jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
As always I've been entertained by the best-of-the-year and best-of-the-decade lists that have been rolling out over the past six weeks or so. I'm not going to make a list of films or music, having consumed such a small portion of either of them. But television is a different story. So in alphabetical order, the ten shows I most enjoyed watching in the '00s.

  • American Idol. I've spilled a lot of ink on this one—you're either on the train by now, or you're not.
  • Avatar the Last Airbender. I ripped through the first two seasons on DVD on bad days, accompanied by quantities of donuts, and the combo always made me feel better. The finale was great, but I'd already gotten everything I needed in "The Boiling Rock."
  • How I Met Your Mother. I've talked a lot about this show as well, so let's just say it's the only currently running show I own DVDs of.
  • The Mole (first season). Ruined me completely for The Amazing Race. Hosted by a post-Channel One pre-CNN Anderson Cooper, who when I asked him if there was any truth to the rumor that the brainy puzzles of the first season had been dumbed down for the second, said "Of course not!" in a tone that really meant, "Of course they were; this is television." And so they were, and so the show was cancelled. But the first season? Amazing.
  • Project Runway. I'll let them have one bad season; everyone gets one. They gave me Tim Gunn after all, so they deserve a little break. And they introduced us all to the beauty of competency porn.
  • Sex and the City. To me it's not about sex, or Jimmy Choos, or fabulous parties, but about how women are friends today. And for that, I love it.
  • Six Feet Under. It had its bumpy moments in the middle to be sure, but overall it managed the trick of letting the characters be unlikeable without making me detest them or the show. It had one of the best final episodes of any television show, ever, and one of the best couples of television history in David and Keith.
  • So You Think You Can Dance. I believe in the dance, and so does the show. The love of the craft and the entertainment of dance seeps into every single frame—for all his grouchiness, you know it's a labor of love for Nigel, which keeps him from being the mean judge he sometimes tries to be.
  • Top Chef. More competency porn with a smoking hot bear of a head judge who champions simple New American cooking and appreciates fine French technique, who sees skill as a way to better cook from the heart. I love Padma and Gail, but it's Colicchio's mentoring and his stature in the industry that keeps the young chefs and the established guest judges coming back season after season.
  • Veronica Mars (first two seasons). I just saw the little 20-minute piece they filmed of VM at the FBI, and it made me ache with missing her. Those first two seasons—has there been anything better?


There are plenty of things I still need to see—the rest of Deadwood and Freaks and Geeks for starters, plus Wonderfalls—but this is a list I can stand behind.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (smokin' matt albie)
In my tags list, I have 14 tags that refer to specific "canons." Of those, 5 are reality shows, one is a book series, and the other 8 are scripted television shows. I'm going to talk now about a summer in which many of them ended, and others ended for me.

Six Feet Under and Buffy, two ends of the spectrum )

Ugly Betty, CSI, Studio 60, Veronica Mars, and oh, yeah, that book series I was reading )

So, what have we learned?

Lesson 4: Don't get involved in a serial narrative whose narrative priorities are different than yours--namely, character change/development and, if there are romances, a satisfying romance. The narrative will work to preserve its own priorities, and even if it threw a few crumbs to these other issues, it will jettison them all if it has to in order to preserve its priority, be it world building/philosophy or action/adventure or a kind of procedural "plot." In other words, be really, really careful about "genre", because most of it won't you what you crave.

Lesson 5: Best case scenario, don't get involved in an unfinished serial narrative, especially in American network television, with their sort-of-but-not-really narrative arcs that don't lead to satisfying endings and their need to "shake things up" to create drama by never letting the couple get together, or breaking up the team.

Lesson 6: Steer clear of canons with open shipping, because if there's really a love triangle it means they're not going to build either of the pairings up very well. Also, it makes for a vicious fandom.

Next: How Avatar almost, but not quite, soothed my PTSD, and why I went running off to reality television.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (VM and Weevil)
Last night I finally watched the last three episodes of Veronica Mars, which American Idol had been keeping me from. Not that I am not capable of watching two hours of television in one night, but when you meet up with friends to watch VM, only you aren't watching VM, and then you stay out late, there's only so much TV you can watch when you finally get home, and yeah, AI was my priority.

RIP, Veronica Mars )

So in the season that is in my mind, VM and Weevil really do ride off into the sunset together with Keith smiling fondly after them, some future universe in which VM is an awesome FBI agent and Weevil does something that I am just not cool enough to predict, but that involves plenty of turning VM's crank … if you know what I mean.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Who's Your Daddy?)
So like, did Couch Baron and Joe R trade places just for the recaplets, or are they doing this for just this week, or for the rest of the season, or what? Is this a Sign? I think we all know that Joe R is grouchy about Idol, but I didn't think CB was all that down on VM, even with the new direction.

