Claire, Andi, and Nikki
Oh Juan Pablo, my friend, what have you done? You had these girls on a string, but something has gone horribly wrong.
You were handed everything on a silver platter. 27 girls showed up at your front door wanting to fall in love with you, wanting to mother your current and future children, and dying for a wildly over-the-top wedding funded by ABC and officiated by Chris Harrison with a guest list full of reality television rejects.
Juan Pablo, all you had to do was smile, listen, and let the girls do all of the talking—all of it. You did so well for so long…
But you blew it. You just had to open your trap in the fantasy suite to the one girl who actually has the ability to listen and process information without her brain function being block by the thought of Neil Lane fitting her for a 4-carat diamond engagement ring.
Let’s get to this nonsense. Here’s what we learned last night… Read more
As I’ve patiently awaited House of Cards, it has easily become the show I’ve most looked forward to returning in 2014. The dark side of The West Wing, a D.C.-based political thriller more akin to a Shakespearean reflection on power and fallen humanity than it is Scandal or The West Wing, although it shares slices of elements from both of those as well.
I’ve written on The Wise Guise and in Fare Forward Magazine about marriage’s impact on TV watching. What you watch, when you watch it, and how fast you watch it. All of these change. And life is just busier. So as many friends binge-watched House of Cards within the first week of Netflix’s release of all 13 episodes at once, it waited patiently for me in my Instant Queue. Finally, Palmer and I had the time and the shared desire to start it. It took us just under two weeks to complete the first season.
So much has been written about House of Cards already. I agree with pretty much everything Andy Greenwald at Grantland writes about both the show’s content and the phenomenon of releasing the entire season at once. I share his distaste for Photographer Adam and how the untraditional and popular distribution model changes the way we can enjoy the slow development of great, long-form TV as a community over a period of weeks. But regardless, I haven’t been able to wait until the new season drops… and now it has! As I’m torn this weekend on whether to spread out my viewing of Season 2 or just binge all the way through, I thought it’d be good to reflect on Ten Lessons Learned from Season 1. For a full review of Season 1′s strengths and weaknesses, try Josh Smith’s review. And, as Josh says, “All in all, House of Cards is a pretty fascinating study in total depravity.” So what were the ten lessons learned in this study?
In the latest He Said, She Said, Joseph and Palmer explain why you need to watch the complete three seasons of Veronica Mars for both your pop cultural edification and in preparation for the movie this spring.
Joseph: Do you like fun and simple mysteries? What about complex and intricate murder mysteries? Do you like love stories? Do you like good-looking people? What about awkward-looking and awkward-acting people? Do you stories of socioeconomic tension between the upper, middle, and lower classes? Do you like smart-as-a-whip, fast, witty dialogue? Do you like true underdog stories? Have you ever wondered what Schmidt from New Girl was doing before New Girl?
Then get over yourself already and watch Veronica Mars. With all three seasons streaming on Amazon Prime, you no longer have an excuse.
Well guys, The Bachelor is back and this time it’s better/worse/more excruciating than ever! Our STEAMY bachelor, Juan Pablo, is known for being able to take off his shirt, juggle a soccer ball, and make women melt with his basic subject-predicate sentences in ENGLISH. I may have missed the premiere last week, which I admit is a shame because it’s the drunkest women will ever get in the whole world and all of time, but I’m still here and we’ve got some people to make fun of.
The first one on one date took place in some sort of fake snow situation that was like a fairytale duhhhh and also there were bikinis I think. Superhotgirl#330 kept saying that “Juan Pablo makes me feel like a kid again!!!” but that’s probably mostly because she has to speak in SIMPLE SENTENCES so he can understand her. Oh, and I know you were wondering if Superhotgirl#330 ever had trouble being vulnerable and opening up? SHE DID SHE HAS SHE DID ALERT THE AUTHORITIES!
In the latest He Said, She Said, Joseph and Palmer discuss their thoughts and review of the first episode of HBO’s latest drama series, True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Joseph: When my friend first sent me the teaser to a new HBO anthology series premiering in January 2014, it felt like True Blood meeting Mud. And then it got to the end, revealing that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were the stars. And it instantly became my most anticipated new show of 2014.
When the other full trailers were released, I became even more excited.
In the fall of 2009, a show premiered on ABC. It was slotted behind what many believed would be the sure-fire hit of the season, Modern Family, so it would automatically have a good number of overflow viewers. Except the subject matter seemed like it wouldn’t be very family friendly. It was a show about older, attractive women out there on the prowl for younger men. It was Cougar Town.
But if you’ve watched the show at all in the last four and a half years, you know that Cougar Town is not at all about slutty older women trying to get in bed with 20-something boy toys. It’s a show about a group of friends, about a mother/son relationship, and a father/son relationship. It’s a show about young love, a new marriage, a marriage entering its middle-aged phase, and how all of these people in these different phases of life enjoy themselves.
A novelist writes a story. When the book ends, so does the story.
A film director directs a story. When the movie ends, so does the story.
But television is a whole different ball game.
So much has been said over the past decade about this being TV’s golden age, about how you can develop characters and stories over years and seasons, and how viewers can really form bonds with these people that they spend an hour or so with per week for X amount of years. And I get that. Trust me. My relationship with Coach Taylor and Mrs. Coach and Riggins and Saracen and the gang was deeper than some of my closest friendships.
But the downside of television’s ability to draw out character development and storytelling over years and seasons – and in some cases decades – is this risk of running a show straight into the ground.
The following is a list of shows I have watched or am watching and what their ultimate end should be or should have been: