Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Grab the Salt! Supernatural Returns Tonight!

My favorite show in the universe, Supernatural is premiering tonight after a long hellatus. I can barely contain my excitement. Since Jeremy Carver is now the show runner, I'm almost positive that Season 8 is going to be blown out of the water.

I should be watching the Presidential Debate, and you are probably think I am what's wrong with America, but you know what? I. Don't. Care. I'd rather watch my Winchester boys battle some demons, than watch smarmy politicians dig into each other for 2+ hours. Besides, already know who I'm voting for, so a presidential debate is completely useless for me as my mind is made up and it won't be changed. And, no  I'm not telling you who I'm voting for, but I think with some deduction you could figure out which party I'm more partial to in this election and future elections.

But, I digress (as usual). Season 7 of Supernatural left off with Dean (Jensen Ackles) and his angel friend Castiel (Misha Collins) sent to purgatory by the demon Crowley (played by the wonderfully devilish Mark Sheppard), while his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) was left top side alone. Since the producers know by now that us crazy fans hate when the brothers are apart for too long, apparently there will be a quick reunion tonight, and I truly can't wait for some old fashioned brotherly love. And man tears. Oh, the man tears...

If you aren't a fan of this show, or have never seen it, the above probably sounded like a bunch of gobbily gook. Trust me, it all makes sense if you're a fan. And, if you are looking into getting into a new series, Supernatural is definitely worth watching from the very beginning. Trust me you will go on a magical thrill ride, with lots of ups and downs, and emotional turmoil. Seriously, you'll be feeling emotions you never KNEW you had once you start this show. But, there are a lot of good times too and a fantastic soundtrack and a bad ass car and two beautiful brothers. Have I convinced you yet?

Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9pm on the CW

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I Watch For the Plot: Hawaii Five-O

I'm a sucker for defined cheek bones...

puppy dog eyes...

And whatever you want to call this because it is inhuman.

...I mean obviously. Why wouldn't you want to watch this show? I'm drooling just thinking about it the sexy...I mean intriguing plots.

Also can we take a moment to discuss how Danny and Steve are total boyfriends. I mean just look at this picture and tell me I'm wrong:

"Oh, Danno. You're so cute. I'm so happy you're mine."
 I mean, let's stop dancing around this CBS!

Hawaii Five-O airs Monday nights on CBS at 10pm

Monday, October 1, 2012

Oy Vey! I'm Sylvia Fine

This weekend, I discovered that The Nanny was on Nick at Nite, which is both depressing and amazing (I'm freaking old). While having a marathon sesh of the show, I had an epiphany. I finally realized why I love the glitz and glam and leopard print so much. Sylvia Fine had subconsciously become my fashion icon from when I used to watch The Nanny as a little girl. [Side note: I also credit The Nanny for teaching me acceptance for people of all walks of life. See television can be worth while.]

 Exhibit a)

Exhibit b)

Exhibit c)
She's so fab.
 And, finally, exhibit d)

I've always been fascinated by flamboyant Jewish women with a lot of pizazz. Now, I finally understand why. It's all coming together like a puzzle, and I have Sylvia Fine to thank.

I'm even channeling her today completely by coincidence (I had already picked out my outfit before this revelation was to be had). I'm wearing metallic gold flats, a grey & black leopard print dress, a tangerine sheer print blouse, a lime green beaded bracelet and a my gold metallic chunky watch. I think I would make Mama Fine proud. Don't believe me, here's a really bad quality web cam shot of the top half of my outfit today. I just need frosted hair.

My dream of becoming a yenta is now in my clutches. L'chaim!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Season 8: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Love this show because they always push the envelope.

Love this show even more because of this trailer for their upcoming season.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Rise and Fall of Glee: AKA The Kate Hudson Problem

Time for some real talk about the 4th season of Glee.

Last season I got progressively let down by Glee as the season went on. I still loved all the music, but the story line just seemed to have all kinds of plot holes and ridiculous moments even for Glee standards (Sue Sylvester becoming pregnant via a sperm donor for one. Or, Sam "Trouty Mouth" Evans coming back after a stint as a teenage male stripper. I mean really?).

