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After watching the premiers of most of the shows I regularly see (plus some new ones) I’ve divided it up to “GOOD”, “MEDIOCRE” and “DOWNRIGHT AWFUL”

THE GOOD:

The Middle (ABC) – The second season premier of The Middle (starring Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond fame) was arguably the strongest premier this season. Last season, I felt that, while a good show, it had the misfortune of debuting at the same time as Modern Family, yet right now it proves that it has its own niche to Modern Family. Plus, the reunion of Patricia Heaton and Doris Roberts in the premier. Love, love, love. 

Better With You (ABC) – To be honest, reading through the summaries of the new shows this years, I wasn’t much into the concept of this show. The life of three couples, blah, right? However, it’s series premiere was just so strong and so effing hilarious that this is a show I’m excited to follow. The wit of this show is so spot-on reminiscent of Will & Grace and HIMYM (back when it was brilliant of course). The characters are endearing and their chemistry is spot-on. Plus, you know, Kurt Fuller and Debra Jo Rupp as series regulars and as a married couple at that is just fun to watch.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – How could a list of good shows be complete without mention this gem of a show? It was a solid episode with a lot of great moments. However, I already mentioned this – BBT doesn’t seem to have a good handle on ‘events’ (ie, season premiers, finales, break-ups, etc). It doesn’t make the episode bad per se (in fact, the humor was well-written). It just seems small. But I’ll take any Sheldon I can get

Modern Family (ABC) – This is a brilliant show, through and through. Although this didn’t seem like an apt big premiere, I felt that the individual storylines were incredibly strong and in fact highlighted the strengths of the relationships between Claire and Phil as well as Mitchell and Cam. I feel that there’s something brewing for this season set-up by the premier episode, I just can’t quite put my finger on it. And that’s what makes it brilliant.

Terriers (FX) – I don’t like action. I don’t like cop shows. I don’t like manly men shows. With that said, I love Terriers which is all three combined. The premise may seem weak and silly, but, boy, their execution hits it on the spot. I have never seen great writing and great acting on an action show which would normally just stay on the ‘Bang Bang You Dead’ genre. This show is twisted to say the least. Highly twisted. Watch out for the ending of last week’s episode. Gave me one of the strongest laughs I’ve had this year.

Psych (USA) – It’s unfair to judge Psych along with this shows for the very reason that Psych just had its midseason break while everyone else was starting. But nevertheless, I felt that the fourth season of Psych had a strong and relatively succesful attempt of going back to the roots of the show while going forward with a new set-up. I just feel that sometimes the contortion and devilishness of the plots conceived are getting less and less twisted – sort of like the problem with Monk. It had a great two or three seasons with really evil genius plots and then the latter seasons had basic guns and all.

Family Guy (Fox) – I must say, Family Guy surprised me a lot. I was expecting silly humor as usual and they delivered a parody of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, one of my favorite mystery books. I thought it was brilliant conceived. It was just there. Great opening, hopefully the rest of the season lives up. Now, to dig up my old Agatha books.

Desperate Housewives (ABC) – I love Desperate Housewives! Plus Vanessa Williams! Win! What I like about the premier of season seven is that (1) it set-up a lot of things, (2) it subverted what could have been the obvious big bads of the season, ie, Bree’s confession, etc and (3) it is a radical change, not as radical as the five-year leap but still radical in its own way. There have been a lot of changes and those seem needed. Paul Young’s reappearance makes it seem that his plotline in season one was just randomly stopped without given a cleanly-wrapped conclusion, but that’s okay.

Smallville (CW) – First of all, I’m sad that Smallville’s ending after this season. Yes, it had a terrible season seven and eight. But season nine and this current season are good, really solid. There are the typical cheesy CW lines, but all-in-all a solid show. I just can’t wait for Clark to wear his blue-and-red tights and fly. That would be golden fanboy love moment this show has been building up for ten years. Wow. Tom Welling has been Clark Kent for ten years. I miss the early seasons back when Tom was hot and was shirtless nearly every episode. 

America’s Next Top Model (CW) – ANTM again surprised me. I wasn’t a fan of the last two cycles but the twist in this cycle just got me. ‘We’re raising the bar!’ And indeeed they have! Italian Vogue! God. I soooo want to be on America’s Next Top Model. I sooo want to be America’s Next Top Model.

Life Unexpected (CW) – I feel that Life Unexpected is a hidden gem. It doesn’t scream out too much, it doesn’t have twisted plots, it doesn’t have deep metaphysical implications. But it’s a nice show. It’s relatively heartwarming – something I watch to ground myself in reality. A nice teenage drama to cap it all off.

THE MEDICORE:

Cougartown (ABC) – It pains me to put CougarTown here. I have the feeling that I really like this show but I just feel that some of the arcs last season were just draggy. This new premier had good moments (the reunion of Jen Aniston and Courtney Coz…again) but it just felt draggy. It was fun but it wasn’t going anywhere. But I’m still optimistic about this show. It’s a good show it just needs to be refined more.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) – Again, this another show that shouldn’t be on this list. Last season was just okay, not as brilliant as before (save for the awesome Christmas special, but, hey, 12 versus 1?) The past two episodes felt just okay, it isn’t the typical ‘Oh-No-You-Didn’t’ Sunny moments that just hit you and you feel so guilty that you’re laughing because it’s harsh dark slapstick comedy. And that’s what I miss. But this show apparently always starts low and gains momentum. I can only hope.

