procrastinator picks – must see movies of 2013

February 17th, 2014

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I actually caught up on movies a while ago but as usual there is something particularly daunting about throwing down with a top ten list. Of the movies that I have seen this year some just floated to the top. The order as always is pretty subjective.

  1. American Hustle – Darned if I don’t like a good hustle flick, and darned if this wasn’t a good hustle flick, and not only because of the great cast; an always irresistible (to me) Christian Bale, even when he’s gross he’s good, but Cooper, Adams, Lawrence, Renner, and a wonderful use of Louis C.K. really didn’t hurt.
  2. Her – Spike Jonze’s odd take on topics is often a hit for me but this futuristic romance with almost a seventies stylized look took me along a poignant romance path, even if I do normally hate Johansson her roboticness worked for me in this tale.
  3. 12 Years a Slave – Our protagonist gets tossed into an awful life where we are made to see in him fish out of water but what’s worse, that he’s not really a slave or that slavery exists? Good performances show a lot to be bothered by.
  4. The Way Way Back – The cast and script bring charm to this coming of age tale, summer vacation with mom and her new boyfriend starts out a little rough, but our protagonist starts to come into his own, who knew a water park and its management could be just what it took, Rockwell, Collette, Carell, and Janney add lovely if not lovable character performances.
  5. Enough Said – Second takes on romance through beautifully touching performances by Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini, maybe I’m getting old, ok older, but the realness in the still cinematically unreal relationships was a nice touch.
  6. Out of the Furnace – Did I mention that I love Bale? Well he’s not quite weird enough in this role for it to be my fave but when he tries to do right by his messed up brother he goes from blue collar bad company to back woods worse, violence much?
  7. The Spectacular Now – Admittedly I often enjoy these teen coming of age tales and this slant on the ‘party’ guy and the ‘nice’ girl gives just enough of a less than typical character and path to make it feel sincere and effective.
  8. Captain Phillips – Based on true stories make me a little crazy but I was brought along with the tense turns of the hijacking with Hank’s well played captain, wondered if paying more attention to what really happened would have helped or hurt.
  9. Dallas Buyers Club – The performances from McConaughey and Leto in particular were almost enough to make the movie, but the somewhat historical look at this ’80s cowboy navigating the AIDS medical system kept our story engaging.
  10. Much Ado About Nothing – I do love me some Joss Whedon but I also love an interesting slant on existing material and this modern setting shot on a small break at Whedon’s home brings new light to the romantic Shakespearean pairing.

What were your picks and pans from 2013?

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new and noteworthy tv: 2/17-2/23

February 16th, 2014

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Monday

  • Star-Crossed (CW, 8pm) Series Premiere – The latest pretty teen offering from this net, the kids are a mix of human and pretty tattooed aliens, I’m not optimistic but I will watch one.
  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Figure skating, ice dancing, snowboarding, freestyle skiing
  • Basketball Wives (VH1, 8pm) Season Premiere – Catty drama?
  • Love It or List It (HGTV, 9pm) Season Premiere – More space?
  • Worst Cooks in America (Food, 9pm) Season Premiere – I think this team competition is looking to make cooks better.
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 12am) Series Premiere – I don’t really follow the late night shows but check out what Fallon does in his new slot, should you care about that sort of thing.

Tuesday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, bobsled, short track.
  • Tosh.0 (Com, 10pm) Season Premiere – ‘Sports or Consequences’ is back, whatever that is.

Wednesday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Figure skating, alpine skiing, bobsled, snowboarding.

Thursday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Figure skating, freestyle skiing.

Friday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Alpine skiing, short track.
  • Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, 9pm) Season Premiere – I don’t know why but Seth Meyer is surprising someone.
  • Hello Ross (E!, 10pm) Season Premiere – Sure.

Saturday

  • Daytona 500 Bash at the Beach (Fox, 8pm) – Nascar and music.
  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Alpine skiing, snowboarding, speed skating.
  • Ripper Street (BBCA, 9pm) Season Premiere – I tried to watch this show but can’t recall why I didn’t dig it.
  • About a Boy (NBC, 11:07) Series Premiere – Capitalizing on the supposed Olympics carryover this latest based on the Hornby book, a history of good adaptations and a cast with promise including Minnie Driver makes me want to tune in.

Sunday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Closing ceremony.
  • Food Court Wars (Food, 8pm) Season Premiere – Hot dogs vs beignets.
  • Growing Up Fisher (NBC, 10:38pm) Series Premiere – Another comedic offering with some promise, a family show with a blind dad twist.

