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February 3, 2013

Live Blogging the Superbowl: From a Non Football Watcher Perspective

Here are my thoughts on the Superbowl as it goes on.  I don’t EVER watch football (this is the first time I had to add “sports” as a category for blog posts), so my commentary may be focused on things like fan fashion, awkward commentators, and of course, the best of the commercials.  I also do not have a preference for who wins.  Look for this to be updated every commercial break.

5:20: Alicia Keys did a good job with the National Anthem.  The Sandy Hook choir was nice, but I don’t know if its appropriate on Superbowl night.  You don’t want to be sad as you stuff your face with chips and dip and watch a bunch of guys create a pile up on the field over and over again.

5:30:  Way to go on calling heads Ravens.  You are already off to an *excellent* start with your coin flipping wisdom.

5:33: There’s only been one play and they are already busting out the yellow highlighter in replays.  Was it really THAT important??

5:38: Nice catch by the Ravens.  I would have totally missed that.

5:40: Another Ravens catch!  And this one resulted in a Touchdown!  Oh, and you got the field goal, too.  Way to go guys.

5:42: Naya Rivera is in love with an M&M!  Love it!  I like all the examples of things the M&M won’t do (don’t lick me!).

5:45:  I think I almost just vomited watching the Go Daddy commercial.  They made it worse by zooming in on the girl and the guy kissing.  Gross!  Is that supposed to be funny?

5:46:  I didn’t love the goats Doritos commercial, but I love how he screamed when the chips were gone, haha.

5:50:  I like the Ravens uniform more, but the 49ers are sporting near *identical* Seminole colors.  I’m torn.

5:51: That catch was awesome by the 49ers!  It was a catch, slam, roll, and then he’s up and jumping.  The U.S. gymnastics team would be impressed.

5:53: That, on the other had, was NOT  good catch.  I like how both 49er players in the end zone just kind of watched the ball fall down.

5:54: At least Akers got 3 points with a good kick.

5:55: Oh Amy Poehler “Will this read 50 Shades of Grey to me in a sexy voice?  No.  Will you?”

5:56: I really like the primarily black outfits in the Black Crown commercials.  I kind of want to know who styled the commercial….

5:57: Yay Big Bang Theory!  Haha, Leonard “I think the pads go under the clothes….and the cup.”

6:01: I really appreciate that the clock keeps counting down even when they are just resetting everyone.  Otherwise this could take forever.

6:03: AGAIN.  Ravens are great catchers.  That guy wasn’t even near the ball and came out of nowhere to get it.

6:05:  That Ravens guy just kind of of walked around in a circle with the ball and then was tackled.  You need to throw it dude.  Your team is skilled in catching!

6:07: Wow Kaley Cuoco.  Way to dominate the Superbowl commercials so far.

6:08: So excited for the return of Robin Sparkles on How I Met Your Mother tomorrow!

6:10: Whoa.  Did you see the Ravens guys start pushing around Davis from the 49ers after the play was over?  Those guys were pissed.  This is way too much testosterone in one place.

6:13: What the heck is Jones doing?  He like danced out with the ball.  We get it.  You got the ball.  No need to prance around.

6:14: Love the Doritos commercial this time.  Aww man.

6:14: Okay, loving this Calvin Klein commercial more.  Daaaaaaamn.  I’m not a guy, and I will probably go out and buy that underwear now.

6:15: Cute wolf puppy!  Oh no.  Pissed off the momma wolf.

6:20: Another Ravens catch, but oh no!  Flags are flying everywhere.  I guess it was against the 49ers since the Ravens are super close to the end zone now.

6:21: Touchdown Baltimore!  I feel like the 49ers should go after anyone who might throw the ball.  The Ravens will ALWAYS catch it.

6:23: Uhhhh, the voodoo doll commercial was weird for Bud Light.

6:24: How is CBS really America’s most watched network?  I watch a gazillion shows and only TWO are from CBS.

6:26: Oooo, Star Trek: Into Darkness.  I like the line “I am better.”  “At what?”  “At everything.”  I say the same thing to my class all the time, hahahahaha.

6:27: I always judge the cars in front of me like in the Hyundai commercial.  If any big truck is holding a bunch of logs, I am convinced my life will become a Final Destination movie if I don’t move around it.