I was so bored by the season finale (not enough Kurt and Blaine time!) that I considered not bothering with the 4th season, but I'm an addict so really I had no choice. Plus the music is so damn good. I literally have every song they've done on my iPod. I have no shame...

This was once a break through show. I loved it and couldn't wait for Glee nights; they were often the highlight of my weeks (I lead a pathetic life, don't judge me). Now, it's laughable and not in a good way. And I don't have a connection with any of the new characters (Okay, that's kind of a lie, I LOVE Unique, played by Wade Adams. She's amazeballs).


My biggest problem with the show this season (so far) is that Ryan Murphy has miscast the gorgeous and sweet Kate Hudson as the new villain, Miss Cassandra July, Rachel Berry's troubled and possible alcoholic dance teacher at NYADA.(And, don't even get me started on Sarah Jessica Parker's portrayal of possibly the nicest Vogue editor I've ever seen. I've met a LOT of magazine editors when I was in New York, and trust me, none of them were that welcoming and sweet, especially in the cut throat fashion world. Nice fashion editors just don't exist, trust me on this. Don't believe me, watch the documentary "The September Issue" and then get back to me). God, the amount of eye rolls that have been occurring this season are tremendous.

Some actors can easily switch from  being evil and sweet at the drop of a hat. Kate Hudson is not one of them. You can tell it pains her to be mean to her fellow actors and it comes off as forced: "No, your name's Muffin Top, and from now on its rice cakes and ipecac, or cut off a butt cheek, cuz you need to drop a few."  This line has to be rough. I have to hear the bitterness and spite in her voice. It's just not there.

Kate Hudson is not fierce enough in real life to be playing Cassie. She is a hippie; a laid back whimsical and GORGEOUS sweetheart. All of that black eyeliner and skin tight leotards with fishnets don't help matters for her. Kate's outfits look so uncharacteristic of her in real life that she comes off as uncomfortable on screen.
It hurts you to be mean, doesn't it Kate?
I guess if I had her body I wouldn't mind wearing this either.

Hudson is an extraordinary dancer and a great singer, but playing mean is just not her forte.  The writers could have done so much more with her as a character. Made her quirky, crazy, fun. A mentor to Rachel Berry (perhaps reversed the personalities of her and SJP's Vogue editor character?!). Maybe even done something with the real life hippie, natural side of her. Instead, they just glob on dark make-up, muss up her hair and expect her to be this overly sexualized monster. It's such a waste of good talent. Sorry, Ryan Murphy, I'm not buying it. I'm throwing a big fat "L" on my forehead for this story line.

Glee airs Thursday nights on Fox at 9pm

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I'm Watching Tonight: Modern Family

Here's a video of the actress who plays Lily being a total diva to tide you over until 9pm.

*Modern Family airs on ABC Wednesdays at 9pm

Wait! I have to Viggle That!

This might come as a shock to some of you, but I don't have an iPhone...or any smart phone for that  matter. I have a very simple LG Envy that I adore and will cling onto it until it craps out on me. However, I do have an iPad that was graciously given to me for Christmas by my Uncle Peter (Thanks, again!) so I get to play around with all of the apps without paying for that pesky data plan. (Hooray for wireless internet!)

My favorite app that I have discovered is Viggle. If you do not have this app and you are a television junkie, what are you waiting for? It's free! Stop what you are doing and download it. Now. I'll wait...

Once Viggle is installed on your preferred device (not sure if it's available on Androids or not), you are ready to earn points for watching television and eventually redeem for gift cards. Yes, you heard that right. You can stock up on points to get PRESENTS!! Who doesn't love free stuff, amiright?

A little overview of how it works: It's kind of like Shazaam, but for TV. You "check in" to whichever show you're watching (it has to be live, the app doesn't work on DVR'd shows, but hey, you'll avoid spoilers!) and  you get points. Some shows have corresponding trivia games and you get even MORE points.  Those points collect and after awhile you'll have enough for your very own gift card of your choosing from the array of places they have listed. This list gets updated from time to time, so you can be choosy when picking out your prize, especially if you have a severe problem with decision making like I do. For me, I'm saving up for the Amazon $25 gift card to return on the list. It's always gone in a flash, but I'm determined to Viggle my tv shows until my thumbs hurt to get that card. Plus, I've already redeemed my points for a $10 iTunes card, so it's legit, people. I pinky swear.

