As promised, this week I’m writing about the returning shows I’ll be watching as hoodie and scarf weather approaches.
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Parenthood returns to NBC for it’s sixth and final (13 episode) season. This is the show I’m most excited/sad about getting to watch. Unlike Katim’s last beloved outing Friday Night Lights, Parenthood hasn’t tailed off at all in it’s later seasons – and I’m not ready to give the Braverman’s up quite yet.
I’m not even that concerned with what’s going to happen, although there are multiple theories as to what the “huge new challenge” Katims talked about in an interview (but I’m hoping they don’t kill Zeke). If you haven’t give Parenthood a go yet, then you should catch up on Netflix before this season starts. It’s easily my favourite show on TV, and I am not a person who loves family activities.
Parenthood returns to NBC on September 25th
There are those that think Supernatural jumped the shark around season 6, and they’d be right, but that doesn’t mean that it’s still not a massively enjoyable show, at least some of the time. Sure, season 9 had a lot more filler than stand-out episodes, but I’m seeing the Winchester Bros quest through to the bitter end. And (spoiler alert) Dean being a demon is going to add an interesting dimension to the show. Oh, and Crowley is now a “series regular” alongside Cas, so that should keep Josh happy at least.
I’ve been a bit harsh here, I love Supernatural and this year marks a decade that I’ve been watching it. I hope it goes out on a high note, because that spin off pilot was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.
Here’s the terribly shot Season 10 trailer from Comicon.
Supernatural returns to the CW on October 7th
I started watching The Originals last season as a guilty gothy pleasure to watch on my iPad while in the bath. I didn’t expect to like it anywhere near as much as I did. I stopped watching The Vampire Diaries 2 seasons in, which makes my enjoyment of it’s spin-off all the more odd…
The Originals is set in New Orleans, but more like one imagined by Poppy Z Brite than the one we see in Treme. The French Quarter in The Originals is populated with witches, werewolves and vampires with some voodoo thrown in for good measure. Everyone is painfully hot, with impeccable make-up and hair and there are candles everywhere. I love The Originals.
The Originals is back on The CW on October 6th.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY – FREAKSHOW
American Horror stories standalone seasons have ALL been good, it’s hard for me to pick between Murder House and Coven when it comes to favourites, which is why I’m super excited for Freakshow. It’s not going to be the third season of Carnivale that we all wanted, but I’m reasonably sure that it’s going to be great. And Wes Bentley is in the Halloween episodes. All the spoilers/info/rumours can be found here. The official trailer is below.
American Horror Story airs on FX on October 8th
I felt like Homeland really lost direction after they killed off Brody, but I’m still interested to see what they do with it now they’re a central character down. Also, it’s been months since I’ve seen Claire Danes cry face, and I sort of miss it. Also, I’m hoping that they give Saul a bigger role this season, as I could watch Mandy Patinkin forever (remember how Criminal Minds turned terrible as soon as he left?)
Homeland is back on Showtime on October 5th
And that really is it. Told you everything good was happening midseason. At least it’s not too long to wait for new Hannibal, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Broad City and Girls….
I watched the Parenthood Season 4 finale this morning and I’m already missing the Bravermans. I wish this weren’t true, but it is. This season was incredible. Pretty much every episode was an emotional roller-coaster, AND I like Kristina now, which I never thought would happen. I still think it’s a bit off they kept Haddie in the dark though. I know that there are more of you like me out there, wondering how you’re going to live without your weekly dose of everyone’s favourite fictional family. So to try and help us through these dark times until we hear whether it’s been renewed for a fifth season or not, I’ve made an epic 4 hour long Spotify playlist of songs that were featured in season 4. Re-live Kristina telling Adam she has cancer! (I can never listen to Iron & Wine the same way) Ryan and Amber’s break-up! the Hank, Sarah, Mark love triangle! Drew at the abortion clinic! Max and the vending machines! I hope this helps and doesn’t make you too sad. Oh, and if you’re not familiar with Parenthood, then I wrote all about why you need to watch it now
I’ll admit it, I didn’t really take an interest in Parenthood up until a couple of weeks ago – when it was at the Upfronts and was being pitched as a “reworking” of the movie of the same name, of which I am not a fan, I shrugged and moved on.
But, I have a Life, Unexpected shaped hole in my viewing schedule (and shhhh, maybe also in my heart) and this season’s tv mostly sucks. Supernatural has been patchy at best – shoulda kept it to the original 5 season plan guys – and I’ve given up on Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl.
What then, to bridge the 20/30 something viewing gap – something that’s smart and funny and un-contrived, and in an ideal world has some soul?
In steps Jason Katims, yes he of OMG! didn’t he used to write for My So Called Life ? And Roswell? and Friday Night Lights? fame
(Before I get into explaining why this show is so mind blowingly good, I’ll tell you that out of the 3 people I have recommended the show to of recent all 3 have got in contact to tell me how in love with it they are. Who doesn’t trust the opinion of 4 random strangers?)
The premise is simple and much the same as the movie. The plot centres around the lives of 4 siblings and their families. At this stage it could’ve gone either way – but for the casting.
The show stars Peter Krause as Adam Braverman – eldest brother of the clan, Lauren Graham (Laurielei how I’ve missed you!) as quirky younger sibling Sarah, Dax Shepherd as irresponsible-younger-brother type and Erica Christensen as together-lawyer-sister, Julia. Oh, and we probably shouldn’t forget everyone’s favourite haunted-house-movie-dad Craig T Nelson, as the Braverman family patriarch.
The show begins as Sarah moves home and back into her parents house in Berkley with her two teenage children. The first episode packs a whole bunch of saw-that-comin’ punches, but with writing as good as this, you really don’t care.
Let me level with you here. If you’re a dude, this probably isn’t the show for you, unless you’re the kind of dude that enjoys relationships and loved Dawson’s Creek. But if you yearn for that inimitable feeling you used to get at the end of certain MSCL/Party of 5 episodes, where for 10 seconds you forgot you hated everything about them and you wished your family was like the Chases/Salingers then this is going to KILL you.
I wanted to write a whole thing about the characters and the way they interact, and how it’s got an almost SATC vibe when it comes to which one of the protagonists you most see yourself in, except in this show, there is no Carrie. No-one is inherently likeable or inherently flawed, and in this lies the shows magic. The characters are so believable that you’re willing to let all that, preaching to the masses/moralistic message TV shit that goes along with a network show in the USA slide.
I’m only at the beginning of the second season, and I’m not going to post any spoilers, I just wanted you to know that you should be watching it. It’ll make your life better, in a way actual family can’t.
I’m not miserable today. The sun is shining and I found I AM CHUCK BASS.COM and for some reason, knowing other smart people take Gossip Girl as seriously as me makes life better. It’s priceless. Lou and Tish are going to love it.
On a side note, I’m listening to the Van Pelt for the first time in ages. The Van Pelt were awesome.
It’s happened, the fall schedule is officially in full swing, and this weeks influx of all our old favourites has been the icing on the cake called september.
No longer do I have to actually talk to the real people I know in the world, that kind of behaviour is reserved for televisual wasteland of pesky summer. Now I can resume my regular slightly less sociable pattern with my old pal rapidshare and clever use of google. It also means that given I suck at giving up going out midweek I am sleeping far, far less.
Anyway, this week. Heroes. Hmmmm. I’m not 100% on how I feel about the first two episodes yet, apart from Kring is SUPER into his multiple plot lines this season, and he was REALLY into them for the first two. Mohinder suddenly got hot when he injected the serum, Hiro may be beginning to annoy me. I’m back to being in love with Sylar now he’s all evil and strong again, I wish he HAD killed Clare. Nathan’s I love God routine I find interesting, future Peter at least has some balls, I’m glad Parkman is wondering around in the middle of nowhere (I just wish I didn’t have to see him do it) and Angela being in charge of Primatech? g-e-n-i-u-s. Look, all of that and I didn’t even cover half of the narrative threads. Woah.
Gossip Girl, I’m really glad the boring Dan and Serena thing is over, I (for one) am completely over Dan, yes, he may have started to look good in a vest this season, but his self righteous working class hero routine is starting to grate on me. Mean Serena also fucking RULES. She is no longer whiny and needy, if this carries on I might start to like her more than Blair. Wowzers. Also really happy Nate has told old Brooklyn bad hair to fuck off too, we love Nate. Chuck Bass, what are you wearing this season?
HIMYM – Is it me or did it start a little weak? And who hates Star Wars ? and I miss Barney being Barney.
Supernatural – When I first started watching this show it was entirely based on the fact that it had hot boys (I love Padelecki from back in the days of Gilmore Girls) and monsters in it. It wasn’t supposed to be good, and for the first season it really wasn’t, but a crazy thing happened over the course of the next couple of seasons, and it actually started to get awesome! Someone sorted out the script writing, it literally became darker in every-which-way and also everyones hair really improved. I heart Supernatural, and the first two episodes of season 4 have been every bit as good as their season 3 predecessors. Dean punches his way out of the grave ? Hell, it worked for Buffy.. and now there are angels (but mean badass ones) and demons fighting out the prequel to Armageddon on earth. I’m totally sold. I’m such a sucker for good vs evil, and I’m practically orgasmic for anything end of the world-y.
I was gonna do Criminal Minds and True Blood here, but I just re-read how much I’d already ranted and figured I could save them for tomorrow. (this is what happens when I stay in on a saturday night after coffee with poke in the diner.)
Know what I love ? Sunday afternoons on my own. All listening to Death Cab and Built to Spill and lounging around reading… I think when I was at my loneliest it was because I hadn’t realised that it was as simple as it being my choice to spend time alone, I felt like I should be around people more. I’m over that – and now I’m not lonely anymore. I just like being alone.
Introspection aside, I’m all excited about this week – the office party promises to be a drunken affair (this not drinking thing is not going amazingly, but better than I expected it to) and then it’s Alkaline Trio in the evening and my guiltiest of all guilty pleasures the next night. Oh poppy slightly emo indie rock how I love you. And Adam Lazzara, I still love the Lazarra.
I finished Buffy season 7 again last night, no matter how many times I do that it never gets any easier. I miss having Buffy in my life. I love other TV shows (duh) but nothing has ever really taken Buffy’s place. I found this article over at Pop Vultures, while they were having their Film vs. TV week. It was nice to see someone else speak up for TV for a change, I’ve studied film for more years than I’d care to admit, but these days I’m far more about television. Seems there’s been a shift of recent too, where film seems to be more about catering to the lowest common denominator than TV does. Television shows don’t really need to, they’ve got reality shows to do that, leaving the smart folks to write smart scripts for the smart audiences.
Tara is getting here on September 13th, I’m stoked and taking time off work to prove it. We’re gonna have fun in this godforsaken town if it kills me. Did you see her new car decals? It’s the type of shit that makes me want to drive.
Long weekend has been exactly what was needed. Got to stay in, do girl stuff like DIY and cake baking, go out and do girl stuff like brunches and shopping and got to do some repeating of things I haven’t done in too long.
Friday was (hurrah!) new Bust day, so headed to Borders in Angel and bought it, then met Robyn for coffee and Lizzy showed so we went and got lunch. Then headed into town to meet Alanna who was coming up to visit. Lizzy made us go to the Luella Bartley store, which she lured us to under the pretense that there was some sort of gothy/psycho vibe with the new collection. Eh…. not so much.
The Bond Street part of the West End where the store is located always makes me feel sick to my stomach, with the wanton consumerism, don’t get me wrong, I’m a stuff junky, and I own far too many threadless shirts, but Jesus, the SUVs and £175 in the sale jeans represent everything that’s wrong with the world non?
So Robyn and I looked a little disgruntled as we stood in the centre of the antithesis of everything we know, before we headed out to buy organic toiletries. haha
It was crazy hot and we walked far too long, and I really, really hurt for it. Lizzy sorted me out with her discount at Sallys though, I am once again the proud sporter of the blackest black hair. It took forever to get home and somehow Alanna and Robyn both drifted off during a rewatching of Blade. Friday night and everyone asleep before 11. Rock and Roll.
Did give us the opportunity to get up early ish and go to pick more daisies for brunch ( I <3 pick more daisies) and then do lots of pottering/shopping/tea drinking/hating/discussing/discussing hating. All of this led to some fat free cake baking, and some room rearranging, before we made quorn fajitas and watched Almost Famous.
Almost Famous still makes me feel like a teenager when I watch it, and it makes me sad that there is no rock’n’roll really, anymore. And then it makes me wish that I excelled the way Cameron Crowe did, and didn’t find alcohol and partying instead. It still makes me feel sort of sad, the amount of potential I just threw away. I had fun and all, but it was kind of underachieving fun. Talked to Alanna for a couple of hours, I miss having actual conversations about stuff and I’m always caught a little off guard when they happen. My head still feels a little weird and lots of things that had been slotted into different compartments are starting to need some refiling. It confuses me.
Today all I could be bothered to do was have me a Buffy Marathon, watching Season 1 downstairs in the living room, and the end of Season 6 up here in my room. Buffy Summers and Co are like my comfort blanket.
I have another day off tomorrow, and I’m super stoked on getting Breaking Dawn. Edward Cullen can once again be a part of my life. RIght now I can barely stay away to type.
I really am, for pop cultural reasons including.
- Breaking Dawn being out 2 weeks today
- Gaslight Anthem playing August 25th
- New Gossip Girl September 1st
- New Heroes September 22nd
- My birthday the same day
- True Blood at the end of September
HBO show about Vampires based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries. Wait – Vampires ? The South ? HBO ? I’m so in. And like Poke and I were saying today, if it goes well they’re going to have to green light Preacher, which would make the world a far better place.
As soon as pesky “summer” is done and fall can start things are gonna get AWESOME.
Right, I’m off to do a pedicure and watch the wackness.
I can’t believe it’s still only wednesday morning, this week is d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g. you know? On monday evening I went to see New Amsterdams with Miles, they were awesome, better live than on record (duly noted) and waaaay more country. Matt Pryor did a solo acoustic encore of 3 guk songs. He finished on I’ll Catch You. I was worried about the impending emo-ness of the situation. (Matt Pryor, solo acoustic break up song, ex boyfriend) but it was all suprisingly fine.
Was super tired all day yesterday, but still managed to watch the season finale of Gossip Girl. Come on – you guys are killing me here? break ups at weddings with a death cab soundtrack? I’m trying to stay posi here! haha. I don’t really know how I feel about the tacked on *one week later* bit either.
I didn’t even do anything last night, just made dinner and hung out, was asleep by 10, but I’m still incredibly tired today. Can’t wait to go home and sleep some more. So far, until someone makes me a better (and equally cheap offer) that’s my plan for the bank holiday weekend too. Pay day is still 9 whole days away. Gah!