Posts tagged ‘Comic Con’

August 5, 2012

My Fall 2012 TV Line-Up (Complete with New Show Previews)

It has been way too many months since I have had a decent weekly line-up of shows, but I suppose that’s always how summer is.  Starting in September, my TV watching skills will come into play as I juggle 23 ongoing TV shows and try out 7 new series (all new shows are given a 3 episode test-this is the rule I’ve developed over time that ensures you will know after 3 episodes whether or not you want to commit to watching a show regularly).  Unfortunately, NINE of these shows air on Thursdays.  My DVR skills will definitely be put to the test on this insane night of competing television, but I’m confident I can handle it (thank god Project Runway will almost be done by the time the other shows start- and it airs reruns!).

Below you will find my finalized TV spreadsheet (sorry it’s a bit blurry in JPEG form).  Shows in the same color conflict with each other, and bold shows represent new series I plan on trying out.  For all the new shows, I’ve included a brief description and a trailer below in case you are interested in watching them, too.

Fall 2012 TV Spreadsheet

Partners– Mondays at 7:30 on CBS

Two guys, one gay and one straight, have been friends since they were kids.  As adults they try to balance their friendship with their romantic relationships, but sometimes run into trouble.  I’m really excited about this show because I love Michael Urie (Marc from Ugly Betty), and I also love that his boyfriend will be played by Brandon Routh (he played Superman!).  Plus, I appreciate that the show takes an unconventional approach by showing how guys can be best friends despite having opposite sexual orientations : )

Emily Owens, M.D.– Tuesdays at 8:00 pm on The CW

Mamie Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep, plays the lead in this Grey’s Anatomy-like show.  The only difference?  The main character is a recovering nerd who is trying to put the past (unsuccessfully) behind her to have a shot at being a calm, cool adult.  I find her much more relatable than a lot of the characters on Grey’s Anatomy, and as that show is being dragged out too long, this show is just starting and brings a fresh perspective.

Go On– Tuesdays at 8:00 pm on NBC

Since Friends, I will pretty much try most of those actors’ new shows.  This is why I watched Mr. Sunshine, Cougar Town, Dirt, and (only the pilot of) Episodes.  Go On is Matthew Perry’s new sitcom about a guy who finds friends and support in a dysfunctional grief group.  I love the bit in the trailer about “March Sadness,” and appreciate that the show seems to balance humor with some real drama about Perry’s character recovering from the death of his wife.  Be sure to catch the initial sneak peek preview on August 8th after the Olympics.

Arrow– Wednesdays at 7:00 pm on The CW

I think I’m only giving this a shot because I watched Smallville for so long. Smallville incorporated the Green Arrow as a regular character in the series, but Arrow is devoting a whole show to the superhero.  The Green Arrow story is about a rich guy who survives a plane crash his parents perish in.  He ends up on a deserted island for awhile and when he returns to his city life, he becomes a vigilante.  I was planning on passing after watching the trailer, but apparently the footage shown at Comic Con really impressed the crowd.  Now I’m curious about watching it…

Animal Practice-Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on NBC

My feelings for this show are kind of hot and cold.  I think it could be pretty funny, especially since the main character reminds me of Jeff on Community, but it might also be too over the top.  The premise is a smart-ass vet balances saving the lives of animals with goofing around with his co-workers and hitting on girls.  It has potential, but like Go On, it needs to balance the humor with drama to create long term appeal.

Beauty and the Beast– Thursdays at 8:00 pm on The CW

This show has A LOT of competition on Thursday night.  Kristin Kreuk plays a police officer who keeps getting saved by a mysterious “beast.”  This beast turns out to be a genetically enhanced soldier that was supposed to have been killed off because he was a failed government experiment.  He escaped, but has to stay hidden to ensure his survival.  Kreuk’s character feels the need to protect him because of the many times he saved her.  I feel that between the hot young actors and the classic storyline, this will probably do well.

Made in Jersey– Fridays at 8:00 pm on CBS

I really try to avoid court room dramas like the plague, but this one just may reel me in.  It has an Erin Brockovich feel to it because its about a Jersey girl trying to succeed as a lawyer in the competitive New York arena.  She uses her street smarts to close some tough cases (think Elle Woods and hair care knowledge), but will take some time to really prove herself.  If the show remains character driven over case driven, I’ll probably love it.  Otherwise it will get dropped (by me) after three episodes for sure.

There are three new shows that aren’t on my schedule because they won’t air until midseason (likely January).  I wanted to include them here in case you still can’t find a show that fits your particular niche.

The Carrie Diaries– The CW

This show follows the story of Carrie Bradshaw (the main character of the Sex and the City series) as she navigates the tough reality of being a teenager.  I absolutely love Sex and the City, and I hope this show maintains the character of Carrie well.  They will have the show set in the 80’s to keep up an accurate timeline, so that’s probably a good sign.

Mistresses– ABC

Despite big TV promos, I really wasn’t feeling any of the new ABC shows this Fall.  Last Resort seems to political, Nashville seems to country, and The Neighbors is actually about aliens…PASS.  Mistresses, however, is planning on taking a shot at that Desperate Housewives vibe.  GCB failed at this last year, but perhaps this one will make it.  I have a feeling it might be a little too sexy for my taste (when every single character is sleeping around with everyone else I get bored- let’s put some real stories and dialogue in there please), but we’ll see.

