new and noteworthy tv: 6/2-6/8

June 1st, 2014

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I’m maybe not as rabid as some fans but am excited for another season of OITNB which makes for nice binge viewing, though I still haven’t caught the second season of House of Cards. Jennifer Falls is a new option for sitcom lite, though these mostly aren’t as charming as their attempt to recapture the Golden Girls magic with Hot in Cleveland. Reality fare Ladies of London, Famous in 12, Siberian Cut, Untying the Knot, Escape Club look to me as more of the same.

  • Monday: Mistresses, Season Premiere (ABC, 10pm), American Restoration, Season Premiere (Hist, 10pm), Ladies of London, Series Premiere (Brav, 10pm), Longmire, Season Premiere (A&E, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: Famous in 12, Series Premiere (CW, 8pm), Man Fire Food, Season Premiere (Cook, 8pm), Storage Wars/Shipping Wars, Season Premieres (A&E, 9/10pm), Top Gear, Season Premiere (Hist, 9pm), Siberian Cut, Series Premiere (Disc, 10pm)
  • Wednesday: Stanley Cup Final (NBC, 5pm), Restaurant Stakeout, Season Premiere (Food, 9pm), Through the Wormhole, Season Premiere (Sci, 10pm), Untying the Knot, Series Premiere (Brav, 10pm), Jennifer Falls, Series Premiere (TVL, 10:30pm)
  • Thursday: Party Down South, Season Premiere (CMT, 10pm)
  • Friday: Orange is the New Black, Season Premiere (Netflix, 12:01), Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, Season Premiere (TLC, 9pm)
  • Saturday: The Half Hour, Season Premiere (Com, 12am), Life with La Toya, Season Premiere (OWN, 10pm)
  • Sunday: Tony Awards (CBS, 8pm), Miss USA (NBC, 8pm), Beachfront Bargain Hunt/Brother vs Brother, Season Premieres (HGTV, 8/9pm), Where Are They Now?, Season Premiere (OWN, 9pm), Sister Wives, Season Premiere (TLC, 9pm), The Escape Club, Series Premiere (E!, 10pm), Finding Bigfoot, Season Premiere (AnPl, 10pm), The Hunt, Series 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: 5/26-6/1

May 25th, 2014

halt-and-catch-fire1More generic summer network fare with the start of Night Shift (work hard play hard doctors), Crossbones (John Malkovich as Blackbeard) and Undateable (isn’t it funny how bad at dating these guys are)… I’ll tune in once but take those underlines with a grain of salt they’re all supposed to be subpar. I haven’t heard much about 80s computer drama Halt & Catch Fire on AMC so I’ll check it out.

For those of you who like your cooking shows we’ve got another dose of Ramsay on MasterChef and the search for another Food Network Star. Cable brings us the likes of Wil Wheaton talking geek talk, more ‘little people’ on Lifetime along with the Flowers in the Attic sequel (only meant for people willing to suffer for nostalgia), and Big Ballet takes a spin with some plus size dancers.

And of course I’m determining whether to fill up the TiVo with French Open as this week heads through the fourth round, weekends move from ESPN2 to NBC.

  • Monday: Masterchef, Season Premiere (Fox, 8pm), American Ninja Warrior, Special/Season Premiere (NBC, 8/9pm), Hit the Floor, Season Premiere (VH1, 9pm), The World Wars, Series Premiere (Hist, 9pm), Petals on the Wind (Life, 9pm), Lizard Lick Towing, Season Premiere (Tru, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: America’s Got Talent/The Night Shift, Season/Series Premieres (NBC, 8/10pm), Extreme Weight Loss, Season Premiere (ABC, 8pm), World’s Strangest/Alien Encounters, Series/Season Premieres (Sci, 8/10pm), Little Women, Series Premiere (Life, 9pm), Wil Wheaton Project, Series Premiere (Syfy, 10pm)
  • Wednesday: World Music Awards (NBC, 8pm), Rogue/Rake, Season Premieres (DirTV, 8/9pm), Big Ballet, Series Premiere (Ova, 10pm)
  • Thursday: Undateable, Series Premiere (NBC, 9pm), Our America with Lisa Ling, Season Premiere (OWN, 10pm), Derek, Season Premiere (Net, midnight)
  • Friday: Marriage Boot Camp/Mystery Millionaire, Season/Series Premiere (WE, 9/10pm), Crossbones, Series Premiere (NBC, 10pm)
  • Saturday: Bet on your Baby/Sing Your Face Off, Season/Series Premieres (ABC, 8/9pm)
  • Sunday: The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Series Premiere (Brav, 8pm), Food Network Star, Season Premiere (Food, 9pm), Return to Amish, Series Premiere (TLC, 9pm), Halt and Catch Fire, Series Premiere (AMC, 10pm)