6:30: I want to call “Unnecessary Roughness” fouls on kids at my school.  I could use the X hand motions and everything.

6:33: I feel like they are not doing a lot of fan shots.  I want to see their signs, outfits, face paint, and reactions!

6:35: Okay, I can’t blame the Ravens for not catching that one.  That was waaaay too far right of a throw.

6:36: That camera man in the background just went DOWN in that tackle.  Poor guy.  I wonder if they get protective gear.

6:37: I might have slapped the Minnesota guy with the Jamaican accent if he told me to turn my frown upside down.  Wow.

6:38: Awww, a little girl football player.  You go Sam Gordan!

6:41: I am rooting for the guy with the camel in the Coke Chase.

6:42: The Subway Jared has really been around 15 years????

6:44: Oh no.  Another missed pass by the Ravens.  Maybe they are losing their mojo.  And grabbing the helmet? Fouls all around.

6:45: During the whole Taco Bell commercial I was thinking, why is We Are Young playing in Spanish?!?!?!

6:48: WOW.  Such a good touchdown.  I take back my comment about the Ravens losing their mojo.

6:49: Oh!  I saw one smiling fan in front of the goal posts smiling at the camera.  They really need to give the fans some attention.

6:51:  I think they just did that replay so they could play with the rewind/fast forward buttons…

6:52: Oops.  The ref just pointed to defense in the wrong direction.  We all saw that ref.  Don’t try to cover it up by switching your arms quickly.

6:53: Oh good.  The 49ers finally caught something.

6:56: They are playing Dynamite in the background!  That’s my jam!  Oh they just cut it off…  Thanks NFL.

6:57: The 49ers quarterback looks so little compared to everyone else.  Is he right out of college?

6:58: So far Akers is the MVP of the 49ers.  Just sayin’.

6:59: Are these people cheering for the players, or for Beyonce coming out next??

7:04: I like the purple squigglies (yes, that is their official name) they using in these replays to show where people have run.

7:06: Nice detailing on the ends of the commentator desk.  Extreme Home Makeover would be proud.

7:07: THAT was the halftime report?  That was like 5 minutes of guys trying to talk over each other to yell something senseless.

7:08: At least Pepsi showcases their fans.

7:09: OMG FIRE.

7:10: I don’t think anyone struts quite as good as Beyonce.  How did she just sit down like that without falling on her ass???

7:11: Oh Beyonce is laying on a platform of multiple Beyonces.  This lady is going to take over the world.

7:12: Well if anyone was worried about Beyonce dressing more conservatively after being a mom, I think you can relax now.

7:14: Oh no, she’s duplicating herself again.

7:16: OMG DESTINY’S CHILD JUST POPPED OUT OF THE GROUND!

7:17: I want to grow my hair out like Kelly Rowland’s to have that long hair with bangs look!

7:18: Destiny’s Child has learned how to start fire.  We should be concerned.

7:19: Is Beyonce’s mic louder than both the other girls’ ones??  That seems biased.

7:19:  I love that they are singing Single Ladies!  Ahhhhh!  they are even doing the original choreography!

7:20: I think Beyonce is sitting during Halo because she is EXHAUSTED- not for dramatic effect.

7:24: I think this commercial would be more meaningful if its purpose wasn’t to get people to buy a jeep.

7:26: The blonde girl from 2 Broke Girls had soooo much eye makeup on O_O

7:32: Oh look it’s back for the 3rd quarter.  WAIT.  Somebody just scored a touchdown in the first play?!?!!?

7:33: The 49ers coach is having an “I hate my life” face right now.

7:36:  Here we go.  A bunch of the players are shoving each other again after plays.  Calm down guys!

7:37: Not sure what that little bent knee dance move was by Jones…

7:37: What’s going on with these dark shots of the upper bowl?

7:38: Iron Man sneak peek!  It looked a little like Superman would show up instead.

7:40: Ooooooooo!  Power Outage!  Way to add some drama.  I like how even with half the lights everything is still *completely* visible.

7:44: The power is out?  Okay, let’s all do Yoga.  This is hilarious.

7:46: These commentator guys must be ecstatic to get more screen time.  Too bad they keep cutting away from them to show the yoga class going on with the football players.

7:50: Did anyone just see the really impressive cheerleader throw behind the commentators???

7:54: These players look so bored.  As do the fans they are finally showing.

7:55: They keep saying “Another 15 minutes.”  You said that 15 minutes ago.  I don’t believe you!

7:59: Do we really care about what knocked out the power?  Just play.  I assume it might be all the pyrotechnics used in Beyonce’s half time show anyway.

8:03: Wow.  The power outage gets its own count “up” clock.  This is serious.  In other news, the Ravens coach looks PISSED.

8:06: I think every power outage joke has been said.  Let’s move on.

8:09: MORE PURPLE SQUIGGLIES : D

8:11: Play is finally resuming!  I feel like the cheers should be louder.

8:14: This is officially my most viewed post in a single day.  REALLY?  The one time I, of all people, comment on sports?!?!?

8:17: They got Zoe Saldana for a Bud Light commercial?  Impressive.

8:22: Nothing beats an astronaut…okay.  These commercials are pretty lame this year.

8:22: I will not buy anything that uses Tracy Morgan yelling at me in a commercial.

8:24: FINALLY 49ers.  I was beginning to think you were asleep.

8:25:  This is now the third kick Akers has landed.  Way to go man.

8:27: Oh Psy.  I smiled at your Crack em’ style commercial for Pistachios.

8:31: Ravens screwed that kick up.

8:33: Another touchdown for the 49ers.  If they win, are the Ravens going to blame the power outage and say “It threw off our groove!” like Kuzco from Emperor’s New Groove??

8:37: I almost cried during the Clydesdale commercial.  So I am almost ashamed of myself.

8:41: Just confirmed after hearing a comment earlier that the head coaches are brothers.  Awkward….And this also proves how little I know about what’s going on today.

8:44: Did someone just foul Akers????  You better not be messing with the only player I know on the field!  Oh, he got a redo.  Much better.

8:48:  Jeez.  That Ravens player just got thrown down on the sidelines.

8:50:  Now another Raven player is thrown down by the head.  How is this not a foul?

8:54: FINALLY made it to the 4th quarter.  The 3rd quarter felt…oh…34 minutes too long?

8:59: This farmer commercial is really long.  Oh, wait, it’s not to promote farming.  In the end it’s about a Dodge Ram.

9:01: I just remembered the Coke Chase is going on.  Is that ever going to be resolved????  Still on the guy with a camel’s team.

9:03: I think the game would have been over now had the power outage not occurred.  I really need to take my dog out….

9:05:  WOW.  The 49ers quarterback just pulled a fast one over everyone.  There’s only a 2 point difference now.

9:06: Oh man.  That Sorento commercial is a good contender this year for best Superbowl commercial.  I want to visit Babylandia now and play with all the cute baby animals!

9:14: The only part of the Tide commercial I liked was when they were selling “Stain on a Stick.”  I could totally see this happening.

9:17:  I think when there’s 5 minutes left they should play “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha to warn the players.

9:20: And the 49ers coach just had a huge hissy fit.

9:24: Why do we keep seeing shots of players chewing their mouth guard?  They aren’t teething right?

9:26: Is Flacco seriously making a phone call during the last few minutes of the game?

9:27: Uh oh Ravens.  49ers might also have catching skills.  This is going to be close.

9:30: “I’ve never seen you this excited about something that isn’t food.” Nice Paul Rudd.  The secretary girl in the background was Ashley from Greek!

9:34: Nice defense from the Ravens.  Is that the game?

9:35: Hissy fit #2 from the 49ers coach.  Poor guy.

9:37: I like how that one 49ers guy is laying down in the background for a quiet moment and Gangnem Style comes on in the stadium.

9:40: Why do you need a timeout when you are ahead and there is only 12seconds left??? I really need to take my dog out Ravens!

9:41: I don’t know what a Safety is, but it is wasting more clock time.  4 SECONDS!

9:43: Another time out????????  Are you F-ing serious?

9:45: Game over.  Congrats Baltimore Ravens and  Baltimore Raven fans!

9:45:  Oh!  We got some bromance action between the Ravens coach and owner.

9:46: Ooooooo pretty purple confetti!  I feel like if I was at this game I would be rushing to leave to get out of the parking lot before the mad rush.

9:49: The show girls won the Coke Chase.  That camel guy was robbed!

Alright guys.  Thanks for checking back to this blog throughout the night.  Hopefully I’ve given you some insight on how non-football fans interpret football games : )

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January 2, 2013

My Winter 2013 TV Schedule

Here is my TV schedule for Winter 2013. You can view a clearer picture of it here (click on the link in the next window, too): WinterTV2013

Winter TV 2013

A few things to note….

….Why is ABC Family bringing everything back at once???? I usually am watching one or two things on that channel at a time, and mostly this is over the summer. Somehow Switched at Birth, Bunheads, Pretty Little Liars, and The Lying Game decided to resurrect themselves all at the same time. I can manage this Monday, but now my Tuesdays, especially at the 8 pm time slot, are packed.

….I live in the central time zone in Oklahoma so all you east coast friends adjust the times accordingly.

….Same color means the shows conflict with each other in the same time slot.

….I *almost* forgot about Being Human. It goes off the air soooo long and it’s not even close to my favorite show. Maybe I’ll stop watching it soon? That’s how I dropped Up All Night the past couple months. I actually forgot to record it a couple weeks in a row and realized I didn’t really care about catching up.

….How I Met Your Mother doesn’t come back until February??? LAME. Also lame? Parenthood only having a few more episodes left before ending until NEXT FALL. WTF. I thought I had at least until March for this one.

….Yay for Cougar Town returning! I’m glad TBS appreciates this quirky show.

….Parks and Recreation was kind enough to move out of that 8-9 clusterf*** on Thursday nights, but now Project Runway is starting their next season and is adding another show back to that over-crowded spot on the schedule. Luckily, PR reruns late the same night so I can DVR that showing instead.

….Of the new shows I recommended in August, I was sad to see Partners cancelled (I liked it!!!); I hated Emily Owens M.D. after one episode and dropped it immediately- it has been cancelled and is finishing its run; I never even watched Made in Jersey and it got cancelled after one or two episodes; I gave up on Animal Practice after a handful of episodes and watched it, like all those before it, get axed quickly; Beauty and the Beast, Arrow, and Go On (my favorite of the new shows!) have all made it to full season pick ups, and I am happy to report they are still on my schedule, too : )

….The Carrie Diaries is my only new show on the schedule. The only other new shows I was interested in are slated to come later- Mistresses (ABC) in the Summer and The Goodwin Games (Fox) likely in the spring.

….FINALLY Community. I hope you are actually still good after all this wait time (it was supposed to return in October 2012).

….I read a bunch of news stories about Downton Abbey in a very regrettable moment and now am not sure if I want to watch Season 3 or not. I suppose I’ll proceed with caution. At least it’s only 9 episodes?

June 5, 2012

5 Cheap Cures for the Summer Blues

Since I decided to become a teacher, I still get a summer break.  And since I still get a summer break, I still hit that same period about a couple weeks into summer break where I feel completely bored. Yeah, sure, I’m grateful for the extra rest, but eventually sitting around doing nothing becomes less exciting.  I know a lot you are not teachers and don’t have this summer break problem, but perhaps you still feel a little bored with the lack of television options (another brutal reality for me the next few months) or you still feel phantom summer break boredom pains from your younger ears.  Here are a few ideas to add some fun into your life until the end of August rolls back around.

1. Rediscover Magazines

Remember when getting mail was fun and not just full of bills?  You can have that again!  Magazines are extremely cheap now because the industry is dying out with so much media being consumed online.  While print magazines may be out in a decade, you still have some time now to embrace their twilight years (at excellent prices, too!).  Amazon has several magazines available for only $5 a year!  This is how I subscribed to Marie Claire.  I feel you can get $5 worth out of any yearly subscription, especially if you are interested in the overall subject matter.  My sister got me into Marie Claire because while it does have a lot of fashion pages, it also has articles about real girls doing real things you can either relate to or admire.  I particularly loved the article “Love and the Single Girl” in this month’s issue.  Knowing there are single ladies out there thwarting parents from buying online dating subscriptions for them or being asked to move to make room for a couple, yet still completely content with their lives, makes me realize that being single at 24 is not a life sentence.

