Television



All of my favorite shows ended in early May, which disappoints me to no end. I admit it, I am a TV junkie. I have shows that I watch for years on end and then am close to tears when they get cancelled. Lately I’ve been watching a lot of ABC, Style Network, Bravo and TLC shows.

Summer in TV is no longer a wasteland that it once upon a time when we had only 60 channels to choose from every night. (Sidenote: DVR changed my entire life!) I am going to share some of my top picks for summer and even though you may dismiss some of them as girly girl shows, think again. I like my television with a bit of an edge

1. Mad Men (2007) AMC Sundays

Quick synopsis: A group of men and women work at an advertising agency in the 1960s and lots of debauchery, scandal and heavy drinking/smoking occur.

Why I love it: The writing is fantastic and witty, never boring and there is always a great element of surprise and twist to each plot line. Also, the period clothing and set decoration is truly fantastic. Even if I was not alive, I still feel like I’m in the 1960s and Jackie O look alike will pop out around the corner.

Starring: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery

Season 4 debuts July 25, 2010

2. Drop Dead Diva (2009) Lifetime Sundays

Drop Dead Diva quick synopsis: A beautiful blond model (Deb) dies in a car accident and comes back to life in the body of a plus sized lawyer (Jane).

Why I love it: Her adventures as Jane are hilarious and touching, because she remembers nothing about Jane’s life. She gets along in her life with the help of a guardian angel Fred, ditzy best friend Stacy and a sidesplitting performance by Margaret Cho as her assistant.

Starring: Brooke Elliot, Margaret Cho, Jackson Hurst, Kate Levering

Season 2 began in June 2010

3. Police Women of Memphis (2010) TLC Thursdays

Quick Synopsis: Four real female police officers juggle families and fighting crime in Memphis, Tennessee

Why I love it: This is the third incarnation of Police Women and each time they get better. It follows four cops( Aubrey, Joy, Virginia and Arica) in their daily routines of law enforcement and being part of a family. I do not normally like police shows but this one has a big heart and plenty of bad guys to go around. Also, Joy has a bob on one side of her head and the other side is shaved. She also has a mean alter ego named Keesha. I love her!

What are your favorite summer TV shows?


To all my readers,

I have decided to make Tuesdays a theme blog day. I will discuss a new or interesting television show every Tuesday and include some fun photos and clips. Enjoy!

-Allison


Last night, the much anticipated and hyped episode of Saturday Night Live that I have talked about for a few months aired. Betty White hosted the sketch comedy show last night with musical guest Jay-Z. However, I never watch the musical guest so it never matters to me who is singing. Instead I fast forward my DVR right past the singing and commercials to get to the good stuff, the comedy.

As you know if you have followed this blog, I love Betty White. She is a sassy 88-year-old woman who has been on television since television has been on the air. She is not afraid to tell a good dirty joke or even resort to physical comedy at her age. So a campaign on Facebook called for SNL to have Betty host an episode this year, and it aired the night before Mother’s Day.

First of all, Betty had a great monologue.She came out in a sparkly and sassy twin set worthy of her Golden Girls co-star Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux. My favorite part was her discussion of Facebook and how she came to be on the show.

Her comments on Facebook:

“When I first heard about the campaign to get me to host Saturday Night Live,I didn’t know what Facebook was,and now that I do know what it is, I have to say it sounds like a huge waste of time.”

“People say but Betty, Facebook is a good way to connect with old friends.Well at my age if I want to connect with old friends I need a Ouija board.”

Betty White’s Monologue

Also notable, a very funny mock NPR sketch with two of my other favorite funny ladies Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon. They resurrected their Delicious Dish sketch to feature Betty White and a few dirty jokes involving muffins and old women.

NPR: Delicious Dish

Here are a few more of my favorite picks from last night’s episode:
Update: Sally O’Malley & Dotty O’Donaghan

Census

Scared Straight

One SNL spoof commercial that appeared on the episode last night, which I could not find online was CSI:Sarasota. Betty plays Vivian Caruso, the great-aunt of David Caruso who solves crimes in a Sarasota, Florida retirement community. My particular favorite line is when the announcer mentions that she has a fanny pack full of Sweet n’Low that she stole from Denny’s.

Good job Betty! I hope you keep at it until 100!

Videos courtesy of NBC.com


To all Betty White fans, set your DVR to NBC tonight at 11:30 pm EST. Betty White is finally hosting Saturday Night Live! The mother’s day episode will feature Jay-Z as the musical guest and the lovely Betty as host. NBC promises to also bring in a few other prominent female comedians to the show, so watch for surprise guest appearances. Here is an NBC promo to get you excited:


This week I began watching the AMC show Mad Men on DVD. This series chronicles the lives of the men and women who work at an advertising agency in New York City in the 1960s. The show is on hiatus and will begin its fourth season in July. I love a good television show that does not run the typical schedule of September-May because I need filler for the summer.

Anyway, I love this show! It features period costumes and set design, which are amazing. I love the suits the men wear and the dresses are phenomenal. Also, there are great mystery plotlines that feature dark secrets of an unseemly nature. It is a drama to be sure, a look inside the seemingly “perfect” family and work life of advertising executive Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm).

Don is married to former model Betty Draper, with two children and lives on Long Island. He works as the creative director at the advertising agency Sterling Cooper in New York City. All the men and women at his firm smoke and drink heavily during the day and pursue various relationships and flings with each other. He is a womanizer to be sure, but his wife does not initially suspect. Don has a deep dark secret that is revealed in the first season, but I will not spoil it for you! I have only actually watched the first season and will begin the second when I have some free time.


Last week during a channel surfing session, I came across the Oprah show, which had an interesting theme, genealogy. Oprah talked to Lisa Kudrow, an actor who is part of a new NBC television show called Who Do You Think You Are? This program documents the journeys of seven American celebrities, who research their family heritage across the globe. I decided to record last week’s episode of the show, which airs 8 pm EST on NBC, and was pleasantly surprised with the experience.

As a student of history, I have always been interested in genealogy and family history. In my family, we have been lucky enough to have written records, clippings, and photographs that document the history of my paternal grandfather’s branch of the family. In my aunt’s home sits two volumes of pure genealogy published in 1915 and 1923 that tell the story of my family in America and list all the known ancestors of the period. However, we have never looked that closely at the old dusty volumes until a few weeks ago. What I found in those books delighted my whole family, particularly my grandfather. My family came to America from Surrey, England in 1638, only 18 years after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock! This inspired a renewed interest in genealogy for me, and some interesting stories to uncover.


The dreams of the Facebook campaign for Betty White have come true! Lorne Michaels announced today that White will host Saturday Night Live (on NBC) on May 8, 2010 for the Mother’s Day episode! I am very excited, and sincerely hope for a Golden Girls themed sketch. (But a guest appearance by Rue McClanahan may be too much to ask for because I hear she is in poor health) Tune in and watch, you know I will!

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