jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
Now that the fall season is well in hand, I thought I'd make a new "list of what's on my DVR"!

returning shows )

new shows )

shows not on air right now )
jlh: (avengers: Coulson closeup)
The final TV post of the season!

New Girl )

Castle )

Agents of SHIELD )

This was also the week that the big four networks announced their fall schedules. Mostly I'm picking up a TON of sitcoms and giving them 6-7 episodes to show me if they're worth it. But I'm also grabbing a few other things here and there, like How to Get Away with Murder and that Debra Messing procedural and that hip hop soap Empire. Oh and there's some kind of weird musical thing that might be good? Plus Agent Carter of course. I'm still pretty much out on dramas and if any of these shows get annoying I will DROP THEM because life is too damn short to watch TV shows you don't like.

Over the summer I've got a lot of catching up to do on some things I missed, like Bob's Burgers and the first seasons of Parks & Rec and Broad City and the second season of Miss Fisher's Mysteries and maybe Portlandia and Key & Peele if I can find them. Plus Masters of Sex starts in mid-July.
jlh: Jeff and Britta in their cool cats costumes (community: Jeff and Britta)
Penultimate, probably? New Girl, Castle, and Agents of SHIELD will all go in the next post, after AoS ends 13 May.

Looking )

Community )

Parks and Recreation )

I've also been watching Inside Amy Schumer which is HILARIOUS and remarkably political; I would be surprised there isn't more talk about this show on tumblr but geeks aren't really known for their appreciation of comedy. I'm also enjoying Broad City though I only caught two episodes before it left On-Demand (damn you Comedy Central!) so I'll need to track it down on Hulu.
jlh: Ted, Robin, Barney, Lily and Marshall from HIMYM (himym cast)
Because some stuff has ended. A little old news that had to sink in, and some super new news.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine )

Outside the cut I'll say: people who are patting themselves on the back for never watching HIMYM either because of the ending or because it was sometimes problematic can GTFO. Tons of shows end disappointingly (hello BSG and Lost) or have issues (every show and also hello Teen Wolf) so not watching HIMYM really doesn't make anyone a better person.

How I Met Your Mother )

Justified )

Suits )

But I just don't want to watch those kinds of shows anymore. By which I mean, things keep happening on dramas because things need to keep happening, not because they come out of anything that makes any sense. It's this constant need to roll forward and never leave anything resolved, endless fake resolutions with no real ones, and I don't find it engaging; I find it exhausting. I like endings. I like feeling that the story is over. Which is probably why I'm willing to stick it out with Justified and White Collar, both of which will end with their next seasons.

Comedies are different; the stakes are low and the ongoing stories are light and relatively ridiculous. But dramas, I don't know. Being out on dramas in many ways means being out on fandom, which is weird? But I might be out on dramas.
jlh: Neal and Diana on a bed in robes (white collar: Neal and Diana)
I know, what? But I have stuff to say and I've decided to say it. I'd made this tumblr post with a big list of TV shows on my DVR back in January and now I'm knocking them off one by one. There are a bunch of shows that are ending, or soon to be ending, or I'm walking away from, this spring and I thought hey, maybe I would make a few posts here about how I'm feeling about them.

Except Teen Wolf. All I have to say about Teen Wolf is that I banked season 3B on my DVR for self-spoiled binge-watching, and now I'm probably not going to watch very much of it, and I'm out on the show moving forward. Still writing fic, still reblogging ridiculousness on tumblr, but not watching the show.

Spoils of Babylon )

White Collar )

Suburgatory )

Top Chef was annoying at the end, wasn't it? Not like I won't watch it next season, but still.

As for Nigelissima, Nigella cooking shows are serious anxiety soothers for me. I procure them through means and keep them around for instant calming. They're very effective.

And The Soup abides.
jlh: Christina Aguilera and an old fashioned microphone (music: Christina Aguilera)
Went to a fun party yesterday, ate good food, most of which was bad for me. Saw the Avengers trailer and the Madonna halftime show and Kelly Clarkson singing the national anthem and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert singing God Bless America and the season premiere of The Voice and really all of that was good enough for me.

I'm really excited that so many other people will be watching The Voice with me this season! After seeing that first episode I'm even more annoyed, in retrospect, with The X-Factor and even less interested in bothering with American Idol.

I had said as a comment to someone else's entry that I was bringing beverages to the party I attended and they asked for recipes, so here they are.

mint limeade, ginger lemonade, blood orange syrup, also blood orange margarita )
jlh: Jeff and Britta in their cool cats costumes (community: Jeff and Britta)
I decided, in terms of the tagging thing, that the biggest thing that I can't really do is try to perfectly anticipate how other people might want me to tag that will enable them to do something that they're not telling me they're doing. So I'm going to go on as I have been, for the most part, on both AO3 and tumblr. I am VASTLY GRATEFUL to everyone who replied here or on twitter, as talking to you all helped me to think through how I felt. THANK YOU.

