
  • Wednesday: The Unexplained Files/The Prancing Elites Project, Season/Series Premieres (Sci, 9/10pm)
  • Saturday: When Calls the Heart, Season Premiere (Hall, 8pm)
  • Sunday: Chef’s Table, Series Premiere (Net, 3am), Happyish, Series Premiere (Show, 9:30pm), The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man, Season Premiere (Hist, 10pm)

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation other than those underlined. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 4/6-4/12

April 5th, 2015

comedians

Willing to tune into a new FX show along with the latest of Louie, and the most recent incarnation of Daredevil has had some promising reviews.

  • Monday – NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship (CBS, 6pm)
  • Tuesday – Behind the Story with the Paley Center, Series Premiere (Sund, 8pm), Funny Girls, Series Premiere (Oxy, 9pm), The Real Housewives of New York City, Season Premiere (Brav, 9pm), The Runner-Up, Series Premiere (Esq, 10pm), Your Family or Mine, Series Premiere (TBS, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – Little Women: LA, Series Premiere (Life, 9pm)
  • Thursday – The Comedians/Louie, Series/Season Premiere (Fx, 10pm)
  • Friday – Marvel’s Daredevil, Series Premiere (Net, 3am)
  • Saturday – Hollywood Hillbillies/Polka Kings, Season/Series Premiere (Reelz, 9/9:30pm)
  • Sunday – Game of Thrones/Silicon Valley/Veep, Season Premieres (HBO, 9/10/10:30pm), Nurse Jackie, Season Premiere (Show, 9pm)

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation other than those underlined. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 3/30-4/5

March 29th, 2015

youngerA few new things in the mix, I often enjoy Sutton so happy to check out the latest Darren Star creation, and will take a peek at Loners and the Smiths though not sure they’re supposed to be all that. And thanks to PBS for making me feel less guilty about reading another book, the miniseries might be well done.

  • Monday – The Big Picture with Kal Penn/Street Genius, Series Premieres (NGC, 9/10pm), Roast of Justin Bieber (Com, 10pm)
  • Tuesday – The Dovekeepers, Mini-Series Premiere (CBS, 9pm), Weird Loners, Series Premiere (Fox, 9:30pm), 7 Little Johnstons, Series Premiere (TLC, 10pm), Finding Carter, Season Premiere (MTV, 10pm), Younger, Series Premiere (TVL, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – Jim Rome on Showtime, Season Premiere (Show, 10pm)
  • Thursday – 8 Minutes, Series Premiere (A&E, 10pm), Lip Sync Battle, Series Premiere (Spike, 10pm), Olympus, Series Premiere (Syfy, 10pm). The Red Road, Season Premiere (Sund, 10pm)
  • Friday – Meet the Smiths, Series Premiere (TBS, 9pm), The Grace Helbig Show, Series Premiere (E!, 10:30pm)
  • Sunday – A.D. The Bible Continues/American Odyssey, Mini-Series/Series Premieres (NBC, 9/10pm), Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Series Premiere (Life, 10pm), Wolf Hall, Series Premiere (PBS, 10pm), Salem, Season Premiere (WGN, 10pm)

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation other than those underlined. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 3/23-3/29

March 22nd, 2015

big-time-in-hollywood-flI’m still getting caught up on my backlog, so happy to have a light week of new stuff.

  • Monday – Fast n’ Loud/Misfit Garage, Season Premieres (Disc, 9/10pm), Teen Mom, Season Premiere (MTV, 10pm)
  • Tuesday – Haunting, Series Premiere (Syfy, 10pm), Surviving Marriage, Series Premiere (A&E, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – Full Circle, Season Premiere (Dir, 8pm), Hot Grits, Series Premiere (VH1, 8pm), Young & Hungry, Season Premiere (ABCF, 8pm), Little Women: NY, Series Premiere (Life, 10pm), Big Time in HollyWood, Fl, Series Premiere (Com, 10:30pm)
  • Friday – Bride by Design, Series Premiere (TLC, 9pm), Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse, Season Premiere (OWN, 9pm)
  • Sunday – Call the Midwife/Mr. Selfridge, Season Premieres (PBS, 8/9pm), Blood, Sweat & Heels, Season Premiere (Brav, 9pm)

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation other than those underlined. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 3/16-3/22

March 15th, 2015

bloodline

As for alternate tv distribution, another supposedly good one from Netflix, with Kyle Chandler ta-boot, and Community returns and we’ll see if Yahoo is the right home for it. I will of course turn in for teen zombie fun and take a pass at the latest situation they hope is comedic with a pregnant gay bestie and newly married couple for Big Happy.

  • Monday – Dancing with the Stars, Season Premiere (ABC, 8pm), Southern Charm, Season Premiere (Brav, 10pm)
  • Tuesday – Community, Season Premiere (Yahoo, 12:01am), iZombie, Series Premiere (CW, 9pm), Married at First Sight, Season Premiere (A&E, 9pm), Undateable/One Big Happy, Season/Series Premieres (NBC, 9/9:30pm)
  • Wednesday – Walk of Shame Shuttle/Barely Famous, Series Premieres (VH1, 9/9:30pm), The Soul Man, Season Premiere (TVL, 10:30pm)
  • Friday – Bloodline, Series Premiere (Net, 3:01am), Children’s Hospital, Season Premiere (AdSw, 11:59pm)
  • Sunday – Neighbors with Benefits, Series Premiere (A&E, 10pm)

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation other than those underlined. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 3/9-3/15

March 8th, 2015

returned2

I loved the French version of The Returned, so odd and moody, and the only review of this latest translation is that in its frame by frame recreation it loses that one thing, so just watch the original (pictured above).

  • Monday – Bates Motel/The Returned, Season/Series Premiere (A&E, 9/10pm)
  • Tuesday – Newlyweds, Season Premiere (Brav, 10pm), Wild Alaska, Series Premiere (BBCA, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – American Canvas, Series Premiere (Ova, 10pm)
  • Friday – Bering Sea Gold, Season Premiere (Disc, 10pm)
  • Sunday – Keeping Up with the Kardashians/The Royals, Season/Series Premiere (E!, 9/10pm)

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation other than those underlined. Times noted are typically PST.

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procrastinator picks – must see movies of 2014

March 7th, 2015

guardians-galaxy-poster

Looking back over this last year none of the faves really stood out for me so for my number one pick I went with what I remember actually enjoying. That’s not to say that if I made this list again any other day it wouldn’t come out quite differently. And though I didn’t see everything you can see what I did see from the critics’ picks.

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – I generally like a good comic book romp but this movie unburdened by any knowledge of the characters or stories managed to draw me into the world of the band of misfits led by the charming Chris Pratt.
  2. Whiplash – Seriously uncomfortable, this was the movie whose performances most stayed with me raising questions of the tutelage of greatness, and insanity put to a nice jazz track.
  3. Bad Words – I dig a random Jason Bateman and this flick hit the nail right on the head with an inappropriateness that was laughable and surprisingly touching.
  4. Skeleton Twins – Wiig and Hader looked into the past and the present of these estranged siblings with a realness and a randomness that brings them beyond their SNL sketches.
  5. Big Eyes – The period setting in the lovely San Francisco made the look at this unbelievable artistic duo and the woman behind the man in this odd rise to fame all the more compelling.
  6. Selma – Beautiful portrayals of King and those around him in this look back at the pivotal civil rights, I appreciate an historic drama that has me in disbelief of the activities for the right reasons.
  7. The Imitation Game – Smart and socially inept has become all the rage but this look at the mathematicians behind cracking code and the social mores of sexes and sexuality kept me engaged, and who doesn’t enjoy some Cumberbatch.
  8. Grand Budapest Hotel – While this wasn’t my favorite Wes flick it had the beautiful visual style and quirkiest of characters that will always keep me coming back.
  9. Edge of Tomorrow – Who doesn’t like a good action flick, and while I’m not the hugest of Cruise fans this movie strikes a great balance of action and the progression of story by repeating it over again in a way that isn’t repetitive.
  10. St Vincent – Bill Murray as a curmudgeon has become how I think of him but the dysfunctional daily life that he and his somewhat willing circle of folks leads to somewhat unexpected bad and good sentimental journey.

Any standouts for you this year?

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