Life without Lost

10 04 2008

As Lost is on haitus, I have had to find some new shows to enjoy. This is a quick run down of what I am into:

Gossip Girl

I was waiting for this to cross the pond and I am enjoying it so far. I love the glamour and the young people and New York so I am thinking I will be definitely watching this for the foeseeable future. I really hope Chuck gets beat up properly soon. He’s a douche.

Moonlight

I resisted this as I was not sure about the whole rip-off of Angel thing but, inevitably I suppose, it sucked me in and now I wish I had watched from the beginning! Vampires, sexual tension, steamy LA – what’s not to like?

The Office

As I mentioned in my last post, I have started watching this hilarious show on Paramount (having missed it the first time around) and I am hooked. It is the thing I am excited to get home to watch in the evening. We are at season 2 and the JAM tension is awesome and Michael is tragic yet painfully dumb. Dwight is just precious. Angela is anal and superb. Kevin is adorable. Jim is more adorable. Pam is cute. I love it. LOVE IT.

American Idol

So far, noone I love has gone. There are still people in it who are annoying as hell though (I am mainly talking to you Kristy Lee Cook although you are singing right now and I don’t hate it. Don’t like it, but don’t hate it.) I heart Jason Castro and Carly Smithson and Michael John with David Cook as my new favourite. I used to like Michael the best but David’s voice is just ace. Tonight he is singing like ass though. So he may have already gone home. I hope not. I refuse to look online and spoil it.

Bones

Is back tonight! EEK!

Desperate Housewives

This is pure fluff and I love it. It has silly stories but the women are likeable even when they are not liked and there is Mike.

Chuck

First episode taped and not yet watched – seems like a Jake 2.0 (without the cute-as-hell Christoper Gorham). Expectations – reserved.

October Road

I know this looks like it is going to get canceled but I hope it isn’t – it’s warm, funny, charming, cute, emotional and set in a beautiful location.

Dirty Sexy Money

Love this show. Donald Sutherland is a god.

ER

Kovac has gone – can I hang on to watch the last of the series? The jury is out on this.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

This is getting mixed reviews but I like it. I am unhindered by being obsessed with the films (I like the third one for goodness sake!) so maybe that’s why. I love the fembot. I like John. I like Lena Heady as Sarah. It even has the cop brother from Rescue Me! Ooh when is that coming back I wonder…

Dark Angel

This is being repeated but I am really just whoozing through it. Logan is hot.

Home and Away

Watching it on YouTube as I have caught up to the Aussies. Sam is dead. Shh don’t tell anyone in the UK.

One Tree Hill

This is almost over (season 4 is being shown here) so I am not sure when Season 5 will be aired. I love this dramatic piece of teen nonsense. Looking forward to the fast forward – so glad they did not go the college route. This is much better and the actors can actually play characters closer to their real ages. If October Road is cancelled I wonder if Jake will return!?!?

Pushing Daisies

Premieres on Saturday night so will see how I like it.

NCIS

Season 5 starts again in May. Tony has one more chance not to suck.

Phew. Good job Lost isn’t on really.





When I am not watching Alias, Buffy or Dawson’s Creek…

3 03 2008

I have been watching A LOT of TV:

We are watching Dexter Season 2 at the moment and I am still gripped each episode. This show is so different to other things on with such interesting and intriguing characters, we can’t get enough.

I am hopelessly addicted to One Tree Hill. I managed to avoid it for so long but I have started watching it sporadically round about the end of season 3 and the beginning of season 4 and now it is series linked in Sky + both for the daily season 2 repeats (I have already got through season 1) and the weekly season 4. I love seeing Wilmington on TV having visited there briefly (it’s also Capeside!). I even dreamed about Chad Michael Murray which is very disturbing as I really don’t think he is all that. Anyway, I have yet to be compelled to own this on DVD so let’s hope this is just a phase. I fear it is not.

I watched Desperate Housewives avidly when it first started but dropped it for a season or so. I have now been drawn back into it with the daily repeats (this is what getting sick will do for you!) so I have been watching the second half of season 3 and have already diarised the start of season 4 later this month. I am hopeless.

