another 100

May 22nd, 2015

frenchlaundryAnother year another bay area top 100 restaurant list! For those of you who missed the year I focused on this you can check out the page or the post. And here’s the latest:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/food/top-100-2015/

And no I didn’t focus on this list last year, though I did manage to hit Monsieur Benjamin, Poggio, Tosca Cafe, and Trou Normand as well as a long awaited return to Slanted Door. With this year’s updates that brings me back down to only having visited 40.

While I won’t necessarily focus on conquering any number of these, it does make a handy reference. And who knows maybe this will be the year for Gary Danko or French Laundry, or maybe I’ll just try for The Progress. I’m getting hungry just thinking about more restaurants! Where to next?

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new and noteworthy tv: 5/18-5/24

May 17th, 2015

David-LettermanA few things still kicking off but most prominently it’s time to say goodbye to Dave.

  • Monday – The Bachelorette, Season Premiere (ABC, 9pm), Street Outlaws, Season Premiere (Disc, 9pm)
  • Wednesday – 500 Questions/Celebrity Wife Swap, Series/Season Premieres (ABC, 8/10pm), Masterchef, Season Premiere (Fox, 8pm), Air Pressure, Series Premiere (Disc, 10pm), Late Show with David Letterman, Series Finale (CBS, 11:35)
  • Thursday – Red Nose Day (NBC, 8pm), Cutting It: In the ATL, Series Premiere (WE, 10pm), Between, Series Premiere (Net, 11:30pm)
  • Sunday – French Open Tennis (Starts Sun at 2am on ESPN2 and 10am on NBC, continuing), The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, Season Premiere (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: 5/11-5/17

May 10th, 2015

wayward_pines

More stuff wrapping up, including Mad Men, which I might actually start. I’m not overly optimistic but will check out Pines, while trying to wrap up some more backlog and do some damage on the Netflix queue.

  • Monday – Girl Meets World, Season Premiere (Dis, 8:30pm)
  • Thursday – Party Down South 2/Pontoon Payday, Season/Series Premieres (CMT, 9/10pm), Wayward Pines, Series Premiere (Fox, 9pm), Maron, Season Premiere (IFC, 10pm)
  • Friday – Superstar Duets (CBS, 9pm)
  • Saturday – The Billboard Music Awards, An Insider’s Guide (ABC, 8pm)
  • Sunday – 2015 Billboard Music Awards (ABC, 8pm), I Love Lucy Superstar Special (CBS, 8pm), Mad Men, Series Finale (AMC, 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’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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