Weekend

Kevin called me that other day and and said, “What do you think about whitewater rafting?” Guess what that meant! Yes, we are going to spend Monday whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River just for the heck of it. I have turned this guy into a travel adventure freak. Not that I am complaining. I need to spend time today on my search for cheap tickets to europe. I was up most the night with either a stomach flu or food poisoning. I am still running a fever among other things. I need to try to get in some work tomorrow since I am not working Monday. The church wants a bulletin so I have to find a way to get that done. Enough ramblings I am going to go down and lie on the couch some more.

Finale Aftermath

Heroes – I know Peter and Nathan both will be back. At least I hope so and that is what the buzz says. I think Sylar is still alive. Great episode. I loved it ended like it did with my favorite character. I still want to know what power P and N’s mother possesses.
Dancing – Yeah! Apolo my favorite.
American Idol – I’m disappointed but at least it wasn’t Sanjaya!
CSI – They can’t kill Sara. I just don’t believe it will be true.
Bones – Fun as always. They have such a great sense of humor over there.
Lost – What? The last scene left me clueless! I will miss Charlie. Can’t believe we have to wait until Jan. 08 for more.
Office – Funny. Can not believe the twist at the end with Ryan – funny!
Ugly Betty – I am so upset over Santos. He was just being a good man. Love the twist with Amanda!
Medium – Still on Tivo.
Numbers – I don’t know what to think right now. Colby can’t be a spy! Maybe he is a double spy. Still has a contract. What is up with Megan? What the heck did she have to do? I thought maybe she was tracing Colby and already knew but I was wrong.
Ghost Whisperer – Disappointed with finale. Odd ending.
Cold Case – Heartbreaking.

So far 50% of my tivo is full because I have been on vacation. I need to get back in there and watch some shows.

Gina


My sorority sister, my friend Gina was called to the Lord Friday after complications from pneumonia. Gina had muscular dystrophy and spent her life in a wheelchair but that never slowed her down. I spent several summers with her at muscular dystrophy camp. I miss her and my heartaches for one of her great hugs.

For Sister Wot –

I will always remember how excited I was the night I found you at the end of my string(we had to follow string all over the house) when you became my little sister. I will always chuckle about you trying to out drink me and then trying to drive your wheelchair under the influence. That was hysterical. Mostly I will remember your amazing spirit. You may have been stuck in a wheelchair your whole life but you were not stuck in your life. You gave me so much more in our friendship then I was ever able to give you. Thank you for everything. I will miss your smile, your laugh and your love.

Love, your big sis

Fox and CW

Here are the last of the upfronts that I missed last week while on vacation.

Fox Upfronts –
Fox is keeping pretty status quo. We have Prison Break, 24, House, Bones, AI and Are you smarter than a 5th grader? returning. I only watch Bones, & AI. I watch House and 5th grader on my slow nights if I feel like it. Hugh Laurie Rules!
Show first I don’t plan to even check out –
K-Ville — From writer and executive producer Jonathan Lisco comes a heroic police drama set in New Orleans. Two years after Katrina, the city is still in chaos. Many cops have quit, and the jails, police stations and crime labs still haven’t been properly rebuilt. But the cops who remain have courage to burn and a passion to reclaim and rebuild their city. Marlin Boulet (Anthony Anderson) is a brash, funny, in-your-face veteran of the NOPD’s Felony Action Squad, a specialized unit that targets the most-wanted criminals. Even when his partner deserted him during the storm, Boulet held his post, spending days in the water saving lives and keeping order. Now he’s unapologetic about bending the rules when it comes to collaring bad guys. Boulet’s new partner, Trevor Cobb (Cole Hauser, was a soldier in Afghanistan before joining the NOPD. He’s tough and committed, but if he’s less than comfortable with Boulet’s methods, it’s because he’s harboring a dark secret. Cobb has come to New Orleans seeking redemption, but redemption can be dangerous. Rounding out the crew of cops are hotheaded Billy “K-9” Faust (Maximiliano Hernández, who often speaks before thinking; wisecracking Jeff “Glue Boy” Gooden (Blake Shields), the team’s comic relief; tough-as-nails Ginger “Love Tap” LeBeau (Tawny Cypress), the only female on the squad, who gives as good as she gets; and Captain James Embry (John Carroll Lynch), who wrangles the eclectic personalities of his squad with equal parts humor and tenacity.
Show I will check out –
The Search for the Next Great American Band — What American Idol did for individuals, The Search for the Next Great American Band is going to do for musical groups.
CW – I only watch America’s Next Top Model and Beauty and the Geek but both are returning.
No new shows worth my time to check out.

quick note

Rough week with lots of bad news. Will try to update tomorrow if I feel better. In the meantime I had to get this out there. There is a movement to save Jericho and CBS appears to be listening. Here is the latest news.

