season finales, part 4

Still trying to finish up on my season finale commentaries. I briefly thought about giving up since, I don’t know… THE NEW SEASON HAS STARTED. But I can’t give up. So…

SPOILERS ARE AHEAD…

Everwood
It’s over. It’s really over. *sniff* But I’m glad the show went out the way it did. I absolutely LOVED the series finale. After it initially aired, I think I must have watched it a million times that week. It was a very fitting and well done ending. There wasn’t much that I didn’t love so I want to get that out of the way first…

Things I Wish Were Different
— Despite being 2 hours, the finale felt a little rushed. But I only have The CW to blame for that.
— Hannah going to Colorado A&M. I wish she had believed in herself enough to choose Notre Dame.
— Nina being the one to initiate her break-up with Jake. I wish that storyline was resolved prior to the finale. If only because it felt a little like whiplash seeing her with Andy at the end.
— I missed the ending narration. 🙁 But I found this entry on LJ, where one fan has written his/her own version of a narration. It would have been perfect.

Favorite Moments:
— Nina and Hannah tossing the engagement ring back and forth in Andy’s bedroom. Hilarious!
— Andy at Julia’s grave. *sob*
— Drunk Amy at the Bat Mitzvah. HEE!
— Delia getting her horse. I love the continuity!
— Andy’s proposal to Nina.
— Bright and Hannah’s scene on the hilltop. I’ve never really been a fan of their relationship but I liked that they kept the possibility of the future in the air. And their hug! It was one of those hugs that are really tight and meaningful. Best Friends for life. Awww.
— Dr. Abbott and Rose getting the baby.
— Amy’s flashbacks to all her moments with Ephram.
— Amy’s grand gesture. Go Amy! I loved seeing her go after Ephram after all the times he’s laid his feelings on the line for her. I loved seeing her look terrified and hopeful and beautiful all at the same time as she was standing in front of the ferris wheel. And Ephram’s stunned reaction was classic. Gawd, I love them!
*sniff* I think I need to rewatch the finale…

Gilmore Girls
I used to be indifferent to Rory/Logan but the finale turned me right around. I absolutely loved their scenes and I have to admit to crying during their goodbye scene. They were the most mature I’ve seen in a long time. As for Luke and Lorelai, I’m over them. I just don’t love them the way the fandom does so my loyalties are flexible. It’s too bad cause they’re turning Luke into a horrible character. 🙁 I say bring on Christopher! The finale was great but all in all, there was too much of that trobadour storyline. I love this show but sometimes it needs to scale back a little on the random filler. Yay for the premiere next Tuesday!

Alias
I’m sad it’s over. (Even though the show probably should have bowed out a few seasons earlier, IMO). I wish that the writers would have found a way to end the show without killing off Jack. *sniff* He was the best. But at least he died to ensure Sloane wouldn’t be able to cause anyone pain again. I was also upset about Tom’s death. He and Rachel had so much potential that it was sad to see it squashed so quickly. I know it’s a finale but there should be some storylines left for the imagination, you know? Not quite sure how I feel about Irina’s death… she was a great character but I was really disappointed that she chose Rambaldi over Syd. 🙁 All in all, I was satisfied with the ending and I loved seeing Syd and Vaughn together and happy at last.

I suppose that’s it. I have about 4 episodes of Smallville left on the Tivo and I doubt I’ll find the time to sit and watch them before the premiere. I’ll probably just skim through some recaps on TWOP. Hopefully that’ll be all I need to understand what the heck is going on. I’m such a bad fan. :/

nbc + abc upfronts

Some early news about pickups and cancellations on The CW. *sigh* DAMN IT.

Anyway, some comments on the NBC and ABC upfronts…

NBC
I knew NBC was doing horrible but I didn’t realize HOW horrible. OMG, they have A TON of new shows next season. Sadly, the only new show I have any interest in watching is Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. And that’s pretty much because of Matthew Perry (YAY, I’m so excited he’s back on TV!) and Bradley Whitford. I think they’ll make a great team. Plus, it’s an Aaron Sorkin show. He never fails with the dialogue.

Ok, I take it back. I *may* also be interested in checking out Heroes because I just saw Greg Grunberg’s name on the cast list. Although the show’s premise sounds borderline cheesy… “Ordinary people discover they have extraordinary powers.” This show could go either way.

