Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Strain – a comedy?

What network wouldn’t want to pick up a series from Guillermo del Toro? He is a notorious director, writer and producer of great horror films. In 2006, del Toro pitched the Strain, but Fox wanted to make it a comedy series. What? A vampire comedy, from del Toro? No thanks.

After that, an agent suggested he create a book instead. Partnering with Chuck Hogan, he created a three-part novel series. After the first book, networks began making offers to make it into a series or film. Only after finishing the written series did Hogan and del Toro meet with networks to discuss creating a television series. They wisely chose FX because they wanted to stick closely to the books storyline.

And here we are, one week away from the first season finale. The show has done exceptionally well, receiving an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. It has easily become one of my favorite series this year. If you haven’t watched it yet, do so ASAP.

I never read the books, but I’m so excited to see what is going to happen next week. Maybe after this season ends, I will start the novels. The thing I really love about this series is that they don’t glamorize vampirism. Instead, the vampires on the show are ugly, brain-dead (except for a few), almost zombie-like parasites controlled by the Master. I really hope we get to see more of the vampire-vampire hunters, who are led by Mr. Quinlan (whose name I only know from reading about the series online). I can’t wait to learn more about them; I bet their story is fascinating.

What do you hope to see next week? Or do you already know what is going to happen based on the books? Del Toro has said that the first two seasons will follow the first two books closely, and the final book will be split into 2 or 3 seasons. No spoilers, please!

My DVR is almost full

Why do I do this to myself?

As the ratings are coming in for the premieres of the last few weeks, I’m struggling to keep up with all the shows I want to watch. And the premieres aren’t done! Just this week Stalker, Gracepoint and A to Z are going to premiere. In the coming weeks, fan-favorites American Horror Story and the Walking Dead are returning.

Gotham had a strong premiere rating, which doesn’t really surprise me. I haven’t seen it yet, but I think the premise for the series is very interesting to most people, seeing as Batman has been a huge hit over the years for movies. The Voice had its lowest premiere rating ever, which again, doesn’t really surprise me. I’m sure everyone else is getting just as exhausted with singing competitions as me. It still is the best of its genre though. The Blacklist had a good season 2 premiere, which was expected since it was the biggest hit drama last fall. I am surprised to see that the Mysteries of Laura had good ratings for the premiere; maybe I’ll have to add that to my ever-growing watch list. The TV spots for the NBC dramedy seemed corny to me.

My DVR is filling up. I have Gotham, Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow, New Girl, The Mindy Project, The League, and Z Nation to catch up on. I’ll watch what I can on my day off this week. I have to, for the blog!

Tonight the Strain is on, and it’s the second to last episode of the season! It’s going to be good. Has anyone read the books? I’m interested to hear how the show compares.

The Voice – Blind Auditions 1 & 2

I have to say, I was really impressed with Gwen and Pharrell on the 2 night premiere of the voice. I think that they both make great additions to the panel. I can’t wait to see how they do as coaches for theses aspiring singers. As always, Adam and Blake were hilarious and stole the show with their banter. Gwen is proving to be just as hilarious as them, though.

As far as artists go, there were only a few that really caught my attention. The very first contestant on night 1, Luke Wade, really impressed me. I really liked Damien too, he had a very beautiful voice. I was really disappointed that nobody turned their chairs for the older gentleman who sang a country song, I can’t remember his name. At the beginning of his performance, I wasn’t interested. By the end, I was almost in tears because you could hear the emotion in his voice. I couldn’t believe nobody turned their chairs, although like Blake said, he did sound a little out of practice. On night 2, Taylor Phelan and Maiya Sykes were the two that really stood out to me.

Does anyone else miss the interactive game they had for the voice a few seasons back? If you didn’t play it, basically you created your own teams out of the contestants who make it past the blind auditions. It made the show more engaging, and I can remember getting really invested in it. There was a chance to win a prize if someone from your team made it into the finals, although I didn’t come close. It was a lot of fun, and I was very disappointed that they never brought it back after that one year.

 

The Blacklist – Did They Say Lord Voldemort?

