Last night on The Bachelorette, there were high heels, tears, helicopters (obvi), and, of course, a private Darius Rucker show. No one’s quite sure when this show became the relaunch pad for comeback 90′s artists, but, then again, nobody really cares. To be honest, most of this episode was an opportunity for ABC to put their do-good shoes on and promote support for the Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy efforts. And, as noble as that is, if you’re anything like me, most of the time you were just asking yourself: is that where Jersey Shore was filmed? The highlight of this bore-fest was the Mr. Bachelorette or Mr. America or whatever pageant, where the dudes put on speedos and Des giggled. In case you (hopefully) missed it:
Four years ago, my then girlfriend, now wife, Katelyn and I were looking for ways to occupy the so called dog days of summer that were dragging along in Oxford, MS. She was a student; I was a chef/mover/waiter/blogger/beer drinker. (Man. Life was easy then.) Aside from the usual pool going, there wasn’t a whole heckuva lot to do. Netflix hadn’t yet hit its streaming stride and neither of our lives were very demanding, so we sat around and watched a lot of daytime TV. (Neither of us had DVR.)
One day that summer, while she was vacationing with her family and I was hitting the nadir of boredom (which I would KILLLL for now), I suggested we “start a show.” Neither of us had gone back and watched a show that had already been on or caught up to a show that was currently on, as is popular to do now, so we started discussing shows we might want to watch. The Wire, The Sopranos, and West Wing were all quickly dismissed. We were both Lost watchers so the easy, culturally relevant choice of 2009 was out. The decision was proving to be harder than we anticipated. Read more
There was a time in our site’s history where we would have e-mail threads with our friends about various topics, and then Clayton or I would format those into a lengthy blog post. Eventually, they became too inconsistent and too time-consuming to put together, so they faded away. Recently, Wise Guise contributor Sutter Vaught reached out to me with the idea of doing a weekly series where we posed one direct question to a panel of writers/contributors/friends to answer. With a more consistent format, this new Weekly Roundtable series was born. Each week, we’ll be posing a question to a panel (which will have consistent characters and some occasional guests) to give their thoughts.
For the first one, the topic was an easy one. With Arrested Development’s return to Netflix for a fourth season, 24′s return for a special season next May, and Veronica Mars returning with a KickStarter-funded movie, everyone is thinking about what other TV shows they wish could come back from the abyss of cancellation. Our panel answers the simple question: Which TV show would YOU bring back for more episodes?
Welcome back to another week of The Bachelorette. Are you crying from boredom now? Did you read Infinite Jest this morning to replenish your neurons? Great. Then we’re not on the same page. Last night, the star of the show was Des’ baby blue Bentley, with the close runner up being one of the bachelors who doesn’t seem to have a neck. But, seeing as the Bentley technically belongs to Chris Harrison & ABC, we’ll go ahead and review the rest of the night’s crazy events, which mostly involved a lot of roided-up arguments, v-necks, and hooded sweatshirts designed to fit men with shoulders the size of mediocre songwriters’ egos. And, as always, we’ll save you the hassle and condense this into five danger-free highlights!
First, a rap video full of white people
****WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR HBO’s GAME OF THRONES & George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire. If you haven’t watched last night’s episode and/or haven’t read through the third book, you’ll probably want to stop reading now. If you want to start watching the show or reading the books, be forewarned: they’re brutally violent, sexually graphic, and ruthlessly heartbreaking. You’ve been warned.****
Life’s been busy for us. So Palmer and I caught up on Game of Thrones Season 3 yesterday afternoon. At the end of episode 7, when Jamie cunningly returns for Brienne, jumps into the bear’s den to save her, and then assertively saves her from the ruthless men, I turn to Palmer and say: “Look no further for the twisted brilliance of this show than the difference between how much you despise Jamie at the end of the pilot and how much you love him at the end of that episode.”
How little I knew of George R.R. Martin’s brilliantly twisted mind and story.
The only thing more embarrassing than getting sent home during the first rose ceremony of The Bachelorette is getting sent home before the final rose ceremony of The Bachelorette. So, when fantasy suite guy was kindly dismissed before the rose ceremony even began, it was simultaneously awesome and pathetic. (As is every single episode of the world’s most anticlimactic show.) Read more
Jack Bauer and 24 are BACK!
I’ve tried to contain my excitement to just a few social media posts every day. It’s been a wild week at work and spending as much time as possible with my new baby nephew Walt, so that’s helped distract me from sitting on the couch in my CTU t-shirt and just watch all 8 seasons of 24 in a row. I have to remember to be a productive human being still and live my life in a productive and free way that makes Jack Bauer’s ongoing sacrifices worthwhile. Read more
I consider myself a horror movie buff. Seen the good ones, seen the bad ones, seen the ones other people have never even heard of.
In the past few years, I have been pleasantly surprised to see the uptick in horror-esque television shows appearing on nearly all of the major networks. Scary TV programming is very hot right now. Just look at the following list and you’ll see something that either you or someone close to you watches on a regular basis. Read more
I’ve received a lot of e-mails, Facebook posts, and comments from friends eagerly anticipating Wise Guise thoughts on this season of “Survivor.” It seems writing about my love of Survivor in the face of friends’ jokes about it being around for hundreds of seasons has finally paid off. Fear not, fellow Survivor fans. I’ve been keeping up with this season every week and, even though we didn’t post about it like past seasons, we are playing a Wise Guise Survivor Fantasy Game this season as well. We modified the rules slightly, we added more teams, and things are as exciting as ever before! Read more
Alright folks… it’s been a while since I’ve done a Netflix streaming suggestions post so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been watching lately.
Recently we had Josh Smith drop some wisdom on us about the Netflix original series House of Cards. But I’m admittedly slacking on that series at the moment. I think I’ve watched like 4.5 episodes so far.
Here’s what I have been watching and would recommend: Read more