I can’t believe that The Apprentice was renewed. I mean, seriously?! NBC must really be hurting. It’s had horrible ratings and it’s gotten worse each season it’s been on the air. I’m glad about Las Vegas, though. It’s a terrible show (who cares about Danny and Delinda? Not me) but I need my Josh Duhamel fix. YUM.

ABC
It’s no surprise that Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey’s Anatomy were renewed. I’m REALLY surprised that What About Brian was renewed. I never made it past the first episode.

It’s sad not to see Alias listed. *sob*

I think I’m going to check out —
Day Break – Sounds like a mix of shows that have all been done before… a detective is accused of killing an Asst. DA and he will keep reliving the same day until he figures out who is framing him. But you know, this is different. Cause it’s Taye Diggs. 😛

Six Degrees – This show intrigues me because it’s another JJ Abrams-produced show.

But of course, once the promos start airing and the Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview issue comes out, everything could change and I’ll watch none of the shows I thought I would.

Off to check out the CBS schedule…

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mid-season wrap-up

Time for my mid-season TV wrap-up (possible spoilers)… 🙂

Sunday
09:00: Desperate Housewives
What happened?!? I’m pretty much snoozing right through this season. The only housewife I’m remotely interested in is Bree.

10:00: Grey’s Anatomy
Snappy dialogue, great music, and those crazy interns… SO MUCH LOVE for this show. Seriously, it just keeps getting better and better each week. And they did a Christmas-themed episode! What’s not to like here?

Monday
08:30: Kitchen Confidential
I’m glad I got to see the Michael Vartan episode before FOX pulled the plug on the show. That was freaking hilarious. *sniff* RIP KC. I hope Bradley Cooper finds another show soon. He’s too gorgeous not to be on TV!

09:00: Prison Break
I didn’t think this show would last on my schedule but it’s really grown on me. The eye candy (Wentworth Miller!) doesn’t hurt either. I’m finding the conspiracy against Lincoln really intriguing (even though I think Lincoln himself is annoying) and the prison break-out really suspenseful. I’ve even really grown to like the little band of inmates that Michael has put together, especially Sucre. Yay cellmates!

09:00: 24
YES!!! JACK BAUER IS BACK!!! I don’t care how implausible or unrealistic this show is… I LOVE IT.

09:00: Related
This is another show that I never ever thought would last more than a few episodes. It’s not all that well-written and 1 of the sisters bugs me (Rose — it’s like she’s too perfect or something, argh) but I find it really endearing. The sisters’ relationship definitely carries the show.

09:00: Las Vegas
My “fluff” show. I watch when I can but don’t really care all that much if I miss it. It’s all about Josh Duhamel for me, anyway. BUT. I can’t believe that Monica (Lara Flynn Boyle) died the way she did. It was very… anticlimactic. She flew off the roof of the Montecito, people. And it didn’t even look real. I’m ashamed to admit that I had to stifle a giggle.

Tuesday
08:00: Gilmore Girls
The season didn’t start out very strong (read: I was a little bored) but it’s turned itself around. I’m not too sure how I feel yet about Luke’s daughter storyline. My initial reaction was “WTF! This sucks” but I’m willing to see where it goes and how it affects the wedding. I don’t think the wedding will happen as planned, though. (And I hope Lorelai gets a new dress cause the one she bought is AWFUL). Still indifferent about Rory, though. She totally lost me this season with her brattiness.

08:00: America’s Next Top Model
Pretty happy with Nicole as the winner. She doesn’t really come off as a model in person but she really rocked her photos. And did an amazing job at the last runway show. I would have liked anyone but Lisa or Bre to win anyway. I was secretly rooting for Kim, though. And is anyone still wondering who the heck stole Bre’s nutrition bars? I want to know!

09:00: Supernatural
Another unexpected hit. I just love the snappy banter between the Brothers Winchester. SAM&DEANRSOCUTE. The urban horror legends do give me the creeps sometimes (hey! I’m a fraidy cat!) but I think that’s part of the fun.