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: 2/10-2/16

February 9th, 2014

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A little more Olympics and then heading into a long weekend for a little tv catch up…

Monday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Alpine and Freestyle Skiing and Short Track.
  • Top Gear (BBCA, 8:30pm) Season Premiere – Hot hatchbacks.

Tuesday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Snowboarding, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, and Ski Jumping.
  • Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (USA, 8pm) – Woof.

Wednesday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating.

Thursday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Speed Skating, and Skeleton.
  • Tattoo Titans (CMT, 11pm) Series Premiere – With my new found appreciation for tattoo competition shows I’m tempted to check out this standalone ep competition (as opposed to the narrow it down through a season format).

Friday

  • House of Cards (Net, 12:01am) Season Premiere – Spacey is back and ready for a binge.
  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, and Skeleton.
  • Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (ABC, 8pm) – Is that candy for me?

Saturday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Alpine Skiing, Short Track, Seep Skating, and Ski Jumping.
  • Outrageous Acts of Science (Sci, 10pm) Season Premiere – Web videos and science lab time.

Sunday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 7pm) – Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating.
  • BAFTA Awards (BBCA, 8pm) – Will the Brits predict the Oscars.
  • Wicked Tuna (NGC, 9pm) Season Premiere – Back in the boat.

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: 2/3-2/9

February 2nd, 2014

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USA! USA! Ok so I do kind of like the Olympics but the scheduling often makes me crazy, NBC, MSNBC, NBCSN… I mostly default to what NBC decides is network primetime worthy but do like to pop around for some of the less mainstream.

Monday

  • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (NBC, 9pm) – Host Heidi Klum and other bathing beauties.
  • Swamp People (Hist, 9pm) Season Premiere – Nervous deckhand?
  • Buy This Restaurant (Food, 10pm) Series Premiere – Finding the perfect property.

Tuesday

  • Winter Gold (NBC, 8pm) – A first look at the Sochi Olympics.

Wednesday

  • How to Raise an Olympian (NBC, 8pm) – Wheaties?
  • Backroad Gold (Trav, 9:30pm) Series Premiere – Following a dude named Corky Corker finding stuff.

Thursday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 8pm) – Figure Skating, Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing; had previously thought I misheard the phase team figure skating, whatever will it be?

Friday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 7:30pm) – Opening Ceremony, judging ensembles can’t be helped.
  • Diners, Drive-ins & Dives (Food, 10pm) Season Premiere – Guy starts this season at home.

Saturday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 2:30/8pm) – Ski Jumping, Biathlon, Seeps Skating, Cross-Country Skiing; Figure Skating, Snowboarding, and Freestyle Skiing.

Sunday

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games (NBC, 2/7/11:35pm) – Figure Skating, Biathlon, Speed Skating, Cross-Country Skiing; Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Ski Jumping; and more Figure Skating.
  • A Grammy Solute to the Beatles (CBS, 8pm) – Sing it.

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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critics’ picks – must see movies of 2013

January 28th, 2014

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Another fine year for film. Following you will see some of the critics and award noms that might point you in the right direction, or not. I haven’t seen them all, but I have done what I can so my seen are shown in bold. And stay tuned for my top picks. Critics key with links below for reference.