He’s back! The Blacklist kicked off season 2 with a rather large bang, courtesy of Red. The episode started off with Red getting the name of another bounty hunter looking for him: Lord Baltimore, which sounds an awful lot like Lord Voldemort. On the search to find this bounty hunter, Red and Elizabeth were led to Rowan…or was it Nora? I’m still confused about which twin she actually was. Rowan/Nora was played by Krysten Ritter (hi, Jane from Breaking Bad), who I thought did a convincing job at portraying somebody with dissociative identity disorder. So Rowan/Nora was working with Lord Baltimore, who kidnapped Red’s ex-wife whom he hadn’t seen in 20 years, according to her. Red then received a package with nicely manicured finger cut from his ex-wife, from Lord Baltimore of course.

Elizabeth’s personal life is probably as crazy as her FBI job. She has photo’s of her ex-husband taped to the ceiling above her bed, which is her way of obsessively trying to figure out who he really is. Having a fake husband who was really a spy sent to get close to you can’t be easy. She was able to get an annulment for their marriage, but decided to keep his last name. Her reasoning being that it never really was his name, which is true since he was living under an alias for the duration of their marriage.

So, who do you think was tailing Elizabeth? Could it be her now ex-husband, “Tom”? Does anyone else find it kind of freaky that Elizabeth is keeping his last name? Will we ever find out who Berlin is?

What’s on Tonight?

There are FIVE shows that I want to watch that premiere tonight. I won’t be able to catch them all though. I’ll probably watch the Voice and Blacklist tonight, and the rest tomorrow. I ranked them from what I’m least excited about to most excited about:

5. Scorpion (CBS @ 9 PM)

Scorpion looks like it could be interesting, but out of everything I want to watch, it comes last. It might be hard for people to relate to these characters, since they are all “geniuses”. I liked Katherine McPhee in Smash, so it will be nice to see her in something else. I will be watching this one On Demand.

4. The Voice (NBC @ 8 PM)

I have been watching the Voice since halfway through season 2. Now at season 7, I still keep up with it but it is getting less exciting. I am interested in seeing how Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams do on the show. Hopefully they can still keep the program entertaining and it doesn’t suffer the same fate as American Idol (which I never really liked).

3. Gotham (Fox @ 8 PM)

I’m actually really excited for Gotham; I am a fan of Batman movies and video games so I think that a back story on James Gordon and the criminals of Gotham will be really interesting! It’s third on my list because I’m more excited for my returning favorites.

2. Sleepy Hollow (Fox @ 9 PM)

I loved Sleepy Hollow last year! It was so interesting and like nothing else on TV. Although I was really bummed that Clancy Brown’s character was killed in the first episode, I really enjoyed the first season. I love the little bits of humor that are thrown in as Ichabod Crane tries to figure out the modern world and stop the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

1. The Blacklist (NBC @ 10 PM)

The Blacklist was a lot better than I expected it to be. I really only watched it because it came on right after the Voice. I normally don’t like these kind of cop/FBI shows, but this one really intrigued me. I love David Spader; he plays a really convincing criminal mastermind. I hope that we find out who “Berlin” is tonight, although I feel like that might be stretched out a little longer. I loved the character of “Tom Keen”, or whoever he really was. I wish he wasn’t killed off so soon, his story line could have been really interesting.

So that is what I will be up to tonight/tomorrow! Is anyone else going to be watching any of these shows? What are you most excited for?

Talking TV

My name is Ashley, and I’m addicted to TV.

I’ve decided to turn my addiction into a social activity. I’ve been wanting to create a blog to talk about the shows that I watch for a while, because most of my friends aren’t into TV the way I am. And what better time to create this blog than the fall premiere months?

I don’t want this blog to be a journal of my thoughts, but a conversation about what is happening on my favorite shows. I will post my thoughts and discussions of shows as well as news about series, such as renewals, filming, casting, etc. I hope that everyone reading will join in the conversation.

These are the shows I am currently watching:

The Strain, Under the Dome, Sons of Anarchy, Z Nation, and Dexter (on Netflix). Starting this week is Gotham, Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist, and The Voice (the ONLY reality series I will ever talk about).

Obviously there will be more shows to come in the next month or so as shows premiere. Hopefully this blog will attract some people who love TV and want to discuss it with me!