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

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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

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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

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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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new and noteworthy tv: 3/2-3/8

March 1st, 2015

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Looking forward to tale of former cult person created by Tina Fey, Kimmie Schmidt, and intrigued enough to check out a second season of the original Broadchurch. And will tune in regardless to at least one ep of Cyber, American Crime, and Dig. I don’t get DirectTV but would be intrigued to see LaBute’s latest ick factor with step sibling romance.

  • Monday – The Following, Season Premiere (Fox, 9pm), Life Flight, Series Premiere (Life, 9pm), Rupaul’s Drag Race, Season Premiere (Logo, 9pm), Shahs of Sunset, Season Premiere (Brav, 10pm)
  • Tuesday – Billy & Billie, Series Premiere (Dir, 8pm), Hell’s Kitchen, Season Premiere (Fox, 8pm), Born in the Wild, Series Premiere (Life, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – Broadchurch, Season Premiere (BBCA, 10pm), CSI: Cyber, Series Premiere (CBS, 10pm)
  • Thursday – Mary Mary, Season Premiere (WE, 9pm), The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Season Premiere (Brav, 9pm), American Crime, Series Premiere (ABC, 10pm), Dig, Series Premiere (USA, 10pm)
  • Friday – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Series Premiere (Netflix), In An Instant, Series Premiere (ABC, 9pm), Say Yes to the Dress, Season Premiere (TLC, 10pm), Vice, Season Premiere (HBO, 11pm)
  • Saturday – Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC, 8pm)
  • Sunday – Long Island Medium/Who Do You Think You Are?, Season Premieres (TLC, 9/10pm), Oprah: Where Are They Now?, Season Premiere (OWN, 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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my best books of 2014

February 25th, 2015

goldfinch2Some years I guess I don’t get around to ten books to select from and I’m lucky if I read one good book. Fortunately a couple of gems in my stack, in alphabetical order.

  • Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon – I always like to hear Michael Chabon speak, he’s intelligent and yet approachable and in this book, a collection of his essays, it’s like hearing him tell a bunch of sort of amusing personal anecdotes.
  • A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers – I haven’t read any Eggers since Heartbreaking… but this was a quick engaging tale of sales in Saudi Arabia showing a little insight into the odd world and the main character’s slightly off struggles.
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – By now everyone has seen the film, and what I will say is that while the spirit is captured well the book of course does a much better job at drawing out the characters and drama transition, though I have an issue with likability.
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane – I didn’t love this standalone, U.S. Marshall checking out the criminally insane, as much as the Kenzie Gennaro detective series.
  • As She Climbed Across the Table by Jonathan LethemHaving very much enjoyed the later Lethem I’ve been getting to his backlog and leave it to him for one to be more random than the next, particle physicist having problems with her boyfriend when a new discovery arises.
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – This book has been on my shelf for ages and underestimated it based on some sort of populous doubt, but found the time traveling romance very well crafted with interesting character development forward and back in time.
  • That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo – Russo is another author I try to keep up with, though I enjoyed it this tale of marriage gone awry left me feeling more down that uplifted.
  • NW by Zadie SmithOn Beauty is still one of my faves but I felt a little disconnected from some of these multiple POV takes on some Londoners.
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – I wasn’t disappointed by this well reviewed book from an author I knew I could enjoy, following our 13 year old protagonist through tragedy the peculiar path and characters that follow.

Next step fix the reading light on my nightstand to read more in 2015.

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new and noteworthy tv: 2/23-3/1

February 22nd, 2015

LastManWhile reality has maybe stooped to a new low with Sex Box where couples have sex in a box, apparently as some sort of therapy, there are a few new scripted shows to check out. Is Will Forte really the Last Man an odd premise but I’ve heard good things? And can we find success in mismatched cop partners in Creek? Will the Secrets or the Lies keep us intrigued? And of course what’s next for our latest President in Cards?

  • Monday – The Voice/The Night Shift, Season Premieres (NBC, 8/10pm), The World Dog Awards (CW, 8pm)
  • Tuesday – TV’s Hottest Commercials Countdown (CW, 8pm), Counting Cars/Gangland Undercover, Season/Series Premiere (Hist, 9/10pm), Keyshia Cole, Series Premiere (BET, 9:30pm), Outlaw Country, Series Premiere (WGN, 10pm), Parks & Recreation, Series Finale (NBC, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – Survivor/The Amazing Race, Season Premieres (CBS, 8/9:30pm), Catfish, Season Premiere (MTV, 10pm), Kosher Soul, Series Premiere (Life, 10pm)
  • Thursday – My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding/Welcome to Myrtle Manor, Season Premieres (TLC, 9/10pm), Party Down South, Season Premiere (CMT, 9pm), Victoria’s Secret Swim Special (CBS, 10pm)
  • Friday – House of Cards, Season Premiere (Net, 3:01am), Sex Box, Series Premiere (WE, 10pm)
  • Saturday – The Good Witch, Series Premiere (Hall, 8pm), Shania: Still Live (ABC, 9pm), Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s/2 Fat 2 Fly (OWN, 9/10pm)
  • Sunday – Once Upon a Time/Secrets and Lies, Special/Season/Series Premiere (ABC, 7/8/9pm), Last Man on Earth, Series Premiere (Fox, 9pm), All-Star Academy, Series Premiere (Food, 9pm), Battle Creek, Series Premiere (CBS, 10pm)