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new and noteworthy tv: 5/19-5/25

May 18th, 2014

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A never do quite get a variety show but I still like the idea of The Maya Rudolph Show, and though I can’t recommend it, in addition to trying out Gang Related which I’m sure isn’t great I have in the past tuned into Motive which also isn’t great. What I am sort of looking forward to is the return of Last Comic which brings a random assortment of amusement and of course some more tennis.

  • MondayThe Bachelorette, Season Premiere (ABC, 9:30pm), The Maya Rudolph Show (NBC, 10pm)
  • TuesdayJudge Judy Primetime/All-Star Salute to the Troops (CBS, 8/9pm), I Wanna Marry “Harry”, Series Premiere (Fox, 9pm)
  • WednesdayRoadtrip with G. Garvin, Season Premiere (Cook, 9pm), Motive, Season Premiere (ABC, 10pm)
  • ThursdayLabyrinth, Mini-Series Premiere (CW, 8pm), Last Comic Standing, Season Premiere (NBC, 9pm), Gang Related, Series Premiere (Fox, 9pm), LA Hair, Season Premiere (WE, 9pm), Big Rig Bounty Hunters, Season Premiere (Hist, 10pm)
  • Friday - Chrome Underground, Series Premiere (Disc, 10pm)
  • SaturdayFrench Open (ESPN2, 2am Sunday)
  • SundayASP Surfing (ABC, 12:30pm), The Normal Heart (HBO, 9pm)

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50 out of 100!

May 11th, 2014

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Well the year is complete. The new list is out, I’ve upped my numbers to 50 and just for the sake of continuity I’ve included next year’s list. Check out my Top 100 page to see what’s what.

But now that I’ve done it, what everyone wants to know if I’ve learned the best? And as much as I’d like to answer that with the straightforward name of a restaurant mostly I didn’t find any one restaurant blew my mind. But I did experience what I had hoped: I tried new restaurants all of which were good, I enjoyed restaurants I wouldn’t normally go to, and I experienced a great range of kinds of food, styles and old and new choices. Plus I learned a lot of other things:

  • Setting a very specific goal and talking to friends about it really increases the chances I’ll do something
  • Not working makes it easier to have time to plan to and then to actually eat out
  • Eating out doesn’t need to cost a fortune but it can
  • It’s better to enjoy the journey than evaluate ‘does this place deserve to be on the list’
  • I don’t like all kinds of foods and ingredients and I like some more than others
  • I could, but I might not always want to go to a super fancy fixed price single seating kind of meal
  • The more people you go with the more representative options you get to experience
  • It’s both easier and harder than you think to go to good and new to you restaurants
  • It’s both easier and harder for your friends to join you than you think

Ok great, that’s mostly not revolutionary, what do I really have to say about the restaurants on the list. Hog & Rocks and Plaj are great examples of restaurants that I might not have gone to based on description alone but were delicious and made even better by the service. Restaurants like Ler Ros represented something that was good, but perhaps we didn’t order anything amazing because we just didn’t see what people were talking about. Locations I branched out to and am glad for it, Piccino in Dog Patch was a pleasant surprise with everything interesting and great and Sushi Ran in Sausalito for some reason just has fresher better sushi without varying much for the standards. As to the difficult reservation and wait time, Rich Table took a glass of wine around the corner to accommodate a walk in but Ramen Shop’s two hour wait couldn’t be overcome, though I’m committed to giving them one more try. And honestly price point is something that came up at a few places, I don’t have a problem spending a bit of dough on a dinner, but food that might have been fantastic at a lower cost got held to a slightly higher standard at places like The Abbot’s Cellar and Central Kitchen.

While I’m not officially continuing in this goal I really enjoyed the process and I will continue to try new restaurants. I also hope to revisit some of the classics I haven’t been to in forever like Delfina, Boulevard, and Slanted Door. And maybe use this list and many others as inspiration for my trips out. And of course there’s bars…

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new and noteworthy tv: 5/12-5/18

May 10th, 2014

Riot_logoWell it’s wrapping up, time to start thinking summer thoughts, TiVo is down to 34%… And don’t ask me why an improv game show being on a slant makes it more funny but Steve Carell at least thinks it can on Riot.