Wednesday
08:00: One Tree Hill
Every week I vow to stop watching (I hate Brooke/Lucas and I wish they would give Peyton a better storyline) but then they give me an episode like How A Resurrection Really Feels and I get sucked right back in. I mean, Nathan/Chris hijinks and Nathan/Haley lovin’? I can’t resist. I will be an even happier camper if Brooke/Lucas break up. Pretty please?

08:00: The Apprentice: Martha Stewart
Sadly, I never got around to watching this show. HEHE.

09:00: Lost
I don’t like the tail-enders. Well, except for Eko. Everyone else… ehhh. Especially Ana Lucia. She killed Shannon! Yes, I am still BITTER.

10:00: Alias
I’ve enjoyed the season so far and I really like the new additions of Rachel and Tom (it’s kinda too bad the show is ending because I really would have liked to learn more about them). It looks like the show is going to go out with a bang, though, which I’m really happy about. Loved the surprise of Irina in the last episode and I hope to see more familiar faces before the end (Will, Sark, Nadia, Weiss, Vaughn).

Thursday
08:00: Smallville
I’m enjoying this show more than I have in… oh, about 3 seasons. Lex’s turn to the dark side and James Marsters’s guest spot can really do that to a show. PLUS. They had the BEST Christmas-themed episode this season. Really. Lexmas was amazing. Not just for the ridiculously happy Lex/Lana or the return of the Clark/Lex friendship but for the whole revelation about Lex and why he chose the path he did. *wibble*

08:00: Everybody Hates Chris
I watched the premiere and it was DAMN funny. But unfortunately, I just kept forgetting about it. :/ When the show comes out on DVD, I’m definitely going to pick it up.

09:00: The O.C.
Can Johnny go away?! PLEASE? He BUGS. I’ve been a huge Marissa apologist for the past few seasons but I think she may have reached the end of my patience. Her displaced loyalty to Johnny gets on my nerves (Poor Ryan). Now Taylor… didn’t like her at first but I take it back. She totally rocks. I hope we get to see more of her. I’m pretty wary about Kaitlin’s return. I mean, do we really need another snotty teen drama queen? I’d love for them to bring back Teresa instead. I want to know what’s going on with her, damn it!

09:00: CSI
My only complaint is that there has been very little follow through with Nick’s kidnapping/buried alive storyline. We got little hints when the tape revealed an accomplice in the premiere and then when Kelly visited Nick at the lab but that’s it. They just keep stringing us along! I hope it’s worth it.

09:00: Everwood
It’s been so good this season. *happy sigh* Getting To Know You was so great with Ephram telling Amy he’s still in love with her. Awww! However, Reid is still around I’m sure that Amy is someday going to find out that Ephram asked him not to date Amy anymore… EEEK. I wish it would come back sooner than March, though. Stupid WB.

09:00: Reunion
Damn FOX. Why’d they have to cancel the show?! I want to know who killed Sam! And why Craig is in a wheelchair when he can walk! And why Jenna is mad at Craig! They had to cancel it right when the mystery was getting interesting. So frustrating. 🙁 And now I’ll probably never get the answers to my questions.

And that’s that. 😀

Yay Golden Globes tonight! Go Michelle Williams!

yay supernatural!

Holy back pain. I can barely concentrate on anything because it hurts for me to sit up or stand straight. I even spent most of the weekend in bed. I suppose I should go to the doctor. *wibble* 🙁

So, some good news — Supernatural has been picked up for a full season! Ahhh, TV never fails to make me feel better. At least I’ll have something good to watch on Tuesdays since Gilmore Girls is completely failing to deliver.

I feel like I’m always playing TV catch-up, lol (possible spoilers)…
Alias 5.02, … 1 …
It’s just not the same anymore. Weiss (possibly?) leaving is the last straw. Plus, there’s just too many newbies and they don’t interest me when there’s still lots of stories to tell about Sloane, Marshall, Nadia, etc (ie. the characters *already* on the show). At least the credits are new! (I love opening credits, I’m a dork). And they feature cast members other than Jennifer Garner! Awww. Not that I don’t love JG but, you know.