I am also horrendously addicted to Home and Away but on YouTube so I am watching the episodes shortly after they air in Aus. I was rather thrilled to see that the guy who used to play Drazic in Heartbreak High was returning to H+A (I had missed his first turn). It is really a shame to see his scars (he was in a serious car crash) but he is ultra menacing as bad-guy Jonny.

American Idol is back and I am enjoying it as ever. It always takes me a while to decide on my favourites and I don’t like getting too attached before the Top 12 stage but so far this season has been pretty good with some strong girls (e.g. the Irish one) and some hot men ( e.g. the Aussie one).

Lost is back with a vengeance and I am LOVING season 4. I have not seen last week’s episode yet (but I will tomorrow so SHHH) but I really enjoyed the Kate-centric episode last week. Skate AND Jate action for those of the Lost community that have such leanings. Personally, I hope she never chooses!!

We have just started watching Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and whilst I fear it is a bit ridiculous, I LOVE IT! Sexy teenage fembot? CHECK! Cool kid playing John Connor? CHECK! Hard-ass Sarah Connor? CHECK!!

We are enjoying the US series of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares. Watching Ramsey chew out stupid restaurateurs is class.

We also like the odd episode of Grand Designs. Some of the things that get built are Ker-AY-zee. Also, I do wish people who insist on building these ambitious projects could look up the phrase ‘contingency fund’. Sheesh.

However there are plenty of shows I am still waiting to watch:

Men in Trees is now over til the summer – hopefully it will be back with Jack not dead. If he dies, I will probably stop watching. Maybe.

Bones – hopefully season 3 will start up again in April.

24 – not going be back til 2009 – how will I cope with the Bauer until then?

Firefly – I have it on DVD but still haven’t watched passed the first couple of episodes. I fully intend to start watching this again soon.

Heroes – After aborting the first attempt to watch this (I had too much TV on my plate), I now want to start over again and watch it with Ricardo. It is downloaded so we just need to find the time.

Rescue Me – we caught up with this hard-hitting and near-to–the-knuckle series and now await Season 5.





A punch in the Henk

21 11 2007

Home and Away has got pretty good whilst retaining that irritating edge – Sally and Brad’s wedding is not getting off to the best start although I respect Brad about 200% more since he kicked the shit out of Henk the Rapist.  Cassie is too orange, skinny and whiny.  Henk is too ugly and creepy.  Jack needs to ditch Sam who just gets on my nerves for no reason other than she is clearly just a Device and I hate Devices.  Plus her son can’t act.  Home and Away – Aussie gold.





You know we belong together…

10 09 2007

Australian soaps formed part of my entire childhood, early adulthood and university existence.  Neighbours and Home and Away in particular were daily glimpse of sun, romance, comedy and silliness.  On my list of ‘top 10 things I hate about working’ is that watching these shows was no longer possible.  That was until I remembered Sky +.  I watched one episode of Home and Away during my recent month off from working and I was re-hooked.  I had to call my mum (who still watched both shows) to understand the various plot / character intricasies (I needed answers to such questions as “if A and B are in love why are A and C married and why do C and D have a very new child together”).  I have been particularly following the Rachel/Hugh storyline although I am already getting the feeling that Hugh will be leaving imminently and thus proving that these shows are totally unrealistic and do things that drive the viewers crazy.  Hugh is yummmmmmmy and therefore doomed to leave.

I have managed to steer clear of Neighbours so far (although I did see that Paul Robinson is back – crazy!).

Other Australian/New Zealand shows I have known and loved:

  • Blue Heelers (so many sexy cops!)
  • Flying Doctors (charlie victor victor)
  • Shortland Street (that guy ended up in loads of big films including Star Wars as a clone – bizarre!)
  • The Secret Life of Us
  • Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (oh Guy Pearce, Josh Lucas, need  go on..?)
  • Heartbreak High (I recently learned that the guy that played Drazic who aside from being very cute was involved in a near-fatal car accident and was left partially blind.  He was in Home and Away earlier this year.)

I must have missed some.