  • Monday#BikerLive, Series Premiere (Disc, 10pm), Yard Crashers, Season Premiere (DIY, 10:30pm)
  • TuesdayThe Bad Girls Club, Season Premiere (Oxy, 8pm), Coming Back with Wes Moore, Three Part Series (PBS, 8pm), Riot, Series Premiere (Fox, 9pm), Stone Age, Series Premiere (DIY, 11pm)
  • WednesdayKodiak, Series Premiere (Disc, 10pm)
  • ThursdayHow Do They Do It?, Season Premiere (Sci, 10pm), Loiter Squad, Season Premiere (AdSw, 11:59pm)
  • FridayBarbara Walters: Her Story (ABC, 9pm)
  • SundayColdplay (NBC, 7pm), Billboard Music Awards (ABC, 8pm)

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new and noteworthy tv: 5/5-5/11

May 3rd, 2014

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Who can’t love Louie, and if you haven’t sampled this series I not only recommend it, but should note that different episodes are often quite different in tone and structure, but all show our hapless protagonist in funny form; the other show of note is the return of In the Flesh, that is less zombie than a look at a society with the dead and the undead. I am tempted but not that interested in checking out Rosemary’s Baby, and since I don’t get Showtime I’m not that concerned that I have little idea what’s up with the new creepy Victorian Penny Dreadful.

  • Monday24, Season Premiere (Fox, 8pm), Live & Hip Hop Atlanta, Season Premiere (VH1, 8pm), Louie, Season Premiere (Fx, 10pm)
  • TuesdayAlaskan Bush People, Series Premiere (Disc, 10pm), Freakshow/Small Town Security, Season Premieres (AMC, 10/11pm), Totally Tracked Down, Series Premiere (Reelz, 11pm)
  • WednesdayHollywood Exes/La La’s Full Court Life/Marrying the Game, Season Premieres (VH1, 9/10/10:30pm), Catfish, Season Premiere (MTV, 10pm)
  • ThursdayAmerican Comedy Awards (NBC, 9pm), Maron/Comedy Bang Bang, Season Premieres (IFC, 10/10:30pm)
  • SaturdayIyanla, Season Premiere (OWN, 9pm), In the Flesh, Season Premiere (BBCA, 10pm)
  • SundayRosemary’s Baby, Mini-series Premiere (NBC, 9pm), Master Class, Season Premiere (OWN, 10pm), Penny Dreadful, Series Premiere (Show, 10pm)

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new and noteworthy tv: 4/28-5/4

April 27th, 2014

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The tv seasons are in transition so still catching up and keeping an eye out, this week perhaps I’ll check out this new comedy but otherwise still have a backlog to deal with, Orphan Black is waiting.

  • MondayFish Tank Kings, Season Premiere (NatGeo, 9pm).
  • TuesdayPlaying House, Series Premiere (USA, 10pm).
  • WednesdayWho Wore it Best (E!, 8pm).
  • Thursday - iHeartRadio Music Awards (NBC, 8pm), The Killer Speaks, Season Premiere (A&E, 10pm).
  • FridayShark Tank: Swimming with the Sharks (ABC, 8pm).
  • Saturday24: Live Another Day (Fox, 8:30pm), OMG! EMT!, Series Premiere (TLC, 10pm).
  • SundayHungry Investors, Series Premiere (Spike, 10pm).

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new and noteworthy tv: 4/21-4/27

April 20th, 2014

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This week’s new and noteworthy is going to get an abbreviated treatment, stay tuned for a few new series, seasons, whatnot… I’ll probably catch an ep of Bad Teacher and of Black Box but don’t have high hopes for either:

  • Monday – Time’s Up (MTV, 6:30pm), Rewrapped (Food, 8pm), Boondocks (AdSw, 10:30pm), House Hunters off the Grid (HGTV, 10:30pm).
  • Tuesday – Chow Masters (Trav, 9pm), Deadliest Catch (Disc, 9pm), True Tori (Life, 10pm), Faking It (MTV, 10:30pm).
  • Wednesday – Dual Survival (Disc, 9pm), Trip Flip (Trav, 9pm), Baggage Battles (Trav, 10pm).
  • Thursday – SNL Digital Shorts (NBC, 9pm), Bad Teacher (CBS, 9:30pm), Black Box (ABC, 10pm).
  • Friday – I Found the Gown (TLC, 10pm), Relative Insanity (Life, 10pm).
  • Saturday – The Royals (Ova, 5pm), My Cat From Hell (AnPl, 8pm).
  • Sunday – Sugar Stars (Bio, 2pm), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 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: 4/14-4/20

April 13th, 2014

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Can’t wait to start getting behind on Orphan Black too….