I will constantly recommend Entertainment Weekly till I die, but I am also one to love me some pop culture news.  Entertainment Weekly offers an extra tablet edition of their magazine free with your subscription, which is great on the go and offers extra interactive features (ex. jumping to a trailer of a movie you are reading about).  This has been especially useful to me while I am in Orlando.  EW runs about $25 for the year, but for $9 more you can get it for two years (remember, it’s “weekly”).  You can check out EW’s offer here, or pay less for a shorter subscription over at Magazines.com here.

I know there is a lot of digital media for us to consume, but nothing quite beats sitting down for an hour to flip through a magazine by a pool, curled up on your couch, or killing time during travel.  You will always get a little more written content than if you read the articles online, and you will help make sure future generations get the opportunity to post pictures from magazines on their wall (I still have EW covers as decorations in my apartment…haha).  Click here to check out Amazon’s current $5 deals on magazine subscriptions (through June 17th).  Also make sure to stalk Groupon and Living Social for magazine deals, as I have gotten a couple $12 subscriptions there, too.

2. Try out Fitness Classes through Summer Deals

Gyms are not stupid.  They know we as a human race hit summer and go oh….swimsuit season…damn those extra pounds!  I think even skinny people feel awkward sometimes when they pull out that swimsuit that has been at the bottom of their drawer the past few months.  But this ends up working in our favor because the gym and exercise class deals that pop up are great!  A lot of boot camps run shorter session deals where you can do a few weeks of classes at a highly reduced rate.  Tulsa Fit Body Boot Camp, the place I went in March and April under a Groupon deal, is offering 2 weeks of classes and a meal plan for $25.  You can e-mail tulsafitbootcamp@yahoo.com for more information.  For my Orlando friends, Fitness-n-Fun boot camp is offering 6 classes and a consultation for $29 on Living Social (ends by June 6th…so check it out now).  I just bought the Jazzercise deal on Groupon today (ends in a few days).  It’s offering 10 classes for $39 or 20 classes for $59, which is really good compared to their regular monthly and start up fees.  I’ll probably end up using this half in Orlando and half in Tulsa since it’s valid at any location.

If you are really tight on cash or really fickle about your choice of exercise, most classes offer the first class free to try.  You can be really budget conscious and spend weeks just hopping around to different classes.  Gyms will offer similar free day or week passes, though they might bug you a lot afterwards to make a financial commitment.  Just think of the summer as a time to play the field, exercise-wise, to find that one place you could see yourself making a long term commitment to come Fall ; )

3. Make New Friends, But Keep the Old (TV-wise of course)

After May, my busy DVR takes a 4 month siesta- this is probably crucial to its ability to function, but can be quite a bummer when night after night I struggle to find anything worth watching.  This is where my DVD/Blu-Ray player gets its yearly workout.  When June comes up, I usually dust off my DVD collection to find those few shows I feel I’ve taken a long break from and need to re-watch.  In past years I’ve gone through Buffy, Friends, Lois and Clark (90’s love!), and Roswell.  This summer I chose some old Grey’s Anatomy episodes (select seasons…I don’t have the patience to watch some of it’s dark periods, a.k.a. The Dr. Hunt Years) and The Vampire Diaries (TVD).  I’m watching TVD with my friend Erin, which has been really fun.  TVD is probably one of my top favorites on TV right now, and I’ve never re-watched episodes since they aired (minus one in Russian while I was in Moscow, haha).  Watching shows with friends who haven’t seen them is much more exciting than watching them by yourself, because you get to see them go through all the shock and awe you did when you first saw all the drama play out.  There’s nothing quite like marathoning through an old favorite…

…except maybe marathoning through a show that’s new to you!  I tend to pick up at least one new show each summer that’s been on the air already by watching reruns, taking advantage of the Hulu Plus free week trial, mooching off a friend or relative’s Netflix capabilities, or visiting the magical place called the Orange County Library System (once you go OCLS, you don’t go back…sorry Tulsa).  I’ve picked up Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, How I Met Your Mother, The Middle, and Chuck this way.  It’s even fun to do this with series that have finished because then you can relish in not having to wait after any cliffhangers (people who did this with LOST are so lucky!).  Here are a few of my recommendations for TV shows to catch up on based on your interests and time:

a) For people who don’t want to catch up on too much before the shows start next year, check out Revenge and Once Upon a Time.  Both of these were freshman hits for ABC this year, and have a pretty good following due to their unfolding mystery plots.  You’ll want to be up to date on these for break room conversations next year at work.

