The TV MegaSite's Blog Post #149
Of course we all love television! But we also love movies,
books and plays. This weekend, we went to see a local
college production of "Fiddler on the Roof". I had done this
one in high school, so I have all of the music and most of
the dialogue memorized. Live theater is always fun. Do
watch the movie if you enjoy musicals. You can find
scenes from it on YouTube, too, of course, as well as many
There's a great one that Josh Groban's
L.A. high school did! He's a famous singer now, of course. I
remember when he first showed up on "Ally McBeal" years ago.
I didn't get much time this weekend to watch T.V., but I did
check out the final episode of this season's "Doctor Who".
Wow, was it really good, and sad, too! Too sad. I've watched
the show since it's new incarnation started, so I'm not sure
- if you disintegrate a Timelord, can he or she still
regenerate? Since that's what happened at the end of the
show to "The Master"....Hmm. If he can regenerate, then
doing that was stupid because it just meant he would show up
somewhere else. It would make a whole lot more sense to try
to confine him somewhere. Then again, they never explained
how he survived dying the last time, either, or how he
suddenly has his own TARDIS.
I really think Capaldi is a great actor, but he's been
playing the Doctor as too unlikable (or perhaps they're
telling him to act that way - directors can have a much
bigger impact on actors on TV that anyone would like to
think). He should smile more, at the very least.
This is a big week for TV! "The Simpsons" has a mash-up with
canceled show "Futurama". Three NBC shows - "Law & Order: SVU",
and "Chicago P.D." - have a three-way crossover. "Supernatural"
is celebrating it's 200th episode. "Hawaii Five-O" is
celebrating its 100th episode. So cool! I'm only going
to watch the "Supernatural" one and perhaps "The Simpsons" one.
What about you? Did you watch these momentous shows?
I watched some DVD's this week, including the great Grumpy
Cat movie that's airing November 29 on Lifetime, "The Worst
Christmas Ever". It was actually really funny.
out the review!
As always, I enjoyed this week's episodes of "The Good Wife"
and "Once Upon a Time"! However, I have to say that I'm not
too keen on this OUAT storyline of having Emma all upset
that her family is afraid of her powers. Emma's smarter than
that. She should be able to tell that the Snow Queen is
manipulating her and understand that her new powers being
out of control are a little scary (particularly when Regina
has been such a horrible enemy of Snow's). Also, I hope that
in the next episode, Emma seeks Regina's or Gold's help in
handling her powers. Regina should have been the FIRST
person she ran to for help, since she helped her develop her
powers in the first place.
I like the "Frozen" characters, but what I like most is
their special effects. Time to bring in the snow man!
Hmm, now that I'm watching "The Good Wife", I keep wanting
to call Rumple "Eli Gold" and not just Gold. LOL! Are they
Our Primetime News and Schedule pages for this week are
Next week they'll be at
(starting on Saturday or Sunday). I usually put up al of the
info sometime on the weekend.
Don't you hate when you do something stupid? I accidentally
delete all of last week's "Days of Our Lives"
written by our wonderful writer
Joseph. Fortunately, he still had copies, so he
sent them to me, and I put them back up. I had to put the
photos in again, too.
Juanita makes 5 screencaps for each
soap every weekday and puts them in the updates. She's
amazing! All of our volunteers are great.
If you have some free time, perhaps you'd like to
help us out...
A friend of mine was telling me how much her husband loves
the show "Gotham". I was updating that section of our site a
little bit today. It is a VERY good show, no question.
My friend did say, though, that she thought it was too
violent. I was shocked. There are so many more way violent
shows on TV. She must not watch "The Following" or "Criminal
Minds" or any cable shows like "American Horror Story", "The
Walking Dead" or "From Dusk Till Dawn" or, well, so many
others... To me "Gotham" is not very violent at all,
especially for what's essentially a crime drama. I mean,
sure, there was that one episode with the killer who stabbed
people in the eyeball....LOL!
There are so many things that you must do to keep a big
website going, and some of it's not fun, and some of it is
very irritating. The larger your website, the worse it can
be. Recently I decided to update some of our Meta tags
(these describe the site in the coding of each page) and
it's been a real pain. Now I found out that our
Site Map is
not working right, so I'm going to have to go through and
find that ASAP (done now!). UGH. But I do it all for you guys, the fans,
the fellow TV watchers and visitors to the site!
