new and noteworthy tv: 10/13-10/19

October 11th, 2014


I’m intrigued by this week’s new shows Jane and Marry and enjoyed moments of Boy last season so I’m going to get it another go. And the Transporter flicks make me curious enough to check out the series.

  • Monday: Jane the Virgin, Series Premiere (CW, 9pm), Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip, Series Premiere (VH1, 9:30pm),Independent Lens, Season Premiere (PBS, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight/Uncle, Series Premieres (Dir, 8/8:30pm), Marry Me/About a Boy, Series/Season Premieres (NBC, 9/9:30pm), Chrisley Knows Best, Season Premiere (USA, 10pm), Frontline, Season Premiere (PBS, 10pm)
  • Wednesday: Toy Story OF TERROR!/It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC, 8/8:30pm), Nature/How We Get To Now, Season Premieres (PBS, 8/9pm), Top Chef, Season Premiere (Brav, 10pm)
  • Thursday: Midnight Feast, Series Premiere (FYI, 10pm)
  • Friday: Gold Rush, Season Premiere (Disc, 9pm), Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, Series Premiere (HBO, 11pm), Comedy Bang! Bang!/The Birthday Boys, Season Premieres (IFC, 11/11:30pm)
  • Saturday: Transporter, Series Premiere (TNT, 9pm), D-Day to Victory, Series Premiere (AHC, 10pm)
  • Sunday: 90 Day Fiancé/My Five Wives, Season Premieres (TLC, 8/10pm)

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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my passion for paper

October 9th, 2014

The search for the perfect notebook is like the search for the perfect black shoe, there’s always something new to look at and you really need more than one.

Not long ago we heard that San Francisco favorite Flax is moving from its current location. Now it is supposedly relocating but its current spot walking distance from my apartment and so it is often by default my office supply spot. And although it costs a ‘bit’ more there is something so delighting about finding a notebook that’s just a little something special. Following are a few that I’ve gravitated to. To check them all out view my board at pinterest.

Work staple


Home list must


For more special lists


Daily lists


Mini Pads always come in handy


Or a mini notebook


Browsing can always happen at Flax, Maido, or Patrick & Co. Where do you get the best office supplies and what’s your weakness?

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new and noteworthy tv: 10/6-10/12

October 5th, 2014


Not actually enthusiastic about Flash or Cristela, but they’re new. And I don’t actually get Kingdom (MMA fighter anyone) or Affair both of which are supposed to be good. And AHS this season is Freak Show and though I haven’t stuck with any of these I’m intrigued by each season’s new world. I guess it’s Walking Dead for me, I can only assume they don’t all get killed in the first episode.

  • Monday: The Originals, Season Premiere (CW, 8pm), Are You The One?, Season Premiere (MTV, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: The Flash/Supernatural, Series/Season Premiere (CW, 8/9pm), The Bad Girls Club/Nail’d It, Season/Series Premieres (Oxy, 8/9pm), Hotel Impossible/Resort Rescue, Season/Series Premieres (Trav, 9/10pm), America: Facts vs. Fiction, Season Premiere (AHC, 10pm), The People’s Couch, Season Premiere (Brav, 10pm), Preaching Alabama, Series Premiere (TLC, 10pm), Town of the Living Dead, Series Premiere (Syfy, 10pm)
  • Wednesday: Arrow, Season Premiere (CW, 8pm), Ghost Hunters, Season Premiere (Syfy, 9pm), Inside Paradise, Series Premiere (Trav, 9pm), Kingdom, Series Premiere (Dir, 9pm), American Horror Story, Season Premiere (Fx, 10pm)
  • Thursday: Food Truck Face Off, Series Premiere (Food, 8pm)
  • Friday: Cristela, Series Premiere (ABC, 8:30pm), Say Yes to the Dress/Something Borrowed, Season Premieres (TLC, 9/10pm)
  • Saturday: Auction Hunters/Thrift Hunters, Season Premieres (Spike, 9/9:30pm), Swamp Pawn/Swamp Hunters, Season Premiere (CMT, 9/10pm), Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, Season Premiere (DIY, 10pm)
  • Sunday: America’s Funniest Home Video, Season Premiere (ABC, 7pm), The Walking Dead/Talking Dead/Comic Book Men, Season Premieres (AMC, 9/10/11:59pm), The Affair, Series 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: 9/29-10/5

September 28th, 2014


It looks like it’s comedy week, and to be honest it’s a sad sign when the only ones that actually look mildly amusing are on cable Happyland, amusement park crew, and Survivor’s Remorse, newly signed basketball guy. And though none of these looks worth much yet comedies are the most likely to shift and solidify after the first episodes so if you like the people it might be worth a check back. And Gracepoint, if you missed Broadchurch, and you like those slow mysteries might be worth a look.

