Winter/Spring 2011 Season

31 12 2010

Here’s what’s on deck for Jess Blogs TV during the winter/spring 2011 TV season:

The Bachelor, ABC, 8 PM (premieres 1/3)

America’s Next Top Model, CW, 8 PM (premieres 2/23)
Survivor, 8 PM, CBS, 8 PM (premieres 2/16)
Note: I will most likely not be watching/blogging American Idol this season.

Wipeout, ABC, 8 PM (premieres 1/6)
Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, 9 PM (returns 1/6)
Private Practice, ABC, 10 PM (returns 1/6)

Project Runway‘s return is still TBA. I’m also hoping to finally catch up on The Office and 30 Rock—we’ll see. Spring is actually pretty light, but my schedule isn’t!

How about you? Any big TV plans for the winter/spring? Am I missing something huge that you want to see covered? Comment with your ideas, or send me a pitch for a guest blog!

(If you’re looking for a show not listed above, check out TheFutonCritic.)



I’m disgusted by last week’s ‘Private Practice’

21 10 2010

We’re back! I’ve decided that, instead of playing catch-up, we’re going to start fresh. Don’t expect too many back-dated posts about shows I missed due to family stuff/lack of computer. I’ll probably have brief reminders at the beginning of the new posts, but that’s it. So, I’ll write about Survivor later, but next week we’ll start with the new episodes of Weeds, Dexter, et cetera.

That said, I know I don’t blog about Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice. To be honest, they’re my guilt shows—the ones I’ve been watching for so long that I can’t stop, even if the characters and plots are ridiculous. Grey’s, to be fair, has improved this season. Private Practice, though, is a teeming cesspool of selfishness. There’s a new episode on tonight, so this post is a little late, but I didn’t get to watch it until last night (thank goodness for DVR).

I absolutely cannot believe that not a single one of these rich, affluent doctors, who talk about their practice like they’re a family, would take in Betsey. She’s the orphaned daughter of one of their “family members,” for fuck’s sake! Cooper himself was a product of the foster care system, but he couldn’t take her because Charlotte didn’t want to. Violet would have, but Pete put forth a good argument about them just starting their own family—Lucas needs his mom’s undivided attention, after all they went through last season. But Addison? I cannot believe that the powerful, headstrong Addison Forbes Montgomery would bow to Sam’s wishes! Addison has always wanted a kid but couldn’t have one. The opportunity presents itself, but since Sam—who she just started dating! yes it was a long courtship, but please—already has a kid and a grandkid and doesn’t want Betsey around, she just gave in.

And now poor Betsey, who lost both her mom and dad, who started bonding with Violet only to be turned away by Pete, will have to go into foster care. Yes, it’s a TV show; all that will really happen is that the child actress won’t be on set for awhile. But in terms of suspending disbelief, I find the characters’ actions utterly reprehensible and their selfishness repulsive. I never thought I’d like Violet the most of any of them in any given situation, but she showed she had heart. The rest of them? Self-absorbed shells of human beings.

Shame on you, Shonda Rhimes, for making me dislike an entire cast of characters this much, especially when I used to adore them. If the show doesn’t improve after this abysmal episode, I’ll be deleting Private Practice from my DVR.

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.


-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.


18 05 2010

I love TV. My roommate marvels at how much tube-time I’m able to cram in on top of being a full-time student, full-time proofreader, and aspiring novelist. I have cable, On Demand, DVR, and Netflix—with both an Xbox 360 and Wii for streaming. And gaming. But mostly streaming.

I’ve been meaning to start a dedicated TV blog for a long time, as I believe my Livejournal friends get tired of hearing about it. Click the “About” tab above to get an idea of what shows I like.

It’s nearly summer, so we’re actually smack-dab in the middle of finale season. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains just wrapped up, and my first real post will be about that. We’ll have Big Brother soon (Season 12 premiere: 7/8), The Tudors is on now, and True Blood (Season 3 premiere: 6/13) and Weeds (Season 6 premiere: 8/16) will be back shortly. 24 is ending next Monday, Lost this coming Sunday, and Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday. (Private Practice ended last week.) So, really, it’s not the best time to start a TV blog. But this summer will give me some practice at keeping a regular blog before the insanity of the Fall 2010 season hits.

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by! There will be a Survivor wrap-up post later today.

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