Late last week –
The monstrous public outcry surrounding the show’s cancelation prompted CBS’ entertainment president Nina Tassler to take the unusual step of posting the following message at CBS.com over the weekend…
To the fans of Jericho:
We have read your emails over the past few days and have been touched by the depth and passion with which you have expressed your disappointment. Please know that canceling a television series is a very difficult decision. Hundreds of people at the Network, the production company and the incredibly-talented creative team worked very hard to build and serve the community for this show — both on-air and online. It is a show we loved too.
Thank you for supporting Jericho with such passion. We truly appreciate the commitment you made to the series and we are humbled by your disappointment. In the coming weeks, we hope to develop a way to provide closure to the compelling drama that was the Jericho story.
Sincerely,
Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment

Today –
Question: What, if anything, are your sources telling you regarding this Jericho “closure” that CBS is promising? I think I speak for every fan when we say we don’t want closure. We want Season 2!
All I know is that a meeting is taking place this week at CBS. To learn more about the gargantuan “Save Jericho” movement, head to jericholives.com.

Hello

The weather has been amazing in Kansas this weekend. The wedding was beautiful and all went pretty well except for the last minute run I made for candle holders for the tapers to light the unity candle and my search for “something blue”. Hanging on the farm now. I have eaten so well this weekend. Lots of carbs and sugars. My body is going to hold revoltion next week when it goes back to whole grains and no sugar. My outfit was a big hit at the wedding so a big thank you to all that voted. See you soon.

FYI

I might not get to the upfronts for the rest of the week (Fox and CW/UPN) because I will be traveling. However, I will have plenty to say when I return.

Last minute news – Dancing with Stars results next Tuesday has been expanded and bumped the season finale of Boston Legal to the next Tuesday May 29th.

That’s just wrong news – Bruce Willis, 52, is now dating a wait for it…..Playboy playmate who is 23 which is only five years older than his oldest daughter. I guess he is trying to outdo Demi.

Another reason to move from watching the big networks – I love WHM! William H. Macy is set to topline Family Man, a TNT drama series now in development that concerns a conflicted criminal who (as Variety puts it) “organizes charity drives by day and cracks the safes of major corporations by night.”

3rd Day

CBS SUCKS! Ok – I feel better. I was so mad when I got the leaks on the upfront earlier this week and was hoping they were wrong but no such luck. Jericho and The Class are both goners. They didn’t even give them a chance and with long breaks. AHHH! I sent them a nice note last night explaining my thoughts. Anyway, here is the rest of the poop from CBS.

Renewals – Aren’t they so sweet? – How I Met Your Mother, all CSI’s (I don’t watch the Miami one.), Without a Trace (which is returning to Thursday nights where they had it to begin with and yes I covered that point in my disgruntle email!), Ghost Whisperer, Numbers, Cold Case and Survivor (I quit watching) and my favorite to return mid-season The Amazing Race.