  • Monday: Castle, Season Premiere (ABC, 10pm), NCIS: Los Angeles, Season Premiere (CBS, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: Selfie/Manhattan Love Story, Series Premieres (ABC, 8/830pm), Makers, Season Premiere (PBS, 9pm), Happyland, Series Premiere (MTV, 11pm)
  • Wednesday: Criminal Minds/Stalker, Season/Series Premiere (CBS, 9/10pm), Girl Code, Season Premiere (MTV, 11pm), Death Valley, Series Premiere (CMT, 11pm)
  • Thursday: The Vampire Diaries/Reign, Season Premieres (CW, 8/9pm), Bad Judge/A to Z, Series Premieres (NBC, 9/9:30pm), Gracepoint, Series Premiere (Fox, 9pm), Dead Again, Series Premiere (A&E, 10pm), Jean-Claude van Damme, Series Premiere (Reelz, 11pm)
  • Friday: Last Man Standing, Season Premiere (ABC, 8pm), On The Menu, Series Premiere (TNT, 8pm), Kendra on Top, Season Premiere (WE, 10pm), Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution, Season Premiere (Com, 11:59pm)
  • Saturday: The Graham Norton Show, Season Premiere (BBCA, 8pm), Austin City Limits, Season Premiere (PBS, 9pm), Ghost Adventures, Season Premiere (Trav, 9pm), Survivor’s Remorse, Series Premiere (Starz, 9pm), Pit Bulls & Parolees, Season Premiere (AnPl, 10pm)
  • Sunday: America’s Funniest Home Videos, Season Premiere (ABC, 7pm), Bob’s Burgers/Mulaney, Season/Series Premiere (Fox, 7:30/9:30pm), Alaska, Season Premiere (Disc, 8pm), Bar Rescue/Catch a Contractor, Season Premiere (Spike, 9/10pm), Halloween Wars, Season Premiere (Food, 9pm), Homeland, Season Premiere (Show, 9pm), Inspector Lewis, Season Premiere (PBS, 9pm), 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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and more from amazon

September 26th, 2014


I chimed in some time ago with the first round of review of Amazon pilots, I watched I voted, we all waited to see what would happen. And apparently the first of these series, one which I wanted to see more of, Transparent, is now available at a television near you. You know if you have Amazon Prime*.

Well another season of pilots has arrived:

  • The Cosmopolitans (:27) – This ‘dramatic comedy’ look at American expats in Paris with Chloe Sevigny and Adam Brody among others might resonate with fans of creator Whit Stillman’s talky style but I’m not sure these half hour blips into their relationship and other babbling make for an ongoing show, would check out another.
  • Hand of God (:68) – Ron Perlman and Dana Delany turn in nice performances heading this cast that has a tall order, although it strives to do interesting things the wackadoo religious vigilante angle was a little too ham-handed for me to appreciate what could have been a subtle look at a corrupt man breaking down and what could be the word of God, pass.
  • Hysteria (:52) – Mena Suvari leads this ‘investigative thriller’ which for me was the most enjoyable pilot, though I will admit the oddly contagious/via social media/tied to a mystery in her own past is a precarious batch of things to run with, would definitely check out another.
  • Really (:27) – Marriage, friends, and hitting that time in their lives, this cast, most notably Sarah Chalke, is apparently going for ‘funny, honest, behind-the-curtain’ look at marriage, etc. and although it might be honest it wasn’t all that funny or interesting, might check out another.
  • Red Oaks (:31) – This gal loves an 80s vibe and boy I could rock that crimped look, but aside from that this ‘coming of age comedy’ where our protagonist must find his way at the country club wasn’t quite enough to make me want to tune in again, probably pass.

So are you interested in the new pilot format? Will you skip and stay tuned to see what gets a full season order? Do you have Amazon Prime?

*Let me just take a moment to say I love the breadth of outlets for television but I am tired of having to incrementally add. I pay for cable, basic not premium (so things like Fx but not HBO or Starz). I pay for Netflix, streaming not discs (so you know the selection is limited). I find enough to keep myself very busy and yet still hate to be missing things. And now do I really need to get Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime or…?

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new and noteworthy tv: 9/22-9/28

September 21st, 2014

how-to-get-away-with-murderAlrighty, seems like fall is coming in full force so get your dvrs ready and with many of these new shows there are alternate showings to mitigate some conflicts until you set your final lineups. I’m excited for some returns but also for some new picks. Gotham has a lot of good ingredients so I’m hoping it can pull it together. I caught Forever and it was just ok, but they’re showing the second episode on Tuesday (following the Monday premiere) so worth a check. I haven’t stuck with any of the other NCISs but will give the New Orleans slant a peek, plus I’m always on the lookout for comedies so black-ish definitely warrants a look. And of course as noted Shondra’s latest… Murder.

