Contest Winner Announced! (And TV snippets for the week.)

9 10 2010

(Did I not post this already? I could have sworn I did, but then it wasn’t there. Sorry, everyone…!)

I took this week off from blogging due to a death in the family, but the good news is that the time off gave me a chance to assemble judges and decide the winner for what I have affectionately come to call the Sookie Book Limerick Contest. The prize, as you know, is an autographed hardcover copy of Dead in the Family. There’s only one book, but the second place limerick will be published here as well.

The entries were judged on five criteria: originality, creativity, humor, adherence to limerick form, and poetic rhythm. The rhythm and adherence to form weighed heavily on the judges’ decision, since there were several original, creative limericks that made us laugh out loud.

The winner is Lauren from Texas:

There once was a vampire named Eric,
Who some would find most esoteric,
But it’s without his clothes
When he’s banging some hoes,
We see his assets are perfect genetics.

And our honorable mention is Ryan from Massachusetts:

The kings offer came with a wink
Fairy blood he wanted to drink
Sookie scoffed at his proposal
poured Talbot in the disposal
Now poor Russell has sex with the sink

Congratulations, Lauren and Ryan! And thank you to everyone who entered. Your limericks were great.

And now, since I skipped major blog posts this week, I’ll give you some little snippets on my impressions:

Dexter: I’m kind of happy that Astor and Cody decided to live with their grandparents—it frees Dexter up for more serial killer hijinks! I’m really loving this season so far.

Weeds: The butter-eating contest made me gag, for real. I feel bad that the Botwins couldn’t actually claim their prize, but that would have made life too easy. Still not happy with this boring season.

America’s Next Top Model: Catfights galore. Things should calm down some now that Lexie is out, but I’m sad about it because I liked her (and Rhianna, who was sent home last week) and I don’t really like Kacey. But Lexie’s ousting was a long time coming, really. I loved this week’s photoshoot, and my fave Ann won top photo for the fourth week in a row—a Top Model first!

I will write a full Survivor post once things settle down here. Check back a little later.

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Sorry, Showtime fans. Here are your ‘Weeds’ and ‘Dexter’ posts.

29 09 2010

Things have been a little crazy lately at home and school, and with family (just, you know, my whole life), so my TV-watching has taken a bit of a backseat. It just means I might not be as timely (or as lengthy!) as you’ve come to expect. Just stick with me until May, when I finish grad school—it should get better then.

Dexter premiered on Sunday. Last season’s finale left me with my mouth hanging open, as I’m sure you can understand, so the premiere was a welcome diversion from real life. I thought for most of the hour that Dexter might actually leave Miami and start a new life elsewhere, and it was really touching to see his surprisingly emotional reaction to Rita’s death. I’m becoming more and more convinced that our favorite sociopath/serial killer is growing a heart, even if it is still three sizes too small.

I'll miss Rita and scenes like this one.

When he murdered that creep in the dingy bathroom, I thought it was all over. Surely, without the plastic drop cloth and rubber gloves, there’s some evidence floating around somewhere. But based on the season preview, the danger lies in Quinn discovering that Dexter was pretending to be Kyle. I’m curious to see if they come back to the murder, because if not, I’ll cry “loose thread”! (You know, kind of like crying wolf….) And Quinn and Deb’s sexy grief therapy—not sure about that, but it’s fun.

In any case, I’m glad Dexter stuck around. A whole new cast would be kind of hard to get used to at this point!

In sharp contrast, Weeds disappointed me again this week. I was all set for a few weeks of a terrified Nancy, Esteban showing up, possibly a dead or injured child—but no. A crossbow to the leg, some scary Shane eyes, and spitballs took care of everything, and now Nancy and the kids (Andy and Doug included) are back on the run. I did like Nancy’s lioness speech at the end, but the preview for next week looks boring except for the fact that the cops/Child Protective Services/whatever are now looking for the Botwins/Newmans, too. I mean, I love amusement park rides, but I can go to the park myself. I want drama! Terror! Danger! And this season is just not delivering.

I’ll continue to watch, because this show’s first few seasons cemented it in my mind as one of the Greatest Shows Ever. But I’m not particularly happy with the boring that is this season; aside from some hilarious one-liners, I remain relatively unimpressed.

Just a note: Only THREE MORE DAYS to submit your entry to the Sookie Book Limerick Contest!





Jess’s Fall TV: What you can expect to read about.

27 08 2010

Fall Leaves photoMy TV schedule changes with the leaves. I will continue to blog Weeds, True Blood, and Big Brother until their respective finales, but this fall, I’ll be watching:

America’s Next Top Model, CW, Wednesdays at 8. Premiere: Sept. 8. I’ll be DVRing this one once Survivor starts, but I should still be able to blog about it.

New day! After 9 years of airing on Thursdays, Survivor (CBS) is moving to Wednesdays at 8. Premiere: Sept. 15; this season takes place in Nicaragua. This show is basically why I started a TV blog, so you can expect plenty of coverage.

Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, Thursdays at 9. Premiere: Sept. 23.

Private Practice, ABC, Thursdays at 10. Premiere: Sept. 23.
(GA and PP are so related that I may combine posts; we’ll see how it goes. I am taking two classes and working full time this fall.)

Dexter, Showtime, Sundays at 9. Premiere: Sept. 26.

The Walking Dead, AMC. Premieres on Halloween—Sunday, Oct. 31, at 9. It conflicts with Dexter, so the DVR will be getting some action.

Others:

-I’m behind on Gossip Girl, so although it premieres on Monday, Sept. 13 (CW, 9 PM), I probably will not be able to cover it. Unless I catch up. Hmm….

House starts on Monday, Sept. 20 (8 PM, Fox), but I’m a few episodes behind still. We’ll see.

-I’m going to give Shit My Dad Says a try, but I don’t know if I’ll blog about it. If not, I’ll at least give you my initial reaction and review. Premiere: Thursday, Sept. 23, 8:30 PM. (CBS).

-I’m still behind on The Office and 30 Rock, but they both start on Thursday, Sept. 23 on NBC.

The Amazing Race (CBS, Sundays, 8:30) premieres on Sept. 26, but I’m not sure yet if I’ll blog about it.

Is there anything else you want covered? Check out EW‘s Fall Cheat Sheet for a full list of premiere dates.