New show most likely to be tivoed and stay on the tivo until the powers that be decide whether or not to keep it before I bother to watch it (per my threat in my email last night) – To be honest none look good but I am going to say this one only because Hugh Jackman rules!
Viva Laughlin: Executive produced by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Hugh Jackman (The Boy from Oz, X-Men), Viva Laughlin is a mystery drama with music about eternal optimist and freewheeling businessman Ripley Holden, whose sole ambition is to run a casino in Laughlin, Nev. Occasionally using upbeat contemporary songs to accentuate the drama and humor and advance the story, the series is based on the hit BBC show Viva Blackpool. Ripley (Lloyd Owen, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) is the ultimate gambler who is on the brink of making a killing… just as soon as he opens a casino that’s nowhere near completion. When his financing suddenly falls through, the fearless and tenacious Ripley approaches his enemy — dashing, sarcastic, wealthy casino owner Nicky Fontana (Hugh Jackman) for help. Though the odds are stacked against him, Ripley doesn’t miss a beat, even when he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation after the body of his ex-business partner is found at his club. At home, Ripley uses his dry wit to adjust to the demands of his family: his gorgeous wife, Natalie (Madchen Amick, ER), wants more attention; his teenage daughter, Cheyenne (Ellen Woglom, The O.C.), wants his approval; and his son, Jack (Carter Jenkins, Surface), wants to help him at work. All of this adversity would defeat a lesser man, but for the outgoing and passionate Ripley there’s no such thing as bad news, only deals to be struck and wagers to be won in the intoxicating neon glow of Laughlin, where the cards are on the table, romance is in the air and lively music is on the stage. Eric Winter (Wildfire) and D.B. Woodside (24) also star.

Show that is taking Jericho’s place and therefore already gets my hatred & what a shocker it’s a reality series –
Kid Nation: A reality-based series in which 40 kids will have 40 days to build a new world in a ghost town that died in the 19th Century. These kids, ages eight to 15, will spend more than a month without their parents or modern comforts in Bonanza City, N.M., attempting to do what their forefathers could not: build a town that works. They will cook their own meals, clean their own outhouses, haul their own water and even run their own businesses — including the old town saloon (root beer only). They’ll also create a real government — four kid leaders who will guide the group through the adventure, pass laws and set bedtimes. Through it all, they’ll cope with regular childhood emotions and situations: homesickness, peer pressure and the urge to break every rule they’ve ever known. At the end of each episode, all 40 kids will gather for an old-fashioned Town Hall meeting where they will debate the issues facing Bonanza City. They’ll show wisdom beyond their years and the unflinching candor that only kids can exhibit. There are no eliminations on Kid Nation — you only go home if you want to. And in every Town Hall meeting, kids may raise their hands and leave. Will they stick it out? In the end, will these kids prove to adults everywhere (and their own parents) that they have the vision to build a better world than the pioneers who came before them? And just as importantly, will they come together as a cohesive unit, or will they abandon all responsibility and succumb to the childhood temptations that lead to round-the-clock chaos? Kid Nation is produced by Emmy Award-winner Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) for Tom Forman Prods. and Good TV, Inc.

My vote for first show to kick it – Gee I don’t know after all we are talking about CBS and with their heads stuck up their….oops! Sorry I guess I’m still upset. I’m going with this mid-season replacement just because the premise disgusts me.
Swingtown: From the director of Big Love and Rome, this show peeks into the shag-carpeted suburban homes of the ’70s to find couples reveling in the sexual and social revolution that introduced open marriages, women’s liberation and challenged many conventional wisdoms. During this heady era of provocative change, Susan (Molly Parker, Deadwood) and Bruce Miller (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) move their family to an affluent Chicago suburb in search of a different sense of community. They look forward to barbecues and get-togethers with their new neighbors, as well as a change of pace for their teenage daughter and preteen son. Enter Tom (Grant Show, Melrose Place) and Trina (Lana Parrilla, 24) Decker, a striking, outgoing couple on the hunt who redefine the term “neighborhood watch.” After a mind-blowing evening with them, Susan and Bruce realize that couples in this town share much more than recipes, local gossip and a view of Lake Michigan, and are worlds apart from their former conservative neighbors, Janet (Miriam Shor, Big Day) and Roger (Josh Hopkins, Brothers & Sisters) Thompson. Susan’s loyal friend Janet is appalled by what she witnesses in this new neighborhood, while Roger, though dutiful to his wife, may be more intrigued than she knows. In a changing social climate — defined by its music, fashion and style — everyone in Swingtown is confronted with personal choices, experimentation and shifting attitudes. Shanna Collins (Wildfire), Aaron Howles and Brittany Robertson (Freddie) also star.

Thank you.