  • 12 Years a Slave – RC, AFI, CN, GG, CC, MD, AOS, SH, IS, F, AA, KT, BS, CFC, GA
  • The Act of Killing – RC
  • After Tiller – MO
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – F, MO, GA
  • All Is Lost – CN, AOS, IS
  • American Hustle – RC, AFI, GG, CC, MD, AOS, SH, AA, KT, BS, CFC, MLS
  • The Armstrong Lie – BS
  • At Any Price – MLS
  • Before Midnight – CN, MD, SH, F, GA, MLS
  • Behind the Candelabra – MD
  • Beyond the Hills – F
  • The Bling Ring – AOS, MO
  • Blue Caprice - F
  • Blue is the Warmest Color – F, AOS, SH, BS
  • Blue Jasmine – F
  • The Butler – AOS, BS
  • Captain Phillips – AFI, CN, GG, CC, MD, F, AA, KT
  • Computer Chess – MO
  • The Conjuring – CN
  • The Counselor – MD
  • Dallas Buyers Club – CC, AA
  • Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay – CN
  • Drug War – F
  • Enough Said – CN, AOS
  • Frances Ha - AOS, IS, F, KT, MO
  • Frozen – RC, BS
  • Fruitvale Station – AFI, CN, F, KT, BS
  • Furious 6 – RC
  • The Grandmaster – RC, MD
  • Gravity – RC, AFI, CN, GG, CC, SH, F, AA, BA, KT, BS, CFC
  • The Great Beauty – RC, MD, SH
  • The Great Gatsby – AOS
  • Hannah Arndt - AOS
  • Her – RC, AFI, GG, CC, MD, F, AA, KT, NS, MO, CFC
  • The Hobbit  - RC
  • Inequality for All – BS
  • Inside Llewyn Davis – AFI, GG, CC, MD, AOS, SH, IS, F, KT, BS, CFC, GA
  • The Invisible Woman – KT
  • Manakamana – MD
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – BA
  • Much Ado About Nothing – MLS
  • Mud – F, BS
  • Nebraska – AFI, GG CC, SH, IS, F, AA, KT, BS
  • Out of the Furnace – CN
  • Pain and Gain – AOS
  • Paradise: Love – SH
  • The Past – SH
  • Philomena – GG, AA, BA, BS
  • The Place Beyond the Pines – F
  • Post Tenebras Lux – MO
  • Redemption – MD
  • Rush – GG, MD, BA
  • Saving Mr Banks – AFI, CC, BA, BS
  • The Selfish Giant – BA
  • Short Term 12 – KT
  • The Spectacular Now – F
  • Spring Breakers – MD, AOS, SH, MO
  • The Square – MD
  • A Touch of Sin – MD, AOS, SH, MO
  • Touchy Feely – F
  • The Unknown Known – BS
  • Upstream Color – MO, GA
  • The Way Way Back – BS
  • The Wolf of Wall Street – AFI, GG, CC, AOS, SH, F, AA, MLS

AA – Academy Award NominationsAFI, AOS – A.O. Scott for NYT, BA - BAFTA, BS – Betsy Sharkey for LAT,  CC – Critic’s Choice Nominations, CFC – Chicago Film CriticsCN – Chris Nashawaty for EW, F – Flavorwire, GA – Gotham AwardsGG – Golden Globe Nomination, IS – Independent Spirit Award Nominations, KT – Kenneth Turan for LATMD – Manohla Dargis for NYT, MLS – Mick LaSalle for SFGate, MO – Mark Olsen for LATRC – Richard Corliss for Time, SH – Stephen Holden for NYT

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/27-2/2

January 26th, 2014

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Got lots of tv backlog to keep me going…

Monday

  • Hotel Impossible (Trav, 10pm) Season Premiere – Alaskan hotel in trouble because of belligerence and a bear.

Tuesday

  • State of the Union (Various, 6pm) – Obama update.
  • Dangerous Grounds/Border Rico (Trav, 9/10pm) Season/Series Premieres – Wine-like coffee and then patrolling the Puerto Rican border.
  • The Capones (Reelz, 10pm) Series Premiere – A look at the real descendants of Capone running a restaurant.

Wednesday

  • Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (CBS, 8pm) – Boomer Esiason and Shara Shahi host.
  • Toy Hunter (Trav, 9pm) Season Premiere – Tracking down the toys.
  • Fleming (BBCA, 10pm) Series Premiere – Exploring the early days of Bond’s creator.

Thursday

  • SNL Sports Spectacular (NBC, 9pm) – Sports-themed sketches.

Friday

  • Billy Joel (Show, 9pm) – A look at his ’87 trip to the USSR.

Saturday

  • 2014 NFL Honors (Fox, 8pm) – Alec Baldwin hosts.
  • Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 8pm) – Because you know, he’s moving shows.

Sunday

  • Kitten Bowl (Hall, 12pm) – I don’t know that the kittens can compete like puppies but feel free to check it out.
  • Puppy Bowl (AnPl, 3pm) – The puppies romp.
  • Super Bowl (Fox, 3pm) – Broncos vs. Seahawks, and then special time for New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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 2013

January 23rd, 2014

mindWith my continued lesser readings I am not doing a lot of culling when making a list. So here’s a bit about what I read last year.

  • Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante – An unreliable narrator, as her memory fails, reveals details of her life plus a mystery and darned if it isn’t totally compelling, I was won over by the form, the language, the characters, and the storyline.
  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson – I dig a little quirk and this artsy family drama where the kids are forced to return home to deal with their unusual parents’ art/life projects hit the spot.
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – College and baseball and love and other dramas collide as we take a closer look at lives that intersect through America’s favorite pastime, I enjoyed spending time with these characters.
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Dark and depressing, the walk of a man and his son in a post-apocalyptic, is it hopeful?
  • The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo by Peter Orner – The author’s usual lovely language looks at a volunteer teacher in Namibia, telling about his love for the titled Shikongo but also shares through story snippets to portray a greater picture.
  • In the Woods by Tana French – A detective gets a case that brings him back to his own childhood and we watch the investigation through the lens of what is happening and what has happened, this felt like a slight step up from my typical mystery literarily but still engaging tale.
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest byStieg Larsson – Yeah I wrapped these up, and happy to spend a little more time with our protagonists in these slightly oddly structured crime dramas.
  • The Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz – Back again to visit my favorite SF detective family, who fortunately have enough odd family drama to keep them occupied whether they have cases or not.
  • Sacred/Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane – I’ve still been enjoying a little walk through the backlog of detective team Kenzie and Gennaro, quick and likable page turners.

So my vow to read more may not have gone over all that well but I did stop reading at least one book I couldn’t get into, turns out a Pulitzer does not for me an enjoyable book make, no go for Tinkers by Paul Harding. And I should note I know both LaPlante and Orner from my days in grad school, kudos to SF writers.

What were some of your favorite reads this year?

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/20-1/26

January 19th, 2014

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Monday

  • Bad Ink (A&E, 9pm) Season Premiere – Ink regrets.
  • Klondike (Disc, 9pm) Mini-Series Premiere – Gold rush it.

Tuesday

  • Hollywood Hillbillies (Reelz, 9pm) Series Premiere – Georgians taking Hollywood by storm?
  • Horseplayers (Esq, 10pm) Series Premiere – Which professional handicapper will pick the best and win big bucks?
  • Opposite Worlds (Syfy, 10pm) Series Premiere – A new reality competition, and somehow whether people are designated past or future matters.
  • Teen Mom 2/Are You the One (MTV, 10/11pm) Season/Series Premieres – Pregnant and then finding your match by competing in challenges.

Wednesday

  • The Fashion Fund (Ova, 7pm) Series Premiere – Emerging fashion designers compete in some way.
  • Workaholics/Broad City (Com, 10/10:30pm) Season Premiere – The guys are back and then a pair of gal pals live it up in NY.
  • Wahlburgers (A&E, 10:30pm) Series Premiere – Marky Mark, and the others, open a restaurant.

Thursday

  • Rake (Fox, 9pm) Series Premiere – Greg Kinnear is worth a watch as his charms may or may not help his latest lawyer character.
  • The Fighters (Disc, 9pm) Series Premiere – Explore the world of boxing in South Boston.
  • King of the Nerds (TBS, 10pm) Season Premiere - The nerds compete.
  • Gigolos (Show, 11pm) Season Premiere – A new gigolo joins the crew.

Friday

  • Mitt (Net) – Following the former presidential nominee.

Saturday

  • Shaun White: Russia Calling (NBC, 8pm) – Winter Olympics has become synonymous with Shaun so let’s see what he’s up to.
  • Black Sails (Starz, 9pm) Series Premiere – Pirates!

Sunday

  • The Grammy Awards (CBS, 8pm) – Teaming up to perform this year…
  • The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding (ABC, 8pm) – Do they?
  • Olympic Special (NBC, 9:30) – The road to Sochi.

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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critics’ picks – best books of 2013

January 15th, 2014

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My book backlog keeps growing and here is some fodder to think of for future purchases. My surveying tends toward the fictional and I’m clearly not all encompassing, for someone who is feel free to refer to this crazy list by large hearted boy.

  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – LG/RJ, EW, NYT, Ti
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – NYT, FW
  • At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcon – FW
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – Am, JM
  • Lexicon by Max Barry - LG/RJ, Ti
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – FW, Am
  • Never Go Back by Lee Child – JM
  • Duplex by Kathryn Davis – FW
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers – Am
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - LG/RJ, Ti
  • & Sons by David Gilbert – FW
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert - LG/RJ, Am, JM, Ti
  • The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg - LG/RJ, Ti
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - LG/RJ, JM, Ti
  • Sea of Hooks by Lindsay Hill – PW
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – EW, Am
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – Am
  • Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai – FW
  • The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner - LG/RJ, NYT, FW, Ti, SFG
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri - LG/RJ, Am, Ti
  • Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem – FW
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – PW, WP, SFG
  • The Good Lord Bird by James McBride – FW, Am, PW, WP, SFG
  • Someone by Alice McDermott – JM
  • The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – FW, Am, WP
  • The Son by Philipp Meyer – EW, Am, WP
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – EW, Am
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  - EW
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Am
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny – WP
  • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon – EW
  • The Unknowns by Gabriel Roth – JM
  • All That Is by James Salter – Am
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders - LG/RJ, EW, NYT Am, MK, Ti, SFG
  • Half the Kingdon by Lore Segal – FW
  • The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis – EW, Am
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Am
  • Silence and the Roar by Nihad Sirees – PW
  • American Dream Machine by Matthew Spektor – FW
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - NYT, FW, Am, MK, SFG
  • The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy – FW
  • The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasques – Am
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – EW
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - LG/RJ, EW, FW, Am, Ti
  • The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell – Am
  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara – PW