I was going to do a meme about the tv shows I'm watching right now, but I'm finding the questions annoying so here is a free-form blurb on each of them, and if you're watching any of them you should let me know! This list is mostly sitcoms because I'm on a very long tear of watching light things, which likely isn't ending anytime soon.

HIMYM )

Castle: I spoke about my love for this show in a previous post.

Glee )

Suburgatory )

Happy Endings )

New Girl )

Justified )

White Collar )

Top Chef )

Community )

Parks and Recreation )

Up All Night )

Pan Am )

Probably going to watch Smash. Definitely going to watch The Voice. Will also watch Suits when it returns this summer. Oh, and I keep meaning to watch that new Don Cheadle show, even if it did get mixed reviews.

So anyone watching any of these shows?
jlh: (castle: Lanie and Beckett)
In which I'll start with some yammering about my icon-fixation of the last week and a half or so, and then talk a bit about television now that shows are starting up again.

Those of you who have talked to me recently will be very glad to know that the whole icon-fixation is over! I've deleted old icons, uploaded new ones, finally got DW in sync, and changed most of my icon keywords. I know it means a lot of comments and posts will revert to my default icon, but I've deleted a lot of icons over the past few years so it was happening anyway. I'll just go back and fix all the fic posts.

And this was all done so I could upload a bunch of Avengers icons; more on that when I've properly caught up on the movies. But in short: Pepper/Natasha and Clint/Coulson.

Okay let's talk about the two American crime dramas I've been watching, Hawaii Five-O and Castle.

Hawaii Five-O )

Castle )

Anyone else watching these shows? Thoughts?

Next time, sitcoms, because I am watching a metric fuckton of them this year.
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
So I was gone this weekend, and I'm catching up on LJ but if there's anything I need to see please let me know. I don't generally say "hey I'll be gone" because it's pretty rare on any given five-day period that anyone is looking for me that urgently, but I did find myself to be too tired and overstimulated to be good about keeping up and commenting.

I was just looking through the fall TV preview in Entertainment Weekly, and man, it's totally taken over what TV Guide used to do, hasn't it? I remember when I was a kid I couldn't wait for that shiny Fall Preview special TV Guide to come in the mail--it was just about the only place you found out about the new shows. Sure, some of them would be on Entertainment Tonight, which started airing when I was in junior high, but only some of them. TV Guide had a grid, and those iconic pictures of the new casts. Oh how things have changed.


  • Shows I'm adding: Pan Am, Happy Endings (which I rather liked as a midseason), Up All Night, and of course The X Factor. The more I read about Pan Am the more interested I am in it. (And the reverse, re The Playboy Club.) The show was developed and is exec produced by a former Pan Am stewardess ('68-75) who used her own and her friends' experiences including working for the CIA (!). Apparently stewardesses were all made 2nd Lt. in the USAF so that if they were in an hostile environment they'd be protected under the Geneva Convention.
  • Shows I'm still watching: Community, HIMYM, Castle, maybe The Sing Off on Hulu or something.
  • Shows I'm watching through my fingers: Glee, Hawaii Five-O, Dancing with the Stars. Well, I always watch DwtS through my fingers.
  • Shows I'm watching when they return this winter/spring: Justified, White Collar, Top Chef, The Voice
  • Shows I might not watch when they return: American Idol


Speaking of which, is anyone still watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? I found last night's episode to be pretty awful in about 37 ways: that tacky-tacky-tacky and tacked-on opening thing where they all sat around convincing themselves they weren't to blame (and the other housewives really aren't, if anyone is); the way the event hung over the rest of the show; how Taylor's neediness just looks like an open wound anymore, which draws Kyle in like a moth to a flame because she knows what it means to take care of someone fragile; how Lisa can't be bothered which, fine, but I wouldn't want to be her friend; how Kim has become a nonentity; how Adrienne and Paul's bickering seems shrill only because of the context and the sudden need of the show to have a storyline other than the dissolution of Taylor's marriage. I was on the fence before, but now, I don't know if this is staying on the DVR.
jlh: Neal, Peter, Mozzie and El from White Collar (white collar: four)
So I was going to write a thing about social justice fandom and *fail and shaming others about the cultural products they like, and then I remembered that [livejournal.com profile] kalichan wrote it last fall so I don't need to.

I'd been a little slow to catch up on White Collar because though I liked it there was such a strong negative reaction to the new season from many quarters, whether about Neal's morality, the Nazi loot, or Sara-as-love-interest.
further thoughts on white collar )

As a reward, here is Matt Bomer doing the cheer from Bayside High:

jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Xtina)
Hey so [livejournal.com profile] canis_takahari is bored and so I thought I'd post. I often want to post on the weekends but don't because no one is around and I figure no one is reading it—especially this weekend, which is a holiday weekend in the US, and half my flist has decamped for the internet-less countryside.