b) For those who take forever to go through episodes, try Downton Abbey.  It’s a hit with most and only airs for a short period each year.  It’s been on two seasons already, but only totals 16 episodes.  Note that season 2 is better than the first, so be patient if it seems a little dull in the beginning.  Like wine, it gets better with age.

c) Comedy fans should check out the underrated Community.  They just did an episode almost completely as an 8-bit video game!  If that isn’t awesome enough to entice you, there is also a fake flashback episode, a zombie attack episode, and 3 epic paintball battle episodes.

d) For fantasy/sci-fi fans, Supernatural is still one of my favorites.  It is one of the few TV shows to be banished to Friday and then sent back to a mid-week slot.  And it was just renewed for an 8th season….so I am not the only fan.  Two hot brothers solving supernatural crimes with rich, long-running plot lines to support the series? Win.

4. Create a Personal Style Book

Now this is something I haven’t tried before, but that I thought of while perusing the latest Marie Claire.  There are so many times where I have random thoughts while browsing online, walking through stores, or flipping through a magazine- “I love that print on that top!” or “I wonder what that nail polish looks like on…” or “I need to decorate my apartment like that.”  I feel like in my mid-20’s, I’m finally coming into my own style…or maybe I’m just beginning a new chapter of an ever-evolving life cycle of style (this is coming from someone who wore bike shorts in elementary school (they were comfy!!!) and every single Old Navy solid color top in middle school).  I kind of wish I had a book that had all those likes and interests together.  When I described this to Katie, she said..”Soooo, you want to make a Pinterest book.”  I went to defend it, but she’s right.  It’s a Pinterest book.

I like the idea of Pinterest, but never really got into using the platform.  I’m more drawn to creating a book by hand.  Not only will it take up some time (it can really be infinite if you fill it up a little at a time as time passes), but it’s more unique than a bunch of links on a website.  It creates a good way to get a second use from my magazines, forces me to be more aware of current styles (and the types of things I’m drawn to), and can be a great coffee table book for my apartment : ) I imagine my final product would have pages like this:

The above picture is from a blogger that already created books like the one I’m describing- one for fashion and one for home decorating.  I think this can be a fun project to help you get your ideas together whether you are freshening up your wardrobe, furnishing a new apartment, changing up a room in your house (ex. preparing it for a new baby!), or creating an idea book for special occasions.  I picture this done with a blank notebook with cardstock-like pages.  I think notebook paper might be too flimsy for a lot of gluing, but those notebooks with dividers built in are tempting to separate your idea collections.

5. Learn (some of) a New Language

Raise your hand if you’ve vowed to teach yourself a new language, bought a bunch of stuff to support your learning, and then given up this dream after a week?  ::Raises hand…3?…times::  I really want to learn some Russian so that when I go back to visit our family friends I can converse a little.  I was on a good roll by the end of my trip last year, mastering about 75 words and phrases, as well as learning how to read the language (just pronunciation, not comprehension).  But now most of those words I have to check on in my language book, and I only remember how to sound out a handful of letters.  Boo.  This summer I’m going to try to use my extra time to make a little more progress in my russian language acquisition.

For anyone else bold enough to take on a foreign language this summer, I highly recommend checking with your library concerning any free programs they offer.  OCLS offers an online program that is self-paced called Mango Langauges (oooo, Tulsa offers Mango Languages, too- see here). I worked with this a little last summer before all my TFA training started and loved it.  I made flash cards as I went (which I recently found!) to support long term learning.  All you need is your library card to access the online courses they offer (note that you can’t learn the whole language, but these free tutorials are great for building a good general knowledge to have short conversations with native speakers).  Here is a list of the languages offered:

If your language isn’t too obscure, you can also find CDs and workbook kits at the library to learn the language as well.  I wouldn’t recommend Rosetta Stone until you are fully committed to learning the language.  Even the cheaper kits online can put you out $30, which is only worth it if you’ll stick with it.  Try Mango first and checking out audio CDs for on the go…this could be you by the end of summer : )