I read Jacob's recaps of Idol Gives Back and, well. I think I mentioned how much I enjoyed his bringing the cultural criticism on Tony Bennett week, and I agree that a lot of what was going on with Idol Gives Back was complete bullshit, especially the not very much money Fox was giving for votes they were going to get anyway. Never mind the kind of offensive ExxonMobile appearance that they tried to soften by trotting out the African staffers; Negro, please. Jacob was angry through a lot of the Tuesday recap and a good amount of the Wednesday recap though his reaction to Ryan and Simon in Africa is subtle and endearing and I encourage y'all to wade through the other stuff to see it. (He also has a whole reference to Ryan using this to become serious enough to make Anderson Cooper like him, but that won't work mostly because Andy likes him some dark meat, yo, so Ryan is not going to be his type anyway.) Jacob saved it for me with his closer, because he was really running up against the "nothing we can do is good enough" dead end, and then he said:
Every bit of pain that ever happened to anybody in the world resulted from just this: the sin, the cancer, the awful confusion and heavy responsibility of ever thinking you were alone. You aren't. You never were.
Which is really my own entire point, and I go off the rails, personally, when I forget that.

Veronica Mars: [livejournal.com profile] ziggy1278 and [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe are both on record as liking season 3 more than season 2, and I agree in parts, but I like a mystery, personally—mystery is the genre I gravitate toward, rather than SF/F or adventure—and I didn't think that either the Hearst rapist or the Dean's murder were particularly good mysteries in their construction. Season 2's bus crash had definite pacing problems, but the mystery itself and the clues and all worked better than either of the two mini-arcs this season. Also, they worked around the absence of the secondary characters much more organically in season 2 than in season 3. Val points out that this isn't an ensemble show and she's right, but still, Weevil and Wallace's absences are felt.

Anyway, without being spoilery, I'm kind of with Joe's recaplet. Spoilery, I can't decide if I'm disappointed or not.  )

Meanwhile the more I listen to Ryan's radio show the more I wonder who he thinks he's kidding with this straight thing, for reals.
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
  • Real world stuffs first.
    • I wore orange and maroon on Friday. At first I thought of the college I attended, but once I started hearing the stories of the teachers and the departments left to pick up the pieces and try to keep things going, I was even more affected, imagining such a thing on the campus where I teach.
    • I flipped $25 to Planned Parenthood on Friday, too.
    • Thanks to NPR's excellent coverage, I am totally obsessed with the French elections. I was on the edge of my seat for the first round!
    • First Kurt Vonnegut, then Boris Yeltsin, and now David Halberstam dies in a car crash! WOE. Halberstam was one of the great journalists of our time and I always looked forward to interviews with him on the history show American Experience and on Charlie Rose's show.
    • Schoolwork is going VERY slowly, but at least it's going.

  • General Fannishness
    • Sooo much smut is sitting with betas right now. So much!
    • I'm glad, myself, that Idol will be over before any of the HP happenings of the summer because if it was all happening at once my head would explode.
    • One bit of HP-ness that will be happening sooner than that is Phoenix Rising, which will be awesome, and at which [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai and I will step aside and yammer about Idol, which will be headed into the finals that weekend. Yikes!

  • Books for reading when May ends.
    • The "friend shelf" in my bookcase has grown by two volumes, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare ([livejournal.com profile] cassandraclare) and Ironside by Holly Black ([livejournal.com profile] blackholly), and everyone should run out and buy them right now. Oh, and if you haven't read Tithe and Valiant, Holly's first two books, then get on that.
    • The shelf will grow again in late June when Julia Quinn's new book comes out, her first one since finishing the Bridgerton series, and I have good hopes for it.
    • And, she says mysteriously, it may grow yet again in some little while.
    • Then I thought, yesterday, it will also grow with all the people I'm in graduate school with, not just my classmates but also [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay and [livejournal.com profile] kalichan and that is amazingly exciting!
    • I might reread the HP books in July, immediately before the new book comes out. I haven't reread OotP or HBP yet, mostly because reading OotP was so traumatic the first time, but friends say it will be easier on a reread. No disrespect to those of you that loved the book, now!
    • Z gave me a copy of Arcadia, which we duly looked up on ibdb and wow, it had a fantastic Broadway cast. Day-am.
    • AND I have new Fruits Basket teasing me, and Antique Bakery borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose.

  • Movies watched and to be watching.
    • Before we decided to stop breaking the bank (see below) [livejournal.com profile] ziggy1278 and I saw a billion movies, including
      • Blades of Glory, awesome in that Will Farrell and John Heder sort of way, and better the more you know about skating.
      • The Hoax, with a top notch cast and a really interesting way of telling its tale. I already knew of Clifford Irving and his fake biography of Howard Hughes, but the little period notes that brought you back to 1971 were fantastic, especially the Nixon touches.
      • Grindhouse, which we saw at a late night show opening weekend and which totally rocked and everyone should see it.
      • Reign Over Me, which was horrifically manipulative but at its core had great performances from Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle.
    • Then with [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay I also saw:
    • I'm looking forward to
      • Order of the Phoenix, obv. I'm pleased that Dan Radcliffe has decided to get better as an actor in time for OotP, but I will still be watching this movie scrunched down in the seat, through my fingers, with tissues at the ready. I mean, I cried in the PoA film, so I'm sure I'm going to be just a mess.
      • Talk to Me, with Don Cheadle as a 70s DJ in DC.
      • Spider-Man 3, but mostly because Z wants to see it so much, and I'll have to rent the first two before I see the third one, eh?

  • Television I've been watching
    • Idol Gives Back starts tonight, and I've been spoiled for the songs that some of the kids have chosen, and let's just say, love that Blake, but sometimes he is really literal. Hint: the three of you who have heard Kathy Griffin's hilarious story about Sharon Stone at the AMfAR fund raiser? THAT song.
    • Ellen DeGeneres is hosting Idol Gives Back on Wednesday night. We've gotten a lot of hints that Ryan and Simon will be up to something that night …
    • Z and I are watching (well, me for the first time, him decidedly not) Deadwood, two eps a night, and I'm so glad. It's amazingly good and there was even gratuitous shirtless Timothy Olyphant. I'd meant to get into it when it came out but I was overwhelmed by television at the time, I think.
    • Despite all the Idol talk, there really isn't much I'm following—I'm not actually a SF/F TV fan, so I'm not on the Heroes/SGA/DW train. I know a lot of you are having fun with those shows, so good for you!
    • I think CSI is going off the DVR after this season. My true love for it is gone with their continual raising and then dropping personal issues and I don't care enough about the procedural stuff to stick around. (Not, of course, that they need me for the ratings!) I'm intrigued by the miniature killer, and the last new episode with the lab rats running around trying to help solve it—lots of Hodges but where was Bobby Dawson?—was a clever way to remind us of that ongoing mystery. Also, I'm still worried about the ultimate fate of Grissom given that in the promotional poster, which last year was a hint about Brass's shooting, is a parody of the Beatles' Abbey Road cover, with Grissom as the barefoot Paul—back in the day, one of the key "Paul is dead" clues!
    • Z also gave me the Firefly box set as an early birthday present because he felt I should own it. That was already on the list of shows to watch when the term and regular TV was over, so yay!
    • And yes, due to the demand of Ely, Emily and S, and the enabling of S and Z, I will be watching BSG this summer. Totally.
    • I can't wait for the return of Veronica Mars on 1 May! Paul Rudd! More Mac! Five episodes that hopefully aren't the last five!
    • Speaking of on the bubble, I wonder if they'll even bring Studio 60 back for the final episodes; I've seen nothing on that. I do want to see it through to the end; I want to see Jordan have her baby and say goodbye to the gang and all that. I just wish it had been a better show.
    • In Shows You Should Be Watching news, Marshall and Lily's wedding on How I Met Your Mother is going to ROCK. I hadn't realized that [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe was also a fan. It is such a great show; too bad TWoP, for understandable reasons, isn't recapping it so more of you can see its awesome glory!
    • This past week's Ugly Betty was sort of a drag, wasn't it? A very necessary transitional episode (and my GOD I'm glad we've seen the last of Constance) but in itself, not fun. But this week looks like TOTAL AWESOMENESS.
    • Another show I need the DVDs for is WKRP in Cincinnati. OMG the Johnny Fever/Bailey Quarters fic I would write about that show. Ooh, I should put that in as a request for Yuletide this Christmas.
    • When is Sifl and Olly ever coming out on DVD OMG. Goddamed MTV not putting their shit out on DVD.

  • Music should go here, but there isn't any to go here, because I have filled my harddrive with the stuff so I'm waiting for my new external harddrive before I can even listen to the things that are in my house, like the new Shins and the new-ish Death Cab and a bunch of other things. Though now that Z bought a new DVD/CD player that he is storing at my house for Deadwood and other watching (since I'm the one with the TV) I can listen to the CDs. My DVD/CD player? Ded, my friends. Woe! So you tell me, what releases should I be looking forward to? Other than, of course, Donny Osmond Sings Love Songs of the 70s.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (VM and Weevil)
I got a comment from [livejournal.com profile] scrabble (thanks, Rach) alerting me that Kristin of E! was reporting that VM was cancelled, so of course I ran over to see, and since then there's been an update:
And according to CW insiders, the CW has not officially canceled Veronica Mars. However, here's the catch: They are currently considering a different format for the fourth season. From what I hear, that format would leap four years into the future and focus on Veronica Mars as an FBI agent. Aside from returning star Kristen Bell (duh), the rest of the cast is yet to be determined, but it isn't likely that many of her current co-stars would be on board.

So bottom line: Veronica Mars could be: 1) spinning off into a new format, 2) returning in her college years or 3) getting canceled.

Kristen is asking folks to comment on her blog entry with support for the show, or send a letter or postcard to Dawn Ostrow at the CW (the address is in the link).

I'm going to write in, but I'm of two minds about the proposed changes. On the one hand, I already wasn't looking forward to them returning in her college years though I was waiting to see those last four episodes to make up my mind. Seeing her as a young FBI agent would be interesting because she'd be at the low end of the totem pole and a frustrated Veronica is a motivated Veronica. Needless to say, we'd get out of the Veronica/Logan death spiral; while I'd greatly miss Logan as a character, if they're not going to do anything with him except have him make up and break up with Veronica then sheesh, let him live his own goddamned life. On the other hand, it could become just another police procedural, NUMB3RS with a younger protagonist, which would be a shame. Given our love of the rest of the cast (and with the possible and still unlikely exceptions of Mac and Keith, who could really remain?) it could be an horrific shark-jumping moment.

So what do you think? Here's a poll, and talk to me because I'm all sad now.
[Poll #947813]
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (smokin' matt albie)
Harry/Draco Types: If I had an H/D story, where should I post it? It isn't a first time story, but a them-as-adults story. ([livejournal.com profile] emmagrant01, don't you have some sort of comm or something? I think [livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy's is a first time one isn't it?) Why I have this story will become clear later. Thanks!

Meanwhile, some entirely premature eulogies. There are six episodes of Studio 60 and four episodes of Veronica Mars left of their seasons, and then, I think, those shows are over. Why I don't mind. )

Meanwhile, another waste is the ever-enlarging empire of the production company Magical Elves, who brought us Project Runway (love!), Top Chef (1: brilliant, 2: ugly), Top Design (yawn) and now some hair styling show. Hair styling? Seriously? I suggest forgoing this in favor of the superlative Blow Dry, starring Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy as old rivals in competitive hair styling, with Josh Hartnett and Rachel Leigh Cook as their star-crossed-lover children. As for this week's Top Design, I found I couldn't bring myself to care, though I'm not sad at all to see the end of spoiler ), but in the previews spoiler ) is crying and that is NOT on.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Have you met Ted?)
You know, one of the things I really don't like about LJ is that if you post on the weekends you don't get comments. Anyway, despite lack of interest, on with the television:

How I Met Your Mother: Lucky Penny )

Studio 60: The Friday Night Slaughter )

Veronica Mars: Postgame Mortem )

Top Design is no Project Runway but Todd is still delightful and Goil is still awesome.

Ugly Betty: Derailed )

CSI: Monster in the Box )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (VM and Weevil)
So I'm watching five fictional television shows pretty regularly right now: How I Met Your Mother, Studio 60, Veronica Mars, Ugly Betty, CSI. I also watch whatever Magical Elves is doing (Project Runway/Top Chef/Top Design) though I felt that Top Chef 2 was really disappointing and seeing Tim Gunn's cameos on Ugly Betty made me miss PR all the more. I'll add American Idol as soon as they get out of Hollywood. And this was a really mixed week in my television universe. Let's take them in order of airing:

HIMYM: Monday Night Football )

The Harriet Dinner, Part 2 )

Veronica Mars: There Has to Be a Morning After Pill )

Ugly Betty: Brothers )

CSI: Law of Gravity )

I'm glad I'll have Top Design and American Idol to get me through the March and April reruns. AI have finally gotten to Hollywood for this week so it's not long until voting! As for Top Design, so far it's pretty innocuous, not a lot of drama, pleasant host and judges (I adore Jonathan Adler and the way he calls bf Simon Doonan his "bloke"). I like Goil, Dorky Cute Asian Architect, the best so far.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Henry from Ugly Betty)
Had a great time at [livejournal.com profile] soupkills's Superbowl extravaganza with the usual pot of chili—veg this time, yum!—and wings and chips and I brought three kinds of dip. I ate the leftover dip for breakfast this morning, and it was good. Pre-show, we watched the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet; post-show, we played Guitar Hero. My kind of party.

The game itself was even fun to watch (and when's the last time you could say that?) with all the turnovers and the falling in the wet grass. On their radio show this week Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann had bemoaned the lack of weather in Super Bowls due to the use of southern and/or domed stadiums so I'm looking forward to listening today. I think they had a point; football is often played in the snow or the pouring rain and just because it's the Super Bowl doesn't mean it should be pristine, at least in my opinion.

You know, I'm actually not going to comment on the ads! I know! But I'm sort of enjoying the whole "I'm not in the industry anymore" vibe of this Super Bowl. (Last spring I was freelancing so I still had a hand in.) However, I encourage you to check out the USA Today coverage and Bob Garfield's Ad Age podcast.

Instead, let's talk television.

Ugly Betty )

CSI )

Veronica Mars )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (studio 60 B&W window)
Okay, it now officially pisses me off that we have had no snow. It has snowed west of here, north of here, south of here and even east of here, but not here, and I'm pretty fucking furious.

Studio 60: Why are you doing this to me? )

Veronica Mars: Eh. )

State of the Union: Seriously, whatever. )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Who's Your Daddy?)
So while I was running about the past week I consumed a lot of media.

VM: If you haven't read the Rob Thomas interview at TWoP, what are you waiting for? The spoilers are seriously minor and the info is fantastic.

I saw The Painted Veil and Dreamgirls this week. No spoilers. )

I don't have much to say about the Globes. I watched them last night and found myself zipping through a lot of speeches. I love that Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are so BFF. I cried at America Ferrera's speech, too. I adore Ugly Betty so I was so excited that they won and loved how they were up on stage screaming and Salma Hayek was crying. And of course I was pleased at the Dreamgirls wins.

Speaking of Ugly Betty, OMG this week was awesome )!

Okay, I've watched this week's Top Chef about five times, once with [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose, and as I mentioned last week I've also been watching some back episodes, and every time I see something again, I get less sympathetic to Marcel ).

Which made me think about fan attitudes on 'good' and 'bad' characters. )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (smokin' matt albie)
Jon Stewart has made me want two icons. One with the three folks mentioned above, and one that's just text, or perhaps pics of Stewart and Clooney, and says, "I am flattered that you think enough of me to make gay innuendo."

Anyway, spoilers ahead.

Top Chef )

Veronica Mars )

Studio 60 )

Just to interject: I read some not good Matt/Danny slash recently. Not that it was poorly written; far from it. But it unnecessarily demonized Harriet and had some other undercurrents that I just find irritating. It reminds me of the truly superlative Danny/Rusty from Ocean's Eleven (it's up at Yuletide) that I read a couple of years ago. It successfully found the sexiness in Danny and Rusty's interactions, but also made it believable that Danny was in love with Tess, and all without a lot of self-sacrifice or other hoo-hah.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Tell me he looks fat)
So I'm really giving into the idea that for the time being this LJ is going to be mostly about television. My real life can be summed up as: I go to class, I teach class, I research, I read, occasionally I get anxious, I see friends. I don't think that makes for very compelling posts, so, television. CSI musings cut for length and spoilers.

I took Six Degrees off the TIVO. I wasn't watching it and there were plots that I didn't find compelling. In the end the presence of Campell Scott and Hope Davis doesn't make up for crappy JJ Abrams plots. I feel sort of sad about this, because I'm sure they think that they're making quality television or whatever, but while the characters were interesting the situations were annoying.

I'm almost caught up on CSI and WTF? )

How I Met Your Mother continues to be awesome. There isn't much you can say about it that I haven't already said, but it's just so clever without being arch, and silly without being a farce, and I hope that the Emmys recognize it in some way this year.

Ugly Betty is also so much fun, yet it allows itself to be complicated, and go places you don't think it will. I like that Daniel is aware of his little-boy-lost appeal, and he knows he's spoiled, and he doesn't care. I like that Betty gets called on her control freak/martyr tendencies. I like that Hilda isn't just a flake and wants to take on more responsibility. I like that Vanessa Williams is working. And I'm pretty sure that Betty and Daniel won't end up together, nor should they really, but I'm really getting sick of Walter, who is annoying.