Community (NBC) – I think Community’s a very nice show, it offers highly interesting metaphysical commentary. My problem with Community is I hate their leads – both Jeff and the blonde girl. The strength of Community lies in its ensemble and this show would profit more by increasing the profile of the ensemble and firing the actors who play Jeff and the blond girl whose name eludes me because she’s such a flat character.

Merlin (BBC) – I enjoy Merlin, definitely, as a nice weekend treat. I like how, while set in medieval England, its language and stories are very modern. I just feel that the charm of the premise is slightly wearing off and they need to introduce elements to push the plot forward. I like how they finally made Morgana an evil bitch (which she was always destined to be) and I am enjoying her portrayal but I just feel that more could  be done.

Chuck (NBC) – I surprise myself. I always thought Chuck was a bad show but the premier was pretty decent. Haven’t gotten around to watching the second episode though. The thing though that keeps me from putting Chuck in the ‘Good’ category is that I feel that the premise is contrived and unbelievable. Yes, I am aware this is a spy show about a guy with a computer in his head – yes, that’s the extent of my suspension of disbelief. I just feel that Deus Ex Chuck could solve all his problems instantly. His abilities are erratic at best.

Glee (Fox) – I’ll be honest. Had I not seen the second episode, I would have without a doubt placed this show in the horrible category. Because, really, the premier episode was just flat-out racist, not to mention badly written. But that’s the hidden charm in Glee – it’s a stupid show really but we watch it for the fun musical numbers. It’s highly derivative of high school shows, most noticibly Ryan Murphy’s very own and more superior Popular. But, you know, who cares about characterization? Who cares about plots? Who cares about politically correct representations of your country? CHARICE PEMPENGCO (whom I’ve never heard of before Glee) is singing LADY GAGA SONGS (which I’ve never really enjoyed.)  With all that rant over, the second episode was decent at worst. It was pretty nice in retrospect. I love Britney. I really love Britney Spears. But then again, I’m biased because I’m Britney, bitch.

THE GODAWFUL:

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) – It’s very ironic that I was such a big fan of HIMYM in its early years that I kept encouraging my friends to watch this brilliant show. The twists are the BEST. I remember the episode with the dinner with three dfifferent stories all coming together in one. Just plain brilliant. Now? All we have is a show that has long overstayed its welcome, trying its best to drag a storyline we all know should have ended. All the stories churned out are just blah, blah, blah. Nothing new. Nothing interesting. Nothing groundbreaking. Boring. In my honest opinion, they should mercy kill HIMYM before it turns into:

Two and a Half Men (CBS) – This show is so bad that I….can’t even finish this sentence. Like HIMYM, I remember this show back when it was brilliant, groundbreaking and actually FUNNY. For some reason, it rapidly changed from hilarious to just pathetic. And the sad part is I can’t figure out what caused this shift! Was it the introduction of Chelsea? The slowly fading out of the role of Jake? The apparent absence of their supporting cast Bertha and the mother to be particular? Wah, wah, wah.

Hellcats (CW) – I am very disappointed with Hellcats. It’s a show about college cheerleaders. And I’m homosexual. That should make us aperfect match. BUT IT’S SUCH A HORRRRRIBLE SHOW. Please, watch the series premier. I can’t even talk about how bad it is. JUST WATCH THE PREMIER AND LAUGH WITH ME. Just don’t hate me for wasting forty minutes of your life.

Aside from these shows, I also regularly download HOUSE, CRIMINAL MINDS, SUPERNATURAL and WHITE COLLAR. However, I feel these shows would be a more interesting watch when viewed as a season so I’m going to marathon the whole thing when the seasons ends on May. Yipee! 🙂 But I’m more or less confident that these are superb shows.

This blog made me realize I have too much free time on my hands. But that’s okay. That’s very okay. Watching TV shows are fun.

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I’m still in a sort of high from today that I couldn’t put my thoughts together cohesively. I’ll randomly blurb out the happenings of the day.

(1) NO PE. Well, technically we had class and the other groups were already halfway through their HIGHLY COMPETITIVE choreography. Our group, on the other hand, decided to play it chill for the day. So cheat day – no practice. We deserve it anyway, we had a stressful Dancing in September.

(2) Two Plays for English. Yikes! Have got to read Acts I of Tempest and The Winter’s Tale. Eeek! While I initially suggested OTHELLO as our final play, because Othello is twisted and Desdemona is a slut, as most Shakespearean women are, but unlike most of them, I actually like Didi, (I named my two-year old laptop Desdemona) I eventually voted for Tempest because you know. Faeries. Spirits. Gayness. Fun.

(3) 121 Blocking. While we have a working script, I’m always in the process of revising this. If you’re reading this, you’re practically mandated to watch our production, because, you know, friends watch each other perform. SEVEN DEADLY SINS. October 8. 7PM. Venue TBA.