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procrastinator picks – top tv of 2014

February 22nd, 2015

fx_americans_keyart_p_2012The tv seasons don’t really lend themselves to an end of the year roundup. I’m somehow even less able than with films to remember how I am really feeling about a show exacerbated by the fact that I can’t always distinguish one season from the next. I’ve also waited so long for this list I might be judging The Americans and Justified off of this season instead of the last but they’d still be in the running. At the end of the day I could reorder these 100 different ways but here’s where I’m at this moment:

  1. The Americans (FX) – What a couple of bad ass Russian spies, I’m worried about their balancing their layers of deception with all of those around them, including their family, at least I’m always pretty sure they will somehow make it out of the trickiest of situations.
  2. Orphan Black (BBCA) – The lead in this series playing a myriad of characters was enough to sell it but they’ve kept the supporting characters and plot on par.
  3. The Good Wife (CBS) – I’m not sure where they’ve been going this year but am happy with the continued reinvention and the way that they balance these rich characters and story lines that keep ‘good’ a questionable characterization.
  4. Hannibal (NBC) – The lead actors in this show really make the creepy factor sing, with visual and story layers around them to match, can’t wait to see what the next season will bring.
  5. Justified (FX) – Oh Raylan I’ll hate to see you go after this season but I’m glad to see you pulled in for one last go with these characters who may at sometimes be dumb but they’re always complex.
  6. Ink Master (Spike) – Still my favorite reality show, I love the mix of the different skills and artistry it takes to be good at all the aspects of tattooing and of course just a dash of people drama.
  7. Fargo (FX) – What a random show this was capturing the spirit if not the story of the original film, quirky and dark with a cast of well-drawn characters, this is one of those shows I’m just glad gets made, and I’m curious to see what the next will bring.
  8. You’re the Worst (Fx) – This was my favorite new comedy of last year, centered on a couple of dysfunctional people, their dysfunctional attempt at a relationship, and their dysfunctional friends, funny.
  9. Parenthood (NBC) – I didn’t always love the paths that this family was sent on but the departure of the Bravermans will leave a hole in my schedule if not my heart.
  10. Orange is the New Black (Net) – This show continues to be a great go to binge watch if not because of the lead’s story then because of the myriad of surrounding stories to tell.

Honorable Mention: The Middle / SHIELD (ABC), The Walking Dead (AMC), In the Flesh (BBCA), The Big Bang Theory / Elementary /  The Mentalist / Mom (CBS), The 100 / Hart of Dixie (CW), Brooklyn 99 / The Mindy Project (Fox), Louie / Sons of Anarchy (Fx), Sleepy Hollow / Gotham (Fox), The Blacklist / Parks and Recreation (NBC), House of Cards (Net), The Honorable Woman (Sund), Lost Girl (Syfy), Cougar Town (TBS)

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new and noteworthy tv: 2/16-2/22

February 16th, 2015

mentalistWell Lisbon and Jane have had a tough ride and it’s time for them to live happily ever after. I’ll set to record but not much good word on the new Odd Couple. And of course time to get my Oscar ballot together.

  • Monday – The Book of Negroes, Miniseries Premiere (BET, 8pm), Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (CBS, 9pm)
  • Tuesday – Repeat After Me, Series Premiere (ABC, 8:30pm), 19 Kids & Counting/Our Little Family, Season/Series Premiere (TLC, 9/10pm), Countdown to the Oscars (ABC, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – The Mentalist, Series Finale (CBS, 8pm)
  • Thursday – QI, Series Premiere (BBCA, 8pm), The Odd Couple/Two and a Half Men, Series Premiere/Finale (CBS, 8:30/9pm), Vikings, Season Premiere (Hist, 10pm)
  • Friday – Preachers of Detroit, Series Premiere (Oxy, 8pm), Style by Jury, Series Premiere (TLC, 9:30pm), The Jack & Triumph Show, Series Premiere (AdSw, 11:30pm)
  • Saturday – Countdown to the Oscars (ABC, 8pm)
  • Sunday – Countdown/Red Carpet/Opening/Oscars/Red Carpet (ABC, 12:30/5:30/8:30pm)

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new and noteworthy tv: 2/9-2/15

February 8th, 2015

schittsNot much this week, checking out a couple of unappealing sounding plots with good casts, but not another Amazon show I won’t get since I won’t buckle and pay for yet another method of viewing television.

  • Tuesday – Amish Mafia, Season Premiere (Disc, 9pm)
  • Wednesday – Schitt’s Creek, Series Premiere (POP, 10pm)
  • Thursday – The Slap, Series Premiere (NBC, 8pm)
  • Friday – Bosch, Series Premiere (Am, 12:01am)
  • Saturday – Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (ABC, 8pm), Sexy Beasts, Series Premiere (A&E, 10pm)
  • Sunday – SNL 40th Anniversary (NBC, 8pm)

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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