Tonight's "Castle" was fun. I really enjoyed it, even though
it was a bit predictable (we knew in the end that it would
have to be a dream or something like that because it's not
really a fantasy show, even though it skirts along the edges
of fantasy sometimes). These type of "what if" shows are
awesome. I was very glad that they got married at the end of
the show. However, my one complaint is that they were all
standing by the beach (or harbor?) in wedding attire. The
women had bare shoulders and such. This show takes place in
New York City! It's November. It would be way too cold to
have an outdoor wedding by the water. It's in the 40's and
50's right now, and that's about normal for November. They
would have an indoor wedding, or even if it was outdoors, it
wouldn't be by the water, where the wind would make their
eyes water from the cold. Maybe they'd be in the park if it
was a particularly warm November. They'd be wearing
jackets and long sleeves, too. I'm sorry, but this is a
particular pet peeve of mine. So many shows are made by
people who live in L.A. and they like to pretend that the
whole country is the same and has the same weather! They
don't. Sure, having a wedding in L.A. in November by the
water would be okay. Having a wedding back in July or
whenever they filmed this episode, in NYC, would be fine.
But otherwise...no. At the very least, they could have
someone say something like, "Wow, it sure is warm for
November! Didn't we get lucky?" But they didn't bother.
Okay, enough griping. It was great to see her dad there,
I watched today's "General Hospital". Wow, it was really
great. The actor who plays Michael did a fabulous job.
I wonder how they're getting Sonny out of jail this time? I
wonder if Madeline is really dead? I'm glad that Lord Larry
Ashton is not just a fool; he's working with Jerry Jacks! Yay!
Speaking of Jerry Jacks, don't forget to check out our
and many others!
I hope you all had a nice Veteran's Day! I usually try to
remember to put a holiday picture or animated GIF on our
site for each holiday, but I confess that I forgot for this
one. Oops! Sorry. No disrespect meant.
I watched tonight's "Selfie" and enjoyed it as usual. I'm
still bummed that they're canceling that. I just read that
"A to Z" is being canceled, too. That's such a shame. These
are pretty funny shows. They keep making the awful, unfunny
sitcoms like "blackish" and "Modern Family" and "New Girl",
yet they cancel the ones that aren't bad. (I'm not saying
they're hilarious, but they're not terrible)
I just loved tonight's "Supernatural". It was hilarious!!!
So many bad wigs. The music was great, too. When they said
it would be a musical version of the show, I was hoping we
would hear Sam, Dean, Cass and Crowley sing! Still, it was
very good. Such a great show all the time, anyway.
I've been working on our new "Gotham" section this week so
check it out! I added a lot of new content.
This morning, our volunteer
Krista was on a conference call
interview with Silas Weir Mitchell of "Grimm". I know she
really enjoyed it. I was glad not to do it because she
watches the show regularly and I don't. It's a really good
show, though! I just have too much to watch, all of the
This morning I was on a conference call interview with the
two creators and producers of NBC's "Constantine", Daniel
Cerone & David S. Goyer. Now, I had a hard time thinking of
a good question, especially since I hadn't yet watched all 3
aired episodes. So I asked what I figured was a fairly easy
question. The show, in case you don't know, is based on a
comic book character, but he's not a superhero, exactly. He
fights demons. This comic first started in the early 80's,
so the character and comics were around for quite a while
now. So I asked, since the show is about someone who fights
demons, as are some other shows like "Grimm" (which follows
it on NBC Fridays) and "Supernatural" on the CW (which is
now in its 10th season), whether they keep a close eye on
their show and what's gone on with the other two shows, to
make sure they're not doing the same things, or whether they
just write their shows and don't worry about it. I felt like
it was a fairly straight-forward question, choose A or B.
Well, apparently I hit a nerve because one of them (not sure
which one) seemed to take my question as if I was suggesting
either that their show was unoriginal or that they might be
copying the other shows. Neither of which was at all what I
asked or was even thinking! If anything, I thought maybe
those other shows might have copied some things from the
"Constantine" comic books, so if they're taking those comics
and using them in their series, it might LOOK like they're
copying the other shows, even though they're not.
Look at it this way. If you did a TV show based on any old
book, play, or comic book, wouldn't you worry that other
shows that had gone before might have borrowed liberally
from that same source material? For instance, when they had
the "Dracula" series last year, they might have worried that
other vampire-related TV shows would steal from the original
Dracula book. I can't think of a really good comparable
example, but you get the idea.