(4) 130 Meeting. Sadly, I wasn’t able to make the meeting. Had to meet up with a friend to collect a loan. Anyway, I’m starting to feel the stress of having productions on consecutives dates. Ack! Anyway, will make bawi-bawi this week. Euk.

(5) Performance Piece: I’m excited about the piece I’m going to perform for OI. I don’t want to spoil anything but it’s very very close to my heart. I cried over this piece when I first read/heard it, and up to know when I remember the weird feeling in my chest when I first read it, there is still a sense of sadness lying around. Since our motif is seven deadly sins, I might as well reveal my piece is going to be in the INVIDIA section.

(6) Oliver/Annie: I sort of, kind of (but honestly not really) miss my old 100-days. It’s fun to go back and see what they put on and honestly for their first prod, it was pretty great. I’ve seen a lot worse production done by more experience people. A big applause goes to Ronah and Mark (YAY! BATCH LOVE! ❤ Sunod na si ZYRA on Thursday) for their big UP debut. More is to come pa yan.

(7) Hellcats is a horrible show. And I’m speaking as (a) a dancer, (b) a homosexual man, (c) a CW watcher, (d) a cheerleading fan and really all aspects of me despise this show. It’s just bad. Good premise sana, but horrible execution.

(8) Excited for the BIG BANG THEORY SEASON 4 PREMIER! Had a full Season 1 – 3 marathon just to prepare for it 🙂

(9) By the way, my room is clean now.

(10) I appreciated it A LOT when A LOT of people went up to me today and said that I did a great job during the Dancing in September Tap Dance. Most of them were people I didn’t even knew watched. I’m not necessarily fishing for compliments to just boost my ego. The thing is, I’m not a tap dancer. Hell, I’m not a trained dancer. I have no training whatsoever in modern jazz or ballet. So little things like people appreciating how I dance is a nice confidence booster.

And, finally, a small passive-aggressive immature statement:

I miss you so much. Your name in my YM and Facebook chat list is a big temptation to just BUZZ and say hello. Sometimes, when I see you I just want to hug you and tell you everything’s fine now. But it’s not. No. Just no. Not right now. Not like this. Not so soon after. Don’t take me for another one of those idiots you play around with – we both know I’m so much better than all of them. ALL OF THEM PLUS YOU. Combined.

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Remembering POPULAR

 

The Cast of Popular

This is sooo high school. However, if can honestly learn something in our current age it’s that our high school dramas never end in high school. Right, we’re more mature, we’re wiser, we’re so much better than who we were then, yet strip everything away to its basic roots and we’d have the same old problems we had them – who will take me to prom? will I rock this class? do I look good enough? You could say that high school problems are universal.

Think it over once or twice

What last longest in this life –

Character or rock-hard thighs?

In the end do you believe

That beauty lies in what you see

‘Cuz if you do, then, baby 

You’ve been deceived

Well, me and B – we hate Supermodels.

It’s just that I’m tired of being compared.

                         – Theme Song

POPULAR is an awesome show. It is a criminally underrated wonder that was cancelled way too prematurely. (DAMN SEASON 2 FINALE CLIFFHANGER!) It is a show that speaks to a wider generation than high school students (unlike, say, OC and OTH which get boring a season into it) Did I mention it’s by Ryan Murphy, currently of GLEE fame? Although, I honestly believe that Popular has a lot stronger plot and characterization than Glee.

I’d like to point out three (because five is sooo arbitrary) of the most memorable moments from POPULAR:

1) The Carolling from S01E10 Fall On Your Knees

The Final Scene of the Episode

This episode merits credit on its own, yet the Final Episode is poignant enough for me. This was the episode that sold me on the show. It’s a typical Christmas Special, with values bullshit etc (and a Christmas-Carol homage) but it still worked. That final scene alone is guaranteed to make a tear fall from your eye.

2) Hospital Scene from S02E10 The Consequences of Falling

Harrison walking for his operation

Harrison was diagnosed with leukemia and so far was losing faith in everything (life, friends, love, etc) As he was about to jump from the roof, he had a vision that his hospital roommate, who recently died of leukemia, was in heaven and showed him that, as a person, he matters. The final scene showed how he wanted to live more.

3) Harrison’s confession to Sam via email in S02E14 The News of My Death Has Been Highly Exagerrated

Dear Sam,

As I write this e-mail to you, I would first like to set the stage. Looking out my prison window, it’s beautiful outside – sunny, 75, you know, typical LA December. I wish I could go outside and run around. But I can’t. ‘Cause I’m dying. ‘I wish’ is a phrase I’m tossing around a lot these days. I wish I could hold you when life is hard and no one seems to understand. I wish I’d told you the truth about how I feel about you when I had the chance. I love you. I love you. Right about now, you’re laughing, smiling your sweet Sammy smile, ’cause you think I’m joking. But I’m not. I regret never telling you in the moment how I felt. But I didn’t have the nerve. I was afraid you wouldn’t love me back – That’s kill me. But, I’m gonna die anyway, right? And I didn’t want to go to my grave without telling you how I feel.

I love you Sam. I know this much is true.

-Harrison.

Awwwwwww……..



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