Monday

  • Metal Hurlant Chronicles/Warehouse 13 (Syfy, 8/9pm) Series/Season Premieres – Based on the French graphic novels and then a final season of oddities.
  • The Real Housewives of OC (Brav, 9pm) Season Premiere – Blah blah.
  • 16 & Pregnant (MTV, 10pm) Season Premiere – Pregnant from a one-night stand, that’s crazy.
  • Bam’s Bad Ass Game Show (TBS, 10:30pm) Series Premiere – I don’t even want to know.

Tuesday

  • Pioneers of Television (PBS, 8pm) Season Premiere – Starting with a look at stand-up goes sitcom.
  • Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC, 9pm) Season Premiere – I find this show horrifying in that it seems like child cruelty, except when it truly does show another side of things in already child cruelty type homes.
  • Fargo (Fx, 10pm) Series Premiere – We all know it won’t be the Coen brothers original but hope for it to find its own stride, worth a watch.
  • Awkward (MTV, 10pm) Season Premiere – I lost interest as our protagonist just sort of seemed annoying.

Wednesday

  • Unusually Thicke (TVGN, 10pm) Series Premiere – Who is wondering what Alan Thicke is up to?

Friday

  • The Writers’ Room (Sund, 9pm) Season Premiere – Who puts the scandal in Scandal?

Saturday

  • Orphan Black/The Real History of Science Fiction (BBCA, 9/10pm) Season/Series Premieres – If you haven’t caught up, do, and then more sci fi.
  • Tobacco Wars (CMT, 10pm) Series Premiere – Kentucky’s tobacco.

Sunday

  • In My Dreams (ABC, 9pm) – Made for TV anyone?
  • Devious Maids (Life, 10pm) Season Premiere – Another round of the campy Latinas that with love and perhaps betrayal.
  • Salem (WGN, 10pm) Series Premiere – Another take on an old tale, who’s the real witch?

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: 4/7-4/13

April 6th, 2014

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Still needing a little catch up time…

Monday

  • Capital One Championship Central/NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship (CBS, 6:30/6pm) – I think the bracket conversations will be over soon.
  • Being Human (Syfy, 9pm) Series Finale – What will happen to our vampire, werewolf, and ghost.
  • Kitchen Casino/Mystery Diners (Food, 9/10pm) Series/Season Premieres – Chance with cooking followed by more diners.

Tuesday

  • Flip or Flop (HGTV, 9pm) Season Premiere – Long distance bidding.

Wednesday

  • Women of Homicide (TLC, 9pm) Series Premiere - A look at real lady homicide investigators.
  • Big Bold Builds (Bio, 10pm) Series Premiere - Starting with a fire station.

Thursday

  • FNA USA (CMT, 10pm) Series Premiere – Viral video countdown.
  • The Real World/Road Rules Challenge (MTV, 10pm) Season Premiere – Is it embarrassing to say I remember the first Real World?

Friday

  • Kitchen Nightmares (Fox, 8pm) Season Premiere – Chef Ramsay returns.
  • Boss Hog (Disc, 10pm) Series Premiere – A son joins the hog business.

Saturday

  • Love in the City (OWN, 10pm) Series Premiere – Oprah’s look at four friends married and single and apparently fierce.
  • The Graham Norton Show (BBCA, 11pm) Season Premiere – Russell Crowe and Cameron Dias among others.

Sunday

  • America’s Best Cook (Food, 9pm) Series Premiere – Sixteen home cooks arrive to compete.
  • MTV Movie Awards (MTV, 9pm) – Conan hosts.
  • Nurse Jackie/Californication/Years of Living Dangerously (Show, 9/9:30/10pm) Season/Series Premieres – The return of these series is followed by a combo of celebrities and science as they look at climate change.
  • The Bletchley Circle (PBS, 10pm) Season Premiere – Getting the circle back together.
  • Mad Men (AMC, 10pm) Season Premiere – Getting ready to say goodbye.

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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