Go ahead, give it a try. Who knows you might find some new TV to watch. And if you do, don't forget to inform me about it. I'm always looking for the next best thing to watch and Viggle for points.

Enjoy being a couch potato, my friends.

*Side note that's completely unrelated to this post. I just followed my own blog by accident. I'm still learning the lay of the land around here. Not narcissistic, just tech challenged.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What I'm Watching Tonight: Tuesday Night is Comedy Night

New Girl premieres on Fox tonight at 8pm and again at 9pm. The Mindy Project premieres on Fox right after New Girl at 9:30pm

This is The Voice

Of all the millions of singing competitions that are on television today, The Voice is my favorite. Mainly because I want one of those Star Trek-esque swivel chairs and Cee Lo's Miss Puurrfect...who has unfairly been replaced by a bird (Cee Lo's Lady, a pink cockatoo). What the hell, Cee Lo? That's messed up.

I NEED to know what that bird is thinking. Imagine all the stuff she has seen.

The chemistry of all four of the judges on The Voice is the steamiest of all the singing shows (Sorry, I love you Demi and Brit-Brit, but your chemistry just seems kind of stale on The X-Factor, I will no longer be watching).  Christina Aguilera is such a diva. I can't decide if I love her or want to smack her fake eye lashes off. Blake Shelton is, I'm pretty sure, always buzzed or drunk on whiskey. Cee-Lo is just wackadoodle (in a totally good way, might I add. I live for some of his comments). And Adam Levine is the glue trying to keep the competition the tiniest bit sane. Yeah, good luck with that, Adam, you  do realize WHO is sitting to left of you right?

I'm actually kind of annoyed that Usher and Shakira (who can't umm?) are replacing Xtina and Cee-Lo next season. Part of the biggest draw of the show was to see how divalicious Xtina was and what crazy outfit Cee-Lo was wearing. Usher and Shakira are really going to have to bring it, if I'm going to watch next season (Ah, who am I kidding you know I will, if only to see them fall flat on their faces).

But, if I'm being honest, the only part I like about The Voice are the blind auditions. The drama! The emotional back stories! The hilarious bickering between judges! What's not to love? After those are over, I could care less who wins the crown..trophy? I mean, who even won last year? Does anyone remember? I know it was team Blake, but I'm completey drawing a blank as to who it was and what they even sounded like. Shrug.

I kind of wish the competition would end with the blind auditions. Once one of the judges turns around it can be like the Oprah show:

"And you get a record deal! And you get a record deal! And you!" 

Now that is a genius idea.

The Voice is on NBC, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Emmy Wrap-Up

The Emmys are my second favorite Awards Show. The first being the Golden Globes because all the stars get drunk and are usually so off the cuff by the time they win their awards that I love all the "OMG! Did he/she just say that on live television?" moments. But, I love the Emmys because obvs I'm a tv addict.

I thought Jimmy Kimmel did a fantastic job hosting. He kept the show moving and was pretty funny and not nasty to his fellow celeb friends (Though, I totally stick by Ricky Gervais. I think he's hilarious, and those movie stars --I'm looking at you Angelina and Tommy Cruise-- need to get a sense humor STAT).

One of my favorite parts was Josh Groban's rendition of "What Makes You Beautiful?" by One Direction for Jimmy Kimmel's "memorial." Hilar!

Modern Family of course swept the competition winning awards in all the comedy categories (except lead actress/actor), including Best Comedy for the THIRD year in a row. Look, I love Modern Family as much as the next person, and I do agree it deserves a lot of praise, but I think it's time to make room for some fresh new comedy.  Side note: Why were Parks & Recreation and Happy Endings BOTH NOT NOMINATED? Get with the program, Emmy voters these are two of the funniest shows on television, with outstanding casts!