I hope one of these (or all of these!) suggestions struck your fancy and will help you cure any impending summer blues in 2012.  I myself will be imploring all five, but then again, I’m an overachiever.  Even if you don’t get a break from work or school, find some time to pretend you have all the time in the world to just relax and enjoy the sun : D

August 15, 2011

My Epic TV Guide: Fall 2011

Amidst my big move to Tulsa and my upcoming preparations for teaching, I haven’t lost myself completely.  More specifically, I haven’t lost my love for good Prime Time TV.  Here’s what my initial TV schedule will look like for the Fall.  New shows are in bold and are described below the schedule.  I give new shows the three episode test (this is enough episodes to truly get a feel for if you like or can pass on a show), so those may not be keepers long term.  I don’t think I could adopt all 8 anyway just based on how busy I will be this year.  Shows in a color block conflict with each other, but my DVR and back up bedroom TV should be able to tackle that okay ; )

Notes: Cougar Town is not on here because it doesn’t return until mid-season (I think November?).  I also am not including The Sing-Off because I got very bored with the show last season ::Yawn::

Kelly’s Fall 2011 TV Schedule

Fall 2011 TV Premieres

All the following summaries are from TVGuide.com.  You can see all new TV show summaries at their website here.

Charlie’s Angels: Hello, Angels! This frothy, Miami-set reboot stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh as the latest incarnation of the crime-fighting trio — but it doesn’t start out that way. Eve (Kelly), a rogue street racer, joins the group after her childhood friend/original Angel Gloria is murdered. Something tells us she’ll fit in just fine. Fun fact: The series will premiere on the same day the original show debuted 35 years ago.

Grimm: Better brush up on your German. Grimm’s Fairy Tales gets a procedural twist with Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), a detective who discovers his destiny is to protect humans from the storybook baddies that have invaded our real world.

Hart of Dixie: Rachel Bilson reunites with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz for this medical drama, playing big-city doc Zoe Hart, who heads to tiny Bluebell, Ala., when she inherits a practice. Expect culture clashes galore and Zoe to stay put after coming through in a medical emergency and discovering an old secret.

Once Upon a Time: Do you think fairy tales are real? They are in Storybrooke, Maine, a town frozen in time with fairy tale figures who have no recollection of their real identities. Leave it to 10-year-old Henry (Jared Gilmore) to try to set things right when he tracks down his birth mom, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), a bail bonds collector who is the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Joshua Dallas). The fantastical drama, which will tell dual stories set in present-day Storybrooke and in fairy tale land, comes from Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for lots of references to time travel and polar bears.

Pan Am: Come fly with them! Set in the ’60s, the drama centers on the loves and lives of stewardesses (led by Christina Ricci) of the iconic titular airline. Although lauded as symbols of sleek, Jet Age glamour, their personal lives are full of turbulence. Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Karine Vanasse round out the Barbie doll-like crew, who are as adept at coffee service as they are at… oh wait, we can’t ruin that twist.

Ringer: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s back! And this time, there’s two of her! Gellar plays twins Bridget and Siobhan — both decidedly un-Buffy-like — in this mystery thriller that was originally developed for CBS. Bridget, a recovering alcoholic, is on the run from some baddies and decides to hide out by taking the identity of her wealthy twin sis, who is thought to be dead. Turns out taking on Siobhan’s persona puts Bridget in a very different kind of danger. Lost alum Nestor Carbonell co-stars, but don’t expect any sci-fi stuff, à la Lost and Buffy, on Ringer. “No hatch! No island!” Gellar says.

The Secret Circle: Something wicked this way comes from Kevin Williamson once again. The man who gave us Vampire Diaries has now adapted L.J. Smith’s other supernatural book series. Britt Robertson is Cassie Blake, a California teen who moves to Chance Harbor, Wash., where she discovers she’s a witch and joins a secret coven that includes Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin and Shelley Hennig. But don’t think you will know what’s coming if you’ve read the novels. Why? (Spoiler alert!) The show kills off someone who survived the whole book series in the opening minutes of the pilot.

Terra Nova: At long last, the Steven Spielberg-produced dino drama — about the Shannon family (led by Jason O’Mara) who travels back to prehistoric Earth to save the human race — will hit our TV sets with dinosaurs of every friendly and not-so-friendly variety. “You’re going to see some pretty cool dino-on-man action,” co-executive producer Jose Molina says.