Thank you for indulging me this week. I know that none of my readers care about TV shows like me. Unfortunately it has become a hobby of mine. I have tried to cut back on the number of shows I watch and as it is I don’t add a show without replacing one of mine that has been cancelled or I chose not to watch. This past year I dropped Desperate Housewives in favor of Ugly Betty and replaced Alias with Heroes. I think they were both worth the trade. I think I am blogging about the announcements this week as a way to prove to myself that I have a problem. I don’t just sit in front of the TV every night and eat cheesy poofs. I always tivo everything and fast forward to cut down on the amount of time I spend in front of the TV plus I stay busy with other activities including reading. It is more that I know I could get so much more done in my life if I didn’t waste it on TV. The big question is what do I get out of watching TV. First, would be the ability to escape. Not that my life is horrible but I enjoy the escape of watching other (even fictional) people’s lives. Second, I don’t have the fear that I will fail at my hobby. For instance, if instead I took time to write the book or play that has been forming in my head and then I put it out in the world but it was awful. This is probably the one that is the real root of my problem. Third, I’m just plain lazy and don’t want to do anything else and watching TV does not require any effort on my part.
Is doing something that I do enjoy really all that bad? I guess ultimately I have to decide what will be said about me at my funeral. A. She loved TV and was really good at pop culture in trivia pursuit. or B. She was so creative and productive and really made a difference in the world. I guess I will think about it again at the next commercial break.

2nd day

Every year the networks move shows around to other nights. There will be a night where I only have one show to watch something and then the next year shows are moved so that I have to pick between old favorites. For some reason next year is the “it” night. I used to watch two shows and as it is there are already five shows I watch put there. Tomorrow is CBS’s turn and I have my fingers crossed for a favorite of mine to make it back even though they killed my favorite character.

Today was ABC’s turn to roll out their schedule.

Yeahs! Renewals for Men in Trees, Ugly Betty, Lost, Boston Legal and Dancing with the Stars.
Shows most likely to be added to my “must watch” list –
This one is really liked by all who have seen it so far. Pushing Daisies: From Bryan Fuller (Heroes) and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) comes an unprecedented blend of romance, crime procedural and high-concept fantasy in a forensic fairytale about a young man with a very special gift. Once upon a time, a mild-mannered boy named Ned realized he could touch dead things and bring them back to life. Grown-up Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but also working with an investigator to crack murder cases by asking the deceased to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated, as all tales do, when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, back from the dead and keeps her alive. Chuck encourages him to use his power to help others, instead of merely solving mysteries and collecting the rewards. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: If he ever touches her again, she’ll go back to being dead, this time for good. Starring: Lee Pace (The Good Shepherd), Anna Friel (Rogue Trader), Chi McBride (Boston Public), Swoosie Kurtz (Sisters), Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing), Jim Dale (reader of the Harry Potter series of audio books).
Women’s Murder Club: Based on James Patterson’s best-selling novels, The Women’s Murder Club, four working women in San Francisco — a detective, a district attorney, a medical examiner and a reporter — use their expertise and unique talents to solve murder cases. Each woman is successful in her own field, but because of their unique friendship, they realize that pooling their resources during investigations leads to undiscovered clues and answers in their work and their personal lives. Starring: Paula Newsome (Little Miss Sunshine), Aubrey Dollar (Point Pleasant), Tyrees Allen (Alias), Angie Harmon (Law & Order), Laura Harris (24), Elizabeth L. Ho, Rob Benedict (Threshold).

Show to replace Sex and the City void –
Cashmere Mafia: Four ambitious and sexy women, who’ve been best friends since business school, try to balance their glamorous and demanding careers with their complex personal lives in the city that never sleeps. They’ve created their own boys club to protect each other and discuss their ups and downs as they try to have it all. What good is it to break the glass ceiling without girlfriends to share in your success?

My pick for the first ABC show to be pulled for reruns of Grey’s – Dirty Sexy Money: Some people say money is the root of all evil. They may be right. Although Nick George has always lived in the shadow of the Darling family, as an adult he’s leading the perfect life as an idealistic lawyer — until his father’s suspicious death. The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York have asked him to take over his father’s job as their personal lawyer, but the money that will allow him the freedom to be an altruistic do-gooder is only part of the deal. That same money pulls him into the dubious doings of the Darling clan. Power, privilege and family money are a volatile cocktail.