While I have heard many good things about Veep, I'm very sad that Julia Louis-Dreyfus beat out Amy Poehler for the Lead Actress in a Comedy category. I mean, Amy just had an absolutely stellar and emotional season on Parks and she deserved to take it home. Though did love the bit she did with Julia. Love funny ladies.

The only winner I was unhappy about was Jon Cryer. Jon, you were awesome as Ducky in "Pretty in Pink". I love you. But, Two and a Half Men just is a vile, unfunny show and I honestly don't think you deserved that Emmy. I think it should have gone to Louis C.K.  (who was a big winner regardless, but very well deserved. He's a very talented comedian) or Larry David. But, I'm still kind of annoyed that Nick Offerman was not nominated for his role as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation. Again, what the heck, Emmy voters?!

I actually don't watch many dramas, but was happy with all the winners, especially Aaron Paul who won best supporting actor for Breaking Bad (a show I will eventually watch, pinky swear). His speech choked me up a bit. It was too cute how excited he was, and you could tell he was genuinely humbled.

Homeland took the the award for best drama series. Another show I need to look into because I've heard nothing but amazing things. The stars Claire Danes (so not a fan of her dress, I know she's preggars but it just did not flatter her at all and I usually like her fashion choices) and Damian Lewis also took home an Emmy.
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My best dressed of the night goes to Kerry Washington (look at all those sparkles! I die!)

 with a VERY close second to Tina Fey. Woman looked smokin'!

One day I'll know what that red carpet feels like...One day!

Honey, I'm Hooommmeee

I'm going to try to start this up again. I need a creative outlet in my life. Plus, the fall season has officially begun, which means Pilots and fresh episodes of my new favorite shows galore!

5 Things I Learned From Punky Brewster

I wished and wished for Punky Brewster to be my bff when I was a little girl. Sadly it never came true, but I still got to pretend by following her silly antics every week. Here is a list of 5 things the Punkster taught me:

1) Mix and match your clothing. 

Let's face it, Punky was a style icon. Who else could pull off two different colored Converse sneakers, a bandana around the leg and a rolled  pant leg?  Look at those laces! And, the pig tails! Oh my. She wasn't afraid to look like a walking smorgasbord board of skittles. Punky wasn't afraid to experiment with her wardrobe. I'm also completely convinced that she was the original hipster.

2) Interior Design
She painted her walls herself and her bed was made out of an old wagon that tilted back and forth. She also designed a tree house! Girl is a creativity machine. And even though everything she touches looks like a box of Crayolas exploded she managed to make a room that has a very cheery atmosphere all by herself. Quite a feat for a 10-year-old girl.

3) Be fearless.
Not only with clothing, but also during the episode aptly titled "Perils of Punky." That episode scared the crap out of me. I couldn't watch it. You laugh, and say "Oh, Nicole, you're so ridiculous for being scared of a kid's show."

Ahem, I give you exhibit a) :
 and exhibit b)
Still don't believe me? Well, watch on youtube. I can guarantee you will have nightmares for a week.

Punky and her friends get lost on a camping trip and end up in a cave. Soon, Punky's gang disappears and she finds herself all alone to face some kind of demon, or witch or other evil spirit. Instead of running away she faces it head on to save her friends. That's pretty kick ass because I would have just peed myself and crawled into the fetal position until the giant spider ate me.

4) How to handle tough situations
The girl went through a lot. Not only was she abandoned by her parents, but her best friend Cherie got trapped in a refrigerator while playing hide and seek and almost died, Henry, her mentor almost overdoses on sleeping pills, a kid that's over Henry's house drinks a whole bottle of poisonous cleaner from underneath the sink, her dog Brandon almost dies, and she gets lost in the woods (see above). So much happens.

5) Be a loyal friend

This one is pretty self-explanatory, no? Plus there is a whole episode about "blood sisters" and they squish their fingers together with ketchup, because you know AIDS was also a lesson taught on this show. Punky would do anything for her besties and that's what makes her so wonderful. Who wouldn't want to be friends with the Punkster?