As for Veronica Mars, I think I'll have more to say when this arc is over, two episodes from now. The episode commitment from the CW has been raised from 13 to 20, so we'll definitely get through the second arc and I can't imagine we won't get through the third and get the full season order; I think it's less VM's performance and more CW's inability to plan that is the issue here. But I love it when shows allow their leads to be unlikable but in an understandable way, and we got piles of that in this week's episode. Rock on, Rob Thomas.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (VM and Weevil)
First, I have to say, VM starting up makes me miss [livejournal.com profile] mistful that much more, since she was a big part of watching it last spring.

3.01 )

3.02 )

3.03 )

What do you think?
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (VM and Weevil)
I'm annoyed because my computer randomly crashed and therefore I lost an entire post I was working on when I should have been writing my paper. Good goddamnit!

Anyway, my week: Dinner/drinks with, variously, [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe, [livejournal.com profile] blackholly, [livejournal.com profile] bowdlerized, [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay, [livejournal.com profile] cassandraclare, [livejournal.com profile] idlerat, [livejournal.com profile] ladyjaida, my friend S; Holly's reading; Emily's pub night; my department's end of semester party even though the semester doesn't end until next week; drinks at the pub with my class, during which I was proclaimed "a remarkably positive person" by my professor; writing papers. Paper tally stands at: one half done, two 3/4 done.

S reminded me last night that I hadn't posted my thoughts on the Idol results. Following, therefore, summing up on the seasons of CSI, Veronica Mars, and How I Met Your Mother, plus thoughts on the penultimate weeks of Top Chef and American Idol.

American Idol: Don't leave me this way! )

CSI: A disappointing season. )

Allow me a moment for a non-spoilery minirant. [livejournal.com profile] iscaris posted not long ago about her preference for shows that aren't about emotional relationships, but sprinkle them in among the crime solving or whatever. I have to say, having dipped my toe into some of them, that I disagree because they handle the personal relationships so badly. [livejournal.com profile] blackholly once said that writers sometimes use sexual or romantic tension as a way to keep the story interesting while not having to advance the adventure/mystery/whatever main plot. That's fine in a book or a film or anything that is finite, but in series television it ends up being kind of a mess. Sexual tension lasting for years and years eventually becomes exhausting. Will-they-or-won't-they can only last so long. Writers often give as their reasoning for not having their characters happily pair up that it isn't "real life;" well, neither is URST with the same person with no action for seven years. It just gets boring, and it's lazy. Resolve it or drop it, and if you're going to resolve it, do it well. Have we learned nothing from X-Files?

Veronica Mars: Everyone deserves a sophomore slump. )

How I Met Your Mother: The Best Show You're Not Watching, but the rest of America is. )

Top Chef: I'm a Harold girl. )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (VM and Weevil)
Well, of my three spring shows, one is done for the year and the other two will be done on the 24th (as will my semester interestingly enough). For Veronica Mars, though, I don't think I can manage coherence quite yet. Had a great time at [livejournal.com profile] idlerat's with [livejournal.com profile] bowdlerized, [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay, [livejournal.com profile] mistful, [livejournal.com profile] tromboneborges, and [livejournal.com profile] cassandraclare. As CC said, we also got a celebrity phone call from [livejournal.com profile] weatherby, who TOTALLY FUCKING CALLED IT. We all bow to her as she dances her well-deserved dance of effortless fucking superiority.

Final fall schedules are announced next week. I'm very optimistic about VM for next year.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (VM and Weevil)
Watch me as I melt into a puddle of Weevil-goo. I would be in a pool of Keith-goo but since I have to choose I'll go with Weevil.

Veronica Mars: I'll be your rifle-toting quaker bride any time. )

Top Chef: I'm not your bitch, bitch! )

American Idol: Every time we say goodbye, I cry a little )

I also have a thing for Grant on Mythbusters. After these papers are toast I'm so making cute boy icons.
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First and most importantly, I have finished a draft of a Ryan/Simon story. Who wants to beta? ETA: Thanks, Jaida! For those of you who need something to tide you over, I wrote this story last spring and the new one is a sequel.

American Idol: Queen takes pawn. )

Veronica Mars: And the countdown begins! )

Top Chef: Still some bugs to work out. )

God, all these shows will be ending; no TV for me this summer. This is probably for the best, really.

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