The Goodwin Games– Fox

How did I miss hearing about this show until now?  It has a great cast that includes Becki Newton (from Ugly Betty and How I Met Your Mother) and Scott Foley (from Felicity and recently, Grey’s Anatomy), a reconnecting family plot line, and a good mix of humor and drama.  These things all make for a Kelly show.  The premise is that three siblings are reunited by their father’s death, and end up competing for their inheritance in games their father really created to bring them closer.  The trailer for it looks really cute, and I can’t wait to check this one out next year.

What new shows are you looking forward to in the Fall?  And what favorites are you anxiously waiting to return?  For me, I’m definitely looking forward to the return of The Vampire Diaries-what a cliffhanger!

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July 31, 2011

The Tale of Amberjack

As most of you have realized from the pictures popping up on my Facebook page, I have recently adopted a Jack Russel Terrier named Amberjack.  I didn’t just go to the pound and pick out a dog.  Oh no.  This story actually goes all the way back to June 19th while I was still in Phoenix.  I was up late at night in my dorm going through picture after picture on the Petfinder app, just looking at dogs in case I decided to adopt one.  I wasn’t REALLY thinking about adopting a dog, but I indulged myself in this search process to get the urge out of my system.  Well, this was a bad idea.

Before long I came across this:

Jack Russell Terrier Amberjack

This is a picture of Amberjack from June.  I was convinced she was a Chinese Crested (those dogs that win the ugliest dog contests) because of how…interesting…she looked, but then I read her story.  She and her sister, Flapjack (my sister loved this because it reminded her of Pancakes on The O.C.), were surrendered to the Animal Rescue Foundation.  Amberjack had demodex mange, which is the lowest form of mange caused by a high amount of fleas.  She was expected to make a full recovery, but at the moment had no hair : (  She was only three years old and was already suffering from something that wasn’t her fault.  So, of course, I immediately felt like I needed to adopt this dog.  I think I have a Corduroy complex from that children’s books (must buy the broken toy!!!).

I put this adoption idea in the back of my mind because I wasn’t even coming back to Tulsa for another month.  I figured by then she would be in a nice home.  But, I did save her to my favorites on a whim.  When I got back to Tulsa in late July, I casually opened the app again to check on Amberjack’s adoption story.  This unfortunately did not exist, but there were new photos of her with a huge improvement in hair growth.

Amberjack Jack Russell Terrier

I told my mom about the dog (she was here to help me move in), and my mom urged me to go see her at the vet’s office where she was being held.  My mom had doubts that a Jack Russell would be calm enough for an apartment, but we called the vet and they said we could come in at any time to see her.

This was mistake number 2 for someone who was not going to adopt a dog.  Not only was she super tiny, cute, and still a little pathetic looking (which made her more cute to me), we got more information from the volunteer that showed her to us.  She said the dog had just finished recovering from Kennel Cough, and had not been very popular at all (it sounded like no one else was interested in adopting her).  Amberjack likes being held, but was very nervous and shaky when I picked her up at the vet.  I got her health records when I left, and as soon as we got in the car, my mom told me “You have to get her.  She’s much calmer than I expected.”

Sooooo I filled out the application even though I was really nervous about adding a dog adoption to my already stressful move to Tulsa.  I couldn’t bear the thought of this dog being at the vet’s office any longer (she had already been there over 2 months).  I figured there was a chance I might not even pass the adoption screening process since I lived an apartment, would be gone for long periods, and hadn’t actually owned a dog by myself.  But sure enough, while on a break from panels at Comic Con, I got the call that I was clear to adopt her as soon as I returned to Tulsa.

Now just a small FYI, dogs are not cheap.  Between the adoption fee, apartment pet deposit, and Petco supplies, my bank account took quite a hit.  Luckily, though, most of these costs are upfront.  I won’t need to buy leashes, collars, cages, beds, etc. too often.  I won’t even need to buy food that often because she eats so little at 11 lbs.

Since I picked her up on Monday, we’ve had our ups and downs:

Ups

-The volunteer told me she wasn’t completely housebroken, but she has been almost perfect about just going outside and has quickly gotten used to her outings schedule.
-She doesn’t bark, bite people, or chew on my belongings.
-She seems to have bonded with me within minutes of being in my apartment : )

Downs

-She started SHRIEKING when I left the second time after putting her in the cage.  Maybe she did the first time, but she might have waited until I was gone for a few minutes.  I worried about how loud she was and was paranoid that my neighbors would call and complain and I would have to give her up.  She has gotten better the past few days since I put old t-shirts of mine in the cage (they smell like me), gave her trick toys with treats stuffed inside, and put her in the closet (door is open) so she is more in the center of the apartment to bother less neighbors.
-She is very clingy and wants to be in my lap a lot.  I’ve had to work on saying NO a lot and also working out compromises like her being on the couch only if she is laying on her bed that is *placed* on the couch.
-She loves squeaky toys, but she is able to take the squeaker out of the thin ones in 30 minutes flat -_-  I don’t think she gets it that once the squeaker is out it won’t squeak anymore…

To deal with some of the downs, I think I’m going to sign up for obedience classes at a local dog club.  I think it would be good for both of us and would help her socialize with other dogs (she gets super scared when another dog is nearby).  My friend recommended getting her into agility training after obedience training because of her breed.  Maybe she’ll be ready to zig zag through poles and jump over hurdles by Christmas : D

Amberjack the Jack Russell Terrier

But for now, it’s me and Amberjay (my pet name for her) against the world out here in Tulsa.