Anyway, he seemed to be pretty defensive, and I didn't get a
chance to explain that's not what I meant at all. The other
guy seemed less defensive and did answer my question, more
or less (they don't worry about it). I know it's not a big
deal, but I felt bad that they might think I was trying to
imply that they were derivative or copying or anything. I
enjoy the show! One of them did many shows that I've enjoyed
such as "The Mentalist", "Dexter", "Threshold" and
"Charmed". The other one...well, he did the last two Batman
movies, and "Man of Steel" so I won't go there.... not a fan
of any of those, but there were parts of them that I liked.
"Constantine" is an enjoyable show, but I wonder if it isn't
a little slow-paced and odd for network TV? Not to mention,
that's an awful time slot. Many shows that I liked aired
there and were canceled, such as the aforementioned
"Dracula", "Chuck", and "Crossbones". I think they sometimes
put "Hannibal" in that slot, too, but from what I've heard,
"Constantine" is doing better than "Hannibal" (although not
Dracula). Friday is a tough night now for TV. They also had
some sitcoms in that slot that did badly, and they killed
& Order" by putting it in that spot. Seems like
nothing does well besides "Grimm" and "Dateline".
It's often the death slot on other networks, too. I guess
because people are out on dates, or out watching high school
football, or whatever. They keep putting scifi on Fridays,
thinking that somehow geeks will be home watching TV because
they can't get dates. Well, the problem with that idea (if
it was ever true) is that geeks are not watching live TV.
We're DVRing the shows we like and we're either something on
the DVR or we're playing video games or something. Sure, it
did work years ago with "The X-Files", but that was a long
I always enjoy watching "Hot in Cleveland", but I didn't
think this week's episode (where they went to L.A. again)
was all that good or funny. Last time they did it, with
Susan Lucci and all the other celebrities, it was much
funnier. It was great to see Mario Lopez, but they
didn't give him much to do.
This week's "The Flash" was very good. The best part of that
show is keeping us wondering what that guy Harrison is up
to! You definitely don't want to miss the end of any
I don't regularly watch "The Young & The Restless", but I
used to, so I know who the characters are and generally keep
up with what's going on. I sometimes see what's going on
when I'm running the transcript. Months ago they brought in
Meredith Baxter on the show as Maureen, a drinking buddy for
Nikki, who's fallen off the wagon. Of course we knew that
she had some kind of secret (who doesn't on a soap?) and for
a while now, we've known that she's Stitch's mom.
Well, once we found out that Stitch had a big secret, too,
and that he supposedly killed his dad, then it wasn't too
hard to figure out that Maureen was probably the real one
who killed him (and that's why she drinks so much). On
today's show they made a big deal of her revealing her
secret to Victoria. Of course it wasn't much of a reveal to
the audience. I mean, come on, I barely have watched the
show at all since Michael Muhney (Adam) and Billy Miller
(Billy) left, and I had it figured out a long time
ago, so what does that tell you? Oh, and it sure doesn't
hurt that Baxter's most famous TV movie was "The Betty
Broderick Story," so we already think of her as someone who
might kill her husband.
Their other big reveal this week was not a reveal at all for
the audience -- Sharon switched the paternity tests and was
responsible for Phyllis' fall. Big yawn. It would have been
at least somewhat interesting if Michelle Stafford were
playing Phyllis still because then they would have had that
history, and Stafford would have done a great job with it.
Gina Tognoni is a very good actress, but she's not Phyllis
yet, and we don't have that emotional connection with her.
Compare that to GH's big reveals this week, with Franco
telling Michael that his entire family and girlfriend lied
to him about Sonny killing A.J. (not to mention Nina
stealing Ava's baby), and there's just no comparison.
FOX lets me and other members of the press watch some shows ahead of time,
so that we can review them. They let us watch the first 7
episodes of the 10-part series "Gracepoint" before it aired.
I loved it, but sadly it seems that most don't. I think that
too many reviewers had already watched "Broadchurch" and
either gave it a bad review for not being as good or worse,
didn't even watch the whole thing and just assumed it was
the same story. I think viewers got bored too early because
it's a bit slow moving. It's a shame. I think it would have
done better on cable. The regular TV networks usually have
very fast-paced shows on and the "masses" who watch them
expect lots of ridiculous action, violence and constant
gratification. There's no time any more to build a story or
an audience. Cable does that better. I'm glad FOX is still
showing it, though. I can't wait to find out whodunnit in
the last two episodes (I just watched the 8th episode last
night). I haven't watched "Broadchurch". I didn't want to
compare them. I have it on DVD and I'll watch it one of
these days. At least that one's going into a second season,
since it was successful. Too bad FOX is not going to do a
second season of "Gracepoint" as well. They both have
David Tennant, so they're both excellent (I don't have to
watch it to know that!). He is one of my biggest
celebrity crushes - I love anything he's in! Plus he was
super nice and funny to me on the phone. Swoon!
