(Cue the smooth guitar solo)…
This season of The Real Housewives of OC brought us Tamra trying to convince Eddie to have a baby by adopting a robot for a few weeks. Vicki faced her empty-nest square in the eye and cried every time she thought about Briana and Troy moving to Oklahoma. Heather continued to be judgemental and privilaged, and Shannon joined the cast with a whiny needy voice and a husband whose main attribute is looking sweaty. Lizzie joined the cast too, and besides playing a masterful game of ‘marry, shag, kill’ contributed little. All the ladies took a trip to Bali, which gave Vicki myriad excuses to scream, Tamra plenty of excuses to get pissed off, Heather to act cool and better than everyone else, and Shannon to snivel to all the girls how mean Tamra is. Oh, and Lizzie came along too. We end the season, much like other seasons, in Vicki’s backyard…
Season 4 of AMC’s The Killing premiered last week, not on AMC, but on Netflix. After AMC put Detectives Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) out of their misery for the second time, Netflix resurrected the stylish, rain-soaked series for a truncated fourth season. When the show first debuted, the ‘Who Killed Rosie Larson?” mystery, the dark tone and morose subject matter gave it a kind of “Twin Peaks’ vibe I really liked. Around the halfway point of Season 1 though, the grief-porn aspects of the show started to wear a little thin and were a real drag on any momentum the storyline might’ve had. I mainly tuned in to Season 2 for the conclusion of the mystery. When Season 3 debuted I gave Linden and Holder another chance. The show actually got better but still relied on red herrings and Linden and Holder’s tendency toward complete and utter incompetence to solve another mystery. Mild Spoilers Ahead!
Twin Peaks obsessives such as myself are rejoicing at the news that a newly remastered Blu-Ray version of the show has been released and is available on Amazon for purchase. Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery includes just about everything connected to the groundbreaking show: The perfect, shoulda stopped while they were ahead Season 1, Season 2 (aka The Season Frost and Lynch Lost Interest, Then Came Back At The Last Possible Second). It also includes the 1992 movie prequel Fire Walk With Me. According to this article on vulture.com, there’s an additional 90 minutes of footage from the movie that helps it fit better into the overall story. Plus some behind-the-scenes goodies and long lost additions and new interviews with Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick, Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee, and others.
The Dumb Starbucks episode of Nathan For You finally aired on Comedy Central last nite. When it was being filmed a few months ago it was all anybody in the media could talk about for at least 3 days. Wild speculation about what or who was behind the stunt occupied everyone’s mind and ebay was flooded with Dumb Starbucks paraphernalia before it was finally unmasked as a stunt for the television show. How did it turn out?
CBS’s annual summer schedule filler, Big Brother, has only been on the air for about 3 weeks and has taken its dominant position as the main occupier of my free time. There are so many things I love about this show that its hard to combine them into a few paragraphs, so I’m breaking out a list of my top favorite things.
My favorite show of the summer is, without question, So You Think You Can Dance on Fox. Though my interest in competition reality shows may have declined over the last few years (sorry Project Runway and The Voice/American Idol), SYTYCD has remained a summer constant for me as much as Big Brother on CBS.