Anyway I saw [personal profile] verity this week and she asked me what I was fannish about lately and I couldn't really answer her. I am not much in the fandom mainstream at the moment but I can't mange that sort of "and I'm cooler for that" defiance that I envy in some of you. But here's what I've been up to:

I watched The Voice, that new singing competition on NBC where the panel isn't judges, but coaches: Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and Adam Levine. I thought it ran very well for a first season, and I'm sure they'll iron out some of the kinks. But what really excited me is that everyone, not just me, seems to think that the fun of the show is watching the coaches interact, rather than the singers. I don't know whether that's because the singers are older, and there were a lot of strong ladies, so there wasn't anything for the usual musicslash fangirls to latch onto, or whether it was because the coaches were awesome and hilarious and all musicians themselves, but it was nice to be in the pocket rather than off to the side. It also amused me that Carson Daly was such a wooden host that he made folks appreciate Ryan Seacrest.

I'm not a country fan so I'd never really paid attention to Blake, who bears a passing resemblance to a certain Karl Urban and who is alternately incredibly sincere and vaguely dickish; EW said he had a "lumbering charm." Adam is music-nerdy and enthusiastic, but also intensely competitive. With Cee-Lo as the super-calm superfreak and Xtina the generous and helpful diva the four of them make a great combination. Even Xtina noticed the pigtail-pulling between Blake and Adam and wondered when they were going to make out already, which was hilarious.

Adam and Blake doing their thing for the press. )

They also hug a lot.

To that end, I've just finished some Blake/Adam with a side of Xtina/Miranda Lambert, thanks to the encouragement of [livejournal.com profile] honestys_easy, and you'll see that posted within a few days. I'm excited for the return of the show this winter!

I'm also watching White Collar and enjoying it, though I'm a couple of episodes behind right now. It brings to mind some thoughts about fandom opinions, social justice, shaming, and the toxic cocktail they can make, but I may post about that later.

I'm still trying to find the right way to stream Netflix on my TV—Roku is probably the solution—and then I'll be watching Sports Night and maybe Parks & Rec, neither of which I've seen yet.

I started getting the New York Times crossword puzzles on my phone, and damn, somehow I've gotten better in time. I used to slow down at Thursday but now I'm rocking through Fridays! I'm not sure if that's just actually getting better or if being older means there are fewer super old weird clues than when I was younger.

I've also done a ton of writing lately, but that's for another post.

Hmm, looking back I'm not sure this post is that entertaining! I never did learn how to squee properly.
jlh: Castle and Beckett arm in arm laughing (castle: Castle and Beckett)
I'm not promising this is going to happen next week, as I have fuckall to say about Glee or Idol and none of y'all are watching Dancing with the Stars.

HIMYM season finale )

Hawaii Five-0, last week's ep and the season finale )

Castle season finale )

Glee )

So, bodycount for the season finales:
God, like, every show. What is going on? )
jlh: Community Cast as claymation (Community Cast Christmas)
For reasons I don't entirely understand, I haven't been able to make myself watch Hawaii Five-0 this week, so I'm just making this post without that. But feel free to spoil me; I have a good sense of what happened. Anyway, one more week of HIMYM, Castle and H50, two more weeks of Glee (and Idol and DwtS).

HIMYM )

Castle )

Glee )

Community )
jlh: Quinn and Mercedes from Glee in fancy dress (duos: Quinn and Mercedes)
One more week of Justified. Two more weeks of Community. Three more weeks of HIMYM, H50, and Castle. Glee yammers away until June, but I probably won't be talking about it. (Did I mention that I love endings? Because I really do.)

Glee )

Justified )

Community )
jlh: Community Cast as claymation (Community Cast Christmas)
HIMYM )

Hawaii Five-0 )

Glee )

Justified )

Community )
jlh: Community Cast as claymation (Community Cast Christmas)
With only Castle and Justified on last week I kinda procrastinated on writing up anything, so last week's eps are in with this week's.

HIMYM )

Hawaii 5-0 )

Castle )

Justified )

Community )
jlh: Chef Tom Colicchio (gents: Tom Colicchio)
First: the new color wars polls will be up tonight, and I'm sorry I forgot to post about that on DW. It's been a weird week.

We're deep in the April doldrums, aren't we? Next week is just Castle and Justified, but the week after most shows are straight through until May. Got finale dates, though: 4 May for Justified; 12 May for the hour-long finale of Community (a week early to leave room for the Office finale); 16 May for HIMYM, Hawaii 5-0, and Castle; 17 May for Glee. But White Collar is supposedly back in June, and there's always Top Chef Masters!

Yeah, I think this week in tv will be taking the summer off.

Castle )

Justified )

Top Chef )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Hawaii 5-0 team)
Anyone else watching Mildred Pierce? I'm DVR'ing tonight's episodes to watch later this week, as other than reality shows all I'll have is Castle and Justified.

HIMYM )

Hawaii 5-0 )

Castle )

Top Chef )

Justified )

Community )

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