Someone on a scifi message board that I frequent tried to
say that UK TV shows don't translate successfully to US
audiences. That's one of those lame old tropes that's just
not true. There are MANY successful UK shows that became
successful US shows. The fact is that most TV shows, period,
get canceled within a year or so, so the odds are already
stacked against them. Yet there's still a long list of
successful US shows adapted from UK shows in the past 40
years. Somehow people only remember the ones they
liked or watched that got canceled.
Too bad they won't do a US "Doctor Who" with Tennant! I
would love that, and so would his other fans.
Busy morning! I had three conference call interviews,
although I messed one up. I was supposed to go to the call
with Sleepy Hollow's Nicole Beharie at 8am my time, but I
had misread it and thought it was at 11am. I had set my
clock for 8 am because I thought my first call was at 8:30.
Then I realized they hadn't sent me the call-in information
for the Beharie call, and when I looked at it again, I
realized I had messed up the time. It was already 8:20 by
that time, and I had the other call at 8:30, so it was too
late. Oh, well. Too bad...
At 8:30 I had a conference call interview with Nicholas
D’Agosto, who's playing Harvey Dent on "Gotham" starting
next week. He seemed very nice. It was hard to think of a
question that hadn't already been asked, so I just asked him
about whether they'd started filming the new episodes yet
(they got picked up for more episodes this season) and how
many he would be in. It was a pretty interesting call,
especially since I've been working on our Gotham section the
past few days!
At 9:30 I had another call, this time with Adam Copeland
(Dwight) and Jay Reso of "Haven" on Syfy. Dwight is a
regular character on the show since the beginning, although
his part has gotten steadily larger as the show has
progressed. He was a WWF wrestler before he turned to acting
(known as "Edge"). Reso was his WWF partner, known as
"Christian", and he's guest-starring as Dwight's old friend
McHugh. The description of the episode says that "Dwight
finds himself in a romantic conundrum", so he turns to his
friend for help. In real life, the two have been old
friends since they were very young, so they were very fun on
the call. I just asked Adam if he was excited about Dwight
finally getting a romantic interest on the show, and he
talked about that. He sort of hinted that he wasn't sure how
long it would last, and I agreed that women on the show
don't seem to live very long, and he added "except for
Audrey", which is true. I also asked him if the woman was
the new doctor character, Dr. Cross, or not, but he couldn't
say. I figured that was probably the case, though. I would
have asked more questions, but I had to keep the line free
for another call I was expecting. It was a great call,
though! I love that show and the people on it are just the
nicest on the phone.
Every night after my husband comes home from work, and we
have dinner, we watch The Colbert Report and then "The Daily
Show". They're usually pretty funny, to varying degrees. We
only watch a few other shows together: "South Park", "Family
Guy", "Last Week with John Oliver" and "Real Time with Bill
Maher" (just the monologue and "New Rules").
My husband otherwise just watches news and sports.
week's "South Park" was hysterical for a change. This week's
I thought was pretty funny, but the problem was that they
were spoofing the Matrix and a lot of other similar movies
and shows. If you don't watch that kind of thing, it was not
that funny or clever. My husband is not a scifi fan, unlike
me, so he didn't get the jokes. It was a pretty clever
spoof, I have to say.
I thought the "Simpsons" and "Futurama" crossover was pretty
good, too. I especially like the Atheist prayer. LOL!
The only shows I watched today were the two on Comedy
Central from last night that we always watch, "Daily Show"
and "Stephen Colbert". I didn't sleep much Thursday night,
so I went to bed super early!
Bad news today-- "The Millers" was canceled by CBS.
I'm kind of bummed that they also canceled "The Bridge" on
FX. I'm pretty annoyed about "Unforgettable" being
canceled, but not too surprised. And upset about
"Franklin & Bash". I'm really really
upset about "Perception"
being canceled. That's a great show. TNT likes to cancel the
shows I enjoy...
Here's a good list of all of the shows that have been
Some good news...there's a possibility that "Longmire" has
found a home on Netflix. Stay tuned! Sure hope that's right
because I love that show. Glad that Syfy's "Dominion"
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