AM – Amazon, EW – Entertainment WeeklyFW – Flavorwire, JM – Janet Maslin, LG/RJ – Lev Grossman and Radhika Jones for Time, MK - Michiko Kakutani, NYT – New York Times, PW – Publishers Weekly, SFG – SFGate, Ti – Time, WP – Washington Post

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/13-1/19

January 13th, 2014

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Ok this is more like it, my TiVo finally has a backlog that I will find daunting…

Monday

  • Australian Open (ESPN2, various) – The first week gets into full swing.
  • Lost Girl/Being Human/Bitten (Syfy, 8/9/10pm) Season/Series Premieres – The campy but fun folks like a succubus who are more than human, vampire, werewolf and a ghost trying to find their human, and then a series with a closer look at a lady werewolf worth a shot.
  • Switched at Birth (ABCF, 8pm) Season Premiere – The girls start their senior year.
  • Archer/Chozen  (Fx, 10/10:30pm) Season/Series Premieres – Animated spy returns and then a wrapper returns.
  • Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne (A&E, 10pm) Series Premiere – Illusionist pranks, pass.

Tuesday

  • Face Off (Syfy, 9pm) Season Premiere – Fifteen new contestants test their creature creating chops.
  • Kroll Show (Com, 10:30pm) Season Premiere – Something comedic returns.

Wednesday

  • American Idol (Fox, 8pm) Season Premiere – JLo, Keith and Connick are in their chairs, and I am choosing again to value each hour I spend not watching this show.
  • Suburgatory (ABC, 8:30pm) Season Premiere – Ready to see what’s up on the return of our Tessa and George to their suburban existence.
  • Duck Dynasty/Crazy Hearts (A&E, 10/11pm) Season/Series Premieres – The quacking cash cow returns followed by the ‘reality’ of trying to make it in Nashville.
  • Men at Work (TBS, 10pm) Season Premiere – This buddy comedy returns to try to make you laugh.

Thursday

  • Critic’s Choice Movie Awards (CW, 8pm) – Broadcast Critics put their picks out there.
  • Here Comes Honey Boo Boo/Welcome to Myrtle Manor (TLC, 9/10pm) Season Premieres – More reality of the, what’s the politically correct term for ‘white trash’, nature.
  • Under the Gunn (Life, 9pm) Series Premiere – Latest twist of mentor/designing competition, I like Gunn and still enjoy a runway so worth a look.
  • Party Down South (CMT, 10pm) Series Premiere – Watching friends party.
  • SWV Reunited (WE, 10pm) Series Premiere – Following their comeback.
  • Jerks with Cameras/Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory (MTV, 10:30/11pm) Series/Season Premieres – Yet another prank show and they more Rob’s antics.
  • Brian Boitano Project (HGTV, 11pm) Series Premiere – When you think Boitano you think home renovation.

Friday

  • Cold Justice/APB with Troy Dunn (TNT, 8/9pm) Season/Series Premieres – More real crime and then looking for lost loved ones.
  • The Diamond Collar (OWN, 10pm) Series Premiere – A look at mafia turned dog groomer.
  • Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, 10pm) Season Premiere – Bill’s back.

Saturday

  • Flowers in the Attic (Life, 8pm) – Apparently not quite captures the quality of the cheese of the book but how could one not be curious.
  • Mom’s Got Game (OWN, 10pm) Series Premiere – Former WNBA mom manages NBA son.
  • My Big Redneck Family (CMT, 10pm) Series Premiere – Who doesn’t need another redneck spinoff?

Sunday

  • The Following (Fox, 10:30pm) Season Premiere – I can’t believe this show is back.
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians/Richkids of Beverly Hills (E!, 9/10pm) Season/Series Premieres – Blurg.
  • Sherlock (PBS, 10pm) Season Premiere – We’ve been waiting and now it’s time to find out what happened to Holmes.
  • Looking (HBO, 10:30pm) Series Premiere – The male gay version of (insert slightly incorrect comparison to chick show here), give in to the promise of the characters.

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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