One Tree Hill 3.01, Like You Like An Arsonist
OMG, Nathan and Haley have killed me dead. That’s why I fell in love with them in s1. All their scenes were just so beautiful and angsty. OMGILOVETHEMSO. The scene where Haley goes over to Nathan’s bedroom and they say “Always and Forever” to each other is THE BEST EVER. Guh. As for the rest — I don’t care for Brooke/Lucas and I care even less about Peyton’s mom (and I normally love Peyton). On a shallow note, I don’t like Sophia’s bangs (AT. ALL) nor do I like BJL’s blonde hair (I know it’s her natural hair color but the brown hair from s1 was quintessential Haley). But I do love Hilarie’s new hair… much prettier than the curls. Oh, and just for the record, my money’s on Keith or Andy as the arsonist.

Related 1.01, Moving In, Moving Out, Moving On
Cute. Weak storylines, though. Especially for the youngest sister… college student who just dropped pre-med for the experimental art program. How original. I don’t know if this show will last, though — it has tough competition on Wednesdays (Lost, VM). But at least I know who Callum Blue is now! 🙂

Grey’s Anatomy 2.03, Make Me Lose Control
Ok. So maybe I’m warming up to Alex and Izzie. Damn it. I broke too easily. But maybe a relationship between them will give Izzie more screen time. I feel like she’s the character that gets shafted so we don’t know anything about her. 🙁 I want to see more Izzie! But OMG did Cristina/Burke tear my heart to pieces. I just about died when Burke was looking at the surgery board and realizing that Cristina was pregnant. And then when he got choked up as he was talking to his patient about a “broken heart.” *sniff* Gawd, Isaiah Washington is so good. This storyline definitely trumps the Meredith/Derek/Addison drama. So does anyone else think that there was something going on between Ellis Grey and the Chief back in the day? Hmmm.

Squee, my Veronica Mars DVDs have shipped! YAY!

tv catch-up

I love October… because October means my birthday! Woot!

😀

I’m spending the weekend by myself (aaahhhh, alone time is so great) so I managed to do some TV catch-up. Possible spoilers ahead…

Gilmore Girls 1.02, Fight Face and 1.03, The UnGraduate
*yawn* There’s stuff going on but I am so bored. I’m waiting for something exciting to happen. And that does not include Rory getting a new hairdo (which I really, really like, actually) or doing anything involving the DAR. At least there was Lane! Finally. Very excited to see her even though I hate her storyline.

Alias 5.01, Prophet Five
%$#@! It better be a big fake-out or I will cry. I know Syd/Vaughn peaked in season 2 and never really got back on track but I can’t help it… I still adore them. And I’m so disappointed in this storyline. Why do they have to kill off all the people Syd loves? Danny, Francie, now Vaughn. 🙁 I was so sad when Vaughn was getting shot and Syd was trying to run over to him. Guh. Don’t even get me started on the whole double agent thing. Everything I loved about Vaughn is… GONE. I wish I could say that I’ll wash my hands of the show but I know I won’t. What is wrong with me?!?

Smallville 5.01, Arrival
Oooohhh, new credits! I like. But why is Erica Durance (yay, love Lois) before Allison Mack? They did that last season with Jensen Ackles coming before AM… why do they that? She’s a series regular and has been since the beginning, GEESH. I have to admit that I didn’t pay close attention to what was going on last season so I’m a little confused about… well, everything. Like Lex. Was it just me or was his turn to evil a little abrupt? And what the heck is wrong with Lionel? I’ve been planning on getting the s4 DVDs — I suppose I should do that sooner than later. Anyway, the Brainiac’s (squee, James Marsters!) introduction at the end was very cool. I’m excited to see him on this show. He should be a great addition.

Reunion, 1988
This show pains me. I wanted so badly for it to be good (partly because the concept intrigued me and partly because of Will Estes) but… it’s not. After the premiere, it’s been on a steady decline. And since it’s on a short hiatus for baseball, I don’t know that I’ll still care when it returns. I may just resort to spoilers so I can find out who died and who’s responsible. It’ll be less painful than watching the show, that’s for sure.

I wish the WB would stop showing promos for Related. I DON’T need another show to watch. But knowing me, I’ll probably tune in for the premiere. Let’s hope it’s completely awful so I can quickly forget about it. 😛

Still have The OC and Everwood to catch up on… but I should probably go to sleep since it’s 3 AM! HEE.