  • Monday: The Big Bang Theory/Scorpion, Season/Series Premieres (CBS, 8/9pm), Gotham/Sleepy Hollow, Series/Season Premieres (Fox, 8/9pm), The Voice/The Blacklist, Season Premieres (NBC, 8/10pm), Forever, Series Premiere (ABC, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: Finding Your Roots, Season Premiere (PBS, 8pm), NCIS/NCIS: New Orleans/Person of Interest, Season/Series Premieres (CBS, 8/9/10pm), Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Season Premiere (ABC, 9pm), Faking It, Season Premiere (MTV, 10:30pm), Chicago Fire, Season Premiere (NBC, 10pm)
  • Wednesday: Survivor, Season Premiere (CBS, 8pm), The Middle, The Goldbergs/Modern Family/black-ish/Nashville, Season/Series Premieres (ABC, 8/8:30/9/9:30/10pm), L&O: SVO/Chicago PD, Season Premieres (NBC, 9/10pm), South Park/Key & Peele, Season Premieres (Com, 10/10:30pm)
  • Thursday: Bones, Season Premiere (Fox, 8pm), Grey’s Anatomy/Scandal/How to Get Away With Murder, Season/Series Premieres (ABC, 8/9/10pm), Parenthood, Season Premiere (NBC, 10pm)
  • Friday: Transparent, Series Premiere (Am, 12:01am), The Amazing Race/Hawaii Five-0/Blue Bloods, Season Premieres (CBS, 8/9/10pm), Shark Tank/20/20, Season Premieres (ABC, 8/10pm)
  • Saturday: 48 Hours, Season Premiere (CBS, 10pm), SNL, Season Premiere (NBC, 11:29pm)
  • Sunday: Thank God It’s Thursday on ABC/Resurrection (ABC, 1/1:30pm), Once Upon a Time/Resurrection/Revenge, Season Premieres (ABC, 8/9/10pm), The Paradise, Season Premiere (PBS, 8pm), The Simpsons/Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Family Guy, Season Premieres (Fox, 8/8:30/9pm), CSI, Season Premiere (CBS, 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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intriguing new fall tv

September 18th, 2014

Standard caveats apply, unless otherwise noted I haven’t seen the pilots ahead of time, and as we all know a pilot can be a clunky introduction that evolves into something far better, worse, or just different. Here’s what I’m most intrigued by.
  • Blackish (ABC, 9/24) – Ensemble with potential, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, and Laurence Fishburne, time will tell if they find a good ongoing POV in the ‘are we black enough?’ theme the title suggests.
  • Gotham (Fox, 9/22) – What the city was before Batman became Batman, I’m intrigued to see what’s up with the world they create and the back story they provide and by Ben McKenzie as pre-Commissioner Gordon partnered with fave Donal Logue.
  • How to Get Away With Murder (ABC, 9/25) – Shonda Rhimes brings in a new one and who can resist checking that out, not that I’ve stuck with the others, as Viola Davis teaches law school and has a class of people who are probably pretty and of course involved in some of their own murder cases and intrigue.
  • Madam Secretary (CBS, 9/21) – Tea Leoni as Secretary of State, but don’t expect her to follow in Hilary’s footsteps, though she may ‘play by her own rules’ with internal and external politics, Tea is supposed to be good though the series may need some time.
  • Marry Me (NBC, 10/14) – I’m willing to give the pedigree of Happy Endings creator giving Penny (Casey Wilson) another vehicle to create a funny world even if it is centered on a premise that sounds dumb, another couple who maybe can figure it out, we all know sitcoms don’t really need a premise.

And for a few other things that could be worth a watch:

  • A to Z (NBC, 10/2) – The pilot of this was available online early and after a meet-cute and the start of a romance I have to say that although I didn’t hate the two ‘sweet’ leads I wasn’t ready to spend a season with them, another ep may decide.
  • Bad Judge (NBC, 10/2) – The latest show housing Kate Walsh hasn’t gotten good critical buzz and heard the show runner just left so it’s either got potential for a revamp or a slow death.
  • Constantine (NBC, 10/24) – I’m remotely intrigued by this because it’s one of those comic book things that I don’t know anything about, guy with swagger fighting demons or something.
  • Cristela (ABC, 10/10) – Not a lot of interest in this woman eventually getting through law school and its pairing with Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing.
  • The Flash (CW, 10/7) – This show has gotten some good buzz if you enjoy shows like Arrow (me not so much) this latest superhero might be your bag.
  • Forever (ABC, 9/22) – Another early pilot with a coroner who keeps coming back from death and with his longevity comes Sherlock Holmes like observation and knowledge, cop partner, mystery of the week and some overarching intrigue, but neither he nor the supporting cast or case quite made it seem more than status quo.
  • Gracepoint (Fox, 10/2) – This is the remake of British Broadchurch season long mystery which I enjoyed but not sure this brings anything new to the tale and will suffer in comparison.
  • Jane the Virgin (CW, 10/13) – This show is actually getting good critical buzz and praise for the lead, and though I’ll check it out comparisons to Ugly Betty make me put it in the probably not column.
  • Manhattan Love Story (ABC, 9/30) – This just sounds and is said to be bad as we get to see what is reportedly totally stereotypical thoughts of a man and woman who meet, and then after some stumbles, romance undoubtedly ensues.
  • The McCarthys (CBS, 10/30) – Laurie Metcalf heads this New England family where one son is gay and the jokes appear stale.
  • The Mysteries of Laura (NBC, 9/17) – Critics agree this is mostly a mess but I was prepared for it to be so bad I didn’t hate it, curious if another ep could make for a passable fluffy no brainer of a procedural.
  • Mulaney (Fox, 10/5) – Word on the street is this comedian in a semi-autobiographical role is awkward and not so funny, but we’ll see.
  • NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, 9/23) – If you like NCIS, Scott Bakula, or New Orleans give it a go, all three and you’re probably golden.
  • Red Band Society (Fox, 9/17) – Cancer kids in the hospital is ridiculous in setting, characters, actions, and its humor to heartstrings potential and can we talk about the whole ‘show, don’t tell’ theory of storytelling.
  • Scorpion (CBS, 9/22) – Brainiacs with different expertise (computers, mechanics, math, psychology..) fight crime, or something, weekly procedural, no raves to date.
  • Selfie (ABC, 9/30) – This pilot was in the early viewing and really offered nothing of interest in this Pygmalion modernization, but it’s hard to see what the tone will be post intro.
  • Stalker (CBS, 10/1) – This latest procedural with Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott supposedly in the vein of Criminal Minds, you know, kind of yucky crimes, but you know this is about stalkers.
  • State of Affairs (NBC, 11/17) – Katherine Heigle and Alfre Woodard star as a CIA briefing agent and her president, but this sounds like it will be more bogged down with other dramas like how fiancée/first kid was killed.
And then of course there’s cable, and mid-season, and… What are you most excited to see?

Shows mostly listed in alphabetical order and premiere dates subject to change so stay tuned to ‘next week’s for more info. 

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new and noteworthy tv: 9/15-9/21

September 12th, 2014


We’re dipping our toe into the fall pool and as I’ve probably stated I do try to give all the new ones a chance, particularly in the early weeks before I get backlogged. So Tea Leoni as Secretary of State is the most appealing to me and could be a great fit with Wife, which is still one of my faves. Debra Messing as Laura the mom/cop doesn’t look all that engaging but she can be amusing (or annoying). And I really can’t imagine myself sticking with the kids cancer ward Red Band but stranger things have happened.

  • Monday: Dancing with the Stars, Season Premiere (ABC, 8pm), Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Series Premiere (VH1, 8pm),
  • Tuesday: New Girl/The Mindy Project, Season Premieres (Fox, 9/9:30pm), The Jennie Garth Project, Series Premiere (HGTV, 9pm), Kim of Queens, Season Premiere (Life, 10pm), Brickleberry, Season Premiere (Com, 10:30pm)
  • Wednesday: Red Band Society, Series Premiere (Fox, 9pm), The Mysteries of Laura, Series Premiere (NBC, 10pm),
  • Thursday: Breaking Amish, Season Premiere (TLC, 10pm)
  • Friday: Tanked, Season Premiere (AnPl, 8pm)
  • Saturday: Sold on the Spot, Series Premiere (HGTV, 1pm)
  • Sunday: 60 Minutes/Madam Secretary/The Good Wife, Series/Season Premieres (CBS, 7/8/9pm), Miss Marple, Season Premiere (PBS, 8pm)

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returning fall favorites

September 9th, 2014


Well we’re easing into it but I think we can officially categorize post Labor Day September as fall. And while I’m still waiting for a little more info on new shows to see what I’m most excited about there are some returning favorites already queued up with a season pass.

  • The League (Fxx, 10/3) – This is one of those off color Fx (now Fxx) series that has sort of grown on me, people who are so wrong it’s right, no football appreciation required (if you like It’s Always Sunny this is a nice pairing).
  • Sons of Anarchy (Fx, 9/9) – This show has had some uneven spots but watching the interpersonal drama, and admittedly the significant violence, and who’s lying, Jax, makes it a can’t miss to see where our favorite motorcycle gang ends up.
  • New Girl/The Mindy Project (Fox, 9/16) – Both of these shows have improved with time and with fleshing out the ensemble, they make me laugh enough.
  • The Good Wife (CBS, 9/21) – Last season this show really demonstrated how to shake up a longer term series, and still hold on to what makes it special; still has the best balance of weekly cases with the personal and political drama where I’m interested in what everyone is doing.
  • Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 9/22) – One of the critics I read dubbed this show ‘bonkers awesome’ and she’s right, it’s a ridiculous premise but the fast pace and main character dynamics keep it oh so interesting and did I mention headless horseman ridiculous?
  • The Blacklist (NBC, 9/22) – This one is really all about James Spader and fortunately that’s enough to keep this criminal with unclear motives catching bad guys on his list interesting.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 9/22) – They’ve done a pretty good job keeping what could be a one note show going, adding to the ensemble and growing the characters a bit, but keeping the mockery in top form.
  • Parenthood (NBC, 9/25) – As we enter the final season we can assume that the Braverman family will not be drama free and while I haven’t loved every story arc I’ve come to be invested, plus I would follow Lauren Graham and Peter Krause anywhere.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 9/28) – The latest addition to funny, again finding the balance of the could be annoying main character Samberg has been key but it’s really the ensemble with the amazing Andre Braugher among others that makes it.
  • The Walking Dead (AMC, 10/12) – Each season has had a different feel based on where the cast is but I’m intrigued to see them back together and of course getting out of whatever fix they’re in since the live people are often more of a problem than the dead ones.
  • The 100 (CW, 10/22) – I keep giving these relatively cheesy CW shows a shot and this one, which is basically pretty people land on earth and so far run into pretty people who survived, but I’m often a sucker for that whole moralistic creating your own society and what’s really right, we’ll see if this season keeps me coming back.
  • Grimm (NBC, 10/24) – A procedural show of the not normal variety, in that there is a world of non humans among us, and while I wouldn’t say I love this show the characters and stories keep me coming back.
  • Elementary (CBS, 10/30) – I can’t watch this show at the same time as Sherlock because they’re so different in tone but I am down for seeing what our re-imagined Holmes and Watson get up to each week mostly because I like Miller and Liu.

Notable mention (those that are either a little uneven, a little passed their prime, or too fresh to see if I’m hooked): Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC, 9/23), The Middle (ABC, 9/24), Bones (Fox, 9/25), Mom (CBS, 9/29)

And keep your love for a few of these shows on the back-burner until mid-season and beyond: The Americans, Cougar Town, Hannibal, Hart of Dixie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Justified, Lost Girl, Louie, The Mentalist, Orphan Black, Parks and Recreation

What are you most excited to see return?

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new and noteworthy tv: 9/8-9/14

September 6th, 2014


SAMCRO enters its final season and for all the ups and downs I can’t imagine missing Jax burning it all down. And I’m dramatically less caring about Oprah adding another Tyler Perry with Loving and Syfy trying its hand at Zombie fun.

  • Monday: Rewrapped, Season Premiere (Food, 8pm), Love Prison, Series Premiere (A&E, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: Masterchef Canada, Series Premiere (Cook, 9pm), Fashion Rocks (CBS, 9pm), If Loving You Is Wrong, Series Premiere (OWN, 9pm), Sons of Anarchy, Season Premiere (FX, 10pm), Adam Devine’s House Party, Season Premiere (Com, 10:30pm)
  • Wednesday: Hell’s Kitchen, Season Premiere (Fox, 8pm), Under the Lights (CBS, 9pm), Couples Therapy/I Heart Nick Carter, Season/Series Premieres (VH1, 9/10pm), South Beach Tow, Season Premiere (Tru, 9:30pm), The Ultimate Fighter, Season Premiere (FS1, 10pm)
  • Thursday: The Biggest Loser, Season Premiere (NBC, 8pm), Haven, Season Premiere (Syfy, 10pm)
  • Friday: Oscar Pistorius the Verdict (CBS, 8pm), Real Time with Bill Maher/Live, Season Premiere (HBO, 9/10pm), Z Nation, Series Premiere (Syfy, 10pm)
  • Sunday: Countdown to/Miss America (ABC, 8/9pm), The Roosevelts, Miniseries Premiere (PBS, 8pm)

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